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“In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.” —–Mark Twain
The Telltale Signs of Spring
he birds are chirping, the days are getting longer, and the first buds are on the trees. It must be spring.
Of course, I’m sure you’ve noticed that springtime in south Jersey has its own unique signs. Anyone who has ever spent some significant time here, or who lives here year-round, knows what I mean. You know it’s spring in south Jersey when… …Rita’s Water Ice opens for business. Whether you’re a Blendini fan, or a straight-up water ice lover, you can enjoy mango, root beer or any of Rita’s specialty flavors once again after a several month hiatus. Rita’s Water Ice opens mid-March just before the first day of spring, when they give away free water ice to mark the occasion. They’ll be open until about the end of September — so plan accordingly. …You can finally take the kids to the rides at the Boardwalk again. In Ocean City, Gillian’s Wonderland Pier and Playland’s Castaway Cove both open at the end of March. In Wildwood, Morey’s Piers opens March 31 this year, and so does Steel Pier in Atlantic City. The little ones might enjoy Storybook Land, which also opens at the end of March. Of course, you’ll want to visit on weekends. The schedule doesn’t become daily for any of these venues until later in the season. …Our favorite Boardwalk eateries open their doors. Best of all, parking is still free and you can always find a space. If you’ve been craving a funnel cake, corn dog, or vat of Johnson’s popcorn, you can now enjoy them in their authentic Boardwalk locations. Again, aim for weekends, at least for now. In Atlantic City, visit the locale with the best views of the beach and boards; Phillips Seafood. …Seasonal restaurants begin to open their doors. You may have to wait a little longer for Smitty’s Clam Bar in Somers Point, which opens just before Mother’s Day. But you can find solace in Italian food from Voltaco’s in Ocean City and other favorite spots before then. Again, try weekends first. …The Pennsylvania license plates are back! People are down the shore, restocking their homes, renovating with on-trend items from Artistic Hardware, and setting them up for the season. That means your favorite shore haunts might be a little busier on weekends. …The weather is a roller coaster. Take your pick of any spring day in south Jersey and it could be warm and sunny, cold and windy, or all of the above. That’s what keeps it interesting. You will surely see Kelly’s Landscaping crews sprucing up lawns and yards around the area. …The spring events are here! Who doesn’t enjoy an afternoon at Somers Point’s Bayfest or a great spot at Ocean City’s Doo Dah Parade? It doesn’t even matter that sometimes you have to wear a coat for those extra windy days. Stand out from the crowd at these events in the perfect garment for him from Lou Marchiano for Men in Northfield. …The spring edition of NJ Lifestyle has arrived on your doorstep. This is our all-time favorite sign of spring in south Jersey. Happy Spring!
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Saying 'Yes to the Dress' has never been more fun.
18 Discover why Phoenix looks decidedly different from anywhere else on the planet. FEATURES The One to Clutch.............................. 10 Pair one of these chic accessories with any formal look.
Local Chatter.............................................. 6
Luxury in the Desert........................... 18
The buzz on happenings in and around our area.
Southwestern style pairs with sprawling Phoenix landscapes.
Lifestyle Fashion......................................... 8 Spring flings.
Two Pleasant Surprises....................... 22 Test driving the Volkswagen Atlas and Fiat Abarth.
Oodles of Noodles.............................. 32
Health Watch............................................. 14
The me factor.
Top 5 Noodle Houses in Atlantic City.
Better safe than sorry.
Lifestyle Wellness....................................... 16 The right care.
Money Watch............................................. 20 A contract with the stock market.
Lifestyle Entertainment............................... 26 Psychic abilities abound.
Lifestyle Opinion........................................ 28 A two-man race.
The Social Scene........................................ 29 Get the picture on the latest events and happenings.
Lifestyle Cooking........................................ 35 The empty chair.
Lifestyle Wine............................................ 36
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Chatter The Best Medicine
ONE COMEY CLUB in Atlantic City has gotten even funnier. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has announced Chris Mazzilli and Steve Mazzilli, owners of New York City’s Gotham Comedy Club, will oversee programming for Borgata Comedy. “Borgata Comedy Club has been a fundamental part of our programming since the resort’s debut,” said Michael Woodside, Vice President of Marketing for Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. “Chris and Steve’s ability to attract the country’s most sought-after comedic talent will further bolster the club’s reputation as Atlantic City’s leading venue for nightly entertainment.” As partners of the renowned Gotham Comedy Club in Manhattan, Chris and Steve have over two decades of comedy experience; including working with superstars such as Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle, Lewis Black, Gabriel Iglesias, Amy Schumer, and Jim Gaffigan.
Bill's Burger Bar is Back!
LANDRY’S ANNOUNCED THE OPENING of the newest Bill’s Burger & Bar at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City. The new restaurant marks the second location to open within a Golden Nugget property since acquiring BR Guest in December 2016. “Bill’s Bar & Burger has premier destinations in New York and Pittsburgh; so I knew I had to bring this acclaimed restaurant to my casino in Atlantic City,” said Tilman Fertitta, owner of Golden Nugget Atlantic City. “We know it will become a favorite amongst our guests and area-residents.” Serving homage to burger and shake lovers, Bill’s Burger & Bar first opened its doors in 2009 at Rockefeller Center in New York City — the largest standalone burger joint in the country. It continues to dazzle patrons with an impressive craft burger list that includes its signature Bill’s ‘Fat Cat’ Burger that was listed as one of CNN’s “Top 10 Burgers in America.” The restaurant’s former Atlantic City location at Harrah’s closed in January 2017.
Mother's Day Music
CELEBRATE MOTHER'S DAY with music this year! The Mother’s Day Music Festival is returning to Boardwalk Hall on May 12th at 7 PM for its 10th annual concert. This year, the concert features two iconic artists, Maxwell and Gladys Knight. This will mark the first time they will be performing together on Mother’s Day. This special concert will also feature Vivian Green, one of the top rising stars of the music industry. 8
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Ghost Tracks Uncovered A MYSTERY WAS UNCOVERED on the beach in Cape May County recently. Mysterious train tracks appeared on the sand — seemingly headed toward the ocean — leaving many area residents flocking to the beach to see the detoriating tracks. Revealed by the shifting tides, the section was uncovered on Higbee Beach in Lower Township. The tracks are suspiciouslylocated north of Sunset Beach, the landmark location where the sunken concrete ship still remains visible off the coast. According to local historians, the rail line served many purposes throughout the early-and mid1900s; including support for sand mining facilities and munitions testing during World War I. Once they fell into disuse, tides buried the tracks in sand and every few years, sections of the decaying line can be spotted by lucky beach-goers.
T HE BUZ Z O N HA P P E N IN GS IN AN D A ROU N D O U R A R EA Attention All Carnivores SET TO BE THE MOST highly-anticipated restaurant opening in Atlantic City this summer, multi-Michelin-star Chef Gordon Ramsay and Caesars Entertainment announced the restaurateur, TV personality, and author will bring his first steakhouse concept to the iconic seaside gaming destination. Gordon Ramsay Steak is scheduled to open at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City over Memorial Day weekend. Star of Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” “The F Word with Gordon Ramsay,” “24 Hours to Hell & Back,” and “MasterChef” among other popular programs, Ramsay first introduced the acclaimed steakhouse at Paris Las Vegas, where it has received rave reviews since opening. “I couldn’t be more pleased to introduce Gordon Ramsay Steak to Atlantic City,” Ramsay said. “Since first opening Gordon Ramsay on the culinary landscape with a concept that will offer guests the best dry-aged beef, finest seafood, and freshest locally-sourced ingredients in Pub & Grill at Caesars, the city has quickly become a true dining destination. I can’t wait for Gordon Ramsay Steak to make its mark a uniquely warm and comfortable setting.” Dennis Rodman poses alongside his caricature on the Palm’s Wall of Fame.
Basketball Star Hits the Wall A SURPRISE VISIT from Dennis Rodman, retired professional basketball player — who played for the Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks — occurred at the Palm Restaurant Atlantic City. In March, his caricature was added to the Palm’s Wall of Fame. Rodman, hailing from Trenton, New Jersey,
Calling All Filmophiles
GET YOUR POPCORN READY and mark your calendar for the first weekend in April. The Cape May Film Festival is taking place April 6-8 at West Cape May Borough Hall in West Cape May, and is sure to please even the most discerning film zealots. Hosted by the Cape May Film Society, this annual event attracts movie lovers from across the state. Throughout the weekend, a unique selection of films will be shown, including the South Jersey premiere of The Things They Left Behind by Cape May’s own Sara Werner. Noteworthy independent films submitted from all over the country will entertain visitors throughout the weekend. Anthony Bregman, producer of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, will be in attendance for a screening of Eternal Sunshine, followed by a Q&A panel moderated by Stefan Prosky and actor Wil Keenan. Bregman’s latest film was Collateral Beauty. His other credits include: Begin Again, Sing Street, Foxcatcher, American Ultra, and The Circle.
made headlines with his seven consecutive years leading the NBA in most rebounds, as well as adding five championship rings to his name. The Palm Restaurant is legendary for its cosmopolitan cuisine, festive spirit and “living murals.” The oldest Palm caricatures can be seen in the flagship New York Palm Restaurant.
A Tale of Star-crossed Lovers DON'T MISS THE Atlantic City Ballet’s performance of Romeo and Juliet on May 6 at the Circus Maximus Theater in Atlantic City. This Shakespeare classic has inspired many an artist with its tragic tale of “star-crossed lovers.” Compelling in its timelessness, the work captures audiences with its deeply human story and enduring themes of love, fate, and family. The seamless choreography in Phyllis Papa’s version vividly depicts the story’s passion, sorrow and vengeance, capturing the intense desire of the lovers and the ceaseless feud between two family clans in beautiful Verona. Set to Sergei Prokofiev’s thrilling orchestral score, this dramatic ballet stays loyal to Shakespeare’s original tragic ending. njlifestyleonline.com
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Lifestyle Fashion By Alyson Boxman Levine
Spring Flings Saying Yes to the Dress Has Never Been More Fun!
