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 »
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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The Pinelands | Photo by Claire Sasko
Demonstrators gathered outside the statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey yesterday to protest a proposed pipeline that would cut through the state’s Pinelands National Reserve. Read more »
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.
Alcohol 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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Most of us only know New Jersey’s Pine Barrens as that weird wasteland we drive past on our way to the Shore. But push a little deeper in, as John McPhee did in his 1967 book The Pine Barrens, and you’ll uncover a whole weird world. Here, a compendium of lore about our very own local wilderness. Read more »
When 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 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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Keg & Kitchen in Westmont, NJ announced they are “rolling out the orange carpet” on Saturday, September 26th for their Pumpkins in the Parking Lot event.
In honor of the seasonal change and transition to making everything all pumpkin-ified, Keg & Kitchen is hosting a full day of events from 12pm-8pm, featuring fall foods, seasonal brews and family fun for both adults and kids.
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Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 1st, Cooper River Distillers is going to be distributing its Single Run Series Whiskey outside of the distillery for the first time. 22 bottles of the whiskey will make their way to Benash Liquors in Cherry Hill (2405 Route 38).
It is the third run Cooper River has done of whiskey and it is distilled from a base of locally brewed beer. In this case, the whiskey is distilled from Saint Benjamin’s Foul Weather Jack English Mild. We were lucky to get a taster of an earlier Single Run whiskey (made with Saint Benjamin’s IPA) and were very impressed with the results.
Cooper River’s Single Run Whiskey is the first whiskey that has been distilled, aged, and sold in New Jersey in a long time, perhaps even since Prohibition.
But with just 22 bottles in this run, it won’t last long.
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