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“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
New Jersey Comes in First
here’s something to be said for being first. After all, firsts are memorable. We remember our first kiss, our first car, and when and where our children took their first steps. But we’re not the only ones who celebrate firsts. New Jersey has its share of them, too, and, since spring is a time for new beginnings, I thought it fitting to share a sampling of the Garden State’s inaugural accomplishments. • Sports come first for many of us in New Jersey, and it’s no wonder. Our state hosted the first officially recorded baseball game in Hoboken on June 19, 1846. The first intercollegiate football game was played in New Brunswick on November 6, 1869. Rutgers took Princeton, 6 to 4. The first professional basketball game was played in 1986 in Trenton. Admission was 25 cents for a seat and 15 cents for standing room. • The first Boardwalk in the U.S. was in, you guessed it, Atlantic City. It debuted in June of 1870 as a solution to keep sand out of the beachfront hotels. For many years, the boards were packed up and stored during the off season. • The first drive-in movie theatre opened on June 6, 1933 in Camden, NJ. Known as Park-In Theaters, it was the brainchild of Richard Hollingshead, a young entrepreneur and movie fan. Reportedly, he was inspired by his mother who complained about uncomfortable movie theater seats. • The first movie was developed by Thomas A. Edison, a New Jersey inventor who patented hundreds of inventions. We can also thank Edison for the incandescent light bulb. He made a version that was practical for home use. • The first condensed soup invented in 1897 by a 24-year-old chemist at the Joseph Campbell Preserve Company. By eliminating the water, Dr. John T. Dorrance made the soup much cheaper to package, ship, and store. There were five original varieties: Tomato, Consommé, Vegetable, Chicken, and Oxtail. The product became so popular that the company changed its name to the Campbell Soup Company. • The first BAND-AID® brand adhesive bandages were invented by Earle Dickson, a cotton buyer at Johnson & Johnson, for his accident-prone wife. The first ones manufactured were three inches wide and 18 inches long. By the way, Johnson & Johnson is the only company allowed to use the word BAND-AID. It’s a brand name, not a generic. This is an example where the first to market became the word we use to describe the product. If this doesn’t give you plenty of reason to brag about New Jersey, I’ll give you one more: New Jersey Lifestyle Magazine. Our writers, photographers, editors and advertisers work hard to give you the best New Jersey has to offer. So, grab a copy of this issue — and relax along with a bowl of Campbell’s soup. It’s spring and there’s no better reason to celebrate New Jersey. Happy reading!
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DEPARTMENTS anticipated openings of three new restaurants 46 The – Olón, Okatshe, and Bar Olón.
Local Chatter.............................................. 6 The buzz on happenings in and around our area.
14 It’s not all about the view here, but there’s no denying it’s the
main attraction in this striking, 4,200-square-foot showplace.
Lifestyle Fashion......................................... 8 It’s a sunshine day.
Tranquility Base................................. 14
The hectic game of life.
Embrace nature through luxurious lagoon living.
High Home Expectations: Met..................... 19 New Hampshire couple utilizes Royal Building Products.
A Potter’s Life.................................... 24
A local artist teaches us to experience life’s simple pleasures.
The Smart SUV................................... 32
Money Watch............................................. 21
Decision 2017. The race for Governor.
Take a ride in the Mercedes-Benz GLC.
Health Watch............................................. 22
Three Times the Deliciousness............. 46
Spring clean your life.
Chef Jose Garces brings his award-winning recipes to the Tropicana.
Lifestyle Travel........................................... 28 Five cool museums.
Lifestyle Entertainment............................... 36 Playing center stage with Howie Mandel.
First Person............................................... 40 Teen idol Bobby Rydell reveals his past secrets.
The Social Scene........................................ 42 Get the picture on the latest events and happenings.
Lifestyle Cooking....................................... 49 Harvest happenings.
Experience the award-winning accoutrements the MercedesBenz GLC has to offer. 4
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Lifestyle Wine............................................ 50 Wines to make us feel great again.
Dining Gallery............................................ 52 All the details on the area’s great dining venues.
A Final Word.............................................. 55 Let it rain.
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Chatter Kudos to Stone Harbor
THE NEW JERSEY HEALTH CARE QUALITY Institute has named Stone Harbor as New Jersey’s Healthy Town for 2016. The Mayor Wellness Campaign started in 2006 through the Quality Institute to prioritize health and wellness programs within communities all throughout New Jersey. It now has roots in over 380 municipalities. Stone Harbor met and exceeded all the requirements through its innovative programs; including weekly walks, free fitness passes, and healthy restaurants in the community. Stone Harbor also provides health education, free health screenings, and holistic seminars.
Award-Winning Bread A BELOVED CAPE MAY BAKER has been named one of the semifinalists for the Outstanding Baker James Beard award. Known by her fans as simply “The Bread Lady”, Liz Degener is the only New Jersey baker nominated for this nationallyrenowned food award. Degener, who bakes a variety of loaves for Enfin Farm in Cape May, incorporates unique flavor combinations into her bread; including beet and dill, olive oil and black pepper, chocolate candied ginger lavender; and smoked chili and onion, to name a few. The winner will be announced on April 25 at the awards dinner in New York City.
AC Casino Rebranded
HARD ROCK INTERNATIONAL, in partnership with the Morris and Jingoli families, has acquired the recently-closed Trump Taj Mahal Hotel in Atlantic City and will rebrand it the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. According to published reports, the new ownership group has invested more than $300 million to purchase, substantially renovate, and re-open the casino, which has been closed since October 2016. “We are excited to be part of this revitalization of Atlantic City, creating thousands of jobs to help local employment,” said Jim Allen, Hard Rock International’s chairman. “We are 100% convinced Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City will be a success.” 8
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Superstar Violinist Featured
THE BAY-ATLANTIC SYMPHONY will perform selections by Prokofiev and Mendelssohn at the Stockton Performing Arts Center on May 7 in “Conversation with the Conductor.” Folklore is the watchword for this colorful panoply of dance and melody. Young superstar violinist Luosha Fang (Curtis) joins the Bay-Atlantic Symphony for Prokofiev’s treacherous Second Concerto, ending in a diabolically warped witch’s dance. Just as fiery is the conclusion to Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony, featuring a scorpionstung tarantella. Woven among the adrenaline are some of the most haunting melodies from any continent.
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 Save the Date! Jennifer Hyman
ON JUNE 8, THE 24TH Woman’s Forum will take place at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City. Rent the Runway’s Jennifer Hyman will be the featured speaker at this annual charity event. Founded in 1994, the Women’s Forum benefits The First Tee Drive Program, a non-profit, youth development organization that introduces youngsters to the game of golf, and in the process, provides valuable life skills training. To date, the program has positively impacted more than 1,700 young lives.
War at the Cape May Stage THE UNITED STATES DECLARED war on the German Empire on April 6, 1917 and Cape May Stage notes the 100 anniversary of our entrance into World War 1 with the musical play “Billy Bishop Goes to War” on May 24. Written by John Gray with Eric Peterson, The New York Times called the musical “a high flying ace of a show, capturing the humor, the hellfire, and the derring-do of an extraordinary career.” Billy Bishop calls himself “a convicted liar and cheat who was the worst student ever at the Royal Military College … so of course they made me an officer.” Lying face down in the mud with his horse stuck beside him, Billy looks up to see a fighter plane and decides there is a better place to be. He is credited with seventy-two victories and billed as the top fighter pilot in the British Empire. The music is comprised of barracks room ditties, Kiplingesque tunes of glory, and Gilbert and Sullivanlike patter songs.
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Spring Cleaning 101 AS YOU PREPARE FOR that dreaded annual event — Spring Cleaning Weekend — have a plan in place to simplify the process. These five cleaning tips will make the weekend go by both efficiently and effectively. 1. Always go natural when it comes to cleaning products; a freshlycleaned home does not have to have a strong, chemical smell. 2. Get organized. As you’re cleaning, create and fill donation boxes along the way. Drop them off at your favorite charity at the end of the weekend. 3. Don’t get overwhelmed. Clean room by room; this will allow yourself to feel accomplished when each room is completed. 4. Always clean from top to bottom. Clean high surfaces first; finish up by cleaning/vacuuming the floor. 5. Replace the glass in your storm door with a screen; open your windows and let the glorious spring air fill your home.
PREPARE YOURSELF FOR HYSTERICAL observations as loved comedian Jerry Seinfeld comes to Atlantic City on April 22 when he headlines at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. The small-screen superstar returned to stand-up comedy in the late 1990s, embarking on multiple national tours of comedy clubs and theaters, one of which was documented in the 2002 film Comedian. He also wrote “Seinlanguage” (1993), a best-selling book of humorous observations, and the children’s book “Halloween” (2003). He also co-wrote, co-produced, and starred in the animated Bee Movie (2007). In 2010, Seinfeld made a return to television with The Marriage Ref. His web interview show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which debuted in 2012, has had much success, featuring numerous comedy stars including Chris Rock, Tina Fey, and Amy Schumer. njlifestyleonline.com
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By Alyson Boxman Levine
It's a Sunshine Day
Brighten up your spring wardrobe with the color of sunshine; from bright yellow to chic marigold, this on-trend hue will turn heads.
Asymmetrical Dress, Max and Cleo 10
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ellow is anything but mellow this season, as mood-elevating, eye-catching colors are oh-so on-trend. Countless fashion designers filled their spring catwalks with colorful resort wear, guaranteed to brighten anyone’s mood and erase the doldrums of winter from recent memories. From flashes of bright yellow — to more subdued shades of mustard and soft marigold — models strutted in style, seamlessly walking on sunshine. Dressing in bold, bright colors elevates your mood and the mood of those around you, according to fashion industry experts. Each year, many high-end designers choose a color to focus their collection on for the season; and this spring’s bright choice has been heard loud and clear. Focusing on fun, upbeat style, fashion
Lace Dress, Moon River
labels bring the excitement of the season to their customers through color. nnn A Dynamic Hue Ideal for an afternoon luncheon or a romantic dinner, this asymmetrical one-shoulder dress is both romantic and fashion forward. Offered from designer Max and Cleo, this oh-so cheerful flowy silhouette features a tiered asymmetrical skirt with a concealed side zipper. Celebrate the season in this colorful stunner as you embrace the chic sunshine hue. Max and Cleo is a modern, wearable collection of feminine, flattering, comfortable dresses designed with the lifestyle of today’s dynamic woman in mind. Always effortless, the brand is a
Lace Skirt, Rebecca Minkoff
practical and tasteful solution for modern women who are juggling family, work, and social engagements. nnn All-over Yellow Make a trendy statement this spring by wearing all-over yellow to your next party or event. This flattering shade is sure to turn heads and make you feel like a golden goddess. This lace midi dress from the Moon River label features a vibrant crocheted lace overlay, a bateau neckline, and a body-slimming sleeveless bodice with a fringy hem. Based in Los Angeles, Moon River is a specialty women’s lifestyle brand inspired by the song “Moon River” in the iconic movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The label is known for its clean, natural, and vintage-
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LIFEST YLE FASHION inspired aesthetic, representing the style and sensibility of a woman with a free spirit crossing the world in style. Wandering off to faraway locations with confidence and timeless style, the clothes she wears reflects a high level of quality and a focus on feminine details and clean natural fabrications. nnnChic Lace Ideal for the office party or a special cocktail event, this bright lace skirt adds just the right amount of on-trend color. Designer Rebecca Minkoff’s pencil skirt makes a cheerful impression in a bright hue. The
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scalloped edge lends a graceful finish to the illusion hem, and contrast peek-a-boo lining make this piece a must-have for the spring season. Rebecca Minkoff is a global lifestyle brand encompassing a wide range of apparel, handbags, footwear, jewelry, and accessories. The brand has three domestic retail stores, two international locations, and is distributed in over 900 stores worldwide. An industry leader of high-end apparel, Rebecca Minkoff’s playful and subtly-edgy designs can be spotted around the world on young women and celebrities alike.
Color-block Tank, Free People
nnn Subtle Hues If you are looking for a more subdued shade of yellow, try this classic look from the coveted Sea label. This soft and airy jumpsuit from the designer’s Spring 2017 collection features safari-style cropped pants. The comfort and clean lines of this couture garment will instantly update any spring wardrobe, infusing a touch of modern chic style. In 2007, lifelong friends Sean Monahan and Monica Paolini launched their downtown New York label Sea. Describing their style as optimistic and modestly
provocative, the designers permeate their women’s ready-to-wear line with boho prints, delicate embroidery, and signature eyelet and lace embellishments. Known for its easy, relaxed fit and comfortable fabrics, Sea adds a little softness to the urban wardrobe. Each collection draws on the city’s uptown and downtown districts for inspiration — think femininity with an edgy twist. nnn Cool Sunshine Update any outfit with this faux leather moto jacket and you will be instantly elevated to a true fashionista. Add a twist to the ongoing moto trend when you don this brightly-colored jacket, embracing this season’s hottest color. From the Zara label, this stylish piece features metallic details, asymmetrical zippers, and a chic belt. Zara is a Spanish clothier and accessories brand that opened its first store in a coastal town in the northwest of Spain in 1975. Presently, Zara has over 2,100 stores strategically located in leading cities across 88 countries, and is always striving to meet the needs of its customers. The mission of the company is to share responsible passion for fashion across a broad spectrum of people, cultures, and ages. Fans of the popular label include style icons Kate Middleton, Reese Witherspoon, and Kendall Jenner.
