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Vol. LXII, No. 24
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
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A HANDS-ON APPROACH: Former co-owner, editor and publisher of Town Topics Jeb Stuart doing page layout and paste up in the composing room at the Mercer Street headquarters of Town Topics, October 1998.

Front Page

Jeb Stuart, Former Town Topics Editor and Publisher, Dies at 66

Barbara L. Johnson

Craig C. Stuart

Donald C. (Jeb) Stuart III, co-owner, editor and publisher of Town Topics until 2001, died June 4 at home of complications from a decade-long battle with prostate cancer. He would have been 67 on June 13.

Proposed Township Budget Would Produce Lowest Tax Increase in Four Years

Ellen Gilbert

Princeton Township taxpayers will face an annual tax increase of five cents per $100 of the assessed value of their homes, if the proposed 2008 budget presented at Tuesday’s Township Committee meeting is approved.

Parking Garage Troubles Threaten Future of NHKT/Borough Project

Linda Arntzenius

The Mayor and Council of the Borough of Princeton were scheduled to vote on the authorization of a set of contract “estoppels” with its developer, Nassau HKT Urban Renewal Associates LLC (NHKT), when they met in public session last night at Borough Hall (after Town Topics press time).

Other News

Revived Paul Robeson Art Center Shines a Light on Its Surroundings

Stuart Mitchner

It’s safe to say that both Jacques Tati and Maurice Sendak would feel at home in the renovated and expanded Paul Robeson Center for the Arts. Besides creating a colorfully appealing venue for the Arts Council, Michael Graves’s design illuminates the heart of downtown Princeton as surely as if he’d personally envisioned it, framed it, and put it on display.

Looking Out for Princeton’s Future, Planning Experts Talk to Community

Linda Arntzenius

The third of a series of public meetings hosted by the group Princeton Future was held at the Princeton Public Library last Saturday, June 7.

Princeton’s “Leisure Vision” Includes Major Overhaul of Swimming Pool

Ellen Gilbert

Director Jack Roberts recently described the results of a “capital inventory of perceived needs” conducted to determine the two Princetons’ priorities for a “leisure vision” of the future.

More of the Other News…


Despite Battling Hard at IRA Championships, Tiger Rowers Come Up Short in Medal Chase

Bill Alden

Coming into the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national championship regatta last weekend, the Princeton University men’s heavyweight and men’s lightweight crews both decided to do a little bit of tinkering.

Men’s Summer Hoops Hitting Milestone as 20th Season to Tip Off Next Monday

Bill Alden

According to local legend, it all started from an offhand conversation in 1988.

Princeton Post 218 Showing Promise; Looking to Surprise Foes This Summer

Bill Alden

Playing in mid-90 degree temperatures that made Smoyer Park feel like a blast furnace, the Princeton Post 218 American Legion baseball team faced a trial by fire last Sunday as it opened the season.

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Art Review

Metropolitan Museum
Imagining Lennon: Happiness Is a Night Walk Through the Met

Stuart Mitchner

You can celebrate anything you want … penetrate any place you go … radiate anything you are … imitate everyone you know … indicate anything you see … syndicate any boat you row … Everything has got to be just like you want it to ….

—John Lennon, “Dig a Pony”

Record Review

Bo Diddley and the Raging Hormones: An Indiana Tale

Stuart Mitchner

Ellas B. McDaniel, who claimed never to answer to that name, died last week, a few months short of 80. After his funeral Saturday, Bo Diddley’s longtime bassist Debby Hastings called him “the rock that roll is built on” and Ben Ratliff’s New York Times obit credited him for creating a beat that became “a stock rhythm” for white rock musicians. For teenagers desperate with boredom in southern Indiana in the days before rock ’n roll, the Bo Diddley slide ’n shuffle and thriller-diller tremolo was beyond stock. It was a living, breathing absolute of infectious and incessant radio energy powered by WLAC’s 50,000 watt monster transmitter all the way from Nashville, Tennessee. The music that we drove into the night to and that some of us got deathly drunk on was made by a man from the South Side of Chicago, which also gave us the Chicago Kid, not to mention, a few decades later, Barack Obama.

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