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  • A Visit To The United States Golf Association Museum in Far Hills
    extra long to accommodate his prodigious girth and the moon club used by astronaut Alan Shepard to hit golf balls on the lunar surface during the Apollo 14 mission in 1971 The brick mansion that houses the museum was built in 1919 for New York financier Thomas Frothingham by John Russell Pope who also designed the National Archives and Jefferson Memorial A tour begins in the Arnold Palmer room which emphasizes Palmer s special connection with his fans A portrait comprised of 22 000 words either about or spoken by Palmer painstakingly drawn by a fan dominates the entryway The Mickey Wright room details the mechanics of the near perfect swing that ruled women s golf in the 1960s the sand wedge Wright used for her entire 15 year career has a sweet spot no bigger than a nickel Other treasures are housed in the Bob Jones and Ben Hogan rooms Construction will begin on the Jack Nicklaus room this summer Recommended Reading Net Gains The History of Pound Fishing In the Hall of Champions the name of every USGA Championship winner is engraved on a wall plaque It s always very touching when a champion comes here takes out a piece of paper and a pencil or a crayon and makes a rubbing of their name says Trostel A temporary exhibit on display through 2013 chronicles barrier breakers Jackie Robinson Joe Louis and Althea Gibson While better known for their achievements in baseball boxing and tennis respectively each developed a love for golf and an impressively low handicap after their professional athletic careers Outside visitors can try the Pynes Putting Course a 16 000 square foot nine hole green inspired by the Himalayas putting course at the St Andrews Links in Scotland revered as the birthplace of modern golf Guests can sample replica putters including Bob Jones s Calamity Jane II and the controversial center shafted Schenectady You can even putt with bramble and square mesh golf balls from the turn of the 20th century The museum is also home to the USGA Research and Test Center where the association ensures all clubs and balls used in its events meet its rigorous standards Guests can also visit the USGA s biomechanics lab Tours tee off at 1 pm Tuesday to Friday 77 Liberty Corner Road 908 234 2300 usgamuseum com Click here to read about more Springs Getaways Click to enlarge images The Hall of Champions commemorates every USGA tournament winner The mechanical golfer in the research and test center Read more Culture Corner Jersey Living Sports 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 Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big 7 Dining Trends to Watch in 2016 February

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  • Our Favorite Downtowns: Cape May
    grandfather the radio evangelist Carl McIntire Dan Casale whose grandfather had a shoe store here and his wife Lindsay whose great grandfather was the last keeper of the Cape May Lighthouse own the Makers Making a craft store Mark Kulkowitz s children are starting to take over the Mad Batter restaurant and adjacent Carroll Villa hotel both opened in 1976 by his dad Harry WHERE TO EAT Bashaw s mini empire includes the Ebbitt Room for fine dining the indoor outdoor Blue Pig Tavern for upscale casual at Congress Hall and the Rusty Nail for funky seaside eats Other downtown notables 410 Bank Street for New Orleans style French Louisa s Cafe for back to the 70s hip George s Place for the classic Greek diner experience and its tonier relation the Y B and Hotdog Tommy s for its irresistible weiners and clowning proprietor Tom Snyder Recommended Reading Red Ripe and Ready The New Jersey Tomato WHERE TO SHOP Washington Street is the epicenter Lindsay Casale recommends Whale s Tale for nautical inspired crafts and Galvanic for men s casual clothing Dellas 5 10 an old time apothecary has everything from beach needs to a good cup of coffee DON T MISS Cape May s two equity theaters Cape May Stage and East Lynne Theater Company world famous birding opportunities and year round special events THEN AGAIN Parking is a real challenge Try the residential area west of downtown There are no photos with those IDs or post 114093 does not have any attached images Read more Jersey Living Jersey Shore Jersey Travel 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 Presidential Bid

