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Vol. LXIII, No. 19
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
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HAPPINESS IS A PETTING ZOO: Kids and animals mingled at the Princeton Shopping Center’s Spring Festival Saturday. Along with the petting zoo, there were crafts, prizes, food, pony rides, sidewalk sales, and live music from Alex & the Kaleidosope Band.

Front Page

Arts and Transit Plans Presented to Borough

Dilshanie Perera

Calling Princeton University’s Arts and Transit Neighborhood, “the most challenging set of proposals to come out of the campus plan,” University Vice President and Secretary Bob Durkee explained the goals of the project in a formal presentation to Borough Council last week.

Planning Board Considers Barsky Development, Receives PEC Inventory

Dilshanie Perera

The Regional Planning Board considered an application by Barsky Enterprises to subdivide its Wiggins Street property during a public meeting last Thursday. The Board also received the Environmental Resource Inventory from members of the Princeton Environmental Commission for review.

Environmental Justice Must Be Considered in Every Decision, Says EPA Administrator

Dilshanie Perera

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator and 1986 Princeton alumna Lisa Jackson discussed the future of environmentalism during her lecture at the Woodrow Wilson School on Princeton University’s campus last Friday.

Other News

Eagle Scout’s Service Project Preserves A Ten-Year Piece of Town Topics’ Past

Ellen Gilbert

Princeton High School senior Steven Fuchs didn’t clear a hiking trail, recycle old glasses, or build a birdhouse for his Eagle Scout service project. In a striking example of “the road not taken” (and with all due respect to those three worthy projects), he chose to digitize every issue of Town Topics published in its first ten years of existence.

“The Best Old Place of All” Remembered in New Mudd Manuscript Library Exhibit

Ellen Gilbert

Climate control is a byword of manuscript repositories where old papers and artifacts have to be protected from the havoc that can be wrought by changes in temperature and humidity. So as the weather heats up, it is good to know that there is a new exhibit at the University’s Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, on 65 Olden Street, that is “cool” in both senses of the word.

Getting on the School Bus Isn’t Always as Safe and Simple as It Should Be

Ellen Gilbert

Taking the bus to and from school wouldn’t strike most people as a particularly harrowing experience. For kids, talking, laughing, and bumping along before the actual school day starts is usually a happy routine. At the bus stop, parents, coffee cups in hand, catch up with neighbors, and look forward to attending to the day ahead.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Senior Star Kovler Puts on Shooting Master Class as PU Men’s Lax Tops UMass in NCAA Opener

Bill Alden

Mark Kovler has worn out lacrosse nets honing his left-handed shot which resembles a howitzer.

Former PHS Star Rahn Enjoyed Homecoming Even Though UMass Can’t Stop PU Men’s Lax

Bill Alden

Sporting a blue blazer and rep tie, Casey Rahn looked dapper as he mixed with the crowd outside Class of 1952 Stadium last Sunday evening.

PU Men’s Lightweights Get Redemption, Overcoming Wind, Foes to Win Easterns

Bill Alden

The wind was howling across Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. as the Princeton University men’s lightweight crew competed in the Eastern Sprints last Sunday.

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DVD Review

Margaret Sullavan: Celebrating the Centenary of a Spellbinder

Stuart Mitchner

“Her voice was exquisite and far away, almost like an echo. She was an excellent actress, completely unique. That wonderful voice of hers — strange, fey, mysterious — like a voice singing in the snow.”

Louise Brooks on Margaret Sullavan


New Jersey Youth Symphony Concert Features Student Competition Winner

Nancy Plum

The New Jersey Youth Symphony, based in Murray Hill, is certainly a complex and busy organization, with more than 300 students in eight ensembles under its umbrella. With a newly-appointed Artistic Director (David Commanday), the organization has much to be proud of in its student performers and the challenging music they take on. NJYS’s Youth Orchestra, comprised of middle and high school students, presented its spring concert Sunday afternoon in Richardson Auditorium, demonstrating very impressive ensemble work as well as some exceptional solo playing.

It’s New to Us

Knitting, Needlepoint and Crocheting Supplies Are Offered at The Woolly Lamb in Pennington

Jean Stratton

Susan Olson has always loved to knit and to needlepoint. Having been taught by her mother, she is now delighted to share her love for these needle arts with customers and friends at her shop, The Woolly Lamb.

Residential, Commercial, Industrial Service Are Available From Jeff Alte Roofing Inc.

Jean Stratton

You probably don’t want the neighbor’s son to do it — or the handy man — or your husband!

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