October 30, 2019

By Nancy Plum

In a three-concert series entitled “Icons of Song,” Princeton University Concerts is examining both the concept of love and ways to expand the boundaries of chamber music. Composers through the centuries have explored the ups and downs of love through the solo song genre, and in the first of the “Icons of Song” series, Princeton University Concerts presented a program of two song cycles celebrating these very ideas. Accompanied by pianist Brad Mehldau, British tenor Ian Bostridge performed a contemporary song cycle by Mehldau, as well as Robert Schumann’s lyrically Romantic Dichterliebe. Throughout the more than 25 songs which made up the two cycles, the audience at Richardson Auditorium last Tuesday night listened in rapt attention as these two esteemed performers conveyed some of the most formidable yet tender poetry in literature.

A native of London, Bostridge received his musical education in England’s finest institutions, including as a choral scholar at Westminster School and a student at St. John’s College in Oxford and Cambridge. His recordings of both opera and lieder have won major international prizes and have been nominated for 15 Grammy awards. Bostridge and Mehldau have been collaborating since 2015, with Mehldau composing several works specifically for the tenor. Mehldau’s 11-song cycle, The Folly of Desire, premiered just this past January and toured by Mehldau and Bostridge this year, set the poetry of Blake, Yeats, Shakespeare, and Goethe, among others. more

“CATCH ME IF YOU CAN”: Performances are underway for The Pennington Players’ production of “Catch Me If You Can.” Directed by Laurie Gougher, the musical runs through November 3 at the Kelsey Theatre. A bright red sweater is one of many costumes — and personas — worn by Frank Abagnale Jr. (Scott Silagy, center), as he tells the story of his many exploits, with the help of the ensemble. (Photo by Jon Cintron)

By Donald H. Sanborn III

As a con artist, Frank Abagnale Jr. gave the authorities plenty of metaphoric song and dance, so it is fitting that he gets to do so, literally, as a character onstage.

Catch Me If You Can is being presented by The Pennington Players at the Kelsey Theatre. This brash, energetic musical is based on the true story that became a hit Steven Spielberg film in 2002.

Abagnale originally detailed his exploits in his 1980 autobiography, which he authored with Stan Redding. The 2011 musical version has a flippant but amiable libretto by Terrence McNally. The music is by Marc Shaiman, and the lyrics are by Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

The score by Shaiman and Wittman is characterized by much of the jocularity and musical flavor present in their songs for Hairspray, which also is set in the 1960s. more

David Sweeney, Chief Financial Officer of Community Options, Inc., was awarded the 2019 CFO of the Year Award for Large Nonprofit organization by NJBIZ. Sweeney recently received the honor at the annual awards breakfast ceremony in Somerset.

“We are fortunate to have David on our team and are proud of him for this well-deserved recognition,” said Robert Stack, president and CEO of Community Options. “David’s strategic thinking and financial acumen have been integral to Community Options’ success in our efforts to provide housing and employment for people with disabilities across the country.”

The NJBIZ CFO of the Year Awards program celebrates New Jersey’s financial executives at all levels who contribute to the success of New Jersey’s economic growth and stability. When Sweeney first joined Community Options in November 2012, the budget was approximately $70 million. Since then, the budget has tripled to $210 million and Community Options is now the third largest nonprofit organization in New Jersey. more

CHAMBER CHOIR: Westminster Kantorei, conducted by Jay Carter, presents “An Evening of Choral Evensong” on Friday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Bristol Chapel on the campus of Westminster Choir College.

“An Evening of Choral Evensong” is the title of a concert being presented by the chamber choir Westminster Kantorei on Friday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Bristol Chapel on the campus of Westminster Choir College.

The program models a traditional Anglican service of choral evensong, aligned with the Feast of All Saints’ Day. It will be led by Kantorei’s new director, Jay Carter. The program will include works traditionally performed for All Saints’ Day, such as William Byrd’s Gaudeamus Omnes in Domino and Justorum Animae, Thomas Tallis’ Te Lucis Ante Terminum and Adrian Batten’s Magnificat and Nunc Dimitis from his fourth service. more

“ROCKY BROOK”: Landscape paintings by Joe Kazimierczyk and photographs by Joseph Zogorski will be featured in “Quietude,” on view November 7 through December 1 at Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville. An opening reception is Saturday, November 9, 4 to 7 p.m.

