Town Topics — Princeton's Weekly Community Newspaper Since 1946.
Vol. LXII, No. 27
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Coldwell Banker Princeton Office

Prudential Fox and Roach, Realtors

Gloria Nilson GMAC Real Estate

Henderson Sotheby's International Realty

N.T. Callaway Princeton Office

Stockton Real Estate, LLC

Weichert, Realtors

Advertise in Town Topics

Iris Interiors

Advertise in Town Topics

Weather Forecast

(Photo by Laura Crockett)
JULY 4 COMING TO THE BATTLEFIELD: A preview of scenes in store for visitors to the Princeton Battlefield Society’s July 4 weekend events at the Princeton Battlefield. The Clarke House (shown here) overlooked the scene and served as sanctuary for General Mercer, who died there nine days later.

Front Page

Borough Approves Mixed-Use Zone

Dilshanie Perera

Borough Council unanimously approved the ordinance allowing for the creation of a mixed-use (MX) zone on the 32 acres of land comprising the Merwick, Stanworth, YMCA, and YWCA properties last Tuesday. The change in zoning from R1 and R4 to MX permits the building onsite of a combination of single-family and two-family attached dwellings, as well as a parking garage, and non-residential non-profit organizations.

Two Council Members Dissent as Borough Introduces Budget

Dilshanie Perera

The new $25.1 million budget, which includes a five-cent (or five percent) increase in the tax rate, was introduced by Borough Council despite disagreement last Tuesday. Council members Roger Martindell and Barbara Trelstad voted against the introduction, citing that more work still had to be done. Voting in favor were council members David Goldfarb, Margaret Karcher, Andrew Koontz, and Kevin Wilkes.

“A Difficult Situation”: PU Absent From PCDO’s Fair Share Discussion

Ellen Gilbert

At a recent membership meeting, the Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) voted unanimously to endorse a resolution calling for a petition drive in the community with the object of asking Princeton University to pay its fair share in support of the annual operating expenses of the community. The University claims that it was left out of the discussion.

Other News

Historical Society Sponsors Tour That Imagines Princeton in the 1930s

Ellen Gilbert

“For 15 cents you saw a cartoon, a newsreel, and a double feature in the 1930s,” said Princeton Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) curator Eileen K. Morales while pointing to the the Garden Theater. The Garden, which actually dates back to the 1920s, is still there. Its competitor, Struve’s Arcade, which opened just down the street in 1938, is now home to the Triumph Brewery. In between, there was a bowling alley.

Princeton Democrats Unite for Obama, Find “Ideal Location” for Headquarters

Ellen Gilbert

On the evening before the day that Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton met in Unity, New Hampshire, the Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) held its own unity party at the Battle Road home of Margaret Griffin and Scott Sillars. The invitation belied the location’s street name by asking members and friends to “join in friendship and common purpose,” that common purpose being to elect Barack Obama as president and raise funds for his campaign.

U.S. Makes “Positive Impression” On South African Students

Dilshanie Perera

The Impact Young Lives Foundation (IYL) selected five South African university students to tour nine cities in the United States as part of its “Expose, Enlighten, and Educate Experience.” The program was created to “expose young South Africans to democracy, educational opportunities and various business environments throughout America.” They will also receive a $1000 scholarship for their continued studies.

More of the Other News…


Former Princeton Pitching Star Staehely Utilizing College Lessons in Pro Ranks

Bill Alden

Christian Staehely didn’t envision himself as heading to a boot camp environment after graduating from Princeton University last month.

Former PHS Star Simpson Looking to Cook as He Ends Football Career in Sunshine Game

Bill Alden

Jordan Simpson loves to fire up the grill and he can whip up a tasty marinara sauce.

After Developing Into Star QB at PDS, O’Brien Fired Up for Sunshine Classic

Bill Alden

It didn’t take long for Clint O’Brien to distinguish himself at quarterback for the Princeton Day School football team.

More Sports…


PST Offers Blend of Dark and Light, Romance and Comedy, In High-Powered Staging of William Inge’s 1955 “Bus Stop”

Donald Gilpin

A blizzard rages outside Grace’s Diner, 20 miles west of Kansas City. It’s 1955. The bus to Topeka pulls in, but can go no further until the road ahead is cleared. During the next five hours, three locals and five travelers are stranded, thrown together.

Youthful String Quartet Refreshes Audience at Richardson Auditorium

Nancy Plum

The Princeton University Summer Concerts Series prides itself on bringing new and relatively unknown chamber ensembles to Richardson Auditorium in these warm weeks of June and July.

It’s New to Us

Full Line of Specialty Edibles Is Available at DeLiteful Foods

Ronnie Staffenberg and her husband Drew, owners of DeLiteful Foods, are clearly filling a need. This retail specialty food store, located at the Glendale Plaza, 4040 Quakerbridge Road in Lawrenceville, offers a variety of safe and healthy food choices to customers with food allergies and medical conditions.

Craft Studio and Gift Gallery Are Red Green Blue Highlight

Creativity is on display at Red Green Blue True Color Creations. Located at 4 Hulfish Street, this craft studio and gift gallery offers opportunities for imagination and creativity to soar.

Town Topics® may be purchased on Wednesday mornings at the following locations: Princeton — McCaffrey’s, Cox’s, Kiosk (Palmer Square), Krauszer’s (State Road), Olives, Speedy Mart (State Road), Wawa (University Place); Hopewell — Village Express; Rocky Hill — Wawa (Route 518); Pennington — Pennington Market.
Copyright© Town Topics®, Inc. 2011.