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 […]
By Pete Imbesi & Jeremy Rodriguez MANTUA — When Steve Nixon trains a dog, he tries to emulate the way a mother dog treats her pups – guiding with love and affection rather than with treats. “Has anyone ever seen a mother dog carry treats around her neck?” asks Nixon. “In my opinion, [it's] positive […]
By Eva Morreale Not long ago, tattoos were reserved for people on the fringes of society — bikers, sailors and rebels. Jersey Devil tattoo artist Nate Callahan talks about the evolving acceptance of tattoos and how his desire to be an artist started at a young age.
By April Gambardella, Stephanie Gaano and Jeremy Rybak While most college students are sleeping, participants in Rowan University’s ROTC program are up at the crack of dawn to run, perform rigorous exercises and practice military assaults.
By Michael Iannucci, Michelle Blank and Rob Marshall GLASSBORO – Rowan University’s Women’s Rugby Team is gaining momentum in practice as they get ready to bring their hard work to the field. Team Captain Shannon Steelman, who previously played for Drexel University, leads the team through several drills and a short scrimmage in practice as […]
By Ryan Hagerty and Jeremy Rodriguez HURFVILLE — Joe Blocklinger, the owner of Trim-Rite Meats, says it’s an honor to be one of the last full-service butcher shops in South Jersey. Trim-Rite provides a selection of prime and choice meat along with supermarket options, but keeping the business afloat in modern times is a challenge.
By Michael Iannucci PITMAN – Mythic Ink tattoo artist Dave Knauer, better-known as “Azma,” is a self-taught artist who put in the 2,000 hours of apprentice grunt work required to become a professional. Many of his stories relate to something he sees as a major issue in the industry: illegal tattooing done out of the home. If […]
By April Gambardella PITMAN – The open-mic nights at the Bus Stop Cafe offer an eclectic mix of young and old, experienced and newbies, and musical standards and original songwriting. The diversity is held together by a fun, relaxed vibe.
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. When she finally tasted the cheesecake, however, it was too perfect. […]
By Ashley Force SEWELL – Marion Williams, a seamstress from England, found her way to South Jersey because of an American G.I. Since then, she has translated her passion for fashion and sewing into a full service wedding boutique called Bridal Manor.
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 […]