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This article was prepared for the April 16, 2008 issue of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved. For the complete calendar of business meetings and arts events in central New Jersey, go to www.princetoninfo.com/us1evts.html

Between the Lines

It appears that two stories in last week’s issue – Marvin Harold Cheiten’s Interchange piece on the brazen habits of cell phone users and Elaine Strauss’s preview of Boheme Opera’s "West Side Story" – merged with a bang last weekend for one of our editors. Having just just settled in to enjoy Graham Lustig’s superb Jerome Robbins-inspired choreography and Leonard Bernstein’s exquisite score, she suddenly perceived another soundtrack overwhelming Tony and Maria’s first lyrical duet.

What was that noise seeping into the auditorium? Was it microphone feedback? Was it the stage manager "calling" the show to the backstage technicians? As our editor slowly turned her head to the left, she realized that in fact, the woman behind her was in deep conversation – on her cell phone! The tucked head and hand furtively cupped around the phone did nothing to disguise her, for the blaring light of the screen and her voice, which she made little effort to conceal, gave her away.

Our dismayed editor shot the woman her best dirty look and said in a harsh sotto voce, "Please turn off your cell phone!" Here comes the best part. The woman looked up and, as if deeply bruised, said in an I-dare-you-to-dis-me voice all around her could hear, "You want to pay my cell phone bill?!" Our editor simply turned around in her seat and seethed for the rest of the performance.

There is nearly nothing more disrespectful and distracting than someone who thinks she is the center of the universe simply because she has the technology to talk to someone whenever and wherever she pleases.

To the Editor:

Teen Job Fair

The first Princeton Teen Job Fair held April 9 at the Princeton Public Library was a great success. Nearly 300 area teens (and parents too) attended throughout the afternoon and were able to meet one-on-one with representatives from businesses and organizations and learn about and apply for paid employment, internships, and volunteer opportunities.

We would like to express our appreciation to the BioAnalytics Group, Braun Research, Olives Deli & Bakery, Playnation Parties and Playgrounds, Princeton Family YMCA, Princeton HealthCare System, Princeton Human Services Commission, the Princeton Packet, Princeton Public Library, Princeton University, Shop-Rite, Montgomery, Six Flags Great Adventure, Sparkling Pools, Target, and Wegman’s. We are also grateful to U.S. 1 for reporting on our efforts in advance of the event.

The Princeton Alcohol and Drug Alliance, the Princeton Public Library and the Princeton Regional Chamber, co-sponsors of the Teen Job Fair, look forward to making this an annual event.

Businesses and organizations interested in participating may contact Helane Staller at hstaller@aol.com. A directory of this year’s participants is available online at www.princetonlibrary.org/teens. Helane Staller

Princeton Alcohol and Drug Alliance Board member

Susan Conlon

Teen Services Librarian,

Princeton Public Library


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