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 elementary school “hot” lunch days. But ask for a Sloppy Joe Sandwich in Northern or North Central Jersey and you’ll get something completely different...  ​Read More


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An Interview with

Caitlin Rutkay

of C.R. Interior Designs

Whittemore Community, Culture, and Conservation  Kicks off its 2018 Season

 Whittemore opened its exciting and event filled 2018 calendar with a reception  to celebrate the solargraphs of featured Gallery Artist, Jeff McConnell of High Bridge. The fun continued on May 11, with an intimate evening with Broadway composer and musician Jonathan Brielle. Summer will soon be upon us, with plenty of things to see and do at Whittemore...

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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...

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Including  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, mainly because no one had given it a name yet. 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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Essex Foxhounds

Puppy Show 2018

​Photos by Susan Kozlowski Photography

Courtesy of EFH

Rainy skies didn’t dampen the spirits of handlers and hounds at the Essex Foxhound's Mother’s Day Puppy Show 2018. Handlers from the junior membership spent weeks at the EFH kennels working with their dogs and finally got the chance to show their stuff on Mother’s Day, putting their puppies through their paces for a panel of judges and enthusiastic spectators at the EFH Stable Courtyard. Congratulations to the handlers, hounds and the EFH for another successful puppy show!

Look for a feature about the EFH in the upcoming Summer Issue of The BRJ. 

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...

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