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Vol. LXII, No. 39
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
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WAGON WHEELS: What may look like a painting of the Westward Movement is actually a scene from last weekend’s Apple Day at Terhune Orchards. Families rode ponies and farm wagons, explored the corn stalk maze, made their own scarecrows, and gorged on “Everything Apple.”

Front Page

Arts and Transit Designs Unveiled

Dilshanie Perera

“We believe exposure to the arts is vital,” said architect Steven Holl, citing poet Paul Muldoon in describing the intent behind his designs of the Lewis Center for the Arts during last Wednesday’s open house for Princeton University’s proposed Arts and Transit Neighborhood. The event was held in the new Paul Robeson Center for the Arts.

Improvement District Suggested and Debated by Princeton Future

Ellen Gilbert

Princeton Future Chair Robert Geddes introduced “someone from the outside” at the group’s Saturday meeting in the auditorium of the Paul Robeson Center. Morristown-based lawyer and redevelopment expert Robert Goldsmith would, Mr. Geddes said, describe “three new tools that might be useful to us as a community,” after eight years’ worth of what he described as “what if” conversations.

Regional Planning Board Approves Application for New Building

Ellen Gilbert

The Regional Planning Board approved an application from Kathleen Casey, Inc. for a Preliminary/Final Major Site Plan with variances for a new building to be constructed at 44 Spring Street, after a prolonged discussion of the proposal’s problems and merits at its meeting last week.

Other News

University’s Sustainability Open House Designed to Promote a Greener Campus

Dilshanie Perera

More than a hundred students crowded the lower level of the Frist Campus Center at Princeton University for the Sustainability Open House last Wednesday. Environmental groups, university personnel, professors, and researchers spoke with those in attendance about topics like water quality, sustainable materials, compact fluorescent light bulbs, bicycle culture, and environmental justice.

Web-based “Princeton Living Well” Aims to Boost Community Fitness

Dilshanie Perera

“I really want to motivate people to make health a priority in their lives,” said Gail Everett, an avid power walker, exercise enthusiast, and lifelong resident of Princeton. She’d been venturing into the community since 1986 to get the word out about the importance of exercise and proper nutrition, and had been lamenting the lack of free health programs in Princeton. Until now.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


PU Football Starts Opener With Superb First Half, but Can’t Match Citadel’s Intensity in 37-24 Loss

Bill Alden

Last October, the Princeton University football team went out of its league to take on Hampton University, a power in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).

With Annis Triggering Offense, PHS Field Hockey Gets First Win

Bill Alden

Liz Annis and her teammates on the Princeton High field hockey team couldn’t find an offensive rhythm in their first two games this season.

Heeding Wake-up Call From Opening Day Loss, PHS Football Rebounds by Routing Ewing 39-7

Bill Alden

Steve Everette imitated Johnny Cash’s sartorial style last week but not because he is a fan of the late country music star.

More Sports…

Book Review

Going Gently and Ungently Into Childhood’s Good Night

Stuart Mitchner

Until I revisited our old, read-to-rags copy of Goodnight Moon, the sole subject for this column was Maurice Sendak, who turned 80 in June and was honored last week at the 92nd Street Y, where James Gandolfini read In the Night Kitchen, Meryl Streep delivered a passionate rendition of The Note on Rosie’s Door, and Council Speaker Christine Quinn declared September 15 Maurice Sendak Day in New York City.


Think You’ve Had a Bad Day? Check Out the MaGrath Sisters; Henley’s “Crimes of the Heart” Opens Theatre Intime Season

Donald Gilpin

Have you had a bad day recently? If you want to know just how bad a day can be, meet the MaGrath sisters from Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Crimes of the Heart (1979), currently playing at Theatre Intime.

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