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New Jersey Monthly Magazine
Diulio, Nick

Mean Streets, Sensitive Cops: Camden's New Guard

In Camden, a new county police force aims to connect with the people it is supposed to protect. more

Just Add Oars: South Jersey Surfboats

Decades after his family revolutionized surf rescue boats, Tom Van Duyne still makes them the old-fashioned way, by hand. more

Birds, Birds and More Birds!

When one thinks about bird watching, fierce competition probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind—unless you happen to be one of the hundreds of bird enthusiasts who gathered in Cape May last Saturday to participate in the 31st Annual World Series of Birding (WSB).


Planned Christie Speech Spurs Uproar at Rowan

Given the polarizing power of Chris Christie, it comes as no surprise that protests have greeted the announcement that the governor will deliver the commencement speech May 16 at Rowan University’s 2014 graduation ceremony.


Wild About The Wildwoods

Historic preservation and family-friendly attractions have put the Wildwoods back on the vacation map. more

Simple Pleasures: Lake Garrison

This South Jersey spot is an oasis of small family picnics and sleepy summer afternoons. more

Great Lakes: Where to Make a Splash in NJ

Looking for some freshwater fun? Here’s our take on 20 New Jersey lakes. more

Escape From Darkness: A Marine Copes with PTSD

Marine Sergeant Matthew Bailey faced deadly fire in Iraq and Afghanistan. Then he came home to an equally harrowing enemy: PTSD. more

The Deep South: Going Off the Beaten Path in Salem and Cumberland Counties

Beautiful Cumberland and Salem counties are worth going out of your way for. more

Saving Barnegat: Development and Pollution Threaten A Delicate Ecosystem

Barnegat Bay was once a vast food factory brimming with marine life. But development has degraded the bay’s ecosystem, affecting everything from the shellfish industry to tourism. Is the state doing enough to turn the tide on this man-made crisis? more

Celebrating Camden’s Master of Haiku

From his home in Camden, Walt Whitman often composed lines of poetry that reflected the cruelties of war and the beauty and struggles of simply being human. As Memorial Day approaches, it’s a good time to look at the work of another celebrated (if far less famous) Camden poet, Nick Virgilio.


After Hours at the CHEGG

The wildest late-night scene on the Shore unfolds alcohol-free at Beach Haven's the Chicken or the Egg. more

Haddonfield Blowing Out 300 Candles

Haddonfield turns 300 this year. I hope they’re saving me a slice of the cake. As part of its yearlong tercentennial celebration, the township is running a contest asking people why they love the place so much.


Getting to Know NJ’s Peace Pilgrim

It’s National Women’s Month, which seems like a perfect time to reflect about an exceptional South Jersey woman named Mildred Norman Ryder, known to most as Peace Pilgrim.


For Love of the Game(s): Ron Jaworski's Jersey Base

Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski, a native of western New York, long ago earned his New Jersey stripes. more

Special Tour Salutes Black Civil War Veterans

As Black History Month draws to a close this week, Richard Stockton College is hosting a field trip that should delight Civil War buffs and armchair historians alike.


Two Rescue Dogs: Even Better Than One

Growing up I knew that one day I would own a dog. But if you had told me that I would wind up adopting not one, but two of them from rescues, I probably would have thought you were crazy.


The Pen is Mightier Than the Storm

Superstorm Sandy is still very present for countless Jersey Shore residents struggling to rebuild their lives, homes and businesses. Now one local author has come up with a great way for literary types to help those in need.


AC Back in Business After Storm

Atlantic City is alive and well – and eager to dispel the notion that New Jersey’s entertainment capital had folded its hand in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.


Sandy and the Scientist

Dan Barone is no stranger to coastal storms. Still, Barone—an expert on the shoreline environment—was taken aback by Hurricane Sandy and particularly the havoc it created on Long Beach Island.


Funny Business: South Jersey's Rising Comedy Scene

South Jersey clubs are enjoying a stand-up comedy revival. And that’s no joke. more

What’s ‘New’ About a New Newspaper?

I find myself caring less and less about the prospects for physical newspapers. And that’s why I’m feeling a little underwhelmed about a new development in the world of South Jersey media.


