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Vol. LXV, No. 19
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
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(Photo by Ann Reilly)
STICKING TOGETHER: Senior players of the Princeton High girls’ lacrosse team and the coaching staff enjoy the moment last Saturday after PHS topped WW/P-N 11-8 in the Mercer County Tournament championship game. The team’s triumph grew out of tragedy as the PHS team stuck together in the wake of the death of senior player Emma Brunskill in late April.

Front Page

Arts and Transit Memo: Concerns Remain

Dilshanie Perera

Borough Council voiced concerns at its meeting last week regarding the draft memorandum of understanding with Township Committee and Princeton University regarding the university’s proposed Arts and Transit Neighborhood. No determination was made regarding the draft agreement. Over 25 residents voiced their respective reservations, questions, and support of the overall arts and transit proposal as well.

Aggressive Measures Needed to Maintain All-Volunteer Fire Dept.

Dilshanie Perera

A recent analysis of Princeton Fire Department operations undertaken by the consultants Kramer and Associates concludes that the municipal provision of volunteer fire services will need aggressive measures in order to maintain the department’s volunteer status. The report also recommends either a major expansion of Mercer Engine Company No. 3 on Witherspoon Street or creating a new facility that would be able to accommodate all three departments.

All Systems Are “Go” for This Summer At the Community Park Pool Complex

Ellen Gilbert

Recreation Department Executive Director Ben Stentz wants area residents to know that the Community Park Pool complex will absolutely open for a regular summer season this Memorial Day weekend. Registration for pool memberships, programs, lessons, and the competitive swimming and diving teams is already underway.

Other News

Read All About It: In “The Commons,” JW Students Offer the News and More

Ellen Gilbert

With articles on everything from The Slushy Machine in the cafeteria to the turmoil in Libya, The Commons, a digital newspaper produced by John Witherspoon Middle School (JW) students, is a worthy contender among local publications. The current and previous issue of the new enterprise can be viewed at

Skeptics and Supporters Debate Costs and Benefits of Consolidation

Dilshanie Perera

The third major community forum on consolidation drew over 100 Princeton residents to Township Hall last week and saw passionate statements of skepticism and support as citizens considered the merger of the two Princetons.

Community Delivers Mixed Response To Dinky Move, Arts and Transit Proposal

Dilshanie Perera

Over 25 residents voiced their opinions at last week’s Borough Council meeting regarding the status of the Dinky vis-à-vis Princeton University’s proposed Arts and Transit Neighborhood plan. Some were against the development and some for it, but most seemed to advocate for a conclusion to the protracted debate.

More of the Other News


PU Women’s Lax Edges JMU in NCAA Opener; Earning Shot at No. 1 Maryland in Quarterfinals

Bill Alden

For the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team, its game at James Madison University in mid-March turned out to be one of its worst days of the season.

Learning From Last Year’s Disappointment, No. 1 PU Open Crew Wins Eastern Sprints

Bill Alden

Last spring, the Princeton University women’s open crew first varsity boat ran the table in the regular season, posting a 12-0 record.

Prier Thrilled to Be Guiding PU Men’s Hockey: Vows to Maintain Tigers’ Freewheeling Style

Bill Alden

This past March, Bob Prier helped coach the St. Lawrence men’s hockey team to an upset of the Princeton University squad in the first round of the ECAC Hockey playoffs.

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Art Review

It’s in the Genes — Father and Son in the City That Never Sleeps

Stuart Mitchner

Driving into New York with Procol Harum’s Salty Dog on the stereo, father and son heartily agree, not for the first time, that Gary Brooker is one of the great singers of rock and that people who trash his group should, as President Obama said recently in another context, “have their heads examined.” By the time the family CRV-stereo-on-wheels is approaching the Holland Tunnel, the Home album is on and father and son are singing lustily along with Gary Brooker to one of the alltime great putdown songs, “Still There’ll Be More,” which they agree possibly outdoes even Queen’s “Death on Two Legs” and Dylan’s “Positively 4th Street” for sheer unmitigated attack-mode exuberance.


Princeton Symphony Orchestra Ends Season With Opulent Works by Russian Composers

Nancy Plum

The period between 1850 and 1900 in Russia was marked by a growth in population and industrial activity, as well as the development of a Russian musical identity. Five pre-eminent composers emerged from a tradition rooted in European classical music to synthesize Russian folklore, literature, and musical techniques into a powerful new style of rich harmonies and lush orchestration. Princeton Symphony Orchestra returned to this luxuriant heritage in its final concert of the 2011 season with a performance of three works spanning a mere twenty years but containing a kaleidoscope of instrumental colors and musical effects. In Sunday afternoon’s concert in Richardson Auditorium, Music Director Rossen Milanov challenged the musicians to close their concert series with full out majestic and resplendent playing.

It’s New to Us

Progression Physical Therapy of Princeton Offers Treatment for an Array of Conditions

Jean Stratton

Helping people feel better is Ruth Kaplan’s goal. Owner of Progression Physical Therapy of Princeton, Ms. Kaplan, PT, DPT holds a doctoral degree in physical therapy, and has more than 20 years of clinical experience.

Urban Grace, Specialty Boutique on Palmer Square, Offers Array of Women’s Clothes and Accessories

Jean Stratton

From the time she was a young girl, Rita Conallen loved fashion and shopping. Now, as the owner of Urban Grace, the new women’s boutique, she is able to share her fashion sense and expertise with others.

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