rom Bat Mitzvahs to prom, nights out on the town and galas, the season for formal fashion has arrived … and the search for the perfect head-turning dress has begun. Whether it’s for a wedding, work event, or Sweet Sixteen, you want to be certain you look your best for these once-in-a-lifetime events. Yet, walking into a formalwear shop can be an intimating experience, even for the most seasoned fashionistas. The seemingly-endless racks of sparkly gowns can feel overwhelming and the task of picking the ideal one can often seem out of reach. From short or long, to countless fabric choices and cuts, the selections range from modestly-priced to way too pricy. Believe it or not, your mission to pick the perfect dress starts before Mermaid gown, Zac Posen
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High-low dress, Ellie Wilde
you even enter the store. Fashion industry experts recommend doing a bit of homework before you step through the door of the shop. Spend some time researching dress designs and shapes you like, and make sure the establishment you’re visiting has the dresses in stock for you to try on. Establish a style/look you like beforehand. You can always change your mind once you start trying on dresses, but at least you will begin with a solid starting point. Something that looks good in a magazine or online may not look or feel the same way in person. Experts reveal the most important tip for selecting formalwear is to never purchase a dress before trying it on. Black gown, Adrianna Papell
This spring, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to look like you did with this exquisite off-the-shoulder satin and tulle mermaid gown from the Truly Zac Posen label. Reasonably priced and oh-so chic, this form-fitting silhouette takes drama to the next level. Posen’s eveningwear is infused with his bold sophistication, sexy femininity, and distinctive glamour. Worn by leading women — including Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts, Claire Danes, and Rihanna — his fashion has become a staple on the red carpet. Zac Posen launched his eponymous collection in 2001, with a vision for modern American glamour that married couture technique with striking innovation. In 2004, he was awarded one of fashion’s most prestigious honors, Swarovski’s The Perry Ellis Award for Women’s Wear by the CFDA. In 2015, Posen was also awarded Designer of the Year by Women’s Wear Daily and Variety Magazine. Today, he is known globally for his technique in artisanal craftsmanship, anatomical construction, and unique textile manipulation. For those who love color and are looking to add some extraspecial excitement to their event, try this eye-catching satin gown from the Ellie Wilde for Mon Cheri label. This exclusive print Flirt dress, Maggie Sottero
Gold gown, Oscar de la Renta
strapless dress features a fun and flirty high-low skirt, and is guaranteed to turn every head in the room. From simple and classic, to trendy and fashion forward, Ellie Wilde dresses are designed for every “Wilde” child. An elegant, bold collection that is both timeless and contemporary, the label's garments are unapologetically confident, yet vulnerable and refreshing. The brand describes itself as, “Adventurous and incandescent; inspiring and unforgettable — this is the Ellie Wilde label.” If you’re seeking something a bit less bold, remember basic black is always on-trend when it comes to formalwear; and this classic color looks ideal on all body types. Check out this Adrianna Papell beauty with sweeping chiffon tiers and a sweet one-shoulder style. This dreamy gown oozes romance with its asymmetrical neckline, and the comfortable A-line silhouette will have you floating on the dance floor all night long. The mission of the Adrianna Papell label is to make every woman and every moment feel special. The company understands that every woman is truly different, and seeks to enhance and reveal her own unique beauty to both herself and the world; believing there is Red floral dress, Jovani
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LIFEST YLE FASHION nothing more alluring than a woman who feels beautiful. “We take great pride in offering an exquisite sense of style, superlative fit, and quality craftsmanship,” revealed Jaynee Berkman, President and Chief Creative Officer, Adrianna Papell. “Our collections are infused with an elegance and flair that empowers women of all ages and silhouettes to feel and look their best.” If you’re a fan of TLC’s hit TV show, Say Yes to the Dress, you have probably heard designer Maggie Sottero mentioned a few times. This growing label is popular with many of the brides featured on the show for its feminine fabrics and flattering silhouettes. Well ladies, this brand’s designs are actually offered in other colors besides white;
as you can so boldly see with this formal dress selection. Featuring a bright fuchsia hue, this Flirt design is oh-so-perfectly named. With a strapless rusched bodice and a layered tulle ruffled skirt, his eyes will be following you all night long. For five generations, the Sottero family has created designs that capture the imagination and inspire beauty among women around the world. This skill and artistry culminated in the establishment of Maggie Sottero Designs in 1997. Launching with their custom corset closure, the company has continued to provide their incomparable fit that has come to be known in the industry as “Maggie Magic.” With the launch in 1997, design director Lesley Margaret “Maggie”
The One to Clutch Pair one of these chic accessories with any formal look
You will look and feel picture perfect with this oh-so-fun Camera Clutch Bag by Judith Leiber Couture. Meticulously covered in Austrian crystals and intricately detailed in the style of an old-fashioned point-and-shoot camera, this clutch features a hard-shell body and twist-lock clasp; made in Italy, Judith Leiber Couture, $5,595.
Elegant and stylish, this inherently-chic Jimmy Choo Black Leather Clutch Bag with a twisted chainmail bracelet detail is ideal for your next formal event. With a curb chain shoulder strap, flap top, and logo-engraved magnetic closure, this bag is beautifully handcrafted in Italy, Jimmy Choo, $1,295. 12
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All That Glitters
Add some extra shine to your evening with this standout clutch from designer Rebecca Minkoff. The Leo Glitter Clutch pushes the envelope with a style that flaunts an edgy zip trim and a party-ready glitter finish; featuring a snap closure and six interior card slots, Rebecca Minkoff, $95.
Modern and classic at the same time, this Crocodile Rose Box Clutch Bag from designer Nancy Gonzalez features unique 3D rosettes and a hinged opening. Made in Colombia from Caiman crocodile, this extraordinary bag is handcrafted by local artisans, Nancy Gonzalez, $2,800.
This whimsical clutch will quickly become your instant favorite; a metallic leather bag with a glittered 3D butterfly appliqué incorporates a whimsical, quirky aesthetic with an evident devotion to quality. Featuring rose golden hardware and a removable wristlet strap, Sophia Webster, $495.
The Perfect Red
Sexy, with timeless elegance is the ideal description for this designer Red Quilted Velvet Clutch Bag. Featuring a detachable wristlet strap and a framed hinge top with a flip lock, this Italian beauty is handcrafted with superior materials and expert workmanship, Tom Ford, $1,390.
Webster assumed the alias of “Maggie Sottero” in honor of her great grandmother. If you are looking for a glamorous gown, look no further than this gold floor-length beauty. You will certainly be red carpet ready in this Oscar de la Renta gold strapless ball gown. The gleaming golden details of this designer gown eliminate the need for jewelry, featuring metallic floral paillettes covered in nylon tulle. After apprenticing at Balenciaga in Spain and at Lanvin in Paris, Dominican designer Oscar de la Renta launched his own eponymous line in 1965. His refined, feminine looks have garnered many awards, including one in 1990 for Lifetime Achievement. In 1998, he launched a successful line of lingerie and his momentum shows no signs of waning with the collections of eyewear, fragrance, home decor, handbags, and shoes. If fun and captivating is on your checklist for the ideal dress, this choice from the Jovani label is the one to wear. A champagne colored sheath is masterfully covered in red floral appliqués, creating a classic upscale look that is both chic and refreshing. Featuring a natural waistline and tulle skirt, this dress is the perfect choice for any woman who wants to make an enchanting statement wherever she goes. With a vision of creating a glamorous world of designer dresses, Jacob Maslavi founded the now world-renown brand Jovani Fashions in 1980. Making his dream a reality, his sons Saul and Abraham have continued their father’s vision, expanding their brand of eveningwear to fit every aspect of a woman’s life. The unique styles and creative twists on the classics have made Jovani a go-to designer for special occasions around the world. The company’s main focus is to provide an amazing product that is not only affordable, but also brings out the inner beauty of all the women who wear their fabulous dresses. So, remember to do your homework before you head out on your shopping excursion. Bring the shoes and undergarments you plan on wearing with your dress (if you have them already), along with a friend or two … and get ready to joyfully blurt out that oh-so-famous line; “I’m saying ‘Yes to the dress!’” If you stay focused — and remember to enjoy the process — you will leave the store with the perfect dress. n
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Lifelines BY MICHELLE DAWN MOONEY
The Me Factor
Being selfish can be the best gift you can give the ones you love. We've all heard the phrase, “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy,” right? Well, here's a little 2018 update to that. Not only is Jack dull, he's also sleep deprived, stressed out, and has chronic heartburn from all those latenight meals and fast food drive and dine trips crammed into small pockets of downtime. Yes, we all have jobs to do, but oftentimes we are killing ourselves trying to meet deadlines, care for our families, and be active citizens in our community, as we cave under the pressure that stems from a people-pleaser mentality. Saying “yes” to people's requests has almost become a knee-jerk reaction for many of us. How many times have you agreed to take on another work project, sell an extra box of food products for the kids' fundraiser, be on a committee for a community event (or promise to attend said event) without even blinking an eye, 14
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because someone asked you on the spot and you didn't have the heart to say “no.” The truth is, you could be putting that heart at risk by always saying “yes” to others, while refusing to let yourself take an occasional break from the rapidlyspinning hamster wheel of life. When it comes to making time for ourselves, it's hard to break the habit of saying “no.” Some of the best excuses ... there's too much to do, I don't have time and even if I did, I would feel guilty. Granted, heading to the gym, reading a book, or simply being able to just stop, or even slow down for a few minutes may seem like a luxury to many, but studies show it's a vital part of keeping our physical, emotional and mental wellbeing in check. The American Institute of Stress recently found that 77% of Americans regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress. Left untreated, stress can
contribute to everything from high blood pressure and heart disease, to obesity and diabetes. Since there is no specific test to diagnose stress and because many of its symptoms seem to be normal repercussions of simply living a busy life, we sometimes fail to see the early warning signs. For me, it took landing in the back of an ambulance on a very scary ride to the hospital to realize something was wrong. I was confident one of the many tests I underwent over the next few days would reveal my body was obviously in some sort of malaise. The results came back in a good news/bad news scenario. Thankfully, everything looked good. My heart, my lungs and all my organ functions were fine. That was the scariest part for me, because I knew I wasn't. Why was I unable to sleep at night? Why was I feeling so anxious? Why was I having trouble breathing? Why did I
LIFELINES feel like I was going to pass out on a somewhat regular basis over the past few weeks and months? I knew my body was trying to tell me something, but it's as if it was speaking to me in a foreign language. I needed one of those tests to prove that something was indeed wrong. If not, I feared that it was all in my head, but I knew it wasn't. Then came the diagnosis from my doctor, summed up in one word ... stress. It was hard for me to process. How could something that lacked tangibility cause something that was so measurable in my daily life? The doctor assured me that everything I was feeling was, in fact, real. I was happy for the validation, but embarrassed that I could let this happen without seeing that my life and my schedule had spun out of control. The good news — stress is manageable, but it does take some planning and a little practice with learning how to say “no.” I'm not saying it's easy, but the end result is worth it. The best ways to keep our stress levels down is to literally and figuratively take time to smell the roses, by factoring in more things that our body truly needs to maintain itself. If we're going to say “yes” to more “me time,” we have to say “no” to other things. My remedy involved me saying “no” to pretty much every appearance and event inquiry I received for about three months. Boy, was it tough, but having that extra time was a game changer. Think about how great you feel when you get a good night's sleep or finish a workout; or when you spend quality time with family or friends. Who doesn't want to do more of that? Feeding our mind, body, and soul with the things we selfishly want more of will, in turn, put us in a better overall state of mind so we can truly and wholeheartedly be there for the ones we love. They deserve that, and so do you. n Michelle Dawn Mooney is a nationally-recognized author, as well as a TV and radio personality. She has co-hosted numerous radio morning shows and was the former long-time anchor for Atlantic City's NBC affiliate. Currently the lead anchor for SNJ Today, which airs M-F at 7 & 11PM on Channels 4, 26 and HD 789, Michelle is also the creator of the lifestyle brand “Middays with Michelle Dawn Mooney.” Her variety show podcast and daily/ weekly features — offering inspirational stories and helpful tips to promote positive living — can be found at michelledawnmooney.net.
