From the Editors

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....
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New Jersey Monthly spoke with Jamie Tripp Utitus, a Westfield author whose new children's book, Zoe Bowie Sings, Despite All Sad Things is for kids who love someone with multiple sclerosis. ...
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No need to venture down to D.C. to see the cherry blossoms bloom. The display in Branch Brook Park is bigger than the capital's, and there's still time to catch sight of Essex County's flourishing, flushed flowers. ...
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For many audiophiles, nothing compares to the sound of vinyl. These throwback music fans are amped up for Record Store Day this Saturday, April 19. ...
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Despite the harsh winter, a lot of progress was made renovating Galloping Hill Golf Course for the 2016 NJ Open. In the next few weeks, the front nine will open to the public. Here's what to expect......
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The event was billed as a 90th-birthday roast for former Governor Brendan Byrne, but it was Governor Chris Christie who got burned....
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Of Food and the Feminine

March 19, 2014

Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s has called Judy Wicks “one of the most amazing women I have ever met,” one who “continues to blaze new paths on the road to a truly sustainable people-centered economy.” I caught up with Wicks, who will give the keynote address at a Slow Food Northern NJ gathering this Sunday, March 23rd. ...
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You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day! This year, say “Sláinte!" at any of our favorite New Jersey bars....
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I got in!” These are three words all parents want to hear from their college-bound teens. But how far are some hovering moms and dads willing to go to reach that blissful moment? Such is the essential question of playwright Wendy Yondorf’s punchy, two-person comedy “Admit One,” now in its premiere run at the New Jersey Repertory Theatre in Long Branch. ...
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The dark, stormy skies didn’t dampen the bright and cheery atmosphere at the New Jersey Hall of Fame induction ceremony Tuesday night. Friends, family, former inductees and fans gathered at the Newark Museum to celebrate the 2013 class. ...
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From NJPAC to Primetime

January 8, 2014

A concert series that originated last June at NJPAC comes to primetime this month on NJTV....
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It’s New Jersey’s time to shine as the Hall of Fame class of 2013 prepares to be (finally) inducted at a new venue with a new format. ...
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A family of nine from North Jersey is one of three finalists in a Today Show poll seeking a modern-day version of the von Trapp family from “The Sound of Music.”...
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Chris James Wins Iron Shaker

October 24, 2013

The Ryland Inn bartender took top prize at the cocktail competition, beating seven of the best bartenders throughout the state....
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At the Catch a Rising Star Comedy Club last Friday, local comedian Billy Garan lit up the room....
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The third annual Atlantic City Boardwalk Rodeo brought cowboys, clowns, miniature horses, bucking bulls and 40 truckloads of dirt to the Boardwalk Hall arena. ...
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Amid a season of much political bluster in New Jersey, author Lisa Funari Willever is quietly campaigning for her fictional characters to become New Jersey’s official Junior Ambassadors....
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Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy Festival with headliners Dave Chappelle and Flight of the Conchords arrived at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel with special guest Sarah Silverman....
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New Jersey has become only the second state to ban gay conversion therapy. While expressing some reservations, Governor Chris Christie signed the measure today, much to the delight of gay rights advocates. ...
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You learn a lot about New Jersey drivers’ reputation once you cross state lines....
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