Friday, July 31, 2009

Local Music

Tomorrow, Saturday, from 2 to 4 pm, Carnaby Street will be performing on the Green in Princeton as part of the Palmer Square Summer Music Series.

Carnaby Street band features music of the 1960s, including songs by The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Roy Orbison and more. Carnaby Street members are (left to right) Chris Roselle, Tommy Russo and Tony Prochilo.

Bring your lawn chair or blanket. Admission is free.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

National Cheesecake Day

Do we really need an excuse to eat cheesecake? Well, if we do, today's the day.

Cheesecake is believed to have originated in ancient Greece. History says small cheesecakes were served to athletes during the first Olympic games held in 776 BC on the Island of Delos.

When the Romans conquered Greece, they began making cheesecake as well, using it as an offering in the temples to their gods. The first written recipe for cheesecake, called libum, came from Cato The Elder, a Roman politician who wrote about farming, winemaking and cooking in the second century BC.

The Romans made cheesecake popular throughout Europe and centuries later immigrants brought it to America. In 1929 Arnold Reuben, a restaurant owner in New York City, is said to have developed the first cheesecake made with cream cheese. Other restaurants followed with their own recipes and New York style cheesecake was born. Nowadays you can find cheesecakes with a wide variety of flavors and toppings.

So enjoy. Today you really do have an excuse.

Happy National Cheesecake Day!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Local Music

Tomorrow evening, Thursday, Patty Larkin will be performing from 6 to 8 pm in the courtyard at Princeton Shopping Center, 301 North Harrison Street in Princeton Township.

Patty Larkin is an accomplished and innovative singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with 10 solo recordings. Her most recent CD is Watch the Sky, which she wrote, produced, engineered and edited. Her previous project was producing the groundbreaking La Guitara, a compilation of multi-genre international women guitarists. Click here for more information and to listen to Patty Larkin.

This performance is one of the Summer Courtyard Concerts at Princeton Shopping Center presented by the Arts Council of Princeton and sponsored by the Princeton Shopping Center Tenant Association. Concerts will be held Thursday nights until August 27.

Don't forget to bring a lawn chair. Admission is free to these events.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A Taste of Rubies . . .


A Taste of Rubies, an upscale artisan dessert company from New Brunswick, was one of the wonderful vendors at the Princeton Farmers' Market today. Owner Ruby Wesley specializes in a variety of "Pleasantly Addictive" gourmet cheesecakes, which are available as 8-inch cakes or Cheesecake Minis.

Ruby began experimenting with her mother's prized Strawberry Cheesecake recipe and expanded into a variety of delicious gourmet cheesecakes. In October 2005 A Taste of Rubies was born. It includes the Signature Collection of her most popular light and creamy cheesecakes, the Exotic Palate Collection topped with fruits, the Sweet Tooth Collection for candy lovers, and the Occasion Collection of party platters and edible favors. These can be customized for special events.

Click here to visit Ruby's website for more information and how to order. July 30 is National Cheesecake Day. Celebrate soon with A Taste of Rubies. You won't be disappointed.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Best Wishes


Former FVCSA Board President Dave Grant and his wife Suzanne are moving to South Carolina this week. We are sorry to see them go, but we wish them well as they begin this new chapter in their lives.

Dave was a member of the Board of Directors for eight years, first as Treasurer, then as President. He contributed countless hours of service to the community on the Board and on the Recreation Committee as well. Dave was the major force behind keeping up our tennis courts and he's played on them right up to his last days at Princeton Landing.

Be sure to say goodbye to Dave and Suzanne if you see them around Parcel 7, the Loop Road or the tennis courts.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The World's Best Lemonade


The World's Best Lemonade is available right here in Princeton Landing thanks to neighbors (left to right) Aryaman, Katherine and Emma. Today was opening day for The World's Best Lemonade Shack, which sells lemonade and iced tea, and sales were great. The Shack is located on the Loop Road at Parcel 2 but moves to the Smith House pool, the Parcel 1 pool and the tennis courts for the convenience of our residents. The Shack will be open on Sundays from approximately 12 to 3 pm, with longer hours possible depending on the weather. Small cups are 50 cents; large cups are 75 cents. Be sure to stop by next Sunday for a cool refreshing drink.

Lifeguards


Our lifeguard Dan was on duty today at the Parcel 1 pool. The pool was busy and looked great. Dan works hard to keep it sparkling for everyone to enjoy.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Lifeguards


Lifeguards Alexa (left) and Katie (right) were on duty today at the Smith House pool. All our lifeguards have an important job overseeing the safety of residents. The Association also relies on them to enforce its rules for use of the pools and appreciates everyone's cooperation in maintaining a safe and comfortable environment for all to enjoy.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Local Music

Tomorrow, Saturday, from 2 to 4 pm, The Alice Project will be performing on the Green in Princeton as part of the Palmer Square Summer Music Series.

