Chasing Cascades in the Garden State

It seems that on some hot summer days the best way to quench one’s thirst is with one of Rita’s Italian Ice treats on Westfield Ave, while other days require soaking up the sun at the shore or a gorgeous nature-filled park. With Rahway’s central location, beaches like Avon-by-the-Sea, Sandy Hook, Ashbury Park Beach, Sea Bright, and Long Branch feel close to home and bring joy to any sunny day. For residents looking to do something different and find some new adventure, it may be of interest to take a look at some of NJ’s most beautiful waterfalls. These Garden State cascades are well-known for their picturesque, scenic landscapes.

Some waterfalls to visit among many others are:

  • Greenbrook Falls: Located in Greenbrook Sanctuary in Tenafly, NJ, this park offers beautiful scenes of New York City and the Hudson River, there are several falls, and marked trails for hiking (1).
  • Tinton Falls: Once known as an ironwork mill, these waterfalls are now known as one of the highest in Jersey’s coastal plain (1). It is small and a great location for the family. This town also has a great outdoor outlet mall with many brands to choose from and it is only 15 minutes away from the waterfall area and the surrounding park has great playgrounds for the little ones.
  • Boonton Falls: Located near a charming town with an incredible park for the family. This waterfall makes its way through Grace Lord Park which has paved walkways, picnic tables, gazebos, and climbable rocks (1).
  • Buttermilk Falls: Known as the tallest waterfall of the Garden State, this is one of the most popular waterfalls to visit (1). It is 85 feet tall and it can be seen from the parking lot area (1). This location has 14 miles of marked trails and visitors can climb a wooden stairway to the very top of the cascade (1). A beautiful location to visit during the summer and fall!

For more waterfall locations in the Garden State, please visit the following link for more destinations:

Other ways to stay active locally is by attending free Zumba classes on Wednesdays at the Rahway Train Station Plaza, part of this month’s Rahway wellness campaign event calendar.

The city of Rahway also has a different calendar that provides residents with information on different activities throughout the month of which most are free. For instance, Grand Meridia residents may find Toddler Time at the public library, Crochet Club at the public library, Trivia Night at Meatballs & Brews, or Hatha Yoga at the train station. For a look at the calendar, please visit:

The City of Rahway proudly presents “Movies Under the Stars” in collaboration with the UCPAC (Union County Performing Arts Center). Alike previous months, registration is required and only one registration is required per vehicle, walk-ups are allowed, and there is even a wine bar at the side of the parking lot. The event is free so sign up for several movies under the summer sky! For more information and registration please visit and take a look at the image below for a list of August movies titles:

Now that much of the city has returned and reopened, parking rules are back in effect and enforced. Please note that the first 30 minutes of parking is complimentary and another great parking area that is central is the parking garage in front of Il Forno a Legna Italian restaurant.

As summer activities keep families busy throughout the Garden State, the reopening of this school year is around the corner. While there is much discussion regarding schools reopening and “in-person” education, many parents and teachers are fearful of sending their kids in too early and may not feel as prepared for the changes that will ensue (2). Nonetheless, rules and regulations as to how schools will reopen are being discussed and new school procedures are being spelled out. It has been made clear that in the event that COVID-19 numbers spike up again, there is always the possibility of remote-learning. With this in mind and although some information may still seem unclear, it is essential for all parents to prepare ahead of time by visiting the following link with information on the new protocols for when schools reopen-

A Word to Our Residents at Grand Meridia

To any resident following The City of Rahway’s Facebook, it may not come as a surprise to learn that there is growing concern from a recent spike. There were reported 19 positive COVID-19 cases confirmed in the month of July (3). Rahway officials and Grand Meridia’s team would like to continue urging residents to wear masks or face coverings in addition to keeping at least a 6-foot distance away from non-family members. It is especially important to do this when in the hallways. Help keep Rahway’s COVID-19 numbers down for the health of the community! Stay informed on local COVID-19 cases through Rahway coronavirus portal at

Residents looking to make any monetary donations can visit the following page to connect to Rahway’s F.L.A.G. group to help frontline workers continue succeeding at their incredible work-

August is well known for being the month of hurricanes, with this in mind, please stay vigilant for any forecast predicting hurricanes traveling up the east coast and staying prepared by connecting with Rahway’s Facebook page where they keep residents informed on power outages and when to expect power back.

We can’t say it enough, a special thank you to all the healthcare and frontline workers who continue to work tirelessly to ensure the health and comfort of all others, and a kind thank you to residents of Grand Meridia that continue to push forward during one of the most difficult times.

We wish you a great August!

-The Team at Grand Meridia