It’s September and that means that U.S. 1 reporters and freelancers

take to the highway for our annual survey of rush hour traffic. For

nearly 20 years now we have been driving the same stretch of highway –

Route 1 from Franklin Corner Road at the south to Raymond Road to the

north – at the same time of year: usually the third week of September,

after Princeton University resumes classes and before the Jewish

holidays.

This year that window was last week, September 19 to 21, and we drove

and drove and drove. So where are the results? Not in this issue, as

it turns out. But they will appear soon, in the issue of Wednesday,

October 11.

For this issue, the Greater Princeton Chamber of Commerce’s business

to business Trade Fair has taken priority. The trade show comes at a

new time this year. In past years it was before Labor Day, and then it

moved to early September – it was well out of the way before the

traffic issue. This year, however, it is scheduled for Friday, October

6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Westin hotel in Princeton Forrestal

Village.

So beginning on page 12 of this issue you will find listings of all

the exhibitors scheduled to be there, plus lots of additional

information about them, plus profiles of the two trade show

celebrities – the new CEO of the Chamber, Karen Colimore, and the CEO

of the commerce commission and the keynote speaker at the Trade Fair,

Virginia Bauer.

On page 32 read about the winner of our own U.S. 1 Battle of the Bands

– Thursday Night Jazz – who will provide the live entertainment at our

second annual U.S. 1 Breakdown Party, which runs from 3 to 5 p.m., at

the trade fair at the Westin. The breakdown party is a fun,

let’s-relax-after-the-trade-fair event with great music, gourmet food

tastings, and a cash bar. It is free and open to the public.

We’re excited to have Thursday Night Jazz joining us this year. The

trio – 14-year-old high school freshmen – knocked the socks off the

160 patrons of a posh fundraiser held in Princeton for the Mercer

Alliance to End Homelessness last weekend. Guests walked into the

Snowden Lane garden of publishing executive Tim Andrews to find what

looked like a band of high schoolers who turned out to be immensely

talented, a truly sophisticated jazz trio.

Shirley Tilghman, president of Princeton University, and Doug Palmer,

mayor of Trenton, were among those who marveled at how they played

with the elan of musicians years their senior. (Tilghman and Palmer

were the recipients of awards from the alliance, along with Governor

Jon Corzine and Stephanie Wolcott of Tyco.)

The chamber’s trade show is "business to business," but another kind

of convention is set for Saturday, September 30. It has less to do

with business and more to do with relieving the stress of business.

Michele Engoran of the Center for Relaxation and Healing in Plainsboro

has organized a "Natural Living Expo: Mind, Body and Spirit" at the

Premiere Hotel, 4355 Route 1, Princeton. Cost: $10. It features 45

vendors with products and services including feng shui, Chinese herbal

medicine, and nutrition and wellness products. In Survival Guide,

Engoran tells how to put on an expo (page 9).

If you just can’t wait to get the results of the traffic survey, we’ll

give you a hint: It’s worse. You’d think you could predict that, but

no, some years it actually improves. This year, however, the afternoon

southbound run was significantly slower. We will use the time between

now and October 11 to try to find out why.

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