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“One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.” —–Henry David Thoreau

What We Love About South Jersey in the Winter


veryone heads to South Jersey in the summer. After all, our unique mix of sand, surf and summer fun is hard to resist! But I’ll share a little secret. The winter months offer their own blend of charm and excitement. Here are just some of the reasons why we love South Jersey in the winter.

No Reservations Required: Those world-class restaurants with the long lines over the summer are walk-in ready during the winter months. You’ll find many of your shore favorites open year-round, and some even offer winter discounts. Looking to get your Boardwalk fix? You can grab a slice of pizza at Manco & Manco on the Ocean City boardwalk at 9th Street on weekends throughout the winter, weather permitting. Local Attractions Open Year-Round: There’s no need to fight the crowds. Check out your favorite shore attractions during their winter hours. Lucy the Elephant is open on weekends, the Absecon Lighthouse is open Thursday through Monday, and the Cape May Zoo is open daily during the winter months. The zoo has the added advantage that many of the animals are more active due to cooler temperatures and fewer visitors. Celebrity Entertainment: The stars come out at night at Atlantic City’s casinos and Boardwalk Hall. Mary J. Blige, Jeff Foxworthy, Luke Bryan, and Boys II Men are part of this winter’s lineup. Pair an evening out with a meal at one of those world-class restaurants and you won’t even notice it’s winter. Fun Conventions & Festivals: The Atlantic City Convention Center offers plenty of activity even on cold winter weekends. Check out the Atlantic City Classic Car Show or the Atlantic City RV and Camping Show in February. Drink up at the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival in March or the Winter Beer Garden at Congress Hall in Cape May throughout February and March. Learn about your other favorite beverage at Tropicana’s Winter Wine Festival. There’s plenty to keep you warm and happy throughout the region. The Ultimate Snow Day: It’s winter year-round at Flyers Skate Zone in Atlantic City, the perfect excuse to strap on some skates and give it a whirl. Winter also is a beautiful time on South Jersey’s trails. Bundle up and take a stroll through the Wharton State Forest in Hammonton, the Edwin Forsythe Wildlife Refuge or around Lake Fred at Stockton University. Discover your favorite local trail and don’t forget to take pictures. Of course, New Jersey Lifestyle serves up fun all year round, so grab a cup of hot cocoa — or your beverage of choice — and relax with the latest issue. Happy reading!

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Plan a trip to the nation's capital and cheer on the iconic cherry blossoms.

14 All your custom design dreams come true in this magnificent estate home.

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


Lifestyle Fashion......................................... 8 A stylish winter wonderland.

Be My Valentine..................................12 Gifts for your sweetheart.

Health Watch............................................. 18

The Ideal Estate................................. 14

Lifestyle Wellness....................................... 20

How an AED and quick action saved a local coach.

A custom home that brings contemporary flair to family living.

Staying fit and active at any age.

Money Matters................................... 26

Lifestyle Travel........................................... 22 When Washington blossoms.

Select tax provisions that may impact you for 2017 and beyond.

Money Watch............................................. 25

Next Level Dining............................... 40

The year in review.

Nero’s Italian Steakhouse has survived, and thrived for over three decades.

Lifelines.................................................... 30 What are you waiting for?

Lifestyle Opinion........................................ 31 Case solved!

On Wheels................................................. 32 The compact SUV with a heart.

Lifestyle Entertainment.............................. 36 Reminiscing with the Pointer Sisters.

The Social Scene........................................ 38


Be part of the oceanside excitement at Caesars Atlantic City and experience the unparalleled service and exquisite cuisine at Nero’s Italian Steakhouse. 4

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Get the picture on the latest events and happenings.

Lifestyle Cooking........................................ 43 Hearty food with friends makes is all taste better.

Lifestyle Wine............................................ 44 Winter wine tour.

Dining Gallery............................................ 46 All the details on the area’s great dining venues.

Experience Smithville in this Prestigious Neighborhood! Welcome to one of Smithville’s most prestigious developments. This huge home boasts 5 full bedrooms, 1 of which is on the first floor, and the other 4 up, as well as 3 full baths. The 5th bedroom could also be used as an office if so desired. Family room has a sweeping 2 story ceiling with tons of windows allowing the room to be drenched in natural light, all centered around the gas fireplace as the focal point. The great room is adjacent and open to not only the catwalk above, but also the kitchen which is perfect for entertaining. The open kitchen has great appliances, an abundance of counter space, a great pantry and even offers an eat-in area. The sliding door in the kitchen leads to a gorgeous custom EP Henry paver patio and entertainment area. This area is lushly landscaped and offers so much beauty and tranquility. This corner lot proves to be larger than most lots opening up more possibilities. 1st floor also features a formal living room and dining room at the front foyer entrance area and are extremely inviting with their grand presence. The 2nd floor boasts 4 comfortably sized bedrooms with the master suite having a true grand presence. You will not be disappointed with this amazing area. Amazingly comfortable and inviting despite its size. HUGE unfinished english basement has light and plenty of storage space! Community POOLS, GYM and more are close by.

Call to see this home today.

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Chatter 5 Not-So-Known Valentine’s Day Facts

THE HOLIDAY OF LOVE has some less-than-romantic origins, and actually some very dark roots. Test your knowledge on these not-soknown facts. 1. Historians believe Valentine's Day actually began in Ancient Rome as a pagan fertility festival called Lupercalia, which included sacrificing animals and whipping women with animal skins until they bled, signifying their fertility. 2. The most common founder of Valentine's Day was the Saint Valentine who defied Emperor Claudius II. At the time, Claudius had banned marriage because he thought it distracted young soldiers. Valentine felt differently, and illegally married couples until he was caught. After he was sentenced to death, young couples would visit his cell and give him flowers and cards. He died on February 14. 3. Nearly nine million Americans will buy gifts or cards for their dogs. 4. The most popular gift on Valentine's Day is flowers. Americans send more than 220 million roses each year, and as many as six million couples will get engaged on February 14. 5. The first heart-shaped box of chocolates was introduced in 1868. Today, more than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolates are sold each year. That's 58 million pounds of chocolate.

Restaurant Week Returns

New Casino Opening

THE ATLANTIC CITY DINING SCENE offers hundreds of great restaurants to choose from and Atlantic City Restaurant Week, March 4-9, 2018 is the perfect way to get acquainted with them. This year’s ticket prices are as follows: Lunch, $15.18; Dinner, $35.18. With so many restaurants participating this year, you'll want to make it more than a day trip. Visit www.acrestaurantweek. com for a complete list of participating restaurants.

A NAME CHANGE IS currently underway in Atlantic City as the former Revel Casino Hotel will soon become Ocean Resort Casino. AC Ocean Walk recently acquired the property for $200 million and will begin work to ready the property immediately, with plans to open in summer 2018. “We are incredibly excited that we were able to take advantage of the opportunity to acquire this tremendous property at a time when Atlantic City is seeing great economic strides,” said Bruce Deifik, Chairman, AC Ocean Walk. “Now the city has a number of exciting new projects with our property and the Hard Rock, as well as Stockton University's new campus and the expansion of the medical center.” The newly-envisioned Ocean Casino Resort will take full advantage of the 6.4 million total square feet of the property, with plans for 138,000 square feet of gaming space — featuring 100 table games and 2,200 slot machines and plans for a sports book. “It is our mission and vision to fully serve the customer base of Atlantic City,” said Deifik. “Our investment in this property will make certain there is something for everyone at the Ocean.” 8

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Cheers to Music and Beer

IT'S THAT TIME of year again! The Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival will return for its 13th year to the Atlantic City Convention Center, March 23 - March 24. From down the street, to across the globe, nearly 200 breweries will be present, serving almost 1,000 beers for all to try. This event is the perfect opportunity for beer geeks, beer lovers, and beer beginners to speak to the brains behind the brews. It is also an opportunity to discover and taste new brews and special “limited release” beers and ales rarely seen in our area. For 2018, the festival is excited to welcome The Descendents, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Pepper to their main stage. The popular Hops Trot 5K will take place March 24, at 10:30 AM in conjunction with Session 2 of the festival. For more information, visit The new Ocean Resort Casino

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 Couples Cocktail Class

SEARCHING FOR SOMETHING unique and different to do on Valentine’s Day this year? Add some spirits to your celebration and head over to Cape May’s Nauti Spirits Distillery to skip the champagne and sip on local spirits, instead! Join the Nauti Spirits team for a Cocktail Class that will teach you and your date the basics of bar gear, how to mix drinks, and give you the tips & tricks you need to make up your own craft cocktails! This exciting 60-90 minute class includes instruction in three separate drinks, the opportunity to use your new skills to create and mix up your own cocktail, and recipe cards for the evening's drinks,

The Outrageous Artrageou Artist Kimberly Camp

It’s a Family Affair for NJ Artist

BRING THE FAMILY to Kimberly Camp’s art exhibit, currently taking place through March 25, 2018 at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University. Born in 1956 in Camden, New Jersey into an artistic family, Camp spent her early life exploring museums and galleries with her parents and siblings. At the age of 12, she set up a sidewalk exhibition displaying dolls and paintings, and since then has participated in over 100 solo and group exhibitions across the country. Her work is known for creative displays of her own ideas about art in democracy, social equality and diversity. Many of her items are priced affordable, ranging from $10 to $500, “so that everyday people can buy art.” Camp wants to make an effort to close the gap that sometimes exists between collectors and fans.

New Name for Historic AC Arena Senator IN ONE OF HIS FINAL acts as Governor Jim Whelan of New Jersey, Chris Christie signed into


IMAGINE WITNESSING THE creativity of an artist creating a masterpiece before your eyes in mere moments. Combined with captivating vocals, intricate choreography and exciting music, Artrageous — being held on March 23 at Stockton PAC — takes you on a visual journey and a high energy ride of inspiration, creativity, and engagement. The troupe of artist, musicians, singers, and dancers pay tribute to a variety of art forms, icons, and musical genres throughout the evening. The result is a uniquely-entertaining, masterpiece show culminating in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings. A signature of the Artrageous Troupe, from the very beginning of their long history, is interaction and engagement … so be prepared to be a part of the show.

law new legislation that dedicates Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall in honor of Senator Jim Whelan by officially renaming the historic arena as Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall. Whelan passed away in 2017 and was known for being a friend to many in South Jersey, dedicating more than three decades to fighting to protect the area. According to officials, Whelan was an important part of Atlantic City's history and putting his name on Boardwalk Hall is just one way of keeping his memory alive for years to come. Whelan began his public service while he was a teacher in the Atlantic City school system, serving as a city councilman from 1982 to 1990 and then as mayor from 1990 to 2001. In 2005, Whelan was elected to the General Assembly and then was elected to the state senate in 2007.

