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Vol. LXII, No. 45
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
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ELECTION 2008 BEGINS: The early morning scene at the Littlebrook School polling place where officials report that from 50 to 60 voters showed up when the polls opened at 6 a.m.

Front Page

Obama, Democrats Win Handily in Princeton

Dilshanie Perera

Democrats are the winners nationally and in Princeton Borough and Township, with unopposed Borough candidates David Goldfarb and Barbara Trelstad getting 2,961 and 2,970 votes respectively, while unopposed Township candidate Bernie Miller gained 5,532 votes and Sue Nemeth received 5,527.

School Board Discusses Budget Worries, Hears Positive Audit Report

Ellen Gilbert

Anxiety about money was the pervasive theme at last week’s Princeton Regional Board of Education meeting. President Alan Hegedus began by observing that awareness of “taxpayers under duress” and a state government that is less likely to support municipalities will weigh heavily on the board’s budget preparation process this year. 

Greater Transparency Urged, Debated By Members of Public, Borough Council

Dilshanie Perera

Borough Council’s closed session meeting last Tuesday dealt with negotiations with Princeton Township, and negotiations with downtown developer Nassau HKT, according to the agenda. Resident Dudley Sipprelle, who campaigned for a Council seat in this election, and Council member David Goldfarb, who ran unopposed, took issue with the restricted nature of certain public policy-related conversations and advocated greater transparency.

Other News

Corzine Honorary Chair as Womanspace Launches “Communities of Light” at Governor’s Mansion

Ellen Gilbert

In spite of intermittent rain, most of the luminary candles placed around the front steps of Drumthwacket remained lit last week during the launch event for Womanspace’s 2008 Communities of Light campaign.

Former President of Ireland, UN Leader Mary Robinson Acclaims Human Rights

Ellen Gilbert

The group of Elders Mary Robinson belongs to has nothing to do with the limitations of old age. In fact, she probably logs more air miles in a week than most people do in a lifetime as she travels to the far corners of the world speaking out about human rights.

Chef Says Slow Food Is Right Choice: “It All Comes Down to Gastronomy”

Dilshanie Perera

Hosted by the D & R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, “From Legislature to Table,” a program presented by Congressman Rush Holt (D-12) and chef and owner of Princeton restaurant Tre Piani Jim Weaver, detailed the process by which food production can become more sustainable.

More of the Other News…


PU Women’s Cross Country Dominates at Heps, Revamped Tiger Men’s Team Also Comes Through

Bill Alden

There was no need for tricks but there were plenty of treats along the road as the Princeton University women’s cross country team spent their Halloween competing at Ivy League Heptagonal Women’s Cross Country Championship.

PHS Boys’ Soccer Repeats as MCT Champs, Now Primed to Make State Tournament Run

Bill Alden

Heading into early October, the Princeton High boys’ soccer team was sailing along, brimming with confidence.

Cook’s Free Kicks Make the Difference as PDS Girls’ Soccer Wins Prep B Title

Bill Alden

Erin Cook’s heady play at sweeper has been a major strength of the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team this fall.

More Sports…

Record Review

Sounding the Sixties: It All Comes Round Again for Joe Boyd

Stuart Mitchner

When we finished recording, I had my first experience of a sensation I would come to relish in coming years. I couldn’t wait to get the musicians out of the way so that the engineer and I could start mixing the multi-track tapes into a stereo master …. You were, in a sense, creating the ideal physical location for each instrument or voice: the violin in the Sistine Chapel, the singer in your mum’s shower stall.

—Joe Boyd on producing the Incredible String Band


Tim Keyes New Piano Concerto Premiered Saturday Night in Richardson Auditorium

Nancy Plum

When a relatively unknown ensemble appears in Richardson Auditorium, one has to wonder who these players are, what their artistic mission is, and where they fit in among the Richardson regulars. The Tim Keyes Consort has been performing for more than a decade and has eight CDs to its credit, but Saturday night’s performance in Richardson seemed to be the organization’s first foray into one of Princeton’s premiere venues.

New to Us

Camillo’s Café in Shopping Center Expands Space for Private Parties

What better way to relax and unwind than to enjoy the party at Camillo’s Café! Now, even more people can join the party. Camillo’s has just expanded to accommodate 70 guests for private parties. The space adjacent to the popular Princeton Shopping Center café became available, and executive chef and owner Camillo Tortola did not hesitate.

Blue Raccoon: Home Gifts Design Returns to Lambertville Location

Blue Raccoon has come home to Lambertville. After a four-year stay in New Hope, the charming home, gifts, and design shop has returned to its former location at 6 Coryell Street.

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