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Vol. LXI, No. 16
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
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HARRY'S RIVER: The weekend's heavy rains turned Harry's Brook into a rushing river, seen here from the Princeton-Kingston Road.

Front Page

School Budget Fails, Bedford, Cunningham Elected

Linda Arntzenius

Voters rejected the tax levy of $56,185,268 toward the Princeton Regional Schools 2007-2008 budget last night by a margin of 69 votes, while electing JoAnn Cunningham and Dorothy Bedford to represent the Township on the School Board, according to results after polls closed at 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 17.

Massive Nor'easter Slams New Jersey, Flooding Roads, Homes

Matthew Hersh

A state of emergency was declared throughout New Jersey Sunday as a springtime nor'easter snarled weekend and commuter travel, and caused major flooding statewide, as well as throughout the Princetons.

Virginia Tech Shooting Raises Campus Awareness Throughout the Country

Matthew Hersh

The shooting that killed 33 people including the gunman Monday on the Virginia Polytechnic Institute campus has left the entire country in mourning, while again raising awareness about the vulnerability of college campuses.

Other News

Princeton Rep Company Celebrates the Bard This Sunday on the Green at Palmer Square

Linda Arntzenius

Fans of the Bard will be treated to a celebration of the works of Shakespeare this Sunday in Palmer Square when the Princeton Repertory Company/Princeton Rep Shakespeare Festival presents Shakespeare in the Square.

Earth Day Celebrations Set as Region Gears Up to Honor the Environment

Matthew Hersh

Organizations and community groups throughout the Princeton area are set to celebrate Earth Day this Sunday, April 22, marking the 37th year since the environmental appreciation event was established.

Bumpy Mercer Street Presents Challenge as Daunting Reconstruction Project Looms

Matthew Hersh

Things are running surprisingly smoothly in Princeton Borough's well traveled thoroughfares these days.

More of the Other News…


With Hewit's Brilliance in Goal a Constant, PU Men's Lax Primed to Test No. 1 Cornell

Bill Alden

Alex Hewit is so smooth in goal for the Princeton University men's lacrosse team, one could get the impression that it is easy to stop shots traveling in the neighborhood of 100 m.p.h.

Sports Illustrated Legend and PU Alum Deford Returns for Lecture on Sporting Landscape

Bill Alden

There is no question that major college sports has become big business, bringing with it a slew of issues as the pursuit of profit conflicts with ideals of athletic competition.

Frosh Attacker Morrison Breaks Out with 5 Goals As PU Women's Lax Routs Harvard

Bill Alden

Coming into last Saturday's game against Harvard, freshman Kristin Morrison had been making steady progress for the Princeton University women's lacrosse team.

More Sports…

Record Review

Parker’s Mood: The Poetry of Charlie Parker

Stuart Mitchner

Now that we’re halfway through National Poetry Month, the time seems right for a column on a poet. April, however, is also “Looking at Jazz” month at the Princeton Public Library. Poetry and jazz have been mated before, not always happily, but Charlie Parker is big enough to contain both. Whether or not you agree, you can find out more about the man and his music tonight, Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. when the library screens Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker, a film by Gary Giddins and Kendrick Simmons.


With New Conductor, the Westminster Choir Closes Season With Elegant Spring Program

Nancy Plum

In the orchestral world, it is well known that each conductor puts his or her own stylistic stamp on their orchestral sound. Aficionados talk about the “Ormandy strings” in Philadelphia or the “Bernstein sound” of the New York Philharmonic. Choral directors have their styles as well, and nowhere has this been clearer over the years than at Westminster Choir College, which, in its 80 year history, has been under the stylistic influence of primarily two conductors, and is now embarking on its third “choral period.”

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From powder to polish, bronzers and blushers, mascara and moisturizers, foundation and facials, Merle Norman Cosmetics & Skin Care offers a complete range of products to give you a new look.

Enjoy the Seasons at Terhune's and Experience Life on the Farm

Emphasizing the unique bounty of each season, Terhune Orchards is a local treasure, open all day, all year round. Here, at this country farm on Cold Soil Road, customers gather to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables and friendly farm animals.

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