To begin with the most blindingly obvious fact that we can think of, we at U.S. 1 are back from our two-week hiatus and happily ensconced in your (hopefully eager) hands.

And now is the time for us to eagerly remind you of our annual reception to celebrate the writers and poets who contributed to our previous issue, the annual Summer Fiction issue. It will be Thursday, August 21, from 5 to 8 or so at Tre Piani restaurant at Princeton Forrestal Village. We will gather round a cash bar and a table or two of hors d’oeuvres for an hour or so and at around 6 p.m. we will introduce the writers, hear a few brief remarks about their stories, and invite the poets to read their work aloud.

As veterans of poetry readings will attest, the written poem and the poem recited out loud by the poet can be two dramatically different things. We invite you to see — and hear — for yourself.

If your work was printed in this year’s issue and you will be attending the event, please let us know in advance. We will be sure to recognize you at the reception.

Some of those comments are already appearing as online posts at our website, www.prince­ To see what’s been said, or to add your own thoughts to the discussion, go to the site, click on the “Search Our Archives” box on the left hand side of the page, access the articles by issue date, and then click on July. All the stories and poems are there, and your comments are welcome. If you would like to share your thoughts with our print readership, then send an old-fashioned E-mail to our editor —

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Cheers for Fiction

Congratulations on another wonderful Summer Fiction issue. Although my submission wasn’t chosen this year, I’m already looking forward to next year. As a writer who has witnessed many a market disappear for short fiction, hats off to you and your staff for allowing local writers to showcase their talent.

Cheers and best wishes!

Chelle Martin

Martin’s short stories and poems have appeared in eight of the last thirteen Summer Fiction issues.

Give Us a Wawa

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the story of Wawa (and retired CEO Howard Stoeckel) in the July 9 issue. Whenever we have lived in the area we go to Wawa regularly. Unfortunately we live next to Cadwalader Park, and must drive several miles to get to a Wawa.

My question to the company is: why are there no Wawas close to or in Trenton? North Olden or near the train station or even Lawrence or Ewing Township would welcome a Wawa, I am sure.

Brenda Springsted

The writer is a retired archaeologist and trustee of the Trenton City Museum.

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