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Lifestyle Fashion By Alyson Boxman Levine

A Stylish Winter Wonderland From the frigid slopes to the cozy lodge, cold weather fashion is fabulously featured


ith the first snow days of the season behind us, winter weather has certainly arrived fast and furious. And with it comes a welcomed fashion opportunity to be seasonally on-trend, even when battling the frigid temperatures. Contrary to popular beliefs, cold weather fashion does not have to include square-shaped puffy coats and boring oversized snow pants. From the top of the slopes to the oh-so-mandatory après ski soiree, we highlight chic cold weather fashion that will inspire

On The Slopes

Mission Insulated Jacket, Volcom

One Peace Snow Suit, Burton 10

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you. Whether you’re a beginner learning on the bunny slope, or a seasoned downhiller perfecting your moguls technique as you race down the black diamonds, these options will make sure you look fabulous while doing it. nnn On The Slopes Staying warm and dry is essential to having a good day on the slopes. If you want to ensure you'll be toasty in freezing temperatures, you'll Paula Ski Jacket, Bogner

need to pack one of these chic ski and snowboard outfits. Not only are they effortlessly on trend, they are guaranteed to keep you warm and comfortable all day long. There is nothing neon or 90s about this look from Burton. The slim fit and utilitarian design will keep you warm whether you ride two planks or one board. This adorable one piece suit protects you from the cold winter elements, but is fashionable and has a modern fit so you can have functionality without sacrificing style. This suit also possesses the company’s trademarked technology, which uses the garment’s pores to act as automatic climate control so that you’re never too cold or too hot. The breathable pores shrink or expand to retain or release heat. In 1977, Jake Burton Carpenter founded Burton Snowboards out of his Vermont barn, and has dedicated his life to snowboarding ever since. Burton served a pivotal role in growing snowboarding from a

Aprés Ski

Seamless Merino Set, Sweaty Betty

Thermals, Snow Sugar

backyard hobby to a world-class sport by creating groundbreaking products, supporting the world's best riders, and pushing more resorts to allow snowboarding. Burton and their team of pro riders develop products for snowboarding and the snowboard lifestyle; including snowboards, boots, bindings, outerwear and layering, as well as year-round apparel, packs, bags, luggage, and accessories. Look fantastic while you make snow angels in this black Volcom Mission Insulated Snowboard Jacket. Featuring a two-layer shell and tapered seams to keep moisture out, this micro fleece-lined jacket is a must have on your mountain retreat. With a removable faux fur hood, this jacket is oh-so chic and extra warm. Inspired by a creative spirit, the Volcom brand was founded in 1991 by Richard Woolcott and Tucker Hall and creates products for the persistent who are true to their passions. The Volcom thinking now flows through their art, music, films, athletes, and clothing. Beline Turtleneck, Bogner

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LIFEST YLE FASHION According to the company, “We were born to chase what we are true to. It’s not that we want to... WE HAVE TO. We have a vision that turns obstacles into opportunity, a creative courage to tempt the impossible ... telling us to push further … to try again. Endlessly seeking elevation, we are all connected by this same internal force. Forever we chase that intoxicating moment when our vision is realized.” Even during limited visibility, you will never be overlooked wearing this neon ski jacket from the iconic Bogner label. This unique jacket is manufactured from an interesting combination of materials, including waterproof and breathable 4-way-stretch, as

well as wadded mini ripstop. Thanks to the adjustable hood, waterrepellent zippers, snow guards, and interior sleeve cuffs, the jacket fulfills the highest demands with regard to looks and functionality. Since 1932, Bogner combines sport and function with fashionable design. Known as the inventor of sports fashion, the long-established label is still one of the most successful sportswear companies in the world. nnn Aprés Ski An easy transition from mountain to your après-ski spot — because sometimes there's no time for a break in between — requires

Olympic-Style Looks Experience the 2018 Winter Olympics from your home at the Jersey Shore. Wear one or more of these Team USA garments and you will feel like you’re on the sidelines in Pyeongchang, South Korea cheering on your favorite athletes. Go USA!

Stylish Scarf

This Team USA Jacquard scarf will keep your neck warm and show off your fandom while you're out in the elements. It features Team USA graphics all over, so it's the perfect way to show off your allegiance, $21.99.

Bag It Up

Rushing to watch the games or simply hurrying to get some things done? Let Team USA help you keep your things together. With this Team USA Admiral Tote bag — featuring embroidered graphics and one large compartment with a zipper closure — you'll look calm, cool, and chic … like your favorite team when they're under pressure, $29.99. 12

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Start Your Collection

Ring That Bell

Ring in the sound of the games! Bells have cheered Olympians at Winter Games since 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway. Originally used to help farmers find animals lost in mountain pastures, the bells have been made the same way since 1922. Everyone will hear as you cheer on Team USA with this authentic cowbell, $45.99.

It's Time

Wear your pride for Team USA on your wrist so you can encourage everyone to support the national team with you. This Team USA 2018 Winter Olympics Swatch Chrono watch will let you root for our best athletes around the clock. Water and shock resistant, this silicone watch features quartz precision and a buckle clasp, $119.99.

Add to, or start, your Olympic pin collection with this Team USA 2018 Winter Olympics Snow Goggles Lapel Pin. The bold graphics on this pin can be a great addition to any outfit. The attractive colors and design can also make this pin a sought after collectible if you want to trade it with other fans, $8.99.

Head Topper

Effortlessly assert yourself as the #1 fan when you slip on this engaging stars cuffed knit hat with pom. Everyone will know that your passion is unrivaled when they get a look at the impressive Team USA graphics decorating the front, $19.99.

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multiple, breathable layers you can peel off. Opt for under layers that when revealed, don't leave you feeling like you're standing around in your underwear. Try this seamless merino leggings set from the Sweaty Betty label. Crafted in quickdrying fabric, the ribbed waistband and hem ensure all day comfort on the slopes and look fabulous for the after party at the lodge. Sweaty Betty is a British retailer specializing in women's active wear, founded by Tamara and Simon Hill-Norton. The brand has been ensuring that “style meets performance” in women’s active wear for over 15 years, with the aim to “inspire women to find empowerment through fitness.” Whether you are going skiing or just want to stay warm and cozy inside — this thermal set from Snow Sugar is sure to keep you looking hot and feeling warm; these are not your grandma's thermals. Snow Sugar’s mission is to bring women together to encourage one another to strive for the ultimate, while maintaining their true beauty. Just because you’re athletic and like to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle doesn't mean you can't look good while doing it, says the company. On the mountain or après ski, Snow Sugar is outerwear for women who enjoy a high fashion look while enjoying a high altitude lifestyle. This Beline Turtleneck, another offering from Bogner, is the perfect base layer for your day on and off the slopes, as it will keep you warm, dry, and stylish. And when it’s time to break for lunch or call it a day and head to après-ski, your Beline shirt will look perfect as a stand-alone garment. The Bogner details truly shine in this top, with the Swarovski crystals on the sleeve, the unique and stunning wing and check design, and the high neck with a Bogner logoed zipper. You will find yourself wearing this soft and luxurious top all winter long. Be a part of Olympic history when you wear anything from the Bogner label. Founder Wilhelm Bogner Sr. was a German Nordic skier who competed in the 1930s. During his career, he was an eleven-time German and five-time Nordic skiing champion. This allowed him to establish his clothing line in 1932, including outfitting the German national ski team at the 1936 Winter Olympics. On your upcoming mountain getaway, incorporate these chic fashionable looks as you experience the great outdoors. Choosing the appropriate outwear will not only keep you warm, but will enhance your enjoyment of the season as you look and feel stylish. n

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Be My Valentine Gifts for your sweetheart

Dining at the Inn This may be one of the best gift ideas for the woman or man who has everything. Celebrate deliciously at one of the most classic establishments in the area. Enjoy an à la carte dining experience by the cozy wood-burning fireplaces that seem to make every room glow. With culinary influences spanning French haute cuisine to the flavors of Puerto Rico, where Chef Gracia was born, you and your loved one will discover a professional touch and care for quality ingredients with a practical sense of what will make a dish stand out for its tastes and textures, not just what sounds good on a menu. For reservations, call 609-652-1700 or visit

The Ultimate Staycation How about a drink at an iconic pool-side sanctuary, shopping galore, followed by dinner at a 4-star restaurant? Spend a weekend away locally at Harrah’s in Atlantic City. You’ll experiencing more “couple” time throughout the hotel, including The Pool After Dark nightclub, galleria-style Atlantic City shopping at The Waterfront Shops, and sinking your teeth into a variety of flavorful fare at one of their many restaurants. The resort recently completed over $30 million in enhancements, which include the addition of several new restaurants, a complete restoration of its iconic pool and nightclub, and a fresh redesign and enhancement of 450 guestrooms and suites. Whether at the upscale spa or the trendy nightclub, Harrah’s offers intimate areas where you’re not-so-easily seen. For more information, visit

The Spa Treatment Pamper her mind, body, and spirit with a day spa gift certificate — one she'll truly enjoy and remember! Once she walks through that iconic red door and enters the serene sanctuary, it's all about her being pampered. Before she even begins her treatment, she'll instantly feel relaxed and welcomed by a friendly and caring staff that warmly greets her with a luxuriously soft robe to wrap in while awaiting her spa experience. Or, opt for a Couples Massage for you and your significant other to de-stress together. Imagine a dual 80-minute couples massage followed by a half hour of relaxation in a private luxury suite complete with an in-room Jacuzzi and fireplace! Spa gift certificates can be purchased online or at The Red Door Spa at Harrah's Casino, Atlantic City, 609-441-5333. 14

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game Robert Graham hits it out of the park with this update on the classic baseball jacket. Made in a lightly peached polyester fabric, this reversible jacket body displays one of RG’s wavy abstract multicolor prints with solid contrast sleeves, on the reverse side it goes tonal charcoal with an abstract print engineered across the chest. Knitted bottom inset hem. “Sharpy” bomber jacket is available at Lou Marchiano for Men, Terra Mar Plaza, Tilton Road, Northfield, 609-641-2088.

Whiskey Anyone? Help him say goodbye to inexpensive beer with this very grown-up, very fancy scotch whiskey. If he likes sherried whisky, he’ll love this super 25-year old from Glenfarclas; it oozes noble blood and devastating class. It is described as having a touch of menthol, classic Sherry notes, incredibly clean central palate yet amazingly tangy, really zingy top notes, Sherry and creamy barley, hints of gingerbread and nutty chocolate. Glenfarclas 25-Year-Old Bottling Note, $140, available at

Sweets for Your Sweetheart “Love is Love...” And we love Burdick Chocolate! This classic heart shaped box holds approximately 38 assorted chocolate bonbons, including three Signature Chocolate Mice and three Heart Mendiants. The box also includes limited-edition Chocolate Heart Bonbons, Passion Fruit-Raspberry Dark Chocolate Hearts, and Cashew-Cayenne Milk Chocolate Hearts. Brighten the day for a special someone with something simple and magnificent, Burdick Chocolate Valentine's Heart Box, $52, available at

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The Ideal Estate

All your custom design dreams come true in this magnificent estate home.


grand circular driveway welcomes you to this magnificent estate located on Country Club Drive in the coveted gold coast section of Linwood. This luxurious custom home brings a contemporary flair to family living and establishes an architectural landmark for the entire community. Built in 2009, this five bedroom, five and onehalf bath estate features over 6,000 square feet of exquisite living space in an expertly-crafted floor plan. If you love to entertain, this upscale, timeless home was built exclusively for you. With its grand 35-foot entryway — featuring a curved dark wood staircase with wrought iron railings and a custom crystal chandelier hanging elegantly in the turret — one feels as though they are entering an exclusive mansion hidden in the hills of California. Combining elegance and livability can be difficult to achieve, but this spectacular estate does it with ease and sophistication. The architecture exudes style and character with crown molding and hand-scraped Brazilian wood flooring throughout. Radiant heat wonderfully floats through the floors on all levels, keeping all inside warm and toasty throughout the cold 16

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winter months. The elaborate first-floor master retreat features one of the home’s three distinguished fireplaces and includes a separate space for the massive master closet, which features an elegant chandelier and endless storage that would impress even the most spoiled fashionista. The spa-like bathroom’s elegance is unmatched, even in today’s ultra-highend architecture. It features a large and lavish soaking tub, his-andher marble vanities, and a huge separate shower featuring a soothing rainfall showerhead guaranteed to relax its occupant even after the most stressful of days. If you appreciate the latest in quality technology, you will enjoy all the bells and whistles this lavish home offers — from the high-tech security system, featuring high-definition surveillance video screens, to the satellite music system available and customizable in every room. The lady of the house can listen to Andrea Bocelli while lounging in the enormous soaking tub, while her husband joyfully relives his glory days rocking out to Bruce Springsteen in the master bedroom.

