BC the Mag Holiday 2018

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HOLIDAY 2018 Complimentary Issue

HOLIDAY 2018 www.bcthemag.com

Giving Guide

Share your generosity with worthy area charities

Paramus Strong

Community comes together following bus crash

Alleviate Holiday Woes Reset your mind, body and soul

Our renowned team: Shalin P. Desai, MD; Tariqshah M. Syed, MD; Stephen J. Angeli, MD; Gerard T. Eichman, MD; David M. Wild, MD

What an ounce of prevention looks like. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Ben Franklin preached it. We practice it. Our team of board-certified cardiologists is focused on preventing and treating heart disease with advanced diagnostics and cardiac monitoring; minimally-invasive intervention; and a plan for specialized rehabilitation. Take Ben’s advice to heart. Expert cardiac care is just a phone call away. To schedule an appointment, please call 201-833-2300 or book online at www.csonj.com.

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HOLIDAY 2018 Publishers Steven & Sharon Goldstein Associate Publisher Brandon Goldstein Editorial Director Jessica Humphrey-Cintineo Design Director Jessica LaPlaca-Bruno Fashion Director Candace Kristin Account Executive Linda Barba Photographer Nicholas Gagliano, Studio Uno Photography

Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season.

Contributing Writers Tara DeLorenzo Michelle DeSantis Kristin Favaloro Brandon Goldstein Dr. Michael Gross Soneca Guadara Jessica Humphrey-Cintineo Tara Ippolito-Lafontant Candace Kristin Megan Montemarano Richard Posluszny Danitza Reyes Stefanie Sears Dennis Seuling

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A Letter from the Publishers


lthough it’s only November I often find it’s important I write this particular letter to our readers with a cup full of spiked eggnog and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” blaring throughout my warm and cozy home. After 17 years of creating BC The Mag, it’s a tradition I’ve become quite fond of. Going on our 18th year – wow! When my husband Steven and I began this endeavor, we could not have, in our wildest dreams, thought it would be such a fun ride. Every day we are blessed to get to know our neighbors, to meet so many exceptional people and work with countless organizations devoted each day to make our community a better place. It’s been our honor to tell your stories. While I may have started listening to Mariah Carey’s hit track on my large home stereo utilizing a CD player, my seeming robot maid Alexa now belts the tune upon my kind request. I guess some things have changed around here. Kids these days don’t know how easy they have it. Even the phrase “at the touch of a button” is becoming obsolete. I digress. Unlike our modern technology, it’s nice to see the ebbs and flows of fashion. It’s already a victory that we aren’t wearing some sort of robot or sci-fi space suits each day, but it’s nice to see some of the fashion trends we highlighted 17 years ago come back with force. Our first issue had a beautiful woman adorning a sequined camouflage dress standing in front of an old tank at the Teaneck Armory. The military-inspired camo rain jacket highlighted as one of the many trendy looks from Franklin Lakes’ Boutique 811 in this issue brought me right back to those days of our first photo shoot. While you prepare for all those holiday parties, it’s imperative you check in with our style columnist Soneca Guadara for the dos and don’ts of holiday style and head to our Beauty and the ‘Burbs column to get a head start on holiday beauty must-haves from Kristin Favaloro. If all the shopping is stressing you just head to The Bergen Skinny where Michelle DeSantis will show you the best local spots to alleviate your holiday woes. While the holidays are a time for fun gatherings and celebration, it also must be a time for reflection. This past spring tragedy struck while fifth graders from Paramus headed to a field trip. Since that horrid day, we’ve seen our community come together and support our neighbors. While the tragic events are unspeakable, the outpouring of support in the days, weeks and months following is exactly what inspired us so many years ago. If you’re looking to dole out some of that holiday bonus this year for good, our Giving Guide is a perfect resource to match you with the great organizations supporting a variety of local causes, culminating in our nonprofit spotlight of the Community Chest, which has been improving our neighborhoods for 85 years. If that doesn’t warm your heart, take in the story of how these Ho-Ho-Kus eighth graders have been raising funds and spirits for pediatric cancer patients.

After 17 years there are a lot of people I must thank for making this passion project of mine a reality, and a beautiful one at that! First, to our Editorial Director Jessica Humphrey-Cintineo: there’s no one better at seeking out a great story. From Day One, she has understood what BC The Mag was all about and has continued to make it an even better read. While she may provide the essence of these magazines, our Art Director Jessica LaPlacaBruno brings these stories to life on these many pages. Between the two of them, BC The Mag is a work of art all of Bergen County can be proud of. To my children, Carlye and Brandon: I couldn’t be prouder of the people you’ve become. While “C” is an amazing attorney, Brandon continues to work with me every day to guide the BC The Mag brand toward the future, and show me how to use technology in the process. Then, there’s my husband, Steven. What an incredible ride it has been. I can’t believe we started this side-by-side so many years ago, and that we haven’t killed each other yet! In all seriousness though, our “third” baby can almost legally vote. Can you believe it? I guess, after all, we do make a great team. Lastly, to our many devoted readers, we love you. Each day we come to work ready to tell your stories, and it’s a job we do with utmost seriousness and devotion. Without you, there’d be no us, and for that we are incredibly grateful.

Wishing a happy and a healthy holiday season to you all.


Steven and Sharon Goldstein Publishers

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NONPROFIT SPOTLIGHT The Community Chest Celebrates 85 Years of Neighbors Helping Neighbors BERGEN COUNTY Paramus Strong Community Comes Together Following Bus Tragedy

ART Better Bling Norma Wellington Designs Sparkle

BERGEN COUNTY A Lesson Well Learned Ho-Ho-Kus Eighth Graders Donate to Pediatric Cancer Patients BERGEN COUNTY There’s Nothing Better In Life Than ‘Great Food’

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BERGEN COUNTY Martini Grill Feels ‘Presence’ of Executive Chef ’s Loss

BERGEN COUNTY When Angels Dance, They Soar FASHION Must-Haves For The Holidays GIVING GUIDE Share Your Generosity With Worthy Area Charities ENTERTAINMENT Holiday Movie Preview 10 Films To Check Out




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Decorate Your Home For The Holidays Like An Interior Designer


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Al Dente Diva’s Holiday Party Season Go-To Recipes


Unwrap These Holiday Must-Haves




Unwrap These Holiday Must-Haves


Get The ‘Skinny’ On Bergen County Holiday Stress Edition


Dos and Don’ts Of Holiday Style


Ten Ways To Avoid Injury On The Treadmill

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McLaren Adds The 570S Spider Does It Make Up For Its Previous Shortcomings?


For The W An Escape to W Punta de Mita, Mexico


Dinner Done Right It’s Not Just ‘What’s Cookin’,’ It’s ‘Who’


A Resource for Your Dining Pleasure


Happenings Throughout The County


America The Beautiful

On The Cover - This season’s hottest color: red, according to BC The Mag Fashion Director Candace Kristin. Pile on various shades of red from cherry to burgundy, Kristin advises, as it’s chic, elegant and super powerful.

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David Catuogno, Michele DeLuccia

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Adler Aphasia Center Gala The Adler Aphasia Center held their annual gala at Seasons in the Township of Washington. For more information, visit www.adleraphasiacenter.org.

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Center for Food Action The Oritani Golf Classic was held at Hackensack Golf Club in Emerson to benefit the Center for Food Action. For more information, visit www.cfanj.org.

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David Diaz, Larry Garcia

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e Community Chest Celebrates 85 Years of

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

By Tara DeLorenzo


elebrating 85 years of neighbors helping neighbors, The Community Chest has dedicated itself to helping and enhancing local non-profit organizations. Founded in 1933 during the Great Depression, the organization’s mission has only grown in its history. It started as a way of helping non-profits in the area to fundraise. Over time, however, nonprofits have taken that role over, so the mission has been further developed. Now, The Community Chest has adapted in how they help raise money for the organizations. “By being here for 85 years, I think our biggest contribution has been our staying in business and helping different agencies get through their tough times. Whether it

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was through the wars – World War I, World War II – or things that are more recent,” said Richard Kennedy, president of the Board of Managers. “The agencies always go through struggles, and by us being there to help and partner with them, we help them through those tough times,” continued Kennedy. “It really is [a big achievement to be celebrating 85 years]. One of the things we’ve been doing is we’ve been looking through our archives to understand more of our history and what things were like 20, 30, 50 years ago and the strength of the organization has been the people who participate as the boards of managers – the people who donate their time and effort and money to help the organization in business and to help us suc-

ceed. It’s really a tribute to our donors who have been with us through the years and our volunteers, people who come and help us do the work. It is a real community activity that helps to make us successful and it’s only through the efforts of the people who volunteer to work for this organization that we can be in business for 85 years.” The Community Chest is a unique charity organization in that it doesn’t focus on one particular cause. Instead, it looks at the issues facing the area and gives to multiple causes. According to Executive Director Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer, last year alone, they gave away $200,000 in grants to about 23 local agencies. The highest percentage, said Dr. Wimpfheimer, goes to services for chil-

The Community Chest's Board of Managers.

dren and programs that support them. Other demographics covered include seniors, healthcare, environmental centers, women’s rights information centers, domestic violence agencies and food banks. “We see ourselves as an organization that builds the capacity of local agencies to deliver services,” said Dr. Wimpfheimer. “Our actual statement is to lead initiatives to support non-profits that make our community stronger and benefit people in need. What we do beyond that is beyond money, which is important too, is we also run a professional development series, so staff of the agencies can receive professional development free of charge to the agencies. We see ourselves as partners with the agencies we fund. We don’t just send them a check; we’re here joined with them when they’re having troubles. We’re right there with them helping them to figure out how to manage whatever problems come their way.” Funds are distributed through an annual allocation process. The Board of Managers review the requests from the agencies and help to make the decision of

what local organization will receive the funds. “We’re really the champion for the community and the stewards of their money,” Kennedy said. “The community trusts us with the money and we come back out and say this is how we think it should be spent. That’s my favorite part, and I think most of the board thinks that way.” A strategic plan that was implemented a few years back and recently completed

Richard Kennedy, president of The Community Chest’s Board of Managers.

led to changes in the organization too. The plan allowed for a more comprehensive review of the problems in society, such as social isolation. This was found through The Community Chest’s Issue Summit, where leaders from all local non-profits came together to decide on primary issues. With meetings like the Issue Summit, The Community Chest is bridging the gap between the local nonprofits. “We can be the catalyst and have the dialogue among the agencies and have them maybe help each other,” Kennedy said. “In the past, there was no vehicle to talk among themselves; we’re a collaborator of a lot of this activity so there’s more of a discussion on what’s working, what’s not, how can we be more successful and the other things we try and do is we try and represent our agencies. If we’re some place and we hear discussions about hunger, well we can immediately go and talk to the two or three agencies we work with that help with that, like food banks specifically, and we can bring the agencies to the problem. A lot of the time we’ll get a few agencies to work together to make a

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The Young People's Chorus from Kaplen JCC on the Palisades’ Thurnauer School of Music performed at The Community Chest's 2016, 2017 and 2018 galas. Here, the chorus poses with journalist Lori Stokes, who was the master of ceremonies.

program stronger.” The Community Chest is working to not only make programs stronger, they are working on making the community stronger in itself. New programs are being implemented through the community to encourage philanthropy at a younger age. According to Dr. Wimpfheimer, there is a program starting for elementary school kids, as well as one for the middle school level. The program for elementary schools is being field tested currently in 24 afterschool programs in Bergen County run by the YWCA and the middle school program is being tested in Englewood by Bergen Family Center. There is also a campaign dedicated to working with millennials. Called Martinis and Meatballs, The Community Chest has a group go to Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza with the goal of increasing millennial numbers. Looking forward, Kennedy hopes to see more growth for The Community Chest. The organization started in Englewood, and with the strategic plan, they

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have expanded their territory throughout Eastern Bergen County. Now, The Community Chest now serves 13-15 different towns. “We have more broad geography we’re serving and while the services tend to remain the same, being able to bring our help to new communities, we think, is going to be something very successful,” he said. “Our job is making sure your money is doing the best good it can do, and that’s

Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer, executive director of The Community Chest.

our message to our potential donors. We will be the shepherds of the donated money; we will make sure it’s going to the right agencies and activities.” With all they are able to give back, Dr. Wimpfheimer is proud to be part of The Community Chest and proud of all its accomplishments. “Eighty-five years is a very long life trajectory for a non-profit,” she said. “Many don’t make it, so for a little organization like us to have thrived for so long is a testimony to the community because if the community wasn’t generous, we wouldn’t be able to survive, so when you talk with people about what it is to live in this community and surrounding communities, people will often say these are wonderful people who really care about each other and I think the fact that we’ve been able to thrive for 85 years is living proof of that. So I think that says a lot.” Kennedy encourages people to get to know The Community Chest and attend the events, and Dr. Wimpfheimer suggests for those interested to get involved to call

Attendees at The Community Chest’s 2016 gala were entertained by The Young People's Chorus from Kaplen JCC on the Palisades’ Thurnauer School of Music.

and ask. With a range of events for all audiences to get involved with, the organization has something to offer everyone while working to help a range of causes. “I have a favorite quote, it’s from Anne Frank when she was 14 or 15, and she said, ‘Nobody need wait a single moment

before starting to improve the world.’ I love it because the message is so central to living in a more harmonious world,” said Dr. Wimpfheimer. “To us, it’s important people understand what we do and how we can help the agencies. Our efforts are all geared to helping people who need some

help in all different types of situations. We’re all about helping the agencies help our local residents. We’re neighbors helping neighbors – that’s what we are.” Photos by Chris Marksbury.

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Andiamo Benefit Motorcycle Run Andiamo Restaurant, located in Haworth, hosted the 19th annual benefit run that helps many local charities. For more information, visit www.andiamorun.com. Gina, Alan, Alex, Linda, Jill and Don Dickstein

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hef Bruce Kalman, who now resides in Los Angeles, Calif., grew up in Paramus. He became a household name during the 15th season of Bravo’s “Top Chef” when he made it to the Top 5 of the competition. Now, he gives back to his hometown community. After the tragic East Brook Middle School bus crash took place in Mount Olive in May, claiming the lives of Paramus student Miranda Faith Vargas, 10, and

teacher Jennifer Williamson-Kennedy, 51, Kalman felt moved to reach out and help his fellow Paramus natives. Prior to the crash, Kalman and his wife had also adopted a baby, which in turn also influenced Kalman’s emotional connection to the welfare of children. Kalman and his friends always used to spend time at the bar of Biagio’s Ristorante, so given the restaurant’s large space, he thought that it would be the per-

fect venue for what he had planned. He approached Biagio’s owner Chef Jimmy Perides about holding a fundraiser there. “Chefs 4 Paramus Strong” took place on July 12 from 6-10 p.m. and the VIP rooftop after party went until 1 a.m., with an amazing turnout of about 500 people. About 30 fellow chefs from around the country, including his fellow “Top Chef” contestants Tyler Anderson, Chris Scott and Silvia Barban from Season 14, joined Kalman to cook meals at multiple stations for fundraiser attendees. Joining the chefs in the cuisine preparations and serving were the student survivors of the crash. Kalman and his partner prepared cavatelli with mushrooms. Additional eateries also participated and other guests included former New York Jets Safety Erik Coleman and pop singer “Z,” who performed. While Kalman gathered the chefs, his former Paramus schoolmate Stuart Burrows, now a production manager and owner of DV8 Event Productions, organized the overall event, venue, local resources, tickets and volunteers. Tickets were sold online and at the door for $75 general admission and $125 VIP admission, ultimately raising $26,000 and other donations collected for the Paramus Children’s Health

Foundation (PCHF). “We chose PCHF because it is a local charity that is actually a 501 (c)(3) so we could legally make a donation. They are also one of the only charities that were directly helping the victims of the bus accident. They hold events as they need them and they also do an annual fundraiser with the Harlem Wizards. This year it’s on March 1, 2019 and we are hoping to honor/recognize the first responders from the area that were at the accident,” said Burrows. There was free admission for the students involved with the accident, as well as their families, the fifth grade teachers of East Brook Middle School and any child under 12. “One thing that really hit home for me is one of the parents who attended said to me, ‘This is exactly what we all needed; it’s been a long time since Paramus smiled.’ So, that was the most fulfilling moment of the night for me, hearing that,” said Kalman. Kalman hopes to continue this event annually. A month earlier, on June 19, the Perides family held its own “Paramus Strong Gala” fundraiser for the school bus crash at Biagio’s with face painting, a DJ and rooftop barbecue, which is only available for special events, to raise money to build a memorial. This event was slightly smaller, with 275 people in attendance and raising $19,000.

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Gift of Life America The Gift of Life America Foundation held their annual golf outing at the Edgewood Country Club in River Vale. For more information, visit www.giftoflifeamerica.com.

Kyla Basso, Anthony Villanueva

Donna Wittig, Jennifer Costa

Mike Best, Randy Lupo, Patrick Perna

Tom Constantine, Nick Laganella, Nick Laganella III

Dave Machicao, Max Fonvielle, Marc Costello


Dawn Feorenzo, Jay Leone, Pete Caminiti Late Spring 2017

Jason Fruschein, Perry Gandelman

Steve Monsees, Jose Madhavasseril

Lois Horowitz, Bridget Schindo

Tom Perna, Matt Iacobazzo, Sal Bullaro

Chip Phioibosian, Mike Kurzawski

Carl Carfello, Spiro, Jerry and Mike Molfetas

Leo Vartan, Mike Krawitz

Kevin O’Rouke, Justin Kuchar, Matt Gipson, Chris DiPiazza

Dick Clancy, Mike Hyde, Alan West

Tom Bauer, Tom Bauer Jr., Bill Kerbel, Mike Wudke

Ho-Ho-Kus Education Foundation The Ho-Ho-Kus Education Foundation held a fashion show fundraiser with Candace Kristin at the Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus. For more information, visit www.hhkef.org.

Juli Evans, Roxann Blasz


Marie Rackiewicz, Jessica Governara

Christine Stecker, Julie Chiusano

Lauren Samman, Julie Morris

Regina Georges, Christina DeSomma

Meryl Toper, Wenona Goow, Jennifer Hinds-Clarke

Jackie O’Dea, Danielle Dolan, Suzanne Hekemian

Michele Jenkins, Tania Amaro, Denise Ott

Elizabeth Lancey, Stacey Eddy, Ashley Kelly

Trisha Danetz, Candace Kristin

Suzanne Ferraioli, Jennifer Schuck, Lisa Pisano

Mary Ellen Nye, Manal Cavanaugh, Judy Callanana Late Spring 2017

Alyson Sugar, Aja Kuczma, Courtney Reenstra, Lindsay Loiacono

Laurie DiGiacomo, Shannon Taliercio

Kelly McCrossin, Kristin Fox, Erin Everett

Audrey Galletti, Stefanie Makhoul, Trish Vega

Roberta Campbell, Olympia Nan, Sarah Bergeron, Melissa DeLeon

Habitat for Humanity Golf Outing Habitat for Humanity held their annual golf outing at the Knickerbocker Country Club in Tenafly. For more information, visit www.habitatbergen.org.

Jack Gray, John Dalo

David Gannaway, Brian Taylor

John Stewart, Richard Raussell, Lou Barella

Paul Gavel, Kurt Breitenstein


Kevin Pace, Matt Langer

Fred Ferraro, Ray Reduce, Jacey Raimondo, Mike Ling

Bob Pabst, Brian McCourt, Joe Coccaro, Gary Gensheimer, Dan Hlavaty, George Bove

Arielle de Delva, Maryellen Lafronz, Cindi Rocca, Jack Brennan Late Spring 2017

Arielle de Delva, Jack Brennan

George and Alex Tonelli

Brian Foley, Derek Weissman, Michael Yellin

Joel Auerbach, Greg Nelson, Nels Kauppila, Chris and Kyle Jansen

Scott Nimmo, Tony Albanese, Gerry Papetti, Tony Ray

Joe Coccaro, Jacey Raimondo

Jeff Leake, Joe Cerbone

Debbie Cannariato, Ken Emerson, Theresa O’Keefe

Stan Plewa, Jon Senos, John Pietrowitz, Bill Brex

You’ll feel it the moment you meet us. Dr. James McGinty, chief of surgery at Englewood Health, believes that great surgeons are great listeners. It’s why he always takes the time to let patients tell their story, explain what’s going on with their health—and with their lives. He knows from deep experience that listening helps a physician make the proper diagnosis, and it always leads to the best possible treatment. Experience the feeling of belonging that can only come from a healthcare team who really knows you, and knows how to care for you.

