Celebrate Jersey Fresh and one of our state’s favorite fruits by joining us for our annual Just Peachy Festival on Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The weekend will be filled with plenty of activities for kids, including a ride through the orchards on our tractor-drawn wagons, pony rides, face painting, games and barnyard fun. Enjoy live music each day noon to 4 p.m.
Eyes of the Wild, a traveling zoo will present two shows a day on Saturday and Sunday under the festival tent. This educational program with live animals will mesmerize toddlers through grownups.
Local culinary experts will share some of their favorite ways to use Terhune Orchards produce during cooking demonstrations on both days at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in our big red event barn. You will love the peachy inspiration and summer cooking tips from these fun and tasty programs. Enjoy a free sample of the dishes our presenters create. Demonstrations are included with admission. Pam Mount’s popular Canning & Freezing class will kick off the demonstrations on Saturday, August 3, at 11 a.m.
Pam’s Everything Peachy Food Tent will offer tasty summer fare such as barbecued chicken, hot dogs, homemade gazpacho, salads, and our famous apple cider donuts. Cool off with one of our refreshing frozen peach slushies and a selection of locally made ice creams in the Just Peachy Ice Cream Social tent.
Adults can enjoy the taste of summer in a glass with our award-winning Just Peachy wine. Sample a flight of our white, red and fruit wines.
Pick Your Own peaches will be available (as supplies last) across the street at our peach orchard. Guests must park at the peach orchard for picking. Picking is by the pound, pay for all you pick.
Baskets overflowing with just picked peaches and nectarines are ready to take home from the farm store to make your favorite peach recipes. Or try one of our freshly baked, old-fashioned peach cobblers, or pies.
Admission fee $10, children under 3 are free. Admission fee includes chef demonstrations, wagon rides, pedal tractors, barnyard of animals, music, play tractors, and children’s games. (Additional activities available for additional cost.) The Farm Store and our winery and tasting room are open without admission fee and plenty of parking is available at the farm.
When Off-Broadstreet Theater in Hopewell closed at the end of 2016, you might think that owners Bob and Julie Thick would have been lost.
After all, they had been the multi-faceted, multi-tasking angels of Off-Broadstreet since 1984, doing everything from overseeing hundreds of performances to serving delectable desserts.
However, a recent conversation with Bob Thick revealed that it was their choice to walk away.
“We sold it to the Hopewell Theater,” he says. “Jon (co-owner Jon McConaughy) approached us. We discussed things and came to an agreement. We understood that we weren’t going to be there forever, and when the final lease was up we said ‘no thank you.’”
Unlike certain retirees who take to the old rocking chair after leaving a long-time position, the Thicks have continued to be quite busy during this new era.
Julie is an adjunct professor of dance (tap) at Rider University; she also teaches at Center Stage Dance Studio in East Brunswick.
Bob has continued to do some directing and even a little acting.
“Last year I directed ‘All My Sons’ at Langhorne Players,” he says. “I like Arthur Miller, so that was a good fit for me.”
His next directorial project is the production of Frederick Knott’s suspenseful “Wait Until Dark” (adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher), running at Music Mountain Theater in Lambertville, Friday, July 19, through Sunday, July 28.
Knott’s thriller is the story of Susy Hendrix, a recently blinded homemaker living in Greenwich Village who becomes the target of Harry Roat. This brutal, sophisticated criminal coerces two small-time thugs into helping him search for drugs hidden inside of a doll that Susy’s husband had unwillingly transported from Canada. A battle of wits ensues as Susy and the young girl upstairs launch a counterplot against the thieves.
Thick — with Ginny Brennan, owner and executive director at Music Mountain Theater, as producing director — is directing at the venue for the first time, though it is the third time he has done “Wait Until Dark.”
“We did it at Off-Broadstreet in the mid-1980s,” says Thick, recalling an encounter with the late playwright and former Princeton resident Knott. “We announced the play, started rehearsals, and one day I picked up the phone and the person on the other end said, ‘Hello this is Freddie Knott. I see you’re doing my play, can I come to the rehearsals?’”
Knott “came to nearly every rehearsal and performance, and brought so many stories about ‘Wait Until Dark’ and ‘Dial M For Murder,’” Thick says. “He was a delightful gent and became part of the production.”
“Music Mountain has been doing musicals like ‘Spamalot,’ ‘The Full Monty,’ and most recently ‘South Pacific,’” Thick says. “They’re venturing into non-musicals and this is one of the first they’re doing.”