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Living room that overlooks upper level balcony

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Curved dark wood staircase with wrought iron railings

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Spa- like bathroom

Drone view of the estate

The open chef’s kitchen features granite counters, a tumbled marble backsplash, rich cherry cabinets, high-end stainless-steel appliances and a huge center island. To accommodate large parties, two dishwashers make this home the ideal place to entertain. From weekly family dinners to grand dinner parties, all will be impressed and well taken care as a result of this gourmet kitchen; which conveniently opens up to the inviting great room. Upon entering this incredible great room, one’s eyes are automatically drawn to the magnificent wood burning fireplace and 80inch television which sits atop it. The elegantly coffered ceiling adds an additional level of custom detail to this wondrous great room; and with it comes a warmth that is ideal for creating lasting family memories. Adjacent to the great room is the home’s second staircase leading to the upper-level children’s wing. There are two expansive suites on this level, each with its own private bath featuring beautiful marble and stone tile. The third and fourth bedrooms are spacious and smartly connect through a Jack and Jill bathroom that is surely the most luxurious kids’ bathroom in the area. With marble counters and a separate room for the bathroom and shower, the owner surely spared no expense outfitting this wing of the estate. There is even a secret door in the closet in one of the bedrooms that leads to a hidden playroom. Children will love this large secret space, which is the ideal spot for a sleepover, craft room, or private library. This upper floor also features a handy laundry chute that drops the clothes conveniently into the firstfloor laundry room. The estate’s expansive basement level is a paradise for children (and adults alike) and it is here that you can see how the owners’ three boys spent a lot of fun times. Outfitted with a pong pong table, pool table, foosball table, basketball shooting machine, poker table, bar area, and spacious seating area with a large-screen TV, it is truly a space to forge great family memories. It also houses a separate climate-controlled wine cellar that features a cozy seating area to which one can escape, when needed. Also included in the enormous basement is a full bathroom and a walk-out staircase to the private backyard. 18

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In-ground, heated saltwater pool

The sprawling backyard is completely fenced in, making it the ultimate in private sanctuaries; tall arborvitaes serve as a wall of privacy for the in-ground, heated saltwater pool. Complementing the exquisite pool is the covered lanai and back patio, featuring a builtin stone kitchen ideal for warm-weather entertaining. There is also a detached two-car structure located in the backyard, ideal for a studio transformation or convenient pool house. For the sports enthusiast, there is plenty of space for tennis courts, a basketball court, or even a hockey rink. Spanning three full lots, the footprint of the estate encompasses two of the three parcels included in the property — with the third being available for development. According to HGTV, one of the top features luxury homeowners want is a three-car garage. Well, this estate goes one step further and features one that is fully-heated with three separate carriage door lifts. You will have room for vehicles, bikes, surfboards, children’s toys, and anything you wish to conveniently store. Other camera-ready features of this custom home include a well-appointed grand dining room, a classic living room — with an intricately-carved mantle surrounding the gas fireplace — with exceptionally high ceilings that overlook the upper level balcony, two large kitchen pantries, and a classic butler’s pantry featuring a convenient wet bar and upmarket wine fridge. The sheer amount of storage this home affords is utterly remarkable and the custom upgrades are simply too plentiful to mention. “We have loved living here raising our boys, but now that they’re out of the house, we are downsizing,” explained owners Andrew and Megan Brestle. “We have enjoyed the wonderful Linwood schools but are not using them anymore and would love to give another family all of the opportunities we’ve had in this great community.” n For those in the market for an estate home, this magnificent property, expertly built by Michael Sokalsky for $220 per sq. foot, is currently being offered for $779,000. Contact Lisa Alper-Russo at Remax Platinum Properties for a private showing, 609-641-3400 (office), 609-289-2384 (mobile),

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Heart in the Right Place HOW AN AED AND QUICK ACTION SAVED A LOCAL COACH THE MORNING OF NOVEMBER 4, 2017 started out just like any other Saturday during football season. Matt McAnaney, 43, of Cape May Court House got dressed headed out to coach his son, Micah, in a Cape Atlantic Football League game. Little did he know what would happen that day. His team, the Middle Township Panthers, was playing well and leading the Egg Harbor Township Eagles at Egg Harbor Township Veterans Memorial Sports Complex. With three minutes left in the game, McAnaney gave a play to his son, a fifth grader who is the quarterback. Suddenly McAnaney fell to the ground. “The next thing I remember, I was in the ambulance,” he says. McAnaney suffered a heart attack. Fortunately for him, there were people in the stands and across the field who knew just what to do. Dave DeMara, PA-C, the assistant coach for the Eagles, is chief physician assistant at the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Pomona. DeMara ran to McAnaney and joined two off duty emergency medical technicians, Kristen Davis and Katrina Warren to help the assistant coach. “I told them I am a physician assistant and assist with open heart surgeries at AtlantiCare and that I could tell he’d had a heart attack,” said DeMara. Someone called 911 and they started CPR while waiting for the AED, an automated external defibrillator. When they got the defibrillator, the leads were hooked up and the pads were placed on McAnaney. The machine began analyzing and advised a shock. It was around that time that David Kenny, D.O., ARMC Medical Staff radiologist, arrived to help. He happened to be at another field at the complex. Two more times, the AED analyzed McAnaney and gave the command that a shock was advised. DeMara said they resumed CPR after each shock. While these were trained professionals helping the assistant coach, defibrillators are designed for anyone to use. Each machine includes illustrated instructions as well as step by step audio instructions. The AED walks the user through each step — placing the pads, analyzing and reminding rescuers not to touch the patient if shock is needed. Within 15 seconds after the third shock, the assistant coach was awake and talking. The ambulance arrived and DeMara explained the situation and said he needed an emergency catherization. 20

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“It all happened so fast,” said Sarah McAnaney. “The other coaches didn't leave Matt’s side while he lay on the field … after Matt was in the ambulance, the entire complex went to the 50-yard line to pray and have kind thoughts for Matt. It was nice how the two teams came together.” The ambulance took the assistant coach to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus in Pomona where the Cardiac Catheterization and Rhythm Center Heart Institute teams were ready to care for him. Howard Levite, M.D., AtlantiCare Physician Group Cardiology, performed an emergency cardiac catheterization. He stented one of McAnaney’s arteries to open blood flow to the heart. Two days later, after McAnaney was stabilized, Levite stented a second artery. McAnaney was released from the hospital Tuesday, November 7. “Without the AED, and someone dialing 911, our quick, coordinated efforts might not have made a life-saving difference,” noted DeMara. Looking back now, McAnaney recalls, “I felt a little weird during the game. My arms started feeling heavy. I thought it was because I was excited about the game and needed to calm down,” said McAnaney. Before the incident, he was a bit disoriented, “My son said I didn’t call the numbers right, but he knew what I meant. He’s a pretty smart kid.” He never thought the AED would be used on him. He remembers the coaches taking the training to use the AED and thinking to himself “When would we ever need to use this?” Now he knows. After that game, McAnaney says he was planning to go to a lacrosse tournament for his son out of town. “It could have happened while I was driving in the car. It happened so quickly, I would never have been able to pull over.” McAnaney recalls the holiday season, which came only a few weeks after his heart attack. He thought to himself how he might not have been there and how thankful he was to be with his two children and his wife, Sarah, who commented, “The support from our entire community has been truly overwhelming and so much appreciated. I wish I could find the right words to truly show our gratitude.” Before the incident, McAnaney, like many people, said he did not go to the doctor on a regular basis, but when he was screened several years earlier, he did not have high blood pressure or notably high


cholesterol, yet two of his arteries were clogged enough to cause a heart attack. While McAnaney’s job as a carpenter is very physical, it does not get his heart rate up enough to provide cardiovascular conditioning, according to Dr. Vinesh Patel, M.D., FACC, AtlantiCare Physician Group Cardiology, who is McAnaney’s cardiologist. Now, instead of walking by his treadmill at the house, McAnaney actual walks on the treadmill three days a week. He still enjoys a steak every so often, but has added more fish, chicken, and healthy choices to his diet. He is living a healthier life, not just for himself, but for his son, daughter, and wife. After the experience, Sarah McAnaney said the Middle Township Football Association decided they needed an AED at their home field. They applied to the AtlantiCare Heart Heroes Program and began fundraising for the matching funds. She explained, “It would mean so much to Matt and me to be able to help us get one for our football team.” On January 12, 2018 at the player’s annual awards ceremony, that wish came true. AtlantiCare presented an AED to the Middle Junior Panthers Football and Cheer Association, which included assistant coach McAnaney and his son. The donation to the Panthers is the 246th AtlantiCare has made in the communities it serves. Now the Panthers have their own AED that will be available for anyone utilizing the facility. The stars were aligned for Matt McAnaney on that fall day in November. He happened to be playing at a field that had an AED, just installed there in July of last year, only four months before McAnaney’s heart attack. He happened to have professionally-trained medical personnel around him who responded immediately, and he had the heart attack in a public setting, before he got in the car to drive his family to another event. He had many guardian angels that helped save his life that day. Now back to work in his carpentry job, he knows he is a lucky man who has been given a second chance, and does not take that lightly. He is thankful for the AED and the team of people who saved his life. His advice to all of us, “Don’t take any day for granted.” n Robin Stoloff is a former TV Health Reporter for NBC 40 in South Jersey. She currently hosts Living Well with Robin Stoloff on Lite Rock 96.9 WFPG from 9-11 AM every Sunday and TV health features on SNJ Today every Tuesday evening in the 7 PM and 11 PM newscasts. A fitness instructor and former fitness competitor, Robin produced her own workout video on the beaches of Atlantic City. Robin resides in Atlantic County with her two children and husband, attorney Richard Stoloff. Visit Robin on her Facebook page – “Health Update with Robin Stoloff” for health tips and video features or email her at

Matt McAnaney, heart attack survivor and assistant football coach of Middle Twp Panthers, receives an AED from AtlantiCare's Heart Heroes program.

About the AtlantiCare Heart Heroes Matching Funds Program The AtlantiCare Heart Heroes Matching Funds Program is an AtlantiCare Foundation-funded program that places AEDs in the community on behalf of the Heart Institute at ARMC. The program began in 2002, spurred by a small group of dedicated AtlantiCare volunteers known as “The Heart Heroes”, who raised funds to help AtlantiCare make AEDs available in the community. Organizations, groups and individuals can donate directly to the program by making a gift to the AtlantiCare Foundation. You can reach them at or by calling 1-888-569-1000.

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Lifestyle Wellness

A Progressive Workout Staying Fit and Active at Any Age By Felicia L. Niven Photos by Eric Weeks

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SGLC residents with Seashore Gardens Rehabilitation Director Nicole Goodson

Be a Superhero for Alzheimer’s SGLC 5K Run & Health Walk Each spring, we put on our sneakers for a good cause: the annual Seashore Gardens 5K Run & Health Walk. This year, it’s scheduled for Sunday, April 29, 2018 on the Atlantic City Boardwalk at Tropicana Casino & Resort. With the theme, “Be a Superhero for Alzheimer’s,” this fundraising event benefits SGLC’s Alzheimer’s Outreach Services. “We run and walk for many reasons, not the least of which is to make a difference,” said Janice Cambron, executive director, SGLC. “We run to increase awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia, which affects one in nine people over age 65. We run because we can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. There is no greater reward than making an impact in someone’s life—and we can do it together.” For more information, visit


