The annual Summer Fiction issue is out, and we are now preparing for the annual reception on Thursday, August 22, at which we recognize the published writers. John Symons and E.E. Whiting will be there to help introduce and comment upon the work of the short story contributors.

This year we will also be joined by the Ellen Foos, who reviewed the poetry submissions for this year’s Summer Fiction issue. Foos, a Princeton-based poet and editor, is founder and publisher of Ragged Sky Press, a small, selective cooperative press that — with over 15 books of poetry and prose — has historically focused on mature voices, overlooked poets, and women’s perspectives.

In addition to her professional work as a senior production editor for Princeton University Press, Foos is a MacDowell Colony fellow and a member of the U.S. Poet’s Cooperative. She founded a poetry reading series at the Princeton Public Library, organized poetry slams at the Arts Council of Princeton, and coordinated readings at the New Jersey State Museum, Trenton City Museum, and Classics Books Store in Trenton.

Foos and the Ragged Sky Press — www.raggedsky.com — were the subject of the October 10, 2012, U.S. 1 article “The Sky’s The Limit for Poetry.” Meet her, Whiting, Symons, and many others who appreciate the written word at the free reception on Thursday, August 22, from 5 to 8 at Tre Piani restaurant, Princeton Forrestal Village.

To the Editor:

Who Is Steward

Of Old School?

The hypocrisy of School Board president Tim Quinn’s justification for rejecting a citizen group’s proposal to save the older part of the Valley Road School building, as expressed at the July 22 Princeton Council meeting, was breathtaking. In his words, “The board arguably would have been in breach of its fiduciary responsibility to this community if it had given the property to VRS-ARC on the terms proposed.”

One has to ask: As opposed to the board’s ongoing irresponsibility in allowing the building to fall apart for lack of maintenance? Clearly, fiduciary responsibility includes the stewardship obligation to protect the taxpayers’ prior investment in existing structures — something that has not been done in the case of VRS for decades.

My first exposure to this issue occurred soon after Princeton Community Television took up residence there. When the roof began leaking above the room being used as TV-30’s studio, the school’s response was not to repair the leak but to hang a tarp below the ceiling and drain the water through a hose out the window.

Deterioration of the building has accelerated in recent years and, unless preventive measures are taken soon, the damage this winter to the now vacated and unheated portion could well be irreversible. It appears the object of the school board is to ensure that the building falls down, without an official decision actually being made. Fiduciary responsibility indeed.

Mr. Quinn defended the board’s decision by citing “the total absence of any evidence of the group’s ability to fund its proposal.” In fact, the group has laid out its fundraising plans to the board in considerable detail over many months. The question is how, mindful of its fiduciary responsibility to potential donors, could its members go out and begin soliciting contributions while lacking any expressed control over the future of the building?

As evidence of its bona fides, the committee has acquired 501(c)(3) tax-exempt certification from the IRS, held successful fund-raising events to support its operations, and developed relations with a number of local nonprofit organizations that are strongly interested in participating (and paying rent to help maintain the building).

What we need from the School Board, at long last, is a responsible response. Time is running out.

Charles Creesy

Valley Road School Adaptive Reuse Committee

Holt for Senate

I feel strongly about the rightness of Rush Holt in the Senate. Having lived in the Princeton region since 1968, one of my greatest privileges is now being represented by this fine man. The Senate has great need of his brilliance, commitment, courage, and integrity.

Of course, Rush’s stand on the environment is central to my personal loyalty. But his intrepid attention to the urgency of reversing catastrophic climate change may well be the most vital.

I’m grateful to Rush for bringing the issues to the people, for being with us at the barricades, for often carrying the banner. Social Security and veteran’s needs are paramount with Rush. The list of causes bearing his stamp goes on, on and on. Reading about our American Revolution, I always experience Rush as living the paradigm for which our Founding Fathers pledged “their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.”

I urge readers to “pay any price, bear any burden,” to bring Rush Holt to the Senate. Our country and the world will be better for it.

Carolyn Foote Edelmann

Canal Road, Princeton

Eden Sets Record

On behalf of Eden Autism Services, and the children and adults and their families whom we serve, once again I want to extend my heartfelt thanks for the generosity of our community.

On July 14 Eden held its 10th annual Eden Autism 5K Race and one-mile fun run in Forrestal Village. I am thrilled to announce that we exceeded our previous fundraising record for this event with $165,000 in net proceeds.

Special thanks to Tony Kuczinski, president & CEO of Munich Reinsurance America, and the Munich Re staff and interns, for Munich Re’s leadership role as title sponsor of the race; Curt Emmich of Princeton Forrestal Center, who served as race director; and the numerous volunteers, sponsors, and other individuals and businesses who provided monetary or in-kind support for our event.

We are deeply grateful to the dedicated Eden Autism 5K steering committee that helped plan this remarkable event and to the walker, runners and spectators who participated.

Thomas P. McCool

CEO, Eden Autism Services

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