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“If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.” —L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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t happens every spring. Like Dorothy opening her farmhouse door, our lives seem to go from the black and white of winter to spring’s vivid, sun-streaked colors of Oz. Then spring seamlessly morphs into summer, with all its possibilities for fun, learning, relaxing, and getting out of your comfort zone. This season, there are so many new events to experience, as well as older, traditional ones that may have slipped your mind. And that is exactly what this issue is all about. Some of our favorite writers have joined forces to bring you the scoop on summer fun at the shore, and looking and feeling fantastic while doing it. In every way, this issue will certainly satisfy your heart’s desire. Reference its pages well into fall. The summer of 2014 beats all previous years in the magnitude of events and variety of choices offered. Experience a bevy of them from Sherry Hoffman’s Top 10 List. Dreaming of the ideal fairway? Journalist Alyson Boxman Levine directs you to some of the most challenging golf holes in our area. After all, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. And finishing slimmer and healthier is exactly the point of fitness guru Robin Stoloff’s Health Watch. It seems that most of us have lost about 100 pounds over our lifetime. Surprise! We lose the same ten pounds over and over. In this issue, find out how to lose that last ten pounds forever. We’ve been seeing silhouettes of men and women standing atop the water and paddling, but had no idea what it was until Molly Golubcow’s story on paddle boarding. Although this trend recently hit South Jersey, it’s been around since artist John Webber first sketched the sport while in Hawaii with Captain James Cook in 1778. At the shore, shopping is always an option, no matter the season. Writer Felicia Lowenstein Niven has taken the hassle out of it with ideas on where to find that perfect luxury item you’ve been seeking. Here’s to your amazing summer of possibilities!

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CONTENTS

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In this issue, we report on 3 great restaurants; Azure at Revel, Girasole in Atlantic City, and Renault Winery’s Sunday Brunch. See page 57.

DEPARTMENTS Local Chatter ............................................. 6 The buzz on happenings in and around our area.

Lifestyle Fashion ........................................10 Molly Golubcow tries out stand-up paddleboarding for the first time. Learn about the sport, and its growing populartiy on page 38.

Eight easy pieces that are summer essentials.

Money Watch............................................. 14 Dissecting the business cycle.

FEATURES

Home & Design Spotlight........................... 15

Summer Finds................................... 24

Outdoor Spotlight.......................................16

Treat yourself to local favorites.

6 Great Indulgences............................30 What to do if you can’t get them.

The Power of Music............................ 34

Making beautiful music together at the Street Life Concert.

Standing Room Only........................... 38

Try something new this summer and take a stand on a stand-up paddleboard.

Fore at the Shore............................... 42 The area’s most challenging holes.

A local showroom helps turn your house into a home.

Creating a materpiece in your backyard.

Health Watch............................................. 18 Tips to losing the last ten pounds.

First Person............................................... 22 Mayor Don Guardian’s grand vision is revealed.

Lifestyle Leisure........................................ 26 Our pick of the top ten mandatory shore activities.

The Social Scene........................................ 46 Get the picture on the latest events and happenings.

Lifestyle On Wheels.................................... 50 In search of the 1954 Desoto Adventurer II.

Best of the Bunch....................................... 54 Exciting summer selections.

On the cover: Shrimp Cocktail and Martini Photos courtesy of Gallagher’s Steakhouse and Gallagher’s Burger Bar. Explore the lush fairways as we uncover the area’s most challenging holes. See page 42. Shore 2014 | LIFESTYLE

Standout locales are highlighted.

Dining Gallery............................................ 60 All of the details on the area’s great dining venues.

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Restaurant Report...................................... 57

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A Final Word.............................................. 64 No place like home.


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The Right Choice for the Entire Family Patients of all ages put their trust in AMI.

As the weather heats up and schools let out, children head outside to play. All too often, a season filled with long days of running, jumping, biking and other outdoor activities can lead to injuries. If your doctor requires an x-ray, MRI or other imaging procedure for your child, it’s important to know you have a choice of providers. Throughout southern New Jersey, informed physicians and patients choose Atlantic Medical Imaging (AMI).

Why More Families Choose AMI The experienced team of medical professionals at AMI understands the unique needs of children, in diagnosing injury and illness. They work together with your child’s pediatrician to provide the best possible care for your child. When you step into any of AMI’s facilities, you will find a family-friendly atmosphere and staff members skilled in providing a positive experience for your child. Parents are encouraged to stay with their child during their procedure. The team members of AMI know that a familiar face can greatly reduce a child’s anxiety and enable the imaging procedure to run quickly and smoothly. State-of-the-art digital technology ensures that your doctor receives your child’s exam results immediately.

Medical Imaging that’s Just the Right Size There is no question that medical imaging helps save lives. But when it comes to the littlest patients, sometimes less is more. AMI’s radiologists work to ensure that every imaging study for their pediatric patients is age appropriate. AMI is a proud supporter of the Image Gently™ Alliance, which promotes “child-size” radiation doses in pediatric imaging care. They scan only the indicated area and work to eliminate the need for duplicate scans. “The ‘child-appropriate’ protocols we have in place allow us to significantly reduce radiation doses to our younger patients without compromising the images our doctors see,” said Dr. Robert M. Glassberg, president and CEO of AMI.

A Long History of Quality Care Atlantic Medical Imaging started in 1964 as a one-man radiology practice at Atlantic City Medical Center’s City Division. Over the years, the practice has grown with the region into a nationally recognized, full service radiology practice employing 39 board certified radiologists and an exceptional staff of 450 members. AMI specializes in MRI, CT, PET/CT imaging, Digital Mammography, Ultrasound, DEXA scans, Fine Needle Aspirations, Core Biopsies, Nuclear Imaging and X-rays. AMI’s Breast Imaging, Cardiac Imaging and Vein Center

have been recognized as Centers of Excellence. “We are committed to meeting the needs of our patients through technological innovation and constant improvement,” Dr. Glassberg continued. “Our goal is to serve the community by combining sensitive patient care with delivery of the most rapid, accurate diagnostic imaging services possible.”

Expertise Beyond Compare Becoming a leader in this field takes more than just the most comprehensive technology. AMI offers the highest level of professional expertise in the industry. The physicians of AMI are board-certified radiologists, trained at the most renowned and respected universities and hospitals in the nation including: Duke University Medical Center; NYU Medical Center; UCLA Medical Center; University of Pennsylvania; Cornell; Stanford; Johns Hopkins University; Columbia and Harvard. AMI’s physicians receive sub-specialty training in a wide variety of areas including musculoskeletal imaging, neuroradiology, cross-sectional imaging, women’s imaging, vascular imaging, nuclear medicine and interventional radiology. With an emphasis on using the latest medical imaging technology, providing the highest level of patient safety, employing highly-educated staff, and providing numerous convenient locations, AMI strives to provide an exceptional experience for its patients of all ages. “Since 1964, physicians and their patients have put their trust in AMI,” added Dr. Glassberg. “We continue to be committed to earning that trust every day. We understand that you have a choice in medical imaging. We want to be your choice.” AMI offers eight convenient locations in Atlantic County, Cape May County, Ocean County and Monmouth County. For more information, visit www.atlanticmedicalimaging.com

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The future of this year’s tourism season was the topic at the annual Jersey Shorecast conference, held in Atlantic City this May. “It’s a chance for the public and for trade people to determine what the upcoming season is going to look like,” said Israel Posner, executive director of the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. “Tourism represents a $40 billion industry in New Jersey,” he revealed. “One out of every 10 jobs are based on tourism and almost half of all tourism is in the southern beach communities along the Jersey Shore.” The keynote speaker was Atlantic City Mayor Donald A. Guardian, who spoke about improving city infrastructure and helping the city’s unemployment rate. “When things were good, things were good because of Atlantic City prospering,” said Guardian. “In the future, Atlantic City needs to kick in again to be the business stimulus of South Jersey.”

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Chef Guy Fieri is driving his red convertible to Atlantic City. This celebrity food personality currently has four additional restaurants in the works, one of which will land in Atlantic City. Fieri recently told a Las Vegas publication that he plans to open in Atlantic City this summer. Reports speculate that Fieri will replace the recently-closed Reserve steakhouse at Bally’s with a steakhouse of his own. It is rumored that his restaurant could open as early as July.

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Going to the Dogs

There will be plenty of tail wagging in Wildwood this summer. Officials there have approved a plan that sets up a pet-friendly beach along a one-block stretch on the northern end of town. Come mid-June, dogs will be allowed to frolic on the beach at Poplar Avenue, between the boardwalk and the water’s edge. The city will provide watering stations and waste bags for owners to clean up after their four-legged friends. Wildwood commissioner Pete Byron says the idea has been warmly received by year-round residents. “We think this is going to be a great boost for our tourism,” said Byron.


T HE BUZ Z O N HA P P E N IN GS IN A N D AR OU N D OU R A R E A Happy 100th Stone Harbor

The summer of 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of Stone Harbor’s incorporation. Sharing a narrow barrier island with neighboring Avalon, this picturesque beach town is a mere three to four city-blocks wide. The entire island that encompasses Stone Harbor is positioned a mile seaward compared to other shore towns, giving this quaint locale a reputation of having a beach with refreshing ocean breezes, great for surfing. While crowded boardwalks, amusements, and real estate development have overpowered many other New Jersey shore towns, Stone Harbor has stayed relatively, and thankfully, sprawl-free.

Inside An Elephant

A new collection of art by renowned artist Jon Baker premiered in May with a charity reception at South Jersey’s most famous pachyderm, the 133-year-old historic landmark Lucy the Elephant. The art exhibit will hang inside Lucy the Elephant, located at 9200 Atlantic Avenue in Margate. Proceeds will benefit the Save Lucy Committee.

Sandcastles Galore

Grab your buckets and shovels. The world’s top 20 sand sculptors from across the globe will create eyepopping masterpieces in the DO AC Sand Sculpting World Cup, held June 19 — July 6. Expert sculptors will carve complex and detailed works, some as tall as 14 feet, with just sand and water. There will be exciting head-tohead singles and doubles competitions for global bragging rights and lucrative prizes. The free event, produced by the Atlantic City Alliance, takes place on the Atlantic City Beach at Pennsylvania Avenue, and is open from 9 AM – 9 PM daily.

Surrounded in Luxury

This summer there will be a new face on Tilton Road in Northfield. Surroundings Furniture & Design is the place to visit if you’re looking for something truly unique for your home. Finding customers fine objects that will enhance their lives is the core mission of the store, which features modern furniture designs created by superior workmanship. For over 11 years, Surroundings has been providing superior furniture and accessories to their customers, mostly made by families in America and not by factories in faroff lands. Their goal is to provide the finest products at the best possible pricing; furnishings that will be enjoyed for many years to come. Stop by their new location at 250 Tilton Road (coming this summer) to welcome them as they look forward to making new friends and providing our area with excellent service. njlifestyleonline.com

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In July, South Philly’s own Steve Martorano will open Martorano’s Italian-American Kitchen inside Harrah’s in Atlantic City. Martorano, a selftaught chef/entrepreneur who bases many of his dishes on family recipes, has raised the bar for the restaurant industry through persistence and hard work. With his home-grown talent, Martorano has created a venue that combines exceptional food with extraordinary music. This rare environment has created an ambiance that attracts clientele ranging from locals to the sexy, hip crowd, to some of entertainment’s hottest celebrities. Featured dishes include Martorano’s Signature Eggplant Stack, South Philly Cheesesteak, Rigatoni Sunday Pork Gravy, Bucatini Carbonara, and their world-famous Homemade Meatballs. The new venue will also boast the nightclub atmosphere found at his Florida and Las Vegas locations, complete with a dance floor and live DJs.

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The husband and wife artist duo of Michael and Grace Zambelli celebrate life with their new exhibit at Great Bay Gallery in Somers Point called, “Essentially South Jersey.” The exhibit focuses on the activities of everyday summer life along beaches and back bays. While Michael presents scenes found in locations away from the more iconic landscapes of South Jersey, Grace uses acrylics to capture the mood and nuances of everyday life in the settings and people of South Jersey. Michael has garnered many awards from the Visual Arts Center in Summit to the Ocean City Fine Arts League, and the Ocean City Arts Center. Grace has exhibited at the Wachung Arts Center, the Ocean City Art Center, and the Ocean City Fine Arts League, where her painting “Soaking Up the Sun” won a special award. Their exhibit can be viewed until June 21.

Three Days of Culinary Bliss

The Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival — three days of culinary and spirits events organized by Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City — will return for its sixth year beginning Friday, July 25. The culinary and spirits festival features a starstudded roster of the world’s most renowned culinary experts and TV personalities. Headlining chefs include Robert Irvine (Restaurant Impossible) and Marcus Samuelsson (the chef/owner of New York’s Red Rooster and author of Yes, Chef). Martha Stewart just signed on to appear as well, and will participate in cooking demonstrations and book signings during the event. Stewart will also will participate in The Burger Beach Bash, where she will make the “Martha Burger.” Caesars has yet to announce other participants, but among the activities planned are: Beach Soiré, an evening beachside party; Burger Bash, a contest among burger makers, paired with beer and wine; Clam Bake, Bally’s Beach will be transformed into a New England back yard; The Grand Market, a tasting village of foods, wines, craft brews and liquors; and Blues Brews & BBQ, a tasting of ribs, chicken and brisket. For event tickets, visit acfoodandwine.com. 10

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Eight Easy Pieces These summer essentials will have you longing for a stroll along the ocean or an alfresco dinner under the moonlight

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upcoming months. Finding the ideal balance between looking fabulous and being comfortable can be a daunting task though, as following strict fashion trends can feel restrictive. Pack your suitcase for the shore with Maxi skirt, Vivienne Tam

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nnn Anything High-Waisted From bathing suits to denim, the highwaisted trend rocks this summer season as this loved revival continues to pepper the runways. Fun, versatile, and superflattering, the extra fabric adds length to the body and gives the illusion of longer legs. And the high waist covers a larger portion of the midsection, allowing for maximum comfort. A favorite of celebrities Jessica Alba and Kim Kardashian, this trend is perfect for showing off your waist and curves. Try these high-waisted, wide-leg pants, featuring slant hip pockets, from fashion house alice + olivia. Geared to chic day dressing, alice + olivia — founded by Stacey Bendet — is a sophisticated, yet eclectic brand with a playful sensibility. Launched in 2002, this glamor lifestyle collection has a large celebrity following.

them with the popular crop tops, crisp shirts, or body-conscious sweaters. As an easy, breezy summer option, maxi skirts are being shown with a variety of footwear options, including flat sandals or heeled pumps. This pleated Vivienne Tam skirt can be worn dressy, with structured satchels and heels, or dressed down with flat sandals for a more casual day look. Asian designer Vivienne Tam’s line is known worldwide for its East-meetsWest polish. Well-known for creating beautiful clothes that appeal to all ages, ethnicities, and income levels, she has earned the reputation for offering stylish and high-quality product. Tam’s clean lines, Asian prints, and rich color sense garnered critical success and allowed her to open boutiques from L.A. to Tokyo, and placed her pieces in top stores.

