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Vol. LXII, No. 15
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
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PRINCETON WELCOMES COLMAR: Twenty-eight exchange students and two teachers from the Lycée Bartholdi in Princeton’s French sister city, Colmar, were welcomed by Township and Borough representatives at Borough Hall last Friday. With the Princeton Battle Monument dominating the scene, PHS French teachers Sheila MacRae and Malachi Wood flank the front row, which also includes Borough Mayor Mildred Trotman. See story on page 8.

Front Page

School Budget Up for Vote April 15

Aside from being a deadline for filing tax returns, April 15 is annual school election day for Princeton residents of both the Borough and Township. From noon until 9 p.m., they will be asked to vote for or against the proposed 2008-2009 Princeton Regional School budget, and to select three new school board members. Last year, for the first time since 1991, the public defeated the proposed school budget, leaving it to a committee, formed by both municipalities and the board, to reconfigure it.

Following Delay, Borough Hall Revisits Merwick Rehab Site

Matthew Hersh

Nearly six months after spending substantive public time on the future use of the site currently occupied by the Merwick Care Center on Bayard Lane, Princeton Borough Council Tuesday night was slated to review zoning that would accommodate for future residential, recreation, institutional, and community use there.

Township Democrats in One Column for June Primary

Matthew Hersh

All three Democratic candidates for Princeton Township Committee will appear in the same ballot column come the June 3 primary elections, but only two will hold the official slogan of the Township Democratic Party, according to a statement sent to Township Democrats this week from Mercer County Democratic Chairman Richard McClellan.

Other News

“If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On”: A Literary Courtship Becomes an Opera

Stuart Mitchner

“It began when I was born,” Renée Karol Weiss said, 84 years after the fact. This was her spontaneous response to the question, “When did you get the idea of turning a book of letters and poems into a libretto for an opera?”

Newly Appointed Wilkes Says He’s Primed, Prepared, and Clued In For Borough Hall

Matthew Hersh

Say what you will about Kevin Wilkes, but don’t say he’s not determined.

Congo Walks as Township Family, State Reach Settlement Before Court Hearing

Matthew Hersh

An agreement reached Thursday will spare the life of Congo, the Princeton Township German shepherd that faced a death sentence for mauling a landscaper last year, according to Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

More of the Other News…


Casaceli Keeps Up Clutch Scoring as No. 2 PU Women’s Lax Tops Yale

Bill Alden

Christine Casaceli proved to be a solid contributor in her first two seasons with the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team.

Princeton Women’s Open Crew Starts 4-0 but Has Plenty of Room for Improvement

Bill Alden

Two weekends ago, the Princeton University women’s open crew varsity boat opened its spring season by topping No. 3 Brown and Michigan State on Lake Carnegie.

With Seniors Blocking Out Distractions, PHS Boys’ Tennis Looking Formidable

Bill Alden

There are plenty of distractions that can befall high school students in the spring of their senior year; from college choices to the prom to graduation celebrations.

More Sports…

DVD Review

Celebrating Widmark and Dassin: A Memorable Collaboration

Stuart Mitchner

An unfunny thing happened to me on the way to the writing of this review: Charlton Heston died on April 5, age 84. If you measure a person’s stature according to the size of the New York Times obituary, Heston would seem to have been a giant. He rated a full page plus the lead in the Arts section, far outspacing Richard Widmark, who died on Monday, March 24, at 93, exactly a week ahead of Jules Dassin, who was 96. In effect, Moses, Ben Hur, and Michaelangelo trumped a cackling psychopath and a black-listed expatriate. Here, in my space, it’s the other way around, and not just because the column was almost done. What prompted me to write about Widmark and Dassin in the first place was the proximity in death of two men whose best work was arguably accomplished in the same film, Dassin’s Night and the City (1950). That wild movie — more than a mere film noir, it’s a super noir — easily trumps The Ten Commandments, Ben Hur, and The Agony and the Ecstasy.

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