Singer/songwriter/guitarist -- and former Princeton resident -- Alice Leon leads the band, which also features guitarist Jimmy Leahey, drummer Scott Strunk and bassist Al Greene. The release of their fourth CD, The GIrl on the Box, co-written by Leon and Leahey, was celebrated at several venues in our area last year. Local fans have another great opportunity to hear The Alice Project's song-driven pop/rock live on the Green.

Bring your lawn chair or blanket. Admission is free.

Pool Rules


As we continue to enjoy the summer and our beautiful Princeton Landing pools, property manager Matt Lubas reminds all residents to be aware of the association's long-standing rules regarding their use. These rules are intended to promote the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all residents who use the pools. The rules are posted at both the Smith House and the Parcel 1 pools. They can also be found at the Princeton Landing website by clicking here. Please be aware that FVCSA's governing documents give our lifeguards the authority to enforce all rules and to deny access to any member or guest exhibiting behavior that is dangerous or disturbing to other people. The association appreciates the cooperation of all residents with the lifeguards. Also remember that recreation badges are required at the pools. If you have any questions or concerns about the use of the pools or actions taken by the lifeguards, feel free to contact the management office. They will be happy to respond.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Alash: Tonight


In spite of the heavy rain, the show went on at Princeton Shopping Center and the mesmerizing Tuvan ensemble Alash performed to an appreciative audience. Members of Alash (left to right) are: Nachyn Choodu, Bady-Dorzhu Ondar, Ayan-ool Sam and Ayan Shirizhik. These world-class, award-winning musicians were introduced by their interpreter and manager, Wisconsin-born Sean Quirk. Sean went to study music in Tuva on a Fulbright fellowship and never left. Alash continues their US Tour during July and August. Their latest CD is entitled Alash.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Local Music

Tomorrow evening, Thursday, Alash will be performing from 6 to 8 pm in the courtyard at Princeton Shopping Center, 301 North Harrison Street in Princeton Township. Alash is an ensemble of master throat singers from Tuva, a tiny republic in the heart of Central Asia.

Tuvan throat singing is one of the world's oldest forms of music, in which a singer can produce multiple notes simultaneously and sustain them for long periods of time. The ancient tradition of throat singing was developed among the nomadic herdsmen of this region, who had a close spiritual relationship with the natural world. The sounds produced may mimic those in nature — birdsong, whistling wind, a bubbling stream or a trotting horse.

Alash, named for the river that runs through their home region, are masters of Tuvan throat singing and of traditional Tuvan instruments as well. Alash is inspired by the music of their grandparents and the great Tuvan and Central Asian musicians, but they are also influenced by jazz and rock, infusing modern influences into their traditional music. Alash has collaborated with diverse groups from the innovative jazz ensemble Sun Ra Arkestra to the classical Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Alash appeared as guests artists on a Grammy-winning CD by Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Yet Alash remains committed to their own ancestral heritage, winning multiple awards internationally for traditional throat singing, both as an ensemble and as individual musicians. The Washington Post described their music as "utterly stunning," remarking that after the performance "audience members picked their jaws up off the floor."

This performance is one of the Summer Courtyard Concerts at Princeton Shopping Center presented by the Arts Council of Princeton and sponsored by the Princeton Shopping Center Tenant Association. Concerts will be held Thursday nights until August 27.

Don't forget to bring a lawn chair. Admission is free to these events.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Nature Guide: Monarch Butterfly

You might have noticed that orange Monarch butterflies have reappeared in our area — and in Princeton Landing. Our Nature Guide Jon Latimer reports on the Monarch, the best-known North American butterfly.

"Monarchs are large butterflies, with a wingspan of up to 4 inches. The upper side of their wings is tawny-orange with black veins and a wide black border marked with two lines of small white spots. The underside is a pale orange or yellow-brown. The veins on the female are thicker than those on the male. Males also have two visible spots on the hindwings.

"A Monarch's bright orange color is a warning to predators. Monarchs lay their eggs on milkweed plants, which contain a strong toxic alkaloid. Young caterpillars feed on the milkweed and absorb the poison. When they become adults this poison makes them distasteful to birds. Few birds will try to eat a Monarch more than once.

