December 21, 2015 |
EGG HARBOR CITY, N.J. - Renault Winery is one of those unexpected kinds of places surrounded by deep southern New Jersey's rolling farmlands and thick pine forests. The winery - the second oldest in the nation - with a golf course, two restaurants, and a 50-room luxury hotel tucked away on a country road off Route 30, is more reminiscent of an Italian locanda than a Jersey Shore roadside attraction. It has survived the cultural feasts and famines of the eras - wars, economic downturns such as the Great Depression, and even Prohibition - since it was founded by French immigrant Louis Nicolas Renault, who planted the first vineyards on the Atlantic County property in 1864.
December 7, 2015 |
When trying to sum up his opponent, Rich Stanzione simply pointed to the bruises on both of his arms, the battle scars from 48 minutes of championship football. "I give them credit," Williamstown's senior quarterback said. "They're a tough team. " Saturday night at Rowan, the Braves fell, 14-7, to a hard-nosed Toms River North in the South Jersey Group 5 title game. Players described it as one of the more physical games they have been a part of. But the loss, they said, did nothing to take away from a season in which they finished 9-2 and fulfilled a promise made to teammate Darius Boyer, who died over the summer.
November 27, 2015 |
OceanFirst Bank, of Toms River, N.J., bought Renault Winery Inc. Golf out of bankruptcy last week and will operate the Atlantic County facility under the new name, Tuscany Resort, while trying to sell it, the bank said. Renault filed for bankruptcy protection last November as OceanFirst, which held a $7.9 million mortgage on the property, was planning to have it sold in a sheriff's sale. Renault's total liabilities were $8.6 million. New Vistas Corp., of Northfield, will manage the property, which straddles Galloway Township and Egg Harbor City.
October 23, 2015 |
Steven R. Brick, 70, of Island Heights, Ocean County, a developer of homes in Burlington, Gloucester, and Ocean Counties, died of pancreatic cancer at home on Saturday, Oct. 17. Mr. Brick was a principal in Medford Holdings L.L.C., which is helping build Wyngate at Medford, a development for those 55 and older, Donna Bittle, his assistant for two decades, said. He was also a principal in, among others, Harbor Properties L.L.C., which is working on a family development in Stafford Township, Ocean County, Bittle said.
September 18, 2015 |
During a break in the team wrestling championships last year at Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, fans were forced to wait outside in the snow for nearly an hour while the facility was rearranged for the final session. "We were thinking that might be a problem," NJSIAA executive director Steve Timko said. "And I hate to say it, we were right. " Timko announced at the NJSIAA's first executive committee meeting of the school year on Wednesday that the wrestling team championships would move back to Pine Belt Arena on the campus of Toms River North High School.
July 15, 2015 |
CINCINNATI - Mike Trout won't turn 24 until August, but this week the Los Angeles Angels superstar finds himself as more of a veteran amid the next wave of baseball's young stars. Trout, who will start his third straight All-Star Game on Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park, laughed Monday when it was mentioned that he is no longer the youngest player on the field. "You know, it's good to have young talent in here, guys who come in and make an impact for their team," the Millville native said.
June 29, 2015 |
There's music in the air on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, where Lenny Johnson and Vera Topinka are sharing an impromptu dance outside Bally's Wild West. "The world's a mess," Lenny, who's 82, explains. "But here in Atlantic City," adds Vera, 77, "it's a lovely day. " Vera, a retired keypunch operator from Toms River, is right: The summer is young, the sea breeze is bracing, and the sun plays across the fanciful facades of Boardwalk landmarks. Even the saw-toothed slab of the extinct Trump Plaza is aglow.
June 10, 2015 |
The metal detector was beeping, and that meant it was picking up an object in the ground. Was it an artifact from the Battle of Red Bank in 1777? A lead musket ball? A cannonball? A button? Tim Reno of Toms River, N.J., dug about three inches down and carefully extracted a piece of grooved brass shaped like a bow tie. The find in National Park had probably been there 238 years, ever since England's Hessian allies massed for an attack on the Americans at Fort Mercer during the Revolutionary War. Mercer - along with Fort Mifflin on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River - had prevented British ships from supplying the Redcoat army occupying Philadelphia.
May 4, 2015 |
The Union's offensive struggles continued Saturday, but it wasn't from a lack of chances. Maintaining possession for 65.6 percent of the game and applying plenty of late pressure wasn't enough for the Union in a 1-0 Major League Soccer loss to Toronto FC at PPL Park. All that pressure resulted in only one shot for the Union. "We haven't had the quality we would like on the final ball and the final run in the box to get on the end of something," Union coach Jim Curtin said. The Union (1-6-3)
April 25, 2015 |
They had just come home from shopping that Friday evening when they heard the bell ring. Ken Gurbisz opened the front door, saw three solemn-looking Army officers, and immediately "knew what was going on. My heart sunk. " He walked to the kitchen to prepare his wife, Helen. "I told her, 'You have to be brave,' and she was," he said. "She was very brave. " On Nov. 4, 2005 - a day they will never forget - the Gurbiszes became Gold Star parents, joining countless other New Jersey families who have lost loved ones during wartime service.