How did a business and entertainment newspaper located a long way from Liverpool, England, happen to commemorate a 50-year anniversary of the Beatles?

As is often the case when we are pleasantly derailed from our ongoing mission of providing news you can use for your business, career, or life away from work, the explanation begins with one of our readers. In this case the reader is Jim Zinsmeister, a substitute teacher in South Brunswick and a man of many interests who has read the paper for years and occasionally communicated with our editor, Richard K. Rein.

The two turned out to have a friend in common, as well: Tim Wright, a high school classmate of Rein who was a teacher in South Brunswick along with Zinsmeister until his death in 2011. Zinsmeister, meanwhile, stayed in touch. Last fall Zinsmeister read a story in the Wall Street Journal about George Martin, the legendary Beatles album producer, and sent a copy of it along to Rein, along with a reference to a “periodic table” he had created for the Beatles discography.

Rein wondered if the table — dubbed “The Essential Elements” — could be reproduced in the newspaper on the 50th anniversary of the first album release. See pages 24 and 25 of this issue for the result. If you want to put it up on the office bulletin board, please do. But remove the staples first — and don’t blame us if some Beatles lyrics begin running incessantly through your brain.

#b#To the Editor: It’s Time To Make Sequester History#/b#

The sequester is a man-made logjam in Washington that has created new layers of uncertainty in the country and New Jersey. And business does not operate well in an environment of uncertainty.

The sequester cuts put in doubt $2.5 billion of the Sandy aid package Congress approved in January, making it difficult to fully plan our rebuilding efforts. Furthermore, cuts required by the sequester could blunt the positive economic momentum we began to see and feel in New Jersey before Superstorm Sandy hit. The sequester threatens significant cuts in public education and environmental protection and could impact thousands of civilian Department of Defense jobs here in the Garden State.

The Chamber urges leaders of both parties and the Obama administration to get past the partisan blame game and finger pointing. Please make the necessary budget decisions as soon as possible and put “sequester” into the past. We need to put all of our energy and available resources into rebuilding and revitalizing our state as soon as possible.

As our governor has said and exhibited many times, our situation requires strong leadership. To our president and leaders in Congress, please lead us forward, not down.

Thomas Bracken

N.J. Chamber of Commerce

President and CEO

#b#Tackling a Curse Through Art & Music#/b#

The fourth annual UFAR African Soiree on March 9 took in more than $10,000 for the work of eliminating riverblindness in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Held in the main lounge of Mackay Campus Center at Princeton Theological Seminary, the Soiree evening was filled with bright colors, lively entertainment, exotic food, and much enjoyment.

For outstanding support for UFAR’s Adopt-a-Village program, UFAR founder Daniel Shungu presented special awards to Nancy Beatty and to former Princeton mayor James Floyd, who also celebrated his 91st birthday that night.

When Shungu introduced UFAR’s guest from London, Susan Walker, he noted that — thanks to the partnership between Sightsavers and UFAR — nearly 10 million tablets of the sight-saving Mectizan, provided free by Merck, were distributed by 16,531 trained community workers to more than 2 million people living in 4,373 villages in 2012. UFAR is responsible for half of this distribution. It takes only $0.58 per year to protect someone living in endemic regions from riverblindness.

The Congolese women’s non-profit FEBA Inc. (Woman, Cradle of Abundance) provided an African market and show as youth modeled the brilliantly colored shirts and dresses.

As auctioneer, former Princeton Township mayor Michelle Tuck-Ponder evoked lively bidding on articles including quilts by Shirley Rudd and Sally Ross, art works by Rhinold Ponder and Jeff Yuan, a FEBA dress, and a Miss Simoni scarf designed by Aruna Arya.

Friends of UFAR createddecorations of African villages and charming little dolls. The Egun Omode dancers from the Trenton-based Garvey School presented a program of call-and-response, dancing, and drumming.

The African Soiree committee, the UFAR board, and the Friends of UFAR join in expressing our appreciation to ARAMARK, Princeton Theological Seminary, and all those who contributed so generously to the success of the evening.

Prof. Elsie McKee

UFAR Board

Susan Lidstone

Friends of UFAR

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