September 28, 2009

New Jersey Man Provides Mud for Major League Baseball

There is a mud farmer in New Jersey that provides the mud that Major League baseball teams use to hand-rub on their baseballs. 
It's nice to see that not everything is high-tech these days and some things are still done the old-fashioned way.

This video is from CNN.

September 26, 2009

New Jersey Woman Celebrates Her 100th Birthday By Going to Work

Astrid Thoenig was born in Bloomfield, New Jersey and works in Parsippany, New Jersey for her son's insurance company.

Quote from the New York Daily News:

The daughter of Swedish immigrants, she credits her strong constitution, a
wonderful family and getting up every day to get dressed and go to work with keeping her mind sharp.

Here is the full article at the New York Daily News: Astrid Thoenig works on her 100th birthday.

Happy Birthday, Astrid!

Photo courtesy of the New York Daily News.

September 11, 2009

Eight Years Ago Today

Eagle Rock Reservation sign
Today is September 11th, 2009, the eighth anniversary of that terrible day which will "live in infamy".

Sometimes that horrible day in 2001 seems like yesterday and at other times it feels like a long time ago. So much has happened since then . . .
On that day many locals went to the Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, NJ to watch the unfolding tragedy. Eagle Rock has a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline.

Now there is a Essex County 9/11 Memorial at that place.

Here is the entrance to the memorial:
Eagle Rock Reservation September 11th site

Here is a sign:
Eagle Rock Reservation September 11th site
There are tributes to the firefighters, police, and victims in the Pentagon and in the World Trade Center and on all the planes in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

Eagle Rock Reservation September 11th site

Eagle Rock Reservation September 11th site

These memorials in the two following photos are engraved with the names of the New Jersey victims:
Eagle Rock Reservation September 11th site
Eagle Rock Reservation September 11th site

Seven trees are planted in honor of the victims lost in the three buildings and four planes destroyed on that day.Eagle Rock Reservation September 11th site

September 09, 2009


I'm so excited to start this blog. Today is 09/09/09 and I figured that it was a good day to start. 

I hope to share with you my happiness in residing in the great state of New Jersey! 

It is a beautiful state with many interesting places to see and things to do. 

There is much beyond the New Jersey Turnpike (which I rarely travel on) and the struggling cities. 

There is a reason why it is called the Garden State - the state has many beautiful rural areas. 

Anyway, in future posts I hope to show you why New Jersey is such a diverse and intriguing state!