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Vol. LXIV, No. 35
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
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EVA RULES: Eva Petrone of Princeton coming in first in the 7-8-year-old division of the Princeton Recreation Department’s first Triathlon for kids Sunday. Fifty-one children took part, with the competition divided into four different age groups. Princeton Township Corporal Fred Williams presented the medals.

Front Page

Residents Bring Revaluation Plight to Council

Dilshanie Perera

Neighbors, concerned citizens, and members of the Citizens Fair Tax Committee voiced their worries about the revaluation process and its results during last week’s Council meeting. Borough Hall drew a standing-room-only crowd for the three-and-a-half-hour-long meeting.

Seeking Consultants, Consolidation Commission Gears Up for Evaluation

Dilshanie Perera

The Joint Consolidation and Shared Services Study Commission has sent out its request for proposals from consultants who will assess the pros and cons of full municipal consolidation as well as increased shared services.

State’s Failure to Win Educational Funds A “Sad Day” for Students, Taxpayers

Ellen Gilbert

“It’s just a mess,” said Princeton Regional School District Superintendent Judy Wilson of New Jersey’s recent failure to earn one of ten Federal “Race to the Top” funds and the ensuing speculations about who was to blame.

Other News

Sewage Spill in Community Park Pool Filter Room Is Due to an “Old and Tattered” Pipe in Men’s Room

Ellen Gilbert

While the excavation and repair of a recent men’s room leak at the Community Park Pool Complex remains to be done, Recreation Department Executive Director reported that quick action by the department ensured that use of the pool complex has not been compromised.

Dozens of Bats, Including a Rabid One, Found in Local Homes, Campus Buildings

Dilshanie Perera

Animal Control Officer Mark Johnson has reported seizing approximately two dozen bats over the past two to three weeks from homes in the Borough and Township, as well as buildings at the University. While most of the winged creatures have been benign, one captured in a house on Jefferson Road has recently tested positive for rabies.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


No. 4 PU Field Hockey Aiming to Take More Steps After Advancing to Its 1st NCAA Final 4 Since 2002

Bill Alden

In 2008, the Princeton University field hockey team came within a whisker of making the NCAA Final Four, dropping a 3-2 overtime heartbreaker to Syracuse in the national quarterfinals.

Riding Late Surge to Make NCAAs in ’09; PU Men’s Soccer Looking to Recapture Magic

Bill Alden

Midway through last fall, the Princeton University men’s soccer team was treading water with a 4-5-1 record.

Struggling Through Growing Pains Last Fall, PU Women’s Soccer Ready to Shine in 2010

Bill Alden

It is an oft-stated coaching maxim that the best thing about freshmen is that they become sophomores.

More Sports…

DVD Review

Television’s Finest Hour? Thoughts After a Marathon Viewing of “The Wire”

Stuart Mitchner

I started realizing that this is something happening here. This is not just another television show. This is doing something to the community and for the community. People are responding in a way that I’ve never really seen people respond to other television shows.

Michael K. Williams (Omar)

If I’d written about David Simon’s wildly acclaimed but curiously unrewarded (no Emmys) HBO series The Wire (2002-2008) at the end of the fourth season, I’d have added my voice to the “greatest-television-show-ever” chorus. And even though I feel somewhat less enthused after watching the inevitably protracted, scattered denouement played out in the last two episodes of the fifth and final season, I have no doubt that this epic portrait of Baltimore from the mean streets to the halls of power ranks among television’s most lasting achievements.

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