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If you think you can’t have a workout in a wheelchair, you’ve never been to a session at Seashore Gardens Living Center (SGLC) in Galloway, NJ. The foot tapping, arm waving, stretchy band workouts really get residents moving. It’s more than a fun, social experience, however. It’s an important part of their wellbeing. “The research has shown that physical activity is correlated to our quality of life,” says Martin H. Klein, President and CEO, SGLC. “The benefits are tremendous. Being physically active helps improve your balance and flexibility, reducing the risk of falls. Exercise strengthens your heart and lungs. It also helps reduce feelings of anxiety or depression. It’s why we incorporate physical activity into our care for our residents.” This includes Chair Yoga, Fitness Fun and Music and Movement, as well as themed exercise such as the Bunny Hop workout. The activities staff ensures that all residents are exercising safely based on their age/ability and medical history. SGLC Rehab is Progressive But it’s not only daily fitness that helps keep residents fit and active. The rehabilitation (rehab) program at SGLC helps residents with the full spectrum of issues that affect us as we age or fall ill. The staff assesses the residents through quarterly and annual screenings to see what help is needed. In addition to residents, SGLC rehab is open to anyone in the community who qualifies for its services. The team treats people following hospital stays who need time to build up their strength and abilities before going home and returning to normal activity. Rehab focuses on three areas: physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Physical therapy increases strength, reduces pain, improves balance and endurance and includes safe movement strategies. Occupational therapy instructs on how to use adaptive techniques, skills or equipment to overcome physical limitations and resume routine activities. Speech therapy identifies strategies to help remember both past and upcoming events, and breaks down and organizes information to ease decision making. “We will help residents who have problems swallowing,” said Janice Cambron, executive director. “We’ll help build their cognitive skills, such as with problem solving or noticing cues if they get lost. We also work to help incontinence. The staff takes a person-centered approach with individualized plans to meet specific needs.” The rehab staff works in a fully-outfitted room with occupational therapy equipment. Medical equipment includes electrodes that may be placed in key areas of the body to stimulate muscles. Residents also may work on the ItsNever2Late computer, which helps residents maintain brain function in the areas of memory, attention, language, executive function and visual/spatial acuity. “Our customer satisfaction surveys are always very positive,” adds Cambron. “Our rehab team goes out of their way to help each person reach his or her maximum potential. They are so encouraging, and really work to be creative, to achieve those results.” SGLC participates in Medicare/Medicaid and accepts many supplemental insurances. For more information about the rehab program, or the resident program, call (609)404-4848. n

Seashore Gardens Living Center Located on a 20 acre campus in Galloway, this 125,000 square foot senior Living Center is truly an environment for living. Our resident-centered culture includes: • Rehabilitation • Short-Term ‘Respite’ Stays • Skilled Nursing Care • Hospice Care • Alzheimer’s/Dementia Services • Assisted Living • Independent Housing • Home Care/Outreach It’s a place you can call home. You have to take a tour and see for yourself! Call (609)404-4848 or visit to schedule your tour today! 22 West Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway NJ 08205 •

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Lifestyle Travel By DAN SCHLOSSBERG

When Washington Blossoms Plan a trip to the nation’s capital and cheer on the iconic cherry blossoms On a misty Sunday morning, before the buzz begins on the National Mall, unsuspecting observers might think Washington has more monuments than people. That’s especially true during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, a month-long party that is the highlight of the city’s social calendar, not only for residents, but for visitors lured by the annual return of the pink and white flowers. Festivities begin this year on March 15 with the annual Pink Tie Party, a fund-raiser for the festival. The tradition of cheering the cherry blossoms began on March 27, 1912, when First Lady Helen Herron Taft joined the Japanese ambassador’s wife to plant the first of 3,000 trees gifted to the city by the mayor of Tokyo. That planting, on the north bank of the Tidal Basin 24

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in West Potomac Park, grew into the nation’s grandest garden event. With the possible exception of Opening Day at Nationals Park, there is no better harbinger of spring. And spring comes early to the District of Columbia, a small, stateless city that is home to less than 700,000 residents. Most Americans know the nation’s capital as the home of the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and the Capitol dome, but the list of landmarks is longer than the Declaration of Independence. One of them, the White House, has been the home of every president except the first one. George Washington laid the cornerstone of the future Capitol Building in 1793. Its iconic facade is so famous that the National Park

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Service placed its visitors center underground to showcase the view. The internal view is almost as good, with the circular Rotunda surrounded by Doric columns and embracing the compass star that marks the only meeting place of the district’s four quadrants. An hour-long guided tour and film are free, though reservations are recommended. That structure has survived burning by the British in 1812, countless upgrades, and destruction in the pilot episode of ABC’s Designated Survivor. It also spent years as the logo of the hapless Washington Senators, a baseball team that was so bad it twice left for other cities. Thanks to its malfeasance, the city was often called “first in war, first in peace, and last in the American League.” That can’t happen again, since the 2005 transformation of the Montreal Expos into the Washington Nationals made the capital a National League city. In addition to Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson, people honored with memorials include Franklin D. Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, and the American soldiers who lost their lives in the Vietnam War. There are museums of every size and description, including a dozen Smithsonians that don’t charge admission and a spy museum that does. There’s even a museum — appropriately named the Newseum — dedicated to the history and gathering of news, much of it generated a few blocks away on Capitol Hill. It took a transplanted Frenchman to foresee what for him was a foreign capital. Pierre-Charles L’enfant conceived a design that deliberately separated the legislative and executive branches of government. He made the Capitol the anchor of a mile-long grand avenue (now called The National Mall) and placed it at the spot where the city’s quadrants converge. Looking due west from the capitol steps today, visitors can see the Washington Monument, National World War

II Memorial, and Lincoln Memorial. Those who reach the top of the 555-foot monument, by steps or elevator, have a perfect view of the White House to the north, Jefferson Memorial to the south, Lincoln Memorial to the west, and Capitol to the east. On a sunny day, photographers at the Lincoln Memorial can capture the reflection of the Washington Monument in the Reflecting Pool, a rectangular blue staple sandwiched into the green oasis. And visitors with a sense of history can reflect on the legacy of the spot, where women demanded the right to vote, Martin Luther King demanded equal rights for minorities, and throngs thundered against the War in Vietnam. The city’s most popular attraction, the Air & Space Museum, is the best-known of the Smithsonians that stand on both sides of the mall. The collection includes museums of art, crime, American history, natural history, the American Indian, and even the postal service. The collection at Air & Space got so big that an offshoot was added near Dulles Airport. While the former features the planes made famous by the Wright Brothers and Charles Lindbergh, not to mention moon rocks and Star Trek artifacts, the star attraction among the 160 aircraft at the Chantilly, VA showplace is the Enola Gay, which dropped the first atomic bomb. Both museums show spectacular IMAX movies and the former also offers a planetarium — a perfect place to rest after perusing the enormous collection. A formidable stone structure called The Castle, which predates the Civil War, might be the best starting point on the mall. The first Smithsonian building, it offers visual histories of both the city and the Smithsonians, which sprouted like dancing mushrooms after a $500,000 grant from British subject James Smithson, who had never

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LIFEST YLE TRAVEL been to America. He was inspired by people like Thomas Jefferson, whose desk resides in the American History Museum, along with Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz and the Woolworth’s lunch counter where the Greensboro Four staged a 1960 civil rights sit-in. The smallest of the Smithsonians may be the most interesting. The National Postal Museum, housed a building that was once Washington’s main post office, includes six ongoing shows that cover everything from the Pony Express to unusual stamps, mobile postal stations, and documents that mark the upcoming 500th anniversary of England’s Royal Mail Service. A sobering reminder of religious intolerance, the nearby U.S. Holocaust Museum documents the American reaction to the Nazi slaughter of Jews during the Second World War. With 900 artifacts and 70 video monitors, it is the only national memorial resulting from a genocide. Visitors are invariably so overcome with emotion that they speak only in hushed tones or whispers while perusing its harrowing halls. The same sensation prevails at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where the names of 58,000 dead or missing soldiers are inscribed in a long, horizontal wall of granite Lincoln Memorial adjacent to the Reflecting Pool. Photo courtesy of A trip to the top of the Washington Monument is a good remedy from the memory of both man-made tragedies. Though damaged in the surprise earthquake of 2011, the world’s tallest free-standing masonry edifice has reopened to the public. Hearty souls can try the 897 steps but most prefer the elevator. Also on the can’t-miss list in the colorful capital are the Supreme Court, National Archives, and Library of Congress, home of the Gutenberg Bible and 130 million other books. A hot spot for cool nightlife is the U Street Corridor, where refurbished row houses from Florida Avenue east to 13th Street ooze enjoyable sounds that drown out the discord emanating from the houses of Congress. Politicians of all parties are fair game for The Capitol Steps, a political comedy troupe operating out of its own theater in tony Georgetown. Composed of former Congressional staffers, the company presents songs with familiar melodies but distinctly different lyrics. Plays are still performed in Ford’s Theater, where Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, and in the swanky Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a palatial edifice perched on the banks of the Potomac. Athletes also perform in the capital, which has pro sports teams in baseball (Nationals), football (Redskins), and basketball (Wizards), plus college competitions involving six area schools. The Nationals, one of two major-league teams that never reached the World Series, may fill that void this season. George Washington never threw a silver dollar across the Potomac but did spend much of his life on the Virginia side. His Mount Vernon estate remains a robust tourist magnet. Also located in Virginia are the Pentagon, CIA headquarters, and Arlington National Cemetery, where John, Robert, and Ted Kennedy are buried. The streets of Old Town Alexandria, a short hop by metro, are paved with history. From there, frequent ferries whisk visitors to Mount Vernon, Nationals Park, and 26

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National Harbor, home of the year-old MGM Grand casino. Since making maximum mileage from minimal time isn’t easy, it’s not a bad idea to start any Washington visit with a highlights tour that provides on-again, off-again privileges. Out-of-towners could spend months in town without seeing everything. A city of neighborhoods, Washington looks different on Embassy Row than it does in Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, Chinatown, or Georgetown. Hidden treasures are everywhere. The vice president’s house, near the Naval Observatory, is tucked into the northwest corner of the city. The National Zoo is a perfect place for a spring stroll. Yet another option is the home of Woodrow Wilson, the only president who remained in Washington after leaving office. Although the district depends upon tourism, finding rooms during Cherry Blossom Festival won’t be easy. In fact, it’s even a good idea to book now for the baseball All-Star Game, set for Nationals Park on July 17. Since the sleek Metro system links downtown D.C. with destinations in Maryland and Virginia, many visitors seek the serenity of the suburbs, not to mention the lower prices. But staying in the city has its advantages — especially since downtown is laid out in quadrants that make things easier to find. During ipw 2017, an enormous travel convention staged by the U.S. Travel Association, many delegates stayed at the Embassy Row Hotel, the only downtown hotel with a rooftop pool. The 231-room, nine-story property is less than two blocks from the DuPont Circle metro stop and within walking distance of the Walter Washington Convention Center. The upscale property belongs to the prestigious Destination Hotels group. New Jersey Lifestyle readers considering a seamless visit to the nation’s capital would be wise to hop the train. Amtrak Acela Express whisks riders from Newark Penn Station to Washington’s Union Station in a brisk three hours. Slower, less expensive Northeast Corridor trains work too — and are much more enjoyable than the typical drive down I-95. An attraction in its own right, the century-old Union Station sits at the hub of the capital’s transportation network. Trains, subways, taxis, and sightseeing trolleys all converge at the concrete complex, which houses shops, bistros, bookstores, and restaurants in addition to a vast network of rail lines. For further information, contact Destination DC, 4th floor, 901 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Tel. 800-422-8644); Smithsonian Information Center, 1000 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, DC 20005 (Tel. 202-633-1000); National Cherry Blossom Festival, Suite 1000, 1275 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005 (Tel. 877-44-BLOOM,; or the Embassy Row Hotel, 2015 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036 (Tel. 202-265-1600). n Dan Schlossberg of Fair Lawn, NJ is travel editor of New Jersey Lifestyle and host of two weekly radio shows, Travel Itch Radio and Travel Tuesdays. He is also the founder of the North American Travel Journalists Association [NATJA] and can be reached at



The Year in Review Early Predictions Heading into 2017, many analysts were predicting a modest year for investors. Fresh off the end of 2016 where stocks rallied strong in the fourth quarter to finish up almost 12% (S&P 500) for the year, both Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs were predicting an S&P 500 return for 2018 of less than 3%. Further, many analysts were also predicting a rough ride for the bond market, where it was widely believed that rising interest rates would cause most bond returns to be flat or negative for the year. The S&P 500 posted a total return of 21.31% for 2018, its best year since 2013. And, although the Fed (FOMC committee) raised short-term interest rates three times in 2017, the long end of the interest rate yield curve (as indicated by the 10 Year US Treasury Rate) actually declined slightly during 2018, starting the year at 2.45% and finishing 2018 at 2.40%. The US Bloomberg Barclays Aggregate Bond Index finished 2017 with a respectable 3.54% return. If the last two years have taught us anything, it is that forecasting elections or market returns is a fool’s errand. Low Volatility One thing that was steady throughout 2017 was record low volatility. The S&P 500 did not have a single month of negative returns. In fact, you have to go back to October 2016 for the last negative month, a win streak of 14 consecutive months, the longest in history. Also, the magnitude of daily moves in the market was also much less than normal. Not a single day in 2017 did the market move up or down by 2% or more. Finally, the average largest intra-year decline of the S&P 500 (meaning the largest draw down during the year from a high to a low point) is close to 16%. It was only 2.8% in 2017. All those investors waiting for the big pullback in 2017 found themselves still waiting at year end. Equity Markets As mentioned above, Large Cap US (S&P 500) was up 21.31%, for 2017, Mid Cap US (S&P Midcap 400) was up 16.24%, Small Cap US (Russell 2000) was up 14.65%, Developed International (MSCI EAFE) was up 25.03% and Emerging Markets (MSCI Emerging Mkt) was up 37.28%. Any year where all equity indices are up double digits is a great year for investors.