Machines to Take to the Air (Briefly)

Have you ever wanted to see dozens of homemade, human-powered flying machines drop from a 30-foot pier, attempt to take flight, and then fall into the Delaware River? If so, you’re going love the Red Bull Flutag, which takes place this weekend on the river in Camden.


If You Go: Tips To Ease Your Trip Through The Pine Barrens

Here are a few tips to help you travel through the Pine Barrens if you're camping or hiking. more

A Walk On The Wild Side: Four Days In The Pine Barrens

Two intrepid hikers travel through the wild isolation of the Pine Barrens. more

New Look at Jersey Shore Shipwreck

The tragedy of the SS Morro Castle is one of the most bizarre and fascinating tales of the Jersey Shore. As we mark the 78th anniversary of the shipwreck, two local experts have published a new book that seeks to shed fresh light on the incident.


A Jersey Boy Falls for Alaska

Earlier this month I satisfied a longtime yearning and made a two-week trip to Alaska. That’s about as far as you can get from the Garden State without leaving North America, but I just had to share the excitement with my Jersey readers.


Pinelands Salute an Air Legend

A memorial service for Emilio Carranza will take place this Saturday in the Pine Barrens—as it has every year for almost a century. Which might cause many to ask: Emilio who?


Stone Harbor Gallery Shows Another Side of Graham Nash

I’m a big fan of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, which is just one of the reasons why I’ll be heading down to Ocean Galleries in Stone Harbor this weekend to check out the world’s first showing of Graham Nash’s artwork.


Her Macaroons are a Daytime TV Hit

South Jersey is going to have some representation at this year’s 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards—and it’s going to be in the form of locally baked cookies.


Camden's Poet Priest

Monsignor Michael Doyle of Sacred Heart Church on Ferry Avenue in Camden is more than just a priest. more

The Anointed One

Can Camden Mayor Dana Redd break her city’s sad cycle of poverty, drugs and violence? more

When History Was Made in Maple Shade

Whenever I begin to think I’ve heard every story there is to tell about South Jersey, a new tale comes along and startles me. For instance: Have you heard about the time Martin Luther King Jr. was run out of a Maple Shade bar at gunpoint?


A Summer Feast of Music Fests

I’m a voracious fan of music festivals. Fortunately there are two annual musical shindigs in South Jersey that always scratch my festival itch.


A Summer Place

At this Avalon rental house, civility rules, champagne sparkles and secrets remain secret. more

Politics? Thanks, But No Thanks

For the last five or six years my father has encouraged me to run for office. Any office. Just run. You’d be so good at it, he says. The opportunity presented itself recently…and I turned it down. I’m not particularly averse to the idea, but as a journalist it just wouldn’t be right.


Beyoncé Brings It At Revel

Revel, the new Atlantic City casino and resort, is not gambling on its opening act. The giant entertainment complex on the Boardwalk will celebrate its debut with three shows (May 25-27) by 16-time Grammy winner Beyoncé.


Tales From an Emotional Archeologist

As a journalist I’ve had the opportunity to meet and interview some fascinating individuals. Add to that list the filmmaker Ken Burns, who spoke this week at Rowan University.


Addition by Contraction

For the past year I’d heard rumblings that it might happen, but earlier this week the state's plans were revealed—Rutgers-Camden is going to become part of Rowan University.


NJ's Most Italian Town

It started with a single Sicilian farmer in 1863. Now Hammonton has the highest percentage of Italians in the Garden State. more

Facing the Music for Facebook Post

Should a person serving in an official public capacity be held accountable for posts on his or her personal Facebook page? That’s the question in a current controversy surrounding a member of the Camden school board.


Journalism’s Brave New Blogging World

It’s been several years since I started teaching magazine writing at Rowan University in Glassboro, but this fall was my first semester at the helm of a course called Online Journalism I. It’s been a great experience.


Strangers on a Train

Recently, a friend of mine who lives in California posted a video to his Facebook page with a caption that read, “Stay classy New Jersey.” Oh boy, I thought. Now what?


