We at U.S. 1 are seldom at a loss for words, but we also understand the power of a picture to tell an important story.

In March we invited artists to become visual correspondents and help tell one of the biggest stories of our times, the COVID-19 pandemic, in images.

While artists of all types immediately began to respond, the virus disrupted our paper and put our efforts on hiatus. But now we’re catching up by turning this issue’s last page into a gallery and welcoming readers to the opening of “The Art of Quarantine.”

We are also reminding artists that while museums and galleries are closed, our pages are open and the invitation still open. Email high-resolution images to dan@princetoninfo.com.

To the Editor: Thanks for Supporting Sew Many Masks

Just one month ago, the Arts Council of Princeton was approached by town officials asking if the ACP would lead a community mask-making initiative. Eager to help, we added the Sew Many Masks endeavor to our roster of “apART together” projects within the week. What followed was truly extraordinary.

Upon launching, the Princeton community has rallied behind this effort with commendable compassion and plenty of hands-on help. More than 1,000 masks have been hand-sewn and distributed to those who need them. Upon reaching this milestone, it’s important to recognize and thank the countless folks who have helped make this possible.

First to thank are the fabric-cutters and mask-sewers. Many of them are anonymous, as these volunteers pick up fabric, and in a day or two, return sewn masks! But they know who they are and they should know that they have our appreciation. Two friends of the Arts Council, Carolina Firbas and Council Member Leticia Fraga, deserve special recognition as they’ve contributed a combined 100 masks. Our hats are off to them.

We have also been supported by a number of local organizations. Sakrid Coffee generously donated 4,000 disposable masks for the Arts Council to distribute quickly to those who need them. Custom Ink has provided hundreds of t-shirts that we convert into mask ties. The YMCA stepped up to accept (and launder!) fabric donations, which has been a huge help. And the staff at a variety of social service organizations have helped us to deliver sewn masks to people who otherwise would not have been able to receive them.

And finally, huge thanks to the staff of the Arts Council. Our community is fortunate to have such a dedicated group of people who quickly, and creatively, rallied behind this idea. The entire apART together initiative has been a collaborative effort, and the Sew Many Masks project is just one example of how this talented team can take a kernel of an idea and bring it to life.

For information about Sew Many Masks, including how to request masks for you or someone you know, people are encouraged to visit the Arts Council of Princeton website: www.artscouncilofprince­ton.org.

Jim Levine

Interim Executive Director, Arts Council of Princeton

Calling Out Police Misconduct

As a reporter at the Asbury Park Press, I’ve spent years investigating the ways New Jersey fails to hold police officers accountable. My stories have exposed cops using excessive force, bias against female recruits and the dangers of police car chases. Journalists at other media outlets have also highlighted serious problems.

The state attorney general imposed several police reforms to address some of the issues. But abuses by the police persist, and I’m trying to understand the problems on a deeper level.

So this year I’m partnering with ProPublica to tap into the nonprofit investigative outlet’s expertise and resources.

I need your help. Please complete this form if you know about police misconduct in New Jersey or how it’s allowed to continue.

We know that the majority of police officers take their jobs and the public trust seriously, but we’ve also seen the damage that can be caused by bad cops. In recent months, cops have been accused of corruption, sexual misconduct, abusing “off duty” or “extra duty” assignments and retaliating against a community member who filed a formal complaint. I’m interested in learning more about these types of issues. I’m also trying to understand the role of police unions and other behind-the-scenes power players that may be impeding discipline.

I am hoping to talk to community members, police officers, public employees and others who can steer me in the right direction. Thank you for your help guiding my reporting.

We appreciate you sharing your story, and we take your privacy seriously. We are gathering these stories for the purposes of our reporting. You can also email us at njcops@propublica.org to reach our reporting team, or text me on Signal at 732-586-8776.

Andrew Ford

Asbury Park Press

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