Monday, November 30, 2009

This Week at Princeton Landing

We hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving. Today is the voting deadline for the FVCSA Board of Directors. Anyone still wishing to vote must bring their completed ballot to The Smith House by 4:00 pm. Tonight at 7:30 pm there is a public hearing on the proposed adoption of a revised capital reserve policy. The association's annual meeting is tomorrow night at 7:30 pm at The Smith House.

Property manager Sal Pirrera reminds everyone that community-wide gutter cleaning will start today and go on through the next two weeks, weather permitting. Property manager Matt Lubas tells us that leaf removal will continue for the next couple of weeks as well.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Advent Begins

Advent windows in Lucerne, Switzerland

Saturday, November 28, 2009

November Night

by Adelaide Crapsey

Listen . . .
With faint dry sound,
Like steps of passing ghosts,
The leaves, frost-crisp'd, break from the trees
And fall.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Happy Birthday, Caroline

Photo by Cecil Stoughton

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Freedom from Want
Norman Rockwell, 1943

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Forrestal Village Holiday Event

Click here for details.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Palmer Square Holiday Events

The Palmer Square Annual Tree Lighting will be held on the Green on Friday, November 27, beginning at 4:45 pm. Santa Claus will be on hand to light the tree, a 65-foot Norwegian spruce that holds over 32,000 lights. The event will feature Holiday Brass and a performance by the Princeton High School Choir. There will be a reading of the poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. After the tree lighting, Snow, Sleigh Bells, and Saxophones will perform from 6 to 8 pm.

On Monday, December 14, at 5 pm, the Annual Hanukkah Celebration will take place on Palmer Square North Plaza in front of Mediterra restaurant. There will be the lighting of the Menorah and music by the Odessa Klezmer Band.

Every Saturday and Sunday afternoon in December and on Christmas Eve, musicians and carolers — and Santa Claus — will stroll throughout Palmer Square. Click here to go to the official Palmer Square website.

Monday, November 23, 2009

This Week at Princeton Landing

It's a short work week at Princeton Landing. Our management office will be closed on Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving.

Property manager Matt Lubas reports that landscape contractor Brickman will continue going parcel by parcel removing leaves from fronts, backs and beds, and doing the final mowing. With the short holiday week and rain in the forecast, leaf efforts may be limited, however. The focus will be more on the fronts of homes, walkways and driveways to make everything as safe as possible for the Thanksgiving weekend.

Property manager Sal Pirrera says that community-wide gutter cleaning will begin on Monday, November 30. We appreciate this heads-up. Otherwise the sudden stomping on the roofs can be a little disconcerting.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

50 Years of "The Sound of Music"

Fifty years ago this past week, The Sound of Music, with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. For those fortunate enough to have seen Mary Martin as Maria, this must bring back memories. For the rest of us who grew up with the 1965 film version and the incomparable Julie Andrews as our Fraulein Maria, we can only wonder where the time has gone and appreciate how lucky we are to have had this wonderful musical in our lives.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Tell Us What You Think: The Front Entrance

This week a new seasonal foliage display was installed at the front entrance to the community by our landscape contractor, Brickman. Use the Comments link below to tell us what you think. Click the photo to see a larger image.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Ilya the Manatee's Rescue

Here's something for you wildlife lovers who have been following the odyssey and rescue of Ilya, the manatee who was stranded in New Jersey waters. This video, filmed and edited by Bryan Kaus, shows the incredible rescue of Ilya at a Linden refinery.

Since his rescue and return to Florida, Ilya has been recovering in a tank at the Miami Seaquarium with a female manatee named Glade. When the veterinarians think he is ready, Ilya will be released into southeast Florida waters.

Watch Ilya's remarkable rescue:

Monday, November 16, 2009

This Week at Princeton Landing

It sounds like it will be a quiet week at Princeton Landing. Property manager Sal Pirrera would like to remind those interested that there will be a Covenants Committee meeting Tuesday night at 7 pm and a Landscape Committee meeting Wednesday night at 7 pm.

Property manager Matt Lubas reports that Brickman is blowing leaves from the fronts and backs of homes and doing a final mowing. They are also edging the walks for the last time this year.

Annual parcel meetings take place throughout the month. Click on the the calendar link at the top of the right-hand column for the schedule.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

Rainy Day

Homesick for a rainy day in Zurich.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Day-Shapes of Dusk

At a Window
by Carl Sandburg

Give me hunger,
O you gods that sit and give
The world its orders.
Give me hunger, pain and want,
Shut me out with shame and failure
From your doors of gold and fame,
Give me your shabbiest, weariest hunger!

