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Vol. LXIII, No. 28
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
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WATER FROLICS AT THE FOUNTAIN OF FREEDOM: Kelsey Riley (back to camera) splashing Darrion (center) and Darrah Blackwell on Scudder Plaza during one of last week’s summery afternoons.

Front Page

Merchants Join Forces, Form Hometown Princeton

Dilshanie Perera

A group of local business owners met last Thursday at the Princeton Fire House to chart a course of action for their initiative, Hometown Princeton. The goal is to work together to combat the economic downturn and to increase viability.

Hiring the Right People: PRS Revisits the Evaluation Process

Ellen Gilbert

“It doesn’t matter what kind of curriculum you have,” observed Princeton Regional School (PRS) District Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, Public Information, and Community Relations Lewis Goldstein in a recent conversation about teacher evaluation. “Everything depends on quality of instruction. Evaluation has to do with hiring the right people.”

Township Committee Endorses Provisions Offering “Compromise” for Southern Way

Ellen Gilbert

In the absence of a consensus among Southern Way residents about the installation of Belgian block curbing, Township Committee endorsed a compromise agreement at a work session during its Monday evening meeting.

Other News

Get Your Movies Morning, Noon, and Night: The Library’s Redbox Is Ready to Go

Ellen Gilbert

Yearning to watch He’s Just Not That Into You at 3 a.m.? Need a Clint Eastwood fix to make your day?

Philanthropist, Investor, Journalist. Entrepreneur Esther Dyson Addresses Chamber of Commerce

Dilshanie Perera

The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting held last Thursday featured a talk by Esther Dyson, a woman of many titles, including philanthropist, journalist, investor, entrepreneur, trained astronaut, and commenter on emerging digital technology.

Library’s Student Film and Video Festival to Showcase a Variety of Young Talent

Dilshanie Perera

Now in its sixth year, the Princeton Student Film and Video Festival will be held at the Princeton Public Library on July 22 and 23, beginning both nights at 7 p.m.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Persevering to Become National Team Captain, DeJuliis Helps U.S. Win World Cup Lax Gold

Bill Alden

Failure is not a word associated with Michele DeJuliis and her lacrosse career.

PU Alum McGarvie Starts Post-Grad Career By Earning Gold With U.S. Women’s Lax

Bill Alden

Holly McGarvie didn’t get the chance to catch her breath after graduating from Princeton University early last month.

PU Hoops’ Greenman Returning to Israel; Coaching U.S. Team in Maccabiah Games

Bill Alden

Over the last two years, Scott Greenman has soaked up plenty of knowledge, getting into coaching by serving on the staff of the Princeton University men’s basketball team.

Cordonnier Helps Post 218 Hang in There; Young Club Produces Wins Down the Stretch

Bill Alden

Luke Cordonnier felt arm weary and didn’t have his best stuff as he pitched for the Princeton Post 218 American Legion baseball team last Thursday evening.

Book Review

Under or Above Ground, New York, New York’s a Wonderful Town

Stuart Mitchner

Remarkable, unspeakable New York!

Henry James, The American Scene

When I was growing up in the midwest, New York was the source, the one undeniable destination, the goal, the center of the world, the place to be. All the books I read were produced there. Classic Comics came from Rockefeller Center. When we went to see the touring production of a Broadway play, it, too, of course, came from New York. Eating breakfast in the kitchen every morning, I was looking at the folding screen my father had decorated with New Yorker covers, and it was thanks to his passion for the place that we got to live there one year. If I bonded with the city walking home from McBurney School on fall and winter evenings through the Great White Way, my initiation into New York’s sweaty realities came during school-bound subway rides to Columbus Circle packed among the proverbial sardines in the rush-hour armpit of the city (a mixed metaphor subway riders will understand).


Williams’ “Menagerie” Offers Rich Mix of Illusion and Truth in Princeton Summer Theater Staging of Classic “Memory Play”

Donald Gilpin

The Glass Menagerie (1944) was Tennessee Williams’ earliest success, his most autobiographical play, and perhaps his best loved play. There were gigantic later accomplishments, including Pulitzer Prizes for A Streetcar Named Desire (1948) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955), but Williams, in a career of more than 40 years, never surpassed the exquisite fragility and beauty (like the qualities of the glass figurines of the title) of The Glass Menagerie. Princeton Summer Theater 2009’s high-powered young company, under the direction of Lileana Blain-Cruz, has mounted a striking production of Menagerie, which bears eloquent witness to the qualities that make the play a timeless masterpiece.

Princeton Personality

Dr. Chet Stroup Has Had a Long and Distinguished Career in Education

Chet Stroup has traveled throughout the 48 states of the continental U.S. and the 10 provinces of Canada — on his motorcycle!

Considering the fact that he didn’t get the motorcycle until he was 60, this feat becomes even more remarkable.

But then, this is a remarkable man. Former principal of the then Nassau Street School and superintendent of the Princeton School District, he has made a positive difference in the lives of many students, colleagues, peers, and friends, gaining their admiration and affection.

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