Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Buttzville, NJ, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Buttzville, NJ, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Benefits of Sermorelin include:
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits.
Some of those benefits include:
Whether you are considering our TRT services, HRT for women, or our growth hormone peptide services, we are here to help. The first step to turning back the hand of time starts by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation.
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I never thought a debate between Taylor ham and pork roll aficionados would lead to a civil war.A few weeks ago, in a story I wrote about moving to New Jersey from Alabama, I mentioned my confusion with the two different names for this Garden State specialty. And within the roughly 200 emails I received from gracious New Jersey folks welcoming me to the state, many let me know it&rsq...
I never thought a debate between Taylor ham and pork roll aficionados would lead to a civil war.
A few weeks ago, in a story I wrote about moving to New Jersey from Alabama, I mentioned my confusion with the two different names for this Garden State specialty. And within the roughly 200 emails I received from gracious New Jersey folks welcoming me to the state, many let me know it’s Taylor ham, by god — or pork roll if you know what’s good for you!
Overall, the response has been incredible, but seriously, why does this meat have multiple names? Only in Jersey, I guess.
A handful of responses were not so positive, however. A couple of people told me to go back to Alabama because they don’t need any more Muslim Arabs here. Sadly, and regardless of where I go, I have gotten used to expecting racial tones (sometimes flat-out racial slurs). There will always be those who wrongly lump all Muslims in one ugly place. Religious labels should bring people together, but unfortunately, they don’t.
Anyway, I feel humbled and grateful for New Jerseyans’ welcome and hospitality so far, and I will not allow the few to ruin the overwhelming goodwill of the many.
Having said that, I’m still not totally accustomed to life in the Garden State, even after living here a month now. Here are a few things that still puzzle me:
- Parkways, turnpikes, and toll booths, oh my! My poor GPS is working overtime trying to navigate which exit to take after I sling-shot through one of Jersey’s endless toll plazas. I’ve learned I have about minus-two seconds to decide which of the 17 different highway splits to take. If I hesitate for one millisecond, the car behind me is ready to run me over. I’m still learning, okay?!
- What’s the rush?: It sure seems like everyone here is in a huge hurry. The speed limit on the Turnpike is apparently somewhere between 65 and 900 miles per hour — slow down, people! And just because I have Alabama tags, please don’t crack yourself up and point while telling everyone in your car, “Look, a doofus from Alabama.” I see you in my mirror, and I can read lips.
- Jug handles, bless their hearts: Who invented these monstrosities? I have now realized that there is no logic in their design, and I will not be swayed. Just let me make the stupid left! I think the committee who drew up plans for these confusing ramps did so blindfolded and eating a plate of spaghetti while skating backwards on one foot.
- Town tongue twisters: I love the town names here, although I’m not sure how to pronounce some (okay, most) of them. Towns like Ho-Ho-Kus, Cinnaminson, Buttsville (I laughed so hard I almost crashed!) Cheesequake, Hackensack, Loveladies, Succasunna, Foul Rift, Quibbletown, Hi-Nella, Moonachie. And I cannot begin to say Parispan ... Parsipani ... Parsippany, is it? I need a translator.
- What’s that road called? You also have some insanely strange road names: Shades of Death Road, Orphan Boy Court, Weaseldrift Road (Another LOL), Ghost Pony Road, Whaleback Waddy (Waddy in Arabic means valley, and this road runs between two mountains, food for thought), and Easy Street. But don’t feel bad. In Alabama, there is a road called Booger Hollow Road. In Michigan, Psychopath. In Arkansas, Farfrompoopen Road. And in Colorado, the mail-person’s nightmare: A Dog Will Lick His Butt but Won’t Eat A Pickle Road.
- Where should I eat? I have yet to try several Jersey food staples, including your tomato pie, bagels, saltwater taffy, or a sloppy Joe. And as for Taylor ham/pork roll, I’m a little apprehensive — what if I don’t like it? Will I be deported back to Alabama? Or will I end up like this unlucky Jersey mobster, stuffed in a trunk outside the Huck Finn Diner? Speaking of which, I haven’t visited a diner yet, either. I know, I know. If you have any recommendations for where to dive in, shoot me an email.
- Pie means pizza: In the South, pie means baked dough filled with pecan, chocolate, banana, or any other gooey, sugar-coma-inducing filling. Up here, you better mean pizza, or you will be corrected by a grumpy Italian man as he waves his hand in your face (not that I learned from experience or anything).
