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  • Raking In the Shore's Crystal Bounty
    a perfectionist He wanted flakier more beautiful crystals and we now have that after months of fine tuning The process begins with pumping sea water at a beach in the vicinity of Avalon on the calmer side of a jetty where the water is less turbid The spot Manteca found has higher than average salinity and a more pungent minerality than the marshy water along the Delaware Bay nearer to Cape May Point If it rains Manteca waits three days for storm runoff to clear Then he runs a fire hose with a strainer tip into the water fires up a pump and fills two 750 gallon plastic tanks mounted on the back of a truck The tanks are cast offs from Hawk Haven Winery and Vineyard in nearby Rio Grande We re very into upcycling says Thomas Recommended Reading Joseph Cuccia at Beard House in New York City Inside the Windy Acres greenhouse the new water is pumped into one of three backyard type above ground swimming pools each with a capacity of 4 000 gallons The seawater sits in the pools for about four days to let sand and seaweed settle to the bottom Then about 1 500 gallons of seawater is pumped through filters into the first of a series of long shallow evaporation troughs built by Manteca Handy and project driven I m go go go Manteca also did much of the design carpentry and painting at Quahog s Red Store and Little Store his and Ebner s new bakery at the north end of Cape May With the temperature in the greenhouse near 160 degrees in summer the water in the trough can lose 25 percent of its volume in a day up to a week in winter Then it is pumped through a filter into a second trough and the first trough is refilled By the time the water refiltered each time reaches the fourth and final trough it is a thick slushy brine With a wooden rake Manteca pushes the emerging salt crystals into a snowy ridge that runs all the way down the center of the trough This is where figuratively speaking he dons his chef s toque Sea salt is composed of several types of crystals in addition to basic sodium chloride NaCl One of them magnesium chloride takes longer to crystallize than the others It imparts its own characteristic flavors Too much MgCl₂ will turn the finished salt bitter so Manteca s goal is to rake up the just right Goldilocks amount It s like surfing he says It s physical work that requires patience The final drying takes place in the back of an old truck outfitted with wooden racks and a powerful dehumidifier Each 4 000 gallon pool of Avalon area seawater yields about 500 pounds of lightly flaky bracingly delicious Cape May Sea Salt We have packaging parties at the farm Manteca says Everyone pitches in I get to spend time with my daughter Catalina 7 I

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  • Sinatra's Blackjack Blowup
    story which admittedly doesn t testify to the gracious and generous side of Sinatra but is part of his legend nonetheless My late uncle Mike Adubato my father s brother had a passion for Sinatra Uncle Mike had a great voice he wanted to be a singer and performed in clubs in our neighborhood But Mike moved on to other things and later became a distinguished state assemblyman In January 1984 I joined him in the Assembly the Legislature s youngest member No sooner had I taken my seat than Uncle Mike thrust himself into the middle of a controversy surrounding the state s most famous celebrity It started at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City where Sinatra and Dean Martin were scheduled to perform The two stars were in the casino playing blackjack when Sinatra insisted he be dealt his cards by hand instead of out of the plastic shoe as required by state law When the dealer refused Sinatra allegedly made an ethnic slur the dealer was of Asian descent She ultimately relented and dealt the cards by hand violating the rules Recommended Reading Net Gains The History of Pound Fishing The Golden Nugget was fined 25 000 by the Casino Control Commission its commissioner Joel Jacobsen would later call Sinatra an obnoxious bully for his behavior In protest Sinatra broke his contract with the Golden Nugget saying he would never again perform in New Jersey if state officials were going to treat him this way Incensed by the way Sinatra was treated Uncle Mike decided to propose a resolution that New Jersey officially apologize to the entertainer and ask him to return to his home state My father himself a major political force in the state thought it was a bad idea and told me to make sure Mike didn t bring it up in the Statehouse My father understood that many legislators were exasperated by Sinatra s behavior and threatened to walk out if my uncle presented the resolution Although Uncle Mike promised he d drop the idea he eventually reneged Addressing the Assembly he said the members should call on Sinatra our native son to return to New Jersey the home of your parents Dolly and Marty Sinatra Frank come back to your roots Come home to New Jersey I love you As feared several legislators walked out Others protested loudly I sat in the Assembly chamber in fear and shock Ultimately Uncle Mike withdrew the resolution before a vote could be taken As for Sinatra he didn t seem to hold a grudge He returned to the Golden Nugget the very next year playing seven shows from October 9 to 13 1985 Just part of the Sinatra lore in New Jersey Read more Historic Jersey Steve Adubato Only in NJ Towns Schools articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed

