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B E R G E N H E A LT H & LIFE

BERGEN

JUNE 2009

& life

health

Your best THE OUTDOORS ISSUE

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WHERE TO: dine alfresco • hike •

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Knowledge. Skill. Experience. At Holy Name Hospital, our cardiologists understand heart disease and the importance of finding it early. Along with world-class physicians, we offer diagnostic technology that’s ahead of the curve—including cardiac PET/CT stress testing and CT angiography that can capture detailed images of your heart in just five seconds. If a blockage is diagnosed, our catheterization lab is ready and waiting to remove it at a moment’s notice. All are examples of how deeply we’re committed to healing hearts and saving lives. To make an appointment with a Holy Name Hospital cardiologist, call 877-HOLY-NAME (465-9626).

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KNOW THE SIGNS OF A HEART ATTACK AND STROKE. IT COULD SAVE A LIFE. The American Heart Association, American Stroke Association and Holy Name Hospital remind you to call 9-1-1 immediately at the signs of a heart attack or stroke. Acting quickly can save a life. Make a note of the time at which these symptoms first appear. It’s vital information for the emergency medical services team and the emergency room.

Signs of a Heart Attack Chest discomfort—Pain commonly occurs in the center of the chest and lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. It can feel like an uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

Signs of a Brain Attack or Stroke • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg—especially if these symptoms occur on one side of the body.

Discomfort in other areas of the upper body— Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.

• Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding

Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.

• Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes

Other signs—Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness may also be signs of a heart attack.

• Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

Gender matters—As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.

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54 June 2009 Features Bergen’s outdoors /

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Take me to the river

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Outdoor eats

3 ways to experience the Hudson and Hackensack

Where and how to dine alfresco in Bergen

15 Bergen buzz · Outdoor oasis · Puppy love · “What I’m listening to . . .” · Shear compassion · Precious pieces · Win! A Bobby Flay cookbook

20 Essential Bergen Vegging out The county’s best veggie burger

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Every dog park has its day 5 spots in the county that have gone to the dogs

22 Flash

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Nature calls

46 Health watch

Ready to bike, hike or paddle? Join the club!

At home /

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Captured moments around the county

· A backyard survival guide · Your skin: When to worry · Bergenites burning calories

52 Glorious food

Backyard bliss 6 lush landscapes offer outdoor inspiration.

Miracle growers A bountiful summer staple,

zucchini is a savory warm-weather treat.

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Sit this one out Unwind in alfresco elegance with these hip outdoor seating options.

42 Escapes /

Jersey joys

How many of these thrills await you this summer?

54 Bergen gourmet

It takes a villaggio More than a wedding spot,

the newly renovated Il Villaggio in Carlstadt serves up pre-fusion, pre-nouvelle Italian cuisine.

56 Where to eat Your Bergen County dining guide

Departments 8

Editor’s letter

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Local events you won’t want to miss

72 Faces of Bergen Scoop troupe


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Outside’s ‘in’ WE’RE ALL OUTDOORS ENTHUSIASTS WHEN JUNE arrives in beautiful Bergen County. Even the most housebound souls step out to catch a breeze, savor the sunshine— and forget all about their “Things to Do” list and that 401K. So we at Bergen Health & Life couldn’t resist making this a special “outdoors” issue, full of our own open-air wisdom. The outdoors begins, of course, with your backyard. Now is the time to enjoy it as it is—and dream of what it might become. In “Backyard Bliss” on page 32, we fuel those dreams with design secrets from six local landscapers. Then, what’s your pleasure—biking? Hiking? Kayaking? Bird-watching? In “Nature Calls” on page 30, you’ll learn of nearby places to do all four and more. And in “Take Me to the River” on page 24, discover three kinds of fun the Hudson and Hackensack provide. They’ll never again be just barriers to cross. Ready to venture a little farther? “Jersey Joys,” this issue’s Escapes piece on page 42, details 10 Garden State thrills you may not yet have made time for—after all, you live here. In this season, food just seems to taste better alfresco. So check out “Outdoor Eats” on page 26. There, we dish on the best places in Bergen to picnic under the sun and dine out beneath the moon, along with an expert’s tips on how to pack a picnic basket without that wince of “I forgot—” regret. We also offer some treats for your canine friend. When he waits all year for June, it feels seven times as long (or something like that). So we treat him, on page 28, to a review of the county’s five dog parks. And because your health is our continuing mission, we offer “Your Backyard Survival Guide” on page 46. It’s full of counsel on avoiding—or handling—outdoor dangers that range from sunburns to snakebites to the rusty nails that threaten bare feet. So enjoy the season—safely. Now, if you don’t mind, I’m heading out!

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Conveniently located in Ridgewood, N.J., we provide outstanding and innovative Orthopaedic care in our friendly, newly-renovated, completely electronic and digital medical office.

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Bergen BUZZ YOUR GUIDE TO LOCAL TRENDS, TREASURES, PEOPLE & WELL-KEPT SECRETS

PUPPY LOVE

OUTDOOR OASIS From the hip teak poolside bar to the allweather wicker furniture, much of Old Tappan resident Catherine Levine’s backyard sanctuary comes courtesy of BACKYARD LIVING in Ridgewood (201-689-9111, www.backyard livingnj.com), an 8,000-squarefoot, two-floor Mecca of patio furniture, garden tools and other outdoor essentials. “It’s a pretty store and there’s always something new,” says Levine. “As a master gardener Hummingbird and bird enthusiast, I stop by to purfeeder from chase pots and feeders or just ask questions, Backyard Living like which type of seed attracts certain birds.” Highlights from the shop’s current collection include a cast-iron fire pit, exclusive to the store ($350), the cast-stone Passaros fountain from Campania International ($585), and a chat table from Groovystuff made of reclaimed teak wagon wheels ($900). The store also sells an impressive selection of furniture from highend brands Gloster, Brown Jordan and Laneventure— “they’re like the Mercedes or BMW of outdoor furniture,” says owner Tom Vielbig. Backyard Living also hosts free outdoor living seminars and workshops Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. Upcoming events include “Hands-on Container Gardening” on June 3 and “Hands-on Perennial Care” on June 10.

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HELENE KAIDEN, Montvale, sales manager GUIDRY, Brittany spaniel, age 3 HOW WE MET: “I used to be terrified of dogs, but one night we were eating outside at a restaurant and saw a couple with a cute, well-behaved Brittany spaniel. We did some research and decided this was the type of dog for us. The breeder we went to had two puppies available— one that barked like crazy and little Guidry, who just slept in the corner. Guidry was more our speed! We named him after Ron Guidry, a former Yankees pitcher I always thought was cute.” BORN TO RUN: “Guidry can just run and run. A couple of months ago he got away from our dog walker and was missing for about an hour. I was hysterical while my neighbors went around town searching. A woman from New City finally saw him running alongside the Parkway! She wouldn’t accept a reward, but since she owned a T-shirt company I purchased shirts for all my neighbors that said ‘Team Guidry.’”

Think your furry friend is the cutest in Bergen? Send us a picture of you with your pet and we might publish it in our pages. Mail the photo along with your name, address and telephone number to Bergen Health & Life, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645 or e-mail editor@wainscotmedia.com.