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LIFEST YLE FASHION this summer, from wispy, silky fringe on dresses, tops, and skirts, to thick leather and suede fringe on handbags and shoes. A clever pick for casual office days or for throwing in the weekender bag, these stable heels from Tod’s are ideal. Continuing with the fringe theme, these beauties have a tribal feel to them, and you will fall in love with the warm color. Elegant and profoundly Italian, Tod’s is a luxury designer known for classic style and impeccably-made footwear. The creation of Tod’s products is a unique process. The company’s artisans — specialists that perpetuate a unique tradition — use the best quality leathers, which they cut, work, and sew by hand. nnn The Crop Top Fear not ladies, the intimidating crop top is not so intimidating this season. A lot of women are scared of showing off their midriffs, but there are tips to look chic and sophisticated in this trend. This season’s pieces are less about the stomach and more about the waist, so the trick is to wear them with skirts, shorts, or pants that come over the navel to reveal just a hint of skin. This crop top by Minkpink features a colorful, loose weave with ribbing at the neck, hem, and cuffs. Wear it over a bikini top when the sun starts to go down at the beach, or strolling on the boardwalk paired with a high-waisted skirt. In early 2005, Minkpink hit the Australian fashion scene determined to offer the market something new and different. The brand takes influence and inspiration from high-end designers, current trends, street styling, and vintage pieces, producing fresh and flattering garments full of personality.

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nnn Anything Iridescent Shine on this summer as you get onboard the iridescence train. Equal parts elegant and mysterious, iridescence is an airy, chromatically-beautiful fashion choice. The key to wearing this trend successfully is to ground the shine with a neutral or a solid. For a major impact, slip on a shiny holographic dress or skirt. For a more subdued effect, grip an iridescent clutch. Check out this multicolor crossbody Flap Bag by Marc by Marc Jacobs. The gleaming gold tone chain strap lends a current vibe to this pleated, lightly-textured leather bag.


nnn A Breezy Summer Dress Look great and stay cool at the shore this summer with a classic dress. Take the guesswork out of planning your outfit as you slip on this racer back maxi dress by famous designer Lilly Pulitzer. Featuring the hip chevron pattern, this dress is perfect for a day strolling the shops or traveling to your destination. Both casual and fun, you will certainly stand out in this coveted dress. Inspired by the Palm Beach lifestyle, Lilly Pulitzer fashion epitomizes summer with colorful women’s clothing, beachwear, and resort wear. Her “classic shift dress” shot to international fame and demand when Lilly’s old schoolmate, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, was photographed wearing a “Lilly” while on vacation. Today, her designs are known worldwide for glamor and sophistication. n

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nnn The Cute Cover-Up No summer wardrobe is complete without a cute beach cover-up, and new runway styles resemble a summer dress. Make sure to purchase fabrics that don’t need ironing, so they can sit all afternoon in your beach bag and be ready to pull on when you need to grab a bite or take the kids on the rides. This perfect cover-up, by designer Tory Burch, features a lattice of watery-blue tiles patterns and glides easily from covering up poolside to relaxing on the deck for evening cocktails. Tory Burch is a luxury lifestyle brand defined by classic American sportswear, with an eclectic sensibility and attainable price point. Celebrating 10 years of success, Burch’s effortless chic

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nnn A Sporty One-Piece There’s nothing like buying a new swimsuit to get you excited for summer at the shore. This year, there are countless, beautiful options, so step out of your comfort zone and try something different. Be comfortable and covered on the beach in a high-waisted style or cutout halter one-piece. Flattering on any body type, this classic halter onepiece, with a plunging back and low V in front, has full bottom coverage. From American Apparel, this suit is elegant and stylish … and very Marilyn Monroeinspired sexy. Known for their fashionable basics, California-based American Apparel

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MONEYWATCH By Matt and Tom Reynolds

Dissecting the Business Cycle UNDERSTANDING AND EVALUATING THE BUSINESS CYCLE CAN OFFER valuable information in formulating expectations for the economy and your optimal portfolio allocation. The business cycle is defined as fluctuations in GDP (Gross Domestic Product) in relation to long-term GDP trend growth. The typical cycle usually lasts 9-11 years and can be broken down into five phases, starting with an initial recovery and ending with a recession. The initial recovery is the phase of the business cycle where the economy starts to pick up from its previous slowdown or recession. Often times this phase is accompanied by easy monetary policy in the form of low interest rates and/or a budget deficit. Business confidence starts to pick up as can be seen with higher inventory purchases, while consumer confidence may remain low as the unemployment rate is high. Inflation during the initial recovery continues to fall, putting downward pressure on government bond yields and the gap between long-term GDP trend growth and actual GDP remains large. As fears of a longer recession subside, the stock market may rise substantially with investors attracted to the riskier assets of small caps, emerging markets, and high yield bonds. As confidence builds and the economy gains momentum, the early upswing stage of the cycle begins. With increasing confidence, the economy sees consumers increase their borrowing as rates are low, and increase their spending. Consumer spending constitutes approximately 70% of GDP, so an increase in consumer spending is important to the overall health of the economy. Businesses are leaner, more efficient, and begin to increase capital expenditures as sales rise. With costs low, profit margins expand. The stock market continues to trend upward and short term interest rates should begin to move higher as monetary policy starts to tighten. With inflation remaining low, the economy is given a chance to rapidly expand without getting overheated. Inflation remains a key variable in how long this stage of the business cycle can last, and plays a role in the strength of the overall economy. This stage can last for several years depending on how fast the GDP gap closes. The late upswing stage of the cycle sees the GDP output gap closing and the threat of the economy overheating. Equity markets are still rising, although they become volatile as investors become nervous. With unemployment low, wage inflation picks up with the development of shortages in labor. Consumer confidence remains high while business profit margins begin to get squeezed. Bond yields tend to rise as monetary policy becomes more restrictive. The Central Bank is tasked with cooling the economy at this stage by ushering in a soft landing, which is classified as a period of slower economic growth, to avoid a major downturn. With a slowing economy, the business cycle enters the slowdown stage. Business confidence starts to fall and businesses begin to reduce their inventory levels. Slower purchasing orders, as a result 16

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of this inventory correction, tend to further add to the slowdown. High interest rates and a continuing rise in inflation leave the economy vulnerable to a “shock” which can turn a soft landing into a recession. Bond yields peak during this stage and then fall sharply. Equity markets may fall during this stage with utilities and financials performing best as they are interest-sensitive sectors. The slowdown stage of the business cycle can last anywhere from a few months to a few years. Once GDP declines for two successive quarters, the economy has officially entered a recession. Business confidence declines with businesses largely cutting back on inventory and investment while profits fall. Falling profits can cause the unemployment rate to quickly rise as corporations look to cut costs. Consumer spending falls in a recession, leading to lower inflation. As seen in 2009, a severe recession can lead to an increase in bad debts, which hampers the recovery as lenders become more cautious. With the recession underway, the Central Bank begins to ease monetary policy in order to stimulate the economy. As a result, short term interest rates and bond yields will fall. The stock market will fall during the beginning stages of a recession; however, the markets will start to rise again before a clear recovery emerges. Although the five stages of the business cycle have identifying characteristics, pinpointing where the economy is positioned in each cycle, and how long the cycle will last, remains a difficult task for economists. Currently, GDP growth is still operating below the United State’s long-term trend while inflation remains subdued at 1.5%. The unemployment rate remains high at 6.3%, but has come down a long way from the 10% peak in October 2009. Interest rates remain historically low and may stay low for the next few years as the Central Bank slowly unwinds quantitative easing. With the market continuing to reach new highs, the economy appears to still be on the upswing. n Tom Reynolds, CPA & Matt Reynolds CPA, CFP® Co-Managing Partners - CRA Financial Robert T. Martin, CFP® Investment Advisor This article is for informational and educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as the basis for an investment decision. Consult your financial adviser, as well as your tax and/or legal advisers, regarding your personal circumstances before making investment decisions.


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Northfield’s business district is quite unassuming at first glance. But once you enter the doors of Artistic Hardware at 430 Tilton Road, you will be instantly drawn into a space overflowing with beauty and elegance. The store is known for creatively and exquisitely redesigning homes and offices for over 15 years, and customers are loving the space on Tilton Road. Just ask owner Pat McCarthy. “The new open-space layout is vastly different from our prior location,” reveals McCarthy. “This space is so much more inviting and easier for customers to stroll through.” Somehow this New York City-style showroom, with all its distinctive products, is neither snooty nor pretentious. McCarthy made sure the new space conveyed a comfortable atmosphere, and his friendly and knowledgeable staff always makes you feel welcome from the moment you enter the door. Artistic Hardware is brimming with home standards — sinks, toilets, ceiling fans, cabinet hardware, even mailboxes and house numbers. Yet the items are in shapes, designs, and patterns that are so incredibly unique and interesting, that one usually only sees these extraordinary pieces in home pictures of the rich and famous. McCarthy often works with interior designers, architects, contractors, even Hollywood set designers on such

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has created outdoor masterpieces in yards and properties all over the Delaware Valley. By designing a plan that suits the unique needs of each client, Young’s combines traditional landscape services with innovative options like low voltage lighting and outdoor audio products to create a backyard oasis of comfort, beauty, and ease. According to Joe Ehrenreich, General Manager, “Our best designs include multiple elements, synthetic turf, hardscaping, lighting and of course plantings to bring a client’s dreams to fruition. The popularity of outdoor kitchens and fire features has changed the way people use their back yards with more and more activities are moving outside during the spring, summer, and fall seasons.”

A Maintenance-Free Landscaping Alternative One of the most popular products offered by Young’s Landscape Management is a synthetic lawn option that gives a freshcut appearance year round with no maintenance required. Partnered with STI (Synthetic Turf International), Young’s offers a full line of synthetic turf products that are safe (for children and pets), durable, and aesthetically pleasing. Imagine the thrill of having a plush, green lawn year round without the agonies of having to mow and maintain it during your precious free time or weekends! So popular is the synthetic lawn concept that Young’s has created a separate division, Y-Turf, that solely designs and installs synthetic turf for putting greens, bocce areas, dog runs, or just a gorgeous lawn to sit back on a lounge chair and enjoy. The company’s high quality designers and craftsmen excel in blending synthetic surfaces with natural plantings, patios and walkways, accent lighting and water features for residential and commercial use.

to see that their synthetic lawns not only remained intact, but beautiful to look at as well. According to Y-Turf clients Dori and Gene Haley, Jersey Shore, “Y-Turf survived Hurricane Sandy in fine form. The drainage held. No puddles or sinkholes. It’s still the nicest ‘lawn’.”

A Whole New Meaning to Going GREEN In addition to being aesthetically pleasing and maintenance free, going the synthetic lawn route is the “green” thing to do in more ways than one! Traditional lawns require a massive amount of water — approximately 41,000 gallons of water yearly for a lawn. Having the Y-Turf team transform your traditional sod lawn to a synthetic product reduces fertilizer and pesticide use while cutting down on air pollution produced from lawn mowers and other gas-powered equipment. Save the planet and save your dollars too — all in one “green” step!

Award-Winning Landscaping Designs The Young’s Landscape Management team brings hundreds of years of experience in landscaping and related fields, dozens of relevant degrees and certifications, and on-the-job knowledge from having worked with thousands of local homeowners and businesses. Over the years, the team has proudly earned several honors from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society at the Philadelphia Flower Show, including “Special Achievement: Garden Club Federation of PA-Horticulture” and “Best Achievement: Creating an Inviting Garden Setting.” Also in 2012, Young’s received an Award of Excellence from the New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association (NJLCA), for the category of Residential Landscape Design/Build ($50,000$100,000) for its Fornia Residence project.

