Category Archives: Garden State Living

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Muhammad Ali Starts Our Weekend Recap

Friday, June 3rd

As the life of the great Muhammad Ali is celebrated worldwide, New Jersey citizens remember his time spent here. The legendary sports figure owned a home in Cherry Hill in the early 1970s with his family. Built in 1965, the 6,688-square-foot residence includes five bedrooms, five baths, a pool and a tennis court.



Saturday, June 4th

Fans are still buzzing over Taylor Swift’s surprise appearance at couple Max Singer and Kenya Smith’s wedding in Brant Beach. The events unfolded as a result of Singer’s sister reaching out to Swift months ago explaining that their mother had passed in a hospital room after the couple tied the knot just so that she would see it. Swift performed a piano version of “Blank Space,” the same song that Singer danced to with his mother in the hospital room, and stayed after for some pictures and wedding fun.

The ninth annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic took place at Liberty State Park in Jersey City. Attendees of the event were invited to view a game of polo while picnicking on the lawn. Celebrity appearances included Rose Byrne, Jaimie Alexander, Michael B. Jordan and Elizabeth Olsen.

The Once Upon A Time Official Convention came to Whippany at the Marriot Hanover as part of the convention’s inaugural series. The popular TV show tells the story of various fairytale characters who land in a fictional town in Maine and are stripped of their powers. High ratings prompted the show to hold this convention in order for its fans to immerse themselves in the “Once Upon A Time” universe and to interact with the shows stars.

The seventh annual New Jersey Renaissance Faire held its festivities for the second of three weekends in Bordentown Township. The theme of weekend 2: time travelling.

Thinking of becoming a Viking shield maiden ?

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Sunday, June 5th

New Jersey had some awesome representation nationwide. Miss New Jersey, 24-year-old Jessielyn Palumbo from Wayne, strutted her stuff in Las Vegas at the Miss USA pageant. Akash Modi, a Stanford University gymnast and Morganville native is a contender for the approaching Summer Olympic Games after finishing fourth overall at the P&G National Championships in Hartford, CT.

The annual Hot 97 Summer Jam returned to Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford. Despite warnings of inclement weather that lead to early cancellations, the event went on with a delayed main stage show. Performers included A$AP Rocky, Bryson Tiller and Big Sean – crowd favorite and Snapchat superstar DJ Khaled was also in attendance. The show was topped off with a last-minute appearance by Kanye West.

The phrase doesn’t lie: New Jersey is stronger than the storm. Following Sunday’s inclement weather, Jersey Shore Hurricane News challenged its Instagram followers to share their best post-storm shots using the #jshn hashtag.

National Hazelnut Cake Day.

By Andrea Fasciano

June 1st is National Hazelnut Cake Day. It is commonly celebrated by indulging and giving in to our inner temptations for sweets, whether we are carefully watching our diets or not. This national tradition lured me into discovering the best places in New Jersey to help satisfy my craving.

Sometimes cooking is a hassle. However, there are many great places to buy Hazelnut cake. So, for all the Hazelnut Cake lovers out there, here are some bakeries around the Garden State that offer this delicious cake.

AsaltandButtery, Caldwell

Cocoa Bakery, Jersey City

Gencarelli’s Bakery, Wayne

Sweet Love and Cake Bakery, Glen Rock

Memorial Day Weekend Social Recap

Friday, May 27th

Seaside Heights launches into Memorial Day Weekend with free concert performance of Bret Michaels on the beach. The vibrant performance exceeded over 1,000 attendants.

The Goo Goo Dolls helped kick of the weekend in Point Pleasant with their performance on the beach for the 95.5 PLJ Summer Kick-Off at Jenkinsons Event

Chris Christie enjoyed a walk on Point Pleasant and Seaside Heights boardwalks. The New Jersey Governor celebrated the holiday weekend by taking pictures with citizens and taking part in some of the boardwalk games.

5,000 beach balls glided around Atlantic City Boardwalk in celebration of the start of summer

Saturday, May 28th

The Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival at Monmouth Park consisted of approximately 50 food trucks offering a variety of options for all attending. Some of the selections included pizza, cheesesteaks, hot dogs and sausage. For dessert, attendees enjoyed Coldstone Creamery, cheesecake and Italian ice.

Sunday, May 29th

The sky burst with radiant soaring kites for Wildwoods International Kite Festival, featuring competitions, kite auctions, and kite exhibits

Happy kite festival day!!!! #memorialday#weekend#wildwood#nj#vacation#is#on

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The Seaport Craft Show in Highlands, NJ in which distinctive crafts and jewelry were put on display and purchased.

Monday, May 30th

The Turtle Back Zoo celebrates the beginning of summer with the grand opening of their butterfly exhibit.