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Bergen BUZZ ‘What I’m listening to ...’ “While classic rock was my main musical fuel growing up in the ’80s, I’ve also delved into progressive rock and some late ’60s California folk rock,” says Dan Sheehan, assistant professor of music at Bergen Community College and guitarist/singer/songwriter for rock band The Dan Sheehan Conspiracy. “These are songs I’ve been listening to lately, many by artists who have long been part of the soundtrack to my life.” 1. “I’LL BE BACK,“ The Beatles, from A Hard Day’s Night 2. “DISAPPEAR,“ Meat Puppets, from Rise to Your Knees 3. “HOUSES OF THE HOLY,“ Led Zeppelin, from

Physical Graffiti 4. “I SEE YOU,“ Yes, from Yes 5. “THE FOUNTAIN OF LAMNETH,“ Rush, from

Caress of Steel 6. “NOWADAYS CLANCY CAN’T EVEN SING,“ Buffalo Springfield, from Buffalo Springfield 7. “BALL OF CONFUSION,“ The Temptations, from Good

Morning Vietnam: A Soundtrack of the ’60s 8. “TOOLMASTER OF BRAINERD,“ Trip Shakespeare, from

Are You Shakespearienced? 9. “THE PLANETS, OP. 32: I. MARS, THE BRINGER OF WAR,“ London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Colin Davis,

from Holst: The Planets 10. “HALO OF ASHES,“ Screaming Trees, from Dust

Did you know? Between 62,000 and 72,000 Bergen County residents commute to New York City daily, either by bus or on the rail system. SOURCE: www.co.bergen.nj.us

Shear compassion “People are really struggling right now and I wanted to make myself useful,” says hair stylist Irene Brown, owner of Ridgewood’s Ultra Look Beauty Salon (201-444-6555, www.ultralooksalon.com). Her solution? Offering free cuts to unemployed customers and their children. “Seeing news reports of other places in the area that have helped people who lost their jobs, such as restaurants that offer ‘eat now, pay later’—that’s what really inspired me.” Brown, who typically charges $25 for cuts, doesn’t ask for proof of unemployment to spare customers from embarrassment. “We even give free makeovers to people going to job interviews, because a new look can really help,” she says. For Ridgewood resident Jan Iannelli, who lost her job in sales and marketing this winter, receiving a gratis shampoo and cut at Ultra Look offered a much-needed confidence boost. “Irene did a great job, and I walked away feeling so wonderful that somebody had done something for me after I’d felt so let down,” she says. “I can’t recommend her enough.”

PRECIOUS PIECES Exquisite hand-crafted items for the discerning collector—that’s the specialty of Enana &

Co. (201-568-6810, www.enanaco.com), a 3,000-square-foot Englewood shop selling artwork, giftware and antique and reproduction furniture crafted with centuries-old techniques. “We’re trying to revive ancient arts for the modern era,” says owner Joseph Jacob. “Our merchandise is extremely rare and imported directly from master artisans—we don’t have layers of agents, wholesalers and distributors like so many retailers today.” Hand-crafted stone mosaics, one-of-a-kind inlay furniture, hand-woven silk fabrics, include a large urn featuring exotic wood parquetry and mother-of-pearl inlays ($4,500); a natural stone mosaic depicting Michelangelo’s renowned painting The Holy Family, with a hand-carved gilded beech wood frame ($35,000); and a 3-inch–high sterling silver filigree baby carriage with wheels ($1,500), designed by Jacob.

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VEGGING OUT WHERE’S BERGEN’S BEST VEGGIE BURGER? AN INTREPID REPORTER AND HER RELUCTANT DINING COMPANION FIND OUT

LIKE LIFE AND THAT PROVERBIAL BOX of chocolates, with veggie burgers, you never know what you’re going to get. Healthy? Greasy? Tasty? Gross? The possibilities run the gamut. As a vegetarian for more than 10 years, I’ve sampled more than my share. So on a recent weekend I embarked on a quest to discover which locally made veggie burger was best. For the meat-eater’s perspective, I dragged my fiancé, Sean, along for the ride. Happily, we agreed on our favorite, hands down.

The winner!

HOUSTON’S, The Shops at Riverside, Hackensack. Spying the long queue in the swanky spot ’s H o u s t o n (for a 2:30 p.m. meal!), we ordered at the bar. And what can I say about what came? That a choir of angels ought to have heralded its arrival? That a previously reluctant Sean peered at it wide-eyed and said, “Wow, that looks good”? In fact, it was fantastic. The key was a sweet soy sauce that held together perfectly cooked grains of brown rice, black beans and oat bran, all topped with melted cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, mayo, mustard and onions. It was a big, messy tower that fell apart easily—but we didn’t care.

THE OTHER SIX: HERE, IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER, ARE THE OTHER CONTENDERS WE TESTED:

Cafasso’s Fairway Market, Fort Lee. This veggie burger was a cook-at-home pack sold in the market’s refrigerated section. Though the patty fell to pieces later as I fried it up in some cooking spray, the resulting bits were tasty and—since I had total grease control—the healthiest of those we sampled.

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Hennessy Tavern, Northvale. Here, the burger itself was pretty darn good: a crispy rice-based patty with a pleasant kick. Alas, the dish was woefully presented— a naked patty on a plain roll. “It has zip,” I observed. “But no ‘uh-dee-do-da,’” Sean replied. Manhattan Kosher Deli and Restaurant, Montvale. “Sort of like an egg roll” was how Sean characterized this cabbage-heavy patty. “Heavy and greasy” was my take—a perfect example of why I rarely order veggie burgers blindly. I’d never eat more than a bite or two of such an oily concoction, but must admit I enjoyed the establishment’s pickle bar thoroughly. Natalie’s, Ridgewood. Here was a patty I’ve come to expect of restaurant veggie burgers—with peas, carrots, peppers and corn, lightly fried and served on a brioche bun. Sean remarked that “it has an overwhelming pea-ness.” (I’m still giggling about that one.) I liked its fresh tomato, mixed greens and creamy homefries side. Shelly’s Vegetarian Café, Teaneck. In the battle for second place, Shelly’s edges out Hennessy’s. Akin to a crab cake, the tasty, bread crumb–heavy patty here featured carrot, broccoli and onion bits and was served on wholegrain bread with melted cheese, lettuce and tomato. ■

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Harold’s New York Deli, Lyndhurst. This place surprised us by promising a 16-ounce (!) burger, but

instead serving two burgers on separate buns. Why not just halve the order—and the price? As for the taste, it was closer to the frozen “vegetable medley” sold in a supermarket.


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AT SEASONS IN WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, THE Mahwah Schools Foundation Board of Trustees hosted its 2009 Starry Night Gala, featuring dinner, raffles, a 50/50 and more. Funds raised from the event will benefit Mahwah’s public school children. The Woodcliff Lake Hilton, meanwhile, was the site of the Colleen Giblin Foundation 2009 Humanitarian and Casino Night. The Oradell-based group works to find treatments and cures for pediatric neurological disorders. Finally, the Bergen Community College Foundation hosted a Monte Carlo Night at the Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack. The organization supports student scholarships and a variety of other initiatives at the college. 2

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MAHWAH SCHOOLS FOUNDATION GALA 1. Leslie and David Konikow 2. Laurie Sargenti, Diane Pallokat and Peggy Carriero 3. Lori Ebanietti and Janine Teel

COLLEEN GIBLIN FOUNDATION EVENT 4. Paivi Ullner, M.D.; Henrik Ullner; Michael Rotstein, M.D.; Rivka Rotstein

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Row your boat Canoes, kayaks, rowboats, small boats with outboard motors—you can launch them all from the boat ramp at KENNETH B. GEORGE PARK on the Hackensack in River Edge. If you’re paddling south, be sure to catch a glimpse of historic New Bridge Landing, where George Washington led his troops after the battle of Fort Lee in November 1776. In Hackensack, you can launch a canoe or kayak at JOHNSON PARK, just north of the Anderson Street Bridge, and FOSCHINI PARK, a popular fishing destination near River Street. Plans are in the works to connect the two parks by a river walkway. A few miles south, WATERSIDE PARK on Industrial Avenue in Ridgefield Park features a floating dock suitable for launching canoes and kayaks. Don’t own a boat? you can rent canoes and kayaks at The Paddling Center at LAUREL HILL PARK (201-968-0808), located on the southern end of the Meadowlands in Secaucus ($25 per paddler per day). The only small boat livery service on the river, it’s open weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October. Rowers can also opt for a two-hour guided paddle through the marshes of the SAWMILL CREEK WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA ($30 per paddler with boat rental, $10 without).

