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KATHY IRELAND REVEALED This former swimsuit supermodel is now designing and licensing everything from bridal gowns to replacement windows, making her bigger than Martha Stewart and Tommy Bahama. We spoke exclusively with Nicholas Walker, Kathy Ireland Worldwide’s Design Ambassador, to discover the ins and outs of this successful lifestyle brand and what’s next for the company.
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Appearing in thirteen consecutive issues of the infamous Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, as well as three of its covers, demonstrated that. But being a cover girl was never Ireland’s ideal. From a young age, Ireland had more of an affinity for business. As a toddler, she shared a painted rock stand with her older sister, where she showed early signs of possessing an enterprising mind by marketing her decorative pebbles for two for ten cents to her sister’s one for a dime. At age 11, Ireland showed her buoyant gumption when she acquired her own paper route, driven by an advertisement that was explicitly recruiting paper boys. Modeling, which was always just a way to make some extra money in her early days, deterred her business plans for a while. While she maintained enormous success in the modeling world, she always knew that she belonged on the opposite side of the camera where she could call the shots. Last year though, Ireland was a cover girl once again. This time for Forbes magazine. Their story, “Super Model/Super Mogul,” detailed how this former swimsuit babe has now surpassed Martha Stewart’s licensing empire and has become the “first lady of flyover country.” It all started thusly… In the early 1990s, Ireland’s days as a high-fashion supermodel quickly waning, she was asked to model a pair of socks
for a company. She took the job. But on the condition that she could go into business with them too. Kathy Ireland Worldwide (kiWW) was launched in 1993 with those socks. Today, Fairchild Publications calls Kathy Ireland “one of the 50 most influential people in fashion” and her company is one of the Top 25 most powerfully-licensed brands in the world (according to Licensing Global Magazine), ranking higher than Tommy Bahama, Polo Ralph Lauren, and the previously-mentioned Martha Stewart. The still privately-owned company has since moved on to sportswear, sleepwear, furs, home and garden accessories, rugs, furniture, kitchenware, office supplies, jewelry, skincare products, crystal, bridal gowns, wedding destinations, replacement windows, and much, much more. Wait. Did we say “replacement windows?” Where’s the glamour and high-fashion in that? That’s the brilliance behind the branding of kiWW, whose goal is to bring style to (primarily) Middle American homes at realistic costs, and whose main mission is steadfastly unwavering; “finding solutions for families, especially busy moms.” Ireland, age 50, knows first-hand what it is to be a busy mom. She and her husband Gregory Olsen, an emergency room physician and CEO of a commercial fishing enterprise, have three children: Chloe, Erik, and Lily. She concedes that her priorities are faith and family first. Business comes second. But with a design and lifestyle business that has over 15,000 products in over 50 countries, not to mention — as indicated in the aforementioned Forbes article — reportedly retails nearly $2 billion annually (yes, billion with a “B”), which then converts into about $850 million in wholesale, business is clearly a very close second. Impressive as those financial statistics are, conversations about money are considered terribly uncouth. And Kathy Ireland is anything but. “Kathy sends her sincerest apologies for not being available to speak with you
personally today,” said Nicholas Walker of his boss when New Jersey LifeStyle spoke with him in September. Walker is one of the world’s most accomplished garden designers and builders and Above: Kathy Ireland one of two Design Home Furnishings sold Ambassadors for at Raymour and Flanigan. Photo courtesy of Kathy Ireland Raymour and Flanigan Worldwide. He Right: Jardin rug, represents kiWW’s developed in collaboration outdoor division, with Nourison, a leading Jardin. (Chef Andre global floor covering company based in NJ. is the other Design Photo courtesy of kiWW Ambassador. He based in NJ heads up A Café, which focuses on entertainment and food.) Walker’s stunning botanical creations black” outline on its points. Then — like his work on the historic Elizabeth together they create a literal application Taylor gardens — have been featured of God’s creation, jointly translating its in magazines such as in Architectural color, shape and space into a beautiful Digest, Metropolitan Home, Sunset design as, say, a bed post topper or a Magazine, Garden Design, Forbes candy bowl or even incorporate it into a and L.A. Times Magazine, as well as rug design. television programs like The Oprah Or perhaps he comes across a Winfrey Show, HGTV’s Designing succulent aeonium. This plant’s for the Sexes, The Christopher Lowell perfectly-shaped rosette may stimulate Show, Home Matters, and the popular a jewelry design. Or the fragrance Discovery Channel series Ground Rules, emanating from a blooming jasmine to name a few. A regular contributor may become a candle scent. You get the to Good Housekeeping, Walker has idea. established himself as one of America’s Ireland herself is ebulliently most celebrated and innovative leaders experiential, Walker claims, and wants in the design community. her people to also enthusiastically Since 2001, his role at Kathy embrace and experience each and every Ireland Worldwide has been to “bring physical and sensual aspect of an item the outdoors in.” Meaning, he finds in consideration for a product. inspiration in the beauty, colors and “Kathy walks her talk,” asserts textures of the natural landscape which Walker. “She doesn’t just endorse. She then turn into household items designed touches every aspect of her brand.” by Ireland, who is not only kiWW’s Many of the Jardin brand products Chair and CEO, but Chief Designer too. have received a Good Housekeeping Seal For example, he may spy an agave of Approval. These products range in parryi in his backyard — or kiWW “lab.” everything from furniture, accessories, He shows it to Ireland. They discuss its lighting, wall art, jewelry, skincare, cut architectural definition. They observe flowers, candles, and rugs. its shades of blue and grey and “mascara Ireland and Walker are very excited, njlifestyleonline.com
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in particular, about their latest collection of Jardin rugs, developed in collaboration with Nourison, a leading global floor covering company based right here in New Jersey. “The artistry is incredible,” says Walker. “And it absolutely matches the brand’s aesthetic.” The kiWW team has designed this floor covering collection to reflect the “bringing the outdoors in” concept. Designs of koi fish, bamboo or gardens grace the rugs. And because Walker is all about the environment and a healthy, greener lifestyle, many of the rugs are made of jute, a sustainable natural fiber that’s very affordable — because “busy moms don’t have endless pockets,” Walker empathizes. As a result of the vast increase of products and services that Kathy Ireland Worldwide has grown to offer over the years, its mission has also expanded from simply finding solutions for busy moms to include: “finding solutions for people in business” and “finding solutions for people in love.” And Kathy Ireland, who can certainly place herself in all three solution-hunting groups (busy mom and businesswoman who’s in love), knows that none of these groups has the time to devote to home or office design, shopping, wedding planning, gardening, and then some. Which is why the kiWW web site (kathyireland. com) has been deliberately crafted to be a valuable service tool for them. On it you’ll find recipes, beauty tips, interior design “Style Guides,” advice on choosing the perfect engagement ring (she gained an appreciation for fine jewelry through her close personal friendship with Elizabeth Taylor), as well as overall solutions for the home, office, and outdoors. Plus there are links to various retailers who carry her products (like her home furnishings found at Raymour & Flanigan in Egg Harbor Township). Walker, too, has a venue on the web site for his gardening tips. When we mentioned to him that many of our readers live or have second homes down the shore, and therefore do not have much lawn space, he offered the following advice: Look at the style of your home’s architecture and place it within the eight Kathy Ireland Style Guides. Is it European Country? Aloha Style? Or
maybe it’s a combination of the bold colors of La Vida Buena with the clean lines of Architectural. Whatever it is, compliment it with what you gravitate towards. Don’t be afraid to mix and match. However, you must honor Mother Nature and use her as a mentor — she’ll win if you don’t align yourself to her. Determine where the sun exposure and shade are. Figure out what your ground is like — is it soil, clay, organic, or sterile? If you don’t honor the basics, you can waste your money. In our sustainable practice, we try not to simply use grass (a great option, but do you really need a front and back lawn?). The kiWW brand advocates a holistic approach. Chef Andre encourages people to compost — coffee grinds, eggshells, etc. As they decompose, you’re creating fertilizer. I encourage you to make your living space into an organic garden. Sure, it’s quicker and easier to buy products, but it’s a huge gift to give back. And giving back is something that Kathy Ireland takes very seriously. For years, Ireland has been involved in numerous charities. In fact, she dedicates another web site — kathyireland.org — to setting and attaining goals for those charities nearest and dearest to her heart, such as the Red Cross World Relief Fund, Feed the Children, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Elizabeth Taylor HIV/AIDS Foundation, and several others. A devout Christian, Ireland is also very outspoken in her support for Israel, where she and her family have a home. In 2009, she became an international ambassador for Friends of Sheba Medical Center, for whom she filmed a promotional documentary titled Holyland Heroes, which draws attention to the Center’s work for Israel’s wounded soldiers and victims of terrorist attacks. With beauty, brains, benevolence, billions, and the gratitude of busy moms (who raise glasses of their kids’ milk and toast her daily), Kathy Ireland certainly seems to have it all. And yet, as per Walker, the adventure that is Kathy Ireland Worldwide continues. The only seemingly logical next step …Kathy Ireland Universe? n
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menswear-inspired look, with a printed collar and sequined tie, this fun sweater boasts a high-scoop neckline and a relaxed fit. Launched at Barneys in 2002, Alice + Olivia was founded by former University of Pennsylvania classmates Stacey Bendet and Rebecca Matchett. Named after the first names of the duo’s mothers, they showcased their preliminary designs to a crowd of fashion-industry insiders at New York City’s famed Russian Tea Room. In 2003, Bendet split from Matchett and presently, Andrew Rosen is chief financial partner. With celebrities like Angelina Jolie loving this brand, it is currently sold in more than 800 stores worldwide, including Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and Saks Fifth Avenue. nnnn All About the Boot Who doesn’t love boots for fall? As the end of summer nears, my excitement for boots begins to bubble over and on that first brisk day of autumn, I eagerly pull them from the back of my closest with glee. From short to tall, and every height in-between, boots are a constant musthave accessory for fall. Reminiscent of the 1980s, this grey suede boot will quickly become your go-to favorite. From hot Tribeca designer Matt Bernson, this boot is both sophisticated and fun. Actresses Naomi Watts and Jessica Alba have both been spotted wearing footwear from this former NYC construction worker turned designer, who creates luxurious, hand-crafted shoes and accessories. Recently, Bernson designed shoes for Edun, the socially-conscious clothing label founded by U2 singer Bono.
