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26 Grilling Tips Make Food Prep Safer Fashion 28 Hot Flashes: Summer Essentials 32 White Out: The Dos And Don’ts Of Wearing White 34 How To Get Jeans With The Perfect Fit


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38 Decor 38 Disney, Drexel Team Up For Furniture Line 44 Children’s Rooms 46 Great Garden Design Takes More Than Flower Power Health & Fitness


50 Latest Research Touts Blueberries as Brain Food 54 Summer Heat – A Challenge Careers 58 Companies Suffer In Silence From Workplace Gossip Travel 62 Cruising The Danube Aboard The River Princess 68 Travel Notes Departments


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pril was earth month, but any day of the year is a good time to throw on an organic cotton T-shirt and take a few minutes to save our fashion futures. Yes, even fashionistas need to get a conscience. Eco-chic is not a passing fad. “Guilt and shopping go hand in hand for most of us these days,” says Tamsin Blanchard, author of Green is the New Black. “It’s not just that you are spending beyond your means

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and are on your second interest-free credit card transfer. The minute you start to consider who has made your clothes, in what sort of conditions and how little they are being paid, impulse shopping can start to feel rather uncomfortable.” Blanchard suggests supporting manufacturers and retailers who are making an effort to go green and reduce our carbon footprints. Read those labels! Her favorites include: People Tree, the Fair Trade clothing company, American Apparel who makes sweatshop-free Tshirts, Nike who is expanding its organic cotton clothing and designer Katherine Hamnett who insists on using organic cotton in her fashion collections. “ A s a c o n s u m e r, y o u have fantastic power,” says Blanchard. “Don’t forget to use


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it. And if you show your support, they will through social activism. Revenge Is seeks to answer the fundamental question so do more.” Christie Matheson agrees that we all aptly put by the moniker – offering slogans need to be more thoughtful about the on their organic T-shirts to inspire personal clothes and accessories we buy. In her activism and to enact positive change for book, Green Chic: Saving the Earth in Style, the environment and our society. Visit she advises fashionistas to begin their to view products. green quest with a “less is more” attitude. Essie Her first step to achieving a more ecoOne of the most popular collections of conscious wardrobe is to clean out your nail products has come up with parabencloset. “The idea is that if you love everything free products, which are made with fewer in your closet,” says Matheson, even if chemicals and more natural ingredients you end up with a third of the clothes you like eucalyptus oil. Naturally Clean harhad before you started the editing process, nesses the power of botanicals, glycerin “you’ll have a much easier time getting and natural emollients. Go to www.essie. com for more informadressed in the morning tion. and you’ll always look stunning.” Buying apparel Josie Maran Like Blanchard, Cosmetics Matheson is a fan of or- made from organic Josie’s latest greenganic cotton apparel. Her favorite collections include cotton is one of the on-the-go makeup kit is housed in a box made Loomstate (available at Target), designer Linda best ways to create from recycled materials and printed with fun Loudermilk -- a celebrity green tips. The products favorite, Stewart (plus) an eco-friendly contain natural, paraBrown and organic denim ben- and fragrance-free from Del Forte and Levi’s. wardrobe. ingredients so you can Matheson also strongly green your makeup rousuggests using reusable shopping bags. “If everyone in New York tine with ease. For $48 at Sephora, the kit City alone used just one less shopping includes a deluxe sample of Argan oil bag per year, it would eliminate 5 million and four full-size products: Plumping Lip pounds of waste and save the city $250,000 Gloss in Daring, Sunrise Cream Blush, Black Mascara and Black Eye Liner. in disposal costs,” she notes. The Sak makes one of the best ecoPhysicians Formula friendly “bags.” The Sakroots line contains In addition to the 10 products already trendy hand-woven bags made of bamboo, hemp, milk cotton, azo-free dyes and in its organic line that premiered last year, hardware. Sakroots bags are available at Organic wear expands to five new items: Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Macy’s and 100-percent Natural Origin Liquid Foundation with SPF 15, Multi-Colored Face Some other favorite eco-friendly fashion Sculpting Trio, 2-in-1 Bronzer & Blush, Mascara and Superfruit Lip Gloss. Visit finds: for more Revenge Is information. Taking George Herbert’s famous quote Born Shoes “living well is the best revenge,” the foundBecause Born shoes are sewn by hand, ers of RI define “living well” as living green, while planting the seeds of change they use less adhesives, cements 60 July-August 2009


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e said he’d call by noon.

It’s 1:00 pm, and you’re still waiting to get dressed. You want to scream, but he wouldn’t be able to hear you. Besides, you don’t want him to know you’ve been counting the last 60 minutes. Instead of screaming – or counting the minutes – when you’re frustrated with a date, take a deep breath, and let him (or her) teach you something. The teachers who challenged you the most taught you the most, right? The bosses who demanded more than you knew you had provoked growth, right? How else would you have landed the position you have now? And, yes, the dates (and people in general) who challenge your sanity the most are your best teachers. They are going to help you pull off the relationship of your dreams! If you're protesting that she's an airhead or he's a jerk, read on. They don't have to be well learned, refined or even willing to teach you what you need to know. All they have to do is push your hot buttons or trigger your insecurities. It's your stuff that stands between you and the relationship you want. I'm not asking you to settle for the guy who can't show up on time; I'm asking you July-August 2009

to look at why his tardiness unnerves you. Maybe you think it's disrespectful. I agree. But why does his lack of respect irritate you so much? His behavior reflects him, not you. A person keeps his word out of respect for himself, regardless of who he's meeting. So, if somebody doesn't respect himself, he's unlikely to show you respect; but it doesn't change how respectable you are. If you respect yourself, you demonstrate that, regardless of his issues (no screaming necessary). And if you don't respect yourself, this is a good time to figure that out . and do something about it. Just realizing that your reaction is rooted in self-doubt is a huge step. That's right – admit to yourself that what really infuriates you is that he doesn't seem to know how important you are! That's not the problem, though. 60


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Outdoor Enter By Michele Beschen

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ummer is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!” The windows are open wide, the perennials are back to greet us and we’re staying outdoors later and later with every warming day. Let the outdoor entertaining begin with some ideas for budgetfriendly, naturally good backyard bashes.

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Fill your yard or containers with plants that will actually play a big part in your entertaining. Grow edibles that can be used in your favorite summertime dishes. Explore herbs and edible flowers like nasturtiums, pansies and johnny jump-ups that will pleasantly surprise your guests. Grow natural bug repellents like lemongrass, catnip, rosemary, sage and basil. Guests can simply crush plants like lemongrass and catnip to rub on their skin, as needed. Sprigs of rosemary or sage can be placed on the grill to deter pesky flying insects.


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You can also research recipes for teas out of certain herbs to use as bug sprays. Creatively plant things that are also fragrant and colorful for built-in, natural ambiance. Serve some of them up tableside by using gelatin molds and Bundt pans as your planters so they can slip over your patio umbrellas to create a beautiful, functional centerpiece.

