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Vol. LXIII, No. 48
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
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RIDING HIGH: Kristina Sarkisova had the best seat in the house as Princeton’s Christmas season was launched Friday with the lighting of the Palmer Square tree. Kristina’s supportive father is Dmitry Sarkisov.

Front Page

Landlord Suit Ends With $55,000 Settlement

Dilshanie Perera

Lawsuits involving Princeton landlord Sanford Zeitler, who allegedly withheld rent security deposits from Latino tenants, have been settled for $55,000, according to the tenants’ attorney, Roger Martindell, who is also a member of Princeton Borough Council.

Police Department Oversight Debated by Borough Council

Dilshanie Perera

While the ordinance changing police department oversight structure was not introduced at last week’s meeting, the question of who the Borough Police Chief should ultimately report to was the focus of Council discussion.

School Board Hails Local Heroes; Opposes Future Charter Schools

Ellen Gilbert

Congratulations for achievements in sports, community service, and pedagogy were the order of the evening at last week’s Princeton Regional School District’s Board of Education meeting.

Other News

Princeton’s Present, Past, Future Come Together at Updike Farmstead Groundbreaking Ceremony

Dilshanie Perera

With construction efforts already underway at the Updike Farmstead on Quaker Road, Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) staff, trustees, and friends gathered together with elected officials on Monday to celebrate the restoration of the space.

Mutual Mistrust and Media Indifference Cited in Talk on U.S.-China Relations

Ellen Gilbert

Former Clinton administration official Kenneth Lieberthal agrees “overall” with President Obama’s contention that there is no more important relationship to the U.S. than the one it has with China.

Princeton Community Celebrates Season With Words and Music of Thanksgiving

Ellen Gilbert

Princeton’s Community Thanksgiving Service last Thursday morning was highlighted by speakers and musical selections representing a wide range of local institutions.

More of the Other News…


Looking Forward to Home Pool Advantage, PU Men’s Water Polo Primed for NCAAs

Bill Alden

It was an idea that came into Luis Nicolao’s head four years ago.

PHS Goalie Hellstern, PDS Tennis Star Lieb Get Nod as Town Topics’ Top Fall Standouts

Bill Alden

The numbers don’t lie when it comes to the brilliant season produced this fall by Princeton High boys’ soccer goalie Steve Hellstern.

Sparked by Group of Battle-Tested Juniors, PHS Boys’ Hockey Primed to Make States

Bill Alden

On the one hand, the Princeton High boys’ ice hockey team made plenty of progress last season.

More Sports…

DVD Review

Still Dazzling at 70, the World of Oz, the Glory of Judy Garland

Stuart Mitchner

Although MGM released The Wizard of Oz in August 1939, and re-released it after the war, the film’s reign as an all-American holiday favorite didn’t begin until a Sunday-before-Thanksgiving screening on CBS television in 1956 that was watched by 40 million people, including the President and the First Lady. In Because of the Wonderful Things It Does: The Legacy of Oz, one of several documentaries included in Warner’s two-disc Special Edition, there they are, Ike and Mamie sharing the national moment, all smiles as they hover over the pale glow of their television hearth. This was in the days before color TV and cable, however, which means that all over the land — even in the White House where the reception looks iffy — this triumphant revival of a film famous for its color was viewed in black and white.

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