January 2021: Learn Something New

There’s not much good to be said about the coronavirus pandemic—and at this writing, it only looks like it’s getting worse. All hope lies in the promise of vaccines to be available shortly. Thank goodness for that. Still, as individuals, we can try to find some positives as we endure this health crisis. To that end—and with the new year suggesting new possibilities—we offer this month’s cover story: “Learn Something New.”

This feature is particularly timely since so much of what we can learn can be taught virtually. From the safety of our homes, we can pick up new skills (like cake decorating), new crafts (quilting) and new games (mah-jongg). We can learn to tune up our singing voices or mix up some enticing cocktails. And if we prefer to venture out for socially distanced lessons, we can try our hands at ice fishing or our legs at cross-country skiing. Just click here to start reading.

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Garden Variety

Behind the Epic WWI Memorial Being Sculpted in an Englewood Warehouse

Sabin Howard is working tirelessly on A Soldier’s Journey, a 60-foot-long bronze relief bound for the nation’s capital.

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An Artist’s Colorful Rumson Retreat

Pat Dunigan’s studio is brimming with vibrant, wall-to-wall creations.

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Holmdel Startup Streamlines Financial Services for Families

Hope Trust is an automated platform for financial and caregiving plans for families with children who have social, behavioral or physical challenges.

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Free Program Keeps Displaced Pets Out of Shelters

Temporary Pet Guardians matches pet owners with guardians who care for the animals until their owners can retrieve them.

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Steve Adubato: Only in NJ

Not Always the Nicest Guy: Reflections on My Father, ‘Big Steve’

His legacy is complicated, but he stood tall for his beliefs.

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Giving Back

Mercer County Nonprofit Lends a Hand Amid Crises

And when the pandemic increased the need for food and housing assistance, Arm in Arm evolved to meet the demand.

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5 Items That’ll Make Fitness More Fun

Start your year off right with some great new gear.

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In Union City, an Intuitively Crafted Handbag Line

A vintage look and feminine lines define Crystal Kodada’s thoughtful collections.

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Experts Fear Coming ‘Tsunami’ of Evictions

What will happen to vulnerable tenants when Jersey lifts its pandemic-related moratorium on evictions?

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Knopf’s Reagan Arthur on Turning the Page

How a star of the publishing world found happiness—and continued success—in the Jersey suburbs. 

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Your Ultimate Guide to Learning Something New This Year

Turn downtime into productive time in 2021.

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Meet the Rowan Professor Mapping Jersey’s Future

Where has all the open space gone? In his Rowan research lab, John Hasse provides visual clues to questions about the Garden State’s land-use patterns.

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Egg Freezing Helps Millennials Put Motherhood on Hold

As the science improves, the procedure is an increasingly attractive option for younger women.

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Meet the Winners of Our Inaugural Scavenger Hunt

Our intrepid readers hit the road and snapped selfies at 36 iconic destinations around the state.

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Home & Garden

The Dramatic Transformation of a Traditional South Orange Home

An interior architect gave this creative couple’s abode a modern makeover.

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Eat & Drink

How Chefs Mastered Takeout Amid Covid-19

Tales of the learning curve as restaurateurs ramped up to-go food this year.

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The Franklin Brewery Making Beers for Wine Lovers

Muckraker Beermaker specializes in labor-intensive Belgian-style lambic beers.

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Exit Ramp

The Lottery-Ticket Machine That Transformed My Parents’ Runnemede Store

The NJ State Lottery held its first drawing 50 years ago in January 1971. In the summer of 1976, I watched memorable characters flock to Black Horse Pike to play.

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