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Between the Lines
Maybe you saw the article in this Monday’s Times
entitled "Nameless in New Jersey." The piece, by Iver Peterson,
chronicled the continuing struggle of Trenton mayor Douglas Palmer to
keep his city’s name in the public eye as major institutions —
obviously trying to cultivate the lucrative suburban audience outside
the capital city — drop Trenton from their names.
Thus Trenton State College becomes the College of New Jersey. The new
arena becomes the Sovereign Bank Arena at Mercer County — that’s
right, "at" Mercer County. And the Trenton Times newspaper becomes
just the Times — though a lot of us still refer to it as the "Times
of Trenton" so we don’t confuse any of you who assume (correctly) that
the Times referred to in the first sentence of this column is the New
At one point, the Times (of New York) continued, Mayor Palmer wore a
Trenton High School baseball uniform to a county freeholders meeting,
to lobby for Trenton in the name of the new minor league baseball
club. He was successful and we now have the aptly named Trenton
Thunder as opposed to, say, the Mercer Monsoon.
We can appreciate Palmer’s efforts and say that we are even doing our
small part to support him. U.S. 1, we think, is a name big enough to
accommodate Princeton and Trenton — and even New Brunswick — as well
as almost a dozen other municipalities that fall within our
We won’t kid you or Mayor Palmer: Princeton — specifically the corner
of Route 1 and Alexander Road, technically West Windsor — is still
the ground zero of U.S. 1 newspaper’s circulation base. But the newest
U.S. 1 Directory, coming your way March 22, will contain listings of
more Trenton businesses than ever before. The directory is subtitled
"Your Source for Business in Central New Jersey" and we would be
remiss if we didn’t include the many resources of Trenton in it.
On top of all that, and in response to some vigorous lobbying by a
wide range of Trenton supporters, we are now delivering papers every
Wednesday to downtown Trenton. Walk up and down State Street these
days and you might think you were in lower Manhattan or downtown
Philadelphia. And the best news of all for us is that the Trenton
business audience is picking up our paper. "U.S. 1 makes," we tell
ourselves as we drive into the state capital, "and Trenton takes."
Thank you for your generous coverage of our first ever
"Hot Poems by Cool Women" (U.S. 1, February 9). We are all amazed that
Pat Summers could assimilate so much input from such a disparate crew,
and form it into something cohesive and enticing.
Your work brought us a Standing Room Only crowd. All of us have been
to Micawber readings, one of my most recent being Maxine Kumin’s. And
this was the largest audience we have experienced there — literally,
beyond chairs. Arriving half an hour early, in an electrified mood
like a Broadway opening. What fun!
Carolyn Foote Edelmann
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