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MARCH 2329, 2016

PHS spring musical brings 1920s to life on stage

Princeton High School drama department will perform Nice Work If You Can Get It from April 14-16
The Sun
This spring, Princeton High
School drama students will be jiving through the jazz era of prohibition, speakeasies, bootleggers
and a Long Island mansion all to
the famous music of George and
Ira Gershwin. Nice Work If You
Can Get It will take the stage
April 14-16 at the Princeton High
School Performing Arts Center.
The story, set in the 1920s, follows playboy Jimmy Winter the
weekend of his marriage and his
encounter with female bootlegger
Billie Bendix.
Taking on the female lead role
of Billie is PHS senior Allison
Spann. Serious about the stage,
Spann is waiting to hear from
several major conservatory programs and has already been accepted to Princeton University.
Broadway is the goal, Spann
This is Spanns first time playing a lead for the spring musical,
and she says it has been exciting.
Ive been loving it, she said.
There are so many good scenes.
But Not For Me is my favorite
Gershwin song ever. Ive listened
to Ella Fitzgerald sing it for so
long. I also love the quieter moments in the show, as well as
every scene between the Duchess


The chorus of Princeton High Schools spring musical Nice Work If You Can Get It give it their all during
a recent rehearsal. The spring musical hits the stage April 14-16. For more photos, please see page 15.
and Cookie the juxtaposition of
their characters is just so great.
The Duchess, played by Nicollette Garthe, is a boisterous prohibitionist who marches the stage
with a presence.
During rehearsal last Monday,
the students ran through every

dance number with choreographer Enrique Brown.

Enrique is just amazing, said
Director Patricia Wray, who has
been the PHS drama teacher for
15 years. His work on Broadway
is very impressive.
Brown joined the PHS team for

its musical season last year for

the production of Seven Brides
for Seven Brothers. On Broadway, he has worked on plays such
as The Little Mermaid, The
Music Man and Carnival.

When: April 1416 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Princeton High School
Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $15 for adults and $7
for students and seniors available at the door 45 minutes
before curtain

please see PRODUCTION, page 14


Council election
Two more announce
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Princeton Council approves 2016 goals and priorities

Next step is 2016 budget, which will be introduced at March 28 council meeting
The Sun
At its March 14 meeting,
Princeton Council approved the
goals and priorities for 2016.
Princeton administrator Marc
Dashield reported on the detailed
schedule. Laying out the priorities provides more visibility and
insight into the 2016 budget, officials said.
Weve been working on the
goals and priorities since January, Dashield said last Wednesday. At the same time, weve been
working on the budget and will
now take all the information from
goals and priorities as we move
forward. We are working very
hard at it.
Dashield said he will wait until
the budget is introduced at the
March 28 council meeting before
commenting on which items will
drive up the numbers.
We took an initial stab at it
but continue to work with the finance committee. Its moving

along nicely, Dashield said.

The final adoption of the 2016
budget is slated to occur at the
end of April.
There is a lot of work for us
this year, Dashield told council
last Monday. Although we are
just now asking for approval from
council, we have already begun
accomplishing some of these
One of these is the development of a strategic plan for the
public works department. There
has been progress with a workshop with the public works department, and Dashield will have
a final report on the plan for
council by May. He expects the
strategic plan to be completed by
Another priority being tackled
is improving the appearance of
the central business district with a
streetscape initiative. The administration has hired a consultant
for this. There will be an assessment as well as a walking tour of
the Nassau Street area in April to

PHS students receive scholarships

evaluate current conditions.

