Thursday, November 1

Sports and the Bar

Thomas R. Curtin is a huge sports fan who also likes the bar. No, not the kind of bar where sports fans go to eat, drink and cheer for their favorite teams; rather the bar, meaning the legal profession. Curtin is a partner in Graham Curtin, a full service law firm with offices located in Morristown, New Jersey.

“I have been a sports fan since I was a child playing Little League baseball and sandlot football,” Curtin says. “Unfortunately, however, I was always what I call a ‘half-baked athlete.’ I was the kid about whom the coaches said, ‘I wish everyone on my team had your attitude.’ Not ‘your talents’ or ‘your abilities,’ mind you, just ‘your attitude.’”

When he grew up, Curtin retained his love of sports even as he pursued a career in law, specializing in litigation. On Thursday, November 1, at 9:30 a.m. he will moderate a panel discussion entitled, “Hot Topics in Sports Law.” The panel will convene at the Newark Club, located at One Newark Center in Newark, next to Seton Hall Law School, Register online at http://www.njicle.com or call 732-214-8500.

Panelists will include attorneys from other law firms, a senior vice president of the National Football League, an executive of the NBC television network, a professional sports agent, and Robert E. Mulcahy III, director of intercollegiate athletics at Rutgers.

Curtin earned his B.A. from Fairfield University in 1965 and his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame. Admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1969, he litigates in both New Jersey and federal courts, and he also maintains a corporate practice representing and advising athletes, coaches, and fashion designers.

In fact, it was fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger who launched Curtin’s sports law career in 1980. “I met Tommy at a neighborhood picnic,” Curtin recalls. “I was the one who got him involved in the sports world. Kevin Moss was the hottest New York Yankee back in those days, and he endorsed Tommy’s sports apparel line. I helped the two of them negotiate the contract.”

In the early 1990s Bart Oates, a former offensive lineman for the New York Giants, worked at Graham Curtin. “He not only brought in business from other New York Giants but also introduced me to Jim Fassel, who was the Giants offensive coordinator at the time and later became head coach,” Curtin says. “I not only represented Jim in his contract and endorsement negotiations, but also represented his son when he sued the Little League after being injured during a game.”

Due in part to his success with Hilfiger, Curtin was retained by Ermenegildo Zegna, a world leader in men’s fine clothing that wanted to introduce a sports apparel line. He represented the company in endorsement negotiations with athletes like John Elway of the Denver Broncos and Troy Aikman of the Dallas Cowboys.

He does team contracts too, including representing LeBron James in his negotiations with the Cleveland Cavaliers. “More recently, I represented Ricky Henderson when he was accused of violating his contract.”

Through contacts such as these, Curtin got to know several of the people who will be taking part in the panel discussion. “David Pepe, a baseball agent currently with the law firm of Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer, used to work here,” he says. “Bob Mulcahy was my next door neighbor for about 20 years. Jonathan Miller, executive vice president of NBC Sports, who I met through my football contacts, is the guy who brought Sunday Night Football to network television.”

Curtin offers some advice to anyone needing a lawyer, whether as an athlete, a team or league official, or just a spectator. “Just because someone wears a Yankees or Giants jacket or, like me, a Notre Dame jacket, doesn’t necessarily mean that they are well qualified. You want them to know a lot about things like contracts and taxes, not someone’s batting average. That being said, however, it is important that the person representing you be knowledgeable about the sports marketplace. It’s like going to an orthopedic surgeon for a knee injury. You want someone who understands the stresses that will be placed on the knee when you return to the playing field.”

If an entrepreneur or marketing department seeks a professional sports figure to endorse a new or existing product, Curtin says you should narrow down your choices to two or three celebrities. Then find out who represents them. “With the Internet, this is fairly easy to do because almost every professional sports figure has his or her own website. There is usually some sort of link to an agent or representative. Depending on their age, you might also check to see if they have a page on MySpace or FaceBook or one of the other social networking websites.”

In the rare case of a sports celebrity who does not have his or her own website, Curtin says to contact the team. Look on the team’s website for contact information. “If you are interested in Eli Manning or Tiki Barber, for example, you can contact the New York Giants. The Yankees can direct you to the agent for Alex Rodriguez or Mike Mussina.”

Under no circumstances should you try to contact the sports figure directly. “If you send a letter or an E-mail directly to them, it will wind up in the pile of fan mail and probably never be read,” he says. “You really need to work through the agent.”

