Summer Issue

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This issue was conceived, developed, researched,

written, edited, designed, and published by

Eleni Tsirikos, Geraldine Castro, John Velecela,

Samiha Miah, Kelly Toalongo, and Aaron Frias


Summer Plans in New Jersey

By Eleni Tsirikos

There are a variety of activities to do during the summer.

Van Saun Park, Metlife Stadium, the Jersey Shore, Six Flags/Hurricane Harbor, Adventure Aquarium, and Turtle Back Zoo are some places that are within a decent distance from or within the Bergen County area.

Here is a list of some places nearby and their costs:

Name of Location City, State Minimum Cost – Maximum Cost
Van Saun Park Paramus, NJ Free- $8.00
Metlife Stadium (Concert) East Rutherford, NJ $30-$1,000
Jersey Shore Sandy Hook, NJ

Atlantic City, NJ

Point Pleasant, NJ

$15 per car

$8-$14 ($18 season badge)

$6-$10 ($100 season pass)

Six Flags Jackson, NJ $60
Adventure Aquarium Camden, NJ $20-$35
Turtle Back Zoo West Orange, NJ Free- $15


The chart depicted above displays the many possibilities that can be experienced during the summertime, with coordinating, reasonably priced fees. You can spend an entire day at the zoo, park, or at an aquarium. You don’t always have to go across seas or to a different country, in order to have fun over the break. Others may think going on vacation is better than staying home or visiting attractions nearby, but that is merely up to the person.

There are many local venues across New Jersey that many vacationers overlook. Summer memories can still be cherished and experienced at these places.


Affordable Summer Activities

By Geraldine Castro

Many people are excited for the upcoming summer, but don’t even know what they’re going to do over the next two months―two months in which they will probably sit at home, scrolling through their phones, looking at all the fun other people are having. Now is the time to plan, plan, plan, and talk to people about how much fun you’re going to have even if you’re on a budget―it can still be a fun summer. This article will help those in need of affordable activities to do.

One thing many people love doing over the summer is going to music festivals, but if you’re on a budget you may find it hard to go to one, but have no fear: there’s always a way. One of those ways is litter picking; because festival sites get completely covered in trash, many festivals sites hire a temporary staff to help clear away the garbage. You’ll need to sign up with the company in advance and complete certain shifts over the weekend. You will also need to know that it’s not the nicest job you can have, but hey―it does give you the chance to watch your favourite band for free, which is the bonus.

Another thing you can do over the summer is go on a hike anywhere because walking is free, and walking in nature can be liberating. Even in Japan, they have something called a Shinrin-Yoku, which is a “forest bathing trip.” You can take as many of these as you want. Depending on where you live, you might have to drive or pay parking fees, but look for a little spot of nature and enjoy some time to yourself.

Do you have friends who have their own kayaks or canoes? Offer to clean for them or house sit for them on their next trip, in exchange for borrowing their gear. You can also do an online search for free kayaking in your city; some cities offer days where you can rent the boats for free. One place you can go kayaking is the Downtown Boathouse which opened on Saturday, May 19th. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, kayaking on the Hudson River is a great way to spend an afternoon in New York.

New York is known as an expensive city. Many of the city’s premier attractions including museums, galleries and performances offer free entry or pay-what-you-wish options, why not indulge in those free museum days? Therefore, check for the museums that will offer free days, weekly or monthly, and go early to enjoy the art and culture. There are also tons of free museums in NJ such as the Heritage Glass Museum where you can see antique glassworker tools, hand blown glass to vintage bottles, and paperweights. It features more than 200 years of South Jersey glass. The museum is located in the Stately Hollybush Mansion.

Productive Summer Activities

By John Velecela

Volunteering for different activities over the summer can help a student get back into the habit of being in school. Finding websites and searching through the internet, or even going to different places can help students find something productive to do. Students can put their time and effort into helping others while learning something over the summer.

Older students can help younger students with their summer assignments or just simply through tutoring. The older students can start earning money for college by tutoring younger students, and it can also help them sharpen their skills. By helping other students with subjects they struggle with, they can also learn new techniques or even develop a passion for the subject.

The library can be an ideal place to develop good study habits. Students can look for books that they find interesting, can read a book, or even find a website where the audio of a book is provided and listen to that instead. Looking for websites applicable to mathematics can help a student develop skills, and try different lessons for that type of math.

Students can help out at shelters by taking dogs out for a walk or feeding them along with other animals that are in the shelter. Some shelters can provide money for your labor, but typically volunteering is unpaid.

All in all, there are many different options to stimulate a student’s brain over the summer. Some can benefit the student as they may get paid, but they’re all useful for a student’s resume/college application.

Community Service Opportunities

By Samiha Miah

As of now, many colleges require community service hours when applying to their institute. Schools prefer to enroll students who have donated some of their time to their community. Many applicants don’t realize until they’re submitting portfolios to specific colleges, which causes them to scramble around seeking hours. It’s better to research every aspect of a potential school, before submitting an application.

