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Vol. LXII, No. 6
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
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WELCOME TO THE PRIMARY: Tuesday’s early turn-out for New Jersey’s early primary was brisk Voters in District 6 cast their ballots at Littlebrook School.

Front Page

Clinton, McCain Take N.J.; Obama Wins Princeton

Matthew Hersh

Sen. Hillary Clinton won the New Jersey Democratic primary Tuesday night, with Sen. Barack Obama falling short in the state, as the pair squared off in 22 states across the country.

UPDATE: February 5 Primary Results

With History at Issue, Township Could Revisit Deer Path and Clover Lane

Matthew Hersh

The issue of whether to preserve a cluster of houses in Princeton Township’s Littlebrook section is about to surface again, as Township Committee looks to continue a nearly three-year discussion on the aesthetic and historical merits of mid-century construction.

Koontz Launches Bid for Freeholder, Looking to Take on Party Stalwarts

Matthew Hersh

Andrew Koontz, the two-term Democrat on the Princeton Borough Council, announced Sunday that he would seek election to the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders this fall, squaring off against a strong slate of opponents.

Other News

PU Campus Plan Looks 10 Years Ahead, but Some Worry It Exceeds Town Goals

Matthew Hersh

Princeton University’s bold 10-year campus plan, recently distributed town-wide, outlines a comprehensive look at planned physical changes on campus, as well as changes in University policy, landscaping, architecture, and environment. The plan represents a set of goals first advanced in 2004 when top University administrators said the school would abandon the idea of a mirror campus in West Windsor, favoring a more walkable campus that would impact about one-third of the school’s 380-acre main campus.

Grammy Nominee and New Play Highlight Black History Month at PHS

Ellen Gilbert

Terrance Simien and The Zydeco Experience Band will present a Relief Benefit Concert for New Orleans on Friday evening, February 22, at Princeton High School (PHS) at 7:30 p.m. A week later Mr. Simien will head for the Grammy Awards, where he just may win the award in the new “Zydeco and Cajun Music” category for Best Album of 2007.

Corner House Annual Fund-raiser Promises to be a ‘Capitol’ Affair

Matthew Hersh

With presidential races on everyone’s minds these days, it only makes sense to get people thinking about Washington politics. Not the down-and-dirty kind reserved for the Sunday morning talk shows, but those of a more lighthearted variety — and for a good cause, to boot.

More of the Other News…


Koncz’s Versatility Makes Big Difference as PU Men’s Hoops Starts 2-0 in Ivy Play

Bill Alden

Kyle Koncz had a devil of a time getting a shot last Friday night as the Princeton University men’s basketball team hosted Dartmouth.

Morrison Gets PHS Girls’ Swimming Rolling as Little Tigers Place 3rd in County Meet

Bill Alden

It didn’t take long for Kathleen Morrison to realize that she and the Princeton High girls’ swimming team were in for a big day last Saturday at the Mercer County Swimming Championship finals.

PHS Boys’ Hoops Qualifies for State Tourney Then Learns Lessons in 3 OT Loss to Ewing

Bill Alden

The Princeton High boys’ basketball team started last week by pulling out one of the most dramatic and significant overtime wins the program has enjoyed in years.

More Sports…

Art Review

A Life in Art: The Long Heroic Career of Elsie Driggs

Stuart Mitchner

The work of Elsie Driggs (1898-1992), who was still producing extraordinary art in her late eighties, deserves better than a label like “precisionist.” For all the brilliant, painterly precision to be found in the Michener’s new exhibit, “Elsie Driggs: The Quick and the Classical,” that’s not what this spirited and many-faceted retrospective is all about.


New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Presents Guitar Soloist in New Concerto

Nancy Plum

Music for classical guitar has a special fascination for audiences. Many more people than will probably admit have tried their hand at playing guitar at some point (especially during the 1960s) and hearing someone with the dexterity and artistry to play the instrument really well conjures up amazement and awe. Such an individual was Cuban guitarist Manuel Barrueco, featured this past weekend with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Friday night’s concert at Richardson Auditorium, led by guest conductor Lawrence Foster, included the U.S. premiere of Robert Sierra’s Danzas Concertantes, a four-movement lively work for guitar and orchestra (the work was premiered by Mr. Barrueco and the Orchestra of Castilla and Leon in Spain). Mr. Barrueco’s background includes training at the Peabody Conservatory, as well as in his native Cuba, and collaborations with guitarists from all genres of music, including rock.

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