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 Chester Township, 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 Chester Township, 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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Morris County spent nearly $5 million this year to replace its 20-year-old voting machines. But some of those machines rolled out to local precincts for Election Day are malfunctioning, poll workers say, while another town is struggling to accommodate a large voter turnout with half the complement of voting machi...
Morris County spent nearly $5 million this year to replace its 20-year-old voting machines. But some of those machines rolled out to local precincts for Election Day are malfunctioning, poll workers say, while another town is struggling to accommodate a large voter turnout with half the complement of voting machines they have received in the past.
Chester Township Council President Michael Inganamort, on the ballot this year for mayor, said he was "concerned" about waiting times of more than 90 minutes for District 2 and 3 voting this morning at Town Hall.
He blamed the delays on the township receiving only one machine for each of its five voting districts instead of the usual two. The lines eased after lunch, he said, but he worried the lines would return "after the whistle blows at 5 p.m."
Elsewhere in Morris County, printer problems appeared persistent on three of five voting machines at Dennis O’Brien School in Rockaway Township. The staff was seen banging on the printers to get the long ballot receipts out and said they were hearing "it was happening all over the county."
Election Day live updates:Lengthy Rockaway ballots jamming voting machines
The Morris County Board of Elections did not respond to multiple calls inquiring if any other towns reported printer problems or machine shortages.
Boonton voters experienced similar printer issues with the new machines but they appeared resolved before 9 a.m. One person who couldn’t wait said she was able to cast a provisional ballot.
The Morris County Commissioner Board in late 2021 authorized the purchase of 134 ES&S machines at a cost of $4.9 million. But a delay in authorizing the funds resulted in only partial delivery before the June primary, forcing some of the old Dominion machines back into use.
Hanover Deputy Mayor Thomas "Ace" Gallagher, running unopposed for reelection to the Township Committee, said Hanover districts also had some problems related to paper jams during the day, but "the county was very responsive" and had technicians on site to help resolve the problems.
William Westhoven is a local reporter for DailyRecord.com. For unlimited access to the most important news from your local community, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.
The Chester Township Council has moved forward with the Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop the Glenlora site with the public's input. CHESTER, NJ — In the ongoing process of redeveloping the Glenlora site on Route 24, the Chester Township Council has recently opened the Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop the Glenlora site on the township website.The township purchased the former Glenlora nursing home site in 2005 as a suitable location for affordable housing, which is mandated by the State of New Jersey.I...
CHESTER, NJ — In the ongoing process of redeveloping the Glenlora site on Route 24, the Chester Township Council has recently opened the Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop the Glenlora site on the township website.
The township purchased the former Glenlora nursing home site in 2005 as a suitable location for affordable housing, which is mandated by the State of New Jersey.
In a newsletter back in 2018, former Chester Township Mayor Marcia Asdal explained that Chester Township concluded litigation with Fair Share Housing in 2018, which “brought the discussion about what to do with the Glenlora site out from closed sessions to the public arena where it belongs,” she said.
Asdal stated that governing bodies in neighboring towns ended up settling in court on the constitutional mandates for affordable housing, whereas Chester Township not only reduced its legal expenditures but also allowed locals to participate in project ideation.
Now, over five years after Chester Township finished its affordable housing dispute, the RFP is being released, transferring decision-making for affordable housing commitments from the courts, where negotiations were private, to the town council, where the public may provide comments.
"Notably, this change in venue brought with it a significant reduction in legal expenses," township officials said.
Over the years, Chester Township, along with the community, decided on the following criteria for the future site:
Now that the RFP is online, a new procedure begins that will last many months and will eventually result in the planning board creating the official redevelopment agreement.
Township officials indicated that the Planning Board and Council sessions, like always, encourage public participation.
Read more here about Glenlora from the Chester Historical Society.
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CHESTER, NJ — As part of its efforts to control the white-tailed deer population in its 700 acres of parkland, the “controlled deer hunting program” in Chester Township has begun in its parks, according to the township.The Morris County Parks Commission recently announced that the firearm portion of the season has begun at the Black River Facilities, including Cooper Gristmill, Elizabeth D. Kay Environmental Center, Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center and Willowwood Arboretum.As a result, the parks and trail...
CHESTER, NJ — As part of its efforts to control the white-tailed deer population in its 700 acres of parkland, the “controlled deer hunting program” in Chester Township has begun in its parks, according to the township.
The Morris County Parks Commission recently announced that the firearm portion of the season has begun at the Black River Facilities, including Cooper Gristmill, Elizabeth D. Kay Environmental Center, Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center and Willowwood Arboretum.
As a result, the parks and trails at those locations will be closed to the general public on the following dates: Dec. 7 and 15, Jan. 11 and 18.