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Create your own beautiful, inexpensive lighting options using candles or Christmas-light strands. Stock up on old canning jars with lids at flea markets or antique shops. Fill them halfway with play sand and insert candles. Replace candles as needed and top off with lids when not in use, so the rain doesn’t put a damper on things. Group them together or hang with wire for a safe, long-lasting light display. “Summer-ize” strands of Christmas lights by adding artificial-flower petals, whiffle balls or painted window-screen shapes to each bulb for a colorful string of hanging patio lights. For a fabulous, effortless way to light up walkways or garden paths, use rope lighting.

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Host a “No Waste” party by using food as your serving pieces. Serve all drinks in fruit shells like pineapples or coconuts. Dish out salads in citrus bowls. Create finger foods that can be served up on kale, lettuce, tamale wrappers and the like. Have a portable compost bin nearby, and all of your party leftovers can get served up lovingly back to the earth.

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Embrace everything nature has to offer for your outdoor-party decor. Use larger logs and stones for interesting seating and table options. Smaller rocks can be painted for colorful table markers or used naturally to prop up grilling utensils. Tabletop 48 July-August 2009


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Make Food Prep


ow that summer is here, it’s time to don your favorite apron, grab your tongs and fire up the grill. Before you toss the steaks and burgers on the barbie, you might want to turn down the heat.

If you’re a seasoned backyard chef, you’re probably well aware of the danger of undercooking meat. It may come as a surprise, but eating meat that has been overcooked on the grill can be just as hazardous to your health. Researchers from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health recently July-August 2009

reported that consumption of well-done meat prepared by frying, grilling and barbecuing can create carcinogens that are not formed when the same types of meat are baked or stewed. The findings were presented at the American Association for Cancer Research 100th Annual Meeting 2009.




By Rallie McAllister, M.D.

Earlier research has shown that consuming any type of meat that is overcooked, burnt or charred can increase the risk of developing cancer of the breast, colon, stomach and prostate. High-temperature cooking can transform amino acids and other natural substances in meat into heterocyclic amines (HCAs) – compounds that are known to cause cancer in laboratory animals. You can reduce HCA formation in the meat you prepare by lowering the cooking temperature. Whether you grill, pan-fry or oven-roast meats, it’s best to cook at temperatures below 325 degrees, the surface temperature at which HCAs begin to form. If you’re interested in reducing HCA formation in grilled foods, you can start by microwaving meat for a few minutes at a medium setting and patting the meat dry ahead of time. Although microwaving meat and removing excess fat prior to grilling can help reduce HCA formation, this practice tends to make some cuts a little less tender. 36

Meat that is overcooked, burnt or charred can increase the risk of developing cancer.

In a study of more than 60,000 participants, the University of Minnesota scientists analyzed data concerning meat intake and cooking methods. Participants were asked how they preferred their meat prepared, with choices ranging from rare to well-done. Over a period of nine years, 208 new cases of pancreatic cancer were diagnosed among study participants. Researchers found that participants who typically consumed steak prepared well-done were nearly 60 percent more likely to develop pancreatic cancer than those who preferred steak prepared rare or medium-rare.


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t’s time to lighten up side of life. Whether beach getaway or streets of the corporate to give their wardro

Here are some hot fashion flashes to warm up your summer wardrobe: The maxi dress In comfortable knits, floral chiffons or whimsical cottons, the longer dresses give you plenty of room to move around in, whether you’re taking a barefoot walk on the beach or lounging at a pool cocktail party.

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The sheer skirt The next best thing to a long dress is a long skirt in a lightweight fabric. Those broomstick skirts are now dressed up in polished cottons and metallic silks to shimmer all through summer. There are also many shorter sheer skirts out there, too, in flirty and flippy styles; they pull on as easy as your swimsuit. Or better yet, why not

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wear one over your bikini bottom?

cropped version or a skinny ankle-length, you’ll never regret buying a pair.

The tunic top

Another favorite that has stood the test of time and continues to be a winner in the hot summer months, especially in breezy styles that slip over tanks and swimsuits. In floral chiffons or solid knits, choose from many styles. Pick one that suits your particular body type and buy them in multiples. The soft crop pant The newest cropped pants are floating into our wardrobes in the softest silks and cottons. Pair them with fitted tops and tanks for the best results. The white jean It’s always a big favorite at this time of year, especially since it goes with absolutely everything. Whether you like a

Shorts Shorts are always a summer staple. From dirty denim to starched linen to shimmering satins, this year they come in all lengths and can be dressed up or down depending on where you’ll be wearing them. A colorful tote Who wants to keep up with several handbags, beach bags or shopping bags when the weather is hot and humid? Instead, pick up one of the biggest and brightest bags you can find and make it do multiduty. You don’t have to pay a month’s mortgage for one of these ... you’ll only need it to last a few months. Stash your expensive black bag until next fall.

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A strappy sandal Gladiator-inspired looks are all the rage this year, and you can have yours in highheel glamour or low-heel comfort. Just try something a little different. Even if you always flip over flip-flops, you can still add one pair of trendy sandals to your summer footwear wardrobe. Go for a metallic bronze or silver for a dash of newness. A bold gem Huge necklaces are so NOW, but unless you’re in a very cold office, who wants to be weighed down with all that jewelry around your neck in the sweltering heat? But if you still want major bling, opt for a great pair of swingy earrings or a few chunky bangles. Skip doing the big neck thing during the summer. A straw hat From big-brimmed, floppy hats to jaunty, menswear-inspired fedoras, the hat has become a necessary fashion accessory to protect against harmful sun rays. There are so many to choose from -- you can even find fun “fishing” styles in hardware and garden stores at great prices. It is a perfect item to top off the summer and catch some sun in style. ∆

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The Dos Of Wearing


t’s time to shift gears and put your wardrobe into neutral with white, one of the most versatile “colors” around. From casual to dressy, from a pair of white jeans to a white sheath dress, white is the common style denominator for brightening up your summer wardrobe. But before you buy that extra bottle of bleach, here are a few dos and don’ts for lightening up with white:

• Do make one of your first purchases this season a pair of white jeans. In a classic five-pocket style,

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they are one of the most resourceful items for your wardrobe; they will go with anything. • Don’t forget to check sheerness. Panty lines or no panty lines, you want to make sure that your white pieces are not see through and you’re covered, especially when you step out into the daylight. Visible underwear is always a don’t.

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e all know that whether it’s a great pair of short “Daisy Dukes” cutoffs layered over swimsuits or worn-out boot-legs with flip-flops, our jeans make a powerful fashion statement.

But we all have fit issues, right? You can buy all the latest “it” jeans -- but if they don’t really do the rear view and the front view justice, then why should it matter? After all, many of us live in denim. “For so many of us, pants are a daily staple,” says Paula Reed, a London style guru who wrote the book on all things: “Style Clinic -- How to Look Fabulous All the time, at Any Age, for Any Occasion.” “We work, party, chill, dance, meet and travel in them,” Reed says. “Get the fit that works and they can be your best friend in your wardrobe -- the kind that supports you no matter what you want to be. Here are some tips from Reed on how to buy jeans that provide the perfect fit for your figure: • Choose classic or relaxed fits if you have voluptuous curves. They’ll give you ease and flattery in the bottom area without being big all over. • Get a pair that sits on your hips rather than your waist.

