The brutal winter of 1779-80 was not enough to shut down Jockey Hollow (and drive George Washington and his Continental Army away), but where frigid weather failed, the U.S. Congress has succeeded.
This observation was made by Kevin Coughlin of Morristown Green as he reported that the federal shutdown would bar many a history buff from the hallowed Hollow. Driving his point home, Coughlin posted a story about two British tourists who are willing to forgive the Revolutionary War but are quite peeved about being locked out of their vacation destination.
To paraphrase fellow Brit Winston Churchill: This is something up with which they will not put.
Besides the thousands of civilian workers (and 28 goats) impacted in New Jersey, Point Pleasant Patch notes that campfire sing-alongs, birdwalks and archery programs have been canceled at Forsythe Refuge. The NJ-based website Climate Central reports that federal weather and climate sites have been shut down.
What to do in the interim? Melody Kettle of Hot from the Kettle may have the answer: Kettle is covering and judging the Iron Shaker — a statewide contest to find the best bartender in New Jersey. Volunteer judges need not apply.
Prefer to drown your sorrows in food? Head for the Firefly Bistro in Manasquan where pastry chef Teah Evans works. As reported by Manasquan Patch, Evans recently beat out her competition on the Food Network show “Chopped”and took home a $10,000 prize. Her victory — on the episode titled “Liver and Learn” — first aired Tuesday night.
As the 1st anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches, Jersey City Independent posted an in-depth story about how Jersey City is basically shtupped every which way ’til Tuesday by rising sea levels and climate change: It’s bracketed by two rivers, has a combined sewer/rainwater system, a high poverty rate and proximity to environmental hazards. In other first anniversary news: Red Bank Green is reporting that Sea Bright plans a quiet observance on October 29.
Following on the pro-marriage equality ruling by NJ Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson in September, The Alternative Press of West Orange posted a story putting a face — really two faces — on the issue this past Saturday.
Our full roundup of the best local reporting this week:
Wedding parties, take note: Morristown National Historical Park preparing for shutdown Morristown Green*
British visitors to Morristown lament ‘stupid’ government shutdown; Rodney calls for compromise Morristown Green*
Government Shutdown Leaves 28 Goats Jobless and Hungry New Jersey Newsroom
Sandy Hook Closed in Federal Shutdown Red Bank Green*
Government Shutdown Affects Weather, Climate Programs Climate Central*
The JerseyTomatoPress Guide to a Government Shut-Down Jersey Tomato Press*
Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Closes Due To Government Shutdown Point Pleasant Patch
After Three-Year Medical Journey, St. Barnabas Sends Boy Home to Afghanistan TAP Livingston
For One West Orange Couple, It’s All About the Love TAP West Orange
Storm Warning–Where Climate Change Risks Coverage Jersey City Independent
The Iron Shaker: NJ’s Craftiest Bartender Hot From The Kettle
Local Chef Wins Big On Food Network’s “Chopped” Show Manasquan-Belmar Patch
Donnie Fit Coach Demary takes us on journey to great health and fitness Newark Now
Westfield Board of Ed Discusses School Climate Survey Results at Meeting TAP Westfield
Pancho Villa Taqueria Review Ethnic NJ
Paterson principal resigns amid stir over bogus tests scores in previous job Paterson Press
Ramsey noon procession honors Army Staff Sgt. Timothy McGill Cliffview Pilot*
Veteran Ramsey firefighter, 30, killed in action in Afghanistan Cliffview Pilot*
Sea Bright to Take it Back to the Beach Red Bank Green*
Podcast 10/1/13: The Media and Newark, NJ NJ News Commons*
Storm Warning – Where Climate Change Risks Converge Jersey City Independent
*Asterisks are available for reposting through the NJ News Commons Story Exchange.