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Vol. LXIII, No. 12
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
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Front Page

School Budget May Mean Tax Hike

Linda Arntzenius

At a special meeting of the Princeton Regional Schools Board of Education on Tuesday, March 17, a tentative total budget of $80,806,455 for the 2009-2010 school year was approved in time to meet the Mercer County deadline of March 18.

Borough Council Eyes Joint Agency Budgets, Plans For Overall Cuts

Dilshanie Perera

The latest Borough Council special session on the budget last Tuesday saw a debate over how best to trim expenses from joint agencies in order to save some of the $300,000 necessary for a zero-cent tax increase. After a presentation by Borough Administrator Robert Bruschi, the discussion focused on the joint Human Services Commission as a site for cuts.

Township Committee Meeting Features Presenting of PRS Budget, Watershed Report

Ellen Gilbert

Presentations on the Princeton Regional School District’s 2009-2010 budget and the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association’s Municipal Assessment of Princeton Township highlighted Monday evening’s Township Committee meeting.

Other News

“Making Connections Around The World:” Halpern’s Farming Journey Captured In Film

Dilshanie Perera

Although he brought a video camera with him when he set off in 2007 to work on organic farms across the globe, Josh Halpern didn’t intend to make a film about his nine-month journey. “But I got such beautiful images, and met such amazing people who had all this wisdom,” he remarked. “My sense is that I received a number of gifts on this trip, and I wanted to share those.”

As Borough Police Case Closes, Prosecutor’s Contract is Extended

Dilshanie Perera

The final chapter of the Borough’s Police case closed last month as the administrative hearing of Sergeant Kevin Creegan ended with his resignation from the police force. Borough Council also recently decided to extend its contract with Arthur Thibault, the independent prosecutor in Mr. Creegan’s hearing.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Recovering from Marathon Loss in ECACH Semis, PU Men’s Hockey Headed Back to NCAA Tourney

Bill Alden

With three minutes remaining in regulation last Friday in its ECAC Hockey semifinal clash against Cornell, the Princeton University men’s hockey team appeared to be on track to author a stirring sequel to last season’s league title run.

Ignited by Lesko’s Flair in Defensive Midfield, Princeton Men’s Lacrosse Outguns Albany 18-11

Bill Alden

Josh Lesko’s offensive production has been heading in the wrong direction during his career with the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team.

PHS Swimmer MacKenzie, Stuart’s Lewis Get Nod as Town Topics’ Top Winter Stars

Bill Alden

It was a run of the mill early season meet when the Princeton High boys’ swimming team hosted Hamilton in early January.

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Art Review

Michener Art Museum
Destroying Destruction: Shrapnel, Shakespeare, and the Aesthetics of War Trash

Stuart Mitchner

I didn’t know that shrapnel was named after Lieutenant Henry Shrapnel (1761-1842) until I read C.K. Williams’s poem, “Shrapnel,” which was written in the second year of the Iraq war. Shrapnel was only 22 when he began working on his invention, described by the online Trivia Library as “a spherical projectile filled with lead musket balls and a small charge of black powder” set off by a time fuse that exploded the shell in midair, scattered the shot “over a large area,” and “laid low everyone in its path.” The contemporary version, as Williams reports, delivers a force of 700 tons per inch “in the microsecond after its detonation,” propelling the shrapnel at a speed of 2000 feet per second. After quoting the effects of “shrapnel throughout the body” of a ten-year-old “killed in a recent artillery offensive” in Iraq, Williams points out that Lt. Shrapnel was later awarded “a generous stipend in recognition of his contribution to ‘the state of the art.’ “ At that point in the poem, the reference to “art” delivers the poetic equivalent of tremendous force, if not quite 700 tons of it.

Profiles in Education

Francesco Perrulli

Ellen Gilbert

Francesco Perrulli has worn many hats over the years. After his ordination as a priest, he worked as a missionary in Chile, where he helped compesinos (farmers and cowboys) set up schools and clinics in the hills and vineyards. Back in the states, he created a training program for New York City hotel workers, helping waiters and bellboys upgrade their jobs. Still later, he chaired the foreign language department at Princeton Day School. Along the way he accumulated more than 200 postgraduate credits in education; the equivalent, he likes to point out, of three doctorates. He now puts these to good use at the Princeton Latin Academy, a kindergarten through eighth-grade school where, as founder/director/teacher, this exuberant educator is known as “Magister.”

It’s New to Us

Parallel 40 in Forrestal Village’s Westin Hotel Focuses on Global Flavors and Quality Ingredients

What? Parallel 40 Restaurant at The Westin Hotel.

Where? 201 Village Boulevard, Princeton Forrestal Village, along the 40th parallel.

Riding Instruction, Boarding, and Workshops Offered at Double M Stables in West Windsor

As spring approaches, everyone wants to be outside, enjoying the fresh air — in the garden, perhaps or on the golf course, or tennis court.

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