In this part of Central New Jersey we don’t have to wait for the Fourth of July for the fireworks to start, because Princeton University stages a magnificent display for Reunions, usually the last Saturday in May or the first in June. But the patriotic pyrotechnics, the ones that celebrate Independence Day, will be this weekend. Most of them are scheduled for Saturday, June 30. See the listings that begin on page 13 for details.

Why not more big fireworks shows on the 4th itself? One reason may be that the following day, Wednesday, July 5, is a work day. For some it will be the first day back after a four-day weekend. For others, as Kathleen McGinn Spring reports in a Survival Guide item that begins on page 10 of this issue, it will be the morning after a mid-week day off.

As McGinn reports, the 4th falling on a Tuesday means that Monday, July 3, is a day in limbo for the business community. Some businesses will be closed for the day; others – including banks, brokerage firms, and the post office – will be open.

Here at U.S. 1 we are moving up our deadlines for both this paper and our sister publication, the West Windsor-Plainsboro News. We hope to have U.S. 1 shipped off to our printer on Saturday, freeing us up for a three-day weekend, at least. We will do our best to be flexible, of course, but we urge that you get editorial announcements to us no later than Thursday at noon. Classified and display advertising requests should get to us by Friday, June 30, at noon. Call 609-452-7000 if you have a question.

To the Editor:

Sudan Benefit

Lives will be saved in the Sudan because of your feature on Emmanuel Mathiang, who escaped being killed by his government and now lives in New Jersey ("A Sudanese Refugee Finds Peace," U.S. 1, April 26). The Piano Teachers Forum of Central New Jersey is very grateful to both you and Mr. Mathiang, who spoke at our recent benefit concert for the Sudan, which raised nearly $7,000 for "Doctors without Borders."

Anyone who was unable to attend but still wants to help can mail a check made out to "Doctors without Borders" c/o 8 DeLotto Drive Hamilton 08619. Thanks, U.S. 1!

Marianna Torres

Hamilton

I am writing regarding my poem "The Linear Life," which was published in U.S. 1’s Summer Fiction issue in July, 2003. It is my understanding that I retain the rights to the poem and am able to republish the poem without requesting permission. Just want to clarify this, as another publisher has expressed interest in possibly publishing the poem.

Donna J. Gelagotis Lee

Editor’s note: Authors do retain all rights for work published in the U.S. 1 Summer Fiction issue. Contrary to our usual practice (all of the articles from 1998 onward are posted on our website) we do not post the fiction on the Internet.

We have begun reviewing the nearly 100 pieces submitted for this year’s issue, which will be published Wednesday, July 26. Watch this space for the time and place of the annual writers’ reception.

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