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U.S. 1 Newspaper’s Fifth Annual Summer Fiction Issue
Think about it: People still like a good story. If the Sopranos
television series is not proof enough, then consider U.S. 1’s fiction
issue. Each year we devote almost an entire issue to everything but
objective journalism — and our readers love it. We invite you to
present your original short fiction, humor, poetry, or — in honor of
the Sopranos screenwriters — short play or screenplay for our special
issue to be published on Wednesday, July 25.
To participate in the U.S. 1 Summer Fiction issue, submit your
unpublished work in any of these categories: short stories, humor,
poems, drama or fiction excerpts (2,500 words or less). This year’s
limit is one entry per category per writer. All entries must be
received no later than Wednesday, June 27, by mail to U.S. 1
Newspaper, 12 Roszel Road, Suite C-205, Princeton 08540; as
an E-mail message to email@example.com (no attachments,
please); or by fax to 609-452-0033.
Preference will be given to central New Jersey writers whose work
addresses a theme or place relevant to the greater Princeton business
community. Include your name, address, daytime phone number, and a
brief biographical sketch with your submission. Authors retain all
rights; U.S. 1 will pay a small honorarium. Our writers’ reception and
publication party in August will celebrate all submitting authors.
Questions? Call Nicole Plett at 609-452-7000.
Thank you for writing so thoughtfully about our
presentation "Dancing Indianness" (U.S. 1, May 9) that took place at
Princeton Public Library on May 16. I think your wonderful
pre-performance write-up was very important in that it informed and
brought to our presentation many persons who shared the same or
similar concerns. Present were many who had danced Indian classical
forms, who met each other for the first time at this event, and who
hope to practice together. Dancers Shyamala Moorty and Sandra
Chatterjee were surrounded by persons who said they were parents of
I am just delighted that what might have been just another "cultural
event" turned into an evening of sharing. We all felt just — happy!
Your lovely supportive presence and writeup contributed to our easy
and friendly environment. Thank you.
Uttara Asha Coorlawala
New York, New York
The 326-year-old village of Kingston has achieved an
important goal in the fight to protect its historic integrity and the
quality of life of the people who live and work here.
On Wednesday, May 16, the Office of State Planning incorporated into
the State Development and Redevelopment Plan — the planning
blueprint for New Jersey’s future — recognition of Kingston as a
Designated Village Center.
This designation was by no means routine in the case of Kingston,
whose uniquely multi-jurisdictional status has it spanning two
townships and two counties — Franklin Township in Somerset County,
and South Brunswick Township in Middlesex County (and even a small
portion of Princeton Township in Mercer County).
In order to gain official designation as a Center, the citizens of
Kingston had to work hard for more than four years. Our efforts had to
be coordinated with the planners at each level of government
(municipal, county, and state). We had to prepare a detailed planning
agenda and boundary map that met with the approval of each planning
office. And these efforts required the approval of the planning boards
and township councils of Franklin and South Brunswick and the Somerset
and Middlesex county planning boards and freeholders, for which we are
This grass-roots initiative could never have succeeded without the
assistance and contributions of the municipal planners Bob Hall and
Craig Marshall (of South Brunswick) and Ellen Ritchie (of Franklin),
the county planners Bob Bzik (of Somerset) and George Ververides (of
Middlesex), and the director of state planning, Herb Simmens, aided
initially by David Maski and more recently by Paul Drake. Peter
Tolischus of Heyer, Gruel & Associates also deserves our thanks for
the professional assistance he lent the municipal planning offices.
The cooperation of all these different offices in designing a
rational, citizen-based set of planning objectives for Kingston — and
the unanimous endorsement of those objectives at all levels of
government — stands as cheering evidence that the course of
development in our state can indeed be planned collectively and
regionally, rather than fought out along the familiar jurisdictional
Our center approval is precedent setting. It is the first
multi-jurisdictional Village Center in New Jersey. It is the first
Center proposal approved for which both the Center and the defined
Environs boundaries are mapped, thereby helping to define and better
protect the village through creation of a greenbelt. It is the first
Center application approved with planning objectives that include
references to regional considerations. And it is the first Center
petition to arise out of a citizen advocacy movement.
We especially want to thank state planning commission chair Joseph
Maraziti and vice chair Michele Byers and their colleagues for their
visionary leadership in support of our center proposal. We are
heartened to know that the issues raised by our unique center — which
they accepted as legitimate — are entirely consistent with the
forward-looking objectives of the new state plan.
From the very beginning, a key goal of the Kingston Initiative was to
see our work on behalf of our village ultimately serve as a model that
could be used for similar communities throughout the state. With the
approval of the Kingston Designated Village Center by the State
Planning Commission, at long last our initial hopes have been
James F. English
Chair, Village Center Designation Subcommittee
Joint Citizens Advisory Task Force for the Village of Kingston
10 Academy Street, Kingston
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