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Vol. LXII, No. 44
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
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Borough Council, Township Committee Should Consolidate Finance Functions

DUDLEY SIPPRELLE
Nassau Street

Riverside Elementary School Students Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF Program

MADDIE DEUTSCH
LUCIA FIRBAS
NOA LEVY
MEGAN SHANAHAN
Fourth Graders
Riverside Elementary School

Friends of Princeton Public Library Thank All for “Unforgettable” Benefit

PAM WAKEFIELD
President
Friends of the Princeton Public Library


Borough Council, Township Committee Should Consolidate Finance Functions

To The Editor:

Instead of scouring the 2008 budget seeking end of the year spending cuts which would benefit beleaguered Borough taxpayers, Borough Council spends its time fulminating over delayed payments from the Township, and — guess what — approving an expensive property reevaluation destined to raise taxes (Town Topics, October 15). While it is true that the Borough is subsidizing the Township through its uncollected bills, the bigger questions are how did we get in this mess, what can be done about it, and who is accountable. Borough Council avoids addressing these issues.

In essence, billing problems arise from divided responsibility for accounting with regard to joint Borough/Township agencies. This raises the question of why the accounting/finance function is itself not combined. Owing to slipshod performance in Borough billing practices, Borough taxpayers have come out with the short end of the financial stick. Mutual recrimination has hardened attitudes on both sides and has become a distraction wasting time and money. It is high time for Borough Council to get off the soapbox and reach out to Township Committee members receptive to cost savings with examples of how a further combination of services, starting with the Finance Departments, would benefit taxpayers in both municipalities.

DUDLEY SIPPRELLE
Nassau Street

Riverside Elementary School Students Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF Program

To the Editor:

We are the “Do Something Club” at Riverside Elementary School in Princeton. Our school is participating in the Trick-Or-Treat for UNICEF program. UNICEF stands for United Nations Children’s Fund. Our goal this year is to raise $1,800. Last year our goal was $1,700 and we raised $1,812.

It doesn’t matter how much you give, every penny helps. For example, only six cents provides water for one thirsty child. Your money can give food, shelter, and happiness. Happy Halloween!

MADDIE DEUTSCH
LUCIA FIRBAS
NOA LEVY
MEGAN SHANAHAN
Fourth Graders
Riverside Elementary School

Friends of Princeton Public Library Thank All for “Unforgettable” Benefit

To the Editor:

This past Friday night was a wonderful one for the Library. Hundreds of Library lovers joined together to support the Friends of the Princeton Public Library’s Annual Benefit. We started at Nassau Presbyterian Church where Anne-Marie Slaughter introduced Newsweek Editor Evan Thomas, who gave a journalist’s insider view of the current political campaign. The crowd then moved to the Library for fine dining among the stacks.

Our Benefit Committee, led by Ellen Pitts, worked very hard and very successfully to organize an unforgettable event. We were fortunate to have the invaluable and enthusiastic support of both the Library Staff and the Friends Council. Generous merchants, local artists, craftspeople, and library friends offered wonderful objects and opportunities at our Quintessentially Princeton Auction. It was the Library’s annual Cinderella evening and for a few hours magic reigned throughout the Sands building.

While the visible traces of glitter and celebration were gone by Saturday morning, the Library was still glowing from the attention of an appreciative and supportive public. Thanks to all of you who helped salute our extraordinary public library.

PAM WAKEFIELD
President
Friends of the Princeton Public Library

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