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Vol. LXIII, No. 34
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
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(Photo by Dilshanie Perera)
FLYING TRAPEZE: The 1981 George Segal sculpture, “Circus Acrobats,” has been installed in the lobby of the Princeton University Art Museum. A gift to the museum from the George and Helen Segal Foundation, the life-sized plaster trapeze artists greet visitors entering McCormick Hall.

Front Page

57 Cats Captured in Borough Neighborhood

Dilshanie Perera

With about eight felines still on the loose, 57 stray cats and kittens have been captured from the Wilton Street and Cedar Lane area by Princeton Animal Control over the past two months.

New Affordable Housing to Open on Leigh Avenue, Other Renovations Ongoing

Dilshanie Perera

Executive Director of Princeton Community Housing (PCH) Sandra Persichetti delivered an annual report to Borough Council at a recent meeting detailing the status of affordable housing in town.

Police Looking for Leads as Graffiti Vandals Attack Princeton Parks, Walls, Tennis Courts

Ellen Gilbert

An outbreak of graffiti vandalism, in several instances featuring identical or similar markings, has taken place in Princeton this summer.

Other News

Young Scholars Interact With Luminaries at Institute’s “Adventures of the Mind”

Ellen Gilbert

It was a celebrity-watchers dream. Not the Britney Spears-type celebrity, mind you; more the Nobel Prize, Poet Laureate, MacArthur “genius” award winner kind of celebrity, and they were all in one place, as Adventures of the Mind held its biennial summit for students ages 15 through 18 at the Institute for Advanced Study last week.

Born in a Bookseller’s Dusty Window: Lapidus Collection on View at Firestone

Ellen Gilbert

“My first antiquarian book was purchased in London in the summer of 1959,” writes Sidney Lapidus, Princeton ’59, in the catalog accompanying Firestone Library’s exhibition, “Liberty and the American Revolution,” based on his remarkable collection of artifacts from that era.

George Segal’s Circus Acrobats Greet Visitors to PU Art Museum

Dilshanie Perera

Gracefully frozen in mid-swing, George Segal’s Circus Acrobats (1981) are now on display above the lobby of the Princeton University Art Museum.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Former PU Hockey Star Westgarth Joins Islanders, Aims to Be on Ground Floor of Rebuilding Process

Bill Alden

The once-mighty New York Islanders hit the rock bottom of the National Hockey League this past winter.

PU Alum Fiander Runs Textbook Goalie School, Pushing Students to Learn On and Off the Ice

Bill Alden

At first glance, the scene on one of the rinks at Ice Land Skating Center in Hamilton last month appeared to be a run-of-the-mill ice hockey camp.

Emerging as Team Leader for Rutgers Men’s Golf, PHS Alum Gibbs Poised for Big Senior Campaign

Bill Alden

Based on how things went for Jordan Gibbs during his freshman season on the Rutgers University men’s golf squad, it didn’t look like he was going to be a team leader anytime soon.

Record Review

Lester Young at 100: Fine and Mellow, Hurtful and Haunting

Stuart Mitchner

Irrespective of tempo, his melodic invention was always strange and haunting. On a jump number, he would impose a weird mood; a ballad was transformed into a nostalgic song, searching and mysterious.

Stanley Dance

Lester Young’s one-hundredth birthday is tomorrow, August 27. He died 50 years ago, March 14, in his room on the fourth floor of the Alvin Hotel on Broadway and 52nd Street. From his window he could keep an eye on the “Jazz Corner of the World,” Birdland, where I was fortunate enough to see him play, third on the bill after Sarah Vaughan and Dizzy Gillespie. At 16, I was underage, but as long as I sat in the section to the side of the bandstand they called the bleachers, they left me alone. Vaughan and Gillespie were famous outside the jazz world. I’d heard of Lester Young but if someone had told me he was a giant, one of the elite group of truly legendary jazz musicians, I’d have thought they were putting me on. Before Sarah Vaughan did her set and Dizzy Gillespie his, with the usual comic touches, the saddest man I ever saw slouched on to the stand and nothing was funny. It hurt to watch him sweating under the hot glare of a spotlight that made his face look jaundiced.

It’s New to Us

On the Bone … Because It’s Always Sweeter: New Restaurant Offers Special Bone-In Dishes

Jean Stratton

On the Bone, the new restaurant at 4355 Route One South (adjacent to the Doubletree Hotel), has lots to recommend it. Customers are finding it appealing on many levels — from delicious “on the bone” cooking, to welcoming and knowledgeable service, and an inviting atmosphere to a comfortable and family-friendly price range.

Classic French Instruction and Competition Available at Sebastiani Fencing Academy

Jean Stratton

It is called “the oldest modern sport.” Long a favorite activity in Europe, it is growing in popularity in the U.S. It’s fun and challenging for all ages, and is notable for its strong focus on precision, concentration, coordination, and movement.

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