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Vol. LXI, No. 20
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
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MUSIC KNOWS NO BORDERS: Israeli-Moroccan singer Smadar Levi and her band performing Sunday at Souk, an outdoor festival in Scudder Plaza on the Princeton University campus celebrating a vision of the Middle East that transcends politics and war. The Arab band Yousef Shamoun also performed at the event, which featured a hookah cafe, a Persian tea shop, falafel stands, a Turkish coffee shop, and tables selling Middle Eastern food, clothing, and jewelry.

Front Page

School Budget Talks Spark Discord

Matthew Hersh

Negotiations that were intended to massage a defeated school budget, making it more palatable for Princeton Borough and Township voters, appear to have initiated somewhat of a standoff between municipal officials and school board representatives.

School Board Vote on Budget Set for Today

Linda Arntzenius

Since the defeat of the Princeton Regional School's 2007-08 budget, members of the Board of Education have been working with Princeton Borough and Township officials to reduce the $76.1 million budget and identify specific line items to be cut.

Herban Garden Seeks Greener Pastures as Palmer Square Gets Ready to Build

Matthew Hersh

Princeton Borough's Palmer Square is, in regional circles, known for the shops and restaurants that provide a draw for in- and out-of-town patrons. But for lovers of art and gardening, it may be best known for the vacant land that faces Paul Robeson Place.

Other News

Still Counting, Poet Virginia Lockwood Enjoys Simple Pleasures and Friendship

Linda Arntzenius

On a recent evening, Princeton poet and former third grade teacher, Virginia Lockwood, used her walker to take the air and sit in the most advantageous spot for chatting with neighbors as well as her friend Jo Lewis — her own driveway.

Mt. Lucas Development Plan Approved, but Nod is Something of a Hollow Victory

Matthew Hersh

Nearly 10 years after a housing plan submitted to the joint-municipal planning department sparked a philosophical, environmental, and developmental debate over market rate housing for senior citizens, the Princeton Regional Planning Board on May 3 approved a plan that will likely be viewed as a positive start for housing advocates.

Borough Hall Revisits Budget Cuts, Preparing for State-Mandated Cap

Matthew Hersh

Borough Hall finessed its proposed $24.2 million 2007 municipal budget last Tuesday by removing roughly $100,000 in expenditures, looking toward conserving a surplus that will be visited when the municipality faces a four percent, state mandated, budgetary cap in 2008.

More of the Other News…


Unable to Convert Last-Minute Possession, PU Men's Lax Falls to Georgetown in NCAAs

Bill Alden

The Princeton University men's lacrosse team had the fate of its season in its hands in the waning moments of the fourth quarter of its NCAA opening round clash at sixth-seeded Georgetown last Sunday.

Barron Heads to Baylor Women's Hoops, Proud of his Efforts to Rebuild PU Squad

Bill Alden

When the Princeton University women's basketball team started its 2002-03 season by falling 86-47 at Baylor University, the Tigers chalked up the loss as a good learning experience.

With Attacker Larsen Taking Leading Role, Stuart Lax Wins 3rd Straight Prep B Crown

Bill Alden

Jen Larsen felt like a bit of an outsider last spring when the Stuart Country Day lacrosse team won its second straight state Prep B title.

More Sports…

Book Review

Messy Magic: The Late Kurt Vonnegut and The Cat in the Hat

Stuart Mitchner

When I heard the news of Kurt Vonnegut’s death, the first thing that came to mind was the doomsday message he’d delivered the previous August in a Rolling Stone interview, where he referred to the end of the world as if he were a country doctor breaking the news to a doomed patient: “I’m sorry. It’s over. The game is lost.”


Emily Mann’s Mrs. Packard Battles the Forces of Oppression in World Premiere Historical Drama at McCarter’s Berlind

Donald Gilpin

The sound of the slamming metal door reverberates loudly and harshly as a leitmotiv, sending shivers through the audience at Emily Mann’s Mrs.Packard, currently playing in its world premiere at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre. The metallic grille that encloses Mrs. Packard in the prison-like, 1860 Insane Asylum characterizes the whole production, from the austere set and lighting to the darkly clad, iron-willed demeanors of her husband (who consigns her to the institution) and the hospital officials (who deliver further abuses).

It’s New to Us

Selection of Medical/Health Needs Available From SMH Surgical Supply

For individuals faced with long-term health problems or for those in rehabilitation after an injury or surgery, SMH Surgical Supply fills an important need. Whether it's walking aids and accessories, wheelchairs and motorized scooters, or hospital beds and lift chairs — a full range of products, including bariatric equipment for seriously overweight patients, is available.

Princeton Pharmacy at the U-Store Is a Home Town Apothecary Shop

In an age of diminishing independently-owned stores and rapidly increasing chains, The Princeton Pharmacy, Princeton's home town apothecary shop, is a reassuring presence.

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