Far Hills (FH) fifth-grader, Hannah Castiglione, won first place in the 2019 Letters About Literature State Competition (Level 1, Grades 4–6) presented by the Library of Congress. Fellow FH fifth-grader, Nate Lawton, was also acknowledged with distinguished honors... Read more

“It’s All in the Details” 

An interview with Linda Galdieri, Director of Catering for Monterey Fine Foods in Bernardsville, New Jersey


On April 10, Morris County purchased the former Bartenstein property on Leddell Road, just south of Tempe Wick Road, for $1.15 million. The land will extend the Leddell Preserve section of Lewis Morris County Park.

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Farmstead Arts Center, located at 450 King George Road in Basking Ridge, welcomes the Garden State Watercolor Society as their artists present “Small but Mighty” a small works exhibition in the Farm House Gallery from June 23 to August 3. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, June 23 from 1 – 4 pm. Free admission.  Many of the artists will be present at the opening reception. 


Harmony Brookside Introduces the

"Harmony Gift Box" 


I have worked in hospitality my entire life, from 6-yr old refilling water glasses in my parents restaurant on the Chesapeake Bay all the way to serving 30,000+ guests at Blairsden… everything I do revolves around service. It is my passion... My signature “It’s All in the Details” truly defines the attention I give to each event I execute. It’s a wide range of services that I’m able to provide that sets us apart from other caterers. Food may be the foundation of the event but you have to take that stepping stone & build around it. Read more

What can a motivated, energetic group of volunteers accomplish in just three hours? In the case of Raritan Headwaters Association’s annual Stream Cleanup, a lot!  

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People Power: 1,700 volunteers Remove 18 Tons of  Trash:

Annual Stream Cleanup

was RHA’s ‘best yet’

Exciting equestrian competition returns June 21-23, with the third running of the Mars Essex Horse Trials Country Weekend, at historic Moorland Farm in Far Hills, New Jersey. The event features the nation's top horses and riders along with a host of family friendly events making Essex the perfect way to spend a weekend in the country. Spectators can stroll through the picturesque surroundings experiencing the thrill of the Olympic sport of eventing while enjoying a variety of activities including a classic car show, demonstrations, children’s activities, a farm stand offering fresh farm-to-table 

Local business, gift store and art gallery, Harmony Brookside, is celebrating one year in business by launching an exciting new venture. Introducing Harmony Gift Box; a selection of curated gift boxes, available online and shipping anywhere in the USA.

Garden State Watercolor Society “Small but Mighty” Art Exhibition at Farmstead Arts Center

36 artists will present nearly 60 small works – some inspired by the Garden State. Among the artists exhibiting are Judith Hummer of Bridgewater; Linda Arnold of Liberty Corner and James Fiorentino of Flemington. All works are available for purchase. Pickup of sold works will be at end of show, Sunday August 4 between 10:00am-2:00pm. Farmstead Arts is located at 450 King George Road in Basking Ridge. While the show is running, gallery hours will be Sundays 1:00 – 4:00 pm and Monday – Wednesday 11:00 -1:00. The Farm House is wheelchair accessible. For information contact Taya Ros at 908-636-7576 or by email: admin@farmsteadarts.org. Funds for this event have been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant administered by The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.



food from local markets, and specialties from artisan vendors.The Essex Market will feature a wide range of shopping from saddles and riding boots to jewelry and artwork. The Children's Activity Center, sponsored by The Willow School, will offer younger spectators and their parents a fun and creative way to spend the day. Mars, Inc., the original sponsor of the Essex Horse Trials, returned in 2017 and continues as the event's title sponsor. Presenting sponsors include Open Road Auto Group, Peapack-Gladstone Bank, RWJ Barnabas Health, Running 'S' Equine Veterinary Services, and AIG. For additional information, please visit  www.essexhorsetrials.org.

BRJ Online

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



Black River Roasters


Sally Harris and Ella Slayne, co-owners of Harmony Brookside, received so many requests to ship gift from their store, and being situated right next door to the Brookside Post Office, creating an online arm to the Harmony Brookside brand seemed the logical way to expand their business.

There are currently twelve different gift boxes, ranging from The College Box, a perfect gift for a graduating High School student, and The Calm Box, which includes a soy scented candle, vintage inspired matches and two exquisite lavender filled drawer scenters. Of course there’s also a Brit Box, complete with a pair of British Oven Gloves, Solar Waving Queen and The Beatles music box, which is a faithful nod to the owners British roots. Each keepsake box is beautifully packed, tied with a luxurious ribbon and includes a handwritten note.

Boxes ship the same or next business day and usually arrive within 3-5 business days. 
Order online at: www.harmonygiftbox.com. Boxes are also available for pick up at the store at 2 East Main Street, Brookside in Mendham Twp.

Nearly 18 acres added to Lewis Morris County Park
New Jersey Conservation Foundation leads preservation project

This spring, summer and fall, enjoy the beauty and wildlife of the upper reaches of the Raritan River from a kayak. ..

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Far Hills Student Wins Library of Congress Writing Contest

Back home in NJ, she continues to train with Sara Schmitt and has her first show in Canada at the end of May- another CPEDI3*! Mane Stream is excited to have her back sharing the story of how horses changed her life with the community at resource fairs and networking events. 

If you’d like to learn more about Alanna’s story from therapy client to competitive para equestrian, have her out to your school, business, or club/organization, please contact info@manestreamnj.org or 908-439-9636.             

About Mane Stream – Mane Stream is a non-profit registered charitable organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with physical, developmental, emotional and medical challenges through a diverse program of equine assisted activities, therapy services and educational initiatives. Mane Stream is designated as a Premier Accredited Center of PATH - Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, who provides education, accreditation and resources for the equine assisted activities industry.

The Mars Essex Horse Trials Country Weekend 

The Perfect Way to Spend a Summer Day!

Paddle the Raritan River with RHA

Open kayak paddles and guided river trips offered free to the public by the Raritan Headwaters Association

In Our Current Issue...

Para-Equestrian Returns to Mane Stream 

Alanna Flax-Clark, U.S. Para Equestrian, has returned to Mane Stream (an adaptive riding and therapy services non-profit in Oldwick) after spending a successful winter season competing at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival and training in Wellington, FL with her Dutch Riding Pony, El Paso, or Taco as he is affectionately known. For three months each winter there is a big competitive season in Florida with National competitions every weekend and two CPEDI3* international shows where para riders from various countries compete in front of multiple judges from all over the world. This year Alanna and Taco won all their classes, coming home with blue ribbons at every CPEDI3* and National show!

celebrating a sense of place