Bergen Health & Life: September 2022

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{ SEPTEMBER 2022 }CONTENTS Features 7 Tips For A Healthy Autumn | 46 A Teaneck-based family physician offers advice about staying well this season. How To Fight The ‘Fall Fallback’ | 48 A Westwood fitness pro offers tips for maintaining your exercise and health routine in a season packed with distractions. On 9/11, A Family Gives Back | 68 TV reporter Jen Maxfield has seen more than enough tragedy to make her grateful for her Bergen County life. So each year she helps her kids reap the rewards of helping others. What Really Makes It Autumn? | 70 Things we enjoy doing each fall help give the season its special flavor. Here, a half-dozen Bergen residents pick their favorite traditions. What’s Driving Auto Theft? | 74 Bergen is experiencing a dramatic rise in stolen cars. Residents may literally hold the solution in their hands. Sweater Weather | 78 Fashion’s coziest season is here! These stylish knits from Bergen boutiques are all you need to stay warm and look great. A Kitchen Set Free | 84 In Ho-Ho-Kus, a couple challenged their designer to find a way to say “modern” without the white-on-white cliché. Show Stopper | 88 In a River Vale colonial, a designer created a delightful TV room that’ll stand the test of time—and withstand the busy family’s use. 10 Editor’s Note 44 Health News 162 Be There 168 Where to Eat IN EVERY ISSUE CHOICEREADERS’ Once again in 2022, Bergen residents voted for the top local businesses in 110+ categories. Are your favorites here? p.51 BERGENMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 20226 ON THE COVER: Saddle River Inn, Readers’ Choice winner, Best Romantic Restaurant. Photo courtesy of Saddle River Inn.

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Just Married | This couple’s wedding included many personal touches. They incorporated their Italian and Puerto Rican cultures into the music and food, hired the same photographer who shot each of their communions—plus, the bride’s mother made her veil!

For Men camouflage with nature but stand out in style with these fashionable fall finds for fellas.


Bergen Moment | 176 mother and son enjoy a day of summer serenity in Haworth before their schedules fill up again with fall activities. 92

Baby Products

Departments 68

Bar Tab | 160 splash of sweet, citrus and spice makes a Fig Dark & Stormy the ideal sip as autumn’s cooler days approach.

Throws are more decorative than blankets, but they provide a layer of comfy warmth too.


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Bergen Buzz | 29 Our guide to new ideas, tips, trends and things we love in the county. Your Friends & Neighbors | 34 What’s a former DEA agent doing helping to construct houses for the needy?

Style Watch

A new baby needs lots of new stuff. Start with these necessities that first-time parents swear by.

Tastes 94

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Cozy on up to these oversized cardigans, a musthave for the year’s nippiest season.

Home Front

Power Food | When Thomas Jefferson found bell peppers a good salad ingredient, he was onto something colorful— and nutritious.

Escapes Mother Nature makes quite a splash at these five sites. So charge your phones, pack your cameras and capture a day’s worth of photos.

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In September, we resume our back-to-the-grind routines. Make it easy with these three delicious meals. Just toss a salad, and you’re all set.


Gatherings 174 Bergenites always show up to support their friends and neighbors—especially when help is needed most.



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Neighbors have been sharing recommendations across the fence since long before today’s social media. And who knows better about a product or service than the people who use it? So when we revealed this year’s Best in Bergen Readers’ Choice poll online, we knew we could count on you, the experts, to guide us to our area’s finest offerings in more than 110 categories. Turn to page 51 for the results. There you’ll find old favorites to celebrate and lots of new places to try. To celebrate some of this year’s winners, I invite you and all your friends and family to our annual Bergen Wine & Food Experience. The one-night party features some of the area’s best restaurants, caterers, craft brewers, vendors and exhibitors—many of which you voted for in the readers’ choice poll. The fun starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 at Edgewood Country Club in River Vale. You can purchase tickets now at In addition to spotlighting Bergen’s finest, this month’s issue is also an ode to fall. In “What Really Makes It Autumn,” six Bergenites share some of the cherished traditions they look forward to when the seasons change. Read all about them on page 70—and perhaps start your own tradition. The cooler weather means the return of comfy and cozy clothing. Ladies, we curated a collection of stylish sweaters from local stores that we know you’ll love (page 78). For the guys, the must-haves on page 36 will make you fit in with any fall festival. And that’s not all, folks. Our largest issue of the year is packed with more great stories: WNBC-TV reporter Jen Maxfield chats with BERGEN about life on- and off-camera, including her volunteer work with the Center for Food Action’s September 11 Weekend Snack Pack program (page 68). Two interior design stories provide plenty of inspiration for those thinking about redoing a kitchen (page 84) or a TV room (page 88). And if you’re looking for a quick day trip to see fall foliage and capture pics of majestic waterfalls, flip to page 92 to read about six of New Jersey’s best spots for both. There’s much more to discover in this issue of BERGEN. Once you’re done reading it, share this wealth of knowledge not with a click, but instead do it the old-fashioned way: Pass it along to your friends. Happy fall, everyone!

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*15 Firehouse Ln., Paramus, 201.652.4443; Rock 21 Bar & Karaoke, Palisades Park. This venue is for you if you’d rather perform for friends in a private room with leather couches and food/drink service. Hosting a party or corporate event? Large event rooms can hold as many as 40 people.


Dog House Saloon & Grill, Washington Township. Open mic night at this bar and grill has grown so much that it has its own Instagram account. Singers and other musicians can sign up to perform here every Wednesday night—and enjoy one of their famed burgers as well!

The Bergen Wine & Food Experience is back and better than ever, featuring the area’s best restaurants, vendors and exhibitors. Tickets for the Oct. 6 event at the Edgewood Country Club in River Vale are on sale now. Get yours now at Make Your Voice Heard Surely, you’ve belted out tunes in the privacy of your car or shower—but wouldn’t it be fun, even for one or two songs, to sing in front of a live audience? When you’re in the mood for a melody, stretch your vocal cords at open mic night or at a karaoke bar. Below, read about six great spots for open mic and karaoke, recently featured in our Bergen Buzz weekly e-newsletter.


The Orange Lantern, Paramus. This popular watering hole attracts local bands, but budding stars can make names for them selves at karaoke night every Wednesday. Pick out your favorite songs and become part of the show!


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*32 S. Washington Ave., Bergenfield, 201.384.0900; Volume Up Karaoke, Edgewater. Gather your closest friends and choose your favorite tunes from a large catalogue of songs. Karaoke rooms here are private and feature state-of-the-art machines to keep the party going all night long.

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• Teaneck: Garrison Ave. and Beverly Rd.; 12 to 6 p.m. Thursdays until Oct.;

Soon enough we’ll be tempted by Halloween candy, sweet potato pie and Christmas cookies—so eat healthy before it gets harder. Luckily, fall is a great time for fresh fruit and produce. Want to harvest your own?

The oldest variety of apple known to New Jersey is the Winesap, planted in the late 1700s. It is a slightly tart and delicious all-purpose apple that can be eaten raw or baked.


• River Vale: Town Hall; 1 to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 27;

• Paramus: Paramus Sunday Farmers’ Market at Westfield Garden State Plaza, 1 Garden State Plaza, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 20;

• Oakland: Borough Hall, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 22;

• Paramus: Petruska Memorial Park; 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through late October;

• Ridgewood: Garber Square; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays until Oct. 30;

• Rutherford: Williams Plaza; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays until Oct. 29;


Try Demarest Farms in Hillsdale, Secor Farms in Mahwah or nearby Dr. Davies Farm in Congers, N.Y., to pick your own apples. Otherwise, check out these fall farmers’ markets in Bergen County, where someone else can do the plucking and you can enjoy the fruits of their labor. Here they are listed in order of when they close for the season, starting with the earliest:

• Englewood, Depot Square Park, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Oct. 29;


• Oradell: 618 Veldran Ave., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 6;

• Glen Rock: 1 Harding Plaza, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 20;

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).


• Tenafly: Washington St. and Tenafly Rd.; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays until Oct. 30;

• Ramsey: Ramsey Train Station at Erie Plaza; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 6;

• Fort Lee: Plaza at Fort Lee Community Center, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 15;



• Secure your yard. If your dog is hanging out in your front or backyard, you’ll need to either put him on a leash or install a fence. Vinyl and chain-link fences are generally best; they’re more durable than wood. You can also purchase puppy bumpers from a store like Pet Supplies Plus in Fair Lawn and Hillsdale; placed under a fence, they can help prevent smaller breeds from burrowing under and making a run for it. But that’s not enough. “It’s so important to teach them they can’t cross the doorway or gate threshold until given permission,” says Aimee Hlushewsky, owner of A.H. Dog Training in Waldwick.

• Consider a chip. Sometimes, even if you take all precautions, a dog simply gets away. But a pooch that is microchipped is more likely to find the way back home. Chips are a higher-tech collar, essentially, a radio-frequency ID the size of a grain of rice inserted by your vet in between your dog’s shoulder blades with an ID number on it. Once the ID is scanned, your contact information will come up, and your pup will be back home with his or her rightful owners. But make sure dogs wear a collar with your contact info on it too. “Having a name tag on,” says Hlushewsky, “will get Fido back home much quicker.”

Got a craving for carnival food, games, rides and arts and crafts? Happily, our county is home to a series of weekend street festivals this time of year:

• Train your pet. Dogs that are professionally trained are statistically less likely to end up in shelters, in part because they know better than to run away from home. “A well-behaved, socialized dog is not one that will be brought to a shelter,” says Hlushewsky. A professional can train your dog to “look up at you and ask for permission for that treat on the ground or if they can go out the door, which in the long run will ensure their safety.”

The American Kennel Club has established September as Responsible Dog Ownership Month; with that in mind, here are some tips on how to prevent your dog from getting lost:

• If you lose your dog, report him missing. Check in with the microchipping company, as well as local vets and animal hospitals in case they spot your pup on the streets. Also, report the missing creature to the Bergen County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center at 201.229.4600, and scour local social media pages such as to see if, by chance, you find a familiar furry face.

• Sept. 18: Ridgewood Craft & Art Street Fair, East Ridgewood Avenue, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. With more than 300 exhibitors scheduled, you’ll find the perfect handcrafted items and art to give as gifts— or keep. There will also be kids’ activities and food to keep you going all day long.

• Sept. 17: Ridgefield Park Street Fair, 234 Main St., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 10th annual event will be better than ever, with live entertainment, arts and crafts, local merchants and plenty of food.

• Spay or neuter. Once your dog has been “fixed,” he or she will be less likely to wander the neighborhood looking for an intimate encounter. Talk to your vet about when the best time is to have this procedure done.

There’s more to being a dog owner than feeding, walking, cuddling and playing. It also means making good decisions about your furry friend’s wellbeing and protecting him or her at all costs.


• Sept. 10: Elmwood Park Community Day, 500 Boulevard, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The giant block party will feature dozens of vendors, rides, games, food trucks and an evening fireworks show.

• Sept. 25: Garfield Fall Family Street Fest, 500 Midland Ave., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local vendors, food trucks, bounce houses and rides will ensure that your family enjoys a full day’s fun.

Scouring the podcasts app to find something new to listen to can be daunting; there are just too many choices. So why not try I Am the Fly ? Tenafly native David Klein created this narrative podcast to tell his comingof-age stories from the ’80s, long before digital everything was a thing. He shares tidbits of his family drama against the backdrop of American pop culture, name-dropping his celebrity escapades in New York City in almost every halfhour episode: Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marisa Tomei. (It helps that he’s Winona Ryder’s cousin.) And the podcast has a very North Jersey slant, as he was living in Tenafly up until age 24 in 1986. Two seasons are currently streaming wherever you get your podcasts and on Klein’s website,

• Keep a close watch. Sometimes dogs will hit the road if they’re bored or understimulated. That doesn’t mean you need to be playing fetch 24/7, but it is wise to ensure that your canine’s at-home environment is escape-proof. Consider a crate during the day for a puppy, or hire a pet sitter or a doggy daycare (such as Hounds Town in Lodi) if you’ll be out of the house (or out of town) for long periods. Also, remember to lock any windows in your house through which your pooch could escape or fall out.

• Oct. 2: Saddle Brook UNICO Street Fair, 299 Market St., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Live music, food trucks, carnival games, arts and crafts, local merchants and a “Kids Zone”—sounds like a perfect fall afternoon! Oct. 2: Westwood Harvestfest Craft, Antique and Gift Show, Veterans Park, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Spend a day in the scenic park shopping for antiques, handmade crafts and other one-of-a-kind items. Food and children’s activities also will be available.


• 55 & 58 Voorhis Lane, Hackensack, 201.968.1290; Bolero Snort Brewery. Technically this Meadowlands-adjacent brewery is the OG, having begun in Ridgefield Park in 2013 at the start of New Jersey’s craft brewery boom. But by 2019, it had expanded into a full-blown beermaking facility, and now it has a tasting room too.


• 140 Franklin Tpke., Suite 2, Waldwick, 201.962.2057; Hackensack Brewing. Come for the indoor taproom and outdoor brewery, stay for the 12 taps that rotate out regularly. These guys will even deliver to your door Monday through Friday, no matter where you live in the county, with a minimum $50 order.



Running a business isn’t easy these days, so let’s give a shoutout to the women-owned food businesses (below) in Bergen. We like to support them every day, but especially on American Business Women’s Day, Sept. 22.


Bakeries: Ciel in Westwood; Kara Kakes in Franklin Lakes; La Vie en Rose in Waldwick; Petal Dust Cakery in Glen Rock; Sook Pastry in Ridgewood; Zai’s Dessertery in Bergenfield and Cresskill Coffee shops: CoZie Café in Fair Lawn; Erie Coffeeshop in Rutherford; Kudo Society Café in Teaneck; Rey Sol Coffee Roasters in Ridgewood Restaurants: Bombaywala & Co. in Paramus; Just Janice in Ho-Ho-Kus; Lisa’s Mediterranean Cuisine in Ridgewood; Rose’s of Englewood in Englewood; SonnyT Restaurant in River Edge

• 247 Westwood Ave., Westwood, 291.497.8455;

The newest addition to the eclectic mix of eateries in downtown Englewood is Antioch, a Mediterranean restaurant by Chef Nick Akdas, who previously owned Uncle Nick’s Mediterranean Gyro in Queens. The menu is full of traditional dishes, such as Turkish pizza, kebabs and balloon bread, as well as Italianstyle pasta and seafood entrées (some of which include both pasta and seafood).


From Turkey (and Queens) with love

Less than a decade ago, in 2013, our county had just one craft brewery, which lacked a public taproom. Today, with two more breweries having opened in 2022 alone, we’ve reached a total of six: Alementary Brewing. Since 2016, the Gen X owners of this Hackensack spot, one with a background in molecular biology, have been brewing beer. Typically they have eight beers on draft—four regulars and four that rotate out seasonally. If you visit this brewery, keep a lookout for its “mascot” Marjie, a dog whose furry face appears on every beer-can label.

• Antioch, 35 W. Palisade Ave., Englewood, 201.408.2550; Steaks two to Tango If Tango Steak reminds you of El Tango Argentina Grill, you’re onto something; co-owners Ariel Espejo and David Espejo’s new restaurant in Moonachie is an updated version of their original place in Englewood, but with a more modern look and menu. There’s plenty of steak to be had, of course, as well as paella, pasta, chicken and fish dishes. Pro tip: Whatever you do, order the famous Argentine potato salad on the side.

• 316 20th St., Carlstadt, 201.464.0639; Brix City Brewing. This brewery was founded by two pals who spent most of their free time brewing (and drinking) beer at home. After years of work and renovations, the Little Ferry facility opened in 2015. It now serves an everchanging selection of beers, with 16 on tap—15 in cans and one in a bottle.

• 4 Alsan Way, Little Ferry, 201.440.0865;

Gearblock Brewing Company. This facility opened this spring, giving folks in Waldwick and surrounding towns the full microbrewery experience. Enjoy your ales, lagers, stouts, sours and more at the in-house tasting room here, or take it home in a growler.

• 78 Johnson Ave., Hackensack, 201.880.1768; Five Dimes Brewery. The new kid on the brewery block is this Westwood spot, which is now where the L.N. Grand 5 & 10 Cent Store operated for 60 years. Five Dimes has 10 drafts on tap at all times, a partnership with restaurants in Westwood from which you can bring your own food and a rooftop deck where you can sit and sip.

A second Lido If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Instead, make another just like it. That’s what former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan is doing with the launch of Lido II, almost a carbon copy of the successful old-school Hackensack pizza joint he purchased about three years ago. The menu here will include Lido’s specialties such as thin-crust pizza and steak sammies, but the facility is larger, will serve dinner and lunch and include alcohol on the menu. The address hadn’t yet been revealed at presstime, but stay tuned: Lido II is planning its soft opening later this month.

• Tango Steak, 35 Moonachie Rd., Moonachie, 201.870.6161;

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“We make smaller and larger contributions, and all of the money we raise goes to charity— we don’t have overhead,” he says. “It’s great to run for health reasons, but for a greater purpose too.”

10 YEARS RUNNING Frank Del Vecchio of Ridgewood doesn’t run the New York City Marathon every fall, but he does complete a 26-mile course each September for charity—and this year is no exception. In 2012, on the 11th anniversary of 9/11, the retired Fairview police chief ran the equivalent of a full marathon from his current hometown to Ground Zero to raise money for Tuesday’s Children, a nonprofit that aids families who lost loved ones in the terrorist attacks. That November, after Hurricane Sandy ravaged much of New Jersey, Del Vecchio ran again (106 miles in 30 hours) and established The Run for Hope Foundation, which raises money for various local causes. Today he continues the trek from Ridgewood to lower Manhattan every Sept. 11, and his organization has raised more than $200,000 for local causes since its inception.

“We run and raise funds for anyone who is in need of hope and money to support their initiative,” Del Vecchio tells BERGEN. His annual route goes from Paramus Road to Passaic Avenue, through Hackensack, Bogota, Teaneck and up to the George Washington Bridge from Fort Lee. The festivities begin with a remembrance ceremony at the Ridgewood duck pond around 8 a.m. and wrap up in downtown Manhattan around 2 or 2:30 p.m. Anyone can come stop by and cheer Del Vecchio on while he’s en route, join him via your bike and/or visit the organization’s website at to volunteer or submit a request for funding for your charity.

Luna became an “aunt” in 2021 to Heil’s grandson, Michael, and the two became fast friends. “She had no experience with infants but adores him,” her mom notes. “She is so gentle and patient. Michael is learning kindness and compassion from her.” Follow Luna’s adventures (many with baby Michael!) on Instagram @instaluna29. If you’d like to see your dog or cat featured in a future issue of BERGEN, email his or her photo to


The clue: This River Edge resident and attorney won more than $55,000 during his two-day run as Jeopardy! champ earlier this summer. Now in his 30s, he’s been a fan of the show since he was a teen; while he was in high school he enjoyed watching current host Ken Jennings compete during his 74-match winning streak.


Dog: Luna, 9-year-old Chinese Shar-Pei Owners: The Heil family of Cresskill It was “love at first lick” when Luna joined the Heils after the loss of their previous fur baby. Luna is pretty much a doggie celebrity, whose wrinkly face, a signature of the breed, makes for some mean model poses. Mama Michelle Heil says her pup gets stopped everywhere they go (for example, the dog park on Sand Road in Westwood and Van Saun Park in Paramus), and Luna is always willing to pose for the paparazzi and give out an “autograph,” a postcard of her photos which her owner hands out to adoring fans.

A round of applause for Brian Gaffney, a 2022 Hasbrouck Heights High School grad who earned Eagle Scout honors after leaving his mark on the local schools. As part of his Eagle Scout project, Gaffney planned and outfitted sensory hallways for the borough’s two elementary schools. The halls now have a series of stickers and decals (such as footprints and hopscotch) that create an interactive space for students, particularly those who fidget and have stress, anxiety and sensory processing issues. Gaffney is now in basic training with the U.S. Army.


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One of the most destructive hurricanes ever to make landfall, Superstorm Sandy in 2012 proved ruthless in Little Ferry, leaving many homeless. These families desperately needed a hand up, and a significant rescue came from the Greyheads, the nonprofit charitable organization Habitat for Humanity’s senior citizen volunteer force. Among them was Oakland’s Vic Pedalino, whom Bergen County Executive Director Teri Capparelli calls “the leader of the pack”—her contact to assemble the gang. “He always steps up to the plate,” she says. The Little Ferry experience is just the kind of thing that makes Pedalino, now 74, glad he didn’t choose the sit-back style of retirement after his 29 years as a Drug Enforcement Administration agent, followed by post-9/11 work in airport security and top-secret clearance checks. There isn’t a single construction job on the résumé of this versatile volunteer. Yet since 2008 he’s been part of a home-building team, and the father and grandfather loves the camaraderie—and the coffee.

There was a duplex in Teaneck that Habitat and the Greyheads and other volunteers revamped— an old firehouse, right on a residential street. I just couldn’t visualize it, so I did research and located a deputy fire chief who actually worked there. There was a horse-drawn carriage that used to come out of it. What is it about the camaraderie that fuels your activity with Greyheads? What has kept me at Habitat for 14 years is the other Greyheads I work with. When I was with DEA, I worked with a great bunch of other agents. I trusted those people with my life and they’re family to me. I didn’t want to miss that [similar feeling of camaraderie] when I stopped working. How much of a challenge was your lack of construction skills? I found out very quickly that only one or two people were involved in construction in their careers. We all were on the same level when we worked together. Do you think you’ll ever retire from Habitat? I have no plans to stop any time soon. The only problem I’ve experienced all these years is if the Dunkin’ Donuts got there late for coffee time. Are other family members supportive, and do they also have a passion for volunteering? Absolutely. My two kids are extremely support ive. They get a big kick out of me doing Habitat for Humanity work because they know how few construction skills I had when I started. My whole immediate family has been involved in volunteer activity as they were growing up, then as adults, and now my grandchildren are doing the same thing. Before the pandemic my girlfriend, Lynn, volunteered weekly at the VA hospital in Lyons and New Jersey Firemen’s Home in Boonton.


—Donna Rolando

A federal agent for most of your life, how did you get the courage for construction work? There was no courage involved. I wanted to do something that would be rewarding. I called Habitat, and they said they had a group called the Greyheads, and they were all retired individ uals who got together and worked on Wednesday. The ability ranged from novice to skilled people. That rang a bell with me. At what point in your retirement did you decide it was time to give back? When I finally stopped working at a paid job, the following week I was doing Habitat. How many homes have you helped to build? We completed 11 homes in Englewood, Oradell, Bergenfield, Washington Township, Westwood and Hillsdale. Some of those projects took several years. Which of the many Habitat families stands out, and why? When we were working in Washington Township two-plus years ago, one of the families we have become so close to. [The homeowner] told me this was like heaven because they had none of this. The first Christmas we bought gifts for them and their son. One of the things was a train set, and they sent a video of the train around their Christmas tree. What more could you ask for? Are there others that touched your heart? That was the same with a house in Bergenfield. The family who lived there came from Paterson. She would always give us stuff, provide us with coffee, she invited us all for breakfast. The fami lies were always jumping over themselves to do for us, and it was we who wanted to do for them. What about disaster relief? After Hurricane Sandy, we spent two plus years in Little Ferry helping to restore homes. Ninety per cent of Little Ferry was under water. I mean, it was a mess. These people suffered overbearing destruc tion of their homes. We remediated them. It was dirty work, another place where it was rewarding. These people really appreciated it. What project found you digging into Teaneck history?

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Ohan Karatoprak, M.D., internist and director of family medicine at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, shares seven tips with BERGEN on how to make this season a healthy one:

A Teaneck-based family physician offers advice about staying well this season.


By Haley Longman Fall is a time when many of us tend to fall into bad habits. Even with health concerns in the headlines, we’re apt to let our busy schedules interfere with healthful eating and exercise and make us procrastinate about doctor visits and medical screenings. But keeping health top of mind and taking care of yourself pays off in the long run.

