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Vol. LXV, No. 37
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
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SALUTATION NATION COMES TO PRINCETON: Salutation Nation 2011, an international day of yoga open to everyone, took place at Monument Park Saturday with Ambassador Linda Domino leading the practice. The flag is at half staff for the 9/11 anniversary. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

Front Page

Renovation of Pool Complex Begins

Ellen Gilbert

A sign on the door of the Princeton Recreation Department office reads “New pool project approved. Construction begins September 12, 2011,” and indeed, on Monday, a bulldozer was tearing up concrete sidewalks near the entrance to the pool facility.

Former Borough Attorney Michael J. Herbert Dies at Age 73

Anne Levin

Michael J. Herbert, who served as Princeton’s municipal attorney and handled the legal challenges involved in building the Spring Street Garage, died Tuesday morning of pancreatic cancer at the age of 73. Mr. Herbert was a partner with the firm Herbert, Van Ness, Cayci and Goodell of Lawrenceville and lived in Titusville.

Photos, Artifacts, IAS Proposal Focus of Preservation Commission

Ellen Gilbert

Treatment of images taken during a 1991 photo survey; historic artifacts found during the recent Mountain Lakes construction project; and proposed Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) plans to build faculty housing on a seven acre site to the east of the Princeton Battlefield all came under discussion at the Monday meeting of the Township’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC).

Other News

GrandPals Program Pairs Kindergartners With Reading Buddies of a Certain Age

Anne Levin

For volunteers in the Princeton Senior Resource Center’s (PSRC) “GrandPals” program, there can be that moment when everything comes together. One of the kindergarten students they have been reading to just might make the transition from listener to participant, and begin reading aloud.

Borough Council Supports Resolution To Ban “Fracking” in All of New Jersey

Anne Levin

Borough Council’s vote last Tuesday, September 6, supporting a resolution to ban hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in New Jersey was not without discussion. The Princeton Environmental Commission proposed the measure at the Council’s meeting.

Fate of Trenton Museum at Ellarslie Is Uncertain Due to Cuts, Layoffs

Anne Levin

With Trenton Mayor Tony Mack proposing to hire interns to run the Ellarslie Museum in the city’s Cadwalader Park and longtime director Brian Hill scheduled to leave on Friday, September 16 as part of a citywide layoff, the future of the facility is in question. Mr. Mack has also proposed staffing the historic Trent House with interns, letting go director Mary-Margaret Pernot, who has run that museum since 2001.

More of the Other News…


Emphasizing Toughness, Execution After 2010 Downer, PU Football Aims to Start on High Note Against Lehigh

Bill Alden

Satchel Paige, the legendary pitcher of the 1930s and 40s who starred in the Negro Leagues and the American League, wouldn’t seem to be a likely source of inspiration for the Princeton University football team.

Catapano Grows Into Force on Defensive Line; Looking to Lead Tiger Football to Big Things

Bill Alden

Mike Catapano packed on a lot pounds during his freshman year at Princeton University but it wasn’t a matter of letting loose in college.

Displaying Heart, Grit in Opening Day Win, PHS Football Snaps 11-Game Losing Streak

Bill Alden

Even though the Princeton High football team brought an 11-game losing streak into its season opener last Saturday at Northern Burlington, Joe Gargione was brimming with confidence.

More Sports…

DVD Review

On Ronald Reagan’s Centenary: Scenes People Talked About

Stuart Mitchner

You know, in the old days he wouldn’t fly …. He always took the train, which was so much longer …. Imagine, if he didn’t change his mind about flying, he wouldn’t be where he is.

— Walter Pidgeon, about President Ronald Reagan (1982)

The September 7 Republican candidates debate took place, at least from some angles, virtually under the wings of Air Force One in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. No, it’s not a replica; it’s the real thing, the same aircraft, SAM 27000, used not only by Reagan but by six other presidents, from Nixon to George W.


Marvin Cheiten Presents “Zenobia” on Hamilton Murray Stage — Warrior Queen of Palmyra Battles With Rome in Epic Tragedy

Donald Gilpin

Marvin Cheiten, who has brought a new play to the Hamilton Murray Theater in late August for the past several years, is taking a different route with his current production of Zenobia, a revision and revival of his original 2005 play. Rather than his usual local, modern setting, and his comedic style (often satirizing the murder mystery genre and the community of Princeton), with Zenobia Mr. Cheiten takes his audience to Asia Minor in the third century and the short tumultuous life of the warrior queen of Palmyra, an ancient kingdom in what is now Syria.

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