A 501(c)3 non-profit organization that opened in 2018, Music Mountain Theater (MMT) is a 250-seat performing arts venue located adjacent to the site of the historic Lambertville Music Circus and provides live theatrical productions year-round. The venue is also available to other performing groups and is home to the Theater School at Music Mountain Theater.
“It’s a lovely theater, a new facility with a nice green room and great shop facilities,” Thick says. “Plus Music Mountain has a full teaching wing and a full (department focused on) children’s shows. They’ve really done it right.”
Indeed, Music Mountain asserts that “a crucial part of the programming is a children’s theater series designed to introduce young audiences to the world of live theater.”
As far as talent at MMT, Thick says he has seen a lot of actors from Hunterdon County, Princeton, and Hopewell, but also from areas farther flung.
“Draw a 50-mile radius around Hopewell, and we’re seeing talent from all those areas,” he says. “There’s one youngster in ‘Wait Until Dark,’ and when we had auditions 300 people showed up for the part.”
Thick has envisioned “Wait Until Dark” to be suspenseful, with a certain amount of terror based on tension. He notes that the production will be set in the 1940s, so there are no cellphones.
“All we can use is a land line; if not the script doesn’t work very well,” he says. “There are a lot of neat plot twists and an overall darkness to the play. For example, the husband is a photographer, so he’s working in a darkroom. There are broken light bulbs, lots of darkness.”
“Susy is newly blind, and the little girl, Gloria, is a gangly 12-year old. She’s not secure,” Thick adds. “But together they come to a working relationship that enables both of them to function better, and they work through this crisis.”
Usually found behind the scenes, Thick has been on stage recently, and in late spring he played the rigidly fundamentalist Matthew Harrison Brady in “Inherit the Wind” at the Kelsey Theater.
Thick was born and raised in Marshall, Michigan, where his family had owned movie theaters since his grandfather launched the business in the 1930s.
“We made it a real family business, with my father and uncle running things, then one of my cousins took it over; in fact, it lasted until about 15 years ago,” Thick says.
Originally trained as a classical vocalist, he was involved in singing and theatrical productions since age eight, performing in venues across the United States and in Europe.
Thick studied music at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and graduated with a bachelor of music degree in 1972.
How he came from the Midwest to central New Jersey is a convoluted story, but Thick says he was personally invited to the area by the late Karl Light (K.M. Light Real Estate), who was also a television and theatrical actor.
The two men connected through a Midwestern production of “My Fair Lady.”
“Karl came from Princeton to do Henry Higgins and we became friends,” Thick says. “We had wanted to come East, and Karl said, ‘Come to Princeton, I happen to be a realtor and I’ll help you find a place.’ We became good friends and did quite a few shows together.”
Thick seems to have remarkably good luck connecting with just the right people who have helped him navigate life in central New Jersey. The late pollster George Gallup Jr. is another special association Thick made, a relationship that opened the doors to operating Off-Broadstreet for 32 years.
The place on South Greenwood Avenue was built in 1940 and called the Colonial Playhouse, and it was used as an entertainment venue until the 1960s when Gallup purchased the building.
In its new incarnation as Mirror of America, audiences would be shown movies and commercials, and pollsters would gauge their reactions. The Thicks bought the theater in 1984, renaming it Off-Broadstreet Theater (sometimes also known as Off-Broadstreet Dessert Theater.)
“They’d often have musicales there at night, especially Gilbert and Sullivan,” Thick says. “By the way, Gallup loved Gilbert and Sullivan, and sometimes would perform himself. We met when I was tenor soloist at Trinity Church in Princeton.”
“One day I mentioned to someone that I would like to have a theater somewhere, and literally a hand descended upon my shoulder,” he recalls. “I turned around and it was George Gallup, who said, ‘I have a building for you.’ It took a few years to get off the ground, but that’s how things got started for us at Off-Broadstreet.”
In addition to being the artistic director at Off-Broadstreet, for a while Thick was an educator at SciCore Academy, the private day school in Hightstown. (He left there around the same time Off-Broadstreet closed.)
“They were looking for someone to teach Shakespeare, so I did that, but also taught music, English, elocution, and a lot of public speaking,” Thick says. “The school’s focus is on science, but they wanted the kids to be well-rounded, so they offered English, theater, etc. It turned into a fine time, they let me create my own curriculum, and the kids were great. It was very liberating.”