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Mercedes-Benz/Porsche of Atlantic City of Atlantic City (MBPAC) was no different from many other businesses during Superstorm Sandy last October. They were hit. And they were hit hard. So in order to save hundreds of the most prestigious vehicles in the area from being flooded, they had to hustle. It took nine long hours, but the staff at MBPAC was able to successfully move every single one of their 287 cars to higher ground. However, the dealership itself still had over three feet of water to contend with. Long Motor Group, which had only recently acquired the franchise on the Black Horse Pike in West Atlantic City from Dr. Leonard Berger, a Baltimore businessman and philanthropist, quickly realized that a relocation was necessary. They never wanted to fight storms, flooding, and Mercedes-Benz/Porsche at 7018 Black Horse Pike, West Atlantic City tides again. Therefore, right after Sandy, the company (which also owns Volvo of Mehrlander also delights in the fact that MBPAC is different Princeton, Bridgewater Volvo, and Volvo of Edison) began actively looking from many other dealerships because they heartily, frequently, and for a new home that will be “high and dry,” a term that most New energetically give back to the community. Throughout the year, they are Jerseyans are intimately familiar with since Sandy. Since the word on the consistently involved in various charitable events, like galas and golf street is that MBPAC is still presently searching for another location – outings, that help the community and support their needs. Particular preferably closer to the Garden State Parkway – it looks as though other groups that they support are American Red Cross of Central New Jersey, high-line franchises may be interested in joining them once a move is AtlantiCare, Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City, and Embrace Kids finalized. Foundation, about which Mehrlander laments, “It’s all about the kids John Mehrlander, a partner with MBPAC, says that this is an exciting for us and they shamefully never seem to get enough recognition and time for the dealership. “We immediately fell in love with the incredible support.” Mercedes-Benz and Porsche brands that we acquired. Now it seems If MBPAC’s excellent customer service and compassion for the as if we may be adding more great brands to our family – which will community don’t tug at your heartstrings, then certainly their selection of inevitably make us fall in love all over again.” mind-blowing cars will – like the brand new, ultra-sharp Porsche Boxster, It’s this deep affection for the cars that really drives (no pun intended) with its six-speed manual gearbox that accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in the team at MBPAC. They can’t wait to get on the sales floor to sell or 5.8 seconds, and reaches a top speed of 164 mph. lease one of their new or previously-owned luxury vehicles to their valued Mehrlander acknowledges that you should keep an eye out for two customers. “Many forget that this is really a people business,” states hot new Porsche models coming out in the next two years also, including Mehrlander, who’s been with the company for 17 years, working his way a smaller SUV. And he wholeheartedly urges customers to take notice of up from management to ownership. “Taking care of the customer – and new technology, too. our employees – goes a long way and works very well for our company.” “The current technology in Mercedes-Benz is phenomenal,” Apparently so, because all of the four dealerships that fall under Mehrlander gushes. “Their S-Class is the closest thing out there to a car the Long Motor Group umbrella have won numerous awards for sales, driving itself. The technology keeps you in-lane and driving straight so you service, and overall customer satisfaction. “We take a lot of pride in avoid impact and collision. These safety net features for Mercedes-Benz developing a real rapport with our customers,” Mehrlander revealed. literally help save lives.” n “We like to say, ‘Mercedes-Benz and Porsche build the vehicles, we build For more information on the dealership, as well as their altruistic the relationships.’” ventures, go to www.mercedesbenzofatlanticcity.com. 16
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he emperor of legend would feel right at home in this spectacular beach house, a design showcase that, unlike many grand houses, also feels like just like home. Maybe it’s the evidence of family life here and there: pieces of mail tossed on an embossed-gold end table; a dispenser of Spongebob soap in a child’s bathroom; a young girl’s rattan traveling desk, locked against prying eyes; a third-floor beach-themed hideaway, designed for a pair of rough-and-tumble boys. Mostly, there is the sense that someone loves this place, loved it enough to lavish it with one-of-a-kind furniture, fixtures and art. Five years ago, a split-level bungalow occupied this prime real estate in Margate. Though the ocean was just a stone’s throw from the front door, the squat bungalow, one house up from the beachfront,
Grand staircase with crystal chandelier
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did not make the most of its surroundings, particularly the incredible views, which were barely visible from the second floor. When the new owners bought the property, they recycled the interior fittings and old appliances and donated what was salvageable to charity. Then they set about building a home worthy of the setting: a Mediterranean villa with stucco walls, red roof tiles, ornamental iron work and lanterns, balconies with wraparound balustrades, and Old World arcade-style archways. There are six bedrooms and eight baths, each one distinct, each one a marvel of lush design. Grand Entrance Behind the wrought iron gates, beyond the lush vegetation and spiky palm trees, the
The master suite
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Jeweled basin with nautilus shell sink stopper
For these homeowners — this is their seashore getaway — it’s all about the details. home rises like a Tuscan palazzo. Lucky guests may enjoy a circular saltwater pool with sun shelf or bubbling Jacuzzi set with cobalt Mediterranean tiles, or loll in the canopied poolside chaise that brings to mind the famous “howdah” or carriage atop Lucy the Elephant, the Victorian-era elephant-shaped building that is Margate’s most popular landmark. Inside, the foyer sets the stage for the rest of the home. The floor is a jigsaw of marble mosaic tile, imported from Italy and meticulously hand-laid. In the well of the demi-lune staircase hangs a dazzling nine-foot, 175-pound custom chandelier made of 40,000 Swarovski crystals. An adjoining salon with bar takes its aesthetic cues from an intricately hand-painted MacKenzie-Childs occasional table that looks like something from a Mary Engelbreit storybook. In a previous incarnation, this room was a Las Vegas-style lounge decorated in sleek black, white and silver. After damage from Hurricane Sandy, though the black-and-white marble tile floor remained, the rest of the room was transformed into this welcoming and eclectic space marked by “a fusion of contrasting fabrics and textures,” says Phillip Greenberg of Phillip Greenberg Interiors: the plush bar stools combine tone-on-tone stripes and a cheetah print — in teal, no less. An imposing floor mirror with a black suede frame is set off by hand-rubbed metal nail-heads in a scrollwork motif. Of course there’s plenty of room for revelers, who can have a drink at the bar or sink into a 160inch custom sofa. Overhead, a dual-headed Italo Venzania fan stirs the air and the senses: two fans at the end of a swing bar are contained in decorative chrome cages for an industrial-funky look that completes the room.
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A Summer Place For these homeowners — this is their seashore getaway — it’s all about the details. There is a surprise around every corner, and an anecdote behind every surprise. A kitchen chandelier is actually a hand-blown candelabrum discovered in a Paris flea market, and wired and hung with amber and clear glass seashells and fish. The kitchen table was crafted of wall panels from an old cathedral. A colorful channel-back settee is covered with a vintage tablecloth from the 1920s. In the baths and powder rooms, several vessel sinks are encrusted with rhinestones, crystals, mother of pearl or a combination of all three (one includes a tiny jeweled elephant, in witty tribute to Lucy). Such details lend charm to the opulent home and reflect the owners’ taste, creativity and sense of whimsy. The woman of the house “thinks of all the
L i f e s t y l e A r chitectur e accessories — the sinks, the faucets — as the jewelry of the house,” says Greenberg, who has offices in Longport and Philadelphia. To the smallest detail — from a cabinet handle shaped like a cherry tree branch, to a brooch-sized sink stopper in the shape of a nautilus shell — each element was carefully selected. “As the new home was being built, we were shopping and designing and collecting,” says Greenberg. “It was turnkey a year from the teardown.” “Each room has its own personality,” says Pat McCarthy, owner of Artistic Hardware of Northfield, which provided the ceiling fans, sinks and faucets, shower doors and kitchen accoutrements. “Every bath and sink area is unique, and each one is done beautifully.” Let’s Eat Downstairs, an open floor plan makes this home perfect for entertaining — from pool parties and family barbecues to lavish fundraisers hosted by the philanthropic couple. Of course, everyone gravitates to the kitchen, which adjoins a comfortable and low-key living area. There’s always room for one more: the oversized custom island, topped with a massive, 130-by50-inch slab of seamless granite, has seating for five. And the big dining table is flanked both by a tufted, tapestry-print sofa and upholstered armchairs inset with crocodile-leather backs. Appliances by Sub-Zero and Wolf make food prep a snap for the host or caterer. The hand-forged and hammered copper range hood and sink by Luxury Copper, installed by Artistic Hardware, has a cocoa finish that will age beautifully, says McCarthy. “It’s antique copper to begin with, which typically will hold its patina. Of course, it’s indestructible and will never rust. And 100 years from now if you polish it, it will come up like a new penny.” For convenience as well as charm, a gantry faucet with articulated arm and matching pot filler are mounted over the cooktop. The kitchen’s rustic natural look is repeated in the backsplash, of terra cotta tile from Mexico, and the rough-hewn travertine floor, set in a random modular pattern. For really easy living, many of the furnishings, indoors and out, are covered in weather- and moisture-resistant Sunbrella fabrics, so guests can dash in and out of the pool area without changing out of swimwear.
n Lighting n Shower Doors n Fixtures n Decorative Hardware n Vanities n Ceiling Fans n Medicine Cabinets n Accessories and More! Dream On Upstairs, the master suite is a vision in soft turquoise, butter and ivory — a color palette echoed by the sand and sea, which are visible from the balcony. When it’s time for shuteye the drapes can be remotely drawn. And who wouldn’t want to nod off in this kingsize bed, piled high with decorative pillows and a floral comforter of robin’s-egg blue? The bed is made more distinctive by a wingback upholstered headboard. The striped walls and ceiling in subtle blues add more texture and sheen, and make this retreat look like the inside of a bandbox. An adjoining makeup area includes a reverse hand-painted Coyote Glass sink with an artfully eroded edge set off by crystal faucets. The shower in the master bath has floor-to-ceiling onyx walls in a cantaloupe gold shade — “rare, very rare,” says Greenberg — and vanity tops of backlit onyx with mother-of-pearl bowls. A gentleman’s powder room includes an Oceana vessel sink and pedestal with Lladro porcelain and chrome faucet. “Not a typical plumbing selection,” explains McCarthy. “This really is a
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show house.” More, More, More Such extravagance of design, such elegant, dazzling and occasionally unconventional style creates a sense of curiosity and discovery that no doubt drives guests from room to room to view the whole house. But when it comes to this place, a single visit won’t do. One might overlook the distressed chest of drawers that serves as a vanity. It took a small village of artisans to create this piece, which was handpainted with a beach mural, fitted with a custom marble top and gem-laden basin, set on wooden turtle’s feet, and finished with a farmhouse pump faucet. Then there is the pool bath with its “Under the Sea” mural, made of more than 5,000 pieces of marble framed in black onyx. Or the Kohler hatbox toilet, that doesn’t look like a toilet at all. Or the very polite Toto toilet that raises its own lid when someone enters the bathroom. It’s all too, too much. And it’s just right. Or, as Coleridge might say, it is “a vision in a dream.” n njlifestyleonline.com
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grown by nearly one-third, and the physical plant is growing as well. In the next year or so, the firm will add up to 5,000 square feet of space to its current headquarters on Tilton Road. (The former bowling alley includes a plank from a bowling lane mounted on the wall of the sleek kitchen.) What does this growth mean for clients? Plenty, says Matt Reynolds, CRP’s director of financial planning. “Every firm does tax work, some do auditing, some do a little consulting, but I think you’ll find there’s not another firm in South Jersey that does it all. Although we’re a local firm, we can give you all the services that larger regional firms can, at a lower cost.” “We have such a deep bench of experts, a lot of smaller companies use us as their CFO,” says Donna Buzby. Business owners who can’t afford a “Big 4” firm can access the same breadth of financial intelligence close to home, among professionals that have already earned their trust. Access to a business consultant is “a big plus,” adds Buzby, “giving our clients the ability to do profit enhancement and performance measurements to make their businesses better.” Many small businesses think of their accountant only at tax time, to their detriment, says CPA and partner Tom Reynolds. “But you have one day to file and 365 days to plan. It’s our goal to have an ongoing dialogue with our clients,” to shepherd them through the occasional
rough passages, handle litigation, plan for estates and trusts, make prudent investments, plan for future growth, and achieve optimal success and profitability. Because family businesses abound in South Jersey, Capaldi Reynolds & Pelosi — which has evolved into a family business itself — also can aid with succession strategies that allow seamless handover of an enterprise. “We’ve been very successful transferring ownership between generations, laying out a succession plan that is fair to both sides,” says Tom Reynolds. CRP’s expansion was part of a plan to ensure its own succession, and to guarantee that Capaldi Reynolds & Pelosi will endure and continue the tradition of service established by Bob Reynolds 55 years ago. Of the firm’s 49 employees, 22 have worked there more than 10 years, and 10 have been on the job more than 20 years. Clients have proven equally loyal, says Matt Reynolds. “More than half of our top fifty clients have been here more than 15 years. It speaks well of the way we service clients, and the value we provide.” But when the partners need advice, they still turn to the patriarch, reveals Buzby. “Bob Reynolds really is a guiding light in the office. When we have a tough problem, he’s the first person we talk to. From his long experience in business, he has the ability to look past what people want to see what they need.” “He taught Tom and me everything we know,” adds Matt Reynolds, and that includes his motto: “Take care of your clients and they will take care of you.” n
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Backyard and Beyond By PAMELA DOLLUK
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Haddonfield, New Jersey vs. Newport, Rhode Island Welcome to “Backyard & Beyond” — a new travel column that highlights a charming and distinctive New Jersey town and then showcases another fabulous destination — within driving distance from our great state — that’s just as exciting.