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  • Our Favorite Downtowns: Haddonfield
    association and passed a historic district ordinance It made preservation and services more standard and people viewed downtown as a pleasant tree lined place to shop says then mayor Jack Tarditi We have restaurants coffee shops specialty clothing antiques and unique jewelry he says It is not only for residents but for strollers from everywhere WHERE TO EAT The Little Tuna a white tablecloth seafood spot and Cross Culture an upscale Indian restaurant both have outdoor seating in warm weather Fuji a NJM Top 25 for creative sushi and tempura the British Chip Shop for authentic pub fare the Picket Fence for afternoon tea or Gracie s for water ice and ice cream It s all BYO WHERE TO SHOP Check out Six on East for one of a kind dresses and accessories Richard Bennett for top line men s clothing the Owl s Tale for estate jewelry Happy Hippo for vintage and modern toys A Taste of Olive for you guessed it olive oils and balsamic vinegars and Hooked for fine yarn Recommended Reading Red Ripe and Ready The New Jersey Tomato DON T MISS Haddy likely the only life size dinosaur sculpture rampant in a Jersey town Haddy commemorates the 1858 discovery in Haddonfield of a remarkably complete Hadrosaurus fossil THEN AGAIN Street parking is limited but the nearby PATCO station has plenty on weekends Click to enlarge images Downtown Haddonfield offers a plethora of locally owned businesses Read more Jersey Living Jersey Travel 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 Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A

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  • The Top High Schools 2014: Chatham Takes the Top Spot
    number 3 in the state Groh who lives in Chatham and has been principal for nine years attributes his students college level success to the school s four day rotating block schedule which simulates a college routine It really is kind of a college prep schedule says Groh The students have to budget their time It creates better time management The students also have a lot of freedom to select their courses We are fortunate that our students take education seriously Groh adds New Jersey Monthly made other methodology changes for this year s rankings We ve dropped two factors average class size which is no longer available from the DOE and percentage of faculty with advanced degrees We also have stopped compiling separate rankings by District Factor Group a classification based on a district s relative socioeconomic status that is no longer included in the DOE reports Recommended Reading There s Work to be Done Legislation in 2016 Newly reported this year is information on International Baccalaureate IB testing New Jersey has 14 IB schools each offering the same rigorous curriculum used by more than 3 700 IB schools around the world We know how our kids are doing against kids in Shanghai explains Mackey Pendergrast superintendent of the West Morris Regional High School District The two high schools in Pendergrast s district offer IB programs in addition to the AP programs that most schools offer to their top academic achievers Both schools soared in the rankings as a result of this change West Morris Mendham High School jumped 41 positions to number 4 this year West Morris Central in Chester moved to number 11 from number 56 Another strong performer this year is Haddonfield Memorial High School in Camden County Powered by impressive results in the High School Proficiency Assessment tests HSPA and the SATs Haddonfield moves from number 33 to number 2 Northern Highlands Regional in the Bergen County town of Allendale zips from number 22 to number 3 Millburn High School the number 1 school in 2008 and 2010 and New Providence High School the chart topper in 2012 came in at numbers 5 and 6 Filling out the top 10 are Pascack Hills High School in Montvale and Glen Rock High School both in Bergen County and Marlboro High School and Rumson Fair Haven Regional in Monmouth County Marlboro makes the most impressive leap in the top 100 soaring from number 123 in 2012 to number 9 Like Chatham High School Marlboro was propelled up the chart by its strong SAT performance and postsecondary enrollment rate One school missing from the top of the chart is McNair Academic the renowned magnet high school in Jersey City McNair had held the number 2 spot in the last three rankings but fell to number 62 this year While McNair students are still among the best in the state as far as SAT and HSPA scores are concerned the school was pulled down the chart by its post