- Losing the “New”: So, New Jersey is also just “Jersey,” correct? That’s awesome, and something you guys — I didn’t use “y’all,” I’m learning! — clearly know but I had no idea. No other state with “new” in the name can claim this honor. York? Hampshire? Mexico? I don’t think so.
- How to listen to Springsteen. I’ve been told if I wanted to live in Jersey, I must become a fan of Bruce Springsteen and declare my favorite song. Everyone living here has apparently has one — it may even be printed on your driver’s license. A colleague recommended “Thunder Road,” and I have to say when I read the lyrics, I can see becoming a fan of the Boss. That song is brilliant. But where do I go from here? Do I just start at the beginning? Try a greatest hits CD? Help!
Ok, I’m hungry. It’s time for some pizza. I mean, some pie.
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Support is on the rise for a Warren County family that lost everything in a "devastating" house fire Wednesday morning.The fire broke out on Route 46 in Buttzville shortly before 5:35 a.m., according to the Mountain Lakes Fire Company.Fire crews performed a defensive attack and remained at the scene for most of the morning, the department said.The blaze was just one of three fires the department responded to in less than 24 hours.Three Separate Fires in less than 24 hours.On 01/11 at 1753 Mountain...
Support is on the rise for a Warren County family that lost everything in a "devastating" house fire Wednesday morning.
The fire broke out on Route 46 in Buttzville shortly before 5:35 a.m., according to the Mountain Lakes Fire Company.
Fire crews performed a defensive attack and remained at the scene for most of the morning, the department said.
The blaze was just one of three fires the department responded to in less than 24 hours.
Three Separate Fires in less than 24 hours.
On 01/11 at 1753 Mountain Lake Firefighters were dispatched mutual aid to Sunset Ct. in White Township for the reported structure fire. The crew of Engine 7262 provided Vertical Ventilation to interior crews and assisted in overhaul. Utility 7283 assisted with the cascade, which is used for refilling air cylinders. The cause is under investigation.
On 01/12 at 0535 Mountain Lake Firefighters were dispatched to the Buttzville secti...
Meanwhile, more than $5,100 had been raised on GoFundMe for the victims of the fire, who “lost everything,” according to campaign organizer Margaret Pruitt.
“…My friend’s daughter and her family lost everything in a house fire this morning in Buttzville, NJ,” Pruitt writes.
“Please consider donating to help them get through this loss and rebuild their life.”
The cause of the fire remained under investigation, the department said.
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Dave and Erin Anderson just needed to push through the roadblocks in front of them.Much easier said than done, though, as two of those roadblocks felt more like mountains.As they both put it, a lot of bootstrapping was needed.The couple hoped to open Buttzville Brewery in Warren County in May of 2020. Forces beyond their control postponed the opening for nearly 14 months.A combination of the global ...
Dave and Erin Anderson just needed to push through the roadblocks in front of them.
Much easier said than done, though, as two of those roadblocks felt more like mountains.
As they both put it, a lot of bootstrapping was needed.
The couple hoped to open Buttzville Brewery in Warren County in May of 2020. Forces beyond their control postponed the opening for nearly 14 months.
A combination of the global coronavirus pandemic and not being able to secure key Small Business Administration loans put the whole operation in jeopardy.
Still, they always focused on the light at the end of the tunnel.
“We kept the focus on Dave’s love of sharing beer and educating people about beer and I think that saw us through to the end,” Erin said. “We really wanted to support this community, too. Washington has a lot of potential.”
The doubt and uneasiness turned into pure elation on a recent Saturday. After all the uncertainty, Buttzville Brewing Co. opened its doors to the public in the heart of Washington.
“This is exactly what I wanted to do,” said Dave. “I want to help the community. I want to bring good beer, a good time, a good atmosphere.”
Craft beer fans now have a chain of breweries a relatively short distance apart on Route 57 with Invertase in Phillipsburg, now Buttzville in Washington and the aforementioned spots in Hackettstown.
Opening day comes just over seven years since Dave started home brewing.
Typically someone more prone to staying active rather than sitting down to read a book, it came as a surprise to Erin when Dave fell in love with Charlie Papazian’s book “The Complete Joy of Home Brewing.”
It ended up being the perfect Christmas gift, which also included Dave’s first homebrew kit.
“I’m going to get him this and he’s not going to like it,” she recalled her thoughts at the time. “Whatever. It’ll end up in the basement and we’ll sell it at a yard sale.”
Instead, a passionate and life-changing hobby was born.
He read it cover to cover, purchased several other books about the hobby and traveled to various conferences and clubs.
