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PRINCETON: State appeals court refuses to throw out challenge to university's property tax exemption

A challenge to Princeton University’s property tax exemption likely will head to trial in New Jersey tax court in early 2016, in a case with far-reaching implications for the school and local taxpayers.

The university has mounted a vigorous defense by hiring one of the world’s largest law firms, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, but so far the school has been unable to get the matter thrown out. The most recent defeat for Nassau Hall came on Friday, when a state appeals court declined to hear an appeal of a lower court’s ruling in favor of the four residents suing the school.

Princeton was trying to reverse a decision by tax court Judge Vito L. Bianco, who in February denied a university request to have the citizens’ lawsuit thrown out. Taking what even the university called an “unusual” step, the school appealed even though the case had not been decided.


    Recently one of my students told me about an English teacher she hopes she doesn’t get next year. “She tells the class that nobody can expect to get above a B.” Although most teachers do not set the bar so high that the students can never reach it, many make the “A” a rare feat. I’ve never really understood this desire to make it difficult for children to experience success, especially when it comes to writing which is essentially an expression of self.
Cheryl Mintz, Princeton
John Church, West Windsor
Amy Klein, Princeton



A Night of Hits
Lou Christie and Darlene Love are on the bill for a night of classics at the State
LOU Christie recalls the 1960s with fondness, because among other things, he says he knew all the girls on the West Coast.

   That’s a lot of girls.

   One of those was Darlene Love of the singing group, The Blossoms. Although the all-girl singing group — Ms. Love, Fanita James and Jean King — had a recording career of its own, which included the group’s biggest hit “He’s a Rebel.”


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