• Stock up on supplements. Dr. Karatoprak feels strongly that (almost) everyone should take a Vitamin D supplement, which aids both the bones and the immune system, because we only get so much D through sun exposure and via the foods we eat. He recommends 5,000 units per week, but even more for African Americans; the darker your skin is, the more vitamin D supplementation is needed.

• Visit your doctor annually. Unless you’re already seeing specialists for specific conditions, Dr. Karatoprak notes, there really is no reason to make appointments with a specialist (such as a dermatologist or gastroenterologist, for example) unless your primary care practitioner (PCP) sees fit. Schedule a routine checkup with your PCP at least once a year, but more often if you have a specific condition that requires it. “For example, I see my patients with diabetes every three months,” he notes. And don’t forget those pearly whites; dental cleanings should be twice-yearly.

The doc also advises that everyone, particularly those in the 65+ age bracket, get a flu vaccination, ideally between October 15 and November 15; he says the vax stays in the system for six months, and peak flu season is in December. Pneumonia vaccination is essential for seniors as well; one shot will typically cover you forever, but smokers should get the inoculation every five years.

• Stay hydrated and eat healthy. You may find it less automatic to drink up when the temperatures dip, but it’s important year-round to get at least eight eightounce glasses of H20 a day, or to drink half your weight in ounces of water a day. For example, if you weigh 180 pounds, aim for 90 ounces. Fill your diet with healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and dairy products like cheese and yogurt. And if you find yourself invited to lots of gatherings this season—they’ll surely heat up come Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas—always bring a crudité platter to prevent yourself from eating too many sweets. “Bring a tray with carrots, celery and hummus and munch on that [before a meal] so you have less space to fill up on unhealthy foods.”

Ohan Karatoprak, M.D.

• Start or maintain an exercise regimen. Of course, some exercise is better than none, but Dr. Karatoprak cites a new study out of University of Massachusetts–Amherst that says that people who get 7,000 steps per day live 30 percent longer than those who don’t. “Walking every day is the best thing you can do,” he says. Staying active also increases the neurotransmitters in the brain, which release serotonin, something that helps regulate sleep, digestion and mood—and that we don’t get as much of in the colder months. Still, resistance training is just as important; the official recommendation is to get moving for 30 minutes a day, five days a week. “Sit-ups, squats and pushups help prevent muscle loss and tone muscle,” he notes. “These moves are excellent for our bones and overall longevity.”

• Mask up—and wash up. COVID infection rates are all higher than is being reported, since people who test positive at home aren’t reflected in these numbers, says our expert. But we can help “flatten the curve” by remaining diligent about masking and hand-washing. “Indoor masking with a KN95 is a must for everyone, especially at indoor meeting places and gatherings like weddings,” says Dr. Karatoprak, who says even a surgical mask is better than no mask at all. “Young people can get the virus and then transmit it to older people.” Aim to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds throughout the day too to combat germs, especially since we’re all guilty of touching our nose, eyes and face and thus spreading germs.


(Talk to your primary care physician for your recommended dosage if you’re not sure.)

• Get your vaccinations. Have you heard about the new BA.5 strain of COVID-19 that began spreading during the summer? It’s proof that the pandemic isn’t over, which is why you need to get your booster—or your second booster—if you haven’t already, urges Dr. Karatoprak, especially if you have risk factors such as heart disease, lung disease or diabetes.

“For almost everybody I also recommend fish oil supplements, which help with inflammation,” he adds. “Fish oil usually has DHA [docosahexaenoic acid] and EPA [eicosapentaenoic acid]; the EPA should be double the dosage of DHA.”

• Prioritize your mental health. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a mood disorder that is amplified when there’s less light outside, is highly prevalent this time of year as the days get shorter. One easy way to combat SAD, he says, is to illuminate your home and your office with bright lights that can counteract the darkness outside. But if you need professional help, there are hundreds of therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists in Bergen County who can help you manage your emotions and symptoms.


• Consider an at-home alternative. When your child has an after-school game or a recital, you may not have time to go to the gym after work. You can, however, replicate your workout at home. “The best alternative [to a fitness center] is to have some sort of progressive resistance training equipment at home—free weights and/ or machines,” Greenberger says. This includes a bench, dumbbells and kettlebells.

• Set realistic goals. Colder months and busier schedules can thwart exercise, so anticipate that there will be some days when you miss workouts. This is O.K. Set overall goals—whether you’re training for your first turkey trot in November or simply want to work out three days a week—and keep working toward them. If you’re trying to lose weight, make a healthy diet your priority, “but moving as much as possible is great too,” Greenberger says. “You can burn a lot of calories just walking on a treadmill, using a stationary bike or even walking your dog multiple times each day.”

A pro offers tips for maintaining your exercise and health routine in a season packed with distractions. No doubt about it, things get busier when autumn rolls around. It gets harder to squeeze in that workout, that run, that visit to the gym. Motivation may take a hit too. As beach-ready as your body may have been in August, the beach is now receding from your mind. It can be easy to let your fitness slide. But don’t! Experience shows that it’s harder to build your body back after a “fall fallback” than it is to keep in shape in the first place. So how do you protect all your hard work and stay fit as the temperature drops?

“Performing isometric/bodyweight exercises, such as push-ups, pull-ups, lunges, bodyweight squats and planks, will be next best,” he adds.

Don’t have a home gym?

• Go for intensity. It can be difficult to squeeze in a workout between meetings, errands and family time, but sometimes all you need is 30 minutes and some space to get your heart rate going. The high-intensity Tabata workout fills a halfhour with seven heartpounding moves: burpees, squats, lateral slides, lunges, mountain climbers, scissor kicks and spidermans. The best part is that you can do these on the studio floor at the gym or next to the desk in your bedroom.

BERGEN chatted with Tamir Greenberger, owner of UTG Personal Training in Westwood, for helpful hints:

• Check your schedule. Morning workouts may have been ideal in summer when you were trying to beat the heat, but those hours grow darker in fall—and they’re filled with kids trying to catch a schoolbus. Take a fresh, realistic look at what time of day works best for you and try to stick with your new plan, whatever it is. “People absolutely need to make time for the gym,” says Greenberger.

• Enjoy the outdoors. Winter will be here before we know it, so embrace the outdoors while you can. You’ll not only get in some extra steps by taking the family apple picking, but carefully stretching to reach the highhanging fruit can loosen muscles. Raking and bagging leaves, garden cleanup and other yard work will also burn calories, Greenberger says.


• Change only what needs changing. The belief that varying a weighttraining workout routine helps build muscle isn’t necessarily valid for everyone. Sure, changing things up helps prevent boredom, but sticking with your regular workout for a while—especially if you’re just getting started—pays dividends too. “Beginners benefit most from the least amount of variance—none, in fact,” Greenberger says. “Instead, they should focus on practice and repetition across bigger compound exercises that work multiple joint paths, such as squats, presses, pulls and deadlifts.” More experienced exercisers, he says, should introduce new variations to the target muscles every four to six weeks.

• Keep your diet healthy— but realistic. It’s natural to cave in to some cravings, especially when they whisper to you of a freshbaked apple or pumpkin pie. “If a slipup occurs, remember that it’s no big deal—just move on from it and continue to stay focused,” Greenberger says. In fact, you can enjoy your favorite fall comfort foods even with a weight-loss goal if you create rules. “You can allow for comfort foods maybe only once per week,” he says. “Or perhaps have your favorite foods whenever you want but cut the portion down by a half to two-thirds and replace the lost volume with vegetables. Instead of an entire cheeseburger, think only half of one and a side of broccoli.”

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The ballots have been tabulated; the results are in. When Bergenites were asked to choose their go-to local businesses in a host of categories, from cannolis to consignment shops, they replied with gusto—and personal expertise. The result? Bragging rights for the places voted first, second and third in each category, and a handy resource for you. We’re not saying these are the only worthy spots in Bergen; indeed, part of the fun is that this year’s unexpected finds can become next year’s landslide winner. But these establishments, by a democratic process, have won a “thumbs up” from your neighbors. And who knows Bergen better than the people who live here?


Once again in 2022, Bergen residents voted for the top local businesses in 110+ categories. Are your favorites here?

52BERGENMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2022 * BREAKFAST State Line Diner, 375 Rte. 17 N., Mahwah, statelinediner.com201.529.3353; It’s still the most important meal of the day, so start your morning right with breakfast at this Bergen landmark. It’s a 24-hour gem that for 35 years has been known for its treatyou-like-family service and for using fresh ingredients in all its dishes. The elevated breakfast selections, such as holy cannoli pancakes and cheesecake French toast, are musttries, but the diner also excels at classics like Western omelets and Belgian waffles.

1.BAGELSANDRESTAURANTSFOODGOLDBERG’SBAGELS OF WYCKOFF 327 Franklin Ave. Wyckoff 201.847.9199 2. BAGEL NOSH 799 Franklin Ave. Franklin Lakes 201.847.9455 24 E. Prospect St. Waldwick 201.652.9746 3. RONNIE'S HOT BAGELS 118 Broadway Hillsdale 201.664.4543 1.BAKERYB&WBAKERY 614 Main St. Hackensack 201.342.5577 2. SOOK PASTRY 24 S. Broad St. Ridgewood 201.493.2500 3. RISPOLI PASTRY SHOP 23 Emerson Plaza E. Emerson 201.265.4009 824 Broad Ave. Ridgefield 201.943.6002 1.BARBECUEFINK'SBBQ SMOKEHOUSE 26 W. Madison Ave. Dumont 201.384.3210 2. KIMCHI BARBECUESMOKE 301 Center Ave. Westwood 201.497.6333 3. REILLY’S RIB CAGE 126 Broadway Hillsdale 201.497.5990 BEER COMPANY1.CRAFTSELECTION,BREWERYHACKENSACKBREWING 78 Johnson Ave. Hackensack 201.880.1768 2. ALEMENTARY BREWING CO. 58 Voorhis Ln. Hackensack 201.968.1290 3. BRIX CITY BREWING 4 Alsan Way Little Ferry 201.440.0865 BEER 1.RESTAURANT/BARSELECTION,THESHANNONROSE 1200 Rte. 17 N. Ramsey 201.962.7602 2. BIGGIE'S 430 Rte. 17 S. Carlstadt 201.933.4000 3. MILLER'S ALE HOUSE 270 Rte. 4 E. Paramus 201.342.4800 1.BOWLSPLAYA BOWLS Multiple locations 2. BLENDED BOWLS 100 E. Main St. Ramsey 201.934.3220 1.BREAKFASTSTATELINEDINER 375 Rte. 17 N. Mahwah 201.529.3353 2. WILLOW & WHISK 319 Franklin Ave. Wyckoff 201.425.9931 3. RAYMOND'S 101 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.445.5125 1.BRUNCHFARMHOUSE CAFE & EATERY 301 Center Ave. Westwood 201.664.8424 2. WHITE MAPLE CAFÉ 47 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.447.1953 3. PARK WEST TAVERN 30 Oak St. Ridgewood 201.445.5400 1.BURGERSSHAKESHACK 479 Rte. 17 S. Paramus 201.241.2381 1 Garden State Plaza Blvd. Paramus 201.576.8096 2. BIGGIE'S (TIE) 430 Rte. 17 S. Carlstadt 201.933.4000 2. STEVE’S BURGERS (TIE) 506 Rte. 46 Garfield 973.772.1770 68 Passaic St. Garfield 973.955.2882 3. BAREBURGER 15 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.345.4207 455 Chestnut Ridge Rd. Woodcliff Lake 201.746.9275 129 Vervalen St. Closter 201.660.7720 1.BUTCHERSTEVE'SMARKET 41 W. Main St. Ramsey 201.327.9466 2. WESTWOOD PRIME MEATS 190 Westwood Ave. Westwood 201.664.0069 3. WYCKOFF PRIME MEATS 384 Main St. Wyckoff 201.447.3340 BYO RESTAURANT 1. SANDUCCI'S TRATTORIA 620 Kinderkamack Rd. River Edge 201.599.0600 2. CAFÉ MATISSE 167 Park Ave. Rutherford 201.935.2995 3. FINO RISTORANTE 114 W. Allendale Ave. Allendale 201.995.1100 CONFECTIONERY1.CANDY/CHOCOLATECONRAD'S 107 Westwood Ave. Westwood 201.664.2895 2. MRS. HANNA KRAUSE CANDY 89 Westview Ave. Paramus 201.843.0337 3. CRITCHLEY'S CANDIES 812 Kinderkamack Rd. River Edge 201.967.1800 CHEESE SHOP 1. MARKET BASKET 813 Franklin Lake Rd. Franklin Lakes 201.891.2000 2. JERRY'S GOURMET AND MORE 410 S. Dean St. Englewood 201.871.7108 3. CHEZ CHEEZE 10 Washington St. Tenafly 201.568.2050 CHINESE RESTAURANT 1. T.S. MA CHINESE CUISINE 637 Wyckoff Ave. Wyckoff 201.891.8878 2. HANAMI 41 Union Ave. Cresskill 201.567.8508 301 Center Ave. Westwood 201.666.8508 3. HOT FISH 450 Hackensack Ave. Hackensack 201.881.0180 COMPANY1.COFFEEHOUSERIDGEWOODCOFFEE 90 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.493.1002 2. AMERICAN BULLDOG COFFEE ROASTERS 4 N. Spruce St. Ramsey 201.574.8070 31 N. Broad St. Ridgewood 201.857.4176 3. CAFFEINE 360 Kinderkamack Rd. Oradell 201.599.8149 * COFFEEHOUSE 201.493.1002Ave,90CoffeeRidgewoodCompany,ERidgewoodRidgewood, Once you wake up and smell the coffee, you’ll understand why Ridgewood Coffee Company is Bergen’s best. Offering traditional and specialty coffees, teas and other drinks, this local spot is sure to satisfy anyone who walks in. Just make sure to snap a pic of the latte art before you take your first sip. 53BERGENMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2022

1.CUPCAKESKARAKAKES 799 Franklin Ave. Franklin Lakes 201.485.8889 2. MR. CUPCAKES* 684 Lafayette Ave. Hawthorne 973.949.5300 3. CUPCAKES BY CAROUSEL 31 N. Dean St. Englewood 201.608.5092 192 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.389.3090 CUSTOM CAKES 1. PALERMO'S BAKERY 399 Liberty St. Little Ferry 201.641.1654 187 Main St. Ridgefield Park 201.641.1654 2. CAROUSEL CAKES* 5 Seeger Dr. Nanuet 845.627.2323 3. CARLO'S BAKERY* 95 Washington St. Hoboken 201.659.3671 1.DINERSTATE LINE DINER 375 Rte. 17 N. Mahwah 201.529.3353 2. CHIT CHAT DINER 515 Essex St. Hackensack 201.820.4033 3. RIVER EDGE DINER 516 Kinderkamack Rd. River Edge 201.262.4976 1.DONUTSABMA'S FARM 700 Lawlins Rd. Wyckoff 201.891.0278 2. DEMAREST FARMS 244 Wierimus Rd. Hillsdale 201.666.0472 3. GLAZE DONUTS 2151 Lemoine Ave. Fort Lee 201.585.6085 358 River Rd. New Milford 201.483.8634 FARMERS MARKET 1. RAMSEY FARMERS MARKET 2 W. Main St. Ramsey 201.675.6866 2. WESTWOOD FARMERS MARKET 40 Crest St. Westwood 201.723.8807 3. PARAMUS FARMERS MARKET 475 Farview Ave. Paramus 917.863.7897 FISH MARKET 1. PETER'S FISH MARKET 190 Godwin Ave. Midland Park 201.444.3331 2. MAYWOOD SEAFOOD GOURMET 103 W. Pleasant Ave. Maywood 201.843.8558 3. ANCHOR SEAFOOD 10 S. Kinderkamack Rd. Montvale 201.930.9170 FRENCH RESTAURANT 1. CAFÉ PANACHE 130 E. Main St. Ramsey 201.934.0030 2. LATOUR 6 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.445.5056 3. MADELEINE'S PETIT PARIS 416 Tappan Rd. Northvale 201.767.0063 1.GOODIESGLUTEN-FREEWHOLEFOODS MARKET Multiple locations 2. SWEET AVENUE BAKE SHOP 153 Park Ave. Rutherford 201.935.2253 3. ALT EATS CAFÉ 622 N. Maple Ave. Ho-Ho-Kus 201.444.1300 GOURMET GROCERY 1. MARKET BASKET 813 Franklin Lake Rd. Franklin Lakes 201.891.2000 2. STEVE'S MARKET 41 W. Main St. Ramsey 201.327.9466 3. MARKETPLACEMAYWOOD 78 W. Pleasant Ave. Maywood 201.843.8361 MARKETPLACE1.SUPERMARKETGOURMETUNCLEGIUSEPPE’S 10 Triangle Plaza Ramsey 201.995.6800 2. TRADER JOE'S 715 River Rd. Edgewater 201.945.5932 404 Rte. 17 N. Paramus 201.265.9624 20 Irvington St. Westwood 201.263.0134 3. WEGMANS 100 Farm View Montvale 551.249.2200 GREEK RESTAURANT 1. VARKA ESTIATORIO 30 N. Spruce St. Ramsey 201.995.9333 2. IT'S GREEK TO ME 36 E. Palisade Ave. Englewood 201.568.0440 1611 Palisade Ave. Fort Lee 201.947.2050 21 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.612.2600 3. A TASTE OF GREECE 935 C Kinderkamack Rd. River Edge 201.967.0029 ICE CREAM 1. VAN DYK'S 145 Ackerman Ave. Ridgewood 201.444.1429 2. CONRAD'S CONFECTIONERY 107 Westwood Ave. Westwood 201.664.2895 3. BRAIN FREEZE 370 River Rd. New Milford 201.265.5055 INDIAN RESTAURANT 1. NIRVANA INDIAN KITCHEN 29 W. Allendale Ave. Allendale 201.818.2300 2. DOWNTOWN DHABA 266 Center Ave. Westwood 201.664.0123 3. TABLA 16 S. Broad St. Ridgewood 201.444.4055 ITALIAN DELI 1. CASA DEL SOLE (TIE) 115 Broadway Woodcliff Lake 201.391.5671 1. JERRY'S GOURMET AND MORE (TIE) 410 S. Dean St. Englewood 201.871.7108 2. A&S FINE FOODS OF WYCKOFF 525 Cedar Hill Ave. Wyckoff 201.447.0800 3. LOTITO’S DELI & BAKERY 87 Interstate Shopping Center Ramsey 201.327.6066 * CUSTOM CAKES Palermo’s Café & Bakery, 399 Liberty St., Little Ferry, 201.336.9818; At Palermo’s, a cake isn’t simply a dessert—it’s an art form. The bakery’s customizable cake will be the star of the show at any birthday party, baby shower, wedding or other special occasion. Pro tip: Come hungry when you visit—the café serves delicious pizza and paninis too. * NOT LOCATED IN BERGEN COUNTY 54BERGENMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2022

55BERGENMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2022 * INDIAN RESTAURANT Nirvana Indian Kitchen, 29 W. Allendale Ave., Allendale, 201.818.2300; nirvanaindiankitchen com Book a reservation at this Allendale eatery when you want a taste of all the authentic flavors of India. From the garlic naan to the masala dosa, the chefs here know how to create a menu that excites the senses, and their unique recipes will have you returning regularly.

56BERGENMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2022 * RESTAURANTMEDITERRANEAN Mezza Mediterranean, 22 mezzawestwood.com201.722.8822;Ave.,JeffersonWestwood, Prepare for an exciting dining experience when you take a seat at Mezza, which serves Mediterranean and American cuisine that’s close to perfect on every level. Dishes are packed with fresh veggies, vibrant sauces and mouthwatering flavors that are sure to please. For a memorable meal, start with homemade grape leaves, then try the coriander-crusted salmon entrée and enjoy a sweet finish with halva ice cream.

ITALIAN RESTAURANT 1. SAVINI RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 168 W. Crescent Ave. Allendale 201.760.3700 2. SANDUCCI'S TRATTORIA 620 Kinderkamack Rd. River Edge 201.599.0600 3. ANDIAMO RESTAURANT 23 Hardenburgh Ave. Haworth 201.384.1551 1.RESTAURANTJAPANESEKIKURESTAURANT 365 Rte. 17 S. Paramus 201.265.7200 2. SAKURA BANA 43 Franklin Ave. Ridgewood 201.447.6525 3. HANAMI 41 Union Ave. Cresskill 201.567.8508 301 Center Ave. Westwood 201.666.8508 JEWISH DELI 1. KOSHER NOSH 894 Prospect St. Glen Rock 201.445.1186 2. TENAFLY KOSHER DELI & CATERERS 22 Washington St. Tenafly 201.567.3033 3. FOSTER VILLAGE KOSHER DELICATESSEN 469 S. Washington Ave. Bergenfield 201.384.7100 JUICE BAR 1. BEETS JUICE BAR Multiple locations 2. THE RAW SQUEEZE 1033 River Rd. 201.357.2774 KOREAN RESTAURANT 1. DONG BANG GRILL 1616 Palisade Ave. Fort Lee 201.242.4485 2. ORGANIC TOFU HOUSE 88 Godwin Ave. Ridgewood 201.251.7734 3. SO GOOD 190 Closter Dock Rd. Closter 201.750.5190 1.RESTAURANTMEDITERRANEANMEZZAMEDITERRANEAN 22 Jefferson Ave. Westwood 201.722.8822 2. SOFIA'S MEDITERRANEAN GRILL 220 Boulevard Hasbrouck Heights 201.462.0123 3. SAMDAN 178 Piermont Rd. Cresskill 201.816.7343 MEXICAN RESTAURANT 1. BLUE MOON MEXICAN CAFÉ 23 E. Palisade Ave. Englewood 201.541.0600 327 Franklin Ave. Wyckoff 201.891.1331 2. EL AZTECA MEXICAN RESTAURANT 91 Park Ave. Park Ridge 201.391.4422 115 Franklin Tpke. Mahwah 201.252.8875 3. PANCHO'S BURRITOS 214 Main St. New Milford 201.225.2554 1.MOZZARELLAUNCLEGIUSEPPE'S 10 Triangle Plaza Ramsey 201.995.6800 2. ANNABELLA'S HOUSE OF MOZZARELLA 900 Paterson Plank Rd. East Rutherford 201.804.0303 3. JERRY'S GOURMET AND MORE 410 S. Dean St. Englewood 201.871.7108 NEW RESTAURANT 1. HARVEST & ALE (TIE) 588 Ramapo Valley Rd. Oakland 201.383.9916 1. CARPACCIO AT AMERICAN DREAM (TIE) 1 American Dream Way East Rutherford 551.248.4984 2. FIORENTINI 98 Park Ave. Rutherford 973.721.3404 3. BAR BOUTIQUE (TIE) 110 E. Main St. Ramsey 201.735.7717 3. THE CRAFTSMAN (TIE) 1609 Maple Ave. Fair Lawn 201.773.8985 3. SONG’ E NAPULE (TIE) 106 Park Ave. Rutherford 201.347.9339 OUTDOOR DINING 1. HAVEN RESTAURANTRIVERFRONT&BAR 2 Main St. Edgewater 201.943.1900 2. PIER 115 BAR & GRILL 115 River Rd. Edgewater 201.313.2155 3. CAFÉ MATISSE 167 Park Ave. Rutherford 201.935.2995 1.PIZZAKINCHLEY'S TAVERN 586 Franklin Tpke. Ramsey 201.934.7777 2. BROOKLYN’S COAL BRICK OVEN PIZZA Multiple locations 3. RAY'S PIZZA 6-02 Berdan Ave. Fair Lawn 201.797.7117 ROMANTIC RESTAURANT 1. SADDLE RIVER INN 2 Barnstable Ct. Saddle River 201.825.4016 2. CAFÉ PANACHE 130 E. Main St. Ramsey 201.934.0030 3. ESTY STREET 86 Spring Valley Rd. Park Ridge 201.307.1515 1.SEAFOODVARKAESTIATORIO 30 N. Spruce St. Ramsey 201.995.9333 2. OCEANOS 2-27 Saddle River Rd. Fair Lawn 201.796.0546 3. SEGOVIA RESTAURANT 150 Moonachie Rd. Moonachie 201.641.4266 1.STEAKHOUSERIVERPALMTERRACE 1416 River Rd. Edgewater 201.224.2013 41-11 Rte. 4 W. Fair Lawn 201.703.3500 2. PARK STEAKHOUSE 151 Kinderkamack Rd. Park Ridge 201.930.1300 3. ALLENDALE STEAKHOUSE 95 W. Allendale Ave. Allendale 201.962.9797 1.SUSHIMASA SUSHI & GRILL 81 W. Allendale Ave. Allendale 201.934.6616 2. HANAMI 41 Union Ave. Cresskill 201.567.8508 301 Center Ave. Westwood 201.666.8508 * PIZZA Kinchley’s Tavern, 586 Franklin Tpke., Ramsey, kinchleyspizza.com201.934.7777; Craving ultra-thin crust with a crunch that just won’t quit? Kinchley’s Tavern has you covered. For more than seven decades, this Ramsey essential has perfected bar-style pizza that attracts fans from all over the region. Our recommendation: the garbage pie with pepperoni, sausage, onion, mushroom, sweet pepper and, of course, anchovies! Sit in for a slice or take a whole pie home to the family. 57BERGENMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2022

