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Writers Conference: Best of Times…

<d>Christopher Klim is not yet a household name,

but the Lambertville-based writer insists that "I am a typical

successful writer." The author of "A Jesus Lives in Trenton,"

a novel that has sold 8,000 copies, Klim is working on a sequel, "Everything

Burns," due out early next year, and a screenplay. He has published

a non-fiction book, teaches writing at three community colleges, writes

magazine articles, edits books for major publishing houses, and acts

as an editor and writing mentor for aspiring authors.

"Stephen King is unusual," he says. The lives of most people

who want to be writers, and who succeed, will look a lot like his.

It is a good life, if financially lean, a life in which family is

well-integrated, and in which tomorrow is full of promise. If he sells

the screenplay, "that’s $500,000," he says.

Klim is organizing the Conference Center at Mercer’s first Contemporary

Writer’s Conference. It takes place on Saturday, October 18, at 8:30

a.m. at the conference center on the West Windsor campus of Mercer

County Community College. The full-day event features workshops by

John Timpane, contributor to The Philadelphia Inquirer and author

of Poetry for Dummies; Melanie Mannarino, editor/contributor

to Marie Claire and Seventeen magazines; Mark Drucker, journalist

for CBS radio network; Juilene McKnight, author of Daughter

of Ireland, I am of Urelaunde; Rob Robertson, agent, Princeton

Literary Magazine, former Doubleday editor; Frank Finale, poetry

editor of The New Renaissance, Without Halos, and Under a Gull’s Wing;

Kathye Fetsko Petrie, magazine editor and author of the children’s

book, Flying Jack; Rich Hedden, commercial graphic artist, creator

of the comic series, Roach Mill; and Ed Schockley, author of

over 50 plays, including Bessie Smith: Empress of the Blues. Cost:

$95. Call 609-586-9446.

"The first thing I learned in promotion," says Klim, "is

that people come to the author first, and then the book." When

he is interviewed, his intro goes something like this, "He’s the

ex-space physicist turned father."

Klim always wanted to be a writer, but followed a not-uncommonly circuitous

route to become one. The trip has been shaped by a shuttle disaster,

the invention of electronic junk mail, long, lonely nights in flea-bag

Panhandle hotels, and the birth of his first child.

Klim grew up in and around Trenton, graduated from Rutgers in 1984,

and holds a master’s degree in computer science and physics from the

New Jersey Institute of Technology. He worked on a variety of space

projects, including the Mars Observer, for RCA, and hoped to get on

a space shuttle as a support specialist. He was on track to do just

that when the Challenger exploded. The tragedy’s effects reached well

into the space program. "The whole industry went to hell after

the shuttle blew up," he says.

Klim moved on to the commercial sector at about that time, landing

a job with Xpedite, a Tinton Falls-based company that pioneered what

it calls the "automated distribution of communications." When

he started, mass communications were going out by fax — very inefficiently.

"I was in on the invention of junk E-mail," Klim recounts.

"I was there the day it was invented." Although the junk going

out in those just-pre-Internet days was still on paper. "Out biggest

client was Citibank," he recounts. He and his Xpedite team were

visiting just as the day’s mortgage rate sheets were going out. "We

watched 50 secretaries standing in front of fax machines sending out

the exact same thing," he says of the ah-hah moment.

Shortly thereafter, the automated fax was born.

Xpedite thought the next big thing would be PC-to-PC communications,

but, says Klim, "it never took off." What did take off, with

the speed of a shuttle on steroids, was, of course, junk E-mail. At

Xpedite, he also followed the birth of a mass communications technology

that is even more hated by the masses: Junk voicemail.

On sales trips, Klim spent a good amount of time traveling I-10 along

the Panhandle of Florida and into Texas. Staying at "God-awful

motels," he by-passed the common pastimes of his fellows —

"being a drunk or watching TV" — and wrote.

Writing remained a part-time occupation for Klim until his first child

was born in 1996. He and his wife, who is in sales for Xpedite, decided

they did not want their child to be raised by a stranger. In deciding

which parent would stay at home, the couple took into account that

he wanted to be a serious writer and that she was making more money.

Klim became stay-at-home dad. The couple now have two children, and

he writes around their schedule.

