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Life. Style. Where you live. MARCH/APRIL 2013


Beautiful Color Me

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Photographers Bill Streicher Steven Goldstein

Contributing Writers Michael J. Bellantoni Justin Davidson Dr. Mindy A. Goldfischer Brandon Goldstein Dr. Michael Gross Louise B. Hafesh Sloane Hartly Robert Haynes-Peterson Regina Molaro Richard Posluszny Nayda Rondon Judith Turner Peter S. Vallas

Bergen County The Magazine is published six times a year. Mail all editorial and advertising materials to: 297-101 Kinderkamack Road, Suite 135, Oradell, NJ 07649. Or email materials to: steven@bcthemag.com For advertising and information, call 201-694-5197 or 201-694-5196. For subscription information or to contact us, go to www.bcthemag.com. Copyright 2013. All materials are the property of Bergen County The Magazine, LLC. and may not be copied or reproduced without written consent from the publishers.

PUBLISHERS’ LETTER Dear Readers, You can feel it in the air… Spring is right around the corner. The days are getting longer, trees are budding and color is everywhere. In our Fashion section, peruse through all the colors of the rainbow. Brights, pastels, neons and patterns are leading the way this season. Check out the Spring trends article to find out what you need to rock the latest and best looks. Now that you are all decked out, head over to Giulio’s restaurant right over the border in Tappan, NY. You will be delighted by the Old World ambience and fantastic food that awaits you. Exuding cozy warmth, the feel-good vibes of the restaurant’s owners and staff and the delicious comfort foods will have you feeling as if you’re enjoying a relaxing family dinner minus the family drama. But don’t take our word for it. Dine at Giulio’s and discover for yourself. You won’t be disappointed. Fun and fitness don’t necessarily always go together. But they sure do with the new workout trend that’s taking exercise to new heights. To check it out, writer Regina Molaro headed out to Tribe Body Fitness, the popular fitness dance studio in Ramsey. Highlighting aerial yoga and dance, the new fitness routines will have you hanging from the ceiling and flying high— literally! Also on the health front, our article “Keeping Abreast of Cancer Testing for Women” shines the light on current imaging modalties that offer women with dense breast tissue more detection options. As always, we keep you in the know regarding the people, places and events in Bergen County. Let the sun shine! Enjoy!

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Page 108 On the Cover: Skyler: Coral peplum top by Yoana Baraschi, white zipper jeans by J Brand and necklace available at Hartly, Westwood.

We neglected to credit photographer Kristi Wrobel for her photo of Danielle Sepulveres on the beach, which appeared on page 29 of “Danielle Sepulveres: New Beginnings” in the September/October 2012 issue.


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The Skinny on Spring Cocktails Exploring the Wines of Portugal Chic Products, Services, Etc. Happenings in the County Arthritis: The Aches and Aids

Smooth Sailing on the Mediterranean 2013 Jaguar XJ AWD: The Fast Cat Gets a New Twist Giulio’s: Serving Up Old World Charm in Family-Centric Fashion A Resource for Your Dining Pleasure Advice for the Singles this Spring Everything around me is so damn Smart

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Bergen Community College Foundation The Bergen Community College Foundation held their annual Medallion Awards Dinner honoring Hackensack University Medical Center and Robert Garrett. For more information visit: www.bergen.edu

Sandy Sorce, Bob Garrett, Marvin and Linda Goldstein

Joe and Tina Coccaro

Tom Eastwick and Dan Foley

Marvin and Linda Goldstein, Cathy and Jim Napalitano

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Benji Meyerson, Kathleen Barbarino, Lyndsay Anson and Sofia Sklifas

Liz and Dorothy Henschel and Laura Yurica

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EHMC Breakfast Club The Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Foundation held their latest Breakfast Club at the Alpine Country Club. The author, Harlan Coben was the guest speaker. For more information visit: www.englewoodhospitalfoundation.org

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Judy Siboni, Wendy Hurst and Terry Hurst Sanders

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Gregory M. Hirsch Memorial Foundation The Gregory M. Hirsch Memorial Foundation held their annual beefsteak dinner at The Brownstone. For more information visit: www.gmhmfoundation.org

Nate Buono, Steve Petropoulos, Dave Zurheide and Joe Coccaro

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In the high-stakes world of the music industry, André Betts and the Universal Music Production Center in Hackensack are lucky charms for those seeking fame and fortune.


ne day back in the mideighties, a 16-year-old André Betts was walking down the street in the Bronx when he crossed paths with a man who was selling two turntables for $100. Betts was told that they were valued at $250 apiece. Whether the peddler was telling the truth, or just trying to make a sale didn’t matter. Betts loved music. He grew up listening to everything from Earth, Wind, & Fire to Phil Collins. Betts coughed up the cash, and headed to a pawn shop to buy a mixer. It was the official beginning of a

music production career that would take him to studios with Madonna, Living Colour and many more. As he learned how to work the equipment, Betts gained confidence as a DJ, and started spinning at gigs here and there. He loved it. He was good at it, but he knew he was talented and driven enough to move beyond just being a DJ. Fortunately, Betts had a cousin in Westchester who was in a band. Betts would sit in on their recording sessions, offering his two cents when he thought something worked or didn’t. They didn’t appreciate it all that much, and told him to mind his own business.

One gig that went south changed things. The band’s system blew up. Betts was on hand, and he had his DJ gear. He would lend a hand, under one condition. “I told them they could use mine as long as I could come to all of their rehearsals, and they agreed to it, and I think that’s where I was really able to get my production chops up,” Betts said. Betts had no formal training with music technology, or instruments for that matter. He would book little hole in the wall studios for twenty bucks an hour, just to fool around with the knobs, and teach himself how the machines worked. He taught himself keyboard, Continued on pg. 26

André Betts (third from left) is flanked by former Hackensack Mayor Karen Sasso and other local dignitaries.

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bass and drums as well. “Everything is self-taught,” says Betts, now a 30-year veteran of the music production industry. Soon, Betts was doing commercials, and producing jingles—all while spinning as a DJ. In the music industry, you need to network, and Betts certainly did, building crucial relationships with other musicians. In the early ’90s, he was asked to audition for a gig where he would DJ for a commercial promoting safe sex. Lisa Bonet was set to direct, and Lenny Kravitz signed on to be the producer. Betts got the part, killed it, and thus more doors opened up. Betts was getting studio time in LA, working with Kravitz and Curtis Mayfield. That led to Madonna, and one of the most controversial songs of all time: “Justify My Love.” Betts co-produced the single, which went on become certified platinum. The video was so raunchy, that MTV—remember, they used to play videos—banned it from the air. It was another pivotal moment in Betts’ career, and then he was asked to work on Madonna’s Erotica album. He has worked with many, many artists over the years; Chaka Khan and Lionel Richie are among his favorites. On some occasions, Richie would come to Betts’ house to work at his home studio. Sometimes big stars have big egos, but not Richie. There was never any stress. “It kind of felt like I was working with a family member,” says Betts. As he got older, and continued

working, relatives and friends would call up Betts asking him how to lay down vocals, how to get that perfect bass or snare sound, how to do this and that. Betts loved sharing his wisdom, but it became a goal of his to open his own studio one day where he could share his self-taught knowledge, in addition to providing world-class musicians with a top-notch facility. For Betts, his vision became a reality in December 2010 when he opened the Universal Music Production Center in Hackensack. The Center is open round the clock, just in case a Grammy winner or an aspiring singer needs to stop in whenever inspiration hits. Betts’ facility has three studios equipped with Pro Tools, Logic and Abelton Live. One of the studios has a vocal booth built into the room. The other two share a live room, which can accommodate large instrumental groups. Ray Chew, the musical

director on American Idol who Betts says convinced him to move to Bergen County 15 years ago, cut live strings for Aretha Franklin in that very room. Betts offers a wide range of services. If you have a song stuck in your head, but don’t know how to make it sound professional, Betts and a team of engineers can help you do just that. “We’ll create that song for you, and bring that song to life,” he says. While the Center is considerably less expensive than anything you’ll find across the river, its quality is just the same. In silent testament to just how good they are, gold and platinum record plaques adorn the walls, inspiring young kids who come in to take music lessons. When Betts started putting the studio together, he knew that he wanted to make

sure people, including parents, got their money’s worth. He would notice that kids—including his own—would get bored when teachers tried to teach out of the book, instead of the hands-on method. “It’s like, let’s cut to the chase. Let’s give these kids what they really want,” says Betts. If a kid is coming in for production lessons, he wants them to touch the buttons, and turn the knobs. That’s how Betts learned. Betts and his staff teach kids chords right from Day One. At the right time, they will say what the black and white dots and squiggles mean. “‘Oh, ok, that’s a D!’ and then they see what it looks like but they’ve already had fun and made a song,” Betts explains. Last summer, Betts ran a workshop that started right when school ended in June. Kids, ages 7 to 15 years old, came in for the day, rotating between lessons and hands-on production tutorials. This year, he will do the same. Each day is different, and as the weeks progress, Betts and his team break off the kids into collaborative groups based on their skill sets and interests. The goal is to get each kid to grasp an understanding of what goes into making a song, while simultaneously undergoing a process of self-discovery and finding out precisely what they like most, be it making beats, singing or playing guitar. When mom or dad comes, the kids often want to stay. “These kids don’t want to leave at 3 o’clock, because it’s fun,” Betts says. Betts is proud of the warm, family atmosphere he has developed. His Universal Music Production Center might just be where tomorrow’s star is born.

Justin Davidson, contributing editor of Talk of the Town magazine, is also a regular contributor to BC THE MAGAZINE. For more info on Universal Music Production Center, visit www.umpcstudios.com or call (201) 880-7400.


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Exploring the Wines of Portugal The Iberian Peninsula is no longer just about Port Like Italy, Portugal is home to hundreds of indigenous grape varieties. One of the earliest European countries to begin regulating their wines for quality, Portugal spent much of the 20th century isolated from the rest of the wine world. Today, Americans are eager to explore the area’s bounty, beyond fortified wines. Perhaps the most intriguing “new” category? Dry reds from the Douro region.

QUINTA DOS MURCAS RESERVA DOURO RED 2008, $40 In Spain, it’s Ribera del Duero (one of Spain’s oldest wine regions). In Portugal, the river is called the Duoro. Though best known for its Port wines, the DOC’s formerly “low grade” quintas (estates) today craft intriguing dry red blends. Alcohol content can be surprisingly high (14% in this one) for this steep-sloped, cool region. The result is a heat-and-fruit combination of seven regional (foot stomped) grapes (including Tinta Roriz and Tinta Amerela). An aromatic, smokeand-fruit wine with balanced, bright tannins and deep red berry notes, it pairs beautifully with earthy mushrooms, rich veal or classic Portuguese game stews.

ESPORÃO RESERVA BRANCO 2011, $20 The Esporão estate, in southern Portugal, dates back to 1267. In contrast, the surrounding Alentejo wine region is young and dynamic. Hot, dry weather allows Esporão chief winemaker David Baverstock to construct aromatic, complex white wines from the local grapes. While Alvarinho (“Albariño” in Spain and Argentina) is perhaps the most well-known white Portuguese export, this blend of Antão Vaz, Arinto, Roupeiro and Semillon reflect Portugal’s adventurous heritage. With mildly sensuous, earth-and-oak aromatics, and a bright, acidic full-flavored palate of fruit and minerals, the wine is closest, perhaps, to a great Viognier. Pair with oysters, lobster stew or a pork roast.

QUINTA DO PORTAL MURAL RESERVA 2008, $13 Another dry red from the Duoro, Mural Reserva is a blend of Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Nacional grapes. Both steel and oak aging go into making this table wine a deep ruby, red fruit-driven explosion of blackberry, strawberry and jam notes. Yet moderate acidity and tannins—with a balanced alcohol content (13.5%)—give the wine surprising body. Cool, windy weather in 2008 may not have provided the elegance of the previous year, but even this moderate bottle should age well for five years or so. Pair with rare steak dishes, pork and sautéed onions or strong cheeses.

FONSECA PORTO LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE 2007, $24 The cool weather continues, meaning it’s the perfect time for Portugal’s best-known export. Rather than grabbing another 10-year Tawny, reach for this unusual bottling. Unlike most vintage ports, which are aged for two years before bottling, the LBV is bottled, unfiltered, after five years in wood (some barrels date back to the 1700s). “2007 was an extremely good year,” says Fonseca CEO Adrian Bridge. “High sugar levels during fermentation allowed for extra time in the tanks and more skin contact.” The result is a rich, mild round wine with pleasing tannins that’s perfect for sipping on blustery days.

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Keeping It Together Stay organized with CableKeeps from Nice. It secures your USB docking cable to Apple power adaptors so cable and charger stay together. The intuitive design will keep your cables tangle free when shoved in a bag, pocket or purse, and can shorten and organize when plugged into the wall. Visit www.cablekeeps.com.