Other goals include enacting
earned sick pay for all municipal
workers in Princeton by June, reviewing an ordinance for the
district by the end of this month,
investigating a municipal-wide
WiFi system by November, developing a bike path plan by November, resolving the status of the
Valley Road building by August,
developing a civil rights commission or board through May, completing a Fair Share Housing plan
by June, and increasing efforts to
combat wage theft by November.
In other news:
Council resolved that the
Rogers Group will conduct re-accreditation for the Princeton Police Department, which is required every three years. The reaccreditation is not due until January of next year, but the process
starts now.
We will now spend the next
year re-evaluating each and every
one of our policies and making

sure they are compliant with national best practices, Police

Chief Nick Sutter said.
In addition to checking business practices, the process also requires the PPD to provide proof
demonstrating the findings from
previous accreditations and proving they practice what they
Sutter received complaints
about the truck detour sign for
the Route 206 bridge being placed
on Nassau Street by NJDOT.
Complaints were because the sign
obstructed storefronts and was
placed too closely to them. The
traffic bureau contacted Princetonians who were concerned and is
working with NJDOT to remedy
the complaints.
Were looking for a feasible alternative because we cannot just
pick it up and move it. Its a temporary sign in any event, but
were going to try and get it out as
soon as possible, Sutter said.
Sutter also presented the police report with statistics from

last year.
The most common problem is
speeding, with an average of 75
car accidents a month, Sutter said.
Sutter is looking to remedy
complaints of cars not yielding
on Nassau Street by putting officers on the street for better visibility. The PPD will announce
which areas it will be monitoring
on social media. For the full report, visit
Council introduced an ordinance to redo the parking meters
in front of the old post office on
Palmer Square. With the post office no longer there, the town will
replace the short-term meters
with two-hour meters.
Mayor Liz Lempert announced the application to join
the first Youth Advisory Committee has been posted online at and is open
to all current high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors residing in Princeton. Twelve students will be selected.

Princeton Photography Club hosts lecture

The Princeton Photography
Club announces a special lecture
by freelance photographer Andr
Gallant entitled Inspiration.
The lecture will focus on inspirational and creative photo projects.
Gallant will share creative exercises and photography challenges
that will inspire and motivate you

to pick up your camera and start

shooting. A Canadian photographer, Gallant travels the world
over taking expressive photographs. He is the author and photographer of numerous books.
Gallant teaches photography
workshops with Freeman Patterson and lectures internationally.

The event is open to the public

for $7 and will be held at the D&R
Greenway Land Trust, 1 Preservation Place, on April 5 from 7:30
to 9:30 p.m. Registration at is requested.
For directions, contact Carl
Geisler at (732) 422-3676 or visit

Church offers citizenship preparation classes

Special to The Sun

Princeton High School students, from left, Cynthia Ma, MarieLouise James and Lydia Duff received scholarships toward
their pursuit of higher education from the Foreign Language
Educators of New Jersey. Ma was awarded for mastery of
Japanese, James for Italian and Duff for Mandarin. The winners
received a $1,000 scholarship. The school district offers its
congratulations to the students and to PHS teachers Joe Mazzarella, Shwu-Fen Lin, Natsuko Buurstra and World Language
Supervisor Priscilla Russel.

The Latin American Task

Force will be offering free citizenship classes to prepare immigrants for the naturalization interview required as part of the
process of becoming a United
States citizen. Basic English required for the interview will be
reviewed, with additional lessons
on U.S. history and civics. An Immigration attorney will be visiting the classes to discuss what to
expect, as well as to answer questions.

In the last year, immigrants

from Argentina, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt,
Guatemala, India, Japan, Mexico
and Serbia participated in these
classes. Many students have successfully passed their naturalization interviews and are now
American citizens.
While the classes are free, students will be expected to purchase a copy of the textbook to
study the material discussed.
The citizenship classes are co-

sponsored by the Latin American

Task Force, the Princeton Public
Library and the Princeton
Human Services Commission.
Classes will meet Wednesdays
from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Nassau Presbyterian Church, April 13, 20 and
27 and May 11, 18 and 25. Registration will take place at the first
session in the church Assembly
Room, 61 Nassau St. Use the side
door to enter and use metered onstreet parking. For more information, call (609) 924-9529, ext. 220.