Dave brewed his first beer, a cream ale, in 2014. Now just seven years later, he owns his own brewery.
“It sounded like a lot of fun to brew,” he said. “I read the book before I brewed my first batch. It was a year and a half of brewing that I knew I wanted to get serious. It was a matter of can we actually do it.”
His local homebrewing club, the Lehigh Valley Homebrewers, has seen several of its members move on to open their own breweries, most notably ones in eastern Pennsylvania like Taylor House, Lost Tavern and HiJinx.
Dave can now happily join that list.
His main focus is German beers and there were four available to try this past weekend. A pale ale, a hefeweizen, a milk stout and a blonde ale, which was very crips.
A seltzer is also there for the non-craft beer crowd.
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No matter which way you slice, dice, load, mash or fry 'em, it's hard to go wrong with a potato dish. Especially when it comes to french fries!It's an all-time favorite fried junk food, and they're different everywhere you go. We all have our favorite french fry place. (Say that 5 times fast!) For me, if we're talking fast food chains, Five Guys french fries are where it's at!But where can you get the best, freshest, fries in the state of New Jersey?...
No matter which way you slice, dice, load, mash or fry 'em, it's hard to go wrong with a potato dish. Especially when it comes to french fries!
It's an all-time favorite fried junk food, and they're different everywhere you go. We all have our favorite french fry place. (Say that 5 times fast!) For me, if we're talking fast food chains, Five Guys french fries are where it's at!
But where can you get the best, freshest, fries in the state of New Jersey?
Eat This, Not That, a popular source for all things food and nutrition, has an idea. You can agree or disagree. There are seldom right and wrong answers when it comes to French fries, and since there are so many different takes, recipes, preparations etc., there's no real exact science for what constitutes a superior french fry.
So according to Eat This, who has the best french fries in the Garden State?
Good news, Warren County! They're at Hot Dog Johnny's in Buttzville, NJ!
This restaurant has been a landmark since 1944, and is recognized as one of the country's most famous must-visit roadside spots.They're famous for their dogs, buttermilk and birch beer, but their fries are also something special:
Look for the big hot dog on the roof of this roadside restaurant to find the best fries in New Jersey. The fries are super fresh and just plain delicious on their own. You won't find any gourmet versions or different sauces here. They specialize in just plain fries and do it well. Wash it all down with some freshly made birch beer.
Have you tried these famed fries before? Do you agree with this choice of the best fries in New Jersey? Let us know!
This seems to be an ongoing debate. It's a topic on conversation that can get pretty heated in the Garden State because we're passionate about our pizza, especially boardwalk pizza.
PST listeners have spoken. Here are the best, according to a new PST Poll, as voted by you.
With locations in Seaside, Wildwood and Ocean City, this looks like a great pick. When the pizza slice doesn't fit on the plate, that's a sure sign of greatness. Lol. When answering the PST Poll about the best boardwalk pizza, PST listener, Jessica T. said, "Everyone knows it's 3 Brothers."
This pic was too cute not to include. This is one of our youngest PST listeners enjoying his boardwalk pizza from 3 Brothers. It was so good, he ate it really fast. Lol. Those cheeks. Adorable.
This is a slice from Mack's. They've got a lot of fans. There's often a line down the boardwalk to get this pizza.
Located in several spots in Ocean City, there's no denying this is the most popular pizza place on the boardwalk. Most people credit the delicious sauce for it being so good.
It didn't make the BEST list, but, MY favorite pizza down the shore is Primos in Somers Point. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. It used to be on the Ocean City boardwalk, but, now is located just over the Ocean City 9th Street bridge in nearby Somers Point.
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There’s really no kind way to say this, so we’re just going to come out with it: What were our Jersey forefathers thinking when they dubbed Buttzville Buttzville? Well, it was named after the founder, Michael Robert Buttz; and that poor guy had to go through life with the initials M. R. Buttz (say it fast with a twang, and you’ll feel his pain). Clearly they had to flip a wooden nickel to choose from all the possibilities: Buttztown, Buttzland, Buttzberg … and it’s tails for Buttzville! (Oh, the puns a...
There’s really no kind way to say this, so we’re just going to come out with it: What were our Jersey forefathers thinking when they dubbed Buttzville Buttzville? Well, it was named after the founder, Michael Robert Buttz; and that poor guy had to go through life with the initials M. R. Buttz (say it fast with a twang, and you’ll feel his pain). Clearly they had to flip a wooden nickel to choose from all the possibilities: Buttztown, Buttzland, Buttzberg … and it’s tails for Buttzville! (Oh, the puns are bottomless!)