After the production of “Wait Until Dark” wraps up, the Thicks will kick back for a while. Julie will resume teaching in the fall, and Bob will continue singing with the Yardley, Pennsylvania-based chamber chorus Cantus Novus. The couple has an adult son, Robert.
As far as Off-Broadstreet is concerned, the Thicks mentioned in their farewell statement that their production company might continue to offer small, traveling presentations.
“When we retired, we saved the name so we could come back and do some productions, which we might,” Thick says. “It’s possible, if we find the right venue.”
“We were content with what we’d achieved,” he says. “We’d never taken any public funding. We really ran the business on our own terms and we left on our own terms, but one of those terms was that the venue had to continue as a gathering spot for the borough. Fortunately (the new owners) agreed.”
Wait Until Dark, Music Mountain Theater, 1483 Route 179, Lambertville. Fridays July 19 and 26, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, July 20 and 27, 3 and 8 p.m.; Sundays, July 21 and 28, 3 p.m. Reception follows opening night performance. $25. 609-397-3337 or www.musicmountaintheatre.org
Two all-you-can-eat sushi destinations, two diner favorites: Masa Sushi on Route 1 in Nassau Park has been a perennial favorite since 2012, and its sister venue, Mori Sushi on Route 206 opposite the Montgomery Shopping Center, has been earning similar praise since 2015. Both dining destinations are all-you-can-eat, and both menus have all the popular items that earned rave reviews.
But Mori Sushi has some exciting additions to tempt diners to take the short drive up from Route 1. Of especial interest are Masa Ceviche and Fuji Yama appetizers. Both feature a unique sauce made from Yuzu, an Asian citrus fruit. The Fuji Yama is a delicious combination of salmon with mango and avocado served Tempura style.
The menu changes frequently to offer diners the freshest ingredients and diverse variety. New to the menu now is the White Tuna Nuta. This dish sparkles with its Japanese red pepper seasoning and the chef’s famous honey mustard sauce.
For fans of the famous Eggplant Sandwich (yes, eggplant) never fear. It’s most definitely on the Mori Sushi menu. Another diner favorite, the green tea ice cream, is also very much in evidence.
Owner Owen Chen says, “Both Mori Sushi and its sister venue Masa Sushi have raised the bar for all you can eat dining. This is not your ordinary buffet by far. Everything can be ordered from the menu and the dishes come straight from the chef to your table.” This level of attention to made-to-order preparation is coupled with a price that cannot be beaten. Lunch is only $18.95; dinner $24.95. And best of all, young children eat for half price.
Chen points out, “All you can eat allows patrons to try something new without having to order an entire entree. Try one and then, when you see how tasty it is, order more. Not only will you find exquisite fresh seafood, but we serve vegetarian and non-seafood entrees as well. We have items on the menu that fit every taste. Our Japanese Ramen noodle dish is perfect for diners not used to sushi but we also have fusion dishes like the Mexican Roll with a spicy jalapeno sauce outside for the adventurous foodie.”
Chen advises, “The combination of service and selection has made Mori Sushi extremely popular. Reservations are highly recommended, especially for Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.”
Like its sister venue, Mori Sushi promises to be a good choice for business events as well as for date night out. Parking is never a problem. With two easy-to-find locations, sushi lovers will have no trouble finding fresh, handmade delicacies nearby.
On July 21, 1969, the ascent stage of Apollo 11’s lunar module, with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin aboard, lifted off from Tranquility base to begin its journey back to Earth. Ever since that day the site where astronauts first walked on the moon has remained undisturbed.
The first men on the moon left behind more than footprints. In addition to the famous American flag, the astronauts left the descent stage of the lunar module, a golden olive branch, an Apollo 1 mission patch in honor of the three astronauts who died in a command module test, discarded tools including a hammer, sample scoops, scales, lunar overshoes, empty food packets, a TV camera, airsickness bags, armrests, and more than 100 other items.
During the first moonwalk the astronauts also deployed a number of experimental instruments designed to gather information about the moon. Since 1977 these machines have been powered down, their radios silent, no longer collecting data and sending it back to Earth.