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Better Safe Than Sorry How One N.J. Family Survived a Home Fire “BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY.” We have heard this cliché so often that its meaning has become diluted. We say this almost glibly when we refer to setting our alarm clock correctly, or making sure we tighten the lid on a cup of takeout coffee. Yet when we apply this sentiment to the safety of ourselves and family, it can actually save our life. This was the case for a New Jersey family who took the time to protect themselves from a home fire. It happened in the fall of 2016. While the Milord family slept in their Orange, New Jersey home, a fire was burning in their basement. Just before dawn, the smoke alarm sounded, which awakened Madeleine and her brother Claude. “We heard the ‘beep, beep, beep’ of the smoke alarm,” said Claude. “The house felt warm and I could smell smoke, but we saw no smoke or fire.” As he searched each room of the home, Claude saw no signs of a fire. He made his way downstairs and opened the basement door, which suddenly released billowing smoke into the house. “It’s in the basement! There’s a fire in the basement,” Claude yelled. Claude and Madeline raced around the multi-family apartment, awakening everyone to help them escape from the fire. The family of 17, along with a friend staying with them for the night, ran from the burning house and called 911 to report the fire. They watched as smoke streamed from the home where they had lived for five years. From four-week-old baby Keisha to 88-year-old Dleudonne, everyone survived the fire. Their lives were saved by the smoke alarm installed by the Red Cross 16
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and partners during a Red Cross Home Fire Campaign event. A team of volunteers from the Red Cross, Orange Fire Department and Orange Community Emergency Response Team visited their home a year and a half earlier to offer free smoke alarms and educate them about fire safety. The American Red Cross launched the Home Fire Campaign in New Jersey and across the country in October of 2014 to help reduce the number of home firerelated injuries and fatalities. As part of the multi-year campaign, the Red Cross is partnering with municipalities, fire departments and community organizations to go door-to-door installing free smoke alarms in high fire-risk areas and help families be better prepared for home fires. Since the launch of the Home Fire Campaign, the Red Cross and partners have canvassed more than 25,000 homes in 131 municipalities throughout the state, helped 7,200 families create a fire escape plan, and installed more than 17,000 free smoke alarms in homes like the Milords. “Fortunately, the Milord family was able to escape unharmed thanks to working smoke alarms,” says Ana Montero, CEO, American Red Cross New Jersey Region. “Smoke alarms save lives and through the Home Fire Campaign, the Red Cross and our community partners continue to help protect families from home fires.” Even after the fire, the Red Cross was there for the Milord family. The day of the fire, The Red Cross disaster responders met with the family to provide comfort and emergency assistance for temporary lodging, food and clothing. “The Red Cross came right after the
fire to help us find a place to stay,” Claude recalled. “They gave us some money for a hotel and food. We thank the Red Cross for all their help. Bless the Red Cross.” This is just one of many stories where lives were saved by the American Red Cross. The Red Cross is striving to make sure there are even more happy endings when it comes to home fires and other disasters. The Red Cross slogan teaches us to “Be Red Cross Ready.” According to Montero, “Disasters are going to happen, so we should take the time to educate ourselves and our families. We are encouraging families to take action by creating a kit, making a plan and being informed.” She says to prepare at least two emergency supply kits, a Go Bag and larger bag to shelter in place. That should include at least a three-day supply of essential items such as food and water, a flashlight and first aid kit. A Go Bag should have similar items, but should also contain prescription medications, copies of important documents and cash. If we have to flee our home in an emergency, it would be difficult to quickly gather these items. We also should have a plan. Montero says to set up a meeting place outside our home. Imagine that there is a fire in your home and your child exits through the back door while you frantically search for him in the house. He should know to meet you at a designated spot, such as the mailbox or big oak tree so you can find him quickly. In cases when we cannot return to our home, we also need to designate a meeting spot away from our home, such as a local school or police
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department. The Red Cross also recommends designating an emergency contact outside the disaster area, since they can be easier to reach. Should a family get separated, everyone will know to call that person and check in with them. It is critical to discuss home fire safety and emergencies with small children as well. Montero recalls participating in a smoke alarm installation and creating a plan for the family. She talked with a fouryear-old girl about what she should do in case of a fire. She discussed the escape plan and asked her if she should hide under the bed or in the closet, and the little girl responded that she should not and pointed to the windows and doors where she would escape. “It really helps reduce fear, especially for young children…they are prepared, they understand and they spring into action since they practice this.” We only have about two minutes to get out of the house during a home fire. With that little time to react, it is crucial to prepare in advance.
Finally, Montero reminds us to be informed. Other than a home fire, in many cases we are alerted about an emergency before it happens. Whether it is a Nor’easter, flooding or a hurricane, we should heed the recommendations of emergency professionals and evacuate or shelter in place if needed. Montero recommends monitoring the news and registering for emergency weather notifications in our community. In addition, at least one family member should get certified in CPR and First Aid. The American Red Cross provides online courses and one day training in our community on a regular basis. They also offer two free apps that everyone should download today — a First Aid App and Emergency App. While they don’t take the place of a certification course, these are comprehensive apps that can save a life in case of an emergency. We can also set up the emergency app to notify us if there is a disaster in our community or an area that we are visiting. For young kids, the Red Cross offers
the Monster Guard app which includes various games kids can play on their cell phone or tablet to learn about emergency preparedness. For the Milord family, being prepared for an emergency saved their lives. They are the embodiment of the true meaning of the words “better safe than sorry.” To protect ourselves and our family, the Red Cross encourages us to take three basic steps — create a kit, make a plan, and be informed so we can be “Red Cross Ready.” Ask yourself this simple question — are you? n Robin Stoloff has been a health reporter in South Jersey since 1986. She hosts and produces Living Well with Robin Stoloff on Lite Rock 96.9 WFPG in Atlantic City Sundays from 9-11 AM. She also hosts TV health features on SNJ Today news on WACP in Atlantic City/Philadelphia market every Tuesday at 7 PM and 11 PM. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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• Assemble an emergency preparedness kit. • Create a household evacuation plan that includes your pets. • Stay informed about your community’s risk and response plans. • Download the FREE Red Cross Emergency App in your app store or visit redcross.org/Apps to learn more.
As part of the Home Fire Campaign, Kenneth Douglas, fire director, Orange Fire Department (left), Andre Williams, fire chief, East Orange Fire Department (second from left) and Muraad Abdus-Salaam, disaster program manager, American Red Cross New Jersey Region visit the Milord family’s East Orange home to install free smoke alarms.
Andre Williams installs a smoke alarm in the Milord family’s home while Kenneth Douglas and Muraad Abdus-Salaam look on.
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Lifestyle Wellness By Felicia L. Niven Photo by Eric Weeks
The Right Care Choosing Support When You Need It the Most
IT HAPPENS GRADUALLY, and sometimes so quietly that you don’t even realize. Maybe it starts with some confusion over directions, or inadvertently leaving a gas burner lit on the stove. Perhaps it’s a trip and fall. Suddenly you realize that your husband or wife — or one of your parents — is going to need a little more help than you are able to provide. “As we age, it is not uncommon to have ‘senior moments’ such as not remembering where you left your keys, or not immediately remembering names of old friends or colleagues,” said Alysia Price, MSW, LSW, CALA, Administrator of Seashore Gardens Living Center (SGLC) & Assisted Living, “But for times when it’s more than that, it’s good to know your options.” SGLC offers a range of support services such as Alzheimer’s outreach, home health care, respite care, Independent Housing, Assisted Living and Nursing Care. “We cover the full spectrum of care,” noted Price, “including short-term stays for rehabilitation.” Alzheimer’s Outreach to Help Caregivers Price works with the staff at SGLC’s Comfort Care Residence to care for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. But for families who are caring for loved ones at home, she also runs a free monthly support group. “Since Alzheimer’s disease is very slow to progress, families refer to it as ‘the long goodbye,’” she says. “It progresses over time, and many people start with their loved ones at home. We help caregivers to recognize the symptoms and discuss strategies to manage them. We also discuss resources in the area. It helps to know that others are struggling with the same issues.” In addition to the support group, the staff may complete home visits to evaluate and help families set interventions. Home Health Care to Maintain Independence As we age, we face increasing challenges in daily living. SGLC’s home health service — Seashore Gardens Without Walls — provides the extra support so that seniors can maintain their independence in the comfort of their own home. Funded by long term insurance, Seashore Gardens Without Walls offers professionally screened and trained caregivers. Not only will the caregivers assist with daily living needs from bathing to cooking, but they will encourage social connections and assist with interests and hobbies. They’ll also help their clients maintain exercise programs and a healthy diet. Bill Resnick, program coordinator, brings an empathy and compassion that comes from personal experience choosing caregivers for his parents. He takes the time to get to know your needs and match 18
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you with the perfect caregiver. Respite Care Provides Relief for Caregivers A short-term stay under SGLC’s Respite program can provide a much-needed break for caregivers. This program offers SGLC’s home-like environment on a short-term basis to those whose usual residential situation is temporarily interrupted. Families request respite stays for such events as vacations, business travel, or simply some time for themselves. Respite guests enjoy all of the activities at SGLC, and are supervised by a professional staff. Choosing the Right Care Because circumstances change gradually over time, families may not realize they need help until it becomes quite apparent. “At that point, it can be overwhelming,” acknowledges Janice Cambron, executive director, SGLC. “Choosing the right person and the right facility is so important,” she said. “It makes the difference between a seamless experience and one that can be quite stressful.” She encourages people to take some time to research the options. “Ask questions. Find out what your insurance covers. Take a tour such as our open house on Sunday May 6, for Assisted Living. Give your loved one the support he or she needs to enjoy this time in their lives.” For more information about the open house in May, contact Admissions Coordinator Antonio Tronco at (609)748-4631. To learn more about any of the services at SGLC, call (609)404-4848 or visit www.seashoregardens.org. n Assisted Living Resident Goldie with Admissions Coordinator Antonio Tronco
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Luxury in the Desert By DAN SCHLOSSBERG
Upscale Southwestern style pairs perfectly with sprawling Phoenix landscapes
Photos courtesy of Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort and The Phoenician
o these East Coast eyes, Phoenix looks decidedly different from anywhere else on the planet. The plants are prickly, the air is arid, and the regal resorts have so much growing room that they sprawl in all directions, embracing rocks, trees, hills, and acres of flowers that seem to blossom all year. Not surprisingly, romance resonates at several area resorts. One of them, Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs, deserves its name: it is designed so well around existing natural barriers that it looks like it was part of the original landscape. The 584-room, all-suite property, distributed among 28 Mediterranean-style structures, sits on 400 acres below the North Mountains and next to the Phoenix Mountain Nature Preserve. After a round of golf at adjacent Lookout Mountain Golf Course, guests cool down at Falls Water Village, home of a 40-foot waterfall, a 138-foot waterslide, and a photogenic rock garden that literally begs to be photographed. The main pool, one of eight at the resort, has a large boulder in the middle and some two-dozen cabanas around the periphery. Strong sunscreen and lots of liquid refreshments are recommended. The restaurants at Tapatio Cliffs Resort The Phoenician Cactus Garden
