Quantum Computers: How They Could Affect Us in the Long Run

Rachel, Lau, Social Media, Arts & Design, Guardian Data Destruction

IBM research advises, “Anyone who wants to make sure their data is protected for longer than 10 years should move to alternate forms of encryption now.” Why is IBM warning us about this? The future of Quantum Computing. Quantum computers will be able to instantly break the encryption of sensitive data protected by today’s strongest security methods.

Security experts are warning the world that a large amount of the private data we have today will be cracked and exposed in the near-distant future and there’s nothing we can really do to stop it. It is said that quantum computers could come into play as soon as 5 years from now. This technology applies the properties of quantum physics to process information and will use algorithms that can break and decrypt encrypted information. Quantum computers operate on completely different principles compared to typical computers and when this happens, our data and information will be an open book. Quantum computers will be able to reveal all the current encrypted secrets we have now and allow anyone and everyone to read and see it. There would be no privacy and hackers would be able to steal our private information without even breaking a sweat.

Researchers and cybersecurity experts are quickly trying to develop new technology and encryption methods that will be resistant to quantum hacking. One “quantum-safe encryption,” is said to be safe from being decrypted by both a regular or quantum computer.

Guardian Data Destruction can’t stress enough, the importance of taking the right safety precautions to keep existing data safe. We believe everyone needs to take precautions and protect their old data and used electronics. It’s a very scary thought to think that your own data like your address, bank accounts, and/or your encrypted emails and text messages could be available for anyone to access. And although that’s a worrying thought and security might be an issue when quantum computing arrives, it has the potential to instantly solve some of the world’s toughest computing problems that would usually take millions of years to solve and it will enable new discoveries in different fields. If these experts successfully develop their quantum-safe encryption to keep our data safe within the next five years then this could open up a whole new world of discoveries free from worry about our data being exposed to the world around us.

The Jersey Shore is a Natural Resource and a Business/Vacation Destination


BRUCE Springsteen and his family live on the Jersey Shore in Monmouth County—he was born in Long Branch at Monmouth Medical Center; was raised in Freehold; started his music career is bars in Asbury Park; married wife Patti Scialfa who comes from the seaside town of Deal; and produced the rock anthem “4th of July, Asbury Park.” It’s hard to find any­one with better Jersey Shore credentials than “The Boss.”

The Jersey Shore is the backbone of the Garden State’s $45 billion tourism economy—in fact, the counties of Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May attracted more than $21 billion of tourism spending during 2018, accord­ing to a Tourism Economics study released earlier this year by the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism.

One of this month’s big events (July 27) on the Jersey Shore is the “Rock the River” benefit in Toms River, sponsored by the Little by Little Foundation with local coffee shop, Bubby’s Beanery. Headlined by “American Idol” winner and top-selling recording artist David Cook, the concert is a fundraiser to help children with brain cancer and their families.

In addition to this special event, the business community in Toms River is  active and growing, says Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Karen Hershey, Esq., who is seeing the changes with her own eyes and among the chamber’s member businesses.

“Redevelopment plans are in the works to make the Toms River water­front a commercial district with condo­miniums and businesses, including a brewery and a distillery,” says Hershey. “The Ocean County Mall is being redesigned and modernized. As a mes­sage of inclusion and a business oppor­tunity, downtown Toms River is hosting a gay pride day where merchants can showcase their local businesses.”

The Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce, a CIANJ member partner, is also innovating to help local businesses, adds Hershey. “From entrepreneurship seminars to evening networking events to annual college scholarships for local students, our chamber is playing an important role in connecting the com­munity and its local businesses.”

For Jersey Shore communities such as Toms River, the value of their location is tied to New Jersey’s water quality and monitoring.

During a recent event sponsored by the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, New Jersey Department of Environ- mental Protection (NJDEP) Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe provided an overview of the state’s leading- edge water quality beach monitoring.

