Town Topics — Princeton's Weekly Community Newspaper Since 1946.
Vol. LXI, No. 26
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
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(Photo by E.J. Greenblat)

LIGHTING THE SKIES WITH THE SPIRIT OF PRINCETON: Monday's celebration of the Glorious Fourth, courtesy of the annual Spirit of Princeton Independence Day fireworks display, illuminates this July 4 issue. The weather couldn't have been better for crowds watching from fields along Western Way. A group of Princeton-based volunteers, the Spirit of Princeton also organizes the Memorial Day Parade, the Flag Day ceremony, and the Veteran's Day celebration.

Front Page

Borough, NHKT, Work to Keep Project On Track

Matthew Hersh

Princeton Borough staff updated the public last week on the stalled downtown development project that has led to growing community concern, including discreet references to the possibility of bringing in a new developer, and doubts about the municipality's ability to handle such a daunting development task.

Restaurant, Bank Plans OK'd After Developer Changes the Tune

Matthew Hersh

A lot can change in two years.

In 2005, a proposal to build a jazz club and restaurant at the site of a Bayard Lane tavern galvanized a neighborhood into opposition, and challenged the integrity of one of Princeton Township's most curious zoning districts.

Now, two years later, the Township's zoning board has given the area a green light for a bank at the old tavern site, and for a 78-seat restaurant at an old service garage and car rental site just a block south.

Leading Arts Education Groups Merge to Increase Effectiveness

Linda Arntzenius

Two of New Jersey's leading arts education providers joined forces as of July 1, to create an organization that is intended to benefit the children of New Jersey.

Other News

Tips for Backyard Bird-Lovers From Audubon's Steven Saffier

Linda Arntzenius

To hear bird enthusiast Steven Saffier tell it, there is no better place to observe birds than your own backyard, especially if that backyard is in the heavily wooded New Jersey, Pennsylvania region.

Borough Hall Sides With Police in Double Time Pay Dispute

Matthew Hersh

Siding with Borough Police administration in a grievance filed by one of its own patrol officers, Borough Hall restated its position last week, denying double time pay for the officer, who had agreed to take a standby shift.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Former Stuart Track Coach Harrington Broadens Horizons on PU China Trip

Bill Alden

As Thomas Harrington trudged up a steep section of the Great Wall of China last month, it dawned on him how far he has come in his coaching career.

Mullen Overcame Bumps for PU Track Ends With All-American Honor, Win in China

Bill Alden

Catha Mullen wasn't sure where she would end up in her final season with the Princeton University women's outdoor track team.

Helped by Former Hun Star Pietras, Bruising West Wins Sunshine Game

Bill Alden

Coming into last Thursday's 11th annual Sunshine Football Classic, Brad Pietras and his mates on the West squad defense knew they faced a major challenge.

PU's Petrie Makes Impact for Coldwell in Debut With Summer Men's Hoops

Bill Alden

Chris Petrie's moment in the sun during his freshman season with the Princeton University men's basketball team came in a romp over Rice in early January.

DVD Review

Larger Than Life: John Wayne at 100 Looms Among the Living

Stuart Mitchner

Like him or not, John Wayne, born a hundred years ago this May 26, has become nearly as synonymous with America as the bald eagle, the Stars and Stripes, and the Fourth of July. I wonder how it would be if he were alive at this fraught moment in American history. Imagine this still-venerated movie actor contemplating the damage the current administration has done to the American image he had such an extraordinary and unprecedented stake in. Would he be backing Bush and Cheney right or wrong or would he be trying to help restore America’s credibility by standing up to them and speaking out? His mere presence on the world stage might help put a little more substance into Uncle Sam’s empty suit. Fantasy it may be, but even assuming Wayne would have backed the invasion of Iraq, you have to believe that he’d be speaking out by now against the waste and mismanagement of the war and the neglect of the soldiers and that he quite probably would have agreed about the need for greater troop strength early on when it was suggested by General Shalikashvili, who is said to have learned to speak English by watching John Wayne movies. Could the spin doctors at the White House have spun the Duke? Imagine a world looking for America and finding John Wayne standing there instead of George W. Bush.


One Confused Taxi Driver + His Two Wives = Madcap Comedy In “Run for Your Wife” at Off-Broadstreet Theatre in Hopewell

Donald Gilpin

Run for Your Wife by Ray Cooney, virtuoso of the British Bedroom comedy and master farceur of London’s West End (where Run for Your Wife ran for over 3400 performances, 1983 to 1992), is playing at the Off-Broadstreet Theatre in Hopewell on weekends through July 21. The “dessert theatre,” under the direction of Robert and Julia Thick, offers an impressive array of delicious cakes, pies, and fruits to accompany its dramatic fare, but there is nothing on the dessert table to rival the frothiness of the menu on stage in Mr. Cooney’s zany and popular farce.

Westminster Choir College’s Bach Festival Celebrates Music of the Great Master

Nancy Plum

One does not often hear music for Good Friday in June. However every year, Westminster Choir College sponsors a week-long Bach Festival culminating in a presentation of one of the great composer’s masterworks. Since most of Bach’s choral music was written for the church (and his Passions for Holy Week), it is only natural that the work heard at the end of Westminster’s scholarly week would be out from the liturgical repertoire.

It’s New to Us

Tom Yum Goong Restaurant Serves Authentic Thai Cuisine

Traditional, tempting, and tasty Thai cuisine is available at Tom Yum Goong Restaurant at 354 Nassau Street. Opened in December, it has become a popular spot for diners familiar with the savory pleasures of Thai cooking and also for those new to this dining experience.

High Quality Color and Hair Cuts Are Focus of B&B Hair Color Studio

There is nothing like a new haircut and color that combine to create a style and look all your own. You walk out the door feeling like a million dollars. Refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to go!

That is the goal of B&B Hair Color Studio at 49 State Road. "I want to create a hair style that suits the woman," says Tim Bricker, owner with his wife Kate Bricker, of the salon. "A good hair cut can really give you a visual face lift."

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