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Vol. LXI, No. 50
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
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LABYRINTH MAKES IT OFFICIAL: Borough Mayor Mildred Trotman was on hand last Thursday to help celebrate the opening of Labyrinth Books with co-owner Cliff Simms. Princeton University President Shirley Tilghman and Princeton Public Library Director Leslie Burger officially welcomed the new store, which fills the void on Nassau Street left by the departure of Princeton landmark, Micawber Books.

Front Page

Media Rankings Show PHS Among Top Schools

Linda Arntzenius

Princeton High School (PHS) has received a gold medal ranking in the US News and World Report’s Best High Schools of 2008. The school came in 94th in the listing of over 18,000.

Princetons Split Land, but Not Before Going Head-to-Head on Issues

Matthew Hersh

Following a 2003 agreement to split ownership of 171 acres of land off River Road in Princeton Township, Princeton Borough and Township finally made good on that compact last Tuesday, but not before engaging in a back-and-forth that left both sides vowing to meet again in a single venue to vet other inter-municipal problems that have stewed for several years now.

Library Budget Proposes “Modest” Increase Within Cap as Revenues, Patrons Decline

Linda Arntzenius

The board of trustees of the Princeton Public Library reviewed the 2008 budget at a special meeting on Tuesday, December 4.

The budget requests a 3.56 percent increase from the Borough and Township to “accommodate increases in salaries and benefits as well as building costs.”

Other News

An All-Princeton Dodgeball Event Turns Out To Be an All Out Success

Matthew Hersh

A gigantic all-Princeton event has awakened school administrators, parents, and students to an essential truth: that good clean fun can be, in fact, fun — even in playful combat. The event? A dodgeball tournament. The weapons? Nerf balls. The assailants? Hundreds of participants — eight of whom walked away with a six-foot-four-inch trophy — were already asking when the next event would take place.

Township Sanctions Citizen Tax Input; Work Session Slated for Senior Housing

Matthew Hersh

Princeton Township Committee last month signed off on a plan that will, if successful, increase the level of citizen input as Township Hall weighs its annual operating expenses.

Decking the Halls With Gifts: Human Services Launches Toy Drive

Matthew Hersh

The otherwise ordinary municipal offices belonging to Princeton Human Services have been transformed into a veritable “what’s hot” in children’s holiday gifts this year.

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O’Neill Inspired by Her California Dream in Helping PU Women’s Hoop Battle Cal

Bill Alden

Caitlin O’Neill had December 8 circled on her calendar for awhile.

After Learning From Assistant Coaching Roles; Carter Bringing Intensity to PHS Boys’ Hoops

Bill Alden

Jason Carter has paid his coaching dues, serving as an assistant coach for the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse and girls’ soccer program over the last few years.

Darrar’s Heroics Change the Momentum as PDS Boys’ Hockey Wins Invitational

Bill Alden

It was midway through the second period last Sunday and the tide seemed to be turning against the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team as it faced LaSalle in the finals of the PDS Invitational.

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Book Review

Lighting a Poet’s Path Into the Labyrinth

Stuart Mitchner

It has just been pointed out to me how appropriate it is for a new bookstore called Labyrinth to devote its first single-author event to a book that attempts to guide us through the labyrinthine ways of biblical lore and language. At the same time, I should admit up front that I need a guide. I’m way out of my depth here, but fortunately Alicia Ostriker’s For the Love of God: The Bible as an Open Book (Rutgers $22.95) is itself “an open book.” To penetrate even the outer layers of the labyrinth, you need a guide who writes clearly and straightforwardly, someone who speaks from the heart as well as from the intellect. For such a mission, we can do without labyrinthine expositions and rhetorical gamesmanship, or gatekeepers standing at the entrance waiting for secret passwords, or academic show-offs lurking in the shadows with weighty agendas and a full arsenal of rhetorical blunderbusses. Though the author’s task is clear throughout her exploration of six texts (The Song of Songs, the Book of Ruth, Psalms, Ecclesiastes, Jonah, and Job), one of her most effective assessments of the situation comes in the chapter on Job:


Glee Club’s Rich Variety of Choral Music Ushers in Holiday Season at Richardson

Nancy Plum

Choral music is in the air at Christmas time, and the Princeton University Glee Club and Chamber Choir ushered in the holiday season at Richardson Auditorium on Friday night. Beginning with a chant “Antiphon” sung by disembodied voices outside the hall, the concert programmed by conductor Richard Tang Yuk presented Christmas music from several periods, with a heavy emphasis on the twentieth century.

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