By Davin Jurgensen CLAYTON – Yhanne Battle tested his cheesecake recipe over and over hoping that he would find the right combination of ingredients. It needed to be perfect because he was planning on presenting his girlfriend with a cheesecake as a marriage proposal. However, when she finally tasted the cheesecake, it was too perfect. […]
Long before the expressway and parkway, Route 47 was the main roadway to the South Jersey shore. The 75-mile highway, also known as Delsea Drive, stretches from Brooklawn in Camden County to the Wildwood boardwalk. As the name suggests, it connects the Delaware River to the sea. And it offers a tour of the diverse […]
Photo by Crista Pillitteri NORTH WILDWOOD – Since the mid-1990s, the shore town of Wildwood has made a concerted effort to preserve its Doo Wop architecture, a common style in the 1950s and 1960s that makes use of bright colors, stars, angular signs and icons. In 2004, the Lollipop Motel, a historic landmark, was remodeled […]
By Jeremy Rodriguez SEWELL – It’s easy to miss Lamp and Shade Works, a family-owned business on Delsea Drive with a huge selection of lighting accessories for homes and businesses. But anyone who has been to a Ruby Tuesday restaurant has seen their work. A few years ago, the company was selected to do the decorative lighting […]
By Peter Imbesi GLASSBORO – More than a decade ago, Mark Bodycott was looking for a way to unwind from his job as an auto mechanic. So he set up a small water garden in his backyard and stocked it with Koi, a decorative Japanese fish commonly found in outdoor water ponds. “I liked trees, […]
By Ashley Freas MILLVILLE – For years, Paul Simmons, an environmental consultant and part-time bartender, dreamed of turning his passion for home-brewed beer into a full-time job. In January 2013, his dream came true, and Simmons opened Glasstown Brewing Company, a 2,800 square foot facility located at the Millville Airport. Everything about the microbrewery is […]
By Paul Venesz WOODBINE – Steelmantown Cemetery is the only natural or “green” graveyard in New Jersey, which means that no embalming fluids or metal caskets are used for burials. Graves are dug by hand, bodies are wrapped in cloth shrouds and placed in pine boxes, and rocks and stones are used as markers. Owner […]
By Caitlynn Parave and Caitlin Wills PENNSVILLE — In 1997, reporter Kelly Roncace went to Finn’s Point National Cemetery to cover the murder of the caretaker William Reese, who was a victim of a spree killer. In October, with some trepidation, Roncace revisited the location to do a follow up story. As Roncace stepped into […]
Photo by Ashley Cline CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – For John Tokarchick of Big John’s Bait and Tackle selling bait by the bucketful fulfills a goal on his bucket list. “I’ve always wanted to [open a bait shop],” he said. “I just got to it sooner than expected.”
By Ashley Cline VINELAND – Every Minute Can Kill, which includes Trevor Jenning on vocals, Andy Rivera on guitar, and Dylan Bermudez on drums, proves that a big sound can come from a small town.
UPDATE: On January 10, the New Jersey Pinelands Commission rejected the proposal to build the proposed natural gas pipeline. Members of the commission voted 7 to 7 on the proposal, which means it did not pass. By Andrew Larzelere GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP – Coal versus gas. Business versus the environment. Jobs versus wildlife. Cheap energy versus clean […]
By Joseph Seymour MILLVILLE – In 1999, local artists, residents and city officials came together with a plan to remake their neglected downtown area into an arts district. Now more than a decade later, Glasstown Arts District has become a model for other industrial towns across New Jersey.
Photos by Emily Senski CLAYTON – Barbara Anne’s Downtown Cafe was established 10 years ago by Rocky and Barbara Anne Longona. It only serves breakfast and lunch and strives to offer a relaxed family atmosphere.
Listen to Denise Rappaport, owner of Halo House, talk about doggie day care. By Joseph Seymour FRANKLINVILLE – At the Halo House resort, visitors can relax away their stress with a massage, jacuzzi bath, body wrap or pedicure — or they can choose to gnaw on a rawhide bone. Halo House is South Jersey’s […]
By Ulysses Escobar and Caitlin Wills GLASSBORO – Kronum, a sport that combines soccer, handball and basketball, is gaining popularity on college campuses, including Rowan University, where it is the newest club sport.
Listen to Rob Vaneman talk about tournament card games at All The King’s Men By Michael Knott and Michael Suter PITMAN –When people think high stakes card games, Atlantic City and the World Series of Poker come to mind, not the basement of a chess store in the small town of Pitman. But All The […]