According to Chester Township, the hunting schedule varies depending on whether the park is run by the township, county, or state, with all hunters required to have a permit to attend.
Evans Family Forest Preserve, Tiger Brook Park, MacGregor Preserve, Highlands Ridge Park, Parker Rd. Preserve, and Tannersbrook Preserve are among the township parks.
The full hunt schedule can be found here.
The goal of the deer hunt is to keep deer populations low enough to allow for the restoration of native plant communities within the parks. According to the commission, studies have found that at high densities, deer browsing can hurt forest communities. Overbrowsing can eliminate understory herbaceous plants, shrubs, and saplings, leaving only adult canopy trees in the forest.
"In selected parks of this nature, the MCPC continues to work towards reducing populations to levels that will allow for successful habitat restoration, both natural and assisted. Other parks exhibit little damage from deer and contain lower-density populations. In these parks, the goal is to maintain the deer population at levels that allow healthy habitats to continue to thrive," MCPC said.
The white-tailed deer is a species with a high rate of population growth. Females can reach reproductive maturity as young as one year old and can give birth to up to three fawns per year.
The lack of natural predators in this area, combined with supplemental feeding by well-meaning homeowners, contributes to a constantly expanding population.
To limit the rapid population growth that deer are capable of, the MCPC applies continuous pressure on the deer population by allowing for limited hunting on an annual basis.
More information can be found on the Morris County Parks Commission website.
Patch is asking candidates for their views on issues in the West Morris Regional District. Here are candidate Natasha Chandler's answers: |Updated Thu, Oct 26, 2023 at 6:11 pm ETCHESTER, NJ — Election Day is nearing, and Chester voters will soon head to the polls to cast their votes for a seat on the regional high school board.Patch sent questionnaires to all candidates, seeking their responses. Here is the response from candidate Natasha Chandler.Editor's Note: Patch emailed all candidates at the ...
|Updated Thu, Oct 26, 2023 at 6:11 pm ET
CHESTER, NJ — Election Day is nearing, and Chester voters will soon head to the polls to cast their votes for a seat on the regional high school board.
Patch sent questionnaires to all candidates, seeking their responses. Here is the response from candidate Natasha Chandler.
Editor's Note: Patch emailed all candidates at the email addresses listed for their campaigns in the clerk's office. The responses will be revealed between now and the general election on November 7. These comments will be published with just minor stylistic changes. Candidates who wish to participate but did not receive an invitation should email [email protected].
Name: Natasha Chandler
Town of residence: Chester Township for 22 years!
Position sought: Chester Township representative for the West Morris Regional High School Board of Education
Family: My husband (Pete) and I have been married for 22 years and we have three daughters, who all went to Chester Schools since kindergarten. Victoria graduated from Mendham, where she played softball and is now a sophomore at Michigan State. Emilia graduated from the Mendham IB program and is a freshman at SMU Cox Business School in Dallas, Texas. Our youngest, Lily, is a junior at Mendham, where she is actively involved and plays field hockey and softball. They have all had a great education and experience at West Morris Mendham High School.
Education: I have two graduate degrees with a Masters in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and an MBA and B.S. in Marketing from Monmouth University, where I am currently on the Board of the Business School, leading the faculty curriculum advancement committee.
Occupation: Senior Partner at Korn Ferry (Human Capital Advisory) leading the North American Industrial and Energy Sector. I advise executives of top companies on how to build and evolve top-performing organizations through people.
Previous or current elected appointed office: West Morris Regional Board of Education (since 2020) and chair of the Personnel Committee and member of the Education and Referendum Committee. I have also been actively involved on the budget and finance committees.
Why are you seeking to run for school board?
I want to ensure West Morris Regional High School District remains a top district and to do this, my focus is on student engagement, teacher effectiveness, and parent involvement. Student engagement should be at the center of everything we do to ensure our students thrive in a positive learning environment that fosters their interests and curiosity and uncovers their fullest potential.
Teacher effectiveness is the key to unlocking student potential and as Chair of the Personnel committee, I am confident that we hire, develop, and support our teachers so they can be great. PARENT INVOLVEMENT to help as advocates and partner with the school in social and educational development and to be involved in key decisions affecting their children is also important.
What, in your opinion, is the most pressing issue in the school district?
Frankly, I have been disturbed about the political and state regulatory overreach impacting our district and students. Since I have been on the board since 2020, I have been committed to following state laws while also ensuring we represent the needs of all students in the communities where we live.
There have been lots of heated board meetings across New Jersey with parents voicing strong concerns about NJ laws and their impact on districts on topics like: COVID Mask mandates, Curriculum, gender identity, parent rights, and what is appropriate reading material for high school students.
In all cases, my approach is to listen to all points of view and then make a decision based on what I think is in the best interest of students (and families in my district). Being that most of our students are children (under 18 years old), in most cases, I still have a bias that the school must consider the parents and inform and involve them in matters impacting their child.
