Local traditions and culture in New Jersey

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    get to the Five Corners

    by gwened Written Feb 3, 2014

    this was and is a popular area of downtown or city center Perth Amboy, it is call bylocals the Five Corners as it is the crossing of five Streets and the main site for people watching and shopping in town.

    My street was State St and it is the one leading from the center of the photo by the five corners cafe going down to the waterfront facing Staten Island NY

    It is a city with lots of history from early day USA and the 13 colonies, as it was the capital of East Jersey led by governor William Franklin, the son of Benjamin Franklin , one a traitor tory and the other father the hero of US independance.

    Five Corners of Perth Amboy
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    Jersey girls love mini-golf!

    by asturnut Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    NJ really comes alive during the summer. It gets really, really hot here during the summer, so we partake of a lot of activities that aren't particularly strenuous. Especially popular past times for young people include going to waterslide parks, going to the (indoor) mall, going out for ice-cream, bowling, and miniature golf (also called mini golf and putt-putt.) Especially in the shore areas or decent sized towns, mini golf is really popular and pretty easy to locate. In my family, high score wins! Ha ha ha.

    Since I mentioned golf, for the benefit of mature readers, there are quite a lot of excellent golf courses in southern New Jersey. There are quite a few within a 30 minute drive from my house. The link below or a local phone book will help locate one nearest you.

    Little cheaters pick up the ball and run!
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    Airplane Ads

    by kazander Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    When you are on the beach at the Jersey Shore you will definately see these guys fly by. Low flying airplanes towing large banner ads for local bars, restaurants, sometimes even for major brands of soda or beer,anything really, you name it, will pass by many times during the day. Everytime I see them it brings me back to my childhood. Walking on the beach in Wildwood collecting shells, hearing the buzz of a plane and looking up, squinting into the sky and trying to figure out what the banner was advertising. They always make me smile.

    Airplane towed ad banner
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    state symbols

    by davecallahan Updated Apr 5, 2007

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    The New Jersey state motto is "Liberty and Prosperity".

    the state seal: three plows for agriculture; horsehead for state animal; figures Liberty with cap on pole and Ceres with cornicopia representing the state motto; a banner with the state motto

    the state flag is the state seal on a mustard yellow field

    The state animal is the horse.

    The state bird is the goldfinch.

    The state flower is the violet.

    state nickname is "Garden State"

    state seal horse = state animal goldginch = state bird violets = state flower

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    THE BEACH CLUB

    by VeronicaG Updated Feb 5, 2007

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    When we moved to New Jersey seven years ago we were impressed by the fact that the beach was a mere seven miles from our home. Having been transplanted from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania--city of three rivers--it was a dream come true to be able to visit any beach we wanted...and not be on vacation!!

    Almost immediately we were made aware of the BEACH CLUBS. They are clubs that require a pricey membership, have a very long waiting list and make both the beach and swimming pool available to those who belong. You can rent cabannas (if you are fortunate to have one) that contain telephones, small refrigerators and allow you to keep all of your beach items in one place. That IS appealing, but...

    We loved the beach and didn't feel we had to belong to a club, so we didn't. Eventually we added a pool to our backyard and enjoyed the summer in this way. Some people who have pools still join beachclubs--for socializing.

    Windows on the Water Beachclub--Sea Bright area

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    Interesting details of Mt. Tabor

    by Pawtuxet Written Oct 3, 2006

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    So many things to see and enjoy in Mt. Tabor. A number of the residents were dressed in period costume and wandered around the houses throughout the day giving it another colorful dimension.
    The porches give great opportunities for photographs...whether you are interested in the people or the architecture.
    There is one metal garage left in Mt. Tabor. At one point in time they didn't allow any wooden ones to be built. They were afraid of fires with all the properties being so close together. A major fire could destroy the entire settlement.
    At the end of the tour both Aussie and my husband were pretty tired out and ready to collapse in a grassy yard in front of the church.

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    The Iron worker's house

    by Pawtuxet Written Oct 3, 2006

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    The iron worker at Mt. Tabor was quite a showman. He was doing demonstrations and joking with the crowds about making "devil money" from the iron he was working with. His art is displayed throughout his house as well as the fence at the edge of his driveway. He kept the crowds entertained as he enlisted volunteers to take part in the demonstrations.
    Meantime, his home entertained everyone who went in. It's filled to the brim with all of his collections from toys to antique Japanese paper lanterns. Ecclectic and chock block full of fun, this house had a full audience all afternoon.
    His cottage was built about 1879 as a summer home. His recent restorations have brought out the features which make it so distinctly a camp meeting cottage (as commonly found in Mount Tabor, Ocean Grove, Oak Bluffs,etc.) Board and batten siding, double pointed-arch doorway centered on the gable end, double porch (upper and lower) on the main facade, and a slant bay window on one side. The iron fence and pagoda are the creations of the current owner.

