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Vol. LXV, No. 27
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
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PRINCETON SPIRIT IN THE SKY: The 13th annual Spirit of Princeton Independence Day fireworks display brilliantly marked the occasion Friday above the fields along Western Way. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

Front Page

New Daytime FreeB Offers Wider Access

Ellen Gilbert

Residents of all ages in both the Borough and the Township are welcoming the news that, beginning Wednesday, July 6, free shuttle service will be running three days a week during daytime hours to connect residents to the retail, community, and recreation areas around Princeton.

Borough Council Hears Presentation On Valley Road Building

Ellen Gilbert

At its meeting last week, Borough Council heard a detailed description of the Valley School-Adaptive Reuse Committee’s (VRS-ARC) vision for the reclamation of the Valley Road School building as a community center. VRS-ARC spokespeople Kip Cherry, Dick Woodbridge, and Dan Preston portrayed “a creative space for non-profits,” that would be utilized by both long- and short-term tenants.

Alexander Road Has Reopened But Expect Delays on Cherry Valley

Anne Levin

While traffic woes have eased on heavily traveled Alexander Road, drivers on Cherry Valley Road will be experiencing some delays during the next few weeks due to another construction project. As of Tuesday, July 5, one-lane alternating traffic is in place between Billie Ellis Lane and Route 206 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Other News

HiTOPS Prepared to Respond to CDC Findings About Badly Underserved LGBTQ Population

Ellen Gilbert

The news was described as “devastating,” but HiTOPS Executive Director Elizabeth Casparian was upbeat.

Responding to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicating that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and queer (LGBTQ) young people are “shockingly under-served and face health risks on every front,” Ms. Casparian said she saw “hopeful signs of change.”

Fifty Years Later: Hemingway’s Hymn to the Writer and His Craft

Stuart Mitchner

I thought the headline was a joke. A morbid April Fool shocker perpetuated by the Daily Mirror. Except it was July 2, not April 1. I stared at the battery of papers displayed at the newsstand on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Eighth Street. Ernest Hemingway’s face was grinning back at me under the massive black words,

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Strand Provided Strength, Support in Captain’s Role As PU Women’s Open Crew Made Henley Quarters

Bill Alden

In assuming the role as captain of the Princeton University woman’s open crew this past season, Michaela Strand felt some pressure.

“I had some big shoes to fill; we had two great role models [Sara Hendershot and Ari Frost] to guide us the year before,” said Strand, referring to her predecessors as captain.

With Sakuma Developing Into Top Coxswain, PU Women’s Lightweights Landed Henley Spot

Bill Alden

Yuna Sakuma focused on endurance sports during her prep career at Phillips Exeter, competing in distance running, swimming, and cycling.

But some of her high school friends thought Sakuma was ideally suited to play a key role in another grueling activity.

“A bunch of my friends on cross country at Exeter also rowed and they told me I would be a perfect coxswain because I am very small, loud, and athletic,” said Sakuma, a native of Tokyo, Japan.

Turning Heads With Physical Play, Leadership, Hun’s Pierce Makes Captain in Sunshine Football

Bill Alden

As one of the only prep school players on the West squad for this year’s Sunshine Football Classic, Hun School outside linebacker Nick Pierce wasn’t sure if he would fit in.

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Art Review

James A. Michener Art Museum
Soldiering On: William Trego, Stephen Crane, and the Imagery of War

Stuart Mitchner

The music of the trampling feet, the sharp voices, the clanking arms of the column near him made him soar on the red wings of war. For a few moments he was sublime.

from Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage (1895)

With the new exhibit, So Bravely and So Well: The Life and Art of William T. Trego, the Michener Art Museum marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and pays tribute to an artist whose heroic personal struggle reflected his chosen setting — the field of battle. Some two years after his birth in September 1858, Trego was stricken — in effect, seriously wounded — on the eve of the conflict that would become one of the primary subjects of his art. Whatever the cause — polio, most likely — it crippled his hands.


The Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio Concert Energizes Audience With Beethoven’s Music

Nancy Plum

Part of the fun of attending the concerts of the Princeton University Summer Concerts Series is seeing how much of the audience seems to have dropped whatever they were doing to attend the performance. People come in all types of dress and in a wide range of ages — well-dressed with children in tow to perhaps just having left their gardening. Clearly no matter what the daytime activities, there is always time for chamber music. The new season of the Princeton Summer Concerts Series kicked off last Tuesday night in Richardson auditorium with a polished trio making their way through the complete piano trio works of the master of chamber music.

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