September 2022: Our State of Education

More than two years into the pandemic, New Jersey schools are still facing challenges. Yet, heading into the 2022-2023 academic year, many districts are embracing those struggles as learning opportunities, using the knowledge gained during difficult months to create and enhance forward-thinking programs and course offerings.

Our education issue delves into school districts’ increased mental health efforts—plus other hot topics, unique programs and classes in K-12 and higher education across the state, and the reverberating success following Saint Peter’s University’s miraculous NCAA Tournament run.

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GARDEN VARIETY

Playing Ping-Pong May Help Parkinson’s Sufferers

How PingPongParkinson, a nonprofit founded by musician Nenad Bach, is benefiting New Jerseyans with the disease at its River Edge location.

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Intense Gardening Workshop to Feature Leading Experts, Designers

Spots are still available for the Sustainable Flowers Project workshop—a three-day study at the world-class Jardin de Buis in Hunterdon County.

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Jersey Shore High Schools Dominate Surf Competitions

The Garden State has grown to feature one of the most comprehensive and organized high school surf networks of any state on the East Coast.

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Award-Winning Teen Spends Her Time Protecting New Jersey’s Waterways

Student scientist Sonia Michaluk discovered her passion at a young age while volunteering at Ridgeview Conservancy, a Princeton nonprofit.

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How Higher Education Has Changed Forever

NJ schools can never go back to the way things were before the pandemic. 

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FEATURES

At CBS, Nate Burleson Fulfills a Dream That’s Bigger Than Football

New Jersey resident Nate Burleson spent 11 years in the NFL. Now he’s enjoying a meteoric broadcasting career that’s transcended sports.

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Newark Rapper Turned Councilman Dupré Kelly Eager to ‘Govern Where I Grew’

Dupré Kelly rose to fame as a rapper with Lords of the Underground. Now he represents his home, Newark’s West Ward.

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‘Clerks’ Director Kevin Smith Returns to a Jersey Shore State of Mind

The Red Bank native proves the Garden State is not just a quick stop. He’s back to launch a film house and reboot his cult-classic film.

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Our State of Education: How New Jersey Schools and Students Are Faring

As we head into the 2022–2023 academic year, many districts are embracing innovations in learning and mental health.

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These Unique Programs and Courses Engage NJ Students of All Ages

Highlights range from Centenary University’s brand-new Master’s in Happiness Studies to Lodi High School’s biomedical lab that mimics a real hospital.

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NJ’s Acting Education Commissioner Talks Teacher Shortages, Safety and Mental Health

A conversation with Angelica Allen-McMillan on educating students in challenging times.

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Small Colleges Are Struggling. Will They Survive?

Small private colleges and universities in New Jersey—and around the nation—are facing reduced resources and other challenges in a changing landscape.

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Meet Teik Lim, NJIT’s First President of Color

The ninth leader of New Jersey Institute of Technology talks about enduring racism, prioritizing inclusion and adapting to the digital revolution.

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Saint Peter’s Still Reaping Rewards of Miraculous NCAA Tournament Run

Saint Peter’s, a tiny commuter university in Jersey City, shocked the basketball world in March. The school has continued to benefit far beyond the court.

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Reopened Investigation Into Deaths of GOP Insider and His Wife Captivates New Jersey

What secrets might ooze out as investigators take another look at the 2014 deaths of John and Joyce Sheridan?

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WHERE & WHEN

Fun Things to Do in NJ in September: Fall Festivals, Comedy and More

Looking for ways to enjoy New Jersey this September? Check out these events, including autumnal activities and iconic comedic acts.

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EAT & DRINK

Restaurant Review: Rustic Elegance at Milford’s Canal House Station

Old friends Christopher Hersheimer and Melissa Hamilton endow classic American food with fresh appeal.

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Meet the Blind Waiter Behind the Bendix Diner

John Diakakis manages the homey—and lovably homely—eatery in Hasbrouck Heights, which turns 75 this year.

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Alberto’s Restaurant & Pizzeria Pays Tribute to Owners’ Native Argentina

This Belleville pizzeria serves traditional Argentinian cuisine alongside classic American staples.

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Movie Theater–Turned–Brewery Remains a Cinephile’s Paradise

Alternate Ending Beer Co. in Aberdeen boasts film references and movie nights alongside classic bar fare and an extensive tap list.

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Port Is More Than Just a One-Trick Pony

Often relegated to the dessert section of a drinks menu, this fortified wine is expanding its identity.

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EXIT RAMP

20 Years Later, Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The Rising’ Is Worth Revisiting on 9/11

Opinion: Springsteen’s 2002 album feels like a fuller reflection on September 11 and its aftermath than the annual services we’ve become accustomed to.

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