When U.S. 1 vacated the ramshackle farmhouse at the corner of Mapleton
Road and Route 1 in 1992, we moved to a more corporate environment on
Roszel Road, and we thought we had left Mapleton Road behind us. But
we keep finding stories along this little country road that runs from
Route 1 to Kingston.
It changes its name along the way to Seminary Road but, whatever you
call it, it has always been a bucolic drive, with the canal and the
Millstone River or Lake Carnegie on one side, and St. Joseph’s
Seminary and the Princeton Nurseries’ land on the other.
Through the years naturalist, writer, and poet Carolyn Foote Edelmann
has provided many a nature tale of her sojourns on this stretch of the
canal and Carnegie Lake. In fact, if you have this year’s U.S. 1
Calendar on your wall, you will see her nature photographs taken here.
The November page will show the Millstone River near the Mapleton
Water is a perennially good subject, and for us, the Millstone River,
the canal, and Carnegie Lake are the equivalent of the three rivers in
Pittsburgh. We investigated impure water at the Millstone River
apartments in 1986, put Jim Amon of the D&R Canal Commission on the
cover in 1991, and did a story on fishing from the Millstone River
with a photo of Safeguard Business Systems’ Jim Cramer in his skiff.
Old houses on Mapleton Road provided fodder for two cover stories, one
on the Benjamin Gray House and how it turned into office space, and
another piece on the man who hoped to take apart an old house and move
More people learned about this road when, to the north, Princeton
Forrestal Village was built, followed by Windrows (the healthcare
complex) and Barclay Square (the apartment complex). At that point
some of Mapleton Road’s fans began to wonder whether the acres down by
the water could remain untouched.
Happily a substantial portion of the land between Mapleton and the
road will be preserved, thanks to an agreement that is documented in
Edelmann’s article, which begins on page 14 of this issue. That story
leads to listings for houses currently on the market. Those listings,
provided by the listing real estate brokers, are of course subject to
changes in prices and availability.
In a story on Richard Teplitsky’s appearance at a recent NJ CAMA
meeting (U.S. 1, October 11), we identified him as the director of
communications for Lucent Technologies. He writes to say his exact
title is director of communications for global sales & services. He
also clarifies that he does not teach at Temple, but rather "serves as
an industry advisor to the strategic and organizational communications
Teplitsky was quoted as saying that research has shown that power tech
consumers are willing to spend, on average, $72, or half of their
at-home food bill, for communications services. He wants to be clear
that he was not referring to all consumers, but was saying that "some"
Americans "may" gladly pay half of their average individual at-home
food bill each month to reap the richness of the Internet, cell
phones, and cable television.