Every once in a while we get an e-mail or a phone call from someone with a simple request: could we please remove an article from our website? Typically the person asking was once mentioned in a story that has since been archived online at prince­toninfo.com, and the information in it is now a hindrance when it comes up in Google searches by future employers and the like.

The simple answer to this question is almost always no. As journalists, we cannot be in the business of rewriting history. And even if we were, the internet is not so simple. Stories are cached and reprinted in many places, and a change on our end would do little to excise the offending information from the web.

But there are ways to protect your online image: on page 5 of this issue Scott Morgan profiles Paul Cecala, who offers tips on employers’ background check processes.

#b#To the Editor: Thanks from HomeFront#/b#

The response to our second annual Week of Hope was overwhelming. Over the course of one week, 204 individuals participated in 14 various volunteer opportunities and educational forums at four different locations across Mercer County. It was an energizing time during which we met many new friends and saw the renewed commitments of many old friends.

Together, we organized our food pantry and prepared free food bags for homeless and vulnerable families. Together, we discussed the issues surrounding poverty and homelessness in lunch and learn sessions and bus tours of our facilities. Together, we organized an on-site rummage sale at our Family Campus, gathered supplies for expectant mothers, tutored adults, and read to young children. Most importantly, together we built hope for families in need in our community.

Many participants expressed interest in continuing the relationship with us. We always welcome volunteers — without you, our programs couldn’t succeed. Listed below are some of the service opportunities we have on an ongoing basis:

• Tutoring young adults

• Food pantry — helping hungry families by sorting, shelving, and preparing food bags

• Free Store — sorting donated items for our families

• Donation drives — for non-perishable foods, diapers, and personal hygiene supplies, and procuring gently used bedding

• Cooking classes in our teaching kitchen

For additional ideas and more detailed information, follow this link or call our volunteer coordinator at 609-989-9417, Ext. 137.

We’ll be hosting a “Home Is Where the Heart Is” open house at our main office at 1880 Princeton Avenue in Lawrenceville on Tuesday, February 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. For anyone who wants to learn more about the range of services we offer and how you can be involved, save the date.

We look forward to continuing this momentum with your inspiring support.

Connie Mercer

Executive Director, HomeFront

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