In some cases, the endorsement might come from an association. For instance, Curtin represented an eyeware manufacturer who wanted the Coalition for Sports Eye Safety to endorse his line of frames and lenses.

Once an endorsement deal is worked out, someone must monitor the athletes to make sure that they are wearing the clothing or using the product they have endorsed. The New York Giants, for example, are required to wear Reebok at all team events, including practices. “A representative of the National Football League is always on hand to make sure of that,” says Curtin. “There is usually a lot of money involved, and the league gets a cut of it, so they want to make very sure that their sponsors get everything they are paying for.”

What happens when a sports figure like O.J. Simpson or Michael Vick runs afoul of the law or gets into some other sort of trouble? “It depends on the seriousness of the trouble and the terms of the endorsement contract,” Curtin said. “In the case of Simpson or Vick, for example, no sponsor would touch them with a 10-foot pole. Whether they have to pay money back to the sponsor or simply forfeit all future revenues, however, depends on the terms of the original contract.”

How about less serious offenses that don’t involve breaking the law, such as being seen hanging out in a bar? “Again, it depends on the offense and the terms of the contract,” Curtin replied. “In the case of Don Imus, for example, they really had no choice but to fire him regardless of how his contract was written. In the case of an athlete found hanging out in bars, the penalty could range anywhere from a verbal reprimand to a fine.”

Bottom line: Be careful when you book your celebrity. “Think of what kinds of minor offenses you could tolerate and before the terms of the contract are written,” says Curtin. “A marketer of hooded sweatshirts, for example, might not consider hanging out in bars a serious offense, while a fashion tuxedo manufacturer might find it completely unacceptable.”

Although Curtin enjoys all sports, both college and professional, there is a special place in his heart for Notre Dame. “The cause of death on my death certificate is listed as Notre Dame Sports,” he quips. “The date is not listed.”

— Robert B. Baker

Sunday, November 4

Recycling Electronics

Conserving the world’s energy has both economic and theological benefits for the religious community as well as for the business community. A New Brunswick-based interfaith environmental organization, GreenFaith, encourages members of faith communities to mobilize their congregations to help preserve the environment, and Adath Israel conference has done just that.

Adath Israel joins Sustainable Lawrence and South Bronx-based Per Scholas to hold an electronic waste recycling event at 1958 Lawrenceville Road in Lawrenceville on Sunday, November 4, 10 a.m to 3 p.m., rain or shine.

Unlike the recycling events staged by the county, this event is open to business owners as well as private individuals. Bring such electronic as computers, laptops, monitors, printers, fax machines, PDA’s, adapters, cables, cell phones, radios, calculators, copiers, and television sets (no wooden cases).

Electronic waste disposal makes up nearly 70 percent of toxic waste in landfills, says Cantor Arthur Katlin of Adath Israel Congregation. “This event offers an alternative that respects human health and the Earth.”

A $5 donation will help GreenFaith and Per Scholas pay for transportation and recycling. If you want your data removed, you can get that done by donating an additional $10 to Per Scholas, which will provide a certificate to that effect. Both equipment and monetary donations are tax deductible.

All the items will go to the EPA-certified electronic waste recycling facility operated by Per Scholas in the South Bronx.

Per Scholas trains underemployed and unemployed young adults in electronic waste recycling, and it sends usable equipment to low-income schools (www.perscholas.org).

Electronic equipment contains toxic and hazardous substances such as mercury, lithium, and cadmium. One CRT monitor alone can contain up to eight pounds of lead. These substances have been linked to kidney, liver, thyroid, and nervous system damage, as well as a range of environmental health threats. If disposed of in landfills, these elements have been known to wind up in drinking water.

If disassembled incorrectly, they pose threats to the health of workers and communities. The National Safety Council estimates that 63 million personal computers in the U.S. became obsolete in 2005. Most of these are likely to find their way into landfills in coming years, often in developing countries, unless they are properly recycled.

“Through these events we have prevented over three tons of toxic waste from entering landfills,” says the Rev. Fletcher Harper, executive director of GreenFaith.

GreenFaith was founded in 1992 by Jewish and Christian leaders to help houses of worship engage in environmental perspective from a religious perspective. Harper is a 1985 graduate of Princeton University who went to Union Theological Seminary and spent 10 years as an Episcopal parish priest before joining GreenFaith. For information call Harper at 732-565-7740 or E-mail revfharper@greenfaith.org.

