Friday, July 29, 2016

First Service Residential Dropped the Ball

UPDATE: It is now over 6 months since this damaged monument sign was reported to our management company First Service Residential. The damage was done by our snow removal contractor BrightView (formerly Brickman) during a winter storm. BrightView had piled snow over the entire monument making it impossible for emergency vehicles to see the addresses for homes in Parcel 6. When the hidden monument was reported to management, a worker from BrightView was sent to uncover the sign. When the sign was uncovered, the damage was revealed. It was immediately reported to management. 

BrightView is responsible for any damage they cause to the property during snow removal. First Service Residential is responsible for seeing that BrightView repairs the damage.



The house number sign on this monument was damaged by our snow removal contractor this past winter. The damage was reported to our management company, FirstService Residential, over 5 months ago. The number sign has not been replaced yet. These damaged markers are very visible on the Loop Road and contribute to a shabby image for Princeton Landing.

Why is it that snow damage can't be repaired by the July 4th weekend?

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Hillary Clinton Makes History


"When there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit."

                                   — Hillary Rodham Clinton

Photo: National Archives & William J. Clinton Presidential Library
Photo by William Vasta, White House Photographer

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Just Peachy Festival at Terhune Orchards

Terhune Orchards is hosting its annual Just Peachy Festival this weekend, July 30 and 31, from 10 am to 5 pm, rain or shine. Join the Mount family at the farm to celebrate one of our state's favorite fruits—peaches.

A special event at the festival is a "Summer Harvest" farm-to-fork tasting section that features local chefs who will use locally sourced ingredients to prepare recipes for visitors to sample. Terhune Orchards is partnering with Zone 7 for this special offering. The tasting area will be open at noon and continue while supplies last. Admission to the special tasting section is $15 per person. For more details on participating vendors and their menus, click here. Event is rain or shine; in case of rain, tasting will take place in the big barn.

Kids' activities will include rides through the orchards on tractor-drawn wagons, pony rides and games. Adults can visit the winery tasting room to sample wines, including the award-winning Just Peachy wine. There will be live music both days from noon until 4 pm. 

Food will also be available for purchase at Pam's food tent, offering peach treats like peach pie, as well as other summer fare including barbecued chicken, hot dogs, salads, gazpacho, apple cider donuts and cider slushies. Pam Mount's popular canning and freezing class will be held on Saturday from 10 am till noon. The class is free. Register here.

Admission to the festival is $5; children under 3 are free. Admission fee includes wagon rides, pedal tractors, barnyard of animals, music, play tractors and children's games. (Additional activities will be available at additional cost.) The farm store and the winery and tasting room are open without an admission fee. Parking is available at the farm, located at 330 Cold Soil Road in Princeton. Get the details about a local road detour here.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

First Annual Hog Fest at Brick Farm Market


Brick Farm Market in Hopewell will host its first annual Hog Fest on Saturday, July 23, from 11 am until 8 pm. Entertainment starts at 2 pm and includes acrobats and face painting. Ocean County Bluegrass Band will provide music. Food will be served all day. The menu includes Slow Smoked Pasture-Raised Hog in sandwiches or tacos, House-Made Hot Dogs, Chorizo Burgers with local smoked cheddar and vinegar slaw, Berkshire Burgers, Eloté (Grilled Mexican Corn) with chipotle aioli, queso fresco and cilantro, Raspados (shaved ice with house-made organic syrups), Slow Roasted Goat 'en la Caja China' roasted on premises for tacos after 4 pm, and a condiment table with house-made BBQ sauces, onions, cilantro, ketchup and relishes. As always BYOB.

Brick Farm Market is located at 65 East Broad Street in Hopewell.

Friday, July 1, 2016

FirstService Residential Dropped the Ball



The house number sign on this monument was damaged by our snow removal contractor this past winter. The damage was reported to our management company, FirstService Residential, over 5 months ago. The number sign has not been replaced yet. These damaged markers are very visible on the Loop Road and contribute to a shabby image for Princeton Landing.

Why is it that snow damage can't be repaired by the July 4th weekend?

