A postscript to all the excellent reporting by the daily newspapers on Hurricane Irene. Some of us caught without power on Sunday and Monday tried to rely on Twitter feeds available through our smart phones. They were helpful but not totally reliable.

For example, on Sunday night we managed to drive from downtown Princeton to West Windsor via the only road then open — Washington Road. That got us only to Route 1 and from there we were able to reach Alexander Road, and that road only went as far as Roszel Road. Headed back to Princeton we checked our tweets and discovered some unsettling news from one of the Princeton blogs: Washington Road on the Princeton side was now closed, thereby making the return to Princeton impossible.

We skeptical reporters drove up Route 1 and checked. In fact, Washington Road was open and we made it home safely. But from the tsunami of data we discovered some solid information: The West Windsor police department relayed its news bulletins through Twitter and Facebook. It was a great use of social media and we hope all police departments will follow that lead.

A postscript to last week’s account of the Summer Fiction reception: When we introduced Christina Kales, author of the short story titled “Finding Daphne in Calcutta,” she thanked us for printing her piece but sounded a note of dismay. The final five paragraphs of her story had been omitted.

Sure enough, somewhere between her word processor and ours the final page of her manuscript had been lost. The story in full can now be found in the digital archives at www.princetoninfo.com. Search on issue date and select the July 27 issue. As much as we liked her printed version, with what we thought was a deliberately ambiguous ending, we like the complete version even more.

#b#To the Editor: Save the Old School#/b#

I am an employee of Princeton Community Television working in the Valley Road School building. Over the last few years I have witnessed a plethora of architects, electrical engineers, structural engineers, and a brick mason examining the building. In its current condition, it certainly is in need of some tender loving care. Listening to these professionals comment on just how viable and valuable a building the Valley Road School is, I have become increasingly convinced it is worth salvaging. If I thought that there was any environmental or physical danger to me, I could simply increase my hours in my family business and walk away.

The attitude that this historic building should be discarded like a pair of worn out shoes feels irresponsible both environmentally and financially. Shoe repair stores still exist and are worth the price when the shoes are well built, as is the case with the Valley Road Building.

What choice do we want to demonstrate to Princeton’s children as we are teaching them the importance of conservation?

Sharon Murray

Operations manager, Princeton Community Television

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