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Vol. LXV, No. 28
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
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PICK YOUR OWN: Blueberry pickers survey the harvest at last weekend’s Blueberry Bash at Terhune Orchards where “everything blueberry” was celebrated. Country music was provided on both Saturday and Sunday, along with a puppet show presented by Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theatre.

Front Page

Voting on Pool Bids Set for End of July

Anne Levin

Concrete or steel? The virtues of both materials were the subject of debate at Princeton Borough Council last Tuesday, July 5, when Borough Administrator Bob Bruschi updated members about the construction bids for Community Park Pool. The council plans to vote on the pool bids before the end of the month.

Planning Board Meets To Discuss Rezoning For Arts and Transit

Anne Levin

At its July 7 meeting, the Princeton Regional Planning Board entered into its first discussion of the rezoning being proposed by Princeton University to allow for construction of a $300 million arts and transit neighborhood near McCarter Theatre. No action was taken at the gathering, but several concerns were raised by Board members and community residents.

Township Pilot Food Waste Pickup Program Is Going Strong; Pellichero Hopes It Will Last

Ellen Gilbert

Princeton Township’s Organic Food Waste Curbside Pick Up Pilot Program is doing well, but hopes to sign on additional residents in the coming weeks. “We did 3.98 tons of organics the Tuesday after the 4th of July!” enthused Princeton Recycling Coordinator Janet Pellichero. “That is an amazing number for one week, equal to the whole month of June!”

Other News

Summer Programs at the Theological Seminary Welcome Clergy, Laity to “Participatory Environment”

Ellen Gilbert

Two programs, including a new collaboration with Westminster Choir College, highlight the summer calendar at Princeton Theological Seminary’s School of Christian Vocation and Mission.

Extraordinary Publisher and Collegial Mentor, Princeton’s Herbert S. Bailey Is Remembered

Ellen Gilbert

Herbert S. Bailey, Jr. is being remembered as “one of the most influential and well-respected scholarly publishers of his time.” The fifth Director of Princeton University Press (PUP) died in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on June 28, just weeks short of his 90th birthday.

New Bookstore in Hopewell Borough To Specialize in Works From the Sixties

Anne Levin

The phrase “stuck in the sixties” doesn’t usually apply to members of the Bar. But Tom Gombar, a longtime corporate lawyer who now focuses on criminal and matrimonial law, is a wistful veteran of the Woodstock era. While Mr. Gombar, a Princeton native, is hardly mired in the past, he revels in such memories as attending Woodstock in 1969 and meeting poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti at San Francisco’s City Lights bookstore a few years later.

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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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