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Historic N.J. farm, winery sold to animal sanctuary group

Westfall Farm was created by a deed from the Earl of Perth to Simon Westfall in 1774.

MONTAGUE -- The owners of the historic Westfall Farm have decided to pack it up and head to South Carolina, with the property becoming an animal sanctuary under new owners. 

"Owning and operating Westfall Winery in Montague, N.J. and Island Winery in Hilton Head S.C., we've traveled up and down the coast to make wines at both locations for 10 years," Loren and Georgene Mortimer family said on the Westfall Winery website. "We are finally putting down our roots in South Carolina and are still making wine."

The farm, which was created by a deed from the Earl of Perth to Simon Westfall in 1774, has been owned by the Mortimer family since the 1940s. 

During the Revolutionary War, the farm was often raided by British forces from Port Jervis, New York, but the farm survived the war, and, later, purportedly became a stop on the Underground Railroad.

The farm was recently sold to Tamerlaine Animal Sanctuary, also based in Montague, which plans to use the 336-acre site for rescued farm animals.

"We are so honored to be the new caretakers of this incredible property," Tamerlaine Animal Sanctuary owner Gabrielle Stubbert said in a news release. "We want to continue the tradition of outreach and philanthropy within the community by sharing our mission of rescue and education.  We are also excited to draw visitors from all over the tri-state area and beyond to show them just how beautiful this area is and all that it has to offer."

The amount of the sale wasn't disclosed but Stubbert said in the news release "arrangements were made for a very generous donor to provide a low-interest mortgage to help fund the purchase." 

The property was listed for sale as recently as September for $1.7 million, according to

"This move will allow Tamerlaine to expand its rescue and care efforts exponentially, and it is currently fundraising to help with essential renovations and the ongoing mortgage," she said.

A grand opening will be announced in the spring. More information is available on the sanctuary's website

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Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:00:37 UTC

Vintage photos of stores, shops and malls in N.J.

Getting your shop on has never been a problem in the Garden State.

When I write about vintage photographs, I often note how much things change. In the case of shops and stores in New Jersey, I think that as much as things have changed, they have stayed the same.

Naturally, before malls entered the retail landscape, shopping was a store-to-store exercise; folks visited specialty retailers for all their needs. For several years now, we have seen a resurgence in small specialty shops. In 2010, in fact, American Express launched Small Business Saturday. The idea is to get consumers through the doors of local businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Shopping at a local merchant's store is a nice alternative to searching for a parking space in a mall on Black Friday, I'd say.

And, although it can't be denied that there are store vacancies in malls these days, many folks still consider the mall the "go to place" for their retail needs. The energy of the mall, with restaurants and rides for children, is unique.

Vineland Times Journal August, 1961.jpgReferred to with love as 'Garbage Mills' by everyone in Cumberland County. 

We also have the freestanding stores such as Lowe's, Home Depot, Walmart, Target and Kohls to purchase the things we need in our lives. But, decades ago, we had stores such as Rickel, Grants and Two Guys. The names of the stores have changed, true, and most people are using payment methods other than cash, but it's still quite similar.

Shopping via computer has a permanent place in retail, that's for sure. But, I would submit that folks will never completely surrender the shopping experience for the online one.

And, as a nice little bit of trivia, here's what has to say about the origin of the Black Friday tradition:

"Back in the 1950s, police in Philadelphia used the term to describe the chaos that ensued on the day after Thanksgiving, when hordes of suburban shoppers and tourists flooded into the city in advance of the big Army-Navy football game held on that Saturday every year.

"Not only would Philly cops not be able to take the day off, but they would have to work extra-long shifts dealing with the additional crowds and traffic."

Enjoy this collection of shops, stores and malls in New Jersey. And if you don't see your favorite, here are links to other galleries on the same topic.

Vintage photos of shops and stores in N.J.

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Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:30:00 UTC

HS Football mega-coverage guide: Everything you need for Thanksgiving week

Get all the information you need for the Turkey Day games.