What sets you apart from the other candidates?
EXPERIENCE. I am a proven leader who has been successful in improving the West Morris Regional High School District. I have a good reputation and strong relationships with board members, administration, and the superintendent. Having served on all the board committees, I understand the issues and policies and where we need to focus to continue to evolve and remain a top district. ADVOCACY: I show up and speak up for families in Chester and deeply understand education and what skills are needed for students to be successful in the "real world." I am approachable and have parents reach out to discuss topics they are concerned about – and I listen and support them. COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP: I am very active in Chester and have been the VP of the PTO, a Girl Scout Leader, a Co-founder of the Chester Baroque Orchestra and a volunteer and donor to countless organizations. I am also a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church.
What special qualifications do you bring to help meet the challenge?
Proven Leadership focused on District Excellence
What else would you like to share about yourself or your campaign?
Thank you very much for reading this and for considering me. If you would like more information or to speak with me, please go to my facebook page "Natasha Chandler for WMMHS BOE"
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Charming and quaint are two words synonymous with the bucolic, historic, nostalgic aura of Chester. Photo courtesy of NJ Advance MediaThough governed independently, Chester Borough and Township come together like the sundry ingredients of a recipe passed down for generations to produce a fine-spun, folksy flavor that stands the test of time. The township is the doughnut around the “hole” of the borough, the center more lovingly referred to as the jewel in the crown of this rural gem on Morris County’s southern border...
Charming and quaint are two words synonymous with the bucolic, historic, nostalgic aura of Chester. Photo courtesy of NJ Advance Media
Though governed independently, Chester Borough and Township come together like the sundry ingredients of a recipe passed down for generations to produce a fine-spun, folksy flavor that stands the test of time. The township is the doughnut around the “hole” of the borough, the center more lovingly referred to as the jewel in the crown of this rural gem on Morris County’s southern border.
Centuries in the making, Chester remains true to its agricultural origins while keeping pace with its consistent forward motion.
“Chester’s been creating itself since the 1700’s,” Borough Mayor Janet Hoven said. “It’s a place that evolves and continues to evolve; but it’s important that we remember its history, honoring the legacy of families who have shaped the town that we all enjoy today. I see myself as a steward in what will be its continuing history.”
Here’s an inside-out look at the borough and township; 12 hours to make a day of it in Chester that’ll surely be one for the history books.
A Borough Borrowed from the Past
Stroll down the brick sidewalks of Chester Borough’s Main Street, and you might imagine a stagecoach pulling ’round the next bend. The streetscape harkens yesteryear, pure Americana with well-preserved historic storefronts, complete with creaky painted porches and old glass windows.
It’s impossible to walk past Main Street’s myriad boutique shops and eateries without stepping inside, each one unique, inviting, independent mom-and-pops stocked with lovingly curated and hand-crafted wares.
Antique shops are a main attraction on any historic Main Street, and there are certainly abundant treasures to be discovered here. Antiques by Chester Crafts & Collectibles (28 Main St.) offers an ever-changing collection of antique furniture, artwork and vintage housewares, and provides custom refinishing to renew your old furniture. Find fine and stylish vintage furnishings, jewelry and designer handbags presented with artistic passion at Grouse In Pearls (54 Main St.). Or visit the Dainty Dandelion (58 Main St.) for painted Made-in-America vintage furniture and rustic resurrections.
Fill your basket and your belly with foodstuffs from merchants, like Mercantile on Main (76 Main St.), for artisan foods, DIY food kits, gifts, and sensational sauces, spices and rubs; The Olive & The Stone (58 Main St.) for specialty and infused olive oils, aged balsamics, gift baskets and accessories; or dip into The Maple Shop (105 Main St.) for pure Vermont-made maple syrups and even learn how it’s made.
Everyone is a kid in a candy store at Black River Candy Shoppe (44 Main St.), where a sugar rush of nostalgia leaves you giddy among the baskets and jars and boxes of every candy you can imagine or remember, including a head-turning wall of Pez dispensers. But if ice cream is your pleasure, it’s just a lick down the road to Taylor’s Ice Cream Parlor (18 Main St.), scooping out 48 flavors of homemade creamy goodness.
Don’t fly past A World of Birds (15 Perry St.) without stopping in to visit Katie the green-wing macaw and Elvis the yellow-naped Amazon, two old-feathered friends perched center stage in this bird lovers’ paradise that carries everything a bird owner needs, so you don’t have to wing it.
There’s so much more going door to door on Main Street — you’ll find hand-crafted jewelry, hand-poured candles and soaps, handmade woodworks and more along the way. If you need a dose of modern retail, the Streets of Chester mall is just one left turn away onto Route 206, with White House Black Market, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic and Talbots among the high-end shopping options.
