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Vol. LXII, No. 1
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
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LOOKING TOWARD A SAFER 2008: The Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad will be on the job again in the new year, their efforts chronicled in the weekly Rescue Report (see page 8). Shown here (from left) are Peter Simon, Rachel Chunko, and observer Michael Kenwood. Interested donors or volunteers should call (609) 924-3338 or visit

Front Page

District Seeks Municipal Input on Valley Road

Linda Arntzenius

Progress has been made toward the future of the Princeton Regional Schools’ Valley Road Administrative Building, described one member of the Board of Education has described as an “extremely expensive white elephant,” an “albatross,” and “a burden on the Princeton taxpayer.”

Could Shopping Center Play a Role in Housing? Some See Possibility

Matthew Hersh

With the battle for age-restricted housing mired in a necessity-versus-environment stand-off, some involved in the Princeton Ridge conservation debate are calling anew for an exploration of the possibilities of building housing just down the hill, on property owned by the Princeton Shopping Center.

Dog Task Force Disbands as Advocates Look Toward Promoting Canine Safety

Matthew Hersh

Just over three months after a group of animal safety advocates appealed to the Princetons to support a group assembled to lobby for regulatory measures for potentially dangerous dogs, the group has dissolved — though it will likely re-form in the New Year.

Other News

Keaton and Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy Coming to Arts Council’s Comedy Cavalcade

Linda Arntzenius

Bruce Lawton fell in love with the classic comedy routines of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin long before he became a film historian and archivist.

Former Kindergarten Teacher Joan Almon Stresses Child’s Play as Vital at Waldorf

Linda Arntzenius

“In too many schools, play has become a four-letter word,” according to Joan Almon, a former Waldorf kindergarten teacher for 20 years and the author of numerous papers on the vital role of play in early childhood.

Biking to Promote Peace, Love & Conservation, Iranian Couple Extends ‘Green Belt’ in Princeton

Matthew Hersh

When Jafar Edrisi and Nasim Yousefi, both mountaineers, first met at the summit of a mountain near Tehran, it was not only a monumental personal triumph for the pair, but also the beginning of their shared devotion for environmentalism.

More of the Other News…


Balancing Hockey, Academics to Perfection, PU’s Stankievech Earns Rhodes Scholarship

Bill Alden

Landis Stankievech got a bit of a comeuppance in the fall of 2004 as he adjusted to the academic rigors at Princeton University.

Sherry Making Points for PU Women’s Hockey; Hopes to Turn Heads at US Hockey Tryout Camp

Bill Alden

When Sasha Sherry joined the Princeton University women’s hockey team this season, the freshman defenseman was focused on tending to her blue line duties.

Memories, Friendships Still Strong for Lewullis as 1997-98 PU Men’s Hoops Team Recognized

Bill Alden

Gabe Lewullis and his teammates from the legendary 1997-98 Princeton University men’s basketball team took things in stride as they were honored recently during a halftime ceremony at Jadwin Gym.

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DVD Review

The Universal Touch: A New Year’s Celebration of Charlie Chaplin

Stuart Mitchner

In October 1923 in New York, the American poet Hart Crane spent a night carousing and conversing until dawn with Charlie Chaplin, who admired Crane’s poem, “Chaplinesque,” and was said to be interested in his work. At the time of their meeting, Crane was relatively unknown and little read while Chaplin was a world-renowned celebrity. The comedian would die a wealthy man at the age of 88 on Christmas Day 1977 (his villa in Switzerland is being turned into a museum). The poet was only 33 in April 1932 when he apparently took his own life by jumping off the stern of a ship bound for New York from Mexico.

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