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Features Night Vision | 106

Having difficulty seeing at night could be because of more than just aging.

Pieced-Together Pieces | 130

These key elements give you the flexibility you need to assemble a great look.

Mint Condition | 136

In Franklin Lakes, a good-enough master bedroom suite becomes an enchanting sanctuary in green and cream.

Is Historic Bergen Worth Saving? | 152

READERS’ CHOICE

How Stepfamilies Thrive | 162

We counted all the votes, and you’ve determined who’s cream of the crop in Bergen County. Enjoy the winners in more than 140 categories—from diners and day spas to gyms and bridal boutiques.

Always smooth sailing? Nope. But such combo clans can work—just ask five not-sowicked Bergen stepmothers.

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Organizers explain five ways to make wardrobe and clothing storage make sense again.

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Twin Patriots | 158

Two NFL players share a genetic makeup, a New England team affiliation, identical Super Bowl rings—and lots of Montvale memories.

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NJ Eye and Ear is serving up a whole new way to shop. Opened in January, its new, two-story downtown Englewood location boasts a whopping 12,000 square feet of space with an abundance of eyewear displays for adults and children of all ages. There is a small café located inside the optical shop that serves gourmet coffee, tea, and locally sourced plant-based pastries and gluten-free vegan café bites. Children and parents can ride up the elevator with their strollers, play in a dedicated space, and choose from an entire selection of fun children¹s frames. Adult patients enjoy their state-of-the-art experience on the first floor with an array of beautiful frames and sunglasses to choose from. This new space, with its dedicated pediatric floor, served as a unique project for one interior. The company incorporated LED shelving—designed to display frames with a softer light

impression but very high color recognition. Plus, drawers house hundreds of frames. Optical Director Steven Bernstein says, “People will always remember how an experience made them feel, and that idea became the driving factor in the design of our downtown Englewood location.” NJ Eye and Ear is the premiere award-winning optical boutique in New Jersey. This assures that your lenses are of the highest quality and meet our stringent optical standards. Our opticians work closely with your doctor to ensure that you will be completely satisfied with your new glasses. This service does not end when you pick up your new eyewear. We will gladly adjust your eyeglasses or answer your questions at any time. Our optical shop provides more than just the best available eyewear at competitive prices. We pride ourselves on our ability to always exceed your expectations. NJ Eye and Ear is under the leadership of Daniel Stegman, MD, voted Top Doctor 2019 by Castle Connolly, the New York Times, and NJ Top Docs. Of all your five senses, your sight and hearing are most essential to your health, safety, and ability to interact with the world. When one or both fail to function at their usual efficiency due to injury or disease, it is crucial to get to the heart of the problem, and find a solution right away.

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Departments Bergen Buzz | 27 Our guide to new ideas, tips, trends and things we love in the county.

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Worn over a T-shirt or paired with chinos for the office, the denim jacket is the perfect item to take you through the season. And oh yeah, it never goes out of style.

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Sweaters are great and all, but we’re especially excited to load up on leather for fall.

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Here’s our two cents: These coin-inspired pieces will give the rest of your jewelry a run for its money.

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Later, alligator—this refined snakeskin décor adds bite to any room in your home.

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Upper Saddle River is home to picturesque forests, historical parks and a community where everyone is family.

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Find time to enjoy dates, the sweet, nutritious dried fruit that’s at its peak now.

Spirits | 180

You’ll have pumpkin, spice and everything nice with this sweet way to usher in the fall season.

Gatherings | 182

Whether it’s at a charity gala or networking event, Bergenites always show up to support their friends and neighbors.

Restaurant Review | 186

Ridgewood eatery Poke Zone offers the healthful—not trendy—option.

A Bergen Moment | 196

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GET A GOOD READ ON BERGEN Maybe you can’t read a whole book on National Read a Book Day (Sept. 6) or finish it by International Literacy Day (the 8th). But one September event—your kids’ return to school—may let you turn off your phone and steal a few minutes curled up with an enticing volume. Why not make it a book by one of Bergen County’s own authors? MARY HIGGINS CLARK This New York Times best-selling author and “Queen of Suspense” raised her five children in Washington Township before moving to Saddle River. Clark has sold more than 100 million copies of her 50+ suspense novels, many of them set in this area, and she still spends much of her time here. (Four of her adult children live in Saddle River, Ridgewood and Hillsdale.) “You can’t beat New Jersey for restaurants,” Clark tells BERGEN. “The kids and sometimes the grandkids and I love going to Savini’s in Allendale, Esty Street in Park Ridge and Nellie’s in Waldwick.” The 91-year-old shows few signs of slowing down—her next novel, Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry, hits shelves in November. HARLAN COBEN This 57-year-old native New Jerseyan has published more than 30 bestselling thrillers, many of which take place

in and around New Jersey. Coben, who now lives in Ridgewood with his pediatrician wife and their four kids, has a crime drama on Netflix and another—for his book The Stranger—in the works. JACK CURRY Sportswriter-turned-TV-host Jack Curry is probably best known as a Yankees commentator on the YES network, but the Jersey City native recently co-wrote the memoir Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher with former Yankee and current YES colleague David Cone. He also co-wrote a book with Derek Jeter in 2001. Curry and his wife have lived for 27 years in River Vale, which he described to BERGEN as a “comfortable, safe town that’s quiet and in close proximity to work.” His favorite place to grab a bite? Ronnie’s Hot Bagels in Hillsdale. PERCY KEESE FITZHUGH Bergen literati aren’t a new phenomenon. Born in the year of Custer’s Last Stand, Fitzhugh wrote more than 100 books for kids and young adults before his death in 1950. Many were set in the fictional Jersey town of Bridgeboro and inspired by the adventures of a local Boy Scout troop in his real-life hometown, Hackensack. Livelier than many boys’ books of the time, Fitzhugh’s popular series such as Roy Blakeley, Pee-Wee Harris and Tom Slade still offer an interesting read. RICHARD MUTI This lawyer and former Ramsey mayor has written a series of books with New Jersey connections. There’s his 2015 Frank Sinatra biography: Cent’Anni: The Sinatra Legend at 100. And the novel Good Lawyer, Dead Lawyer about the killings of Garden State attorneys, and The Charmer: The True Story of Robert Reldan, a true crime tale about a Tenafly serial killer. “At age 60, I was fired from a job I loved, assistant Bergen County prosecutor, for challenging my boss over what I considered a waste of public funds,” Muti tells BERGEN. “It was devastating and turned my life upside-down. I wrote an article describing that painful experience, and when The New York Times found my piece to be worthy of publication, I knew I could become a writer.” Since then, Muti has published six books, two screenplays and numerous articles. And yes, he’s still in Ramsey, living with his wife and dog just blocks from the house in which he grew up. DAPHNE OZ The Chew host Daphne Oz, who grew up in Cliffside Park with a famous dad (Dr. Mehmet Oz), has written a handful of national bestselling self-help, recipe and advice books. They include The Dorm Room Diet, Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style and Everyday Fun and The Happy Cook. “Cliffside Park was the best of both worlds,” the now mom-of-four told BERGEN in a 2016 interview. “My parents chose it because of its proximity to my dad’s work at Columbia Presbyterian in New York. They wanted to be near the city but also give their kids space and a more laid-back growing-up experience.” Some of Oz and her family’s all-time favorite Bergen County joints include “Pier 115, Baumgart’s Café, Beyoglu, Istanbul Borek & Kebabs and Three Star Bagels in Fort Lee.” STEVEN MAX RUSSO This Jersey native and Rutgers grad started out in advertising and eventually opened up his own firm in Morris County. But in 2013, after one of his short stories got published online, Russo realized he could have a career as a crime author. His first fast-paced novel, Thieves, is about a robbery and home invasion in Morris County, while his second book, The Dead Don’t Sleep, revolves around an aging Vietnam vet—and “about half of the story takes place in my old stomping grounds, Hackensack,” Russo tells BERGEN. The latter book is slated for a November 2019 debut.

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A PROMISING SEASON AWAITS The 2019-20 high school football season has begun and so has Dan Sabella’s tenure as head coach of the Don Bosco Prep football team. One of the most prestigious programs in the country, the Ramsey-based Ironmen are in good hands under Sabella, who plans to continue the winning legacy with an emphasis on a strong, fast defense. With an overall coaching record of 128-67 and two state championships—one with Bogota in 2006 and another with Paramus Catholic 10 years later—Sabella is going into this season prepared. “I know it sounds cliché, but we want to win the state championship this year,” Sabella tells BERGEN. “We need to come together as a team and as a family to play the best football we can come late November and December.” There has been a slight fluctuation in the past two years from Bosco’s usual overwhelmingly strong performance, so for Sabella, this season will be the ultimate proving ground—and we can’t wait to watch it unfold.

IN CASE OF HURRICANE… Fall is a great time of year, but one not-so-great feature is peak hurricane season, mid-August through November. Are you ready? The biggest mistake residents make in such emergencies, says Sgt. Matthew J. Tiedemann, county coordinator of the Mahwah-based Bergen County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), is “the failure to follow evacuation warnings. People underestimate the power of storm surge and moving water. They think they will be fine in their homes, so they don’t leave. Hours later they are stranded in several feet of water and are calling for first responders to evacuate them. So we have to send first responders into harm’s way.” Evacuations aside, here are tips from the county’s OEM on how to prep for a hurricane: • Fill your gas tank and stock your car with essentials such as food and water for three days, blankets or sleeping bags and personal documents including birth certificates and IDs. “Ensure you also have all necessary medications, some clothing, basic toiletry items, chargers for electronic devices and some cash packed in a small bag in advance of a storm in case you have to evacuate quickly,” Tiedemann advises. • Secure any outdoor furniture that could fly away and cause damage or injury. • Shutter or board up windows and glass doors. • Listen to the radio or TV for instructions on what to do. • Keep a lookout for downed utility lines, trees and debris.

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If you missed the August auditions to be a part of Six Flags Great Adventure’s 2019 Fright Fest, fear not—your ghoulish dreams aren’t doomed. On Sept.19 and 26, the Jackson-based park will hold more casting calls for anyone in the tri-state area hoping to be a zombie for the annual festivities. Aspiring zombies are encouraged to be as creepy, quirky and strange as possible to prove they’re a good fit, so act accordingly! Applicants must be at least 16, but no prior experience is required. Fill out an application at sixflags.com/jobs, and then trek down to Jackson to show ’em what you’ve got.

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WHERE SHOPPING’S TOPS How can Bergen County maintain its reputation as the best shopping destination in the state? By constantly adding new places to shop, of course. Here are four imminent or recent additions: • A Burlington at Bergen Towne Center in Paramus, which opened its doors in July, sells clothing and accessories for men, women and kids, plus furniture and home décor. • A Toys “R” Us at Westfield Garden State Plaza is slated for a November grand opening. It will be one of just two “reimagined” Toys “R” Us stores to open this year under new ownership after the chain closed its stores in 2018 following a bankruptcy filing. The new store will feature interactive areas, toy demonstrations and an open play space. • A Peserico at The Shops at Riverside. The Italian luxury womenswear brand’s store is slated for a holiday 2019 debut.

BE SCHOOLED TO BE SAFE Big changes are coming to New Jersey public schools, starting now. As of the 2019–2020 school year, every school district in Bergen County and across the state is required to teach students about “safe touch,” sexual abuse and assault awareness. This includes everyone in pre-K to 12th grade, and the curriculum will be age-appropriate. New Jersey became the 36th state to adopt this policy when Governor Murphy signed “Erin’s Law” in July, named in honor of Erin Merryn, a survivor of sexual abuse in Illinois. “I totally agree with Erin’s Law because in many homes, parents are too uncomfortable or afraid to talk to their children about these sensitive topics, and in-school discussion may be the first time they are told that there is a way to get help,” says Hope Fallin of Ridgewood, the mom of a high schooler. “But it is imperative that school districts find qualified, trained mental health professionals to lead these discussions and have processes in place to help victims immediately with any abuse that is reported.”

A STAR IN OUR RANKS

While many college freshmen are pursuing fraternity parties or Fortnite, one Bergen County Academies graduate is working on a treatment for cancer. Varun Kumar of Woodcliff Lake is a recipient of The David Institute’s 2019 Davidson Fellow for Talent Development for discovering a combination therapy treatment that could reverse resistance to Temozolomide, a drug used to treat aggressive, cancerous brain tumors. “It validates my research efforts on drug resistance in aggressive cancers and motivates me to continue pursuing my goals,” says the high-achieving 18-year-old, who enjoys tennis, tutoring and swimming when he’s not working in the lab. In addition to his title, Kumar was awarded a $50,000 scholarship for his project and will be honored at a reception for all 20 national winners in Washington D.C. later this month. He is set to begin studying molecular biology and data science at Yale University this semester.

CONGRATUL-AGE-TIONS Bergen County only gets better with age. AARP recently awarded two local towns $12,000 grants each as part of their Community Challenge, a program intended to initiate projects across the nation to build and improve upon livable communities for all ages. The winning towns are Teaneck, which will use the money to improve upon its pedestrian walkways, and Westwood, which plans to install a “parklet” in its downtown business district that will give residents a shady spot in which to take a break from a long day of walking and shopping. The “parklet” concept has also been identified by AARP as a way for age-conscious communities to improve open spaces to create accessibility for all residents. Each of these projects must be completed by Nov. 4, so these enhancements are coming sooner than you think! For more information on AARP’s Community Challenge winners and funded projects, check out aarp.org.

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CULINARY CORNER MEXICAN FUSION The buzz in Fair Lawn is there’s a new taco joint in town that’s darn good. Taco Buzz opened this summer and is positioning itself as a healthy spot for both vegetarians and carnivores. But unlike other Mexican restaurants, Taco Buzz fuses Middle Eastern influences into its menu too, offering falafel as a protein choice on burritos and tacos and tabbouleh salad as a side. P.S.—The portions are impressively filling too.

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One Bergen Boy Scout already has something impressive to put on his future application for veterinary school. Michael Liguori of Dumont Troop 64 spearheaded a new project as a way to achieve his Eagle Scout rank—he renovated the dog run at the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, an adoption center in Oakland. With the help of 40 local volunteers, Liguori made the dog run a safer place for pooches by eliminating dangerous ditches, replacing wood chips and banishing flooding.

MEET ME IN MAHWAH A new Italian restaurant has set up shop in Mahwah, but it isn’t your typical Italian fare. Novino has already become known for its homemade pastas and handmade pizzas, the latter of which are cooked at 900 degrees in a Forza Forni rotating wood-fired oven. Try the Toscana, topped with tomatoes, mozzarella, soppressata and chili-infused honey, for a unique spin on the margarita, and complement it with a slice of homemade bread and a fresh salad. Delish. • Novino, 64 Ramapo Valley Rd., Mahwah, 201.529.1900

JERSEY’S GOT DRIVE

Unimpressed by Jersey drivers? Look again. Insurify, an online auto insurance quotes platform, evaluated 1.6 million car insurance applications, which detail the history of both a driver and his or her vehicle. Based on this data, New Jersey ranked eighth on its list of “states with the best drivers.” We’re also the state with the fifth-lowest vehicle fatality rate (6.9 per 100,000 population) and the second-lowest speeding rate at 6.24 percent.

SOUTHERN COMFORT Theresa Jackson has been cooking and catering comfort food in New York City and Atlanta for 30 years. But now, with her daughter Tia at the helm, comes TJ’s Southern Gourmet, an Englewood eatery that serves the same scrumptious soul food for which Jackson is known. Menu specialties include mac-andcheese, short ribs, creamed spinach, and fish and grits. Catering and private parties are also offered. • TJ’s Southern Gourmet, 58 W. Palisade Ave., Englewood, 201.608.5026

TREAT TIME Because no meal is complete without a delicious dessert to top it off, treat yourself to an indulgence from The Cookie Connect. The popular Bloomfield cookie and ice cream store has opened a second location in Ridgewood, bringing its specialty cookie combos and its cereal ice cream bar (yes, that’s right) to Bergen County. These goodies are perfect for when those late-night cravings hit, especially because there’s delivery via Uber Eats. • The Cookie Connect, 46 Chestnut St., Ridgewood, 201.822.5331

PUPPY LOVE DOG: Monty (or “Montgomery when he’s in trouble”), 7-year-old Morkie (Maltese and Yorkie mix) OWNER: Adriana Fernandez of Cliffside Park Fernandez’s family had moved away, and she’d just started a career as a physical therapist at an assistedliving home. She wanted to get a puppy to keep her company, and there was “instant chemistry” when she saw a 4-month-old Morkie at a pet store. “He gave me that look saying, ‘I want to get out of here!’” she recalls. “They took him out of the cage and he ran in circles around me, stopping only to give me kisses.” Monty’s owner says the dog dislikes puppies for some reason, but loves being around babies and senior citizens, and she sometimes takes him to work with her to visit with the elderly. Some home residents even have a picture of him in their rooms. “Even people who’ve told me they don’t like dogs love him,” Fernandez adds. “He just has a personality that makes you smile. Monty saved my life, my sanity and my heart.” BERGENMAG.COM

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■ ESTABLISHED: 1894 ■ POPULATION: 8,415 ■ WEBSITE: USRTODAY.ORG

This small town with a big heart is home to picturesque forests, historical parks and a community where everyone is family.

