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MAY IS NATIONAL BIKE MONTH: Princeton’s bicycling community will soon have more opportunities to park their bikes on Nassau and Witherspoon streets. Three new bike racks inspired by the Whole Earth’s Marketing Director, Fran McManus, who came up with the idea, will be paid for by local businesses as part of the emphasis on alternative forms of transport being promoted this Saturday at a Community Walk/Bike Rally on Hinds Plaza. From left: Janet Heroux, chair of Princeton Township’s Sidewalk and Bikeway Advisory Committee (SBAC); Mimi Omiecinski, founder of Princeton Bike Tours; Lisa Ruddy, owner of The Original Soup Man; Whole Earth Trustee Laura Huntsman; and Ms. McManus. The bicycle, complete with panniers and organic fennel belong to Ms. Heroux

No Excuses: Be Green and Be Seen at Hinds Plaza Rally This Saturday

Linda Arntzenius

May is National Bike Month and Princeton residents will be seeing a lot of “Be Green and Be Seen” posters around town advertising a Community Walk/Bike Rally at the Hinds Plaza this Saturday, May 10, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Arts Council of Princeton Announces Opening of Robeson Center for the Arts

The Arts Council of Princeton will open the doors of its newly renovated and expanded Paul Robeson Center for the Arts to the public on Thursday, June 5, 2008. Opening Celebrations will begin with a ribbon cutting at 2 p.m. immediately followed by a dedication of the Witherspoon Jackson Neighborhood quilt and public open house. The festivities continue with a reception for the exhibition, “Return: Home,” from 4-7 pm.

More International Students, Minorities Being Accepted by Princeton Graduate School

Linda Arntzenius

According to an announcement from Princeton University, the graduate school is attracting international applicants and a more diverse pool of applicants from within America’s minority communities.

Knowledge of Princeton History Tested in Crossword Challenge

Ellen Gilbert

Herbert W. Hobler, a member of the 1783 Committee, may not be on Will Shortz’s list of crossword puzzle creators for The New York Times, but with the puzzle below he is challenging Town Topics readers to complete the first of four puzzles that will appear here in the coming months.

Grafton Praises Old Libraries as Well as New Technology

Ellen Gilbert

For young Alfred Kazin, the New York Public Library was a “blessed place,” where he prepared to write his first book, On Native Grounds, by reading his way through American literature without ever leaving Manhattan.

Reading from and discussing his new book, Codex in Crisis, at Labyrinth Books on Monday, Princeton Professor Anthony Grafton described Kazin’s experience and evoked the glories — the quietude, the comprehensive collections, the chance to “dive deep” — provided by great, old libraries, while acknowledging the efficiencies afforded by new technology.

Art and Time Come Together at Trinity to Benefit Trenton After School Program

Dilshanie Perera

Over 50 art-pieces in the form of variously embellished clocks lined the walls and shelves installed in Pierce Hall at Trinity Church on Mercer Street last Friday evening. The artists who had made the clocks as well as members of the Trenton After School Program (TASP), which was hosting the event, were on hand. Over 45 people were present and adjectives like “fabulous” and “stunning” could be heard throughout the night as they discussed their impressions of the art.

Princeton University’s New Architect Looks to Balance Innovation With Tradition

Stuart Mitchner

Ron McCoy, the Princeton graduate alumnus who has been selected as the new Princeton University architect, envisions the 10-year Campus Plan he will oversee in terms of how it “resonates with the traditional.”

In an interview Monday, Mr. McCoy mentioned campus buildings that embody the balance he has in mind, among them Rafael Vi–oly’s Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics and Michael Dennis’s Bloomberg Hall, “another good blend of the contemporary with the traditional.” He also singled out the recently completed Whitman College designed by Demetri Porphyrios as “a remarkably well done contemporary in the collegiate Gothic mold.”

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