"The Monarchs we see are the result of a migration that has taken two or three generations to complete. In early spring the first generation leaves their wintering grounds in central Mexico, more than 2,000 miles to our south. The journey north takes three or four months, but these butterflies have a lifespan of less than two months. So Monarchs lay eggs along the way to create new generations to continue the journey.

"After about four days the eggs produce caterpillars. A caterpillar spends about two weeks eating to store up nutrients to carry it through the next stage of its development. When it is ready, the caterpillar molts to become a pupa or chrysalis. After two weeks an adult Monarch emerges from the chrysalis and continues to travel north. This process may be repeated two or three times before the migration is completed. In fall Monarchs return to the same wintering grounds they came from. How they manage to find their way back after several generations have passed is a mystery.

"Each fall millions of Monarch butterflies heading south pass through nearby Cape May. You can find out how to see them and learn more about Monarch butterflies at the Monarch Monitoring Project at the Cape May Bird Observatory."

Photo by Armon

Monday, July 20, 2009

Summer










Vacation

I love the hour before takeoff,
that stretch of no time, no home
but the gray vinyl seats linked like
unfolding paper dolls. Soon we shall
be summoned to the gate, soon enough
there'll be the clumsy procedure of row numbers
and perforated stubs—but for now
I can look at these ragtag nuclear families
with their cooing and bickering
or the heeled bachelorette trying
to ignore the baby's wail and the baby's
exhausted mother waiting to be called up early
while the athlete, one monstrous hand
asleep on his duffel bag, listens,
perched like a seal trained for the plunge.
Even the lone executive
who has wandered this far into summer
with his lasered itinerary, briefcase
knocking his knees—even he
has worked for the pleasure of bearing
no more than a scrap of himself
into this hall. He'll dine out, she'll sleep late,
they'll let the sun burn them happy all morning
—a little hope, a little whimsy
before the loudspeaker blurts
and we leap up to become
Flight 828, now boarding at Gate 17.

Rita Dove

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Parcel Projects: Parcel 2

The FVCSA Board of Directors has approved a major maintenance project for Parcel 2. The work to be done includes replacing siding and trim as needed and powerwashing and staining siding, decks, rails and fences throughout the Parcel. The expenditure approved for the project is just over $395,000. Rainbow G & J Painting was selected as the contractor, at the recommendation of our property management and the Parcel 2 Committee based on competitive bids.

The Board vote took place in a special telephone conference meeting held on Thursday afternoon, July 16. This was done so that work can begin before the Board's next regular meeting, which will be on Tuesday, July 28, at The Smith House.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

B.D. Lenz: Palmer Square


Contemporary jazz guitarist B.D. Lenz (far left) and his band performed today on the Green at Palmer Square. The quartet entertained an enthusiastic crowd with its distinctive style of jazz-rock fusion. B.D. has performed locally many times and said he enjoys playing to a Princeton audience. His latest CD is Hit It and Quit.

Sky Over Princeton Landing — 10:42 am

Friday, July 17, 2009

The Most Trusted Man in America

Walter Cronkite
1916 – 2009

Local Music

Tomorrow, Saturday, from 2 to 4 pm, contemporary jazz guitarist and composer, B.D. Lenz, will be performing on the Green in Princeton as part of the Palmer Square Summer Music Series.

B.D. Lenz has released six CDs, the latest of which is Hit It and Quit. Click here and here to read more about him and to preview his melodic jazz/funk recordings. He has been featured in The New York Times and was hailed by The Star-Ledger as one of the Top 20 up and coming jazz musicians of New Jersey.

Bring your lawn chair or blanket. Admission is free.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Eric Mintel Quartet: Tonight



A great jazz performance by The Eric Mintel Quartet took place tonight at Princeton Shopping Center. It included songs from their recently released ninth CD, 50 Years After . . . A Tribute to Dave Brubeck.

Local Music

Tonight, Thursday, The Eric Mintel Quartet will be performing from 6 to 8 pm in the courtyard at Princeton Shopping Center, 301 North Harrison Street in Princeton Township. Eric Mintel, who has performed at the White House and at The Kennedy Center many times, is the leader of the professional touring jazz ensemble. The Eric Mintel Quartet features Eric Mintel on piano, Nelson Hill on alto sax, Dave Antonow on bass and Dave Mohn on drums.

Jazz legend Dave Brubeck says, "As long as the music attracts dedicated young musicians like Eric Mintel, jazz will continue to thrive and progress as a voice of freedom." The Eric Mintel Quartet recently released their ninth CD. Click here and here for more information on the group and to hear some great jazz.

