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Vol. LXIV, No. 22
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
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NEW ALUMNI: Members of the Class of 2010 share a laugh during Class Day ceremonies held on Monday. Student speakers, as well as ABC News anchor and reporter Charles Gibson, were featured during the celebration of the newest group of alumni.

Front Page

Tilghman Urges Grads to Seek Common Ground

Princeton University’s 263rd Commencement Exercises concluded on Tuesday with the awarding of degrees to 1,166 members of the Class of 2010, and 804 graduate students.

Borough Approves Creating Position of Police Captain, Nicholas Sutter to Fill Role

Dilshanie Perera

Borough police officer Nicholas Sutter is now officially the second in command of the force. He will be sworn in as captain on Tuesday after Town Topics press time. Mr. Sutter was promoted from his previous position of lieutenant after much discussion within the department and by the governing body as to the structuring of the Borough’s police force.

Wilson Urges Parents to Be Proactive; Search for New JW Principal Continues

Ellen Gilbert

“Don’t just read the headlines,” School Superintendent Judy Wilson counseled listeners at last week’s Board of Education meeting as she talked about proposed state legislation that will affect public education. “Contact your lawmakers.”

Other News

Simulated Car Accident Is Wake-Up Call Staged for High School Juniors and Seniors

Ellen Gilbert

A young woman posing as a fatality, lots of fake blood, sobbing friends, a student playing a tipsy driver, and an actual hearse all lent verisimilitude to a car crash staged last week to impress Princeton High School (PHS) juniors, seniors, and other area students with the dangers of driving and drinking.

Community Welcomes Identification Cards, Municipalities, Mercer County Accept Them

Dilshanie Perera

The Princeton Community Identification Card is the latest project of the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF), a Princeton-based non-profit organization that aims to protect and defend the civil rights of Latinos in the region through advocacy, legal assistance, and education.

Merrick’s Looking for New Princeton Home, Sees Chance for “Reinvention” in Closing

Dilshanie Perera

Despite the heartbreak involved with closing their much-beloved clothing store Merrick’s at 6 Moore Street, mother and daughter Barbara Racich and Anne Merrick Mavis are determined to persevere, calling the circumstances an opportunity to move on and engage in reinvention.

More of the Other News…


Senior Star Leonard Primed to Give His All As PU Men’s Lightweights Seek 2nd IRA Title

Bill Alden

For Jack Leonard, a pivotal stretch of his career on the Princeton University men’s lightweight crew team took place indoors rather than on the water.

Working Together From Top to Bottom, PU Open Crew Program 3rd at NCAAs

Bill Alden

As the Princeton University women’s open crew got ready last Sunday for the championship round of the NCAA regatta, Lori Dauphiny made no effort to hide her emotions.

Showing Skill and Coolness Under Fire, PHS Golf Star Graham Wins TOC Title

Bill Alden

Although Fraser Graham carded a bogey on his first hole at the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions (TOC) last week, he wasn’t overly concerned.

More Sports…

DVD Review

Once Upon a Time in the Sixties — Rebels, Outlaws, and Uneasy Riders

Stuart Mitchner

“Breathless” was the sort of film where anything goes; that was what it was all about…. Although I felt ashamed of it at one time … now I see where it belongs — along with “Alice in Wonderland.” I thought it was “Scarface.”.

Jean Luc Godard, December 1962

I thought the crazier you behaved, the better artist you would be. And there was a time when I had a lot of energy to display how crazy that was.

Dennis Hopper, May 2002

“Not for the kids!” cautions New York Times reviewer Bosley Crowther, referring to Jean Luc Godard’s Breathless, one of the first blasts of the sixties fired across the bow of the sinking ship of the fifties only weeks after John F. Kennedy took office and announced the New Frontier. Released a year earlier in France as À bout de souffle, Breathless is being shown at New York’s Film Forum through June 10 in honor of the picture’s 50th anniversary.


Taking Flight With Lindbergh, Earhart, and the Wright Brothers, McCarter Presents U.S. Premiere of Inventive Aviation Musical

Donald Gilpin

Experienced any horror stories at Newark Airport lately? Still able to conjure up any of those romanticized anticipations that accompanied airline trips in years gone by, before the terrorism alerts, the endless security lines, the disappearance of all amenities, and the pervasive worries about environmental consequences? The glamour of air travel in the past century has vanished, but Take Flight, an American premiere musical currently at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre, recreates on stage much of the excitement of the early days of flight, and many of the tribulations too.

Westminster Community Orchestra’s Audience Goes on Musical Journey Through the Movies

Nancy Plum

Music from film and television is often dismissed as trivial or fluff, when in fact notable composers in the early 20th century considered writing film scores a very viable way of making a living. Such composers as Aaron Copland and Sergei Prokofiev wrote for film, and many other major works of music by significant composers have been used in movie soundtracks. The Westminster Community Orchestra brought a bit of fun trivia and a great deal of this film music to the stage on Saturday night. Conductor Ruth Ochs took the audience at Richardson Auditorium on a trip through the unusual and little explored world of music from the movies, as concertgoers learned a new thing or two about pieces they thought they had known for years.

It’s New to Us

Princeton Soup & Sandwich Company Opens and Offers Delightfully Tempting Choices

Jean Stratton

Princeton Soup & Sandwich Company at 30 Palmer Square East has recently opened, replacing the Original Soup Man, after a month-long hiatus. The lively new eatery has customers lining up for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and it’s easy to see why.

Expert Service, Upgrading, and Repairs Are Specialties of Popular technician X

Jean Stratton

They’re just about everywhere today; they’re meant to make your life easier, and they have basically revolutionized access to information, communication, and interaction.

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