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On March 4, 3PM, at the Pascack Valley Regional High School (200 Piermont Ave.; Hillsdale, NJ) the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra presents Classical Master under the baton of Diane Wittry featuring piano prodigy Alice Burla performing Mozart. For info: (201) 477-0406; adelphichamber@gmail.com

FREE TALK: Chiropractor Josh Jagoda will speak on “Benefits of Stretching & Flexibility” at the Montvale Free Public Library (12 Mercedes Drive) on Sunday, March 10, 2-3PM. For info: 201391-5090.

REIKI TALK: On Saturday, March 23, 2PM,

Carolyn Wilson will present “Demystifying Reiki Wellness” at the Fort Lee Public Library (320 Main St.) For info: 201-592-3614


First Presbyterian Church of Englewood (150 East Palisade Ave.) is having two Easter Festival Worship Services on Sunday, March 31, one at 9AM, and the other at 11AM. The Chancel Choir and soloists will perform music of Handel, Rutter, Brahms and King. For info: 201-568-7373; www.englewoodpres.org

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MARBLEJAM KIDS: 4th Annual Fundraiser, The Voice of Autism, will be held at The Estate at Florentine Gardens (River Vale, NJ), Thursday, March 14, 6PM. Tickets: $150pp. Purchase online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/224348 VERISMO OPERA: Frances Rosario-

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Bergen LEADS Fifth Friday, a powerful networking and learning event that attracts leaders from every sector in Bergen County, will be held on March 22, 11:30AM- 2PM, Stony Hill Inn (231 Polifly Rd.; Hackensack) Tickets: $40 (must be purchased in advance by registering online at www.bergenleads.org or by calling 201-489-9454, Ext. 119).

CLASSICAL MUSIC: “Masterwork Conversations” will be appearing free at the Fort Lee Public Library (320 Main St.) on Sunday, March 24, 2PM to play pieces by Mozart, Chopin, Godowsky, Ravel and Brahms. For info: 201-592-3614 42

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ART EXHIBIT: From April 2-28, Englewood Library (31 Engle St.) is presenting “SquareS,” an exhibition of artwork based on the square. Opening reception: Friday, April 5, 5:30-7PM. For info: 201-569-9118 FASHION SHOW: On April 3, 6:30PM,

at Seasons (Washington Township, NJ), the Allendale Woman’s Club presents “Spring Promise” to benefit Family Promise of Bergen County and other charities. Tickets: $70. For info: allendalewomansclub.org

GALA CONCERT: Featuring Broadway stars such as Phantom of the Opera’s Michele McConnell (pictured), “Concert of Stars” gala fundraiser for Skyline Theatre Company will be held at the George Frey Center for Arts and Recreation (10-10 20th St.; Fair Lawn) on Sunday, April 7, 7PM. Tickets: $75; for reservations: 800-474-1299 SPRING LUNCH:

14th Annual Spring Luncheon, presented by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), takes place on Wednesday, April 17, 11AM, at Cipriani (42nd St.; NYC).

Puleo of New Milford will perform with the Verismo Opera Chorus in the company’s spring production of I Pagliacci on April 21, 3PM, at bergenPAC (Englewood, NJ). For info about auditioning: 201886-0561; www.njavo.org

MUSICAL SERIES: As part of its program

series, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (113 Engle St.; Englewood) is highlighting singers, instrumentalists and choirs in its sacred space. On April 21, 4PM, enjoy classical guitarist Nick Cutroneo. Tickets (suggested donations): $20, adults; $10, students & seniors. For info: 201-568-3276


Kearns Concert to benefit Oasis, A Haven for Women and Children, will take place on Saturday, April 27, Immaculate Heart Academy (500 Van Emburgh Ave.; Washington Township). Tickets: $50; $150 for VIP. For info or tickets: www.oasisnj.org

AUTISM EVENT: On Wednesday, May 8, 6:30PM, the Twins’ Mothers Club of Bergen County will host its 53rd annual charity event benefitting Autism New Jersey at The Elan (Lodi, NJ). Tickets: $50pp. For info: tmcofbc@gmail.com

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A new fitness trend highlighting aerial yoga and aerial dance inspires and empowers women at this popular fitness dance studio in Ramsey.


trength and empowerment are core elements for women’s physical and mental well-being. It’s that kind of commitment to fitness and the drive to tone our bodies and boost our own health that also ups our skill and confidence levels. As much as we all yearn for the ideal body,


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some of us truly need the motivation and assistance of a trainer in order to maximize our fitness routines and present the best version of ourselves. Tribe Body, a fitness dance studio, opened its doors two years ago in Ramsey. Owned by Tracy Flaherty, the studio is the result of this fitness guru’s

vision to offer the New Jersey area topnotch dance and dance-related classes.

Better Than the Rest

While other fitness studios offer more traditional classes such as yoga and Pilates, Tribe Body features a unique program that includes various skill

levels of ballet, hip hop, jazz and tap, as well as other novel dance classes such as Latin Cardio Dance. However, what truly makes Tribe Body stand out from the rest is its aerial yoga and aerial dance classes, which are fun to do and empowering for women. Graceful, artistic and beautiful, these routines strengthen the core and tone the muscles. The aerial yoga and aerial dance classes both incorporate the use of a low-hanging fabric trapeze, which supports the body as it allows a deeper stretch, increased abdominal core strength and decompression of the spine. Although the silk trapeze hammocks are relatively new to the fitness world, it is believed that they’ve been widely used in the past. “From what I understand, the silk trapeze has been around for hundreds of years as a performing art in the French circus. Only recently has it been used as a fitness prop,” says Toni Chianetta, an aerial yoga/aerial dance instructor at Tribe Body.

Growing Trend

Sparking a new exercise trend, this silk trapeze-inspired fitness practice is attracting a diverse assortment of workout enthusiasts, who range in age from 8 to 60 years old. “The trend is growing,” Chianetta notes. “The classes are much more prevalent in New York, but slowly word is spreading on how amazing these silks are.” Chianetta says that aerial yoga employs the fabric to support the body in a way that lengthens and strengthens. “It feels similar to practicing partners’ yoga except the partner is not a person; it’s the silk.” Aerial dance involves learning choreographed dance and acrobatic stunts, as well as strengthening and stretching applications with the silks, to obtain a beautifully toned physique in a fun and playful way. A portion of the hour-long classes enables fitness buffs to hang upside down for back traction and gravity utiContinued on pg. 46

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lization. This increases flexibility in the shoulders and hips. It also reverses blood flow, which provides a boost to the body and mind.

Empowering Bodies

Creativity certainly flows in the minds and bodies of both Chianetta and Flaherty. What exactly inspired the duo to begin offering these types of classes? “I’m a big baby,”’ Chianetta says. “I practiced yoga for 15 years before I ever did a headstand against a wall. For me, it freed me from fear that translated off the mat and into my life. After this magical self-transformation, I knew that I had to share it. I change people’s lives every day by making them feel strong and empowered. “I’m 47 and I get stronger and more flexible every day,” Chianetta continues. “For those who are not very flexible, the silk ribbon is a wonderful tool to open up the body. For the hyper-flexible, this practice will strengthen the core and define the muscles in the stomach arms, back and legs.”

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Diverse Classes & Clients

During the day Tribe Body operates as a studio for adults, but in the evening it caters to children and teens. Saturday’s schedule offers one adult class, as well as a teen/tween class. Classes are one hour long; appropriate attire includes a t-shirt and leggings. When it comes to footwear, less is best. So skip the shoes and socks. Most classes permit drop-ins, but an online reservation is always recommended to guarantee a place. Drop-in classes are priced at $25 and class size is limited to 12 students. The fitness dance studio also offers a variety of class card and introductory rates that are significantly lower than the drop-in fee. So if you’re looking for a novel and fun way to get in shape, why not come and hang around—literally—at Tribe Body. Your body will thank you for it as it soars to new feats of fitness!

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t first glance it appeared as if the heart of the Jersey Shore had been temporarily placed in the middle of a corporate parking lot in Morris County. Arcade games, cotton candy machines and cartoon artists surrounded a massive 182-by-65 foot tent as 1,500 employees of the BASF Corporation came together during an end-of-summer celebration to enjoy crab cakes, cheese steaks, Italian hotdogs and deep-fried zeppole. During this commemoration of Jersey culture and cuisine, the staff of Personal Touch Caterers, the Hackensack-based catering company that organized the event and transformed the parking lot into a boardwalk-themed party, were working


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feverishly to ensure that their guests felt like they were walking the hardwood planks of a seaside boardwalk. “It’s understanding what the guests want,” says John Policastro, owner of Personal Touch. “Our objective is to make everybody there feel good at whatever expense.” Personal Touch Caterers, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary this March, established itself as one of the premiere catering businesses of the New York City and New Jersey regions through its passion to please and commitment to a unique, memorable experience for its guests. This energy and dedication flow effortlessly from upper management to the staff, strengthening a healthy corporation poised for con-

tinued growth well into the future. Personal Touch began its journey as Mamma Mia Pizzeria located on Essex Street in Hackensack in 1988. What started as a small pizzeria quickly evolved into a restaurant with a large delivery business. Customers then began inquiring about catering. “Back then catering consisted of a tray of food,” says John, indicating the transformation of the business from simple food delivery to elaborate event production. Mamma Mia changed its name to Personal Touch Catering and Special Events in 1996 and, in 2002, relocated to Porter Street after a massive redevelopment on Essex Street, where the Alfred N. Sanzari Medical Arts Building

talent. The company, which frequently receives requests from high-profile venues, has worked with Beyoncé, Bobby Flay, Alicia Keys, Rosie O’Donnell, Nick Lachey and high-end corporate clients like CNBC, ABC, Hackensack University Medical Center, Gibbons P.C., the X Factor and Z100. John gives a lot of credit to his staff and prides himself on the friendly family atmosphere of his company. All of the food is produced in the company’s commissary on Porter Street by chefs who have been working alongside Personal Touch since it was a pizzeria. “It’s not a fluffed-up type of thing; it’s who we are,” John elaborates, referring to the confidence, trust and respect his staff have for one another. “This is

bers who are more conservative.” Personal Touch aims to hire professional, amiable people committed to producing quality work. John likes to tell a story about a chef who made him zuppa di pesce and pasta al dente every Friday night at Mamma Mia Pizzeria. One night the chef made a meal with a side of mushy pasta. The next day he chef resigned; his heart was no longer in his craft. “Our chefs care about the experience because they are all intertwined with what we want to do,” says John. “It’s a common goal. It’s a common mission. Not to just go to work, but to be able to create an experience you remember. It’s all about us caring about our client in every way.”

now stands. The company operates as an off-premise caterer, acquiring most of its business by word of mouth from satisfied customers. But this does not mean Personal Touch is a small-scale operation. Personal Touch continues to flourish ten years after its relocation, averaging between 200 to 500 people per event, with some events hosting as many as 5,000 guests. The catering service focuses primarily on corporate events, but also handles other social events such as bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings, sweet 16 parties and grand openings. In recent years, the company has shifted more towards event planning and production, which includes dressing up the event site and supplying

the talk we walk. This is about doing good things for good people.” To utilize part-time staffing, John’s daughter, Ashley Policastro—a young, exuberant recent college graduate— developed a four-seasons style of staffing. This tactic helps the company deliver an exceptional level of service by prioritizing workers by seasonal preferences. As event specialist, Ashley also handpicks the staff that she believes will help provide the best experience for the client. “Our staff is chosen for each party specifically for what each party is about,” Ashley explains. “If it’s high energy, we have staff members who are full of life. If it’s something that needs to be more serious, we have staff mem-

When asked about the success of Personal Touch, John referred to a quote by Stephen Covey, “begin with the end in mind.” John believes that the company positions itself as a leading catering service by envisioning exactly what the client wants before showing up to the event. “People don’t spend money just to spend money. They want results.” John states. “A lot of people think it’s only about the food, or it’s only about the service. But you need all the spokes on the wheel so the wheel doesn’t wobble.” Personal Touch also works with marketing teams to expand their branding mission during corporate events. BASF, for example, has six different Continued on pg. 54

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colors in its logo. Personal Touch strategically incorporated the logo colors into the company’s boardwalk-themed event by designating one logo color per section and fitting the Personal Touch staff with colored uniforms to match their respective section. “We create the experience our clients envision for their special event,” says John when discussing the extra effort his team habitually produces. John’s integrity is an extension of his business strategy. Instead of trying to put other caterers out of business, he leverages his competition to maintain the satisfaction of his customers. If he is too busy to handle a client, he gladly will refer a friend. “There are a lot of great caterers in New Jersey and New York,” says John, “But we are not really competitors because we watch out for each other. To me, everybody wins.” They even share resources. During Hurricane Sandy, for example, Personal Touch worked with two other catering companies to share electricity. John wasn’t as giving, however, when we asked him to spill the details on some big announcements coming up about Personal Touch’s future plans and projects. But here’s one thing you can bet on: the news is sure to mean full steam ahead for the company’s continued growth and success. “Water boils at 212 degrees,” John notes. “What do you have at 211 degrees? Hot water. With boiling water you can power a locomotive. It’s just a one-degree shift, and that’s the shift we’ve made with our business. That one degree is helping us to build up the steam to be able to truly transition us into a world-class caterer.”

