Thursday, April 7, 2022

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson Confirmed

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, becoming the first Black woman Justice in U.S. history. Vice President Kamala Harris, the first Black woman to hold her position, presided over the Senate's 53-47 vote to confirm, with three Republicans joining all 50 Democrats in backing Judge Jackson. She will be sworn in when Associate Justice Stephen Breyer retires this summer.

Friday, March 4, 2022

Stand With Ukraine

Children onboard an evacuation train passing through Kyiv.

Photo: Lynsey Addario for The New York Times

Monday, January 17, 2022

Martin Luther King Day

 "Because maybe someone really needed to see this photo of my father riding a bike today."

— Bernice King

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

First Day Hike in the Mapleton Preserve

Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands invites everyone to a First Day Hike in the Mapleton Preserve on Saturday, January 1, 2022, from noon until 2 pm. For anyone who made a resolution to walk more, this is a great opportunity to start the new year off on the right foot with an easy 1.5 mile loop hike through the Mapleton Preserve.

The walk will begin and end at the Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park Headquarters at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston. Dress for the weather, whatever it may be. The walk is free and all are welcome.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Tree Trimming Event in the Mapleton Preserve

Join Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands for a festive tree trimming event in the Mapleton Preserve on Sunday, December 12, 2021, from 2 to 4 pm. Celebrate the season together in the Flemer arboretum with an edible ornament craft for our feathered friends, hot cocoa and holiday cheer. Participants can make one ornament for the event and one to take home for their own backyard birds. 

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Fall Back

Remember to move your clocks back one hour tonight. Daylight saving time ends at 2:00 am on Sunday, November 7.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Kingston Community Safety Sessions

In response to the recent assault that took place on Kingston's berm path, the South Brunswick police department is leading two safety sessions for the community, so that we can safely enjoy our beautiful surroundings. Please join your Kingston neighbors on either October 27 or November 14 at the Kingston Firehouse.

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Thank you to Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands for informing us of these events.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Happy Juneteenth 2021

Our Land
by Langston Hughes

We should have a land of sun,
Of gorgeous sun,
And a land of fragrant water
Where the twilight is a soft bandanna hankerchief
Of rose and gold,
And not this land
Where life is cold.

We should have a land of trees,
Of tall thick trees,
Bowed down with chattering parrots
Brilliant as the day,
And not this land where birds are gray.

Ah, we should have a land of joy,
Of love and joy and wine and song,
And not this land where joy is wrong.

                               Photo: Gordon Parks

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

FPNL Zoom Program: The Cicadas Are Back

In the coming weeks, billions of cicadas will emerge in a dozen eastern U.S. states, including hot spots in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. On Thursday, May 27, 2021, at 7:30 pm, Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands will present a special illustrated slide program on Zoom with Professor George Hamilton entitled: "We're Back!" The Emergence of the Brood X Periodical Cicadas.

Dr. Hamilton will speak about the highly anticipated emergence of the 17-year periodical cicadas, describing their life cycle and natural history, including their singing, their eating habits and survival strategies, and how they might affect your trees.

This group of cicadas, known as Brood X, has been living underground, feeding on tree sap since 1987. When they will appear varies by location, but they usually emerge when the soil temperature reaches 64 degrees. For this region, that typically occurs by the third week in May, but in some areas, they are already here.

The cicadas will only live a few weeks above ground, during which time they molt, mate, and die, but only after males have wooed females with ear-splitting calls, and the females have laid their eggs under the bark of tree twigs, starting the 17-year cycle anew.

Dr. Hamilton is Chair of the Department of Entomology and Director of the Rutgers Graduate Program in Entomology. His research has included evaluating alternative methods of controlling insect pests, including the Asian Tiger Mosquito, and understanding the pest potential of brown marmorated stink bugs.

Please pre-register and receive the link to attend this talk by contacting or by calling 609-683-0483. The talk is free and all are welcome.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Earth Day

An Earth Song
by Langston Hughes 

It's an earth song,—
And I've been waiting long for an earth song.

