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Vol. LXIV, No. 20
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
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TRACK TO THE FUTURE: Development in town was the main source of dialogue at Saturday’s Princeton Future meeting, which saw over 80 participants in the Community Room at the Princeton Public Library. Here, residents consider possibilities for the Olive May/West Coast Video site at a table discussion moderated by Michael Farewell.

Front Page

Borough Introduces $24,716,958 Budget

Dilshanie Perera

Borough Council unanimously voted to introduce its 2010 budget, which totals $24,716,958, at its meeting last week. The municipal tax rate will remain flat this year, with taxes continuing to fund 42 percent of the budget.

Tenants Endure Bedbug Plague Due to Standoff

Dilshanie Perera

The bedbug infestation at 205 Nassau Street continues to disrupt tenant lives and livelihoods, with resident Robert Carlson noting that the case is “insanity at its finest,” since no attempts to exterminate the insects have yet been made.

Borough Democratic Primary Candidates Get Ready for Upcoming June Election

Dilshanie Perera

With the primary election scheduled for June 8, three of the Borough’s Democratic candidates are vying for the two spaces on the ballot in November that correspond to two seats on Borough Council. The two who win the primary will be those who ultimately sit behind the dais beginning next year, since they will run unopposed by a Republican candidate in the fall elections.

Other News

Corner House Celebrates Its Student Leaders With Awards, Certificates, and Good Wishes

Ellen Gilbert

“Leadership,” one of Corner House’s three guiding principles (the other two are “prevention” and “treatment”), was front and center at the joint municipal agency’s student leadership awards ceremony on Monday evening at Township Hall.

Princeton High Sophomore Spencer Costanzo Wins Fully-Equipped Photo Lab for School

Ellen Gilbert

“He has won an amazing prize for himself and for the school,” said Princeton High School (PHS) teacher Malachi Wood, describing sophomore Spencer Costanza’s recent win in the Microsoft Bing Earth Day Photo Contest.

Yes We CAN! Food Drives Honored for Contributions to Crisis Ministry

Ellen Gilbert

Yes We CAN! Food Drives has received The Crisis Ministry’s Cream of the Crop award for their “innovative and outstanding efforts to prevent hunger in Mercer County.”

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


PU Men’s Lax Runs Out of Late Magic; Falling to Notre Dame in NCAA Opener

Bill Alden

Although the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team trailed Notre Dame 6-5 going into the fourth quarter last Sunday in the opening round of the NCAA tournament, the Tigers had the Fighting Irish just where they wanted them.

PU Heavyweights Surge to 2nd at Easterns While Tiger Men’s Lightweights Defend Title

Bill Alden

Even though the Princeton University men’s heavyweight first varsity crew hadn’t won a race since early April, Greg Hughes saw his top boat as a title contender last weekend at the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC) Sprints.

Senior Ace Fuhrman Overcomes Rocky Start, Pitching Gritty PDS Baseball to Prep B Crown

Bill Alden

Jim Fuhrman is the ace of the pitching staff for the Princeton Day School baseball team but he didn’t look like a star in the first inning of the state Prep B championship game last Thursday evening.

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DVD Review

Stormy Weather Then and Now: Lena Horne’s Song Is Also America’s

Stuart Mitchner

America evolves, and sometimes those evolutions are painful.

Barack Obama

Lena Horne, who died May 9 in New York, didn’t write “Stormy Weather.” Credit for that goes to Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler. Nor was she the first to sing it. Ethel Waters has that honor. And while it would not be a stretch to say that she lived it — Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne is the title of James Gavin’s recent biography — she survived to the proverbial ripe old age of 92 while two of the song’s most inspired interpreters, Billie Holiday and Judy Garland, died at 44 and 47, respectively. Lena Horne may have lacked the sheer genius of incomparable artists like Holiday and Garland, but if anyone owns the song, she does, having claimed it in 1943 at the age of 26 in the 20th-century Fox musical of the same name.


Taking Flight With Lindbergh, Earhart, and the Wright Brothers, McCarter Presents U.S. Premiere of Inventive Aviation Musical

Donald Gilpin

Experienced any horror stories at Newark Airport lately? Still able to conjure up any of those romanticized anticipations that accompanied airline trips in years gone by, before the terrorism alerts, the endless security lines, the disappearance of all amenities, and the pervasive worries about environmental consequences? The glamour of air travel in the past century has vanished, but Take Flight, an American premiere musical currently at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre, recreates on stage much of the excitement of the early days of flight, and many of the tribulations too.

Princeton Symphony Orchestra Ends Season With a Graceful Journey Through Music

Nancy Plum

Princeton Symphony Orchestra ended its 2009-10 season with a taste of what is in the future — new Music Director Rossen Milanov led the ensemble in a clean and well-nuanced program of 19th, 20th, and 21st century music this past weekend. From the audience reaction to the performance in Richardson Auditorium on Sunday afternoon, it is clear that the community has fully welcomed the new conductor in town.

It’s New to Us

National Bike Week Brings Out Cyclists, Kopp’s Cycle Has Bikes, Supplies for Everyone

Jean Stratton

Get pumped! May is National Bike Month, and just about everyone, from kids to grandparents can be seen cycling. They are pedaling to school, to lunch, to stores, on the towpath, and even up and down mountains.

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