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Vol. LXIV, No. 18
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
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(Photo by Dennis Brack/National Science Bowl)
RADIANT ENERGY: Cabinet Member and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu presents a $1,000 check to John Witherspoon Middle School for fielding one of eight teams to advance in the Department of Energy’s 2010 National Science Bowl competition in Washington D.C., placing fourth overall. Pictured here (from left) are: Alex Jin, Sabar Dasgupta, Jeremy Peterson, Secretary Chu, Rye Anderson, Enric Boix, and Coach and Princeton High School Science teacher Timothy Anderson.

Front Page

Revaluation Questions Outnumber Answers

Dilshanie Perera

The property tax revaluation in Princeton Borough and Township stands to affect all households, with homes being assessed at new values, which in turn directly impacts the share of the municipal, county, and school tax rate for which each homeowner is responsible.

State Rejects Borough Bid for Sunday Parking Fees, 30-min Meters on Nassau

Dilshanie Perera

The New Jersey State Department of Transportation (DOT) recently rejected the Borough’s request to extend Sunday metered time limits and to reduce the limit on certain meters to 30 minutes along Nassau Street.

School Board Elects Cox and Quinn as President and Vice-President

Ellen Gilbert

At last week’s Board of Education meeting, Rebecca Cox and Tim Quinn were unanimously elected as Board president and vice president, respectively.

Other News

Herbaceous Plants in Harrison Street Park Spark Debate Between Neighbors, Borough

Dilshanie Perera

Perennial plants with whimsical common names like purple lovegrass, little bluestem, and turtlehead were among those that provoked debate between neighbors, Borough elected officials, and staff at last week’s Council meeting.

Gordon Wu’s Generosity Turns “Mini Reunion” Into World-Class Trip for the Class of 1958

Ellen Gilbert

“I’ve attended many mini-reunions, and can vouch for the fact that this one was unprecedented,” said Richard Miller in a letter to Princeton Alumni Weekly editor Marilyn H. Marks.

“How You See Me”: HomeFront Clients’ Artwork Reflects Complex Perceptions of Those in Need

Ellen Gilbert

“This is the best exhibit I’ve seen in this gallery,” enthused a recent visitor in the guest book for “How You See Me,” the current exhibit, running through June 25, in the Bernstein Gallery at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


PU Men’s Lax Falls Just Short in Loss to Cornell; No. 8 Tigers Heading to Ithaca for Ivy Tournament

Bill Alden

With the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team trailing Cornell 9-3 heading into the fourth quarter last Saturday, Tiger senior midfielder Scott MacKenzie wasn’t about to go out with a whimper.

After Spending Three Years as Benchwarmer, Gonzales-Luna Emerges a Star for PU Baseball

Bill Alden

When Noel Gonzales-Luna joined the Princeton University baseball program as a freshman in 2006, there was no guarantee that the infielder would see much playing time over the next four years.

PDS’s Karandikar Wins MCT 1st Singles Crown; Accomplishing Rare Feat of Four Career Titles

Bill Alden

Neil Karandikar didn’t allow himself to celebrate much after he won the boys’ first singles title last Friday in the Mercer County Tournament.

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Book Review

185 Greek Poets, 1000 Poems — Lost and Found in Translation

Stuart Mitchner

To me the immediate impression is never a starting point for work. The impression has got to age, has got to falsify itself with time, without my having to falsify it.

C.P. Cavafy (1863-1933)

Lawrence Durrell, who completed his Alexandria Quartet 50 years ago with the publication of Clea, gave me a way into The Greek Poets (Norton $39.95), which contains 670 pages of poetry in translation from “Homer to the Present.” I’ve been gazing at this formidable volume for months, a clueless amateur at the base camp of a Greek Mt. Everest. No supplies, no decent climbing gear, no oxygen mask, no background in the subject beyond reading Homer in college, watching sunsets from the Acropolis, living in a garden on Myconos, and riding from Lamia to Thessaloniki with a drunken Greek truck driver gesturing wildly in the direction of the moonlit Aegean Sea, shouting “Thalassa! Thalassa!”

It’s New to Us

Environmentally Friendly Whole Earth Center Celebrates Fortieth Anniversary in Princeton

Jean Stratton

For 40 years, this not-for-profit natural foods store has offered food “the way it is supposed to be” — organically grown, environmentally safe, and nutritionally sound.

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