Justin Timberlake & Ben Affleck filming “Runner, Runner” @ PJ’s Pancake House, 12/14!!!

14 Dec

PJ’s Pancake House is proud to announce that it has been chosen as one of the filming locations for Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake’s upcoming movie, “Runner, Runner.” The Hollywood actors will be in Princeton today, December 14th, to shoot several scenes of the movie!

The movie is a crime thriller about businessman Ivan Block (played by Ben Affleck), owner of an offshore online gambling business, who takes Princeton graduate Richie Furst (played by Justin Timberlake) under his wing.

Filming will take place in front of PJ’s Pancake House and at the Ivy Inn, as well as on several streets in the Princeton Borough. PJ’s was selected as one of the movie’s sites after a location scout, in search of an “iconic” street and local restaurant to film at, visited the town earlier this week.

“Runner, Runner” is scheduled to debut this upcoming fall in September 2013 and is being produced by Leonardo Di Caprio’s movie production company Appian Way Productions. The movie is directed by Brad Furman, who formerly directed “The Lincoln Lawyer,” and is written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien, who also wrote “Ocean’s Thirteen.”

PJ’s Pancake House is honored to be a part of this epic and very exciting event and for the chance to be featured in one of Princeton’s most recent Hollywood appearances!

19th Parkinson’s Unity Walk will be held on Sat., April 27, 2013!

12 Dec

The NJ-based nonprofit organization, The Parkinson Alliance, recently announced that the 19th Parkinson’s Unity Walk (PUW) will be held  on Saturday, April 27, 2013 in New York City’s Central Park. As the largest grassroots Parkinson’s fundraiser  in the U.S., the PUW  helps raise money to fund ground-breaking research on better treatments and, hopefully, one day a cure for the disease.

The last Unity Walk raised over $1.8 million from walkers and contributors, with 100% of all proceeds going to research funded by seven major Parkinson’s disease organizations: American Parkinson Disease Association, National Parkinson Foundation, Parkinson’s Action Network, Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, The Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center, and The Parkinson Alliance. The ability to designate 100% of all donations to Parkinson’s research is made possible by the generosity of corporate sponsors, who fund the operating expenses of the PUW. This year, Abbott, a leading global health care company, is the Premier Sponsor and Proud Partner of the 19th Parkinson’s Unity Walk.

According to The Parkinson Alliance, fundraising is already underway nationwide and has already generated an encouraging response from supporters.

To register for the 19th Parkinson’s Unity Walk or to find out how to contribute to this cause-worthy event, visit www.unitywalk.org or call 866-789-9255.

About The Parkinson Alliance
The Parkinson Alliance® is a national non-profit organization, dedicated to fundraising and financing the most promising research on the cause and cure for Parkinson’s disease; and is the umbrella organization for the Parkinson’s Unity Walk®. The PUW is the largest grassroots fundraising event in the nation. Since the Walk’s inception in 1994, 100% of all donations have gone to research.

New restaurant review of PJ’s Pancake House in the Times of Trenton, 11/30!

7 Dec

PJ’s Pancake House was recently featured in a restaurant review published by the Times of Trenton on November 30, 2012! In the review, “Bill of Fare: P.J.’s Pancake house adds homestyle Italian dishes to menu,” author Susan Sprague Yeske explores PJ’s new expanded menu, which features a selection of Italian-inspired dishes in addition to the restaurant’s more classic breakfast and lunch fare. The new menu, which was revised to add more variety and options for adult customers, now includes a “Pasta House” section that offers nearly 20 Italian dishes, from authentic antipasti plates to homemade pasta entrées.

In the article, Ms. Yeske reviewed both new and classic items from the PJ’s menu, describing the Italian dishes she sampled as “bursting with flavor” and “filling and comforting” and noting that the restaurant’s signature pancakes were “good and fluffy as promised.”

Ms. Yeske concludes that while the idea of serving both pasta and pancakes “might seem a little unusual,” it’s a combination that works for PJ’s and its customers.

For the full review of PJ’s Pancake House, access the original op-ed article by Times of Trenton contributor, Susan Sprague Yeske, “Bill of Fare: P.J.’s Pancake house adds homestyle Italian dishes to menu.”

Tax repatriation program could bring $500B to $1.2T for Hurricane Sandy repairs

29 Nov

SOURCE: Reposted from the Times of Trenton guest opinion column

By Martin Tuchman

Nov. 28, 2012- The president has been re-elected, but the makeup of the U.S. Senate has not changed substantially.