Wednesday, November 7

Blogging for Dollars

Ever think about avoiding the morning commute and working in your pajamas instead? If so, and you know a little about writing, perhaps blogging is for you. According to Brian O’Connell — author, former Wall Street bond trader, and professional blogger — it is time for writers of all stripes to step up and cash in. “Blogging is a great way to get paid to write about your passion, your expertise, or your platform,” he says. “Right now not a lot of people know about it and there is a lot of opportunity. I myself write two blogs a day and they are pretty easy.”

Even the most casual user of the Internet knows that it is literally inundated with blogs aimed at everyone from the corporate consumer, the politically minded activist, the high stakes investor, the international traveler, or the down-home hobbyist. “In the Information Age, where information is as much a commodity as widgets and washing machines, content is king,” says O’Connell. “Consequently bloggers are in ever-increasing demand by on-line publishers and company websites.” According to O’Connell, a good, knowledgeable blogger can earn up to $100 per post, with many blogging for multiple online clients.

Three years ago O’Connell helped found the Writer’s Corner USA, a partnership of professional writers, editors, and teachers who provide classes, mentoring, and counseling for writers of all levels of experience. “We’re professional writers here and we see trends all the time,” says O’Connell. “About a year ago I noticed that there was a lot of activity in the blog market for writers. I saw many job boards, I talked to friends who are writers, and saw a lot of websites with blogs that were generating significant traffic.”

O’Connell, along with co-founder Joy Starke, will teach a three-week class entitled “Blogging and Grogging,” at the Writers Corner, 4 West Oakland Avenue, in Doylestown, PA, starting Wednesday, November 7, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cost: $99. Call 215-230-1070 or E-mail writerscornerusa@yahoo.com

The course will focus on mechanics, fundamentals, and such “in-the-know” tricks of the blogging trade as how to come up with a winning idea; how to convert your life passion into paid blogging assignments; how to use the Internet to creatively build your own blog; how to market yourself; how to find blogging job boards on the Internet; how to negotiate deals; and how to generate passive income by writing multiple blogs using the same material.

There are two ways to make money as a blogger. One is to start your own blog and attract advertisers who will pay to place ads on your site.

The other way is to write for the corporate market in which a company will pay a writer a certain amount of money for each post. “Companies are always trying to brand themselves as experts and many are beginning to realize that the amount of traffic on the Internet can be useful,” says O’Connell. “They want to attract people to their company websites. Just having the testimony of some former clients can be interesting at first, but it is kind of static. What is dynamic is a blog that changes everyday or every week and gives people a reason for coming back. They know there will always be something new there.”

O’Connell has been blogging for over five years, starting out in Harrisburg, PA, writing for the Pennsylvania Report, a political insider newsletter. He currently writes two blogs daily — earning $100 each — at www.themoneycoach.com and www.DaniWeb.com, where his column called “The Money Pit” offers visitors some of the money news of the day.

“They needed someone to write blogs who knew about money and they came to me to do this as work-for-hire,” says O’Connell. “I like that kind of situation because they pay me to write and then I just go away without any of the trappings of running my own website. Once you have to go after advertisers and manage things, it becomes more complicated.”

According to O’Connell, starting one’s own blog is surprisingly inexpensive. “You can set up your own blog very easily and you don’t have to be a Bill Gates to get started,” he says. “Many blogs are created by people who are trying to build a brand and get their message out into the public, and they have found that a great way to do that today is with a blog. Everyday there are greater and greater numbers of the public going on to the Internet and reading blogs.”

O’Connell chose to write his blogs about money because that is a subject in which he enjoys a certain expertise, having written 15 books — ten of his own and five more that are ghost written. His credits include the book-of-the-month best sellers, “The 401(k) Millionaire,” and “CNBC’s Creating Wealth,” as well as the cult classic “Gen E — Generation Entrepreneur is Rewriting the Rules of Business and You can Too.”

Born and raised in Boston, O’Connell has lived in Doylestown for seven years. “I grew up in a very traditional Irish-American household,” he says. “My mother was a big reader and there were always a zillion books all over the house. By high school I was editor of the school newspaper.” O’Connell majored in journalism at the University of Massachusetts, Class of 1982. He worked as a bond trader on Wall Street through the 1980s and early 1990s. As a freelance writer, apart from blogging, O’Connell’s work has appeared in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Men’s Health, USA Today, Cigar Magazine, CBS News Marketwatch, and Newsweek. He has three children, an older daughter and two younger sons.

