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Vol. LXIII, No. 52
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
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(Photos by Dilshanie Perera)
BEFORE AND AFTER: From parking lot to steel skeleton and now brick facade, construction on Phase II of the Downtown Redevelopment, also known as Building C, has moved at a steady pace and is slated for completion by spring 2010. Located on the corner of Spring and Tulane Streets, the five-story building will house 53 rental apartments, as well as retail on the ground floor.

Front Page

State of Economy Spurs Innovation in 2009

Ellen Gilbert

Dilshanie Perera

While the ongoing recession has affected organizations, businesses, institutions, and residents, resulting in cutbacks and shrinking budgets, it has also promoted new ways of organizing and increased dialogue among community members. The municipalities and school board each engaged in debates about their budgets, taking a close look at what could be scaled back and what might be extended. Non-profits sought alternative means of funding, and the Borough and Township agreed to consider —  once again —  the possibility of consolidation. Local merchants are collaborating anew, a movement toward greater sustainability is underway, and major construction projects are taking shape. Here is a look at the highlights of the year in Princeton.

UPS Store, Ichiban Are Recovering From Last Week’s Flood

Ellen Gilbert

Although the store still has no heat or electricity, UPS Store assistant manager Sweda Patel stood in 20 degree weather on Tuesday to perform the few remaining services available: selling boxes and mailing pre-paid packages. The presence of U.S. post office mailboxes requires that the store remain open.

Borough Passes Police Restructuring Ordinance, Looks Ahead to 2010

Dilshanie Perera

Last week the governing body voted unanimously that the Borough’s Police Chief will report to the Public Safety Committee comprised of the Mayor, Administrator, and two Council members, with police disciplinary matters to be handled by the Administrator.

Other News

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Surprise Was the Theme for Local Sports in 2009 as Teams Exceeded Expectations, Underwent Change

Bill Alden

The theme of the year 2009 on the local sports scene was surprise.

Former PU All-Ivy Center Surace Coming Home as New Head Coach of Tiger Football Program

Bill Alden

Bob Surace had the time of his life during his playing days on the Princeton University football team in the late 1980s.

Displaying Scoring Balance, Competitive Fire, PU Women’s Hoops Turning Heads With 9-2 Start

Bill Alden

Courtney Banghart knows what it takes to win the Ivy League title in women’s basketball.

With Barber Providing Scoring, Leadership, PHS Girls’ Basketball Produces 2-0 Start

Bill Alden

Molly Barber saw her herself as a facilitator last winter as she joined the Princeton High girls’ basketball team.

Book/DVD Review

Stardust: Remembering Jennifer Jones on James Agee’s Centenary

Stuart Mitchner

One important function of good art or entertainment is to unite and illuminate the heart and the mind, to cause each to learn from, and to enhance, the experience of the other.

James Agee

Jennifer Jones, who died December 17 at the age of 90, will be remembered by Turner Classic Movies with a four-film marathon beginning at 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 7. Unfortunately, or maybe not (depending on your point of view), the tribute begins with Duel in the Sun (1946), in which the gentle, luminous star of The Song of Bernadette (1943) and Since You Went Away (1944) is stupendously miscast as Pearl Chavez, a half-breed spitfire who lusts for Gregory Peck (“Lust in the Dust” soon caught on as an alternate title among Hollywood wits). I’ve made more than one futile search among James Agee’s writings on film for a review, knowing that he alone could have done total hilarious justice to this magnificently overwrought horse opera (termed a “Wagnerian Western” by Pauline Kael). For a start, he might have reworked the line from his review of The Miracle of the Bells (1948) in which he proclaims himself the founder of a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to God; all he needs to do is change the last word to “Sex.”

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