As a result, the Republican minority can still block almost any legislation it wants to prevent. We are therefore stuck in an economic no-man’s land, where any incremental changes can be overwhelmed by a counterattack from the opposition.

To break the logjam, we desperately need a “big idea” that both parties can embrace.
I believe there is a bipartisan idea out there that, if embraced, could kill two humongous birds with one stone: Rebuild the devastation that Hurricane Sandy wrought while jump-starting the economy.

We need to institute a tax repatriation program that would bring back from $500 billion to $1.2 trillion in untaxed overseas profits sitting in the bank accounts of American companies abroad.

At the present time, U.S. companies that own foreign subsidiaries pay taxes abroad — and they often pay taxes again when the companies bring the earnings home (known as repatriation).

This double taxation naturally hurts competitiveness at home and abroad and encourages U.S. companies to leave these earnings abroad, doing absolutely nothing for us. Corporations find it more profitable to leave their money where it is and borrow any cash they might need back home. Simply put, there is no economic incentive for U.S. corporations to repatriate the money.

By assessing a reduced federal tax rate of 5 percent vs. the higher, usual, 35 percent corporate rate, we can bring a substantial amount of money back into the United States.

This occurred in 2004, when Congress passed the first-ever repatriation tax holiday. Some 842 businesses with foreign subsidiaries transferred a total of $392 billion from their foreign subsidiaries to their U.S. parent companies.

The problem in 2004 was that the repatriated funds were not used to create new jobs. Instead, companies in many cases spent the repatriated funds on stock buybacks and dividends.

Under my proposal, the U.S. government would forgo the higher tax rate, but would require the companies to take the same amount of capital as the amount they saved in taxes and invest it in pre-approved projects that would rebuild the U.S. infrastructure damaged by disasters such as Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, and create good jobs.

Unlike in the past, funds could only go toward capital expenditures, no ifs, ands or buts.
Not one penny of the tax break would be permitted to go toward research and development, shareholder dividends, debt repayment, merger and/or acquisition activities, share repurchases or buybacks, or executive salaries.

There would be a need for stringent oversight, but this could be done at the state level, thus avoiding additional federal regulation.

The mechanism for deploying the repatriated funds must be transparent and effective.
If it were found that a company had used the tax savings for other than pre-approved projects, it would be required to rebate its tax savings.

In order to funnel the capital to the pre-approved projects, all the repatriated funds should go to a “National Disaster Enterprise Bank.”

This bank would purchase bonds from the states — long-dated bonds paying an interest rate equivalent to the 30-year U.S. Treasury bonds, and the interest income would be taxable to the corporation.

Under this proposal, a company could save $25 million in taxes if it agrees to put that $25 million to work rebuilding lives and infrastructure. It is a win-win.

I would envision the bank being overseen by a five-member board of directors, which would be appointed by the president of the United States and subject to approval by the Senate.

Given the “bigness” of this idea, the incredible importance of the projects to be undertaken and the need to transcend partisan politics, I would envision the president asking former Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush to get behind the idea and to serve on the board.

Politically, this would be a neutral event, as both parties would be delivering on their promises.

No higher taxes would be necessary to put people to work rebuilding the country’s damaged infrastructure and homes.

New jobs would be created. These new hires would not only pay taxes, but they would also purchase products made by other Americans.

We can bring our jobs back to America and help our neighbors rebuild their lives by leveraging overseas corporate tax money.

Call Sens. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Reps. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton) and Rush Holt (D-Hopewell) and tell them you want them to co-sponsor a bill to use overseas corporate tax dollars to rebuild the Jersey Shore.

Also, let Gov. Christie know that there could be a means available to finance the reconstruction of our severely damaged Shore. Urge him to embrace this concept and offer your support.

Martin Tuchman is vice chairman of First Choice Bank.

The original op-ed, “Opinion: Tax repatriation program could bring$500B to $1.2T for Hurricane Sandy repairs” is available in the online edition (2012 November 28) of the Times of Trenton guest opinion column. Access the original article here.

Chair Yoga Classes: 10/24, 10/31 & 11/7!