* KIDS’ PARTIES Bounce Safari, 3 North St., Waldwick, 201.857.4000; Watch your kids have the time of their lives at this indoor playhouse. It’s entertainment central for little ones: two rooms of inflatable slides, obstacle courses, bounce houses and Bounce’s signature Crazy Maze. With pizza, cake and party favors included, a parent’s only tough decision is whether to sit back and relax or join in the fun! 3. MATSU 140 Broadway Hillsdale 201.722.9388 1.TAPASSANGRIA RESTAURANTTAPAS 1033 MacArthur Blvd. Mahwah 201.962.3310 2. CRAVINGS TAPAS BISTRO 8 Wilsey Square Ridgewood 201.857.8533 TEA SHOP 1. HARMONY TEA ROOM 224 Fairview Ave. Westwood 201.664.2608 2. ROLLING PIN CAFÉ 341 Broadway Westwood 201.666.4660 3. VILLAGE TEA SHOP 2 S. Maple Ave. Ridgewood 201.857.0230 1.RESTAURANTVEGETARIANVEGGIEHEAVEN 473 Cedar Ln. Teaneck 201.836.0887 2. SIMPLY GREEN CAFÉ 25 N. Spruce St. Ramsey 201.661.8905 3. GREEN FUSION 22 Oak St. Ridgewood 201.670.7502 WATERFRONT DINING 1. CHART HOUSE* 1700 Harbor Blvd. Weehawken 201.348.6628 2. HAVEN RESTAURANTRIVERFRONT&BAR 2 Main St. Edgewater 201.943.1900 3. WATERSIDE RESTAURANT & CATERING* 7800 B River Rd. North Bergen 201.861.7767 1.WINGSANTHONY'S COAL FIRED PIZZA 2101 Promenade Blvd. Fair Lawn 201.796.2625 984 Rte. 17 N. Ramsey 201.818.2625 2. BIGGIE'S 430 Rte. 17 S. Carlstadt 201.933.4000 3. PECK PECK CHICKEN 250 Degraw Ave. Teaneck 201.530.5858 1.BOWLINGENTERTAINMENTMONTVALELANES 14 W. Grand Ave. Montvale 201.391.3400 2. BOWLERO 22-22 Maple Ave. Fair Lawn 201.797.5400 299 Paterson Ave. Wallington 973.773.9100 3. BOWLER CITY 85 Midtown Bridge St. Hackensack 201.343.3545 1.(OFF-PREMISE)CATERINGMARKETBASKET 813 Franklin Lake Rd. Franklin Lakes 201.891.2000 2. THE BROWNSTONE* 351 W. Broadway Paterson 973.595.8582 3. BIGGIE’S 430 Rte. 17 S. Carlstadt 201.933.4000 CIGAR SHOP 1. CASA DE MONTECRISTO BY JR CIGAR 184 Rte. 17 N. Paramus 201.261.7988 2. THE TOBACCO SHOP OF Ridgewood 10 Chestnut St. Ridgewood 201.447.2204 3. CIGAR WORLD 735 Rte. 17 S. Ramsey 201.934.1142 GIRLS' NIGHT OUT 1. FIRE & OAK 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd. Montvale 201.307.1100 2. BLUE MOON MEXICAN CAFÉ 23 E. Palisade Ave. Englewood 201.541.0600 327 Franklin Ave. Wyckoff 201.891.1331 3. BIGGIE’S 430 Rte. 17 S. Carlstadt 201.933.4000 HAPPY HOUR 1. ALLENDALE BAR & GRILL 67 W. Allendale Ave. Allendale 201.327.3197 2. FIRE & OAK 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd. Montvale 201.307.1100 3. THE CORNERSTONE 84 Broadway Hillsdale 201.666.8688 HIKING TRAIL 1. RAMAPO VALLEY COUNTY RESERVATION 608 Ramapo Valley Rd. Mahwah 201.327.3500 2. PALISADES INTERSTATE PARK Alpine 201.768.1360 3. CELERY FARM Franklin Tpke. Allendale 201.818.4400 IRISH PUB 1. THE SHANNON ROSE 1200 Rte. 17 N. Ramsey 201.962.7602 2. P.J. FINNEGAN'S 274 Fairview Ave. Westwood 201.664.7576 3. DAVEY'S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT 5 Park St. Montvale 201.391.9356 KIDS' PARTIES 1. BOUNCE SAFARI 3 North St. Waldwick 201.857.4000 2. CLAY PAPER SCISSORS STUDIO 380 Kinderkamack Rd. Oradell 201.523.9379 3. THE GAGASPHERE 201.445.2546 LIVE ENTERTAINMENT 1. BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 30 N. Van Brunt St. Englewood 201.227.1030 2. BERRIE CENTER AT RAMAPO COLLEGE 505 Ramapo Valley Rd. Mahwah 201.684.7500 3. BERGEN COUNTY PLAYERS 298 Kinderkamack Rd. Oradell 201.261.4200 MEXICAN1.MARGARITASBLUEMOONCAFÉ 23 E. Palisade Ave. Englewood 201.541.0600 327 Franklin Ave. Wyckoff 201.891.1331 2. ROSA MEXICANO 60 Riverside Square Mall Hackensack 201.489.9100 3. PANCHO'S BURRITOS 214 Main St. New Milford 201.225.2554 58BERGENMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2022 * NOT LOCATED IN BERGEN COUNTY

59BERGENMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2022 * MARGARITAS Blue Moon Mexican Café, 23 E Palisade Ave., Englewood, 201.541.0600; 327 Franklin Ave., Wyckoff, bluemoonmexicancafe.com201.891.1039; Blue salt around the rim is this restaurant and bar’s memorable signature detail. Go for the house margarita, the Blue Moonarita, or a sangria pitcher for the table, and prepare to be impressed with every sip. P.S.: You’ll enjoy your drink even more while watching live music or participating in trivia night.

60BERGENMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2022 * SPORTS BAR Biggie’s, 430 Route 17 S., Carlstadt, 201.933.4000; Fresh seafood and stellar beer while watching the big game? Yes, please! Grab your friends and head to Biggie’s for lobster rolls, East Coast oysters and tuna tacos. Carlstadt’s finest is the destination for foodies and football fans alike.

* BOUTIQUECHILDREN’S Ginger Kids, 351 Center Ave., gingerncream.com201.358.5437;Westwood, Located across from the women’s store, Ginger N’ Cream, this children’s boutique carries cool styles for youngsters ranging from babies to tweens. Your kiddo will love his or her colorful, comfy range of clothes and accessories. And after you’ve scored a smash for the demanding couture of schoolroom and playground, head across the street to do some shopping of your own. MOVIE THEATER 1. AMC THEATRES 4000 Garden State Plaza Blvd. Paramus 201.291.8524 75 Challenger Rd. Ridgefield Park 551.999.6481 2. WESTWOOD CINEMAS 182 Center Ave. Westwood 201.664.3200 3. IPIC THEATERS 2023 Hudson St. Fort Lee 201.582.7100 NATURE CENTER 1. ENVIRONMENTALJ.MCFAUL CENTER 150 Crescent Ave. Wyckoff 201.891.5571 2. TENAFLY NATURE CENTER 313 Hudson Ave. Tenafly 201.568.6093 3. CLOSTER NATURE CENTER 154 Ruckman Rd. Closter 201.750.2778 NEIGHBORHOOD BAR 1. THE RESTAURANTCORNERSTONE&BAR 84 Broadway Hillsdale 201.666.8688 2. BIGGIE’S 430 Rte. 17 S. Carlstadt 201.933.4000 3. LOU'S TAVERN 74 Broadway Hillsdale 201.666.2103 RECEPTION HALL 1. SEASONS CATERING 644 Pascack Rd. Township of Washington 201.664.6141 2. THE VENETIAN 546 River Dr. Garfield 973.546.2250 3. THE ROCKLEIGH 26 Paris Ave. Rockleigh 201.768.7171 SPORTS BAR 1. BIGGIE'S 430 Rte. 17 S. Carlstadt 201.933.4000 2. MILLER'S ALE HOUSE 270 Rte. 4 E. Paramus 201.342.4800 3. THE RESTAURANTCORNERSTONE&BAR 84 Broadway Hillsdale 201.666.8688 1.APPLIANCESSHOPPINGOBERG&LINDQUIST 671 Broadway Westwood 201.664.1300 2. P.C. RICHARD & SON 317 Rte. 17 S. Paramus 201.262.7676 3. RENO'S APPLIANCE* 235 McLean Blvd. Paterson 973.247.1860 BABY CLOTHING 1. GINGER KIDS 351 Center Ave. Westwood 201.358.5437 2. CARTER'S 2701 Bergen Town Center Ste. 7 Paramus 201.556.1049 3. LITTLE NIKKI'S 618 N. Maple Ave. Ho-Ho-Kus 201.445.7888 BIKE SHOP 1. RIDGEWOOD CYCLE SHOP 35 N. Broad St. Ridgewood 201.444.2553 2. WESTWOOD CYCLE 182 3rd Ave. Westwood 201.664.1688 3. CYCLESPORT 1 Hawthorne Ave. Park Ridge 201.391.5269 BRIDAL SHOPPING 1. BIJOU BRIDAL & SPECIAL OCCASION 393 Rte. 17 S. Paramus 201.262.8889 2. DAVID'S BRIDAL 153 Rte. 4 W. Paramus 201.587.9774 3. ROSI'S BRIDAL 9 Sheridan Ave. Ho-Ho-Kus 201.857.4958 CHILDREN'S BOUTIQUE 1. GINGER KIDS 351 Center Ave. Westwood 201.358.5437 2. LITTLE NIKKI’S 618 N. Maple Ave. Ho-Ho-Kus 201.445.7888 3. DENNY’S 34 E. Ridgewood Ave. Paramus 201.444.4459 BOOKSTORE, 1.INDEPENDENTBOOKENDS 211 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.445.0726 2. BOOKS & GREETINGS 271 Livingston St. Northvale 201.784.2665 3. THE CURIOUS READER 229 Rock Rd. Glen Rock 201.444.1918 (TIE)1.VINTAGECONSIGNMENT/CLOTHINGYEOLDETHRIFTSHOPPE 330 Kinderkamack Rd. Oradell 201.261.4247 site 1. FABULOUS FINDS (TIE) 186 Center Ave. Westwood 201.263.1766 2. CURRENT CONSIGNMENT BOUTIQUE 166 Fairview Ave. Westwood 201.664.2767 FINE JEWELRY 1. LAVIANO JEWELERS 175 Westwood Ave. Westwood 201.664.0616 2. RED VELVET LUXE 59 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.689.1800 3. DEVON FINE JEWELRY 303 Franklin Ave. Wyckoff 201.848.8489 GIFT SHOP 1. PAZZAZED GIFT & HOME 826 Franklin Ave. Franklin Lakes 201.485.8022 6 Wilsey Square Ridgewood 201.857.5004 2. GINGER N' CREAM 350 Center Ave. Westwood 201.664.2440 3. HAWORTH APOTHECARY 169 Terrace St. Haworth 201.384.7171 1.HARDWARERAMSEYHARDWARE & PAINT 14 E. Main St. Ramsey 201.327.0433 2. HOME HARDWARE & SUPPLY 27 Franklin Tpke. Waldwick 201.652.5666 3. BENJAMIN BROTHERS TRUE VALUE HARDWARE 121 N. Summit St. Tenafly 201.569.5445 INDEPENDENT HEALTH FOOD STORE 1. ORGANICA NATURAL FOODS 246 Livingston St. Northvale 201.767.8182 * NOT LOCATED IN BERGEN COUNTY 61BERGENMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2022

2. A&A HEALTH FOOD CENTER 99 Godwin Ave. Midland Park 201.447.3130 3. HEALTHWAY NATURAL FOODS 35 Riveredge Rd. Tenafly 201.569.4558 1.LIGHTINGCAPITOLLIGHTING 75 Rte. 17 S. Paramus 201.843.5353 2. WYCKOFF LIGHTING CENTER 390 Franklin Ave. Wyckoff 201.891.3600 3. HILLMANN LIGHTING 133 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.652.1045 1.LINGERIEWOBLINGERIE 920 Kinderkamack Rd. River Edge 201.265.6116 365 Franklin Ave. Wyckoff 201.560.9800 2. VICTORIA'S SECRET Multiple locations 3. CHANTILLY LACE 253 Everett Ave. Wyckoff 201.847.8747 1.MALLGARDEN STATE PLAZA One Garden State Plaza Paramus 201.843.2121 2. PARAMUS PARK 700 Paramus Park Paramus 201.261.6108 3. THE SHOPS AT RIVERSIDE 390 Hackensack Ave. Hackensack 201.489.2212 MATTRESS STORE 1. WESTWOOD SLEEP CENTERS 30 Westwood Ave. Westwood 201.358.8282 2. MATTRESS FIRM Multiple locations 3. DUXIANA 63 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.670.4488 MEN'S FASHION 1. NORDSTROM 501 Garden State Plaza Blvd. Paramus 201.843.1122 2. SAL LAURETTA FOR MEN 621 Godwin Ave. Midland Park 201.444.1666 3. VERO UOMO 26 E. Palisade Ave. Englewood 201.894.1424 NURSERY1.CENTERNURSERY/GARDENROHSLER'SALLENDALE 100 Franklin Tpke. Allendale 201.327.3156 2. METROPOLITAN PLANT AND FLOWER EXCHANGE 2125 Fletcher Ave. Fort Lee 201.944.1050 840 Route 17N Paramus 201.445.7101 3. EISELE'S NURSERY & GARDEN 232 Oradell Ave. Paramus 201.262.1015 OUTDOOR FURNITURE 1. FORTUNOFF BACKYARD Store 141 Rte. 17 S. Paramus 201.262.1700 2. BACKYARD LIVING 235 Franklin Ave. Ridgewood 201.689.9111 3. SKI BARN 846 Rte. 17 N. Paramus 201.445.9070 PAINT STORE 1. NORTON'S PAINT 632 Rte. 17 N. Paramus 201.447.4747 2. PAINTSHERWIN-WILLIAMSSTORE Multiple locations 3. WALDWICK PAINT & WALLPAPER COMPANY 28 E. Prospect St. Waldwick 201.444.2882 PET BOUTIQUE 1. WESTWOOD PETS UNLIMITED 15 Westwood Ave. Westwood 201.666.7111 2. FUR THE LOVE OF PETS 32 Kinderkamack Rd. Oradell 201.599.9500 3. WOOF GANG BAKERY 84 W. Allendale Ave. Allendale 201.236.9663 234 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.444.9663 1.SHOESDSW 60 Rte. 17 N. Paramus 201.291.0505 235 Interstate Shop Center Ramsey 201.669.3053 2. GARDINER & CO. 10 Van Neste Square Ridgewood 201.447.0910 3. SHOE-INN 101 Vervalen St. Closter 201.660.8440 53 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.493.9696 1.DESTINATIONSHOPPINGTICE'SCORNER 441 Chestnut Ridge Rd. Woodcliff Lake 203.221.8148 2. DOWNTOWN RIDGEWOOD 3. DOWNTOWN WESTWOOD SKI SHOP 1. MOUNT EVEREST 318 3rd Ave. Westwood 201.664.2500 2. SKI BARN 846 Rte. 17 N. Paramus 201.445.9070 3. CAMPMOR 810 Rte. 17 N. Paramus 201.445.5000 TILE STORE 1. WAYNE TILE COMPANY 50 Spring St. Ramsey 201.825.8000 2. JOHN FISCHER TILES* 1096 Goffle Rd. Hawthorne 973.427.7870 3. FUDA TILE Multiple locations 1.TOYSTONS OF TOYS 140 Westwood Ave. Westwood 201.497.6497 315 Franklin Ave. Wyckoff 201.847.9317 2. TOYS “R” US 1 American Dream Way East Rutherford 551.600.8697 3. TARGET Multiple locations WINE SHOP 1. STEW LEONARD’S 700 Paramus Park Paramus 201.649.0888 2. GARY’S WINE & MARKETPLACE 67 Vervalen St. Closter 201.297.5000 3. TOTAL WINE 1001 Main St. River Edge 201.968.1777 * MALL Garden State Plaza, One Garden State Plaza, Paramus, 201.843.2121; westfield com Whether you’re taking care of a holiday shopping list or simply activating your personal wish agenda, you’ll find what you want at this retail, dining and entertainment destination. Start off your experience by visiting one of the 300 specialty shops and boutiques here. Then catch dinner at the food court and a movie at the AMC theater. This mall also hosts seasonal events such as farmers’ markets, the Summer Stage and a food truck festival. 62BERGENMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2022

63BERGENMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2022 * NURSERY/GARDEN CENTER Rohsler’s Allendale Nursery, 100 Franklin Tpke., Allendale, 201.327.3156; Green thumbs have been visiting this neighborhood nursery for landscape maintenance, garden renovation and plant installation since it opened around 1925. Stop by the garden center or nursery to find the perfect perennial of your own. From pottery to tropical plants to birding supplies, Rohsler’s is the one-stop-shop for all your gardening needs.

* WOMEN’S BOUTIQUE Ginger N’ Cream, 350 Center Ave, Westwood, 201.664.2440; Ginger N’ Cream’s extensive selection of styles, accessories and gifts keeps customers on the pulse of the latest trends. We can’t get enough of their dresses, perfect for a fall picnic or your teen’s homecoming. Just ask one of the attentive staff members for style advice, and you’ll be best dressed in no time. 64BERGENMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2022

WOMEN'S BOUTIQUE 1. GINGER N' CREAM 350 Center Ave. Westwood 201.664.2440 2. HARTLY 104 Westwood Ave. Westwood 201.664.3111 HEALTH & BEAUTY AIRBRUSH TAN 1. BRUSHED TANNING STUDIO 300 Franklin Ave. Wyckoff 201.921.3663 2. FLORESCENCE SALON & DAY SPA 171 E. Saddle River Rd. Saddle River 201.327.0222 3. TANIQUE SUNTAN SALON 340 Kinderkamack Rd. Oradell 201.265.7351 1.BARBERRAY'SBARBER POLE 137 E. Main St. Ramsey 201.880.7444 2. FLYNN’S BARBERSHOP 19-03 Fair Lawn Ave. Fair Lawn 201.773.6533 3. THE B HIVE ORGANIC SALON 269 Broadway Hillsdale 201.470.4483 1.BLOWOUTFLORESCENCE SALON & DAY SPA 171 E. Saddle River Rd. Saddle River 201.327.0222 2. MOXIE SALON & BEAUTY BAR Multiple locations 3. MANIA HAIR STUDIO 62 Park Ave. Park Ridge 201.391.3947 DAY SPA 1. PAMPER & POLISH DAY SPA 116 Broadway Woodcliff Lake 201.782-0277 2. FLORESCENCE SALON & DAY SPA 171 E. Saddle River Rd. Saddle River 201.327.0222 3. THE FOUNTAIN SPA 10 Riverside Square Mall Hackensack 201.327.5155 1100 Rte. 17 N. Ramsey 201.327.5155 EYEBROW SHAPING 1. PAMPER & POLISH DAY SPA 116 Broadway Woodcliff Lake 201.782-0277 2. FLORESCENCE SALON & DAY SPA 171 E. Saddle River Rd. Saddle River 201.327.0222 3. ARAYA REBIRTH 10 Garber Square Ridgewood 201.445.7005 1.FACIALPAMPER & POLISH DAY SPA 116 Broadway Woodcliff Lake 201.782.0277 2. FLORESCENCE SALON & DAY SPA 171 E. Saddle River Rd. Saddle River 201.327.0222 3. ARAYA REBIRTH 10 Garber Square Ridgewood 201.445.7005 1.FITNESSDONOFRIO FITNESS 370 Franklin Tpke. Mahwah 201.252.2259 2. FEMME 34 Commerce Rd. Hackensack 201.549.5200 3. RETRO FITNESS Multiple locations HAIR COLORIST 1. FLORESCENCE SALON & DAY Spa 171 E. Saddle River Rd. Saddle River 201.327.0222 2. THE B HIVE ORGANIC SALON 269 Broadway Hillsdale 201.470.4483 3. ERIC ALT SALON 77 W. Allendale Ave. Allendale 201.438.0900 INDOOR 1.SPINNINGCYCLING/CYCLEBAR Multiple locations MAKEUP APPLICATION 1. FLORESCENCE SALON & DAY SPA 171 E. Saddle River Rd. Saddle River 201.327.0222 2. ARAYA REBIRTH 10 Garber Square Ridgewood 201.445.7005 3. BEAUTY BY ALEXA RAE 15 Sheridan Ave. Ho-Ho-Kus 201.713.6938 1.MASSAGEPAMPER& POLISH DAY SPA 116 Broadway Woodcliff Lake 201.782.0277 2. THE FOUNTAIN SPA (TIE) 10 Riverside Square Mall Hackensack 201.327.5155 1100 Rte. 17 N. Ramsey 201.327.5155 2. ARAYA REBIRTH (TIE) 10 Garber Square Ridgewood 201.445.7005 PILATES STUDIO 1. CLUB PILATES Multiple locations 2. COREFIRE 195 S. Maple Ave. Ridgewood 973.744.0510 3. FEMME 34 Commerce Rd. Hackensack 201.549.5200 1.REFLEXOLOGYARAYAREBIRTH 10 Garber Square Ridgewood 201.445.7005 2. NAMASTE ORGANIC SPA 30 Franklin Ave. Ridgewood 201.857.3646 3. SOLE REFLEXOLOGYREVIVAL 790 Kinderkamack Rd. River Edge 201.261.0003 1.SALONFLORESCENCE SALON & DAY SPA 171 E. Saddle River Rd. Saddle River 201.327.0222 2. THE B HIVE ORGANIC SALON 269 Broadway Hillsdale 201.470.4483 3. MANIA HAIR SALON 62 Park Ave. Park Ridge 201.391.3947 1.YOGASHREE YOGA 3 Barnstable Ct. Saddle River 201.822.1131 * SALON Florescence Salon & Day Spa, 171 E. Saddle River Rd., Saddle River, florescencesalon.com201.327.0222; Voted by BERGEN readers as the top salon for three straight years, Florescence offers premium hair artistry and skin care that will leave you glowing inside and out. Treat your luscious locks to a gorgeous cut and color, and stick around for more pampering: This spa does blowouts, brows and lashes, waxing and more. Bring the family too: Its list of services includes haircuts for guys, girls and boys. 65BERGENMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2022

