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Vol. LXII, No. 22
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
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JOIN US: A photo in the Arts Council’s permanent exhibit on the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood depicts a membership drive for the YMCA, the original occupant of the Arts Council site, in the late 1940s. The sign extols the benefits of Y membership by noting that members can participate in “recreation for the entire body.” Campaign committee members are (from left): campaign director William Yancey, Garnell Herron, and the Y’s Executive Director, Thomas Brown.

Neighborhood Exhibit With Quilt Anchors Reopened Arts Council’s Robeson Center

Ellen Gilbert

A permanent neighborhood exhibition, with the Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood Quilt as its centerpiece, will take a place of pride when the Arts Council of Princeton opens the doors of its newly renovated and expanded Paul Robeson Center for the Arts next Thursday.

No Borders for Princeton Ophthalmologist as Ecuadoran Returns for Eye Surgery

Stuart Mitchner

“Doctors have no borders as far as these kinds of gestures go,” said ophthalmologist and UMCP medical staff member Michael Y. Wong, MD, of the Princeton Eye Group. “It’s a wonderful part of why we are doctors.”

Stellar Alchemy: Princeton Astronomer Captures Birth of Supernova in Real Time

Dilshanie Perera

Alicia Soderberg was at Michigan State University in January giving a colloquium about the Swift satellite when she received an alert from the satellite itself. As a Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow and a Carnegie-Princeton Fellow at Princeton University, she had been studying Supernova 2007uy (supernovae are assigned names by year and letters) and had directed the Swift’s technologies to that site, when she spotted a new, “extremely luminous” object within the field of vision of the satellite. Realizing that something extraordinary was going on, she immediately alerted other astronomers around the world. They all turned their eyes, telescopes, and computers toward the light, and after about a day and a half collectively determined that the “nature of the source had to be [another] supernova.”

Princeton Parks Alliance Program Focuses on Parks’ Preservation

Jean Stratton

Princeton is a very fortunate community in many ways. Among its unique pleasures and treasures are the numerous parks and woodlands situated throughout the community. Quarry Park, Barbara Boggs Sigmund Park, Barbara Smoyer Memorial Park, Herrontown Woods, Hilltop Park, Turning Basin Park, Maggie’s Park, Harrison Street Park these are just a sampling. There are more than 50, and many remain well-kept secrets to a lot of residents. The parks offer a range of activities, from hiking and bird-watching to cycling and canoeing to soccer, baseball, basketball, and ice skating. Some are tiny pocket parks, tucked in among the downtown streets; others offer wide expanses of open space or woodlands. Many are owned by the Borough or Township; others by the state, county, or private organizations.

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