To the Editor:Volunteers Drive, Red Cross Relief

Thank you! More than 1,000 individuals contacted the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey to volunteer their time at the chapter or down along the Gulf Coast! We are proud of the hundreds of volunteers from our area who have assisted the relief effort on both a local and national level following the destruction caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Our chapter, serving Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon and parts of Somerset counties, is deeply moved by the compassion shown by our community.

Our chapter has been busy conducting specialized training sessions to prepare 321 volunteers for the relief operation in the Gulf area, including 198 new volunteers. To date, 121 of these volunteers have been deployed for two or three week assignments, with more looking toward deployment in October and November.

Members of our Disaster Family Services have been doing extensive client casework to help the 172 families that arrived in our chapter area after evacuating the Gulf Coast. These families have received cash grants, housing assistance, mental health support and other services.

The support of this community has helped the Red Cross raise the much-needed funds to provide assistance to over one million people who have been affected by the hurricanes. You arranged fundraising at baseball and soccer games, held

concerts and auctions, sold hand-made crafts and lemonade, held school read-a-thons and sometimes just walked in and donated your hard earned savings. Your generosity is highly commendable. You have come forward to help your neighbors across the country just as you do here in New Jersey.

Kevin Sullivan

Chief Executive Officer


Elaine Strauss’s article about "Growing Up Guggenheim" (October 5) is excellent and accurately reflects our conversation, as well as what was written in the book. One oversight that I failed to mention was the fact that James M. Hester,

former president of New York University, was president of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation for a period of some 15 years, between Mason Gross and Si Bunting, who took over in June, 2004.

Peter Lawson-Johnston

IN THE OCTOBER 12 issue artist Linda Gayoso’s last name was misspelled in a caption. Gayoso’s work can be seen through Sunday, October 30, at Metrovation-Terranomics Development in Red Bank.

In the residential real estate listings, the correct price for the house at 189 Marshalls Corner-Woodsville Road, Hopewell, is $659,900. It is listed by Dawn Petrozzini of Re/Max Greater Princeton, 609-951-8600. The correct address of the house on Conover Drive in Hillsborough is 409 Conover Drive. It is listed for $574,000 by Carolyn Gramata and Cynthia Schwartz, also of Re/Max Greater Princeton, 609-951-8600.

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