* YOGA Shree Yoga Studios, 3 Barnstable Ct., Saddle River, 201.822.1131; Life is stressful enough, so simply go with the flow at Shree Yoga. Whether you’re a first-time student or an expert yogi, you’ll find inner peace (and increased flexibility and strength) at this Saddle River studio. Shree’s all-day schedule of in-studio or online classes lets you start your journey into the world of Anusara yoga. 2. FIRE SHAPER 42 Park Ave. Rutherford 201.842.9898 20 Washington St. Tenafly 201.266.8004 246 3rd Ave. Westwood 201.594.9642 3. POWERFLOW YOGA 530 S. Broad St. Glen Rock 201.444.4852 1.CARSERVICESWASHURBANAUTO SPA 827 Franklin Ave. Franklin Lakes 201.560.1144 785 Rte. 17 S. Ramsey 201.327.8660 2. WESTWOOD CAR WASH 20 Lake St. Westwood 201.664.0996 3. RIDGEWOOD AUTO WASH 450 S. Broad St. Glen Rock 201.444.6037 CLOSET DESIGN 1. THE CONTAINER STORE 370 Rte. 17 N. Paramus 201.265.9004 2. CALIFORNIA CLOSETS * 4 Gardner Rd. Fairfield 973.882.3800 3. CLOSETS BY DESIGN 40 Veterans Blvd. Carlstadt 201.964.9600 INTERIOR DESIGN 1. LAURIE INTERIORSDIGIACOMO 4 Franklin Ave. Ridgewood 201.755.9640 2. WOSTBROCK HOME 225 Goffle Rd. Ridgewood 201.445.0807 3. DIANE INTERIORSDUROCHER 375 S. Central Ave. Ramsey 201.825.3832 1.FLORISTALLENDALE FLOWERS 72 W. Allendale Ave. Allendale 201.962.7272 2. RIVER DELL FLOWERS & GIFTS 241 Kinderkamack Rd. Oradell 201.262.8118 3. PERRY'S FLORIST 660 Harristown Rd. Glen Rock 201.445.5668 JEWELRY REPAIR 1. LAVIANO JEWELERS 175 Westwood Ave. Westwood 201.664.0616 2. JOHN PIERRE JEWELERS 125 Washington Ave. Dumont 201.384.5573 3. CALLAHAN JEWELERS 220 Closter Dock Rd. Closter 201.768.6136 callahanjewelersdiamondrings. com KITCHEN REMODELER 1. ULRICH INC. 100 Chestnut St. Ridgewood 201.445.1260 2. KITCHEN VISION INC 401 Kinderkamack Rd. Oradell 201.262.0081 3. KEN BAUER KITCHENS 277 Broadway Hillsdale 201.664.6881 PET GROOMER 1. FUR THE LOVE OF PETS 32 Kinderkamack Rd. Oradell 201.599.9500 2. KATHY SANTO DOG TRAINING 21 Harrison Ave. Waldwick 201.512.8316 3. PET A GROOM 25 N. Spruce St. Ramsey 201.818.2554 PET RESORT 1. KATHY SANTO DOG TRAINING 21 Harrison Ave. Waldwick 201.512.8316 2. SYLVAN LEARNING CENTER OF TEANECK 1086 Teaneck Rd. Teaneck 201.645.4325 3. BRAINSTORM TUTORING & ARTS 808 High Mountain Rd. Franklin Lakes 201.847.8676 VETERINARY CENTER 1. ORADELL ANIMAL HOSPITAL 580 Winters Ave. Paramus 201.262.0010 2. BERGEN VETERINARYCOUNTYCENTER 120 Hopper Ave. Waldwick 201.447.4444 bergencountyveterinarycenter. com 3. NEW VETERINARYBRIDGEPRACTICE 452 New Bridge Rd. Bergenfield 201.384.4699 OPEN GROCER)PICKLELICIOUSCATEGORYWRITE-IN(GOURMET 384 Cedar Ln. Teaneck 201.457.0500 FRIEDBERG PROPERTIES & ASSOCIATES (REAL ESTATE AGENCY) Multiple locations KESSLER REHABILITATION CENTER THERAPY)(PHYSICAL Multiple locations 2. CAMP BOW WOW 95 Greenwood Ave. Midland Park 201.882.0186 3. THE MADISON DOG RESORT & SPA 150 Franklin Tpke. Waldwick 201.445.7297 PICTURE FRAMING 1. WESTWOOD GALLERY 10 Westwood Ave. Westwood 201.666.1800 2. MICHAELS 465 River Rd. Edgewater 201.313.2512 240 Rte. 17 Paramus 551.497.4338 75 Interstate Shopping Center Ramsey 201.934.5435 3. AVENUE CUSTOM FRAMING 89 Westwood Ave. Westwood 201.666.2615 POOL SERVICE 1. OUR POOL COMPANY 64 Godwin Ave. Midland Park 201.857.4747 2. B&B POOL AND SPA CENTER * 787 Chestnut Ridge Rd. Chestnut Ridge, N.Y. 845.356.0778 3. THE POOL COMPANY 173 Rivervale Rd. River Vale 201.722.1765 CENTER1.TUTORINGSYLVANLEARNINGOFFAIRLAWN 33-00 Broadway Fair Lawn 201.254.0629 66BERGENMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2022

67BERGENMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2022 * INTERIOR DESIGN Laurie DiGiacomo Interiors, 4 Franklin Ave., Ridgewood, 201.755.9640; Your home should reflect your style and personality, and Laurie DiGiacomo knows just how to curate your space to your tastes. Want to turn your bathroom into a resort? Kitchen into entertainment central? Bedroom into a retreat? DiGiacomo’s portfolio includes all of these possibilities and many more projects for transforming her clients’ visions into reality.

How has revisiting the news stories in your book changed you?

TV reporter Jen Maxfield has seen more than enough tragedy to make her grateful for her Bergen County life.

Are there other ways your family remembers September 11? My children weren’t born yet when 9/11 happened, so every year they have questions for me and my husband about what it was like. I was a reporter at my first on-air job in Binghamton, New York, at the time, so I watched it on television. I’m generally working every year on 9/11 and I will show my children the stories I report about the victims, and we talk about all of the people who were lost that day, and how everything changed.

I started volunteering for the Center for Food Action while I was a student at Tenafly High School in the 1990s, when I used to stock shelves in the pantry. After having my own three children, I realized that there were very few hands-on volunteering opportunities for children. CFA was not only providing the chance for kids to volunteer to assemble Weekend Snack Packs, but the packs were going to help other children in our community. The CFA leadership and I developed the idea for the Weekend Snack Pack event on September 11 because it was a way for people of all ages to serve the community on a day that is painful every year. As a reporter I have covered many stories about people who are struggling. One woman I will never forget invited us into her apartment and opened her cabinets and told me and the photographer that she was going to be eating buttered pasta for Thanksgiving because she couldn’t afford anything else. CFA wound up giving her a full Thanksgiving dinner—and plenty of support beyond the holiday. How did your family catch the volunteering bug? My kids have always participated with their friends at the 9/11 event; they’ve been helping assemble snack packs since they were in preschool. Helping someone who is hungry is a relatable concept for a child, and I found that my children—Trevor, Vivian and Evelyn—got a lot of satisfaction from it. I remember one year when Evelyn was 4 years old and barely taller than the table, she was explaining to older kids how to put the pasta and granola bars into the bags.

In researching More After the Break, I was humbled that so many of the families remembered me and the stories I wrote initially—people remembered that I treated them with dignity and respect. Writing the book also highlighted that as hard as it is to knock on someone’s door and ask them to share their story, sometimes it’s even harder to leave them to make my deadline. You’ve been present during times of incredible grief. What advice do you have for people trying to show support to others at such a time? Being there for people is key, just showing up and telling them that you care. I learned a lot from meeting with Kristen Wilkens, the cousin of Darren Drake, the young man from New Milford who was killed in the Lower Manhattan terrorist attack in 2017. Kristen says that as heartbreaking as it was to lose her cousin, she likes it when people ask her about him, because talking about him is how she keeps him alive. My parents always taught me to “treat other people the way you want to be treated,” and that is the mindset I approach every interview with. How did you pick these 10 stories? The element all the stories share is the triumph of the human spirit. These families have experienced heartache and tragedy, and yet they have found a way to move forward. The pain doesn’t go away, but they’re now able to put their loss or trauma into context. Some of these news events have resulted in laws being changed or overturned, people rebuilding their lives after a natural disaster, and victims of crimes learning to find happiness again.


What’s a behind-the-scenes secret about local TV news that viewers don’t know? Let’s set the record straight on a few things. We don’t have hair and makeup help when we are out reporting. I’m usually fixing my makeup in the visor mirror of the news van 15 minutes before the live shot. I write my scripts for the stories I report myself based on the research and interviews I’ve done with the photographer. Many of us TV news reporters are friends with “competitors” from other local stations because we’re out covering stories together. And no, the live trucks don’t have restrooms, and we are very thankful for everyone who invites us into their home or business for a bathroom break on assignment. What do you like most—and least— about your work as a reporter?

And this year she’s out with a new book, More After the Break: A Reporter Returns to Ten Unforgettable News Stories , in which she revisits people whose lives were touched by events she covered to see how they’re doing now.

BERGEN was curious about how Maxfield does it all, so we turned the tables on her. This time we asked the questions.

Maxfield is a reporter and a substitute anchor for WNBC (Channel 4). She is also an adjunct professor at the Columbia School of Journalism who teaches video and on-air skills.

What prompted you to start the Weekend Snack Pack initiative as part of the National Day of Service and Remembrance?

Twenty-one years ago this month, when airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the three children of WNBC-TV’s Jen Maxfield and her husband Scott Ostfeld weren’t yet born. But now the kids pitch in each year on the anniversary of those tragic events to assist their needy neighbors.

Maxfield is a longtime community volunteer and former board member for the Center for Food Action here in New Jersey who helped develop the organization’s annual September 11 Weekend Snack Pack initiative. The packs contain healthy, fresh, easy-toprepare snack foods for those Saturdays and Sundays when children aren’t reached by nutritious school lunch programs. And her whole family pitches in.

I’m an extrovert and I really enjoy meeting new people and going to new places. Being able to report in my home state of New Jersey is a privilege. So the best part of the work is the relationships I’ve formed, both with other journalists and with the subjects of my news stories. There’s no question that the hardest part of my job—the part that takes me well outside my comfort zone—is knocking on someone’s door who has experienced a tragedy and asking them for an interview. More often than not, people welcome us into their lives and trust us. But I recognize that I am asking a lot, and that they are trusting me to share their



By Rita Guarna stories with the broader community. What’s the most scared you’ve ever been on an assignment? Going to cover Hurricane Katrina in Gulfport, Mississippi, in August 2005 for Eyewitness News I was only 28 years old and had never been to Mississippi. The scope of the destruction there was beyond comprehension, and things we take for granted—water, power, access to food or gasoline—were all in shambles. I felt tremendous pressure to do the best job I could to bring the story home to viewers in New Jersey and New York, and I also worried about when I was going to be able to shower again or get a hot meal. It was never lost on me that my discomfort was temporary. I was going home to Bergen County. The people I was interviewing in Mississippi are still living with the fallout from that storm. What advice do you have for working mothers trying to balance it all? I think all working parents are trying to find that balance, and I am particularly blessed to have a supportive husband and our moms, both of whom live close by and are thrilled to spend time with their grandchildren. My family has been incredibly supportive when my job required strange hours, working on holidays and leaving to go to work on snow days. I think being a mom helps me as a reporter, and being a reporter helps me as a mom and wife. How? The key quality I aspire to as a mom and a reporter is empathy. Whether I’m with my kids or out in the news van, I’m genuinely open to listening and learning from other people. I am accustomed to a certain amount of controlled chaos at work, so that mood feels very familiar to me when my kids are loud at home. And the multitasking that is required to raise three children is very helpful when I’m trying to put together a story on deadline for work. It can be very jarring to come home to my three healthy children after a day at work covering a tragedy for someone else’s child. My kids get longer hugs than usual from me on those days, and thankfully they don’t always ask why. I am very grateful for the blessings in my life, and I don’t take a single day for granted. Clockwise from top right: Volunteering is a family activity for Jen Maxfield— here, she helps her son Trevor prep snack packs at a Center for Food Action (CFA) 9/11 event; daughter Evelyn is all smiles while filling bags during the CFA’s 9/11 program; Maxfield with fellow CFA volunteers; youngest daughter Vivian prepares a snack pack; Maxfield has been a CFA volunteer for more than 20 years.


So each year she helps her kids reap the rewards of helping others.


Things we enjoy doing each fall help give the season its special flavor. Here, a half-dozen Bergen residents pick their favorite traditions.



It isn’t just the leaves in their paintbox variety. Or the chill in the air, or the fresh school notebooks (with all that graph paper) not yet dog-eared and scribbled on. Or baseball reaching its crescendo while the NFL year gets rolling. It’s the things we make a point of doing each year—our autumn traditions—that help define this time for us, and people have different favorites. We asked six Bergenites to describe the fall rituals they cherish most.


“We love going to Applefest in Warwick, N.Y. They have food vendors and crafts to purchase (candles, handmade gifts, plants, etc.), art galleries—kind of like a flea market. It is set up in one of the large parking lots, and the town has wonderful antique shops to browse through and good restaurants to eat at—a wonderful hometown feel. Our favorite activity there is to walk around, see the leaves in many colors, listen to the music from the many performers, taste the apples from the six different orchards and shop in the different antique shops. Every year we go to Fratello Brick Oven for amazing pizza and Italian food after walking around and shopping. We always buy an apple pie from one of the orchards, and fudge from the shop.”


—Sheila Trinidad, 52, Fair Lawn

“I have three granddaughters. When the first one was born, we started taking her to nurseries and buying plants and different things for the fall, taking her pumpkin shopping and apple picking but also clothes shopping—even though she didn’t understand. Then the next one came, and we did the same tradition. Now we have the third and will continue to do this every year. Since our oldest, Demitra, was born October 31—on Halloween—it’s a perfect celebration for her birthday every year, so it’s an excuse to go shopping for clothing for anything she wants for the fall. We go winter clothes shopping and get the kids warm sweaters and all the things they need for winter. I believe in shopping local. So, we always take them to Ginger N’ Cream, Hunt & Orchard and Threads. We go to the toy store; we just make a whole day of it. After shopping, we go home, watch a cute movie, cuddle up in bed with blankets and get cozy.”



—Liz Maresca, 50, Fair Lawn

—Paula Clark, 66, Old Tappan PICNICKING AT THE PARK.

—Ellen O’Keefe, Ramsey

“I’m a Halloween person. Because my birthday is the end of September, I get Halloween-themed gifts, so I have a garage full of decorations that I usually put up. I’m in an apartment so can only decorate around my door, but I have fullsize mannequins that are dressed up and things like that. I have a 6-foot-tall coffin that has a clown that comes out of it. I have one that is a scary scarecrow and then I have skeletons and the like. I have been doing this for 15 to 20 years now. It started out as a goof, but now we’ve been doing it so long the kids like to do it too.”

“My family and I always try to explore the New Jersey Botanical Garden, especially in the fall because it’s so pretty. It’s a nice spot—very easy walking and there are many installations of mature plants. We like to bring a picnic and enjoy the scenery. We love the food at Morano’s Gourmet Market in Ramsey. Their sandwiches are just outstanding. We like to get the Italian sub and then we get other side dishes. When my kids were younger, we would go there for the day and hang out; they like to walk around. The Botanical Garden has different events. That was how I first found it—by going on one of their guided family hikes.”



—Alex Braunstein, 32, Tenafly MAKING PUMPKIN PIE FROM SCRATCH.

“From the time I was a little girl, my family always loved homemade pies and cookies, which my grandmother’s mother was good at, especially during the holidays. My mother loved making mock apple pie, which was made of crackers instead of apple—which she would not say until she asked what we thought was in it. As years passed by, I loved making pumpkin pie. About five years ago, my daughter Della had a friend who gave her two lawn bags of pumpkins for free! I had no choice but to make many pumpkin pies, stewed pumpkin, pumpkin soup, you name it. Hopefully, I will get on the bandwagon to make more pies—but not two lawn bags’ worth. That weighed several hundred pounds.”

The Math Of Pumpkin Pi

Want to figure out how to make your own pumpkin pie like Cheryl Delaney of Hackensack? Follow this recipe, which may become one of your own autumn traditions: Wash and steam the pumpkin. Since it’s still crispy, cook it in enough water or pumpkin juice when steaming the skin. Cover and cook slowly until pumpkin softens. Don’t cook too much, otherwise it will turn to mush and be hard to separate. Steam it just enough to peel clean from skin and remove seeds after the pumpkin cools. While blending to the desired consistency, mix with evaporated milk until it’s like pudding but not too thin. Next, add pumpkin seasoning: a little vanilla, cinnamon and sugar to preferred taste. Beat about three eggs per pie in a separate bowl and then add to the pumpkin mixture. Bake at 400°F for about 15 minutes, then down to 325°F for about 45 minutes. When fork comes out clean from the middle, shut oven off but leave door open so pie doesn’t overcook. For crust, use white unbleached flour and pure butter—about one stick per pie. Fork together and add just a few tablespoons of ice water if needed. Roll crust and place in pie shell. Bake the crust first and let cool, then pour in mixture. Let cool thoroughly and serve with whipped cream.

“I’m a big trails person, so I’m always going leaf peeping out on the trails both here at the [Tenafly] nature center and at the Ramapo Reservation and McFaul Environmental Center in Wyckoff. We live in a very good spot for leaf viewing. We have a lot of red maples and sugar maples in the area, so those bits of red and yellow that the species bring make the colors of fall pop. Being in the woods this time of year means looking for migrating birds as they’re heading south. It’s always nice when the air shifts from the humid summer air to the nice, crisp fall air. It’s an all-around great time to be out in the woods. I’m 32 and I’ve been doing it all my life, as long as I can remember.”

—Cheryl Delaney, 74, Hackensack

{ SPECIAL REPORT } 74BERGENMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2022 THEFT?AUTODRIVINGWHAT’S Bergen is experiencing a dramatic rise in stolen cars. Residents may literally hold the solution in their hands. By Leslie Garisto Pfaff


Most cars are stolen reasons: for their for use in the commission crimes. The majority taken for their parts, converters, which materials such as rhodium. Many luxury hand, end up at the shipped overseas, purpose of financing car may be stolen like a robbery or a Many stolen cars recovered, even some overseas. That’s because left to “cool off”—to period in which they’re be sought by law enforcement—before they’re taken to the to be dismantled for officer in a police car a license-plate reader a ‘cooling’ car and stolen,” says Ragucci. Sometimes, these are in relatively good But in other instances, notes Ragucci, they have already been involved in accidents, especially if they’ve been used in other crimes. Auto thieves, of course, aren’t known for their careful driving, and most are young—“as young as 14 or 15,” says Ackermann, “up to

—Michael Ragucci, detective sergeant, Wyckoff Police Department

WHY CARS, WHY NOW? Although the precipitous rise in auto theft coincided with the onset of the pandemic, there’s no evidence of cause and effect, but a result of the pandemic may be playing into the surge. Democratic Congressman Josh Gottheimer, whose district includes parts of Bergen, Passaic, Sussex and Warren counties, suggests that the worldwide shortage of semiconductors, which has driven up the price of used vehicles, may be partly responsible for the increase in auto thefts.

Michael Ragucci, a detective sergeant with the Wyckoff Police Department, estimates that some 90 percent of car thefts involve unlocked cars with key fobs left inside. Sometimes owners make the job even easier for thieves by keeping their engines running while they enter stores for a quick errand or a cup of coffee. More often, though, cars are stolen in the owners’ own driveways. “Thieves go from driveway to driveway and just start pulling on door handles,” Ackermann says. Sometimes they don’t even need to do that. Many luxury cars have a feature that’s an inadvertent aid to thieves: side mirrors that retract when a car is locked. “If you’re a criminal of opportunity and you see a high-end car with the side mirrors out, you know at the very least that the car is unlocked,” says Jason Love, chief of detectives at the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. Ragucci believes that the continuing increase in auto theft over the past several years can be traced, in essence, to the criminal grapevine. “Word gets out,” he says, about all those unlocked luxury cars, “and now, I think, Bergen has a reputation of being easy pickings for car thieves.”

Alongside the rise in basic auto theft, there’s been an uptick in carjackings as well, and they too often involve high-end cars. In March 2022, for example, a livery driver in Washington Township had his Lexus E350 stolen at gunpoint outside his home.

It’s likely, though, that the increase is also a result of a change in the way cars are designed—specifically, the way they’re locked, unlocked and started. The key fob—a compact bit of hardware that has replaced actual keys in late-model cars—has also changed the way cars are stolen. “The old days, when thieves would hotwire a car, are gone,” observes Dean Ackermann, Glen Rock’s chief of police. Gone, too, is the need for car thieves to find their way into your car through a window—mainly because owners themselves have made that unnecessary.




If you own one of those luxury vehicles in Bergen County, your car is definitely in the sights of thieves, no matter the make or model. “We’ve seen across Bergen County that all of our higher-end vehicles are being stolen,” notes Love. Though there’s no data specific to Bergen, New Jersey’s most stolen vehicles, according to the acting attorney general’s office, include the BMW 3 series, the BMW X6, the Audi Q5, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport and the Land Rover Range Rover. And Love notes that cars of every type, “regardless of age, make or model, are being stolen when they are left unlocked or if they’re easily accessible.”

Ackermann notes that, among all the cars stolen in Glen Rock recently, with one exception, “the common denominator was that the cars were unlocked and the key fobs were left in the vehicles.”

“Word gets out, and now, I think, Bergen has a reputation of being easy pickings for car thieves.”

In February of this year, thieves stole a Lamborghini, a BMW and a Mercedes from the same Cliffside Park address on the same day; all had been left in the driveway, unlocked. In April, an 18-yearold was the victim of a violent carjacking in Teaneck after thieves pulled him from his Acura MDX at knifepoint. In July, the owner of a BMW was in the middle of unloading his car when he ducked into the backyard to let the dog out; a minute later, returning to the driveway, he saw thieves pulling away in the car. Stories like these have become frighteningly familiar in Bergen County, where, from January to July of 2022, there was an 85 percent increase in auto theft over the same period last year, and a 250 percent increase in thefts of highend cars. That same uptick in auto theft is occurring throughout the state, though the increases there, at 30 and 100 percent respectively, aren’t quite as dramatic. And it’s also evident across the U.S. as a whole, with motor vehicle thefts up nearly 12 percent from 2020 to 2021, the most recent year for which national statistics are available. New Jersey’s surge in auto theft prompted the state’s acting attorney general, in April of this year, to reverse a ban on car chases that was put into effect in late 2020, and at the same time, Governor Phil Murphy announced the planned investment of $10 million in license plate recognition technology to make it easier for police to recover stolen vehicles. So far, though, the surge doesn’t appear to be losing speed.

their early 20s”—and aren’t experienced drivers. “A lot of the people stealing cars don’t know how to drive, and they destroy them,” he adds. Even if a recovered car is intact, it may be impounded as evidence if it’s been in a motor vehicle accident or used to commit another crime. “It could be locked up in an impound lot for years pending trial,” says Ragucci. ON AUTO THEFT?


• If you see someone trying to steal your car, don’t confront the thief; call 911.

• Lock your vehicle. At all times and in all situations.

New Jersey has already put in place several changes to help catch car thieves. In addition to reversing the ban on car chases, the acting attorney general in March of this year added more detectives, prosecutors and municipal police departments to the already established state Auto Theft Task Force. And Passaic counties, introduced a bill that would upgrade motor vehicle theft from a third-degree to a second-degree offense. That would effectively raise punishment from imprisonment for three to five years and/or a fine of up to $15,000 to five to 10 years’ incarceration and up to a $150,000 fine. Rep. Gottheimer is also asking for stronger prosecution of the leaders of auto theft rings. “You’ve got low-level people doing a lot of the crimes, just as you would in a drug ring,” he notes.

THE KEY TO PREVENTING KEYLESS AUTO THEFT responsibility for their vehicles. Recently, the Glen Rock Police Department instituted an anti-theft PR campaign called “Lock It or Lose It.” Its directives are shockingly simple:

• Never leave your key fob in the car.

• Lock your garage, and don’t leave your garage door opener in the car.

“Anything you would do to protect your


“We’ve got to cut off the head of the snake by following the money overseas. If we can stop that, we can significantly decrease the amount of crime.”

• Don’t store valuables in your car, and when you have to transport them, don’t leave them in plain sight.

