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“Earth, teach me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life. Earth, teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall. Earth, teach me courage as the tree which stands all alone. Earth, teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring.” —William Alexander
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ur spring issue is always my absolute favorite publication of the year. Snow and ice can be magnificently beautiful, but, honestly, I would rather see it in pictures. There was very little “beautiful” regarding our most recent winter. We live at the shore and expect our seasons to be a bit more mild and pleasant. Many of us are still trying to forget Superstorm Sandy, so we just didn’t need all the nasty, frigid weather. I do understand that we still have the possibility of some challenging days, but just thinking and talking about spring is a good thing. It has to make you feel better, and feeling better is something we all need and appreciate. After shoveling your walkway for the fifth time this winter, the mere thought of the sun shining down on your shoulders will surly bring a smile to your face. Spring means that the winter is over, and sunshine will soon be upon us. That’s all I have to know. And guess what? You know what comes just after spring … the beach, the boardwalk, and the beautiful ocean. We look forward to celebrating the warmth of our favorite season with you. We welcome you to our SPRING ISSUE, so sit back, relax, and enjoy. New Jersey LifeStyle has already experienced twelve successful spring seasons with our loyal readers, and they have all been truly wonderful.
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Savoring spring style as we report on what’s hot this season. See page 10.
DEPARTMENTS Local Chatter ............................................. 6 The buzz on happenings in and around our area.
Vacation like a true rock star at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in South Florida. See page 24.
FEATURES Rock and roll fantasy...........................24
The award-winning Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Innovations........................................ 28 The anticipated Mercado Market opens in May.
Leisure...............................................32 A “Beautiful” day in New York City.
Point of View...................................... 48
Lifestyle Fashion ........................................10 Treat yourself to some high fashion.
Living Healthy ...........................................14 Leg crossing rules. Can it affect your health?
Money Watch............................................. 15 The power of dividends.
Health Profile............................................. 16 A local fitness studio seems to have discovered the fountain of youth.
Health Watch..............................................18 A day in the life of a nurse.
First Person............................................... 22 Advancing with Grace Killelea.
An interview with a local 11th grade honor student reveals what it’s like to be a teenager in today’s world.
The Social Scene........................................ 36
Travel & Wine.....................................50
Lifestyle On Wheels.................................... 40
Crystal Springs Resort is a nearby gem.
Get the picture on the latest events and happenings.
Experience a collection of rare racing cars.
Lifestyle Legends........................................44 Our pick for the top ten wedding movies.
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Restaurant Report.......................................56 The King of Prosciutto, Pizza Perfection and more.
Dining Gallery............................................ 60 All of the details on the area’s great dining venues.
A Final Word.............................................. 64 Leaving the past behind for new horizons.
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Bikini-Clad Beauties Invade Cape May
If you got a glimse of the recentlyreleased 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, you may have recognized some familiar places. The Cape May Chamber of Commerce has confirmed rumors that the beaches of the county served as the backdrop for the issue, which is also the 50th Anniversary Issue of the publication. The bikini-clad models posed on the beautiful beaches of both Cape May and Wildwood.
ned romenade Crow P s ’ y it C c ti an tl A k” “Best Beach Boardwal Kudos to Atlantic City for being recognized as having the “Best Beach Boardwalk” in the world by The Travel Channel’s Annual Best Beach Awards of 2014. This year’s ten winners were selected by The Travel Channel’s staff, as well as beach experts from across the globe. “Still standing after Superstorm Sandy, there’s never been a better time to visit the Atlantic City Boardwalk, America’s first boardwalk and the home of Miss America,” said Sara Gilliam, senior interactive producer, The Travel Channel. “For a mix of old and new, take a ride in an iconic rolling chair while snacking on salt water taffy and people watching, indulge in some high-end shopping at Louis Vuitton or Gucci at The Pier Shops at Caesars, and splurge on a night out at one of the city’s spectacular casinos.”
A Record-breaking St. Patrick’s Day
This year, the St. Patrick’s Day holiday set a record in New Jersey, and, no, it wasn’t for green beer consumption. The National Weather Service measured 4.7 inches of snow at Philadelphia International Airport, beating St. Patrick’s Day’s 1892 record of 3.5 inches, making it the snowiest March 17 on record in New Jersey. 8
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Celebrity Fitness Expert Joins Women’s Forum
Don’t miss fitness expert Dolvett Quince speak at the 21st Women’s Forum on May 13 at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City. Dolvett Quince, trainer from The Biggest Loser and author of the best-selling 3-1-2-1 Diet!, has dedicated himself to “helping people change their lives, one rep at a time.” Quince will share his uplifting story that began as a child along with his three siblings in the foster care system, and what led him to become one of America’s most recognized fitness experts. He reveals his thoughts on the foster care system, how it helped shape his life, and imparts his philosophy on the power of positive thinking to improve overall wellness. The Women’s Forum benefits The First Tee Drive Program, a non-profit, youth development organization that introduces youngsters to the game of golf and, in the process, provides valuable life skills training. To date, the program has positively impacted more than 1,700 young lives.
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 Margate Native Wins Film Festival Award
The Garden State Film Festival will award its 2014 Spirit of New Jersey Award to Margate native Scott Neustadter at a celebration held at Trump Taj Mahal in April. Neustadter, who currently resides in California with his family, is one-half of Hollywood’s hottest screenwriting team. With Michael Weber, the pair has collaborated since 1999 when Neustadter hired Weber for an internship at New York’s Tribeca Productions. They wrote the hit comedy (500) Days of Summer, which was nominated for a Golden Globe, won the Independent Spirit Award, and a Golden Satellite Award for Best Screenplay of the Year. Neustadter is a 1994 graduate of Atlantic High School.
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This spring, the Somers Point Jazz Society will honor musician Michael Pedicin with the 2014 George Mesterhazy Jazz Master Award. Pedicin, a worldrenowned tenor saxophone player, was the former head of jazz studies at Temple University and currently leads the newlyformed jazz education program at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Pedicin has played with countless musical greats, including Dave Brubeck, Maynard Ferguson, Stanley Clarke, Pat Martino, Terence Blanchard, and many others.
The evening of August 2 will be extra steamy this summer in Atlantic City as two iconic rock and roll bands unite for the first time in music history. Rock allstars Kiss and Def Leppard are teaming up for a 42-city North American tour that will make a stop this summer at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. According to reports, Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott and Gene Simmons first discussed the idea of the two bands touring together a few years ago. It will be the first time in history the two bands have shared a concert bill. One dollar from each ticket sold on the tour will go to the Wounded Warrior Project and other military non-profits, said Simmons. Charitable partners include the USO, Hire a Hero, Project Resiliency/The Raven Drum Foundation, and The Augusta Warrior Project.
The beautiful coastal landscape of New Jersey, the historic Pine Barrens development, and the small towns along the Delaware Bay are explored in the thought-provoking exhibition entitled Back Roads and Alleys: Vernacular Architecture of South Jersey currently at the Noyes Gallery at the Seaview Conference Center and Resort in Galloway Township. Celebrating architecture, the buildings showcased in this exhibition represent various eras in New Jersey history. Photographers Lisa Adamucci, Janet Greco, Aubrey J. Kaufmann, Len Oshman, and David Woeller present photographs of rustic wooden structures, facades of vacant storefronts, and historic buildings from towns including Batsto Village, Bivalve, and Leeds Point, and Atlantic City. The exhibit runs until May 11.
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Adding to the growing Arts District in Atlantic City, the Atlantic City Ballet Company now has a permanent Atlantic City address at historic Boardwalk Hall. Dancers from the 32-year-old organization — founded by current director Phyllis Papa — will enjoy the $130,000 renovation project made possible through a grant from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA). Formally based in Galloway Township, the Atlantic City Ballet Company has been the resident dance company at Atlantic Cape Community College and Richard Stockton College in New Jersey. “CRDA looks at Boardwalk Hall as a unique opportunity to advance Tourism District initiatives,” said John Palmieri, CRDA Executive Director. “By re-purposing underutilized space in Boardwalk Hall, we activate the Hall and the Boardwalk while strengthening the Arts District in Atlantic City.”
A Friendlier Atlantic City
At a recent forum on local economic development, Atlantic City’s new Republican mayor Don Guardian promised to make the city more businessfriendly. Acknowledging that our beloved seaside gambling resort is in “troubled waters,” Guardian revealed that the city has already made changes to ease the process of investing and building in Atlantic City. “We’re going to bring the city back,” Guardian vowed at the forum. To speed up business applications, the city is currently installing software linking departments such as construction, planning, zoning, and licensing, and Guardian promises that by July 4, streets outside the city’s tourism district will get the same level of cleaning and landscaping as the state-run zone. Other projects are already in the works to entice new business. The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) has invested in numerous projects, including a new Bass Pro Shops outlet opening this year and a new convention center being built by Caesars Entertainment on the Harrah’s property in the marina district. The CRDA is also focusing on assembling buildable plots for developers, particularly in the inlet district near Revel Casino Hotel. 10
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Historic Ferry Celebrates 50 Years
The Cape May-Lewes Ferry is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year and, as part of the celebration, announced the sale of commemorative laser-engraved bricks that will be placed at the entrance of both ferry terminals. The commemorative bricks will be installed prior to the ferry’s anniversary on July 1, 2014 and fans will have the opportunity to personalize them. In June, a ceremony will be held to unveil the brick designs at the ferry terminals. Over the years, the ferry — which is operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority and serves the Twin Capes region of Cape May, NJ and Lewes, DE — has transported more than 43 million people and 14 million vehicles across the Delaware Bay.
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LIFESTYLE FASHION BY ALYSON BOXMAN LEVINE
Savoring Spring Style Treat yourself to some high fashion as we report on whatâ€™s hot for spring
ith the all-too-frequent snowstorms this past winter and the freezing Arctic air frantically swirling around outside our windows, we all deserve a bit of pampering this season. As we look forward to warmer weather,
anchor your closet now with a few trendy, wearable pieces; the foundation for a successful spring wardrobe. Sure, the runway looks are certain to entice even the most subdued fashionista, but the majority of these looks are simply not practical for everyday wear.
This spring, experimenting with unfamiliar colors and fits may just open your eyes to some new and exciting looks. By adding a few chic items to your closet this season, you will instantly look and feel on-trend and ready for whatever lies ahead.