Value vs Growth and Sectors Unlike 2016 where value stocks did better than growth stocks, 2017 was clearly a year for growth stocks with the S&P 500 Growth index up 27.44% while the S&P 500 Value index (mainly your dividend payers) was up 15.36%. The top performing sectors, not surprisingly were the growth sectors, with Technology leading the way up 39%, Consumer Discretionary was up 23%, Materials were up 23%, Financials were up 22%, Healthcare was up 22% and Industrials were up 22%. The sectors that lagged the benchmark for 2017 were Consumer Staples up 13%, Utilities up 12%, Real Estate up 10%, and the only two negative sectors for the year were Energy and Telecom which were both negative at -1%. Outlook Going into 2018, we are cautiously optimistic. While we see the possibility of another 20% return from the stock market in 2018 as unlikely, most of the economic indicators are still positive: low unemployment, low interest rates, low inflation and once again, as in 2017, it is widely expected that most of the world’s economies will be expanding in 2018. This, coupled with the potential positive economic gains in the U.S. from the recent tax reform, bodes well for another positive market in 2018. We would expect there to be more volatility in 2018. As always, there are some geo-political potential headwinds, mainly in North Korea and Iran, which could upset things in 2018, but barring either one of those situations escalating or something unforeseen as of this writing, the table is set for what could be another decent year in 2018. 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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MONEY MATTERS By Terri L. Marakos, CPA

To Pre-pay or Not to Pre-pay? THAT WAS THE QUESTION THAT WAS THE TOPIC of many discussions relating to taxes at the end of 2017. However, it only scratches the surface of the issues resulting from the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Most, if not all, taxpayers will be affected by the sweeping reforms. Listed below are selected federal act provisions and selected state tax provisions that may impact you for 2017 and beyond. In light of these changes, we recommend that you begin tax planning as soon as possible. Please join us for a practical, easy to understand one-hour informational session on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 5:30. Call Capaldi Reynolds & Pelosi at (609) 641-4000 by February 12, 2018 for reservations. New For 2017 • Medical expenses are deductible as an itemized deduction so long as they are greater than 7.5% of adjusted gross income. • Additional standard deductions are available for certain net disaster losses (also for 2016). • For businesses, some key depreciation provisions were implemented. • For NJ resident/non-resident Gross Income Tax Returns, military veterans honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances from active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States by the last day of the tax year are eligible for a $3,000 exemption. New For 2018 • The TCJA has specified seven tax rates for individuals: 10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35% & 37%. • The “kiddie tax” is no longer based upon the “allocable parental tax,” but is determined by applying the ordinary and

capital gains rates applicable to trusts and estates to the unearned income of a child. • The standard deduction increases to $12,000 for single taxpayers and $24,000 for married individuals filing a joint return. • There is no longer a deduction for personal exemptions. • The moving expense deduction is repealed for tax years 2018-2025, with the exception of special rules applicable to members of the Armed Forces. • Owners of partnerships, S corporations, sole proprietorships, and rental activities may be allowed a deduction in an amount equal to 20% of qualified pass-through business income, subject to a number of limitations and qualifications. • The itemized deduction for mortgage interest is limited to interest on up to $750,000 of acquisition indebtedness for mortgages entered into after December 31, 2017. • Taxpayers will no longer be able to deduct interest on home equity indebtedness. • State and local income tax and property taxes will be limited to $10,000 as an itemized deduction. • The TCJA removes miscellaneous itemized deductions subject to the 2% of adjusted gross income floor, so no longer can taxpayers deduct such things as union dues, investment advisory fees and unreimbursed employee business expenses. • The child tax credit increases to $2,000 per qualifying child, with a substantial increase in the income limit to be able to claim the credit. • Beginning with gifts or deaths on or after January 1, 2018, the Act doubles the exemption amount for gift, estate or generation-skipping transfer taxes to approximately $11.2 million per person, adjusted annually for inflation. The Continued on page 24.


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What Are You Waiting For? Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today. That familiar phrase is a great motivator, but it's often easier said than done. Sometimes it's hard to take care of those dreaded tasks we know we SHOULD do, when we have zero desire to do them. Granted, few people jump at the chance to clear out their inbox or delve deep into their tax returns, but what about the things you actually WANT to do? What about those things you said you'd always like to get around to doing someday, only that day has yet to come? The start of a new year is always a great time to wipe the slate clean and get moving on all the schemes and dreams that have been swirling around in our heads, yet here we are staring down February with many of those aspirations still sitting on the back burner. Why do so many of us put off chasing our dreams? What are we so afraid of? I recently came across a quote from Nelson Mandela that was somewhat of a game changer for me — "I never lose. I either win or I learn." Wow. Think of how your view changes when so-called "failure" isn't really an option. Even the most ambitious people know that sometimes the ideas we are most passionate about don't come to fruition as quickly as we


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would like, if even at all, but that doesn't mean we've failed. It's hard not to be discouraged when the outcome isn't what we had hoped for, especially if the results are unfavorable, but even worse...never putting the plan into motion in the first place. Some of the biggest inventions in the world have only come about after exhaustive trial and error. Still, many of us are scared to break out of our comfort zone and spread our wings because we're afraid of falling. While it is true that you can't fail if you never try, you also can't win unless you play the game, and it's never too late to learn. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was a 31 year-old single mother trying to make ends meet when her story of a boy wizard was finally published, more than 5 years after it was written and after a dozen other publishers turned it down; former figure skater and fashion editor Vera Wang was 40 when she designed her first bridal gown, which started her on a path to a $600 million empire; Marvel creator Stan Lee was just shy of his 39th birthday when he first found fame with his comic book The Fantastic Four; and Donald Fisher, with no prior retail experience, was 40 years old when he and his wife opened their first Gap store in San Francisco, a

venture that led to his net worth of $3 billion. Granted, most of us are probably not willing, or able to plunge into a bigtime business venture, but what about smalltime? Take the first step. If you can't quite take that step, at least tie up those laces and get ready for when you can. Whether it's entertaining a career move, working on that "next big" invention, deciding to go back to school, or simply taking up a hobby you've always dreamed about mastering — what are you waiting for? Life is short. There are far more reasons why you should at least start the race, rather than stand on the sidelines watching everyone else run past, doing the things YOU have always dreamed about. As iconic sprinter Usain Bolt put it, "Don't think about the start of the race, think about the ending." 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. Michelle is currently the lead anchor for SNJ Today, which airs M-F at 7 & 11pm on Channels 4,26 and HD 789. She 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

Lifestyle Opinion

Case Solved!

By Harry Hurley Op-Ed Contributor


IT TOOK NEARLY SIX YEARS. THE CASE HAD BECOME FREEZING COLD. MANY HAD LOST FAITH THAT THE MURDER OF APRIL KAUFFMAN WOULD EVER BE SOLVED. I have maintained that when former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie named Damon Tyner as the new Atlantic County Prosecutor, he would solve the case. It took Tyner and his various legal controlling authorities at the local, county, state, and national level 10 months to solve the case. For inexplicable reasons, the former Prosecutor James McClain (who is now a New Jersey Superior Court Judge) was a major impediment towards making any measurable progress regarding this ice cold case. McClain is a friend and former patient of Dr. James Kauffman, April's former husband. McClain never recused himself. For reasons only known to him, McClain did not believe he had an inherent conflict of interest to oversee the prosecution of this murder case. When the time is right, McClain must answer some serious and pointed questions. Did he ever consider James Kauffman to be a target, subject or person of interest in the murder of April Kauffman? Did McClain's friendship and patient status with Kauffman cloud his judgment? Did he simply not want to accept that James Kauffman could have been involved? That time is not now. After no movement in this case for more than five years, Tyner has presented serious charges against multiple defendants. Although there has been a flurry of activity and buzz; there will be no race to the trial. The process and run-up may take more than one year. In a major break in the case — that I exclusively revealed on January 9, 2018 — James Kauffman and seven others were arrested in connection to the murder of April Kauffman, along with conspiracy and racketeering charges. James Kauffman has been charged with: 1st degree Racketeering, 1st degree Leader and Murder. Ferdinand Augello has been charged with: 1st degree Leader, 1st degree Murder (April Kauffman), conspiracy to commit the murder of James

Kauffman and 1st degree Racketeering. The charges against James Kauffman and Augello are also related to the illegal distribution of narcotics through Kauffman's former medical practice. April Kauffman was murdered on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at approximately 11:30 AM at her residence in Linwood, NJ. James Kauffman had reported to the Linwood Police Department that he found his wife deceased. April Kauffman was pronounced dead at 11:45 AM in the second floor master bedroom of multiple gunshot wounds. Like the elements of a made-for-television movie, the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office determined that a long time alliance between James Kauffman and the Pagan Outlaw Motorcycle Gang had been established. Tyner alleges that Kauffman and the Pagans created an illegal drug distribution enterprise for profit through Kauffman's former medical practice. Tyner further alleges that the plot to kill April Kauffman was hatched beginning in August, 2011. The motive appears to be centered around April Kauffman wanting to divorce James Kauffman. Tyner alleges that James Kauffman “would rather kill April Kauffman than grant the divorce and lose half his empire.” James Kauffman objected to a divorce settlement and Tyner has concluded that April Kauffman had threatened to “spend as much money as possible until a divorce was granted, and expose the fraudulent practices taking place at Kauffman's medical office,” which allegedly was an illegal Oxy distribution network that James Kauffman had allegedly established. Tyner has also confirmed the man responsible for murdering April Kaufman died on October 8, 2013 of a heroin drug overdose. Francis Mullholland was found dead at his home in Lower Township. You cannot overstate the importance of Tyner becoming the Atlantic County Prosecutor. Upon his appointment, everything changed for the better. While Tyner has deservedly been the face of the renewed

interest in this investigation, Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office Sgt. James Scoppa, Jr. and FBI Special Agent Daniel A. Garrabrant are the lead investigators. Both have done an incredible job in picking up the cold case following McClain's indefensible inaction. An impeccable, highranking law enforcement source has confirmed to me that McClain would not even allow his staff to investigate the Kauffman murder on their own time. That's highly suspect and disgusting to ponder. A well-placed source of mine especially credits Special Agent Garrabrant for keeping this investigation alive, while the County Prosecutor's Office had refused to properly investigate. Year-after-year, vigils for April Kauffman were held. I typically spoke at these events and served as master of ceremonies. I vividly remember saying (with each passing year) that I hope we will not be gathered back together one year from now and witness this case growing even colder. April Kauffman's daughter Kimberly Pack has conducted herself in such a commendable fashion throughout. It is almost impossible for anyone to imagine the pain she has been forced to endure. The life of her mother and her children's grandmother was brutally taken and then be forced to sit back and watch the case grow colder and colder for more than five years. It had to be almost too much to bear. Pack handled this life shattering, heartbreaking situation with true grace and elegance. She has handled the news of the cold case finally being solved with even more grace and elegance. Pack is actually diligently working on “forgiveness.” This is a level of civility and decency you rarely see anymore in society. n Harry Hurley is the president of Harry Hurley Consulting and Communications, LLC. He hosts the daily talk radio program "Hurley in the Morning" 6-10 AM weekdays on Townsquare Media, WPG Talk Radio 104.1 FM and 1450 AM, where he serves as the senior programming consultant,

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On Wheels


The Compact SUV with a Heart INTRODUCING THE ALL-NEW 2018 VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN THE ALL-NEW 2018 VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN builds on its 2017 fun-todrive character with a redesign specifically engineered to meet the needs of American customers, with a more sophisticated and spacious interior, flexible seating, and high-tech infotainment and available driverassistance features. As with the all-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas full-size SUV, the new Tiguan is based on Volkswagen’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) architecture. At 181.5 inches long, the new Tiguan has more interior space and up to 58% more cargo space in the two-row model. Tiguan’s expanded dimensions give it one of the longest footprints in the segment, although it still remains nimble enough to excel in urban driving. The Tiguan’s exterior marks an evolution in Volkswagen’s clean and timeless design DNA, with modern lines and a refined appearance. The MQB platform allows for a wider, lower stance; the combination of this with sharper character lines and the vehicle’s LED lighting has already garnered several European design awards.

