Friday, May 7, 2010
Police say 16 people at party were younger than the legal drinking age.
On Wednesday, May 5, police arrested 16 teens for underage drinking. According to a police report, police responded to noise complaints on Jade Meadow Drive at 11 pm. Officers found a large and loud group of teenagers and 20-year-olds drinking beer in a backyard. Police say that 16 of the party-goers were underage, including a 17-year-old intoxicated Springfield resident who reportedly fled from the party when officers asked for her name. She was later apprehended, taken into custody and released to one of her parents. The other 15, Springfield residents all, were found to be between 18 and 20 years of age. Police gave them township ordinance summons for Possession and Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages by Underage Persons on Private …
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Traffic stops lead to lists of charges
Springfield Police charged a number of drivers with automobile violations in the last week of April. In several cases, multiple charges were made. At about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, Springfield police stopped Dwight Reid, 24, of Summit, for allegedly speeding on Shunpike road. Police say he had an open alcoholic beverage in his car, and had an outstanding warrant for failure to make a court appearance for prior traffic offenses. Shortly before 9 p.m. that same day, Roberto Reyes was pulled over by Springfield police for allegedly speeding on South Springfield Ave. The 24-year-old Maplewood resident was found to have active warrants for failing to appear in Maplewood Municipal court for traffic offenses. On Wednesday, April 28, a …
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Local experts give tips on selecting wines to get you through the cold days ahead.
While New Jersey may not be the first, second, or even tenth state to come to mind when thinking about wines, a handful of local vendors have discovered there is indeed a small, but dedicated, market for locally grown and produced wines, especially fruit wines which can be uniquely paired with food. According to Ian Dorin, wine director of Wine Library in Springfield, there are about 50 bonded wineries in New Jersey, mostly located in southern New Jersey such as Atlantic County and Ringoes. Because New Jersey is a four-season state, grape-growing conditions are at times too cold, too hot, too humid, and far from ideal, making it difficult for local wineries to develop the kinds of grapes on par with more well-known domestic vineyards in …
Thursday, December 31, 2009
A step-by-step guide to creating your own unique New Year's punch.
By now, you really should have picked out your New Year's champagne at the Wine Library or another quality liquor store. But there's still time to flex your creative muscles and develop a custom, signature drink for New Year's Eve. Others will bring wine, beer and/or champagne, and it's not a bad idea to stock some alternatives on your own and set up a bar with other choices, but your signature drink will set the tone for the evening and be the talk of the party, I guarantee it. I haven't extensively studied mixology, but I refuse to let that keep me from trying. Don't underestimate the powers of trial and error. Start by choosing some ingredients that appeal to you or go well with the rest of what you're serving at the party. Choose a …
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Two NJ experts provide helpful tips on selecting champagnes and sparkling wines ro ring in 2010.
- Cindy Loh
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
The ball is about to drop and 2010 is set to begin, serious party planning attention turns to the big question: what kind of champagne to serve for New Year's Eve toasts? Two New Jersey experts provide tips on what to look for, how much to spend, and how to narrow down the zillions of options available. According to Ian Dorin, wine director of Springfield's Wine Library, there are three important things to keep in mind when perusing your local liquor store's shelves for New Year's Eve bubbly: (1) don't overspend or limit yourself to "official" champagnes, (2) don't be afraid of sweet sparkling wines, and (3) do some research so you know what it is you're asking for and what it is you like are the same thing. "I believe there's a huge …
Monday, December 21, 2009
Count down the holidays with this year’s selection of very merry winter ales and Christmas brews.
Children all over New Jersey are counting down the days until school is out for winter break and holiday gifts are exchanged—but they're not the only lucky ones this season. Along with the onset of cold weather comes an annual tradition that brew masters and beer drinkers alike look forward to all year long: the release of limited-edition, winter and Christmas microbrews. Available from November through January, 2009's winter beer selections showcase a wide variety of hues, styles and tastes. Whether you're looking to pair a beer with a robust, slow-cooked meal, enjoy the perfect beverage after a frosty game of touch-football, or an alcoholic alternative to an after-dinner cordial in front of a roaring fire, America's top craft breweries …