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Vol. LXI, No. 45
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
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(Photo by E.J. Greenblat)

A LIGHT TURN-OUT: Rain may have kept some Princeton voters away Tuesday morning. Shown at District 7 in Community Park School are (standing, from left) Anthony and Maureen Marchetta, and (signing in) Louise Coolidge, a distant relative of U.S. president Calvin; at the table (from left) are Emily Reeves and Meryl James.

Front Page

Democrats Sweep Borough and Township

Matthew Hersh

Democrats swept the Princeton Borough and Princeton Township municipal elections Tuesday night in the Princetons’ first fully contested vote since 2005.

With unofficial tallies reporting in all 14 districts in Princeton Township, the incumbent Democratic slate of Committeeman Arden “Lance” Liverman and Mayor Phyllis Marchand took just over 64 percent of 6,758 votes cast, handily defeating Republican challengers Esther Mills and Cindy Randazzo.

Township Hall to Hear Senior Housing Proposal Amid Mounting Concerns

Matthew Hersh

A proposal to change the age standard for housing on a 20-acre Bunn Drive property in Princeton Township could result in the municipality implementing a major change in senior housing policy.

Labyrinth Books and U-Store Fill Nassau Street Vacancies

Matthew Hersh

While the latest contributors to downtown Princeton’s retail scene may inject a renewed vitality into Princeton’s streetscape, they also, in some cases, revive a familiar presence.

Other News

Trenton-based TerraCycle, Inc. Spurs Bridge Academy’s Recycling Efforts

Linda Arntzenius

Although Bridge Academy art teacher Sarah Bernotas was intrigued by TerraCycle’s graffiti arts initiative, it was the Trenton-based company’s recycling program that really caught on at the school.

Borough’s Pergola Finally Rises on Plaza; Tiny Park Causes Intense Discussion

Matthew Hersh

What had been something of a poster child of Princeton Borough’s stalled downtown redevelopment project, is now, finally, looming over Hinds Plaza, providing good news for a project that, recently, has been lacking just that.

Shopping Center Bookstore Goes Postal, Reintroducing Much-Valued Tradition

Matthew Hersh

Change at the Princeton Shopping Center does not always bode well for its customers.

More of the Other News…


New Coach Johnson Promising Full Effort as PU Men’s Basketball Tips Off New Era

Bill Alden

As Sydney Johnson takes the helm of the Princeton University men’s basketball team, the 33-year-old rookie head coach will need to utilize his trademark energy and enthusiasm.

With Arrival of Rookie Head Coach Banghart, Tiger Women’s Hoops Primed for Fresh Start

Bill Alden

Courtney Banghart has captured the full attention of her players on the Princeton University women’s basketball team.

Johnson’s Speed Makes a Big Difference as Stuart Field Hockey Shares Prep Crown

Bill Alden

Carys Johnson stumbled out of the gate this September as she started her senior season with the Stuart Country Day field hockey team.

More Sports…

Book Review

Looking for Malcolm Lowry on the Day of the Dead

Stuart Mitchner

Last Friday, November 2, the Day of the Dead, which is the day in 1938 when the events in Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano take place, I checked to see if a copy was available at the Princeton Public Library and learned, to my surprise, that the only version of this 20th-century classic in the catalogue is in the form of a 2-disk Criterion DVD of the 1984 film directed by John Huston. I was also unable to find either of the biograpies of Lowry, who died 50 years ago, June 27, 1957.


PSO’s Guest Conductor Jens Georg Bachmann Elicits Lush Sound, Premiers Russian Piece in U.S.

Nancy Plum

Every time a guest conductor stands before an orchestra, the ensemble is like a blank palette. Each conductor will draw something completely different from the music and from the players, and one might never imagine that an orchestra playing for different conductors is the same ensemble of players.

Princeton Personality

Former Borough Mayor Marvin R. Reed Remains Active in Community Issues

Jean Stratton

He was the first in his family to go to college, graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers; he worked on the General Motors assembly line in Edison; he built a radio, took apart a TV, and repaired a radar set in the army. He stage-managed, directed, and appeared in numerous amateur drama productions; he taught seventh and eighth grade math; he was Communications Director of the New Jersey Education Association, and operated his own public relations firm; for 19 years he served on Princeton Borough Council, more than 13 of which as mayor.

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