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s the saying goes, time sure flies when you’re having fun. It seems like we were enjoying summer just a few weeks ago. But with the change of seasons comes new opportunities. From holiday gift shopping to travel, this time of year is special for many reasons. In this issue of New Jersey Lifestyle, we bring you some unique ways to share the holiday spirit. Our features on cars explore a few options; from a shiny new Range Rover to collecting a classic car for those occasional summer drives down to Cape May or holiday shopping in Haddonfield. And if you like hitting the slopes, you have to check out our feature on Deer Valley and this upscale experience of luxury skiing at its finest. I know I have my plane ticket booked for 2020! We are excited to introduce you to a new feature on Home & Design written by local author and contributor Danielle Gomes. This feature will cover all those amazing home design options, from lamps to landscaping. There’s nothing more satisfying than personalizing your space for form and function, and Danielle shows us how we can re-imagine our space with some creative products from the Sunset Outpost in Margate. We look forward to sharing more exciting home products in the future. I had the pleasure of stopping by The Mud Girls Studio just above St. Michael’s Church in Atlantic City to meet up with Artist and Founder Dorrie Papademetriou. She introduced me to some of the women at the studio and the amazing works they create to sell and earn money. This is not your mother’s pottery; The Mud Girls are creating modern works of art that inspire and support those who can use a leg up. I encourage you to visit their site for a unique holiday gift that supports local women, www.mudgirlsstudios.org. And what’s better than the comforting food of Italy to get us though the holiday diet season. I’m sure you have all had enough of the Keto Diet for the year, so let’s indulge in some pasta at a few local spots we visited! There’s so much more in this issue that I’m sure you will enjoy, so with that I wish you all a happy holiday season blessed with good health and good fortune.

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CONTENTS DEPARTMENTS Deer Valley Ski Resort

26 Deer Valley Resort stands out from the alpine crowd.

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Take a look at these local spas to see what awaits you.

Sea Spa at Chelsea Tower's solarium

Lifestyle Fashion......................................... 6 All that glitters.

Home & Design.......................................... 12 Home accessories explosion.

Lifestyle Wellness....................................... 16 A time for new traditions.

FEATURES

Health Watch............................................. 18 Get a leg up on varicose veins.

Pamper Me ... Now............................ 22

Experience the pinnacle of pampering at one of our area spas.

Lifestyle Road Trips.................................... 30

Downhill Adventures.......................... 26

Lifestyle On Wheels.................................... 34

The holidays are magical in Haddonfield.

Black diamonds are a girl’s (and guy’s) best friend.

Utilitarian luxe.

Lifestyle Classics........................................ 38

Pieces of Dreams............................... 46

Hot rods galore.

Women in recovery assemble broken lives at MudGirls Studio.

Lifestyle Art............................................... 40

A Tour of Italy.................................... 58

The gift of art.

Italian food ... hearty, cheesy, comforting and delicious.

Lifestyle Entertainment.............................. 44 Josh Grobin gets stood up.

Lifestyle Chatter......................................... 48

Join us as we take a delicious 58 tour to sample some local Italian cuisine options.

What’s happening around south Jersey.

Assiaggio's Veal Veneziana: Egg battered veal cutlet with sundried tomatoes, crab meat and a white wine butter cream sauce served over linguini

The Social Scene........................................ 50 Get the picture on the latest events and happenings.

The Entertainment Scene............................ 57 Atlantic City’s crowd-pleasing concerts and events.

Lifestyle Wine............................................ 62 Pop those bottles!

Restaurant Report...................................... 64 The history and success of Tomatoe’s.

Dining Gallery............................................ 69 All the details on the area’s great dining venues.

Money Watch............................................. 72 Retirement planning checklist. njlifestyleonline.com

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LifeStyle Contributors THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT GREAT

Copy Editor, Writer

ALYSON BOXMAN LEVINE Former Manhattan writer and editor, Alyson currently resides in Linwood, N.J. with her husband and teenage son. When not researching facts for her latest manuscript, she can be found enjoying the countless amenities offered at the shore or in the kitchen trying out one of her latest recipes on her family and friends.

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MOLLY GOLUBCOW By day, Molly has been a technical writer for over 20 years. By night, she escapes the world of “Press Enter” to write just about anything other than technical subjects. Her works (short stories, articles, interviews, press releases) have been published in several anthologies as well as in newspaper and magazines.

Wine Writer

MICHAEL BRAY Michael is the founder of and director of operations at Passion Vines Wine & Spirit Company, an award-winning liquor store specializing in the world’s greatest wines, spirits, and beer, located in Somers Point and Egg Harbor Township. He serves on numerous business, government, nonprofit, and community boards.

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FELICIA LOWENSTEIN With a passion for words and a natural curiosity about the world, Felicia has been writing professionally on a wide range of topics for nearly 3 decades. While feature articles are a particular favorite, she also has authored nearly 2 dozen nonfiction children’s books. She resides in South Jersey with her husband and two dogs.

Photographer

ERIC WEEKS They say owners start to look like their dog … Eric loved photography from the start and has won awards for many images throughout the years, along with a cover image for the Professional Photographers of America’s Loan Collection book. Teaching a photography class at ACCC keeps the initial thrill of creating images fresh for this talented photographer.

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Health Writer

ROBIN STOLOFF Robin has been a health reporter in South Jersey since 1986. She hosts and produces Living Well with Robin Stoloff on Lite Rock 96.9 WFPG in Atlantic City. A sports enthusiast, fitness instructor and former fitness competitor, Robin’s personal and professional mission is “empowering people to live a healthier life.”

Entertainment Writer

DAVID SPATZ David is the Emmy Award-winning host of Middays with David Spatz on NewsTalk 1400 WOND, and a multi-media journalist with 45 years experience reporting in print, television and radio. His TV entertainment series, Curtain Call, remains the only television program produced in South Jersey to win an Emmy Award.

Artist, Writer

MICHAEL CAGNO Michael is the Executive Director of the Noyes Museum of Art and the Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums. He serves as an adjunct professor at The Richard Stockton University and Cumberland County Community College. Michael has become an accomplished artist early in his career.

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ELAINE ROSE Elaine was a staff writer for the Press of Atlantic City for nearly twenty-two years, and during that tenure covered every subject except sports. Her work has won awards from the New Jersey Press Association and the Philadelphia Society of Professional Journalists. She lives in Galloway Township with her cat, Francis.

Roadtrippers

LISA JOHNSON & DENNIS HAYES A construction manager and energy consultant by profession, Dennis’ passion is learning the secrets of preparing good food, traveling the world, and living life to the fullest. An award-winning TV journalist from Las Vegas, Philadelphia, and Atlantic City, Lisa is N.J. Lifestyle’s contributing editor and president of Lisa Johnson Communications.

WHITNEY ULLMAN Born in Atlantic City, Whitney is known as a "go to" resource for all things celebrity, entertainment and VIP at the Jersey Shore. She created the @gotowhitney & @thecitypulse brands to showcase all the area happenings and would love for you to follow her journey, so she can help Entertainment Reporter you with yours!

Creative Director

DARLA HENDRICKS Darla has been an integral part of NJ Lifestyle Magazine since 2004. From sales to publishing to graphic design, she has experienced all aspects of the industry. She currently resides in Sarasota, Florida with her husband and three children, and continues the glorious design of NJ Lifestyle Magazine remotely.

Photographer

KRISTIAN GONYEA Kristian has been a working photographer for over 15 years. His work has appeared in various newspapers and magazines. He also shoots weddings, portraits, sporting events, concerts, and various other projects and his love of South Jersey has blossomed into his most recent works; photographing our beautiful region’s sunrises and sunsets.

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PAUL DEMPSEY From expressway billboards to European fashion magazines — Paul’s photography is fresh and unique. The difference is intentional. The impact is universal. His photos tell the stories that need no words. This internationallypublished Nikon pro calls Atlantic City home.

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DON KRAVITZ Don is an entertainment photojournalist and special events photographer for national publications, as well as Getty Images, Miss America, and the city of Ocean City, NJ. In addition, he provides volunteer photography services to Special Olympics of New Jersey, Sunshine Foundation, and other non-profit organizations.


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ALL THAT GLITTERS Dressing for the holidays has never been easier; just add some sparkle By Alyson Boxman Levine


Seguin Jumpsuit, Dress the Population

Cocktail Dress, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini

Green Dress, Cinq à Sept

Grey Jumper, Aidan Mattox

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his year, strive to make every day of the holiday season feel special by incorporating some shine into your outfits. This is the one time of the year when a bit of added sparkle is not only allowed, but welcomed; as you showcase your unique personal style. And when it comes to those special annual events, make them extra-special this year by upping your sparkle factor with the addition of sequin. As your holiday calendar fills up to the brim with family gatherings, work-related happy hours, and events with friends, adding glittery fashion to your end-of-the-year wardrobe is not only fun, but expected. You will need party dresses for these special events, and to ensure you don’t run out of glittery options, we’ve gathered our favorite sequin dresses for you to review. There's no better time than the present to update your wardrobe with seasonalappropriate bedazzlement, so check out these six super-festive options to get you into the holiday spirit. The Perfect Jumpsuit Quite possibly the ideal holiday outfit, the quintessential jumpsuit combines both style and comfort, and is especially celebrated on these cold December days when pants seem much more appealing than a dress. This Charlie Seguin Jumpsuit from the Dress the Population label instantly caught our eye; and will catch the eye of all partygoers as you enter the room. You will shine and sparkle from head to toe in this wide-leg jumpsuit that offers comfort without sacrificing style. The Dress the Population label creates unique pieces that embody the “wow factor” without breaking the bank; and is a socially conscious label as well. They design sophisticated garments with flattering silhouettes, premium materials, and exceptional craftsmanship. According to the company, “Our pieces are for those who light up any room with an air of elegance. Our mission is to bring sophistication to our community. Through flattering silhouettes, premium materials, and exceptional craftsmanship, we deliver beautiful garments that are made to last. At Dress the Population, we are committed to paying each worker a living wage and offering fair working conditions throughout our supply chain.”

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Cocktail Length Beauty For the endless cocktail events on your holiday calendar, this sequin wrap-waist cocktail dress is the ideal selection. From the Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini fashion house, this violet dress looks stunning on all body types. Featuring an asymmetrical design in non-stretch sequin mesh, this sleeveless designer selection will instantly elevate your mood. The draped detailing, flounce trim, and velvet straps — along with other delicate high-end nuances — make this dress truly special. Founded in 1984 under the artistic direction of Alberta Ferretti, Philosophy quickly made its name with light, airy styles and a uniquelyfeminine perspective. In October 2014, the brand appointed Lorenzo Serafini creative director and became Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, a name reflective of the label’s storied history and bright future. Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini dresses, tops, and ladylike knitwear are imbued with the brand’s signature feminine style and updated for a new era of fashion. The label is worn and loved by countless celebrities and luminaries, including Kate Middleton and Demi Lovato. The Ideal Color The color green can be a tricky hue to don during the holiday season. If you go too dark, like a hunter green, you can appear older than you actually are, and if you go too light, like a mint green, you look like you’ve raided the wardrobe of Betty White on the Golden Girls. Well, luxury designer Cinq à Sept certainly achieved the ideal hue in peridot with their Skylar Sequin Dress. Featuring a flattering V-neck with a center tie and long sleeves, you will love the intricate detail on the tulip hem and button keyhole at back. Cinq à Sept clothing burst onto the New York fashion scene in 2016, its French name translating to “five to seven” — the celebration-filled early evening hours. Under the creative direction of industry vet Jane Siskin — who began her career at Elizabeth and James and 7 For All Mankind — the


label presents pieces that walk the line between romantic and rock-and-roll. Cinq à Sept evening gowns, tailored pants, and silk bomber jackets are loved by fashionistas across the globe. Calling all Glamor Girls If you’re looking for a glamorous and chic look to ring in the New Year, this grey jumper from the Aidan Mattox label fits the bill perfectly. Flatteringly featuring a retro vibe, with thin spaghetti straps and a wide leg, you will love the way this designer garment feels on your skin and how it hugs your body in all the right places. Designed in New York City and inspired by the glamour of the red carpet, the Aidan Mattox collection epitomizes sophistication and elegance. The Aidan Mattox woman has a strong fashion point of view; she looks for styles that are sexy and modern, while retaining a glamorous flair. According to the company, “Our collection is crafted with her in mind, featuring the perfect style for every event she frequents. Spanning from chic cocktail dresses to dramatic floor-length gowns, the right style for every dress code can be found within the collection. High-fashion details, hand-beading, and hues that range from opulent jewel tones to stunning neutrals only add to Aidan Mattox’s allure.” The Lady in Red You will certainly not be forgotten when you enter your holiday event wearing a shiny red dress. Choose this head turner from the iconic Jovani label. This floor-length gown features a halter top and intricately-placed sequin in an oh-so-flattering design. Ideal for the evening holiday soiree or those holiday weddings that seem to pop up each year, this designer dress effortlessly makes our Top Six list. With a vision of creating a glamorous world of designer dresses, Jacob Maslavi founded the world-renown brand Jovani in 1980. Making his dream a reality, his sons, Saul and Abraham have continued their father’s vision. Jovani is best known

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Oh-So-Ugly Holiday Sweaters ‘Tis the season for ugly sweater parties, whether we like it or not, so here is a selection for everyone. From TV-inspired choices to cute reindeer looks, these warm and cozy pullovers are sure to be the hit of your next holiday event. 2.

