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Vol. LXIII, No. 23
 
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
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LIGHT BRIGADE: Members of the Princeton University men’s lightweight first varsity boat muscle through a recent workout on Lake Carnegie. Last weekend, the Tigers capped a perfect season by winning the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) championship. For more details on the regatta, see page 27.

Front Page

Durkee Gives Township Arts and Transit Update

Ellen Gilbert

University Vice President and Secretary Bob Durkee made the case for the University’s proposed “arts and transit district” at a Township Committee work session Monday evening.

Princeton Future Discusses Development, Transportation, Organizing Information

Dilshanie Perera

Princeton Future’s meeting at the public library on Saturday saw presentations on assembling salient information about the town, mobility and transportation, as well as zoning and development procedures. The ensuing conversation featured a brainstorming session regarding long-term and short-term efforts at engaging with the future of Princeton.

$891 Million in Federal Aid Announced; “Tremendous Boost” for Students, Educators

Ellen Gilbert

At a recent appearance in Newark, U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced that more than $891 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding is now available for New Jersey schools. The funding comes from the State Stabilization Fund designed to protect teaching jobs and modernize schools.


Other News

Upcoming One-Day-Only Art Show Will Feature Works by Local Talent and Young Achievers

Dilshanie Perera

Through a program called “Creative Fridays,” Princeton Young Achievers (PYA) has collaborated with the Arts Council of Princeton to provide art-making workshops and curriculum for students enrolled in their three learning centers.

Good Lessons From the Garden: Alice Waters Enjoys a PDS Buffet

Ellen Gilbert

“Where is she?” anxiously asked one of the people milling around the buffet table set up next to Princeton Day School’s (PDS) vegetable garden one afternoon last week.

“Keeping Things Vibrant”: Hometown Princeton Focuses on Buying Local to Boost Business

Dilshanie Perera

Faced with the effects of the economic downturn on businesses, merchants in town are forming a group to promote the benefits of buying local.


More of the Other News…


Sports

PU Men’s Lightweights Accomplish Mission, Win IRA Title to Culminate Perfect Season

Bill Alden

As Greg Hughes chilled out last Monday and enjoyed watching the waves lap up on the beach at Diamond Head in Hawaii, he had visions of gold.

PU Distance Star Maag Overcomes Injury, Ending Big Senior Year With Trip to NCAAs

Bill Alden

It would have been understandable if Princeton University distance running star Michael Maag had gone into a funk last spring when he was sidelined by a fractured left foot.

Former PHS Standout Rahn Achieves Dream, Emerges as Key Player for UMass Men’s Lax

Bill Alden

It was a notion that first entered Casey Rahn’s head when he was warming up one day for a practice during his sophomore season on the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team.


More Sports…


Art Review

Mason Gross Galleries
Obama, the American Dream, and the Yes-We-Can Art of Faith Ringgold

Stuart Mitchner

In New York the poets own the bridges: Paul Simon owns the 59th Street, Hart Crane the Brooklyn, Sonny Rollins the Williamsburg, and Faith Ringgold the George Washington, which was being built as she was being born in nearby Harlem Hospital on October 8, 1930. The George is hers; she’s claimed it in her art, flying over it 58 years later in the starlit rooftop summer night vision of her painted story quilt, Tar Beach. According to the notes for “Declaration of Independence: 50 Years of Art by Faith Ringgold,” which will be on display in New Brunswick’s Mason Gross Galleries through June 26, Ringgold’s father, Andrew Jones, helped hoist cable during its construction, and according to Ringgold, Tar Beach was inspired by Sonny Rollins blowing tenor sax cadenzas mid-span on his bridge so as not to disturb his Grand Street neighbors.


Music/Theater

Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra Celebrates Sister City Pettoranello

Nancy Plum

The Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra celebrated Princeton’s relationship with sister city Pettoranello this past weekend with a concert in Richardson Auditorium featuring all of the orchestra’s ensembles. Saturday night’s performance also showcased one of their own young violinists playing a not-often heard but elegant concerto movement.



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