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The New Jersey Origins of Green Bean Casserole

November 16, 2019

Ever wonder where the Thanksgiving classic Green Bean Casserole came from? Turns out it was created in the Garden State.

The turkey day staple was invented in 1955 in Campbell’s test kitchen in Camden by recipe developer Dorcas Reilly, who Campbell’s refers to as the “Grandmother of Green Bean Casserole.”

According to Smithsonian.com, the Associated ...

New Jersey Date Night: Get Lost in the Game at These Sports Bars

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Cheering on the home team is more fun when there’s two of you. And with football, basketball and hockey in full swing, there’s practically something happening every night.

It may not be possible for you and your date to go to every live game, but luckily our state offers a plethora of sports ...

Property Taxes in New Jersey: Still an Ongoing Issue

Over half of Garden State property tax bills go toward educating the state's nearly 1.4 million public school students.

The average New Jersey tax bill is $8,767. About 52.6% of that, or $4,610, is the taxes the local school district levies on homeowners and property owners, according to data from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.

But the average taxpayers in some ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Workshops Enhance College Counseling Program

November 16, 2019

EDISON, NJ -- It’s been a busy November for the College Counseling Office at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison. 

On Nov. 5, Wardlaw+Hartridge hosted the NJAIS College Counselor Workshop: Data Download, which included presentations and collaboration with colleagues to support and strengthen the college process in secondary schools. Participants from independent, public, and ...

Mussels 'As Big as Dinner Plates' Removed From Former Hunterdon Farm

November 14, 2019

FRANKLIN TWP., NJ — Years ago, tiny “hitchhikers” went unnoticed in a tank of live carp shipped from China to a fish farm here.

The hitchhikers were the larvae of Chinese pond mussels (Sinanodonta woodiana). These highly invasive mussels have spread across Europe, but had not been documented in the U.S. until a discovery at the Huey farm on Joe Ent Road here in ...

On the Other Side of the Border

November 8, 2019

The children kept hugging us. They just wanted hugs. They wanted to be seen, to be loved, to feel safe. It’s odd — we teach our children to not talk to strangers, and yet when we entered the Shelter de Leona Vicario they ran to us, grabbed our hands, and wanted to play. My Spanish is limited and their English was non-existent, but they kept telling us their names and ...

Featured Business: Preparing for this Year's Flu Season at Rapps Pharmacy

About 40 million people contracted the flu during the 2018-2019 season, with up to 20.1 million medical visits, over 500,000 hospitalized, and up to 61,000 deaths related to the flu, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates.

With the fall flu season just getting started, healthcare providers are already warning of a severe flu season and many areas across the country ...

'A Doll's House Part 2' Makes Timeless Claims at Summit Playhouse

SUMMIT, NJ – You wouldn’t think a follow-up to Henrik Ibsen’s play about Nora Helmer in 19th century Norway would be especially relevant today.

But the smart, funny sequel by Lucas Hnath has much to say about marriage, the cost of independence, abandoning one’s family and other issues that ring true. When Nora insists that marriage won’t exist in 20 or 30 years, ...

America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

America’s First Daughter  by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie (William Morrow, 2016)

 

Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, was a complicated man. The narrative of America’s First Daughter, told in the voice of Jefferson’s adoring daughter, Patsy, gives us Jefferson, the hero. However, as Patsy matures, she can’t deny that her ...

Thou Shalt Not: A Drama by Thinkery and Verse

Thou Shalt Not - Production by Thinkery & Verse

 

On September 16, 1922, the bodies of an Episcopal priest, Edward Wheeler Hall and a member of his choir, Eleanor Reinhardt Mills, were discovered in a field near the New Brunswick-Franklin Township border. The bloody, butchered bodies obviously had been staged in the positions in which they were found. Torn love letters lay at the ...

Law and Disorder by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker

Law and Disorder by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker ( 2013)

 

The premise of Law and Disorder by John Douglas, long time FBI profiler and his long time writing partner, Mark Olshaker, is this, “Whenever theory supersedes evidence, and prejudice deposes rationalism, there can be no justice.” Throughout Law and Disorder Douglas cites cases in which he was involved as a ...

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarity

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarity (Flatiron Books, 2018)

 

The title of Liane Moriarity’s 2018 novel, Nine Perfect Strangers, is quite clever as it is a double entendre. The nine people who gather at Tranquillum House have never met before; they are, in fact, perfect strangers to one another. What is it that has inspired each of them to go on retreat, led by an enigmatic ...

HomeGrown Discovers Ridgewood NJ Hot Spot, Steel Wheel Tavern, on the Right Track

November 15, 2019

RIDGEWOOD, NJ -- In the current episode of HomeGrown, Host Stephanie Willoughby met with Glenn Carlough, Co-Owner of Steel Wheel Tavern, located just steps from the Ridgewood Train Station. The establishment recently celebrated their three year anniversary and regularly hosts community events, live music and a dance party every Saturday. 

Being so close to the train station has inspired ...