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1. 1. This Gaudy Garland Ugly Christmas Cardigan women's sequin cardigan has a lot more than tinsel to make you into the ultimate shiny distraction at any holiday party. You won't be able to resist shaking your baubles when you shimmy into this green on green delight, Tipsy Elves, $64.95. 2. Celebrate the Festival of Lights with this Let’s Get Lit Hanukkah sweater. Colorful graphics light up this entertaining holiday sweater from Hybrid, while the softness of cotton makes it supremely comfortable, Macys, $39.99. 3. Say Happy Holidays in style with this Fallout sweater and show everyone you’re post-apocalyptic awesome. You will be confident about your holiday style when you wear this piece, while giving you that warm, fuzzy feeling that only comes from embracing the holiday season, Numskull, $57.99.

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4. Light up your holiday party with this Hanging Loose sweater featuring Santa relaxing on the beach. This fun garment has four flashing led lights that come on with movement, no batteries needed, Amazon $44.99. 5. Transform into a cute reindeer for your next holiday party. This red and black sweater with a deer silhouette features a soft hood clad with the iconic antlers. Ideal for men or women, this garment may just take home the prize, Bellemeet, $49.99. 6. Fans of Seinfeld will appreciate your ugly Seinfeld Festivus sweater this holiday season. Festivus is something to be celebrated, indeed. Show the world just how much you love Seinfeld by wearing this fun holiday sweater, UglyChristmasSweater.com, $64.95.


for making fashion-forward and classic designs that women all over the world admire; a perfect choice for any woman to make a glamorous statement wherever she goes. Jovani is an internationally-recognized brand available in over 2,000 stores worldwide, including Harrods and Neiman Marcus, as well as specialty boutiques. The company’s main focus is to provide an amazing product that is not only affordable, but also brings out the inner beauty of all women who wear these fabulous dresses. Classic Beauty If your holiday event aligns more with a red-carpet celebration, and a sophisticated look is at the top of your “must-have” list, we recommend this silver full-length gown from designer Bariano. You will be an absolute stunner in this cold shouldered, drape sleeves gown; also featuring a front side slit. Complete the chic style with open-toe heels, classic accessories, and a sleek hairstyle. Bariano is a Melbourne-based designer dedicated to being at the forefront of global fashion trends. Escaping into a world of glamour, femininity, and elegance, the Bariano girl was born in 2004 with the promise to fascinate and charm, allure, and dazzle. Since launching the label nationally in carefully-selected boutiques in 2006, Bariano is now also stocked internationally. Their first flagship store was unveiled on Melbourne’s Chapel St. in 2006. Since then, they have opened five stores across Melbourne's fashion districts. The team at Bariano pride themselves on their promise to always deliver a personalized styling experience, making sure the Bariano girl always leaves her mark. If wearing a sequin dress is not part of your holiday wardrobe this season, you can still add sparkle to any outfit with a shimmery clutch or a metallic heel. Update your everyday makeup with some sparkle by adding a glittery eyeshadow or lip-gloss for that special holiday event. Now is your time to shine! n

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Home & Design

August relaxes in his owner Farah's stylishly decorated home.

HOME ACCESSORIES EXPLOSION Turn your house into a home with design advise from a pro.

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elf-expression isn’t just for fashion. “Styling your home can be so much fun and such a great manifestation of your style and personality,” says Dana Hartman-Hiltner, Marketing Director, home design specialist and realtor with the Hartman Home Team of Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach Realtors. Accessories are the perfect way to put a little more of your style into your house. “It’s those little touches, like greenery or flowers, books, framed pictures and art that turn a house into a home,” Hartman-Hiltner says. Local decor curator and owner of the Sunset Outpost in Margate, Farah Burns has created a career around adding those finishing touches. At Sunset Outpost, Burns has cultivated a shop dedicated to turning a house into a home with style and

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personality and is ready to help you turn your house into a fashionable home. “I have a strong passion for unique things, that add texture to rooms. It’s these touches that bring a room to life, that set the mood,” Burns says. These finishing touches also allow the décor to be more fluid. “It can be so relaxing and therapeutic to change up the style of your home. Simply moving things around can create a fresh look and feel,” Hartman-Hiltner says. Have fun with your décor, change with the season, add touches that create a mood and be creative. Change with the Seasons From flip-flops and linen to pumpkin spice and plaid, home


Farah Burns, owner of Sunset Outpost

décor accessories are a great way to celebrate the seasons and change the feel of your home. “A great place to start is with throw pillows and throws. It’s such an easy way to completely change the feel of the room,” Burns says. In cool months opt for thicker, softer fabrics and rich colors. “I love knits, velvets and wool. They are cozy and add texture and warmth to a room, when it’s cold outside,” Burns says. When the temperatures rise, seek out brighter colors and gauzier fabrics. “Lighter colors and thinner fabrics, like cotton and linen, create an airiness which is perfect for warmer months,” Burns says. Sunset Outpost throws retail for $128 and pillows range from $98 to $295, but most are $140 or less. Perfect for winter, Sunset Outpost has a sheepskin throw for $195, that can add layers and warmth to the cold winter months. “The Sheepskin throw is so cozy. It adds texture to a

From flip-flops and linen to pumpkin spice and plaid, home décor accessories are a great way to celebrate the seasons and change the feel of your home. chair, or can even be used as a rug,” Burns says. Plants are another fabulous way to bring the seasons home. “I love adding plants to a room. They give you a lot of bang for your buck. They’re natural and bring a bit of life and color to the room,” Burns says. Sunset Outpost carries a variety of vessels for plants. “I try to offer really unique ways to display plants,” explains Burns. Sunset Outpost carries several lines of pottery baskets that offer stylish ways to bring nature into your home. “I love placing succulents in pottery and other unique vessels, it’s such an easy way to add a touch of life to anywhere in your house from a centerpiece to a corner table,” Burns says. One of Burn’s favorite are the Modern, resin planters by Capra Designs, they range in price from $65 to $129. Burns also loves bringing larger plants such as fiddle leaf fig trees inside. “I sell a lot of baskets to put bigger plants in,” Burns says. Sunset Outpost features a line of baskets from Swahili Modern, that are Fairtrade and handwoven by African artisans. She also carries Xinh

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& Co., a Fairtrade, handmade line of baskets from Vietnam. Woven baskets range from $25 to $75. Set against neutral tones, plants can add color, life and seasonal reflections to any room. “I’m a sucker for fresh flowers and plants, but if you’re looking for something low maintenance, there are some beautiful faux arrangements that can really warm up a space,” Hartman-Hiltner says. Daytime to Nighttime Like in fashion, a great room can go from daytime to nighttime style with a few key pieces. Candles are the perfect way to change the mood of a room. “There is something about a candle that can please the senses on so many levels,” Burns says. When entertaining, candles are the perfect décor addition to add that extra touch to a party. “Everyone loves a flame, they’re beautiful. And scents can be so soothing and relaxing,” Burns says. Candles are like jewelry, they add sparkle. “When you’re entertaining, you can never have too many candles. Light them all. Make sure to place one in the bathroom too. They are so inviting and really set the mood,” Hartman-Hiltner says. Sunset Outpost carries several lines of candles. One of Burn’s favorite lines are the Nashville-based candle maker, Paddywax. Set in unique vessels, Paddywax candles can

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all be repurposed once the candle burns down. Candles burn down leaving ceramic cream and sugar containers or concrete planters. Paddywax candles range from $14 to $45. Another great accessory to move from work-mode to play-mode are decorative game sets. “Games are big sellers. They’re nice to look at, they add a style element and they’re interactive. People put their phones away. Who doesn’t love a little healthy competition,” Burns says. The line of game sets that Sunset Outpost carry are handcrafted in Los Angeles by Wolfum and range in price from $110 to $215. Functional Fun When it comes to accessorizing your home, multifunctionality is key. “Adding a few things that help you organize with style can make a huge difference in any space,” reveals Burns. Occasional tables can add warmth to an empty space and offer convenience and comfort. They create more space to add lighting, clocks and other accessories. Placed next to a sofa or chair, occasional tables create a handy place to set drinks while relaxing. Sunset Outpost carries a line of mango wood occasional tables from the Dutch furniture company, HK Living and range in price from $140 to $595. If you have a collection of pretty throws instead of storing them, consider displaying them on a decorative ladder. “I am really into bohemian chic and ladders are perfect for that look,” Burns says. Sunset Outpost carried ladders from Philly-based company, Lostine. These ladders are inspired by orchard ladders found around apple trees, they’re made from solid wood and retail for $550. “They add such a unique element of functional style,” Burns says. Another way to bring functional style into a room is with a tray. “Trays are a nice, functional, pretty way to present things. They look great on a coffee table or ottoman,” said Burns. Sunset Outpost has a large selection of trays in bamboo, linen, brass, wood, and resin that range in price from $10 to $115. n

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NEW TRADITIONS Tips for a Safe and Healthy Holiday Season By Felicia L. Niven THE FESTIVE MUSIC, the sparkling decorations, the abundance of food … there’s so much to love about the holiday season. Yet as we age, this season can present its share of challenges. The snowfall we once enjoyed is now a slippery hazard. The Thanksgiving feast we once prepared is now a lot of work. And the inevitable losses — of mobility, independence and even friends and family — are not-so-gentle reminders that nothing stays the same. It’s time to trade in the old traditions. We can all enjoy this festive season on our own terms. We consulted the experts at Seashore Gardens Living Center (SGLC) to find some of the ways that we can help our parents, grandparents and great grandparents fully enjoy the holiday season while staying safe and healthy. Here’s what they shared with us. It’s Not Just Cold. It’s Dangerously Cold. Even if it’s just seasonably cold, late fall and winter weather can be challenging for older adults. That’s because as we age, our core body temperature can drop, according to a study in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society. It’s due in part to the thinning of the layer of fat under our skin that normally acts as an insulator. “This can be complicated by medication that you’re taking and any other medical problems you may have,” said Edmond Francisco, RN, director of nursing at SGLC. “Seniors with cardiovascular conditions may experience difficulties as constricted blood vessels make it harder for oxygen to flow.” He advises keeping the thermostat comfortably warm for your loved ones and limiting their exposure to outside frigid temperatures. New tradition: Watch holiday movies. Look at family scrapbooks. Find the best indoor holiday fun right in your warm and cozy living room. Medications Don’t Take Holidays. Neither Does Healthy Eating. For busy seniors who may be navigating a schedule that has them out and about, it can be tempting to skip medications. “Remember to bring pill boxes along with you, or otherwise take your medication first thing,” suggested Francisco. “Keep in mind that some medications interact with alcohol, and you may need to monitor your loved one during holiday parties.” While seniors may enjoy some holiday treats, “it’s also important that they follow dietary restrictions because making healthy choices will have them feeling their best,” said Jill LaBoy, director of food services at SGLC. “Make sure your loved one is 18

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drinking enough water. As we age, we may not feel thirsty, but it is important to stay hydrated.” New tradition: Find new holiday recipes that accommodate your loved one’s diet. Use colors and décor to make healthy eating a festive occasion. Don’t forget to toast often with your water glass! Look Out for Trips and Falls. Falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries in seniors, and a common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We regularly work with our residents, and those who come to us for rehab services, to improve stability and balance,” said Francisco. He offers some hints for those at home. “For seniors navigating new places during the holidays, it’s important to be cognizant of tripping hazards like throw rugs, uneven floors and low lighting. Also, know the impact of your medication. Sometimes side effects can compromise our stability. Finally, choose shoes with good traction and nonskid soles. Replace worn cane tips. Stay away from icy walkways and beware of slippery surfaces inside that may be created by people coming in with ice on their shoes.” New tradition: Bring the celebration to your loved one, so that he or she won’t have to worry about navigating a new environment. Loss & Love During the Holidays The holidays are supposed to be a happy time, but it’s inevitable that our senior relatives are experiencing some mixed feelings, according to SGLC Executive Director Alysia Price, LCSW, LNHA, CALA, CDP. “They may be missing friends or family who have passed away. They may be mourning their own loss of independence, reduced energy and mobility levels.” Staying busy and involved in holiday preparations can help to alleviate this sense of loss, she noted. Seniors can enjoy many of the traditional holiday activities, sometimes with a little help. This includes baking cookies, making decorations or planning a holiday party. “At SGLC, we bake with our residents,” noted Price. “We sit down together for Thanksgiving dinner and we ring in the New Year with a party.” “Start a new tradition of spending time with your loved ones — on their terms — this holiday season, and you’ll find that is the most precious gift of all,” she said. n


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LEGS, LEGS, LEGS Get a Leg up on Varicose Veins

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od Stewart wrote a song about them. Tina Turner is famous for them. Heidi Klum had hers insured. We rely on our legs our entire life, yet problems with blood circulation can cause serious issues that can lead to painful and unsightly varicose veins. More than just a cosmetic issue, varicose veins often result when valves in the leg veins become weak and damaged. These one-way valves are designed to keep blood flowing back to the heart. When they are damaged, some of that blood flows backward, causing blood to pool and enlarge the veins. This is known as venous reflux disease or venous insufficiency. A common condition, it is estimated that more than half of the people over age 50 in our country suffer from varicose

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veins. In addition to age, other risk factors for varicose veins include being overweight, prolonged standing, family history, and pregnancy. People who suffer from varicose veins often experience pain and discomfort and can become self-conscious about showing their legs. Jeffrey Gosin, MD, FACS, is a vascular surgeon with Shore Vascular & Vein Center in Somers Point. He says his patients with venous reflux often complain of a burning sensation and aching heavy legs. The good news is that a state-of-the-art procedure for varicose makes treating them easier than ever before. Dr. Gosin says Endovenous Ablation, also known as the Vein Closure Procedure, is one of the most common techniques they perform to manage varicose veins. This FDA-approved,


Dr. Jeffrey Gosin, consults with a patient.

minimally-invasive procedure treats venous reflux, often the underlying cause of varicose veins. Before the procedure, Dr. Gosin administers local anesthesia to numb the area. He accesses the vein through a small needle stick and then passes a catheter into the vein using ultrasound guidance. The ultrasound helps to identify the source of the problem that may not be seen with the naked eye. He then treats the vein with radiofrequency (RF) energy, which causes the diseased vein to collapse and close. Blood naturally reroutes to normal veins, reducing or eliminating the abnormal pooling of blood in the legs. The entire procedure is performed in an office setting in about 20 minutes. There is very little discomfort, no stitches, and prescription pain medication is generally not required. Usually, the pain begins to improve within a few weeks. In many cases, the veins disappear completely, or Dr. Gosin touches them up with other techniques that can reduce their appearance.