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King of Con The King of Con Book Kick-Off Party was held at Il Villaggio in Carlstadt. For more information, visit www.kingofcon.com.

Kristen Schiano, Patti Chiaia

Emme, Natasha Stovanoff

Anne Dedio, Dotty Granatell, Alice Miele, Kim Depaola, Patti Chiaia, Kayla Robinson

Debbie Rigoglioso, Natalie Montelbano, Diana Calandriello, Jan Sciuto


Sal Cina, Matt Carroll, Dane and Michael Valenti Late Spring 2017

Dana Diiorio, Kayla Robinson

Joseph and Jenny Campbell

Kiersten Weber, David Schunke, Meghan and Dominick Branna

Kurt Breitenstin, Bernie Fasciano

Carol Bustamante, Richard Micucci

Richard and Jessie Rigoglioso

John Calandriello, Vincent Branna, Thomas Giancomaro

Rob Guidetti, John Calendrillo, Kenny Ehrenberg, Rich LaBarbiera

Erik and Svetlana Dentzau

Nikki Marie, Sean Mahon, Helena Loman

Mary Ehrenberg, Peter and Sophia Barkoulas, Tony Burriesci

John Calandriello, Rob Margolies, Jim Alexander, Thomas Giancomaro


BETTER BLING Norma Wellington Designs Sparkle


By Jessica Humphrey-Cintineo

t’s often said that change is the only constant in life. When Norma Wellington, of Tenafly, experienced a major change in her life (her ex-husband left her and her three children), she turned to jewelry making. “Years before, when I was a teenager, I could not find a charm I liked to give to my mother, so I got the family repairperson to make one with parts I selected and designed,” recalled Wellington. The “family repairperson” later became a manufacturer, and he put the very charm Wellington created into his catalogue, which in turn ended up in all the charm catalogues in the industry. “That gave me the confidence in my design ability,” said Wellington. “I knew I could do it.” Wellington continued designing and creating by learning how to solder. She made a few pieces and took them, along with a Bridge table, to a flea market.

Normal Wellington added stones to a customer’s emerald cut diamond and four baguettes to create this pendant.

This delicate circular mill-grain 14K setting makes this eternity band with one-point diamonds outstanding.

“On my first try, I sold nothing,” she remembered. “Being determined, I tried again, graduating to antique shows and bringing bric-a-brac from my parents’ house.” There, she only sold her jewelry and developed a private following. The following led to an introduction to a buyer at Saks Fifth Avenue. “I showed her 35 pieces and asked her, ‘Which ones do you like?,’” recalls Wellington. “The buyer answered, ‘All of them.’” Wellington then continued to create consecutive collections for Saks Fifth Avenue stores for 13 years. Another “follower” of Wellington’s craft had her design a piece for a soap opera. The piece was pivotal to the story and received a full screen image. This opened the door for Wellington, and she began making jewelry for shows. In addition to having her jewelry showcased on shows, Wellington has had her pieces in both trade and popular magazines. Further, one of her pieces resides in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute. The accolades do not stop there. Jewelers of America selected a Norma Wellington Design to be featured (for the second time) in their annual Fall Fashion Preview, held this past September. Jewelers of America is known to “wow jewelry/accessory editors, writers and stylists by showcasing the crème de la crème in jewelry design,” according to the organization.

A client's odd stones emerged into this unique modern ring.

Further, Wellington has created pieces that are owned by many extraordinary women, such as a former First Lady of the United States, a former president of the Philippines, a nominee for the Pulitzer Prize, an Academy Award winner, the president of the Genetic Society and several TV performers. It’s no wonder, as she specializes in taking customers old pieces and turning them into something new and cherished. She says, “I hate to think of pieces sitting in the draw or safe when I can repair them or make them new again. I am delighted to create jewelry for my client’s important occasions like engagements, weddings, birthdays and anniversaries because I have a part in the special moments in their lives. No job is too small if it makes the client happy. Many of my customers become friends and I am so grateful for that.” Wellington feels proud to have given many one-woman charity shows donating a large portion of the sales. The date for her annual one-woman charity show, which provides scholarships for underprivileged children, is Dec. 7, to be held at bergenPAC. “I don’t like asking for money but, if my art can help, that makes me feel proud,” she said. “I feel that classes in the arts change children’s lives.”

A customer’s oval diamond repurposed in an intricate crossover multi-level diamond engagement ring.

A radiant cut diamond engagement ring with half moons that Norma Wellington Designs originally created. Now it is re-envisioned as a pendant.

Wellington graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, majoring in TV and motion pictures and minoring in fine arts and painting. She worked as a TV producer on staff at Channel 5 NY and produced two telethons with Dean Martin, amongst others. She also wrote the script for a TV program that was on NBC for 13 weeks, as well as appeared in commercials. “My love for fine art, music, fashion and all things beautiful inspire my creativity,� said Wellington, who thanks her father for developing her creative sprite by taking her to museums and painting with her as a child. She also thanks him for inheriting the gift being able to design without training. To learn more about Wellington and her designs, visit www.normawellingtondesigns.com. You may also follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/normawellingtondesigns. Pictured earrings at left: Ruby and blackened sterling earrings inspired by Norma Wellington’s trip to India. Jewelers of America featured this piece.

Foundation for Free Enterprise The Foundation for Free Enterprise held their 16th Annual Sanzari Business Leaders Reception at the Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack. For more information, visit www.fffe.org.

Steve and Brianna Paino

Tony Scardino, Sharon Lee Parker

Joe Burt, Helen Cunning, Joseph Rizzi

Yogi Virk, Lori Rubino, Joe Sanzari, Balpreet Grewal-Virk, Shivi Grewal


Brian McCourt, Lisa Eccleston, Jacqueline Smith, Matt Langer Late Spring 2017

Dr. Rick Winters, Dr. Dante Implicito

Mike Vigneron, James McNamara

Steve Estrellado, Joe DeVita, Leo Kushner

Diane Scriveri, Jim Trouwborst

Dr. Michael Gross, Lisamarie Volino

Ro Sorce, Kim Caesar, Nancy Kennedy

Sister Mary Elaine, Sister Theresa Mary Martin, Joe Sanzari

Hubie and Joanne Clarke, Lori Rubino, Joe Sanzari

Scott Perkins, Judy Troiano

Laura DeMartini, Hubie and Joanne Clarke

Joe Coccaro, Pat Arnold, Richard DeLuca, Richard Mason

Robert Garrison, John Sator, Kevin O’Connor, John Cassetta


By Megan Montemarano

ndoubtedly, the best way to learn is through experience. While workbooks, testing, endless studying and homework are all essential parts of growing up, it’s the assignments that go beyond mere pen and paper that will have the most lasting effects. The eighth grade students of Ho-Ho-Kus Public School discovered this firsthand last year after participating in a civic duties project as a part of the curriculum. Students are first given a survey to determine small groups with similar interests. Once established, each peer group has the opportunity to choose a specific charity or cause to support without leveraging school donations or raising funds. The students were to organize these acts of citizenship themselves and lead the way, with little guidance from their teachers and a whole lot of teamwork, creativity and heart. “Throughout the project, students learn essential 21st century citizenship skills, such as critical thinking and problem solving, communication and collaboration,” explains the school’s civics teacher, Meredith Smolyn. “Furthermore, the eighth graders learn to identify their passion and use their individual skills, creativity, and in-

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novation to help those in need.” Current student Emma Hekemian and her fellow classmates Skylar Gray, Annabelle DelMonte and Marley Dimeo worked together to choose a focus area that was just right for them. “Our civics group went through several ideas and ended up with the topic of pediatric cancer,” comments Hekemian. “We decided after conversing about what specifically we all had in common. Each member of my team wanted to help children. Then, all having had our families affected by cancer at one time or another, we came upon the topic of pediatric cancer.” Driven by their creativity and quest to help the Bergen County community, the dynamic group created the “Jared Box” – a little box of handmade joy delivered personally to pediatric cancer patients at Valley Hospital. Jared Boxes contain items such as coloring books, which the group created; colored pencils; playing cards; crayons; a notebook; and other small toys. “Because watching television can only be so exciting, our goal with these boxes is to help cure boredom,” explains Hekemian. “Right after surgery, many patients are unable to do what they would normally enjoy. So, we try to bring some of what they might be doing at home right to their hospital beds.” The students determined what items went into the boxes by thinking about things children would like, as well as activities they themselves like to use or do. After working tirelessly to complete the boxes, and enjoying every minute of the process, Hekemian and her peers recently visited the hospital to deliver the finished products. “We could not have done any of this without the support of those at Valley Hospital. So many nurses and doctors have been extremely helpful in our success,” she said. And clearly, this thought-provoking school assignment turned out to be noth-

ing short of A+ work. Each student involved in the “Jared Box” initiative faced obstacles and found answers, forging camaraderie and learning valuable life lessons along the way – an experience that reaches above and beyond the realm of usual eighth grade education. “Our group worked so hard to get everything accomplished,” says Hekemian. “Teamwork makes the dream work, and that’s what we did.”

The Ho-Ho-Kus “dream team” is forever thankful for taking on this unforgettable civics endeavor, and hopes to continue on their philanthropic journey as they each find their passion, choose a cause, and act on it. “Helping the community and people around us is very important,” adds teammate Skylar Gray. “It doesn’t just make others feel good, but most of all, it makes the person doing the service feel good as well.” To all four members, this project was clearly the first of many efforts to give back. “We are truly happy to have gotten this chance to help these children,” comments fellow group member Marley Dimeo. “Most people don’t understand how much pediatric cancer patients suffer, so to be able to do something for them feels amazing. Additionally, this project has allowed us to put ourselves in the real world, targeting a real problem and finding a solution.”

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Good Samaritan Hospital Golf and Tennis Classic Good Samaritan Hospital held their 29th Annual Golf and Tennis Classic at The Tuxedo Club in Tuxedo Park, N.Y. For more information, visit www.goodsamhosp.org.

Todd Gilbert, John Heron


Gerard Villucci, Robert Shaw

Chip Faust, Pete Cullen

Dr. James Vella, Dr. Mary Leahy

Betsy Bowes, Howard Wilen, Michele Orestuk

Kevin Pollock, Angela Clarkin, Beth Pollock

Vikram and Dr. Ravi Kumar

Dr. David Ober, Gerry Tobias

Late Spring 2017

Robert Reiss, Joe Giordano

Dean Catanzarro, Brett Kelly

Dr. Jyotika Agochiya, Dr. Arup Bhadra

Sister Susan Evelyn, Corey Deixler, Martin Rooney

Dr. Ken Austin, Dr. Mary Leahy, Dr. Scott Luchs

Dr. Mary Leahy, Dr. James Vella, Joseph Lagana

Steph Cohen, Larry Freirich

David Eisen, Lori Anderson

Dr. Ken Austin, Dr. Scott Luchs

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‘Great Food’

Oradell market creates the ultimate food experience, serving fabulous, fresh ingredients for 25 years


By Megan Montemarano

f you’re familiar with Oradell, chances are you’re also familiar with the reputable town favorite, Great Foods Market and Catering. Located right downtown at 225 Kinderkamack Road, this one-stop shop is managed by the dynamic husband and wife duo of Stephen and Jennifer Serventi. For 25 years, Bergen County residents have enjoyed its delicious meals combined with unmatched quality and service – a beloved local business that certainly lives up to its name. Formerly a retail seafood and produce market, the store always had a wonderful local charm and loyal following, which the Serventis hoped to maintain, while also bringing the little shop to its full potential. Stephen

and Jennifer slowly introduced a variety of changes over the years, starting with the addition of a salad bar, and later, new prepared foods, such as soups, salads and entrees that focus on fresh seafood, chicken and vegetables. From simple steamed and roasted options, to other dishes with an extensive ingredient list, Great Foods always keeps freshness and top quality at the forefront.

“Initially, we thought we would simply build up the business to sell and start a new one in a different location,” said Jennifer. “But as we became more involved in the community and our customer base, we didn’t want to leave. There is pleasure and satisfaction in creating great food for your customers year in and year out.” The couple began the full-service catering portion of their business a few years later, providing meals for countless events – even baby showers and college graduation parties for the same families. Built on a philosophy of attention to detail, Great Foods consistently keeps an eye on the process, even after 25 years. “We start with impeccable ingredients and never compromise on quality,” said Jennifer. The small market offers an abundant total of 54 items in grab and go cases. Unlike most delis, the majority of Great Foods’ sandwiches are made with homemade grilled, blackened, breaded and Milanese chicken, a fan favorite. Patrons can also enjoy fresh roasted turkey and in-store made burgers including turkey, shrimp and scallop or salmon, in addition to panko crusted cod and golden crisp flounder, just to name a few baseline sandwich specials. All dips and sauces are also homemade. “Our business stands out because of our wide array of homemade offerings, from continental breakfast items like our over-stuffed blueberry muffins to

scrumptious lunch fare and everything you need to take home for a delicious dinner that the whole family will enjoy,” said Jennifer. Apparently, the Canadian farm-raised grilled salmon with honey mustard glaze is a must-try item on the dinner menu. While customers love and depend on the staples, they also look forward to new and exciting plates that make it on the menu. Stephen has worked in the restaurant business since high school. He trained in culinary arts in the Swiss tradition as an apprentice chef and previously worked at the Market Basket in Wyckoff, helping to launch the Franklin Lakes location.When the opportunity arose to buy a seafood and produce market from a former Market Basket employee, Stephen jumped at the chance. Now celebrating 25 years, Stephen and Jennifer enjoy the freedom to continually try new recipes and dishes that are always enthusiastically received.

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“We have created and sustained a real excitement about food, which we believe helps us stand out in the gourmet market,” said Stephen. The Serventis also attribute much of their success to their dedicated staff, some of which have been with the company for nearly 20 years. “Over the years, we have employed over 150 students from local high schools. Many continue to work through college and some have even gone on to pursue careers in the restaurant industry,” said Jennifer. “We hope that their experience here – where it all began – has instilled in them a vigorous work ethic and genuine love of food.” So, the next time you’re in town looking for a quick bite or planning that holiday party menu, think Great Foods Market and Catering. “What makes Bergen County so special is its small towns and the local business. I would like to remind people that, although shopping online and in malls may be expedient, it lacks heart and soul,” said Jennifer. “Local stores are not only a way to make purchases, but a place to interact with your friends and neighbors, reminding us that we are a community who care and depend on each other.” For more information on Great Foods Market and Catering, visit www.greatfoodsmarket.com, call (201) 265-2235 or email greatfoods10@gmail.com.


Feels ‘Presence’ of Executive Chef’s Loss

fter the unexpected loss of its executive chef, Aret Cakir, Martini Grill has dedicated itself to continuing the legacy Cakir left. Cakir passed on May 21, 2018 after a dental procedure ended up in tragedy. After working Mother’s Day at Martini Grill, Cakir went the following day to the dentist for a cosmetic procedure. The family soon received a call that there had been a problem and Cakir was being transferred to the emergency room.The family met him there, and later found out he suffered extensive brain damage that he would not be able to recover from. He was taken off life support May 21. In the wake of their loss, the restaurant and catering company he left, as well as his family, have missed him greatly. In short, Cakir could be described as a “visionary, courageous and a man of action,” said his brother-in-law and business partner Harry Purut. “Aret was outgoing. The best way to describe him is he had a presence,” said Purut. “If you looked at him, if you were around him, he was larger than life. Wherever he was, it was known he was there. He would dominate where he was. With his views and his talk and what he did, he was very visible.”

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By Tara DeLorenzo

Cakir’s love of cooking started back in high school with some of his closest friends. It started simply as a summer job working in kitchens as a cook with his close friends. From there, they all entered the culinary world, and Cakir became a graduate of the Culinary Citadel of America, said Purut. From culinary school, Cakir worked an internship in California at the Beverly Hills Hilton, where he worked for Merv Griffin. He later interned in Paris, France and then moved on to work at Le Cirque in New York City. With his copious experience, he was able to master a plethora of cuisines, including French, Italian, Continental and American styles. Cakir moved from there to open venues of his own, and about 20 years ago, he opened Martini Grill – its name at opening, however, was Chanterelle’s. After acquiring a liquor license for the high-end restaurant four years after its opening, he and Purut decided to change the name to Martini Grill. The restaurant’s location in Wood Ridge made for a prime location for clients coming from Teterboro Airport, the busiest private airport in the country, according to Purut. A chance call from a question inquiring about in-flight catering then inspired a new business venture. “[Martini Grill] was his baby,” Purut said.

“One day he called me and said, ‘These people from the airport are telling me if we do in-flight catering, they’ll give us all the orders.’ So, I said to do it, and he said he didn’t know in-flight catering. We took about 6 months and the store next to restaurant became available, so I said, ‘Let’s rent this; let’s make it a kitchen and just start.’ He was undecided, but he’s adventurous, so we did it. We made it a kitchen. And, since the in-flight catering business is very close-knit, small business, people heard. There are not many companies that do this. People from existing companies came to look for job; that was our luck, and we hired them and they showed us how to do this thing. Then I came on fulltime. It took us about 3 years to get fully organized. That’s how we started; we had one customer. Now we have about 200.” The inception of Gourmet Inflight Catering also spurred one of Purut’s favorite memories of his brother-in-law, as the business expanded. In how the business works, with its high-end services, while clients include celebrities, corporate businessmen and politicians, Purut and Cakir would rarely meet them, so to help advance the business, they created a class for flight attendants. “Since we’re close to the airport, I thought we could run training courses for the flight attendants, so we can meet them,”

"He was a really good person. You should've seen the funeral; it was insane, the amount of people. He touched so many people." – Harry Purut on his brother-in-law and business partner, the late Aret Cakir.

Purut said. “They come, they see, they taste, so we did that a few times at the restaurant. We sent invitations, and we were prepared. Aret did the whole presentation, and we did it a few times. It was an out-of-this world experience. He started from how you’d get the box of food and what happens from there, where to put the containers, how to heat what and how to plate it and serve it so it’s like your passenger is dining at a 5-star restaurant 400,000 feet in the air because that’s what happened. I used to arrange all this because he was all over the place, and I would say, ‘You have to calm down and follow script.’ But we did this in Tucson, Ariz. once, and we flew all the food there. We got convection ovens and microwaves and we simulated we were on an airplane and he made the presentation. I was watching and I had a PowerPoint with it and we had a big screen and I was putting the finish product on the screen and the flight attendants came to taste it. That was probably one of the best presentations made ever to a group of flight attendants, and they all said it too. We do this through Business Aviation Association, and I think to this day – this was a few years ago, everyone remembers it. We did repeat it in the restaurant, so we not only had a lot for of in-flight customers; we had our restaurant customers

too. To this day, we still have a good amount of customers from aviation business, and it was all because of him.” Gourmet Inflight Catering has grown to be one of the top three major in-flight catering companies in the area, and Martini Grill has been running strongly since its opening with customers coming from all over. “Aret’s proudest achievement is the business. We started from zero, especially the inflight catering. We knew nothing about it. We put blood, sweat and tears because it’s a 24/7 business,” Purut said. “He was a presence, and he is missed by the staff and the customers. He was an executive chef; he didn’t cook in the kitchen all the time, but he trained our staff and we’re lucky we are staffed with those people and we have the same people, so everyone is trained by him. They know the menu inside and out. He was talented. His presence is really missed but Martini Grill has a solid staff that they can continue his legacy and build on. He was a good trainer; he did strong work in the kitchen. He worked.” More than anything though, it is his family that will miss him the most, as he was

immensely devoted to them. “He was devoted, extensively, to his family, to his parents, to his sister,” said Purut. “That was his thing. There was nothing more important. His family came before everything, sometimes to the point where it was irrational, but that’s how he was.” Cakir will be missed by many, but the hard work and time he put into his businesses will not be forgotten. Purut is dedicated to preserving his memory and vision in both Martini Grill and Gourmet Inflight Catering. “People should know he might have been a typical chef where he worked under stress – that was his job – typical chef, he needs everything in perfect shape, and maybe he was not the smoothest chef, but he always tried to do the best,” Purut said. “He was a really good person. You should’ve seen the funeral; it was insane, the amount of people. He touched so many people. My goal is obviously to continue his legacy because he was an influential person. His legacy will continue. It’s not like he’s gone, and his creation is done with him; it’s not. The restaurant will continue, and the chefs are still here.”

