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  • We Know New Jersey - Celia Cruz
    December 13th, 2014 by - We Know New Jersey

    "Singing is my life. It has always been my life. It will always be my life." ~Celia Cruz

  • We Know New Jersey - Alice Guy Blache
    November 13th, 2014 by - We Know New Jersey

    "I put signs all around my studio that said BE NATURAL -- that is all I wanted from my actors." ~Alice Guy Blache

  • We Know New Jersey - Grover Cleveland
    October 13th, 2014 by - We Know New Jersey

    "A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil." ~Grover Cleveland

  • We Know New Jersey - Whitney Houston
    September 29th, 2014 by - We Know New Jersey

    "My mother was the first singer I had contact with. She sang constantly to us around the house, in church." ~Whitney Houston

  • We Know New Jersey - Bobbi Brown
    September 13th, 2014 by - We Know New Jersey

    "The secret to beauty is simple -- be who you are." ~Bobbi Brown

  • We Know New Jersey - Kevin Smith
    August 13th, 2014 by - We Know New Jersey

    "I feel like if you're in Jersey, you have to be a Jersey Devils fan. Anybody born within the confines of the border of the state of New Jersey, I feel, should be a Jersey Devils fan." ~Kevin Smith

  • We Know New Jersey - Queen Latifah
    July 13th, 2014 by - We Know New Jersey

    "I've loved car racing all my life. I watch NASCAR regularly, and drag racing because we have Raceway Park in New Jersey. I think I got it from my father." ~Queen Latifah

  • We Know New Jersey - Junot Diaz
    June 13th, 2014 by - We Know New Jersey

    "New Jersey for me is so alive with history. It's old, dynamic, African-American, Latino." ~Junot Diaz

  • We Know New Jersey - Jon Bon Jovi
    May 13th, 2014 by - We Know New Jersey

    "New Jersey shaped who and what I am. Growing up in Jersey gave you all the advantages of New York, but you were in its shadow. Anyone who's come from here will tell you that same story." ~Jon Bon Jovi

  • We Know New Jersey - Joetta Clark Diggs
    April 19th, 2014 by - We Know New Jersey

    "I learned about purpose, and my parents were an integral part of that equation." ~Joetta Clark Diggs

  • We Know New Jersey - Thomas Paine
    April 13th, 2014 by - We Know New Jersey

    "He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself." ~Thomas Paine

  • The Brixton Riot
    May 27th, 2012 by Misty Layne

    The Brixton Riot has been around since 2007 and just recently released their second LP, Palace Amusements (a nod to their earliest rehearsals in Asbury Park).

  • Rahway Taste of Spring
    April 2nd, 2012 by NSNJ Announcements

    Undeniably the best gourmet food and fine wine tasting and restaurant marketing event in the entire NYC Metro area, the Rahway Taste of Spring is The Tasting Event of the Year.

  • The Trenton Titans Read Across America in West Windsor-Plainsboro
    March 27th, 2012 by Melissa Morris

    To celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss, schools throughout New Jersey, and all around the country, celebrate with Read Across America day.

  • March for Babies
    March 26th, 2012 by David Oryniak

    Let me tell you this - it is heartbreaking to see your kid in a plastic box, with different wires and monitors hooked up to him, a breathing tube attached to his nose to keep his lungs open, a feeding tube threaded down his nose to provide nourishment...

  • Matt Wong at It's A Grind, Plainsboro
    March 21st, 2012 by NSNJ Announcements

    On March 31, 2012, 14 year old guitarist and songwriter from West Windsor, New Jersey will appear LIVE at It’s a Grind Coffeehouse in Plainsboro, New Jersey.

  • Recognizing the Block Captains of New Brunswick's Clean City Program
    March 20th, 2012 by NSNJ Announcements

    Block captains for New Brunswick's Clean City Program will be recognized at the New Brunswick Environmental Commission's next meeting at the New Brunswick Free Public Library at 7:00 p.m. on March 27, 2012.