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Varicose veins often result when valves in the leg veins become weak and damaged. Depending on your situation, the Vein Closure Procedure may not be needed, says Dr. Gosin. In less severe cases, he might recommend a conservative approach with exercise and compression stockings. In other situations, Dr. Gosin removes the affected veins through tiny incisions that are so small they do not require stitches. Patients experience only mild discomfort, they can walk immediately following the procedure, and they can return to normal activities within a day. There are other treatment options to close damaged veins utilizing chemicals, medications, and a new procedure using a special type of “glue� that is inserted into the vein to close it and reroute the blood. A combination of treatments may be used depending on a patient’s needs. While varicose veins may be a painful condition, spider veins are more of a cosmetic issue. Named for their spiderweb look, they are unsightly tiny broken blood vessels that spread out like branches on the skin of the face and legs. People affected by spider veins often feel self-consciousness and may avoid wearing clothing that shows their veins. For spider veins, Dr. Gosin utilizes a variety of

A before and after of varicose vein treatment

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treatment options. Sclerotherapy involves an injection of a solution directly into the vein. The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to collapse. Over time, the vessel turns into scar tissue which fades from view. In addition, he often uses the state-of-the-art Excel V laser system, a unique high-powered laser to deliver energy to the skin. This energy is absorbed by the spider veins, heating and eliminating the abnormal vessels and ultimately restoring normal skin tone and color. The Excel V laser can be customized to each patient’s skin condition, enabling precise and effective treatment of everything from superficial blemishes to deep scars. Unlike more traditional treatments for vascular skin conditions, the Excel V laser employs cooling technology to remove blemishes without pain. While performing these laser procedures, Dr. Gosin’s patients often asked if his laser could remove tattoos, leading him to add another laser to his practice specifically designed for tattoo removal. This revolutionary laser is called the Enlighten III picosecond laser. A picosecond is onetrillionth of a second, one thousand times shorter than classic lasers used for tattoo removal. This laser delivers short pulses of laser energy to break up the ink under the skin and gradually remove the tattoo. Depending on the size of the tattoo, several treatments may be required. Picosecond lasers, sometimes referred to as “pico” lasers, remove tattoos more thoroughly and with fewer treatments, than lasers previously used. Additionally, the Enlighten III makes it possible for Dr. Gosin to treat all skin types and tattoo pigments with a single laser. This results in less treatment time, less discomfort, and less cost. Shore Vascular & Vein Center is the first center in the entire Delaware Valley to offer the new Enlighten III laser for tattoo removal. 12/22 Presenter For people who suffer from varicose and spider veins, there are more treatment options than ever before. With simple, in-office procedures, you can reduce or eliminate painful and unsightly veins, and get your legs looking and feeling their best. n


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Experience the pinnacle of pampering at one of our area spas.


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ccording to the American Massage Therapy Association, over 50 million adults had at least one massage in 2018. That’s a lot of essential oils, loosened up muscles, and “ahh” sighs. Health benefits from massage include reduction in stress, inflammation, blood pressure, pain, and mental health. Whether ordered by a doctor or suggested by friend or family, massage holistically improves a body’s feel and functionality. Although natural healing fads come and go, the power of massage boasts a long history. For example, the Chinese detail the healing powers of massage in books dating over 4,700 years ago. From Egyptian hieroglyphics to sculptures in ancient Greece and Rome, techniques used to heal via touch can be found. Adding to the physical benefits of massage, Hindu Ayurvedic medicine in 1500 BCE emphasized how massage symbiotically heals not only body, but mind and spirit as well. Today in the Atlantic City area, options are plenty for anyone who needs an hour or a day of pampering. Let’s look at a few of the local spas to see what awaits you... Resorts Spa, Resorts International Hotel/Casino What Makes this Spa Special: Massage therapists at Resorts Spa are hand selected and must possess a “healing” component to their technique. Each guest receives a therapist who provides attention not only to their muscles, but their energy as well — emphasizing that the true benefit from massage is experienced when toxic energy is removed from body as well as soul.

Lobby area at Sea Spa, Tropicana

Spa Lobby at Rock Spa, Hard Rock

On the Spa Menu: Only an Hour to Spare: Add CBD oil to any of the massage services — facial, pedi, or scalp — to get a super massage in a short period of time. The benefits of CBD are numerous including pain relief and reduction of anxiety and depression. Ultimate Pampering: The 100 Minute Massage includes a facial and pedicure followed by a scalp massage. The entire experience is enhanced when guests enjoy the steam room, sauna, and jacuzzi included with the massage. njlifestyleonline.com

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LIFEST YLE LEISURE Manager’s Massage Message: “Most people do not realize that AC is located on one of the most beautiful islands in the world; Absecon Island. Being able to incorporate sun, sand, waves, and nature into a spa experience is beyond therapeutic. The concept called earthing, where you actually place your feet on earth, is tremendously therapeutic and healing. Add salt water, and it just does not get much better.” —Justine Spinks, Resorts Spa, Manager

Spa solarium at Sea Spa, Tropicana

Exhale Spa, Ocean Hotel/Casino What Makes this Spa Special: The 33,000 square foot spa has earned the reputation of being the “ultimate spa escape.” Exhale, the only spa in AC that offers an adult-only, co-ed bathhouse, features cutting-edge therapies including the Lift facial that builds collagen to shave years off your face. In addition to massage options, the spa offers a Himalayan salt grotto, Jacuzzis, and a jetted pool with no children! Guests can spend the day ordering cocktails, lunch, or sipping on signature tea. On the Spa Menu: Only an Hour to Spare: Exhale’s signature Flow Massage relieves areas of tension in under an hour. If you want to focus on your skin, the Magic Facial achieves a visible age-defying result labeled as “magic you can see!” Ultimate Pampering: The Day of Restoration begins with a Glow Body Scrub to revitalize skin followed by a relaxing fusion massage. To round out the day, Exhale recommends a ‘true’ facial. And, your experience does not end there since therapies include all-day access to the bathhouse. Manager’s Massage Message: “Being on the beach gives our guests the opportunity to soak in the sun, swim in the salt water, and stick their toes in the sand. Being immersed in nature is a big part of one's health, well-being, and even happiness. In turn, spa therapies are proven to improve the quality of life. The combination of nature and spa perfectly complement each other and is sure to elevate your mood, welfare, and spirits.” —Stacy A. Meyers, Spa Director Sea Spa, Tropicana Hotel/Casino What Makes this Spa Special: Even as you enter the all glass entranceway, your stress melts away. Sea Spa’s co-ed 10,000 square-foot integrated spa includes a solarium area with a huge clover leaf shaped hot tub, sauna & steam room, heated marble benches, and radiant heated floors — all part of the Sea Spa approach to wellness that combines traditional services with holistic therapies. After a massage treatment, guests can relax with Himalayan salt lamp therapy while diffusers gently dispense fragrance of lemongrass oil. On the Spa Menu: Only an Hour to Spare: Choose from a menu of options in one of the eight private treatment rooms or the couples’ room. In less than an hour, partake in a classic Swedish massage or try hot stone massage. Really pressed for time, but need some pampering? Try the 25-minute Swedish massage focusing on a specific area of your body that needs attention. Ultimate Pampering: Massages and therapies using world-renown Thalgo products that harness the riches of the sea — proteins, amino-acids, minerals, and vitamins — to help firm, detox, and relax your skin. Try the full-body super-soft skin body wrap followed with skin exfoliation to eliminate dead skin that results in an invigorated body through micro-circulation.

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Massage room at Sea Spa, Tropicana

Wet lounge at Rock Spa, Hard Rock


Manager’s Massage Message: “All of our body treatments are luxurious, and we use Thalgo products that are all marine based and imported from France that connect the beautiful Atlantic City beach and ocean with the Sea Spa experience. We have 25-minute services and massages are 50, 80, or 110 minutes that include complimentary use of the solarium and outdoor pool.” —Carol Ruffo, Sea Spa Manager Rock Spa, Hard Rock Hotel/Casino What Makes this Spa Special: Touted as being ”More Zeppelin than Zen,” the Rock Spa & Salon’s signature Rhythm & Motion menu offers the world’s first fully immersive music-centric spa treatments that use amplified vibrations, pressures, and patterns. This groundbreaking experience takes guests on a rhythmic massage journey — bass vibrations ripple through the massage table as treble beats come from above, sending pulses through the body and leaving guests feeling energized and invigorated. On the Spa Menu: Only an Hour to Spare: The 50-minute Synchronicity Massage masterfully blends soundtrack and taps into memories to create an experiential journey, in sync with a performance of techniques, pressure, and rhythm — perfect indulgence. Ultimate Pampering: With 20 dedicated massage rooms, four facial rooms, two couple suites, three body treatment rooms, and two Rhythm & Motion rooms, guests can select from a full menu of options that result in a full-day escape. For example, try the Super Tandem — four hands working out kinks in tired muscles, doubling the therapeutic effect. Manager’s Massage Message: “With the hustle and bustle of Atlantic City, this spa’s location is the perfect excuse to take a pause and unwind, while truly providing an extension of the property’s evident music vibe. Whether visitors are hitting the slot machines or experiencing one of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s entertainment venues, guests can take the time to relax and step away from the busyness to unwind at the hotel’s full-service spa.” —Morgan Scovill, J Public Relations, Hard Rock Casino n

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magine — invigoratingly cold and crisp mountain air, breath taking snow-covered mountains as far as the eye can see, and the exhilarating sounds of skis racing on snow as you swoosh and whoosh downhill. Expert skiers can point those Kevlar bad boys downhill and clock anywhere from 40 to 60+ miles per hour. For most of us, recreational skiers and mere mortals, meandering downhill at a fraction of that speed is just fine. Regardless of your abilities, skiing gives a new and positive spin to the phrase, “my life is going downhill.” In the United States today, over 350 ski resorts offer

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winter sports to all ages and abilities from Vermont in the East to Alaska in the West. One resort in particular stands out from the alpine crowd — Deer Valley. Located near Park City, Utah and less than 40 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport, this first-class service resort offers skiing possibilities from December’s first dumping of heavenly, virgin powder to April’s spring skiing — sans scarves and hand warmers. So, grab your goggles and helmet and let’s take a run or two through Deer Valley’s winter wonderland of charm and impeccable customer service.


