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Vol. LXII, No. 36
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
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GEHRY-DESIGNED: Princeton University’s new Lewis Library houses science library collections across many disciplines. The structure was designed by architect Frank Gehry with the intent to provide an environment to enhance contemplation and creativity. The building opens for use on September 11, the first day of the University’s academic year.

Front Page

Recreation Board Seeks Input on Pool Renovations

Ellen Gilbert

The Recreation Department Board approved its master plan, which includes plans for renovating the Community Park swimming pool complex, at its monthly meeting last Thursday. They will present the plan to a joint meeting of the Township Committee and Borough Council on Monday evening, September 15, at 7 p.m. at Township hall.

School Board Discusses Rising Costs, OK’s State Regulations

Ellen Gilbert

At its meeting last week, the Princeton Regional School Board anticipated some challenges during the coming school year, promised to address questions posed by the Minority Education Committee, and rubber-stamped a spate of new regulations required by the state government.

Completed PU Construction Projects Include Architect Gehry’s Lewis Library

Dilshanie Perera

The new buildings on the Princeton University campus are bridging gaps both spatial and disciplinary. The Lewis Library, which is slated to open on the first day of the school year, September 11, will bring together scientific tomes from various disciplines into a single space. The new engineering building will allow social scientists and engineers to combine forces.

Other News

Republican Women of Mercer County Find Palin’s Selection “Outstanding”

Dilshanie Perera

When the the Republican Women of Mercer County held a voter registration drive in Hinds Plaza last week on the 88th anniversary of women’s suffrage, the Democratic Convention was underway and Senator John McCain had not yet selected Alaskan governor Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running-mate.

Princeton Young Achievers Get Ready for School Year

Dilshanie Perera

Poised right at the beginning of a new school year, with a benefit concert by the Bacon Brothers coming up next week, Princeton Young Achievers (PYA), an academically-oriented after school program serving more than 100 children in grades K to 5, has much to be excited about.

Cotsen Exhibit Celebrates Los Angeles-Based Artist

Ellen Gilbert

Some artists are closely associated with particular places, like Van Gogh and Arles, Georgia O’Keeffe and New Mexico, or Ansel Adams and Yosemite National Park. Though less well known, children’s book illustrator Leo Politi (1908-1996) was intimately bound up with Los Angeles. It gets even more specific, since he was known to many as “the artist of Olvera Street,” for the place where much of his work about the city’s Mexican population is set.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Senior Star Chinn Ready to Go Out on High Note as PU Women’s Soccer Christens New Stadium

Bill Alden

Lisa Chinn knows better than most the ups and downs that can come with a college sports career.

Bolstered by Sterling Group of Seniors, PU Field Hockey Aims to Stay on Task

Bill Alden

Entering its NCAA Tournament Play-In game last November against the University of Massachusetts, the Princeton University field hockey team appeared to be poised for a deep playoff run.

Former PU Basketball Assistant Coach Levy Primed to Run the Show for MCCC Men’s Hoops

Bill Alden

There is little question that Howard Levy is afflicted with the basketball coaching bug.

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Book Review

On Richard Wright’s Centenary: A Bridge of Words

Stuart Mitchner

“I wanted to try and build a bridge of words between me and that world outside.”
—Richard Wright (1908-1960)

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