Saturday, December 10, 2016

It's Emily Dickinson's Birthday













I'll tell you how the Sun rose
by Emily Dickinson

I'll tell you how the Sun rose –
A Ribbon at a time –
The Steeples swam in Amethyst –
The news, like Squirrels, ran –
The Hills untied their Bonnets –
The Bobolinks – begun –
Then I said softly to myself –
"That must have been the Sun"!
But how he set – I know not –
There seemed a purple stile
That little Yellow boys and girls
Were climbing all the while –
Till when they reached the other side –
A Dominie in Gray –
Put gently up the evening Bars –
And led the flock away –


Emily Dickinson was born on this day in 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts. For more of her poems, click here.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Celebrate the Season at Princeton Abbey


To celebrate the holidays, Princeton Abbey is hosting a concert featuring Princeton Pro Musica's Chamber Chorus on Sunday, December 4, 2016, from 1 to 3 pm. All are welcome to attend at no charge, compliments of the Princeton Abbey.

"As a new business in the Princeton area, we want to give back to those who have welcomed us so warmly," explains Katherine Walden, with the Princeton Abbey & Cemetery. "We look forward to sharing the Abbey with the community at this special time of year and are honored Princeton Pro Musica is helping us celebrate the season with song."

The program will feature traditional holiday choral pieces and will also include audience participation. Light refreshments, with hot chocolate and cookies, will be provided afterwards.

The Princeton Abbey is located at 75 Mapleton Road, Princeton, NJ.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Question of the Week


This is what it looked like outside a neighbor's house this morning. Crows were picking through the plastic bags and flew away just before I took this photo.

Are trash cans optional in Princeton Landing? First Service Residential? Covenants Committee? Anyone?

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thanksgiving Day Walk at Mapleton Preserve


Join Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands for a walk in the woods on Thanksgiving morning. FPNL's annual Thanksgiving Day Nature Walk in the Mapleton Preserve takes place on Thursday, November 24, 2016, at 10 am. The program will begin at the main office for the D&R Canal State Park, 145 Mapleton Road, Kingston. Come work up a Thanksgiving appetite while searching for signs of what our local wildlife is having for dinner. Learn about turkey tail mushrooms (photo above) and enjoy the abundance and subtle beauty of late fall.

This walk is free and all are welcome, but preregistration is requested. Please call 609-683-0483 to reserve a spot. For more information, visit the FPNL website.

Photo: Karen Linder

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Leonard Cohen




 1934 – 2016

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

An American Tragedy

"Late last night, as the results were coming in from the last states, a friend called me full of sadness, full of anxiety about conflict, about war. Why not leave the country? But despair is no answer. To combat authoritarianism, to call out lies, to struggle honorably and fiercely in the name of American ideals—that is what is left to do. That is all there is to do."

Read "An American Tragedy" by David Remnick in The New Yorker.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Vote

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Fall Back

Remember to move your clocks back one hour tonight. Daylight saving time ends at 2:00 am on Sunday, November 6.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Friday, October 28, 2016

"Schools of Kingston" — KHS Meeting and Talk


On Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at 7:30 pm, the Kingston Historical Society will have its annual meeting and talk. After a very brief business meeting, there will be an illustrated presentation on the "Schools of Kingston." The program will include reminiscences of six former students of one or both of the school buildings which remain in Kingston, the Kingston Free School built in 1871, on Academy Street at Route 27, and the Laurel Avenue School built about 1923, on the corner of Laurel Avenue and Union Street. The program will be led by George Luck, Jr., at the Laurel Avenue School.

Both schools have had additions since being built, but changing times led to both schools being "decommissioned" about 1988 and 1998. Fortunately they still exist. The Laurel Avenue School was recently renovated and is now being used as the YingHua International School.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn the history of these old buildings that we drive by all the time. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit KHSNJ or call 609-223-3877.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

"She's done the work . . . "

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

We Highly Recommend . . .

