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  • Historic Havens: The Monmouth County Archives

    By Lori Draz Many Monmouth County historic hounds are unaware that there is a lair of historic treasures to be found at the Monmouth County Archives in Manalapan. Homeowners, architects, construction professionals, writers, and preservationists will be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of collected data. Since 1675, the Monmouth County Clerk – a position held today by Christine Giordano Hanlon – has been the keeper of the records and is responsible for maintaining real property transf...
  • Books For Cooks: Burger Stroganoff

    By MaryAnn Miano Don’t throw it out! Don’t dispose of the pint of heavy cream you used only once for a recipe. Don’t be upset at the egg yolks you’re wasting after making a merengue. Maybe you have half a can of tomato paste growing old in your refrigerator. These things have purpose and meaning in your life! There is a cookbook to help you figure out what to do with all those partly used packaged foods that plague you. “Half a Can of Tomato Paste & Other Culinary Dilemmas...
  • Straight From The Table: Fresh

    By Lori Draz The name says it all. Fresh is dedicated to offering farm-to-table selections using fresh, locally sourced fruits and vegetables, and high-quality ingredients. And they do. The menu is fairly small, and that is to accommodate the nightly specials that showcase the fresh items of the day. Fresh is small, but its lemony walls and neat tables don’t make it feel crowded. The tables are roomy, the plates and flatware are comfortable, and the ceilings are high enough to keep the ...
  • Teen Scene: Cadet Lieutenant Commander Matthew Motola

    By Lori Draz and Matthew Motola Welcome to Teen Scene. Each month, our young authors write, in their own voice, stories that will educate and inform fellow students and parents about a variety of topics. If you are a teen who would like to write your story, contact The Journal. We’ll help you polish it up, so don’t worry – let’s just get to sharing. This month’s author is Cadet Lieutenant Commander Matthew Motola, a 17-year-old senior at Colts Neck High School. As we approach ...
  • Escape the Holiday Madness with a Show

    By Lauren Hoffman Stay local this holiday season! Monmouth County has a number of great venues to choose from throughout the year for a person of any age to experience a quality show. The most joyous time of year is when the holidays are approaching, and perhaps you’re thinking of new traditions to start with your loved ones. Whether it’s your mom, grandfather, cousin, or in-law, why not check out the lineup at a box office near you? With an endless amount of options, including plays, ...
  • Day Trip To The U.S. Military Academy At West Point

    It’s November, and with it come two important dates that celebrate American leadership and service to our nation: Election Day, held this year on November 8, and Veterans Day, on November 11. Perhaps it is fitting, then, that this month’s Day Trip takes a visit to West Point, home of the United States Military Academy, where so many of our country’s great leaders have been forged.  In fact, a favorite expression at West Point is that “much of the history we teach was made by people we ...
  • Let’s Dish! Let’s Talk About Thanksgiving… Leftovers

    By MaryAnn Miano You’re making a delicious, traditional meal for Thanksgiving.  You’ve got plenty of people coming for dinner, and you’ve looked through your old cookbooks, searched the internet, and visited blogs for the perfect way to cook a turkey. You’ve got ideas for appetizers, trimmings, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. Good for you! Anyone who has hosted a large Thanksgiving gathering knows it challenges your math skills, your timing of the oven just right, and a little bit of ...
  • Historic Havens: Sandlass House

    By Lori Draz As any student knows, forgetting a fact or two about history is fairly common, but to forget an entire town – one that created the whole concept of a day trip to the Jersey Shore – seems mind-boggling. Yet, for many, the knowledge of Highland Beach doesn’t even exist. While other seaside resorts like Long Branch and Atlantic City attracted the rich and famous, William Sandlass wanted to create a place for everyman. So he leased 10 building lots from the Highland Beach ...
  • Day Trip: Delicious Orchards

    By Joanne Colella Sometimes, a day trip requires a bit of planning, a check on the weather forecast, and perhaps a couple of hours’ worth of driving to reach your destination. But sometimes, that terrific destination is, figuratively speaking, right in your own backyard. Such is the case with this month’s day trip suggestion: Delicious Orchards. Located on Route 34 in Colts Neck, this 60,000-square-foot renowned country food market actually is a road trip for many of its legions of ...
  • Business Matters: Your Vote Counts

    By Glen J. Dalakian, Sr. Should we throw away our right to vote? Your opinion counts only if you choose to express it, and the polls are a good place to start. I cannot recall when there has ever been such confusion around election time. There has always been the typical flurry of accusations by candidates and mud-slinging between parties, which is what we have all come to expect from the November fray. But this year, to me at least, something is very different. For the purposes of this ...