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Vol. LXII, No. 49
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
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LACEWORK OF LIGHTS: Palmer Square looks brilliant and busy and full to overflowing Friday at the annual day-after-Thanksgiving lighting of the Palmer Square Christmas tree.

Front Page

Study Reveals University’s Economic Impact

Dilshanie Perera

The impact of Princeton University on the local, county, and state economy has been affirmed in a recent study conducted by independent consulting firm Appleseed that was commissioned by the University. This is the first time the University has undertaken a comprehensive study to assess its direct and indirect financial impact in New Jersey.

Township Committee Discusses Dog Ordinance, Billing for Sewer Project

Ellen Gilbert

Penalties for aggressive dogs, filling a vacated Planning Board seat, and timely billing for sewer repairs were the main discussion points at Monday’s Township Committee Meeting, the first presided over by Deputy Mayor Bernie Miller since Mayor Phyllis Marchand’s retirement.

Shortfall From Utility Bills a Concern as PRS Looks to Financial Future

Ellen Gilbert

“Now the bad news,” said Finance Committee Chair Josh Leinsdorf as he began his report at last week’s Princeton Regional School (PRS) District Board of Education Meeting. He proceeded to describe a shortfall of up to a half million dollars in the district’s utilities account, a result, he said, of rising consumption of water and energy at higher rates. If previous years’ bills come up for payment, he added, the deficit could become as high as $1 million.

Other News

Beautiful Images of Beautiful Books Lead to a Fruitful Meeting of Two Minds

Ellen Gilbert

Describing the Scheide Library books she photographed over a 10-year period to a standing-room-only crowd at the Princeton Public Library on Saturday, Natasha D’Schommer observed that “being precious doesn’t mean they should be locked away; they’re precious and we should experience them.” With its photographs of some of the rarest books and musical scores in the world, her newly published book, Biblio, published by Princeton University Press, is a testament to experiencing these books as beautiful objects.

Borough Sees Delays in Work on Building C, Acquiring Jitney

Dilshanie Perera

Despite some recent setbacks, work on Building C is expected to resume next week, according to Borough Administrator Robert Bruschi. Construction was slowed in October after potential petroleum-related ground contaminants were detected across the street.

“Justice For Me Is Not an Abstraction:” Cornel West Speaks About New Book

Dilshanie Perera

“You can’t lead the people if you don’t love the people. You can’t save the people if you don’t serve the people.” So reads a passage from Princeton University professor and public intellectual Cornel West’s new book, Hope on a Tightrope (SmileyBooks), which was the subject of his recent talk at Prospect House.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


With Kaiser Centering Productive Line, PU Men’s Hockey Sitting Atop ECACH

Bill Alden

Coming into last Wednesday evening’s game against visiting Quinnipiac, junior forward Kevin Kaiser hadn’t scored a goal yet this season for the Princeton University men’s hockey team.

Tiger Football More Efficient This Fall but Still Endured Season of Near Misses

Bill Alden

In assessing what the Princeton University football team needed to do this fall in order to be an Ivy League title contender, Tiger head coach Roger Hughes boiled things down to three statistical areas.

Hun Boys’ Hoops Undergoing Makeover, Relying on Chemistry to Pull It Through

Bill Alden

Roster turnover is a fact of life in high school sports. But this winter, the Hun School boys’ basketball team is undergoing an extreme makeover.

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A Poker-Playing Devil Delivers Christmas Eve Surprises in “The Seafarer,” Irish Comic Drama in New Brunswick

Donald Gilpin

An anonymous eighth century Anglo Saxon poem provides Dublin-born playwright Conor McPherson with the title of The Seafarer, currently playing in a captivating revival at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick. In the poem the title character describes, in translation, his plight:

He knows not
Who lives most easily on land, how I
Have spent my winter on the ice-cold sea
Wretched and anxious, in the paths of exile
Lacking dear friends, hung round by icicles
While hail flew past in showers.

New Jersey Symphony Warms Up Weekend With Classical Variations

Nancy Plum

The day after Thanksgiving is always a time for winding down. For a number of years, the members of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra have “wound down” by presenting appealing concerts at Richardson Auditorium on the night after the holiday. This year, guest conductor Thierry Fischer and the orchestra explored “Classical Variations” — three symphonic works rooted in the 18th century Classical tradition. The three works of Prokofiev, Beethoven, and Schubert were presented by the ensemble as variations on the Classical attributes of simplicity and balance, and Mr. Fischer particularly focused on the balance of dynamics and texture.

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