“Each one of us takes great pride in the Jersey Shore, which is so integral to our identity as a state,” explains Commissioner McCabe. “Governor Murphy and I are committed to ensuring that residents and visitors have a safe and enjoyable time this season.”

To safeguard water quality and public health, the NJDEP coordinates the Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program, a joint state and local partner­ship that tests water quality at nearly 188 ocean beaches and 20 bay and river beaches across the state throughout the season. Funding for the state’s coastal monitoring program comes from the USEPA, as well as a portion of the pro­ceeds from the sale of the “Shore to Please” motor-vehicle license plates.

In addition to the shore itself, the Jersey Shore offers many interesting and entertaining attractions—some famous and others, lesser known or hidden gems. This month’s cover story, “The Jersey Shore is Open for Business and Vacations” (page 32) reveals some of the great activities and recreation spots that the locals love, and visitors discover when they ask where to have a great time with family and friends. Boating, surfing, fishing, eating, going to music concerts and site-seeing are just a few of the options.

Whether it’s for business or on vaca­tion, you can find fun and entertain­ment at New Jersey’s wonderful natural resource—the Jersey Shore.

On Guard: A Security Protocol Can Prevent Crime, From Bank Robberies to Kidnappings


CAROL DODGEN STARTED HER company, Dodgen Security Consulting, LLC, in 1998, and since that time has spent many years researching cases of robbery and work­place violence.

“I have been fortunate enough to sit down with individuals who have survived such incidents to try to learn from their experiences,” she explains. “I have also interviewed several bank robbers with the hopes of gleaning information from them that could be useful in robbery prevention and survival.”

In this interview with COMMERCE, Carol Dodgen shares her assessment of security risks and how to outsmart the bad guys who are constantly searching for vulnerabilities.

COMMERCE: How can you make a location more attractive to customers and less attractive to criminals?

CAROL DODGEN: Every financial institu­tion needs to conduct a security assess­ment at least annually and possibly more often if there are changes. The assessment can be conducted by the security officer or an outside consultant. Beyond just the physical security, other things need to be examined such as policies and procedures and employee training.

 Q. What measures can you take in terms of physical security to reduce your risks?

 A. Beyond our normal physical efforts of target hardening such as locks, alarms and access control devices, we can also apply Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles to our offices. CPTED is an approach that involves using the built environ­ment and natural features to make an area more attractive to customers and legitimate users and less attractive to criminals.

Applications of this philosophy maxi­mize opportunities for natural surveil­lance—opening window blinds; remov­ing posters and signs that block views in and out; keeping shrubs trimmed down to two feet or less; cutting tree canopies up to six feet; and providing adequate lighting around our offices and eliminating dark spots and corners that inhibit our ability to see our sur­roundings. Look at your property from the eyes of a criminal. What method would you use? Where are the vulnera­bilities in your physical security, policies and procedures?

 Q. What are the most common types of robberies that people need to prepare for?

A. The lone robber who presents a note or makes a verbal demand is still the most common crime scenario. However, considering the recent increase in take-over robberies, it is imperative that everyone in the bank is prepared and trained prior to the robbery. A take-over robbery involves all the employees and customers—not just one teller. First, it is critical every-one stays calm. Oftentimes, these rob­bers are drug addicts robbing to support their habit. They may be desperate, nervous and have no regard for human life. Those facing this situation should do their best to comply and not offer resistance. In most cases, the robbers leave without hurting anyone. Erratic behavior, sudden movements or offering resistance will greatly increase the chance of injury.

Q. What is a morning glory robbery?

A. A morning glory robbery occurs early in the morning before or during opening procedures. Robbers may like this approach because they won’t have to deal with customers or people walk­ing in during the robbery, and they often are able to access more cash. It is critical that banks in particular observe safe opening procedures to deter this type of robbery.

Q. What are the best procedures for a safe opening of a location?

A . The safest opening involves two people. One person should drive around the office, looking for any signs of forced entry prior to entering. The other person should remain in their vehicle and watch as the first person makes entry. The first person should search the inside of the office, looking for any signs of entry or anything out of place.

