THE BEST GIFTS AND IDEAS FOR A ROMANTIC VALENTINE’S DAY

The right gift for your beloved is a choice that should come from the heart—but that doesn’t mean a little research can’t help. The following picks are the result of more than 100 hours of research performed by some two dozen testers tasked with finding the best items to help you plan your next romantic occasion (even if you secretly hoard all of the chocolate for yourself).

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CHOCOLATE BOX

RECCHIUTI CONFECTIONS BLACK BOX

The Black Box offers just the right balance of understated and seductive, and the chocolates inside are sure to excite the most jaded palate.

FULL ARTICLE @ wirecutter.com

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Cupid’s Chase 5k

cupidchaseCommunity Options, Inc. invites runners, walkers, and rollers (baby strollers and wheelchairs) to help make difference in the lives of people with disabilities by participating in our annual Cupid’s Chase 5K.  Because of you…we can make a difference!  Finisher medals guaranteed while supplies last!  Limited Edition Cupid’s Chase shirts will be first come, first served on race day if you do not register by 12/31.  Not a fan of the cold weather?  Instead of bundling up, cuddle up with your sweetheart and support people with disabilities.  Cuddle up for the cause today and become a Virtual Participant!  Registration begins at 8am on race day.  Cost: $25 on or before 12/31; $30 on or before 2/9; $40 Race day.

For further information, click here. 

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Project Pet

petdogsSunday, January 28 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at Pinot’s Palette

Paint a portrait of your pet at Project Pet. Once you sign up for the painting, email us a high quality digital photo of your pet (one pet per canvas, please) and we will do the rest. Each photo will be transferred onto a 16”X20” canvas. Our talented artists will walk you through the steps to create your very own Pet Portrait!

NO DISCOUNTS ALLOWED, THANK YOU! 

Just send us a high quality photo of your fur baby, and we will work our magic to transfer the image onto your canvas before you arrive. Our talented artists will lead you step-by-step while you enjoy your favorite beverage and watch your pet portrait come to life!

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9 SCENTED CANDLES INTERIOR DESIGNERS ALWAYS BUY

jo-maloneCandles may as well be currency in the interior-design world. Interior designers use them as the final touch to a room, the one that elevates a space to the next sensory level. We mortals love them too but have a hard time knowing where to start.

To help you wade through the morass, we rounded up our favorites. Psst — they are also on every interior designer’s list!

Get ready to buy matches in bulk.

Jo Malone

If it’s good enough for Kate Middleton, then it’s good enough for us. The Duchess of Cambridge had Jo Malone’s citrus scents — Orange Blossom ($65) included — perfuming Westminster Abbey during her royal wedding. ‘Nuff said.

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Steinway Musicales

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3:00 PM Sunday, January 14, 2018 

Filamental Trio – Charl Louw – pianist, Ryan Morris – bassoon, Sharra Wagner  clarinet.

This interesting combination of instruments lends itself to experimentation with unique sound combinations. The Trio has commissioned original compositions from award winning American composers that are included in a recording released in July 2017. The trio has performed to great acclaim throughout the US and enjoy a reputation for showcasing repertoire by contemporary composers as well as neglected works from the standard repertoire.

$18., www.steinwaysocietyprinceton.org

50 COCKTAILS TO GET YOU THROUGH HOLIDAY DRAMA

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HAVE ONE GLASS (OR SIX) OF THESE COCKTAILS AND PUNCH BOWLS—WHO’S COUNTING DURING THE HOLIDAYS, ANYWAY?

via Alyse Whitney at Bon Appetit

All you need are two steps to survive Christmas: Take a deep breath and make a cocktail, stat. Cozy mulled wine, spiked egg nog, and dangerously-strong bourbon punch will help you get juuuust drunk enough to survive everything from fake-smiling through bad gifts to your post-feast food coma.

Take me to the cocktails! >>>

The Crossings at Ewing Hosts Thanksgiving Food Drive to Support Mercer Street Friends Food Bank

Crossings Food DriveSterling Properties lent a hand to bring joy to those less fortunate this Thanksgiving when the developer hosted an annual food drive at The Crossings at Ewing rental community to benefit the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank.

Leasing Manager Vickie Walters led the effort to collect non-perishable food items, canned goods and baby supplies at the Mercer County neighborhood.  Thanks to the generous residents at The Crossings at Ewing, 2017 was the most successful year to date for the charitable initiative with 704 pounds of items donated to assist the community organization in time for the Holiday.

“We believe it’s important for every member of the community to help support the neighborhood it serves,” says Ms. Walters.   “The Mercer Street Friends Food Bank plays a key role in delivering food and other necessary items to the needy in this area and we wanted to support their tireless work. We’re pleased so many of our residents agreed and dropped off food at our leasing center to assist our efforts to do something very kind for Thanksgiving.”

Located in Ewing Township, the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank is leading the community response to hunger in Mercer County.  The organization is the primary source of government and privately donated food targeted for hunger relief programs in the county. The Mercer Street Friends Food Bank channels 2.7 million pounds of food and groceries annually to a network of 80 local food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, meal sites, schools, senior and disabled programs and low-income housing sites. Its food distribution and hunger prevention programs reach over 30,000 people who face the pain and indignity of hunger.

Sterling Properties is widely recognized as a multi-faceted development organization with a wide range of upscale real estate including residential, office and commercial communities throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut. For additional information on the company, please visit http://www.sterlingpropertiesnj.com/ or call (973) 535-1888.

Princeton University Eating Clubs Walking Tour

eating-clubs-1Saturday December 2, 2017 
10:30 AM 

Join author Clifford Zink on a walking tour of Princeton University’s majestic eating clubs. Learn about the architecture, origins, and development of the sixteen Classical and Gothic-style clubhouses, which date from 1895 to 1928. Participants will also have the unique opportunity to tour the inside of three clubs: Cap and Gown, Colonial, and Cloister.

Co-sponsored by Princeton Prospect Foundation and the Historical Society of Princeton.

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Trinity Turkey Trot

2017-11-15_11-21-17Thursday, November 23rd at 8:30 AM at Trinity Church Princeton

Starting and ending at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, our scenic course winds through lovely downtown Princeton, passes Albert Einstein’s house, Princeton University, the Institute for Advanced Study, and other historic spots.

The Trinity Church Turkey Trot is a USATF sanctioned race/walk that is a great way to prepare for your feast by first giving back to others. It has become a tradition in many Princeton and surrounding area households. Look for the Arm In Arm van parked near the registration tables and drop off some heart healthy food donations. For more information, see our website here.

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