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throughout most of the building. There was also a small office area for the administrative staff and the building had an alarm system for burglary and fire detection. Mr. Brady, who occupied the structure for approximately 12 years, owned the building. On a cold, rainy night in December he had closed the business and reportedly activated the alarm at around 8:00 p.m. He then reportedly

drove home, about 35 minutes away, to have a dinner with his wife. At approximately 9:02 p.m. someone driving by noted fire and smoke coming from windows and from a small breach in the center of the building. A 911 call was placed and the fire department arrived. When Mr. Brady arrived at 8:00 a.m. the next day, he encountered the fire department in the final suppression and

CSICSI STORIES overhaul. Fire officials and investigators spoke to Mr. Brady. The majority of the building was totally involved in fire and there was no fire suppression system, such as a sprinkler system, within the building. The fire department, “attacked the fire from external with no internal entry,” as referred to in the industry. Mr. Brady contacted his insurance broker to submit the insurance claim for damages. Two days after the fire incident I received a call from the insurance carrier’s general adjuster to retain me for the case, whose damage cost was being estimated at around $4 million. I was hired to determine the cause of the fire for multiple interests: Any responsibility of any entity contributing to the cause of the fire Potential of arson or malicious intent Potential subrogation against the party possibly responsible for the fire Any liability issues Any personal injuries or deaths from the fire

on my staff to examine the structure and conduct a full reconstruction of the scene, which would also involve electrical and mechanical engineers to determine what particular item, product or component may have been involved in the cause of the fire. The initial assessment in a fire scene of this magnitude would require careful sifting and clearing of debris, heat and fire pattern analysis to at least determine an area of fire origin before any identification could be made to a point of origin. My initial interview with Mr. Brady revealed that all the machinery and the equipment were shut down, all lights were in the off position, and the three exit doors were locked with the standard panic bars. Mr. Brady also indicated that he had armed the alarm system (note that there was not a central station that the alarm system would communicate with) and secured the main entrance to the building with a double bolt-locked steel door. My team responded to the fire scene

on the following day to perform a detailed examination including the sifting of debris. My electrical and mechanical engineers began their forensic evaluation of the issues concerning the equipment. The main power source to the building, the alarm system, and items that were examined did not reveal any evidence of a potential failure or physical evidence that would suggest that the equipment within the structure was a potential source of the cause of the fire. Meanwhile, my examination and sifting of the debris uncovered an unusual burn pattern to the concrete floor. In the industry the physical evidence suggested that the concrete had severe spalling to the center of the structure and to the main door to enter the building. Spalling is chipping or pitting of concrete or masonry surfaces. Knowing there was moisture expanding in the concrete, suggested high temperatures creating what could be identified as craters in the concrete. Continued on pg. 58

Fire Origin & CAUSE analysis

I immediately responded to the fire scene and made contact with the local fire officials and investigator. In this case, there was a local investigation by the authorities as well as a county investigator who had conducted inspections and analysis of the fire scene within hours after the fire and two days prior to my retainment. My conversations with the local authorities who first had access to the building revealed that the structural damage did not enable them to make a definite determination of the fire and had listed it as undetermined in cause. The severely burned structure showed major collapse into the building itself. Often we refer to a fire scene of this magnitude as a “black hole.” My initial assessment and evaluation of the building would require a team of experts

Concrete floor and spalling

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Follow-up Investigation

During an interview with Mr. Brady and the insurance company, we noted that Mr. Brady had a burn on his right arm wrapped in gauze. He explained that on the night before he had spilled a pot from the stove onto his forearm while attempting to make pasta for his family. While this raised a flag, it was circumstantial. However, the insurance company requested that he produce financial records and provided him with a reservation of rights prior to any settlement of the claim. During this examination and further reconstruction, which took several days, I eliminated mechanical, electrical and even natural causes of the fire. Samples were collected of the concrete for chemical analysis to determine if there was any potential of a combustible or flammable liquid that could have been involved in the cause or even the setting of this fire. During the sifting process and clearing of the debris, I uncovered the remains of a metal gas can, which had been well sheltered by falling debris and other related building materials.

Formaldehyde with finger remains

The presence of a metal gas can found at the doorway was highly suggestive of a combustible or flammable liquid having been poured onto the floor from the center of the structure to the doorway leading to and exiting the building. Fire scene documentation revealed the presence of the epidermis of fingers, including nails and skin, on the can handle. Clearly this was direct physi-

cal evidence that someone had poured a flammable liquid from the center of the building to the doorway and, fortunately for us, made a catastrophic mistake during the ignition and was burned. When gasoline is used as a fuel source, whether it is accidental or intentional, it is the vapor that ignites from the liquid, not necessarily the liquid or the petroleum desolate in itself. We had now determined that the spalling indicated that a flammable liquid had been poured on the floor and ignited, and had physical evidence of a fuel container with the remnants of right-hand fingers.

Evidence Collection

The fuel container and the remnants of these fingers were secured, preserved and sent to a laboratory facility. The skin of the fingers was placed into a proper jar with formaldehyde to preserve the product of the skin for purposes of identifying the fingerprints. What was troubling is that Mr. Brady had a burn to his forearm, but his hands and fingers were totally intact and, the insurance company’s investigation determined that there was financial trouble Laboratory set-up


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with the company. Further investigation also determined that there was no forced entry to the building and in all probability that the alarm system had been off at the time of the fire, as the eyewitness had not heard an alarm, bell or siren. There were no surveillance cameras that could document a vehicle

ysis. My colleagues—David Redsicker, vice president of Peter Vallas Associates, and Stewart H. James, a consultant who deal with forensic sciences— conducted fingerprint identification. The blistering that occurred to allow for the skin and nail to come off of the individual was carefully dried with paper

since one was damaged and could not be identified as a latent fingerprint. This physical evidence was ultimately turned over to the local authorities for their continuing investigation. Clearly the business owner had a financial motive, but the fingerprints and lack of burns to his hand eliminated him

Identification of fingers and prints

Actual rolling of the latent prints

or an individual leaving the scene. The local authorities were notified of our findings, and the cause of the fire was now determined as an “arson” fire.

Forensic Lab Analysis

There are procedures that are used in identifying ridges for fingerprint anal-


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towels. At that point a latex glove was used over my hand and the actual finger was placed over my finger. This enabled me, under the laboratory conditions, to roll a print and document the actual fingertip of the individual responsible for this fire and arson. I was able to do this on at least two of the three remains

as the fire setter. Nevertheless, he was still suspected of being involved in or at least organizing the setting of the fire. However, further investigation revealed a silent business partner who funded a majority of their operations. Mr. Brady had not divulged this information during his initial interviews and examination

CSICSI STORIES under oath.


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Between The Lines

A bold bang of black and white… these stripes are seen ziggin’ and zaggin’ in every direction. Black and white stripes are the new pattern du jour, popping up on jeans and trousers, blouses, jackets and everything in between. Hartly Hint: Make a powerful statement by pairing a wide stripe top with a graphic bottom for a daring look as seen in the beautiful Derek Lam style pictured above. This luxe high fashion trend lives on in abundance everywhere. Look super stylish pairing leather with everything you wear. Look to see spring and summer halters in full leather. Minimalistic in shape, they’re high impact in style. Also seen in every designer collection: All-leather pants in color paired with sheer chiffon blouses. Hartly Hint: Dare yourself! This is the season to wear a great leather top paired with skinny leather pants.

Leather Forever

The new “go-to” in your wardrobe are florals, dots, stars and stripes. Show your edgier spirit with a fantastic addition to your classic denim. Add a bit of patterned pizzazz to spring. Hartly Hint: Mix your printed jeans with simple and solid tops; try a cool jersey tee or tank to keep it super fresh and weekend ready! Mint, coral, pink, lavender, yellow, sherbet… so soft and feminine. They flatter everyone’s skin tone and just scream summer! An ethereal summer dress in a pastel color is just the thing to toss on for a night on the town on a hot summer evening. The runways featured two-piece pastel suits. You know you won’t make it through the warm weather without a pair of pastel colored jeans… or quite possibly two. Hartly Hint: Pull on a pair of mint green skinnies with a lavender loose-fitting

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The Peplum

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sic may just turn out to be your Hartly favorite! Super-soft leather jackets worn in so many colors (not just black and not just for bikers). Also seen with knit sleeves—white, sand, grey, chambray—and tossed on over jeans, tees and long maxi dresses too. You will be wearing this piece every day and night; we promise!

much for you, opt for a simple black or white tee tucked into a printed drawstring pant paired with flat sandals. You’ll be as sophisticated and comfy as can be!

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beautiful details like an asymmetrical hemline or cutout shoulders. Bold prints and stripes take you to the maxi—the maxi dress, that is! Hartly Hint: Look effortlessly chic when you pair your maxi dress with a soft leather clutch for a night out on the town. Peplums make a point in 2013. This flouncy look frills out across the hips of skinny jeans, pencil skirts, dresses and jackets. Rock a tiny waist with this modern update on a 1940s classic. The peplum draws in the waist and creates an easy hourglass figure. A beautiful look that is soft, structured, feminine and elegant.

Hartly Hint: Pick up a soft leather jacket in a pretty springy color. You will wear it as a new neutral over practically everything you own.

Hartly Hint: Since even jackets have a bit of a peplum now, you can pair your favorite skinny jeans with a peplum jacket and look very 2013.

There’s nothing sleepy about this fun trend! Super soft and super cool, this is one look that is decidedly relaxed and amazingly soft, yet still manages to be totally chic. Worn in a print, solid or a soft color, these flowy pants are standout wardrobe staples that work for both casual and dressy.

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Statement necklaces, bracelets, and earrings will take your outfits to new heights. Be creative and show your fashionable spirit by layering on chains that jingle-jangle. Beautiful beads, colorful charms and semi-precious stones all intermingle with swingy pendants and multi-length chains. Hartly Hint: For a super high-fashion look, wear a multi-layered charm necklace with your LBD for a night on the town. It will give you a downtown look, singling you out from the pack for sure!

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enji Meyerson, a Bergen County native with more than 35 years experience in the luxury retail shoe business, is a shoe-in for helping the ladies of northern New Jersey stay a step ahead in the fashion department. Meyerson began his career in retail at Lord and Taylor in Ridgewood in 1979 in the men’s shoe department. Nine years later he transitioned to The Ladies Shoe Salon, where in the first year, he tripled his sales goal expectations. It was then that Meyerson realized that he and ladies’ shoes were a perfect fit. As Meyerson’s clientele evolved, he began establishing himself as more than a shoe salesman. He was a personal shopper, stylist, shoulder to cry on, and friend. His personalized selling approach influenced him to make a career move to Saks Fifth Avenue at The Shops at Riverside where you can find him today helping to dress a significant portion of our local’s finest feet. For decades, he has helped generations of clients from the same families prepare for milestone events, such as weddings, graduations, bar and bat mitzvahs, and scads of charity luncheons. Choosing that perfect shoe to complete their show-stopping outfit has become a right of

passage for some young ladies in our area because they have watched their moms and grandmothers shop with Meyerson for their entire lives. “When I think about my time in this business over the years, I don’t think of how many shoes I have sold. I think about the many friends I have made while learning about what will make them feel so special on a memorable night in their lives,” Meyerson says. “Every shoe tells a story. I am honored to have helped make so many memorable nights for my clients.” Meyerson works with his clients by appointment. When tasked to find the perfect shoe that is not carried in the local store, he will go the extra mile and invite his clients on a shopping trip to Saks Fifth Avenue’s New York City flagship store, where the shoe floor has its own zip code. “What fascinates me every day is the amount of charity work my clients are involved in. With all of their family, work and social calendars, they make the time to give back. It is the most rewarding part of my job to learn how they help so many less fortunate people every day. Some of my best memories are of having spent time at charity events, which my clients organized or were honored at. It is on such occasions where I get to see them sparkle!”

A Little Sole Searching BC THE MAG challenged Meyerson to pair the perfect shoe with some of his charitable clients’ personalities. Here are his picks.

The Ro The Ro and its wearer are as sparkly as they come. Synonymous with “ultimate party,” they can dress up any event at every turn. Ro gives charity work a new meaning. She works a room like a shoe works a runway.


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The Robin A shoe lover’s dream, the Robin is a true work of art. This divine shoe can stop traffic or make time stand still. It represents an ideal vision of the all-around gal with a bit of funk in her step. Robin spends time with her beautiful daughter working hard at raising money for the Crones and Colitis Foundation of America.

