For the Fall
GIVEN THE DELIGHTFULLY mild
weather we enjoyed all summer, it’s hard
not to feel optimistic about the coming
of fall. This is one of my favorite times
of the year. The foliage, the chilly evenings, the warm apple cider, the carved
pumpkins, the anticipation of the holidays ahead. It’s the stuff of childhood
that continues to delight for a lifetime.
Truly, there’s no better place to enjoy autumnal pleasures than New Jersey. Our state puts on a great foliage
show every year. Our farmers provide
a bounty of seasonal treats. And our
lovely towns and pristine parklands
provide ideal fall destinations.
We’ve designed this issue as your
guide to fall fun in the Garden State.
Want to get away for a weekend? We
point the way to charming B&Bs, historic lodgings and unique resorts. Need
a place to go with the kids? Check our
listings of fall festivals. Crave the great
outdoors? Read our scouting report on
the trails and spectacular scenery of
Palisades Interstate Park.
THIS MONTH’S ISSUE has an unusually wide array of fascinating stories.
Freelancer Kevin Coyne introduces us
to Sister Miriam Teresa, a little-known
nun from Bayonne who is poised—eight
decades after her death—to become one
of a handful of Americans to achieve
sainthood in the Catholic Church. All
she needs is one more miracle.
We also meet Gary Schaer, a master politician who wears two hats—as
a state Assemblyman and as council
president of the largely Latino city of
Passaic. He also wears a yarmulke indicative of his Orthodox Jewish faith.
Investigative reporter Anthony DePalma goes behind the scenes to reveal
how Schaer pulls the political strings in
And that’s just a sample of what’s in
store for October.
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