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Vol. LXIII, No. 1
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
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THE YEAR BEGINS: New Year’s Day on Nassau Street was cold but bright. Princeton Area walkers enjoying their first walk of the year are joined here by Liberty Bell Walkers from Pennsylvania.

Front Page

Miller, Goerner Are New Township Leaders

Ellen Gilbert

The Township Committee elected Bernie Miller and Chad Goerner as Township Mayor and Deputy Mayor at its reorganization meeting Sunday in the Township municipal building.

At Reorganization Meeting Borough Cites Economy as Main Challenge in 2009

Dilshanie Perera

Borough Council’s annual reorganization meeting last Sunday featured the swearing in of Council members David Goldfarb and Barbara Trelstad for additional three-year terms, the election of Andrew Koontz as Council President, and the Mayor’s annual address.

Slumping Toward the Cash Register: Princeton Weathers Holiday Season

Ellen Gilbert

Although he was once an enthusiastic believer in Princeton’s status as a “happy valley” blessed with a world-class university and thriving corporate culture that made it largely impervious to the vicissitudes of the outside world, Palmer Square Management Vice President David Newton recently had to acknowledge that the area has suffered as a result of the nation’s economic downturn.

Other News

Comedy Cavalcade From Chaplin to Kovacs Provokes Delighted Laughter at Arts Council

Dilshanie Perera

Describing the short films he presented at the Arts Council’s ninth annual Comedy Cavalcade as “beautiful little gems,” film historian Bruce Lawton screened six comic shorts from the early part of last century, showcasing the antics of film icons like Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton, and others. His selections garnered much approval at the packed house at the Solley Theater on Saturday.

Peter Crowley Appointed President of Regional Chamber of Commerce

Dilshanie Perera

A resident of Princeton for the past 28 years, Peter Crowley has spent almost four decades in the banking industry, including stints at Citibank, Bank of America, and the Bank of Princeton. He described his recent appointment as president and CEO of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce as “fitting perfectly” with his background. Monday was his first day on the job.

Princeton’s Free Wheeling Bicyclists Honor Ride Leader, Gear Up for Year’s Events

Dilshanie Perera

Board members of the Princeton Free Wheelers cycling club met on Monday night in Borough Hall to discuss the club’s yearly events. They brainstormed sponsorship ideas; reviewed the annual club events; discussed ways in which to promote helmet wearing and bike safety; decided that members should vote for their favorite cycling rest stop, or bike-friendly establishment; and exchanged ideas about a keynote speaker for the monthly membership meeting in March.

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Mavraides Comes Through in the Clutch as PU Men’s Hoops Gets First Home Win

Bill Alden

It would’ve been understandable if Dan Mavraides had felt jitters as he stepped to the foul line for the Princeton University men’s basketball team with 1:07 left in the second half last Saturday against UNC-Greensboro.

After Producing Breakthrough Weekend, PU Women’s Hockey in Thick of Title Race

Bill Alden

For the Princeton University women’s hockey team, its annual foray to Harvard and Dartmouth has typically proven to be mostly fruitless.

PHS Boys’ Hoops Has Bonding Experience in Pulling Out Win in Allentown Tournament

Bill Alden

Last winter, the Princeton High boys’ basketball team traveled to Allentown, Pa. for the William Allen Holiday Tournament and came away with two losses.

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DVD Review

Unheard Melodies From Borzage and Murnau: Sunrises, Angels, Stars, and A Legendary River

Stuart Mitchner

Imagine yourself in the heart of Times Square on an April night in 1928. You’re looking uptown from the corner of Broadway and 45th and the Great White Way is blazing, all those furiously incandescent white lights illuminating the massive movie billboards dwarfing the facades of the theatre buildings. A western, The Trail of ’98, is playing at the Astor. Looming next door above the marquee of the Gaiety is a billboard for the Fox production, Four Sons. In the next block at the Globe is my time-travel fantasy’s primary inspiration, another Fox production, Frank Borzage’s Street Angel starring “America’s Sweethearts,” Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell. Now let’s cheat the facts a little and install F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise (from 1927) up the street at the Strand and temporally relocate Borzage, Gaynor, and Farrell’s Lucky Star (which actually came out in 1929) to the Capitol, the largest moviehouse in the world with a capacity of over 5,000. In 1928 none of these silent screen palaces in America’s motion picture Mecca charges more than a buck to get in, unless you want a “divan or box seat” at the Capitol, which will cost you $1.10. Like I said, it’s a fantasy.

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