  • Announcing a new class from The Spaulding Group: Fundamentals of GIPS
    March 19th, 2012 by NSNJ Announcements

    The Spaulding Group has constructed a full day workshop that is dedicated to helping firms understand, implement, and master the Global Investment Performance Standards.

  • No More Dating Pigs
    March 18th, 2012 by Melissa Morris

    The part memoir, part self-help book brings up many good points about respecting one's self, not compromising or letting go of one's self for the sake of a relationship.

  • Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Returns in April
    March 17th, 2012 by NSNJ Announcements

    The eagerly anticipated Jersey Shore Restaurant Week™ returns to the area April 13-22, 2012.

  • One-to-one Computer Tutoring
    March 2nd, 2012 by NSNJ Announcements

    Computer training for those who need to learn the basics.

  • The Heart of New Jersey (Part 1)
    March 1st, 2012 by David Oryniak

    Dave pays tribute to a real-life, present-day, New Jersey hero.

  • Chris Rasmussen lecture in New Brunswick
    February 20th, 2012 by NSNJ Announcements

    "'A Web of Tension': The New Brunswick Protests of 1967"

  • Matt Wong at Hopewell Valley Vineyards
    January 30th, 2012 by NSNJ Announcements

    On February 4, 2012, 14 year old guitarist and songwriter Matt Wong from West Windsor, NJ will be appearing at Hopewell Valley Vineyards in Pennington, NJ at 6 PM.

  • Artist, Marcel Truppa, Exhibits Collages at Rahway Gallery
    January 30th, 2012 by NSNJ Announcements

    Rahway Arts District Inc. presents Marcel Truppa: Collages & Constructions, an exhibition of artwork now on display at LightSoundSpace art gallery and music lounge, 1591 Irving Street in Rahway, New Jersey.

  • Calling All Poets
    January 29th, 2012 by NSNJ Announcements

    14th Annual Poetry Month Celebration Anthology New Brunswick Free Public Library

  • How Strong Are You?
    January 21st, 2012 by Linda Schroeder

    In New Jersey and across the country, people are saving lives. One at a time. Pulling animals from high kill shelters, having them vetted, and setting up transports to get them to safety.

  • Up Close with Hunger in New Jersey
    January 20th, 2012 by Melissa Morris

    "I'm starving," I remember announcing when I was younger, my mouth watering at the smell of the delicious, square meal cooking in my parent's kitchen. Then, I remember being caught by surprise when my parents sternly informed me that I didn't know what starving was. I was just ready to eat again.

  • Hunger, Poverty, and Relief in New Jersey
    January 18th, 2012 by Christina M Rudczynski

    What do you know about the poverty and hunger of the people living in New Jersey? That is what I thought - not much, right?

  • Big Plans This Year, 2012
    January 17th, 2012 by David Oryniak

    Are the Mayans predicting the end of the world? Dave plans out the New Jersey events and locations that he wants to write about in 2012 - just in case.

  • Living in Downtown South Orange
    January 16th, 2012 by Alex Torpey

    Mayor of South Orange, Alex Torpey, explains why South Orange is an ideal place to live if you want to reduce your environmental impact and improve your financial situation in the process.

  • Bogota Blog NJ
    January 15th, 2012 by Melissa Morris

    It's pronounced: Buh - Go - Tah. And if you want to know what is happening in or around Bogota, NJ, then the place to go is Bogota Blog NJ.

  • The Loving Me Always Retreat
    January 15th, 2012 by Melissa Morris

    A team of women in New Jersey are hosting a one-day retreat designed to help women who struggle with body image issues fall in love with themselves and improve the relationship with their bodies called the Loving Me Always Retreat.

  • NSNJ Film Library - According to Greta
    January 11th, 2012 by Misty Layne

    According to Greta, stars an exceptional cast including Hilary Duff, Melissa Leo, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Murphy and Evan Ross, and it is one of several films set in and filmed in New Jersey.

  • Jersey Jewels - The Presby Memorial Iris Gardens
    January 6th, 2012 by Christina M Rudczynski

    The Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, found in Upper Montclair, is a Jersey Jewel where one can see the colors of amethysts, sapphires, garnets, plus plenty more.