Man arrested for marijuana possession admits to car burglaries and thefts
Princeton police were called to
the area of Brickhouse Road on
Sunday, March 13, to investigate a
suspicious male occupying a
parked vehicle.
When officers arrived, they
found the vehicle to be unoccupied. Patrols began speaking
with a man found near the vehi-

cle. As the investigation developed, the 24-year-old male was

found to be in possession of marijuana, less than 50 grams, as well
as drug paraphernalia.
The accused was placed under
arrest and brought to headquarters where he was processed and
issued complaints with a pending

court date. After being processed

for the drug-related charges, the
suspect was interviewed by members of the Detective Bureau
about his possible involvement in
recent vehicle burglaries in the
area of Brickhouse Road.
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BOE approves tentative budget

If budget is approved, Princeton resident with average
assessed home will see $215 increase in school taxes
The Sun
The Board of Education approved its tentative budget for the
2016-2017 school year at its March
15 meeting. This year, Princeton
homeowners with an average
home valued at $810,191 will see a
school tax increase of $215 if the
budget is approved.
The budget totals $91.4 million,
a 3.69 percent increase from 20152016. Last year, with a total budget
of $90.3 million, it saw a 3.27 percent tax levy increase.
The increase, more than the
state cap of 2 percent, was made
possible by use of banked cap
from last year's enrollment waiver adjustment. The district is also
applying for a health benefit
waiver adjustment.
According to Princeton Public
Schools business administrator

Stephanie Kennedy, the increase

occurred mainly because of
salary and benefits. Eighty-four
percent to 85 percent of the total
budget is paid for by taxpayer dollars, with 15 percent covered by
other sources.
The budget is preliminary
and tentative at this point with
room for suggestions and adjustments, Superintendent Steve
Cochrane said. We had a meeting open to the public March 1.
Both board President Andrea
Spalla and board member Dafna
Kendall voiced their hesitation on
approving the tentative budget.
We should all work together
toward seeing how things can be
done more efficiently, Kendall
said. I think were moving forward with the budget with the
best interests of taxpayers and
the students, not necessarily in
that order.

There will be an opportunity

for public comment before the
final budget is voted on at the
April 26 meeting at 8 p.m. at Valley Road.
In other news:
Fern Spriull of the facilities
committee announced Princeton
will test its water as a precautionary measure after Newark
schools found lead in their supply.
Cochrane announced the district must fill Bill [Cirullo]s
legacy launching the search to
hire a principal for Riverside Elementary School. The district will
screen applicants in April and review them using a district-wide
search committee in May.
Cochrane will interview the finalists and make his recommendation to the board in May. Standing
Riverside Principal Paul Chapin
please see STUDENTS, page 12


in our opinion

Say no to new casinos

145 Witherspoon Street

Princeton, NJ 08542

Building new casinos in North Jersey wont help the state; itll kill A.C.
n November, New Jersey voters
will have a very important choice
to make at the polls. Were not talking about the choice between the Republican, Democratic or independent
candidates for president of the United
States although that is an important
choice, too.
Were talking about the choice of
whether you believe the state should
authorize the creation of two new casinos in North Jersey. And we believe
your answer should be no.
Last week, the Legislature approved
the ballot question that will ask voters
to approve the expansion of casino
gambling in the state to two undetermined locations in separate counties
in North Jersey.
Atlantic City, the states only current
location for casino gambling, has been
devastated by competition that has
popped up in neighboring states in re-

Your thoughts
What are your thoughts on the proposed
expansion of casino gambling to two
locations in North Jersey? Share your
thoughts on this, and other topics,
through a letter to the editor.