Thanksgiving Week schedule/picks, Nov. 22-25 Top 20: Semifinal shockers shake up rankings
NJSIAA Tournament brackets
Statewide statistical leaders through semifinal games


Thanksgiving Day game postponed due to 'credible, criminal threat'
Despite drop to JV level, Pitman maintaining rivalry with Clayton

State finals: Dates, Times, Locations

Hamilton West-Steinert ready to renew rivalry
NJSIAA still reviewing St. Joseph (Mont.)-Pope John fight
25 unheralded performances from the playoff semifinals
Semifinal hot takes
Results and links from semifinal games
Statewide statistical leaders from semifinal games
#NJMascotChallenge: The Whippany Park Wildcat
#NJMascotChallenge: The Rancocas Valley Red Devil


Star-Ledger: Hackensack at Teaneck
South Jersey Times: Vineland, Millville have a lot at stake in N.J.'s oldest rivalry
Times of Trenton: New Egypt, Bordentown have something to play for


Jayden McDonald, Jalen Chatman explode
Montclair's Willie Matthews picks up Rutgers offer
Rutgers offers Woodrow Wilson QB Nick Kargman

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:30:00 UTC

Pope John, St. Joseph (Mont.) scheduled for NJSIAA for hearing after football fight

The hearing is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 30 – two days before St. Joseph (Mont.) is set to play in the Non-Public, Group 3 final against DePaul.

Pope John and St. Joseph (Mont.) will appear before the NJSIAA Controversies Committee as the result of a fight during the Non-Public, Group 3 football semifinals, according to NJSIAA assistant director Jack DuBois.

The hearing is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 30 – two days before St. Joseph (Mont.) is set to play in the Non-Public, Group 3 final against DePaul at Kean University at 1 p.m.

"It will be a review of sportsmanship, a review of sportsmanship procedures followed at the game – or lack thereof," DuBois said.

St. Joseph athletic director Tony Karcich confirmed the hearing's purpose.

"We’re looking at it as a fact-finding hearing to determine what exactly transpired at the conclusion of the game," Karcich said. "They want to hear our side, their side and I’ve been told one of the officials will be there, which makes sense. It’s to determine if any wrongdoing was done on either side.”

RELATED: Fight mars St. Joseph (Mont.)'s NP3 semi win over Pope John

Sportsmanship policy violations can be penalized with probation, fines, suspensions, the forfeiture of games and/or the forfeiture of championship rights, according to the NJSIAA Constitution.

St. Joseph and head coach Augie Hoffmann are already on a two-year probation, which was imposed by the NJSIAA on Nov. 7 as the result of an illegal recruiting violation.

While the NJSIAA is restricted from using video review in most instances, the Controversies Committee is an exception. The committee is permitted to use video footage to review the incident and has done so during past hearings, according to DuBois.

Karcich declined to comment on what he believes the tape shows, but thinks the use of video is warranted.

“Fortunately we have the video and we’re hoping that will be conclusive enough," Karcich said. "We’ve never been in a hearing like this, but the good thing is that the NJSIAA is going to allow the tape. Initially, there was talk that they weren’t, but they do, and I think that will tell the story.”

Tensions began when St. Joseph, leading 21-7, ran for a 15-yard TD on first-and-10 with 20.5 seconds remaining. 

On the ensuing kickoff, a shoving matched broke out after the whistle and then escalated, with players and coaches from both St. Joseph (Mont.) and Pope John spilling onto the field with 14.1 seconds still on the clock. Pope John's coaches eventually sent their players to the locker room and the refs opted to run the remaining time off the clock, ending the game in a 28-7 St. Joseph win.

Despite the chaos, the game's officials did not hand out disqualifications for any players or coaches on either side, according to DuBois.

Both Hoffmann and Pope John declined to comment about the hearing.

NJ Advance Media staff writer Patrick Lanni contributed to this report.

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:49:00 UTC

Cops wrangle with wayward alpaca that escaped farm

The officers found the loose animal near Warbasse Junction Road.

ANDOVER TOWNSHIP -- A pair of township police officers shepherded a wayward alpaca back home Tuesday morning after it escaped from a nearby farm. 

Andover Township Police Chief Eric Danielson said Officers Rich Then and Matthew Puccio responded to Warbasse Junction Road on Tuesday morning after receiving a report of an alpaca that manged to get loose.

The duo arrived at the scene at about 10 a.m. and within 15 minutes they got the animal back home, Danielson said.

No officer or animal was injured during the incident, he said. 

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:12:07 UTC