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How A New Jersey Chef, From Colombia, Found His Cooking Style and Is Now Ready To Make His Mark In The Food Industry

By- Tom Kubrak

With each bite it took him back to that day, that time that he spent with his family. That time with his family and friends. It was something that he could go back and visualize those moments. Including what each member of his family were saying, where they were, what each person was wearing and how the room was decorated.

The memories just continued to flood his mind as he took another bite out of the burger he had just made. Virtually the same burger that his mother had made for him and his brothers when they were growing up in Colombia. A burger that included a “perfect” layer of mayonnaise and a homemade cabbage slaw amongst a few things.

“This burger was unbelievable. The things she would put in there, the juiciness and the perfectly crispy bun. it was simple.”

Ingredients that some people take for granted but at the end of the day it was a “simple” but masterful creation.

It’s these memories that remind us where we came from. The people that helped build us into who we are. The good memories we have and even some of the bad ones that may remind us what we don’t want to do or don’t want to become. It’s those little moments that help remind us where we once were and where we want to go that keeps us moving in our desired direction.

“Food memories to me is huge like there is nothing that connects you to your past more than food.”

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Fortitude Fitness & CrossFit

Fortitude Fitness & CrossFit

With the new year ahead of us, Fortitude Fitness & CrossFit (in Raritan on Rt 28 just off the 206/202 circle), is looking to make our Somerville / Raritan community healthier and more active. 

“The Fort”, its natural nickname, has announced its IGNITE program, kicking off Feb 1, a specifically designed three-month fitness program intended to get people off the couch and kick start them into a routine of consistent, self-motivated activity.  IGNITE progresses through three stages of fitness activity, including varying degrees of aerobic endurance, functional cross training, and strength training in a supportive, community-based class environment.  Participants also receive one-on-one goal and skill sessions, educational seminars, and free swag.  The goal is to enable people to develop the self-will and fitness acumen to make “working out” a go-forward priority.  At the end of IGNITE, participants will be immersed in a community of like-minded, supportive, social individuals that congregate around excellent coaching in the most modern, effective gym in town.  Additional information is available at, via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or in person at their facility at 201 West End Avenue, Raritan.

To learn more about Fortitude Fitness and the IGNITE program, we stopped by and spoke with Head Coach Shaun Kneafsey.

Didn’t this used to be the Somerset Lawn and Garden Center?

Yes, good memory.  We completely renovated the building when we launched Fortitude Fitness this past April, while keeping its industrial feel by repurposing old hard wood and heat pipe found in the building.  We encourage folks to come check it out.  You can see pictures on our website

Functional fitness style gyms have a reputation of being rugged and dirty.  Is yours different?

Ha!  For sure.  When my partner and I decided to open a gym, we both agreed that it had to be the most clean, modern, high-end facility that would stand out as one of the best in the country.  To that end, we bought top-of-the-line equipment from Rogue, installed high-end shower and bathroom facilities, completely changed the energy system to allow for efficient heat and AC, and are manically focused on keeping our new gym sparkling clean and sanitary.

CrossFit has a reputation for being too intense for the masses.  How do you respond to that?

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School of Rock | Conversations episode 1 | Jack Frost

School of Rock | Conversations episode 1 | Jack Frost

Walk down the streets of Somerville New Jersey with what I would call a walking legend.

Jack Frost, from The School of Rock on 1 West Main Street, manages and directs the multi floor facility that delivers a unique experience for learning music. Jack with 53 albums to his credit and having shared the stage with the whos who of rock and roll and a long list of well know artist throughout the years provides his view on why the School or Rock in Somerville New Jersey is an amazing experience.

Music by Jack Frost : Album Frost Out in the Cold


Points of Interest Introduction :
Start How Jack got into the school of Rock: :54 seconds
About getting into Teaching Music 2:05
OUT TAKE 3:14 - Edit "My Arm is Tired" - Will Edit Out
First Experience with Music: 3:18
Jack does your guitar have dust on it? NO 5:22
Starbucks Run: 6:45
Whats a Jack a doodle 7:00
What is the School of Rock? 7:45
Where did Jack practice when he was a kid? 11:15
Dog Barking 12:22 - commend if anyone really reads these notes
Why Somerville? 13:45
Enter School of Rock 14:40
Meet the Staff 15:05
Tour by Jack 15:22
Student Singer Hitting the Notes 17:24
Digital Music 19:02
Play it Real 20:35
Cool Records: 22:10
Growing up Jersey City 22:46
Wrap up 23:45 


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Cruise Night in Somerville New Jersey Starts May 24th 2019

Are you looking for the Cruise Night in Somerville New Jersey? 
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Somerville Cruise Night is entering into its 29th year contending for one of the largest cruise nights around. Classic cars, custom cars, new cars, and all kinds of rides, projects, and cycles up and down Main Street every Friday Night during the summer featuring live music, shopping, ice cream, food, drink, and so much more.

Each year from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend Friday night in Somerville, New Jersey is the place to be. Visitors from the tri-state region flood the streets and shops while the humming sounds of small and big block Chevys or cammed up Fords roll up and down the strip rumbling through the town. 

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How A Business That Started In New York City

Ended Up In Somerville New Jersey 

By- Tom Kubrak

The air was flowing and the traffic was pretty normal on this day in June of the year 2010. A young couple had just finalized the deal for their first storefront in Somerville New Jersey.

Naturally, the air was flowing tremendously faster against the man’s face as he stuck his head out the window of his small Scion xb and began to scream out onto Interstate 287.

“Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!” Using all the breath he had he went back into the car and turned to his wife and said, “...

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