cent years. More than half of casino

revenue in Atlantic City has disappeared because of this, and four casinos shut the doors in 2014 as a result.
Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian
predicted that three more of the eight
remaining casinos would close if the
North Jersey casinos were approved,
and some analysts believe that number
could even be four.
Supporters of the plan say the extra
casinos in North Jersey will help recapture gambling money that is going
to casinos in other states. And some,
including Jeff Gural, operator of the
Meadowlands Racetrack, say the high

taxes the North Jersey casinos would

pay he has offered a 55 percent tax on
casino revenue, while Atlantic City
pays around 8 percent could go to
help beef up A.C.
Were not so convinced that would
happen. The market is already flooded
with gambling options both in terms
of in-person and online casinos in New
Jersey and surrounding states. Building new casinos wont definitely generate new revenue; it may just shift it
from one part of the state to another.
New Jersey needs a new revenuegenerating plan, not a re-configuration
of a plan that is already not working.
Our lawmakers need to be creative. If
casinos arent working in Atlantic City,
what guarantee is there that they will
work in North Jersey?
When you go to the polls in November to pick your next president, we advise also saying no to new casinos.

New series Library Live at Labyrinth targets

adult readers with diverse interests
The Sun
Having forged a solid relationship over
the years, Princeton Public Library and
Labyrinth Books have created a new way to
reach Princetons community of residents,
university students and visitors. This novel
series, pun intended, called Library Live
at Labyrinth, sprang into action last week
and will carry on through spring.
The inspiration for Library Live
evolved from an array of factors and considerations.
As you know, the library is getting
ready to renovate the second floor, and as a

result, we will be crunched for space in the

coming months, said PPLs public programming librarian Janie Hermann, who
organized the event with Labyrinth coowner Dorothea von Moltke. Library staff
has also been discussing how we can reimagine not just our physical space, but
how we can do more community outreach.
In addition, Labyrinth, Jazams, Princeton
schools and the library formed a coalition
last fall to help bring big-name children's
authors to town for visits, and I thought we
should extend this spirit of cooperation to
the world of adult authors.
Targeting a more adult community of
readers, the series kicked off last Wednes-

day with a discussion of a suspenseful

mystery novel by Kelly Simmons.
For the first series, I tried to choose a
combination of authors that had different
appeals fiction/suspense, Jane Austen
and a bit of philosophy, Hermann said.
We will fine-tune the series as we go along
and see what works best. The goal is simply to bring interesting authors to town to
discuss their works.
The series will continue on March 29
with a discussion by London-based author
Sarah Bakewell. At the Existentialist
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MARCH 2329, 2016

Acting Out: Students in kindergarten through third grade are
invited to engage in dramatic
activity. No experience necessary.
Princeton High School drama aficionados will lead the sessions.
Princeton Public Library, 4 p.m.
Book Discussion - The Structure
of Scientific Revolutions by
Thomas Kuhn: Angela Creager
leads a discussion of the book
that is considered the paradigmatic history of science text.
Originally published in 1962, the
book is still widely read by specialist and non-specialist audiences. Princeton Public Library, 7




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Mercer County ID Program: All

Mercer County residents are eligible for the community ID card, a
photo identification card providing personal identifying information, medical risk factors and
emergency contact information.
The card is issued by the Latin
American Legal Defense & Education Fund, a nonprofit advocacy group. $10 per card/$5 youth
under 21 and seniors over 65. For
additional information, visit Princeton Public
Library, noon 2 p.m. and 5:30
7 p.m.
Professor Picks at Princeton Garden Theatre: Andrea Arnolds
unconventional adaptation of the
Emily Bronte classic, Wuthering
Heights. Selected and presented
by Rutgers University English
professor Dianne Sadoff. Princeton Garden Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Reading by Salgado Maranho: Salgado Maranho is an award-winning Brazilian poet and songwriter. A Cor da Palavra (was
named the best book of poetry by




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the Brazilian Academy of Letters
in 2011, and in 2012, Sol Sangneo became Maranhos first
book to appear in English translation. He will be joined by translator Alexis Levitin. Free and open
to the public. Location TBD. For

Job Seeker Sessions: The library
and Professional Services Group
of Mercer County sponsor sessions for professionals who are
seeking new employment and
throughout the region. Princeton
Public Library, 9:45 a.m.
Eduardo Corral Poetry Reading:
Award-winning poet next in series
organized by Princeton students
in collaboration with Labyrinth
Books. Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St., 6 p.m.
Requiem: Hyosang Park, music
director at Princeton United
Methodist Church, will lead choirs
and instrumentalists in Michael
Haydn's Requiem on Good Friday.
Princeton United Methodist
Church, 7:30 p.m.

