Behind The Trenton Postmark: A Town's Take-Charge Attitude

In the reception area of Mayor Glen Gilmore's office in Hamilton Township, N.J., hangs a colorful poster from Mrs. Mehedin's first-grade class at Wilson Elementary. It shows 13 hand-colored "awards," each thanking Gilmore for providing the community of about 90,000 with parks, snowplows, garbage collection and the like. Soon the poster may have to be updated: THANK YOU FOR THE CIPRO.

Life in Hamilton changed on Oct. 13 when the tuxedo-clad mayor was diverted from a fund-raising event by news that the anthrax-tainted letter sent to NBC was postmarked Trenton. That was bad for the citizens of Hamilton: mail postmarked Trenton...

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