The Sad Case of the Blue Undies

Peering into a shop window on Main Street in Medford last week, I was taken aback by a blown-up photograph of what appeared to be my town’s mayor, Chris Myers, lounging in nothing but a pair of blue Calvin Klein briefs. The photo is at the heart of the latest sex scandal to bubble up in New Jersey politics.


Exhibit Celebrates the Boss of Free Speech

You’ve got to love the concept: Bruce Springsteen, Jersey guy, celebrated as an icon of free speech at a new exhibit opening in February at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.


Another Issue Crops Up for Medical Marijuana

As you may have read, medicinal marijuana is finally going to be available in New Jersey this winter. But apparently not in the South Jersey town of Maple Shade.


Girls On Wheels

Sisters On the Fly brings together women for outdoorsy fun. The only prerequisites: An adventurous spirit and a cozy vintage camper. more

Weeding Out The Pain

Medicinal marijuana is now legal in New Jersey, but many of the state’s doctors remain perplexed about how to prescribe the drug. Will Jersey’s strict regulations limit the impact of pot for those patients who need it most? more

Cowtown Rides Again (for Two More Weeks)

As we pulled onto the dirt path leading to the grass parking lots, the mooing of steers filled the late-summer air. Men and women in cowboy boots and hats strolled through the glow of another setting sun. It’s another warm Saturday night in South Jersey, where the Cowtown Rodeo is an annual tradition.


Heart of Glass

The Museum of American Glass celebrates New Jersey's rich glass-making heritage. more

A Borough Transformed

Let’s hear it for Collingswood. In just over a decade, the borough has transformed itself from a rather forgettable neighbor of Camden’s to one of the most enviable locales in the Garden State, and this month Forbes magazine decided to tip its hat to this inspiring rebirth.


Hurricane Irene: From Hype to Havoc

Twenty-four hours before last weekend’s hurricane hit, I called a friend to suggest we postpone our Saturday-night plans, given the predictions about Irene. He laughed and declared: “Don’t believe the hype.”


‘Jersey Shore’ Good for Us? No Way

You’ve probably seen the recent stories claiming that MTV’s “Jersey Shore” may actually be helping the real Jersey Shore’s reputation. I don’t buy it.


Farm Photo Archive Sprouts in South Jersey

Agriculture is still a big deal down in South Jersey. My own grandfather used to raise Black Angus cattle on the acreage that is now Medford Memorial Middle School. That’s just one of the reasons why I think it’s really cool that the New Jersey Department of Agriculture has recently made more than 2,000 vintage farm photos available through its online archives.


Visionary Vineland

A would-be utopia sprouted in South Jersey 150 years ago. more

A Tragic Death, An Ongoing Debate

A month has passed since 11-year-old Abiah Jones fatally fell more than 100 feet from the Giant Wheel at Morey’s Piers in Wildwood, and the sad tale seems more divisive than ever.


AC Casino Ignites Cocktail Waitress Kerfuffle

My South Jersey Facebook friends have been all aflutter lately with opinions about those Atlantic City cocktail waitresses who were fired by Resorts Casino when newer, sexier uniforms were introduced in the spring. There’s plenty of contention to go around.


Homework on Weekends? Of course!

There’s a report out of Atlantic County that the Galloway Township Public School District is considering a troubling change to its homework policy for next year. According to the Press of Atlantic City, Galloway’s Board of Education will vote this summer on a proposal that would bar teachers from assigning homework to students over weekends or holiday breaks.


A Simple Trip, A Global Lesson

As a freelance writer I’ve taken on assignments that range from the extremely fascinating to the maddeningly banal. However, no any article I’ve written had gained international attention—until now.


Good News/Bad News on College Kids

For almost three years now I have taught magazine writing as an adjunct instructor at Rowan University in Glassboro. As my fifth semester comes to a close this month, I am at once more encouraged and more discouraged about the future of education than ever before.


For the Love of the Game

I’m obsessed with baseball right now. It’s not a newfound obsession—just a deeper one. Luckily, the Camden Riversharks opened their season last week to help satisfy my baseball hunger.