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  • Rocky Road to Gateway: The Hudson River Tunnel
    easy Since there isn t a program currently in Congress to provide such funding says Robins it will have to be developed from scratch A mid August meeting involving Christie New Jersey senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker U S Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and representatives of New York governor Andrew Cuomo indicated some momentum for the tunnel project The state of New Jersey supports the Gateway project and is committed to developing a framework with the federal government to begin it Christie Booker and Menendez said in a joint statement after the meeting We all recognize that the only way forward is equitable distribution of funding responsibility and the active participation of all parties As commuters can attest we cannot afford further delay Cuomo whose absence from the meeting was not insignificant said after the gathering that he was excited by the dialogue But where do we go from here Recommended Reading Court Street School Fortified Students for Anything If you ask the feds they have said they will not ask for Congress to get involved until they have commitment from the states says Robins But the states say they won t do anything until they know what is coming from the federal government A stalemate could occur Amtrak which owns the existing tunnel is requesting the feds pick up 80 percent of the tab for a new one However recent reports indicate Congress won t contribute more than 50 percent That would leave at least 7 5 billion for New York and New Jersey to cover Regardless of the number New Jersey will have to figure out how to pay its share says Robins Typically New Jersey turns to its Transportation Trust Fund TTF for such infrastructure projects But says Robins the fund is insufficient No one has talked about a TTF number that is large enough to cover New Jersey s share of Gateway as well as the state s other backlogged transportation capital needs he says The answer could come in the form of low cost long term federal loans We are talking about projects that have a useful life of 50 to 100 years or even more says Robins Bonding for a loan like this would be most appropriate The need is greater than ever Amtrak s existing tunnel is more than 100 years old and was severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy To get a new one built our leaders must show a willingness to be flexible We need to be thinking about getting people to and from work and about delivering goods and services on time If the Gateway Project falls through no amount of finger pointing will alleviate the human and economic pain that will follow There are no photos with those IDs or post 117372 does not have any attached images Read more Steve Adubato Only in NJ Towns Schools articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New

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  • Loosen Up: Reassessing NJ's Strict Liquor Laws
    the size of the establishment Mayors from around the state as well as real estate developers and the League of Municipalities realize the benefits of this bill says Burzichelli I call it unlocking an economy meaning allowing restaurants to start up Burzichelli sees the issue in human terms Imagine someone graduates from culinary school and wants to open a restaurant but he can t compete with Applebee s down the street because he can t serve a drink unless he raises 500 000 to buy a license It s hard enough to be in business but for the state to add this barrier the restaurant s chances of survival are even less Recommended Reading Watching Out For Cyber Threats Independent restaurants are essential to a town s vitality and can help spur new commercial projects throughout New Jersey While consumers appreciate BYO bargains ordering a glass of wine from a carefully curated list or a cocktail from an expert mixologist can be a memorable part of the dining experience What s more alcohol can be a significant moneymaker that helps a restaurant survive and potentially thrive It s no surprise that resistance to Burzichelli s bill comes from current holders of liquor licenses Many paid exorbitant amounts to buy their licenses on the open market These business owners are rightfully concerned that letting towns dole out new licenses will reduce the market value of their licenses To soften the blow Burzichelli s bill provides a tax credit for existing licensees equal to the fair market value of their license prior to the enactment of the bill Revising the licensing law makes sense in a state looking for new revenue streams The idea is to take away the commodity edge of the inflated values of liquor licenses says Burzichelli We have strict standards and in my bill you will not have a bar in these restaurants it is table service So it won t allow for the creation of nuisance bars There will also be limited service time But the license will be affordable Burzichelli is hoping to move his bill out of committee this fall for a vote by the full Assembly in early 2016 Plans are in the works for a Senate version There are no photos with those IDs or post 115300 does not have any attached images Read more Steve Adubato Only in NJ Towns Schools articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly Guy Wow a democrat with a sensible idea Who is fighting this other than a bunch political cronies that own 2 Million dollar lic Come on NJ join the 21 century or at least the late 20th Steve I would really just like to buy beer and wine at the grocery store like everyone else in America I get why it makes sense to make more liquor licenses available to restaurants but I prefer spending 15 on

