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CONTENTS

Features

Act Now Against Breast Cancer | 40

Screening saves lives—and there’s more you can do to reduce your risk, as two Bergen-based doctors explain.

5 Myths, Debunked | 42

October is Health Literacy Month—a perfect time to let go of what you “know” that just ain’t so.

Go Where The Pros Go | 44

To make a home look its best, interior designers know just where to shop. Here are their favorite spots.

Haute Halloween | 56

Orange and black are to be expected. But an all-whiteeverything Halloween party? Now that’s both chic and unique.

Will Bergen Skew Urban? | 60

As mixed-use luxury developments proliferate, the county’s suburban character could—in some places—be increasingly at risk.

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Departments

Bergen Buzz | 25

Our guide to new ideas, tips, trends and things we love in the county.

Your Friends & Neighbors | 30

A young star boxer from Hasbrouck Heights reveals his life in and out of the ring.

For Men Only | 32

Lead the fashion pack this fall with these stylish cold-weather must-haves.

Style Watch | 34

Maximize your fall look with to-the-floor skirts, which pair perfectly with a blouse or a sweater.

Home Front | 36

These small tables are big on style.

Escapes | 64

Bright, multi-hued autumn foliage beckons— sometimes in places you wouldn’t think of. Here are five top spots.

Tastes | 66

Nothing says fall comfort food like chicken, pork or steak smothered in delicious sauce. These three entrées will wow—and satiate—the carnivores at your dinner table.

Power Food | 72

Will a little-known, gluten-free seed called teff find a place on your plate?

Bar Tab | 86

Skip the iced coffee and chai latte. With a touch of everyone’s favorite seasonal spice, this classic cocktail will be Oktoberfest-ready.

Just Married | 87

These Ridgewood High School alumni’s big reception got pushed a year due to COVID regulations, but their intimate 2020 party, at the bride’s parents’ home, was picture perfect.

Gatherings | 95

Bergenites always show up to support their friends and neighbors—especially when help is needed most.

A Bergen Moment | 96

Seven-year-old Chase gets into character during a Halloween costume photoshoot captured by his mother in Tenafly.

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Your Home Can Be What You Make It

It’s October, and that means it’s time for BERGEN’s annual Home Issue. With temperatures falling and holidays on the way, home is where most of us will soon be spending more time. That’s an editor’s cue to take a fresh look indoors, at our homes and their possibilities. By definition they’re our “everyday” environments, but everyday needn’t mean humdrum. And crafting our homes to fit our varied lifestyles can give us a glimpse of what we’re all about—and what we value.

The owners of a century-old, Mission-style house in Glen Ridge, for example, wanted to honor their home’s historic, slightly exotic feel while redoing the kitchen and a powder room (page 50). But they also wanted better flow and more light. The family included an avid baker, and they loved to visit with kids and grandkids—now their new kitchen empowers those passions. The designers they hired were delighted with their willingness to endorse bold color and pattern choices, and they in turn were pleased with how the pros helped them shape their home to meet their priorities.

How can you design your home to reflect your spirit and accommodate what you most enjoy? A shopping trip may help—the one you’ll take after reading “Go Where the Pros Go” on page 44. Here, five Bergen designers reveal where they themselves shop, category by category, for the interiors they design. Lighting? Furniture? Rugs? You get the picture. And check out the “uplifting” colors that will be prominent in interior design in ’23 (page 28), small tables that make a big style statement (page 36) and comfort-food recipes (page 66) that exude homey appeal on an enticing dinner plate.

Speaking of homes, what kind will predominate in our county’s future? A Special Report on page 60 looks at the proliferation of “mixeduse” developments that combine apartments with handy shopping and other services. These projects can help a municipality’s tax base, but some worry that their growth may ultimately threaten the character of our lawn-filled suburban hometowns.

We’re hoping you feel at home with this issue of BERGEN, even when—as always—we take on a variety of topics. Like breast cancer (for Breast Cancer Awareness Month) and how you can lower your risk (page 40). And a party in those ghostly Halloween hues, white and white (page 56). And (speaking of hues) five easy-to-reach destinations where fall colors will absolutely dazzle (page 64). And what it’s like to be a boxer known as “Hammer Hands” whose unexpected passion is for— what’s that?—music (page 30)?

All that and more finds a home in this Home Issue. Enjoy!

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6 GYMNASTICS SPOTS FOR YOUR LITTLE TUMBLER

Still looking for some goodfor-you, fun after-school activities for your kids to do this academic year? Let us pique your interest in gym nastics. Gymnastics helps improve core strength and flexibility, as well as build muscle. Of course, it also helps instill teamwork, self-determination and listening skills. Below are six great gymnastics gyms—recently featured in our Bergen Buzz weekly e-newsletter—that have one-off classes or weekly sessions for kids of all ages:

Aeon Fitness & Gymnastics, 157 Patterson St., Hillsdale, 201.664.0304. If you think your kid may make gymnastics a lifelong hobby, Aeon is your spot. They have classes for kids 18 months to 18 years and a 10,000-square-foot facility with all the best-of-thebest equipment: We’re talking trampolines, tumble tracks, vaults, bars, balance beams, climbing ropes and more.

ENA Gymnastics, 600 Winters Ave., Paramus, 201.262.6244. This long-standing Bergen County staple believes in teaching not just gymnastics, but also self-confidence, coordination and flexibility. Junior classes are offered for little ones 18 months to 5 years, fol lowed by general classes and then advanced classes for the older bunch. Have a kid with a late-ish bedtime? Enroll him or her in their open gym session, held every Friday from 8 to 9:15 p.m.

Meadowlands Gymnastics Academy, 69 Rte. 17 S., Hasbrouck Heights, 973.246.8353. There’s no lack of variety here; gymnasts at MGA have 16,000 square feet worth of equipment from which to choose, from foam pits to tumble mats to uneven bars. Kids are di vided into separate boy and girl gymnastics classes starting at age 4 and a half. They also offer tumbling classes, a new Ninja Warrior program, private lessons and more.

Tumble On Up, 140 Hopper Ave., Waldwick, 551.775.8606. Run by Dana Krakower, a former gymnast and dancer with 20 years of experience in the sport, this new-ish gym in Waldwick has a large space with tons of mats and equipment to help little ones perfect their form. She offers classes for toddlers to tweens, as well as open tumbling, one-on-one coaching sessions, drop-ins and private parties.

The Little Gym, 28 Franklin Tpke., Waldwick, 201.445.4444. This chain has a few locations in North Jersey, all of which offer something for every age group; babies and toddlers can enjoy parent/child classes where they’ll be introduced to basic gymnastic skills. Gymnastics classes are leveled—beginner, intermediate and advanced—and are offered for kids ages 4 to 12.

United States Gymnastics Development Center, 100 Leyland Dr., Leonia, 201.944.5496. Students at this Leonia gym are placed in class according to both their age and skill level, and are guaranteed to be challenged. The age group starts at Mommy & Me classes for babies and toddlers up to middle school and high school, and unlike other gyms, U.S. Gym Leonia offers classes for adults too, which take place after work hours and focus on techniques. Ninja/ tumbling classes are an option here too for kids ages 5 and up.

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Breast cancer will claim the lives of about 42,500 Americans this year. If you’re a woman at average risk, the American Cancer Society (ACS) says that at age 40 you have the option to begin annual mammogram screening—and once you reach 45 it becomes more than an option; it should top your to-do list. (If you’re at high risk, consult your doctor.)

How well do you understand breast cancer? The true-false quiz here should help you find out. (And to bust some widely believed myths about other healthcare issues, see page 42.)

True or false?

1. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S.

2. Breast cancer is only found in women.

3. A woman’s risk of breast cancer nearly doubles if she has a mother, sister or daughter who has been diagnosed with the illness.

4. Most breast lumps are cancerous.

5. The most significant risk factor for breast cancer is lifestyle/BMI.

6. Following a diagnosis of metastatic or stage IV breast cancer, the patient may still be undergoing treatment even after the disease is “cured” or goes into remission.

7. A clear mammogram means you don’t have to worry about breast cancer for at least the next year.

8. Women should perform a breast self-exam monthly.

9. Breast cancer invariably causes a lump you can feel.

10. Black women are more likely to die from breast cancer than from any other cancer.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and now’s the time to join the fight to end breast cancer if you haven’t already. As always, several events in our neighborhood will support the men and women battling breast cancer and those who’ve survived it:

• Pink Week. Tuesday, Oct. 4, to Thursday, Oct. 6. This nationwide initiative features virtual and in-person events that heighten awareness of the disease; sessions will debunk myths about mammograms, delve into BRCA gene testing and more. For more info, visit bcrcsb.org/ pinkweek/.

• Making Strides of Bergen County. Saturday, Oct. 22, 8 a.m. In association with the American Cancer Society, this walk takes place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. For more info, call Jennifer Schoonover at 732.955.7419.

• Walk for Awareness. Sunday, Oct. 23, 1 to 3 p.m. The Englewood Health Foundation hosts this fundraising walk for a good cause—proceeds go toward treatment for uninsured or underinsured patients at The Leslie Simon Breast Care and Cytodiagnosis Center who can’t afford care. This takes place at the Englewood Field Club and Memorial Park in Fair Lawn. For more info, visit englewoodhealthfoundation. org/event/walk-2022/.

DID YOU KNOW? More than 141 million cards are sent for Mother’s Day in the U.S., according to the folks at Hallmark. But the holiday only ranks third on the list of top greeting card holidays. Christmas tops the list with 1.6 billion cards, followed by Valentine’s Day (151 million).

DID YOU KNOW? Of the estimated 55,730 new cancer cases in New Jersey this year, approximately 8,410 will be female breast cancer diagnoses, according to the American Cancer Society.

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THE LEAVES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’

Leaf it to North Jersey to put on a colorful autumnal show. Three spots in and around Bergen are famed for their leaf-filled views at this time of year. Palisades Interstate Park is picturesque and hiking-friendly all year round, but fall here is exceptional. The moderate hikes themselves will get you the best views of the changing foliage, but there are also lookout areas along the Palisades Interstate Parkway where you can park and snap some pics. Ramapo Mountain State Forest, which spans 4,200 acres across Bergen and Passaic counties, is another fall hot spot, where the colors reflect off Ramapo Lake and make for exquisite photo ops. Continue your hike up to Van Slyke Castle for views from the top. Then make a stop at nearby Ringwood State Park in Ringwood, which has 5,000 acres of trees. Now, how many leaves is that?

CELEBRATE YOUR SKIN

Did you wake up like this, or do you have an aesthetician to thank for your flawless self? National Aesthetician Day, Oct. 15, is devoted to the pros who work tirelessly to keep our skin looking fabulous. Distinct from a makeup artist (but not quite a dermatologist either), an aesthetician is trained to analyze clients’ skin conditions and provide cosmetic facial treatments, as well as hair removal.

“Scheduling a consultation with an experienced aesthetician can help simplify the process of finding your right skin-care routine,” says Juliette Bush, “and make it clear which services would best suit your needs to get you the best skin possible.” She’s an aesthetician at Aesthetica MedSpa in Paramus. Bergen County is home to some of the state’s top-rated skin experts, so why not treat yourself?

Here are three popular services an aesthetician performs:

• Dermaplaning: Similar conceptually to shaving, dermaplaning involves scraping your skin with a small blade to remove the top “dead” layer (no, it doesn’t hurt!). The result is clearer skin that’s vibrant.

• Chemical peels: “Chemical peels use chemical exfoliation to remove the epidermis,” says Bush. They can employ a mixture of many different kinds of acids such as salicylic or glycolic. You may see results right away, but over time a peel improves fine lines, dark spots, scars and acne.

• Hydrafacial: There’s a spa facial, and then there’s a hydrafacial, which is the most popular treatment offered at Aesthetica MedSpa. This three-step process of exfoliation, extraction and hydration results in a healthy, clean glow. “Through boosters and different modalities such as LED light therapy, the hydrafacial can be adjusted to address each client’s needs,” says Bush.

‘TREATS’ WITHOUT EATS

Candy for Halloween? It’s been done and done. Maybe this is your year to hand out something new. Parents may silently thank you if there’s one less melty chocolate bar in the bucket. (And who cares if some of those skeletons, ghosts, Demogorgons and Bezos-inSpaces look at you funny at first?) Some alternative ideas:

• Glow sticks, which can help late-night trick-or-treaters stay visible and will also come in handy on evening walks in coming weeks, as it will soon get dark early. Popglo Bulk Glow sticks, 100 count, Walmart, Saddle Brook, 201.226.0575

• Glow-in-the-dark vampire teeth, which are perfectly spooky and great as a costume accessory even if your youngster is Boris Johnson instead of a vampire. Glow-in-the-dark Vampire Teeth, 12 count packs, Dollar Tree, Elmwood Park, 201.421.2000

• Bubble-blowing bottles that’ll keep the little ones busy on the trick-or-treating trail. (Bonus: They double as easy centerpieces for an All Hallows’ Eve party.)

