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Vol. LXV, No. 13
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
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Front Page

Dinky Terminus Move Appears Inevitable

Dilshanie Perera

Even if the municipalities did not approve the zoning changes requested by Princeton University to build its proposed Arts and Transit Neighborhood at the intersection of University Place and Alexander Road, the Dinky terminus will still likely move farther away from downtown Princeton.

Board of Education Approves “Conservative Budget” for 2011-2012

Ellen Gilbert

At its Tuesday evening meeting last week, the Board of Education unanimously approved a total balanced operating budget of $73,830,765 for the 2011-2012 school year. Operating under a two percent cap mandated by the state government, this translates as a tax request of $62,190,302 for area residents.

Proposed Township Budget Approved; First Zero Percent Tax Increase Since 1976

Ellen Gilbert

At its Monday evening meeting, Princeton Township Committee approved an ordinance introducing a $36.6 million budget for the calendar year 2011. The new budget represents a zero percent increase in taxes, and, according to Administrator Jim Pascale, “no reduction in services.”

Consolidation Chair Reflects on Progress, Explains Route to Recommendation in May

Dilshanie Perera

After the monthly meeting of the Joint Consolidation and Shared Services Study Commission last week and the Princeton Future community discussion last Saturday, Anton Lahnston summarized the group’s progress, and what it will take to get a question on November’s ballot.

In Zoning Discussion, Borough Contemplates University Requests for Arts, Education, Transit

Dilshanie Perera

Borough Council considered Princeton University’s proposed rezoning of the region at the intersection of Alexander Road and University Place at its meeting last week. Staff presented their perspective on zoning in the area and gained Borough input while Council members voiced their opinions on future development and the municipality’s relationship with the University.

“Step Into Medusa’s Lair”: Cotsen Event Will Bring Greek Mythology to Life

Ellen Gilbert

Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1: The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan’s popular children’s tale of Greek mythology and adventure, is the theme of this year’s Princyclopedia, an interactive book convention hosted annually by the Cotsen Children’s Library. The all-ages event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in Dillon Gymnasium. No registration is required for the program which is open to the public free of charge.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Sparked by Pyle’s Aggressive Offensive Play, PU Women’s Lax Rallies to Top Georgetown

Bill Alden

Cassie Pyle got a little tip as she warmed up last Sunday before the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team faced Georgetown.

PU Alum Halpern Still Going Strong in NHL; Helping Canadiens in Push for Playoff Spot

Ed Benkin

Jeff Halpern received a comprehensive on-ice education during his time with the Princeton University men’s hockey team in the late 1990s.

Featuring Talented, Battle-Tested Defensive Unit; PHS Boys’ Lax Aims to Maintain Winning Ways

Bill Alden

Utilizing a high-octane offense, the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team simply overpowered most of its foes last spring.

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DVD Review

Throw Away the Adjectives: Elizabeth Taylor Begins With a “Wow”

Stuart Mitchner

Elizabeth Taylor died in Los Angeles last Wednesday. The news and the immense photograph accompanying it (“A Lustrous Pinnacle of Hollywood Glamour”) dwarfed the front page of the New York Times. The primary headline includes no mention of death and rightly so. A 79-year-old woman in a wheelchair died, not the diva who can still be seen on DVD, Turner Classic Movies, or YouTube playing Angela Vickers or Gloria Wandrous or Maggie the Cat or Cleopatra. The woman who actually, physically played those roles may be gone, but the star is still with us.


Brooklyn, the Depression — Coming of Age With Laughter and Tears; Theatre Intime Stages Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs”

Donald Gilpin

Neil Simon, over the past 50 years since Come Blow Your Horn (1961) hit Broadway, has been America’s most prolific and popular playwright. Barefoot in the Park (1963), The Odd Couple (1965), Biloxi Blues (1985), Broadway Bound (1986), Lost in Yonkers (1991) and about 30 more stage plays (most on Broadway), a Pulitzer Prize, three Tony Awards for Best Play, more than 20 screenplays — Mr. Simon’s new work was constantly on Broadway throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s. He slowed down a bit into the 90s and 2000s — He’s now 83 — but his best plays continue to be revived frequently all over the world.

Westminster Choir College’s Williamson Voices Show Mettle in Contemporary Choral Concert

Nancy Plum

The Westminster Williamson Voices of Westminster Choir College aims to be “a voice of composers of our time.” Conducted by James Jordan, the 40-voice vocal ensemble proved to be just that this past weekend in a concert centered on the music of contemporary composer James Whitbourn. In the performance recapturing repertoire from their recent debut in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Williamson Voices demonstrated why, in less than 10 years, it has become one of the Choir College’s premiere choruses.

It’s New to Us

Large Variety of Tours for All Types of Interests Are Highlight of Princeton Tour Company

Jean Stratton

Mimi Omiecinski is involved in a love affair. It happens to be with Princeton!

Happily married with a young son, she is enthralled with the town she now calls home.

“I am strangely possessed by Princeton,” she says, with a smile. “I love everything about it, and I love continuing to learn all about it.”

Made-to-Order Meals in Charming Atmosphere Are Specialty of Blue Rooster Bakery & Café

Jean Stratton

When Karen Finigan returned to her home town of Cranbury four years ago, she knew it was the right place to be. It was also the right location for the restaurant she and her husband, Bob Finigan wanted to open. This was indeed to be a new adventure.

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