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he owner and general manager of Toyota of Hackensack and Glen Toyota in Fair Lawn has been a car guy his entire life, and in the last 20 years, his love for engines and transportation has taken him behind the wheel of boats, Harleys, choppers and even planes. He is a true adventurist—an adrenaline junkie—and he gets just as much excitement from taking off in his turboprop Piper Cheyenne as he does from waking up and interacting with customers and managing over 180 employees, or his “soldiers” as he likes to call them.

Road Map to Success

Holtham, 52, is originally from Mahwah, and now lives in Saddle River with his wife, Kate, and their chocolate Labrador Pizon, the official mascot of Toyota of Hackensack. Selling cars is in Holtham’s genes. His father, Frank Holtham, Sr., started out as a used car dealer, before becoming one of the first people to sell Toyotas in the United States back when the Japanese imports were first introduced to domestic markets more than 40 years ago. 26

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Back in June of 1969, Toyota approached Holtham, Sr. and gave him two Toyota Coronas on consignment. The Toyota representatives told him that after he sold them, he could have the titles. It didn’t take long to move them off the lot, and the rest is history. One of those Toyotas eventually found its way back to the Holtham family. About 20 years ago, an older woman took the blue Corona to Glen Toyota for service, and Holtham took it in on trade when she decided to buy a new car. He had it restored to its original condition when Holtham Sr. was just getting started selling new cars. Now it sits in Holtham’s warehouse, but every now and then he’ll take it out for a spin. “I just think it’s really cool that I have one of the first ten cars that my dad sold in his entire life,” said Holtham.

Overcoming Life’s Bumps

There was, however, one Toyota that they couldn’t restore. After those first two were sold, Frank Sr. took his son down to Port Newark to pick up some more Toyotas. Back then, cars were loaded off the ships with a crane. Apparently the system was somewhat flawed. “They had the ropes underneath this car, and they were loading it down and all of a sudden it fell off and it got jammed between the boat and the dock,” said Holtham, recounting one of his first Toyota memories. Holtham wouldn’t let one hiccup stand in the way of his love of cars, however. Always a glass half full kind of guy, Holtham laughs when he recalls that incident in Newark. Though that car couldn’t be sal-

vaged, Holtham would spend his high school years buying up used cars and then selling them with his father. He would buy a car with a blown engine, fix it up and sell it. For a 17-year-old kid at Mahwah High School, he was making pretty good money. When he was a senior in high school in the late ’70s, Holtham Sr. sent his son down to a car auction in Bordentown with a dealer tag. The instructions were simple: sell the car and return in a new one. This was right when Smokey and the Bandit starring Burt Reynolds was a smash hit in theaters, so it seemed logical that the teenager would win the bid for a black Pontiac Trans Am with an eagle on the hood, just like the one Bo “Bandit” Darville drove. “I got that home with the stereo kicking,” said Holtham of his prized purchase. His father hadn’t seen the movie, and couldn’t grasp how anyone would want such a ridiculous muscle car. “My Dad wanted to kill me. He chased me around the entire driveway,” Holtman Jr. reminisced.

But the teenager was right, and they sold it in two days, making more money than either had expected.

Dealership Leadership

As this early experience illustrates, Holtham Jr. has a knack for business, and surrounding himself with the right people is another strength. Back in 1981, a friend of his father’s wanted to sell his dealership, Leonard Toyota in River Edge. They agreed to sell it to Frank, Jr. There was one problem: He was only 21 years old. While he was more than capable of running the place, Toyota rejected the initial business proposal due to his youth. They drew up some new papers, and the former owner technically stayed on as part owner and mentor for a year, before Holtham assumed complete control. When Holtham became owner of Leonard Toyota, he immediately revitalized a stagnant store. He brought in all new people, including the general manager from Glen Toyota, his father’s dealership, who taught

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Holtham Jr. the business of sales. “It was a sleeper store because it was sleeper people,” said the younger Holtham, who fired all the old salesmen puffing on cigarettes while sitting down on the showroom floor. It was unacceptable to him, and he turned it around quickly. Holtham recently found his original business statement when he was renovating his office in Hackensack. In that first month, November of 1981, Holtham sold 19 new cars and three used ones. Not bad for a young kid! Leonard Toyota took off under Holtham’s hands-on management. Soon, business was booming, and he eventually expanded to the space next door. That’s not to say it’s always been a smooth road. Holtham has


faced adversity along the way, but like any great businessman, he knows how to deal with it with a cool head so he comes out on top. For instance, in 1999, a massive flood from Hurricane Floyd filled the showroom in River Edge with four feet of water. He needed a new place, and found out that a Cadillac dealership was for sale. Holtham and the previous owner agreed on a number, shook hands and a month later in November 1999, Toyota of Hackensack was born. Since then, his business has seen tremendous growth. Holtham is a Toyota Board of Governors dealer, meaning that he’s one of the top 60 dealers in the country. This year, Toyota of Hackensack expects to sell 4,500 cars, and Holtham will love every moment of it. “I just love cars. I love the look under the hood,” said Holtham, who once worked in the body shop for his Dad. “It’s fun to see how many cars we move out of here. It’s just amazing.”

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portive and positive workforce. His family also is involved in the business. His daughter Melissa works with him in the office, and his son Frank works in the business development center. His sisters Catherine and Patricia are part owners of Glen Toyota. And Holtham only hires people who wake up and love to come to work, and who always make customer satisfaction a priority. A technology buff, Holtham makes sure the business and personnel stay ahead of the curve through new ways to increase performance, service and marketability. In 1977, he convinced his Dad to use a computer system. Now, Holtham uses Facebook, Twitter, SEO (search engine optimization) and smart phone technology like Q.R. codes to stay in touch with his clientele in the digital age. “He shows you a vision and a path and he never fails at it,” said Fred Radulic, the general sales manager at Toyota of Hackensack, who has known Holtham for over ten years, and has worked with him for three and a half. “He looks at something and finds all the positives in it and takes those positives and just runs with it,” added Radulic, 39, who is training to become Holtham’s first general manager.

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This industrious businessman also knows how to play hard. Holtham, who owns two planes, regularly flies down to Miami and the Bahamas for the occasional extended weekend. When he got

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n 1968, Andy Warhol coined the expression “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” This expression has truly become the Energizer Bunny of expressions — it keeps going, and going, and going — becoming even more viable as time keeps moving deeper into the information age. Had the Energizer Bunny been around in Warhol’s lifetime, he probably would have used it as one of his colorful, commercial subjects. It’s been 43 years since he made that iconic statement and Warhol’s “15 minutes” just keep on going. I met and photographed Andy in 1985, just four years before the birth of the Bunny and only two years before the artist passed away. This past May, I was listening to CNBC’s Power Lunch while editing photos on my computer. Had I heard right? One of Warhol’s self-portraits sold at auction for $38.4 million. Thirty-eight point four million! Whenever I hear Andy Warhol’s name, I instinctively pay closer attention. I met him, talked to him, photographed him. At this moment (26 years later), I decided to go into my archives and find the original Kodachrome slides. For the next two weeks, I scanned and diligently worked on a series of my Warhol portraits. Was it the $38.4 million price tag that motivated me? I certainly hadn’t moved a muscle when other Warhol pieces sold at auction for $20 million. Perhaps it’s the same mentality of an occasional lottery player who won’t buy the $120 million Powerball ticket, but when it hits $240 million, well now, that’s the time to buy! The answer to this question is actually a bit more bizarre. In certain ways, I feel like the Energizer Bunny. In May 2008, I was given a second lease on life. I was losing “battery power” and felt slumped over with exhaustion, so I went to the doctor to find out what was wrong. In November 2007, I was diagnosed with Myleodesplasia Syndrome (MDS). Describing it as a pre-leukemia, Dr. Goldberg at Hackensack University Medial Center wasted no time telling me (with his gift for empathy), “You have cancer... do you want to know how long you have to live? Excuse me, that’s if we cannot find you a bone marrow donor.” This was cleverly followed by, “And if you do make it, you won’t work for a year or more.” It’s almost 2012 and I am still here. I’m part of the 60 group, as in the 60/40 survival rate versus the option.

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So the proverbial “wake-up” call came, “Good morning, Mr. Greenberg, it’s 7 am here at the Mortality Suites, and by the way, you had cancer.” The days of saying, “It won’t happen to me,” or “When I get older, I will do this or that, or teach, or mentor” are over. I am older and a cancer survivor with a bone marrow transplant. This was the perfect time to leverage my archive. In December 1985, I was chosen by Stern Magazine (Germany’s LIFE equivalent) to photograph Andy Warhol at The Factory in New York, where a German writer accompanied me. Days prior to the shoot I contemplated what I wanted to do with Andy and hoped he would cooperate. I wanted to create a cover shot and a strong shot for an interior spread that would personify Andy Warhol. When we met, I gave him a black marker and white board with the instruction to write “Portrait” on the board. He was intrigued by the idea and actively participated. On my last piece of white board, he finally approved of his writing and I began to shoot. I didn’t take the usual dozens of shots. It was a busy atmosphere and there were a few members of his old gang present. I took candid shots of those moments. It was a satisfying and successful shoot. (To see more images, please visit my website at: For the past 36 years, I’ve had a fairly amazing career in photography. I’ve been around the world, lived and hunted with Yanomami Indians in the Amazon


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t’s a bit early for Christmas decorations, isn’t it?” my mother asks. The last time I looked she was napping on the sofa, head tilted, frizzy white curls hanging like corkscrews across her cheek. Now she’s awake and scowling. The pink of her sweat suit matches her scalp, clearly visible through her thin hair. She’s all pink and white, except for her eyes, which are brown and rheumy. “Back in the land of the living, are you? I’m decorating.” I plunk a thick strand of gold tinsel across the mantelpiece, and Christmas cards flutter to the floor in a sparkle of red and green. “There,” I say. “ It’s Christmas.” “Mum! Where’s your spirit?” Lissa, lying on her stomach on the rug, stops texting on her phone and collects the fallen cards. Her cheeks are pink and her short black hair shines like something synthetic. BC The Magazine // November/December 2011

I raise my glass of Chardonnay. “Here,” I rejoin and take a slug. If I were a complainer, I’d add, “Spirit? What spirit? Women don’t have the luxury of Christmas spirit. Women buy presents, worry about the cost, wrap everything, feel guilty if they’re wrong, then cook, clean and generally work like a dog to make Christmas ‘magical’ and IF we have enough energy by Christmas Day, then we have the privilege of cooking a roast lunch with all the trimmings and most likely cleaning it up, too. A lot like the rest of the year, actually.” But I’m not a complainer, and Lissa’s only 19, so why spoil her fun? “The word ‘tinsel’,” Lissa says reprovingly, “is from the Old French word estincele, meaning to sparkle. We learned about it in art today. It was invented in the 1600s in Germany, and was used to represent the starry sky over a nativity scene.”

“Well, I’m glad it’s got a pedigree because that’s the extent of my decorating this year.” Logs in the fireplace shift and spit sparks like tiny fireworks. Individual metallic strands shudder and twist, reflecting the flames as the heat reaches them. “Where’s the tree then?” Mother chimes in. “We haven’t got it yet,” Lissa notes, replacing the cards on the mantelpiece. “Oh…” Mum glances toward the ceiling. “Len can do the paper chains. Tell him to get the ladder and he can put them up.” Lissa and I exchange a glance. Lissa pats her grandmother’s bony knee and gently explains, “Grandpa

baby Jesus?” “I don’t know.” I rummage through, but the box is empty. The baby Jesus is missing. Lost. Of course He is. Of course we won’t find Him, the display will be incomplete, it won’t be the way we want it, any more than Christmas will because this is real life with its lost years and abandoned dreams and unearned hurts and real life doesn’t work that way. I slump down next to Mum on the sofa. Lissa jumps up. “I’m going to Zumba. At the church hall.” She shoves a flyer with the instructor’s photo under our noses. “What’s this?” my mother says. “Teacher looks gay, doesn’t he?”

in her left eye, and then during the night, a stroke. Dear God, no. Please no. “I’ll get the Paracetemol.” Five minutes later, she’s taken two tablets with a glass of water and is napping again. Lissa pokes her head round the door. “I’m off to class.” “OK. See you in a while.” I blow her a kiss, and she’s gone. No need to worry her. She’s just a kid. She should have kid-troubles, not middle-aged troubles. The skin on Mother’s face, wrinkled and age-spotted, looks clammy. I wonder what’s happening inside her brain, if a blockage has occurred, if there’s bleeding going on at this very moment. I

No need to worry her. She’s just a kid. She should have kid-troubles, not middle-aged troubles. Len’s been gone years now, Grams.” I tug the tinsel on one side to make it hang evenly, and the cards fall off again. “Oh,” Mum says. “So he has. Oh, dear.” She presses her lips together and a wobbling circle the size of an old penny appears on her chin. “Look at this, Mum.” I open a small cardboard box. “It’s Dad’s nativity scene — the three kings and the animals. Remember?” The wood feels rough and warm. I hand her the manger so she can see it up close. “Look at that,” she says, squinting. “He could carve, your dad, couldn’t he? Where’s the

“Grandma!” “What?” Lissa, exasperated, tries to take the flyer. “You can’t just say things like that.” I hold onto it. “’For those just starting to exercise and the active older person.’ Hmm.” I rub the spare tires around my belly. “Not me then.” Lissa flounces out. “He looks like Elton John, but skinny. You know, the singer.” She presses her fingers to her forehead and closes her eyes. “Oh, I’ve got such a headache all of a sudden.” And that’s when I remember: This is what happened 18 months ago. A sudden headache, a bleed

wish I could lift her eyelids to see if there’s a bleed but don’t want to wake her up or scare her. But this could be it. The doctor said one more stroke could be it. I could call 911, but what would I tell them? She’s got a headache? I stand up. I can’t sit still. I put a log, and then another, on the fire. The flames spurt and leap and the tinsel ripples like underwater coral. I pick up the empty cardboard box and pull out the tissue paper. It smells moldy, like the potting shed. I screw it into a ball, throw it on the fire, and watch it burn. I’ll let her sleep for a while. Let the Paracetemol take effect. I turn on the telly and hit the mute but-

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ton. An old Top of the Pops is playing, a 1970s Christmas episode with Slade. The famous Noddy Holder, the goodhearted, eccentric lead singer, is strutting across the stage in all his glorious crazy beardedness. I go into the kitchen, rinse off the dishes, load the dishwasher as quietly as I can and fill it with lemon-scented liquid. Back on the sofa, Mother is still sleeping. I sit next to her, and she stirs. I wait for her to open her eyes and look at me. “Back in the land of the living, are you?” She blinks. Her eyes are clear. No bleed. “How do you feel?” She raises her eyebrows. She’s forgotten that she even had a headache. “Fine. Must have dropped off.” I turn the volume up on the telly. “It’s a Christmas singa-long. You ready?” Sir Noddy Holder, as he is now called, is about to sing. The sight of him is at once familiar and disconcerting. Words float across the screen: ‘Noddy Holder M.B.E., Sir Noddington, the Very Great Noddy Holder’. I turn the volume up and bump Mother’s shoulder gently with my own. “Ready?” and I sing, “And here’s to you, merry Christmas, everybody’s having fun. Look to the future now, its only just begun-un-un.” Mother bobs her head and claps along to the music. Just a headache. That was all. Then, on the floor, behind the leg of the sofa, I spy a small oval shape, pick it up and hand it to her. I remember, almost a decade ago, before Dad’s first heart attack, I’d sat next to him on this sofa, not long after Hubby Number Two had bitten the dust and I had come home. I was grading essays, and Dad put down his carving knife and held the malformed baby Jesus up in the air. “Can’t quite get the head right,” he said. “Well, never mind. It’ll do.” Now, happily, Mother places the baby Jesus in the manger. “Lovely, isn’t it?” she says. I pour her a small glass of Chardonnay, put it carefully in her hand and tap my half-full glass against hers. I hold it up to the light, admiring the way the flames look through the liquid, distorted and leaping, and I silently thank God for her, and for Lissa, and for all of this. “It’ll do, Mum” I say. “It’ll do.”

