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

bridges.

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

it south.

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.

Correction

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

department" there.

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.

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