11 Signs You Grew Up In Kearny, NJ

11 Signs You Grew Up In Kearny, NJ

Just your average Kearny kid reminiscing on my childhood and all those fun things and places I had

Good ole K-Town, "Soccer-Town USA." Not everyone is lucky enough to grow up in such a widespread, and fun town like Kearny, NJ. No matter how far you go, you will always make your way back to your favorite things about my hometown. So here is a list of some fun things, and then some things no Kearny person will ever forget.

1. "Soccer-Town USA"

Every kid to grow up in Kearny has heard this term at least once in their life, yet it never seems to go away - "Soccer Town USA."

2. Clinton's Iced Tea

If you've never had Clinton's Iced Tea, you don't know what your'e missing. Well if you've ever had it you'd know that it really isn't anything special, nor that good but it's a Kearny thing, as you could only find it in Kearny.

3. Bagel House

Every Kearny person will tell you that, if you aren't from Kearny that you need to go to Bagel House - the best breakfast place in Kearny.

4. The Gunnel Oval, Swamps, Marshes

If you know anyone who does or play sports you have definitely been to Kearny's staple field complex, the Gunnel Oval or The Oval.

5. Kearny High School's Never Ending Construction

As a recent high school graduate, I have been watching the KHS construction happen since my cousins started high school over 10 years ago, and it still continues to go undone.

6. Bunny Hill

The best, and only place to go sledding on a snowy day or during the summer the place to get the best seat for the famous Kearny Fireworks show.

7. Applebees Half-Apps

Every pre-teen, teen, and adolescent in Kearny knows the wonders of the cheap food that comes after 10 P.M. every night at Applebees. Go there and enjoy as much as you want.

8. Stinkin' Lincoln

The Lincoln Movie Theatre is a theatre that is apart of every Kearny citizen's childhood, as you would usually go there with school, or on Tuesdays for their 2-for-1 special on matinee prices.


Every kid knows and loves PBGC [Presbyterian Boys and Girls Club], where you could go and play games including basketball, dodge ball, pool, bowling, etc. and just come together and hang out with friends every night of the week for under a dollar.

10. West Hudson Park

Many people forget that West Hudson Park is in Kearny, but never fail to see its beauty.

11. The Greeks

Every Lincoln Middle School student [like myself at one point], has been to the wonderful and magical place called the Greeks. Not only is the owner, John, one of our favorite people, but it's an awesome and fun place to hang out

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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I didn’t adjust as well as I thought I would, but I made it.


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