• Concentrate on getting the waist and leg proportion just right. Get it wrong and you make your bottom look bigger. The waistband should sit just below your waist’s natural curve and the leg needs to skim your natural shape. A waist-cinching shape with a lot of fabric in the leg is about the worst thing you can do for your figure. • No matter what kind of jeans you buy, avoid too-tight legs and small or widelyspaced back pockets. These elements all add width. • Pick stretch jeans if you are curvy with a small waist. Straight, tight cuts were made for you. Low-riders are the most flattering. A gentle flare will balance your hip curve. Be warned: High-waisted jeans will make your behind look disproportionately large. • Find stretch jeans but not second-skin tight jeans, if slim on the bottom. Go for a slim leg. They hug, defining any curves


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you have. Back pockets, for you alone, can be as decorative as you want. Flaps? Even better. • Choose jeans that are cut to elongate your torso if you have a short waist. Your goal is to create a better proportion between the top and the bottom half. Hipsters are perfect. A big hip-slung belt and high-heeled shoes will further lengthen and reshape. • Have heavy thighs and still love jeans? An easy fit on the hips is key. Avoid tapered legs and anything oversized. Boot-leg jeans help balance the heaviness further up. Don’t tuck tops in, but keep the silhouette neat to avoid the baggy look. Warning: High, tight waists will exaggerate thigh width. Avoid at all costs. • Lengthen your legs and add curve to

your figure when petite with short legs. A waist that sits on or just above the hip, cut with straight legs, adds length. Wear heels and make sure your hem is long enough to break but not fold over on the top of your foot. • Got a long waist? You need to shorten your torso and lengthen your legs. Wear jeans that hit your natural waist and have snug-fitting legs. The narrow cut will lengthen further. Add more height by going for a long leg and wearing heels. • Add curves and definition to your boyish figures with slim hips and straight waists. Experiment between a highwaisted pair and a low-rise, straight-leg jean. The boy-cut style is great for you. Try a sexy shirt and high heels to be more sophisticated. ∆

GRILLING TIPS – From Pg. 27 One popular spice, rosemary, has proven Flipping burgers and meat often – at least once a minute – is another way to benefits as a cancer-preventing agent. Researchers at Kansas State Unireduce HCA formation. It’s also versity discovered that when important to avoid cooking meat amounts of rosemary directly over flames. One of the small were applied to hamburger patWhen excess fat in meat drips ties prior to grilling, the formaonto charcoal briquettes or gas ways to tion of HCA was reduced by 30 burners, it creates flare-ups that contribute to HCA formation. To reduce HCA percent to 100 percent. Natural antioxidant comavoid setting your food aflame, push briquettes to the sides of formation pounds in rosemary were found to block HCA formation during a charcoal grill or turn off one heating. Basil, mint, sage, saburner of a gas grill. in grilled vory, marjoram, oregano, garlic Since char and ash contain HCAs and other carcinogens, and cooked and thyme can also reduce the production of cancer-causing it’s a good idea to trim away any meat is to compounds during cooking. meat that is blackened or burnt Honey is an excellent maribefore you dig in. marinate nade ingredient. Not only does One of the tastiest ways to it provide great taste and proreduce HCA formation in grilled it ahead of mote proper browning and and cooked meat is to marinate glaze formation, it also blocks it ahead of time. Marinades that time. the production of HCAs and include cider vinegar, olive oil, other carcinogens during grilllemon juice and a sprinkling of ing. spices can reduce HCA formaWhile you definitely want to avoid chartion by as much as 99 percent in meat ring your chicken and blackening your grilled for 10 to 40 minutes. July-August 2009


burgers, it’s important to cook meat sufficiently to kill any disease-causing bacteria. It’s always wise to use a meat thermometer to make sure your grilled foods reach the appropriate temperature. The same spices that inhibit the formation of cancer-causing HCAs also kill many types of bacteria responsible for food-borne illnesses. Biologists at Cornell University found that garlic, allspice, oregano, thyme, tarragon and cinnamon are capable of destroying more than 80 percent of bacterial invaders. If you’re a chef in charge of outdoor cooking, remember that grilled foods can be safer and tastier when you turn down the heat and pour on the spices. ∆

• Do splurge on accessories. Go ahead and get creative. Pick your favorite pair of turquoise sandals, a metallic tote or wooden hoops; add some personal style to your basic whites. White provides the perfect backdrop to show off unique accessories.

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Disney, Drexel – From Pg. 39 craftsmanship, stylish designs and modern materials. There are four collections: Lumiere, Griffith, Imperial and Script Writer: Lumiere Walt Disney always searched for leading minds in various industries. He insisted on honesty and integrity in the quality and workmanship of his film productions. In the Lumiere collection, emphasis is found in the contrast between light and dark, creating a classic look akin to Disney’s early films. Griffith Disney trivia: Where did Walt Disney get his inspiration to develop his own amusement park? It was while visiting Griffith Park with his family and watching his children ride the carousel there. This line

boasts of a casual Californian aesthetic with clean lines and optimistic colors. Script Writer Disney is renowned for his storytelling in film, art, music and written form. The Script Writer collection is made of teak and seems to invite then envelop us in new world imaginations and aspirations. Imperial Remember “The China Plate” from Disney’s Silly Symphonies where the porcelain dish characters came to life? It had an Asian motif with structural symmetry and refined angles. This animated cartoon was the inspiration for the Imperial line. For more information and a look at some of the furnishings go to or www.drexelheritage. com. ∆

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Michelle Williams of Michelle Williams Interiors has some suggestions: “When creating a child’s room that has staying power, you still want it to be young at heart. The trick is to incorporate the more childlike elements in areas that can be easily (and somewhat inexpensively) changed –- like wall color.” Get the kids involved. Let them pick their theme and their color or colors, perhaps with a little guidance on your part. And remember, the color on the wall is only paint. It can be repainted when that bubblegum pink is outgrown. Not only should you entrust the theme and color to them, you should also employ them to paint the walls, hang the pictures and rearrange the furniture. It will be theirs if they really help with the work. And if it is theirs, they might respect July-August 2009

it and keep it clean. Now, painting the walls black or navy blue or bright pink or purple might be easy to change as their tastes change. But when it comes to more expensive items, such as carpet or other flooring, be careful not to get carried away. Choose neutral flooring such as tan or gray. Even though it is their room, there should be a flow of some connection to the rest of the house, if only in the flooring or at least flooring color. If the flooring throughout the house is of the gray theme, for example, keep it going in the child’s/children’s room. You can theme the bedding to fit or perhaps command the overall look of the room. When the mood changes as the years progress, new wall color coupled with new bedding will bring a complete change in



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n the home landscape, there was a time when the quality of a good design seemed to focus primarily on which yard had the most flower color. Thankfully, classic design ignores this fad. Today, there is more emphasis than ever by professional designers and savvy home gardeners to look beyond the short-lived display from flower color in creating richer landscapes that still provide four seasons of interest.