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Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort Falls Water Village Different Point of View restaurant at Tapatio Cliffs Resort
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are also known for their atmosphere. Thatâ€™s especially true at Different Pointe of View, where candlelight dinners delight diners in a rounded room with floor-to-ceiling windows. Built on levels so that everyone can enjoy the lights of the surrounding hills, the dramatic views of mountain sunsets and the lights of the urban landscape below, the elegant mountaintop restaurant features an innovative menu and unhurried service that makes for a memorable evening experience. Some patrons prefer to begin with drinks or close with coffee and dessert on a large patio The Phoenician's entrance
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Lifestyle Travel where torches negate the chill of the desert evening. Southwestern-styled guest suites, featuring separate sleeping quarters, are also spacious and comfortable. All have patios or balconies plus proximity to pools, tennis courts, golf club, and a full-service spa. Hiking trails give guests a great way to work off those extra pounds acquired at the breakfast buffet adjacent to the golf club. For a more strident hike, the Piestewa Peak Summit trail network is not far away. Sometimes described as a luxury resort for the budget-minded traveler, Tapatio Cliffs Resort attracts a diverse clientele that includes honeymooners, families, and both leisure and business travelers. It also has ample space for business meetings. The Phoenician, which sits on the border between Phoenix and Scottsdale, is also stunning in its beauty and scope. A 250acre property at the base of Camelback Mountain, its 645 units are divided into a main building, a ring of casitas, and The Canyon Suites, a boutique hotel-within-ahotel with its own private pool. The artistry of the design and landscaping begin at the front entrance, where palms, flowers, water features, and a corner of its massive golf complex let visitors know they’re arrived at a truly unusual property. The resort is completing a massive, three-year renovation, the largest since the property opened 30 years ago. After guestrooms, casitas, and The Canyon Suites were redesigned, the property's public places, restaurants, and lobby followed with their own makeover last year. Even the premier restaurants, a Eurostyle cafe called The Marketplace and the Modern American Mowry & Cotton, have emerged as showplaces within a showplace. Pool seating has been expanded, with a treehouse and 197-foot waterslide added to the Kids Zone, and allows guests to reserve their spots for the first time. Also new this spring is the three-story Phoenician spa, with rooftop pool, drybar, aroma design bar, and couples suite. Signature treatments range from harmonic bowl healing to gemstone healing facial. Also opening this spring is the twostory Phoenician Athletic Club, home of seven tennis courts, two pickleball courts, a basketball half-court, and a game room replete with arcade, shuffleboard, and various video games. The fitness center includes a movement
studio with fitness-on-demand technology and allows patrons to peruse the photogenic environs of the resort, Camelback Mountain, and the Valley of the Sun. Rounding out the renovation project is The Phoenician Golf Course, which will be rerouted to 18 holes, creating a natural rhythm and flow in play. The new facility is expected to open in November 2018. When the weather is agreeable, which is almost always in the Grand Canyon State, outdoor activities at the lavish resort also include hiking, biking, bird tours and s'mores & stargazing. The desert scenery is so stunning that guests would be remiss to leave their rooms without their cameras. The average temperature in April, by the way, is 85 degrees. It’s no surprise that The Phoenician has won hundreds of awards since its opening in 1988. In fact, both The Phoenician and The Canyon Suites have won five diamonds from the American Automobile Association for more than ten straight years. The Canyon Suites has also won multiple five-star awards from Forbes Travel (formerly Mobil). Other top honors between the two properties have come from Travel + Leisure Magazine, Conde Naste Traveler, U.S. News and World Report, TripAdvisor, and Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, among others. In a world where travel has become increasingly uncertain, The Phoenician delivers on its immense promise. Guests can try everything from trapeze lessons to helicopter rides, with sunrise safari tours as a great way to start the day. The Funicians Club welcomes those from 5-12 years of age with a Night Owls Program that allows Mom and Dad some time alone from 9 to 9. If the Grand Canyon is nature’s gift to Arizona, The Phoenician is the man-made counterpart: a slice of heaven on earth. Life in the area was not always so opulent in the 48th state, especially before the advent of air-conditioning, cable television, and cell phones. Cowboys, Indians, and lawmen of the frontier forged a formidable legacy and horses still remain an integral part of the local lifestyle. Today, however, horseback riding has taken a back seat to other recreational pursuits for visitors seeking to make maximum mileage from limited time. Flora from the Sonoran Desert is the featured attraction at the Desert Botanical Garden, where 50,000 desert plants prosper in a serene setting surrounded by red rocks.
Indian artifacts abound at the Heard Museum, a Phoenix staple since 1929. History also comes to life at the Musical Instrument Museum, home of 7,000 instruments from 200 countries. And Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesen West, the only National Historic Landmark in nearby Scottsdale, towers above a 491-acre campus with memorable views of the valley below. Wildlife World, where 6,000 creatures reside, has a zoo, aquarium, safari park, and rides, a larger overall collection that the older Phoenix Zoo, a 125-acre enclave in Papago Park. Exhibits also change constantly at the downtown Museum of Natural History. Not far away is the smaller but impressive Wells Fargo Museum, which offers a true taste of the Old West. Another blast from the past is Old Scottsdale, a section of shops, galleries, and restaurants that recreates the sights, sounds, and smells of another era — albeit with 21st century prices. Scottsdale is also the home of Don & Charlie’s, a baseball-themed steakhouse where wall-to-wall memorabilia, much of it hanging from the ceiling, competes for attention with the food. Former Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is a Friday night regular during his winter tenure as a college history professor. A light-rail streetcar system that is constantly expanding helps solve downtown traffic issues while linking the Phoenix suburbs of Mesa, Tempe, and Scottsdale. The rail network reaches to Sky Harbor Airport, negating the need for out-oftowners to rent cars. Numerous air carriers connect Newark and Philadelphia with Phoenix. For further information, contact Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, 11111 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85020, Tel. 602-8667500, www.tapatiocliffshilton.com; The Phoenician, 6000 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, Tel. 480-941-8200, www.thephoenician.com or Visit Phoenix, 125 N. 2nd St., Suite 120, Phoenix, AZ 85004, Tel. 877-CALL-PHX, www.visitphoenix.com. n Dan Schlossberg of Fair Lawn is travel editor of New Jersey Lifestyle and host of two radio shows, Travel Tuesdays and Travel Itch Radio. He is also the founder and president emeritus of the North American Travel Journalists Association [NATJA] and author of 38 baseball books. njlifestyleonline.com
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A Contract with the Stock Market Expertly Riding the Waves of Volatility WE HAVE PREPARED this piece to reiterate what we should all know, understand, and believe if we are going to own stocks in our portfolios. We look forward to continuing to educate you to help you stay well-informed and continue to watch our financial markets closely. Why do we invest in stocks? Quite simply, the reason we invest in stocks is because over the last 100 years they have illustrated again and again that if you invest for the long-term that you will, on average, receive about a 10% annual average return. This 10% return is about 40-50% higher than the return from bonds, and about 50-60% higher than the returns from cash over that same 100 year period. Arguably, the excess returns over bonds and cash will be higher in the low interest rate environment we have become accustomed to for some time now. What is the price for the higher returns stocks deliver? The price investors pay for higher equity returns is volatility. Stock investors experience return volatility because, even though the average is 10%, it is clearly not 10% per year. In some years, returns are better than average, like 2017 (up 21%) and in other years they are awful, like 2008 (down 38%). Stock investors accept the fact that, on average, about seven to eight out of every ten years deliver positive calendar year returns, which also means that two to three out of every ten years deliver negative calendar year returns. Also, on average, about 1 out of those 2-3 negative years every decade is a bear market, defined as a drop of 20% or more in value. The most important thing to keep in mind is that the 10% average return that stock investors enjoy includes every correction and every bear market we have ever had, every one over the past 100 years! You don’t have to avoid them to achieve this return. You just have to make sure (if you are in the stage where you are living off of your portfolio) that you have enough of your portfolio not in stocks to be able to draw upon while the market is falling so you don’t have to sell stocks when everyone else is selling. The average bear market lasts about 18 months and the average increase in the 2 years following the end of the bear market is approximately 60%. So, on average, an investor that’s drawing on their portfolio would need about 18 months of cash flow from their portfolio derived from something other than stocks. Another key point investors presently need to remember is that market corrections, even in positive years, average about 12% per year. A 12% decline at some point during each year is average, sometimes more, sometimes less. In 2017, the biggest intra-year 22
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decline from peak to trough was less than 3%. This was not normal volatility. Can I sell when the market starts to fall, avoid some of the losses, and then get back in later when it all seems clear? Human behaviors’ basic desire to avoid loss makes this one seem like it makes all of the sense in the world. The problem is it is dead wrong. It is probably the single biggest contributor to investors’ failure to achieve returns anywhere near what the market returns in the same period. The reason is simple: it involves market timing, which no investor, institutional or otherwise, has been able to consistently get right. Many investors sell once they see the market start to correct, but where they invariably fail is almost always staying out of the market too long. Timing requires guessing right twice, first you have to guess when the market is going to fall (or continue to fall) and then you have to guess when the market is done falling. There are so many factors that affect the stock market, and the direction of the stock market in the short run, that it is almost impossible to accurately predict its next move, let alone predict accurately twice in a row. If you don’t predict accurately, your return could be greatly affected. For example, if you were fully invested in the S&P 500 from 1994 to 2014, you would have received an annual return of 9.22%. However, if you traded out of the S&P 500 and this resulted in you missing just the ten best days during the same period, your annualized returns would have dropped all the way down to 5.49%. The good news is you don’t have to guess. All you have to do to be a successful stock investor, which we define as someone who receives market returns over time, is to diversify and not sell when the market is correcting or declining. Further, if you decide you want to reduce your overall equity exposure permanently, do it when the market is doing well, not when it is selling off. Having a consistent investment in the stock market can make sense for many, but it is important to remember that with it will always come volatility. Volatility is the price for higher returns. n Tom Reynolds, CPA & Matt Reynolds CPA, CFP® Francis C. Thomas, CPA, PFS Robert T. Martin, CFA, CFP® Gordon Shearer Jr., CFP® Jeff Hilliard, CFP®, CRPC This article is for informational and educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as the basis for an investment decision. Consult your financial adviser, as well as your tax and/or legal advisers, regarding your personal circumstances before making investment decisions.
