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Vol. LXV, No. 38
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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WHATEVER LOLA WANTS: Lola is the parrot being held by young pirate Isabella Burton of Princeton at the Princeton Shopping Center’s Pirate Day celebration Saturday morning. There were singing pirates, activities such as decorating cupcakes and making pirate hats, not to mention a costume contest and treasure hunts for both adults and children.

Front Page

Area Deer Herd Has Doubled, Is Ailing

Ellen Gilbert

Princeton’s perennial deer problem came to the fore at Township Committee’s Monday evening meeting, as Animal Control Committee member Dona Schneider described a recent increase in the local deer population, compounded by the spread of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD).

Consolidation Commission To Present Its Findings At Princeton Future Event

Anne Levin

With the election less than two months away and the issue of consolidation on the ballot, those favoring and those opposing the idea of combining the two Princetons are moving into high gear.

Vision for East Nassau Street Neighborhood: Pedestrian-Friendly With Open Public Space

Anne Levin

The future of vacant properties in the East Nassau Street neighborhood was the topic of discussion at the Borough Council meeting on Tuesday, September 13. Neighborhood representatives made a presentation about how they envision the 1.8-acre site that was formerly home to the Olive May grocery, West Coast Video store, and an adjoining laundromat.

Other News

McCaffrey’s Shoppers and Staff Carry On In the Wake of Last Tuesday’s Accident

Ellen Gilbert

“It could have been a lot worse,” observed McCaffrey’s office manager Nina Robinson several days after a car crashed through the front of the Princeton store. “Tuesday is Senior Day, and it’s amazing that no one was walking through the door when the car came through.”

New Location and Expanded Programs At the Yinghua International School

Anne Levin

People visiting the Yinghua International School for the first time often ask the same question: Why are so many of the students not Chinese?

“We hear that often,” says Joy Zhao, former director and current academic consultant for the five-year-old school that immerses its 29 young pupils in Mandarin Chinese. “When new parents come, they are surprised to see the diversity.” Indeed, on a recent September morning, there are more than a few non-Asians among the three-year-olds working intently on art projects. They chatter in Chinese as they cut out shapes from paper plates, throwing in the occasional English phrase.

“Noble Gnarble” Author Daniel Errico Hopes to Inspire Children to Be Persistant

Ellen Gilbert

Move over, Ariel and Nemo. Direct from the imagination of Princeton area resident Daniel Errico comes another valiant sea creature, the gnarble.

A “noble” gnarble to be precise, he is the hero of Mr. Errico’s soon-to-be published first book, The Journey of the Noble Gnarble.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


PU Football Falls to Lehigh in Season Opener But Sees Cause for Optimism Going Forward

Bill Alden

Last year, the Princeton University football team opened the season with a 35-22 loss at Lehigh.

Making Latest Stop in Field Hockey Journey PU Alum Franks Joins Tiger Staff as Assistant

Bill Alden

Nate Franks has taken a circuitous route as he has carved out a niche in the female-dominated world of American field hockey.

Lifted by Reilly’s Tenacity, Leadership, PHS Girls’ Soccer Produces 2-0-1 Start

Bill Alden

Since Katie Reilly’s athletic future lies in college lacrosse, she is bringing an extra intensity this fall as she plays in her final campaign with the Princeton High girls’ soccer team.

With Watts Providing Voice, Skill at Sweeper; PHS Field Hockey Showing Lots of Promise

Bill Alden

For Sydney Watts, moving to defense this season for the Princeton High field hockey team was a matter of helping the squad find its voice.

PDS Boys’ Soccer Undergoing Growing Pains As Younger Players Gain Valuable Experience

Bill Alden

With the Princeton Day School boys’ soccer team locked in a scoreless tie in overtime last Wednesday at Peddie, the squad’s veterans tried to will the team to victory.

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DVD Review

Pick Yourself Up for a White House Screening on Ginger Rogers’s Centenary

Stuart Mitchner

I was told that upon being asked to name his favorite among his books, Charles Dickens answered, “I love them all, but in my heart-of-hearts, I have a favorite child and his name is David Copperfield. “Well, though I love all the films I made with Fred Astaire, I, too, have a favorite child, and it is Swing Time.

— Ginger Rogers (1911-1995)

Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

— from President Obama’s Inaugural Address

I’m imagining a Depression scenario where someone in distress walks into a movie theater looking for a respite from reality and walks out an hour and a half later ready to face up to the challenges and fight the good fight, reassured that Longfellow was right, “life is real, life is earnest, and the grave is not its goal.”


“Isn’t It Romantic?” Also Clever, Sophisticated, and Inventive; McCarter Opens Season With Unique Rodgers and Hart Revue

Donald Gilpin

It starts with the shadowy scene of what looks like an empty nightclub after hours. A man appears from above, slowly, hesitantly, thoughtfully, silently descending a long winding staircase. He’s well dressed, in a dark suit and tie, but looks worn, tired, troubled. He approaches the piano, but seems reluctant to play. He finally starts to improvise, as five women — or are they all the same woman at different stages of her life, populating the world of his imagination and memory? — descend the staircase to take the stage.

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