WATERSIDE WALKS Want to enjoy breathtaking views of the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline—and burn a few calories while you’re at it? Take a stroll on the HUDSON RIVER WATERFRONT WALKWAY, a pedestrian-friendly walking route along the Hudson, which will one day extend 18.5 miles, from the George Washington Bridge to the Bayonne Bridge. With 11 miles already complete, Bergenites can enjoy a long amble with spectacular views. A particularly scenic route on the Bergen side stretches a half-mile from Edgewater Marina, Park & Ferry Landing in Edgewater (you can park at a municipal lot across the street) to the Binghamton Racquet Club. Though the walkway veers temporarily inland after the racquet club, it soon rejoins the waterfront, where an additional 1-mile walk leads to the hip City Place outdoor mall. Venture to Liberty State Park’s walkway in Jersey City, and you’ll be treated to postcard vistas of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island (parking is available throughout the park). Weehawken also offers a bustling stretch of the walkway; a highlight along the way: the Chart House at Lincoln Harbor, a fine waterfront eatery.

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wildlife-rich Meadowlands on a pontoon Eco-Cruise by Hackensack Riverkeeper (201-968-0808, www.hackensackriverkeeper.org; $25 for adults, $10 for children), a local organization committed to preserving the river. Three itineraries are available: Meadowlands Discovery runs through the Hackensack River and the Meadowlands. Highlights include visits to Bellman’s Creek wetlands and Sawmill Creek Wildlife Management Area. Boating Through Bergen follows the same route traveled by cargo-carrying schooners of yore. You’ll get up close with the USS Ling WWII submarine. And Excursion Around the Bay takes you from the mouth of the Hackensack River into New York Bay, parks and historical sites at Bayonne’s bayshore.

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3 PLACES TO PICNIC Our favorite spots for an open-air repast • FOR ROMANTICS: Darlington County Park in Mahwah. Nuzzle and nibble beside one of the three scenic lakes in this 178-acre park, nestled in the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains in Mahwah. Nine designated picnic areas have wooden tables, but couples can spread their blankets on the sandy white beaches or open lawns. (Admission fees

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Paramus and River Edge. Lunch in one of nine picnic areas, then let the little ones loose on the park’s attractions: a carousel, a train, pony rides and the Bergen County Zoological Park. (Zoo admission: $1 to $2.50; FREE for children under 3; $1 per train and carousel ride; $3 to $5 for pony rides.) • FOR ACTIVE FOLKS: Riverside County Park in Lyndhurst and North Arlington. Fuel up on a blanket or at one of four picnic-table spots at the Joseph Carruci Area of this 85acre park along the Passaic River. Then hit the park’s tennis courts, pedestrian pathway, fitness center and bocce court. Note: Groups of 10 or more need a permit from the Bergen County Department of Parks (201-327-3500) to picnic at any county park.

MEXICAN CAFÉ (201-541-0600, www.bluemoonmexicancafe.com). A few blocks away, NAMASKAAR (201-567-0061, www.namaskaar.com) is a tiny Indian gem offering authentic cuisine at a handful of outdoor tables. And the nearby SOLAIA BAR & RESTAURANT (201-871-7155, www.solaiarestaurant.com) serves up fine Italian fare on white cloth–topped tables on a lovely brick patio. When in downtown Ridgewood, try LA PIAZZA (201-447-5111, www.lapiazzabistro.com; pictured above), a casual Italian BYO with a charming, fenced-in brick patio, or WINBERIE’S (201-444-3700), which serves creative American fare at nine sidewalk tables. For romance, try LA LANTERNA (201-444-5520), where you can enjoy a candlelit dinner of fine Tuscan specialties in an open-air side patio under a rooftop. Those seeking just sips in the sunshine can enjoy iced mochas at the sidewalk tables of COOL BEANS INTERNATIONAL COFFEES AND TEAS (201-634-1400, www.coolbeansnj.com) in Oradell. For something more potent, try the expansive outdoor patio at THE PORTER HOUSE (201-307-6300, www.porterhouseusa.com), an IrishAmerican steakhouse and pub in Montvale with 21 beers on tap, or THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE (201-666-1166, www.themountainhouse westwood.com) in Westwood, where a quaint front patio area offers full bar service. (We also recommend the thin-crust pizza!)

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The author and Honey play catch at the Lyndhurst Dog Park.

WALLINGTON: Samuel Nelkin County Park. Stacy Montalto, owner of a “maniac” golden retriever, Rosie, is the only person here when I arrive. This could be because it’s an off time, or because the park is tucked out of sight, just beyond a playground. “Sometimes we get kids who wander in from the playground, and then it’s a problem,” Montalto says. Like the other four dog runs, this one has a “no children under 12” rule, but parents often ignore this—leading to trouble when a dog knocks over a toddler. On this day, though, all seems sleepy and low-key. LEONIA: Overpeck County Park, Henry Hoebel Area. This park, with a large swath of grass where cherry blossoms and dogwoods bloom, is truly picturesque. There are about 20 large and 10 small dogs, and tons of tennis balls around. As I sit on a bench, a drooling golden retriever rests her head on my knee, soaking my pants. Jordan Saltzberg, here with his Hungarian vizsla, Dakota, has been impressed with both the dogs and their relaxed owners here. “It’s great,” he says. “I’ve never seen a dog fight.”

LYNDHURST: Riverside County Park (North), Joseph A. Carucci Area. When Honey and I arrive at 9:30 a.m. on a Friday, the run has a busy but laid-back feel, with two dozen dogs in the large-dog area and just one in the separate small-dog area. I immediately meet Muge Eran, whose golden Lab, Ashton, is reclining regally on one of the picnic tables. “This place is like Days of Our Lives,” she says, laughing. “Once, I was here with the 6:30 a.m. regulars and told them I’d only had four hours of sleep. When I came back later that afternoon, everyone knew. We all talk.”

WOODCLIFF LAKE: Wood Dale County Park. All the parks are roughly the same size, but at this one large and small dogs intermingle. About a half dozen pooches are playing when I arrive. Lori Berner brings her shih poo, Lulu, here “to get her ya-yas out.” She’s tried going to Ridgewood, but found its pace overwhelming. I understand her preference. Of the runs we tried, this one had the best balance of friendly dogs and friendly owners, making me want to hang out longer. Honey has made clear she’d be delighted to return to any of the parks—and when we get home, she sleeps for two glorious days, tuckered out at last. ■

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HONEY, MY 3-YEAR-OLD YELLOW LAB MIX (pitbrador? labrapit?), has boundless energy. A good, long walk barely tires her out. Hence my inspiration for checking out Bergen County’s five dog parks—in the same day. All the parks have similar amenities: mulch flooring, at least 4-foot-high fencing with a double gate, large cement pipes to play on or in, poop bags aplenty and a BYO H20 policy. But, we discovered, they have distinct personalities.

RIDGEWOOD: Saddle River County Park, Wild Duck Pond Area. This is the only run without benches, but the shaded spot is bustling with dozens of dogs. Bosco, a black Lab/border collie mix, and his owner, Iris Levinsohn, come frequently, but due to negotiations with nearby homeowners (“They complained of incessant barking,” says Levinsohn), the park’s hours have been limited to sunup to sunset on weekdays, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on weekends. The county may move the run to another area of the park.


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HAPPY TRAILS Secluded Bergen spots to make you forget all about the Garden State Plaza parking lot PALISADES INTERSTATE PARK (Fort Lee, Englewood and Alpine): Set above the soaring cliffs of the Hudson River, this park offers 2,500 acres of wild shorefront and uplands, 30 miles of picturesque hiking trails, plus several Manhattan vistas. A must-see: Greenbrook Sanctuary, which features a large oak forest, breathtaking waterfalls and 250 species of birds. RAMAPO VALLEY COUNTY RESERVATION (Mahwah and Oakland): For panoramic views of Bergen hike to Hawk Rock, an east-facing ledge just a few miles from the entrance of this 4,000-acre park (Bergen’s largest), which connects to Ringwood State Park and Skylands Manor in Ringwood. JAMES A. MCFAUL ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER (Wyckoff): Commune with nature without breaking a sweat by strolling a 2⁄3-mile stone pathway through this wildlife sanctuary. You can view wild deer, turkey, raccoons, woodpeckers and gold finches. A flat 300-foot handicap-accessible boardwalk also offers views of a pond and wetland area. CAMPGAW MOUNTAIN RESERVATION (Mahwah): Though skiing rules in the winter, Campgaw offers notable hiking throughout its 1,373 wooded acres in the warmer months. You can even spend the night at various campsites—just pick up a permit at nearby Darlington County Park.

