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Vol. LXIV, No. 26
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
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PICKPOCKETS AT WORK: Fagin, eat your heart out. At Friday’s Jazams Block Party, owner Joanne Farrugia was wearing a multi-pocketed hoop skirt that allowed little Oliver and Olivia Twists to hone their skills. Each pocket picked contained a free toy.

Front Page

Jason Burr Named Principal of JWMS

Ellen Gilbert

At a special meeting last week, the Princeton Regional Schools Board of Education approved the appointment of Jason Burr as principal of John Witherspoon Middle School (JWMS).

Borough Council Okays $24.7 Million Budget, Looks Ahead to 201

Dilshanie Perera

With a unanimous vote, Borough Council approved its 2010 municipal budget, which is valued at $24,716,958. Overall, $750,000 had to be cut from previous drafts of the current budget in order to meet the goals of maintaining the same spending level as last year and keeping the municipal tax rate flat.

Township Begins Process for Funding New Community Pool

Ellen Gilbert

“The time of reckoning has come for our pool,” observed Township Administrator Jim Pascale at Township Committee’s Monday evening meeting. “The Recreation Department Board has studied the issue for many years, and both municipalities’ governments have been been very hands-on about ensuring that this project is needed.” 

Other News

Borough Republicans on Ballot in November Seek to Broaden Spectrum of Opinion on Council

Dilshanie Perera

Gaining 57 and 56 votes respectively at the primary election, Roland Foster Miller and Peter Marks have obtained more than the requisite number of votes for a place on the ballot for Borough Council in November.

Borough Chooses Consolidation Commission Representatives as Municipalities Set Goals

Dilshanie Perera

Princeton Borough has chosen Anton Lahnston, Ryan Lilienthal, and M. Patrick Simon as citizen representatives for the Joint Municipal Consolidation and Shared Services Study Commission. Joining them are Mayor Mildred Trotman, Councilman David Goldfarb, and Borough Administrator Bob Bruschi.

“We Were a Stand-In for the Nation’s Grief”: Nikki Stern Talks About Moral Authority

Ellen Gilbert

“I wasn’t just a widow,” said author and Princeton resident Nikki Stern in a recent appearance at Labyrinth Books. “I was a 9/11 widow.”

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Italy Native Volpe Brings Flair to Tiger Crew, Heading Back to Europe as PU Rows at Henley

Bill Alden

Like millions of young boys in Italy, Gianthomas Volpe dreamed of becoming a soccer star.

PHS QB Olentine Headed to Dartmouth Lax But Ready for Last Fling in Sunshine Classic

Bill Alden

Mike Olentine thought he played his last football game when Princeton High lost to Monroe last fall in the state playoffs.

After Playing in Many Big Games for Hun, Law Primed for Sunshine Classic Football

Carrick O’Connor Porter

Attracting crowds of thousands and featuring the area’s top senior players from last fall, the annual Sunshine Classic all-star football game can be a pressure-cooker for its participants.

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Art Review

James A. Michener Art Museum
Visions of Ellis Island: A Lost Mural and a Photographer’s Five-Year Passion

Stuart Mitchner

I truly felt that it wasn’t I who took a lot of these pictures. They were given to me.

Stephen Wilkes

The Ellis Island dining room was a hundred feet long, and I undertook to depict along one of the long walls the role of the immigrant in the development of America.

Edward Laning

“What began as a one-hour editorial assignment became a five-year passion,” says Stephen Wilkes, whose exhibit, “Ellis Island: Ghosts of Freedom,” opened Saturday at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown. Wilkes’s large-scale photographs of the derelict interiors of the hospital complex on Ellis Island, taken between 1998 and 2003, will be on view until October 10 along with vintage portraits of immigrants by Lewis Hines.


The Princeton Festival’s Choral Workshop Ends With Concert in University Chapel

Nancy Plum

A hot night in a chapel with no air-conditioning, the site of Princeton Festival’s latest offering, was certainly a long way from the cool comfort of McCarter Theatre, the venue for the Festival’s opening operas. However, even the heat could not diminish the work done by the participants in Princeton Festival’s choral workshop, a week-long musical experience culminating in Saturday night’s performance in the Princeton University Chapel. The thirty-six members of the Princeton Festival Chorus spent the week honing their choral skills on the music of Johannes Brahms and Felix Mendelssohn with master conductor Robert Porco, Director of Choruses for the Cleveland Orchestra. For this Festival Workshop performance, Mr. Porco selected some of the “greatest hits” of Brahms and Mendelssohn, interspersed with organ music to smooth over staging changes.

It’s New to Us

Ichiban, Formerly a Japanese Restaurant, Has New Name, New Cuisine, and New Look

Jean Stratton

“I didn’t want this to feel like a restaurant. I wanted it to seem as if you are visiting someone’s home.”

James Chuang, owner of the new Zen Modern Asian Cuisine restaurant, which opened in early June, was intent on creating a dining experience which at once offered high quality, delicious Asian food in a setting that encourages leisurely, unhurried dining, with time to appreciate and savor the dishes.

Full Range of Tutoring and Coaching Services Is Offered at Milestone Academic Counseling

Jean Stratton

Jill is struggling with math; Jack has trouble with languages; Andy plays sports and can’t concentrate on homework; Annie is involved in so many extra-curricular activities that there is little time left for study or to hand in papers on time.

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