Questions that need to be answered: Is the website back up? When is the deadline for the summer fiction “contest?”

Yes, and its sister site,, are back online and almost completely updated with software upgrades that will better protect us from hackers. Just this week, however, we uncovered one more minor glitch caused by the software update. The security feature governing the posting of online comments was not working, thereby preventing readers from posting comments to the online versions of our print stories.

We hope this gremlin will be vanquished soon, perhaps by the time you are reading this. In the meantime, more apologies to our readers who want to be engaged with us online as well as in print.

About that summer fiction issue (notice that we do not call it a contest). It will be printed Wednesday, July 23. It’s not a contest because we designed this issue to give our readers a chance to share their short stories and poetry with their neighbors — we are not trying to determine the best literary work in the English-speaking world.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 13. Send your work to Be sure to include a paragraph or two telling us about yourself and your connection to the greater Princeton business community. That’s important. While we love short stories that have an intriguing plot and an elegant ending, and while we are moved by poetic sentiments and resonant rhymes and meters, we also appreciate the participation of those who are part of our year-round audience.

#b#To the Editor: Thanks to 40,000+#/b#

On behalf of the board, staff, artists, members and volunteers of the Arts Council of Princeton, we would like to thank everyone — including 40,000 plus visitors, 200 vendors, and more than 40 performance groups — who helped make the 43rd annual Communiversity Festival of the Arts such a spectacular event on a gorgeous spring day.

When the Arts Council plans Communiversity Festival of the Arts, we envision a “town meets gown” celebration with something for everyone: diverse music and dance performances, outstanding artistry and crafts, creative children’s activities, delicious food, and participation from numerous local merchants, nonprofits, and campus groups. By all accounts, we achieved our goal.

Our thanks to: the students of Princeton University, President Chris Eisgruber, and the Office of Community and Regional Affairs; Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert, administrator Bob Bruschi and his staff; the Police Department; Fire Department; First Aid and Rescue Squad; Regional Health Department; Public Works Department; the Princeton Clergy Association; the Princeton Merchants Association and Chamber of Commerce; event planners Harper McArthur and Stacy Ducharme; and our major sponsors: the MINI Delaware Valley Dealer Group, Bai Brands, AT&T, AvalonBay Communities, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Palmer Square Management.

Cindi Venizelos

Jeff Nathanson

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