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With these 5 groups, activity and camaraderie go hand in hand. BIKE: Bicycle Touring Club of North Jersey (www.btcnj.com): Everyone from “families to fanatics”— that’s how leader Ken Stahl describes the 1,300 members of the state’s largest cycling club. The group organizes 1,000 group rides each year, from kid-friendly jaunts to international tours. Meetings are held monthly at the Ridgewood Public Library. (Annual membership: $22/individual, $27/family.) HIKE: Adirondack Mountain Club, North Jersey/Ramapo Chapter (1-888-856-7030, www.hikeleader.com): Winter, spring, summer and fall, these hikers take to the trails—from gentle local walks to challenging high-peak climbs in the Catskills and Adirondacks, all organized by volunteer leaders. (Annual membership: $45/individual, $55/family.) BOAT: The Hackensack River Canoe & Kayak Club (www.hrckc.org): More than 400 members strong, this paddling club offers expeditions throughout the tri-state area, as well as occasional jaunts as far as the Florida Everglades. No boat of your own? The group’s livery service can help. Monthly meetings are held in River Edge. (Annual membership: $15/individual, $25/family.) BIRD: Bergen County Audubon Society (www.bergen countyaudubon.org): Can’t tell a sparrow from a swallow? No worries. “Our club is for anyone with an appreciation for birds and the natural world,” says president Ken Witkowski. The group holds monthly programs at Flat Rock Brook Nature Center in Englewood and takes frequent trips throughout the state. (Annual membership: $20 for new members.) SKI: Garden State Ski Club (1-866-5034772, www.gardenstateskiclub.com): Skiing and snowboarding take center stage in chiller months, but this social and recreational club organizes everything from barbecues to museum trips to volleyball games year-round. Meetings are weekly at Victor’s Maywood Inn in Maywood. (Annual membership: $40.)


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“We designed everything on a formal axis line that runs perpendicular to the house—we wanted to create a very stately look.” Thus, the pergolas align perfectly with the simple, rectangular-shaped pool. “Unlike pools with curves or details, this one allows for clean reflection and uncomplicated elegance,” he says. Rectangular- and squareshaped bluestone pieces surround the pool, while large potted tropical annuals frame the sumptuous space.

That’s entertainment A cozy niche to cook and dine alfresco—that’s the idea behind this chic outdoor kitchen in Upper Saddle River, designed for homeowners who are “very much into cooking.” “The patio was a very open area when we started, so we built the kitchen in the corner to create a bit of seclusion,” says Mark Borst, president of Borst Landscape & Design in Allendale. A cedar pergola painted white and an L-shaped counter with a light-gray brick façade—intended to match the house—help define the space, giving it the feel of a room without walls. Orange granite countertops and a burnt-toned tile backsplash add dashes of color, while four iron stools offer a stylish place to sip a cocktail. But the kitchen doesn’t just look pretty—it’s fully functional too, featuring a stainless-steel double refrigerator, sink, grill and trash compactor, plus a kegerator (a home draft-beer dispenser) and a wok. Borst also ensured that summer soirees could roar into the wee hours of the night. “The four hanging pendants provide enough light to illuminate the whole kitchen,” he says. continued

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Welcome to paradise “We wanted to create a tropical paradise,” says Mitch Knapp (president of Scenic Landscaping and a partner at Tapestry Landscape Architecture, both in Haskell) of this stunning patio and pool area in Franklin Lakes. In keeping with the theme, wild, natural-looking elements are incorporated throughout the space. Exotic plants—including coral-bark maple, gold mop cypresses, natural grasses and tropical annuals—evoke

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a remote natural wonderland. A large patio made of Idaho quartzite from Stonetown Construction Corporation in Oakland provides an ideal spot to soak up the sun, while an irregularshaped pool, moss rock waterfall, Jacuzzi and curved waterslide—all from B&B Pool & Spa Center in Chestnut Ridge, N.Y.—create an extra splash of fun. “The homeowner told me he wanted to feel like he was on vacation all the time, and that’s what we achieved,” says Knapp.


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At Walk this way Don’t be fooled by this stone walkway’s charming weathered look; it’s actually a recent addition to a once-neglected Fair Lawn backyard. “When we started, there was just a steep slope going into a lawn that was overgrown with brush and ivy,” says Mike Kukol of Horizon Landscape & Irrigation Company in Wyckoff. And with no clear path through the overgrowth, the only usable land was a 5-foot-wide swath at the top of the hill. After sprucing up the yard with lush green grass, Kukol added the steps, made of natural quarried stone from Pennsylvania, to make it easy to walk down the hill. An adjacent garden area featuring two natural rock walls spanning more than 50 feet serves to further beautify the area. The garden also contains rhododendron, astilbe, heuchera, columbines and itea—plants that thrive in the shade. “When planting around a walkway, it’s important to consider sun exposure,” says Kukol. Working with a sunnier spot? Kukol recommends planting ajuga, juniper, dianthus and black-eyed Susans. continued

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with help from a wrought-iron armillary sundial at its center. Steps crafted of chunk bluestone with bluestone risers lead down to a larger, more public entertaining space made of Stonehenge paver, also from Unilock, bordered with bluestone. To the left, a grill featuring a hand-tooled chunk bluestone façade with a bluestone slab top blends seamlessly into the space. Boxwoods, orange annuals and formally trained shrubs in white boxes add dashes of color throughout the space. “I wanted to provide many visual points of interest to enjoy,” says Buckingham.


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History in bloom Both the house and the 2-acre grounds of the historic AckermanTerhune-Demarest House in HoHo-Kus were in serious disrepair until a new homeowner embarked on an extensive renovation project. His mission for Glenn Jacobsen, president of Jacobsen Landscape Design & Construction in Midland Park: preserve the historical authenticity of the home, originally built by Dutch settlers in the 18th century, by using plants and materials common during that era. “Colonial planting was actually very minimalist,” says Jacobsen. “They didn’t use a lot of plants like we do today.” Thus, just a sprinkling

of birch trees, flowering quince, boxwood, roses and perennials adds life throughout yard, while river-washed stone steppers and hand-cast clay bricks provide pathways around the house. But one of Jacobsen’s main objectives was terracing a sloping cliff to create access from the lower yard to a spacious upper yard, which spans 1.5 acres. “After researching the types of stone used in that period, we opted for brownstone and local and Pennsylvania fieldstone on the walls and quarried bluestone for the steps,” he says. “We really tried to replicate the era of the home.” ■ BERGEN

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THIS PAGE (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT): • Choose this Coast Arc Chaise ($4,300) from Henry Hall Designs and your space will always be sunny. The lounge features underseat storage and is adjustable to six positions. • Rock out with Pier 1 Imports’ Pier Painted Wood Rocking Chair ($160). • Go modern with this Zephyr Collection resin-weave arm chair ($2,185 to $2,320, depending on fabric). • Don’t stay ahead of the curve, rest upon it with Whitecraft’s rounded All-Weather Wave Runner Lounge Rocker ($1,120). • Give your patio a comfy spot of whimsy with the colorful iron curls of the ReTrouvé 566 chair ($1,120), by Patricia Urquiola for Emu. OPPOSITE: • Relax regally in Windham Castings’ elegant Catalina chaise longue ($1,550), made of powder-coated aluminum. ■

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JERSEY JOYS HOW MANY OF THESE GARDEN STATE ADVENTURES WILL YOU EXPERIENCE THIS SUMMER? If New Jersey were a distant destination, you might have journeyed here to discover its many wonders long ago. But who expects travel thrills in their own backyard? Fact is though, we Bergenites are blessed: Within a short drive there are sandy beaches, lush farmlands, rolling mountains, scenic riversâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and unforgettable experiences. Try these 10 types of nearby fun:

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PARASAIL OVER THE ATLANTIC Seagulls aren’t the only ones who can relish a bird’s-eye view of the Atlantic Coast—you can too, thanks to numerous Jersey Shore companies that offer parasailing, soaring in a parachute towed by a motorboat. For a view of the Garden State’s southern coast, try Hang Loose Parasail in Wildwood (609-522-9453, www.hangloose parasail.com), which provides single, double and triple rides lasting eight to 12 minutes in the air ($65 per person), operated by United States Coast Guard–trained captains. Hang on tight, because you could reach heights up to 500 feet—the highest permitted by New Jersey law. Want to relive your flight on land? Hang Loose can photograph your experience with 35mm SLR cameras with zoom lenses ($24 for 24 photos).

