Yearly Archives: 2021

Christmas Weirdness in Clifton

One of our favorite Christmas House designers is a Clifton dentist named Dr. Wayne Gangi. Dr. Gangi moved to his Clifton home in 1999. It took him a year to renovate it to make it suitable for an office. Once … Continue reading

Martel’s Christmas Wonderland

The season is upon us once again when the New Jersey residence that puts Clark Griswold to shame year after year is fully illuminated – The “Hamilton Christmas House” as it is known to the casual passerby, Bob Martel’s House as his friends and neighbors call it, or as it is officially known, Martel’s Christmas Wonderland, is plugged in, powered up, and open each night until about 10 PM. Continue reading

A Nightmare Before Christmas in Trenton

Three days before Christmas, Jean strangled her 78-year-old mother to death in their home. Standing over Julia Zelinsky’s body, Jean took a kitchen knife and decapitated her. Tossing the head into a plastic shopping bag, Jean got into her car and headed straight for Trenton – but not before stopping to wave to a neighbor. Continue reading

O Tuckerton Tannenbaum, O Tuckerton Tannenbaum

There’s a desolate five-mile stretch of narrow asphalt known as Great Bay Boulevard located in Tuckerton that leads southeast out of Mystic Island across an expansive salt marsh. But it is here, somewhere along the barren and featureless expanse, that you will find an unlikely symbol of warmth and greeting during the holiday season: A fully decorated Christmas tree. Continue reading

Hagertys’ Christmas Village, Pitman

Hello Weird NJ! Within the Grove (Pitman), you can see the Hagerty Christmas lights spreading across a whole neighborhood block. Home of an old Methodist summer camp, the mostly working class residents wait every Black Friday to see something homemade, … Continue reading

Martians Attack NJ on Halloween Eve!

‘Twas the night before Halloween, mischief night, in 1938 that a young Orson Welles’ now infamous radio broadcast of War of the Worlds caused widespread panic. An adaptation of H. G. Wells’s 1898 novel, the program was presented live as an … Continue reading

The Gates of Hell

There is probably no better way to prove one’s courage than by walking straight into the gaping maw of Hell, the gates of which can be found in the town of Clifton, Passaic County–or so the legend goes… Continue reading