The compact Tiguan SUV is available in S, SE, SEL, and SEL Premium trim levels. With a starting price of $24,595, the S trim is distinguished by halogen headlights, LED daytime running lights and taillights, fog lights with cornering function, heated exterior mirrors with integrated turn-signal indicators, and 17-inch “Montana” wheels. The SE trim starts at $26,750, and wears 17-inch “Tulsa” wheels and features, and a chrome exterior package. The Tiguan SEL starts at $31,090 and includes 18-inch “Nizza” wheels, a power liftgate, and silver roof rails. Starting at $36,250, the top-of-the-line SEL Premium trim is shod with 19-inch “Victoria Falls” wheels, LED headlights with the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), rain-sensing wipers, and power-folding exterior mirrors with puddle lights. The SEL Premium also features a hands-free Easy Open power liftgate, which is foot-activated on opening to make Tiguan’s cargo space more accessible when customers’ hands are full. The liftgate also includes an Easy Close feature. Two buttons give owners the option to close the liftgate with the touch of a button — one

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to close it immediately and one to automatically close once you step away from the vehicle. An R-Line® package will be available later in the model year for the SEL and SEL Premium, and includes R- Line-specific aluminum-alloy wheels — 19-inch “Trenton” wheels for the SEL and 20-inch “Braselton” wheels for the SEL Premium. Further design elements specific to the R-Line are a revised high-gloss front bumper with large air inlets, a unique rear bumper, wheelarch extensions, and R-Line side skirts and exterior badging. The exterior design of Tiguan also emphasizes its rugged utility. Roof rails are standard, allowing outdoors enthusiasts to upgrade the vehicle with Volkswagen accessories such as bike, kayak, and ski carriers. The new Tiguan has a lower lift-in height for the tailgate, making it easier to load, no matter what cargo you’re carrying. The available towing hitch can be used to pull up to 1,500 pounds when properly equipped. The Tiguan’s entire interior has been rethought and refreshed, but the versatility of its seating is what sets it apart from the competition. In frontwheel-drive Tiguan models, three rows of seating are standard, including a second-row bench that can recline, slide seven inches fore and aft, fold down, and be split 40/20/40. The 50/50 split third-row provides seating for two, and also folds down. When configured with Volkswagen’s 4Motion allwheel-drive technology, the 2018 Tiguan comes standard with two rows and a third row is optional. In three-row models, folding the rear seat creates 33 cubic feet of rear

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Rear view of the 2018 Tiguan R-Line cargo space, and that can be easily expanded to a maximum of 65.7 cubic feet. In two-row models, the new Tiguan supplies a generous 37.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 73.5 cubic feet in all. The 40/20/40 split seats allow the two-row Tiguan to accommodate skis, fishing gear, or other large items. To let the outside into the Tiguan cabin, there’s an available panoramic glass tilt-and-slide sunroof. The interior also features modern, high-quality design with a sporty, driver-focused layout, using gloss-grey and chrome details. Standard features now include a multi-function steering wheel and cloth seats with a rhombus pattern that offers a premium look. Tiguan SE and SEL models feature heated leatherette seating surfaces along with a leather-wrapped steering wheel; the SEL Premium brings leather seating surfaces for rows one and two and a heated steering wheel. Between the large speedometer and tachometer is a multi-function trip computer that helps monitor everything from fuel consumption to trip distance, Bluetooth® connection status and navigation directions (when equipped). The available Volkswagen Digital Cockpit display, first seen on the 2018 Atlas, offers drivers a reconfigurable display of key data and the ability to position navigation data front and center for easy viewing. As standard equipment across the Tiguan line, the MIB II infotainment system not only creates the foundation for the next generation of Volkswagen’s Car-Net® connected vehicle services platform, but also offers one of the most comprehensive suites of connected vehicle services and features available in the automotive industry today. The new Tiguan SEL Premium also has the latest Fender Premium Audio System as standard equipment. Updated for the new-generation models, this is the most powerful Fender sound system ever offered in Tiguan. 36

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Volkswagen is committed to driving the development of more connected and intelligent vehicles, and the Car-Net® connectivity system is a major element in achieving that goal. Features available through Car-Net are divided into three key areas: “App-Connect,” “Security & Service,” and “Guide & Inform.” Tiguan can be equipped with the 4Motion with Active Control allwheel-drive system. All Tiguan models with 4Motion all-wheel drive feature Active Control, which allows the driver to select specific vehicle profiles based on driving conditions. It has four settings: On-road, Snow, Off-road, and Custom Off-road. Mounted in a lightweight, one-piece strengthened steel subframe, the Tiguan’s strut-type front suspension has lower control arms and long-travel coil springs. The Tiguan is the only vehicle in its class to offer the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which is standard on all models. This system builds on the premise that a collision is rarely a single, instantaneous action, but rather a series of events that follow the initial impact — the most significant of which can cause additional collisions. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System addresses this by applying the brakes when a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors, thus helping reduce residual kinetic energy and, in turn, the chance of additional damage. The Tiguan offers a standard rearview camera and number of available driver-assistance systems, including Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring (Front Assist), Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), front and rear Park Distance Control with Maneuver Braking (ParkPilot), High Beam Control (Light Assist) and Overhead View Camera (Area View). If handsome looks, a spacious cabin, available third-row seating, and a quiet and plush ride are what you’re in store for, then the new Tiguan may be just what you’re looking for in 2018. n

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Lifestyle Entertainment The Pointer Sisters


Owing to the enormous success and popularity she and her sisters enjoyed as recording artists during the 1970s and ‘80s, it’s impossible for Ruth Pointer to remember every Atlantic City gig the Pointer Sisters have played over the past four decades. But there’s one engagement from 1984 that Pointer will never forget. That’s because she remembers working a show, going to sleep at a Boardwalk casino and waking up in a hospital in Chicago. At the time, Pointer, now 71, was abusing 38

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drugs and alcohol. And now it was time for her to pay the piper. “It never occurred to me that I was abusing my physical body, weakening my body, destroying my body. All I wanted to do was have fun,” the oldest member of the Pointer Sisters says, both over the phone from her home in suburban Boston and in her 2016 autobiography, Still So Excited! My Life As A Pointer Sister. “You know, you’re in your late 20s, early 30s, and you just think you’re gonna live

forever and you can just fix it all later. Well baby, later comes real quick, and your body will let you know. It says ‘no more.’” Pointer remembers she and her sisters June and Anita did something they’d rarely done during 15 years of relentless touring: they cancelled a show. “Back then, we’d have had to be near death to cancel, but I was very sick,” she remembers. She had contracted viral meningitis, but she has no memory of being transported from Atlantic City to a hospital in Chicago. She was,

By David J. Spatz indeed, near death. “I almost left the planet (died). That was a very hard time. I’m just glad that I was able to survive and just be here and look back on that time,” she says. “Sometimes, people say they wouldn’t change anything (about their life). Well, I sure would. The Pointer Sisters started out as a duo in 1969 when June and Bonnie Pointer began performing in small clubs under the name Pointers, a Pair. They became a trio when Anita joined and for a short time were a quartet after oldest sister Ruth added her voice to the mix. Bonnie Pointer decided to explore a solo career in the 1970s, right around the time her other three sisters were beginning to make some noise on the music charts and their live shows with their infectious and danceable songs that blended rhythm-and-blues with Top 40 pop to create a unique sound. When she and her sisters began singing professionally, they never had a game plan for moving forward if one or more of the women decided to veer off in a different direction. “It wasn’t something that we planned, it’s just the way our family has evolved and the way we’ve all just sort of moved along through the family and ended up on that stage together,” she says. Right around the time Ruth Pointer became ill during the Atlantic City gig, the Pointers were at the peak of their popularity. Between 1978 and 1985, they were a veritable hitmaking machine. They cranked out 13 Top 20 hits between 1978 and 1985, including “Fire,” “He’s So Shy,” “Slow Hand,” “I’m So Excited,

Ruth Pointer

“Automatic” and “Jump For My Love.” But the Pointer Sisters also refused to be pigeon-holed or musically stereotyped. “We could sing everything,” Ruth says with a big laugh prior to the ensemble’s New Year’s Eve show at Resorts Casino Hotel. Early on, they even tried a little country music, and before the masses had even heard of the Pointer Sisters, they won a Grammy Award for their country singer “Fairytale,” written by sisters Anita and Bonnie. “It was a surprise to us,” Ruth laughs. “They called us and told us (we’d) won a Grammy,” Ruth remembers. They knew they’d been nominated, obviously, but they also figured they had no chance of winning. So instead of attending the Grammy Awards that year, they decided they could be more productive by being on the road performing shows and earning money. Meanwhile, a good lawyer could probably make a case against the Pointer Sisters for false advertising these days. That’s because after nearly 50 years, the trio of singing siblings really aren’t sisters at all. But they are family, blood relatives representing three generations of the same musical genes. Ruth Pointer is the last of the original sisters still working with the group. She’s joined on stage by her 39-year-old daughter, Issa (pronounced EE-sa) and her 33-yearold granddaughter, Sadako, whose mother is Ruth’s oldest daughter Faun. Ruth remembers the first couple of gigs when Issa performed with her, not long after original Pointer Sister June died in 2006.

“She was scared, terrified,” Pointer says. “The first time she worked with us, we were doing a TV show. The next time was an event every year in Antwert, Belgium called Night of the Proms, where you’re performing in front of 35,000 people every night.” But adding two more generations to the act only makes it more exciting for Ruth to walk on stage. When she sees her daughter and granddaughter singing 40-year-old songs that once hit the top of the charts, she can’t help but be invigorated. “I’ve been having so much fun with them because they bring an element of youth that I left in days gone by,” she says with a big laugh. “Sometimes, I can just relax on stage and turn to both of them and tell them to turn it loose and they do, because they all have that Pointer blood running through their veins.” In addition to the music of the Pointer Sisters, the next significant contribution the group has made could very well be Ruth Pointer’s no-holds-barred, lay-it-all-on-the table book. She didn’t gloss over the painful moments of her life. She hoped her honest talk about her near-deadly encounters with drugs and alcohol might help some people struggling with addiction. “I tried not to (hold back). It was just my interpretation of my experience being in the business and just the way that my life took such twists and turns,” she says. “I was getting into things that were enjoyable, things that were dangerous, things I didn’t know I was going to get involved in and how I survived it all. It makes me grateful every single day when I wake up in the morning.” n

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The Social Scene

Let’s Do Bruch Event a Success for GCSJ Dock’s Oyster House hosted the 4th Annual Let’s Do Brunch to benefit Gilda’s Club South Jersey (GCSJ) on December 3rd. Dock’s generously donated the space, food, and service so that 100%

L to R: Bill Gussie, Skip & Caroline Genther, Bonnie & Eugene McCann, Gloria & Barry Hamlett, Linda Gussie

of the ticket price and sponsorships went directly to Gilda’s Club South Jersey’s free program of support, education and hope for men, women, teens and children impacted by cancer.

