Saturday, June 30, 2012

Question of the Week

We've written about this Princeton Landing planting site here. Recently our landscape contractor Brickman replanted the area to replace the dead plants. Now it's only a few weeks later and the new plants are dying for lack of water. The site is located on the island in Parcel 6, clearly a common area. In an effort to try and save the plants, some Parcel 6 residents have been watering them.

The question is—who is responsible for protecting our Association's investment in new plantings like this?

Former FVCSA President Paul Nolting watered the distressed plants this morning.

Independence Day Fireworks 2012

Photo by Peter Roome

On Monday, July 2, 2012, the Spirit of Princeton will present 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 dusk, around 9 pm. Bring your picnic baskets, but no alcoholic beverages are allowed, nor is smoking because of the artificial turf. Parking will be available in University Parking Lot 21 below the fields off Faculty Road and in the University parking garage on Prospect Avenue.

This event is free, thanks to the Spirit of Princeton, a group of volunteers committed to producing events celebrating community and patriotism in Princeton.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Waiting On Shore

" . . . the dead are not far from us . . . they cling in some
strange way to what is most deep and still within us."

— W.B. Yeats

Waiting On Shore
Sculptor: Niall Bruton
Rosses Point, County Sligo, Ireland

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

D&R Canal Blues

Great Blue Heron



Nature Guide

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Nora Ephron

1941 – 2012

Once a week there's some sort of bad news. Once a month there's a funeral. You lose close friends and discover one of the worst truths of old age: they're irreplaceable.

— from I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections

Nora Ephron, we miss you already.

Photo: Elena Seibert

July Recycling Dates

The recycling dates in Princeton Landing for July are the 2nd, the 16th and the 30th. There is also a link to these dates in the right-hand column under Popular Posts.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Friday, June 22, 2012

Question of the Week

On Monday major tree pruning took place in our community. This work was so extensive, it involved heavy equipment and required clearing a parking lot. A truck was driven onto the lawns in front of homes. Residents had not been notified in advance of this work. If you were home, you were surprised, to say the least. If you were not home to move your car, work had to be done around it.

How many times have homeowners in Princeton Landing been surprised by workers climbing across our roofs, plowing up our lawns, or digging through our gardens? In a community where we can send emails announcing bagels or pizza, why can't we inform homeowners ahead of time when work is scheduled at their homes?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Firefly Festival at Terhune Orchards

This Sunday, June 24, Terhune Orchards will host its annual Firefly Festival from 4 to 9 pm to celebrate fireflies and the beginning of summer. Terhune Orchards will stay open late for an evening of nature, music, wagon rides and firefly hunting. Naturalist Elaine Madigan and staff will talk about fireflies and conduct craft activities and games. Children can make their own bug boxes, antennae and firefly wings. Schafer Gymnastics will demonstrate the "Art of Flying." Grammy-winning Miss Amy & Her Big Kids Band will perform.

Grilled chicken, hot dogs, corn on the cob, apple cider, donuts, pie, cookies and more will be available at Pam's Firefly Tent. There will be pony rides and wagon rides through the orchards all evening. Parking is available at the farm, located at 330 Cold Soil Road in Princeton. There is a $5 charge for the craft activities, but admission to the festival is free.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Monuments Revisited

We are pleased to report that FVCSA has finally repaired the Loop Road monuments that were damaged during the winter storms in 2010. The Parcel 1 Commons monuments still need attention.

Thank you to Mike Koch and his crew—Eddie, Jason and Elmer— of Artistic Painting for yet another great job!

Mike and Jason


Elmer and Eddie

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Bloomsday 2012

Today is Bloomsday, the annual celebration all over the world to honor the life of the Irish writer James Joyce and to relive the events in his novel Ulysses. The name Bloomsday comes from the protagonist of Ulysses, Leopold Bloom. His odyssey took place on this day in Dublin, Ireland, in 1904. This was also the date that Joyce took out his future wife, Nora Barnacle, for the first time.

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the first edition of Ulysses (shown above). Dramatic readings of Ulysses are a hallmark of Bloomsday commemorations. On June 16 The Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia, which houses James Joyce's manuscript of Ulysses, celebrates Bloomsday with a series of readings from the novel outside its building on Delancey Place.

James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was born in Rathgar, Dublin, Ireland, on February 2, 1882, and he died in Zurich, Switzerland, on January 13, 1941. He is considered one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. Besides Ulysses, Joyce's other works include Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Finnegans Wake. In 1999 the Modern Library ranked Ulysses first on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Question of the Week

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Nature Guide: Cabbage White Butterfly

You may have noticed a large number of white butterflies flying around the woods and fields in our area—or even around your own garden. These are Cabbage Whites, the most common butterfly in North America. There seems to be more of them this year than usual. Our Nature Guide Jon Latimer tells us why this is a great year for butterflies.

"Cabbage Whites, Pieris rapae, survive through winter as a chrysalis, but there are always losses due to severe weather. This year, however, a mild winter and a warm and wet spring have combined to make ideal weather for butterflies in New Jersey. Our weather has also promoted the growth of the flowers adult Cabbage Whites feed on, including dandelions, Red Cover, asters and Purple Loosestrife. This is all a perfect recipe for a Cabbage White population boom.

"Cabbage Whites were introduced to America from Europe around 1860. They spread quickly and are now found nearly everywhere in the world. Their white wings make them difficult to miss. If you look closely, you will see a black tip on the upper side of their wings. You may also notice black spots near the center of the top surface of their wings. Males have one black spot, females have two. The underside of their wings is yellow-green or gray-green.

