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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.
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
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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