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t was a Monday morning in June 2005 when one of Josh Baty’s friends called him at his office and told him the plan: They were going to drive down to Atlantic City, have dinner and gamble a little bit, and then come back in time for work the next morning. “I go, ‘that’s crazy, it’s Monday. You’re out of your mind!’” said Josh, who is originally from Washington Township, and lives there now. But sure enough, more friends kept calling him, and soon Josh had no choice but to go on the field trip. It was a good thing he did, because if not, he most likely would not have met his future wife, Liza, and the duo of Josh and Liza that you see every Thursday at The Brick House in Wycoff, and on Friday and Satur-


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day at Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn, in New Milford may never have come to be. The now defunct Tiffany Lounge, which seated about 200 people in the Tropicana, would be their rendezvous point. Two female singers performed in front of The Marinos, the live band at the Tiffany Lounge, and one of them happened to be Liza Moran. “I hadn’t met her before,” said Josh. “She was fantastic.” Gradually more of Josh’s friends showed up. The guys stayed in the lounge for a while, had a few drinks, and then Liza took her cordless microphone and went out into the sea of people. Then she found him.

Liza always did a bit where she would tease a group of guys in the crowd. She saw her target—the group of suits sitting together at a banquette. As fate would have it, she grabbed the wrong guy. “I misjudged and I thought I was grabbing the older guy in the group so it would be funnier,” said Liza. “And I wound up grabbing Josh.” Josh’s friends immediately saw a connection. “She was busting my chops a little bit in front of all these people, and my friends were like ‘Wow, she’s great! Oh, you got to give her your phone number,’” said Josh. He wasn’t convinced. Liza did this every night, and he thought that he was just Monday night’s fool. Or maybe he wasn’t. For Liza, Josh was more than just some guy she was picking on. “I’ve had people have heart attacks in the crowd, and I’ve still kept singing. I’ve had chairs fall, lighting fall; nothing stops me. But this, I really don’t remember if I sang the right words after that. It was one of those moments where everything stops and I just remember seeing his eyes,” said Liza of her first encounter with the man who would later become her husband. Dozens of songs in the duo’s expansive repertoire could be used as a soundtrack to this fateful encounter, but perhaps Frankie Valli’s “I Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” is the most appropriate. It’s a standard for Josh, and he has sung it to Liza on many occasions. After the show, Josh gathered up the courage to give Liza his number written on a cocktail napkin. He told her that he was in for the night with his friends, and that they should meet up later for dinner. The two met up later that night at a restaurant. For Josh and Liza, there was really no looking back. “We immediately had a connection, and I think the fact that I was involved in music it got to awaken a part of him that he had missed for a long time,” said Liza. “That’s where it started, and then we fell in love.” Soon Josh would drive down to Atlantic City every Friday evening to spend time with Liza and to watch her sing at the Tropicana. That lasted for several months, until it got to a point where Josh decided he needed to find a way to get Liza to come to Bergen County. It would be a pivotal moment in her musical career, and eventually it would involve Josh. Continued on pg. 56

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Liza had been singing since she was a baby growing up in Brigantine Island in Atlantic County. Her parents would always play records in the house, and she naturally picked up the tunes. Liza’s mother realized her daughter had a talent. “She noticed that I was on key singing ‘I Write the Songs,’ by Barry Manilow,’ so she thought that it was kind of bizarre that this little two-year-old girl was singing right on pitch and really doing a nice job,” said Liza. Soon Liza was performing in talent shows. She appeared for several years on Al Alberts Showcase, a talent show that appeared on local television affiliated in the Philadelphia area. Liza’s talents as a little girl led her to plays in high school and other performances. When she was 23, she lived in Monaco for three months where she performed at the Monte Carlo. Prince Albert’s company ran the show, and for Liza, it was an exhilarating experience. “It was just very surreal and fantastic,” she noted. Her career has taken her all over the country. After

living in Manhattan, she moved to Los Angeles for four years and performed at famous Sunset Strip venues such as the Roxy and the Viper Room. But eventually the East Coast called her back. She returned to take care of her ailing father, and started the gig in Atlantic City, a place where she had performed for years. That led her to the encounter with Josh. When it got to the point where Liza needed to move to Bergen County, Josh had to come up with a system that would showcase Liza’s voice. He used instrumental recordings that would be playing from a laptop, which, in turn, would be supplemented by Liza’s live singing. What was more important was landing Liza a gig. She was already playing six nights a week with The Marinos. In the entertainment industry, a regular gig like that is quite the accomplishment. In 2006, a friend of Josh’s introduced them to the manager at Sanzari’s, and they were able to book Liza her first gig in Bergen County. But Liza got a surprise call before her first performance at the restaurant. The owner, Joe Sanzari, want-

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ed live entertainment for a private party, and thought that Liza would be great. Josh was still at work, so Liza packed up this new system by herself and played the party. “She hooked it all up, and she did this private party,” said Josh. “And she killed it!” Sanzari’s became Liza’s new home, but Josh still wasn’t a mainstay in the performance yet. Josh would go to every performance at Sanzari’s. After they were married in April 2007, she would call him up every now and then to do a number by Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin. Sometimes they would do Dean and Natalie Cole’s version of “Unforgettable.” Josh had always been involved in stage and performing, but soon he would really need to step it up. While a student at Westwood High, Josh and some friends asked the town of Westwood if they could borrow the gazebo to put on a rock concert, which was the first time he had ever sung in front of an audience. He loved acting, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from a conservatory program at Marymount Manhattan

College. He worked for a theater company in New York after graduating from college in 1996, but as he approached his mid 20s, he decided he didn’t want to go after commercial work, so he found a steadier job working sales in the financial industry. However, Josh never really lost his natural talent and ability. A good thing as he would need it after Liza became pregnant. A few months after their marriage in 2007, Liza became pregnant with their son Aiden (who may become the next star to come out of Bergen County). Singing became more and more difficult for her, so Josh would need to pick up the slack. Eventually he was singing almost every other song, and they became a duet. The spectators at dinner loved it. He had to really work at his voice so he wouldn’t let Liza down. “She can sing the phone book and it sounds great,” said Josh. “Me on the other hand, I really have to work at it.” After she gave birth, Josh actually did a few gigs by himself. When Liza returned, the duo was a mainstay. “It just seemed to work from the get-go,” said Liza. BC The Magazine // November/December 2011


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Holocaust History Comes Alive


think it is fundamental human learning, not just a piece of history,” said Goldie Minkowitz, a teacher at Teaneck High School. Minkowitz is referring to the Holocaust, a subject she is familiar with as the coordinator for Teaneck High School’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Although the study of the Holocaust and genocides was mandated by the state over 15 years ago, some county schools are building upon this in their own way to give vibrant relevancy to the subject for their students. Through active learning classroom and real world experiences, Bergen County teachers and students are delving deeper into Holocaust and genocide studies, and helping today’s students discover why the events of the past are so crucial to learn.

State’s Holocaust Education

Although New Jersey mandated Holocaust education in schools in 1994, thoughts and plans for this began 20 years before when two teachers, one from Teaneck, realized they were both pursuing Holocaust studies in their classrooms. After approaching the State Department of Education, they co-wrote a curriculum, which was published in 1983. In 1991, the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education was established, and since then it has updated its curriculum and now also ad-


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dresses the Armenian genocide, the Great Irish Famine, the Cambodian genocide and the Native American genocide, among others.

Pioneering Efforts

At the forefront of keeping the past alive, Teaneck High School’s Center of Holocaust and Genocide Studies was opened almost 30 years ago by former teachers Ed Reynolds and John Chupak. Goldie Minkowitz, the center’s current director, described Reynolds and Chupak as “powerhouses,” noting they were instrumental in pushing for the state to mandate Holocaust education in schools. Theirs is an effort that has received a jolt of new life thanks to the center’s full facelift. Now housed in its own room in the school’s new student center, the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center has predominantly focused on the Holocaust at the suggestion of the school’s principal, Angela

Davis, whose administration has been “amazing” in its support. “We have a really big collection of books for students to take out,” Minkowitz said. These resources, in addition to a separate video library, are accompanied by artwork from students and community members, which are “another aspect of the center,” according to Pearl Markovitz, a volunteer and former Holocaust studies educator who works at the center. The center helps teachers, advises students and arranges for survivors to speak to classes and special groups. In addition, the center has been reaching out to the community. Several honors history students visited the Classic Residence, an independent and assisted living facility in Teaneck, this past May to work with the residents in filling out paperwork of lost victims for Yad Vashem, the World Center for Holocaust Research, Education, Documentation and Commemoration.

“These things are so amazing. The kids are involved. The survivors are involved,” said Minkowitz, adding that she thought the students had a moving experience connecting with the survivors and making the event a part of their own consciousness. “(People) need to feel that it is a piece of history that is alive. By recognizing the patterns of the Holocaust and genocides, as well as the patterns of prejudice and bias, they can become a part of the solution,” Minkowitz emphasized. “It’s a wonderful space and we hope to utilize it more and more next year by bringing in visitors,” Markovitz noted. “This year our greater emphasis will be that every teacher and student is aware of this resource.” The center is aiming to engage the rest of the community as well, and make them aware that the center is open to them. “We have so Continued on pg. 86

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many people that are connected,” Minkowitz said. “The more they know, the more they’ll call.”

Beyond the Classroom

New Milford High School offers its students a variety of opportunities to engage in Holocaust and genocide studies through a semester course titled “The Holocaust, Genocide and Human Behavior.” Colleen Tambuscio, the course teacher and a special education teacher at New Milford, created the curriculum and brought it to New Milford in 2005. As part of the curriculum, the 11th and 12th students enrolled in Tambuscio’s class each year delve into the Holocaust as well as the Armenian genocide, Cambodia, Darfur and other case studies, in order to “learn about the warning signs of genocide and how this relates to


the past and present.” Students also engage with survivors who visit as speakers or appear via videoconferencing and video databases. Students accepted to the annual Holocaust Study Tour, now in its seventh year, join other students from across the country to travel to Berlin, Germany; Prague, Czech Republic; Olomouc-Trsice, Czech Republic; and Krakow, Poland. This year, 22 students from New Milford and Jersey City in New Jersey; Oakland, California; and Overland Park, Kansas, journeyed to these European cities and towns, visiting memorials and connecting with Holocaust survivors and their families. Once back from their trip, the students were inspired to work on fundraising efforts for memorials they plan to give to Olomouc and Trsice in commemoration of those

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who helped hide a Jewish family, the Wolfs, during the Holocaust. Otto Wolf, who was killed during the Holocaust, kept a diary of the ordeal he and his family endured while hiding from authorities. The diary, now at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, is required reading for the study tour students. Another recent expansion of the class has been a connection with students in Nahariya, Israel. Through the United Jewish Appeal Federation of Northern New Jersey’s Partnership 2000 program, Tambuscio visited Nahariya’s public high school last winter and gave several presentations on the Holocaust and other genocides. Several Nahariya students then traveled to North Jersey this past May and visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum with Tambuscio’s students.

“Not many people are fortunate enough to experience a journey like me and my fellow students have, so we must bring back what we learned to educate the younger generations,” student Samantha Bell wrote in a reflection in this year’s tour booklet. In the coming years, Tambuscio is planning to further her use of survivor testimony in class. Tambuscio attended the third annual “Teaching with Testimony” workshop in July at the University of Southern California’s Shoah Foundation Institute in Los Angeles. There she learned how to use survivor testimony video databases and how to incorporate this into her curriculum. Tambuscio’s major goal remains giving her students access to Holocaust survivors. “Their time is so limited,” she explained, emphasizing that soon there will be none left to give first-hand testimony of acts and events that must not be forgotten.

Vivid Perspectives

Giving a human face to the history facts, guest speakers are an essential constant of the Holocaust curriculum at Holdrum Middle School in River Vale. Holdrum’s principal, Gary Borges, explained that the students learn about the

Holocaust over their three years at the school, studying it more closely at the sixth grade level. In order to keep the material age-appropriate for the students, the school brings in a speaker so students hear stories about the Holocaust verbally, rather than visually. In eighth grade, another, more detailed, speaker addresses the class before their class trip to Washington, D.C., when they visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This year’s speaker for the sixth grade class came at the suggestion of Terri Griggs, an aide in Julia Franz’s sixth grade English class. “A family friend of ours was in the ghettoes and was in the Death March,” said Griggs, a former special education teacher. Griggs approached the friend, Washington Township resident Bernard Gola, and originally arranged for him to visit Franz’s students; when the other English teachers expressed interest, Gola spoke to their classes as well. Gola spent two days at the school, telling his story to the students in small, intimate groups. He vividly described his life as he moved from labor camp to Auschwitz, and later resettled in the United States after the war at the age of 19. “He was very explicit,” Griggs said. “He told them how it was very impersonal, and he was referred to by his tattoo

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number… He showed the kids his tattoo number.” Borges noted that Gola “painted a picture for the students” and tried to connect his experience to the students, since he was about their age at the beginning of the Holocaust. “There was a sense of tie-in,” he said. “I think he brought it full circle for children.” “You could hear a pin drop,” Griggs said. “The students were really involved, engaged… (Gola] encouraged them to ask any question they wanted.” The presentation evolved into a shared learning experience, which continued well past Gola’s visits. “The nice part was that when it was over,” Griggs said, “[the students] would often say when they got to certain parts [of the book, Daniel’s Story]... ’Oh, that’s what Mr. Gola said.’” Griggs hopes the lessons learned will stay with the students and gain even greater meaning for them in eighth grade, when the class visits the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and walks through the Daniel’s Story exhibit. “You can learn a lot from reading,” Borges noted, “but nothing

substitutes someone speaking from their perspective from where they were during that given time.”

Looking Ahead

While schools like Holdrum, New Milford and Teaneck are working to engage their students in the study of the Holocaust and other genocides, local colleges are striving to continue and expand upon this foundation by creating new curriculum on the subject. For instance, Bergen Community College’s (BCC) Center for Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation has established a new curriculum on the Armenian genocide, which is considered to be the first mass genocide of the 20th century. This initiative, led by BCC professor David Eichenholtz, aims to facilitate the teaching of the genocide and make it a part of current curricula, as well as provides an interesting point of comparison in the study of genocides. “Our Armenian Genocide Education Initiative addresses these concerns and provides a platform for further development of the center,” noted BCC professor Thomas LaPointe, director of Center for Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation.

