Sunday, September 30, 2012

FVCSA Election: We've Got Questions

It's election time in Princeton Landing and some members of the Board will be running again. You may remember that one of the promises these same candidates made in previous elections was that there would be more "transparency" and better communication about Association business. Residents were going to be better informed than they had been in the past. This "transparency" has turned out to be more opaque than expected, raising questions we'd like to ask the candidates. Here's the first one.

Why has the Association done such a poor job of informing residents about the break-ins or attempted break-ins that have taken place in Princeton Landing in the last year? The most recent attempted break-in occurred early last Monday morning. Princeton Landing News found out about it on Wednesday afternoon from a resident in Parcel 1, where the attempted burglary occurred. That resident sent us the link to the story on and we posted it here immediately. On Thursday we posted an update with links to several police blotters.

The only word residents received all week from the Association was an email that management sent on Friday announcing an upcoming presentation—three weeks from now—by the Plainsboro Police about "Neighborhood Watch Programs." Management's email suggests that the meeting was prompted by "recent attempted break-ins"—note the plural—in our community. But no information was provided about how, when or where these "break-ins" occurred. Residents were left to rely on local news sources or the rumor mill.

We think residents should have been alerted right away—with details—so they would know they should take precautions and report any further attempts to the police. Poor communication is not something the Board can blame on the management staff. It is not something that can be blamed on the previous Board. It is the current Board's responsibility. So what happened to "transparency" and better communication?

October Recycling Dates

The recycling dates in Princeton Landing for October are the 8th and the 22nd. There is also a link to these dates in the right-hand column under Popular Posts.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

We Are All Vulnerable

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Princeton Landing Prowler (UPDATE)

In addition to the two websites we previously listed with information about Monday's prowler on Sayre Drive, the attempted burglary has been posted to the police blotter on the following news sites:

The Princeton Packet

The Trentonian

My Central 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Prowler Reported in Princeton Landing is reporting that a Princeton Landing resident woke up to find a prowler trying to break into his home at about 4:15 am on Monday, September 24. According to the story, the suspect had cut a bedroom window screen and tried to slide open the sill. The suspect fled when the resident awoke. says that police talked to neighbors on Sayre Drive who said they had seen the suspect in the area as well. You can read the story here. You can also read the Plainsboro Police Report on WWPToday here.

Of course, if you see anyone suspicious in the community—especially late at night— call 911 immediately.

(UPDATE on September 27 here.)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Question of the Week

Did TruGreen damage your turf yesterday? Here's what it did in one backyard in Princeton Landing.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Maggie Smith Wins Emmy

In Downton Abbey news, tonight Dame Maggie Smith, Dowager Countess of Grantham, won the Emmy for supporting actress in a drama at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Autumn Begins

Friday, September 21, 2012

Question of the Week

It look almost three months after parcel approval to add more laurels to this spot. How long will it take to replace the one that is dead only three weeks after being planted?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

PSO Festival of Music and Art

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra and the Princeton University Art Museum will present the second annual Festival of Music and Art. This year's festival, titled Asian Adventures, will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2012, from noon to 5 pm on the Princeton University Campus. It is part of PSO Bravo! education programs and is perfect for children ages 4 through 12. The whole family can enjoy an afternoon journey to Asia, right in the heart of Princeton, while experiencing two of Princeton's cultural treasures—the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and the Princeton University Art Museum.

Conductor Rossen Milanov will lead the PSO Family Concert in Richardson Auditorium at 2:30 pm. The program features kid-friendly musical selections, including Zhou Tian's The Grand Canal, Camille Saint-Saƫns' "Bacchanale" from Samson and Delilah and Alexander Borodin's "Polovtsian Dances" from Prince Igor. Between noon and 5 pm, across the campus at the Princeton University Art Museum, kids can explore the Asian art collection, dating from ancient to present times. They can also go on a scavenger hunt and make their own scrolls and calligraphy. Refreshments will be served.