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nnn Easter Egg Hues The Easter Bunny brings with him some vital fashion trends this season, along with his iconic eggs, as Spring 2014 runways were filled with pastel colors and soft hues. Both feminine and delicate, these subtle shades truly are the new neutral. Hollywood “It” girl Amy Adams donned this sexy lilac dress by Prabal Gurung for a recent movie premiere. Something every Hollywood princess must have in her wardrobe this season, this sexy dress has a deep neckline, and is offset with delicate hints of white. Fitted, with full sleeves, the beautiful lilac color of this unique dress stood out magnificently on the runway, as well as the red carpet. In 2009, Prabal Gurung launched his eponymous collection with a winning philosophy encompassing modern luxury, indelible style, and a keen sense of glamor. Born in Singapore and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, Gurung began his design career in New Delhi before he moved to New York City to finish his studies at Parsons School for Design. After graduating, Gurung went on to work with designers Cynthia Rowley and Bill Blass before launching his own collection. With a strong focus on quality and innovation, his designs are a favorite among leading ladies, including First Lady Michelle Obama and The Duchess of Cambridge. nnn The Wide-Leg Trouser Forget the super-skinny styles from seasons past. This spring, wide-leg trouser fashions stormed the runways, and women of all ages breathed a collective sigh of relief. Loose and oh-so-flowing, these trendy pants are ideal for warmer weather. Wear them with a killer pair of heels or delicate flats. Despite their outwardly-tough
the world. Tommy Hilfiger designs give time-honored classics a fresh look, and the founder’s discerning taste has provided the foundation for the vibrant growth of this successful global brand. appearance — due to the menswear inspiration at their foundation — the wide-leg trouser can be used for a truly upscale, sophisticated look. This flattering pair from designer Adrianna Papell will certainly jumpstart your spring wardrobe. Founded in New York City in 1979, Adrianna Papell is one of the world’s most respected ready-to-wear brands. Sophisticated, alluring, and chic, the brand focuses on affordable luxury, dressing women of all ages, silhouettes, and tax brackets. nnn Sporty Chic The sportswear trend is back again this season in a big way, playfully mixing casual comfort with high style. Countless designers have brought athletic-inspired pieces to the runway, and this continuing trend is also a Hollywood favorite, as many celebrities and sports figures have been spotted strutting the streets in chic sportswear. Loved for its versatility — whether you’re planning a romantic dinner or headed to a summer soiree, there is an item of sportswear perfect for the occasion. The glammed-up sporty look is everywhere, and no one has done it better this season than trendsetter Tommy Hilfiger. Born the second of nine children in upstate New York, Hilfiger’s career in fashion began as a high school student in 1969 when he opened a small chain of stores with just $150. In 1979, he moved to New York City to pursue a career as a fashion designer. For many decades, his company has brought classic, cool, American apparel to consumers around
nnn Colorful Gems Add some colorful sparkle to any ensemble this season with the hottest accessory trend; colorful jewelry accents. Gems in all shades of the rainbow were showcased on runways this season as the trend for jewelry is bold and bright. Check out British jewelry designer Stephen Webster’s new couture collection, pieces that celebrate the best of British history, culture, and design. His Magnipheasant bracelet features amethysts, pink tourmalines, red garnets, blue topaz, peridot, and citrines surrounded by a border of pavé black diamonds. Magnipheasant has a pun in its very name, and Webster has chosen the colors of this most British of fowls to inspire his colorful jeweler set. The bird’s iridescent plumage is captured in the many colorful gems for a dramatic effect. Stephen Webster is one of the leading British figures in the fine jewelry and silver design industries. Webster’s keen eye for detail, expert craftsmanship, and glam-rock attitude has given way to dramatic creations with an eternallychic aesthetic. Webster continues to build his high-profile celebrity following, culminating in an alliance with musical artist Christina Aguilera, Cheryl Cole, and Victoria Beckham, to name a few. Born in the southeast part of England, he is the son of a draftsman and was educated at Medway College. In 1994, Webster opened a store in London and by 2008, had 20 international boutiques. Today, his London flagship boutique is situated on Mount Street. n njlifestyleonline.com
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Start your season with these four top picks brazen Vitello Gryphon Flap Bag from Valentino is decorated with two opposing details; a curtain of heavy fringe and a door knocker-style, highly elaborate griffin embellishment. 3.
3. A Bucket Bag 1. The Envelope Clutch A little bit retro and a little bit glamorous all rolled into one, an envelope clutch will keep you coming back for more. Add a little bling with this bag’s iconic YSL logo in gold-tone hardware placed smack in the middle. The Saint Laurent Classic Monogramme Envelope Clutch, one of the French house’s Spring 2014 offerings, is made of 100% calfskin leather, and the flap comes with its own magnetic closure, as well as a patch pocket on the inside, ideal for stashing credit cards. 2. Fringed Out Fringe continues to be on-trend this season and adding it through your accessories will make any outfit instantly chic. This wildly-
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Absolutely everywhere for spring, the bucket bag should be at the top of your shopping list this season. This effortless style will fit all your essentials and update any look. Splurge on Alexander Wang’s Diego Bucket Bag. You will not be disappointed. 4. The Ideal Tote Perfect for the beach or pool, the tote fits right into your seasonal plans effortlessly. This striped black denim tote from Chanel is the ideal finishing touch for a weekend by the sea. Calfskin handles bring an urban vibe to this classic nautical style, making this the tote du jour for escaping the city and enjoying the sunny spring weather this weekend.
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LIVING HEALTHY with Nina Radcliff, MD
Leg Crossing Rules Dr. Nina Radcliff
Can the way you sit adversely affect your health?
IN INDONESIA, IT IS CONSIDERED EXTREMELY RUDE TO POINT with the forefinger; in Iraq the “thumbs up” gesture is considered an insult; and in Thailand, it is considered uncouth to cross your legs. In fact, many orthodox religions frown upon leg crossing in church. Leg crossing at the level of the knees appears to be rooted in custom, habit, modesty, comfort, and, most recently, there has been some media buzz reporting it may not be good for your health. So, in addition to the well-known advice of eating healthy, exercising, not smoking, and seeing your doctor for annual exams, should we add uncrossing your legs to that growing list? Increases Blood Pressure Your heart functions as a pump to propel blood through your circulatory system. Think of your vessels as a pipe or hose. If you suddenly introduce a kink or bend, it will increase the resistance and, consequently, the pressure. Anyone who has watered their lawn or washed their car with a garden hose knows what we are talking about. Studies have shown that crossing your legs increases systolic blood pressure by 7% (the top number of a blood pressure reading) and diastolic blood pressure by 2% (the bottom number of a blood pressure reading). The good news is that this is temporary. There is no evidence that crossing your legs leads to a diagnosis of hypertension or the ill-effects of high blood pressure, including heart attacks and strokes. Additionally, this useful tidbit of knowledge may prevent you from passing out. When you feel faint, it is because your blood pressure is low and there is not enough blood getting to your brain. So, if you feel an impending fainting spell approaching, sit down and cross your legs to dodge it.
Nerve Injury For me, all it takes is eight minutes of leg crossing and my foot will “fall asleep.” This is because the nerve that runs along the outer part of the knee can become compressed. Fortunately, this will not lead to permanent damage and the feeling will return after a few seconds (or in some cases, a few minutes) of being uncrossed. Blood Clots Leg crossing predisposes to inflammation within the veins of the lower legs and blood clots. These blood clots can become dangerous, and even deadly, if they dislodge and travel to the lungs. If you are at-risk, your doctor will likely place you on blood thinners and recommend that you sit without crossing your legs.
Varicose Veins These atrocities, also known as varicosities, are swollen veins. They occur because of damage to small one-way valves that help blood continue to move in one direction (towards your heart). Crossing your legs does not cause these valves to become damaged, but they do draw attention to them. This is because the increased resistance that results from leg crossing causes the veins to become engorged.
There you have it. Other than people that are at-risk for blood clots, it is unlikely that crossing your legs while sitting will result in any longlasting harm. In fact, the real culprit, McCoy, or offender may actually be the act of sitting! The next time you are at school, work, or out to dinner, consider changing positions after 10-15 minutes, working into the rotation an uncrossed position, and getting up and getting moving. So, stay wise while maintaining your list. Eat healthy, exercise, don’t smoke, see your doctor. Most importantly, stay committed to “what you need to know” and keep your list for a healthier you updated. n
Posture Bad posture has been blamed on crossing your legs. Why? Experts state that it is not a natural position and can lead to downstream effects on the back, hips, and knees. Leg crossing will not lead to a torn meniscus or the need for a hip replacement. However, if you have a pre-existing problem in those areas, you may experience discomfort, inflammation, or worsening of the problem.
About Nina Radcliff, MD: Dr. Nina Radcliff is dedicated to her profession, her patients and her community, at large. She is passionate about sharing truths for healthy, balanced living as well as wise preventive health measures. She completed medical school and residency training at UCLA and has served on the medial faculty at The University of Pennsylvania. Author of more than 100 textbook chapters, research articles, medical opinions and reviews; she is often called upon by media to speak on medical, fitness, nutrition, and healthy lifestyle topics impacting our lives today.
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MONEYWATCH By Matt and Tom Reynolds
The Power of Dividends DIVIDEND PAYING STOCKS HAVE RECEIVED A LOT OF ATTENTION OVER THE last few years as interest rates have fallen. With the yield on the 5-year Treasury note dropping below 1%, investors shifted their focus to stocks as prices were down and the yield on the S&P 500 surpassed 2.5%. As of July 2013, nearly 30% of the stocks that make up the S&P 500 Index had dividend yields that surpassed the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury. Low fixed income yields coupled with favorable tax treatment on dividend payments and the ability of dividends to help mitigate market volatility have made dividend paying stocks an important component of investor returns for decades, and can be a powerful tool for your portfolio. From 1930 through 2012, dividends have contributed roughly 45% of the S&P 500 index’s total return. Broken down by decade, that percentage has ranged from a high of 68% during the 1940s, to a low of 15% in the 1990s when investors favored capital appreciation. During the 50s, 80s, and 90s, decades where the average annual return of the index was in the double digits, the contribution of dividends to total return was 30%, 28%, and 15% respectively. However, during the decades where the index averaged less than 10% per year, the contribution of dividends became much more important. The 40s, 60s, and 70s saw dividend contribution rates of 68%, 44%, and 73% respectively. Whether the current fad in the market is to favor growth or to favor fundamental investing, dividends can be a significant contributor to a portfolio’s total return. When dividends are reinvested back into a portfolio, their contribution to total return significantly increases. Research from Morningstar shows that $10,000 invested in the S&P 500 Price Only Index in December 1960 would have grown to $245,426 through the end of 2012. That same $10,000 invested in the S&P 500 Total Return index, which includes reinvested dividends, would have grown to $1,241,459. The total return contribution equates to approximately 80% from reinvested dividends, while only 20% is attributable from price appreciation. Not all dividend paying companies are created equally. A highyielding company doesn’t necessarily signify a successful company. On the contrary, it could signal a company whose stock price has depreciated and will soon need to cut its dividend to stay solvent. Lower yielding companies that have strong fundamentals and the ability to increase their dividend year over year can be strong candidates for a portfolio. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is a great example, as the company has been able to increase its dividend payout for the last 51 consecutive years. An investor who bought shares in January 1980 has seen their annual dividend payments
increase from $0.046 to $2.64. That dividend payment represents a great return on original investment as JNJ stock was trading at $1.65 back in 1980. The current 10-year Treasury rate is 2.77%. An investor who purchases the 10-year bond will be locked into an annual income of $277 for every $10,000 invested. If 5 years from now rates are much higher, that investor will still be collecting $277. Dividend paying stocks can be a great alternative to the “fixed” income generated through bonds. Consider Proctor & Gamble, which has raised its quarterly dividend from 0.25 to 0.6014 per share over last decade; a 9% average annual increase. The current annual dividend payment per share of $2.41 represents a 3.07% current yield. If Proctor & Gamble continues to raise its dividend on average 9% per year moving forward, in five years we can estimate the dividend to be 0.9253 per quarter, or $3.70 per year. Based on today’s share price of 78.45, the increased dividend would represent a 4.72% yield on original investment. Dividend paying stocks can be an alternative to locking in a fixed bond yield, and can offer investors a rising income stream. Finally, favorable tax treatment of dividends makes them an attractive investment. Individual and couples in the two lowest tax brackets (10% & 15%) enjoy 0% tax on qualified dividends. The tax rate increases to 15% for investors who fall between the 25%-35% tax brackets, while the maximum rate on qualified dividends jumps to 20% for investor’s in the top marginal bracket of 39.6%. This favorable rate contrasts with the taxation of interest income, which is taxed at an investor’s marginal tax bracket. Before investing, it is important to determine if stocks are appropriate for your investment portfolio. High quality companies with strong balance sheets and a consistent dividend can be great candidates for inclusion in the equity allocation of a portfolio. Low interest rates, favorable tax treatment, and the potential for rising income are just a few of the many reasons dividend investing can be rewarding. 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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by ELAINE ROSE
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By adding excitement to exercise and focusing on the entire body, a local fitness studio seems to have discovered the fountain of youth SUMMER WILL BE HERE BEFORE YOU KNOW IT. WHETHER you want to buff up your body for the beach, dance nonstop at your daughter’s wedding in June, have more energy to enjoy your favorite warm-weather activities, or improve your overall health, now is the time to start getting in shape. When Memorial Day weekend rolls around, it will already be too late. Life, a training facility in Somers Point, is there to help you achieve your fitness goals. The first thing you notice when you walk in the door is that there isn’t a treadmill, elliptical trainer, or weight machine in the building. The open workout area — painted orange because the color is “full of energy and life,” according to co-owner Hesh Donnerstag — has kettle bells, stability balls, Bosu balls, TRX suspension straps, dumbbells, balance boards, and other accoutrements of physical training along the perimeter. But the only machine you use during the workout is your body. “We improve functional movement patterns, increase flexibility, lower stress, increase strength, lower body fat, increase confidence, develop balance, and we teach the power of organic eating,” explained Donnerstag, 41, who has trained professional athletes, beauty pageant contestants, and plenty of regular folks. “We are offering the general public a real solution to their fitness and nutritional needs.” Life opened in June 2013 and currently has approximately two hundred clients. The fitness center offers different membership plans to suit individual needs and budgets. Clients can pay a monthly fee and attend as many group training sessions as they like, or pay extra for personal sessions with one of the five orange-clad fitness specialists on staff. The other owner, Mike Dillon, handles the financial aspects of the fitness center. All activities are led by instructors so, unlike most gyms, you can’t come in and work out on your own. Thirty-minute training sessions begin every hour on the hour from 6 A.M. to 6 P.M. on weekdays, and also on Saturday mornings. The typical client attends sessions five times per week. Class size varies from two students to more than twenty, depending on who shows up. Each day’s session has a different theme, using the most up-todate exercises in the physical fitness field, revealed Donnerstag. For example, “Throwback Thursdays” feature tunes from the 1980s and “Teaching Tuesdays” explore the details of a specific exercise and its benefits. “Metabolic Mondays” use intervals of intense exercise and rest. And, despite the sessions being shorter than the typical group fitness class, clients do work up quite a sweat. “We want to keep it interesting and have something for people to look forward to,” said Donnerstag. “And people who follow the program say they see results, sometimes almost immediately.” In a testimonial on the Life web site, Kenneth Goldman 18
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Life owners Hesh Donnerstag (left) and Mike Dillon
revealed he lost 170 pounds in fifteen months of training with Donnerstag — and he’s kept the weight off. He was able to go off all his medications, improve his strength, flexibility, and balance, and can even run a few miles. Fitness specialist D.J. Morton said one of his clients lost twenty pounds and twenty points off his cholesterol after less than two months of training at Life. Clients who are a little older, out of shape, or recovering from injuries can modify the exercises to obtain maximum benefit, explained Morton. In larger group sessions, a second trainer might work separately with a few people who need special instruction. “We guarantee results in our program,” Morton said. “Most of the super results come with training frequently and following our nutrition protocol. We’re big on nutrition, flexibility, and function.” Life is on the cutting edge of trends in fitness, said Donnerstag. Many exercisers are tired of using treadmills, elliptical trainers, and other devices and not seeing results on the scale, their clothing size, or their energy levels. They’re looking for something different that takes off the extra pounds and gives them more stamina. “The fitness industry has changed more in the past three years than in the previous thirty,” revealed Donnerstag. “Today’s consumer in fitness is more educated than ever before.” Of course, exercise is only part of the equation when it comes to losing weight and feeling better. In order to see results, clients also have to be careful about what they put into their mouths. Life recommends eating organic food whenever possible, including meat, and drinking alkaline water, explained Donnerstag. “If you need a biology degree to read the ingredients, don’t eat it or put it on your body.” n
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Above, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Joint Institute nurses, left to right: Allan Padayhag, RN, BSN, case manager; Beth Poinsett, RN, ONC; and Heather Gowdy, RN, BSN, clinical manager. Left: Alvin Ong, MD, ARMC Joint Institute surgeon of Rothman at AtlantiCare; Heather Gowdy, RN and Allan Padayhag, RN talk with Beth Kostok about her follow-up care for her knee surgery.