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By ELAINE ROSE
Two Pleasant Surprises TEST DRIVING THE VOLKSWAGEN ATLAS AND FIAT ABARTH IT’S GETTING WARMER OUTSIDE. The ice, slush, and other annoyances of winter are melting from the roads. Drivers are getting a serious case of wanderlust after being cooped up inside for much of the winter, and thoughts turn to summer road trips. If you’re in the market for a new set of wheels, here are two for your consideration: If you have a large family, a lot of gear, or carpool with several coworkers, the Volkswagen Atlas may meet your needs. The three-row, seven-seater SUV is new for 2018, and is the largest model in VW’s inventory. For some, it may be reminiscent of the old Volkswagen Bus, but with modern-day style, power, and comfort. If you’re single, newlywed with no progeny, or your offspring have all flown the nest, you might want to indulge yourself with Fiat’s Abarth trim lines. Austrian-born designer Karl Abarth moved to Italy and designed race cars, and sold his company to Fiat in the 1970s. The modern-day versions that bear his name are small, fun to drive, and decorated with his Zodiac sign, the scorpion. Two models are in showrooms, and a third is expected to debut later this year.
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Let’s start with the more practical VW Atlas. The Atlas made the list of finalists for Motor Trend’s SUV of the Year award. Built in Chattanooga, Tenn., reviewers liked the configuration of the third row and the way the seats twist and turn to allow easy access for passengers. But the SUV lost points for slow acceleration. Available in five trim lines, the Atlas price starts at $31,425, though most reviewers suggest going up a notch or two. The baseline S trim comes with a 2.0-liter, turbo four-cylinder engine, giving 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque on front-wheel drive. Most buyers will end up with a 3.6-liter, V6, which has optional four-wheel drive and comes with 276 horsepower, 266 pound-feet of torque, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. As with most cars, creature comforts and technology improve at each level. Fuel economy is about 20 mpg overall, quite respectable for a vehicle this size. And indeed, the Atlas is a heavyweight. It’s 198.3 inches long, 78.3 inches wide, 70 inches high, and weighs in at just over 4,500 pounds. The advantage of size is that it seats seven adults comfortably. Even in
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the third row, adults won’t feel cramped unless the passengers directly in front of them push their seats all the way back. Captain’s chairs are available for the second row, which decreases the seating capacity by one, but adds to rider comfort. Climate controls are separate for the front and rear seats on all trim lines. If you’re hauling groceries or luggage, the Atlas has 20.6 cubic feet of storage behind the rear seats, 55.5 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, and a generous 96.8 cubic feet with all but the front seats laid flat. Both rear rows of seats can split, leaving plenty of configurations for both people and cargo. One might think a vehicle of this size is quite unwieldy on the roads, but reviewers say the Atlas handles well. “Toss the test results out the window: The Atlas’s V-6 engine pulls this big lug around town just fine,” Drew Dorian wrote for Car and Driver. “A slick-shifting automatic transmission handles gear changes with velvety aplomb — though it is sometimes reluctant to downshift in lower-speed city driving.” Dorian praised the Atlas’s appearance as well, saying it’s “boxy shape and beefcake styling … provides family-friendly passenger and cargo space without so much as a hint of a mom-mobile image.” Other reviewers gave the Atlas demerits for its sluggish acceleration, which could make passing difficult, especially on the highway. But if quiet and comfort are what you want, the Atlas delivers. “The Atlas offers a comfortable ride as it smoothly soaks up road imperfections,” according to a Consumer Reports review. “The cabin is as quiet as a school library during spring break.” The controls are well-located and simple to use, several reviewers noted. And there are enough cup holders to satisfy even the thirstiest passenger. For your precious cargo — both human and possessions — the Atlas gets top safety ratings. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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2018 Volkswagen Atlas interior gives it five stars, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety called it a “top safety pick.” Those ratings are typical for large SUVs, but it still gives you peace of mind. One drawback is that the Atlas has no outstanding features to distinguish it from other large SUVs, Jason Cammisa wrote for Motor Trend. The car isn’t “dripping with personality,” and doesn’t have the reputation for reliability like the competing Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. But if you want a roomy SUV with a quiet ride and can live with the vehicle taking its time to get up to speed, the VW Atlas could work for you. At the complete opposite end of the motor-vehicle spectrum is the Abarth trims made by Fiat. They are peppy and fun to drive, but by no means pass muster as a family car. Actually, Abarth is the name given to the top trim of two Fiat models, the 500 Series and the 124 Spider. A third edition, the 124 GT, was scheduled to make its debut in March at the Geneva International Motor Show. It should be on the American market later this year. The more practical — and that’s not saying much — of the Abarth trim lines is the Fiat 500. Fiat produced the 500 from 1957 to 1975, and it was quite popular in Europe. It was reintroduced it in 2007. A mere 144.4 inches long, 64.1 inches wide, and weighing just more than 2,500 pounds, it is ideal for a single or couple to zip around town and squeeze into tight parking spaces. The Abarth trim line comes with a 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo engine that delivers 160 horsepower and 183 pound-feet of torque. The 500 Abarth comes as a hard top or a convertible. Reviewers note that this car is quite noisy, but you probably buy a car like this to be noticed, not to blend in. “An Abarth-designed concentric ‘double-tip dual-exhaust system delivers a high-performance look with menacing Abarth-tuned sound,” according to promotional materials from Fiat. You get the idea. The Fiat 500 Abarth costs about $22,975. It does not come with a lot of space. There are rear seats, but only small children will be comfortable in them. Adults might tolerate a quick ride to the theater or a restaurant, but don’t ask anyone you want to remain friends with to sit there for much longer. But a truly enjoyable driving experience makes up for lack of space. “There are some cars that generate a smile just moments after getting behind the wheel. The Fiat 500 Abarth is one of those cars. It may not be the most attractive vehicle on the road, but this diminutive Italian runabout is great fun to drive,” Perry Stern wrote for AUTOnxt. “Driving the 500 Abarth is akin to getting behind the wheel of a go-kart. It’s small and agile, which makes it easy to toss around without losing control.” 26
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Atlas interior with 3 row seating The interior is also worth bragging about. “The Fiat 500 Abarth can feel surprisingly upscale inside when grabbing the optional leather-trimmed seats,” Jonathan Lopez wrote for Top Speed. “Front-seated passengers will enjoy the standard performance seats, which get sizable side bolsters to stay in place while slinging around a corner during spirited driving.” One more reason the Fiat 500 is not a family car is its safety ratings. NHTSA gave it an overall four stars, but the IIHS rated front-crash safety as “poor.” The infotainment system is a standard Uconnect. A navigation system is optional, as are Beats Audio sound and Sirius XM radio. Also making a reappearance in the last couple of years is the Fiat 124 Spider. First introduced in 1966 and resurrected for the 2017 model year, the 124 Spider is built in the Mazda plant in Hiroshima, Japan and sits atop the MX-5 Miata chassis. But don’t be fooled; this convertible is a car unto itself. The Abarth is the top trim line for this model. The 124 Spider Abarth starts at $28,295 and is the sportiest model in Fiat’s collection. It has the same 1.4-liter engine as the 500, but has a little more oomph with 164 horsepower. For sports-car enthusiasts, it comes standard with six-speed manual transmission, with automatic as an option. Fuel economy is good for a sports car, about 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. “The 124 Spider is a true two-seater. There is no back seat at all, and there is little room in the cockpit for taller passengers to stretch out,” Kristen Hall-Geisler wrote for U.S. News & World Report. “The seats are very comfortable and supportive, however, even on longer drives.” One pleasant surprise is the quality of the ride, Hall-Geisler wrote. “You have to take a test drive to realize how quiet the interior is, thanks to the use of acoustic glass and insulation throughout the cabin, she wrote. “In a car this close to the road, and with the engine nearly in your lap, it’s nice to have a quiet ride.” The trunk has a puny 4.9 cubic feet of space, Hall-Geisler noted. That’s enough room to take it on a weekend trip – if you pack light. But as much fun as the 124 Spider Abarth is to drive, this makes a crosscountry excursion out of the question. As an added incentive, Fiat offers those who purchase the Abarth trim lines a free day of driving instruction and track practice at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. However, that institution is in Arizona, and thus the offer is not of much use to New Jersey drivers. There are no official crash-test ratings for the Spider, because there aren’t enough sold in the United States for the agencies to rate them. But speed one of these puppies up the Garden State Parkway, and you’ll be sure to get admiring — and annoyed — glances from those sharing the road with you. n
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Lifestyle Entertainment Linda Shields
Psychic Abilities Abound A SESSION WITH THE JERSEY SHORE MEDIUM
February 5, 2017. An hour before the kickoff of Super Bowl LI — the New England Patriots vs. the Atlanta Falcons — Linda Shields called into our weekly entertainment radio program just as we were ending the show. Co-host Jake Glassey Jr. and I were up against the clock, but we had time to squeeze in one question for the woman who calls herself The Jersey Shore Medium: Who was going to win the game? The more you get to know Shields, the more you realize that despite her gifts as a psychic medium — someone who communicates with the dead and passes on messages from the other side to those still on this side — Shields isn’t a fortune teller. She can’t predict the future. But she can offer some insight based on … well, even I’m not sure how she does what she does. But for someone who speaks with and for the dead, she does it very well. “I don’t know why, but I keep seeing the 28
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number 6,” Shields told us and our audience. “I don’t know if 6 is the number of a player, or part of a score, but there’s something about the number 6 that plays into this…” Four hours later, in the only overtime period in Super Bowl history, having just staged the most improbable and dramatic comeback in the game’s 51-year-history, Patriots’ running back James White punched his way into the end zone from two yards out to win the game in which his team had trailed 28-3 in the third quarter. Since the game was in sudden death, there was no extra point attempt following White’s touchdown. Final score: Patriots 34, Falcons 28. Margin of difference: 6 points — the same number Shield’s saw in her mind’s eye hours before the game. Now, fast forward to Feb. 3, 2018 — one night before the Philadelphia Eagles would beat the dreaded Patriots in Super Bowl LII, and
one night before Linda Shields’ 60th birthday. She was getting ready to do her third live show in a year in the Tropicana’s Grand Exhibition Center. At first, she wasn’t feeling very confident about the Eagles’ chances, especially compared to what the Pats had done just one year earlier. Again, Shields wasn’t predicting a final score, but this year she was haunted by the number 5. On February 4 — Super Bowl Sunday — Shields began to get a better feeling about the Eagles’ chances, even though they would be using their backup quarterback, Nick Foles, after second-year quarterback phenom, Carson Wentz, went down with season-ending injuries during the 13th game of the season. But she couldn’t explain where or why the number 5 kept rattling around inside her head. For starters, no one on the Eagles wore the number 5, so it couldn’t have meant a player. The Pats didn’t have a number 5 on their team, either; they had a 55, first-year
backup defensive lineman Eric Lee, who hadn’t contributed much during the season. It took a while after the Eagles beat the Patriots in the big game for Jake to finally figure out a connection to the number 5: It was the number of touchdowns the Eagles scored during their 41-33 smack down of the former champs. When big sporting contests come along, Shields is often asked to predict the outcomes of the big games. That’s when she has to patiently explain to the uninformed that she’s not a mind reader. There are a lot of psychic mediums who earn a living practicing their craft and doing everything from private readings to house and office parties to full-blown stage shows and TV and radio appearances. Shields, 60, has known of her psychic abilities since she was 8. Her grandmother was also a psychic, so the psychic medium genes are there. She didn’t begin earning a living as a psychic until about 27 years ago when she started doing tarot card readings. Then she worked her way into psychic reads and began booking clients. Before she took the full-time plunge into the psychic world as a vocation, Shields had worked mostly as “a bad florist.” “I started out working for my uncle in his store, but I was so bad he fired me,” Shields says with a big laugh. She found jobs at other florists, but she kept getting fired. “Fortunately, my uncle was always there to take me back,” she remembers. But the more she did her psychic work on the side, the more she and her clients realized how very good and accurate she was. In fact, she became so good at what she does that she amassed a large list of customers. And she booked clients so far in advance with private psychic readings that she just started booking her next open year — 2020. Two years ago, she began doing monthly shows in a Monmouth County restaurant, and has since expanded to other eateries. Mix in an occasional benefit performance and Shields has all the work she can handle. But last year, promoter Dave Pena, the brand owner of the Boogie Nights retro nightclub at the Tropicana, thought Shields would be a good casino act. The Trop’s 2,200seat showroom would be a little too big, so he made a deal to put The Jersey Shore Medium into the more cozy confines of the Grand Exhibition Center. Right from the get-go, Shields was a hit, so much so that she’s already made three appearances at the Trop in a year. In the world
of casino entertainment, any act that plays one property three times in 12 months is doing something very right. Some headline attractions can be leery about performing for casino audiences, because too much drinking and losing money at the slots or gaming tables can sometimes make for an ornery audience. Then there are the casino guests attending on complimentary tickets. Since they have no financial skin in the game, they think nothing of getting up and walking out on a show. But Shields likes performing for the casino crowd, because many of the people who come to her shows are gambling on something else — they’re betting Shields will make contact
Shields performs at the Tropicana.
