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Music Mondays: New Jersey's Got Talent!

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Doo Wop Diner in Wildwood New Jersey has always been loaded with great talent in many different musical genres.  New Jersey has so many different kinds of music because it is a very diverse state. You can listen to all kinds of music here, particularly with the influence of the New Jersey shore!

James Garner R.I.P. 1928-2014

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I grew up watching James Garner on The Rockford Files . The part was tailor made for his personality, and still enjoyable to watch to this day .

Howell Living History Farm

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Howell Living History Farm is a working farm museum located in Mercer County, New Jersey, near the Delaware River.  The farm shows visitors what farm life was like over 100 years ago. It is a simply wonderful place to take the whole family, and basic admission and parking are free! Some special programs may have a small fee.

The Buzz Aldrin Rock

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On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first two men to walk on the moon. Yesterday marked the 45th anniversary of that historic feat.

Music Mondays: Girls Just Want to Have Fun

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Back in the 1980s, there was a fresh new face on the music scene! Cyndi Lauper debuted her solo career with this instant classic! It was so fun, fresh, and now that the day after I first saw that video I danced down to the record store in the mall and bought the album! Yes, a vinyl record!

Great Adventure Theme Park and Rolling Thunder!

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Great Adventure is a theme park in Jackson Township, New Jersey that opened in 1974 and still is open today. The commercial below was televised in 1975 about a year after the park opened. It was not yet owned by Six Flags.

Yurts at Allaire State Park

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Traditional yurts used by nomads in Asia are usually made with felt or wool. Yurts have been adapted for camping in the United States.  Only four campgrounds in New Jersey have yurts. Allaire State Park is one of them. 

Music Mondays: School's Out for Summer!

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I still remember the last day of sixth grade. We struggled through the half-day, getting our report cards, and waiting with anxiety for the summer to start! Finally, our teacher smilingly said “You can go now!” and a bunch of boys went screaming out of the classroom, while the teachers laughed. 

Sandy Hook Lighthouse 250th Birthday Celebration!

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This year Sandy Hook Lighthouse is celebrating its 250th birthday !  That’s why the bunting is on.  It also looks like the beloved lighthouse has gotten a new paint job since I last visited two years ago! 

Colts Neck: Billion Dollar Block

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I have written about Colts Neck Township before. One of my favorite places, Delicious Orchards , is located in that wealthy place.

Bahrs Landing Is Still Standing!

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Bahrs Landing is a legendary place in Highlands, New Jersey.  It is 97 years old this year, and it amazing because it sustained considerable damage in October 2012 from Hurricane “Superstorm” Sandy, which destroyed many other businesses (including many restaurants) in the area. 

Music Mondays: Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush

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The first time I remember seeing and hearing the English singer-songwriter Kate Bush was on Saturday Night Live in 1978. She was a bit older than me but still a teenager and she sang very well and I thought she was talented in a quirky way. 

The Secret Garden

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In Montclair, New Jersey there is a place I call The Secret Garden. It is tucked away behind the United Way building, next door to the town library. 

Casey Kasem R.I.P. 1932-2014

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For many years, I listened to Casey Kasem's America's Top 40 radio show every week. I couldn't wait to find out what song was Number 1! I was an avid fan during the late 1970s and the early 1980s.

Seton Hall University

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Seton Hall University is located in South Orange, New Jersey.  Seton Hall is the oldest and largest Catholic university in New Jersey.