While it may seem hard to believe that we are almost one decade into the new millennium, it is nevertheless true. And the 2009 calendar on the wall — as well as that 2010 calendar we are preparing for the printer — confirms it.

About that 2010 calendar: We are still entering dates into our events database, not just for the coming year but also for the coming weeks. It is never too late to tell us about an event, or to add details to an event already submitted. At the very least we can add the information to our website, princetoninfo.com, which is updated daily.

But if you want your event to be considered for inclusion in the hard-copy wall calendar, to be distributed Christmas week, now is the time to speak up. E-mail events@princetoninfo.com.

And while we are on the subject of calendars, we will remind everyone of the blindingly obvious: U.S. 1 will be closed Thanksgiving Day, but open on Friday, November 27.

A postscript to our 25th anniversary issue on November 11. We have continued to get E-mails, phone calls, and even old-fashioned hand-written notes congratulating us on our relative longevity. We were surprised at how many readers had obviously slogged all the way through Richard K. Rein’s 5,000-word reminiscence. The most appreciative seemed to be people who were all too familiar with the topic — fellow small business owners who felt they could have written the same article themselves and were glad that someone had done it.

We were also surprised at how well our readers know us after all these years. In the November 18 issue we reported on the opening of some affordable housing units in Princeton Borough. Sandra Persichetti, executive director of Princeton Community Housing, sent the following E-mail:

“Congratulations on 25 years of U.S. 1! In these days of shrinking print media, it is quite an accomplishment.

“Also, I loved the juxtaposition of placing the Leigh Avenue (affordable) ribbon cutting article with both the $4.35 million house sale and the Palmer Square units. We have become a community of economic extremes and this one page says it perfectly! Keep doing what you are doing — the paper is a real asset to the community.”

Readers have obviously caught on to most of our tricks. But that’s probably a good thing.

Another especially satisfying letter came from the mailroom supervisor at Dow Jones’ South Brunswick campus from 1983 to 2003. Now retired, Jerry Welsh wrote: “WOW! 25 years? It seems like only yesterday I started getting requests from all over the campus for the latest U. S. 1. You’ve come a long way! My congratulations!”

Without the support of lots of people in mailrooms and at reception desks across the corporate landscape, we at U.S. 1 would not have made it to age 25. This Thursday we know whom we should thank.

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