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Vol. LXIV, No. 33
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
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Front Page

Pool Decision Tabled Yet Again

Ellen Gilbert

After more than four hours of deliberating with Borough Council and audience members about the virtues of the most recent iteration of the Community Park Pool design proposal, Township Committee voted to table passage of an ordinance that would have authorized an appropriation of $4,087,000 and the issuance of $3,882,650 bonds or notes to support the project. Sue Nemeth’s was the only dissenting vote. Borough Council had tabled the plan earlier this month.

Consolidation Commission Elects Lahnston as Chair, Draws Up RFP for Study

Dilshanie Perera

The Joint Consolidation and Shared Services Commission of Princeton Borough and Township held its first open public meeting last week, electing Borough resident Anton Lahnston as chair and Township resident Valerie Haynes as deputy chair.

Borough Council Mulls Pool Funding as Foundation Seeks to Move Ahead

Dilshanie Perera

Members of the Princeton Parks and Recreation Fund explained the development of the fund, as well as its role in garnering money for the construction of the new Community Park Pool Complex, at last week’s Borough Council meeting.

Other News

Kennedys Still Aglow in Avedon’s Portraits as Morven’s Latest Exhibit Shines Bright

Dilshanie Perera

The talents of one of America’s leading photographers were used to maximum effect to capture one of America’s most charismatic first families in “The Kennedys —  Portrait of a Family,” which showcases Richard Avedon’s handiwork and is now on view at Morven until October 31.

Over 100 Central N.J. Veterans, Families, Discuss Issues in Telephone Forum

Ellen Gilbert

“When Linda Bean testified before Congress, she was told ‘if the vet comes to us, we’ll take care of his problems,’” said Congressman Rush Holt (D-12) in a recent telephone forum with over a hundred Central New Jersey veterans and their families.

Growing: Jewish Community Foundation Looks Forward to Including More Funds

Ellen Gilbert

“We are very proud to make a difference for these students; we’ll be sending out the checks soon,” said Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) of Greater Mercer Executive Director Julie Davidson Meyers as she talked about the Lawrenceville-based agency’s book scholarship awards program.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


After Record-Breaking PU Hockey Career, Star Goalie Kalemba Aiming for Pro Gig

Bill Alden

Over the course of his sterling career with the Princeton University men’s hockey team, star goaltender Zane Kalemba was known for his coolness under fire.

Learning Lessons Through Textbook Goaltending, PHS’s Berger Has Taken Game to a Higher Level

Bill Alden

Josh Berger was pretty much clueless when he initially came to the Textbook Goaltending program as a 10-year-old.

Thriving in Professional Environment, PHS’s Ehrenworth Plays in Red Bulls Cup

Bill Alden

Last Wednesday night, French soccer star Thierry Henry thrilled a crowd of 19,035 at Red Bull Arena as he produced a slick assist to help New York to a 1-0 victory over visiting Toronto.

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Book Review

Local Hero Ethan Hawke Lifts the Boy-Girl Novel to Another Level

Stuart Mitchner

The older you get, the humbler you get. I know I don’t have that much to offer, and I know I’ve now read Moby Dick and Anna Karenina, and if I had read those books before I wrote The Hottest State, I don’t think I’d have published it. I had the arrogance of the uneducated, which sometimes you need.

Ethan Hawke

Why, you may ask, is this column about Ethan Hawke’s writing? Does anyone think “writer” first and “actor” second when they think of Ethan Hawke? To put a local spin on it, I suppose I could say that Hawke’s Princeton-area roots are my main excuse for spending a column on two books that didn’t have enough literary clout to put him on hot young writer lists like the New Yorker’s “20 Under 40.” Anyway, he’ll be out of the running for that list this November 6 when he turns 40. But why bother with his prose? Why not focus on Dead Poets Society, Reality Bites, A Midnight Clear, and the other films that put him on the map and enabled him to score a fat advance for his first novel?

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