Author: Tom Wilk

American Idol

February 5, 2008

Mel Prussack got hooked on Bob Dylan after seeing him perform “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)” in 1965. The song was featured on Dylan’s album Bringing It All Back Home, and ever since, Prussack has been bringing Dylan-related memorabilia back to his home in Old Bridge.

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In Praise of the Polka

February 4, 2008

Like the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano in California every spring, polka lovers flock to Wildwood every summer for the annual Polka Spree by the Sea (

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Tramps Like Them

January 29, 2008

As a musical group, the Original Hobo Band is known as much for its colorfully mismatched uniforms as for its lively performances.

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Wiggle Room

January 16, 2008

The ground looks different to one who walks barefoot. “I watch out for black dots and pink dots,” says Ron Blechner, speaking of sidewalks.

Seen in: Jersey Living

In the Red

December 20, 2007

Overshadowed by the Garden State’s more iconic crops, cranberries often don’t get their due until Thanksgiving. How many New Jerseyans know that their state ranks third in cranberry production, behind only Wisconsin and Massachusetts?

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Shut Your Pie Hole

December 19, 2007

Shhh! Keep it down.” that could be the slogan for Ocean City’s annual Quiet Festival, a celebration of silence set for the weekend of November 16 to 18.

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