addonfield, New Jersey has a vast, rich history and an exciting and active present, about which you probably already know a little something, like: it’s noted for its historic homes; it has an array of lovely and unique shops; it’s a dry town. Here’s what you may not know about it: it was founded by a Quaker woman (Elizabeth Haddon); it is presently celebrating its Tricentennial; a dinosaur was discovered there. Located in Camden County, this quaint town — the second municipality in New Jersey to establish a historic preservation district (Cape May was first)
Eight-foot bronze and stone sculpture of “Haddy” the dinoaur
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Bustling Bowen’s Wharf in the heart of downtown Newport welcomes shoppers, diners and visitors year-round. Photo by Marianne Lee
Cliff Walk affords exquisite views of the ocean and the manicured lawns of Newport’s famed mansions, including The Breakers, seen here. Photo by Onne Van Der Wal
Rose Island Lighthouse, in Narragansett Bay — one of the only lighthouses in the country where you can stay overnight, or for a week and be the keeper. Photo courtesy of Discover Newport
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Stepping Out — is densely populated with lawyers, jamming with adorable boutiques and BYOBs, and easily accessible by car, bus, or train from Philadelphia to the shore regions. Haddonfield was originally inhabited by the Lenni Lenape Indians, also known as the Delaware Indians, who lived throughout the Delaware Valley. Remnants of the Lenape, like arrowheads and pottery, are still occasionally found in Haddonfield, alluding to their role in the town’s history. Haddonfield’s famous and historic Indian King Tavern (IKT) is named for the local Lenapes. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, IKT, currently a museum, was built in 1750 and is a leading example of 18th-century tavern architecture, as well as one of New Jersey’s most famous buildings. Once a functioning tavern hotel used by travelers to and from Pennsylvania and Delaware, it played an important role during the American Revolution. It’s not only where the New Jersey government rid itself of its colony status to become a state during the war, but it was also an active meeting place for assemblymen and legislators, due to the fact that the capital of Trenton was being overrun by fighting troops. Today’s Haddonfield is much mellower. The scenic downtown district, which is about two miles long, is an eclectic mix of chic salons and day spas, contemporary dining establishments and a trendy shopping scene, which has more than six blocks of fashionable boutiques, apothecaries, haberdashers, jewelry stores, and home décor, lingerie, and antique shops. It has been touted the area’s “Best Shopping District” by Philadelphia Magazine. And The New York Times has described the setting as “probably the best collection of shops anywhere in the state.” The hip downtown area is delightfully blended with old-town goings-on for all ages like architectural walking tours, serene carriage rides and an assortment of festive community events throughout the year, such as tree plantings, quilt displays, First Fridays, historic house and garden tours, a farmers’ market, Colonial costume events, art shows, galas, singalongs, and more. And just off the beaten path is Haddonfield Plays & Players, a non-profit community theatre that does
everything from madcap musicals to significant straight plays year-round. Because of the town’s 300th birthday this year, Haddonfield has been even more abuzz than ever with celebratory special events, triumphant live performances, and fun commemorative contests. Then there’s the dinosaur. Finding an eight-foot bronze and stone sculpture of a Hadrosaurus foulkii dinosaur in the middle of Haddonfield’s shopping district may be somewhat disconcerting to many. But imagine if you came across the real thing there. Well, that’s not far off from what happened back in October of 1858 when a crew of local diggers from the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences excavated a nearly-complete skeleton of a gigantic prehistoric animal from a marl pit on a nearby Haddonfield farm. This find became America’s first and the most complete dinosaur discovery in the world at that time, thus affirming Haddonfield’s significance in today’s continuing study of paleontology. Now “Haddy,” as this loveable creature is affectionately called, proudly watches over the town from his permanent spot on Kings Highway. The statue has been a popular attraction for the past eight years, but even more so since recently being named “Best of South Jersey Hidden Gems” in USA Today. If you choose to stay overnight, The Haddonfield Inn is an intimate and elegant Victorian bed and breakfast that’s been remodeled to ensure historic preservation. This enchanting Inn’s eight guest rooms and one suite (all with private en-suite baths) all suggest a feeling of an exotic culture, from Dublin to Hong Kong to an African safari. And the Inn is only a four to five block stroll to the downtown area, so it’s close enough to the heart of everything in Haddonfield, while still offering the quiet secludedness essential for a peaceful romantic getaway. Newport, RI Newport, an extraordinarily picturesque town, is considered the gem of Rhode Island — if not New England as a whole (in fact, Good Morning America named Newport one of the “10 Most Beautiful
Places in America” in 2011). From our state, it is a straight ride up the East Coast and — even from Jersey’s furthest part — only about a five-and-a-half hour drive. Founded on the principals of religious freedom, it was originally established by English colonists in 1639. By the mid-eighteenth century, it had become one of the country’s top-five leading ports (along with Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Charleston). During the Revolutionary War, the town was in a state of turbulence and upheaval due to British occupancy. Just prior to the Civil War, however, Newport became known as a summer colony for artists, scientists, educators, theologians, and writers who helped to redesign its cultural foundation. However, it was during America’s Gilded Age (approximately 1870 to the turn of the 20th century) when Newport became famous as a playground for America’s bluebloods like the Astors, the Vanderbilts, the Whartons, and recently, Philadelphia’s own billionairess/ humanitarian/philanthropist, Dorrance “Dodo” Hamilton, of Campbell Soup fame. Modern-day Newport, dubbed the “City-by-the-Sea,” is a thriving coastal enclave that’s rich with breathtakingly beautiful marinas. Unique shops, art galleries, antique stores, and souvenir stands ubiquitously line the streets and beckon you in to purchase a treat for yourself or a loved one at home. There are many spectacular festivals and music events that take place year-round. It also has a pleasing mix of international eateries like Italian, Mexican, and French that can take you from light, casual fare to an unforgettable fine dining experience. And, of course, there are the stunning Gilded Age mansions. The Gilded Age mansions — or “summer cottages” as the rich and famous referred to them as — are open to the public for tours throughout the year. Newport’s Bellevue Avenue is virtually besieged with these former seasonal homes of America’s elite industrialists, which include Gothic Revival cottages, grand Victorians, and opulent French and Italian-style palaces. Of special note is The Breakers, a
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National Historic Landmark, and perhaps the grandest-of-the-grand of Newport’s mansions. In 1893, Cornelius Vanderbilt II (CNN’s Anderson Cooper’s greatgrandfather) commissioned architect Richard Morris Hunt to design this magnificent and extravagant 70-room Italian Renaissance-style villa inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin. The property also includes The Breakers Stable & Carriage House, which is located just about a half-mile west of the main house. The splendid history of Newport’s Gilded past acts only as an attractive backdrop to what is presently a relatively uncomplicated and unfussy way of life. Strolls on winding cliffs and sprawling lawns, sailing on calm waters and days spent wandering down cobblestone paths are some of the many simple, easy-going pleasures of Newport. That is, until the Jazz Festival comes to town. Founded in 1954, the Newport Jazz Festival is our nation’s first annual jazz festival. Referred to as the “Grandfather of All Jazz Festivals,” it’s hosted a plethora of legendary performances by the world’s leading established and emerging artists. Celebrated musicians like Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis have notably graced its stages through the years. The beloved festival draws thousands of people internationally to Newport every summer, and you’ll still experience the best jazz musicians the world has to offer like Chick Corea, Natalie Cole and Herbie Hancock. (Note: If visiting Newport during this time, plan way in advance as hotels and concerts sell out early.) This vibrant seaside city was also once home to the America’s Cup. Labeled the “sailing capital of the world,” Newport Harbor still welcomes yachts, sailboats, cruise ships, and rum runners from around the world annually. For landlubber sports fans, Newport also houses the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which offers an interactive tennis museum as well as the only lawn courts available for public use in the nation. Additionally, the Newport International Polo Series takes place every Saturday each summer and features teams from around the world and major
U.S. cities playing against USA/Newport. You’ll find an amazing array of fantastic festivals for anyone’s taste all year long. Some notable events include the Great Chowder Cook-Off, Oktoberfest celebrations, a Winter Festival, and the renowned Newport Folk Festival which, in recent years, has showcased the talents of The Lumineers, The Decemberists, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, My Morning Jacket, Jackson Browne, Patty Griffin, and Guthrie Family Reunion. Travelers will find that Newport has a diverse range of places to stay, from bed and breakfasts and inns, to five-star hotels and lighthouses. The Rose Island Lighthouse, located directly on the Narragansett Bay, has fully-furnished overnight accommodations in its firstfloor museum. Or you can become a lighthouse keeper during a “Keepers for a Week or Night” stay. It’s a unique and rewarding “volunteer vacation” where you spend your days performing daily record-keeping and seasonal maintenance, managing the windpowered electric and rainwater-gathering systems, greeting visitors and more, all while still enjoying a significant amount of time for relaxing and reading. For those who desire a more relaxed sojourn to a working one, Forty 1° North is a modern, marina-side luxury hotel, with an innovative and contemporary interior design created by Philadelphia hospitality design firm, DAS Architects. The stylish, world-class boutique hotel offers full-service facilities including a state-of-the-art marina, two restaurants, pet-friendly accommodations, in-room spa services, personal chef and shopping services, and yoga classes. Both Haddonfield and Newport have a shared camaraderie stemming from the significant and exciting historical roles they played in our burgeoning country in the 1700s. And while beauty alone may be enough reason to visit these striking locales, throughout the centuries they have also both successfully developed into world-renowned settings for art and architecture, music, science and sporting events, making these distinctively different towns worth a visit even more. n For more information on either Haddonfield or Newport, go to: www. haddonfieldnj.org, www.gonewport.com.
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Top 10 Iconic Male Movie Stars Picks for the most iconic actors of all time in our continuing Top 10 series
FRANK SINATRA Francis Albert Sinatra, “Ol’ Blue Eyes,” may be New Jersey’s most famous son. Born in Hoboken, Sinatra rose to fame crooning tunes for band leaders like Harry James and Tommy Dorsey. He eventually branched out to movies, playing roles in musicals like On the Town, Guys and Dolls, Can Can, and Pal Joey. But he proved himself a true actor in dramas like The Manchurian Candidate, Suddenly, and From Here to Eternity (which earned him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor). Often called “Chairman of the Board,” Sinatra headed up the Rat Pack, which included cronies Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford. During his career, he was nominated for numerous awards and presented with many including Golden Globes, Grammys, an Emmy, a Peabody, the Kennedy Center Honors Award, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, the Presidential Medal Of Honor, and the Congressional Gold Medal — Congress’ highest civilian award. Married four times (including to actresses Ava Gardner and Mia Farrow), he had three children, all of whom work in the entertainment industry. Sinatra is considered by many to be the greatest performer of popular music and the most popular entertainer of the 20th century. 30
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After securing Hollywood immortality playing Rhett Butler opposite Vivien Leigh’s Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind, Clark Gable was hailed “The King of Hollywood.” During his “reign,” he starred in movies with the most famous leading ladies of his time like Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, Lana Turner, Myrna Loy, Grace Kelly, and Ava Gardner. His 1934 screwball comedy, It Happened One Night, is one of only three movies to date to sweep all top five Academy Awards (Movie; Screenplay; Director: Frank Capra; Actor: Gable; Actress: Claudette Colbert). Gable was married five times, most notably to actress Carole Lombard, who was killed in a plane crash in 1942 while traveling home from a war bond-selling tour (dubiously making her the first war-related American female casualty of World War II). His last film, The Misfits, was also the last complete film for his co-star, Marilyn Monroe. His fifth wife bore his only child, a son, who was born four months after his death in 1960.
MARLON BRANDO Generally considered to have been one of the greatest and most influential actors of the 20th century (by peers like Elia Kazan, Tennessee Williams, Martin Scorsese, Laurence Olivier, and Johnny Depp, among others), Marlon Brando was only 23 years old when he played Stanley Kowalski, the role that catapulted him to international fame, in Tennessee Williams’ Broadway play, A Streetcar Named Desire. He eventually went on to star in the Hollywood movie version of the play, as well as headline in such other notable films as The Wild One, On the Waterfront, Julius Caesar, Viva Zapata, Guys and Dolls (a musical in which Brando is supposed to know how to sing and Frank Sinatra isn’t — go figure!), Mutiny on the Bounty, Apocalypse Now and, of course, The Godfather. So powerful is his influence on the acting craft that today there are considered two “chapters” in acting — “before Brando” and “after Brando.”
HUMPHREY BOGART Affectionately referred to as “Bogie,” Humphrey Bogart — the son of a doctor and an artist — grew up comfortably attending private schools and learning how to sail. His first acting role was as a Japanese waiter in a stage play. Once in Hollywood, Bogart began to get typecast as villains and bad guys — roles that quickly became rote for him. So he jumped at the chance to bring Dashiell Hammett’s private eye, Sam Spade, to the screen in The Maltese Falcon, which essentially redefined his career. Following that success, he was cast in his first real romantic role opposite beautiful Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca — a film that, to this day, still vies for best movie ever made. When Lauren Bacall, a 19-year-old model-turned-actress, was cast with Bogie (age 44) in the screenplay adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s novel To Have and Have Not, sparks flew. They went on to make three more movies together, in addition to marrying and having two children. Other notable films include Sabrina, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and The African Queen, the last of which garnered him his only Oscar for Best Actor for his performance as the rough-and-ready boat captain. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Bogart the greatest male star in the history of American cinema.
