Saturday, July 23, 2011

Who's Making Our Voting Policy?

by Jon Latimer

At its next meeting on Tuesday, July 26, the Princeton Landing Board of Directors is planning to approve a new policy for elections in our community. The proposed policy has not been published for community review and comment prior to the vote, and the community has not been notified of the upcoming Board vote.

Past Board practice has been that a director up for reelection would not participate in decisions about an election in which he or she would be a candidate. However, Board members Beth Dalzell and Av Magram, who will be up for reelection in the fall, have been directly involved in preparing the new election rules. Even more troubling, they have held meetings about the new rules that were not open to all members of the committee supposedly responsible for drafting them. But Bill Hart, a former director, has participated. Hart was defeated in last year's Board election but seems to be preparing to be a candidate again in 2011. Just a few days ago, he was prominently identified as "Associate Editor" in the Princeton Landing Summer Newsletter that the Association sent to residents. Dalzell is the Board member responsible for the Communications Committee, which prepares the newsletter.

In the 2009 Board election, the last time Dalzell and Magram were candidates for reelection, the same three (Hart, Dalzell and Magram) went door to door giving residents copies of ballots along with their own electioneering information, and collecting completed ballots. If a similar tactic were used in an election for the school board, township committee or other local government body, it would violate New Jersey election law.

The Board of Directors is the governing body of this large community. It has the sole authority to make decisions on matters of great importance to all of us, including the Association's budget and monthly fees. Proper management of our community depends on fair and open elections for members of the Board. Elections should be conducted under rules that are established by a fair and open process. Individuals who have a vested interest in what rules get adopted should not be making those rules. Before any new election policy is adopted, it should be published for review by all residents. The Board should approve it only after the community has been given sufficient prior notice of the meeting where that will be done.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Nature Guide: Beware of the Heat

No one needs to tell us this summer has been one of the hottest on record, and there seems to be no end in sight. All this heat and humidity can cause serious illness, including heat stroke. Our Nature Guide Jon Latimer gives us tips on how to stay safe when it's so hot.

"Exposure to heat can cause heat exhaustion or heat stroke, which can lead to illness and death. But there are some simple precautions you can take if you have to be outside when the temperature is very high.

"Stay out of the direct sun. Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Drink plenty of fluids before you become thirsty. When working in the heat, you need at least one pint of water per hour, but you should avoid beverages containing alcohol or caffeine. You should also take frequent water breaks in a shaded or air-conditioned area.

"Be aware that poor physical condition, some health problems (such as high blood pressure or diabetes), pregnancy, colds and flu, and some medications can increase your personal risk. If you are undergoing some treatment or taking medicine regularly, you may want to ask your doctor about possible reactions to excessive heat.

"The symptoms of heat exhaustion include headache, dizziness or fainting. A person may feel thirsty and weak or dizzy, and their skin may be clammy. They may become irritable or confused and complain of nausea. Heat stroke is more extreme. The person may become confused and unable to think clearly, and may collapse or pass out.

"If you notice that someone is not alert or seems confused, this may be a sign of a heat stroke. CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY. Then move the person to a cooler area and remove their outer clothing. Fan the person and, if you can, mist the person with water. If ice is available (such as ice bags or iced towels), apply it directly to the skin. If the person is able to drink, give them cool water. Above all, make sure that someone stays with the person until help arrives. Heat stroke is too dangerous not to take quick action. It is always better to be safe than sorry."

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

House With Brown Trim . . . This One in France

Brooklyn blogger Katia Kelly has a lovely farmhouse in Auvergne, France. Here are some of her photos of the house and the beautiful French countryside in summer. Enjoy!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Monumental Mess . . . Part 3

In two previous posts—here and here—we noted the embarrassing condition of the address monuments throughout Princeton Landing. One of the broken signs, located in Parcel 2, has been replaced by a new sign with a different color scheme. No other repairs yet.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Le 14 Juillet

Photo by Yann Caradec

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

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Monumental Mess . . . Part 2

In a previous post we pointed out the poor condition of the address monuments along the Loop Road. Helene, a resident in Parcel 1, left a comment telling us the markers in The Commons are also in disrepair.

Here are some photos of the monuments in Parcel 1.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Welcome Our Newest Neighbors!

Congratulations to Princeton Landing neighbors Jody Seasonwein and Davis Ozdogan! On Monday, June 27, Jody gave birth to twin girls Noa Rachel and Lia Ruth. Noa was born at 1:51 pm and weighed 5 pounds, 10 ounces. Lia followed at 1:58 pm and weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce.

Noa and Lia are home now, joining their proud big brother Ari. Dad Davis hopes Ari will soon be helping his parents with his sweet new baby sisters.

In addition to help from Ari, Davis and Jody are also looking for a part-time babysitter who can spend a few hours at their home in the afternoon. Any interested Princeton Landing neighbors can email them at

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Betty Ford

1918 – 2011

Image courtesy of Betty Ford Center

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Monumental Mess

One of the first things visitors—and potential buyers—see when they enter Princeton Landing are stone monuments at the entrances to the parcels. These markers are vital for finding addresses—and for residents they are an important architectural design element in the landscape. These photos show the pitiful state of the monuments throughout Princeton Landing.

A certain amount of wear and tear is to be expected, but many of the markers are in such disrepair that they are an embarrassment. One explanation we've heard is they were damaged by severe winter weather. If that's so, shouldn't they have been repaired by now?

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Fourth of July at Morven

On Monday, July 4, from noon to 3 pm, Morven Museum & Garden will host its annual July 4th Jubilee, a patriotic event for children and adults. The museum occupies Morven, the former New Jersey Governor's Mansion and 18th century home of Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The entire family can celebrate Independence Day and learn about the patriots who had close ties to Morven.

Visitors are invited to participate in colonial life activities, sign the Declaration of Independence and meet George Washington. A dramatic presentation will celebrate the women of the American Revolution. Live music will be presented by the Rock River Gypsies, a bluegrass, rock and jazz band from Charlottesville, Virginia. Summer refreshments will be served on the front lawn. Admission is free.

Also, Morven's newest exhibit is The Stars and Stripes: Fabric of the American Spirit, which runs from July 1 through October 30. The admission fee for the exhibit is $6, $5 for seniors and students. There is free on-site parking available. For other parking options in the area, visit Princeton Parking. Morven is located at 55 Stockton Street in Princeton. Click here for directions.