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    Artistic Interiors of Mt. Tabor

    by Pawtuxet Written Oct 3, 2006

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    When you do a House Tour you enjoy everyone's creativity and bring home ideas for decorating your own house as well. On the Mt. Tabor tour I was taken by a particular house because of the woman having such an artistic flair. She made the most of her little spaces. She was also the proud owner of her grandmother's oil paintings which I fell in love with. I'm a whirlygig lover and collector, so I was intrigued with the original whirlygig she had on display. Karen was taken with the way one woman used an antique table cloth for a window dressing in her bedroom. You can guess which homeowners are members of the quilting group by looking at their bed covers.

    Notice paintings and the whirlygig antique tablecloth as a window dressing wonderful primitive collections the bedroom of a quilter
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    Space Savers in the kitchens and baths

    by Pawtuxet Written Oct 2, 2006

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    The people of Mt. Tabor have to learn to make the most of the space they have..because it is at a premium. We were amazed again and again at all the clever methods used to make efficient spaces that were so attractive. Beautifully decorated homes are common here. I've selected several bathrooms and kitchens for you to get ideas from.

    Someone with an artistic flair did this one tiny addition houses lavette & laundry this little kitchen has a dishwasher too! Clever master bath in corner of bedroom Office in a pocket...notice metal repro-ceiling
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    In the Montclair - Carney...

    by dantes2 Updated Sep 1, 2005

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    In the Montclair - Kearney areas of New Jersey don't forget to visit 'Tony.' See the best of New Jersey.

    Don't forget to visit the Travelogues!

    ... just as I was getting away, they pulled me back in !...

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    Don't leave your car!

    by arv1 Written Aug 20, 2005

    When at the petrol station, you do not have to leave your car, as the gas stations are 'full-serve'. This basically means that an attendant fills the gas and takes your money to make the payment for you, while you sit in your car and entertain the kids (sorry...you don't have to do that...but I did...entertaining meaning stopping them from crying...). SO it is uncustomary to do it yourself, infact, you're not allowed!

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    One mistake we made was...

    by smokinggenie Updated Jun 8, 2005

    One mistake we made was thinking there would be a "supermarket" around every corner.....not so here! They have small convenient shops. If you are thinking of getting a bottle of wine to relax for the night, you will have to go to a liquor warehouse store....they do not sell any form of alcoholic beverages in the convenient stores.

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    New Jersey Beaches

    by tpangelinan Written Apr 3, 2005

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    If you are a beach lover like we are you must check out New Jersey's beaches. There are pretty clean, wide so there is plenty of room between you and the next person. You xcan go up to the boardwalk and grab a quick bite to eat and back to the beach. New Jersey has miles and miles of beaches to choose from, so grab a map, pick one and head on over to the beach for a day or two. Suggest booking ahead if you are going to stay over night any where along the beach.

    New Jersey Beaches
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    There is a reason it's called the Garden State!

    by kazander Written Mar 7, 2005

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    Stop for some produce at a roadside stand! Now you won't find Roadside stands all over New Jersey. Certainly, they are not terribly common in the cities and very densely populated areas of the state. You will find them in the Northwest and in some southern sections. The one pictured was actually down the shore. Believe it or not, New Jersey (tiny state that it is) is actually fairly well known for some of it's produce. Jersey corn, Jersey tomatoes (note the sign in the picture) cranberries and blueberries are some of the states notable fruits and veggies. Last I checked, New Jersey was one of the top producing states for Blueberries (you thought it was just Maine!) So if you are in an area of New Jersey that has some farmland, keep an eye out for a roadside stand and pick up some fresh tasty treats.

    Roadside Stand
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  • full service gas stations

    by MandaJ320 Written Jan 30, 2005

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    this went out years ago in most states in the US, and now everything is self serve, so i was very surprised to see that the gas stations here are still full service. you never have to get out of your car, which makes it nice in those cold and snowy winter months, BUT you do have to wait on someone to help you, and sometimes that can take just a little longer than i would like...

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