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Vol. LXIII, No. 37
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
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JAZZ ON THE SQUARE: Saturday’s Palmer Square Jazz Fest featured lots of food, music, and a gateway arch of balloons.

Front Page

Township Committee Faces the Flooding Issue

Ellen Gilbert

After a lengthy presentation and discussion at its Monday evening meeting, Township Committee approved five “action steps” that will attempt to ameliorate the significant flooding problems that have recently occurred in the area of Harry’s Brook and its branches.

Smallest Capital Budget in Decade Gets Go Ahead From Borough Council

Dilshanie Perera

With four bond ordinances having to do with capital budgets introduced last Tuesday, Borough Council debated various plans, like the Harrison Street Park rehabilitation, and the renovation of the Council Room, setting aside about $1.63 million for Borough capital projects for 2009.

Spirit of Collaboration Key Theme for Princeton Merchants Association

Dilshanie Perera

With a name change, the Princeton Merchants Association (PMA), formerly the Borough Merchants for Princeton, has expanded its scope, goals, and structure. As they kicked off their inaugural meeting under the newly-elected leadership on Tuesday morning at the Nassau Inn, the room was packed with local business owners and employees, as well as elected officials, administrators, and Princeton University staff.

Other News

Associate Members From University Gear Up to Become New Fire Department Volunteers

Dilshanie Perera

Borough Council passed a resolution at last week’s meeting giving approval for three more Princeton University employees to become associate members of the Princeton Fire Department.

Archeological Protocols Challenged at Preservation Commission Meeting

Ellen Gilbert

Citing the Mendham, N.J. finding last week of a stirrup, spoons, nails, horseshoes, and four brass buttons commemorating the inauguration of President George Washington by a retired fire chief using a metal detector, a visitor at Monday’s Historic Preservation Commission meeting challenged the archeological protocols (or lack thereof) followed during recent construction on Quaker Road near the Princeton Battlefield.

Boggs Encourages Chamber Merchants to “Keep On Moving” in Difficult Times

Dilshanie Perera

Inspirational speaker and former talk show host Bill Boggs shared insights about strategies for success with Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce members during their membership luncheon last Thursday.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


PU Football Aiming to Rekindle Spirit of 2006 as It Kicks Off Season by Hosting The Citadel

Bill Alden

After shaking off some butterflies as she made her college debut for the Princeton University women’s soccer team, Jen Hoy rolled her sleeves up to her shoulders and went to work.

Surviving Trial by Fire in 2006 Debut Season, Tiger Football Captain Paski Is Battle-Tested

Ed Benkin

Mark Paski didn’t get the chance to ease into things during his freshman season on the Princeton University football team.

Before Princeton’s preseason scrimmage with Yale, the offensive lineman learned that he would be in the starting lineup for the 2006 opener at Lehigh.

Espousing a Band of Brothers Mentality, PHS Football Primed for Battles Ahead

Bill Alden

They were the Mutt and Jeff of the Princeton University boathouse in the mid-1990s.

Marty Crotty was a heavyweight star who helped that program to national titles in 1996 and 1998 while Greg Hughes was a wiry lightweight and a driving force behind a crew that took a national crown in 1996.

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Art Review

The James A. Michener Art Museum
Intelligent Forms and Ageless Art Illuminate a Museum’s Legacy

Stuart Mitchner

Now’s a good time to visit the James A. Michener Art Museum. A terrific exhibit that is easily worth the drive to Doylestown, Pa., “Painting the People: Images of American Life from the Maimon Collection,” will be on view through October 18. As if that weren’t enough, the museum has transformed itself into the curatorial equivalent of a chart-topping anthology (you could call it The Michener’s Greatest Hits) with ”An Evolving Legacy: Twenty Years of Collecting,” which celebrates two decades of excellence by showing off the crown jewels of the collection.

It’s New to Us

New and Pre-Owned Vehicles, Service and Repair Are Offered at State-of-the-Art Hamilton Honda

Jean Stratton

It’s brand new and state-of-the-art. It’s 65,000 square feet of gleaming showroom, customer lounge, and reception area — complete with refreshments and internet access — and a spacious, immaculately clean service center.

Challenging TRX Suspension Training System Is Now Available at P.T. S. Health & Fitness

Jean Stratton

“We’re a small club, but we’re bigger than you think,” says Alex Obe, owner of P.T.S. Personal Training Studio Health & Fitness. “We offer lots of personal attention and a friendly atmosphere. It’s not intimidating here for people. We have clients who are skinny and also overweight. All shapes and sizes!”

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