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Bergen County Food and Wine Festival

Megan and Dan Fullam

Heather Galloway, Jenni Mawhinney, Traci Drake

Lakisha Finkelstein, Jessica Maxwell


Dana and Dave Gellis

Late Spring 2017

Howie and Mindy Felixbrod

Marlos Alvarez, Maribel Guerrero

Dora Valencia, Jessica Tumailli, LeeMarie and Juan Tum

Nick Cangialosi, Joe Conte

Kristine Bonghanoy, Jaymee Recio

Jamie Donovan, Lauren D’Anzieri

Alex Beard, Brittany McCabe, Courtney Banoff, Carmine Andriola

Rob Guidetti, Glenn Ragano, Kevin Lan, Michael Cebulski, Tony D’Angelo

Rich and Donna DeCandido

Nick Venetos, Brittany Casper

Katherine and Ryan Conklin, JD Relubes

Debbie Cangialosi, Jo Ann Cunningham, Michele Conter, Sharon Goldstein, Donna Ebert

Billy and Victoria Cunningham, Nick Cangialosi, Angelo and Alexa Autiero

The second annual Bergen County Food and Wine Festival to benefit the 200 Club of Bergen County was held with over 100 food and beverage vendors. For more information, visit www.bergencountyfoodandwine.com.

Brian Juarbe, Matt Savage

Tonya and Edna Martin, Karen Carter

Sharon and John Giannetta

Vinny and Debbie Papia

Pricilla Martinez, Rachel Vazquez

Michelle Grisanti, Desiree Ochiuzzo, Erin Geist, Bill Raftery

Stacy Strover, Sandy Landolfi, CathiLynn Burgstahler

Yocasta Riccardi, Mario Chape, John Riccardi, Dennis and Joanne Garcia

Jennifer Leckstrom, Rob Scanlon

Janet Calanese, Trixie and George Bucoge

Vincent Gerardi, Richie Portello, Brian Cole

Steven, Sharon, Carlye and Brandon Goldstein

Robert Lehmann, Cheryl Mosiello

Richard and Annemarie Bucher, Margi Gioffre

Franco and Kelly Diaz, Lori and Ronald Cinnella

Harry Gates, Lucian, Brianna and Brian Nelson

The Academy of the Holy Angels Dance Team claims first at the UDA National Dance Team Championship for the third year in a row Top photo: The Varsity Academy of the Holy Angels Dance Team’s Pom Dancers Valeria, Sahar, Giselle, Annalise and Carmela. Bottom photo:Varsity Pom Feature Dancer Valeria Pernicone

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Angels Dance, They Soar By Megan Montemarano


n the world of dance, winning Nationals is a dream come true. Winning Nationals for three consecutive years is considered a victory that reaches far beyond sheer talent. An achievement such as this requires discipline, teamwork, perseverance and, for the ladies of The Academy of the Holy Angels Dance Team, genuine heart. The UDA National Dance Team Championship (NDTC) takes place every year at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. This year’s competition was held on Feb. 2-4, 2018. Administered by Universal Dance Association, a division of Varsity Spirit, the NDTC is one of the most prestigious dance competitions in the country for high school-level dance. The Holy Angels Dance Team competes in both pom, a style of dance performed largely during

the half-time breaks of sporting events and pep rallies to get the crowd pumped up, and hip hop, of which they are the three-year reigning champions. “Our style of hip hop is very aggressive and physical, resembling that of college dance teams,” said Jenny Sweet, director of the Demarest-based team. “Both routines require a large amount of stamina, as they are physically demanding on the body. We work with a personal trainer to help get us in peak performance shape.” Sweet has been coaching the Holy Angels dancers for seven years, during which time, in addition to Nationals, they have been awarded countless state and regional titles. Sweet coaches alongside Kristen DePeri and Alyssa Aponte, both former captains and proud alumni

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of the Holy Angels Dance Team. This year is the school’s largest group yet – 29 dancers, including 17 Varsity and 12 JV. The Holy Angels Dance Team is a versatile group with dancers who train in multiple styles, including ballet, contemporary and acro, to name a few. Created in 2012, the team focuses on refining their technique in multiple genres to produce well-rounded dancers. Determined to find the perfect dynamic among its members, each year the group holds a weeklong audition process, which includes an interview in April. “We are looking for a technically proficient dancer with lots of stage presence, whose mindset fits within our core team values and the values of our school,” said Sweet. The team also hosts numerous clinics throughout the year for prospective students in grades 5-8 as well as a summer camp. With each victory, the pressure to succeed becomes more intense, as other teams work increasingly harder to defeat the leaderboard. Last year, the Holy Angels Dance Team won the NDTC by a very close margin. This past February, the team knew that they had to step it up even further in order to retain the title. “When it comes down to those final moments, you put it all on the floor and it is up to the judges,” said Sweet. “The performance order is chosen at random by pulling numbers from a hat after the semi-final round. We pulled number one, which can be a very difficult placement. We told the girls that they needed to push themselves to their absolute maximum in order to make an unforgettable impression on the judges, setting the bar so high that the other teams would not be able to surpass it, and they did just that. Their performance took my breath away.” After a stellar routine, one that Isabella Cho, the dance team captain, describes as “the most indescribable and rewarding experience,” there was nothing more to do but await the results. When

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Top photo: The Varsity Academy of the Holy Angels Dance Team’s opening pose of their hip hop routine. Bottom photo: The Varsity Academy of the Holy Angels Dance Team celebrates their National Championship title win. Right photo: The Academy of the Holy Angels Dance Team, including Varsity and Junior Varsity members.

the final announcement came down to The Academy of the Holy Angels and the team that they edged out last year, excitement, anxiety and every other emotion took hold. However, when the other team was announced as being the second place winner, these emotions immediately turned to sheer pride and joy as reality set in – they were now three-time National Champions. “We are a nationally recognized name and a force to be reckoned with. In the high school dance team arena, we are a team that sets the standard,” said Cho. The JV team also received their National Hip Hop highest ranking, winning second place – runners up to the National Championship title. “The key to our success is our unwavering commitment to be champions,” said Kaitlyn Lack, the class of 2019 captain. “We have an incomparable work ethic where we train in various disciplines throughout the year. Every member of our team, including our coaches, is completely dedicated to our success. We approach each practice and competition knowing that we have to work harder and continually challenge ourselves in order to be successful.” Being nationally recognized has opened the door to many exciting performance opportunities. The dynamic

group has showcased their routines on some of the biggest stages in the world, including Madison Square Garden and The Barclays Center during both N.Y. Knicks and Brooklyn Nets basketball games. They have also performed at the Prudential Center during N.J. Devils hockey games and have been featured on ESPN, as well as recognized by a variety of local political figures. Regardless of this fame and attention, though, the dance team’s original roots still run deep. “Some of our favorite performances are for our student body,” said Sweet. “We dance for pep rallies and open houses, and love the energy our peers generate as they cheer us on. There’s nothing quite like being in front of our home crowd, representing the Academy of the Holy Angels.” So what’s next for the National Champions? Every season, the challenge for the team is to progress and be stronger than the year before. It’s extremely important to evolve and continually grow, setting trends for the dance team industry. “I am most proud of the influence we have had on the creative direction of the Hip Hop Division at UDA, which has raised the bar at the national competition,” said Sweet. “I am proud that we take risks. When we started, we really

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wanted to honor hip hop styles, the choreography and dancing. We've developed a style that reflects who we are, what we do and what we love, while also helping to move the Hip Hop Division forward.” In addition to hip hop, the girls compete in the Small Varsity Pom Division against approximately 65 other teams from across the nation. On top of winning a fourth National Championship, the team’s focus for next year will be to build upon the foundation that they have set in Varsity Pom and win a championship in that division in the near future. “Being a Holy Angels dancer is an opportunity to become part of a family,” said current team member Melina Tidwell. “Along the way, we go through countless hours of sweat, blood and tears, but we go through it all together as one unit. No matter how many wins we achieve or losses that we face, together as a team we continue to push one another towards success.” With positive attitudes like this, it’s no wonder that the coach is confident that these girls know what it takes to move to the top in both hip hop and Varsity pom. “We have already started climbing the ladder with our seventh place finish this past year,” she said. The Academy of the Holy Angels Dance Team hosted yet another clinic in late April, which was open to all dancers grades 5-9. Also in April, the team hosted a food truck event to benefit all of school arts programs – a great way to support the team and the arts in general at AHA. “It is an incredible honor to be recognized among high-ranking, legacy teams whose programs have been competing for over 20 years,” said Sweet. “It is also incredibly humbling when you realize that the Holy Angels Dance Team is indeed becoming a legacy program.” For more information, contact Coach Sweet at jsweet@holyangels.org. You can also follow the team on social media: Instagram, @holyangelsdancenj, and Facebook, AHA Dance Team.

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Top photo: The Junior Varsity Academy of the Holy Angels Dance Team’s pom routine. Bottom photo: The Varsity Academy of the Holy Angels Dance Team’s breaking section of their hip hop routine.


Decorate Your Home

For The Holidays Like An Interior Designer


By Danitza Reyes

top! Before you take out all of your usual holiday decorations from that storage bin, I have a surprise for you. Maybe you should sit down for this. Ready? OK, I’m sharing my personal top five ways to decorate during the holidays. Not to toot my own horn, but because you’re reading this article, you’re going to rule the holiday ambience and decorations in 2018. You’re going to be the envy of your friends and family because 1.) You’re awesome; and 2.) You’re going to decorate like an interior designer.

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1 . Start Fresh.

4 . Scents Are Important.

I think it’s very easy to pull out what you’ve collected over the years and basically decorate the same way you did in 2017, 2016, 2015 and so on and so forth. We all know that the decorations we put up have a sentimental value to them, but I encourage everyone to start fresh. Whether it’s starting slow and replacing a few items, or completely changing everything out, find what you personally feel comfortable with and mix things up a bit. If you always put garland on your stairs, maybe put up string lights instead, or incorporate an entirely new tablescape. Starting fresh will be eye candy for your friends and family, a way to create new memories and it will give you an opportunity to update your home with the season’s current trends.

Before I finished my formal education in interior design, I sold real estate. One tip my mentor told me that I always went by was to have freshly baked cookies during an open house. When potential homebuyers came in, they were immediately greeted with the most warm, sweet and tantalizing fragrance. My point: scents are important. It sets a tone in your home. For instance, if you were going to someone’s house for Thanksgiving, wouldn’t it be weird if you walked into the home and it didn’t smell like food? Find what holiday scents you’re attracted to and place them in your home. Set the holiday mood for your family and friends before they even take their coats off.

2 . Add Odd Color Combinations.

Nothing Beats Organic Greenery.

We all do it. Every year we use the tried and true color combinations. Holiday decorating in seasonal colors is beautiful and, honestly, something just feels “right” about it. This year though, I encourage you to use an “odd” color combination. Some of my favorites are blush and green, which is gorgeous, and so is teal and copper. I personally love seeing the unexpected in traditional home elements. Once you’ve decided on your new color combination, add metallic and reflective accents. But stay away from glitter, unless you don’t mind picking it up off surfaces until the next holiday season. Friends, let’s stop playing it safe and live a little.


More Is More.

When it’s cold out, we all bundle up in layers. The same should be for your home. Bring in faux fur throws, more pillows and/or candles. Make your home as cozy as possible. Don’t just stick a tree in the corner of your living room, and keep everything else the same. Apply layers to your home decor. Cold season decorating begs for complimentary patterns and textures multiplied by two. Materials like mohair, cashmere and wool add a warm and cozy feeling to any space they are applied to. If there is a time of the year when you can go a little crazy and over decorate, this is it.


If this article had a theme (besides holiday decorating, of course), it would be doing the unexpected. Artificial greenery has come such a long way, but nothing beats fresh flowers and plants. Leave the poinsettia at the nursery and opt for out of the ordinary fresh flowers and greenery like carnations, roses, hydrangeas and boxwood wreaths. Some of my favorite fragrant, seasonal plants are eucalyptus, juniper, pine and evergreens. Once you’ve picked you’re new greenery, add some fresh fruit like pears, clementines, apples or lemons. I know I said in the beginning that I would give you five of my most trusted and tested tips, but the most important one that I absolutely can’t leave out is to have fun during the process. Holiday decorating can be so stressful for an endless list of reasons, but making memories with family and friends, enjoying your home, giving to others and food (obviously) are the reasons for the season. I genuinely hope that you channel your inner interior designer when decorating this holiday season. If all else fails, let me know and I’ll do all of the hard work for you.

Danitza Reyes is the owner and principle interior designer for Seyer Homes LLC. Follow Danitza on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/seyerhomes/ or on Instagram @seyerhomes. Want to contact her directly? Email Danitza at info@seyerhomes.com.


Al Dente Diva’s


The holiday season is finally here. The decorations, the music and, most importantly, the food! There are so many celebrations, each of them with their own classic dishes to enjoy. Here are some traditional and non-traditional recipes that are perfect for any holiday party this season.


It’s no secret that turkey is the star of Thanksgiving dinner, and so it should be. These Brussels sprouts with bacon are the perfect side to compliment your Thanksgiving dinner. Directions: Trim and cut Brussels sprouts in half. Toss with olive oil, garlic, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Lie on baking sheet with the cut side down. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until Brussels sprouts are golden brown. Top with crumbled bacon bits and serve. These are so easy and go with almost everything. They’d be a great addition to your holiday table.


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Hanukkah is eight days and nights filled with so many traditional holiday dishes. Try something new this year and make these Caramel Apple S’mores for dessert. Directions: Slice apples into thin rounds. Place a toasted marshmallow and piece of a Hershey’s chocolate bar on top of one slice. Drizzle with caramel sauce and close with another apple slice. What a delicious flavor combination! This is one dessert your guests won’t mind getting their hands dirty for.


You can’t go wrong serving this incredible holiday ham for your main dish this Christmas – so delicious and couldn’t be easier. Directions: Bake a large ham fat side up at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 ½ hours. Melt 1 cup of brown sugar, ½ cup maple syrup and ¼ cup brown mustard in the microwave for 1 minute.When the ham is done cooking, score it and randomly insert about 6 cloves spread out randomly. Pour the mustard, brown sugar and mustard mixture on top. Bake an additional 30 minutes to complete it. This has been my family’s holiday ham for as long as I can remember.We look forward to it every year. Hope it makes its way to your dining table this year.

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New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is such an exciting holiday to spend with family and friends. I love serving this sausage bread. It’s very filling and keeps your guests fueled up long enough to ring in the New Year. Directions: Roll out pizza dough into a rectangle shape. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese. Remove either sweet or spicy Italian sausage from its casing. Brown and break into small pieces. Let it cool and spread it evenly on top of the dough. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese. Jelly roll the bread and place it seam side down on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Spread a little olive oil on top. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until the bread is nice and golden (about 20 minutes). Let it cool slightly. Slice and serve. You don’t have to wait for another New Year’s Eve to make this again. It’s tastes just as good all year round.

Tara Ippolito-Lafontant is a long-time Bergen County resident and local foodie. This stay-at-home mom is the creator of Al Dente Diva, a page where she shares recipes, entertaining tips and cooking hacks with her followers. Visit her on Instagram (@AlDenteDiva) for a peek into her everyday culinary adventures.

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‘What’s In Your Bag?’ The Best Beauty Stocking Stuffers Of The Season


By Kristin Favaloro

ne of my favorite features in my fashion magazines has always been the one that highlights what celebrities are carrying in their bags on a daily basis. Call me curious, but I love to know what other people “can’t live without,” especially when it comes to beauty products. With that in mind, I decided to ask some cool and fashionable Bergen County girls my favorite question: What’s in your bag?

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Meaghan Smeen

Meaghan Smeen is a makeup artist at Mania Hair Studio, 62 Park Ave., Park Ridge, and a two-time Best Makeup Artist winner in 201 Magazine. Meaghan focuses on bridal, airbrush and wedding makeup, but she offers makeup for any event as well as Special FX makeup. When she’s not behind the chair, you can catch her at the park with her two crazy kids. • Jouer Matte Moisture Tint: “This lightweight, low/medium coverage tinted moisturizer with SPF15 evens out my skin tone and keeps me matte all day.” • Glossier Balm Dotcom: “I’m Glossier obsessed! I use this on my lips and cuticles, add it to my cheekbones for a glow and to my brows to keep them

in place.” • Catrice Camouflage Cream Wake Up Effect: “This is my Holy Grail product.With two kids, I never get enough sleep. This under eye brighter minimizes my dark circles and makes me look bright and awake.” • Invisibobble Original Hair Tie: “I always keep at least one of these in

my bag at all times. They have great grip, won’t pull out your hair and leave dents in your hair when you take them out. They come in all different colors and look cute on your wrist!”

Katie Diamond

Katie Diamond is the creative director of Katie Diamond Jewelry, a jewelry collection that has been featured in Vogue, Refinery 29 and Who What Wear and is sold in top retail locations worldwide. She also owns the lifestyle, gift and jewelry shop “Katie Diamond” in Ridgewood. Katie’s loves include travel, food, art, yoga and wine. She lives in Ridgewood with her husband, two sons, two cats and a dog. • Tamra Copper Water Bottle: “An ayurvedic water bottle with health benefits.This is a natural antioxidant and immune booster, and it increases metabolism and aids in the production of collagen, plus it’s just gorgeous.” • Glossier Boy Brow in Blond: “After watching the Glossier ads pop up a million times, I finally bought this. I’m obsessed! This keeps my brows tamed and makes me look polished without looking made up.” • NARS Shimmer Stick in Orgasm: “This is one of those products that I’ve been using for years and nothing seems to beat it. It creates the perfect peachy glow and just makes me look a little prettier without looking too done.” • From Molly With Love Beauty Oil: “This is magical! I

use it for dry skin, but also as a highlighter on my cheekbones and my brow bone. I’m really into a glowy, natural look and this does the trick.” • Oils: “I’m crazy about smelling good but in a non-perfume way. I always carry oils in my bag. I love an uplifting blend or single notes of grapefruit and orange. We also carry an ayurvedic line of oil blends in the shop. I always wear the nomad scent, which is formulated for adventurers and following your intuition.” BC The Mag HOLIDAY 2018 79

Rosalie Bernier Rosalie Bernier is the owner of GiGi’s Boutique in Ridgewood. GiGi’s is a contemporary women’s clothing and accessory boutique for fashionista’s everywhere. When in the area, make sure to stop by and shop all the latest trends, or you can shop online at GiGisBoutique.shop. Follow GiGi’s on Instagram and like it on Facebook, @gigisboutiqueridgewood. • Trish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift: “This under eye treatment is my musthave! I am always on-the-go and this helps to lift and add brightness to my eyes, especially on those super busy days.” • OUAI Anti-Frizz Sheets: “These are my new secret weapon. I keep these in my bag daily, but especially on super humid days. A couple swipes and I’m all set to go.” • NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil: “A go-to of mine. It provides a creamy texture with an amazing matte finish that

lasts long. It’s so easy to wear and I always have extra’s in my bag.” • Oribe Shine Light and Reflecting Spray: “After I wash my hair, I love to spray a little amount to my dry hair as it adds just the right amount of shine, plus the smell is amazing. This comes in handy in between washes too.” • NARS Lip Gloss: “I always keep a NARS lip gloss in my bag on days when I would rather a gloss instead of a matte finish. I love their glosses; they come on super smooth and provide a mirror like shine.”