CARY GRANT Born Archibald Leach in England, Cary Grant is the ultimate Hollywood leading man — devastatingly handsome, dashing, debonair, he was the epitome of elegance, charm and sophistication. He was equally at ease playing comedic roles (a veritable master of physical comedy and comic timing) as he was serious ones. Some of his most famous movies are The Philadelphia Story (with Katharine Hepburn), His Girl Friday (with Rosalind Russell), An Affair to Remember (with Deborah Kerr) and Charade (with Audrey Hepburn). He was the favorite leading man of legendary director Alfred Hitchcock, for whom he starred in classics like Notorious, To Catch a Thief, and North by Northwest. Grant was the first actor to become a free agent, effectively leaving the Hollywood studio system. Married five times, his wives included Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton (one of the wealthiest women in the world) and actress Dyan Cannon, who had his only child, Jennifer, when he was 62 years old. Never winning a competitive Academy Award, he was granted an honorary Oscar for his “unique mastery of the art of screen acting” and also earned the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor for Career Achievement in the Performing Arts. Grant’s Hollywood image concealed his deeply complex personal life, prompting him to once famously quip, “Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant.” njlifestyleonline.com
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Clint Eastwood, who grew up in northern California, never considered himself a cowboy — mainly because he wasn’t one. But he sure did find his niche early on in Westerns, first starring in the television show Rawhide, and then “spaghetti westerns” like A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. He switched gears to play detective Harry Callahan in a string of movies such as Dirty Harry, Sudden Impact, and The Dead Pool. Aside from acting in numerous successful films, he has also directed over 30 movies including Play Misty for Me, Mystic River, Unforgiven, and Million Dollar Baby (the last two won him Best Director Oscars). Always interested in politics, Eastwood made successful forays into both local and state government — he was elected mayor of his adopted hometown, Carmel-bythe-Sea, California, and appointed to the California State Park and Recreation Commission. A jazz aficionado, Eastwood composed the scores for several of his films including The Bridges of Madison County, Gran Torino, Flags of Our Fathers, and J. Edgar.
Paul Newman was a talented actor with a passion for race cars and a philanthropic nature. A Broadway stage actor, he moved to Hollywood with his first wife (with whom he had three children) and successfully transitioned to film. Always serious about his craft, Newman is known for such movies as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Hud, Cool Hand Luke, The Verdict, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and The Sting — the last two he starred in with pal Robert Redford. He first worked with actress Joanne Woodward on The Long, Hot Summer in 1957. They married in 1958 and through the years had three daughters and worked on more than a dozen more movies together. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for playing “Fast” Eddie in The Color of Money (1986), a role he originated in The Hustler (1961). In the 1980s, he founded Newman’s Own, a food line containing salad dressings, pasta sauce, lemonade, and more. His policy was that all proceeds, after taxes, be donated to charity. To date, the company has earned over $370 million — and donated all to various charities. He and Woodward remained married for 50 years, separated only by his death in 2008.
BURT LANCASTER SIDNEY POITIER Sidney Poitier, the first black actor to win a competitive Academy Award, was born prematurely in Miami to vacationing Bahamian parents. He grew up in the Bahamas until a teenager, when he was then sent to live with his brother in Florida. He moved to New York City and made an arrangement with the American Negro Theater to get acting lessons in exchange for his janitorial services. After years on Broadway, Poitier went to Hollywood where he immediately began to break down walls, color barriers, and racial stereotypes. First nominated for an Academy Award for his role in The Defiant Ones with Tony Curtis (1958), he won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in Lillies of the Field (1963). Other significant movies include A Patch of Blue, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, In the Heat of the Night, and To Sir, with Love. Married twice, Poitier has six daughters. In 2009, President Barack Obama awarded Sidney Poitier the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S. 32
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Noted for his incredibly athletic physique, Burt Lancaster studied circus arts, specifically acrobatics, at an early age. After an injury thwarted his acrobatic career, he tried acting. His long, lean and handsome looks got Hollywood’s attention and he was first cast with the gorgeous Ava Gardner in The Killers, a film noir version of Ernest Hemingway’s short story. While many of his earlier films tended to exploit his athleticism, he eventually grew out of those roles and began playing more serious and distinguished characters. Lancaster filmed one of the most iconic movie scenes of all time in From Here to Eternity, when he and Deborah Kerr made love on a Hawaiian beach amid the crashing waves — which was quite scandalous for its time. In 1960 Lancaster won the Academy Award for Best Actor, a Golden Globe and the New York Film Critics Award for his performance in Elmer Gantry. Other important movies include Sweet Smell of Success, Judgment at Nuremberg, Birdman of Alcatraz and Atlantic City.
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egardless of what you ride — rugged dirt-bikes, Tour de France 10-speed, or an anywhere hybrid — you want to find a nice trail with interesting scenery (and maybe a bite to eat or drink). If you are fortunate enough to live on or near Absecon Island, then your backyard is a perfect 8-mile bike path that includes the famous AC Boardwalk continuing into the end of Ventnor, wide streets with bike-only lanes in Margate and Longport, and, most importantly, views of the ocean from every angle. Biking, unlike most other sports, can be done alone or with a group. If you prefer the on-my-own route, biking allows you to become one with your bicycle — a Zen blend of exercise and introspection. As your legs move the bike along, you almost become part of the mechanics and energy of the bike. The wheels rotate and your mind relaxes as you take in the sights. Or, you can make it a social or family event to share the experience. Scott Fleischer, a Philadelphia psychiatrist who bikes avidly when he comes to the shore, sees biking as his “selftherapy.” He feels strongly that there is “something magical about the sounds that bicycle wheels make gliding over the boardwalk.” Fleischer sings the praises of biking on the island from a physical and emotional perspective. He prescribes biking the island as if it were a healing salve. “For those of us with sand in our cycling shoes, the sea air, sounds, and smells make everything, including cycling, better.” Whether going solo or with friends or family, what’s a typical bike tour of the island? Like the scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz said while pointing in both directions, “Some people go that way.” When you bike the 8-mile island, heading north towards Gardener’s Basin or south towards the point in Longport, you are provided with opportunities for an easy and pleasant beach ride. If you head towards the Inlet, you can bike the entire boardwalk, from Atlantic City to the end of Ventnor. Since
Atlantic City strictly enforces its boardwalk biking hours, riding into the city means you are up early. Most stores and restaurants are closed, so it really gives you the chance to breathe in the morning air and view the unpopulated beach. As you bike through upper Chelsea, you see stately homes and condo buildings for about a mile until passing the Atlantic Casino. From there on, it’s AC at its best — souvenir shops, hot dogs and pizza joints, salt water taffy shops, and casinos to your left. But to your right, the ocean and her breezes cool you off as you peddle away. Although there are plenty of stops along the way, you probably just want to go full steam ahead until you hit the end of the island. Unfortunately, years of disrepair and Hurricane Sandy, cut the boardwalk short past Connecticut Avenue. No worries here for a biker. Just head towards Atlantic Avenue, sail past the Absecon Light House, and down New Hampshire Avenue towards the inlet. New Hampshire Avenue is unpopulated early mornings and you can really pump those legs and fly the last few minutes of your ride. Just as your heart rate is up and you feel exhilarated, a giant statue of Neptune welcomes you to Gardener’s Basin where you can rest on jetty rocks with stunning views of the ocean and Brigantine. If you need a bite to eat or drink at Gardener’s Basin, Gilchrist’s serves an early breakfast on their dock. Grace Perez-Navarro, Margate resident and summer biker, enjoys her rides to the Inlet. “After biking from Margate, I like watching the fishing boats and the Para-sailing crews prepare for their day. And, since I burn off plenty of carbs getting there, I don’t feel guilty about indulging in Gilchrist’s blueberry pancakes — best on the planet.” After breakfast, try biking around the Aquarium, the once-upon-a-time Steel Pier diving bell, and some novelty shops before returning. Because you cannot bike the boards in AC after 10 AM (noon in the off-season), make sure you njlifestyleonline.com
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Once in Longport, meander through the side streets leading up to the beach to see homes to die for — from modern Miami Vice safe-house architecture to Victorian-like mansions. Photo by Tom Bombaci
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Li f e sty l e Le is u r e allow enough time to cross the AC border and ride into Ventnor before ACPD waives you off. As you continue south towards Longport, the Ventnor boardwalk offers views of grand old beach houses on your right side. If you need another break, the Ventnor Pier on Cornwall Avenue is a great place to walk your bike onto and view the world standing right over the ocean. If you are with friends and family, it’s a great place for a photo-op of AC or downbeach in the background — depending on your shot. As Ventnor ends, so does the boardwalk and your biking path leaves the beach onto Atlantic Avenue in Margate. Wide and well-marked bike-only paths give you a great way to peddle by Lucy the Elephant and gorgeous houses and gardens all through Margate and Longport. Once in Longport, meander through the side streets leading up to the beach to see homes to die for — from modern Miami Vice safe-house architecture to Victorian-like mansions. Since Longport is 99.9% residential, Ozzie’s on Atlantic Avenue is the only place to get a bite to eat. At this point (pun intended), you are a few peddles away from the Point — the end of Absecon Island in Longport. So, you may want to plan your Ozzie’s breakfast after reaching the bottom of the island. After a great bike ride, you are met with breathtaking views of Ocean City in the distance and the bay and Atlantic converging over giant jetty rocks at your feet — a perfect spot for another photo-op or a place to just sit and ponder the universe. Whether you ride up to AC or down to Longport, Absecon Island is one great bike path. Some people peddle through the hills of Tuscany or along the roads of California wine country, but nothing feels better than the Atlantic Ocean breeze blowing through your hair as you take in the sights and sounds of Absecon Island from atop your trusty bicycle. n
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Philly is Finer in Fall Enjoy the history and savor the distinct culture of this unique city
Fall is a fine time for football, foliage, and Philadelphia. Not too hot, not too cold, and not too crowded with summer vacationers, the City of Brotherly Love is a place to be savored and not gulped. History oozes from every nook and cranny.
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Philly was famous long before the Orlons sang about South Street. It’s the place where Benjamin Franklin flew his kite, Betsy Ross sewed her flag, and Thomas Jefferson drafted his declaration. The hometown of W.C. Fields and Dick Clark is also the home of America’s most historic square mile. There’s no better place to mark the birth of the United States each summer. A week of fun, frolic, and fireworks marks the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Independence Hall is just one of more than two-dozen significant sites in the area. The Constitution was debated, amended, and approved at Congress Hall, home of Congress when Philadelphia was the nation’s capital from 1790-1800. The wording on the nearby Liberty Bell echoes the freedom theme: “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land upon all the inhabitants thereof.” Nearby neighbors include the National Constitution Center, the National Museum of American Jewish History, the Benjamin Franklin Museum, and the President’s House where George Washington lived while Philadelphia enjoyed a short sojourn as the nation’s capital. The themes of liberty reverberate around every curve and corner. There’s even a neon Liberty Bell atop 10-year-old Citizens Bank Park, a compact South Philadelphia ballpark where the Phillies clinched baseball’s 2008 World Series. There are six other pro sports venues, including Eagles football, Sixers basketball, and Flyers hockey. Participation sports range from roller-blading to rock-climbing, but also include rowing, hiking, biking, golf, and running — as Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) did on the 99 front steps of the
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Story and photos By DAN SCHLOSSBERG Philadelphia Museum of Art. Like Rocky, William Penn carved his niche in the city’s history books. Penn designed Philadelphia as a “greene countrie towne” complete with trees, trails, and parks. Only two miles square, downtown Philadelphia is laid out in a simple grid stemming from the towering City Hall building at Broad & Market. Overlooking Center City is “Billy Penn’s hat,” once considered one of the world’s architectural wonders. It stands 37 feet high, 33 stories above the bustling world of Broad & Market. It was the tallest point in town for more than a century before the 62-story Liberty Place topped it in 1987. Penn deserves his prominent and permanent place: he wanted Philadelphia to be the world’s first planned city. Squeezed between the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers on its east and west, the city embraces five parks within a short walk of every compass point. European influences are evident everywhere. Greek Revival architecture is a hallmark of several prominent exhibition halls, while flag-lined Benjamin Franklin Boulevard, a broad diagonal avenue that links Center City with a myriad of museums, is called “the Champs Elysees of America” because it resembles the Parisian promenade. Franklin’s face, figure, and name are found all over the city. The Benjamin Franklin Life & Legacy Museum, a sweeping tribute to the inventor-diplomat, reopened in August after a two-year facelift. At the Franklin Institute, the domed Omnimax is one of three theaters (including the Fels planetarium and a smaller 3-D enclave) showing educational science fare. Part of the building’s exterior was built around an enormous steam locomotive that rolled into place on a specially-built track in 1937. Although such engines once rolled into Philadelphia with regularity, the city remains a transportation model. Amtrak’s futuristic Acela Express glides through the glistening 30th Street Station, an Art Deco edifice shiny again after a loving restoration. So many subways, trolleys, and trains of all descriptions rumble underneath that nobody needs a car in Philadelphia. Driving is a challenge anyway, with narrow streets, some covered in cobblestone, and many others designated for one-way traffic. Streets are especially clogged in Chinatown, a stone’s throw from the Convention Center and Reading Marketplace. The home of the world’s largest flower show every March, the convention center has even housed national political conventions. Many conventioneers stay across the street at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott, which boosts 1,400 rooms, the fifth largest in the venerable chain. Double-decked tourist buses park on the side of the Marriott, making it easy for spouses of busy convention delegates to see the sights. Those sights include the busy Delaware River port, where the array of working vessels include amphibious vehicles of 1940s
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The city gave the nation many firsts: the first public school, library, fire company, lightning rod, flag, bank, daily newspaper, circus, and theater.