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Other programs have been made to further these efforts and expand the reach of the center, including a recent Peace Scholarship Challenge in which students submitted written works about conflict and how to solve the problem without violence. An international conference on forgotten genocides was also held in March, and a book on the conference’s topics is being developed, according to LaPointe. LaPointe notes that programs and initiatives such as these not only help middle and high school students, but also offer valuable opportunities for teachers to expand their knowledge on genocides. One recent example was the educator workshops the center held in October to help teachers learn to teach the Armenian genocide. So far, schools in Hackensack have expressed interest in the curriculum, and Dr. Eichenholtz also has been working with Robert Price, the director of the Curriculum Development Center in Bergen County, as well as the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, which is based in Washington, D.C. LaPointe hopes for the curriculum to expand statewide and nationwide. By continuing to shed light and understanding on this dark period of history the hope is that the lessons learned, and the sensitivity and compassion fostered will awaken and strengthen young people’s determination to banish such atrocities and injustices from the world of today and tomorrow. This is Elizabeth Venere’s first article for BC The Magazine.

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o you see that short middle-aged woman over in aisle three, wandering dazed and bewildered through the teeming shelves of skin care products? That’s me, or possibly you. In fact, it’s every woman, because for as long as the advertising industry has existed, women have been a favorite mark. The strategy is pretty simple: When you need to sell a worthless product you start by creating an artificial


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demand for it. Anti-aging creams and lotions are a great example. Ever since we donned our first training bras, we’ve had Madison Avenue drilling into our pretty little heads that wrinkles and saggy skin are something to be dreaded and avoided at all costs. And I do mean costs. The result of decades of media brainwashing is that we are convinced that it is close to a moral imperative to “do something” about those unsightly wrinkles. To fail

to act means kissing our respective spouses and significant others good-bye forever and drawing shame upon our friends and family. So successful has this campaign been that there is no longer any choice as to whether or not we will embark upon an expensive and time-consuming skin care program. The only question is, as we browse through aisles and aisles stocked with overpriced and under-effective products, which ones will we choose. Well, maybe if we de-mystified the process a bit the media wouldn’t have such a hold on us. I’m pretty sure I understand how it’s done and I’m prepared to share the formula with you. But first, we must give credit where credit is due: On June 7, 2011, Leonard B. Stern, the creator of the popular written word game Mad Libs, passed away. (You remember Mad Libs, those tablets we gave our kids to keep them occupied in cars and airplanes.) Stern was an Emmy-winning television writer and producer who, according to an article in The New York Times, invented the game in 1953 while writing a script

A. age-defying; protective; intensive; concentrated; deep; anti-aging; advanced; restorative; rejuvenating; dermatologist approved; anti-wrinkle; radiant; magical; balancing; instant; ultimate; renewing; correcting; firming; effective; powerful; nourishing; healing; revitalizing B. moisturizer; cream; oil; extract; serum; treatment; concealer; exfoliant; revitalizer; cleanser; toner; sunscreen; foundation; powder; gel; scrub; mask; peel; lotion; elixir; ointment; balm; potion C. Vitamin C; Vitamin E; Retinol; collagen; anti-oxidants; Alpha-hydroxy-acid; estrogen; green tea; Retin A; progesterone; organic botanicals; minerals; aloe D. Repair; restore; treat; regenerate; firm; moisturize; conceal; protect; boost; plump; lift; exfoliate; balance; renew E. Hide; minimize; reduce; eliminate; conceal;

Ever since we donned our first training bras, we’ve had Madison Avenue drilling into our pretty little heads that wrinkles and saggy skin are something to be dreaded and avoided at all costs. And I do mean costs. for “The Honeymooners.” Stern was searching for an adjective and asked his friend, a fellow humor writer, to supply one. His friend offered two: “clumsy” and “naked.” It turns out the adjectives were intended to be used to describe the nose of Ralph Kramden’s boss. And so Mad Libs was born, and, it is my belief, therein lies Madison Avenue’s secret formula. Try it yourself. Using a process based on those classic Mad Libs, you can create your very own ads for the latest anti-aging skin care product. Simply choose a customary and accepted word from each of paragraphs A, B, C, D, E and F, and insert the selected word in place of the letter in the sentences below. See how many ads you can create and imagine how many women will be desperate to buy your product: “Revolutionary, new ___A___ ___B___ with the never before used special ingredient, ___C___, will ___D___ your skin and ___E___ ___F___. Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back.”

balance; correct; diminish F. Wrinkles; lines; crow’s feet; sun spots; liver spots; sun damage; depigmentation; redness; acne; premature aging; dryness; cellulite; creases; folds; jowls; furrows; coarseness; blotches; pores; blemishes; free radicals But now, using the same instructions as above, write the advertising copy you would really like to see: “Same old, same old ___A___ ___B___ with the randomly selected special ingredient, ___C___, and a fancy new package to make it appear new and different will ___D___ your skin and ___E___ ___F___. Although the product is grossly overpriced you’re not likely to bother to come and ask for your money back and if you do, well, good luck.” A. ineffective; costly; overpriced; waste of money; useless; futile; vain; potentially harmful; weak; powerless; BC The Magazine // November/December 2011


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Cosmetic Acupuncture: Non-surgical Solution for Natural Beauty


he holidays are right around the corner and everyone wants to look and feel his or her best. Bringing out your inner glow, decreasing fine lines and wrinkles, improving your complexion and slowing down the aging process are all wonderful ways to treat yourself this holiday season. You can do just that with a unique, all-natural, holistic approach known as cosmetic acupuncture. Cosmetic acupuncture is becoming a popular, nonsurgical method for those who want not only to maintain natural beauty, radiance and vitality in the face and neck but also want to improve their overall health and well-being. Cosmetic acupuncture has been featured on shows such as Good Morning America and celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna reportedly utilize cosmetic acupuncture to help maintain their appearance.

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What to Expect

For those not familiar, acupuncture is an ancient medical therapy that is aimed at naturally promoting health and alleviating sickness by restoring the energetic balance of the body. This is achieved through the stimulation of very specific anatomical points, known as acupuncture points. To stimulate these points, very thin, hair-like, sterile needles are inserted superficially into the skin. In a cosmetic acupuncture treatment, clients experience the benefits of a full-body acupuncture treatment in addition to the aesthetic changes that occur in the skin and face. Cosmetic acupuncture activates weak facial muscles, boosts the circulatory and lymphatic systems, and potentially increases the production of collagen and elastin. In 2008, The Affiliated Hospital of Liaoning University conducted research to probe the mecha-

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nism of acupuncture in anti-skin aging. The study concluded that acupuncture can change the state of the skin by possibly strengthening the activity of fibroblasts in the skin and increasing the content of soluble collagen. Cosmetic acupuncture improves blood flow to the face, thereby hydrating and boosting the skin’s supply of nutrients and oxygen, which is beneficial in reducing the signs of aging. According to the latest research in dermatology and Dr. Howard Murad, a professor of dermatology at UCLA, the problem is free radicals. Aging skin, which includes wrinkles, sagging, enlarged pores, puffiness and thin, dry skin, are due to damage caused by free radicals. There are many causes for free radicals, including the foods we eat, environmental toxins we breathe, certain products we apply to our skin, and smoking. Free radicals are destructive molecules that denature the integrity of other molecules and cells in our bodies. Unfortunately, free radicals first attack and destroy the walls of your skin cells. Cosmetic acupuncture can stimulate the nervous, circulatory and endocrine systems, and increased circulation helps to neutralize free radicals and decrease inflammation. Stimulation of the dermis can potentially lead to increased collagen and elastin that can also regenerate skin, repairing fine lines and past skin damage.

Cosmetic and Health Benefits

Some of the most common effects of facial rejuvenation include: • A reduction in fine lines • Minimization of the beginnings of jowls • An improvement in acne and rosacea • Reduction of under-eye puffiness • Lifting of droopy eyes • Improved facial and neck tone • Softer, more vibrant skin • More balanced skin tone • Fading of age spots • Enhanced natural glow and vitality that reflects innate health and radiance of the body, mind and spirit Cosmetic acupuncture also is a great treatment for alleviating stress and anxiety, a benefit that is especially important around the holiday season. It’s

helpful in improving sleep patterns and energy levels, as well as helping with weight control. These positive “side effects” are due to the regulation of your body’s internal environment.

Getting the Proper Care

When receiving a cosmetic acupuncture treatment it is important to ensure that the practitioner is giving you a full body acupuncture treatment in addition to the facial acupuncture points and that this treatment is specifically designed for imbalances in your body that can create the above mentioned problems. At the Active Center for Health and Wellness, we are trained in a specific style of cosmetic acupuncture known as Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture™. Developed by Martha Lucas, PhD, L.Ac, this style of cosmetic acupuncture rejuvenates the face by balancing the internal environment with a personalized body treatment and a highly successful face or neck protocol that includes traditional acupuncture points. Additionally, at the Active Center for Health and Wellness, we use a natural, organic skin care line and serums that help diminish free radicals to achieve maximum results. Afraid that needles are not for you? Not to worry. Many practitioners are trained in micro-current therapy, which can be used instead of acupuncture needles for the face or neck protocol, and arrangements can be made to supplement this modality into the treatment. In 2003, a study at the University of Washington was conducted on facial micro-current. Results showed a 35% increase in blood circulation to the tissue, 10% increase in collagen and a 45% increase in the number of elastin fibers in the dermis. Each cosmetic acupuncture treatment lasts apContinued on pg. 114

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proximately one hour and is part of a ten to 12 treatment series. For optimal results, it is recommended that the client receive two treatments per week for five to six weeks. Maintenance sessions are scheduled according to the individual’s needs and are usually recommended once every four to six weeks to enhance results for several years. As with all cosmetic procedures, results vary from individual to individual, and while the effects of cosmetic acupuncture can be dramatic, it should not be directly compared to any other cosmetic treatment. It is important for individuals to be educated and well informed about the pros and cons of any cosmetic treatment and to select the best treatment options for their specific needs. While cosmetic acupuncture is an extremely safe and effective treatment choice, it is a treatment series and takes time. Additionally, cosmetic acupuncture cannot completely remove deeprooted wrinkles and jowls; for individuals looking for such results, cosmetic acupuncture may need to be


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becomes the world-famous U2 while Neil’s group remains a failure. Neil is overwhelmed with envy for his old school pal and guilt at stopping Ivan from achieving global fame.

penthouse for cleaning out his investors. On the opposite end of the financial spectrum, Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller) earns a modest living as the manager of the building where Shaw lives. When he leans that tower staffers who entrusted Shaw with their retirement funds are about to lose their life savings, Josh recruits swindler Slide (Eddie Murphy) to help get their money back.

My Week With Marilyn

(November 4) In the summer of 1956, 23-year-old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), determined to make his way in the film business, worked as an assistant on the set of “The Prince and the Showgirl,” the film that united Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams), who was on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright Arthur Miller (Dougray Scott). Nearly 40 years later, Clark’s diary account, “The Prince, the Showgirl and Me” was published, but one week was missing. This is the story of that week.

Another Happy Day

(November 4) A wedding brings together one dysfunctional family in this dark comedy from director Sam Levinson. Lynn (Ellen Barkin) was married to Paul (Thomas Haden Church), but they split up on bad terms and Lynn took custody of their daughter, Alice (Kate Bosworth), while Paul got their son, Dylan (Michael Nardelli). Years later, now that Dylan is getting married, Lynn is attending the wedding at Paul’s estate with her younger sons Elliot (Ezra Miller) and Ben (Daniel Yelsky) in tow. Meanwhile, Dylan hasn’t spoken to Lynn in years, and Lynn is afraid of Paul and his wife, Patty (Demi Moore).

Killing Bono (November 4)

Based on a true story, this is a goodnatured, boisterous comedy. Neil McCormick (Ben Barnes) is a rockmad Dublin teenager who grows up with Paul Hewson (Martin McCann), later to be the legendary Bono. Both are in third-rate bands, but when Hewson tries to get Neil’s talented guitarist brother Ivan (Robert Sheehan) to be in his group, Neil secretly undermines this plan. Hewson’s band

Tower Heist (November 4)

The workers at a swanky Central Park condominium plot to steal back their pensions from the thieving Wall Street billionaire who is about to get away with the ultimate white-collar crime. Financial giant Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) has been placed under house arrest in his New York City

Puss ’N Boots (November 4)

An animated adaptation of Charles Perrault’s fairy tale about a clever feline musketeer, this story presents the events leading up to the swordwielding cat’s meeting with Shrek and his friends. Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galafianakis, Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris provide voice talents.

A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (November 4)

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mas Eve, his attempt to redirect it to Harold’s house ends with the “high grade” contents — and Harold’s father-in-law’s prized Christmas tree — going up in smoke. With his in-laws away for the day, Harold opts to cover his tracks rather than come clean, embarking with Kumar on a journey through New York City to search for the perfect replacement tree.

with family tensions mounting and relationships fraying. Meanwhile, a planet called Melancholia is heading directly towards Earth.

Immortals (November 11) J. Edgar (November 9)

As the face of law enforcement in America for nearly 50 years, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo Di Caprio) was feared and admired, reviled and revered. This R-rated movie takes the viewer behind closed doors, revealing secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life. Clint Eastwood directs.

Director Tarsem Singh helms an epic tale of treachery, vengeance and destiny in this stylish 3D adventure. King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) and his army are rampaging across Greece in search of the long lost Bow of Epirus. With the invincible Bow, the king will be able to overthrow the Gods of Olympus and become the undisputed master of his world. As village after village is laid waste, a stonemason named Theseus (Henry Cavill) vows to avenge the death of his mother in one of Hyperion’s raids.

Jack and Jill (November 11)

Jack Sadelstein (Adam Sandler) is a successful advertising executive in Los Angeles with a beautiful wife and kids, who dreads one event each year: the Thanksgiving visit of his identical twin sister Jill (also Adam Sandler). Jill’s neediness and passive-aggressiveness is maddening to Jack, turning his normally tranquil life upside down.

Happy Feet Two Melancholia (November 11)

In this unusually poetic disaster film from director Lars von Trier, Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgard) are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and brother-in-law John (Kiefer Sutherland). Despite Claire’s best efforts, the wedding is a fiasco,


11-11-11 (November 11).

The premise of this horror film is the 11:11 phenomenon, which predicts that in the 11th month of the year 2011 at 11 hours, 11 minutes, the 11th door will open and supernatural entities will enter the Earth. Set in New York and Barcelona, the movie features scenes of claustrophobic and psychological terror.