Upper Saddle River might be the most misunderstood town in New Jersey. Often confused for being smaller than its neighbor Saddle River, this 5.2-square-mile locale is actually the larger of the two “SRs,” with ample room for parks and castle-like architecture as if the town had been ripped out of a fairytale. The borough was previously described in a 2018 New York Times profile as “quiet” and “neat as a pin." Now, USR is known for its age-old love of history, vast parks and a whole lot of hometown pride.

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Heading to Upper Saddle River with the little ones? Good luck choosing which of the town’s three incredible parks to visit. Hess Park is occupied by two baseball diamonds, making it the perfect spot for your little sluggers to start a pick-up game. Lions Memorial Park has doubled as both a dream playground for active kids and a home to Upper Saddle River’s carnivals and town-wide celebrations. Visitors looking for a little more seclusion can spend the day at Liberty Pond Park for a quiet moment in the gazebo or a relaxing day of fishing.

Thinking about buying or selling a home here? The median home value in Upper Saddle River is $815,000, down 3.4 percent over the past year. There is a mix of older and newer homes available, from luxurious estates to more understated townhomes.

natural allure. Pre-dating the Revolutionary War, the Hopper-Goetschius House was constructed by the Hopper family and would later serve as a home to the Rev. Stephen Goetschius, the leader of the iconic Old Stone Church in town. In the mid-1980s, the building and grounds were taken over and restored by the Upper Saddle River Historical Society. The property is now a museum with a garden blooming with various flora, an “outkitchen,” a schoolhouse and a storage shed that serves as the town’s blacksmith shop.

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GIVING BACK

DINING OUT While many locals head to Mahwah, Ramsey, Allendale or other neighboring towns when they want more robust dining options, Upper Saddle River is famous for two casual hot spots in particular; Morning Dew Café on Park Way, which sells appetizing breakfast options as well as fresh wraps and salads; and Elmer’s Country Store, a deli and convenience store attached to a gas station. This hangout serves delicious bagels, deli sandwiches, salads and a mean bacon, egg and cheese.

Upper Saddle River and its residents have demonstrated an unbelievable sense of philanthropy and community. There are more than a dozen charitable organizations including; the Woman’s Club of Upper Saddle River, which organizes events like an annual town-wide garage sale and a baby shower at the local Strengthen Our Sisters shelter; and the Saddle River Valley Cultural Center, which runs programs to preserve the appreciation of fine arts in town. Both have made it their mission to promote charitable action around the borough.

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Upper Saddle River has become a popular place for professional athletes to hang their hats (or, more appropriately, helmets!). Legendary NFL coach Bill “The Big Tuna” Parcells, who most notably helped the New York Giants nab two Super Bowl wins, used to call Upper Saddle River home. Jay Feely, a former placekicker for the Giants, lived in town while playing for the Big Blue. Roy White, a former outfielder for the New York Yankees in the 1970s, also resided in Upper Saddle River until retiring to South Jersey, while Ron Villone Jr., another former Yankee and relief pitcher, currently lives in the borough. Talk about a lineup!

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Upper Saddle River residents still have one spring crop on the brain in June: strawberries! In honor of Bergen County’s former reputation as the “Strawberry Capital of the World,” the town holds its Strawberry Festival at the Bergen Highlands Methodist Church every June to benefit local community outreach and youth missions. The festival, which celebrated its 62nd anniversary this spring, is jam-packed with fun things to do, like craft booths, carnival games, a silent auction and, of course, strawberry picking. Be sure to try the fresh-baked strawberry shortcake while you’re there!

Photos courtesy of: home: usrtoday.org, Woman's Club: Facebook, Parcells: nutsandboltssports.com, Feely: nfl.com, White: Wikipedia, Vallone: mlblogspinstripebirthdays.files.wordpress.com

Legend has it that Upper Saddle River’s name derives from two Scottish explorers circa the 1600s, who believed the shape of the town mirrored that of Saddle Burn, a valley in Argyll, Scotland.

DID YOU KNOW? When Upper Saddle River was formed in 1894, it was essentially a farming community consisting of apple orchards, dairy farms and strawberry fields. Though it’s become less rural over time, that old-town, homey feel remains here more than a century later. BERGENMAG.COM

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A CUP OF BLUEBERRIES A DAY

...keeps heart disease away. According to a recent study, eating one cup of blueberries daily significantly reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. An added benefit: It improves good cholesterol levels too. —The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Another reason to ditch fast food

BRAIN DANCE

Want to keep your mind sharp? Just dance. Research suggests that learning new dance moves is better than doing repetitive exercises (think your normal workout) in increasing neural connections in your brain. —Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience

Your teens know the drill: Too much fast food will make them fat. But now studies show that it could also raise the risk of allergies and asthma. The research focused on people who eat fast food, especially burgers. The findings? Those teens who partake at least three times a week are much more likely to suffer from hay fever, eczema and asthma. —Respirology

VITAMIN KNOW-HOW

You may be relying on your multivitamin to fill in the gaps if you’re not eating right, and that’s fine. However, to glean the benefits of certain vitamins, they must come from food, not supplements. Research indicates that while vitamins A and K and the minerals copper, magnesium and zinc all are associated with longevity, that’s only true if they are derived from food sources. So eat up when it comes to fruits, vegetables and whole grains. —Annals of Internal Medicine

HIGH BP CLUE?

If you find yourself waking during the night to use the loo, it could be a sign of high blood pressure, according to recent research. Findings show that you are 56 percent more likely to have high blood pressure if you go two or more times a night compared with those who sleep through the night. Study authors explain that elevated blood pressure causes the kidneys to filter more blood and produce more urine. —Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles

ORANGE YOU GLAD YOU EAT FRUIT? Guys, this one’s for you: A recent study shows that men in the top fifth of fruit consumers—especially purchasers of citrus fruits— have a small reduction in the risk of prostate cancer. —University of Oxford

GLUTE BOOST

FAT FOR BREAKFAST

Perhaps you shouldn’t skip the bacon. A recent study shows that eating fat first thing in the morning may help metabolize fat and carbs for the rest of the day. It’s still a good idea to avoid trans fats and not to exceed eating more than 30 percent of —University of Alabama at Birmingham your calories from fat, however.

You know that your gluteus maximus helps you maintain good posture and promotes balance, but did you know that doing a single-leg squat (when you place your rear foot on a bench) works the muscle 62 percent more than a traditional squat?

—The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research

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YOU’RE INVITED TO A DINNER PARTY BUT YOU DON’T HAVE A THING TO WEAR? It’s Ginger N’ Cream to the rescue. Come to Ginger N’ Cream’s charming mini-department store for all ages and walk out wearing an entire outfit, including new shoes, then head straight to your special occasion. Even gifts can be selected at the last minute, wrapped and ready to go! Ginger N’ Cream is known as a destination for easy shopping for women, teens and children, home goods and gifts for all ages, tastes and budgets. Owner Sue Bahng has expanded Ginger N’ Cream’s selection of women’s clothing, accessories and shoes to Ginger Young Contemporary’s trendy casual and dressy apparel, Ginger Kids’ must-have clothing and shoes for newborns to tweens and Ginger Dream’s gifts, home goods and accessories. Bring your shopping list and visit these four locations nestled together on one block. And, the convenient parking lot is the icing on the cake.

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SMILE MAKEOVERS & ADVANCED COSMETIC DENTISTRY ANDREW SPECTOR,

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GENTLE DENTISTRY P.A. 173 Terrace St., Haworth, NJ 07641 201.384.1611 | gentledentistry.com 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 26-year relationship with one of the nation’s most distinguished dental laboratories, ensures impeccable results. Assisted by the use of today’s most advanced technologies, including 3D imaging, CAD/CAM technology and advanced laser care, you can be assured of 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.

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AWARD WINNING DESIGN-BUILDREMODEL

GLEN LUMIA CREATIVE DESIGN CONSTRUCTION & REMODELING 204 Livingston St., Northvale, NJ 07647 201.768.5813 | creativedesignconstruction.com MOST HOMEOWNERS AGREE EMBARKING ON ANY HOME RENOVATION is intimidating and can be downright scary. Knowing where to start and who to call doesn’t have to be overwhelming anymore. There is a design-build firm that holds your hand from concept to completion. “We are committed to providing a comfortable, no-pressure environment during the initial consultation so that homeowners can get answers to their questions. We want our clients to have all the information they need to make the best decisions related to their home renovation or addition,” says Glen Lumia, President and Owner of Creative Design Construction and Remodeling. Their clients receive initial project scopes and recommended project budgets once concept plans are approved. “At that point, clients can adjust the scope, the materials, or the budget based on their needs, wants, and desires,” says Glen. “Our Team works with the client to provide guidance and options along the way,” says Glen about the faces behind Creative Design Construction and Remodeling a Design-Build firm offering clients a time and money saving “one-stop shopping advantage” complete with an award-winning in-house design team, build teams, cabinet shop and showroom. As a recent client testimonial said, “I give them the highest recommendation. Whatever your project is, I assure you they will treat you with the upmost professionalism, courtesy, and respect while delivering the highest quality craftsmanship. Do not hesitate, call with confidence, sincerely!”

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WISDOM TEETH, DENTAL IMPLANTS AND CORRECTIVE JAW SURGERY STEVEN M. MOSS, D.M.D. JASON DIAMOND, D.D.S., M.D. VINCENT NOVELLI, D.M.D., M.D. CHANG HAN, D.D.S., M.D. ANGELA ILLUZZI-RUSSO, D.D.S. MARK PARK, D.M.D., M.D.

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BERGEN ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY 260 Old Hook Rd., East Building, Suite 202, Westwood, NJ 07675 | 201.664.5656 920 Main St., First Floor, Hackensack, NJ 07601 | 201.343.8297 1200 East Ridgewood Ave., Suite 102, Ridgewood, NJ 07450 | 201.444.4137 794 Franklin Ave., Suite 202, Franklin Lakes , NJ 07417 | 201.808.8700

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BERGEN ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY, in the community for over 60 years, puts patient care first when employing the most innovative techniques and practice. Whether removing wisdom teeth, placing dental implants or carrying out corrective jaw surgery, our goal is to attain an outcome that best suits each patient. The practice’s clinical experience, development of protocols and use of advanced technologies, including 3D imaging and computer-guided systems, have resulted in each of its surgeons being voted a TOP DENTIST in multiple polls. “We’re leaders in All-on-4® surgery in the N.Y. tristate area,” says Dr. Chang Han, about the minimally-invasive procedure that restores a full arch of teeth using just four dental implants. “Our treatment could change a patient’s life and I am happy to be part of a specialty that can make such a difference,” says Dr. Angela Illuzzi-Russo.

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Eric Avezzano, M.D.

Crystal Broussard, M.D.

Robert Levine, M.D.

Anthony Delillo, M.D.

Alicia Carti, A.P.N.

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MULTI-SPECIALTY AND PRIMARY CARE BERGEN MEDICAL ASSOCIATES

Allen Griggs, D.O.

Kathleen Staunton, A.P.N.

Emerson 201.967.8221 | Paramus (Suite 301) 201.445.1660 Paramus (Suite 211) 201.251.8221 | Northvale 201.767.8400 Montvale 201.391.0071 | Ridgewood 201.670.7800

FACES OF 2019 Alyse Bellomo, M.D.

Kedar Gokhale, M.D.

Peter Svider, M.D.

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Jennifer Randall, M.D.

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Laurie Schlussel, R.D.

Anne Marie Finneran, A.P.N.

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Holly Cullen, M.D.

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“BERGEN MEDICAL ASSOCIATES TAKES A WHOLE–PATIENT APPROACH to facilitating comprehensive care at their multi-specialty and primary care 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 and easy access to our care team.” Patients enjoy the “one-stop shopping” approach where so many medical services are provided under one umbrella. The team of physicians, nurses and highly trained staff represent a wide breadth of specialties, including internal medicine, family medicine, gastroenterology, rheumatology, endocrinology and metabolism, ENT-otolaryngology, allergy and immunology, sports medicine, neurology, 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. Bergen Medical Associates offers extended weekday and Saturday hours, as well as same day appointments. They participate in most insurance plans.”

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Sabrina Tempesta, D.O.

Jenny Ayala, M.D.

Maria Rosalie, M.D.

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DENTAL IMPLANTS AND ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY JASON M. AUERBACH, D.D.S. SUNG HEE CHO, D.D.S, M.D. RONALD FEDERMAN, D.D.S. SHAWN LYNN, D.D.S JUSTIN R. MESSINA, D.M.D., M.D. RIVERSIDE ORAL SURGERY

130 Kinderkamack Rd., Suite 204, River Edge, NJ 07661 333 Old Hook Rd., Suite 100, Westwood, NJ 07675 300 Grand Ave., Suite 102, Englewood, NJ 07631 209 So. Livingston Ave., Suite 2, Livingston, NJ 07039 201.487.6565 | riversideoralsurgery.com BY CONSISTENTLY PROVIDING THE OPTIMAL PATIENT EXPERIENCE EACH AND EVERY TIME, Riverside Oral Surgery has earned its esteemed reputation. Dr. Jason M. Auerbach and Dr. Sung Hee Cho have turned Riverside Oral Surgery into Bergen County’s premier oral surgery and dental implant practice. All of Riverside’s Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are Board Certified, each providing comprehensive, technology-focused oral and maxillofacial care to patients of all ages, regardless of complexity. Each Surgeon excels in their subspecialty, ranging from laser-assisted dental implant surgery, bone grafting, wisdom teeth removal and office-administered anesthesia to trauma, pathology and esthetic procedures. Because of their reputation throughout New Jersey, Riverside Oral Surgery is now named the Official Oral Surgeons of the New Jersey Devils. Every office located in Bergen and Essex Counties is an exceptional, state-of-the-art facility offering patients access to the uncompromising care that has always been the hallmark of Riverside Oral Surgery.

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HAIR COLOR ERIC ALT, Owner

ERIC ALT NORTH 67 East Allendale Rd., Saddle River, NJ 07458 | 201.934.1150 ALT HOUSE OF BLONDE 67B East Allendale Rd., Saddle River, NJ 07458 | 201.251.2222 ALT & CO. AT UNTITLED 618 North Maple Ave., Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423 | 201.444.7171 ericaltsalon.com WHEN IT COMES TO HAIRCARE SERVICES, few strike as deep an emotional chord or cause as much apprehension as hair color. Step into one of Eric Alt Salon’s multiple locations in Bergen County and put your hair color nerves at ease. Eric and his passionate team of master, award-winning hair color experts are well diversified in the art of hair color, including multidimensional tones that will transform your tresses from dull to dynamite. Always one step ahead of beauty, Eric launched the Alt brand with a specific focus on hair color. With blonding techniques always in high demand, masterful colorists offer a creative canvas of blonde hues and corrective blonding services. Eric Alt Salons focus on all color techniques, and when it comes to blonding, they’re simply the best in class! The ultimate in glam awaits you at Eric Alt Salon.

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PERSONAL DENTAL CARE DAYNA CASSANDRA, D.D.S.

351 Evelyn St., Paramus, NJ 07652 | 201.261.7645 | cosmeticdentistofparamus.com “I DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT, I LOVE THE WAY IT FEELS AND LOOKS.” That’s what our patient, Theresa, said about her new, improved smile. She no longer worries about loose teeth when enjoying dinner with her grandkids now that she’s restored them with implant dentistry. We stood by her during every step, from smile design to oral surgery, delivering the comfortable, beautiful smile she deserves. Experiencing significant changes in your smile can be emotional. We understand the most difficult decision is the one to restore your smile. We’re here to support you, just as we did with Theresa. Dr. Cassandra, a graduate of the University of Maryland Dental School, trained at the prestigious Pankey Institute. She’s an active member of the community giving back to those in need and a Clinical Professor in the Center for Advanced Esthetics at NYU. Her associate, Dr. Erika Dean-Donovan, is a graduate of Boston University School of Dental Medicine. Both doctors want patients to feel confident throughout the course of treatment.

