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    Default Re: The best of New Jersey !

    Quote Originally Posted by 2631 View Post
    "The best of New Jersey" probably not an interesting topic to most members. Jersey has been the brunt of many many jokes. I was born in Jersey, grew up in Boston and Maine and returned to Jersey after my military service. In the 60s and 70s New Jersey offered many blue collar job opportunities for those of us without college degrees. I made a good living working a combined total of 41 years for 3 Teamster trucking companies. I was very lucky.

    From 1969 to 1977 before buying my home of 33 years I had lived in Elizabeth, Newark, Linden and Edison. I chose to move south after retiring because I couldn't afford to live in my small Cape Cod house in Woodbridge. When I sold in 2011 I was paying over $7,000 in property taxes. I now pay $686 a year for twice the house.

    But I miss New Jersey. I would have had to move anyway because my house and old neighborhood is mostly gone since super storm Sandy. The houses were bought and torn down under the Blue Acres program. But I still miss New Jersey. I miss the great medical care, My wife misses Shoprite and Wegmans. Yes we have Piggly Wiggly, Food Lion and of course a Walmart on every corner. We can even buy Taylor Ham and White castle in some Publix. But South Carolina ain't Jersey.
    I have to respond to your great post 2631 because of something that just happened today...But before I do,I honestly believe that people from 'Jersey' have a special bond that can never be broken even when they relocate out of state...Whenever you meet someone from Jersey when your out of state the connection is automatic...That's because Jersey,density wise,is such a small state,but it packs a hell of a lot of firepower,more so then states 5 times its size in which fxstc07 laid out perfectly...And before you know it,that connection becomes personal,you start talking about this town,that town,this city,that city,''Yeah I been there'',familiar Jersey Shore locations that We've ALL been to...AC...Cape May...Point Pleasant...Belmar...Sandy Hook...LBI...Island Beach State Park...Pine Barrens...The beautiful lakes and recreational facilities in the scenic and natural breathtaking rolling hills of North Jersey...Round Valley...Lake Hopatcong...Delaware Water Gap...High Point State Forest...Jockey Hollow...Morristown...Fascinating Revolutionary War Towns,Stories,Cemeteries...Down Neck Newark...NJPAC...Meadowlands...and there's more...so much more...just scratched the surface...''FUGETABOUTIT''...

    What I wanted to say was we have friends of ours who temporarily moved out to California to be with their daughter who has had a difficult pregnancy...All is well and they've been out there about 5 months helping out...They're retired so its all good...Anyway,talking to my buddy on the phone today,I asked him how he likes California...''It's OK...but it ain't Jersey''....There's that CONNECTION again...

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    Default Re: The best of New Jersey !

    Some say the dining in New Jersey is an experience. Depends on what you like, but we have a little of everything here.
    Before anyone asks, the answer is no. I haven't dined at anyplace on the list. They are all considered to be in Northern New Jersey.
    Foo-Foo restaurants are not my style.

    11 NJ RESTAURANTS AMONG BEST IN THE ENTIRE US
    Every year, AAA releases the best hotels and restaurants in the United States. And the best of the best are rated with 4 or 5 diamonds. Each year AAA reviews nearly 32,000 restaurants. Only 0.2 percent of the those AAA Inspected & Approved restaurants make the Five Diamond list, and only 2.1 percent make the AAA Four Diamond list.
    Although no NJ restaurants made the five diamond list this year, 11 of the four diamonds are right here in New Jersey. And interestingly, three are in one town: New Brunswick. Imagine what it says about the dining in New Brunswick of some of the best American restaurants are clustered in that one small region?
    https://nj1015.com/11-nj-restaurants...the-entire-us/

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    Default Re: The best of New Jersey !

    I went to a very fancy wedding at the Manor in West Orange many years ago. It was very elegant. With all the OT wizard makes I wouldn't be surprised if he owns the place.