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(November 18) To be released in 3D and 2D, this animated feature is the “Happy Feet” sequel, returns audiences to the Antarctic landscape. Mumble, the Master of Tap, has a problem because his son, Erik, afraid of dancing, runs away and encounters The Mighty Sven, a penguin who can fly. Mumble has no hope of competing with this charismatic new role model. Things get worse when powerful

forces shake the world. Voice talents include Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Anthony LaPaglia.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (November 11)

In the first of a two-part finale, the married bliss of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) is cut short when a series of betrayals and misfortunes threaten to destroy their world. After their passionate consummation, Bella soon discovers she is pregnant, and during a nearly fatal childbirth, Edward finally fulfills her wish to become immortal. The arrival of their remarkable daughter, Renesmee, sets in motion a perilous chain of events that pits the Cullens and their allies against the Volturi, the fearsome council of vampire leaders, setting the stage for an all-out battle.

serving the Allies. Pujol, a Spaniard, provided German intelligence with information received through a network of spies. These spies never existed; the information he gave the Germans was false, and his insistence to the Germans that the Normandy landing was a distraction helped make the successful DDay campaign possible. Filmmaker Edmon Roch uses interviews, newsreel footage, vintage photographs, clips from Hollywood espionage dramas and World War II propaganda films to tell the true story of one of the greatest and most elusive spies of his generation.

ning “Sideways” comes this picture set in Hawaii that focuses on Matt King (George Clooney), an indifferent husband and father of two girls who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off Waikiki. The event leads to accusations by his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family’s land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.

Arthur Christmas

Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage

(November 18) This is a fantasy adventure about Sinbad’s quest to save his son, who has been kidnapped by a malevolent sorcerer. The film makes ample use of CGI to create wildly imaginative creatures Sinbad encounters on his quest. Patrick Stewart heads the cast.

(November 23) This 3D, CGI-animated family comedy reveals the never-before-seen answer to every child’s question: “How does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?” The answer: Santa has an ultra high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. At the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic—a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns. Voice talents include James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton.

Garbo: The Spy (November 18) Juan Pujol, called “Garbo” because fellow spies regarded him as “the greatest actor in the world,” was good enough to persuade Nazi authorities that he was working for them even as he was simultaneously

The Descendents

(November 18) From the creator of the Oscar-win-

The Muppets (November 23)

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nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart. But when Cal learns that his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), is cheating on him and wants a divorce, his “perfect” life quickly unravels. Worse, in today’s singles world, Cal, who hasn’t dated in decades, stands out as the epitome of un-cool. When Cal meets Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling), Jacob feels Cal’s pain and opens his eyes to the options before him. Meanwhile, Cal’s 13-year-old son, Robbie (Jonah Bobo), is crazy about his 17-year-old babysitter (Analeigh Tipton), who harbors a crush on Cal.

aptation of Brian Selznick’s bestselling children’s novel centering on an orphaned boy (Asa Butterfield) who secretly lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station and looks after the clocks. He gets caught up in a mystery adventure when he attempts to repair a mechanical man. Co-starring are Johnny Depp, Chloe Grace Moretz, Michael Pitt, Jude Law, Christopher Lee, Emily Mortimer and Ben Kingsley.

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We Need to Talk About Kevin (December 2)

(November 23) Drawn from true-life events, this film takes a glimpse into the turbulent relationships between psychiatrist Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender), his mentor Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), the troubled but beautiful young woman who comes between them. Into the mix comes Otto Gross (Vincent Cassel), a debauched patient determined to push the boundaries.

Hugo (November 23)

Set in 1930s Paris, this Martin Scorsese-directed 3D film is an ad-


Eva (Tilda Swinton) and Franklin (John C. Reilly) are the parents of Kevin. Eva, a professional adventurer before motherhood happened, does not take well to the idea of motherhood, and mourns the loss of her freedom openly. When Kevin is born, she cannot shake the feeling that this boy has built a cage around her from which she cannot escape. As she sees it, everything that she was before is gone now. Franklin, much less conflicted, loves his little boy, and devotes all of his energy to him. When Kevin shows signs of developmental delay, delayed speech and potty training, his parents attempt to help him, but it soon becomes evident that there is something about Kevin that cannot be addressed, no matter how much love he gets.

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The Sitter (December 9)

Jonah Hill plays a recent college dropout who finds himself the unlikely babysitter for three misbehaving children. When he decides to take the kids out with him so he can meet up with the girl he likes (Ari Graymor), things go anything but smoothly.

Tinker,Tailor,Soldier,Spy (December 9) In this action comedy, Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) is a small-town pizza delivery guy whose mundane life collides with the big plans of two wannabe criminal masterminds (Danny McBride, Nick Swardson). The duo kidnaps Nick, forcing him to rob a bank. With mere hours to pull off the impossible task, Nick enlists the aid of his ex-best friend, Chet (Aziz Ansari).

New Year’s Eve (December 9)

This multi-star film takes a look at the lives of several couples and singles that intertwine in New York over the

course of New Year’s Eve. Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Abigail Breslin, Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Hector Elizondo, Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer and Hilary Swank star.

pily married high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). When returning home proves more difficult than she thought, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt) who hasn’t quite gotten over high school, either.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-wrecked (December 16)

Carnage (December 16)

On vacation aboard a luxury cruise ship, Alvin, Simon, Theodore (voices of Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney) and the Chipettes (voices of Anna Faris, Christina Applegate, Amy Poehler) turn the ship into their personal playground until they become shipwrecked on a desert island. As Dave Seville frantically searches for his missing charges, the chipmunks and Chipettes do what they do best—sing, dance, and wreak havoc.

Based on Tasmina Reza’s Tony Award-winning drama, the story is set in contemporary Brooklyn, New York. Two sets of parents meet to discuss a nasty fight between their children, but their initial civilized discussion soon descends into finger-pointing accusations, tantrums and insults. Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly star.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (December 16)

Young AdulT (December 16)

Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gary, a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her hap-

Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey, Jr.) has always been the smartest man in the room... until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large, Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris), and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a total lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective. When the Crown Prince of

Austria is found dead, the evidence, as construed by Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan), points to suicide. But Sherlock Holmes deduces that the prince has been the victim of a murder that is one piece of a larger puzzle designed by Moriarty.

Mission: Impossible, Ghost Protocol (December 16)

In this fourth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise, the Kremlin has been bombed, and the blame has fallen on the IMF. As a result, the president initiates Ghost Protocol, and accuses Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team of placing the bomb in an attempt to incite a global nuclear war. In order to clear the IMF of terrorism charges, Ethan assembles a new team to uncover the truth by using every high-tech trick in the book. But this time, they’re on their own and, should they be caught, the entire world could be plunged into a very real nightmare. Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and John Holloway co-star.

The Iron Lady (December 16)

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stars as Margaret Thatcher, the first woman prime minister of the United Kingdom. The film follows Thatcher’s role in power in a mainly male-dominated environment. Jim Broadbent appears as Thatcher’s husband, Denis. By now, moviegoers are aware of Streep’s chameleon-like ability to inhabit the characters she’s playing, so part of the fun of “The Iron Lady” will be checking out the mannerisms and behavior patterns of the former prime minister adopted by Streep.

The Girl with the Dragon tattoo (December 21)

Jamie Bell stars as the title character in the first in the series of 3D motion capture films. Tintin is an intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure when he and his friends discover directions to a sunken ship and go off on a treasure hunt. Daniel Craig plays the nefarious Red Rackham. Bell and Craig are joined by an international cast that includes Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook. Steven Spielberg directs.

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acter in the first in the series of 3D motion capture films. Tintin is an intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure when he and his friends discover directions to a sunken ship and go off on a treasure hunt. Daniel Craig plays the nefarious Red Rackham. Bell and Craig are joined by an international cast that includes Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook. Steven Spielberg directs.

We Bought a Zoo

(December 23) Cameron Crowe directs this amazing and true story of widower and single dad Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) who decides his family needs a fresh start. He purchases a rundown zoo in England, and he and his two kids move there. With the help of an eclectic staff and with lots of missteps along the way, the family works to return the dilapidated zoo to its former wonder and glory. Scarlett Johansson and Thomas Haden Church co-star.

in the land of blood and honey (December 23) Angelina Jolie directs this love story

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set during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war about a couple who meet on the eve of the war and the effect it has on their relationship. The movie illustrates the consequences of the lack of political will to intervene in a society stricken with conflict.

The Darkest Hour

(December 25) Chris Gorak directs this 3D action thriller that follows five young Americans who find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack. The movie highlights the classic beauty of Moscow while dazzling special effects amp up the excitement. Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby and Max Minghella star.

War Horse (December 25)

Set against a canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War, “War Horse” begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the amazing journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land. Steven

Spielberg directs a cast that includes Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis and Tom Hiddleston.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

(December 25) Oskar (Thomas Horn) is convinced that his father (Tom Hanks), who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, has left a final message for him hidden somewhere in the city. Feeling disconnected from his grieving mother (Sandra Bullock) and driven by a relentlessly active mind that refuses to believe in things that can’t be observed, Oskar begins searching New York City for the lock that fits a mysterious key he found in his father’s closet. His journey through the five boroughs takes him beyond his own loss to a greater understanding of the observable world around him.

best friend Laura (Pernell Walker), she is especially eager to find a girlfriend. Wondering how much she can confide to her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor and tenacity.

Natural Selection

(December 31) Rachel Harris (“The Hangover”) plays the infertile, sexually frustrated and very Christian housewife Linda White. Since she can’t produce a child and since she and her husband Abe

(John Diel) are dedicated Christians, the two haven’t had sex in about 25 years. Abe finds a loophole in the only-sex-for-procreation rule by making weekly donations to the local sperm bank, something Linda is unaware of until Abe suffers a stroke during one session and subsequently reveals to her that years ago one of his donations grew into a 23-year-old son, Raymond (Matt O’Leary). He asks Linda to track down Raymond so he can see the boy before he dies. However, Raymond is the complete opposite of Linda—blasphemous, crooked and a fugitive from justice. The trip home changes both forever.

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besity has reached epidemic proportions with 3.8 million people weighing over 300 pounds and approximately 65% of Americans being overweight. Childhood obesity has more than tripled in two decades. The causes of obesity are many, some complex and others simple, such as living sedentary lifestyles. Jessica struggled with her weight for more than two decades. She describes her struggle: “I gained weight as an adolescent. I was very unhappy as a teen. I felt unattractive, unloved and unwanted. Food was a way of making me feel better. I didn’t worry about eating because I figured I could lose the weight when I wanted and I was very successful at it. As a teenager, I could lose 10 pounds in a week but the ease of losing weight gave me permission to eat whatever I wanted. The day came that I couldn’t lose it so quickly. My weight went up and down for a long time and then the general trend was that my weight increased over time. I had phases when I lost weight, but it was a struggle not to put the weight back on. I would re-gain the weight I lost plus add a few


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pounds. As I experienced the increased weight after a successful round of dieting I became even more restrictive and crazy about my weight loss schemes. I would spend a day or two not eating at all and then decide I would eat only cabbage soup for a few days. This is an example of the wild schemes I would concoct to control my weight. Now I am totally out of control. I am about 86 pounds overweight and I feel completely helpless to do anything about it. The more I try to control, the more I want to eat. The more problems I face and the more stressed I feel, the more I eat.” Jessica is typical in that her desire to lose weight is often accompanied by an extreme diet. Sometimes the unusual eating patterns include taking diuretics, laxatives, an assortment of OTC diet pills, but almost always includes an odd concoction of foods or an extreme restriction. Mark was in the same position as Jessica. He felt out of control with his weight and was seeking to have bariatric surgery to lose weight. He reports that he has multiple health problems that include hypertension, diabetes and knee joint pain. His work as an accountant is

highly stressful but also very sedentary. “I eat at my desk on most days,” he notes. “I have several favorite snack foods, such as chips, cookies and chocolate. I like to munch while I work. As a consequence I never take time out for a meal because I’m not hungry. I seldom sit down to a full meal unless my wife forces one on me. I think I am not eating that much, but I keep gaining weight. I weigh 295. It’s the highest weight that I have been in my life. I want to diet and exercise but I don’t see how I can. I don’t have enough time to have a normal meal. I don’t have time to exercise except some time on the weekends, but when I try to exercise my knees bother me, so I give up. I feel the only way I can do anything about this problem is if I have surgery.” Jessica has behavioral and emotional issues that have played a part in her disrupted eating patterns. She has lost touch with the real purpose of eating, which is to nourish her body with the proper nutrients. She has become weight obsessed. Mark, overworked and overstressed, has used food as a means of managing his stress. Yet the stress is increasing exponentially as he gains more weight and changes his physiology, which makes him even more inclined to store fat.

Why We Eat

Food can be used as reward or punishment. It can generate guilty pleasure or be used to comfort us. Food is used to connect us socially and is a primary connection to the first person who loves us—our mother. A complex behavior, eating is triggered by a number of biochemical reactions, psychological motivators

and behavioral patterns. Current scientific thinking indicates the complexity of the chemistry of eating by identifying the numerous neuropeptides, neurotransmitters and peripheral neurological system via the gastrointestinal tract and pancreatic hormones that control our desire to eat. Our metabolism and our fat cells also influence our desire to eat. Even the temperature in the room will cause you to eat more. Most restaurants are cool because cooler temperatures are an inducement to an increased appetite. In addition, we have environmental stimuli to compel our eating. We are bombarded with advertisements and social enticements to eat constantly. Eating behavior can go awry for many reasons. The first cause is genetic. If you are born to obese parents, you have an 80% chance of being obese. If one parent is obese or carries the OB gene, then you have a 40% chance. The genetic predisposition, if present, is not a direct cause of obesity; you have to have acquired the behavior of overeating along with the environmental influence to indulge. Obese people can and do overcome genetics. If you have a thin parent, it may be that he or she is carrying the OB gene. If you think you have the OB gene, you have environmental influences to overcome as well. Over time the portion sizes in American foods have increased as much as two to four times. For example, the average burger has gone from 330 calories to 900 calories. The average soda has been up-sized from a 6-ounce serving to a 16-ounce serving. At a restaurant the average meal with the oversized portions usually represents a full day’s allotment of

calories. While caloric intake has increased, our lifestyles have become more sedentary. As our portions have super-sized so have we. The average rates of overweight and obesity have increased to more than 50% of the population. The astounding increase cannot be explained by genetics alone. Apparently our culture has influenced our thinking and behavior around food intake. Eating behavior can range from mildly disordered (eating too much junk food) to moderate or severe disorders that include binge eating disorders, bulimia and anorexia. Abnormal or unhealthy eating patterns can be present in the very thin, normal weight or overweight individual. Severe disorders require professional treatment. Binge eating is different than overeating. Binge eating is often done in secret while overeating can be shared with others and include overindulging in sweets and snacks for pleasure or comfort. Binge eating, like bulimia and anorexia, are often accompanied by lack of control and can be associated with mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety. Unusual eating behavior is almost always characterized by craving and not by appetite. Many people with eating problems often can’t tell when they are hungry. They eat for a variety of reasons and rarely experience real hunger because cravings are indulged. Obese individuals are considering surgery as a technique to lose weight. Surgery is almost always successful in controlling caloric intake because of mechanical or physiological barriers, but once individuals adapt to the changes, they start to re-gain the weight. The

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habit I realized there were important aspects about myself that had to change. I learned to take control of me and accepted the fact that nothing else is really in our control. I learned to take life a step at a time and to welcome the surprises and challenges.” Mark was able to lose 50 pounds, and although not exactly back to normal weight, he is on his way. “I didn’t realize how miserable I was,” he says. “I was using chocolate to make my life more bearable. I hated my job and I dragged myself to work every day. Once I stopped overindulging my cravings, I felt miserable. I understood how powerful my cravings were because it was like going cold turkey. I relied on sweets to get myself through the day. When I finally gave up the sweets and worked through my depression and fear of facing change, I got up the nerve to change my career direction. I got a new job that I love and more important than losing weight, I learned that I had to face my disappointments head on and do something about them.” Dr. Vanessa Gourdine (“Dr.G”) is the CEO of Life Work Strat-

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Low-down on Dietary Supplements


ietary supplements are vitamins, minerals, herbs and other substances added to improve your health. They can come as pills, capsules, powders and liquids. More than half of the adult population has taken supplements to stay healthy, lose weight, gain an edge in sports or in the bedroom, or to try to avoid using prescription drugs. Yet, most people know very little about the supplements they take. Presented here are the answers to frequently asked questions, important facts and some basic recommendations for supplements.