While the range of potential subjects for blogs is nearly endless — Barbie doll collecting to parenting to South American soccer teams to surviving mental and emotional abuse — there are some major qualities that all good blogs tend to share. For those interested in taking the blogging plunge, whether by starting one’s own blog or simply blogging-for-hire, O’Connell offers the following tips:

Pick a good topic. You have to have a platform in any public endeavor, as well as a powerful idea. “The public perceives authors and bloggers as experts and it is important that you know what you are talking about,” says O’Connell. “Don’t be too generic and spread yourself too thin. For example, don’t just write a blog about jewelry, but focus on sapphires. Zero in on specifics.”

Let people know who you are. Or people won’t read your blog. He encourages newbie bloggers to introduce themselves in their writing and state their qualifications, giving readers a reason to trust their expertise.

Remember Journalism 101. Start your posts off with great lead sentences and lines that serve as real attention-grabbers. Use your spell-checker and make sure you use proper grammar. The key is to get your point across effectively and concisely. “Too many bloggers are long winded,” says O’Connell. “Be short and to the point when you write. If you read my posts you’ll see that they are four or five hundred words, tops, and I think half that is sufficient.”

Be Google-wise. Use Google AdWords or Online Search Engine Optimization to make sure that your blog climbs up on the search engine results. “You want your site to be among the first five that come up when someone does a Google search or uses other search engine,” says O’Connell. “Or at least in the top 10.”

Be interactive. In order to garner the most attention and a loyal readership, invite your readers to become personally involved, perhaps by writing their own comments. “Part of the beauty of the Internet in that you can have conversations with people,” says O’Connell. “It’s your blog, it’s your passion, so by all means, you run the show. But allow people to offer their own thoughts and opinions because people like to see their names and comments and that will keep them coming back.”

Be eye pleasing. While your blog doesn’t have to be the Angelina Jolie of Internet sites, quality graphics are important. Without an eye-catching site, readers will quickly move on. “It is good to have a photo of yourself on your blog and other visual information,” says O’Connell. “If you are citing a study, you may want to post graphs or a PDF file on your site so that people can see what you are talking about.” Also, be reader friendly by making your blog simple to take part in and easy to subscribe. He recommends that bloggers research other sites on the Internet to get a sense of what works and what doesn’t.

Consider work-for-hire jobs. For those who are interested in writing for corporate websites, the process of finding blogging jobs-for-hire is similar to any other job search. “Write a query letter, stating who you are up front, your background, and qualifications,” he says. “Tell them about your idea, what you want to write about, how many posts you would do per week, and at what fee,” he says. “You may add a few intangibles of what you bring to the table and then give your contact information.”

While starting out writing your own blog can be tough, especially in the beginning, O’Connell says that like most things in life, persistence pays off. “Market yourself as you go along,” he says. “Linking to other sites is the way to generate traffic. If you can generate traffic, that is how you can get the advertisers’ attention. Then you can pick up local advertisers and you can go from there. Maybe you won’t be paid right away, but if you learn about it and write about it, you just might.” — Jack Florek

What Intel Wants

Intel is perhaps the largest venture capitalist in the world; it invested more than $1 billion last year. It also has an amazing range — chipping in as little as $250,000 and as much as $600 million. Angela Biever, a vice president at Intel, speaks to the New Jersey Entrepreneurial Network on Wednesday, November 7, at noon at the Marriott Forrestal, 100 College Road East. Her topic: “Corporate Venture Capital: What Intel is Looking For.” Cost: $50. Call 609-279-0010.

Biever, a native of Canada whose father was an entrepreneur, went to Queens University and has an MBA from Harvard. After stints with McKinsey and Time Inc. she helped American Express take First Data public and then joined Intel in 1999.

“Intel hits the sweet spot between being a VC and a strategic investor,” she says in a telephone interview. “We bring more value to our portfolio companies than some of the traditional VCs, but we go toe to toe with some of the traditional VCs as well.” Strategic investors are sometimes perceived as not valuation sensitive, and they have the reputation of coming in late with the money. “We add value to our portfolio companies, but we do whatever makes sense for the deal.”

