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  • A South Jersey Refuge Welcomes Beavers
    press officer for the state Department of Environmental Protection says beaver populations here and throughout the country have been restored through protection and reintroduction efforts It s a good thing Beavers provide many benefits for the environment and people says Summerville including the conservation of water control of soil erosion prevention of floods and habitat improvement for other wildlife The beaver population at Unexpected Wildlife Refuge is just the right size for the carrying capacity of the preserve says Summerville We are happy with the number of residents here as long as they are comfortable and safe she says During drought years the beavers have relocated completely off the refuge to safer downstream areas where there was more water They come back when conditions change to favorable Recommended Reading Net Gains The History of Pound Fishing In addition to drought beavers are threatened by natural predators such as wolves coyotes and bears But the biggest threat occurs when beavers get too close to settled areas Threats to beavers would be mostly from humans when the beavers take up housekeeping in the wrong place and flood roads and septic systems Summerville explains Trapping was halted to protect beavers but since 1970 New Jersey has issued up to 200 recreational permits to trappers each year in order to help control the population Considine says The state s Division of Fish and Wildlife does not have a population estimate he says adding Beavers are more numerous in the northern half of the state which is dominated by their preferred food hardwood trees However they have done well when trapped and transferred to rural areas in South Jersey Beavers are not the only attraction at Unexpected Wildlife Refuge which has 10 miles of hiking trails Other species that can be observed include white tailed deer red and gray foxes coyotes river otters bald eagles bluebirds and osprey All visits are by appointment only says Summerville Guided tours are given for groups of up to five people and maps are available for those who wish to explore on their own The refuge is rustic parking is limited just an outhouse is provided Summerville who lives at the refuge began serving as director prior to Hope Buyukmihci s death in June 2001 She edits The Beaver Defenders a quarterly publication that Buyukmihci began in 1971 A beaver is to befriend and to defend Buyukmihci wrote in one of the earliest issues The refuge lives up to that standard today For Summerville work equals joy It s like no other experience to see a tiny new beaver kitten she says It will make you hold your breath To learn more about the refuge or to make an appointment call 856 697 3541 or e mail info unexpectedwildliferefuge org There are no photos with those IDs or post 52859 does not have any attached images Read more Animals Jersey Living Outdoors Science articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear

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  • The Silverball Museum in Asbury Park-www.njmonthly.com
    and moved it to its current boardwalk location in January it s all about keeping pinball alive We want to archive that part of Americana Ilvento says Above every machine at Silverball a plaque explains its manufacturer production year and significance in pinball history Silverball s collection which includes another 40 in storage boasts original and restored examples Among the highlights a 1931 Gottlieb Baffle Ball the first commercially successful pinball machine a 1967 Bally Dixieland the machine Ilvento had in his basement growing up and a 1979 Gottlieb T K O which Ilvento calls one of the most collectible games in the world with only 125 manufactured There are also rare add a ball machines made for states that considered pinball gambling and outlawed the versions that rewarded players with free games Recommended Reading Court Street School Fortified Students for Anything An hour of play is 10 an unlimited re entry day pass is 20 For Danny Ferrante 50 and Mary Ann Luciano 47 who recently visited Silverball on a date the price is appealing It s cheaper than going to the movies says Luciano with a laugh Every weekend this place is picking up more and more people says Miller I m thinking that if there are boardwalks nearby they re going to want to add some pinballs cause they see this place is killing Silverball Museum 1000 Ocean Avenue 732 774 4994 silverballmuseum com There are no photos with those IDs or post 52758 does not have any attached images Read more Culture Corner Jersey Living Jersey Shore 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

