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Life of Intrigue - Princeton Packet

Life of Intrigue – Princeton Packet

Life of Intrigue A Princetonian winds up in Thailand — and disappears! Published in TimeOff magazine, September 4, 2009 By Lauren Otis AS a distinctive and venerable institution Princeton University has bred its share of larger- than- life personalities but few have the magnetic and glittering aura of James H.W. Thompson, Class of 1928. Architect,...

Sippin’ Sangria – Princeton Packet

The basic combination of simple tart wine and sliced fruit is a timeless thirst-quencher   By Lauren Otis Published in Packet Magazine, June 2009 Few things conjure the languid pleasures of summer better that an image of two people sitting on a sun-dappled café patio, taking in the passing scene while sharing an ice-cold pitcher...

Sweet Finish – Princeton Packet

Elegant, complex and fun to drink, dessert wines are the perfect way to end a meal.   By Lauren Otis Published in Packet Magazine, April 2009 So, you’re a big fan of dessert, and you like wine, but when the two words are put together the result is a mystery to you. What exactly is...
Slated For Business - Princeton Packet

Slated For Business – Princeton Packet

A business made from slate, copper and family Over three generations, the Bregenzer family has built a thriving specialty roofing business. Their distinctive craftsmanship can be seen at every turn on the Princeton University campus. Published in Princeton Business Journal, October 16, 2007 By Lauren Otis, Business Editor It is a hot and humid September afternoon on...

We’ll Take Staten Island – Princeton Packet

We’ll Take Staten Island Published in TimeOff magazine, July 6, 2007 By Lauren Otis As my car traverses the Outerbridge Crossing, descending into Staten Island, I pop “Enter the Wu-Tang” into the tape player. The crazy, loopy sounds of one of the greatest rap groups of all time, who improbably emerged from this, the quietest and most enigmatic...

Wrapper’s Delight – Princeton Packet

Wrapper’s Delight Three partners produce creatively-designed gift paper that will rival the present inside. Published in Princeton Business Journal, November 14, 2006 By Lauren Otis The house on south Harrison Street is set back behind several large hedges, it’s shingled solidity fitting in well with its neighbors. The only clue to the creative enterprise which resides within...

House of Brews – Princeton Packet

Colonial beer brewing at Pennsbury Manor By Lauren Otis Published in TimeOff, October 20, 2006 Beer as breakfast food? For the kids? No, this isn’t an alien world, just the world of Colonial Pennsylvania in the 1600s. “Drinking beer was considered to be a very healthy habit. It had ‘spirit lifting’ qualities,” says Emily Schooley,...
Return to the River - Princeton Packet

Return to the River – Princeton Packet

Return to the River  Published in TimeOff magazine, July 21, 2006 By Lauren Otis Now this is why I live by the Delaware River, I think, as I push off into the current. When the river floods, as it did recently, it is enough to make anyone question their sanity in choosing to live alongside it. The...

The Black Bag is Back – Princeton Packet

The Black Bag is Back A local doctor leads a trend, making house calls again Published in Princeton Business Journal, May 16, 2006 By Lauren Otis MONROE — On a mild spring morning Dr. Howard Cohen gets out of his car, grabs his bag and strides up the short drive of a nondescript one-story bungalow nestled in...

C.K. Williams – The Trenton Times

‘Singing’ the body eclectic By Lauren Otis Published in the Trenton Times, February 15, 2004 It is a bucolic spring scene that any Princetonian would recognize: Walking home in the balmy air, from an errand perhaps, and passing under fragrant blossoming trees lining the street. Poet and Princeton resident Charles K. Williams was walking home...
Urban Adventures - New Jersey Monthly

Urban Adventures – New Jersey Monthly

SHOOTER’S ISLAND: Rediscovering an Urban Oasis By Lauren Otis Published in New Jersey Monthly magazine, March 2002 What two New Jersey cities have a land border with New York City, and where? It’s a trivia question sure to stump even those who profess intimate knowledge of the most arcane bits of Jerseyana. The answer: Bayonne...

The Players – New Jersey Monthly

The Players  With the governor’s office up for grabs, law firms across the state are opening their wallets in an effort to open doors to the next administration. By Lauren Otis Published in New Jersey Monthly magazine, June 2001 Winner of the Rutgers/CIT Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Reporting of New Jersey Issues.  ...