An Eater's LBI

Places to know when hunger happens. more

Before You Go

Things you should know before hitting the sand on Long Beach Island. more

Island Attractions

Things to do and see in Long Beach Island. more

LBI: A World Apart

Summer crowds and chic amenities have encroached on Long Beach Island, but for most, it’s still a magic place. more

Getting to Know John McPhee

I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to discover the genius of John McPhee, but now that I’ve had a taste of his literary nonfiction, there’s no turning back.


For the Love of Vinyl

In this digital age, it seems a strange thing to admit, but here goes: I am obsessed with vinyl records.


It’s Spring: Let’s Celebrate!

Spring means open-air rides in my Jeep, planting vegetables in the yard, Phillies baseball and, perhaps best of all, the monthly Main Street festivals that have proliferated around South Jersey.


Car Cultured

Couples can step back into the not-so-distant past at the Delsea Drive-In, where dinner-and-a-movie all takes place in one romantic location (on wheels). more

A Taste of Old-World Charm

For romantic oenophiles, Tomasello Winery represents an attractively secluded dating destination—minus the plane fare. more

To Hunt or Not to Hunt?

Earlier this month I turned 30—and received the most shocking and surreal gift of my life. Now I need to figure out whether I’m going to keep it.


A Jeep Driver, and a Recycler, Too

When I bought a Jeep Wrangler in September, I knew my vehicle of choice might engender the occasional finger wag from the hybrid-electric crowd. I just never expected it to happen here on Southern Scene.


Apocalypse Now? Well, in May, Anyway

You might want to think twice before making that down payment on this summer’s shore house. Why? Because—duh—the world is going to end on May 21. At least that’s what one South Jersey resident claims, and he wants everyone to know about it.


AC’s Winning Combination: Beer and Horses

Although our winter weather is hanging on, I intend to celebrate spring’s arrival at two events this weekend: the sixth annual Atlantic City Beer Festival and the first Atlantic City Boardwalk Rodeo.


Supporting South Jersey Wildlife

The first time I visited Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, my mother and I were on an emergency mission to save the life of a possum.


Blasts From The Past

For these history buffs, the Civil War never ends. more

End of an Era at Sony CD Plant

It’s hardly news that Internet downloading is killing the sales of music CDs, but who knew that this trend would strike a blow to the economy of South Jersey? Yet that’s exactly what’s happening with the closure later this month of Sony’s CD manufacturing plant in the Gloucester County town of Pitman.


Classic Glass

An artist from South Jersey became a pioneer with an international reputation in glass flameworking. more

Rutgers’ New Rules on Roomies Raises Lots of Questions

The recent decision to allow male and female students to live in the same dorm room at Rutgers’ New Brunswick campus has raised lots of questions—not the least of which is whether this practice eventually also will take hold at the university’s Camden campus.


Snow Storm of a Different Kind

A new controversy is astir in South Jersey involving a school administrator in Cherry Hill who is under investigation for sending what the town’s mayor suspects is an inappropriate email.


Let’s Go Surfing! (But Why Now?)

Late February has been quite a tease down here in South Jersey, giving us a cruel, fleeting taste of 70 degrees and sunshine. This, of course, has me thinking about surfing. It happens every late winter. I start getting the itch.


Lawsuit Adds Chill to Sea Isle’s ‘Plunge’

A lawsuit is threatening to put a further chill in this weekend’s 17th annual Polar Bear Plunge in Sea Isle City.


An Online Eye on Cumberland County Culture

The arts scene is alive and well in Cumberland County. If you doubt that, check out the new undertaking by some folks at Cumberland County College.


Time to Give BYO a Chance in Ocean City?

Ocean City’s status as a dry town is no secret. And I’m fine with that. If a town wants to keep itself free of bars, taverns and liquor stores, that’s its prerogative. But a recent vote by the Ocean City Council has me feeling a little less cool about the whole situation.


Going Deep in a Jeep

When I bought my Jeep Wrangler back in October, I said to my girlfriend, “Now that I’ve finally got a Jeep, we probably won’t get any snow this winter.” So much for that prediction.


Are You (Atlantic City) Experienced?

The popularity of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” has likely generated new interest in Atlantic City. Now a local exhibit gives visitors to America’s Playground an even closer look at the city’s unique and quirky history.


What Price Restoration?