This performance is one of the Summer Courtyard Concerts at Princeton Shopping Center presented by the Arts Council of Princeton and sponsored by the Princeton Shopping Center Tenant Association. Concerts will be held Thursday nights until August 27.

Don't forget to bring a lawn chair. Admission is free to these events.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Nature Guide: Dragonflies

Dragonflies play an important role in nature. They are valuable predators because they help control populations of harmful insects like mosquitoes and other small insects like flies, gnats, ants and bees. Our Nature Guide Jon Latimer gives us some background on dragonflies and describes some of the species we might see in our area right now.

"A dragonfly is a flying insect with two pairs of strong transparent wings and an elongated body. It is a master of flight, able to fly forward and backward, and even hover for a short time. Although it has six legs like any other insect, a dragonfly seldom walks. Instead, it uses its legs to catch prey in midair. Immature dragonflies, known as nymphs, are also an important food source for fish, frogs and birds.

"Adult dragonflies are usually found flying around lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands. Females lay their eggs in water. Males are territorial and sometimes patrol along the water's edge. They can often be seen engaging in quick aerial battles with intruders.

"The Common Green Darner is one of the largest and fastest-flying dragonflies, able to reach speeds of over 50 mph. Adult males are green with a blue abdomen. Females and juveniles have a reddish abdomen. A green darner may be seen far from water, but it breeds in small ponds, lakes or other still water. It is sometimes called a 'Darning Needle' or 'Mosquito Hawk.'

"The Blue Dasher is a small blue dragonfly found almost everywhere there is water. The male has a white face, a black tip on its abdomen and black and yellow stripes on its thorax. A female has narrow yellow stripes on its abdomen.

"Found in a variety of habitats, the Eastern Pondhawk can often be seen perching on the ground. The male is powder blue with a green face. Females and juvenile males are green with black spots on their abdomen.

"The base of the wings of both the male and female Widow Skimmer are marked with prominent black bands. The adult male develops broad white spots at the middle of its wings, which are unmistakable. Their body is a steely blue color.

"The adult male Common Whitetail is also unmistakable. It has large brownish-black bands on its wings and a chalk white abdomen. Females are dull brown all over.

"A dragonfly can be confused with a damselfly, but they are easy to tell apart. When resting, a dragonfly holds its wings perpendicular to its body. A damselfly hold its wings parallel to its body. A dragonfly's flight is swift and direct; a damselfly's flight is fluttery and random."

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Bastille Day


Photo by David Plummer

If you can't be there, click here to celebrate!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Parcel Projects: Parcel 1

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Parcel Projects: Parcel 1


Property manager Sal Pirrera reports that on Monday, July 13, Brickman will begin spreading fill soil between the townhome buildings in Parcel 1, as well as doing grading and seeding. This work is one of the last remaining steps in the Parcel 1 remediation project.

Local Music

Today, Saturday, from 2 to 4 pm, the Richard Reiter Swing Band will be playing on the Green in Princeton as part of the Palmer Square Summer Music Series. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. Admission is free.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Attention Parents: Firefly Festival

On Sunday, July 12, from 5 pm to 9 pm, Terhune Orchards will host its annual Firefly Festival. In celebration of the fireflies, insects and wild animals that live at the farm, Terhune Orchards will present an evening of nature, music, wagon rides and firefly hunting. Grilled chicken, hot dogs, corn on the cob, pie, cookies, apples, their famous apple cider donuts and more will be available at Pam's Firefly Tent. There will be pony rides and wagon rides through the farm and orchards all evening. Terhune Orchards' naturalist and staff will be on hand to talk about fireflies and demonstrate craft activities and games. There is a $5 charge for the crafts activities, but admission to the festival is free. Parking is available at the farm, located at 330 Cold Soil Road in Princeton. Click here for directions.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Local Music

Tonight Alex & the Kaleidoscope Band will be performing from 6 to 8 pm in the courtyard at Princeton Shopping Center, 301 North Harrison Street in Princeton Township. Alex Mitnick & the Kaleidoscope Band present lively and engaging concerts that include music from South America and Africa. The show is an interactive performance that both adults and children can enjoy.

This performance is one of the Summer Courtyard Concerts at Princeton Shopping Center presented by the Arts Council of Princeton and sponsored by the Princeton Shopping Center Tenant Association. Concerts will be held Thursday nights until August 27.

Don't forget to bring a lawn chair. Admission is free to these events.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

This Week at Princeton Landing

Scott Scharaldi, Branch Manager of The Brickman Group, reports that Brickman will be applying weed controls to the landscape beds and tree rings today, tomorrow and Friday.