To this day there is one, and only one, piece of equipment from the Apollo 11 mission still functioning half a century later. It is essentially a mirror — an array of 100 “corner cube”-shaped reflectors pointed toward Earth that simply reflects laser light back to the Earth. The Lunar Laser Rangefinder Experiment was invented by a Princeton student and made by Heraeus Incorporated, a company that has an office in Yardley. It has provided precise measurements of the distance between the Earth and the Moon, allowing scientists to test Einstein’s theory of general relativity and refine their understanding of gravity. With modern lasers rangefinders can measure the distance to the moon down to the millimeter.
The origins of the experiment go back to the 1950s, when Jim Faller, a graduate gravitational physics student at Princeton, wrote a research paper called “A Proposed Lunar Package: A Corner Reflector on the Moon.” The paper described how a reflector would allow scientists on earth to shoot a laser beam at the moon at a reflector, measure exactly how long it took the beam to return to Earth, and get a precise measurement of distance.
After President Kennedy committed the nation to landing on the moon in a 1961 speech, Faller’s idea became a real possibility. The Apollo missions would have the chance not only to claim the glory of being the first to the moon, but to use their time there to set up useful scientific experiments. Numerous scientists proposed ideas for experiments to be carried out on the lunar surface. But as the first mission was being planned it became apparent that the two astronauts would only have a very short window of time — planners were unsure how long the spacesuits could keep the astronauts cool. As it happened, the first moonwalk lasted just two-and-a-quarter hours.
This proved to be an advantage for Faller’s idea, since it was quick and easy to deploy. All the astronauts had to do was take the cover off of the array and set it down facing Earth. They could level it by kicking dirt under the corners. “The only way they could have gotten it wrong was putting the reflector wrong side up,” says Todd Jaeger, global sales director for commercial optics for Heraeus.
It only took a few minutes for Armstrong and Aldrin to set up the array, and it has been there ever since, faithfully serving as a target for laser beams along with two other reflectors from subsequent Apollo missions and two small reflectors on unmanned Russian space probes.
Anyone on earth with a powerful pulse laser, a photon multiplier tube, and a telescope with a three- and-a-half-meter primary mirror can get a reading from the lunar retroreflector. (A recent episode of “The Big Bang Theory” showed scientists performing this experiment from a rooftop, but it’s pretty expensive for a homebrewed experiment — a telescope that size costs around $14 million, and renting time on one isn’t cheap, either.)
Heraeus was just one company out of 20,000 organizations that contributed work on the Apollo program. There were several others in the Princeton area. RCA Astro Electronics in East Windsor built the remotely operated color TV cameras used for the last three Apollo missions. Engineers working for inventor Abram Nathaniel Spanel, working out of Drumthwacket, Spanel’s Princeton estate, designed the spacesuits the astronauts wore.
Heraeus, based in Germany, specialized in making a material called fused silica. Fused silica is made from molten quartz sand and, unlike traditional glass, contains no other ingredients. Though more expensive to manufacture than other forms of glass, it contains far fewer impurities and is used in applications that call for high performance. It is used today, as it was then, for high-end optics such as telescope lenses, sensors for military aircraft, and fiber-optics.
For the retroreflector, NASA selected Heraeus’s fused quartz even though it was manufactured outside the United States. “Not just any transmissive material would have worked,” Jaeger says. “A standard glass, something melted from sand and soda lime, you would get metallic impurities.” This material would have darkened over time as it was exposed to solar radiation on the moon’s surface, turning it yellow and eventually black instead of crystal clear. The “corner cube” shape was used instead of a flat mirror because it reflects light directly back at the source instead of scattering it in all directions like a flat mirror does.
But if the retroreflector is basically just a mirror, why was it so important to make it as pure as possible? After all, laser light can bounce off just about any surface. In fact, scientists had bounced laser light off the moon and gotten a signal back as early as 1962.
These early experiments were not ideal for determining the Earth-Moon distance because scientists could not tell exactly where their laser beam had hit. The laser return could have been bouncing off a mountain top or a crater bottom hundreds of feet apart; there was no way to tell.
Another reason for using the high-end material is the dispersal of the laser. Over short distances a laser looks like a pinpoint beam. But the highly collimated laser light spreads out in a cone shape over long distances. By the time a laser beam reaches the moon about 238,900 miles away, it is a circle around two kilometers wide. (Even with this wide beam, hitting the reflector is no easy task. Scientists have described it as like hitting a moving dime with a rifle two miles away.) When it bounces back to Earth the laser beam is now 15 kilometers across and far too weak to see with the naked eye.