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  • Upscale Newcomers Bring Inspiringly Fresh Appeal To Cape May—New Jersey's Southernmost Resort
    gotten into the act too with the renovation in 2008 of the Washington Street Mall a three block long pedestrian shopping street just a short walk from the beach Here a pretty brick promenade replaced drab concrete It really made a difference says longtime Cape May vacationer Heather Vanca of Vestal New York You see that things are getting spruced up picked up new different shops coming It moves with the times and what trends are there and what people are looking for Among the dozens of shops on the mall are upscale newcomers like Across the Way a gift import store and Gallery D May presenting fine art Preservation has long been essential to Cape May The large Victorian homes that sprang up in a building boom from the 1860s to the 1880s might have fallen to the wrecking ball without a preservation movement that started in the early 1970s Tourism in Cape May had been in decline for decades thanks in large part to the emergence of more modern destinations such as Wildwood to the north Cape May s Victorians were expensive to maintain especially as second homes The once grand structures were turned into apartments and boarding houses or were abandoned As the tourism economy soured the town s grand hotels also deteriorated According to Ben Miller author of The First Resort Fun Sun Fire and War in Cape May America s Original Seaside Resort and Cape May Moments the town s urban renewal plan in the 1960s included the construction of a new theme park like Victorian village in the middle of town The old Victorians would be knocked down and replaced with modern motels and tract housing The town even received a 3 million federal grant for the project in 1963 Cape May was really struggling to survive in those days says Miller But a group that called themselves the Cape May Cottagers fought to save the city s architectural treasures and in 1970 petitioned without the knowledge of the mayor or the town council to have Cape May named a National Historic Landmark What followed was a period of revitalization with what Exit Zero s Wright refers to as hippies buying the old Victorians and restoring them according to new guidelines enforced by the Cape May Historical Preservation Commission Many of the Victorians were reborn as bed and breakfasts adding a new appeal to Cape May as a romantic destination Today there are some 600 restored structures in Cape May the largest concentration of Victorians in America Recommended Reading 30 Best New Restaurants Thankfully the latest rush toward modern amenities has not trampled the much loved casual beach haunts like HotDog Tommy s just up the beach from Congress Hall where wieners with your choice of toppings Swiss cheese bacon mashed potatoes are served through a sidewalk window At lunchtime the line stretches around the block and no one cares who paid what for a hotel room Every visitor is equal while waiting for a hot dog It s been this way since Cape May became one of the nation s first resorts in the years after the American Revolution Eleven presidents have visited the town four while still in office Benjamin Harrison even set up a summer White House in Congress Hall Twice But middle class vacationers could get here too on the stagecoach from Philadelphia to Cape May for just two bucks For today s budget minded Cape May still has free beaches Not the main ocean beach in town but the smaller beaches along the Delaware Bay which are also dog friendly There are also trolley tours walking tours house tours nature tours and boat tours crafts and antique shows music festivals and food and wine events Or visitors can simply stroll or bicycle the historic streets on their own Cape May is drawing an incredibly sophisticated crowd but you don t have to spend a lot to be here says John Cooke president of the Chamber of Commerce and general manager of the budget priced Victorian Motel J P Toto and Christine Cusick of West Norriston a suburb of Philadelphia come to Cape May for its history its restaurants Toto swoons for the Kobe beef burger at Union Park and its unique vibe It s got a very old and established feel but at the same time is slightly weird says Toto 36 You get a total range of demographics of people on vacation Families are included in that demographic The newly renovated hotels and motels have increased the options for families who used to find slim pickings for kids accommodations at Cape May s often finicky B Bs Heather Vanca and her husband Mike have been coming to Cape May for 15 years It s clean it s quaint it s quiet says Heather 41 It has the shopping and the great hotels and the great restaurants It s just the perfect beach vacation for our family The Vanca family typically stays at the Victorian Motel across the street from Congress Hall but about one third the price As much as progress has benefitted Cape May it has not always been smooth sailing Gaze across Beach Avenue from the front steps of the new Convention Hall and you stare at the empty spot where the Beach Theatre a classic 1950s movie house used to stand One of the last existing works of William Harold Lee who designed cinemas throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania the building was torn down in 2011 A grassroots organization called the Beach Theatre Foundation spent four years fighting to preserve the theater but in the end the city council allowed the demolition The theater was unprotected by the town s National Historic Landmark status since it was not properly registered with the park service After the demolition the land was rezoned for condos For a city that espouses preservation we have lost way way way too many important buildings says Steve Jackson president of the

    Original URL path: http://njmonthly.com/articles/jersey-shore/destination-cape-may/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Destination: The Wildwoods
    Historic preservation and family friendly attractions have put the Wildwoods back on the vacation map Taking Tacky to New Heights Preserving the Wildwoods doo wop treasures Retro Rooms Where to Stay in the Wildwoods Want to stay in a classic doo wop hotel Here are a few of the Wildwoods mid century modern gems Building the Bright Lights Wildwood s tube bending extraordinaire brings all of the lights to the shore Chow Down Where to Grab Grub in the Wildwoods Our roundup of the best spots to get seafood steak sundaes and more Maui Wowwee Wildwood s Wacky Weiners This Wildwood hot dog hut gives the classic weiner a gourmet twist Sam s Vs Mack s The Great Wildwood Pizza Debate What s your pizza joint of choice We took to the Wildwood boards to settle the age old question Sam s Pizza Palace or Mack s Pizza Every Picture Tells a Story Souvenir Photos Vacationers get ready for their closeups at Wildwood s Antique Images There are no photos with those IDs or post 48501 does not have any attached images Read more Jersey Shore 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 2016 Best New Restaurants Table of Contents Subscribe Give a Gift Locate a Newsstand Purchase back issues View older issues Paper Mill Playhouse presents A Bronx Tale Millburn Feb 04 Mar 06 Frozen in Ice at Skylands Stadium Augusta Feb 05 Feb