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The year was 1991. A young successful mother of two small boys was recently separated from her second husband when he gave her news that is difficult for anyone to imagine — he was HIV positive. After testing, she found out that she had contracted the virus from him. This is how Mary Fisher began her journey as an outspoken advocate for the prevention and education of HIV and AIDS. Back then, there were limited treatment options for AIDS and HIV and people were “dying everywhere,” according to Fisher. She says she thought she would die within the month and began planning for her death. She became very ill and was unable to take the initial medications available, but as she experimented with various medications, she was able to manage the disease. Fisher says she didn’t want her children to feel the stigma for her ex-husband or herself and made a choice to go public about her disease. After her story was published in a Detroit newspaper, she was invited to 44
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speak at the 1992 Republican National Convention in Texas. As the daughter of a powerful Republican fundraiser and former member of the staff of President Gerald Ford, Fisher was in a unique position to share her message and dispel some of the myths and rumors about AIDS, especially in women. She urged everyone within the sound of her voice to show compassion for those living with HIV and AIDS. The speech, known as “A Whisper of Aids” is recognized in “Words of a Century: The Top 100 American Speeches, 1900-1999,” by Mario Cuomo. One of the most poignant points of the speech focused on the fact that HIV and AIDS can affect anyone; “Tonight, I represent an AIDS community whose members have been reluctantly drafted from every segment of American society. Though I am white and a mother, I am one with a black infant struggling with tubes in a Philadelphia hospital. Though I am female and contracted this disease in marriage, and enjoy the
warm support of my family, I am one with the lonely gay man sheltering a flickering candle from the cold wind of his family’s rejection … We may take refuge in our stereotypes but we cannot hide there long. Because HIV asks only one thing of those it attacks: Are you human? And this is the right question: Are you human? Because people with HIV have not entered some alien state of being. They are human. They have not earned cruelty and they do not deserve meanness. They don’t benefit from being isolated or treated as outcasts. Each of them is exactly what God made: a person. Not evil, deserving of our judgment; not
Mary demonstrates her unique ways of creating original fabric by stamping and block printing. She uses these techniques to produce her African-themed quilts featured in her newly-published book ABATAK
victims, longing for our pity. People. Ready for support and worthy of compassion.” Fisher went on to create a support group for families and healthcare workers affected by AIDS, the Family AIDS Network. She was appointed to the National Commission on Aids by President George Bush and founded the Clinical AIDS Research and Education (CARE) Fund. Author of six books, her first memoir, My Name is Mary, was published in 1995. In 2011, Fisher was diagnosed with breast cancer, which she believes was linked to her HIV. In fact, The National Cancer Institute states that “people infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) have a higher risk of some types of cancer” due in part to a weakened immune system. After a mastectomy and while receiving treatment for breast cancer, Fisher began writing her second memoir, MESSENGER, A Self Portrait, published in 2012, which focuses on her experiences with breast cancer. When I asked her if she was treated any differently when diagnosed with cancer as opposed to HIV, she said the differences were enormous. With cancer, people are sympathetic. They offer opinions and come out of the woodwork to tell you their story and give you as much care and help as they can. With AIDS, they are reluctant to show compassion. They want to know
how you got it, what you did wrong to get it, and they want to blame. She says the shame is strong and people often feel helpless and hopeless. That is why she continues her fight against the stigma of HIV and AIDS. As an artist, Fisher is well-known for her textiles, quilts, and sculptures. She says her books, speeches, and art help spread her message of hope and let people know they have the power to help others. She believes in the power of art and healing and today, at age 65, she continues her work as an activist, artist, and author and will be the keynote at AtlantiCare’s 10th Annual Women’s Health Signature Event on October 24. While her speech will focus on
her experiences with HIV and breast cancer, she wants to focus on the broad continuum of care and why women seek or do not seek care … reasons they get tested or not for HIV or cancer. She will talk about fear, self-care and access and how we live with outcome. She says, “It is really a matter of the choices we make. Do we quit, do we die? Do we see hope for a better day? Do we look for a way to help others and spread the message? I am hopeful that whenever I speak, I can reduce the stigma of HIV and show that this is a disease of not just men or gay men, but of human beings. All you have to do (to be at risk) is be human.” She is looking forward to speaking at the AtlantiCare event and sharing njlifestyleonline.com
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H EALT H W AT CH her message of hope and help. With all of her success, Fisher says she is honored, humbled, and grateful for the opportunity. Underscoring the guiding mission in her life, she reminds us, “The more you reach out to help others, the better you feel.” n Robin Stoloff has been the Health Reporter for NBC 40 since 1986. Her award-winning series, “Health Update”, is the longestrunning health feature in New Jersey. To see her health features or let her know what health topics interest you, join her on Facebook/reachouttorobin or log onto nbc40,net, click “features” and “health”. A fitness instructor and health advocate, Robin produced her own workout video on the beaches of Atlantic City. Her personal and professional mission is to “empower others with health information and encourage everyone to take positive actions toward a longer, healthier, and more fulfilled life.”
AtlantiCare Foundation will host AtlantiCare’s Tenth Annual Women’s Health Signature Event (formerly the Breast Health Signature Event) Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 4 to 8 p.m. at The Carriage House, 25 South Pitney Road, Galloway, New Jersey. Mary Fisher, activist, artist, and author, will be the keynote speaker. This inspirational evening will include a sit-down dinner; Fisher’s presentation; an art exhibit by cancer survivors, their friends and family; giveaways; chair and hand massages; makeup demonstrations; mini spa treatments; and vendor sales and services. Cancer survivors will receive a special gift. All attendees will get a copy of Fisher’s second memoir — MESSENGER, A Self Portrait. Event co-chairs are Anjeanette Brown, MD, breast surgeon, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center and Robin Stoloff, general sales manager and health reporter, NBC 40. Proceeds of the event will benefit programs and services of the AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute, a Fox Chase Cancer Center Partner, in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. Registration fee is $55. To register, or for more information about AtlantiCare’s Breast Health Program or other AtlantiCare services, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 888569-1000, or visit www.atlanticare.org.
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LIVING HEALTHY with Nina Radcliff, MD
The Tall and Short of It Can height predetermine your risk for certain diseases? I HAVE OFTEN BEEN TOLD THAT GOD only lets things grow until they are perfect. Some of us do not take as long as others. New studies and research have shown that your height is not just a reflection of your “perfection,” but can affect your risk for a number of serious diseases. Being tall is not limited to inconvenience when you sit in a plane, car, or movie theater. And my biggest problem with my height (5 foot 1 inch) is not that when my friends drop something they ask me to pick it up because I am closer to the ground. Cancer It is often said that one of the benefits of being short is that you live longer. This is not just because tall people are more likely to get their heads caught in ceiling fans. In women, studies have shown that for every additional 10 cm (4 inches) in height, they have a 13-29% increased risk for developing a range of different cancers. These cancers include thyroid, breast, kidney, skin, colon, and rectal. This finding was not limited to women. In men, increased height is associated with an elevated risk for more lethal prostate cancer. There is a 23% increase for every 10 cm (4 inches) in height. One possible reason is that it could be an odds game: There is just more of tall people. They have more cells and tissue, meaning that there is an increased likelihood that some of those cells will develop abnormally and become malignant. Height is also influenced by a number of factors — including hormones, other growth factors, and nutrition — that could all play a role in elevating cancer risk. After all, cancer is abnormal growth of a cell. Heart Disease People who live at altitudes less than 5 feet 3 inches, are 50% more likely to die from heart disease than those north of that height. This may be explained by Randy Newman’s song “Short People” where he pointed out that “They got little hands, little eyes.” They also have little coronary arteries. So when there is fatty plaque buildup in the vessel wall, blood flow is more profoundly affected. Another possibility is that tall people have a greater distance between certain points in their arteries and can put the heart under less strain (less resistance). Stroke When it comes to height, there is no mind over heart. Serious strokes are more common in short people. For every additional 10 cm (4 inches), there is a 13% increased risk of dying from a stroke. Reasons for this may date back to the womb. Reduced growth may result in a greater flow of blood supply and nutrition to the baby’s body and not the brain while in the uterus. Consequently, this may permanently alter the brain’s structure and make it more susceptible 48
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to stroke later in life. Alternatively, taller people may have a different hormone profile that either protects them from or does not increase their risk for stroke. Alzheimer’s Disease Longer limbs can mean a decreased risk for dementia. One study found that for every extra inch of leg length, a woman’s risk for dementia is reduced by 16%. Additionally, women with the shortest arms were 50% more likely to develop dementia than those with the longest arms. Like real estate, this may be due to location, location, location. The part of the brain that influences limb growth is in the same region of the brain that is most severely affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Another possibility is that poor nutrition and health in a child’s early life may not only stunt the growth of limbs, but also increase the probability of developing dementia. Important point: I want to maintain a great perspective on the big picture, probably because I am always looking up from where I stand. Height is NOT modifiable. What is modifiable is eating healthy, remaining active, and not smoking. n Nina Radcliff is a board certified anesthesiologist, a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and licensed to practice in CA, PA and NJ. You can follow Nina on Facebook (Nina Radcliff), and Twitter @drninaradcliff. Nina can also be emailed at email@example.com.
MONEYWATCH By Matt and Tom Reynolds
Rising Interest Rates and the Effect on Your Portfolio IN 1981, THE YIELD ON A 10 YEAR U.S. TREASURY peaked at over 15%. Over the last 30 years, fixed income investors have largely experienced a “bull market” for bonds as yields have consistently fallen, bottoming out in July 2012 at 1.53%. With the Federal Reserve taking unprecedented monetary policy action through the setting of the federal funds target rate between 0% and 0.25%, coupled with their bond purchases of $85 billion monthly, rates don’t have much room to fall further. As the Fed “tapers” their bond buying, and eventually raises the fed funds rate, what effect will investors see on their portfolios? It is widely known that as bond yields rise, bond prices will fall. An investor who purchases a hypothetical bond today yielding 2% will earn $20 of interest annually per $1,000 par value bond. If yields were to rise to 3%, an investor can now earn $30 of interest per $1,000 par value, therefore making the 2% bond less valuable, resulting in a reduction in price. Investors today face heightened interest rate risk, the risk that rising yields will make their fixed interest rate bonds less valuable, as it is inevitable rates will rise in the future. Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve, raised the prospect of the fed lowering the amount of its monthly bond purchase in a June, 2013 speech. The fixed income market experienced a sell-off sending 10 year yields from just over 2% to 2.98% as of September 6. During that same time period, the iShares Core Total US Bond Market ETF (AGG) and Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND) are down 3.78% and 3.71% respectively. From the July 2012 yield lows, AGG is down 6.59% while BND is down 6.91%. Although in the short term the bond market tends to overreact to interest rate moves, it is difficult to forecast the longer term effects of a bond portfolio as several factors come in to play. Principally among these factors are how long the fed takes to raise interest rates to their target level, the size of the overall interest rate move, and the starting level of rates at the onset of the rate hikes. Since 1994, there have been three periods of rising interest rates. From 2/4/94 – 2/1/95 rates were raised 3% over a 12-month period in seven installments. During the period 6/30/99 – 5/16/00, we saw rates rise 1.75% over a 10-month period through six increases. Finally, the period 6/30/04 – 6/29/06, the Fed raised rates 17 times, resulting in a 4.25% increase over 24 months. The total returns of the Broad Bond Market, as represented by the Barclays Aggregate Bond Index, were positive 0.01%, 2.11%, and 3.09% respectively during the above periods of rising rates. The Federal Reserve has maintained its commitment to keep interest rates low as the economy recovers, and has stated it will not begin to raise interest rates until the unemployment rate drops to 6.5%.
