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Vol. LXI, No. 26
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
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JOIE DE VIVRE: Members of the Class of 2007 throw their mortar boards into the air after ceremonies at Princeton High School on Wednesday, June 20. For full coverage of the event, see page 10.

Front Page

Legislature Passes Cottage Club Law

Matthew Hersh

Both legislative branches of the New Jersey State Legislature overwhelmingly passed a bill amendment Thursday that represents a tentative victory for Borough Hall in an ongoing legal debate over the pending tax-exempt status of one of Princeton University's eating clubs.

Interpretive Differences Over Stand-By Police Pay Aired at Council Hearing

Matthew Hersh

A difference in the rule interpretation surrounding "double-time" pay for officers called in while on stand-by duty has arrived at the dais for Princeton Borough Council to review, as Princeton's police union seeks a clarification on what has been described by Borough officials as a long-standing policy on stand-by compensation.

Borough Hall Looks to Answer Questions on Delayed Downtown Development

Matthew Hersh

A "significant amount" of issues related to Princeton Borough's stalled downtown development project are currently being addressed by Borough officials, in the latest effort to examine several obstacles that have stymied both the developer and the municipality in bringing a major piece of in-town real estate to fruition.

Other News

Princeton Preschoolers Sample Balloon Festival, Courtesy of PNC Bank

Linda Arntzenius

Preschoolers from Princeton Nursery School on Leigh Avenue were treated to a sample of the annual New Jersey Balloon Festival, Tuesday at Farm View Fields on the Great Road.

If It's Summer, It Must Mean Detours as Township Gears Up for Road Projects

Matthew Hersh

The last four years have seen an aggressive campaign from Township Hall to improve its plus-100 miles of municipal roads, and 2007 appears to be no different as the municipal Engineering Department recently outlined plans for its $3 million road improvement project.

Recently Detained German Shepherds Creating a Painful Earful for Residents

Matthew Hersh

Five German shepherds recently kept in custody at SAVE, the homeless animals shelter on Herrontown Road, are allegedly responsible for landing one man in the hospital with injuries related to an attack, and are now causing a headache for a neighborhood that has a long and sometimes contentious history with the shelter.

More of the Other News…


Salcido Named to Head Tiger Softball, Extending Love Affair With Princeton

Bill Alden

Trina Salcido was a west coast person through and through when she headed to New Jersey in 2005 to join the Princeton University softball team's coaching staff.

Hun Baseball's Russo, PDS Lax Star Crouse Earn Nod as Town Topics' Spring Standouts

Bill Alden

Mike Russo came into the spring as the unquestioned ace of the Hun School baseball team's pitching staff.

Hopson's Heady Play, Aggressiveness Helps PHS Star Make Sunshine Classic

Lance Williams

Legendary Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne once said that "football is a game played with arms, legs, and shoulders but mostly from the neck up." Former Princeton High School star defensive back Sascha Hopson is living proof of the verity of this claim.

More Sports…

Book Review

Rx for Sopranos Withdrawal: A Visit to the Jersey Shore

Stuart Mitchner

I’ll confess up front: the “long, withdrawing roar” of the sudden silence that ended The Sopranos was still in my ears when I took up Caroline Seebohm’s Cottages and Mansions of the Jersey Shore (Rivergate/Rutgers University Press $39.95), which features Peter C. Cook’s brilliant photographs. At least I’m not the only one suffering withdrawal symptoms. People are still debating the implications of the Bloomfield Avenue black-out, not to mention the presence of the Man in the Members Only Jacket (already taking a place in television mythology next to the One-Armed Man from The Fugitive); and what about the fact that David Chase supposedly wanted to stretch that hiatus of black silence well beyond ten seconds? Anyone who doubts the clout of HBO’s masterpiece of World Class Jerseyana should take a look at a recent piece of political theatre from Hillary Clinton, in which she and Bill play out Carmela and Tony’s dinner-scene finale as a way of bonding with the Soprano-saturated national imagination while introducing a campaign song by Celine Dion.


Princeton Festival Opens With Fiery Performance of Operatic Favorite

Nancy Plum

The summer Princeton Festival is off and running for 2007, with expanded offerings of opera, chamber music and musical theater, all centered on the theme of “The Sounds of Spain.” Saturday night’s opening performance of Georges Bizet’s Carmen(presented in French with English supertitles) showed a commitment to solid musical performance, with a cast demonstrating that singers nationwide will come sing for this company.

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