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Vol. LXV, No. 19
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
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THE POWER OF THE PRESS: John Witherspoon Middle School students who write for, and produce “The Commons” include (bottom, from left): Janie Kim, and Gabe Greenwood; (second row, from left): Margaret Schrayer, Gillian Samios, Iona Binnie, Shreya Dandamudi, Desta Cantave-Harrison, Sarah Gavis-Hughson, Mary-Ashley Stough, and Alizeh Shamshad; (back row, from left): Elise Gerdes, Sammy Prentice, Christina Chen, Natasha Shatzkin, Nora Schultz, Neha Pithani, Noa Attali, Maha Hadaya, and Rebecca Burns.

Read All About It: In “The Commons,” JW Students Offer the News and More

Ellen Gilbert

With articles on everything from The Slushy Machine in the cafeteria to the turmoil in Libya, The Commons, a digital newspaper produced by John Witherspoon Middle School (JW) students, is a worthy contender among local publications. The current and previous issue of the new enterprise can be viewed at

Skeptics and Supporters Debate Costs and Benefits of Consolidation

Dilshanie Perera

The third major community forum on consolidation drew over 100 Princeton residents to Township Hall last week and saw passionate statements of skepticism and support as citizens considered the merger of the two Princetons.

Community Delivers Mixed Response To Dinky Move, Arts and Transit Proposal

Dilshanie Perera

Over 25 residents voiced their opinions at last week’s Borough Council meeting regarding the status of the Dinky vis-a-vis Princeton University’s proposed Arts and Transit Neighborhood plan. Some were against the development and some for it, but most seemed to advocate for a conclusion to the protracted debate.

New Documentary, “Welcome to Shelbyville,” Will Be Screened at Princeton Public Library

Ellen Gilbert

The Princeton Public Library will get a leg up on the Public Broadcast System (PBS) when it presents a sneak preview of the new documentary Welcome to Shelbyville on Thursday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. The national premiere of the film, which looks at a small Tennessee town in the heart of the Bible Belt grappling with rapidly changing demographics, won’t be until Tuesday, May 24, when it will be shown on Independent Lens, the Emmy Award-winning PBS series hosted by America Ferrera at 10 p.m. (check local listings).

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