Concert tickets are $10 each. Admission to the art museum is free. For concert tickets, call the PSO at 609-497-0020 or visit the PSO website.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

L'Shanah Tovah Tikatevu

Wishing our Princeton Landing neighbors
and all of our readers celebrating Rosh Hashanah
good health, happiness, peace, prosperity
and a sweet year ahead

Thursday, September 13, 2012

A New Year Not As Sweet Without Nora Ephron

It's still hard to believe that in June we lost favorite writer and filmmaker—Nora Ephron. Word has it that she was an excellent cook who loved to entertain. Although she never wanted to publish a cookbook, she did compile a collection of her own recipes as a gift to her crew after completing the filming of Julie & Julia. Pages from copies of that 174-page book were removed from their white spiral bindings and passed out recipe by recipe to the approximately 800 people who attended her memorial service. You can read about it in a New York Times piece by Jeff Gordinier. He points out Nora's omnipresent humor when she suggested that her recipe for the sweet Jewish side dish, Tzimmes, "is delicious with a pork roast."
Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset on Sunday evening. In honor of the holiday—and Nora—maybe you'd like to try her recipe for Tzimmes.
(click to enlarge)
Photo: Ilona Lieberman

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Downton Abbey Season 3 Previews

Have you seen these recently released trailers for Downton Abbey? Season 3 doesn't start here until January 6, 2013, but British fans won't have to wait much longer. The series begins in the UK this Sunday, the 16th. The first video comes from British channel ITV and the second is from PBS in the US. Both previews give us a peek at some scenes from the third season.

Monday, September 10, 2012

National Public Lands Day at Mapleton Preserve

Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands will host its annual National Public Lands Day work session in the Mapleton Preserve on Saturday, September 29, 2012, from 2 to 4 pm. National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands invites the public to play a part and contribute to the restoration of the Mapleton Preserve, the former home of Princeton Nurseries and a significant historical site in Central New Jersey.

Volunteers can spend an hour or two helping to clear trails by removing brush, vines and invasive saplings and shrubs. Or they can join the weed, water and mulch tream, or collect litter with the trash crew. Some tools will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own loppers, saws, clippers and rakes. Work gloves, long pants, long-sleeved shirts and hats are also recommended.

The entrance to the Mapleton Preserve is at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston. (If approaching the preserve from Princeton Landing, the entrance is on the right, marked by a sign for the D&R Canal State Park Headquarters.) For more information, visit the FPNL website or call 609-683-0483.
Photo: Tari Pantaleo

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Princeton Landing Newsletter

Yesterday Princeton Landing management sent an email to residents saying the September issue of the community's official newsletter was online and telling them to "Read all about it!" However, there was no link to the newsletter in the email.

About two hours later management sent the same email to residents. This time the message included the link "Newsletter 2012–09." Clicking the link didn't take you to the September newsletter. In fact, we couldn't find it on the website.

Princeton Landing residents have been visiting this blog looking for the latest issue of the community's newsletter. Princeton Landing News is not published by FVCSA and the newsletter is only available behind the log in on the official website.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Choose to Be Happy

Some of the week's joyful photos. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Nature Guide: Horace's Duskywing

Skippers can be difficult to identify and these two duskywings had our Nature Guide and me going for a little while. Although they look different, they are actually a male and female of the same species: Horace's Duskywing. Jon gives us some more information.

"Horace's Duskywing (Erynnis horatius) is a dark brown skipper found in our area from late spring through summer. It is usually seen in sunny spots at the edges of woods or in clearings or along roadsides. It has a wingspan of 1.5 to 2 inches, which is large for a skipper.

"The male has dark brown forewings with small white spots.

"The female has lighter, mottled brown forewings with larger white spots.

"The underside of both sexes is uniformly brown."



Horace's Duskywings visit flowering plants up to about 4.5 feet tall, including goldenrod, dogbane, buttonbush and peppermint, or—as you can see here—the lantana in my garden.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Keep Off the Grass

. . . after TruGreen sprays.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

September Recycling Dates

The recycling dates in Princeton Landing for September are the 10th and the 24th. There is also a link to these dates in the right-hand column under Popular Posts.