Kirtan, meditation, discussion and
Indian Vegetarian lunch: Please
register at
Every Saturday. Princeton Bhakti
Vedanta Institute, 1 p.m.
Under Pressure, a Princeton
University Senior Dance Concert: Seniors in the Program in
Dance present new choreography
they have created and perform
repertory works by master choreographers including Martha Graham, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano
and Karole Armitage. Tickets are
$12/$11 students and seniors
when purchased in advance;
$17/$15 students and seniors
when purchased day of the per-

formance. McCarter Theatre Centers Berlind Theatre, 2 p.m. and 8


Sunrise Easter Service and Breakfast: A Sunrise Service will be at
6:30 a.m. on the lawn on the corner of Nassau Street, followed by
breakfast in the Sanford Davis
Room. Worship continues at 9:30
and 11 a.m. with the choirs and
instruments plus a bell choir
directed by Hyosang Park. All
welcome, free parking, wheelchair accessible. Princeton United Methodist Church, 6:30 a.m.;
9:30 a.m.; 11 a.m.

AARP Tax Help: free help preparing
and filing federal and state electronic tax returns by appointment on Monday mornings
through April 11. Call (609) 9249529, ext. 1220. Princeton Public
Library Community Room, 9 a.m.
Letra Pequea: Through engagement with books, activities and
crafts, children and adults
improve Spanish language skills,
for children 2-5 years old accompanied by a parent or caregiver, 11

Hunters of the Sky: Cedar Run
Wildlife Refuge introduces live
raptors (birds of prey) in this
presentation. Learn each species
unique characteristics, habitats
and how they have adapted to
survive. The audience will get to
touch artifacts, such as wings
and talons and see different raptors up-close. Princeton Public
Library, 3 p.m.
Chess: Children can learn to play
and practice chess at these weekly drop-in sessions led by Princeton High School Chess members.
Princeton Public Library, 4 p.m.


Princeton police investigate

reported act of lewdness
on Witherspoon Street
The following reports are provided by the Princeton Police Department:
On March 12, patrols investigated an act of lewdness, which
occurred inside an establishment
located on
the first
block of
The act took place at approximately 9 a.m. The victim was able
to identify the accused but did not
wish to pursue the matter criminally at the time of the report.
The investigation is active at this
time, but charges have yet to be


March 14
A victim reported 12 open
house signs thyed placed on various streets around Princeton
March 7 were missing. The total
value of the stolen signs was $480.
The investigation is ongoing.

March 13
The North Hanover Police Department arrested a 19-year-old
Lawrenceville female on an active
warrant issued by the Princeton
Municipal Court for $600. She
was turned over to Princeton police and processed. The accused
was found to have numerous outstanding warrants from several
other jurisdictions with a total
bail of $1,229.87. She posted the
full bail and was released.
A male and female juvenile,
both 17, were taken into custody
in the area of the 300 block of
Witherspoon Street. Both were
taken into custody for disorderly
conduct. The male juvenile was
also found to be in possession of

marijuana, less than 50 grams.

They were both released to their
respective guardians.

March 12
Subsequent to an investigation
into a controlled dangerous substance violation on the 100 block
of Walnut Lane, an 18-year-old
Mullica Hill male was issued
summonses for possession of
marijuana, less than 50 grams.
A victim reported he was sitting outside an establishment on
the first block of Spring Street.
When he got up to throw away
some garbage, an unknown individual stole his jacket, which had
$400 cash in one of the pockets.
The investigation is ongoing.