Shore Landscaping Solutions for Shore Properties For folks near the shore, synthetic lawn options are a perfect solution — durable and dependable for storms, wind, and salt air. After Hurricane Sandy’s wrath, Young’s Y-Turf division received positive feedback from clients who were very pleased

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HEALTHWATCH

The Last TEN POUNDS Tips to achieve your weight-loss goals THOSE ELUSIVE LAST TEN POUNDS. You eat right, you exercise and yet that scale just won’t budge. That extra weight has found a home and it is happy there. One reason it is so difficult to lose those last few pounds is physiological. Our bodies are programmed to hold onto that weight as a survival mechanism. While it might be difficult and, at times discouraging, it is not impossible. If you really want it, you can lose those last ten pounds. The first step in losing this weight is making up your mind to do it. In the classic movie “Cool Hand Luke”, the warden tells Paul Newman’s character that he has to “get his mind right.” That is exactly what has to happen. You can talk about it, think about it, obsess over it, but until you “get your mind right,” and flip a switch inside yourself, it just won’t happen. At some point you need to accept the fact that you will have to give up a few things and make some sacrifices, but that is true of anything that is worthwhile. If losing weight and staying in shape were easy, everyone would be slim and fit. Eating is associated with so many emotions and plays such a huge part in almost every aspect of life. Celebrations,

get-togethers with friends, business functions and family gatherings all center around food and drink. I grew up in an Italian family where there was one constant when it came to family meals — there was always way too much and it always tasted way too good. To make it even more difficult, it has become the norm for many to eat processed, unhealthy food. It is everywhere around us — restaurants, grocery stores, vending machines, and convenience stores. The American diet is overloaded with super-sized portions laden with fat and carbohydrates. You can choose the path of least resistance or you can take the road less traveled. If you don’t make changes, ten pounds can turn to fifteen and fifteen to twenty. That is how it happens. It slowly creep up and becomes tougher and tougher to lose. To sum it up — it takes a conscious effort to eat healthier and even more to lose those last ten pounds. As a former body building and fitness competitor, I have had my share of weight loss plans. I have dropped up to twenty pounds and three dress sizes in a matter of months. It took discipline and willpower. I admit, sometimes it was really

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hard to eat a salad when everyone else was having raviolis. Once I decided to do it, however, I was determined to make it happen. After I did, the pride I felt in realizing my goal affected every part of my life. I walked a little taller and had more confidence in myself. The biggest lesson I have learned is that the challenge and sacrifice is what makes the achievement so much sweeter. This holds true for more than weight loss and fitness. Once you have made up your mind, the next step is educating yourself and then setting a plan. I cannot emphasize this enough. Take some time in a quiet place and write down why you want to lose the weight along with a step-by-step plan on how you will do it. If you are not sure of the best plan for you, it would be worthwhile to talk with a nutritionist. Nancy Adler, of Nancy Adler Nutrition in Linwood, provides one-on-one consultation to discuss your nutrition goals and help you develop a customized plan that fits your lifestyle. She says one of the most effective weight loss tools is to keep a food journal. I know, I know, we are busy, we have stuff to do. Who has time? It only takes about five minutes after you eat to do it and it definitely works. The trick is to do it right after you eat and don’t try to remember everything at the end of the day. All of a sudden you realize just how much is going into your mouth. Those French fries from your kid’s plate, your friend’s desert that you finished, the bread you had at a restaurant; if you are brutally honest, you will see where the extra calories are coming from. Nancy says it is common for people to say, “I know what to do, I just don’t do it.” Her response is that a large percentage of her clients feel they know, but when you actually break down their diets, they are not making the best choices. She notes that most people tell her they have been thinking of calling her for years, but just could not do it. Then something triggers them. It could be a medical issue or an important event such as a wedding, or maybe they just cannot button their pants anymore. She says you have to really want it and advises her clients to be sure they are truly ready to make a lifestyle change. Once they do, she says their entire world is different. They have more energy and feel so much better about themselves. It changes their lives. Here are just a few tips Nancy recommends: l Plan your meals in advance. Like many of us, Nancy is very busy, and does not have time to cook during the week. She cooks her meals on Sundays so she has healthy food

available all week. l If you have the type of job that allows it, bring your lunch. Pack your lunch and a healthy snack or two. You will control portion size and you won’t be tempted to overeat at a restaurant, not to mention the money you will save. l Eat at least five times per day — three “regular” meals and two smaller meals. This keeps you from getting so hungry that you just eat whatever is available. l Don’t eat carbohydrates, such as pasta and bread, after 4 PM. l Limit sugar. If you want your body to burn fat as fuel, don’t feed it cheap, fast fuel that it will use instead. l To lose those last ten pounds, you have to have structure in your diet. Once you have reached your goal, you can have a “cheat meal” and you can have more flexibility. Until then, you need to follow a strict plan. l Weigh yourself only once a week. The body goes through normal fluctuations day by day. Who needs that kind of emotional roller coaster? Finally, get off the couch and move your body. This one comes from me. I would be remiss in writing an article on weight loss without mentioning physical activity. Teaching workout classes, playing sports, and working as a health reporter are all a part of my lifelong commitment to good health and physical fitness. It may sound corny, but it really has made a difference in my life. I have never left a workout and wished I had not done it. As I tell my workout class, “the hardest part is just getting your sneakers on.” While cardiovascular exercise is important in burning calories and overall health, weight or resistance training is just as crucial to staying lean and healthy. Diet and good nutrition play a much bigger role in weight loss, but it is not just about losing weight. It is about being healthy, strong and fit. It is about reducing the risk of illness and injury. After age 35, we lose about 5% muscle mass every ten years, unless we engage in regular physical fitness. If we were at a healthy weight at age 35 and we did not do anything to maintain muscle, we would need to eat between 150 and 450 fewer calories every day over the coming years, or we will gain weight. Muscle is more metabolically active than fat, so the more muscle mass we have, the more efficient we are at burning calories. The National Academy of Sports Medicine recommends resistance training that focuses on all major muscle groups at least two times per week, but preferably more. njlifestyleonline.com

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Unfortunately, there are many people who use the fact that they are getting older as an excuse for weight gain. They almost give up and accept it as a part of life. Nancy Adler also believes weight gain is due to our busier lives and lack of time. I can relate to that. When I was entering fitness competitions, I was not married and did not have kids. I would run several miles in the morning and lift weights at night. Life is obviously much different now. However, while I cannot train at that level now, I still workout at least four to five times per week. I schedule it around my kids’ activities or get up early and workout in the morning. To keep it interesting, I mix it up with jogging, tennis, weight training and workout classes. The key, for me, is to put in on my schedule in advance and make it a priority. Everyone is different, so you need to find out what works for you. Whether it is working out with a friend or hiring a personal trainer, make it a point to make fitness a part of your life. If you think about it, increasing age means loss of muscle and bone density along with a higher risk of medical issues, so exercising as we get older is actually more important than ever. Lack of time is just another way of saying you don’t feel like doing it is not important enough. Our bodies are amazing machines. We only get one and the better we take care of ourselves, the greater our odds of living a longer and healthier life. So whether you need to increase the intensity of your workouts, or revamp eating habits to lose those first or last ten pounds, “get your mind right,” make a plan, and make it happen. n Robin Stoloff has been the Health Reporter for NBC 40 since 1986. Her award-winning series, “Health Update,” is the longestrunning health feature in New Jersey. A fitness instructor and health advocate, Robin produced her own workout video on the beaches of Atlantic City. Her personal and professional mission is to “empower others with health information and encourage them to take positive actions towards healthier, longer and more fulfilled lives.” You can see Robin’s health features on her Facebook page at “Reach Out to Robin” or the health page of nbc40.net.


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The Future of Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian’s Grand Vision Revealed ATLANTIC CITY MAYOR DON GUARDIAN COMPARES HIMSELF

to a dentist doing a root canal. After winning a close election by knocking on 3,000 doors and amassing a groundswell of support, Guardian, the city’s first Republican mayor in 23 years, is now grappling with a major tax deficit. We are in a tunnel, he says, but there is light at the end of that tunnel. When will we come into the light? By 2017. By then, we should see a new, more livable, AC emerge — a city that is also a tourism hotspot, combining AC’s small-city charm and boardwalk with the beachy urban sophistication of Miami Beach, the kind of great nightlife found in New York City and Las Vegas, and lots of unique venues and events you can only find in AC. Here is Guardian’s vision, as he describes it. Guardian: It’s clearly a new beginning for AC. Since it was incorporated back in 1854, AC has been very successful in reinventing itself. It’s time to close the chapter on the 35 years we had a monopoly on East Coast gaming and move on to the next chapter. That next chapter is what we’re all trying to figure out. The vision is certainly for new development and housing, as well as for expanding the tax ratable base and creating jobs for residents. We also have to create tourism venues and special events that will make you want to come to my city. And, of course, AC has to be clean and safe. We need everyone in the city working together toward that vision. MORE RESIDENTS Guardian: There will be 10,000 more residents living in AC by 2017. We’re looking for a younger market. We think these are the people we will be able to draw, because of our nightlife, because

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of our many fun and fine dining options, because young people will think it’s pretty cool to bicycle the boardwalk 365 days a year and to live in a multicultural, urban environment where they can walk to the beach. We’ll also be attracting empty nesters living on the mainland who don’t need to live in the boring suburbs anymore. We are also very excited about bringing a large, 4-year college to AC. CLEAN AND SAFE Guardian: By 2017, AC will be a cleaner, brighter city. Before being elected mayor, I was in charge of the Special Improvement District (SID). This initially included the boardwalk area, but doubled in size (to about half the city) when the Tourism District was created. It took me a couple of months to figure out how to clean the streets every day [in the newly expanded SID], and we did it with only about six people and some special equipment. I then realized we could use these resources to clean the whole city. In January, we started cleaning half of our residential areas daily, rather than every two weeks. Our goal is to clean the entire city five days a week by July 4th. Efforts to make AC cleaner and safer are ongoing. You will never hear me say we’re not working on clean and safe! The days of finally cleaning up a filthy, dirty lot because 50 people complain are over. We need to prevent that from ever happening. We are also upgrading our police technology with a $3.5 million CRDA grant. The police chief recently ordered body cameras for all patrol officers, and has approved cameras for every patrol car, so there will be no question of how the public or police officers act, because it’s all under surveillance. We’re doing this because I met with representatives of the NAACP and the ACLU, who said if you’re serious about improving community relations, you have to work on transparency. WORLD-CLASS RESORTS, NEW VENUES Guardian: Even now, our casinos are turning into resorts, with 3-4 star hotels and numerous dining venues. Gaming is one feature they provide, but so are the spa and the musical entertainment. These resorts also have world-class night clubs where everyone from New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore come on weekends. These large venues bring in internationally known DJs every weekend — something you really can’t find outside of New York on the East Coast. By 2017, AC will offer many more exciting venues. None of these in itself is the golden bullet that saves the city; it’s all of these things: l We’re working to bring in Latitude 360, a destination-unto-itself that’s in only about four other cities. If you know Dave and Buster’s — that’s a $3 million dollar version of fun — this is a $30 million


version of the same kind of fun. It has everything from movie theaters, to bowling alleys, to batting cages, to basketball courts, to a golf-simulated game, as well as food and libations. l Steel Pier is about to build a $14 million, 22.5 story “observation wheel.” More than just a Ferris wheel, it will have gondolas that hold 6-8 people, a liquor license, and food. So whether you want a burger and a beer or a nice brunch, you can go with friends or family for about an hour ride. l Bass Pro — opening next spring, offers the type of retail excitement we don’t currently serve up in AC. Very large, it will be the only one within a two-hour drive. Whether you’re a fisherman, or looking for a boat, or hunting equipment, everyone goes to Bass Pro. Every Bass Pro has something unique; this one will have a very cool bowling alley that feels like it’s under water. l The city and CRDA are moving forward with a 30,000-square-foot indoor farmer’s market — a smaller version of Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market. You may not come here just for that, but you’ll want to go there when you’re here. CONVENTIONS Guardian: By 2017, Atlantic City will absolutely be thriving with conventions. Conventions are a market that Atlantic City owned 35 years ago and we kind of abandoned because casinos provided all of the taxes the city needed. [That is no longer the case.] Also, before we didn’t have the hotel rooms — casinos were filled 365 days a year. Today, casinos’ [hotel rooms] are filled in warm weather, and to 95% most Fridays and Saturdays. We need to fill them about 150 more days. Bringing in conventions midweek will do that. CRDA has just established a wholly owned, non-profit subsidiary called “Meet AC,” to bring in that business. BEYOND TOURISM Guardian: We need jobs and development that go beyond tourism. Tourism goes into recession first and comes out last. With our international airport, and with a college coming to AC, it’s time for us to explore research and development opportunities. We have the land, and over the next 20 years we’ll have a better-educated population. So I really believe this will be part of AC’s future. We need to do a better job of having AC residents continue their education. My inaugural ball raised $300,000 for scholarships for AC residents to attend ACCC, which costs $3,800 per year. This kind of money goes a long way toward helping educate our base of 38,000 residents. MORE AND BETTER HOUSING Guardian: Between now and 2017, we’ll be improving the quality of housing — fixing up housing with “good bones” and demolishing homes that are structurally unsound. We need to build about 600 homes by 2017. Also: l CRDA recently announced funding for the Boraie project, which will build 200 units of upscale rental housing on vacant land in front of Revel and Showboat starting this fall. We’re talking hardwood floors and granite countertops — the kind of amenities that young professionals want. The second phase of development includes a supermarket and retail. l The Conifer project, a federal housing authority program starting this summer, will provide 98 new, quality singlefamily homes for residents formerly living in subsidized housing. l A third [developer], Procida, will break ground this year on 58

condos and 87 townhouse rentals. l CRDA also has land throughout the city it will make available for free, along with a substantial subsidy, to anyone who agrees to build a house within two years and make it their primary residence for 10 years. We see probably 300-400 units of housing coming from this. l The 4-year college, projected to open fall 2017, will include 400 student housing units. A SMALL MIAMI BEACH Guardian: We’re working with the Army Corps of Engineers to build an “inlet boardwalk” that runs from Gardiner’s Basin, through the entire width of the city along the inlet, and then connects with the oceanfront boardwalk. This opens up our “Southeast Inlet,” home to Revel and a tremendous amount of vacant land for housing. I think you’ll see high-rises from a number of different developers there. We see this as being our small version of Miami Beach. Those projects should start by 2017, and finish 2020-1. That’s the future. n Ellen Weisman Strenger is a freelance writer and shore correspondent for The Jewish Community Voice.