1. What are the benefits of dietary supplements?

In today’s hectic world, it is not always easy to find the time to make nutritious meals. Furthermore, the many stresses we face on a daily basis deplete our essential nutrients and cause imbalance in our bodies. Therefore, taking health food supplements is a quick and easy way to make sure that we are still getting the proper nutrients 130

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in our diets. Another benefit of nutritional supplements is that with all the different formulations out there, you can easily get help for whatever it is that you feel is currently lacking in your diet. You can take a multivitamin, which will help to cover all your nutritional bases. Or you can get more specific help from certain dietary supplements. For example, if you would like to have increased muscle mass in your body, you may want to consider using protein powders or bars to help supplement your diet, particularly after you train. If you are a woman who is suffering from PMS symptoms, you may find that certain dietary supplements may alleviate your discomfort. Evidence shows that the use of vitamins and other supplements can have tremendous health implications. Taking supplements can decrease sick days due to infectious disease by up to 50%. It can prevent osteoporosis and decrease resulting hip fractures by 20%. It can protect eyesight by decreasing the incidence of

SPORTS DR. SPORTS DR. cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Dietary supplements are instrumental in reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke and protecting against certain types of cancer. Exciting work is being done to demonstrate how supplements can protect cognitive function and prevent Alzheimer’s disease. 2. What are supplements used for? Dietary supplements contribute to health maintenance and well-being. Since supplements are not considered medicines, makers of dietary supplements cannot legally say that dietary supplements can diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. However, people who use supplements often use vitamins and minerals to supplement diet in order to prevent or treat disease. For example, Echinacea may keep you from getting a cold and may help you get better faster. High doses of vitamin C may also help you get better faster. Historically, people have used herbal remedies to prevent illness, cure infection, reduce fever and heal wounds. Herbal medicines can also ease pain, or act as relaxants or stimulants. Research on some herbs and plant products has shown that they may have some of the same effects that conventional medicines do, while others may have no effect or may be harmful. Researchers have studied natural products and have found them to be quite useful. Omega-3 fatty acids, for example, may help lower cholesterol levels and are now available as a prescription medicine. In addition, we now know, that omega-3 fatty acids have positive effects on the eyes, the brain and your joints. 3. How are supplements regulated? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate dietary supplements in the same way that it regulates medicine. A dietary supplement can be sold without research on how well it works. There are independent agencies that work to ensure the safety of consumers. The USP Dietary Supplement Verification Program is a voluntary testing and auditing program that helps dietary supplement manufacturers ensure the production of quality products for consumers. Available worldwide, the program verifies the quality, purity and potency of dietary supplement finished products

through the following processes: comprehensive laboratory testing of dietary supplement products and their ingredients, thorough manufacturing and quality control document review, on-site manufacturing facility audit for compliance with USP standards and random off-theshelf testing to confirm that USP-verified products continue to meet USP’s strict standards. Products that meet the program’s stringent criteria are awarded the distinctive USP Verified Mark for use on labels, packaging, and promotional materials. Seeing the USP Verified Mark on a label indicates that the dietary supplement product inside: • contains the ingredients listed on the label, in the declared potency and amounts • does not contain harmful levels of contaminants • will break down and release into the body within a specified amount of time • has been made using sanitary and well controlled manufacturing procedures 4. Are dietary supplements safe? When used intelligently, with good information and guidance, supplements are not only safe, they are vital aids to your overall health and wellness. Let your health care providers (including doctors, pharmacists, and dietitians) know which dietary supplements you’re taking
so that you can discuss what’s best for your overall health. Your health care provider can help you determine which supplements, if any, might be valuable for you. These professionals are great resources when starting or continuing to use dietary supplements. Always tell your doctor if you are using a dietary supplement or if you are thinking about combining a dietary supplement with your conventional medical treatment. It may not be safe to forgo your conventional medical treatment and rely only on a dietary supplement. This is especially important for women who are pregnant or breast-feeding. Like conventional medicines, dietary supplements may cause side effects, trigger allergic reactions, or inBC The Magazine // November/December 2011


SPORTS DR. SPORTS DR. teract with prescription and nonprescription medicines or other supplements you might be taking. A side effect or interaction with another medicine or supplement may make other health conditions worse. Don’t decide to take dietary supplements to treat a self-diagnosed health condition without consulting a health care provider. Don’t take supplements in place of, or in combination with, prescribed medications without your health care provider’s approval. Check with your health care provider about the supplements you take if you are scheduled to have any type of surgical procedure. The term “natural” doesn’t always mean safe. A supplement’s safety depends on many things, such as its chemical makeup, how it works in the body, how it is prepared, and the dose used. Certain

herbs (for example, comfrey and kava) can harm the liver. Before taking a dietary supplement, ask yourself these five simple questions and make sure you know the answers: What are the potential health benefits of this dietary supplement product? What are its potential benefits for me? Does this product have any safety risks? What is the proper dose to take? How, when and for how long should I take it? 5. What supplements should I be taking? Each person’s needs are unique to him or her. But these are some of the supplements that I have found to be effective, beneficial and safe.


Efficacy for Selected Uses

Selected Potential Side Effects

Selected Drug Interactions


Likely effective in combination with vitamin D in preventing and treating bone loss and osteoporosis. Taken daily, appears to reduce some PMS symptoms.

Belching, gas.

Calcium can decrease the effectiveness of certain antibiotics, osteoporosis drugs, and thyroid drugs.

Vitamin D

Likely effective when taken with calcium to help prevent osteoporosis. Might help reduce falls in people with vitamin D deficiency and bone loss in people taking corticosteroids.

Extremely large amounts might cause weakness, fatigue, headache and nausea, though side effects are rare.

Might reduce the effectiveness of some medications, such as atorvastatin (Lipitor), other heart medications, birth-control pills, HIV/AIDS drugs.

Omega 3 Oil

Effective for reducing triglyceride levels. Likely effective for decreasing the risk of heart attack, stroke, and progression of hardening of the arteries in people with existing heart disease.Can decrease joint pain and inflammation.

Fishy aftertaste, upset stomach, nausea, loose stools. High doses can increase levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol in some people or increase the chance of bleeding.

Might increase the effect of blood-thinning drugs and high blood pressure medications.

Glucosamine/ Chondroitin Sulfate

Likely effective treatment for reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee. Might also help slow progression of osteoarthritis.

Nausea, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, headache.

Might increase the blood-thinning effect of warfarin and cause bruising and bleeding.

Co-Q 10

Promotes cardiac health, increases energy, may help to prevent certain cancers.

No reported side effects.

Should not be taken during radiation treatment, may decrease the effectiveness of treatment.


A powerful anti-aging compound. Promotes overall health and prevents disease.

Jitteriness, insomnia, digestive upset, elevated blood pressure, urine discoloration, increased sensitivity to heat or cold, tingling or numbness in hands or feet, joint pain or a loss of appetite.

No known interactions


Restores sleep patterns and treats insomnia and jetlag. May also prevent Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Has strong antioxidant properties.

None known.

Speak with physician if being treated for neuromuscular disease.

Possibly effective for preventing diarrhea while taking antibiotics.

Gas. People with poor immune function should check with their doctor first.

Might cause infection in people taking immunosuppressant drugs.


(acidophilus, acidophilus lactobacillus, probiotics)

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The 2011 Lotus Evora S Speaks Volumes


hile many people look at an automobile and only see a metal shell, an engine and a couple of headlights, some individuals see something else. A car can be a living, breathing extension of its owner. Some vehicles have this amazing capability to “speak” to people and engender an emotional connection. One of those vehicles is the 2011 Lotus Evora S. Although you may be familiar with Lotus and its pintsized offerings—the Elise and Exige—this new Lotus is different. That’s because it’s a more grown-up version of what a Lotus should be. In fact, you can option the Evora as a two plus two; however, in reality it’s a two plus none since there is only room for extremely small children. Now if you’re not a Lotus lover and aren’t quite sure what makes a Lotus a Lotus, let me clarify. Lotus became a world-renowned manufacturer thanks 134

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to a British bloke named Colin Chapman. If you look into the brand’s previous models, it’s pretty clear there are two central themes: the vehicles are simple driver’s cars and there’s an emphasis on weight… or lack thereof. Chapman is famous for declaring: “Adding power makes you faster on the straights. Subtracting weight makes you fast everywhere.” Now this neatly brings us to the Evora S, which is meant to have more refinement and expand the brand’s lineup. Judging by its exterior styling, you’d be hardpressed to identify it as a British-built car. When you look at other British manufacturers, such as Aston Martin and Jaguar, there’s a certain sense of tradition embedded in their designs. Essentially, Lotus abandoned all of that and produced something with a bit of Italian flair to it. I am not the only one to think this, either. While driving this baby the most frequently asked question I encoun-


tered from curious passersby was, “Is that a Ferrari?” It kind of goes without saying but this car is an attention getter. And with good reason as the Evora S seems to blend styling elements from a rally-car legend, the Lancia Stratos, with its clamshell roof design and upturned CPillar. Simply put, Evora S is likely one of the best-looking products on the road today. Set up as a mid-engine scream machine, the Evora S is the kind of vehicle that makes people turn their heads as though they’re experiencing an exorcism. It’s safe to say that this Lotus is a thing of beauty, no matter who is doing the looking. Slipping behind the steering wheel takes a little bit of talent, however. The Evora S’ seats are planted low in the cockpit and make you feel as though your backside is scraping the asphalt. Combine that with a door sill that is wide and tall, and you’ll soon find yourself playing Twister every time you have to get in. But the good news is that once you’re inside, it’s a pretty lovely place to be. The Recaro sport seats keep you in one place without making you feel as though you’re being squeezed to death and

the leather-adorned cabin reminds you it’s the real deal every time you receive a waft of hide. It’s not all sunshine and flowers, though. Disconcerting aspects included interior plastic trim bits that don’t mesh well with the largely leather space and its six-speed manual shifter, which sounded as though it was sourced from an economy car. But if you’re getting tied up with those worries, you’re likely missing the point of this exotic offering. When you have a proper sports car, you should care about the most important aspect—driving. That, of course, is what the Evora S does best. Equipped with a motor from a Toyota Camry, you wouldn’t expect the Evora to have much pep, but you’d be mistaken. The 3.5-liter V6 produces 345 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque with the aid of a supercharger. Factoring in Lotus’ low weight mantra—the Evora S weighs just under 3,170 pounds—the S sprints to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. Mated with a six-speed manual transmission, this isn’t a vehicle for individuals who want the car to work for them. You have to put in some effort.

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Norman Rockwell family we are not. One (or more) of my niece’s three husbands usually drop by holiday gatherings; they get along surprisingly well. Toss in a nephew who is in law enforcement and another who has had brushes with the law, a cousin who is a closet gay (we love you, please come out), a few diehard Republicans, one zealous Democrat and an outrageous auntie who likes a martini (or two or three). Welcome to our “Desperate Housewives” meets “All in the Family” Christmas dinner. Distance complicates holiday get-togethers. In second marriages our merged families are scattered on two continents in three countries. Each year we agonize over which family to visit. Heading across the pond to Northern England or Scotland in December to visit my English husband’s kids and grandkids is no day at the beach. We return exhausted and chilled to the bone. To sing “Joy to the World” with my family requires driving to New Jersey or flying to Florida. Besides logistics and eccentric relatives, Christmas unwraps a stocking full of emotional baggage. My decision not to have children — something I regret —resurfaces at first sight of Santa. When my biological clock was ticking my career at The Washington Post was thriving. There was never the “right time” to have kids before I ran out of time. I built a good life, but that doesn’t mean I’ve resolved this issue. For two sixty-ish widowers the holidays are bittersweet. While we

treasure the new holiday traditions we create together, Christmas is filled with memories of when we never had to decide which family to visit. We had our own. When my parents were alive I’d head home for the holidays. Single or married, kids or no kids, it didn’t matter. But my holiday home is a ghost of Christmas past. While we are always welcome at my sister’s

house, I often feel like an outsider, intruding in on her kids’ and grandkids’ holiday traditions. My husband’s holiday angst is worse. His daughter died in an auto accident when she was 18 years old. Christmas is a marker in time, a reminder of what he lost. I don’t mean to sound morose; we love holiday parties and the good will of the season but when flash-

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ESCAPES ESCAPES backs occur, as they often do, we put on our “happy faces” to muster a little Christmas cheer. Aah, “the most wonderful time of the year.” Last year we decided to be holiday dropouts. No family visits. No towering spruce in the living room. No evergreens around the door. No candles in the windows. Thanks to gift cards (we were far from Ebenezers) we didn’t wrap one gift including the one we gave to each other: a posh 12-day Caribbean holiday cruise aboard the Crystal Serenity. Sure I had my doubts about a family-less, friendless Christmas. Would we be the only two-some on board a ship packed with happy families? Or worse, would we be surrounded by a bunch of loners (losers?) sharing a ship full of people who had no family at all? Would it feel weird or wonderful ringing in the New Year with hundreds of strangers instead of our usual intimate dinner with close friends on New Year’s Eve? Worse yet, would we feel lonely? It is 82 degrees in Miami as we board the ship.


