Come and get your five free trees! There’s no catch. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Forest Service has teamed up with Arbor Day Foundation to offer five trees to each New Jersey resident this spring. Each year they give out more than 100,000 seedlings. Each New Jersey resident can receive five one- to two-foot tall bare root tree seedlings in a bundle, according to the Forest Service’s Facebook page.
“The Boardwalk is for slow cruising only,” reads a new sign on the Atlantic City stretch of the Boardwalk, not far from Jackson Ave. The “Atlantic City Boardwalk Bike Riding Etiquette” sign is filled with other good advice too, such as to yield to pedestrians, walk bicycles through crowds and be prepared to stop. We at Route 40 are avid Boardwalk cyclists and we’re fans of the intention behind the sign. Even the wording is intelligible and straight-forward (leaving aside slow cruising double entendres). But there’s the rub.
Atlantic City’s Surf Stadium was filled last night with guests for a pop-up fundraiser for the city’s Boys & Girls Club, organized by a collection of South Jersey wunderkinder that formed a non-profit called 4AC x AC earlier this year.
It’s going to be a beautiful weekend (sunny, 80-83 F) and there’s a lot going on. In Atlantic City you can kick off with a full moonrise climb at the Absecon Lighthouse tonight before heading over to Gardner’s Basin to support the AC Arts Foundation with a strawberry-moon cruise, then tomorrow morning watch the round-the-island paddle race (it kicks off at 8 am on Saturday from the marina outside Golden Nugget), watch or take part in the double dutch skipping event at Brown’s park in Atlantic City on Saturday,
Downbeach, Ventnor is hosting a food truck festival on ski beach all weekend, then Porchfest will kick off from 1 pm on Sunday, followed up by Funk Daddy playing the beach concert on Newport Ave. In Linwood, there will be music at the farmer’s market on Saturday and over in the Pines, there’s a Blueberry-themed art contest at Whitesbog (kids enter free) all weekend and on Sunday (also at Whitesbog) you can enjoy a lunchtime music jam. Over in Hammonton on Saturday there is another food truck festival from 4.30 pm. All that and more on our Route 40 Events page. Want to send us an event?
Longport, Absecon Island’s hinterland of smoke-free beaches and elevated mansions, now has a beach-tag vending machine. “This is a new concept for the Borough so please have patience (as) we learn how to operate and maintain this machine,” read a message posted to the Borough’s website on Tuesday. The machine is located in the police department foyer and available 24 hours. If you’re considering buying a Longport beach tag, you should probably get down there to check it out quick since tag prices are soon going up. Regular seasonal tags are available for purchase at $15 through June 16. Then the price will go up to $30.
A lot of shore towns have beach concerts, movies on the beach and bonfires. Street fairs are pretty common too. What’s more unusual? Finding dozens of homeowners willing to host parties, all on one day and on their porch. And making it happen.
Atlantic City’s purchasing department on Wednesday awarded Egg Harbor City’s Command Company a contract to build out the chunk of a planned bike loop that will connect the beach to Gardner’s Basin via specially-adapted city streets in the inlet.
I recently came across an article titled “My 5 Favorite Places to Hang with the Kids in NJ” and I was hoping to see some really fantastic local places get the love they deserve. Eagerly, I opened the link and read the article. Nope.