with one of their loved ones who have died and will channel messages that only she can hear. “The casino audience seems a little more respectful,” she says. “They keep quiet. They’re not drunk and disorderly, which I’ve had problems with at other venues. I’ve actually had to hire someone — a bouncer — to walk around (non-casino venues) to keep people in line. Isn’t that crazy?” Love and relationships usually tops the list when people consult with Shields, whether it’s a private, one-on-one reading or in full public view like the show she’ll perform when she makes her Atlantic City debut in Tropicana Atlantic City’s Grand Exhibition Center. “I get a lot of single women (or) widows. I also get a lot of people who are in relationships
By David J. Spatz with people they’re not sure of,” she explains during a chat from her Monmouth County home. “Or I get married people who don’t know if they should stay (in the marriage) or not.” Shields has a surprising number of male clients, which discounts the notion that people who consult with psychics and mediums — Shields is both — are predominantly female. “I have a couple of guys who have come to me for years (asking) ‘is this the right girl for me?’ There’s one guy, every time I tell him it’s not the right person, he gets together with her anyway. I don’t know why he even bothers asking,” she says with a big laugh. One of the more familiar things she sees when people are discussing their relationships is that there’s often someone from their past who never quite fit in, but who the client can’t shed. “What’s funny is that a lot of people can move forward but they always cling to somebody from their past,” she says. “I call that the shadow in the doorway. You can keep your door open for anybody but there’s always going to be a shadow there.” Money is invariably another popular topic, she says. Then comes health. The only time that order was thrown off was when the economy crashed in 2007. “My business used to get busier when the economy was (in the tank),” she says. “As the economy got worse, my business picked up. When the economy is good, they don’t need (me).” In some ways, people who book Shields for private readings, at-home parties or full shows are getting entertainment with a side order of self-taught mental therapy. Mixed emotions flood the room; there’s plenty of laughing and a good amount of years. “If you asked me for my job title, I would say that I’m a counselor, or an advisor, and I’m also a channeler,” she explains. “I’m giving you information that I don’t know about, but that the people above us know about.” She says her husband, Rob — whom Shields married, divorced and then remarried — has the best description for how she earns a living. “He calls me a cheap therapist,” she says with another laugh. “I do counseling, only without that degree, of course. But it’s almost like intuitive counseling.” n njlifestyleonline.com
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A Two-Man Race
By Harry Hurley Political Columnist
THE RACE FOR NEW JERSEY'S 2ND DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL SEAT HAS TAKEN SHAPE
THE RACE FOR WHO WILL BE THE NEXT UNITED STATES CONGRESSMAN FROM NEW JERSEY'S 2ND CONGRESSIONAL IS NOW IN CLEAR FOCUS. IT'S BASICALLY A TWO-MAN RACE. Money in the "Mother's Milk" of politics. Never has that been truer than in the race for this coveted seat being vacated by the 12-term United States Congressman Frank LoBiondo. This contest may also decide which major political party has the majority of power. Barring an unforeseen scandal or major campaign mishap, the Democrats are poised to nominate popular Democratic New Jersey State Senator Jeff Van Drew. Almost out of nowhere, Hirsh Singh is the prohibitive favorite to win the Republican Nomination. Singh abandoned his initial plan to run for the United States Senate. This has paved the way for Bob Hugin to run unopposed for the Republican Nomination and the right to challenge United States Senator Robert Menendez. Hugin employed a very effective shock and awe fundraising prowess. No serious Republican is willing to take him on. It was essential for Hugin to clear the field and not have to burn capital in a contested Primary. Despite Menendez' recent past legal problems, he remains the favorite. New Jersey is still a deep, dark blue electoral state; especially regarding United State Senate seats. No Republican has won a New Jersey Senate seat for more than 40 years. The last Republican to win a United States Senate seat was Clifford Case in 1972. He was starting his fourth term. Case lost his bid for a fifth term in the 1978 Republican Primary to Jeff Bell. Democrat Bill Bradley defeated Bell in the 1978 General Election and Democrats have never looked back since. Singh has successfully employed a mini version of the Hugin strategy, demonstrating that he now brings 7-plus figures to the table. This became instantly intoxicating to the seven Republican Party County Chairman throughout District 2. Singh is rolling toward a Column A Regular Republican ballot placement for the upcoming June 5, 2018 Primary Election. Attorney John Zarych had been courted 30
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to enter the race by some of the same people who now have thrown their support behind Singh. To his credit, Zarych has never once complained and has accepted the trajectory of this shifting race. Zarych had become the darling of the field. He whisked to Washington, D.C. to meet with a highly receptive Republican National Campaign Committee. All signs pointed to Zarych, before March roared in like a lion. Singh changed everything in one swoop. Zarych faced with dignity and humility the prospects of going from prohibitive favorite to out-of-the-running, in one multi-million dollar maneuver. To Singh's credit, he demonstrated in last year's race for Governor that he can raise 7-plus figures. No doubt, Zarych could have ultimately reached the serious money threshold required to compete against a well-known and successful elected official like Van Drew. Van Drew is running against three much more liberal opponents. They are unknowns, who are running a hard left strategy against Van Drew. It hasn't changed the trajectory of the Democratic Primary. Van Drew remains the prohibitive favorite and he will win the Democratic Nomination. What remains to be determined is if Van Drew will face a contested Democratic Primary Election. On the other hand, Singh appears headed to a contested Republican Primary Election. Brian Fitzherbert has confirmed on the “Hurley in the Morning” program that he is running on June 5, 2018. Attorney Seth Grossman may also continue past the Atlantic County Republican nomination convention. Grossman is a former Atlantic City Councilman and Atlantic County Freeholder. Grossman has taken a leave of absence from his position as Founder and Executive of Liberty and Prosperity. The other Republican candidates are: Robert Turkavage, a retired Supervisory Special FBI Agent; Somers Point Councilman James Toto; Mark McGovern; and, late entrant, former New Jersey Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi. Fiocchi is a “favorite son” in Cumberland County. It will be interesting to observe
whether Singh can win Column A away from Fiocchi in his own home County. The remaining Democratic candidates are: Tanzie Youngblood, Will Cunnigham, and Sean Thom. Many don't know the composition of New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District. It is one of the largest districts in America. It encompasses 40% of the entire geography of the state of New Jersey. New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District break-down is as follows: ATLANTIC COUNTY (all 23 municipalities); BURLINGTON COUNTY (Bass River Township and Washington Township); CAMDEN COUNTY (Waterford Township); CAPE MAY COUNTY (all 16 municipalities); CUMBERLAND COUNTY (all 14 municipalities); GLOUCESTER COUNTY (Clayton, East Greenwich Township, Elk Township, Franklin Township, Swedesboro, and Woolwich Township); OCEAN COUNTY (Barnegat Light, Beach Haven, Eagleswood, Harvey Cedars, Little Egg Harbor Township, Long Beach Township, Ship Bottom, Stafford Township (part of), Surf City and Tuckerton); and SALEM COUNTY (all 15 municipalities). That's a total of 91 municipalities served by one member of the United States Congress. Anyone who seeks this seat must understand that you basically put your personal life on hold. Once achieved, it's a privilege because you have chosen noble public service in The People's House. You become one of only 435 people in a nation of more than 326 million citizens. It is so rare for this seat to open. Bill Hughes, Sr. and Frank LoBiondo have held this seat for almost the past 50 years. We may never see anything like this ever again. n Harry Hurley is the president of Harry Hurley Consulting and Communications, LLC. He hosts the daily talk radio program "Hurley in the Morning" on Townsquare Media, WPG Talk Radio 104.1FM & 1450 AM, where he also serves as the senior programming consultant, www. HarryHurley.com.
The Social Scene
Successful Event Raises $20,000 for Gilda’s Club South Jersey More than 150 people came out for the 4th Annual “Sip. Savor. Support.” fundraiser at Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House to benefit Gilda’s Club South Jersey (GCSJ) on February 28th. Guests enjoyed amazing food and drinks generously donated by Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House, along with its purveyors, which
means that the $60/person ticket goes directly to the free support program at Gilda’s Club for men, women, teens and children impacted by cancer. Thanks to the generosity of Vagabond and the support of the community, $20,000 was raised by the event this year, which was chaired by Lauren Tummarello.
From left to right, Samantah Kurtz-Seif, Melissa Chance and Erin McAllister
Peggie Hasson-Davis (left) and Kathleen Marian
From left to right, Elvis Cadavid (owner of Vagabond), Bill Gussie and Linda Gussie
Joanne Imperatore (left) and Jill Antorino
From left to right, Leslie Messner Kohler, Laura Messner and Brenda Messner Cacossa
Photos by Nicholas & Partners
From left to right, John Edgar, Patricia Herron and Paul Herron (Gilda's Club SJ CEO)
From left to right, Jon Henderson, Geoffrey Dorsey and Jason Goldfarb
From left to right, Brian DeFago, Matthew Smith and Susan Rosenberg Liam Nolan njlifestyleonline.com
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The Social Scene
Seashore Gardens Foundation Hosts Intermezzo The Intermezzo cocktail party was held at the Top of the Trop at Tropicana Atlantic City in January. Hosted by Steve Callender, the fun event allowed the Seashore Gardens Foundation to thank their supporters for all they do. Martin Klein, President and CEO of Seashore Gardens Living Center, welcomed the guests and
Photos by Paul Dempsey
announced Seashore Gardensâ€™ Black & White Ball will be held in the Royal Swan Ballroom of Tropicana on December 1, 2018 and would be honoring Dr. Jeff Delson with the Martin Klein Leadership Award and The Gomes Family with the Labov Bernstein Community Service Award.