  • Visiting the Past
    January 5th, 2012 by Misty Layne

    Misty shares her account of a recent NSNJ visit to Acorn Hall in Morristown, NJ.

  • Letter From the Editor, January 2012: New Jersey and New Resolutions
    January 5th, 2012 by Melissa Morris

    We invite you to make a different kind of resolution this year, a resolution to submit a question for our contributors or to consider joining our team of writers and photographers. Be a part of history.

  • NSNJ Film Library - Coyote Ugly
    January 4th, 2012 by Misty Layne

    I have a secret. I really enjoy the movie Coyote Ugly. You know the one about the girls that dance on bars in NYC? Yeah, that one. I’ll happily watch that every time it comes on television. Don’t judge.

  • In New Jersey on January 3rd - 1777
    January 3rd, 2012 by Melissa Morris

    On this day in history, January 3rd in the year 1777, Revolutionary War General, George Washington, defeated the British forces at the Battle of Princeton, New Jersey.

  • Acorn Hall celebrates Christmas and we all remember WWII
    December 31st, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    Melissa's account of her visit to Acorn Hall on December 29, 2011.

  • Year in Review ~ 2011
    December 30th, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    It's almost 2012. This means, Notes on the State of New Jersey, LLC is almost one year old. We've come a long way in one year's time. Here's a timeline with some of our events throughout the year.

  • A Warm December in New Jersey
    December 26th, 2011 by Stephen DiMartino

    Instead of snow in the air and highs in the 20’s and 30’s, skies are clear with highs in the 40’s. So what’s so different from last year to this year? What’s behind these warm conditions?

  • Nexus NJ Exhibition Re-Opening and Closing Reception
    December 26th, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    The exhibition was closed following its initial opening on October 23rd - due to lack of heat in the Arts Guild building when the furnace was damaged by the flooding that occurred during Hurricane Irene. The heat has since been restored and regular gallery hours will once again resume.

  • Renowned French artist's US debut, in Jersey City
    December 24th, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    Geneviève Gleize, famed French photographer, debuted the first showing of her work in the U.S. based on the landmark buildings which comprise the CANCOlofts property on Dec. 8, 2011.

  • Christmas in North Jersey
    December 23rd, 2011 by CC Fowler

    The Christmas Eves of my youth in North Jersey were as close to perfect as one could imagine.

  • Punk Rock Flea Market
    December 12th, 2011 by mm menna

    This 300 plus vendors flea market took place at the Starlight Ballroom at 461 N 9th Street in Philadelphia. What a fun way to spend a few hours on a Sunday!

  • Introducing mm menna
    December 10th, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    Our new contributor will keep us posted on the events happening in our neighbor state as well as a variety of things pertaining to reading, history, and whatever tickles her fancy at the time. We are lucky to have mm as a contributor, so stay tuned for fabulous notes from her.

  • Train Shows Part 3: The Milltown Holiday Train Show
    December 9th, 2011 by David Oryniak

    This train show is primarily a fund raiser for the moving and restoration of the last remaining freight station of the Raritan River Railroad- located on Washington Ave.

  • Letter From the Editor, December 2011: Good Intentions
    December 5th, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    Oh, those good intentions. We all have them, don't we? I believe that most of us do. But somewhere, in the midst of our busy schedules and our hectic lives, our good intentions sometimes get lost.

  • Train Shows Part 2: Baron Arts Center Holiday Train Display
    December 1st, 2011 by David Oryniak

    One of the smaller, more personal, holiday displays is the Holiday Train Show at Woodbridge’s Baron Arts Center.

  • Train Shows Part 1: Greenberg Train & Toy Show
    November 23rd, 2011 by David Oryniak

    The Greenberg Train and Toy Show is truly a magnificent show, and the vast hugeness of it does not take away from the family atmosphere.

  • Scenes from the First Contributor Meeting
    November 21st, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    The first meeting - of many - to bring our contributors together and continue exploring our telling of the fabulous story that is New Jersey.

  • Trains, Trains, and Train-O-Mobiles
    November 21st, 2011 by David Oryniak

    This article is a prelude to a four part series on three upcoming NJ model train shows and holiday displays, as well as a permanent display that is officially the World’s Largest Model Railroad- right here in NJ!

