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Vol. LXIV, No. 19
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
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TRIPPING THE LIGHT FANTASTIC SOUTH OF THE BORDER: The Arts Council of Princeton’s Cinco de Mayo celebration brought Mexican food, music, and folk crafts to Albert Hinds Plaza last week.

Front Page

Princetons Spar Over Human Services, Approve Pool

Dilshanie Perera

In a tense, sometimes contentious joint municipal agency budget meeting between Borough Council and Township Committee last week all recommended budgets were passed unanimously, with the exception of that of the Human Services Department, which was passed 4-2 in the Borough and unanimously in the Township. The tension came during a conversation about whether the Borough should divest from Human Services in its entirety. The governing bodies also gave their approvals for capital expenditures, which will include the new pool complex at Community Park.

Witherspoon Residents Gather for Closer Look At Revaluation Numbers

Dilshanie Perera

Residents of the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood worried that their homes may have been assessed too high in the current revaluation have been meeting to analyze the numbers and determine whether appeals should be filed, with a recent meeting of concerned citizens taking place at the Mt. Pisgah AME Church last Thursday night.

Township Committee Approves Revised Ordinance for Senior Development Tract

Ellen Gilbert

“This will be a model that we can well be proud of,” said Mayor Bernie Miller after Township Committee passed an ordinance amending the residential senior community-2 (“RSC-2”) overlay zone regulations at its Monday evening meeting.

Other News

Community Shuttle System Plans Roll Along as Municipalities Support Improved Transit

Dilshanie Perera

All members of Borough Council and Township Committee granted their unanimous support for an initiative to coordinate public transportation throughout Princeton at a joint meeting between the two municipalities last week.

Inspired by Andre Hellé’s Toy Theater, Picture Books Come to Life at Cotsen

Ellen Gilbert

“I’ve attended many mini-reunions, and can vouch for the fact that this one was unprecedented,” said Richard Miller in a letter to Princeton Alumni Weekly editor Marilyn H. Marks.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


PU Men’s Lax Rallies to Edge Cornell in Ivy Tourney; No. 6 Tigers to Host Notre Dame in NCAA Opener

Bill Alden

Coming into the first-ever Ivy League men’s lacrosse tournament last weekend at Cornell, Princeton was determined to overcome its recent penchant for getting off to slow starts.

Young Coach Bradley Enjoys Smashing Debut, Guiding PU Women’s Tennis to Ivy Crown, NCAAs

Bill Alden

It looked like Megan Bradley could be in over her head when she was named head coach of the Princeton University women’s tennis team last summer.

With Sandford Emerging as Secret Weapon, PHS Boys’ Lax Primed for State Tournament

Bill Alden

Joe Sandford gets overshadowed at times in his role as senior attacker for the high-powered Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team.

More Sports…

Book Review

Willie Mays in His Month — Illuminating a Legend

Stuart Mitchner

Willie’s exuberance was his immortality.

Roger Kahn

He could do the five things you have to do to be a superstar: hit, hit with power, run, throw, and field. And he had that other ingredient that turns a superstar into a super superstar. He lit up the room when he came in. He was a joy to be around.

Leo Durocher

May is Willie Mays’s month. Along with the propitious coincidence of his last name, he was born May 6, 1931, was called up to the major leagues by the New York Giants on May 24, 1951, and would honor the date by wearing the number 24 for the rest of his career. In San Francisco, where the Giants moved in 1958, May 24 is Willie Mays Day. Last Thursday, on his 79th birthday, the California State Senate gave him another day by proclaiming May 6 Willie Mays Day, statewide. When he received an honorary degree from Yale University on May 24, 2004, the purpose of the occasion was not to mark the career or the legend or the life, but to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Catch, a feat so storied that it has its own wikipedia entry, complete with a diagram of the Polo Grounds, a picture of the well-worn glove Mays used to make the play, and photos and film clips of that iconic moment in the first game of the 1954 World Series between the Giants and the Cleveland Indians.


Princeton University Sinfonia Closes Season With a Dynamic Symphonic Performance

Nancy Plum

At one time, the Princeton University Sinfonia was complementary to the Princeton University Orchestra, playing smaller works in more intimate venues. Apparently the student demand to play orchestral music at the University is such these days that the Sinfonia has expanded to the size of a full-scale orchestra and the ensemble is well immersed in presenting larger symphonic repertoire in Richardson Auditorium. There are a few players who overlap between the ensembles (there are only so many bassoonists in town), but by and large, the Sinfonia is comprised of new faces bringing new energy to their musical performance. Conducted by Princeton musicologist Ruth Ochs on Friday night, the Sinfonia presented a program of Romantic and early to mid-twentieth century music — repertoire which one might just have easily heard from the University Orchestra.

All in a Day’s Work

Sandra Zordan-Friedman

Ellen Gilbert

Borough resident Sandra Zordan-Friedman is the Director of the J. Seward Johnson Sr. Center for Adolescent Health at HiTOPS, the Princeton-based non-profit organization that seeks to combine affordable reproductive health services with sexuality education in order to help teenagers make responsible choices and act responsibly and safely in their relationships. HiTOPS provides male and female health services; HIV testing and counseling; and information on contraceptive methods and sexually transmitted diseases.

It’s New to Us

Polly’s Pots at Verde Co-op in Kingston Features Array of Garden-related Items

Jean Stratton

Polly Burlingham wears many hats: Master Gardener, owner of Green Gardens design firm, chairman of the Shade Tree Commission, and now owner of Polly’s Pots, a brand new shop in Kingston.

Longtime Princeton Army & Navy Store Is Highlighted by Quality, Value, and Service

Jean Stratton

A young man recently stopped in at the Princeton Army & Navy store at 14 Witherspoon Street. It was a chilly day, and he quickly walked toward the back of the store, selected a blue hooded sweatshirt, paid for it, put it on, and left!

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