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Vol. LXV, No. 9
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
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LA CORAL DE PRINCETON HIGH SCHOOL: The basilica of the Benedictine Monastery of Montserrat was one of several venues that the Princeton High School choir sang in on their recent tour of the Catalonian region in Spain.

Front Page

Township Welcomes New Police Chief

Ellen Gilbert

The first order of business at Township Committee’s Monday evening meeting was the promotion, after a unanimous vote, of Robert Buchanan from Captain to Chief of Police. Mr. Buchanan replaces former Police Chief Mark Emann, who was relieved of his duties in October, 2010 and charged with third-degree theft by deception.

With Borough OK, Community Pool To Move Forward

Dilshanie Perera

Borough Council unanimously passed an ordinance last week that would provide a maximum of $2,053,500 for their share of funding for the new community pool. The decision, which split Council in a 3-3 tie that was broken by Mayor Mildred Trotman in favor of the project, follows the January 25th meeting that introduced the ordinance.

Borough Joining Arts and Transit Talks With University, Township Representatives

Dilshanie Perera

Negotiations concerning Princeton University’s Arts and Transit Neighborhood proposal are slated to move forward following the Borough’s unanimous vote approving the “Alexander Corridor/Arts and Transit Joint Task Force” that will include members from Borough Council, Township Committee, and Princeton University.

Other News

Princeton High School Choir Wows Audiences In Catalonia With Music and Language Skills

Ellen Gilbert

“One pastor said that the walls of his church would never be the same after being touched by our music,” reported Princeton High School (PHS) Choir Associate Director Sarah Pelletier, describing just one of the many appreciative comments the group received on its recent tour to the region of Catalonia, Spain.

Environmental Commission Considers Impact of New Development Projects

Dilshanie Perera

The Princeton Environmental Commission (PEC) reviewed developer J. Robert Hillier’s proposed development on Princeton Ridge, Princeton University’s proposed Arts and Transit Neighborhood plans, and storm water and stream buffer ordinances at their meeting last week.

A Labor of Love, New Institute History Documents “Curiosity Driven Research”

Ellen Gilbert

“I think you can tell that I’m enamored of the place,” said writer Linda Arntzenius in a recent interview about her new book, Images of America: Institute for Advanced Study. Published by Arcadia Press, the heavily illustrated history is already available for sale at Labyrinth Books, Landau’s, and online through Amazon. In addition, Ms. Arntzenius will be signing copies of the book at two upcoming Princeton Public Library events, on March 12 and 19.

More of the Other News…


Mavraides Comes Alive in Final Jadwin Moments; As PU Men’s Hoops Nips Columbia, Takes Ivy Lead

Bill Alden

Dan Mavraides was having a lousy Senior Night last Saturday as the Princeton University men’s basketball team hosted Columbia in its regular season home finale.

PU Women’s Hockey Swept in Playoffs; But Heartened by Progress Over Season

Bill Alden

Having won 13 of its last 15 regular season games before last weekend’s best-of-3 ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series against visiting Quinnipiac, the Princeton University women’s hockey team was looking to maintain its recent magic.

Gassaway Puts Last Year’s Frustrations Behind; Sparking PU Women’s Lax to Opening Day Win

Bill Alden

For Jaci Gassaway, her freshman season last spring with the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team turned into a series of frustrations.

More Sports…

DVD Review

Challenging the Academy: The Oscar Should Have Gone to Lesley Manville

Stuart Mitchner

…it’s a film about hearts and minds and heads and souls. The stuff of life. It means something to everybody the world over because all of those things touch all of our lives wherever you live. We all need love, crave love

Lesley Manville, on Another Year

Having been warned by doctors that cringing is harmful to my health, I usually avoid watching the Academy Award festivities. I have a low tolerance for the glitzy overkill, the scripted jokes, and all those nauseating musical flourishes and fanfares when the envelope-openers are announced and again when the winners are named. Worse still are the politically motivated or simply thoughtless misjudgments like the major oversight this column is about, and for that reason I thought it only fair to watch at least some of Sunday night’s big show. And to be honest, the hour or so I saw of it wasn’t all that bad. I experienced no major cringing fits, though it was touch and go when James Franco turned up as Marilyn Monroe.

It’s New to Us

Life and Leadership Coach Martha Wright Offers Help to Those Re-examining Their Lives

Jean Stratton

Martha Wright wants to help you to do better. If the job isn’t what you’d like it to be, a relationship is iffy, the diet isn’t going well (you know you should exercise more, but can’t find the time), you can’t sleep, you’re stressed about money … the list goes on and on …. Ms. Wright’s expertise as a life and leadership coach may help you not only to get back on track but to explore new beginnings.

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