The Linda Always chic and sophisticated, the Linda is the perfect pump for any occasion, taking you from day or night with effortless style. Linda Romita can be seen spending her time at the Bergen Family Center, which is the oldest family center in the state of NJ and helps over 500 families right in our community. She also enjoys shopping. Here we see her with her granddaughter, Sophia Cox, picking out the perfect shade of lipstick.

The Sheilagh The Sheilagh will WOW any outfit. This Gucci bootie is perfect for a dress, pants or skirt and, just like its wearer, can show the many sides of chic. This year Sheilagh was honored for her work with Kids for Autism at the Marble Jam Kids event.

The Lenora The Lenora is the go-to shoe. It’s pure luxury but understated and always ready for any occasion. Never overthe-top or overdone, it’s perfect for the woman who can be seen at her favorite charity of choice or front row at a Fashion Week runway. Lenora has opened up her home and hearts to some of the area’s most well-known charities, such as the FATE Handbag Auction.

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The Center For Integrative Healing The Center For Integrative Healing Fundraiser and Charity Auction was held at the Sear House. The Timepiece Collection of Englewood donated two watches for a live auction to benefit the center.

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Current imaging modalities offer women with dense breast tissue more detection options.


ou’ve gone for your annual mammogram and this year, in addition to being assured that your study is normal, you are told that you have dense breast tissue. What does that mean and what should you do? Mammography is the “gold standard,� which means that it is the best screening test for detecting breast cancer. But, it is well known that mammography is not a perfect test, especially in women with dense breast tissue. Why? Dense breast tissue appears white on a mammogram while breast tissue that is


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not dense appears black. Breast cancers also appear white on a mammogram and, as a result, they can be difficult to see in dense breast tissue due to the lack of contrast. Approximately 40% of women who have mammograms have dense breast tissue, more so prior to menopause, but not exclusively. Women who have dense breast tissue are more likely to develop breast cancer. The National Cancer Institute estimates that one in eight women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. The risk for women with extremely dense breast tissue is five times greater than

that for women with low breast density. In recent years, several other imaging modalities have been investigated to determine if they are better in evaluating dense breast tissue. Currently available are ultrasound (sonography), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), tomosynthesis (3D mammography) and molecular breast imaging (MBI). Research is ongoing, but to date, there is evidence that these modalities complement the mammographic examination in different ways. None of these other imaging tests is a substitute for an annual mammogram. But, used in con-

The National Cancer Institute estimates that one in eight women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. The risk for women with extremely dense breast tissue is five times greater than that for women with low breast density. Dr. Mindy A. Goldfischer

junction with mammography, they can detect cancers that may be missed on the routine x-ray examination.


Ultrasound uses sound waves to evaluate different tissue types. A cancer will be visible on an ultrasound image if it is different in composition from the surrounding breast tissue. The usefulness of the ultrasound examination is dependent upon the experience of the technologist. There are many false positives, which means that most of the abnormalities detected by ultrasound are not cancer. Ultrasound is not a perfect test and a negative sonogram does not mean that there is no cancer in the breast.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging


MRI uses a strong magnet to produce images. Contrast is injected into a vein that shows blood flow to tumors. MRI is a very sensitive test, able to highlight many findings within breast tissue, but not necessarily cancer.


Tomosynthesis is an x-ray examination that is performed at the same time as the mammogram, prolonging compression for a few seconds. Approved by the FDA in 2012, this modality is in its early stages of testing. The breast tissue is viewed as multiple slices, in the way that a CAT scan images the body. At the present time, the radiation dose is approximately double that of a standard mammogram.

Molecular Breast Imaging

Molecular breast imaging (MBI) differs from the aforementioned examinations because it is a functional test. It creates an image by looking at the activity within tumors. The breast is positioned in a fashion similar to a mammogram but without the pressure. If a tumor is

The molecular breast imaging (MBI) machine creates an image by looking at the activity within tumors. The breast is positioned in a fashion similar to a mammogram but without the pressure.

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present, a “hot spot” appears on the image. Studies performed at the Mayo Clinic have demonstrated that a negative MBI test was a very reliable way to exclude the presence of a cancer. In a preliminary study of 1000 women at the Mayo Clinic, MBI detected three times as many cancers as mammography. MBI is not affected by dense breast tissue. In addition to being a very sensitive test, it is much less expensive to perform than an MRI. The radiation dose varies depending upon the brand of machine that is used. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center’s Gamma Medica Lumagem system uses the smallest dose of radiation dose, only slightly higher than that of a mammogram. At Englewood Hospital, we are able to provide patients with multiple options for evaluating dense breast tissue if there is a need for additional imaging to supplement the mammogram. At present, Connecticut, Texas, Virginia and New York are the only states that have passed legislation mandating that a woman be notified about her breast density. New Jersey Senator Loretta Weinberg has sponsored a similar bill. Legislation is also under consideration in a dozen states and in Congress. In Connecticut, preliminary studies looking into the effect of the new law have demonstrated a significant increase in breast cancer detection rates in women with dense tissue who had supplemental imaging following their mammograms. Research is still ongoing to determine which additional imaging modalities are best suited to evaluate dense breast tissue. Ultimately, the decision-making process involves consideration of a patient’s family history and lifetime risk of developing breast cancer, in combination with her breast density as viewed on the mammogram. Currently, a patient’s insurance company will usually dictate what supplemental screening test can be implemented.

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pproximately 9 million Americans currently battle with arthritis of the knee, in one form or another, on a daily basis. There are three basic types of arthritis that may affect the knee joint. Osteoarthritis, commonly known as wear and tear arthritis, is a condition in which the natural cushioning between joints, or cartilage, wears away. When this happens, the bones of the joints rub more closely against one another with less of the shock-absorbing benefits of cartilage. The rubbing results in pain, swelling, stiffness, decreased ability to move and, sometimes, the formation of bone spurs. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. While it can occur even in young people, the chance of developing osteoarthritis goes up after age 45. According to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 27 million people in the U.S. have osteoarthritis, with the knee being one of the most commonly affected areas. Women are more likely to have osteoarthritis than men. While not nearly as common as OA, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory type of arthritis that can destroy the joint cartilage. RA, which can occur at any age, generally affects both knees. The third common cause of arthritis in the knee is known as post-traumatic arthritis, which can develop after an injury to the knee. This type of arthritis is similar to osteoarthritis and may develop years after a fracture, ligament injury or meniscus tear.


Almost everyone will eventually develop some degree of OA. However, several factors increase the risk of developing significant arthritis at an earlier age. The most common risk factors include: Age. The ability of cartilage to heal decreases as a person gets older. Weight is also a major factor for the development and progression of OA. Weight. Increasing pressure on all the joints, especially the knees, every pound of weight you gain adds 3 to 4 pounds of extra weight on your knees.

Heredity. This includes genetic mutations that might make a person more likely to develop osteoarthritis of the knee. It may also be due to inherited abnormalities in the shape of the bones that surround the knee joint. Gender. Women who are 55 and older are more likely than men to develop osteoarthritis of the knee. Repetitive stress injuries. These typically result from the type of job a person has. Individuals with certain occupations that include a lot of activity that can place stress on the joint (e.g., kneeling, squatting or lifting heavy weights of 55 pounds or more) are more likely to develop osteoarthritis of the knee because of constant joint pressure. Athletic participation. Athletes involved in soccer, tennis or long-distance running may be at higher risk for developing OA of the knee. While athletes certainly should take precautions to avoid injury, it’s important to note that regular moderate exercise strengthens joints and can decrease the risk of OA. In fact, weak muscles around the knee can lead to OA. Illnesses. People with rheumatoid arthritis, the second most common type of arthritis, also are more likely to develop OA. People with certain metabolic disorders, such as iron overload or excess growth hormone, run a higher risk as well. Knee arthritis symptoms tend to progress as the condition worsens. However, the symptoms do not always progress steadily with time. Often patients report good months and bad months, or symptoms that fluctuate with the weather. This is important to understand because comparing the symptoms of arthritis on one particular day may not accurately represent the overall progression of the condition.


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A feeling that the joint may “give out” Deformity of the joint (knock knees or bow legs) Evaluation of a patient with knee arthritis should begin with a physical examination and X-rays. When possible, X-rays should be done while standing and bearing weights. An MRI is not necessary for most patients. These can serve as a baseline to evaluate later examinations and determine progression of the condition.


The effectiveness of different treatments varies from person to person. Treatment of knee arthritis should begin with the most basic steps and progress to the more involved, possibly including surgery. Not all treatments are appropriate for every patient, and you should have a discussion with your doctor to determine which treatments are appropriate for your case. In its early stages, arthritis of the knee is treated with nonsurgical measures. Nonsurgical treatments fall into four major groups. Lifestyle Modifications can include losing weight, switching from running or jumping exercises to swimming or cycling, and minimizing activities that aggravate the condition, such as climbing stairs. Many, but not all, people with osteoarthritis of the knee are overweight. Simple weight loss can reduce stress on weight bearing joints, such as the knees. Losing weight can result in reduced pain and increased function, particularly in walking. Exercises can help increase range of motion and flexibility

as well as strengthen the leg muscles. Physical therapy and exercise are often effective in reducing pain and improving function. Your physician or a physical therapist can help develop an individualized exercise program that meets your needs and lifestyle. Supportive devices, such as a cane, wearing energy-absorbing shoes or inserts, or wearing a brace or knee sleeve can be helpful. Some research studies have focused on the use of knee braces for treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee. They may be especially helpful if the arthritis is centered on one side of the knee. A brace can assist with stability and function. There are two types of frequently used braces: An “unloader” brace, which shifts load away from the affected portion of the knee, and a “support” brace, which helps bolster the entire knee load. In most studies, the knee symptoms improved, with a decrease in pain on weight-bearing stress, as well as a general ability to walk longer distances. Other measures may include applications of heat or ice, water exercises, liniments or elastic bandages. Additionally, several types of drugs can be used in treating arthritis of the knee. Since every patient is different and may have varying responses to the same to medications, your orthopedic surgeon will develop a program for your specific condition. Anti-inflammatory medications can include aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen to help reduce swelling in the joint. Simple pain relievers, such as Tylenol, are available without a prescription and can be effective in reducing pain. Pain relievers are usually the first choice of therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee. All drugs have potential side effects and simple analgesics are no exception. In addition, with time, your body can build up a tolerance, reducing the effects of the pain reliever. It is important to realize that these medications, although purchased over the counter, can also interact with other medications you are taking, such as blood-thinners.

Be sure to discuss these issues with your orthopaedist or primary physician. A more potent type of pain reliever is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). These drugs, which include brands such as Motrin, Advil and Aleve, are available in both over-the-counter and prescription forms. Like all pain relievers, NSAIDs can cause side effects, including changes in kidney and liver function as well as a reduction in the ability of blood to clot. A COX-2 inhibitor is a special type of NSAID that is often prescribed if knee pain is moderate to severe. Common brand names of COX-2 inhibitors include Celebrex and Vioxx. (Vioxx was recently withdrawn from the market by its manufacturer.) COX-2 inhibitors reduce pain and inflammation. If you are taking a COX-2 inhibitor, you should not use a traditional NSAID (prescription or over-the-counter). Be sure to tell your

doctor if you have had a heart attack, stroke, angina, blood clot or hypertension or if you are sensitive to aspirin, sulfa drugs or other NSAIDs. COX-2 inhibitors can have side effects, including abdominal pain, nausea and indigestion. Antacids or a fatty meal can limit the body’s ability to absorb and use COX-2 inhibitors, so do not take them together. These drugs are less irritating to the stomach than other NSAIDs, but abdominal bleeding can occur, sometimes without warning. Glucosamine and chondroitin (kondro’-i-tin) sulfate are oral supplements that may relieve the pain of osteoarthritis. These are two large molecules that are found in the cartilage of our joints. Supplements sold over the counter are usually made from synthetic or animal products. Glucosamine and/or chondroitin sulfate may be particularly helpful in

the early stages of osteoarthritis of the knee, provided they are used as directed and with caution. Although glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are natural substances, sometimes classified as food additives, they can cause side effects such as headaches, stomach upset, nausea, vomiting and skin reactions. These supplements can interact with other medications, so keep your doctor informed about your use of them. These substances can help reduce swelling and tenderness, as well as improve mobility and function. If you decide to take this therapy, it is important not to discontinue too soon. At least two months of continuous use is necessary before the full effect is realized. Corticosteroids are powerful antiinflammatory agents that can be injected into the joint. They are given for moderate to severe pain. They can be useful if there is significant swelling, but Continued on pg. 100

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are not very helpful if the arthritis affects the joint mechanics. Corticosteroids or cortisone are natural substances known as hormones. They are produced by the adrenal glands in the human body. They can provide pain relief and reduce inflammation with a subsequent increase in quadriceps (thigh muscle) strength. However, the effects are not long lasting, and no more than four injections should be given per joint per year. In addition, there is some concern about the use of these injections. For example, pain and swelling may “flare� immediately after the injection, and the potential long-term joint damage or infection are possible. With frequent repeated injections or over an extended period of time, joint damage can actually increase rather than decrease. Special medical treatments for

rheumatoid arthritis include gold salt injections and other disease-modifying drugs. Alternative therapies include the use of acupuncture and magnetic pulse therapy. Acupuncture uses fine needles to stimulate specific body areas to relieve pain or temporarily numb an area. If you opt for this method, be sure your acupuncturist is certified, and do not hesitate to ask about his or her sterilization practices. Magnetic pulse therapy is painless and works by applying a pulsed signal to the knee, which is placed in an electromagnetic field. Like many alternative therapies, magnetic pulse therapy has yet to be proven. If your arthritis does not respond to these nonsurgical treatments, you may need to have surgery. Surgical options include arthroscopic surgery, which uses fiber optic technology to enable the surgeon to see inside the joint and

clean it of debris or repair torn cartilage; an osteotomy, which cuts the shinbone (tibia) or the thighbone (femur) to improve the alignment of the knee joint; a total or partial knee arthroplasty, which replaces the severely damaged knee joint cartilage with metal and plastic; and cartilage grafting, which is possible for some knees with limited or contained cartilage loss from trauma or arthritis.