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Walking on Sunshine Add a pop of color to your outfit with these chic styles A.
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A. ON THE FRINGE Flirty fringe defines the playful silhouette of these ready-to-party Genie sandals. Add just the right amount of color to your outfit in these almond-toe cuties with wraparound laces at the ankle, Nine West, $99. B. FLIRTY FUN Welcome warmer weather with this fun, flirty sandal. The soft, wraparound laces are tipped with flouncy tassels for a bit of eye-catching movement every time you take a step, Kenneth Cole New York, $109.95. C. OH SO SUBTLE Expertly crafted in Italy, these chic leather sandals, with a subtle hint of yellow, will quickly become your go-to favorites of the season. Featuring a comfortable wedge heel and wide straps, these designer beauties are sure to please, Marci Tozzi, $64. D. A TOUCH OF WHIMSY Grab everyone’s attention in these cute conversation starters. Pointed in a checkered pattern and bright yellow, Go Taxi flats infuse iconic whimsy to your spring look, featuring a leather upper and sole, kate spade new york, $278. E. DESIGNER ELEGANCE Kiltie fringe adds preppy elegance to a sleek, rounded square-toe pump set on a low chunky heel. Cut from boldly hued suede and topped with Gucci’s signature gleaming goldtone interlocked G’s, this go-to style choice will instantly amp up any outfit, Gucci, $595. F. LEMON LOVE Fall in love with these lemon pine slip-on espadrille wedge mules. Update your look in this fashion-forward accent, fashioned with a chunky platform wedge heel for a fresh boost, Franco Sarto, $79.
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Tranquility Base Embrace nature through luxurious lagoon living
he waterfront lot in Margate was empty for years. Though the property owners lived just a few blocks away, they loved their longtime home and couldn’t bear to pull up stakes. Then they realized they could recreate the original retreat in a new location — and maybe even improve on it. They’d simply have to exchange their street view for 16
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a lagoon view. Talk about trading up. It’s not all about the view here, but there’s no denying it’s the main attraction in this striking, 4,200-square-foot showplace. From every room, upstairs and down, it’s a real presence: the dynamic, ever-changing panorama of wind and water, wildlife and
watercraft, sunlight and skyline that can change dramatically each time a cloud passes by. “A couple of days ago I did a double-take — the lagoon didn’t look like water, it looked like a mirror,” says one of the owners. “In the summertime it’s filled with boaters and Wave Runners and swimmers. It’s just wonderful.”
Simple and serene living area
Fireplace set in a wall of ivory marble
ARCHITECTURE By MARJORIE PRESTON Interior photos by ERIC WEEKS
Custom Neff kitchen
Lucite-style “ghost” chairs and black bar stools add depth
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Housewarming The house on Lagoon Drive is a minor miracle, at once coolly minimalist and warmly welcoming, with walls of windows and a total of 11 skylights to bring nature’s big show indoors. “Almost all the windows in the house are casement-style, without any inserts, to maximize the view and give it a very clean look,” says architect Clement Wasleski, who also designed the couple’s first home. “The house is oriented toward the water, which has such a magic pull for the human psyche. We’re all 97% water, aren’t we?” For a living area that’s simple, serene and almost Zen-like, interior designer Jay Leistner used muted tones in the wall colors and furnishings, in the light-wood accents and organic bamboo flooring. The fireplace and recessed flat-screen television are set into a wall of ivory marble. “People sometimes say a neutral palate is too vanilla, and though we literally used vanilla here, the textures do a lot to make it feel very warm,” says Leistner, of Phase 2 Architecture and Interior Design in Jenkintown. “There are velvety, nubby area rugs, pebbled walls in the powder room, plush carpets, a fluffy llama skin, and striations of silk in the wallcovering.” Even the kitchen cabinets have a finish that feels like linen to the touch. “The homeowners were looking for something contemporary yet very inviting,” Leistner adds, “quality and comfort in a sort of sleek, lowmaintenance space.” It’s not all neutrals. Though occasional Lucite-style “ghost” chairs almost fade into the background, color is introduced in vibrant artwork and big potted plants. Black end tables and bar stools add depth and “a bit of an anchor” to the open-plan living area, says Leistner. The custom Neff kitchen, which overlooks a casual dining area, features an island with twotiered granite countertops, two sinks and soft-close doors and drawers. Master Plan The first-floor master suite — more like a master wing — includes a luxurious bath with heated floors, a six-foot, extra-deep Jacuzzi tub, and expansive step-in shower with multiple spray jets. Each of two his-and-her closets is roomy enough to be converted to an office, nursery or music room. Wraparound windows in the master bedroom offer dazzling views of the waterfront. “It’s a lot like the master suite in our other house, but bigger, and with a magnificent water view,” raves the woman of the house.
The restful color palate continues here, cool as a dipper of cream. Built-in cabinets line the bedroom walls, providing lots of horizontal space and virtually eliminating the need for stand-alone chests or other furnishings. The home includes a total of four bedrooms and two and a half baths. In its current incarnation, two of the bedrooms have been repurposed — one as a gleaming office and the second as a spacious gym with all the latest high-tech equipment and of course, those inspiring water views. Visible from the living area and master bedroom is a Japanese garden overlooking a beveled, heated Gunite pool, and just beyond the paved pool area is a floating dock and boat slip for summer fun. Interestingly, the homeowners saw fit to add much more vivid color to the upper level, bringing deep coral walls to the guest suite and complementing them with drapes in a lively, oversized leaf pattern. Among the other “ta-daa” touches: a dumbwaiter to the second floor; a labor-saving central vacuum system; a heated garage with builtin storage cabinets; a vast walk-in pantry and huge laundry room; and a custom sound system. At the flip of a switch, it sends music wafting through both levels of the home and outside. Built to Last Though the home is just seven years old, it has a timeless quality to it, in no small part because it was built to last. The shingled hurricane roof can withstand winds of up to 180 miles per hour. If there’s a power failure, no worries: a wholehouse generator will keep the lights on. Closedcell, spray-in foam insulation makes for superior soundproofing, weather resistance and energy efficiency. The exterior walls are “good old-fashioned stucco, one of my favorite finishes,” says Wasleski. “It’s very labor-intensive and labor-sensitive, not like vinyl siding manufactured in a plant somewhere.” As for durability? “The Romans used it,” Wasleski observes wryly, “and some of their work is still around.” Most of all, this house is a home, well-loved by its owners who are now relocating—once again, almost reluctantly — to be closer to family members in Florida. “We’ll miss it,” says the woman of the house. “Living here has just been wonderful.” n The residence at 8101 Lagoon Drive, Margate is for offered for sale at $1.98 million by Lisa Alper-Russo of Re/Max Platinum Properties.
Aerial view Former bedroom repurposed as a spacious gym
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Don’t Wait In the hectic game of life, remember to take the scenic route once in awhile. By Michelle Dawn Mooney
Why ... are ... we ... not ... moving? Precisely the words I thought to myself as I sat behind a line of cars sitting at a traffic light that had just turned green. No one was making a turn and there were no obstructions in the middle of the intersection. We were simply sitting still at a green light for no apparent reason. It probably took all of five seconds before the first car began to move, but it seemed like an eternity as many travel hiccups feel like when you’re in a hurry. The scene played out in such a short time that no one even honked the horn. While I typically refrain from using the horn, I admit I came close to it on this one. Patience is a virtue, and on this day I had none. If only I could attack my to-do list with the same tenacity I was (almost) willing to display with an ever-so-minor traffic delay. If you’re like me, you probably have a million and one things you would like to tackle at some point in your life. Of course there are the big goals and dreams when it comes to career and family, but I’m talking about the little things you constantly tell yourself you’ll get around to someday, but that day rarely comes. What is it about putting off certain things we know we should and maybe even want to do, but never actually get around to doing? To be clear, I’m not talking about stuffing your calendar with extra yoga classes or an appointment to clean out the garage (although they have their place). Think of the things that have some special meaning — whether it’s scheduling a family photo shoot before the little ones have families of their own; taking the kids to the zoo or amusement park before they’re off to senior prom; learning a foreign language you love before booking that European trip you may or may not actually take; or giving more thought to adopting a furry friend. Maybe it’s something less involved like squeezing in an overdue date night with your spouse; holding a spur of the moment playtime session with your kids; calling a relative you haven’t seen in a while just to catch up; or whipping 20
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up a batch of brownies for a neighbor or friend. As silly as it sounds, brownies were the actual inspiration for this story. With the recent loss of a colleague and friend who touched the lives of countless people in his 80 years on this earth, I was reminded that I never followed through with a simple step that would have helped ensure how much I appreciated him. Following one of his many thoughtful acts, I told him I wanted to bake him a batch of brownies. After repeatedly vowing to myself to make today THE day to whip them up, I would always get sidetracked and/or something would always come up. I never did make him those brownies, and now I’ve lost my chance. I’m pretty sure he knew how fond I was of him, but wouldn’t it have been nice for me to give him one more reason to know it was true. In the whirlwind of our hectic lives, it’s hard to remember to take advantage of each year, each hour, each minute, and every little second used to create them. How can we find time for those special little projects when many of us can barely navigate through a sea of yellow post- it note reminders full of work and family responsibilities that we creatively cram into a 24-hour period? I wish I had the answer. Unfortunately, I do not. All I can offer you is a heartfelt nudge to try and remember the old adage, “never put off till tomorrow what you can do today” when it comes to crossing things off your meaningful to-do list. As we race through the chapters of our lives, unfortunately we do not have traffic signals to force us to stop, or at least slow us down. We have to rely on our own inner GPS to tell us which way to go and when we need to do some rerouting. Always consider taking the scenic route if it means adding a few more special moments along the way. Life is too short. It may seem like we’re sitting at those red lights forever, but before you know it the light turns green and we’re on our way to the next lap. Remember to take some time to enjoy the ride! n
High Home Expectations: Met
New Hampshire couple uses Celect® Cellular Composite Siding and Zuri® Decking to upgrade curb appeal and lower maintenance. Whether you’re building a new home or simply looking at remodeling your existing abode, the idea of picking out products for the exterior of your house can be a daunting one. The outside of our homes is our message to the world about the style and designs we appreciate, and yet it’s often a forgotten or at least much-maligned portion of the building or renovation process. Perhaps it’s because we’re overwhelmed, uninformed, or both. For Heather Killie, a homeowner in the beautiful New Hampshire town of Windham, this difficulty could have put a damper on her excitement for her new home. Fortunately, a modern approach to an age-old problem would help make the process as easy as possible for the homeowners. One of their biggest sticking points however, was the exterior. “We were looking for a maintenance-free exterior and something that was going to be pretty,” Killie said. A seemingly simple request hasn’t historically been that easy to fulfill. That is until Royal® Building Products, a building products manufacturer, stepped in to provide much needed assistance. Royal Building Products offers several lines of premium building products, perfect for the home that Killie and Ingraham were planning.
Today’s consumer deserves more than just looking at tiny swatches of color in their kitchen when deciding what the outside of their home is going to look like for the next 20 or more years. Companies like Royal are investing in technology that empowers the homeowner to not only experiment with style and color, but to take a more active role in the process of finishing their home’s exterior. Royal’s HomePlay Prime design tool provides a variety of home styles to serve as a canvas for experimentation. The company has taken it a step further, however, allowing anyone to upload a photo of their own home into the program, which can be mapped and designed with the software. The level of customization within the tool—even down to the color of the front door or garage—lets homeowners really fine-tune their designs. No longer should the opinions of the homeowner be limited to the kitchen or paint colors on the walls. HomePlay Prime allows the user to customize their trim packages as well with color options from the company’s cellular PVC trim product, created to accompany Celect on high-end homes like that of Killie and Ingraham. It’s designed to have the same maintenance-free features as Celect, while offering all the ease and freedom in installation that is commonly associated with wood.
The company’s product lines of cellular-PVC siding, decking, and trim products offered the unique combination of beauty and maintenance freedom that the couple were seeking. It started with Celect® Cellular Composite Siding by Royal®, which Killie discovered after discussions with building professionals and online research. “Originally, we had other siding products in mind, but I was not thrilled with the idea of using them,” she said.
Zuri boasts a real wood look without the maintenance
Royal Building Products’ suite of exterior products is rounded out by their premium decking product, Zuri®. The product is created through a similar process to Royal’s other cellular PVC products, but features a photorealistic wood print and acrylic cap that provides enhanced beauty and durability. Zuri comes in a variety of colors, and Royal has created an online visualization tool for it as well that allows homeowners to see how different colors might look with a variety of railing options.
The front of Killie and Ingraham’s home
Ultimately, what sold Killie on Celect was Royal’s online visualization tool, which allowed her to see how different color and siding combinations might look on her home. “In the Northeast you don’t see a lot of Board & Batten, and we wanted it to look more like a Craftsman-style house, so we liked the idea of adding Board & Batten accents. We weren’t sure where we should put them, so we turned to the Royal design team for help. It was really nice to see all the colors and different options on the computer screen before we put it on the house,” Killie shared. Royal’s tool, named HomePlay™ Prime, allowed Killie to try out a variety of siding styles and color combinations before committing to one for her home. The tool is packed with options as Celect is available in four styles and 18 colors, giving the homeowner complete control over the look of their exterior.
