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Vol. LXIII, No. 20
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
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RIDING FOR EMS: The Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad hosted riders from the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride Sunday. The ride honors Emergency Medical Services personnel by organizing and implementing long distance cycling events to celebrate the lives of those who serve every day, including EMS workers who have become sick, been injured, or died in the line of duty. Riders on their way to completing the 600-mile trip from New York to Virginia are (from left) Deborah Crane, from Virginia; Erick Galinsky, from Delaware; Coordinator Kelly Mann; Reid Peloquin, from Minnesota; coordinator Chris Manganelli; and Tony Maggio, from New Hampshire.

Front Page

Township Passes “Barebones” Budget

Ellen Gilbert

In keeping with life’s certainty about death and taxes, the only sure thing that came out of the Princeton Township Committee’s Monday evening meeting was the unanimous approval of the 2009 municipal operating budget, and its three percent tax increase for Township residents. The question of whether or not to use synthetic turf on neighborhood fields, the potential designation of the Clover-Deerpath neighborhood as a historic district, and the passage of a proposed amendment to the law regarding misbehaving dogs were all left unresolved.

Zero-Cent Tax Increase Introduced by Council for 2009 Borough Budget

Dilshanie Perera

After months-long deliberations, Borough Council voted to formally introduce the 2009 municipal budget at last Tuesday’s meeting. As proposed, this year’s budget totals $24,647,374 and involves no tax increase from the previous year.

Local Merchants Band Together to Tackle Economy’s Challenges

Dilshanie Perera

The Borough Merchants for Princeton (BMP) met on Tuesday to determine how to confront challenges posed to local business by the faltering economy, downtown parking changes, and competition from Route 1 stores.

Other News

Local Poet, Founder of People for Princeton Ridge Daniel Harris Enjoys “A Second Writing Life”

Dilshanie Perera

After a long career as an English professor spent analyzing Victorian and modern poetry, with a special emphasis on William Butler Yeats, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Alfred Tennyson, Grace Aguilar, and Isaac Rosenberg, local resident and environmental activist Daniel Harris decided to give writing poetry a try.

Two Poets at Labyrinth Book Event Explore “The Erotics of Exchange”

Ellen Gilbert

In her most recent book, The Heaven Sent Leaf, Katy Lederer, one of the speakers at a Labyrinth book event last week asks, “What do poets know of capital?” Plenty, it turns out.

Maria Pisano Explores the Art of the Book In a Wide-Ranging Series of Classes

Ellen Gilbert

“The book is a magic object where everyone can present their ideas and stories,” said book artist and MGP Studio Arts Director Maria Pisano. With that in mind, she is offering a series of workshops in her Plainfield studio during the coming weeks, focusing on a variety of styles and techniques used in the creation of books.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


PU Men’s Lax Misfires in Cornell Rematch, Falls 6-4 to Big Red in NCAA Quarterfinals

Bill Alden

For the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team, this spring has amounted to a revenge tour.

Over the course of the season, Princeton has beaten five teams (Johns Hopkins, Albany, Syracuse, Dartmouth, and Brown) who tagged the Tigers with losses in 2008 when they went 7-6 and didn’t qualify for the NCAA tournament.

Showing Fortitude in Furious Stretch Drive, Tiger Women’s Open Crew 3rd at Easterns

Bill Alden

As the Tigers reached the halfway point of the 2,000-meter grand final last Sunday on Cooper River in Camden, there was a logjam coming into the homestretch.

Senior Star Jenkins Displays Unbridled Passion As PDS Girls’ Lacrosse Falls to HoVal in MCT

Bill Alden

As top-seeded PDS ended the spring by playing No. 3 Hopewell Valley in the Mercer County Tournament championship game last Saturday, it would’ve been easy for the Panthers to give up.

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Book Review

50,000 Cups of Black Coffee, Paris, and Balzac: A Birthday Adventure

Stuart Mitchner

James is pitching his little tent and opening his little booth in the literary immensity of “the first and foremost member of his craft,” Honoré de Balzac, who was born this day, May 20, in 1799. If I’d read that passage from James in college it might have freed my notion of the author from the leaden weight of terms such as “realism.” Even now that misleading little word pops up under “style” on Balzac’s wikipedia entry.


Tim Keyes Consort Presents Original Works In “A View of America” at Richardson

Nancy Plum

The Tim Keyes Consort brought “A View of America” to Richardson Auditorium this past Sunday, with a program comprised primarily of Mr. Keyes’ own music, but one which demonstrated some excellent solo playing by the younger members of the ensemble. Mr. Keyes seems to focus his compositional style on depicting American landscapes, and although his music can be a bit predictable at times, his ability to compose for a wide range of instruments is most commendable. Sunday afternoon’s concert featured three solo instruments (clarinet, piano, and violin) as well as a chamber choir.

It’s New to Us

Full Range of the Latest in Tile and Stone Is Offered at A Step in Stone in Skillman

Jean Stratton

“I believe the trend in tile and stone today is ‘in with the old and in with the new’,” says Darlene Flood, a partner of A Step In Stone, from the store’s handsome showroom at 1149 Route 601 in Skillman. “Tile and stone can take on a combination of looks. For example, it can be ceramic, but with added relief and dimension for an incredible effect. And stone has been around forever, but now there are new patterns, giving it a classic look, with a twist.

Fashionable and Functional: Hats Are Hot, Check Out Landau’s Super Selection

Jean Stratton

Bad hair day? Wear a hat! Out in the rain or sun? Wear a hat! Fishing, hiking, sailing, canoeing, gardening, picnicking? Wear a hat!

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