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A skier takes to Deer Valley's slopes

A Bad Day Skiing is Better Than a Good Day at Work “Guests,” not customers or clients, is the preferred title given to Deer Valley skiers and diners — and first-class treatment awaits you wherever you turn. The resort revolutionized the ski industry by being the first in North America to provide unrivaled service comparable to a five-star hotel. For example, no more schlepping gangly skis and poles. Deer Valley provides ski valets to carry guests' ski gear. To add to the list of top-notch amenities, the resort offers free parking-lot shuttles, a state-licensed child-care facility, and complimentary overnight ski check

services. In addition, Deer Valley believes in uncrowded slopes by limiting ticket sales to no more than 8,500 skiers per day to ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone on the slopes. In many resorts, skiers and snowboarders may clash (hopefully not crash), however Deer Valley proudly touts itself as one of three ski resorts in the U.S. that offers ski-only slopes (i.e., no snowboarders). Get a Lift — Again and Again Deer Valley, venue for the 2002 Winter Olympics, offers njlifestyleonline.com

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serious skiers and those striving to become so state-of-the-art skiing facilities. Stats like 21 chairlifts including 14 high speed options as well as double and triple chairlifts impress novice to expert alike. Whether it’s your first run on a bunny hill or you're up for a double-black diamond challenge, waiting in long lines is not part of the Deer Valley experience. And speaking of slopes, Deer Valley consists of 103 fun-filled snow runs. To be exact, 27% beginner, 41% intermediate, and 32% expert including Double Blue, Black, and Double Black. Guests looking for the ultimate in skiing above the tree line, can meander through six bowls and two chute areas. Looking for a long run? Try your skis out on the longest run at Deer Valley — 2.8 miles from the top of Northside Express to the bottom of Sultan Express. Imagine the selfies photo ops with white mountains of glory as your backdrop! Teach Your Children and Adults Well Whether your first time on the slopes or looking to fine tune your technique, Deer Valley offers over 500 well-trained ski instructors held to the “gold standard of instruction.” Children’s lessons are divided by age groups ranging from Fawn Special (3 years old) to Adventure Club (7-12). Adult categories range from group lessons of no more than four students to private lessons like “Intro to Skiing” for one to two skiers. In addition, Deer Valley skiers enrolled in full-day private lessons may benefit from the complimentary video analysis service — a fun and powerful tool for evaluating and improving your ski technique. During your lesson, the instructor uses professionally-captured video to track your progress and help take your skiing to the next level — literally and figuratively. Après or Pre-Skiing Options If you’re not a skier, Deer Valley offers guests additional winter sports like snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and dog sledding. And, whether you partake in winter sports or not, everyone's gotta eat! From a quick bowl of soup to fireside fine dining, food and drink possibilities are as plentiful as the snow in and around Deer


Valley. What’s a perfect Deer Valley day before or after skiing? First, grab a breakfast of Avocado and Beet Toast at the Deer Valley Grocery Café on the way to the base lodge. Ski a few hours until you’re ready for lunch at the Empire Canyon Lodge — a great spot with stunning views of the Daily Bowl and Chutes offering menu options like soups, chilies, paninis, and freshly baked goods. After a long day on the slopes, relax in a hot tub at one of the lodging properties like the Silver Baron Lodge. For a perfect end to a Deer Valley day, consider a moonlit snowshoe trek to a European-style dinner at the Fireside Dining restaurant — complete with a sleigh ride and two helpings of melted, warm Swiss Raclette Cheese. The Deer Valley Difference When it comes to skiing, people have many choices in the U.S. What makes Deer Valley different from all the rest starts with 2,800 happy and smiling staff members striving to please each guest. And, let us not forget the ski conditions — 300 inches of snowfall yearly. In addition, limited numbers of daily lift tickets allow guests to spend more time on the slopes than in line. From big differences like first-class lodging to small things like Deer Valley’s famous Turkey Chili, all add up to why guests return to the Valley year after year. n A skier at Deer Valley Resort

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LifeStyle Road Trips

Sparkle Town Fun The holidays are magical and merry in Haddonfield. By Dennis Hayes & Lisa Johnson

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addonfield’s charm shines year-round, but it sparkles brightest during the holidays. Starting Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, the historic town takes on a Dickensian feeling. Luminarias line the sidewalks as horse drawn carriages take to the streets transporting visitors back to historic times. The town's historic roots in New Jersey run deep. Located in Camden County, Haddonfield was settled in 1682 and formally incorporated in 1875. The Indian King Tavern, now a museum, is where New Jersey legislators met during the Revolutionary War. A sculpture of a dinosaur makes for a great selfie and commemorates where the first skeleton of a dinosaur was unearthed in North America. Its history alone makes Haddonfield a great road trip, but its bustling downtown area, with over 200 great shops and dozens of award winning eateries, puts it over the top as one of New Jersey’s best destinations. Lisa and I just had time for a quick half day trip and wanted to take advantage of a nice weekend. I convinced Lisa (who is not a beer drinker) that the King’s Road Brewing Company was a great place to start our adventure. Located in a historic structure built in 1777, the

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Haddonfield's holiday season begins on the Friday after Thanksgiving, with a traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Library.


location served as Haddonfield’s local tavern; known as Gibbs Tavern during the 18th and 19th centuries. The Brewing Company is just yards from the Indian King Tavern museum. In keeping with the town’s historic nature, the brewery named one of its more popular IPA’s (India Pale Ale) after another of the town’s historic taverns; the Blazing Rag. IPA’s are a bit “more hoppy,” meaning a little more bitter, than other beers. It’s an acquired taste, but one that beer drinkers learn to love. King’s Road Brewing Company has one of the widest selections of beers, ales, porters, and stouts than any other brewing company I’ve visited. It’s well worth a visit! This put us in the mood for a little English fare, so we crossed over Kings Highway to visit the British Chip Shop. Proprietors, Ian and Kate, were warm and welcoming. Ian’s in the kitchen using his 25 years of culinary experience to create traditional British dishes. His wife Kate runs the front of house, while also being a full time high school teacher and raising their two beautiful girls. During the season, they’ll be offering Christmas puddings, and other British desserts and pastries to enjoy there or take home. The British Chip Shop is also preparing traditional Dickens Christmas dinners, including roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. Lisa and I enjoyed Potato Leek Soup and some Cheddar Mac ’n Cheese. For entrees, Lisa chose the Jumbo Haddock and Chips, Ian’s twist on traditional Fish & Chips, and I had the meatloaf and mashed potatoes. The portions were huge. The Haddock was lightly breaded and flakey. The meatloaf was extraordinary, with a slight spicy kick. The gravy was created using some stout from King’s Road Brewing Company and

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was out of this world. There are so many varied restaurants in Haddonfield to choose from; The Little Hen, a French Bistro, was highly recommended. Verona, with its Italian specialties, was another that shop owners we visited touted. Arguably the most popular seems to be The Bistro. Located at the corner of Tanner Street and Kings Highway, The Bistro is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and has something for everyone’s tastes. They also feature In the Kitchen Cooking School, which offers holiday classes and Cookie Exchange parties, starting in November. We learned Haddonfield is a dry town, so bring your favorite bottle; some restaurants sell New Jersey wines, they just can’t serve it. We found that odd, but as long as we had our rose’ we were happy! As I said, the shopping is fantastic and now through January 1, the downtown turns into a magical village, with trees wrapped in twinkle lights and friendly merchants. Here you can feel good about supporting small businesses while avoiding the hustle and bustle of big box stores. Lisa, who is a tea drinker, fell in love with The Spice and Tea Exchange. We both were enamored at the English Gardener Gift Shop with its vast and distinctive selection of décor and gifts for the home and garden. Haddonfield also has a wonderful Farmer’s Market, open on Saturdays, from 8:30 AM to 1 PM, on Kings Court, a walking friendly area where cars are prohibited. With candlelight shopping every Friday, musical performances, and free parking, now through Christmas, Haddonfield knows how to put the happy in the holidays. Cheers! n

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UTILITARIAN LUXE The Range Rover; embodying the ultimate combination of form and function By Elaine Rose


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ou want the best of both worlds. You need a vehicle that can drive over any terrain, whether it’s a January snowfall or the rocky trail that leads to your favorite fishing hole. But you also like being pampered with luxuries such as leather seats, a sunroof, and a premium sound system. Enter the Land Rover Range Rover, a luxury SUV that’s generally acknowledged to be the best at cruising over all kinds of turf — and even wading through nearly three feet of water. Be aware that this jewel of the British auto industry will set you back a pretty penny. But it will make you feel like royalty. As Martin Padgett of The Car Connection put it, the Range Rover “leaves no luxury unmet… (and) can pamper any well-heeled driver, no matter if their wallet is exceedingly plump or merely thick.” “It’s just (as) at home bouncing along a muddy and rocky trail as it is cruising Rodeo Drive,” wrote the car experts at Edmunds. “It’s an obvious choice if you want something that can handle both pavement and trail.” Range Rovers have been on the road for half a century. The first model was introduced in 1970 by British Leyland. Between 1974 and 1987, the vehicles weren’t sold in the United States, and owners purchased them on the gray market. American sales officially began in March 1987. The Range Rover is now in its fourth generation, introduced in 2012. Some 2019s are still in stock, and the 2020s are coming in, said Eric Loftlin, who works in sales at Land Rover Cherry Hill. Customers can buy a vehicle off the lot, search for one at a nearby dealership, or order one built to specifications at the factory in Sulihull, England. The latter option takes a few months for delivery. Once you decide to buy a Range Rover, there is a dizzying array of trim level and engine choices. The base price for a 2020 Range Rover starts at $90,950, and the top-of-theline SV Autobiography trim can run over $200,000. The trim levels are too lengthy to list, as each has several sub-categories. Let’s just say there’s the Range Rover, the Range Rover HSE starting at $96,950, and the Range Rover Autobiography starting at $131,595. All seat five, have eight-speed automatic transmission and full-time allwheel drive. For about $10,000 extra, the long wheelbase version adds 7.5 inches of legroom to the rear seats. Even the base model is well-appointed with creature comforts, and more are added as you go up the trimlevel ladder. Grained leather seats, a sliding sunroof, a 13-speaker Meridian sound system, and heated front seats come on all Range Rovers. All trims come with front and rear parking assist, at the least. Trust us, you’ll need the last one. The Range Rover is 16.4 feet long and weighs nearly 2½ tons. Most versions have 31.8 feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, which have a 60-40 split. Not as roomy as some large SUVs, but reviewers say it should meet most families’ needs.

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Then there are the engines. Range Rovers have six different motors — four using gasoline, one hybrid, and one diesel — but not all are available with every trim level. The basic engine is a 3.0-liter, P360 Ingenium six-cylinder with 355 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. It can reach speeds of 130 mph and goes from zero to sixty in 6.6 seconds. At the opposite end is a 5.0-liter P565 V8 with 575 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. It can go up to 140 mph and from a standstill to 60 mph in an impressive 5.1 seconds. Premium gasoline is recommended. All the gasoline engines guzzle fuel, getting about 19 mpg. For the more environmentally conscious, there is also a hybrid engine, with a stated 31-mile driving range on the battery, and a diesel engine, which gets about 27 mpg. But some reviewers say the hybrid’s battery range is variable and recommend the diesel if you want fuel economy. And despite its massive size, the Range Rover rides well. “The Range Rover does a convincing impression of an ultra-luxury sedan most of the time,” Padgett wrote for The Car Connection. “It can relax and peel off highway miles at a languid pace and leave four or five passengers inside blissfully unaware that the road beneath them sucks, or isn’t even there.” There are two drawbacks to the Range Rover, reviewers noted. One is its reliability rating. It needs repairs more often than other SUVs, and parts are pricey. And some say the infotainment system is slow to respond and takes some time to learn. There are two 10-inch touchscreens, one for entertainment and the other for handling the car. It can be made compatible with both Android and Apple CarPlay. US News & World Report ranked the Range Rover low among SUVs, largely because of its reliability and infotainment system. But writer Cory Trotter praised the Rover for its handling. “The Range Rover is a good luxury large SUV,” Trotter wrote. “Not only is it one of the class leaders in off-road prowess, but it offers … a comfortable ride and a fair amount of agility for a vehicle this size.” For those who covet the Range Rover label, but don’t want to spring $90,000-plus, Land Rover Cherry Hill’s Loftlin said there are three other models in the family. The Range Rover Evoque, the Range Rover Sport, and the Range Rover Velar have the prestige, but with smaller price tags. Most of his customers don’t want the Range Rover’s offroad capability for much more than getting out of their driveways after a snowstorm, without having to haul out the shovel, Loftin said. But many Range Rover buyers are repeat customers. “Once you drive one, it’s hard to get away from it,” he said. n


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Expert Tips from a Local Hobbyist By Richard Reina

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he classic car hobby is exploding around the country among individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Have you noticed? It’s happening in New Jersey too — some communities gather for Cruise Nights or local diners host Cars and Coffee. It’s a great time for enthusiasts to come together and revel in the joy of classic cars from all eras. Perhaps you’re a “gearhead” who has always been intrigued by the hobby but never quite had the time or money to get involved. Or maybe you’re newly-aware of car collecting and interested in learning more. The good news is, there’s no wrong time or way to get started! Let these tips, taken

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from personal experience, help guide you into the wonderful and fulfilling world of car collecting. Try Before You Buy A classic car is a major investment that you don’t want to rush into. Make sure you do your homework. Yes, this means online research, which is easier than ever. You can also consider attending a local or regional classic car show. The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) has a N.J. chapter which puts on an annual show in Morristown. You can also look into local clubs, both formal and informal, and see about attending a meeting or Cruise Night to chat with other


hobbyists and receive advice. A great place to start is www.newjerseycarshows.com. You might find that you have a lot of local options available to you! Understand your Intentions (and Budget) Hobbyists come from all walks of life. There’s no wrong way to partake in classic car collecting, as you can be in total control over how you enjoy your vehicle. However, you should have an understanding of your interests and goals before you start shopping. Getting acquainted with local, experienced collectors is one way to help you figure this out. Maybe you’ll realize that having a car to take to casual Cruise Nights is sufficient. Or perhaps you want to show the car and dedicate a good amount of time to maintenance and cosmetic upkeep. These are all valid and fun options, but it helps to know your direction before setting off. You’ll also want to be smart when budgeting for the car purchase. Don’t forget to account for important add-ons, like classic car insurance, garaging and any possible repairs. Owning a classic car can be an ongoing project, so it’s also smart to have a slush fund set aside for general upkeep and surprise repairs. Shop Smart When you’re ready to start browsing for your dream car, the internet, once again, is a great place to begin. Choose among national websites dedicated to collector cars (www. hemmings.com is one example), forums which are brand-specific, or local listings like on Craigslist or Facebook. Each has its advantages. Or maybe a local club member can get you connected with a potential seller. Whichever way you choose to do your shopping, you’ll always want to view the car in person before writing the check. Ask one of your new auto club friends to tag along, a second set of knowledgeable eyes is very valuable. If you’re thinking about making the leap into classic car collecting, you’ll find that it can be daunting at times but, most importantly, fun and rewarding! n Richard Reina is a life-long automotive expert and Product Training Director at www.CARiD.com, a NJ-based company. Richard currently owns and shows a 1967 Alfa Romeo.