Artists’ Gallery, 18 Bridge Street, Lambertville, will present “Quietude,” an exhibit of landscape paintings by Joe Kazimierczyk and photographs by Joseph Zogorski, November 7 through December 1. An opening reception is Saturday, November 9, 4 to 7 p.m.

“Quietude” is defined as the state of being calm — peacefulness, stillness, tranquility. The artwork of Kazimierczyk and Zogorski embodies this feeling as each artist finds his inspiration in the quiet and serenity of the world around us.

Kazimierczyk’s oil paintings are inspired by the scenes he encounters while exploring the mountains and forests of Northern New Jersey. An avid hiker, his work in this show focuses on the trails, rivers, and streams he finds in parks ranging from the Sourland Mountains to the Delaware Water Gap, and points in between. more

“CROOKHEY HALL”: This color lithograph by Leonora Carrington is featured in “States of Health: Visualizing Illness and Healing,” on view at the Princeton University Art Museum November 2 through February 2. The exhibition features more than 80 objects from around the world that collectively illuminate the role that art plays in shaping perceptions and experiences of illness and healing.

On view November 2 through February 2 at the Princeton University Art Museum, “States of Health: Visualizing Illness and Healing” features over 80 objects from around the world — from antiquity to the present — including paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, photographs and multimedia, that collectively illuminate the role that art plays in shaping perceptions and experiences of illness and healing.

The works of art represent and respond to pandemics and infectious disease, mental illness, the hopes and dangers associated with childbirth, and the complexities of care.

The Museum has collaborated with a diverse range of disciplines, programs, and voices at Princeton — including experts in the fields of infectious diseases, disability, literature, medicine, contagion, psychology, and creative writing — in order to provide multiple points of entry to the objects on view. more

“SOULS OF THE SOIL”: This oil on canvas painting by Marcel Juillerat is featured, along with works by artists Trudy Borenstein-Sugiura, Ifat Shatzky, and Ziya Tarapore, in “Souls of the Soil: Global Roots in Nature,” on view through November 22 at D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center. An opening reception is November 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

D&R Greenway Land Trust now presents “Souls of the Soil: Global Roots in Nature,” an exhibition multi-media works that explore the importance of nature as manifested in far-flung areas of the globe. It is on view through November 22 at the Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, off Rosedale Road, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on business days.

The public is invited to a free opening reception with the artists on Friday, November 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. To register, email rsvp@drgreenway.org or call (609) 924-4646.

Artists Trudy Borenstein-Sugiura, Marcel Juillerat, Ifat Shatzky, and Ziya Tarapore utilize a broad range of materials — from textured fabrics and dyed papers to sculpture and beyond. more

TOUCH OF CLASS: Princeton University football player Dylan Classi goes up for a catch in recent action. Last Saturday, sophomore receiver Classi made seven catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns to help Princeton defeat Harvard 30-24. The win improved the No. 13 Tigers to 6-0 overall and 3-0 Ivy as they extended their winning streak to 16. Princeton will look to keep on the winning track at it plays at Cornell (2-4 overall, 1-2 Ivy) on November 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

John Orr didn’t play a down, but he helped set the tone for the Princeton University football team as it hosted Harvard last Saturday in an Ivy League showdown.

Having been sidelined when he suffered a leg injury in the preseason, senior linebacker and tri-captain Orr was asked by Princeton head coach Bob Surace to speak to his teammates before Princeton took on the Crimson in battle of rivals that were both 2-0 in Ivy play coming into the game.

“John means so much to this program and he is out; it is a horrible feeling to have a guy out that put so much into it,” recalled Surace.

“I said to him that I would love to have you address the team and he gave this amazing speech last night. It was about the guys being strong and the whole group of 100 guys playing together and showing grit. That was the message. I repeated the message at halftime. We had a little adversity and I said are we going to stay together and are we going to show grit.”

