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Vol. LXIII, No. 15
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
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Weather Forecast

(Photo by E.J. Greenblat)
PRINCETON IN BLOOM: It’s spring, when e.e. cumming’s “goatfooted balloonman whistles far and wee,” and the trees of Witherspoon Street are in their glory again, and “all the world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.”

Front Page

Council Passes Parking Fee Extension

Dilshanie Perera

In two close votes last Tuesday, Borough Council approved of charging for parking at meters on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., extending meter hours until 8 p.m. seven days a week, charging the regular rates on Sundays at the Spring Street municipal garage, and allowing for monthly permitted spaces to be sold at the garage. The parking changes are expected to bring the Borough $400,000 in revenue.

Drop in Endowment Forces University to Increase Budget Cuts

Dilshanie Perera

Given the severity of the economic downturn, Princeton University’s endowment is now expected to decrease 30 percent, instead of the 25 percent projected in January. In a letter sent to the university community last week, PU President Shirley Tilghman elaborated on the cuts necessary to adjust to the loss.

HiTOPS Renames Health Center To Honor $500,000 Legacy Gift

Ellen Gilbert

“We’re not going to be the same old HiTOPS,” said Executive Director Elizabeth Casparian describing the consequences of a recent $500,000 legacy gift from the J. Seward Johnson, Sr. 1963 Charitable Trust. The most critical change to the nonprofit agency will be the transformation of its health center from a relatively small facility focusing on adolescent reproductive health, to a full-service adolescent health center with a new name: the “J. Seward Johnson, Sr. Center for Adolescent Health.” A ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 20 at 5 p.m. will mark the renaming.

Other News

PRS Language Program’s “Impressive Production” Cited for Helping State Win Goldman Sachs Prize

Ellen Gilbert

The Princeton Regional School (PRS) district’s world languages program is a winner.

Woodrow Wilson School Panel Considers Thorny Issue of “Guns in America”

Ellen Gilbert

“There isn’t a tougher domestic issue in the U.S. today, and it will only become more so,” said moderator Stanley Katz as he introduced last week’s Woodrow Wilson School panel on “Guns in America.”

Bird Lovers and Friends of Rogers Refuge Plan to Dedicate New Observation Platform

Dilshanie Perera

The Charles Rogers Wildlife Refuge sanctuary for migrating birds, tucked away behind the Institute Woods, will further delight ornithologists and birdwatchers as a new observation platform providing a vantage point from which to observe fauna and flora will be dedicated by the Friends of the Rogers Refuge (FORR) on April 25.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


With Schwab Providing Dead-Eye Shooting, No. 4 PU Women’s Lax Aiming for Big Week

Bill Alden

It was a classic trap game as the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team hosted Harvard last Saturday in a downpour.

Buoyed by Renewed Sense of Commitment, PU Women’s Open Crew Showing Promise

Bill Alden

Lori Dauphiny wasn’t sure what to expect last Saturday as her Princeton University women’s open crew battled for the Class of 1975 Cup.

Featuring Solid Pitching Triumvirate, PHS Baseball Breaks Into Win Column

Bill Alden

Dave Roberts did a lot of nervous pacing around the bench as his Princeton High baseball team battled Nottingham last Wednesday.

More Sports…

DVD Review

Chaplin’s Poetry of Extremes: A Birthday Celebration

Stuart Mitchner

The art of Charlie Chaplin, whose 120th birthday is tomorrow, April 16, comes out of what James Agee called “the finest pantomime, the deepest emotion, the richest and most poignant poetry.” Of course Chaplin’s poetry is a long way from the page-bound sort generally associated with National Poetry Month, his muse and medium being the derby-doffing, cane-flourishing little tramp who first appeared to movie audiences in February 1914 in Kid Auto Races at Venice.

It’s New to Us

Unique, One-of-a-Kind Jewelry Selection Designed and Manufactured at Forest Jewelers

Jean Stratton

A gift of fine jewelry is timeless, an unmatched expression of love and affection. A diamond bracelet, an emerald ring, a gold bracelet, a strand of pearls — to be worn and appreciated today, but then to be passed down to another generation, extending the enjoyment over time.

Teas, Herbal Remedies, Vitamins, and Classes Are All Available at Holsome Holistic Center

Jean Stratton

When Paul Shu opened his shop in 1996, the focus was on teas and herbal supplements and remedies. That is still true, but in addition, there is now a variety of classes, from yoga to martial arts, as well as an art gallery.

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