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Vol. LXV, No. 45
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
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ELECTION MORNING: The big day begins at Community Park School, host to voters from Districts 1, 4, and 7.

Front Page

Township and Borough to Consolidate

Ellen Gilbert

It’s a wrap. Residents of both Princetons have chosen to consolidate. The breakdown in the vote was 1,238 for and 828 against in the Borough; and 3,542 for and 604 against in the Township. (Numbers at press time are unofficial.)

Democrat Yina Moore Elected Borough Mayor In Close Election

Anne Levin

Following an often contentious, five-month campaign, Democrat Yina Moore has been elected mayor of Princeton Borough. Ms. Moore defeated challenger Jill Jachera, the first Republican to run for the office in 12 years. Ms. Moore received 1,117 votes to Ms. Jachera’s 828. (Results were unofficial at press time, and did not include absentee ballots.)

Trelstad and Howard Win in Borough; Township Reelects Miller and Nemeth

Democratic incumbents were the winners in both the Borough and Township elections.

Other News

IT Coordinator at Academy of the Sacred Heart Emphasizes Human Element’s Role in Technology

Ellen Gilbert

“I kind of grew up around it,” said Michael Taggart, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart’s (PA) new Instructional Technology Coordinator recently. “My father worked for Flight Safety International, so I knew about flight simulators and there were six or seven computers in our house at any one time. Since some of them didn’t work, it was up to me to figure out how to make them work. I learned a lot on my own.”

Attorneys Differ on Revaluation Lawsuit Filed by Fair Tax Revaluation Group

Anne Levin

A lawsuit filed by a citizen group last week challenging the 2010 Princeton property revaluation has problematic issues of procedure and timing, according to Princeton Borough’s lawyer Maeve Cannon.

Paul Krugman Is Among Panel of Experts Convened to Address Despair of Joblessness

Anne Levin

With unemployment only a percentage point away from Depression-era level and protesters holding demonstrations across the country, the American economy is in serious jeopardy. But there are positive steps to be taken, a panel of three experts, including Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, told a capacity crowd during a discussion on Sunday, November 6 at Nassau Presbyterian Church.

Firefighter Roy Jones Is On a Mission To Create a Princeton Memorial to 9-11

Anne Levin

Roy Jones didnít lose anyone close to him in the attacks on the World Trade Center a decade ago. But as Deputy Chief of the Princeton Borough Fire Department, he has been haunted by the tragic events of 9-11.


Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Henderson Era Tipping Off This Weekend As PU Men’s Hoops Hosts Wagner in Opener

Bill Alden

When Sydney Johnson left the Princeton University men’s basketball program last spring after coaching the squad to an Ivy League title and a valiant loss to powerhouse Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA tournament, the Tiger players were stunned.

With Passannante’s Early Goal Setting Tone PHS Boys’ Soccer Rolls Into Sectional Semis

Bill Alden

Aidan Passannante has been a superb playmaker this fall for the Princeton High boys’ soccer team, utilizing his deft passing to set up a number of key goals.

PU Field Hockey Shows Resilience In Winning 7th Straight Ivy Crown

Bill Alden

It wasn’t the ideal way for the Princeton University field hockey team to start its quest for a seventh straight Ivy League crown.

After Memorable Summer Journey Overseas, PU Women’s Hoops Aims to Go Far This Winter

Bill Alden

Last August, the players on the Princeton University women’s basketball underwent a transformational experience as they traveled to France and Senegal.

Falling Short of Defending Prep B Crown, PDS Boys’ Soccer Beaten in Title Game

Bill Alden

Coming into October, the Princeton Day School boys’ soccer team didn’t look like a team on track to challenge for any titles.

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Art Review

The Hotel as a Work of Art, a Show Business Museum Complete With Murals

Stuart Mitchner

The plan is for a trip to New York, dinner with friends, a Saturday night birthday treat at a special hotel, and a Sunday morning preview tour of the the Metropolitan Museum’s new Islamic galleries.

Then along comes a freak October snow storm, the storm without a name. The story’s all over the six o’clock news: New Jersey’s a mess, Christie’s declared a state of emergency, the power’s out in Princeton, and after a call to our neighbor, we’re told that huge limbs from the sweet gum tree have fallen across the driveway. We’re in a panic. If we turn around and go home, we lose the cost of the room and a night in the city, not to mention the delays on New Jersey Transit and the risk of driving home from the Junction at night with trees bringing down power lines. So, we stay at our nice hotel, take a cab driven through the gusty streets by a mad Russian exile raging all the way to 115th Street. He says he fought in Afghanistan, America stinks, everything but Russia stinks, and the long ride begins to feel like a scene in an old movie from the days when Russian exiles drove cabs in Paris.

Book Review

Greil Marcus on The Doors — Every Performance Tells a Story

Stuart Mitchner

Who isn’t fascinated with chaos?

— Jim Morrison (1943-1971)

Jim Morrison was speaking to Jerry Hopkins in a 1969 Rolling Stone interview. He had been saying that when you give people in the audience what they want, “they’ll let you do anything,” but “if you hold a mirror up and show them what they’re really like … and show them that they’re alone instead of all together, they’re revolted and confused.” Morrison then expands on what he means by chaos: “More than that, though, I’m interested in activity that has no meaning … free activity. Activity that has nothing in it but just what it is.”


Backwards and Forwards, From Ancient Myth to Modern World,“Phaedra Backwards” Weaves a Web of Intense Family Tragedy

Donald Gilpin

Thought your family was dysfunctional? Phaedra Backwards, Irish playwright Marina Carr’s poetically crafted, stunningly designed new exploration of the tragic story of Phaedra, daughter of Minos and wife of Theseus, is guaranteed to make you thankful for even the most odious of your own relatives.

It’s a rich tale that provides Ms. Carr, previously represented at McCarter in productions of The Mai (1996) and Portia Coughlan (1999), with the inspiration to fill in the gaps, answer the unanswered questions, create the back story to this saga, embodied most prominently in plays by Euripides (Hippolytus, 428 B.C.), Seneca the Younger (first century A.D.) and Racine (1677).

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