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In our reporting on the Top 100
Towns (September), we gave the
wrong county for Lavallette, the
number- 3 town in our 2015 ranking.
Lavallette is in Ocean County.
In the section on “Our Favorite
Downtowns” (September), a photograph taken in downtown Haddonfield inadvertently ran with the story
on downtown Collingswood.
In the Get Out section in the October
issue, we gave the wrong release
year for the Stevie Wonder album
Songs in the Key of Life. The correct
year is 1976.
Throughout September, New Jersey towns faced off against each other at
njmonthly.com in the first New Jersey Monthly Downtown Showdown presented by Kings Food Markets. We started with 16 downtowns (chosen by the
editorial team) and paired them off based on population size in a bracket-style
competition. Each week, the field was cut in half based on online voting. The
championship week pitted Morristown against Maplewood. Here is a selection
of reader comments about the competing towns:
Thank you for this!! I was
delighted to see [Somer-ville] getting some attention for what’s happening
downtown. It’s a great place
to live, and to visit!
I live in Summit so of
course I’m prejudiced! But
where’s Chester—one of
my favorite, and historic,
Maplewood has the small-
town charm, convenient
train platform right on
the main street, nice bars
and restaurants. It is ac-
cessed by local roads rather
than busy highways and
is adjacent to a beautiful
park with activities all year
Cape May is best with all
the fabulous restaurants
they have like the Blue
Rose Inn, Washington Inn,
Union Park, Peter Shields
and the Ebbitt Room—to
name a few. The Victorian
buildings set this town
apart from all others.
Cape May is nice… Lambertville is nicer. Okay, I am
biased, I live [in Lambert-ville]. But we do have a
more diverse and robust
Morristown’s downtown is
the perfect balance of modern vibrancy and history. And
nothing beats the Green.
I just read the article by
Winnie Bonelli on Kurt Sutter (October) and was compelled to write. Clearly your
reporter has never been to
Clark. Otherwise she would
never have made the statement that Sutter grew up in
the shadow of Rahway State
Prison. To associate Clark
with Rahway State Prison is
just wrong. For years, Clark
has been the epitome of
middle-class suburbia with
below-average crime rates.
In response to our story on
the retirement of veteran disc
jockey Vin Scelsa (August):
Thanks for the sounds of
my life, Vin! Growing up on
WNEW-FM with you & the
best deejays in the world was
a pleasure & an outstanding cultural education. Long
may you run.
BARBARA ANN VOETSCH
AND THE WINNER IS...
Maplewood! To emerge victorious in our bracket-syle Downtown Showdown, the Essex County town outpolled
Summit in Week 1, Princeton in Week 2, Montclair in Week 3 and, ultimately, Morristown in the championship
round. All of the voting took place at njmonthly.com. Representatives of New Jersey Monthly and presenting
sponsor Kings Food Markets wowed Maplewood officials with the results at the village train station. From left,
New Jersey Monthly digital news editor Maryrose Mullen, editor Ken Schlager, Maplewood Village Alliance manager Julie Doran, Maplewood mayor Vic DeLuca, Maplewood Kings customer service manager Michael Cistrelli
and Kings marketing manager Julie Bannon.