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Vol. LXII, No. 12
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
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THEY’RE OFF AND ROLLING: The hunt’s on at the annual Easter egg hunt on the lawn at Drumthwacket. After setting Saturday’s event in motion, Gov. Corzine took part in a round-table discussion in the governor’s mansion with a group of taxpayers (including some state workers) who earned their places at the table by submitting suggestions for spending cuts to a state Web site.

Front Page

Borough Talks of Opting Out of COAH

Matthew Hersh

Borough Hall delivered its strongest rebuke in years to the state’s affordable housing regulations last Tuesday, saying for the first time since new regulations were released in December 2007 that the municipality could opt out of the state plan altogether.

Cell Tower on Hold as Township Hall Eyes Alternatives

Matthew Hersh

Just over a week after a contingent of residents descended on Township Hall to express concerns over a proposal to place a cellular radio tower on municipally-owned land in the northwestern portion of Princeton Township, municipal officials said Monday that the town would now seek an alternate solution for a known dead spot in police radio functions there.

Koontz Comes Up Short in County Bid, Suspends Campaign and Endorses Slate

Matthew Hersh

Andrew Koontz, the two-term Princeton Borough Councilman, has ended his bid for a spot on the Mercer County governing body, falling short Saturday in an attempt to receive an endorsement by the Mercer County Democratic Committee.

Other News

PHS Students Protest War in Wednesday Walk-Out

Ellen Gilbert

In response to the Coalition for Peace Action’s call for a moratorium on the war to mark the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq on Wednesday, March 19, Princeton High School students plan to walk out of school during the seventh period.

A Cleaner Central Business District? Look for Those Bright, Sunshiny Days

Matthew Hersh

You might have noticed what look like four glorified mailboxes downtown in recent days. No, you don’t want to put your bills in there, but you can toss any detritus that might otherwise have been overflowing from an everyday trash receptacle.

Population-Based Healthcare Focus of Saturday Science Talk

Ellen Gilbert

People in the 1700s believed in “vapors”; in the 1800s poor hygiene was recognized as a source of disease. The late 1800s saw the germ theory take hold, and mass immunizations followed the Federal government interventions that characterized public health in the mid-1900s. What now? According to Dr. Joan Beckwith in a recent “Science on Saturday” talk at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, the face of public health in the 21st century is population-based healthcare, a system that focuses on promoting health and preventing disease before it happens.

More of the Other News…


PU Men’s Hockey Outworks Yale, Earns Trip to ECACH Final Four

Bill Alden

Their backs hadn’t been to the wall all season but the players on the Princeton University men’s hockey team were primed for the challenge.

Opportunistic Davis Triggers Offense As PU Men’s Lacrosse Tops Hofstra

Bill Alden

Coming into its game last Saturday with visiting Hofstra, the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team put a major emphasis getting off to a good start.

Savage Ends PU Men’s Hoops Career, Learning Life Lessons Amid Frustration

Bill Alden

For Noah Savage, a highlight of his career on the Princeton University men’s basketball team came before a game at Penn two years ago when his ears were ringing with the catcalls of the home fans.

More Sports…

Record Review

The Audacity of Freedom: Sonny Rollins Opened the Door

Stuart Mitchner

Fifty years ago this February, the 27-year-old tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins got together with drummer Max Roach and bassist Oscar Pettiford to record a composition he called “The Freedom Suite.” When the album of the same name came out on Riverside Records later that year, the back cover carried a brief, pointed statement about race from Rollins, that “opened the door for jazz recordings of conscience,” according to Gary Giddins in Visions of Jazz (Oxford 1998; paper 2000). Opening that door required a politic spin. Co-producer Orrin Keepnews wrote the liner notes, and his labored introduction to music encumbered by the loaded term “freedom” suggests, at least in this election year, the hand of a campaign manager attempting to finesse his candidate’s position on a volatile issue. Given the state of race relations in America in 1958, Keepnews felt compelled to needlessly assure the record-buying public that this “is not a piece about Emmett Till, or Little Rock, or Harlem, or the peculiar local election laws of Georgia or Louisiana.”


Princeton Symphony Brings Conducting Legend To Lead Music and Art Collaboration

Nancy Plum

An orchestra seeking a new music director is often under a lot of pressure in each concert — deciding what worked and what did not with the potential candidate, and players constantly having to shift gears with each new personality and musical style. Occasionally, it is nice for an ensemble in this position to bring in someone who can remind the players what music making is all about without the stress of an “audition.” Gunther Schuller is a conducting legend, and although it was unclear how he came to conduct the Princeton Symphony on Sunday afternoon (and it is unlikely that he is a candidate to be the next Music Director), his attention to musical detail was evident throughout the concert and greatly appreciated by players and audience members alike. Princeton Symphony presented Sunday afternoon’s performance in Richardson Auditorium in collaboration with the Princeton University Art Museum to showcase diverse artistic and compositional styles.

All in a Day’s Work

Maria Polisano

Ellen Gilbert

Princeton-area resident Maria Pisano is a petite woman with a huge talent. To say she “makes books” is an understatement. What she makes are one-of-a-kind artists’ books that are, invariably, both beautiful and provocative. She starts from scratch, making her own paper, using images she has drawn or taken from photographs, and doing her own printing and binding. Ms. Pisano observes the world’s foibles (as in “Hand Maid,” a work-in-progress about stereotypical perceptions of women), its tragedies (“Hectacombe 9-11,” another work-in-progress, is about the bombing of the Twin Towers), and childhood memories (“Tempo Allegro,” a carousel book, recaptures the magic of family visits to the beach in her native Italy). …

It’s New to Us

Popular European-Style TreBar Complements Tre Piani Restaurant

Jean Stratton

TreBar is très bon! This new coffee/wine bar, affiliated with Tre Piani Restaurant at 120 Rockingham Row in Princeton Forrestal Village, has become a hot spot for drinks before dinner, after dinner, as well as for small plate lunch and supper.

Expert Color, Cut and Styling Highlights Salon Vis á Vis

Jean Stratton

“Does she or doesn’t she?” That was the traditional question once upon a time. It’s hardly relevant today because the answer in so many cases is “Yes, she does!” (“He” could now be added, too.)

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