All in jest, of course; but the fact remains that New Jersey doesn’t lack for towns with peculiar names. Let’s explore.
Photo by Allison Aiese
Ho-Ho-Kus (pronounced ho–HO–kus)
With a name that sounds as if it might conjure a spell, this cozy residential town may be a magical place to live; but there’s no hocus-pocus to the story of Ho-Ho-Kus. Despite a bit of a ru-ru-ckus over how the name came to be, the widely held belief is that it’s contracted from the Delaware Indian term Mah-Ho-Ho-Kus, which means “the red cedar.” Ho-hum.
Photo by John | Flickr
Hi-Nella (pronounced like it’s spelled)
A town that sounds like a neighborly greeting on a Mayberry lane, Hi-Nella is a blink of a borough snipped from the now-defunct township of Clementon back in 1929. Less than 1,000 people live in this tiny town whose name is either derived from the Native American term for “high ground” or is a tribute to the coincidentally christened Nella, wife to the developer of Hi-Nella estates. In response to New Jersey’s push to merge smaller towns with larger municipalities to “ease tax burdens,” the borough’s officials resist — leaving the state’s task force with little more to say than, “Bye-Nella.” For now.
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Moonachie (pronounced moo-NAH-key)
If you’re from New Jersey, you know the key to pronouncing “Moonachie” is getting un-hooked on phonics — that “ch” can’t fool you, and you know on which syllable the emphasis goes! Moonachie is one of those fun words to say, like “lollygag” and “snickerdoodle;” but the backstory, though interesting, is rather bland. It’s named for the Iroquois Chief Monaghie, who lived in the cedar forests in the 1600’s. That’s it. If only Moonachie were right next to Buttzville … now that would be fun!
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Succasunna (pronounced suck-uh-sun-uh)
Another entry on the “Fun to Say” list (unless you’re Sylvester the Cat) is Succasunna. Once known as Suckasunny (just try to say that without smiling), its name comes from the Lenni-Lenapi term for “land of black stones” because of the abundant iron ore found there in the early 1700s. Isn’t it IRONic?
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Shamong (pronounced sha-mawng)
Well, “shamong” us for poking fun when we have a town right here that can toot its own horn. The name literally means “place of the horn” because of the abundance of deer that supplied food and clothing for centuries of Native Americans. Not only is Shamong home to the first and last Indian reservation in the state, it’s also home to one of the most heartwarming roadside attractions in Jersey: Mighty Joe the Gorilla, a go-kart mascot salvaged and restored to stand as a memorial to the owner’s son at Mighty Joe’s Gas, Grill and Deli on Route 206.
Photo by Vicky Vinch
Harvey Cedars and Loveladies (pronounced like they’re spelled)
These neighboring towns shore have made a name for themselves on Long Beach Island, luring beachgoers to recreate by the sea for so long that the names sound less and less peculiar. And while there is no man named Harvey Cedars — the name evolved from its original designation as Harvest Quarters — there was a man called Lovelady. Thomas Lovelady, a sportsman who loved hunting, and perhaps ladies, too.
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Quibbletown (pronounced like it’s spelled)
Including Quibbletown on this list leaves room for debate. Technically, this 18th century settlement is today an unincorporated community in Piscataway called New Market; but a park and middle school still bear the original argumentative name. Quibbletown is unusually descriptive, reflecting the dispute among different religious denominations as to when to celebrate the Sabbath: Saturday or Sunday. With a little grace, they might have compromised and simply called it Sabbathtown.
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Tavistock (pronounced like it’s spelled)
Tavistock is what happens when people come together for a good cause. You know, like golf. Increasingly teed off by the blue laws prohibiting them from playing the game on Sundays, members of the Haddon Country Club put on their big boy knickers and set off on a new course; that is, they built an entirely new one. One club member had recently acquired the Tavistock estate, and he offered part of it to carve out 18 new holes. Ultimately, the estate and its new golf club seceded from the oppressive borough of Haddonfield, dropping the blue laws in the process. Today, this tract of land measuring less than three-tenths of a square mile is home to approximately five people and the Tavistock Country Club; and its name remains on par with its original designation — a nod to the English hometown of its founder.
Photo by Betsy Kiesling
Thanks to Native Americans, explorers and early settlers, the list of Jersey’s quirky town names is far from finished. And while we poke good-natured fun at these curious designations, we must also make mention of the fact that each one honors a person, family, tribe or language that came before us. It’s legacy. No ifs, ands or Buttz.