Once satisfied that the inside is secure, the searching employee exits, and walks far enough to be out of control of someone inside and gives a signal to the employee in the car. The searching employee then re-enters, locks the door, and watches as the sec­ond employee enters. If the searching employee doesn’t exit within a reason­able amount of time, the waiting employee in the parked car would noti­fy police. The reason that the all-clear signal requires the searching employee to exit is that if someone were inside, they could force this person to send an all-clear signal from inside, drawing another employee in.

Q. What should you take into consideration when closing a location at the end of the day?

A. Just as you search the building in the morning at opening time, you should search the office before closing—checking restrooms, offices, closets, etc. You don’t want to find yourself locked in with a robber. Lock the door on time and don’t allow anyone in after hours. Try to leave with others rather than alone and always keep your guard up at closing time. Look out into the park­ing lot before exiting and don’t step out if you feel uncomfortable. You can always call the police and have them ride through the parking lot. When conducting your physical security assess­ment, lighting is one of the items you should look at closely. What is the light­ing like in your parking lot? You should strive for an even canopy of light with no shadows. This would also include areas around your employee doors, ATMs and night depositories. Look for possible “ambush points”—dark corners, alcoves and recessed doors.

Q. What are the statistics on bank robberies?

A. According to the FBI, there were 4,251 bank robberies reported in 2016, which is up from 4,091 in 2015. An indi­vidual coming in and passing a note to a teller is still the most common method, but we did see an increase of about 100 more take-over robberies in 2016. Obviously, these type robberies are more violent and present a greater threat to employees.

Another disturbing trend has been the kidnapping of bank employees and, in some cases, their family mem­bers. Employees are then forced to go to their bank or credit union and “rob” the bank for the kidnap- pers. A number of these happened in the last few years. One group that was caught had reportedly scoured bank websites and social media sites for information about employees, and then watched the employees and their families for a period of time before their crime. They even hid cameras around the homes of their victims to observe their habits.

Q. How can you best protect yourself, your employees and your family?

A. The first thing is to recognize that it can happen to you. It can happen anywhere—big cities, small towns. Don’t be lulled into complacency because it hasn’t ever happened in your area. Then assess your work area, your home and your habits. Are there things you are doing that put you at greater risk? How easy would it be for a criminal to gather information about you, and how predicable are your habits? Robbers are looking for the path of least resistance, the easiest target. Once you identify those things that make you a suitable target, do everything you can to eliminate or reduce those risk factors. Recent cases of extortion and kidnapping have involved family members, so we should be discussing these possibilities with family members.

Q. What do bank robbers themselves have to say about security?

A. I have interviewed several bank robbers. I spoke to one who was a prolific serial robber, having robbed about 30 banks in a year’s time. He was motivat­ed by a drug habit. He told me that he only selected one-level banks with no guards. He did not carry a gun but made a verbal demand or used a note. He said he was afraid that he would use the gun if he met any resistance, so he chose not to carry one. He feels the best way to deter robberies is to pub­licize the fact that bank robbers are usually caught—about 54 percent of the time, according to FBI statistics. Another robber I spoke with worked with a part­ner and “took over” the bank he robbed. He cased the bank for about two weeks prior to the robbery, watched employees and planned out their escape route. Robbers are usually concerned with several things—not being recognized, getting out quickly and how they will make their escape.

Q. When it comes to crime prevention, what is the cost of being complacent?

A. Complacency is our enemy. We hope and pray it never hap­pens to us, but we must do everything we can to prevent it from occurring by making ourselves a less attractive target, and we must be prepared in case it does happen. Individuals who are trained are at a great advantage over those who are not. We react as we are trained.

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst: Protecting and Defending America


SPANNING 42,000 CONTIGUOUS acres across Burlington and Ocean counties, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB MDL) is the nation’s only tri-service joint base—home to active-duty, Reserve and National Guard service members from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy and the Coast Guard. With more than a $6.9 billion economic impact in the region, the base is the largest employer in New Jersey after the state government, employing more than 65,000 people.

