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Italian Heritage in New Jersey: Msgr. Joseph Granato

If there is anyone who should be the first individual I highlight for Italian Heritage Month, it must be Msgr. Joseph Granato. Msgr. Granato borders on rock star status at St. Lucy's Church in Newark, home to the National Shrine of St. Gerard. He served St. Lucy's for 54 years. It was the only parish… Continue reading Italian Heritage in New Jersey: Msgr. Joseph Granato

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Gardens in the Garden State

It is safe to say this has been a tough year for everyone. Cut off from our families, friends, and our normal routines, many have decided to take on new challenges during this time. Many are turning to what I refer to as "analog hobbies;" meaning things we can do that do not involve technology.… Continue reading Gardens in the Garden State

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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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Why I love New Jersey

My husband and I were watching a television show about real estate in Montana. One couple was planning a move from California to Montana. Now, when most people think of Big Sky Country, they imagine the open prairie, cowboys, and wood cabins. Instead of embracing the lifestyle, they were trying to shoehorn California living into… Continue reading Why I love New Jersey

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Photos Around New Jersey

Just wanted to share some photos I have taken from around the great state of New Jersey! I hope you enjoy and check out some of these great areas. Just a few more reasons to love New Jersey!

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For the Love of Fly Fishing: Meisselbach Fly Reels

At a fly fishing show back in November, I came across an antique reel I was just drooling over. After a little bit of thought, I decided to get it. Besides being an incredibly important fly reel in fly fishing equipment history, it had a special meaning for this Jersey Girl. It was manufactured in Newark, NJ. Yes, I said Newark, NJ.

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What My New Jersey Is…

I love those "you know you're from..." lists you see on sites like Facebook. Well, I came up with my own New Jersey list. I would love to hear if you think I missed anything! You've been seriously injured at Action Park (probably on the Alpine Slide). You know that the only people who call… Continue reading What My New Jersey Is…