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Vol. LXIII, No. 36
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
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HERALDS OF THE FALL: Princeton University students on campus signal autumn’s approach as freshman participate in Outdoor Action and Community Action programs. Remaining first-years and upperclassmen are scheduled to move in this weekend, with classes beginning on September 17. In this week’s Town Talk, new and returning students discuss what they’re looking forward to in the upcoming year.

Front Page

School Year Starts With $2 Million in Savings

Ellen Gilbert

Describing it as “a wonderful gift to the taxpayers of Princeton,” School Superintendent Judy Wilson announced the successful refunding of the district’s long term debt of over $40 million, resulting in over $2 million in savings.

District Ready for Swine Flu Outbreak; Role of Parents Noted

Ellen Gilbert

While news of the district’s successful refunding of its long-term debt was the highlight of The Princeton Regional Board of Education’s meeting last week, Board members also heard about what President Alan Hegedus described as “an eventful summer,” and were given advance notification by Superintendent Judy Wilson about several school concerns in the coming weeks.

Borough Engineering Department Considers Harrison Street Park Bids

Dilshanie Perera

Bids have been received for an overhaul of Harrison Street Park, with the Borough Engineering Department slated to present its findings to Council at the September 22 open public meeting at 7:30 p.m. in Borough Hall.

Other News

Productive Pals: Senior “Knit Wits” Click, Clack, Create, and Commune

Ellen Gilbert

“It works,” said Social Services Director Susan Friedman of the group of a dozen or so women who call themselves the “Knit Wits” and gather to knit, crochet, and converse once a week at the Spruce Circle satellite of the Princeton Senior Resource Center. “It’s an incredibly interesting and diverse group of women. I don’t know why it works so well, but it works.”

New Education Director and New Gear Get Young Achievers Ready for School

Dilshanie Perera

A flurry of summertime activity at Princeton Young Achievers (PYA), an academic after school program serving approximately 90 local children in grades K through 5 in three public housing neighborhoods, has readied the organization for the new school year.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


With Speedy Freshman Hoy Setting the Pace, PU Women’s Soccer Splits Opening Weekend

Bill Alden

After shaking off some butterflies as she made her college debut for the Princeton University women’s soccer team, Jen Hoy rolled her sleeves up to her shoulders and went to work.

Using Versatility to Carve Out NFL Career, PU Alum Norman Back at OL for Jaguars

Ed Benkin

It isn’t easy staying in the NFL for nearly a decade. It’s even harder when you’re a low-round draft pick out of Princeton University.

Espousing a Band of Brothers Mentality, PHS Football Primed for Battles Ahead

Bill Alden

The 2001 television miniseries Band of Brothers detailed the exploits of a gritty parachute regiment in World War II.

Book Review

Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander — The Girl Read ’Round the World

Stuart Mitchner

The Online Etymology Dictionary defines the phrase “page-turner” as “a book that one can’t put down” and dates it “from 1974.” Apparently no one knows who coined the term, but it would most likely have been a book reviewer or a writer of jacket copy. Minus the hyphen, the phrase turned up in the Metropolitan section of Sunday’s New York Times as the title of a photo spread showing people reading on the subway. According to the unhyphenated usage, every time you read a book you’re a page turner — unless, I suppose, you read it online or on a Kindle.

It’s New to Us

Farrington’s Music, A Princeton Institution, Has Moved to New Location on State Road

Jean Stratton

Do you yearn to try your skill on the trombone? The flute, clarinet, drums, piano, banjo? If this has been a secret personal urge or if you would like your children to experience the pleasures of music-making, Farrington’s Music is the place to be!

Full-Service Plant Health Care Program Offered by Expert Wells Tree & Landscape

Jean Stratton

It’s September. Where did the summer go? People are still enjoying the outdoors and spending time admiring their gardens and landscapes, but before you know it, it will be time for fall clean-up, including pruning, fertilizing, and preparing plantings for winter.

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