Taking that message to heart, Princeton overcame a 14-10 halftime deficit to pull out a hard-eared 30-24 victory over the Crimson before 9,028 at Princeton Stadium. The triumph improved the 13th-ranked Tigers to 6-0 overall and 3-0 Ivy as they extended their winning streak to 16. more

POSITIVE VIBE: Princeton University women’s basketball first year head coach Carla Berube, center, enjoys a light moment at the program’s annual Media Day last Monday, flanked by senior star Balla Alarie, right, and junior standout Carlie Littlefield. Berube, the successor to Courtney Banghart, now the head coach at North Carolina, will get her tenure underway when Princeton hosts Rider on November 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Justin Feil

The disappointment of their season-ending 82-77 loss to Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA tournament last March was still fresh in their heads when the Princeton University women’s basketball team began thinking about this year.

The Tigers knew they would be returning a two-time Ivy League Player of the Year in senior Bella Alarie, a floor general in junior Carlie Littlefield, the highly regarded sophomore Abby Meyers, who missed a year after a promising freshman campaign, a good supporting cast of sophomores that had good experience, and a strong incoming freshman class to follow a 22-10 season.

“After that game, we talked a lot about what the future would hold for our team and we want to make history,” said senior forward and co-captain Alarie.  more

FACING OFF: Princeton University men’s hockey player Jackson Cressey, right, battles for the puck on a face-off in a game last season. Princeton will be looking to senior forward Cressey to be a key offensive playmaker this winter. The Tigers open their 2019-20 campaign with a two-game set at St. Cloud State on November 1 and 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

The trio of Ryan Kuffner, Max Veronneau, and Josh Teves left an indelible mark on the Princeton University men’s hockey team’s record book before they graduated last June.

Kuffner ended his career as the program’s all-time leading goal scorer with 75 while Veronneau was the fourth leading scorer with 143 points and Teves set a program mark for most assists (69) by a defenseman.

While it would be understandable if Princeton head coach Ron Fogarty lamented the exit of his three blue-chip stars who all went on to see NHL action last spring, he is ready to turn the page. more

GILMORE GIRL: Princeton High girls cross country runner Charlotte Gilmore displays her form on the way to finishing third individually at the Mercer County Championships last Friday at Washington Crossing Park. Gilmore’s strong performance helped PHS take fourth in the team standings at the meet. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Having emerged as the leader of the pack for the Princeton High girls’ cross country team, Charlotte Gilmore is gaining strength from numbers.

“Working as a pack has been our main focus this season and it has helped everyone,” said junior standout Gilmore.

“It has helped me individually because I know that when I pass someone, that makes it easier for the people behind me to pass them. It helps knowing that I am not just running for myself but for everyone and having that duality.”

Last Friday at the Mercer County Championships, Gilmore passed just about everybody, placing third individually in the girls’ varsity race, helping PHS take fourth in the team standings behind champion Allentown and runner-up WW/P-North and WW/P-South.

“Last year I came in 14th here, so that is exciting,” said Gilmore, who clocked a time of 19:27 over the 5,000-meter course.

“It was really cool to know from the opening to see everyone go to the front of the race and to know I am running with them.”

Running with a full squad helped PHS stay near the front of the race. more

SHEER BRILLIANCE: Princeton Day School field hockey goalie Lexie Hausheer goes to her knees to guard the cage in a 2018 game. Last Wednesday, senior star Hausheer came up big to help second-seeded PDS blank third-seeded Stuart Country Day 1-0 in the state Prep B semis. The Panthers went on to fall 2-0 at top-seeded Morristown-Beard in the Prep B final last Monday to end the fall 8-7-3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Lexie Hausheer has been a fixture in goal for the Princeton Day School field hockey team, starting from day one as a freshman in 2016.

Over the last four seasons, Hausheer has established herself as one of the top goalies in the area, helping the Panthers to a state Prep B title, two runner-up prep finishes, and two appearances in the Mercer County tournament final.

So when second-seeded PDS hosted third-seeded Stuart Country Day School in this year’s Prep B semis last Wednesday afternoon, Hausheer was determined to extend her career for one more game.