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Christmas carolers clad in fur-trimmed red velvet coats sing “Joy to the World,” oblivious to the heat. In shorts and flimsy tee shirts, we wipe our brows and seek shade. On board the scene is far from Bah humbug. A 30-foot Christmas tree dazzles us with 2,000 white twinkling lights, sea foam green ribbons, crystal snowflakes and sparkly musical instruments. Lifesize Santas in red velvet and faux ermine-trimmed robes are dotted about. Oversized candy canes line staircases and mountains of cookies surround a gingerbread house edged in gumdrops and fruit slices. “Did we just get off the Polar Express,” I ask my husband, referring to the animated film about a trip to the North Pole. “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” he teases. So much for being Christmas escapees. Call me shallow and superficial but I chose this holiday trip based on snob appeal. We had cruised on several fancy cruise lines but never on Crystal, perhaps the name droppiest of them all. It’s been

ESCAPES ESCAPES designated the “world’s best large ship cruise line” from 1996-2010 by Travel + Leisure, and I wanted to see what all the hype was about. I also wanted to take my place among the post-cruise name-droppers, too. This holiday cruise is a big splurge for even the fattest wallet ($7,995 to $46,390 per person) pricier than most Caribbean cruises because of the length of the trip, lavish decorating and opulent holiday meals and activities. Whoever said life is a journey, not a destination must have had this ship in mind. Penthouse suites have parquet-floored foyers, marble bathrooms (with TV speakers), walk-in showers, Jacuzzi tubs and dual sinks. The toilet and bidet are in a separate room (with artwork and phone). Oversized balconies open to a queen-size bedroom plus living and dining areas. To ensure that mama bear and papa bear are never too hot or too cold, two robes per person hang in the walk-in closet — a lightweight version and a warmer Frette alternative. The best perk? Jaison, our butler. Our wish is his command. Christmas and New Year’s afternoon buffets are feasts — 70 lunch choices, 2400 pastries, 72 cakes and 200 marzipan figures for 728 passengers. Want to eat lobster each night? No problem. Dover sole? Coming right up. In addition to the main dining room, The Silk Road restaurant serves cuisine by Nobu. Over 300 wines represent every wine-producing region in the world. Our minds are fed along with our stomachs — a library stocks 3,000 books, and 400 newspapers are available via satellite from 67 countries. And Howard Fineman, of MSNBC fame, is on board giving lectures. Black tie dinners for Christmas and New Year’s Eve are like movie scenes. Toned women slink around a Lucite grand piano on the arms of Rolexwearing men in impeccable tuxedos. Success permeates the air. I flash back to family buffets with turkey or ham and Aunt Lucy in her trademark jingle bell-trimmed sweatshirt. We may have left our families behind but there are plenty onboard, some with three generations in tow. One family of 15 has taken Crystal’s holiday cruise for three years. “Twelve days is a long time together, don’t you get sick of each other?” I ask

after two glasses of champagne. Not a problem for this clan. Everyone separates during the day and regroups for dinner. Loving parents and grandparents, Rita and Len from Atlanta love Christmas sans children. “It’s a great time for our kids to travel with their kids,” says Rita. “And, I don’t have to cook!” But what about us? I’d like to think as I write this that I am wiser about facing the holidays but the only conclusion I’ve come to is that they are what they are. This sumptuous diversion helped us make it through another year. I will always embrace the true meaning of Christmas but no doubt continue to dread the emotional rollercoaster that comes along with it. Frankly, any holiday I can escape hearing some well-intentioned cousin say, “You don’t understand. You don’t have kids” is a good one. Did we miss watching the kids break the wishbone or my sister’s yam casserole that I hate but eat anyway? You bet. Or family conversations that remind me to balance my love of principles with my love for the people at the table? Of course. Did my husband feel melancholy when we spoke to his sons? Absolutely. Going away isn’t a magic fix. But it sure is fun. So what will we do this Christmas? We talked about visiting family but a December trip to Cuba just caught my eye. This holiday escape may be an offer we simply can’t refuse. Feliz Navidad.

Mary Ann Treger is a freelance writer who frequently contributes to BC The Magazine.

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Opening Our Hearts to the Needy

During this season of offering thanks and giving, it is time to show our sense of gratitude and generosity by freely sharing our resources. Especially in light of the current financial challenges facing our nation and communities, it is more important and vital than ever to give a helping hand to the less fortunate among us. This year join forces with other like-minded individuals and organizations, such as the ones that follow, to continue Bergen County’s spirit of commitment to improving our communities and all of its residents. Singly and as a group, we can make a difference!


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Center for Food Action of New Jersey 192 West Demarest Avenue Englewood, 07631 Center forNJ Food Action of New Jersey 192 West Demarest Avenue Contact: Jennifer Rothman Hackensack, NJ 07601 Phone: 201-569-1804, ext. 28 Web: Contact: Jennifer Rothman Mission: The organization’s goal Hotline: 201-569-1804, ext. 28is to prevent hunger and homelessness, and to improve the Web: lives of individuals and families. It provides emerMission: The organization’s goal is to prevent gency food, and housingand assistance, advocahunger andutility homelessness, to improve the cy, counseling servicesand and families. access to Itother comlives of individuals provides munity resources. clients find solutions emergency food, CFA utilityhelps and housing assistance, to problems, achieve financial stability and create advocacy, counseling services and access to aother brighter future. community resources. CFA helps clients find solutions to problems, achieve financial stability and create a brighter future.

New Concepts for Living 68A W. Passaic Street Rochelle Park, NJ 07662 CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates Contact: Rachel Shemesh, exec. director 45 Essex Street, Suite #200 Phone: 201-843-3427 Hackensack, NJ 07601 Email: Web: Contact: Jennifer Murrin Mission: New Concepts is a community nonHotline: 201-843-6700 profit organization committed to people with disWeb: abilities and their families. Inspired by the vision CASA volunteers appointed by a Mission: of families and consumers, Neware Concepts
enables judge to discover the best possible outcome people to realize their dreams and achieve their for an abused or neglected child’s future. individual 
potential through quality communityIt is the goal supports of the CASA volunteers to place every program and services. one of these kids into a safe, permanent home and to give them hope for a better life.

Multiple Sclerosis Care Center Holy Name Hospital Multiple Sclerosis 718 Teaneck Road Care Center Holy Name Teaneck, NJHospital 07666 718 Teaneck Road Teaneck, NJ 07666 Contact: Lisa Futterman

Phone: 201-837-0727, ext. 3770 Contact: Lisa Futterman Web: Hotline: 201-837-0727, ext.Jersey’s 3770 only nonMission: The Center is New Web:licensed profit facility providing healthcare and reMission: The is New only nonlated services toCenter patients withJersey’s MS regardless of profitability licensed facility providing healthcare and their to pay. related services to patients with MS regardless of their ability to pay.

Table to Table P.O. Box 1051 Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632 CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates Contact: Claire Insalata Poulos, president One Bergen County Plaza, Suite 440
 Hotline: 201-444-5500, 201-871-1070 Hackensack, NJ 07601 Web: Mission: Table to Table is a communityContact: Amanda Simonton, based food rescue program collecting pared and perishable food to deliver to organPhone:serving 201-336-7520
 izations the hungry in Bergen, Hudson Email: and Passaic counties. Web: Mission: Court Appointed Special Advocates

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

“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity and the responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” —Anthony Robbins

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The The Colleen Colleen Giblin Giblin Foundation Foundation 690 Kinderkamack 700D Lake Street Road, Suite 104 Oradell, NJ 07649 Ramsey, 07446

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Contact: Andrea Andrea Betancourt Betancourt Contact: Hotline: 201-229-0600 Phone: 201-229-0600 Email: Email: Web: Web: Mission: fire or Mission: To To benefit benefit law law enforcement, enforcement, fire or

newtreatments treatments cures for children with new andand cures for children with neuroneurological diseases. hopewill a never doctoragain will logical diseases. We hope We a doctor nevertoagain sayor to dad, a mom or dad, have say have to a to mom “take your“take child your child home; there’s nothing home; there’s nothing we can do.” we can do.”

emergencypersonnel personnelwho whodie die or or are emergency are seriously seriously injured in the line of duty. Our motto is “serving injured in the line of duty. Our motto is “serving our servants.” servants.” our

Gilda’s New Jersey Jersey Gilda’s Club Club of of Northern Northern New 575 575 Main Main Street Street Hackensack, Hackensack, NJ NJ 07601 07601 Contact: Lenore Guido Contact: Sharon Merriweather, Hotline: 201-227-8410 business manager Web: Phone: 201-457-1670
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munities of free support for everyone living with friends, can join with others to build social and cancer—men, women, teens and children—along emotional support as a complement to with their families and friends.
Its innovative promedical care. A non-profit, Gilda’s Club offers gram is an essential complement to medical care, support and group networking, lectures, workproviding networking and support groups, workshops and social events in a nonresidential, shops, education and social activities. home-like setting.

Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation Children’s P.O.Box Box547 547 P.O. Tenafly NJ 07670 Tenafly, 07670

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Contact: Lisa Lisa Yue Yue Contact: Hotline: 201-227-8852, Phone: 201-457-1670 ext. 901 Web: Email: Mission: The Children's Cardiomyopathy Web: FoundationThe is Children’s dedicatedCardiomyopathy to finding the cause Mission:

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and cure isfor pediatric cardiomyopathy, Foundation dedicated to finding the cause anda chronic and potentially life-threatening discure for pediatric cardiomyopathy, a chronic and ease of the heart muscle, through suppotentially life-threatening disease of thethe heart port of research, education, and increased muscle, through the support of research, educaawareness and advocacy. tion, and increased awareness and advocacy.

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who believe believethat thatallallliving living creatures deserve who creatures deserve a a chance.We Weexist exist solely donations chance. solely on on donations and and the the efforts of volunteers and foster homes. We efforts of volunteers and foster homes. We tend tend to rescue the elderly and handicapped pets to rescue the elderly and handicapped pets that that otherwise not stand a chance otherwise wouldwould not stand a chance at life. at life.

“Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.” —Danny Thomas Peter’s The Volunteer Place Center of Bergen County 251Passaic State Street 64 Street Hackensack, NJ 07601 07601 Hackensack, NJ Contact: Janet Mary Sunden Contact: Sharma Hotline: 201-488-3850 Phone: 201-489-9454 Web: Mission: The Volunteer Center of Bergen

Smile Forever Forever Foundation Foundation Smile P.O. Box 306 P.O. Box 306 Closter, NJ NJ 07624 07624 Closter, Contact: Patrick Patrick Gonnelli Gonnelli & & Contact: Jennifer Falkenstern, Falkenstern, director director Jennifer Email: Email: Hotline:201-408-5239 201-677-0368 Phone: Mission: The Smile Forever Foundation is Web: named in honorSmile of Barbara Mission: The Forever Gonnelli Foundationwho is

fought invaliantly breast cancer 13 named honor ofagainst Barbara Gonnelli who for fought years. She touched thecancer lives offor so 13 many people valiantly against breast years. She and always tried to help others. Smile touched the lives of so many people and always Forever’s is toForever’s help and support tried to helpobjective others. Smile objective is cancer-stricken families who havefamilies exhausted to help and support cancer-stricken who all financial resources in their fight in against the have exhausted all financial resources their fight disease. Families are recommended to us by against the disease. Families are recommended doctors, nurses and local social service agento us by doctors, nurses and local social service cies whowho know of families in in need. agencies know of families need.

/cccdc.html County strengthens the community by connectMission: To opportunities continue toto provide a noing people with serve, operating questions asked safe haven for the homeless model volunteer programs, building capacity for in Bergen County. and participating in strateeffective volunteering, gic partnerships that meet community needs.

Julia’s Butterfly Butterfly Foundation Foundation Julia’s 637 Wyckoff Wyckoff Avenue, Avenue,Suite Suite#285 #285 637 Wyckoff, NJ 07481 Wyckoff, NJ 07481 Contact: Christine Christine Callahan Callahan Rasnake Contact: Hotline:201-675-9961 201-675-9961 Phone: Web: Web: Mission: Julia’s Butterfly Foundation is a Butterfly Foundation is a volunMission: Julia’s

volunteer, non-profit charitableorganization organization teer, non-profit 501 501(c)3 (c)3 charitable dedicatedtotoimproving improving lives of terminally dedicated thethe lives of terminally and and chronically ill children and their families. The chronically ill children and their families. The founfoundation honors the memory of six-year-old dation honors the memory of six-year-old Julia Julia Marie Bommer, who passed 2005 Marie Bommer, who passed away inaway 2005infollowfollowing herbattle braveagainst battle aagainst a raredisorder. kidney ing her brave rare kidney disorder. It is the foundation’s goal to pay It is the foundation’s goal to pay tribute to tribute Julia’s to Julia's life byother helping other and children their life by helping children theirand families families struggling with the demands of struggling with the demands of their uniquetheir cirunique circumstances. We are by and the cumstances. We are humbled by humbled the courage courage and dedication thecaregivers children and dedication of the childrenofand wecaresupgivers we support, consider it a privilege to port, and consider it aand privilege to provide financial provide financial aid, physical assistance and aid, physical assistance and services to those who services to those who need it most. need it most.

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Advance Housing Housing Incorporated Incorporated Advance 100 First Street, Suite 203 100 First Street, Suite 203 Hackensack, NJ NJ 07601 07601 Hackensack, Hotline: 201-498-9140 Phone: 201-498-9140 Web: Web: Mission: The mission of Advance Housing, Mission: The mission of Advance Housing, Inc.

Inc. is to expand the range and scope of is to expand the range and scope of supportive supportive housing opportunities available to housing opportunities available to persons with persons with psychiatric disabilities. In addipsychiatric disabilities. In addition, we will seek to tion, we will seek to make similar options and make similar options and services available to othservices available to other individuals who are er individuals who are in need of supportive housin need of supportive housing. Our array of ing. Our array of outreach services, designed to outreach services, designed to help people help people live independently and productively in live independently and productively in the the community, will exceed the highest standards community, will exceed the highest standards of professional practice. of professional practice.

Jenna’s Jenna’s Rainbow Rainbow Foundation Foundation 24 24 West West Railroad Railroad Avenue Avenue P.M.B. # 169 P.M.B. #169 Tenafly, NJ 07670 Tenafly, NJ 07670 Contact: Sharon Potolsky, board president Contact: Sharon Potolsky, board president Web: Phone: 201-541-7590
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families and communities dealing with the mitted to helping to support the children, families challenges of combating pediatric cancer. and communities dealing with the challenges of combating pediatric cancer.

The Valley Hospital 223 North Dien Avenue The ValleyVan Hospital Ridgewood, NJDien 07450 223 North Van Avenue Ridgewood, NJ 07450 Contact: Maureen Curran Kleinman, marketing Hotline: 201-291-6310 Contact: Maureen Curran Kleinman, marketing Web: Phone: 201-291-6310 Mission: The Valley Hospital serves the comWeb: munity byThe healing and caring Mission: Valley Hospital servesforthepatients, commu-

comforting their teaching good nity by healing and families caring forand patients, comforting health. The Valley Hospital is distinguished by their families and teaching good health. The Valley a commitment to excellence in clinical to care, Hospital is distinguished by a commitment exinnovation in programs and technology and cellence in clinical care, innovation in programsa compassionate anda compassionate respectful environment. and technology and and respectful environment.