When the Fed does start raising rates, it is widely believed they will do so in a gradual manner over a long period of time to help stabilize the markets. One unique difference today verses the past three rate hikes, is the much lower starting yield on the 10 year treasury. The starting yields during the last three rate hikes were 5.87%, 5.78%, and 4.58%. The income earned by investors during these periods helped cushion the price declines from rising rates contributing to positive total returns. The lower yield in today’s environment may increase the likelihood investors will experience a negative total return in their traditional bond portfolios. It is important for investors to remain diversified within their fixed income portfolios, allocating their assets among different bond categories. Floating rate, high yield, convertible, and unconstrained bond fund managers can all provide diversification benefits to the traditional government/corporate bond portfolio. Alternative asset classes such as real estate, MLPs, and commodities can add additional benefits as these asset classes carry lower correlation to both bonds and equities. It is even more important to keep in mind that rising interest rates signify the economy is improving. As seen from recent rate hikes, total returns across the Aggregate Bond Market have been positive, and although investors may initially see their principal value fall as rates rise, their overall total return when factoring in income received may not be as bad as most predict. On the equity side, it is important to note that during the 21 periods of rising rates since 1970, the cumulative return of the S&P 500 during those periods have been positive 16 times, with eight of them positive by double digits. The worst cumulative return came during the rising rates between November 1981 and February 1982 when the S&P 500 returned a negative — 5.47%. All investors should review their current portfolios to determine whether their expected risk/reward tradeoff is in line with their financial goals. n Tom Reynolds, CPA & Matt Reynolds CPA, CFP® (Co-Managing Partners - CRA Financial) Robert T. Martin, CFP® (Investment Advisor) This article is for informational and educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as the basis for an investment decision. Consult your financial adviser, as well as your tax and/or legal advisers, regarding your personal circumstances before making investment decisions.
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Innovations in Security by ALYSON BOXMAN LEVINE
As a company that embodies peace-of-mind, Atlantic Coast Alarm expertly offers the latest innovations IN OUR FAST-PACED SOCIETY, TO-GO COFFEE AND pizza is commonplace, but home-security systems? Well, add that industry to the mobile movement as homeowners can now take their security systems with them to work, restaurants, and even on vacation … anywhere they take their mobile phone. Gone are the days of plugging in codes on an entryway keypad as increasingly cutting-edge innovations in technology are transforming the security industry and giving it wings. Atlantic Coast Alarm, headquartered in Mays Landing, NJ installs these systems throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. According to company President Andrew Toner “We are seeing a large increase in customers who are asking for this new home automation technology”. “People are more mobile and are seeking these services”. This exciting new home automation environment lets you remotely control the entire house — from lights and cameras, to security — all through your mobile phone, tablet, or computer. “You can actually arm and disarm the alarm, turn lights on and off, and set the temperature,” explained Toner. “It really gives you flexibility, especially if you’re in a shore town.
If you have a second home at the beach, you don’t have to come down all the time. Through the interactive features, you can check on your house via your cell phone.” “We are finding that robberies occur mostly to those houses that don’t have home-security systems,” revealed Toner. “We are also finding that those people get broken into a second time because it is known that they don’t have a security system in place. So, unfortunately, we have seen repeat break-ins.” To protect your properties assets and ward off burglaries, Atlantic Coast Alarm is installing more and more residential systems that can be completely controlled remotely. “We use premier equipment that you cannot hack into,” Toner revealed. “It is not something you purchase on the internet, so it is much more secure and hack-proof. We also do custom audio/video for home entertainment theaters that tags along with the home automation. About 30% of our customers are now doing home automation and entertainment packages together.” In addition to their residential customers, the company’s commercial clients include electric companies, cable companies, and government offices, to name a few. “We protect everything from homes to power plants,” said Toner, “and everything in-between. On the commercial side, we have been installing a lot of IP video at hospitals and schools.” According to Toner, this newer technology just makes the camera images that much clearer and sharper. “All of our alarm systems are custom, depending on your needs and your property,” explained Toner. “Everything is built-to-order, custom-designed and installed by our local, family-owned and operated company that has been servicing the same customers since we started in 1967.” Feeling secure is paramount to all home and business owners, and having a local company that diligently strives to keep current with the plethora of technological advances is indispensable. Atlantic Coast Alarm is that company. Atlantic Coast Alarm 5100 Harding Highway, Ste. 203 • Mays Landing, NJ 08330 Toll-free: 800-728-4928 • Local: 609-625-0944 www.atlanticcoastalarm.com
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AtlantiCare Presents 100th Automated External Defibrillator to CRDA AtlantiCare representatives presented an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) Boardwalk Ambassadors on July 23. The presentation was the 100th AtlantiCare has made since 2002 through the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Heart Heroes Matching Funds Program. “This is the second AED AtlantiCare has presented to CRDA,” said John Palmieri, executive director, CRDA. “On eight occasions, our ambassadors have had to use the AED in resuscitating people on the boardwalk.” “These 100 AEDs have gone to schools, police and fire departments, various municipalities, community organizations, parks, businesses, and places of worship,” said David Tilton, president and CEO, AtlantiCare. “All are places where the public gather and where together, we have a chance to save a life. The ambassadors – and all of our community partners who now have AEDs – are helping AtlantiCare raise awareness about the importance of prompt care for heart attack – and demonstrating their commitment to the well-being of our community.” “When it comes to a heart attack, time is muscle,” said Howard Levite, MD, medical director, the Heart Institute and of ARMC’s Cardiac Catheterization Labs. “Dialing 911 and having an AED can make a life-saving difference.” Lori Herndon, executive vice president, AtlantiCare and president and CEO, ARMC, thanked each volunteer and James Dralle, MD, chief of Cardiac Surgery, the Heart Institute, handed each a small gift as Levite recognized Ray Coleman, of Absecon; Pat McCarthy, of Mullica Township, a nurse at the Rodger B. Hansen Center for Childbirth at ARMC Mainland Campus who lost her son to a heart attack; Stephen Santiago, of Absecon, who learned about the Heart Heroes through a college internship with AtlantiCare; Kathy Rawa, of Egg Harbor City and her guide dog Missy; and founding members George and Louise Schieder, of Egg Harbor City and Rita Triola, of Mullica Township.
Above: AtlantiCare Heart Heroes present 100th AED to Casino Reinvestment Development Authority Boardwalk Ambassadors. Left photo: AtlantiCare Heart Heroes with Galloway Mayor Don Purdy at 100th AED presentation in Atlantic City. Galloway Police, schools, and businesses have received AEDs through the Heart Heroes Matching Funds Program. Right photo: James Dralle, MD presents AtlantiCare Heart Hero Kathy Rawa with a gift.
Grand Opening of Hotel Icona Diamond Beach Located on its own private beach between Wildwood Crest and Cape May, Achristavest’s new Hotel Icona Diamond Beach and Coastal Blue Oceanside Grill held their grand opening celebration on August 22. The event began with the ceremonial ribbon cutting by Achristavest chairman and CEO Eustace Mita and New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. They were
Chef Al Paris (r.), executive chef for Coastal Blue Oceanside Grille, offers one of his outstanding creations to two delighted guests.
joined by state Senator Jeff Van Drew, Lower Township Mayor Michael Beck and other local, county, and state officials. Following the ribbon cutting was a reception to introduce the new hotel and restaurant, Coastal Blue Oceanside Grille. Executive chef Al Paris was there to offer his outstanding creations. For more info on the hotel, visit www.hotelicona.com.
Achristavest chairman and CEO Eustace Mita and New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno led the official ribbon cutting at the grand opening of Hotel Icona Diamond Beach.
Hotel Icona Diamond Beach CEO and Chairman Eustace Mita (r.) and NJ State Senator Jeff Van Drew (l.) njlifestyleonline.com
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25th Anniversary AtlantiCare Thomas L. Glenn, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament Almost 200 golfers participated in the AtlantiCare Foundation’s 25th Annual Invitational Thomas L. Glenn, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament Monday, September 9 at Hidden Creek Golf Club, 75 Asbury Road, Egg Harbor Townships, New Jersey. The tournament was presented by Glenn Insurance, Inc. Chairpersons were Thomas L. Glenn, III, AtlantiCare Foundation Board member, of Linwood, and Michael Walsh, AtlantiCare Board of Trustees member, of Absecon. Proceeds from the tournament will support AtlantiCare’s Growing Green Initiative, and its Healing Arts and Healthy Schools, Healthy Children programs.
Brian Kern from Bollinger Insurance (l.) and boxer Gerry Cooney (r.)
Photos by Nick Valinote
L to R: Roger Hansen, Thomas L. Glenn III, Anne Marie Glenn, Michael Walsh, David Tilton, Glen Ann Stoll, and John Mehrlander (a partner with Mercedes-Benz/Porsche of Atlantic City)
L to R: Marc Pare, Michael Walsh, David Tilton and John Merhlander
David Tilton (l) and John Mehrlander (r)
Star-Studded Dinner Celebrates Miss America Event A private black tie dinner was held at Casa Del Cielo in the heart of Atlantic City with co-hosts John Schultz and Gary Hill on Miss American Night, Sunday, Sept.15. The event was sponsored by the Hughes and Walker families and was catered by the Mays Landing Country Club. The guests included all of the national judges of the Miss America pageant; including Carla Hall (The Chew), Barbara Corcoran (Shark
Co-host Gary Hill, Miss America 2005 Dr. Deidre Downs Gunn, Carla Hall (The Chew), and pro basketball player Amar’e Stoudemire 52
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Tank), Dr. Deidre Downs Gunn (Miss America 2005), Joshua Bell (Violinist), pro basketball player Amar’e Stoudemire, actor Mario Cantone, singer Lance Bass, as well as their guests, senior Miss America representatives, and event volunteers. The highlight of the evening was Mario Cantone singing by the piano and Carla Hall and Lance Bass dancing with guests. Photos courtesy of 1616 Management
Event volunteer Bonnie Siok with Shark Tank personality Barbara Corcoran and Patti Lees
Mario Cantone with event cohost John Schultz, singer Lance Bass, and artist Michael Turchin
Senior Miss America rep. Lynn Weidner and her husband Bill
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2nd Annual Golf for a Cure MS GREAT 8 Golf Tournament The Multiple Sclerosis GREAT 8 Foundation held their 2nd Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, September 20th at Linwood Country Club, in Linwood, NJ. Event organizer Lorinda Yorlano, of Atlantic Shore
L to R: Joseph Dobosh, CFO Robert Wood Johnson Children’s Hospital; Mark Morro; Richard Haith and Craig Carlson
L to R: NJ Lifestyle’s Kristine Kurilko, LCC Golf Pro Jeff LeFevre, and ASOA’s Lorinda Yorlano
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Orthopaedic Associates, explained “this event raises awareness for Multiple Sclerosis and raises money for the Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
L to R: Chris Berry, Ken Marchelle, Mike Palmentieri and Brett Fair
Blair Benson and Kenny Benson take a ride in a golf cart
L to R: , John Krier, Steve Sattazahn, Doug Cheli and Chris Cureton
Joseph Dobosh on the greens with Richard Haith
7th Anniversary Spa-tacular Celebration & Gilda’s Fundraiser Tranquil Touch Day Spa of Somers Point, NJ presented a 7th Anniversary Celebration and fundraising event on Thursday, September 26th at Caffe Luciano in Longport. The event featured dinner, music, dancing, and a silent auction, with all
L to R: Greg Rundle, Barbara Rundle, Kacey Caruso, Corey Biscieglia, Susan Biscieglia and Charles Biscigelia
Photos by Erin McDevitt Photography
proceeds going to Gilda’s Club of South Jersey, an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community. Guests enjoyed a special appearance by former Philadelphia Flyer, Dave Schultz, and a fashion show by Tranquil Touch Beauty Boutique.
L to R: Tina LoBiondo, Michelle Chalmers Amanda Stewart (esthetician, Tranquil Day Spa) (Guild’s CEO), Ginnie Chalmers
Winner of auction (l.) with former Phila. Flyer, Dave Schultz (r.)
