#FallFun & #Hayrides


via 201 – The harvest season is the perfect time to pick your own perfect pumpkin and take in the view from an old-fashioned perch: sitting on a bale of hay in a wagon.

Fortunately, that form of transportation is still available at several Bergen County farms every October.

Some farms also have corn mazes (day and night!), freshly made doughnuts, and apple cider – both hot and cold.

Contact the farms directly for hours and pricing.

In Bergen County:

Abma’s Farm, 700 Lawlins Road, Wyckoff. Saturday hayrides as well as group hayrides by appointment. (Closed Sundays.)

Demarest Farms, 244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale. A pumpkin-picking hayride – and be sure to enjoy a freshly made doughnut after the trip!

Depiero’s Farm, 300 W. Grand Ave., Montvale. Hail a hayride out to the pumpkin patch.

Secor Farms, 168 Airmont Ave., Mahwah. Hitch a hayride to the pumpkin patch and corn maze.


Can an Aerial Gondola to Bayonne Solve Staten Island Commuters’ Woes?

bayonne-staten-island-gondolavia Jersey Digs – Transportation between Manhattan, New Jersey, and Staten Island are one of the highest frustrations for commuters and residents alike. However, the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation’s latest project development may have the solution. The corporation is headlining a radical new idea to ease commuting between Staten Island and Manhattan through Bayonne: an aerial gondola that drops people off at a light rail station.

The aerial gondola design came from Leitner-Poma of America (LPOA), with the goal of creating a design to better connect commuters to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system in New Jersey. According to the SIEDC, the success of the aerial gondola could create a shorter commute for daily users between Staten Island and Manhattan – down to 33 minutes, in fact.

Initially, the SIEDC initiated a competition to find the best fit to carry out the design rendering and the proposed route for the best route to get commuters to and from Manhattan. The competition’s jury – comprised of architects, engineers, planners, and media – determined Elm Park to Bayonne would be the most efficient route from the three route submissions they received. “System length, total cost [of development], and travel time” were key factors in the final route decision for the jury, according to the SIEDC vice president of membership and outreach Alexandra Porto.

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#Bayonne resident awarded $5,000 @CastleLanterra scholarship

scholarshipYolanda Toby of Bayonne has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship by New York-based Castle Lanterra Properties (CLP), announced Elie Rieder, founder and CEO. The Castle Lanterra Scholarship Program was launched earlier this year for residents and dependents living in the company’s 7,300 unit portfolio throughout the East, South, and Midwestern U.S.

Toby, whose family resides in CLP’s Harbor Pointe in Bayonne, is a senior at Howard University in Washington, D.C., majoring in management with a concentration on hospitality. A graduate of Talent Unlimited High School in New York City, she is currently gaining experience in event sales through a summer internship. With management as her ultimate career goal, she is also preparing to obtain an MBA in Finance following her graduation from Howard in 2017.

As part of CLP’s inaugural scholarship program competition, “we chose to have students write an essay covering an issue of personal, local, national or international concern,” said Rieder. “The goal is to encourage self-expression and consideration of the world today and their role in the community.”

For her essay, Toby chose the topic “Communication Between Different Cultures in the Workplace”, inspired by a class in business communications. “It is very important to make sure companies treat their employees equally and that their employees get the necessary training to facilitate effective workplace communication.”


Pay to Play: Wedding Edition

wedding-dayvia NJ.com – Weddings at City Hall have always been free, but the City Council is considering whether to pass a measure that would charge $150 per ceremony beginning as early as next month.

City Business Administrator Joe DeMarco said municipal judges in Bayonne have noticed an uptick in the number of non-resident weddings at City Hall due to the ceremonies being free.

“It takes up judges’ time, the mayor’s time, processing time and then you have to maintain the records,” DeMarco said, adding that the $150 charge would cover the cost of those services.

Bayonne would join Hudson County municipalities such as Kearny and Jersey City in charging for weddings.

The City Council is expected to vote on introducing the new ordinance at its Wednesday meeting. If introduced, the measure would then be up for a public hearing — and potentially a final vote — at the Sept. 21 council meeting.


Support Cancer Research


The 9th Annual James N. Rentas Walk to raise money for cancer research is slated for Sept. 18 at Stephen R. Gregg Hudson County Park.

The event is held by the family of James N. Rentas, a Bayonne resident for 44 years who died Nov. 21, 2007, after battling colorectal cancer “with unfailing optimism and dignity” for more than seven years, a press release stated.

Proceeds from the walk, which is set to begin at 9 a.m. at Kennedy Boulevard and 48th Street, will benefit Dr. Nancy Kemeny’s Pump Research Fund at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

The event relies on sponsors to assist in underwriting the cost of the event and to meet its fundraising goal, the release stated. If you would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please visit the walk’s website at www.jnr5kwalk.com.

Over 700 walkers are anticipated at the walk, which will feature a DJ, giveaways and team awards. Participants can register online at the walk’s website.

Registration forms can also be picked up at The Wellness Center located at 11 W. 25th St. Registration will also open at the park on Sept. 18 at 8 a.m.

Day Tripper: Sweet as a Peach

peach_picking_in_new_jersey_bergen_county_740_385_c1via Bergen Mama – Sweet! Peach picking season is here and we’re getting all warm and fuzzy just thinking about it. From mid-July through August and early September at some farms, take your pick from dozens of different varieties, and get those mouths and canning supplies ready!

 Demarest Farms
Home to more than twelve varieties of pick-your-own peaches, Demarest Farms offers a perfect peaching picking experience that you can find right in Bergen County. Demarest Farms has well-manicured trees, spectacular views, and the tastiest peaches around! Visitors will enjoy the fun hay rides to and from the orchards, breathtaking scenery, the petting zoo, and so much more.
Open Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00am-3:00pm, 244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale, (201) 666-0472
Melick’s Town Farm
With 5,000 peach trees and over 30 varieties of yellow and white peaches, Melick’s Town Farm is certain to have a long, bountiful season. Kids will love the low trees so they can easily grab the ripest, most beautiful peaches. While there, you can also visit their farm animals, enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride, and climb the giant hay bales. With 200 acres, there are plenty of peaches for picking.
Open daily from 9:00am-6:00pm, 472 County Road 513, Califon, (908) 832-2905