Dining Follow-Ups

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Between the Lines

No, none of the houses featured on the cover of this

issue is for sale. But you may soon find some references to photovoltaic

panels cropping up in future listings. As freelance writer Terri Bookman

notes in her story beginning on page 8, the incentives for solar energy,

even here in the often dreary Northeast, are greater than ever.

The last time we had listings for houses utilizing passive solar energy

was in 1994: 70 Pine Street in Princeton Borough and 62 Harbourton-Woodsville

Road in Hopewell. The first, an icon of next generation technology,

has three bedrooms and is set on a small in-town lot, and eight years

ago it was going for $345,000. In contrast, the Hopewell house had

four bedrooms, three fireplaces, and a glass wall. Set on six acres

it was selling for $725,000.

The heat in this year’s listings, which begin page 11, comes mostly

in terms of pricing: Four years ago, to pick just one example, a four-bedroom

colonial in South Brunswick sold for $521,000 and now it is being

marketed at $750,000. The good news, however, is that the number of

listings provided has gone up slightly, suggesting that supply may

be getting back in balance with demand.

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Dining Follow-Ups

It was heartening to see your article on dining in Trenton

(October 23). I hope that next time you come you will also visit the

New Jersey State Museum, which has joined in First Friday activities.

On November 1, visitors will have an opportunity to see three exhibits

that are closing during the month: River of Leisure: Recreation Along

the Delaware River and Bay (closing November 3); Cruising Down the

Delaware: Natural History You Can See! (closing November 10); and

Searching: New Jersey Photographers and September 11 (closing November

24). In celebration of the two Delaware River exhibitions, Jim Albertson,

a South Jersey folk singer, will perform at 7 p.m. Planetarium star

shows will be presented at 6 and 6:30; the Museum shop will also be

open and refreshments will be available. Admission is free and all

events are free of charge. We are open until 8 p.m.

Helen M. Shannon

Executive Director, New Jersey State Museum

In the same issue, an item on Maxine’s restaurant erred in describing

several of Maxine’s menu items. Owner Henry Page’s specials include

Southern fried chicken ($14) or bar-b-que ribs ($15) served with candied

sweet potato puree, collard greens, and baked macaroni and cheese.

The restaurant’s offerings at lunch include a buffet with hot and

cold entrees, soup, and salad ($9) along with an "express"

soup and sandwich or salad and sandwich ($6).

Maxine’s has an unusually full-featured website (www.maxinesrestaurant),

which details daily specials and entertainment events.

And the new fall menu for the Bog restaurant at Cranbury Golf Club

needs clarification: Appetizers include smoked duck quesadilla and

an arugula salad with aged provolone cheese and jumbo crab. An entree

might be herb-seared rack of lamb, weiner schnitzel, or a grilled

filet topped with crumbled gorgonzola.

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