The family’s income was cut in half by their decision to keep a parent

in the house, but Klim shrugs at the effects. "You just live differently,"

he says. "You don’t live an extravagant lifestyle." He grew

up poor, and says "you can adjust your lifestyle to anything."

Likewise, you can fit writing into your life, and build toward success,

part time or full time. Here are excerpts from Write to Publish (Hopewell

Press), his book of advice for writers.

Searching for story. Most writers are storytellers from

birth. They construct scenes in their heads, like theatrical plays.

They dissect events, searching for the dramatic core. At the start,

they aren’t thinking about book contracts and publishing deadlines,

but they imagine their stories being heard by the public and garnering

a response.

Crafting a writing life. This is another habit of a working

writer. He writes every day, on schedule, regardless of family, or

illness, or weather. He gives his best hours to the process. This

sounds demanding, but a writer can’t think of a better way to spend

his time. Regardless of his career path, he returns to writing. Even

as publishers’ rejection slips pile on his desk, he cannot ignore

the facts. He feels compelled to write.

Setting up a writing space. After committing to a regular

writing schedule, create a writer friendly environment. Rent an office

or set aside a corner of your home. Make it as plain as possible.

"A gorgeous view opens beyond my office window, but I positioned

the desk so that I can’t see it while I’m working," writes Klim

in his book.

Working toward goals. Envision your short and long term

goals. Put names to them and build a list. Replace vague desires with

concrete goals. Attach proposed dates to your goals. If you fall short,

forgive yourself and regroup, but remember to reach high. You cannot

reach your grandest dreams if you never give them a name.

Constantly revising. All fine writing is a result of rewriting.

Another important precept of writing is that all drafts are bad. Bad

is a general category, ranging from not too bad to pretty damn bad.

In draft work, writers sometimes deliver lines that are pretty damn

bad. An honest writer admits that the draft process is an inescapable

flirtation with disaster. As he attempts to elevate his prose, he

sometimes misses and suffers a bad fall. That is expected. The revision

process exists to recognize the fall and mop up the mess.

Getting past rejection. Along the path to publishing,

writers collect untold numbers of rejections. Notes Klim: "My

path was no different. I was not a literary insider. I earned no degrees

in fine arts, journalism, or literature, and I never labored inside

a publishing house, yet I gained valuable experience and success in

each of those areas. I waded through countless rejections and sought

the help of a trusted mentor. I concentrated on the craft and art

of storytelling and learned to trust my instincts."

An aspiring writer should cast off discouragement. Regardless of the

endeavor, the path to success is riddled with uninspired individuals

who will say "no, no, and no." Eventually someone will say

"yes" or lend a helping hand.

Sizing up Mecca. Publishing is primarily a business, and

the bulk of it exists in Manhattan. Don’t think a publishing house

will do anything that you cannot do for yourself. They will not fix

bad grammar, chubby plots, or stilted characters. An author needs

to deliver a watertight story and get it to the right people. The

rest is fate and luck, and as successful businessmen say, we create

our own luck. A solid story creates a lot of luck for a writer.

From an industry perspective, a good book is a book that sells. If

you read the publishing trade journals or spend an afternoon in a

bookstore, you’ll observe the following. The cover of the book entices

a reader to pull it from the shelf. The first page and author photo

sell the book. Talk to anyone in the business, and they know this.

It is the contents of the book that sells the author’s next book.

Publishing people mimic the reading habits of common readers. Right

now, editors and agents are searching for the most compelling manuscripts,

but they must work within the needs of the business. It pays their

salaries and finances the office coffeemaker. A book must sell, and

a book is sold when a reader decides to take it home.

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Up With Women:

Prosperity Listening

It was an impressive group, those three dozen people

who sat in a big square at the Lafayette Yard Marriott on a September

morning. Adam Pechter, CEO of Prosperity New Jersey, had convened

a taskforce to firm up the plans for a major women’s conference in

October. Present were such notables as Congressman Rush Holt,

Caren Franzini (CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority),

and Kent Manahan, the news anchor at New Jersey Network.

The breakfast meeting produced some hot-and-heavy discussion plus

some good listening: Pechter walked in with one idea for the conference,

but he and his conference planner Michael Walker walked out

with a completely different idea. After listening to what the women

business owners had to say, Pechter changed the tune he had planned

to play at the conference. Instead of gearing the conference to newbies

and wanna-bes — women who want to be entrepreneurs or who are

have just opened their business — the conference would be slanted

to more experienced women entrepreneurs seeking ways to grow their

businesses.