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fourth of July Jubilee at Morven


In honor of Independence Day, Morven Museum & Garden will host its annual July 4th Jubilee on Monday from noon to 3 pm. This event celebrating our American heritage is at the home-turned-museum of Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.


Live bluegrass music will be provided by The Back Door Band, and refreshments will be available by Oink and Moo BBQVisitors are invited to participate in colonial life activities, sign the Declaration of Independence and meet Benjamin Franklin as he strolls the museum and grounds. There will be demonstrations of early American domestic life including ice cream making, paper making, music and more. There will also be a performance of Over Here, Molly Pitcher! by Stacy Flora Roth.


Admission to the July 4th Jubiliee is free. Guests are invited to use the Princeton Theological Seminary or Monument Hall parking lots. There is also parking on the street, however, there will not be parking at Morven since so many children will be on the grounds. Due to the outdoors activities, this event will be cancelled if there is prolonged rain. Morven is located at 55 Stockton Street in Princeton. Click here for directions.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Waiting On Shore



" . . . the dead are not far from us . . . they cling in some
strange way to what is most deep and still within us."

— W.B. Yeats

Waiting On Shore
Sculptor: Niall Bruton
Rosses Point, County Sligo, Ireland

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Firefly Festival at Terhune Orchards

This Sunday, June 26, Terhune Orchards will host its annual Firefly Festival to celebrate the beginning of summer. Terhune Orchards will be open from 3 to 9 pm for an evening of nature, music, wagon rides and firefly hunting. Children can make their own wings, antennae and bug boxes. Miss Amy & Her Big Kids Band will perform. Circus Place, New Jersey's premier circus training facility, will showcase their Youth Circus Performance Troupe. Students will perform aerials, acrobatics and juggling. Visitors can also participate in interactive workshops and learn to juggle, spin a plate, balance feathers and walk a tight wire.

Grilled chicken, pork sandwiches, hot dogs, corn on the cob, apple cider, donuts, pie, cookies, homemade salads and more will be available at Pam's Firefly Food Tent. There will be pony rides and wagon rides through the orchards all evening. Adults can stop in Terhune Orchards' tasting room to sample their award-winning wines.

Parking is available at the farm, located at 330 Cold Soil Road in Princeton. There is a $5 charge for the craft activities, but admission to the festival is free.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

President Obama Endorses Hillary Clinton



"I'm with her."

                                                                — President Barack Obama

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

FPNL Annual Meeting and Program


On Thursday, June 2, 2016, at 7:30 pm, Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands will hold its annual meeting and program in the Education Building at Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park, 145 Mapleton Road, Kingston. After a short business meeting, Dr. James Lendemer will present Looking at Lichens, a slide presentation on these fascinating and little known organisms. The event is free. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. For more information, please call 609-683-0483.

Almost everyone has seen a lichen (pronounced "like-in"), but few people know much about these small plantlike beings that have no roots, stems or leaves. They are a fusion of two unrelated organisms, usually a green algae and a fungus, that grow slowly and can be especially susceptible to habitat disruption. Many species are sensitive to air pollution, and lichens are used throughout the world to assess and monitor air quality. An important part of the food chain, lichens are also used by various animals as nesting materials, dyes, and medicines, and serve as a food source for reindeer and caribou.

Dr. Lendemer is a lichenologist from the New York Botanical Gardens. He currently serves as Assistant Curator of the Institute of Systemic Botany, which has the largest collection of lichens in the western hemisphere. His research on lichen biodiversity has been used to develop conservation management policy.

Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands is dedicated to the preservation and protection of the historic, horticultural and natural resources of the former Princeton Nurseries Kingston site. Their goals include promoting restoration, development and interpretation of the site for the education and enjoyment of the public. As part of this overall goal, FPNL sponsors interpretive and educational walks and talks on history, nature and horticulture-related subjects. 

Photo: James Lendemer

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Princeton Area Farmers' Markets 2016


One of the great things about this time of year is the opportunity to shop for fresh locally grown and produced goods at the farmers' markets in our area. Here are some that are taking place around Princeton Landing. (There is also a link to the farmers' markets in the right-hand column under Popular Posts.)

Thursdays 11 am to 4 pm, starting May 19
Hinds Plaza, next to the Princeton Public Library
Princeton
For more info and participating vendors, click here.

Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm, starting June 4
Village Shopper, 1340 Route 206, just north of Route 518
Skillman (across from ShopRite and Montgomery Cinemas)
For more info and participating vendors, click here (then click on the "Farmers' Market" link in the upper right).

Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm, starting May 7
Princeton Junction Train Station, southbound Vaughn Drive parking lot, off Alexander Road
Princeton Junction
For more info and participating vendors, click here.

Wednesdays–Saturdays 9 am to 6 pm, open all year
Sundays 10 am to 4 pm
960 Spruce Street
Lawrence Township
For more info and participating vendors, click here.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Kingston Greenways Annual Meeting and Talk


On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at 7:30 pm, Kingston Greenways Association will have its annual meeting and talk. This year's topic, Snowy Owls of the Canadian Arctic, will be presented by Jean-François Therrien, Ph.D., a senior research biologist at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Orwigsburg, PA. Dr. Therrien has been studying snowy owls in the Arctic for more than a decade with a team of scientists from Laval Universite, Québec. He will share a slide presentation about these magnificent birds after a brief business meeting at the Kingston Firehouse, 6 Heathcote Road, Kingston. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. For more information, please call 609-683-0483.

Snowy owls are a top predator in the Arctic. Some years, some of these large owls move south, a phenomenon known as an irruption. In recent winters, snowy owls have been observed across New Jersey in fields, marshes and beaches devoid of trees, landscapes that resemble the Arctic tundra to which they are accustomed.

Formed in 1998, Kingston Greenways Association aims to establish a permanent green belt around the village of Kingston consisting of natural environments, recreational parkland, agricultural and horticultural land, wetlands, streams and ponds, and sites of historical interest. The Association further aims to preserve and create connections of green among these for walking, jogging, bicycling and horseback riding. It also hopes to promote understanding of our local region through study and education, and to provide oversight and advocacy for open space in the Kingston area. 

Photo: Jean-François Therrien with snowy owl, taken moments before releasing her with a newly attached transmitter. Photo by A. Robillard

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Walking Tour of Kingston's Churches

On Saturday, May 7, 2016, historian George Luck will lead a walking tour of Kingston's two churches—the Kingston Methodist Church and the Kingston Presbyterian Church—assisted by members of the churches. This event is sponsored jointly by the churches and the Kingston Historical Society.

The tour will start at 1 pm in the cemetery driveway opposite the Methodist Church. George Luck will  point out the graves of some of those who have played significant roles in the life of the church and community and the site of Kingston's first church. The tour will continue up Main Street two blocks to the Presbyterian Church and into the sanctuary for a brief history of the church. Tour goers will walk back to the Methodist Church for a short history in its sanctuary, after which refreshments will be served in the church hall.

The walk provides a great opportunity to go inside Kingston's two churches and learn some of their history and role in the community from their own historians. Those driving are encouraged to park in the Methodist Church parking lot on Church Street. For more information, please call 609-924-1362.

Kingston Methodist Church

Kingston Presbyterian Church

Photos: Courtesy of Kingston Historical Society

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare













Sonnet 104

To me, fair friend, you never can be old,
For as you were when first your eye I ey'd,
Such seems your beauty still. Three winters cold
Have from the forests shook three summers' pride,
Three beauteous springs to yellow autumn turn'd
In process of the seasons have I seen,
Three April perfumes in three hot Junes burn'd,
Since first I saw you fresh, which yet are green.
Ah, yet doth beauty, like a dial hand,
Steal from his figure, and no pace perceiv'd,
So your sweet hue, which methinks still doth stand,
Hath motion, and mine eye may be deceiv'd;
For fear of which, hear this, thou age unbred:
Ere you were born was beauty's summer dead.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Kingston Greenways Earth Day Cleanup

Join Kingston Greenways Association for their Earth Day Cleanup on Saturday, April 23, 2016, from 2 to 4 pm. This year KGA will tidy up the areas adjacent to Railroad and Greenwood Avenues, Division Street, Mapleton Road and Ridge Road in Kingston. In addition to the inevitable tossed and blown litter, KGA will be removing some larger trash that is not only unsightly but also could pose hazards to wildlife.

