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Vol. LXV, No. 4
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
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HAZY SHADE OF WINTER: This snowy vista in Cleveland Tower’s gothic shadow at the Graduate College could be a Currier and Ives classic, with lyrics by Paul Simon (“weaving time in a tapestry”).

Front Page

Consolidation Commission to Air Latest Findings

Dilshanie Perera

The joint municipal Consolidation and Shared Services Commission will present its latest findings to the public in a community presentation scheduled for Wednesday, January 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the John Witherspoon Middle School Auditorium.

Sergeant Riley Reinstated as Superior Court Judge Dismisses All Charges

Dilshanie Perera

Borough Police Sergeant Kenneth Riley, who was suspended with pay in February 2008 and then suspended without pay after indictment by a Mercer County Grand Jury in September 2008, has recently been reinstated into the police force.

Retiring Recreation Director Roberts Lauded for His Long, Fruitful Tenure

Ellen Gilbert

At Monday’s Township Committee meeting, Mayor Chad Goerner read a proclamation honoring Jack Roberts who recently retired as executive director of the Princeton Recreation Department.

Other News

Burger Details Library’s “Wonderful Year” at Council Meeting, Looks Ahead to Future

Dilshanie Perera

Executive Director of the Princeton Public Library Leslie Burger reported on the state of the institution in 2010, calling it a “really wonderful year.”

Deadline Looms as Discussions of Pool Designs and Costs Continue

Ellen Gilbert

“The original timeline is not shot yet, but we’re getting closer and closer to that point,” said new Recreation Department Executive Director Ben Stentz in the wake of last week’s meeting about pool developments.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


With Maddox Providing Spark Off the Bench, PU Men’s Hoops Tops TCNJ, Girds for Ivy Play

Bill Alden

While the Princeton University men’s basketball team showed some rust last Sunday as it returned from its 18-day exam break to host The College of New Jersey, senior forward Kareem Maddox looked sharper than ever.

Seizing Opportunity to Take Starring Role; PU Goalie Weber Produces Record Streak

Bill Alden

For much of her career with the Princeton University women’s ice hockey team, Rachel Weber has been viewed as a member of the supporting cast.

Shorter Providing Athleticism, Toughness, As PHS Boys’ Hoops Aims for Consistency

Bill Alden

Eric Shorter gained some important lessons in perseverance this past fall, starring as a receiver for a Princeton High football team that went 0-10.

“It is a mental state; not getting a win builds mental toughness,” said the 6’0, 170 pound Shorter, a consistent bright spot for the Little Tigers who had 27 receptions for 525 yards and four touchdowns. “It helps me be more aggressive but also stay composed.”

More Sports…

Book Review

Imagining J. D. Salinger: An “Amateur Reader” Makes His Way

Stuart Mitchner

“I am an amateur reader.”

Kenneth Slawenski

J.D. Salinger died a year ago tomorrow, a little less than a month after his 91st birthday and 47 years after the publication of his last book, Raise High the Roofbeam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction (Little Brown 1963), which he dedicated to his wife and children and “an amateur reader, or anyone who just reads and runs.” Presumably he was imagining a reader without a professional agenda, someone true to the primary definition of amateur — “somebody who does or takes part in something for pleasure rather than for pay.”


Princeton Orchestra Juxtaposes Old, New; Introduces a New Concerto Instrument

Nancy Plum

Princeton Symphony Orchestra presented a concert of multiple “juxtapositions” on Sunday afternoon, treating the nearly full Richardson Auditorium to a program linking a master 19th century composer with a 21st century emerging concerto instrument. Guest conductor Alasdair Neale, currently Music Director of the Sun Valley and Marin Symphonies in California, brought a clean, no-nonsense conducting style to the Princeton Symphony in two works of Beethoven and a fairly new concerto for marimba and orchestra.

It’s New to Us

Mortgage and Loan Expertise and Guidance Is Now Available from Mortgage Master, Inc.

Jean Stratton

A first mortgage, re-financing, a home equity loan — all of these can be complex, daunting procedures, especially to a first-time buyer or one who is just simply not aware of the inner workings and fine points of banking, finance, and loan applications.

Located at the U-Store, The Princeton Pharmacy Is Independent, Family Owned Apothecary Shop

Jean Stratton

In an age of diminishing independently-owned stores and rapidly increasing chains, The Princeton Pharmacy, Princeton’s home town apothecary shop, is a reassuring presence.

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