• Lock your home. Some car thefts have occurred after thieves have entered a home and stolen the key fob from a hook or a purse.

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{ PERSONAL SPACE } 84BERGENMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2022 A KITCHENSETFREE In Ho-Ho-Kus, a couple challenged their designer to find a way to say “modern” without the white-on-white cliché. Text by Donna Rolando Design by Laurie DiGiacomo Photography by Raquel Langworthy

BERGENMAG.COM 85 SEPTEMBER 2022 This Ho-Ho-Kus kitchen is proof that modern doesn’t have to mean white on white. Designer Laurie DiGiacomo gave the maple cabinets by Omega a unique edge with her choice of stain and black hardware.

“It makes life easy,” Martinez says of the new design. This page: Carved out of closet space, this dry bar reflects natural light with its mirrored backsplash. Opposite page: DiGiacomo designed the island so that each family member could have their own rattan stool with white performance fabric.

The couple, Denise Ott and Sergio Martinez, had chosen to put up with the room’s poor layout, cherry cabinets and green granite for a few years after moving in in 2012. First they needed to expand the 1940s colonial to four bedrooms, a better fit for a family with two school-age boys. Then, when it was time to tackle the home’s busiest space, the task seemed daunting. “Above our pay grade” is how Ott described it.


“It was a small kitchen, so we needed to be really efficient with the space,” Martinez explains. The renovation, completed in 2021, met the requirements of both function and aesthetics—and, conforming to the couple’s wish, it’s not a sea of white. For a party-friendly kitchen and dining room combo, DiGiacomo subbed an island for the peninsula that divided the space. With the island, guests “aren’t on top of each other anymore,” Martinez says. And seating is never scarce with a banquette and ebony custom table for 12.

Gaining mastery over space, DiGiacomo also accommodated all the chef-grade appliances by Bertazzoni and cabinetry Martinez (the cook) and Ott (the baker) required. The next challenge was creating a modern look without white-on-white. DiGiacomo got her modern vibe from the stain added to Omega’s shakerstyle maple cabinets, along with the addition of black (hardware) and gold (faucet), teamed up in the island-area globes by Circa Lighting. Though white, the Carrara-like quartz in the countertops and slab backsplash doesn’t detract from the warmth of the space. Nearby, the dry bar with wine fridge and mirrored backsplash highlights creativity; this former closet never looks like an afterthought. The couple agrees that DiGiacomo was a magician with space.

A Ho-Ho-Kus family’s colonial was well on its way to a new look—goodbye, traditional!—when they called in Ridgewood designer Laurie DiGiacomo for a room that was double trouble: the kitchen. This hub of family living—and entertainment— needed an expert touch to solve challenges of both beauty and function.


{ PERSONAL SPACE } 88BERGENMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2022 SHOW STOPPER In a River Vale colonial, a designer created a delightful TV room that’ll stand the test of time—and withstand the busy family’s use. Text by Marisa Sandora Carr Design by Jennifer Vreeland Photography by Kyle Caldwell

To make this room in a River Vale colonial feel more modern and to create a focal point away from the TV, designer Jennifer Vreeland suggested a gallery wall of family photos—an idea the homeowner loved. The trick to making a gallery wall work? “Something has to be the same,” says Vreeland. “You can do all black-and-white photos or something like this, where I used all the same frames with oversized white mats and color photos.”



Vreeland finished the room with objects of different shapes and textures, such as a tall blue vase, coffee table books and a metal bowl with artificial moss spheres.

Vreeland chose a durable, long-lasting sectional from Bassett to stand up to the typical wear and tear of a family with kids, and added a swivel chair in a high-performance denim fabric, which would also wear well. The homeowner was so pleased with Vreeland that he had her redo the living room two years later. Today, plans are already underway for the designer to work on the first-floor bathroom, so the family—and Charlie the Bolognese, her canine fan—will happily be seeing her again.


You know it’s a good fit when even the dog loves your designer. That’s what a River Vale homeowner learned when he connected with Jennifer Vreeland of JV Design. “She gets to know you, your family and your style, your likes and dislikes, and it makes everything so easy,” he says. The family was introduced to Vreeland back in 2018 by their builder, Bill Keller of Cedar Cliff Construction in Harrington Park, who was hired to build a kitchen addition and open up the first floor of their center-hall colonial in River Vale. Vreeland was tasked with designing a serene TV room off the kitchen, which quickly became the go-to spot for the couple’s two girls, now 10 and 7. Previously the room sported a large, red-brick fireplace, so Vreeland’s first order of business was to update it with black granite and a custom TV surround, resulting in a more modern, clean feel. Next up? Creating another focal point in the room with a gallery wall featuring framed family photos. “I wanted to add something else to the room so that the TV wasn’t dominating the space,” Vreeland says. For the three windows, she sought to create a linear effect with the drapery, wrapping it around the corner of the room. “It gives it a dramatic, unified look,” she explains.


Pack some snacks and your camera gear for a trip to Stokes State Forest in Sussex County’s Walpack Township. There, you can soak up the scenery of 63 miles of trails that meander through old-growth forests, mountains and farmland. No hiking is necessary to view the 165-foot-tall Buttermilk Falls, which is in clear view from the parking lot. But if you’re up for a trek and not afraid of heights, you can climb the stairway to a viewing platform at the tippy top of New Jersey’s tallest waterfall. Have your camera’s settings ready, as you’ll want to start shooting when you see the rushing water and surrounding evergreens and rocky terrain. Although gorgeous in any weather, the cascade is at its best after heavy rainfall. Bill Ardeljian of Garfield says it’s “a nice scenic drive” but warns, “watch your footing and careful of snakes under rocks and leaves!”

Essex County’s South Mountain Reservation is a popular destination for all shutterbugs, novice hikers and adventure seekers. With a sprawling 2,110 acres and 50 miles of trails, the park contains many of nature’s best elements—hills, forests, rivers, and, of course, Hemlock Falls. The 25-foot-high waterfall is a thrilling sight every season, its breathtaking façade especially noteworthy this time of year when fall colors begin to emerge. But don’t stop there. While hiking along the Hemlock Falls Trail may not top a traveler’s list of things to do in winter, witnessing the frozen falls is worth every bit of chill.

Hiking through the fall foliage to a breathtaking cascade is an autumn rite of passage. But you need not travel far for your waterfall fill.

Though we’re known for shopping malls, Bergen County and our New Jersey neighbors also boast natural wonders that’ll make you glad you brought a camera. Here are five must-see falls, all within a twohour drive from our county.


By Emma Cameron

Mother Nature makes quite a splash at these five sites. So charge your phones, pack your cameras and capture a day’s worth of photos.




Also check out: After taking in the views from the top, consider following the blue blazes along the Buttermilk Falls Trail. And for more adventure, break out a map and compass and search for Silver Lake Falls, also known as Hidden Falls. The unmarked trailhead is about 0.5 miles north along Mountain Road. Distance from Bergen: 1.5 hours


Distance from Bergen: 40 minutes

Also check out: For more magic, Jennifer Lee of Northvale advises taking the kids to “the fairy trail, a half mile of flats at the end with little houses built out of sticks.”




Distance from Bergen: 40 minutes

Distance from Bergen: 20 minutes

Located in Mahwah, the Ramapo Valley County Reservation contains panoramic views, exciting wildlife watching and Ramapo Falls. The 4,000-acre county park reaches its most spectacular at the peak of fall foliage. Visitors can follow the 3.7-mile Vista Loop to view Ramapo Falls. The tranquil stream cascades over the rocky terrain, making the perfect picture to commemorate the hike. “Ramapo Reservation is one of my all-time favorite places to hike,” says Oradell’s Sophia Doyle. “There are waterfalls, trails and grand lookouts.” And make sure to bring Fido along for the trip. The water and the scenic hike are a dog lover’s dream!

Norvin Green State Forest in the Bloomingdale/Wanaque area of Passaic County offers visitors a variety of forested trails that are suitable for both a sightseeing family and a hiker extraordinaire. Just a short walk from the Otter Hole Parking Lot is Chikahoki Falls, where water descends 350 feet to the swimming hole at the base of the falls. We recommend a quick dip on hot days before making the uphill climb when you return to the top. Experienced trailblazers can trek the 7.7-mile loop along the Otter Hole, Wyanokie Crest, Highlands and Hewitt-Butler trail to tour the Norvin Green sightseeing essentials. Paola Suarez from Cliffside Park describes the loop as well marked, and one “can make a long or short hike by connecting different trails. [It’s] a good mix of up and down hills!”


Also check out: Other popular trails lead to Hawk Rock, Ridge Overlook, Macmillan Reservoir and Scarlet Oak Pond. On your adventure, you may spot castle ruins, prickly pear cacti and other surprises. “If heights are not your thing or you want to take it easy,” adds Doyle, “I recommend hiking around the lower pond. The path is tranquil, and you might just spot some small forest creatures.”


Also check out: If you take the longer trail, make sure to stop at Wyanokie Highpoint, where you can take in a 360-degree view of the Wanaque Reservoir, the Saddle Buck Mountains and, on a clear day, the NYC skyline.

A National Historical Park, the Great Falls in Passaic County is a destination for nature lovers and history buffs alike. In 1791, Alexander Hamilton developed the city of Paterson around this 77-foot Passaic River wonder, and it was designated as a historical park by Congress in 2009. It’s viewable from the Haines Overlook Park on the south, the Mary Ellen Kramer Park on the north, as well as a footbridge directly over the ravine. The impressive plummet into a massive gorge, combined with the roar of the Passaic River, makes this waterfall a sightseeing must all year round. Also check out: After you’ve gotten your share of photos at the falls, which Jodi Weinberger of New Milford says to capture from all different angles of the park, she recommends visiting other nearby sites, such as “the Paterson Museum, Lamberts Castle and Garretson Forge & Farm.”



{ TASTES } KEEP IT SIMPLE 95BERGENMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2022 SHERRY-BRAISED CHICKEN WITH ARTICHOKE HEARTS Yields 4-6 servings INGREDIENTS: n ▢½ tsp. sea salt n ▢1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste n ▢1 tsp. smoked paprika n ▢3-lbs. whole chicken, cut into pieces n ▢6 Tbs. unsalted butter n ▢2 Tbs. dry vermouth n ▢2 cups quartered cremini mushrooms n ▢2 Tbs.. unbleached allpurpose flour n ▢²⁄³ cup chicken stock n ▢2 Tbs. Manzanilla sherry n ▢kosher salt, to taste n ▢2 cups canned artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained and halved n ▢flat-leaf parsley, for garnish

—Kathy Tigue, registered dietitian nutritionist, Diabetes ManagementWestwoodServices, In September we head back to our busy, back-to-the-grind routines. Make it easy with these three delicious meals. Just toss a salad, and you’re all set.

DIRECTIONS: Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a small bowl mix together the sea salt, 1 teaspoon pepper and paprika. Sprinkle the mixture on all sides of the chicken and set aside. Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the chicken on all sides, working in batches if needed. Transfer the chicken to a large Dutch oven and set aside. Deglaze the skillet with the vermouth, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Lower the heat and add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter. When the butter starts to foam, add the mushrooms and sauté until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle the mushrooms with flour and stir. Add the chicken broth and the sherry in a thin stream while stirring. Simmer and stir for an additional 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour the mushroom and sherry sauce over the chicken. Wedge the artichoke hearts between the chicken pieces. Cover and cook until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F, 50 to 55 minutes. To serve, place the chicken pieces on a large platter and top with the artichoke hearts, mushrooms, juices and flatleaf parsley. Artichokes are a good source of potassium, fiber, magnesium and Vitamin K, and they’re also low in calories. Since canned artichokes are higher in sodium than fresh ones, consider lowering the amount of added salt to the dish.”




—Sharon nutritionist,registeredKatzman,dietitianParamus


Preheat the oven to 425°F with one rack on the top third and one on the bottom third. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. On a lightly floured surface, roll the puff pastry into a 10-by-14inch rectangle. Using a paring knife, lightly score the border of the pastry to create a ¼-inch margin. Place the pastry on the prepared baking sheet and prick it inside the border with a fork to prevent puffing. In a medium bowl, toss the carrots with the oil, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper.

Spread the carrots in a single layer on a separate baking sheet. Place the puff pastry on the upper rack. Place the carrots on the lower rack. Bake the pastry until it’s lightly golden, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool slightly. Roast the carrots until the edges are golden brown and the carrots are tender but crisp, 15 to 20 minutes. While the puff pastry and carrots are in the oven, drop the garlic through the tube of a food processor fitted with the metal blade to mince. Add the ricotta, feta and ¼ cup of the raisins and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Spread the cheese mixture within the borders of the puff pastry. Sprinkle the remaining ¼ cup raisins over the cheese and arrange the carrots in a single layer on top. Return to the oven and bake until the carrots are tender, and the edges of the cheese mixture start to turn golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Garnish with the chives, slice into squares and serve. Although this recipe contains healthy carrots and raisins, it also has cheese and pastry dough, which increase the amount of sodium, fat and calories it contains. Use half the amount of cheese to make it healthier, and try not to eat more than one serving.”

Yields 4 servings INGREDIENTS: n ▢unbleached all-purpose flour for dusting surface n ▢1 sheet (typically half of a 17.3-oz. package) frozen puff pastry, thawed n ▢1 lb. multicolored carrots, cut lengthwise into ¼-inch slices n ▢1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil n ▢1 tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste n ▢1 tsp. freshy ground black pepper, plus more to taste n ▢2 cloves garlic n ▢8 oz. ricotta n ▢4 oz. feta, crumbled n ▢½ cup golden raisins n ▢chopped fresh chives, for garnish


Add the Parmigiano and 1 cup of the pasta cooking water. Stir the mixture briskly over medium-high heat until the sauce is thick, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter. Top with the chickpeas. Toss and serve immediately.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chickpeas to a bowl and set aside. Reduce the heat to medium and add the wine and lemon juice to deglaze the pan. Add the shallots to the skillet and sauté until they’re soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté 1 additional minute. Pour in the cream and cook until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chickpeas, thyme and cayenne pepper. Season with the 1 teaspoon salt and the pepper. Cook until the chickpeas start to turn a deep golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes.


—Kathy Tigue, registered dietitian nutritionist, Diabetes ManagementWestwoodServices,

All photos and recipes are reprinted with permission from The Art of Pantry Cooking by Ronda Carman. Photos by Matthew Mead. Rizzoli 2022. { TASTES } 99BERGENMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2022 LEMON CHICKPEAPARMESANPASTA Yields 4-6 servings INGREDIENTS: n ▢1 tsp. kosher salt, plus more for pasta cooking water n ▢12 oz. bucatini or spaghetti n ▢3 Tbs. grapeseed oil n ▢2 15.5-oz. cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed n ▢1 Tbs. finely chopped fresh thyme leaves n ▢1 pinch ground cayenne pepper n ▢½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper n ▢2 Tbs. dry white wine n ▢1 Tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice n ▢2 shallots, finely chopped n ▢4 cloves garlic, minced n ▢½ cup heavy cream n ▢1 5-oz. bag baby spinach n ▢½ cup finely grated Parmigiano Reggiano

Turn the heat to low and add the spinach a handful at a time. Allow each batch to wilt before adding the next. Use a slotted spoon or skimmer to transfer the pasta from the pot of water to the pan of spinach and cream sauce.

Cremini mushrooms are a cross between a white mushroom and a portobello, and sometimes referred to as baby bellas. To maximize their shelf life, store them in their original packaging or in a brown paper bag in the fridge (but not the crisper drawer, as it’s too humid for mushrooms).”

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it to taste. Cook the pasta until it’s just short of al dente, about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat. Do not drain the pasta.



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“For us, serving our community is the most important focus. We are proud to have treated generations of families in New Jersey and to be part of communities where our doctors both live and work.” –Jason Diamond, DDS, MD

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This past summer, BOMS relocated their Hackensack office to a 3,300-square-foot facility in Continental Plaza in Hackensack. Their brand-new facility includes five state-of-the-art surgical operating rooms, spacious consultation suites and the newest Cone Beam CT technology.


THE FACES OF FAMILY LAW SILVANA D. RASO, DANIELLE J. CARDONE SCHEPISI & MCLAUGHLIN, P.A. 473 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632 | 201.569.9898 |

THE FAMILY LAW TEAM AT SCHEPISI & MCLAUGHLIN with the most difficult times in their life. Silvana D. Raso, managing partner, and associate Danielle J. Cardone have decades of experience in all aspects of family law including divorce, domestic violence, custody, alimony, child support and the division of assets, businesses and real estate. The team works with clients to guide them through this chapter of their lives in a way they feel heard and understood and able to move forward with confidence through informed decisions. Silvana has been certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Matrimonial Law Attorney, a designation granted to only the most skilled, educated and knowledgeable lawyers. Silvana has proven her commitment to clients by providing the very best and most talented representation for more than 25 years. She explains that “Our clients immediately know that we take their worries seriously, and that we handle each case the way we would want our own matters handled, no exceptions.” A Bergen County keystone, the firm works diligently and compassionately with clients to create a new and strong future. Deeply rooted in the community, the family law team has extensive knowledge of the Bergen County court system. This fact, coupled with their knowledge of the law, allows the attorneys to advocate aggressively, but efficiently so as to maximize their client’s financial gain both in and out of the courtroom.

SKILLFULLY ADVOCATES for clients dealing

SINCE 1978, SCHEPISI & MCLAUGHLIN HAS BEEN A MAINSTAY OF THE BERGEN COUNTY LEGAL COMMUNITY, providing trusted and experienced counsel in all matters related to real estate. The firm consistently achieves results that pair large firm skill with small firm attention to detail and superior client service in a way that is cost efficient and highly effective. Real estate is one of the most important and valuable commodities in Bergen County. No one knows this more than John A. Schepisi, founding partner of the firm. Along with esteemed colleagues Michael T. Caulfield and Andrew J. Naideck, Schepisi & McLaughlin has decades of experience in all forms of real estate acquisition and development, both residential and commercial. The firm represents clients who are buying, selling, lending or developing real estate, in all related issues such as contract negotiation, construction litigation, environmental approvals, zoning and land use applications and tax appeals.



“You’ll receive the same dedication whether you’re an individual purchasing a single-family home for the first time or a corporate client negotiating the terms of a multi-million dollar development,” says John Schepisi. “We represent clients whose interests run the gamut from commercial and residential properties, condominium and rental units, hotels and restaurants, hospitals and long-term care facilities, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations. We build strong relationships and devise carefully customized legal strategies for the maximum benefit of and minimal cost to our clients.”

THE FACE OF IMPLANTOLOGY AND COSMETIC SMILE MAKEOVERS ANDREW SPECTOR, D.M.D., FAGD, FICOI GENTLE DENTISTRY P.A. 173 Terrace St., Haworth, NJ 07641 | 201.384.1611 | NATIONALLY RENOWNED SPEAKER, DR. ANDREW SPECTOR OF GENTLE DENTISTRY has committed to providing minimally invasive comprehensive care with the most advanced technology available. Excellence in aesthetic dentistry is Dr. Spector’s deepest passion, which comes from understanding a patient’s desires and delivering the perfect aesthetic outcome. Dr. Spector’s vision, and his 29-year relationship with one of the nation’s most distinguished dental laboratories, ensures impeccable Smile makeovers in just 2 visits. The use of today’s most advanced technologies, including 3D imaging, CAD/CAM technology, and advanced laser care assures an exceptional experience.


As a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and past Clinical Associate Professor of Implantology at NYU, his work has been featured on television networks ABC, NBC, CBS, NJ12 and in the New York Times. Additionally, Dr. Spector has received top dentist accolades in multiple publications from year to year. A visit to Gentle Dentistry will forever change the way you look at dental care.

Individual agent: Mary Premtaj, a broker associate, Michele Gordon, sales associate, Wendy Gronich, sales associate are affiliated with Compass RE. Compass RE is a licensed real estate broker and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws.

THE FACE OF NORTHERN NEW JERSEY LUXURY REAL ESTATE MARY PREMTAJ, Founding Broker/Broker Associate, The Premtaj Team COMPASS/ NORTHERN BERGEN COUNTY REGIONAL OFFICE 1 Franklin Ave., Suite 2-3, Ridgewood, NJ, 07450 | C: 201.410.8022 | O: 551.284.0175 FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES, BROKER ASSOCIATE MARY PREMTAJ AND THE PEMTAJ TEAM have delivered impressive real estate success by placing their clients’ needs above all else. By recently joining Compass Real Estate, Mary and her team have further elevated the client experience through this luxury brokerage firm’s cutting-edge technology and seamless access to a network of highly-seasoned Compass agents spanning across the country.



Mary is a fixer, a planner, and an elite problem solver. But she is also a warm, accessible ally who simply loves helping people realize their real estate goals. Mary always appreciates being welcomed into the homes and lives of her clients, many with whom she has built long-lasting friendships. “I feel really lucky about that,” she says. “I can’t think of any other career offering so much fulfillment through and her team are only a phone call away for guidance and hand-holding in all things real estate! “Our clients quickly recognize that they are in great hands, they do not need to worry, we’re going to get to the finish line, and they are going to be happy,” says Mary. “Thus, our motto, The Premtaj Team | Real Estate Unlocked!”

Eric Avezzano, M.D. Crystal Broussard, M.D. Robert Levine, M.D. Anthony Delillo, M.D. Alicia Carti, A.P.N. Bhavik Bhandari, M.D. Eui Kim, A.P.N. Deana Nes, D.O. Allen Griggs, D.O. Kathleen Staunton, A.P.N. Alyse Bellomo, M.D. Kedar Gokhale, M.D. Alan Briker, M.D. Alec Schwartz, M.D. Sandeep Kour, MD Laurie Schlussel, R.D. Anne Marie Finneran, A.P.N. Marsan, M.D. Jeff Chung, M.D. Margaret Co, M.D.


THE FACES OF MULTI-SPECIALTY AND PRIMARY CARE BERGEN MEDICAL ASSOCIATES Emerson 201.967.8221 | Paramus (Suite 301) 201.445.1660 Paramus (Suite 211) 201.251.2323 | Northvale 201.767.8400 Montvale 201.391.0071 | Ridgewood 201.670.7800

Bergen Medical Associates strives to accommodate patients by offering flexible, extended weekday and Saturday hours, as well as same day appointments. The practice participates in most insurance plans.

Robert Pittman, M.D. Stephen Margulis, M.D. Andy Koo, HollyM.D. Cullen, M.D. Richard Garden, M.D. Samantha Rosenzweig, D.P.M. Veena Desai, M.D. Vivian Lan, M.D. Erica Rosenbaum, M.D. Neeta Motiwala, M.D. Janelle Yee, MD Susan Flanzman, M.D. Sanchita Gupta, M.D. Sabrina Tempesta, D.O. Jenny Ayala, M.D. Edward Ewald, M.D. Francis McGorty, M.D. Nicole Brand, M.D.


“BERGEN MEDICAL ASSOCIATES TAKES A WHOLE–PATIENT APPROACH“ to facilitating comprehensive, state-of-the-art care at our multi-specialty facilities. Our philosophy is to provide the highest level of medical care to our patients in an individualized way,” says Dr. Eric Avezzano, CEO and Managing Partner of the multi-specialty practice. “We offer a therapeutic environment, personalized attention for comfort and safety, and easy access to our care team.”

Patients enjoy the “one-stop shopping” approach where multiple medical specialties and services are provided under one umbrella. Over 40 board certified physicians, along with their team of nurses and highly-trained staff represent a wide breadth of specialties including internal medicine, family medicine, gastroenterology, rheumatology, endocrinology and metabolism, allergy and immunology, sports medicine, physiatry, gynecology, hospital care, urology, weight loss management/nutrition and podiatry. The group fosters an environment of collaboration amongst the physicians which results in a seamless continuum of care for the patients through every stage of health and illness, beginning with preventative services, whole body wellness and risk factor assessments.