  • Thankful for Motherhood
    November 14th, 2011 by CC Fowler

    I am thankful for this path of life I am on as I enjoy all the idiosyncrasies that is Motherhood

  • Thankful for Being Part of Their Lives
    November 12th, 2011 by Cindy Ferraino

    Cindy shares her first note about what she is thankful for.

  • Thankful To Be Able To Forecast In New Jersey
    November 11th, 2011 by Stephen DiMartino

    Stephen shares why he is thankful for forecasting the weather in New Jersey.

  • Thankful for Lice and Vomit
    November 11th, 2011 by Kelly Rega

    We all know how jam packed our holiday celebrations become. But what’s that saying? Life is what happens while you’re busy making plans?

  • So Many Reasons
    November 10th, 2011 by Linda Schroeder

    Linda shares her first note and shares why she is thankful.

  • Thankful
    November 9th, 2011 by CC Fowler

    CC shares one of the reasons for which she is thankful for New Jersey.

  • The David B. Crabiel Field
    November 9th, 2011 by Jeffrey Morris

    Jeff shares his story of watching the progress of a new park built in Middlesex County.

  • I Am Thankful...
    November 8th, 2011 by Christina M Rudczynski

    Christina is the first of our contributors to share a list of the people, places, and things she is most thankful for this season.

  • THE SURPRISE SNOW STORM OF OCTOBER 29, 2011
    November 7th, 2011 by Stephen DiMartino

    There are times when a storm defies logic and climatology. The snow storm on October 29, 2011 defied typical boundary layer issues that would make snowfall accumulation over much of New Jersey nearly impossible.

  • Letter From the Editor, November 2011: Thankful
    November 5th, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    This year, many facebook users and bloggers are devoting their posts to ideas centered around gratitude and thankfulness. NSNJ contributor, CC Fowler is devoting her blog posts to being thankful, and following her lead, I am doing the same with my Jersey Girl blog.

  • Mrs. New Jersey Walks to Fight Alzheimer's Disease
    November 1st, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    Danielle Micale, the reigning Mrs. New Jersey, walks every year in memory of her grandmother, Millie. She walks because her grandmother battled Alzheimer's disease for 14 years, and she walks in hope to find a cure for the people currently suffering from the disease.

  • New Jersey, Land of Horror (But in a Good Way!)
    October 31st, 2011 by Misty Layne

    October is one of my favorite months. Why? Because October is the time of Halloween, haunted houses and most importantly horror movie marathons.

  • Welcome to Ashen Falls - An Interview With Dana Rizzo
    October 29th, 2011 by Misty Layne

    Just in time for Halloween, Dana Rizzo and Misty Layne talk about zombies. Dana Rizzo. It may not be a name you know now, but if you love zombies and/or women filmmakers, it’s a name you should know.

  • Protect Your Skin All Year - An Interview with Dr. Ethan Wasserman
    October 20th, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    In the summer, skin care is at the front of many people's minds. However as the leaves on the trees turn color and fall to the ground, Dr. Ethan Wasserman cautions that we still need to pay careful attention to how we treat and protect our skin.

  • Interview with Rob Kelly
    October 19th, 2011 by Misty Layne

    Rob Kelly has been a professional illustrator and graphic designer for over ten years and though you may not know it, you’ve probably seen some of his work before.

  • Pay It Forward In Milltown, NJ
    October 16th, 2011 by David Oryniak

    ​Neighbors, help your neighbors. Not only will they be thankful, but you will be too.

  • Massage Envy Hosts Healing Hands Fundraiser
    October 10th, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    New Jersey Massage Envy’s Hope to Help Those Dealing with Arthritis, Will Host Healing Hands for Arthritis Fundraiser on October 12th.

  • Letter From the Editor, October 2011: Falling for Fall
    October 5th, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    All of a sudden, it seems that the summer has left us and fall is here in New Jersey. The leaves are a little drier, the sky a little softer, and the air a little crisper.