From Community Leader to Mayor The rise of Don Guardian

Guardian: I’ve lived in New Jersey all my life and in AC for 25 years. I originally came here as director of the local Boy Scout council, then later became executive assistant for the Claridge Casino Hotel. My boss there, who came up with the idea for AC’s Special Improvement District (SID), eventually “loaned” me to the SID. I liked it and stayed for 20 years. So that’s how I came to AC, learned to love it, and got sand in my shoes. I love living in a multicultural city on the ocean that has something going on all the time, so I’m never bored. I pride myself on having belonged to a lot of community organizations during my 25 years in AC. I was never a politician — I always just tried to get things done by recruiting people through community organizations and raising the money I needed. At some point, though, as I watched taxes go up and services decline, and as I saw AC losing its monopoly on gaming while no new development came into the city, I decided to run for political office. I’m a Republican, so in a city that hadn’t elected a Republican since the 1980s, my election was a bit of a test. It gave me the ability reach out, knock on 3,000 doors, visit with people, and convince them to vote for me — and that our better days are ahead. We’ve got some dark clouds right now: We’ve lost half of the entire assessed value of our city — gone from $20 billion to $11.2 billion of assessed value. So in the next year or two, I can’t help people with taxes, but I can help by making the city a whole lot more efficient, and by going after grants from county, state, and federal programs. And I can do what I do best, which is being a diplomat, selling myself and my city, and working closely with every other branch of government. I have met with Governor Chris Christie and state Senate President Steve Sweeney dozens of times since my election, and both are very bullish on AC. The future of South Jersey depends on AC, but AC needs a whole lot of help right now. With the help of funding from CRDA, as well as a NJ’s Economic Development Authority, I really believe we can move this city forward and bring in new development. I really believe we’re going to be a city with cranes in the sky for the next 10 years. And cranes in the sky have always been good for AC and South Jersey. It means construction jobs short term, and long-term jobs for the future.

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Trying to narrow down fun things to do this summer to a mere 10 is like peeling an onion – the more layers you peel back, the more options you reveal. Whether you compete in a triathlon, sit on a park bench, ride a 115-foot-high roller coaster, scuba dive, walk 228 stairs to the top of a lighthouse or 228 steps around the corner for a water ice; pedal, paddle or do them all, the choices are endless. It’s only because of space restrictions that we haven’t listed our top 100 favorite summer things.

2. Catch ‘em up

From snapper blues and flounder in the back bays to “Wicked Tuna” and marlin in the deep offshore canyons, South Jersey has fishing options for the novice angler to the seasoned professional. Small boats are available for hire to prowl the back bays. Bigger boats with captains and crews can be chartered to explore inshore and offshore waters. No boat? No problem. There are plenty of piers, jetties, beaches and bulkheads where you can hook and land an impressive array of fish. Crabbing is a fun, inexpensive and familyfriendly way to spend the day. Traps baited with flounder skeletons, or the more challenging hand lines with chicken legs and a dip net, are an easy way to catch a tasty meal. When the kids pull up a crab trap with a few blue claws, their reactions are often priceless. Bait and tackle shops throughout the area can hook you up with everything you need to catch a mess of crabs and fish. Make sure you check for daily size and quantity limits on fish and crabs.

1. Sensory Overload

With more rides on its piers than Disney World, the boardwalk in The Wildwoods is like a giant circus sideshow. The piers are constantly updating their inventory of attractions, with gentle rides for young children and white-knuckle high-speed adventure for the grown ups. Throw in an international smorgasbord of food stands and restaurants, plus a bazaar-like assortment of variety shops, and you’ve got an experience to wrap a full day and night around. Discover the joys of a gooey molasses paddle. And for your own and everyone else’s safety, please do not intentionally feed the seagulls or pigeons. It’s not healthy for the birds or for us. 28

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3. Food by the Side of the Road

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“Jersey Fresh” is where it’s at. Seek out farmer’s markets that are popping up everywhere. Eat a just-picked tomato or peach and let the juices run down your arm and drip off your elbow. Pick your own strawberries or blueberries (one for you, one for the bucket). We’re famous for our corn, Cape May Salts oysters, clams and fresh-off-the-boat scallops. Sounds like a clambake to us. Food festivals are a must. The Strawberry Festival and America’s only Lima Bean Festival are both in West Cape May. Turn violet at the Blueberry Festival in Hammonton, which, by the way, is the blueberry capital of the world. Mercato Market recently opened at the Atlantic City Racetrack. There are lots of food, vendors, entertainment, and even hand-rolled cigars. It’s open every weekend from 9 AM to 4 PM. Keep the summer spirit going for the Atlantic City Seafood Festival at Atlantic City’s Bader Field September 13-14.

5. Beachstock

Get thee to Margate’s Huntington Ave. beach June 28 for 12-hours of Beachstock. The Margate Business Association, organizers of the event, has dubbed it the “The Planet’s Biggest Beach Party.” They may be right. When was the last time you zip-lined 30 feet above the beach? Never? You’ll be able to do it at Beachstock. There’s two music stages, beer and margaritas, games, vendors, food, volleyball competitions, paddle boarding, the Beachstock Battle of the Beach Bands, a treasure hunt, surfing school, sand scultping lessons, hair braiding, face painting, lifeguard races and more. When the sun goes down, cozy up to a beach bonfire. Bring a beach chair and the kids to Margate Library park (on Huntington and Atlantic Aves.) and watch the film, “Mr. Peabody and Sherman.” There are also parking shuttles throughout the city. FYI — check out the city’s plans for “Thrilling Thursdays” all summer.

4. Loud and Proud

Military aircraft return to Atlantic City’s “Thunder Over the Boardwalk” air show Aug. 13 after a one-year, governmentimposed hiatus. The U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds will once again be the headline attraction — and the Army’s Golden Knights precision parachute team the opening act — during the four-hour event that has drawn as many as 750,000 people to the beaches of Absecon Island. It’s even a thrill to be in the area the day before the show to catch the “rehearsal,” because the pilots essentially fly the same program they’ll do during the big show.

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Atlantic City’s “Thunder Over the Boardwalk” air show

6. Pedal to the Metal

Get up early, ride your own or rent a bike (or a surrey in Ocean City) and glide down the boards or promenades through coastal towns from Brigantine to Cape May. Stop for breakfast and watch the shimmering early morning sun on the water while you plot your plans for the rest of the day. Or pedal through the many road trips that lead to flower gardens, zoos, lighthouses and blueberry pancakes. There are also many choices for pedal and paddle trips with canoe or kayak rides through the pristine waters of the Pinelands. njlifestyleonline.com

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LEISURE A view from the bridge showing the larger pond at Leaming’s Run Gardens. Photo courtesy Missie Aprill.

9. Free Stuff

There are must see shows this summer and then there are must see free shows. Atlantic City presents a free concert by country music superstar Blake Shelton, who’ll bring 11 consecutive number one hits to the stage as part of his “Ten Times Crazier” tour July 31. (There’s also a second free beach concert planned for Aug. 3, featuring Lady Antebellum). The shows are just part of the summer-long musical “DO AC” celebration of the Boardwalk that includes free entertainment daily and one of the country’s largest July 4th fireworks show. So big, in fact that you don’t have to be in AC to see it. Just grab a piece of beach in Brigantine or as far down as Margate for a fine view. The International Volleyball Tournament Sept. 5-7 is just off the boardwalk near Revel Casino Hotel. Don’t miss the Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Boardwalk Parade on Sept. 13 or its naughty sister, Miss’d America on Sept. 20. It’s a bawdy and hysterical drag show and beauty pageant.

7. Serenity Now

Leaming’s Run Gardens is a bouquet of gardens nestled on acres of native woodlands on Route 9 in Cape May Court House. Visit the bamboo grove, themed flower gardens, streams, ponds and even a waterfall. It’s an out-of-the-way getaway that’s not very far away. Get out your binoculars to explore over two miles of beach and salt marsh at the north end of Brigantine. Discover a sanctuary of species common in coastal marine habitats, including gulls, minnows, sand crabs and diamondback terrapins. Walk through or see it from a large two-story viewing platform.

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10. VEG 8. Weather (or not)

In the event of inclement weather (we call it “liquid sunshine” here), it’s impossible to chose just one activity, so here goes: The Cape May Stage or the East Lynne Theatre company, both extraordinary Equity theater houses in Cape May; the Atlantic City Ballet and Dante Hall’s new theater in Atlantic City; roller skating (bet you haven’t done that in a while) at Lake Lenape in Mays Landing; Jersey Shore Children’s Museum in Egg Harbor Township; and the Atlantic City Aquarium at Gardener’s Basin at the eastern most tip of the resort. Hungry? Experience a meal prepared by some of the finest chefs in the country at restaurants peppered throughout South Jersey.

Sherry Hoffman, a freelance writer and show runner for Sherry Hoffman Public Relations, lives in Camelot II, and is very proud to be a part of the Lifestyle family since its inception.

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6 Great ndulgences …and what to do if you can’t get them By FELICIA LOWENSTEIN NIVEN

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Money can buy anything. Well, except for

love — and possibly a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon. The Beatles gave me that first revelation. A search for the coveted whiskey for a special friend’s birthday brought me the second. Now you have to understand that the retail price for a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle’s 15 Year Old Family Reserve Bourbon is somewhere in the neighborhood of $79.99. That’s a reasonable expenditure for a special gift, right? Well, imagine my surprise when a quick Google search revealed prices starting at $1,800 per bottle. A little more research illuminated the issue. Pappy Van Winkle is distilled in such limited quantities for such a short release period that it’s in high demand. Even those with unlimited funds — or celebrity stature — may have difficulty getting a bottle. Food Network Star Alton Brown tweeted this past December, “Another year with no #pappyvanwinkle. I officially give up. Probably isn’t any damn good anyway.” (His agent later scored a bottle for him for Christmas.) That got me thinking. What other luxury items are there that money can’t always buy? And what do you do if you want a decent replacement? The following is the result of a research journey into six of life’s indulgences, and expert guidance on how we might live without them — starting with the Holy Grail of whiskey.

Above, a blue canvas selfportrait by Pop Art king Andy Warhol fetched a record $38.4 million. Right, Patek Philippe watch

#1 The Bourbon: Pappy Van Winkle The bourbon is named for Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle, a traveling whiskey salesman who began his career in 1893. He became a legend soon enough, building a family enterprise that is still owned and managed today by the family — even though they contract production to the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort Co., Kentucky. The tagline on the website communicates the family’s passion, not lost over the generations. “We Make Fine Bourbon. At a profit if we can. At a loss if we must. But always fine bourbon.” Pappy Van Winkle uses wheat instead of rye, giving it a gentle sweetness that distinguishes it from the competition. The 23-year variety is described with “early aromas of caramel and cream with soft notes of oak, nuts and leather” and “a sweet taste composed of vanilla, maple and honey joined by complimentary flavors of citrus and spice.” Released generally in the fall, Pappy Van Winkle rarely stays on the shelves, if it even makes it that far. People are in such hot pursuit of it that there’s even a Pappy Tracker (www.pappytracker.

com) for iPhones. Several area liquor stores carry Pappy Van Winkle — for a price. We know Stateside on Passyunk Ave. in Philadelphia is one, because we watched Anthony Bourdain enjoy some on one episode of The Layover. But if you don’t want to invest in the real thing, there are three others to try: Nobb Creek Single Barrel (mid $40’s), Buffalo Trace and Eagle Rare ($30 range) and Colonel E.H. Taylor Single Barrel ($60-70s).

#2 The Cigar: Gurkha Black Dragon The hefty price tag alone might give you pause, but there are folks who will pay $1,150 per cigar for the original release of the Black Dragon from Gurkha Cigars. These artisan cigars are an exclusive Honduran blend of extremely old and rare tobaccos. Only 100 njlifestyleonline.com

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hand-carved camel bone boxes were ever produced. Now in a newer, lower priced edition, the Black Dragon is said to feature “a rich, leathery core and elegant hints of earth, complemented by an assortment of sweet spices on the finish.” “Few cigars can match the caliber of Gurkha handmade cigars,” reports Cigars International. “The Gurkha brand represents a small-batch selection of ultra-elusive cigars that routinely receive top ratings in addition to ‘Best of the Best’ honors from the Robb Report.” Bob Tyjewski, manager of Smoker’s Haven in Galloway, N.J., contends that you don’t have to invest at the level of a Gurkha to enjoy a quality smoke. “If you’re looking for something really special, I recommend the [Arturo Fuente] OpusX,” he said. “That’s released quarterly with limited production and distribution.” A tin of three is priced online in the vicinity of $40. For smokers who want a readily available and more economical alternative, Tyjewski suggests the Ashton made by the same company.

#3 The Watch: Platinum Patek Philippe 2499 Formerly belonging to Eric Clapton (yes, that Eric Clapton!), this watch sold for $3.65 million at Christie’s Geneva Auction in 2012. The perpetual calendar chronograph model features 23 jewels, a silvered matte dial, applied gold baton and square numerals, and gold dauphine hands. It is one of two platinum 2499 models ever produced. It’s the Holy Grail for watch collectors because of its “case proportions, the dial design, the incredible complication, and the perfect execution,” according to a watch review in Hodinkee, one of the most widely read wristwatch publications in the world. Though you can get a knock-off Patek, those seeking a less expensive version should skip it, according to watch enthusiast

Right, a 1952 Topps Baseball Mickey Mantle Card Below, a Tibetan Mastiff puppy

David Greenspun of Northfield, N.J. “[Knock-offs] are simply poor quality replicas intending to aesthetically fool the casual observer but have no collector value.” Instead, he suggests a Swiss made, quality timepiece by Baume & Mercier: the Classima Executives XL Chronograph and Complete Calendar in 2010. “This watch, made of steel instead of the Patek Philippe platinum, boasts a well-respected ETA Valjoux 7751 automatic movement, similar in look and function to the legendary 2499,” said Greenspun. “Visually very similar to the Patek, and still respected by watch enthusiasts, this timepiece can be found today for $4,900 and even less if you can find one through a reputable pre-owned source.”

#4 Sports Memorabilia: 1952 Topps Baseball Mickey Mantle Card

Those of us who collect sports memorabilia are relentless. Which is why one of us paid $50,000 for the 1952 Mickey Mantle card, the iconic post-War image of this great power hitter. “The Mick,” who played for the New York Yankees for 18 seasons, is recent enough to be remembered as a player, which adds to the card’s appeal, according to Richard Budnick, owner of America’s Pastime in Fair Lawn, N.J. “Other Mantle cards are more affordable,” he notes. “You can get them anywhere from $300 to $1,000, depending on the year and the condition.” He stocks a range of them at his store as well as lesser priced cards. “Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Joe DiMaggio — you can get some of those cards for $100,” he says.