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PETER SALERNO, CMKBD | PETER SALERNO, INC

511 Goffle Rd., Suite 104, Wyckoff, NJ 07481 | 201.251.6608 | petersalernoinc.com FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF HIS FATHER, Peter developed a profound interest in the craft; becoming an elite Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD). Together with his wife, Tracy, and their children, Anthony and Gabrielle, this third generation family venture is recognized as one of the top design firms in the country and is the recipient of 35 national accolades. With an eye for the unusual, Peter searches the globe for unique materials, reclaimed objects and old timbers from barns and historic buildings. “We’re about working with clients, big or small, classic or modern, creating that rare and distinctive personalized space for any budget,” says Peter.

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CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS

LORI NUZZI, D.C. NUZZI CHIROPRACTIC LIFESTYLE WELLNESS CENTER

12 Goffle Rd., Midland Park, NJ 07432 201.447.2570 | nuzzichiro.com

CELEBRATING 25-PLUS YEARS IN PRACTICE, Dr. Lori Nuzzi infuses innovation and modern science with her years of experience and excellence in service. Nuzzi Chiropractic Lifestyle Wellness Center is an alternative healthcare clinic focusing on drug-free and surgery-free methods for the treatment of pain, headaches, whiplash, injuries and other musculoskeletal complaints. The practice’s core mission centers on three R’s—Relieve, Rehabilitate and Renew. The wellness center provides an alternative healthcare experience blending chiropractic care with rehabilitative physical therapies, massage, guided exercise routines, medical weight loss and nutritional counseling programs to provide the ultimate personal health experience. All team members are certified experts in their fields, dedicated to providing excellent care that helps patients experience relief from pain, rehabilitate from injury or simply renew their commitment to a healthier, happier lifestyle. For further information or to schedule an appointment, go to our website at nuzzichrio.com.

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INTERIOR DESIGN LINDA GRANERT, ASID, NJ CID GRANERT INTERIOR PLANNING & DESIGN

225 Franklin Ave., Suite 3, Midland Park, NJ 07432 201.251.8377 | granertinteriordesignnj.com A SEASONED VETERAN IN THE FIELD OF INTERIOR DESIGN, Linda Granert continues to break design barriers with her innovative approach tailored to each unique interior design project. With a B.A. in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, she is a certified New Jersey Interior Designer and professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers. In 1992, Linda started her interior design firm, Granert Interior Planning & Design, and serves as both owner and executive designer. Linda and her staff lead clients through a seamless design process, helping to create interiors that are functional, budget conscious and fashionforward. Voted one of Bergen County’s top interior designers for the past 4 years, no project is too small or large for this dynamic Bergen County-based designer. Although her client base is primarily located in the NY/NJ metro area, Linda is currently working on projects in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan and Florida.

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71 Summit Ave., Hackensack, NJ 07601 | 201.342.7742 | smilebeautification.com PATIENTS WHO THOUGHT THEY’D NEVER SMILE AGAIN come to Dr. Rolando Cibischino because of his comprehensive knowledge of facial musculature issues. Understanding how to naturally frame a smile can make all the difference in a well-balanced smile design, or one that’s not. Dr. Cibischino, a member of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics, also continues his education on advancements using facial injectables and fillers to perfect a patient’s smile. In addition to his cosmetic dentistry work, Dr. Cibsichino is a TMJ specialist treating oral facial pain contributing to sleep disorders and he practices family dentistry. His overarching goal is to become a holistic part of every patient’s overall healthcare team. Dr. Cibischino’s distinguished continuing education and training includes attending the world-renowned Pankey Institute and the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry. In addition, he teaches at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Meet Dr. Cibischino and you’ll know why generations of patients trust his cosmetic, restorative and general dental work.

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DR. ALFRED GIGANTE, Owner JOINT & SPINE REHABILITATION

83 Franklin Tpke., Waldwick, NJ 07463 201.445.1079 | Jointspinerehab.com “WE GET PATIENTS RESULTS AND FAST,” says Dr. Alfred Gigante, a chiropractic physician and owner of Joint & Spine Rehabilitation, which is celebrating 25 years in practice. “We treat joint disorders of the neck, lower back, shoulders, hips, knees and feet.” The key to Joint & Spine’s success is simple: experience. Therapists at Joint & Spine use their expertise to achieve rapid results. “There’s nothing that replaces experience,” says Dr. Gigante. “All of our therapists have over ten years of experience, and when it comes to joints, there’s nothing they haven’t seen a hundred plus times.” Patients are seen by the same therapist throughout their care at Joint & Spine. Joint & Spine looks forward to another 25 years of serving Bergen County and welcomes all new patients. The practice offers a no-charge consultation and screening to anyone who may be unsure if care is needed for their condition.

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COMPASSIONATE FAMILY DENTAL CARE ROMAN DENTAL ARTS

747 Main St., Hackensack NJ 07601 201.843.0440 | romansmiles.com

WITH MORE THAN 38 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE, Roman Dental Arts offers comprehensive dental care tailored to each patient. Their motto, “Our family cares for your family,” is reflected in the compassionate service provided by both Dr. Donald Roman, a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s dental program, and his daughter Dr. Alissa Roman, a graduate of SUNY Buffalo Dental School which is ranked in the top 10 Dental Programs. Both Doctors approach treatment by finding ways to improve patients’ lives. They encourage patients to take an active role when making decisions about their oral health. Roman Dental Arts maintains its position as an innovative dental practice, providing services utilizing the latest in cutting-edge technologies, with proven results; 3D x-rays, dental lasers, CAD/CAM dentistry, and dental implants all under one roof. Dr. Donald and Dr. Alissa are active in the community and strive to change and improve lives through better dental care.

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A NEW BEST-IN-CLASS COUNTRY CLUB EXPERIENCE DANIEL SOMOGYI, General Manager | EDGEWOOD COUNTRY CLUB

449 Rivervale Rd., River Vale, NJ 07675 | 201.666.1200 | Edgewoodnj.com

THE NEW OWNERS OF THE EDGEWOOD COUNTRY CLUB in River Vale, New Jersey, decided to reinvent the Edgewood experience from the ground up, rather than simply continue the Club’s operations as usual. As a result, the “new” Edgewood is an innovative blend of convenience, value and refinement, offering delightful experiences that enhance the lives of its Members. Daniel Somogyi, General Manager, points to a breathtakingly well-appointed Clubhouse as just the first of many other planned enhancements. “Our new ownership recognized Edgewood’s potential to be a best-in-class, family-forward Club lifestyle,” he says. “As we continue evolving the Club and creating new amenities, services and features, our membership experiences will naturally evolve to surpass expectations.” This positive momentum has likewise created genuine enthusiasm in the community, heightening interest in a private club experience that’s at once welcoming, authentic, modern and exceptional. Come see where memberships become friendships.

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AWARD-WINNING INTERIORS DIANE DUROCHER,

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DIANE DUROCHER INTERIORS, INC. Ramsey, NJ 07446 | 201.825.3832 Dianedurocherinteriors.com I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN drawn to design. As a teenager I spent weekends browsing furniture showrooms and antique stores, and preferred House Beautiful magazine and Metropolitan Home to the typical teen magazines. A memorable Thanksgiving dinner at my aunt’s house cemented my love for interior design. From the elegant window treatments to the antique chandelier, with the crackling fire in the fireplace and the impeccably set table, the perfect ambiance seemed to make the meal taste even more delicious. That was when I realized that a well designed home is not only a lovely backdrop, but that it can positively influence how our lives are lived and enjoyed. Graduating from Berkeley College with my degree in interior design was a life-long dream. In 1995, I founded Diane Durocher Interiors. Together with my team, we have had the privilege to design numerous awarding winning projects. I believe that our success comes from our dedication to our clients, the design process and consistently striving to recreate that feeling that I had so many years ago.

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ORTHOPEDICS JAMES W. CAHILL, M.D.

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87 Summit Ave., Hackensack, NJ 07601 | 201.489.0022 | cahillorthopedic.com SELECTED BY CASTLE CONNOLLY MEDICAL LTD. as an outstanding New Jersey physician for 2019, Cahill Orthopedic Sports Medicine and Joint Replacement offers specialized care in sports injuries and joint replacements. Dr. Cahill has specific expertise and interests in ACL reconstruction, arthroscopic shoulder stabilization and rotator cuff repairs, as well as extensive experience in the management of pediatric sports injuries and trauma. Board certified, Dr. Cahill has advanced fellowship training in orthopedic sports medicine and routinely provides care for professional, collegiate and high school athletes. His practice is proudly affiliated with Hackensack Meridian Health, where he is a senior attending orthopedic surgeon and performs surgery at Holy Name Hospital. He performs surgical procedures at the highest level, incorporating current research and new techniques, with a particular interest in the newly developed robotic-assisted joint replacement. Committed to giving back, he has performed pro bono work for returning veterans, supported the orthopedic needs of local law enforcement and is a consultant for the Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative for patients in need. He provides attentive and individualized care. He is a former collegiate running back who continues to actively participate in sports with a particular interest in cycling. Dr. Cahill is proud to announce the arrive of Dr. David Porter to the practice. Dr. Porter is a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in adult and adolescent sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, joint replacement and trauma.

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HAIR AND BEAUTY

JoANNE VALLESE | LUXE SALON & DAY SPA

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385 N. Franklin Tpk., Ramsey, NJ 07748 | 201.825.4443 | luxesalonandspa.com “I’VE NEVER EXPERIENCED THIS BEFORE IN A SALON!” That’s the response new clients make when they realize Luxe Salon & Spa owner, JoAnne Vallese, is personally talking to them to find out what they truly want from a new stylist or colorist. After 23 years in business, JoAnne has perfected the art of placing every new client with the right stylist or colorist for their particular needs. Clients are always in the best hands with Luxe’s high-caliber staff, including a team of Goldwell master colorists, experts in hair extensions certified by Great Lengths and highly-experienced stylists who’ve trained with top celebrity stylists and industry legends. JoAnne’s warm and professional approach, coupled with her consummate staff, has resulted in generations of Bergen County customers who continue to trust Luxe with their beauty needs. Luxe also offers Medi Skin Spa services, including Botox, HydraFacials, permanent makeup and eyebrow microblading. Visit Luxe to experience its exceptional reputation.

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VEIN SPECIALISTS VEIN CENTER OF ORADELL

680 Kinderkamack Rd., Suite 306, Oradell, NJ 07649 201.262.VEIN (8346) | veincenteroforadell.com DR. JAMES GEUDER is a board certified vascular surgeon with over 25 years of experience treating vascular and vein problems in Bergen County. At The Vein Center of Oradell, Dr. Geuder personally examines, educates and treats all patients. The Vein Center of Oradell has an ICAVL-approved vascular lab, and they became the first vein center in New Jersey to be certified by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. Nurse Patty Galitsis, R.N. has many years of experience with vein problems and is certified in fitting compression hose. Castle Connolly and New York Magazine consistently include Dr. Geuder on their “Best Doctor” list and he also has the Patients Choice Award which is based on patients’ experience. The Vein Center of Oradell makes every effort to offer patients the most comfortable and friendly environment as they receive the best medical care.

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QUALITY CATHOLIC EDUCATION FOR YOUNG WOMEN PATRICIA MOLLOY, President IMMACULATE HEART ACADEMY

500 Van Emburgh Ave., Washington Township, NJ 07676 | 201.445.6800 | ihanj.com IMMACULATE HEART ACADEMY (IHA) offers more than a quality Catholic education for young women. IHA is a lifetime sisterhood to the 700 high school students who support and encourage one another with respect and kinship. Founded in 1960, IHA is the first college preparatory regional high school in the Archdiocese of Newark. The faculty and staff focus on developing the talents of the young woman—academically, spiritually, socially and through extracurricular activities—preparing for a lifetime of positive contributions for themselves and our society. In addition to strong athletics and arts programs, the school has developed a STEM, Robotics and Applied Engineering curriculum to meet the demands of the 21st century and beyond. IHA’s established College Counseling Department assists students at every grade level in navigating the rigorous admission process and prepare for college life. Including the graduates from the Class of 2019, 10,368 young women proudly call themselves IHA alumnae.

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HONEST CONSULTATIONS AND NATURAL RESULTS

REBECCA BAXT, M.D., MBA, FAAD BAXT COSMEDICAL DERMATOLOGY AND LASER CENTER 351 Evelyn St., Paramus, NJ 07652 | 201.265.1300 | cosmedical.com AT BAXT COSMEDICAL, one of Bergen County’s premier Centers for Cosmetic and Medical Dermatology, we offer a vast array of cosmetic enhancement technology and advanced non-invasive face and body rejuvenation services. Dr. Rebecca Baxt delivers outstanding patient care and excellent customer service with the latest technology available to help you reach your fullest and healthiest potential. You will find our staff and facility to be warm and welcoming. We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of advancements in aesthetic medicine. Call us for a refreshingly honest consultation with a Board-Certified Dermatologist who is an expert injector, and who administers all injections herself on her patients. Dr. Baxt teaches other physicians best practices in aesthetic medicine and she’s a Certified Botox® Cosmetic, Juvéderm®, Voluma™, Volbella® and Kybella® trainer. Dr. Baxt is also well-known for her expertise in treating acne, rosacea, eczema, hair loss, rashes, skincare and skin cancer.

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SURGICAL ONCOLOGY DONALD A. McCAIN, M.D., PH.D., FACS

20 Prospect Ave., Suite 603, Hackensack, NJ 07601 201.342.1010 | drdonaldmccain.com 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. Dr. McCain is Vice Chairman of the John Theurer Cancer Center 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 and hepatobiliary cancer.

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BETTER HEARING PROFESSIONAL HEARING AID CENTER

681 Main St., Hackensack, NJ 07601 201.343.1980 | professionalhearingaids.net HOW DO I TALK TO A LOVED ONE ABOUT HEARING LOSS? Talking about hearing loss can be a sensitive subject for many people. It’s an automatic assumption that the person presumes “It’s because I’m old,” and may feel defensive. As professionals, we are attempting to educate loved ones on how to approach the topic in a different way. It’s necessary to understand what causes hearing loss first such as noise, infections, and genetics among other issues. Erasing the stigma surrounding age and hearing loss creates an easier conversation. Remind your loved one gently each time you repeat yourself or “translate” for them. Recommend visiting a hearing professional for a consultation. These are done free of charge and will give them a clear picture of any issue along with the solutions available. We take great pride in having Board Certified Specialists, while being family owned and operated for over 30 years. Let us help your loved one on their journey to better hearing.

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CREATIVE LANDSCAPE DESIGN

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MITCH KNAPP & RICK ZIMMER, Principals SCENIC LANDSCAPING, TAPESTRY LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, TRANQUILITY POOLS

7 Argyle Rd., Haskell, NJ 07420 | 973.616.9600 | sceniclandscaping.com

WITH THREE COMPANIES under one roof, Principals Mitch Knapp and Rick Zimmer’s team offer a variety of customized services for their clients. With over 44 years’ experience, they continue to push creative boundaries. From residential and commercial designs, landscape construction and maintenance, to detail oriented swimming pools and spas, they have become the one-stop shop for luxury outdoor living. A recipient of numerous awards for landscape design over the last four decades, Scenic Landscaping has an impressive portfolio of successful projects, ranging from Manhattan hotel rooftops to luxurious private residences in the tri-state area. Fully staffed with a large team of experts, including architects, designers, horticulturists, and master pool builders, all jobs, whether large or small, receive personal attention. Clients have access to a private on-site nursery of plant material and customized garden services to ensure that the new design can maintain its quality and continue to thrive each year.

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FINE JEWELRY, ENGAGEMENT AND WEDDING RINGS

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NANCY SCHURING DEVON FINE JEWELRY

303 Franklin Ave., Wyckoff, NJ 07481 201.848.8489 | devonfinejewelry.com CHOOSING A DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT OR WEDDING RING is one of life’s most exciting moments. But, these important purchases require expert guidance. At Devon Fine Jewelry, we honestly explain a diamond’s quality so you can choose the best diamond for your budget. We also carry a large selection of fine mountings from A. Jaffe, Christopher Designs, Noam Carver and Point of Love. Or, show us your ideas and we’ll help you create your dream ring. If you’re celebrating a major milestone anniversary with a new diamond wedding band, come see our new selection of diamond eternity bands. Or, we’ll perform Devon Magic by resetting your original diamond in a new and enhancing setting. You’re invited to visit our comfortable showroom to peruse our selection of unusual jewelry. You’ll have the benefit of talking to a diamond and colored gem specialist, including Nancy Schuring, Devon’s founder and own master gemologist.

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MICHAEL MARIOTTI INTERIOR DESIGN

Oradell, NJ 07649 | 201.384.1294 | michaelmariotti.com INTERIOR DESIGNER MICHAEL MARIOTTI takes pride in building personal relationships with his clients to create spaces that represent their individual stories. Supported by a highly qualified team of six, clients know they have the best of both worlds, a staff small enough to be personal and attentive, but large enough to provide comprehensive service. Through their combined experiences and distinct skill sets, the MMID team provides an organized, well-rounded approach to design. Every project is prefaced by gathering inspiration from the client’s specific needs, lifestyle, and preferences. Creative solutions are devised in communication with the client during the design phase and later finetuned for seamless execution between designer, client, and contractor. This collaborative effort provides an enjoyable process with a final result that is aesthetically beautiful, personally functional and unique to each client.