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    More about New Jersey food. Got to say, we have plenty of great choices.
    The first thing mentioned on the list are hoagie's, or subs. I'll give a thumbs up to Carmen's deli in Bellmawr.
    The second item is Johnson's caramel popcorn ... on the boardwalk. Expensive, but what a treat.
    As for all the others. Many are in north Jersey, but there are great places and regional treats from the Delaware river to the Atlantic ocean and all points in-between.

    The 64 foods that define New Jersey - and where to get them
    For overall eats, New Jersey is tough to beat. No other state tops us for dining depth and diversity. Saveur magazine calls N.J. the most edible state, "with a food culture more rich, diverse, and passionate than even big names like California and New York.''
    So there. Which brings us to this list of New Jersey's 64 most iconic foods. Maybe not the most popular or best known, but foods that define and explain the state's extraordinary culinary richness. The list takes in everything from Taylor ham, pizza and subs to Korean fried chicken, pierogies, dosas, falafel, moussaka and Boost! Never heard of Boost!? Read on. For each food, we'll even tell you the best place to find it.
    https://expo.nj.com/life-and-culture...get-them-.html

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    Memories of my youth. Good times and great fun. We had several "Drive-in" movie theaters in the area. I worked in many of them, but not the Delsea.
    It's the lone survivor today.
    The small heaters for winter operation. ( not all had them and those without closed during winter months ) The concession stands with plenty of popcorn. The play areas for small kids. The movies that didn't end until the wee hours of the morning. After all, at the height of summer the show didn't start until 9pm some nights.

    N.J.'s last drive-in theater opens for 2019 season
    New Jersey’s only drive-in movie theater opened up for the season this weekend — again giving moviegoers the experience of watching new films in an old-fashioned way.
    The Delsea Drive-In in Vineland opens with films like “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Glass,” and “Us,” which are shown on the drive-in’s two big screens.
    Delsea was built in 1949, and by 1970, there were nearly 50 drive-ins across the state. Now, Delsea is the last of its kind in New Jersey, but its owners and patrons are keeping it alive and thriving.
    Movie-goers park their cars in front of the screens or sit in lawn chairs, and listen to the movie on their radios. Owners John and Jude DeLeonardis offer concessions on site and let patrons purchase a $20 food permit to bring in their own food.
    https://www.nj.com/news/2019/03/njs-...19-season.html

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    Default Re: The best of New Jersey !

    Quote Originally Posted by fxstc07 View Post
    Memories of my youth. Good times and great fun. We had several "Drive-in" movie theaters in the area. I worked in many of them, but not the Delsea.
    It's the lone survivor today.
    The small heaters for winter operation. ( not all had them and those without closed during winter months ) The concession stands with plenty of popcorn. The play areas for small kids. The movies that didn't end until the wee hours of the morning. After all, at the height of summer the show didn't start until 9pm some nights.

    N.J.'s last drive-in theater opens for 2019 season


    https://www.nj.com/news/2019/03/njs-...19-season.html
    I have the fondest memories of the Drive-In's. From childhood, through the teenage years, to adulthood, sharing the fun with my children. I went as far as making box speakers (Remember the "Jensen" triaxial?) wired to the stereo in my pick-up truck. Long wires enabled us to take the speakers out from behind the seat. Quite the set up. Lawn chairs and plenty of sleeping bags for the kids to roll around on in the bed of the truck. We didn't have a pot to piss in back then but always found a way to have some fun. We have a few of them left around the Wasatch Front.

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    Default Re: The best of New Jersey !

    Quote Originally Posted by 222lifer View Post
    I have the fondest memories of the Drive-In's. From childhood, through the teenage years, to adulthood, sharing the fun with my children. I went as far as making box speakers (Remember the "Jensen" triaxial?) wired to the stereo in my pick-up truck. Long wires enabled us to take the speakers out from behind the seat. Quite the set up. Lawn chairs and plenty of sleeping bags for the kids to roll around on in the bed of the truck. We didn't have a pot to piss in back then but always found a way to have some fun. We have a few of them left around the Wasatch Front.
    Very fond memories for me too. Not only the memories of going to the drive-in with my mom, step dad and siblings in southern CA, but also the memories of having my two very young kids, dressed in their p.j.'s and me and their dad would head out to the local drive-in (and they were everywhere in Orange County, CA where I lived at that time), the snacks we would bring, the lawn chairs. I sure do miss those days. My youngest never got to experience going to the drive in with me and her dad. By then all the drive-ins had been wiped out of southern CA and there were none here in the Albuquerque either. I do not enjoy the walk-in theaters. Never have. Overpriced, sitting there with a bunch of strangers, kids get restless.