#5 The Pet: Tibetan Mastiff Puppy If you’re looking for a designer dog to impress your friends, look no further than the Tibetan Mastiff, reportedly sold in China for almost $2 million, reported the Huffington Post. Resembling lions with their round manes, Tibetan mastiffs are a status symbol for China’s wealthy. Purebred mastiffs are rare, and so commandeered the excessive price tag. The American Kennel Club (AKC) calls the Tibetan Mastiff “an 34

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LIFEST YLE FINDS impressively large dog with noble bearing” and “an aloof and watchful guardian breed.” They were traditionally used to protect homes, farms and flocks; they could fight or scare off predators like leopards. But Martha Feltenstein, breeder, notes that the breed is far less rare in the U.S. “In this country, you can get them for free on Craig’s List or out of a shelter, or for a few hundred dollars on the puppy finders web sites. A top show quality Tibetan Mastiff goes for $3,000 or so.” She suggests Pomeranians as an alternative high status breed. Luxury breeds also include designer dogs, which are crosses of purebreds created for each breed’s distinctive feature. Popular crosses include the Labradoodle (Labrador Retriever and Poodle), the Puggle (Pug and Beagle), the Chiweenie (Chihuahua and Daschund), the Pomsky (Pomeranian and Husky) and the Maltipoo (Maltese and miniature poodle).

#6 The Artwork: Andy Warhol Self-Portrait

How much would you pay for a selfportrait of Pop Art icon Andy Warhol? An anonymous European bidder went as high as $38 million for a four-frame version in the longest bidding match in history at a Christie’s auction in 2011. The piece, created in 1964, was a compilation of four blue portraits. Warhol’s work “accounts for one-sixth of contemporary art sales, his influence permeates both high art and popular culture,” according to The Guardian newspaper. That makes him a coveted artist to have hanging on your wall. “Andy Warhol is now part of art history,” said Kira Campo, director of Accent Gallery in Ocean City, N.J. “Once an artist has attained that kind of stature, it’s difficult to go out and find a substitute.” And while one could conceivably pick up a Warhol print for a handful of dollars, the mass produced version won’t have any real value. Campo suggests instead considering supporting local artist “celebrities” who are well known in our coastal region. “Wanda Kline works primarily in oil and pastel,” said Campo, who noted that Kline’s love of bright color rivals Warhol’s. She also suggested Kim Weiland. “He has painted some of Ocean City’s most iconic landmarks.” n

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The Power of Music


Opposite page, Songstress Lisa Camp gave a soulful performance of Rihanna’s Stay. This page, left, Guitarist Bugzy executed a high-voltage rendition of Elton John’s Love Lies Bleeding. This page, right, Guitarist Shawn Qaissaunee and singer Gina Roché pay tribute to Julie Andrews.

SAVING LIVES BY MAKING BEAUTIFUL MUSIC TOGETHER AT THE HANSON FOUNDATION’S STREET LIFE CONCERT

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showcase of musical passion, the annual Street Life benefit concert is a musical event par excellence. It brings the Atlantic City region’s finest singers and instrumentalists together for a smorgasbord of energy and performance. “There’s really no other concert like it,” says Nina Soifer, executive director of the Hansen Foundation, the concert’s beneficiary. The Hansen Foundation founded the Hansen House in Galloway in 2004. Today, it owns and operates Serenity House facilities, three extended-care recovery homes for drug addiction in Absecon and Somers Point. The foundation grew from the Hansen family’s struggle during Jennifer Hansen’s 10-year battle with drugs. The Hansens recognized the lack of affordable, longterm residential treatment in southern New Jersey. They created the foundation to empower a dream: creating a much-needed long-term facility for recovering addicts. The Street Life event is one of the organization’s biggest fundraisers. In its nine-year history, the show has grown to include dozens of musicians and has raised nearly $300,000 for addiction recovery in southern New Jersey.

Nearly 700 attended the 2014 show, held in May at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, and the sheer variety of genres was staggering. Ballads, jazz, salsa, funk, hip-hop, fusion and hardcharging Rock ‘n’ Roll — the concert is a showcase for the talent, skill and versatility of the men and women who make it possible. All donate their time, and Harrah’s donates the venue and tech crew to bring it home. The concept was Soifer’s brainchild, inspired in 2005 by the song, Street Life, penned by Jennifer Hansen and friend Angela Schiavo. “I just cried. And I thought — we’ve got to do something with this song,” Soifer recalls. Hansen is doing fine, by the way, and remains a driving force behind the foundation’s vision and day-to-day operation. Soifer approached singer Melanie Rice. Rice was enthusiastic and asked her colleague, bassist Bob Fowler, to get involved. Rice and Fowler became the show’s producers and have filled that role ever since. The concept started as an album the trio hoped to sell to raise money. They put a live concert together to promote the album. Then, the concert took on a life of its own. “It’s become other-wordly,” says Soifer, with a laugh. njlifestyleonline.com

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Clockwise from top left, Vocalists Patty Balbo and Melanie Rice, climbing a musical mountain – Siberian Khatru by Yes; Paul Jost interpreted Eric Clapton’s Can’t Find My Way Home, with help from Philadelphia vibes legend Tony Miceli; Rubin Singleton, III, paid tribute to John Legend with the song All of Me; Patti Balbo took the lead for Todd Rundgren’s Love is the Answer. Rice says the concert has gotten better with every year. “Every year the performers really step up to the plate. This year was no exception. Everybody brought their ‘A’ game. I think it was one of most moving shows ever, with selections from the heart and soul,” she says. This year’s theme was “the music that changed our lives.” The artists, songs, and albums that inspired each musician’s own career: Barbra Streisand for Melanie Rice; Julie Andrews for Gina Roché; Eva Cassidy for Kathy Wilson Fowler; Eric Clapton for Paul Jost; and John Legend for Rubin Singleton, III. Co-producer Fowler set the concert venue at Harrah’s on fire with a bass player’s heaven on earth: the funk of What is Hip, by Tower of Power, with Kristina Pruitt taking lead vocals. From the eponymous album, it was the LP that changed Fowler’s life, he explained before the performance. And so on. From Elton John to Dave Matthews, Rianna to Katy Perry, Pat Metheny to Yes — the performers put a personal spin on the work of the artists that have inspired them. “Bob and I started with the goal of bringing Atlantic City’s best working singers and players together, the people we had worked with in the 80s and 90s,” says Rice. “There is such tremendous talent in this town, but we rarely get the chance to perform together. It’s kind of like a big class reunion,” she reveals. It’s obvious to the audience that the musicians are having the time of their lives. And they put in some serious hours to make it a success. Among the most graphic examples, Rice singing lead on an ambitious rendition of Siberian Khatru by the 70s powerhouse English rock act, Yes. Not exactly a walk in the park. “With the kind of music I’m known for, the idea of me performing Yes surprised a lot of people. But what few know is that in high school and college, I was a total Yes fanatic. I knew the tune and I wanted to give it a go,” Rice explains. And they pulled it off, with help from Patty Balbo and Bugzy singing backup, Bob Sterling on lead guitar, John Aleo on rhythm, Matt Curran on drums, and Bobby Pellegrino tackling some of the most challenging keyboard work in the Rock ‘n’ Roll pantheon. Sterling’s high school band mate, bassist Jimmy Hoff, flew in from 38

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California just to perform this one song. It’s a tribute to the dedication the musicians have shown to make the benefit a success. “We like to push ourselves,” Rice says. Eddie Bruce, the Philadelphia vocalist, has emceed the show since its inception. He echoed Rice’s sentiments. “The camaraderie makes it special. The musicians down the shore have been colleagues and friends for many years. They’ve spent decades practically growing up together, since early in their careers,” Bruce explains. Bruce says the show is a unique blend of individual creativity and group dynamics — getting some of the best in the business together on one stage — many of who happen to be good friends. “That’s very attractive to musicians,” he says. Also a featured performer, Bruce fired off a masterful rendition of “That’s Life,” the Dean Kay and Kelly Gordon tune that Frank Sinatra made famous. He not only nailed it — he deftly used it as a metaphor for the up-oneminute, down-the-next journey of recovery. Bruce knows it because he’s lived it. He credits the Hansen Foundation’s work with saving the life of his daughter. Fowler asked Bruce to get involved early on and he’s been part of the project ever since. “Who knew, back then, that I’d end up needing their services?” he recalls. “And they were incredible. Her life has come full circle. She’s finishing her master’s. She works in rehab herself, helping others in recovery. She’s really living a wonderful life,” he says. And he credits the Hansen House with playing a significant role in her turnaround. “When you finally get clean, it’s like ‘now what?’ Your life is in shambles. And they help you to the next step and the step after that, getting it back together,” Bruce says. The Hansen Foundation properties fill an important gap in recovery treatment in the community — extended care, sober living. It’s not uncommon for medical rehab to last just a few weeks. But that’s not nearly long enough for addicts struggling to get their lives back together. That’s why Serenity House residents can stay as long as 18 months. “The show is amazing. Astounding. There just aren’t enough adjectives to describe how I feel about it. I can’t wait for next year,” Soifer says. The musicians are often overheard expressing the same thought. Street Life is a live music extravaganza, held each spring at Harrah’s Resort to benefit the Hansen Foundation. To learn more or to make a donation, visit hansenfoundationnj.org. n

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Try something new this summer and take a stand on a stand-up paddleboard by MOLLY GOLUBCOW

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ave you ever wanted to walk on water? Not in a religious or spiritual sense, but more like an easy and fun way to move across a body of water while standing straight up. Many mornings, I have seen people standing on long, wide boards out in the ocean paddling with a long oar. Intrigued with the idea, I decided to try it myself. So, I did some research and then signed up for a lesson with the Atlantic City Surf School & Club. Before I share my experience from atop a paddleboard, let’s learn a little bit about the sport and its growing popularity.

Boarding History Ancient cultures around the world stood on boards and used a long stick to help them maneuver their way on water. For example, fishermen in Peru stood on “Caballitos de Totora”, small and wobbly crafts made of reeds, to transport their nets and fish. African warriors stood in canoes and used their spears to paddle silently into enemy territory. In Tel Aviv, lifeguards used standup “Hassakeh” boards in the early 1900s — modeled after fishing crafts dating back hundreds of years. Modern stand up paddleboarding has Hawaiian surfer roots. In the 1940s, surf instructors stood on their boards using a long paddle to steer to get a better view of their students as well as incoming swells.

Get On Board So, what exactly is a paddleboard? Picture a long, wide surf board that you can comfortably balance on while propelling yourself with a long paddle — all while standing straight up. Most are made from glass-reinforced plastic construction using polyester or polyurethane materials. In the last few years, inflatable boards have been introduced as well — these boards are softer to fall on (good thing for a novice) and easily transported and stored.

Unlike other water sports industry insiders, Warren Thomas, President/ CEO of SurfingSports.com in San Diego, California knew that stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) was “not a passing fad.” In 2005, his company decided to ride in on the SUP wave and became the first manufacturer of epoxy standup paddleboards. According to Thomas, “We have seen tremendous growth. And, we are still expanding year by year. Our SUP growth rate is exciting — especially, our custom orders.”

Core exercises strengthen the body, especially the pelvis, hip, and lower back areas. Instead of sweating through 100s of crunches or planks, SUP provides a way for you to have fun on the water while simultaneously, and without even knowing it, flattening and strengthen abs, stabilizing the lower back, and improving balance, coordination, and flexibility. According to Self magazine, stand up paddleboarding makes you use more muscles than you knew you had. The result gives you “...speedier sculpting, not to mention a crazy-fun way to earn killer abs, arms and legs.”

The Atlantic City area is no exception and SUP has really caught on. Tom Forkin, director of the AC Surf School (www.acsurfschool.com), has seen a spike in paddleboarding interest. As a member of the National Scholastic Surfing Association, former AC lifeguard, competitive surfer on every continent and Hawaii, and extreme long distance paddleboard racer, Forkin is passionate about introducing people to the benefits of SUP. “Fun and fitness go hand in hand,” explains Forkin. “It’s fun because SUP is easy to do and you get a great core workout. Anybody can do it — men, women, and kids as well. And, you don’t have transportation hassles like hauling a boat or kayak. Just grab the board and go.” AC Surf School offers lessons to people at all levels, from beginner to intermediate or advanced. The $60 baseprice includes an all-day SUP experience (including board and wetsuit rental). When you sign up for SUP, Zen Surf/ SUP, or SUP Yoga and Beach Fitness, experienced instructors help develop and improve your skills whether you aspire to make it to the pros or just achieve a better level of fitness and fun on the weekends.

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Standing On My Own

Based on the Outdoor Foundation’s latest participation report, stand-up paddling was listed as the most popular outdoor activity in 2013 — especially among first-time participants, beating out boardsailing/ windsurfing. The report also cited that men and women try out the new sport almost equally — a slightly higher percent for the guys. However, because women have a lower center of gravity AuthorMolly Golubcow (i.e., better balance), they experiencing stand up paddleboarding are often more skilled at paddleboarding than men.

So, enough research — it was time to get off the web and on a board. AC Surf supplied me with a wet suit since it was chilly, then Forkin gave me some lessons

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on the dock — like where to stand on the board, how to use the paddle, and ways to steer. When it was time to get in the water, I was a bit nervous, but ready to try. From a kneeling position on the board, I remembered Forkin’s words of wisdom, “just don’t over think it,” and I stood straight up. The paddle is good for steering and moving, but right then and there it was a great substitute for a security blanket. Once Forkin guided me into the bay, it was exhilarating to paddle past Gardner’s Basin, an egret or two, and on to the Golden Nugget marina and back. As we tooled around the back bay, Forkin constantly watched my moves and offered great advice from knee-bending to stroke techniques. He also mentioned that the school offers Eco Tours where paddlers can float by a variety of sea birds and even dolphins. What a way to see Atlantic City! “Wow” is all I can say to be able to move across the water while standing straight up — you get a great view as opposed to being hunkered down in a kayak. When we returned back to the AC Surf School dock, Forkin told me I did well for a novice. That was good to hear, but I think it was his confidence in paddleboarding and his expert lessons that did the trick! End result: I was smitten and decided I want to get back on that board. It really is a freeing and easy way to enjoy a day on the water and simultaneously get a great core workout.