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AESTHETIC CARE FOR WOMEN, BY WOMEN AESTHETICA MED SPA NJ

2 Sears Dr., Suite 101, Paramus, NJ 07652 973.304.5238 | AestheticaMedSpaNJ.com

FOLLOWING AN INDIVIDUALIZED AND CONSERVATIVE APPROACH, co-owners Dr. Debra Ibrahim and Maneeha Mahmood are committed to helping clients get to the “best version of themselves.” Aesthetica Med Spa’s goal adheres to a philosophy of maximizing client expectations while delivering natural, subtle results. Before treatment is recommended, a client has a personal consultation with a professional staff member to discuss her main concerns. The process is educational. Dr. Ibrahim and Maneeha want their clients to know that maintaining their skin is a lifetime commitment. At Aesthetica, “females understand females,” especially as it relates to aging skin. While many women begin more serious attention to their skin in their 30s and beyond, Aesthetica serves clients as young as teenagers. Services provided include skin resurfacing, injectables and lasers, with many clients choosing Aesthetica for Botox® and dermal fillers. Dr. Ibrahim and Maneeha offer treatment solutions ONLY after they have evidence of proven results.

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FRESH AND TRENDY WOMEN’S FASHION

CORINNE DONAGHEY BOUTIQUE 518

78 West Allendale Ave., Allendale, NJ 07401 518.229.9298 | boutique-518.com Follow us on Instagram and Facebook

SHOPPING FOR NEW CLOTHES SHOULD BE THRILLING, not just a boring trip to the department store to find cookie-cutter fashions. Boutique 518 owner, Corinne Donaghey, has captured the excitement of discovering a piece of clothing that fits your body type and your budget. Open for just over two years, Corinne has turned Boutique 518 into a destination for women of all ages who’re looking to explore new brands and trends. From Corinne’s boutique management experience prior to opening her own shop, she learned the importance of customer service that goes above and beyond expectations, such as hand-delivering an item to a customer’s home. Corinne quickly built Boutique 518 into a community mainstay; the boutique hosts fundraisers, donates clothing to needy organizations and gives a percentage of sales to the Susan G. Komen® Breast Cancer Foundation every October. Visit Corinne and the staff at Boutique 518 and feel passionate again about wardrobe shopping.

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PATIENT-CENTRIC DENTAL CARE ANTHONY CARAMICO, D.M.D. DIANE ASMAR, D.M.D. MIDLAND PARK FAMILY DENTISTRY

662 Godwin Ave., Midland Park, NJ 07432 | 201.447.5555 | midlandparkfamilydentistry.com team@midlandparkfamilydentistry.com WALKING THROUGH OUR DOORS AT MIDLAND PARK FAMILY DENTISTRY should feel like you’re walking through your own front door. That’s how comfortable and loved Dr. Anthony Caramico wants you to feel. From our front-office team to our hygienists and associates, everyone believes in a patient-first philosophy, placing your needs at the forefront of everything we do. Combining technical knowledge with advanced instruments, the team practices minimally invasive dentistry that improves the level of care patients receive, often leading to less chair time. “Patients are the driving force behind everything we do. Whether we deliver a crown in one visit without messy impressions and temporaries, or restore a broken tooth or cavity with laser technology, the most beneficial service we offer patients is personalized service and care.” Our new associate, Dr. Diane Asmar, maintains the extraordinarily high level of care our patients deserve. We encourage you to come feel the difference at Midland Park Family Dentistry.

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LUXURY AUTOMOBILES JAGUAR LAND ROVER ENGLEWOOD

30 Van Nostrand Ave., Englewood, NJ 07631 | Sales 201.389.5225 | JaguarEnglewood.com | LandRoverEnglewood.com OCTOBER MARKS A YEAR AGO THAT JAGUAR LAND ROVER ENGLEWOOD CELEBRATED the opening of its state-of-the-art retailer. The 40,000-square-foot facility features a 12-car showroom and 20 full-service bays, plus an off-site prep facility with 17 prep bays and over 600 parking spaces for inventory. The expansive properties and amenities give Jaguar Land Rover Englewood the capability to deliver optimal, class-leading service to discerning luxury automotive clients in Bergen County and beyond. “We’ve had tremendous success over the past year, because of the amazing amount of support we’ve received from the Englewood community,” says Ron Haro, Centre Manager. You are invited to make Jaguar Land Rover Englewood’s year-round, climate-controlled showroom your luxury automobile destination. Peruse over 600 new and certified pre-owned vehicles, including the all new, Jaguar I-PACE, Jaguar’s all-electric SUV. Jaguar Land Rover Englewood is part of one of the largest and most prestigious automotive groups in America—Penske Automotive Group.

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PLASTIC SURGERY

SCOTT A. SPIRO, M.D. SPIRO PLASTIC SURGERY

101 Old Short Hills Rd., Suite 510 West Orange, NJ 07052 973.736.5907 | drspiro.com

THE “MOMMY MAKEOVER” is one of Dr. Scott Spiro’s most successful cosmetic procedures. Dr. Spiro takes the time to listen to each patient before recommending a fully customized “Mommy Makeover” to his patient. He knows that many women prefer a non-implant technique to restore their breasts to a more youthful appearance. If this approach is a treatment option, Dr. Spiro follows a creative auto-augmentation technique, using self-enhancement, for breast-lifting. Dr. Spiro provides additional creative procedures for tummy tucks, including those that could include correction of circumferential skin and abdominal wall issues such as diastasis and hernia conditions. For more than twenty-three years, Dr. Spiro has been committed to treating his patients with great attention to individual needs and concerns. Testimonials are frequent and common from Dr. Spiro’s patients, many of whom represent locations around the country, as well as those who seek his expertise from abroad.

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ASSISTED SENIOR LIVING

VAN DYK MEMORY CARE CENTER

644 Goffle Rd., Hawthorne, NJ 07506 | 973.310.9600 vandykmemorycare.com

GROUNDED IN SIX DECADES OF FAMILY OWNERSHIP, Van Dyk Health Care exemplifies leadership and innovation in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Van Dyk’s award-winning staff receive specialized dementia training and share their expertise throughout the community. Bob & Elizabeth Van Dyk invest regularly in high-profiled education forums and intimate support groups, raising awareness for cognitive diseases and reducing the stigma that families often feel. Van Dyk Memory Care Center, led by Executive Director Pam Tokarczuk, offers adult day care in its charming Farmhouse. Using Van Dyk’s family-centered approach, Pam has helped seniors of all cognitive levels thrive from meaningful social interaction while family caregivers enjoy a much-needed break. Pam is a versatile leader with an impressive tenure at Van Dyk. She helps families access home care solutions through At Home With Dyk and assisted living options at Van Dyk Park Place, the family’s crown-jewel community.

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EXCEPTIONAL DENTISTRY

ROBERT S. ROSENFELD, D.D.S. ROSENFELD DENTAL STUDIO

197 Kinderkamack Rd., Westwood, NJ 07675 201.666.8080 | rosenfelddentalstudio.com EDUCATION, EXPERTISE, AND ENTHUSIASM describe Dr. Robert S. Rosenfeld and his team. A qualified staff with an eager approach toward patient satisfaction has resulted in new and returning patients for nearly three decades. With Dr. Rosenfeld’s leadership, Rosenfeld Dental Studio is committed to both dental health and aesthetic details. Whether it’s a routine procedure, cosmetic improvement, or a full-mouth reconstruction, “Do it once, and do it right,” is the approach each patient receives. Patients are involved in treatment decisions. A photo gallery of impressive results and outstanding patient reviews provide proof that Rosenfeld Dental Studio takes pride in each patient’s happiness. Many dental professionals trust Dr. Rosenfeld for their dental needs. Dr. Rosenfeld mentors recent dental graduates in the residency program at Hackensack U. Medical Center, lectures to dental professionals, has published domestically and internationally, and serves as part-time faculty at the Nash Institute for Dental Learning in NC.

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EXCEPTIONAL ORTHOPAEDIC CARE ROBERT A. KAYAL, M.D.,

FAAOS, FOUNDER PRESIDENT & CEO

KAYAL ORTHOPAEDIC CENTER, P.C. Franklin Lakes: 784 Franklin Ave. Glen Rock: 266 Harristown Rd. Westwood: 260 Old Hook Rd. Paramus: 185 Route 17 South Garfield: 96 Manner Ave. Montvale: Coming in 2020! 844.777.0910 | Kayalortho.com

ROBERT KAYAL, MD, Founder of Kayal Orthopaedic Center, P.C., continues to raise the bar by offering an ever-expanding range of exceptional orthopaedic services close to home. He recently opened a state-of-the-art facility in Paramus featuring Kayal Medical Imaging and Kayal Physical Therapy & Chiropractic, bringing the number of locations to nine towns when the Montvale office opens in 2020. His practice also includes a Robotic Joint Replacement Center, Pain & Spine Center, Rheumatology Center, Osteoporosis Center, Osteoarthritis & Orthobiologics Center and Laser Treatment Center. Year after year, he has been the recipient of the New Jersey ‘Top Doctor’ Award, Castle Connolly ‘Top Doctor’ Award and Vitals.com ‘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.

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A GROWTH MINDSET EDUCATION ACADEMY OF THE HOLY ANGELS, EST. 1879

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315 Hillside Ave., Demarest, NJ 07627 | 201.768.7822 | holyangels.org TRANSFORMING THE WORLD through education is more than a mission statement at the Academy of the Holy Angels. Altruistic Angels have established ties with Puerto Rico to provide on-site assistance, and funded training for three teachers working on Haiti’s Lagonav Island. AHA students are inspired by the Academy’s rigorous STREAM curriculum (STEM plus religion and art), which is enhanced by growth mindset education. Growth mindset encourages individuals to view obstacles as opportunities, break through momentary setbacks, and become fearless learners. This year, an Angel who brings life-saving vaccines to the Philippines was New Jersey’s top high school volunteer! A stellar thespian earned the prestigious Metro Award, a select group traveled to Oxford for a bespoke course in critical thinking, two artists became national medalists in the Scholastic Art and Writing competition, and a tech-minded trio demonstrated their robotics and physics projects at STREAM 3.0, the National Catholic Educational Association’s conference.

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STONE AND TILE ANTONELLA ROMANO STONE & TILE EMPORIUM

248 Everett Ave., Wyckoff, NJ 07481 201.891.2444 | stoneandtilenj.com

ANTONELLA ROMANO, owner of Stone & Tile Emporium in Wyckoff, is a third-generation tile specialist and an expert in every aspect of the business—from design and installation to geology and fabrication. Born in Italy and emigrating to the United States as a young girl, Antonella started working in her father’s stone company as a teenager. “I literally grew up in the industry and owe all I’ve learned to my father,” she says. “Now I am able to help clients realize their dreams in my own unique way, with a woman’s touch.” She monitors the entire process, from concept to completion, to ensure the final result is as envisioned. Antonella combines old world Italian craft with modern-day construction. Personal service, site visits, and full elevations and floor plans of the tile details are what make her unique in the business. Having worked with her father in the field she can conceptualize the details and drawings so that the end result after installation is aesthetically and technically flawless.

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EVENT ENTERTAINMENT JASON JANI, OWNER SCE EVENT GROUP

804 Broadway, Suite 200 West Long Branch, NJ 07764 888.278.0900 | sceeventgroup.com JASON JANI ROCKS THE PARTY EVERY TIME!

Jani, SCE Event Group’s owner, always had a knack for mixing music. But what started as a side hobby, has grown into a boutique influenced event company that has given rise to his icon status in the world of special events and entertainment. Jani and his passionate, insanely creative team of 50 travel the world to bring their magic to countless weddings, VIP events, retail & fashion extravaganzas, corporate and life occasions inspiring clients to think BIG. If you dream it, Jani makes it happen. As one of the world’s most sought-after profile event DJs, he has gathered a portfolio of notable A-list celebrities and earned the coveted title of official DJ for the Superbowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles performing at their post-game party with the hottest names in music like Cardi B and Diplo. No one says it better than Jani himself,” I know I’m doing what I was put on this planet to do.”

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WEALTH MANAGEMENT

DEBORAH A. RICHIN, CFP®,

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UBS FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. 61 S. Paramus Rd., 4th Floor, Paramus, NJ 07652 201.441.4091 | 844.831.0227 (toll free) ubs.com/fa/deborahrichin GOT A PLAN? Having a financial plan is like having a road map; a guide to help you realize your most important life goals. Financial Advisor Deborah Richin, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™, helps her clients make confident, informed decisions about how to preserve their wealth and shape their legacy by building customized plans. “The value of having a financial plan is that it can empower you to make clear decisions rather than emotional ones,” Deborah says. “A financial plan can help you weather the market’s ups and downs and focus on reaching your goals, whether it’s paying for college, a wedding, retirement, job transition or a bucket list.” With her straightforward guidance, Deborah helps you build the life you want by making practical, thoughtful wealth management choices. Working with a financial professional can make all the difference in the quality of your life. Call for a complimentary 90-minute discovery session with Deborah and explore your options.

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® and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ in the U.S. which it awards to individuals who successfully complete the CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements. In providing wealth management services to clients, we offer both investment advisory and brokerage services which are separate and distinct and differ in material ways. For information, including the different laws and contracts that govern, visit ubs.com/workingwithus. In providing financial planning services, we may act as a broker-dealer or investment adviser, depending on whether we charge a fee for the service. The nature and scope of the services are detailed in the documents and reports provided to clients as part of the service. Financial planning does not alter or modify in any way a client’s existing account(s) or the terms and conditions of any account agreements they may have with UBS. IS1903685.

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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. They treat adolescents and young adults, giving attention to the impact of social media on mental health, and will conduct groups this Fall, one for adult women and one for young girls. Topics include self-esteem, empowerment, and relationships.

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ADVANCED IMPLANT TECHNOLOGY AND AESTHETICS

THE CENTER FOR IMPLANTS AND AESTHETICS AT ENGLEWOOD DENTAL

370 Grand Ave., Suite 200, Englewood, NJ 07631 201.871.3555 | Englewooddental.com

MORE THAN THIRTY 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 team are leaders in the dental community, addressing both simple and complicated cases with the same degree of attention and expertise. Dr. Minichetti’s office is Bergen County’s cuttingedge facility for cosmetic and implant procedures and provides quality comprehensive care in general, pediatric, laser 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 Past President of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 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 staff sets the standards for quality dental care.

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A LOCAL PUB WITH AN IRISH SOUL THE SHANNON ROSE

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1200 NJ-17, Ramsey, NJ 07446 98 Kingsland Rd., Clifton, NJ 07014 973.284.0200 | theshannonrose.com THE GOAL IS TO COMBINE IRISH ROOTS WITH A SENSE OF COMMUNITY. With a dedication to the finest details of every patron’s experience, The Shannon Rose exudes Irish Hospitality with good food and a fine pint. The Shannon Rose is proud of Scott Jones, the pub’s own in-house cicerone (beer sommelier). As Assistant General Manager, Scott has commanded a lot of attention with the Craft Beer Program. Favorites include the Industrial Arts Metric Pils Lager, the Rogue Batsquatch IPA, and the Shannon Rose Seasonal Cider. A warm décor with authentic Irish furnishings welcomes all who gather at The Shannon Rose. Over the years, the staff has built strong relationships with the community, in part due to a commitment by management to promote health through charitable events. The Shannon Rose supports the American Heart Association, the Community Food Bank of NJ, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Ramsey Farmers’ Market.

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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 680 Kinderkamack Rd., Oradell, NJ 07649 201.261.6900 1777 Hamburg Tpke, Wayne, NJ 07470 973.835.7500 njrootcanal.com NEW JERSEY ROOT CANAL HAS BEEN SAVING TEETH for 25 years. Dr. Brian Trava opened his practice in Hawthorne in 1990, and later added offices in Ho-Ho-Kus, Oradell 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.

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EFFORTLESS MOVING & STORAGE BOOTH MOVERS, LTD.

1 Anderson Ave., Moonachie, NJ 07074 | 201.896.4500 | boothmovers.com | njmover.com FAMILY-OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1945, Booth Movers is currently headed by its third generation of family leaders. Booth Movers is proud to operate locations in Moonachie and East Rutherford, representing 58,000 square feet of warehouse space. With a tri-state area focus, the company completes more than 3,000 residential and commercial moves annually. An agent for Atlas Van Lines, the world’s second largest moving company, Booth’s business extends nationally and globally. Having the right tools and properly trained staff is crucial to success. Booth offers a fleet of twelve trucks that deliver awardwinning service. Reviews on the Booth website have a lot in common, mainly that all Booth employees treat every client in a courteous manner as part of the family and explain procedures and costs clearly, eliminating unwanted surprises on moving day. Recently, a satisfied customer wrote, “It pays to have high-quality professionals helping you through a stressful time.”

