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Vol. LXV, No. 17
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
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FUN(D)RAISERS: Combining raising funds with having fun (from left): Burke deTuro, Vinnie Giangrasso, Bailey deTuro, Corley deTuro, and Maddie McCaw sold refreshments along the D&R Greenway Canal in order to raise money for SAVE’s new Animal Rescue Shelter.

Front Page

Township Passes $36.6 Million Operating Budget

Ellen Gilbert

A $36.6 million operating budget with a flat tax rate was unanimously approved by Township Committee at its Monday evening meeting.

Township, Borough Consider Library and Fire Budget Increases

Dilshanie Perera

The operations and capital expenditures of Princeton’s volunteer fire department and public library attracted close attention as Borough Council and Township Committee discussed their joint agency budgets last week. Both institutions were requesting budget increases owing to increased costs and maintenance expenses.

Arts, Transit Negotiations Nearing Close, Results Made Public in Next Two Weeks

Dilshanie Perera

Negotiations between Princeton Borough, Princeton Township, and Princeton University concerning the proposed Arts and Transit Neighborhood are coming to a close, with decisions and options to be discussed in public within the next two weeks.

Other News

PSRC, Arts Council, and Library Join Forces for Creativity Festival

Ellen Gilbert

“Art transcends age,” observed Princeton Senior Resource Center (PSRC) Executive Director Susan Hoskins. With that in mind, PSRC, in collaboration with the Princeton Arts Council, the Princeton Public Library, and Secure at Home, will hold an all-day Creativity Festival on Tuesday, May 17 at the Suzanne Patterson building behind Borough Hall. The library and the Arts Council will be hosting creativity-related events throughout the month.

Republican Candidates Ponder Consolidation, Municipal Governance, Taxes, Cost Savings

Dilshanie Perera

With the primary elections slated for June 7, there are four Republican candidates who will appear on the ballot for seats on Princeton’s two governing bodies. Peter Marks and Dudley Sipprelle will be running for Borough Council, while Geoffrey Aton and Mark Scheibner are running for Township Committee.

President Tilghman Responds To Lecturer Antonio Calvo’s Death

Ellen Gilbert

On Monday, Princeton University President Shirley Tilghman released a response to mounting questions about the April 12 suicide of Princeton University Senior Lecturer Antonio Calvo.

More of the Other News


Former PU Standout Henderson Comes Home To Take Helm of Tiger Men’s Hoops Program

Bill Alden

Four years ago, Mitch Henderson was passed over when Sydney Johnson was chosen as the head coach of the Princeton University men’s basketball team.

Gadowsky Leaving PU Men’s Ice Hockey To Launch Penn State’s New D-I Program

Bill Alden

Guy Gadowsky knows what it takes to build a struggling ice hockey program into a winner.

Featuring Core of Veterans, Talented Newcomers, PHS Boys Track Overcoming Graduation Losses

Bill Alden

There are certain sports programs like Ohio State football and Kentucky men’s basketball who rarely have down years, exemplifying the philosophy “we don’t rebuild, we reload.”

More Sports…

Book Review

The Lewis Center’s Princeton Poetry Festival Spreads the Wealth

Stuart Mitchner

A translated poem is necessarily a new thing, but it has a relationship with the original. Or, as I’m beginning to think more and more, both have a relationship with some text of which each, original and translation, is a manifestation.

Paul Muldoon (2004)

“Don’t come back here please without a poem that’s going to change my life.”

Paul Muldoon likes to give these instructions at the end of a class, according to an online University feature about “the wildly creative” poetry program at Princeton and this weekend’s two-day Princeton Poetry Festival at Richardson Auditorium. As the festival’s founding director and chairman of the Lewis Center of the Arts, Muldoon will introduce the first group of readings at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 29, thus ending National Poetry Month not “with a whimper” but “a bang.”

It’s New to Us

Basement Technologies’ Customized System Guarantees a Dry, Water-free Basement

Jean Stratton

How wet is it? Chances are if you live in Princeton and the surrounding area, you have encountered a wet basement. After last year’s severe March nor’easter, the federal government sent FEMA representatives to town to assess damage caused by downed trees and flooding, and many homeowners qualified for aid. Unfortunately, some residents were forced to discard most of the contents of their basement.

Princeton Day Spa, Formerly Beauty Dreams, Combines Wellness Center and Spa Services

Jean Stratton

Beauty Dreams, the popular European Day Spa at 812 State Road, which opened in 1982, has been a place for transformation. One could spend an hour or more and leave feeling and looking like a million dollars. A change of hair style or color, a revitalizing facial, relaxing massage, or energizing body treatment could be the gateway for a new you!

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