Monday, July 28, 2014

Help Wanted at Terhune Orchards

We received word today that Terhune Orchards is hiring full-time or part-time staff to work in their farm store, winery, Pick-Your-Own locations, and at Farmers' Markets. Tasks include preparation of fruits, vegetables, cider, pies and flowers for sale. Use of cash register is necessary—though they are willing to teach you—but you will not spend all day behind a register. Hours are flexible, but some weekend availability is important. They are looking for assistance through fall and holiday season.

If you enjoy wine, Terhune is also hiring part-time weekend staff for their winery tasting room.

If you're interested, contact Tannwen Mount (email: tmount at terhuneorchards.com) with your resume and cover letter. Terhune Orchards is located at 330 Cold Soil Road in Princeton.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Welcome Home

This just might increase the dog population in Princeton Landing even more, but here goes.

Rebecca Ehalt posted this video showing what happened when she returned home after being away for two years living and working in Slovenia. Last year she got married in Slovenia and her family went to Bled for the wedding—minus their pet schnauzer Casey. This is how Casey reacted when Rebecca finally returned home to Murrysville, PA.

P.S. The family reports that Casey was taken to the vet and everything is fine.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Butterfly Festival at the Watershed Reserve


The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association will hold its annual Butterfly Festival on Saturday, August 9, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Watershed Reserve. Admission is $10 per person or $25 per carload. Purchase tickets in advance here for a discount of $8 per person and $20 per carload. Parking is provided across from the Watershed Association courtesy of Bristol-Myers Squibb. Shuttles will be provided from the parking area to the festival. No pets allowed. Click here for more information.

The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association is located at 31 Titus Mill Road in Pennington. Click here for directions.

Artwork: Annalise Hollosy

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Duplicate Bridge at The Smith House

Princeton Landing resident Liz Hagen asked us to help publicize the duplicate bridge group her husband David is starting in the community. David Hagen is an accredited American Contract Bridge League teacher. The group is open to anyone with social bridge experience. For those who haven't played duplicate before, there will be help available.

The game will be played at The Smith House two Sunday afternoons a month at 1:30. The first session will be on July 27. The cost is $6 per person. Light refreshments will be served.

If you'd like to play, please contact David by email at dfhagen at leasowe.org.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Le 14 Juillet


Photo by Yann Caradec

Friday, July 4, 2014

Bear Alert!

UPDATE: An email around noon from the property manager says that the police report  "the bears" (more than one) were spotted in the rear of 440 Sayre Drive (see Parcel Map) and may have wandered down to Lake Carnegie since then. Management also states that police would use a bullhorn from their vehicles to advise residents to stay indoors if the bears are close to homes or walking areas. Use caution if you go outside. Management suggests bringing trash cans inside and not leaving trash bags, food or bird seed outdoors. Dog owners should pick up pet waste, which can also attract wildlife. (But of course dog owners should be doing that in any case.)

The Plainsboro Township Police Department issued a text message alert at about 10 am reporting several sightings of "a very large bear" in the Sayre Drive area. Our property manager has also informed residents by email of the sightings. Management's message says the bear was seen in the vicinity of 414 Sayre Drive and that police are investigating. Residents were advised to stay inside their homes and to keep children and pets indoors.

When in the Course of Human Events . . .



New Jersey Signers

Happy Independence Day 2014


This year marks the 200th anniversary of when Frances Scott Key penned "The Star-Spangled Banner," the poem that became our National Anthem.

The Star-Spangled Banner
by Francis Scott Key

O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming;
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, now conceals, now discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines on the stream;
'Tis the star-spangled banner; O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave,
From the terror of flight and the gloom of the grave;
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!

O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land,
Praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just.
And this be our motto— "In God is our trust;"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Blueberry Bash at Terhune Orchards

Terhune Orchards is celebrating everything blueberry this weekend, July 5 and 6, at their annual Blueberry Bash. The sweet summer berries are big and blue, and the bushes are easy for all to reach, so visitors can wander through the orchards and "Pick-Your-Own" from 10 am to 5 pm.

In addition to blueberry picking, there will be rides through the orchards and fields on tractor-drawn wagons. The Magnolia Street Swing Band will perform from noon to 4 pm on Saturday, and Swinging Dixie will entertain at the same time on Sunday. For the children there will be pony ridges and games in the barnyard. Entertainment will be available, including a puppet show presented by Tuckers' Tales Puppet Theatre on Saturday and Sunday at noon and 1:30 pm. 

