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Vol. LXIV, No. 9
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
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BRIDGING THE GAP: Workers installed the missing link connecting the opposite banks of the Stony Brook with a larger network of trails last week. A collaboration between the Princeton Township Engineering Department, Friends of Princeton Open Space, the N.J. Department of Transportation, D&R Greenway, the Hun School, and Jasna Polana, the complete bicycle and pedestrian pathway and bridges project is slated to open by late 2010.

Front Page

Christie: State Spending Calls for Systemic Reforms

Dilshanie Perera

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie outlined his vision for state spending at the first meeting of the recently-created New Jersey Council of Economic Advisors, noting that the state’s key fiscal challenges stem from the burgeoning deficit and the consequent rapidly increasing tax rates. Medicaid, the pension system, and unemployment insurance were characterized as the major drivers of debt in New Jersey.

School Forecast: “Stormy Weather” Amid Budget Woes

Ellen Gilbert

Alan Hegedus was not referring to the current spate of snowstorms in the area when he spoke of “stormy weather” at last week’s School Board meeting. What he meant was the “fiscal duress that we’re all under” as a result of the troubled economy and Governor Chris Christie’s recent budget cuts. “Hard work is being done to maintain this school system,” the school board president observed. 

Finance Advocacy Task Force Advises Borough to Look Closer at Expenses

Dilshanie Perera

Speaking as a representative of the Citizens Finance Advocacy Task Force, Nick Karp made suggestions to Borough Council last week regarding what they can do to begin mitigation of the financial difficulties the municipality faces.

Other News

Charter School’s New Multi-Use Building Is Environmentally and Tax-Payer Friendly

Ellen Gilbert

“There aren’t too many right angles in this building,” observed Princeton Charter School (PCS) Board of Trustees President and construction liaison Mac Gardner at last week’s reception for the school’s new multi-use building on the PCS campus off Bunn Drive. “It was challenging, but the results are terrific.”

“Missing Link” in Bike and Pedestrian Pathway Installed as Stony Brook Gets New Bridge

Dilshanie Perera

Noting recent media attention to developments at COAH (New Jersey’s Council on Affordable Housing), attorney Ed Schmierer gave a status report on the agency at the Monday evening Township Committee meeting.

Humor, History, Einstein, Michelle Obama Among Features of “Princetonians in Print”

Ellen Gilbert

“Princetonians in Print: 175 Years of Student Publications at Princeton,” a new exhibition at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, chronicles “the proud history” and “rich landscape of publications” at the University, from the earliest known documents produced by students, to a broad range of present-day online publications

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Junior Star McBride Provides Sharpshooting as Tiger Men’s Lax Triumphs in Bates’ Debut

Bill Alden

The eyes of the lacrosse world were on Chris Bates last Saturday as he coached his first game for the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team after succeeding the legendary Bill Tierney.

With Seniors Looking to Make Final Mark, Tiger Men’s Hockey Primed for Playoff Run

Bill Alden

Things didn’t get off to a good start for senior forward Mark Magnowski and his classmates on the Princeton University men’s hockey team as they played their final regular season weekend at Hobey Baker Rink.

Senior Captain Boyce Ends Family Dynasty as PHS Girls’ Swimmers Lose in ‘B’ Semis

Bill Alden

It was not just the end of the season when the Princeton High girls swim team fell to Haddonfield in the Public B state semifinals last week, it was the end of an era for the program.

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DVD Review

“Isn’t There a Mystery in All of Us?”: Garbo’s Moments, Our Moments

Stuart Mitchner

In the future, in my memory, I shall live a great deal in this room.

Greta Garbo in Queen Christina

If I were asked this week’s Town Talk question, and had no choice but to do the impossible and limit myself to a single most memorable movie moment, it would be the last scene of Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights, where the once blind flower girl realizes that her “rich” benefactor is the little tramp she’d been laughing at and patronizing a short time before. It’s a sequence that has little to do with conventional Academy Award notions of “great acting.” Chaplin, needless to say, never won an Oscar for either acting or direction.


Princeton Singers Choral Group Creates A Medieval Aura in Art Museum Concert

Nancy Plum

The Princeton Singers took a serious trip back through time this past weekend with a concert of “Mostly Medieval” music in a gallery at the Princeton University Art Museum. Nestled between a 14th century Spanish gisant stone nobleman and intricate French ivory reliefs, the 16-voice vocal ensemble performed Franco-Flemish selections to match the Museum’s art of the northern Franco-Flemish school. Despite limited sightlines created by the abundance of art in the space and ceilings which had been modified for contemporary lighting, The Princeton Singers succeeded in its goal of creating a “feast for the sight and the senses” in Saturday night’s concert.

It’s New to Us

Massage Envy Spa in Montgomery Center Offers Customized Facials and Massages

Jean Stratton

The days may be getting longer, but a look out the window is sure proof that winter is still very much with us. If the snow and cold weather have got you down, a perfect upper is a massage and facial at Massage Envy Spa in the Montgomery Center.

Ginger Lime, Specialist in Event Flowers, Offers Original and Sophisticated Style

Jean Stratton

How did a solicitor from England and a graduate of F.I.T. (Fashion Institute of Technology) in New York City team up and become owners of a florist, specializing in event flowers?

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