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Vol. LXI, No. 22
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
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HITTING THEIR STRIDE: Members of the Princeton Borough Police Department were among hundreds of individuals taking part in Saturday's Princeton Memorial Day Parade, where more than 1,000 spectators were on hand for the hour-long Nassau Street event that extended from Princeton Avenue to Borough Hall. The parade was the ninth Memorial Day parade organized by the Spirit of Princeton, a charitable, non-partisan, community organization. "We've definitely hit our stride," said Mark Freda, Spirit of Princeton vice chair. "Everyone's really happy to be part of this, and we're all proud of what this event is able to achieve." Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes agreed: "This is something that brings our community together in a special way and it really shows everyone's spirit."

Front Page

Planners Show Concern Over Dinky Proposal

Matthew Hersh

Despite Princeton University claims that relocating New Jersey Transit's Princeton "Dinky" station 460 feet south would ease traffic flow through a proposed arts neighborhood around the intersection of University Place and Alexander Street, several members of the Regional Planning Board of Princeton this week have expressed concern with the proposal, while conceding that the plan was too provisional to merit an outright public challenge.

Library Attributes Drop in Patronage to Parking Costs

Linda Arntzenius

If you build it they will come … but not, apparently if they have to pay for parking.

The removal of a municipal subsidy that, prior to February 1 this year, allowed patrons of the Princeton Public Library to use the Borough-owned Spring Street parking garage for up to two hours for free, was the topic of a report presented by Library Director Leslie Burger to members of the library's Board of Trustees last Tuesday, May 22.

NJ Students for Peace Conference Promoting Teen Activism at Library

Linda Arntzenius

As the Memorial Day Parade passed down Nassau Street on Saturday, members of the area's teen community focused on peace and ways of working toward it through an understanding of current events, with tips from activists on how to get involved and why.

Other News

A Boardwalk Miles From the Shore Opens Princeton Lands to Walkers

Matthew Hersh

Princeton Township in the last year achieved its goal of becoming 25 percent preserved — an assured triumph for conservationists and outdoors people throughout the region. But a recent grant given to the Friends of Princeton Open Space has all but guaranteed that those preserved lands are now better linked and more accessible for those curious to see where their open space taxes go.

Borough Approves $24M Municipal Budget, Looking to Favor Surplus Over More Cuts

Matthew Hersh

Borough Hall last Tuesday favored an increase in the municipal surplus over further cuts to the tax levy, as Council, by a 5 to 1 margin, voted to approve its $24.19 million budget.

Planning Group Delivers a Rare Look at the "Athens of Mercer County"

Matthew Hersh

Looking out from the second floor of 179 Nassau Street at 182 Nassau Street, home of Carousel Restaurant on the first floor, two floors of office space, and a penthouse level of residences, you can see through the stucco facing to the good planning.

More of the Other News…


Princeton Star QB Terrell Chases Dream in Bid to Stick With Kansas City Chiefs

Bill Alden

Jeff Terrell didn't look like a potential starting Ivy League quarterback, let alone an NFL prospect, based on how he performed in his first scrimmage with the Princeton University football team.

Corr Looking to End Career on a High Note as PU Women's Lightweights Row in IRAs

Bill Alden

For Caitlin Corr, serving as the captain of the Princeton University women's lightweight crew is hardly an all-work and no-play proposition.

Former Hun Star Kirnan Enjoyed the Ride as Penn Women's Lax Advanced to Final 4

Bill Alden

In her sophomore year at the Hun School, Tarah Kirnan traveled down to Loyola College in Baltimore to check out the 2002 NCAA women's lacrosse Final Four.

More Sports…

DVD Review

30 Years Ago A Master Dies; 100 Years Ago Two Stars Are Born

Stuart Mitchner

One of the landmark sequences in motion picture history comes at the end of Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights (1931). It happens in the span of a minute. The chemistry seems simple enough: a pretty girl who was once blind has regained her sight due to, she thinks, the romantic intervention of a rich young man. One day she’s looking through the window of the flower shop where she works when she sees a comical little tramp staring in at her. Amused by him, she steps outside to give the poor fellow a flower and a coin but when their hands touch, the contact reveals the appalling truth, that the handsome, wealthy young man she’s been dreaming would one day appear to her is, in fact, this pathetic figure. “You?” she asks, staring into his eyes. He holds the flower to his face, as if to hide his love and shame behind it, both humiliated and illuminated by her expression, which is at once awestruck, disillusioned, and tenderly, disbelievingly grateful. The tramp nods and smiles and, as the music composed by Chaplin himself swells, the audience, which has been laughing almost from the first sequence, finds itself as stunned and moved as the young woman. At the premiere of City Lights, Chaplin was sitting next to Albert Einstein. When the lights came up at the end, Einstein was in tears. For Chaplin, who died 30 years ago this December, that was clearly the ultimate acclaim.

Profiles in Education

Pamela Elmi

Linda Arntzenius

Sometimes it takes time and a little luck for the right person to find the right niche. Pamela Elmi believes she's found hers as the new full-time executive director of Princeton Young Achievers. "I hope to be with PYA for a long time," she said.

It’s New to Us

Queenstown Gallery in Pennington Offers Custom Framing and Artwork

High quality custom framing and a selection of paintings by area artists is available at Queenstown Gallery in Pennington. Housed in the Isaac Hart House (1798), the gallery (which derives its name from the original designation of Pennington) is located at 43 South Main Street. It is now owned by Marc Udell, custom framer and professional photographer.

"I wanted to open a frame shop for years," says Mr. Udell, who has a degree in commercial photography, and was trained in custom framing by Larson Juhl, the leading manufacturer and distributor of custom picture framing moldings.

Olives Gourmet Bakery and Deli Expands to Offer More Choices

Olives is a true Princeton success story. Opened 12 years ago, offering Greek and Mediterranean food, this gourmet bakery and delicatessen's popularity just grows and grows.

The newly expanded space enables Olives to offer more delicious dishes, including top-quality prepared food to go. Now, even more hungry customers line up waiting to pick up their favorite dish.

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