They will also be doing spot treatments in the common areas and on the Loop Road today and tomorrow, in addition to fertilizing the entire site.

The schedule for application to the beds in the parcels is as follows: Today, Parcels 1 (apartments only), 3, 6, 7, 12B, and the area near the tennis courts; Thursday, Parcels 8, 9, 11, 12A, and The Smith House; Friday, Parcels 2, 4, 5 and 10.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Nature Guide: Eastern Chipmunk

No doubt you've seen a small squirrel-like rodent sitting upright or running with its tail straight up. That's an Eastern Chipmunk — and Princeton Landing, with its lush landscape, provides a perfect home. Our Nature Guide Jon Latimer reports on Tamias striatus.

"The Eastern Chipmunk is a member of the chipmunk genus, Tamias, which means "storer" in Greek, referring to its habit of storing food for use during winter. Striatus means "striped" in Latin. "Chipmunk" may come from their bird-like chipping call.

"Eastern Chipmunks are often seen in trees but live mostly on the ground. They are reddish brown with dark brown and light brown stripes along their backs, ending in a reddish rump and a black tail. They are active during the day, spending their time foraging for food. Chipmunks eat bulbs, seeds, fruits, nuts, green plants, insects and worms.

"A chipmunk's home range is usually less than 100 yards across. Threats from predators, including hawks, foxes and cats, keep them near their burrows, but in an emergency a chipmunk will hide in a downspout or under the foundation of a house until the danger passes.

"Chipmunks transport food in pouches in their cheeks and store it in their underground nests. These burrows have extensive tunnel systems and often have several entrances lined with leaves, rocks and sticks to make them hard to see. To further conceal its burrow, a chipmunk will carry the dirt it excavates in its cheek pouches to a different location and dump it.

"Chipmunks are solitary except during their mating seasons. They breed twice a year, from February to April and from June to August. After 31 days, females produce litters of 4 or 5 offspring. Young chipmunks first appear above ground when they are about two-thirds grown. During winter, chipmunks enter long periods of torpor but do not truly hibernate. You may see them sometimes in midwinter, but they soon return to their burrows to sleep until spring."

Photo by Gilles Gonthier

Monday, July 6, 2009

Princeton Farmers' Market

Every Tuesday starting July 7 from 11 am to 3 pm freshly picked summer produce from local farms and locally produced foods will be on sale at the Princeton Farmers' Market, located at the intersection of Pine and Nassau Streets in Princeton, across the street from Blue Point Grill.

The Market will feature vendors who will offer local conventional and organic produce, poultry, eggs, cheese, bread and baked goods, and fresh flowers, among other items. More vendors will be added throughout the summer. Each week the Market will also feature a guest chef from a local business for a live cooking demonstration. The chefs will be preparing dishes using ingredients from the Market.

The Princeton Farmers' Market will be open rain or shine throughout the growing season. In addition to on-street parking, visitors may park in the Olive May parking lot and in the Nassau Street Seafood & Produce Co. parking lot. The Borough of Princeton and Nassau Street Seafood & Produce Co. are partners in bringing the Princeton Farmers' Market to the community.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Independence Day



Thursday, July 2, 2009

Recession Tips

Most of us find ourselves watching our money more carefully during this recession. An article in Princeton's U.S.1 newspaper profiles some local "recession busters" and how they live well despite the recession. The piece, written by Kathleen McGinn Spring and Jamie Saxon, includes great ideas on ways to save money by some savvy area residents. Click here for the article or pick up a copy of the July 1 print edition. U.S.1 is available free at many locations in our area.

Upcoming Holiday Events

Tonight The Blawenburg Band will perform from 6 to 8 pm in the courtyard at Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N. Harrison Street in Princeton Township. This performance is one of the Summer Courtyard Concerts at Princeton Shopping Center presented by the Arts Council of Princeton and sponsored by the Princeton Shopping Center Tenant Association. Concerts will be held Thursday nights until August 27. Don't forget to bring a lawn chair.

Also tonight The Spirit of Princeton presents its annual Independence Day Fireworks. The best viewing site is the fields next to the Princeton University Stadium along Western Way. The fields open at 7 pm for picnicking and the fireworks begin at 9 pm. Bring your picnic baskets, but no alcoholic beverages are allowed. Parking will be available in University Lot 21 below the fields off Faculty Road and in the University parking garage on Prospect Avenue.

On Saturday, July 4, from 2 to 4 pm, Nassau Brass will be playing on the Green at Palmer Square in Princeton. This event is part of the Palmer Square Summer Music Series held on Saturdays in July and August.

Admission is free to all these events.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009