A recent item in the New York Times — reporting that staffers from the Boston Globe had voluntarily come together to deliver the Sunday, January 3, edition because of problems with the paper’s regular delivery service — brought this comment from Barbara Figge Fox, U.S. 1’s senior correspondent.

“I couldn’t help but smile when I saw that Boston Globe reporters, frustrated by delivery problems, volunteered to get out and actually deliver Sunday’s paper themselves. In 1986, for my first week at U.S. 1, everyone on the staff (plus the freelancers) loaded up with papers and headed out from Mapleton Road to their delivery routes.

“As U.S. 1 founder Rich Rein used to say … ‘When you deliver, you get to know your readers.’ Our deliverers are also paid to be reporters — to note when companies come and go. Even when we moved ‘up’ to Roszel Road, cheerful willingness to pitch in on delivery was a condition of employment.

“I couldn’t help but be sad when I realized that the Globe fired 600 people who worked for its former delivery service. Yes they hired 600 more, but the previous workers were surely living on the margins, some struggling to learn a new language in a new country.

“You don’t work midnight to eight, putting miles and miles on your car or your feet, unless you really need the money.

Then I remembered how gratifying it was for those of us who wrote for the paper to actually deliver a paper that is warmly welcomed by its readers. In virtually all the buildings, I would be greeted by — ‘Oh good, U.S. 1 is here, thank you!’

Globe reporters got thanked, too.”

On that note, U.S. 1 is frequently looking to bolster its own delivery crew. We seek responsible individuals with reliable transportation who are free on Wednesdays from around 8 a.m. The delivery routes are concentrated within an eight mile radius of Route 1 and Alexander Road.

Interested? Please contact Brittany Bayo at bbayo@mercerspace.com.

Correction

The Princeton Historical Society’s move from the Bainbridge House on Nassau Street to its new headquarters at Updike Farmstead on Quaker Road is an important change for an important area organization, as Aleen Crispino reported in the January 6 issue of U.S. 1.

In editing the story, language was added that indicated the move was initiated by Princeton University, owner of the Bainbridge House. In fact, the Historical Society initiated the move to consolidate operations to the farm purchased in 2004. The university plans to use the Bainbridge House space as a visitors’ center.

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