Killie and Ingraham installed Zuri on their front porch and have found that guests often mistake it for real wood. It perfectly matches the high-quality finishes that Killie selected for the rest of the exterior while still offering the maintenance-free lifestyle the couple envisioned. When it all started, Killie acknowledged that she was a, “cautiously optimistic beginner.” Now? “We couldn’t be happier with our decision to use Celect and Zuri on the exterior of our house,” said Killie. “The outcome was exactly what we were looking for—high-end, maintenance-free products that look amazing.”
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DECISION 2017 The Race for Governor
By Harry Hurley Op-Ed Contributor SPRING IS IN THE AIR. SO IS ELECTION YEAR POLITICS. This is a very critical election year, with all 120 seats in the New Jersey Legislature, Governor, and Lieutenant Governor all up for grabs. The race for Governor will top your election ballot. On the Democratic side, businessman Phil Murphy is steamrolling his way to the nomination. Murphy vanquished two powerful men named Steve (Sweeney and Fullop) without ever firing a political shot. It was one of the most amazing things you’ll ever see in electoral politics. Steve Sweeney is a powerful State Senator and the President of the New Jersey Senate. Steve Fullop is the Mayor of Jersey City, one of the state’s biggest cities. These two appeared destined to wage an epic battle for the nomination. Suddenly, they were both gone. Left standing was Murphy, who Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno has nick-named “Money Bags Murphy.” Make no mistake about it, Murphy will be the best funded candidate for Governor since former Governor Jon Corzine self-funded his own campaigns (8 and 12 years ago respectively). Governor Jim Florio once ran against Governor Corzine in a democratic primary for the United States Senate in June, 2000. Florio, despite being a former boxer, was always a gentleman in the political arena. He nicknamed Corzine “The Human ATM”. Corzine and his seemingly unlimited finances carried the day, shattering all records by spending $35 million in that primary battle between a former and future Governor. Florio has enthusiastically endorsed Sweeney for re-election to his Senate seat and to remain as Senate President. On the Republican side of the Primary Election ballot of 2000, the Atlantic County-based legendary State Senator William Gormley lost a very narrow 35% to 34% race to the late Congressman Bob Franks. Their race came down to scant 2,000 votes out of more than 200,000 votes cast. It turned out to be Gormley’s last attempt at a higher elective office. In the Republican race this year for Governor, Guadagno has dominated the early campaign. She leads in every poll, with New York City radio talk show host Joe Piscopo a close second, even before declaring his candidacy. Guadagno is presently collecting a massive amount of endorsements. Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, R-16, is a very distant third, barely registering in the polls. In the last poll taken, a Fairleigh Dickinson PublicMind poll had Guadagno at 18%, Piscopo at 13%, and Ciattarelli at just 2%. Ciattarelli has received some very positive news regarding his health. He revealed on March 1, 2017 that he is now cancer-free. He stated that he has beat the disease through “aggressive treatment.” Comparing it to the health of New Jersey, he said that his illness was not “easy, fun or pain-free.” Ciattarelli believes that New Jersey faces a similar ailment in terms of our state finances. I have interviewed Guadagno, Piscopo, and Ciattarelli multiple times. Guadagno and Piscopo have refused to say a bad word about any of the Republican candidates. Ciattarelli has been verbally blasting Guadagno on a daily basis. 22
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Guadagno has taken the higher ground, stating about Ciattarelli: “The news that he (Ciattarelli) is cancer-free is a beautiful moment. We congratulate Assemblyman Ciattarelli on his recovery.” Guadagno is demonstrating a smart, confident, positive, frontrunner approach. It has been effective to date. Ciattarelli underwent successful surgery back in November, 2016 to remove the cancer and lymph nodes on both sides of his neck. He has followed that up with radiation treatment that began in December 2016. He has been back to campaigning full-time since late December 2016. It doesn’t seem like it, but between both political parties there are presently 12 candidates running for Governor. The reality is that the next Governor of New Jersey will either be Murphy, Guadagno, or Piscopo. With no disrespect to State Assembly Deputy Speaker John Wisnieski, D-19, who has no path to the Democratic nomination for Governor. This is presently a race between three people and soon it will be down to the two major party nominees. Wisnieski raised his statewide profile with his relentless push regarding so-called “Bridgegate.” He has desperately tried to make it stick to Governor Chris Christie, with no legitimate success; except any political damage that it has caused the governor with regards to his upward mobility going forward. The Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 and the General Election take place on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. The Primary Election will not be a “bean bag” easy-does-it affair. So get ready to buckle your seat belts because the General Election is going to be a political cesspool. I confidently predict that it will be hyper-negative in nature and record-setting in terms of the total campaign dollars spent. I want to conclude with an honorable mention about Governor Christie. He has decided that he will focus largely in his final year as Governor on the opiate and overall drug addiction problem in our state, dedicating a record amount of funding and Gubernatorial attention for treatment, awareness and prevention efforts. I also strongly believe that Governor Christie will soon be a major part of United States President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, whether it be as our nation’s Drug Czar or another important Cabinet position, reporting directly to the President. One thing I know about Governor Chris Christie; who once lost his re-election bid for Freeholder in Morris County: many counted him out at that time and incorrectly predicted that his electoral career was over. Comeback Christie responded by becoming New Jersey’s 55th Governor 13 years later, after an incredibly productive stint as United States Attorney for New Jersey, appointed by then President George W. Bush. Never count Christie out. There’s no quit in him. He’ll rebound from the phony “Bridgegate” political circus stunt. Just watch. 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 1450, where he also serves as the senior programming consultant, www. harryhurley.com.
Market Timing How far will the market continue to move higher, before the drop arrives?
THE 10 BEAR MARKETS SINCE 1929 COMBINE FOR AN average market drop of 45% over an average duration of 25 months. The bull markets that have preceded/followed those 10 bears have generated an average return of 154% over an average duration of 54 months. The current bull market, which began on March 2009, is well above those averages. The bulls just celebrated the 8th anniversary, and have cheered market gains of 231% through the end of 2016. With the market continuing to post impressive gains to start 2017, many investors are increasingly worried that a “pullback” is on the horizon. This increasing pessimism has many investors asking; “Is it possible to time the market?” The simple answer: No. Although you may occasionally be right on the short term direction of the stock market, a problem with market timing is you have to be right twice. Not only do you need to sell (buy) at the right time, you have to buy back in (sell) at the right time as well. If you do raise cash, at what point do you feel comfortable going back in? The market can be extremely volatile over the short term and can move extremely quickly. The longer you stay in cash, the greater your risk of missing a strong recovery. There are many popular studies that show the effect of missing out on the market’s strongest days. Over the last 15 years (1/1/02 - 12/31/16), a $10,000 investment in the DJIA at the beginning of the period would have grown to $28,698 — an average annualized return of 7.28%. If an investor were to miss just the 10 best days during this 15 year period, the ending portfolio value drops to $14,697, which is an average annualized gain of just 2.60%. Just 10 days produces a 4.68% difference in annual returns. It only takes missing the 20 best days during this period to produce an investment loss. Missing the 20 best days results in an average loss of -0.25%. Finally, missing the best 40 days during this time period cuts your initial investment in half. Your ending portfolio would be $4,908, which represents an average annual loss of -4.63%. You
can clearly see that the majority of the market return is attributable to a select few trading days. The past four months have proven to be a tough market for those trying to time it. The S&P 500 rallied 5% from the election through year end. Investors with cash in January may have felt that the market had gone too far too fast, and decided to wait until the next drop to buy in. January started strong and finished the month with an overall gain of 1.78%. The strong gain in January may have increased conviction that the market was overextended. However, February saw the market extend its win streak, advancing nearly 4%. Now what? It is inevitable that the bears will eventually be right and the market will fall. The question is, how far will the market continue to move higher, before the drop arrives? Market timing is a tempting, yet futile strategy. A history of investor cash flows shows money continually chasing returns, buying at market tops and selling at market lows. This is because many investors let their emotions get the best of them. Investors will be successful in the markets through proper diversification and an asset allocation that aligns with their risk tolerance. The longer an individual is able to invest, the higher the probability of earning a positive return. For example, the S&P 500 has never produced a negative average annual return over a rolling 20 year period. This gives way to the popular saying: It’s not about timing the market, but time in the market. n Tom Reynolds, CPA & Matt Reynolds CPA, CFP® Co-Managing Partners, CRA Financial Francis C. Thomas CPA, PFS, Investment Advisor Robert T. Martin, CFA, CFP®, Investment Advisor This article is for informational and educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as the basis for an investment decision. Consult your financial adviser, as well as your tax and/or legal advisers, regarding your personal circumstances before making investment decisions.
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Spring Clean Your Life
Health Watch By Robin Stoloff
Exploring Six Areas of Self-Improvement
From as far back as I can remember, I just could not wait for the signs of spring … the daffodils peeking through the dark hard soil, the opening of our corner ice cream shop, the start of the baseball season, the longer, brighter days. It makes me almost giddy inside. Living “down da shore,” I know I am not the only one who feels that way. As we leave the ice and chill in the rearview mirror, I cannot wait to shed the coat and boots for shorts and sandals. Yes, spring with its bright colored flowers, smell of fresh cut lawns and chirping birds, is a time of rebirth, renewal and rejuvenation. While New Year’s Eve is traditionally reserved for setting goals to improve ourselves, it is followed by short, gray, dreary days of winter — not the easiest time of year to get motivated. Spring, on the other hand, is a bright and cheerful season — a much better stage for re-energizing our determination to do better and live better. So, how do we begin to set our spring resolution? The first step to improving our lives is to sit down and have a long talk with yourself. What do we really want? Why do we want it? Can we accomplish it? Most importantly, what are we willing to give up, invest, sacrifice to get it? It is not a bad idea to write down these thoughts and review them. Decide on the ones that are most important and then jot down the steps to achieve them. Studies show that when we write down our goals, we are more likely to achieve them. Use the goals setting acronym — S.M.A.R.T. Make your goals Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely. It might take some time, but it is a worthwhile endeavor. There are six main elements of a balanced life — our body, mind, emotional health, finance, lifestyle, and spirituality. Focusing on our body encompasses our physical health. More than just avoiding illness, we want to make every effort to live as healthy as we can. Our mind is just as important as the health of our body, and we should make it a priority to enhance our capacity to learn and improve our brain health. Emotional health emphasizes our ability to manage our thoughts and feelings and maintain healthy relationships with a partner, friends, family, and colleagues. This is what creates the fabric of our life. Finance includes our relationship to money, career satisfaction and financial security. Lifestyle refers to how well we manage our time and organize our living and workspace. Spirituality encompasses our values and principles. It helps give our life a sense of direction. All aspects of our life are intricately woven
together, so when one of these areas is out of balance, it can affect all the others. BODY So often in our society people are busy working, taking care of the family, home or other responsibilities that their own health and fitness get put on the back burner. Consider this, if you having unhealthy habits, you’re not eating well or exercising, you are not at your optimum level for every other aspect of your life, including the people who count on you. Make health and fitness a priority. Whether it is losing weight, getting off diabetes medication, or running a 5K, decide what you want and commit to the steps you need to achieve it. MIND We don’t just lose muscle over time, our brains can atrophy, too. Just as exercise helps our physical body, there are steps we can take to strengthen our mind. Read the news or a good book, do a crossword puzzle, take an art class, play online brain games, volunteer, learn an instrument. It is never too late to re-invent yourself. Be involved and keep your mind active. EMOTIONAL HEALTH/RELATIONSHIPS Clear out emotional baggage and clutter. Let go of grudges and commit to tasks or decisions you have been putting off. Do something every day that you enjoy and take time to unwind. Take a walk, play a sport, plant a garden. Spring is a great time to connect yourself to the earth and sun. It has amazing benefits. Embrace the things and people that support you and rid yourself of negative or toxic people that bring you down. Develop a strong social network and stay in touch with friends. Studies show that people who have healthy relationships and strong social bonds, have less incidence of depression and greater sense of happiness and self-worth. The most important ingredient in any relationship is emotional responsibility, which is taking ownership of your own feelings, thoughts, and actions. FINANCE Two of the biggest areas that many people strive to improve is their financial stability and job satisfaction. Write down your financial goals and divide them by short and long term goals. Detail the steps it will take to reach them. If you find yourself dreading Monday morning, you might want to change your job or strive to make your work life better.