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  • Our Favorite Downtowns: Hoboken
    Piccolo s has the best cheese steak South American and Latin is well represented by Cucharamama a NJM Top 25 led by Beard Award winner Maricel Presilla and its Cuban sister Presilla s Zafra Speaking of Cuban La Isla recently opened a second location Elysian Cafe is a hip boite Bareburger an upscale burger chain Schnackenberg s is renowned for its killer doughnuts and carrot cake Then there s French inspired patisserie Choc O Pain Love and Yogurt family owned Lepore s Homemade Chocolates and media favorite Carlo s Bakery Coffee shops abound including family run bwè kafe which spotlights Haitian coffee beans and art WHERE TO SHOP Check out funky boutiques and small chains like Anthology Dor L Dor Dear Hannah and the contemporary vintage Mint Market There s a pretty two story outpost of the regional chain Anthropologie Luxe Face and Body offers treatments and an array of curated beauty products Recommended Reading There s Work to be Done Legislation in 2016 DON T MISS The riverfront W Hoboken hotel for cocktails or dining with a sparkly Manhattan view The Mile Square Theatre which will soon move into a new West Hoboken venue The Hoboken Historical Museum is home to an expansive collection of artifacts detailing Hoboken s history The Hoboken Cove Boathouse at Maxwell Place offers free public kayaking THEN AGAIN Parking is notoriously tight so consider mass transit The PATH train conveniently deposits you at the south end of Washington Street There are no photos with those IDs or post 114229 does not have any attached images Read more Jersey Living Jersey Travel 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

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  • Bloomfield Blossoms
    diverse population of about 2 000 undergraduates mostly New Jersey residents who commute to the 11 acre campus in the heart of Bloomfield The college offers more than 60 majors business nursing and creative arts are among the most popular and a graduate program in accounting The town helped the college plan for the new residence hall but the two entities were often at odds in the past Local residents complained that the college a nonprofit that does not pay property taxes was a drain on resources including parking spaces and municipal services The relationship began to change when Bloomfield public school officials approached college representatives about a basketball program for local kids Since then the college and the town have worked together to create an alternative high school on the college campus Education majors have the opportunity to work with students at the school all of whom are special needs kids It s transforming says Terenzio It s brilliant The college also houses an early learning program for the township Recommended Reading For WDHA The Song Remains the Same It s the greatest growth stage for the college that I have seen and the most symbiotic relationship with the township says Domenick By no means is Bloomfield rebranding itself as a college town and low end retailers such as dollar stores and nail salons still operate adjacent to the new residence hall However the additional consumers residing downtown and the retail space in the residence hall should boost the town s tax base Barnes Noble which ran an on campus bookstore for four years before moving into the new residence hall is the first retail tenant The store s clientele includes students as well as locals looking to grab the latest bestseller or a cup of coffee The store is building a bridge to the community says Patrick Maloney executive vice president and chief operating officer of Barnes Noble College In addition to redeveloping Bloomfield s historic downtown town officials have entered into a public private partnership with an entity known as Bloomfield Center Urban Renewal to develop a large triangular block south of Bloomfield Avenue and adjacent to the NJ Transit station which has direct service to Manhattan The project dubbed Glenwood Village includes more than 220 one two and three bedroom rental units 60 000 square feet of retail space and an existing parking deck owned by the town It is slated for completion this spring In total the town has seven redevelopment projects underway plus two in the planning stages Once we had one or two projects we exploded says Domenick Bloomfield College is also on a roll There are plans to break ground for a new creative arts technology building next month and to convert a former nursing home the college recently purchased into another new residence hall There are greater things to come says Terenzio Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia agrees The more Bloomfield College can grow and prosper he says the more it benefits

