Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

My lifelong friend, artist and publisher Patricia Zur, scored one of the hottest tickets in town to the Provincetown Beaux Arts Ball at the newly renovated Town Hall in Provincetown, MA, on Saturday night. The ball, underwritten by Marc Jacobs International, included performances by Blondie diva Deborah Harry and choreographed zombie flash mobs. The fabulous mermaid Patricia is pictured above before the event. Shown below is Patricia's friend Steve Carey, the "Andrews Sister" in the center. Singer Deborah Harry, far right, was one of the judges of the best costume contest.

Photo by Thanassi Kuliopulos

Sunday, October 30, 2011

More Storm Damage

This was the scene in the Parcel 1 courtyard this morning. Thanks to Helene Wood for alerting us to the damage.

Matt Was RIght

About three years ago when Matt Lubas was property manager, he proposed removing a significant number of trees in Princeton Landing. Matt pointed out that in a mature landscape like ours, older trees are much more likely to split or break during a snowstorm. Those leading the landscape committee at the time didn't follow his advice. Princeton Landing suffered extensive (and expensive) damage to trees in last winter's storms and in yesterday's early snowstorm.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

October Snow

Friday, October 28, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Nature Guide: Big Brown Bat

Many people are afraid of bats, so it's no wonder they've become a scary symbol of Halloween. There's really no reason to be afraid, though. Bats rarely come into contact with humans. Also, they're important in controlling insects, many of which are pests. Our Nature Guide Jon Latimer gives us some more information about these creatures of the night.

"There are nine species of bats in New Jersey: three are migrants that fly south for the winter and six are here throughout the year. The Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus) is a year-round resident and the most common species in our area. Its body ranges up to 5 inches long and its wingspan to about 14 inches. It has copper-colored fur on its back and paler fur on its belly. Its wings are black but have no fur. It weighs only about half an ounce.

"Bats are the only mammals that fly and Big Brown Bats can fly up to 40 miles per hour. You are most likely to see them when they begin to hunt at dusk. They use echolocation to catch their prey in the dark, sending out high frequency sounds and listening for the echoes that bounce off nearly objects. Big Brown Bats can eat as many as 3,000 insects in a single night, including moths, flies, mosquitoes and especially flying beetles. They scoop up insects with their tail or wing membranes and place them in their mouth, which is why their flight pattern is so irregular.

"Big Brown Bats are social animals that hibernate in large numbers in caves and mines during winter. In spring they spread out and roost together in smaller colonies, often in buildings. They may return to the same roost year after year.

"A common concern about bats is that they spread rabies, but less than one percent of bats carry rabies and bites by bats are extremely rare. Another disease, called White-nose Syndrome, has killed tens of thousands of bats in North American. Named for a white fungus that appears around the noses of affected bats, this disease attacks them during winter hibernation. In 2010 New Jersey officials estimated that the state's bat population had declined by 90 percent. So far, no cure has been found."

Photos (click for a larger image): NPS, NPS, Tim Krynak/USFWS, Marvin Moriarty/USFWS

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Happy Diwali

Photo by Roohit Mattoo

Wishing our Princeton Landing neighbors
and all of our readers celebrating Diwali
a joyful holiday
and much health, happiness and prosperity

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Lake Carnegie — 11:41 am

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Join SAVE's Halloween Dog Parade

Here's a great opportunity for Princeton Landing dog owners to dress up their dogs and show them off—all for a good cause. SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals, will hold its 9th annual Halloween Dog Parade along Nassau Street on Sunday, October 23, 2011. Registration opens at 12:30 pm and the parade runs from 1 to 2 pm.

The dog parade begins at the Princeton Garden Theatre and ends at the Princeton Battle Monument at Borough Hall. Prizes will be awarded for best dog costumes. Cost is $10 per dog and $5 for each additional family dog. All money raised will support SAVE's shelter operations. For more information, call SAVE at 609-924-3802.

Monday, October 17, 2011

A Lover

by Amy Lowell

If I could catch the green lantern
of the firefly
I could see to write you a letter.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Error in Election Petition

Candidates seeking signatures for their Petition of Candidacy for the upcoming Princeton Landing election should be aware that an error appears on the form which was included in the Princeton Landing Newsletter. The form says the petitions are due Friday, October 18, 2011. However, October 18 actually falls on a Tuesday. To be clear, Administrative Resolution 50 says the petition is due to the Election Committee by 5 pm on the Friday before the October Board meeting. The October Board meeting is scheduled for October 25, so the Friday before is October 21.

If you're collecting signatures for a petition, you may want to check with the management office to confirm the due date.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Monumental Mess 4

In three previous posts we reported on the embarrassing condition of the stone monument markers throughout Princeton Landing. Several monuments were damaged by snowplows last winter but had not yet been repaired when we photographed them in July. Spring and summer, the two seasons that offer the best opportunity to repair winter damage, are now gone. Fall is passing quickly and another winter will soon be here—but the monuments have still not been fixed.

These monuments are an important visual element in our landscape. They are located at the entrance to every parcel and are one of the first things a visitor notices. One wonders what impression our damaged monuments make on potential buyers when they come into the community for open houses and showings.

Here is an example. It shows how one of the monuments, located on the Loop Road in Parcel 2, looked in July. Click the photo to enlarge. Click here to see a slideshow of some of the other damaged monuments in the community.

Soon after our first article appeared, a new number sign replaced the one on the Parcel 2 monument. However, as shown here, the color of the new sign was completely different from any other sign on the Loop Road. Also, apparently no attempt was made to repair the monument—or others, for that matter. Click here for more photos of the Parcel 2 monument. Click here for photos of the monuments in Parcel 1 that a resident brought to our attention after our first story.

Now yet another new sign has appeared on the monument— this time with a color that is closer to the original. But this one is also a mismatch. It is larger and has a different sized border than the original style and its scale is too big for the size of the monument.

Is anyone paying attention to these details that are so integral to the look and feel of Princeton Landing? For a community that considers itself "upscale," these monuments have a decidedly downmarket look.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Witherspoon Grill's Harvest & Music Festival

On Sunday, October 9, Witherspoon Grill is joining with the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) to host the third annual Harvest & Music Festival to fight against hunger. Proceeds will benefit TASK.

The festival will take place from noon to 5 pm at Hinds Plaza, adjacent to the Princeton Public Library on Witherspoon Street. There will be live music, and food from Witherspoon Grill and other local vendors. Family-friendly activities will include pumpkin painting, face painting, apple dipping and more. PL News favorites Nic and Jen from 2 Moms and a Mixer will be on hand for cookie decorating. A pie-eating contest open to all ages is scheduled for 2 pm; click here to register.

Admission to the festival is free and it will take place rain or shine. Donations of canned goods or toiletries for TASK can be dropped off at the festival.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs, Visionary

Steven P. Jobs, the co-founder and former chief executive of Apple Inc., died yesterday. He was 56. Steve Jobs made a difference in our lives. Apple computers have been the standard in publishing companies for decades and revolutionized our industry.

Princeton Landing News comes to you from a MacBook Pro.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Read Us and Decide for Yourself

Everyone is in favor of free speech . . . but some people's idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage.
— Winston Churchill

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Princeton Landing Recycling Dates

Our readers have asked us to post recycling dates for Princeton Landing. So for the convenience of our neighbors, we will post those dates at the beginning of each month. We will also have a link to the dates in the right-hand column under Popular Posts.

The recycling dates for this month are October 10 and October 24.