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Carmeline Del Vecchio Memorial Foundation Golf Tournament held at Renault Winery The Vineyard Golf Course at Renault Winery and Golf held The 2nd Annual Carmeline Del Vecchio Memorial Foundation Golf Tournament on September 27th. The well attended event included sponsors from Renault Winery & Golf, Mercedes-Benz/Porsche of Atlantic City, Shelby Mechanical, RC Cape May Holdings, New States Contracting and more. Proceeds
L to R: John Mehrlander, a partner with MercedesBenz/Porsche of Atlantic City; Kristine Kurilko of NJ Lifestyle Magazine; Dennis Del Vecchio
Photos by Eric Weeks
from the tournament are divided between the MMRF (Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation) and a scholarship fund distributed in Carmelineâ€™s name. Carmeline Lisanti-Del Vecchio was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in Nov. 2006, and lost her battle to this disease in Sept., 2011. Her husband, Dennis Del Vecchio is Chairman of the foundation.
L to R: Mike Lisanti, Joe Ammaturo, Sergio Ribeiro and Paul Booth
Dennnis Del Vecchio (l.) and Mike Cilinski from Corporate Sponsor, RC Cape May Holdings
L to R: Teresa Krelik, Marguerite Chiafullo, Barbara Shields, Dennis Del Vecchio, Ada Del Vecchio, Marc Del Vecchio, Monica Eslick, Miranda Del Vecchio, Adam Del Vecchio
L to R: Dennis Del Vecchio (center) with his sons Marc (l.) and Adam (r.)
L to R: Rick Baptista, Dennis Del Vecchio and Joe Checkovich, both from Corporate Sponsor, New States Contracting
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Dennis Del Vecchio and golfers from Corporate Sponsor, Shelby Mechanical
Dennis Del Vecchio (l.) with Kevin McCarty, Director of Marketing at Renault Winery
First two foursomes teeing off at the first tee box
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The CRA Investment Team – Back Row, L to R: Jennifer Colon, Amanda Siegel, Patricia Sandland, and Kelli Crouch. Front Row, L to R: Matthew Reynolds, Robert Martin, and Thomas Reynolds
L to R: Matt Reynolds, Amanda Siegel and Tom Reynolds announcing raffle winner
SOCIALSTUDIES Matt and Tom Reynolds of CRA Financial, LLC held their annual Financial Forum at the Atlantic City Country Club on September 26th. This year’s forum included guest speakers from Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management. Following the presentations everyone enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the terrace
Matt Reynolds (l.) and Dr. Naim Nazha (r.)
overlooking the greens. The Reynolds and their financial team like seeing their clients outside the office setting and hold several events throughout the year. CRA Financial is a Registered Investment Advisory firm and specializes in portfolio management, 401k planning and provides home office services.
Andrew Lapsley from Goldman, Sachs & Co. speaking to the group
L to R: George Wimberg Jr, Jim Ruffu and Ted Nell
Bob Reynolds (l.) and Kim Tietz (r.)
Golf fore Kids Event Exceeds All Expectations The annual Golf fore Kids event benefiting The Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City and The First Tee DRIVE had a spectacular sold out golf event at Hidden Creek Golf Club on September 17th. Co-chairs Louis T. Barberio III and Tony Coppola Jr. hosted the golf outing amid perfect blue skies. NFL legend, Tiki Barber was a special guest who happily signed autographs and posed in pictures with every golfer
L to R: Dr. Nina Radcliff, Louis Barberio and Inez Barberio
who attended. He later spoke graciously about his upbringing and the importance of being a positive role model for today’s youth. Golfers were treated to an array of sponsorship tents, goodies and showed off their golf swings in the Big Break tournament. In conjunction with local support, sponsorships, and an amazing silent auction, the Golf fore Kids was highly successful in raising much needed funds for our youth.
L to R: Tony Coppola, Dr. Delois Campbell,
L to R: Anthony Maneri, Dr. Ciro Randazzo,
Tiki Barber, Louis Barberio and Mekos Denson Tiki Barber, Rick Zelig and James Lin
Boys & Girls Club kids with Tiki Barber
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Seamless Transitions Autumn flavors excite the senses and deliciously influence drink selections
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PHILLIP SILVERSTONE’S BEST OF THE BUNCH
The falling leaves drift by my window, The falling leaves of red and gold, I see your lips, the summer kisses, The sunburned hands I used to hold.
The days are getting a little cooler, the ice cream lines
have melted away, and the leaves are a shade darker. As we say good-bye to sandals, shorts and SPF 50, I happily welcome the autumnal colors, the weather, and best of all … the flavors. Change is never easy, and the transition from summer to fall should be a smooth one — right down to the cocktail in your hand. So, good news dear reader, Sandeman Port has created Ciderhouse Sangria, featuring Sandeman Founders Reserve Port. I was skeptical, given my penchant for port, but I decided to give it a shot — so to speak. Sandeman Founders Reserve serves as the foundation for notes of apple, maple, and spice to interlace seamlessly, with the end result, and I quote from their press release; “Calling forth memories of apple picking, campfire stories and — of course — sprints into leaf piles.” Well, I never did any of those things, but this recipe made me feel as if I had:
Speaking of all things autumnal, I just visited my old friend Joseph Maxian, owner of Sand Castle Winery in Erwinna, PA, (www.sandcastlewinery.com) and he poured me a warm glass of his Alpine Spice. The wine is made from Chardonnay, Sweet Riesling, and herbs and spices. And, to quote from texting jargon; OMG! Alpine Spice is very aromatic, with beautiful overtones of cinnamon, cloves, apple pie, and dried flower petals; a stunning sensual, experience. I am forever receiving newsletters from wineries informing me that a particular wine was rated 85 or 90 by a national
Ingredients: 1 bottle of Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto 24-oz. apple cider 3-oz. rye whiskey 1.5-oz. maple syrup 2 Granny Smith apples 2 pears Directions: Dice apples and set aside. Mix all ingredients together in pitcher. Add apples. Let sit for at least 12 hours. Serve. njlifestyleonline.com
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wine publication. So what? This is the opinion of a handful of dreadfully dull people sitting around tasting wines day in day out. Get a life! Why on earth do I care what points they have awarded a wine. Taste is subjective. That means my opinion is my opinion and may not be your opinion. Let’s keep our opinions to ourselves and not be so intolerably pompous to assume we can speak for an entire nation of palates when we taste a wine. With this in mind, when enjoying our autumnal quaffs, or any season’s libations for that matter, avoid the bottles on the shelves which shout the praises from anonymous palates. Slip into your favorite wine store, find out which employee knows the most about their selection, tell them what you’re looking for, and ask them if they’ve tasted anything recently which comes close to what appeals to “your” palate. You do not have to speak to them in wine geek lingo, just tell them precisely what kind of taste suits your palate (sweet, fruity, semi-dry, full on dry, etc). This is the whole point of living in a democratic society. Your vote counts, and it’s a vote of confidence in, and acceptance of, whatever appeals to your taste. Wow! I feel better now that I have that off my chest. So let’s move on. A couple of years ago, I had a splendid lunch organized by the marketing folks at Greg Norman Estates (yes, Greg Norman, the golfer) who wanted me to meet the winemaker Andrew Hales. The wines were so historic, I almost didn’t notice the food accompanying them. Andrew is a soft spoken, passionate winemaker. One sip and you know you are in the company of a master craftsman. Norman’s own passion for wine inspired a range of wines with his name to reflect what the world would expect from his moniker on the label; Class! And believe me, they’ve got it. I just tasted their 2010 Cabernet Merlot from the Limestone Coast in Australia. This delightful wine opens with vibrant aromas of blackberry, blueberry, brown spice, and light vanilla notes, while the palate is layered with hints of violets, clove and ripe, juicy berries. This wine is so smooth it makes George Clooney seem like a caffeine-wired buffoon. It’s a palate caressing, smile across the face beauty! And at around $15 a bottle, it’s
definitely a hole-in-one. Here are some other winning wines for the season (prices are approximate): S.A. Prum Essence Riesling (Mosel, Germany) $12.39 Deliciously sweet, soft fruit notes Bertani Pinot Grigio (Soave, Italy) $15.95 Dry, crisp, clean, text book Pinot Grigio Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand) $10.99 Fragrance of cut grass and asparagus, taste of freshly-squeezed pink watermelon Faustino VII Rioja (Spain) $11.99 A dark, dusty earthy wine made from Tempranillo and Garnacha grapes.
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Hayman & Hill Zinfandel (California) $15 A light Zin, with a hint of spice Hardy’s Nottage Hill Shiraz (SE Australia) $11 Plums and red berries fill the mouth – sumptuous. Hardy’s Whiskers Blake Tawny Port (SE Australia) $10 Nutty, touch of chocolate, sweet and sinful. Since you went away, the days grow long, And soon I’ll hear old winter’s song, But I miss you most of all, my darling, When autumn leaves start to fall.
We’ll be the first to admit our name doesn’t tell the whole story. Bountiful Seafood. Succulent Steaks. Perfect Pastas. And yes, Award-Winning Crab Cakes. Voted “Best Place for Dinner” by the 2013 Press Readers Poll
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RESTAURANTREPORT By BILL HENRY
A Consistently Good Bet! Phillips Seafood Restaurant
ne of the most important things a restaurant can do is be consistent. One night it’s terrific and another night it’s very average (or even worse). You don’t always know what is going to happen. Places like that just don’t make it. I often find myself recommending a sometimes-overlooked restaurant simply because it’s consistent in every respect, and the food and the service is always first-class. I am talking about Phillips Seafood Restaurants. They are consistently outstanding each and every visit, and I have been to many of their locations in Atlantic City, Washington, DC, and Baltimore. I have come to believe that Phillips Seafood is one of those under-appreciated concepts and, perhaps, are looked upon by some as just another chain serving average food. This assumption could not be further from the truth. Their seafood is always first class, and their specialty (Marylandstyle crab cakes) are always delicious. Phillips Seafood Restaurants have been around since 1956 and they have 19 locations, all on the East Coast. Don’t make the mistake of assuming they are just another chain. Maybe under-appreciated, but Phillips Seafood Restaurants are always a truly memorable experience.
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Broadway Burger Raises the Bar Photos by EMILIE BALTZ
merican’s love their burgers. And if you are part of the burger aficionado crowd, may I suggest you find your way to the awesome Broadway Burger Bar at the Tropicana in beautiful downtown
Atlantic City. Without a doubt, you will enjoy one of the great burgers of alltime and, if you look at their sign, notice that the word “Burger” is significantly bigger than the word “Broadway.” If you find a better burger anywhere, please let us know. The Broadway Burger Bar concept gets even more interesting when you consider the Broadway Bar unto itself. This bar is one of the great bars on the East Coast, and my advice is to experience your burger while sitting at their expansive bar. Enjoy their specialty cocktails, such as a Bloodytini; a Million Dollar Manhattan; or a Jersey Peach (featuring Stoli® Peach Vodka). Their amazing beer menu includes a host of interesting craft beer selections, and some twenty beers on draft; not to mention Belgium, India Pale, Wheat, Pale, and Amber ales. You will find dark beers, specialty beers, and even domestic beers. And yes, there is a wellthought-out selection of wine by the glass and by the bottle. Burgers and a host of fabulous drinks in the excitement of the Tropicana … you have to love it.
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DINING Gallery Berkshire Grill
6105 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Twp 609-272-8808 berkshiregrillnj.com Superbly prepared entrees including aged USDA Choice steaks, slow roasted Prime Rib and Grilled Chicken Portofino. Signature entrees include Mandarin Glazed Salmon, Spinach Pecan Salad, and Shrimp & Mussels Linguine. A large selection of sandwiches, salads, wraps, steaks, chicken, seafood and pasta is offered.
Girasole Ristorante & Lounge
3108 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 609-345-5554 www.girasoleac.com An Italian boutique restaurant with a strong Mediterranean influence. Fresh ingredients and simple preparations, served in style, with Versace banquettes and place-settings. A beautiful bar with a noteworthy selection of custom cocktails and quality wines offered.
LP STEAK — Steakhouse & Seafood
Plaza 9 Shopping Center, 1333 New Road, Northfield, NJ 609-646-8189 www.lukepalladino.com The latest concept from Luke Palladino, LP STEAK is a bold steakhouse with something to please everyone. The menu features classic cuts of Prime beef, modern twists on traditional side dishes, as well as veal, chicken, and seafood. This stylish BYO will allow diners to experience Chef Palladino’s culinary flair in an American Steakhouse.
3121 Fire Road, Egg Harbor Township 609-646-2828 www.bonefishgrill.com Your local seafood restaurant in Egg Harbor Township, NJ! Their anglers are here to ensure your Bonefish Grill experience is outstanding each and every time you visit. Check out their seafood menu and daily specials on their web site. Happier Hours Sun - Thurs from 4 - 6:30 PM. $5 Bang bang shrimp every Wed., all day. Now serving Sunday Brunch.
