Usual Suspects Top 2017 U.S. News Best High Schools List

Julia Reynolds Masterman School

We’re No. 1! (Or No. 2, or No. 51, depending on which list you’re using.) | Photo: Public domain image by Smallbones from Wikimedia Commons

The single best high school in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania remains the Julia Reynolds Masterman Laboratory School in Philadelphia.

But in this year’s edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best High Schools” list, the school fell a few places in the national rankings. The school, one of only two in the Greater Philadelphia region to make it into the ranks of the top 100 nationwide, placed 51st.

Which makes it the second-best high school in the Philadelphia metropolitan region. Top honors go to the Charter School of Wilmington in Delaware, which ranked 48th nationally. Read more »

The New Run Retreats That Don’t Force You to Actually Retreat From City Life

You know how sometimes, you see a wellness retreat that you’d LOVE to go to (like, say, this one), but there are a few problems with actually going: maybe you don’t have a car that can survive a two-hour drive through the mountains (me and my 2000 Saturn are with you there), or maybe you can’t ditch all your responsibilities — kids, book club hosting, whatever — for days on end. Well, this, my friends, is why local runner Carly Pelerin decided to start South Jersey Run Retreats.

SJ Run Retreats’ aim is to put on weekends filled with the fun of a running retreat — think: fitness classes, group runs, group meals, and so on — without the huge time commitment and sleepovers. Think of it as retreat-lite. And the first one is right around the corner.

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Shake Shack Looks to be Coming to New Jersey and the Wells Fargo Center

Another fantastic Photoshop rendering by Arthur Etchells

Another fantastic Photoshop rendering by Arthur Etchells

Monday October 17th is set to be a big day for Shake Shack. According to a story in The Courier Post, the zoning board of Evesham, New Jersey will consider an application for a freestanding building to be shared with a new Honeygrow and near a ShopRite supermarket at Marlton Commons. the intersection of routes 73 and 70.

That same day, we will find out if another Shake Shack will be opening at the Wells Fargo Center. Rumor has it, the stand will be behind Section 116 of the lower level. Take that Penguins fans.

At this time, neither Shake Shack nor the Wells Fargo Center are willing to confirm the openings. But we don’t have to deny them either. Watch this space.

Try Some Jersey Wines in Haddonfield This Saturday

haddonfield uncorked 400Alcohol in Haddonfield? Yep. This Saturday, February 20th from 1-4 p.m., the “dry” New Jersey town is having their Haddonfield Uncorked event. At merchants throughout town, visitors can enjoy samples from several South Jersey wineries.

While Haddonfield is a “dry” town, a 2014 Alcohol Management Plan for Retail Outlets allows this chance to sample and buy South Jersey wines. This is the third “Haddonfield Uncorked” since it was introduced in 2015, and considering how popular the last two were, there’s probably plenty more to come.

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Yard House Brings 110 Taps to Moorestown

yard-house-940When Yard House opens at the Moorestown Mall on December 5th it will feature 110 taps behind its island bar. This is the first Yard House in the Philadelphia area, nationwide there are 64 Yard House locations over 23 states. The chain began life in Long Beach, California back in 1996.

At least 15 of the taps will be dedicated to New Jersey and Philadelphia area craft beers. An additional five handles will be reserved for the restaurant’s Chalkboard Series, which features limited releases from mostly craft brewers that rotate regularly.

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Osteria Moorestown Closing, Catelli Duo to Move In

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Osteria Moorestown will make way for Catelli Duo.

Marc Vetri’s Osteria in Moorestown will close and make way for a Catelli Duo, a more casual Italian concept. Vetri and Osteria was the ace-in-the-hole when the mall’s operator, PREIT pitched the previously dry town to sell four liquor licenses at the mall for a million dollars each.

Catelli Duo gets an upgraded location from its current spot in the PREIT-owned Voorhees Town Center. That mall is being sold and will be losing one of its anchor stores. According to Philly.com’s Michael Klein, Catelli Duo will also take 3,600 square feet of space next to Osteria for private dining.

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