Shelter Our Sisters Shelter Sisters 405 StateOur Street 405 State Street Hackensack, NJ 07601 Hackensack, NJ 07601 Contact: Michelle Andryshak, director of development Contact: Michelle Andryshak, director Hotline: 201-498-9247, ext. 301 of development Web: Phone: 201-498-9247, ext. 301 Mission: Shelter Our Sisters' mission is to Web: assist women andOur children are is victims of Mission: Shelter Sisters’who mission to assist

domestic including emotional, ecowomen andviolence, children who are victims of domesnomic, sexual and physical abuse. The agency tic violence, including emotional, economic, sexual provides emergency transitional housing, and physical abuse. The and agency provides emergenemotional support, as well as a support, diversified cy and transitional housing, emotional as continuum of services focused on focused safety, well as a diversified continuum of services empowerment and self-sufficiency. on safety, empowerment and self-sufficiency. 148 BC BCThe Magazine November/December 2010 2011 148 Magazine // November/December THE

The Octoberwoman Foundation The Foundation P.O. Octoberwoman Box 556 P.O. Box 556 Park Ridge, NJ 07656 Park Ridge, NJ 07656 Contact: Judy DiBella, Philip DiBella or Michael DiBella Contact: Judy DiBella, Philip DiBella or Hotline: 201-391-0792 Michael DiBella Web: Phone: 201-391-0792 Mission: The foundation seeks to find new Web: treatmentsThe and cures for women and treattheir Mission: foundation seeks to find new

Interreligious Fellowship for the Interreligious Fellowship for the Homeless of Bergen County Homeless of Bergen County 479 Maitland Avenue Teaneck, NJStreet 07666 One Church Teaneck, NJ 07666 Contact: Marsha Mackey Hotline: 201-833-8009 Contact: Kate Duggan Web: Phone: 201-833-8009 Mission: The mission of the Interreligious Web: Fellowship for Homeless County Mission: Thethemission of of theBergen Interreligious

families by families supporting ments andsurviving cures forbreast womencancer and their surgene breast research andbybysupporting educatinggene all research women viving cancer towards heightened awareness and prevention. and by educating all women towards heightened awareness and prevention.

is to alleviate of homeless andCounty needy Fellowship for the the plight Homeless of Bergen and individuals isfamilies to alleviate the plightby ofmobilizing homeless appropriate and needy human,and economic and civic resources. families individuals by mobilizing appropriate human, economic and civic resources.

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

RBARI 2 Shelter Lane Oakland, NJ 07436

Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Contact: Sheilagh Cirillo Contact:201-541-9833 Sheilagh Cirillo Phone: Hotline: 201-541-9833 Web: Web: Mission: FATE strives to help individuals with Mission: FATE strives to level help of individuals with autism achieve their highest independence autismtheir achieve theirschool highest level of independence within home, and community. within their home, school and community.

 “IPhone: found that among its Email: Web: benefits, www.rbari.orggiving liberates the other Mission: RBARI believes that all animals have a natural rightgiver.” to humane treatment including soul of the proper care, respect, and safe shelter. Our primary mission is to provide sanctuary while finding per—Maya Angelou manent, loving homes for the many animals that come to us (including feral, elderly, handicapped, and formerly abused animals). Animals in our care receive lots of love in addition to shelter, food, and medical care.
RBARI adheres to a “no-kill” policy, giving animals an open-ended stay at a warm, safe place until loving homes can be found.

YCS Foundation YCS Foundation (Youth Consultation Services) (Youth Consultation Services) 235 Main Street, 3rd Floor 235 Main Street, 3rd Floor Hackensack, NJ 07601 Hackensack, NJ 07601 Contact: Robin Peck & Ruthie Harper, Contact: Robin Peck & Ruthie Harper, co-directors co-directors Hotline: 201-678-1312 Phone: 201-678-1312 Web: Web: Mission: At YCS, our mission is to advocate for, educate, shelter and care foradvocate childrenfor, in Mission: At YCS, our mission is to

need, and their families, eachincan further educate, shelter and care so for that children need, and develop the so skills, and hope necestheir families, thatself-worth each can further develop the sary for successand within their communities. skills, self-worth hope necessary for success within their communities. 2010 November/December BC Magazine THE

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Young Survival Survival Coalition Coalition (YSC) (YSC) Young 61 Broadway, Suite 2235 61 Broadway, Suite 2235 New York, NY 10006 New York, NY 10006

The Daniel Daniel Jordan Jordan Fiddle Fiddle Foundation Foundation The P.O. Box 1149 P.O. Box 1149 Ridgewood, NJ 07451 Ridgewood, NJ 07451

Contact: Email: Hotline: (201) 493-9606 or (877) YSC-1011 Phone: 201-493-9606 or 877-YSC-1011 Web: Web: Mission: The YSC is the only international netMission: The YSC is the only international net-

Contact: Linda Walder Fiddle, Contact: Linda Walder, executive director executive director Phone: 201-444-4141 877-444-1149 Hotline: 201-444-4141 or or 877-444-1149 Web: Web: The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Mission: Mission: The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation

work of breast cancer survivors and supporters work of breast cancer survivors and supporters dedicated to the concerns and issues unique to dedicated to the concerns and issues unique to young women and breast cancer. Through young women and breast cancer. Through action, action, advocacy and awareness, the YSC advocacy and awareness, the YSC seeks to eduseeks to educate and influence the medical, cate and influence the medical, research, breast research, breast cancer and legislative commucancer and legislative communities to address nities to address breast cancer in women 40 breast cancer in women 40 and under, and to and under, and to serve as a point of contact serve as a point of contact for young women livfor young women living with breast cancer. ing with breast cancer.

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is the first organization in the United States with is the first organization in the United States the mission to provide grants to residential, recwith the mission to provide grants to residential, reational, vocational, educational and family prorecreational, vocational, educational and family grams for adolescents and adults with autism. Its programs for adolescents and adults with expertise encompasses developing, identifying, autism. Its expertise encompasses developing, supporting and supervising exemplary programs identifying, supporting and supervising exemnationwide that honor the individuality of each plary programs nationwide that honor the indiperson with autism. viduality of each person with autism.

The Hermitage 335 North Franklin Turnpike

The Hermitage Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423 335 North Franklin Turnpike Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423 Contact: Susan Deeks Hotline: 201-445-8311 Contact: Susan Deeks Web: Phone: 201-445-8311
 Mission: The Friends of the Hermitage, Inc. was established to restore, maintain and interWeb: pret The Hermitage, its grounds and Mission: The Friendsalong of thewith Hermitage, Inc. was outbuildings.toTheir mission is not to provide established restore, maintain andonly interpret The these services, but also to communicate to a Hermitage, along with its grounds and outbuildings. diverse audience students, scholars and the Their mission is notofonly to provide these services, general public, the site,to its archives and its but also to communicate a diverse audience of collections as they to local,public, regional and students, scholars andrelate the general the site, national history its archives and itsbeginning collectionsinas1740. they relate to local, regional and national history beginning in 1740.

Bergen County Economic Development Corp. Bergen Economic 1 BergenCounty County Plaza, Suite #440 Development Corp. Hackensack, NJ 07601 1 Bergen County Plaza, Suite #440 Contact: Joanne Cimiluca, executive Hackensack, NJ 07601 director

Hotline: 201-336-7500 Contact: Joanne Cimiluca, executive director Web: Phone: 201-336-7500 Mission: BCEDC is a not-for-profit organization Web: created to foster development and Mission: BCEDCnew is business a not-for-profit organization retain existing businesses within development Bergen County. created to foster new business and retain existing businesses within Bergen County.

The Molly Foundation The Molly and Lindsey Foundation Contact: Nick Minicucci Contact: Nick Minicucci Hotline: 201-512-3399 Phone: 201-512-3399 Web: Web: Mission: To find a cure for diabetes by raising Mission: To findand a cure forresearch diabetesconducted by raising money for clinical bench money for clinicalUniversity and benchMedical researchCenter. conducted by Hackensack by Hackensack University Medical Center.

West Bergen Mental Health 120 Chestnut Street Ridgewood, NJMental 07450 Health West Bergen

120 Chestnut Street Contact: Carol Cohen Ridgewood, NJ 07450 Email: 201-444-3550 Web: Contact: Carol Cohen Mission: The agency’s mission is to treat Phone: 201-444-3550 mental illness in children and adults and Web: promote psychological health and personal Mission: The agency’s mission is to treat severe growth. It provides comprehensive treatment mental illness in children and adults and promote and supportive services for clients and the psychological health and personal growth. It provides surrounding community. comprehensive treatment and supportive services for clients and the surrounding community.

The Audrey Hepburn Children’s House at Hackensack University Medical Center The Audrey Hepburn Children’s House at 30 Prospect Avenue Hackensack University Medical Center Hackensack, NJ 07601 30 Prospect Avenue

Hackensack, NJ 07601 Contact: Claudia Bain Hotline: 201-996-2000, Contact: Claudia Bain 201-996-2350 Web: Phone: 201-996-2000 or 201-996-2350 Mission: To provide professional medical Web: and mental services for children Mission: Tohealth provide professional medical who and

are alleged be abused neglected. mental healthto services for or children who are alleged to be abused or neglected. 2010 November/December BC Magazine THE

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The Gregory M. Hirsch Memorial Foundation, Inc. for Pediatric Heart Care & Research Center Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital Hackensack University Medical Center Hackensack, NJ 07601

Alzheimers Association 400 Morris Avenue, Suite 251 Denville, NJ 07834

Contact: Fred Hirsch Phone: 201-707-5933 Mission: Its mission is to prevent sudden cardiac

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

death in children and young adults by better understanding its causes, identifying at-risk individuals and families, and offering those families stateof-the-art treatment and support.

Giants of Generosity, Inc. 201 Piermont Road, Suite #16 Cresskill, NJ 07626 Contact: D. Jane Chagaris Albanese Phone: 201-567-2622 Web: Mission: To provide help, hope and financial aid

to people coping with catastrophic circumstances, and to assist those who are experiencing desperate times.

bergenPAC (Performing Arts Center) 30 North Van Brunt Street Englewood, NJ 07631 Contact: David Rodriguez Phone: 201-816-8160, ext. 18
 Mission: To make the live performing arts ac-

cessible, and to speak to the lives of its diverse community. It builds a creative home for artists of excellence and relevance, who entertain and enlighten, inspire and inform audiences.


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Phone: 800-883-1180 or 201-261-6009 Web: Mission: The Greater New Jersey Chapter pro-

The American Cancer Society Phone: 201-343-2222 or 800-ACS-2345 Web: Mission: The American Cancer Society is a na-

tionwide community-based volunteer health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem, by prevention, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

The Comedy Cures Foundation 140 County Road, Suite 111 Tenafly, NJ 07670 Contact: Saranne Rothberg Phone: 201-227-8410 Web: Mission: The Comedy Cures Foundation is a na-

tional non-profit organization bringing joy, laughter and therapeutic humor programs to kids and grown-ups living with illness, depression, trauma and disabilities.

Girl Scout Scout Council Council of of Bergen Bergen County County Girl 300 Forest Avenue 300 Forest Avenue Paramus,NJ NJ 07652 07652 Paramus, Contact: Linda Linda Apolinaro Apolinaro Contact: Hotline: 201-967-8100 Phone: 201-967-8100 Web: Web: Mission: Girl Scouting Scouting helps helps girls girls develop develop their theirfull full Mission: Girl

individualpotential; potential;relate relatetotoothers others with increasing individual with increasing ununderstanding, skill and respect; develop to derstanding, skill and respect; develop valuesvalues to guide guide their actions and provide the foundation for their actions and provide the foundation for sound sound decision-making; and contribute to the decision-making; and contribute to the improvement improvement of society through their abilities, of society through their abilities, leadership skillsleadand ership skills with and others. cooperation with others. cooperation GSCBC serves one GSCBC in every serves one fourCounty girls in towns, 61 Bergen four girls in in61every Bergen over County 13,000 towns, over 13,000 girls. Girls, ages 5-17, meet girls. Girls, ages 5-17, meet in age-level groups onina age-level groups on a regular basis or they may parregular basis or they may participate in short-term ticipate in short-term special interest activities, special interest activities, groups, neighborhood activgroups,neighborhood activity centers or camping. ity centers or camping.

Jersey Association “ItNew is by spending oneself that one of Verismo Opera (Verismo Opera) P.O. Box 3024 becomes rich.” Fort Lee, NJ 07024-9024 —Sarah Bernhardt Contact: Lucine Amara, artistic director Phone: 917-291-2721 Web: of Generosity, Inc. Mission: NewRoad, Jersey Association of Verismo 201 Piermont Suite #16

Opera’s (Verismo Opera) mission is: 1. To enhance Cresskill, NJ 07626 the cultural life of our community by providing a complete of fine musical Albanese programming; 2. To Contact:range D. Jane Chagaris educate the community about the uplifting benHotline: 201-567-2622 efits of music and, in particular, grand opera; 3. To Web: educate and introduce our youth to the joy of fine Mission: provide hope andopportunifinancial music; and To 4. To providehelp, performance aid to people coping with catastrophic ties to musicians and offer study grants tocircumyoung stances, and to assist those who are experiencing performing artists. desperate times.

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Le Cristal Grand Opening Le Cristal Fine Jewelry held their Grand Opening celebration complete with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and music. The evening benefited the MS Center at Holy Name Hospital.

Joe Parisi, Julie and Mikaela Lee

Nan Holland, Yanina Torosian, and Margarita Fedorovskaya

Vahe Torosian, Eva and Chris Grupa

Frank Huttle, Lisa Futterman, and Joe Parisi

Steve Kronenfeld and Anya Skraban

Jack and Rehan Yesilian, Yanina and Vahe Torosian

Nancy Keenan and Lisa Futterman

Burak Bahceler, Esra Bahceler, and Alev Bahceler

Allison Zayas and Blue Ferdinand

Yanina and Vahe Torosian

Victoria Nikishina and Andrea Rongo

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Meital Benaroya, Yanina Torosian, Rita Lerner, Dr. Cliff Salm and Ann Oster

Curtis and Jennifer Dalton

Isaac Nektalov and Regina Nektalov

COME CELEBRATE THE JOYS OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON AT “L” Gift Certificates Are Available For That Special Someone Book Your Holiday Party Now! Space Is Limited! Call Janet For Details.

9 Franklin Turnpike T: 201.785.1112

Allendale, NJ


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)

Bonefish Grille

Glen Rock Inn

The Abbey

Brady’s at the Station

5-7 W. Main St., Ramsey, 201-327-9748


601 From Rd., Paramus, 201-261-2355

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

The Brick House

67 W. Allendale Ave. Allendale, 201-327-3197

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

Allendale Bar & Grill

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., Closter, 201-564-7893


179 Godwin Ave., Wyckoff, 201-848-1211


Crow’s Nest

309 Vincent Ave., Hackensack, 201-342-5445

222 Rock Rd., Glen Rock, 800-400-2362 44 Madison Ave., Cresskill, 201-541-7575

Happy Days

625 Rivervale Rd., River Vale, 201-594-1900

Harvest Bistro

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

Ho-Ho-Kus Inn and Tavern

Davey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

1 East Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, 201-445-4115

Emerson Hotel

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

Esty Street

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

Kinderkamack Rd. & Grand Ave., Montvale, 201-391-9356


31 Emerson Plaza, Emerson, 201-262-7557

Iron Horse

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

Ivy Inn

Fire and Oak

100 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale, 201-307-1100

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An amazing meal in dramatic surroundings is always on the menu at the historic Brick House Restaurant, northern New Jersey’s distinctive restaurant for discriminating diners. Our gorgeous main dining room has been completely renovated and serves up a memorable lunch or dinner experience. Our handsome main bar upstairs and clubby cigar bar downstairs offer our customers some very different kinds of places to relax and entertain. And our extensive wine list features selections from around the world to enhance any meal. If you want to enjoy a memorable steak and continental cuisine, come and visit us at The Brick House.