When the pulse of light is shot at the moon, it is extremely powerful, with about a quadrillion photons. By the time it gets back to the sensor that is down to a single photon. If the original signal were made of grains of sand instead of photons, it could make a beach 1,000 kilometers long, 30 kilometers deep, and 30 kilometers wide. The returning photon would be a single grain of sand, Jaeger says.
Fortunately, as the reflector has become weaker, lasers have become more powerful and able to fire in shorter bursts. This has allowed scientists to measure the distance to the moon with ever greater precision. These ongoing experiments have revealed some interesting facts: For one thing, the moon is moving away from the earth at a rate of three centimeters per year.
Another is that it has provided proof that Einstein’s theory of general relativity is correct. Einstein had predicted that spacetime would be warped by gravity. Previous astronomical experiments had confirmed that this was the case by observing light bending around planets, but the laser retroreflector provided the most precise proof up to that point.
Although the effects of gravity on spacetime may seem small at first, they are important when it comes to spacecraft, particularly GPS navigation satellites, which work by measuring how long it takes for radio signals to travel from GPS devices to satellites in orbit. Because of general relativity, time is passing more slowly for the satellite relative to the earthbound clock 12,000 miles away. The difference is only 38 millionths of a second, but the system relies on incredibly precise timing. Without taking relativity into account, GPS devices would be wildly inaccurate.
As lasers improve more and more, the retroreflectors are actually being used to find flaws in the theory of general relativity. While it is indisputably precise enough for the purposes of GPS satellites, quantum physicists believe further experiments may reveal tiny effects that Einstein’s theory does not account for.
While it has served faithfully for 50 years, the retroreflector is showing signs of age. Over time it has become dulled. The most likely culprit is moon dust, which is kicked up every time a tiny meteor hits the moon’s powdery surface.
But there might be a fix on the horizon — Jaeger says future astronauts from NASA’s planned upcoming moon missions might dust off the reflector if they return to the Apollo 11 site.
Heraeus Incorporated, 770 Township Line Road, Suite 300, Yardley, PA 19067. 215-944-9981. www.heraeus.com
It seems almost ludicrously unfair: job postings that exclude unemployed people from applying. But there are ways to push back against this line in job ads that seems to exclude a great many qualified candidates.
Job seeking coach Abby Kohut will give a presentation at St. Gregory the Great’s Career Support Group on Saturday, July 20, at 8:30 a.m. For more information on the free talk, visit www.careersupportgroup.org.
Kohut’s talk will cover “10 Steps to Employability in 2019: What They Are and Why It Matters.” In addition to giving talks, Kohut writes a blog of job advice at www.absolutelyabby.com. In a recent post, Kohut outlined a strategy for getting around the “unemployed need not apply” stigma:
Anyone who is currently searching for a job has probably read at least one article about a company who is unwilling to hire “the unemployed.” Even more interesting is the article that I recently came across about the backlash from critics against job boards like Monster saying that ads of this kind should be banned from being posted.
As much as it would seem that encouraging job boards to remove these ads might seem like a solution, the better solution is to educate these companies from the top down on why “unemployed” candidates must be evaluated in the same pool as employed candidates. After all, even if all the job boards ban these ads, these companies can still make their own poor decisions during the hiring process.
First, let’s review some of the common reasons why people become unemployed in the first place, shall we?
Stay at home parents or caregivers returning to work. These are typically people who have made a conscious effort to be unemployed. Anyone who has ever fallen into this category realizes that their apparent “unemployment” gap was potentially more challenging than any previous job.
Those who were laid off. These are people whose departments were completely eliminated, whose companies were acquired, or simply whose companies were poorly funded. Their layoff had nothing to with their performance, and they come equipped with references to prove that. Some of these people were fortunate enough to receive a severance package and decided to enjoy life for a while and live off their severance. Life is precious and sometimes it’s hard to really enjoy it while you are tethered to a demanding job. Can you really blame them?
The terminated. These people are the ones who were let go for poor performance or for personality conflicts and have the most difficult time finding work. Even the unemployed in this group deserve to have an opportunity to contribute, especially if the termination was due to a poor fit between an individual and the job or corporate culture, or clashing management styles.
You. If you currently have a job, imagine for a moment that tomorrow you are informed that your job has been eliminated. Aren’t you a good performer today? A viable member of the work force who deserves to find another opportunity to contribute to society? Does that fact change tomorrow when you get your pick slip?
