celebrating a sense of place

The Sloppy Joe

In most of the U.S. if you ask for a “Sloppy Joe” you’ll get a sandwich made with sautéed ground beef and onions, with a sweetened tomato sauce on a hamburger roll. Many of us recall this version from our  school “hot” lunch days. But ask for a Sloppy Joe Sandwich in Northern or Central Jersey and you’ll get something completely different...  ​

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Local Tewksbury Girls Graduate from 

Space Camp

RHA's Stream Monitoring Program Turns 25, and Wins Award



Community, Culture, and Conservation  Kicks off its 2018 Season

 WCCC opened its exciting and event filled 2018 calendar with a reception to celebrate Artist, Jeff McConnell. The fun continued with an intimate evening with Broadway composer and musician Jonathan Brielle... ​Read More

The Field of Honor® program is part of a national movement that began as a way to commemorate the lives lost on September 11, 2001. In just a short amount of time, the concept has grown and communities like ours across America are turning to Field of Honor® tributes to raise money and awareness for a growing array of causes. The Field of Honor® is a community project of remembrance, and an expression of humanity and patriotism.

During the Independence Day celebration, the public is invited to stroll through the Field of Honor®, which honors loved ones and pays tribute to men and women who have served our country. The event, sponsored by Peapack-Gladstone Bank, Trump National Golf Club, Dunkin Donuts (Bedminster), and Ferriero Engineering, will support Raising The Bar(N), the Friends’ Capital Campaign to raise an early 19th century barn on the grounds of the Vanderveer property.

Field of Honor® flags will be displayed in the north field of River Road Park along Route 202/206 in Bedminster beginning Monday, July 2 through Wednesday, July 11. Flags are $40 each and will be identified with the donor’s personal message. Families of active duty military personnel (including National Guard and Reserve) can dedicate a flag at no charge (compliments of The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House) while supplies last.

Flags may be ordered at Bedminster’s Municipal Building, located at One Miller Lane in Bedminster, and at the Bedminster Farmer’s Market, Saturdays through July 7. Flags may also be purchased online for $45 at http://jvanderveerhouse.givezooks.com/events/2018-field-of-honor. Flags are available for pickup by their purchasers on Wednesday, July 11 beginning at 4 pm.

For questions about the Field of Honor® or purchasing a flag, email info@jvanderveerhouse.org or call 908-396-6053. To learn more about "Raisng the Bar(N)," please visit jvanderveerhouse.org


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Once aboard the ISS, the crew participated in experiments and successfully completed an extra-vehicular activity (EVA), or spacewalk. Liftin and Deeney returned to earth in time to graduate with honors.

Space Camp operates year-round in Huntsville, Alabama, and uses astronaut training techniques to engage trainees in real-world applications of STEM subjects. Students sleep in quarters designed to resemble the ISS and train in simulators like those used by NASA.

More than 750,000 trainees have graduated from Space Camp since its inception in Huntsville, Alabama in 1982, including European Space Agency astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti and NASA astronauts Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, Dr. Kate Rubins and Dr. Serena Auñón, who recently launched to the International Space Station. Children and teachers from all 50 states and 69 international locations have attended a Space Camp® program.

Interested in learning more?  Visit  www.spacecamp.com   or call 1-800-637-7223.

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Sophia Deeney (left) and Scarlette Liftin (right) graduates of Space Academy

Morris Animal Inn is Helping Couples Include Dogs in Their Nuptuals

For many couples, including their four-legged family members in their nuptials is a dream come true. But doing so can be fraught with challenges—from dirty paws on the bride’s gown to Bowser helping himself to the buffet... ​Read More

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Scarlette Liftin of Lebanon, NJ, a student at The Peck School in Morristown, and Sophia Deeney, recently attended Space Academy  at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, home of Space Camp®, Space Camp® Robotics™, Aviation Challenge® and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visitor Center.

The weeklong educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving.

This program, which is specifically designed for trainees who have a particular interest in space exploration. Liftin and Deeney spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated space mission to the International Space Station (ISS). 

gluten free baked goods, cheeses, pastas, eggs, flowers, honey, hand-dyed yarns from a local fiber farm, organic coffees; all natural pasture raised Angus beef, pork, chicken; small batch New York style deli pickles, pickled condiments, olives, relishes and tapenades, and more!

“We truly value our agricultural community, and we are thrilled that more than half of the vendors are from our immediate Bedminster area,” said Township Committeeman and lead organizer Larry Jacobs. “The Farmers Market will also serve to educate consumers and school aged children about the benefits of small independently owned/operated farms,” Committeeman Jacobs added.

 “River Road Park is an ideal location for our Farmers Market as it serves as the gateway to Bedminster’s agricultural community,” said Mayor Steven Parker. The park is centrally located between the Township’s population centers, and is easily accessible from all points via the Township’s recently completed Hike & Bike trail. Plenty of parking is available at the park.

The Bedminster Township Farmers Market is supported and managed by Bedminster Township and administered through the Bedminster Township Farmers Market Committee comprised of dedicated volunteers from the Township’s governing body, Environmental Commission, and new Agricultural Advisory Commission whose mission is to promote and encourage the successful development of local agriculture. The Farmers Market Committee is hoping the Bedminster Farmers Market will not only provide access to locally grown food and agricultural products, but help educate residents about the importance of maintaining land for agricultural uses.

For more information, please visit www.bedminster.us or call the Bedminster Township Recreation Department on (908) 212-7000, Ext. 404.

Bedminster Township Celebrates the Local Agricultural Community With the Opening of a New Weekly Farmer's Market  Photos Couretsy of Bedmister Farmer's Market

Bedminster Township is hosting a weekly Farmers Market on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Township’s River Road Park located at the corner of Routes 202/206 south and River Road. The market will run through Saturday, September 29, and provide residents from Bedminster Township and the surrounding areas with access to quality, locally grown or prepared foods and agricultural products.

Currently, over fourteen vendors have signed on to participate weekly and will offer a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, greens and herbs, mushrooms, coal fired brick oven breads, 

An Interview with

Caitlin Rutkay

of C.R. Interior Designs

BRJ Online

Including  new and expanded content, and images not available in our print edition 

How Califon

Got Its Name

In the early 1850s, the town of Califon could not be found on any road map. Folks found their way around by referring to familiar landmarks like, “Cole’s Mill,” “Frog Hollow,” “The Swamp House,” or “Peggy’s Puddle.” The town was finally given a proper name, but it may not have been the one that was originally intended…

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Caitlin Rutkay launched C.R. Interior Designs in 2007 after many years in Manhattan working for venerated decorators. She brings her cultivated eye to every project, whether staging a home or building a home from the ground up...Read More

On Sunday, July 8, the Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum will welcome military families; local residents; veterans; and state, county, and municipal officials to a community picnic, featuring a Field of Honor® display of 200 3’ x 5’ American flags, at River Road Park from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Live musical entertainment will be provided by the popular New Jersey band Hoi Polloi. Admission is free, and food and beverages will be available for purchase.

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The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum Hosts



Honoring American Veterans

If you’ve recently noticed people wading in local streams with long-handled nets, you might wonder if they’re fishing. They are, but not for fish!

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