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Vol. LXII, No. 40
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
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MAKING HIS POINT: Princeton University football senior kicker Connor Louden, center, jumps into arms of quarterback Brian Anderson after booting a last-second 32-yard field goal to give Princeton a 10-7 win over visiting Lehigh last Saturday. For more on the game, see page 39.

Front Page

Holt Busy: Bailout, Battlefield, Anthrax

Dilshanie Perera

The current economic crisis, battlefield protection, and anthrax, are just a few of the issues that Congressman Rush Holt (D-12) has dealt with in legislation over the past week.

Borough Council Sees Debate on Ordinance, Township Back Dues

Dilshanie Perera

Though a protracted debate preceded Borough Council’s vote on a bond ordinance authorizing $1.3 million for joint capital improvements between the Borough and the Township, the ordinance was approved unanimously last Tuesday.

Princeton School Board Discusses The $28,000 Question, Valley Road

Ellen Gilbert

While the reopening of schools this year proved to be smoothy “uneventful,” according to Princeton Regional School Board President Alan Hegedus, there was considerable debate at last week’s board meeting over the issue of whether or not to be pay $28,000 in dues owed by the district to the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA).

Other News

“Everybody in America Has to Find Their Joy”: Rashad, West Discuss Acting, Crisis, Racism

Dilshanie Perera

Actress Phylicia Rashad and Princeton University professor and scholar Cornel West discussed the African American intellectual tradition last Tuesday, with the audience packed into Richardson Auditorium following their every word. As they mused about history and memory, racism, morality, and compassion, the conversation touched on topics such as the current economic crisis, August Wilson’s play Gem of the Ocean, and childhood.

“Slammin’ Super Saturday” at JWMS Provides a Coney Island “Ton of Fun”

Dilshanie Perera

Princeton’s version of Coney Island, complete with carnival games, gigantic inflatable rides, and structures upon which to play, took shape at the “Slammin’ Super Saturday Carnival” at John Witherspoon Middle School last weekend. Proceeds from the celebration go to fund the yearly environmental field trip, which is a free overnight program for all sixth-graders.

Library’s First College Fair Hosts Admissions Reps Statewide

Ellen Gilbert

“This is specific to New Jersey,” Teen Services Librarian Susan Conlon said last week at the Princeton Public Library’s first College Fair. “People seem to appreciate that we’re doing this,” she added as she surveyed the students and parents stopping by information-laden tables staffed by college representatives in the library’s Community Room. “They can focus on their specific options here in the state, without worrying about choices elsewhere.”

More of the Other News…


PU Football Closes the Deal with Style Beating Lehigh 10-7 on Last Second FG

Bill Alden

There were 55 seconds left in the fourth quarter last Saturday night when the Princeton University football team took possession at its own 33-yard line.

Lieb Takes MCT First Singles Crown Again, Helping PDS Girls’ Tennis Place 2nd Overall

Bill Alden

After going undefeated last season as a freshman, Samantha Lieb got off to a rocky start in her second campaign with the Princeton Day School girls’ tennis team.

Giacalone Taking Center Stage in Trenches, Helping PHS Football Trample WW/P-N 31-0

Bill Alden

Joey Giacalone knows something about dealing with high expectations.

Post-Grad Star Collins Fitting In Well as Hun Girls’ Soccer Makes Progress

Bill Alden

Arielle Collins and her teammates on the Hun School girls’ soccer team were frustrated as they battled Little Flower (Pa.) last week.

Book Review

The Books of Her Life: Anne Martindell’s Gift to Princeton

Stuart Mitchner

Every now and then as I’m sorting through the stock for the Friends of the Library Book Sale, I’ll find myself imagining the story behind a particular donation. Beginning with the look and feel of the books, the storyline develops from the range of subjects, traces of the owner’s identity in the form of elaborate inscriptions, or endpapers bearing person and place names and dates, or from clues such as makeshift bookmarks and the family photos that sometimes turn up between the covers. The plot thickens when you find underlinings and marginal notes, although these markings usually devalue a book to the point where you hesitate to put it out for sale.


Princeton Symphony Opens New Season With Solid Performance and Fiery Soloist

Nancy Plum

The Princeton Symphony is in its second transition year of searching for a new music director, and with each new candidate, the ensemble gets closer to clarifying its musical identity for this new period in the orchestra’s history. The first candidate of this second year, Andrew Grams, brought a very detailed performance of the compositions of 3 “Bs” — Berlioz, Barber, and Brahms — to the stage of Richardson Auditorium on Sunday afternoon, and the Princeton Symphony demonstrated its flexibility and attention to detail.

It’s New to Us

Cleaning, Installation and Repair Offered by Gutter Services LLP

Die-hard do-it-yourselfers may continue to climb up the ladder to clean out the gutters and downspouts, but most people prefer leaving it to the professionals.

Smith + Manning Design & Branding Offers Updated Look for Companies

What is your look? What is your image? How do you see yourself? How do you want others to see you?

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