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Vol. LXV, No. 34
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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GETTING THEIR KICKS: Members of the Princeton High boys’ soccer team kick their way through a drill in a preseason training session last Saturday at the Valley Road fields. PHS, which went 16-2-1 last year on the way to the Mercer County Championship game and the Central Jersey Group III sectional quarterfinals, opens its 2011 campaign by playing at Notre Dame High on September 8.

Front Page

Virginia Earthquake Surprises Princeton

No, you weren’t imagining the seconds-long shaking that occurred shortly before 2 p.m. on Tuesday. The Earthquake Hazards Program of the United States Geological Survey reported that a magnitude 5.9 earthquake occurred at 1:51 p.m. in Virginia, with an epicenter that was approximately 27 miles east of Charlottesville, and 39 miles northwest of Richmond. Available reports on the depth of the epicenter varied from one-half mile to 3.7 miles.

Shared Lane Markings Are Being Installed On Local Roadways

Anne Levin

Selected streets in Princeton Borough and Princeton Township are being stamped with special markings this week to help bicycle riders and motorists share the road. Called sharrows, the thermoplastic graphics of a bicycle, topped with two two inverted v-shapes, are being installed on streets that are too narrow to accommodate separate bike lanes.

$100 Million Challenge Grant Is Awarded To Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study

Anne Levin

The Institute for Advanced Study has received a $100 million unrestricted challenge grant from the Simons Foundation and the Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences. This donation, which is the largest since the founders’ gift establishing the Institute in 1930, will serve as the basis for a $200 million campaign to strengthen the Institute’s endowment. This grant must be matched by funds from donors within the next four years; additional gifts and pledges of $9 million have already been received.

Other News

Kids Learn All About Law Enforcement At Sixth Season of Youth Police Academy

Anne Levin

The woman lay motionless in the street, just outside the blood-smeared, open door of her car. A bottle of water was on the ground, only a few feet from the dark red pool of blood surrounding her head. Yellow crime scene tape cordoned off the area, but a crowd of interested observers — 22 of them, to be exact — was inside the tape, craning their necks to get a better look at the gruesome tableau.

Proposed Cut in Non-Profits Postal Rates Does Not Sit Well With Local Organizations

Ellen Gilbert

The news of a proposed change (for the worse) in reduced postal rates for non-profits has been disconcerting, to say the least, to the heads of local non-profits.

“A change would affect us quite a bit,” said Princeton Arts Council Executive Director Jeff Nathanson, “We send most or all of our event, exhibition, and other mass mailings at the nonprofit bulk rate.”

Once Home to Two Current Fulbright Winners, Princeton is “Full of Really Smart People”

Ellen Gilbert

Growing up in Princeton was cited as a boon to success by two of the 1,600 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2011-2012 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Aaron Michael Wiener, the son of Princeton residents Shelley Frisch and Markus Wiener, has received a scholarship to study journalism in Germany. Coleman Donaldson, III, who attended Community Park, Johnson Park, and Princeton Day School before his family moved to California, was awarded a grant to study linguistics and language policy in France.

More of the Other News…


Former PU Soccer Star Schneider Feeling at Home, Starting Professional Career With Red Bulls of MLS

Bill Alden

Growing up in nearby Califon, Teddy Schneider distinguished himself as one of the top schoolboy players in New Jersey, earning second-team all-state honors in his final two seasons at the Delbarton School.

Demonstrating That He Isn’t Over the Hill Yet, PU Alum Coppola Makes U.S. Boat for Worlds

Bill Alden

Steve Coppola may only be 27-years-old but he has spent the last year trying to prove that he is not over the hill when it comes to competing for the U.S. national rowing team.

Flying Solo in Juggling Medical School, Rowing, PU Alum Stone Competing in Single Sculls at Worlds

Bill Alden

In 2010, Gevvie Stone faced a crossroads in her rowing career.

Having not made the U.S. team for the 2008 Olympics and thriving at the Tufts University School of Medicine, the former Princeton University star was out of the loop in the national rowing scene.

More Sports…

Book Review

Bob Dylan — A Poet of the Largest Power Turns 70

Stuart Mitchner

He is isolated among his contemporaries, by truth and by his art, but with this consolation in his pursuits, that they will draw all men sooner or later. For all men live by truth, and stand in need of expression. In love, in art, in avarice, in politics, in labor, in games, we study to utter our painful secret. The man is only half himself, the other half is his expression.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson, from “The Poet”

Is there any living American artist who fits Emerson’s concept of the Poet better than Bob Dylan? Only someone whose art, like Dylan’s, extends well beyond the page could stand beside a figure as broadly and passionately defined as Emerson’s man “who sees and handles that which others dream of, traverses the whole scale of experience, and is representative of man, in virtue of being the largest power to receive and to impart.”


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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