(Photo by E.J. Greenblat)
TAKING THE OATH: Princeton Borough Mayor Mildred Trotman, herself freshly sworn-in to a four-year mayoral term, makes it official for Princeton Hook & Ladder Chief Dan Tomalin on Sunday at Borough Hall, as he took the oath to preside over Princeton’s three fire stations as Princeton’s newest fire chief. Chief Tomalin takes over for interim Chief Rick McKee, who filled in for former Chief Jamie Alkhateeb for the past two months after Chief Alkhateeb moved out of state. Assisting Chief Tomalin with his avowal are Drew, left, and DJ.
Mayors Outline Challenges Ahead in ’08
Princeton Borough’s downtown development will take priority this year, as the municipality looks to finalize tricky negotiations with developers, complete zoning for other developments, and remain “optimistic” about the prospects of getting long-awaited projects completed, Mayor Mildred Trotman said Sunday.
Princeton Township Mayor Phyllis Marchand rebuked state-mandated municipal tax revenue caps Sunday, calling for the state Legislature to enact “true property tax reform” in 2008, while suggesting that otherwise fiscally responsible municipalities would deserve better than a “band-aid” approach to property tax refashioning.
As far as presidential primary elections go, New Jersey used to be about as relevant as, well, Montana.
That’s because up until this year, New Jersey, like Big Sky Country, held its presidential primary voting in June. This year, however, primary voters in the Garden State have a chance to make their choices four months sooner in the February 5 primary elections. Nicknamed “super-duper Tuesday,” February 5 is shaping up to be a day that could effectively decide the nominees in both the Democratic and Republican parties.
At last week’s Princeton Environmental Film Festival a handful of local farmers and retailers offered some insights into an industry that has slowly taken viable form in recent years. At the same time, they suggested that while “local” and “organic” or positives from a goodwill standpoint, business savvy still needs to be factored in.
What’s the most frustrating thing in the world? According to teacher/librarian/children’s author Lisa Mullarkey, it’s having a child who is a “reluctant reader.” Speaking Monday evening at the Princeton Public Library to a small, thoughtful group of parents, Ms. Mullarkey insisted that all children “have a secret desire to read; they want to know what the buzz is about but they don’t think it’s worth the effort.” For most of them, she suggested, it’s just a matter of making reading seem less like a chore.
The recent National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) “We the People” grant awarded to the Princeton Public Library ($500,000, contingent on the Library’s ability to raise $1.5 million in matching funds) is one of 62 prizes given to scholars, teachers, filmmakers, museums, and other libraries and institutions for proposed projects that, according to the NEH, “encourage new scholarly research, support high-quality programs in under-funded educational institutions, preserve collections in America’s cultural heritage, help institutions support their long-term humanities projects, and enhance citizens’ understanding of history and culture through exhibitions, films, and other public programming.”
It was the last game of 2007 and the Princeton University mens hockey team appeared headed to its ninth loss in its last 11 games.
In 1996, Sydney Johnson came to Lehigh Universitys Stabler Arena with the Princeton University mens basketball team and helped the Tigers make history.
For the Princeton High girls swim team, its meet last Friday at winless Hamilton didnt appear to be anything to get too excited about.
“I used to take the whole canon with me to the beginning of each film, and fight for Doyle
. Then Granada Studios stepped in and gave me two weeks rehearsal instead of the one. So the first week I could fight for Doyle and the second week I could work with my fellow actors.”
Jeremy Brett in 1991
Incredibly, Brett was never officially honored for his virtually unprecedented accomplishment. He deserved an Order of the British Empire (OBE) if only for working so hard to see that justice was done to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original intentions. As he put it in the interview quoted above, he had to “fight for Doyle.”
It may have been a coincidence that New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Winter Festival, built around the theme of “Coming to America,” began the night after the Iowa caucuses, but the opening concert on Friday night fully captured an energetic American spirit of both innovation and challenge. A number of the musicians in the orchestra, including Music Director Neeme Järvi, came to the United States in search of musical opportunity, and the works performed in this concert in Richardson Auditorium represented composers who had in some way found an enhanced musical experience in this country.