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eep...Beep...Beep. The alarm cuts through the still and quiet night as Beth Poinsett rolls over to look at the clock â€” 5 AM. Time to get ready for her 12-hour shift at AtlantiCare. As a registered nurse with 30 years of experience, Beth has worked in many different capacities, including administration, but for the past six years she has gone back to her true passion njlifestyleonline.com
â€” bedside nursing as a post-operative orthopedic nurse. It is a dark, cold, snowy morning. For most of us on days like this, it would be much easier to stay in bed, but there is a job to do and Beth knows patients need her. She makes her way down the icy, desolate roads to the Mainland Campus Orthopedic Unit where she starts her 7 AM shift with a
A Day in the Life of a Nurse report from the night nurses about the patients who spent the evening there. Many will go home today and Beth will help coordinate that process by explaining discharge instructions, reviewing prescriptions, demonstrating dressing changes, and working with case managers to set up homecare and physical therapy. While Beth helps some patients prepare for discharge, thirteen new patients will be getting out of surgery today. Beth is briefed by the recovery room nurse — an 82-year-old woman who received a hip replacement. No complications during surgery. Next out of surgery — a 65-year-old man with a knee replacement. The focus for these patients is on pain management and getting them to move as they are able. Beth and the team of nurses will see a steady stream of post-operative patients today — hips, shoulders, knees, and spine. They will spend their day coordinating their care with skill, knowledge, and compassion. It is a team-based approach, in which various groups such as the spine team or joint institute team meet regularly with the physician leadership and other members of the team to discuss protocol and best practices. It is 7 PM and Beth’s 12-hour shift is finally completed. She says goodbye to her patients, many who she only knew for 12 hours, yet she helped them get through the challenges they faced that day, and in some small way, hopefully, made a difference. She briefs the night shift nurses on her patients, just as they did with her that morning. Back out into the frigid air. It was dark and cold the last time she was outside early that morning. And so the cycle begins again. With a master’s degree in Nursing, Beth is nationallycertified as an orthopedic nurse and is experienced in caring for patients with joint replacements. Upon returning to South Jersey from California six years ago, Beth researched hospitals for employment opportunities. When she learned that AtlantiCare had received Magnet status, she knew that was the place for her. While many of us may not be familiar with it, the Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practice. Consumers rely on Magnet designation as the ultimate credential for high-quality nursing, according to the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Beth originally got into nursing because of her love of science and math, and explains that anyone getting into
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Below: Top photo, Beth Poinsett, RN, ONC, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Joint Institute nurse. Bottom photo, Beth Poinsett shares findings of her research about best practices for patients with a specific type of fracture.
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the field should enjoy learning, because you never stop. After spending some time at a hospital in her senior year of high school, she observed that nurses were a vital part of every aspect of the medical center, and had tremendous opportunities for a flexible career in a variety of disciplines. But most of all, she saw that a career in nursing can make a difference in someone’s life. Today, there are even more options in this field. In the next ten years or so, there will be a need for more than three million nursing positions due to current nurses retiring, the aging population, and the Affordable Care Act. Heather Gowdy, Clinical Manager in the Joint Institute, reminds her team that behind each “case” or patient number is a human being with individual needs and people who love them. After going through brain surgery twice, she obviously spent a lot of time in the hospital. This experience taught her how she wants to be treated in the hospital and she passes that along to her patients. “You need to be their advocate … just to be there for your patient, to take the time to listen, to put your hand on their back or their leg, or even to just make eye contact lets them know you care.” As author and poet Maya Angelou says, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” And that is what makes years of study, continuing education, and 12-hour shifts all worth it. n
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By FELICIA LOWENSTEIN NIVEN
Advancing with Grace Grace Killelea
he first thing you notice about Grace Killelea is her incomparable energy and indomitable spirit. It’s what you might expect from someone who worked so hard to climb to the top. Yet Grace is as warm and conspiratorial as your favorite aunt — not the one who baked you cookies but rather the one who told you the ‘real deal’ about life. In fact, these days, you might say that’s Grace’s goal — serving as the ‘inside track’ to female executives everywhere who are aspiring to the ‘oval office’ of their companies. Toward that end, she has created Half the Sky Leadership training (halftheskyleadership. com), named for that beloved Chinese proverb. “I love the inspiration that we hold up 24
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half the sky,” says Grace. “And I love that it’s not an ‘us against them’ but an inclusive message. We each hold up half. Half the Sky is about building a launch pad to get you to the next level in your career, taking a high potential woman and getting her into a state of readiness so when opportunities become available in your companies, the answer will be ‘yes she’s ready.’” Grace couldn’t be more qualified to mentor the next generation of women leaders. She got her own experience via the hard knocks of life, creating her own opportunities and forging her own path. Her story started in her birthplace of Naples, Italy. “My mother was an Italian citizen and my father was in the U.S. Navy,” says Grace. “Because I was born in Italy, I had dual citizenship. My family
emigrated to the states, to San Diego, when I was four.” Grace’s mother never had the benefit of a formal education. “She was very bright,” says Grace, “even though she only went to school through the third grade. She didn’t speak English very well. But she really valued education.” Grace attended Catholic School, which satisfied both her Italian Catholic mother and her Irish Catholic father. Then Grace got a reality check while attending the University of San Diego. “My dad had a heart attack and so I took a sabbatical from school,” remembers Grace. She had to help support the family, working three jobs to keep up with expenses. It ended up being a blessing in disguise. “I was working at the Price Club, one of the first 300 employees there,” she
An old Chinese proverb says that women hold up half the sky. But unfortunately in business, that’s not even close to being true. Incredibly, women represent just 14.3 percent of the executive positions at Fortune 500 companies, according to the nonprofit research group, Catalyst. Luckily, Philadelphia-based entrepreneur Grace Killelea is doing something about that. said. “I kept getting moved and promoted even though I didn’t have a college degree. At one point, they gave me the responsibility of negotiating the contract with the Teamster’s Union. It was the typical female cliché. When I walked in there, they thought I was there to make coffee. No wonder. I was just 26 years old and negotiating with the Teamsters!” Grace successfully navigated the Teamster’s challenge, and went on to work in the cable industry. By this time, she had moved to Maryland. That was when she got her second big break. “I was at a meeting, where they asked who had read the employee handbook,” recalls Grace. “Now remember, I went to Catholic school. Of course, I read the handbook! Apparently, I was the only one who had.” That’s when her career in Human Resources began. Not only her knowledge of the handbook, but her experience in labor relations, boosted her up the corporate ladder. “In the cable industry, it was the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) union not the Teamsters,” says Grace. At this point in her career, Grace knew the lack of a college degree could hold her back. So when American University invited her to a master’s program in Human Resources, she accepted. The University viewed her work experience as the equivalent to a bachelor’s degree. “There isn’t always a straight line in a career,” she says, now the proud graduate of that program. “I’ve been very fortunate. I’m bright. I work really hard.”
As a result of her hard work, she’s earned substantial industry positions and accolades. She was Senior Vice President of Talent at Comcast and the first ever Vice President of Talent Management and Leadership Diversity there. She went on to become senior vice president of HR for Lifetime Television. A sampling of Grace’s many honors and awards include: “Wonder Woman” by Multichannel News; “Women on the Move” by CableFax’s; “Women in Power” by DiversityPlus magazine; “Mentor of the Year” by WICT Northern California Chapter; and “Lucille Larkin Lifetime Achievement Award” by WICT Philadelphia Chapter. But perhaps her proudest moment was when she started Half the Sky Leadership, a personal and professional quest to get more women into executive leadership roles. She has built a program upon four pillars of leadership that are essential tools for the climb — the four R’s that spell success: Relationships, Reputation, Results and Resilience. “Women represent about half of the workforce but few of them make it to the executive office,” says Grace. “There’s a leak somewhere. I want to stop that leak and broaden the pipeline early on. Half The Sky is about our responsibility. Not your company’s responsibility. How are we showing up? It’s about confidence — about voice.” A case in point, she notes, “How many times have you been in a room and you absolutely had the answer but you haven’t said anything because you said, ‘I could be wrong.’”
