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New Jersey: The Cradle of Independence

When many think about Independence Day, they often think of places like Boston or Philadelphia. The truth is, New Jersey played an incredibly important role in the birth of our nation. There are plenty of great events throughout the long weekend of celebrate the holiday! Here are some of events that are taking place over… Continue reading New Jersey: The Cradle of Independence

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Italian Heritage in New Jersey: St. Lucy’s Church

If someone asked me what is the most important location associated with Italian heritage in New Jersey, I would say without hesitation St. Lucy's Church. Since its cornerstone was placed in 1891, St. Lucy's Church in Newark has been a source of pride and devotion for the millions of Italian immigrants and the generations that… Continue reading Italian Heritage in New Jersey: St. Lucy’s Church

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It’s Spring: Get Out!

Let's face it; we're all sick of being stuck inside. As the weather continues to improve, the masses will head outside to the many wonderful parks and open spaces throughout New Jersey. As families continue to cancel vacations and choose to stay local, some of the hidden gems of The Garden State may not stay… Continue reading It’s Spring: Get Out!

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heritage noun her·​i·​tage | \ ˈher-ə-tij  , ˈhe-rə- \ Definition of heritage 1: property that descends to an heir 2a: something transmitted by or acquired from a predecessor : LEGACY, INHERITANCE proud of her Italian heritage a rich heritage of folklore The battlefields are part of our heritage and should be preserved. b: TRADITION the… Continue reading Heritage

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Fall Festivals: Jersey Style

Many people look forward to fall. The turning of the leaves. Picking pumpkins. Apple cider donuts. It helps make the thought of the cold winter on the way much more tolerable. As a child, I fondly remember going to Van Ryper Farms in Woodcliff Lake, carefully passing the scary witch, to pick the perfect family… Continue reading Fall Festivals: Jersey Style

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Going Home: Seton Hall Weekend

In September around the country, colleges have their own versions of "Parent's Weekend" to show off the best of their schools. This weekend was Seton Hall's turn. When I received the announcement about all that would take place on the campus, I felt a longing to take a ride to visit my college home. My… Continue reading Going Home: Seton Hall Weekend

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Independence Day – Jersey Style

Many may not realize the significance of New Jersey in the fight for Independence. Morristown National Historical Park is nationally significant as the site of the 1779-80 winter encampment of the Continental Army under General George Washington. This amazing place represents patriotism and sacrifice during this pivotal period in our nation's history. There are multiple… Continue reading Independence Day – Jersey Style

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Happy 350th Anniversary New Jersey!

This year marks the 350th anniversary of New Jersey. From its important role in the Revolutionary War, to Thomas Edison's many important discoveries, to the awesome voice of Frank Sinatra, New Jersey is way more than the butt-end of jokes by those who have no idea what a wonderful state it is!

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Independence Day Weekend Events in New Jersey

While most people in the tri-state area think the Macy's fireworks are the hot ticket for the Independence Day weekend, we in Jersey know better! Here are some great ideas to enjoy the long holiday weekend.

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Lake Mohawk Christmas Crawl and German Christmas Market

This year, Lake Mohawk is offering the first Christmas Crawl discount card that is available for purchase now and is active until the end of the year. The card is only $10 and the cost will go to support local charities.