Jack-o’-lantern mini bubble bottles, 144 pieces, orientaltrading.com

• Mini slime containers, a year-round hit; they’re in their glory Oct. 31. Have the slime of your life!

Halloween slime, 12 count, Party City, Paramus, 201.345.2514

• Halloween stamps, which will make for some seriously festive arts and crafts projects.

Tiny Mills Halloween stamps, 50 pieces, amazon.com

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CULINARY CORNER

Greek, Mexican or Colombian? There’s a new restaurant in Bergen for each of these cuisines:

He’s an expert Mike Tolos knows a thing or two about restaurants. His mom’s a baker, his dad, “Bobby the Baker,” has owned diners across New Jersey and his uncle owns a gyro shop in Greece. The gyro shop inspired Tolos to open Jersey Gyros in Lodi, an authentic Greek eatery that resembles those you’d find in Athens. The menu here includes Greek staples such as pork, chicken and lamb gyros, as well as homemade dips and baklava.

• Jersey Gyros, 170 Main St., Lodi, 973.777.4976

For a south-of-the-border taste...

Stop by Crazy Tacos in Cliffside Park, where the claim is that one bite will “transport you to the streets of Mexico.” The tortillas here are made fresh daily in the kitchen—fill one with chicken, shrimp, brisket or fish—or try a quesadilla, nachos or burritos. Also sample the aqua fresca, a light, refreshing drink made of fruit, water and sugar.

• Crazy Tacos, 350 Lawton Ave., Cliffside Park, 201.699.0888; crazy-tacos.com

Come hungry

At Colombia Kaliente in Englewood (say it with a Colombian accent for the full effect), the menu is overwhelming in a good way. There are salads, seafood, chicken, meat, pork and pasta dishes with a Colombian twist, as well as sandwiches, burgers and a kids’ menu. There’s also a whole smattering of arepas, as well as baked goods and cocktails (sangria, mojitos and margaritas galore).

• Colombia Kaliente, 30 E. Palisade Ave., Englewood, 201.569.2510; colombiakaliente.com

WHAT’S YOUR APPLE AGENDA?

The tart red fruit that begins a child’s alphabet is nutritious, delicious and multi-use. But it’s also multi-type. More than 30 varietals of apples grow in New Jersey, and different kinds are best for different purposes.

“Going direct to a farm market or local grower is much better and healthier than shopping in a big-box store, where the origin of fruit can be suspect,” says Ron Binaghi, co-owner of Stokes Farm in Old Tappan. Binaghi says the most popular apples in our area are Honeycrisp, Gala, Fuji and Empire. They’re all sweet, but sweetest of all is the knowledge that you’ve chosen exactly the

right kind for the use you have in mind. Here’s a cheat sheet to help you find the apple you need—and yes, they’re all available for picking or purchasing in the Garden State: —Best apples for baking: Braeburn, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Winesap

—Best apples for pie: Braeburn, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Jonathan

—Best apples for salads: Fuji, Gala, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady

—Best apples for juicing: Fuji, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Pink Lady

—Best apples for snacking: Cameo, Gala, Ginger Gold, Honeycrisp

CAPTION THIS!

The eagle has landed…and BERGEN is lucky enough to get a photo of it. That’s thanks to Emerson resident Paul Sullivan, who emailed us this extraordinary photo he snapped of a bald eagle nest along the Palisades.

What do you think the mama eagle is saying to her babies? Think up your best caption—it can be funny, scientific, literal, whatever— and email it to our editor, Rita Guarna, at rita.guarna@ wainscotmedia.com or via DM on Instagram @bergenmagnj for a chance to see your caption featured in a future issue or on our website.

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KUDOS

SAVING THE BEES

Congrats to Bradley Vierheilig, Michael Snono, Thomas Esposito and Evva Vassiliou at Franklin Avenue Middle School in Franklin Lakes, who during the summer won the national American Student Assistance “Solve Together” competition, which encourages career exploration. With the help of their science teacher, Alyssa McAloney, these gifted and talented seventh graders set out to find ways to save endangered bee populations. After interviewing experts, they created a prototype out of cardboard to house bees and ensure they were stored at a safe temperature. The tweens went home with $10,000 for their school and $1,500 to split four ways.

ANOTHER BERGEN BEAUTY

Perhaps our county’s all-girls schools are a breeding ground for pageant queens? Isabella Galan, a senior at Immaculate Heart Academy who was among the students featured on BERGEN’s 2022 High School Forum (see our August issue), was crowned Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2022. And now, Juliet Gelineau, a student at Holy Angels in Demarest, will represent our state at the USA National Miss Teen competition in July 2023. The chance to serve as Miss USA National Teen NJ “strengthens my opportunity to inspire others to find the gift of joy through service within their community and charities that are meaningful to them,” Gelineau wrote on Instagram. She also won the title of Miss Pre-Teen New Jersey 2018.

SOPHOMORE SLAM

Speaking of IHA, sophomore softball player Gabriella Shadek got some recognition this summer for winning the Junior Home Run Derby at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Shadek, a Kinnelon resident,slammed 17 home runs in the first round and 16 more in the championship round, basically annihilating her competition.

GET A HANDLE ON HEMLOCK

We’re still dealing with the spotted lanternfly; but now there’s hemlock. This poisonous plant was quite prevalent this past spring in New Jersey—and if ingested or even smelled, it can have dangerous consequences for humans and pets. Don’t be fooled by its delicate appearance— hemlock has little clusters of white flowers and looks like Queen Anne’s lace, but can cause COVID-like symptoms such as dizziness, sleepiness and respiratory failure.

The best way to prevent next year’s crop

of hemlock is to get a handle on it now. Fall is the ideal time to apply an herbicide, as the chemicals will transfer easily into the root system before winter. Call in an herbicide expert such as New Milford-based Weed Man (201.342.8228), which can tell you the type of herbicide to use and how to apply it (or can do it for you themselves at a cost).

If you spot hemlock in your yard or think you’ve been exposed, call the New Jersey Poison Center at 1.800.222.1222.

PUPPY LOVE

HUES FOR ’23

Your home should be a reflection of you. That’s the idea behind SherwinWilliams’ Colormix 2023 Collections, which predict the colors we’ll be seeing more of in our homes next year. One collection, titled Terra, features a cohesive palette of soothing colors—think along the lines of rich earth tones and natural clays— that the brand describes as “natural, inventive, warm and uplifting.” Essentially, this is where interior design is headed, and who can say no to a room that’s relaxing and soothing? Check out the full paint collection and the lookbooks at your local Sherwin-Williams—there are stores in Bergenfield, Fair Lawn, Paramus and Ridgewood.

Dog: Marley, 14-year-old golden retriever/border collie mix

Owners: The Hughes family of Dumont Catherine Hughes and her husband had lost two dogs within a year. They missed the companionship, so they decided to adopt again. At an adoption event at PetSmart in Dumont, they met Marley, then just 6 months old and a ball of energy who needed a lot of exercise. They fell in love with him.

In Marley’s 13½ years with his family, he’s served as quite the travel buddy, from Provincetown, Mass., to a cross-country road trip just last summer. “He made a few new friends, human and animal,” Catherine says. Now he’s “perfected the art of relaxing,” and is the best possible companion. “If anyone is thinking about [getting] a pet, consider adopting or rescuing,” she says. “I highly recommend it.”

Want to see your dog or cat featured in a future issue of BERGEN? Email his or her picture and a few details to our editor, Rita Guarna, at rita.guarna@wainscotmedia.com.

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Packing a Punch

A young star boxer from Hasbrouck Heights reveals his life in and out of the ring.

How old were you when you got into boxing?

My dad, Alex, started bringing me to the gym when I was 7 because my mother was taking skin-care classes after school and couldn’t watch me. So I was going into this sweaty, hot gym in North Bergen and was doing [World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler] Rey Mysterio moves everywhere. My dad said, “Hey, man, if you’re go ing to get in the ring, do the real stuff—not that WWE stuff.” He stopped boxing to train me, and we both grew within the sport.

Boxing is a dangerous sport. Are you ever scared of seriously hurting your opponent or vice versa?

That’s not really a thought of mine. I always try to think about what drives me, which is my fam ily. I hope to keep progressing in this sport and creating a stable environment for my family.

Did you model your boxing style after other fighters?

I take what I like from different fighters and then try to imple ment that in my own style. I’ll draw from and get inspired by Canelo Alvarez or [former cham pions] Manny Pacquiao or Oscar De La Hoya. I was actually the sparring partner for Pacquiao, so I understand a lot of the things he does in the ring. [But] I feel I bring my own little style.

You had more than 230 amateur fights before you debuted as a professional. How did the amateur fights prepare you?

It depends how you look at it. In terms of my physicality, one could say that maybe I enjoyed myself too much. On the other hand, I gained so much experience: I’ve competed all over the world and pretty much in every state against the best opponents. There’s not a style that I haven’t seen. While I was in the amateurs, 12 to 13 years old, I had already started sparring with pros, so I adopted more of a pro style. That let me turn pro early, because a lot of the bigger companies took a liking to me and my style.

What is your life like outside the ring?

I’m into the arts. I play instru ments and go to museums. I have two children [9-year-old son Jaiden and 4-year-old daughter Phoenix] and I enjoy exposing them to new things. I’m into history and a lot of other things the “average boxer” might not be into.

You’re interested in music, and you produce and write some of your own material, right?

The two really mesh well. I write my music at nighttime when I’m tired from the gym, and doing so keeps me at home. I have a studio in my place, so it’s just an other way of exerting my energy.

Did you know that in a Harris poll just this year, boxing was voted America’s fourth favorite sport? Once thought to be in decline, this pugilistic pursuit has had a recent renaissance—partly because of its rich crop of upand-coming professionals.

In this corner, then, is Hasbrouck Heights’ Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez, a 2013 Golden Gloves national amateur champion who has amassed a 21-1 record since turning pro at age 19. Rodriguez, who will turn 28 on Oct. 28, does plenty of promoting as well as boxing—he helped Abella Boxing Promotions organize this summer’s Bergen County Fight Night 2 at American Dream. His match was canceled that night (his opponent was unable to participate), but the fighter took a moment to share thoughts.

The average boxer doesn’t help Pacquiao train for fights. How different is it to be a sparring partner?

I was 18 the first time I trained with Pacquiao, so it was just a matter of soaking in everything and really bouncing off each other’s energy. He was very help ful, and it wasn’t just sparring. He took me into his home; he took me running with him in the morn ings. I ate with his family, and it was a great environment.

Where do you see your career in the near future?

I’m in line to sign with PBC [Premier Boxing Champions] and [manager] Al Haymon, and those are the top guys in the U.S. They’re behind all the Showtime fights, and all the American superstars are with PBC. That’s where I feel like I belong. And the sky’s the limit once I sign that contract.

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COVID AND IQ

Reports of “brain fog” post a bout with COVID-19 might persist for months or longer. A recent study found that cognitive tests given six months after the illness showed slower response time and less accuracy versus subjects who hadn’t had the disease. Researchers liken the decline to losing 10 IQ points.

—eClinical Medicine

OK TO INK IT

A recent study debunked the myth that tattoos are linked to poor health, reporting that they are not related to overall health.

—International Journal of Dermatology

STEPS TO LOWER BLOOD SUGAR

A recent study found that as few as 3,500 steps daily for people with prediabetes helped reverse it and offered protection from dying prematurely.

—Diabetes Care

The percentage of Americans— age 60 and older—who will need more than two years of paid care.

—Department of Health & Human Services

20The percentage of high school students who report having thoughts of suicide.

—National Alliance on Mental Illness

KIDS AND FERTILITY METHODS

A recent study found little difference in growth, weight and body fat levels of children conceived via fertility treatment versus those conceived naturally. And those small differences were no longer apparent by late adolescence.

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The percentage of Americans who are not in good cardiometabolic condition.

—Journal of the American College of Cardiology

DIET FOR LONG LIFE

Forget the fads. Research found that simple changes, such as eating more fruits, veggies, nuts, whole grains and legumes, and less processed foods, can add years to your life. Even adults who make those changes in their 80s can add a few years to their lives.

—PLOS Medicine

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ACT NOW AGAINST BREAST CANCER

Screening saves lives—and there’s more you can do to reduce your risk, as two Bergen-based doctors explain.

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In 1985, the national breast cancer death rate reached nearly 33 per 100,000 women, the highest it had ever been, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. That year brought a new focus on the disease, as the American Cancer Society (ACS) and other groups designated October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Since then, the mortality rate has gradually decreased.

The statistics are improving, but they are still distressing. It’s estimated that one of every 39 women will die of breast cancer and about 287,850 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women this year, says the ACS, adding that there are roughly 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.

Advances in technology, early detection and awareness (remember to wear those pink ribbons this month) are the primary reasons survival rates have improved. Yearly mammograms and screenings for specific age groups and demographics have become the norm, as has self-testing. And there’s a greater recognition of known contributors to cancer such as environment and genetics.

