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Vol. LXII, No. 26
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
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MARCHING DOWN NASSAU: The Princeton Fire Department held its annual review with a march from Station No. 1 to Township Hall. Leading the way (from left) Deputy Chief Roy James, Department Chief Dan Tomalin, and Deputy Chief Truestar Urian.

Front Page

Princeton Wins “Destination” Grant

Ellen Gilbert

The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau (PRCVB) recently announced that the organization had been approved for funding by the 2008 Destination Marketing Organization Cooperative Marketing Grant Program provided by the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism.

Congo, Three Other Dogs Euthanized by James After Second Attack

Dilshanie Perera

The Congo story, which began last June following the mauling of landscaper Giovanni Rivera by the James family dog Congo, has come to an abrupt conclusion. Last Tuesday at 5:14 p.m. Princeton Township Police received a 911 call from Elizabeth James reporting that her mother, Constance Ladd, had fallen and sustained injuries after four of their German shepherds had jumped on her.

Township Moves on Grant Application for Mountain Lakes Rehabilitation

Ellen Gilbert

The Mountain Lakes Preserve Dam Project, street repairs on Leabrook Lane, and the proposed construction of a cell tower on River Road occupied the Township Committee when it met on Monday evening.

Other News

Stormy Weather Doesn’t Cloud Princeton High School Graduation

Dilshanie Perera

The air was warm, dry, and festive as the 79th class of Princeton High School graduating seniors filed out of their soon-to-be alma mater clad in royal blue robes and mortarboards.

Regional Planning Board Discusses Flooding, Zoning, Preservation

Dilshanie Perera

The Regional Planning Board of Princeton met last Thursday to discuss pending issues, recognize former Borough Council member Wendy Benchley’s service to the Planning Board, and to assess the findings of a report by Dr. Richard Olsson regarding a geologic survey of the Random Road segment of Harry’s Brook.

Princeton Regional School Board Wraps Up Year and Looks Ahead

Ellen Gilbert

As she did in her cover story in the Princeton Regional Schools’ June newsletter, Superintendent Judy Wilson struck a positive note at the opening of the school board’s final meeting of the year last Tuesday.

More of the Other News…


Princeton Swimming Superstar Aemisegger Primed for Big Effort at U.S. Olympic Trials

Bill Alden

Last summer, Princeton University swimming superstar Alicia Aemisegger learned some valuable lessons as she went to Asia and competed in the World University Games.

Ferrell Feeding on Home-Field Advantage as She Looks Ahead to Olympic Track Trials

Bill Alden

The college town of Eugene, Oregon has often been called the track capital of the United States.

Former Princeton High Standout Moni Flies High on PU Men’s Lax Europe Trip

Bill Alden

Former Princeton High boys’ lacrosse standout Tyler Moni came across town to continue his career as he joined the Princeton University men’s lax program this past fall.

More Sports…

DVD Review

Dancing In The Dark With Cyd Charisse

Stuart Mitchner

Perhaps the greatest female movie dancer. Her acting is like the songs in Marx Brothers films.
— David Thomson on Cyd Charisse

You could say as much for The Band Wagon (1953), one of the greatest movie musicals in spite of less than stellar acting, peppy but uninspired dialogue, and a silly premise involving a musical version of Faust that stars an aging song and dance man and a snooty ballerina. To be fair to Cyd Charisse, who died last week at 86, the problem with her portrayal of the supposed prima donna isn’t a question of acting but of temperament; there’s an essential sweetness in her that keeps shining through, which is well and good because once she and Fred Astaire sort things out, she’s luminous. “Dancing conveys emotions denied to her as an actress,” says Thomson, stating the obvious in his Biographical Dictionary of Film. Isn’t that what dancing’s all about? No words; no impediments like accent or phrasing; no quirks of diction; when it’s working, it’s pure, exalted pantomime.


Princeton Festival Comes Into Its Own With Fourth Season Opener “La Bohéme”

Nancy Plum

It can take a new opera company or festival a decade to really get rolling. Granted, the Princeton Festival had a bit of a base from the former Opera Festival of New Jersey, but it was still a commendable surprise to see how far the company has come in its very polished production of Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohéme on Saturday night at McCarter Theatre. The cast assembled for this production, which will be repeated June 27 and 29, was so natural in its interaction with each character that the audience felt immediately pulled into the drama.

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