Employees of OceanFirst come out to support Gilda’s Club.

Guests at this year's brunch enjoyed Phyllis Papa and dancers from the a variety of menu options, including Atlantic City Ballet added even more crab frittata and apple French toast. festivity to the event by greeting guests.

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L to R: Jerry & Bob Pinsky, Congressman Frank LoBiondo and Tina LoBiondo, John & Anne Baker

GCSJ honored former board member Michael Simmons for his efforts to forward GCSJ's mission and ensure no one faces cancer alone.

From left to right, Jerri Pinksy, Paul Herron (CEO) and Christine Eden

The Social Scene

Margate Eatery Hosts Delicious Epicurean Event The Epicurean Society of South Jersey recently hosted a dinner at Ventura’s Greenhouse Restaurant in Margate, NJ, where guests enjoyed fine food and wine. A presentation plate presented by Ed Blake, Vice President of the Epicurean Society, was awarded to Ventura's Greenhouse for an excellent dinner.

From left to right, Amy Marie DeFeoBarbella, Paul Rixon and Kenny "I' Ilg

From left to right, Cherie and Jim Eberwine with Kenny "I' Ilg

The Epicurean Society is a group of food and wine lovers that supports the local restaurant industry. All event profits go to the scholarship fund for the culinary industry, and is distributed thru the MBCA Scholarship Luncheon every year. To date, the Epicurean Society has given more than $50,000 in scholarships.

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From left to right, Patti Lees, Peter and Sara Caporilli

Left to right, Ed Blake, Bob Bush, Betsy Gillian, Nancy Giordano and Cynthia Cortopassi

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Magnificent ocean view from Nero's dining room

Photos courtesy of Caesars

RESTAURANT REPORT By Alyson Boxman Levine

Next Level Dining NERO’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE HAS SURVIVED, AND THRIVED, FOR OVER THREE DECADES WITH THEIR INNOVATIVE IDEAS AND QUALITY CUISINE WHEN A RESTAURANT ACHIEVES OVER THREE DECADES OF success, it is certainly time to celebrate, especially in the competitive casino industry. Each year in Atlantic City, many dining establishments close their doors or change their name in hopes of reinventing themselves into a more successful version. Well, Nero’s Italian Steakhouse has been housed in the same location at Caesars Atlantic City since 1994 and has survived, and thrived, through 42

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all the ups and downs the area has experienced over the last few decades. What’s its secret? For starters, there are the amazing staff, their homemade savory cuisine, and, of course, that magnificent ocean view visitors simply adore. Upon entering the establishment, the breathtaking seascape overtakes you. With sweeping direct views of the Atlantic Ocean, you will feel as though you are at sea cruising on

a private yacht. And once you are seated, your thoughts drift from the sea to the well-appointed menu and Nero’s plethora of mouth-watering offerings. Serving prime meats, including their 28-oz. Nero’s Signature Prime Rib and other traditional steakhouse classics like Steakhouse Wedge salad with gorgonzola dressing and fresh fish — including Chilean Sea Bass and Branzino — what makes Nero’s rise head and shoulders above other area steakhouses are the authentic Italian offerings expertly crafted by Chef Maurizio DiMarco. House-made pastas are prepared daily, with menu selections including a delicious Linguine with Seafood and the local’s favorite, Rigatoni with a Rustic Bolognese. Chef DiMarco also creates a special item for Valentine’s Day, a Heart-shaped Seafood Ravioli to share. Chef DiMarco got started in the culinary field at age 13 working at numerous resorts throughout Italy before coming to the U.S. A graduate of the Italian Culinary Institute, his career in the restaurant industry encompasses more than 22 years of professional culinary experience attained from some of the world’s most well-known hotels and restaurants both in the U.S. and abroad. His kitchen is committed to promoting organic agriculture and supporting local growers and artisanal food producers whenever possible. With the expert team of General Manager Betty McHugh and Chef DiMarco running the front and the back of the house, respectively, the restaurant’s strong focus on customer service is at the forefront. The team’s newest brainchild is Betty’s Back Room, lovingly named after McHugh, who has been with Caesars since the early days, and whose experience — coupled with her warm and charming hospitality — is the ideal representative of this hidden gem. Housed privately in a separate room, Betty’s Back Room is open on Saturday evenings and specializes in a unique dining experience. This is not simply a place to dine and depart; this a place to spend the evening with music, friends, and exceptional food and libations. Upon entering, you will experience a transformation back to the heyday of Atlantic City, when decadence reigned and fun abounded. A white grand piano centers the room and music continues throughout the evening as guests have a drink and dance between courses. Betty’s Back Room offers its own unique menu created by Chef DiMarco and guests are treated to elegant tableside service. The offerings at Betty’s Back Room include Controfiletto Curato, a 24-oz. Dry Age Center Cut Sirloin Steak paired with mushrooms and steak fries for the ultimate steak feast and Sogliola alla Mugnaia, Dover Sole served with Jumbo Lump Crab, wilted spinach, and white wine truffle sauce. And if

Controfiletto Curato Cioppino Livornese

Betty's Tartufo Bomb by award-winning Executive Pastry Chef Deb Pellegrino

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R E STAU R A N T R E P O R T Rigatoni with a Rustic Bolognese

Decadent Sunday brunch you’re not too full, you must try the decadent Betty’s Tartufo Bomb for dessert. Beautifully created, it features pistachio ice cream and an Amareno cherry center exploding out of a crisp chocolate shell with warm ganache. It’s the ideal ending to a perfect evening. Nero’s also serves the most decadent Sunday brunch in Atlantic City and across the entire east coast, with specialties such as filet of beef, grilled swordfish, freshly-carved turkey, and handmade lasagna. Dive into the succulent seafood favorites, including shrimp, crab claws, oysters, and freshly-prepared sushi. Stop by the omelet station and have stylish, fedora-wearing Matt prepare you a delicious creation. Design your own Bloody Mary at the bottomless Bloody Mary bar or, if a more healthy option is on your mind, the juice bar will blend any creation you desire. Be sure to save room for the dessert display filled with cheesecake, tiramisu, pastries, and freshly-prepared crêpes. There is something delicious for everyone and you will be amazed at the sheer scale and diversity offered at this landmark locale.

General Manager Betty McHugh (left) and piano player Jennifer Shieh

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One thing you will certainly notice when you’re dining at Nero’s in the evening, at their famous brunch, or inside Betty’s Back Room, is that everyone is having a great time. From the jovial guests to the smiling staff, the enjoyment can be felt from the moment you walk in to the moment you leave; it’s something you simply must experience to believe. “We credit much of the success to the staff at Caesars,” explained McHugh. “Many of the staff has been here since the restaurant opened and work together seamlessly. From the kitchen staff to the severs, there is a unique feeling of comradery not often found in many restaurants.” And things are continuing on the upswing for this beloved establishment. “2017 was our most successful year so far,” revealed McHugh, and with all the buzz around Betty’s Back Room, it looks like 2018 is going to be record-breaking as well. Come be part of the oceanside excitement at Caesars Atlantic City and experience the unparalleled service and exquisite cuisine at Nero’s Italian Steakhouse. n


Lifestyle Cooking With Chef Will Savarese

Winter’s Chill Hearty food enjoyed with friends makes it all taste better

W inter is surely here. It came in with a serious cold spell and, to top it off, we got a wallop of a snowstorm with high winds. From what I’m hearing, we are going to be in for a couple more storms before it’s all said and done. Did someone say bring on the spring and summer? The only white I want to see is the white sand between my toes. In the meantime, we just have to suck it up and get through this. My wife, Patti, and I will be having our annual get-together with friends. Mom will be attending this year; she’s been with us more since dad’s passing almost one year ago. Our get-together always have a nice turn out: good food (how can it not be), wine, and our homemade punch with a kick. It’ll be good for mom to see a number of people that she hasn’t seen in a while. Besides that, it’ll give me the chance to cook for a group of people and make their taste buds happy. I’ll also be looking to do some kind of get-together for the Super Bowl. I may come up with a theme and make food from the regions of the teams playing in the big game. Remember to share, always spend time with friends, and enjoy each other’s company. We are not granted tomorrow, so why not enjoy today and live out our life to the fullest?

With all these cold months still in front of us, what’s better than a hearty bowl of soup? A big concept in my cooking is to season as you go. This is also seen in what I call “building the layer of flavors” as you go. With soup, if I start off with garlic and onions, I still like to season a bit. Then, as I add other vegetables to the soup, I lightly season again. Lightly seasoning is the key. I know other people believe in seasoning at the end, but I taste as I go and then am able to determine in what direction I want to take the dish. Again, I feel very strongly about building the flavors in layers. The bottom line: What’s better then cooking and baking in the cold of winter, staying at home, and having a terrific home-cooked meal with the ones you love? You can even make a themed-meal, as I mentioned earlier. One suggestion is an artichoke heart soup or perhaps a dish, such as rack of lamb, classically-prepared herb bread crumbs, and Dijon mustard crust. Nothing too extravagant, since you’ll want to enjoy your time together; have some nice wine, and some chocolate for dessert, that would make anyone happy. Oh, and enjoy the fine wine, life is too short not to drink the good stuff! n

Recipe Corner Simply Divine Artichoke Soup Ingredients:

• 4 fresh large artichokes • Handful of garlic • 2 carrots • 3 ribs of celery • 2 large onions • Bunch of fresh thyme

• Bunch of Italian parsley • 32-ounces of vegetable or chicken stock • 8-ounces of cream • 2 lemons • White Riesling wine to deglaze • Baby spinach

Instructions: Trim up artichokes, save all the peels. Place artichokes in cold water with a splash of wine vinegar. Sauté one onion with garlic cloves. Add diced carrot and rib of celery with a few pieces of thyme and parsley stems. Then add all the trim of the artichokes (leaves). Sweat out good, season with salt and pepper. Then deglaze with the Riesling and add stock to cover. Bring to boil and then simmer; reduce and taste as you go. Then add cream, bring back to a boil, and simmer. Strain and reserve liquid. While still hot, add a couple of handfuls of baby spinach and diced artichokes. Squeeze a lemon or two. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Enjoy! Follow Chef Will at CHEFWSAVARESE on Instagram

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Lifestyle Wine

Winter Wine Tour Travel the world one bottle at a time

By Phillip Silverstone


lease send positive thoughts my way, as I am writing the column just one week before I have spinal fusion surgery. And, I dedicate this column to my greatest hero, my wife Linda, who will be by my side sampling wines with me while I’m feeling sorry for myself. I remember once saying “In sickness and in health” and the same can be said for wine. As long as my medications will permit me to drink the nectar I adore with the woman I adore, perhaps the recovery period will be less painful and more of an adventure. We shall see. Anyway, it’s winter so you know most of my wines will be red, but, some whites bring thoughts of summer, so we have to include a few of those in this column’s selection. And let’s start out with everyone’s favorite wine country: Italy. Caroso Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva, Abruzzo, Italy (This red wine is approx. $21.99.) Abruzzo is in the south eastern part of Italy, just above “the boot.” The Citra family of stylishlycreated Italian wines came into being in 1973 when 3,000 small growers scattered throughout the Abruzzo region opted to band together to form a single wine cooperative. What they all shared in common was a commitment to win the national and international recognition they felt the wines of their region deserved. This red wine is aged in a combination of Slavonian oak barrels and French oak barriques for 24 months, with additional aging in bottles for minimum six months before release. Caroso’s Montepilciano has a beautiful deep ruby color with complex aromas of dark fruit and warm spice, accented by hints of sweet vanilla. Rich, generous, full-bodied and velvety, with loads of deep red fruit, plum and cinnamon; the winery insists that we try it with kebabs! Feudo Principi di Butera Insolia, Sicily, Italy (This white wine is approx. $14.99.) This expansive estate is located on land once owned by the Prince of Butera, 46