But leave me a little love,
A voice to speak to me in the day end,
A hand to touch me in the dark room
Breaking the long loneliness.
In the dusk of day-shapes
Blurring the sunset,
One little wandering, western star
Thrust out from the changing shores of shadow.
Let me go to the window,
Watch there the day-shapes of dusk
And wait and know the coming
Of a little love.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans Day

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

In Memoriam: Fort Hood, Texas

" . . . your loved ones endure through the life of our nation. Their memory will be honored in the places they lived and by the people they touched. Their life's work is our security, and the freedom that we all too often take for granted. Every evening that the sun sets on a tranquil town; every dawn that a flag is unfurled; every moment that an American enjoys life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — that is their legacy."

— President Barack Obama

Monday, November 9, 2009

This Week at Princeton Landing

Things will be a lot less hectic around the community this week since our contractor L.N. Rothberg & Son finished up according to schedule. On the construction and maintenance front, property manager Sal Pirrera tells us, "All is quiet this week."

In the area of landscape, the massive leaf cleanup continues with property manager Matt Lubas informing us, "Nothing new to report this week . . . just leaves."

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Parcel Projects: Parcel 4

L.N. Rothberg & Son repairing catch basins and paving.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

News From Terhune Orchards

For our neighbors who attended Terhune Orchard's Read & Pick Program about apples which was filmed by NBC News 10, our friends at the farm inform us that the story will air on Monday, November 9, at 5:45 am and 6:45 am.

Terhune Orchards is also taking orders for Thanksgiving pies and turkeys. The fresh turkeys (12 lb minimum) from Pennsylvania are hormone and antibiotic free. Special Thanksgiving store hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, November 24 and 25, from 9 am to 7 pm and Thanksgiving morning from 9 am to noon. Terhune Orchards is located at 330 Cold Soil Road in Princeton.

Friday, November 6, 2009

94 Acres

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Nature Guide: Muskrat and Opossum

It's not as easy to see most mammals as it is to see flowers or birds. Mammals keep out of sight and some of them are nocturnal. If you're patient and you know what to look for, two small mammals you may see in our area are the muskrat and the opossum. These two are active at night and you are most likely to encounter them at dawn or dusk. Our Nature Guide Jon Latimer gives us some information to help us recognize these small animals.

"The muskrat is found wherever there are lakes, streams, canals or wetlands. Smaller than a house cat, it has short, dense fur which is medium to dark brown on its back and lighter brown or silvery on its belly. A muskrat's long tail is scaly and flattened from side to side, which helps it swim.

"Muskrats spend much of their lives in water and can stay under for up to 15 minutes. They often follow trails that they make in swamps and ponds, feeding on aquatic vegetation, clams and frogs. They do not store food for the winter and when the water freezes, they follow their trails under the ice, searching for food. In spring they often fight other muskrats for territory and potential mates.

"Muskrat family groups consist of a male and female and often as many as 10 or 11 young. They build nests to protect themselves from cold and predators. Where the water is deep enough, they dig a burrow into the bank with an underwater entrance. In marshes, they construct a conical lodge out of vegetation and mud.

"The Virginia Opossum (also known as a possum) is the only marsupial native to North America. This means that females carry their young through early infancy in a pouch, like a kangaroo. Also about the size of a house cat, an opossum has a pointed nose and a scaly prehensile tail that looks similar to a rat's tail. An opossum's face is white with black ears and its body is whitish gray. At night, its eyes shine dull orange when struck by light.

"An opossum is usually solitary. During the day it sleeps in the hollow of a tree, often with its head tucked under its body. At night it forages for fruits, worms, frogs, insects and garbage. It may wander widely, especially in fall. When it feels threatened, it will show its teeth and hiss and give off a disagreeable smell. If cornered, an opossum may "play possum" and appear to be dead. It really isn't playing, though. Research has shown that this reaction is an involuntary response to extreme fear.

"Females produce two litters each year, sometimes containing as many as 15 young. Babies, which weigh around 1/15 of an ounce at birth, stay in their mother's pouch for the first two months. Later they may ride on their mother's back, holding on to her tail with theirs."

Photo by Cody Pope

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Parcel 6 — 9:39 am

Monday, November 2, 2009

This Week at Princeton Landing

There's a lot happening around Princeton Landing this week. Our massive leaf cleanup continues. Property manager Matt Lubas reports, "The recent rain brought down a lot of leaves. This week is supposed to be dry, so leaf removal is a priority." Brickman started the outer parcels today and the inner parcels will follow. In addition, Brickman also planted dianthus at the front entrance to replace the mums. Matt says, "Dianthus is a cool-season annual that is more deer resistant than the typical violas or pansies. They flower red and pink."

Property manager Sal Pirerra tells us that contractor Rainbow G & J Painting should complete the Parcel 2 project by the end of this week. Paving contractor L.N. Rothberg & Son expects to finish the Parcel 11 project by the end of the day Tuesday. The community-wide road patching and catch basin repair, also by L.N. Rothberg, should be completed by the end of this week.

The schedule for annual parcel meetings is posted on the blog calendar for November. To view it, click on the calendar link at the top of the right-hand column of the blog. Residents will be receiving information on the FVCSA board elections within the next few weeks.

Sunday, November 1, 2009