(L to R) Martin Klein, President and CEO of SGLC; Barbara (L to R) Jason Goldstein, Michael Baker, Jessica Gomes and Dr. Jeffrey Delson, honorees of the Black & White Ball Goldstein and Brian Jackson
(L to R) Lawrence and Carol Huff with Steve Callender, President of Tropicana Atlantic City
Norman and Sharon Harris Zlotnick (left) with Dean and Lori Scarpa
Janice Klein and Steven Chang
Dan and Sharon Dâ€™Angio, Fund Development and PR Coordinator, Seashore Gardens Foundation
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Eric and Fran Goldstein
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JFS Cocktail Party Fetches Nearly $55,000 With more than 200 guests, the 11th Annual JFS Cocktail Party held at Premiere Night Club in Borgata on Saturday, March 3, 2018 raised nearly $55,000 to benefit vital agency services at JFS. The evening was full of energy with hundreds of attendees enjoying cocktails and conversation, live performers, and an amazing auction. Co-chairs Sherri & David Anapolle, Farah & Michael Burns, Claudia & Eric Goldberg and Antoinette & Eric Wood and the entire committee organized an unforgettable event. VIP guests were escorted to their tables in true VIP fashion by the Philadelphia Soulmates. With over 25 prizes there was something appealing for everyone including a John Hardy bracelet, restaurant gift
certificates, hotel & spa packages, Kevin Hart event tickets, fitness packages and much more. Many attendees took advantage of the VIP sponsorship, which included a private couch/table area, cocktail waitress, pre-plated food and a birds-eye view of our dancers and contortionist. With their help and the charitable support of sponsors Kensington Furniture, Fox Rothschild, Atlantic City Linen Supply, Burns Property Group/BANDI Property Group, Harrison Beverage, The Malamut Group at Morgan Stanley, as well as dozens of additional supporters, JFS continues to increase awareness in the community about the critical work that the agency does to help those in need.
From left to right, June Brynes, Shannon Goff, Brett Matik, Sherri From left to right, Nicola DeLoria, Gerlad Galinus, Darren Anapolle and Andrea Steinberg Matik, Brett Matik and Brian Juleskusky
The staff of Bernie Robbins Fine Jewelers
MBCA Event Raises $4,200 for National Landmark The Metropolitan Business & Citizens Association (MBCA) held its Annual Winter Charity Mixer on March 19th at the Linwood Country Club in Linwood. The membership mixer helped raise $4,200 for their Selected 2018 Charity, Lucy the Elephant, which is a National Historic Landmark. Jason Tell, Vice President of Lucy the Elephant, accepted the donation on behalf of the organization. Over 200 members and friends attended the Mixer, which was sponsored by AtlantiCare.
Carol and Michael Goloff with "LUCY"
MBCA Members and Friends at Linwood Country Club in Support of MBCA's Winter Mixer
From left, Dr. Fred and Charlotte Coville, John Schultz, and The FORZA Insurance Group
MBCA Winter Mixer corporate sponsor AtlantiCare
From left to right, Gary Hill, Bob McGuigan, Jason Tell, Richard Helfant and the Dougherty's njlifestyleonline.com
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Oodles Noodles of
TOP 5 NOODLE HOUSES IN ATLANTIC CITY IN THE ASIAN CULTURE, EATING NOODLES EQUATES WITH living a long, heathy life and are always served on birthdays and Chinese New Year. But due to their sheer deliciousness, many food aficionados feel free to indulge in them all year long. While every Asian restaurant serves some type of noodles, some establishments’ offerings simply seem to stand head and shoulders above the rest. 34
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In the Atlantic City region, we have identified five fantastic noodle shops that serve delicious longevity noodles, along with other delightful selections. We’re certain some of your favorite restaurants made the list. Lillie’s Asian Cuisine — located on the Golden Nugget’s casino floor adjacent to the Asian gaming pit — offers a wonderful fusion
RESTAURANT REPORT By Alyson Boxman Levine
of traditional Cantonese, Szechwan, and Pan-Asian flair. The restaurant boasts a delicious combination of flavors, alongside a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, stir-fry, and, of course, traditional Asian noodle dishes. Yes, you must experience their authentic Noodle Soup. Customers travel great distances to taste this specialty, which features delicious Won Ton, Ox Tail, Pho, and Congee, all with your choice of tasty noodles. Lillie’s also offers a sushi and sashimi menu that includes the freshest cuts of Ahi, Sake, and Unagi, in addition to a medley of cut rolls. Exotic desserts and premium beverages, including a vast array of Sake, are sure to tantalize even the most discriminating palates At the Borgata, Noodles of the World (N.O.W.) is a popular spot to indulge in a feast from the Far East from noon through late night. Whether it’s Thai, Japanese, Chinese, or Korean food you crave, N.O.W. can satisfy your hunger for delicious Asian cuisine. Select from your choice of noodle, small plate, and wok options inspired from several regions, including stir fry, pho, and classic favorites like spring rolls, pad thai, and fried rice. If you’re in the mood for beef, try their noodles with Beef Tendon and Brisket; featuring spiced beef brisket, beef tendon, thin egg noodles, yu choy, chicken stock, star anise, sesame oil, oyster sauce, scallions, and fried shallots. If you are leaning toward seafood, their Thai-style Seafood Noodle Soup is the one to order. It is expertly composed of rice noodles, shrimp, squid, clams, straw mushrooms, lemon grass, coconut milk, soy bean, fish sauce, and scallions … and will have you quickly returning for more. At the Tropicana, Okatshe (pronounced Õ-kahtshe) is Chef Jose Garces’ playful, modernized take on a traditional Japanese izakaya. Okatshe visually transports guests to the streets of Tokyo and provides a sense of discovery by taking guests through a small Japanese candy (okashi) storefront before entering the restaurant. The full-service, 80-seat sit-down restaurant serves a selection of small plates, yakitori, ramen, sushi, and sashimi. The bar at Okatshe includes a curated selection of Japanese whiskeys, 50 sakes, beers, and specialty cocktails. Guests in search of the perfect noodle must try their mouth-watering ramen. This is not your college-days ramen mind you, as this delightful high-end bowl is on the complete opposite end of the food spectrum. Guests choose from three different delectable broths: Tokyo Style, a light Chicken and Dashi broth; Tonkotsu Style; a rich Pork broth; and a Okatshe style; a Lobster Dashi. And the protein selections to add to the exquisite broths are seemingly endless, and include: lobster, mixed seafood, chicken, and pork, to simply name a few. Choose the combination that is right for you and, upon
Lillie's Asian Cuisine at the Golden Nugget
Noodles of the World (N.O.W.) at the Borgata
Okatshe at the Tropicana njlifestyleonline.com
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R E STAU R A N T R E P O R T tasting, you will be smiling from ear to ear. Renowned Latin-American chef Jose Garces translates his rich cultural traditions and culinary vision into personal dining experiences through Garces, the eponymous Philadelphia based hospitality group. Garces operates over 15 restaurants nationally; Garces Events, a fullservice catering and events division; the Garces Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to Philadelphia’s underserved immigrant community; and Luna Farm, Chef Garces’ 40 acre farm in Bucks County, PA. Visit KWI Noodle House and step into another world at this Caesars Atlantic City Asian restaurant. At KWI, diners can savor the pleasures of trendforward Asian cuisine. Ingredients familiar and exotic co-mingle to create taste sensations, like Chilean sea bass steamed with a trinity of soy, scallions, and ginger. Chef Ngon “Jason” Mak prepares delightful noodle dishes made to order and include guests’ favorite Wor Wonton, featuring shrimp, chicken, and sliced BBQ pork with mixed vegetables and mouthwatering homemade wontons. Another popular noodle selection on the menu is Fish Ball Noodle Soup, featuring a heavenly combination of fish ball, yu choy, scallions, and fried shallots. The portions are oh-so-generous and all soups are available with a choice of egg noodles, rice noodles, or ho fun. Located right on the casino floor inside Bally’s Atlantic City, Noodle Village is both convenient and delicious. Noodle Village is the center of Asian cuisine and socializing. It is right next to Baccarat Palace, the prestigious Asian gaming area of the casino. An ideal spot for lunch or a bite between gaming, this unassuming location serves up bold flavors. The fare runs from Vietnamese to Chinese and the pho comes to your table in a crockery pot and every bite offers another nuance into the complex flavors of this simple dish. You don't need to be an Asian gambler to enjoy Noodle Village, and once you have sampled this authentic fare you may find yourself there … again and again According to one reviewer, “Every self-respecting casino has one — a noodle bar for the gambler who wants an easy, inexpensive, and tasty break from the gaming action. At Bally's Atlantic City, tucked into a corner near the Baccarat Palace Asian gaming tables, is this vest-pocket restaurant, with a menu of savory, steaming and inviting Chinese and Vietnamese noodle dishes. Especially tempting is the Vietnam deluxe pho; a heady meal-in-a-big-crockery-soupbowl with slices of beef, tripe, and lots of rice noodles floating in a fragrant broth.” If you don’t see your favorite Noodle Shop on this list, please let us know about it. Send us a message at info@ njlifestyleonline.com. n
KWI Noodle House at Caesars Noodle Village at Bally's
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Lifestyle Cooking With Chef Will Savarese
The Empty Chair Making adjustments in the kitchen and in life; and a delightful Lobster Bolognese
s I begin to put words on paper, I realize the deadline for this article is one date I would like to pass over. I write this on the one year anniversary of the passing of my Dad. You really don't know how much you miss someone or something until you don't see them anymore. When I stop by Mom's and look at the porch, especially now as the weather starts to improve, I see the empty chair. The empty chair where Dad would be seated as if he was the Mayor. He would be saying “hello” to people passing by, and “have a good evening” to others. He would be out there with his radio, bundled up, and usually with a glass of wine. I guess that's where I get it from … I like my red wine. Cheers to you Dad. For a good laugh, I would ask him, “Who's that?” He would respond, “I don't know.” If it was a woman, he would make sure to smile and say hello. I've had many neighbors tell me it's different passing the house now and not seeing him there on the porch. Sometimes you think maybe he's inside, and you hope and pray he'll walk through the door. Throughout all of this is one very strong woman, his wife Elise. I don't know how she's been able to hold it all together, but I know her strong Christian faith and belief that he’s in a better place gives her strength. We need to still live our lives, go to our jobs, and take care of our loved ones and, with the change of season and extended daylight, we
will be getting back to a more manageable day. I'm looking forward to more daylight and getting outside to start my walking again, and to finally start the garden clean up. I'm also using this time to try new cooking ideas and cuisine. I also suggest to all of you to go out of the box at times; it helps us grow and it's good for the mind. I'm also doing it to see what works and what adjustment I need to make as I practice making new dishes as I'm hoping to be using some of these new dishes when and if Robert's Steakhouse AC reopens. I've been reading more and thinking of new food ideas and combinations of food as well, from Mediterranean food, Indian spices, even Italian. If you want to start out slow, begin with a new appetizer or a side dish. Research an item or type of cuisine you would like to cook. Take it in little steps, and when you feel comfortable and like the results, move on to more items or even an entree. One of the biggest requests I've been getting was my take on Lobster Bolognese. I’ve made it a few times and tweaked it here and there. Remember when in the field of cooking, we are always learning, and sometimes we learn by our mistakes … as long as we have some nice wine to wash it away. Enjoy your friends, family, and enjoy yourself, especially while you're cooking. n Follow Chef Will on Instagram, chefwsavarese
Recipe Corner Lobster Bolognese (adjusted for the home cook)
• Two 3-pound lobsters • 1/2 white onion • 8-10 garlic cloves • 3 large cans of tomatoes, 2 peeled plum, 1 crushed San Marzano • A touch of white wine, to deglaze • Italian parsley • Basil • Red pepper flakes • S & P • Wondra flour for dusting • 1/4 stick of sweet butter • Another 12 garlic cloves • EVOO
In Memory of Arthur Savarese, 1929-2017
Instructions: Put the 12 garlic cloves in a small pot with EVOO, cover and let it simmer, slower the better, until it gets golden and soft. When done, take the pot off the heat and let it sit in the oil. You can make this ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. Start the sauce next. Drain the tomatoes in a colander and crush by hand. Keep liquid separated from plum tomatoes. Slice garlic and heat up in EVOO. Do a small dice on the white onion and add that after you see the garlic starting to get color. Cook together until transparent. Season a little with S & P and add a touch of red pepper flakes. Then add tomato liquid and start to reduce. Chop the plum tomatoes and
reserve them. For the lobsters, you'll need a large pot, one that can hold the lobsters and the sauce. Rip off the arms and claws of the lobsters. Then, with a sharp knife, slice down the back of the tail all the way through the head of the lobsters, so it's cut in half. Place on sheet tray. With the claws and knuckles meat, crack them with the knife so the meat is slightly exposed. Heat up EVOO, add a couple of whole garlic cloves. Then season lobsters with S & P and Wondra flour. Brown off the lobsters, meat side first. Add your chopped plum tomatoes to the sauce (in the other pot) and let simmer. After lobsters are browned off, this
goes quick, only a few minutes on both sides, take out of the oil, and discard the whole garlic. Deglaze with a touch of white wine, then add the tomato sauce to this pot and add back the lobsters, tails, bodies and claws. Let simmer all together for 30 minutes, then remove lobster pieces and let cool. With a small pairing or a teaspoon, begin to remove the meat. Be careful of tiny shells. Then, chop up the tails, knuckle and claws. Chop up the parsley and basil, add to the sauce. Then add the chopped lobster. Taste, adjust seasonings, S & P, pepper flakes. Cube up the sweet butter and stir it in with the heat off. This will help smooth out the sauce. Enjoy!