Understanding what motivates you in your work or career can help you refocus your expectations and make choices that help you feel more satisfied with your position. LIFESTYLE It is difficult to live a calm and organized life if you are always losing your keys, your phone, your … fill in the blank. An organized life and uncluttered home or workspace helps to create an uncluttered mind. Make sure you have a place for everything and keep it there. Organize papers, closets and kitchen cabinets. Be smart about managing you time, write out lists and schedules, and have a system to make the most efficient use of your day. SPIRITUALITY Whatever your religion or faith, research has shown that those who are more religious or spiritual are better able to cope with life, experience more health benefits and have a greater sense of well-being. For many, this news would come as no surprise. Spirituality and religious activity have been a source of comfort and relief for people around the globe. Our spirituality is what guides our values, beliefs and ultimately our thoughts and actions. If you want to feel more spiritually connected, decide what that means to you and start today. Obviously, trying to make changes in all of these areas at once could be quite overwhelming, but we can begin by gathering our thoughts on areas we would like to improve right now. After deciding what we want to achieve, we need to take it a step further and map out individual steps with a time frame on completing them. You might have heard the saying, goals without a deadline are just dreams. We all could use a blueprint, a mission statement, to help us create the life we want. With the birds chirping and flowers blooming, the season of rebirth and renewal is the best time to do it. n Former fitness competitor and health reporter for NBC 40, Robin Stoloff has dedicated her career to educating others on the benefits of living a healthy life. She is now host and producer of a weekly radio program called Living Well with Robin Stoloff on Lite Rock 96.9 WFPG, every Sunday from 9-11 AM. She can also be heard on Townsquare Media’s five South Jersey radio stations with her daily Health Update features. Robin welcomes your questions or comments on her Facebook page – Health Update with Robin Stoloff or Twitter - @StoloffRobin. njlifestyleonline.com
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A POTTER’S BY BETH WADE PHOTOS BY NICHOLAS & PARTNERS
A LOCAL ARTIST TEACHES US TO SLOW DOWN AND EXPERIENCE LIFE’S SIMPLE PLEASURES. 26
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THE CONTENTS OF A NON-DESCRIPT CONSTRUCTION bucket are one part of a great “before and after.” These whitish, rocky clusters, which are assorted in sizes, are speckled a bit. Rough. If they had not been shown in an art studio, a person might have guessed they were mined from the moon. So cue the reveal music. In a moment like this, the visual of work boots crossing a dusty floor is in order. Pan up to Joe DiMatteo, who’s holding a fine, finished piece of pottery, elegant in both form and style. “The clay comes from my backyard,” he explains. Pause for dramatic effect. “In Egg Harbor City.” Okay, so DiMatteo just cemented his place among the real deal craftsman. He’s a potter. Probably a “potter’s potter” given the fact that he transformed those loose rocks from the bucket to high art. He makes plates, bowls, pitchers, vases, lidded decorative pieces, canisters, salt and pepper shakers among other treasures. DiMatteo tends to make functional pieces. With purpose, he aims to enhance the otherwise everyday experience of a meal. With each piece, he hopes to create a tactile and visual experience that invites people to slow down a bit in the hurry of today’s world. Reflecting on it, he says it’s because of the influence of his Italian family that places importance on cooking and meals. A self-described quiet type of person, he enjoys simple pleasures of nature and time spent with his two daughters. To his credit, DiMatteo has been experimenting with local clay, which he typically finds on or near the surface. He says it’s actually easy to spot because of its whitish and occasionally orange hue (from iron content), which sharply contrast sandy soil. Since it is not refined like commercial clay, which has more plasticity, he says it allows the rough texture to come through. Though commercial clay might be easier and more predictable to work with, he enjoys the challenge and spontaneity local clay demands. To prep the raw clay, he adds water to it and sifts it through ultrafine mesh to remove impurities and undesirable bits. Then it must sit in order to allow some of the water to evaporate. After a few more steps in the process, he readies it for building on a potter’s wheel or by hand. Right now, he’s working on a set of footed cappuccino mugs. He’s hoping that his design will prove to be a winner at an upcoming meeting at Boca Restaurant in Margate. The mugs are textured with liquid slip (watery clay at a thinner consistency and texture) so the glaze applied will accentuate the surface for visual interest. In this case, a rippled water effect is his intention. Nature themes strongly impact DiMatteo’s collection, both overtly and subtly. Take for instance, a handle he’s attached. “This one is inspired by a pumpkin vine,” he says, pointing out a flared, trunk-like form that attaches to the mug. Instead of a crisp, clean, sharp edge, this one gently slopes. DiMatteo is also partial to Asian influence, but do not expect cherry blossoms and koi fish themes. What he means is that, in addition to modern electric kilns, he also utilizes Japanese firing techniques, in particular a wood-burning kiln. One of the oldest techniques is still among the best for his taste, he explains. “Here is where the ashes landed on the piece,” he says, pointing to delicate black splintering on a celadon (shade of green) colored piece. The effect sporadically appears throughout the composition. In a set of square dinner plates, DiMatteo’s Japanese influence is also noticeable. An unexpected detail of a knot or “swirl” effect on opposite njlifestyleonline.com
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is striking and eye-catching. It’s a wonderful contrast to the stark lines of the plates. DiMatteo’s pieces often are first thrown on a potter’s wheel, and then some altering and hand-building occurs. At times, for example, he might slice a vase using a wire to expose the top quarter, which he then finishes by hand-building. The working of the clay, which is a lot like watching baker kneed bread, is a rhythmic movement that readies the clay for the potter’s wheel. What DiMatteo does at the wheel is equally mesmerizing. The amorphous chunk placed on the center is spinning while being molded and controlled into shape by skilled hands that sometimes work symmetrically — applying equal pressure on the piece — or at other times, one hand supports the pieces while the other hand uses a tool to create shape or texture. Tools at his station — wood, wire and metal for sculpting — give clues to on how some of the fantastic glazes and textures are achieved. Some of the techniques employed are sgraffito (or scratching), faceting, and wax resist amongst others. Another way his work shows his love of Japanese influence is in the simplicity of the design, which is often associated with that culture. While in graduate school at Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, his work was included in a fusion show that included a group of Korean students. The period of time he studied with them has had a long-term effect on this work. Of course DiMatteo’s abilities come in great part from his formal training at Monmouth College, where he initially studied drawing and painting. The son of a lithographer (a printer who uses plates), he naturally found interest in these fields. But, upon taking one class in pottery — at a friend’s urging — he changed direction. His first studies have an undeniable impact on his work, though. For example, he notes his tendency to focus in on an element or part, not the whole. Hence, the pumpkin vine at its point of attachment. Incorporation and attention to these details makes his work stand out in a way that doesn’t distract, but makes those who appreciate his art pause thoughtfully on an aspect. He embraces imperfection, an endearing trait. In this way, the vessel with handles that are not positioned symmetrically, but offset, is stamped with the DiMatteo touch. “I think it makes my work interesting and gives it value,” he explains. The fact that the clay is local is another marker of pride and value. It’s a great talking point for people who own one of his designs. Working with the local clay has also produced an unexpected side benefit, which came as a surprise even to this experienced potter. DiMatteo found that its interaction with red slip causes a desirable crackling effect and blue coloration. This glaze is among other original glazes. Oh, yeah, he makes his own glazes, too. DiMatteo’s personal interests often are reflected in his compositions. He spends a lot of time around the water, so, for example, a day trip fishing with cousins can inspire him. The pattern the wind creates on the water might end up on a pitcher. The genre of music he chooses to play while working in the studio also can affect design. His taste varies from opera and jazz to classical, and even hard rock. At other times, he works in quiet. (So, when looking at his collection, you might take a guess at what he was listening to.) Since 1994, he’s been associated with the Ocean City Arts Studio, where he teaches pottery classes. His pieces are also displayed and sold there. It’s a second home of sorts for DiMatteo. Over the years, he’s influenced innumerable local potters and gained a significant number of online admirers who respect and purchase his work online. “Pottery making has been an increasingly positive challenge and satisfying path for me. I would say, it’s like an energy, an expression of myself,” said DiMatteo. “I’m not one to sit down much.” That dust won’t remain undisturbed for long. Not with this guy. n Joe DiMatteo can be found on Instagram and Facebook. 28
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WHEN IT COMES TO COOL MUSEUMS, SIZE DOESN’T MATTER. In fact, some of the best museums in the country are compact, little oases of artifacts and information somewhat off the beaten path. The Museum of Bethel Woods tells the story of the cultural changes that led to Woodstock — the concert that changed the world. Located on the site of the Sullivan County farm where the three-day event took place in 1969, the museum is part of the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, an 800-acre complex that also includes an outdoor amphitheater, indoor auditorium, and a conservatory for arts education programming. Opened in June 2008, the museum traces the no-holds-barred story of the decade in a colorful yet detailed display of artifacts, photographs, and documents. The museum includes a half-dozen major videos, including a 20-minute film called Woodstock: The Music, the four-minute Woodstock Experience, and a nine-minute multi-media presentation named The Festival Experience. Other movies shown on a regular basis in the museum include Music Revolution, Creating Woodstock, and a 10-minute documentary in the 1968 Theater. There are shorter films, shown continuously, on the politics, personalities, and news events of the tumultuous decade as explained by the music of the time. There’s even a full-sized school bus, painted in psychedelic colors, that Woodstock patrons used to reach the frenetic festival. For many, just getting to the event was half the fun. Everything is covered: the Kennedy and King assassinations, civil rights, Vietnam, San Francisco’s Summer of Love, and the British Invasion that started with Beatlemania. But all roads lead to Woodstock, where neither traffic nor thunderstorms discouraged the half-million, half-dressed revelers who braved the conditions. How big was the event? Suffice to say there were more people in Max Yasgur’s fields than the museum has drawn in its entire 10 years of operation. But maybe that’s because of a location 90 miles north of New York City that’s not a winter tourism magnet, despite proximity to Monticello Raceway. When visitors do come, they can partake of a fine photo op at the Woodstock Monument; sales of T-shirts, mugs, and concert memorabilia in the museum shop; and regular concert and movie programs. For more info. visit Bethelwoodscenter.org or call 800-745-3000. History also lives in Manhattan’s Lower East Side
A school bus on display that made the bumpy journey to Woodstock JFK/Vietnam exhibits
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Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue Photo by Maria Bryk/Newseum
Tenement Museum, housed in a one-time apartment building where immigrant families had little more than the walls surrounding their dreary dwellings. The museum, located at 97 Orchard Street, is a five-story brick tenement where some 7,000 people lived between 1869 and 1935. Shuttered for more than 50 years after owners refused to conform with changes in housing laws, the building was a virtual time capsule when it morphed into its new life as a museum in 1988. That structure, and another at 103 Orchard Street, are listed as national historic landmarks and are listed in the U.S. Register of Historic Places. Virtually all of its early residents were European immigrants, mostly Irish Catholics and European Jews, with quite a few Italians too. When first constructed, the building had 22 apartments and a basement saloon, but later changes reduced the number of dwellings to 16. Initially, there was no indoor plumbing, with cold running water and two toilets per floor added later after the city mandated them by law. Gas, and then electricity, also were added as required. Living conditions were cramped and claustrophobic, especially since few of the apartments had windows. Ventilation was also an issue, with no fresh air to escape the heat of summer or the illnesses of 32
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An exhibit inside the International Women’s Air & Space Museum
other tenants. Modern visitors are invariably amazed when escorted through the quarters by museum guides. Costumed interpreters portray former residents, often offering food typical of the times. There’s a choice of tours, including neighborhood walks and an orientation film, plus artifacts and archives from the tenement era. In retrospect, it’s amazing to learn that people once lived without the protection of fire escapes, ventilation, sanitary facilities, or even connections to city sewers. In fact, the first housing reform law, passed in 1867, was routinely ignored by landlords. Many others followed. Visitors would be wise to sign up for tours in advance. Choices include shop life, sweatshop workers, hard times, foods of the Lower East Side, and tenement inspectors, among others. For more information, visit www. tenement.org or call 877-975-3786. Outrage over the living conditions in the tenements often made its way into the media. The archives of The Newseum would be a good place to look. The museum of news reopened in 2008, the same year the Woodstock museum sprang to life, in a spiffy downtown Washington building a short walk from the Capitol Building. USA TODAY founder Al Neuharth, and fellow executives
Inside National Museum of Industrial History
from the Freedom Foundation, picked a perfect spot for their state-of-the-art museum: the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street NW. The best way to experience the six-story structure is to start at the top and follow the walkways down. Newseum features front pages from dozens of daily newspapers, front pages from the day after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, drawers of historic front pages, dozens of press passes, and fourteen theaters showing everything from the Hindenburg explosion to the Kennedy assassination and beyond. In one corner, visitors witness Edward R. Murrow broadcasting the London blitz live on CBS Radio. In another sits the actual broadcast antenna from the top of the fallen World Trade Center. Newseum also has the largest collection of Berlin Wall pieces outside of Germany. Coverage of presidential campaigns, including the controversial 2016 election, is extensive, but Newseum extends far beyond American borders. One exhibit shows the existing state of press freedom — good, bad, or limited — in every country on the planet. In addition to the major theaters, there are dozens of video kiosks that allow visitors to take breaks. Visitors would be wise to stop in a Newseum gift shop, which sells souvenirs not available anywhere else in the
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city. The cafeteria menu is pretty good too. For more information, visit newseum.org or call 202-292-6100. Amelia Earhart was the subject of many newspaper headlines. But the famed aviatrix might have had trouble finding the International Women’s Air & Space Museum. It’s housed in the terminal of Cleveland’s compact Burke Lakefront Airport and overshadowed by the nearby Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Great Lakes Science Center. Every one of its exhibits entertains and educates curious visitors. In addition to the mystery of Earhart, who disappeared without a trace while attempting to circumnavigate the planet, and astronauts Sally Ride and Judith Resnick, who also have displays, questions abound. Who knew the Wright Brothers had a sister (Katharine) who encouraged and supported them even though she was not a pilot herself? Or that veteran female balloonist Connie Wolf loaned her balloon to the producers of the hit film Around the World in 80 Days? Or that Napoleon actually named a woman, Madame Blanchard, his Minister of Ballooning in 1804? Or that the visionary emperor even had a ministry of ballooning? For more information, visit iwasm.org or call 216623-1111. The newest affiliate of the Smithsonian is a relative newcomer to the museum scene. It opened just last year in Bethlehem, Pa. The National Museum of Industrial History found a home in a century-old Bethlehem Steel facility built on the largest private brownfield in the United States. Inside the vast building that embraces 40,000 square feet are artifacts from the iron, steel, textile, and propane gas industries, plus exhibits that document the discovery of the telephone and the 1876 Centennial celebration in Philadelphia. The evolution of the silk industry, once centered in Paterson, New Jersey, is also revealed in detail. Some of the items seem outsized and many are interactive, but all adhere to the museum’s mission of showcasing American industry and its innovators, entrepreneurs, and workers. The Smithsonian association helps, as many of the museum’s initial displays included artifacts borrowed from the National Museum of American History in Washington. The world’s largest museum and research complex, the Smithsonian Institution includes 20 museums and galleries, the national zoo, and nine research facilities. For more information, visit firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-694-6644. n Former AP newsman Dan Schlossberg of Fair Lawn is travel editor of New Jersey Lifestyle and The Maggie Linton Show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio and author of The New Baseball Bible: Notes, Nuggets, Lists & Legends from the National Pastime. njlifestyleonline.com
