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New Bill Would Make Salt Water Taffy NJ's State Candy

by Stephanie Kuo
salt water taffy

stevendepolo, Flickr

It may be a surprise to you that salt water taffy doesn't actually contain any salt water. Legend has it, the candy received its name by accident. A young candy merchant opened a taffy stand on the Atlantic City Boardwalk in the 1880s, just steps above sea level. One night, a generous tide soaked his stand and his candy.

Bronx Arts Academy Helps Kids Fulfill Their Dreams

by Rebecca Lewis

Jonathan Paredes, a Fred Dolan Academy Graduate

A lot of kids spend their weekends hanging out with friends or watching television, but not the young folks at the Fred Dolan Arts Academy in the Bronx.  They’re preparing for their futures in a program founded by a native Bronxite who simply wanted to give kids an opportunity for a better life. 

The Bronx at 100: How the Borough Got its Name

by Blaine Kaniewski
aerial view of the Bronx

Gryffindor, Wikimedia Commons

The road to how the Bronx got its name snakes all the way back to the 1600s, and a man named Jonas Bronck.

"Jonas Bronck was a Swedish merchant.  He sailed for the Dutch.  He came from small village called Smaland in Sweden," says Angel Hernandez with the Bronx County Historical Society.

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