Sonie Skogerson Sonie Skogerson is a veteran of the fashion industry, having spent over 10 years crisscrossing the globe for some of the biggest names in luxury sportswear. She now dresses windows as the principal designer and owner of Budget Blinds of Paramus & Westwood. Sonie is a graduate of the Parsons School of Design and has studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the London College of Fashion. She is an active member of her local Junior Women’s Club and the mother of three. • Hermès Garden Perfumes Collection: “One of these scents is always with me – at work, at CycleBar or at play.” • Caudalie Beauty Elixir Spray: “I can’t live without this before and after makeup, middle of the day or anytime.”

• Beautycounter Lip Gloss in Buff: “Perfect for day or night.” • Tarte Sex Kitten Black Liquid Liner: “There are a few things I can live without. This isn’t one of them.”





Pairing a sequin top with jeans in the daytime is super chic. This camouflage metallic raincoat is on trend and can take you through all seasonal elements.

Must-Haves for the Holidays

Color alert: Florescent yellow, a throwback to the 80s. Coupled here with high waisted embroidered denim and a suede bootie – perfectly paired for a causal afternoon. Photographer: Nicholas Gagliano, Studio Uno Photography Stylist: Candace Kristin Hairstylist: Haley Muoio of Eric Alt Salons Makeup Artist: Alexa Mele of Beauty by Alexa Rae, Ho-Ho-Kus Models: Cheryl and Taylor Fashions: All clothing available at Boutique 811, Franklin Lakes.

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A fresh color pairing is camel and black, seen here with a checkered skirt and wool sweater. Put on a faux fur jacket to add warmth and texture.

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Mix an elegant jacquard coat with fur trim and causal denim for a chic and stylish look.

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Trend alert: Military-inspired pieces. Combine a navy officer’s jacket with wide leg pinstriped trousers for a fashion-forward look. It’s also a perfect look for a business meeting or charity luncheon.

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Super chic piling on shades of creams and neutrals. This monochromatic look is perfect to take you from day to evening easy.

Global influence was seen all over the international catwalks for fall and winter must-haves. This kimono dress is a perfect on-style point piece great for lunch meetings and an evening out. It’s a bold statement; keep shoe selection simple.

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When you need a gala dress, think outside of the black box and look for a striking and bold hue. This is not for the faint at heart as you will be noticed the minute you walk through the door. This silk mermaid dress paired with a matching fur wrap is a great statement.

This is a unique version of a modified suit. A matching robe coat with fringe and trouser is a great substitution for a traditional suit, and one that can take you through the 9-to-5.

Mixing metals. This sequin dress is a perfect example of mixing metals – bronze with silver creating an element of sophistication. Pair the shinny sequins with fur to add an additional texture element.

A quintessential late fall look is blending shades of autumn. Seen here with gold, brown and brunt orange. Be sure to incorporate seasonal fabrics, such as suede, wool and velvet.

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The power suit is taking the season by storm. Many designers created their version and retail stores are packed with suiting options. Sub out your dress and incorporate a suit. Grab a plaid jacket and trousers and head to dinner.

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Trend alert: Patchwork fabrication seen here on this nod to “Americana� fur.You will see this trend on everything from coats, sweater and dresses. Since it has a nostalgic feel make sure you pair with trendy sequins or metallic.

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Trend alert: Leopard print. This season the animal print of favor is the feline print. The leopard print can act as a neutral and can be paired with almost any color. Be sure to only don one animal print at a time and make it your statement, whether it’s a dress, purse or coat.

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Mix up a little black dress by finding one with gold detail – perfect for the holiday party season.

Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc. RBARI held their annual Tricky Tray Dinner/Fundraiser at The Venetian in Garfield. For more information, visit www.rbari.org.

Samantha and Cathy Konnor

Sharon Goldstein, Lori Duckstein

Gerard and Ali Kintscher

Melissa Gill, William Frasse

Nikole Duch, Lyn Ofrane, Kathy Alpart

Donna Kaczor, Donna and Amy Cacciatore


Late Spring 2017

Marge Kraus, Marilyn Rubner

Roe Wellman, Henna Abbassi

Roe Wellman, Seamus McMurray

Claudine and Rich Siero, Tracey Ingrasselino

Aidin Ortiz, Jannet Vilchez

Regina Rodriguez, Terry Blake, Valentina Ramos

Kevin and Tina Smith

Victoria Viducic, Victoria Gooden

George Gouliamos, Steven Raff, Martin Mazin

Margaret Pavone, Nicole Albert

Mike and Matthew Kassai

Table to Table Table to Table held their annual golf outing at the Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus. For more information, visit www.tabletotable.org.

John McElroy, Bill Mullan

Haeshin Lee, Jae Chung

Ryan Marchini, Steve Liebezeit, Mike Petruccelli

Julie Kinner, Eileen Isaacs, Emily Force

Dave Hartgers, Jim Hufnagel, Bobby Hartgers


Rich Chamberlain Jr., Chris Rotio

Fletcher Preuninger, Lori Schmidt

Matt Foley, Larry Deluise, Denis Salamone

Steven Van Praagh, John Piluso, Fletcher and John Preuninger, Tom Schmidt Late Spring 2017

Al Moriarty, John Brady

Ed Steel, Jack Horney

Stephen DiGiovanni, Dana Romita, James Lee

Dana Romita, Larry and Jayne Lein, Jake Phipps

John Hughes, Kevin Breslin, Frank Laviano, Joe Ciambrone, Chris Rotio, Lou Romano Jr.

John Hughes, John Preuninger

Frank Laviano, Chris Rotio, John Hughes

Dan and Melissa Feldstein, Betsy and Chris Gillon

John Hughes, Nick Allegretta, Harry Lee, Pete Christou

Unwrap These Holiday Must-Haves By Kristin Favaloro

The holidays are always my favorite time of year.There’s the gift giving and the holiday parties – what’s not to love? I’m taking some of the stress out of gift giving by sharing some great gift ideas that I would love to find in my stocking or under my tree. From great services to some fabulous gift sets, I think there is something for everyone.

Gift Certificate for Brows by Kristina

Ladies (and gents), who doesn’t want to have perfectly groomed and shaped brows by the Kristina Garncarz? Why not get a gift card for a brow shaping or lash lift and tint? It would make the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone! Available at the Strand Salon, River Edge.

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OG Gems Bracelets

I love this local Bergen County jewelry company. Created by two sisters, Theresa and Justine Gigante, they have tons of beautiful pieces for guys and girls. Buy one or buy a stack. Available at www.oggems.com.

Laura Mercier Stardust Radiant Glow Palette

This limited edition highlight palette is perfect for the holiday season, as it will give you a glowing radiant look – just in time for that New Year’s Eve party. Available at Blue Mercury, Closter.

Alison’s Aesthetics

Alison’s Aesthetics is my go-to for facials in the area. Allison offers HydraFacial, Dermaplaning, teen facials and more. Stop in and pick up a customized gift certificate for the holidays. Available at The Trokhan Group, Closter.

Zo Healthy

Who doesn’t want to make their New Year’s Resolutions stick? How about a two-hour weight loss and wellness consultation or a “pantry clean out?” These are just a few of the fabulous services that Audrey Zona offers. I would love to receive one of these gifts; it’s the perfect Christmas or Hanukkah gift. Available at www.livezohealthy.com.

Joy by Dior Perfume

This is the newest scent from Dior, and I am loving it! I think perfume is the perfect gift for the holidays. It’s one of those things that people don’t always buy themselves. This perfume is the perfect blend of musk and sandalwood. With the name Joy, I think it’s perfect for the holiday season. Available at Nordstrom, Paramus. BC The Mag HOLIDAY 2018 101

Ela Rae Jewelry

Another great jewelry option that is a favorite of mine is Ela Rae. Also created by local Bergen County girls, their semi-precious stone line is a gorgeous and has endless layering pieces. They are the perfect gift for the girl who has everything. Available at Anthropologie, Edgewater.

Jardin Infusions Holiday Bundle

I love this new Bergen County company that features non-GMO 3-calorie floral-infused champagne mixers. This is the perfect stocking stuffer for any of your friends. Available at www.jardininfusions.com.

Kate Somerville Radically Radiant Set

I love this brand and this set comes with one of my favorite weekly treatments, the ExfoliKate Mask. If you want some really great anti-aging products, this kit is for you. Available at Sephora, Paramus.

Oribe Gold Lust Set

One of my favorite hair care lines is Oribe, and I think it makes the perfect gift. I love this set that features their amazing shampoo and conditioner and a travel size of their hair oil. Available at J&Co. Salon, Paramus.

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Kristin Favaloro is a Jersey girl with a serious makeup and skincare obsession. Follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pg/ beautyandtheburbsnj or visit her blog at www.beautyandtheburbsnj.com to discover all that Bergen County has to make a beautiful you. Have a product you’d like Kristin to check out? Email her directly at beautyandtheburbs201@ gmail.com.


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By Michelle DeSantis

The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, right? The holidays can also be the most stressful time of year, however. Between social obligations, shopping and overeating, your mind and body could get out of whack. It’s hard to put yourself first during the holidays, but I’m here to remind you how to give yourself “TLC” and live your best life during the holidays without the stress. Make peace with your inner self at InnerBliss.

It’s easy to put everyone around you before yourself, especially during the holidays. You try and please everyone around you with the best gifts, food and decorations, but don’t forget about you! Take some time for yourself and get a little rest and relaxation at InnerBliss, 106 E. Ridgewood Ave., Paramus. Their Reiki master, Nancy, will work wonders to your body. Reiki is a Japanese technique of relaxation and natural healing. It’s a gentle form of touch therapy, which channels energy into the body to activate a natural healing and restores physical and emotional well-being. Reiki promotes a profound state of relaxation and alleviates stress and stress-related conditions. It’s non-invasive and works with the body’s own healing mechanisms to bring balance and remove blocks. When you are in a state of balance you experience less stress, get sick less often and are in less pain. 104 BC The Mag HOLIDAY 2018



Take care of your skin with a facial at Glow Skin Studio.

Stress releases cortisol, which can throw off the other hormones in your body and cause breakouts on your face or body. It can also disrupt the balance between the good and bad bacteria that can show up on your skin in the form of acne. Glow Skin Studio, located at 22 Prospect St. in Ridgewood, offers everything from luxurious private skin care treatments to waxing and chemical peels at their Skin Bar. Their facial therapies are customized to each individuals skin and use pharmaceutical grade skincare ingredients. They are up-to-date on the newest technology and do Dermalinfusion facials, a brand new system that exfoliates the outer layers of the skin and suctions the dead skin cells away. Once the dead skin cells are suctioned, Dermalinfusion hydrates with a serum that reaches the deep layers of skin, infusing it with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The goal of the Dermalinfusion facial is to reduce the appearance of acne, scarring, pigmentation and sun damage as well as hydrate your skin. The best part is, there is no downtime after this facial and it feels good!

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Get Luminous

Find your natural beauty at Get Luminous.

Waking up looking like a beauty queen can make your day a little brighter. Call me crazy, but I’ve found my natural beauty with the help of Get Luminous, 31 Sheridan Ave., Ho-Ho-Kus. Get Luminous, known for one of the best eyelash extension salons in Bergen County, have mastered the eyelash extension technique while helping women feel comfortable in their own skin. Erika, the owner of Get Luminous, never would have thought she would be in the beauty industry because like all women, SuperJuice Nation she had insecurities growing up. She has become fiercely devoted to teaching women about their own beauty. Erika reminds every client before they get lashes or makeup done that they are beautiful. She emphasizes she isn’t trying to change the way you look, but just enhancing your natural beauty. Get Luminous strives to heal unworthiness and insecurities women have.

Get those veggies in at SuperJuice Nation.

It is so easy to overeat during the holidays.The dessert is always too tempting to pass up and that third glass of wine won’t be the end of the world. It’s hard to focus on your diet this time of year, but SuperJuice Nation, 637 Wyckoff Ave.,Wyckoff, is here to remind us to get your veggies in. As long as you are starting your day off right, it makes the rest of the day a little less unhealthy. Before you head over to that holiday party, stop by SuperJuice Nation and pick up one of their green drinks to fill you up a little bit and get those veggies in to keep the fat burning.

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Michelle DeSantis is a Bergen County girl who lives, breathes, eats and sleeps Bergen County. Founder of the blog, The Bergen Skinny, Michelle is determined to find the best food, fitness, fashion and entrepreneurs in the area. Check her out at www.thebergenskinny.com.

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Style With


Dos and Dont’s


of Holiday Style By Soneca Guadara

is the season to be merry – hot chocolate is being sipped and all the department stores are adorned to the nines with holiday decorations. You are most likely invited to a slew of parties this holiday season. What do you wear? From the office party to your friend’s party to the family party, each one is very different and unique in style. Easy to feel stressed and overwhelmed, it can feel daunting and somewhat of a struggle. Use these easy suggestions and getting dressed for your holiday party will be simple.

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The Office Party

Even though this is a party, remember it’s still an office party; therefore, you want to keep it professional but also look and feel stylish. Do take inspiration from menswear (why not try on a festive tuxedo?); add some shine – whether it be your top or your bottom; and embrace the holiday spirit and wear red or green. Don’t show too much cleavage.

Family Holiday Party

You may feel less pressure to get all dressed up for this party; however, you should always dress to impress – you just never know who will show up as an unexpected guest. You want to look festive, but at the same time no need to dress over the top. Do accessorize more and wear plaid. Don’t be afraid to show off your holiday spirit or be matchy-matchy, meaning you can mix patterns and colors.

Friends Holiday Party

This is the time that you can go all out. No worries if you show too much, or if the event is casual or dressy. This is the time to wear what makes you feel good about yourself and gets you in the holiday spirit. You know that dress you had in your closet but had no idea where to wear it? Well, this is the time to take it out. Do go all out, especially if going to a party at an amazing location; rock your little red dress (it screams holiday); and wear anything fur (faux is just fine). Don’t be afraid to wear white (it’s just not for the summer); neglect your feet; and wear a T-shirt. There you have it, the dos and don’ts on what to wear this holiday season. This is a time to play around with your hair and makeup too. I am a big proponent that these are the added touches to complete your whole ensemble. Last, but not least, do not forget to wear an amazing coat to keep you warm and, of course, to look stylish. .

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Soneca Guadara is a personal fashion stylist who makes her clients feel beautiful and confident. When Soneca is not working her magic assisting her clients, she can be found working backstage at New York Fashion Week, working on location shoots and contributing as an on-air fashion/style expert and style writer. You can follow Soneca on her Instagram (@stylebysoneca) for weekly style tips.

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Share your generosity with worthy area charities This year join forces with other like-minded individuals and organizations, such as the ones that follow, to continue Bergen County’s long-standing spirit of caring commitment to improving our communities and all of those who call it home. Center For Food Action of New Jersey

Habitat For Humanity of Bergen County

192 West Demarest Ave., Englewood, NJ 07631 Contact: Director of Communications & Community Relations Jennifer Johnson

121 Carver Ave., Westwood, NJ 07675 Contact: Executive Director Jacey Raimondo

Email: jenniferjohnson@cfanj.org

Email: jaceyr@habitatbergen.org

Phone: (201) 569-1804, ext. 28

Web: www.cfanj.org

Mission: The organization’s goal is to prevent hunger and homelessness and to improve the lives of individuals and families. It provides emergency food, utility and housing assistance, advocacy, counseling services and access to other community resources. CFA helps clients find solutions to problems, achieve financial stability and create a brighter future. 110 BC The Mag HOLIDAY 2018

Phone: (201) 457-1020

Web: www.habitatbergen.org

Mission: Habitat For Humanity of Bergen County was established in 1994 as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Its mission is to provide decent, affordable homes for hardworking Bergen County families.

New Concepts For Living

68A West Passaic St., Rochelle Park, NJ 07662

Contact: Associate Executive Director Adam Fishman

Hope For Children Research Foundation

700D Lake St., Ramsey, NJ 07446

Phone: (201) 843-3427

Contact: Executive Director Meg Minassian

Web: www.ncfl.net

Email: cgf01@aol.com

Email: info@ncfl.net

Mission: New Concepts For Living is a community nonprofit organization committed to people with disabilities and their families. Inspired by the vision of families and consumers, New Concepts enables people to realize their dreams and achieve their individual potential through quality community program supports and services.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) 1 Bergen County Plaza, Suite 440, Hackensack, NJ 07601

Contact: Executive Director Ellen Davis Phone: (201) 336-7520

Email: ellendavis@bergencasa.org

Web: www.bergencasa.org

Mission: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) For Children of Bergen County is an independent, non-profit organization of professionals and trained volunteers who have been appointed by the NJ Family Court to advocate for children removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect. CASA works to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to these children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes.

Phone: (201) 962-8686

Web: www.hopeforchildrenresearch.org

Mission: The hope of the foundation is finding new treatments and cures for children with neurological diseases. The foundation hopes a doctor will never again have to say to a mother or father, “Take your child home; there’s nothing we can do.”

Pet ResQ, Inc.

24 West Railroad Ave., Suite 172, Tenafly, NJ 07670 Contact: Founder Robyn Urman Phone: (201) 450-5992

Email: petresqinc123@gmail.com

Web: www.petresqinc.org

Mission: Pet ResQ, Inc. is a small group of volunteers who believe that all living creatures deserve a change. They exist solely on donations and the efforts of volunteers and foster homes. They tend to rescue the elderly and handicapped pets that otherwise would not stand a chance at life.

Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation P.O. Box 547, Tenafly, NJ 07670

Multiple Sclerosis Care Center

Contact: Founding President & Executive Director Lisa Yue

Contact: Development Officer Lisa Futterman

Email: info@childrenscardiomyopathy.org

Holy Name Hospital 718 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666 Phone: (201) 833-3000, ext. 3899 Email: futterman@holyname.org

Web: www.holyname.org/mscenter Mission: The Multiple Sclerosis Care Center is New Jersey’s only non-profit licensed facility providing healthcare and related services to patients with MS regardless of their ability to pay.

Phone: (866) 808-2873

Web: www.childrenscardiomyopathy.org

Mission: The Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation is dedicated to finding the cause and cure for pediatric cardiomyopathy, a chronic and potentially life-threatening disease of the heart muscle, through the support of research, education and increased awareness and advocacy.

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1086 Teaneck Road, Suite 2G, Teaneck, NJ 07666

Heightened Independence & Progress (hip)

Contact: Executive Director Elana Silber

131 Main St., Suite 120, Hackensack, NJ 07601

Email: esilber@sharsheret.org

Phone: (201) 996-9100 Email: ber@hipcil.org

Mission: Sharsheret is a national not-for-profit organization supporting young Jewish women and their families facing breast cancer. Their mission is to offer a community of support to woman of all Jewish backgrounds diagnosed with breast cancer or at an increased genetic risk by fostering culturally relevant individualized connections with networks of peers, health professionals and related resources.

Mission: Heightened Independence & Progress is a nonprofit agency run by and for people with disabilities.With Centers For Independent Living in Bergen and Hudson counties, hip’s mission is to empower people with disabilities to achieve independent living through outreach, advocacy and education. hip offers wide-ranging programs and services to people with disabilities of all ages.

Phone: (201) 833-2341

Web: www.sharsheret.org

Pony Power Therapies

1170 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, NJ 07430

Contact: Founder & Executive Director Donna Spett Phone: (201) 934-1001

Email: dana@ponypowernj.org

Web: www.ponypowernj.org

Mission: Pony Power Therapies is a non-profit organization giving special needs and at-risk children and adults a unique opportunity to ride, care for and interact with horses. The riding and non-riding activities enhance individuals’ physical, social and emotional wellbeing in a safe, nurturing farm environment.

