JD McPherson brings his singular view of rock 'n' rock and R&B to White Eagle Hall in Jersey City on Saturday, July 28. Secret Country opens for …
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Bring your friends, your family, and most importantly your appetite for a full day of tacos! The Nacho Mutha’s Taco Festival is heading to Paramus, New Jersey next weekend. John Vitale and Chef Wilson Lindemann from Biddy O’Malley’s stopped by to give us a preview of what’s in store. For more information on how you can snag tickets, click here .
PEMBERTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – It’s National Blueberry Month and peak season for the popular fruit. CBS2’s Cindy Hsu visited Haines Berry Farm in Pemberton, New Jersey, where people can pick their own. “I make jams with them, pies. I like them with sour cream, which a lot of people don’t like, but I personally like them with sour cream,” blueberry lover Karen Ayrer told Hsu, adding the bigger the berry, the juicer. The farm had everything from blueberry mustard to blueberry honey and blueberry soap. The commercial growing of blueberries started in South Jersey thanks to a local woman who began shipping them in 1916. “Elizabeth White was the first person to cultivate blueberries at Whites Bog over in Browns Mills, which is only a few miles from here,” farm owner Timothy Haines said. It’s now the Garden State’s No. 1 crop, with a production value of nearly $84 million a year. The United States is responsible for 90 percent of the world’s blueberry supply, and New Jersey ranks in the top six places nationwide when it comes to blueberry production. Haines’s grandfather bought the farm in 1954 and showed Hsu the best way to choose blueberries once they’re in the store. He said make sure they’re all blue – you don’t want any green or red ones hiding in there – and look for a white coating around the berry. “They should have this white bloom on them, and that’s a naturally occurring yeast. And it just makes them more attractive,” he explained. There should be no juice on the bottom of the container. If there is, it’s a sign that the berries have been around too long. Haines said there are hundreds of different varieties of blueberries, but the most popular are Duke and Blue Crop. Jeff Devends, of Toms River, said he loves them all. “Luckily, they don’t weigh us before we start, because we’ll probably eat more blueberries than we actually pick,” he said. Blueberry season in New Jersey lasts through the end of July, so you still have a few weeks to enjoy the locally grown berries. Experts say blueberries last around a week in the refrigerator. But if you freeze them, they’ll last a year.
ORTLEY BEACH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers beach replenishment project on the Jersey Shore dredged up a mysterious substance that left many beachgoers wondering “what is that?” Several parents at Ortley Beach kept their children out of the water Thursday as black sludge appeared to be washing ashore. “You saw all the brown, black coming down the ocean it was disgusting,” Greg Brutofsky told CBS2’s Vanessa Murdock. “As soon as you saw the waves come over, it was just black,” Kim Brutofsky, of East Hanover, added. “We just thought it was wood… Horrible, this whole beach was covered.” “It looked like black coal. But when I went home, my feet were black,” another man added. It turns out, the mystery substance is peat. It’s an organic material that might not look pretty but is not harmful to swim among or walk in, Murdock reported. “The perception is ‘Oh my god, it’s oil or tar or something like that.’ It’s not dangerous, it’s organic, it’s decayed vegetation,” research professor of coastal engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, Jon Miller explained. He said the Corps is actually dredging up a bit of history. “The peat actually forms where there used to be a wetland or a marsh. So the fact that the material is offshore, it just kind of indicates that a long time ago the shoreline was much farther off shore,” he said. Toms River Township Engineer Robert Chankalian said he initially thought it was coal, too. “We raked it this morning. As you can see, the beach is clean now, and they’re now down into the good sand,” he said. That came as little consolation to grandmother Judy Muschla, of Jackson. “I have my granddaughter here. She likes to play in the sand, and I’m reluctant to let her sit in the sand,” she said.
