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Vol. LXII, No. 41
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
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A VISION OF PRINCETON’S HEALTHCARE FUTURE: A concept rendering shows the subject of the groundbreaking ceremony held by Princeton HealthCare System representatives and New Jersey elected officials Friday. HOK and RMJM Hillier, in a joint venture, are the architects for the new $441.7 million University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. The 636,000 square-foot hospital is on a 50-acre site on Route 1, 2.5 miles away from downtown Princeton.

Front Page

Master Plan: Traffic Congestion Still a Concern

Dilshanie Perera

The Regional Planning Board met last Thursday at an informational session outlining the various elements pertaining to traffic and circulation changes as a result of Princeton University’s Campus Master Plan.

Environmental Commission Covers Recycling, Fuel Cost, Questions Synthetic Turf

Dilshanie Perera

The Princeton Environmental Commission (PEC) acknowledged at last Wednesday’s meeting the need for more information involving how recycling operates in both Princeton municipalities, as well as the environmental impact of the synthetic turf field that the Recreation Department is proposing to install at Barbara Smoyer Park.

Township Committee Hears PSRC Views on Fiscal Health, Social Services

Ellen Gilbert

Princeton Senior Resource Center (PSRC) Executive Director Susan Hoskins delivered a well-received annual report on the Center’s activities and plans at Monday evening’s Princeton Township Committee meeting.

Other News

Making Friends, Sharing Reading, Strawberries, Go-Between Club Gets and Gives Good Reviews

Ellen Gilbert

“Don’t tell us how it ends!” exclaimed Teen Services Librarian Susan Conlon as Deidre Bayne enthused about one of her favorite books at the first meeting of the Go-Between Club, a new monthly club for students in grades five through seven at the Princeton Public Library.

What’s Next for American Foreign Policy? Speakers Propose “Prosperity Agenda”

Ellen Gilbert

After enumerating the dismaying list of problems (terrorist threats, anti-Americanism at an all-time high, the economic crisis, just for starters) that await the country’s next President — be it Senator Obama or Senator McCain — when he assumes office in January, foreign policy expert Nancy Soderberg assured an audience at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs last week that “it’s all solvable.”

Mayor Booker Urges a Move “Beyond Tolerance to Love”

Dilshanie Perera

Weaving together history, memory, and biography, Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker spoke about “The Future: Humble Hopes and Insane Idealism” to a packed house at McCosh 50 last Friday evening. The address was the conclusion of Mr. Booker’s three-day Toni Morrison lecture series sponsored by the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University.

More of the Other News…


With QB Anderson Evoking Echoes of 2006, PU Football Tops Columbia in Ivy Opener

Bill Alden

In 2006, a cool-headed 6’2 left-handed senior quarterback with Midwestern roots traveled to upper Manhattan and led the Princeton University football team to a win over Columbia in the Ivy League opener.

Goalkeeper Pont Emerging as a Standout, Helping PU Women’s Soccer to 6-1-1 Start

Bill Alden

Aly Pont made the most of her role as understudy last fall during her freshman season on the Princeton University women’s soccer team.

With Kotowski Displaying Finishing Touch; PHS Boys’ Soccer Produces Sizzling Start

Bill Alden

Coming into the fall, Sam Kotowski felt a bit lonely up front for the Princeton High boys’ soccer team.

DVD Review

It’s All About Character: Paul Newman in His Time

Stuart Mitchner

There we were, two high school boys from Indiana standing in front of the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York while Paul Newman and Karl Malden signed our playbills. We’d just seen The Desperate Hours and were still feeling the charge of Newman’s performance as the leader of the gang terrorizing an Indianapolis family. Newman was an unknown at the time. There were no fans thronging the stage door. If he had been known, Newman and not Humphrey Bogart would have played the part in the film version. The aging Bogart’s portrayal of Glen Griffin is no match for Newman’s freewheeling, fast-talking young hood. Clearly this was a defining role, a full-tilt workout that put all his moves and instincts in play and helped get him into shape to take on Rocky Graziano, the part meant for James Dean, in Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), one of 11 movies scheduled for next Sunday’s 24-hour Turner Classic Movies marathon honoring Paul Newman (1925-2008), who died September 26.


Richardson Chamber Players Open Season by Paying Homage to Baroque Vienna

Nancy Plum

Musical ensembles at Princeton University are sometimes like cells — they subdivide, take on new characteristics, and then recombine to form new musical forms. The Richardson Chamber Players, co-directed by Michael Pratt and Nathan Randall, is presenting itself this season as three musical identities: Baroque, Classical, and Romantic. The ensemble presented its first concert of the season on Sunday Afternoon as the Richardson Baroque Players, focusing the program on shorter works of the 17th century. This performance, subtitled “Vienna: Baroque” and held in Richardson Auditorium, featured Baroque violinist Nancy Wilson, cornettist Michael Collver, Vivian Barton Dozer playing Baroque cello and viola da gamba, and harpsichordist Wendy Young. The four artists playing five instruments found a surprisingly great deal of variety in the music of eight early Baroque composers.

Princeton Personality

Public Service and New Jersey Issues Have Been Focus of Ingrid Reed’s Career

Jean Stratton

On Election Night, November 4, 2008, Ingrid Reed will share her knowledge of politics, as she serves as election moderator at the Princeton Public Library. As Policy Analyst and New Jersey Project Director, Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, Ms. Reed looks forward to an exciting evening with fellow Princeton residents.

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