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SPINAL SURGERY

JAMES J. HALE, M.D.

Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

EASTERN ORTHOPEDIC ASSOCIATES

222 Cedar Ln., Suite 120 Teaneck, NJ 07666 201.836.5332 easternorthopedics.com DR. JAMES J. HALE became interested in spinal surgery as a resident in orthopedic surgery when he worked at a trauma hospital on traumatic spinal injuries. “I saw how surgery can truly impacts one’s life and future,” he said, “I also understand how nervous someone can be when they are concerned that they may need spine surgery.” He’s also a competitive athlete compassionate about the need for athletes of all levels to return to their former levels of activity. As a specialist in minimally invasive surgical techniques for simple and complex spinal disorders and injuries, Dr. Hale uses imagery to help patients understand why they’re having pain and how it can be improved. Known for his conservative approach, he often uses therapy, injections, or exercise to help alleviate pain before even considering surgery.

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MASSAGE AND FACIAL RELAXATION GINA AMERICO, Spa Director, Allendale and Emerson DAISY MEREJO, Spa Director, Emerson and Franklin Lakes HAND & STONE MASSAGE AND FACIAL SPA

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39 West Allendale Ave., Allendale, NJ 07401 | 201.760.0600 | 494 Kinderkamack Rd., Emerson, NJ 07630 | 201.483.9530 828 Franklin Ave., Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417 | 201.848.8300 | 46 City Place, Edgewater, NJ 07020 | 201.496.5000 TAKING CARE OF YOUR FACE AND BODY shouldn’t be a luxury. Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa offers a membership that makes for an easy monthly routine. Setting itself apart from other area spas, Hand & Stone offers a wide range of services at a reasonable price. Purchasing a membership allows clients to take care of themselves frequently and gives the freedom to visit all Hand & Stone locations in the U.S. For relaxation, clients can enjoy unique massage services, from the Himalayan Salt Stone massage to one featuring infused CBD oil. The spa provides state-of-the-art anti-aging facials, and clients love the newly offered Dermalinfusion Facial, an exclusive simultaneous infusion technology restoring skin plumpness, texture and tone more effectively. With an inviting environment and a warm, friendly staff, Hand & Stone clients often consider their time at the spa as their best hour of each month.

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LASER VISION CORRECTION

RICHARD A. NORDEN, M.D. NORDEN LASER EYE ASSOCIATES

1144 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood, NJ 07450 201.444.2442 | Nordenlasik.com KNOWN AS THE PHYSICIAN’S PHYSICIAN, Dr. Richard Norden was the first ophthalmologist in Northern NJ to perform LASIK, and now Small-Incision LASIK (SMILE), and has since trained hundreds on physicians in his specialty. With an extensive list of qualifications, Dr. Norden is a past Medical Director of both the New Jersey Eye Bank and The Laser Center of North Jersey and has lectured both nationally and internationally on the topics of LASIK and Custom LASIK™, for which he holds the trademark. His trademarked procedure uses technology which is customized for a patient’s unique prescription. Committed to offering only the most successful state-of-the-art technology, Dr. Norden actively pursues continuing education in his field. Dr. Norden’s reputation for excellence has caused physicians from many areas of the U.S. to choose him to perform laser vision correction for both themselves and their families. There’s hardly a more powerful testimonial.

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TOTAL DENTAL HEALTH RIVER EDGE DENTAL

130 Kinderkamack Rd., Suite 303, River Edge, NJ 07661 201.439.8965 | riveredgedental.com “TO BE SUCCESSFUL, ALL DENTISTRY SHOULD BE COSMETIC, SAYS DR. MARLEN MARTIROSSIAN, who believes good dentistry produces a smile that boosts a patient’s confidence. After receiving his DDS, he completed additional courses in Implant Technology and Advanced Cosmetic and Neuromuscular Dentistry and continues to pursue additional education, searching for new ways to improve patients’ lives. Dr. Marlen’s office focuses on comprehensive dental care, providing each patient with compassion and an individualized dental plan. River Edge Dental has always been at the leading edge of dental techniques. The office offers a wide range of the most advanced dental equipment, insuring better results. Dr. Marlen concentrates on three pillars of a healthy mouth: gum health, teeth health and harmonious bite relationship. Patients know Dr. Marlen will find solutions to any dental problem and will deliver aesthetic results. His R.E.newSmile Dentistry™ approach guarantees patients will look and feel years younger.

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COMMUNITY BANKING NVE BANK

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76 Engle St., Englewood, NJ 07631 | 201.816.2800 | NVEbanking.com ONE OF NEW JERSEY’S oldest and strongest community banks, NVE has proudly served Bergen County for 132 years. In 2019, Bauer Financial Inc., the nation’s largest independent bank rating firm, awarded NVE its coveted 5-Star Rating for the 6th consecutive year, designating it as one of the strongest banks in the nation. As a Mutual Bank, NVE is not reliant on Wall Street, allowing the bank to put its full focus and unwavering commitment on customers and social responsibility. And NVE believes in sharing its success by reinvesting resources back into the community. The Bank’s Annual Scholarship Program has awarded over $180,000 to local High School and Middle School students, and in 2019 scholarship amounts were doubled in recognition of NVE’s outstanding financial performance in 2018. Staff members are deeply involved within the community through participation in civic and charitable events that support local organizations such as the Office of Concern Food Pantry, The Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood Hospital & Medical Center and Flat Rock Brook Nature Center. All in an effort to ensure a bright future for Bergen County.

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NIGHT VISION

Having difficulty seeing at night could be because of more than just aging.

Not seeing as well as you used to (especially at night) is often joked about as an unavoidable consequence of getting older, but the truth is it’s no laughing matter. There are certainly age-related mechanisms at play that can impede our ability to see when it’s dark outside, but sometimes, there is an underlying eye disease that’s to blame. This is why regular eye exams are crucial as we get older, especially for those of us who continue to drive well into our senior years.

OUR AGING EYES: A CLOSER LOOK

n Pupils shrink and lose their capacity to dilate, which reduces the amount of light the eye can absorb in darkened settings (like driving at night). n The cornea and lens lose clarity, which causes light to scatter when it enters the eye. This is what results in glare. n Other age-related changes to the structure of the eye reduce “contrast sensitivity,” or the ability to discern subtle differences in brightness. This makes it more difficult to see objects (other cars, pedestrians, deer) and other hazards on the roads after dark. n Higher-order aberrations (or HOAs) are imperfections in the anatomy of the eye that can’t be remedied with eyeglasses or contacts. Such imperfections worsen over time (with age) and can impede vision, especially after dark. Changes related to aging can overlap with the symptoms of many common eye-related ailments. But that can be good news, as many of them—including cataracts, nearsightedness, corneal disease, even side effects from medications and vitamin deficiency—are treatable conditions. BERGENMAG.COM

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CATARACT • Cloudy or blurry vision • Faded colors  lare •G • Headlights, lamps or sunlight that appear too bright • Halos around lights • Poor night vision • Double vision or multiple images in one eye • Frequent changes in your eyeglasses or contact lens prescription DIABETIC RETINOPATHY • Severe vision loss, even with no initial symptoms • Blurred vision • Specks of retinal blood, or spots, affecting your vision GLAUCOMA • No symptoms initially • Gradual decrease of peripheral vision • Eventual loss of peripheral vision and blindness DRY MACULAR DEGENERATION • Blurred vision, which is a common early sign • Inability to see details clearly at a short distance as disease progresses • Small, growing blind spot in central vision WET MACULAR DEGENERATION • Straight lines appear crooked • Loss of central vision

“A regular annual eye exam is very important for all adults, whether or not they wear eyeglasses, because many potentially blinding diseases like cataracts, diabetes, glaucoma and macular degeneration have better outcomes if diagnosed and treated early. For adults who may be having difficulty driving at night, it is helpful to see a board-certified ophthalmologist who can evaluate vision and eye health.” —Mark Goldfarb, M.D., medical director, Advanced Eye Care, River Edge BERGENMAG.COM

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Playa Bowls 38 E. Palisade Ave., Englewood, 201.928.7788; 833 Franklin Lake Rd., Franklin Lakes, 201.824.2400; 305 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, 201.639.2700; 82 Park Ave., Rutherford, 201.559.3339 playabowls.com With four booming locations in Bergen County, Playa Bowls has dominated the local scene for acai (that’s “ah-SIGH-ee”) bowls. Offering a near-endless amount of base and topping combinations, the chain has quickly expanded from one small location in South Jersey to a national brand for acai, pitaya, coconut and green bowls. And with items named the “Electric Mermaid” and the “Jetty,” how can you not feel like you’re eating something hand-crafted on the coast of the Jersey Shore?

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RESTAURANTS AND FOOD BAGELS 1. GOLDBERG'S BAGELS OF WYCKOFF 327 Franklin Ave. Wyckoff 201.847.9199 gfbwyckoff.com 2. BAGEL NOSH 799 Franklin Ave. Franklin Lakes 201.847.9455 24 E. Prospect St. Waldwick 201.652.9746 3. BAGELICIOUS 19 N. Broad St. Ridgewood 201.652.9421

BAKERY 1. RISPOLI PASTRY SHOP 824 Broad Ave. Ridgefield 201.943.6002 rispolipastryshop.com 23 Emerson Plz. Emerson 201.265.4009 rispolipastryshop.com 2. B&W BAKERY 614 Main St. Hackensack 201.342.5577 2. SOOK PASTRY 24 S. Broad St. Ridgewood 201.493.2500 sookpastry.com 3. BALTHAZAR 214 S. Dean St. Englewood 201.503.9717 balthazarbakery.com

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BARBECUE 1. FINK'S BBQ SMOKEHOUSE 26 W. Madison Ave. Dumont 201.384.3210 finksbbqsmokehouse.com 2. FIRE PIT BBQ 357 Essex St. Hackensack 201.489.3473 firepitbbq.net 605 Ridge Rd. North Arlington 201.955.3473 firepitbbq.net 3. KIMCHI SMOKE BARBECUE 301 Center Ave. Westwood 201.497.6333 kimchismoke.com

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BEER SELECTION 1. BEER SPOT AND GRILL 2027 Lemoine Ave. Fort Lee 201.461.9740 thebeerspotandgrill.com 2. TOTAL WINE & MORE 1001 Main St. River Edge 201.968.1777 totalwine.com 3. BOTTLE KING 95 Washington Ave. Dumont 201.384.9580 909 Prospect St. Glen Rock 201.652.2690 381 Washington Ave. Hillsdale 201.722.9400 476 Rte. 17 Ramsey 201.934.9080

BOWLS 1. PLAYA BOWLS 38 E. Palisade Ave. Englewood 201.928.7788 833 Franklin Lake Rd. Franklin Lakes 201.824.2400 305 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.639.2700 82 Park Ave. Rutherford 201.559.3339 playabowls.com 2. SAMBA BOWLS 37 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.857.5015 sambabowls.com 3. BLENDED BOWLS 100 E. Main St. Ramsey 201.934.3220

BREAKFAST 1. RAYMOND'S RESTAURANT 101 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.445.5125 raymondsnj.com 2. RIDGE DINER 125 Kinderkamack Rd. Park Ridge 201.391.4242 ridgediner.com 3. IHOP 141 N. Dean St. Englewood 201.568.8088 111 Rte. 17 Hasbrouck Heights 201.288.0355

475 Rte. 17 Ramsey 201.236.2401 610 Cedar Ln. Teaneck 201.836.6500 ihop.com 3. MAYWOOD PANCAKE HOUSE 92 W. Pleasant Ave. Maywood 201.880.7842 maywoodpancakehouse.com

BRUNCH 1. WHITE MAPLE CAFÉ 47 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.447.1953 whitemaplecafe.com 2. PARK WEST TAVERN 30 Oak St. Ridgewood 201.445.5400 parkwesttavern.com 3. FARMHOUSE CAFÉ & EATERY 15 E. Madison Ave. Cresskill 201.266.8931

2. THE HABIT BURGER GRILL 3101 Promenade Blvd. Fair Lawn 201.475.3800

2. WESTWOOD PRIME MEATS 190 Westwood Ave. Westwood 201.664.0069 westwoodprimemeats.com

22 Farm View Rd. Montvale 201.391.2407

3. KARL EHMER QUALITY MEATS 120 Broadway Hillsdale 201.664.1477 karlehmer.com

1081 Main St. River Edge 201.489.4400 3 Teterboro Landing Dr. Teterboro 201.288.4629 habitburger.com 3. BURGER BARN 100 Farm View Rd. Montvale 551.249.2165

BUTCHER 1. STEVE'S MARKET 41 W. Main St. Ramsey 201.327.9466 stevesmarket.com

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Raymond's Restaurant 101 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, 201.445.5125, raymondsnj.com Step back in time to the hustling-bustling New York lunch counters of the 1950s at Raymond’s. The old-fashioned aesthetic and twists on morning favorites (including an Instagramworthy avocado toast topped with fluffy poached eggs) makes this joint truly timeless.

BURGERS 1. BAREBURGER 129 Vervalen St. Closter 201.660.7720 78 The Promenade Edgewater 201.941.2273 15 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.416.9651 455 Chestnut Ridge Rd. Woodcliff Lake 201.746.9275 bareburger.com

3. ANTHONY’S ORADELL PRIME MEATS 302 Kinderkamack Rd. Oradell 201.261.3196 oradellprimemeats.com

BYO RESTAURANT 1. MOMMA'S KITCHEN 15 W. Grand Ave. Montvale 201.746.9777 mommaskitchennj.com 2. SANDUCCI'S TRATTORIA 620 Kinderkamack Rd. River Edge 201.599.0600 sanduccis.com 3. FINO 114 W. Allendale Ave. Allendale 201.995.1100 finoristorantenj.com

CANDY/CHOCOLATE 1. CONRAD'S CONFECTIONERY 107 Westwood Ave. Westwood 201.664.2895 conradsconfectionery.com 2. LAURIE'S HOMEMADE CANDY * 600 Berdan Ave. Wayne 973.696.7255 lauriescandies.com 3. CRITCHLEY'S CANDIES 812 Kinderkamack Rd. River Edge 201.967.1800 critchleyschocolates.com

2. FIVE GUYS 54 Rte. 17 N. East Rutherford 201.507.5550 45 River Rd. Edgewater 201.482.4614 450 Hackensack Ave. Hackensack 201.343.5489 1 Garden State Plaza Blvd. Paramus 201.845.3333 1300 Rte. 17 Ramsey 201.962.7722 fiveguys.com

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Chez Cheeze 10 Washington St., Tenafly, 201.568.2050, chezcheeze.com Tucked inside a quaint shopping area in Tenafly, this gourmet market is a neighborhood favorite, whether for a quick sandwich and soup for lunch or when catering to a crowd. Chez Cheeze is known first and foremost though for its expansive selection of artisanal cheeses, which the friendly staff will arrange beautifully on a cheese plate or slice onto a fresh sandwich or wrap of your choice. The store also has specials that change daily, weekly and seasonally to keep both longtime and newbie customers coming back.