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situated in the southeastern part of the Province of Caltanissetta, making it apart of the DOC district of Riesi, Sicily. The grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks for 7-10 and remains on their lees (parts of the original grape that remains after the initial winemaking process) for three months. They then age in stainless tanks for six months, followed by an additional three months in the bottle. The wine has a clear and brilliant golden straw yellow with faint green hues. The perfume is full of delicate minerals with fresh apples, tangerine, cream and exotic flowers. The flavor is dry, medium bodied and refreshing, with notes of citrus and tangerine, sweet almond and stone minerals that lead to a long and crisp finish. And we all need something bright and cheerful and bubbly in the winter, but sadly Vanna White is busy, so as a neat substitute I suggest some Prosecco: Castello del Poggio Prosecco, Asti, Italy (This sparkling wine is approx. $12.99.) Castello del Poggio's name honors the original castle built in the village of Poggio. The estate is situated entirely in the town of Monferrato and it lies within the Province of Asti, one of Piedmont's finest wine regions. And since we’re on the subject of Vanna White (why did she just come into my head … now my head is spinning) this semi-dry sparkling Prosecco hits you right in the swxet txoth (buy a letter or two to finish that sentence). The color is a bright straw yellow with very tiny bubbles. The perfume is intense and fruity with golden apple notes. The flavor is very fresh, fruity and has strong minerality. And now we move around the map a little and come to a region that tends to be overlooked and definitely misunderstood and — in the words of many wine buyers who say: “It’s all Greek to me” — they got that one right! So it's high time to bring some of Greece's finest grape varieties and cheeses together

for the ultimate Greek wine and cheese pairing. Hopefully you will start seeking out wine stores and cheese departments to find these treasures. Moschofilero (This white grape produces wines approx. $14.) This is a deep pinkskinned grape variety, producing an intensely aromatic and golden-hued wine. The wines are usually floral, with crisp acidity and powerful flavors to match the aroma. You can expect hints of white flowers, honeysuckle, violets and rose petals. Pair with: Manouri, a whey cheese that is exclusively produced in central and western Macedonia and in Thessalia. Made from pure sheep's or goat's milk, Manouri is a rich, soft, spreadable cheese with a texture similar to French Chévre, but with a uniquely Greek tang. Agiorgitiko (This red grape produces wines approx. $16.) This grape produces wines with a deep ruby color, full of vitality and character. An Agiorgitiko wine generally has a rich bouquet of wild flowers and fruits, such as plums and cherries. Pair with: Graviera, a hard yet mild cheese made on the Greek island of Crete. Made from sheep's milk or blend of sheep's and goat's milk, and aged for a minimum of five months, this cheese has a sweet nutty flavor. Excellent for shredding over pasta and for general cooking use. Assyrtiko (This white grape produces wines approx. $22.) The wines made from this grape are usually light in color, with a soft golden hue. The wine is well structured and balanced with notes of fruit like pears, green apples, and citrus. The result is a dry and full-bodied wine with intense minerality, a fair amount of acidity and an elegant finish. Pair with: Kasseri, a semi-hard cheese made from a blend of sheep's and goat's milk. It's a pale yellow cheese with mild tangy flavor and springy texture. Kasseri is slightly salty and a bit oily in texture,

RESTAURANT WEEK commonly referred to as the Greek Mozzarella. Kasseri is a versatile cheese and is great in sandwiches, on pizza and on pasta. And now we are globetrotting to South Africa: Aslina Sauvignon Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa (This white wine is approx. $20.) Growing up in the rolling hills of Zululand, Ntsiki Biyela embarked on a life changing journey to the Cape Winelands. It was here that she discovered her talent and passion to create amazing wines. And she turned her dreams into reality and dedicated her brand’s name to her great inspiration, her beloved grandmother, Aslina. This story is so romantic that every sip encapsulates the passion, elegance, and vision with which it was crafted. This is a complex Sauvignon Blanc with bright fruit, lots of citrus characters, lemon zest, beautiful complexity, and depth. And extended time on the lees gives this wine a unique, lingering, silky finish. Thank you Ms. Biyela for this complex Sauvignon.

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And finally, another version of the most overlooked grape ever made and often being left on shelves to collect dust, except when I am in the store. Lubanzi Chenin Blanc, Swartland, South Africa (This white wine is approx. $18.) This Chenin is precisely what I refer to as “Summer sunshine in a glass” and was the wine which I alluded right back at the beginning of this column. A wine which will drift you through the calendar to a lazy, hazy day outdoors. Only 100 cases were made and all of the grapes were hand picked. The wine has a lively green color, with hues of pale straw which are the first indication this is going to be both fresh and complex. The perfume is true summer fruits: Fresh figs, and nectarines and the taste is full of citrus fruit and melon. The finish is creamy and long and fresh like watermelon sorbet. YUMMY! I have convinced myself that as the sleepy cocktail slides down the IV tube into my veins, my fading, sleep induced, drugged up voice will be attempting to shout: “My cork, my cork, my kingdom for a cor … zzzzzzzzz. Cheers! n


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PHILL’S WINTER BEST OF THE BUNCH CHOICE Thokosani SMV, South Africa (This red wine is approx. $20.) The wine is made from a blend of 86% Shiraz; 13% Mourvedre; and 1% Viognier and it is aged six months in wood. And what an amazing red winter this is and, for the price, it has no peer! This is a big wine with a complex bouquet of dark chocolate, dark cherries, liquorice, smoky bacon and butterscotch, with the flavor that has a smokiness along with a savory mix of fruit and mocha, with silky tannins to finish.

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Ram’s Head Inn

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

Barista’s Coffee House

199 New Road Ste. 10, Central Square, Linwood 609-904-2990 Owners Mark and Debbie Becker have created the perfect “neighborhood” atmosphere coffee house. Brewing up more than just coffee, customers come back time and time again for Barista’s espresso, tea breakfast, Liege waffles, Brussels waffles, gourmet desserts, and Italian gelato. Once you walk through the doors, you instantly become part of the “Barista’s Family”. Open Monday thru Friday, 7 am - 5 pm; Saturday, 8 am - 5 pm and Sunday, 8 am - 2 pm.

609-822-3604 A privately owned and operated food service management company and caterer, Nobil Food Services is the region's premier on and off premise caterer. Specializing in exquisite weddings, private parties and corporate functions at your location, or theirs. From start to finish, Nobil will help you plan an event that will make your next special occasion truly memorable.

The Historic Smithville Inn

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

LongHorn Steakhouse

4417 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, NJ 609-383-8539 One visit and you'll experience their grill master's Legendary Steaks, like their center-cut Flo's Filet or Prime Rib. Try bold flavors from their Peak Season and Chef's Showcase menu, or signature entrees like Parmesan Crusted Chicken or LongHorn Salmon. The lunch menu also features over 30 different combinations, including their LongHorn salads and Steakhouse burgers. Try one of their popular Strawberry Margaritas or signature Perfect Margaritas. And don't forget to save room for Molten Lava Cake.


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

Joseph's Restaurant at Renault Winery Crab Trap

2 Broadway, Somers Point, NJ 609-927-7377 Overlooking the Great Egg Harbor Bay in Somers Point is the Crab Trap Restaurant. Flourishing as a 400-seat full service restaurant serving the finest seafood in South Jersey. As many businesses expand, they often lose touch with the quality and small personal touches that made them special. At the Crab Trap, they don’t believe that has happened, or ever will. 48

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72 Bremen Avenue, Egg Harbor City, NJ 609-965-2111 Open since 2001, Joseph's Restaurant at Renault Winery has become a local favorite of the Atlantic County area. The continued patronage speaks volumes to the flavors that Chef Joe DeGennaro creates, which combines his unique flair and traditions. The food quality and atmosphere are surpassed by none. Whether you choose Italian, seafood, premium steaks or a burger, you are sure to be pleased. Try their diverse flavors and experience their amazing ambiance in a unique setting.

Ventura's Offshore Cafe

2015 Shore Road, Northfield, NJ 609-641-5158 Ventura's is a family restaurant and sportsman's bar with a cozy hometown atmosphere that makes you want to come back again and again. From their famous mussels marinara to their award-winning filet mignon, to their simply delicious gourmet pan pizzas, they offer fresh homemade meals to please everyone's palate.

Seaview Dolce

401 South New York Road, Galloway, NJ 609-652-1800 When it comes to dining at Seaview, guests savor seasonal, locally-sourced cuisine. In the sophisticated Main Dining Room, enjoy breakfast daily and Sunday brunch in an elegant setting overlooking the historic Bay Golf Course. Connect with family and friends in the rustic warmth of the historic Coastal Grille Pub, which stands ready with signature craft cocktails, a wide selection of beer and wine, and delicious pub fare served in a comfortable, convivial setting. Or, relax and unwind with signature cocktails in the luxurious Lobby Bar and Lounge. Stockton Seaview in Galloway, NJ, offers casual and fine dining expertly prepared by a world-class culinary team. From awardwinning Champagne brunches and romantic dinners for two to post-golf parties or snacks during the big game, there’s something for every taste. Dining at Seaview is an experience not to be missed!

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

A Touch of Italy

6629 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Twp. 609-6411855 A Touch of Italy offers the finest quality of food and service. Each meal served is cooked to order. A friendly and pleasurable atmosphere will make your visit a memorable one. Established in 1981 with more than 31 years of experience, this restaurant, banquet facility, and lounge serves only the finest natural veal, steaks, poultry, pasta, seafood and brick-oven pizza.


9314 Amherst Avenue, Margate, NJ 609-822-9111 Exhibiting classical Greco-Mediterranean design, Sofia invites you to enjoy her dinner table and share in a celebration of a wholesome cuisine built on home-style cooking expressed by exceptional chefs and recipes acquired from past generations. Thus, making Sofia a truly extraordinary South Jersey Greek restaurant.




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TROPICANA (THE QUARTER) Capriccio Broadway Burger Bar

The Quarter at Tropicana, Atlantic City, NJ 609-317-4660 Ark Restaurants introduces Broadway Burger Bar at the Quarter in Tropicana Casino & Resort, Atlantic City serving up fresh ground, grilled, prime beef burgers and a large selection of tapas-style appetizers. Order from a full bar featuring 60 craft beers, specialty cocktails, adult milkshakes, as well as your traditional favorites. Live acoustic acts every Friday and Saturday add to the vibrant and unique atmosphere. Fun for families, a quick lunch or an intimate dinner. At Broadway Burger Bar, they make burgers great.


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

RESORTS Gallagher’s Steakhouse

Resorts Casino, Atlantic City, NJ 609-340-6555 A classic steakhouse serving hearty salads, dryaged meats, wonderful fish and shellfish. Their glass-enclosed meat locker is in the front of the restaurant for all to view; and all of the beef is dry-aged for 21 days at a constant 36 degrees to insure tenderness. Offering the finest selections of seafood as well. Open for dinner Sunday thru Thursday 5-9:30 pm, Friday 5-10 pm, Saturday 5-11 pm. 50

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Resorts Casino, Atlantic City, NJ 609-344-6000 No passport needed for this Italian experience. Capriccio’s all new menu features gourmet Italian cuisine in an exquisitely comfortable Mediterranean atmosphere, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the food and view are spectacular.

CAESARS Nero's Italian Steakhouse

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


Phillips Seafood

The Playground at Caesars, Atlantic City, NJ 609-348-2273 Enjoy Phillips’ classic signature crab cakes along with delicious seasonal fishes and an array of seafood choices. Want a bit of land and sea? Phillips continues to accommodate with their famous Surf and Turf, served with a juicy 6-oz filet and 6-oz tender lobster tail; all for $19.95! It doesn’t stop there; Phillips’ Happy Hour is now all day every day (except Saturday). Select choice appetizers as well as cocktails keep you comfortable and full for the duration of your visit. Experience an upscale, interactive dining experience with their exhibition kitchen, who will also happily serve your banquet or large event. Phillips Seafood, located on the third floor of The Playground at Caesars, brings guests the most succulent classic American seafood while surrounded by a captivating view of the Atlantic City Boardwalk and beaches.

Souzai Sushi & Saki

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

The Continental

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


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

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