We will take a minute — a moment, actually — to reflect on last week’s Survival Guide issue on presentation and persuasion.
In that issue U.S. 1’s Richard K. Rein considered the ideal lengths of various activities and noted that a “moment” of silence is never a minute. Twenty seconds, Rein guessed, would be the maximum for most people observing a moment of silence. On Monday, January 10, we tested Rein’s theory prior to the college football championship game in Glendale, Arizona. The crowd was asked to observe a moment of silence for the victims of the assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tuscon. We measured the “moment” at about four seconds.
In that same issue we listed a gaggle of online ventures, including the new Patch sites from AOL, now competing for viewers of “hyperlocal” news and events. Our most glaring omission was the Trentonian newspaper’s website — www.Trentonian.com — and Twitter feed. As Rein reported last May 19, the Trentonian has taken a “digital first, print second” approach to its news coverage .
We welcome further correction, such as the one below:
#b#To the Editor: Who’s Squawking?#/b#
Scott Morgan’s exhaustive listing of local news and event sites managed to omit one of my favorites: SocialSquawk (www.socialsquawk.com).
Founder and CEO Ken Smith and his Princeton-based team have created a terrific-looking, feature-laden site with real personality. For anyone who appreciates good design along with a local news and events, this is the place to visit.
Alan Goldsmith, Kingston
We thank all who have been involved with Enable this past year. We are grateful for our dedicated volunteers — over 400 strong — who help enrich the lives of persons with disabilities we serve. We thank those who financially make contributions to sustain us. Our sincere thanks to nearly 200 staff who remain committed to our mission. And we are so appreciative of the hundreds of persons with disabilities and their families that entrust us to serve them.
We thank everyone who contributed to our December Holiday Gift Drive by purchasing gifts, donating food, wrapping gifts, making deliveries, or providing funds to make this a successful gift drive. We provided gifts and food to 206 individuals. Our Holiday Gift Drive co-chairs, Liz Boyle and Lois Miller, orchestrated behind-the-scenes work.
Ninety-five groups and individuals were involved, including employees of Bloomberg, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Hopewell Valley Community Bank, NRG Energy, Inc., PEAC Health & Fitness, Pepper Hamilton, Petco, and Turner Construction Company.
Without the generous support of the community, we wouldn’t be able to provide these services.
Sharon J. B. Copeland, Executive director, Enable Inc., 13 Roszel Road