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Vol. LXV, No. 30
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
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FIELD OF DREAMS: If you build it, they will come, and so they did last Saturday when the Historical Society of Princeton called for the annual reenactment of 19th century baseball at Princeton High School’s junior varsity baseball field on Valley Road.

Front Page

Princetons Address Consolidation, Pool

Ellen Gilbert

At a special joint meeting on Monday evening, members of Township Committee and Borough Council addressed two of the most contentious issues in recent Princeton history: consolidation, and the future of the Community Park Pool complex.

New School Allocation Will Support Personnel, Technology, Facilities

Ellen Gilbert

While the Department of Education (DOE) touted Governor Christie’s new allocation of $17 million in “new aid” for New Jersey’s public schools, Princeton Superintendent Judy Wilson put the numbers in perspective.

Princeton, Other Communities Gear Up For “Night Out” Events

Anne Levin

With 2,000 hot dogs ready to grill and a healthy supply of “slushies” waiting to be mixed, Princeton Recreation and Township Police departments are gearing up for Community Night Out at Community Park Pool on August 2. Everything is free at this annual gathering, from pool admission to mini-facials and a chance to drop police officers into a dunk tank.

Other News

PHS Students Participate in Special Program To Explore Environmental Issues in Honduras

Ellen Gilbert

Princeton High School (PHS) recently became the first public high school in the United States to have students participate in Operation Wallacea, an international effort that sponsors biodiversity surveys in endangered areas of the world.

At The Annual Anchor House Ride The Rallying Cry Is “It’s for the Kids!”

Anne Levin

It has become a local rite of summer. The annual Anchor House Ride for Runaways, a fundraising bicycle trek that covers 500 miles in seven days, is familiar not only to the nearly 200 cyclists who take part, but to the countless friends, family members, and co-workers who pledge donations for the cause.

Joy Chen Moves Her Business Location From Retail Store to a Private Studio

Anne Levin

To the visually oriented, Joy Cards was like a candy store. The glass cases and display racks at this Chambers Street shop were home to Joy Chen's intricately crafted, customized invitations and selected greeting cards. When she closed the store this past June, her many loyal customers were distressed.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Hagel Heading to St. Louis Blues Organization As PU Hockey Alum Fights for Spot in NHL

Ed Benkin

Kyle Hagel is fighting for a spot in the National Hockey League — literally.

Former PU Hockey Star Sproat Retires From Pros, Earning Service Award on the Way to Grad School

Ed Benkin

Dustin Sproat ’06 has walked away from hockey once before.

Rekindling Love for Rowing After Lengthy Hiatus, PU Official Appelget Back on Water for Mercer Club

Bill Alden

After playing three sports at West Windsor-Plainsboro High, Kristin Appelget was looking to try something new athletically when she came to the University of Notre Dame in 1989.

With Coach Carter Getting Into the Trenches, PYS Advances in Summer Men’s Hoops Playoffs

Bill Alden

Jason Carter is getting in the trenches to better coach the Princeton Youth Sports team this season in the Princeton Recreation Summer Men’s Basketball League.

More Sports…

Book Review

“Did He Get One Today?” — From National Fixation to Personal Passion

Stuart Mitchner

During the summer of 1941, half a year before Pearl Harbor, the nation was cheering a man on a quest. The coast-to-coast excitement aroused by Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak had people simply asking one another “Did he get one today?” without reference to who or what they were talking about. Les Brown and his Band of Renown recorded a hit song about the mythic feat. Sung by Betty Bonney, “Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio” conveyed the morale-raising spirit of “baseball’s famous streak/that’s got us all aglow.” Twenty-five years down the road, one of the key lines from another hit, Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson,” recalled the time when the nation’s “lonely eyes” were “turned to” DiMaggio.


ONJ and NJSO Join Forces to Explore Mendelssohn’s Celebration of Gutenberg Bible

Nancy Plum

It is hard to argue with the choral music of Felix Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn rediscovered and popularized the music of J.S. Bach, and his own oratorios were key in the evolution of the amateur choral society tradition and the now worldwide movement of choral festivals. Like many 19th century composers, Mendelssohn wrote works for festive town occasions, and the 1840 400th anniversary of Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press (and its subsequent influence on the Protestant Reformation) gave the choral field a Festgesang — a one-movement strophic piece for brass and men’s chorus — and a Lobgesang, a full choral symphony. As part of their continuing summer collaboration, Opera New Jersey (ONJ) and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) brought these two pieces together (apparently a rare occurrence) last Thursday night in Richardson Auditorium. Led by conductor Mark Laycock, who has been on hand conducting Opera New Jersey’s Barber of Seville, Thursday night’s concert brought Mendelssohn’s dramatically-crafted choruses and melodic solo writing to a sold out and very appreciative house.

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