Contact: President/CEO Eileen Goff

Web: www.hipcil.org

Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund’s New Jersey Metro and Rockland County Chapter (JDRF) 1480 U.S. Highway 9 North, Suite 306, Woodbridge, NJ 07095

Contact: Executive Director Jess Backofen

Phone: (732) 219-6654 Email: jbackofen@jdrf.org

Web: www.jdrf.org/newjerseymetro

Mission: To find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research while providing support for those living with Type 1 Diabetes and their families in the community.

Julia’s Butterfly Foundation

200 Club of Bergen County

637 Wyckoff Ave., Suite 285, Wyckoff, NJ 07481

Contact: Executive Director Andrea Betancourt

Phone: (201) 675-9961

560 Hudson St., Hackensack, NJ 07601 Phone: (201) 229-0600

Email: info@200club.org

Web: www.200club.org

Mission: To benefit law enforcement, fire or emergency personnel who die or are seriously injured in the line of duty. Their motto is “serving our servants.”

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Contact: President Christine Callahan

Email: Christine@juliasbutterflyfoundation.org

Web: www.juliasbutterflyfoundation.org

Mission: Julia’s Butterfly Foundation is a volunteer, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of terminally and chronically ill children and their families.The foundation honors the memory of 6-year-old Julia Marie Bommer, who passed away in 2005 following her brave battle against a rare kidney disorder. It is the foundation’s goal to pay tribute to Julia’s life by helping other children and their families struggling with the demands of their unique circumstances. The foundation is humbled by the courage and dedication of the children and caregivers they support, and consider it a privilege to provide financial aid, physical assistance and services to those who need it most.

Tomorrows Children’s Fund (TCF) 30 Prospect Ave., Hackensack, NJ 07601

West Bergen Mental Health

120 Chestnut St., Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Contact: Administrative Director Susan Garbe

Contact: Chief Development Officer Barbara Krusko

Email: sgarbe@tcfkid.org

Email: bkrusko@westbergen.org

Mission: The Tomorrows Children’s Fund was founded by a group of committed parents to help their children and others like them with cancer and serious blood disorders. With the help of friends and supporters, today, TCF provides a warm, healthy and loving environment for children in treatment, a full scope of services to relieve families’ emotional and financial stress and the very best possible medical care – all of which confirms TCF’s belief that through hope, hard work and heartfelt generosity, extraordinary things are possible.

Mission: The agency’s mission is to treat severe mental illness in children and adults and promote psychological health and personal growth. It provides comprehensive treatment and supportive services for clients and the surrounding community.

Phone: (551) 996-5504

Web: www.tcfkid.org

bergenPAC (Performing Arts Center) 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood, NJ 07631

Contact: President & CEO Dominic Roncace Phone: (201) 816-8160

Email: droncace@bergenpac.org

Web: www.bergenpac.org

Mission: To make the live performing arts accessible, and to speak to the lives of its diverse community. bergenPAC builds a creative home for artists of excellence and relevance, who entertain and enlighten, inspire and inform audiences.

Foundation for Autism Training and Education (FATE) P.O. Box 1157, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Contact: Director of Development Sheilagh Cirillo Phone: (201) 541-9833

Email: info@thefate.org

Web: www.thefate.org

Mission: FATE strives to help individuals with autism achieve their highest level of independence within their home, school and community.

Phone: (201) 444-3550

Web: www.westbergen.org

The Volunteer Center of Bergen County

64 Passaic St., Hackensack, NJ 07601 Contact: CEO Lynne Algrant

Phone: (201) 489-9454, ext. 201

Email: lalgrant@bergenvolunteers.org

Web: www.bergenvolunteers.org

Mission: The Volunteer Center of Bergen County strengthens the community by connecting people with opportunities to serve, operating model volunteer programs, building capacity for effective volunteering and participating in strategic partnerships that meet community needs.

The Community Chest

122 S.Van Brunt St., Englewood, NJ 07631

Contact: Executive Director Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer Phone: (201) 568-7474

Email: shelly@communitychestofenglewood.org

Web: www.communitychestofenglewood.org

Mission: The Community Chest raises funds and allocates them to agencies demonstrating the capacity to provide services to residents and provides coordinating and planning services in Englewood, Englewood Cliffs and Tenafly to support a range of needs, including hunger, afterschool programming, elderly care, career counseling for women, mental health services, environmental education and medical care to low-income pregnant women.

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The Comedy Cures Foundation

Family Promise of Bergen County

Contact: Founder Saranne Rothberg

Phone: (201) 833-8009

100 Dayton St., Ridgewood, NJ 07450

122 East Clinton Ave., Tenafly, NJ 07670

Contact: Executive Director Kate Duggan

Phone: (201) 227-8410

Email: kduggan@bergenfamilypromise.org

Email: info@comedycures.org

Web: www.comedycures.org

Mission: The Comedy Cures Foundation is a national nonprofit organization bringing joy, laughter and therapeutic humor programs to kids and grown-ups living with illness, depression, trauma and disabilities.

Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc. (RBARI)

Web: www.bergenfamilypromise.org

Mission: To provide hospitality to the homeless and to keep families together in times of crisis, guiding them through temporary periods of homelessness by helping them create an achievable vision and develop a strong foundation for self-sufficiency.

North Jersey Friendship Home 1125 Atlantic St., Hackensack, NJ 07601

2 Shelter Lane, Oakland, NJ 07436

Contact: Director of Operations John Alecci

Phone: (201) 337-5180

Email: jalecci@njfriendshiphouse.org

Contact: Executive Director Megan Boyle Email: adoptlove@rbari.org

Web: www.rbari.org

Mission: RBARI believes that all animals have a natural right to humane treatment, including proper care, respect and safe shelter.Their primary mission is to provide sanctuary while finding permanent, loving homes for the many animals that arrive in their shelter, including feral, elderly, handicapped and formerly abused animals. Animals in their care receive lots of love, shelter, food and medical care. RBARI adheres to a “no-kill” policy, giving animals an open-ended stay at a warm, safe place until loving homes can be found.

Youth Consultation Services (YCS) Foundation 235 Main St., Third Floor, Hackensack, NJ 07601 Contact: President & CEO Richard Mingoia

Phone: (201) 488-2121

Web: www.njfriendshiphouse.org

Mission: To maximize the independence and community living skills of persons experiencing severe and persistent mental illness, in order to reduce unnecessary hospitalization, secure other health and welfare services, as required by each individual referred to Friendship House for treatment, and to render assistance voluntarily in a safe, comfortable environment. Friendship House is a non-profit rehabilitation center offering comprehensive behavioral health services, vocational training and employment support for adults with all types of disabilities. Services are designed to address the unique needs and goals of every individual.

New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera

P.O. Box 3024, Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Phone: (201) 678-1312

Contact: Chorus Coordinator Mary Ellen Rohon

Web: www.ycs.org

Email: info@verismoopera.org

Email: rmingoia@ycs.org Mission: AT YCS, the mission is to advocate, educate, shelter and care for children in need and their families so that each can further develop the skills, self-worth and hope necessary for success within their communities.

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Phone: (201) 886-0561

Web: www.verismoopera.org

Mission: New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s mission is: 1) to enhance the cultural life of the community by providing a complete range of fine musical programming; 2) to educate the community about the uplifting benefits of music and, in particular, grand opera; 3) to educate and introduce youth to the joy of fine music; and 4) to provide performance opportunities to musicians and offer study grants to young performing artists.

The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation 1701 Tower Drive, Edgewater, NJ 07020

Contact: Fred Fiddle Phone: (877) 444 -1149 Email: info@djfiddlefoundation.org

Web: www.djfiddlefoundation.org

Mission: The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation, the first notfor-profit and only all-volunteer-run organization in the United States to focus on adult autism has been blazing trails since 2002. It creates paths leading to fulfilling and potential driven lives.The endowed programs at America’s leading universities, resources, and public policy/awareness initiatives are person-centered and derive from the needs and hopes of the diverse population of adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families.

Jewish Home Foundation of North Jersey, Inc. (JHF) 10 Link Drive, Rockleigh, NJ 07647

Contact: Executive Director Melanie S. Cohen Phone: (201) 750-4231

Email: info@jewishhomefamily.org

Web: www.jewishhomefamily.org

Mission: The mission of the Jewish Home Foundation of North Jersey, Inc. is to provide aid and support to the not-for-profit organizations of the Jewish Home Family, Jewish Home at Rockleigh, Jewish Home Assisted Living, Jewish Home at Home and Jewish Home and Rehabilitation Center. The purpose is to make healthcare, education, life enrichment, scientific and other charitable efforts available to the seniors, the elderly and infirm in the community, without regard to the individuals’ ability to pay.

Alzheimer’s New Jersey Northern Regional Office

690 Kinderkamack Road, Suite 300, Oradell, NJ 07649 Contact: Executive Director Elaine Winter

Phone: (201) 261-6009 Email: ewinter@alznj.org

Web: www.alznj.org

Mission: Alzheimer’s New Jersey, formerly known as Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter, provides programs and services to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, their families and caregivers who live in Bergen County and the 13 other New Jersey counties. Association programs and services include education and training, support groups, respite assistance and a toll-free telephone, HelpLine.

Adler Aphasia Center

60 West Hunter Ave., Maywood, NJ 07607 Contact: Director of Development and Communications Elissa Goldstein Phone: (201) 368-8585

Email: egoldstein@AdlerAphasiaCenter.org

Web: www.adleraphasiacenter.org

Mission: The Adler Aphasia Center’s mission is to be a vital resource to anyone whose life or profession is touched by aphasia. Aphasia is a language disorder that impairs the expression and understanding of spoken language, reading and writing. It occurs most often form a stroke or brain injury. This condition affects a person’s ability to communicate, but does not affect their intellect. Adler Aphasia Center provides people with aphasia the assistance they need in regaining basic communication skills, as well as their self-esteem and self-confidence, often lost as a result of their disability.

Center For Hope and Safety

12 Overlook Ave., Suite A, Rochelle Park, NJ 07662 Contact: Director of Development Jean Kirch Phone: (201) 498-9247, ext. 301

Email: jean@hopeandsafetynj.org

Web: www.hopeandsafetynj.org

Mission: Center For Hope and Safety’s mission is to assist women and children who are victims of domestic violence, including emotional, economic, sexual and physical abuse. The agency provides emergency and transitional housing, emotional support, as well as a diversified continuum of services focused on safety, empowerment and self-sufficiency.

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” – John Bunyon

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Giants of Generosity, Inc.

The Office of Concern Food Pantry 55 West Demarest Ave., Englewood, NJ 07631 Contact: Director George McKenna

201 Piermont Road, Suite 16, Cresskill, NJ 07626

Phone: (201) 568-1465

Contact: President & CEO D. Jane Chagaris Albanese

Web: www.officeofconcern.com

Email: jane@giantsofgenerosity.org

Email: GMcK1230@optonline.net

Mission: The Office of Concern Food Pantry serves “the poorest of the poor” in northern New Jersey by supplementing their food and other basic needs with bags of food each week. Food packages contain canned goods and other non-perishables, as well as fresh poultry, fruit and vegetables and dairy products. St. Cecilia’s Church in Englewood sponsors The Office of Concern Food Pantry, but the pantry is independent functionally and financially. It serves all regardless of religion, race or culture. They are open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each week, they move 4.5 tons of food from their warehouse to their front office for distribution to 750 needy families. The 501 (c)(3) organization is staffed by dedicated, unpaid volunteers, who operate through the generosity of foundations, businesses, churches, schools, community organizations and individuals.

The Friends of the Hermitage, Inc.

Phone: (201) 567-2622

Web: www.giantsofgenerosity.org

Mission: Giants of Generosity’s mission is to quickly respond to the urgent needs of people in the community who are experiencing critical, life-altering situations. It does this by providing financial relief, connections to valuable resources and service providers. Its goals are achieved with much greater impact by leveraging resources, expertise and relationships with other, likeminded organizations whenever possible. Giants of Generosity is fully funded by the generous donations of area residents and by corporate grants.

Girl Scouts Council of Northern New Jersey

300 Forest Ave., Paramus, NJ 07652 Contact: Marketing and Public Relations Director Lynn Apolinaro Phone: (973) 248-8200

335 North Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423

Contact: Visitor Services Manager Leslie Naghshineh Phone: (201) 445-8311, ext. 102

Email: lnaghshineh@thehermitage.org

Web: www.thehermitage.org

Mission: The Friends of the Hermitage, Inc. was established to restore, maintain and interpret The Hermitage, along with its grounds and outbuildings. Their mission is not only to provide these services, but also to communicate to a diverse audience of students, scholars and the general public, the site, its archives and its collections as they relate to local, regional and national history beginning in 1740.

Email: lapolinaro@gsnnj.org

Web: www.gsnnj.org

Mission: Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decisionmaking; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills and cooperation with others.The Girl Scouts Council serves one in every four girls in 61 Bergen County towns, over 13,000 girls. Girls, ages 5-17, meet in age-level groups on a regular basis or they may participate in short term activities, special interest groups, neighborhood activity centers or camping.

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– Albert Camus

Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF)

Contact: Founder Michele Bonacorte

Contact: Associate Director Danielle De Laurentis

Email: info@beautifulself.org

1 Grand Ave. Suite 3, Englewood, NJ 07631 Phone: (201) 568-5608 Email: nnjcf@nnjcf.org

Web: www.nnjcf.org

Mission: NNJCF focuses on civic engagement, education, public health and the arts by working with local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profits and citizen groups to improve community life. Foundation partners identify and resolve regional problems and opportunities by sharing ideas, services and resources. The ArtsBergen initiative supports and encourages creative place making, the integration of arts and culture into an area to build community and boost the local economy.

Beautiful Self, Inc.

P.O. Box 241, Allendale, NJ 07401 Phone: (201) 818-8753

Web: www.beautifulself.org

Mission: Feeling beautiful and being able to love yourself is considered a luxury by most. Beautiful Self, Inc. is a unique therapeutic, transformational experience that peels back the layers of insecurities to expose self-love and acceptance by changing perception of inner beauty and power. Beautiful Self, Inc. believes a woman’s selfworth is essential to how she navigates and contributes to the community around her.

Advance Housing, Inc.

100 Hollister Road, Teterboro, NJ 07608

Contact: President & CEO Carolyn Jaime Phone: (201) 498-9140

Email: cjaime@advancehousing.org

Web: www.advancehousing.org

Mission: The mission of Advance Housing, Inc. is to expand the range and scope of supportive housing opportunities available to persons with psychiatric disabilities. In addition, Advance Housing, Inc. seeks to make similar options and services available to other individuals who are in need of supportive housing. The array of outreach services, designed to help people live independently and productively in the community, will exceed the highest standards of professional practice.

“Generosity consists

not in the sum given, but the manner in

which it is bestowed.”

– Author Unknown

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HackensackUMC Foundation Recognition Gala

Dr. David and Suzy Jurist

Dr. Andre Goy, Jeff Ornstein

Diane and Frank Aroh

Connie and Paul Sarlo


Rich and Carol Henning

John and Rebecca Fulton

Joe and Sharon Muscarelli, Carol and Chuck Schaefer

Christine and Dr. Dante Implicito

Irina and Dr. Yair Kissin

Late Spring 2017

Lauren and Jordan Wright

Lindsey and John Hughes

Joe Simunovich, Lori Rubino, Joe Sanzari, Robert Garrett

Greg and Lori Iannone, Jerry and Michele Iannone

Ro Sorce, Barbara Bush Breen, Cheryl Fittizzi, Holly Gold, Mary Ann Donahue-Ryan, Dr. Andre Goy

Annamarie and Kevin O’Connor

Dr. Thomas and Theresa Bellavia, Dr. Michael Gross

Dawn and Chris Rotio, Jackie DiSalvatore, Joe Ciambrone, Jen Mazzella

Mayo and Randy Alanen, Cassandra Gioffre, Inez and Larry Inserra, Patti and Richard Chamberlain, Maura Higgins, Kevin Walker

The Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation held its 25th Anniversary Recognition Gala at Rockefeller Center in New York, N.Y. to benefit outstanding research and surgical excellence. For more information, visit www.hackensackumc.org.

Charles and Jennifer Matar

Balpreet Grewal-Virk, Yogi Virk

Joe Sanzari, Balpreet Grewal-Virk, Yogi Virk

David, Laura and Robert Garrett

Dr. Noa Biran, Dr. Bryan Rudolph

Steven and Sharon Goldstein, Debbie and Nick Cangialosi

Tom Flynn, Sarah and Dr. Michael Kelly

Dr. George and Sheila Leipsner, Mark and Colleen Sparta, Steven and Tracy Martinez, Pam Simunovich

Mark and Colleen Sparta

Dr. Martin and Julianne Karpeh

John and Mary Capazzi, Dr. Ihor and Alex Sawczuk

Donald and Susan Pomponio, Liz and Bob Glenning

Ann Ramos, Louise Goetz, Helene Theurer, Helen Cunning

Kerry Hesler, David Reasoner

Tim and Tina Murray, Lori Rubino, Joe Sanzari

Gordon Litwin, Anne Luzzatto, Maureen and John Lloyd

Dr. Mark Schlesinger, Helen Cunning, Bill Coughlin


10 Films To Check Out


By Dennis Seuling

all has already seen the release of several interesting movies that have attracted both popular and critical attention. Lady Gaga made her movie debut in the fourth screen version of “A Star Is Born,” co-starring and directed by Bradley Cooper; Tom Hardy played a human-alien hybrid in “Venom;” Robert Redford starred in what he says will be his last film, as an elderly bank robber in “The Old Man and the Gun;” a father and son struggled through the heartbreaking experience of a family’s years-long struggle with addiction in “Beautiful Boy;” and Neil Armstrong’s space program training and life-risking test flights were chronicled in “First Man.” November and December also promise a number of titles that should whet film aficionados’ appetites. We’ll see movies about the troubled life of a popular rock singer, Disney’s take on a classic story and ballet, a dramatic look at a young man struggling to fight his urges, a group of women in lethal danger who determine not to be victims, a new look into the fantastical world of J.K. Rowling, a character study of a young man caught between loyalty to his father’s legacy and duty to family, a superhero more at home in water than on land, a dystopian world in which cities are rolling behemoths, the return of a famous nanny to once again help a family cope with adversity, and a biopic about a young woman who bucked gender discrimination to rise to the top of her profession. Here’s a preview of these ten films, along with their release dates. 120 BC The Mag HOLIDAY 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody (Nov. 2)

Singer Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek, TV’s “Mr. Robot”), guitarist Brian May (Gwilym Lee), drummer Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy), and bass guitarist John Deacon (Joseph Mazzello) become a sensation in 1970 as the rock band Queen. The film traces and celebrates the rise of the band through their songs and revolutionary sound. They achieve great success but in an unexpected turn, Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, abandons Queen to pursue a solo career. His career nosedives and he reunites with Queen just in time for Live Aid, having been diagnosed with AIDS himself in the 1980s. Freddie leads the band in a memorable performance, helping Queen cement a legacy that still inspires dreamers and music lovers today. The movie chronicles the period between the band’s formation and Mercury’s death in 1991. Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor were producers.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Nov. 2)

All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a one-ofa-kind key to a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. A golden thread she receives at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party leads her to the coveted key, which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. There, Clara encounters soldier Phillip (Jayden FoworaKnight), a gang of mice, and the regents of three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. But there is also a dangerous fourth Realm, ruled by the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), which Clara and Phillip must brave to retrieve the key and return harmony to the unstable world. This live-action Disney film is based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” and Tchaikovsky’s ballet. The cast includes Keira Knightly as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Misty Copeland as The Ballerina, Eugenio Derbez as the Flower Realm King, Miranda Hart as the Dew Drop Fairy, and Lil Buck as the Mouse King.

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Boy Erased (Nov. 2)

Based on two six-part British TV crime series, this heist thriller takes place on the south side of Chicago. Four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities take their fate into their own hands to carve out a future on their own terms. Viola Davis plays Veronica, a retired teacher and union delegate married to career criminal Harry Rawlings (Liam Neeson). Rawlings and his gang are killed while stealing millions from rival mobster Jatemme Manning (Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”). When Veronica is suspected of knowing where the money is, she recognizes that she and the widows of the other gang members (Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Carrie Coon, Cynthia Erivo) are in peril. Together they hatch an elaborate plan that involves crooked politician Tom Mulligan (Robert Duvall) and his son (Colin Farrell). Director Steve McQueen channels film noir of the 1940s and 1950s as he explores the dirty business of politics and their mutually beneficial connection to the wide swath of crime in the city.

