One of the takeaways of our editor’s weekend at the Princeton University Reunions (see Richard K. Rein’s column on page 42) came from a panel on the arts. In response to a question about how someone could sustain their artistic efforts in the face of the inevitable economic realities, a panelist remarked that the aspiring artist — in whatever field or medium — should make themselves part of a supportive community.

Here in Princeton and central New Jersey, we at U.S. 1 hope that our annual Summer Fiction is part of that community for writers of short stories and poetry. To participate in the community you don’t need any special credentials, wrist bands, or any formal invitation. Just send your poem or short story to fiction@princetoninfo.com by Friday, June 20 (note the extended deadline). If the poem involves some complicated typesetting then send along a hard copy to us at 12 Roszel Road, Princeton 08540.

And please include a brief biographical sketch, letting us know how you relate to our community. We look forward to your writing.

To the Editor: There’s No ‘Free Money’

Rep. Rush Holt’s letter to U.S. 1 (May 21) regarding his support for a proposed off-shore wind energy project contains a startling statement.

The congressman unequivocally states the federal government is “very literally offering us free money to harvest our winds.” Really?

Mr. Holt’s enthusiasm to promote wind energy off the New Jersey coastline seems to reveal a talent which could be perfectly suited for a lobbyist position in his future after retirement.

He would be well advised, however, not to make offers of “free money” to influence legislation. U.S. taxpayers have been accepting such offers long enough to accumulate a national debt of almost $18 trillion!

Frank J. Chrinko

Kendall Park

Bee Fit for the YWCA

As a “Bee Fit with Tracy” sponsor and as runners, we are very pleased to support YWCA Princeton’s Bi-Lingual Nursery School as Honorary Co-Chairs of the upcoming 5K race/walk. The event will be held Tuesday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m., on ETS campus on Rosedale Road. The goal of the nursery school is to ensure that non-English speaking preschool children can be on a par with their English-speaking classmates when they enter school. Proceeds from the event will provide scholarships to the children from 12 different countries.

Runners, walkers, families, and teams from corporations and organizations are invited to participate. The race is a USATF-certified course and sanctioned event. Team and individual awards will be given. Ample parking is available and a post-race buffet and lively music will make this an enjoyable event.

Register for the race at www.caprinceton.org/5K or on site from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at ETS’ Conant Hall. We look forward to welcoming everyone, rain or shine!

Tracy & Linda Sipprelle

Honorary Co-Chairs

Helping to Overcome

Learning Disabilities

I would like to acknowledge and thank Investors Bank for a recent grant of $10,000 to the Bridge Academy in Lawrenceville. The Bridge Academy is an independent school for students with language-based learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, auditory processing and ADHD. The school was formed in 2003 by concerned parents, educators, and community members responding to the lack of effective programs to teach students with learning disabilities in central and southern New Jersey.

Our school’s mission is to combine an individualized approach to teaching students with learning disabilities with a nurturing, emotionally supportive atmosphere where students can be themselves and find educational success. This approach has proven successful as 87 percent of our students pursue post-secondary education, and consistently show improvement in language arts and math skills.

We are also the only school in New Jersey with an Orton-Gillingham accredited program, a multi-sensory approach to instruction in language arts using a visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic approach. It has proven to be highly successful with dyslexic students and other language-based learning differences.

We appreciate the Investors Foundation confidence in our school. As Kevin Cummings, president and CEO of Investors Bank and a member of the Foundation’s board, explained; “the Investors Foundation is committed to supporting nonprofit organizations that enrich the communities served by Investors Bank.” We appreciate the foundation’s support of our staff and its efforts to help students with unique learning needs succeed.

We are tremendously grateful for the friendship and support of the Investors Foundation and Investors Bank and welcome them to Mercer County.

David Hayden

President, Board of Trustees

The Bridge Academy

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