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Vol. LXIII, No. 47
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Members of the Princeton High boys’ soccer team celebrate last Friday night after winning the Group III state championship. PHS edged defending state champion Millburn 2-1 in the title game to end the season at 21-0-4 and win then program’s first state crown since 1995. For more details on the game, see the front page story.

Front Page

PHS Boys’ Soccer Wins State Crown

Bill Alden

When Allen Bryant started his Princeton High sports career in 2006, he envisioned himself as a future football star.

But after suffering several concussions on the gridiron as a freshman, Bryant switched to soccer. Bryant competed for the PHS JV boys’ team the next two seasons, playing goalie as a sophomore then moving to defense in 2008.

This fall, the athletic Bryant, who also stars in track and lacrosse, moved into the starting back four on the Little Tiger varsity squad.

Zoning Board Okays Hillier Development of Witherspoon Site

Dilshanie Perera

At last week’s meeting, the Borough’s Zoning Board of Adjustment unanimously approved J. Robert Hillier’s application to redevelop his property at 190 to 198 Witherspoon Street.

Recreation Department Creates Foundation to Raise Funds for Capital Improvements

Ellen Gilbert

The Recreation Department has approved the creation of a “Princeton Parks and Recreation Foundation,” charged with improving “the quality of life for the diverse population of Princeton by promoting and implementing recreation, parks, conservation, and leisure services in a thorough and financially efficient manner.” The group was established out of the department’s recognition that “it cannot rely exclusively on public money” to reach the goals outlined in its 2008 Master Plan.

Other News

Princeton Immigrants’ Past Comes Alive in Historical Society Walking Tour of Town

Dilshanie Perera

A new Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) walking tour launched last week reveals palpable traces of the past in the everyday.

Joint Public Hearing on Consolidation Goes Smoothly; Arts and Transit Area Fine-Tuned

Ellen Gilbert

Discussion of the University’s plans for an “arts and transit” neighborhood and passage of an ordinance concerning the Shade Tree Commission highlighted Monday evening’s Township Committee meeting.

Environmental Commission to Launch Energy Audit Project, Leaf Management

Dilshanie Perera

A Leaf Management Committee that will address leaf collection and storm water management in the Borough and the Township was created during last week’s Princeton Environmental Commission (PEC) meeting. The group also plans to launch a Home Energy Audit Project in collaboration with Sustainable Princeton.

More of the Other News…


PU Football Experiences Turbulent Weekend; Tops Dartmouth but Coach Hughes Dismissed

Bill Alden

Last weekend started out on a high note for Princeton University football head coach Roger Hughes and his squad.

Princeton Field Hockey Makes Dramatic Rally but Runs Out of Gas in NCAA Semis Defeat

Bill Alden

With her Princeton University field hockey trailing undefeated and top-ranked Maryland 3-1 at halftime of the national semifinals last Friday, Tiger head coach Kristen Holmes-Winn had a simple message for her players.

Overcoming Some Bumps in the Road, Costello Leads PU Women’s Cross Country

Bill Alden

For Princeton University cross country star Liz Costello, the NCAA cross country championship meet in 2007 marked a nadir in her superb running career.

More Sports…

Book Review

Who’s Been Eating My Naked Lunch? — A Golden Anniversary

Stuart Mitchner

The stained, tattered, infectious-looking object you see before you is the anti-Kindle, anti-ebook, anti iPhone whatzit, not to mention the antithesis of all those bright immaculate “real books” lining the shelves at Labyrinth and Barnes & Noble like so many shiny new apples. This first edition of William Burroughs’s The Naked Lunch, published by the Olympia Press in Paris in 1959 (“Not To Be Sold in the U.S.A. or U.K.”), has maintained its shabby charisma through 50 years of heavy use and one act of violence. I bought it at a street market in Rome, marked down to 1000 lire (around $1) due to the fact that pages 85 to 90 were missing. Missing’s not the word for it: they’d been ripped out.

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