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Nineteen-year-old Jared (Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”) is the son of a small-town Baptist pastor in Arkansas. His parents (Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe) have just learned he is gay. He’s faced with an ultimatum – attend a gay conversion therapy program or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith. Jared wants to be “normal.” Frightened by his attraction to other boys, he is desperate to “fix” whatever is wrong with him. Raised in a conservative, religious household, he wants to do what’s right and please his parents, and he’s forced to make a life-altering decision after a traumatic incident brings his secret to the surface. Director Joel Edgerton takes the viewer through the various techniques employed by counselors to “correct” what they regard as an aberration of behavior.

Widows (Nov. 16)

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Nov. 16)

At the end of J.K. Rowling’s 2016 film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the powerful Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America) with the help of Newt Scamanger (Eddie Redmayne). In this new episode of the fantasy/adventure, also written by Rowling, Grindelwald makes good on his threat to return. He escapes custody and sets about gathering followers – most of them unsuspecting of his true agenda – to raise pure-blood wizards to rule over all nonmagical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists Newt, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided world. The cast includes Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller and Zoe Kravitz.

Creed II (Nov. 21)

Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), a talented light heavyweight boxer who is the son of world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, Adonis is facing the challenge of his life. He is to go up against the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), the powerful fighter who killed his father in the ring more than 30 years earlier. Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) stays by Adonis’ side through it all and together they confront their shared legacy and question what’s worth fighting for while discovering that nothing is more important than family. The cast includes Phylicia Rashad as Mary Anne Creed, Apollo’s widow and Adonis’ stepmother; Tessa Thompson as Bianca Porter, Adonis’ girlfriend; and Florian Munteanu as Viktor Drago, Apollo’s son and Adonis’ new rival.

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Based on the DC Comics character of the same name, this sixth installment in the DC Extended Universe is directed by James Wan and stars Jason Momoa as Aquaman/Arthur Curry, a half-Atlantean half-human with superhuman strength who can manipulate the tides of the ocean, communicate with other aquatic life, and swim at supersonic speeds. Reluctant heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis and King of the Seven Seas, Aquaman finds himself caught between a surface world constantly ravaging the sea and the Atlanteans looking to lash out in revolt, but committed to protecting the entire planet. His love interest is Mera (Amber Heard), a warrior and daughter of King Nereus raised to become queen. Mera possesses hydro-kinetic and telepathic powers that allow her to control her aquatic environment and communicate with other Atlanteans. Nuidis Vulko (Willem Dafoe) is Atlantis’ counselor and mentor to Arthur Curry. Om (Patrick Wilson) is Curry’s Atlantean half-brother and ruler of Atlantis who seeks to unite the seven underwater kingdoms to declare war on the surface world for polluting the seas.

Mortal Engines (Dec. 14)

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Aquaman (Dec. 13)

Hundreds of years after a cataclysmic event destroyed a civilization, entire cities, mounted on wheels and motorized, prey on each other. Mysterious young Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar) emerges as the only one who can stop London – now a giant, futuristic steampunk version of the city striving to survive in a world running out of resources. Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan) is a twenty-something lower-class apprentice historian Londoner who has always lived inside his traveling hometown and has never experienced grass, mud, or land under his feet. Feral and fiercely driven by the memory of her mother, a masked Hester joins forces with Tom and Anna Fang (Jihae), a dangerous outlaw with a bounty on her head. Tom gets in the way of Hester’s attempt to kill Thaddeus Valentine (Hugo Weaving), a powerful man she blames for her mother’s murder. Both Tom and Hester are thrown out of the moving city to fend for themselves. The film, shot in New Zealand, is based on the first of four novels in Philip Reeve’s quartet of the same name.

Mary Poppins Returns (Dec. 19)

This original musical is a sequel set 25 years after the events of the original film. Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) sweeps in to 1930s Depression-era London to visit Jane (Emily Mortimer), now a union organizer, and her brother Michael (Ben Whishaw), now a father of three. Michael and his kids live with their housekeeper Ellen (Julie Walters) on Cherry Tree Lane. Struggling to cope with a death in the family, they turn to Mary to bring hope and positive energy back into their lives. Together with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (LinManuel Miranda), Mary uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Mary Poppins introduces the children to a new assortment of whimsical characters, including her eccentric cousin Topsy (Meryl Streep). Also in the cast: Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth and David Warner. Dick Van Dyke, who played the dual roles of Bert the chimneysweep and old Mr. Dawes in the original film, appears in a cameo role as Mr. Dawes Jr. The film is based on the original P.L. Travers’ novels and is directed by Rob Marshall (“Chicago”).

On the Basis of Sex (Dec. 25)

Young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones) works with her husband Marty (Armie Hammer) to bring a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals to overturn a century of gender discrimination. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Russian Jewish immigrants, Ginsburg was a wife and mother before starting Harvard Law School, where she was one of few women in her class. She transferred to Columbia Law School, graduating tied for first in her class. She was a professor at Rutgers Law School and Columbia Law School teaching civil procedures, one of few women in her field. Much of her legal career was spent as an advocate for the advancement of gender equality and women’s rights, and she won multiple victories before the Supreme Court. She was appointed to the Supreme Court by Bill Clinton in 1993, becoming the second female justice on the court. The biographical drama, directed by Mimi Leder (“Deep Impact”), co-stars Kathy Bates and Sam Waterston. A documentary about Ginsburg, “RBG,” was released earlier this year. BC The Mag HOLIDAY 2018 125

Other November releases include “The Grinch” (the green grump hatches a scheme to pose as Santa Claus and steal Christmas); “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” (journalist Mikael Blomkvist and hacker Lisbeth Salander encounter a web of spies, cybercriminals and government corruption); and “Robin Hood” (Robin of Loxley and Little John lead a daring revolt against the crown). December brings “Mary, Queen of Scots” (Mary Stuart attempts to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, only to be condemned to years of imprisonment); “SpiderMan: Into the Spider-Verse” (an animated adventure in which Spidey mentors a Brooklyn teenager to become the next web-slinging superhero); “Vice” (when George W. Bush becomes president, Dick Cheney uses his newfound power and influence to help reshape policy); and “Second Act” (frustrated by unfulfilled dreams, 40-year-old Maya gets the chance to prove that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts).

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Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc. What makes

different from other shelters? Perhaps the best way to explain what sets RBARI apart, and the power of what your support can do, is Everley. Her story illustrates on so many levels who RBARI is and why local donations truly matter. Everley was pregnant, starving, sick and in pain because of a wound callously closed with a common household stapler, done without benefit of medication. Everley’s outlook was grim. The likely goal: to sell her just-born puppies for profit, and once Everley’s overflowing milk supply finally stopped, she would be forced to breed again. But Everley did something her owners didn’t anticipate or appreciate – she got sick. Her illness is what actually saved her life and the lives of her babies. No longer an income source for her owners, RBARI rescued Everley and her seven puppies, giving them the medical attention and love they so deserved but had never received. Poor Everley was desperate to care for her babies, but her body was failing. After multiple tests, round-the-clock care and blood transfusions, it was discovered that Everley and her babies had babesia, a disease caused by blood parasites common among inner-city dogs bred for fighting. Despite the many hardships she endured, Everley was a committed mom, transforming her tiny helpless pups into chubby, carefree puppies. Today, Everley and her puppies have all been adopted into a wonderful, loving home. She has learned that she will never again be alone or afraid. Everley can sleep peacefully knowing that RBARI is on her side. Everley’s plight is just one of the countless rescue stories that exemplify RBARI’s leadership in outstanding medical care and un-

matched devotion to abused and abandoned companion animals. The cost of this rescue was out of the ordinary due to the specialized medical care needed for all eight family members in addition to the standard medical care required for adoption. RBARI remained committed to the relief of Everley’s suffering, turning to its community of compassionate and generous supporters to help save this family. Recently, it was learned that Everley’s case has been the catalyst for an investigation into the very dog fighting ring she came from.This brave and dedicated mamma not only saved the lives of her puppies, she’s continuing to help by ensuring no other dog suffers the unspeakable cruelty and abuse she was once forced to endure. A 501(c)(3) charity, RBARI does not receive any federal, state or local funding, which means its lifesaving work along with community outreach programs, such as Paws In Hand for special needs children, would simply not be possible without community support. As the leading no-kill animal rescue and shelter in northern New Jersey, RBARI is steadfast in its commitment to save animal lives. With local support, RBARI can undertake more remarkable rescues, like Everley’s. By making a donation on behalf Everley and the many other beautiful animals like her, you ensure RBARI continues its invaluable work. Help RBARI fight against animal cruelty and for animal rescue.

With gratitude,

Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge www.rbari.org


By Dr. Michael Gross


t’s the dead of winter, and many of us are now locked inside with a treadmill. Treadmills are an easy way to maintain your cardiovascular fitness in the comfort of your own home or in the warmth of the gym. However, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, treadmills are the most common cause of injuries among all types of exercise equipment. Statistics show that injuries happen to people of all ages, at home and in gyms. Here are 10 common mistakes that can sideline you while you’re already sidelined indoors. While reading, keep in mind these common mistakes can be easily modified for any indoor exercise equipment – elliptical, stationary bike, StairMaster, rowing machine, etc.

1. Not Warming Up

Not warming up is a common mistake many people make when doing any exercise – not just when using the treadmill. While it is tempting to just hop on the treadmill and start running at your desired speed, your body needs to tune itself for your run. Cold

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muscles lack flexibility and blood flow, so it is important to warm them up before putting stress on them through exercise. A good warm up may begin by performing static stretches and range of motion exercises and then walking slowly for 5-10 minutes. If you just start running, you risk injury to your muscles, tendons and joints. You also run the risk of cramping up, which can shorten your work out or lead to injuries.

2. Not Cooling Down

Cooling down is just as important as warming up. When using a treadmill, it is good practice to reduce your speed gradually toward the end of your run instead of just jumping off of the machine. Most treadmills will automatically cool you down by taking about 2 minutes to reduce speed as you reach the end of your program. Many treadmills also include a cool down program about 5 minutes long, to use at the end of your work out. Cooling down the muscles is an important part of injury prevention because muscles tighten quickly if activity suddenly stops. To effectively cool down

their muscles, exercisers should run or walk at a slower pace for the last 10-15 percent of their time on the treadmill. Exercisers should also stretch their hips, legs and lower back. This is to avoid cramping as well as feeling dizzy when you are done working out. If you run at maximum speed and immediately stop, your heart rate has a sudden drop. This results in dizziness, which can lead to injury. Cooling down properly will reduce your heart rate in an efficient manner.

3. Holding The Handlebars

Holding on to the handlebars may provide you with a certain measure of security, but it is not a good idea. Primarily, holding the bars is reducing the efficiency of your run. Holding the bars makes it easier to run, so you aren’t getting the most out of your routine. More importantly, it is altering your running form. You are increasing your risk of neck and back injuries because you are leaning over. People think that holding onto the treadmill makes the machine safer. In fact, the opposite is true. By holding on, and aligning your body in an unnatural way, you

increase the risk for longer-term injuries and pain, especially in the shoulders, knees, lower back and hips. Odds are you will be very sore when you step off the treadmill after you are done running. In addition, holding onto the machine makes the exercise easier and less intense. That means fewer calories burned. The treadmill may display one number for total calories burned, but the treadmill doesn’t know that you’re holding on. It’s estimated that holding onto the treadmill results in 20-25 percent fewer calories burned. If holding the bars gives you a feeling of security, decrease the speed, the incline, or both. I like to remind patients the bars are there to help you get on and off the treadmill, not to use while you’re moving.

4. Stepping Off The Treadmill While It’s Still Moving

This should fall under the category of common sense. Don’t spit into the wind and never step off of the treadmill while it is still moving. You may think it is a no issue, but you are taking a risk you don’t need to take. Many people decide to get off the treadmill while it is moving for a number of reasons. However, when you do so, you are cutting out your cooling down period and, most importantly, you are running the risk of slipping off or losing your balance. If you do that, you could wind up with a serious injury. Slow to a stop before getting off. Before you get on the treadmill, have everything you need with you. This includes water. You want to stay hydrated, and the last thing you want to do is cut your run off in the middle so that you can get water. Most treadmills have pockets where you can put things you might need. Consider bringing a towel in case you sweat.

5. Improper Incline Use

Most treadmills allow you to adjust the incline. This can increase the efficiency of your run by making you move uphill. Most experts agree that a 1-2 percent incline helps to make a treadmill workout more comparable to an outdoor workout. However, some people use too steep of an incline when exercising. There are several potential problems involved with using a large incline. First, you run the risk of falling off the treadmill if the speed is too high. Second, you are putting dangerous

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You should be running on the treadmill the same way you would run outdoors. Try to run with your natural gait and avoid taking short, choppy strides.

increase the incline, which is not the goal of your run. You are better off using a modest incline and a slightly faster speed to get the most out of your run. If you do want to add hill work to your routine, I usually recommend not going above 5 percent and not going for more than 5 minutes at a time. You should avoid running at a steep incline for more than five minutes. You’ll get a much better and safer workout if you switch between running a couple of minutes with an incline and running a couple of minutes without an incline. You could even do shorter hill intervals, like 30 or 60 seconds, to mix things up. It will make your runs a lot more interesting and prevent you from getting bored.

6. Exceeding Optimal Heart Rate

pressure on your back and knees each time you

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Most treadmills come with tools to measure your heart rate. This is something you should take advantage of when running. To figure out your maximum heart rate, subtract

your age from 220. Depending on the style of training you are doing, there are certain heart rate levels you should maintain while running. Even for the most intense training, you should keep your heart rate below 85 percent of the maximum. If you are exceeding that number, you are putting strain on your heart. Pushing the maximum heart rate won’t help you burn any more calories; calories burnt equals weight multiplied by distance.

7. Bad Strides

Running on a treadmill has a different feel than running on the street or sidewalk. The belt makes many people nervous, and they compensate by taking shorter strides. This is not a good way to run. It increases your chances of stumbling, which could lead to major injuries. It’s common for people to feel nervous about falling off a treadmill, so they change their running form and don’t use the same running form as they use outside. You should be running on the treadmill the same way you would

run outdoors. Try to run with your natural gait and avoid taking short, choppy strides. Another common form mistake is over-striding, or landing heel first with your foot well ahead of your body’s center of gravity. Since the treadmill’s belt is moving you forward, overstriding creates a braking force with the belt. To avoid this, try to keep your feet under your body, not ahead or behind it. When you first start using a treadmill, you should figure out a comfortable stride that is efficient. Then, do your best to maintain that stride every time you run. Using strides that are too big are equally dangerous. The key is to find the right balance.

8. Bad Posture

Anything that throws off your posture – whether it is hunching over to watch your feet, leaning to the left for a better view of the TV or to check on the progress of your buddy on the next treadmill – is generally a bad idea. When your neck is pulled to the right or dropped forward, one part of the

musculature is getting stretched while another is getting tightened. If your gym is equipped with TV screens, you’re better off in the back row so you don’t have to crane your neck to see the screen. Best is a treadmill equipped with its own screen. Keep your shoulders down, not up by your ears, and keep your arms relaxed.

9. Don’t Text and Run

Gym-goers who exercise while constantly checking their iPhones, iPods or iPads, watching TV or reading the latest newspaper, make trainers nervous. Distractions can help pass the time, but multitasking can be dangerous if it throws off your stride or hinders your balance.

10. Know Your Limits

You want to push yourself while you run, but not to the point where you lose control. It is important to find a workout that serves you best. If you feel strained, you should

stop running or transition to jogging. Not knowing your limits can lead to a series of aches, pains and injuries. Everything from tendonitis to sore feet can occur if you push yourself too hard. Treadmills are great exercise tools, especially once the cold weather sets in; however, they are only useful if you can use them correctly. Unnecessary injuries are not only frustrating, but will keep you from maintaining the fitness level you are training for. Common sense and good exercise habits should help you avoid these common pitfalls that come with running on a treadmill. Take some time to get used to your treadmill and your running habits. Dr. Michael Gross, the founder and director of Active Orthopedic and Sports Medicine, is the section chief of sports medicine and the orthopedic director of the Center for Sports Medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center, as well as medical director of Active Center for Health and Wellness.

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McLaren Adds the

570S Spider

Does It Make Up For Its Previous Shortcomings?


By Richard Posluszny

f you’re shopping in the world of supercars, boy, do you have some difficult decisions to make. Between gasoline-powered options, hybrid variants benefitting from battery assistance and full on electrically powered vehicles coming to market, there are an awful lot of choices. I feel confident though that if you’re seeking the certain experience that gets your blood pumping, you’ll want something that leans towards the pure side of the spectrum.An auto that’s connected to the road is vocal and gives you full control to determine your experience. Having had the chance to drive some of the world’s most insane products, there’s no question in my mind that U.K.-based McLaren delivers a certain “X” factor that isn’t being replicated across the usual suspects – Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche. And although its vehicles have been critiqued as being a bit too clinical and lacking emotion, I took an opportunity to sample its latest addition to the Sport Series portfolio, the 570S Spider. Having limitless headroom in a supercar certainly dials up the fun factor. But, is it enough?

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“While it can’t be said for most convertibles, one thing I noticed – once I put the roof down and observed it from all angles – is that the 570S Spider is one of those rare instances where the drop top looks better than the coupe. Why? I believe it all comes down to the roof’s buttresses whose lines flow into the long rear decklid. Bonus points for that that nifty kink provided by the integrated rear spoiler. It just looks…right.”

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Upon taking delivery of the 570S Spider, I was confronted with the awfully familiar design. When the car first debuted in New York to the world, frankly, I wasn’t in love with it. Fast-forward a couple of years and now I am appreciating its proportions, integrated vents as well as small details like its side view mirrors. While it can’t be said for most convertibles, one thing I noticed – once I put the roof down and observed it from all angles – is that the 570S Spider is one of those rare instances where the drop top looks better than the coupe.Why? I believe it all comes down to the roof’s buttresses whose lines flow into the long rear decklid. Bonus points for that that nifty kink provided by the integrated rear spoiler. It just looks…right. Upon opening the 570S’ dihedral doors, you’re welcomed into the rather minimalist cabin. Everything of the utmost importance for a driver is located in the vehicle’s gauge cluster, which includes your tire pressures and temperatures at each corner. McLaren is sending us a clear message: Serious drivers only need apply. If you’re looking for a bit of spiciness, you’ll note the switches that control the McLaren’s driving dynamics are located beneath the portrait-oriented infotainment screen in the center console. For both Handling and Powertrain, you’re provided three options: Normal, Sport and Track. Unless I was driving in Manhattan, I always had the switches dialed to Track mode. That’s because I always wanted the 570S at its most lively.There’s something neat and a bit fighter pilotlike when you push the Activate button.That’s when things get exciting.You feel the 570S firm up, the exhaust gets a bit chattier and your instrument panel changes to a race car-inspired cluster. In other words, you know damn well you’re not just driving a sports car any more. But here’s the impressive bit. It’s easy for a sports car to feel very dialed in; however, it’s difficult for a supercar to also remain comfortable. And, the McLaren manages. With the vehicle dialed to its most relaxed settings (e.g., Normal mode), it handles New Jersey and New York’s worst roads with poise.Although it’s certainly not as luxurious as a Mercedes-Benz S-Class – no sports car is – it is very impressive when compared to its competition in form of the Ferrari California T and Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet. Bumps are not overtly jarring and, overall, the 570S feels solid. I attribute this to the 570S’ carbon fiber tub construction as well as thoughtful suspension engineering by the McLaren team.While the aforementioned vehicles have squeaky tops and groan when angling into steep driveways, the McLaren feels as though its machined from a solid block of metal.That’s a reassuring feeling you want to have as you explore triple digit territory. This speaks to a bigger point: Each McLaren I drive feels better built than the last one I piloted. It’s clear that the automaker is really buttoning up its build quality from when I first drove a 650S Spider several years ago.That felt more like a kit car.The 570S Spider, on the other hand, feels

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more like a Mercedes-Benz SL-Class.This is a very welcome finding. Let’s get serious though. How does one of the latest McLarens perform? Equipped with a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V8 motor, the 570S Spider produces 562 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque.All of this grunt is sent to the rear wheels. Coupled with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, shifts happen in a speedy fashion as you’re rocketed to 60 mph in just over three seconds. It helps that the Spider weighs about a feather over 3,300 pounds wet. Although it boasts a massively quick acceleration time, it doesn’t feel that dramatic or squirrelly. Everything happens in a surprisingly controlled fashion. Personally, I find the best part of the 570S Spider is how it handles.Thanks to that carbon fiber tub construction, it is rigid and taut as you work your way through twisties. Rather than feel compromised because the roof has been removed, it feels equally as good as the coupe as you change direction and feed the “go” pedal. There is neither scuttle shake nor off-putting vibrations through the chassis.Well, aside from when you come to a stop and you feel the V8 pulsing through the cabin. It feels alive and it reminds you that you’re not in something…ordinary. Armed with plenty of grip and a low center of gravity, as a driver you feel very confident pushing the boundaries of the McLaren.When you exceed your talent it doesn’t bite your hand off either.You simply course correct and you continue to motor on. Surprisingly, it’s playful, which is not something you can say about other cars of this caliber. Helping provide this grade “A” handling is the 570S’ steering setup. McLaren is right up there with the best of them.This is because the manufacturer decided to leverage a hydraulic steering rack rather than go electric.This translates into a car that provides drivers with feedback, something that’s long gone even in today’s latest supercars. Having a communicative experience with a sports car is a rarity today. Because I feel more comfortable putting the McLaren through an apex at speed, it equates to more fun. Simply put, there’s a certain purity here that makes the 570S Spider stand out from the pack. To me, it’s one of today’s top five handling cars.That’s not an easy accomplishment to attain. And being that this is the drop-top, it is the most fun Sport Series vehicle. While the Sport Exhaust could sound better, it’s still far more enjoyable to put the hardtop down and blast around country roads. Because of McLaren’s engineering prowess, there’s zero penalty for selecting the Spider over the coupe or GT. Well, except for price.Then again, it’s only money.