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If you want to give your landscape a can be used in landscape design. Forms more sophisticated appeal and enduring and shapes of plants and trees can be coquality, these design elements should be lumnar, conical, oval, round, pyramidal, weeping, horizontally spreading and considered first. Foliage color is used to complement, or arching. Layers create the most beautiful comcontrast with, other plants within the design and unifies the overall look while offering binations in nature with no help on our part. As you observe a more long-lasting appeal. natural landscape you might Texture in foliage is very discern several layers, from important in garden design, Add water groundcovers all the way up as it is used to create dito the tallest trees. Nature can versity and variety among features, inspire us to create a naturalneighboring plants. The wind chimes, looking design in our own interest created solely by gardens. varying texture can be so Don’t forget about fovisual that color may have fragrant, edible cal points. Examples in the very little to do with this and tactile garden include a brilliant part of the design’s success. Japanese maple cloaked by a Striking visual interest can plants, and wall of dark evergreens. Or a even be achieved when or fountain at the end working with two different other elements statue of a long, narrow pathway. plants with similar shades Focal points draw attention of green, simply through to complete -- and can also cleverly disvarying textures. tract the eye from something Form relates to the overall a sensory unsightly. shape of the plant, shrub or When we consider landtree. Without regard to color garden. scape design, we first think or flower, form alone can in terms of what we see. But create visual interest. we should strive to stimulate Use of the same plant shapes throughout a landscape can create other senses, too. Consider adding water rhythm, balance and harmony and tie the features; wind chimes; fragrant, edible and tactile plants, and other elements to round entire design together. There are many natural shapes that out the complete sensory garden. ∆

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n apple a day may keep the doctor away, but a daily serving of blueberries can help reduce your risk for dozens of debilitating illnesses, including obesity, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

Many fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of disease-fighting antioxidants, but recent research suggests that the antioxidants in blueberries, known as anthocyanins, are especially potent. In the brain and body, anthocyanins neutralize free radicals - highly reactive molecules that can injure cellular components, particularly genetic material. July-August 2009


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Free radical-induced damage, known as oxidative damage, contributes to the aging process and to the development of disease. In recent years, blueberries have been elevated to the status of brain food. A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that the colorful fruit can help prevent - and even reverse - some age-related memory decline. When researchers from the University of Reading in Pennsylvania and Peninsula Medical School in England supplemented rats’ regular diets with blueberries, they noted dramatic changes in the rodents’ cognitive function. Animals treated with blueberries exhibited an 83 percent im

provement on tests of memory within three weeks, and the improvement was maintained for the remainder of the 12week study. Other studies have yielded similar results. Scientists at Tufts University in Boston found that when old rats were fed diets containing antioxidant-rich blueberry extracts for a period of just two months, they showed dramatic reversals of age-related declines in both mental and physical performance. Compared to untreated elderly rats, those given blueberry extracts scored highest on tests designed to measure balance and coordination. The blueberry-treated rodents also outperformed their untreated counterparts in terms of brain function and memory. Although scientists haven’t uncovered the precise mechanism by which


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blueberries benefit the brain, they’re blueberry-derived compound can lower making progress. It is known that certain cholesterol levels as effectively as some chemical compounds in blueberries, called prescription drugs, but with far fewer flavonoids, are capable of crossing the side effects. Another compound in blueberries, called blood-brain barrier. It is widely believed that blueberry- epicatechin, can help prevent bladder and derived flavonoids may help improve kidney infections. Research conducted at Rutgers University demlearning and memory by onstrated that epicatechin enhancing communication keeps harmful bacteria among brain cells. Some from latching onto cells experts speculate that these If you’re in lining the urinary tract, beneficial compounds may thwarting their ability to even stimulate the growth search of a cause infection. of new brain cells. A number of recent studAt the very least, the flasnack that ies suggest that consuming vonoids in blueberries exert can improve a diet rich in blueberries a strong anti-inflammatory may help lower blood presaction in the brain. Inflamyour health, sure. University of Maine mation is known to play a researchers found that in key role in the progression boost your the presence of stress horof Alzheimer ’s and other the arteries of lab degenerative diseases of the brainpower and mones, animals fed blueberry-encentral nervous system. diets remained more Eating blueberries appears make your taste riched relaxed than those of their to be just as beneficial for untreated counterparts. your body as it is for your buds happy, In spite of their sweet brain. Last year, scientists and delicious taste, a halfat Rutgers University and a bowlful of cup serving of blueberries the U.S. Department of Agoffers just over 80 calories. riculture announced their blueberries Because they’re rich in findings that a chemical compound in blueberries may might be your nutrients and high in fiber, the berries make a satisfyhelp prevent colon cancer, ing snack. the second leading cause of best bet. Compounds in the tasty cancer death in the United fruit may even help reduce States. the risk of weight gain and The compound, known as the development of obesity. Acpterostilbene, reduced the develcording to the results of a study opment of pre-cancerous lesions published in a recent issue of the in laboratory animals by nearly Journal of Agriculture and Food 60 percent. Pterostilbene works Chemistry, mice fed high-fat diets by decreasing inflammation and and blueberry-derived anthoinhibiting the growth and prolifcyanins gained significantly less eration of cells, two processes that weight and body fat than mice significantly increase the risk of consuming high-fat diets alone. developing colon cancer. If you’re in search of a snack Pterostilbene has also been that can improve your health, shown to lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of cardiovascular boost your brainpower and make your disease. Scientists at the U.S. Department taste buds happy, a bowlful of blueberries of Agriculture demonstrated that the might be your best bet. ∆ July-August 2009


Ask the Ophthalmologist DO YOU HAVE A CATARACT? Q. What is a cataract?

A. The eye has a natural, clear lens behind the iris (the colored part of the eye) which

focuses light on the retina. With age or certain medical conditions, the lens becomes cloudy and slowly interferes with vision. It is then called a cataract. Once the symptoms affect your lifestyle, it may be time to have cataract surgery.

Q. What does cataract surgery entail?

A. In cataract surgery, the cloudy natural lens is removed with ultrasound (known as phacoemulsification) and replaced with a clear lens implant.

Q. Why do I see some patients with a big patch after surgery, and some without?

A. The newest cataract surgery technique uses ‘topical’ anesthesia (eye drops) and does

not require an injection of anesthetic behind the eye. With this type of surgery, recovery can be in a few hours, with minimal activity restrictions, and without necessitating a full patch.

Q. Will I need glasses after the surgery?

A. The traditional implant is a single focus lens that generally allows for clear distance

vision, but requires glasses for reading. Also, if astigmatism is present and not treated, glasses will be needed following surgery.

