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Vol. LXIV, No. 25
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
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Weather Forecast

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SUMMER’S HERE: Community Park Pool has been thriving thanks to the onset of summery weather. Temperatures are expected to soar this week with excessive heat warnings and watches in effect through Thursday evening.

Front Page

Westerly Road Church Can Build on Ridge

Dilshanie Perera

In an 8-3 vote late last Thursday night, the Princeton Regional Planning Board approved Westerly Road Church’s plans for building a new religious edifice on an 18.5-acre tract of land along Bunn Drive. The meeting was the fourth session of an extended hearing that had begun in April.

Hometown Princeton Seeks New Members, Supporting Sponsors

Dilshanie Perera

With its focus to remain on supporting local, independent businesses, Hometown Princeton plans to expand its membership base and to seek area sponsors and friends who could assist in supporting the organization. Participating merchants gathered at the Nassau Inn last Thursday to determine the course of the group’s future.

Board of Education Ends School Year With Thanks, Farewells, New Programs

Ellen Gilbert

“June is a very busy time of the year,” observed President Rebecca Cox as she opened last week’s Board of Education meeting. She cited the administration and grading of exams, graduation, and the “bittersweet” departure of “so many colleagues.” Personnel Committee Chair Walter Bliss named and paid tribute to retiring faculty, who were also scheduled to be fêted at a June 22 event in Princeton High School’s (PHS) performance space.

Other News

Republicans Miles and Duncan Aiming For Two Township Committee Seats in Fall

Ellen Gilbert

It’s official: Doug Miles and Stuart Duncan will be on the November ballot as Republican candidates for the two available Township Committee seats. The pair, who each received over 65 write-in votes in this Spring’s primary election, recently returned from doing the paperwork in Trenton that ensures their respective candidacies.

Birds, Beasts and Bugs: Zimmerli Exhibit Is an “Incredible Finale” for Gail Aaron

Ellen Gilbert

Animal crackers--the real “Barnum’s Animals” kind with cloth-handled boxes; no new-fangled imitations--were prominently displayed on the buffet table set out to celebrate the Zimmerli Museum’s new exhibit, “Animal Fair,” and to mark the retirement of curator Gail Aaron last week.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


PU’s Cabral Making a Splash in Steeplechase, Takes 2nd at NCAAs, Headed to USA Meet

Bill Alden

Donn Cabral was dragged into giving the steeplechase a try this spring for the Princeton University men’s track team.

Former PU Coach Tierney Broadened Horizons In Guiding Denver Lax to NCAA Tournament

Bill Alden

Last June, the world of college lacrosse was rocked when Hall of Fame coach Bill Tierney left the Princeton University men’s lax program to take over the squad at the University of Denver.

After 12-Year Tenure as PDS Athletics Director, Levandowski Heading Home to New England

Bill Alden

John Levandowski cut his teeth in sports on the playing fields of New England.

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Book Review

The Promise of Greatness — David Remnick and the Telling of Obama’s Story

Stuart Mitchner

He’s like a fictional character, but he’s real.

Bob Dylan as quoted in The Bridge

Before taking up David Remnick’s The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama (Knopf $29.95), I’d like to share some remarks from a famous American novelist who once suggested that if the candidate he was writing about became president, “he would touch depths in American life which were uncharted,” although “his politics would be as conventional as his personality was unconventional.”


Women of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s: “You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby?” “Heidi Chronicles,” PST Opening, Highlights Baby Boomer Angst

Donald Gilpin

The Heidi Chronicles, 1989 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner, is Wendy Wasserstein’s depiction of young Heidi Holland’s life from 1965 to 1989, as she charts Heidi’s tumultuous, troubled, often hilarious course through the early decades of the women’s movement. Heidi struggles to combine her career as an art historian and her personal life, as her chronicles take the audience on a baby boomer nostalgia trip rich in allusions, both musical — “The Shoop Shoop Song,” Janis Joplin, “White Rabbit,” Aretha Franklin’s “Respect,” John Lennon’s “Imagine,” Sam Cooke’s “You Send Me” — and historical — Bobby Kennedy, Eugene McCarthy, Tricia Nixon, John Lennon, Ronald Reagan.

Princeton Festival’s Stage Set on Fire With G. F. Handel’s Opera “Ariodante”

Nancy Plum

Both of Princeton’s major opera companies had the potential for major changes this year. Opera New Jersey, which opens its season in a few weeks, had a major change of leadership when its founders left New Jersey to conquer new operatic mountains. Princeton Festival’s founder and Artistic Director Richard Tang Yuk also left New Jersey (to join the choral faculty at Indiana University) but has maintained his leadership role with the Festival, returning to Princeton this month to oversee the Festival’s multi-faceted summer of programming. Dr. Tang Yuk took the podium Saturday night to conduct the Festival’s premiere operatic offering: George Frederic Handel’s Ariodante. Ariodante dates from 1735, at the height of Handel’s operatic eminence, just before the composer turned his attention to oratorio. 18th century opera audiences had different tastes and attention spans than today; composers turned out lengthy operas based on epic Greek stories in which the simplest thought might elicit an eight minute da capo aria full of vocal fireworks. Handel’s Ariodante might have the length and Greek roots of that time period, but is full of the delicacy and charm of his music.

It’s New to Us

Time Management and Organizational Help Are Offered by a Simpler Life Concierge

Jean Stratton

The car has to be inspected; the dog must be taken to the groomer; Dad needs a ride to the doctor; invitations have to be sent out for the July 4th barbecue. Then, there’s the dry cleaning, the trumpet lessons, the hair appointments and on top of everything, the water heater just quit! Talk about sleep deprivation. If all this sounds familiar, you can benefit from the services of A Simpler Life Concierge.

Princeton Center for Plastic Surgery & Medispa Offers Expert Surgical and Skin Care Procedures

Jean Stratton

More and more of us are discovering the benefits of professional care for the face and body. What was once considered a luxury is becoming an essential part of overall well-being, as many people enjoy a facial, massage, or special body treatment on a regular basis.

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