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Vol. LXIII, No. 16
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
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TOWARD A “NEW MULTILATERALISM”: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon spoke to a packed auditorium in McCarter Theatre last Friday on “The Imperative for a New Multilateralism.” Princeton University President Shirley Tilghman (seated) introduced Mr. Ban, saying that “when this topic was chosen many months ago, no one could have envisioned how urgent it would become.”

Front Page

Cahill, Cox, and Kalmbach Elected; Budget Passes

Ellen Gilbert

Voters in the Township and Borough approved the Princeton Regional Board of Education’s $74,140,915 budget in yesterday’s election. In the Township, Mia Cahill, who ran unopposed for the single available Township seat, was reelected with 1,121 votes. Winners for the two Borough openings were Rebecca Cox, who was re-elected with 393 votes, and first-time candidate Charles Kalmbach, with 333 votes. Dudley Sipprelle received 278 votes. All three winners will be serving three-year terms.

Planning Board Approves Institute Housing, Hears Westerly Road Proposal

Dilshanie Perera

The Regional Planning Board approved a request by the Institute for Advanced Study to build 19 short-term academic housing units on 1.6 acres of land in a unanimous vote during last Thursday’s meeting. The Board also heard the concept proposal for the five-acre Westerly Road Church site.

Township Committee Approves Municipal Budget of $36,879,152

Ellen Gilbert

The Princeton Township Committee unanimously approved a resolution to introduce the 2009 municipal budget at its Monday evening meeting. A public hearing on the budget, which, at $36,879,152.43 amounts to a 3.5 percent increase over last year’s, will be held Monday, May 18. Under the proposed budget, the tax increase for the average Township home assessed at $434,108 translates into a $139.35 increase.

Other News

Community Affairs Director Appelget Points Out Campus Connections to Local Businesses

Dilshanie Perera

In addressing the Borough Merchants for Princeton on Tuesday, University Director of Community and Regional Affairs Kristin Appelget highlighted ways local merchants can connect to the campus in order to further activity in the present economy.

Council Approves Leashed Dogs in Parks, Parking Charges on Nassau Questioned

Dilshanie Perera

Leashed dogs and street parking were the main topics of discussion at the Borough Council meeting last Tuesday, with Council approving leashed dogs in Harrison Street, Marquand, and Quarry Parks. Under the previous ordinance, no dogs were permitted in any Borough parks.

UN Secretary-General Ban Speaks of Need for “New Multilateralism”

Dilshanie Perera

Characterizing 2009 as a “make-or-break year,” United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon elaborated on the kinds of global crises that face the world today in a lecture entitled “The Imperative for a New Multilateralism” at McCarter Theatre last Friday.

More of the Other News…


Princeton Baseball Comes Alive Just in Time, Primed for Division Showdown With Cornell

Bill Alden

It was Easter Sunday and the Princeton University baseball team’s hopes for a Gehrig Division crown were on life support.

Olentine Bringing Smarts, Skills to Attack as PHS Boys’ Lax Shows Improvement

Bill Alden

Mike Olentine soaked up a lot of knowledge in his first two seasons with the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team.

With Unselfish Price Triggering the Offense, PHS Girls’ Lacrosse Produces Sizzling Start

Bill Alden

Lizzy Price is typically at the top of the scoring sheet for the Princeton High girls’ lacrosse team.

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A Child’s Disappearance Triggers Shock, Pain, Finally Healing, in World Premiere of “Instructions for Breathing” at Mill Hill

Donald Gilpin

A suburban home, an office, and various other locales in the life of Jon and Sara are only the literal settings of Instructions for Breathing, a poetic, poignant world premiere drama by Caridad Svich, currently at Mill Hill Playhouse in Trenton. More importantly, this play is set in a dream world — a world of the mind’s creation, beautifully evoked through a child’s offstage voice, a suggestively surrealistic set, and a room “overlooking the ocean” on stage left — a place for meditation, spiritual relief and healing.

Princeton Pro Musica Closes Season With Monumental Bach Passion

Nancy Plum

Princeton Pro Musica celebrated the close of its 30th anniversary season in grand style on Sunday afternoon as Music Director Frances Fowler Slade led the chorus and accompanying orchestra in a brisk and clean performance of J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion. This is the type of music Pro Musica does best, and Sunday afternoon’s concert in Richardson Auditorium demonstrated the finer performance points of this well-honed choral ensemble.

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