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Vol. LXII, No. 46
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
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FLAGS HELD HIGH ON VETERANS’ DAY: November 11 was celebrated Tuesday morning at the All Wars Monument. Sponsored by the Spirit of Princeton Committee, the ceremony included a color guard and rifle detail from the Marine Corps Reserve Training Center in West Trenton. The featured speaker was Benjamin Cittadino, a local attorney and former Naval officer who served three years at sea on a mine sweeper. His father was Commanding Officer of a sub chaser during World War II; his son is a fighter pilot on the USS Theodore Roosevelt in support of the U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan.

Front Page

An “Exemplary Municipal Leader” Retires

Ellen Gilbert

Princeton Township Mayor Phyllis Marchand has announced her retirement effective November 30. Ms. Marchand has been mayor for 13 of the 22 years she has served on Township Committee. “In many ways I am sorry to be leaving, but there’s always something that’s going to be unfinished,” she said in a recent interview. “It sounds clichéd but it is absolutely true that I have a genuine desire to explore other opportunities in my life, to take the invaluable lessons I have learned from my years in public office, and apply them to other endeavors.” 

Township, Borough Debate Money and Other Issues; Bridge Work Postponed

Ellen Gilbert

A joint meeting of the Township Committee and the Borough Council to vote on a library parking agreement Monday evening became contentious as members of both groups challenged the other’s priorities about other issues and debated the way in which the question of money owed by the Township to the Borough should be resolved.

Princeton Future Says Consolidation Likely to Improve Existing Structures

Dilshanie Perera

Princeton Future met last Saturday to discuss housing, transportation and mobility, and the future of the downtown. Guiding themes included how new structures and consolidation of resources might help Princeton.

Other News

Screening of Evered’s “Adopt A Sailor” Delights Audience at Robeson Center

Dilshanie Perera

The Solley Theater at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts was packed for the preview screening of Princeton playwright-turned-director Charles Evered’s Adopt A Sailor on Monday. “It means a lot for me to show this movie here because it is my hometown,” Mr. Evered said while introducing the work.

Enjoying Good Organizational Health, HiTOPS Sees a Changing of the Guard

Ellen Gilbert

Lori Heninger’s last official day at work, December 31, marks a tenure of a little over two years at the helm of HiTOPS, the 22-year-old non-profit organization that seeks to promote adolescent health and well-being.

Work by Princeton Grad Students and Staff Highlights Record Research Symposium

Ellen Gilbert

About 150 people attended the fourth annual Princeton Research Symposium (PRS) at the Friend Center last Saturday, marking a record number for the four-year-old event where Princeton graduate students and research staff discuss their current work, through poster presentations and talks, with the University community and the general public.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


PU Men’s Hoops Displaying Enthusiasm, Primed for Opener With Central Michigan

Bill Alden

The banners recently hung in the rafters of Jadwin Gym serve as a daily reminder to the Princeton University men’s basketball players of the glory that has preceded them.

PHS Boys’ Soccer Repeats as MCT Champs, Now Primed to Make State Tournament Run

Bill Alden

Heading into early October, the Princeton High boys’ soccer team was sailing along, brimming with confidence.

After Going Through Transition Process, PU Women’s Hoops Looking for Results

Bill Alden

Courtney Banghart has proven herself to be a quick study.

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Book Review

It’s in the Prose: To Know Obama, Read His Story

Stuart Mitchner

I learned to slip back and forth between my black and white worlds, understanding that each possessed its own language and customs and structures of meaning, convinced that with a bit of translation on my part the two worlds would eventually cohere.

—Barack Obama in Dreams from My Father


Revolutionary Performance in Richardson Presented by Princeton Symphony Orchestra

Nancy Plum

The sign of a good music director, whether permanent or interim, is the ability to motivate the players to reach beyond themselves to present the music to the audience. Princeton Symphony Orchestra had such a director this past weekend, as guest conductor Tito Muñoz led the ensemble in a concert with many revolutionary overtones in leader, soloist, and music.

All in a Day’s Work

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

Dilshanie Perera

Named among the top 25 of Forbes Magazine’s “World’s Most Powerful Women,” Doctor Risa Lavizzo-Mourey heads the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), a national philanthropic organization focused on improving health and healthcare for all Americans. With a $10 billion endowment, the foundation has specific programs targeted at concerns like childhood obesity, as well as long-term goals like developing community leaders and effecting policy change.

New to Us

New CoolVines Specialty Wine Shop Recently Opened on Nassau Street

“There are people with a low or high interest in wine, or low or high knowledge of wine. We particularly enjoy working with customers who have a high interest and low knowledge. They are interested in learning about new wines and trying them. We attract people who are exploring. Young people especially are interested in trying different wines and learning about their own personal preferences.”

Gasior’s Furniture & Accessories Will Celebrate 30th Anniversary

Marking 30 years in business is a true milestone, and when this has been accomplished with a continuous emphasis on high quality products and superior customer service, it is all the more worthy of celebration.

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