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Vol. LXV, No. 25
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
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BLOCK PARTY BOUNTY: Wearing her ever-bountiful, pockets-full-of-treats hoop skirt, JaZam’s owner Joanne Farrugia presides over Friday’s Palmer Square block party celebrating the store’s 15th birthday.

Front Page

Fire Department Study Recommends Changes

Anne Levin

Princeton’s firefighters have long provided their services on a volunteer basis. But this time-honored tradition can’t be sustained forever. So concludes a study presented to a June 14 meeting of Borough and Township officials in Borough Hall by consultant William K. Kramer, a retired firefighter whose firm Kramer & Associates is based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Retiring Staff Receives District’s Thanks; John Cronin Lauded

Ellen Gilbert

Representing some 330 hours of experience, Community Park Principal Sharon Goldman and 16 staff members from the Princeton Regional School District will be retiring from their positions this spring. At last week’s meeting, School Board President Rebecca Cox expressed the District’s appreciation to Ms. Goldman and all the retirees.

Planning Board Votes For Cooking Classes In Historic Farmhouse

Anne Levin

Marcia Willsie wept last week after the Regional Planning Board voted to allow her to resume teaching cooking classes at her historic farmhouse on Mercer Road. These were tears of joy for Ms. Willsie, a trained chef who began holding cooking class dinner parties at her home in 2008 but had to halt them a year later when Township officials stepped in to clarify regulations regarding home cooking classes and home-based businesses.

Other News

Learning About the “Locavore” Connection: Kindergarteners’ Plants Flavor Frozen Treat

Ellen Gilbert

The timing was brilliant: the sun came out and the ominous rumblings ceased just as Johnson Park School (JP) kindergartners stepped outside the school building for what was billed as “a garden party” last week.

Journalist, Documentary Filmmaker Flesher Turns His Attention to the Sourlands

Ellen Gilbert

He describes himself as a “multimedia journalist.” He’s a writer, photographer, and filmmaker “in the pursuit of a good story.” His website informs us that “award-winning Jared Flesher uses every technological tool at his disposal.”

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Serving Others Selflessly On and Off the Field, PHS Alum Callahan Receives PU’s Lane Award

Bill Alden

Pete Callahan gained a memorable lesson in what it means to stand out in a crowd during the gap year he took before entering Princeton University in 2007.

PHS Alum Sarafin Displayed Toughness, Leadership In Producing Superb Career for Haverford Baseball

Bill Alden

When Colin Sarafin joined the Haverford College (Pa.) baseball program in 2007, he envisioned himself as an everyday player.

PHS Lacrosse Senior Standouts Irving, Blair Get Nod as Town Topics’ Top Spring Performers

Bill Alden

Michael Irving was unable to fulfill his promise last spring for the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team as his 2010 campaign was curtailed by an ACL injury in mid-April.

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Art Review

James A. Michener Art Museum
Soldiering On: William Trego, Stephen Crane, and the Imagery of War

Stuart Mitchner

The music of the trampling feet, the sharp voices, the clanking arms of the column near him made him soar on the red wings of war. For a few moments he was sublime.

from Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage (1895)

With the new exhibit, So Bravely and So Well: The Life and Art of William T. Trego, the Michener Art Museum marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and pays tribute to an artist whose heroic personal struggle reflected his chosen setting — the field of battle. Some two years after his birth in September 1858, Trego was stricken


Princeton Festival Brings Stravinsky’s “The Rakes Progress” to Operatic Life

Nancy Plum

Despite having the last name of Rakewell, the protagonist of Igor Stravinsky’s 1951 opera The Rake’s Progress was not really a rake by the true definition of the word. When we meet our hero in the beginning of Stravinsky’s two-act and very complex opera, he could be considered a ne’er-do-well with dreams of marrying his true love (whose last name is coincidentally Trulove) and becoming rich with no discernible plan for achieving either of these goals. Stravinsky’s opera has been characterized as “neo-classical,” but what Stravinsky composed in part is a satire on three centuries of opera which have come before, quoting 18th century musical idioms, Faustian themes, and heroic plots.

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