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Vol. LXII, No. 50
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
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WELCOMING SANTA: Santa Claus arrived at the newly renovated Princeton Shopping Center Saturday by way of his usual off-the-job mode of transportation, courtesy of the Princeton Fire Department. He was welcomed with open arms.

Front Page

Plan for Speer Demolition Concerns Neighbors

Dilshanie Perera

Members of the Mercer Hill Historic District Association (MHHDA) gathered at the Nassau Club last Saturday to discuss Princeton Theological Seminary’s (PTS) proposed demolition of Speer Library. Built in 1956, the library is characterized as Art Deco Collegiate Gothic, and is one of the few buildings of that style found in Princeton.

Regional Planning Board Reviews COAH Plan, Approves Amendment

Dilshanie Perera

Shirley Bishop and Elizabeth McKenzie, affordable housing consultants representing the Borough and Township respectively, came before the Regional Planning Board last Thursday to review the affordable housing plan that each municipality will submit to the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) on or before December 31.

Concern Expressed by Borough Council About Delay in Resolving Police Case

Dilshanie Perera

“Does anyone share any outrage, or are we so unconcerned and passive about taxpayer money?” asked Borough Council member Roger Martindell regarding the long delay in resolving the case of the Borough Police officers who have been suspended with pay since February.

Other News

Dancing, Humility and a Lot of Practice Bring “Shock” of Success to Cheerleaders

Ellen Gilbert

Wikipedia defines cheerleading as “a sport that requires physical fitness, flexibility, coordination, and hard work, uses organized routines made from elements of tumbling, dance, jumps and stunting to direct spectators of events to cheer on sports teams at games and matches and/or compete at cheerleading competitions.” The Princeton High School cheerleading squad brought all these abilities to bear — with a vengeance — in their recent triumph as the grand champions at this year’s Colonial Valley Conference Cheerleading Competition.

Local Merchants See Business Slow but Attitude Is “Cautiously Optimistic”

Dilshanie Perera

“We went into this season with low expectations,” said Vice President of Palmer Square Management David Newton,who acknowledged that business during the holiday shopping season is better than expected. There’s obviously a lot of caution out there, but there are some positive things,” he remarked, adding that “a couple of tenants reported increased sales.”

“Preservation Commission Studies King’s Highway, Institute Spread

Ellen Gilbert

The Township’s Historic Preservation Commission focused Monday afternoon on creating guidelines for the stretch of Routes 206 and 27 known as King’s Highway, and potential building by the Institute for Advanced Study on ground near Battlefield State Park.

More of the Other News…


Sparked by Schroeder’s Pride in Blocking Shots, No. 8 PU Men’s Hockey Ends 1st Half at 10-2

Bill Alden

Most ice hockey players focus on skating like the wind or firing laser-like shots when it comes to fine-tuning their skills.

With Foster Emerging as Key Playmaker, Tiger Women’s Hockey Making Progress

Bill Alden

In her role as alternate captain of the Princeton University women’s hockey team, Christine Foster looks out for her teammates.

With Addition of Promising Freshmen, PHS Boys’ Swim Team Has Versatility

Bill Alden

Although the Princeton High boys’ swimming team wasn’t severely tested as it cruised to victory in its season-opener last week against Hightstown, the meet was still a valuable learning experience.

More Sports…

Art Review

Metropolitan Museum
Imagining Lennon: Happiness Is a Night Walk Through the Met

Stuart Mitchner

You can celebrate anything you want … penetrate any place you go … radiate anything you are … imitate everyone you know … indicate anything you see … syndicate any boat you row … Everything has got to be just like you want it to ….

—John Lennon, “Dig a Pony”

Record Review

The Beatles’ White Album at 40 — “Magical! Unparalled! Truly Rare!”

Stuart Mitchner

Forty years after John Lennon sang “Mother Superior jump the gun” in a song dripping with drugs and sex and rock ‘n’ roll cynicism, the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano and Vatican Radio have not only announced a rationale for his widely misinterpreted 1966 statement that the Beatles were “more popular than Jesus” (“a boast by a young man grappling with sudden fame”), they have officially acknowledged the 40th anniversary of the the White Album, praising its music for being more “creative” than the “standardized, stereotypical” songs being produced today. With Rome weighing in — a proclamation from on high — how can I not celebrate that record?

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