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PLAINSBORO: Field is dedicated to late high school baseball player David Bachner

    PLAINSBORO — David J. Bachner will forever remain unhittable and an inspiration to all those who play baseball at High School North.

    David set three High School North records with 17 wins and three losses, a 1.50 ERA and 239 strikeouts. His senior season was one of the best in New Jersey history with nine wins, two losses, a .97 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 64 Ò innings.

    He pitched a no-hitter in May 2009 in the semifinal round of the Mercer County Tournament and was a member of the High School North team that won the Central Jersey sectional title in May 2009.


    Schools throughout New Jersey are gearing up to give another round of the PARCC tests. Families are rightly opting out of these tests. Tests measure a very narrow range of skills and abilities — they can’t possibly measure what we value most in young people: creativity, inspiration, kindness, curiosity, collaboration. In fact, the focus on standards and testing can actually undermine these things. Tests and test prep can squeeze out of schools the most important parts of learning.
    Although I have been writing about how we are failing our students in the teaching of writing, I would be remiss if I didn’t address the ways in which high-stakes tests are dictating the terms of our students’ education. Just as students’ writing is being strictly controlled through the five-paragraph essay, rules, and rubrics, the standardized testing culture threatens our teachers’ ability to teach writing and other subjects as well.
Sen. Linda Greenstein, Assemblyman Daniel Benson, Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo
Shing-Fu Hsueh, Bryan Maher, Linda Geevers,
George Borek, Peter Mendonez Jr.,Kristina Samonte
West Windsor



Dance the Night Away

MCCARTER Theatre Center is known for putting on a memorable gala each season, and this year should be no exception as its annual Gala Benefit, with the theme of “Shaken and Stirred” takes place May 9.

   The event will include a silent auction and a post-concert party complete with music and dancing by the legendary Pink Martini.

   ”People can expect a good time,” says Storm Large, who will be lead vocalist on the night. “It’s a lot of fun, a lot of dancing. I speak about 17 different languages and you can expect lots of craziness — but not too much.”


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