The Commander of JB MDL, Colonel Neil R. Richardson of the 87th Air Base Wing, has served in Afghanistan and Iraq, and spoke with COMMERCE about the challenges of running JB MDL’s day-to-day operations; the role of the facility in New Jersey and the United States; and the future of the base.

COMMERCE: What’s your role as com­mander of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst? COL. NEIL R. RICHARDSON: In a sense, I’m sort of the mayor. My job is to ensure that the base continues to run efficiently. Working with many talented people, I’m responsible for the base’s infrastructure, people and assets.

 Q. How long have you been at JB MDL?

A. I’ve been in the military for 24 years, with about 18 different postings; I’ve served here for about 25 months. The military does a phenomenal job of preparing people to work together, take responsibility and assume leader­ship roles.

Q. What’s unique about the base?

A. JB MDL is the Department of Defense’s first joint base and is the only joint base that consolidates Air Force, Army and Navy installations. The current configuration, as JB MDL, was formed in 2009. This came about as a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission, which recom­mended combining the former Fort Dix [which was established in 1917 as a training and staging location for the heavy troop requirements of World War I]; Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst; and McGuire Air Force Base as JB MDL. This year, we’ll be celebrat­ing the 10th anniversary of the success­ful combination, holding several events in honor of the Decennial. For the 87th Air Base Wing, there will also be a Dining Out with our first Joint Base commander, Lt. Gen. (ret) Gina Grosso as the keynote speaker.

 Q. What are the key local and national roles and responsibilities of JB MDL?

A. The local impact comprises the more than 60,000 direct and indirect jobs we support, and more than $6.9 billion of funding that we generate for the region. Our national strategic responsibilities can be described as a three-part mission. One part is the McGuire host unit, which extends the nation’s global reach by generating and rapidly mobilizing and deploying aircraft to conduct strategic airlift and air refueling missions across the United States—including aiding in FEMA disas­ter response—and worldwide. The Fort Dix component trains and educates up to 250,000 soldiers and airmen each year and, since 1994, has hosted the Air Mobility Warfare Center. Fort Dix also provides training areas for Reserve and National Guard soldiers.

 Lakehurst is an important Naval R&D center, supporting and developing the Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment and Support Equipment for naval avia­tion. Key projects include the develop­ment of an Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch system and an Advanced Arresting Gear system that will replace the existing steam catapults and the Mk-7 arresting gear currently used on aircraft carriers.

Q. What’s an average day like on the base?

A. No day is “average.” We continually run multiple missions across Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard units, with equipment that includes F-35 air­craft and Huey helicopters. Thousands of soldiers a day are also being trained with weaponry ranging from 9mm guns to 150 mm howitzers.

Our base also hosts the nation’s Air Force Contingency Response Wing—the wing also has units at Travis Air Force Base, California—which aids in hurricane and other natural disasters, as well as transporting military advisers to our global allies. On any given day, instruc­tors at our base are also providing pre-deployment training for missions key to national security [in 1990, then-Fort Dix prepared service members for Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield] with simulation centers, demoli­tion ranges, artillery ranges, obstacle courses, leadership reaction courses, land navigation ranges, combined arms fire and other capabilities.

As the Joint Base Commander, I have two deputies that aid in the daily busi­ness of running the base. An Army colonel and Navy captain fill those roles while also serving as commanders for the Army and Navy Support Activities on the installation. The JB MDL leader­ship team focuses on mission support for the 88 mission partners to include housing; fire and medical; security; infrastructure support and morale; welfare; and recreation for the 50,000-plus population.

Q. How has technology changed the role of the military?

A. Technology has played a huge role in the way we accomplish our mission, but our core focus continues to be train­ing individuals. Technology helps them to do their job better, but the individual is at the heart of our activities.

