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Vol. LXV, No. 40
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
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BREAKING THROUGH: Princeton University football quarterback Tommy Wornham breaks through a Columbia defender last Saturday night at Princeton Stadium. Wornham passed for 194 yards and rushed for 55 in the game to help Princeton edge the Lions 24-21. The victory snapped Princeton’s program-record 10-game losing streak. For more details on the game, see page 33.

Front Page

For Sale: Palmer Square Post Office

Anne Levin

The paring down of the United States Postal Service has hit home for Princeton patrons. The agency is planning to sell its Palmer Square station, though a spokesman says no final decision has been made.

Princeton Future Hosts Meeting On Consolidation

Ellen Gilbert

Consolidation is without question the subject du jour in Princeton, and it’s likely to remain a hot-button issue until November 8, when residents of both municipalities get to vote for or against it.

The Pros and Cons Of Consolidation Aired at Meeting

Anne Levin

The ongoing debate about consolidating Princeton Borough and Township continued at a joint meeting of Borough Council and Township Committee last Tuesday, September 27 at Borough Hall. Following a statement by Consolidation and Shared Services Commission Chairman Anton Lahnston, several residents of both municipalities expressed their views on the merger. The consolidation question will be on the ballot for voters November 8.

Other News

How Does The Riverside School Garden Grow? It’s Exemplary, Say Those Familiar With It

Ellen Gilbert

Riverside Elementary School enjoyed the distinction of being New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher’s first stop in a kick-off event for the first “Jersey Fresh Farm to School Week.”

The New Memorandum of Understanding Includes Additional University Funding

Anne Levin

The new and improved “Memorandum of Understanding” (MOU) announced last week between Princeton University, Princeton Borough, and Princeton Township reflects a summer of negotiations by a six-member committee from the three entities. Robert K. Durkee, who represented the University, has high hopes that the revamping will result in approval by the two governing bodies, giving the green light to the University’s plan for a $300 million arts and transit complex that would include moving the Dinky station.

School Board Postpones Valley Road Proposals; Will Wait for Consolidation Vote Result

Ellen Gilbert

Several days in advance of the August 30 meeting at which the Board of Education was supposed to announce which of two proposals it had chosen for the disposition of the Valley Road Building, the Board announced that it was postponing the decision until the autumn.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Princeton Football Snaps Losing Streak; Edging Columbia 24-21 in Ivy Opener

Bill Alden

It looked like the Princeton University football team was headed for a recurring nightmare.

Starting Reign at Helm of PU Women’s Volleyball, Tiger Alum King Bringing Ivy Title Experience

Bill Alden

Sabrina King knows what it takes to lead the Princeton University women’s volleyball team to the Ivy League championship.

PHS Boys’ Cross Country Displays Depth, Wins Varsity C Title at Shore Coaches Meet

Bill Alden

Competing in the high-powered Shore Coaches Invitational meet last Saturday without one of its frontrunners, the Princeton High boys’ cross country team seemingly had little chance to win the Varsity C title.

Diminutive Quigley Coming Up Big on Attack As PDS Field Hockey Displays Finishing Touch

Bill Alden

Standing a shade over 5’0 and weighing 100 pounds soaking wet, Emma Quigley looks like she would get run over in the traffic jams around the goal that are a staple of field hockey.

With Senior Star Fox Setting Positive Tone, Hun Field Hockey Getting Into Good Rhythm

Bill Alden

Stefanie Fox is determined to create a positive atmosphere around the Hun School field hockey team.

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Book Review

The Peanut Butter Chronicles, or Growing Up With Peter Pan

Stuart Mitchner

My father used to make gifts appear “by magic.” He’d go abracadabra and point to a chair and presto, I’d find a comic under the cushion. My mother’s magic was unannounced. For all I knew, she wasn’t even there when I walked in and saw four open-faced peanut butter and jelly sandwiches neatly arranged, two above, two below, on the kitchen table. Made with Wonder Bread no doubt. My mother must have been in the room, pouring a glass full of cold milk, but I only had eyes for those little darlings on the plate.


Devastating Family Discord Interweaves With Trademark Humor In Neil Simon’s 1991 Pulitzer Prize-Winning “Lost in Yonkers”

Donald Gilpin

Vast character stretches are the order of the day in Theatre Intime’s production of Neil Simon’s dark, comic, Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Lost in Yonkers (1991), running through October 8 at the Murray Dodge Theater on the Princeton University campus. This portrait of a troubled family’s struggles during the war years of the early 1940s focuses on two teen-aged boys and their ten-month stay at their austere grandmother’s Yonkers apartment, where they learn more than they bargained for about their fierce grandma, their mentally slow Aunt Bella, their Bogart-style, underworld Uncle Louie, and other challenges of coming of age.

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