Down in South Jersey, there’s a small town that is wrestling with a difficult question: How much is historic preservation worth?


A Treasure Trove of African America History

The African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey is a little-known treasure – a small, unassuming and remarkable exhibit space tucked into the backwoods of Newtonville in Atlantic County.


Ready for an Icy Plunge?

Feel like taking a swim in the Atlantic Ocean this month? No? Well, what if I told you it was for a good cause? Perhaps you’d reconsider?


Honoring Those Who Advance Equality

Do you know a New Jersey businessperson who deserves recognition for advancing women’s equality in America? If so, the Alice Paul Institute wants to hear from you.


New Community Center for Camden

There’s good news for Camden as the New Year rolls in. The city is getting a new (and much anticipated) Salvation Army Community Center—and it’s going on top of an old landfill.


Census Numbers Show South Jersey’s Pain

Feeling hard hit by the current economy? If you live in South Jersey, you are not alone.


Guy Fieri’s In the Dog House

It may be too bloody cold this weekend for a stroll on the beach, but Saturday night the Food Network will bring a gem from the Shore right into your living room.


Restoration Made Simple—and Charitable

My house is, in a word, old. We’re talking 1860, pre-Civil War construction old. In the five years I’ve lived here I’ve engaged in more than my fair share of renovation projects—and I would have been lost without the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Cinnaminson.


New Issues to Tackle

New Jersey's newest addition to the national politics scene is former Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Jon Runyan. The player-tuned-Congressman talks about the similarities between professional sports and the political process. more

Cape May’s Holiday Hooplah

Even if you’re already familiar with New Jersey’s most southern shore point, you’re missing out if you haven’t yet experienced the town’s month-long Christmas In Cape May festival.


Miss’d America Pageant Is No Drag

And now for something completely different: The return of the Miss’d America Pageant to Atlantic City’s historic Boardwalk Hall.


Camden Surrenders Crime Crown

With all the bad press that Camden receives, it’s particularly pleasing when there’s good news to report about the troubled (albeit slowly recovering) city.


The Latest at the Library

Fascinated by Jersey history? Interested in Jersey authors? A library in Gloucester County’s Washington Township has a new collection you should check out.


Boardwalk Rapping

HBO’s series Boardwalk Empire has inspired a lot of conversation and at least two rap songs, one by an aspiring hip-hopper from Egg Harbor.


Free Money For Collingswood Shoppers

Think you might be strapped for cash this holiday season? Well, one South Jersey town has a solution—they’re going to be giving away $40,000.


Shaking Up Shakespeare

Lawrence Olivier once said that William Shakespeare was “the nearest thing in incarnation to the eye of God.” This week you can get a glimpse through that eye at a local Cape May theater.


Her First Brush with Fame

Like many budding artists, Alexis Hochgertel is anxiously awaiting her first gallery showing. The twist is that this South Jersey talent is only 7 years old.


Waving the Flag for Flying Fish

The ad campaigns would have you believe that summer is the season for beer—but I don’t buy the hype. For my taste, late autumn and early winter is the prime time for sipping suds, especially those seasonal varieties offered by craft brewers such as Flying Fish Brewery in Cherry Hill.


New Attraction on Medford’s Main Street

Last month, I wrote a Southern Scene post about my disappointment over the recent vacancies plaguing Medford’s Main Street. Now I’m very pleased to deliver some positive news about that very same street.


Got a Favorite Diner?

If you’ve got a favorite New Jersey diner, now is your chance to give it the props it deserves.


South Jersey’s Solar Farm

South Jersey has once again upped its standing in the world of alternative energy. In a recent Southern Scene post, I wrote about a natural gas station that opened this fall in Atlantic County. Now it looks like South Jersey is going to be home to the largest solar energy farm on the East Coast.


The Word on Birds

It’s fair to say that South Jersey is a birder’s paradise, but for those of us who are not experts in spotting our avian friends, it’s sometimes a challenge to know where to set up a tripod and binoculars. That’s why the New Jersey Audubon Society has just published Important Bird Areas of New Jersey.


