Wednesday, June 5, 2019

KHS Spring Program: New World Dutch Barns


On Thursday, June 6, 2019, the Kingston Historical Society will hold its spring program on New World Dutch barns. The program will take place in the barn at Rockingham State Historic Site at 84 Laurel Avenue in Kingston. Admission is free.

The program will begin at 7:00 pm with Victory Chase's video on the Rockingham Barn Raising, and refreshments will be served. At 7:45 pm, Elric Endersby will deliver an illustrated talk, "Arcades and Anchorbents: The Origins and Characteristics of New World Dutch Barns."

Elric Endersby is a founding partner of The New Jersey Barn Company, which disassembled the ruinous late 18th century Nevius Barn from the Middlebush area of central Franklin Township in 1999, and raised it at Rockingham in 2013. Victory Chase recorded this work on video over five weeks, from October 21 to November 25, 2013.

Photo of Rockingham Barn, Rockingham Historic Site, Kingston, courtesy of Elric Endersby

Monday, May 13, 2019

FirstService Residential Drops the Ball

We're having a lot of rain this spring. What may be good for plants and reservoirs is not necessarily good if you're dealing with drainage issues around your home. Despite repeated requests over many months to FirstService Residential, our management company is not offering any solutions to a serious and persistent water problem. When it rains, water collects at the foundation of our home and in the adjacent planting bed. Two foundation plantings, one a large well-established rhododendron, have already been removed due to root rot. Another, the last remaining foumdation planting, is showing signs that it will also need to be removed. After many requests, a FirstService Residential property manager came to see it with a manager from our landscape contractor BrightView. Since then we've heard nothing. Water problems around a home should be taken seriously. Maintenance fees for the last few months have included dues, association insurance fees and an assessment, which totaled $960 a month. How much money is enough to expect service from FirstService Residential?



Doris Day

1922 – 2019

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Spring Walk in the Mapleton Preserve


Join Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands for a Spring Celebration Walk in the Mapleton Preserve on Saturday, May 11, 2019. The walk through the former Princeton Nurseries Kingston site will be led by Rick Henkel (photo above), who was the Sales Manager for Princeton Nurseries for 32 years. Rick has an extraordinary knowledge of trees and knows the Kingston site and its trees extremely well. The walk begins at 2 pm. Meet at the Main Office for the D&R Canal State Park at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston for this leisurely two-hour afternoon walk. The event is free and open to the public.

Photo of Rick Henkel by Jonathan Michalik

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Kingston Fire Co Donates Truck to Puerto Rico


On Friday, April 19, 2019, Agostino Racanati of the Kingston Volunteer Company (KVFC) and South Brunswick Fire District #3 handed over the title for their superbly maintained 1988 Spartan 3D Engine to Chief Eulando Piñero of the Metro Emergency Response Team of Bayamon City, Puerto Rico. Bayamon is Puerto Rico's second-largest municipality and is part of the metropolitan area centered on San Juan.

Following a blessing by Rev. Sharyl Dixon of the Kingston Presbyterian Church, KVFC Chief George Luck, Jr., gave a brief talk about what led to this event. Last year Fire Chief Piñero contacted the Bridgewater Board of Fire Commissioners District #4 for help in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The plea for equipment and supplies was quickly answered by central New Jersey's local fire departments. The truck, which had served the Monmouth Junction Fire Department for 28 years, was being replaced. Instead it will be fully stocked with supplies and equipment donated by other local fire departments and shipped to Puerto Rico.

Chief Piñero expressed gratitude for the many firefighters who participated in this project. One of the key partners, Captain Borke of the New Brunswick Fire Department, said the brotherhood/sisterhood of firefighters, "is so strong that it almost brings tears to my eyes." Officer Fedor Salvador of the North Brunswick Police Department also praised the network that came together to provide support for their colleagues in Puerto Rico.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Poem in Your Pocket Day











She Walketh Veiled and Sleeping
by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

She walketh veiled and sleeping,
For she knoweth not her power;
She obeyeth but the pleading
Of her heart, and the high leading
Of her soul, unto this hour.
Slow advancing, halting, creeping,
Comes the Woman to the Hour!—
She walketh veiled and sleeping,
For she knoweth not her power.

                                              Painting: Odilon Redon

Monday, April 1, 2019

National Poetry Month


Poetry
I, too, dislike it.
Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one discovers in
it, after all, a place for the genuine.

— Marianne Moore

For the first time, the 2019 official National Poetry Month poster features  artwork by a high school student: tenth grader Julia Wang from San Jose, California, who has won the inaugural National Poetry Month Poster Contest. Wang's artwork was selected from among more than 450 student submissions. It incorporates lines from the poem "An Old Story" by current U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

W.S. Merwin

1927 – 2019

Every year without knowing it I have passed the day
When the last fires will wave to me
And the silence will set out
Tireless traveler
Like the beam of a lightless star


from W.S. Merwin's poem "For the Anniversary of My Death" from The Second Four Books of Poems (Port Townsend, Washington: Copper Canyon Press, 1993).

Photograph: Nancy Crampton for The Paris Review

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Spring Ahead


Remember to move your clocks ahead one hour tonight. Daylight saving time begins at 2:00 am on Sunday, March 10.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Barking Up the Right Tree


Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands will host a workshop on how to identify trees in winter on Sunday, March 10, 2019, from 1 to 4 pm. Even without their leaves, clues can be found in buds, fruits, leaf scars, branching patterns and bark. Dress for the weather for this walk in the Mapleton Preserve. Bring binoculars and a hand lens if you have them. This is an intensive workshop and is limited to 10 people. Cost is $20 per person for materials. Preregistration is required at 609-608-6455. Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park is located at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston.

Photo: Gingko buds by Tari Pantaleo

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

MLK Day of Service Rescheduled

Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands has rescheduled its National Day of Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for Monday, February 18, 2019, from noon to 3 pm. For details, see our post below.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

MLK Day of Service Postponed

Due to the bitter cold and serious icing in Monday's weather forecast, the MLK Day of Service in the Mapleton Preserve has been postponed until Presidents' Day, Monday, February 18, 2019.  Check FPNL for further updates as the date gets closer.

Friday, January 18, 2019

MLK Day of Service in the Mapleton Preserve


Join Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands on Monday, January 21, 2019, for a cleanup in the Mapleton Preserve on the National Day of Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. From noon to 3 pm volunteers will be clearing small trees, brush, vines and trash in the historic Mapleton Preserve. You are asked to bring any tools you may have, such as saws, clippers, loppers and rakes. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather—work gloves, sturdy shoes, warm clothing and hats are a must. For more information, or if you would like to involve a group to help, call 609-683-0483 or visit the FPNL website. Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park is located at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston. (If using a GPS, use 145 Mapleton Road, Princeton 08540 as the address.)