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Vol. LXIII, No. 8
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
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IN THE STYLE OF BEARDEN: Maria Evans (at rear) is helping children construct collages in the style of Romare Bearden during the Arts Council’s Black History Month celebration at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts.

Front Page

PRS Anticipates Flat Budget Scenario

Ellen Gilbert

Princeton Regional Schools (PRS) Superintendent Judy Wilson said she would be “shocked” if any of the money allocated in the Federal government’s recently approved economic stimulus package “landed in our coffers.” Speaking at a recent Board of Education budget workshop, she described the flat budget scenario the PRS administration is anticipating for 2009-2010.

Neighbors Support Park, Capital Projects Featured In Borough’s Budget Talk

Dilshanie Perera

Continuing the discussion about the 2009 budget, last Tuesday’s meeting of Borough Council focused on capital projects and debt management. Neighbors advocating for the rehabilitation of Harrison Street Park were also in attendance.

Township Committee Gives Go-Ahead On Sewer, Sidewalk, and Road Repairs

Ellen Gilbert

Collaborative projects involving the Engineering Department and the Sewer Operating Committee dominated Monday evening’s Township Committee Meeting.

Other News

Princeton Library Closes Books on Fiscal 2008; Several Programs Enjoy Noteworthy Success

Ellen Gilbert

The Princeton Public Library’s actual 2008 expenditures of $4,655,934 came within a few dollars of the $4,679,327 originally budgeted.

Hillier Explains Princeton Ridge Plan To Regional Planning Board, Public

Ellen Gilbert

Though no formal action was taken during last Thursday’s Regional Planning Board meeting, Bob Hillier of Hillier Properties LLC, explained his proposal for building 143 units of housing for residents aged 55 and over on Princeton Ridge for an informal review of the concept plan.

Glenn Close Tells Crowd at McCosh for Actors “It’s All About Connecting”

Dilshanie Perera

Speaking about her life and career in a lecture last Thursday entitled “Are You Who We Think You Are?” at McCosh Hall on the University campus, Glenn Close quipped that the title query “is a very tricky question to ask somebody, especially someone who has spent the last 30 years pretending to be someone else.”

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Featuring Battle-Tested Corps of Seniors, No. 6 PU Women’s Lax Primed for Opener

Bill Alden

It is a class whose members made their presence felt the day they hit the field for the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team.

PU Hoops Legend Carril Evokes Cheers, Laughter as His Name Becomes Forever Part of Jadwin Gym

Bill Alden

It seemed like old times as Pete Carril held court last Saturday evening at Caldwell Lounge.

PU Women’s Hockey Takes 3rd in ECACH, Will Host Rensselaer in Quarterfinal Series

Bill Alden

As it played last weekend to wrap up the regular season, the Princeton University women’s hockey team had to come through on the road in order to earn home ice for the upcoming ECAC Hockey playoffs.

More Sports…

Book Review

Poe at 200: “Where the World, the Flesh, and the Devil Leave Off”

Stuart Mitchner

Scene: A filled-to-capacity classroom at a large midwestern university. The teacher enters wearing his raincoat like a cloak, sidles over to a row of windows and lowers the Venetian blinds, further dimming an already dark winter day one immemorial year on the cusp of the sixties. Disposing of his raincoat cloak with a sinister flourish, he advances to the blackboard, picks up a piece of chalk, tilts his craggy face at a sly angle, grinning over his hunched shoulder at the overflow student audience as he intones, in a husky, theatrically intense Virginia accent that already has the groupies in the front row swooning, “Today we are going to talk about — Edgar … Allan … Poe.”


Mythic Images Abound — of Water and Sky, of Love and Loss — in “Metamorphoses,” Mary Zimmerman’s Updated Ovid at Intime

Donald Gilpin

“The myth is a public dream,” explains the earnest therapist to the audience and to a bewildered, whining Phaeton, who has just wrecked his father Apollo’s sun chariot. “Unfortunately we give our mythic side scant attention these days.”

Chamber Players Present Delightful Afternoon of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven Trios

Nancy Plum

The Richardson Chamber Players presented its final concert of its Vienna: Baroque series on Sunday afternoon, focusing on music performed at the Imperial Court during the 17th century. This final concert, featuring pianist Jennifer Tao, violinist Sunghae Anna Lim, flutist Judith Pearce, and cellist Alberto Parrini, treated the audience in Richardson Auditorium to a trio each by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Joseph Haydn, and Ludwig van Beethoven, all composed within twenty years of one another but very different in style and texture.

It’s New to Us

Ice Cream Cones, Shakes, Sundaes, Cakes Are Highlights at Halo Pub and Halo Fête

Creamy, rich, and scrumptious!

Fine Furniture and Accessories for the Home Are at Luxe Home Company in Forrestal Village

Walking through Luxe Home Company’s charming, spacious showroom is a pleasure. The expanse of windows allows the space to be filled with light, enhancing the impressive array of furniture and accessories.

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