It's a spring song,— 
And I've been waiting long for a spring song.
    Strong as the shoots of a new plant
    Strong as the bursting of new buds
    Strong as the coming of the first child from its mother's womb.
It's an earth song,
A body song,
I have been waiting long for this spring song.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

FPNL Zoom Meeting: The Plainsboro Preserve

On Thursday, May 6, 2021, at 7:30 pm, Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands will hold its annual meeting and program on Zoom. Following a brief business meeting, Anne Price, Manager and Naturalist at the Plainsboro Preserve, will present a program on the history of the preserve and NJ Audubon's role there. During the presentation we will learn about some of the exciting flora and fauna to be found on this unique property. Formerly a quarry, this 1,000 acre property is now a nature preserve managed cooperatively by NJ Audubon, the Township of Plainsboro, and Middlesex County. Anne Price has been teaching environmental education since 1987. In 2020 Anne joined NJ Audubon as Manager and Naturalist at the Plainsboro Preserve.

The meeting will take place online. If you plan on attending, please RSVP to or call 609-683-0483 to obtain the link.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Spring Cleanup in the Mapleton Preserve

Join Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands and Scout Troops 10 and 102 to clean up trails and clear brush and vines from trees surrounding a vernal pond in the Mapleton Preserve. This event is scheduled for Saturday, April 10, 2021, from 1 to 3 pm; the rain date is Sunday, April 11, from 1 to 3 pm. Tools and gloves will be provided, or you can bring your own; rakes would be particularly helpful. Dress for the weather, whatever it may be.

For the safety of all, masks and social distancing will be required. Preregistration is requested at or 609-683-0483.

Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park is located at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston. Click here for directions.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

The Hill We Climb

Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, reads "The Hill We Climb" at the inauguration of Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

COVID-19 Memorial

Seasons of Trump

A Randy Rainbow Song Parody

Thursday, January 14, 2021

MLK Day of Service in the Mapleton Preserve

Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands has decided on short notice to host a cleanup event on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 18, 2021, in the Mapleton Preserve from 1 to 2:30 pm. The fields in the Preserve were brush-cut last fall to start to improve the quality of the habitat. This left a lot of wood debris on the inner paths of the fields, making walking difficult. At this event FPNL will be mostly picking up this debris and litter, but there will be something left to do for everyone.

All are welcome, but COVID-19 guidelines must be followed and masks must be worn at the event. Work gloves and tools will be provided, but please bring your own water or snacks. Dress for the weather, whatever it is.

Preregistration is requested. Phone (609-683-0483) or email Karen Linder ( to let her know that you are coming so they do not exceed Park COVID capacity guidelines.

Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park is located at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston. Click here for directions.

Thursday, January 7, 2021


This is today's cold open from MSNBC's Morning Joe, showing images and videos from yesterday's acts of violence at our nation's Capitol.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Greetings and Take Care

Happy New Year, Princeton Landing friends, former neighbors, and residents.

Your board of directors may have faith in your management company, but we wonder how this is possible. Although we sold our home in the community in November, FirstService Residential is still sending us monthly maintenance bills. We have also received a collection notice for an erroneous December maintenance bill. The same day the January maintenance bill and the December collection notice arrived, we also received our former Parcel's finalized 2021 budget "prepared by the Association Board of Directors," telling us about the increase in monthly maintenance fees in Parcel 6. The maintenance bills and collection notice were sent to our new address. The Parcel budget was sent to our old address and forwarded.

Back in December when we received the first erroneous maintenance bill, my husband emailed the management office. He did not get a response. So I inquired to management on a copy of his email. Only then did they reply to him. They told him that it was "normal" to continue to receive maintenance bills even after you have sold your home in the community. It's "normal" then, it seems, to also receive a collection notice on a maintenance bill you didn't owe in the first place. 