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Mystery Substance Washes Ashore On New Jersey Beach
WESTFIELD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A New Jersey woman and her daughter believe summer break is the time to act. They’re calling it a Summer of Kindness. Lyra Liptack is just days away from turning four years old. “My birthday is on July 31 st ,” she told CBS2’s Valerie Castro. “I know that it’s hard to tell a kid to be kind, but to model it is probably the best lesson you can teach them,” said her mother, Sara Liptak. The high school science teacher said with the 70 days of summer vacation, they’re hoping to perform an act of kindness each day. Some are small, like gathering trash at the beach, bringing treats to the dentist or donating pet food to the Jersey Shore Animal Center. Others have become much bigger projects. They collected toiletries and stuffed them into more than 80 purses that were donated to a women’s shelter. Their latest endeavor involves collecting baby clothes for a local nonprofit called Furniture Assist. “I asked them what’s the one item they need, and they said infant clothing up to 12 months,” Sara Liptack said. “I think it’s wonderful to see a local mom in town kind of rounding everybody up to help give back to the community,” said Annie Okas, who donated some clothes. The Liptack family also has a Little Free Library in front of their home, where anyone can borrow a book or leave one to share with others. Its presence on social media has been a way to spread the word about their efforts. Some of their ideas have come from the book “When Action Follows the Heart.” “Guess what? We have a big giant book with all the acts of kindness,” Lyra Liptack said. “There’s so many.” The Liptacks hope their spirit of spreading joy inspires others, too.
FanDuel announced it will open a 5,300-square-foot sportsbook Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey, on the same property as the stadium where the New York Giants and Jets play.
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FanDuel to open sportsbook at Meadowlands
OCEANPORT, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New Jersey gambling regulators are scheduled to reveal how the state’s nascent sports betting market did in its first weeks. Figures will include sales from Monmouth Park racetrack, Ocean Resort Casino and The Borgata casino, which all began offering legal sports betting last month. The Meadowlands racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J., will start taking bets on Saturday. Also, Atlantic City’s Hard Rock casino is preparing to offer sports betting as soon as their agreement with British gambling company Bet365 is approved by New Jersey gambling regulators. New Jersey won a U.S. Supreme Court case back in May, clearing the way for all 50 states to legalize sports betting. (© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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SEA GIRT, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Lifeguards up and down the Jersey Shore were on alert Monday, trying to keep swimmers safe after rip currents were reported over the weekend. With a storm along the Atlantic coast, the situation was expected to get even more dangerous. The combination of sand bars and rip currents had them on high alert in Lavalette. “For little kids, they’ve been getting pulled out a little harder,” lifeguard Eric Samaniego said. “We try to keep them up to their knees to keep them a little safer.” The terrain is constantly shifting with increased wave activity. One second you’re knee deep, the next you’re in over your head. “Yesterday during high tide you could feel it hitting the back of your calves trying to rip you out there,” swimmer Kevin Burke said. Beaches in Lavalette were open Monday, with lifeguards keeping swimmers closer to shore and in a smaller area. 12 miles north in Sea Girt, chief of lifeguards Tim Harmon says his squad made more than 50 rescues over the weekend. The most important thing if you get caught in a rip current, says Harmon, is staying calm. “Put your hand up, call for help,” Harmon said. As a reminder, Harmon says to always swim with a buddy and in front of a lifeguard. Steer clear of the rock jetties where rip currents are most likely to form.
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Lifeguards On Alert As Dangerous Rip Currents Reported Along Jersey Shore
Since he was released from jail last October, Retch has been heavy on his musical grind. On Friday (July 6), the New Jersey rapper put out his latest …
In New Jersey, state troopers pull over dozens of cars a year. But one case in June stands out. That chance encounter led to a surprise reunion 27 years in the making. Michelle Miller reports.
A pickup truck crossed the media, struck a passenger car and then hit the minivan carrying the New Jersey family of six, police said
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Mother survives car crash that killed husband, 4 daughters
Janoris Jenkins wrote on Instagram on Thursday that the death of his close friend Roosevelt Rene at his New Jersey home last month “hurts my heart.” Jenkins’ older brother, William Jenkins Jr., has been charged in Rene’s death.
Giants’ Jenkins: Friend’s death ‘hurts my heart’