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 »

Crows Crap All Over Trenton

Trenton makes the world takes - crows

Photo illustration, obviously | Crow photo by mdf (license)

Trenton makes, the world takes a crap.

A harrowing report from NBC10 over the weekend detailed a problem in New Jersey’s capital city: a murder of crows that won’t stop shitting all over.

NBC10 says the mess outside state government offices is growing, and quotes one man who says people were pooped on while walking to a bar. The Trentonian quotes an email from a reader:

“The whole area actually is covered,” one woman said in an email to The Trentonian. “And I mean covered in bird shit. The smell is toxic. It’s everywhere. Like a blanket. And all these people are walking through it and bringing it into the buildings around it. It’s going to be causing a lot of illnesses.”

Some of the photos of the crow crap-covered city are truly terrifying. Read more »

Atlantic City Goes From “Queen of Resorts” to King of Foreclosures

Atlantic City, which had the highest foreclosure rate of any U.S. metropolitan area in 2015, continued to hold that honor in the quarter just ended. Photo | Wikimedia Commons.

Atlantic City, which had the highest foreclosure rate of any U.S. metropolitan area in 2015, continued to hold that honor in the quarter just ended. Photo | Wikimedia Commons

Atlantic City is on a roll. But the dice keep coming up snake eyes.

In this particular case, the bad luck streak pertains to foreclosure activity. The latest figures from RealtyTrac, released yesterday, show the seaside metropolis led all metropolitan areas nationwide in foreclosure activity in the first quarter of 2016, with one in every 106 housing units under a foreclosure filing. Read more »

SEPTA Announces Trenton Line Contingency Plan in Wake of Amtrak Crash

Photo | Sandy Smith

SEPTA deputy general manager Joe Knueppel. Photo | Sandy Smith

The crash of Amtrak train 188 at Frankford Junction last night also threw SEPTA’s Trenton Regional Rail line out of commission. After throwing extra trains on nearby lines for this morning’s commute, SEPTA officials this afternoon outlined their alternate plans for getting the Trenton Line’s 12,000 daily riders to and from Center City while Amtrak repairs the damage on the Northeast Corridor.

Deputy General Manager Joe Knueppel gave the details at a news conference at SEPTA’s control center at its Center City headquarters. The alternate services consist of: Read more »

Gabby Giffords to Lobby for New Gun Laws in Jersey

Gabby Giffords, courtesy her Facebook page.

Gabby Giffords, courtesy her Facebook page.

Gabby Giffords, the former U.S. congresswoman who survived an assassination attempt despite traumatic head wounds, will be in New Jersey today to lobby for tougher gun laws in that state.

Her appearance today is part of a broader two-day swing through Eastern states to encourage action by state legislatures. “If Congress won’t act, then maybe leaders in the states will,” she said in a Tuesday Facebook post. Read more »

New Jersey has Food Trucks Everywhere This Week


If you just so happen to be in Mercer County or Lambertville, and you just so happen to be looking for something social to do, check out the food truck fairs hitting Jersey this week.

The Lambertville Food Fair is happening tonight from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. and will be featuring some familiar food trucks like:  Nomad Pizza, Say Cheese and Bonjour Creperie. The Food Fair will have two beer gardens, 15 food trucks, and 20 restaurants serving up bites and brews. Tickets for tonight’s event are available here.

If you’re not available to party in New Jersey tonight, not to worry, Mercer County’s Fall Food Truck Fiesta is happening Saturday, October 18th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Food trucks, including Cow and the Curd, KAMI, The Taco Truck, and Oink and Moo will all be at the event happening at the Festival Grounds of West Windsor Park. Hopewell Valley wine and beers will be on tap, and there will be plenty of children’s activities as well. Live music as well as DJ performances will also be happening.

Lambertville Food Fair food lineup » 

Trenton’s Famed De Lorenzo’s To Call It Quits

De Lorenzo's Tomato Pies

The De Lorenzo’s Tomato Pies on Hudson Street in Trenton is closing its doors after 65-years in business. Owners Gary Amico, aged 68 and his wife Eileen, 66 are taking a break. The Robinsville DeLorenzo’s run by their son Sam will continue.

The last day of business will be January 15th, plan your last or first trip accordingly.

Trenton’s famed De Lorenzo’s Tomato Pies on Hudson Street is slated to close [Trenton Times]

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