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Vol. LXIII, No. 46
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
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THE SPEAKER COMES TO PRINCETON: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Rush Holt visiting a diagnostic imaging suite during Saturday’s tour of the University Medical Center at Princeton with Barry Rabner (left), president and CEO of the Princeton HealthCare System. At a brief press conference, the speaker urged support for the health care reform bill passed by the House and called the new hospital under construction an innovative model to the nation.

Front Page

Study Urges Police Department Oversight

Dilshanie Perera

Borough Council unanimously voted at last week’s meeting to draft new amendments that would reconfigure how the governing body oversees the Police Department.

Regional Planning Board Amends Master Plan; Approves Subdivision

Ellen Gilbert

At its Thursday evening meeting last week, the Regional Planning Board of Princeton passed an amendment pertaining to the future of development and growth in the Borough and Township as it relates to educational and non-profit institutions, including Princeton University.

Princeton Merchants Association Considers Next Steps for Business

Dilshanie Perera

Members of the Princeton Merchants Association (PMA) met on Tuesday to determine how the organization can better assist in bolstering business.

Other News

Westminster Conservatory Celebrates 40 Years of Teaching and Sharing Music

Ellen Gilbert

It isn’t 2010 yet, but Westminster Conservatory has already begun celebrating its 40th anniversary. A gala on November 1, featuring a special faculty concert, reception, and silent auction, kicked off a year of festivities with particular panache as students of piano teacher Ena Bronstein Barton donated $10,000 in her honor for a new endowment to support piano instruction. Other proceeds will benefit the student scholarship fund, faculty development, and instrument upkeep at the Conservatory.

Several Members of the Media Discuss Difficulties in Covering the Supreme Court

Ellen Gilbert

“It is at once very well known, and virtually unknown in terms of what it does and who does it.” What is it?

Sculpture Installation at Arts Council Showcases Booker’s Talent in Tires

Dilshanie Perera

When strolling past the Arts Council, it is hard to miss the giant sculptural forms frozen in twists and turns on the Michael Graves Terrace.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Sharkey and Donovan Lead the Charge as PU Field Hockey Rolls Into Final 4

Bill Alden

Kathleen Sharkey and her teammates on the Princeton University field hockey team had reason to be concerned as they headed into the dressing room last Sunday at halftime of their NCAA quarterfinal clash with visiting Syracuse.

With Senior Star Foster Using His Head, PHS Boys’ Soccer Wins Sectional Crown

Bill Alden

In the fall of 2006, Thatcher Foster enjoyed watching the Princeton High boys’ soccer team beat Monroe to win the Central Jersey Group III sectional crown.

PHS Football Routed by Monroe in Playoffs but Proud of Accomplishments in 7-3 Season

Bill Alden

There were plenty of reasons for the Princeton High football players to hang their heads after their Central Jersey Group III state playoff game last Friday at Monroe High.

More Sports…

Record Review

Night Music at 33,000 Feet: A Tale of Two Mobys

Stuart Mitchner

It all began in the fall of 1999 when our aging car gave up the ghost. In order to make the down payment on a new one I sold my 1851 American first edition of The Whale, better known as Moby Dick. If the book had been in decent shape (the spine was threadbare: you could see only the shadow of the title), I’d have had enough to buy the car outright and maybe fly roundtrip to Fiji or Katmandu. In 2009 a copy roughly comparable to mine but in better condition is going for $85,000; the cheapest of the four copies for sale online is $25,000.


Westminster Choir Sings Challenging, Yet Provocative Prequel to Winter Tour

Nancy Plum

The Westminster Choir, conducted by Joe Miller, has had a very busy fall. Not only has Dr. Miller just released his first full-length CD with the ensemble, he is preparing the choir for an upcoming tour of California as well as a performance at the February 2010 regional conference of the American Choral Director’s Association. The premiere chorus of Westminster’s many performing ensembles, the Westminster Choir is comprised of singers who will likely have careers in vocal performance. Since taking over the choral program at the Choir College, Dr. Miller has enabled the Westminster Choir experience to be an active part of a student’s development as a soloist by his choice of some very challenging choral repertoire and his approach of having the students really singing out even as members of a chorus. This challenging repertoire and vocal style was very much in evidence in the Westminster Choir’s concert on Sunday afternoon in Bristol Chapel, as the ensemble performed music from both the recent CD and the upcoming tour.

It’s New to Us

Nelson Glass & Aluminum on Spring Street Celebrates 60 Years of Service and Quality

Jean Stratton

Sixty years and still counting!

Nelson Glass & Aluminum is unique in Princeton today. An independent, family-owned and operated business that has continued to provide Princeton and the area with knowledgeable, friendly service and quality products, it has a proud history.

New a priori Gallery Opens in Lambertville With a Focus on 20th Century Design and Art

Jean Stratton

Twentieth Century art and design is on display at the newly-opened a priori gallery at 16 Church Street in Lambertville.

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