Vol. LXIV, No. 28
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
OLD SCHOOL: Members of the Flemington Neshanock survey the action last Saturday at the Valley Road diamond as they played the Elizabeth Resolutes in a reenactment of 19th century baseball. For more details on the event, which was hosted by the Historical Society of Princeton, see the story on page 30.
Right now it looks like the most insignificant of technicalities and political manipulation from the school district heavies did the trick, said Princeton International Academy Charter School (PIACS) spokesman Parker Block, describing the consequences of last weeks decision by the Plainsboro Zoning and Adjustment Board not to hear the schools request for a variance so that it can occupy premises at St. Josephs Seminary.
Princeton University recently announced that $48,582,819 was donated as part of its Annual Giving campaign, with 35,351 undergraduate alumni participating, a record number for the institution.
Welcome to Bureaucracy 101, said Princeton Historical Preservation Commission member John Tucker as he greeted rising Princeton High School junior Michael Treves at Mondays meeting.
Shes quite a remarkable young woman, said Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart spokesperson Maggie Landis describing or at least trying to describe the accomplishments of recent graduate Allysa Dittmar.
Borough Engineer Chris Budzinski predicted that construction on Mercer Street should be completed by the end of July or early August, with the road to open to traffic at that time. Challenges stemming from the closure experienced by drivers, commuters, and the Borough Police force have included increased rush hour traffic, roadway violations, and the need for officers to assist at major intersections.
An errant reptile in Barbara Smoyer Park has been causing quite a stir. First sighted on July 3, the shy snake was last seen last week.
Ryan Boyle is only 28 years old but he has become one of the grizzled veterans on the U.S. mens national lacrosse team.
It didnt take long for the soul-searching to begin after the U.S. mens national lacrosse team lost 15-10 to Canada in the title game at the 2006 World Championships.
Despite dominating the youth squash scene in the U.S. throughout high school, Todd Harrity felt some apprehension when he rose to the No. 1 spot last winter in his freshman season on the Princeton University mens squash team.
Martha McPhee’s new novel is not what it appears to be.
According to the jacket copy, Dear Money (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $25) is a “Pygmalion tale of a novelist turned bond trader . a raucous ride to the top of the income chain.” True enough, except that when a real-life bond trader came along and “propositioned” Martha McPhee in 2004 (“If you give me 18 months, I’ll turn you into a star trader.”), she behaved like a real-life writer. She saw a story in that proposition, explored the idea, researched it, and wrote a book that in its most inspired and accomplished pages has more to do with the joy of making literary art than it does with the art of making money. Of course the story is about money and about India Palmer, an attractive woman in her thirties, a wife and mother venturing into a high-stakes, male-dominated world. Where the book achieves something superior to its story line is in McPhee’s engagement with her true subject, her true calling; when the real writer takes over even as the fictional one bows out, no holding back; when, in other words, the narrator is letting her hair down, taking risks, surprising herself, cooking, grooving, elated, swept up in the act of writing.
There are operas which characterize women as vixens and operas which portray women as lost in love and soon to die. Very few operas can hold as much appeal for women as Mozart’s Don Giovanni, built around one of women’s favorite premises that men can be true Lotharios, and not only that — the bad guy gets it at the end of the show. Premiered in 1787, Don Giovanni revolutionized opera by combining the comic levity of 18th century vaudeville with a profoundly dark morality that eventually prevails. Opera New Jersey, opening its first season under new artistic and administrative leadership, presented a highly energized production this past weekend, showing off a young and talented cast whose voices and commitment will take them far in the operatic world.
If you or an older parent or other relative are considering a life-style change, Harrogate LifeCare Community may be the right place at the right time.
The good news is that you just inherited 1000 bottles of wine, and they are very valuable. In addition, you have come into possession of a rare and also extremely valuable signed baseball from that sports golden era.
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