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THE GIFT OF ART How to engage in and buy local art for the holidays By Michael Cagno

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here are countless companies targeting us in the mail, social-media, and emails asking us to buy their latest widget. Most likely a widget that we don’t need and will be placed in next year’s yard sale. This holiday season, consider giving a gift of art in a way that supports our artists and art institutions. Sure, you can get great deals if you go down the rabbit hole of "wall decor" on your favorite websites, or in the decor cubicles at big box stores. Walk the crowded decor aisles with the towering monolithic shelving units looking for gifts and you will find a lot of calming landscapes or vibrant abstract images designed to match your couch. Or let’s be real cliché and think about buying the black-and-

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while photographs of flowers or colorful images of cafes in Europe, all with the same facades. Once the shopping is done, lets enjoy the holidays renting The Nutcracker from Redbox while eating our once frozen cardboard appetizers that we bought in bulk from, you know the place. Why not give up the tradition of strolling downtown with hot chocolate, seeing friends, and investing in those gifts for someone special. Here’s the rub. All these products are mass-produced and shipped in without thought or care. The artist gets nothing, and the retailers run to the bank. Every dollar we spend on a commercial print of sunflowers is a dollar that could go to support the arts instead. Imagine if we spend just a


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little differently. Not only do we get something beautiful to place in our homes for a lifetime, or experience a live performance that creates memories, but an artist can keep his/her studio and eat. For roughly the same amount of money or a little bit more you give up handing over your hard-earned money to a faceless corporation for an assembly-line reproduction or commercially made DVD. In southeastern New Jersey, we are surrounded by many talented artists and organizations and this holiday season is prime time to engage in new creative experiences with authenticity. Centered in our area is Wheaton Arts. From November 29 through December 8 watch worldclass glass art created in the Glass Studio. Tour the Museum of American Glass with its notable collection. Walk through the Craft Studios and see skilled artists at work. Browse through the finest selection of handcrafted gift items in our award-winning museum stores. Get your pick of Wheaton Arts studio glass prototypes, seconds and overstocks, glass by artist Melanie Guernsey Leppla and David Leppla. Also available is a wide selection of pottery by Wheaton Arts’ artist Terry Plasket and our Wheaton Arts Ceramic Studio Artists at discounts of 30 to 70 percent OFF original prices. FREE Admission to

Ann Duncan's artwork at the Noyes Museum Shop

This holiday season, consider giving a gift of art in a way that supports our artists and art institutions. the sale! And if you become a member, you will have the opportunity to preview the Big Glass Blast on November 29th. The Big Glass Blast Team will be at Wheaton Arts for one day to create a large-scale Cornucopia! Along the coast, Historic Cold Spring Village is a non-profit educational institution established as an Early American open-air living history museum. Its purpose is three-fold: historic preservation, history education and heritage tourism. This is accomplished by promoting New Jersey history through extensive programs utilizing the architecture, lifestyles, arts, history and culture found in a rural South Jersey village during the early to mid19th century. The Village endeavors to provide visitors from throughout New Jersey and the nation, and around the world with an understanding of their cultural heritage through a personal encounter with the past. Experience Wassail Day on December 7th as the Village paths come alive with the sounds and smells of wintertime at this free family event. Select buildings will be open where guests can enjoy hands-on crafts, live music, hot beverages and holiday treats served by historical clothed interpreters. Visitors can meet Father Christmas at the Country Store. The Country Store will be open and stocked with unique holiday gift ideas

The Gallery of Fine Craft at Wheaton Arts

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Atlantic City Ballet's It's A Shore Holiday at Caesars

Help to fight homelessness by purchasing your own handmade ornament online at mudgirlsstudios.org. Stop by Cafe 7311 in Ventnor, or MudGirls Studios Holiday Open Studio on Dec 7 in Atlantic City.

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LIFEST YLE ART including traditionally-processed wool, artisan crafts for the home, books, jewelry, toys and old-fashioned candy. The Ocean City Fine Arts League has a strong history of showcasing local talent. The League is a co-op of artists and volunteers who maintain the “Art on Asbury” gallery. The gallery offers affordable works in watercolor, oil, acrylic, mixed media, photography, pottery, textiles, and sculptures. Grounded in the center of a main street the gallery location driven by the local community and tourist enjoying the benefits of this shore community. A short trek up the Garden State Parkway from Ocean City is the Noyes Arts Garage Noyes Museum Shop. The store showcases a variety of high-quality, distinctive artwork by local and regional artists, affordable jewelry, home accessories, children’s toys, books, and gifts. Items are often one-of-akind, individually selected, and perfectly suited for those “hard to shop for” friends and relatives. During the holiday season, nothing beats watching live theater. On December 1, Stockton Performing Arts Center will host the 75-member South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble as they perform some of the most famous and recognizable music of the concert band literature along with delightful and enjoyable melodies of the winter season. The audience will feel musically energized and inspired for the holidays. Finally, what is the holiday season without The Nutcracker? The Atlantic City Ballet is celebrating its 37th season with The Nutcracker, an annual event that has been in the repertoire since 1982. Choreographed by Phyllis Papa, the production travels to theaters, colleges, and casinos. The costumes and scenery are magnificent; it is a spectacular ballet worth seeing. Nutcracker is a family tradition that embodies the holiday spirit, enjoyed by young and old, and remains the most well attended ballet in history. It is based on the story of Hoffman to the music of Tchaikovsky. The arts are alive and well in our area; let’s celebrate and invest in these artists and institutions as we truly embrace the concept of shopping locally. n


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Josh Grobin performing in concert.


THAT TIME I STOOD UP JOSH GROBAN FOR BILLY JOEL (Josh, if you’re reading, I can explain.)

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et me start off by saying that I love both Billy Joel and Josh Groban. As a piano player myself, how does one not idolize “the” piano man who is a songwriting genius and entertainer extraordinaire? Josh on the other hand is also a gifted writer with an unbelievably charming stage presence, whose golden voice literally brings people to tears. Yes, I may be talking about myself here, but there were others. I saw them! When it comes to music, most people will tell you there is nothing better than hearing your favorite artists live. I was 17 when I saw my first concert with my high school girlfriends. It was U2 and it was amazing. A few years later I caught Billy Joel in Philadelphia for what was being billed as his final tour. It wasn’t, but who can say no to more Billy? Since then I’ve seen countless shows from almost every genre of music from classical and rock, to jazz and country. What’s changed, however, is where I’m seeing them. Years ago, my friends and I would hope and pray that our favorite artists would make a tour stop in Philadelphia, the closest big city for those living in the Atlantic City area. We weren’t thrilled about the twohour trip, but it was the price you paid to see a musician or group that you loved. Unfortunately, that price was tacked onto what we also had to pay for the actual tickets, not to mention parking and tolls. Slowly the tides began to turn with a few big-name artists headlining at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Gradually more and more acts made their way to the shore, and today you’d almost be hard pressed to find a top selling artist who doesn’t book in Atlantic City. As crazy as it sounds, sometimes there’s almost too much talent for one person to handle, which is exactly what happened to me on the night that inspired the title of this article. It’s no secret that Josh Groban is one of my all-time favorite artists. He’s my dream duet partner as well as my dream soloist for a song I wrote about 15 years ago. I have followed his career almost from the start and had the thrill of seeing him early on at Caesars, at what may have been his first Atlantic City show. His voice blew me away, which is why I couldn’t wait to see him a few years later, this time at Boardwalk Hall. It was going to be a full girls night out with dinner and drinks before the show and then on to see Josh. What I hadn’t planned on was a

last-minute call from a friend who asked me if I wanted to be his plus one for an invite only show with Billy Joel at the Borgata. I was torn. Josh had a voice of an angel, but Billy was the piano man and I had already paid good money to see him on his first “farewell” tour. What if this really was his last time around? As much as I loved Josh, I knew he had a long career ahead of him, so I opted for Billy and he didn’t disappoint. Since then Josh has played several shows in Atlantic City that I didn’t have the chance to attend. In fact, I’ve missed a number of opportunities to see my favorite artists over the last few years, despite the fact that they were virtually in my own backyard. Admittedly, sometimes I’ve taken for granted the luxury of the close locale. I need to stop. Regardless of the season, the city consistently offers top notch entertainment; from big name headliners at casinos and Boardwalk Hall, to film and jazz festivals in large venues or quaint theaters like Dante Hall. The hardest part is making time to take it all in. Yes, we all have super busy lives with crazy schedules, but just think back to the last show or concert you went to and remember how it made you feel — the energy, the emotion, that intimate feeling that you’re part of something really special that will never happen again, at least not exactly in that way. Even if you have seen an artist more than once, you know that each show can have a different vibe. You never know which songs will be played or what might happen that may surprise you. Speaking of surprises, that’s exactly what I got when I finally did catch Josh Groban performing a few months ago. Interestingly enough, it was Billy’s show at the Borgata Event Center that forced me to give-up my ticket for Josh, and it was at that same venue where I saw Josh in July. Imagine my surprise when he sat down at the piano and started singing Billy Joel. Talk about full circle. I couldn’t help but think it was a sign that Josh would grant me a “get out of jail free” card for skipping out on him all those years ago and would tell me that, “It’s ok, I love him too. You’re forgiven.” Either way, it was another phenomenal show. I just wish it didn’t take me so long to get there. Lesson learned for the future. See you at the next show! n njlifestyleonline.com

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Each day, women in recovery reassemble broken lives at MudGirls Studio in Atlantic City. This extraordinary organization allows them to earn, learn, and find a path out of poverty and dependency. By Marjorie Preston Dorrie Papademetriou

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er name is Susan. An addiction to pain pills and a subsequent arrest cost her jail time and the custody of her daughter. It also led her to become a recovery coach for other women, rediscover a lifelong love of art, and find work that is leading her, step by step, to a productive, responsible life — including a reconciliation with her child. Like the other women of MudGirls Studio, Susan is using the lessons of the past to map out a brighter future. Fired Up for Change Founded by artist and designer Dorrie Papademetriou, MudGirls is located in a row of former classrooms at St. Michael’s Loft in Atlantic City, above the church of the same name. The church was built in 1912, and until 1988, its second and third stories housed a kindergarten and Catholic elementary school. After the school closed, the space was used for storage. Then, in 2017, St. Monica’s Parish opened the loft space to several community organizations: HR Recovery Initiative, which combats human trafficking; Recovery Force, where Susan was trained to become a peer counselor; and MudGirls, a working ceramic studio that employs women grappling with addiction, poverty, and sometimes homelessness. While paying them to turn out the MudGirls line of hand-crafted, small-batch ceramics, it teaches them self-sufficiency and imbues them with self-respect. The first day she came to Recovery Force, Susan met Dorrie, who asked her if she wanted a job. “I thought, ‘Wow, this is amazing,’” Susan says. “I had experience — I had studied art and used to throw on the wheel. So, I said yes.” A Hand Up With its scuffed tile floors, whitewashed walls, and chalksmeared blackboards, the space occupied by MudGirls looks like the school it once was — with a few differences. In a corner of one room is a big kiln, which fires the clay pieces at