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. He can be contacted at drgross@activeorthopedic.com.

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t had been quite some time since our family of three took a cruise together, the last being a transatlantic one from the United States to Britain when our daughter was seven years old and we were sea bound the entire voyage. Fast forward to summer 2012, when—along with our now college freshman—we scoured the ads for a more adventurous seafaring holiday. Enticed by ports of call brimming with colorful culture and diversity, we all agreed that a 12-day Mediterranean cruise on Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam had the right stuff. It embarked in Barcelona, ended in Venice, and its stops included Italy, Greece and Croatia. We were pumped!

A Night in Barcelona A pre-cruise overnight stay at Hotel España was a great kickoff. This welcoming haven situated on Calle Sant Pau, in the heart of the storied old city, is a jewel of a find; within walking distance of everything and anything: theater, Liceu Metro and Gothic Quarter, to name a few. Recently refurbished, Hotel España’s architectural and stylistic details shine, seamlessly combining new and classic features and highlighting a fascinating collection of mosaics and artifacts throughout. With limited time and Barcelona beckoning, we set about exploring. We began with the bustling Boqueria street market at our doorstep, which brimmed

with fresh produce, elaborate sweets, confections, delicacies and was annexed by rambling alleyways lined with high-end, artsy boutiques. Truly a shopper’s dream! After stocking up on stowaway goodies and scoring two beautiful handcrafted leather pocketbooks, a sidewalk café caught our eyes and we lunched al fresco while sampling our first authentic sangria. Que deliciosa! No trip to Barcelona would be complete without a visit to Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece, Basilica de la Sagrada Familia. The architect spent many years developing this work of art; even after his death, it is still a work in progress. With its imposing spires rising high

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above the city, it looks like a mythical scene out of Lord of the Rings when viewed from a distance. Inside and out it is absolutely breathtaking! Be warned, though, that lines are long since access to the towers is by lift only and with assigned time slots. However, the view from this top of the world is incomparable, as is its interior stained glass windows and modernist Gothic interior. Back at Hotel España, we relaxed regally on the rooftop sun terrace, where drinks served near an inviting swimming pool were refreshing treats. It was a wonderful way to wind down before dinner, conveniently for us at the hotel, where we enjoyed a hefty sampling of award-winning traditional cuisine in a splendid, soothing environment. Well satiated, it was early to bed and rise, and after an ample buffet breakfast, we were ocean bound.

Ship Ahoy As one of the Holland American Line’s newest launches (2010), Nieuw Amsterdam is ship shape inside and out, (crew members actually repainted its exterior while docked at one port) with lots of cabin indulgences, including deluxe bathrobes, flat-screen TVs, luxurious linens, fluffy duvets and complimentary fresh fruit baskets and flow-

ers. Our bags, swept away upon arrival, greeted us upon entering our spacious veranda stateroom. That first day, winding down at the hub of onboard life around two massive pools, we relaxed with a few Mango Mojitos (our new favorite drink) under blue skies and calming breezes. It was a glorious intro to life at sea. Later, we enjoyed dinner and lively conversation with some fellow shipmates. Then, it was off to the showroom for an entertaining performance, which even our hard-to-please teen enjoyed.

Dining Entertainment We learned that one of the first orders of business on a cruise is to set dinner reservations and excursions for the rest of the trip. Taking advantage of “as you wish” dining, which lets passengers select flexible eating venues, we alternated between gourmet restaurants: The Pinnacle Grill, Tamarind and a special Le Cirque presentation, casual eateries and the Manhattan dining room. Feasting resolved, our days at sea settled into a shipboard routine: expansive, buffet breakfast, aerobics, lounging, snacking, massage or beauty service, lunching, workshops, snacking, poolside fun, happy hour and snacking, snacking, snacking. Talk about lazy,

hazy days. Evening entertainment was diverse, with variety shows in the main theatre (our favorite being Cantare, a talented quartet of singers who performed Il Divo style); Adagio Strings in the Explorer Lounge; a DJ in the Northern Lights Disco and Michael in the Piano Bar, to name a few. Other leisure pursuits included computer time, cooking and fitness workshops, games and events. When sailing the tranquil blue Mediterranean, Nieuw Amsterdam docks outside of larger cities like Civitavecchia (gateway to Rome) or Livorno (striking distance of Florence, Pisa, San Gimignano) and at direct ports as with Dubrovnik or Venice.

Italian Treasures Arriving in the bustling and architecturally rich port of Naples, we set our own course for the flower-covered island of Capri via a 40-minute hydrofoil ride. Given Nieuw Amsterdam’s departure time of 4:30 pm, for peace of mind, we purchased return tickets having been forewarned that seats often sell out during peak crossings. Once on the other side, it’s a winding, enjoyable stroll to the top and utterly enchanting views, with trendy bars and trattorias, designer boutiques and souvenir shops Continued on pg. 106

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along the way. Lunch overlooking the bay, debatable celebrity sightings (Beyoncé, DiCaprio and Madonna are frequent visitors) and great local entertainment were our rewards. Afterwards we headed for the Blue Grotto, the mysterious sea cavern that is eerily illuminated with turquoise light. Again, watch your timing. Going out to sea in a rowboat and standing in line to enter the cave can take a long time. Luckily our line moved steadily, and we made it back on schedule. No such worries in Messina, which is situated on the northeastern Sicilian coast. Here you can walk from the ship to the historic center and Cathedral (Piazza del Duomo). Closed to cars, the square is a beauty with the Orion fountain by a pupil of Michelangelo, the campanile and Giuseppe Buceti’s baroque column of the Virgin Mary. We timed our visit to coincide when the world’s largest astronomical clock strikes noontime, setting in motion a series of larger than life bronze automata that depict allegorical and historic significance, including a roaring lion and crowing cockerel. Truly mesmerizing! Best Deal: The hop-on, hop-off bus gives a front row, air-conditioned seat to

ESCAPES ESCAPES this spectacle before setting off to Messina’s other offerings, most notably a spectacular panorama of the port. Visitors with shopping on their minds will want to map out stops in advance, as Centro shops close mid-afternoon.

Greece is the Word The small fishing village of Katåkolon is the gate-way to the mystical site of ancient Olympia where the first Olympics were staged in 776 BC. Hyped by the London summer games, we booked a shore excursion to the museum and ruins, which though pricey was first rate, especially since our guide was witty, friendly and knowledgeable. Even non-history buffs will marvel at the stadium and the ongoing colossal excavation, and the museum is a trove of unearthed Olympic treasures. A must see!

Browsing for Bargains Dubrovnik, Croatia, a picture postcard city, is a World Heritage Site that is partially encircled by medieval walls and set into coastline rocks. A shopping mecca, it left us with some major retail damage. We also enjoyed wandering around the Old Town’s ancient alleyways, craft shops and quaint wine bars before taking the bus tour to the top of the mountain for breathtaking coastline views, historic commentary and visual highlights like the Sponza Palace with its elegant courtyard and ancient stone carvings.

vorite destination over the years. However, arriving in this magnificent city by ship and floating up the Grand Canal is nothing short of spectacular! It was a magical experience made even more so by the scenic cruising commentary of the ship’s travel guide, Tom. We positioned ourselves on deck sipping Prosecco and sampling hors d’oeuvres, as we slowly approached the outer islands before sailing past St. Marks Square toward port. What a fitting finale to a most memorable 12 days at sea.

Venetian Splendor What can you say about Venice that hasn’t already been said? Since friends and relatives live in close proximity, the alluring city has become our family’s fa-

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The brand is introducing a six cylinder motor and offering all-wheel drive in an effort to bring luxury to the masses.


unning a successful business is never easy. Though restaurants are said to be the most difficult to operate— and I do not dispute that—it must be followed very closely by the manufacturing of automobiles. Just think of the major hurdles companies have to overcome, like an ever changing set of safety regulations that are getting tougher every year, increasing corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards, and the funding required to build factories and conduct in-depth research and development initiatives. Keep in mind that’s not including a brand’s technological prowess, reliability and styling, all of which are critical attributes in the minds of consumers, who are armed with more information than ever. This leads to auto manufacturers going through cycles of ups and downs. Rollercoasters have nothing on an automaker and that’s why you see so many marques reinventing themselves in or-


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der to remain relevant in the buyer’s eyes. If they didn’t, the free market would gobble up the weak companies whole and it wouldn’t even spit out the bones.

Brand Infusion

That neatly brings us to our subject, Jaguar Land Rover. Right now it is easily one of the most exciting companies to watch as it goes through a renaissance that would make the Medici family proud. New vehicles like the Range Rover Evoque and the currentgeneration Jaguar XJ inject vitality into two companies that were once staid. When Jaguar unveiled the new XJ a couple of years back, it was a great departure from the luxury sedan it once was. While the older XJ featured exterior styling inherited from many years past and an interior akin to your grandfather’s library, the new car has a bold grille and a dash of attitude. Now its exterior design is a blend of sophistication and sexiness with its low roofline that makes it more visually similar to

the four-door coupes that are currently on the market. Now its interior is a technological tour de force that boasts an elegant, contemporary vibe on par with a fashionable, Milan-based cafe. But that was merely the beginning of Jaguar’s plans because now it’s doing something to really open up the brand’s large, luxury sedan to the masses. It’s introducing a six-cylinder motor, which lowers the XJ’s barrier of

entry, and it is offering all-wheel drive. The last time Jaguar offered AWD it was with the X-Type, a car so bad that The New York Times questioned if it was the “Dud of the Decade,” and Popular Mechanics named it one of its 10 “Cars That Deserved to Die.” Fear not, however, because the XJ isn’t a Ford in Jaguar clothing, like the X-

Type. It’s the real McCoy.

Competitive Edge

So, why add all-wheel drive now? Well, it’s because the luxury sedan game has become more competitive than ever and all of the XJ’s competitors offer an AWD variant. Even Maserati, which has introduced an all-new Quattroporte sedan, has announced plans for an AWD version. Not to mention that brands like Audi and Subaru have thoroughly convinced buy-

ers that without the added grip AWD provides in slippery conditions, like rain and snow storms, drivers will find themselves on the side of the road in a ditch. The XJ AWD comes in two flavors, standard and Portfolio, which includes a longer wheelbase and more niceties as standard equipment, like active, heated and cooled front seats, and a suedecloth headliner. Both trim levels feature the new six-cylinder, supercharged powerplant producing 340 horsepower and 332 lb.-ft. of torque. While that may not sound like much in today’s horsepower-crazed world where 400 ponies is the benchmark, there are a couple of things to consider. One, Jaguar’s benefit from lightweight aluminum construction. Two, the XJ AWD can sprint to 60 mph in just over six seconds, which is a more-than-respectable time by modern standards. Coupled with this capable motor is an eight-speed transmission that does what other eight-speeds don’t—it knows what gear you want to be in at the right time. Having recently piloted a 2013 Lexus LS460 AWD with an eight-speed, I was downright annoyed by how I was unable to select the right gear, ever.

Real Road Capability

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any more ideal. On our drive to the middle of nowhere Canada, it became readily apparent to me how secure the XJ felt on snow-laden roads. With Winter Mode selected, the XJ AWD is very planted. When it loses traction you feel a slight correction and you continue motoring on. Where old AWD systems used to be more punishing and bog down the vehicle when traction was lost, the new age systems act more like guardian angels that gently correct and guide the vehicle along its way. When we arrived at our destination, which featured two snow-covered tracks, a space for slippery agility test-


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ing and what can be best described as a circular ice pit from hell, it became very clear that this new AWD system is astoundingly capable. For me, the defining moment was in the ice pit. There’s essentially zero traction on this surface and drivers were able to completely control the XJ’s movements provided they didn’t get too excited with their right foot. Frankly, I am not sure how the rear-wheel drive XJ would have gotten us to our destination and I don’t want to even think about how I would have fared out in the agility area and ice pit. But the AWD system isn’t what separates the XJ from its competition.

