This time we really mean it. At the risk of sounding like our scolding parents, we nevertheless remind procrastinating writers (the best kind, of course) that the final deadline for submission of short stories and poems to our Summer Fiction issue is this Friday, June 17, by midnight. E-mail fiction@princetoninfo.com or mail them to U.S. 1 Summer Fiction, 15 Princess Road, Lawrenceville 08648.

As always, be sure to include a brief biographical sketch along with your submission. We will strive to get as many into print as we can on Wednesday, July 27.

#b#To the Editor: Tales of Housing #/b#

Last month Housing Initiatives of Princeton (HIP) hosted a fundraiser reception for Matthew Desmond, author of the best-selling book “Evicted,” immediately following his talk at Labyrinth Books. Desmond’s heartbreaking book is considered a landmark work of scholarship that looks closely at the issue of poverty in our country by telling compelling stories of real people (mostly women) trying to find a decent place to live for themselves and their children.

The event was a wonderful success. Thank you to all who attended and to those who helped make it happen: Chambers Properties allowed us to use the vacant storefront at 20 Nassau as our venue, Jammin’ Crepes provided the delicious hors d’oeuvres, and Kelly Mitchell curated the wines provided by Cool Vines.

Partnering with Labyrinth Books was a sheer pleasure, and I hope HIP can work with them again to bring to Princeton important writers who can help inform all of us about the issues that our clients at HIP, and too many others, face. And thank you to Matthew Desmond for sharing his thoughts and, importantly, his feelings about the people he writes about. We all learned a great deal.

Carol Golden

Interim Chair, Housing Initiatives of Princeton

#b#Special Ed Evening#/b#

On June 5 Rock Brook School held its second annual Rock Brook Celebration — An Evening of Creative Expression at the Lodge at Montgomery. The evening celebrated the arts by incorporating a painting party, led by Wine & Design Princeton, as well as highlighting the creative talents of Rock Brook students by displaying various pieces of their artwork.

A musical performance by a former Rock Brook student made the evening all the more special. For more than 40 years Rock Brook has provided exceptional special education services to children, as well as support for families and professionals. We are so proud of our students and the hard work of our dedicated staff.

Special thanks to Rock Brook parents Mitch and Ann Bloch for providing the musical entertainment; as well as Lisa Huguenin, Michele Mammone and Ada Robayo, who served on the auction committee. Thanks to all the families and businesses that contributed prizes. Thanks to the Rock Brook students and staff who created the lovely centerpieces; and thanks to the Lodge at Montgomery, Blawenburg Cafe/The Catering Company, and Wine & Design Princeton for their generous support.

And finally I thank our guests, sponsors, and donors. Your generosity will help Rock Brook School continue its legacy of quality education, providing supports and ensuring success for children with communication and learning difficulties.

Mary Caterson

Executive Director, Rock Brook School, Skillman

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