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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
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.
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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