“I did not want my high school career to end today and I know that none of our seniors did,” said Hausheer. “We did lose a couple of key players but the whole season, this was the goal.” more

By Bill Alden

John Woodside knew that his Princeton Day School boys’ cross country team wasn’t going to be in the hunt for a title as it ran in the Mercer County Championships last Friday.

“This race today for us is not about where we are going to place, we are not able to compete with this level,” said PDS head coach Woodside.

Instead, Woodside was looking for his runners to compete hard in the competition held at Washington Crossing Park.

“We try to go out and have each one of them run their best,” said Woodside. “I think they had great spirit and great effort. The results were good.”

PDS got a very good effort from junior Gunnar Clingman, who took 31st individually in the boys’ varsity race, clocking a time of 17:11 over the 5,000-meter course. more

STEPPING UP: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer player Aislynn Macco, right, goes after the ball in recent action. Last Monday, sophomore midfielder Macco tallied a goal with 25 seconds left in regulation to help top-seeded PDS rally from a 1-0 halftime deficit to defeat fifth-seeded Montclair Kimberley 2-1 in the state Prep B semis. The Panthers, now 15-3-1, will host third-seeded Newark Academy in the Prep B title game on November 1 as they go for their sixth straight Prep crown. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

After his Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team edged Princeton High 2-1 in the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals to follow up a regular season win over the crosstown rival, Pat Trombetta noted how tough it is to beat a good foe twice in the same campaign.

PDS faced the same situation in the MCT semis when the second-seeded Panthers took on a third-seeded Pennington School team it had defeated 3-1 on September 19 during regular season play.

In the rematch, a fired-up Pennington squad put the pressure on from the opening whistle, jumping out to a 1-0 halftime lead.

“In the first half, they were all over us,” said PDS head coach Trombetta. more

FINAL PUSH: Stuart Country Day School field hockey player Caroline Mullen pushes the ball upfield in recent action. Senior star and co-captain Mullen enjoyed a big final campaign, helping Stuart go 11-4-1 and reach both the Mercer County Tournament final and the state Prep B semis. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

When it was over, the Stuart Country Day School field hockey team didn’t want to leave the field.

Long after falling 1-0 to Princeton Day School last Wednesday in the state Prep B semis to end its season, the Stuart players sat in a circle on the ground near the bench talking things over.

Surveying the scene, Stuart head coach Missy Bruvik wasn’t surprised to see her players lingering together for one last chat with the squad’s senior group of Caroline Mullen, Aditi Mehndiratta, and Caroline Letrent. more

WILD ABOUT HARRY: Hun School boys’ cross country star Harry Carter heads to the finish line at the Mercer County Championships last Friday at Washington Crossing Park. Sophomore Carter finished 11th individually to help Hun take eighth place in the team standings at the meet. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Hun School boys’ cross country star Harry Carter didn’t achieve his goal coming into the Mercer County Championships but he was still all smiles after the meet last Friday afternoon at Washington Crossing Park.

“I was shooting for a particular place, 10th, so I was one short,” said sophomore Carter, who clocked a time of 16:30 over the 5,000-meter course in taking 11th in the boys’ varsity race. “Last year I was 52nd so I did a lot better than last year.”

In reflecting on that progress, Carter credited coaching and some inspiration from one of team’s previous stars.

“Our new coach [Kurt Wayton] is really good,” said Carter, whose effort helped Hun take eighth place in the team standings at the event won by WW/P-North.

“Literally, he has helped me with everything. He has taught me so many new techniques and so many new types of training to get much better. Also, my former teammate from last year, Martin Adams motivated me to keep pushing and training.”

Pushing harder in training has helped Carter reach a higher level. “I have upped my mileage a lot in particular,” said Carter. “I am doing more like 50-60 miles a week now; last year I was at 20-30.” more

TRIPPED UP: Hun School football player Ian Franzoni gets corralled in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, senior star Franzoni rushed for 192 yards and three touchdowns in a losing cause as Hun fell 35-32 to Peddie. The Raiders, now 6-2, wrap up their season by playing at Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) on November 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Justin Feil

Ian Franzoni scored three long touchdowns for the Hun School football team, but it was small-yardage situations that were the undoing for the Raiders in a 35-32 loss to visiting Peddie last Saturday.

