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Vol. LXV, No. 10
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
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RETURN ENGAGEMENT: Members of the Princeton University women’s basketball team celebrate last Saturday at Jadwin Gym after topping Harvard 68-59 to clinch their second straight Ivy League title. The Tigers, who improved to 23-4 with the triumph, were slated to end regular season play with a game at Penn on March 8 and then learn next Monday evening of their assignment for the upcoming NCAA tournament. More details on the win over Harvard in the Sports section.

Front Page

Trotman Will Not Seek Reelection

Dilshanie Perera

After 26 years of serving the Borough as a Council member, Council President, and now as Mayor, Mildred Trotman will not seek reelection this year. “I just think it’s time,” she said of her decision while noting that “I certainly want to stay involved there are still issues about which I care deeply.”

University Proposes New Arts, Education, Transit Zone For Council Input

Dilshanie Perera

Despite the fact that Princeton University’s plans for its Arts and Transit Neighborhood are still in flux, with Borough and Township officials meeting with University representatives to negotiate a plan for the University Place and Alexander Road corridor, representatives from the University presented a proposal for rezoning the area at last week’s Council meeting.

School Board Passes Tentative Budget, Hears Proposal for Valley Road Building

Ellen Gilbert

At its monthly meeting last week, the Board of Education approved a tentative budget for the 2012 academic year and agreed to consider a proposal submitted by the Adapt and Reuse the Valley Road School Building (VRS-ARC) organization, describing potential rehabilitation and use of that building as a community center.

Other News

New Arts and Education Center Home for Three Local Schools

Ellen Gilbert

“We are three very different schools and that’s why it’s so interesting to work together,” observed French American School of Princeton head and founder Corinne Gungor in a recent conversation about the new Princeton Center for Arts & Education (PCAE) that will open late this summer on the site formerly known as St. Joseph’s Seminary. The two other schools participating in this adventure in education are the American Boychoir School and Wilberforce Academy.

“Geek Freak” Weekend Promises Celebration Of Town and Gown, Math, Science and Einstein

Dilshanie Perera

Don’t be surprised if you see Einstein strolling around Princeton this weekend.

What began last year as a one-day homage to Princeton’s most famous resident has turned into a weekend celebration of math, science, and Albert Einstein, with events beginning on Friday, March 11, and continuing through Monday, March 14.

Searching for Bobby Fisher? Try The Princeton Charter School

Ellen Gilbert

You’ll hear no arguments about the saying “success breeds success” from the Princeton Charter School (PCS) chess team.

Just a week after winning the New Jersey Elementary championship, team members went up against older competitors in the New Jersey Junior High School Championship tournament, and walked away with another first place finish to become the New Jersey Junior High School chess champions. Team members included Merrick Chang, Ashwin Dandamudi, Jonathan Yue, and Jay Yalamanchili, who also took home a trophy for placing eighth in singles.

More of the Other News…


With Senior Hill Sparkling in Jadwin Gym Finale, PU Women’s Hoops Tops Harvard, Clinches Ivy Title

Bill Alden

Things haven’t come easy for Krystal Hill in her career with the Princeton University women’s basketball team.

No 7 Princeton Men’s Lax Stifles Hopkins 8-3; Primed for Friday Clash Against No. 10 UNC

Bill Alden

Many coaches believe a team can make its biggest jump in a season from the season opener to game two.

PHS Boys’ Hockey Falls in State Tourney; But Senior Stars Leave Legacy of Winning

Bill Alden

Playing in its first state tournament since the 2006-7 season, the Princeton High boys’ hockey team showed a flair for drama.

More Sports…

Art Review

James A. Michener Art Museum
Intimate Relations: Getting Close to Elvis in the Year of His Ascent

Stuart Mitchner

… in almost everything that Elvis did, starting with his early career, somebody was telling him what to do. Nobody really said to him: “Elvis, just be yourself, and we’ll tag along, and every once in a while we’ll grab something that we think is interesting, and we won’t ask you to do anything special for us, no posing, just go and live your life.” That’s essentially what I did. Because not only was I shy, but he was shy also in a way, and I did not expect any more from him than to be himself.

Al Wertheimer

The “American Icons” double feature at the James A. Michener Art Museum was still being installed when I looked in a few weeks ago. Since the Smithsonian’s “Elvis at 21” exhibit was largely in place and art2art’s “Muhammad Ali: The Making of an Icon” was a work in progress, I spent my time marveling at Al Wertheimer’s photographs of the man who would be King, transformed into works of large-format magnificence by master printer David Adamson. Even though I grew up with Presley’s music, I’d never seen what Lester Bangs was trying to express when the late great wild man of rock criticism surmised that “the only credible explanation” for Elvis was that he was “from another planet, like in Superman or the New Testament.” How else could this man who always had “something supernatural about him,” this “force of nature,” coexist with a “big dumb hillbilly” who “wandered out from behind his plow one day to cut a record for his sainted mother and never came back.”


The PU Orchestra Electrifies Audience With Three Concerto Competition Winners

Nancy Plum

One of the most pleasing musical signs of spring is the annual Concerto Competition sponsored by the Princeton University Orchestra. Three judges, this year Music Department Chair Scott Burnham, College of New Jersey faculty member and composer Routao Mao, and composer David Miller, selected three students who excel on varied instruments to perform complete concerti in a concert presented by the orchestra this past weekend. The music of Friday night’s performance (the concert was repeated Saturday night) spanned almost 250 years and featured three instruments with diverse timbres and character.

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Variety of Spa Services and Treatments Are Available at OnSen for All in Kingston

Jean Stratton

The benefits of “time off” from one’s high power daily routine have never been more important. With more and more people working longer hours, eating lunch at their desks, and most likely cutting back on sleep, the need for down time is not so much a luxury as a necessity, notes Veronica Krieger, owner of OnSen For All, the wellness spa located at 4451 Route 27 in Kingston, at the intersection of Raymond Road. Its setting in the historic Jedediah Higgins house, dating to 1705, makes it all the more appealing.

Fine Custom Cabinetry and Innovative Design Are the Highlights of Tobias Design in Hopewell

Jean Stratton

Achieving the look you have always hoped for in the kitchen, bath, or other rooms in the house does not have to be an unrealized dream. A fresh approach to cabinetry can often make all the difference, and the choices available today are boundless in wood, style, finish, and design.

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