Story telling among journalists seems to be a vanishing skill, as Richard K. Rein notes in his column beginning on page 34 of this issue. But as stories get dumbed down into “scooplets,” to borrow the phrase used by former New York Times editor Jill Abramson, some stories are still entertaining and educating us.

We are referring to short stories, which are managing to survive the era of twitter-fication and are arriving daily in our physical and electronic mailboxes as we approach our Summer Fiction issue deadline of Friday, June 10. The best news is that many works are from people who have never submitted before. Maybe they didn’t get the memo about stories being dead.

Central New Jersey-based writers of short stories and poems are invited to submit their work to or to U.S. 1 Summer Fiction, 15 Princess Road, Suite K, Lawrenceville NJ 08648. As always we will strive to accommodate as many submissions as space permits in our issue of Wednesday, July 27.

#b#To the Editor: Closing the Gap#/b#

Last month the Princeton-Blairstown Center (PBC) held its first annual Links to Youth Golf Outing at Fox Hollow Golf Club in Branchburg. The event raised more than $20,000 for PBC, and more specifically our Summer Bridge Program, which addresses the “summer learning gap” for at-risk youth.

PBC seeks to transform the lives of vulnerable young people through integrated experiential and adventure-based programming in schools and at our outdoor campus. We collaborate with schools, university partners, and community-based agencies to develop in youth, a deepened self-awareness, responsible decision-making, teamwork, and leadership skills. Our volunteers strive for a future in which young people exhibit resilience and compassion, embrace expanded possibilities for their lives, and enact positive change within their communities and the world.

It was great to have so many generous new people come out in support of the work we do for vulnerable youth.

Thanks to Agricola Eatery; Chris­tina Bailey; Brother’s Pizza; Brown & Brown/Sobel Affiliates; Susan Danielson; Dick’s Sporting Goods; Tim Downs; ESPN; Fox Hollow Golf Club; Gennett, Kallman, Antin & Robinson; Irish American Trading Company; McCarter Theatre; Metro North; Bruce Petersen; Pinneo Construction; Princeton Corkscrew; Princeton University Dining Services; Don Seitz; Trenton Country Club; Trenton Thunder; Triumph Brewing Co.; and Chris Van Buren.

Also thanks to PBC’s board chair, Sarah Tantillo, and board treasurer, Tim Downs, who were our golf co-chairs, and Meredith Murray, director of development, for all their hard work.

Pam Gregory

President & CEO

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