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Vol. LXIII, No. 18
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
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CROWNING MOMENT: Princeton University men’s lacrosse sophomore star Jack McBride, center, prepares to fire the ball in No. 4 Princeton’s 11-7 win over 10th-ranked Brown last Saturday. The victory earned the Tigers a tie for the Ivy League crown with Cornell. Princeton, now 12-2, will open play in the NCAA tournament where the the fourth-seeded Tigers host Massachusetts (9-5) on May 10.

Front Page

Health Department Prepared for Swine Flu

Dilshanie Perera

Six cases of H1N1 influenza, or swine flu, have been confirmed in the state of New Jersey; however, to date no cases have been identified in either the Princetons or in Mercer County.

Jitney Contract Extended; Council and Staff Consider New Locations and Uses

Dilshanie Perera

In operation since April 2008, the Borough’s FreeB Jitney shuttle service has seen 4,851 rides in its first year, Administrator Robert Bruschi reported at the Council meeting last Tuesday.

School Board Gets Organized; “Memorandum of Agreement” Tabled

Ellen Gilbert

Swearings-in, the election of officers, and contract approvals took up much of the Princeton Regional Board of Education’s annual “organizational meeting” last week.

Other News

Allies, Inc. Is “Easing the Transition” Between School and the ‘Real World’

Dilshanie Perera

Even in a harsh economic climate, Borough resident Mitchell Synakowski has been able to find and keep his job for the past 14 months.

Township Committee Considers Naughty Dogs; Former Mayor Marchand, Cyclists Celebrated

Ellen Gilbert

At their meeting on Monday evening, Princeton Township Committee members approved the introduction of an ordinance that will fine-tune the existing law regarding canine misbehavior. Instead of the current law, which covers the “gamut” of infractions “from tearing up bushes to biting people,” as Township Attorney Edwin Schmierer described it, the new law would distinguish between inappropriate behavior and biting incidents, with a $250 fine for the first biting offense, and $500 for the second. A $75 fine would be imposed for all other offenses. A public hearing on the ordinance will be held on Monday, May 18.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Heading South for NCAA Tournament Opener, PU Women’s Tennis Hopes to Raise Its Game

Bill Alden

It was not the way the Princeton University women’s tennis team wanted to start the final month of the regular season.

Seniors Help PU Men’s Lax Regain Ivy Title, Tigers to Host Massachusetts in NCAA Opener

Bill Alden

Chris Peyser and his senior classmates on the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team are all smiles in a photo gracing the cover of the program’s media guide which was taken last summer on the squad’s trip to Ireland.

Upholding PDS Boys’ Tennis Tradition, Karandikar Wins MCT 1st Singles Crown

Bill Alden

There was a sense that Neil Karandikar might be one of the best players in the area as he breezed to victory at second singles in the Mercer County Tournament (MCT) in his first two seasons with the Princeton Day School boys’ tennis team.

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Book Review

A Band Reborn — Diminuendo and Crescendo in Ellington

Stuart Mitchner

“I was born at Newport.”

Duke Ellington, quoted in Backstory in Blue

“She was a very photogenic girl. She was an integral part of the moment, and that is why she went on the album.”

Ellington at Newport producer George Avakian


New Jersey Symphony Bids Farewell to Neeme Järvi in Grand Romantic Style

Nancy Plum

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra said a musical good-bye to Music Director Neeme Järvi this past weekend with four performances in three venues in central and northern New Jersey. Although Maestro Järvi has been Music Director for only four years, he has had a significant impact on the programming and artistic mission of the orchestra, bringing “spontaneity and a sense of fun” (as described by a Board member) to the ensemble. NJSO maintained healthy audience numbers during the Järvi tenure, credited in part to his closing each concert with a “bon-bon” — a short encore to end the performance on a bright note. The audience at the State Theatre in New Brunswick on Sunday afternoon (the concert was also presented in Princeton last Friday night) was treated to two “bon-bons,” one after each of the two major works on the program. The State Theatre in New Brunswick is a charming design, with the performers nestled in a wood-paneled shell, creating the impression that the audience is watching a performance in a wooden Faberge egg or a Beatrix Potter musical scene in an acorn. Several layers of acoustical doors help refine the sound, and only a few were open on Sunday afternoon, but few were necessary — the sound of the orchestra, including the timpani far back on the stage, was clear right to the back of the balcony. Maestro Järvi would probably never refer to himself as an “emperor” of the podium, but the choice of Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major was fitting. The printed program defined the word emperor as conjuring up power, nobility, and majesty, all qualities which Maestro Järvi has brought to the stage over the past four years.

All in a Day’s Work

Reverend Robert Moore

Ellen Gilbert

I’m the son of a navy officer. My dad fought in World War II and the Korean War. I was about 12 at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and I was full of bravado. I thought, “hey, let’s blow ‘em off the face of the earth.” Of course there are millions of human beings living in Cuba; how could you say something so cavalier? But I was twelve years old. I was a hawk on Vietnam as well.

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