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Vol. LXIV, No. 14
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
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FUTURE PERFECT: Members of Princeton Future listened as Kevin Wilkes (right, at podium) spoke about the potential virtues of a Special Improvement District. “Collaboration is critical,” he said of the importance of collectively thinking through all the possibilities of such a project.

Front Page

Revaluation Woes: Residents Seek Redress

Dilshanie Perera

Residents of the Borough and Township gathered in a fully packed Township Meeting Hall last week to voice their concerns about the recent property revaluation to representatives of Appraisal Systems, which had performed the assessments. Members of Borough Council and Township Committee were also there to hear the heartfelt, distressed, occasionally passionate monologues. CEO of Appraisal Systems Ernest Del Guercio, and Vice President Brett Trout, who was the project manager for the Princeton revaluation, were also on hand to explain the process and respond to questions. Information about how to appeal individual revaluations can be found at the end of this story.

Improvement District, Partnerships Discussed by Princeton Future

Dilshanie Perera

A Special Improvement District (SID) could bring increased vitality to business districts in the Borough and Township, as well as to the community at large, suggested Kevin Wilkes, who discussed the possibilities of such a collaboration at Tuesday’s Princeton Future meeting.

Working Together: Collaborations Benefit Organizations, Community

Ellen Gilbert

The structure of the Borough Police Department is up for consideration by Council, which voted 5-1 at its last meeting to introduce an ordinance which would reduce the maximum number of police officers in the department from 34 to 30, and reinstate the position of captain within the force.

Other News

Princeton Historical Society Program Offers “Fools and Funnies” Event for Children

Ellen Gilbert

“How has humor changed over the years?” asked the Princeton Historical Society’s (PHS) invitation to its “Fools and Funnies” program last week.

Record Year: University Admits 8.18 Percent of Applicants for Class of 2014, Boosts Aid

Dilshanie Perera

Princeton University saw a record number of applications this year, with 26,247 students vying for space in the class of 2014. The number of candidates represents a 19.5 percent increase over the previous year’s 21,963 applicants. This year, admission has been offered to 8.18 percent of students for a total of 2,148 acceptances.

Public Higher Education in Trouble: “How Do You Fix a Broken System?”

Ellen Gilbert

“Where are low and middle income students going to find the money to afford higher public education?” asked Richard F. Keevey in his opening remarks at the forum, “How to Fix a Broken System: Funding Public Higher Education and Making It More Productive.” The half-day event was held at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where Mr. Keevey is director of the Policy Research Institute for the Region.

More of the Other News…


PU Heavyweight Rowers Show Commitment as Hughes Era Begins With Resounding Win

Bill Alden

When Greg Hughes first addressed the Princeton University men’s heavyweight crew last fall as its new head coach, a fire and brimstone speech could have been in order.

PU Men’s Lax Displays Poise in Edging Brown; No. 4 Tigers Primed for Clash With No. 3 Syracuse

Bill Alden

Even though the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team took a 3-2 lead over Brown into halftime last Saturday, Chris Bates felt uneasy.

PHS Baseball Boasts Solid Core of Seniors, Aiming to Build on Last Season’s Progress

Bill Alden

A 4-18 record may not sound like progress but posting that mark last spring represented a step in the right direction for the Princeton High baseball team.

More Sports…

Art Review

Princeton University Art Museum
Icons and Architecture — To Hold a Church in Your Hands

Stuart Mitchner

It’s Easter Sunday, I’m writing about icons, Jerusalem, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, but who can stay indoors? It’s just the sort of dreamy-mild day that brings back childhood Easters when heaven was as pretty as a picture in a storybook. As I walk along the shore of Lake Carnegie near the Harrison Street bridge, I’m thinking about my hour in the gallery at the Princeton University Art Museum that has been so effectively reimagined as a church interior, thanks to the thoughtful, creative work of guest curator and Princeton Professor of Art and Archaeology Slobodan Curcic and his staff.

It’s New to Us

Thurin Atelier, Luxury Bridal Design House, Offers an Elegant New Look on Nassau Street

Jean Stratton

That one perfect bridal gown. That dream dress you always imagined for your wedding. How wonderful when it is realized, and that it can be one-of-a-kind just for you.

Obal Garden Center at 518 Alexander Road Offers Full Selection of Springtime Choices

Jean Stratton

Now is the time for pansies and primroses, but the petunias have to wait. If you’re getting the garden ready, it’s still early for the annual flowering plants, but the perennials can be safely put in the ground.

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