Focusing on the consumer Internet sector, Biever does some of Intel’s smaller deals, of $250,000 to $300,000. At that level, she could be considered an angel, rather than a VC. She attributes the small number to the fact that the Internet business is so capital efficient. Unlike a manufacturing or electronic R&D business, it needs little capital. “If we wait until it needs $3 to $5 million, it will be a much later stage company,” she says. “We like to view ourselves as stage agnostic.”

One of Intel’s investments last year, ClearWire, topped $600 million. But that left $500 million for the remaining 162 deals for that year. Biever says she is just about to close a deal in a security and fraud detection firm. Why is that a consumer company? “Because this firm makes it safer for consumers to use the Internet,” Biever says, “and to go to social networking sites and not be concerned about child predators.”

One of her tips: If you are an entrepreneur seeking angel or VC investment, price your round accurately. It may seem good to get a high valuation. But if you price it too high, you might have trouble getting the next round.

So allow yourself some room. If you don’t achieve your milestones, your business won’t show traction for the future.

Thursday, November 8

Test Your Emotional Intelligence

Intellectual ability, the “IQ,” can rarely be changed, but emotional intelligence, the “EI” factor, can be improved. And if key players in an organization gain emotional intelligence, the quality of work life often improves significantly, bringing with it an increase in overall productivity and effectiveness.

“Emotional intelligence helps us know ourselves better, understand others, and make better decisions,” says Doreen Miri, of the Lawrence-based training and development firm, the Jaguar Group (609-896-0607, www.calljaguargroup.com). “It helps us identify problems before they escalate and manage difficult situations and conversations.” Research suggests that 90 percent of top performers and leaders have high emotional intelligence scores, she adds.

Miri defines emotional intelligence as the ability to recognize and understand emotions, plus the skill to use this awareness to manage ourselves and our relationships with other people.

Although some people are born with strong emotional radar, Miri has seen motivated people improve their skills. “Unlike IQ,” she says, “which is relatively fixed, you can grow your emotional ability and emotional intelligence scores.”

Miri will speak on “Emotional Intelligence: Discover the Power,” on Thursday, November 8, at 7 p.m., at the Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton Center for Health & Wellness, 3100 Quakerbridge Road, Conference Room B. The information in the workshop will be applicable to both personal and business relationships. Cost: $5. For information, call Shirley Roberts at 609-631-6819 or E-mail: sroberts@rwjuhh.edu.

Another workshop on emotional intelligence starts Thursday, November 1, at 7 p.m. at Mercer Community College. Marge Smith teaches the four-session course. Cost: $76. Call 609-584-5900.

Emotional intelligence has two aspects:

Personal competencies include self-awareness — understanding your emotions and recognizing both how your behavior impacts others and how other people influence your emotional state.

Also involved is self-management — the ability to use self-awareness to positively direct behavior and manage emotions in situations and with people.

Social competencies include social awareness — the ability to accurately pick up on emotions in other people and understand what other people are thinking and feeling, even if you don’t feel the same way.

Part of this is relationship management — the ability to use awareness of your own emotions and those of others to manage your interactions more successfully.

Miri has helped key players build particular aspects of their emotional intelligence. For example, a vice president contacted her about one of his regional sales directors who had been through a 360-degree evaluation. This sales director had received negative feedback from the district sales managers who reported to him. They felt he did not listen to their ideas or acknowledge their initiative.

The vice president wanted to keep the sales director because he was bright and had potential. And, having recently lost another manager, the VP was concerned about turnover.

Miri determined that the director needed to work on both self-awareness and self-management skills. He had been promoted out of a manufacturing position because he was familiar with the company’s aviation products, but he had never before had to manage his emotions.

His first challenge was to become more aware of his own emotions. Miri asked him to spend extra time both observing other people and asking questions that were open ended and not simply clarifications.

His goal: To draw people into a conversation, showing that he craved understanding and didn’t assume he already knew what his district managers were saying. She warned him not to let his own thoughts or emotions disturb these interactions, and to listen more and not interrupt.

Although the director resisted Miri’s suggestions at first, within six months the feedback from the district managers showed he had improved 70 percent. He became a believer. “He was much more aware of his own feelings and their impact on others,” she says, “and once he changed his behavior, he saw that his responses from other people were more effective and productive.” He also reported changes in his personal relationships.

