(Photo by E.J. Greenblat)

LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL: The Princeton Parks Alliance is nearing its financial goal of $125,000 to permanently light the Princeton Battle Monument at Borough Hall, a goal of the late Borough Mayor Joe O'Neill. The fund-raising effort, now nearly 80 percent complete, recently received a boost when Herb Hobler, left, and Arthur Morgan, right, raised nearly $20,000 for the effort. Mr. O'Neill's wife, Anne, pictured at center, took up the cause of lighting the monument after her husband's death in October. See story on page 3.

Hearon Back In; Carver to Run In Primary

Matthew Hersh

Princeton Township Committeeman Bill Hearon rescinded his resignation Monday night, saying he favored a "truly open process" in the party choosing a primary candidate for the open Committee seat up for grabs this November. The move apparently resulted from the perceived Democratic party divisions that have surfaced since the Democrat announced his intended resignation just over four weeks ago.

Proposed Borough Budget Shows Five-Cent Increase; Talks Are Preliminary

Matthew Hersh

A proposed municipal budget reflecting approximately 4.5 percent in increased expenditures was slated for introduction Tuesday night as Princeton Borough Council weighs a $22.9 million operating budget for 2006. The budget, which had been recommended for introduction by the Borough's Finance Committee, falls just shy of a $1 million increase from 2005 and features a significant rise in funds for garbage pickup and the Stony Brook Regional Sewerage Authority, with smaller increases budgeted, including those for roads, the Borough's share of the Princeton Public Library budget, engineering, and emergency management.

Merwick Study Under Discussion; Questions Remain

Matthew Hersh

With the Merwick Care Center on Bayard Lane slated to move out to Plainsboro along with the University Medical Center at Princeton, a formal attempt to brainstorm designs for the nine-acre site will take place this weekend — but not under the tutelage of the Regional Planning Board of Princeton, which caused some discomfort among the parties involved, namely Princeton University, the hospital, and the YM/YWCA.