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Vol. LXIII, No. 44
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
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THIRD EDITION: Princeton High boys’ soccer players and coaches celebrate last Saturday night after beating WW/P-S 2-1 in the Mercer County Tournament championship game. It was the third straight MCT title for PHS, which improved to 15-0-4 on the season with the win.

Front Page

No Surprise: Democrats Dominate Local Elections

Ellen Gilbert

Dilshanie Perera

Borough and Township Democrats won two seats on Council and Committee, respectively, according to unofficial election results posted after poll closing on Tuesday. In the race for New Jersey State Governor, Democrat Jon Corzine took 1,519 votes in the Borough and 3,312 in the Township, while Republican Chris Christie took 526 and 1,450 votes in the municipalities.

Finance Advocacy Taskforce to Analyze Borough Budgeting

Dilshanie Perera

The newly-created Citizen Finance Advocacy Taskforce (CFAT) is an ad hoc group comprised of local residents and merchants that aims to assist in the budgeting process, find savings, and address fiscal challenges as they pertain to the Borough.

Environmental Commission Passes Resolution for Standardized, Eco-Friendly Leaf Collection

Dilshanie Perera

The Princeton Environmental Commission (PEC) unanimously passed a resolution recommending that both municipalities “change their ordinances in a consistent way to require leaves and possibly brush to be placed in compostable bags or some other standardized container in order to be picked up.”

Other News

Devoted to Total Adolescent Wellness, HiTOPS Is “Poised to Grow and Poised to Serve More”

Ellen Gilbert

The lead story in the most recent issue of the HiTOPS Guardian, the non-profit organization’s newsletter, was called “Healthcare in Motion,” and it’s easy to see why.

Holt Hosts Area Religious Leaders In “A Truly Inspiring” D.C. Day

Ellen Gilbert

“We had a truly inspiring day,” enthused Nassau Presbyterian Church Reverend Elizabeth Schultz, describing a recent D.C. Day hosted by Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.-12) for more than 60 religious leaders from his central New Jersey district.

Dinosaurs, Rocks, and Fossils at Morven Reveal Area’s Ancient and Recent History

Dilshanie Perera

Fluorescent rocks, ancient fossils, and the first dinosaur paintings are on view at Morven Museum and Garden as part of its new exhibition, “Rocks & Dinos!

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Culbreath’s Presence, Peacock’s Big Plays Spark PU Football to Victory Over Cornell

Bill Alden

The cards were stacked against the Princeton University football team last Saturday as it hosted Cornell.

Gershkovich Provides Tricks and Treats as PHS Boys’ Soccer Wins 3rd MCT

Bill Alden

Evan Gershkovich has been a part of some very big wins since he joined the Princeton High boys’ soccer team in the fall of 2006.

With Senior Star Celestin Dazzling in Midfield, PHS Girls’ Soccer Aiming to Make State Run

Bill Alden

Chantal Celestin and her teammates on the Princeton High girls’ soccer team could have been intimidated when they faced powerful Pennington last Thursday in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals.

More Sports…

Book Review

Some Post-Halloween Thoughts on Dracula, Other Vampires, and Walt Whitman

Stuart Mitchner

Are you the new person drawn toward me? To begin with, take warning — I am surely far different from what you suppose.

Walt Whitman

It was once the case, according to one folktale that “vampires were as common as leaves of grass.”

from a Romanian journal of folklore

Although he spent several years researching European folklore and mythological accounts of vampires before writing Dracula, Bram Stoker (1847-1912) never actually visited Transylvania. He preferred the U.S.A., where in April 1884 and December 1887, he made special trips to Camden, N.J., to see Walt Whitman (1819-1892), the man to whom he’d written in 1872, suggesting that Whitman could be if he wished, “father, and brother and wife to his soul.”


Princeton Symphony Features One of Its Own in Music of John Harbison

Nancy Plum

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra turned to some long-term community connections in the ensemble’s second concert of the new season, presented Sunday afternoon at Richardson Auditorium. In the Orchestra’s annual Edward T. Cone Concert, David Alan Miller, conductor of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, took the Princeton Symphony podium to conduct a program of new and old works, but works which were linked by their classical roots. Composer John Harbison, a former resident of Princeton and a graduate of the University, also spent the weekend in town, discussing the two works in Princeton Symphony’s continuing series of popular pre-concert lectures.

It’s New to Us

The Stitching Horse Saddlery in Kingston Has History of Outfitting Horse and Rider

Jean Stratton

In this, the age of the internet, and of YouTube, the cell phone, fax, iPod, etc., the high tech world is ever-present. How to escape the omnipresent, constant connections?

Salon Pure, A Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, Has Moved to New Palmer Square Location

Jean Stratton

There are lots of places to get your hair cut, colored, and styled. Hair care is big business today, especially as increasing numbers of customers opt for color changes more and more often.

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