But outside of testing, there are other things you can do now to help curb your risk of developing breast cancer. Taking control of body weight and estrogen is important, especially for postmenopausal women, says Mindy Goldfischer, M.D., chief of breast imaging and medical director of The Leslie Simon Breast Care and Cytodiagnosis Center at Englewood Health.

“Prolonged exposure to estrogen after menopause poses an increased risk for certain types of breast cancer,” she says. “As fat cells store and produce estrogen, increased levels of fat cells also elevate estrogen levels, leading to a higher risk for this kind of breast cancer after menopause. The good news is that studies have shown that sustained weight loss, even a modest amount, can reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.”

The combination of a healthful diet with proper exercise can reduce the

number of fat cells in the body. While there are no specific foods that have been conclusively linked to reducing breast cancer, Dr. Goldfischer notes that many nutritionists recommend a Mediterranean diet—and Vitamin D3 has been associated with decreased breast-cancer risk. Maintaining a sound diet, of course, also means curbing alcohol intake. It’s true that red wine contains antioxidants that may promote heart health, but consumption of any alcoholic drink should be in moderation.

“We’ve all seen headlines pronouncing that a glass of wine a day is good for your heart, but any more than that is not recommended for maintaining a healthy

more the risk of developing breast cancer decreases,” he says. That’s because breastfeeding can “trick the body” into thinking it’s still pregnant, a period when a woman can produce lower levels of estrogen.

In addition, women who breastfeed tend to eat more nutritious food and follow a healthy lifestyle, a good reason why the activity has also been linked to lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes, endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer.

But many depend on estrogen as they age, as the hormone can help ease some symptoms of menopause and decrease one’s risk of certain health conditions such as osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke and dementia. Postmenopausal women create estrogen and progesterone at lower levels, so many opt to receive hormone replacement therapy to boost production.

“That’s why the use of hormone therapy is a decision best made on an individual basis, as there are many risks and benefits to weigh,” Dr. Kollar says. For those concerned, he suggested exploring alternatives such as nonhormonal therapies and herbal supplements.

KNOW YOURSELF

lifestyle,” Dr. Goldfischer says, advising that women should limit themselves to one drink per day (one 12-ounce beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of liquor).

“To the extent that alcohol contributes to weight gain—and therefore increased estrogen levels—it is a risk factor for developing breast cancer.”

DEALING WITH HORMONES

New and expectant mothers can take an extra step in their breast cancer prevention efforts. Breastfeeding has long been associated with a decreased risk of breast cancer, as it can lower estrogen levels, says John Kollar, D.O., chair of surgery at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center.

“The longer someone breastfeeds, the

The best defense against breast cancer is recognizing your own risk, especially for women when they turn 30. That’s the age that the American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging recommend a comprehensive risk assessment.

“At this age, risk assessment takes into consideration factors like age, family history, body mass index, history of prior breast biopsies with abnormal pathology, history of radiation therapy to the chest, ethnicity, alcohol intake, smoking history and age at the time of your first child,” says Dr. Goldfischer. “This information is combined to generate an individual risk score which will guide recommendations for future imaging.

“The best line of defense against breast cancer is for women to know their risks and take action accordingly, because early detection is an important factor in an individual’s prognosis following a cancer diagnosis,” she says.

“The best line of defense against breast cancer is for women to know their risks and take action accordingly, because early detection is an important factor in an individual’s prognosis following a cancer diagnosis.”
—Mindy Goldfischer, M.D., Englewood Health
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MYTHS, DEBUNKED

October is Health Literacy Month— a perfect time to let go of what you “know” that just ain’t so.

It’s been estimated that 88 percent of Americans lack the skills and knowledge to be truly “proficient” in managing their health—they’re short, in other words, on what’s known as health literacy. We’re all bombarded by information, what with social media, Dr. Google and that all-knowing neighbor over the back fence, but some of that information cries out for the prefix “mis-.” And many of us don’t know what to believe.

That’s one reason October has been designated Health Literacy Month, honoring the correct understanding of healthcare language and issues that is available to us these days once we sort out the wheat from the chaff. Essentially, the more “health-literate” we are, the lower our chance of being hospitalized, the more preventive care we receive and the better our health outcomes overall.

Have you been believing—or half believing— some of the myths listed here? If so, here’s your chance to wise up—and embrace health literacy.

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• THE MYTH: Applying butter to a burn helps it heal faster. The truth: This old household remedy has no evidence to back it up. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology warns that applying butter may cause an infection. Instead, douse the irritated area in cool water or apply a cold compress for about 10 minutes or until the pain subsides. You can also apply a gentle topical treatment such as Vaseline once or a twice a day to speed the healing process.

• THE MYTH: Cracking your knuckles causes arthritis. The truth: Several studies on this topic, including one by Harvard Medical School, have found that however annoying knuckle-cracking can be for those around you, it won’t cause arthritis in your hands or fingers. Cracking your knuckles pulls your joints apart, whereas arthritis is caused by a broken-down joint that causes the joints to rub together. Knuckle cracking is not a good habit, however; experts caution that it can lead to a weakened grip, temporary hand swelling and even possible injury.

• THE MYTH: Antiperspirant deodorant increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer.

The truth: Though some have worried that the aluminum in antiperspirants might stimulate production of estrogen, leading to increased breast cancer risk if the aluminum seeps into the body through nicks and cuts from shaving, the National Cancer Institute says many studies have refuted these claims. There is no known association between deodorant use and cancer. Breast cancer is, however, more common in women with a family history of the disease; such women should take extra pains to stay up-to-date on their mammograms.

• THE MYTH: Exercising in the evening makes it harder to sleep. The truth: A workout does increase your heart rate, body temperature and adrenaline levels, but research has found that if you do moderate-intensity exercise and finish at least 90 minutes before you hit the hay, it won’t affect your ability to fall asleep. In fact, exercise in general can help you sleep better. Listen to your body, though; choose the exercise regimen and schedule that work best for you.

• THE MYTH: Eating eggs regularly raises your cholesterol levels, a heart-disease risk factor. The truth: This one is complicated. Some studies have indeed linked egg consumption to increased levels of “bad” cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) in the blood. But eggs can also raise your “good” cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL), which is beneficial. In any case, the main worry about cholesterol is not the cholesterol we eat, but the way saturated fat and trans fat in foods trigger our livers to make the stuff. Some of eggs’ previous bad rap may have been because these protein-rich wonders travel in dangerous company—fatty cooking oils in the pan, sizzling bacon, butter-loaded biscuits or muffins. Check with your doctor if you have diabetes or another chronic condition, but, as the Mayo Clinic puts it, “Most healthy people can eat up to seven eggs a week without increasing their risk of heart disease.”

4 EASY WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH LITERACY

1. Speak up. This can mean directing a question about your dosage to a pharmacist who fills your prescription or calling to speak to a nurse at your physician’s office when you’re experiencing side effects or symptoms. Advocating for yourself is key to maximizing your health, both physically and emotionally.

2. Request your medical records. Any new doctor you’re going to see will want access to your medical records to optimize your care, and a law in New Jersey gives you the legal right to request these records and review them yourself. According to state law, medical records are kept for seven years from the date of service. Note that this isn’t the case for mental health notes, though; you can request notes from your therapy sessions, but your mental health provider isn’t obligated to hand them over.

3. Read well-vetted sources. The internet may lead you to believe you’re suffering from an array of ailments when it’s just a headache, so make sure that if you must go online to learn about symptoms or a certain condition, you’re reading a source that has been vetted by a doctor or a verified expert. Usually anything with .gov, .edu or .org at the end is legit (such as cdc.gov, health.harvard.edu or healthywomen.org), and medical journals or studies, many of which can be accessed online without a subscription or a medical license, are also a safe bet.

4. Stay informed close to home. Bergen County is home to five acclaimed hospitals, all of which offer classes and/or health fairs whose goal it is to educate the community on various health topics. For example: Bergen New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus has a team whose job it is to foster health literacy through community health fairs and public presentations. More info: newbridgehealth.org/health-services/communityhealth/

Englewood Health in Englewood hosts CPR courses, cancer symposiums, prenatal yoga sessions and more. More info: englewoodhealth.org/calendarevents-classes

Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack has a plethora of classes held both online and in person, from Breastfeeding 101 to knowing the difference between a heart attack and chest pain. More info: events.hackensackmeridianhealth.org

Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck has a bevy of supportive and informative groups for new parents, stroke survivors, cancer patients and others. More info: holyname.org/events/

—The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood has specific courses on various health ailments such as endometriosis, kidney disease and diabetes. It also hosts

“Weekly Walks with a Doctor” at Veterans Memorial Field in Ridgewood, in which an on-staff physician discusses a specific health issue while getting some steps in. More info: valleyhealth.com/events/

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GO WHERE THE PROS GO

To make a home look its best, interior designers know just where to shop. Here are their favorite spots. By Emma Cameron

When it comes to home décor shops in Bergen County, there’s almost an embarrassment of riches. Which store does one choose—and to buy what?

In the paragraphs that follow, answering those questions suddenly gets easier, thanks to the wisdom gained through professional experience by five of the area’s top interior designers. They happily complied when BERGEN asked them to share tips, keyed to the purchase you’re considering.

OUR INTERIOR DESIGNERS

Susan Farcy, Susan Farcy Interior Design, Wyckoff Robyn Stevens, Silhouette Studio, Saddle River Wendy Wallin, Impeccable Designs, Ramsey Allison Prior, Allison Prior Interiors, Wyckoff Marina V. Umali, Marina V Design Studio, Ridgewood
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If you’re looking for…furniture:

There’s no shame in turning to the big dogs like West Elm in Paramus or Pottery Barn in Hackensack for furniture to fill your home. But our experts can also suggest some newer places you may not have heard of yet, such as Saloni Furniture and Dogtas Home in Paramus. Marina Umali gives us the inside scoop: “I’ve purchased good-looking pieces for my clients at Saloni Furniture, and recently I was introduced to Dogtas, a new showroom with some updated looks.” For custom pieces right outside Bergen County, Wendy Wallin goes to Arthur Parks Upholstery in Clifton.

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If you’re looking for… window treatments:

Our designers say custom window treatments are the way to go. But where do you start? Umali recommends The Shade Store in Closter. You can meet with a design expert at the showroom there to handpick the shades, blinds or drapery of your dreams. Robyn Stevens’ go-to is Valcamy Window Treatment in Lodi. “They make everything exactly to my specifications—by hand in their workroom,” she says. “They do beautiful Roman drapery and Austrian shades.”

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If you’re looking for…. fixtures and hardware:

Choosing the right plumbing fixtures can make or break a kitchen or bathroom. Susan Farcy says the Ferguson Showroom on Route 17 in Mahwah “is spectacular, as it has a fantastic selection of vanities, soaking tubs, cabinet hardware and plumbing fixtures displayed so beautifully it’s easy for my clients to envision how everything will look in their homes.” She also commends Kohler on Route 17 in Paramus for its top-quality picks of fixtures and hardware sure to make any house a home, right down to the details.

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If you’re looking for…lighting:

Floor lamps, ceiling fans or even a candelabra: The right lighting is necessary to achieve that perfect ambiance. “My clients know that lighting is a favorite detail of mine,” Allison Prior tells BERGEN. “I love having the local Wyckoff Lighting Center in Wyckoff as a source for the best brands and unique styles.” For an alternative option, Wallin commends Capital Lighting in Paramus for its service and selection. “Everyone I work with makes it easy to specify products, as they know much about their industry,” she says.

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If you’re looking for…rugs.

Hoffman Floor & Home in Westwood makes it easy to have a beautiful new floor for any project. Plus, its customer service is top-notch. Just ask Stevens, who reports: “My contact there is Anthony. He’s one of the owners, young and charismatic. Goes above and beyond to make clients happy. Full-service flooring.” For carpeting, Wallin says Wostbrock Home in Ridgewood is the way to go. “Heidi and her team just make it happen for me as a designer,” she tells BERGEN.

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SAME ROOMS, NEW LIFE

Bold design choices and personal touches transformed an ordinary kitchen and powder room into whimsical spaces well suited to the homeowners’ large family.

Ulrich Inc. kitchen and bathroom designer Julia Kleyman says the owners of this Glen Ridge home weren’t afraid to go bold with patterns and color, which was used impeccably in her redesign. “The main goal of the remodel was to add as much light and openness to the kitchen as possible to keep the conversation and laughter flowing,” she says.

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Designer Kleyman added a few special features that really made this kitchen pop, including a customsize main sink, which allows for easy cleanup; a two-tier island conducive to baking; and radiant heating under the wood flooring to replace an existing radiator.

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Before you even walk in, there’s clearly something special—the Glen Ridge residence, located on a street with other historical homes, has major curb appeal. It dates from the 1920s, and it’s in the Mission style, a form of architecture characterized by wooden accents and typically found in Southwestern states. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill New Jersey abode, so the redesign of two of its rooms needed to catch that vibe.

