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Vol. LXI, No. 48
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
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WARMING UP: Members of the Princeton High School Choir enjoy hot drinks before singing at the 23rd Annual Tree Lighting celebration on Palmer Square last Friday. From left: Kathy Altamirano, Courtney Shaw, and John Yi, who conducted the group of singers performing for the celebrants. The event marks the start of Princeton’s holiday season with appearances by Santa and strolling musicians and singers in the square on Saturdays and Sundays for the next few weeks. Palmer Square’s annual Hanukkah Celebration and Menorah lighting will take place on the North Plaza near Mediterra on Hulfish Street on Thursday, December 6 at 5 p.m.

Front Page

Joint Land Talks May Clear Air

Matthew Hersh

The Princetons will receive a report at a joint municipal hearing next Tuesday examining the future use of 127 acres of land off Canal Road, most of which is located in Princeton Township. The land, owned by Princeton Borough, and currently operated by the Princeton Sewer Operating Committee, has long spelled opportunity for both Princeton Borough and Princeton Township, and next week’s discussion on those lands could serve as a venue for the airing of other concerns that have created a wedge between the two municipalities.

Princeton Ridge Debate Continues to be Marked By Environmental Issue

Matthew Hersh

Following the second public discussion in three weeks over a proposed senior housing development along a northwestern section of the Princeton Ridge, Princeton Township Committee Monday night voted to table a zoning amendment introduction that would, if passed, allow for the development of age 55-and-over housing, reducing the current 62-and-over zoning stipulation.

Township Resident Quizzes Library Board, Asks for Progress Report on Parking Issue

Linda Arntzenius

Princeton Township resident Howard Silbersher stepped up to the Board of Trustees of the Princeton Public Library last week to ask about progress on the issue of library parking.

In January, Borough and Township officials announced that a municipal subsidy that had allowed resident library patrons up to two hours of free parking in the Borough-owned Spring Street garage would be cancelled in February because of the finances.

Other News

Mark Twain (Alias Alan Kitty) Comes to Town in Library Program Geared for Adult Audience

Linda Arntzenius

Underneath the makeup and distinctive clothing, Alan Kitty doesn’t look much like Mark Twain. “We both have more or less square faces and there is a slight hook to both our noses, but his face and his nose are longer and although we are about the same height, I have a more muscular build,” said the actor who will portray the famed American humorist on Thursday, November 29, at 7 p.m. in front of the fireplace on the second floor of the Princeton Public Library.

After Change in State Pension Law, Search Is on for Municipal Prosecutor

Matthew Hersh

Because of a new state law that precludes appointed municipal prosecutors from being municipal employees receiving related occupational benefits, Princeton Borough and Princeton Township, as of the new year, will find themselves looking for a new municipal prosecutor.

Hospital Receives $6MM Bristol-Myers Grant for Community Health Center and Health Care

Linda Arntzenius

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation announced last Wednesday that it would issue a $6 million grant to the University Medical Center at Princeton to help create a new community health care center at the hospital that would provide health care services to uninsured and underinsured residents.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


McReynolds’ Senior Campaign Worth the Wait as PU Women’s Volleyball Streaks Into NCAAs

Bill Alden

Jenny McReynolds delayed her senior season on the Princeton University women’s volleyball team, working as an intern for a venture capital firm in San Francisco last year.

Tiger Men’s Hoops Struggled in Paradise but Brings Back Fond Memories From Maui

Jon Solomon

It is roughly 4,889 miles from Jadwin Gym to the shores of Lahaina, Hawaii.

Stuart’s Gaudioso-Radvany, PHS Football Star Borchert Get Nods as Town Topics’ Outstanding Fall Performers

Bill Alden

Jackie Gaudioso-Radvany had a lot on her shoulders as she entered her junior season on the Stuart Country Day field hockey team this past September.

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Book Review

Richard Ford’s Frank Bascombe, Born in Princeton, Easter 1982

Stuart Mitchner

I began and abandoned Richard Ford’s The Sportswriter (1986), the first of his three Frank Bascombe novels, 18 years ago. I took it up again last month after reading the next two books in the series in reverse order, The Lay of the Land (2006) and then Independence Day (1995). Now that I’ve finished the first book, which Ford has said he began writing in Princeton on Easter, 1982, I find that the last fourth of The Sportswriter, the part I missed, contains scenes that simply can’t be missed if you hope to appreciate the impact of Bascombe as a character and the books as a series. It’s as if I walked out of the room at precisely the moment Frank Bascombe comes into his own as literary creation.


Maestro Järvi’s Precise Conducting Style Elicits Fine Musicianship From Orchestra

Nancy Plum

How concerts are nicknamed is always an interesting mystery. Programs centered around a composer, geographic region, or soloist create obvious nicknames, but others are more obscure. Friday night’s New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performance in Richardson Auditorium, the first of the ensemble’s Princeton series this year, was subtitled “Järvi and the Dance,” leaving one to wonder what exactly the relationship was between the NJSO Music Director and any nimble-footed dance steps. Although the second half of the program was drawn from the music of ballet, the “dance” of the first half — a Haydn symphony and Brahms concerto — came from the spirit and vitality with which the pieces were performed.

Profiles in Education

Joanne Krause

Linda Arntzenius

A little over a month into her new role as mathematics supervisor for the Princeton Regional Schools District, Joanne Krause has created a warm and welcoming space for visitors in her office at John Witherspoon Middle School. She’s transformed a small former classroom into Math Central, an inviting space, with rugs, artwork, shelves of books and math materials, not to mention a brand new polished wood table and chair set that Ms. Krause purchased herself and installed with the help of family members. It will serve for meetings with students, teachers, and parents. “My intent is an office where people feel welcome to stop by with questions, bounce ideas around, and look at resources, so the colors are soft, warm, and inviting.”

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