  • While Some Things Stay the Same, More Things Change
    October 4th, 2011 by Kelly Rega

    I get 2 hours of uninterrupted peace and quiet every afternoon, Monday through Friday…the Holy Grail of motherhood…I LOVE the afternoon session!

  • 41st Anniversary
    September 24th, 2011 by Jeffrey Morris

    Today, September 24, 2011, we (Joan and Jeff Morris) celebrated our 41st wedding anniversary. What a wonderful 40-plus years.

  • I Recall
    September 11th, 2011 by CC Fowler

    I recall the day, the moment, the aftermath, the vision to seek solace in knowing lives, and our innocence, did not vanish in vain.

  • Remembrances
    September 11th, 2011 by Misty Layne

    I remember you all who were lost that day, taken too soon. We'll never forget you.

  • Remembering 9/11
    September 11th, 2011 by Kelly Rega

    Now, my first thought was, “How the heck do you hit the World Trade Center?” I hadn’t heard any news yet, and I thought it was just a rookie pilot making a terrible mistake. When they said a second plane hit the second tower, and the Pentagon, well, I couldn’t believe how wrong I was.

  • Never Forget..Ten Years Later
    September 11th, 2011 by Christina M Rudczynski

    We will NEVER FORGET and we will RISE ABOVE everything and are stronger as people and a nation.

  • Remembering the Lives We Lost
    September 11th, 2011 by Jeffrey Morris

    Knowing the area very well, I shot over to the Old Bridge Turnpike, overlooking the Edgeboro land fill, and watched as the two towers burned. It looked like a picture of an old steam ship, smoking away, sailing off toward Europe.

  • Remembering the Reality of It All
    September 11th, 2011 by Alex Torpey

    For a few deafeningly silent minutes everyone in the classroom watched in awe of what was happening. Still trying to make sense of what they saw... could this really be happening?

  • The Garden State
    September 8th, 2011 by Karan Kauchhur

    At the back of my mind, I always thought that NJ is not a beautiful place and I may not get any good shots. This pre-conceived notion I had was from all hear-say, from people who don't live here.

  • September 5K Races
    September 8th, 2011 by Ginny Macaluso

    Calling all runners (and walkers!) -- Are you looking for local races? Check out these 5Ks:

  • Matt Wong Releases Debut Album
    September 7th, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    This fall, fourteen year-old guitarist and songwriter Matt Wong of West Windsor, New Jersey will release his debut album, Fly Me to the Moon.

  • Precious Wawayanda - Jersey Jewels
    September 6th, 2011 by Christina M Rudczynski

    Hidden in the Appalachian Mountains, lies a Jersey Jewel saturated with life: Wawayanda State Park. There is a long list of things that one could do here; some ideas are: fishing, canoeing, swimming, kayaking, hiking, camping, and relaxing.

  • Letter From the Editor, September 2011: A Time for Reflection
    September 5th, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    Ten years ago, our country, and many New Jersey families suffered a great loss. Notes on the State of New Jersey wishes to remember the day that took, and changed, so many of our lives.

  • Lucky
    September 4th, 2011 by Misty Layne

    And so Irene came, and in her wake she left massive flooding and a devastated neighborhood. What she didn't leave though were hopeless spirits or a sense of despair, at least not in this small section of New Jersey.

  • Ah, I see the light!
    September 4th, 2011 by Jeffrey Morris

    While the neighbors and I were chatting, we noticed one of the Borough’s trucks pull into our street with the emergency lights going. They seemed like New York tourists staring up in the sky, but instead of gazing at skyscrapers, these workers were investing our power lines.

  • Hurricane Irene From A Meteorologist's Perspective
    September 3rd, 2011 by Stephen DiMartino

    The challenge of forecasting a powerful storm and get that forecast right is like a high akin to hitting a home run in the world series. However, there are times when I would rather be wrong, and Hurricane Irene was one of those times.

  • The New Jersey Business Growth Summit Offers Quality Training to NJ's Small Businesses
    September 1st, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    Local businessmen coordinate a special event to provide techniques and tools for business growth, led by Dr. Ben Sopranzetti of Rutgers Business School, Kent Malmros of Kaplan, and a panel of 
New Jersey based business owners.