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HIKE THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL Spanning approximately 2,178 miles from Maine to Georgia, the Appalachian Trail is the nation’s longest footpath, with 72 of its miles running through northwestern New Jersey along the Kittatinny Range. You can enjoy breathtaking scenery on a hike through all or part of the Jersey trail, which extends from the Delaware Water Gap opposite Pennsylvania to Abram S. Hewitt State Forest in Passaic County. On the southern end check out Sunfish Pond in Worthington State Forest, a 44-acre glacial lake surrounded by a chestnut oak forest. In the north, a walk through the rocky ridges of High Point State Park offers stunning valley and mountain views.

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PADDLE THROUGH THE PINELANDS Encompassing about 1.1 million acres of tranquil pine oak forests, streams, rivers, farms, crossroad hamlets and small towns in southern New Jersey, the Pinelands National Reserve—also called the Pine Barrens—is the largest body of open space on the MidAtlantic seaboard between Richmond and

Boston. Though numerous hiking trails are available for visitors, paddling through the Pinelands’ pristine waterways is perhaps the best way to enjoy its largely untouched beauty in the summertime. The Wharton State Forest in Atlantic, Burlington and Camden counties permits canoeing on the Mullica, Batsto, Wading and Oswego rivers, where you can observe bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, river otters, Pine Barrens tree frogs and more. Don’t own a canoe of your own? You can rent one to take onto the Wading or Oswego rivers at Pine Barrens Canoe Rental in Chatsworth (1-800-732-0793, www.pinebarrenscanoe.com; $48 per canoe).

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BIRD-WATCH IN THE MEADOWLANDS The Meadowlands in Bergen and Hudson counties is a haven for some of the state’s most magnificent birds, and you can view them up close thanks to 1,168 acres of publicly accessible parks, viewing platforms and walking and paddling trails. Hackensack Riverkeeper (201-968-0808, www.hackensackriverkeeper.org) offers educational guided bird walks through various spots in the Meadowlands, such as Mill Creek Wetlands Trail in Secaucus—where you’ll observe green-winged teals, herons, egrets, raptors, hawks and osprey—and the Richard W. DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst, home to sandpipers, semipalmated plovers, great blue herons and an increasing number of yellow-crowned night herons, considered a threatened species by the state. continued BERGEN

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SPOT WHALES IN THEIR NATURAL HABITAT You can observe the world’s largest mammals with a family-friendly whale-watching cruise offered by the Cape May Whale and Research Center in Cape May (609-898-0055, www.capemay whalewatch.com). The two- to three-hour journeys take you on the Atlantic aboard the 80-foot-long M/V Whale Watcher, where you’ll learn about the feeding, migratory and breeding habits of whales, dolphins and local birds, as well as “spotting techniques” for viewing whales and dolphins in the water. ($28 to $38 for adults; $18 to $23 for children ages 7 to 12.)

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VISIT THE LAKOTA WOLF PRESERVE Listen to the howls of tundra, timber and arctic wolves—and watch them run and play from a safe vantage point—at the Lakota Wolf Preserve in Columbia (1-877-733-9653, www.lakotawolf.com). Lakota offers Wolf Watch programs twice daily, allowing you to view four packs of wolves in a special observation area and learn interesting facts about them, such as their social structure and eating habits ($15 for adults, $7 for children under 12). Because photos taken

at the Wolf Watch program will reveal chain-link fencing installed for safety reasons, more serious photographers can enjoy a guided photography session around each individual wolf compound ($300 for two hours), which provides numerous opportunities to photograph the wolves up to 3 feet away through special portal openings in the fencing.

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TAKE A HOT-AIR BALLOON RIDE Want to capture the full beauty of Hunterdon County’s serene rolling hills, tranquil farmlands and breathtaking old estates? Leave the car behind and hop on a hot-air balloon. Hunterdon Ballooning Inc. (908788-5415, www.hunterdonballooning.com) in Flemington launches 45-minute flights—in the evening daily, with additional morning launches on weekends—taking you on a dreamy voyage a few thousand feet in the air. Visitors float over picturesque corn and grain fields, lakes, meadows and forests—and on clear days can sometimes even see the New York City and Philadelphia skylines as well as the Delaware Water Gap. Wear comfy clothes and bring a camera and your thirst for adventure. ($215 to $295 per person, include a complimentary champagne toast and snacks following your flight.)

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STROLL THROUGH STERLING HILL MINE You might not strike gold, but a walk through the world-famous Sterling Hill zinc mine in Ogdensburg, which closed in 1986 and is thought to have been operational as far back as the early 1700s, will provide invaluable insight into New Jersey’s rich mining history. The onehour, 1,300-foot underground stroll is part of a tour offered by the Sterling Hill Mining Museum, a nonprofit foundation committed to preserving the mine (973-209-7212, www.sterling hillminingmuseum.org). Tour highlights include walking through mine galleries dating back to the 1830s, viewing pieces of equipment used in the mine and visiting the Rainbow Room, where brightly fluorescent zinc ore is exposed in the mine walls. Visitors are even invited to take a piece of the fluorescent zinc ore home as a souvenir. ($10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $7.50 for kids 12 and under.)


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MOUNTAIN-BIKE AT DIABLO FREERIDE PARK You’ll discover America’s most popular bike park right here in New Jersey at Diablo Freeride Park in Vernon (973-864-8420, www.diablofreeridepark.com). An adventure seeker’s haven, the park boasts more than 40 custom-built mountain bike trails for beginners to advanced riders. We suggest checking out the Indy Cross, a giant slalom course featuring a series of perfectly sculpted banked turns, jumps and doubles; and the BMW, Utah, Stigmata and Ripper trails— expert terrains complete with rocky off-camber sections (those with corners that force cyclists to the outside of turns). Admission to the park costs $38 for all-day trail and gondola access; you can rent Jamis bicycles for $79 to $99.

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TUBE ON THE DELAWARE Forget water parks—you can enjoy a real lazy river ride by renting single, double and triple tubes from Delaware River Tubing in Frenchtown (908-996-5386, www.delawarerivertubing.com). Tube launches begin along the banks of the Delaware River, accessible by a free shuttle from the company’s headquarters on Route 29. From there you’ll soak up the summer sun and take in the beauty of the region as you follow the river

current for three to four hours, spanning about 5 or 6 miles. Admission fees include a barbecue lunch at The Hotdog Man, a snack stand located about halfway through your voyage on Adventure Island (you can munch your meal on picnic tables placed in the water), life jackets and a shuttle to and from Delaware River Tubing’s headquarters ($18.95 on weekdays; $22.95 on weekends and holidays). ■

A TABLE TO TRY After your unforgettable hot-air balloon ride over Hunterdon County, enjoy a delectable dinner at one of the region’s finest eateries— THE CLINTON HOUSE RESTAURANT in the historic town of Clinton (908-730-9300, www.theclinton house.com). Established in 1743 and recently renovated in 18th-century style, the restaurant offers an eclectic menu of land, sea and vegetarian specialties in a peaceful setting. Highlights include pecanencrusted pork tenderloin, filet mignon with blue cheese and salmon fettuccini. A PLACE TO PERCH Since parasailing over the Atlantic coast in Wildwood requires a six-hour round-trip drive from Bergen, we suggest spending a few relaxing days at the PORT ROYAL HOTEL (609-729-2000, www.portroyalhotel.com) in nearby Wildwood Crest ($199 to $325 per night). Located right on the sands of the Jersey Shore, the luxe hotel offers deluxe guest rooms, one-room efficiencies and ocean suites—all equipped with private balconies, plus free beach access, an oceanfront sun deck and a heated hourglass-shaped pool.