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The Smart SUV
Take a ride in the Mercedes-Benz GLC and experience its award-winning accoutrements By Elaine Rose
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JUST BECAUSE YOU NEED AN SUV TO traverse icy roads in the winter or to transport your family and a huge load of luggage on summer vacation, it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice creature comforts. Some call the Mercedes-Benz GLC the ultimate combination of practicality and luxury. Introduced in 2015, the GLC is the second generation of the Mercedes SUV, replacing the GLK. The GLC is slightly larger — five inches longer and two inches wider — than the vehicle it replaces, allowing more legroom for passengers and more space for your stuff. The GLC gets its moniker from MercedesBenz’s naming system. All SUVs get the base name GL, with the G standing for “Gelandewagen,” or “off-road vehicle” in German (even though rough-terrain packages are not yet available in the United States). The C indicates it is part of Mercedes’ C-Class of vehicles. Most auto-industry experts like what they see. Motor Trend named the GLC its 2017 SUV of the year, after it beat out other finalists like the Audi Q7, the Jaguar F-Pace, and the Mazda CX-9 for the honor. “The GLC isn’t the sexiest choice for SUV of the Year, but it’s without hesitation the smartest,” Jonny Lieberman wrote in announcing Motor Trend’s decision. “The design is solid, the interior is first-class, the engineering is as good as small SUVs get, and the value proposition is strong.” The GLC is built on the Mercedes E-Class chassis, with the C-Class interior and electronics, which judges found “to be a particularly brilliant way to build a crossover,” Lieberman wrote. Motor Trend judges’ comments include: • “You know you’re getting into a Mercedes as soon as you open the door to the GLC. The quality of the materials and the elegance of the design are very consistent with the Mercedes-Benz brand proposition and reputation.” • “I hop in and immediately feel relaxed. The seats are sofa soft yet still supportive. All the touch points feel like a million bucks.” • “The first thing I notice is how quiet the cabin is. At low speeds there’s virtually no outside noise.” You get the picture. While there are a few drawbacks, the GLC is one sweet ride. The GLC comes in three — soon to be four — trim lines. The GLC300 base model starts
Side view of the Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4 MATIC 7-inch color display touchscreen
Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4MATIC with a suggested price of $39,150, and comes with standard features such as a power liftgate, a 7-inch color display touchscreen, and 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission. Upgrading to the GLC300 4Matic, starting at $41,150, also gets you AMG Sport Suspension, Sirius XM Radio, and BlindSpot Assist as standard features. Both trims come with a 2.0-liter Inline four-cylinder turbo engine with 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. But don’t think power is compromised with a four-cylinder engine. Both these babies can go from zero to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. For a sportier feel, the GLC43 starts at $54,900 and has an AMG-enhanced 3.0-liter six-cylinder, biturbo engine with 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. If you like jackrabbit starts, this vehicle can reach 60 mph from a standstill in 4.8 seconds. Not bad for an SUV. A GLC43 Coupe, a bit smaller in size but with sportier styling, is scheduled to hit the American market in the near future. Although the prices seem quite reasonable, especially for a luxury car like a MercedesBenz, there is one caveat. Optional items in décor, safety, and entertainment — such as a 36
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panoramic sunroof, leather seats, a concerthall quality sound system, and a feature to warn drivers if they seem to nod off — can easily jack up the price to some seriously big bucks. So be careful to order only the accoutrements you truly need or want. The GLC is assembled at the MercedesBenz plant in Bremen, Germany. But high demand means that some are starting to be manufactured at the Valmet Automotive plant in Uusikaupunki, Finland. The Environmental Protection Agency gives the GLC300 a fuel-economy rating of 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, and the GLC300 4Matic 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the open road. The GLC43 burns slightly more gas, getting a rated 18 mpg in town and 24 mpg on the freeway. All of these are good figures for a luxury SUV, though some reviewers got slightly worse mileage in their own tests. But then, a couple of them admitted that they may have been “overly enthusiastic” in test-driving the vehicle. The maximum speed on all trim levels has been set by the factory at 130 mph. The cars are actually capable of going quite a bit faster. But there is nowhere in the United States
where you can do even close to 130 without risking an unpleasant encounter with the police, so the manufacturer’s imposed limit is not worth sweating over. The official safety-test results for the GLC have yet to be released. But with Mercedes’ solid construction, expect the marks to be quite high. For added security, all GLC models come standard with Mercedes’ mbrace Connect package, with five years of service included. The service automatically places emergency calls in case of a collision, and upgrades are optional. Reviewers say the GLC is a pleasure to drive. Mercedes-Benz engineering, both in the cabin and the exterior, make for a quiet ride at all but the highest freeway speeds. The nine-speed automatic transmission comes in four driving modes, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Eco. Drivers of the GLC43 Coupe will also be able to push a button for manual transmission. Reviewers say the shifting is quite smooth in all but the Eco mode, which can be a bit slow. Rebecca Lindland, writing for Forbes.com, called the GLC300 4Matic a “nice, competent, well-appointed vehicle” that handles well
Supportive, sofa soft seats
2.0-liter Inline four-cylinder turbo engine with 241 hp
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in heavy traffic. Visibility was good, the navigation program easy to use, and the interior was comfortable. But driving it was a bit predictable, sort of like going to dinner with your family. “From behind the wheel, it’s not hard to feel a big dose of the C-Class in the GLC300’s ride and handling characteristics. Acceleration is strong and steady, if not swift,” Joe Tralongo wrote for Kelley Blue Book. “We were pleased with the seamless way in which the 9-speed transmission handled its job,” though the shifting was more noticeable in Sport and Sport+ mode. For a smoother ride, Tralongo suggested sticking with the standard 18-inch wheels instead of the upgraded 20-inchers. “In Sport and Sport+ modes, the exhaust makes delightful noises on overrun with crackles and pops galore, while the engine note itself is a pleasing growl,” Joseph Capparella wrote for Car and Driver. “The quick-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission also adopts sportier behavior, downshifting as you brake for a corner and delaying upshifts until you’re right at redline.” The GLC isn’t only a good performer, it also has the looks.
Its outward appearance is stylish, not like its predecessor, which Motor Trend’s Lieberman called a “squared-off, schnauzer-faced miniute that will forever be known as the most believable character in Sex and the City 2.” “Rather than looking ponderous or unwieldy, it looks substantial and solid,” Kelley Blue Book’s Tralongo wrote. “There’s no arguing that the Mercedes-Benz design aesthetic that debuted on the S-Class translates nicely to this midsize-luxury SUV, and Mercedes-Benz arguably has the best-looking SUV lineup among the three European luxury brands.” And don’t worry, you won’t sacrifice roominess and comfort to get the performance and exterior class of the GLC. The five-seater is ample for adults in all riding positions, and even people who are six feet tall won’t feel cramped in the rear. If you need more room for your suitcases, groceries, or sports equipment, the power rear seats fold in a 40/20/40 configuration. There are 20.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, and folding them in various permutations can yield up to 56.5 cubic feet of room for your stuff. But it is the interior of the car that makes a Mercedes so special, and the GLC is no
exception. While not quite as fancy as the E-Class or top-of-the line S-Class, it suffices quite well. “It’s very luxurious looking with lots of leather and wood,” said Motor Trend judge Mike Accavitti. “I love how the infotainment system warns you not to be distracted by it, but then it has all these awesome screens you can’t help (but) be distracted by.” An Audio 20 sound system with FrontBass comes standard with the GLC, along with a seven-inch touchscreen display. For true music connoisseurs, a Burmester Premium Sound System is optional. “Looks rich and upscale, like a mini-SClass,” Motor Trend judge Angus MacKenzie noted. “It sets the benchmark for a small luxury SUV.” “In a field filled with midsize-luxury SUVs … Mercedes-Benz’s 2017 GLC-Class is a formidable player. Its sleek body is a departure from the angular Mercedes SUVs of the past, and its interior sets a new standard for design and execution.” Kelley Blue Book’s Tralongo concluded. “If you’re looking for a sleek modern midsize-luxury SUV, but can’t sacrifice function for form, the 2017 MB GLC-Class may be exactly what you’ve been looking for.” n njlifestyleonline.com
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Lifestyle Entertainment By David J. Spatz
Playing Center Stage
For some comedians, hitting the stand-up comedy trail early in their careers is simply a means to an end.
Making people laugh is an art Howie Mandel has expertly mastered
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For many, their ultimate goal is to use their comedy to attract enough attention that television industry executives will sign them to appear in a sitcom so they can make good money without spending the better part of their year living out of a suitcase. Or — best case scenario — they’re so good that the TV honchos make them the star of a full 30-minute sitcom. Either way, the objective is to use stand-up as a stepping stone, not as a lifelong profession. Ray Romano was just another journeyman comedian who got good enough at making people laugh in comedy clubs and casino showrooms as an opening act that he was able to make the leap to NBC, where “Everybody Loves Raymond” was one of television’s most popular shows during its nine-year run. And how about Jerry Seinfeld? For most of the 1980s, it only seemed like Seinfeld was in Atlantic City every other weekend opening for the Temptations or the Four Tops or some other musical headliner. That is, until he parlayed his 1989 summer replacement series “Seinfeld” into arguably the most successful sitcom in television history. And during his nine-year reign at the top of the ratings, Seinfeld rarely — if ever — performed a stand-up set. It wasn’t until well after the show ended that he returned to the comedy circuit. But there are some notable exceptions. Jay Leno is a perfect example of a stand-up comedian who remained a stand-up comedian, even during his 22-year run as the host of “The Tonight Show.” Barely a weekend went by when Leno wouldn’t
tape two shows on Thursday so he could fly off on Fridays — usually on an NBC private jet — to do stand-up dates around the country, including plenty of appearances at Harrah’s, Caesars, and Borgata. Leno says during his stint on “The Tonight Show,” he banked his entire NBC paycheck and lived off the income he made doing stand-up dates. And then, in a weirdly funny class by himself, is Howie Mandel. The former carpet salesman from Toronto, who has a funny streak a mile wide, never lost sight of the fact that stand-up is what brought him to the dance. He burst onto the scene in 1982, not as a comedian but as a dramatic actor who had just enough of a funny bone to provide some comic relief on the hit hospital series “St. Elsewhere,” where he played Dr. Wayne Fiscus. That led him to enjoy a varied career as an actor, producer, the host of both his own talk show and the successful prime-time network game show “Deal or No Deal.” He also created and voiced the children’s cartoon series “Bobby’s World” and — for the last seven years — has been a judge on the hit reality series “America’s Got Talent.” So go ahead, take it all away from Howie Mandel — the TV work, the kids’ shows, the movies and the many television projects that turned him from an unknown performer nearly 40 years ago to an incredibly creative and gifted person who has succeeded at just about everything he’s ever touched. But never try to separate him from standup comedy. “I love it. It’s the only thing that I do … that’s live and gets an immediate response,” he says during a recent phone call from his Los Angeles office before performing a one-night stand at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. “There’s no (script) lines to recite, no editing to be done, no commercials to be thrown to. It’s kind of like the one place where I’m really, really comfortable,” he adds. Ever since he broke into the mainstream of comedy, Mandel’s entertainment empire has been a creative and growing concern. Mandel, who also plays guitar, has occasionally been known to jump on stage with the modern rock band Train to become an unbilled member of the five-piece group. And those are just a few of his high-profile gigs in many different areas of the entertainment industry. He’s got dozens of other smaller projects flying under the radar, too. Yet, he’d give them all up, if he had to, just as long as he could hold on to the one job that helped him make the move from Toronto to Hollywood to start building his entertainment brand. Standup comedy is what first brought Mandel to peoples’ attention. His first audience was his school classmates, who cracked up at his impression of a school board member. Then he took his funny streak to the next level when he signed a contract for a school expansion. That one got him tossed out of high school. After relocating to Los Angeles, he became a comedy club regular and won a spot on the TV comedic game show “Make Me Laugh.” That led to road work as an opening act for David Letterman, and Mandel’s career was off and running. Unlike many of his comedy colleagues, Mandel wasn’t using comedy as a stepping stone to more ambitious projects. He developed a reputation as a show-biz jack-of-all-trades and as much of a creative force behind the scenes as he was in front of the cameras or a live audience. As that side of his career grew, standup comedy became even more important, and remains so today. At 61, he does about the same number
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of comedy concerts that he did when he first caught fire in the business — and has says he has no desire to cut back. “I still do up to 200 nights a year, so every week or every month there’s like little mini-tours. I’m always out,” he says. “I don’t think a month goes by when I’m not doing at least 10 dates. Sometimes a lot of them are private, corporate, casinos, theaters, but I’m always out there. I think it’s important for me to be out there.” But, he notes, the comedy landscape is different today than it was 40 years ago, mostly because of political correctness. It’s not that he’s against being political correct, but Mandel feels there’s a time and a place for everything. And a comedy stage is a place where performers should feel a little freer and be willing to occasionally cross a controversial line without it being instantly popped up on social media and taken out of context. Things are more challenging in the standup world today than when Mandel was learning the ropes in the 1970s. “We were given an opportunity at the clubs to not only be bad, but maybe cross a line or two,” he explains, “A big inspiration for me in the ‘70s and early ‘80s was watching Richard Pryor get on stage every night and work his act out for ‘Live on the Sunset Strip,’ which became one of the seminal movies for standup comedy of all time. I watched him try out things and hone things and grow things, and that’s the way it should be. But today ... you have to be a little more careful. Everybody has a cell phone (and) some are recording you. They could (post) something that’s taken totally out of context and you could end up losing an (advertising) campaign that you’re the voice or the face of.” When Mandel is performing standup now, he yearns for the non-PC days when just about everything and anything was fair game. As a comedian who specializes in audience interaction and a lot of ad-libbing, Mandel now finds himself in an almost awkward position of having to think a few seconds ahead to quickly determine if what he’s planning to say could be taken the wrong way and labeled politically incorrect or offensive. “(PC) absolutely inhibits the art form of comedy,” he says, and there was a slight tone of annoyance in his voice. “A big part of my show is audience participation and improvisation, and it’s really hard to edit (yourself) when somebody (in the audience) says something and you wanna retort back right away. Sometimes the first thing that pops into your head makes you think, maybe I shouldn’t say that. Maybe that’ll be offensive, maybe that’ll get me in trouble.” n
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Experience Smithville in this Mediterranean masterpiece Viewed from the street, this sparkling split rancher with separated sleeping areas is just one of many charming homes along the meandering lanes of Four Seasons in Smithville. Set halfway around a quiet circle in the 55-plus community, the house has a traditional pitched roof, sided walls and fieldstone face, plus artfully landscaped grounds complete with a picturesque birch tree. An expanse of Florentine terracotta tile flooring leads to a sumptuous, single story living space that has 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. An unobstructed floor plan and 14-foot ceilings give the home quite a spacious feel. The spacious master bedroom has a high-soaring ceiling, large windows with multiple views, his-and-hers closets, and a master bath that recalls an Italian grotto in its cobblestone floors and tub surround. The kitchen is set behind a 10-foot rough-cut stone partition that contrasts with the smooth granite counters and rich wood cabinets. There are contemporary touches that mix well with the more formal features – like a dining room. The sunroom boasts a splendid view of the sun-filled backyard, with pavers used for retaining walls, flowerbed enclosures, and walkways. There’s a lot to love about the Four Seasons lifestyle. The K. Hovnanian master-planned community spans hundreds of verdant acres crisscrossed by lakes, walkways, and bike paths. Developed in the 1990s, the neighborhood designed like a series of interlocking hamlets adjoins Historic Smithville, a small town that sprang up around a stagecoach route in the late 1700s. Smithville and the Village Green are close by, with their rows of boutiques and restaurants. In the spring and summer, the ice cream parlor, amusement park, and boat rides are especially popular.
