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Vol. LXV, No. 5
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
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SNOW SCULPTURE: The Albert Einstein monument near Borough Hall wore a snowy hood last Thursday. For more about the impact of last week’s weather on Princeton, see Topics of the Town.

Front Page

University Scraps Arts and Transit Plans

Dilshanie Perera

Given the outcome of Monday’s joint municipal meeting, Princeton University will not pursue its proposed Arts and Transit Neighborhood plans at Alexander Road and University Place, but will instead look for an alternate site for building an arts complex.

Influential Composer Princeton Resident Milton Babbitt Dies

Stuart Mitchner

Composer, theorist, and Princeton University music professor Milton Babbitt, 94, who joined the faculty in 1938 at the age of 22 and was a driving force behind the growth of Princeton’s Department of Music, died January 29 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Council Split on Pool Funding, Will Need Four Votes to Pass

Dilshanie Perera

After almost four hours of presentations, comments, and debate, Borough Council introduced an ordinance for the funding of its portion of the Community Park Pool redesign up to a maximum of $2,053,500.

Other News

Snow Woes Plague Borough and Township as Season’s Precipitation Poses Challenges

Dilshanie Perera

This winter, the Township Public Works Department has used over 1,200 tons of salt to keep the roads free of ice, and that’s not even including last Wednesday’s snowstorm, which saw 17 inches of precipitation. In the aftermath of the storm, the Borough’s Public Works Department was hauling approximately 100 truckloads of snow per day to the River Road facility to clear the downtown and surrounds.

“Flat Funding” May Be Best Case Scenario as District Awaits State Funding Formula

Ellen Gilbert

At its monthly meeting last week, Board of Education President Rebecca Cox and Finance Committee Chair Charles Kalmbach said that a recent public brainstorming session about budget concerns was very worthwhile. Superintendent Judy Wilson reported that the district would not know how much state funding it will receive until “a day or two” after the governor announces changes in the state funding formula late in February. The best case scenario, she suggested, may be flat funding.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Despite Pulling Out Wins at St. Lawrence, Clarkson, PU Men’s Hockey Still Looking to Pick up the Pace

Bill Alden

Having gone 6-1-1 in its last eight games before a 16-day exam break, the Princeton University men’s hockey team picked up where it left off when it resumed action by hosting Sacred Heart last week.

PU Men’s Hoops Shows Maturity in Yale Win Brings 2-0 Ivy Mark Into Clash With Harvard

Bill Alden

It was the kind of game that a less mature Princeton University men’s basketball team might have lost.

Ex-Gym Rat Stentz Heading Rec Department Employing Work Ethic, ‘Do-Right’ Approach

Bill Alden

Upon moving to Princeton in 1982, it took Ben Stentz about 24 hours to come in contact with the town’s Recreation Department.

More Sports…

Book Review

A Touch of the Poet: Some Thoughts on President Kennedy’s Popularity

Stuart Mitchner

If more politicians knew poetry and more poets knew politics, I am convinced the world would be a little better place in which to live.

Senator John F. Kennedy, at Harvard’s 1956 commencement

According to a CNN poll conducted to mark the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of John F. Kennedy on January 20, 1961, 85 percent of “all Americans” approve of the way he “handled his job as president,” ranking him first among the chief executives of the last half-century. Stories based on the poll were headlined “Kennedy Most Popular President.” The phrase “handled his job as president” assumes some knowledge of what Kennedy accomplished in office. In fact, he would almost certainly be the “most popular” chief executive regardless of what his administration did or didn’t accomplish. On top of that, the majority of the respondents ranking Kennedy, meaning those in the age group from, say, 18 to 60, were either not around when he was president or not old enough to understand what was going on.


Zurich Chamber Orchestra and Mark Laycock Celebrate 97th Birthday of Wiliam Scheide

Nancy Plum

Some January events never change from year to year. It snows (which it did in abundance last week), people brave the weather to get to where they want to go, and scholar/ humanitarian William H. Scheide has a birthday. These three elements came together last Thursday night in Richardson Auditorium as the celebration of Mr. Scheide’s 97th birthday filled the hall with the music of Mozart (whose 255th birthday fell on the day of the concert). Although one could contest the merits of 15 inches of snow in one day, one cannot argue with the benefits of listening to an evening of Mozart or an event to honor Mr. Scheide, who has given so much back to the community. As with other Scheide musical performances, Thursday night’s concert benefited a local nonprofit organization, in this case Princeton Healthcare System’s Design for Healing Campaign.

It’s New to Us

Personalized Quality Care for Children Offered Since 1955 by The Pediatric Group

Jean Stratton

Finding the right doctor is so important. You want someone who is not only capable and offers quality care, but one who will listen to your concerns. This is especially true when the patient is a child.

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