18 Oct

For the second time this year, TGR Yoga – The Great Remembering – will offer chair yoga classes in Princeton each Wednesday on: 10/24, 10/31 & 11/7! This fun, healthy class will be instructed by one of the country’s most experienced yogis, Jayaveda, who founded and directs the non-profit Princeton Integral Yoga Institute and has taught Chair Yoga for over 25 years. These three-week sessions are sponsored and brought to you by the local, non-profit organization The Parkinson Alliance.

The class, done mostly while seated in a chair, combines yoga postures, special breathing exercises, and sound and relaxation techniques to provide a therapeutic workout and yoga healing that can benefit those both with and without physical challenges.

Classes will be held at PDT Studio @ Princeton Forrestal Village                                                                                                     116 Rockingham Row, Princeton NJ 08540

3-week Chair Yoga schedule:

  • Wednesday, October 24     1:00 – 2:15 pm
  • Wednesday, October 31     1:00 – 2:15 pm
  • Wednesday, November      1:00 – 2:15 pm

The 3-week package is $30 per person or $50 if accompanied by a caregiver. Pre-registration is required.
For information or to register please call 609-651-8200.

No yoga experience necessary, all skill levels accepted.

*For more details on the classes or for additional information about The Parkinson Alliance, a Kingston, NJ-based non-profit organization dedicated to fundraising and financing promising research projects on PD, access the original article on The Parkinson Alliance website.

New PJ’s Location Coming Soon!

18 Oct

PJ’s Pancake Pancake House is pleased to announce the arrival of a new PJ’s location in Winter 2013! The new PJ’s is currently under construction and will be located at Windsor Plaza in Princeton Junction.

This will be the restaurant’s second New Jersey location, with the original located in the heart of Princeton. Details and updates to follow!

Communities to Unite at 13th Carnegie Center 5K and Fun Run in Support of the Parkinson’s Community

7 Sep

SOURCE: Reposted from The Parkinson Alliance website

Kingston, NJ, Aug. 30, 2012- Together with the Parkinson’s community, hundreds of local runners and walkers have signed up for the 2012 Carnegie Center 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run for The Parkinson Alliance (CC5K), which will take place on Saturday, September 22nd in Princeton.

This road race offers an abundance of amenities to a broad range of supporters. In addition to a USATF Certified 5K, multiple communities are drawn together to raise funds and awareness; 100% of net proceeds will go to Parkinson’s disease research. The CC5K is a cause-oriented fall event for all ages, complete with  a Fun Run and post-race activities which include moonbounces, clown/face painting, refreshments, DJ, and door prize. Fun Run participants will receive medals. 5K awards will be presented to top 3 teams, and top 3 male/female in various age categories.

“With support from surrounding communities, The Parkinson Alliance promises to continue the momentum generated from previous years. Each year, we strive to increase this event’s impact for those living with Parkinson’s and their loved ones,” noted Carol Walton, CEO of The Parkinson Alliance. In 2011, over 600 registered participants, with runners from the age of five through 77, raised close to $70,000. Hundreds more came to support the cause and cheer on the runners.

To date, twenty-nine corporate sponsors have chosen to support the 2012 CC5K. Eight in-kind sponsors will provide refreshments, massage therapy, security, and cleaning services.

The 2012 King Award will be presented to Platinum Sponsor, First Choice Bank. Created in memory of Joseph G. Fennelly, a generous philanthropist and long term volunteer of The Parkinson Alliance; The King Award recognizes  a sponsor’s dedication and commitment to the Parkinson’s community. Randy Hanks, President and CEO of First Choice Bank, will accept the award.

To register/donate, join via www.cc5k12.kintera.org or call 800-579-8440 / 609-688-0870.

2012 Carnegie Center 5K and One Mile Fun Run / www.cc5k12.kintera.org
The Parkinson Alliance / 800-579-8440 / 609-688-0870 / info@parkinsonalliance.org / www.parkinsonalliance.org

About The Parkinson Alliance®
The Parkinson Alliance® is a national non-profit organization, dedicated to raising funds to help finance the most promising research to find the cause and cure for Parkinson’s disease; and is the umbrella organization for the Parkinson’s Unity Walk®, Team Parkinson®, and www.dbs-stn.org.  Additional information can be found on www.parkinsonalliance.org.

For more information about The Parkinson Alliance event, access the original news release, “Communities to Unite at 13th Carnegie Center 5K and Fun Run in Support of the Parkinson’s Community,” on PR Newswire.