Q. Are there new implants that can help get rid of reading glasses?

A. The FDA has approved a new category of elective implants called presbyopia-correcting

lenses. They are designed to restore distance and near vision, minimizing the need for any glasses after surgery. The multifocal implants include the Alcon ReStor©, AMO ReZoom©, and AMO TECNIS© Multifocal. In addition, an accommodative lens -- the Crystalens HD©, is a single focus implant that can flex in the eye, mimicking the movement of the natural lens. By choosing one of these newer implants, you may be able to greatly diminish your need for glasses. While Medicare and private insurance cover cataract surgery with traditional monofocal implants, they do not cover the upgrade cost for the newer presbyopia-correcting lenses.

Q. What if I have astigmatism and need cataract surgery?

A. Astigmatism is a condition where the shape of the eye is more curved in one direction

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hen the heat and humidity soar, it can and even risky for exercisers who don’t

• Start low, go slow.

Take it easy during your first workouts on hot, muggy days. Until you’re acclimated to high heat and humidity, cut back on your exercise duration and intensity to about 70 percent of your norJuly-August 2009

mal workout.

• Avoid exercising at the hottest times of day.

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exercising in the heat and another 8 ounces of fluid 30 minutes before your workout. Then, gulp 7 to 10 ounces every 15 to 20 minutes during exercise in the heat. Drink an additional 8 ounces of fluid within 30 minutes after exercising. If you’re exercising longer than 60 minutes or sweat profusely, chug a sports drink to help replace lost sodium and electrolytes.

• Meds alert.

Take special care if you take certain medications that can intensify the effects of heat-related illness. Decongestants, appetite suppressants, antihistamines and antidepressants can be dehydrating. “People can vary in their response to these medicines,” Stuhr says. “If you’re taking any of these, listen to your body and don’t push it.”

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• Dress cool.

Wear lightweight, light-colored, loosefitting clothes, preferably constructed out of moisture-wicking fabrics. Wear a well-ventilated hat or visor with a broad brim to help shield your face. Don’t forget sunglasses.

• Protect.

Wear a broad-spectrum waterproof sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays.

• Be alert.

Know the signs of heat stress, which include nausea, dizziness, headache, chilling, muscle cramps, extreme breathlessness and a reduction in sweat rate. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop exercising immediately, get cool and rehydrate. ∆



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The rumors started quietly and spread quickly. Within a couple of hours, the rumors were more like pronouncements and everybody was watching the clock tick away. My workplace was paralyzed. By chance, I ran into the company’s executive vice president in the coffee room. I asked him about the rumors. “No truth whatsoever,” he said. I explained that paralysis that existed in the building and asked if he couldn’t do something to clear the air. Fifteen minutes later, notes were being pinned up on bulletin boards that explicitly said no sale or merger was happening, nor had that been discussed. “Yeah, like we are supposed to believe that,” a co-worker said within seconds of reading the memo. I knew right then that my good deed was thwarted. The rumor had taken on its own life and it would have to die in its own time. Sadly, incidents like this happen in every workplace from time from time. Whether they are rooted in truth or simple fabrications, gossip on the job can be debilitating. We used to gather at the water cooler to share gossip. Now we simply message co-workers over their computers. Almost all of us participate in this to some degree, although clearly some of us seem to be much worse offenders than the rest. This is a destructive dynamic in the workplace. Sure, people want, and actu


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ally need, to talk about what’s going on around them, but when does it cease to be useful, crossing the line from information sharing to outright gossip? That’s simple. When gossip gets malicious, personal or so pervasive that it starts interfering with getting the job done. I read about a company that is forbidding its employees to gossip and made this one of its corporate values. This is a silly notion when you are dealing with human beings. People share their concerns and jump to conclusions in the absence of firm facts or information. It is human nature to start eco chic – From Pg. 16 and internal components. Also, nontoxic vegetable dyes are used in place of manmade products. Check out the eco-friendly flower sandals at

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he River Princess glides gracefully upstream following the winding river. We are sailing through the most scenic part of the Danube, along steep gorges and between towering cliffs that frame the narrow channel. On the upper deck, we take in the awesome views of the Carpathian mountains.

River cruising combines the intimate travel experience of an escorted tour with the amenities of an all inclusive resort. The riverboat takes you close to points of interest and tourist attractions, while you travel comfortably and stress free. You check in, unpack once, and the ship and crew do the rest. The fare includes almost everything‌ meals, shore excursions, entertainment, and more. We recently sailed from Bucharest to Vienna on the River Princess, one of the award winning Uniworld ships. The July-August 2009



Aboard The River Princess

Jane and Marius Rubin

itinerary covered seven countries, from emerging Eastern European nations to classical Old Europe. The River Princess

The River Princess is elegant and intimate, reminiscent of upscale boutique hotels and luxury yachts. It has only 62 staterooms and 4 suites with a total capacity of 132 guests. Rooms on the upper deck have French terraces with glass doors where you can enjoy cool river breezes and ever-changing


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scenery. Cabins are cozy, comfortable and well designed with ample closet space. Bathrooms feature a stall shower, vessel sink and L’Occitane toiletries. Luxurious amenities also include monogrammed English linens, cushy pillows, thick bathrobes and plush towels. Once you’ve settled in your new home, head out and explore the ship. In the bow you’ll find a spacious lounge where you’ll enjoy afternoon tea and nightly entertainment, listen to port talks and enrichment lectures, or just relax with a cool drink and a book. In midship, there’s a small library/internet café, boutique, compact gym, and sauna. One of the most popular areas on board is the upper deck where you can take in the unfolding vistas, worship the sun, or ponder the good life under a starry sky. Arguably, the elegant dining room is the guests’ favorite. It offers generous breakfast spreads, sumptuous buffet lunches, and gourmet a la carte dinners. The cuisine is eclectic, accented by regional dishes from each port of call. Dinner menus feature daily selections of appetizers, soups, main courses, and desserts, as well as light dishes and vegetarian entrees. Enhance your dinning experience with complimentary house wines, or order a special vintage from the wine list. The Captain’s welcome and farewell dinners are special experiences, when the chefs prepare elaborate, multi-course tasting menus. Another option, is a romantic dinner in the glass-enclosed patio on the deck. The dress code is relaxed, casual, or country club elegant, except for the Captain’s evenings when most guests dress up. Nightly programs vary from music and dance with Krysztof, our on-board musician, to performances by local artists. In Bulgaria, a group of high school and college students entertained us with folk dances, in Serbia a quintet serenaded us during dinner, and in Slovakia a duo from


Bratislava’s light opera gave a concert of classic favorites and regional songs. In addition to the overall quality of amenities and services, there are small touches that explain Uniworld’s high ranking in travel magazines. The crew is friendly, polite and accommodating. Hans the Cruise Director, Mario the Hotel Manager, and sometimes even Anton the Captain, greet guests returning from shore excursions. They are often around, answering questions, conversing and mingling with the passengers. Other thoughtful touches include complimentary bicycles, audio head-sets for shore excursions, chilled towels and orange juice when returning from trips, early and late breakfasts, light lunches in the lounge, French pressed coffee at tables, designer tea bags with exotic flavors, Valrhona chocolate at turndown, and more. Life aboard is great, but touring and discovering new countries add a new dimension to the trip. Here are some highlights from the Danube sail. Romania The trip starts in Bucharest with a 2-night stay at the luxurious Radisson in the city center. Once dubbed “little Paris,” the city features wide boulevards and impressive classic style buildings. It even has its own Triumph Arch. Under Ceausescu’s despotic regime, the growth of the country came to a standstill while all efforts went into building the “People’s Palace.” The edifice, now called the Palace of the Parliament, is the second largest complex in the world after the Pentagon. The tour takes you through majestic halls, lavishly decorated with magnificent chandeliers, marble colonnades, and opulent ornaments. Once the symbol of a despotic ruler’s quest for immortality, the palace is slowly becoming the pride of a new generation. From Bucharest, we proceed to Giurgiu on the Danube and board Uniworld’s River Princess.

