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Between the Lines

Hundreds of people from central New Jersey have done their part to

help hurricane survivors, and thousands have donated money. For this

year’s Helping Hands issue, we wanted to focus on a Katrina volunteer,

a full-time employee in Princeton. Then real estate broker Victor

Murray of CRESA Partners E-mailed us about his "work vacation" trip to

Mississippi and we spotted another name we knew, Tom Gates of

Arlington Capital Mortgage. Better yet, Gates had taken plenty of


The idea for our second Helping Hand candidate, Gerry Crispin, came

from an October 12 Survival Guide article that focused on jobhunting

tips. Crispin mentioned how he had rented a Winnebago and toured

Katrina sites to help people find jobs.

We hope the in-depth stories of Gates and Crispin will inspire more

volunteer hours and more donations, not only for Katrina-related

causes but for the many other charities and social service

organizations that desperately need help.

Also in the "It’s a small world" department is the story about Beth

Jarvie on page 7. After the December 7 issue, featuring a cover story

about current and previous McCarter actors who have played Tiny Tim in

"A Christmas Carol," we took a polite call from Jarvie, a

self-professed "soccer mom" from West Trenton. She told us that one of

the boys in the photo, entitled "Tiny Tim Turns 25," had not been

identified in the photo caption on the inside of the paper. That child

is her son, Desmond Confoy, who plays Boy Scrooge in "A Christmas

Carol" this year (his fourth appearing in the production).

In the process of fact-checking information for our correction,

printed in the December 14 issue, we learned that Jarvie’s involvement

with the annual Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation


One of our earliest Helping Hands articles was on John Rubalcava. When

he worked at United Jersey Bank (now Bank of America), he also played

Santa Claus for children at hospitals and daycare centers throughout

the holiday season. His sidekick was Joann Young, an assistant vice

president at the bank, who dressed up in a Rudolph the Red Nosed

Reindeer suit. Our cover image for December, 1987 (we were still a

monthly newspaper then), showed Young in her reindeer outfit trying to

hitch a ride on Route 1.

That’s the image on the December page of the 2005 U.S. 1 Calendar.

Speaking of the calendar, the 2006 edition will be delivered on

Wednesday, December 21. It features photographs of the Delaware &

Raritan Canal by Carolyn Foote Edelmann and listings selected from

more than 1,000 events throughout our region. It is our gift to

Princeton-area companies, and it is distributed, one to a company,

along with this issue.

Our office will be closed on Friday, December 23, and Monday, December

26. We do not publish on Wednesday, December 28. As you will find by

consulting our calendar, Monday, January 2, is a bank and postal

holiday. Our office, nevertheless, will be open on January 2. Our next

issue, the annual Survival Guide, will be delivered Wednesday, January

4. Happy holidays!

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