  • Surviving Irene
    August 28th, 2011 by David Oryniak

    Sheets of rain are pounding the ground and puddles and newly-formed streams along the curbs. A garbage can is rolling down the street in the wind.

  • Get Out Your Swimmies?
    August 28th, 2011 by Lauren Mosko

    So now that all is calm (calmer) my father decided we should venture out and take a look at the wreckage (yes, he is that guy).

  • Hurricane Jersey Style -Who knew!
    August 27th, 2011 by CC Fowler

    Sometime before late afternoon yesterday, I turned the television off. Another minute longer and I would have seriously packed my car, husband, kids, pets and driven west for higher ground. Being online, however, was surprisingly helpful.

  • Seeking Supplies Before Irene Arrives
    August 27th, 2011 by Erica Linfante

    Like so many others, the ever changing weather forecast and news updates have held my attention for days. Questions like, "What to do?" and "Where to go?" lingered in my head. Possibilities of potential destruction filled my head and worked overtime on my imagination.

  • Look out, It's A Hurricane!
    August 27th, 2011 by David Oryniak

    Yes, I know it’s prudent to “be prepared” as I was taught while a Scout in Milltown. So we spent the past several days preparing for the worst while hoping for the best...I just didn’t think that we would wind up having enough food and water to last through a month-long natural disaster!

  • Preparing for Irene
    August 27th, 2011 by Kelly Rega

    I don’t usually get too worried about storms, but this one has me a bit nervous. So what did I do to prepare?

  • The Uninvited BBQ Guest
    August 27th, 2011 by Derrick Larane

    The 27th of August, my wife and I had planned to have our daughter Elena's first birthday party. It was supposed to be a BBQ in our backyard.

  • Waiting for Irene, Remembering Floyd
    August 26th, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    We need to prepare for quite a doozy with this storm. All of New Jersey is currently under a hurricane warning, and part of the state is already under a flood watch.

  • East Coast Earthquake Reaches New Jersey
    August 23rd, 2011 by Christina M Rudczynski

    As I sat on my couch around 1:45 PM, it started to move beneath me. I mean, I thought I was on a boat moving; it was a wild experience!

  • Horses and Horsepower Tour
    August 13th, 2011 by David Oryniak

    He loves cars, like any guy loves cars. The difference is he buys the ones he loves and has amassed a collection of museum-quality automobiles that rivals Jay Leno’s car collection!

  • Make Room for One More
    August 10th, 2011 by Kelly Rega

    My cousin called me tonight to tell me that my 5 year old godson, when told that I was having a baby, replied, “Another one? How many are they going to have? They already have 3!”

  • Jersey in Italy
    August 9th, 2011 by Ginny Macaluso

    They land, and Snooki looks for a place to convert money at the airport. She points to a Currency Exchange and asks, “Is that where I can get pesos?”

  • Passion Puddle Shines - Jersey Jewels
    August 8th, 2011 by Christina M Rudczynski

    One of the most peaceful and relaxing of the Jersey Jewels is found nestled away in New Brunswick on the Cook/Douglass Campus of Rutgers University.

  • 2nd Annual Picture Perfect: Summer in New Jersey Photography Contest
    August 7th, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    For an infinite number of reasons, summer in New Jersey means many things to many people, and through photography we are able to preserve these special moments.

  • 100th Anniversary of the Milltown Fire Department
    August 6th, 2011 by David Oryniak

    On February 22nd of this year, the Milltown Fire Department turned 100 years old. Their big celebration however, was put off until warmer weather arrived.

  • Letter From the Editor, August 2011: Is your voice being heard?
    August 5th, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    Since the inception of this publication at the beginning of this year, Notes on the State of New Jersey has come a long way.

  • Are YOU Jersey Fresh?
    August 4th, 2011 by Erica Linfante

    Summertime is the perfect time for getting going with healthy changes or to explore new ways of improving your overall health.

  • Introducing Photographer, Christina Rudczynski
    August 3rd, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    "I want people to feel what they need to feel, see what they need to see, or be what they need to be, when they look at my work. I want my passion of photography to flow from my photographs into peoples’ souls.”

