Inside This Edition: Rod's 1890's Ranch House
in Morristown, NJ;
Battleship New Jersey in Camden, NJ; Movie Review - ON THE WATERFRONT;
Tribecca Night Club in Fort Lee, NJ and Feature - Jersey Heroes - Spring in Jersey
Food - April, 2003
With so many new restaurants opening
each month, we have the tendency to seek out the next special in-place to
dine. We should, however, keep in mind that there are many
tried-and-true old stand-by's that consistently provide good food, good
service, and an overall pleasant experience. One of these consistently
good standby restaurants is Rod's 1890's Ranch House
in Morristown, NJ.
On a recent Sunday, our party of six decided to try Rod's Sunday Brunch.
This is definitely not a dieters special, but we all need to indulge
ourselves once in a while. This is truly a delightful experience.
Different stations are set up to cater to your needs: a carving station with
perfectly cooked roast beef, an omelet station with every conceivable
filling that you can think of, as well as Eggs Benedict, bacon, sausage,
corned beef hash and on and on. In addition to breakfast fare, you can
choose from many items suitable for dinner. Salads and a beautiful
array of fruit fill another station; fresh salmon and cream cheese another.
If you have a need to satisfy your sweet tooth there is yet another table
filled with pastries, cakes and cookies of every size and shape.
All of this takes place in a wonderfully unhurried atmosphere with great
attention paid to your comfort and needs.
If Brunch is not your cup of tea, then you should Try Rod's regular menu for
lunch or dinner. You will find it to be equally satisfying. Do
try all the new spots, but don't forget about the older reliable ones.
Rod's 1890's Ranch
Morristown, New Jersey
Treasure - April, 2003
Floating on the
Delaware River in Camden, New Jersey is a floating monument to freedom
called Battleship New
awesome vessel remains one of the most notable in naval history in service during
WW II, Korea, Vietnam and beyond. The New Jersey provided support during
the Beirut crisis in 1983 and remains America's most decorated battleship.
help but be overcome by the spirit of America and all it stands for while
standing on her decks. The New Jersey became part of many people's
lives as servicemen were called to serve on her. Those who served on
her came from all walks of life, all ethnic backgrounds and from hometowns
throughout America to serve under one flag for freedom.
can tour this amazing ship, and I was struck by just how much there is to
learn by visiting her. You will see first hand what it must have been
like to serve on board by climbing the steep metal deck ladders. You
will be able to peer out the windows over the bow. Many sailors never saw
certain areas of the ship such as the officers mess to the highly secure
communications center. While touring the ship you will see these areas
and learn much from an extremely knowledgeable staff of guides. One
cannot help but be overcome with pride while touring this marvel of American
engineering and military might.
Battleship New Jersey is a true Jersey Treasure as it represents our diverse culture here in New Jersey.
It's a gift to have it here in New Jersey for what is probably its final
mission which is one of education and public awareness. If you tour
the "Big J" you may leave as I did with a clear understanding of
what peace through strength really means.
Battleship New Jersey -
Camden, New Jersey
Review - April, 2003
Video Rental Pick:
ON THE WATERFRONT - Not Rated No
mistaking the boundaries between good and evil in this 1954 black and white
classic. The blackness of evil and the light of right are so easily
recognized that it adds to this films charm and artistry. Marlon
Brando's character, a washed up boxer, laments that he "could have been
a contender" as he reflects on his life. Marlon Brando and the
film were contenders at the Academy Awards that year as much of the hardware
landed "on the waterfronts" cast and crew. Brando took home
the best actor as befitting his talents for making the film memorable.
Among the awards was one for best cinematography and one look at these
beautifully composed scenes you will see why.
The story is a simple one of a corrupt union boss and the loved
"Hollywood" theme of inform on evildoers at your own peril.
Brando searches his soul to do what's right. The simplicity of the
dialogue and scene construction prove that often less is more and is a great
canvas for Brando's portrayal of a challenged soul.
Rod Steiger delivers
a command performance as the Attorney for Cobb (the corrupt union boss) and
Brando's older brother. Although nominated for best supporting actor
for his work, a fickle academy failed to recognize his performance with an
award. Brando's goody goody girlfriend played by Eva Marie Saint did
win for best supporting actress.