March 11
Subsequent to a motor vehicle
stop for failure to maintain a lane,
a 29-year-old Princeton male was
placed under arrest for DWI. He
was transported to police headquarters where he was processed,
issued summonses and later released with a pending court date.

March 8
Patrols were called to the 500
block of Brickhouse Road to investigate the report of a burglary
and theft from a vehicle. The victim reported that he parked his
vehicle at approximately 5:30 p.m.
the day prior, and when he returned to the vehicle the following morning at about 7:15 a.m., he
noticed the theft. A Garmin GPS
unit, cell phone and two pairs of
dress shoes were taken from the
vehicle. It is likely the vehicle
was unlocked at the time of the
The investigation was
turned over to the Detective Bureau for follow up investigation.


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The Sun sits down with incumbent Jenny Crumiller, who will run as Democrat

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The Princeton councilwoman

who usually sits between Heather
Howard and Bernie Miller at
every Monday night meeting has
announced her candidacy to run
for another term. She is well
known throughout the community as Jenny Crumiller.
Crumiller, however, used to be
just Crum. When she and her

husband Jon were married in the

80s, they legally combined their
last names, Crum and Miller,
to merge both love and creativity.
In 1991, the Crumillers, originally from Delaware, settled in
Princeton when Jon co-founded
the firm Princeton Consultants,
Inc. Thats when Crumiller
placed her hand in politics.
I lived on Moore Street when
the hospital was trying to expand
into the neighborhood and wanted to build a garage; it got me
started in the local scene, Crumiller said. I started to go to
meetings and saw how things
worked. One thing I learned
about was the Democratic Party
and local Democratic Party organizations. I got heavily involved
with LALDEF, which has been
around since the 60s.
While raising her children,
who are now 28, 33 and 34, Crumiller remained active in her volunteer work. Shes been a school
and church volunteer and a
Princeton neighborhood organizer; shes been member, chair and
vice chair of the Princeton Committee of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and
worked on an anti-war video fund
for an ad pulled from Comcast for
being controversial.
Crumiller has two grandchildren, 1 and 3, and loves everything about them. She also loved
watching her own children grow
up in Princeton.

daughter, who
now lives in
never got her
license, Crumiller
The sense of
community here is really strong.
There is so much to do here.
There are always activities. But
the people here are the best. Even
when they have really strong
opinions I think thats one of
the things I love about Princeton.
People care a lot.
Here is more from The Suns
one-on-one interview with Crumiller.
The Sun: Why have you decided
to run for election in 2016?
Crumiller: Princeton should be
living up to its full potential as an
exceptionally wonderful town
with a well-run government. I am
working to make that happen. I
think Im doing it well, and I hope
I can continue.
The Sun: What do you perceive
as the three most important concerns facing Princeton?
Crumiller: 1.) Everyone wants to
live here, and that is the root of
many of our problems. We have a
very strong real-estate market
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The Sun sits down with Anne Waldron Neumann, who will run as Democrat
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Anne Waldron Neumann, who
pronounces her name Noymahn, can often be found at the
podium during council meetings
her hair swept softly from her
face with a cloth headband.
There, Neumann articulates her
stance on community issues with
passion and a calm demeanor.
Neumann was raised in
Princeton. She graduated from
Princeton High School and remained in Princeton until 1973
when she and her husband Walter moved to Germany. As academics, the Neumanns teaching
careers took them around the
world from England to Denmark,
Melbourne, Australia, and finally
back to Princeton in 2000 in time
for their daughter Hannah to go
to PHS.
Neumann feels her experience
internationally shaped her political view offering the dichotomy
of seeing how things are done in
other countries and seeing how
things are done here.
There is some perspective I
gained from living in other places
that I think could serve Princeton
well, Neumann said. Ive always been interested in searching
things about our town, but also
how searching how other towns
do things. I like to think of myself
as a sort of policy wonk.
Neumann ran for council in