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Bulgaria The cruise officially starts in Rousse, surnamed “little Vienna” for its architectural style and cosmopolitan atmosphere. The heart of the city is a central pedestrian street lined with a plethora of stores and boutiques. A shore excursion takes us to Varna on the Black Sea, a couple of hours drive from Rousse. We pass by acres of yellow canola fields, rolling hills and picturesque villages. Varna, now a popular seaside resort was once an important Hellenistic era port. The archeological museum houses the world’s oldest gold treasures, found in burial sites dating back 6,000 years. The tour concludes with a sail on the Black Sea and lunch in a quaint restaurant. Next stop is Vidin, a dormant town on the Danube, once a Roman outpost, an Ottoman fortress and a Bulgarian capital. We stop at Baba Vida, a stone fortification built between the 10th and 14th centuries on the ruins of a previous Roman outpost. A short ride takes us to the multicolored Belogradchick Rocks and the Fortress of Belogradchick, built by the Ottomans in the early 1800s. The ramparts, rising between red rock outcrops make this a picture perfect photo op. The ship continues upriver toward the Iron Gates, a huge dam, that coaxes electric power out of the mighty Danube and tames it into a slow moving and peaceful waterway. As we cross the gorge the river widens

into a lake and we arrive in Serbia.

Bulgaria – Fortress Of Belogradchick.

Budapest – The Parliament Building.

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Once a part of Yugoslavia, Serbia is now an independent nation still recuperating from the recent Balkan wars. The Danube passes by quaint villages, stunning scenery, islands, villages and green forests. We stop in Kostolak, once called Viminacium, a favorite vacation spot of the Romans between the 1st and 3rd centuries. We visit the excavated ruins of the Roman baths and cemetery, where we descend into subterranean graves for an inside view of frescoes that decorated the tombs of Roman dignitaries. Next port is Belgrade, located at the confluence of Sava River and the Danube. The history of the town spans the Celtics, Romans, Huns, Turks, and Byzantine empires. It witnessed battles and conflicts as recent as the 1990 bombings by NATO forces. We visit the city fortress, a site that withstood bloody battles from the Roman days to World Wars I and II. The tour continues along wide boulevards where imposing buildings stand next to structures destroyed during the recent war. The city center is a vibrant shopping area lined with elegant boutiques and sidewalk cafés. It is hard to believe that only a decade ago this area was a Red Cross relief station delivering humanitarian aid to a starving population. We conclude with a visit to Tito’s tomb


and memorial. Tito, once the benevolent dictator of Yugoslavia, is still revered by many who fondly remember their personal prosperity, while forgetting the heavy price paid by dissidents. Croatia Next, we anchor in Vukovar, a city dating back 2,000 years. In 1991, this was the first city of Croatia attacked and seiged by Serbian/Yugoslav forces. Currently, mine fields are still being cleared, and the city is undergoing reconstruction. Nearby, in the village of Osijeck we are divided in small groups and have lunch with a local host family, for a peek into their rural life. We toast our new friends with home made plum brandy. Hungary The Danube divides the city of Budapest into Buda, a residential hilly side, and Pest the commercial hub. In Buda, we visit the ornate St. Matyas church, roam the ancient streets, and stop at Fisherman’s Bastion for panoramic city views. The tour continues through Pest passing by the Neo-Gothic Parliament Building, picturesque bridges, majestic buildings, and the expansive Hero’s Square. Later, we stroll along the fashionable shopping area and visit the synagogue and the attached holocaust memorial. Slovakia The country of Czechoslovakia split Belgrade – City Center.

peacefully into two countries, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital, a city originally settled by Romans and Celts, straddles both sides of the Danube. The city tour includes a brief visit to Bratislava Castle and a walk through the vibrant downtown. We stroll the narrow pedestrian shopping area, and take in the historic buildings. Austria The River Princess docks in a Vienna suburb, a short subway ride from the center. Vienna is a romantic city, steeped in history, music, and elegant architecture. The city tour starts with a visit to Mozart’s residence, where he composed the Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and A Little Night Music. We travel around Ringstrasse and view the Parliament building, the famous Opera, and St. Michael Square. The afternoon is free for a leisurely exploration of this imperial city. We visit the Hoffburg palace, meander along picturesque cobblestone streets, and sample the famous Sacher Tort at a sidewalk café. We soak in the cosmopolitan atmosphere, and, over a cup of Viennese coffee, plan our next river cruise. Uniworld also offers other European itineraries, as well as river cruises in China, Russia, and Egypt — a great way to explore the world. Visit www.uniworld. com for more details. ∆ Vienna – Hoffburg Palace.


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The Renaissance Resort in St. Augustine, Florida

Puglia, Italy

The newly renovated Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida offers a “Beat The Recession Package,” starting at just $119 per room, per night through December 31, 2009. The resort features recreational activities including the Spa Laterra, a Golf Academy, and a nearby beach. Call 888-740-7020, 904-940-8000 or visit

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Puglia, also known as “the heel of Italy’s boot,” is located on two sea fronts with a coastal extension of almost 800 km. Puglia has become a summer seaside tourism spot, offering natural, historical, and cultural attractions. Stay in one of the masserias, old farmhouses that have been transformed into 5-star resorts, while preserving their historical design. www.

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Jade Mountain is an exclusive resort in Anse Chastanet, St. Lucia. Set high on the cliffs, the state-of-the-art guestrooms have one open wall, offering sweeping views of the Pitons and the Caribbean sea. www.

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The Anguilla Tourist Board has launched a new website highlighting the island, activities, and accommodations.

Tanglewood’s Summer Season Tanglewood’s summer season features concerts by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, as well as recitals and chamber music by preeminent artists. The season runs through September 6. 68


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South African Airways introduces an inexpensive Air/Hotel package to Cape Town, South Africa. The p a c k a g e o ff e r s airfare at $1,240 (plus taxes), and for four nights at the 5-star The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, including breakfast and airport transfers, for $99 per person! Travel between August 16-31 to receive these reduced rates. Call toll free: 1-888-722-4872 or visit www.

