Adventure

Meet 2 New Tiger Cubs Born At Six Flags Great Adventure

JACKSON, NJ — The Six Flags Wild Safari family has grown by two, after the birth of two Siberian tiger cubs in late April.

The two cubs, both females, were born to Nadya on April 25, Six Flags Great Adventure officials said. Nadya is the Siberian tiger who was hand-raised by the safari’s animal care team with African lion Zuri when the two were abandoned at birth four years ago.

The two cubs, now 10 weeks old, have been named Heather and Julie, after Heather Mitts Feeley and Julie Ertz, members of the United States women’s national soccer team. Nadya gave birth to her first cub in 2019; that cub was named Carli, after soccer star Carli Lloyd.

While Carli was hand-raised by the safari team, Nadya has been taking care of Heather and Julie, said Dr. Ken Keiffer, the safari veterinarian. Read more: New Tiger Cub At Six Flags

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Crowds flock to Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, ready to have some fun, masks in place

JACKSON, N.J. – It almost felt like a normal, blazing hot July day when the gates opened at Six Flags Great Adventure on Friday morning.

Almost.

This summer, of course, nothing is quite normal during the coronavirus pandemic. That much was clear as the first guests of the season, donning protective face masks, queued up to have their body temperatures checked before entering the sprawling theme park at 10:30 a.m. 

Friday marked the theme park’s first day in operation in months, according to the Asbury Park Press, which is a part of the USA TODAY Network. Opening day was reserved for members and season pass holders. The park opened to the general public Saturday.

The gates opened to a light morning crowd 30 minutes ahead of schedule. By lunchtime, the line of vehicles waiting to reach the parking area stretched outside the theme park and down Route 537 to the

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Newark COVID Reopen Updates: Dining, Shopping And More

NEWARK, NJ — Recovering from the coronavirus shutdown has been a slow process, Newark. But there’s good news: the “new normal” is getting closer.

Newark’s restaurants, stores, businesses and other cultural institutions continue to reawaken from the COVID-19 shutdown that threw a devastating monkey wrench into New Jersey’s economy.

A new wave of adjustments will come when restaurants get the go-ahead to reopen for limited dining indoors on Thursday, July 2.

In addition, several entertainment venues and industries will be allowed to reopen at 25 percent capacity on July 2, including museums, bowling alleys and arcades.

Read More: Gov. Murphy: ‘Hard Dates’ In NJ Coronavirus Reopening Blueprint

In Newark, businesses and local attractions are being graded by color – green, yellow and red – according to their risk levels. See the city’s full reopening plan here.

Catch up on the latest updates in Newark below.

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New Jersey restaurants and

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Six Flags Great Adventure Set To Reopen, With Changes, Limits

JACKSON, NJ — Six Flags Great Adventure will be reopening beginning July 3, now that Gov. Phil Murphy has allowed the state’s amusement parks to reopen, Six Flags officials announced Wednesday.

Murphy on Tuesday announced that amusement parks and water parks, along with playgrounds, could reopen as of July 2, with provisions that include a limit of 50 percent of capacity in attendance and other requirements.

The reopening of Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor will be gradual, with reduced attendance levels that are increased slowly, and extensive new safety measures.

“We have developed a comprehensive reopening safety plan that includes protocols designed by theme park and water park industry experts, along with best practices from top destination parks from around the world, which will allow guests to experience our parks in the safest way possible,” said Mike Spanos, president and CEO of Six Flags. “This ‘new normal’ will be different

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10 tech gadgets to help make summer awesome

We made it to June! Yes, celebrations are hard right now – hard to pull off and sometimes difficult to enjoy – but we don’t want to forget about our amazing dads, equally awesome new grads and all the summer fun the best gadgets around can make even better. 

If pandemic times have taught us anything about our gadgets, it’s that we don’t need every new-fangled techy-toy to come along. Just the ones that help us stay healthy, connected, and having a blast, no matter what. Here at the 10 best gadgets you can still get in time to help with all of those goals.

