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Vol. LXV, No. 36
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
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PLACE OF PEACE: “Our goal is to identify a beautiful and peaceful and living place where the names of these 13 Princetonians can be memorialized for all time,” University President Shirley Tilghman said when Princeton’s 9/11 memorial was dedicated on September 13, 2003. For more about the memorial and the names of Princeton University alumni killed in the 9/11 attacks, see the book review on page 12. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

Front Page

Many Area Events Commemorate 9/11

Anne Levin

A number of area institutions are paying tribute to those lost on September 11, 2001 with gatherings, exhibits, and quiet places set aside for reflection. From panel discussions to the laying of wreaths and the issuing of a commemorative CD, there are multiple opportunities for marking the anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

Mercer County Eligible For FEMA Money In Wake of Irene

Ellen Gilbert

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently announced that all 21 New Jersey counties are eligible for federal disaster assistance to aid in the recovery from Hurricane Irene. This is an expansion of an earlier approval of disaster aid that applied only to certain counties within the state. Mercer had not been among the original counties that were declared eligible.

President Nominates Princeton Economist To Advisers Council

Ellen Gilbert

President Barack Obama has nominated Princeton University professor Alan Krueger to be the chair of the Council of Economic Advisers.

Other News

Nearly 450,000 Views Posted and Counting: “Planet Princeton” Is a Local Phenomenon

Ellen Gilbert

During the uncertain hours (and even minutes) that the Princeton community experienced before, during, and after hurricane Irene, there were two mainstays that people knew they could rely on. The Princeton Public Library proved once again that it is “Princeton’s living room” by remaining open late into the evening in the days immediately after the storm to accommodate the many residents who lost power. (Princeton High School student George Quinn captured this effort on a YouTube video called “Plug in and Power Up.”)

Programs at HSP’s Updike Farmstead Pay Tribute to 9/11’s Tenth Anniversary

Anne Levin

On the website of the organization Voices of September 11, there are wrenching accounts written by survivors of the attacks on the World Trade Center. These detailed descriptions by evacuees, eyewitnesses, and first responders, make the horror of that morning ten years ago shockingly real.

Radio Marathon of Contemporary Music To Commemorate Victims of 9/11 Attack

Anne Levin

On the morning of September 11, 2001, Marvin Rosen was doing his radio show at Princeton University’s WPRB-FM. A phone call from his wife at 10 a.m. alerted him to the horrific events unfolding at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania.

More of the Other News…


Everette Enjoying Latest Reclamation Project, Working to Get PU Sprint Football Up to Speed

Bill Alden

For Steve Everette, the Christmas of 2010 is one that he will never forget.

Getting Off to Right Foot in Preseason, PHS Boys’ Soccer Primed for Big Fall

Bill Alden

If summer training is any indication, it looks like the Princeton High boys’ soccer team is headed for another big fall.

Learning Lessons From Last Fall’s Hard Knocks, PHS Football Sees Improvement on the Horizon

Bill Alden

While guiding the Princeton High football team to a 0-10 record last fall in his debut season as head coach was painful, Joe Gargione believes he will be better for the experience.

More Sports…

Book Review

“Human and Heroic New York” — Ten Years Past September 11

Stuart Mitchner

Flying out of Newark on a brilliantly clear night in March 2002, we saw a vision in the sky above Manhattan. The spectacle of two phantom towers soaring beyond any mortal architect’s wildest dreams had people going “Oooh” and “Ahhh!” These happy sounds were followed by a falling off, a shared sigh as people remembered what was signified by those two shafts of blue light.


Marvin Cheiten Presents “Zenobia” on Hamilton Murray Stage — Warrior Queen of Palmyra Battles With Rome in Epic Tragedy

Donald Gilpin

Marvin Cheiten, who has brought a new play to the Hamilton Murray Theater in late August for the past several years, is taking a different route with his current production of Zenobia, a revision and revival of his original 2005 play. Rather than his usual local, modern setting, and his comedic style (often satirizing the murder mystery genre and the community of Princeton), with Zenobia Mr. Cheiten takes his audience to Asia Minor in the third century and the short tumultuous life of the warrior queen of Palmyra, an ancient kingdom in what is now Syria.

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