Now is the time to strike one event from your calendar and add another. The event to strike is on Wednesday, August 3, when you would normally expect U.S. 1 to arrive at your office. It will not. August 3 is our traditional midsummer “skip week.” Regular weekly publication will resume Wednesday, August 10.

As always during a skip week, our e-mail lines of communication will remain open. Send news of upcoming events to Send ideas for business stories to Diccon Hyatt — Arts and entertainment suggestions should go to Dan Aubrey — Ideas that defy categorization, as well as letters to the editor, can be sent to editor Richard K. Rein —

Meanwhile we hope you can add an event to your calendar: Our annual Summer Fiction reception Wednesday, August 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Tre Piani restaurant in Princeton Forrestal Village. We will begin introducing the short story writers and poets at about 6 p.m. The reception is free with a cash bar. This event is always fun, usually in ways we never could have predicted.

#b#To the Editor: Complete Our Streets#/b#

Streets are the great connectors of any community. They don’t just take us from one place to another in our cars, they bring us together on bike rides, jogs and walks. At least, that’s what they’re supposed to do. But the opposite is true in many New Jersey neighborhoods: streets are unsafe for people who walk, bike, or run because there are so few bike lanes, sidewalks, or crosswalks. This not only limits our choices for how to travel, but also discourages exercise.

According to the American Heart Association, physical inactivity is a leading risk factor for developing cardiovascular diseases. And in today’s world, it can be difficult to lead an active lifestyle. Sedentary jobs have increased 83 percent since 1950 while physically active jobs now make up less than 20 percent of our workforce. Nearly 70 percent of American adults and one in three children are considered overweight or obese. We must work together to make it easy and safe to go out and get active.

Complete Streets policies ensure an environment to be shared by all travelers — bikers, walkers or drivers. Unfortunately for the Garden State, only seven out of 21 counties and 130 out of more than 500 municipalities have Complete Streets policies.

The American Heart Association is seeking individuals, community groups, and organizations to serve on a volunteer committee to raise awareness and urge action around this issue. Please contact or at 609-223-3734 if you are interested in making New Jersey a healthier and safer place to live.

Courtney Nelson

Director of Community Health, American Heart Association, Robbinsville

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