THE FACES OF LUXURY CARS JAGUAR LAND ROVER PARAMUS 405 NJ-17, Paramus, NJ 07652 | Sales 201.820.0024 | | JAGUAR LAND ROVER ENGLEWOOD 30 Van Nostrand Ave., Englewood, NJ 07631 | Sales 201.733.2826 | | 2022 FACES OF

A strong one-team culture helped earn Jaguar Land Rover Paramus and Jaguar Land Rover Englewood spots on Automotive News’ list of Best Dealerships To Work For in 2021 and 2022. Their low turnover of team members means that clients benefit from more knowledgeable and enthusiastic service.

as General Manager Garth Brown will tell you, it’s the people behind the infrastructure that are the core of his teams’ reputations for exceptional service. Says Brown, “We succeed because of the daily commitment of each of our team members across both dealerships. Everyone knows what it takes to go the extra mile for our clients and makes it happen.”

FAST, CLASS-LEADING CUSTOMER SERVICE IS THE BOTTOM LINE for Jaguar Land Rover Paramus and Jaguar Land Rover Englewood. Both locations boast huge selections of new and certified pre-owned vehicles as well as state-of-the-art, climate-controlled showrooms. Additionally, their large service departments are given even greater capacity for appointments thanks to an off-site prep However,facility.

2022 FACES OF THE FACE OF A NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED STREAM EDUCATION THE ACADEMY OF THE HOLY ANGELS 315 Hillside Avenue, Demarest, NJ 07627 | 201.768.7822 | BE PART OF A FUTURE THAT HAS NO GENDER GAP. Get empowered by the Academy of the Holy Angels’ nationally recognized STREAM education, which blends religion and art into a solid STEM curriculum. The result: Young female leaders who think creatively and act ethically as they rise to top posts in STEM fields and beyond. Alumnae say that AHA has helped them build the confidence they needed to actively participate in predominantly male environments and become the leaders the world needs most. AHA’s all-girl growth mindset environment encourages Angels to learn from mistakes so they can reach their full potential. Newsweek recognized Holy Angels as one of the nation’s Top STEM High Schools. AHA also received the Catholic School Executive Leadership Award for its superior STREAM program and The College Board’s Advanced Placement Computer Science Female Diversity Award for expanding young women’s access to AP computer science.


THE FACES OF PSYCHOTHERAPY NANCÉ AGRESTA, LCSW, CASAC, NCACII KIMBERLY AGRESTA, MSW, LCSW AGRESTA PSYCHOTHERAPY GROUP 60 Grand Ave., Suite 204, Englewood, NJ 07631 | 201.567.3117 80 Eighth Ave., Suite 1108, New York, NY 10011 | 212.627.7727

STATISTICS SUGGEST that one in four individuals experience some type of mental distress. Kimberly and Nancé Agresta of Agresta Psychotherapy Group believe proper treatment can help patients lead better lives. Advocates of eliminating the stigma of seeking help for mental illness, Kimberly and Nancé offer a nurturing environment for adults, families and children of all ages, including those with special needs. In addition to working with couples on relationship issues, they treat anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, grief, eating disorders, addictions, sexual abuse, gender identity and PMAD’s.

Therapeutic services include weekend couples’ groups, parenting groups, art therapy and Nancé’s work as a certified Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Agresta Psychotherapy Group now offers treatment via telehealth as well as in office. In times of crisis, having support is vitally important. Agresta Psychotherapy Group provides that support and guidance to those struggling with all mental health issues including those stemming from the pandemic.



THE FACE OF FINE JEWELRY NANCY SCHURING DEVON FINE JEWELRY 303 Franklin Ave., Wyckoff, NJ 07481 | 201.848.8489 |


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TIMELESS designed dedicated work in-hand dream are one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by handselected gemstones. Devon carries a wide selection of distinctive designer fashion jewelry collections such as Lika Behar and Rudolf Friedmann, and the prestigious Diamond Collection by Norman Silverman. We also have an expansive bridal collection including A. Jaffe, Noam Carver, Christopher Designs, and Coast, to name a few. full-service jewelry store provides expert jewelry and watch repairs, and appraisals by our certified gemologist appraiser. We are proud members of the prestigious American Gem Society, serving as a testament to our loyal customers that they are shopping with an ethical and knowledgeable jeweler. Visit our comfortable showroom and spend time with a member of our expert team to add something spectacular to your jewelry collection..

bespoke gems. Our award-winning Devon Originals

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THE FACE OF BERGEN COUNTY REAL ESTATE TAYLOR LUCYK 313 Broadway, Westwood, NJ 07675 | C: 201.360.1292 | O: 201.476.0777 | | Instagram: @thetaylorlucykgroup | Facebook: /tlucyk | Youtube: Taylor Lucyk TAYLOR LUCYK AND HIS TOP-PRODUCING, FULL-SERVICE REAL ESTATE TEAM saw a record-breaking $120 million in sales in 2021 and are on target to sell nearly $200 million in 2022. The team’s unique ability to consistently shatter home sale numbers across the region is a result of their extensive market knowledge of northern New Jersey’s luxury market, unprecedented and innovative marketing strategies, and wide-ranging worldwide connections to real buyers. With access to the latest video technology plus a strong, active social media presence, Taylor and his team will showcase each property to its highest potential and secure the most qualified buyers across the northern New Jersey area and around the globe. Taylor is in the top 1% of agents across Northern New Jersey, a consistent Platinum NJ Realtors® Circle of Excellence Award recipient, a Christie’s International Real Estate Circle member, and a Christie’s Certified Luxury Specialist. Contact Taylor and his power team to help you smoothly navigate an ever-changing real estate market. 2022 FACES OF

THE FACES OF ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY RIVERSIDE ORAL SURGERY 130 Kinderkamack Rd., Suite 204, River Edge, NJ 07661 | 201.487.6565 | 333 Old Hook Rd., Suite 100, Westwood, NJ 07675 | 201.664.2324 300 Grand Ave., Suite 102, Englewood, NJ 07631 | 201.894.0888 | 340 E Northfield Rd., #1C, Livingston, NJ 07039 | 973.992.4750 33 Main St., Suite 201, Chatham, NJ 07928 | 973.635.5800 | 80 NJ-27, Edison, NJ 08820 | 732.548.1220 101 Old Short Hills Rd., PH 2, West Orange, NJ 07052 | 973.736.7616 | 33 Clinton Rd., Suite 101, West Caldwell, NJ 07006 | 973.575.8575 1857 Oak Tree Rd., Edison, NJ 08820 | 732.548.7824 | 65 Mountain Blvd. Extension Suite 106, Warren, NJ 07661 | 732.356.1414 RIVERSIDE ORAL SURGERY, NEW JERSEY’S PREMIER ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY GROUP, owned and operated by its surgeons, was founded 15 years ago by Dr. Jason M. Auerbach. His singular focus was to create “the optimal patient experience….each and every time,” and that philosophy still remains the group’s hallmark today. All of Riverside’s Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are highly skilled and extensively trained in providing comprehensive and progressive oral and maxillofacial care to patients of all ages. With a rapidly expanding footprint and a full scope of surgical offerings, the Official Oral Surgeons of the New Jersey Devils, Riverside Oral Surgery, is the ideal choice for patients throughout New Jersey. With multiple board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeons, and a team equally qualified and dedicated to the patient experience, whether it’s care for wisdom teeth, dental implants, head and neck pathology, facial cosmetics, TMJ, or any other issue oral and maxillofacial surgeons are uniquely qualified to treat, Riverside Oral Surgery, proudly selected as the ONLY dental practice in the state awarded NJBIZ Best Places to work, offers a solution custom built for you. 2022 FACES OF


THE FACE OF FINE CUSTOM HOMES ROSARIO S. MANNINO RS MANNINO ARCHITECTS & CUSTOM HOME BUILDERS 40 Park Ave., Rutherford, NJ 07070 | 201.677.3373 | 138 West 25th St., 9th Floor, New York, NY 10001 347.708.6730 | | RS MANNINO ARCHITECTS + BUILDERS OFFERS LUXURY DESIGNS OF TIMELESS, enduring beauty and maximum function achieved with the highest level of design, quality craftsmanship, project management, and construction services from groundbreaking to completion. With over two decades of experience working for award-winning companies, Rosario Mannino founded his architect-led firm with a unique designbuild process, staying side-by-side with a client throughout as the project’s master builder. “We stand apart because we are invested in the entire project together with our clients,” says Rosario. To enhance the seamless quality of projects, Rosario established Mannino Cabinetry, a custom cabinetry collection for luxury kitchens, bathrooms, and other spaces.




Rosario is a member of the AIA Architect’s League of Northern NJ, the Institute of Classical Architecture Art, and from NCARB and He was recognized by Pro Remodeler with the impressive “Forty Under 40 Award.” Find design inspiration by following @ rsmannino on Instagram. FACES OF

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THE FACES OF LUXURY REAL ESTATE FRANCES HANSON EKBLOM, Broker Associate, C.N.E., Founding Agent ERIN PRUITT, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Founding Agent MICHELLE STOJANOVIC, Broker Associate C.N.E. JENNIFER DONOVAN, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson MARIANNA KAROUTSOS, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson MATTHEW RICCA, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson LISA RIGOGLIOSO, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson FRANCES & PARTNERS, COMPASS RE 1 Franklin Ave., Ridgewood, NJ 07450 | Frances Cell: 201.602.4683 | Erin Cell: 201.888.4800 | THE YEAR 2021 WAS AN IMPORTANT ONE FOR TOP REALTORS FRANCES HANSON EKBLOM AND ERIN PRUITT, he founding agents of Frances and Partners, a Founding Team at Compass. Compass is a cutting-edge real estate firm. Innovative strategies and proprietary technology works well for the Frances and Partners team, which in 2021 had Sales of $68 Million +, a feat which has put the team and Compass on the map. What sets Frances and Partners apart is they are well known as local experts in the Ridgewood real estate market for a combined 45 years. Bergen County natives with extensive local knowledge and a client-centric approach has helped create a successful business built on referrals. Frances & Partners made the 2022 RealTrends America’s Best Real Estate Professionals Teams by Sales Volume list. This makes them among the top 1.49% of more than 1.6 million licensed Realtors® nationwide. *Statistics from NJMLS 1/1/2021 - 12/31/2021 - Compass RE is a licensed real estate broker and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. 2022 FACES OF

FOUR GENERATIONS OF WOSTBROCKS have been helping people turn into their retail to-the-trade showroom and full-service interior design team. From its humble beginning as a carpet shop in 1918, the Wostbrock Home showroom has grown into a two-story, one-stop shop for flooring, lighting, furniture, accessories and everything else home-interior—even artwork. Staff members regularly visit the largest furniture market conventions in the country to personally test products for comfort and quality while gaining design inspiration and staying on top of the latest trends.




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The full-service design team works directly with clients from consultation to realization, taking care of everything from order tracking to installation. No matter how small or large your budget or space, or the aesthetic you’re looking for, the in-house designers are excited and able to help you craft an interior you’ll love. Follow along on instagram and facebook where they post all of their new arrivals, design inspiration and showroom happenings.


THE FACE OF INTERIOR DESIGN WOSTBROCK HOME 225 Goffle Rd., Ridgewood, NJ 07450 | 201.445.0807 |

THE FACES OF APPAREL, JEWELRY, SHOES, GIFTS & HOME GINGER N’ CREAM 350-368 Center Ave., Westwood, NJ 07675 | 201.664.2440 | | ARE YOU LOOKING FOR THE LATEST FASHION TRENDS OR A WARDROBE REFRESH? You’ll love what you find at the Ginger Stores, a mini-neighborhood department store and an online shop with lovingly curated selections of women’s, children’s, and young contemporary clothing and shoes. You’ll also find exquisite gifts, accessories, and decor.

A love of fashion and community has been the cornerstone of Ginger N’ Cream since it opened in 2001. Sue Bahng and her team have grown their original boutique into four lifestyle stores. Service at Ginger N’ Cream goes above and beyond what you’d expect from any department store. Local fashion experts are standing by to help you refresh your wardrobe or find an outfit for any occasion. They’ll choose items with you, pull selections off the rack and even send you pictures of options if you’re busy or prefer to shop from home. Shop for the best in-store or online, via their website or Instagram and TikTok (@gingerncream and @gingerncreamkids).


NEW JERSEY ROOT CANAL HAS BEEN SAVING TEETH 25 years. Dr. Brian Trava opened his practice in Hawthorne in 1990, and later added offices in Ho-Ho-Kus and Wayne. Dedicated to the specialty of Endodontics, Dr. Trava focuses on saving teeth and diagnosing the cause of oral or facial pain. Dr. Trava and his team are root canal specialists. With degrees from John Hopkins University and Rutgers, Dr. Shon has authored research papers to help advance the field of dentistry. A graduate of Columbia University, Dr. Oh has completed extensive studies in oral pathology. Dr. Petix earned her degree from Tufts University and is pursuing a research fellowship. Dr. Yang, a graduate of NYU, has been awarded multiple research fellowships and has donated his dental skills in Haiti and Mexico. New Jersey Root Canal also focuses on special need patients and traumatic sports injuries to teeth.

THE FACE OF SUCCESSFUL ENDODONTICS BRIAN P. TRAVA, D.M.D. NEW JERSEY ROOT CANAL 290 Lafayette Ave., Hawthorne, NJ 07506 | 973.423.0789 119 1st St., Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423 | 201.251.8131 1777 Hamburg Tpke., Wayne, NJ 07470 | 973.835.7500





Christian is the Team Lead for (CDG) 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 that aligns with your goals and needs, and they achieve them, every time.


multi-year recipient of the NJ Realtors Circle of Excellence Award,

CHRISTIAN DI He is an a and he ranks in the top 1.5% of Realtors nationwide Real Trends America’s Best Real

CDG markets Bergen real estate at the highest level. The team sets the standard in real estate marketing by leveraging all digital marketing platforms and combining the latest technology with their global network to identify buyer groups and consistently deliver your property to them.

Estate Professionals.


award winning and record breaking Bergen County Realtor,



THE FACES OF THE PERFECT APPLIANCE RENO’S APPLIANCE 235 McLean Blvd., Paterson, NJ 07504 | 973.247.1860 |

SHOPPING FOR AN APPLIANCE CAN BE AN OVERWHELMING EXPERIENCE. What makes the journey stress-free is knowing you are in the hands of the “family” team at Reno’s Appliance, made up of knowledgeable sales professionals familiar with all brands and manufacturers. Always dedicated to offering new and improved services, Reno’s Appliance also has an on-site Corporate Chef available to demonstrate a variety of appliances. What began in 1951 as Reno’s Radio and TV Repair Shop has grown into a 16,000-square-foot designer showroom serving the tri-state area and offering a full range of appliances. Reno’s three sons continue the tradition, highlighting customer satisfaction and creating a unique shopping experience at every visit. More than just an appliance company, Reno’s is committed to the growth and welfare of Paterson and is proud to be bestowed the “Faith in Paterson Award” by the Greater Paterson Chamber of Commerce for its exceptional investments and initiatives in the local economy.

With the gifted hands of a classically trained concert pianist, Dr. Farinas-Han, a general practitioner, has a particular flair for cosmetic dentistry creating unique and natural smiles that boost self-esteem and build confidence. As a signature attribute of the practice, she has trained her team in this form of art and with the aid of the latest digital technologies, they skillfully fabricate the intricacies of veneers and crowns to attain a precise fit. At Smiles by Bergen Dental, the overall health of your teeth, enhanced by a natural, balanced smile make for a winning combination. FACES OF

DR. LIANY FARINAS-HAN RECOGNIZES THAT TO BE THE BEST REQUIRES A CARE TEAM that is cohesive, dedicated and skilled in all areas of modern dentistry. Her energetic, fun-loving team comes to work everyday ready to provide successful treatment and the optimal patient journey. Knowing the importance of making patients feel comfortable and safe, the doctors and their staff have created a nurturing environment based on genuine admiration and mutual respect. Laughter and positive energy fill every corner of this growing dental practice.


THE FACES OF A COHESIVE, EXPERIENCED DENTAL TEAM LIANY FARINAS-HAN, DMD SMILES BY BERGEN DENTAL 339 Godwin Avenue, Midland Park, NJ 07432 | 201.444.3049 | 310 Main Street, Emerson NJ 07630 | 201.261.3364


The first home that sparked Diane’s imagination belonged to her aunt. She remembers the matching, tie-back pinched pleat panels, the antique chandelier, the impeccably set table and crackling fireplace that created the perfect setting for their family gatherings. “I believe the ambience of that dining room made our meal taste even more delicious,” she says. “It was then that I realized a beautifully designed home is more than a backdrop to our lives. Our environment influences how we feel and how we live.” Diane went on to establish the full-service design firm, Diane Durocher Interiors, and since then has crafted countless homes to reflect the needs and styles of her clients. She rises to the challenge of transforming a blank slate into a stunning reality. Her ultimate goal is to exceed her clients’ expectations.

AN AWARD-WINNING DESIGNER FOR MORE THAN 25 YEARS, Diane Durocher believes that the foundation of successful design is built on trust and confidence. Connecting on a deeply personal level enables Diane to design inspired spaces that reflect her clients’ unique personalities and lifestyles. With a keen eye for color, outstanding space planning skills, and the ability to design customized pieces, Diane brings her clients’ visions to life.



Diane Cookson is a licensed real estate broker salesperson affiliated with Compass, a licensed real estate broker and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. All material presented here is intended for informational purposes only. Informational is compelled from sources deemed reliable but is subject to errors, omissions, changes in price, condition, sale, or withdrawal without notice. Photos may be virtually staged or digitally enhanced and may not reflect actual property conditions.

THE FACE OF NJ REAL ESTATE DIANE COOKSON, Broker Associate® COMPASS NJ 1 Franklin Ave., Suite 115, Ridgewood, NJ 07451 | C: 201.788.6667 • O: 551.284.0175 |

IS ON THE CUTTING EDGE, constantly staying ahead of the competition, implementing high end marketing, technology and customized concierge services that separate her from the rest. By combining market expertise, tough negotiation skills, and a willingness to never say no to her clients,



delivers the best possible results for her clients.

Diane is consistently recognized as one of Northern New Jersey’s top producers. RealTrends America’s Best Real Estate Professionals ranks Diane in the top 1.5% of all nationally recognized agents and she’s a recipient of the New Jersey Realtors Circle of Excellence Platinum status from 2018 through 2022. There is no secret to her success… hard work, passion, and the art to making a deal drive Diane’s business.



“It’s a matter of pride for all of our artists. We want to exceed the client’s expectations every time they visit. We are always aware that we are an important part of our clients’ lives. Whether they are getting ready for a major event like a wedding or a prom, preparing for a long-anticipated vacation or just want to look better and feel more confident, we are here to make sure that they are ecstatic about the airbrush tan they get at Brushed.”


THE FACE OF AIRBRUSH TANNING JESSICA MICHALOWSKI, STUDIO MANAGER BRUSHED TANNING STUDIO 300 Franklin Ave 2nd Floor Wyckoff, NJ 07481 | 201.921.3663 15 Broadway 2nd Floor Cresskill, NJ 07626 | 551.775.0099

FOR THE LAST 12 YEARS, JESSICA MICHALOWSKI has embodied the professionalism that is one of the hallmarks of Brushed Tanning Studio. With locations in Wyckoff and Cresskill, Brushed has over 20,000 and was recently selected Best in Bergen for the 11th consecutive time. “There are other people out there doing airbrush but no one does it as well we do. We live up to our slogan ‘we do it best,’” she said. Brushed is renowned for providing unmatched service and an unparalleled upscale experience.

THE FACE OF SURGICAL ONCOLOGY DONALD A. MCCAIN, M.D., PH.D., FACS 20 Prospect Ave., Suite 603, Hackensack, NJ 07601 201.342.1010 |

Dr. McCain is Vice Chairman of the John Theurer Cancer Center and the Department of Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center. He completed his surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, holds memberships in key national and regional professional organizations, and he’s also recognized for his research excellence in areas including gastric cancer, colorectal cancer, hepatobiliary cancer, breast cancer and sarcoma.

IT’S ESTIMATED THAT NEARLY 52,000 new melanoma cases are diagnosed annually in the United States, resulting in 7,800 deaths. Dr. Donald McCain, Chief of Surgical Oncology at Hackensack University Medical Center, explains, “The increasing incidence of intermediate and deep malignant melanomas has made genetic analysis for gene expression profiling and sentinel lymph node biopsy a necessary step in determining the risk of spread.” Dr. McCain has the largest single practice performance of sentinel lymph biopsies and dissections—over 2,000 in 14 years. He advises melanoma patients to have all suspicious lesions biopsied by their dermatologist, followed by a careful pathology review.







Attilio’s accomplishments have launched his team into an exciting direction this year as he announces that The Adamo Group will now be affiliated with Coldwell Banker Realty’s Alpine/Closter office. The team was previously affiliated with Howard Hanna Rand Realty.

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FOR OVER 36 YEARS, ATTILIO ADAMO HAS SOLD has built a reputation as the face voice of Old Tappan where he’s deeply rooted. His real and exceptional of are called golden, but it’s Attilio’s passion that drives him to continuously surpass his clients’ highest expectations. As a result, The Adamo Group, a full-service team that Attilio leads, ranks in the top 1.4% of agents nationwide and number one in Tappan and other surrounding areas in Bergen County.

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THE FACE OF EXCEPTIONAL ORTHOPAEDIC CARE ROBERT A. KAYAL, MD, FAAOS, FAAHKS, Founder, President & CEO KAYAL ORTHOPAEDIC CENTER Franklin Lakes | Glen Rock | Westwood | Paramus | North Bergen Wyckoff | Midland Park | Garfield | Union City | Totowa 844.777.0910 | ROBERT KAYAL, MD, Founder of Kayal Orthopaedic Center, continues to raise the bar by offering an ever-expanding range of exceptional orthopaedic services close to home. His practice has 10 locations and includes the following Orthopaedic Centers of Excellence: Shoulder & Elbow, Hand & Wrist, Foot & Ankle, Podiatry, Hip & Knee, Hip Preservation, Rheumatology, Osteoporosis, Pain & Spine, Orthobiologics, Sports Medicine, Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, Robotic Joint Replacement, Medical Imaging, Laser Treatment, Massage and Acupuncture. Year after year, he has been the recipient of the New Jersey “Top Doctor” Award, Castle Connolly “Top Doctor” Award and “Patients’ Choice” Award. He and his outstanding team specialize in robotic-assisted partial and total joint replacement surgery, customized patient-specific knee replacement surgery, hip preservation and arthroscopy, minimally invasive surgery, sports medicine, orthobiologics, bone density testing, foot and ankle reconstruction, treatment of spinal disorders, interventional pain management and more. 2022 FACES OF

The practice provides general and family dentistry with a focus on esthetics. Dr. Cassandra’s training in advanced restorative dentistry puts her at the top of her field. She blends classic techniques and concepts in dentistry with advanced technology and modern trends to ensure optimal quality of care. Newly renovated treatment rooms offer privacy where patients feel safe and comfortable, with innovative technology to ensure accurate treatment. If you’re looking for a new dentist, visit DCCD to find out why patients trust Dr. Cassandra for her outstanding services and a staff that goes above and beyond to make sure everyone feels cared for and comfortable.

THE FACES OF PERSONAL DENTAL CARE DAYNA CASSANDRA, DDS COSMETIC DENTISTRY “DCCD” 351 Evelyn St., Paramus, NJ 07652 | 201.261.7645 | | FOR 21 YEARS, DR CASSANDRA’S GOAL HAS BEEN TO ADD TO THE QUALITY OF LIFE for her patients by focusing on their oral health which contributes to their overall health and wellness. Her patients feel “she is an outstanding dentist and someone you can trust.” They’ll tell you how much they love the results with reviews such as “Dr. Cassandra worked her magic and it has boosted my confidence level so much,” and “Dr. Cassandra changed my life by changing my smile!”


THE FACES OF A LOCAL PUB WITH AN IRISH SOUL THE SHANNON ROSE 1200 NJ-17, Ramsey, NJ 07446 | 98 Kingsland Rd., Clifton, NJ 07014 | 973.284.0200 |




The three have committed to their community through participation at Ramsey Farmers Market, demonstrating recipes using ingredients sourced from fellow vendors, sponsoring local brewery-sponsored trivia nights, and by stepping up during the pandemic by feeding first responders, offering takeout, and organizing socially-distant car hops. They are, simply, the dream team of The Shannon Rose.


