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What is your favorite Pumpkin Spice item in the fall?

  • Iced Pumpkin Cream Chai Tea Latte (27%, 23 Votes)
  • Pumpkin Spice candles (24%, 20 Votes)
  • Pumpkin Spice Oreos (18%, 15 Votes)
  • Pumpkin Spice donuts (18%, 15 Votes)
  • Pumpkin Spice gnocchi (6%, 5 Votes)
  • Pumpkin Spice goldfish (5%, 4 Votes)
  • Pumpkin Spice cream cheese (2%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 41

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NJ Earthquake and Solar Eclipse


In April, New Jersey experienced a rare and fascinating combination of natural events – an earthquake which occurred on Friday, April 5th and a partial solar eclipse on Monday, April 8th. These occurrences captured the attention of residents and sparked discussions about the Earth’s dynamic nature and the wonders of the universe.

The earthquake, with a magnitude of 4.8, struck near Bernardsville, surprising many as seismic activity is uncommon in New Jersey. The tremors were minor but noticeable, serving as a reminder of the region’s geological activity and the potential for more significant earthquakes in the future. While it did not cause major damage, it prompted conversations about preparedness and the importance of understanding local geological risks.

Following the earthquake, on April 8th, a partial solar eclipse graced the skies of New Jersey. The moon partially obscured the sun, creating a mesmerizing celestial display that drew crowds of spectators. Many gathered at parks, observatories, and other viewing locations equipped with special glasses and telescopes to observe the eclipse safely. The event provided a unique opportunity for people to witness the beauty and grandeur of the cosmos right from their backyard.

The convergence of these two events in April highlighted the interconnectedness of natural phenomena and the profound impact they have on our lives. Scientists and astronomers seized the moment to engage the public in discussions about geology, astronomy, and the intricate workings of the universe. Educational programs and outreach activities were organized to help people understand and appreciate the science behind these events.  Students in Glen Ridge High School were able to participate in viewing the eclipse at Hurrell Field.

The earthquake and solar eclipse served as reminders of the ever-changing and awe-inspiring world we live in. They prompted reflection on our place in the cosmos and the need for continued scientific exploration and preparedness. While these events may have been fleeting, their significance resonated with many, leaving a lasting impression on the community.

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