Cruise West has announced its 2010 itinerary featuring a 335-day circumnavigation of the world, departing Singapore on March 6, 2010. The ship Spirit of Oceanus, will visit 6 continents, 14 seas and oceans, more than 59 countries, and 242 ports of call. Shorter segments are available. For reservations call 1-888-362-1643, or visit

Viking River Cruises Introduces Viking Legend Viking River Cruises has launched its newest ship, the Viking Legend. It features cutting-edge technology and spacious suites. The new ship offers a 15-day Grand European Tour along the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers between Amsterdam and Budapest. For more information call 1-877-668-4546 or

Breezes Buzios Opens New Resort in Brazil Breezes Buzios will open on the peninsula of Buzios, northeast of Rio de Janeiro, in October, 2009. Located in Brazil’s famous beach town, the all-inclusive resort will feature 330 rooms and suites, 110 villas, a spa, mini golf course, and more. www.


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NYC Lincoln Center Out of Doors Celebrate summer in NYC with three weeks of free music and dance events on the plazas of Lincoln Center. The 39th annual festival runs from August 5 through August 23. For a complete schedule of events visit or call 212-875-5766 to request a brochure.

A New Season at the Metropolitan Opera The Metropolitan Opera 2009-10 season opens on September 21 with a new production of Puccini’s Tosca, with Karita Mattila in the title role. The new season features eight new productions including four Met preKarita Mattila in Tosca mieres and eighteen revivals from the company’s repertoire.

Afghanistan’s Dazzling National Treasures at the Metropolitan Museum

Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul celebrates the country’s unique history and diverse cultural elements from the Bronze age to the Kushan period. Until September 20. For more information call 212-535-7710 or visit

River to River Festival This world-class performing arts festival offers free programs including music, dance and theater in a variety of venues in Downtown New York. It runs through August. For a complete listing of events visit July-August 2009


NY Philharmonic Concerts in the Park

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The New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Park program begins July 14 on Central Park’s Great Lawn. Conducted by Alan Gilbert, the concert features pieces by Mozart and Beethoven. The series concludes on July 17 in Central Park with selections by Copland, Mozart, and Mahler. Concerts begin at 8:00 p.m. and are followed by fireworks. Great fun for the whole family.

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The Museum of Arts and Design presents Object Factory: The Art of Industrial Ceramics, the first major U.S. museum exhibition to survey the renaissance of ceramics in art and design. The exhibition features more than 200 pieces by 50 artists. Runs until September 13. 2 Columbus Circle. 212-299-7777. www.

Bateaux New York, the European-inspired all glass vessel offers stunning harbor cruises with magnificent views of the New York City skyline. They feature gourmet cuisine, fine wines, and live entertainment. Available for lunch, dinner, and special events.

Rockefeller Rink Bar Opens Located on top of the Rockefeller Center ice skating rink, one of the city’s most scenic locations, Rink Bar, offers an al fresco dining experience. The bar features a wide array of refreshing cocktails and a light fare menu. For reservations call 212-332-7620 or visit


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News and Apollo Signature Opens in Englewood Apollo Signature, the celebrated clothing store in New York has opened its first New Jersey location at 30 W. Palisade Ave. in Englewood. The modern, stunningly decorated store features top designers such as Gucci, Christian Dior, John Galliano, Valentino, Prada Sport, Roberto Cavalli men and women, and many more. Apollo Signature offers personal attention and service, and can tastefully dress anyone from head to toe. Stop by or call 201-527-6727.

North Jersey Community Bank Opens in Ridgewood North Jersey Community Bank (NJCB) has opened a new branch at the previous location of Citizens Community Bank in Ridgewood, at 171 East Ridgewood Avenue. NJCB’s Chairman/CEO, Frank Sorrentino III, is looking forward to serving the Ridgewood community. This will be NJCB’s seventh branch. 201-670-8484.

bergenPAC’s 2009 4th Annual Spring Gala Grammy and Tony award-winning singer Bernadette Peters and rocker Eddie Money recently performed at the 4th Annual Spring Gala at the bergenPAC, 30 North Van Brunt St. in Englewood. The event raised funds for the arts and education programs of the Performing Arts Center. In past years, over 75,000 school children throughout northern New Jersey have been introduced to live performances at the bergenPAC. For the upcoming schedule visit 201-227-1030.

Fire & Oak at The Westin Jersey City Newport Fire & Oak restaurant opened at The Westin Jersey City Newport hotel at 479 Washington Boulevard in Jersey City, featuring comfort American cuisine with international accents. Highlights include: Mac & Cheese, Sushi, Miso Glazed Salmon, BBQ Ribs, and weekly specials. For further information call 201-626-2900 or visit www. July-August 2009


Openings Jennifer Graf, LCSW Opens Englewood Office Jennifer Graf, LCSW has relocated her psychotherapy and Reiki practice to 157 Engle St., Englewood. She has 25 years experience as a personal coach, working with people to achieve qualitative and quantitative goals. Jennifer, also a Reiki Master, uses the ancient healing technique to promote physical and mental relaxation, clarity, contentment and pain relief. Jennifer Graf’s goal as a therapist is to help people achieve “the best life possible.” 917-562-0590.

Meet Over Drinks New in Bergen County With 10 offices located throughout the Tri-State Area and PA, the matchmakers at Meet Over Drinks Personalized Matchmaking use the latest techniques in ‘modern matchmaking’ including compatibility profiling, photo preview and confidential background screening to help local singles find their perfect mate. They select potential dates based on each client’s individual criteria and take away the stress of ‘blind’ dating. Offering the additional assurance of a Money Back guarantee…the only question that remains is ‘Why not Meet Over Drinks?’ Call 201-735-0005. www.MeetOverDrinks. com.

Gelato D’Amore in Englewood Gelato D’Amore, a new café, has opened at 3 East Palisade Ave. in Englewood. Gelato D’Amore features Ciao Bella Gelato and Sorbet, as well as Aunt Butchie’s Cheesecakes and Desserts, gourmet coffee, freshly made paninis, crepes, wraps, and much more! Stop by and cool down this summer. 201-541-5551.

Rana Bridal Relocates to Englewood Cliffs Rana Bridal, a bridal salon specializing in designer gowns, has relocated from 155 N. Dean St. in Englewood to 485 Sylvan Avenue in Englewood Cliffs. The new salon is larger and offers an impressive selection of exquisite bridal gowns in many styles. Call 201-503-9611 or visit www.ranabridal. com.


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Dining at Its American Esty Street — 86 Spring Valley Rd, Park Ridge. The popular restaurant, Esty Street, has been recently renovated. The look is new, but the concept, executive chef and attentive wait staff remains the same. stars by the Bergen ReRecently awarded cord, Esty Street offers a seasonal eclectic American menu. Classic continental dishes are presented with an American “twist.” Be sure to save room for the Montrachet cheesecake brulée ( voted “best dessert 2008”). There is a full bar, a comprehensive wine list, and large parking lot. Esty Street serves lunch Mon-Fri and dinner Mon-Sat. Reservations are recommended. 201-307-1515.