Q. What are some challenges that mili­tary families face? How does the base help them?

A. Military personnel move an average of every three-to-four years—base com­manders are shifted every two years on average—and it takes a lot out of the family. A non-military spouse may have their career interrupted or disrupted because of the frequent moves, and a spouse with a professional license, like a teacher, attorney or CPA may have to re-certify their license in a new state. Base leaders are working with state offi­cials to try to have their licenses and cer­tificates recognized across state lines when the move is required by the mili­tary, but we’re not there yet. We’re also trying to arrange for educational institu­tions to offer them in-state tuition as they move across the country. We have on-base facilities that offer primary medical care for military families, and we have partnerships with off-base facilities in New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. We also have arrange­ments with some local educational and medical facilities that enable our base’s medical staff to engage in continuing education.  

Q. How did you prepare for this assignment at JB MDL?

A. As a joint base commander, you have to quickly learn about the culture and priorities of other services. I spent the first couple of months of my com­mand tour getting to know the other service commanders, their people and their missions. Each month we also hold a meeting in which all of the key leaders from across the base attend to discuss priorities and how we can better sup­port those who live and work on the base. This is probably the hardest but most fulfilling job I’ve ever had. It’s given me a better appreciation for and understanding of the other services, and I feel that I’ve grown closer to other mil­itary personnel as a result. We’ve seen a lot of changes in the military—for example the nation’s Air Force had about 600,000 members when I joined almost a quarter-century ago, and now we’re down to about 328,000. So, we’re all a little bit busier, but our capable leadership, including General David Goldfein and Secretary Heather Wilson, is helping us to operate even more effectively.

Q. What’s ahead for the base?

In 2021, we’re scheduled to receive the new KC-46 tanker, which is built on a Boeing 767 borne refueling capabilities, the model will provide updated command-and-control capabilities; and parts and maintenance will be easier since it’s based on the widely used 767 airframe. To accommodate this larger tanker, we’ll be changing the configuration of our fueling and other facilities, and we’ll add a new hangar. We’re expecting about $146 million of new construction costs beginning in 2019, which should also generate quite a few new jobs.

Q. Where are you from originally, and how has your family adjusted to New Jersey?

A. I’m originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, and my wife, Melissa, and I have two boys and two girls, aged 10 to 21. My kids are resilient and are used to moving around. The fact that we’re in a somewhat rural part of New Jersey is nice, because it reminds us a bit of our neighborhood in New Mexico. But back there, no one ever experienced a traffic jam.

The Jersey Shore is Open for Business and Vacations


IT’S SUMMER IN NEW JERSEY, when America celebrates its July Fourth birthday. For the Jersey Shore counties of Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May, this translated into more than $21 billion of tourism spending during 2018, according to a study released earlier this year by the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism.

Many summer visitors head to Atlantic City’s casinos and other attractions, or to beaches and boardwalks that dot the Jersey Shore. But there are plenty of other attractions that are mainly known by local residents. To uncover these “off the beaten track” spots, from the home of the Pledge of Allegiance to an elephant on the beach, COMMERCE consulted with Shore residents and oth­ers, who made the recommendations that follow.

On the boardwalks and beyond, the Jersey Shore is humming with activities. If you know who to ask, you can find out about the hidden ones that just may be the most enjoyable.

Twin Lights. Since 1828, on a site 200 feet above sea level at the Navesink Highlands, a lighthouse has served as a sentinel over the treacherous coastal waters of northern New Jersey. Originally named the Navesink Lightstation, the beacon was rebuilt with local brownstone in 1862 and is today known as Twin Lights. The land­mark once served as the primary sea­coast light for The Highlands, New York Harbor, but it’s also famous for hosting the first official reading of the Pledge of Allegiance, when pledge author Francis Bellamy led a recital there in 1892 around a 135-foot-high flagpole known as the Liberty Pole.

Boating, Eating, Fishing. Old Bridge residents John and Beth DeMaio, who have a second home in Lake Como near Belmar, keep a set of kayaks at the L Street beach in Belmar.