Miri also worked with a startup firm that had recently formed sales teams by bringing together individuals responsible for selling different products. One of the team leaders was aware of her feelings but did not know how to manage them. “Instead of responding,” says Miri, “she would typically react with no thought behind it.”

Because self-management requires that the emotional and rational centers be connected, Miri asked her to picture her current situation in her head as if it were not happening to her — to step out and observe interactions from an outsider’s perspective. “It helped her develop empathy for how her team members were looking at the situation,” she says.

One of her issues was tone of voice, and Miri helped her understand how her tone, cold and abrupt, often translated to her listeners as anger and hostility. “Tone of voice holds more weight than the words,” says Miri.

Body language has a similar impact. After the woman began to improve her voice tone, her posture and her tightened facial muscles still expressed the message of strain and possible anger. Communication has visual, vocal, and verbal dimensions, says Miri, and a speaker can lose a listener when any one of these elements is not working effectively. Using videotapes Miri was able to help this team leader understand how her gestures and facial expressions were seen by the people beneath her.

In another example Miri helped the manager of a call center for a medical management company with the social competency of managing relationships. Call centers are very chaotic, and staff members are evaluated both on how they deal with callers and on how they resolve the complaints that prompted the calls.

Miri helped the manager understand that her emotions played a role in every interaction between two people and influenced the work group’s output. “She was the leader,” says Miri, “and, by modeling poor relationship management, she affected the whole group.”

Because she was not listening to her staff and expressing empathy, people did not feel comfortable approaching her with problems where she had expertise. Once Miri helped her understand how her emotions affected her relationships with others, her communication with her team improved. After six months her satisfaction rate moved from 65 to 98 percent, and the group’s ability to resolve issues increased by 50 percent.

“As she became more open and listened to her staff,” says Miri, “she responded, rather than reacted, and this changed the dynamic of the relationship.”

Improving emotional intelligence requires motivation, Miri says. Sometimes just the desire to rise in a business or other organization provides the impetus to learn and change. But a more indirect — and perhaps more successful — way to arouse motivation is to tie work on emotional intelligence and the competencies it teaches into a person’s performance evaluation.

An Ocean County native, Miri’s father was an elementary school principal, and her mother a nurse. She graduated from Rider University, where she studied sociology and business. For 20 years she worked in sales and training in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. Part of her work was helping trainers and customer service people to improve their communication skills, often by putting them on performance improvement plans and helping them to function more effectively.

To focus more directly on facilitating and developing individuals, Miri started the Jaguar Group part time and then last year went full time. She belongs to the National Speakers Association and is active at the Princeton YWCA, where she chaired the Tribute to Women program.

In May she will earn a master’s degree in counseling from The College of New Jersey. She is interning there at the clinic, which does family therapy, counseling, and training.

Miri loves helping people open up their emotional dimension. The skills, she says, are applicable to home, school, intimate relationships, and parenting relationships. “It doesn’t mean people never get upset or lose their tempers,” she explains, “but they become more aware of their emotions and better able to channel them into more productive behaviors.”

—Michele Alperin

State Arts Grants

Grants from $10,000 to $40,000 are available from the New Jersey Cultural Trust for nonprofit arts organizations for such purposes as establishing a cash reserve, board development, and addressing deficits. The deadline for letters of intent for these grants is Friday, November 9, and applications are due by January 23.

In order to be eligible to apply for funds from this program, organizations must first be designated “qualified” by the Cultural Trust.

Qualified organizations have an arts mission with active programs and services, are tax-exempt, are at least four years old, and have a functioning board. Organizations that are not yet qualified must apply for this status by December 1. Forms are at www.njartscouncil.org or call 609-984-6767.

Established by law in 2000, the Cultural Trust represents a public/private partnership and invests funds contributed by the State of New Jersey and private sources. Last year the state arts council recommended $500,000 for stabilization projects, paid for by interest earned by the Cultural Trust.

Participate Please

Nominations are open until December 8 for the 2007 Vivian Award for Community Service, says the Princeton Area Community Foundation. Karl Light, of K.M. Light Real Estate, won last year for championing affordable housing.

The Leslie “Bud” Vivian Memorial Fund makes the award, honoring Vivian’s contributions to the community. The winner will have helped to promote change and opportunity in Princeton by identifying a community need, fashioning a plan, drawing others into the process, and persisting until solutions were found.

Send nominations or contributions to PACF, 15 Princess Road, Lawrenceville 08648

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