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Vol. LXIV, No. 21
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
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PRESENT ARMS: Presenting sticks, in fact, as soldiers of the Revolution at Saturday’s Children’s Day, an annual event at the Rockingham Historic Site, are (from left, with two Rockingham guides in full regalia) brothers Alexander and Quinn Androsko of Belle Mead, and visiting from Massachusetts, Dillon Maes-Polan with sister Alena and father Brian Polan.

Front Page

UMCP Seeks New Buyers for Hospital Site

Dilshanie Perera

With the University Medical Center of Princeton poised to move from its present location on Witherspoon Street to its new medical campus along Route One in early 2012, a new request for proposals (RFP) is being issued for plans for the old hospital site because Philadelphia-based real estate investment firm Lubert-Adler recently backed out of the $55 million purchase of the current medical center.

Township Approves Budget; Emphasizes Planning for Future

Ellen gilbert

At its Monday evening meeting Township Committee unanimously approved the 2010 budget, totaling $35,941,625.

Westerly Road Church Awaits Decision With Meeting to Continue in June

Dilshanie Perera

Township Hall was packed with well over 100 people for the second installment of the Westerly Road Church (WRC) hearing last Thursday. WRC representatives explained their revised project proposal for building a new church on Princeton Ridge in the 3.5-hour session. No final determination was reached as the hearing that is slated to continue in June.

Other News

Local Author Preparing “A Pictorial History” of Renowned Institute for Advanced Study

Ellen Gilbert

The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion local author Linda Arntzenius is writing a pictorial history of the legendary home of Albert Einstein and other intellectual luminaries.

Princeton Future Convenes Firehouse Meeting as Neighbors Envision Plans for Olive May Site

Dilshanie Perera

The second installment of a neighborhood meeting about the future of the Olive May/West Coast Video site along Nassau Street convened on Monday evening, with about 30 residents in attendance at the Chestnut Street Firehouse.

Johnson Park School Mural Celebrates the School, Community, and Environment

Ellen Gilbert

The Princeton Dinky’s days may be numbered, but it will be forever enshrined in a new mural that graces the entrance to the Johnson Park School (JPS).

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


With Senior Frost Making Noise at Cox, PU Women’s Open Crew Primed for NCAAs

Bill Alden

Going into freshman year in high school in 2001, Ariel Frost was told that she possessed the natural attributes to be a crew coxswain.

“After eighth grade, people were joking that I should be a cox because I was short and loud,” said Frost, a native of Walnut Creek, Calif. in the San Francisco area.

PU Soccer Rolled Out Welcome Mat, Hosting U.S. Squad for Training Camp

Bill Alden

It is tucked away in a corner of the Princeton University campus and students customarily hurry by without taking a second glance.

But last week, Roberts Stadium went from being the understated but state-of-the art home of Tiger soccer into the glare of international media attention as the U.S. Soccer men’s national team used the site for a week-long training camp in preparation for the upcoming World Cup in South Africa.

With the Bryant Twins Leading the Charge,PHS Boys’ Lax Rolls Into State Title Game

Bill Alden

When Doug Bryant and his classmates arrived on the scene for the Princeton high boys’ lacrosse team as freshmen four seasons ago, there was a sense that they could make a big impact on the program.

“Ever since we were freshmen we knew our senior year was going to be big,” said senior attacker Bryant.

“We all planned it. We were playing in the summer and playing in the winter leagues. We were always preparing for this senior year.”

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Record Review

Still With Us In or Out of the Spotlight: Getting to Know Hank Jones

Stuart Mitchner

“He captures you with every note, every phrase, every sound.”

— Joe Lovano on Hank Jones

Thanks to the collective good graces of YouTube, Hank Jones (1918-2010) and his music are still very much with us. All it takes is a few easy online manuevers, like a visit to the Mecca of jazz sites, (, and you can meet him face to face, see him perform, and get to know him at least well enough to realize that even in his 90s he was still possessed of that quality D.H. Lawrence called “the quick” of being, alive with something like the clear touch and tone of his playing. Whatever the situation in the various conversations and interviews online, he’s a lively, witty, unaffected presence, his gestures emphatic and spontaneous, his manner upfront and self-deprecating, amused with others and himself. His sense of humor is always there, as when he’s bantering with bassist Christian McBride, or simply holding forth with a nice, forthright energy about bebop (a word he finds unworthy) to the Dutch interviewer for whom he’s demonstrating why “How High the Moon” has become, as he puts it, “a musician’s bible.”


Taking Flight With Lindbergh, Earhart, and the Wright Brothers, McCarter Presents U.S. Premiere of Inventive Aviation Musical

Donald Gilpin

Experienced any horror stories at Newark Airport lately? Still able to conjure up any of those romanticized anticipations that accompanied airline trips in years gone by, before the terrorism alerts, the endless security lines, the disappearance of all amenities, and the pervasive worries about environmental consequences? The glamour of air travel in the past century has vanished, but Take Flight, an American premiere musical currently at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre, recreates on stage much of the excitement of the early days of flight, and many of the tribulations too.

Westminster Community Orchestra’s Audience Goes on Musical Journey Through the Movies

Nancy Plum

Music from film and television is often dismissed as trivial or fluff, when in fact notable composers in the early 20th century considered writing film scores a very viable way of making a living. Such composers as Aaron Copland and Sergei Prokofiev wrote for film, and many other major works of music by significant composers have been used in movie soundtracks. The Westminster Community Orchestra brought a bit of fun trivia and a great deal of this film music to the stage on Saturday night. Conductor Ruth Ochs took the audience at Richardson Auditorium on a trip through the unusual and little explored world of music from the movies, as concertgoers learned a new thing or two about pieces they thought they had known for years.

It’s New to Us

“Eat Local, Drink Global” Is Philosophy Of Eno Terra Restaurant in Kingston

Jean Stratton

“We were looking to do something that would be a culmination of the culinary path we’ve been on,” says Carlo Momo, owner with his brother Raoul, of Eno Terra 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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