CANNOLI 1. UNCLE GIUSEPPE'S MARKETPLACE 10 Triangle Plz. Ramsey 201.995.6800 uncleg.com 2. MORANO’S ITALIAN GOURMET MARKET 1 E. Main St. Ramsey 201.825.8020 moranos.com 3. DANTE’S ITALIAN DELI 570 Kinderkamack Rd. River Edge 201.262.3232

CHEESE SHOP 1. CHEZ CHEEZE 10 Washington St. Tenafly 201.568.2050 chezcheeze.com 2. JERRY’S HOMEMADE 410 S. Dean St. Englewood 201.871.7108 jerryshomemade.com

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BIGGIES 430 Rte. 17, Carlstadt, 201.933.4000; 1315 Rte. 17, Ramsey, 201.962.9099 CHINESE RESTAURANT 1. GOLDEN DYNASTY 825 Franklin Lake Rd. Franklin Lakes 201.891.7866 295 Kinderkamack Rd. Hillsdale 201.358.8685 goldendynastynj.com

2. T.S. MA CHINESE CUISINE 637 Wyckoff Ave. Wyckoff 201.891.8878 tsmacc.com

2. CUPCAKES BY CAROUSEL 192 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.389.3090 cupcakesbycarousel.com

3. JOYCE CHINESE CUISINE 478 Kinderkamack Rd. River Edge 201.261.8858 joycechinese.com

3. KARA KAKES 799 Franklin Ave. Franklin Lakes 201.485.8889 kara-kakes.com

3. MR. WOK 1 Highwood Ave. Tenafly 201.569.3969 mrwoksushinj.com

CUSTOM CAKES

COFFEEHOUSE 1. STARBUCKS Multiple locations starbucks.com 2. AMERICAN BULLDOG COFFEE ROASTERS 32 N. Broad St. Ridgewood 201.857.4176 americanbulldogcoffeeroasters. com 3. RIDGEWOOD COFFEE COMPANY 90 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.493.1002 ridgewoodcoffeecompany.com

CRAFT BEER 1. MIDLAND BREW HOUSE 374 N. Midland Ave. Saddle Brook 201.797.0070 midlandbrewhouse.com 2. ALEMENTARY BREWING CO. 58 Voorhis Ln. Hackensack 201.968.1290 alementary.com 3. BRIX CITY BREWING 4 Alsan Way Little Ferry 201.440.0865 brixcitybrewing.com

CUPCAKES 1. MR. CUPCAKES 60 Passaic St. Garfield 973.928.6558 700 Paramus Park Paramus 201.265.1000 mrcupcakes.com

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1. BRAINFREEZE 370 River Rd. New Milford 201.265.5055 brainfreezeicecreamnj.com 1. CAKE & CONE 306 Paterson Ave. East Rutherford 201.933.2589 cakeandcone.com 1. CAKES OF WRATH Westwood 201.981.9307 cakesofwrath.com 1. CARLO'S BAKERY * 95 Washington St. Hoboken 201.659.3671 carlosbakery.com 2. CAKE SPECIALTY AND PASTRY SHOP * 255 Goffle Rd. Hawthorne 973.238.0500

DINER 1. STATELINE DINER 375 Rte. 17 Mahwah 201.529.3353 statelinediner.com 2. CHIT CHAT DINER 515 Essex St. Hackensack 201.820.4033 chitchatdiner.com 3. SADDLE BROOK DINER 30 Market St. Saddle Brook 201.843.5929 saddlebrookdiner.com

DONUTS 1. GLAZE DONUTS 358 River Rd. New Milford 201.483.8634 glazeartisan.com

2. DEMAREST FARMS 244 Wiermus Rd. Hillsdale 201.666.0472 demarestfarms.com 3. D'ERCOLE DONUTS 489 Tappan Rd. Northvale 201.768.0360 dercoledonuts.com

FARMERS MARKETS 1. RAMSEY FARMERS MARKET 2 W. Main St. Ramsey 201.675.6866 ramseyfarmersmarket.org 2. GLEN ROCK FARMERS MARKET 1 Harding Plz. Glen Rock 201.822.5355 2. ORADELL FARMERS MARKET 618 Veldran Ave. Oradell 908.605.0041 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 petersfishmarket.com 2. MAYWOOD SEAFOOD GOURMET 103 W. Pleasant Ave. Maywood 201.843.8558 seafood-gourmet.com 3. ANCHOR SEAFOOD 10 S. Kinderkamack Rd. Montvale 201.930.9170

FOOD TRUCK 1. CALLAHAN’S 10 Broad St. Norwood 844.468.3641 callahanshotdogs.com 2. SANDUCCI'S WOOD-FIRED PIZZA 620 Kinderkamack Rd. River Edge 201.599.0600 sanduccis.com 3. EAT MY BALLS Elmwood Park eatmyballsnj.com

FRENCH RESTAURANT 1. MADELEINE’S PETIT PARIS 416 Tappan Rd. Northvale 201.767.0063 madeleinespetitparis.com 2. LATOUR 6 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.445.5056 latourridgewood.com 3. CAFÉ MATISSE 167 Park Ave. Rutherford 201.935.2995 cafematisse.com 3. CHEF’S TABLE 754 Franklin Ave. Franklin Lakes 201.891.6644 tctnj.com

GLUTEN FREE GOODIES 1. ALT EATS CAFÉ 622 N. Maple Ave. Ho-Ho-Kus 201.444.1300 alteatscafe.com 2. SWEET AVENUE BAKE SHOP 153 Park Ave. Rutherford 201.935.2253 sweetavenuebakeshop.com

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Glaze Donuts 358 River Rd., New Milford, 201.483.8634, glazeartisan.com Home of the specialty “Italian Rainbow Donut,” a dessert that became one of the biggest viral hits in the Garden State over the last few years, Glaze has mastered the art of donuts, one frosted ring at a time. Offering both yeast-based and cake donuts, Glaze has flavors out of a child’s dreams; Twix, cotton candy, Fruity Pebbles and so much more. Don’t worry, Mom and Dad: Glaze has your taste buds covered too with more refined flavors like cappuccino, key lime and tres leches donuts.

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VARKA RESTAURANT 30 N. Spruce St., Ramsey, 201.995.9333, varkarestaurant.com Bergenites agree that Varka in Ramsey is our own little slice of the Mediterranean, with fresh seafood options and an upscale environment. Get your dose of vitamin sea from plates like charcoalgrilled octopus and a baked “tipsy lobster” in white wine broth, as Varka’s Facebook page touts that their food has “the shortest time between the net and your plate.” And, if the weather is nice, enjoy your Greek delicacies outside on their gorgeous patio.

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2. WHOLE FOODS MARKET 44 Godwin Ave. Ridgewood 201.670.0383 wholefoodsmarket.com

GOURMET GROCERY 1. MAYWOOD MARKETPLACE 78 W. Pleasant Ave. Maywood 201.843.8361 maywoodsmarketplace.com 1. WEGMANS 100 Farm View Montvale 551.249.2200 wegmans.com 2. TRADER JOE’S 715 River Rd. Edgewater 201.945.5932 404 Rte. 17 Paramus 201.265.9624 20 Irvington St. Westwood 201.263.0134 traderjoes.com

GOURMET SUPERMARKET 1. KINGS FOOD MARKETS 70 Union Ave. Cresskill 201.541.4900

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BEST HOMEMADE PASTA PEARL RESTAURANT 17 S. Broad St., Ridgewood, 201.857.5100, pearlridgewood.com

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381 Washington Ave. Hillsdale 201.722.4690 85 Godwin Ave. Midland Park 201.251.4808 112 N. Maple Ave. Ridgewood 201.493.4924 kingsfoodmarkets.com

GREEK RESTAURANT 1. VARKA RESTAURANT 30 N. Spruce St. Ramsey 201.995.9333 varkarestaurant.com 2. IT'S GREEK TO ME 352 Anderson Ave. B Cliffside Park 201.945.5447

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36 E. Palisade Ave. Englewood 201.568.0440 1611 Palisade Ave. Fort Lee 201.947.2050 21 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.612.2600 487 Broadway Westwood 201.722.3511 itsgreektome.com 3. AXIA TAVERNA 18 Piermont Rd. Tenafly 201.569.5999 axiataverna.com

ICE CREAM 1. VAN DYK’S 145 Ackerman Ave. Ridgewood 201.444.1429 vandyksicecream.com 2. BISCHOFF'S CONFECTIONERY 468 Cedar Ln. Teaneck 201.836.0333 bischoffsicecream.com 3. CARVEL ICE CREAM 12-72 River Rd. Fair Lawn 201.791.6647 450 Hackensack Ave. Hackensack 201.487.7600 240 S. Summit Ave. Hackensack 201.489.4488 175 Rte. 17 Paramus 201.262.0591 116 E. Main St. Ramsey 201.825.1638 carvel.com 3. EMERSON DAIRY QUEEN 13 Kinderkamack Rd. Emerson 201.262.1350 dairyqueen.com

INDIAN RESTAURANT

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

ITALIAN DELI 1. CASA DEL SOLE 115 Broadway Hillsdale 201.391.5671 casadelsole.biz 2. AMATO BREAD 202 Livingston St. Northvale 201.767.3990 2. PETRILLO’S DELI AND PIZZERIA 208 Livingston St. Northvale 201.768.3590 petrillosdeli.com

ITALIAN RESTAURANT 1. SAVINI RESTAURANT 168 W. Crescent Ave. Allendale 201.760.3700 savinirestaurant.com 2. RIVER EDGE PIZZA KITCHEN 830 Kinderkamack Rd. River Edge 201.265.4900 3. ANDIAMO RESTAURANT 23 Hardenburgh Ave. Haworth 201.384.1551 andiamorestaurant.net

JAPANESE RESTAURANT 1. KIKU RESTAURANT 385 Rte. 9 W. Alpine 201.767.6322 365 Rte. 17 Paramus 201.265.7200 2. HANAMI 41 Union Ave. Cresskill 201.567.8508 301 Center Ave. Westwood 201.666.8508 hanamirestaurant.com

1. BOMBAY HUT 8 W. Prospect St. Waldwick 201.857.3266 bombayhut.com

2. SAKURA-BANA 43 Franklin Ave. Ridgewood 201.447.6525

2. DOWNTOWN DHABA 266 Center Ave. Westwood 201.664.0123 dhabadowntown.com

1. KOSHER NOSH 894 Prospect St. Glen Rock 201.445.1186 koshernosh.com

JEWISH DELI

2. FOSTER VILLAGE KOSHER DELICATESSEN 469 S. Washington Ave. Bergenfield 201.384.7100 fostervillagekosherdeli.com 3. TENAFLY KOSHER DELI & CATERERS 22 Washington St. Tenafly 201.567.3033

KOREAN RESTAURANT 1. SPRING RESTAURANT 221 Closter Dock Rd. Closter 201.767.8830 2. DONG BANG GRILL 1616 Palisades Ave. Fort Lee 201.242.4485 dongbanggrill.com 2. ORGANIC TOFU HOUSE 88 Godwin Ave. Ridgewood 201.251.7734 organictofuhouse.com

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RIVIERA MAYA 252 E. Fort Lee Rd., Bogota, 201.996.1380, rivieramayamcuisine.com Say “ole!” to traditional Mexican cuisine at Riviera Maya in Bogota, where Chef Rosalio Rojas taps into his Puebla roots to cook up rich dishes with bold flavors. Authentic, savory entrees like the chicken mole poblano and chimichangas are a must-try; then indulge in a flan or tres leches for dessert. MEXICAN RESTAURANT

2. WICH-ONE 529 Anderson Ave. Cliffside Park 201.840.8111 wich-one.com

1. RIVIERA MAYA 252 E. Fort Lee Rd. Bogota 201.996.1380 rivieramayamcuisine.com

MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT

2. ZAPATA MEXICAN RESTAURANT* 779 Rte. 340 Palisades, NY 845.359.8700 zapatapalisades.com

1. MEZZA MEDITERRANEAN 20 Jefferson Ave. Westwood 201.722.8822 mezzawestwood.com 2. SOFIA’S MEDITERRANEAN GRILL 220 Boulevard Hasbrouck Heights 201.462.0123 sofiasmediterraneangrill.com 3. SAMDAN RESTAURANT 178 Piermont Rd. Cresskill 201.816.7343 samdanrestaurant.com

3. EL AZTECA MEXICAN RESTAURANT 91 Park Ave. Park Ridge 201.391.4422 elaztecaparkridge.com

MOZZARELLA 1. A&S FINE FOODS 525 Cedar Hill Ave. Wyckoff 201.447.0800 asfinefoodsnj.com

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PANCAKES

1. THE HILL 252 Schraalenburgh Rd. Closter 201.899.4700 thehillcloster.com

1. BROWNSTONE PANCAKE FACTORY 860 River Rd. Edgewater 201.945.4800

2. TONY LIP’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT & PIZZA 829 Franklin Lake Rd. Franklin Lakes 201.904.2166 tonylips.com

717 E. Palisade Ave. Englewood Cliffs 201.945.4800 brownstonepancakefactory. com

3. AMMATA THAI KITCHEN 184 Rivervale Rd., Suite 2 River Vale 201.664.2499 ammata.com 3. BJ’S BREWHOUSE 21 Teterboro Landing Dr. Teterboro 551.313.7450 bjsrestaurants.com 3. CIRCOLO 53 Franklin Tpk. Waldwick 201.882.1818 circolo.info 3. GREEK FLAME 147 Terrace St. Haworth 201.244.6635 thegreekflame.com

OUTDOOR DINING 1. LOCALE CAFE & BAR 208 Piermont Rd. Closter 201.750.3233 locale208closter.com 2. CLASSIC QUICHE CAFÉ 330 Queen Anne Rd. Teaneck 201.692.0150 classicquiche.com 3. PIER 115 BAR & GRILL 115 River Rd. Edgewater 201.313.2155 pier115barandgrill.com

2. COUNTRY PANCAKE HOUSE AND RESTAURANT 140 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.444.8395 countrypancakehouse.net

PRIX FIXE MENU 1. IL MULINO 132 Veterans Plz. Dumont 201.384.7767 ilmulinodumont.com

PIZZA 1. KINCHLEY’S TAVERN 586 N. Franklin Tpke. Ramsey 201.934.7777 kinchleyspizza.com 2. RAY’S PIZZA 6-02 Berdan Ave. Fair Lawn 201.797.7117 rayspizzafairlawn.com

15 Oak St. Ridgewood 201.493.7600 brooklynspizza.net 3. NATALE’S PIZZERIA 14 Prospect St. Waldwick 201.445.2860 natalespizzeria.com 3. RUDY’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT AND PIZZERIA 55 Vervalen St. Closter 201.768.8444 rudysitalianrestaurant.com

RESTAURANT AMBIENCE

2. RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE 83 W. Spring Valley Ave. Maywood 551.258.0013 ruthschris.com 3. PARK STEAKHOUSE 151 Kinderkamack Rd. Park Ridge 201.930.1300 theparksteakhouse.com

SUSHI 1. MOSHI MOSHI 137 Franklin Tpke. Waldwick 201.444.1130 sushimoshi.com

1. CHAKRA 144 Rte. 4 Paramus 201.556.1530 chakrarestaurant.com

2. MASA SUSHI & GRILL 81 W. Allendale Ave. Allendale 201.934.6616 masasushiandgrill.com

2. BACARI GRILL 800 Ridgewood Rd. Township of Washington 201.358.6330 bacarigrill.com

3. YUKI HANA 131 Kinderkamack Rd. Park Ridge 201.391.3230 yukihanaparkridge.net

2. IVY INN 268 Terrace Ave. Hasbrouck Heights 201.393.7699 ivyinn.com

TAPAS

ROMANTIC RESTAURANT

1. SANGRIA TAPAS RESTAURANT 1033 MacArthur Blvd. Mahwah 201.962.3310 sangriamahwah.com

3. BASILE’S PIZZA 265 Valley Blvd. Wood-Ridge 201.939.3399 basilespizza.club

1. ESTY STREET 86 Spring Valley Rd. Park Ridge 201.307.1515 estystreet.com

2. FINCA 20 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.444.1199 fincanj.com

3. BROOKLYN’S COAL OVEN PIZZA 443 River Rd. Edgewater 201.945.8182

SEAFOOD

3. CRAVINGS TAPAS BISTRO 8 Wilsey Sq. Ridgewood 201.857.8533 cravingstapas.com

161 Hackensack Ave. Hackensack 201.342.2727

1. OCEANOS 27 Saddle River Rd. Fair Lawn 201.796.0546 oceanosrestaurant.com

TEA SHOP

2. SEGOVIA RESTAURANT 150 Moonachie Rd. Moonachie 201.641.4266 segoviarestaurant.com

1. HARMONY TEA ROOM 224 Fairview Ave. Westwood 201.664.2608 harmonytearoom.com

STEAKHOUSE

2. MAMBO TEA HOUSE 98 Park Ave. Rutherford 201.933.1262 mamboteahousenj.com

1. ALLENDALE STEAKHOUSE 95 W. Allendale Ave. Allendale 201.962.9797 allendalesteakhousenj.com

3. VILLAGE TEA SHOP 10 S. Maple Ave. Ridgewood 201.857.0230

VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT 1. VEGGIE HEAVEN 473 Cedar Ln. Teaneck 201.836.0887 veggieheaventeaneck.com

VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT 1. SIMPLY VIETNAMESE 1 Highwood Ave. Tenafly 201.568.7770 simplyvietnamese.info 2. MEKONG GRILL 24 Chestnut St. Ridgewood 201.445.0011

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BEST SPECIALTY MARKET

(With the best steaks!)