  • Really, The "Real" Housewives of NJ? I think NOT.
    August 2nd, 2011 by CC Fowler

    Seriously, what is the draw to loud, bawdy and obnoxious behavior?

  • Out of Bounds - Southern Belle Turned Jersey Girl
    August 1st, 2011 by Misty Layne

    Not too long ago my parents came up to visit me. It was the first time in New Jersey for both of them, and my mom’s first time in New York. It was nice having a little bit of home around for a few days, and showing off my Jersey life was fun and sometimes strange.

  • Beat the Heat - Tips for battling heat and humidity during exercise
    July 30th, 2011 by Ginny Macaluso

    With heat advisories posted for the next few days, here are some tips to help you handle the heat.

  • The Jig is Almost Up
    July 28th, 2011 by Kelly Rega

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, lying is wrong....I know this. I don't care though. Sometimes I just need to take the path of least resistance.

  • The Season 4 Trailer for Jersey Shore features music from Cash Cash!
    July 27th, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    Two tracks from Cash Cash’s album Love or Lust are featured on the new Jersey Shore trailers: “Naughty or Nice” and “Jersey Girl.”

  • Vernacular - Southern Belle Turned Jersey Girl
    July 25th, 2011 by Misty Layne

    Y’all talk funny up here, y’all ever notice that? It took me a bit of getting used to learning how to navigate y’alls language...

  • LBI "Tall Ship" Contest Winners To Be Married This Saturday
    July 23rd, 2011 by Erik Kent

    New Jersey couple Sandy Lanier and Jim Harding will be married in Long Beach Island on Saturday, July 23rd on the deck of New Jersey’s official “Tall Ship,” the A.J. Meerwald. Public invited to witness this LBI wedding ceremony at 1:00pm from the dock in Beach Haven, NJ.

  • My New Title
    July 23rd, 2011 by Ginny Macaluso

    Each summer, as I head south down the 95 corridor, I can feel myself morphing from my Jersey self back into my Southern self – my accent returns, and phrases I don’t normally use back in New Jersey pop out of my mouth at regular intervals...

  • The New Brunswick Free Public Library Wants You to Read
    July 22nd, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    Many people claim that the summer months are the only time of year that they find the time to read. The New Brunswick Library is aware of this and understands completely.

  • Fly "Coast to Coast" with Those Mockingbirds
    July 22nd, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    Members of the Montclair, New Jersey-based band, Those Mockingbirds, have been diligently working on their new EP.

  • Art Guild New Jersey is looking for Artists
    July 20th, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    The Art Guild New Jersey in Rahway is looking for artists to submit work for upcoming shows.

  • Tom Brislin is Taking Requests
    July 19th, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    Dunellen, NJ native, Tom Brislin is out in Nashville, TN right now working on his first solo album. The singer/songwriter/musician has been hard at work writing songs for quite a while and is looking to his fans for the financial support to make the project possible.

  • My NJ Badge of Honor
    July 19th, 2011 by David Oryniak

    A New Jersey native, born and bred, shares his reasons for loving his home state.

  • Decoration Day - Southern Belle Turned Jersey Girl
    July 18th, 2011 by Misty Layne

    Sometimes there are things that I miss about home while living here in New Jersey. Y’all offer a lot for a gal; don’t get me wrong, but every once in awhile I miss some down home traditions.

  • Plenty of Photo Opportunities at the Plainsboro Preserve
    July 17th, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    The New Jersey Audubon's Plainsboro Preserve is a fantastic location in central New Jersey for nature study and photography.

  • Greetings from Asbury Park!
    July 1st, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    Though I had been to Asbury Park numerous times before, for fabulous live music and delectable dining purposes, I had never been on the actual beach until this summer.

  • Summer Shore Memories
    June 30th, 2011 by CC Fowler

    Down the shore to New Jerseyans is more than a beach or a vacation. It is the family member we can't wait to see year after year.

