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Vol. LXI, No. 29
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
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WALKABOUT 2007 HITS PRINCETON: When they got to Princeton last Sunday, the nine- to 17-year-olds participating in Walkabout 2007, a 165-mile, two week long trek through Central New Jersey from the Shore to the Delaware, had completed 126 miles. The walkers were guided by adult members of the Gatherer Institute. They are due to complete the hike Saturday, July 21.

Front Page

Senator Turner Tours Tax-Exempt Club

Linda Arntzenius

Last Friday, July 13, a handful of visitors turned up at 51 Prospect Avenue for a tour of the University Cottage Club on one of just 12 days each year that it opens its doors to the general public.

The first to arrive for the 10 a.m. tour was state Senator Shirley Turner (D-15), one of two sponsors of a bill that would force the club to be open for at least 96 days of the year or lose its designation as an historic site and thus its bid for exemption from paying property taxes to the Borough.

Borough Considers Merwick Rezoning, Master Plan Issues

Linda Arntzenius

Rezoning issues took centerstage at last week's Borough Council meeting, held Tuesday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m.

The council considered the future development of a 32-acre tract that includes the YMCA and YWCA properties, the Princeton University-owned Stanworth housing project, and the Merwick site that the University is interested in purchasing from the Medical Center, following the decision by Princeton HealthCare System to relocate the Merwick Rehab Hospital & Nursing Care facility to Plainsboro.

Impact of New Connector Road Discussed at Township Meeting

Stuart Mitchner

Drivers who take the Hillside Avenue shortcut between 206 and Cherry Valley Road will soon feel the impact of limited access to the street thanks to the recent completion of the connector road between Route 206 and Cherry Valley Road.

Other News

Tea Expert Judith Krall-Russo Brews Cheering Cup of Tradition at Library

Arielle Shipper

Food historian and certified tea expert Judith Krall-Russo admits to a "lifelong love affair" with food. As a teenager she was fascinated by the culinary traditions of other cultures, she said.

Simulated Medical Emergency Drill Puts Medical Center, Area Hospitals on Alert

Linda Arntzenius

Amy Franco Rodriguez suspected that the "emergency" that hit the University Medical Center of Princeton at 8 a.m. last Wednesday, July 11, might be a drill.

"I didn't know it was coming until it happened," said Ms. Rodriguez, who works for Princeton HealthCare System. "It was very realistic and I acted as if it was the real thing."

At the Community Park Pool Complex Larry Ivan Is the Man With the Answers

Linda Arntzenius

The man with the keys is also the man with the answers. Whether it's a lost child, mislaid eye-glasses, or the necessary equipment for a swim exercise class.

He's been the man at the pool since 1967 — that's as long as the pool, which marks its 40th anniversary this year, has been in existence. He's been manager for 34 of those years.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


PDS Golf Star Inman Aims to Be a Tiger as He Competes in U.S. Junior Amateur

Lance Willams

Tiger Woods' love affair with golf began before he even had the ability to walk or talk, watching his father hit golf balls and mimicking his swing while still in a crib.

PDS Alumna Briody Ends Amherst Lax Career With All-American Honors, Valuable Lessons

Bill Alden

Alyssa Briody brought high hopes into her final season with the Amherst College women's lacrosse team this past spring.

PSA's Union 90 U-16 Club Shows Skill, Heart as it Advances to Semis in Regional Debut

Bill Alden

As the Princeton Soccer Association's Union 90 Under-16 boys' team started play in the Region 1 tournament in Portland, Maine earlier this month, the club had plenty of reasons to be a bit intimidated.

Baxter's Production a Major Bright Spot as Post 218 Struggles Down the Stretch

Lance Williams

This summer has been quite a change of pace for Princeton Post 218 second baseman Andrew Baxter.

Record Review

More Than Melody: Only McCartney Knows

Stuart Mitchner

"I’m in awe of McCartney,” Bob Dylan said in a recent Rolling Stone interview. “He’s about the only one I’m in awe of. He can do it all. And he’s never let up. He’s got the gift for melody …. Everything that comes out of his mouth is just framed in melody.”


New Jersey Opera Opens 2007 Season With Production of Mozart’s “Magic Flute”

Nancy Plum

It seems that New Jersey Opera may have found its niche. Now in its fourth summer season, the company has developed a repertory for the year featuring two classical operas, one lighter operatic fare and two nights of operatic scenes and tidbits. The company’s theatrical home in the Berlind Theatre of the McCarter Theatre complex is well-suited for the diverse range of singers the company compiled for this year’s summer season.

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