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By Molly Golubcow
Teen idol Bobby Rydell reveals secrets from his famed past.
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A Second Chance (or Two)
obby Rydell — a name synonymous with the early days and craze of Rock & Roll as it was exploding onto the scene. He epitomized the American Bandstand teen idol, complete with google-eyed girls swooning over his sparkling blue eyes and great combed back hair that even Elvis would have envied. For over six decades, Rydell has performed live from his hometown in Philly to Las Vegas to California and beyond. He also played Hugo to Ann Margret’s Kim in the classic 1963 movie Bye Bye Birdie. Among his many other accomplishments, Rydell was the youngest person ever to headline the Copacabana in New York at the ripe old age of 19. His hit singles, including “Volare” and “Wild One,” add up to of over 25 million records sold. In addition to performing and staying very much involved in the entertainment world, Rydell recently published an autobiography; Teen Idol on the Rocks: A Tale of Second Chances. Devoted fans back from his South Philadelphia days to more recent generations will not be surprised by Rydell’s stories about his music and career. However, the subtitle referring to second chances candidly opens up chapters about the darker and more personal times in Rydell’s life. “Ludwig Snare Drums — Oyster Pearl …” Rydell looks back at his childhood when he was first bitten by the performing bug, “My interest was sparked when my Dad took me to see Benny Goodman. Dad loved the greats — the Duke, the Count, and Artie Shaw. When I looked up and saw Gene Krupa, Goodman’s drummer, I said, ‘That’s what I wanna be when I grow up.’” Much to his grandmother Lena’s irritation, little Bobby would practice drumming on her gravy and pasta pots. Rydell liked to perform for the family — drums, sing, impersonations. As fate would have it, Bobby’s father lost a finger from an accident at work. Out of lemons came lemonade — Adrio Riderelli, Rydell’s father, used bonus money that he received as compensation from his accident to buy his son a set of real drums. Rydell lovingly retells the story about his father’s kindness, “My father selflessly used the money to buy me a set of snare drums. Ludwigs — oyster pearl. Bet you Ringo didn’t have a set like that! And, my grandmother stopped complaining about her pots!” Entertaining the family was one thing, but Rydell was getting noticed by the public from the get go. By the time he was 8, Rydell had won a talent show on a local Philly television series and played in several bands in the area including one with Frankie Avalon. At the age of 17, his hit single “Kissin’ Time” reached the charts. A year later, Rydell was touring in Australia with The Everly Brothers. “Rock & Roll was never my favorite music … give me Sinatra anytime …” If Rydell could do a duet with anyone, alive or gone, it would be Sinatra, his favorite. No hesitation or discussion. “I adored him. That man didn’t just sing. He told a story; it meant something — he could phrase a lyric — every word meant something. When I was a kid I’d listen to him, but what did I know from songs like “One for My Baby.” When you get a little older, you experience life allowing you to live those lyrics and tell them sincerely, honestly, and personally.” Rydell also strives to keep his work alive and current. So how does he sing “Volare” for over 47 years and still keep it fresh? Because he is a musician himself, Rydell respects and is respected by fellow musicians and performers. He plays with many different bands and venues that
leave a unique mark on his songs. In addition, he learned from his mentor, Old Blue Eyes, to never sing it the same way twice. “It’s all in the phrasing — I add a little something whether I’m singing “Wild One,” “Swingin School,” or others.” Even today, Rydell still appreciates the “real stuff” (a.k.a. Sinatra). It seems a bit out of sync that a pop idol — starting his career when Rock & Roll was just cutting its teeth — does not especially enjoy the music genre that made him an idol. Rydell will be the first to tell you that his radio station is set to satellite Siruis Sinatra — and don’t anyone think of changing the channel! He prefers to listen to the greatest singers of all times, including Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nat King Cole. Second Chances — An Apropos Subtitle In a review of Rydell’s book, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes, “No B.S. ... an autobiography laden with darkness and tragedy that would give even Keith Richards pause.” His tales range from funny to heart wrenching — losing his virginity to a hooker as a surprise gift from a record company in Hollywood, his unbearable pain after losing his beloved Camille to cancer after 35 years of marriage, and suffering from alcoholism running so rampant that he needed a double organ transplant to survive. Tough subjects to put to paper. However, Rydell explains, “I wanted my fans to know how my life really was, not how a PR machine portrayed it.” Teen Idol on the Rocks: A Tale of Second Chances is brutally honest — about Rydell’s family, career, and himself — and not all the good and glittery parts. For example, he openly talks about his mother and how she was not very nice to his wife and children — something that most people never saw. He shares stories about his career and the show business “giants” that he encountered — Frank Sinatra, Ann-Margret, The Beatles, Red Skelton, Jack Benny, Dick Clark, and many more. Perhaps one of the more powerful aspects of the book is Rydell’s openness about his alcoholism and the miracle of organ transplants — thus, a second chance. After Camille died in 2003, Rydell was “lost beyond words” without his high school sweetheart. Drinking increased from “fun loving” to excess — all to numb the excruciating pain of losing her. As usual, madness took its toll, and in 2012 Rydell became so ill that he required a 20 hour operation receiving a new liver and kidney. He literally got a second chance to live because of an organ donor (a 21-year-old girl killed in a crash that was an organ donor). Lucky? Miracle? Rydell’s doctor said to him, “To get two organs that match, somebody up there likes you…” You can’t convince him that the “somebody” was no other than his Dad, Camille, or both pulling strings for him. In addition to a second chance to live and perform again (only six months after surgery), Rydell also talks about a second chance for love. In 2009, he met Linda Hoffman through mutual friends who thought, “You should call this girl. You’ll like her.” And he did. After dating a few years, they married in 2009 — sealing friendship, partnership, and love — again. Because the organ donor program touched his life so personally and miraculously, Rydell never misses an opportunity to talk about the importance of the donor registry on stage, interviews, his book, or anywhere. He fervently supports organ donor organizations like Gift of Life — and fervently spreads the word about how he was given a second chance to perform, love, and live. Yes, somebody up there really loves you, Bobby Rydell — and so do many down here! n njlifestyleonline.com
LIFESTYLE | Spring 2017
The Social Scene
Gilda’s Club Fundraiser a Success
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The sold out 3rd Annual Sip. Savor. Support. event to benefit Gilda’s Club South Jersey took place on February 8 at Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House in Atlantic City. Vagabond, along with its purveyors, generously donated the cozy venue, delicious comfort food, open bar, and the servers for the night, which means 100% of the ticket price went directly to Gilda’s Club South Jersey.
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The event was co-chaired by Lauren Tummarello and Charles Weeks and raised nearly $30,000 for Gilda’s Club South Jersey’s free program of support, education and hope for men, women, teens, and children impacted by cancer. For more information about the organization, visit www. gildasclubsouthjersey.org.
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AtlantiCare’s Red Dress/Red Tie Reception Raises Awareness; Honors Herndon More than 250 guests attended AtlantiCare’s tenth annual Red Dress/Red Tie Reception February 9 at the Historic Smithville Inn in Smithville. Event proceeds benefitted the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Heart Heroes. Guests donned red in awareness of heart disease and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, vendor
shopping, a photo booth and a raffle featuring goods and services from local businesses. The Red Dress/Red Tie Committee also honored Lori Herndon, president and CEO, AtlantiCare, for her continued support of the event and dedication to promoting awareness about heart disease.
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MBCA Event Raises $2,500 for the Hero Campaign The Metropolitan Business & Citizens Association (MBCA) held its Annual Winter Charity Mixer on March 13 at Buddakan at the Playground in Atlantic City. The sold out event raised $2,500 for The John R. Elliott Hero Campaign, which is dedicated to help promote
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designated drivers in over seven states, www.herocampaign.org. Bill Elliott, president of the John R. Elliot Hero Campaign, accepted the donation on behalf of the organization. The event was sponsored by AtlantiCare and supported by MBCA members, www.mbcanj.com.
