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Vol. LXII, No. 2
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
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TAKING THE OATH: Princeton Borough Mayor Mildred Trotman, herself freshly sworn-in to a four-year mayoral term, makes it official for Princeton Hook & Ladder Chief Dan Tomalin on Sunday at Borough Hall, as he took the oath to preside over Princeton’s three fire stations as Princeton’s newest fire chief. Chief Tomalin takes over for interim Chief Rick McKee, who filled in for former Chief Jamie Alkhateeb for the past two months after Chief Alkhateeb moved out of state. Assisting Chief Tomalin with his avowal are Drew, left, and DJ.

Front Page

Mayors Outline Challenges Ahead in ’08

Affordable Housing, Downtown Development Seen as Challenges in Trotman’s New Term

Matthew Hersh

Princeton Borough’s downtown development will take priority this year, as the municipality looks to finalize tricky negotiations with developers, complete zoning for other developments, and remain “optimistic” about the prospects of getting long-awaited projects completed, Mayor Mildred Trotman said Sunday.

Marchand Named to 11th Mayoral Term; Pushes State for Property Tax Reform

Matthew Hersh

Princeton Township Mayor Phyllis Marchand rebuked state-mandated municipal tax revenue caps Sunday, calling for the state Legislature to enact “true property tax reform” in 2008, while suggesting that otherwise fiscally responsible municipalities would deserve better than a “band-aid” approach to property tax refashioning.

New Jersey Primary Takes On Relevance as Date Moves Up

Matthew Hersh

As far as presidential primary elections go, New Jersey used to be about as relevant as, well, Montana.
That’s because up until this year, New Jersey, like Big Sky Country, held its presidential primary voting in June. This year, however, primary voters in the Garden State have a chance to make their choices four months sooner in the February 5 primary elections. Nicknamed “super-duper Tuesday,” February 5 is shaping up to be a day that could effectively decide the nominees in both the Democratic and Republican parties.

Other News

Is Local the New ‘Organic’? Library Talk Points to the Pros and Cons of Slow Food

Matthew Hersh

At last week’s Princeton Environmental Film Festival a handful of local farmers and retailers offered some insights into an industry that has slowly taken viable form in recent years. At the same time, they suggested that while “local” and “organic” or positives from a goodwill standpoint, business savvy still needs to be factored in.

Disney, Comics, and Neanderthal Moms: They’re All OK, According to the Experts

Ellen Gilbert

What’s the most frustrating thing in the world? According to teacher/librarian/children’s author Lisa Mullarkey, it’s having a child who is a “reluctant reader.” Speaking Monday evening at the Princeton Public Library to a small, thoughtful group of parents, Ms. Mullarkey insisted that all children “have a secret desire to read; they want to know what the buzz is about but they don’t think it’s worth the effort.” For most of them, she suggested, it’s just a matter of making reading seem less like a chore.

Library’s Vision for Humanities Encouraged by NEH Grant

Ellen Gilbert

The recent National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) “We the People” grant awarded to the Princeton Public Library ($500,000, contingent on the Library’s ability to raise $1.5 million in matching funds) is one of 62 prizes given to scholars, teachers, filmmakers, museums, and other libraries and institutions for proposed projects that, according to the NEH, “encourage new scholarly research, support high-quality programs in under-funded educational institutions, preserve collections in America’s cultural heritage, help institutions support their long-term humanities projects, and enhance citizens’ understanding of history and culture through exhibitions, films, and other public programming.”

More of the Other News…


Magnowski’s Two-Way Excellence a Big Spark as PU Men’s Hockey Ties for ECACHL Lead

Bill Alden

It was the last game of 2007 and the Princeton University men’s hockey team appeared headed to its ninth loss in its last 11 games.

PU Men’s Hoops Makes Wrong Kind of History in Coach Johnson’s Return Trip to Lehigh

Bill Alden

In 1996, Sydney Johnson came to Lehigh University’s Stabler Arena with the Princeton University men’s basketball team and helped the Tigers make history.

PHS Girls’ Swimming Picking Up Speed as It Looks to Get Ready for Tests Ahead

Bill Alden

For the Princeton High girls’ swim team, its meet last Friday at winless Hamilton didn’t appear to be anything to get too excited about.

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DVD Review

The Ultimate Sherlock Holmes: Jeremy Brett’s Great Adventure

Stuart Mitchner

“I used to take the whole canon with me to the beginning of each film, and fight for Doyle…. Then Granada Studios stepped in and gave me two weeks rehearsal instead of the one. So the first week I could fight for Doyle and the second week I could work with my fellow actors.”
Jeremy Brett in 1991
Incredibly, Brett was never officially honored for his virtually unprecedented accomplishment. He deserved an Order of the British Empire (OBE) if only for working so hard to see that justice was done to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original intentions. As he put it in the interview quoted above, he had to “fight for Doyle.”


New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Celebrates “Coming to America” With Winter Festival

Nancy Plum

It may have been a coincidence that New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Winter Festival, built around the theme of “Coming to America,” began the night after the Iowa caucuses, but the opening concert on Friday night fully captured an energetic American spirit of both innovation and challenge. A number of the musicians in the orchestra, including Music Director Neeme Järvi, came to the United States in search of musical opportunity, and the works performed in this concert in Richardson Auditorium represented composers who had in some way found an enhanced musical experience in this country.

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