(Photo courtesy of Dorothy Woglom/Merrick's)
Princeton storeowners who have known Bill Rieszer for years and have grown to appreciate the way he sweeps Nassau Street sidewalks and plants flowers downtown were quick to notice when Mr. Rieszer, better known as "Billy," could not get around like he used to.
Mr. Rieszer didn't complain about losing the one means of transportation on which he relied so heavily, but the disability that keeps him from walking at full strength only became more evident when he lost use of a secondhand scooter that transported him to town from his home at Redding Circle.
When Rosalyne Shieh's father was released after 59 days in a Taiwan prison cell, all Ms. Shieh could do was laugh happily, but nervously.
"We didn't know that much information because we were so far away, but the second we heard he was released, my mom got on a plane to Taiwan," said Ms. Shieh, a graduate student at Princeton University's School of Architecture who, for the last three months had been virtually left in the dark about her father's condition and whether she would ever see him again.
Ms. Shieh's father, Ching-Jyh Shieh, was jailed without formal charges after being accused of unnecessarily favoring a high-priced contractor in a delicate and costly high-speed railway project in Taiwan. Mr. Shieh, who stepped down from his office as deputy minister of the National Science Council in Taiwan upon his arrest, had been brought onto the project to help mute railway vibrations that were affecting the nearby Southern Taiwan Science Park. Semi-conductors manufactured on the site could not sustain the high level of vibrations.
A stroll down Paul Robeson Place would indicate that all is well in the world of Quark Park, the garden that fuses the talents of architects, landscape architects, and scientists: most of the installations are either completed or in progress, with an early September official opening still very much on schedule.
However, like Quark Park's older sibling, 2004's Princeton Writers Block, financial obstacles continue to be an ever-impending threat.
Womanspace, the non-profit Mercer County agency that works with local police departments responding to incidents of domestic violence and sexual assault, is looking for volunteers to help provide support for victims at a time when they may feel most vulnerable.
In meeting with victims in the police station, volunteers offer a safe haven of moral support as well as providing much-needed information and referrals.
According to Captain Robert Buchanan of the Princeton Township Police Department, volunteers serve a crucial function at a crucial time, "in speaking with the victim and leading them through the process, letting them know what services are available, and where they can get help."