“Those types of things made a difference,” said Hun senior star running back and captain Franzoni. “We missed on three or four two-point conversions. We missed on the fourth down, that’s on me. It is what it is. We worked really hard. Those little short yardage things could have made a difference. You can’t change it now.”

Peddie improved to 7-0 while Hun dropped to 6-2. Their only other loss came at the hands of Life Christian Academy, a school in Virginia that plays a national schedule. Hun hadn’t won a game by less than 37 points on the field with a 44-7 win over Chesire Academy (Conn.) on September 7 being its closest game coming into Saturday. Hill forfeited to them October 12 and Hun routed Blair 50-12 on October 5 and Lawrenceville 54-7 on October 19. The sixth Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) school, Mercersburg Academy (Pa.), dropped football this year. Those circumstances made the game feel even bigger Saturday. more

October 23, 2019

Costumes were encouraged on Saturday afternoon at Tricks and Treats, hosted by the Arts Council of Princeton and the Princeton Shopping Center. The free event featured Halloween-inspired art activities, live music, and sweet treats. Participants share their all-time favorite Halloween costumes in this week’s Town Talk on Page 6. (Photo by Erica M. Cardenas)

By Anne Levin

When dangerously deteriorated structural conditions on the Alexander Street bridge closed the roadway for several days last April, Princeton municipal leaders and local police were taken by surprise. But this time around, the town has gotten plenty of notice. Starting Wednesday, November 6, and continuing for an estimated 135 days, Alexander Street will be closed between Lawrence Drive in Princeton to Canal Pointe Boulevard in West Windsor.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), owner of the D&R Canal Bridge, has contracted with Anselmi & DeCicco, Inc. to replace the bridge structure.  Mercer County Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (MCDOTI) has contracted with Marbro, Inc. to replace the truss bridge over Stony Brook and a stream culvert located south of Lawrence Drive.   

This weekend, from 8 p.m. Friday, October 25 through 5 a.m. Sunday, or earlier if possible, the road will be closed for preparatory work.

In the meantime, variable message boards have been warning motorists for weeks of the impending 135-day closure. A special website (bridgeclosure.princeton.edu) has been posted by Princeton University, and there is a link on the municipal site (princetonnj.gov) devoted to the project. Princeton Police Chief Nick Sutter is urging residents to follow traffic updates, once the road is closed, on the department’s Nixle, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts. more

By Donald Gilpin

“It’s Getting Hot Out There…Weird Weather and Other Climate Change Anomalies” is the title of a panel discussion at the upcoming Princeton Environmental Forum, and as the planet seems to be heating up rapidly, environmental action is intensifying on both sides of Nassau Street.

The Forum, beginning this Thursday, October 24 at 4:30 p.m. and continuing through the day on October 25 at Alexander Hall’s Richardson Auditorium, will feature an array of more than 40 speakers and seven different panels, including mostly Princeton University faculty leaders and alumni who are making significant contributions in the environmental field.

The Forum, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI), will open with remarks from Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber, followed by a panel discussion focused on major environmental challenges we currently face, according to PEI Director and Professor of Environmental Studies and Civil and Environmental Engineering Michael Celia.

Friday’s conference will include panel discussions on climate change (its impacts and possible solutions), biodiversity, water, the role of environmental humanities, and a concluding session on how to break the current logjams which prevent meaningful action both nationally and locally.  more

By Donald Gilpin

Princeton Theological Seminary has announced a commitment of more than $27M to be spent on scholarships, new hires, and a multi-year action plan as “acts of repentance” for its ties to slavery.

Amidst a national debate, which has involved presidential candidates, legislators, educational institutions, and others, over what is owed to the descendants of slaves by those who benefited from slavery, last Friday’s announcement was a response to a report published by the Seminary in October 2018 after conducting a two-year historical audit.

“The report was an act of confession,” said Dean of Students and Student Relations Vice President John White. “These responses are intended as acts of repentance that will lead to lasting impact within our community. This is the beginning of the process of repair that will be ongoing.”