Bakers can get in the spirit by entering their favorite blueberry recipe in the Blueberry Bash Bake-off. Pam Mount and food editor Susan Yeske will be judging the entries. Contest rules, prizes and entry form are available here.

Pam's Blueberry Bash Buffet is available for blueberry treats—blueberry drinks, blueberry muffins, blueberry pie and blueberry shortcake—as well as homemade favorites such as pork sandwiches, BBQ chicken, salads, gazpacho, cider slush, donuts and more. Bring home a fresh homemade blueberry coffeecake, blueberry cobbler, apple-blueberry crisp and blueberry salsa from the farm store. Adults can try Harvest Blues apple-blueberry wine in the Terhune Orchards Vineyard & Winery tasting room.

Admission to the Blueberry Bash is $5; children under 3 are free. Parking is available at the farm, located at 330 Cold Soil Road in Princeton.

Fourth of July Jubilee at Morven


In honor of Independence Day and New Jersey's 350th birthday, Morven Museum & Garden will host its annual July 4th Jubilee from noon to 3 pm. This event celebrating our American heritage is at Morven, the home-turned-museum of Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.


Live music will be provided by the Riverside Bluegrass Band, and refreshments will be available by Oink and Moo BBQVisitors are invited to sign the Declaration of Independence and meet George Washington as he shares personal letters from the American Revolution. There will be demonstrations of early American domestic life including bread baking and ice cream making. There will also be a dramatic presentation celebrating the women of the American Revolution by Stacy Flora Roth and face painting by Second Look Face Painting.

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.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July Recycling Dates

The recycling dates in Princeton Landing for July are the 14th and the 28th. There is also a link to these dates in the right-hand column under Popular Posts.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Independence Day Fireworks 2014

Photo by Peter Roome

On Wednesday, July 2, 2014, the Spirit of Princeton will present its annual Independence Day Fireworks. Viewing is best from the fields next to the Princeton University Stadium, along Western Way.

The fields open at 7 pm for picnicking and the fireworks begin at dusk, around 9 pm. Bring your picnic baskets, but no alcoholic beverages are allowed, nor is smoking because of the artificial turf. Parking will be available in University Parking Lot 21 below the fields off Faculty Road and in the University parking garage on Prospect Avenue.

This event is free, thanks to the Spirit of Princeton, a group of volunteers committed to producing events celebrating community and patriotism in Princeton.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

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

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Firefly Festival at Terhune Orchards

This Sunday, June 22, Terhune Orchards will host its annual Firefly Festival to celebrate the beginning of summer. Terhune Orchards will be open from 4 to 9 pm for an evening of nature, music, wagon rides and firefly hunting. Children can make their own wings, antennae and bug boxes. Schafer Gymnastics will help children through a mini obstacle course. Miss Amy & Her Big Kids Band will perform.

Grilled chicken, 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.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

June Recycling Dates

The recycling dates in Princeton Landing for June are the 2nd, the 16th and the 30th. There is also a link to these dates in the right-hand column under Popular Posts.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

2014 Pool Schedules and Census Form

Because many of our readers are coming to Princeton Landing News looking for the 2014 pool schedules and FVCSA census form, we're posting the information here.

The pool at The Smith House is now open on weekends until Saturday, June 14, when it will open daily. Hours are from 10 am to 8 pm. (Please note that on June 16 and 17 the pool will be open from 3:30 to 8 pm.)
The Commons pool in Parcel 1 will be open daily beginning Monday, June 30, 2014. Hours are Monday through Friday from 2 pm to 8 pm. On weekends and holidays, hours are 1 pm to 7 pm. PL residents may use either of the pools.

The Parcel 1 pool will close for the season on Labor Day, Monday, September 1. Weekday hours for the Smith House pool also end on Labor Day, but the pool will be open on the weekends of September 6–7, September 13–14 and September 20–21.

Recreation badges for 2014 are required for admission to the pools. Badges can be picked up at The Smith House Monday through Friday from 6 pm to 9 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. A 2014 FVCSA census form must be submitted to the office prior to picking up badges. Click here for a 2014 census form. (To print a copy of the form, click on the printer icon in the upper left corner of the document.)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou



1928 – 2014

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Princeton Area Farmers' Markets 2014


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 15
Hinds Plaza, next to the Princeton Public Library
Princeton
For more info and participating vendors, click here.