Princeton Landing homeowners, THIS IS YOUR MANAGEMENT COMPANY. They are no longer our problem, but they are yours. We wish you all the best in the new year and sincerely hope that errors like these are not indicative of other ways in which your community may be mismanaged.

Be well. Take care. Stay safe.

Friday, December 11, 2020

TIME Person of the Year

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were announced as TIME Magazine's Person of the Year.

Saturday, November 7, 2020


Illustration: Vasco Gargalo

Saturday, October 24, 2020

FPNL Zoom Meeting: The American Chestnut

On Thursday, November 5, 2020, at 7:30 pm, Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands will hold its annual meeting and program. Following a brief business meeting, Mike Aucott (Rutgers Ph.D. in environmental science) will give an illustrated presentation on the American chestnut tree that once stood as a symbol of American strength, resilience, and beauty. Learn about the American chestnut's glorious past, its grievous near-annihilation by blight, and the passionate movement to re-establish its place in our forests.

Mike Aucott is a retired research scientist for the NJ Department of Environmental Protection who has been hooked on chestnut trees since the 5th grade. He is currently coordinating the management of 20 orchards, totaling over 5000 second-generation hybrid chestnut trees as part of an American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) breeding program. He is also a member of the Hopewell Environmental Commission and has helped organize plantings of over 250 American chestnuts in Hopewell Township.

The meeting will take place online. If you plan on attending, please RSVP to The meeting link is available on the FPNL website.

Illustration: "Gathering Chestnuts," by J.W. Lauderbach, from The Art Journal of 1878

Sunday, October 11, 2020

KGA Zoom Meeting: Deer-Resistant Native Plants

On Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at 7:30 pm, Kingston Greenways Association will hold its annual meeting and talk. After a short business meeting, Rachel Mackow of Wild Ridge Plants will present a program on Deer-Resistant Native Plants. Of necessity, this will be a virtual event on Zoom, and it is open to all. The meeting link is on the KGA website, however, if you do plan on attending, please RSVP to

Rachel Mackow is an owner of Wild Ridge Plants, which is dedicated to the restoration of native plant communities that sustain and engage both people and wildlife. She manages the nursery operation on the farm at Wild Ridge and creates stewardship plans based on her knowledge of restoration practices and invasive species management. She enjoys helping people reconnect to plants and self-reliance through teaching foraging skills, herbal practice, and traditional plant uses.

Formed in 1998, Kingston Greenways Association aims to establish a permanent greenbelt 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: Rachel Mackow

Friday, September 25, 2020


Wednesday, September 23, 2020


"Icons," by Bob Staake, next week's cover of The New Yorker

"Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court, died on Friday, at the age of eighty-seven. Ginsburg spent nearly three decades on the country's highest bench, and five decades as a tireless scholar, teacher, and advocate of equality. To commemorate her, the artist Bob Staake said, he 'needed to think of a graphic metaphor that embodied Ginsburg's life and legacy.' He wanted something that was 'honest and no-nonsense,' like Ginsburg, and he landed on her lace collar, a symbol not just of Ginsburg but, in Staake's drawing, of women everywhere."

Friday, September 18, 2020

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

1933 – 2020

"My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."

Friday, August 14, 2020

Thursday, July 30, 2020

John Lewis | Opinion

John Lewis, the civil rights leader and congressman who died on July 17, wrote this essay shortly before his death, to be published upon the day of his funeral. It was published today in The New York Times.

While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. Millions of people motivated simply by human compassion laid down the burdens of division. Around the country and the world you set aside race, class, age language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity.

continue here at The New York Times

Thursday, July 23, 2020


We could have won, but our "wartime" president surrendered.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

John Lewis

1940 – 2020

"We were beaten, we were tear-gassed. I thought I was going to die on this bridge. But somehow and some way, God almighty helped me here. We cannot give up now. We cannot give in. We must keep the faith, keep our eyes on the prize."

Friday, July 10, 2020

How to Cognitive

From comedian and author Sarah Cooper