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  • The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum Is One of the Largest University Art Museums in the Country-www.njmonthly.com
    Qualls s opinion it wasn t until two years ago when Suzanne Delehanty became director that the museum began getting the attention it deserves The Zimmerli has been transformed by Suzanne Qualls says This past April Delehanty and staff reinstalled the Zimmerli s internationally known European galleries We have lots of great works says Delehanty citing the museum s strong holdings in Russian and Soviet Nonconformist art French 19th century art and early 20th century and contemporary prints Qualls also a professor of English is most impressed with the way Delehanty has made the museum a magnet for undergraduate events Each semester Delehanty works with faculty to find new ways to incorporate the museum s collections into curricula across all disciplines For this month s opening day of Two Venetian Masters Canaletto and Domenico Tiepolo Etchings theater majors from Rutgers will perform excerpts of The Merchant of Venice at the Zimmerli And in conjunction with this month s launch of Fluxus at Rutgers an exhibition on the art movement founded at Rutgers in the late 1950s and early 60s Delehanty has secured Fluxus artist and Rutgers grad Larry Miller to guest lecture in one of the Byrne First Year Seminars Recommended Reading A New Year Celebration And Much More One of the things Suzanne has done so brilliantly is come up with a remarkable number of programs to bring undergrads into the museum says Qualls The Zimmerli offers honors program classes and underwrites a fellowship program for four to five graduate students Beginning spring of 2012 it will also offer for credit internships Yet Delehanty s vision for the museum is not limited to the Rutgers community From the very beginning since Rutgers is a public university our mission has been to serve not only the academic community but the broad public Delehanty says To achieve this the Zimmerli s Education Department implements both in house and outreach programs for pre schoolers to senior citizens in arts education art history literature dance and music The Zimmerli also hosts the Art After Hours series on the first Wednesday of each month featuring lectures music and dance performances tours poetry slams and films complementing the museum s exhibitions In addition on the first Sunday of each month the museum opens its doors free to the public Our attendance last year was the highest in the Zimmerli history Delehanty says We want to not have ourselves be the best kept secret in New Jersey Click to enlarge images Part of the Zimmerli collection on view for this month s Fluxus exhibit ion is former Rutgers professor and artist Robert Watts 1964 chrome Chocolate Cream Pie Read more Culture Corner Jersey Living 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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  • At The Newark Museum, A Descendant of Ulysses S. Grant Presides-www.njmonthly.com
    to the northeast corner of the museum In 1994 his exhibit House Home reinterpreted the manse by telling the story of domestic life from the Colonial era to the present through the display of decorative objects Every December Dietz richly decorates the Ballantine House for the holidays as they were celebrated in the 1890s Greenery and garlands abound on the house s warm mahogany paneled walls The Ballantine servants would have gone in search of Jersey grown holly for decoration Dietz culls the museum s array of fine silver and china for an open house Christmas eve tea set in the parlor Under the tree lavished with antique ornaments and tin candleholders sit a lovable bear or two and gift packages wrapped in papers of the period Children hunt for little decorative birds hidden in the house Recommended Reading Neil Cavuto Moderating Master Typically the Christmas decor has included a dinner setting this year the dining room is occupied by Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare s banquet table length installation Party Time Re imagine America a rakish depiction of a nineteenth century dinner run amok attended by eight headless dignitaries We can hardly put elf hats on his figures Dietz deadpans This job drew me because there was this great house he says but there s a whole collection in storage that I ve been able to build on and expand and play with and exhibit every year it s something new So what s new In a second floor room the curator recently opened the Lore Ross Jewelry Gallery which includes pieces from the collection dated 1600 to the present What drives us here is we want to tell a story and we want objects to tell that story really well That s an old tactic that Mr Dana used he explains referring to John Cotton Dana who founded the museum in 1909 If you put a masterpiece there and you surround it with objects that tell the rest of the story then people come for the masterpiece but they learn from everything else Dietz s current exhibit 100 Masterpieces of Art Pottery 1880 1930 brings out many of the museum s superb pieces including Japanese inspired Rookwood vases and one of a kind works from the Royals Worcester and Copenhagen Other wares illustrate the development of styles or techniques Dietz ventures that it s the cultural importance educational value and diversity of these modest objects that sets Newark s collection apart A link to Newark s manufacturing or artistic heritage makes a compelling reason for the museum to consider acquiring the piece If only He remembers paying a hefty sum for a fabulous walnut sideboard carved by Alexander Roux in the mid nineteenth century then beating himself up some months later when a silver plated tea table made at the Tiffany Co factory in Newark for the 1893 Chicago World s Fair came on the market Alas he could not afford to purchase both It really killed me because