It's always great to look back at universal themes explored in classic movies
and makes this a must see for anyone who likes the best of the best.
Clubs and Nightlife - April, 2003
Club in Fort Lee, New Jersey, is a great place to hang out on a
Friday night. This multi-level building which looks very non-descript
from the outside offers various types of music depending on what level
you're on. On this recent Friday the top floor offered some great
Latin sounds. Just below on level two was your basic dance fare
although the crowd was far from basic offering a nice mix throughout the
club. The mood was laid back with some great music on the main floor
as partygoers arrived and began to relax. A big plus for Tribecca and
benefit for this ethnically diverse neighborhood is the ability and
willingness to deliver distinct and various moods for each floor of the
club. The service at Tribecca was warm and friendly and fast!
Tribecca offers a great Friday night experience on many levels and should be
on the list of all Jersey partygoers. Be sure to get there early for a good parking spot as it can
get tight. Also be sure to feed any hungry parking meters you might
run into at your slot as they are in all likelihood active. A few
pennies in the old meter will preserve your budget and memory of a great
night out at Tribecca.
Tribecca Night Club - Fort Lee, New Jersey
Feature - April, 2003
spring offers those of us here in New Jersey an end to this brutal winter
and the beginning of what will probably turn out to be a delightful spring.
We should have a beautiful spring here, but for our Jersey Heroes off serving
in Iraq, this spring is definitely different. The end of this
brutal winter will certainly be the beginning of the end of one of the most
brutal regimes in world history. Many from New Jersey have joined the
armed forces and are now facing real danger as they serve their country in
Operation Iraqi Freedom. Springtime in New Jersey will have to wait
for them as they answer the call to duty to rid the world of a dangerous
menace and growing global threat. Those from New Jersey away from home
will be homesick before too long and we should all pray for their safe
return. While many joined the military never imagining that the future
would entail going to war much less war in Iraq, all knew the risk and
freely accepted the responsibility it entailed. These brave
professionals are presently making a substantial contribution toward
ensuring our safety here in New Jersey and nationwide. It's up to
these brave professionals to do the "heavy lifting" to get the job
done and home safely. These Jersey folks along with the coalition are
heroes and among the worlds finest. We owe these folks a
great deal for their contribution to our safety and long-term security as
they serve under the American Flag.
is here in New Jersey as the cherry-blossoms will bloom in Branch Brook Park
and the landscaper will emerge with his plow stored and his truck filled
with mulch at the ready for the spring clean-up. The trees are
blooming as they always have, and the fields are getting greener as some of
our own are enduring vicious desert sandstorms, little sleep and deadly
threats. The moment or two they have to reflect each day will be on
family and returning home safely to them. They will almost certainly
be thinking of this special time in New Jersey and what it must be like to
be back home with friends and family and a home-cooked meal.
Weathering a spring sandstorm in Iraq is much different than enjoying spring,
New Jersey, beach weather in the sand. The road to Baghdad is far more
dangerous than the road to Atlantic City unless you are in a bus (just
kidding) filled with folks destined for battle against the one armed bandit.
good to keep good humor and have faith in this difficult time but shameful
to ever forget the contribution and sacrifice these Jersey heroes and their
partners are making and will continue to make in the future.
your views are on the present situation, the men and women from New Jersey
serving this spring deserve your prayers, respect and thanks for a job they
will carry out to the best of their ability. Springtime is a time of
rebirth and renewal here in New Jersey and around the world. For all
the brave soldiers in Iraq this is your spring and your rebirth as evil
crumbles beneath your feet and a new day begins to dawn. Wherever life
will take you when you leave the battlefield you are forever blessed for
being part of one of the most historic and meaningful events in world
history. You are the few, the precious few, who put their feet on the
ground and in the air to make a stand for good and decency for all of
humanity. Your contribution will allow freedom to reign here and
beyond. For those in Iraq who will return home here to New Jersey when the job is
done our sandy beaches will be ready for your tired feet and your brave
Jersey Heroes - Spring in
New Jersey written
by Jerry Butler
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