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Vol. LXII, No. 47
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
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TROY, UP IN ARMS: The Greek Chorus in a lighter moment during a dress rehearsal for “Troy: After and Before,” the annual fall show sponsored by Princeton University’s Program in Theater and Dance in the Lewis Center for the Arts. The production will take place at 8 p.m, Thursday through Saturday, November 20-22, at the Berlind Theatre.

Front Page

PU Traffic Plan: More Information Needed

Dilshanie Perera

The Regional Planning Board met last Thursday to discuss the impact of Princeton University’s Campus Plan on traffic in the Borough and Township. The University’s travel demand management (TDM) initiatives were highlighted, but the general consensus among community members was that more specific information was needed.

Affordable Housing Rules, FreeB Jitney Logistics, Spark Borough Discussion

Dilshanie Perera

Borough Council approved the report on the Affordable Housing Plan presented by consultant Shirley Bishop last Wednesday, in addition to approving an agreement with New Jersey Transit for the community shuttle program.

Since their affordable housing plan is to be presented to the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) by December 31, the Borough and Ms. Bishop have been deliberating about how to meet the COAH requirements by 2018.

PRS Budget Discussions Begin in the Face of Economic Anxiety

Ellen Gilbert

“We’ve never had this discussion in November before,” observed Princeton Regional Schools (PRS) Superintendent Judy Wilson last Tuesday evening at a special Board of Education meeting billed as a “budget development workshop.”


Other News

When Listening Becomes Part of Your Being: Arts Council Brings Joe Boyd Back to Princeton

Stuart Mitchner

Joe Boyd moved to Princeton when he was five and grew up listening to his paternal grandmother, a longtime resident, play the piano. Mary Boxall Boyd had studied in Vienna with Theodor Leschitizky and in Berlin before World War I with Artur Schnabel. Joe would sit under her grand piano while she practiced and later would take lessons from her until he was 13, though he never thought of himself as a musician. “Listening, however, became part of my being,” he says in his memoir White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s (Serpent’s Tail $18.95), which he’ll be reading from at 7 p.m., Friday November 21, in the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts’ Solley Theater at 102 Witherspoon Street.

PRS Describes Strides in Closing Minority Students’ Achievement Gap

Ellen Gilbert

Data reflecting recent strides in closing the achievement gap among minority students in the Princeton Regional School District were the focus of a Monday evening Minority Education Committee meeting. Superintendent Judy Wilson, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Bonnie Lehet, and Director of Student Services Agnes Golding gave a detailed presentation that showed, in general, rises in standardized test scores among minority students in grades Pre-K through 12 over the last 18 months.

Freeman Dyson Debunks Dire Forecasts on Global Warming and Other Tenets

Ellen Gilbert

Freeman Dyson gets around. Last Wednesday, for example, the 85-year-old “retired” physicist regaled a lunchtime audience at the Nassau Club with his “heretical” ideas about global warming. Just a few hours later he could be found once again sharing his thoughts on global warming, as well as on intelligent design, nuclear warfare, extraterrestrial life, and HAR-1 (a DNA component that distinguishes human beings from other animals) with a standing-room-only crowd at Labyrinth Books.


More of the Other News…


Sports

Former Hun Star Davis Comes Out Firing but PU Mens’ Hoops Still Drops Opener

Bill Alden

As a star for the Hun School boys’ basketball team the past two winters, Doug Davis made time to go across town to take in some Princeton men’s hoops games at Jadwin Gym.

PU Field Hockey Falls Just Short of Final Four but Seniors Leave Legacy of Competitive Fire

Bill Alden

Kristin Schwab and her senior classmates in the Princeton University field hockey team set the bar high for themselves this fall.

PU Women’s Soccer Fights to the End as It Loses to West Virginia in NCAAs

Bill Alden

For the Princeton University women’s soccer team, its long wait was finally over.


More Sports…


DVD Review

Carole Lombard at 100: A Beacon on the Hollywood Lightship, Still Shining

Stuart Mitchner

When Carole Lombard (1908-1942) died in a plane crash while returning from a war bond rally, President Roosevelt declared her to be “the first female war casualty.” In a cablegram sent to her husband, Clark Gable, FDR caught the spirit of her appeal when he said that she “brought joy to all who knew her, and to millions who knew her only as a great artist.”



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