Kosovo Relief

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This column was published in U.S. 1 Newspaper on May 12, 1999. All rights reserved.

One of our freelance writers the other day suggested

that we start delivering copies of U.S. 1 to Trenton. That suggestion

has been made before and we offered our writer the same response we

have offered others: Trying to serve Trenton, as well as the greater

Princeton business community, would seem foolish. Trenton, after all,

is one of the few cities in the nation to still have two competing

daily newspapers.

But we certainly will not forget Trenton, which is a wonderful destination

for our readers and we cover it as such, with listings of events at

the War Memorial, Waterfront Park, Katmandu, Maxine’s, the Urban Word

Cafe, and Artworks, among other venues. It’s also a source of economical

office, R & D, and light manufacturing space, and we have done stories

on the remaking of the Roebling site and the Hill Refrigeration complex.

Don’t forget Trenton. That admonition was first delivered to us 15

years ago, as we were hatching plans for this paper, by a retired

business leader and regional planning activist, Harry Sayen. We were

running our idea for a newspaper aimed at the incipient Princeton-Route

1 business corridor with Sayen and his friend Sam Hamill. The idea

seemed on target and they offered one particularly valuable piece

of advice: Don’t get bogged down in municipal politics; keep a regional

perspective. And, Sayen added, don’t forget Trenton.

Harry Sayen died Monday, May 10, at the age of 77. He was president

of a family-owned business, the Mercer Rubber Co., which he sold in

1981, former chair of the Mercer County Republican Party, active with

both the MSM Regional Council and the Trenton Economic Development

Council, and a columnist and book reviewer for the Times of Trenton.

We will keep both Sayen and Trenton in mind as we move ahead.

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Kosovo Relief

If Trenton is our next door neighbor, then Fort Dix

is just kitty corner across the street. Mercer County Executive Bob

Prunetti has announced a cooperative effort to send donations to the

Kosovar refugees now at Fort Dix.

Three drop off sites now accept donations: Hopewell Police Department,

Route 546 at Scotch Road; Washington Township Police, 1117 Route 30;

and the Lawrence headquarters of the Mercer County Library, Darrah


Priorities include tables, chairs, throw rugs, curtains, bed linens,

towels, cribs and strollers, TV/VCR combinations, lamps, clothing,

light jackets, rain jackets, umbrellas, socks, underwear, diapers,

VCR tapes (especially for children), books, and toys. Do not send

used shoes, food, large furniture items, or toiletries.

Two other companies have teamed up to help the refugees. WNJO-FM,

part of the Nassau Broadcasting Company at 619 Alexander Road, and

Princeton Nassau Conover on Route 206 held a silent auction for a

1999 Volkwagen. Larry Fox of Skillman won the car with a bid of $15,002

— all proceeds went to the Red Cross.

If your organization is helping the refugees, fax details to U.S.

1 at 609-452-0033.

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