Like the rest of you we don’t get many letters in the mail anymore, so when they come in we especially appreciate them. One recent, hand-written note came from Sydney Neuwirth, thanking us for running a photo of her husband, Lee, and their daughter, Bebe, following Bebe’s (yes, that Bebe) appearance at McCarter Theater’s annual gala.

We shouldn’t really be thanked for that — a community newspaper ought to know that the hometown celebrity is nothing without her parents. But the note warmed out heart nonetheless.

Then came another letter, unfortunately not signed, but still appreciated. Our correspondent had no fewer than three suggestions. The first was that we should include our suite number in the mailing address we have listed in various places in the paper. Simply mailing a letter to U.S. 1 at 12 Roszel Road, Princeton 08540 apparently does not guarantee delivery to our door. But what does? we might ask. In hopes that it will make a difference, our suite number is C-205.

The second suggestion was in reference to our article on the Golden Gate Bridge anniversary at the Roebling Museum in Roebling, New Jersey. We offered driving directions from Route 1. Our correspondent suggested that we also include directions by mass transit, especially the New Jersey River Line, which originates opposite the Trenton train station and is easily reached by both Northeast Corridor trains and local buses. (For more on the River Line and its scenic and historic stops, go to and search the archives for the November 5, 2008, issue.)

Best of all was the third suggestion, in reference to recent articles on the Route 1 development proposed by Mrs. G’s appliance store in Lawrence Township. The tract to be developed includes the property now occupied by a long-vacant diner. Our correspondent noted that the diner in question, once known as the Calhoun Diner, later the Cass Diner, and then Ben’s Diner, before it went out of business in the 1980s, is an antique diner that could possibly be moved to a new location. The letter included a copy of an April 29 article from the Trenton Times that quoted a spokesperson for Mrs. G saying that preserving the diner “is on the table,” though by no means guaranteed.

To the Editor:

I am writing in support of the Mercer County Improvement Authority’s (MCIA) plan to build a solar energy system on Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) campus. (U.S. 1, May 9).

As former Commissioner of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU), I commend the MClA and MCCC for demonstrating the vision and leadership necessary to implement a landmark solar energy array and to prepare college students for careers in one of the state’s and world’s fastest growing industries. Projects like this provide much needed budget relief and avoid the need to increase future property taxes due to increases in electricity prices, while utilizing clean renewable energy technologies.

New Jersey is a national leader for its commitment to solar energy. As of March, 2012, New Jersey has 730 megawatts of solar energy installed, second only to California in the country. It was only last year that our state surpassed the milestone of 10,000 solar installations, totaling 380 megawatts in combined capacity — a success that Governor Christie has expressed his desire to build upon in the 2011 New Jersey Energy Master Plan by increasing solar capacity throughout the state in the coming years. New Jersey’s solar energy commitment has been so successful over the past decade due to the state’s bipartisan commitment to support clean, renewable energy generation.

I myself am a strong proponent of renewable energy programs, and while at the BPU I worked to build and strengthen New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program, which has played a critical role in fostering clean energy adoption. The MCIA and MCCC share my values and are working toward establishing one of the most forward thinking, sustainable, and pioneering campuses in the United States.

Frederick Butler

Former BPU Commissioner

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