Grace is inspiration in its purest form, powerful, insightful, authentic — and funny. “You should know the difference between networking and a support group,” she says. “If there is wine and crying, you are in a support group. If there is an exchange of power, information and opportunity, you are in a network.” Then she adds, “Now here’s something that most people will not tell you. You do not have to like the people in your network.” “We’re not just a community of women that are going to be about ‘let’s learn and lead,’” she says. “I want us to be women who are community leaders who are women with heart as well as head. It’s not only important that you have soft skills but you have to be able to go back to your company and influence. Make an impact using data.” So far, companies are paying attention. Companies like ESPN and Disney are sending their female managers to Half the Sky to develop critical leadership skills to climb their own mountain and reach their own apex. Her client list also includes such notable names as The Golf Channel, Independence Blue Cross, QVC, The Boeing Company, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of the Sciences, the City of Philadelphia, and Comcast. To date, Grace has worked with, and mentored, over 800 executive women leaders. “The way to build power is to connect to each other,” says Grace. “That’s how we’re making a difference.”n njlifestyleonline.com
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Rock and Roll Fantasy
By BILL AND BARBARA SCARDUZZIO Photos courtesy of Seminole Hard Rock
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requented by countless celebrities, musicians, and fans from around the world, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is South Florida’s top destination to ante up and double down. Located between the miles of blue wave beaches of Fort Lauderdale and the vibrant cosmopolitan metropolis of Miami, the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll continually pulsates throughout the veins of this year-round vacation hotspot. You will never want to leave this ultimate entertainment destination, as everything you could ever desire is right at your fingertips. The resort showcases 500 luxurious guest rooms, 40,000 square feet of meeting room space, the Rock Spa, award-winning restaurants, highenergy nightclubs, lounges and bars, boutique
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Vacation like a true rock star at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino retail shops, the 350-seat Paradise Live theater, a 5,500–seat Hard Rock Live concert arena, and, of course, the infamous Hard Rock Cafe - Hollywood, part of Hard Rock’s 138 globally-recognized rock ‘n’ roll-themed restaurants. The award-winning hotel is characterized by hundreds of pieces of authentic Hard Rock memorabilia, impeccable guest service, and ultimate rock star amenities. Setting the stage for an encore performance, the recently completed $7.8 million renovation of its 500 stunning and spacious hotel rooms and suites invites guests to relax and recharge like a true rock star. Relish in your choice of a Deluxe King, Roxy Suite, or Luxury Suite — all with incredible panoramic views. Each room has been re-imagined and redesigned with new flooring, plush carpeting, crisp bedding, contemporary hardwood furniture, ambient lighting, highdefinition electronics, state-of-the-art digital interactivity and, of course, the signature Hard Rock touches of classic artwork and musical accents throughout. Indulge in one of the many culinary treasures that call this ultimate entertainment destination home, as you treat your taste buds to a royal flush of worldly delights. Whether you’re looking for the intimate elegance of the Zagat-rated and Wine Spectator award-winning Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, authentic Mexican cuisine from Tequila Ranch, or moderately priced, casual American fare from Hard Rock Cafe, you will find it here. Visitors with even the most discriminating palette are sure to satisfy their
craving for a scrumptious meal at one of the many dining establishments in one inclusive location. And after a wonderful meal, your fun-filled night has only just begun. Your evening out at South Florida’s most exhilarating nightlife district will be unforgettable. Seminole Paradise, located adjacent to the hotel, offers nonstop party action with restaurants, boutiques, shopping, bars, and nightclubs. Here, you will surely find something for everyone in your group. In addition to a variety of refined cocktail lounges, high-energy clubs, and laid-back bars, this resort is home to the nationally-recognized Fort Lauderdale Improv Comedy Club and Hard Rock Live, a spectacular 5,500 seat state-of-the-art facility that further expands the ultimate entertainment experience. And don’t forget to visit the pool. The tropical pool oasis features a 4.5-acre lagoon-style pool with the Beach Club pool bar perched at the base of a palm-studded tropical isle. The island is also the setting for a 182-foot water slide and 12-person jetted spa. Poolside cabanas take the form of traditional frond-covered Seminole chickees, and are equipped with televisions and refrigerators, phones, ceiling fans, and solid teak and aluminum lounge chairs. That’s the rock star way. Experience The Sound Of Your Stay, a complimentary all-encompassing music amenity program that gives every guest access to experiences they can’t get anywhere else. Picks is their Fender guitar “room service” boasting a menu njlifestyleonline.com
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of 20 electric guitars to choose from and jam out on. Tracks is a curated playlist that serves as a sonic guide for your Hard Rock Hotel stay and beyond. And the newest addition, Mix, allows guests to match beats and remix like a professional DJ and provides in-room access to a Traktor S2 DJ controller and an accompanying laptop to get the job done. Looking for a unique location to hold your next event? Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino features all the state-of-the-art amenities and stellar service to make your next meeting, wedding, or other special event a hit. The hotel features 40,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space — including a 16,000 square foot grand ballroom divisible into eight sections and several smaller rooms for break-outs or board meetings. In Hard Rock fashion, classic rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia adorns the ballroom. As one of the world’s most electrifying casinos, the resort offers over 90 gaming tables. On a nearly three-acre casino floor, you will be delighted to find Blackjack, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker, Casino War, and Let it Ride. Additionally, over 2,500 slots are included in this Native American casino. Separate high-limit rooms for table games and slots, in addition to a nonsmoking room, are available for guests to enjoy. The Poker Room at Seminole Hard Rock hosts various games and tournaments of Limit and No Limit Texas Hold ‘em, 7-Card Stud, and Omaha Hi Lo games. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood experience is whatever you want to make of it. Whether you’re ready to win big in the casino, enjoy the afternoon shopping at your favorite retailers, or walk through rock ‘n’ roll history while admiring the memorabilia that covers the walls, your experience will certainly be everything you want it to be … and more. Give yourself the full rock star treatment at this unique destination. And you certainly will come back for an encore. n Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 1 Seminole Way Hollywood, FL 33314 954-327-7504
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hen we think about the South Jersey shore, we are actually talking about a lot of geography. For whatever reason, the emphasis seems to center around Atlantic City. The ongoing debate is how we intend to recapture the success of days gone by and basically re-invent a city in much need of help. The diving horse; the 500 Club; and the Atlantic Club are all yesterday’s news. Atlantic City was blessed with stars that are no longer with us. Frank Sinatra was a gigantic part of this picture. He was the 500 Club, and he was even involved in the Atlantic City Race Course. How do you replace Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, and the countless others? In today’s world, there are no Frank Sinatras and Elvis Presleys, and very few Grace Kellys. The shore area will continue to work because of the ocean, the beaches, and the boardwalks. What’s really missing are the people who have the ideas and the talent to make things happen. If a lady wishes to build the Chariot in the Skies (the gondolas over the city), maybe she actually makes sense. At the
The anticipated Mercato Market opens in May very least, she has an idea. Whatever happens, this change will come from the entrepreneurial spirit of people who can turn ideas into reality. Allow me to present an interesting example. A local business couple are about to introduce a concept that
will make our small area of the world even more exciting. Dirk DaCosta and Dina Guzzardo fought the folks who avoid great ideas (the local governments) until the powers-to-be in Hamilton Township realized they had something special. Their Mercato
Market will be located at the historic Atlantic City Race Course, adjacent to the Hamilton Mall. Knowing what I know, the words â€œflea marketâ€? fails to describe the real concept of Mercato Market. This power couple is much more upscale
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A “Beautiful” Day in New York City Local childhood friends unite for a wondrous day to remember by MOLLY GOLUBCOW
IN 1969, MY SIXTH GRADE CLASS from Richmond Avenue School was lucky enough to go on a trip to New York City. From Atlantic City, the city that never sleeps is only a few hours away by bus and we all loved singing “Three Cheers” to the bus driver over and over again until we reached the city. Looking back, I hope the school generously tipped the driver! In one jam-packed day, our teacher, Mrs. Moskowitz, and some mom-chaperones schlepped 25 of us kids to New York City. We toured the ominous-looking United 34
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Nations building, then off to see a very young Bette Midler singing “Matchmaker” in Fiddler on the Roof, and finally savoring the culinary tastes of the city like a street vendor’s giant soft pretzel and Nathan’s hotdogs. Haute cuisine? Sure is when you are 11 years old! It’s been many years since our excursion, but I still remember walking through a peep show- laden 42nd Street and Times Square — now cleaned up and literally sugar coated with M&Ms and other PG-rated stores. Where working girls once strutted their stuff to make a
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buck, now dozens of Mickey or Minnie or Despicable Me characters offer to pose with you for an iPhone snapshot — and a few dollars, of course. The times they are a changin’. Fast forward. It’s 2014 and interspersed with the ups and downs that life throws at us (college, marriage, divorce, health, career, children, and life in general) four of us Richmond Avenue girls, Jill, Lolly, Lisa, and I, returned to New York City together to have lunch, see a play, and have our girls’ day in the city. Although we have
all been to NYC since sixth grade, this is the first time all four of us have gone together since our class trip. Before I tell you about the fabulous reunion day in NYC, I have to point out that our grade school friendship never ended for the four of us. Some of us stayed in Atlantic City and some moved away and returned to the beach. But regardless of our geographic locations, Lolly, Lisa, Jill, and I have remained close friends since grade school. It would be unusual if a week goes by that one of us does not speak to or email one or all of us — whether njlifestyleonline.com
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Some friendships are forever, and that makes our relationship unique and precious because of our history. from our childhood pink-Princess phones in high school to regular mail to email and Facebook today — we regularly stay in touch (and in each other’s business). And, whenever we can, we try to meet in person with a cup of tea (or wine, depending on the severity of the conversation). We have been at each other’s sides to cheer on a kid who graduated from high school or to be supportive when a spouse walked out on a marriage or the heartache of losing a parent. Some friendships are forever, and that makes our relationship unique and precious because of our history. When I talk to new friends and tell them something my father used to say, they invariably say something like they wished they could have met him when he was alive. Unfortunately, Lolly, Lisa, Jill, and I no longer have our Dads, but we all know and understand when any of us say, “You know how my Dad was…” We don’t have to explain, clarify, or justify — no visual or handbook needed. As Lolly puts it, “we get it.” And we get it immediately because we knew our Dads and knew each other as they raised us. It’s that kind of connection and friendship that super glues us together for life. But I digress from our recent trip to the NYC. Ironically, Lolly, Jill, and I are back on a bus from AC to NYC anxiously awaiting the awesome sight of approaching that magnificent skyline and the one of a kind energy that only New York City can exude. Lisa lives in the city, and will meet us for lunch. The four of us all love food and we love to eat — one of many things we share. I have a theory that you cannot find bad food in the New York. Why? I believe serving a bad meal and/or bad service to a New Yorker will get you seriously hurt or at the very least, yelled at! We meet at Orso, a cute Italian-ish restaurant (sans the red-checkered table cloths), on West 46th Street in the heart of the theater district. As we enter the restaurant, we see Lisa sitting at our table. We hug and greet — so excited to all be together and have our Richmond Avenue girl’s day in NYC. To make our day even brighter, Lisa has brought each of us wrapped party favors — Croward Purple Scented Gum (a childhood favorite of ours) and an adorable children’s book, “Three Ladies Beside the Sea,” complete with the best Edward Gorey drawings of three Victorian ladies at the beach. It’s perfect for my beachfront condo’s coffee table, and sets the mood for the day — old and dear friends from the beach spending the day together in New York. Lunch was delicious as well. It’s amazing we were able to eat anything in-between all of our chatting and catching up, but, we did. From Orso’s signature frittatas drizzled with fresh herbs and goat cheese to risotto with truffles, we multi-tasked. Eating and talking is what we do best. Just like good friends, we got several incredible desserts and shared every morsel. After lunch, we walked over to see “Beautiful” — the new 36
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Broadway musical based on the life of Carole King and her music. It was so special to be back at a show in NYC together after so many years — and a show that featured songs from when we were kids. The play was fantastic. After all, every word from Carole King’s hit songs are meaningful and memorable. If you were awake and alive in 1971, who did not buy the “Tapestry” album jam-packed with hits like “So Far Away,” “Natural Woman,” and “I Feel the Earth Move?” In fact, that was the first album I bought for myself with my own money! The play interweaves the songs and King’s life and marriage to co-song writer, Gerry Goffin. Lolly, Lisa, Jill, and I could relate to just about every song because ever since 1971, we have all asked (at one time or another) about a love in our life, “Will you [he] still love me tomorrow?” Over the years, we have encouraged each other with “You’ve got to wake up every morning with a smile on your face and tell the world that you’re as beautiful as you feel!” And when the four of us were not all living in the Atlantic City area, boy that felt “So far away, doesn’t anybody stay in place anymore?” After the show, we immediately started planning the next excursion that the four of us could share. Lisa even upped the ante and suggested we have a sleepover. There was something magical about being together — a bond that is built carefully and consistently over the years. We know we are always out there for each other — a shoulder to cry on, an ear to vent to, and a guarantee that we will laugh at each other’s funny stories (funny or not). There is a certain comfort in realizing that we have known each other’s secrets, hopes, and fears longer than our spouses or children! As we walked back to Port Authority Bus Station to catch the bus back to Atlantic City, we said good bye to Lisa. It felt a little sad that the day was ending, but the great memories of being together on our sixth grade trip and again today kept all of us from crying. Well, maybe one happy tear or two. So, we have our pictures in our phones, the Playbill from the show, and yet another memory to add to our long list. Carole King wrote it, James Taylor sings it, and Lolly, Lisa, Jill, and I live it, “You Got a Friend.” n
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The Social Scene
Heart Heroes’ Red Dress Reception a Success More than 190 guests raised approximately $8,000 for the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Heart Heroes at AtlantiCare’s seventh annual Red Dress Reception, which took place February 12 at the Smithville Inn in Galloway. Guests donned red in awareness of heart disease and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, vendor shopping, and a silent auction. Howard Levite, MD, MBA, medical director, The Heart Institute, ARMC, urged the crowd of mostly women not to ignore the symptoms of a heart attack, which can include chest discomfort, extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, or a feeling of indigestion, and to seek immediate medical attention by calling 9-1-1. The ARMC Heart Heroes is a volunteer group that raises funds for the Heart Institute at ARMC through the AtlantiCare Foundation to place AEDs in the community. AEDs can restore a normal heart rhythm in victims of sudden cardiac arrest. The Heart Heroes have placed more than 100 AEDs in the community since the program began in 2002.