Saving your visit for a special occasion? The Chester Craft Shows in spring (June 4-5, its 24th annual) and fall (Sept. 10-11, its 48th annual) are rated among the Top 50 in the nation; and the 21st Annual Classic Car Show is coming up on May 14.
Encircled by Nature, Steeped in History
Chester Township is nature’s embrace on the borough, not only surrounding but also sharing its parks, farms and outdoor pleasures without drawing boundaries. Township Mayor Marcia Asdal presents “just one Chester,” but proudly noted the bountiful assets under her governance.
“If you’re not from around here, you don’t really appreciate what Morris County is,” Asdal remarked. “I recommend a hike at Hacklebarney State Park, an extremely picturesque, 2-mile loop that gives a sense of New Jersey through a different lens. We are close to major highways, but we have a lot of green, open space, parks and farmlands. You can get your 10,000 steps in on our trails, and you won’t even realize you’re doing it because it’s so pretty.”
Carving out a few of your 12 hours in Chester for hiking is highly recommended, and there are countless options for stepping out. The flat, 5-mile West Morris Greenway Trail parallels the Black River and has its trailhead at the Black River Wildlife Management Area, accessible from North Road (Route 513). Prefer something a little shorter? Try the 1.5-mile Orange Trail at Kay Environmental Center (200 Pottersville Road), where you’ll be enchanted by meadows of flowering trees, shrubs and wildflowers in season.
Stream fishing, lounging and wildlife observation make Hacklebarney State Park perfect for year-round outdoor enjoyment. Photo courtesy of NJ Advance Media
The Black River runs through Hacklebarney State Park, portions of which lie in neighboring Long Valley. Hiking, biking and equestrian trails (with waterfalls visible from high trails), stream fishing and wildlife observation make for year-round outdoor enjoyment.
Listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, the Cooper Gristmill is the last remaining water-powered mill in New Jersey. Built in 1826, it continues to produce flour and cornmeal and conducts scheduled tours of the mill’s inner workings, with guides in period costumes to demonstrate the process. The 14-acre site has several hiking trailheads and invites stream-side picnics, fishing poles optional.
Alstede Farms is a 600-acre farm-apalooza, producing a huge variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Photo courtesy of NJ Advance Media
Harvesting ‘Just One Chester’
Farms and food unify Chester Township and Borough. Everyone loves Jersey Fresh; everyone loves great food. Chester is home to both, in abundance.
It’s believed that “pick your own” originated in Chester at Riamede Farms (122 Oakdale Road), when a worker shortage in the mid-1970s inspired the owners to open the apple orchard to the public to pick their own bushels and save the harvest. That eureka moment created a favorite fall outing for all, as families come from near and far to pick the apples, sample the cider and savor the doughnuts while grabbing other farm-fresh goodies from this intimate and authentic farm.
Alstede Farms (1 Alstede Farms Lane) is a 600-acre farm-apalooza, producing a huge variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers — including pick-your-own just about everything. It hosts numerous seasonal festivals and family activities and serves farm-to-table breakfast and brunch in season.
April through December, the Hacklebarney Farm Cider Mill (104 State Park Road) is a relaxed and relaxing family farm open for delicious cider, pies and doughnuts — and the simple pleasures of an autumn hayride, corn maze challenge or s’mores by the fire on cool afternoons.
And now for a final foodnote. Chester’s bounty ensures you won’t go hungry. Start your day with freshly brewed coffee and a serving of homemade quiche or baked goods at Marie’s Coffee Shop (56 Main St.); mangia authentic Italian for lunch at Artista Salumeria (423 Main St.) and take home a little something for later from its pantry or prepared food selection; or relax with a spot of tea at Sally Lunn’s Tea Shoppe (15 Perry St.) and steep yourself in Victorian splendor while nibbling a buttermilk scone.
The Old Mill Tavern (55 Route 24) is a long-standing local tradition for American pub classics with tap beers in a rustic setting, just across from Cooper Gristmill. On the other side of town, just a quick 2 miles down the road, the modern rustic Redwoods Grill & Bar (459 Main St.) just celebrated 25 years as a go-to place in Chester where wood-grilled dishes are a focus of its cuisine and craft cocktails, beers and infused spirits make for a lively bar, made livelier with live entertainment on Saturday nights.
Only two words remain to describe Chester’s appeal, incredibly unspoken until now but synonymous with the bucolic, historic, nostalgic aura of Chester: charming and quaint. Two words you’ll conjure just two minutes into your 12 hours in Chester.
Susan Kronberg is a freelance writer and Jersey girl. A married mother of two, she’s worked in insurance, transportation, marketing, newspapers and private education. Writing is but one thread that connects the patchwork of her professions.
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