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Vol. LXIII, No. 27
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
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“HOLD YOUR EARS, MUSKETEERS!”: Independence Day was greeted with a bang at the Princeton Battlefield Saturday with Revolutionary War period soldiers from Mott’s 6th Company, 2nd Continental Artillery, on hand to demonstrate drill, artillery, and flintlock muskets. There were period games for children of all ages and tours of the Thomas Clarke House and the Arms of the Revolution exhibit.

Front Page

Bridge Construction to Close Washington Road

Dilshanie Perera

People driving along Washington Road will soon see a new sight spanning the roadway. Work on Streicker Bridge is underway, with the curved metal pipe that supports the structure already installed. By the end of this summer, concrete for the arches comprising the pedestrian walkway will be poured.

Medical Center Partners With CHOP to Provide Top-Notch Pediatric Care

Dilshanie Perera

The University Medical Center at Princeton (UMCP) and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) have joined forces to provide enhanced pediatric services in the Princeton HealthCare System.

Review of the FBI’s Anthrax Investigation Taking Shape at the National Academies

Ellen Gilbert

In response to an October, 2008 request by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to review the scientific methods used by the Bureau during its investigation of the 2001 anthrax letter attacks, the National Academies (NAS) recently posted a statement describing the scope of the study, and the names and biographies of the provisional committee that will conduct the independent review. The origin of the anthrax-tainted letters in question is believed to be a Nassau Street mailbox, which tested positive for anthrax spores following the attacks.

Other News

Rolling Down Nassau: Historical Society Offers Tours of Princeton for Stroller Set

Ellen Gilbert

When Jennifer L. Jang says “Let’s roll!” she’s not kidding.

Italian Women’s Group Rallies to Help Victims of Earthquake in Picenze, Italy

Dilshanie Perera

With a magnitude of 6.3, the earthquake that ripped through the Abruzzo region of Italy in April left over 65,000 people homeless. Upon hearing the news, members of the Italian Women’s Group of Princeton knew they had to help.

Stunning Photographic Portraits Comprise “Let Your Motto Be Resistance” at Morven

Dilshanie Perera

Ranging from an archival print of Sojourner Truth, to a portrait of Romare Bearden with his artwork in the background, the photographs of “Let Your Motto Be Resistance,” the newest exhibition at Morven, tell a compelling history of African American resistance over 150 years.

More of the Other News…


Boasting a Solid Track Record at Drexel, Bates Primed to Follow Tierney at PU Men’s Lax

Bill Alden

Phil Bengston, Gene Bartow, Bill Guthridge, and Ray Perkins are not exactly household names on the sporting landscape.

Former PHS Star Holman Fights Through Illness to Produce for West in Sunshine Classic Football

Bill Alden

DeQuan Holman was a bit under the weather as he hit the field last Thursday evening for the West squad in the 13th annual Sunshine Classic all-star football game.

Pitching Star Campisi Overcomes Nerves, Produces Solid Work in District 12 Softball

Bill Alden

Jessica Campisi felt some nerves as she toed the rubber for the Cranbury-Plainsboro/Princeton 12-year-old softball all stars last week in the District 12 tournament.

More Sports…

DVD Review

Karl Malden and Marlon Brando in One-Eyed Jacks: “We Had the Very Best of Each Other”

Stuart Mitchner

When asked who really wrote the story that became “One-Eyed Jacks,” Karl Malden reportedly answered: “Marlon Brando, a genius in our time.”

Karl Malden broke his nose twice playing high school football in Gary, Indiana, and the result made a natural supporting actor of him. Marlon Brando broke his nose during an informal boxing match in the boiler room of the Ethel Barrymore Theatre while he was acting in A Streetcar Named Desire. The play’s producer Irene Selznick begged him to have a cosmetic surgeon repair the damage. Tennessee Williams lamented the destruction of “those classic looks.” Brando refused to have the damage repaired, and years later Selznick admitted “that broken nose made his fortune. He was too beautiful before.”


Choir of Royal Holloway and Organ Soloists Showcase England’s Rich Choral Tradition

Nancy Plum

Visiting musical ensembles, especially from overseas, can be a real inspiration to the local organizations. Musicians can learn new repertoire and hear the performance nuances of different musical traditions. From time to time, these gems drop into the laps of a community, and such was the case last Tuesday night when the Choir of Royal Holloway performed at the Princeton University Chapel. Part of the University of London, Royal Holloway has maintained a Chapel Choir since its founding in 1886. The twenty-two Choral Scholars of the school, along with three organ scholars, were at the start of a tour of the United States (with some prestigious stops, including a residency at Washington’s National Cathedral) when they presented a short but sweet program at the University Chapel. Conductor Rupert Gough took the audience on a brief retrospective of English choral music with the concert, beginning with the master of English Renaissance choral music, William Byrd. The Royal Holloway Choir was clearly used to the acoustics of a cavernous hall, especially the decay which confounds many choral ensembles singing in the University Chapel. The Choir sang with a full sound which could really ring in the Chapel. Individual voices occasionally came out of the texture; these were voices which later proved to have good soloistic capabilities. Byrd’s “Cibavit Eos” showed some especially good tuning in sections with paired voices, and Mr. Gough imaginatively changed the vocal texture with the use of solo voices in the middle section. Choral discipline is a hallmark of the English musical tradition, and this was quite evident in the ensemble’s performance of Henry Purcell’s “Hear my Prayer”. Although the alto sectional sound got a bit lost at times in the choral fabric, the singers took great care with diction and cadences. Purcell’s music contains many tuning shifts marking a period of history lurching toward the Baroque era, and Royal Holloway handled these shifts well.

It’s New to Us

Certified Interior Decorator Amy Lebowitz Is Owner of Interiors by Decorating Den

Jean Stratton

The economy may be keeping some people at home this summer; at the same time, it is an opportunity to make some long-awaited and dreamed-of changes in the house. A new look for a room can do wonders — both for the room and for those who are in it.

Ricky’s Candy, Cones & Chaos on Nassau Street Celebrates 5th Anniversary With Sweet Treats

Jean Stratton

Summertime — the sweetest season for many. Ice cream cones and candy treats are as much a part of summer as baseball games, days at the shore, swimming, sailing, and sunshine.

No one knows this better than Ricky’s Candy, Cones & Chaos at 140 Nassau Street. This special candy, ice cream, and party store will celebrate its fifth anniversary this month.

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