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temperatures that can exceed 1,000 degrees. Shelves are lined with the finished products: dishes, platters, bowls, vases, and more — some with a matte finish, some glossy. Every piece is finely rendered and one-of-a-kind, embellished with different patterns: starbursts, waves, keys, pressed ferns and other flora. A series of simple white bowls are imprinted with the words Believe and Hope. The studio produces delicate ornaments in the forms of doves and flower blossoms. Long tables are covered with tiles and other ceramicware in various stages of completion. It took 4,000 of those tiles to construct a dramatic, multicolored fireplace surround at the new Stockton University Atlantic City campus. The project won raves for its vivid reimagining of a seaside locale, with the tiles working together to create the look of bending reeds and undulating waves. That success led to another large-scale installation at the multimillion-dollar New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, which opened in September. For Susan, being part of such ambitious projects satisfies the artist in her. “I love my work,” she says, “and I really do take pride in everything I make.” The Turning Point Prior to forming MudGirls, Dorrie Papademetriou spent much of her professional life in the rarefied worlds of art, design, and fashion, working alongside industry icons like Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford, and directing global ad campaigns for brands like Louis Vuitton and Infiniti. Her life changed unexpectedly at a high-fashion photo shoot in Boston. “We were in the middle of Copley Square, a beautiful place with models and hair and makeup and this big entourage,” she recalls. “Then a street man came up. I remember his face to this day; he had been disfigured in a fire. And he came into the middle of this glamorous scene and said, ‘What about me?’” She calls those three words, uttered by a dispossessed and discarded street person, a “turning point.” The incident was “so jarring, so powerful, it was really hard


for me to go on with the rest of the day,” she says. “I started to question myself, to ask, ‘What am I doing?’ I knew I needed to rethink where my life was going. “I realized there was a reason I was given what I was given,” she says. “I had a passion for humanity and I was given it to help others.” She found her Atlantic City studio with the help of Cookie Till of Steve and Cookie's By the Bay in Margate and entrepreneur Evan Sanchez, co-founder of Authentic City Partners. They introduced Dorrie to Father Jon Thomas, pastor of the citywide parish, St. Monica’s, which includes St. Michael’s Church. “In exchange for studio space, the MudGirls made beautiful medallions to distribute to the first 500 guests of the 2016 return of the Wedding of the Sea Festival,” an annual rite of summer hosted by the parish, says Father Jon. After that, MudGirls “became the pioneer tenant of St. Michael's Loft.” Now, the former storage facility is “an incubator for new nonprofits,” he says. “The MudGirls’ work fits our interest in addressing the special difficulties of needy women in Atlantic City and cooperating with the city in making Mississippi Avenue the city's Arts Corridor.” Sanchez agrees, saying MudGirls “provides Atlantic City women in need with a hand up. The opportunity for the women to learn a valuable skill and create beautiful artwork is empowering and provides a path to a better life.” The Artists’ Way Several women who started with MudGirls at its inception in 2016 are still there, but some eventually move on. Donna, for example, is a formerly homeless woman (she prefers the term “hobo”) whose life has stabilized in her three years working at the studio. “My attitude is better,” she says. “I’m dressing like I used to dress. I’m filled with hope and happiness.” Donna will soon relocate to Washington, DC, to reconnect with her family. “I am not a hobo now, and I am not homeless,” she says. “This is my time.” Susan, by contrast, says she never wants to leave. “Thank God for Recovery Force, and thank God for Dorrie — without them, I wouldn’t be here. They saved my life.” Dorrie finds the work — and the changes that are a byproduct of the work — just as gratifying as her team members do. “I put every bit of myself into MudGirls, from emotional to spiritual, from the creative end to the business end,” she says. “It takes every ounce of what I am. And it’s becoming what I intended it to be.” n

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Dorrie assists with rolling out clay.

MudGirls Studio inside St. Michael's church in Atlantic City

For more information, visit mudgirlsstudio.org. Proceeds from all sales support the MudGirls’ mission: to provide training and skills to help women transition from poverty to self-sufficiency.

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WHAT'S H AP P ENING AROU N D S OU TH JERS E Y. . . with Whitney Ullman

NOVEMBER & DECEMBER The holiday season is a time for sensational events, incredible entertainment, fabulous parties, volunteering, donations, fundraisers, gratitude, and a lot more. But don’t forget to reflect on your year, and dive into 2020 with a clear vision — see what I did there? Remember to say thank you for all of the lessons, learn from your mistakes, and be the best person you can be! Happy Holidays!

Friday - Sunday, November 1st - 3rd The 2019 Atlantic City Tattoo Expo Bally’s Atlantic City www.actattooexpo.com

Tuesday, November 5th Election Day Don't forget to vote! Your respective municipalities

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Saturday, November 2nd Dancing Under the Atlantic City Stars Benefits the Community Foodbank Southern New Jersey Branch Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City www.cfbnj.org

Friday & Saturday, November 8th & 9th Savor Borgata Ultimate Food Experience Events Indulge in all 22 amazing events and meet a star-studded roster of chefs! Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City www.theborgata.com

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November 3rd - 8th Ocean Eats Restaurant Week 6 Day Celebration of Dining at Ocean Resort www.theoceanac.com kkk

Monday, November 4th, 6 PM - 8 PM Young Professionals Networking Mixer Atlantic City Junior Chamber, SoPro & AtlantiCare Rhythm & Spirits www.eventbrite.com FREE but please register

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Thursday, November 14th The Diabetes Training Camp Foundation Benefit We Bee Spelling Hard Rock Hotel & Casino www.diabetestrainingcamp.com kkk

Saturday, November 16th An Evening with Jon Dorenbos — Magic, Comedy & Inspiration Borgata's The Music Box www.theborgata.com


Thursday, November 21st Battle of the Bras to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Harrah's Waterfront Conference Center at Harrah's www.ticketmaster.com

December 1st - 30th Holiday Memories with Allen Edwards Resorts Casino Hotel www.resortsac.com

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Friday, November 21st & Saturday November 22nd Yo-Eleven — One Woman Show for Images and Voices of Hope Presented by Comedian Michelle Tomko to promote Atlantic City's unsung heroes Dante Hall Theater Free Event www.dantehallstockton.org

Friday, December 6th Toys for Tots - Swing into Christmas A Musical Comedy Review Show to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Resorts Casino Hotel

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Saturday, November 23rd An Evening with John Cleese Emmy Award-winning actor and comedy icon Ceasars Circus Maximus Theater www.capemaychamber.com kkk

Sunday, November 24th The Atlantic City Ballet Presents: It's a Shore Holiday Caesars Circus Maximus Theater www.acballet.org kkk

Friday, November 29th Celtic Woman: The Best of Christmas Tour Tropicana's Showroom in Atlantic City www.tropicana.net

FREE Admission — please bring a new unwrapped toy www.resortsac.com kkk

Friday, December 6th LeAnn Rimes "You and Me Christmas Tour" Hard Rock Atlantic City www.hardrockatlanticcity.com kkk

Saturday, December 7th Countess Luann De Lesseps and Friends Holiday Show Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa www.theborgata.com kkk

Saturday, December 7th Hallmark Channel Presents Mariah Carey "All I Want For Christmas Is You" Hard Rock Atlantic City www.hardrockatlanticcity.com

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Saturday, November 30th Tony Orlando's Great American Christmas Resorts Casino Hotel Atlantic City

Saturday, December 21st Straight No Chaser: The Open Bar Tour Ovation Hall at Ocean Casino Resort

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Gilda’s Club Host Reception

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During a beautiful sunset on the bay in Ventnor, John C. Baker and Anne M. Baker hosted a Red Door Society reception at their lovely home. Perfect weather greeted guests and physicians from AtlantiCare. Steve and Cookies By the Bay provided an amazing dinner, and Gilda's Club member Debbie Golding shared her powerful story of how GCSJ was there for her and family upon her daughter's cancer diagnosis.

The Schultz-Hill Foundation Welcomed Sheena Easton The Schultz-Hill Foundation welcomed international singing star and Billboard chart topper Sheena Easton for its annual benefit concert. Presented by Resorts Casino this past August, VIP guests were able to have a meet and greet with Sheena, along with champagne and dessert after the show.

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Atlantic City Air Show 2019 The Atlantic City Airshow returned to the skies over the beautiful free beaches and Boardwalk of Atlantic City for the 17th year this past August to Salute to Those That Serve. Approximately 400,000 spectators watched stunts from the US Army Golden Knights, the USAF Thunderbirds, and many more.

Atlantic City Ballet's Cinderella The Atlantic City Ballet presented Cinderella at the Circus Maximus Theater at Caesars in September. Cinderella vividly delighted the audience with the beauty and majesty of classical ballet, wrapped in the promise of “happily ever after.�

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Bally's Sports Book Opens The official grand opening of the newest sports book venue in Atlantic City was recently held at Bally's Wild West Sports Book. “The Book� opening was hosted by NFL/Eagles alumni players Chris Long, Fred Barnett, and Hollis Thomas.

Margate Fall Funfest Over 20,000 visitors attended the Fall Funfest by the Bay 2019. Funfest was loaded with new entertainment and activities. including music, games, back-bay nature tours, and educational exhibits. Vendors from throughout the region offered savory food and unique crafts.

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The 7th Annual Right Notes a Success

Photos by Eric Weeks

The Right Notes fundraising event was held in October at Greate Bay Country Club to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Passion Vines Wine & Spirit Company planned what is known as the most comprehensive charitable wine tasting event in South Jersey. Guests enjoyed more than 100 top-scoring wines, craft beers, artisan spirits, live music, and gourmet foods.

AC Day Nursery Celebrates 113th Birthday The historic Atlantic City Day Nursery celebrated its 113-year history while also feting 2019 Giving Tree honorees, Tim Glenn and Ingeborg Carlson. The “Fall in Love with Learning� event was held at Atlantic City Country Club, where guests enjoyed a Harvest-themed dinner on the outside lanai.

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2019 HEROtini Campaign a Success The 2019 HEROtini Happening Awards Event was held in August at Linwood Country Club. The HEROtini Mocktail Cup went to Tomatoes and CRA Financial, LLC and their “Tee Time” mocktail. Participating bars, restaurants and taverns, as well as dedicated sponsors and donors make the event a rousing success.

John Brooks Ground Breaking Ceremony A ceremonial kickoff was held in August for the long-awaited construction of the new “Tour the Center Without Walls” residential treatment facility in Mays Landing. Guests were able to network, enjoy refreshments, and tour the new facility.

AtlantiCare Holds Mixer The AtlantiCare Foundation held their summer mixer on August 13 at Linwood Country Club. Guests were able to enjoy wine, beer, hors d'oeuvres, and dessert. Proceeds provide the financial resources to support AtlantiCare’s vision of building healthy communities.

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“Golden Era of Vaudeville” Comes to Seashore Gardens Living Center

A group of residents and visitors to Seashore Gardens Living Center (SGLC) were treated to an enjoyable afternoon of entertainment from the Vaudeville era on September 12. The show, titled “The Golden Era of Vaudeville,” was presented by The Starlite Steppers, a talented group of seniors themselves, based in Cape May County.

Betrivers.com and Wells Fargo Center Unveil New Sports Lounges at Flyers Home Opener The Philadelphia Flyers are back on the ice and this year, the games will be even more exciting thanks to two sports lounges that debuted opening night when the Flyers hosted the New Jersey Devils. The Rivers branding reflects the casino’s impending transition from SugarHouse Casino to Rivers Casino Philadelphia, as well as the online component.

Golfing for Good Tournament

The Arc of Atlantic County held the 11th Annual I. Rice & Company Golfing for Good Invitational Tournament in September on the Pines and Bay courses at Seaview Hotel & Golf Club. Over 250 golfers participated in two concurrent golf tournaments raising more than $159,000. Proceeds from the tournament support the work of The Arc of Atlantic County.

Fall Back Celebration

The Hotel Macomber in Cape May held a celebration to enjoy the Fall season this past October in their Union Park Restaurant. The intimate party was hosted by Karen and Yogi Kurtz, and Donna and Gary Padussis. Guests were invited to enjoy menu selections and specials.

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CRA Hosts Summer BBQ CRA hosted a special BBQ for clients and friends at the Historic Gardner’s Basin. Guests dined on lobster and fresh N.J. corn while listing to live music on the Atlantic City Waterfront.

Parkinson’s Life Center Fashion Show The Parkinson Life Center of Southern NJ held their annual Fashion Show and Luncheon at The Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point this past August. The event featured fashions from Macy’s My Stylist, Swag Bags from Lancôme, and a fabulous Silent Auction.

Hard Hat Party at St. Nicholas A Hard Hat party was held in September to celebrate the monumental task of restoring the interior of the beloved St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church in Atlantic City. History lovers and the community are pulling together to get the job done.

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2019 Atlantic City Air Show

Foreigner at Hard Rock last October Photo by Don Kravitz/ DBKphoto

Johnny Mathis performing at Golden Nugget in September.

Journey performed in September at the Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena. Sheena Easton performing in August at Resorts.

Broadway on the Boardwalk performing Mean Girls last August. Photo by Tom Briglia / PhotoGraphics A Beatles Tribute in September at Golden Nugget

Atlantic City Ballet's performance of Cinderella

Ratt performing at the Hard Rock in September

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Entertainment Scene Howie Mandel performed at Hard Rock in August. Photo by Don Kravitz/ DBKphoto Actor and comedian Chris Tucker and guest at the Julius Irving Golf Classic Photo by Don Kravitz/DBKphoto Post Malone performing at Boardwalk Hall in October. Photo by Don Kravitz/DBKphoto

Keith Urban performed at Hard Rock in August. Photo by Don Kravitz/DBKphoto

The Real Housewives at Harrah's Photo by Tom Briglia /PhotoGraphics


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A TOUR

OF ITALY A bottle of red, a bottle of white It all depends upon your appetite I'll meet you any time you want In our Italian Restaurant —Billy Joel / Scenes from an Italian Restaurant

By Molly Golubcow

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talian Food … what immediately comes to mind when you hear these words? Hearty, cheesy, comforting, and delicious, just to name a few. From creamy rich dishes from Northern Italy to tangy and tomatoey red sauces from Southern Italy — everyone loves Italian cuisine. Traditionally, Italians serve meals in courses. Depending on the meal and the occasion, it can be up to seven plates from soup to nuts — figuratively speaking. The three must-serve courses in any Italian meal include; 1. Antipasto, the “before the meal” starter like long hots or minestrone soup; 2. Primo, a pasta or polenta as the first course; and 3. Secondo, the main course usually chicken, meat, or fish. Attempting to list all the Italian restaurants in the area

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would result in a list as long as a box of linguini all strung together! As a sampling, let’s take an orderly and delicious tour of some local Italian cuisine options, 1-2-3. Girasole, Atlantic City Girasole, a family-owned restaurant, has been serving authentic cuisine in the Atlantic City area for over 25 years. The Iovinos care about their customers; cooking from scratch and handcrafting each meal with “unhurried care” to ensure a perfect Italian meal. The restaurant takes pride in their philosophy of how to serve their customers homemade Italian food the old-fashioned way — quality ingredients cooked to order and never taking pre-cooked shortcuts.