It is absurd to simply eliminate “unemployed” candidates without understanding why they are unemployed. Unemployment is simply a state that people pass through from one job to another. It is a natural part of life as is “unmarriage.” When people get divorced, they don’t simply get remarried the next day. They are “unmarried” until they are remarried. Similarly, people who are unemployed are simply between opportunities. For example, how can we as a country possibly expect people at the VP level to find a job within a week, especially if their company’s closing came as a complete shock to them? Most people “forget” to keep networking once they are happily employed so when their company closes, they truly are starting from scratch. Besides, how many VP jobs in their specific industry are out there, not to mention vacant?
Job Seekers In-Transition. If you come across a job ad for a company who is disqualifying the “unemployed”, and you actually still want to work for them, here’s what you can do. First, don’t be discouraged — most things that show up in ads and seem like “requirements” have wiggle room for exceptions. In fact, you’ve experienced this many times before. How many times have you seen a requirement on the job posting that you do not have? Has that ever stopped you? Of course not! Your job is to find the hiring manager or the department VP or the CEO and to settle the score on why you are the best person for the job. Consider this strategy:
Dear President of RudeRUs, Inc.
I recently discovered an ad for your open “WorkAlot” position on Monster and wanted to introduce myself to you as an ideal candidate. For the past 10 years I was a “WorkAlot” in a similar company who received outstanding performance reviews from all of my supervisors. I have attached a list of references on the following page which I invite you to call. They will tell you that I was a top performer who received recognition year after year for saving the company billions of dollars. My position was eliminated when my employer was acquired. Our doors closed about a year ago today.
You may wonder why I am writing to you instead of applying to your HR department. It’s simply because the ad posted by your hiring manager or HR department states that the “unemployed need not apply.” Based on my research about your company and your successful career history, it seems like the decision to include this hiring stereotype in your company’s ad could not have been yours, so I wanted to be sure that you could personally make the decision on whether my background would be suitable for your company.
I look forward to having the opportunity to learn more about the position and to eventually joining your company as a “WorkAlot.”
In December of 2014, Sourland Mountain Spirits founder Ray Disch created a local distillery in his hometown of Hopewell, located in the Sourland Mountains.
The Sourland Mountains with their rich history of farmers, bootleggers, rebels, patriots, fine craftsmen, and artisans, is the perfect setting for the distillery. Drawing from an aquifer at the base of the Sourland range, our spirits are made using pure water filtered through micro-fractures in the geologic formations of the mountains, protected by the largest contiguous forest in central New Jersey.
At each stage of the distilling process we strive for the highest standards of flavor, aroma, quality, and consistency. Our commitment is not just to make Sourland Mountain Spirits a success, but also to bring a locally made, handcrafted, and sustainable product to the great state of New Jersey (and beyond) that we can all be proud of.
Within the first few months of distilling, our gin and vodka were already winning awards for quality and distinctive taste. The American Distilling Institute and San Francisco World Spirits Competition awarded our gin silver medals, noting its exciting fragrant, bold, and aromatic flavors.
Our bronze medal-winning vodka was cited for its crystal clear, well-balanced properties. From the Wine Enthusiast in 2019 our Barrel Aged Gin received a 92 rating and in 2018 our gin garnered 92 points. Our Silver Rum also scored a 92 rating from the Wine Enthusiast.
From the American Distilling Institute in 2018 we also medaled with our Silver Rum winning silver, our Barrel Aged Gin winning a bronze, and our Vodka also a bronze medal. In the New York International Spirits competition in 2017 we were New Jersey’s Gin Distillery of the Year and our gin took silver with our vodka taking bronze.
We make a variety of spirits and currently have at the distillery our gin, vodka, silver and spiced rum, and apple brandy (which is made with local Terhune’s apples). All of our products are gluten-free. To find out where to buy our spirits go to our web site: www.sourlandspirits.com and enter your zip code.
We also have a wonderful tasting room bar that is open at the distillery from 5 to 8 p.m Thursday and Friday and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Come and imbibe delicious, hand-crafted cocktails made with our fresh spirits and sit out back behind the distillery to enjoy the beautiful Double Brook Farm scenery.
Tours and Tastings are offered on the hour from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sundays. Sign up is on our website.