MARKET BASKET 813 Franklin Lake Rd., Franklin Lakes, 201.891.2000

3. TC’S LITTLE TASTE OF SAIGON 419 Goffle Rd. Ridgewood 201.445.5509

WATERFRONT DINING 1. WATERSIDE RESTAURANT & CATERING * 7800B River Rd. North Bergen 201.861.7767 watersiderestaurantandcatering. com 2. HAVEN RIVERFRONT RESTAURANT & BAR 2 Main St. Edgewater 201.943.1900 havenedgewater.com

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BROWNSTONE PANCAKE FACTORY 860 River Rd., Edgewater, 201.945.4800; 717 E. Palisade Ave., Englewood Cliffs, 201.945.4800, brownstonepancakefactory.com At Brownstone Pancake Factory, pancakes are never just pancakes. Both locations serve up the wildest and wackiest creations, like fried Oreo cheesecake pancakes and a turtle brownie “sundae”—a tower of chocolate chip and pecan flapjacks topped with a warm brownie, ice cream and both chocolate and caramel syrup. The diner even caught the attention of television chef Guy Fieri and was featured on an episode of Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. * — NOT LOCATED IN BERGEN COUNTY

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VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT

Simply Vietnamese 1 Highwood Ave., Tenafly, 201.568.7770, simplyvietnamese.info Vietnamese food is having a serious moment in 2019, with pho seemingly becoming the trendiest replacement for chicken noodle soup on a cold day. Seasoned executive chef-owner KT Tran Diovisalvo and her son Joseph are second and third generation chefs at Simply Vietnamese, whose menu features traditional dishes like pad thai and hoisin-drenched boneless duck, along with contemporary creations like spicy jerk beef pho and banh-mi sliders.

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CRAFT COCKTAILS

Bibi'z Lounge 284 Center Ave., Westwood, 201.722.8600, bibizlounge.com The warm and elegant ambience is what initially draws a crowd into Bibi'z, known for its American cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. But what keeps the crowd is the expansive selection of unique cocktails such as the lychee-tini and the whiskey apple fizz. It's no wonder Bibi'z is a popular hot spot for girls' night out and business mixers, plus they host happy hour in the lounge every day from 3 to 6:30 p.m.

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3. CHART HOUSE * 1700 Harbor Blvd. Weehawken 201.348.6628 chart-house.com

WINGS 1. PECK PECK CHICKEN 250 Degraw Ave. Teaneck 201.530.5858 peckpeckchicken.com 2. NEW YORK WING FACTORY 1642 Schlosser St. Fort Lee 201.482.8456 nywingfactory.com 3. PLANET WINGS 93 River Dr. Garfield 973.778.7787 planetwings.com

ENTERTAINMENT BOWLING 1. MONTVALE LANES 14 W. Grand Ave. Montvale 201.391.3400 montvalelanes.com 2. BOWLERO 22 Maple Ave. Fair Lawn 201.797.5400 299 Paterson Ave. Wallington 973.773.9100 bowlero.com 3. BOWLER CITY 85 Midtown Bridge St. Hackensack 201.343.3545 nationwidebowling.com 3. HOLIDAY BOWL 29 Spruce St. Oakland 201.337.6516 holidaybowlnj.com

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CATERING, OFF-PREMISE 1. FABULOUS FOODS 156 W. Saddle River Rd. Saddle River 201.896.8800 fab-foods.com 2. ANNABELLA'S HOUSE OF MOZZARELLA 900 Paterson Plank Rd. East Rutherford 201.804.0303 annabellasmozz.com 3. ANTHONY FRANCO’S PIZZERIA & RISTORANTE 2036 Hudson St. Fort Lee 201.944.1440

556 Rte. 17 Paramus 201.447.3999 124 E. Main St. Ramsey 201.236.8000 afpizza.com 3. FRANKIE’S CATERING AND EVENT PLANNING 637 Wyckoff Ave. Wyckoff 201.891.1958 frankiescatering.com 3. LA PROMENADE 137 Piermont Rd. Tenafly 201.567.2500 laprom.com 3. THE BROWNSTONE * 351 West Broadway Paterson 973.595.8582 thebrownstone.com

CIGAR SHOP 1. CASA DE MONTECRISTO BY JR CIGAR 184 Rte. 17 Paramus 201.261.7988 casademontecristo.com 2. THE BRICK HOUSE CIGAR SHOP 85 Crescent Ave. Wyckoff 201.485.8488 thebrickhousewyckoff.com 2. CIGAR WORLD 735 Rte. 17 Ramsey 201.934.1142

CRAFT COCKTAILS 1. BIBI'Z RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 284 Center Ave. Westwood 201.722.8600 bibizlounge.com 2. LOU’S TAVERN 74 Broadway Hillsdale 201.666.2103

DANCE LESSONS 1. DANCE WITH ME 2029 Lemoine Ave. Fort Lee 201.941.7797 197 Rock Rd. Glen Rock 201.447.4200 dancewithmeusa.com

GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT 1. CLUB FEATHERS 77 Kinderkamack Rd. River Edge 201.342.6410 clubfeathers.com

1. MUAH MAKEUP & LASH BAR 180 Westwood Ave. Westwood 201.448.9800 muahmakeup.com

2. THE ICE HOUSE 111 Midtown Bridge St. Hackensack 201.487.8444 icehousenj.com

2. BLUE MOON MEXICAN CAFÉ 23 E. Palisade Ave. Englewood 201.541.0600 42 Kinderkamack Rd. Woodcliff Lake 201.782.9500 327 Franklin Ave. Wyckoff 201.891.1331 bluemoonmexicancafe.com

HAPPY HOUR 1. ALLENDALE BAR & GRILL 67 W. Allendale Ave. Allendale 201.327.3197 allendalebarandgrill.com

HIKING TRAIL 1. RAMAPO VALLEY COUNTY RESERVATION 608 Ramapo Valley Rd. Mahwah 201.327.3500 nynjtc.org 2. OVERPECK COUNTY PARK 40 Fort Lee Rd. Leonia 201.336.7275 co.bergen.nj.us 3. CELERY FARM Franklin Tpke. Allendale 201.818.4400 fykenature.org/celeryfarm.html 3. PALISADES INTERSTATE PARK Alpine 201.768.1360 njpalisades.org 3. TEANECK CREEK CONSERVANCY 20 Puffin Way Teaneck 201.836.2403 teaneckcreek.org

3. ICE VAULT * 10 Nevins Rd. Wayne 973.628.1500 icevault.com

IRISH PUB 1. DAVEY'S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT 5 Park St. Montvale 201.391.9356 daveyspub.com 2. P.J. FINNEGAN'S 274 Fairview Ave. Westwood 201.664.7576 pjfinnegans.com 3. THE SHANNON ROSE 1200 Rte. 17 Ramsey 201.962.7602 theshannonrose.com 3. TOMMY FOX’S PUBLIC HOUSE 32 S. Washington Ave. Bergenfield 201.384.0900 tommyfoxs.com

KIDS PARTIES 1. THE GAGASPHERE 140 Franklin Tpke. Waldwick 201.445.2546 thegagasphere.com 2. BOUNCE SAFARI 3 North St. Waldwick 201.857.4000 bouncesafari.com 3. CLAY PAPER SCISSORS 380 Kinderkamack Rd. Oradell 201.523.9379 claypaperscissorsstudio.com

3. THE BIG PLAYHOUSE 316B Kinderkamack Rd. Westwood 201.314.6341 thebigplayhouse.com

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT 1. BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 30 N. Van Brunt St. Englewood 201.227.1030 bergenpac.org

MARGARITAS 1. CASUAL HABANA CAFÉ 125 Main St. Hackensack 201.880.9844 200 Main St. New Milford 201.576.0400 casualhabanacafe.com

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Ramapo Valley County Reservation 608 Ramapo Valley Rd., Mahwah, 201.327.3500, Bergen County's largest park, now spanning more than 4,000 acres, has vistas and loops for every type of hiker. Within two miles of the parking lot, visitors will find five loop trails from which to choose, including the popular Vista Loop Trail, which offers a pond, a reservoir and a waterfall, as well as picture-perfect panoramic views. This trail is especially popular with dog walkers.

HORSEBACK RIDING 1. ROCKLEIGH EQUESTRIAN CENTRE 24 Piermont Rd. Rockleigh 201.768.9745 reqcenter.com

ICE SKATING 1. FRITZ DIETL ICE RINK 639 Broadway Westwood 201.664.9812 fritzdietlicerink.com

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PUBLIC GOLF COURSE

Paramus Golf Course 314 Paramus Rd., Paramus, 201.447.6079, paramusgolfcourse.com This 18-hole, 71-par course is a nice respite from the hustle and bustle of Paramus shopping. Everyone from beginners up to experts will enjoy a round or two on these manicured greens, which are generally flat with a few challenging holes sprinkled throughout. And no worries if you can’t find a babysitter, because Paramus Golf Course also has a New Jersey-themed mini course on-site for the little ones.

3. CHAPALA GRILL 52 S. Washington Ave. Bergenfield 201.387.2107 chapalamexicangrill.com

MOVIE THEATER 1. AMC THEATRES 390 Hackensack Ave. Hackensack 201.397.1994 4000 Garden State Plz. Paramus 201.291.8524 75 Challenger Rd. Ridgefield Park 551.999.6481 amctheatres.com 2. IPIC THEATERS 2023 Hudson St. Fort Lee 201.582.7100

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BEST SMALL CINEMA TEANECK CINEMAS 503 Cedar Ln., Teaneck, 201.530.7409

NATURE CENTER 1. TENAFLY NATURE CENTER 313 Hudson Ave. Tenafly 201.568.6093 tenaflynaturecenter.org 2. CLOSTER NATURE CENTER 154 Ruckman Rd. Closter 201.750.2778 closternaturecenter.org 3. J. A. MCFAUL ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER 150 Crescent Ave. Wyckoff 201.891.5571

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WINE LIST

1. THE HEIGHTS BAR & GRILL 163 Boulevard Hasbrouck Heights 201.288.9338 heightsbarandgrill.com

1. ALLENDALE WINE SHOPPE 101 W. Allendale Ave. Allendale 201.327.7865 allendalewine.com

PUBLIC GOLF COURSE 1. PARAMUS GOLF COURSE 314 Paramus Rd. Paramus 201.447.6079 paramusgolfcourse.com 2. RIVER VALE COUNTRY CLUB 660 Rivervale Rd. River Vale 201.391.2300 rivervalecc.com 3. VALLEY BROOK GOLF COURSE 15 Rivervale Rd. River Vale 201.664.5890 golfbergencounty.com

RECEPTION HALL 1. SEASONS CATERING 644 Pascack Rd. Washington Township 201.664.6141 seasonscatering.com 2. THE VENETIAN 546 River Dr. Garfield 973.546.2250 venetiannj.com 3. THE ESTATE AT FLORENTINE GARDENS 97 Rivervale Rd. River Vale 201.666.0444 florentinegardens.com

SPORTS BAR

2. GARY’S WINE & MARKETPLACE 67 Vervalen St. Closter 201.297.5000 garyswine.com 2. THE RIVER PALM TERRACE 1416 River Rd. Edgewater 201.224.2013 41-11 Rte. 4 Fair Lawn 201.703.3500 riverpalm.com

SHOPPING ANTIQUES 1. GRANNY'S ATTIC 619 N. Maple Ave. Ho-Ho-Kus 201.632.0102 grannysatticnj.com 2. CAMELOT ANTIQUES 1 Hollywood Ave. Ho-Ho-Kus 201.444.5300

APPLIANCES 1. OBERG & LINDQUIST 671 Broadway Westwood 201.664.1300 511 Goffle Rd. Wyckoff 201.689.3100 obergandlindquist.com

1. MILLER’S ALE HOUSE 270 Rte. 4 Paramus 201.342.4800 millersalehouse.com

2. RENO'S APPLIANCE * 235 McLean Blvd. Paterson 973.247.1860 renosappliance.com

1. THE 101 PUB 101 Queen Anne Rd. Bogota 201.343.9802 2. THE CORNERSTONE RESTAURANT & BAR 84 Broadway Hillsdale 201.666.8688 thecornerstonenj.com

3. P.C. RICHARD & SON 317 Rte. 17 Paramus 201.262.7676 pcrichard.com

ART GALLERY 1. WESTWOOD GALLERY 10 Westwood Ave. Westwood 201.666.1800 westwoodartgallery.com

2. GLEN ROCK ART & FRAME 189 Rock Rd. Glen Rock 201.447.4123

BABY CLOTHING 1. LITTLE NIKKI'S LUXURIES FOR BABY & CHILD 618 N. Maple Ave. Ho-Ho-Kus 201.445.7888 1. LU LU BELLE 97 Vervalen St. Closter 201.660.7880 closterchildrensboutique.com 2. EAT YOUR SPINACH! 42 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.444.5503 2. GINGER KIDS 351 Center Ave. Westwood 201.358.5437 3. CARTERS 2701 Bergen Town Center Paramus 201.556.1049 carters.com

2. CYCLESPORT 1 Hawthorne Ave. Park Ridge 201.391.5269 cyclesportonline.com 3. TENAFLY BICYCLE WORKSHOP 175 County Rd. Tenafly 201.568.9372 bicycleworkshop.com

BRIDAL SHOPPING 1. BIJOU BRIDAL & SPECIAL OCCASION 358 Rte. 17 Paramus 201.262.8889 bijoubridal.com 2. DAVID'S BRIDAL 153 Rte. 4 Paramus 201.587.9774 davidsbridal.com 3. RANA BRIDAL 485 Sylvan Ave. Englewood Cliffs 201.503.9611 ranabridal.com

CHILDREN'S BOUTIQUE

3. LILY & KATE GIFTS AND ACCESSORIES 66 E. Main St. Ramsey 201.327.5459 shoplilykate.com

1. THE CANTEEN 277 Westwood Ave. Westwood 201.383.0144 thecanteenonline.com

BIKE SHOP

1. SAVVY CHIC CONSIGNMENT BOUTIQUE 30 Cottage Pl. Ridgewood 201.389.6900 savvychicconsignment.com

1. ALBERT'S WESTWOOD CYCLE 182 Third Ave. Westwood 201.664.1688 westwoodcycle.com 1. RIDGEWOOD CYCLE SHOP 35 N. Broad St. Ridgewood 201.444.2553 ridgewoodcycle.com

CONSIGNMENT SHOP

2. CURRENT CONSIGNMENT BOUTIQUE 166 Fairview Ave. Westwood 201.664.2767 currentconsignment.com

This page: photo courtesy of County of Bergen; opposite page: courtesy of Bijou Bridal & Special Occasion

2. PANCHO’S BURRITOS 214 Main St. New Milford 201.225.2554 panchosburritostogo.com

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Bijou Bridal & Special Occasion 358 Rte. 17, Paramus, 201.262.8889, bijoubridal.com This 8,000-square-foot boutique gives you the “couture experience without the couture price tag,” selling designer bridal gowns, accessories and eveningwear specifically chosen for the Jersey bride and her crew— including mother-of-the-bride and groom. There are thousands of wedding gowns to choose from notable designers including Hayley Paige, Maggie Sottero and Stefan Jolie. Whether you want an A-line gown, a ballgown or still aren't sure what your preference is, Bijou's dedicated and knowledgeable staff will help you find the dress of your dreams.

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Sal Lauretta for Men 621 Godwin Ave., Midland Park, 201.444.1666, sallauretta.com It's not just a vast selection of designer duds from the likes of Corneliani, Canali and Cole Haan that customers love about this 40-year-old, family-owned luxury clothing store. Sal Lauretta for Men is known as the best tailor and specialty men's shop in Bergen County, selling men's clothing and accessories, along with custom suits and tailoring. The Sal Lauretta team also does in-home wardrobe consultations and fittings, so customers will always look and feel great—and get the VIP treatment.

