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Vol. LXI, No. 44
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
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TRIPLE PLAY: Members of the Stuart Country Day School field hockey team celebrate after they edged Allentown last Sunday 2-1 in the Mercer County Tournament (MCT) championship game. The triumph gave Stuart its third straight MCT title. For more on the game, see page 45.

Front Page

“Superbug” Hits Princeton Schools

Linda Arntzenius

Three Princeton district school students are being treated for the antibiotic-resistant staph infection MRSA: two from Riverside School and one from Princeton High School.

Laboratory testing confirmed the district’s first cases of MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, the antiobiotic-resistant form of the more common staph infection.

Before Consolidation, Candidates Say Princeton Has Other Pressing Issues

Matthew Hersh

The specter of municipal consolidation was front and center Monday as candidates for Princeton Borough and Township governments made their appeals to prospective voters, but unlike other Borough-Township consolidation campaigns, the consensus appeared to be that if the towns were to merge, the effort would have to be resident-based, rather than government sanctioned.

Princeton Teachers Make Case to Board; “Virtual Absence of Teacher Input” Cited

Linda Arntzenius

Over 200 members of the teachers union came to voice their concerns via a statement read by union co-president Monica Sislak at the Princeton Regional Schools Board of Education meeting, Tuesday, October 23.

Other News

It Might Not Be Easy Being Green, but Residents Say It’s Worth a Shot

Matthew Hersh

The Princeton High School cafeteria was a mess. Sections of it were closed off, bathrooms were out of order, tables were piled haphazardly high, and the persistent rain left a chilly aura over the assembled crowd of about 150.

As Hospital Seeks New Zoning, Borough Hall Wants More Time

Matthew Hersh

With the clock ticking on the Princeton HealthCare System’s self-imposed year-end deadline seeking zoning that would facilitate new development on its nine-acre Bayard Lane property housing the Merwick Care Center, Borough Hall flagged a potential rezoning ordinance, calling for more time to review the proposal.

A Little Princeton History in Store on Historical Society House Tour

Matthew Hersh

The Historical Society of Princeton’s sixth annual house tour this weekend will feature a home that was built out of necessity when Princeton University grew, another that had T.S. Eliot as a tenant, and one that was built as a “dream house” for a U.S. president.

More of the Other News…


PU Women’s Cross Country Cruises in Heps; 4th-Ranked Tigers Now Set Sights on NCAAs

Bill Alden

Coaches are worriers by nature and Peter Farrell is no exception.

Sparked by Culbreath’s Highlight-Reel Effort, PU Football Outlasts Cornell in 34-31 Thriller

Bill Alden

He started Friday evening as a little-used running back for the Princeton University football team, having carried the ball just nine times in the Tigers’ first six games.

With Hellstern Coming Up Huge in Goal, PHS Boys’ Soccer Wins MCT, Stays Perfect

Bill Alden

Stephen Hellstern didn’t quite know what to expect when he took over the starting goalkeeping job for the Princeton High boys’ soccer team this fall.

More Sports…

Book Review

Discovering Keats: A Birthday Celebration

Stuart Mitchner

I am, however young, writing at random, straining at particles of light in the midst of a great darkness, without knowing the bearing of any one assertion, of any one opinion. Yet may I not in this be free from sin? May there not be superior beings, amused with any graceful, though instinctive, attitude my mind may fall into?”


Tchaikovsky, Britten, Schola Cantorum, Area Boychoirs, Illustrate Russian Pathos

Nancy Plum

For a number of years, the Westminster Conservatory Orchestra has been providing amateur musicians in the area with the opportunity to play the orchestral masterworks. “Amateur” does not mean casual or unpolished by any stretch of the imagination — each conductor of this orchestra over the years has expected the best from the players. This past Sunday’s concert in Richardson Auditorium, subtitled “Russian Pathos and the Miracles of Saint Nicolas,” was no exception; conductor Ruth Ochs programmed two works to raise the playing level of the ensemble members. Ms. Ochs is beginning her third year with the Conservatory Orchestra, and has no qualms about taking on the most challenging of the major works.

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