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Vol. LXIV, No. 38
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
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CHIEF CONCERN: Hun School football head coach David Dudeck, center, rallies his players last Friday during Hun’s season opener against visiting Episcopal Academy (Pa.). Dudeck, who was named as the Borough police chief last December, guided the Raiders to a 21-20 overtime triumph. For more details on the game, see page 39.

Front Page

Countdown to Centennial: Library Needs $500,000

Dilshanie Perera

As of Tuesday morning, the Princeton Public Library had raised $9.5 million for the launch of its first-ever endowment fund. Director Leslie Burger mentioned the news to a gathering of the Princeton Merchants Association, adding that since the goal is $10 million, staff at the library would be seeking $25,000 from donors every day for the next 20 days so that the target could be met in time for the library’s centennial celebration on October 10.

Senior Transit Needs, Revaluation Issues, Under Council Scrutiny

Dilshanie Perera

In their annual reports to Borough Council last week, the Executive Directors of both the Princeton Senior Resource Center (PSRC) and Princeton Community Housing (PCH) cited the need for better transportation opportunities around town, particularly for senior citizens. During the meeting Councilman Roger Martindell advocated strategies for dealing with the effects and results of the recent revaluation.

2010 Revaluation Declared “A Done Deal”; Township Considers Options for the Future

Ellen Gilbert

“As for 2010, it’s a done deal,” said Mercer County Tax Administrator Martin Guhl at a Township Committee work session on revaluation issues held on Monday.

Other News

Celebrating the Work of Princeton’s First Responders, Historical Society Spins an Epic Yarn With “Emergency!”

Dilshanie Perera

What did people do before they could call 911 if something went wrong? How were fires fought at the turn of last century? How do you make bandages?

Sarah Hirschman to Speak at Public Library On the Pleasures of Reading and Connecting

Ellen Gilbert

“If you ask people who’ve just read a story, ‘well, how did you like it?’ you’ll just get inanities,” said People and Stories/Gente y Cuentos founder Sarah Hirschman in a recent interview.

PSC’s Chicklet Books Is Alive and Well Offering Special Programs and Expanded Services

Ellen Gilbert

Contrary to recent rumors, Chicklet Books, the three-year-old “fun and funky book boutique” based in the Princeton Shopping Center, is alive and well and has no intention of closing. Ditto the post office sub station in the store.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


PU Football Shows Firepower in Surace’s Debut But Comes Up Short in 35-22 Defeat at Lehigh

Bill Alden

Bob Surace was a bundle of nerves last Saturday in making his debut as the head coach of the Princeton University football team.

“You are excited and anxious,” said Surace, reflecting on what was going through his mind in the moments before the contest at Lehigh. “You want to find out how your guys are going to respond when things get moving at game speed.”

Over the course of the afternoon Surace saw his guys do a lot of good things as they battled the Mountain Hawks before a crowd of 6,344 at Goodman Stadium.

No. 4 PU Field Hockey Passes Major Test; Edging 9th-Ranked Syracuse in 1-0 Thriller

Bill Alden

Alex Douwes and her teammates on the Princeton University field hockey team were longing for a challenge as they hosted Syracuse last Sunday.

After starting 4-0, outscoring its foes 26-3 in the process, No. 4 Princeton knew it would get a run for its money from ninth-ranked Syracuse.

“I think we needed a test like this,” asserted senior back and tri-captain Douwes. “We have played four opponents and they were all good games but nothing challenging enough to take us to the next level.”

Battle-Tested Salazar Providing Leadership As PHS Girls’ Soccer Breaks in New Players

Bill Alden

Although Alli Salazar is going through an adjustment process in moving to sweeper this fall for the Princeton High girls’ soccer team, she received a good tutorial on the position last season.

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DVD Review

Sisters of the Comet: Mae, Joan, Claire, Paulette, Lillian, and Sylvia

Stuart Mitchner

I think all those wonderful stars and planets that we’re trying to reach so hard, we’re going to sit all around them one day in the hereafter and those will be the different stages until we’ll reach our final place.

— Lillian Roth from a 1958 interview with Mike Wallace

It’s New to Us

Women’s Healthcare of Princeton Opens New Office Focusing on Adult and Adolescent Gynecology

Jean Stratton

Growing up in a Philadelphia suburb, Maria Sophocles wanted to be a doctor. “I always thought about it,” she explains. “My uncles were doctors, and I loved the idea. First, I wanted to be a cardiologist, but then I found I liked surgery. It was more active than passive. And, I liked obstetrics and gynecology (ob/gyn).”

Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter Plans “Memory Walk” Fund-raiser in Princeton

Jean Stratton

Currently, more than 5 million Americans are struggling with the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease, and nearly 11 million more act as caretakers for a loved one with the disease.

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