Bordentown City lights up Farnsworth for the upcoming Holidays

As always, the shops and restaurants that line Farnsworth Avenue have decked their storefronts in lights, wreaths, garlands, and other Christmas decorations to bring in the 2012 holidays. Below are a few shots of the town all lit up.




The Farnsworth House


The Farnsworth House


Shoppe 202

Shoppe 202 side

Shoppe 202 front






Under the Moon

Under the Moon





The Bordentown tree

Tree front





Hurricane Sandy aftermath in Bordentown, New Jersey

Bordentown was lucky enough to have minimal damage compared to the towns located along the Jersey shore but it did not survive Hurricane Sandy completely unscathed. Most of the damage around the city and the township came from high winds that knocked down trees into power lines causing many residents to lose power, some of who are still in the dark. PSE&G has a twitter feed updating the power situation for those towns under their coverage.

Downed tree at the end of Yorktown Road that just barely missed the house behind it.

Trees along the path at the end of Farnsworth next to the Bordentown Yacht Club are precariously perched on power lines.

Prince Street near the Delaware is partially blocked by trees and unstable power lines.

Sidewalk on Prince Street near the River Line leveled from an uprooted tree.

Local Updates

The Gas Situation in Bordentown

Gas shortages all over the state are causing people to flock to the pumps in massive numbers causing long lines and high prices. Bordentown has not been immune to the lines of cars piling up on highway shoulders.

Long lines at the Valero on Route 130 south near Northern Park.

Another line at the Gulf in Bordentown where Route 206 meets with Route 130.

People are not only filling up their cars but cans for their generators.

Bordentown gas station information as of Oct. 31st at 6:00 p.m.:

  • The Gulf in Bordentown is currently open with gas at $3.89 a gallon.
  • The Valero (streetview unavailable, it is near Groveville Road on Route 130 South) in Bordentown is open and appears to have the longest lines with gas at $3.37 a gallon.
  • The Valero on Route 206 South is open with gas at $3.47 a gallon, the Valero located near the Turnpike .4 miles down the road is also open at $3.49 a gallon.
  • I personally went to the Valero that can be accessed heading into Bordentown last night when there were no lines. It was open but their gas had been sold out besides Super, which is $3.69 a gallon.
  • The Citgo and the Exxon across from it on Route 130 in Bordentown are both closed.

Some gas stations around New Jersey have been accused of price gouging, which is illegal. If you see or suspect any sort of price gouging, a hotline number is available at 800-242-5846 to report any suspicious price hikes.

On a personal note

Having grown up in the great state of New Jersey, or as I lovingly call it “Dirty Jersey,”I have not known one summer without the Jersey Shore, whether it be the boardwalk at Seaside or Jenkinson’s at Point Pleasant, my childhood vacations to Avalon where my parents rented a beach house, or recently just relaxing at the beach a few blocks down from my parents’ condo in Belmar.

My brother and I at Avalon as kids.

Many people have suffered personal losses from Hurricane Sandy, including homes and businesses with some people even losing their lives. As a state I feel like we’ve lost something else as well: the heart and soul of New Jersey. For a lot of us who grew up here, the shore is a physical representation of our childhood summers and as adults it means a peaceful retreat only 30 minutes away. Let’s face it, Jersey doesn’t have the best cities to visit: Camden’s a mess and Trenton’s closing in behind it. Sure, we can take the train to Philly or NYC but the shore is ours. It’s unique to us as a state, it’s something we can call our own. To witness the damage done all along the coast is simply heartbreaking, more than just on a physical level, but it’s emotionally disturbing, knowing that something that means so much to so many of us simply no longer exists.

If you wish to give to a charity, The Huffington Post has compiled a list of tips for donating.

Bordentown already feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy

As of 3:35 p.m., Hurricane Sandy has not hit land, but her 1000 mile wide reach is effecting the East Coast with flooding in many areas (particularly at the Jersey shore), heavy winds, and power outages. New Jersey is in a State of Emergency with people being forced to evacuate towns that are prone to flooding and those who aren’t advised to evacuate are being urged to not leave their homes. The best thing to do in this situation, as Chris Christie put it, is “don’t be stupid.”

Bordentown sits on the Delaware River which is notorious for overflowing during heavy rainfall. Hurricane Irene last year flooded highways and towns along the river and it appears Sandy will have the same, if not worse, effect.

As of 1:00 p.m., the Delaware River has risen 4 feet higher against the levy that keeps it from flooding 295 and the New Jersey Turnpike.

The following pictures were taken in Bordentown around 2:30 p.m.

Route 295 over the Delaware River

A man tying his boat to the dock at the Bordentown Yacht Club.

Black’s Creek that branches off the Delaware into Bordentown is already flooding.

Video taken of the Delaware River around 2:30 pm at Bordentown Beach.

A side by side comparison of the river from September 29th and today, October 29th.

West Burlington Street that goes from Bordentown to Chesterfield is currently closed so if you must travel, stick to route 130 or you will be turned around.

All stores in Bordentown City are currently closed, including both Boyd’s Pharmacy and Mast Pharmacy as well as all public transportation. If you are in the area, the Wawa on Route 130 off of Dunns Mills Road is open and has plenty of food and water but are out of batteries.

Quick links to hurricane resources

Google crisis map

A surge map that shows what areas are likely to be flooded

PSE&G outage map

National Hurricane Center

Red Cross shelter locator (The nearest shelter to Bordentown is in Florence at The Fountain of Life Center and it is pet friendly)

Again, state officials are stressing that people stay indoors unless they are being told to evacuate. Fema has also compiled a list of other steps and precautions that should be taken during a hurricane. Hurricane Sandy is set to hit Burlington county later this evening.