Caprese Salad, LaPadella

Ravioli Verdi, Girasole

Veal Veneziana, Assiago

Suggested choices include: 1. Antipasto: Mozzarella E Prosciutto — Mozzarella, prosciutto, roasted peppers, tomatoes, fresh basil, and garlic. 2. Primo: Ravioli Verdi — Homemade each day, ravioli stuffed with spinach, ricotta, and fresh tomato sauce and basil. 3. Secondo: Pollo Girasole — Tender chicken breast with a combination of mozzarella and fontina cheeses and topped with Italian bacon and diced bell peppers.


LifeStyle Eats Mama Mia, Seaville Growing up in his family’s trattoria in the Piedmont region of Italy, Chef Joseph Massaglia, proprietor of Mama Mia’s, was destined for the restaurant business. Formerly trained at the Villa D’Este culinary institute in Lake Como, Massaglia worked at several Atlantic City casinos until he decided to go out on his own in 1988. Dining at Mama Mia’s is simple — genuine food, fair prices, and friendly service to ensure a pleasurable dining experience from traditional dishes to gluten free and vegetarian options. Suggested choices include: 1. Antipasto: Mussels Fra Diavalo — Baked to perfection in a zesty red sauce and topped with cheesy mozzarella. 2. Primo: Gnocchi Light as a Cloud

— Hand rolled potato dumplings in one of Chef Massaglia’s favorite sauces: Bava butter sage cream sauce with Fontina cheese and broccoli, Genovese Basil Pesto, or Napolitana red plum tomato sauce with basil and garlic. 3. Secondo: Branzino Siciliano — Fresh imported Mediterranean Seabass pan seared with bay leaves, garlic, and capers in a white wine and lemon sauce. Assiago, Egg Harbor City Featuring many of your Italian favorites like Pollo Parmigiana and Linguini & Clams, Assiago uses only prime meats and the freshest fish available. Pasta and sauces are all homemade daily right on the premises. If you’re gluten free, Assiago creates alternative menu items as well.

Chef Joseph Massaglia of Mama Mia

Whether a romantic dinner for two or a place to share good Italian food with friends and family, Assiago encourages you to come and savor the flavors of Italy. Suggested choices include: 1. Antipasto: Antipasto Salad — A plate full of grilled artichoke hearts, mozzarella cheese, roasted peppers, balsamic tomato, and prosciutto. 2. Primo: Cheese Ravioli — Pockets filled with ricotta, mozzarella, and pecorino cheeses in a homemade marinara sauce. 3. Secondo: Veal Veneziana — An egg-battered veal cutlet with sundried tomatoes, crab meat, and a white wine butter cream sauce served over a bed of linguini.

Capellini al Granchio, La Padella

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La Padella, Ventnor Chef Tony Hoda lives by his motto, “It’s not about cooking one great dish one time, it’s about cooking 100 great dishes at the same time.” Only in his early 20s, Hoda decided to bring his culinary skills and experience to Ventnor and opened La Padella several years ago. Whether selecting from a creative menu of options like a Caprece salad filled with ripe Jersey tomatoes, or a bowl of homemade gnocchi, La Padella strives to create “every dish with passion.” Suggested choices include: 1. Antipasto: Calamari Alla Griglia — Grilled calamari in a garlic, lemon citrus sauce topped with capers. 2. Primo: Capellini al Granchio — Jumbo lump crab with tomatoes, capers, and basil pomodoro sauce. 3. Secondo: Pollo la Padella — Chicken accompanied by portobello mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, fontina cheese, and a cognac cream sauce. Carmines, Atlantic City Carmine’s believes in quantity — enormous and shareable portions. In addition to the amount of food, the quality and selections excel no matter what you crave in a traditional Italian favorite. In fact, Carmine’s offers over 20 different pasta dishes alone. The extremely generous size dishes are perfect for families and friends looking to share an authentic Southern Italian family-style experience. Be prepared to take home what you cannot finish! Suggested choices include: 1. Antipasto: Roasted Peppers with Anchovies with Mozzarella — a generous portion of roasted peppers, mozzarella, and anchovies. 2. Primo: Rigatoni with Sausage & Broccoli — a generous portion of pasta filled with sausage and broccoli in a red sauce. 3. Secondo: Porterhouse Pizzaiola — a generous portion of steak smothered in green peppers, onions, diced tomatoes, and more. n

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POPPIN' BOTTLES! How to Select the Perfect Sparkling Wine or Champagne By Michael Bray

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o occasion calls for something sparkling more than holiday parties and New Year’s Eve! From amateurs to experts, we’ll all be grabbing something with bubbles to celebrate. So, before you purchase something to pop — here’s what you need to know about sparkling wine and Champagne. What’s the difference between Champagne and sparkling wine? “Sparkling wine” is the umbrella term for all wines with bubbles. In order to be Champagne, the wine must be produced in Champagne, France using the traditional method of Champagne production (aka, “Méthode Champenoise”), as well as the traditional grapes for making it — Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay. Wines produced anywhere else in the world, even if they are produced using the same method (e.g., think Cava from Spain), are not technically Champagne. There’s no hiding from the ubiquitous “yellow label,” Veuve Clicquot Brut, but I strongly recommend checking out Pol Couronne Brut ($45). Where exactly do the bubbles come from? There are two main methods of producing bubbles: the traditional or Champagne method, where the wine undergoes a secondary fermentation during which added yeast and sugar form CO2 bubbles (the yeast eats the sugar and expels alcohol and CO2). This process allows the wine to gain complex, biscuity flavors. In addition, the bubbles will be smaller, less aggressive, and last longer. The second method is the Charmat method, where the wine undergoes secondary fermentation in pressurized stainlesssteel tanks. The pressurized environment allows the yeast/sugar mixture to create CO2 more quickly, and the process is thus much more cost effective. Think Prosecco from Italy. Why is Prosecco so popular? Because they use the Charmat method (thus keeping labor/price down) and they taste great! Prosecco wines are made from the Prosecco grape, which is also known as Glera. These wines are produced in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy. They are typically marked by aromas of flowers and stone fruit (peach, nectarine, etc.) with touches of vanilla. These wines are dry, although they do taste slightly sweeter than traditional Champagne. Try Bisson Glera 2018 ($18) as a beautiful example.

Is Cava more like Champagne or Prosecco? In terms of taste, Cava is far closer to Champagne, because it is made in the traditional method. Usually dry and comprised of indigenous varieties of, Macabeu, Xarel-lo and Parellada. Cava reveals characteristics of a toasty/yeasty mid-palate with vibrant and sometimes racy fruit. However, the beauty is in the price. An outstanding example is Dibon Cava Brut Reserve ($13). How do I know if a sparkling wine is sweet or dry? The terms used to designate the level of sweetness in sparkling wines are a bit confusing. The most common terms you’ll see on bottles are Brut Nature, Brut, and Extra Dry. Brut Nature is the driest of the bunch (“bone dry” is an accurate descriptor here); Brut is still very dry, and the most common style you’ll encounter; and Extra Dry is still dry, but not as dry as Brut. If you’re not satisfied and want to know a bit more, here’s the complete list of terms, in order from driest to sweetest: Brut Nature, Extra Brut, Brut, Extra Dry, Sec, Demi-Sec, Doux. The ripeness of the grapes and the amount of sugar added during dosage will impact the sweetness of the finished wine. A must try wine is Gruet Brut from New Mexico, made in the traditional method, and can be found locally at Joe Canal’s for $15 per bottle. What’s the difference between Blanc de Noirs and Blanc de Blanc? Blanc de noirs literally translates as “white from black.” This indicates Champagne made from “black” grapes (Pinot Noir and/or Pinot Meunier). Juice obtained from dark grapes is still white; due to some contact with the dark skin of the grapes, this juice will take on a slightly yellower color than Champagnes made with white grapes. Blanc de blancs literally translates as “white from whites.” This term is used to designate Champagne made entirely from Chardonnay grapes. An excellent example is, Pol Couronne Extra Brut Blanc de Blanc ($56). Lastly, there is also, Rosé: These are produced either by allowing the clear juice of black-skinned grapes to macerate on the skins for a brief time or, more commonly, by adding a small amount of still Pinot Noir to the batch of sparkling wine. Rosé Champagne is one of the few wines that allows for the production of rosé by the addition of a small amount of red wine during blending. n

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Restaurant Report

TOMATOE'S FRESH

Karen Sherman

The history and success of a Margate dining institution is revealed. By Molly Golubcow

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Jason Roll: Shrimp Tempura, Spicy Lobster and Avacado topped with seared pepper tuna and wasabi sauce

Brown Rice Buddah Bowl with Shrimp

Cuban Pork Chop with Pumpkin Gnocchi

Grilled Baby Spanish Octobus

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Weekly Events Happy Hour

Monday - Sunday 5 PM - 6:30 PM DJ Sparkles regularly entertains the locals at Tomatoe's.

Social Sushi Wednesday Nights at 9 PM New sushi, drink specials and a boatload of friends.

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On The Menu Starters

Crispy Octopus Tacos Avacado, cilantro, spicy mayo and jicama "taco shells"

Salads The Margate Wedge Iceberg, red onion, tomato, croutons, Water Dog Smoked Salmon, cream cheese everything dressing

Tempura Maki

Gregg DeSouza and Fran Northridge

American Dream Crab, shrimp, lobster and peppered salman

Specialty Rolls New Cameron Spicy lobster & shrimp tempura topped with peppered salmon

Bowls Poke Bowl Salmon OR Tuna with crab meat, edamame, cucumber, seasonal greens, avocado, lotus root, mango, hijiki and sesame ginger dressing

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Restaurant Report “Funky Fresh” food ever since that day. Running restaurants are part of Sherman’s and Rone’s DNA makeup, and the Atlantic City area has benefited from their talents. Before the birth of Tomatoe’s, Rone opened Carmen’s in Ventnor, followed by a second Carmen’s in Voorhees. Sherman and Rone joined forces in 1993 and then moved the original Tomatoe’s to its current location on the Bay in Margate 19 years ago. In addition, Rone and Sherman own and operate a gourmet take-out/catering business in Margate appropriately called (done.) — a great way to have a healthy and easy dinner that you pick up and warm up at home. Thus, the name — all done and taken care of for you. What continues to keep Tomatoe’s ripe and juicy, so to speak? For starters, the menu promises that it “…will never get boring.” Eclectic choices range from Crispy Octopus Tacos — using shells made from healthy-choice jicama to Cuban Pork Chops — complete with pumpkin gnocchi and mango to Brown Rice Buddha Bowls — topped with chicken, shrimp, or tofu for the vegetarians in the crowd. You want sushi and your date wants pasta? No problem. Sherman explains Rone’s and her culinary philosophy of pleasing everyone out there from carrot-loving vegans to Filet Mignon carnivores, “We both like to eat cleanly and Pacific Rim cuisine suits our palate as well as our customers. We keep some of the older tried and true menu items or we would get lambasted by our customers!” Regular customers are as plentiful at Tomatoe’s as is their sushi and maki choices on the menu — good, fresh, and interesting food options guarantees that! Ventnor resident, Fran Northridge, explains why she enjoys Tomatoe’s all year round, “We love to bring family and friends to Tomatoe’s because there is something to satisfy everyone. Where else can you go where your party can enjoy upscale sushi, a variety of bar food, as well as pasta and seafood. After dinner, we can stay for the music and the bar scene … it’s a great place to people watch.” Speaking of the bar scene, Tomatoe’s welcomes customers in a relaxed, yet

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vibrant atmosphere. You can meet friends there and chill with specialty cocktails created nightly or sample from an extensive selection of international wines that are available by the glass. In addition to their daily fare, Tomatoe’s offers special events like Happy Hour options every day of the week as well as Social Sushi Wednesday, featuring new menu items and drink specials. Susan Cavanaugh, of Northfield, NJ, associates Tomatoe’s with a great night out for food and fun. Even her foodie friends from Manhattan insist on Tomatoe’s when visiting the shore. Cavanaugh elaborates on what draws her to Tomatoe’s, “We love the friendly bartenders and the fresh and very delicious late afternoon specials. That’s what makes us come back.” Knowing your customers, what they like and what they don’t like, is a must when you own a restaurant — something Sherman and Rone have lived by in their collective 38 years in the food business. “Our customers are generally very knowledgeable and health conscious. This fits in well with our own esthetic — let the quality of the ingredients shine.” In addition to knowing their customers’ culinary tastes, Tomatoe’s strives to use local vendors and ingredients. For example, the Margate Wedge Salad includes locallymade Water Dog Smoked Salmon on a bed of iceberg lettuce, red onion, tomato, and a cream cheese dressing. Daily innovations of the burrata appetizer use cheese from Claudio’s of Philadelphia — all subtle touches that please customers looking for fresh and local as part of their dining experience. Sherman sums up what she hopes her customers will experience when they come to Tomatoe’s, “Hospitality, a full belly, and a happy heart.” Whether you are craving Asian fare, like a sashimi appetizer, or a bowl of pasta, Tomatoe’s can surely please your palette. So, stop by for a drink and a bite to sample the eclectic menu items. And while you are there, don’t forget to thank Karen and Carmen for noticing that little ornamental tomato/tomatoe lying on the floor many years ago, and never considering the possibility of calling the whole thing off. n


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Dolce Mare Buddakan

Playground Pier, 1 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City 609-674-0100 buddakanac.com Buddakan's dreamlike ambiance makes an enchanting setting for hosting special events. Guests are instantly transported to an ancient Chinese village complete with rock gardens, thatched roofs and a dramatic twilight sky. The menu portrays an innovative interpretation of Modern Asian cuisine that matches the decor in terms of creativity and inspiration. Guests will feel relaxed and indulged in this exotic and comfortable environment.