LIFESTYLE | Spring 2018
Thirsty For Hungary Discover the magic of Hungarian wines
By Phillip Silverstone
here is no excuse for staying indoors once spring has sprung, and we can finally shed our coats and heavy outerwear and nip off for a day of gallivanting for all the stuff we lusted after when we were huddled around a fireplace or a heating vent the past few months. I didn’t do too much, as I continued to let my body repair itself from my L4/L5 spinal fusion — which now has me setting off alarms as the hardware inside my body alerts security systems to my newly inserted metal parts. Fortunately, my brain hasn’t had any metal parts … yet … but apparently there isn’t a lot inside my head to warrant any additional repair to the vacuum between my ears. I actually sustained quite a bit of memory loss in my 2016 car accident when I was rear ended; so the body is on the mend but I’m rediscovering some aspects of my life and of my knowledge that have become covered in swirling mists. And I realized I used to have an amazing passion for Hungarian wines, but simply couldn’t recall all the gems I’ve enjoyed over the past 30 years. So, I spent some time during my rehabilitation this past winter reviewing some old notes and updating my brain’s available memory with information about Hungary’s elixir, I have now embarked on a campaign to enlighten American consumers on their wonderful selections and the country’s wineries have collectively created a national entity to spread the word about Hungarian wine. So why not gallivant to some idyllic N.J. wine shop to discover the gems they have on their shelves from a country which produces magic in its bottles. So, this wine column will focus exclusively on Hungary. Most of the wines I’m writing about will hover between $12 and $30 and I’m not listing approximate prices as I normally do, since some of the bigger retail groups in N.J. are selling the wines at considerably lower prices (case in point is my Best Of The Bunch selection). Tokay (or Tokaji) wine has long enjoyed a high-class reputation (King Louis XIV called it “the wine of kings and the king of wines”). Now, dry versions, moderately priced, aromatic, and complex, have positively captured the imagination and palates of American wine drinkers. Two years ago, FurmintUSA began captivating the U.S. market with a campaign to promote Hungarian wines made from the indigenous dry Furmint grape. Furmint is a white Hungarian wine grape variety that is widely grown in the Tokaj-Hegyalja wine region, where it is used to produce single-varietal dry wines as well as being the principal grape in the better known Tokaj dessert wines. FurmintUSA’s success draws well-deserved attention — both nationally and internationally — to this important Tokaj grape variety. Upholding their momentum, the Hungarian government fortuitously declared 2017 the Year of Furmint. “Our goal is to constantly spellbind U.S. wine consumers with specialties from Hungary,” said László Bálint, Director of 38
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Operations, FurmintUSA. “We strongly believe that Hungarian wine — and Furmint in particular — is on track to becoming a key participant in the U.S. wine market.” Over the past two years, Hungarian winemakers — under the FurmintUSA marketing initiative — have hosted more than 70 tastings in over nine states. FurmintUSA wines have also consistently achieved high recognition in wine competitions and scoring publications. FurmintUSA garnered a number of impressive wine awards at the Sunset International Wine Competition in May 2016, which boosted U.S. sales, with Best of Class and Gold medals for: Barta 2013 Furmint Szamorodni Oreg Kiraly Dulo, very youthful nose, with minerals, citrus and white pepper. Fresh tasting with ripe white fruits, a hint of apricot, fig and herbs. Lively acidity, elegant and long. Béres 2011 Dry Furmint, Locse, yellow color, moderately intensive perfume. With sweet spice and grapefruit, with a full-bodied flavor of quince, ripe, pear, and vibrant citrus fruit supported by fresh acidity. That same year, attendees at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic and the TEXSOM (abbreviation for Texas Sommeliers who judge the wines for the awards) conference had the opportunity to taste the wines for the first time. In October, FurmintUSA hosted a trade visit to the Tokaji region of Hungary. Then at the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival, festival goers experienced the different styles and varied flavors of the dry Furmint wines. Last year, FurmintUSA continued its successful momentum by winning numerous awards at the TEXSOM International Wine Awards. In 1985, Rebecca Murphy, a widely respected wine writer in Dallas, conceived of a major wine competition that would focus on wines available in the state of Texas. And today, it is one of the most prestigious annual wine events in this country. The TEXSOM “Judges' Selection Hungarian Wine” went to: Holdvölgy 2013 Vision Vision 2013 is a new generation of dry Tokaj wines and was competing with some 400 other wines in the category of still whites with low sugar content, including the best French, Spanish, Australian, and New Zealand wines. Nine dry white wines, including Vision 2013, were awarded a gold medal. “The style of Vision has completely turned the traditional Tokaj dry white flavor on its head,” said Pascal Demko, founding owner of Holdvölgy. “We managed to create a totally new taste by combining the grape varieties of Furmint, Hárslevel and Kabar in a ratio never tried before. This gold medal awarded by
a professional jury indicates that our innovative approach searching for new methods can be successful internationally too.” Vision has a perfume with traces of the barrel in which it was aged, smoothly accompanied by a fine minerality that is typical of the Mád wine region, resulting from the very special composition of soil from this unique terroir, which, as many regular readers of this column know means a combination of soil, weather, and location. The wine is earthy and very complex.
Silver medals at TEXSOM were awarded to: Barta 2013 Öreg Király Furmint (noted above) Kvaszinger 2013 Estate Furmint, this dry Furmint has a lemon and Summer stone fruits perfume with flavors of apricot, and lemon. Fresh and crisp. Five Bronze medals at TEXSOM were awarded to: Gróf Degenfeld 2015 Dry Furmint, fabulous perfume, with an overall savory and spicy flavor. Gróf Degenfeld 2015 Zomborka Furmint, citrus and summer stone fruits perfume with flavors of peach and passion fruit. Fresh and fruity. Erzsébet Pince 2012 Estate Furmint, lovely symphony of flavors: Honey, wood from the cask, a little rosewater and a deliciously lingering taste. Majoros Deák 2013 Furmint, perfume of marmalade. With a flavor of citrus and orange peel. Some wood flavor creeps through to add some complexity to a well-balanced, delicious wine. St. Donat 2015 Márga Furmint, 100% fermented in stainless steel and aged in stainless steel and French casks gives this wine an amazing fresh and fruity flavor with a slight nuttiness from the casks. The Wine Enthusiast magazine’s May 2017 issue gave FurmintUSA’s wines significant recognition with scores up to 93 points, including Béres 2007 Aszú Puttonyos, which received 93 points. This is one of the world’s sexiest dessert wines. Again the marmalade perfume and a drizzling of honey, and a flavor so sweet and luscious with a nutty finish. FurmintUSA’s portfolio of wines is now being offered throughout the United States and if you have trouble finding them visit furmintusa.com. More information is available on YouTube at: www.youtube.com/channel/UC1sFE2tiP279ypSc3xod5uw and Facebook at: www.facebook.com/furmintusa. During my winter recovery, my wife was running a lot of errands for me and on one trip, driving home, she saw a neighbor walking back from the store. She stopped the car and asked the woman if she'd like a ride. The neighbor thanked her and got in the car. After a few minutes, the lady noticed a brown bag on the back seat and asked my wife what was in the bag. My wife replied: "It's a bottle of wine. I got it for Phillip." The neighbor thought for a moment, then said, "Good trade.”
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PHILL’S SPRING BEST OF THE BUNCH CHOICE Chateau Megyer Tokaji Furmint (Dry) Sárospatak, Tokaj, Hungary $12.49 (Total Wine & More N.J.) The dry furmint is aged for 8 months in stainless steel tanks to preserve the freshness of the wine and to allow full mineral expression. Approximately 125,000 bottles are produced each year. I love this wine as it has a fabulous fragrance of my old pal Granny Smith (apples) and the apples and some lemon notes come through in the flavor, with a beautiful balance of acidity and freshness.
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