“We like to paddle the Shark River over to the sandy beach in Neptune, just to hang out at the picnic facilities there,” says John, a retiree whose wife is a physical therapist. “Then we paddle across the river to the 9th Ave. Pier in Belmar, enjoying the sunshine and lis­tening to the bands that play there.”

 John also recommends Bonfires on the Beach, a weekly celebration at different locations on the Asbury Park waterfront. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs, and “day-of” updates can be found on the Asbury Park Boardwalk’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages.

“It’s a nice time to sit on the beach and enjoy evenings there,” explains DeMaio.

He’s a fan of Jack’s Tavern, “a throw­back place on 10th Ave, in Belmar. It is like walking back in time to bars you may remember as a younger person,” says John. “Great crowd, good pricing and eats—and lately, an expanded music experience.”

Lucy of Margate. In Margate, visitors can see a six-story, century-plus-old ele­phant named Lucy that stands guard. A guided tour of the wooden pachy­derm—

built by real estate developer James Lafferty in 1881 as a gimmick to attract potential buyers to his land holdings along the Shore all year round—is available. Stung by age, lightning, hurricanes and floods, the old gal—who’s listed on the National Park Registry of Historical Landmarks— nearly fell apart. But a 1970s restora­tion, and ongoing care by the Save Lucy Committee, gave her a second chance, according to Jeremy Bingaman, director of education at Lucy the Elephant.

 A Taste of Asbury. In 2017, Shore-area schoolteachers Bonnie and Justin Brown created Taste of Asbury Food Tours. They conduct walking tours around the city that lets participants find out about the town that launched Bruce Springsteen and, along the way, sample offerings at culinary stops—such as Confections of a Rock$tar Bakery and Purple Glaze Donuts—with a chance to speak with owners or chefs.

“Confections of a Rock$tar is an incredible bakery on Cookman Avenue with everything baked fresh daily,” says Bonnie, adding that the bakery was the first shop the couple pitched when they launched A Taste of Asbury. “From cup­cakes to cookies, everything owner Kimmie Masi creates is amazing.” She notes that Purple Glaze Donuts is “a lit­tle donut shop that has become a staple in Asbury Park. Jackie Sharpe and her son, Wes, use their creative minds to create unique donut flavors every week. It’s always a fun and delicious stop on the tour.”

Cuisine Exploration. When Caitlin Schenk has a yen for something south of the border, she heads to Jose’s Mexican restaurant in Spring Lake Heights. “It’s a great little hole-in-the wall, family run restaurant,” according to Schenk, an East Brunswick High School teacher who lives in Spring Lake Heights with her husband, Richard. “It’s BYO and the food is fresh and delicious.”

She also high-fives the Ragin’ Cajun in Belmar, a Bayou-themed restaurant where “it feels like you’re eating dinner at a friend’s house.” Distinguished by a menu boasting dishes like Alligator Sausage, Blackened Tuna, Swamp Daddy Pasta and Seafood Jambalaya, Schenk says husband Rich “loves the Swamp Daddy pasta; they will adjust the spici­ness, but he gets it extra spicy.”

Got a yen for Mediterranean? Head over to Vic’s Italian American Restaurant in Bradley Beach, suggests Schenk. Opened by Vittorio Giunco as Vic’s Tap Room shortly after prohibition was repealed in 1933, “It’s known for deli­cious thin crust pizza, and overall, Vic’s is a good place to take the family for a good Italian dinner,” she said. “For music, The Saint in Asbury Park has a fun, divey atmosphere with original live music,” hosting bands and performers like David Sancious, a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band back in the rocker’s early days.

Seeing Cats—Far Off Broadway. Fans of furry felines will also meow over the Catsbury Park Cat Cafe & Tea House in Asbury Park, Schenk added. “They have a cafe, you can go play with cats that are up for adoption, and their Instagram account is adorable,” she says. The 501(c) nonprofit corporation has “created a space where the public can learn about cats, interact with them, and potentially take them home,” according to the organization. “We offer an extensive menu of treats and teas that you can enjoy whilst visiting with our resident cats.”

