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Vol. LXIII, No. 25
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
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REMEMBERING: Ranged next to the Battlefield Monument, Princeton firefighters remember fallen comrades Friday after the annual Fire Department Parade. The 55 Year Service award was presented to William Karch of Engine Company #3.

Front Page

Downtown Parking Still a Work in Progress

Dilshanie Perera

Though parking signage has changed downtown, the new meter hours are not yet in effect since the Borough is waiting for the state to approve the changes along Route 27 (Nassau Street). Parking rate changes in the Spring Street garage have been implemented, with Sunday fees now at $1.25 per hour.

District Considers Integrating Technology in All Classrooms

Ellen Gilbert

“How can technology be integrated into K-5 education?” asked School Superintendent Judy Wilson as she began her lengthiest report of the evening at last week’s Board of Education meeting.

$10 Million Endowment in 2010 the Goal as Library Looks to Celebrate Centenary

Ellen Gilbert

When the Princeton Public Library marks its centenary in 2010, one of the many things it looks forward to celebrating is a $10 million endowment.

Other News

“I Am Paving the Road”: Local Resident’s Film of Shirley Chisholm’s Campaign Shown by HSP

Dilshanie Perera

Describing Chisholm: Pursuing the Dream as a film that inspires one to “stand up and cheer in the aisles,” Executive Director Erin Dougherty of the Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) introduced the documentary last Wednesday at the Garden Theater.

Southern Way Residents Concerned About Proposed Sidewalk Repairs

Ellen Gilbert

Concerned residents of Southern Way took center stage Monday evening at the Princeton Township Committee’s work session to discuss a project for which a contract has already been awarded, with work scheduled to begin.

Postcards, Photos of the D&R Canal Tell the Tale of Central NJ’s Major Waterway

Dilshanie Perera

Offering a painterly glimpse of what the Delaware and Raritan (D&R) Canal was like at the turn of the last century, rare archived photos and postcards depicting the canal’s route from New Brunswick to Bordentown are on display at the D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Making the Most of His Senior Crew Season, PU Coxswain Cleveland Primed for Henley

Bill Alden

Dave Cleveland enjoyed an early run of success in his career as a crew coxswain.

PU’s Cummings Continues Amazing Rise, Reaching All-American Status in 10,000m

Bill Alden

By the time Sarah Cummings had reached her teenage years, flying into an axel jump on the ice was second nature.

PDS Tennis’ Karandikar, Hun Lax Star Godfrey Get Nod as Town Topics’ Top Spring Performers

Bill Alden

Princeton Day School boys’ tennis player Neil Karandikar carried the weight of responsibility on his shoulders as he came into this spring.

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Book Review

Exploiting “The Catcher in the Rye”: It’s Not Just About Holden

Stuart Mitchner

Holden Caulfield’s younger sister, Phoebe, shows up in the book by Mr. Colting … having aged into a drug user suffering from dementia.

The quote above is from a June 18 New York Times article (“Holden Caulfield Hangs On to His Youth”) reporting that a Manhattan District Court judge has put a 10 day hold on the publication of 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye by “J. D. California” (aka Fredrik Colting). The only good thing I can say about a book-length exploitation of The Catcher in the Rye that makes an old man of Holden and a drug addict of his ten-year-old sister is that it inspired me to reread Salinger’s ageless novel with particular attention to the scenes with Phoebe.


Impressive Technology and Visual Effects in Britten’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Nancy Plum

There is a great deal of pressure on opera companies these days to go very high tech. With opera being translated to both the big and small screens and all the multi-media possibilities, live opera is under the gun to mesmerize audiences with the same “wow” factor. Princeton Festival’s production of Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which opened Saturday night at McCarter’s Matthews Theatre, is worth at least one return trip, not only to enjoy the fine singing, but also to play close attention to the technological details of set design which hypnotized the audience on opening night.

It’s New to Us

Newly Opened Greene Street Consignment Offers Bargains on Previously-Owned Clothes

Jean Stratton

Recycling is one of the best things we can do for the environment, and this is true in clothing as well as in so many other areas. Now, you can be “green” by visiting Greene Street Consignment at 162 Nassau Street.

Historic Rocky Hill Inn, Eatery & Tavern Features American Cuisine With Flair

Jean Stratton

It dates to 1745, when it received its first “tavern license”; much later, in the 1930s, it was home to many reporters during the Lindbergh Trial, which took place in Flemington. There weren’t many hotels in the area, and the inn was near Hopewell, where the kidnapping took place. After World War II, it no longer functioned as an inn, focusing on food instead. It also served as a filming site for scenes in the 1994 movie, I.Q., featuring Walter Matthau, who played Albert Einstein.

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