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was inspired to join the race this
year when she saw an opening.
With a Ph.D., M.Ed and B.Sc,
Neumann, while retired, continues to write and lead a creative
writing group. She also has had
several political opinion pieces
published in local news and ran a
green home and garden tour two
years in row, one of her favorite
Princeton experiences.
The first tour won an award
from the state Department of Environmental Protection for combining all three aspects of sustainability: economic, environmental and social. I got to know a
number of architects and landscapers and learned more about
green building than ever before.
praised the people working in
The Sun: Why have you decided
to run for election in 2016?
Neumann: I chose to run in February when Patrick Simon announced he would not run for
council again. I wanted to wait
until there was an opening on
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Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de
Beauvoir into a work of biography and philosophy.
Deborah Yaffe, who did a reading from her book, Among the
Janeites: A Journey Through the

World of Jane Austen Fandom,

at PPL in 2013, will close the series on April 13. Yaffe will give a
presentation entitled Rewriting
Pride and Prejudice: The Austen
Project in the Age of Jane Austen
Hermann hopes to make this
series the first of many. She expects to have fun with the academic calendar ending in June
and beginning again in fall.
The library wants to be in-

strumental in sustaining a vibrant culture of books and reading in Princeton, and to do that
we feel strongly about supporting
local, independent bookstores
such as Labyrinth and helping
them stay in our community,
Hermann said.
The next author appearances
in the first round of Library Live
at Labyrinth will be hosted at 6
p.m. on March 29 and April 13 at
Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.

Students talk wellness at meeting

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will hold the position until then.
Princeton Public Schools had
a communications audit, both internally and externally, and is
waiting for an 80-page report of
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ment. Meanwhile, the school district is moving forward on a new

website and email platform. Its
current platform is more than 20
years old. The migration to an
up-to-speed online presence,
Cochrane affirmed, was accommodated in the budget by redistributing, with no external costs
coming in.
The board made a change to
the waste management system,
adding a $30,000 compost program to PPS.
Composting is important for
the community and as an educational practice for our students,
Cochrane said.
This is part of the Green Team
initiative. Each Green Team
building will receive a $2,000
grant to help pay for the receptacles.
Student board members Madi
Norman and Nick Pibl made a
compelling argument for the
next step for student wellness.

The reps, along with Princeton

High School senior Mark Petrovic, spoke during public comment
and voiced their support for a
physical education exemption for
athletes. The exemption, deemed
Option 2, would allow all student athletes to apply for exemption during their season with a
replaced free period or study hall
to help with homework load reflecting the model of other school
Cochrane replied the board
and administration are looking
into and considering Option 2 and
thanked the students for their
commitment to improvement.
Cochrane announced PPS administrators will engage in
shadowing, a process of following various students through
their daily school routine to build
a better understanding of the
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work hard to control spending.
But maybe the former borough
still has more to teach us about
cutting costs after consolidation.
Raising revenue is another
way to cut property taxes, of
course, and I propose several
ways to do that. A volunteer economic development commission
could help us retain existing businesses and attract even create

new ones. I would support a Special Improvement District on Nassau and Witherspoon streets. By
including Princeton University, a
SID could begin to shift the burden of paying to maintain our
downtown away from taxpayers.
The Sun: Why should Princetonians vote for you? What distinguishes you from other candidates?
Neumann: I've served on a
number of boards and commissions: the Princeton Environmental Commission, the Site Plan Review Advisory Board, Princeton