Music and Mystery Attractions. Longtime Monmouth County resident Carey Balogh, who runs the brand con­sulting firm Brand Groupies, is a verita­ble encyclopedia when it comes to the Shore. Her inside tips include the Lakehouse Music Academy, a music school in Asbury Park that features group rehearsals, individual lessons, and live performances at local venues.

“Anyone can sign up and perform at iconic venues like The Stone Pony, Asbury Lanes, and Wonder Bar,” says Balogh. The program is “committed to the development of comprehensive musicianship for every student, at every level, at every age,” according to the academy.

Ocean fans—and you must be one if you’re going down the Shore—will want to stop by TAK Waterman in Long Branch, she added. “It’s a surf ’n fish shop owned by locals, with one being a well-known surfer,” she explains. The shop—“they brought their online store to life this year with the brick- and-mortar location”—sells specialized apparel for fishing, surfing and spear fishing, and stand-up paddling gear for the “everyday waterman.”

People who like to add a side of mys­tery to their dining experience will be drawn to Good Folk Supper Club, added Balogh. Developed by Atlantic Highlands resident Beth Herbruck, the club organizes unique dining opportuni­ties—generally in the Monmouth and Ocean areas—and a portion of the pro­ceeds is donated to a local nonprofit. The catch is this: people who sign up for the service don’t find out the who, what, where and when details until the day before the gastronomic event, according to Balogh. She said it’s a chance to do well, eat well and add a spice of fun to your meal.

She also suggested two other offbeat places, both in Asbury Park. Each one celebrates the past in a unique way: Backward Glances, and Little Buddy Hideaway. Backward Glances is “a one-of-a-kind vintage store with the best finds you don’t see around anymore,” she said. Shoppers there can select clothing and other items from the Great Gatsby era (Roaring ‘20s), through the Groovy ‘60s, and the Awesome Dude and Dudette ‘80s.

“We’ve been selling vintage clothing, cool T-shirts, costumes and collectibles in our vintage clothing store since 1985,” according to Backward Glances owner Cindy Ciullo. In addition to the brick-and-mortar location, “We started our web site in 1999, and now ship all over the world.”

Little Buddy Hideaway is a Tiki Bar— a nod to the past in itself—that adds a Prohibition-era twist with a speak-easy-like entrance built into a next-door shop. “You have to go through a secret door to find this hideaway,” said Balogh. “But once you do, you’ll find it’s filled with tiki-inspired decor and fun large drinks.”

Mulligans and an Italian Bistro. Further south, Mulligans Bar & Grill in Wildwood offers “good food and spe­cials in a casual setting,” according to Daniel Higman, broker-owner of the local Weichert Realtors Coastal. In addi­tion to steamers, steaks and other delights, Mulligan’s features live music with local talent, and pub staples like darts and a pool table.

He also offered a toast to Secondo, an Italian bistro “just over the Crest Bridge [also known as the Two-Mile Bridge, connecting Wildwood Crest and Cape May]. It is great, with a large menu and great food.” Another well-known spot is The Crab House at Two Mile Landing, he added. “I keep my boat there, so it offers easy access to the bay and ocean. And when you get back, The Crab House is there with great food, fresh crabs and live music.”

Docks and Dive Bars. “There are a lot of fishing piers in Seaside Park and bulkheads that people crab off of—you may be required to purchase a badge—or you can rent a boat and go crabbing or fishing,” observes Michael Buckley, a Toms River resident, former realtor and rental property owner, who currently owns the NJShoreRent.com web site. “There is also a relatively new place in Seaside called Dock Outfitters, where they have a dock, sell bait and rent boats; and also have a little kitchen for burgers and things like that. That would proba­bly be a good place to hang out and find out what’s going on.”

Buckley also noted a “dive bar in Seaside Heights called Riggers. They open at 7:00 a.m. and have people in there at that hour! I hope they are mostly people getting off of the night shift.”