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Vol. LXI, No. 49
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
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SANTA BELTS IT OUT: Santa’s got his mojo working at The Princeton Shopping Center’s Christmas party Saturday. The way Mrs. Claus (Shopping Center Manager Chris Hanington) is clapping along, Santa might be performing “Jinglebell Rock” or maybe he’s rocking out on “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” Santa arrived courtesy of Princeton Hook & Ladder. Snowy the Snowman also made an appearance, and a good time was had by all.

Front Page

Township Tables Senior Housing Code

Matthew Hersh

While Princeton Township’s governing body and residents appear to be in agreement over an apparent need for market-rate senior housing somewhere within the municipal border, deep divisions remain over where that housing should be located, and a debate over senior housing Monday night will continue into the new year.

A Decade Overdue, Nassau Inn Expansion Is Slated for Review

Matthew Hersh

Representatives of the Nassau Inn will appear this Thursday before the Regional Planning Board of Princeton with a concept that would offer significant increases to the hotel’s guest capacity, retail capability, and reception space.

Princeton Landlord Faces Charges of Racketeering, Consumer Fraud

Matthew Hersh

A Princeton area landlord and Township resident is being charged after accusations that he offered false information to tenants regarding their housing. He is also being charged with racketeering and consumer fraud.

Other News

“Never Give Up on Your Dreams” Greg Olsen Tells Young Achievers

Linda Arntzenius

Princeton’s own astronaut Greg Olsen — the third private citizen to orbit the earth on the International Space Station (ISS) — visited the Henry Pannell Center last Thursday to talk about the experience with children in the Princeton Young Achievers program.

Canal Road Sewer Land Discussions Could Satisfy Long-Awaited Goal

Matthew Hersh

In 2003, a letter authored by then-Borough Mayor Marvin Reed to Township Mayor Phyllis Marchand, indicated that, after 70 years of joint-municipal use of the Princeton Sewer Operating Committee land on River Road, perhaps it was time that the two Princetons maintained joint ownership of the land.

Two New Lewis School Administrators Poised to Spearhead Green Initiative

Linda Arntzenius

The Lewis School has appointed Lisa Settle Callaway as its new director of development and Robert P. Martinez as director of strategic planning. Mr. Martinez currently serves as project manager for the school’s proposed new campus.

More of the Other News…


Gunn On Target for PU Men’s Hoops but Tigers Drop Squeaker at Rutgers

Bill Alden

Lincoln Gunn had just produced one of the best all-around games in his career with the Princeton University men’s basketball team but he wasn’t happy.

Showing Renewed Attention to Detail, PU Men’s Ice Hockey Edges Union 4-3

Bill Alden

Showing attention to detail at both ends of the ice, the Princeton University men’s hockey team roared out of the gate this season with a 3-0 start.

PHS Boys’ Ice Hockey Ushering in New Era, New Coach Campbell Promises Total Effort

Bill Alden

The group of seniors that graced the ice for the Princeton High boys’ hockey team last winter won’t be soon forgotten.

More Sports…

Record Review

I Hear America Screaming: Little Richard Turns 75 Today

Stuart Mitchner

It’s a lovely sunny summer’s day in Delft. You’re one among a group of American college students on a tour enjoying the high of your first hour in a foreign land. You’ve just come out of Vermeer’s house, still under the spell that began the night before, sleepless with excitement as the Dutch student ship Groote Beer moved through a thick fog, fog horns mooing, the hazy stuff of mystery, the veritable embodiment of foreign intrigue. The dock scenes and streets of Rotterdam, the Dutch countryside, Delft itself, everything shines like a vision, exactly the dream of another country you might have dreamed during some negative epiphany at a Stewart’s Root Beer stand in darkest dullest southern Indiana. You don’t feel merely an ocean away from the U.S.A., you feel a world away, nay, two or three centuries away, which is surely just as it should be in “the Old Country.”


Family Values, Philosophy, Religion and the History of Mankind All Come Together in the Comical Chaos of “Skin of Our Teeth”

Donald Gilpin

Sabina the maid breaks out of character early in the first act of The Skin of Our Teeth, steps through the invisible “fourth wall” of the suburban living room set, and directly addresses the audience: “I hate this play and every word in it. As for me, I don’t understand a word of it, anyway — all about the troubles the human race has gone through, there’s a subject for you. Besides the author hasn’t made up his silly mind as to whether we’re all living back in caves or in New Jersey, and that’s the way it is all the way through. Oh — why can’t we have plays like we used to have — good entertainment with a message you can take home with you?”

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