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Vol. LXII, No. 31
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
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JUGGLING CLUBS: Students of the class of 2011 and members of the Princeton University Juggling Club Jakub Rajniak (left) and Bilesh Ladva practice their technique next to the Woodrow Wilson fountain outside Robertson Hall.

Front Page

Borough Council Passes 2008 Budget

Dilshanie Perera

Borough Council passed the municipal budget last Tuesday amid heated discussion. The 2008 budget is $25,264,214, which is an increase of over a million dollars from spending in 2007. The budget features a 5-cent tax increase, meaning that residents will now pay $1.03 on every $100 of assessed property value, as opposed to last year’s rate of $0.98.

Financial Worries Threaten Future of Library Store

Ellen Gilbert

At the most recent meeting of the Princeton Public Library (PPL) Board of Trustees, Library Friends President Pam Wakefield reported that the Library Store, which offers items for readers and writers, including pens, desk accessories, note cards, card games, and jewelry, is losing money, and cannot continue in its present form. The store is currently run by the Friends and is staffed by volunteers.

Board Approves On-Site Workshops; Tables Vote on Dues to State Group

Ellen Gilbert

At its Wednesday evening meeting, the Princeton Regional Board of Education approved the appointment of Tri-State Consortium, Inc. to provide staff workshops on “using student performance data to develop a rigorous framework for systemic planning, assessment, accreditation, and continuous improvement.” The New Canaan, Connecticut-based firm will receive up to $12,000 for the workshops.

Other News

From Garbage to Garb for All Ages: Trashion Workshop Held at Library

Dilshanie Perera

“We’re redefining what a library can be” said Amanda Braun, a 2008 Princeton High School (PHS) graduate and employee of the Princeton Public Library, adding, “There’s nothing else like it.” She was referring to the innovative programs geared toward young people that have included a wizard rock concert, a student film and video festival, and now the “Recycle, Retro-fit, Reuse” trashion workshop.

A Passion for Genealogy Inspires Princeton Librarian’s Seminars on the Past

Ellen Gilbert

“My grandmother was the family historian, so I grew up listening to family history. I’m so sorry that she’s not around to know what I’ve found out,” observed Princeton Public Library’s Special Collections Librarian Terri Nelson recently. What she’s “found out” is pretty awesome: her family’s roots can be traced back to the Starbucks (the family, not the coffee shop) on Nantucket Island.

Princeton Resident Named to Gov. Richardson’s Task Force

Dilshanie Perera

Princeton resident Robert Stack, the president and CEO of Community Options, a non-profit organization that provides housing, support services, advocacy assistance, and locates employment for people with disabilities, has recently been named to New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson’s Poverty Reduction Task Force.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


PU Men’s Hockey Standout Godlewski Samples Pro Game at Blackhawks Camp

Bill Alden

Matt Godlewski was looking forward to a quiet summer.

PU Alum Lind Looking for Legendary Effort as She Rows on U.S. Women’s 8 at Olympics

Bill Alden

She was the senior superstar of the 2006 Princeton University women’s open crew but Caroline Lind wasn’t a cool customer as the boat hit the water at Lake Mercer for the NCAA championship race.

Former PU Rower Coppola Hits New Heights Heading to Olympics With U.S. Men’s Eight

Bill Alden

When Steve Coppola entered high school, he saw basketball as his main sport.

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Record Review

Stew’s “Passing Strange”: The Need to Feel More Than Real

Stuart Mitchner

Passing Strange, “the Stew Musical,” closed ten days ago after 185 performances on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre. Chances are you don’t know Stew’s music, but if you do, you probably know his story, which is the subject of the show. Born in 1961, Mark Stewart, a middle-class black kid from L.A. who doesn’t fit any kind of racial, social, or cultural stereotype (neither the “home boy” nor the good boy), goes to Europe and discovers his voice, his spirit, his everything, while immersing himself in drugs, sex, and rock and roll, only to find “paradise is a bore.”

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