To bring their kitchen and powder room to the next level, the homeowners hired Julia Kleyman, a designer at Ulrich Inc. in Ridgewood. Another Ulrich designer had worked on this kitchen when its previous owners lived here. It was in “great shape,” says Kleyman, but was outdated and didn’t suit this family’s lifestyle. They have lots of children and grandchildren, so they wanted their new space to feel connected and open, with better flow and better light. The footprint and the location of the windows and patio door remained as they were, but there was some other reconfiguring to be done.

“We removed the wall between the existing kitchen and the breakfast area so the cooks could interact with the kids at the table,” says Kleyman. “We also removed the wall between the breakfast area and the living room and created an opening with trim details to match this unique home.”

Much to the designer’s delight, these clients didn’t shy away from colors and texture and were happy to make bold choices in the redesign. Perhaps the boldest of all—and the undeniable “wow” factor in the kitchen—is the dramatic, graphical backsplash from Artistic Tile, with its deep rich palette of midnight blue and emerald green. “To anchor the range wall and balance the window,” adds Kleyman, “we worked in a custom blackened steel hood by Amore with antique bronze detail.” To further enhance the views and flow (and to make it easier for the grandparents to walk to and from each room), the Ulrich team enlarged the steps into the living room and added a metal railing featuring a circular motif, which mimics the detailing of

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the backsplash. Brookhaven countertops in marine black soapstone and recessed door-style cabinets around the perimeter are equally daring design choices.

The island, meanwhile, is purposefully two-tiered; the upper level is for basic food prep, and the lower level is a special place where the lady of the house, an avid baker, can roll out dough for her cakes and cookies. “To accommodate this request, we lowered part of the island, used Calacatta Gold stone surfacing for easy dough handling and housed the baking supplies on that side,” the designer notes.

In the nearby powder room located beneath a staircase, space was limited, which is why the homeowners wanted to go big aesthetically. Whimsy was the name of the game here—inspired by the clients’ love for and vast collection of vinyl records, books and art, Kleyman used colorful “Peacock” wallpaper by Rifle Paper Co.

The combination of fox knobs from Anthropologie, a leaf sconce by Objet Insolite above the mirror and wrap-around wainscoting makes a huge impact. Kleyman and her team also replaced old tile flooring with a mixed-finish herringbone mosaic from Artistic Tile, and added a new Toto toilet, a pedestal corner sink and recessed ceiling lights.

All in all, these homeowners got more than just a fabulous new kitchen and bathroom. After the project was completed in May 2022, the “first-generation kitchen” was donated to Renovation Angel in Fairfield, which meant a tax break for the clients and a bonus for the environment, since the old materials didn’t end up in a landfill. Sharing is caring, as they say. No doubt these homeowners’ kids and grandkids appreciate their sharing nature too.

The designer reconfigured the tiny main-floor bathroom, with its dark, padded walls and wooden floors, into a charming, updated powder room. The whimsical wallpaper is inspired by the couple’s love of music, books and art.

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HAUTE

HALLOWEEN

Orange and black are to be expected. But an all-white-everything Halloween party? Now that’s both chic and unique.

“Give your ghouls and goblins a treat with a fresh spin on Halloween décor.”
—Christine Figliuolo, Creations By Christine Events, Waldwick
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A GOURD-GEOUS PARTY

To modernize your Halloween party and make it more sophisticated, opt for white décor instead of the tried-and-true dark fall hues. This page: Your food can match the aesthetic. This white fondant cake is topped with chocolate and adorable melty meringue ghosts. Opposite: This monochromatic color scheme can set the spooky mood if done right. Décor such as white candlesticks, votives and twinkle lights add to the ambience and provide some warmth, much needed in late October. Add texture to your table with metallic skulls or witch accessories, as well as a throw pillow or ottoman with sequins or beading to keep guests cozy. And you can’t set a Halloween vibe without pumpkins; many stores sell neutral-colored miniand full-size gourds, or you can spray-paint orange ones from your local farmers’ market. While you’re at it, DIY some cute ghost “lollipops”—all you need are tissues or coffee filters, a black Sharpie and craft sticks.

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WILL BERGEN SKEW URBAN?

As mixed-use luxury developments proliferate, the county’s suburban towns could develop a more urban feel.

At the Wegmans on Farm View in Montvale, Carly Amos is checking out the organic produce, which, like the store itself, has an almost mesmerizing sheen. This particular branch of the popular supermarket chain is one of 20 shops in North Market, a mixeduse development comprising some 300 luxury rental apartments called The District and a variety of retail

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businesses, including a Cycle Bar, a Starbucks, a Lululemon, an Ulta Beauty, a CityMD, a new Warby Parker store, several restaurants, a bank, and, of course, the Wegmans, which opened its shiny doors in 2017. Amos, a Montvale resident, doesn’t live at The District, but she loves the Wegmans and thinks the development has made Montvale, a small north Bergen town with a population of around 8,000, a better place to live—and of course, to shop. “I was thrilled when I learned a Wegmans was coming in, and I like the highend retail here,” she says.

Though Bergen remains largely a county of single-family houses, the last decade has seen a burgeoning of mixed-use luxury developments like The District. They include Montvale’s North Market, a sprawling “neighborhood” of which The District is, in the renting agent’s parlance, “the centerpiece” (North Market boasts five buildings, 308 apartments, 68,000 square feet of retail space, and more than 90,000 square feet of office space); Hudson Lights in Fort Lee, comprising 276 apartments and 136,000 square feet of retail; Fifty58 in Paramus, with 45 luxury apartments and 7,000 square feet of retail space; and 764 New Bridge Road in Teaneck, a smaller development with retail space and townhouses. There are five in Hackensack: The Brick, Meridia, The Walcott, 210 Main Street and 50 Main Street, with five more approved (one of which, 321 Main Street, is currently under construction).

Perhaps the most ambitious mixed-use project, still very much in the planning stages, will be the redevelopment of Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus to include 550 luxury apartments in two new buildings constructed in what is currently a parking lot on the mall’s west side. Construction on the ambitious development—which will include a town green, an outdoor “Main Street” district with a variety of retail establishments, as well as commercial office space and a transit center— is scheduled to begin in 2024.

But while some residents applaud the new developments, others worry that they’ll change the face of towns that have long embraced their leafy suburban vibe. The Brick advertises itself as “Manhattan-inspired,” but many Bergen residents who actually work in New York City aren’t particularly eager to see their hometowns urbanized with the kind of mixeduse buildings that are a Manhattan hallmark. “Many people love the idea of coming home to their quiet bedroom communities after the hustle and bustle of working in New York City,” notes Joanne Cimiluca, Bergen County’s director of development.

In a densely populated county like Bergen, however, mixed-use luxury developments represent one of the few ways to satisfy a growing demand for housing. Whether they represent a boon or a threat seems to depend on whom you’re talking to.

Talk to Francis Reiner, redevelopment consultant for DMR Architects in Hasbrouck Heights, and you’ll understand the appeal of—and perhaps the need for—projects like The Brick and The District. He cites the longstanding, largely unmet need for additional housing in Bergen and in the state as a whole. “The state of New Jersey,” he says, “is a quarter of a million residential units behind what it needs.” Factor in the sometimes dizzying cost of Bergen County real estate, and you can understand the appeal of these mixed-use luxury projects. “Rentals represent opportunities for people who want to live in Bergen County but maybe don’t have the means to purchase a single-family house at the moment,” he says. Throw in amenities like pools, gyms and dog parks, add on-site high-end retail shops and conveniences like doctors’ offices and supermarkets, and the projects are likely even more appealing to prospective tenants.

The towns that have embraced the developments may well be concerned with filling housing needs, but they’re probably even more motivated to fill rapidly emptying coffers. Running a municipality in Bergen—and in New Jersey overall—isn’t cheap, especially given the state’s embrace of so-called home rule: the belief that every town has the right to govern itself and to maintain its own police and fire departments, planning boards, water systems and schools. And all those individual forces, boards, departments and systems are costly. To afford them, municipalities can either raise property taxes or attract more ratables— commercial properties subject to taxation.

“A lot of municipalities have turned to redevelopment as a way to increase revenues, have minimal impact on school systems, and to bring vitality back into main streets and downtowns,” says Reiner.

Not everyone is convinced that the increase in ratables is significant justification for projects that may appear to threaten a township’s way of life or its safety. In Glen Rock, for instance, the planning board ultimately rejected a proposed mixed-use development in July of this year, citing its impact on safety and traffic, the latter of which, Reiner says, is one of the main concerns among municipalities considering these projects. The three-building development would have included 69 residential units with parking and about 35,000 square feet of commercial space. The problem, says Gabriel Bullaro, a Glen Rock resident and lawyer who provided his services to the planning board pro bono, is that there was only a single point of entrance/egress to the site, which was located near a train station and within a school zone. The resulting bottleneck, he says, would have created a traffic nightmare during peak hours and endangered the safety of both pedestrians and drivers. “The quality of life of the whole town would have been

greatly affected,” Bullaro says.

Opponents of the projects in Bergen often cite concerns that the influx of new residents will overburden school systems, many of which are among the highest performing in the country. But Reiner believes that fears of overcrowded schools are unfounded, referring, in particular, to a 2018 study conducted by the Rutgers Center for Real Estate, which found that multifamily dwellings don’t necessarily contribute large numbers of schoolage children to New Jersey communities. Specifically, the study determined that the higher the household income of the renting family, the fewer school-age children they were likely to have. For example, 100 rental units housing families with annual incomes of $100,000 or more in two-bedroom apartments in low-rise buildings (defined as having five stories or less) contributed about 28 children to any given municipality’s school system; 100 families with the same income, also living in two-bedroom units but in mid-rise buildings (five to eight stories) were found to contribute about 9 children to a system. The higher the building—and the family income— and the lower the number of bedrooms, the fewer children of school age would be introduced into the school systems.

Another problem that can arise when apartment buildings—mixed-use or otherwise—replace single-family houses is an increase in flooding. Typically, rain is absorbed by soil; when that soil is replaced with buildings and walkways and roadways and parking lots, rainwater can’t be absorbed, and the runoff can cause or contribute to flooding. Reiner notes that, at least in the developments with which his firm has been involved, plans have been put in place to deal with storm water and flooding.

Some believe that mixed-use developments are an inevitable part of Bergen County’s future. Cimiluca, for one, is convinced that they are. “At the end of the day,” she says, “these big businesses bring ratables, and they help keep taxes lower. You have to maintain a balance.” The developments also reflect a change in the way people live today. “People work so many hours; they have so much more on their plates,” Cimiluca says. And large, mixed-use developments offer hardworking folks the bonus of time: When you have restaurants, shops, and leisure activities at your doorstep, you don’t have to waste precious time driving.

Given current economic uncertainties, there could certainly be a slowdown in construction overall. “It’ll be interesting to find out if the financial world is going to tighten its reins a little bit and slow lending,” says Reiner. “I think things will slow down, but I also think there will be a pent-up need when the financial markets open up again.”

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that pride themselves on their suburban character may be less welcoming to mixed-use developments. It seems more likely that already urbanized municipalities, like Hackensack and Paramus, will want to take advantage of the ratables and revitalization the developments offer. Questions of traffic, safety and social and environmental impacts will continue to be a consideration. “Sometimes municipalities care about getting ratables,” says Bullaro. “They fail to realize that people still have to live in the towns and want to have a nice lifestyle.” The unanswered question, at present, is whether that lifestyle will look more like Main Street or Manhattan.

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WHERE TO FIND FALL COLORS

Bright, multi-hued autumn foliage beckons—sometimes in places you wouldn’t think of. Here are 5 top spots.

Some of us are busy Instagrammers or serious nature photographers. For others, lovely fall colors are an excuse to hit the road—and feel that brisk air—when it’s no longer hot and muggy, but not yet frigid and blustery. Below you’ll find five destinations within an easy drive where the leaves put on a show of paintbox variety.

FORT TRYON PARK, NEW YORK, N.Y.

Distance from Bergen: 25 minutes east. Peak time to view: Late October Manhattan probably isn’t the place that leaps to mind when you think of fall foliage, but this park is up there—literally and figuratively— with some of the best spots in the Empire State to view the changing leaves. It nestles at the northernmost tip of the west side of Manhattan at Riverside Drive and 191st Street, a hidden gem of horticultural treasures. Because of its high elevation, Fort Tyron Park offers a sweeping view of the Hudson River—and while you’re there, you can wave at your neighbors across the Palisades. Bike, hike or walk along eight miles of pathways, snap photos within the three acres of manicured lawns—and bring Fido for a visit to the city’s largest dog run.

Don’t miss it: Fort Tryon Park is also home to the Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art that houses nearly 5,000 medieval works of art.

DELAWARE AND RARITAN CANAL STATE PARK, PRINCETON, N.J.

Distance from Bergen: 1 hour, 30 minutes south. Peak time to view: Mid to late October It’s best to experience the beauty of this 70mile linear park in Central Jersey in the fall, when orange, red and yellow leaves are abundant. You can take in the sights on foot, by mountain bike or even by canoe, which you can rent in nearby Griggstown or Princeton. (Fishing is encouraged along the canal too.)

This park also features 19th century mills, bridges and tender houses, making it a popular attraction for history buffs.