Ocean Resort Casino, 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City 866-50-OCEAN theoceanac.com Dolce Mare is a modern Italian restaurant that captures the effortless elegance of seaside dining. Whether lingering over a Negroni or a decadent meal with the best ocean views in Atlantic City, Dolce Mare is the perfect setting for socializing and indulging in the charm of the Italian dining culture. Enjoy menu items such as handcrafted pastas, seafood risotto, and meatballs over creamy polenta.

Olón

Tropicana, 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City 609-340-4050 olonrestaurant.com Inspired by the beach towns of Ecuador, specifically Olón, and the vibrant flavors of coastal cuisine, Olón is an alluring beach front experience centered around Chef Jose Garces’ vision of fresh seafood. Bar Olòn offers a more casual experience, serving sandwiches, small plates and an extensive beer list.

Phillips Seafood Gallagher’s Steakhouse Capriccio

Resorts Casino, 1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City 609-344-6000 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, the food and view are spectacular.

The Continental

Playground Pier, 1 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City 609-674-8300 continentalac.com Stephen Starr’s Continental features a clever mix of vintage elegance and vanguard sophistication. It invokes the drama of the Rat Pack days on the Vegas Strip. The space incorporates unique retro elements such as a sunken fire-pit lounge, populuxe bar and outdoor patio, all accented by breathtaking views of the ocean. The global tapas menu showcases a variety of innovative dishes meant to be shared. And of course the martinis are an essential part of the experience. Whimsical culinary creations and specialty cocktails make for a fun and hip dining experience.

Resorts Casino, 1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City 609-340-6555 gallaghersresorts.com A classic steakhouse serving hearty salads, dryaged 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. Open for dinner Sunday thru Thursday 5-9:30 pm, Friday 5-10 pm, Saturday 5-11 pm.

Nero's Italian Steakhouse

Caesar's, 2100 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City 609-343-2505 caesars.com Oceanside dining in a magnificent old world setting. Entrées feature Prime grade steaks, delicious pastas and a fresh seafood selection that you won't find anywhere else. Nero’s also serves the most decadent Sunday brunch in Atlantic City with specialties such as filet of beef, grilled swordfish, freshly carved turkey and handmade lasagna. Dive into their succulent seafood favorites, including shrimp, crab claws, oysters, or freshly prepared sushi. Enjoy the bottomless Bloody Mary bar and an amazing dessert display.

Playground Pier, 1 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City, 609-348-2273 phillipsseafood.com Enjoy Phillips’ classic signature crab cakes along with delicious seasonal fishes and an array of seafood choices. Want a bit of land and sea? Try the Steak & Crab — a 6 oz. pub sirloin plus a Hoopers Island crab cake. It doesn’t stop there; Phillips’ Happy Hour is now all day every day. Select choice appetizers as well as cocktails keep you comfortable and full for the duration of your visit. Experience an upscale, interactive dining experience with their exhibition kitchen, who will also happily serve your banquet or large event. Phillips Seafood, located on the third floor of The Playground at Caesars, brings guests the most succulent classic American seafood while surrounded by a captivating view of the Atlantic City boardwalk and beaches.

Souzai Sushi & Saki

Playground Pier, 1 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City 609-348-4443 souzaisushi.com Simple… seasonal… sensual… Souzai features a diverse menu of hand-rolled sushi, fresh sashimi and traditional Japanese dishes, as well as a wide range of innovative cocktails, Japanese sake and beer. Showcasing stunning views of the beach, ocean sunsets and the sparkling cityscape from its perch high above the famed Atlantic City boardwalk, Souzai has become one of the hottest spots in town to mix and mingle. Grab a seat and discover Souzai for yourself. njlifestyleonline.com

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Chef Vola’s

111 S. Albion Place, Atlantic City 609-345-2022 chefvola.com Reservations are a must! With a celebrity roster to rival the Oscars, this restaurant is booked months in advance. But with your reservation, you are guaranteed to eat like celebrity. This James Beard Foundation-awarded restaurant resides in a house on an off street in Atlantic City, offering huge portions of delicious food your grandmother would be proud of. Your hosts, the Esposito Family, serve traditional Italian food like bone in Veal Parmesan, Crab Cakes, and Flounder Franchise, along with a plethora of desserts you must save room for.

Joseph's Pub & Grill at Renault Winery

72 Bremen Avenue, Egg Harbor City 609-965-2111 renaultwinery.com Joseph's Pub & Grill, located within the Tuscany House Hotel, features new American cuisine. Globally inspired by Chefs Stephen Golden and Paul Drew, and presented in a casual, friendly atmosphere, classic dishes are prepared with a modern twist using fresh seasonal ingredients. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner, featuring small and large plates designed for sharing, along with signature dishes and classic inspired desserts. Joseph's serves a variety of wines, craft beers, whiskeys and hand-crafted cocktails.

Josie Kelly’s Public House The Ebbitt Room

25 Jackson Street, Cape May 609-884-5700 caperesorts.com From the relaxing front porch, to the classicallycomfortable bar and lounge with live piano music on weekends, the Ebbitt Room is strongly rooted in a farm-to-table, farm-to-glass dining philosophy featuring the freshest ingredients from their very own Beach Plum Farm located in Cape May. The Ebbitt Room offers a variety of vegetarian and gluten free dishes. As a farm-todining restaurant, they proudly feature free-range eggs and fresh herbs, vegetables and pork from their local farm.

908 Shore Road, Somers Point 609-904-6485 josiekellys.com With all your Irish favorites like Fish and Chips and Shepard’s Pie, Josie Kelly’s delivers on the promise but also elevates the traditional Irish Pub dining experience. Beyond the classics, they offer some unique items like a vegetarian Faux Gras and a Lobster Pappardelle, as well as vegetarian and gluten free options. The restaurant, located in Somers Point, resides in a spot made famous by the former Mac's Restaurant. Josie Kelly's is a spacious restaurant, featuring a lively bar with a great selection of libations.

Mexico Restaurant & Bar

3810 Ventnor Avenue, Atlantic City 609-344-0366 mexicorestaurantbar.com Mexico Restaurant & Bar cuisine offers a variety of tastes ranging from spicy chili flavors to the hard to find, sweet and hearty Mole sauce. The food is traditional Mexican fare prepared from actual homemade recipes. Whether you’re in the mood for a Margarita, an Enchilada, or just some great Mexican home-cooked meals — Mexico Restaurant offers a comfortable, bright, and cheerful atmosphere. Serving Atlantic City since 1995.

Tomatoes

9300 Amherst Avenue, Margate 609-822-7535 tomatoesmargate.com A favorite of chefs and foodies who are impressed with the location, food, and view of the Margate Bay. The elegant and refined atmosphere includes a bar area, sushi bar, private meeting and dining rooms in addition to the main dining room. Trendy with a high-end, eclectic American fare and sushi, plus a happening bar scene. Excellent fresh fish, wonderful sauces and impressive desserts.

Maplewood The Historic Smithville Inn

1 N. New York Road, Galloway 609-652-7777 historicsmithvillenj.com The Historic Smithville Inn offers a sophisiticated dining experience combined with the atmosphere of warm hospitality, since 1787. Their scenic view dining areas looking out on Lake Meone, private dining rooms with fireplace and formal banquet and wedding facilities coupled with their attention to detail services will make your dining, banquet or wedding event a night to remember. 72

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470 White Horse Pike, Hammonton, 6126 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing 609-561-9621, 609-625-1181 joesmaplewood.com For almost 70 years, Joe Italiano’s Maplewood has been known for its consistently great food! They believe that freshness and loving preparation are keys to satisfied customers. Food is fresh, salads are made to order, and pasta is boiled right before sauce is poured over it. “Gravy” or red sauce is made fresh daily and is loved by the locals in the area. They only use the finest ingredients at the Original Maplewood. Two locations — Same Great Food. Your Choice.

A Touch of Italy

6629 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Twp. 609-641-1855 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.


The Twenties American Bistro

The Claridge Hotel, Boardwalk & Park Place Atlantic City, 844-224-7386 claridge.com Order a drink from the original speakeasy bar that made this restaurant famous during the Roaring Twenties era, and then savor a tender steak, fresh seafood or their fine Italian cuisine. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the sixth-floor restaurant features beautiful views of Brighton Park and the Atlantic Ocean.

Valentina's Trattoria Italiana

Kensington Square, 200 Tilton Rd., Northfield 609-380-2466 valentinasnj.com Comfort food the “Italian way” featuring Neapolitan pizza cooked to perfection in their wood-fired oven. Handcrafted pastas, fresh seafood, imported meats, and fine Italian cheeses, along with fresh baked bread and desserts made in-house daily, are served in a warm, inviting ambience with old world charm. Paula Pisano and Rosaria Conti, a Neapolitan-born chef, bring an unmistakably authentic touch to the Valentina’s menu. BYOB.

VUE Roof Top Bar and Lounge

The Claridge Hotel, Boardwalk & Park Place Atlantic City, 844-224-7386 claridge.com Boasting magnificent views of Atlantic City’s skyline and beach, this bar on the 23rd story of The Claridge Hotel features both indoor and outdoor dining spaces. Enjoy upscale dining with light fare and signature cocktails as you take in the view or catch the big game. VUE can also be reserved for events for up to 100 people inside the restaurant or 600 for a standing outdoor reception.

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Washington Inn

801 Washington St., Cape May, 609-884-5697 washingtoninn.com The Washington Inn offers six unique dining areas, from a summer patio to cozy fireside tables. Cocktails are a must in the Wine Bar, where the passing Cape May scene can be best appreciated. Often described as romantic, their easy-going elegance will satisfy anyones craving for fine dining. Their enticing menu offers the best of American cuisine, but with an inventive, upscale edge. Food, service, ambiance, the essential ingredients for dining excellence, are all deftly blended at The Washington Inn.

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Retirement Planning Checklist Work your way through this retirement checklist and you will have a better chance for a successful retirement. Have an Emergency Fund Savings Account √ You need a minimum of three to six months’ worth of living expenses saved in a checking or savings account. √ Sometimes there are delays in the start date of pensions or Social Security. √ It is important to have savings you can rely on to cover your bills or unexpected expenses. Make a Retirement Budget √ Underestimating expenses is one of the biggest retirement mistakes people make. √ Come up with an accurate estimate of what you spend now and what will change after retirement. Determine Your Health Insurance Options √ Health insurance coverage can be expensive if you plan on retiring early. √ Medicare begins at age 65, but on average expect it to cover only about half of your total health care expenses. Learn Medicare Basics √ Medicare starts at 65, and Medicare Part B premiums are hefty for high-income folks. Use a Social Security Calculator Before You Claim Benefits √ Don't begin benefits until you have done an analysis (or have your financial advisor do one) to see when it will be most advantageous to you and your spouse to each begin your Social Security benefits. How Work Might Affect Your Social Security Benefits √ If you are under 66, have started benefits, and make too much, you may owe some of your Social Security benefits back. 74

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Choose Pension Distributions Only After Analysis √ Analyze your pension choices and know which one is best for you and your family. √ Pension decisions are irrevocable, meaning you cannot change them. How to Take Money out of Your 401(k) √ Decide whether you will leave your money in the plan or roll it over to an IRA account. √ Figure out what a safe withdrawal rate is for your account. √ If you are over 59½, consolidating accounts is probably your best option. How is Your Retirement Income Taxed √ Upcoming retirees who don't realize that some of their income may need to go toward taxes are in for an unpleasant surprise. √ Retirees routinely neglect to factor in the impact of taxes when planning for retirement. Run Scenarios Using Online Retirement Calculators or have your Advisor do so √ See how these things may affect your retirement income. • Retirement date • The rate of return • The rate of inflation n Tom Reynolds, CPA & Matt Reynolds, CPA, CFP® Robert T. Martin, CFA, CFP® Francis C. Thomas, CPA, PFS Gordon Shearer Jr., CFP® Jeff Hilliard, CFP®, CRPC 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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