WALKING INTO THE SHANNON ROSE IS LIKE BEING INTO FAMILY’S It’s a feeling cemented by a magnificent management team, Sal La Verdi, Scott Jones, and Kelly Doherty, who bonded in 2015 when they came aboard, instantly connected, and realized how well they complemented each other. Their tie to Ramsey, and the elevated Irish pub concept means you’ll always find at least one of them in-house. They know many guests by name, guests know all of their names, and the team is always thinking of ways to bring everyone together in the name of community, good food, and good feelings.

THE FACE OF PURE BLISS FOR THE BODY & SOUL DANIELA MUSANO ARAYA REBIRTH 10 Garber Square, Ridgewood, NJ 07450 | 201.445.7005 | IN NEED OF BALANCE, A SLICE OF INDULGENCE AND A LITTLE PAMPERING? Rejuvenate, relax and recharge at Araya Rebirth, located in historic Ridgewood, offering the finest in advanced skincare services, massage therapies, body treatments, energy and healing techniques, and hair removal. It’s truly something special.


Celebrating 22 years in business, Araya Rebirth is the personal expression and dedication to perfection of owner Daniela Musano. She credits her professional team of amazing healers and life-long learners who continually explore new treatment techniques, products and a peek into the future of skin care. With a focus on an earth-conscious way of life, the spa uses only high performance, science-backed products, recycled packaging and soy inks. In fact, because of the confidence she has in one of her products, Daniela travels around the country educating others on its benefits. From European or vegan-based to microdermabrasion facials, a variety of massage therapies like Swedish deep tissue and Himalayan salt, Reiki and reflexology, vegan manicure/pedicures and specialized teenage skincare, pure bliss awaits at Araya Rebirth.

THE FACE OF DOG TRAINING KATHY SANTO 21 Harrison Ave., Waldwick, NJ 07463 | 201.512.8316 | AT KATHY SANTO DOG TRAINING, WE’LL HELP YOU HAVE THE DOG THAT EVERYONE LOVES TO HAVE AROUND! Our Waldwick facility is a spacious 15,000-square-feet of training, playing, and dog-spa fun. Your dog will LOVE our indoor AND outdoor play yard and training rings, a state-of-the-art underwater treadmill for conditioning, rehabilitation, swimming, and weight loss, and our cutting edge, boutique-style grooming shop. The cornerstone of our facility is our dog training. With our 30-plus years of successfully training tens of thousands of dogs, we can help tailor your experience and guide you on how to achieve your dog training and care goals, so you AND your dog can live your best life. When you attend one of our group classes or private lessons you then have access to our Student-Only VIP services, including PlayCare, FastTrack, Boarding, DogWalk+, Dog Birthday Parties, Transport, and much more! 2022 FACES OF READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2022

THE FACE OF HOLISTIC DENTISTRY AND SMILE BEAUTIFICATION DR. ROLANDO CIBISCHINO, D.M.D. 71 Summit Ave., Hackensack, NJ 07601 | 201.342.7742 | DR. ROLANDO CIBSCHINO’S PRIMARY GOAL AND PASSION is to preserve every patient’s whole and overall health through holistic dentistry. His well-rounded comprehensive dental practice integrates general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry, as well as TMJ disorders, airway issues and overall esthetics. As a practitioner of holistic dental health, Dr. Cibischino pays close attention to the relationship between the mouth and body and how they work together to impact a patient’s total health. A major part of his work is balancing the teeth with the muscles and the joints of a patient’s face to create a healthy, happy, and longer-lasting smile. Dr. Cibischino partners with a patient in the pursuit of whole-body health through smile beautification, which can also include botox and fillers. To further assist and accommodate his patients, Dr. Cibischino has developed and implemented a comfortable, relaxed environment that provides safety and reduced anxiety before, during, and after every appointment. If you cannot make it to the office, the practice offers Telehealth appointments. 2022 FACES OF

THE FACES OF THE ORTHOPEDIC TEAM TO TRUST PETER DENOBLE, MD, FAAOS MODERN ORTHOPAEDICS OF NEW JERSEY 70 Rt. 17N., Paramus, NJ 07652 | 2025 Hamburg Turnpike, Suite C, Wayne, NJ 07470 973.898.5999 |


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Over the past decade, Drs. DeNoble, Ratliff, and Stern have become trusted their communities colleagues alike. They prefer to take the “modern approach” with their patients. This means providing personalized care centered around listening and empathy while simultaneously offering cutting edge orthopedic treatments that reduce pain and restore function as quickly as possible.

The surgeons at Modern Orthopaedics of New Jersey are all fellowship-trained orthopedic experts, treating adults and children. Drs. Ratliff and DeNoble are Board-Certified in both Orthopedic Surgery and Hand Surgery. They perform procedures such as arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs, tennis elbow surgeries, and carpal tunnel releases. They also serve as assistant professors at the Hackensack-Meridian School of Medicine and teach resident orthopedic surgeons. Dr. Stern is board-certified and specializes in orthopedic trauma surgery. She is an expert in the treatment of broken bones throughout the body in children and adults. Modern Orthopaedics is excited for their expansion to Paramus in 2022 with a brand new, state-of-the-art flagship office on route 17 North. This new location will also offer innovative, restorative treatment modalities that will help relieve patients’ pain without the need for invasive procedures. OF

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Founded in 1960, IHA is the first college preparatory regional high school for young women in the Archdiocese of Newark. The faculty and staff focus on developing the God-given gifts and talents of IHA’s young women—academically, spiritually, emotionally, and socially—preparing students for a lifetime of positive contributions. To supplement the competitive athletics, professional-level performing arts programs, and superlative college prep curriculum, IHA announced the launch of its Scholae@theheart Program beginning in 2022-23. This program allows students to investigate areas for postsecondary education and receive additional extracurricular experiences to support their learning. All of the scholae share a common liberal arts core curriculum that provides the foundation and skills that universities expect from top tier applicants.

IMMACULATE HEART ACADEMY (IHA) offers more than a quality Catholic education for young women. IHA is a lifetime sisterhood to the more than 650 high school students who support and encourage one another for years after they graduate. Including the Class of 2022, 10,869 young women call themselves IHA alumnae.



THE FACE OF WEALTH MANAGEMENT DEBORAH A. RICHIN, CFP®, FIRST VICE PRESIDENT-WEALTH MANAGEMENT, SENIOR PORTFOLIO MANAGER UBS FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. 61 S. Paramus Rd., 4th Floor, Paramus, NJ 07652 | 201.441.4091 | 844.831.0227 (toll free) | DREAM. PLAN. LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST...the past few years certainly confirm the fragility of life and is a constant reminder not to take anything for granted. This paramount lesson is an immediate call for a wealth management plan that helps achieve the financial foothold you envision for yourself and for generations of loved ones to come. Even in the best of times, women executives and professionals feel the ongoing tug of work-life balance. But now more than ever, the pandemic’s devastating toll has intensified the challenge. No one understands this push and pull better than Deborah A. Richin. Using her sustainable experience and resourcefulness, Deborah empowers fellow women leaders and their families by leveraging their time and strengths allowing them to focus on what they do best in order to build the financial future they desire. Deborah takes your financial security to heart by investing in women’s’ dreams. A true partner, Deborah is there to offer straightforward guidance to help you achieve what’s most important to you, even in the most uncertain times. Grab a hold of Deborah’s hand by scheduling a complimentary discovery and review session and together you can lead the charge toward building and protecting your future.

Deborah A. Richin is a Financial Advisor with UBS Financial Services Inc. in Paramus, NJ. All Rights reserved. UBS Financial Services Inc. is a subsidiary of UBS AG. Member FINRA/SIPC. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and federally registered CFP (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements. As a firm providing wealth management services to clients, UBS Financial Services Inc. offers investment advisory services in its capacity as an SEC-registered investment adviser and brokerage services in its capacity as an SEC-registered broker-dealer. Investment advisory services and brokerage services are separate and distinct, differ in material ways and are governed by different laws and separate arrangements. It is important that you understand the ways in which we conduct business, and that you carefully read the agreements and disclosures that we provide to you about the products or services we offer. For more information, please review client relationship summary provided at, or ask your UBS Financial Advisor for a copy. IS2204145

THE FACE OF ADVANCED DENTISTRY ANTHONY CARAMICO, DMD MIDLAND PARK FAMILY DENTISTRY 662 Godwin Ave., Midland Park, NJ 07432 | www.midlandparkfamilydentistry.com201.447.5555

“Our commitment to infection mitigation, combined with our promise to consistently deliver the highest quality service in a friendly, stress-free atmosphere, are a few of the reasons our patients’ entrust their care to us,” says Dr. Tony.

Midland Park staff approach everything with a patient-first mindset. They treat everyone like a member of the family, ensuring patients are seated on schedule and given opportunities to ask questions or just chat. To learn more, visit the website, find them on social media, or call the office for an appointment.


WITH A FOCUS ON EXCEEDING PATIENTS’ EXPECTATIONS, MIDLAND PARK FAMILY DENTISTRY brings together modern, technologically advanced services and 35 years of hands-on experience. Dr. Anthony Caramico (AKA Dr. Tony) and his team have had the privilege of serving the Bergen County community for over 30 years. Throughout that time, safety has always been a top priority for his office.



Michael and Cecilia would like to take this opportunity to introduce Barbara Benson to their design team. Barbara’s dedication and excitement to every project makes her an exceptional interior designer. She joins us with 20 years of experience in the field.

DYNAMIC DUO: MICHAEL FELICE AND CECILIA GUZZO may seem low key in demeanor, but when it comes to creating the space of your dreams, this interior design team is the best in the business. They put their heart into every project, they balance each other to create beautiful, functional interiors. “It’s all about personal space and offering choices that reflect the style of each client” the two agree. Their full service design team can create magic with window custom window treatments, inspirational paint colors, furniture, rugs and lighting. Fabric choices are endless at Michael Felice interiors. They welcome any project Big or Small with enthusiasm. Transforming your home to a beautiful, comfortable space is their Passion and Promise.

JUSTINE BAKSHI BEGAN HER CAREER IN COSMETOLOGY TWENTY YEARS AGO, but the delighted face of a client enjoying beautiful, healthy hair is still as rewarding to her now as it ever was. She prides herself on bringing high-level skill and neighborly values to a luxurious salon and day spa experience. These days she finds time to do it all while taking care of her newborn son. Justine is a Wella Master Color Expert and Stylist, a certified hair extension specialist and has worked backstage for New York Fashion Week and Neiman Marcus. Her highly-trained salon and spa staff are experts in everything from color, cuts and blow outs to facials and organic spray tans. Her team also offers color corrections and carries natural hair dye and is available for weddings and events. Together, Justine and her team have won Bergen Magazine’s Best Hair Colorist, Best Makeup Application and Best Eyebrow Shaping three years in a row.

THE FACES OF MASTER HAIR COLORING JUSTINE BAKSHINE FLORESCENCE SALON & DAY SPA 171 E Saddle River Rd., Saddle River, NJ 07458 | 201.327.0222 | Facebook & Instagram @florescencesalon


THE FACES OF ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY GBOLAHAN OKUBADEJO, MD, FAAOS THE INSTITUTE FOR COMPREHENSIVE SPINE CARE 25 Rockwood Place, Suite 335, Englewood, NJ 07631 | 877.854.8274 215 East 77th St., New York, NY, 10075 | 877.854.8274 | BOARD CERTIFIED AND FELLOWSHIP TRAINED, DR. GBOLAHAN OKUBADEJO is an orthopedic spine surgeon specializing in the treatment of degenerative spinal disease, spinal deformity and cervical, lumbar and thoracic conditions. In practice for 15 years, Dr. Okubadejo likes to position himself as the premiere tech-savvy orthopedic surgeon with offices throughout the tri-state area. He is well versed in the latest minimally invasive advancements including new robotic-assisted and artificial intelligence applications that have tremendous potential in revolutionizing comprehensive spinal surgeries.

For Dr. Okubadejo, communication and personalized care are key to a successful patient relationship and surgical outcome. He works, perhaps, a little differently than other surgeons using very visual and tangible tools such as bone models and laptop examples to give his patients a clear picture of their exact problem. The surgeon also ensures a thoughtful, accurate diagnosis making certain that a patient’s pathology matches the solution that best fits their condition. Together, these techniques result in successful surgeries and safe recoveries.


Dr. Minichetti’s office is Bergen County’s cutting-edge facility for cosmetic and implant procedures and provides quality comprehensive care in general, pediatric, laser, facial aesthetics and orthodontic dentistry. The practice hosts an in-house lab, digital X-rays, a board-certified anesthesiologist and a specialized surgical suite. Dr. Minichetti often receives patient referrals from other dentists. As Chief of Dentistry at Englewood Hospital and former President of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and the American Board of Oral Implantology, Dr. Minichetti brings expertise to his practice and enjoys teaching clinicians from around the world. Testimonials from colleagues and patients agree that Dr. Minichetti’s office sets the standards for quality dental care. FACES OF



MORE THAN 30 YEARS AGO, Dr. John Minichetti began practicing cosmetic and implant dentistry as an innovative solution to replacing missing teeth and improving smiles. Dr. Minichetti and his elite team of General Dentists, Drs. Anna Hong, Cara Minichetti, and Joseph D’Amore, are leaders in the dental community, addressing both simple and complicated cases with the same degree of attention and expertise.

THE FACES OF FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE AND PROTECTION CERTIFIED FINANCIAL SERVICES 52 Forest Ave., Paramus, NJ 07652 | 201.843.7700 | | CERTIFIED FINANCIAL SERVICES IS DEVOTED TO HELPING INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, AND BUSINESSES achieve their financial goals. We understand that each member of this community has important goals. Our goals begin and end with a focus on the people who matter most in our lives. Protect your todays before you plan for your tomorrows. There may be wealth-eroding events in your life so preparing for those unexpected moments will allow your future to become much more transparent. As life gets in the way, your family should always remain your top priority. Our strong presence in the community is important as we engage with people surrounding us. Over the last 37 years we have learned how to capitalize on valuable and effective solutions to help people work towards financial balance and protection. Certified Financial Services (CFS) is an Agency of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America® (Guardian), New York, NY. Securities products and advisory services offered through Park Avenue Securities LLS (PAS), member FINRA, SICP. OSJ: 52 Forest Avenue, Paramus, NJ 07652. 201-8437700. PAS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Guardian. CFS is not an affiliate or subsidiary of Guardian or PAS. 2022-140771 exp 7/2024 2022 FACES OF


RSVP by Anastasia also has a retail space at The Shops at Riverside. There you’ll find a range of decor and lifestyle gifts, including naturally preserved roses, which let you bring some of Anastasia’s design magic home. OF

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CREATIVITY AND CONVICTION have taken Anastasia Baker from Tenafly to the Golden Globes, the Met Gala and back home to Bergen County where she provides full-service event planning, floral design and more with RSVP by Anastasia.

After studying film in Montclair and art history in Italy, Anastasia was hired to build and style sets for NBC’s Golden Globe-winning series Smash. Soon after, as her creative reputation spread beyond the world of television, she was hired to work under Raúl Àvila, the biggest name in New York City event planning and producer of the Met Gala. Since then, she’s helped design and plan events for a long list of premiere clients ranging from Vogue and Oscar de la Renta to Emirates Airlines and Amazon.

THE FACE OF MATRIMONIAL LAW SNYDER SARNO D’ANIELLO MACERI & DA COSTA LLC. 401 Hackensack Ave., Suite 706 Hackensack, NJ 07601 | 201.488.3366 |

JOSEPH V. MACERI IS AMONG THE TWO PERCENT of active New Jersey lawyers certified by the state Supreme Court as a matrimonial attorney. Throughout his career, Mr. Maceri has focused on representing clients with matters involving complex child custody disputes as well as high net worth divorces, which included business valuations and dissolution. In addition, Mr. Maceri’s practice includes multifaceted post-divorce litigation and appellate practice. His career is focused on providing extraordinary legal counsel to clients that are navigating some of life’s most difficult times. His great compassion for his clients inspires firm, aggressive representation that manifests itself in a manner that consistently secures the best interest of his clients.


Mr. Maceri’s commitment to serving his clients and community has only grown stronger throughout his well-established career. He has also served on various state, county and local governing bodies to advise on policy changes for the public. “I deeply enjoy my time dedicated to public service,” says Mr. Maceri. “I love working in the community and making a difference in the lives of others.”

Dr. Ahmed was one of the first doctors in Hackensack to be board-certified in bariatric medicine and serves as the medical director at Hackensack University Medical Center for bariatric medicine and surgery. He brings ten years of experience in weight management and obesity medicine to a warm, welcoming environment where patients have access to cutting-edge treatment and medications.

THE FACE OF AWARD WINNING HEALTH CARE DR. SUHEL AHMED ALL HEALTH MEDICAL GROUP 551.309.3555 | FOR FIFTEEN YEARS, DR. SUHEL AHMED and the rest of the award-winning team at All Health Medical Group have been earning a reputation for exceptional care and compassionate service. Their holistic approach to primary care and medical weight loss helps put patients on the fast track to enjoying the benefits of comprehensive health.


All Health Medical Group has locations in Hackensack, Paramus and Paterson that are open seven days a week. They also offer telehealth opportunities, making it even easier for patients and their families to enjoy hassle-free healthcare.

THE FACES OF TRUSTED ACCOUNTING AND TAX SERVICES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES RAVEE SHRINIVAS, CPA, MBA, CGMA, RAMKI SANKAR, CPA, MBA, CMA ROBERT S. ELLIOTT, JD, CPA, MBA, DANIEL FALCONE, CPA JOSEPH M SOSLER, EA, LOUIS P SALZANO, TP BERGER CPAFIRST, ACCOUNTANTS & ADVISORS 281 U.S. Hwy. 46 W., Elmwood Park, NJ 07407 | 201.587.9200 | | BERGERCPAFIRST IS A WELL-ESTABLISHED AND REPUTABLE Certified Public Accounting (CPA) Firm providing Tax, Accounting and Advisory services for over 30 years. The firm successfully serves hundreds of small businesses in dozens of industries. Chances are, they know the answers to your questions. BergerCPAFirst team can help you reshape your business finances to improve operational performance, growth, and cash flow with their confidential, proprietary strategies. Their expertise includes QuickBooks accounting, Payroll processing and filings, Sales Tax matters, Forensic and Valuation Services, and simple to complex tax planning and tax returns for both Businesses and Individuals. BergerCPAFirst is a proud member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants. If you need timely, accurate financial information, and quality professional advice on financial, tax, and general business questions, contact BergerCPAFirst. 2022 FACES OF

THE FACES OF GENERATIONS OF ORTHODONTIC CARE JON GOLUB, DMD MICHAEL GOLUB, DMD GOLUB ORTHODONTICS 2185 Lemoine Avenue, Fort Lee, NJ 07024 | 201.944.9208 | 354 Old Hook Road | Westwood, NJ 07675 | 201.722.3600 6 Brighton Road, #105 | Clifton, NJ 07012 | 201.944.9208 | GOLUB ORTHODONTICS IS DEDICATED TO GIVING CHILDREN SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT. Dr. Jon Golub and his son, Dr. Michael Golub, are committed to upholding the same principles of integrity and excellence that were instituted 55 years ago by Dr. Michael’s maternal grandfather. Applying comprehensive and efficient techniques, the orthodontists and their highly skilled staff provide cutting-edge orthodontic treatment to children and adults in three state-of-the-art locations. Both graduates of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, the devoted practitioners strive to give the highest level of orthodontic care, always working to exceed their patient’s expectations and provide an exceptional experience. Dr. Michael, a board certified orthodontist, and recipient of the prestigious ’10 Under 10′ award by the Massachusetts Dental Society, brings a modern, innovative approach to the practice. He is a founder of “The Passion Project” connecting dental students with volunteer opportunities in countries in need of dental care. The doctors are particularly proud of their in-house clear aligner program which gives the doctors and their patients greater control, precision, value, convenience and flexibility. 2022 FACES OF

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senior living guide Brightview Tenafly pairs award-winning care with a vibrant lifestyle for residents in our Assisted Living and Memory Care communities. We operate following Brightview’s Possibilities, Independence, and Choice philosophy, maximizing opportunities and minimizing limitations for our residents. Residents will enjoy daily programs, social events, and chef-prepared meals while socializing with their neighbors. Featuring outdoor spaces, a full-service salon, exercise room, library, and more, Brightview Tenafly boasts a wide variety of amenities, all within 20 miles of Manhattan. We are proud to partner with your family in providing a safe and secure lifestyle for your loved ones. Cedar Crest provides exceptional care for every stage of life. Our community offers a full continuum of care to meet your changing health needs. Turn to us for quality assisted living, memory care and more. U.S. News & World Report named the continuing care neighborhood at Cedar Crest one of the nation’s top nursing homes. This prestigious honor exemplifies the superior care and service you can expect here. Call 973-831-3755 to learn more. Brightview Tenafly Cedar Crest 55 Hudson Ave., Tenafly NJ | 201.510.2060 | 1.888.205.9809 | Mill Gardens Assisted Living First Class Service at an Affordable Rate Take our virtual tour at Mill Gardens at Midland Park 36 Faner Road, Midland Park • 201-493-7400 • Fax 201-493-7374            Celebrating 20 years! No Community or Entrance Fee Extra Large Studios & One Bedroom Apartments Comfortable Indoor & Outdoor Lounges Beautiful Residential Neighborhood Restaurant-Style Meals New Clean Air Filtration System Personal Transportation 24-Hour Care-Staff Daily Activities Schedule An “Advanced Standing” Residence Memory Care Community Available

HEALING WATERS. Warm water therapy helps people with a wide range of conditions recover their strength and mobility. This new Aquatic Therapy at our Center for Rehabilitation Excellence includes three state-of-the-art, fully accessible warm water pools equipped for personalized therapy and exercise. Aquatic therapy is one of the many modalities we’re bringing to the community through our expansion. Let us tell you more about our new facility and all the ways we know how to help you heal. PARKINSON’S CENTER REHABILITATION ASSISTED LIVING LONG-TERM CARE MEMORY CARE HOME HEALTH OUTREACH For a free tour, call 201-784-1414 or visit us online at Based in Rockleigh and River Vale / Serving Northern NJ, Rockland, and Westchester

The Jewish Home Family is a trusted leader in elder care for over a century in northern NJ, operating the Jewish Home at Rockleigh skilled nursing and a newly expanded subacute rehab facility with pools and warm water therapies, Jewish Home Assisted Living in River Vale, NJ, which includes memory care in a smallhouse real home setting, and Jewish Home at Home’s suite of home services. The Jewish Home also has a specialized Parkinson’s Center for Excellence and NJ’s first and only Elder Abuse shelter. They are opening the region’s foremost state of the art aquatics rehab facility this fall.

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We are proud to share that 100% of our care staff and residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Our apartments are spacious with large windows, and rates include meals, housekeeping, laundry, local transportation, social events and more. Our exceptional care team is here 24 hours per day to assist at any time. Call us to schedule a tour of our community and to learn about our new park and gardens makeover and our many recent upgrades. at Montvale, an active and vibrant independent living, assisted living, and memory care community with a modern farmhouse design, light-filled wide-open spaces, and stunning views of the expansive Social Court. Chefled dining venues including two full-service restaurants, a casual bistro, and a coffee shop. Plenty of opportunities to make new friends with happy hours, garden club, and more. Strengthen your body and mind with the athlete center, pickleball courts, and fitness classes. Love Where You Live! Gardens at Midland Park at Montvale Faner Rd., Midland Park, NJ | 201.493.7400

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Bell peppers have the snack-like elements of crunch and flavor without the high caloric impact of potato chips or cheese doodles. All colors con tain similar amounts of antioxidants, but red ones have lycopene, which helps fight free-form radi cals, preventing inflammation and the formation of cancerous cells. Not to be completely outshone, orange peppers contain high levels of zeaxanthin and yellow ones of lutein. These are carotenoid compounds that can help keep eyesight sharp.