Don’t miss it: The main canal passes through a handful of quaint towns such as Kingston, Griggstown and Blackwells Mills, with enticing shops and cafes. For a more officially cultural option, the Princeton Art Museum is just a 15-minute drive away.

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SAUGERTIES LIGHTHOUSE IN THE CATSKILLS MOUNTAINS, SAUGERTIES, N.Y.

Distance from Bergen: 1 hour, 30 minutes north. Peak time to view: Early to mid October A lighthouse is romantic in itself; add some fall foliage to the mix and you have perhaps the best day date ever. This historic landmark located along the Hudson River has views of Esopus Creek that are nothing short of extraordinary, especially as the seasons change. Its plot of land is 17 acres, alive with fauna and various bird and animal species. But the main attraction here is a short-but-sweet half-mile walk that will take you to the Lighthouse, where you’ll be rewarded with the view—spot boats, watch for birds and, of course, catch those leaves.

Don’t miss it: Boomers will appreciate the nostalgia of the Woodstock Museum, while the younger set will enjoy a trip to the Catskills Animal Sanctuary. Each is about a 20-minute drive from the Lighthouse.

LAKE WALLENPAUPACK IN THE POCONOS MOUNTAINS, HAWLEY, PA.

Distance from Bergen: 2 hours west. Peak time to view: Early to mid October This man-made lake is a favorite in Pennsylvania among both tourists and residents. The reservoir itself is 13 miles long and has 52 miles of shoreline, so there’s plenty of space to sprawl out all year round. But in the fall, that means there are all the more vantage points from which to check out the gorgeous changing foliage—and the flaming colors reflect off the water. There are also hiking trails, forest lands, campsites and boat tours along what locals refer to as “the Big Lake.”

Don’t miss it: Unwind with your favorite white or red at Three Hammers Winery (about a halfhour’s drive from the lake), or choose a brewski at Wallenpaupack Brewing Company (just 12 minutes away). Just make sure you designate a driver first!

JACOB’S LADDER SCENIC BYWAY IN THE BERKSHIRES, RUSSELL, MASS.

Distance from Bergen: 2 hours, 30 minutes north. Peak time to view: Early October

This scenic byway is our top pick for the season in the Berkshires area; its 35-mile stretch across Route 20 is also one of only two trails in the state that have been designated “state scenic byways.” And scenic it is; Jacob’s Ladder snakes through some of the region’s prettiest Massachusetts towns, but also features open fields, wetlands, steep ledges and streams for some seriously stunning fall photo ops you can take advantage of on foot or by car.

Don’t miss it: The town of Lee, Mass., where Jacob’s Ladder begins, has a bevy of historic monuments and charming shops to round out your afternoon. If you want to continue your adventurous streak, pick up the Appalachian Trail in Lee for an additional hiking opportunity; this famous trail goes from Georgia all the way up to Maine, covering 90 miles in Massachusetts.

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GET SAUCY!

PORK CHOPS IN CREAMY MUSHROOM SAUCE

Yields 4 servings

INGREDIENTS:

n ▢4 boneless pork chops, about ½-inch thick

n ▢¾ tsp. salt, or to taste

n ▢¼ tsp. black pepper, or to taste

n ▢½ tsp. paprika, or to taste

n ▢3 Tbs. unsalted butter, divided

n ▢2 tsp. olive oil

n ▢8 oz. mushrooms (white or brown), sliced

n ▢½ medium onion, finely chopped

n ▢2 garlic cloves, minced

n ▢1 Tbs. flour

n ▢1 tsp. hot sauce

n ▢1½ cups chicken broth

n ¹/³ cup heavy cream

n ▢1 Tbs. parsley, optional garnish

DIRECTIONS:

Season pork chops with salt, pepper and paprika. Heat

1 Tbs. butter and 2 tsp. oil in a large pan over medium/ high heat. Once hot, sear chops 3-4 minutes per side until golden brown. Remove pork chops and cover to keep warm.

In the same pan, add 1 Tbs. butter and sliced mushrooms. Cook 2 minutes over medium heat, or until lightly golden.

Add 1 Tbs. butter and onions. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Cook 3-4 minutes, until onions are tender.

Add minced garlic and sauté 30 seconds, stirring frequently. Add flour and stir vigorously for 30 seconds.

Add the chicken broth, hot sauce, whipping cream and season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer 2 minutes, or until cream begins to thicken. Add pork chops back to the skillet and cover with the mushroom sauce.

Reduce heat to low and simmer 5-8 minutes, allowing the pork chops to become tender and the flavors of the mushroom sauce to penetrate into the pork chops. Garnish if desired and serve.

This recipe calls for a cup of heavy cream, which contributes about 816 calories and 55 grams of saturated fat to the dish! A lighter option would be to swap the heavy cream for half-and-half. It’ll lend a creaminess and richness for fewer calories and saturated fat.”

—Anna Khesin, registered dietitian nutritionist, AK Nutrition and Wellness, North Bergen

Nothing says fall comfort food like chicken, pork or steak smothered in a delicious sauce. These three entrées will wow— and satisfy—the foodies in your life.
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STEAK AU POIVRE

Yields 4 servings

INGREDIENTS:

n ▢1 tenderloin steaks, 6-8 oz. each and no more than ½ inch thick

n ▢kosher salt

n ▢2 Tbs. whole peppercorns

n ▢1 Tbs. unsalted butter

n ▢1 tsp. olive oil

n ¹/³ cup cognac, plus 1 tsp.

n ▢1 cup heavy cream

DIRECTIONS:

Remove the steaks from the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour prior to cooking. Sprinkle all sides with salt.

Coarsely crush the peppercorns with a mortar and pestle, the bottom of a cast iron skillet, or using a mallet and pie pan. Spread the peppercorns evenly onto a plate. Press the fillets, on both sides, into the pepper until it coats the surface. Set aside.

In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and olive oil. As soon as the butter and oil begin to turn golden and smoke, gently place the steaks in the pan. For medium-rare, cook for 4 minutes on each side. Once done, remove the steaks to a plate, tent with foil and set aside. Pour off the excess fat but do not wipe or scrape the pan clean.

Off of the heat, add cognac to the pan and carefully ignite the alcohol with a long match or firestick. Gently shake pan until the flames die. Return the pan to medium heat and add the cream. Bring the mixture to a boil and whisk until the sauce coats the back of a spoon, approximately 5 to 6 minutes. Add the teaspoon of cognac and season, to taste, with salt. Add the steaks back to the pan, spoon the sauce over, and serve.

Peppercorns are a rich source of many antioxidants, which can keep our bodies healthy and diseasefree. If you don’t want to use alcohol in this recipe, try substituting cognac with apple or pear juice, which is also a more budgetfriendly option. And substitute butter with 1 tablespoon of liquid coconut oil for anti-inflammatory benefits.”

—Azi Ahmadi, registered dietitian nutritionist, Ridgewood

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CHICKEN BRAISED WITH APPLES CIDER AND MUSTARD

Yields 4-6 servings

INGREDIENTS:

n ▢boneless skinless chicken — breast halves or thighs

n ▢1 Tbs. olive oil

n ▢1 firm apple such as Braeburn, cored, halved and cut into half-inch slices

n ▢1 cup apple cider

n ▢1 large onion, thinly sliced

n ▢1 garlic clove, minced

n ▢1 tsp. dried thyme leaves

n ▢½ tsp. salt

n ▢2 Tbs. Dijon mustard

DIRECTIONS:

Place each chicken-breast half between 2 sheets of wax paper and pound with a meat mallet until about ¾-inch thick.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and saute the chicken until golden, about 3 minutes per side.

Add the apple slices, apple cider, onion, garlic, thyme, and salt. Cover and simmer 6 to 8 minutes or until the chicken is fork-tender.

Remove the chicken, apple slices, and onion to a serving platter and keep warm.

Bring the sauce to a boil for about 5 minutes or until slightly reduced.

Whisk in the mustard. Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve.

This is a hearthealthy recipe with lean protein, monounsaturated fat and nutrient-dense flavorings. Unlike apple juice, apple cider contains a higher concentration of polyphenol compounds that serve as an antioxidant. You can get even more antioxidants by chopping up and adding a fresh apple to the dish too.”

—Anna Khesin, registered dietitian nutritionist, AK Nutrition and Wellness, North Bergen

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Mighty, Tiny Teff

Teff may be the world’s oldest domesticated crop you’ve never heard of. Known scientifically as Eragrostis tef, it’s a cereal indigenous to Ethiopia and Eritrea. The seeds of the annual grass plant, about the size of a chia seed, are a nutritional staple in East Africa. Nowadays, the brown/red and ivory varieties of teff are cultivated in India, Australia and the U.S. as well. In our country, this grain is grown in Idaho, Oregon and Nevada.

Historians believe the crop originated 6,000 years ago in the Horn of Africa. The name ar rives from the Amharic-language word “teffa,” which means lost. That’s probably because once you drop one of these tiny seeds, it’s likely gone for good.

Partly thanks to its use in making the pancakelike flatbread known as injera, teff provides twothirds of Ethiopian’s daily protein intake. In 2006, the grain was banned for exportation by the Ethio pian government, which feared shortages such as those experienced in South American countries when there was a run on quinoa. The ban was partially lifted in 2015, and Ethiopian teff is now widely available. Delicious, versatile and packed with nutrition, this ancient grain seems to be a food with a future.

POWER UP

Teff is completely gluten-free, mak ing it a great

option for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. A half-cup serving of uncooked teff is loaded with 13 grams of protein, as opposed to the 5 grams in a similar serving of oats. And unlike most grains, teff is a super calcium source, with 159 milligrams per half cup. (That’s more than a glass of whole milk.) That serving also provides 42.3 percent of our daily value of magnesium, a mineral that helps the heart, bones, muscles and nerves to run smoothly. Add to that more than 30 percent of our needed zinc and 20 to 30 percent of the fiber we require, making teff a powerhouse for gut microbiome health.

Runners, listen closely: Teff is the perfect pre-race porridge. It’s rich in iron, which is ben eficial not just for your overall health but for athletic performance. In just six weeks, female runners suffering from an iron deficiency were able to raise their iron levels significantly by incorporating teff into their diets. And because it’s a whole grain, teff provides a sustained re lease of energy. It’s no wonder Ethiopia boasts so

many successful long-distance runners. In fact, Olympic gold medalist Haile Gebrselassie claims teff is the secret to his impressive career.

Who would’ve thought that this minute seed could pack such a nutritional punch?

BUY/STORE/SERVE

Most natural food stores and well-stocked grocers have teff on hand. Uncooked teff can last for up to two years in a cool, dry place. As a whole grain, it can be used to make porridge. Because the seeds are so minuscule compared to oats, the cooking time is cut in half. Teff has a nutty flavor with a molasses kick, a little sweeter than the monotony of oatmeal.

You can blend the grain to make teff flour, the main ingredient in pillowy injera. Making injera is a four-day fermentation process—it’s ultimately worth it, but there are tons of other uses for teff while you wait. When it comes to baking, the flour is as versatile as any other: bread, biscuits, muf fins, you name it. If you’re feeling adventurous, go online to find recipes for teff pastry crust, banana teff cake or teff walnut cake. You can also throw in teff as a thickener for sauces or stews. Want a change-up? Replace a portion of any recipe that calls for flour with teff flour. This mix-and-match will get your gluten down and give the recipe a lighter finish.

DID YOU KNOW? Teff is so tiny that it would take 150 seeds to equal the size of one grain of wheat.

Will this little-known, gluten-free seed find a place on your plate?
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HEALTHCARE GAME-CHANGERS SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

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A COLLECTIVE INTERVIEW WITH (LEFT TO RIGHT):

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Valley provides the full spectrum of breast health services, from diagnosis and treatment to survivorship. At every step, patients and families receive the support they need to understand and navigate the complexity of a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

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The team consists of breast surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and advanced practice providers. The team will recommend a detailed and personalized treatment plan. A navigation team will guide you throughout your treatment, including but not limited to help with appointment scheduling, financial advocacy and connecting you with cancer support services.

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INJURY PREVENTION TIPS FOR YOUNG ATHLETES

Orthopedic Surgeon, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC); Team Orthopedist, New Jersey Devils; Team Orthopedist, NJCU; Former Director of Orthopedic Surgery, Philadelphia Flyers;Former Team Physician, Philadelphia Eagles

Peter DeLuca, MD, has helped hundreds of elite athletes obtain peak performance and recover from injury. As an orthopedic surgeon with Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center and a member of RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group, Dr. DeLuca is using his experience to help athletes of all ages in the same way. He explains:

What’s the biggest injury risk young athletes face today?

One of the growing dangers I see for young athletes is sports specialization. It happens when parents and sometimes youngsters think they must play one sport—and only that sport—in order to perfect it. They mistakenly believe that it is the only way to become a college or professional athlete, but that’s not the case.

What are the dangers of sports specialization?

