By Cassidy Grom | For NJ.com 1ax095_7992_9.jpg Andrew Hunt plays a community piano while located at the Eastman Plaza in downtown Cranford. Cranford is considered one of the best towns in New Jersey. Aristide Economopoulos | NJ Advace Media When the baristas at Track 5 Coffee shop in Cranford discovered it was a regular customer's birthday, they spontaneously erupted in song. The town of 20,000 is the type of place residents truly love to live and visitors wish they could stay. Nestled between the Rahway River and several leaf-strewn parks, Cranford is known for its unique eateries and family-focused events. The town is one of five in the running to be crowned Jersey's top downtown — but that came as no surprise to Cranford's civic-minded citizens. Cranford Barber Shop.gif Patti Sapone | NJ Advance Media "This is the only place I've ever got a haircut," Gregg Wheatley, a Cranford resident of 53 years, said while Amasio Marsiglia, the longtime … [Read more...] about Adorable Cranford might have the best downtown in the state. We checked it out.
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Dave Bennett was wearing a gray, long-sleeve T-shirt that said, “I’m a beekeeper!” Bennett had wanted to try beekeeping for the last decade; 7 months ago, he finally did. He’s been taking beekeeping apprenticeship classes at Masterson’s Garden Center in East Aurora, and is in a 3-month course designed to teach students the ins-and-outs of beekeeping, have them adopt hives at the garden center to eventually be able to care for their own hive at home. “This is kind of graduation,” Bennett said. He was demonstrating the extraction process at Masterson’s Honey Harvest Festival last weekend. It was hot in the massive greenhouse brimming with people, and Bennett was working hard, spinning and bottling honey, giving out samples, answering questions and even petting bees in front of children who were afraid of them. The festival is about all things honey. It’s educational: Masterson’s employees gave free classes on beekeeping, … [Read more...] about Western New York has its own honey festival. We checked it out (and promise no puns).
The New York Islanders became the latest NHL franchise to release a brand-new third jersey, unveiling their new look on Monday morning: The NHL and Adidas Hockey provided closer looks: This was the first opportunity for the Islanders and the rest of the league to come up with a third jersey under Adidas. The NHL's jersey provider disallowed alternate uniforms during their first year in control after taking over from Reebok. The design was leaked a few weeks back, though there was no official confirmation until now, just three days prior to the start of the regulars season. You can see a full list of who released NHL third jerseys here. The Islanders third jersey keeps the franchise's original colors of blue, orange and white, which is a relief to plenty of fans who were afraid of another black alternate jersey or one that instituted the teal of the ill-fated fisherman jerseys from the mid-90s. It takes aspects of two of the team's most recent alternate … [Read more...] about CHECK IT OUT: NHL Islanders drop new third jersey
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On the corner of Seventh Street and Santa Fe Avenue in downtown Los Angeles, a former single-room-occupancy hotel stands empty. In the next few years, the Rendon’s owners plan to gut it and completely renovate it, but first they’re bringing the historical hotel back to life with a massive art show and community celebration called Hidden Rooms. More than 60 artists have transformed all three floors with site-specific art installations that include murals, sculptures and live performances. It’s open to the public on Sunday, June 3, for one day only. EXPAND Hidden Rooms: Bisco Smith Fred Hoerr “All of the participating artists have a connection to downtown L.A.,” says Cindy Schwarzstein of Cartwheel Art, who curated the project and lives across the street. “A lot of them have been here since the ’70s. Some are newer artists that have just moved to the neighborhood. As far as the curatorial, it’s not just a graffiti/street art show … [Read more...] about 60 Artists Have Taken Over the Rendon Hotel. You Have One Chance to Check It Out.