Designing the bell pepper, Mother Nature was clear on the vaguely bell-like shape, but when it came to color she threw up her hands and sim ply couldn’t decide. This fruit appears not only in different hues, but in their classic paintbox versions—a tomato red, a corny yellow, a grassy green and an orange that’s as orange as an orange. (It can also be white, brown, purple or even striped.)

When Thomas Jefferson found bell peppers a good salad ingredient, he was onto something colorful—and nutritious.

POWER UP: At just 20 calories, a half-cup (2.7-ounce) serving of green peppers meets more than 100 percent of your daily need for vitamin C; an equal amount of red or yellow ones ups that to more than 200 per cent. (Buying bell peppers pre-roasted can remove up to 25 percent of that C content and affect levels of other vitamins too. Peppers cooked with a dry heat, though, are nutritionally preferable to boiled or steamed ones.)

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DID YOU KNOW? A raw green bell pepper is 94 percent water.

And yes, the bell pepper is scientifically a fruit, although the culinary world treats it (like the tomato) as a vegetable. It’s the fruit of plants in one group of the species Capsicum annuum, and because it lacks the chemical capsaicin, which creates a burning sensation on the tongue, it doesn’t have the spiciness of other peppers. (It’s sometimes called a sweet pepper.) Color usually indicates ripeness; “a red bell pepper is simply a mature green bell pepper,” declares a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website— although just to keep us on our toes there’s a variety that stays green even when fully ripened. Bell peppers originated in Mexico, Central America and northern South America; the plant was taken to Europe by Christopher Columbus. Thomas Jefferson, that inveterate scientific notetaker, had seeds sent to him from Mexico in 1824. His written verdict? “Large Pepper, a good salad the seeds being removed.”

BUY/STORE/SERVE: September is a great time to buy bell peppers. You’ll get the freshest of this crop at your local farmers’ market. But if you have to settle for your grocery store’s produce aisle, you’re not settling that much. Most signs of spoilage are obvious—if it looks bad or smells bad, it’s not a good choice. Similarly, pass by peppers that are noticeably soft to the touch. Once you’ve bought your peppers, use them as soon as possible. At room temperature, they’ll last for a couple of days in the kitchen. In the fridge they’ll stay fresh roughly a week; seal them tightly in plastic with holes for air flow and a paper towel to soak up excess moisture. Keep them in the crisper to keep them crisp, and if for some reason they must last a season, keep ’em in the freezer freezin’. Most peppers should be OK up to six months in the freezer. Green ones stay edible a bit longer than other hues. Serving your peppers needn’t be formal; a bell pepper can be rinsed off and bitten into like an apple. Some who opt for more civilized styles cut them into thin strips. They’re great for roasting, skewering or throwing in with meat and other vegetables. They add a nice crunch to a salad. Many recipes call for cutting off the tops and stuff ing the peppers, and the possibilities there are limitless. Some adventurous cooks have even tried putting pepper strips in their corn-bread recipes. Those looking for the best of both worlds can find a nice cross between preservation and prepa ration through pickling. If you use salt and water— or vinegar if you’re looking for a nice tang—your peppers can last in the fridge for a few weeks. Of course, only cooks aiming to drastically change the flavor of their peppers should choose this course of action. —Brian Kelley

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LA’MEZZA 63 Nathaniel Pl. 201.569.2662

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EMERSONPIMAANTHAI 79 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.967.0440

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BENNIE’S 54 E. Palisade Ave. 201.894.5700

BAUMGART’S CAFÉ 45 E. Palisade Ave. 201.569.6267

OSSO BUCO 343 Broadway 201.664.1600 ALTHO-HO-KUSEATS 622 N. Maple Ave. 201.444.1300 CATCHY CAFÉ 614 N. Maple Ave. 201.445.6400 HO-HO-KUS INN 1 E. Franklin Tpke. 201.445.4115 HO-HO-KUS SUSHI CAFÉ 29 Sheridan Ave. 201.670.7677 ST. EVE’S 611 N. Maple Ave. 201.857.4717 CAFÉLEONIAMIGNON 332 Broad Ave. 201.292.1992 DANTE’S PLACE 373 Broad Ave. 201.592.9071 FONTANA TRITONE 248 Fort Lee Rd. 201.242.9040 LITTLE SEGOVIAFERRYSTEAKHOUSE 217 Main St. 201.814.1100 KAYALODI 334 N. Main St. 973.779.1128 REBAR & KITCHEN 132 Essex St. 201.368.8181 SERGIO’S MISSIONE 2 Mercer St. 973.778.4545 ANGELO’SLYNDHURST 263 Ridge Rd. 201.939.1922 FOSCHINI’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA 298 Ridge Rd. 201.460.7600 MICHAEL’S RIVERSIDE 528 Riverside Ave. 201.939.6333 JUNMAHWAHLUNG 180 Franklin Tpke. 201.529.9898 MAHWAH BAR & GRILL 2 Island Rd. 201.529.8056 NAGOYA 1007 MacArthur Blvd. 201.818.9933 NONNA’S 11 Franklin Tpke. 201.529.1151 ROXANNE’S 150 Franklin Tpke. 201.529.0007 roxannes SANGRIA 1033 MacArthur Blvd. 201.962.3310 STATE LINE DINER 375 Rte. 17 N. 201.529.3353 TAVERNAANGELO’SMAYWOODGREEK 245 Maywood Ave. 201.845.4278 MAYWOOD INN’S TWIN DOOR TAVERN 122 W. Pleasant Ave. 201.843.8022 MAYWOOD PANCAKE HOUSE 92 W. Pleasant Ave. 201.880.7842 maywoodpancake THE GOURMETSEAFOOD 103 W. Pleasant Ave. 201.843.8558 MIDLAND PARK ARTURO’S 41 Central Ave. 201.444.2466 FIONA’S RISTORANTE 118 Godwin Ave. 201.857.5800 ROSARIO’S TRATTORIA 29 Central Ave. 201.445.3335 DELPINOMONTVALERESTAURANT 108 Chestnut Ridge Rd. 201.391.6866 BELLISSIMO 12 S. Kinderkamack Rd. 201.746.6669 FIRE & OAK 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd. 201.307.1100 GEN SUSHI & HIBACHI 14B Chestnut Ridge Rd. 201.930.9188 HEARTH & TAP CO. 125 N. Kinderkamack Rd. 201.307.6300 YUKI 2 S. Kinderkamack Rd. 201.391.9877 BAZZARELLIMOONACHIE 117 Moonachie Rd. 201.641.4010 BISTRO 107 107 Moonachie Rd. 201.440.3339 SEGOVIA 150 Moonachie Rd. 201.641.4266 NEW BARRELMILFORD&BREW 872 River Rd. 201.483.3329 CASUAL HABANA CAFÉ 200 Main St. 201.576.0400 SANZARI’S NEW BRIDGE INN 105 Old New Bridge Rd. 201.692.7700 BIDDYNORTHVALEO’MALLEY’S 191 Paris Ave. 201.564.7893 THE GREEK VILLAGE 254 Livingston St. 201.750.8570 PETITMADELEINE’SPARIS 416 Tappan Rd. 201.767.0063 madeleinespetit OLAR NOSO 493 Tappan Rd. 201.402.9355 CENZINOOAKLAND 589 Ramapo Valley Rd. 201.337.6693 TROVATO’S DUE 4 Barbara Ln. 201.337.0813 YUKI 350 Ramapo Valley Rd. 201.337.8889 OLD PATRIZIA’STAPPAN 183 Old Tappan Rd. 201.515.2900 PALISADES PARK SO MOON NAN JIP 238 Broad Ave. 201.944.3998 RISTORANTEBIAGIO’SPARAMUS 299 Paramus Rd. 201.652.0201 THE CAPITAL GRILLE 1 Garden State Plz. 201.845.7040 GRAND LUX CAFE 1 Garden State Plz. 201.909.0399 KIKU 365 Rte. 17 S. 201.265.7200 MANTRA 275 Rte. 4 W. 201.342.8868 SUBURBAN DINER 172 Rte. 17 N. 201.261.2605 PARK RIDGE 103 PRIME VALENTINO’SAT 103 Spring Valley Rd. 201.391.2220 Seafood Gourmet in Maywood 170BERGENMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2022 Photos courtesy of Seafood Gourmet, Peppercorns

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ALLENDALEALLENDALEBAR & GRILL 67 W. Allendale Ave. 201.327.3197 FINO 114 W. Allendale Ave. 201.995.1100 SAVINI RESTAURANT 168 W. Crescent Ave. 201.760.3700 HOUSETOMMYBERGENFIELDFOX’SPUBLIC 32 W. Washington Ave. 201.384.0900 SEGOVIACARLSTADTMESON 645 Washington Ave. 201.896.3260 BIGGIE’S 430 Rte. 17 201.933.4000 CLIFFSIDE PARK VILLA AMALFI 793 Palisades Ave. 201.886.8626 354 STEAKHOUSE 354 Lawton Ave. 201.941.0499 BRASSERIECLOSTER MEMERE 107 Vervalen St. 201.660.8822 THE HILL 252 Schraalenburgh Rd. 201.899.4700 STERN & BOW 171 Schraalenburgh Rd. 201.750.3350 LOCALE RESTAURANT & BAR 208 Piermont Rd. 201.750.3233 SEAR HOUSE 411 Piermont Rd. 201.292.4612 SHACKJACK’SCRESSKILLLOBSTER 38 Union Ave. 201.266.6575 THE PEDDLER 44 E. Madison Ave 201.894.0718 YASOUDEMARESTMYKONOS 134 Hardenburgh Ave. 201.768.8500 TRI-VALLEYDUMONT RESTAURANT 366 Knickerbocker Dr. 201.384.5044 trivalleyfamilyrestaurant. com EAST CANDLEWYCKRUTHERFORDDINER 179 Paterson Ave. 201.933.4446 ELIA MEDITERRANEAN 240 Hackensack St. 201.939.9292 VESTA WOOD FIRED 64 Hoboken Rd. 201.939.6012 BAUMGART’SEDGEWATERCAFÉ 59 The Promenade 201.313.3889 JACK’S LOBSTER SHACK 1040 River Rd. 201.233.2808 FLEMING’S STEAKHOUSE 90 The Promenade 201.313.9463 DE NOVO EUROPEAN PUB 1257 River Rd. 201.496.6161 GREEK TAVERNA 55 The Promenade 201.945.8998 HAVEN RESTAURANTRIVERFRONT&BAR 45 River Rd. 201.943.1900 PIER 115 BAR & GRILL 115 River Rd. 201.313.2155 REBECCA’S 236 Old River Rd. 201.943.8808 new.rebeccasedgewater. com RIVER PALM TERRACE 1416 River Rd. 201.224.2013 SEAK 725 River Rd., #30 201.402.3400 ELMWOOD PARK BLUE 42 RESTAURANT & BAR 158 Market St. 201.773.0970 EMERSONEMERSONHOTEL 31 Emerson Plaza E. 201.262.7557 emersonhotelrestaurant. com BIDDYENGLEWOODO’MALLEY’S 36 N. Van Brunt St. 201.608.5545 BLUE MEXICANMOONCAFÉ 23 E. Palisade Ave. 201.541.0600 bluemoonmexicancafé.com PLAYA BOWLS 38 E. Palisade Ave 201.928.7788 SOFIA 36 Engle St. 201.541.8530 ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS CAFÉ ITALIANO 14 Sylvan Ave. 201.461.5041 FAIR LAWN ADA BRASSERIEMEDITERRANEAN 14-25 Plaza Rd. 201.791.2222 DUTCH HOUSE TAVERN 24-07 Fair Lawn Ave. 201.796.5342 JUANY’S CAFE & GRILL 12-56 River Rd. 551.224.8030 OCEANOS OYSTER BAR & SEA GRILL 2-27 Saddle River Rd. 201.796.0546 THE RAILYARD TAVERN 14-26 Plaza Rd. 201.773.3372 FORT BAGGIOSLEE 212 Main St. 201.585.7979 CHILLERS GRILL 2191 Fletcher Ave. 201.461.0075 VENTANAS AT THE MODERN 200 Park Ave. 201.583.4777 FRANKLIN LAKES PAZZA 794 Franklin Ave. 201.848.5050 THEGARFIELDHEARTH TAVERN 791 Midland Ave. 201.402.0155 GLEN ROCK THE GLEN ROCK INN 222 Rock Rd. 201.445.2362 STONE & RAIL 175 Rock Rd. 201.345.0709 BREWINGALEMENTARYHACKENSACKCO. 58 Voorhis Ln. 201.968.1290 CASUAL HABANA CAFÉ 125 Main St. 201.880.9844 THE PICCO TAVERN 160 Prospect Ave. 201.880.8750 TRUE FOOD KITCHEN 390 Hackensack Ave. 201.489.2212 HARRINGTON PARK CORK & CRUST 90 La Roche Ave. 201.367.1550 IVYHEIGHTSHASBROUCKINN 268 Terrace Ave. 201.393.7699 THE HEIGHTS BAR & GRILL 163 Boulevard 201.288.9338 ANDIAMOHAWORTH 23 Hardenburgh Ave. 201.384.1551 THEHILLSDALECORNERSTONE 84 Broadway 201.666.8688 A TABLE ALFRESCO Brasserie Memere in Closter 172BERGENMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2022 Photo courtesy of Agave Brasserie Memere, Biddy O’Malley’s

THE SICILIAN SUN 604 N. Maple Ave. 201.444.3494


REBARLODI AND KITCHEN 132 Essex St. 201.368.8181

MICHAEL’SLYNDHURSTRIVERSIDE 528 Riverside Ave. 201.939.6333

DANTE’SLEONIAPLACE 373 Broad Ave. 201.592.9071

ALT EATS CAFÉ 622 N. Maple Ave. 201.444.1300 HO-HO-KUS INN & TAVERN 1 E. Franklin Tpk. 201.445.4115 ST. EVE’S 611 N. Maple Ave. 201.857.4717

ROXANNE’SMAHWAH RESTAURANT 150 Franklin Tpke. 201.529.0007

ALBERT’SHO-HO-KUSCAFE AMICI 4 Sycamore Ave. 201.389.6377

SANGRIA 1033 MaCarthur Blvd. 201.962.3310 TAVERNAANGELO’SMAYWOODGREEK 245 Maywood Ave. 201.845.4278 TWIN DOOR TAVERN 122 W. Pleasant Ave. 201.843.8022 MIDLAND PARK FIONA’S RISTORANTE 118 Godwin Ave. 201.857.5800 MONTVALEBELLISSIMO 12 S. Kinderkamack Rd. 201.746.6669 HEARTH & TAP CO. 125 N. Kinderkamack Rd. 201.307.6300 BAZZARELLIMOONACHIE 117 Moonachie Rd. 201.641.4010 NEW BARRELMILFORD&BREW 872 River Rd. 201.483.3329 PANCHO’S BURRITOS 214 Main St. 201.225.2554 SANZARI’S NEW BRIDGE INN 105 Old New Bridge Rd. 201.692.7700 BIDDYNORTHVALEO’MALLEY’S 191 Paris Ave. 201.564.7893 PETITEMADELEINE’SPARIS 416 Tappan Rd. 201.767.0063 PORTOBELLO’SOAKLAND 175 Ramapo Valley Rd. 201.337.8990, ext. 1 SEGOVIA TAVERN 110 W. Oakland Ave. 201.644.0003 CALABRIAORADELLPIZZA 239 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.523.9228 PARK RIDGE 103 PRIME VALENTINO’SAT 103 Spring Valley Rd. 201.391.2220 ESTY STREET 86 Spring Valley Rd. 201.307.1515 PEPPERCORNS 176 Colony Ave. 201.391.2818 THE PARK STEAKHOUSE 151 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.930.1300 BIAGIO’SPARAMUS 299 Paramus Rd. 201.652.0201 MILLER’S ALE HOUSE 270 Rte. 4 201.342.4800 THE ORANGE LANTERN 15 E. Firehouse Ln. 201.652.4443 BICIRAMSEY 61 E. Main St. 201.962.9015 BRADY’S AT THE STATION 5-7 W. Main St. 201.327.9748 CAFÉ PANACHE 130 E. Main St. 201.934.0030 LAKESIDE GRILLE & BAR 105 Lakeside Dr. 201.327.0009 THE SHANNON ROSE IRISH PUB 1200 Rte. 17 N. 201.962.7602 VARKA ESTIATORIO 30 N. Spruce St. 201.995.9333 RIDGEWOODBAREBURGER 15 E. Ridgewood Ave. 201.345.4207 CRAVINGS TAPAS 8 Wilsey Sq. 201.857.8533 IT’S GREEK TO ME 21 E. Ridgewood Ave. 201.612.2600 FELINA 54 E. Ridgewood Ave. 551.276.5454 LA CAFELANTERNA&GRILL 29 W. Ridgewood Ave. 201.444.5520 PARK WEST TAVERN 30 Oak St. 201.445.5400 PEARL 17 S. Broad St. 201.857.5100 STEEL WHEEL TAVERN 51 N. Broad St 201.882.1800 TITO’S BURRITOS AND WINGS 166 E. Ridgewood Ave. 201.857.4619 WHITE MAPLE CAFÉ 47 E. Ridgewood Ave. 201.447.1953 RIVER SANDUCCI’SEDGETRATTORIA 620 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.599.0600 RIVER RESTAURANTCHERRYVALEBROOK& BAR 660 Rivervale Rd. 201.391.2300 CRECCO’S CAFÉ 649 Westwood Ave. 201.664.7200 LET’S MEAT STEAKHOUSE 625 Rivervale Rd. 201.660.7960 CAFÉRUTHERFORDMATISSE 167 Park Ave. 201.935.2995 MAMBO EMPANADAS 313 Union Ave. 201.933.3888 SADDLE BROOK THE PLANK PIZZA PARLOR 383 Market St. 201.843.2426 MIDLAND BREW HOUSE 374 N. Midland Ave 201.767.0070 AMARONETEANECK 63 Cedar Ln. 201.833.1897 LA CUCINA DI NAVA 192 A. W. Englewood Ave. 201.326.8102 SENDER’S SMOKE JOINT 190 W. Englewood Ave. 201.357.2255 AXIATENAFLYTAVERNA 18 Piermont Rd. 201.569.5999 SAYOLA RESTAURANT 50 Prospect Ter. 201.871.2182 THEWALDWICKVILLAGEGRILLE 71 Crescent Ave. 201.670.8200 MEXICANAAGAVEWALLINGTONCOCINA 32 Locust Ave. 973.246.8531 SALOONDOGTOWNSHIPWASHINGTONHOUSE&GRILL 270 Pascack Rd. 201.722.1820 thedoghouse CAFFEWESTWOODANELLO 11 Madison Ave. 201.786.8137 HANAMI RESTAURANT 301 Center Ave. 201.666.8508 OSTERIA CRESCENDO 36 Jefferson Ave. 201.722.1900 KIMCHI SMOKE 301 Center Ave. 201.497.6333 THE IRON HOUSE 20 Washington Ave. 201.666.9682 FARMHOUSE CAFE 301 Center Avenue 201.664.8424 MEZZA 22 Jefferson Ave. 201.722.8822 WESTWOOD PRIME EATS 190 Westwood Ave. 201.664.0069 WOODCLIFF LAKE BAREBURGER 455 Chestnut Ridge Rd. 201.746.9275 SOL MEXICAN & LATIN RESTAURANT 42 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.746.9363 THEWYCKOFFBARNORIGINAL 359 Sicomac Ave. 201.848.0108 CAFÉ AMICI 315 Franklin Ave. 201.848.0198 Biddy O’Malley’s in Northvale 173BERGENMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2022 { ON THE TOWN }

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



The Bergen County Executive’s Office celebrated Philippine Independence Day this year by honoring the county’s FilipinoAmerican leaders. The event at One Bergen County Plaza included a flag-raising ceremony and keynote speech by Philippine Consul General Elmer G. Cato. 8 Filipino-American leaders gather for the flag-raising.


The JCC in Tenafly hosted a book event featuring WNBC-TV news reporter Jen Maxfield, who was on hand to discuss and sign copies of her latest tome, “More After the Break: A Reporter Returns to Ten Unforgettable Stories.” 7 Scott Ostfeld, Jen Maxfield, Steven Rogers 8 7

Columbia Bank Foundation (1), The Valley Hospital Auxiliary (2), Holy Name Foundation (3–4), Undefeated Media (5), Chris Marksbury (6), Kaplen JCC on the Palisades (7), Bergen County Executive’s Office (8)

The Community Chest, a nonprofit serving eastern Bergen County, raised $148,000 at its second golf outing at White Beeches Golf and Country Club in Haworth and at its “Help Us Fill The Community Chest” gala at Montammy Golf Club in Alpine. The proceeds will provide grants to nonprofit agencies responding to needs created by COVID-19. 5 Jerry Flack, Shelly Wimpfheimer, James Geraghty 6 Lauri Bader, Susan Singer, Cheryl Black, Barbara Brensilber


As part of Holy Name Foundation’s longstanding commitment to Haiti, 110 Holy Name senior leaders and managers participated in a food packathon. 3–4 During the event, more than 43,000 nutritious meals were packaged and shipped to Holy Name Medical Center’s sister hospital, Hôpital Sacré Coeur.

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Columbia Bank Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey and Blankets of Hope teamed up this year to wrap more than 1,500 blankets for the less fortunate. 1 Boys & Girls Club members with blankets to be delivered to Center for Hope and Safety in Rochelle Park


The Valley Hospital Auxiliary presented a $200,000 donation to the hospital during its June luncheon at the Indian Trail Club in Franklin Lakes. To date, the auxiliary has raised $1.4 million toward their $3 million pledge to establish the pediatric section of the emergency department in The Valley Hospital in Paramus, and $100,000 to the hospital’s endowment for Butterflies, an in-home pediatric palliative and hospice care program for seriously ill children. 2 Jean Meloro, Denise Downey, Audrey Meyers, Elaine Heimberger, Sandy Carapezza


The program is a curation of the finest lifestyle experiences, services, products, and private events.

The first-ever Big Brothers Big Sisters of Coastal & Northern New Jersey (BBBSCNNJ) Cornhole Tournament took place in Asbury Park to support the organization’s mission. BBBSCNNJ represents 10 counties, including Bergen, and empowers children to achieve their highest potential as they grow to become confident, competent and caring individuals. 12 The team from Colliers Engineering raised the most money for the cause. 13 First-place winners from Dynamic One won a $500 cash prize.


14 Jack Drajin, Allan Greenfield, Venetia Katsihtis, Gino Caterino

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10 Bergen County winners Jennifer Pacca, Diane Durocher, Marina Umali, Susan Farcy, Terri Fiori, Elizabeth Ego


THE DISTRICT Local officials celebrated the grand opening of The District, the luxury multifamily residential component of its mixed-use North Market neighborhood in Montvale. The District will include more than 300 apartments in twin buildings; the first, located at 100 Market St.—with residents now taking occupancy. 9 Annmarie Russo-Vogelsang, John DePinto, Holly Schepisi, Peter Hekemian, Michael Ghassali


The New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) held its annual Design Excellence Awards at the Galloping Hills Golf Course in Kenilworth. The awards honor designers in various categories, from residential single space to hotel and restaurant.

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s (NNJCF) The DeAnna Stark Pasciuto Memorial Fund continued its support of organizations providing services to help children dealing with the loss of a loved one from cancer. The NNJCF awarded a grant of $3,000 to CancerCare of Paramus to be used for the Healing Hearts Family Bereavement Camp 11 DeAnna Stark Pasciuto with her family11S.Hekemiam Group (9), William Neumann Photography (10), NNJCF (11), Big Brothers Big Sisters (12–13), Chris Marksbury (14–16)





Taylor Lucyk Group, a multiservice real estate team with Christie’s International Real Estate, hosted a client experience event in July at Concourse Club in Wood-Ridge. At the event, the team introduced “TLG Select.”

15 Dylan Lucyk, Jarrett Rothstein, Christina LaBarbiera, Gabrielle Valella, Paul Silje 16 Melanie Capello, Taylor Lucyk, Gabrielle Valella

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