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FORE AT THE SHORE Explore the lush fairways as we uncover the area’s most challenging holes by Alyson Boxman Levine

WITH THE PLETHORA OF MAGNIFICENT courses to choose from, Atlantic County is a golf zealots dream. From laid-back beachside locales to the crafted rolling greens on the mainland, golf is certainly alive and kicking at the shore. Locals and visitors alike revel in the unique diversity presented on the greens and eagerly flock to the area’s fairways for some exciting play. Each individual golf course offers unique ways to challenge even the most well-schooled player. From intricate water features to bunkers galore, one thing is certain … not all holes are created equal. At the picturesque greens of The Vineyards, you will feel as though you’ve been transported across the pond, strolling Europe’s wine country. Part of the Renault Winery, this unique 7,200-yard championship golf course features majestic views of the vineyards as it meanders subtly through South Jersey’s Pinelands. The course offers strategic elements that create risk and reward opportunities on every hole, and is a favorite among discriminating golfers. According to Brian Crompton, head golf professional at The Vineyards, the golf course is somewhat of a hybrid, with characteristics of both a links- and parkland-style course. And when it comes to the most challenging hole, Crompton offers up hole #11. It is our most difficult hole, he explains. “It is one of our longest par 4’s and the entire hole plays slightly uphill, making it even longer than the yardage says. It also 44

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features a two-tiered green, which makes the hole even more difficult when the pin placement is in the back of the green.” “My favorite aspect of the course is that there are no houses on our golf course,” revealed Crompton. “Golf is meant to provide an escape from your everyday life for four hours or so. When you are here, you can just play golf, forget about home and all of your stresses, and just enjoy nature.” Just blocks from the Atlantic Ocean, the Ocean City Municipal Golf Course welcomes players of all ages. Owned and operated by the City of Ocean City, this 12-hole golf course is a change of pace from the sand and sea, and is enjoyed by visitors and residents alike. Located on Bay Avenue at 26th Street, set in the scenic meadows of the bay area, the course provides a beautiful and fun way to spend a few hours. With its tight fairways and small greens, this Leo Frazier-designed course is challenging for the low handicapper, and fun for the novice as well. At a whopping 235 yards, hole #10 is the most challenging by far, according to local players. As the only par four on the course, and clad with a difficult water hazard, this hole is sure to challenge even the most experienced golfer. Just minutes from Ocean City in a beautiful setting along the Greate Egg Harbor Bay, Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point boasts a classic award-winning championship 18-hole course designed by the


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legendary Willie Park, Jr. First known as the Ocean City Golf Club, the original course was designed in 1922 and opened in the spring of 1923. Presently, two PGA golf professionals, Jay Gross and Randy Vaskas, are on-hand to help guests improve their score. “Be prepared to play your short game,” said Will Arabea, chief operating officer, Greate Bay Country Club, who revealed the most difficult hole would be #12. “It’s a difficult hole because of the water,” explained Arabea. “If you go down the left side of the fairway, the ball may kick toward the water, and if you are too far right, the ball will kick down into a waste area. So, you almost have to land it perfectly, and then you have an optimal shot back up to the two-tiered elevated green.” Carefully carved out of the gently rolling land and dense woods of Egg Harbor Township, Ballamor Golf Club was designed by nationally-renowned architects Ault, Clark & Associates. The course uniquely blends traditional architecture with subtle modern-day nuances, succinctly capturing the true beauty of the property. “Our course is very, very user-friendly,” said Mike Tucci, general manager and PGA golf professional, Ballamor Golf Club. “We have very wide fairways and large greens as well.” And when it comes to the most difficult hole, Tucci revealed it to be hole #9. “It’s a long par four,” explained Tucci. “Your first shot has to clear a pond. Then, there is sort of a blind shot to the green, which, to me, always makes the hole more difficult. It is a great hole, but is more difficult than some of the other par four holes

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LIFEST YLE GOLF that are longer.” Tucci’s best tip would be to keep the ball below the hole, because it could get very fast. “You never want to have a downhill putt,” said Tucci, “as they are a lot more difficult to control.” Featuring generous fairways and short rough reminiscent of the Augusta National Golf Club, Harbor Pines Golf Club is the epicenter of an upscale real estate project comprising some 6,500 acres. Designer Stephen Kay routed an ideal layout through the dense pines and around 17 acres of lakes in Egg Harbor Township. On the mostly-flat terrain, the course features impeccably groomed greens with modest slopes and wide fairways. Like most other tree-lined golf courses, if you keep your tee ball in play, the course is scorable, said John Petronis, PGA golf instructor, Harbor Pines. “Your approach shot is best if played at the right distance or a little short of the pin. Hitting the ball long can make for a challenging chip, pitch, or putt.” “The 9th hole is the most difficult due to its length and water hazard down the left side,” explained Petronis. “Even after a good drive, you really need to focus your energy on your approach shot to the well-

guarded, elevated green.” At Twisted Dune Golf Club, designer Archie Struthers moved two million cubic yards of earth to bring this course to fruition, creating a true taste of the Scottish Coast at the Jersey Shore. Twisted Dune is a links-style course, with twisting landscapes, dramatic elevations, and contoured fairways. Deep ravines, towering grass-covered hills, and over 100 deep traps and bunkers make this course’s 7,200 yards a memorable golfing experience for golfers of every skill level. According to Matt Callaghan, PGA golf professional, Twisted Dune, the most difficult hole is #14. It requires a precise tee shot, as you have to hit to a multitiered green. Callaghan’s tip for all golfers is to make sure they hit at the right tee, as the tees are set at different yardages. “A lot of times, people play too much yardage,” he explained, “and their game will improve if they play a different tee.” And when it comes to general golf instruction, Callaghan offers the following advice. “Make sure you see your PGA professional before you try to do it yourself. It will save you a lot of aggravation.” n

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The Social Scene A Night to Remember at Stockton Gala

Photos by Nick Valinote

The 2014 Stockton College Scholarship Benefit Gala helped celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club and also honored President and Mrs. Saatkamp for their life-long commitment to education and shared in the joy of their 50th Wedding Anniversary. Over 550 guests were in attendance and the event raised more than $475,000. The Stockton Board of Trustees established the Herman and Dorothy Saatkamp Endowed Scholarship, pledging $50,000 toward the scholarship, which will also receive net proceeds from the gala, along with direct gifts. Over the next five years, $500,000 is expected to be generated by Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club and Stockton Affiliated Services, Inc. (SASI), and will be directed to the Saatkamp scholarship.

Stockton student veterans enjoy the gala as guests of Dr. Jo Frances Stow (not pictured).

Retired Stockton faculty, Stockton College Foundation Board member emerita & scholarship donor Dr. Jo Frances Stow with Dot Saatkamp

Stockton College Foundation Board member Ellen Bailey with Stockton Chief of Staff Brian Jackson

L to R, Boys and Girls Club Champions of Youth: Caitlin Fonville, Mentor Rona Kaplan of Cooper Levenson, Sparkle Prevard, and Program Coordinator Michael Everett

From left to right, Russell Banks, Jr., Carol Banks, Stockton President Herman Saatkamp, and Russell Banks, Sr.

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President and Mrs. Herman Saatkamp

From left to right, Mayor Don Guardian, Stockton Board of Trustees Chair Curtis Bashaw, Amy Pearson, and Freeholder Frank Formica

President and Mrs. Saatkamp with their children: Joseph Saatkamp, Dot Saatkamp, President Herman Saatkamp, and Barbara Saatkamp Taylor


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AtlantiCare’s Annual Century Club Gala AtlantiCare recognized John Schultz and Gary Hill, of Atlantic City, and Howard Slotoroff, MD, of Egg Harbor City, with the Edward R. Knight Award during its Annual Century Club Gala in May at the Borgata. It also announced the kick-off of a capital campaign for the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus Transformation/Modernization. Gala décor mimicked sets from 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, The Wizard of Oz. Guests followed a yellow brick road lined with lollipops to the main ballroom, and character actors portrayed the film’s iconic characters. Event chairpersons were Haitham Dib, MD, and his wife Faten Dib, of Linwood; and Kenneth Steinberg, chairman, AtlantiCare Regional Health Services Board, and his wife Patricia Steinberg, of Longport. Proceeds of the gala will benefit AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children and Healing Arts programs and AtlantiCare’s Growing Green initiative. The event garnered more than $600,000 in sponsorships.

L to R: Haitham Dib, MD, Faten Dib, Patricia Steinberg and Kenneth Steinberg

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52nd Annual St. Augustine Preparatory School Commencement St. Augustine Prep held Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies for the 2014 graduating class on Sunday, May 18th. The graduation ceremonies took place outdoors on the school’s campus in Richland, NJ. The graduating class of

Class of 2014 Salutatorian Nicholas Brown

157 was addressed by Salutatorian Nicholas Brown, Valedictorian William Reeves, and School President, Rev. Donald F. Reilly. The graduating seniors generated $42 million in grants and scholarships, and more than 800 college acceptances.

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AMI Fashion Show a Success The AMI Foundation of Atlantic Medical Imaging hosted the 4th Annual Images of Springtime Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Carriage House in Galloway. Over 130 guests attended the event, which benefited Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Atlantic and

Celebrity host Jay McCarroll

Cape May Counties. The fashion show celebrity host was Jay McCarroll, Project Runway Season 1 winner and The Hamilton Mall Fashion Ambassador. Fashions were provided by the Hamilton Mall and models were provided by Barbizon EHT.

From left to right, Bea Jerkins, CEO, BBBS of Atlantic & Cape May Counties; Jay McCarroll; Dr. Janice Lake Betts, Chairperson, BBBS of Atlantic & Cape May Counties; and Dr. Peggy Avagliano, AMI Foundation Fashion Show Chairperson

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Cape May Getaway On May 22nd CRA Financial and some of their clients headed down to Cape May to beat the summer crowds. They started out at The Cape May Winery and toured the facility and vineyard. They were also treated to a wine tasting of a variety of wines that tasted like they were right out of an oak barrel. Everyone then headed out for an enjoyable dinner at The Red Store restaurant in Cape May Point. Clients of CRA Financial arrive at the Cape May Winery.

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A tasting and tour of the winery.

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Mercedes-Benz Porsche of Atlantic City Launches New Model Mercedes-Benz Porsche of Atlantic City celebrated the launch of the 2015 Porsche Macan with a catered affair at their dealership on Friday, May 22. The new Porsche model was unveiled and on display at the celebration, where customers got to admire the car and mingle with Porsche representatives. The Macan impressed the audience with its 340hp, 3.0 liter-twin-turbo V-6, all-wheel drive and seven-speed transmission. For details call (866) 779-1933.

Porsche Sales Manager Joseph DiPasquale (left) and Mercedes-Benz Porsche of AC General Partner John Mehrlander

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New Jersey Lifestyle Magazine’s Kristine Kurilko admires the interior of the 2015 Porsche Macan.

Servers from Mays Landing Country Club offer a variety of fruits and pastries to the guests.

Porsches on display at the event

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Porsche Service Manager Kevin Rossi

A close up of the luxurious steering wheel

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IN SEARCH OF THE 1954 DESOTO ADVENTURER II BY ELAINE ROSE

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auto manufacturers built concept cars to display at car shows. These one-ofa-kind vehicles were never meant to be used for everyday travel, but were shown to the public in an effort to arouse people’s enthusiasm and get them to the local dealership. After a year or two on the show circuit, most 52

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of these creations were sent to the scrap heap. The 1954 DeSoto Adventurer II Ghia might have shared that fate, except for the fact that a royal personage wanted it for his own. Now, sixty years after it was first introduced, the 1954 DeSoto Adventurer II is considered to be

among the Top Ten concept cars ever produced. With its bright-red exterior and typical 1950s styling, it continued to win design awards into the twentyfirst century. The car has a history that spans three continents, and last received media attention two years ago when it was sold for a seven-figure sum at an auction in Arizona.