179 Godwin Ave. Wyckoff, NJ 07481


Aldo’s Italian Restaurant To treat your family like if you are right at home, with a homemade pasta and the Finest Italian Cuisine, Aldo’s Restaurant is the perfect choice.

Enjoy you’re next Celebration in Our Private Party Room 393 Franklin Ave. Wyckoff, NJ 07481


Bar & Grill


BAR & GRILL Visit a New Dining Experience.

Available for intimate meetings and private parties.

Available for intimate meetings and private parties.

Make your reservations for New Year’s Eve

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22 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood 201.871.7155 Fax 201.541.6455

24 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood 201.871.7155 Fax 201.541.6455

(Space is limited)

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Village Green

Janice A Bistro

Picnic, the Restaurant


362 Grand Ave., Englewood, 201-871-7444 23 Sheridan Ave., Ho-Ho-Kus, 201-445-2666

Joe’s American Bar & Grill

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

36 Prospect St., Ridgewood, 201-445-2914

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

Garden State Plaza (Rtes. 17 & 4), Paramus, 201-843-8858

P.J. Finnegan’s

2 Island Rd., Mahwah, 201-529-8056

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

Mahwah Bar & Grill Mason Jar

221 Ramapo Valley Rd., Mahwah, 201-529-2302

Napa Valley Grill

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

Nellie’s Place

9 Franklin Turnpike, Waldwick, 201-652-8626


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

Palmer’s Crossing

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


171 Schraalenburg Rd., Closter, 201-767-1242

274 Fairview Ave., Westwood, 201-664-7576

Railroad Café Regina’s


Golden Dynasty

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

Golden Pond

827 Teaneck Rd., Teaneck, 201-862-1996

Restaurant L

9 Franklin Turnpike, Allendale, 201-785-1112

Rolling Pin Café

147 N. Kinderkamack Rd., Montvale, 201-930-8811

Look See

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

341 Broadway, Westwood, 201-666-4660


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

Smith Brothers Saloon

51 N. Broad St., Ridgewood,201-444-8111

P.F. Chang’s

The Shops at Riverside, Rt. 4W, Hackensack, 201-646-1565

Continental Cuisine

Stony Hill Inn

Fountainview Restaurant

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


7800 B River Rd., North Bergen, 201-861-7767

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

336 Queen Anne Rd., Teaneck, 201-801-0888


107 Anderson Ave., Hackensack, 201-489-4831









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RESTAURANT GUIDE 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




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

The Melting Pot

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

Villa Amalfi

793 Palisades Ave. (Marion Ave.), Cliffside Park, 201-886-8626

Eclectic Contemporary

Le Jardin

Madeleine’s Petite Paris

167 Park Ave., Rutherford, 201-935-2995

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


6-09 Fair Lawn Ave., Fair Lawn, 201-797-6767

Axia Taverna

18 Piermont Rd., Tenafly, 201-569-5999

Daily Treat

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

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


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

It’s Greek to Me

Café Matisse (BYO)

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

16-18 South Broad St., Ridgewood, 201-444-7887

NiSi Estiatorio

90 Grand Ave., Englewood, 201-567-4700

Park & Orchard

240 Hackensack St. (Union Ave.), East Rutherford, 201-939-9292


238 Broadway, Elmwood Park, 201-703-9200


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

91 Main St., Nyack, NY, 845-358-3202

201 Supper Club

Taverna Mykonos

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


Mela Authentic Indian Cuisine

47 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, 201-445-6060








Café Italiano Ristorante



Café Tivoli

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

38 Harrison Ave., Garfield, 973-778-4930 117 Moonachie Rd., Moonachie, 201-641-4010

Aldo & Gianni

108 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale, 201-391-6866

Bella Italia (BYO)

Aldo & Gianni

170 Main St., Ridgefield Park, 201-440-2150

268 Huyler St., South Hackensack, 201-487-4220


Aldo’s (BYO)

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

393 Franklin Ave., Wyckoff, 201-891-2618


A Mano


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


299 Paramus Rd., Paramus, 201-652-0201

24 Franklin Ave. (at Chestnut St.), Ridgewood, 201-493-2000 63 Cedar Ln., Teaneck, 201-833-1897


23 Hardenburgh Ave. (Knickerbocker Rd.), Haworth, 201-384-1551

Bottagra Restaurant

144 Main St., Fort Lee, 201-461-4220

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

Armando’s Arturo’s

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

Buon Gusto

Buongiomo’s (BYO)

41 Central Ave., Midland Park, 201-444-2466

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

Baci Italian Grill

Café Capri

36 Jefferson Ave., Westwood, 201-722-1900

343 Broadway, Hillsdale, 201-664-6422

14 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, 201-461-5041 533 Shaler Blvd., Ridgefield, 201-941-5561


18 S. Dean St., Englewood, 201-541-6760

Cenzino Ristorante

589 Ramapo Valley Rd., Oakland, 201-337-6693


100 Piermont Rd., Norwood, 201-750-5000


259 Johnson Ave., River Edge, 201-342-1233


12 Tappan Rd. (Schraalenburgh Rd.), Harrington Park, 201-767-4245

Dolce Novita

107 Moonachie Rd. (Rtes. 3 & 46), Moonachie, 201-440-3339


279 Kinderkamack Rd., Oradell, 201-261-9500


843 Washington Ave., Carlstadt. 201-460-7997


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

Restaurant & Bar

Dinallo’s Famous Christmas Party

Hunter Hayes Live

Sunday, Dec. 18th from 2pm-6pm Complimentary Buffet Drink Specials All Day Music by DJ Jack

November 16th 9pm-1am

Book your Holiday Party early in our Great Party Room

• Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4pm-7pm

259 Johnson Avenue 162

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467 Broadway, Westwood, 201-664-9846

Grissini Trattoria

Maggiano’s Little Italy

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

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


340 Paterson Ave., East Rutherford, 201-438-9617

Martini Grill

Jerry’s of East Rutherford Il Castello

35 Moonachie Rd., Moonachie, 201-440-5520

Il Mulino Ristorante

132 Veterans Plaza, Dumont, 201-384-7767

Il Villaggio

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

Locale Café

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


238 Main St., Ridgefield Park, 201-440-2996

Lu Nello

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

Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn

53 W. Passaic St. (behind Garden State Plaza), Rochelle Park, 201-843-1250

Papa Razzi

La Cambusa

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

Nanni Ristorante

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

In Napoli

105 Old New Bridge Rd., New Milford, 201-692-7700


22 N. Van Brunt St. Englewood, 201-871-7155


119 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, 201-389-6400

61 River St., Hackensack, 201-487-1969

Sorrento (BYO)

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


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

Puzo’s Family Restaurant

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



Sanducci’s Pasta & Pizza Co. (BYO)

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

Osteria La Fiamma

203 Rock Rd., Glen Rock, 201-670-4945 150 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, 201-529-0007

110 Moonachie Rd., Moonachie, 201-939-1244

651 Rt. 17N (between Rtes. 3 & 46), Carlstadt, 201-935-7733


132 Park Ave. (Paterson Ave.), East Rutherford, 201-507-0093

Teggiano Ristorante

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


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


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

860 River Rd., Edgewater, 201-943-9393

Serving the Finest Cuisine since 1993 “New York style in a New Jersey setting” -Zagats, 2001/2002

Eclectic American Cuisine with Seasonal Charm

Come sample our new seasonal menu 800 Ridgewood Road - Washington Township Call for reservations and easy directions 201.358.6330

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754 Franklin Ave., Franklin Lakes, 201-891-6644



Sarku Japan

2 Mercer St., Lodi, 973-777-8424

490 Market St., Saddle Brook, 201-843-5811

The Chef’s Table


856 Franklin Ave., Franklin Lakes, 201-560-1333

Flirt Sushi

140 West Allendale Ave., Allendale, 201-825-9004


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


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


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


55 Franklin Ave., Ridgewood, 201-652-0088

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

1 Valley Rd., Little Ferry, 201-931-1522 Bergen Town Center, Rt. 4W (Forest Ave.), Paramus, 201-880-6551


43 Franklin Ave., Ridgewood, 201-447-6525


53 W. Main St., Ramsey, 201-825-871


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

Wild Nigiri Hassun Sushi Bar

6 E. Palisade Ave., Englewood, 201-567-2660


Dong Bang Grill

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

Pine Hill Restaurant

123 Paramus Rd., Paramus, 201-843-0170


7:00 PM - 12:00 AM



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236 River Rd., Edgewater, 201-943-8808


8809 River Rd., North Bergen, 201-943-6366 1060 Goffle Rd., Hawthorne, 973-238-0800


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

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

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Mary Ellen Smith, Edward Davis, Rosa Pansini and Shawn Ryan

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PREDICTIONS The Transformative Power of Change January



Friends are complaining and co-workers are driving you crazy. Yes, it may seem like all hell is breaking loose, probably because it has. Have no fear. It’s a transformation of your life before the end of the year. Sometimes things get worse before they get better! But this will warm your heart: Either a lover or life mate will create a big mega smile on your face, which should make you glow through the holidays.

It may seem as if others are putting you down but you’re actually doing that to yourself. You need to do some transformation of your thoughts. Although sometimes your intuition is dead on when it has to do with others, when it comes to applying it to yourself, you’re dead wrong. Whatever side you’re taking on your internal debate, switch to take the other side.

Time to put your life into perspective. Yes, there are lots of changes and challenges. Yes, a good amount of growth has definitely taken place. Use this time as a period where you transform your idea of the glass being half empty to more of a half full kind of perspective. You really are doing well. So remember that as the year ends, a new one begins.




Just because you are seeking a work transformation it doesn’t mean you need to leave the job you have. Time to look on the bulletin board for a change. For those working for themselves, it just involve starting a website instead of the storefront. Contracts made at this time may require a bit of transformation. So for best results, be sure to dot those i’s and cross those t’s.

April showers bring May flowers. So what does November bring in December? How about a match and fire, or desire and passion? You will see that November plants the seed. December brings you the benefits. The words may be different for all. The loneliness is less. The choices are greater. Either way, your heart has more reasons than ever to beat with excitement.

Time to put that pen to paper. Some how, some way in order for your transformation to take place, you will require the pen and paper approach. Or for some of you, the email, the Internet or computer keyboard will provide the means to the end. The magic word is message. Communication is the key. Political powers may present a welcome opportunity for you.




Transformation! That’s you and your looks and your likes. You may not think that if you’re working out at the gym or having Botox injections. But remember no pain no gain! Lots of work leads to plenty of play. So expect the new you to be emerging, and get set for plenty of winks and nods. “Choice” is such a great word, especially when you get to do the choosing.

When it comes to friends, it might seem like a case of “out with the old and in with the new.” But it’s not so black and white. You may be revisiting your Rolodex and notice that you’re leaning towards a new group. You won’t be just vanishing the old ones. Your mother’s words are still in your heart: “Make new friends. Keep the old. One is silver, the other is gold.”

Sexy, sassy, sensational. Your transformation touches all aspects of your life. Not just work but play; not just friends but family. So, time to expect your Facebook to flourish, the phone to text and the offers to come in. You may have so much going on that you may not be sure what to do on what day. Just know that the calendar will keep you hopping and you will love it all.




Fear not: Your voice finally will be heard. Timing is everything. Even if it involves only a small transformation, the change definitely will be one that you and others will notice. Simple is better and sometimes smarter. Thoughts come your way, as do welcome surprises and unexpected miracles. Get set for genuine shared moments of happiness.

Those of you who volunteer should think in terms of work transformation. You may be the next president of the PTA or grand master at your country club. You will take on new responsibilities, such as becoming a parent for the first time. Work brings life and love. Look for yours as the year comes to an end. Your pessimistic self may take time to see some the good that is happening.

Look to your surroundings to lead the way when it comes to transformations. Maybe you are moving to another house or apartment, or it’s just a matter of moving the furniture. Perhaps someone is moving in or moving out. And it might involve your office or clubhouse. Just know that one way or another you will find your surroundings making a mighty big change. Embrace it!

Judith Turner, psychic, can be reached at her office in Edgewater, at (201) 224-6629. BC The Magazine // November/December 2011




Earthshaking Developments Doom and gloom seem to top today’s headlines. This does not bode well for those of us who depend on the lighter side of current events for our material. That’s why I choose to accentuate the positive. How do I do that? I tell myself that the phone call from China calling in its collateral is inevitable, and with each passing day that the phone does not ring, I feel better. While a little reverse psychology goes a long way, beware of the deep self-delusion espoused by a few too many public figures. But back to all the doom and gloom: What gives with Mother Nature confusing geography with an actual real life earthquake rattling the nerves of New Jersey residents? They say trends start in California (think health food, dim-witted juries, the unsustainable debt) before spreading throughout the country, but I did not see this one coming. Apparently, there are those who think that the earthquake is a sign of apocalyptic events yet to come. Some folks see God’s hand in this event because of our country’s rotten state of affairs. The most prominent support for this biblical act is that God is tired of the idiots running Washington. Perhaps, but this suggests that God is either a procrastinator (see Congresses of 1860, 1948, and most of my lifetime) or he just started paying attention. There simply has to be an explanation for this rare phenomenon. Here’s my favorite: God is upset with our nation’s deteriorating moral values. (I don’t think God is alone on that one.) This begs the question, “When were our morals ascending?” And who is making these claims, anyway? Moral superiority syndrome, or MSS, which is not a real syndrome but rather one that I just made up, is a frightening condition that inflicts self-appointed social commentators and can only truly be cured by the disclosure of one’s own moral shortcomings. Then again, perhaps the earthquake reflects God’s disgust with folks who think that they can speak for him. Besides, if the earthquake truly was a result of the outrage over values, how in the world was Vegas spared? Enough said, let’s 170

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move on to another theory. Here’s one that I’ve heard a few times: the Almighty rejects gay marriage as well as gays in the military and the earthquake was his way of telling us this. Naturally, he would express his rage by shaking the East coast with an eight second earthquake. Do folks really believe that with all the war, injustice, poverty, crime and bad lending practices in the world, this is what God chooses to reject? Assuming that this was indeed a message from the heavens, why send it in the form of an earthquake? In the Dark Ages, natural disasters may have been the most efficient method to reach the masses, but not today. Today we have Twitter; surely a Tweet provides a better vehicle with which to communicate (although I’m not certain that The Ten Commandments can be condensed into 140 characters). I, for one, am leaning towards a more geological explanation. Regardless, like you, I considered traffic to be the biggest natural disaster threat of living in the tri-state area. Fortunately, other than shaking everyone up, we fared well from the brief rattling. Unlike the subsequent hurricane that devastated so many of our neighbors, the earthquake brought a shared experience with a relatively happy ending in that there was no permanent damage. It even took our mind away, albeit temporally, from the doom and gloom reported across the cable news networks. And while Washington was rattled by the quake, clearly it will take a much bigger seismic event to shake things up on Capitol Hill. It boggles my mind how some people think that they can speak for the man upstairs, as if they have a hotline to heaven. Who knows who is really at the other end of that conversation? If the caller is speaking Chinese, my advice is to hang up immediately as he is most likely calling about the collateral.

Ronald S. Bergamini shares his wry outlook on life in the BC ’burbs. He can be reached at

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