Fall is here and it's time to start thinking about our heating systems. PLNews doesn't often recommend services, but there's a new one that we think is a definite winner. We've dealt with owner Eric Muench for years. Now that he's started his own business we want to recommend him to all our friends and neighbors. Call Infinity Heating & Air Conditioning at  609-712-HVAC (4822) for high quality, honest and reliable service. 



Friday, October 14, 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded today to singer and songwriter Bob Dylan "for having created new poetic expressions with the great American song traditions." What a gift to be able to take a break from political news.

We wish our brothers Peter and Joe were here for this.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Grab Back



Sunday, October 9, 2016

He's So Vain

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Update: Lily Is Still Missing

Lily, the white Lilac Point Siamese, is still missing. Lily's owner is not giving up hope and is offering a reward with no questions asked if someone may have taken this beautiful cat into their home. If anyone has any information about Lily, please contact Olga at 609-514-0377.


A neighbor in Parcel 3 is still searching for her lost cat Lily. Lily is a white Lilac Point Siamese that went missing on August 18. Lily's owner is heartbroken. Lily's litter mate Luke is depressed and does not want to eat.


Our neighbor asks everyone to check the area around their homes, including their garages and basements. If you see Lily, please call the owner right away at 609-514-0377. A reward is offered with no questions asked.

We know how much Princeton Landing residents love their pets. Please help find Lily.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Thursday, September 22, 2016

National Public Lands Day at Mapleton Preserve


Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands will host its annual National Public Lands Day work session in the Mapleton Preserve on Saturday, September 24, 2016, from 2 to 4 pm. National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands invites the public to play a part and contribute to the restoration of the Mapleton Preserve, the former home of Princeton Nurseries and a significant historical site in Central New Jersey.

FPNL's focus this year is tending trees in the Arboretum, clearing brush and vines from ornamental trees, and collecting litter. Volunteers are asked to bring their own loppers, pruning shears, saws, rakes and shovels. Sturdy shoes, work gloves, long pants, long-sleeved shirts and hats are also recommended.

The entrance to the Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park is at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston. For more information, visit the FPNL website or call 609-683-0483.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Charmian Carr

1942 – 2016


Photos: Valerie Mason/Getty Images; Bettmann Archive

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Thank You, FirstService Residential


We're happy to see that the damaged monument sign in Parcel 6 has been replaced. Thank you, FirstService Residential.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Shikantaza at Jazz Café Friday Night

Shikantaza (clockwise): Bernhard Geiger, Tanya Saunders, Doug Miller, Brandon Lewin.

The jazz trio Shikantaza will perform with Tanya Saunders at the South Brunswick Jazz Café on Friday, September 9, from 8 to 10 pm. The word shikantaza, translated literally as just sitting, refers to a form of Japanese Zen Buddhist meditation. The musical group (Doug Miller on piano, Bernhard Geiger on acoustic bass, Brandon Lewin on percussion, and featured vocalist Tanya Saunders) explores the jazz canon, making familiar works uniquely their own, as well as offering original compositions developed improvisationally. Their music draws inspiration from many genres. To read more about Shikantaza and to listen their music, click here.

The South Brunswick Jazz Café is located at the Herb Eckert Auditorium in the Senior Center, South Brunswick Municipal Complex, 540 Route 522 in Monmouth Junction. Admission is $6 at the door. Doors open at 7:30 pm. This performance is a BYOB event. There will be one intermission. For more information, call 732-329-4000, ext. 7635, or click here.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Please Help Find Lily


A neighbor in Parcel 3 is still searching for her lost cat Lily. Lily is a white Lilac Point Siamese that went missing on August 18. Lily's owner is heartbroken. Lily's litter mate Luke is depressed and does not want to eat.


Our neighbor asks everyone to check the area around their homes, including their garages and basements. If you see Lily, please call the owner right away at 609-514-0377. A reward is offered with no questions asked.

We know how much Princeton Landing residents love their pets. Please help find Lily.

Friday, July 29, 2016

FirstService Residential Dropped the Ball

UPDATE: It is now over 6 months since this damaged monument sign was reported to our management company FirstService 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. FirstService 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?