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Vol. LXIV, No. 30
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
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A PRINCETON SUMMER RITUAL: The Summer Courtyard Concert Series at the Princeton Shopping Center on North Harrison has become one of the community’s favorite pastimes. Presented by the Shopping Center and the Arts Council of Princeton, Thursday’s program featured Celtic Crossroads. The series will continue on July 29 when the Alfred James Band appears.

Front Page

Residents Want More Revaluation Data

Dilshanie Perera

Emotions ran high at Monday night’s meeting focusing on the revaluation and tax assessments.

Murder Suspect Arrested in Canada; Victim Found Here

Ellen Gilbert

The Maryland man wanted on a second-degree murder warrant in connection with the disappearance of 37-year old Devon Andrea Baker whose body was found on Sunday in Princeton Township, has been taken into custody without incident after Canadian authorities located him on Tuesday at a Days Inn in Niagara Falls.

School District and PRESSA Reach Agreement; Board Hopes for Passage of Financial “Tool Kit”

Ellen Gilbert

At its monthly meeting last week, the Princeton Regional Board of Education unanimously approved a two-year contract agreement with the Princeton Regional Educational Support Staff Association (PRESSA).

Other News

Retired? Not Really: Jane Brown’s Work Life Extends to Town Topics Digitization Project

Ellen Gilbert

“Communities dream of things coming together like this,” observed Jane Brown, who recently retired from her job as adult services manager at Princeton Public Library but is now in the thick of a project to digitize back issues of Town Topics.

As Union Talks Continue, Two Contracts Expected to be Completed by Summer’s End

Dilshanie Perera

With two Borough union contracts close to completion, the municipality is currently in negotiations with representatives from four unions whose contracts are all currently expired.

LALDEF Suggests Vigilance as East Coast Phone Scam Targets Latino Immigrants

Dilshanie Perera

A telephone scam similar to one that swept through the area in 2007 has surfaced again in Monmouth County and upstate New York, according to Treasurer of the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF) Maria Juega.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Combining Love of Sports with NCAA Experience, Harris Enjoys First Year as Ivy League Commissioner

Bill Alden

Robin Harris attended most of men’s basketball home games during her college and law school years at Duke University but she wasn’t a Cameron Crazy who painted her face blue or camped out overnight to get the best tickets.

Godfrey Makes Sudden Impact for Lafayette Lax; Hun Alum Earns Patriot Rookie of the Year Honor

Bill Alden

As a lacrosse star at the Hun School, Addie Godfrey shredded opposing defenses at will.

Taking Go-To Role for Susquehanna Women’s Lax, Former PHS Star Wright Showing Skills, Leadership

Bill Alden

Sarah Wright was frustrated in the spring of 2008 as she filled a reserve role in her freshman season with the Susquehanna University (Pa.) women’s lacrosse team.

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Record Review

Everybody Needs an Education: School Days With the Kinks

Stuart Mitchner

“No more looking back,” the song goes. “No more living in the past, yesterday’s gone and that’s a fact.”

The song was written by Ray Davies for his group, the Kinks, who perform it on the classic album Schoolboys in Disgrace, a backward look at school days recorded 35 years ago this August. Ray Davies is on my mind because I saw him just now on YouTube, a week past his 66th birthday singing “Days” at this year’s Glastonbury festival. He choked up a bit at the start — ”Thank you for the days, those endless days, those sacred days you gave me” — because he’d dedicated the performance to the memory of his old bandmate, Pete Quaife, one of the original Kinks, who had died only a few days before on June 24. It’s an emotional song, all the more so when more than a hundred thousand people are singing along with Ray on the chorus, “Days I’ll remember all my life,” not to mention the big choir flanking him, male voices on one side, female voices on the other, all singing with passion and joy this anthem to the sanctity of old times and old friends.


The Devil and the Opera Company: Opera New Jersey Presents “Faust”

Nancy Plum

For this past weekend’s Opera New Jersey (ONJ) production of Charles Gounod’s Faust, the protagonist might have done better to make a deal with the Devil over McCarter Theatre’s fire alarm system rather than for eternal youth. A rather untimely alarm in the first act of Friday night’s performance sent the audience to the street, breaking the flow of the performance, but despite the interruption, this second performance of the show (the opera was premiered the previous week) demonstrated that Opera New Jersey had put together a production which may only have needed some tightening up to make the best use of the voices onstage.

It’s New to Us

Niko Niko Translates to “Smile” in Japanese and Everyone Smiles When They See the Shop

Jean Stratton

Kelly Jung, proprietor of Niko Niko at 20 Nassau Street, is often asked whether her name is Niko.

“”No,” she replies with a smile. “Niko Niko means ‘smile’ in Japanese. We hope that our small shop with the same name will bring contagious smiles all over Princeton!”

Continental Barber Shop on Witherspoon Street Has Been a Princeton Landmark for Over 50 Years

Jean Stratton

It was a hot July morning when Brian Garner stepped into the Continental Barber Shop at 38 Witherspoon Street. A student of molecular biology from Miami, he is an intern at Princeton University for the summer, and will return later for doctoral study.

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