Vol. LXIV, No. 25
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
(Photo by Emily Reeves)
SUMMERS HERE: Community Park Pool has been thriving thanks to the onset of summery weather. Temperatures are expected to soar this week with excessive heat warnings and watches in effect through Thursday evening.
In an 8-3 vote late last Thursday night, the Princeton Regional Planning Board approved Westerly Road Churchs plans for building a new religious edifice on an 18.5-acre tract of land along Bunn Drive. The meeting was the fourth session of an extended hearing that had begun in April.
With its focus to remain on supporting local, independent businesses, Hometown Princeton plans to expand its membership base and to seek area sponsors and friends who could assist in supporting the organization. Participating merchants gathered at the Nassau Inn last Thursday to determine the course of the groups future.
June is a very busy time of the year, observed President Rebecca Cox as she opened last weeks Board of Education meeting. She cited the administration and grading of exams, graduation, and the bittersweet departure of so many colleagues. Personnel Committee Chair Walter Bliss named and paid tribute to retiring faculty, who were also scheduled to be fêted at a June 22 event in Princeton High Schools (PHS) performance space.
Its official: Doug Miles and Stuart Duncan will be on the November ballot as Republican candidates for the two available Township Committee seats. The pair, who each received over 65 write-in votes in this Springs primary election, recently returned from doing the paperwork in Trenton that ensures their respective candidacies.
Animal crackers--the real Barnums Animals kind with cloth-handled boxes; no new-fangled imitations--were prominently displayed on the buffet table set out to celebrate the Zimmerli Museums new exhibit, Animal Fair, and to mark the retirement of curator Gail Aaron last week.
Donn Cabral was dragged into giving the steeplechase a try this spring for the Princeton University mens track team.
Last June, the world of college lacrosse was rocked when Hall of Fame coach Bill Tierney left the Princeton University mens lax program to take over the squad at the University of Denver.
John Levandowski cut his teeth in sports on the playing fields of New England.
He’s like a fictional character, but he’s real.
Bob Dylan as quoted in The Bridge
Before taking up David Remnick’s The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama (Knopf $29.95), I’d like to share some remarks from a famous American novelist who once suggested that if the candidate he was writing about became president, “he would touch depths in American life which were uncharted,” although “his politics would be as conventional as his personality was unconventional.”
The Heidi Chronicles, 1989 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner, is Wendy Wasserstein’s depiction of young Heidi Holland’s life from 1965 to 1989, as she charts Heidi’s tumultuous, troubled, often hilarious course through the early decades of the women’s movement. Heidi struggles to combine her career as an art historian and her personal life, as her chronicles take the audience on a baby boomer nostalgia trip rich in allusions, both musical — “The Shoop Shoop Song,” Janis Joplin, “White Rabbit,” Aretha Franklin’s “Respect,” John Lennon’s “Imagine,” Sam Cooke’s “You Send Me” — and historical — Bobby Kennedy, Eugene McCarthy, Tricia Nixon, John Lennon, Ronald Reagan.
Both of Princeton’s major opera companies had the potential for major changes this year. Opera New Jersey, which opens its season in a few weeks, had a major change of leadership when its founders left New Jersey to conquer new operatic mountains. Princeton Festival’s founder and Artistic Director Richard Tang Yuk also left New Jersey (to join the choral faculty at Indiana University) but has maintained his leadership role with the Festival, returning to Princeton this month to oversee the Festival’s multi-faceted summer of programming. Dr. Tang Yuk took the podium Saturday night to conduct the Festival’s premiere operatic offering: George Frederic Handel’s Ariodante. Ariodante dates from 1735, at the height of Handel’s operatic eminence, just before the composer turned his attention to oratorio. 18th century opera audiences had different tastes and attention spans than today; composers turned out lengthy operas based on epic Greek stories in which the simplest thought might elicit an eight minute da capo aria full of vocal fireworks. Handel’s Ariodante might have the length and Greek roots of that time period, but is full of the delicacy and charm of his music.
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