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Vol. LXIII, No. 21
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
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SPIRIT OF PRINCETON: Two wars were embodied by the bugler and the drummer during the Spirit of Princeton’s Memorial Day ceremony at Borough Hall honoring the late Frank Tylus, a lead coordinator of past Memorial Day parades.

Front Page

Municipal Candidates Get Set for Primaries

Ellen Gilbert

Dilshanie Perera

The primary elections scheduled for next Tuesday, June 2, will allow voters in Princeton to select their choices for either Democratic or Republican nominees for Governor, General Assembly, members of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, and both male and female members of the State Committee.

Borough Council Seeking Independent Consultant to Analyze Police Issues

Dilshanie Perera

After much debate in a recent meeting, Borough Council voted to issue a request for proposals (RFP) that would seek an independent consultant to assess personnel management within the Police Department and also to evaluate the role of the governing body and public safety committee vis a vis the police.

Decreased Materials Budget Coincides With Decline in Library Use; Book Sales Thrive

Ellen Gilbert

A diminished materials budget may account for a drop in “gate count” numbers at the Princeton Public Library during the early part of 2009. The library accumulates both “gate count” numbers — people entering the library itself — and “door count” statistics — those who simply enter the building.

Other News

Forever Plaid: The Earl, Who Spells It “Stewart,” Helps Stuart Country Day School Celebrate 45 Years

Ellen Gilbert

After a lovingly prepared and delivered slide show and narrative describing his great aunt Janet Erskine Stuart’s journey from mid-19th century rural England to international distinction as a religious and educational leader, The Right Honorable Earl Castle Stewart was asked by a young Stuart school student about the significance of the Stuart clan’s plaid pattern. “I don’t know,” he admitted, “but they’re jolly nice bright things to wear.”

Belle Mead Garage Loses Franchise After 74 Years as a Chrysler Dealer

Jean Stratton

After 74 years as a Chrysler Dealership, Belle Mead Garage, is one of nearly 800 Chrysler dealers across the country (40 in New Jersey, with a possible loss of 1500-1600 jobs) to lose their franchise.

Works by Lewis Center Faculty Featured in Thought-Provoking Arts Council Exhibit

Ellen Gilbert

It’s a good thing that “Selections,” the current Peg and Frank Taplin Gallery exhibit in the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, runs until July 3. For a single-room exhibition, there’s a lot to see, and viewers may well want to return more than once to contemplate the very different kinds of work on display.

More of the Other News…


After Going from Walk-On to PU Track Star, Offorjebe Taking Last Run at NCAA Regional

Bill Alden

Agatha Offorjebe applied to Princeton University merely to fulfill a promise to her parents.

Sparked by Hendershot’s Intensity at Stroke, PU Women’s Open Crew Primed for NCAAs

Bill Alden

It was a heart-to-heart talk that changed the course of Sara Hendershot’s rowing career.

Former PHS Lax Star Formento Finds Home, Moving to Gettysburg and Making D-III Semis

Bill Alden

Allegra Formento was thrilled to join the American University women’s lacrosse program in the fall of 2007.

More Sports…

Record Review

On The Road With Dylan: “It Helps To Be Moving”

Stuart Mitchner

What happens is, I’ll take a song I know and simply start playing it in my head. That’s the way I meditate …. I meditate on a song. I’ll be playing Bob Nolan’s “Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” for instance, in my head constantly — while I’m driving a car or talking to a person or sitting around or whatever. People will think they are talking to me and I’m talking back, but I’m not. I’m listening to a song in my head. At a certain point, some words will change and I’ll start writing a song.

Bob Dylan


Love, Loss, Family, Coming of Age — Old Stories and New — All Converge in “Brother/Sister” Trilogy at McCarter Berlind

Donald Gilpin

Steeped in Yoruban myth and permeated with West African, African-American and Caribbean culture, Tarell Alvin McCraney’s trilogy, The Brother/Sister Plays, offers audiences a powerful brew of moving drama, captivating humor, and exhilarating music, movement and poetry. The world created on the McCarter Berlind stage is contemporary rural Louisiana — sometimes harsh, sometimes light, romantic and lyrical, but it is also a world of dreams and remembrance, of ritual and exploration.

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