Handheld UVC sterilizer Monos CleanPod ($90)
Handheld UVC sterilizer Monos CleanPod ($90)

Keep it clean

One of the hottest new gadgets around is a hairbrush-sized, cordless, handheld UVC sterilizer called the Monos CleanPod ($90). Charge it up, then pack it in a backpack, purse, or glove compartment, and you’re good to

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8 Top-Rated Hammocks for Backyard, Beach, or Campsite Relaxing

Picture this: You’re lounging in a warm spot outside with just enough shade overhead to keep you cool as your body gently sways side to side, safely cocooned in a hammock. If that sounds like an ideal way to spend a summer day, it’s time to invest in the timeless outdoor accessory.

No matter your needs or style, there’s a hammock that’s just right for you. If you’re looking for adventure, you can invest in a highly portable hammock to bring along with you on a camping trip or day hike. There are plenty of options that easily pack up into compact bags you can fit into a backpack and set up once you reach your destination. Or, if relaxing at home is more your thing, you can order a stylish hammock that will fit in with the rest of your patio furniture and outdoor decor. Many already come with

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What you need to know before your first post-quarantine camping trip

 <span class="copyright">(Nazario Graziano / For The Times)</span>
(Nazario Graziano / For The Times)

Jo Manganello is keeping a close eye on the number of reservations at a campground in the San Bernardino Mountains she hopes to visit with her husband and young son. “Right now, it’s less than 50% capacity,” she said.

The 39-year-old from Glendale has a medical condition that puts her at higher risk of getting COVID-19. Though her doctor signed off on the trip, she’s being extra careful. She changed her vacation plans to visit midweek when campgrounds typically are less busy. And she picked a venue where campsites are spaced “farther apart than I am from my neighbors at home.”

Still, the vacation may be delayed. “I’m watching the campground,” Manganello said. “If it gets too crowded, we may have to move to a different date.”

Welcome to camping during the coronavirus pandemic. Cooped-up Americans who were forced to stop traveling in March

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Game changer or just another quarantine quirk?

Ah, Animal Crossing and COVID-19: the peanut butter and jelly of our dystopian times. If ever there was a combination to bring gaming into mainstream acceptance, this is it — a captivating, charming game of make-believe against a backdrop of viral terror.

Life as we know it came to a halt this spring as the coronavirus disrupted and claimed lives around the globe. A few weeks into this living hell (which began in early March for many Americans and continues to kill ), Nintendo released Animal Crossing: New Horizons on March 20. 

Did the quarantine mania of ACNH actually change anything about how the world relates to gaming?

The social-simulation game — thematically centered on the ease of island life and the appeal of talking animals — sold over 13 million physical and digital copies in its first six weeks. According to Nintendo’s fiscal reporting, that makes ACNH the highest

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Alex Howes’ top 10 gravel riding tips

Alex Howes might be one of the most experienced male road riders in the WorldTour but the US national road race champion is just as comfortable on a gravel bike as he is in the Tour de France mountains.

The versatile 32-year-old has raced a number of high-profile gravel races and, during lockdown, has embarked on some mammoth off-road rides. He has taken his wealth of knowledge to share his top 10 gravel riding tips. 

Whether you’re a convert from the road or just new to cycling and want to dabble in some gravel riding, you’ll find useful information right here.

1. Wiggle your big toe

It’s funny because a few weeks ago, after I did my long ride from Colorado to Kansas, my team, EF Pro Cycling, asked me for the first tip or piece of advice that I could offer. I’ll admit, I was pretty exhausted at the

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Video showing lack of social distancing at Universal Orlando sparks concern about theme parks reopening

Universal Orlando reopened in early June and the theme park has already come under fire after suggestions that employees on one ride were not enforcing social distancing.

An account that shares news related to the theme park, called @UniNewsToday, wrote on Twitter over the weekend that “all of the social distancing markers near the load area at Hagrid’s [Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure] are gone. There’s also a Team Member yelling ‘fill in all the available space.’”

The account also shared a video of the staffer encouraging people to crowd together.

People quickly jumped in with their own comments. “Are we not gonna talk about the fact that there’s a blurry spot shaped into a

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