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Standing from left: Robin Stoloff, Colleen Lunney, Dawn Sink, Pam Stewart, Wendy Penny, Liz Lizura, Shannon Patel, Charlene Kaszula and Faten Dib. Seated from left: Pattie Harris, Janine Begasse, Rose McCarthy, Judy Lenzi and Cathie Gottlieb
L to R: Kathryn Giacobbe, Roseanne Ricapito, RN, Sherry Murphy, Lois Simpkins, Jessica Dolan and Kenneth Khaw, MD
L to R: Patti Rich, Michael Charlton, and Susan Rich mingle at the event.
L to R: Virgi Motolla, Harriet Freedman, and Vinesh Patel, MD, enjoy vendor shopping at event.
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Diamonds for a Cause Raises $45,000 for Jewish Family Service The 7th Annual “Diamonds for a Cause” event, held at Luke Palladino in Harrah’s Resort in February, raised nearly $45,000 to benefit children and family services at Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties (JFS). Co-chairs Claudia & Eric Goldberg and Farah & Michael Burns organized the event, which had the support of numerous sponsors, including Fox Rothschild, Burns Property Group, Atlantic City Linen Supply, Margaret & Howard Goldberg, and Andrea & David Goldberg. Guests enjoyed a live cooking demonstration by Luke Palladino and a whiskey tasting compliments of Bootleggers.
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L to R: Christine Delasandro, Lisa Gebhard, Lisa Whitley, Diana Gurwicz, JFS Executive Director Andrea Steinberg, Melissa Goldstein, Brett Matik, and Brenda Epstein
Brett Perlman admires the diamond hoop earrings from Bernie Robbins Jewelers won by his wife, Jess Perlman, of Northfield.
L to R: JFS President Mitchell Gurwicz, Chef Luke Palladino, JFS Past President Eric Wood, and Bernie Robbins Jewelers owner Harvey Rovinsky
AtlantiCare Series Supports Young Professionals More than 60 young professionals gathered in January at Luke Palladino’s, Harrah’s Resort as AtlantiCare’s Young Professional 2014 series kicked off. The series, which will take place throughout the year, is designed to enhance the overall well-being of the young professional and will address topics ranging from professional advancement to physical health to graduate level education.
L to R: James Catrambone, Audrey Heist, Farah Burns, Jay Weinberg, Samantha Kiley, Alexander Sharnoff, Meaghan Kim and Hak Kim
Guests enjoyed appetizers and cocktails, socializing and networking, and were treated to a presentation by Sarah Ruppert, AtlantiCare LifeCenter fitness specialist, on fitness tips and exercises to incorporate into a busy workday. Executive chef TJ Riccardi gave a demonstration of healthy food preparation. Proceeds from the event will benefit AtlantiCare’s Growing Green Initiative.
Members of the ICON Hospitality Group enjoy the offerings of AtlantiCare’s January Young Professionals event.
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Maxwell Football Club Celebrates Annual National Awards Gala The legendary Maxwell Football Club held its 77th Annual National Awards Gala on March 14 at Revel Resort. Awards were presented to football players and coaches at the professional, college, and high school levels. The star-studded event at Revel’s Ovation Hall drew crowds of both gala attendees and autograph seekers. Current and former professional athletes, coaches, and broadcasters walked the red carpet and celebrated the awards at a black tie cocktail reception.
NFL Player of the Year, Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning
Former Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver Harold Charmichael with Former Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Ron Jaworski
Collegiate Player of the Year, Univ of Alabama QB AJ McCarron with model Katherine Webb
Coach of the Year, Philadelphia Eagles Chip Kelly
Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Lurie, Philadelphia Eagles Owner
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St. Augustine Prep Holds 1st Annual Poker Tournament The 1st Annual Fr. Reilly Invitational Poker Tournament was held at the Tropicana Casino as Rev. Donald Reilly, O.S.A., D. Min., president of St. Augustine Prep, had his poker skills put to the test with a field of 95 players. However, this time the “power of prayer” wasn’t any match for player Tom Dierkes, the uncle of Matthew Balestriere (Class of 2017). Dierkes was not only successful in eliminating Fr. Reilly from the table and winning the bounty prize
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donated by Richland Deli and The Rail, but was also the last person standing at the final table. The tournament raised approximately $8,000 for the Presidential Grant Fund which supports St. Augustine Prep families with much needed tuition assistance. Tom Dierkes took home the first prize of $4,750. Second place bragging rights went to Marc Krwawecz (Class of 2001), and third place to William Fox, father to students Blaine (Class of 2016) and William (Class of 2014).
Rev. Donald Reilly, president of St. Augustine Prep, (standing) congratulates Tom Dierkes for winning the tournament.
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television or are a fan of the classic endurance races through the cities of Europe, you will be pleased to know that one of the best racing sports car collections in the world — if not the best — is just a short distance from New Jersey. The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, located off Interstate 95 near the Philadelphia International Airport, is home to about sixty-five veterans of the world’s best-known speed strips. These cars have participated in races ranging 42
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from the Le Mans endurance run in France, to the Targa Florio through the hills of Sicily, to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, to Watkins Glen, NY. The automobiles displayed in the museum date from 1909 and 2002, and many are one-of-a-kind models that cannot be purchased at any price. A few more recently built NASCAR stock cars are also in the collection. Dr. Frederick A. Simeone, a wellknown Philadelphia neurosurgeon, amassed most of the collection over the course of half a century. A native
of the City of Brotherly Love, Dr. Simeone did scientific research at Harvard Medical School and had a clinical practice at Massachusetts General Hospital before returning to his hometown to become the chief of neurosurgery at Pennsylvania Hospital, a post he held for 25 years. He also provided services to five hospitals in low-income neighborhoods of the city. Dr. Simeone is the author of hundreds of scientific papers on cerebrovascular disorders and spinal conditions, and is co-editor
Opposite page: 1938 Alfa Romeo 8c Above: 1936 Bugatti Left: Shelby Daytona Coupe Photos courtesy of Simeone Museum
of The Spine, the most widely used medical textbook on that subject in the country. In addition to being an accomplished physician, Dr. Simeone had a passion for racing cars since he was in his teens. He took after his father, a general practitioner who collected classic cars in the 1950s. He was fortunate enough to acquire many of his vehicles at a time when they were undervalued, explained Harry Hurst, who does public relations for the museum. Dr. Simeone appreciated the cars as historical artifacts, and obtained them at a reasonable price. Some of them are based on models that were produced for sale to the general public, but very few of the racing versions were built.
After retiring from medical practice in 2008, Dr. Simeone opened the museum to show the vehicles to the public and to educate people about the spirit of competition and designing safe automobiles. The museum was named the International Historic Motoring Awards Museum of the Year for 2011 to 2012. Celebrities, race drivers, auto designers, automotive journalists, and other judges chose the Simeone Museum over such notable institutions as the National Motor Museum of England, the Peterson Museum in Los Angeles, and the Auto Museum Prototyp in Germany. The cars are arranged within the 100,000-square-foot building — a former engine remanufacturing plant — in dioramas, with each scene
created to resemble the venues where the vehicles competed. The idea is to tell the stories of the automobiles and how racing sports cars were used to improve the models that were built for the road. “There are few examples of the effects of competition as dramatic and beautiful as the evolution of the racing sports car,” Simeone said when the museum opened. “Our collection begins with a car from 1909 and continues to the mid-1970s. You can see the remarkable technological improvements — in the span of just seven decades — that came from competition.” “Some of our cars are among the rarest and most valuable racing sports cars in the world,” said Hurst. “We njlifestyleonline.com
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1959 Aston Martin DBR
like to say this is the automotive equivalent of the Barnes Foundation.” Most of the cars are in their original condition and have not been restored, Hurst said. In fact, the majority are mechanically sound and can still be driven. To demonstrate the latter point, the Simeone Museum holds twice-monthly demonstration events when weather permits, where a group of cars are taken to the three-acre outdoor lot and driven in front of a live audience. These “Demo Days” are becoming quite popular, and can attract hundreds of visitors. The sound of the roaring engines and the smell of burning fuel are part of the experience, but don’t expect to see the cars go more than about thirty miles per hour. Some of the more notable cars in the collection are: The 1909 American Underslung. Most races in the early twentieth century were tours of several cities or states, and the forty-inch wheels gave the Underslung good clearance over the rough roads of the time. With a sixty-horsepower engine, the chassis hung below the wheel axles for better handling. 1937 Bugatti 57G “Tank.” It won every race it entered, including The 44
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24 Hours of Le Mans in 1937, an endurance run held every year in France. Three “Tanks” were built, and this is the only survivor. It was hidden from the Germans during World War II. 1938 Alfa Romeo 2900B MM. This eight-cylinder car won the 1938 Mille Miglia, a 1,000-mile race through Italy, and Enzo Ferrari was the racing team’s manager. Of the four that were built, two remain in existence. 1958 Aston Martin DBR1. A team of these cars won the 1959 Le Mans with Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori sharing the driving. Sir Stirling Moss and Sir Jack Brabham drove the museum’s car to victory in the 1958 Nurbrugring 1000, and it finished third in the 1960 Le Mans with Jim Clark and Roy Salvador in the driver’s seat. Few classic racing cars had this many famous drivers behind the wheel. 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe. The Historic Vehicle Association recently announced that this car will be the first to be entered in the National Historical Vehicle Register. One of just six Daytona Coupes made, this car won the 1965 International Manufacturer’s GT Championship and became the
first American model to win an international race series. In addition to the cars that are always on display, the museum borrows other collections throughout the year for visitors to admire for a limited time. For example, the recently concluded “Best of Britain” featured pairings of classic English saloons — British for “sedan” — and their sports-car cousins by the same manufacturers. The museum has one invaluable resource to help visitors really appreciate the vehicles on display and their unique histories; Dr. Simeone himself. When he’s not traveling around the world giving lectures about classic racing sports cars, Dr. Simeone can often be found in the museum. He remains active in running the collection, and is happy to chat with visitors and share his vast knowledge. On “Demo Days,” the driving of the cars is usually preceded by Dr. Simeone giving a talk about the vehicles that will be driven that day. “He does this all off the top of his head,” revealed Hurst. “He is a true authority on racing automobiles.” n The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, 6825 Norwitch Drive, Philadelphia, 215-365-7233, www.simeonemuseum.org.
