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Vol. LXV, No. 7
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
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(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
WINNERS CIRCLE: Members of the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team circle around forward Alex Nespor (No. 9) after he scored a goal in the state Prep championship game last Thursday at McGraw Rink. Sophomore star Nespor scored two goals as third-seeded PDS edged top-seeded Pingry 4-2 for its first Prep title since 2006, For more details on the game, see Sports.

Front Page

Fair Tax-Revaluation Group Making Progress

Ellen Gilbert

The Princeton Fair Tax-Revaluation Group convened its fourth community meeting last Wednesday to discuss the group’s investigations, progress, and to hear about the prospects for legal action to overturn and redo the controversial 2010 tax revaluation.

Borough’s Pool Share Could Be Supported By Current Debt Plan

Dilshanie Perera

The Borough received a briefing on its debt management plan at the Council meeting last week, which showed that the municipality is in sound fiscal shape with respect to its spending on major capital projects.

Three New Businesses Scheduled To Open Soon on Palmer Square

Dilshanie Perera

Clothing and artisanal cheeses are coming to Palmer Square in the next six weeks.

The three new stores will take up residence on the west side of the square, with Palm Place being the first to open this Friday, February 18. The establishment is an offshoot of one by the same name in Manasquan, and is a Lilly Pulitzer signature store, carrying clothing primarily by the designer.

Other News

Photo Exhibit at Campus’s Murray-Dodge Building Responds to the Question “What Is Love?”

Ellen Gilbert

“What is This Thing Called Love?” wondered the incomparable composer-lyricist Cole Porter in a 1929 song. The Princeton University curators of the newest exhibit in the Murray-Dodge lobby on the campus have cut to the quick by simply asking “What is Love?”, and although Valentine’s Day was on Monday, it’s not too late to take in the engaging images submitted by University students, faculty, and staff members in response to that question.

Borough Still Debating Best Approach To Resuming Arts and Transit Dialogue

Dilshanie Perera

Following the closed session discussion by Borough Council last week, the governing body continues to debate how best to approach further discussion pertaining to the original Arts and Transit Neighborhood proposed by Princeton University.

“Playful Learning” Is Antidote to Bullying At Goddard School for Early Childhood

Ellen Gilbert

“There’s always going to be conflict where there are children,” observed Goddard School owner Edwin Sirak. The solution, he suggested in a recent interview, lies in turning instances of bullying into “a teachable moment.” The lesson, he emphasized, has to do with helping kids understand the differences among them.

More of the Other News…


Martindale, Classmates Produce Big Senior Weekend As PU Women’s Hockey Stays in Race for Home Ice

Bill Alden

As Laura Martindale looked ahead to her Senior Day ceremony last Saturday for the Princeton University women’s ice hockey team, she was hoping to not get overcome by emotion.

With Point Guard Polansky Providing Intangibles, PU Women’s Hoops Wins 2, Climbs Into Ivy League

Bill Alden

Lauren Polansky didn’t light up the scoreboard last weekend for the Princeton University women’s basketball team.

Sparked by Blackburn’s Leadership, Production, PDS Boys’ Hockey Edges Pingry for Prep Crown

Bill Alden

When the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team suffered a deflating loss to the Academy of New Church in mid-January, PDS senior co-captain Peter Blackburn decided it was time for an attitude adjustment.

More Sports…

Book Review

Look, She Has Come Through: Joyce Carol Oates’s Dark Odyssey

Stuart Mitchner

I was about to hand in this column when I read Janet Maslin’s Valentine’s Day massacre of A Widow’s Story in Monday’s New York Times. Operating under the misleadingly neutral head, “The Shock of Losing a Spouse,” Maslin feels empowered to take out her hatchet as soon she informs us that the author had the temerity to become “happily engaged” to another man a mere 11 months after her husband’s death. To point out in detail how maliciously the reviewer goes about her dirty work would take more time than I have at this point. All I can do is suggest that people get the book and see for themselves. Maslin’s piece is a new low in book reviewing, which is saying a lot.

It’s New to Us

Non-surgical Care of Musculoskeletal Pain Is Focus of Princeton Spine & Joint Center

Jean Stratton

Back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis — and all the other “itises”! Just about every adult has had a bout with one of these painful problems. For most, dealing with it includes a trip to the doctor, whether for pills, injections, physical therapy, or in worst case scenarios, surgery.

Full Service General Dentistry Practice Offered By Lekha Tull, DDS in Princeton

Jean Stratton

Has that “Million Dollar Smile” slipped a bit? Showing some wear and tear over time? Coffee, tea, and red wine taken their toll?

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