"Prosperity listened to us," says Shari M. Blecher,

whose environmental law firm, Lieberman & Blecher, is located at Jefferson

Plaza and who will be a panelist at the conference. "We said there

were many classes to help us get started, but that we need people

telling us how to operate at a higher level, how to create the relationships

that we need."

"This isn’t the entry level symposium for every entrepreneur,"

says Blecher. "While new entrepreneurs certainly can learn a lot,

this will be more focused on the business owner looking to land the

larger business deals, or work with the government, or work with larger

corporations. I think it will be an exciting symposium, a creative

and fertile opportunity for leading women and business owners in New

Jersey."

This conference is one of three dedicated to women’s issues —

beginning on Thursday, October 23. The Prosperity New Jersey panel,

entitled "Women Rising in New Jersey: a symposium for women and

business in the new economy," is set for Monday, October 27, from

8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Forsgate Country Club. In addition to a closing

keynote speech by Governor James E. McGreevey, there will be

remarks by Pechter, Holt, CEO of New Jersey Commerce & Economic Growth

Commission William D. Watley, and a keynote speech by Suzanne

C. Pease, president of the National Association of Women Business

Owners. Then Manahan will chair a 10-woman panel. It’s all free for

those who register, but space is limited. Call 609-984-4924.

Bracketing the free Prosperity New Jersey symposium, Mercer County

Community College and the New Jersey Technology Council focus on workshops

for women. MCCC partners with the Small Business Development Center

at the College of New Jersey for "Women in Business: Developing

Powerhouse Strategies," set for Thursday, October 23, at 9 a.m.

Cost: $125. Call 609-586-9456.

NJTC has scheduled "Women in Technology Network: Roundtable Discussion,"

an interactive look at a variety of issues faced by women in technology

companies, for Wednesday, October 29, at 8:30 a.m. at Wachovia Insurance

Services, 499 Thornall Street, Edison. Cost: $40. Call 856-787-9700.

If Prosperity New Jersey was listening to what the women

on the taskforce were saying, so did the keynote speaker, Pease. "I

came out of that meeting and wrote the speech right then," says

Pease, whose business, Ampersand Graphics, is based in Morganville.

Referring to a favorite slogan "We are your market, make us your

vendor," she will quote the statistics about women having 85 percent

of the purchasing power and conclude that smart firms should buy more

from women-owned businesses.

But she will also challenge women. "At that taskforce meeting

I saw some posturing from need rather than power. We have the economic

power but are not using it. In addition to our purchasing power, women

have more voting power (more women voters than men) and employing

power (one fourth of all workers work for women business owners).

It is time to move from a position of disadvantage. We may have been

disadvantaged for these years but let’s get over it and move forward."

"If we constantly look at obstacles, it doesn’t change them,"

says Pease. "We need to spend time on how we get around them,

over them, through them, and work from whatever base we have and build.

Look at what’s working and do more of it."

Underneath the drama of women entrepreneurs arguing over what should

be presented at the conference was another subtext, a smaller drama.

When Pease took office as president of the National Association of

Women Business Owners (NAWBO), that organization included the nearly

1,000-member state organization, New Jersey Association of Women Business

Owners (NJAWBO). But last December NJAWBO broke away from NAWBO. Suddenly

she became the president of a national organization with no representation

in her own state. Pease has had to draw on her own philosophy of "If

you can’t change it then you have to move on.

Pease, who still retains her membership in the state organization,

attributes the break to too many layers of communication between the

national organization and the state members. "There is a need

for a state association, but the communication tree needs not to be

so long." She is philosophical about what she needs to do; she

has set about starting new chapters and has chartered three in New

Jersey so far. "I’m hoping that five years down the road that

the two organizations will come back together in some form."

"It is time to say that everyone has disadvantages — whether

from gender, learning disabilities, bankruptcy, or the effect of September

11. It is not going to change things to feel like you are owed something.

Certainly there are things the government should and could do to rectify

inadequacies. That doesn’t eliminate the responsibility of the business

owner for doing her own marketing, for fulfilling the business promises

that her brand has created to the best of her ability."