1030 N. Blk Horse Pike, Williamstown 856-728-8064 www.libraryiv.com The area’s greatest steakhouse under the direction of owner Brian O’Keeney. Offering quality prepared food and friendly service. Serving hand-cut steaks by the ounce, prime rib, seafood, veal and chicken. The Library IV restaurant has been the area’s top steakhouse for 30 years. A recently completed remodel includes a new kitchen, new 30 foot long salad bar and dining rooms. A casual and cozy atmosphere sets this restaurant apart from the others, and their commitment to top quality has stood the test of time.
Pier at Caesars, Atlantic City 609-348-2273 phillipsseafood.com Phillips Seafood brings guests a classical American seafood menu boasting an array of fresh seasonal fish and Phillips’ famous jumbo lump crab cakes. Renowned chef Robbin Haas has designed a menu that offers guests the freshest, finest seafood available, complete with a rolling oyster cart where regional varietals are shucked tableside and a double-decker live lobster tank stocked with 3-10 pound lobsters. An upscale, interactive dining experience with their exhibition kitchen and sweeping ocean views.
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2 Broadway, Somers Point, NJ 609-927-7377 www.thecrabtrap.com Overlooking the Great Egg Harbor Bay in Somers Point is the Crab Trap Restaurant. Flourishing as a 400-seat full service restaurant serving the finest seafood in South Jersey. As many businesses expand, they often lose touch with the quality and small personal touches that made them special. At the Crab Trap, they don’t believe that has happened, or ever will. 62
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199 New Road, Central Square, Linwood 609-926-3030 www.lukepalladino.com Newly relocated and expanded, this Atlantic County BYO features authentic Italian cuisine that honors tradition, yet is boldly spontaneous. Chef Palladino’s pride and passion is evident in the menu, featuring hand-crafted pastas, seasonal local produce, and expertly prepared fish and meats. The beautiful design provides the perfect setting for your next private party. Open daily for dinner 5-10 PM and lunch M-F 11-3 PM.
72 N. Bremen Avenue, Egg Harbor City 609-965-2111 www.renaultwinery.com Shades of Tuscany, located on 1,400 beautiful acres, Renault features two restaurants. Joseph’s features the superb cuisine of one of the area’s most talented chefs — Chef Joseph Degennero — with a moderately priced menu and a wine program that includes selections from the Renault collection. Open every day for lunch and dinner. In season, check out the Sunday Tuscan Brunch. The Gourmet Restaurant at Renault features a Seafood Buffet on Friday nights and a Saturday night dinner with chef stations. On Sunday is Renault’s award-winning Sunday Brunch.
Great Food. Great Drinks. Great Atmosphere. Seaview Dolce
401 South New York Road, Galloway, NJ 609-652-1800 www.dolceseaview.com The entire presentation of this beautiful resort delivers an ambiance from another era. There’s something very special about enjoying a delightful breakfast, lunch or dinner with a panoramic view of the historic Bay Course. Their famous Friday Night Seafood Buffet and the equally famous Sunday Country Club Champagne Brunch represents some of the best dining experiences on the entire East Coast.
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1 N. New York Road, Smithville, NJ 609-652-7777 www.smithvilleinn.com A lovely historical inn on 40 acres of pristine gardens and lakes. The Smithville Inn offers a wide selection of cuisine and is one of South Jersey’s premiere restaurants. Minutes away from Atlantic City, in the Historic Towne of Smithville. Serving sophisticated comfort food in a warm environment. Specialties include Chicken Pot Pie, Crab Cakes, and Osso Bucco Frico. A tradition of hospitality that has been carried on since 1787. Banquets and private parties. Sunday brunch.
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A Touch of Italy
6629 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Twp. 609-641-1855 www.touchofitaly.net A Touch of Italy offers the finest quality of food and service. Each meal served is cooked to order. A friendly and pleasurable atmosphere will make your visit a memorable one. Established in 1981 with more than 31 years of experience. This restaurant, banquet facility, and lounge serves only the finest natural veal, steaks, poultry, pasta, seafood and brick-oven pizza.
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1 Harbor Road, Beesley’s Point, NJ 609-390-3322 www.tuckahoeinn.com Come join the good times at the Tuckahoe Inn. A casual family restaurant and tavern with weekly inside specials, bar specials, happy hour Monday thru Friday from 4 PM to 6 PM, Sunday breakfast, lunch specials and an Early Bird menu. Bands and entertainment all year long. Visit thier web site for menus, specials, and event calendar.
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CASINO DINING ATLANTIC CLUB CASINO
Ono Chinese Bistro & Bar
Boston Ave & Boardwalk, Atlantic City 609-347-7111 atlanticclubcasino.com Enjoy traditional Chinese fare with their classic Sushi Bar, Seafood, Beef & Pork, Chicken & Duck, Chow Mein, Noodles and Rice, Egg Foo Young, Vegetables and Tofu. The view of the boardwalk and ocean is as amazing as the food, now under the direction of Chef Brian Tsui.
Bally’s Casino, Atlantic City 609-340-2300 www.ballysac.com Bally’s own Little Italy! Chef Maurizio prepares Milk fed Veal any way your heart desires, Picatta, Marsala, Francese, and of course, their famous Veal Parmigiana. Vibrant Italian mosaics abound as this restaurant offers tranquil views of the boardwalk and the Atlantic Ocean.
Boston Ave & Boardwalk, Atlantic City 609-340-6856 atlanticclubcasino.com Real Italian food is what this classic (New York) restaurant is all about. It’s a clone of the Neapolitan joint on West 56th Street and a well-known Sinatra favorite that has become an Atlantic City favorite. It’s Patsy’s — forget about it! ChickenSaltimbocca, Veal Parmigiana, Steak Pizzaiola, and Pork Tenderloin are all less than $20. There’s even family-style meals that start as low as $14 (up to $36 for four people).
Wolfgang Puck American Grille
One Borgata Way, Atlantic City 609-317-1000 www.theborgata.com The man who revolutionized the culinary industry carries an undeniable cachet, synonymous with bold, innovative cooking and an unmistakable panache and passion that redefined dining in America. Offering contemporary American cuisine, the restaurant offers two distinctive dining areas ranging from casual and relaxed to elegant and upscale.
One Borgata Way, Atlantic City 609-317-1000 www.theborgata.com A modern Japanese pub that defies comparison. Extraordinary sushi, sake, and robatayaki served in a sensual, yet modern atmosphere. Izakaya’s tempting cocktails and sharable plates make it the premier spot for an after-hours nosh and drinks, or a delicious late night meal.
N. Carolina & Boardwalk, Atlantic City 609-340-6555 gallaghersresorts.com Gallaghers is located on the 2nd floor of Resorts Casino. A classic steakhouse serving hearty salads, dry-aged meats, wonderful fish and shellfish. Their glass-enclosed meat locker is in the front of the restaurant for all to view; and all of the beef is dry-aged for 21 days at a constant 36 degrees to insure tenderness. Offering the finest selections of seafood as well. An ambiance of warm woods and deep reds. Friendly, efficient and gracious service. Open for dinner Sunday thru Thursday 5-9:30 pm, Friday 5-10 pm, Saturday 5-11 pm.
Simon AC Steak & Seafood
Boston Ave & Boardwalk, Atlantic City 609-347-7111 atlanticclubcasino.com It’s yet another “Hot” Atlantic Club restaurant. There are three steaks on the menu for less than $20 (including their 10-oz. NY Strip), and delicious appetizers for under $10 (Crab Cake, BBQ Pork Chops, and Seafood Tacos). Meatloaf ($16); DoubleCut Pork Chop ($17); their classic The Oak’s Chicken Cordon bleu ($18) and the Filet of North Atlantic Salmon ($16) have quickly become house favorites. 64
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Old Homestead Steak House
One Borgata Way, Atlantic City 609-317-1000 www.theborgata.com Their domestically-raised, hand-massaged Kobe beef is not only the envy of the trade, it’s trademarked. But that isn’t the only reason the venerable Old Homestead has been a New York City landmark for 137 years. “It’s consistency on all fronts,” says Marc Sherry who, with brother Greg, opened their second location at Borgata. The menu nearly mirrors New York’s — and for good reason.
N. Carolina & Boardwalk, Atlantic City 609-344-6000 www.resortsac.com No passport needed for this Italian experience. Capriccio’s all new menu features gourmet Italian cuisine in an exquisitely comfortable Mediterranean atmosphere, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Capriccio’s has beautiful murals on the walls featuring Old World Italy. Try the lobster with shiitake mushrooms and sweet peppers served on a baked polenta round; or the Costolette di Vitello alla Lombardese; or absolutely the Ossobuco di Vitello alla Lombardese, braised in a red wine and tomato sauce served with saffron risotto. The food is as spectacular as the view.
Broadway Burger Bar
The Quarter at Tropicana, Atlantic City 609-317-4660 broadwayburgerbar.com Ark Restaurants introduces Broadway Burger Bar, serving up fresh ground, grilled, prime beef burgers and a large selection of tapas syle appetizers. Order from a full bar featuring 60 craft beers, specialty cocktails, adult milkshakes as well as your traditional favorites. Live acoustic acts every Thursday through Saturday add to the vibrant and unique atmosphere. Fun for families, a quick lunch or an intimate dinner.
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Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City 609-449-1000 www.trumptaj.com Opened October 2012, Robert’s is one of a few steakhouses in Atlantic City to perform its painstaking dry-age techniques in house, for six weeks. While Robert’s Steakhouse of New York is designed to please omnivores of all varieties, the superstars of the menu remain the steaks, including a hearty, bonein NY Strip, a delicate filet mignon, and the ultimate Porterhouse for two. Additionally, there are grilled garlic and rosemary lamb chops, citrusy seared scallops and a decadent, truffle-laced risotto. The kitchen uses locally-grown produce and offers many seasonal specialty dishes.
Boardwalk at Mississippi, Atlantic City 609-441-7820 www.trumpplaza.com At Roberto’s Ristorante at Trump Plaza, a stop to look over the menu is worth the visit alone. Northern and southern Italian cuisine is all prepared under the watchful eye of Chef de Cuisine Robert Pfander of Ocean City. Entrees run the gamut from oven cappalini spiaggia to seasoned lamb chops to sauteed Dover sole. Complement it all with the ideal bottle of wine from Roberto’s extensive collection, as you take in the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. The perfect ending to a perfect dinner is guaranteed with an individual souffle of either grand marnier or chocolate.
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A FINAL WORD By SHERRY HOFFMAN
Road Ahead. Fear Behind. Power Within.
y first long distance bike ride was 36 miles through New Jersey’s Pine Barrens. I couldn’t walk up a flight of stairs for two days after, but finishing the ride was exhilarating. In 1997, after continuing to ride long distances, I signed up for a ride to raise funds for direct care for those living with HIV/AIDS. For three days in September, I joined over 3,000 people on a 275-mile road trip from Boston to New York. A few days after I sent in the application — which included a promise to raise $1,500 for the cause — I came across a quote from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: “At the moment of commitment the entire universe conspires to assist you.” It did. A gift of the hours of training and the solitude that comes with it gave me a veritable festival of life lessons. I’ll share my top 10, but you’ll still have to put your butt in the seat to experience the power that exists inside of you: 1. When the wind is in your face, turn a corner. 2. If a corner is miles away, pretend you’re Swiss cheese. 3. If you give up, the next time you try you may have to ride through a storm.
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4. After you struggle and sweat to get to the top of what you perceive as an insurmountable mountain, you’ll look back and know it wasn’t insurmountable after all. 5. Know that you have someone who’ll ride directly in front of you to protect you from the wind. 6. Follow-through gets the ball in the cup. 7. If peddling gets too hard walk. You’ll still get there. 8. It’s so easy to peddle backward, but it only gets you where you’ve already been. 9. “Don’t let the sound of your own wheels make you crazy.” (Apparently The Eagles were bike riders.) 10. Protect yourself. Wear a helmet. Being on a bike gave me the opportunity to see what most of us usually miss — the beauty of a flower growing out of the asphalt; the wonder seeing one stray sock caught in the brush; a patch in the street that looks just like a bottle of Absolute; a gentleman riding 275 miles wearing a tutu; and knowing that if you can ride over the hills of Connecticut, you can do anything. n Sherry is a freelance writer and owner of Sherry Hoffman Public Relations. She lives happily ever after in Camelot, and is proud to be part of the Lifestyle family since its first edition.
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