The Seminary’s historical audit on slavery “points to the complexity and contradiction inherent in the Seminary’s story and in our national story,” the report noted. The audit revealed that the Seminary, founded in 1812, did not own slaves, and its buildings were not constructed with slave labor, though it benefited from an economy that “was thoroughly driven by slave labor and production.” more

“TO KEEP ONESELF HONEST”: Pulitzer Prize-winning Princeton University Professor Paul Muldoon will be hosting the biennial Princeton Poetry Festival at the Berlind Theatre, with an international roster of 12 poets participating on Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski for Lewis Center for the Arts)

By Donald Gilpin

International poets from Sri Lanka, North Macedonia, Jamaica, Ukraine, and the Kumeyaay nation, along with a distinguished collection of U.S. poets, will be featured at the 2019-20 Princeton Poetry Festival on October 25 and 26 in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center.

Sponsored by Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts and one of many events this year marking the 80th anniversary of Princeton’s Program in Creative Writing, this biennial Poetry Festival is free and open to the public, with no tickets required.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Princeton University Professor Paul Muldoon, organizer of the festival, emphasized the significance of the international aspect of the event, which will include readings, panel discussions, lectures, and performances by 12 award-winning poets.

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CELEBRATING A CULTURAL CENTENNIAL: Vocalist Michael Mwenso brings his group The Shakes to McCarter Theatre on November 6 with “Harlem 100,” a multi-media performance capturing the sights and sounds of Harlem in the 1920s.

By Anne Levin

Just under a century ago, Harlem was exploding with artistic and intellectual energy. Musicians, dancers, writers, and artists flocked to the upper Manhattan neighborhood during The Great Migration of African Americans from south to north. The Harlem Renaissance stretched through the 1920s, launching such legendary entertainers as Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Bessie Smith, and Willie “the Lion” Smith.

It is this decade of cultural excitement that Michael Mwenso and The Shakes recreate with Harlem 100, a multi-media show coming to McCarter Theatre on Wednesday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m. Mwenso wrote the show in collaboration with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.

“This was a pivotal time for creative spirits — artists, poets, writers, musicians, dancers — to come together at one location, with this amazing body of work,” Mwenso said during a recent telephone conversation. “It was an explosion of creativity that needs to be known and protected.” more

By Anne Levin

On October 18, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office announced that a third person has been indicted in the investigation into illegal dumping at the River Road facility. Frank Casole, employed by Princeton as an equipment operator, was charged with bribery. His position has been terminated as a result of his own admissions, according to Princeton Municipal Administrator Marc Dashield.

This past June, Princeton municipal sewer department employee Thomas Hughes was charged with bribery for allegedly accepting bribes in exchange for allowing the dumping of waste materials at the facility. Last month, Pantelis Kounelias, who owns an Edison construction firm, was also charged. Casole is accused of having knowledge of Hughes’ bribe, and also allegedly helping to record and conceal the crime by accounting and co-mingling construction waste with other waste so it would not be discovered. more

By Stuart Mitchner

With the World Series in the air and Princeton resident Mort Zachter’s biography of legendary New York Knicks coach Red Holzman on my bedside table, I’ve been thinking a lot about baseball and basketball this week.

The Open Sesame to Zachter’s book, however, was Holzman’s wife Selma, “a girl from Brooklyn without any pretenses,” who was also “loving, kind, thoughtful, generous, genuine, funny, and interesting,” could “see through phonies, and didn’t suffer fools.” While Holzman “tended to be guarded in what he said publicly, Selma spoke her mind.” Zachter rounds out the chapter starring the coach’s wife of 55 years (“The Best Thing I Ever Did In My Life”) with some anecdotes too lengthy to be quoted here, unless you count the one about how whenever she “learned one of her husband’s Knicks players had a cold, she prepared homemade chicken soup for him.”

Admittedly, my chicken-soup soft spot for Holzman’s wife is due to my fondness for her namesake from Queens, who shared the same qualities along with an ability to make the culinary equivalent of a three-point shot from mid-court every time she cooked a meal. Our friend Selma, our son’s godmother, died ten years ago September, a year after Selma Holzman. more