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Vol. LXIV, No. 6
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
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Weather Forecast

(Photo by Emily Reeves)
NEVERMORE? DREAM ON, QUOTH THE WEATHER PROPHET: Poe Road this week will look like Poe Road last week if the forecast is on target.

Front Page

Shuttle Route to Extend Transit Coverage

Dilshanie Perera

The town may see a shuttle route linking key areas like the downtown, Elm Court, Witherspoon Street, and the Shopping Center within the next three to four months.

“Significant Repairs” for No. 1 Firehouse Spur Larger Debate

Dilshanie Perera

Princeton Engine Company Number One‘s firehouse on Chestnut Street is in need of significant repairs. At a Borough meeting last week, Council member David Goldfarb said that the firehouse floor was “not strong enough to support the weight of the fire trucks,” which have since been relocated to Mercer Engine Company Number Three on Witherspoon Street.

Township Anticipates Capital Improvements, Prepares to Distribute Leaf Collection Schedule

Ellen Gilbert

At its Monday evening meeting, Township Committee approved the introduction of an ordinance appropriating $5,585,000, financed by the issuance of $2,660,000 of bonds or notes, for capital improvements.

Other News

Hillier Development on Greenview Avenue Gets Design Feedback From Planning Board

Dilshanie Perera

A new proposal by J. Robert Hillier for structures on the properties he owns on Greenview Avenue was brought to the Princeton Regional Planning Board last week. The designs include renovating the existing homes that front on the street, and adding another unit to the back of each structure.

Coalition For Peace Action Is “Ticketmaster” for Upcoming Concert Starring Judy Collins

Ellen Gilbert

“What becomes a legend most?” asks the blurb advertising Judy Collins’s February 19 concert at the McCarter Theatre. “Few singers of our time have the staying power of this folk icon, whose voice, songs, and lyrics have been a part of our lives for almost fifty years.”

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


PU Men’s Hoops Stays Perfect in Ivy Action Hosting Columbia, Cornell in Pivotal Weekend

Bill Alden

There has been a buzz around the Harvard University men’s basketball team this winter.

Sophomore Star Kolodzik Continues Progress, Helping PU Wrestling Produce Banner Weekend

Ed Benkin

Daniel Kolodzik was a wrestler without a team during his high school days.

Battle-Tested by Early-Season Struggles, PHS Boys’ Hoops Pumped Up for Playoffs

Bill Alden

It was a game that the Princeton High boys’ basketball team probably would have lost a month ago.

More Sports…

Record Review

Airplanes and Playgrounds: Looking for Mozart in the Here and Now

Stuart Mitchner

All this inventing, this producing, takes place in a pleasing, lively dream.


Until the transatlantic flight last fall that led to this column — originally intended for January 27, Mozart’s 254th birthday — I had no wish to look beyond the music to the life. Now that I know more than I did about the individual responsible for “all this inventing,” the music I heard at 33,000 feet and have been listening to for weeks seems all the more uncanny and improbable. Up there I never imagined a human source, only something out of nature comparable to the cloudscape the plane was flying through when the andante from Symphony No. 40 came to me by way of those flimsy little complimentary Continental ear pods.


Carmen Turns Up the Heat in the Winter With Opera New Jersey, NJSO Production

Nancy Plum

There was a time when the mere raising of the curtain at an opera would elicit applause and ovations from the audience at a set draped in lush fabric and awash with hues of light. Perhaps because of the economy or a natural evolution of set design, the physical environs of theatrical productions have become innovatively austere. The Metropolitan opera demonstrated this new trend in recent productions in which the chorus was placed in a series of “cubbies” rising over the stage while the action took place on the floor. In the current co-production by Opera New Jersey and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra of Georges Bizet’s Carmen, state director Bernard Uzan borrowed from the Met model by placing the chorus (dressed in black) on bleachers a level up from the stage, overlooking the action on the floor. The stage floor had very little furniture for each of the scenes, focusing the audience’s attention on the performers themselves.

It’s New to Us

Brighter Dental Care’s Brand New Facility Opens in Montgomery Professional Center

Jean Stratton

Time for that six-month visit to the dentist? If just thinking about it makes you sweat, you are not alone. For many, fear of the dentist ranks right up there with an income tax audit or worry over a lay-off at work. Anxiety-producing, for sure.

It doesn’t have to be that way, and Brighter Dental Care is here to prove it! The comprehensive group practice just opened in a new state-of-the-art facility in the Montgomery Professional Center at 46 Vreeland Drive in Skillman.

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