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  • Cozying Up to Chester
    Street an organic and GMO free café featuring smoothies juices salads paninis and creative entrées including a Lost Sheep Shepherds Pie with sweet potatoes and corn The café is attractively furnished with rustic wood pieces and plush leather armchairs mostly from Platypus a nearby home goods retailer 250 Route 206 South Care for Mexican fare The cramped but brightly colored Fresco 137 Main Street offers authentic dishes including classic chicken mole and chimichangas and Mexican sodas in lime mango apple and sangria flavors Many shops along Main Street occupy original colonial structures with narrow doorways and creaking uneven floorboards You could spend hours perusing Pegasus Antiques 98 Main Street a maze of jam packed displays reminiscent of a wizard s apothecary in Diagon Alley You ll find nearly every issue of Life magazine exotic lamps and bottles war propaganda posters vintage gumball machines film prints pistols and pocketknives Not surprisingly the old school shop doesn t have a website Other enticing antique stores include Chester Crafts Collectibles 28 Main Street Pines Needles Antiques 455 Main Street and the Chester Antique Mall 427 Route 24 a large multivendor location just east of downtown Recommended Reading Red Ripe and Ready The New Jersey Tomato Chester s main drag is also home to several specialty furniture shops including Boehs Cabinet Shop 85 Main Street with custom wood pieces including rocking chairs birdhouses and benches Across the street at 60 Main Chester Country Furnishings a charming home goods store carries farmhouse inspired pieces crafts and décor There are several clothing and accessory boutiques for women including Objects of Desire 57 Main Street selling handmade jewelry and quality leather handbags and belts Need another reason to visit On October 11 12 the 31st annual Harvest Celebration in downtown Chester will roll out a pet costume contest colonial musketeers pumpkin painting an antique car show and live music Fill your Halloween baskets with unique treats at the Black River Candy Shoppe 44 Main Street boasting more than 900 varieties of candy fudge nuts and taffy Explore Chester s agricultural history at the Cooper Gristmill 74 Route 513 built in 1826 on the edge of the Black River with a massive water wheel that still grinds grain into flour The mill will grind flour for a bread baking demonstration on October 4 Now owned by the Morris County Park Commission the mill runs fall weekend tours through October 26 from 10 am 5 pm on Saturdays and noon to 5 pm on Sundays Family fun of the pick your own variety can be had at Alstede Farms 84 Route 513 Riamede Farm 122 Oakdale Road or Stony Hill Gardens 8 Route 24 all within a five minute drive of Main Street A slightly longer but scenic drive southwest of Chester brings you to the Hacklebarney Cider Mill 104 State Park Road a popular destination for cider hot dogs ciderkraut cider donuts and hot mulled cider Just past the Cider Mill begins the 465 acre Hacklebarney State Park

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  • Our Favorite Downtowns: Montclair
    Kline Especially appealing are the caliber and variety of the restaurants like it s Brooklyn made affordable because so many are BYO It cuts down on cost she says but you re still getting fantastic food WHERE TO EAT Favorites include Raymond s for lunch or brunch Scala del Nonna Osteria Giotto and the NJM Top 25 Fascino for upscale Italian Cuban Pete s for funky Caribbean fun the Wood Pit for serious barbecue Villalobos for modern Mexican and Le Petit Parisien for authentic Parisian macarons WHERE TO SHOP Downtown has chain stores like Urban Outfitters Anthropologie and Lululemon plus boutiques for exceptional finds Parcel has decorative paper stationery and vintage ribbons Isaiah Hemmingway sells beautiful bespoke suits for men and women Dot Reeder edits its selection of women s clothing with precision and panache And downtown BYO goers turn to Amanti Vino for its discerning wine and craft beer selection Recommended Reading Net Gains The History of Pound Fishing DON T MISS The Montclair Art Museum is as sophisticated and ambitious as museums across the Hudson it s a short walk from downtown The Montclair Film Festival has emerged as a popular annual event thanks in part to the participation of Stephen Colbert another Montclair celeb THEN AGAIN Parking can be a headache and walking on busy Bloomfield Avenue is no joy That s a focus of the Montclair Center Business Improvement District We re going to make Bloomfield Avenue a better place to walk says Luther Flurry executive director of Montclair Center Business Improvement District Coming soon a much needed downtown hotel Read more Jersey Living Jersey Travel 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

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