"Cabbage Whites are one of the first butterflies to be seen in spring and one of the last to be seen in fall. Males tend to stay in one area and patrol for females. They may even fly up to you if you pass by, seeming to check you out. Sometimes two or more butterflies will rapidly circle each other, which is part of their mating behavior. After mating, a female Cabbage White lays single eggs on the undersides of leaves of a "host plant." Host plants are plants that the caterpillars will feed on after the eggs hatch, such as cabbage, cauliflower or nasturtium. A caterpillar will shed its skin five times before it turns into a chrysalis. The chrysalis hibernates through winter and hatches into an adult butterfly the next spring."

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Princeton Area Farmers' Markets

One of the great things about the arrival of summer is the opportunity to shop for fresh locally grown and produced goods at the farmers' markets in our area. Here are some that are taking place around Princeton Landing. (There is also a link to the farmers' markets in the right-hand column under Popular Posts.)

Thursdays 11 am to 4 pm
Hinds Plaza, next to the Princeton Public Library
For more info and participating vendors, click here.

Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm
Village Shopping Center, Route 206, just north of Route 518
For more info and participating vendors, click here (then click on the "Farmers' Market" link in the upper right).

Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm
Princeton Junction Train Station, southbound Vaughn Drive parking lot, off Alexander Road
Princeton Junction
For more info and participating vendors, click here.

Tuesdays–Saturdays 9 am to 6 pm
Sundays 10 am to 4 pm
960 Spruce Street
Lawrence Township
For more info and participating vendors, click here.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Bald Eagles

Princeton Landing neighbor and nature lover Scott Schrob shared his recent photo of one of our local Bald Eagles and its growing juvenile.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Question of the Week

When will the wood trim in the Parcel 1 condos be repaired and painted?

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Natasha Trethewey — Our New Poet Laureate

Photo: Joel Benjamin

Today the Library of Congress named Natasha Trethewey the 19th U.S. poet laureate, succeeding Philip Levine. Ms. Trethewey joins a long line of distinguished poets who have served in the position including W.S. Merwin, Kay Ryan, Charles Simic, Donald Hall, Ted Kooser, Louise Gl├╝ck, Billy Collins, Stanley Kunitz, Robert Pinsky, Robert Hass and Rita Dove.

Natasha Trethewey is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of three poetry collections, including Native Guard (2006), winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, Bellocq's Ophelia (2002), and Domestic Work (2000). Her newest collection of poems, Thrall, is scheduled to appear this fall. Ms. Trethewey is also the author of a nonfiction book, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (2010). She is an English and creative writing professor at Emory University in Atlanta. Ms Threthewey was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, in 1966. She is also Mississippi's top poet and will be the first person to serve simultaneously as a state and U.S. laureate.

Here's an audio clip from NPR that includes a reading by the new poet laureate You can also click here for more information.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Raising Monarch Butterflies at FPNL

The annual meeting of the Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands on Thursday, June 7, 2012, will include the talk "Raising Monarch Butterflies." The featured speakers will be Kate and Katherine Dresdner, a mother and daughter team who have raised and released over 200 wild Monarch butterflies during recent summer seasons. They will talk about the species, the Monarch's migration across thousands of miles to its winter home in a forest in Mexico, and its developmental life-cycle from egg to caterpillar and caterpillar to butterfy. They will also discuss how to raise Monarchs and how to grow milkweed, the sole host plant for Monarchs. The Dresdners' interest for Monarchs developed from gardening with native plants and creating a habitat for birds, butterflies and pollinators.

The FPNL annual meeting will take place from 7:30 to 9:00 pm in the Education Building at D&R Canal State Park Headquarters, 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston. Refreshments will be served, and all are welcome.

American Nuns Respond to Vatican Criticism

"Here you see women, very competent, highly educated, doctorates in theology, masters in ministry, C.E.O.'s of hospitals, heads of school systems, being treated as if they were children . . . That in itself goes to the issue of where are the women in the decision-making structures in Rome."

— Sister Christine Schenk, from The New York Times article
"American Nuns Vow to Fight Criticism." Read the full story here.

To support the sisters, sign The Nun Justice Project petition. Click on the link located in the left-hand column of this blog.

Update to Our Question of the Week

We're happy to report that the dead tree we showed in our last Question of the Week has been removed.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Friday, June 1, 2012

Question of the Week

A comment from an upset Princeton Landing homeowner in response to our recent Question of the Week makes us wonder. Why would the Association rather ruin landscaping needlessly when there are completely dead plantings in plain sight that need to be removed?

The tree above? Yes, it's totally dead. And it's small enough to remove without an act of Congress.

Venus Transit Open House

On Tuesday, June 5, 2012, the Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton and the Princeton University Department of Astrophysical Sciences will host the Venus Transit Open House. This will be the last opportunity to observe a solar transit of Venus in our lifetime. Activities will begin at 4 pm in Peyton Hall, 4 Ivy Lane, Princeton.

There will be presentations explaining the transit phenomenon as well as activities for children. Before the 6:04 pm start of the transit, the group will go to the University Engineering Quad parking deck to safely observe the transit through specially filtered telescopes until sunset, around 8:20 pm. Visitors will watch the conclusion of the transit in Peyton Hall via a live video feed from Hawaii, which will also be available if skies are cloudy.

Admission is free and the public is welcome. Ample free parking is available across from Peyton Hall. Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to