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Vol. LXIV, No. 47
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
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NASSAU STREET PROMENADE: Strollers, bare trees, and windbreakers. It must be November. Sidewalk browsers at Labyrinth Books add to the Nassau Street Sunday afternoon ambience.

Front Page

Consolidation Study Moving Ahead

Dilshanie Perera

Work on gathering data about Princeton Borough and Township in the interests of studying consolidation and shared services is moving ahead smoothly, with Anton Lahnston noting that the consultant, the Center for Governmental Resources (CGR), has completed over 40 first-round interviews.

Borough Considers Shared Police Dispatch Services With Municipal Neighbors

Dilshanie Perera

With talk about consolidation and sharing services looming large in local political discourse across the state, municipalities are considering new ways to combine forces and achieve efficiencies and savings. Enter police dispatch services.

Township Discusses Valley Road Building, Route 1 Left Turns, Purchase of Ridge Tract

Ellen Gilbert

At its Monday evening meeting, Township Committee approved a License Agreement Extension with the School District to ensure that Corner House, TV 30, and the Township’s Housing office can remain in the Valley Road Building through June 30, 2011.

Other News

Environmental Commission Focusing on Land Use, Protection, Stormwater

Dilshanie Perera

Over the past few months the Princeton Environmental Commission (PEC), a joint municipal advisory body, has been shifting its focus toward land use and land protection, according to Commission Chair Matthew Wasserman.

Isles Celebrates the Work of Seven “Spirit of Community” Recipients

Ellen Gilbert

“Spirit of Community Awards” were given to Debby D’Arcangelo, Donald Davis, Sacred Downing, Jose Hernandez, Cameron Hunt, Eric Maywar and Deborah Prendergast last week at Isles’s annual Harvest Dinner.

Complex, Thoroughly Modern Exhibit at Princeton University Art Museum

Ellen Gilbert

“Land and space are implicated in everything we do,” is the message of “Nobody’s Property,” a recently-installed exhibit at the Princeton University Art Museum. Featuring the work of seven artists and two artist-teams, it is a sprawling, thoroughly modern installation that uses several forms of interactive media to reflect the work of what it describes as “a new generation of environmental artists.”

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Historic Run Ends for Princeton Men’s Soccer as Tigers Fall to UMBC in NCAA Tournament

Bill Alden

Since mid-September, the Princeton University men’s soccer team has shown a knack for winning in a variety of ways.

Featuring Its Mike and Mike Show, PU Men’s Hockey Edges Harvard 1-0

Bill Alden

The Mike and Mike in the Morning sports talk program has become a staple of the ESPN weekday lineup over the years.

Princeton Field Hockey Hampered by Injuries; but Showed Resilience in Making NCAA Run

Bill Alden

Coming into the fall, the Princeton University team appeared to have the pieces in place to contend for the national championship.

More Sports…

Book Review

O Rare Keith Richards, Master of Riffs, Lord of Misrule

Stuart Mitchner

You jump on the riff and it plays you.

Keith Richards

I actually thought Keith Richards might be running out of gas. He’d been cooking up a storm from page one of his magnificent Falstaffian orgy of a book, Life (Little Brown $29.99) — a farcical Arkansas drug bust; earthy, vivid glimpses of a postwar boyhood in Dickensian Dartford; listening to Radio Luxembourg “in the days before rock and roll”; fame and fortune with the Rolling Stones; life “on the border of art and villainy” in underground London; firing Brian Jones in Winnie the Pooh’s house; but when he spends five and a half pages quoting his son Marlon’s recollection of life with his drug-drenched mom, Keith’s ex, Anita Pallenberg, I began to think that even the great riff master was not immune to the curse of the celebrity bio, where the glitz gets tiresome, the glamour goes south, and readers begin squirming or yawning or rolling their eyes at the banality of life at the top, the names dropping like flies, ditto the pay-backs, and it’s like who cares, or as Keith would put it, bla bla bla boinky boinky.


Princeton University Choral Director Unveils New Chamber Choir Sound

Nancy Plum

Somehow in the grand celebrations of new conductors for the New Jersey Symphony and the Princeton Symphony Orchestras, another new musical face slipped onto Princeton University’s campus. After a year-long search, English choir trainer Gabriel Crouch became Director of Choral Activities at the University in September, responsible for the Glee Club and the Chamber Choir, as well as teaching conducting. On Sunday afternoon, Mr. Crouch led the University Chamber Choir in its first performance of the year in Richardson Auditorium. Although there were only eight works on the program (one of which was a set of six smaller pieces), these works on a French theme demonstrated Mr. Crouch’s commitment to choral precision, uniformity of vowels, and conveyance of the text.

It’s New to Us

“Two-in-One” Opens at New Spring Street Location: Pristine Fine Dry Cleaning and Concierge of Princeton

Jean Stratton

Customers who take their coats, pants, or dresses to Pristine Fine Dry Cleaning in the new building at 23 Spring Street will find another brand new opportunity at the same address: Concierge of Princeton.

Míele Products Offer a Tradition of Excellence Featuring Superior Performance and Durability

Jean Stratton

“Don’t you dare give your mother a vacuum cleaner for Mother’s Day — unless it’s a Míele!”

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