Princeton Forrestal Village Farmers' Market
Fridays 11 am to 2 pm, starting June 6 (except July 4)
Princeton Forrestal Village Plaza (between CAN DO and Tre Piani)
Princeton
For more info and participating vendors, click here

Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm, starting June 7
Village Shopping Center, 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 3
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 12, 2014

Neuropathy Awareness Week


May 12–16, 2014, is National Neuropathy Awareness Week.

Peripheral neuropathy is one of the most common chronic diseases in the US—over 20 million Americans suffer from it.

Peripheral neuropathy or "nerve damage" disrupts the body's ability to communicate with its muscles, skin, joints or internal organs. Peripheral neuropathy can be compared to the body's electrical wiring system breaking down, causing numbness, pain, weakness and poor coordination. For those who struggle with it, neuropathy is a 24/7/365 battle. Increasing awareness and understanding of neuropathy—and its impact—will drive the allocation of more funding for neuropathy research and, ultimately, the discovery of more therapies and cures.

You can learn more about neuropathy and helpful resources by visiting The Neuropathy Association at www.neuropathy.org.

Monday, May 5, 2014

John Oliver: Not A List You Want To Be On

If you didn't manage to stay awake past the end of The Bletchley Circle or Mad Men last night, here's a segment from HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. He tackles the difficult question of the death penalty.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

May Recycling Dates

The recycling dates in Princeton Landing for May are the 4th and the 18th. There is also a link to these dates in the right-hand column under Popular Posts.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter

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

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Palm Sunday

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

Saturday, April 12, 2014

April Recycling Dates

The recycling dates in Princeton Landing for April are the 7th and the 21st. There is also a link to these dates in the right-hand column under Popular Posts.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Rubble & Wreckage #1

Now that spring is here, it looks like our management company has made an attempt to "repair" some of the damage done by Princeton Landing's snow removal contractor. Here's what it looks like.


Neither the stop sign nor the monument are in their original position. The stop sign was sloppily cemented into the landscape bed. Not only is the stop sign in the wrong place, it is much too close to what remains of the damaged planting.


The monument in a different position, and it looks like there was an unfortunate try at cementing the damage.


This is what the Parcel 6 corner looks like now after damage by Longford Landscapes and repairs by Signature Property Group.


This is what the Parcel 6 corner looked like once upon a time in Princeton Landing.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Snow Removal Wrecks Parcel 7 Berm

You have to be saddened by what was done this winter to this berm, which fronts on the Loop Road in Parcel 7. Our snow removal contractor piled so much snow onto it that they killed the understory of viburnum, broke branches off the pine trees and scarred the trunks, and dug ragged holes in the berm itself, uprooting the grasses. Yes, we had a bad winter, but we've had bad storms before and our community never suffered so much unnecessary destruction.

Many of us with an interest in Princeton Landing's landscape remember that the previous owner of the home adjacent to this berm took care of it lovingly for years. She and her husband built the home and were founding residents of the community. She sought to maintain the high standards for which Princeton Landing's landscape was once known. It is sad to see the results of her work destroyed.





Here's what it used to look like.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

More Turf Damage Revealed

Now that the snow has melted, more damage to the turf from the snow removal equipment has been revealed in the open field between Parcels 9 and 11.




Here's what it used to look like.


Sunday, March 9, 2014

More Landscape Damage Uncovered

As the snow melts, it's becoming more apparent how much damage the snow removal contractor did to the property. Here are just a couple of examples of turf damage in Parcels 12B and 2.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Another Tree Damaged During Snow Removal

This beautiful mature tree was damaged by the snow removal equipment piling huge mounds of snow on a corner in the community. This is in addition to the broken branches of the flowering cherry tree we reported on last week.


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Now We're Using Duct Tape?

That address monument in Parcel 8 we reported on . . . here's what it looks like now.


Friday, February 28, 2014

More Damage Yet

In spite of the fact that this island in Parcel 6 was staked before the snowstorms to protect the curbs, our snow removal contractor, Longford Landscapes, drove their equipment up onto the island, knocking out the Belgian block.



This corner was also staked but the plow drove through the Belgian block—and the stake.


The plows piled the snow so high on the island that two bottom branches of this flowering cherry tree were buried. The heavy snow snapped the branches, perhaps destroying the whole tree. It's hard to believe so much damage was done in one small area.

March Recycling Dates

The recycling dates in Princeton Landing for March are the 10th and the 24th. There is also a link to these dates in the right-hand column under Popular Posts.