The Village Grille Restaurant and Bar — 71 Crescent Ave., Waldwick. Host, Bobby Meidanis has taken an existing location and created a casual, upscale family friendly restaurant. The menu offers many choices including pasta, poultry, steaks and chops, whole Maine lobster, seafood, fish, ribs, and homemade desserts. No matter what you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it here. There is happy hour, daily special drinks, a late night bar menu and children’s plates. The Village Grille is open daily for lunch and dinner and until 1am Fridays and Saturdays. Live entertainment on weekends. Private party facilities available. 201-670-8200.

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Peking Duck House — 411 Piermont Rd., Closter. Enjoy the great taste of Peking Duck, uniquely prepared fresh fish selections and a “healthy” menu. Seafood buffet Fri., 6-9:30pm for $1695, 3 course lunch served weekdays for $695. In the Green Room Grill there is a juice bar and a Mongolian Grill where you create your own meal choosing meat, vegetable and sauce. Great desserts, full bar and wine list, and a party room for 10-100 guests. Closed Tuesday. Take out with drive thru window. For reservations call 201-767-8779.

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Italian Biagio’s Ristorante & Banquets — 299 Paramus Rd., Paramus. Family owned and operated since 1987, Biagio’s offers homestyle Italian classics and contemporary daily specials created by chef Jimmy Perides. Popular dishes include “seafood pesca-

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tore”, a grilled 18 oz. veal chop, imported pastas, grandma’s meatballs, steaks and their signature dessert “crème brulée”. Well priced wines by the bottle or glass are the perfect complement to your meal. Biagio’s has 5 party rooms accommodating from 15-170 guests. Lunch Mon-Sat, Dinner MonSun, on-premises parking. 201-652-0201. Café Italiano — 14 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs. The restaurant occupies the historic home of flamboyant 1920s NYC mayor, Jimmy Walker. The turn of the century architecture, combined with the fine Italian cuisine makes for a memorable dining experience. The menu features great selections, large portions and affordable prices. From the hot and cold appetizers, to the pastas, risottos, chicken, veal, seafood, beef and lamb entrees, you will find every item uniquely prepared and presented. End your


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meal with a cappuccino or sinful desert. A wine list at fair prices is now offered. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner. Available for private parties for up to 100 people. Ample Parking. Call 201-461-5041.

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Dino’s Restaurant ­— 12 Tappan Rd., Harrington Park. Owner Dino Sili has created a warm and welcoming restaurant with fireplaces, distinctive artwork and a menu featuring a wide selection of traditional favorites and creative contemporary fare. Unique regional dishes include specialties such as fig crusted sea scallops and sweet potato ravioli. The wine list is extensive and well-priced. Home made desserts, such as almond fritters with cinnamon gelato and cheesecakes, are a perfect way to end your meal. Full bar, party room, off-site catering platters are available. Dino’s is open for lunch and dinner (closed Tues). 201-767-4245.

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Il Mulino — 132 Veterans Plaza, Dumont. “No wonder it’s always packed! Owner Jimmy Lulani, formerly of Cafe Italiano, makes guests feel at home at this 10 year old, family friendly, restaurant that specializes in simply wonderful food at great prices,” says Dining Out magazine. The authentic Italian menu features artichoke, home made crab cakes, seafood, milk-fed veal, aged steaks, chops, Osso Bucco, and much more. BYOB, Sunset 4 course dinners for $1395 - $1795. Jimmy will take care of you. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner. 201-384-7767. www.

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Japanese Kaname ­— 783 Palisade Ave., Cliffside Park. Rated ★★★ by the Bergen Record, Kaname is a favorite spot for Japanese food lovers, offering an extensive menu of traditional dishes and unique sushi & sashimi specialties. Sit at the Sushi bar and watch your host George create the most imaginative items using the freshest ingredients. If you haven’t tried Sushi before, George will assist you with your order. Portions are generous, the staff helpful and friendly. Cocktails, wine and beer are available. Ample parking in rear. Lunch Mon-Fri, dinner Mon-Sun. 201-886-0080.

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Seafood Oceanos Oyster Bar and Sea Grill — 2-27 Saddle River Rd. Fair Lawn (1 block off Rt 4W). Manhattan comes to NJ. Oceanos, (formerly Peter’s Whale) features raw bar selections, whole Mediterranean fish and steakhouse specialties. There is a sit-down bar offering a list of sophisticated cocktails and an inviting patio for outdoor dining. Open for lunch Sun-Fri, dinner Mon-Sun, and the kitchen stays open late. 201-796-0546. Sea Shack – 293 Polifly Rd., Hackensack. Voted “The best seafood restaurant of Northern New Jersey for 14 years by the readers of NJ Monthly magazine. Sea Shack offers the largest and finest seafood selection. Fish entrees are prepared to order, be it broiled, grilled, steamed, blackened or sauteed. The chefs use just the right touch of seasoning to subtly enhance the food’s natural flavors, not to overpower it with sauces. Also steaks, chops, veal and chicken dishes. Serving lunch and dinner. 201-489-7232.

Spanish Meson Madrid — 343 Bergen Blvd., Palisades Park. Casual elegance and exquisite cuisine from the heart of Spain for over 27 years. This highly rated restaurant specializes in exceptional paellas, mariscadas, as well as superbly prepared selections of lobster, seafood, veal and poultry. Lunch specials from $695. Available for private parties and corporate events. Full bar. Open Sun-Fri 1130am-1030pm, Sat 1130am1130pm. 201-947-1038.


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Stunning new brick and precast colonial offers elegantly appointed amenities and high end finishes. Gorgeous wide plank floors grace every room. Enter into a grand marble foyer to a dining room with butler’s pantry, a family room featuring fireplace and wall of windows, and a fabulous custom kitchen. The master suite enjoys a fireplace and spa bath. Ground level opens to extensively landscaped property including covered porch and slate patio. GREAT ESTATES







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Exceptional Country French style Colonial in wonderful East Hill location. 6 Bedrooms, 7.5 Baths, grand gourmet kitchen, multiple fireplaces, exquisite mouldings, coffered & tray ceilings and custom woodwork enhance beautifully appointed main rooms. MBR on first fl, gorgeous pool. Every amenity. Offered at $3,450,000. Mary Call Mary Lenk. Lenk


New 8000+ SF Designer Home on cul-de-sac in top location. 5 Bedrooms, 7.5 Baths. 25’ Great Room with stone interior chimney, gourmet kitchen w/top of the line appliances & fixtures, home theater, wine cellar and much more. Offered at $2,245,000. Philip and Call Philip or Susy Soo. Susy Soo


Large elegant updated country home on 2.15 acres. Fieldstone and clapboard Dutch Colonial with serene views from every room. 5 Bedrooms, 3 fireplaces, 4 garages, studio, subdivided 100 x 200 lot included in 2.15 acres. Offered at $3,600,000. Philip and Susy Soo Call Philip or Susy Soo.



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Magnificent Rockleigh secluded property approx 5 acres with beautiful house & extra land which is already subdivided. Pool, Pavillion, seclusion. Low taxes, 2 horses per acre. This home has it all, see it today! Offered at $3,299,000. Ellen Call Mary Lenk or Ellen Leiser. Leiser


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