9/29/16 Volume XLIX, No. 38
Beachgoers in the Monmouth County town of Manasquan were thrilled in late August when a humpback whale appeared offshore. For two hours, it breached, spouted, slapped its fins on the water and waved them in the air.
Of course, the humpback wasn’t there for entertainment. It was simply having a long lunch, feeding on abundant small fish in the water.
Humpback whales are making a comeback. Fishermen in the New York Bight – the triangular corner of ocean between . . .
9/22/16 Volume XLIX, No. 37
You may be surprised to learn that two New Jerseyans started our state’s wine industry almost two decades before the American Revolution!
At the time, Great Britain was thirsting for good wine in the colonies, and London’s Royal Society of Arts offered a reward to any colonist who could produce wine of the same caliber as vintages from France.
Two New Jersey men, William Alexander and Edward Antill, took the challenge and were recognized by the Royal . . .
9/15/16 Volume XLIX, No. 36
With 130 miles of coastline, New Jersey residents know all about the joys of sunbathing at the beach. But how about “forest bathing”?
Yes, it’s real … and it can improve your health! And you don’t need to wear a bathing suit!
Forest bathing literally means soaking in the forest atmosphere. It originated nearly 35 years ago in Japan, where it’s known as “shinrin-yoku,” and it’s now catching on in the United . . .
9/8/16 Volume XLIX, No. 35
It sounds like a pitch from the game show “Let’s Make A Deal”: How about swapping 1.37 acres of prime public beachfront on the Atlantic Ocean for an antique carousel, a parking lot and 67 acres of inaccessible wetlands?
As crazy as it might sound, this deal-making is for real.
For possibly the first time in New Jersey history, a deal to trade away a public beach has been made between the state, a town and a private developer. That approval is now under . . .
Every cloud has a silver lining, including rain clouds. While rainy weather may keep us indoors when we’d rather be outside, it makes for excellent conditions to view New Jersey’s waterfalls. Cascades that are merely pretty in dry weather can quickly become spectacular after a good soaking.
A great time for a waterfall hike is a day or two after a heavy rainfall. Rain that has fallen on the ground takes some time to reach streams and rivers, so the sun may be out and . . .