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Your backyard

survival guide

FROM MICROBES TO WILD MAMMALS, THE GREAT OUTDOORS IS ALIVE WITH POTENTIAL THREATS TO YOUR SUMMERTIME HEALTH. HERE’S WHAT TO DO IF INJURY COMES YOUR WAY

WITH COYOTES, BEARS AND OTHER WILD animals roaming the New Jersey suburbs, you may be tempted to add “attack by large carnivore” to your mental list of patio perils. But let’s focus on the more likely causes of backyard injury, whose risks range from merely annoying to life-threatening. Know how to deal with these injuries, and you just might be able to relax this summer.

What happened: YOU’VE DISCOVERED A

Squirrels (a chipmunk is a ground squirrel), rabbits and other rodents rarely carry rabies. The more common carriers are bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes. If the bite barely broke the skin, wash it with soap and water, apply an antibiotic cream and cover with a bandage. If the wound is deep or the skin is torn and bleeding, apply pressure with a clean cloth and see a doctor. If only you had … not tried to feed the chipmunk. Wild animals, no matter how cute, are still wild.

TICK ATTACHED TO YOUR LEG.

Why you’re worried: You may get Lyme disease.

+less chance it has to transmit Lyme or another disease.

What to do: The sooner you remove the tick, the

Using fine tweezers, grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible and pull it straight up. Disinfect the bite site and tweezers. Save the tick in a plastic bag or jar to be tested in the event you get sick.

If only you had … checked yourself for ticks when you came inside. The insects take up to several hours to attach themselves, giving you time to get rid of them. If in the future you want to be utterly thorough, shower and change your clothes.

What happened:

Why you’re worried: Rabies! What to do: Don’t panic— +your risk of rabies is low.

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A YELLOW JACKET.

Why you’re worried: This is your first sting, and you fear a life-threatening allergic reaction.

+ What

to do: The chances you’re allergic are remote: Hypersensitivity develops as a result of being stung, so future stings are the ones to worry about. But just to be safe, tell someone you’ve been stung, so if your airway begins to close or other serious symptoms develop, he or she will be ready to call an ambulance; you could also call the National Poison Control Center hotline at 1-800222-1222. Apply an ice pack to reduce swelling and slow the spread of venom. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen may reduce pain, as may a topical anesthetic cream.

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YOU’VE BEEN BITTEN BY A CHIPMUNK.

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If only you had … called an exterminator to remove the nest, and laid off the perfume, which attract wasps.

What happened: YOU STEPPED ON A RUSTY NAIL.

Why you’re worried: You can’t remember when you last had a tetanus shot.

+ What

to do: Wash the wound with soap and

water, scrubbing it to remove any dirt and debris. Apply antibiotic ointment and a Band-Aid. If the wound won’t scrub clean or begins to look infected, call your doctor. Also consider a tetanus shot. You need one every 10 years. And if it’s been more than five years, your doctor may want you to have a booster. Get the shot within 48 hours. If only you had … cleaned up that construction debris—and not decided to recapture the Huck Finn–like feeling of going barefoot.

What happened: YOU FELL ASLEEP IN THE SUN, AND NOW YOU’RE TURNING THE COLOR OF A BOILED LOBSTER.

Why you’re worried: You face the prospect of a sleepless night, fever-like chills, general ridicule and, down the road, an increased risk of skin cancer.

+ What to do: Keep the burned skin cool and moist. It’s OK to apply aloe, moisturizing lotion or hydrocortisone cream. Aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medication may help. Don’t break any blisters that form. If you develop fever or severe pain, see a doctor.

If only you had … applied sunscreen before going outdoors, not laid down in a chaise after drinking two margaritas, sworn off sunbathing forever and used the patio umbrella for its intended purpose.

What happened: YOU’VE BEEN BITTEN BY A SNAKE.

Why you’re worried: You’ve been bitten by a snake!

What to do: Stay calm. Most snakes are not ven+omous. Only two poisonous species are native to New Jersey—the copperhead and the timber rattlesnake, both of which have triangular heads and slit-like eyes. But don’t worry about identifying the type of snake. If the bite punctured the skin, get medical attention quickly. While waiting to be treated, keep the affected arm or leg immobile and lower than your heart. Don’t apply ice or a tourniquet, and don’t cut the wound to try to remove the venom. If only you had … steered clear. Unless you’re a herpetologist, stay away from serpents. Don’t sit on stone walls, a likely habitat for rattlers.

What happened: THOSE WEEDS YOU PULLED MUST HAVE INCLUDED SOME POISON IVY.

Why you’re worried: The itching is heinous, and the rash is spreading. How bad is this going to get? What to do: Options for relief include calamine lotion, hydrocortisone cream, an oral antihistamine such as Benadryl and an Aveeno oatmeal bath. If the itching becomes unbearable or your eyes, throat or other sensitive areas are affected, see a physician. A prescription corticosteroid can do wonders. If only you had … worn gardening gloves or used Ivy Block, an over-the-counter skin barrier. ■

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FAST FACTS • Hawaii is the only state that has not had a single native case of rabies in animals or humans. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

• More than a third of all adult women (36.3%) and nearly half of all adult men (46.4%) experience a sunburn each year. Source: American Cancer Society

• The record for the most bee stings sustained by a surviving human is 2,443 by Johannes Relleke in Zimbabwe in 1962. Source: www.guinnessworldrecords.com

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Your skin: When to worry FEAR THAT MOLE MIGHT BE SKIN CANCER? HERE’S WHAT TO LOOK FOR

FIRST, THE GOOD NEWS: “MOST OF THE SCARYlooking skin conditions people associate with cancer turn out to be benign, noncancerous growths—moles, freckles or seborrheic keratoses,” says Joseph L. Jorizzo, M.D., a professor of dermatology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C. Chances are high, then, that mole you’ve been concerned about is no cause for alarm. Still, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States—10 times more common than breast cancer. So when in doubt about a particular patch of skin, always consult a doctor. After all, prompt detection is vital. “When melanoma is caught early, the cure rate is 99 percent,” says Dr. Jorizzo. In this illustrated guide, Dr. Jorizzo explains when a growth is harmless, and when it needs to be checked out.

WORRY WARTS: 5 reasons to see a doctor “If your mole exhibits one of the characteristics shown in the ‘A to E’ guide below, make an immediate appointment with your dermatologist for evaluation,” says Dr. Jorizzo. That doesn’t mean every growth with one of these traits will be cancerous, only that it’s “better safe than sorry” time.

Border: Your mole

Color: Your pigment

Evolving: Your

half of your mole

has a border that is

patch varies in hue

Diameter: Your

looks larger, darker,

irregular, scalloped

from one area to the

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time in shape, size

more textured or

or poorly defined.

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or color.

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across.

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TROUBLE FREE THESE SKIN GROWTHS AREN’T PRETTY, BUT THEY’RE HARMLESS “By going through the ‘A to E’ characteristics, three things lead me to believe this mole is not cancerous,” says Dr. Jorizzo. “The diameter is small, its pigmentation is even and its borders are not irregular.” “These tan and red skin splotches, or freckles, are often hard to distinguish from other sun-damaged brown spots or growths” says Dr. Jorizzo. “The best way to identify each is by observing their behavior: The latter two are always present on the body, while freckles pop out when skin is exposed to sun and fade away during the winter.”

BE SKIN-SMART TIPS FOR A HEALTHY EPIDERMIS • Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to all

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“This noncancerous growth that arises on the

areas of exposed skin every day, paying extra atten-

epidermal layer of the skin is called a sebor-

tion to chronically sun-damaged spots.

rheic keratosis,” says Dr. Jorizzo. “It’s usually

• Seek shade during the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

brown, though it can vary in color from tan

when the sun is at its strongest, or wear protective

to black, and it’s often confused with warts,

clothing like a long-sleeved shirt and wide-brimmed hat.

moles or melanoma because it can also display sev-

• Don’t let kids get sunburned. One blistering burn

eral of the ‘A to E’ characteristics. In this case the bor-

in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a per-

der is irregular, but its crumbly, brittle appearance

son’s chances of developing melanoma later in life.

defines it immediately as a seborrheic keratosis.

