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Vol. LXV, No. 22
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
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(Photo Courtesy of Princeton University, Office of Communications, Denise Applewhite)
HOME RUN KING HONORED AT PRINCETON COMMENCEMENT: Baseball legend Henry “Hank” Aaron (center) receives his academic hood from Chief Marshal Douglas Clark after his introduction as an honorary degree recipient at Princeton’s Commencement ceremony. Looking on (from left) are faculty marshal Angela Creager, Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman, and columnist and University Trustee George Will.

Front Page

Princeton University Graduates Urged to Serve

Anne Levin

Princeton University’s 264th Commencement Exercises concluded on Tuesday with the awarding of degrees to 1,202 undergraduate members of the Class of 2011, and 815 graduate students. University President Shirley M. Tilghman was among the speakers who encouraged members of the Class of 2011 to make a commitment to public service.

Commission Votes For Consolidation Into Single Entity

Anne Levin

In a 9-1 vote at a meeting Wednesday, May 25, the Princeton Consolidation and Shared Services Commission voted to recommend that Princeton Borough and Princeton Township be consolidated into a single entity that would be known as Princeton. A borough form of government with an elected mayor and six at-large council members holding staggered terms would be put in place, should voters approve consolidation in November.

PEF Gives District $25K for Computers; Principal Burr Reviews First Year at JWMS

Ellen Gilbert

The receipt of a $25,000 check from the Princeton Education Foundation (PEF) and a presentation about his first year on the job by John Witherspoon Middle School (JW) Principal Jason Burr were highlights of last week’s Board of Education meeting. The Board, in turn, expressed their appreciation to the PEF, and to Mr. Burr.

Other News

Saving the Environment From Plastic Bags: BYOBag Campaign to Launch on June 9

Ellen Gilbert

Sustainable Princeton’s “BYOBag” campaign will have its official kick-off on Thursday, June 9, on Hinds Plaza, right outside the Princeton Public Library. Organizers are hoping that the movement’s motto, “change a habit and change the world” will encourage area residents to get into the habit of bringing their own cloth or recyclable bags with them when they’re out doing errands.

Princeton Alumnus With Deep Pockets Proposes Plan to Purchase the Dinky

Anne Levin

A Princeton University alumnus who heads a privately held railway investment and management firm wants to buy the Dinky rail line. Henry Posner III, chairman and founding principal of Railroad Development Corporation (RDC), presented his proposal to Princeton Borough Council at its meeting last week.

Two Candidates in Mayoral Primary Discuss Their Positions on the Issues

Anne Levin

After voters decide between Democratic candidates David Goldfarb and Yina Moore as the party’s nominee for Borough mayor on Monday, June 6, the winner will run as the endorsed Democratic candidate in the November general election.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


PU’s Top Open Crew Caps Historic Season; Taking Gold Medal at NCAA Championships

Bill Alden

Lori Dauphiny had an uneasy feeling heading into last weekend’s NCAA Championship regatta even though her Princeton University women’s open first varsity crew hadn’t lost a race all spring.

Senior Standout Sykora Pushing Hard to the End As No 1 PU Women’s Lightweights Head to IRAs

Bill Alden

For Lauren Sykora, the idea of getting involved in rowing came when she was in grade school.

Senior Star Dowers Leads Fight to the End As PHS Boys’ Lax Falls in State Quarters

Bill Alden

After the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team tied Robbinsville 8-8 in mid-April to move to 1-3-1, senior defenseman Robby Dowers and his co-captains decided it was time to clear the air.

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Book Review

Here Comes the Man Again: Stan Musial Unwinds and Cuts Loose

Stuart Mitchner

How good was Stan Musial? Good enough to take your breath away.

Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully

A makeshift stage had been set up on the courthouse square in Bloomington, Indiana, a locale immortalized in the opening and closing frames of Peter Yates’s film, Breaking Away. The occasion was a Kennedy for President rally in the fall of 1960 featuring movie stars Angie Dickinson and Jeff Chandler, novelist James A. Michener, historian Arthur Schlesinger, one or two others I can’t remember — and Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals.

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