Any time a young adult plays a sport, it puts stress on certain joints, such as the knee or shoulder, or even on certain structures of those joints. That’s why most sports medicine physicians recommend that young athletes play at least one other sport. By playing, for example, football for three months, then basketball for four months, you’ll be working different muscles and reduce your risk for overuse injuries. Numerous studies have pointed to the dangers of sports specialization.

What are the most common knee injuries in young athletes?

Muscle strains are the most common, followed closely by anterior knee pain, which is discomfort around the kneecap. We see this more commonly in females than in males. It’s often caused by an anatomical issue where the kneecap doesn’t track properly, causing pain and instability. Sprains of the medial collateral ligament (MCL), located in the inner part of the knee, are the third most common injury.

A knee injury that we’ve seen greatly increase in incidence over the last several years is a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). ACL tears can happen in any sport with a lot of pivoting and cutting. The ACL will not heal by itself, and you will need surgery.

How can young athletes prevent injuries?

Most injuries occur because of fatigue. That’s why I advise young athletes to build endurance in all their muscles. The stronger and more flexible you keep your muscles, the better you’ll ward off injuries.

Proper stretching is important. One good guideline is a prevention program called PEP (Prevent Injury and Enhance Performance). Also, athletes should make sure to stay hydrated. When you’re dehydrated, your muscles don’t work as efficiently as they should, which increases your risk for strains and sprains.

Get Treated Like A Pro

The orthopedic and sports medicine team at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center has a full complement of experts dedicated to the health and well-being of athletes of all ages.

HEALTHCARE GAME-CHANGERS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SPORTS MEDICINE AT COOPERMAN BARNABAS MEDICAL CENTER, CALL 973-322-7005.

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Founded in 2011, The Alliance represents 40 state-approved private special education schools in Northern and Central New Jersey. Our goal is to see that parents, school staff and advocates are well informed about the special education needs of, and range of program options for students with complex needs. We offer a searchable directory of schools on our website, free parent advocacy from a trained and knowledgeable parent advocate, workshops, resources and two annual scholarships.

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At Chapel Hill Academy, we believe that students can achieve their fullest potential when they are learning in a supportive, nurturing atmosphere. Located in Lincoln Park, Chapel Hill Academy serves students grades K-12+ with social, emotional, and behavioral issues in a small school setting. We offer a rich and challenging curriculum, strong counseling support and creative, individualized learning to prepare students for the future. Most students are placed by the sending school district and attend at no cost to families.

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Autumn Splendor

Skip the iced coffee and chai latte. With a touch of everyone's favorite seasonal spice, this classic cocktail will be Oktoberfest-ready.

PUMPKIN OLD-FASHIONED

Yields: 1 serving

INGREDIENTS

n 2 oz. bourbon whiskey n 1 Tbs. pumpkin puree

n ½ Tbs. maple syrup

n ¼ tsp. pumpkin pie spice (purchased or homemade)

n ¼ tsp. vanilla

n 1 dash Angostura bitters n ice, for serving (try clear ice!) n rosemary, optional, for garnish n orange peel, optional, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add 1 handful ice and shake until cold. Strain the drink into an ice-filled lowball glass. Garnish with rosemary and an orange peel, if desired.

To give this cocktail a twist, you can make your own pumpkin spice simple syrup. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree, 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan over medium heat. Stirring occasionally, bring to a boil. Before adding it to your shaker, let it stand for two to three minutes!"

—George Chicolo III, mixologist, On the Fly, @on.the.fly_ mobilemixologist

Recipe courtesy of acouplecooks.com

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Cara McBrearty & Daniel Callan

These Ridgewood High School alumni got married in a small ceremony at the church they both grew up going to. Their big reception got pushed a year due to COVID regulations, but their intimate 2020 party, at the bride’s parents’ home, was picture perfect.

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WEDDING DATE: September 26, 2020

NUMBER OF GUESTS: 40

CEREMONY: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church, Ridgewood, olmcridgewood.com

RECEPTION Bride’s parents’ home, Ridgewood

PHOTOGRAPHY: Lizzie Burger Photography, Hoboken, lizzieburgerphoto.com

FLOWERS: Beers Flower Shop, Ridgewood, beersflowers.com

CAKE: Krisota’s Cake Shop, Teaneck, krisotascakeshopnj.com

HAIR & MAKEUP: Moxie Salon and Beauty Bar, Ridgewood, moxiesalonandbeautybar. com/ridgewood-new-jersey

BRIDE’S GOWN: BHLDN, New York City, bhldn.com

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AIR GROUP

Air Group is your local premier heating, air conditioning, plumbing, electrical, indoor air quality, and standby

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ARAPAHOE

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B&B POOL AND SPA CENTER

The team at B&B has been satisfying customers for 47 years. The pools they build—including all those from their early days— continue to be beautiful and inviting. Virtually every year since B&B started building pools, they’ve won awards. With their attention focused on providing ease, convenience and efficiency, B&B created the IntelliPool® and IntelliSpa® bringing the best of technology together with the 787 CHESTNUT RIDGE RD., CHESTNUT RIDGE, NY 845.356.0778

CHRISTIAN DI STASIO

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CREATIVE DESIGN CONSTRUCTION

Christian Di Stasio is an award winning and record breaking Bergen County Realtor, a multiyear recipient of the NJ Realtors Circle of Excellence

Award, and he ranks in the top 1.5% of Realtors nationwide by Real Trends & America’s Best Real Estate Professionals. He is the Team Lead for The Christian Di Stasio Group CDG is made up of highly accredited, seasoned, and well-networked real estate professionals. They are hyper client-centric and drive value by never pressuring and always listening to your goals and needs. They will develop a strategy and they achieve them, every time.

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Whether you are considering indoor or outdoor living space changes, let the professionals at Creative Design Construction and

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We are the oldest independent GE dealer in the US and have received numerous awards. We are also proud to offer products from Sub-Zero Wolf, Weber, Miele, Bosch, Broan, Dacor, Electrolux, Frigidaire, Jenn-Air, Maytag, Whirlpool and more. As a member of the billion-dollar buying group ADC, we are positioned to save you money every day.

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THOMAS FLINT LANDSCAPE DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT

Thomas Flint Landscape Design & Development is an award-winning full-service landscape design and construction firm specializing in state-of-theart, custom gunite swimming pools, masonry and complete outdoor living spaces. We are focused on the big picture and how every element and detail fits, flows and works together. Our completed projects represent the essence of our clients’ characters, style and passions synthesized into a final creation that embodies timeless comfort and style..

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THYME & PLACE DESIGN/ SHARON L. SHERMAN

I’ve been fortunate over my past 20+ years owing Thyme and Place Design to have had wonderful clients who have trusted me and my coterie of trusted subcontractors who’ve been working with me for years. Together, we’ve created the beautiful, warm and inviting kitchens, bathrooms and interior environments they have desired—on budget and on time. If you’re ready for a full kitchen remodel, or simply need a kitchen design dilemma answered, please reach out to me at sherman@thymeandplacedesign.com.

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ULRICH, INC.

Ulrich, Inc. offers comprehensive design/build services specializing in kitchens, baths and custom home remodeling.

With a staff of over 25, our employee-owned company has served homeowners in the Northern New Jersey / New York metro area for over 70 years with an exceptional reputation for our commitment to personalized service, high quality products and fine craftsmanship. Ulrich professionals work with you every step of the way to make your remodeling experience as delightful as the outcome!

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HOME & GARDEN SHOWCASE

Where To Eat

Getting three squares a day has never been easier—Bergen County is home to a selection of

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CLIFFSIDE PARK

354 STEAKHOUSE 354 Lawton Ave. 201.941.0499

AVO’S GRILL 720 Anderson Ave. 201.945.9038 orderavos.com

RUDY’S RESTAURANT 591 Anderson Ave. 201.943.9252

SEDONA TAPHOUSE 679 Anderson Ave. 201.943.2300 sedonataphouse.com

VILLA AMALFI 793 Palisade Ave. 201.886.8626 villaamalfi.com

CLOSTER

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THE HILL

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SAMDAN 178 Piermont Rd. 201.816.7343 samdanrestaurant.com

DEMAREST YASOU MYKONOS 134 Hardenburgh Ave. 201.768.8500 yasoumykonos.com

DUMONT FINK’S BBQ SMOKEHOUSE 26 W. Madison Ave. 201.384.3210 finksbbqsmokehouse.com

FOSCHINI’S 21 E. Madison Ave. 201.387.9998 foschinis.com

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IL MULINO 132 Veterans Plz. 201.384.7767 ilmulinodumont.com

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BROWNSTONE PANCAKE FACTORY

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DE NOVO EUROPEAN PUB 1257 River Rd. 201.496.6161 denovoeuropeanpub.com

EMMA BISTRO 2 Hilliard Ave. 201.402.7719 emmabistronj.com

FLEMING’S STEAKHOUSE 90 The Promenade 201.313.9463 flemingssteakhouse.com

GREEK TAVERNA 55 The Promenade 201.945.8998 greektavernausa.com

HAVEN 2 Main St. 201.943.1900 havenedgewater.com

ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE 15 The Promenade 201.366.4065 ophedgewater.com

*Editor’s note—Patrons are encouraged to confirm individual restaurant policies regarding social distancing and curbside service.

ALLENDALE

ALLENDALE BAR & GRILL

67 W. Allendale Ave. 201.327.3197 allendalebarandgrill.com

ALLENDALE

STEAKHOUSE 95 W. Allendale Ave. 201.962.9797 allendalesteakhousenj.com

MEZZA LUNA

96 W. Allendale Ave. 201.327.6556 mezzalunabistro.com

NIRVANA INDIAN KITCHEN 29 W. Allendale Ave. 201.818.2300 nirvanaindiankitchen.com

SAVINI 168 W. Crescent Ave. 201.760.3700 savinirestaurant.com

ALPINE

KIKU 385 Rte. 9 W. 201.767.6322

BERGENFIELD

CHAPALA GRILL 52 S. Washington Ave. 201.387.2107 chapalamexican grill.com

NIHON KAI 41 S. Washington Ave. 201.384.3000 nihonkaijapanese.com

TOMMY FOX’S PUBLIC HOUSE 32 S. Washington Ave. 201.384.0900 tommyfoxs.com

BOGOTA

LUKA’S ITALIAN CUISINE 10 River Rd. 201.440.2996 lukasitaliancuisine.com

CARLSTADT

BIGGIE’S 430 Rte. 17 S. 201.933.4000 biggies.com

LOCALE CAFÉ AND BAR 208 Piermont Rd. 201.750.3233 locale208closter.com

SEAR HOUSE 411 Piermont Rd. 201.292.4612 searhouse.com

STERN AND BOW 171 Schraalenburgh Rd. 201.750.3350 sternandbowrestaurant.com

CRESSKILL

DELVINA RESTAURANT 172 Piermont Rd. 201.816.0239 delvinarestaurant.com

HANAMI

41 Union Ave. 201.567.8508 hanamirestaurant.com

ANNABELLA’S HOUSE OF MOZZARELLA 900 Paterson Plank Rd. 201.804.0303 annabellasmozz.com

BLARNEY STATION PUB 258 Park Ave. 201.531.0001 blarneystation.com

CAFFÉ CAPRI 119 Park Ave. 201.460.1039 caffecaprirestaurant.com

EDGEWATER

BAUMGART’S CAFÉ 59 The Promenade 201.313.3889 baumgartscafe.com

PIER 115 115 River Rd. 201.313.2155 pier115barandgrill.com

REBECCA’S 236 Old River Rd. 201.943.8808 rebeccasedgewater.com

RIVER PALM TERRACE 1416 River Rd. 201.224.2013 riverpalm.com

ROBERTO’S II 936 River Rd. 201.224.2524 robertosii.com

SEAK 725 River Rd., #30 201.402.3400 seaknj.com

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ELMWOOD PARK

TAVERNA MYKONOS 238 Broadway 201.703.9200 tavernamykonos.com

ROYAL WARSAW

871 River Dr. 201.794.9277 royalwarsaw.com

EMERSON

PIMAAN THAI

79 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.967.0440 pimaanthai.com

ENGLEWOOD

AKAI LOUNGE

11 N. Dean St. 201.541.0086 akailounge.com

BAUMGART’S CAFÉ

45 E. Palisade Ave. 201.569.6267 baumgartscafe.com

BENNIE’S

54 E. Palisade Ave. 201.894.5700 benniesofenglewood.com

BLUE MOON CAFÉ

23 E. Palisade Ave. 201.541.0600 bluemoonmexican café.com

CASSIE’S 18 S. Dean St. 201.541.6760 cassiespizzeria.com

CHAT KAEW THAI

CUISINE

4 E. Palisade Ave. 201.894.0343

HUMMUS ELITE

39 E. Palisade Ave. 201.569.5600 hummuselite.com

LA FONDA PAISA

95 W. Palisade Ave. 201.871.3544 lafondapaisausa.com

LA’MEZZA 63 Nathaniel Pl. 201.569.2662 lamezzarestaurant.com

LAS MARAVILLAS DE TULCINGO 84 W. Palisade Ave. 201.568.1980

NOCHES DE COLOMBIA

90 W. Palisade Ave. 201.567.4950 nochesdecolombia.com

PINTXO Y TAPAS

47 N. Dean St. 201.569.9999 englewoodtapas.com

ROSE’S OF ENGLEWOOD 126 Engle St. 201.541.0020 rosesplacenj.com

SOFIA 36 Engle St. 201.541.8530 sofiaenglewood.com

TANI SUSHI & ASIAN GRILL

44 E. Palisade Ave. 201.567.7888 taniofenglewood.com

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS

BROWNSTONE

PANCAKE FACTORY 717 E. Palisade Ave. 201.945.4800 brownstonepancake factory.com

CAFÉ ITALIANO 14 Sylvan Ave. 201.461.5041 cafeitaliano.net

CLIFFS STEAKHOUSE 18 Sylvan Ave. 201.944.0233 cliffssteakhouse.com

LEFKES ESTIATORIO 495 Sylvan Ave. 201.408.4444 lefkesnj.com

GRISSINI 484 Sylvan Ave. 201.568.3535 grissinirestaurant.com

FAIR LAWN ANTHONY’S COAL

FIRED PIZZA 2101 Promenade Blvd. 201.796.2625 acfp.com

EMPRESS DINER 13-48 River Rd. 201.791.2895 empressdinernj.com

KIMCHI MAMA 7-09 Fair Lawn Ave. 201.703.2905 kimchimamafairlawn.com

OCEANOS OYSTER BAR & SEA GRILL 2-27 Saddle River Rd. 201.796.0546 oceanosrestaurant.com