Schools such as Adelphi, Stanford, and other Ivy Leagues, as well as most colleges, appreciate community service hours. Although some colleges don’t require community service on a student’s application, they value whatever community service is included. Admissions essays reflect upon one’s personal experiences and community service hours provides for a good basis.

A possibly effective method for getting community service hours done is to gradually complete them over the summer. During the summer time―unless on vacation―most people are typically free; this leads to a clean mindset, which then enables you to focus on time management. Managing your time is the most pivotal point when completing hours. If you aren’t able to pace yourself, then whatever hours still existing will be procrastinated over, and most likely to remain incomplete.

A list of possible volunteer opportunities is provided below:

Name of Location City, State Minimum Age Requirement
Hackensack University Medical Center Hackensack, NJ 16 years old
CareOne at Wellington Hackensack, NJ n/a
Pawsitively Furever Dog Rescue Hackensack, NJ 16 years old
Buddies of New Jersey Hackensack, NJ n/a
Pony Power Therapies Mahwah, NJ 14 years old
Johnson Public Library Hackensack, NJ 15 years old

Getting community service hours done as soon as possible during early high school years is key to gaining the attention of universities/colleges when applying. Service hours are significant to prospective students as schools recognize the fact that you were able to provide some sort of service to the community.

Summer Jobs

By Kelly Toalongo

Many teens try to get jobs during the summer in an effort to earn extra money. The minimum age to legally start working at a part-time job is 16 years old. If you are able to get a job, the minimum wage is $8.60. During the summer, there a lot of jobs that become available. There might be a lot of opportunities such as working at an ice cream store. There might be openings for that specific job since it’s during the summer and people go out for ice cream.

In the summer it can get extremely hot and if you know how to swim, then you can pursue a job as a lifeguard if certified. You can earn up to $9.25 an hour.

Something easy that you can do is babysitting. If you are good with little kids or kids in general you can actually work and get paid. When you take care of kids, pay can range from $10-15 an hour.

While the summer is in progress, students don’t have school, which causes some to start forgetting what they’ve learned, so some parents may want to hire tutors. This is another option to earn some money. If you can get a good tutoring job the average amount you get paid per hour is $17.28.

One last option, you can work at helping at a zoo or somewhere outside which can pay $16 per hour. This option tends to stick with animal lovers or those who can entertain kids that come to the zoo.

Movies Coming Out

By Aaron Frias

A school comes to an end, students find themselves with more time on their hands. A simple and fun way to spend time is by going to the movies and enjoying a film. As always, new and amazing movies come out every week, whether you’re into horror, thriller, romance, or comedy. If you go to an AMC on Ticket Tuesdays, you can purchase a movie ticket for as little as five bucks. All you have to do is set up an account that takes no longer than five minutes to make.

He’s tall, slim, lurks in the woods, and you’d hope he doesn’t find you because if he does―no one else ever will. If you’re into horror, you’ve most likely heard of the frightening legend, Slenderman: countless sightings, legends, and games. He might as well be slumming it with Bigfoot. One of the most feared characters on the web is being brought to life on the big screen on August 24 of this year. The plot is described as, “Terror strikes when four teenage girls in a small town perform a ritual to debunk the lore of a tall, thin, horrifying figure known as the Slender Man. They soon fear that the legend is true when one of them suddenly goes missing.”

Tag: a fun game known around the playground by nearly every kid. This comedy movie takes the game we’ve all come to know and love, and turns it into a hilarious and zany movie. The story is centered around a group of friends who have been playing a game of tag for years, while attempting to get one of their friends to be “It,” since he has never been tagged in all the years of them playing the game. The greatest part of the movie? It was based on a true event! This film has been out since June 15. The description of this movie is, “One month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running for a no-holds-barred game of tag―risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take one another down. This time, the game coincides with the wedding of the only undefeated player. What should be an easy target soon becomes an all-out war as he knows they’re coming to get him.”

An amazing blast from 2004, this movie is exciting many people of all ages. The Incredibles 2, a sequel to the oh so beloved family adventure movie The Incredibles, is premiering on June 15 of this year. This superpowered family is coming back to the big screen with Elastigirl springing to action, fighting crime and kicking butt, while her husband deals with what seems to be his greatest enemy―staying home and taking care of the kids. The movie is described as, “Elastigirl springs into action to save the day, while Mr. Incredible faces his greatest challenge yet―taking care of the problems of his three children.”

This romance thriller of a movie might just be the perfect movie to watch with your significant other. Love, drugs, and drama all wrapped under hot summer nights. This movie will be premiering July 27th and is centered around a boy who sells drugs. He starts to fall for his boss’s sister. Packed with drama and dangers, it will be a great movie to watch. The movie description is, “A teen winds up in over his head while dealing drugs with a rebellious partner and chasing the young man’s enigmatic sister during one scorching summer in Cape Cod, Mass.”


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