Future's Neighborhood Retail Initiative, the Borough's Affordable

Housing Commission, chair, the
Princeton Community Democratic Organization Executive Board,
the PCDO Citizens for Tax Fairness and the PCDO Local Issues
Committee, chair.
Those experiences translate directly into working on council.
For example, the PCDO's Citizens
for Tax Fairness spent five years
studying how other towns deal
with their nonprofits. When the
university decides to settle the
lawsuit I mentioned, I will know a

great deal about what we can fairly expect. The Site Plan Review
Advisory Board, for another example, advises Princeton's Planning Board on applications for development. When council works
to slow teardowns and gentrification, I will know the kinds of ordinances we need to consider.
The Sun: If you could bring one
politician back from the dead,
who would it be and why?
Neumann: I'd choose the progressive Democrat, Sen. Paul
Wellstone, who died far too young
in 2002 at the age of 58 in a plane

crash. I admire his support for

labor, mental illness, the environment and peace. He was also a
strong voice for campaign finance
reform. He was backed by groups
as disparate as the AFL-CIO, the
Sierra Club and the ACLU. And
he had multiple sclerosis, as did
my mother, which made me feel
connected to him in a more personal way.
The Sun: Coffee or tea? How do
you take it?
Neumann: I drink milk without
coffee and turn lemons into

Production features music of Gershwins

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Working with Enrique is fun.
He knows how to pull stuff out of
the chorus in a way that is not
bombarding and gives everyone,
those who want to pursue a career in theater and those who are
just trying it out, this sense of
professionalism, Spann said.

Some of the students are

hardcore, Wray voiced as the actors sang and danced in glittery
attire. Several attend summer
programs and college programs
and are preparing to go into the
One of the best parts for me is
listening to the commentary from
both Ms. Wray and Enrique and
digesting them to come up with
the best part, chorus member
Caroline Purdy said.

My favorite part of being in

the play is working with Ms.
Wray, said Katie Griffin, chorus
Jimmy Winter is played by
PHS junior Jack Lynch.
Its my first time playing a
lead in high school, he said. I really like it. S Wonderful is my favorite song and dance, and my
biggest challenge has been trying
to learn the ukulele. I have blisters on my fingers!

Crumiller: Being incumbent is of value

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that spurs development and

growth, which we need to plan for
and manage; property values
have risen to a tipping point that
is causing an epidemic of teardowns; only well-off people can
afford to move here, and the middle class is being priced out, with
even fewer housing opportunities
for low-income people. 2.) We are
struggling to contain municipal
budget increases stemming from
the rising costs of employee benefits mostly health care and pensions. 3.) We face increasing traffic congestion caused by growth
in the regional area, which negatively affects our quality of life as

drivers and makes roads less

friendly for bikers and pedestrians.
The Sun: Why should Princetonians vote for you? What distinguishes you from other candidates?
Crumiller: Im an incumbent,
which in my case is of value to
the residents. I know how to get
things done. I have working relationships with staff and colleagues, I know my way around
the municipality, and I have institutional knowledge. At the same
time, Im still motivated and excited by the work. Besides that,
what might set me apart from my
fellow Democratic candidates is
that I was a neighborhood organizer in the 1990s and that experience asking for consideration at
meetings and feeling frustrated
by decisions has shaped my

view, and its something I will

never forget from the other side of
the dais.
The Sun: If you could bring one
politician back from the dead,
who would it be and why?
Crumiller: Definitely Alexander
Hamilton. I have been an admirer
before he was cool, ever since I
read the book Hamilton by Ron
Chernow. He was a brilliant, creative idealist who worked tenaciously to turn ideas into policy,
creating a functioning economic
system that opened up opportunity and has made our country
great. He had a passion for justice
and a strong sense of honor, obviously.
The Sun: Coffee or tea? How do
you take it?
Crumiller: Coffee with anything
white, preferably real milk. No


Nice Work If You Can Get It


Princeton High School presents

Nice Work If You Can Get It
April 14-16. Clockwise from
above: Male and female leads,
junior Jack Lynch and senior Allison Spann, cozy up. Nicolette
Garthe plays the Duchess and
has no problem being higher
than everybody in this fun
Gershwin dance number. Fergus
Binnie (left) and Norberto Crespo are leaping with excitement.
PHS drama teacher and director
Patricia Wray (left) collaborates
with Broadway choreographer
Enrique Brown during rehearsal.

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