RIVER PALM TERRACE 41-11 Rte. 4 W. 201.703.3500 riverpalm.com

ROSE’S PLACE 32-01 Broadway 201.475.8800 rosesplacenj.com

SAGE RESTAURANT 17-15 Broadway 201.797.0500 sagefairlawn.com

FAIRVIEW

NOCHES DE COLOMBIA 172 Broad Ave. 201.840.8428 nochesdecolombia.com

PATSY’S

344 Old Bergen Blvd. 201.943.0627 patsysbistro.com

FORT LEE

AQUARIUS

230-234 Main St. 201.592.8338 aquariusrestaurant nj.com

BAGGIOS 212 Main St. 201.585.7979 baggiospizzarestaurant. com

BIG RED TOMATO 1205 Anderson Ave. 201.224.6500 brtnj.com

CAP’T LOUI 210 Main St. 201.461.7080 captloui.com

CHILLERS GRILL 2191 Fletcher Ave. 201.461.0075 chillersgrill.com

KUBA RESTAURANT 2139 Hudson Ter. 201.585.1601 kubarestaurant.com

PHO TODAY

2151 Lemoine Ave. 201.585.8818

POMODORO

795 Abbott Blvd. 201.224.0800 pomodoro1.com

PRIME & BEYOND 501 Main St. 201.461.0033 primeandbeyond.com

PUNTA CANA 2151 Lemoine Ave. 201.849.5556 puntacanarestaurante .com

VENTANA’S 200 Park Ave. 201.583.4777 ventanasatthemodern.com

FRANKLIN LAKES

THE CHEF’S TABLE 754 Franklin Ave. 201.891.6644 tctnj.com

SUSHI COCORO 856 Franklin Ave. 201.560.1333 sushicocoro.com

GARFIELD

THE FIREHOUSE 42 Plauderville Ave. 973.478.2226 firehouse-restaurant.com

GOODFELLAS 661 Midland Ave. 973.478.4000 goodfellasristorante.com

LA CAMBUSA 517 River Dr. 973.272.8739 cambusanj.com

LA FORTALEZA 361 Midland Ave. 973.928.4470 lafortalezamexrestaurant .com

GLEN ROCK

GLEN ROCK INN 222 Rock Rd. 201.445.2362 glenrockinn.com

STONE & RAIL 175 Rock Rd. 201.345.0709 stoneandrail.com

TANI SUSHI & ASIAN GRILL 206 Rock Rd. 201.612.1188 taniofglenrock.com

HACKENSACK

CASUAL HABANA CAFÉ 125 Main St. 201.880.9844 casualhabanacafe.com

THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY

390 Hackensack Ave. 201.488.0330 thecheesecakefactory.com

THE CROW’S NEST 309 Vincent Ave. 201.342.5445 crowsnest.com

HOT FISH 450 Hackensack Ave. 201.881.0180 hotfishhackensack.com

HOUSTON’S 1 Riverside Sq. 201.488.5667 houstons.com

LIDO RESTAURANT 701 Main St. 201.487.8721 thelidorestaurant.com

LT BAR & GRILL 390 Hackensack Ave. 551.287.6333 ltbarandgrill.com

MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY 70 Riverside Sq. 201.221.2030 maggianos.com

MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE 1 Riverside Sq. 201.487.1303 mortons.com

THE OCEANAIRE 175 Riverside Sq. 201.343.8862 theoceanaire.com

P.F. CHANG’S 390 Hackensack Ave. 201.646.1565 pfchangs.com

THE PICCO TAVERN 160 Prospect Ave. 201.880.8750 piccotavern.com

ROSA MEXICANO 60 Riverside Sq. 201.489.9100 rosamexicano.com

HARRINGTON PARK DONATELLA RISTORANTE 12 Tappan Rd. 201.767.4245 donatellasitalian. restaurant

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS BENSI 459 Rte. 17 S. 201.727.9525 bensihh.com

THE HEIGHTS BAR & GRILL 163 Boulevard 201.288.9338

IVY INN 268 Terrace Ave. 201.393.7699 ivyinn.com

SOFIA’S 220 Boulevard 201.462.0123 sofiasmediterranean grill.com

TOM YUM KOONG 305 Boulevard 201.288.3840 tomyumkoong.net

HAWORTH ALESSANDRO’S 157 Terrace St. 201.385.8544 alessandrosnj.com

ANDIAMO 23 Hardenburgh Ave. 201.384.1551 andiamorestaurant.net

NATUROLL SUSHI 165 Terrace St. 201.387.7655 naturollsushi.com

HILLSDALE

THE CORNERSTONE 84 Broadway 201.666.8688 thecornerstonenj.com

DELLA CUCINA 100 Park Ave. 201.722.8880 dellacucinanj.com

DOMANI 387 Washington Ave. 201.722.8881 domanirestaurants.com

MATSU SUSHI & GRILL 140 Broadway 201.722.9388

Rosa Mexicano in Hackensack
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MAHWAH BAR & GRILL 2 Island Rd. 201.529.8056 allendalebarandgrill.com

NAGOYA 1007 MacArthur Blvd. 201.818.9933 nagoyacuisine.com

NONNA’S

11 Franklin Tpke. 201.529.1151 nonnasmahwah.com

ROXANNE’S

150 Franklin Tpke. 201.529.0007 roxannes restaurant.com

SANGRIA 1033 MacArthur Blvd. 201.962.3310 sangriamahwah.com

STATE LINE DINER 375 Rte. 17 N. 201.529.3353 statelinediner.com

MAYWOOD ANGELO’S GREEK TAVERNA 245 Maywood Ave. 201.845.4278 angelosgreektavernanj.com

MAYWOOD INN’S TWIN DOOR TAVERN 122 W. Pleasant Ave. 201.843.8022 twindoortavern.com

OSSO BUCO

343 Broadway 201.664.1600 ossobucogrill.com

HO-HO-KUS

ALT EATS

622 N. Maple Ave. 201.444.1300 alteatscafe.com

CATCHY CAFÉ 614 N. Maple Ave. 201.445.6400 thecatchycaterer.com

HO-HO-KUS INN

1 E. Franklin Tpke. 201.445.4115 hohokusinn.com

HO-HO-KUS SUSHI CAFÉ 29 Sheridan Ave. 201.670.7677 hohokussushicafe.com

ST. EVE’S

611 N. Maple Ave. 201.857.4717 stevesnj.com

MONTVALE DELPINO RESTAURANT 108 Chestnut Ridge Rd. 201.391.6866 delpinorestaurant.com

BELLISSIMO 12 S. Kinderkamack Rd. 201.746.6669 bellissimonj.com

FIRE & OAK 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd. 201.307.1100 fireandoak.com

GEN SUSHI & HIBACHI

14B Chestnut Ridge Rd. 201.930.9188 gensushimontvale.com

HEARTH & TAP CO. 125 N. Kinderkamack Rd. 201.307.6300 hearthandtap.com

YUKI 2 S. Kinderkamack Rd. 201.391.9877 yukimontvale.com

MOONACHIE

BAZZARELLI 117 Moonachie Rd. 201.641.4010 bazzarellirestaurant.com

BISTRO 107 107 Moonachie Rd. 201.440.3339 bistro107nj.com

SEGOVIA 150 Moonachie Rd. 201.641.4266 segoviarestaurant.com

MADELEINE’S PETIT PARIS 416 Tappan Rd. 201.767.0063 madeleinespetit paris.com

OLAR NOSO 493 Tappan Rd. 201.402.9355

OAKLAND CENZINO 589 Ramapo Valley Rd. 201.337.6693 cenzinos.com

TROVATO’S DUE 4 Barbara Ln. 201.337.0813 trovatosduenj.com

YUKI 350 Ramapo Valley Rd. 201.337.8889 yuki-oakland.com

OLD TAPPAN PATRIZIA’S 183 Old Tappan Rd. 201.515.2900 patrizias.com

PALISADES PARK SO MOON NAN JIP 238 Broad Ave. 201.944.3998 so-moon-nan-jip.com

PARAMUS BIAGIO’S RISTORANTE 299 Paramus Rd. 201.652.0201 biagios.com

LEONIA

CAFÉ MIGNON

332 Broad Ave. 201.292.1992

DANTE’S PLACE 373 Broad Ave. 201.592.9071 dantesplace.com

FONTANA TRITONE 248 Fort Lee Rd. 201.242.9040

LITTLE FERRY

SEGOVIA STEAKHOUSE 217 Main St. 201.814.1100 segoviasteakhouse.com

LODI

KAYA

334 N. Main St. 973.779.1128 kayalodi.com

REBAR & KITCHEN

132 Essex St. 201.368.8181 rebarkitchen.com

SERGIO’S MISSIONE

2 Mercer St. 973.778.4545 sergiosmissione.com

LYNDHURST

ANGELO’S 263 Ridge Rd. 201.939.1922

FOSCHINI’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA 298 Ridge Rd. 201.460.7600 foschinis.com

MICHAEL’S RIVERSIDE 528 Riverside Ave. 201.939.6333 michaelsriverside.com

MAHWAH

JUN LUNG 180 Franklin Tpke. 201.529.9898 junlungnj.com

MAYWOOD PANCAKE HOUSE 92 W. Pleasant Ave. 201.880.7842 maywoodpancake house.com

THE SEAFOOD GOURMET 103 W. Pleasant Ave. 201.843.8558 seafood-gourmet.com

MIDLAND PARK ARTURO’S 41 Central Ave. 201.444.2466 arturos.co

FIONA’S RISTORANTE 118 Godwin Ave. 201.857.5800 fionasristorante.com

ROSARIO’S TRATTORIA 29 Central Ave. 201.445.3335 rosariostrattoriamenu.com

NEW MILFORD

BARREL & BREW 872 River Rd. 201.483.3329 barrelandbrews.com

CASUAL HABANA CAFÉ 200 Main St. 201.576.0400 casualhabanacafe.com

SANZARI’S NEW BRIDGE INN 105 Old New Bridge Rd. 201.692.7700 sanzaris.com

NORTHVALE

BIDDY O’MALLEY’S 191 Paris Ave. 201.564.7893 biddyomalleys.com

THE GREEK VILLAGE 254 Livingston St. 201.750.8570 greekvillagenj.com

THE CAPITAL GRILLE

1 Garden State Plz. 201.845.7040 thecapitalgrille.com

GRAND LUX CAFE

1 Garden State Plz. 201.909.0399 grandluxcafe.com

KIKU 365 Rte. 17 S. 201.265.7200

MANTRA 275 Rte. 4 W. 201.342.8868 mantranj.com

SUBURBAN DINER 172 Rte. 17 N. 201.261.2605 suburbandiner17.com

PARK RIDGE

103 PRIME AT VALENTINO’S 103 Spring Valley Rd. 201.391.2220 103prime.com

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ESTY STREET

86 Spring Valley Rd. 201.307.1515 estystreet.com

THE PARK STEAKHOUSE 151 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.930.1300 theparksteakhouse.com

PEPPERCORNS

176 Colony Ave. 201.391.2818 peppercorns176.com

RIDGE DINER 125 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.391.4242 ridgediner.com