It’s the way it feels lithe and how its driving dynamics are on point, whether on dry or slippery surfaces. While the Audi A8, BMW 7-Series, Lexus LS, Mercedes-Benz S-Class are a buyer’s go-to choices, if you want something more unique and impressive you have to turn to the Jaguar XJ. With driving dynamics similar to the Porsche Panamera wrapped up in a much more elegant package, I can’t see why anyone would want to pass up the XJ, especially when it can now handle any weather you throw at it.

Richard Posluszny is a freelance writer based in Bergen County.


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A little girl’s love of pizza has given new life to Giulio’s in Tappan, NY. She was the motivational muse behind the daring move by brothers Michael and Anthony Fasciano, a structural engineer and an endodontist, respectively, to purchase the prior restaurant, also named Giulio’s, and transform it into its latest incarnation. When asked why two busy professionals with no prior restaurant business experience would embark on this demanding venture, Michael explains it started with a dream concerning the curious culinary habits of his daughter Elizabeth, a little girl diagnosed with a brain tumor who would only eat pizza morning, noon and night. “I woke up and knew I had to buy a pizza place,” Michael says. “I called Anthony and started to tell him about what I wanted to do, but he didn’t even let me finish. He just said, ‘I’m in. If it’s for Elizabeth, enough said.’” It took some searching, lots of effort, and a big learning curve. But finally, in the fall of 2010, the brothers, both Bergen County residents, were able to unveil their dream made real. Still housed in the former restaurant’s location of a circa 1800s Queen Anne-


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TASTINGS TASTINGS style Victorian building, the new Giulio’s is just the right mix of Old World charm and modern sensibilities. It offers contemporary cuisine with a hearty dose of Italian classics reinterpreted into signature dishes by Executive Chef Manuel “Manny” Marure. In an affectionate nod to the now eight-year-old Elizabeth, pizza, in one form or another, is always on the menu. But there’s so much more. Chef Manny has over 30 years of culinary experience, and every bit of it shows in his distinctive creations. His prowess in the kitchen keeps diners coming back for more. Priding himself on offering classic comfort food with an innovative tweak, he pleases the palate with a steady course of mouth-watering winners. On the night we were there, we were treated to a tour de force of taste sensations. We started out with the restaurant’s signature appetizer—Fried Calamari Giulio’s Style ($11), which was served with hot and sweet peppers, capers and goat cheese with balsamic vinaigrette. Absolutely delicious! The same could be said for the equally popular Giulio’s Salad ($9), which consisted of field greens, Asian pears, candied walnuts and Gorgonzola cheese with a light dressing of sherry vinaigrette. The mix of tart with sweet flavors, and the crunchy and creamy textures made for an appealing awakening of the appetite. From this promising start, we moved on to the main event. Between my fellow guest diners and I, we sampled— and heartily enjoyed—several popular entrées. The Penne Rustica ($18) was a delicious combination of crumbled sausage, broccoli rabe and cannellini beans seasoned with extra virgin olive oil and garlic; the heavenly Salmon Angelina ($24), sautéed salmon filet with white wine, lemon artichoke hearts and caper berries, was prepared to flavorful moistness, as was the delectable Branzini ($36), a sea bass sautéed with white wine and garlic, and served over

Giulio’s Salad consists of field greens, Asian pears, candied walnuts and Gorgonzola cheese with a light dressing of sherry vinaigrette.

The Penne Rustica was a delicious combination of crumbled sausage, broccoli rabe and cannellini beans seasoned with extra virgin olive oil and garlic.


154 Washington Street Tappan, NY 845-359-3657 www.giulios.biz Hours: Accepting reservations 5-8:30pm, Monday-Wednesday; 5-9:30pm, Thursday-Saturday; 3-8:30pm, Sunday Dining Style: Casually elegant Off-premise catering available for private and corporate events. Contact mikefasciano@optonline.net or call 201-937-6362 for more details.

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spinach. Succulently tender and juicy is the only way to describe the pork chops pan seared with sweet vinegar peppers ($26) and the filet mignon ($38) prepared with cognac, Gorgonzola cream sauce finished with truffle oil. One bite of either and meat lovers will declare they’ve died and gone to heaven! After such a feast we were too sated to sample the desserts, as tempting as they sounded. But next time we’ll be sure to save room for one or more of the selections on the rotating desserts menu, which boasts temptations such as bread pudding made by the owners’ mom from her father’s recipe; Strawberry Romanoff with Grand Marnier; carrot cake; Mezzanotte, which is Anthony’s interpretation of tiramisu; and a flourless chocolate cake. Equally as important as the fine dining, the setting and the service are also crowd pleasers. You can come in

for a drink in the restaurant’s full service bar, where the friendly and long-standing staff will make you feel as if you’ve walked into a modern-day episode of Cheers. Or you can enjoy a relaxed meal by one of the restaurant’s two fireplaces or celebrate a special occasion in one of the restaurant’s private dining rooms. The romantic and casually elegant décor features authentic details such as two working fireplaces, exquisite woodwork, beveled glass windows and a grand staircase. Adding to the visual interest, original oil paintings by Tappan resident Sue Barrasi adorn the walls. The restaurant, which can seat up to 165 people, has five dining rooms for public and private dining. All meals are made to order and Chef Manny periodically adds seasonal items to the menus in order to incorporate fresh ingredients at their height of flavor. In addition to a varied selection of chicken, meat, veal,

seafood and pasta dishes, gluten-free offerings are offered, and special orders are always welcomed, according to the owners. The attention to specifics is impressive; no detail is too small. Whether it’s preparing made-to-order gluten-free pasta dishes in water separate from that used to boil the regular pasta dishes of fellow diners, remembering clients’ names and their favorite dishes, or accommodating children’s portion and preference requests, care is given to ensure for every guest’s needs and wants. In addition to regular Ladies Nights on Thursday evenings featuring live entertainment and drink and appetizer specials, the restaurant offers special events such as author book signings, and different food and drink tastings— for example, Belgian Beer and Food pairings—priced at $45 and up per person. Private dining rooms can accom-


3) 1) The Salmon Angelina—sautéed salmon filet with white wine, lemon artichoke hearts and caper berries—was prepared to flavorful moistness. 2) Pan seared with sweet vinegar peppers, the pork chops were tender and juicy. 3) Visitors to Giulio’s enjoy fine dining in an atmosphere of relaxed Old World charm.

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TASTINGS TASTINGS modate small or large social and professional gatherings. For Michael and Anthony, it’s personal. Their stamp is evident in every aspect of the new Giulio’s. Other restaurants may pay lip service to offering the personal touch but these two brothers and their Giulio’s team, really live it. When renovations were in the works, the brothers never hesitated to roll up their sleeves and immerse themselves in whatever needed doing. “I was on one side making a mess, getting paint all over the place, including myself. And Anthony was on the other side, meticulously and neatly working on the small detail work,” Mike says with a self-deprecating laugh. They collaborated with Chef Manny—who also works with his own brother, Miguel Marure—to devise the appealing and varied menu. Both Anthony and Michael took intensive wine courses and the result is an impressive wine list of approximately 130 varietals from regions such as Italy, Chile, Germany, Spain, France, Argentina, South Africa, California, Washington, Oregon and New York. Carefully curated by Anthony and Mike, the list includes informative descriptions aimed at making the selection experience as simple and non-intimidating as possible. Wines are available by the glass, split or bottle. You can try a Torrontes from Argentina for $7 per glass or a Pinot Noir from California for $10 per glass; by the split options include a California sparkling wine and an Italian Prosecco both for $6 per split. Bottle offerings include La Crema Chardonnay from California ($54), which feature lively citrus flavors with aromas of apple, crème brulee and honey; Nobilio “Icon” Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand ($38), distinguished for its tropical aromas of pineapple and grapefruit notes with clean minerality; and Lamoreaux Landing Cabernet Franc from Seneca Lake New York ($39), a pleasing

medley of black cherry, chocolate and spice with oak flavors. Beer lovers will be delighted to learn there’s also an extensive choice of domestic and foreign beers from countries such as Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Czech Republic and Scotland. The high-end beers, which also include non-alcoholic and glutenfree options, are available in 16 varieties by the bottle and three on tap; prices range from $4.50 to $9.50. Interesting possibilities include Innis & Gunn from Scotland, an oak barrel aged golden lager with flavors of caramel, toffee and orange ($8 bottle); Piraat from Belgium, a dark brown triple ale with mellow hops, a creamy head and sweet toffee finish ($9 bottle); and Bernard Premium from Czech Republic, a rich golden pilsner with an aromatic bouquet ($5.50 bottle). Guests come in and know they’ll get the VIP treatment. Want a special order that’s not on the menu? No problem. The kitchen will whip it up for you. Can’t decide what you want? Relax; Anthony and Michael are happy to make suggestions or even order for you. They’ve taken their “children friendly” policy to new heights by occasionally even providing what is essentially babysitting service. As Michael recounts, “I had one family come in and the mother was having a hard time with her kids. The kids were well-behaved but I guess they

were saying things that were driving her crazy and she asked me if she and her husband could eat by the bar area, and leave the kids to themselves at the main table. We said, ‘sure’ and set up the parents at the bar while we kept an eye on the kids as they enjoyed themselves at the table.” Always seeking new ways to improve their guests’ dining experience and the level of service, the brothers are planning to establish a classic Victorian garden with vegetables, herbs and flowers on ¾ acres of the premises, as well as to expand their participation in a continuing education program that offers culinary arts training with ESL (English as a Second Language) instruction for future restaurant workers. The restaurant is truly special, yet the brothers’ aim is to get away from the label of being an “only” special event restaurant. Instead, they strive to create a friendly, “home away from home” atmosphere where guests can linger like family members who never outstay their welcome. “We’re here to serve,” Anthony emphasizes. “We want our guests to feel totally comfortable and relaxed, so they keep coming back week after week.”

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Available for intimate meetings and private parties. We’re located next to the Bergen Performing Arts Center. Pre-show dinners available.


24 North Van Brunt St. Englewood, NJ 07631 (201) 871-8600

Monday - Sunday Lunch Dinner BAR & & GRILL 11am - 11pm Burgers & Sport Bar

Fun Drinks Make your own Burger Make Your own Salad Great Milk Shakes & Desserts Kids Friendly

!!WE DELIVER!! Monday - Sunday 12pm - 9:30pm

22 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood 201.871.7155 Fax 201.541.6455

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RESTAURANT GUIDE If you’re hungry or planning a special night out, this is the place to find the answer to that appetite. From steak, chops and seafood to almost any ethnic fare, it’s all here. American (Contemporary & Traditional)

Griffin’s 44 Madison Ave., Cresskill, 201-541-7575

Regina’s 827 Teaneck Rd., Teaneck, 201-862-1996

The Abbey Ramsey Golf and Country Club 105 Lakeside Drive, Ramsey, 201-818-9298

Harvest Bistro 252 Schraalenburg Rd., Closter, 201-750-9966

Restaurant L 9 Franklin Turnpike, Allendale, 201-785-1112

Ho-Ho-Kus Inn and Tavern 1 East Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, 201-445-4115

Ridgewood Fare 26 Wilsey Square, Ridgewood, 201-857-5800

Houston’s The Shops at Riverside, Rt. 4W, Hackensack, 201-488-5677

Rolling Pin Café 341 Broadway, Westwood, 201-666-4660

Allendale Bar & Grill 67 W. Allendale Ave. Allendale, 201-327-3197 Assembly Seafood Grill and Steakhouse 495 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, 201-568-2616 Bacari Grill 800 Ridgewood Rd., Washington Township, 201-358-6330 The Barn 359 Sicomac Ave., Wyckoff, 201-848-0108 Bicycle Club 487 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, 201-894-0880 Biddy O’Malley’s Irish Bistro and Bar 191 Paris Ave., Northvale, 201-564-7893 Bonefish Grille 601 From Rd., Paramus, 201-261-2355 Brady’s at the Station 5-7 W. Main St., Ramsey, 201-327-9748 The Brick House 179 Godwin Ave., Wyckoff, 201-848-1211