She cites a contracting officer who is frustrated by women who don’t

do their homework and ask for contracts they are not prepared to fulfill.

"Part of NAWBO’s job is to be there for advocacy but also to give

women the tools to compete," says Pease.

Some of the panelists are also in positions where they

can help train and encourage women entrepreneurs. For instance, Caren

Franzini is CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority,

which has various loan and study programs. Renee Jordan, a loan

officer at Commerce Bank, can tell about Small Business Administration

loans.

Joan Verplanck, president of the New Jersey State Chamber, and

Ann Sullivan, a federal legislative consultant with an organization

called Women Impacting Public Policy, can be expected to urge women

entrepreneurs to press their issues with lawmakers.

Marlene J. Pagley-Waldock, president of the New Jersey Women

Business Owners, was recently quoted in U.S. 1 on the topic of self

marketing ("Sell Yourself, Not the Deal," October 8). Among

those representing women entrepreneurs with one or two person businesses

are Freda Howard, who for nine years has had a corporate gift

business, and Gloria Bryant of the Writing Company.

Leanna R. Fournier, in contrast, has a Camden-based firm, Providence

Pediatric Medical Daycare, that in three years has grown to 75 employees

and three sites, and is an activist in the field of healthcare policy.

Elsa DiGemma will represent the corporate world. As regional

controller, she supervises 16 workers at Enterprise Rent-A-Car. DiGemma

came to the United States from the Philippines about 20 years ago

and has been with Enterprise ever since.

DiGemma can be expected to echo Pease’s keynote challenge by saying,

don’t do business as a minority or a woman. "I never conducted

business with the idea that I am going to do it as a minority or a

woman, and I have never been discriminated against, because the Enterprise

culture promotes diversity and provides opportunities to everyone,"

says DiGemma. "My advice to women would be, `Don’t think about

being a minority, just perform to the best of your abilities’."

— Barbara Fox

MCCC and TCNJ SBDC , Mercer County Community College, 609-586-9446.

"Women in Business: Developing Powerhouse Strategies." $125.

Thursday, October 23, 9 a.m.

Prosperity New Jersey , Forsgate Country Club, 609-984-4924.

"Women Rising in New Jersey: Women and Business in the New Economy."

Free by registration. Monday, October 27, 8 a.m.

New Jersey Technology Council , Wachovia Insurance Services,

499 Thornall Street, Edison, 856-787-9700. "Women in Technology

Network: Roundtable Discussion," $40. Wednesday, October 29,

8:30 a.m.

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Growth Showcase

Seven area companies will be represented at at New Jersey

Technology Council’s Growth Company Showcase on Thursday, October

23, at the Jersey City Hyatt, 8 to 1:p.m. Greg Hanson, head

of technology banking at Wachovia Bank, will be the keynote luncheon

speaker. Cost: $75. Call 856-787-9700.

New Jersey State Treasurer John McCormac will discuss opportunities

in an afternoon meeting open only to angel investors, venture capitalists,

and investment bankers.

CEOs and CFOs of 30 regional public and private technology companies

will make presentations.

Princeton area participating companies: Aereon Solutions and Quantiva

at Princeton Forrestal Village, Barrier Therapeutics at Overlook Center,

Digital 5 at Quakerbridge Executive Center, MicroDose Technologies

on Route 1 North in Monmouth Junction, StatementOne on Lenox Drive,

and NanoOpto Corp., with technology developed at Princeton University

but located in Somerset.

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Retirement Planning Without the Panic

Going to work every day to earn a paycheck can be wearing,

even downright miserable, but letting go of that tether can be positively

terrifying. "The biggest concern for people about to retire is

cash," says Eleanore Szymanski, a certified financial planner.

"People are used to looking at income as where the money is coming

from." Contemplating a life without paydays is harrowing, she

says, because ""people are thinking income, when they should

be thinking cash."

Szymanski, co-founder of EKS Associates on Ewing Street (eksassoc@erols.com),

talks about just how much cash is needed for a comfortable retirement,

and about where the cash will come from, when she appears at the Princeton

Senior Resource Center’s "Legal and Financial Plans for the Future

Day" on Saturday, October 25, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Suzanne

Paterson Center. Cost: $40. Call 609-924-7108.