Coming from US 1, head west towards Kingston on Ridge Road (Doubletree Hotel is on the corner of this intersections), and take the first left on Railroad Avenue. From Route 27, turn onto Heathcote Road and go a quarter mile to just beyond the intersection of Heathcote, Ridge and Division, then turn right on Railroad Avenue. Parking for this volunteer event is along Railroad Avenue off Ridge Road. Please wear work boots and bring sturdy gloves. Grabbers and garbage bags will be provided. For more information, please call 609-683-0483.

(click to enlarge)

Saturday, April 9, 2016

There Is Only One Jordan's


As many of our readers know, we are big fans of Jordan's Stationery & Gifts in the Princeton Shopping Center—and of its longtime owner Lewis Wildman and wonderful staff. As you may also know by now, the new management of the shopping center has declined to renew Jordan's lease. Jordan's has been a Princeton institution for nearly 35 years. The store will close at the end of June. A Princeton resident sent a letter to the editor of Town Topics this week that sums up the feelings of so many people in our area. Click here to read the letter.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

National Poetry Month














Who Has Seen the Wind?
by Christina Rossetti

Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you.
But when the leaves hang trembling,
The wind is passing through.
Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I.
But when the trees bow down their heads,
The wind is passing by.

                                                         Photo: Valentina Cinelli

Friday, April 1, 2016

National Poetry Month


Poetry
I, too, dislike it.
Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one discovers in
it, after all, a place for the genuine.

— Marianne Moore

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter

Giotto di Bondone
Resurrection (Noli me tangere)
Scenes from the Life of Christ, 1304-1306
Arena Chapel, Padua, Italy

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Palm Sunday

Giotto di Bondone
Entry into Jerusalem
Scenes from the Life of Christ, 1304-1306
Arena Chapel, Padua, Italy

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Saint Patrick's Day


St. Patrick's Memorial Church, called Saul Church, in County Down, Northern Ireland

Photos: Ardfern

Monday, March 14, 2016

Happy Birthday, Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein
March 14, 1879   Ulm, Germany
April 18, 1955     Princeton, NJ

Photo: The Einstein Museum in the Historisches Museum Bern

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Spring Ahead

Remember to move your clocks ahead one hour tonight. Daylight saving time begins at 2:00 am on Sunday, March 13.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Nancy Reagan

1921 – 2016

"I'm a woman who loves her husband and I make no apologies for looking out for his personal and political welfare."

Photo: Released by The Reagan Library, US National Archives

Sunday, January 24, 2016

FirstService Residential Dropped the Ball

FirstService Residential dropped the ball on repairing leaking skylights in Princeton Landing. A leak in our roof that we reported on January 7, 2015, was not repaired and is leaking again after yesterday's snowstorm, a little over a year later. Apparently our home was not the only one in the community with a problem like this. In an email to us last February, the FirstService property manager said, "We have about 14 leaks that have to deal with skylights. We are on it." Then in April, FirstService told us, "Our next steps are we are going to meet with a roofing co./engineer to come up with a preventative maint. (sic) plan before next winter to leak proof these homes that are having the issue." After five months of follow-up emails to the management company, a FirstService manager told us by email in May, "I have it to be worked on with the other ice damming homes in the community. This will be an end of July project." No repair was ever made to our home.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

B.D. Lenz at Small World on Saturday


Jazz guitarist B.D. Lenz brings his trio back to Princeton to perform at Small World Coffee on Saturday, January 23, at 8:30 pm.

Small World is located at 14 Witherspoon Street in Princeton.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

MLK Day of Service in the Mapleton Preserve


Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands invite you to join them on Monday, January 18, 2016, for a cleanup in the Mapleton Preserve on the National Day of Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. From noon to 3 pm volunteers will be clearing small trees, brush, vines and trash in the historic Mapleton Preserve. You are asked to bring any tools you may have, such as saws, clippers, loppers and rakes. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather—work gloves, sturdy shoes, warm clothing and hats are recommended. For more information, visit the FPNL website or call 609-683-0483. Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park is located at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston. (If using a GPS, use 145 Mapleton Road, Princeton 08540 as the address.)

Photo: Jonathan Michalik

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year 2016