Already in its 11th year, East Asian Fusion Restaurant, conveniently located at 5 Market Street, Plainsboro Township, is becoming better than ever. One of the long-time favorites in the area, its secret to longevity is its attention to the customer. “We always ensure our customers enjoy their every visit,” says owner Terri, who started in Lawrence Township and has 30 years’ experience in the restaurant business. “It doesn’t matter whether they are local, regular diners or travelers. They always come back when they are around the area.”
Terri is proud to announce several new dishes and other temptations. “Our newest menu item is the popular dish, the Poke Bowl,” she says. “Loaded with sushi rice, lettuce, avocado, cucumber, tuna or/and salmon, it is a huge hit and has diners craving more. A feast for the eyes as well as the palate, it comes with a choice of three sauces: soy sauce with sesame oil, spicy creamy mayo and ponzu (citrus). Also new is the fresh Ramen Noodle soup served Japanese style, one of our biggest sellers. Enjoy it with either Tonkotsu, Miso or Shoyu broth.”
The bright and spacious restaurant has established itself as one of the top 100 Asian fusion restaurants in the U.S. “If you have not joined us before, our happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and all day Saturday is the perfect way to discover our menu. We offer specials such a half-price on salmon and tuna during happy hour, served either as sushi or sashimi. It’s time to explore our wide variety of dishes, highlighting the wealth of Asian cuisine. We specialize in Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Indian dishes.”
East Asian Fusion offers diners the chance for a quick bite at their sushi bar or leisurely dining for date night with elegant fare such as fresh twin lobsters served with ginger and scallions or Hong Kong Typhoon Style. The restaurant is BYOB so you can complement your dining with your favorite tipple. Summer welcomes fresh watermelon slush to the extensive range of bubble teas.
“We offer an extensive catering menu as well,” says Terri. “Our diverse menu will help you make your next corporate or private event pop. Why have the same old sandwiches when you can offer colleagues and guests exciting sushi platters or even Chunky Tuna Pizza or Unagi Fried Rice?”
Gift certificates are available and special offers abound. Delivery is also available for your convenience. Come enjoy the best Asian fusion cuisine and discover something special.
Thanks for publishing “Dining with Dor” which could just as soon have been called “Dying with Dor” (U.S. 1, July 10). I love how U.S. 1 not only allows but invites constructive edginess. Friends, relatives, and complete strangers out and about are telling me how they got their hands on the article: while visiting an Alzheimer patient at Parker in Monroe, the Whole Earth Center, Small World, forwarded links, etc. Thank for your providing a forum for issues that are as important as they are uncomfortable.
Princeton Blairstown Center Enables Student Engagement All Year
Many of us welcome the good weather, more relaxed attitudes, and less crowded commutes that summer in the tri-state area brings. However, for those of us who are educators, it is hard to enjoy the benefits of summer without feeling uneasy about its other implications, especially for our community’s most vulnerable children.
With the months-long summer breaks that many students in the United States enjoy, the summer months are a long stretch of time where children can either be actively engaging in learning, or not. This is different than the school year, when all children are expected to be learning both in school and through school-based extracurricular activities.
Thanks to research from the academic community, we know most students lose some academic skills during school breaks. However, in the summertime, opportunities for children from working-class families and single parent homes become less abundant. Only 4 percent of American schools operate year-round and child care and paid summer enrichment programs can be prohibitively expensive for most families. As a result, demand for free programs is so high that it is often impossible for such programs to accommodate all who seek enrollment. Those children who do not secure a spot in an affordable program are at higher risk for deeper skills loss than their more economically advantaged peers.
This reality facing low-income families is part of the reason we partner with the Princeton-Blairstown Center (PBC). At Christina Seix Academy all of our students live in households headed by a single caregiver and demonstrate economic need. Children from similar circumstances, demographically speaking, are those who stand to potentially lose the greatest amount of academic skills during summertime.
By combining the Academy’s nearly year-round school schedule and PBC’s award-winning Summer Bridge Program, our students have an equitable opportunity to participate in the same kinds of summer enrichment enjoyed by children of middle and upper-income families. The difference is that — thanks to PBC’s efforts to secure grants and financial support from individual donors — students can enjoy this opportunity without incurring costs for themselves or their families. Our students are thriving academically and socially due to the year-round engagement in quality enrichment activities.