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We’re getting ahead of ourselves. Some auto manufacturers still produce concept cars, however, advances in technology over the last six decades have provided auto makers with more efficient marketing tools. But before television commercials and pop-up ads on the Internet, building and exhibiting a concept car was a major method for a company to get the word out about its products. In the early 1950s, the Chrysler Corporation saw a downturn in its vehicle sales and noticed that it was lagging behind its competitors. Industry experts attributed the decline to the fact that, while Chrysler cars gave a solid performance, the styling that wasn’t as modern as what

was coming off the assembly lines of General Motors and Ford. Stunned by the success of GM’s Chevrolet Corvette, introduced in 1953, Chrysler commissioned its designer Virgil Exner to come up with an exciting concept car. Exner, best known for creating the tailfins that were popular in the fifties and sixties, teamed up with Giovanni Savanuzzi, a designer for the struggling Italian manufacturer Ghia, to create “Supersonic” themed automobiles. The two-seater DeSoto Adventurer II Ghia coupe was built on a DeSoto S-19 Series chassis with a Chrysler FireDome Hemi V-8, 170-horsepower engine. (Yes, they had Hemi engines back then. They were introduced in the 1953 model year.) Ghia provided

the body and design. The red car with a red-and-black leather interior was introduced to the public on June 16, 1954 in Chelsea, Michigan. The Adventurer II then went on the European car-show circuit. The Adventurer II has several aspects that make it an impractical road vehicle. For one thing, it lacks bumpers, so even a mild fenderbender would result in expensive repairs. This car is 214.3 inches — or nearly eighteen feet — long and 77.9 inches wide, which would make parking it difficult, to say the least. One unique feature is a Plexiglass rear window, which retracts into the trunk when opened. The car is what some artists call a “seminal design,” in that it led to njlifestyleonline.com

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an entirely new method of styling cars. And some car historians credit the Adventurer II with saving both Chrysler and Ghia from bankruptcy. The Adventurer II never went into general production, and Chrysler closed its DeSoto division in the early 1960s. The concept car might have found its way to the junkyard with most of its cohorts except for one strange turn of events. Morocco’s King Mohammed V saw the Adventurer II at a show in Brussels in 1956, and insisted on making it his own. What His Majesty wanted, His Majesty got. After some wheeling and dealing with Chrysler, the king acquired the car for the reported sum of $20,000. That was the going rate for a Rolls Royce at the time, noted a 1993 article for Special Interest Autos. The king drove the car for a short time, and decided it didn’t fit his lifestyle. Art Spanjian, an American working in Morocco, became enamored of the Adventurer II after seeing at a Casablanca dealership. After several years of price haggling, Spanjian bought the vehicle and shipped it to his home in Ohio. It was on display in a Dayton showroom, where building developer Armand Archer Sr. saw it in 1960. It was love at first sight. Archer purchased the car the next day, and drove it to his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Adventurer II then sat in a Florida garage for the 54

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next twenty-five years. It had about 14,000 miles on the odometer, many more miles than most concept cars ever racked up. Then in 1986, Archer’s son, Armand Jr., decided to bring the car out of hiding. He replaced several working parts, restored the interior, and in 1988, sold it to collector Ken Behring for the Behring Auto Museum in Danville, California. Mitchell Lamm, author of the 1993 Special Interest Autos piece, got a chance to test-drive the Adventurer II at the Behring museum. He wrote that when he first sat behind the wheel, he got the impression of being in a fancy Italian sports car. There was a wooden steering wheel, a grab bar in front of the passenger seat, and the console between the bucket seats held a DeSoto AM radio, heater controls, and an ashtray. But once he cranked up the engine, Lamm said the sound of the motor and Adventurer II’s handling were pure 1954 DeSoto. San Diego auto collector Chuck Swimmer bought the Adventurer II around the turn of the twenty-first century. He kept it in his San Diego Collection and took it to auto shows around the country. “It wins wherever it goes,” Swimmer told the Robb Report Collector for a 2008 article. The Adventurer II picked up awards at several shows, including the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

and the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, and took blue ribbons at several other exhibitions as well. When the Adventurer II sat at home in the San Diego Collection, the public was allowed to come and view it for no charge. “I don’t like to talk about the value, but at this point, the car is too valuable to risk driving it on the street,” Swimmer told the Robb Report Collection. The true value of the 1954 DeSoto Adventurer II Ghia became apparent a few years later. In late 2011, the San Diego Collection and BarrettJackson simultaneously offered it up for sale, generating quite a bit of interest in the car-enthusiast media. The vehicle was presented in January 2012 at Barrett-Jackson’s auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, where it sold for $1.4 million. Swimmer died in December 2013. According to one published report, the Adventurer II’s new owner wishes to remain anonymous. The red beauty was temporarily lent to the Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum about an hour from Grand Junction, but its current location is being kept a secret. While you may not be able to see the Adventurer II up close and personal, numerous photographs are available for viewing on the web, where its classic 1950s styling and luxurious features are posted for everyone to see. n


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of specially selected varietals; Sangiovese, Vernaccia (Pergola Rosso) and Merlot. The 100% Pergola Rosso is deep red with summer red berry flavors. Chill it for 10 minutes to complement anything you cook on the barbecue. Azienda Agricola Angelini Pergolo Rosso (a grape also known as Vernaccia Nero) is a relatively light, yet full, fruit delight at approximately $15. Avalon Winery, located in Sonoma County, CA, has released the sexiest label I’ve seen in many a year, and that’s a huge statement coming from me! The 2012 California AVA designated Cabernet Sauvignon, known as CAB is produced from grapes grown in vineyards throughout California and


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is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Syrah, 7% Zinfandel, and 4% Merlot. Avalon CAB was aged for eight months in a combination of French and American Oak barrels. The perfume is very breakfasty jams and the flavor, like the previous wine, has all those lovely summertime berries we all drool over. Avalon CAB is approximately $12. Harry & David, as we all know, ship the most exquisite fruit hampers known to mankind, and now they have taken a giant step into the world of wine. I just tasted their 2011 Royal Crest Red (Southern Oregon), another smooth fruit forward gem which I assume contains some Cabernet given the prominence of cedar. Brimming with cherry, blackberry, and cola nut notes and balanced with spice and structure, Royal Crest Red presents a medium body and a bright finish. This wine complements red meats like steak and lamb, stews, cheese and dishes with rich sauces or mushrooms. Another contender for the summer berry loving wine buyer’s shopping cart, Royal Crest Red has a medium body and a bright future at approximately $19.95. Summer picnics are easily brightened by fun fizz and Moët Impérial Rosé is a spontaneous and radiant champagne, with bright fruitiness, a seductive palate and elegant maturity and a lively, intense bouquet of red fruits, floral nuances of rose, and a slight peppery touch. Its expressive palate combines intensity and suppleness that only true Champagne can offer (approximate price: $50). Similarly refreshing, the house’s iconic Impérial Brut (approximate price: $41), is a classic, dry Champagne suited to seasonal fish, grilled vegetables, fruitbased desserts, or lying back with the sounds of the ocean kissing the golden sands. Fun Rum Summertime is rum time and Mount Gay Rum is the product of over 300 years of knowledge, experience, and refinement applied to the process of making rum. Each of the rum’s complex flavors have been coaxed from natural Barbadian ingredients and the input of many generations of master blenders, distillers, and the evolving palates of rum drinking patrons. The island of Barbados is formed of coral limestone, a porous stone which acts as a natural filter for the groundwater deep beneath the island. This water is subsequently filtered three more times, resulting in some of the purest water available. Barbadian sugar is among the finest in the world, yielding exceptional molasses. In the 18th century, Barbadian molasses had come to be called “Black Gold” because of the additional revenue it provided after the process of refining crystallized sugar from sugar cane. The art of fermentation truly begins when molasses and coral filtered water are combined with a proprietary strain of yeast,

selected exclusively for Mount Gay Rums. Since opening the doors of the first still house, this process has been conducted in the open air of Barbados. For over three hundred years, the distinct bold character of Mount Gay Rum has been developed in traditional double copper pot stills. An innovative distillation technique in 1703, this process has been in continuous use by Mount Gay ever since. In tropical Caribbean climates, the process of ageing is unpredictable. One year could mature a rum as much as three years or as few as six months. For Mount Gay the focus is on maturation over ageing. Today, Mount Gay Rums are matured in charred white oak barrels, barrels which previously held American whiskey. Blending has become a true craft. It is this alchemical merging of controlled practices and skilled intuition that has guided master blenders for years. Allen Smith holds sway over the craft of blending at Mount Gay Distilleries. An individual batch of Mount Gay Rum contains dozens of different distillates, single and double. The latest from Master Blender Allen Smith, Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum (approximately $30) is a small batch, handcrafted blend, made of matured double pot distillates and aged column distillates. In a process called finishing, the blended rum is then matured for a second time in deeply charred Bourbon oak barrels. This unique process releases spicy aromas that are at once balanced, and bold. This particular rum with its spicy, oaky, sweet caramel flavor leaves the competition at the starting gate. Here is one of my favorite recipes. It’s called, Vieux Lien: 1.5 oz. Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum .75 oz. Sweet Vermou .75 oz. Remy VSOP 2 dashes of bitters Stir all ingredients together. Fine-strain into iced rocks glass. Garnish with an orange peel. The name Vieux Lien means “Old Link” in French and pays homage to the long history between Mount Gay Rum and sister brand Remy Martin. Both exceptionally historic and storied brands, they are married by an equally historic spirit, sweet vermouth. The dark cherry notes in the vermouth help pull out the bold finish in the Black Barrel, while the light aromatic cognac notes brighten up the drink. Happy Summer. Cheers! n “Time Out With Phillip Silverstone” is heard worldwide on Tunein Radio. For more information, visit www. thesilverstonecollection.com. njlifestyleonline.com

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Phillips Seafood Celebrates a Century of Success FEW FAMILY-OWNED FOOD and restaurant companies have been around for 100 years and achieved the levels of success of Phillips Seafood. From their humble beginnings on the Chesapeake Bay, to the opening of their first restaurant in 1956, to their overseas expansion into sourcing high-quality crab meat, the Phillips family has become a powerful force on the global seafood market. The story of Phillips Seafood is an intriguing American tale of hard work and the courage to take risks to achieve one’s vision. Brice and Shirley Phillips grew up on Hoopers Island, a small community off Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay where most residents worked on the water. In their early married life, they managed Brice’s father’s seafood packing plant, which sourced wild crabs, fish, and oysters in season. In those early days, the fresh seafood traveled by steamship to Baltimore, where it was bound for local restaurants and fishmongers. Faced with surplus crabs one season, Brice and Shirley decided to open a simple “crab shack” in Ocean City, MD with a $2,000 loan from their families. What began as a one-room carryout in 1956 grew, dining room by dining room, over the years until it finally seated 1,400 guests. Business flourished from there, as the family expanded into new locations and markets. From the very beginning, the Phillips family has focused on bringing the culinary traditions and welcoming hospitality of the eastern shore to their guests. They know there is no replicating authenticity. That’s why many of their recipes are generations old, passed to their chefs straight from the quaint kitchen of Shirley Phillips. Phillips will be marking their anniversary with a year-long celebration, both in their restaurant locations and online with their community of retail, foodservice, and restaurant fans. Be on the lookout for local events and contests, special food and beverage features, cooking classes, and wine dinners. Events will benefit the Maryland, Watermen’s Association. n


RESTAURANT REPORT by ALYSON BOXMAN LEVINE

The Magic of Azure This standout Revel restaurant sets the bar even higher WHO KNEW THAT JUST BY SAYING three simple words, your significant other would get immediately excited and happy? No, not those three words. ... These words are, “Dinner at Azure” and they carry with them a magical significance. “Dinner at Azure” means you will experience a delicious meal surrounded by majestic ocean views. It’s your night to savor. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ambiance while your taste buds thrill to the flavors of refined French and Italian coastal cuisine. Critically-acclaimed chef Alain Allegretti brings Mediterranean coastal cuisine to Revel, offering exceptional seafood utilizing seasonal ingredients sourced from local waters and farms. Nice native Allegretti, whose Manhattan restaurants have won praise from critics and foodies alike, combines his perfect French technique with his Italian heritage to create a fresh and flavorful spin on Riviera fare. Start with a batch of oysters from the raw bar. Move on to whole grilled or roasted fish. Sip from the list of carefully-curated wines. This elegant dining experience highlights Chef Allegretti’s talent for blending Mediterranean flavors, colors, and textures. Their exquisite menu is always evolving, depending on the seasonal offerings. “We pride ourselves on being able to surprise and delight our customers,” revealed Yianni Papaspanos, General Manager. “At Azure, we do what we love. It’s all about guest experience, and we pride ourselves on our impeccable personalized service.” Guests simply adore Azure’s Thursday night Surf and Turf, $29.95. And their Sushi Mondays are a favorite with locals and vacationers alike. Open seven days a week starting June 23, Azure by Allegretti is truly an Atlantic City standout. n

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A Flower in the City Gino Iovino

Exciting new happenings abound at Girasole

TRAVEL TO EUROPE THIS SUMMER when you visit Atlantic City’s award-winning Italian restaurant. Meaning sunflower in Italian, Girasole is the city’s sunniest spot for dining, serving authentic Italian cuisine in a relaxed, cheerful atmosphere. Flavorful Mediterranean dishes, from hors d’oeuvres, carpaccio, and cocktails, are prepared with the freshest imported ingredients. A warm dolce vita-style dining room, beautiful outdoor patio, and Versace themed lounge, together create a memorable dining experience. From the moment guests enter this bright, airy restaurant, they are whisked away to a Mediterranean Cafe. Owner Gino Iovino will once again offer his popular Fashionably Late menu this summer. This hand-crafted menu — which includes items such as Tuna and Salmon Tartar, local Calamari, a variety of Panzerottis, handmade Pizza and Pasta,

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Bruschetta, and Beef Sliders — will be offered starting Memorial Day Weekend, and then every Friday night throughout the summer, starting at 9:30 PM. The Fashionably Late menu option is the perfect pre-course to a night on the town, or the ultimate intimate lounge experience to cap the night off. Menu items are created with seasonal farmto-table ingredients. Guests may also be treated to impromptu fashion shows of Italian designs from enextdoor.com, the elite and affordable by-appointment-only boutique located next to Girasole. This summer, the restaurant will also be offering seasonal specials with healthier, gluten-free options using produce from regional farms. Also featured is the popular price-fixed menu of $33. Happy Hour will be from 5 PM - 6:30 PM, Monday through Friday, with a delicious bar bite menu of items ranging from $4 - $7. n


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Best of Brunch The area’s top brunch destination just got better

SOMETIMES CHANGE IS GOOD, even when it comes to enjoying an ideal brunch in a magical setting. To celebrate their 150th Anniversary, Renault’s Gourmet Restaurant has made some upgrades to their award-winning Sunday brunch, served amid 1,400 acres of vineyards, graceful gardens, and trickling streams. The restaurant’s entrance, an inclined ramp through a tunnel of three enormous 105-year-old redwood wine casks, sets the tone for a truly unique brunch experience. The main room of the restaurant, once called the “Method Champenoise,” is where the winery made its famed New Jersey Champagne. Today, several of the restaurant’s booths are made from the room’s original 100-year-old oaken casks. Stained glass, antique furnishings, a large stone fireplace and a gazebo in the center of the room remind guests of Renault’s rich and varied history. Your Sunday mornings will never be the same again after you enjoy their upgraded award-winning brunch atop the winery. Chef Joseph DeGennaro prepares an extraordinary menu in honor of the 150th Anniversary and, along with feedback from loyal customers, has made a few changes to the previous menu that is sure to please.