Mummies take to Thompson Street for the annual Halloween decoration display

Each October in Bordentown the residents of Thompson Street, one of the oldest streets in the city, come together to create a unified Halloween themed spectacle. This year the residents have begun their annual tradition by donning the streets in everything mummies and skeletons. By Halloween the street will be fully adorned and lit at night with the yearly mass pumpkin carvings on full display.

Farnsworth Avenue is astir as thousands gather for the annual Bordentown Cranberry Festival

Farnsworth Avenue, the main road that runs through Bordentown City, has been blocked off completely as thousands of people gather in the streets to sample the crafts and food the annual Ocean Spray Cranberry Festival vendors have to offer.

Cranberry Festival entrance

“It’s [The Cranberry Festival] one of the only juried crafts shows in New Jersey,” explained April Sette, head of public relations for Downtown Bordentown, “and by that each of these artisans have to submit in their pieces and pictures and they have to be approved by a board in order to participate.”

Sun River Arts, maker of women’s jewelry

“If you walk down you’ll see everything’s handmade. We do food, we do Jersey fresh wines, and the crafts are all handmade,” said Sette.

Bordentown Guitar Rescue displays a variety of handmade or repaired guitars by luthier Micheal Virok.

The items that line Farnsworth Avenue being sold by vendors range from jewelry, to clothes, to wines, to homemade sauces and soaps, to country style home decor, to baked treats for pets, as well as a wide variety of other merchandise that appeal to anyone who is interested in unique handmade items.

Woodchuck Wood Designs’ wine holders are designed to ergonomically stand when balanced with a wine bottle.

For those not interested in shopping the festival also offers plenty of options for food as well as a corner for kids where they can make crafts, get their faces painted, or take a pony ride. Charities also line the street in the hopes to fund their programs such as adoptions through Bordentown City Cats and the Spc. Benjamin G. Moore Education Scholarship that helps raise money for those graduating high school who wish to become firefighters or EMTs.

Spc. Benjamin Moore Education Scholarship fundraising tent.

A car show can be seen on the way into the festival as well and live music can be heard playing throughout the day.

Antique cars line up for those interested in their outsides as well as what’s under their hoods.

Jackie Reed and Patti Desantis have lived in Bordentown their whole lives and are the two women responsible for organizing the Cranberry Festival. Reed has been integral to the planning of the event since its beginnings 23 years ago.

“Three of us ladies that had businesses here were sitting in one of our friend’s homes drinking wine and trying to figure out how we could get more people to come to Bordentown to shop,” said Reed, “and since Ocean Spray was the biggest business here everybody wanted to emulate them.”

Ocean Spray had been, up until recently, located in Bordentown City but with its recent upheaval and relocation many questioned whether or not the festival would continue.

“Absolutely,” said Desantis, “there will still be a Cranberry Festival.”

The Cranberry Festival continues tomorrow from 11am to 5pm.

Art thrives in Bordentown despite a struggling economy

If anything, Bordentown is known for its historical background having played host to the likes of Thomas Paine, Clara Barton, and Joseph Bonaparte as well as the first female sculpture in the United States, Patience Lovell Wright.

Located at 100 Farnsworth Ave.

The tradition of art continues through to today. Farnsworth Avenue, the town’s main street, has three art galleries on the short span of road as well as another gallery that branches off of Farnsworth on Walnut Street.

The Artful Deposit gallery showcases higher end art by, according to their blog, artists who are on “international, national, and local” levels and have established reputations. One such artist is Tom Kelly, a resident of Hamilton, who has consistently displayed his art at The Artful Deposit. Today (Sept. 29) at 2 p.m., Kelly will be showcasing and talking about his newest exhibit at the gallery entitled “The Zodiac Series.” According to Kelly, the series is based on Greek myths and their connection to everyday life. The exhibit will last through Oct. 21.

Located at 201 Farnsworth Ave.

The Farnsworth Gallery is located just down the block from The Artful Deposit. The galleries have similar aesthetics to each other with most of the art being more high end and classically influenced such as impressionist paintings and still life. Every third Friday anyone interested in art and the art community can gather at the gallery for friendly conversation and food. (On a more personal note, my boyfriend lives in the apartment above this gallery and I can testify that there is, indeed, a steady flow of people in and out of The Farnsworth Gallery. The art community, particularly in this gallery, is alive and well.)

Located at 134 Farnsworth Ave.

Square Peg Round Hole Art and Recovery Emporium is the newest gallery to come to Bordentown, located at 212 Farnsworth Ave. Unlike the other two galleries, Square Peg is unique in that it features more reasonably priced artwork that is significantly more modern. The art varies from traditional, to photography, to surreal, to sculptural, to pop art and everywhere in between. The co-owners, Cindy Ridolfino and Woody Speakman, are both recovering addicts which has influenced the “recovery” side of the gallery that features books on the 12-step program and other inspirational knick knacks.

Local artist, Eric Gibbons, runs The Firehouse Gallery located at 8 Walnut Street. The gallery had previously hosted a wide range of artists but now has become strictly for housing Gibbons artwork as well as becoming a classroom for young artists in the making.

Gibbons is taking a step towards exhibiting again by showing a duel exhibition of his work along side the work of Bob Gherardi. This exhibition as well as Tom Kelly’s are both opening just in time for the upcoming Cranberry Festival on Oct. 6 and 7. All of these galleries will be open during the festival so make sure to come out and keep local art alive.