Monthly Archives: March 2008

Pictorial tour of Grounds for Sculpture

ALL PHOTOS: (Melissa L. Gaffney)

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Princeton and sculpture tomorrow

I will be visiting the Princeton University Art Museum and Grounds for Sculpture tomorrow with one of my roommates, Megan Schrier.

I have been to Grounds for Sculpture many times but have yet to visit the Princeton Art Musuem.

Grounds is one of the best places in N.J. to take creative pictures. It is an outdoor “museum” of sorts that features sculptures and artwork of various sizes.

I’m looking forward to a creative day.

Any takers, let me know.

Check back tomorrow for Web exclusives, including photography.

PHOTO: LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT One of the amazing things about Grounds for Sculpture is that artists have recreated various pieces of famous artwork, including Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party.” Clearly I have met my lover. (Nicole Edine)

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Downtown Book Heaven: The Strand

Despite my current employment (Barnes and Noble), the Strand Bookstore in the East Village, Manhattan, is by far a gem of a bookstore.

I love the East Village for many things, but few of them beat more than 18 miles of new, used, rare and out-of-print books.

A professor of mine introduced me to the Strand about two years. I have forever been converted.

Having purchased countless amounts of books, I can honestly say that they have what corporate bookstores offer and more. The Strand even boasts a magnificent collection of rare books, which takes up an entire floor of their four-level main outfit in the city.

They also ship anywhere in the world, which is excellent for when I can’t always make the trip.

The Strand also has a Central Park kiosk, open from April through December, and an Annex located downtown near the Financial District and South Street Seaport shopping pavilion.

If you have not been to the South Street Seaport, it is a must. I had never seen it before a few months ago.

My book-seeking took me to the Annex. My curiosity (and temporary loss of direction) took me to South Street. Lucky for me it was a gorgeous day and the pavilion was more than picturesque.

What more could I ask for than books and an amazing glimpse of the city?

To visit their Web site, click the headline.

PHOTO: BOOKWORM Me during my first-ever visit to the Strand. I remember it quite clearly: We were walking up Broadway and I was expecting to see enormous signs pointing out our destination, (Thanks, B&N) when all of a sudden we were there. I had found it! Rather, it found me. Like most great things in the city, it is a subtle hole in the wall. Love at first sight. (Megan Schrier)

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Keyport council meeting to be held on Tuesday

Keyport’s regularly scheduled council meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 1, at 7 p.m. in Borough Hall.

(No joke, despite the occasion.)

The meeting is open to the public.

Borough Hall is located at 70 W. Front St.

For more information, visit Keyport online or call (732) 739-3900.

PHOTO: Borough Hall. (Melissa L. Gaffney)

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Web exclusive with Jim Henkel

Trenton Devil Jim Henkel is more than a hockey player: he’s now a dad!

Henkel has a six-week-old baby girl at home with wife, Fallon.

While it’s hard knowing his family is in Aberdeen without him, Henkel said the only benefit is that he’s the one who gets to sleep through the night.

And the hockey.

“Being with all the guys, it’s like a second family. Being around them makes it a lot easier,” he continued.

For a full feature on No. 11, pick up a copy of The Courier next week, April 3.

PHOTO: ICE, ICE BABY Jim Henkel now prepares for hockey games and fatherhood. (Melissa L. Gaffney)

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Bayshore parades continue today

Keansburg and Highlands will host their annual St. Patrick’s Day Parades today at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.

For more information, check out St. Patrick’s Day in Highlands and St.Patrick’

Look for their coverage in next week’s issue of The Courier.

PHOTOS: DECKED OUT More shots from Keyport’s 3rd Annual St. Paddy’s Day Parade: (1) Leprechaun! (2) Sparky the Firedog. (3) Vendor prowls the streets. (Melissa L. Gaffney)

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College athletes: best passage I’ve read in a while

I know we’ve all read those motivational/inspirational/any-ational passages about college athletes.

This one is different.

“It’s not about getting a scholarship, getting drafted or making Sports Center. It’s a deep need in us that comes from the heart. We need to practice, play, lift, hustle, sweat and compete. We do it all for our teammates.

We don’t lift weights with a future Olympic wrestler; we lift with a future doctor. We don’t run with a future Wimbledon champion; we run with a future CEO.

It’s a bigger part of us than our friends and family can understand. Sometimes we play for 200,000 fans, sometimes for 25. But we will play hard.

You cheer for us because you know us. You know more than just our names. Like all of you, we are still students first. We don’t sign autographs for money. But we do sign graduate school applications, MCAT exams and study body petitions.

When we miss a kick or strike out, we don’t let down an entire state. We only let down our teammates, coaches and fans. But the hurt in our hearts is still the same.

We train hard, lift, throw, run, kick, shoot, dribble and lift some more, and in the morning we go to class. Still the next day in class we are nothing more than students.

It’s about pride: in ourselves, in our school. It’s about our love and passion for the game.

And when it’s all over, when we walk off that court or field for the last time, our hearts crumble. Those tears are real. But deep down inside we are very proud of ourselves.

We will forever be what few can claim: college athletes.” – Annonymous

I loved this.

It is too often the case that people don’t get enough credit for what they actually accomplish in one day.

In a society of indifference, it’s important to remember something this passage addresses: we are all in the same boat, no matter what others think.

PHOTO: IT ALL STARTED SOMEWHERE Members of the Lacey Township High School tennis team 2001-05, more Lady Lions! Our dreams of being college athletes began here. (Compiled by Lauren Rieder)

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