Vol. LXI, No. 20
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
(Photo by E.J. Greenblat)
MUSIC KNOWS NO BORDERS: Israeli-Moroccan singer Smadar Levi and her band performing Sunday at Souk, an outdoor festival in Scudder Plaza on the Princeton University campus celebrating a vision of the Middle East that transcends politics and war. The Arab band Yousef Shamoun also performed at the event, which featured a hookah cafe, a Persian tea shop, falafel stands, a Turkish coffee shop, and tables selling Middle Eastern food, clothing, and jewelry.
Negotiations that were intended to massage a defeated school budget, making it more palatable for Princeton Borough and Township voters, appear to have initiated somewhat of a standoff between municipal officials and school board representatives.
Since the defeat of the Princeton Regional School's 2007-08 budget, members of the Board of Education have been working with Princeton Borough and Township officials to reduce the $76.1 million budget and identify specific line items to be cut.
Princeton Borough's Palmer Square is, in regional circles, known for the shops and restaurants that provide a draw for in- and out-of-town patrons. But for lovers of art and gardening, it may be best known for the vacant land that faces Paul Robeson Place.
On a recent evening, Princeton poet and former third grade teacher, Virginia Lockwood, used her walker to take the air and sit in the most advantageous spot for chatting with neighbors as well as her friend Jo Lewis her own driveway.
Nearly 10 years after a housing plan submitted to the joint-municipal planning department sparked a philosophical, environmental, and developmental debate over market rate housing for senior citizens, the Princeton Regional Planning Board on May 3 approved a plan that will likely be viewed as a positive start for housing advocates.
Borough Hall finessed its proposed $24.2 million 2007 municipal budget last Tuesday by removing roughly $100,000 in expenditures, looking toward conserving a surplus that will be visited when the municipality faces a four percent, state mandated, budgetary cap in 2008.
The Princeton University men's lacrosse team had the fate of its season in its hands in the waning moments of the fourth quarter of its NCAA opening round clash at sixth-seeded Georgetown last Sunday.
When the Princeton University women's basketball team started its 2002-03 season by falling 86-47 at Baylor University, the Tigers chalked up the loss as a good learning experience.
Jen Larsen felt like a bit of an outsider last spring when the Stuart Country Day lacrosse team won its second straight state Prep B title.
When I heard the news of Kurt Vonnegut’s death, the first thing that came to mind was the doomsday message he’d delivered the previous August in a Rolling Stone interview, where he referred to the end of the world as if he were a country doctor breaking the news to a doomed patient: “I’m sorry. It’s over. The game is lost.”
The sound of the slamming metal door reverberates loudly and harshly as a leitmotiv, sending shivers through the audience at Emily Mann’s Mrs.Packard, currently playing in its world premiere at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre. The metallic grille that encloses Mrs. Packard in the prison-like, 1860 Insane Asylum characterizes the whole production, from the austere set and lighting to the darkly clad, iron-willed demeanors of her husband (who consigns her to the institution) and the hospital officials (who deliver further abuses).
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In an age of diminishing independently-owned stores and rapidly increasing chains, The Princeton Pharmacy, Princeton's home town apothecary shop, is a reassuring presence.
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