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Three Times the Deliciousness Chef Jose Garces
THE TIMING COULD NOT HAVE BEEN more ideal. The month of March in Atlantic City was sheer bliss for local foodies. Atlantic City Restaurant Week 2017 was underway, as well as the anticipated openings of three new restaurants — Olón, Okatshe, and Bar Olón — by famed Chef Jose Garces inside Tropicana Atlantic City. Dining enthusiasts delighted in the bevy of culinary treasures offered by the city. “My team and I have worked hard at creating all-new restaurant options unlike any of our other restaurants,” revealed Chef Jose Garces. “Each of the three restaurants has a unique look and feel that transports guests to either a Japanese streetscape, seafront coastal town, or beachside beer bar. We look forward to bringing our passion for our family-inspired traditions and hospitality back to Atlantic City.” Inspired by a tranquil beach town in Ecuador and the vibrancy of coastal culture, Olón provides Tropicana guests with a classically alluring, laid-back experience centered around Chef Garces’ vision of fresh seafood. Guests enter through custom-crafted Ecuadorian gates, and first encounter a 43-seat ceviche bar and lounge, where they can watch chefs prepare ceviche and other raw seafood specialties. In the 128-seat dining area, every seat has sweeping ocean and boardwalk views. Beach-like cabanas with soft draperies create intimate nooks within the space, while touches of natural light and fresh salt air instill an inviting, yet alluring, atmosphere. In addition, wood shutters unfold to create two private dining areas for groups of up to 60 people, with seating for 40 available on a deck overlooking the beach. The menu features Chef Garces’ family recipes, with a modern twist, as well as unique takes on timehonored favorites. Traditional features include steamed clams, crab cakes, jumbo fried shrimp, and surf & turf. More contemporary options include wood-fired Wagyu skirt steak, roasted chicken, jumbo gulf prawns, black bass, two-pound lobster, and king crab. Chef Garces’ playful, modernized take on a 48
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RESTAURANT REPORT By Alyson Boxman Levine
THE KING OF LATIN AMERICAN CUISINE, CHEF JOSE GARCES, BRINGS HIS AWARD-WINNING RECIPES TO THE TROPICANA traditional Japanese izakaya, Okatshe visually transports guests to the streets of Tokyo. The new establishment provides a sense of discovery by taking guests through a small Japanese candy storefront before entering the exciting restaurant. The full-service restaurant will serve a selection of small plates, yakitori, ramen, sushi, and sashimi. Yakitori skewers include chicken, beef, pork, vegetable or seafood, and Ramen noodles are served in three unique styles: Tokyo, light chicken and Dashi broth; Tonkastu, rich pork broth; and Okatshe, lobster dashi. Sushi, sashimi, and maki offerings include everything from scallop and wasabi tobiko to spicy rolls, black jack eel rolls, and the signature Tropicana roll. The bar at Okatshe will include a curated selection of Japanese whiskeys, 50 sakes, beers, and specialty cocktails. Bar Olón is the interactive, 60-seat doublesided bar and lounge located between the two restaurants. Featuring a large, walk-around bar, the setting includes a modernized beach vibe, with a combination of varying seating types to accommodate individuals and small groups. Vintage looking fans provide a cool, “ocean” breeze with whimsical bongos and neon signage completing the nostalgic vibe. An elevated platform with tropical mural wall-hanging backdrop will serve as a stage for live entertainment. Bar Olón serves as the foundation of Olón’s extensive beverage offerings, including: a custom, double-sided tap with 16 draft beer selections; 35 beers by-the-bottle; 20 wines by-the-glass; 75+ wines by the bottle and eight hand-crafted specialty cocktails. A light food menu is also available, featuring ceviche, sandwiches, and shareable small plates. Since opening his first restaurant in 2005, Chef Jose Garces has emerged as one of the nation’s leading chefs and restaurateurs. Today, he is the owner and operator of more than a dozen restaurants across the country and a thriving event planning division. He is a 2009 winner of the James Beard Foundation’s prestigious “Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic” award, and one of only a few chefs in America to hold the coveted title of Food Network’s Iron Chef. Chef Garces is the author of two cookbooks, The Latin Road Home, a culinary and cultural tour of Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, Cuba and Peru; and his popular first cookbook, Latin Evolution.
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Wagyu Skirt Steak
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R E STAU R A N T R E P O R T An American born to Ecuadorian parents and raised in Chicago, Garces’ culinary training started early in life in the kitchen of his paternal grandmother, Mamita Amada, where he learned to prepare family recipes and came to love food and cooking. After graduating from Kendall College’s School of Culinary Arts, Garces worked in top-rated professional kitchens from Spain to New York City before moving to Philadelphia in 2001, where he resides today. Chef Garces’ award-winning concepts range from authentic Andalusian tapas and modern Mexican street food to European bistro fare and artisanal American food and drink, include: Amada, Buena Onda, Distrito, El Jefe, Garces Trading Company,
JG Domestic, Rosa Blanca, Rural Society, The Olde Bar, Tinto, Village Whiskey, Volvér, and in partnership with Sage Hospitality, Mercat a la Planxa, as well as Distrito Taco Truck and a full-service event division. In addition, Chef Garces is the owner of Luna Farm in Bucks County, PA, where he and his team grow produce used throughout his East Coast restaurants. At the helm of the new restaurants are two Garces veterans, Chef Maria Schmidt and Chef Patrick Sterr. Chef de Cuisine Maria Schmidt’s career in Garces’ kitchens has taken her from Philadelphia to Palm Springs and back again. In her nine years with Chef Garces, Maria has served as Chef de Cuisine at Amada, Distrito, Tinto and 24. Executive Director of
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Fine Dining, Patrick Sterr, is a South Jersey native who began his management experience in Atlantic City. He went on to manage and oversee several Chef Garces’ restaurants in Atlantic City, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Chicago, and New York. “We are thrilled to partner with renowned and award-winning Chef Jose Garces on exclusive concepts that complement and enhance our diverse selection of restaurants and strive to expand on the idea of more,” said Steve Callender, General Manager of Tropicana Atlantic City. “Tropicana is continuously introducing new amenities to our property and the addition of Chef Jose Garces’ restaurants brings new and unique dining options that offer more to our guests.” n
Lifestyle Cooking With Chef Will Savarese
Harvest Happenings Are you looking forward to your favorite homegrown fruits and vegetables? This delicious asparagus recipe will whet your appetite for what is to come.
A nother season is upon as the early
bulbs are sprouting from the ground. We survived another winter, but honestly it wasn’t such a bad one weather wise. Sure, we got a bit of wind and few cold days, but overall it had to be one of the warmest winters I can recall. As we spring into spring, I can’t wait until it really starts to heat up. I look forward to getting out in the garden and eliminating all of the dead of winter. I’m a bit impatient. We had a few of the unexpected warm days already and I was out there cleaning the beds. That really wasn’t a good idea though, since we got hit with a few cold days and nights after that, and even a bit of snow. Did say “snow”? The only ones I think enjoyed the snow were Milo and Kelsey, my dogs. In the colder months, I was making stews, homey soups, or deep-braised meats to eat, as well as heating up the home with the constant oven. There is
nothing like a pot of sauce on a Sunday, which for me can be a year round thing; something I never tire of. Did I say sauce or gravy? Let’s leave that debate for another time. As the harvest of vegetables become bountiful, we have more cooking options. The warmer seasons allows us to eat cleaner and fresher, something that some of us try and do on a regular basis. I like to buy seasonal as well as local; that is something we all can do. There is something to be said about having the freshest ingredients, either from out of the ground, the sea, or the land. The key with freshness is the taste, and the easiest way to pick the freshest ingredient is to pick it up, feel it, observe it, and use your nose. With fish in particular, it should never smell fishy. The fish should have that briny smell of the sea; the flesh should be firm, and if the fish has eyes, they should be clear.
The same careful inspection goes for all the spring vegetables and fruits that are coming into season. Use your eyes, hands, and mostly your nose. With the vegetables at your local farmers markets or even in your supermarket, there will be a noticeable difference. Coming into season is asparagus, artichokes, broccoli, cabbage, favorite beans, new potatoes, wild ramps, fiddlehead ferns, rhubarb, spinach, sugar snap peas, and the list goes on. One of my favorites would have to be asparagus. There are just so many ways to use this vegetable at any level or meal, period. With breakfast, I would have it in an omelet or with poached eggs on toast. Asparagus goes great in pastas as well. Using the simplest ingredients — pasta, asparagus, toast off some type of nut, add a little pecorino or locatelli cheese — and you have a fabulous dinner. Enjoy the spring season. n Follow chefwsavarese on Instagram.
Spring Asparagus with linguine, toasted pistachios and locatelli Ingredients:
• 1 bunch thin asparagus • 4 cloves of fresh garlic, thinly sliced • 1/2 lb. linguine • Handful of shelled pistachios, toasted off • Freshly-grated locatelli • Pepper flakes (to taste) • EVOO • Salt & Pepper Heat EVOO and sliced garlic. Just as garlic begins to brown, add the chili flakes. Then add cut asparagus. Season with salt and pepper and sauté. While this is cooking, have a pot of water boiling with salt and cook pasta to desired level. When cooked, strain and toss with the pasta. Adjust seasoning. Maybe even add a touch more of EVOO (I like mine on the wet side). Place in bowls, garnish with the toasted pistachios on top and add the freshly-grated locatelli. On the side, I like to serve a good semolina bread with chopped sun-dried tomatoes in oil. Enjoy! njlifestyleonline.com
LIFESTYLE | Spring 2017
By Phillip Silverstone
Wines To Make Us Feel Great Again
had a pair of car crashes last Summer. Neither was my fault but, thanks to two incompetent drivers, my body suffered the pains and damages from those two accidents. So it’s been a rough winter for me, to say the least. But I made a wonderful discovery to help me through the “bad” days, and that is the age old remedy of when you’re feeling down; “Retail Therapy” is better than taking a happy pill. I also spend a lot of time listening to music to include on my weekly global podcast. OK, so you’re thinking to yourself; “What has this got to do with a wine column in the spring issue of this gorgeous publication?” Well, dear readers, it has everything to do with this edition of my column. I always need a brilliant opening to lead into the wine bit, and normally start with a poem or song lyrics. And I was thinking about my love of fashion, especially very cool on-trend jackets, which I tend to wear in the mornings during the spring months. And, the fact that I survived the two car accidents. And my music choices invariably bring me back to one of my favorite bands. So, here is the result of my meandering, yet totally relevant, introduction, and the official opening to this edition’s wine column: A verse from the song “Spring (Among The Living)” by My Morning Jacket. Boy, I was ready. Boy, I was ready for spring. It’s beauty changes. Changes everything. Done hibernating. We animals roam. Out of our holes. Then we spend all spring, Looking for the next one to go down. 52
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FYI, My Morning Jacket is an American rock band formed in Louisville, Kentucky in 1998. The band combines rock and country experimental and psychedelic music. And after a winter on pain killers and amphetamines prescribed by my two doctors to keep my spinal pain to a minimum and my double-concussed brain focused and avoiding its desire to sleep four hours each afternoon, I was in a very psychedelic phase. Improving slowly as spring arrived, I walked out into the morning sunshine wearing my “morning” jacket. Now doesn’t that all make sense? Inspired or contrived, it gets us right where I needed to be, ready to recommend a selection of wines which will deliver spring sunshine into every glass of their respective nectar you pour. Let’s begin with three new signature Cabernet Sauvignon vintage releases from Michael Mondavi Family Estates, from their Animo and Heritage labels. Animo Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (approx. $85). Produced from fruit grown high atop Atlas Peak between 1,270-1,350 feet on stony, volcanic soils, this wine exhibits structured fruit with ample tannins and acid to balance dark fruit flavors. Although the aromatics might suggest a fruit-forward wine, the rocky soils provide the perfect counter-balance of silky minerality. Aromas of dark berries, and cigar box abound, with flavors of fresh plums blackberries, cassis, and sandalwood. Animo Heritage Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (approx. $65). The inaugural vintage of this limited production wine exhibits a remarkable balance between bright fruit and firm acidity. The fruit is sourced from a special cutting acquired in 2004, known as the oldest surviving Sauvignon Blanc in
North America; aromas of nectarines, limes, grapefruit, white peach, and honeysuckle. Flavors of fresh fruit and crisp acidity. Emblem Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (approx. $35). Emblem is a more accessible approach to Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, blending hillside fruit from the Oso Vineyard estate with valley floor fruit from Oakville, Rutherford and Wooden Valley. And 18 months in French oak (66% new) creates a rich, concentrated wine that can be enjoyed right now. The flavors are full of cassis and blackberries and the wine has some additional grapes varietals blended in, including Syrah, Zinfandel, and Petite Verdot. From Italy: Villa Gemma Masciarelli Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo DOC (approx. $14.99) is made with 100% Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grapes and the appellation “Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo” is the newest DOC appellation of Abruzzo, Italy. This complex rosé wine is a deep cherry pink, offering an exquisite floral bouquet with hints of thyme, pomegranate, and walnuts. With a flavor that is balanced and fresh, this wine is bold, elegant and has hints of black cherry, pomegranate, and violets. Fontanafredda Barolo Serralunga d’Alba 2011 (approx. $45). Garnet-red with ruby highlights, this wine has a clear, intense perfume with overtones of vanilla, spices, and dried roses. The flavor is dry but soft, full-bodied, velvety and well-balanced. Barolo is often considered the “King of Wines” in Italy because it was historically highly cherished by the Italian nobility, but Fontanafredda, founded by Italy’s first king in 1858, can truly be considered the king’s wine. Fontanafredda is one of Barolo’s most
historic wineries, located in the village of Serralunga d’Alba. Barolo is located in the Northwestern area of Italy’s of Piedmont region, where these rich and full-bodied wines are produced. The wines are made exclusively from the Nebbiolo grape.
acclaimed Single Vineyard and Reserve wines, along with standout Estate releases and best-in-class Sonoma County varietal wines.
From Spain: Vilarnau Brut Reserva Gaudi Limited Edition (approx. $15). This is a Spanish cava (sparkling wine) made from premium grapes including 50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, and 15% Xarel-lo, from the historic region of Penedés. The wine is made in Espiells, in the Catalonia region, 300 miles east of Madrid. With bright yellow and golden highlights, the perfume is intense and fruity with a definite touch of Granny Smith apples; and the flavor is perfect for spring evenings with a sparkling fresh, gently-fruity taste.
Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2014 Sonoma County (approx. $20). Barrel fermentation in new and seasoned French oak add toasty vanilla and spice complexities. During the twelve months of barrel aging, the wine produced an elegant fullness and creamy texture. This Chardonnay is both creamy and crisp, with flavors of golden delicious apple, lemon, and baking spices.