This Symphony is Something to See

A few posts back I wrote about some of my favorite small live music venues in South Jersey. This time around I’d like to put on my highbrow hat and bring your attention to a different kind of music, and one of my favorite South Jersey organizations: Symphony In C.


Fill ‘Er Up—Naturally

Here’s an interesting dispatch from the world of clean energy: South Jersey is now one of just two places in the country where folks can fill up their cars with natural gas.


Perfect Timing for Pine Barrens Cleanup

I finally did it. After years yearning, I recently purchased my very first Jeep Wrangler. Naturally, I immediately began looking for off-road events and found one in South Jersey that promises to be fun and rewarding.


Good Eatin’ Down South

As locals know, the South Jersey dining scene is as diverse and delectable as any up north. A great way for you to explore the culinary creations we have to offer is the upcoming South Jersey Restaurant Week.


Bruce Down South

It is every New Jerseyan’s birthright to adore Bruce Springsteen; but down here in South Jersey we like to claim at least a little piece of the legend for ourselves.


South Jersey’s Legendary Pet Cemetery

It may seem macabre, but a favorite South Jersey spot of mine is the Clara-Glenn Pet Cemetery in Linwood. And what better month than October for such a visit?


Small Venues, Big Music

Live music is an obsession of mine, especially when performed in small, intimate venues. Granted, there are not a lot of cozy concert halls in South Jersey—unless you know where to look.


‘Boardwalk Empire’ Hits the Jackpot

If you’ve yet to tune in to Boardwalk Empire, the new HBO drama about Atlantic City, it’s time to roll the dice. I finally got around to watching the series premiere, and was instantly hooked.


Fall Festivals Down South

The nights are getting cooler, the days are getting shorter, but I’m rejoicing. For my money, autumn is where it’s at, and in South Jersey there are some pretty sweet ways to enjoy the season. Here are a few of my favorites:


Vacant Stores, Empty Feeling

I’ve recently noticed a disturbing scene on my regular morning walks through downtown Medford. It’s starting to make me rather anxious about the town’s economic health.


The View From the South

It’s not easy being from New Jersey. As one who was born, raised, and continues to reside here, I have suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous stereotypes. It’s a reality with which you, dear reader, are probably all too familiar.


Wharton State Forest

With the Batsto Village, a once-vital ironworks camp, Wharton State Forest offers history as well as nature. more

Rancocas State Park

Rancocas State Park in Burlington County can be enjoyed in many ways, but the two most favored methods are—by canoe or kayak, or guided tour. more

Parvin State Park

The diverse woodlands of Parvin State Park, situated on the edge of the Pine Barrens in Pittsgrove, feature more than 200 varieties of flowering plants. more

Cape May Point State Park

Cape May Point State Park, located in fresh and saltwater wetlands in the southernmost tip of the state, hosts some of the most diverse bird varieties on the East Coast. more

An Apprentice Moves On

You probably recognize him from his stint on the celebrated NBC show The Apprentice, but NJ-native Randal Pinkett interests range far beyond television. more

Single Down the Shore

The scene is smart and sophisticated. Snooki and the Situation need not apply. more

Chimney Hill Estate Inn

Chimney Hill suggests an English country estate, with soft lighting, bookish nooks, and wide-plank hardwood floors. So, if you're looking for a little English-style B&B in New Jersey, this is the place for you. more

Inn at Fernbrook Farm

The Inn at Fernbrook Farm is a sprawling Georgian-style B&B, classically outfitted with hardwood floors, a cozy billiards lounge, elegant eighteenth-century sitting rooms, a red-brick terrace, and seven fireplaces. more

Spring Lake Inn

At the Spring Lake Inn, a bed and breakfast situated along the "Irish Riviera," visitors can stroll the hushed, two-mile non-commercial boardwalk, enjoy public tennis and basketball courts, or visit Divine Park for fishing. more

Spring Getaways: Bed and Breakfasts

New Jersey bed & breakfasts come up big in charm, amenities, and hospitality. more

The Other Shore

Their heyday long past, Jersey’s tiny Delaware Bay fishing villages try to reel in an uncertain future. more

Pinelands Odyssey

Ambitious? Laid back? South Jersey offers ample paddling opportunities for canoers and kayakers of all stripes. more
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