• Avoid tanning beds, all of which emit UV radiation.

Sometimes these resemble a blob of dirt stuck to your

Remember, there’s no such thing as a safe suntan.

skin, and many patients then scrape them off with a fin-

• Get checked by your dermatologist once a year, or

gernail or while shaving. A mole, on the other hand, is

every six months if you have a family history of skin

impossible to remove by hand because it extends into

cancer or sun-damaged skin.

the deeper layers of the skin.”

SOURCE: Joseph L. Jorizzo, M.D., Wake Forest University School of Medicine

“Seborrheic keratoses growths often occur in clusters,” says Dr. Jorizzo. “Someone could confuse this smattering with freckles, but again, these won’t fade like freckles do when not in the sun.” “Though scary to look at, this seborrheic keratosis is entirely harmless,” says Dr. Jorizzo. “A patient going through the ‘A to E’ checklist would rightly note that it’s asymmetrical, with a large diameter and great color variation. But again, the flaky, pasted-on appearance defines it immediately. Most individuals develop these growths later in life—they’re often called ‘barnacles of old age.’ Moles, on the other hand, usually appear in childhood.”

Fast skin cancer facts • Melanoma accounts for approximately 3 percent of skin cancer cases, but causes more than 75 percent of skin cancer deaths. • People who use tanning beds are 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma (the most common form of skin cancer) and 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma (the second most common form) than others. • About 65 percent of melanoma cases can be attributed to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. • Caucasians and men 50 or older are at a higher risk of developing melanoma than the general population. Sources: The Skin Cancer Foundation and The American Academy of Dermatology

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CALORIES THESE FUN-IN-THE-SUN ACTIVITIES WILL DO YOUR BODY GOOD

300 GOLF

calories

1 hour

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calories SOFTBALL 1 hour

Susan Pate, 52, of Washington Township

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Allison Kaplan, 26, of Mahwah

270

calories PLAYING WITH TODDLER 1 hour Jennifer Budin, 37, of Wyckoff, with son Avery, 21⁄2

200 FRISBEE

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Glorious Food Provençal-style stuffed zucchini SERVES 4–8

8 small zucchini (about 7 inches long and 11⁄4 to 11⁄2 inches wide)

peeled and seeded tomatoes

Kosher salt

1 tablespoon minced garlic

21⁄2 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil, divided

1 tablespoon freshly chopped basil leaves

6 ounces fresh sausage, such as lamb or mild pork sausage

1 teaspoon freshly chopped thyme leaves

1 cup minced onion Freshly ground black pepper 1 cup finely chopped

1

⁄4 cup fine dry bread crumbs, divided

1

⁄4 cup grated Gruyere

1

⁄4 cup finely grated Parmesan

• Lay the zucchini down on a flat work surface and, using a sharp knife, cut the top 1⁄4 of each squash off lengthwise. • Using a small melon baller or paring knife, remove the inner flesh from the zucchini to form a small boat shape, leaving a shell on the sides and bottom approximately 1⁄4-inch thick. Cut the trim-

Miracle GROWERS

mings into 1⁄4-inch dice and reserve separately. • Lightly salt the inside of each zucchini and set aside, cut sides down, on paper towels to drain. • In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. When hot, add the sausage and sauté until golden, using a spoon to break it into small pieces, about 6 minutes.

A BOUNTIFUL SUMMER STAPLE, ZUCCHINI

• Add the onion and cook until soft, 3 to 4 minutes.

IS A SAVORY WARM-WEATHER TREAT

• Add the chopped zucchini, season lightly with

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salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until squash is soft and lightly caramelized, about 5 minutes. • Add the tomatoes and garlic and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. • Add the basil, thyme and 21⁄2 tablespoons of the breadcrumbs. Season to taste, with additional salt and pepper if necessary, and set aside to cool. • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a baking dish with 1⁄2 tablespoon of olive oil. • Pat the insides of the zucchini with paper towels and rub the outsides of the zucchini with the remaining olive oil. • Spoon the mostly cooled filling into the zucchini. Sprinkle with the cheeses, then top with the remaining bread crumbs. • Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy on top.

RECIPE SOURCE: FOOD NETWORK (WWW.FOODNETWORK.COM)

CHALK IT UP TO AN EAGERNESS TO PLEASE. A member of the summer squash family, zucchini is one of the most prolific plants around. Indeed, zucchini left on the vine can grow to several feet in length, but the fruit is most tender when plucked young (about 6 to 8 inches long) Fast fact While considered a with firm, shiny skin. With a vegetable in the culinary plentiful supply in summer world, zucchini is technically months, it’s a good thing recipes a fruit—the swollen ovary for zucchini abound, from of the zucchini blossom. casseroles to quiches to pasta Source: University of Illinois Extension dishes to that beloved bread. And no need to feel guilty about overindulging—at just 20 calories per cup, the squash are an excellent source of vitamin C. Still, if your garden yields too big a bounty, don’t fret: You can refrigerate zucchini for up to five days ... or simply share with friends. ■


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It takes a villaggio

ing. A basket of fresh bread and savory crisps and a complimentary plate of sliced provolone and soppressata also help round out any antipasto selection. Il Villaggio features a few special dishes that are always available, and we sampled the homemade cannelloni. Two longer-than-the-plate Italian-style crêpes are filled with a refined, mildly seasoned stuffing of ground veal and spinach. Mercifully tomato sauce–free, the cannelloni are topped with a rich béchamel sauce that brings out the stuffing’s delicate flavor. Less successful is the veal saltimbocca. While the meat itself is so buttery no knife is necessary, the execution is mediocre. For some reason, the cheese looked gelatinous, and it felt that way on the palate. I had trouble finding the prosciutto, and there was no evidence of the sage that gives this classic dish its signature flavor. Here was a dish that reminded you that Il Villaggio is a banquet facility, after all, and it seemed to be “dumbed down” for the masses. The Chilean sea bass, on the other hand, a special of the night, is clearly not from the assembly line. Plump, fresh-tasting and sautéed with a bit of fresh tomato for color and texture, the fish is thoroughly enjoyable. Served with a plate of potato wedges fried in olive oil, it makes a simple, delicious meal. Dessert is a pleasing affair here, with standard offerings that are good but not outstanding. The fluffy tiramisu goes down easily, and the German chocolate cake, though oddly fudgy and not as coconutty as this reviewer would like, is certainly tasty. Far superior are the delicate little cookies—moist macaroons, mini-chocolate meringues, tiny biscotti—that are served gratis, a nice little touch that harks back to an elegant era in dining. ■

• Reservations recommended

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If you’ve got a craving, there’s a dining establishment in Bergen County that will satisfy it. Turn to this listing next time you want a wonderful meal out. ALLENDALE RESTAURANT L Eclectic cuisine. · 9 Franklin Tpk.,

Edgewater · 201-224-2524

Allendale · 201-785-1112

ELMWOOD PARK

SAVINI Italian cuisine. · 168 W. Crescent Ave.,

TROVATO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Italian cuisine

Allendale · 201-760-3700

with fresh pasta. · 206 Rt. 46 East, Elmwood Park · 201-797-7552

CARLSTADT IL VILLAGGIO Italian dining. · 651 Rt. 17 North,

Carlstadt · 201-935-7733

CLOSTER HARVEST BISTRO & BAR French/new American

fare. · 252 Schraalenburgh Rd., Closter · 201750-9966

ENGLEWOOD

THE SEA SHACK RESTAURANT Friendly, casual

BLUE MOON MEXICAN CAFE Traditional

seafood eatery. · 293 Polifly Rd., Hackensack · 201489-7232

Mexican dishes. · 21 E. Palisade Ave., Englewood · 201-541-0600

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

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS

Madison Ave., Cresskill · 201-541-7575 HANAMI Chinese/Japanese cuisine. · 41 Union

