Every year, in honor of Independence Day, Morven hosts a free event to celebrate its American heritage at the home-turned-museum of Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

This year’s celebration will be different, but hopefully just as meaningful. Participants will not gather as they have in the past. While Morven’s historic gardens remain open for socially distanced events and the museum is typically open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the museum will be closed on Sunday, July 4. more

Join the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) Saturday Morning Walking Club for a trek through the 183-acre pastoral preserved site on Saturday, July 10. This exciting event commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Carson Road Woods.

Located in Lawrence Township, Carson Road Woods features beautiful fields, great trails (including the LHT), some wild critters, a beech forest, and wild grapes, blackberries, and mocker nuts, among other features. more

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Did you know you can experience goat yoga, learn about cheese making, and sample award-winning local wine all in the same region of Central New Jersey? The 579 Trail, a historic agricultural corridor running through Hunterdon County begins its peak season for visitors this month as Jersey harvests begin to yield fruits and vegetables and the summer weather leads to a bounty of outdoor recreational activities. more

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Downtown Westfield in Union County invites visitors to shop ‘till they drop at the Annual Sidewalk Sales event taking place July 15 through July 18. Downtown streets will be lined with some of the retailer’s best products at a fraction of the price. These represent some of the best deals of the summer on food, fashion, jewelry, shoes, home decor, children’s toy shops, and more. The event is rain or shine. more

Perpetual sunshine and spontaneous adventures are what summer is all about. Stay cool in the latest men’s sportswear and button-downs  from Southern Tide.

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Beer and Bites at Harlem Hops: Bourbon aged Execution Rock Imperial Porter 8.1% accompanied by Maroons Jerk Chicken Sausage served on a pretzel bun with a bed of cilantro lime slaw topped with pineapple pepper relish and a drizzle of the in-house execution Rock Imperial Porter BBQ sauce and plantain chips (Image Source: www.facebook.com/harlemhops).

To celebrate the third anniversary of their acclaimed craft beer bar, the only Black-owned bar of its kind in Harlem, the HBCU-educated partners of Harlem Hops (Kim Harris, Stacey Lee, and Kevin Bradford) are celebrating with the drop of a special beer brewed in collaboration with Black-owned Montclair Brewery: JUBILEE – a Hibiscus Red Ale, whose name also celebrates Juneteenth 2021. It’s been a challenging year of bringing exceptional beer from local craft brewers to Harlem (often by bicycle) and continuing to bring diversity to the world of craft beer. more

A scenic view of Mt. Zion AME Church. (Photo by Catherine Fulmer Hogan)

Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, the home of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (SSAAM), at 189 Hollow Road in Skillman, Montgomery Township, Somerset County, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 7, 2021.

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources. more

Pictured from left are Jacob Bright ’21, Lauren Hanna ’21, Aqua Withers Carello ’21, Alexis Semidey-Martinez ’21, and Angelo Leon ’21. Not pictured: Kaliyah Myricks ’21.

Six seniors from the George School Class of 2021 have committed to college athletic programs. The student athletes — in four different sports — celebrated their commitment to pursue their passion at the college level next year. In a ceremony held in the Fitness and Athletics Center, each senior was recognized by their families, coaches, teammates, and friends on Friday, May 21, 2021.

The students included Jacob Bright ’21, Lauren Hanna ’21, Angelo Leon ’21, Kaliyah Myricks ’21, Alexis Semidey-Martinez ’21, and Aqua Withers Carello ’21. more

Fire up the bbq for 4th of July weekend with these festive red, white, and blue accessories!

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Shower the special man in your life with a personalized gift that shows just how much you appreciate him.

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The City of Lambertville, led by Mayor Julia Fahl, has closed on the historic Closson property, located at 260 North Main Street. This effort began in October when the Closson family announced their retirement from the Homestead Farm Market, after more than 30 years of serving the community. With their retirement, they announced the sale of the over 8.5-acre property at the northern gateway of the Lambertville community.  more

The Princeton Area Community Foundation has awarded $199,000 in COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund grants to nonprofits holding summer programs that will include instruction to help students overcome learning loss caused by the pandemic.

“Through these grants, we are helping 25 nonprofits engage 2,900 children in educational and social-emotional learning programs,” said Jeffrey M. Vega, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “We know COVID-19 caused significant disruptions to education, especially for students living in under-resourced communities, and we hope these grants will help young people rebound from some of that learning loss and re-engage children in the many community-based programs that were forced to shut down last year. We also invite other donors to join us in working to help nonprofits recover from the pandemic.” more

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The Smithsonian Institution announced that it has chosen Roebling Museum to develop an exhibit about work in a steel-making company town founded in 1905. Roebling Museum, which documents the history of a company town built by suspension bridge engineers John A. Roebling’s Sons Co., is one of five museums nationwide to participate in Smithsonian’s Museums on Main Street program. more

Webinar June 10, 2-3PM EDT

In this IT4cannabis Insights and Opportunities webinar, cannabis entrepreneurs and other industry participants will hear from medical experts who will explore the misinformation and uncover the facts surrounding medical cannabis. Join this session for these key takeaways: more

Test your limits this summer with New Jersey’s best ziplining and outdoor adventure courses.