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Our Top Ten Wedding movies (in no particular order, because that’s impossible) are ones you should know. If you don’t, run to your local library or Redbox ASAP. For your consideration, here is a taste of the plots and some behind-the-scenes factoids of our favorite weddings.
Arthur (1981) With New York’s high society waiting in the pews for the big wedding to begin, Arthur Bach (Dudley Moore), the funniest drunk on film, never quite makes the trip down the aisle. Would you if your future father-in-law threatened to kill you with a cheese knife? But Arthur winds up with the woman he loves, Linda Marolla (Liza Minnellli) a lovable waitress. Their union lasts way into the sequel, Arthur: On the Rocks. As unwatchable as that is, the 2011 remake of the original is even worse. FACTOID: Bud Cort (Harold and Maude) reportedly accepted the role of Arthur, but he dropped out before production began. Sylvester Stallone was briefly considered. The operative word here is “briefly.” 46
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Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) You can’t tell the players without a scorecard in this sleeper hit, which became the highestgrossing British film (and a Best Picture Oscar nominee) of its time. Charles (Hugh Grant), a debonair Brit, keeps bumping into Carrie (Andie MacDowell) at weddings and a funeral. That’s the jist of it. You’ll figure out the rest. FACTOID: Reportedly based on his own busy schedule full of wedding celebrations, scriptwriter Richard Curtis also wrote screenplays for the Hugh Grant films, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Love Actually, and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.
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There’s a very good reason why this romantic comedy from nearly 75 years ago was selected for preservation in America’s National Film Registry. Here’s some of what Bosley Crouther wrote in his New York Times review one day after the film’s premier at the Music Hall: “The Philadelphia Story has just about everything that a blue-chip comedy should have — a witty, romantic script derived by Donald Ogden Stewart out of Philip Barry’s successful play; the flavor of high-society elegance, in which the patrons invariably luxuriate, and a splendid cast of performers headed by Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart and Cary Grant. If it doesn’t play out this year and well along into next they should turn the Music Hall into a shooting gallery.” George Cukor was flawless in his direction and the writers concocted some of the best banter in film history. FACTOID: In 1938, Hepburn — based on a series of flops — was labeled “box office poison.” She masterminded her own comeback, buying out her contract with RKO Radio Pictures and acquiring the film rights to The Philadelphia Story that she sold on the condition she be the star.
Father of the Bride (1950) Middle class attorney Stanley Banks’ (best actor nominee Spencer Tracy) daughter Kay (Elizabeth Taylor) announces her engagement. The prospective bride’s mother (Joan Bennett) decides to throw the type of formal wedding she and the father of the bride were denied. You can feel the quiet frustration of Mr. Banks, mixed with his unconditional love for his daughter, in this bittersweet spot-on telling of who’s really the boss of the family. FACTOID: To stir up the publicity pot, MGM announced it had cast the film with its 17-year-old top actress, Elizabeth Taylor, who herself was engaged to Conrad Hilton Jr. Taylor told reporters how “drooly” it was to be planning her own wedding while simultaneously playing the role of a bride. FACTOID: Taylor’s wedding gown for her marriage to Hilton sold in June 2013 at Chistie’s Auction House for $188,000.
In unspoken words, Annie Walker (Kristin Wigg, who co-wrote the film with Anne Mumolo) says, “I should be the maid of honor because I’m the bride’s best friend.” The bride (Maya Rudolph) replies, again unspoken, “I choose instead my rich, snooty new best friend.” This premise turns into one of the funniest romcom slapstick wedding films in years. It’s a chick flick version of a Bob Hope and Bing Crosby “road movie” that makes the Marx Brothers look like they’re standing still. Actress Melissa McCarthy received an Oscar nod for best supporting actress, while the film was nominated for best original screenplay. Bridesmaids is one of an ever-growing sack full of movies helmed by producer Judd Apatow and director Paul Feig and their band of very gifted actors, who have deservedly been climbing the filmdom food chain. FACTOID: The movie marked the final film appearance of Oscar-nominated actress Jill Clayburgh, who died before Bridesmaids was released. FACTOID: Melissa McCarthy told an interviewer for GQ magazine that she based the look and characterization of Megan, in part, on Guy Fieri, the (male) host of the TV Food Network series Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. njlifestyleonline.com
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My Best Friend’s Wed
Wedding sabotage seems to be a recurring theme in our Top 10 list, and this one is no exception. Julianne Potter (Julia Roberts) and her best guy friend in college, Michael O’Neal (Dermot Mulroney), made a pact to get married at age 28 if neither was married, but three weeks before her 28th birthday, Michael tells her he’s about to tie the proverbial knot. The movie doesn’t end like you’d think, but there’s no spoiler alert here. FACTOID: Sarah Jessica Parker was originally offered the role of Julianne Potter, but she was not able to take the role because she was committed to HBO to play Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City.
Private Benjamin (1980) Weddings frame this romantic comedy, which opens with spoiled Philadelphia socialite Judy Benjamin (Goldie Hawn) marrying her second husband, lawyer Yale Goodman (Albert Brooks). Six hours after the ceremony, he promptly drops dead of a heart attack while they’re having weddingnight sex on a bathroom floor. What’s a woman to do? She joins the Army. After whining insessantly, she eventually thrives and falls in love with a charming but controlling French gynecologist Henri Tremont (Armand Assante). The film almost ends with a wedding, but just as the rabbi gets to the “I do’s,” Judy walks out, throws her bridal veil in the air and now knows she doesn’t need a man to define her. It’s one of the funniest films out there. FACTOID: Goldie Hawn, Private Benjamin’s executive producer, said of the basic training she went through in preparation for this film, “After going through basic training, I would not resist the draft. Provided, of course, I could have a stunt double at all times.”
The Graduate (1967) Forget Paris (1995) The wedding scene is implied but not seen in this romcom about the on-again, off-again relationship between NBA referee Mickey Gordon (Billy Crystal) and his career-driven wife and airline executive Ellen Andrews (Debra Winger). Co-written, directed, and starring Crystal, Forget Paris tells the story of commitment, perseverance, and how love ultimately keeps them together. The supporting cast is pitch perfect as they sit in a restaurant waiting for the couple while recounting the story of their seesaw relationship. FACTOID: Debbie Allen, who gained prominence as the dance teacher in the 1980’s movie Fame, choreographed Forget Paris. Her husband, Norm Nixon, is a former NBA player with the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers. 48
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Dustin Hoffman was 30 when he took on the role of 20-year-old recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock in his first starring role on film, which earned him a best actor Oscar nomination. He’s seduced by Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), then falls in love with her daughter, Elaine (Katherine Ross). We all know and love the movie’s finale. Elaine is about to be married when she realizes she’s in love with Ben. She flees the church and Ben uses a large crucifix to keep the doors locked so the couple can make their escape on a city bus. FACTOID: Dustin Hoffman was only paid $17,000 to make The Graduate. After taxes and living expenses, he had only $4,000 left. Although the film made him an overnight success, he was still eligible for and collecting unemployment checks after its release.
Royal Wedding (1951) This MGM musical comedy is set in London in 1947 for the historic royal wedding of Princess (now Queen) Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh (now Prince Phillip). Tom Bowen (Fred Astaire) and his sister Ellen (Jane Powell) are a dance act whose hit Broadway show has been booked into London to capitalize on the attention the royal wedding was receiving. The dance duo echoed the real-life theatrical relationship of Fred and his sister Adele Astaire. During the New York-to-London ocean voyage, Tom and Ellen each fall in love and decide to marry, figuring if the date is good enough for the royal family, it’s good enough for them. Astaire dances with Powell, hat racks, gym equipment, and literally around his hotel room. FACTOID: Astaire’s iconic dance on the walls and ceilings of a hotel room was an innovative illusion. The room rotates as a unit and the camera remains attached to the rotating room, making it appear as though Astaire is defying gravity. It was the first film to use this “trick,” but was subsequently used in the movies 2001: A Space Odyssey, Poltergeist, Nightmare on Elm Street and in Lionel Richie’s 1986 music video “Dancing on the Ceiling.” FACTOID: Judy Garland was initially cast as Ellen, but misbehaved so badly she not only lost the role but also had her MGM contract cancelled after 14 years with the studio. FACTOID: Sarah Churchill, who plays Anne Ashmond, was a daughter of British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. n — Photos courtesy doctormacro.com
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LifeStyle Point of View
A (Very) Bright Future We sit down with Gina Moretti, an 11th grade honor student at Atlantic County Institute of Technology in Mays Landing, to reveal what it’s like to be a teenager in today’s world.
recently, a young lady (high school student) and her father walked into our offices in Smithville. People worry about the modern-day youth and what they are thinking and doing. We’re guessing this random interview will make you feel a lot better. It was just an idea to ask some questions, and we were pleasantly surprised with her answers. If this young lady is typical of our local students, the worries are officially over.