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    I thought the "Mall" concept was dead. We had a couple in the area wither, with one closing ( Burlington Center ) altogether.
    This new mega mall was being built when I was still driving. It is huge. Located near the top of the NJ Turnpike, it can be seen from the road. The original construction started 16 years ago, and the name back then was "Xanadu". Now three developers later, the place just might open.

    American Dream mega-mall officially announces a ‘late summer’ opening
    Developer Triple Five, on Monday, officially announced that its 3 million square-foot American Dream mega-mall at the Meadowlands will open in late summer.
    American Dream will consist of 55 percent entertainment and 45 percent retail. It will have more than 450 stores and restaurants, indoor amusement and water parks, an NHL-regulation-sized ice rink and a ski slope.
    https://www.nj.com/bergen/2019/03/am...r-opening.html

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    One of my issues with drivers today is the distraction of cell phones, among many other issues.
    Hopefully this may help slow the use of cell phones in cars, but I doubt it. It will cost people money over the course of this ticket blitz.
    I still chuckle when I see someone with a late model car that I know has bluetooth connectivity, yet they can't figure it out, are too lazy, or just don't care.
    Pay up !

    N.J.'s texting-while-driving ticket blitz starts Monday. These 207 departments got $1M to target distracted drivers.
    New Jersey's annual campaign targeting distracted driving - particularly those texting behind the wheel - kicks off Monday with 207 police departments and law enforcement agencies receiving more than $1 million in grants for additional patrols to issue tickets.
    The three-week "U Text. U Drive. U Pay." campaign runs through April 21 and is timed to coincide with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. New Jersey was one of four states to receive federal grants this year.
    Distracted driving fines in New Jersey range from $200 to $400 for a first offense, and can lead to a license suspension beyond a third offense.
    During the 2018 enforcement campaign, New Jersey police departments issued 13,146 tickets for cell phone use or texting and 5,697 for careless driving. Police also issued 6,538 speeding tickets and 5,712 seat belt citations during the targeted enforcement.

    https://expo.nj.com/news/g66l-2019/0...d-drivers.html

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    Default Re: The best of New Jersey !

    This is more a tourist type thing, but the Cape May-Lewes ferry wears many hats in the area.
    This story does highlight the fact one of the ferries had a engine problem, but their are several ships in the fleet.
    The area on both sides of the bay have great shopping and dining. You can't beat Cape May with it's historic district and charm. Did I mention great food ?

    Ferry breakdown leaves 143 passengers stranded on Delaware Bay
    A Cape May-Lewes Ferry vessel carrying 143 people across the Delaware Bay was stranded Friday afternoon, leaving potential passengers to look for other ways to travel across the body of water.
    According to Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) spokesman Jim Salmon, the MV New Jersey, which left Cape May at 1 p.m., suffered an engine malfunction to its starboard (right) engine while crossing the Delaware Bay.
    Salmon said the New Jersey captain turned the boat around to go back to Cape May. However, because one of the engines was malfunctioning, it affected the ship’s ability to maneuver the boat around the docks. The crew and passengers waited for a tugboat from Northstar Marine to assist the vessel. The ship was able to return to the dock around 3:15 p.m.
    https://www.nj.com/cape-may-county/2...aware-bay.html

    Information web site on the ferry service.
    If your ever in the area, it's a must do. The trip takes 80 minutes to cover the 17 mile crossing.
    https://www.cmlf.com/

 

 
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