Now is the time to mark your calendars. The event to cross off is on Wednesday, August 2, when you would normally expect U.S. 1 to arrive at your office. It will not. August 2 is our traditional midsummer “skip week.” Regular weekly publication will resume Wednesday, August 9.

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 —

Inquiries about advertising can go to Jacqueline Barrett: For classified ads, it’s

Meanwhile please add an event to your calendar: Our annual Summer Fiction reception Wednesday, August 16, 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. This year we will invite guests to answer the puzzles posed by two pieces that appear on page 48. Nikki Stern’s “Still Life with Donut” references to a famous painting — name the painting and the artist. E.E. Whiting’s 250-word short story, “Palette-able,” is packed with 11 literary and fine art allusions. Can you name them? Answers will be revealed August 16.

#b#To the Editor: Art from the Heart#/b#

Thank you for your article about the Capital Health – Hopewell show, “Healing Art Stories.” It is a show I am most proud of and very connected to. The Healing Hands Mobile Art Program, which I help run as a volunteer, is dear to my heart. I see the healing impact of making art both in patient rooms as well as while working in my studio.

During dark times, I have been able to transcend moments of despair and in light times, my desire is to create optimism to those who view my art. My tag line is “Where Art Soothes, Hope Rises.” This comes from my soul and am so happy that you shared with your readers the hospital’s latest exhibit.

And please let readers know that purchases help support the Arts & Healing Program at Capital Health – Hopewell. Monies will go toward getting art on the walls at the Trenton-based hospital, Regional Medical Center, as well as further support the Healing Hands Mobile Art Program. Donations are welcome too — we are in constant need of colored pencils, paint brushes, crochet hooks, canvas, paper, etc. And, we are always looking for volunteers to continue and broaden the Arts & Healing Program.

Jane Zamost

Editor’s Note: Healing Art Stories is on view at Capital Health Medical Center in Hopewell through Monday, October 16. Call 609-537-6073 for more information. An article about the exhibit appeared in the July 12 issue of U.S. 1.

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