HONORING JOHN MCPHEE: Last Friday Library Director Leslie Burger honored Princeton author John McPhee for his many contributions to the library. She also forgave him for losing some library books long ago. Among the library supporters at the Community Room luncheon are (from left) Gillett Griffin, Millard Riggs, Ms. Burger, Barbara Johnson, and Mr. McPhee.

Library Pays Its Respects to John McPhee, Born "Just a Few Blocks Up the Street"

Stuart Mitchner

Princeton author John McPhee had a confession to make after accepting gifts from Princeton Public Library Director Leslie Burger last Friday for his many contributions to the library, the most recent being a donation of signed first editions of his books to the Princeton Collection. The occasion was a luncheon in the Community Room in honor Mr. McPhee and his wife Yolanda.

A Park as Good as a Quiet Backyard Could Be Due for a Needed Facelift

Matthew Hersh

Harrison Street Park, the woodsy, slightly tired, but serene oasis in the heart of Jugtown could soon be prepped for a makeover, but how to achieve that goal still remains unanswered.

Princeton Authors Launch Katrina Project Book Levee

Stuart Mitchner

On Firestone Plaza last Wednesday, on what felt like the first true day of spring, the building of the book levee that will extend symbolically all the way to New Orleans was begun.

Borough Council Introduces Budget, Door Left Open for Discussion

Matthew Hersh

Princeton Borough Council swiftly introduced its $22.9 million operating budget for 2006 last Tuesday, but members of the governing body left the door open for debate before the measure goes up for a public hearing and vote on May 2.

Forum Addresses Special Education Need as District Looks to Streamline Costs

Matthew Hersh

Four candidates vying for three seats on the Princeton Regional Board of Education faced off last night in a forum focusing on special education, including handling special-needs students and additional teaching aides in the classroom for students in need of assistance.

All in a Day's Work: Peter Soderman

Linda Arntzenius

You'd be shocked at how stressful my job is, like being a welder on the Titanic. Your body takes a physical beating in a job like this. This morning I picked out about 50 tons of quarry rock for a terracing project involving a waterfall and a pond. This afternoon I'm going to be building a fence and cutting beech staves.

Writing What She Knows, Raboteau Makes Art of Her Life in Princeton

Linda Arntzenius

Emily Raboteau returned to her home town of Princeton last Thursday evening to read an excerpt from her first novel, The Professor's Daughter, as part of the Caroline Llewellyn Champlin Writers Talking Series and Princeton Reads at the Princeton Public Library. She is currently a professor of creative writing at City College of New York in Harlem.

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