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Eric LeGrand at the future site of his Coffee House with Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac and Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Caroline Ehrlich. -JEFFREY AUGER

Homecoming

The next chapter of Eric LeGrand’s remarkable story is set where it all began, in his hometown of Woodbridge. And in a come-full-circle moment, it takes place in the neighborhood where he lived the first few years of his life, where the former Rutgers University football star is planning to open LeGrand Coffee House downtown later this year.

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The New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning at Sollberg Airport in Readington Township.

Heating up

Under the governor’s latest round of reopening measures, the limit on outdoor gatherings increased to 500 participants. Festivals and state and county fairs can expand to 50% capacity, which is the same as amusement parks. Large outdoor venues with at least 1,000 spots are limited to 50% capacity, a jump from 30% capacity for venues with at least 2,500 seats. Indoor dining, retailers, casinos and other forms of entertainment must stay at 50%, but Murphy has suggested that he could “accelerate” the state’s reopening if the pandemic continues to ebb.

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Atlantic City Convention Center. - MEET AC

Boardwalk rebound

Atlantic City casino executives say they expect summer tourism to explode this year, citing COVID-19 vaccination efforts, an ebbing pandemic, business re-openings and more outdoor activities that come with warmer weather. Boardwalk attractions, amusement rides, games, dining and entertainment all can be enjoyed outside. “Do I think they’re going to do better this year than last year? Absolutely,” said Jeffrey Vasser, who heads the state’s Division of Travel and Tourism.

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