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Vol. LXIII, No. 5
 
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
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NICE WHILE IT LASTED: For at least one shining moment last Saturday, Lake Carnegie was solid enough for skating, and even some hockey, but as of February 3, ice skating on the lake, the Community Park North Pond, and Smoyer Park Pond has been deemed unsafe by the Princeton Recreation Department. Everyone should stay off those surfaces until further notice.

Front Page

Borough Strives for Zero Tax Increase

Dilshanie Perera

During a special session, Borough Council passed a motion 4-2 to set a goal of a zero percent tax increase for the 2009 budget, with Council members David Goldfarb, Roger Martindell, Barbara Trelstad, and Kevin Wilkes voting in favor, and Peggy Karcher and Andrew Koontz voting against.

School Board Cites Charter School as Fiscal Challenge

Ellen Gilbert

Possible changes in the district’s relationship with the Princeton Charter School (PCS) were alluded to in comments by both Superintendent Judy Wilson and President Alan Hegedus at last Tuesday’s Princeton Regional School (PRS) Board meeting.

Holt Offers Township Candid Advice on Ways to Tap Into Stimulus Money

Ellen Gilbert

President Obama’s economic stimulus package was the subject of a January 26 meeting convened for area mayors by Representative Rush Holt (D-12). “He had two objectives,” said Township Mayor Bernie Miller. “To walk us through the proposed package, and to break it down to show what parts of the package would come to New Jersey.” Township Deputy Mayor Chad Goerner and Borough Mayor Mildred Trotman also attended the meeting, which was held in the Lawrence Municipal Complex prior to the House of Representatives’ endorsement of the $819 billion proposal.


Other News

Princeton’s Future Is Key Focus at Joint Meeting on Sustainability

Dilshanie Perera

Borough Council and Township Committee approved of Sustainable Princeton’s action plan and goals during a joint meeting between the two municipalities last Tuesday. Ways to make Princeton greener by balancing economic, social, and environmental aspects of the community were discussed.

Environmental Commission Hears Public Comment, Develops Goals

Dilshanie Perera

The Princeton Environmental Commission (PEC) heard a presentation by residents concerned by synthetic turf in Barbara Smoyer Park and another presentation by Daniel Harris from the People for Princeton Ridge, as well as discussing their goals for 2009 at the meeting last Wednesday.

Regional Planning Board Subcommittee Discusses Draft Amendment to Master Plan

Dilshanie Perera

The Regional Planning Board’s Master Plan Subcommittee met last Wednesday to discuss the draft amendment to the Princeton Community Master Plan, which would add a summary and assessment of Princeton University’s 10-year campus plan to the document.


More of the Other News…


Sports

With Energetic Denino Setting the Tone, PU Women’s Hockey Aims for Late Surge

Bill Alden

A Dixie Chicks CD was blaring in the locker room of the Princeton University women’s hockey team at Baker Rink last Friday night and the players sang together as they went through their post-game spinning session.

PU Men’s Hoops Produces 2-0 Ivy Start, Looks to Keep Intensity Level Constant

Bill Alden

It was one of the worst weekends in a rough season for the Princeton University men’s basketball team.

Former PU Men’s Ice Hockey Star Moore Cutting Teeth for AHL’s Worcester Sharks

Bill Alden

As Mike Moore started his senior year at Princeton University in the fall of 2007, he was not sure where he would end up after graduation.


More Sports…


Record Review

Black History Month, a Benediction, and Thelonious Monk

Stuart Mitchner

A note can be as small as a pin or as big as the world. It depends on your imagination.
— Thelonious Monk

Music/Theater

New Jersey Symphony Presents Evening of Folk-Based Music From America, Beyond

Nancy Plum

The wind instruments of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO), especially acting principal oboist Robert Ingliss, had a very busy evening on Friday night as the orchestra presented an evening of music based in the folk tradition. Guest conductor Joann Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic and Virginia Symphony Orchestra, led the NJSO in two works of American origin and two with Bohemian roots, all of which were based on folk tunes. These four works all relied heavily on the winds, and it was a pleasure on an icy evening to hear the smooth playing of the wind instrumentalists.


It’s New to Us

Intriguing and New elements Restaurant Offers Patrons a Unique Dining Experience

Jean Stratton

Steffanelli’s, the long-time garage at 163 Bayard Lane, has sure changed! In fact, it has been totally transformed: good-bye Steffanelli’s; hello, elements!

The new restaurant opened in October, and has quickly become the “hot” dining out destination in town. With its sleek, sophisticated lines (both exterior and interior) and delicious dining, it offers a treat for the senses visually and gastronomically.



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