From the Editors

Took my car in for 20,000-mile service yesterday. Last night the dealership emailed me a questionnaire to gauge my satisfaction with the experience. I guess you could say I nitpicked, but not in the way you might expect....
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NJM Entertainment Editor Joanna Buffum takes a ride in Pea-Nut the Flying Elephant at the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in Readington. ...
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Morey’s Piers welcomes an artist village of shipping containers....
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In the huge kitchen of Carlo's Bakery, the usual smells of buttercream, chocolate and warm vanilla cake have been replaced by something heretofore alien--the aroma of onions and garlic frying, meatballs browning, lasagna and peppered chicken baking. Buddy Valastro, the Cake Boss, was overseeing preparations for the opening of his first restaurant, in the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas this fall....
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When he interviewed Bruce Springsteen in 1974, journalist/author Jeff Burger had a “strong sense that he was going to be big.” Springsteen, of course, surpassed most everyone’s wildest dreams, becoming one of rock n roll’s greatest stars....
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Doodle Art for Charity

June 27, 2013

Doodle artist John Rosica, a Bergen County resident, puts his work for sale at the YMCA in Wyckoff, New Jersey to benefit the National Autism Association, Alzheimer's Association, Broadway Care/Equity Fights AIDS and Tell Every Amazing Lady (TEAL) About Ovarian Cancer....
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The New Jersey Hall of Fame will induct 16 new members October 21 in a 2013 ceremony being held for the first time at the Izod Center in the Meadowlands....
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Is $444,900 too steep a price for a modest, Montclair home with a bizarre pedigree? That seems to be the market reaction to the unremarkable residence that, until 2010, was the base of operations for a now-infamous pair of Russian spies. ...
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Lovers of beer, beach and pizza—we assume New Jersey has more than a few—can help Shore communities rebuild after Hurricane Sandy this Sunday at a craft-beer bash and fundraiser in Point Pleasant Beach....
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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin touched down Sunday morning in his native Montclair for a day of salutes, book signing and nostalgia, including a visit to his boyhood home. ...
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AOL founder and former chairman Steve Case is entering the New Jersey tourism business. Miraval, the award-winning Arizona resort owned by Case and his wife, Jean, is partnering with the Natirar estate in Peapack-Gladstone to create a new hotel and spa destination: Miraval at Natirar....
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We’ve all heard the warnings: an invasion of cicadas to descend upon the East Coast in a swarm of Biblical proportions. But the huge insects, and their incessant chirping, are still nowhere to be seen (or heard). ...
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Last November, three Philly-based veterans of Stephen Starr's restaurant organization found a backer, took wing and opened District 611 in Riverton. The BYO, offering real Neapolitan-style pizza and Italian small plates, earned positive reviews, including three stars from New Jersey Monthly last month. Then four days ago, District 611 suddenly went out of business. Here's why....
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Seven high school students enrolled in the Montclair Art Museum's Young Curators Program did something they had never done before: conceive themes for an art show, invite artists to submit work, view and discuss the (many) submissions, choose which to accept, organize and hang the pictures, host the reception and answer questions at a closing day gallery talk. So how'd they do?...
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While some people go back home for a favorite meal, I go for my favorite run....
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Matthew Sheffield is a senior at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School by day and an entrepreneur by night. His latest venture, Shady Eyedeas, is a line of sunglasses with interchangeable frames, lenses and stems. So far, all that’s missing is the funding. ...
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At the heart of Sports Illustrated's gripping and quietly eloquent cover on the Boston Marathon bombings is a remarkable photograph that ranks in its own way with the famous photo of the Marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima. Then there is the photo inside, that nearly knocked me off my chair....
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Call us an overnight sensation! The very first episode of New Jersey Monthly’s new TV series has won a New York Emmy® Award. Yes, we are proud....
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After a long delay, the nominees for the New Jersey Hall of Fame’s sixth class have been announced. This year’s ballot includes the late Whitney Houston, long passed over as a nominee, and her cousin, fellow R&B songstress Dionne Warwick....
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Since last summer at least, Princeton has been abuzz about the any-month-now opening of two highly anticipated restaurants: Agricola and Mistral. Agricola finally opened last month. Now all eyes turn to Mistral, from the team that created Elements, a perennial on NJM's Top 25. Elements executive chef Scott Anderson gave me a tour of the space....
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