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Vol. LXIII, No. 39
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
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MAKING NOISE: Princeton High football head coach Steve Everette voices his opinion last Saturday in PHS’s 41-20 win over WW/P-N at Harris Field. The victory improved the Little Tigers to 3-0 for the first time since 1991. PHS will look to keep rolling on October 3 when they play at Trenton Central. For more details on the WW/P-N game, see page 36.

Front Page

University Will Maintain Budgetary Discipline

Dilshanie Perera

While the decline in Princeton University’s endowment was not as severe as expected, and some cost-savings measures that were implemented have been successful, the University’s fiscal plan for the year is to proceed with caution and continue to reduce spending, reported President Shirley M. Tilghman.

Harrison Street Park Receives Go-Ahead After Council Debate

Dilshanie Perera

In a 4-1 vote, Borough Council approved the Harrison Street Park Rehabilitation project last week, with Council members David Goldfarb, Andrew Koontz, Barbara Trelstad, and Kevin Wilkes voting in favor of the project, and Roger Martindell voting against it, saying he would have supported it “under different circumstances.”

Classifying Students and Healthy Food Highlight School Board Discussions

Ellen Gilbert

The fall 2009 opening of the Princeton Regional Schools (PRS) “went very smoothly,” according to President Alan Hegedus, speaking at last week’s monthly meeting of the Board of Education. “We are in the process of educating 3,400 students.” 

Other News

For a Healthy Brain, “Fire Up Those Neurons!” PSRC Sponsors Conference on Memory

Ellen Gilbert

“She’s amazing,” said Princeton Senior Resource Center (PSRC) director Susan Hoskins describing Total Memory Workout author Cynthia R. Green. “I went to a conference where she spoke, and was just really impressed.”

Library Board Approves 2009 Budget, Notes Concerns for Future Funding

Ellen Gilbert

The recently approved Borough and Township budgets enabled the Princeton Public Library Board of Trustees to officially approve the library’s budget for the year at their meeting last week. The total operating budget for 2009 is $4,690,446, a .24 percent increase over 2008. The original request for 2009 had been $4,781,521.

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan Advocates for “New Global Order”

Dilshanie Perera

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey elaborated upon his foreign policy, urging nations to come together under a “new global order” based on trust and peace, during a Woodrow Wilson School address in Richardson Auditorium last week.

More of the Other News…


Opportunistic Defense Paves Way to Victory as Princeton Football Edges Lehigh 17-14

Bill Alden

There is an oft-stated football theory claiming that a team can make its biggest improvement from its opener to its second game.

Fueled by Olentine’s Pinpoint Passing, PHS Football Rolls Past WW/P-N 41-20

Bill Alden

In the first two games this season, Princeton High senior quarterback Michael Olentine was just a little off target.

With Senior Star Debiche Bending in 2 Free Kicks, PHS Girls’ Soccer Overcomes Allentown to Go 4-0

Bill Alden

Adi Debiche wasn’t looking to do anything fancy as she took a free kick for the Princeton High girls’ soccer team in the second half against Allentown last Thursday.

More Sports…

Book Review

A Wealth of Books and a Woman Who Wanted to Make a Difference

Stuart Mitchner

It’s just not done, you know, writing in books, especially not in ink, in big bold flowing script. For one thing, if you’re organizing a second-hand book sale for the library, you can’t ask as much for a book where the fly-leaf contains an inscription — unless it’s from the author. Of course if it’s annotated by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, whose marginalia fills a shelf full of fat volumes published by Princeton University Press, you hit the jackpot; take it to the nearest auction house.


David Auburn’s “Proof” Opens 2009-10 Season at Intime: Mental Illness, Math and Romance Mix in Moving Family Drama

Donald Gilpin

Math-phobes need not fear. Yes, the “proof” of the title does refer to a mathematics proof, specifically proof of a theorem about prime numbers that mathematicians for centuries have been trying to verify. Yes, the play is set in a mathematical realm: on the porch of the home of a genius mathematician and his mathematician daughter. And, yes, three of the four characters in the play are talented mathematicians.

Princeton Treated to Rarely Heard and Unique Performance of Spanish Baroque

Nancy Plum

When one thinks of the Baroque period of music history — that century and a half between 1600 and 1750—one usually thinks of the giants of the Italian and German schools of music. However, those same 150 years were experienced by the rest of the world as well, and lesser known but no less influential were the 17th century composers of Spain, Portugal and, across the Atlantic, Latin America. Virtually ignored by scholars of “Western” music until fairly recently, these composers and musical idioms combined the towering instrumental and keyboard forms of the rest of Europe with a particular flair from Hispanic dance and folk culture.

It’s New to Us

Daily, Overnight and Long-term Service Available From A-Door-A-Pet Animal Care

Jean Stratton

A-Door-A-Pet can provide peace of mind to you and your pet. This daily, overnight, and long-term animal care service, founded by Lisa Watson, has been in business for 16 years. Cindy Valush became owner in 2007, after having been a part of the operation for six years.

Nomad Pizza, Once a Traveling Catering Company, Now Has a Home on Broad Street in Hopewell

Jean Stratton

They’re lining up at Nomad Pizza! The new restaurant opened at 10 East Broad Street (former location of Soupe du Jour) in Hopewell in August, and the customers just keep coming. They can’t get enough of the delicious pizza with the fresh ingredients and thin, crispy crust.

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