Now, Sunday Brunch becomes a full buffet for $23.95, and includes a Chef-Attended Omelet Station, a Chef-Attended Carving Station featuring Roast Top Round of Beef, and a delicious Waffle & French Toast Bar with assorted toppings and sauces. Other delectable offerings include: Penne Pasta with Tomato Basil Sauce; Fresh Seasonal Vegetables; Assorted Chef Choice Entrées, featuring Chicken, Fish, and Pork; Roasted Potatoes; Bacon; Sausage Links; Assorted Salads; Smoked Salmon Horseradish and Chives, their new Country Pate with Cabernet Jelly Grilled Vegetables, and much, much more. Nearly a century and a half old, Renault Winery is a recognized New Jersey State Historical site and one of the oldest continuously operating wineries in the United States. Nestled between the shores of the Atlantic, the allure of Renault Winery remains a hidden treasure. What began in Europe found its home in the heart of Atlantic County, and has produced an array of distinguished award-winning wines. Join them for an overnight stay in the Tuscany House Hotel, where you can turn your visit into an adventure. n

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DINING Gallery Library IV Berkshire Grill

6105 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Twp 609-272-8808 berkshiregrillnj.com Superbly prepared entrees including aged USDA Choice steaks, slow roasted Prime Rib and Grilled Chicken Portofino. Signature entrees include Mandarin Glazed Salmon, Spinach Pecan Salad, and Shrimp & Mussels Linguine. A large selection of sandwiches, salads, wraps, steaks, chicken, seafood and pasta is offered.

1030 N. Blk Horse Pike, Williamstown 856-728-8064 www.libraryiv.com The area’s greatest steakhouse under the direction of owner Brian O’Keeney. Offering quality prepared food and friendly service. Serving hand-cut steaks by the ounce, prime rib, seafood, veal and chicken. The Library IV restaurant has been the area’s top steakhouse for 30 years. A recently completed remodel includes a new kitchen, new 30-foot long salad bar and dining rooms. A casual and cozy atmosphere sets this restaurant apart from the others, and their commitment to top quality has stood the test of time.

Girasole Ristorante & Lounge

3108 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 609-345-5554 www.girasoleac.com An Italian boutique restaurant with a strong Mediterranean influence. Fresh ingredients and simple preparations, served in style, with Versace banquettes and place-settings. A beautiful bar with a noteworthy selection of custom cocktails and quality wines are offered.

Tun Tavern Renault Winery

72 N. Bremen Avenue, Egg Harbor City 609-965-2111 renaultwinery.com Shades of Tuscany, located on 1,400 beautiful acres, Renault features two restaurants. Joseph’s features the superb cuisine of one of the area’s most talented chefs — Chef Joseph Degennero — with a moderately priced menu and a wine program that includes selections from the Renault collection. Open every day for lunch and dinner. The Gourmet Restaurant at Renault features a Saturday night dinner, and on Sunday is Renault’s award-winning Champagne Brunch.

LP STEAK — Steakhouse & Seafood

Plaza 9 Shopping Center, 1333 New Road, Northfield, NJ 609-646-8189 www.lukepalladino.com The latest concept from Luke Palladino, LP STEAK is a bold steakhouse with something to please everyone. The menu features classic cuts of Prime beef, modern twists on traditional side dishes, as well as veal, chicken, and seafood. This stylish BYOB allows diners to experience Chef Palladino’s culinary flair in an American Steakhouse.

LUKE PALLADINO Seasonal Italian Cooking The Melting Pot

2112 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 609-441-1100 www.meltingpot.com At The Melting Pot, fondue truly becomes a memorable four-course dining experience. Patrons can dip into something different — and discover all the ingredients for a unique dining experience including a relaxed atmosphere, private tables, attentive service, fine wines and signature fondue dinners. 62

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199 New Road, Central Square, Linwood 609-926-3030 www.lukepalladino.com Newly relocated and expanded, this Atlantic County BYOB features authentic Italian cuisine that honors tradition, yet is boldly spontaneous. Chef Palladino’s pride and passion is evident in the menu, featuring hand-crafted pastas, seasonal local produce, and expertly prepared fish and meats. The beautiful design provides the perfect setting for your next private party. Open daily for dinner 5-10 PM and lunch M-F, 11-3 PM.

2 Convention Blvd, Atlantic City, NJ 609-347-7800 www.tuntavern.com The Tun Tavern takes pride in being a fine restaurant as well as a brewery. Whether it’s inside soaking up the atmosphere or outside on the deck, the Tun Tavern provides a great dining experience. Take a look at the menu and see what wonderful delights they have in store for you. Tun Tavern Serves the Finest Black Angus Steaks, Filets and Burgers. We also serve fresh seafood including our Tun favorite Ahi Tuna Wasabi, also Calamari, plus the original Philly Cheesesteak, with healthy salad options and tempting appetizers. Lunch and dinner served daily, and parking is free.

Crab Trap

2 Broadway, Somers Point, NJ 609-927-7377 www.thecrabtrap.com Overlooking the Great Egg Harbor Bay in Somers Point is the Crab Trap Restaurant. Flourishing as a 400-seat full service restaurant serving the finest seafood in South Jersey. As many businesses expand, they often lose touch with the quality and small personal touches that made them special. At the Crab Trap, they don’t believe that has happened, or ever will.


Great Food. Great Drinks. Great Atmosphere.

Ram’s Head Inn

9 W. White Horse Pike, Galloway, NJ 609-652-1700 ramsheadinn.com The Ram’s Head Inn continues the longstanding tradition of superior quality food and service that the Knowles family brought to Southern New Jersey in 1979. This started at the Manor in the 1950s, and also continues at the Highlawn Pavilion and Pleasantdale Chateau (all located in West Orange NJ). Traditional food and beverage is served with a contemporary flair at various venues within this one-of-a-kind restaurant. Executive chef Elio Gracia has provided outstanding culinary excellence for seventeen years, incorporating as many seasonal organic and locally-grown foods as possible. Walk-ins are always welcome.

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6105 Black horse Pike & enGlish creek, eGG harBor TownshiP 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. They have high standards for their food. Consistency can and should be expected. 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 people in the area. They only use the finest ingredients at the Original Maplewood. Two locations — Same Great Food. Your Choice.

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Smithville Inn

1 N. New York Road, Smithville, NJ 609-652-7777 www.smithvilleinn.com A lovely historical inn on 40 acres of pristine gardens and lakes. The Smithville Inn offers a wide selection of cuisine and is one of South Jersey’s premiere restaurants. Minutes away from Atlantic City, in the Historic Towne of Smithville. Serving sophisticated comfort food in a warm environment. Specialties include Chicken Pot Pie, Crab Cakes, and Osso Bucco Frico. A tradition of hospitality that has been carried on since 1787. Banquets and private parties offerd, plus Sunday brunch.

On the circle in Somers Point 609-927-7377 Serving from 11am Children’s Menu Available Lunch • Dinner • Cocktails Live Music • Deck Bar

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Gallagher’s Steakhouse

N. Carolina & Boardwalk, Atlantic City 609-340-6555 gallaghersresorts.com Gallaghers is located on the 2nd floor of Resorts Casino. A classic steakhouse serving hearty salads, dry-aged meats, wonderful fish and shellfish. Their glass-enclosed meat locker is in the front of the restaurant for all to view; and all of the beef is dry-aged for 21 days at a constant 36 degrees to insure tenderness. Offering the finest selections of seafood as well. An ambiance of warm woods and deep reds. Friendly, efficient and gracious service. Open for dinner Sunday thru Thursday 5-9:30 pm, Friday 5-10 pm, Saturday 5-11 pm.

Capriccio

N. Carolina & Boardwalk, Atlantic City 609-344-6000 www.resortsac.com No passport needed for this Italian experience. Capriccio’s all new menu features gourmet Italian cuisine in an exquisitely comfortable Mediterranean atmosphere, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Capriccio’s has beautiful murals on the walls featuring Old World Italy. Try the lobster with shiitake mushrooms and sweet peppers served on a baked polenta round; or the Costolette di Vitello alla Lombardese; or absolutely the Ossobuco di Vitello alla Lombardese, braised in a red wine and tomato sauce served with saffron risotto. The food is as spectacular as the view.

Phillips Seafood

Pier at Caesars, Atlantic City 609-348-2273 phillipsseafood.com Phillips Seafood brings guests a classical American seafood menu boasting an array of fresh seasonal fish and Phillips’ famous jumbo lump crab cakes. Renowned chef Robbin Haas has designed a menu that offers guests the freshest, finest seafood available, complete with a rolling oyster cart where regional varietals are shucked tableside and a double-decker live lobster tank stocked with 3-10 pound lobsters. Experience an upscale, interactive dining experience with their exhibition kitchen and sweeping ocean views.

REVEL

Azure by Allegretti

500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City 609-225-9870 www.azureatrevel.com Located at Revel Resort, Azure by Allegretti is a seafood restaurant that captures the glamour of the French Riviera. Chef Alain Allegretti offers exceptional seafood utilizing locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Guests will marvel at the soaring ocean views inside this beautiful restaurant. Menu items include an extensive raw bar, Spicy Boullabaise, fish, chicken, and beef.

American Cut at Revel 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City

609-225-9860 americancutsteakhouse.com American Cut signature steakhouse by Iron Chef Marc Forgione, is a tribute to American Place, the iconic restaurant founded by Marc’s father, famed chef Larry Forgione. Located inside Revel Resort, American Cut highlights Marc’s rock and roll personality with a modern spin on fine dining. Signature dishes include the Tomahawk Rib Eye Chop, an impressive 28-day dry aged 48-ounce steak, Ultimate Surf & Turf, and Chili Lobster. 64

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“Home of The World’s Best Spaghetti for over 70 years, and so much More!”

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For almost 70 years Joe Italiano’s Maplewood has been known for its consistently Good, GOOD Food! We believe that freshness and loving preparation are keys to satisfied customers! We have high standards for our food. Consistency can and should be expected. Our food is fresh, salads are made to order, and pasta is boiled right before sauce is poured over it. Our “Gravy” or red sauce is made fresh daily and is loved by the people in the area. We only use the finest ingredients. The Original Maplewood. Two locations — Same Great Food. Your Choice.

The Quarter at Tropicana • Atlantic City, NJ 609.317.4660 • www.broadwayburgerbar.com 470 White Horse Pike 6126 Black Horse Pike Hammonton, NJ Mays Landing, NJ 609-561-9621 609-625-1181 www.maplewood.me

Full bar featuring 60 Craft Beers, Specialty Cocktails & Adult Milkshakes $5 Happy Hour Food and Drink Menu, Sunday - Friday, 4pm - 6pm Dinner and an IMAX Movie for $25, Mon - Thurs Dinner and A Laugh at the Comedy Stop for $32, Sun - Thurs

Tavern & Courtyard, Tuesday - Friday & Sunday 5 - 7 p.m. Drink Specials & Half-Price Appetizers, Sandwiches & Salads

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A Final Word

No Place Like Home By MARJORIE PRESTON

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n 2003, when I moved from Pennsylvania to the Jersey Shore, I considered it a temporary thing. My brother-in-law had suddenly died. Our rental property in Ocean City was unexpectedly vacant. I came down to be closer to my sister, who lived a few blocks from our summer place. I figured I’d stay a year or two, tops. Somehow, I stayed on and on. I came to love the cockeyed rhythm of shore life: the mass invasion of vacationers after Memorial Day; the carnival pace of summer; and the swift exodus after Labor Day, which leaves the towns and beaches deserted. Of course I love my view of the ocean: sometimes turbulent and intimidating, sometimes smooth as a bolt of shimmering blue velvet. I love the caw of laughing gulls, and the unmistakable tang of salt air. Fast-forward to 2012. At last I decided to move back home. My dear father passed away that April, leaving my mother all alone in the house where I’d grown up. Moving made perfect sense: I could get a good job in Pennsylvania. And I could be closer to my daughter Garland, who’s raising a family of her own, including her sweet baby girl, Autumn. But for some reason, even after I accepted a terrific job in Bucks County, I couldn’t seem to give up my place in Brigantine. Instead, I commuted, hauling up and down the Expressway and I-95 for almost a year before a single incident made me realize that something had changed — something fundamental. I stopped at a gas station, filling up on the way home from work. Two attendants chatted nearby, seemingly oblivious to my presence. I sat behind the wheel, tapping it impatiently with my fingertips, and meditated a lecture about the importance of customer service. “Two minutes,” I fumed, “two minutes before I speak to the manager.” Finally I got out of my van, ready to lower the boom. You can guess the rest. I realized, rather sheepishly, that I was on the other side of the Delaware River, in PA. It may seem silly, but in that moment — that “keystone” moment — I realized I’d become a Jersey girl. And dang it all, Jersey girls just don’t pump gas! 66

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I’ve asked a few fellow ex-pats, friends from Pennsylvania, New York, California who now live at the shore, to explain why they, too, love South Jersey. Ken Schaffer, radio host. “I was always a weekend resident. By 2004, I realized I was maintaining two residences and only going back ‘home’ to check the mail, shovel the snow or mow the lawn. So I traded the congestion of suburbia for bayfront living. When the sunset is behind you every night, the beach a few blocks away, and everything you could possibly need contained within the small barrier island you call home, it’s an easy decision.” Susan Berman, travel agency owner. “For me, looking out at the ocean and feeling ‘tiny’ is it! I love the way the ocean changes; it’s never the same any day. It’s very moody and I love it during a storm. Forget ‘50 Shades of Grey.’ I’m here for 50 shades of blue!” Caroline Ranoia, boutique owner. “I’ll admit I’m here for the summer. I just love the scent of Coppertone.” Sheree Bykofsky, literary agent. “For years I thought I could never be happy living anywhere but Manhattan. Now I couldn’t live anywhere but the Jersey Shore. When are we going to search for sea glass again?” Vanessa Linck, artist, casino employee. “You realize South Jersey has won you when you wake up one day, long past Labor Day, and love the peace and quiet of your Island. You hear the sound of the ocean bouncing in your window late at night, and open your door to the salt air every morning. You discover other people who won’t leave either, and you assure non-believers that the city and its sights are near enough to visit, while your feet are planted firmly in the sand.” Vanessa is so right. They are all so right. There’s an old saying, cross-stitched on a pillow in my house: “If you’re lucky enough to live at the shore, you’re lucky enough.” Several months after my gas-station epiphany, I quit my job. I returned to the Jersey Shore, where I feel lucky every day. For me, it was a homecoming. n


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