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W For the W

An Escape to W Punta de Mita, Mexico By Brandon Goldstein here’s no doubt choosing a vacation destination isn’t easy. For those planning to travel with kids, you can turn the page now. For those looking for a relaxing beachside vacation with amazing food and drinks, modern amenities and sunsets our East Coast just can’t compete with, look no further than The W Punta de Mita. Centrally located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, the W Punta de Mita provides the quintessential escape from North Jersey. Following a nonstop flight no longer than that to California, you arrive in Puerto Vallarta. A quick drive later and you’re in the lush hills of Punta de Mita, and your getaway begins.


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Once you’ve arrived at the W’s entry gate you hop on a golf cart that takes you along a winding road surrounded by tall walls which are further dwarfed by the dense trees lining the pathway to the hotel’s lobby. It’s simple to see why celebrities covet this property – the privacy is second to none. Built into a beachside hill, the W Punta de Mita’s expansive property, along with its clever design, seamlessly blends the entire property into the surrounding nature. With only 119 guest rooms, including villas and suites, you’ll often feel like the property is your own private oasis, complete with a beautiful pool, incredible restaurants and a 700,000-plus tile mosaic walkway hundreds of feet long leading you out to views of the Pacific’s blue waters and wild sunsets. Like most W properties, W Punta de Mita’s contemporary

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design gives it a youthful vibe while also celebrating the area’s cultural roots – whether it be the surfboard bed-headboards paying homage to this surfer’s haven or the abundance of luchador wrestling masks and candy skulls found throughout the property. In many ways, the property is a contemporary American hotel with open room concepts and modern amenities, but with fun reminders that you’re actually in a Mexican paradise. The W has found the perfect formula mixing both fun and relaxation. While there’s no shortage of hidden spots to tuck yourself away and quietly read a book, there are also great spots to socialize with other guests. Whether you start your day at the W’s state of the art fitness facility, get a massage at AWAY Spa or enjoy a surf lesson,

the spot you’ll find the most guests at once is the incredible pool. Overlooking the beach and central to the property, the large pool, dotted with cabanas and an abundance of lounges, is an Instagrammer’s dream. On certain days the pool transforms into a day club, complete with a DJ and endlessly flowing bottles of champagne. Even on quiet days though, the pool is always buzzing. It doesn’t hurt that there’s always an attentive attendant waiting to deliver you a drink without ever having to leave the pool. If that Tequila Sunrise cocktail has your stomach growling though, just hop out of the pool and head over to Chevycheria, a 1950’s 3800 Chevy truck converted into a beachside ceviche bar. If you prefer some fresh guacamole poolside, the Wet Deck (and their “adult ice cream�) is a must. Laying in the pool and watching the sun disappear behind the western horizon, what could be better? If just lounging poolside isn’t your thing, than the W Punta de Mita still has plenty to offer. Besides those surf lessons, you can also rent stand up paddle boards, surfboards or boogie boards, and the hotel has partners that will help you plan activities and excursions, such as sunset sails, dolphin or whale watching expeditions, scuba and hookah diving, snorkeling tours and luxury yacht charters. If you’re looking to keep it on land though, a short drive to the neighboring city of Sayulita is perfect for a day of shopping or a night out to experience authentic local culture. After a quick taxi ride you’ll be fully immersed in a buzzing beachside town. They beach is a bit swarmed, but watching hundreds of locals surfing at the same time is a unique sight. Local artisanal boutiques specializing in clothing and local art line the streets, and delicious tacos costing less than a U.S. dollar are everywhere. At night, the streets come alive with nightclubs and corner bars. If that’s your cup of cerveza (beer), it is quite a scene. Back at the W though there’s still plenty of relaxation and eating to be had. First, the AWAY spa, another of the hotel’s gems

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seemingly built into the hillside, offers up plenty of services that allow you to detox before you retox. Whether you indulge in one of AWAY’s signature pampering treatments utilizing local ingredients such as cactus and agave, take in an after-sun body wrap or just simply want to channel your zen in the resort’s “Meditation Labyrinth,” you’ll be well suited for the day’s retox, and by that I mean a Mezcal tasting curated by the property’s knowledgeable mixologists. Between the sun and the surfing, you’ll find yourself undoubtedly hungry. If you’re feeling some casual Mexican cuisine, Venazu is where you’ll head for a bountiful breakfast buffet with local staples such as mini quesadillas or chilaquiles (essentially breakfast nachos). Open for lunch and dinner as well, Venazu’s more casual and local fare utilizes many local

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fresh ingredients. For another option, head just across from Venazu to Spice Market. Inspired by the street markets and food stalls famed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten came across while traveling in Southeast Asia, Spice Market’s family style cuisine and relaxed and sexy atmosphere will definitely hit the spot. Looking to have the only table at the restaurant? Mesa1 is an individual table on its own private island with sweeping oceanfront views offering just one daily seating for an ultraintimate chef ’s dinner. As the temperatures of northern New Jersey continue to sink lower and lower, now’s the perfect time to plan an escape. Nestled in the hills of Mexico’s west coast, the W Punta de Mita is the hidden gem offering everything you could need.


DINNER DONE RIGHT It’s Not Just ‘What’s Cookin’,’

It’s ‘Who’ By Brandon Goldstein

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here’s nothing quite like a dinner party. As the holidays fast approach, we will be guests to many more of them, as our family and friends try to impress us with their culinary prowess, which they’ve mastered this past year. Or, maybe you’re the one doing the cooking – missing your entire party, your significant other enjoying themselves amongst the guests while you stressfully slave over the oven. That glass of wine they poured you, forgotten about. Trying to figure out when to start each dish so that they’re all done at one time playing out in your head like an algorithm from “A Beautiful Mind.” If any of this sounds terrible, Chef Lisa Pattman is your answer. After graduating from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, Pattman went on to work at the Food Network under the likes of Emeril Lagasse, Sara Moulton and Mario Batali until 1998. Soon after that, she took center stage, hosting cooking demonstrations for children and adults alike at Chef Central, before launching Lisa Pattman Catering and Tbsp Cooking in 2002, not to mention being Sting’s personal chef. Nowadays, you won’t find Pattman in backstage of TV culinary sets or teaching a crowd at a retail store. If you want Pattman, you have to be lucky enough for her to come to you.

While in-home cooking parties are certainly on the rise, Pattman takes the experience to a whole new level. Most of the time everyone congregates around the kitchen anyway, but you’re too focused on the high stakes game of preparing a compliment worthy meal to really pay any mind to your guests. Pattman takes the pressure off of you, whilst also nailing that delicious meal your guests will be talking about for weeks to come.

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Pattman arrives not just ready to cook, but ready to teach both you and your guests in an interactive manner about creating new dishes – from teaching proper chopping techniques to speaking about how each ingredient reacts to your palette or to one another. Imagine watching a cooking show on TV – but then actually getting to eat it after.

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As Chef Pattman will say, “You get to decide how involved you would like you and your guests to be. There are varying degrees of what we can do to spruce up your dinner party. Yes, I can come and cook and take that stress off you. Or, we can plan an amazing meal together where you, your guests, and myself create a truly unique and memorable experience in the comfort of your own home. After all that, I’ll clean up the mess!” Your dinner party might take months to plan, but a simple email or call to Chef Pattman will be that catalyst that elevates your party to all new heights. On one spring evening, the BC The Mag crew had a dinner party of their own, and Pattman showed us what all the hype was about. As we surrounded the kitchen island, Chef Pattman made us feel like we were all back in high school home economics class, albeit this time we had wine. Our staff laughed and joked with Pattman and her staff while learning about the food we were about to eat. Taking notes on how we could

use some of the techniques Pattman showed us. There was no question too silly, and while Pattman entered the party a stranger whose purpose was to cook, she left as if she was a guest we had known forever. Not only was there no stress, it was a way to interact and entertain guests without everyone just staring at the TV. If you’re still looking to take your dinner party to another level, you can’t overlook pairing your courses with wine. That’s where Vinamore Wine Consultant and Sommelier Kevin Kenney comes in. Is your preference wines from Southern France or perhaps Napa? Kenney’s tagline, “Bringing wine country to your home,” says it all. While you and Pattman work to plan the perfect menu, Kenney and Pattman will be strategizing on pairings sure to add another level of elegance to the dinner party. Whether you’re an experienced wine connoisseur or “two-buck chuck” is all you know, Kenney will work diligently to introduce you to and educate you on wines from across the world. Hang up the apron and drink that glass of

wine. Enjoy your guests and delete the stress. For this dinner party, Pattman’s got you covered. For more information contact Pattman at lisapattmancatering.com or check her out on Instagram at @tbspfood. For information on Vinamore and to contact Kenney, go to vinamorewine.com or follow him on Instagram at @vinamore_wine.

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White Maple Café (BYOB)

47 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, 201-447-1953 103 Prime

103 Spring Valley Rd., Park Ridge, 201-391-2220


114 Country Rd., Tenafly, 201-569-1111 Wok Bar

200 Main St., Fort Lee, 858-999-5555


144 Main St., Fort Lee, 201-592-0450 Golden Dynasty

825 Franklin Lakes Rd., Franklin Lakes, 201-891-7866 295 Kinderkamack Rd., Hillsdale, 201-358-8685

Myung Ga Won

72 Piermont Road, Tenafly, 201-500-1111


Petite Soo Chow

Café Panache (BYOB)

607 Gorge Road, Cliffside Park, 201-313-1666 P.F. Chang’s

The Shops at Riverside, Rt. 4W, Hackensack, 201-646-1565 T.S. Ma Wyckoff

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Latour (BYOB)

171 Schraalenburgh Rd., Closter, 201-660-7977

6 East Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, 201-445-5056

Azúcar Cuban Cuisine

Casual Habana Cafe (BYOB)

Madeleine’s Petite Paris

Mambo Tea House (BYOB)

Al Di La

Saddle River Inn (BYOB)

2 Barnstable Ct., Saddle River, 201-825-4016

Mis Raices

1 Hoboken Rd., East Rutherford, 201-939-1128

1257 River Rd., Edgewater, 201-224-9898

125 Main St., Hackensack, 201-880-9844

416 Tappan Rd., Northvale, 201-767-0063

98 Park Ave., Rutherford, 201-933-1262

Fountainview Restaurant



Andrea’s Ristorante Italiano (BYOB) 20 E. Prospect St., Waldwick, 201-670-0275/201-670-7958

Sheraton Crossroads, 1 International Blvd. (Rt. 17N.), Mahwah, 201-529-1313 107 Anderson Ave., Hackensack,201-489-4831

W’s Grill

1 Highwood Ave. 2nd Floor, Tenafly, 201-569-3969



Kimchi Smoke BBQ

Mr. Wok & Sushi (BYOB)

130 E. Main St. (Lake St.), Ramsey, 201-934-0030

Le Jardin


301 Center Ave., Westwood, 201-497-6333

793 Palisades Ave., Cliffside Park, 201-886-8626

637 Wyckoff Ave., Wyckoff, 201-891-8870

7-09 Fair Lawn Ave., Fair Lawn, 201-703-2905

Kimchi Mama

Villa Amalfi

20 Elm St., Oakland, 201-651-0005


6-09 Fair Lawn Ave., Fair Lawn, 201-797-6767 Sage (BYOB)

17-15 Broadway, Fair Lawn, 201-797-0500 Savini

168 West Crescent Ave., Allendale, 201-760-3700

1214 Teaneck Rd., Teaneck, 201-530-7233 Rebecca’s Restaurant (BYOB)

236 Old River Rd., Edgewater, 201-943-8808 Rumba Cubana

1807 45th St., North Bergen, 201-553-9100


2151 Lemoine Ave., Fort Lee, 201-849-5556


Daily Treat


177 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood 201-652-9113

Bibi’z Restaurant and Lounge


Baumgart’s Café (BYOB)

Greek Corner Grill (BYOB) 99 Park Ave.,Park Ridge, 201-476-1400

284 Center Ave., Westwood, 201-722-8600 59 The Promenade, Edgewater, 201-313-3889 45 E. Palisade Ave., Englewood, 201-569-6267 158 Franklin Ave., Ridgewood, 201-612-5688 Café Matisse (BYOB)

167 Park Ave., Rutherford, 201-935-2995 The Dog and Cask

55 NJ-17 S., Rochelle Park,201-845-5101 G.W. Grill

2139 Hudson Terrace, Fort Lee, 201-947-2440 Port of Call (POC) (BYOB)

450 Hackensack Ave., Hackensack, 201-488-0888 The Rail Yard Tavern

14-26 Plaza Rd., Fair Lawn, 201-773-3372

17 NJ-17,Paramus, 212-696-1234

GRK Grill (BYOB) 39 Union Ave., Cresskill, 201-399-7670 The Greek Village

254 Livingston St., Northvale, 201-750-8570 It’s Greek to Me

352 Anderson Ave., Cliffside Park, 201-945-5447 36 E. Palisade Ave., Englewood, 201-568-0440 1611 Palisade Ave., Fort Lee, 201-947-2050 21 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, 201-612-2600 487 Broadway, Westwood, 201-722-3511 2020 Central Road, Fort Lee, 201-947-2055 Taverna Mykonos


36 Engle St., Englewood, 201-541-8530

238 Broadway, Elmwood Park, 201-703-9200

200 Tice


(Inside The Woodcliff Lake Hilton) 200 Tice Blvd., Woodcliff Lake, 201-391-3600 201 Supper Club

90 W. Palisade Ave., Englewood, 201-541-0101

FONDUE The Melting Pot

250 Center Ave., Westwood, 201-664-8877


6 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, 201-445-5056 The Chef’s Table (BYOB) 754 Franklin Ave., Franklin Lakes, 201-891-6644

GERMAN Kirker’s Inn

237 Diamond Bridge Ave., Hawthorne, 973-427-7700

GREEK A Taste of Greece (BYOB)

935 Kinderkamack Rd., River Edge, 201-967-0029

30 N. Spruce St., Ramsey, 201-995-9333

INDIAN Art of Spice (BYOB)

159 Main St., Hackensack, 201-342-3444 BHOJ (BYOB)

430 Market St., Elmwood Park, 201-797-6800 Kailash (BYOB)

22 Oak St., Ridgewood, 201-251-9693 Mantra

275 NJ-4,Paramus, 201-342-8868 Mausam (BYOB)

76 Market St., Clifton, 973-472-3663 Nirvana Indian Kitchen (BYOB)

29 W. Allendale Ave., Allendale, 201-818-2300 Spice Mantra (BYOB)

6 E. Palisade Ave., Englewood, 201-568-1122 Silli Point (BYOB)

498 Anderson Ave., Cliffside Park, 201-941-0271 Taste of India (BYOB)

166 Cedar Ln., Teaneck, 201-692-3222

Axia Taverna

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IRISH Biddy O’Malley’s Irish Bistro and Bar

36 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood, 201-608-5545 191 Paris Ave., Northvale, 201-564-7893 Poitin Still

774 Main St., Hackensack, 201-487-0660

429 Broadway Ave., Westwood, 201-786-8137 Caffe Capri (BYOB)

119 Park Ave., East Rutherford, 201-460-1039 Café Italiano Ristorante

14 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, 201-461-5041

Café L’Amore (BYOB)


455 Ramapo Valley Road, Oakland, 201-337-5558

Aldo & Gianni Ristorante

Café Tivoli

Aldo’s (BYOB)


108 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale, 201-391-6866 640 Wyckoff Ave., Wyckoff, 201-891-2618 A Mano

24 Franklin Ave. (at Chestnut St.), Ridgewood, 201-493-2000

533 Shaler Blvd., Ridgefield, 201-941-5561 18 S. Dean St., Englewood, 201-541-6760 Cenzino Ristorante

589 Ramapo Valley Rd., Oakland, 201-337-6693 Cliff’s Steakhouse

63 Cedar Ln., Teaneck, 201-833-1897

18 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, 201-944-0233



Angelo’s Restaurant



Due (BYOB)

Baci Italian Grill

Fiona’s Restaurant (BYOB)


23 Hardenburgh Ave., Haworth, 201-384-1551 263 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst, 201-939-1922 41 Central Ave., Midland Park, 201-444-2466 36 Jefferson Ave., Westwood, 201-722-1900 Barcelona’s

38 Harrison Ave., Garfield, 973-778-4930 Bazzarelli

117 Moonachie Rd., Moonachie, 201-641-4010 Bellissimo (BYOB)

12 S. Kinderkamack Rd., Montvale, 201-746-6669 Bensi

459 Rt. 17S, Hasbrouck Heights, 201-727-9525 183 Old Tappan Road, Old Tappan, 201-297-7444

100 Piermont Rd., Norwood, 201-750-5000 12 Tappan Rd., Harrington Park, 201-767-4245 16-18 S. Broad St., Ridgewood, 201-857-3231 118 Godwin Ave., Midland Park, 201-857-5800 Fontana Di Trevi (BYOB)

248 Fort Lee Road, Leonia, 201-242-9040

Fratelli’s Coal-Burning Pizza

206 Route 46, Elmwood Park, 201-797-7552 Gianna’s

843 Washington Ave., Carlstadt, 201-460-7997 Giovanna’s Café

19 E. Main St., Ramsey, 201-825-5835 GoodFellas Ristorante

61 Midland Ave., Garfield, 973-478-4000

Bistro 107

Granita Grille

107 Moonachie Rd., Moonachie, 201-440-3339

467 Broadway, Westwood, 201-664-9846

Bottagra Restaurant

Grissini Restaurant

80 Wagaraw Rd., Hawthorne, 973-423-4433

484 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, 201-568-3535

Buon Gusto (BYOB)


534 Durie Ave., Closter, 201-784-9036

154 Washington St., Tappan, NY, 845-359-3657

Buongiorno’s (BYOB)

