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Vol. LXII, No. 25
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
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SECOND GRADERS HONOR THE FLAG: Community Park second graders brightened up Friday’s Spirit of Princeton Flag Day ceremony on the plaza of the Princeton Township Municipal Building. Though Flag Day officially fell on Saturday, June 14, the Spirit of Princeton held the celebration on a school day so that students could participate.

Front Page

Council Approves Phase II Downtown Development

Linda Arntzenius

Members of Borough Council voted 5-1 to approve the set of contract “estoppel” agreements with its developer when they met in public session last week, June 10, despite concerns by one member that the legal documents make no mention of start or finish dates.

Whither Valley Road? Building’s Future Remains To Be Decided

Ellen Gilbert

At a recent meeting of the Princeton Historic Preservation Commission (HPC), member Elric J. Endersby expressed concern about the Valley Road Building, where it appears that little or no maintenance is being done. He wondered if this neglect was a deliberate effort to force the tearing-down of the building, parts of which date back to 1910. The building currently houses the Princeton Regional School Board’s administrative offices, as well as Corner House Counseling Center, the Princeton Township Affordable Housing office, Princeton Young Achievers, and Princeton Community Television (“TV 30”).

Cleveland Lane Resident Disappointed Over Borough’s Plans for Sidewalk

Linda Arntzenius

Borough resident Kristina Johnson was unsuccessful in her attempt to alter plans for a sidewalk to be constructed outside her home on the corner of Cleveland Lane and Lafayette Road.

Other News

Firestone Library’s Curator of Numismatics Is Looking Forward to Research in Venice

Ellen Gilbert

“A medal can be a work of art,” observed Alan Stahl, Princeton University Library’s Curator of Numismatics, recently. “It can also be pretty trashy and commercial.” With its nobler aspects in mind, Mr. Stahl, who was just named a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow, is hoping to encourage university president Shirley Tilghman to begin the practice of issuing medals to mark special university events such as endowment campaigns.

Minority Education Committee Previews “The Color of Fear”

Ellen Gilbert

The Minority Education Committee watched and discussed a documentary movie about race relations at its Monday evening meeting, giving it a two-thumbs up, and recommending that it should not only be used in the Princeton Regional Schools, but should be required viewing for municipal officers and members of the Chamber of Commerce as well.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Princeton Women’s Ice Hockey Star Sherry Taking Another Step Up International Ladder

Bill Alden

Sasha Sherry knows what it’s like to excel on ice hockey’s international stage.

Princeton’s Sailer Gets Surprise Package, Stunned by Selection to Lax Hall of Fame

Bill Alden

Chris Sailer came home a few weeks ago to find a Federal Express package unexpectedly lying on her doorstep.

Former PHS Boys’ Lacrosse Star Murphy Perseveres to Become Captain at Providence

Bill Alden

Bennett Murphy realized he was a long shot when he tried out for the Providence College men’s lacrosse team in the fall of 2003.

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DVD Review

Jacques Tati’s Human Comedy: Crazy Logic and Stray Dogs

Stuart Mitchner

“The fact that about 40 technicians have to wait patiently while a dog condescends to relieve himself on a lamp post gives me great financial responsibilities.”
—Jacques Tati on the filming of Mon Oncle (1958)

Speaking of “financial responsibilities,” it took Jacques Tati almost nine years to complete his next film, Playtime, and the only way he could manage that was to borrow from his own funds. A commercial failure, the film left him bankrupt. Playtime is prime Tati but it’s very long and exceedingly subtle, and it doesn’t have any dogs — at least none as lovably rowdy as the ones in Mon Oncle, which marks its 50th anniversary this year.


Tom Stoppard’s Verbal, Intellectual, and Erotic Acrobatics Bring “Arcadia” to Life in Princeton Summer Theater Opener

Donald Gilpin

Septimus, what is carnal embrace?” the thirteen-year-old Thomasina Coverly (Laura Hankin) asks her 22-year-old tutor (Daniel Kublick) in the opening lines of Tom Stoppard’s intellectually dazzling Arcadia, currently playing in Princeton Summer Theater’s season opener at Hamilton Murray Theater.

Westminster Community Orchestra Closes Season With Slice of Americana

Nancy Plum

Even though the school year at Westminster Choir College ended several weeks ago, performing arts on and off campus has continued full force after the student body has long gone. The Westminster Community Orchestra has been rehearsing right into the summer, presenting a refreshing “American Salute” Saturday night in Richardson Auditorium. Conductor Ruth Ochs and the ensemble performed four musical slices of Americana, joined in one number by the Westminster Conservatory Children’s Choir.

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