Q: If you were able to vote in the last Presidential election, which would it be, President Obama or Mr. Romney? A: When it comes to politics, I’m neutral. In the last Presidential election, I would have voted for Mitt Romney due to the contributions he already had with our country. The money he has earned has been given back to our citizens through charity and service. At that time, we were in a serious financial catastrophe, and I do believe he was more than capable to make a positive change in our country. Q: Do they still have prayers in school, and do they still salute the flag in the morning? A: There are no longer prayers in school. In fact, we haven’t had prayers in public schools for a decade now. Every morning before we start our class schedule, there is a speaker on the announcements who says the Pledge of the Allegiance. By law, in all grades we have to salute the flag in honor of those who fight and who have fought for our country. Q: When it comes to school, what is your favorite subject, and what is your least favorite subject? A: My favorite subject in school is Chemistry. I am amazed by how the simplest form of a chemical element can create such organisms. Learning about science and how things are either created or destroyed has always intrigued me. My least favorite subject would have to be English. I thoroughly enjoy reading and writing, but I do not believe in being forced into reading a novel that has no morals or connection to our everyday lives. My personal hobbies are to read and write. In class, we are not able to write freely on our choice of topics. It almost feels like we are censored. 50
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Q: Is bullying a problem in your school? A: Bullying surrounds everyone no matter where you are. Unfortunately, there is bullying in my high school, but we have wonderful staff who make sure there is no cyber, emotional, or physical bullying. It is a shame that there is such thing, but some people do not believe in respecting the ones who are around you. Q: When you go shopping, what are your favorite things to purchase? A: Normally, I shop for clothes, shoes, or makeup. I am in awe of fashion in general and always feel the need to go and explore what different boutiques have to offer. Purchasing makeup is a confidence booster for me, because when a certain color eye shadow compliments my eye color, my self-esteem rises. Q: Is it a big deal to reach the age of 16? How about the age of 21? A: When turning sixteen, it is very exciting knowing you have the privilege of driving with someone over the age of twenty one. We’re also a year closer to being an actual adult, but knowing you’re able to drive is one step closer to being independent. For some individuals, turning the age of twenty one is exciting due to the ability of drinking, but I look at that age as finally being able to open a savings account. Twenty one is the age when you are finally independent; it’s your turn to live freely. Q: How important is social media in your life and in the lives of your friends? A: Social media isn’t necessarily important in my life, I could live without it. Of course, I go on social networks, but I see social media as an issue of what people think of one another, especially at this age. My friends live for social media. There is never a time when I don’t see their phone or iPod in their hand, or even gossiping over what someone else had posted. Q: Do you participate in sports? A: Yes, I participate in a few sports. I’m on my school’s track and field team, and I also dance at a studio. Q: Do you and your friends go to the movies? And what are the favorite activities outside of school? A: We often all go out together, movies being one of the activities we do occasionally. Our favorite activities normally are sports, shopping or exploring. We do many different hands-on activities when it’s warmer out, like go to the beach. Q: Are you thinking about college and even beyond to a specific career? A: Yes, I have dreamed of going to college ever since I was a
child. Nothing excites me more than the medical field. I have had interest in neurology, and will continue to fulfill my dreams by going to graduate school to become a neurosurgeon. Q: What are your favorite television shows? A: I have a few television shows I love. One being The Walking Dead, because nothing is more exciting than watching people survive an apocalypse and somehow getting by with all the chaos. My second favorite would have to be Game of Thrones. I adore the dynastic issues and war, it catches my fancy by far. Q: What kind of music do you prefer? A: I listen to a wide variety of music, but I prefer any type of rock, from alternative rock, pop punk, even indie rock. I also love any type of music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. I’m not a fan of the modern pop music, mostly because it has no relation to my life, but if the music has great lyrics, then I’m all for it. Q: What do you do in your spare time, and what is your favorite kind of food? A: When I have time on my hands, I love traveling or exploring new places. Sometimes I even write poetry since it’s an easy way to have better control of unexpressed feelings. I also love playing video games when I have the chance, any electronic, I’m up for playing it. My favorite kind of food has to be Chinese food. I don’t eat it often, but when I have the opportunity to, I’m smiling ear-to-ear. Q: If you could visit one spot in the world (away from the United States), where would it be? A: It’s very tough to just choose one spot, but the one place I’m infatuated with is Eastern Europe. The beautiful architecture in churches and museums intrigues me. At some point in my life, I would like to go and visit throughout Europe just to admire the art that was created there. Q: What is the name of the last book you read? A: I read the novel Perfect by Ellen Hopkins. It’s a book that’s part of a series of novels based on the author’s life experiences. I love reading and Ellen Hopkins is one of my favorite authors. Q: When you reach your thirties, what do you see yourself doing and where do you hope it will be? A: If I can picture myself in my thirties, I do see myself with a PhD as a neurosurgeon. I’ve worked very hard in my high school career to maintain a high ranking in my class, and it would be my dream to help others. There are a surplus amount of wonderful hospitals in the New England region, but I see myself living in New York. I love the city and the life it has to bring there. n njlifestyleonline.com
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By SALVATORE J. SPENA
A Hidden Gem
From a gem in the middle of nowhere to a magnificent not-to-be-missed locale, Crystal Springs Resort is truly spectacular
This page, photos from the 135,000+ bottle wine cellar Opposite page, from top to bottom: Vista 180 Infinity Pool, Reflections Spa Sensorial Space, One bedroom suite bath, a panaramic view of Grand Cascades Lodge
hen I say “a gem in the middle of nowhere,” it’s really not an exaggeration. We traveled up the Garden State parkway, then the N.J. turnpike, and navigated a lot of twists, turns, and curves until we arrived at an unbelievable resort facility basically in the middle of nowhere. Actually, we were only a couple of hours from the southern New Jersey Shore, and literally an hour from New York City, Pennsylvania, and not too far from Connecticut. And the only reason I initially heard about this place was that I was told it had the world’s largest private wine cellar in the world, some 135,000 bottles! (We’ll get to that later.) Crystal Springs Resort is a spectacular New Jersey vacation destination, acclaimed as the New York Metro area’s most unique four-season resort. Located in the rolling farmland of the Garden State’s picturesque northwest, this world-class resort offers so much to experience. The 4,000 acre getaway is a playground for all ages. It includes: seven championship golf courses; the acclaimed restaurant, Latour, boasting one of the world’s award-winning wine cellars with over 135,000 bottles of wine; two fabulous spas; a unique Biosphere pool complex; 41 ski trails nearby; and over 100,000 square feet of functionally-designed space for weddings and catered events. Grand Cascades Lodge, a lavish, luxury hotel at Crystal Springs Resort, is a revival of a classic Adirondack-style lodge, and unquestionably the finest property I’ve been to on the East Coast. From the moment we drove up the winding trail to the front door, our experience was first-class. We were met by an affable valet with a warm smile, who escorted my family to the front desk for the expedited check in-process. I love a quick check-in. After being in a car for over two hours, it’s nice to be greeted with a friendly welcome, get your keys, and go directly to your room. The rooms at the lodge range from premium guest rooms to two-bedroom suites with a fireplace and deck. Our suite was enormous, with a gorgeous dining room, large kitchen with stateof-the-art appliances, an expansive living room with a 54-inch flat screen TV, cozy fireplace, and a view that went on forever. The deluxe master bedroom featured a king size bed, flat screen TV, and breathtaking views as well. Since the family was a bit hungry after our long trek, we decided to order room service before heading out to the slopes. Room service to me is a very big deal; from the menu, to the phone call, to how the order taker responds, to the quality and freshness of the food, and finally the promptness and delivery, these aspects are all very important.
A lodge of this magnitude must hit on all facets to be truly considered top notch, and they exceeded my expectations by perfectly executing our meal. After a great lunch, we headed to the slopes for an afternoon of snow tubing at Mountain Creek, a beautiful area about a 10-minute complimentary shuttle ride from the lodge. All I can say is awesome, awesome, awesome, as the locale featured great outdoor music and wonderful slopes. The tubes were ideal, workers friendly, and we had blast tubing nonstop for almost two hours. I must say, there’s nothing quite like a brisk afternoon outdoors, with families laughing and having a good time, that makes you feel really good inside. Mountain Creek certainly does it right. That evening, we had dinner at Springs Bistro at The Lodge, a Tuscan-inspired restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. This culinary team is truly inspired by artistic presentations, fresh local ingredients, a true Italian wine list, and an exceptional innovative cocktail list. Every great restaurant should have a nice wine list and at Springs Bistro, they don’t disappoint. Every region of Italy is represented at reasonable prices. A wonderful glass of wine is a great way to start the evening, and I chose the 2007 Castello dei Rampolla Chianti Classico, a subtle and delicious light red wine which pairs well with pasta, veal, or poultry. And, is one of my wife’s all-time favorite wines! My son was delighted with his dinner choice from their extensive children’s menu, but my daughter, who has the palate of someone wellbeyond her ten years, had the Pollo Nonstrano, a free-range chicken breast, with hand-cut pappardelle pasta, black truffle, and braised cherry tomatoes. As my daughter eloquently stated, “it was a meal for the ages.” My wife ordered the Pesce Spada del Pescatore. It was masterfully prepared by the chef with much care and attention to detail. The swordfish sat atop a beautiful medley of fava beans and scallions; what a true culinary delight! My selection, the Risotto ai Fruitti di Mare, did not disappoint. With smooth risotto, huge chunks of lobster and seared scallops, a nice touch of basil, and a bottom layer of spinach, this was a true work of art. So, after a fantastic culinary journey through Italy, how do you finish? With dessert and coffee, of course! We all shared the homemade Tiramisu. It was soft, delicious, and exploded in your mouth with huge flavors. What a way to finish off a great day! On our last day, we spent it indoors enjoying the Biosphere Pool Complex, an indoor paradise. This place is a $7 million tropical indoor pool
LIFEST YLE TRAVEL & WINE complex and is the first structure of its kind in the U.S. to incorporate advanced roofing material, allowing nearly 100% light transmission for year-round tanning. In addition, a retractable roof, which produces an extraordinary outdoor effect, is truly singular in the northeast. Guests can enjoy this super-spectacular pool oasis during all four seasons, which also features an underground aquarium and a 140-ft waterslide. Last, but not least, and my initial reason to come to Crystal Springs Resort, is their famous wine cellar. Wine was a passion for Gene Mulvihill, the former owner of Crystal Springs Resort, and he shared his love of fine vintages by assembling one of the world’s premier wine collections. Guests can tour the famous wine cellar and experience the more than 135,000 bottles, with thousands of labels from around the world. The expansive cellar encompasses 16 rooms in the basement, all of which are encased in stone walls. We descended to the wine cellar down the original spiral staircase, but there is also an elevator for guests to use. The wine cellar is 50 years
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in the making, and includes all the best vintages (1959, 1961, 1982, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2009 and more) of all the best estates of Bordeaux, Burgundy, and many others. Other notable inclusions are more than 100 vintages of Chateau Latour (1863 to 2009) many in large format, as well as deep, vertical selections of Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Haut-Brion, Lafite, Margaux, Petrus, and many others. Nearly all of these selections extend more than half a century. Many rare bottles such as Le Pin and Lafleur can also be found here. Beyond Bordeaux, Rhone and Burgundy are represented with hundreds of coveted labels, including verticals of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti and single vineyards from Guigal La Mouline, La Landonne, and La Turque. California is also well-represented, with verticals from Opus One from more than two decades, Georges de Latour, Private Reserve from 1960 to 2002, Heitz, and one of my all-time favorites, Chateau Montelena. With all that being said about these great wines and the collection, one of the most fascinating things I learned about was a special wine testing machine. This machine can determine quality of valuable fine wines without disturbing the bottle one bit. This also really helps when buying and selling expensive vintages because it determines how long the wine has left before it should be consumed. This amazing machine was created at the University of California, Berkeley by a scientist with a $2 million grant from the former Crystal Springs owner. It is currently the only MRI Wine Machine in the world. Whether it’s relaxation in the Biosphere pool, golf at one of the award-winning courses, skiing, snowboarding, relaxing spas, the indulgence of a lifetime at their award-winning restaurants, or in the cellar of what I believe to be the world’s greatest wine collections ever amassed, Crystal Springs Resort has something for everyone. This truly is the Gem in the Middle of Nowhere! n Salvatore J. Spena is the General Manager of Robert’s Steakhouse at The Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City and an Advisory Board Member of The Community Food Bank of New Jersey/Southern New Jersey Branch. He can be reached via email at salspena@ comcast.net, Facebook at Salvatore Spena, and Twitter @salspena. njlifestyleonline.com
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RESTAURANTREPORT By BILL HENRY
The King of Prosciutto Local chef wins the crown at Philadelphia cooking competition
Photo by Albert Yee
hef Luke Palladino recently earned another accolade, “Philadelphia’s King of Prosciutto” when he took the crown at the Cured & Crafted Chef Competition in Philadelphia on February 20. The event celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma, the world’s leading producer of prosciutto. The competition featured a lineup of eight well-known chefs all vying to make the best dish using a leg of prosciutto paired with a craft beer. Palladino, who was the only New Jersey representative, teamed up with his corporate executive chef, TJ Ricciardi, and entered the contest with their Handcut Prosciutto Involtino with Truffled Burrata & Caviar. They made 250 of these plates for the judges and attendees and paired it with a Belgian beer from the New Jersey-based Flying Fish Brewery. Other competitors included Joe Cicala of LeVirtu, Mike Deganis of Osteria, Doug Allen of Lacroix, Mike Santoro of The Mildred, and David Ansill of Bar Ferdinand. Palladino believes the process of hand carving the prosciutto Photo by Albert Yee gave him a leg up on the competition. “Hand carving is a process I learned in Italy, and not a lot of people do it,” he explained. “It gives a totally different texture and flavor profile to the prosciutto.” The chef added, “It was an honor to compete alongside a group of really talented chefs. It was a great event overall.” But Chef Palladino does more than win contests. He successfully operates great restaurants, like his latest concept, LP Steak in Northfield. This notable 30-seat restaurant provides the outstanding service you would receive in a high-end casino restaurant, yet with a more casual, relaxed feel. As soon as you enter, you feel like a regular. The exceptional food is the main attraction, and deservingly so. The prime cut steaks are some of the best selections around, and cooked to juicy perfection. Their coveted LP Steak Sauce is an added plus. Seafood lovers will delight in the variety of options including poached Maine lobster, Scallops Amandine, or the expertly prepared fish-of-the-day. Appetizer choices — from hand-crafted pierogies to “real” potato skins — are simply the best you’ll ever experience, as are the side dishes, which include shaved Brussels sprouts with pancetta, and whole scalloped potatoes. Delectable desserts will make the entire experience have a very happy ending. Who wouldn’t love a seven-layer roasted peanut chocolate cake? LP Steak’s executive chef is Sean Holmes, who has worked closely with Chef Palladino over the years. As you enjoy your delicious food, watch Holmes in action as he expertly fires up the grill. And because wine is so much a part of the restaurant scene, this BYOB gives guests the opportunity to bring their own favorite bottles to the table. From exceptional service to award-winning food, LP Steak has quickly emerged as one of the best restaurants in South Jersey. LP Steak Steakhouse & Seafood 1333 New Road • Plaza 9 Shopping Center Northfield, NJ • 609-646-8189 www.lukepalladino.com 58
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A Delicious Landmark Steeped in history and tradition, this Philadelphia restaurant continues to delight
ocated on a corner in the heart of South Philadelphia’s Italian market district sits Philadelphia’s oldest Italian restaurant. Established in 1899, “Dante & Luigi’s, corona di ferro” is actually one of the oldest existing Italian restaurants in the United States. Continuing their tradition of classic homemade Italian cuisine, guests enjoy traditional dishes not found in most other restaurants today. Adding to the charm and character of this establishment is the fact that it was once the destination of Italian immigrants arriving in Philadelphia. Unable to speak English, they arrived on the docks with the name of the restaurant written on a scrap of paper and pinned to their lapels. They were given lodging in the upstairs rooms and work in the restaurant. In 1989, the attempted mob hit on Nicky Scarfo Jr. didn’t put a dent in this busy restaurant’s business when bullets were blazing in the bar on Halloween night. A masked man pulled a gun out of his trickor-treat bag and starting shooting at the son of the former Philadelphia mob boss. Before that, the restaurant was rumored to be a hangout for mob boss Angelo Bruno. Guests rave about their Rigatoni Carbonara, Ziti with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage, and the Gnocchi Romano. Each dish exceeds high expectations, but the true star of the meal is their incredible sauce. Indescribably delicious, their marina sauce, or gravy as they call it, is truly award-winning. Today, Dante & Luigi’s retains much of the same atmosphere as it had in the past. Housed in two converted 160-year-old townhouses, the charm of yesterday still exists. The cuisine is a well-balanced mix of homemade, “Old World” specialties, along with delicious fresh seafood and exceptional daily specials. And fear not, you don’t have to be “connected” to get a reservation, you just have to desire a delicious Italian meal. Dante & Luigi’s • 762 S.10th Street Philadelphia, PA • 215-992-9501 www.danteandluigis.com njlifestyleonline.com
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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.
