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February 18, 2018

Did you know…. there was a time when Chatham kids could ice skate from downtown Chatham all the way to Florham Park? And that a toboggan ride could last from the top of Fairmount Avenue down to Main Street and beyond? Those were the days! This was back in the early to mid-1900s. The Passaic ...

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DID YOU KNOW that the Library of the Chathams sits on a site formerly occupied by a luxury hotel? And that the hotel’s livery stable stood facing Passaic Avenue, near where Memorial Pool currently sits? Chatham was a popular destination during the Resort Era, which spanned from the 1880s through ...

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DID YOU KNOW that according to New Jersey lore, the original sloppy joe sandwich was created in 1935 at Town Hall Deli in South Orange, NJ? And that the idea for the sandwich came from a bar called Sloppy Joe’s in Havana, Cuba? Thomas Sweeney, a Maplewood, NJ politico at the time, was ...

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