From France: Les Dauphins Côtes du Rhône Reserve Rouge 2014 (approx. $12.99). Ripe red fruits and spicy notes combine in this harmonious red. Its soft tannins and elegant structure make this the perfect spring quaffer. The wine is a blend of Grenache (70%), Syrah (25%), and Mourvedre (5%). And the sumptuous flavor of blackcurrants and spice are fantabulous! Les Dauphins (Organic Grapes) Côtes du Rhône Villages Rouge 2015 (approx. $14.99). Produced from vineyards sources with an average age of 40 years in the south of Drôme and north of Vaucluse in Southern Rhône, this wine made from organicallygrown red grapes is a blend of certified organic Grenache (60%), Syrah (30%), Mouvèdre (5%), and Carignan (5%). The flavor is full bodied, with dark fruits and a touch of spice. Don’t tell the winemaker I suggested this, but chill the wine for about 10 minutes and it is even more spectacular than at room temperature. And last, but not least, from California, three wines from Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards. The winery began over 55 years ago, when a celebrated American dancer named Rod Strong settled in Sonoma County to pursue a second lifelong creative passion: winemaking. Rodney Strong Vineyards was the 13th winery bonded in the newly discovered Sonoma County wine industry. Through the years, Rodney Strong Vineyards has earned the reputation for critically-
Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir 2013 Russian River Valley, Sonoma (approx. $20). Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir has lovely aromas of red fruit, spring flowers, and earthiness. With a soft and silky texture, you will discover a flavor of cherry, cranberry, and baking spices, with good balance, acidity, and a nice lingering finish. This medium-bodied wine was aged for 15 months in small French oak barrels, which added a hint of toasty vanilla and spice complexity. Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Knotty Vines Zinfandel Northern Sonoma County 2014 (approx. $20). Fresh, bright berry fruit from their heritage Russian River vineyard combined with the ripe, peppery jam, from the Alexander Valley and Dry Creek vineyards make for a wonderful diversity of flavor, showcasing the best that Zinfandel can offer. This wine offers notes of blackberry, plum, and boysenberry, with a touch of red fruit jam and baking spices. Yummy! I am going to close by paraphrasing Mr. Shakespeare’s famous speech in Richard III. I think it sums up my winter along with the political storms which were swirling around during everyone’s winter months:
That was the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this son of New York; And all the clouds that lour’d upon our house In the deep bosom of the ocean buried. Now are our brows bound with victorious wreaths; Our bruised arms hung up for monuments; Our stern alarums changed to merry meetings, Our dreadful marches to delightful measures. Grim-visaged CNN reporters hath smooth’d his wrinkled front; And now, instead of mounting barded steeds To fright the souls of fearful adversaries, He capers nimbly in a lady’s chamber To the lascivious pleasing of a lute.
Cheers! n “Time Out With Phillip Silverstone” is a weekly podcast heard exclusively on TuneIn radio anytime worldwide either on the free TuneIn app for all smart phones and tablets. “Follow” the show for weekly updates. You can also LIKE Phillip on Facebook: www. facebook.com/Phillipsilverstone and follow him on Twitter: @wining. njlifestyleonline.com
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Ram’s Head Inn
9 W. White Horse Pike, Galloway, NJ 609-652-1700 ramsheadinn.com 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.
Ventura's Offshore Cafe
2015 Shore Road, Northfield, NJ 609-641-5158 venturascafe.com 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.
60 N. Maine Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 609-343-7447 fantasearesorts.com Located on the 7th floor of FantaSea’s Flagship Resort, the Blue Water Grille is reinventing itself under Executive Chef A. Juliano Cannuscio. Amazing views abound as the well-trained servers offer American Mediterranean cuisine with Italian influences. Dine on their delicious selections as you enjoy the magnificent ambiance.
A Touch of Italy
Joseph's Restaurant at Renault Winery
6629 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Twp. 609-641-1855 touchofitaly.net A Touch of Italy offers the finest quality of food and service. Each meal served is cooked to order. A friendly and pleasurable atmosphere will make your visit a memorable one. Established in 1981 with more than 31 years of experience, this restaurant, banquet facility, and lounge serves only the finest natural veal, steaks, poultry, pasta, seafood and brick-oven pizza.
2 Broadway, Somers Point, NJ 609-927-7377 thecrabtrap.com Overlooking the Great Egg Harbor Bay in Somers Point is the Crab Trap Restaurant. Flourishing as a 400-seat full service restaurant serving the finest seafood in South Jersey. As many businesses expand, they often lose touch with the quality and small personal touches that made them special. At the Crab Trap, they don’t believe that has happened, or ever will.
72 Bremen Avenue, Egg Harbor City, NJ 609-965-2111 renaultwinery.com 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. The Milza family commits themselves to the highest level of service and customer satisfaction. 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.
470 White Horse Pike, Hammonton, NJ 6126 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, NJ 609-561-9621, 609-625-1181 joesmaplewood.com For almost 70 years, Joe Italiano’s Maplewood has been known for its consistently great food! They believe that freshness and loving preparation are keys to satisfied customers. 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. 54
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The Historic Smithville Inn
1 N. New York Road, Galloway, NJ 609-652-7777 historicsmithvillenj.com The Historic Smithville Inn offers a sophisiticated dining experience combined with the atmosphere of warm hospitality, since 1787. Their scenic view dining areas looking out on Lake Meone, private dining rooms with fireplace and formal banquet and wedding facilities coupled with their attention to detail services will make your dining, banquet or wedding event a night to remember. Discover the Tradition of the Historic Smithville Inn.
The Melting Pot
2112 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 609-441-1100 meltingpot.com At The Melting Pot, fondue truly becomes a memorable four-course dining experience. Patrons can dip into something different — and discover all the ingredients for a unique dining experience, including a relaxed atmosphere, private tables, attentive service, fine wines and signature fondue dinners.
Barista’s Coffee House
199 New Road Ste. 10, Central Square, Linwood 609-904-2990 baristascoffeehouse.com 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 -2pm.
9300 Amherst Avenue, Margate, NJ 609-822-7535 tomatoesmargate.com A favorite of chefs and foodies who are impressed with the location, food, and view of the Margate Bay. The elegant and refined atmosphere includes a bar area, sushi bar, private meeting and dining rooms in addition to the main dining room. Trendy with a high-end, eclectic American fare and sushi, plus a happening bar scene. Excellent fresh fish, wonderful sauces and impressive desserts.
2400 Arctic Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 609-344-7875 angelonis.com Offering the finest Italian-American cuisine in the Atlantic City area. This family owned and operated business has been preparing the finest ItalianAmerican entrees in the greater NJ area for over 40 years. Angeloni’s II surrounds you in a warm and elegant ambiance fitting the fine dining you will be sure to enjoy.
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Resorts Casino, Atlantic City, NJ 609-340-6555 gallaghersresorts.com Gallaghers is located on the 2nd floor of Resorts Casino. A classic steakhouse serving hearty salads, dry-aged meats, wonderful fish and shellfish. Their glass-enclosed meat locker is in the front of the restaurant for all to view; and all of the beef is dryaged for 21 days at a constant 36 degrees to insure tenderness. Offering the finest selections of seafood as well. An ambiance of warm woods and deep reds. Friendly, efficient and gracious service. Open for dinner Sunday thru Thursday 5-9:30 pm, Friday 5-10 pm, Saturday 5-11 pm.
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PLAYGROUND AT CAESARS
Playground at Caesars, Atlantic City, NJ 609-348-2273 phillipsseafood.com Phillips Seafood brings guests a classical American seafood menu boasting an array of fresh seasonal fish and Phillips’ famous jumbo lump crab cakes. Renowned chef Robbin Haas has designed a menu that offers guests the freshest, finest seafood available, complete with a rolling oyster cart where regional varietals are shucked tableside and a double-decker live lobster tank stocked with 3-10 pound lobsters. Experience an upscale, interactive dining experience with their exhibition kitchen and sweeping ocean views.
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Souzai Sushi & Saki
Playground at Caesars, Atlantic City, NJ 609-348-4443 souzaisushi.com.com Simple… seasonal… sensual… Souzai features a diverse menu of hand-rolled sushi, fresh sashimi and traditional Japanese dishes, as well as a wide range of innovative cocktails, Japanese sake and beer. Showcasing stunning views of the beach, ocean sunsets and the sparkling cityscape from its perch high above the famed Atlantic City boardwalk, Souzai has become one of the hottest spots in town to mix and mingle. Grab a seat and discover Souzai for yourself.
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Broadway Burger Bar
The Quarter at Tropicana, Atlantic City, NJ 609-317-4660 broadwayburgerbar.com 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.
The Quarter at Tropicana, Atlantic City, NJ 609-348-6700 cubalibrerestaurant.com Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is dedicated to a continued exploration of Cuban heritage, art, music, flavors and traditions. The open-air setting, tropical ambiance, vintage décor, upbeat Latin music and Concept Chef/Partner, Guillermo Pernot’s delectable menu of ‘Nuevo Cubano’ dishes and traditional favorites, make this restaurant a must-see, must-experience dining destination.
Tropicana, Atlantic City, NJ 609-340-4050 olonrestaurant.com Inspired by the beach towns of Ecuador, specifically Olón, and the vibrant flavors of coastal cuisine. Olón is an alluring beach front experience centered around Chef Jose Garces’ vision of fresh seafood. Bar Olòn offers a more casual experience, serving sandwiches, small plates and an extensive beer list. 56
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A Final Word
Let It Rain
“I’m laughing at clouds, So dark up above. The sun’s in my heart, and I’m ready for love.”
By Marjorie Preston
love the rain. And because I love it, I’m mystified by people who act like downpours are downers, and showers synonymous with “miserable, depressing, gloomy and god-awful.” When’s the last time you heard a weather forecaster announce, “Good news, viewers! A big old rainstorm is moving in and we’re gonna get pelted”? It never happens. They can’t wait for the clouds to roll by, and they assume everybody else feels likewise. But as the song says, rainy days can be delightful. There’s no other time when you can break out the yellow slicker, sou’wester hat, colorful brolly and Wellington boots and splash about in puddles. Even if you’re stuck indoors, what’s more wonderful than watching a good storm from your window? And of course, no list of rainy-day activities would be complete without the rainy-day movie. That’s right, moviemakers love the rain too. For generations, they’ve known that a shower has the power to add drama, intensity and sheer bliss to every frame of our lives, onscreen and off. Not convinced? Here’s a list of great films that feature wonderfully stormy weather: It Happened One Night,1934. If not for the rain that washed out their bus route, Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert would never have ended up in a motel room for the famous “Walls of Jericho” scene in this delightful comedy, Frank Capra’s tribute to the original runaway bride. The Quiet Man, 1952. John Wayne was never more appealing than in this fabulous John Ford film about a Pittsburgh pugilist returning to his ancestral Irish home. In one of the best love scenes ever, he kisses flame-haired Maureen O’Hara in a blustery church cemetery. For them, the rain is a warning, a benediction, and ultimately a blessing. The Rainmaker, 1956. Depression-era huckster Starbuck, played by Burt Lancaster, rides onto a drought-stricken cattle ranch promising rain to anyone who pays him $100. His relationship with spinster Katharine Hepburn is sweetly poignant. And the last-minute cloudburst? Utterly joyful. Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961. As Truman Capote’s stubbornly independent heroine Holly Golightly, the winsome Audrey Hepburn refuses to believe in love. It’s not until the climactic scene — when she, George Peppard and a ginger-colored cat collide in a rainy New York alley — that Holly finally surrenders her heart. The Goodbye Girl, 1977. Neil Simon’s rollicking comedy
about all the broken hearts on Broadway begins and ends with Richard Dreyfuss in a phone booth in a downpour. The Goodbye Girl is a charmingly offbeat affirmation of love lost and unexpectedly found. Little Women, 1994. In the third screen version of Louisa May Alcott’s perennial novel about four sisters during and after the Civil War, lonely Jo March races into a rainstorm to profess her love for Professor Bhaer. Under a battered umbrella on a country lane, they finally kiss. Cue the rainbows! Four Weddings and a Funeral, 1994. This classic British rom-com ends with Andie MacDowell and Hugh Grant escaping their mismatched partners and finding each other — in a lovely English rainfall, of course. The Bridges of Madison County, 1995. Meryl Streep’s neglected housewife meets Clint Eastwood’s roving photographer in this tear-jerker, based on the novel by Robert James Waller. I dare you to be unmoved by the scene where a heartbroken Eastwood stands in a parking lot in the pouring rain, bidding farewell to the love of his life. Spider-Man, 2002. Superhero smoochery has never been this sexy! Everyone remembers that kiss — upside-down and in a drenching storm — between Kirsten Dunst’s Mary Ann and web-hanging crime-buster Tobey Maguire. Kapow! The Notebook, 2004. Ryan Gosling. In the rain. Say no more. Of course, we’ve saved the best for last. Singin’ in the Rain, released by MGM in 1952, is without doubt the greatest movie musical of all time. There’s lots to love here: Debbie Reynolds, just 18 at the time, holding her own with hoofers like Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor. O’Connor doing his insanely acrobatic “Make ’Em Laugh” number, in which he throws himself around like a rag doll, races up walls and even crashes through the scenery. In the most memorable scene of all, Kelly performs the title song and accompanying rain dance. As once-blasé movie idol Don Lockwood, he stomps, spins and splashes through the streets of Hollywood in a jubilant, heartfelt moment of pure cinematic joy. So whether it’s a deluge or a drizzle, enjoy the rainy days, April showers and perfect storms of spring. As the song goes, “What a glorious feeling!” n njlifestyleonline.com
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