Iron Horse 20 Washington Ave., Westwood, 201-445-2666

Rotunda Garden State Plaza (Rtes. 17 & 4), Paramus, 201-291-1920

Ivy Inn 68 Terrace Ave., Hasbrouck Heights, 201-393-7699

Smith Brothers Saloon 51 N. Broad St., Ridgewood, 201-444-8111

Jackson Hole 362 Grand Ave., Englewood, 201-871-7444

St. Eve’s Restaurant (BYO) 611 N. Maple Ave., Ho-Ho-Kus,201-857-4717

Janice A Bistro 23 Sheridan Ave., Ho-Ho-Kus, 201-445-2666

Stony Hill Inn 231 Polify Rd. (Rt. 80), Hackensack, 201-342-4085

Joe’s American Bar & Grill Garden State Plaza (Rtes. 17 & 4), Paramus, 201-843-8858

Victoria’s 336 Queen Anne Rd., Teaeck, 201-801-0888

Mahwah Bar & Grill 2 Island Rd., Mahwah, 201-529-8056 Mason Jar 221 Ramapo Valley Rd., Mahwah, 201-529-2302

Village Green 36 Prospect St., Ridgewood, 201-445-2914 Waterside 7800 B River Rd., North Bergen, 201-861-7767


Cafe Amici of Wyckoff 315 Franklin Ave., Wyckoff, 201-848-0198

Napa Valley Grill Garden State Plaza (Rtes. 17 & 4), Paramus, 201-845-5555

Chakra W. 144 Route 4E, Paramus, 201-566-1530

Nellie’s Place 9 Franklin Turnpike, Waldwick, 201-652-8626

Crow’s Nest 309 Vincent Ave., Hackensack, 201-342-5445

Oceanos 2-27 Saddle River Rd., Fair Lawn, 201-796-0546

Davey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant Kinderkamack Rd. & Grand Ave., Montvale, 201-391-9356

Palmer’s Crossing 145 Dean Dr. (Clinton Ave.), Clinton Inn Hotel, Tenafly, 201-567-4800

Look See 259 N. Franklin Tpke. (Rt. 17S), Ramsey, 201-327-1515

Emerson Hotel 31 Emerson Plaza, Emerson, 201-262-7557

Peppercorns 176 Colony Ave., Park Ridge, 201-391-2818

Esty Street 86 Spring Valley Rd., Park Ridge, 201-307-1515

Picnic, the Restaurant 14-25 Plaza Rd. N. (Fair Lawn Ave.), Fair Lawn, 201-796-2700

P.F. Chang’s The Shops at Riverside, Rt. 4W, Hackensack, 201-646-1565

Fire and Oak 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale, 201-307-1100 Glen Rock Inn 222 Rock Rd., Glen Rock, 800-400-2362

Golden Dynasty 825 Franklin Lakes Rd., Franklin Lakes, 201-891-7866 295 Kinderkamack Rd., Hillsdale, 201-358-8685 Golden Pond 147 N. Kinderkamack Rd., Montvale, 201-930-8811

Continental Cuisine

P.J. Finnegan’s 274 Fairview Ave., Westwood, 201-664-7576

Fountainview Restaurant Sheraton Crossroads, 1 International Blvd. (Rt. 17N), Mahwah, 201-529-1313

Railroad Café 170 Union Ave., East Rutherford, 201-939-0644

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The Art of Global Cuisine At Bibi’z we serve a Global Cuisine using only sustainable fish, local organic farms for our produce and poultry and the choicest cuts of grass fed Black Angus. We aspire to provide the finest service in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Relax and Unwind over Happy Hour 3-7pm, Tues-Sun in our Lounge

Express Lunch Fast and Reasonable 12pm-3pm Tues-Sat

Sunday Brunch 11am-3pm

Girls Night Out Every Thursday 3pm-Closing $6 Cocktails, $5 Wine

All Day Menu From Nibbles to Steak 12pm-11pm

Private Room for Catering and Corporate Events

Come Taste our New Lunch and Brunch Menus Offering a menu that includes vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dishes Express Lunches from $10

RESTAURANT GUIDE Continued from pg. 118

Continental/ American

The Elm Street Grill 20A Elm St., Oakland, 201-651-0005

Continental/ French

Café Panache (BYO) 130 E. Main St. (Lake St.), Ramsey, 201-934-0030 Latour 6 East Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, 201-445-5056 Le Jardin 1257 River Rd., Edgewater, 201-224-9898 Madeleine’s Petite Paris 416 Tappan Rd., Northvale, 201-767-0063 Pourquoi Pas 31 Westwood Ave., Westwood, 201-722-8822 Saddle River Inn 2 Barnstable Ct., Saddle River, 201-825-4016

Continental/ Italian

Andrea’s (BYO) 26 E. Prospect St., Waldwick, 201-670-0275/ 201-670-7958

Davia 6-09 Fair Lawn Ave., Fair Lawn, 201-797-6767 Savini 168 West Crescent Ave., Allendale, 201-760-3700 Villa Amalfi 793 Palisades Ave. (Marion Ave.), Cliffside Park, 201-886-8626

Eclectic Contemporary

Baumgart’s Café 59 The Promenade, Edgewater, 201-313-3889 45 E. Palisade Ave., Englewood, 201-569-6267 158 Franklin Ave., Ridgewood, 201-612-5688 Café Matisse (BYO) 167 Park Ave., Rutherford, 201-935-2995 Natalie’s 16-18 South Broad St., Ridgewood, 201-444-7887 Park & Orchard 240 Hackensack St. (Union Ave.), East Rutherford, 201-939-9292 201 Supper Club 90 W. Palisade Ave., Englewood, 201-541-0101


The Melting Pot 250 Center Ave., Westwood, 201-664-8877


Axia Taverna 18 Piermont Rd., Tenafly, 201-569-5999 Daily Treat 177 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, 201-652-9113 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 Taverna Mykonos 238 Broadway, Elmwood Park, 201-703-9200 Varka 30 North Spruce St., Ramsey, 201-995-9333


Mela Authentic Indian Cuisine 47 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, 201-445-6060 Continued on pg. 122


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Perfect Place For Casual Dining

Available for Private Parties of 10 or more for Brunch, Lunch & Dinner

154 Washington Street - Tappan, NY 845-359-3657 - www.giulios.biz

RESTAURANT GUIDE Continued from pg. 120

Namaskaar 120 Grand Ave., Englewood, 201-567-0061

Barcelona’s 38 Harrison Ave., Garfield, 973-778-4930

Café Capri 343 Broadway, Hillsdale, 201-664-6422


Bazzarelli 117 Moonachie Rd., Moonachie, 201-641-4010

Café Italiano Ristorante 14 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, 201-461-5041

Aldo & Gianni 108 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale, 201-391-6866 Aldo’s (BYO) 393 Franklin Ave., Wyckoff, 201-891-2618 A Mano 24 Franklin Ave. (at Chestnut St.), Ridgewood, 201-493-2000 Amarone 63 Cedar Ln., Teaneck, 201-833-1897 Andiamo 23 Hardenburgh Ave. (Knickerbocker Rd.), Haworth, 201-384-1551

Bella Italia (BYO) 170 Main St., Ridgefield Park, 201-440-2150 Bellissimo 12 S. Kinderkamack Rd., Montvale, 201-746-6669 Bensi 387 Washington Ave., Hillsdale, 201-722-8881 459 Rt. 17S, Hasbrouck Heights, 201-727-9525 11-35 River Rd., North Arlington, 201-246-0100 700 Paramus Park Mall, Paramus, 201-225-0080 Biagio’s 299 Paramus Rd., Paramus, 201-652-0201

Armando’s 144 Main St., Fort Lee, 201-461-4220

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

Arturo’s 41 Central Ave., Midland Park, 201-444-2466

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

Baci Italian Grill 36 Jefferson Ave., Westwood, 201-722-1900

Buongiomo’s (BYO) 86 Washington Ave., Dumont, 201-501-8000

Join us for Prime Rib every Wednesday Also, join us for

Easter Sunday Dinner or for our 4 course dinner Now accepting

Mother’s Day Reservations


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Café Tivoli 533 Shaler Blvd., Ridgefield, 201-941-5561 Cassie’s 18 S. Dean St., Englewood, 201-541-6760 Cenzino Ristorante 589 Ramapo Valley Rd., Oakland, 201-337-6693 Dimora 100 Piermont Rd., Norwood, 201-750-5000 Dinallo’s 259 Johnson Ave., River Edge, 201-342-1233 Dino’s 12 Tappan Rd. (Schraalenburgh Rd.), Harrington Park, 201-767-4245 Dolce Novita 107 Moonachie Rd. (Rtes. 3 & 46), Moonachie, 201-440-3339

RESTAURANT GUIDE Felice 279 Kinderkamack Rd., Oradell, 201-261-9500

Joseph’s Ristorante 190 Harrison Ave., Garfield, 973-928-3782

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

La Cambusa 22-51 Maple Ave., Fair Lawn, 201-797-8741

GoodFellas 661 Midland Ave., Garfield, 973-478-4000

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

Granita Grill 467 Broadway, Westwood, 201-664-9846

Luka’s 238 Main St., Ridgefield Park, 201-440-2996

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

Lu Nello 182 Stevens Ave., Cedar Grove, 973-837-1660

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

Maggiano’s Little Italy The Shops at Riverside, Rt. 4W, Hackensack, 201-221-2030

Il Castello 35 Moonachie Rd., Moonachie, 201-440-5520 Il Mulino Ristorante 132 Veterans Plaza, Dumont, 201-384-7767 Il Villaggio 651 Rt. 17N (between Rtes. 3 & 46), Carlstadt, 201-935-7733 In Napoli 116 Main St., Fort Lee, 201-947-2500 Jerry’s of East Rutherford 340 Paterson Ave., East Rutherford, 201-438-9617

Portobello 155 Ramapo Valley Rd. (Rt. 202), Oakland, 201-337-8990 Puzo’s Family Restaurant 4 Garfield Ave., Hawthorne, 973-423-2288 Radicchio 34 Franklin Ave., Ridgewood, 201-670-7311 Rocca 203 Rock Rd., Glen Rock, 201-670-4945 Roxanne’s 150 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, 201-529-0007 Sanducci’s Pasta & Pizza Co. (BYO) 570 Kinderkamack Rd., River Edge, 201-599-0600

Martini Grill 187 Hackensack St., Wood-Ridge, 201-939-2000 Nanni Ristorante 53 W. Passaic St. (behind Garden State Plaza), Rochelle Park, 201-843-1250

Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn 105 Old New Bridge Rd., New Milford, 201-692-7700 Solaia 22 N. Van Brunt St. Englewood, 201-871-7155

Osteria La Fiamma 119 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, 201-389-6400

Solari’s 61 River St., Hackensack, 201-487-1969

Papa Razzi Garden State Plaza (Rtes. 17 & 4), Paramus, 201-843-0990

Sorrento (BYO) 132 Park Ave. (Paterson Ave.), East Rutherford, 201-507-0093 Continued on pg. 124

Join us for

St. Patrick’s Day on March 15th Live band 12-5pm

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RESTAURANT GUIDE Continued from pg. 123

Teggiano Ristorante 310 Huyler Ave., Hackensack, 201-487-3884

Hiro 254 Degraw Ave., Teaneck, 201-692-1002

Umeya 156 Piermont Rd., Cresskill, 201-816-0511

Valentino’s 103 Spring Valley Rd., Park Ridge, 201-391-2230

Kiku 5-9 Rt. 9W (Palisades Pkwy.), Alpine, 201-767-6322 365 Rt. 17S, Paramus, 201-265-7200

Wild Nigiri Hassun Sushi Bar 6 E. Palisade Ave., Englewood, 201-567-2660

Kuma 440 Forest Ave., Paramus, 201-262-0400

Dong Bang Grill 1616 Palisade Ave., Fort Lee, 201-242-4485/ 4486

Vespa 860 River Rd., Edgewater, 201-943-9393 Vici 2 Mercer St., Lodi, 973-777-8424


The Chef’s Table 754 Franklin Ave., Franklin Lakes, 201-891-6644


Cocoro 856 Franklin Ave., Franklin Lakes, 201-560-1333 Flirt Sushi 140 West Allendale Ave., Allendale, 201-825-9004 Gen 14B Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale, 201-930-9188 15 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, 201-493-1988 Hanami (BYO) 41 Union Ave, Cresskill, 201-567-8508 301 Center Ave, Westwood, 201-666-8508


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Kumo 55 Franklin Ave., Ridgewood, 201-652-0088 Matsuya 490 Market St., Saddle Brook, 201-843-5811 Minado 1 Valley Rd., Little Ferry, 201-931-1522 Sarku Japan Bergen Town Center, Rt. 4W (Forest Ave.), Paramus, 201-880-6551 Sakura-Bana 43 Franklin Ave., Ridgewood, 201-447-6525 Tawara 53 W. Main St., Ramsey, 201-825-871


Pine Hill Restaurant 123 Paramus Rd., Paramus, 201-843-0170


Rebecca’s 236 River Rd., Edgewater, 201-943-8808 Sabor 8809 River Rd., North Bergen, 201-943-6366