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izza might be America’s favorite food, but it’s important to note that not all pizza is created equal. Needless to say, there are plenty of places to visit to grab your share of the American dream; the perfect pizza pie. Just tap the word pizza on Google and you will quickly realize there are countless pizza places surrounding you. I tend to take my pizza very seriously, and I find the pizza chains to be good, but not great. I prefer an independent spot run by a traditional Italian family. If you hear the owners speaking Italian to their staff, chances are it’s going to be a better pizza. That’s just the way it is. We recently found an outstanding Italian restaurant in Galloway called Napoli Pizza Grill. It is one of those familyrun (independent) places that does much more than pizza, and every item on the menu is great. They have been at it since 1978, and almost everyone on the staff is a member of the Venturini family. The owner is Alex Venturini and their chef is Giuseppe Romeo. (How many family-run restaurants actually have a real chef?) The vast majority of our restaurant coverage is about the upscale dining concepts in our area, yet, at times, many people are looking for something more casual, familyfriendly, and less expensive. You simply have to track down these hidden gems because, trust me, they are out there. Napoli is casual, moderately priced, serves wonderful food, and yes, they are a BYOB concept. And, did I mention the most important part, “Family owned and operated?” Check out their mouth-watering menu at NapoliPizzaGrill.com.
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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 offered.
Phillips Seafood Bonefish Grill
3121 Fire Road, Egg Harbor Township 609-646-2828 www.bonefishgrill.com Your local seafood restaurant in Egg Harbor Township, NJ! Their anglers are here to ensure your Bonefish Grill experience is outstanding each and every time you visit. Check out their seafood menu and daily specials on their web site. Happier Hours Sun - Thurs from 4 - 6:30 PM. $6 Bang bang shrimp every Wed., all day. Now serving Sunday 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.
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.
72 N. Bremen Avenue, Egg Harbor City 609-965-2111 www.renaultwinery.com Shades of Tuscany, located on 1,400 beautiful acres, Renault features two restaurants. Joseph’s features the superb cuisine of one of the area’s most talented chefs — Chef Joseph Degennero — with a moderately priced menu and a wine program that includes selections from the Renault collection. Open every day for lunch and dinner. In season, check out the Sunday Tuscan Brunch. The Gourmet Restaurant at Renault features a Seafood Buffet on Friday nights and a Saturday night dinner with chef stations. On Sunday is Renault’s award-winning Sunday Brunch. 62
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LUKE PALLADINO Seasonal Italian Cooking
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 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.
401 South New York Road, Galloway, NJ 609-652-1800 stocktonseaview.com The entire presentation of this beautiful resort delivers an ambiance from another era. There’s something very special about enjoying a delightful breakfast, lunch or dinner with a panoramic view of the historic Bay Course. Their famous Friday Night Seafood Buffet and the equally famous Sunday Country Club Champagne Brunch represents some of the best dining experiences on the entire East Coast.
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.
Great Food. Great Drinks. Great Atmosphere.
A Touch of Italy
6629 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Twp. 609-641-1855 www.touchofitaly.net A Touch of Italy offers the finest quality food and service. Each meal served is cooked to order. A friendly and pleasurable atmosphere will make your visit a memorable one. Established in 1981 with more than 31 years of experience, this restaurant, banquet facility, and lounge serves only the finest natural veal, steaks, poultry, pasta, seafood and brick-oven pizza.
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1 Harbor Road, Beesley’s Point, NJ 609-390-3322 www.tuckahoeinn.com Come join the good times at the Tuckahoe Inn. A casual family restaurant and tavern with weekly inside specials, bar specials, happy hour Monday thru Friday from 4 PM to 6 PM, Sunday breakfast, lunch specials and an Early Bird menu. Bands and entertainment all year long. Visit thier web site for menus, specials, and event calendar.
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CASINO DINING RESORTS
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.
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.
Luke Palladino - Harrah’s Resort
777 Harrah’s Blvd., Atlantic City 609-441-5576 ww.lukepalladino.com Taste the excitement at Luke Palladino - Harrah’s Resort. Celebrated Chef Luke Palladino’s incredible namesake Atlantic City fine dining destination. Luke Palladino features the regional, Italian, Jersey-farm flavored cooking he has always strived to honor. An enriching dining experience awaits all who try this Atlantic City Italian restaurant. Reservations recommended by calling, or reserve with OpenTable.
We’ll be the first to admit our name doesn’t tell the whole story. Bountiful Seafood. Succulent Steaks. Perfect Pastas. And yes, Award-Winning Crab Cakes. Voted “Best Place for Dinner” by the 2013 Press Readers Poll
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.
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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Broadway Burger Bar
The Quarter at Tropicana, Atlantic City 609-317-4660 broadwayburgerbar.com Ark Restaurants introduces Broadway Burger Bar, serving up fresh ground, grilled, prime beef burgers and a large selection of tapas-syle appetizers. Order from a full bar featuring 60 craft beers, specialty cocktails, adult milkshakes, as well as your traditional favorites. Live acoustic acts every Thursday through Saturday add to the vibrant and unique atmosphere. Fun for families, a quick lunch, or an intimate dinner.
TRUMP TAJ MAHAL
Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City 609-449-1000 www.trumptaj.com Opened October 2012, Robert’s is one of a few steakhouses in Atlantic City to perform its painstaking dry-age techniques in house, for six weeks. While Robert’s Steakhouse of New York is designed to please omnivores of all varieties, the superstars of the menu remain the steaks, including a hearty, bonein NY Strip, a delicate filet mignon, and the ultimate Porterhouse for two. Additionally, there are grilled garlic and rosemary lamb chops, citrusy seared scallops and a decadent, truffle-laced risotto. The kitchen uses locally-grown produce and offers many seasonal specialty dishes.
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Boardwalk at Mississippi, Atlantic City 609-441-7820 www.trumpplaza.com At Roberto’s Ristorante at Trump Plaza, a stop to look over the menu is worth the visit alone. Northern and southern Italian cuisine is all prepared under the watchful eye of Chef de Cuisine Robert Pfander of Ocean City. Entrees run the gamut from oven cappalini spiaggia to seasoned lamb chops to sauteed Dover sole. Complement it all with the ideal bottle of wine from Roberto’s extensive collection, as you take in the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. The perfect ending to a perfect dinner is guaranteed with an individual souffle of either grand marnier or chocolate.
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By SHERRY HOFFMAN
A Final Word
Gotta Move Leaving the past behind for new horizons gives rise to untouched opportunities
ge approaches us on tiptoe. It reaches up and taps us on the shoulder, and we look down to see our mother’s hands coming out of our sleeves. Our kids grow up, our steps seem steeper, and our houses need work. “Downsize:” a one-word synonym for “It’s time to move on.” It’s exciting, although a little hard to swallow, to walk out of our old front door into a new life, although we know somewhere inside, that our pockets are filled with possibilities. I wasn’t ready for possibilities. I held onto my doorknob kicking reality in the butt. It just stared at me until I said, “Okay, okay. I get it. Let’s go.” The home with the “For Sale” sign pounded into the front lawn was the home in which my family and I lived in for 25 years. It was my dream home in a town in which I grew up, a town I loved and will always love. My friends encouraged me to move to a 55 and older community. Fine for some, but I wanted a neighborhood peppered with people of every age. No sooner did the “For Sale” sign go up than I heard, “stage,” and create “curb appeal.” New words, but I learned and obeyed. Prospective buyers whined: “No granite countertops.” “No stainless steel appliances.” “No open layout.” “No soaking tub.” “It’s a buyer’s market,” Realtors proclaimed. “Lower the price.” Really? For this dream home in a neighborhood that I and my cherished neighbors called “Camelot?” For a home with a tidal creek behind it that no one could ever build on and that overlooked a veritable wetlands wildlife sanctuary? But I caved. It was time. And I was tired of keeping my house squeaky clean like no one lived there. Tired of being in limbo. Finally, an offer came in. I negotiated. They bought it. Reality struck again and it brought anxiety, fear, anger, remorse, and the surety that people I trusted were taking advantage of me. I allowed those incredibly destructive feelings to stay with me much too long. All the while, I looked for a place to live, and I found it. Then, the packing began. My goal was to see the attic floor. There was a lifetime of clutter up there because my answer to, 66
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“Where should I put this?” was, “Just put it in the attic.” I found good and bad memories along with stuff I didn’t even know I had. I threw away less than I should have. Finally, the big move. The new house was actually larger than I had remembered. My furniture fit perfectly. It had a soaking tub and an open layout. The stainless steel appliances and granite countertops will come in time, or not. I wasn’t in Kansas anymore. I wasn’t in my hometown. I didn’t see the ocean and bay everyday with its sunrises and sunsets that rival Key West. But when I miss the water, I know that — like a best friend — it will always be there for me, and that’s comforting. But it surprises me that after being in my new home for two months, I haven’t even paid “my beach,” a visit. As I settle in, abandon the negative voices in my head, and make the house my home, I realize everything that was once 30-minutes away is now only “down the road apiece.” My house is easier, newer, and, yes, kinder to my retirement funds. My neighborhood is alive. There’s a new story to write, a new life to create, strangers that will be cherished neighbors. The possibilities are endless and I’m ready. Aging, changing, rearranging. It will all be okay. Reality is my new best friend. I’m doing the Snoopy happy dance. n Sherry Hoffman is a freelance writer and owner of Sherry Hoffman Public Relations. She has been contributing to New Jersey Lifestyle since the first issue and is proud to be a member of the Lifestyle family.
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Your children mean the world to you. Caring for them means the world to us. Which is why we’re proud to announce that AtlantiCare has partnered with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia—one of the leading children’s hospitals not just in our region, but in the entire country.* If your child needs hospital care, you’ll have peace of mind knowing he or she will be seen by a CHOP pediatrician at our Atlantic City Campus. Additionally, our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the region’s only NICU, is staffed by CHOP neonatologists. So if there are complications during birth, you can rest assured your baby will receive the best care possible. We’re honored to welcome CHOP to the AtlantiCare family—and to your family. AtlantiCare and CHOP—we’ll always be right by your side.
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