It’s a new week and a new issue of U.S. 1 with its usual compelling mix of business and arts news. On the cover is a look inside Edward Tenner’s new book on the unintended inefficiencies that arise from systems designed to be ever-more efficient. The Preview section includes the unique back story of “Caged,” a play created by prison inmates and having its world premiere at Trenton’s Passage Theater; and the story of a band leader with a bejeweled hook in place of his shark-eaten hand.

But it’s also the start of a new month, which means that new editions of U.S. 1’s nine community-oriented sister publications are hitting mailboxes and newsstands in the towns they serve. Stories are also available online at www.communitynews.org.

In the Princeton Echo, Princeton University sophomore Ethan Sterenfeld profiles Princeton police chief Nicholas Sutter and explores community policing issues in light of the March shooting at Panera Bread on Nassau Street.

The Hopewell Express covers a recent community forum on a topic that transcends municipal borders: opioid addiction. At the event, “The Opioid Crisis, Is It Here?,” speakers shared powerful stories of how opioids had affected their lives and the lives of loved ones.

In the Trenton Downtowner Patricia Taylor reports on the changes that have turned the Capital City Farmers’ Market into a weekly Trenton highlight. The Thursday market in Mill Hill Park kicks off its 2018 season May 17. Just up Route 1, the West Windsor-Plainsboro News highlights the ongoing popularity of the West Windsor Farmers’ Market, which opens for the season on Saturday, May 5.

Those are just two of many farmers’ markets serving our communities, and, as Joe Emanski reports, CSA (community supported agriculture) programs also abound in the Mercer County area.

If breakfast meat sounds more appealing than fruits and vegetables, the Trenton Downtowner also shares Ron Shapella’s story on the capital city’s rival pork roll festivals, both on Saturday, May 26, and the new collaboration between Case’s Pork Roll and the minor league Trenton Thunder, who will be renamed the “Trenton Pork Rolls” on Fridays starting May 18.

It’s also May, which means that deadlines for U.S. 1’s annual Summer Fiction issue are fast approaching. Monday, June 4, is the last day to submit your original poetry, short story, or play. The issue comes out Wednesday, July 25.

As always, the issue is not a contest, but preference is given to writers who live or work in the Princeton area. First-time submissions are always encouraged, though submissions from children are not. E-mail your work to fiction@princetoninfo.com or mail it to U.S. 1, 15 Princess Road, Suite K, Lawrenceville 08648. Be sure to include a brief biography.

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