Readers sometimes wonder how we decide what stories to run, and which ones to highlight on the cover. This week’s cover story on page 36 began with an e-mail from a reader, noting that her Plainsboro-based business was undergoing a significant expansion, and that the story was even sweeter because the business owner was an immigrant and had started the company from scratch after arriving in the United States.

We agreed and noted our interest in a return e-mail sent just a day or two before the presidential election. We then heard nothing. A follow-up phone call to the company was placed, but never returned.

Then we wondered: Given the harsh rhetoric of the Trump campaign against both immigrants and Muslims, could the owner of this thriving small business have decided that even in culturally diverse central New Jersey it was safer to keep a low profile than to be recognized for his success?

We may never know the motivation, but the mere possibility motivated us to celebrate the immigrants among us. Partially thanks to them we are stronger together and we will keep central New Jersey a great place to work and live.

#b#To The Editor: Giving Thanks#/b#

What a wonderful community we live in! Once again many caring individuals, congregations, civic groups, corporations, and organizations made Thanksgiving a wonderful holiday for the families served by HomeFront in Mercer County. We received donations of Thanksgiving baskets that were stocked full of dinner supplies, holiday plates and napkins, and healthy everyday food items, and distributed them to 2,200 grateful families.

We extend our deepest thanks and appreciation to our community for its generosity that enabled so many others to truly celebrate a day of being together and sharing a home-cooked meal. Together you all continue to make an enormous difference in many lives.

Meghan Cubano, Community Engagement Manager

Tiana Hall, Drive Coordinator

The board and staff of Arm In Arm would like to thank everyone who came out to celebrate with us at our November 3 benefit at Frick Laboratory on the Princeton University campus. We celebrated our mission of 36 years to provide food, housing and job support for our neighbors in need. And we culminated our fall, 2016, rollout of our name transition from the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County to Arm in Arm. Mayor Liz Lempert of Princeton, Mayor Eric Jackson of Trenton, and Billy Shore, Founder and CEO of Share Our Strength, offered inspiring remarks that made the evening very special. We thank everyone in the community who has supported our mission over the years — congregations, schools, businesses, corporations, local government, and civic groups — and we look forward to our continued partnership serving our neighbors in need.

Carolyn Biondi, Executive Director, Arm In Arm

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