Szymanski, who studied accounting at Rider, founded EKS Associates,

along with Lisa Jantorno, who also speaks at the event, 20 years

ago. Prior to that, the Pennsylvania native worked in the venture

capital industry for 10 years.

The biggest failure in retirement planning, she says, is not doing

the planning at all. This is a common sin. "People in general

aren’t prepared for retirement," she says. "People in their

60s didn’t expect to get old." She likes to see people start a

comprehensive plan 10 years out, when there are still plenty of options.

Her straight forward advice cuts through the barrage of "Can You

Really Afford to Retire on $1 Million?" articles that pop up every

month or so in the personal finance press. A lot of the panic is unnecessary,

she says, and a lot of the high-wattage advice being peddled in the

media is wrong.

Figure out what you will need. "If you’re spending

$60,000, you won’t need quite that much in retirement," she says.

There will be no more Social Security tax, for one thing, and those

401 (k) contributions will stop. Otherwise, though, expect spending

after work to be about the same as it is while you are punching the

clock.

No, there will not be a commuter ticket, and there will be a lot fewer

outlays for suits and wing tips, but Szymanski says that travel, entertainment,

and trips to see the grandchildren will slip right in to fill the

void.

The first step, then, is adding up what you spend. It will tell you

how much cash you will need.

Locate the cash. Remember that your savings will not have

to work alone in carrying your retirement. There will be Social Security

and there may be a pension. Add up these amounts, and subtract them

from your expenses. The result will be the cash you will have to find

to continue to live the lifestyle you enjoy.

Don’t rush into fixed instruments. Thinking income, income,

income, many panicked retirees turn their nest eggs into annuities

or put them all in bonds. This is a natural reaction to the loss of

the cash-the-paycheck ritual. But it is severely limiting, allows

for precious little upside, and does not take account of the effects

of inflation. Resist the urge.

Build a ladder. Fill in the gap between expenses and Social

Security and pension income by taking a section of the nest egg, perhaps

a quarter, and purchasing bonds of varying maturities, up to eight

or ten years. Cash one in a year.

There your need for income is met, and the majority of your nest egg

hasn’t had to come into play.

Invest. "People think retirement is the end of investing,"

observes Szymanski. But, no, she says, it’s just the beginning. "What

are you going to do, retire and die?" she asks. Recent retirees,

even those who did not take early retirement, may well live for another

30 years — or more. The world will continue revolving, and it’s

a good bet that inflation will roll right along with it.

Aiming for steady income is not enough. The nest egg must work hard

to provide for expenses way down the road.

Take advantage of the dividend tax break. Large cap stocks

are the foundation of an equities portfolio. That being the case,

Szymanski says they might as well be stocks that pay dividends. Legislation

passed this year taxes dividends at the capital gains rate, rather

than the rate for ordinary income, providing a tax break. Also, dividends

are a relatively sure thing, meaning that companies are paying their

stockholders upfront, a prospect she says many find comforting when

corporate scandals rage.

Keep working. Some of Szymanski’s clients are realizing

that they have to choose between giving up on their retirement plans

and working a bit longer to fund them. The latter is a good idea,

particularly when the work is enjoyable.

"I love my work," she says. "I’m not ever going to retire."

Those who share her sentiment should be in no hurry to collect a gold

watch. More time in the workforce generally means a bigger 401 (k),

a more generous pension, and higher Social Security payments. It also

means fewer years that need to be funded from savings.

It is tempting to think of retiring, taking some time off, and then

re-entering the workforce. Be careful, says Szymanski. "It’s not

easy to get back in. There is job discrimination all over the place."

Don’t worry about the mortgage. An extremely popular TV

financial guru is urging one and all to hurry up and pay off their

mortgages. Nonsense, says Szymanski, pointing out that the deduction

for mortgage interest is the best tax break of all for most people.

"If you can get yourself a nice 6 percent mortgage," she says,

"that’s really 4 percent. If you can earn more on the money, you’re

ahead of the game."

Don’t rush to leave home. Retirement is a huge wrench

for most people. Don’t make it worse by uprooting yourself. New Jersey

is an expensive place to live, Szymanski concedes, and many people

do decide to stretch their money in a less pricey state. If you decide

that you want to head for the sun, do so in stages, and wait at least

a year before making a drastic move.

Plan ahead, seek prudent advice, and you will be free to leave

anxiety at your desk, no matter where you choose to retire.

