May 2024: Road Trips

Spring is the perfect time to take a road trip. As temperatures inch their way upward, the weekends are just begging for activities that get everyone out of the house and off their screens.

In this issue, you’ll find several road trip itineraries, none of which require leaving New Jersey. They span the state, and each centers on a theme. Love pizza? Adore all things retro? Love animals? Enjoy local history? We’ve got a road trip for you.

We also feature one couple taking the ultimate New Jersey road trip: Jon and Karri Ricklin, who are on a mission to visit every single diner in the Garden State. Talk about a tasty achievement!

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GARDEN VARIETY

Broadway’s ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Star Fell in Love With Acting at NJ Public Schools

Maleah Joi Moon is making her Broadway debut in the new Alicia Keys musical. Her Franklin Township high school theater teacher coached her through the audition.

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Author Explores Why Social Media Is Especially Harmful for Girls, and What Parents Can Do

A new book by FDU professor Kara Alaimo aims to help parents protect their daughters from online dangers.

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‘A Writer’s Paradise’: At Cape May Symposium, Novice Playwrights Learn from Legends

Playwrights flock to Cape May each spring for this five-day master class.

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Hoboken High Is First U.S. School to Stage ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’

The license holders of the Tony-winning play granted rights to Hoboken High School for its robust and unique theater program.

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At New Montclair Café, People Come for the Cats, Not the Coffee

At Catfé Montclair, patrons can enjoy yoga, meditation or simple relaxation sessions with rescue cats—and maybe even take one home.

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NJ Nonprofit Has Donated Millions of Diapers to Local Families in Need

Moms Helping Moms distributes baby essentials throughout the Garden State.

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East Coasters Flock to This Jersey Farm for Stylish Topiaries

Timeless plants thrive at Atlock Farm in Somerset County farm under the care of Ken Selody.

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This NJ Mom Turned a Therapeutic Pastime Into an Empowering Business

Embroidery Babes offers custom hand-stitched bags and baby gifts, as well as connection-minded workshops for women.

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FEATURES

Celebrate Walt Whitman’s 205th Birthday in Camden County

The internationally acclaimed poet spent his final two decades living on Mickle Street in Camden, which has been open to the public for the past century.

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NJ Pastor Has an Astounding Collection of Old Ballpark Seats in His Basement

75-year-old Rev. Dr. Robert W. Ralph owns more than 250 ballpark seats, which he lovingly restores in his memorabilia-loaded workshop.

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On Washington’s Trail: A Road Trip for the History Buff

Tour the sites where the Continental Army turned the tide of the American Revolution.

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Dull Road Signs in New Jersey? Fuhgeddaboudit!

Garden State drivers are often greeted with playful or snarky safety messages.

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All the Garden State Parkway Service Areas Named for NJ Celebrities

Jon Bon Jovi, Whitney Houston and Frank Sinatra are just some of the Hall of Famers who have service areas in their honor on the Garden State Parkway.

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New Jersey Road Trips for the Animal Lover

Commune with animals large and small at stops close to or along the Parkway.

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New Jersey’s Top Pizza Tours

What’s more Jersey than a pizza tour? Here are three counties where pizza rules.

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Why You Must Wine and Dine in Hammonton

Hammonton’s thriving wine culture, intriguing food scene, vintage downtown and welcoming environment make it a lively road-trip destination.

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Retro Road Trips to Take Through New Jersey

Vintage landmarks, retro diners and classic Americana have us feeling nostalgic.

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The Hudson River Waterfront Walkway Is a Delightful Way to Experience North Jersey

Stretching from Bayonne to Fort Lee, the walkway is a front-row vantage point to one of the world’s most stupendous views: the New York City skyline.

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New Jersey’s Cannabis Business Is Booming—But It Sure Isn’t Easy Money

The Garden State’s legalization of pot had entrepreneurs and town leaders envisioning heady profits. The reality hasn’t been quite so uplifting.

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Cannabis Helped Them Conquer Opioid Addiction. Now They’re Helping Others.

Baked by the River dispensary in Lambertville is a “warm, welcoming” community space where customers can learn about the health benefits of cannabis.

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Egg Harbor Cannabis Dispensary Is a Mom-and-Pop Success Story

Brute’s Roots is beating the odds with low prices, sun-grown weed and plenty of patience.

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Excellence in Nursing 2024: Meet 4 Exceptional Health Champions

We salute a group of irreplaceable New Jerseyans.

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Excellence in Nursing 2024: DAISY Foundation Award Honorees

Honoring 270 medical professionals from New Jersey with diverse practice specialties at more than 70 participating hospitals and facilities.

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EAT & DRINK

d’floret in Lambertville Is Small in Size But Big on Farm-to-Table Flavor

This 22-seat restaurant has matured greatly during its decade in business.

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La Fusta in North Bergen Is an Argentine Steak House Fit for a Gaucho

The restaurant has been perfecting beef from the land of tango for 20 years.

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What Our Editors Are Eating and Drinking This Month

A must-visit pie shop, a euphoric biscuit and an explosively flavored tofu sandwich.

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Table for Two: Meet the Couple on an Epic Mission to Try Every Single Jersey Diner

“In New Jersey, diners are a religion,” says Jon Ricklin. He and his wife, Karri, have eaten at more than 200 greasy spoons across the Garden State so far.

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All Aboard! NJ Pizzeria Is Churning Out Wood-Fired Pies in a Former Train Caboose

Home Slice Pizza in Mount Holly cooks up fresh, thin-crust pies in a space just big enough for a kitchen and staff.

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EXIT RAMP

How I Became an Artist in My Sixties

A longtime journalist pursues visual art later in life and discovers a rich community of New Jersey creatives.

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