Luck favors the prepared mind, they say, and last week U.S. 1 photographer Craig Terry was well prepared when he headed over to the MarketFair shopping center to let Santa Claus help illustrate our cover story on winter sports activities.

Our editor Kathy Spring had already called ahead, securing the cooperation of Santa, and also making arrangements with the helpful staff of the EMS sports store there to be able to use the store and its equipment as props.

Then Terry got lucky. At the moment he arrived to meet Santa, a six-year-old from Lawrenceville, Ashley Pillsbury, also arrived to pay a visit. Ashley, suitably attired for the role, played the perfect Santa’s helper.

To the Editor:

Menorah Moment

Next Monday night, December 22, at 6 p.m. Palmer Square hosts its 14th annual Menorah Lighting. This year the event takes on a greater significance in that we are including a “Moment of Solidarity” with the Citizens of Mumbai and the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in that city.

Chanukah is a celebration of light and miracles. In the 30th Psalm, which is associated with this occasion, one of the concluding verses states:

You turned my mourning into dancing; you loose my sackcloth, and clothe me with garments of joy.

Notwithstanding the fact that there are many stores both on Palmer Square and in the downtown who would like to clothe you with garments of joy, we greatly look forward to your presence at this event.

David S. Newton

Palmer Square Management LLC

Better Together

Want to live in great community? You already do. Once again, our community has demonstrated its caring and commitment to our area’s neediest families.

Thanks to literally hundreds of individuals, organizations, corporations, and congregations, HomeFront was able to provide an estimated 6,000 very low-income parents and children not only with all the ingredients for a Thanksgiving feast but also with some additional food items for the coming weeks.

We find this generosity particularly overwhelming in these difficult economic times. (Which are, of course, even more challenging for HomeFront families.) On behalf of all the parents and children who benefited from this tangible evidence of a caring community, I send our most sincere thanks.

Connie Mercer

Executive director, HomeFront

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