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  • Falling Into the Gap: The Pension Crisis
    of the current system But Steve Wollmer director of communications for the New Jersey Education Association the state s largest teachers union says the state can indeed afford to close the pension gap if it looks in the right place There is money says Wollmer but the governor just doesn t want to spend it on what we want him to spend it on He refuses to reinstate the millionaire s tax There are places to go for this revenue So what will happen if the state continues to underfund the pension system the way it has done for the past 10 years and the way Christie is proposing we continue to do In 12 to 14 years the entire system would go belly up and run out of money claims Wollmer There are 800 000 people who either work under the system or are retired under the system If the pension funds are allowed to fail these same people will eventually not contribute to the economy and could wind up needing assistance from the state Recommended Reading 10 HUGE Jersey Personalities For Vice President Yet on June 26 Christie after vetoing 1 6 billion from the budget he received from the Democrats signed a 33 8 billion budget that does not reduce the pension fund s unfunded liabilities While Democrats were pushing for a 3 1 billion pension payment Christie cut that back to 1 3 billion covering only the retirement costs of employees currently in the workforce Christie says the state does not have the money to make the full pension payment and offers the following example as an illustration that our current system is broken Take the average teacher in New Jersey that works 30 years That average teacher puts 84 000 into the pension system over their 30 year career and they take out 1 1 million over their lifetime The average teacher in New Jersey who gets family health coverage pays 111 000 over their 30 year career for that health coverage and the cost of that health coverage is 1 5 million So the average teacher pays 195 000 for their pension and health care and gets out 2 6 million in benefits On those grounds the governor argues it is time to renegotiate but the NJEA and other public employee unions are in no mood to sit down at the bargaining table because according to Wollmer many public employees feel the state is stealing from them He says that over the past 10 years public employees have put 10 billion in the pension fund while the state has contributed 3 billion Clearly the situation doesn t add up Now both sides are likely to dig in their heels and the pension crisis will remain unresolved You can count on plenty of finger pointing and scapegoating which is this last thing we need in the Statehouse these days Read more Politics Public Affairs Steve Adubato Only in NJ articles By submitting comments you grant

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  • Defending the Fort
    and several gun batteries are open for summer programs We are still working on things like getting the visitors center taken care of and the history house back open says Nersesian The restoration of the historic district won t stop there We need to do a lot of work on the buildings says Nersesian They are beautiful buildings Old officers quarters officers clubs and barracks buildings It is stunning and all of this with a tremendous ocean view Sandy Hook s history as a military installation goes back to colonial times According to Nersesian the area was in loyalist hands during the American Revolution It served the new nation in the decades that followed It was significant in the War of 1812 and the Civil War says Nersesian Fort Hancock itself dates to 1895 In World War II there were about 7 000 people living out there It was the first place in the country where we had women stationed at a fighting installation during World War II and it was still active all the way up through the Cold War Recommended Reading Giving Back Punkin Chunkin Raises 3 200 For St Jude Children s Research Hospital Military history was made on several other occasions on Sandy Hook In 1893 it was the site of the first disappearing gun battery And during the Cold War Nike missiles were based there The missile sites were unaffected by Sandy and remain open for guided tours Historic preservation as Nersesian points out does not come cheaply In fact Gateway is looking to forge some unique partnerships to help support its restoration efforts The best way to preserve something for the long term is to have somebody in it using it day in and day out living there or using it for an office or a business says Nersesian So we are looking for private public partnerships People who can help us invest in restoration of these buildings in exchange for a long term lease What kind of businesses can the public expect We recently put out six requests for proposals two for a bed and breakfast two for a residence or office use and two for nonprofits explains Nersesian Development won t be haphazard Even before Sandy Gateway established the Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee to advise on future use of the historic district The park wanted to become engaged with the local community and be transparent as it developed plans for future uses at Fort Hancock says Nersesian The effort is essential says Nersesian This is part of who we are as a country Understanding where we came from what we went through the significance of this place and the pieces of history it is tied to have shaped who we are as a people There are no photos with those IDs or post 109287 does not have any attached images Read more Historic Jersey Jersey Shore articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments

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  • Falling for the Great Falls
    as the number one thing to see but beyond that I d say Lambert Castle and the Paterson Museum The castle was home to one of Paterson s silk mill owners and overlooks the city from Garret Mountain Reservation It s now home to the Passaic County Historical Society I also tell visitors to go to the Paterson Museum It tells the story of Paterson which is really the story of America You can see a lot of what was made here and how it was made What can visitors expect this spring in terms of improvements at the falls We hope that Mary Ellen Kramer Park will be re opened so visitors can again walk the footbridge that spans the Passaic and affords the best view of the falls We re also opening a new welcome center in the park which will include a store that sells gifts and books The next project we hope to undertake is a rehab of Overlook Park the place where most visitors park and begin their visit Recommended Reading The Last Nest Saving Our Bald Eagle Population What s the connection between the Great Falls and the historic district The Great Falls is located within the historic district which is about 115 acres The site was declared a national landmark in 1976 by President Ford What food options are available near the park There are more than 50 ethnicities represented in Paterson so the food options are varied and numerous Visitors to the Great Falls can get a hot dog at Libby s Lunch 98 McBride Avenue which is a landmark in its own right or they can venture down Market Street to experience a number of great ethnic restaurants The new Broadway musical Hamilton tells the story of Alexander Hamilton a founding father who is also the founder of Paterson How does the musical relate to the Great Falls The musical references what kind of America Hamilton wanted and in that sense Paterson takes center stage Unlike many of his contemporaries Hamilton wanted the U S to be an economic powerhouse a nation that would make its own stuff and bring a diversity of talents here to make it He founded Paterson as the first planned industrial city in the country becoming Exhibit A in the argument Hamilton would ultimately win Is it true that Hamilton Washington and Lafayette paused for lunch at the falls during the Revolutionary War Yes they did in July of 1778 It s not surprising since the Great Falls were New Jersey s first major tourist attraction and people passing near here often paid a visit One of Washington s aides Colonel James McHenry who lunched here with the general and his party wrote in his journal that the falls were a place well formed for love There are no photos with those IDs or post 103415 does not have any attached images Read more Outdoors Steve Adubato Only in NJ articles By submitting comments you grant

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  • Blurring the Lines - New Jersey Monthly
    journalist to blur the lines between news and entertainment Nor is he the first high profile news personality to feel pressured by a major news organization to become a celebrity in his own right But that doesn t mean those who have long respected Williams aren t disappointed by his actions I always thought of him as the perfect blend of hard journal ism and entertainment says Bob Mann professor and chair of communication arts at Caldwell University and host of Let s Consider the Source a weekly media issues talk show on Sirius XM Insight Channel 121 Williams never let his comedy into his news broadcast There was a wall between the two He could kill on SNL 30 Rock or The Daily Show The lines of demarcation were always clear It s a shame he discredited himself in another way because on the issue of news versus entertainment he had it just right Recommended Reading The Last Nest Saving Our Bald Eagle Population Still that balancing game of news and entertainment is a slippery slope I doubt anyone can get it just right For Merrill Brown director of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University the Williams incident raises a broader issue The entire television news establishment went way too far in their support of U S military actions post 9 11 says Brown Questions about the Iraq war weren t asked and the broadcast and cable networks and their anchors often spoke of we in covering military action On air graphics featured waving flags and sloganeering in support of U S military action Too many in the media had blinders on about the initial war efforts Williams was no exception Williams is a Jersey guy so his fall from grace is especially sad for those of us who had looked upon him with Jersey pride I loved that Williams in the aftermath of Sandy would always inject his self revelation that the storm had destroyed parts of what he had loved as a child says Mann That personal angle made me turn to him for the Sandy news because he seemed to truly feel it Will Williams regain his anchor job The damage has been great but Brown says there is a road back Williams NBC News and the public would all benefit from the establishment of an independent investigative panel to assess Williams s work and review NBC News practices says Brown That would be preferable to the NBC investigative unit currently looking into his actions If an independent investigation says Williams s improprieties were limited rather than extensive and systemic and he answers all questions about the allegations then he has a chance to return says Brown If he doesn t do so he ll not return There are no photos with those IDs or post 102502 does not have any attached images Read more People Politics Public Affairs Steve Adubato Only in NJ articles By submitting comments you grant permission for

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