There’s no point in getting between a Jersey shore-goer and their favorite pizza place: they’ll travel extra miles just for one slice, they’ll defend the cheese-to-sauce ration vehemently, and they’ll dream about a hot pie in the dead of winter. So which Jersey Shore pizza shop is the best? It’s time to have your say. Last week we listed the top picks in each South Jersey shore town and 10,000 votes came flooding in. Now we’ve taken the top vote-getters in each town and are asking you to weigh in once again, to crown the ultimate winner. The victor will be announced online and be featured in next year’s shore guide in the magazine. A few housekeeping notes: Voting ends on Sunday, August 2nd; you don’t have to vote for a place in every town to have your say; you are invited to vote once a day; and if you decide to try every spot and wind up gaining five pounds, don’t blame us. Make your vote count
A toco toucan at the Cape May County Park & Zoo (Photo: Dan McQuade)
Trip Advisor recently released its annual list of the best zoos in the world, based on average user ratings. The San Diego Zoo ranked first overall, unsurprisingly. Number two was Loro Parque, on the Canary Islands. Zoos from places like the United Kingdom, Singapore, Vienna and Prague were in the top 10. And 13th? The Cape May County Park & Zoo, in Cape May Court House, New Jersey.
Yes, really! The little zoo in Cape May is rated the 13th best by Trip Advisor readers. In the United States, it’s the fifth best. The Philadelphia Zoo did not rank in the top 25 in the U.S. rankings.
“On behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, we are very proud of all of you,” Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders director Gerald Thornton actually said in a release “Really WELL DONE! You make our small County SHINE!”
With support like that, I had to check this place out. Here are the five coolest things about the Cape May County Zoo. Read more »
CMCPZ is the nearest one to Philly to appear on the list, sharing the accolade with biggie animal parks like Bioparc Valencia in Spain (No. 12), Zoologlischer Garten in Germany (No. 14) and the San Diego Zoo in Southern California (No. 1).
On Saturday at Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, band Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers were nearly 20 minutes into their set when they baffled guests by bringing on stage Bruce Springsteen to finish out their nearly two-hour set. More from NJ.com:
Fights happen often over professional sports, but on Wednesday, two South Jersey men exchanged punches in Maryland over their daughters and a youth softball game.
Michael Barbella and Michael Duffy, whose daughters once played on the same traveling softball team, were charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct stemming from a verbal and physical altercation on Wednesday evening, NJ.com reported Thursday. Barbella, from Ventnor, allegedly challenged Duffy, from Mays Landing, to the fight via text message and then drove from New Jersey to Salisbury, Maryland, just south of the Delaware-Maryland border. Read more »
A plane made an emergency landing on New Jersey’s Route 72 in Stafford Township over the weekend, according to the township police department. Fortunately for us, the township also released the traffic-cam footage of the landing. Amazingly, only one small injury was reported.
Stafford police say the single-engine plane was carrying students from Skydive East Coast, a skydiving school near Long Beach Island. The plane lost power, forcing the pilot to make a landing on the highway. Read more »
Let’s take a step back from our farmhouse search in Philadelphia’s suburbs for a moment and cross on over to Jersey territory. You ready? Okay, great because we found the sweetest rustic home near Columbus, New Jersey and it is an honest to goodness charmer!
First off, it’s over 200 years old and has much of its original flooring and millwork, which have been restored throughout the years. The second bathroom also retains its original claw foot tub. Of its updates, which have been consistent these past fifteen years, are newer roofing and siding and custom period windows. The main bath, notes the listing, has been renovated to include a Jacuzzi tub, stall shower, and double sinks. Central air has also been added.
Designing a home to meet your particular vision must be kind of fun, don’t you think? In the case of this South Jersey residence, it seems whoever had a say in its look was at least partially influenced by the modern aesthetics of the seventies (indeed, agent Kathleen McNamara tells us it was built circa 1978) and the light-friendly appeal of hotel suites.
Oh, did we mention it has swimming pool and deck with lounge space?
Located on a one-acre lot in Cherry Hill’s Wilderness Acres neighborhood, the John J. Olivieri-designed home features oak flooring, two functioning fireplaces (one gas; one wood), and walls of windows throughout. A two-story foyer awaits near the entrance and the kitchen, festooned with cherry cabinets and granite counters, opens to a two-story dining area with windows overlooking the pool area.