  • Gaslight - Brew Jersey
    June 30th, 2011 by Peter Shaughnessy

    Brew snobs need not worry, Gaslight has this consumer in mind. Gaslight's menu includes two beers that top out above 8 percent alcohol, including the aptly-named Eliminator.

  • Down The Shore - Southern Belle Turned Jersey Girl
    June 28th, 2011 by Misty Layne

    I was utterly confused, until it was all explained to me, that this means going to the beach at the Jersey Shore. See, where I’m from we just say, “We’re going to the beach!” Months later, I had my first experience of going down the shore, and I realized that it’s so much more than just a beach.

  • Wide Open Spaces - Southern Belle Turned Jersey Girl
    June 20th, 2011 by Misty Layne

    Who knew New Jersey had mountains? And beaches? I certainly didn’t! The town where I live is quite possibly more small town than my hometown in Bama and I love it.

  • Kiss the Bride - Southern Belle Turned Jersey Girl
    June 6th, 2011 by Misty Layne

    I don’t know how much y’all know about Southern weddings but until I moved here, I assumed all weddings were pretty much the same. It is just like you, New Jersey, to prove me wrong.

  • My New Jersey Story
    June 5th, 2011 by CC Fowler

    Everything you need to know about me is summed up in 5 neat and tidy sentences.

  • Introducing Cristina C. Fowler
    June 4th, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    Like many women living in New Jersey, our newest Notes on the State of New Jersey contributor, Cristina C. Fowler, wears a lot of hats.

  • New Brunswick "Unique" Photography Contest
    June 1st, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    Think you know New Brunswick? Think you can capture just how unique New Brunswick is? Here's your chance.

  • 2011 Princeton Healthcare Kids Marathon
    May 31st, 2011 by Ginny Macaluso

    Some of these runners will be marathon veterans, while others will be completing their very first 26.2 miler. All will have put in hours of training to prepare for this race. What will set these runners apart from “typical” marathoners is age.

  • The Mystery of Taylor Ham - Southern Belle Turned Jersey Girl
    May 30th, 2011 by Misty Layne

    As a Southern Belle, I must confess to not understanding the mystery of a Taylor ham, egg, and cheese sandwich. I mean, it’s just pork right? It’s bologna but thicker, yeah?

  • Diner Land - Southern Belle Turned Jersey Girl
    May 23rd, 2011 by Misty Layne

    I also discovered that New Jersey is home to Cluck-U Chicken, which might be the most amazing name for a food establishment EVER.

  • Behind the Wheel – Southern Belle Turned Jersey Girl
    May 16th, 2011 by Misty Layne

    No left turns? No right turns on red? Jughandles? What the heck is a jughandle?

  • American Indian Hoop Dance in Thompson Park
    May 15th, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    American Indian Hoop Dance is a form of storytelling that incorporates hoops - used to create designs or formations, representing various animals, shapes, and storytelling elements.

  • 20 Minute Conversations - Southern Belle Turned Jersey Girl
    May 9th, 2011 by Misty Layne

    When I moved here it was complete culture shock. From the weather to the food, everything was different from my Southern upbringing.

  • Introducing the Southern Belle Turned Jersey Girl: Misty Layne
    May 8th, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    Not everyone who lives in New Jersey is a native. Whether it’s because people want to live closer to the shore, they’re following a job opportunity or following their heart to be with a loved one, we have a lot of transplants here in the Garden State.

  • Art After Hours - Art Events Don't End With Rutgers Day
    May 3rd, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    Each first Wednesday of the month, the Zimmerli Art Museum, located on the College Avenue Campus of Rutgers University, offers a program called Art After Hours. Each of these evenings, the museum is packed with activities and entertainment appealing to a vast range of interests and audiences.

  • Call for Contributors
    April 27th, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    What we're looking for: Original news stories and articles about people and events in New Jersey. New Jersey-centered memoirs and personal essays. Photo essays and stock photos of New Jersey.

  • Making History in New Jersey
    April 26th, 2011 by Melissa Morris

    Notes on the State of New Jersey (NSNJ) is an online publication dedicated to keeping New Jersey's history alive, while also preserving present-day New Jersey experiences for posterity.