Blue Moon Mexican Café 21 E. Palisade Ave., Englewood, 201-541-0600 42 Kinderkamack Rd., Woodcliff Lake, 201-782-9500 327 Franklin Ave., Wyckoff, 201-891-1331

REST. GUIDE Cinco de Mayo 2428 Lemoine Ave., Fort Lee, 201-947-4780 Rosa Mexicano The Shops at Riverside, Rt. 4W, Hackensack, 201-489-9100 Spanish El Cid 205 Paramus Rd., Paramus, 201-843-0123 Meson Madrid 343 Bergen Blvd. (Central Blvd.), Palisades Park, 201-947-1038 Segovia 150 Moonachie Rd., Moonachie, 201-641-6337

Steak Houses

Capital Grille Garden State Plaza (Rtes. 17 & 4), Paramus, 201-845-7040 CK’s Steak House Rt. 17S (Renaissance Meadowlands Hotel), Rutherford, 201-231-3141 Flemings Steakhouse 90 The Promenade, Edgewater, 201-313-9463 JD’s Steak Pit 124 Main St., Fort Lee, 201-461-0444 Morton’s of Chicago The Shops at Riverside, Hackensack, 201-487-1303 The New York Steakhouse & Pub 180 Route 17 South, Mahwah, 201-529-1806 The Park 151 Kinderkamack Rd., Park Ridge, 201-930-1300 Park West Tavern 30 Oak St., Ridgewood, 201-445-5400 The Porter House 125 Kinderkamack Rd., Montvale, 201-307-6300 River Palm Terrace 1416 River Rd. (Palisade Terrace), Edgewater, 201-224-2013 41-11 Rt. 4W (Paramus Rd.), Fair Lawn, 201-703-3500 209 Ramapo Valley Rd. (Rtes. 17S & 202), Mahwah, 201-529-1111 Sear House 411 Piermont Ave., Closter, 201-292-4612 Steve’s Sizzling Steaks 620 Rt. 17S, Carlstadt, 201-438-9677


Bangkok Garden 261 Main Street, Hackensack, 201-487-2620 Penang 334 Main Street, Lodi, 973-779-1128 Pimaan 79 Kinderkamack Road, Emerson, 201-967-0440

The Restaurant Guide was compiled by Elizabeth Venere

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Star Stream Ball The Palisades Medical Center Foundation held their annual Star Stream Ball at The Venetian in Garfield. For more information visit: www.palisadesmedical.org

Anthony and Barbara Bartollomeo, Vincent and Chris Monte, Annamarie and Kevin O’Connor

David and Joyce Berkowitz

Qamer and Dr. Mohamed Lateef

Donna and Chris Cervelli

Dr. Thomas and Dr. Stefanie Vaimakis

Esperanza and Jesus Alfonso

Tom and Teri Kruse

Richard Garcia and Jovannie Lorenzo

Carol and Mark Somerville

Linda Doby and Julian Schulman

Bruce & Eileen Markowitz

Lisa Iachetti, Dr. Joe and Julie Feldman

Dr. Alban and Karen Lopez, Erika and Dominic Ruocco

Theresa de Leon, Bruce J. Markowitz, Dr. Mohamed Lateef and Thomas M. Eastwick

Laura & Bob Garrett

The Eastwick Family

John Calandriello, Annette Calandriello, Norma & Eurice Rojas

Quality Auto The Quality Auto Mall of Rutherford held their annual holiday gala at The Venetian in Garfield. For more information visit: www.qualityautomall.com

Andrew Odette, Falone, Victoria, Cathy, Jorge, Jorge Jr. Barraque and Julianne Hodges

Tony Cina and Debra Avola-Aiellos

Sam and Elaine Wright

Karen and Paul Pletchon

Jeff and Fran Peck

Yvonne Vitere and Alan Kologrivov

Susan and David Catania

Eliud and Nancy Velez

Mary Ann and Jeff Swinarsky

Nick Laganella and Lorraine Swinarton

Nick Laino and Carol Ann Riebesell

Sam Wright, Sharon and Dave Cook

Jordan and Lauren Wright

Elaine and Sam Wright, Herman LaMont, Sabrina and Vincent Hosang

Sam Wright, Nora and Pat Fitzgerald, Terry Allerton and Cathy Shea

Faye Cole and Dwight Palmer

Jorge Barraque, Michelle Jackson and Tim Bernard

The Valley Ball The Valley Hospital Auxiliary hosted The Valley Ball at The Venetian in Garfield. For more information visit: www.valleyhealth.com

Joe and Kristen Schultz, Craig and Christine Clay and Jennifer and Sean O’Donnell

Dr. Scott Agins and Audrey Meyers

John and Jeanne Hofman

Heather and Carl Scaturo

Julie and Steven Silverstein

Tom and Lisa Conde

Rich and Jill Knudsen

Frank and Dee DeBernardis

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David and Kimberley Cummings

Steve and Rose Ranuro and Liz and Tony Tortorella

Vince and Ellen Forlenza and Bruce and Lisa Mactas

Bill and Marybeth Hans, Karen Kwilecki and Mark Rabens

Siddharth and Mayuri Sharma and Lisa and Charles Vannoy

Gina Boesch and Doug Dittrick

Anne and Mike McCarthy and Sarah Bernhardt


Advice for the Singles this Spring




If you are finding yourself single as the birds start to chirp, put on your happy face, dab on a new shade of lipstick and start revving up your style. Try dressing a bit differently; incorporate more colors into your wardrobe, and add a designer shirt or two to your closet. You are yearning for something to jump-start your love life, but you first need to help yourself. Advice: Let people into your thoughts and you will discover that not only will they get to know you better, but you will get to know yourself better too!

You need to decide whether you do or don’t want a partner or spouse, or even just someone to date. Figure yourself out. Frankly, I think you just may be moody. Number one rule for you on these spring days is to keep an open mind. Date those you like and even those you think you won’t. Advice: In the real estate business there is a saying “buyers are liars.” People ask for one thing and purchase another. That’s exactly how you react when it comes to dating. You ask for one thing and really desire another.

You feel like you’re sitting on a park bench all by yourself. But you don’t need to be by yourself. Time to change it up a little, so you can at least have a visitor on the park bench, perhaps someone who can even become a date or life mate. Start inviting people into your life. Keep yourself more open by inviting strangers onto your bench or an open seat when you are at an event. If you want to find someone, step out of your comfort zone. Advice: Stupid is what stupid does. Get out of your own way and in the way of others you want to get to know.




You can be your own worst enemy when it comes to dating and partnering up. You like what you like. Unfortunately, sometimes you don’t take the time to get to know people to determine whether you’ll like them. Give the person you think you won’t like the benefit of a doubt. You may be quite surprised. After all, how many times have you been wrong about your first impressions? Advice: Be more open-minded and allow your heart to embrace others.

Love and romance are waiting for the opportunity to show up in your life. Your not-so-subtle defensiveness can extinguish any little love fire that tries to ignite. Remember not to throw the baby out with the bath water. Sometimes relationships take time to happen, or may occur in unconventional ways. Stop looking at the past and be willing to be more adventurous going forward. Advice: Some of life’s greatest challenges are the ones we set for ourselves. Your own challenge lies in recognizing the difference between what you need and what you want.

Until now, timing has been everything. Your timing has been like a clock that keeps slowing down. Have no fear. It seems as if you may be getting a new timpiece that will never run out of batteries again. Your new sense of timing should bring you more joy in dating and flirting. So don’t be surprised if your single life is coming to an end. Lots of loving is on the horizon for you. Time to relish it. Advice: Life is a choice, and your choice is to be with someone. Just make sure that this is the signal you are sending.




Now that your confidence is on the rise, you may feel more apt to take the plunge. Your jump into uncharted realms might take various forms. For example, you might ask someone to lunch, reveal your hidden emotions to your best friend or just accept the standing invitation from someone you’ve been ignoring. Whatever you decide, your move will lead to a happier, more confident you. Advice: Don’t put silly restrictions on yourself. Keep in mind that you just may be the cause of your own limitations and that it’s up to you to change that.

Don’t be afraid that family outings may sidetrack your love life. In fact, other family members may bring friends that might turn to lovers. Keep an open mind to new experiences or old ones that you usually turned down. Adopt the mantra of “you never know.” This will help you to see things from a different perspective that will bring new prospects. Advice: If you get out of your own way, you’ll be able to see past your own shadow. You never know who will be standing there.

As you become more motivated, determined and inspired, you will see that giant boulder that’s been obstructing your progress get out of your way. This will lead you to date, live and enjoy more. This spring, romance can create more mystery, which will bring out the deeper side of you. Let’s put it this way: passion will be in play; expect to enjoy the moment more. You will love the attention coming your way. Advice: Emotions that are hidden can still be apparent, so read between the lines.




All that glitters is not always gold. Nowadays there is nothing wrong with silver, which just may wind up turning into platinum. You love being in love or perhaps in like. So do something about it. Kick it up a notch by doing more unconventional things. Instead of happy hour, why not try a singles cooking class? Rather than being vague when someone asks if you are dating, respond with: “Nothing serious. Do you know anyone you can introduce me to?” Advice: Everyone loves to play matchmaker so put them to work.

Your spiritual side has been coming out these days. Others may also notice your empathy, graciousness and humility. This spring you start seeing more of the big picture and will be more receptive to exploring dating on a deeper, more serious level. (No worries, though. This higher consciousness does not take anything away from your earthier, sensual nature.) Advice: Attitude is everything and yours is taking a turn for the better. You will see it bring you more attention than ever.

You may have met that new lover a while ago and thought that he or she had lost your number. Availability is everything. Perhaps the person wasn’t single yet or needed to do more comparison dating. Someone you may have met or dated before may have landed on your facebook or run into you in an unusual place like on a plane. Smile, as you will be attracting lots of interested glances coming your way. Advice: Keep your eyes open in all of your travels. Although relationships may sometimes seem like extra luggage, you love to travel so it is great to have your own set.

Judith Turner, psychic, can be reached at her office in Edgewater, at (201) 224-6629.

BC The Magazine // March/April 2013


LAST LAUGH Everything around me is so damn Smart


ccording to Wikipedia it was in 1997 that Ericsson first used the term “smartphone” to describe one of its new mobile phones. It wasn’t until the past couple of years, however, that the “smartphone” revolution exploded, with spoiled toddlers brandishing their iPhones while simultaneously calling grandma’s flip phone a “dumbphone.” We can’t complain; we set them up for that one. But it isn’t just cell phones that have the word smart in it these days. The term has exploded to cover a range of items. As I googled “smart products,” I came up with everything from smart boards, aka the chalkboard killer, to sewage products that adapt “smart” technologies into doing the things sewage products do. If you ask me, though, coining all of these items “smart” does just as much to imply their consumers are dumb as it does to glorify the features of the products. It’s not as if innovation is something new. Everything has been improved on, well, forever. We no longer scratch images onto cave walls to tell a story, unless of course, we are trapped in a cave and our phone ran out of battery. It’s been two minutes without me being able to play Angry


BC The Magazine // March/April 2013

Birds and I’m going crazy! But really, let’s be honest here. We are the smart ones. We come up with the technology. Humans invented books, printing presses, ways to clothe ourselves besides wrapping ourselves in animal fur. Surely the inventor of the typewriter wasn’t so arrogant as to call it the “SmartWriter,” and writers of the encyclopedia didn’t suffer from the hubris of labeling their work “Smartbooks.” And that is where my issue with “Smart” really stems. Technology is great. My family always seeks out the newest gadget. My father switched cell carriers just so he could get the first iPhone the day it came out. Of course, he has since switched back to the original, since now he’s finally afforded the luxury of having the nicest phone and the best service combined! Needless to say, he now has an iPhone5. Yet when it comes to calling everything “smart,” the companies are really just saying that I couldn’t do it on my own. It’s true, my phone tells me the weather before I go outside, but I would have found out eventually. Calling it smart just makes it out to be a measure of, and challenge to, our own intelligence. The consequences of which might have huge effects on a young-

er generation, which will know no better. A smartphone is convenient. Plain and simple. (I guess “ConvenientPhone” wasn’t working for the marketing department at Ericsson). Just like the weather example, it rechecks my spelling, I can find out the truth of a fact instantly, and I can even order food without ever talking to someone on the other end. It has not made me smarter, as if that was ever the intention. It has only made me lazier. When will my iPhone start exercising for me? Call me then. Or just text me. (Who uses their cellphone for phone calls anyway?) I’ll be interested to learn how this ingenious ploy by marketing companies will look in ten years, when they must compete to show that their “smarterphones” are smarter than those junky, old “smartphones” everyone was hyping about way back then. It’ll be great. I’ll be sitting there while my iPhone12 exercises me, and tells me all about that cute phone he met down at the bar. The future freaks me out.

Brandon Goldstein, humor columnist

and a frequent features writer for BC THE MAGAZINE, is also associate publisher of Talk of the Town magazine.

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