Aug 07 2014
Every year over 5,500 cyclists gather from all over the country for the annual Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) bike-a-thon. The PMC has raised over $414 million for adult and pediatric cancer care and research since 1980. 100 percent of the funds raised by riders is donated directly to the cause and amounts to over 50 percent of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue.
This year’s PMC was held this past weekend, August 2nd and 3rd. Princeton Properties’ President, Terry Flahive, is a veteran rider and this year marked his sixth PMC. Terry rode the two-day route, which covers 192 miles and runs through 46 towns across Massachusetts. The cold, wet and slippery road conditions on Saturday made this year one of the most challenging PMC rides in history.
“This year, even more than the last five that I have ridden, seemed more important, meaningful, and unforgettable” Terry said. “I was really chilled and my hands had stopped working. I couldn't use my fingers to shift gears and I had to get someone help me finally take off my helmet strap!”
As if to put the whole ride into perspective, a cyclist passed Terry and said, "Tough day today, but better than a day of chemo." Like Terry, thousands of riders, were committed to riding as long as it took, knowing that their efforts were helping to make a difference.
Every year Terry rides for a 'pedal partner' - a child currently receiving treatment at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. This year Terry is riding for Jack, a two year old who is fighting for his life (pictured above with his parents and older sister). They cheered Terry on along the route and provided support early Sunday morning.
"Every time I looked at Jack, all I could think of was how lucky I am to have three healthy grand kids and how hard it would be to have one as sick as Jack" Terry said. "Then, there were so many survivors and doctors and nurses out there with me, riding with all their strength to provide more money for more research. We know that with every little break through, someone is living a better life."
Cyclists put their physical, mental and emotional energy to the test, using their combined strength to bring researchers closer to finding cures for various types of cancer. The 2014 PMC has currently raised just under $30 million of their $40 million goal.
Tags:Princeton properties, #PMC2014, Pan-Mass Challenge,
Apr 30 2014
Despite the unusually cool spring weather here in New England, the Princeton team isn't letting that stop them from getting outside and cleaning up one of the area's many delightful parks.
Members of the Princeton team from the Corporate office, Princeton Park and River Place Towers spent the afternoon raking, spreading mulch, and making Kittredge Park in Lowell MA look great, just in time for the warmer weather. Located in Lowell's historic Belvidere neighborhood, Kittredge Park is one of the most beautiful public parks in Lowell. The park has a playground for kids, benches to sit on, a picturesque gazebo often used in wedding photographs and plenty of room to relax in the sun.
Local Lowell residents recall how former Senator Paul Tsongas could often be found in the park planting, watering and tending to the gardens. Princeton Properties is happy to continue the tradition!
Tags:spring cleaning, Kittredge Park, park cleanup
Feb 07 2014
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
• 3/4 cup butter, softened
• 2 cups sugar
• 3 eggs
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 3/4 cup baking cocoa
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
• 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
• CHOCOLATE FROSTING:
• 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
• 1/2 cup butter, cubed
• 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
• 4-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
• RASPBERRY FILLING:
• 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
• 1/4 cup red raspberry preserves
• 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
• 1 teaspoon raspberry liqueur
• CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE:
• 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
• 1 tablespoon butter
• 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
• Chocolate curls and fresh raspberries
1 slice (calculated without chocolate curls and raspberries) equals 656 calories, 31 g fat (19 g saturated fat), 106 mg cholesterol, 301 mg sodium, 94 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 6 g protein.
Jan 30 2014
You may remember from a previous blog (“Sports Superstitions – do they work?”) that I am not a die-hard sports fan. Therefore, this Sunday, for me, is more about the cute commercials and the good food that are traditional parts of “Super Bowl Sunday”... (Super Bowl is this Sunday, right?)
A friend of mine, who I suspect feels the same way I do about the game, posted this Kraft recipe and it had all the necessary ingredients; cream cheese (guilty pleasure), hot sauce (as much as you want), and it’s easy. Just my speed. There are a few other ingredients like chicken and cheese which only add to my anticipation of enjoying this real soon, like on Sunday.
So here it is, enjoy, and GO Denver and Seattle! (aren’t you impressed I know who’s playing?!)
http://myphil.ly/19YT91X (go to this link for reviews and tips)
PHILADELPHIA Buffalo Chicken Dip
What You Need
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 pkg. (6 oz.) OSCAR MAYER Deli Fresh Oven Roasted Chicken Breast
½ cup FRANK’S® RedHot® Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce
¼ cup KRAFT Natural Blue Cheese Crumbles
2 green onions, sliced
SPREAD cream cheese onto bottom of microwaveable 9-inch pie plate.
COMBINE chicken and pepper sauce; spoon over cream cheese. Top with blue cheese and onions.
MICROWAVE on HIGH 2 min. or until heated through.
(a few reviewers suggested baking instead of microwaving, I think I would agree)
Jan 28 2014
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup milk
3 cups thin dill pickle slices, drained
Oil for deep-fat frying
Ranch salad dressing, optional
1. In a shallow bowl, combine the flour, salt and pepper. In another bowl, beat eggs and milk. Blot pickles with paper towels to remove moisture. Coat pickles with flour mixture, then dip in egg mixture; coat again with flour mixture.
2. In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry pickles, about 10 at a time, for 3 minutes or until golden brown, turning once. Drain on paper towels. Serve warm with ranch dressing if desired. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Fried Dill Pickle Coins in Taste of Home August/September 2004,