    Original URL path: http://njmonthly.com/articles/jersey-living/dietzs-domain/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Bed & Breakfasts Archives - New Jersey Monthly
    estate with soft lighting bookish nooks and wide plank hardwood floors So if you re looking for a little English style B B in New Jersey this is the place for you Read More The Wooden Duck B B With duck decoys porcelain ducks duck paintings even duck coasters gracing surfaces throughout the sprawling country inn the Wooden Duck Bed and Breakfast never leaves you wondering how it got its name Read More Haddonfield Inn You need not wear knickers or even old Field of Dreams flannels to book one of Chorpita s Sports Fan packages at the Haddonfield Inn which is rather unique in New Jersey B B dom Read More Spring Lake Inn At the Spring Lake Inn a bed and breakfast situated along the Irish Riviera visitors can stroll the hushed two mile non commercial boardwalk enjoy public tennis and basketball courts or visit Divine Park for fishing Read More Rhythm of the Sea Of the many B Bs in Cape May Rhythm of the Sea sets itself apart because its decorations are a lot sparer than in the inns in the main part of town with browns and blues dominating instead of Victorian reds and greens and Stickley furniture throughout Read More The Gables This Long Beach Island based bed and breakfast is a romantic seaside treasure that makes for a luxurious beachside weekend escape Read More Dancer Farm Dancer Farm is a New Jersey B B that offers several cozy common rooms a shady patio and a screened in gazebo all of which are ideal places to unwind Read More The Woolverton Inn The Woolverton Inn sits on a vastly upgraded 10 acre property in Stockton and features two structures one that mimics the look of an old barn and one resembling a carriage house It s a quaint bed and breakfast in a pastoral setting Read More The Doctor s Inn At The Doctor s Inn a bed and breakfast in Cape May guests can relax on the wide porch or enjoy the tended gardens separating the inn from Main Street Read More Dining Podcast If you love dining out have a passion for great food or want to hear about the latest food trends our new podcast Eating With Eric should be on your plate Listen to episodes Subscribe in iTunes 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 2016 Best New Restaurants Table of Contents Subscribe Give a Gift Locate a Newsstand Purchase back issues View older issues Paper Mill Playhouse presents A Bronx Tale Millburn Feb 04 Mar 06 Frozen in Ice at Skylands Stadium Augusta Feb 05 Feb 28 The Beach Boys Morristown Feb 10 SOMA Film Festival South Orange Feb 12 Feb 14 Marc Anthony Concierto del Día de

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  • New Jersey Bed and Breakfasts-www.njmonthly.com
    hustle of the nearby beach scene Still they do head for the beach on warmer days primarily to tony Stone Harbor just over four miles away for which the Inn provides beach badges starting Memorial Day The free Cape May Zoo is a mile and a half down the road a wonderful shore secret with 85 acres and 550 mammals birds reptiles and amphibians Gastronomes tend to migrate beachward to places like Green Cuisine a salad lover s paradise in Stone Harbor or north on U S Route 9 to Ocean View for the Southwestern fare of Red Sky Cafe Back at Doctor s Inn guests relax on the wide porch or enjoy the tended gardens separating the Inn from Main Street For cooler spring nights each room or suite has a fireplace Afternoon tea is served as well as full American breakfasts Rates until Memorial Day weekend range from 110 to 200 and thereafter from 145 for the cozy Roger C Wood room under the eaves of the third floor to 350 for the three bedroom Crawford Suite with a double Jacuzzi and steam shower A third consecutive night in any room comes at half price There are no photos with those IDs or post 52124 does not have any attached images Read more Bed Breakfasts Jersey Living articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly Dining Podcast If you love dining out have a passion for great food or want to hear about the latest food trends our new podcast Eating With Eric should be on your plate Listen to episodes Subscribe in iTunes 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State

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