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Vol. LXII, No. 9
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
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C’EST BEAU, A TASTE OF SNOW: Friday’s snow might not have created a winter wonderland but it gave Solène and Timothée Faucher an excuse to do some sledding.

Front Page

Borough Jitney Takes an Early Spin

Matthew Hersh

Despite forecasts from as late as fall 2007 that a planned Borough wide jitney system would not get off the ground until late this year, Borough Mayor Mildred Trotman announced Tuesday that the free jitney bus service will go into effect by April.

Benchley to Resign; Vacancy Opens Spot on Borough Council

Matthew Hersh

Councilwoman Wendy Benchley, the two-term Democrat who has advocated for open space and increased safeguards along the Route 206 corridor during her incumbency, will resign from Borough Council at the end of March, leaving a vacancy on the six-member Council, and setting in motion an appointment process that will likely have interested candidates seeking an early spot on the governing body.

Borough, Developer, Agree to Disagree as Both Parties Look Toward Tulane

Matthew Hersh

Following months of legal maneuvering and off-the-dais back and forth, Borough Hall and its contracted developer heading up the construction of a major piece of in-town real estate are clearing the slate and hoping to iron out any financial differences once a five-story mixed use development project slated for Tulane Street is underway.

Other News

Community Gets Another Glimpse of PU Arts and Transit Neighborhood

Matthew Hersh

In what has now effectively become the prototype of Princeton University’s long-term campus vision of establishing academic neighborhoods in an effort to create a more pedestrian-friendly campus, school officials last Tuesday again offered a glimpse of the planned arts and transit neighborhood that envelops portions of University Place, Alexander Street, and New Jersey Transit’s Dinky station.

Township Tries Bureaucratic Speed Humps, Asking Corzine to Revise Toll Hike Plan

Matthew Hersh

Township Hall Monday night attempted to confront the possibility of increased truck traffic due to the Corzine administration’s toll increase proposal, a plan that Township officials and traffic advocates worry could manifest itself in gridlock on the state’s local roads.

Library Board of Trustees Delays Action on Heartland’s “One Card”

Ellen Gilbert

Heartland Payment System CEO Bob Carr’s presence at last week’s meeting of the Princeton Public Library’s Board of Trustees turned out to be premature.

More of the Other News…


With Freshman Lohry Coming on Strong, PU Men’s Hockey Sweeps to Earn Home Ice

Bill Alden

Kevin Lohry’s debut season with the Princeton University men’s hockey team didn’t get off to a flying start.

MacKenzie Lets Loose for PU Men’s Lax as Tigers Top Canisius, Gird for Hopkins

Bill Alden

Scott MacKenzie tended to tighten up on the field last year in his debut season for the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team.

Princeton Women’s Lax Showing Cohesiveness; Hopes Unity Will Help It Make Final Four Run

Bill Alden

In the first few years of this decade, the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team developed a special chemistry that it parlayed into national titles in 2002 and 2003.

More Sports…

Book Review

Reader Beware: Alexander Theroux’s Juggernaut Is Here

Stuart Mitchner

Although Alexander Theroux’s vast 878-page creation Laura Warholic or, The Sexual Intellectual (Fantagraphics Books $29.95) has been reviewed as a novel, the usual terminology doesn’t begin to cover its scope. Probably there is no one right word. You could call it a juggernaut, a cluster bomb, or a vast landscape of prose mined at every turn to explode under unwary, dismissive, or agenda-driven readers or reviewers.


Curse You, Cowboys! — “Double, Double, Toil and Trouble” Wild West “Macbeth” Features Gunslingers and Saloon Girls

Donald Gilpin

What are these thanes, princes, Scottish warriors, kings and queens doing dressed in bandanas, cowboy hats and boots, with six-shooters in their holsters, lounging around outside the swinging doors of the saloon? Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy, notoriously cursed and infused with evil from start to finish, has been transformed by Theatre Intime and Princeton Shakespeare Company from the Scottish Play to the Wild West show, in an ingenious but uneven production currently playing at the Hamilton Murray Theater on the Princeton University campus.

Profiles in Education

Charles Marsee

Ellen Gilbert

Charles Marsee was remembering the early meetings with parents, over eleven years ago, that led to him being hired as Head of the Princeton Charter School (PCS). The school, it should be pointed out, did not exist at the time. “They had no money,” he recalled. “They had no building. They had no faculty. There was only an outline of a curriculum.” It was March, and they wanted school to start in September. He took the job.

Princeton Personality

Princeton Resident, Storyteller and Author Jennifer Morgan Explores the Universe

Jean Stratton

Jennifer Morgan is a storyteller, and indeed, she has tackled the biggest story of all: the beginning of the universe and subsequent development of life on earth.

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