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Corporate Angels

<d>Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson company, has been

named Outstanding Corporation by the 2003 New Jersey Conference on

Philanthropy.

Ethicon was recognized for supporting the Somerset Medical Center

Foundation and Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Youth in

Philanthropy program through funding, volunteers, and in-kind contributions

of products and facilities, and also for its philanthropic activities

throughout New Jersey.

Recipients of the company’s outreach include Muhlenberg Regional Medical

Center, the YWCA’s TWIN program, United Way, the Susan G. Komen Foundation,

the Upper Raritan Watershed Association, and the American Red Cross.

The Lockheed Martin Corporation has collaborated with

Thomas Edison State College and the New Jersey Historical Society

in sponsoring "Furniture, Curios & Pictures: 100 Years of Collecting

by the Old Barracks Association," a show at the Old Barracks Museum.

The show will run all year long.

According to Vivian Lea Stevens, curator of the museum, the goal of

the exhibit is to illustrate the progression of the collection as

a whole. It aims to examine and salute the efforts of the past, to

showcase the collection, and to look toward future growth.

The exhibit features several sections that demonstrate how museum

practices have evolved during the past century. Stevens opted to display

a portion of the museum’s household antiques alongside military artifacts.

Visitors may view a collection of six firearms that show the advancement

of rifles during the Revolutionary War. Also displayed is an extensive

collection of samplers of the era, constructed by women from the New

Jersey and Pennsylvania region. Of special interest is a 1774 Broadside,

the Revolutionary War equivalent of junk mail.

Members of the New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters

teamed up with the 2003 Jerry Lewis Telethon, which raised more than

$6.6 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, by taking calls

throughout the annual WWOR-TV broadcast.

In addition, the New Jersey Carpenter Contractor Trust sponsored

a fundraiser entitled "The Shirts Off Their Backs" at a recent

Jets football game to raise an additional $30,000 for the Muscular

Dystrophy Association.

The Children’s Futures Initiative has awarded $6.5 million

to 14 Mercer County non-profits whose efforts are focused on improving

the lives of infants, toddlers, and parents in Trenton.

Catholic Charities, Children’s Home Society of New Jersey, Mercer

Street Friends, and St. Francis Hospital each have been awarded $1,035,000

to establish family-friendly activities focused on increasing access

to prenatal care and strengthening parenting at four neighborhood

parent-child centers in Trenton.

Union Industrial Home for Children has been awarded $675,000 to encourage

and sustain positive involvement of fathers in early childhood. Child

Care Connection has been awarded $1.2 million to continue quality

improvement efforts with child care centers and family child care

homes in Trenton. Greater Trenton Behavioral Health has been awarded

$360,000.

Another seven organization were awarded $10,000 each as a result of

their involvement in a Children’s Futures Capacity Building Grants

Program geared to increase the effectiveness of non-profit organizations

working in early childhood-related areas. Agencies receiving these

awards include Camp Fire USA, Princeton Deliverance Center, Trenton

Head Start, and Interfaith Caregivers of Trenton’s Faith in Action

program.

The New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants

offers scholarships each year to New Jersey high school and college

students pursuing a CPA career path.

For this school year, the society has awarded $275,000 to 80 New Jersey

students.

The scholarships are awarded based on an exam, which is scheduled

for Saturday and Sunday, November 15 and 16 this year. The scholarships

are presented as five-year awards and total up to $8,500.

To complete an application form for the exam and for more information

visit www.njscpa.org/scholarships or call 973-226-4494.

The National Association of Professionals Organizers sponsored

its annual GO (Get Organized) Week last week. A group of Princeton

area organizers came together to organize the East Trenton Center

Food Pantry and the YWCA Childcare Center’s library, supply center,

and donation process.

The Wachovia Foundation has given a $5,000 grant in support

of Leadership Trenton, a collaboration of Thomas Edison College and

the Partnership for New Jersey that seeks to train adults to take

leadership roles in the city, and in support of its future.

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Volunteer Please

Lawrenceville Main Street holds an information night for

new and interested volunteers on Monday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m.

at the Main Street office, at 17 Phillips Avenue.

The purpose of the event is to familiarize new and potential volunteers

with the group’s activities, which are focused on the revitalization

of the village. For more information, call Ann Garwig, executive director,

at 609-219-930

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