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Vol. LXI, No. 41
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
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A SPECIAL MOMENT: Mother Nicole Bergman and baby Blake enjoy a special moment on a special occasion, Princeton University’s Community and Staff Day, which took place Saturday afternoon at Princeton Stadium

Front Page

Institute Housing Battle Continues

Matthew Hersh

Preservationists opposing a planned development for increased faculty housing for the Institute for Advanced Study are again vowing to fight for land that, they say, is hallowed ground because of its proximity to the site of the Battle of Princeton, fought more than 230 years ago during the Revolutionary War.

Loss in Federal Funding Makes Requested PD Hike a Tall Order for Borough

Matthew Hersh

An administrative report delivered to Borough Hall last week said the Princeton Borough Police Department has been operating below staffing needs since losing two sworn officer positions three years ago when financing from a federal grant dried up. The report urged Borough Council to make fiscal concessions in the coming budget cycle to reestablish the former police departmental staffing level.

Borough Hall and Downtown Developer Continue to Contend with Stalemate

Matthew Hersh

Princeton Borough Councilman Andrew Koontz said late last month that the ongoing public dispute between members of Council about how to deal with the ongoing private dispute between Borough Hall and its contracted firm heading up the Borough’s long-stalled downtown redevelopment project, was being conducted at the “expense of the public.”

Other News

Photographs of Local Historic Site Prompt Exhibition, Panel Discussion

Linda Arntzenius

Since 2003, Montgomery resident Kristine Weilbacker Hanson has been photographing the North Princeton Development Center (NPDC), located between adjoining Skillman Road and Burnt Hill Road.

Consolidation? More University Involvement? Princeton Future Gathering Runs the Gamut

Matthew Hersh

There were so many Princeton-area stakeholders at the Princeton Public Library Saturday morning, that, for just a few hours, it looked like all the major town players had put their differences aside to come together to address the pressing issues facing the community.

Schools, Parents, and Library Collaborate, Bring “Read Aloud” Author to Princeton

Linda Arntzenius

On Thursday, October 25, Jim Trelease, author of The Read-Aloud Handbook, will spend the best part of the day in Princeton talking to parents, teachers, and library patrons about the importance of reading aloud to children for their future school success.

More of the Other News…


PU Football Squanders Lead Over Hampton as Turnovers Doom Tigers to 48-27 Loss

Bill Alden

The Hampton University football team rolled into town last Saturday for its first-ever meeting with Princeton, ranked No. 21 nationally and joined by its legendary band known as “The Force.”

With Matheson Back Running the Midfield, PU Women’s Soccer Ready for Ivy Title Run

Bill Alden

As the Princeton University women’s soccer took the field last week for its annual clash with Rutgers, it was clear that a memorable evening was in the cards.

Helped by Silver’s Versatility and Quality, PHS Boys’ Soccer Produces Hot 9-0 Start

Bill Alden

Ari Silver isn’t the flashiest player on the Princeton High boys’ soccer team.

More Sports…

Book Review

Book Roots: A Classic Comics Childhood

Stuart Mitchner

Books, books, and more books. It’s that time of year again.

Another Friends of the Princeton Public Library Book Sale is looming, and the unprecedented volume of this year’s stock of donations is challenging the storage capacities of the new library building. Beginning next weekend, I will be up to my ears in novels, histories, biographies, cook books, art books, and all manner of quaint and curious volumes. What do I mean will be? I’m always up to my ears in books. Every day throughout the year there are masses of donations to plow through. Day after day it’s up to me to stock the shelves for the library’s ongoing sale while socking thousands away for the fall spectacular. Books seek me out. I don’t drive a car, I drive a bookmobile.

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