RAMSEY

ANTHONY FRANCO’S

128 E. Main St. 201.236.8000 afpizza.com

BRADY’S AT THE STATION

5-7 W. Main St. 201.327.9748 bradysatthestation.net

CAFÉ PANACHE 130 E. Main St. 201.934.0030 cafepanachenj.com

KINCHLEY’S TAVERN 586 N. Franklin Tpke. 201.934.7777 kinchleyspizza.com

THE SHANNON ROSE 1200 Rte. 17 201.962.7602 theshannonrose.com

SMYRNA

21 E. Main St. Ramsey 201.934.7990

TAWARA 53 W. Main St. 201.825.8712

VARKA ESTIATORIO 30 N. Spruce St. 201.995.9333 varkarestaurant.com

RIDGEFIELD

CAFÉ TIVOLI 533 Shaler Blvd. 201.941.5561 cafetivoli.com

88 RICE SHOP 88 Rte. 46 W. 201.840.8688 88riceshop.com

RIDGEFIELD PARK

MK VALENCIA 228 Main St. 201.373.0228 mkvalenciarestaurant.com

THAI PALACE 218 E. Main St. 201.441.9119 thaipalacenj.com

RIDGEWOOD

CAFE 37 37 S. Broad Ave. 201.857.0437 cafe-37.com

CRAVINGS TAPAS BISTRO 8 Wilsey Sq. 201.857.8533 cravingstapas.com

DELHI ACCENT

37 Chestnut St. 201.444.4910 delhiaccentnj.com

FELINA

54 E. Ridgewood Ave. 551.276.5454 felinarestaurant.com

GREEN FUSION 22 Oak St. 201.670.7502 greenfusionnj.com

IT’S GREEK TO ME 21 E. Ridgewood Ave. 201.612.2600 itsgreektome.com

LA LANTERNA 29 W. Ridgewood Ave. 201.444.5520 lalanternaof ridgewood.com

LATOUR 6 E. Ridgewood Ave. 201.445.5056 latourridgewood.com

LISA’S MEDITERRANEAN

CUISINE

28 Oak St. 201.251.8686 lisasmediterranean cuisine.net

PARK WEST TAVERN

30 Oak St. 201.445.5400 parkwesttavern.com

PEARL 17 S. Broad St. 201.857.5100 pearlridgewood.com

RAYMOND’S 101 E. Ridgewood Ave. 201.445.5125 raymondsnj.com

ROOTS

17 Chestnut St. 201.444.1922 rootssteakhouse.com

S. EGIDIO 17 N. Broad St. 201.389.3525 segidiopizza.com

STEEL WHEEL TAVERN

51 N. Broad St. 201.882.1800 steelwheeltavern.com

VILLAGE GREEN

36 Prospect St. 201.445.2914 villagegreenrestaurant.com

WHITE MAPLE CAFÉ

47 E. Ridgewood Ave. 201.447.1953 whitemaplecafe.com

RIVER EDGE

MADO RESTAURANT 570 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.265.3629 madorestaurant.business. site

SANDUCCI’S 620 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.599.0600 sanduccis.com

RIVER VALE

AMMATA THAI KITCHEN 184 Rivervale Rd. 201.664.2299 ammata.com

ARMANDO’S GRILL 688 Westwood Ave. 201.722.5820 armandostuscangrill.com

LET’S MEAT STEAKHOUSE 625 Rivervale Rd. 201.660.7960 letsmeatsteakhouse.com

ROCHELLE PARK

NANNI

53 W. Passaic St. 201.843.1250 nanni.com

RUTHERFORD

CAFÉ MATISSE

167 Park Ave. 201.935.2995 cafematisse.com

FINCH’S 801 Rutherford Ave. 201.231.3141 finchsdining.com

PAISANO’S 132 Park Ave. 201.935.5755 paisanos.com

THE RISOTTO HOUSE 88 Park Ave. 201.438.5344 therisottohouse.com

VOLARE’S 7 Station Sq. 201.935.6606 volaresrestaurant.com

SADDLE BROOK

MIDLAND BREW HOUSE 374 N. Midland Ave. 201.797.0070 midlandbrewhouse.com

QUE PASTA 326 Market St. 201.712.1900 qpitalian.com

THE PLANK PIZZA CO. BEER PARLOR 383 Market St. 201.843.2426

SADDLE RIVER

THE SADDLE RIVER INN 2 Barnstable Ct. 201.825.4016 saddleriverinn.com

TEANECK

AMARONE 63 Cedar Ln. 201.833.1897 amaroneristorante.net

B V TUSCANY 368 Cedar Ln. 201.287.0404 bvtuscany.com

ETC. STEAKHOUSE 1409 Palisade Ave. 201.357.5677 etcsteakhouse.com

NOAH’S ARK 493 Cedar Ln. 201.692.1200 noahsark.net

REGINA’S 827 Teaneck Rd. 201.862.1996 reginassteakhouse andgrill.com

TENAFLY

AXIA TAVERNA 18 Piermont Rd. 201.569.5999 axiataverna.com

BRASSERIE 4 Washington St. 201.266.6400 tenaflybrasserie.com

SAYOLA 50 Prospect Ter. 201.871.2182 sayolarestaurantnj.com

TPR RESTAURANT 38 W. Railroad Ave. 201.871.0444 tprrest.com

WALDWICK

ANDREA’S RISTORANTE 20 E. Prospect St. 201.670.0275 andreasrestaurant nj.com

LIMONCELLO 32 Franklin Tpke. 201.652.5577 limoncellonj.com

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP

BACARI GRILL 800 Ridgewood Rd. 201.358.6330 bacarigrill.com

WESTWOOD

CAFFÉ ANELLO 11 Madison Ave. 201.786.8137 caffeanello.com

DOWNTOWN DHABA 266 Center Ave. 201.664.0123 dhabadowntown.com

THE IRON HORSE 20 Washington Ave. 201.666.9682 theironhorse.com

KIMCHI SMOKE 301 Center Ave. 201.497.6333 kimchismoke.com

OSTERIA CRESCENDO 36 Jefferson Ave. 201.722.1900 osteriacrescendo.com

PHOENICIAN LOUNGE 284 Center Ave. 201.722.8600 phoenicianlounge.com

WOODCLIFF LAKE

SOL RESTAURANT 42 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.746.9363 solrestaurantnj.com

WOOD-RIDGE

AL TORO 187 Hackensack St. 862.243.3850 al-toro-restaurant-bar. negocio.site

WYCKOFF

ALDO’S 640 Wyckoff Ave. 201.891.2618 aldosofwyckoff.com

BENARES 327 Franklin Ave. 201.904.2222 benaresnj.com

BLUE MOON CAFÉ 327 Franklin Ave. 201.891.1331 bluemoonmexicancafé.com

T.S. MA CHINESE CUISINE 637 Wyckoff Ave. 201.891.8878 tsmachinesecuisine.com

WYCKOFF THAI 314 Franklin Ave. 201.485.8855 wyckoffthai.com

Kimchi Smoke in Westwood
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Be There

From hockey lessons and haunted orchards to open mic night and Oktoberfest, there’s something for everyone this month in Bergen County.

THROUGH OCTOBER

Something ghostly is going down at Demarest Farms in Hillsdale. HAUNTED ORCHARDS returns to give daring visitors a bone-chilling hayride through the farm’s fields. Hidden among the trees will be ghouls, ghosts and other scary creatures. Tickets are $25 online and $30 at the door. dates, times and visit hauntedorchardsfarm.com.

OCT. 8–9

the trip to Germany for this year’s OKTOBERFEST—the fun is right here

Ridgewood! A free, family-friendly weekend of pumpkin painting, scarecrow making, live music happening in the Square parking lot

The centerpiece hayride all the way Heights neighborhood panoramic view Find out more ridgewoodguild.com.

& 15

your future hockey champ for LEARN TO PLAY PROGRAM at American Rutherford. the New Jersey complex’s indoor rink soaring on their skates in no time. The sessions cost $275, are from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. and are recommended for children ages 5 to to ltpdevils.leagueapps.com to register.

OCT. 16

Start stretching and lace sneakers

43rd annual TERRI ROEMER PARAMUS RUN, a fundraiser for the Paramus Scholarship Fund. Proceeds will also benefit the pediatric section of The Valley Hospital emergency department.

The program begins with packet pick-up at 7:30 a.m. at Fairfield Inn & Suites Paramus. Sign up for any of the four separate events: 10K, 5K, walk and fun run. Fees are $30 for the 10K, 5K and walk, $10 for the fun run and $45 for both the 10K and 5K. For registration and event details, visit paramusrun.com

OCT. 16, 23, 30

For a wholesome, scare-free fall festivity, try your hand at APPLE CIDER MAKING at the Tenafly Nature Center. Apples will be provided, but guests may bring a few of your own. Sign up for the hands-on event on any day from 2 to 3 p.m. or 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Registration is $8 for members, and $12 for nonmembers. Save your spot and get more info at tenaflynaturecenter.org.

OCT. 20

Think you can survive a night of HORROR MOVIE TRIVIA ? Test your knowledge of the genre’s most famous frights at Alementary Brewing Co.,

groups. Check out info.

SYMPHONY music at the Church. Featuring Metropolitan begins with Ridgewood Clementi, and General admission $35; student more information, ridgewoodsymphony.org.

Nov. 5. General admission is $15; $5 for students. Visit bergen.edu/ theatres-at-bergen.

*Editor’s note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all events are subject to cancellations or changes. Attendees are encouraged to observe local safety guidelines.
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Gatherings

Bergenites always show up to support their friends and neighbors—especially when help is needed most.

1

MEADOWLANDS 2040 FOUNDATION

Team Forsgate Industrial Partners won this year’s Meadowlands Cup, presented by Hackensack Meridian Health. Thirty teams from some of the most prominent companies in New Jersey competed in the event at the Upper Montclair Country Club. The tournament was hosted by the Meadowlands Chamber of Commerce to benefit the Meadowlands 2040 Foundation. 5 Jake Sutker and Alex Rosenberg

PARK RIDGE POLICE DEPARTMENT

The department personally thanked area businesses, including Petrillo Architects, for their support in the NJ Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics New Jersey. 6 Chief Joseph Madden, Perry Petrillo

KOREAN INDEPENDENCE DAY

FAMILY PROMISE OF BERGEN COUNTY

HACKENSACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

7 Vincent Albanese, Marie Caliendo, Daniella Jordan-Mays

5 1 CENTER FOR FOOD ACTION Volunteers from Presbyterian Church of Leonia gave a helping hand at a Center for Food Action food distribution event this summer. Church members distributed food boxes, potatoes, onions, plums, cucumbers, sweet potatoes and more to almost 70 families. 1 Presbyterian Church members prepare bags of food to hand out to community members in need. Bergen County officials, including Executive James Tedesco, commemorated the 74th anniversary of Korean Independence Day by recognizing local Korean-American leaders. More than 60,000 Bergen residents are of Korean descent. 2 Bergen County Executive James Tedesco (center) joins Bergen County’s Korean leaders during a Korean Independence Day event in August. New Jersey and Hackensack officials met with city brewery owners and business Chamber of Commerce officials to review new regulations on breweries in the state. 3 Lauren Zisa, Michael Roosevelt, Mike Jones, Kathleen Canestrino, Gordon Johnson TABLE TO TABLE James Beard winner and Wholesome Crave founder Michel Nischan joined Hasbrouck Heights-based Table to Table at a recent Table to Table Tuesdays event to assemble food packages for clients. The event was hosted by Table to Table partner Disabled Combat Veterans Youth Program’s Dion Cucuta. 4 Chef Michel Nischan (center, rear) joins Table to Table volunteers. of of Commerce (5), Park Ridge Police (6), Family Promise of Family Promise of Bergen County’s Director of Development Marie Caliendo spoke at the Fair Lawn Sunrise Rotary this summer.
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Center for Food Action (1), Bergen County Executive’s Office (2), Hackensack Chamber
Commerce (3), Table to Table (4), Meadowlands Chamber
Bergen County (7) 2 3 4
7 6

MOMENT

“I took this photo of my 7-year-old son, Chase, at Roosevelt Common in Tenafly last Halloween. He wanted to dress up as Super Mario, so we bought the costume online and I made the brick/coin box to hold his candies from trick-or-treating. Every year I make a prop that goes along with his costume. I love photographing in the fall. There’s a lot of opportunity to play around with natural colors and natural lights and achieve that painterly background.”

Send us your Bergen Moment! Email your photo and a short description to editor@wainscotmedia.com.

Photo courtesy of Candice Lamberte-Dy, Instagram @candicelambertedy
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Three Things to Know About The Valley Hospital in Paramus

More Than Just a Hospital

The new hospital will be the heart of a 40-acre health and wellness campus – a one-stop destination for inpatient care, outpatient procedures, and appointments with many Valley doctors.

Single-Patient Rooms

Everyone admitted to The Valley Hospital in Paramus will receive their own room, enhancing patient privacy and providing a superior environment for your loved ones to spend time with you.

Sustainable, Beautiful

More than 30 percent of hospital grounds will be green space. Gardens, lawns, and walking paths will provide a beautiful, park-like setting. Best practices for energy efficiency, space utilization, water consumption, and use of natural light will be incorporated.

Care Like No Other ® is Coming to Paramus in 2023!

ValleyHealth.com/NewHospital

View from 140 East Ridgewood Avenue.
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