Through outdoor experiential education, along with S.T.E.A.M. and literacy instruction, the PBC curriculum is designed to engage all types of learners in hands-on lessons that inspire and encourage kids to try new things, take healthy risks, and grow academically and personally. This unique program — and the opportunity it offers young people — is something worth recognizing and celebrating. Christina Seix Academy is honored to partner with PBC for its Summer Bridge Program and grateful to the many donors who make it possible for our students to attend.
Our students are thriving academically and socially due to the care and commitment consistent, year-round engagement in quality enrichment activities.
Volunteering, by definition, is unpaid work. But for job-seekers, it might still be a good use of time, even if it doesn’t immediately result in much needed cash, says Allison Howe, executive director of Princeton-based Volunteer Connect.
Howe will speak at an upcoming meeting of the Professional Service Group of Mercer County on Friday, July 19, from 9:45 a.m. to noon at the Princeton Library. The meeting is free. For more information, visit www.psgofmercercounty.org.
Howe’s organization exists to connect skilled volunteers with nonprofit groups in need of specialists. This presents an opportunity for job seekers to not only keep themselves busy and mentally healthy during a job search, but to make themselves look better to potential employers. Howe cites statistics from the Corporation for National Community Service showing that volunteering is associated with a 27 percent higher chance of employment. The study found that 76 percent of HR executives reported that skilled volunteering made a candidate more valuable in their eyes, a figure that jumped up to 81 percent for college graduates.
Howe says “skilled volunteering” in this context means using specialized, professional skills to help an organization. Traditional volunteering is typically unskilled labor such as serving food at a soup kitchen or handing out water at walks, something anyone can do. “People don’t find that to be as rewarding,” Howe says. “I don’t want to take away from the importance of that, but if you’re a professional who has accumulated experience and you want to make an impact, skill-based volunteering is a way to do that.”
Examples of skill-based volunteering projects include helping a group create a marketing plan, helping them with information systems, data migration, or offering other kinds of valuable services that can help them survive in an increasingly competitive world of nonprofits.
“The impact from a financial perspective can be quite significantly more than handing out food at a food bank,” she says. “It’s also ultimately hopefully more effective at serving the people you are serving as a nonprofit — or the animals you are serving, or the environment, or whatever you serve.”
Volunteer Connect has recently made an effort to measure this financial impact by surveying the nonprofits that it helps. Among the small number of respondents so far, the impact ranged from $1,000 for one group all the way up to $35,000 for a marketing professional who created a marketing plan. “If the individual had done that in professional life, that’s how much they would have charged,” Howe says.
Skilled volunteering helps nonprofits in an area in which they are often in need of assistance. The Center for Nonprofits in New Jersey released a 2018 survey showing that 30 percent of nonprofit groups were unable to afford enough staff. “This is a way of enhancing their staff,” she says. “This is a way of extending their capacity. I think nonprofits feel they are always in this situation. It is a constant struggle of insufficient staff resources. We help to bridge that gap.”
On the other side, the desire to offer volunteer services seems to be strong, especially among younger professionals. Other studies have shown that nearly two-thirds of Generation Y employees would prefer to work in an organization that provides them the opportunity to volunteer skills.
Furthermore, those who do a project for a nonprofit through Volunteer Connect tend to continue their relationship after the project is over. “It’s really positive both for our volunteers and for the nonprofits,” Howe says. Sometimes volunteers end up joining the boards of the groups they work for.
Anyone looking for an opportunity to provide skilled volunteering services can visit www.volunteerconnectnj.org to find projects. The group also offers opportunities for board training for those more interested in leadership roles.
In addition to the satisfaction of providing much needed help, along with resume building, skilled volunteering gives job seekers the chance to make valuable connections. Howe can only offer anecdotal evidence to back, but she says that some of her volunteers have landed consulting business from people they met while volunteering.
The most highly sought-after skills among nonprofits are marketing, particularly social media and the ability to create a marketing plan and think strategically. There are also many nonprofits seeking IT skills including creating websites, data analytics, and data migration.
Howe is a relative newcomer to Volunteer Connect, having been made executive director in May. She has worked in nonprofits for 20 years, previously working for the Alzheimer’s Association and Planned Parenthood. Before that she ran assisted living facilities. She has a master’s degree in healthcare administration and business administration. She grew up in Newark, Delaware, where her father was a professor at the University of Delaware.
“I can tell you personally that I was actually in between jobs and I did a skill-based project for someone. Being able to talk about that in my interview was a particularly good thing for getting this job. I still felt like I was engaging in the work world and making an impact,” she says.