Il Giardino (BYOB)

Café Amici (BYOB)

Il Mulino Ristorante (BYOB)

86 Washington Ave., Dumont, 201-501-8000

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Caffe Annello (BYOB)

4 Sycamore Ave., Ho-Ho-Kus, 201-389-6377

153 Paris Ave., Northvale, 201-750-0060 132 Veterans Plaza, Dumont, 201-384-7767

Il Villaggio

651 NJ-17N (between Rtes. 3&46), Carlstadt, 201-953-7733 In Napoli

116 Main St., Fort Lee, 201-947-2500

Nanni Ristorante

53 W. Passaic St. (behind Garden State Plaza), Rochelle Park, 201-843-1250 Nonna’s Cucina (BYOB)

918 Prospect St., Glen Rock, 201-445-2758

Kinchley’s Tavern

586 N. Franklin Turnpike, Ramsey, 201-934-7777


7709 Bergenline Ave., North Bergen, 201-662-6110

L’Angolo Trattoria Italiana (BYOB)

Osso Buco

696 Anderson Ave., Cliffside Park, 201-941-0853

343 Broadway, Hillsdale, 201-664-1600

La Cambusa

Picco Tavern

517 River Drive, Garfield, 973-445-7222

160 Prospect Ave., Hackensack, 201-880-8750

La Lanterna (BYOB)


29 W. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, 201-444-5520

175 Ramapo Valley Rd. (Rt. 202), Oakland, 201-337-8990

Locale Café

Puzo’s Family Restaurant

208 Piermont Rd., Closter, 201-750-3233

4 Garfield Ave., Hawthorne,973-423-2288

Luka’s (BYOB)

10 River Road, Bogota, 201-440-2996

Radicchio Pasta & Risotta Co. (BYOB)

Lu Nello

Rocca (BYOB) - 203 Rock Rd., Glen Rock, 201-670-4945

34 Franklin Ave., Ridgewood, 201-670-7311

182 Stevens Ave., Cedar Grove, 973-837-1660 Maggiano’s Little Italy

Martini Grill

Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn

105 Old New Bridge Rd., New Milford, 201-692-7700 Sergio’s Missione (BYOB)

2 N. Mercer St., Lodi, 973-778-4545

Sicilian Sun (BYOB) 604 N. Maple Ave., Ho-Ho-Kus, 201-444-3494 Solari’s

61 S. River St., Hackensack, 201-487-1969 Sorrento (BYOB)

132 Park Ave., East Rutherford, 201-507-0093 Trattoria Giotto (BYOB)

15 Park Ave., Rutherford, 201-528-7142 Trovato’s Due

4 Barbara Ln., Oakland, 201-337-0813

JAPANESE Akai Lounge

11 N. Dean St., Englewood, 201-541-0086 Asahi (BYOB)

1475 Bergen Blvd., Fort Lee, 201-944-5113 Blu Sushi (BYOB)

26 Wilsey Square, Ridgewood, 201-882-1700 Cocoro - 856 Franklin Ave.,

Franklin Lakes, 201-560-1333

Daruma (BYOB)

45 N. Dean St., Englewood, 201-567-9600 Fuki Sushi (BYOB)

828 Kinderkamack Rd., River Edge, 201-225-0160 Gen Sushi & Hibachi

14B Chestnut Ridge Rd. Montvale, 201-930-9188 Hanami (BYOB)

216 Old Tappan Road, Old Tappan, 201-497-8777


Woodstone Pizza Bar & Grill


Rugova Restaurant & Bar

Zozo’s Restaurant


259 Johnson Ave., River Edge, 201-880-8488

187 Hackensack St., Wood-Ridge, 201-939-2000

620 Kinderkamack Rd., River Edge, 201-599-0600

41 Union Ave., Cresskill, 201-567-8508 301 Center Ave.,Westwood, 201-666-8508

150 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, 201-529-0007

The Shops at Riverside, Rt. 4W, Hackensack, 201-221-2030

Sanducci’s Trattoria (BYOB)

Vicolo Ristorante

352 W. Passaic St., Rochelle Park, 201-845-7600 625 River Vale Rd., River Vale, 201-391-3195

254 Degraw Ave., Teaneck, 201-692-1002 400 Main St. Ste. B, Fort Lee, 201-346-0110

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Kazuki (BYOB)



Yuki Hana (BYOB)

638 Westwood Ave., River Vale, 201-263-1811 5-9 Rt. 9W (Palisades Pkwy.), Alpine, 201-767-6322 365 Rt. 17S, Paramus, 201265-7200 Kumo (BYOB)

55 Franklin Ave., Ridgewood, 201-652-0088 Kyoto (BYOB)

78 Washington Ave., Dumont, 201-384-5544 Masa Sushi & Grill (BYOB)

81 W. Allendale Ave.,Allendale, 201-934-6616 Matsu Sushi & Grill

140 Broadway, Hillsdale, 201722-9388 Matsuya

490 Market St., Saddle Brook, 201-843-5811 Mei Sushi Japanese Restaurant

14-20 Plaza Rd., Fair Lawn, 201-398-9882 Minado

1 Valley Rd., Little Ferry, 201-931-1522 Mount Fuji Japanese Steak House

2 S. Kinderkamack Rd., Montvale, 201-391-9877 131 Kinderkamack Rd., Park Ridge, 201-391-3230

LATIN Mambo Empanadas (BYOB)

313 Union Ave., Rutherford, 201-933-3888


259 Valley Blvd., Wood-Ridge, 201-728-4949 Mado (BYOB)

570 Kinderkamack Rd., River Edge, 201-265-3629 Mediterraneo (BYOB)

23 N. Broad St., Ridgewood, 201-447-0022 Mezza (BYOB)

20 Jefferson Ave., Westwood, 201-722-8822 Novo (BYOB)

37 Chestnut St., Ridgewood, 201-444-4910

193 NJ-17, Hasbrouck Heights, 201-288-2800


Nizi Sushi (BYOB)

A Taco Affair

300 Union Ave.,Rutherford, 201-804-7666

81 Main St., Little Falls, 973-812-8226

Sarku Japan

Azteca (BYOB)

Bergen Town Center, Rt. 4W (Forest Ave.), Paramus, 201-880-6551 Sakura-Bana (BYOB)

43 Franklin Ave., Ridgewood, 201-447-6525 Sendai Japanese Restaurant & Grill

178 Kinderkamack Rd., Emerson, 201-225-0995 Sushi Cruise (BYOB)

725 River Road #51, Edgewater, 201-313-3611 Sushi Village (BYOB)

700-90 Broadway, Westwood, 201-666-8800 Sushi X (BYOB)

23 Chestnut St., Ridgewood, 201-689-7878 Umeya

156 Piermont Rd., Cresskill, 201-816-0511 Tawara Japanese Restaurant (BYOB)

47 Park Ave., Rutherford, 201-438-2111 Jalepenos

930 Prospect St., Glen Rock, 201-445-5566 La Frontera (BYOB)

37 E. Broadway, Hackensack,201-880-7731 Leon

16 Chestnut St., Ridgewood, 201-857-0297 Mariachi Grill (BYOB)

262 Ridge Rd., Lyndhurst, 201-528-7493 Riviera Maya (BYOB)

252 E. Fort Lee Rd., Bogota, 201-996-1380 Viva Margarita

364 Lawton Ave., Cliffside Park, 551-313-0760


53 W. Main St., Ramsey, 201-825-8712

El Cid


Meson Madrid Restaurant

848 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, 201-493-7575

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Pimaan Thai Restaurant (BYOB)


Ridge Thai (BYOB)

1033 MacArthur Blvd., Mahwah, 201-962-3310 50 Prospect Ter., Tenafly, 201-871-2182 Tapas De España

7909 Bergenline Ave., North Bergen, 201-453-1690 Taste of Spain

493 Tappan Rd., Northvale, 201-767-8904

THAI Bangkok Garden

261 Main St., Hackensack, 201-487-2620 Clifton Thai

239 Parker Ave., Clifton, 973-253-1400 Chok Dee Thai Kitchen

561 Livingston St., Norwood, 201-750-8880 Gao Thai Kitchen (BYOB)

63 Main St., Ramsey, 201-962-2691

Malee Fine Thai Cuisine (BYOB)

2 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, 201-612-7797 Massaman Thai Cuisine

312 Hackensack St., Carlstadt, 201-559-1424

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79 Kinderkamack Rd., Emerson, 201-967-0440

50 Chestnut St., Ridgewood, 201-493-9929 Thai West (BYOB)

Hakki Babba (BYOB)

555 Anderson Ave., Cliffside Park, 201-840-8444 Hunkar (BYOB)

319 Hackensack St., Carlstadt, 201-507-0606

22 Jefferson Ave., Westwood, 201-497-6981

Istanblue Restaurant (BYOB)

Wyckoff Thai Cuisine

Istanbul Café & Grill (BYOB)

314 Franklin Ave., Wyckoff, 201-485-8855

PERSIAN Kabab on the Cliff

23 Godwin Ave., Ridgewood, 201-444-5100 Pardis Persian Grill (BYOB)

47 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, 201-652-8000 Rose (BYOB)

1150 Teaneck Rd., Teaneck, 201-569-3600


214 Kinderkamack Rd., Emerson, 201-523-9284

645 Kinderkamack Rd., River Edge, 201-262-4400 14-25 Plaza Rd., Fair Lawn, 201-791-2222 Kebab Istanbul

5819 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Bergen, 201-861-4400 Marmaris Cafe (BYOB)

820 River Rd., Edgewater, 201-943-9090 Samdan

178 Piermont Rd., Cresskill, 201-816-7343 Turkish Kitchen

297 Palisade Ave., Cliffside Park, 201-943-7733 Turkuaz (BYOB)

1550 Lemoine Ave., Fort Lee, 201-944-1115

VIETNAMESE Bistro Du Saigon

168 Main St., Fort Lee, 201-592-0100 Ma Mí Eatery

546 Durie Ave., Closter, 201-660-7826 Mekong Grill (BYOB)

24 Chestnut St., Ridgewood, 201-445-0011 Pho Miu Vietnamese Restaurant

255 Pascack Rd., Township of Washington, 201-497-3915 Saigon Kitchen (BYOB)

2024 Center Ave., Fort Lee, 201-592-8890 Simply Vietnamese (BYOB)

1 Highwood Ave, Tenafly, 201-568-7770

TC’s Little Taste of Saigon (BYOB)

419 Goffle Rd., Ridgewood, 201-445-5509



• Historian Glenn W. Leboeuf will present The Real History of Thanksgiving on Nov. 14 from 1-3 p.m. at The Valley Center for Health and Wellness, 1400 MacArthur Boulevard, Mahwah. Come hear what really happened between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans who helped them survive. Register online at ValleyHealth.com/Events. • Hasbrouck Heights is hosting a Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting event on Nov. 23 from 7-9 p.m. in downtown Hasbrouck Heights,Williams Avenue. Floats in the parade will be judged and awarded prizes. Bring the kids for pictures with Santa after the parade. • Enjoy A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on stage at Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 N.Van Brunt St., Englewood, on Nov. 24 at 1 p.m. Suitable for ages 3-12.Tickets: $29 and up. For tickets or more information, visit www.bergenpac.org. • Thanksgiving Time at Mrs. Kearney’s Tavern will take place on Nov. 24-25 from 1-4 p.m. at the Kearney House, Exit 2 of the Palisades Interstate Parkway,Alpine. Staff dressed in nineteenth century clothing will serve hot cider and treats and teach children how to play some period games and amusements. For more information, visit www.njpalisades.org. • Hackensack Meridian Health will present Holiday Delights, a healthy cooking and eating event that focuses on holiday favorites, on Nov. 28 from 1-2 p.m. at Pascack Valley Medical Center. Call (877) 848-WELL (9355) or visit HackensackUMCPV.com/BEWell to register. • The Ridgewood Chamber Annual 32nd Downtown For The Holidays event is scheduled for Nov. 30 from 5:30-9 p.m. in downtown Ridgewood, East Ridgewood Avenue and Memorial Park. Enjoy music, festive activities, Santa and more. • A menorah lighting ceremony will take place in the Borough of Woodcliff Lake on Dec. 3 at the corner of Werimus Road and Woodcliff Avenue at 5 p.m. MOM’S NIGHT OUT

• Join FIT4MOM Bergen and The Spine & Health Center of Closter for a free Mom’s

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Night Out on Nov. 8 from 6:30-9 p.m. Relax, recharge, connect, shop, nosh, sip and more. This event is for #allthemoms – baby bumps, master mamas and the new mamas on the block.The event will be held at The Spine & Health Center of Closter, 31 Vervalen St., Closter. At 6:30 p.m., enjoy a free FIT4MOM 30-minute sweat session (optional) and then from 7-9 p.m., eat, drink, mingle, shop and get pampered. Email bergen@fit4mom.com to reserve your spot.


• A Taste of Bergen will be held on Nov.

12 at 6 p.m. at The Venetian. Featuring Celebrity Chef Chris Holland, the 2017 Grand Champion of Food Network’s Chopped, this fun-filled evening will include entertainment and fine dining from more than 25 of Bergen County’s best restaurants. Enjoy desserts, beverages, raffles and more. Purchase tickets online at www.newbridgehealth.org. • Don’t miss Farewell Angelina at the Sharp Theater, 505 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, on Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. Named after a haunting Bob Dylan son, Farewell Angelina is an all-female country group with four powerhouse vocalists, dynamic songwriters and amazing multi-instrumentalists. Tickets: $35-$45; children under 17, $30. For more information or tickets, visit www.ramapo.ed/berriecenter/performance-schedule or call (201) 684-7844. • Spiritual Medium Drew Cali presents “Spirit Messages,” a gallery-style mediumship event, at The Cornerstone Restaurant, 8 Broadway, Hillsdale, on Jan. 17, 2019 from 78:30 p.m. Attendance does not guarantee a reading; however, group sessions are an excellent source of emotional healing, forgiveness, laughter and communion for all in attendance.This event is intended for adults 18 years or older.


• Sean Hayes, star of Will & Grace, will sign his new children’s book, Plum, at Bookends Bookstore, 211 E. Ridgewood

Ave., Ridgewood, on Nov. 25 from 2-3 p.m. For more information, visit www.bookends.com.


• Visit the Ridgewood Farmers Market, located at the train station parking lot, Godwin and West Ridgewood avenues, Sundays, through Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Find farm-to-table, fresh produce, homemade jams with unique flavors, preservative-free baked goods and more. • Stroll the Ramsey Farmers Market on Sundays, through Nov. 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Located at Erie Plaza, 2 West Main St., Ramsey, enjoy a variety of local produce and products, music, children’s crafts, chef demos and more. FOR YOUR HEALTH

• Talking About Autism, a live online seminar, will be held by Lisa Nalven, MD, MA, FAAP on Nov. 13 from 7-8 p.m. Learn the signs, symptoms and diagnosis, as well as the latest therapies and behavioral interventions that can bring about improvement. Enjoy the interactive health and wellness presentations from the comfort of your home at no cost. An Internet connection is required. To register, visit ValleyHealth.Webex.com. • Stop The Bleed, a free nationwide training campaign to teach lifesaving techniques, is scheduled for Nov. 17 and Dec. 15 from 9-10:30 a.m. and Dec. 5 from 4:306 p.m. at Hackensack Meridian Health Fitness & Wellness, Powered by the Giants, 87 Route 17 North, Maywood. Call (551) 996-2672 for more information. • The 5K Turkey Trail will take place on Nov. 18 from 9-11 a.m. at the Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly. Kids will enjoy a fun run, a quarter-mile obstacle run around the yellow trail. All proceeds will support Tenafly Nature Center’s mission to protect open space on and off the trails and to provide environmental education programs. For more information, visit www.tenaflynaturecenter.org. Have an event you’d like featured in BC The Mag? Send the necessary information to info@ bcthemag.com for a chance to be included.

Town Title Golf Outing Town Title Agency of Paramus hosted a golf outing to benefit the Inserra Diabetes Foundation and Tackle Kids Cancer. For more information, visit www.towntitle.us.

Rick Wilson, Anthony Bocco

Jeff Lepage, Sue Risteski

Derek Hanson, Helen Shin

Joe Burt, Melissa Schnipp

Diane Scriveri, Vincent Bufis, Lynn Bartlett


Jeff Horwath, Scott O’Neill, Todd Delfarno, Chris Blum Late Spring 2017

George Seretis, Jerry Adach

Kevin Breslin, Bill Hnatiuk

Rick Amundson, Dina Ciambrone, Michael Holt

Carlos Fernandes, Nick Gagliano

Matt Ringen, Ryan Marchini

Mike Biase, Allen Susser, Joe Solano

Louis Janoti, Eugene Huang, Joe Ciambrone, Tom Soencer, Lou Romano Jr., Carl Rizzo

John Hughes, Ahmed Abdelao, Chris Rotio, Mike Minicucci

Kyle Krannich, Rich Conforti

Chris Rotio, Josh Thomson, Joe Ciambrone

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Ann Rizzo, Dina Ciambrone, Jackie DiSalvatore, Dawn Rotio



the Beautiful

By Brandon Goldstein


a proud American. Growing up, I can recall reading my social studies or history textbooks and thinking how America is the best. Every time there was a problem, we faced it. Every time we faced it, we came away better. We believed in freedom over an oppressive British rule? Yeah, we crushed ‘em. Nazis were bad? Crushed ‘em. Russia was a bully? Crushed ‘em. Slavery was bad? We ended it. Women didn’t have rights? Susan B.Anthony changed that.The fight for Civil Rights? Martin Luther King Jr. led us from the darkness. It was the 1990s, and for a school kid in New Jersey who didn’t know what “American Exceptionalism” was, I fully believed that America was the greatest place on Earth for every single reason. Slavery was bad; we abolished it. We led the Industrial Revolution on the backs of some of the most brilliant and revered business minds, whose names still adorn skyscrapers, museums, concert halls and institutions throughout the world. Yet, here we stand, in 2018, a country seemingly once again divided, and struggling to progress forward on any given problem – some of which seemed so certainly solved in my nineties textbook. I write this following a week where bombs were sent to political leaders and

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tragic gun violence stole the lives of 11 innocent people in Pittsburgh, Pa. Regardless of your political viewpoint, you undoubtedly recognize that the actions stated in the previous sentence were wrong and horrid. Democrat or Republican, Jew, Muslim or Christian, I would’ve thought that 100 percent of people in America would think these acts are wrong. Carried out by mad people with mad ideals that don’t live up to our American values. That’s what my textbook would’ve said. America is better than that, or so I thought. What will the textbook say about us in 100 years? Granted, there might not be textbooks. The truth though is that if we continue on this path, if we continue to treat each other without love, compassion or an ounce of respect, there might not be an America, either. This isn’t a political plea. American Exceptionalism wasn’t invented; the American people coming together to do the right thing proved it time and time again. Children were working 14-hour days in factories? Let’s stop that. Ninety-nine percent of the time what is right and what is wrong is clear. It just might not always be what you want to hear. Of course, the hardest part of putting America first is putting us second. If our general population had just a smidge of the compassion that our veterans do, or our

police and firefighters do, we can once again be the place we are so proud of. The selflessness they demonstrate daily leads them into situations where they must put others before themselves. On 9/11, those people rushed into a burning building to save people they never met, and sacrificed everything because in their hearts, they knew it was what was right.They are our heroes and we must never forget them. Instead, we must act more like them. We might no longer be the “smartest” country in the world, or the most ecofriendly, or the fasting growing industrial nation. The dollar might not be the strongest amongst other currencies or our air the freshest to breathe. Our lifespan may not be the longest or our streets the safest.We do, however, have the unwavering American spirit – the feeling that because of where we were born we can achieve our wildest dreams and overcome any obstacle. Our many heroes, from our founding fathers to Abe Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. and Susan B. Anthony, lived their lives fighting for a better tomorrow – the tomorrow I read about in those textbooks. It’s time we come together again, united as neighbors and communities, and remember what those individuals fought so hard for. It’s time to restore the American dream, and the only way to do it is together.

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