FLG X New Jersey — 59 Mount Arlington Road in Ledgewood

The course takes about two hours and the prices start at $55. Apart from the ziplines, there are also adventure courses for adults and kids age 9 and up which include multiple large circuits, each containing a mixture of obstacles and ziplines. more

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Memorial Day traditionally marks the official first day of the summer season, and this year is no exception. After a difficult 2020-21 marked by COVID, Cape May is ready to invite visitors back for a Memorial Day Weekend celebration.

Mayor Zack Mullock opens the season with a welcome message in Rotary Park on Friday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m. Hear all about what is to come this year, including concerts, movies on the beach, parades, and more. Live entertainment kicks off with Subliminal Message Band performing after the mayor’s “start of summer” celebration. News is that “Captain Mey” might make an appearance (find out how you can help the city capture him). more

The Princeton Farmers’ Market returns to Franklin Avenue lot this Thursday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market will reoccur every Thursday through November 18. Shoppers can expect to find farm fresh produce, local meats, baked goods, and more.

Masks are still required to be worn by all vendors and shoppers at the market. While waiting in line, visitors are asked to practice social distancing and to be mindful of others. Any updates on market policies can be viewed at www.princetonfarmersmarket.commore

Elevate your backyard pool experience with these fun and playful floaties!

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On Saturday, May 22 from 5 to 6 p.m., join the Arts Council of Princeton and Kevin Zraly for “The Art of Wine Tasting.”

Zraly has been called “the most charismatic wine educator in the world.” He is the recipient of a James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award and his Windows on the World Complete Wine Course is the world’s best-selling wine guide. Zraly’s accessible approach emphasizes personal preference, enjoyment, and knowledge. more

Camp Rim Rock for Girls in Yellow Spring, West Virginia is consistently voted the best overnight all girls camp in the United States (https://camprimrock.com).

Governor Phil Murphy and Department of Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli recently announced the new guidelines for both sleepaway and day camps for the summer 2021 season. Both overnight and day camps will be fully operational this summer with some distinct COVID guidelines to keep campers and families safe. more

Shop the gifts she’ll love by J.McLaughlin. 

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Waldorf School of Princeton (WSP), located at 1062 Cherry Hill Road, will hold an in-person Open House on Saturday, May 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. Waldorf serves children from early childhood through eighth grade. RSVP at https://www.princetonwaldorf.org/upcomingevents. 

The Waldorf School of Princeton is part of a rapidly growing global education movement that is dedicated to igniting each child’s unique potential and passions. The rich interdisciplinary curriculum is distinct in the way it integrates the academic, artistic and the practical in each lesson.  more

Nipun Majumdar and his team’s solar desalination prototype.

Nipun Majumdar, a senior mechanical engineering major at TCNJ, has won TerraCycle’s second annual Ernel Simpson Innovation Award for environmental innovation, complete with a $500 stipend to support continued work on this project. Nipun and his teammates, Sophia Vazquez and Vanni Roa, have developed a prototype to support sustainable desalination using solar power. As Nipun explains, “We are in the midst of a climate emergency, and among many other problems freshwater scarcity is looming in many countries around the world.” The desalination process, which converts seawater to drinking water, can be “environmentally disruptive,” due to its byproducts and  use of non-renewable energy sources, without designs like the one Nipun and his team have created. more

Gill St. Bernard’s School in Gladstone is currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. A private, coeducational day school for students ages 3 through grade 12, GSB provides a rigorous, meaningful, and eye-opening curriculum to all. The bucolic campus is the perfect setting for outdoors and environmental learning opportunities. more

Create cool art this summer at the Arts Council of Princeton, June 21 through September 3. The ACP is offering 11 weeks of camp for ages 5-16, led by talented teaching artists. Students can try their hand at painting, mixed media, fiber arts, clay, and more. Teens and tweens have the opportunity to dive more deeply into various mediums and immerse themselves in weeks of creativity and development. Information on available scholarships is available by emailing education@artscouncilofprinceton.orgmore

A resident of Princeton for seven years, artist Carole Jury will showcase her art from May 4 through May 9 at 19 Hulfish Street in Palmer Square. A portion of the proceeds will go to support Share My Meals, a non-profit that fights food insecurity and food waste in the Princeton area. more

Noah Webster

It was on this day in 1828 that Noah Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language was published. Webster put together the dictionary because he wanted Americans to have a national identity that wasn’t based on the language and ideas of England. And the problem wasn’t just that Americans were looking to England for their language; it was that they could barely communicate with each other because regional dialects were so vastly different. more

Just in time for Memorial Day, shop these trending styles by ModCloth!

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The New Jersey Shore’s iconic Cape May Lighthouse is now open daily to visitors through September 30, 2021. The 160-year-old nautical landmark welcomes people to climb the 199 stairs to the watch gallery, where they can take in the panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. more

Adding some greenery and florals to your indoor living space is a wonderful idea until your cat decides to eat a leaf or two. If your feline companion has a tendency to nibble on things, it’s important to bring plants into your home that are completely safe and non-toxic. The no-fuss houseplants seen below are non-toxic for dogs as well, so you can rest assured that your whole household will not be at risk. A bonus: indoor flora is a great mood booster and helps to clean and purify the air. more