Ave., Cresskill · 201-567-8508 TW’S PLACE Italian/American fare. · 172 Piermont

Rd., Cresskill · 201-816-8988 UMEYA Japanese cuisine. · 156 Piermont Rd.,

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DUMONT IL MULINO Northern Italian cuisine featuring sea

bass. · 132 Veterans Plz., Dumont · 201-384-7767

EAST RUTHERFORD PARK AND ORCHARD RESTAURANT

International dishes. · 240 Hackensack St., East Rutherford · 201-939-9292

HARRINGTON PARK DINO’S RESTAURANT Contemporary Italian cuisine. · 12 Tappan Rd., Harrington Park · 201767-4245

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS

Classic American steak house. · 495 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs · 201-568-2616

IVY INN Continental cuisine in a romantic set-

CAFE ITALIANO Fine family dining. · 14 Sylvan

ting. · 268 Terrace Ave., Hasbrouck Heights · 201-393-7699

GRISSINI TRATTORIA Elegant Italian eatery. · 484

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

HAWORTH ANDIAMO Eclectic Italian fare. · 23 Hardenburgh

Ave., Haworth · 201-384-1551

FAIR LAWN DAVIA Continental/Italian. · 6-09 Fair Lawn Ave.,

HAWTHORNE

Fair Lawn · 201-797-6767

SABOR LATIN BISTRO Latin fare. · 1060 Goffle Rd.,

OCEANOS Greek cuisine, seafood. · 227 Saddle River

Hawthorne · 973-238-0800

Rd., Fair Lawn · 201-796-0546 RIVARA’S American cuisine. · 6-18 Maple Ave.,

Fair Lawn · 201-797-4878 THE RIVER PALM TERRACE Classic steak house. · 41-11 Rt. 4 West, Fair Lawn · 201-703-3500

HILLSDALE CAFE CAPRI Casual Italian eatery. · 343 Broadway, Hillsdale · 201-664-6422 THE CORNERSTONE American fare, full bar. · 84

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FAIRVIEW DON QUIJOTE Spanish cuisine. · 344 Bergen

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FORT LEE MAHARANI EXPRESS Southern and northern Indian cuisine. · 2151 Lemoine Ave., Fort Lee · 201585-8226

SORRENTO’S Southern Italian dishes. · 132 Park

FRANKLIN LAKES

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CHEF’S TABLE French eatery. · 754 Franklin Ave.,

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THE STONY HILL INN Continental fare. · 231 Polifly Rd., Hackensack · 201-342-4085

ASSEMBLY STEAK HOUSE & SEAFOOD GRILL

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GRIFFIN’S BAR & EATERY American fare. · 44 E.

RUDY’S RESTAURANT Continental cuisine. · 107

Anderson St., Hackensack · 201-489-4831

steaks. · 54-56 Engle St., Englewood · 201-569-8855

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es in a retro ‘50s setting. · 45 E. Palisade Ave., Englewood · 201-569-6267

SMOKE CHOPHOUSE Steaks, seafood and cigars.

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MAGGIANO'S LITTLE ITALY Fine Italian fare. · 70 Riverside Sq., Hackensack · 201-221-2030

BAUMGART’S CAFE American and Chinese dish-

ENGLEWOOD DINER Salads, Italian specials,

PAULIE’S American/Mediterranean casual dining.

HARLEY’S IRISH PUB Continental American/Irish fare. · 366 River St., Hackensack · 201-342-4747

Franklin Lakes. · 201-891-6644

HO-HO-KUS THE HO-HO-KUS INN Italian continental fare. · 1 Franklin Tpk., Ho-Ho-Kus · 201-445-4115

LITTLE FERRY MINADO Japanese seafood buffet. · 1 Valley Rd., Little Ferry · 201-931-1522 TRACEY’S NINE MILE HOUSE Continental cuisine. · 4 Bergen Pike, Little Ferry · 201-440-1100

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LA CIBELES Spanish continental cuisine, featuring seafood. · 123 Ridge Rd., Lyndhurst · 201-438-9491

pasta and shellfish. · 499 Midland Ave., Garfield · 973-546-1889

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MAHWAH BAR AND GRILL Classic American pub. · 2 Island Rd., Mahwah · 201-529-8056

KINARA Northern Indian cuisine. · 880 River Rd.,

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cuisine. · 2 Hilliard Ave., Edgewater · 201-941-6799 THE RIVER PALM TERRACE Classic steak house. ·

BANGKOK GARDEN Traditional Thai cuisine. ·

261 Main St., Hackensack · 201-487-2620

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THE CROW’S NEST Contemporary American

ROBERTO’S II Gourmet Italian. · 936 River Rd.,

fare. · 309 Vincent Ave., Rt. 17 South, Hackensack · 201-342-5445

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NEW YORK STEAKHOUSE & PUB Casual steak

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MONTVALE THE PORTER HOUSE American steak house. · 125

Kinderkamack Rd., Montvale · 201-307-6300

MOONACHIE SEGOVIA Spanish cuisine featuring steaks and sea-

food. · 150 Moonachie Rd., Moonachie · 201-641-4266

NORTH BERGEN SABOR LATIN BISTRO Elegant Latin cuisine. · 8809 River Rd., North Bergen · 201-943-6366

NORTHVALE BRADY’S FOX HUNT INN Irish/American classics. · 201 Livingston St., Northvale · 201-784-8047 HENNESSY TAVERN Homestyle American food. · 191 Paris Ave., Northvale · 201-768-7707 MADELEINE’S PETIT PARIS Light French cuisine. · 416 Tappan Rd., Northvale · 201-767-0063

NORWOOD JOSÉ O’REILLY’S PUB & COCINA Irish and Mex-

ican fare. · 595 Broadway, Norwood · 201-784-6900

OAKLAND CAFÉ L’AMORE Continental fare, specializing in Ital-

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PARAMUS BIAGIO’S Italian/American cuisine. · 299 Paramus Rd., Paramus · 201-652-0201 BONEFISH GRILL Polished, casual dining specializing

in fresh fish. · 601 From Rd., Paramus · 201-261-2355 CHAKRA Continental fare with Asian influences. ·

144 Rt. 4 East, Paramus · 201-556-1530 JOE’S AMERICAN BAR & GRILL Steaks, salads,

pizza, more. · 298 Garden State Plaza, Paramus · 201-843-8858 KUMA Japanese, Chinese dishes. · 440 Forest Ave., Paramus · 201-262-0400

PARK RIDGE ESTY STREET Contemporary American. · 86 Spring

Valley Rd., Park Ridge · 201-307-1515 THE PARK STEAKHOUSE Dry-aged steaks. · 151

Kinderkamack Rd., Park Ridge · 201-930-1300 VALENTINO’S Continental Italian. · 103 Spring Valley

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RAMSEY APOLO’S RESTAURANT Fine continental and

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Pool Areas

LATIN: Blue Moon Mexican Cafe,

Englewood, Woodcliff Lake, Wyckoff • Mamacita’s, Ramsey • Sabor Latin Bistro,

Water Gardens

Hawthorne, North Bergen • 3 Chicas, Wyckoff MULTIETHNIC: Apolo’s Restaurant, Ramsey •

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Westwood Public Library, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the library. Tickets: $50 per person in advance, $60 at the door. Call 201-664-0583 for more information. June 10—Watch rock legends ERIC CLAPTON AND STEVE WINWOOD share the stage at

the kick-off of their 14-city summer tour, 8 p.m. at the Izod Center in East Rutherford. Tickets: $65 to $185. Call 201-9353900 or visit www.izodcenter.com for more information. June 11—See THE SORCERER,

Gilbert and Sullivan’s two-act comic opera, performed by The Ridgewood Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company, 8:30 p.m. at the

RIDGEWOOD FARMERS’ MARKET June 28—Shop for locally grown produce at the season’s first market, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. beside the train station, sponsored by the Ridgewood Chamber of Call 201-445-2600 or visit www.ridgewoodchamber.com for more information.

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June 13—Hear the harmonic voices of the New Jersey Choral Society as they perform the final concert of their 2008–2009 season, featuring Joseph Haydn’s “Heiligmesse” and

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