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Vol. LXIII, No. 38
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
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ODE TO AUTUMN: Pumpkins stretched as far as you could see last weekend as Terhune Orchards once again set the stage for Fall with the Apple Day Harvest Festival.

Front Page

Hometown Princeton Kicks Off Campaign

Dilshanie Perera

The nonprofit organization Hometown Princeton launched its autumn advertising campaign last week, urging residents to shop at locally-owned, independent businesses.

Stimulus Seminar Draws Leaders From Around the Region

Ellen Gilbert

“The government may be throwing its money in the right place this time,” said Columbia University Earth Institute Executive Director Steven Cohen in his opening remarks at the symposium on “Sustainability and the Obama Stimulus Agenda: Engaging and Connecting with Government,” held at the Woodrow Wilson School last week.

Minority Education Committee Meets to Help New Teachers and Children

Ellen Gilbert

At its monthly meeting this week, the Minority Education Committee (MEC) heard a report on a newly formed Community Resource Group’s efforts to engage new teachers in the Princeton Regional Schools; received a reminder about an upcoming youth conference at Mercer County Community College (MCCC); and revisited some of the committee’s goals.

Other News

Fields Center and Community House Undergo “Remarkable Transformation”

Dilshanie Perera

The Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding and Community House opened for the academic year in their new space with a public celebration featuring remarks by Field Center Director Makeba Clay, Princeton President Shirley Tilghman, and Vice President for Campus Life Janet Dickerson.

Regional Planning Board Considers Princeton University’s Campus Plan

Dilshanie Perera

While no formal action was taken by the Regional Planning Board at last Thursday’s meeting, board members did get a chance to consider proposals for a possible amendment to the Master Plan.

“Part of the Fabric of this Town”: Rex Goreleigh Exhibition Dazzles Historical Society Patrons

Dilshanie Perera

A retrospective of painter, watercolorist, and printmaker Rex Goreleigh’s work currently adorns the walls of the Historical Society of Princeton (HSP), with pieces on loan from the private collection of Toni Morrison, Joseph Moore, Marvin and Ingrid Reed, and the Witherspoon Presbyterian Church, among others.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Failing to Capitalize on Red Zone Chances, Tiger Football Gets Overrun by The Citadel

Bill Alden

Glancing quickly at the stat sheet, it would appear that the Princeton University football squad battled The Citadel to a standstill when the teams met last Saturday.

Sparked by Walburn’s Penchant for Clutch Goals, 4-1 PU Men’s Soccer Showing Winning Mentality

Ed Benkin

In winning its first three games this season, the Princeton University men’s soccer team had displayed a knack for taking advantage of opportunity.

The Tigers, however, took their opportunistic mentality to a new level as they hosted Fairleigh Dickinson University last Friday night in the Princeton Invitational.

Senior Defender Schwarz Taking Leading Role as PHS Boys’ Soccer Stymies the Opposition

Bill Alden

Scott Schwarz knows that it is his turn to step up as a leader of the defense on the Princeton High boys’ soccer team.

With last season’s defensive stalwarts Will Slade and Chris Bechler having graduated, senior Schwarz feels the responsibility to lead from the back.

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Book Review

A Solid Investment: Faulkner, Hemingway, Wolfe, and Three Novels From 1929

Stuart Mitchner

Eighty years ago, while Wall Street was reeling, American literature was striking it rich. In a three-week period in October 1929 Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, Thomas Wolfe’s Look Homeward, Angel, and William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury arrived in the nation’s bookstores. That same month newsstands featured another iconic work, Dashiell Hammet’s The Maltese Falcon, which was being serialized in Black Mask magazine. According to the 2009 stock market of literature, that October 1929 quartet is a gold mine. First editions of A Farewell to Arms and The Sound and the Fury in good condition are going for $25,000 while one dealer’s asking $45,000 for a copy of Look Homeward, Angel and another is trying to get a cool $136,000 for a first of The Maltese Falcon, no doubt thanks to the landmark movie starring Humphrey Bogart. Hollywood high rollers like nothing better than collecting books that were made into famous films. You don’t want to know what first editions of Frankenstein go for.


Delany Sisters Deliver Their Tales of Life in the 20th Century; McCarter Presents Timely, Captivating Revival of “Having Our Say”

Was Joe Wilson’s “you lie” outburst during Barack Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress racially motivated, as former President Jimmy Carter and others have suggested? Has the much-publicized recent criticism of Obama and his actions been characterized by underlying, perhaps even unconscious, anti-black prejudice? Was Sergeant James Crowley just doing his job when he arrested Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates in his Cambridge, Mass. home two months ago, or was Crowley guilty of racial profiling? As the national dialogue on race heats up in the first year of the Obama presidency, it is certain that if Sadie and Bessie Delany were still alive, they would have something to say on those issues. The African-American sisters, whose words of reminiscence and wisdom constitute Having Our Say: The Delany SistersFirst 100 Years (1995), currently playing at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre, would certainly have disagreed with each other, and they would have delivered their opinions with spirited conviction and intelligence.

It’s New to Us

Fashion Forward Design and Personal Service Highlight Hedy Shepard LTD on Nassau Street

Jean Stratton

Hedy Shepard LTD has always been known for contemporary, exciting fashion. There is definitely no hint of “yesterday” at this stylish shop at 175 Nassau Street. The look is updated and “today”, always dynamic.

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