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3. YE OLDE THRIFT SHOPPE 330 Kinderkamack Rd. Oradell 201.261.4247

FARMSTANDS 1. STOKES FARM 23 Dewolf Rd. Old Tappan 201.768.3931 stokesfarm.com 2. DEPIERO’S FARM 156 Summit Ave. Montvale 201.391.4576 depieros-farm-stand-andgreenhouses.business.site 2. OLD HOOK FARM 650 Old Hook Rd. Emerson 201.265.4835 oldhookfarm.com 2. SECOR FARMS 85 Airmont Ave. Mahwah 201.529.2595 secorfarms.com

FINE JEWELRY 1. DEVON FINE JEWELRY 303 Franklin Ave. Wyckoff 201.848.8489 devonfinejewelry.com 2. ELI ADAMS JEWELERS 114 Essex St. Rochelle Park 201.880.4130 eliadam.com 2. PLAZA JEWELERS 10 E. Prospect St. Waldwick 201.444.8245 plaza-jewelry.com

This page: photo courtesy of Sal Lauretta for Men; opposite page: courtesy of Fur the Love of Pets

3. HARTGERS JEWELERS 699 Wyckoff Ave. Wyckoff 201.891.0044 hartgersjewelers.com

GIFT SHOP 1. GINGER N’ CREAM 350 Center Ave. Westwood 201.664.2440 1. HAWORTH APOTHECARY 169 Terrace St. Haworth 201.384.7171 haworthapothecary.com

HARDWARE 1. RAMSEY HARDWARE & PAINT 14 E. Main St. Ramsey 201.327.0433 ramseyhardware.com 2. HOME HARDWARE & SUPPLY 27 Franklin Tpke. Waldwick 201.652.5666 homehardwaresupply.com 3. BENJAMIN BROTHERS TRUE VALUE HARDWARE 121 N. Summit St. Tenafly 201.569.5445 benjaminbros.com

INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES 1. BOOKENDS 211 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.445.0726 book-ends.com 2. BOOKS & GREETINGS 271 Livingston St. Northvale 201.784.2665 booksandgreetings.com 3. THE CURIOUS READER 229 Rock Rd. Glen Rock 201.444.1918 thecuriousreaderbooks.com

INDEPENDENT HEALTH FOOD STORES 1. ORGANICA NATURAL FOODS 246 Livingston St. Northvale 201.767.8182 organicanaturalfoods.com 2. A&A HEALTH FOOD CENTER 99 Godwin Ave. Midland Park 201.447.3130 2. HEALTHWAY NATURAL FOODS 35 Riveredge Rd. Tenafly 201.569.4558 healthwaynatural.com

MATTRESS STORES 1. WESTWOOD SLEEP CENTERS 30 Westwood Ave. Westwood 201.358.8282 westwoodsleepcenters.com

2. COSE BELLE 810 High Mountain Rd. Franklin Lakes 201.891.2100 cosebellemb.com

2. MATTRESSFIRM Multiple locations 877.349.6250 mattressfirm.com

3. PAZZAZED GIFT & HOME 826 Franklin Ave. Franklin Lakes 201.485.8022 pazzazed.com

1. CAPITOL LIGHTING 75 Rte. 17 Paramus 201.843.5353 1800lighting.com

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2. HILLMANN LIGHTING 133 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.652.1045 hillmannlighting.com 3. KRELL LIGHTING 208 Hawthorne Ave. Park Ridge 201.391.7685 krelllighting.com 3. WYCKOFF LIGHTING CENTER 390 Franklin Ave. Wyckoff 201.891.3600

LINGERIE 1. VICTORIA’S SECRET 218 Paramus Park Paramus 201.261.2956 355 Rt. 17 Paramus 201.368.0456

3. NORDSTROM 501 Garden State Plaza Paramus 201.843.1122 shop.nordstrom.com

415 Chestnut Ridge Rd. Woodcliff Lake 201.782.1703 victoriassecret.com

NURSERY/GARDEN CENTER

2. WOB LINGERIE 920 Kinderkamack Rd. River Edge 201.265.6116 365 Franklin Ave. Wyckoff 201.560.9800 woblingerie.com

MALL 1. WESTFIELD GARDEN STATE PLAZA 1 Garden State Plaza Paramus 201.843.2121 westfield.com/ gardenstateplaza 2. PARAMUS PARK 700 Paramus Park Paramus 201.261.8000 paramuspark.com 3. THE SHOPS AT RIVERSIDE 390 Hackensack Ave. Hackensack 201.489.2212 simon.com/the-shops-atriverside

MEN’S FASHION 1. SAL LAURETTA FOR MEN 621 Godwin Ave. Midland Park 201.444.1666 sallauretta.com 2. SOCIETY MEN 256 Westwood Ave. Westwood 201.722.9300 societymen.com

1. ROHSLER’S ALLENDALE NURSERY 100 Franklin Tpke. Allendale 201.327.3156 rohslers.com 2. METROPOLITAN PLANT AND FLOWER EXCHANGE 119 Hickory Ln. Closter 201.767.0244 2125 Fletcher Ave. Fort Lee 201.944.1050 840 Rte. 17 Paramus 201.445.7101 metroplantexchange.com 3. EISELE’S NURSERY & GARDEN CENTER 232 Oradell Ave. Paramus 201.262.1015 eiselesnursery.com 3. GOFFLE BROOK FARMS & GARDEN CENTER 425 Goffle Rd. Ridgewood 201.652.7540 gofflebrookfarms.com 3. LUPARDI’S NURSERY 75 Blanch Ave. Closter 201.768.0017 lupardisnursery.com 3. STONE HOUSE NURSERY 765 Wyckoff Ave. Wyckoff 201.847.1001 stonehouse-nursery.com

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Fur the Love Of Pets 32 Kinderkamack Rd., Oradell, 201.599.9500, furtheloveofpets.com Boutique and grooming center Fur the Love of Pets is your one-stopshop for man's best friend. In addition to providing dogs and cats with a relaxing, cage-free grooming experience, Fur the Love of Pets is also a boutique that sells pet toys, leashes, collars, food and grooming and hygiene products that'll make Fido feel like a million bucks.

OUTDOOR FURNITURE 1. BACKYARD LIVING 235 Franklin Ave. Ridgewood 201.689.9111 bylnj.com 2. FORTUNOFF BACKYARD STORE 141 Rte. 17 Paramus 201.262.1700 fortunoffbys.com

PAINT STORE 1. NORTONS PAINT 632 Rte. 17 Paramus 201.447.4747 nortonspaint.com 2. SHERWIN-WILLIAMS PAINT STORE 176 Rte. 17 Paramus 201.967.1600 sherwin-williams.com

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3. PETE & JOHN’S PAINT MARKET 400 Ramapo Valley Rd. Oakland 201.337.0233 peteandjohnspaintmarket.com

PET BOUTIQUE 1. FUR THE LOVE OF PETS 32A Kinderkamack Rd. Oradell 201.599.9500 furtheloveofpets.com 2. WESTWOOD PETS UNLIMITED 15 Westwood Ave. Westwood 201.666.7111 westwoodpetsunlimited.com 3. WOOF GANG BAKERY 57 W. Allendale Ave. Allendale 201.236.9663 234 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.444.9663 woofgangbakery.com

SHOES 1. DSW DESIGNER SHOE WAREHOUSE 60 Rte. 17 Paramus 201.291.0505 235 Interstate Shopping Center Ramsey 201.669.3053 dsw.com 2. GARDINER & CO 10 Van Neste Square Ridgewood 201.447.0910

3. SHOE-IN 53 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.493.9696 shoeinn.com

SHOPPING DESTINATION 1. DOWNTOWN RIDGEWOOD

SKI SHOP 1. MOUNT EVEREST SKIS, SNOWBOARDS & ACCESSORIES 318 Third Ave. Westwood 201.664.2500 ridemteverest.com 2. SKI BARN 846 Rte. 17 Paramus 201.445.9070 winter.skibarn.com

SPORTS SHOP 1. DICK’S SPORTING GOODS 240 Rte. 17 Paramus 201.261.2926 dickssportinggoods.com 2. CAMPMOR 810 Rte. 17 Paramus 201.445.5000 campmor.com 2. FARRIER SPORTING GOODS 85 Crescent Ave. Wyckoff 201.891.9520 3. RAMSEY OUTDOOR STORE 835 Rte. 17 Ramsey 201.327.8141 ramseyoutdoor.com 3. SPORTS EXPERT 340 Broadway Hillsdale 201.664.5600 sportsexpertnj.com

TILE STORE 1. WAYNE TILE COMPANY 50 Spring St. Ramsey 201.825.8000 waynetile.com 2. FISCHER TILES * 1096 Goffle Rd. Hawthorne 973.427.7870 johnpfischertile.com 3. FUDA TILE 455 Rte. 17 Ramsey 201.825.0900 313 Broad Ave. Ridgefield 201.945.3832 fudatile.com

TOYS 1. TONS OF TOYS 315 Franklin Ave. Wyckoff 201.847.9317 140 Westwood Ave. Westwood 201.497.6497 tonsoftoys.com

WINE SPIRITS 1. CARLO RUSSO’S WINE & SPIRIT WORLD 626 N. Maple Ave. Ho-Ho-Kus 201.444.2033 carlorussowine.com 2. LIQUORLAND 8 Franklin Tpke. Waldwick 201.670.5777 3. RAMSEY LIQUORS 47 W. Main St. Ramsey 201.327.0353 3. WINE & SPIRITS 547 River Rd. Edgewater 201.840.0777

WOMEN’S BOUTIQUE 1. BOUTIQUE 518 78 W. Allendale Ave. Allendale 201.661.8363 boutique-518.com

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2. BOUTIQUE 811 811 Franklin Lake Rd. Franklin Lakes 201.485.8650 boutique811.com

74 East Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.447.4247 110 Market St. Saddle Brook 201.408.5105 moxiesalonandbeautybar.com

3. HARTLY 104 Westwood Ave. Westwood 201.664.3111

BEAUTY AIRBRUSH TAN 1. BRUSHED TANNING STUDIO AT THE FOUNTAIN SPA 30 Hackensack Ave. Hackensack 201.327.5155 1100 Rte. 17 Ramsey 201.327.5155 brushedtanningstudio.com 2. TANIQUE SUNTAN SALON 340 Kinderkamack Rd. Oradell 201.265.7351 tanique.com

BARBER 1. ALT & CO 618 N. Maple Ave. Ho-Ho-Kus 201.444.7171 altandcompany.com

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FOUNTAIN SPA 1100 Rte. 17., Ramsey, 201.327.5155; 30 Hackensack Ave., Hackensack, 201.327.5155

3. RICCIO SALON 425 Forest Rd. Mahwah 201.891.5959 ricciosalon.com 3. THE ORIGINALS 57 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.862.8886 theoriginalssalon.com

2. THE B HIVE ORGANIC SALON 269 Broadway Hillsdale 201.470.4483 bhiveorganicsalon.com 3. RAY’S BARBER SHOP 190 Floral Ln. Saddle Brook 201.796.5920

BLOWOUT 1. ERIC ALT SALON 67 E. Allendale Rd. Saddle River 201.934.1150 ericaltsalon.com

DAY SPA 1. PAMPER & POLISH DAY SPA 116 Broadway Woodcliff Lake 201.782.0277 pamperandpolishdayspa.com 2. ARAYA REBIRTH SPA 10 Garber Square Ridgewood 201.445.7005 araya-rebirth.com

EYEBROW SHAPING 1. CHRISTY K. BROWS AND WAX LOUNGE 135 County Rd. Cresskill 201.408.0106 christykbrows.com

2. MOXIE SALON & BEAUTY BAR 25 Promenade Blvd. Fair Lawn 201.796.6943 20-30 Chestnut Ridge Rd. Montvale 201.391.9050

2. NITU’S THREADING SALON 8 Ames Ave. Rutherford 201.933.2040

WINE & SPIRITS

Carlo Russo’s Wine & Spirit World 626 N. Maple Ave., Ho-Ho-Kus, 201.444.2033, carlorussowine.com Want to bring a nice rosé as a hostess gift? In search of an exceptional whiskey for your next guys' night? You'll find just what you're looking for at this family-ownedand-operated liquor store, known for its friendly vibe and vast selection of both popular and lesser-known red, white, sparkling and dessert wines and spirits.

This page: photo courtesy of Carlo Russo's Wine & Spirit World; opposite page: courtesy of Massage Envy

2. WALDWICK PAINT & WALLPAPER COMPANY 28 E. Prospect St. Waldwick 201.444.2882 waldwickpaint.com

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This page: photo courtesy of Carlo Russo's Wine & Spirit World; opposite page: courtesy of Massage Envy

Massage Envy Multiple locations, massageenvy.com Regardless of whether you're in need of a quick pick-me-up or want to establish a more regular skincare routine, Massage Envy will bring your best face forward. The chain's certified and highly trained estheticians will give you a relaxing facial customized to your skin's needs, and you'll leave feeling (and looking!) refreshed and rejuvenated.

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J&Co. Hair Studio 314 Rte. 4, Paramus, 201. 487.1008, jandcohairstudio.com Since 2015, J&Co. Hair Studio has been bringing their cutting, coloring and styling expertise to Bergen County, but long-time clients love them especially for their updo know-how. If you want a chignon, a top knot or a sleek ponytail for a special occasion, these guys and gals have your hair needs covered.

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3. ARC BEAUTY SALON 16-37 River Rd. Fair Lawn 201.773.0268 arcbeautysalon.com

1. MINK BEAUTY LOUNGE 27 Hawthorne Ave. Park Ridge 201.307.0333 minkblounge.com

3. EUROPEAN WAX CENTER Multiple locations waxcenter.com

HAIR STYLISTS

FACIAL 1. MASSAGE ENVY Multiple locations massageenvy.com 1. RIDGEWOOD EUROPEAN DAY SPA 44 Franklin Ave. Ridgewood 201.447.1600 ridgewoodspa.com

FITNESS 1. HACKENSACK FITNESS AND WELLNESS 87 Rte. 17 Hackensack 201.843.4422 hackensackumcfitnessnyg.com 2. RETRO FITNESS 18-01 Pollitt Dr. Fair Lawn 201.644.4417 100 Commerce Way Hackensack 201.373.2301 11 Park Pl. Paramus 201.479.2883 806 Rte. 17 Ramsey 201.477.2794 103 N. Summit St. Tenafly 201.408.7727 retrofitness.com

This page: photo courtesy of J&Co. Hair Studio; opposite page: courtesy of Fire Shaper

3. EQUINOX 776 Rte. 17 Paramus 201.518.7999 equinox.com 3. THE GYM 20 Nordhoff Pl. Englewood 201.567.9399 2 Chestnut Ridge Rd. Montvale 201.802.9399 gettothegym.com

HAIR COLORISTS 1. HIGHLIGHTS ‘N HAIR DESIGN 233B Rock Rd. Glen Rock 201.652.2277 highlightsnhairdesign.com

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1. ARTISTS AND ARCHITECTS 580 N. Maple Ave. Ridgewood 201.447.0424 artistsandarchitects.com 1. BELLEZZA SALON AND SPA 877 Prospect St. Glen Rock 201.445.2829 bellezzasalonrock.com 1. JAMES AT THE PARK SALON 12 Depot Square Englewood 201.568.1919

HAIR UPDO 1. J&CO. HAIR STUDIO 314 Rte. 4 Paramus 201.487.1008 jandcohairstudio.com

INDOOR CYCLING/ SPINNING 1. CYCLEBAR 125 Vervalen St. Closter 201.227.6400 2012 Hudson St. Fort Lee 201.227.6400 28 Farm View Montvale 201.746.9996 327 Franklin Ave. Wyckoff 201.897.3044 cyclebar.com

MAKEUP APPLICATION 1. LUMINOUS BEAUTY 31 Sheridan Ave. Ho-Ho-Kus 201.857.2711 getluminous.com

MANI-PEDI 1. #1 NAIL SALON 1 Kinderkamack Rd. Oradell 201.986.1322 1nailsalon.com 2. COCO NAILS 378 Bergen Blvd. Fairview 201.282.4004 3. HORIZON NAIL SALON Edgewater Commons 505 River Rd. Edgewater 201.941.2150 85 Crescent Ave. Wyckoff 201.848. 6044 horizonnails.com 3. JK NOBLE NAILS 21 Van Blarcom Ave. Midland Park 201.689.0051

MASSAGE/BODYWORK 1. HAND & STONE MASSAGE AND FACIAL SPA Multiple locatons handandstone.com

PILATES STUDIO

2. THE BAR METHOD 580 N. Maple Ave. Ridgewood 201.444.0300 barmethod.com

3. JAX CAR WASH 107 Essex St. Maywood 201.845.4994 njcarwash.com

YOGA

3. RIDGEWOOD AUTO WASH 450 Broad St. Glen Rock 201.444.6037 ridgewoodautowash.com

1. FIRE SHAPER 42 Park Ave. Rutherford 201.842.9898 20 Washington Ave. Tenafly 201.266.8004 246 Third Ave. Westwood 201.594.9642 fireshaper.com 2. SHREE YOGA 3 Barnstable Ct. Saddle River 201.822.1131 shreeyoga.com 2. YOGA SYNTHESIS 151 E. Main St. Ramsey 201.818.9642 yogasynthesis.com

SERVICES CAR WASH 1. URBAN AUTO SPA 827 Franklin Ave. Franklin Lakes 201.560.1144

2. ZEN ROCK PILATES STUDIO 175 Rock Rd. Glen Rock 201.857.4188 zenrocknj.com

785 Rte. 17 Ramsey 201.327.8660 urbanautospa.com

REFLEXOLOGY 1. SOLE REVIVAL REFLEXOLOGY 790 Kinderkamack Rd. River Edge 201.261.0003 solerevivalreflexology.com

3. NEW YORK SPORTS CLUBS 34-36 S. Dean St. Englewood 201.569.1175

2. SWAN FOOT RELAXING 216 Closter Dock Rd. Closter 201.564.7897

1150 Rte. 17 Ramsey 201.327.1122

SALON

35 Jefferson Ave. Westwood 201.358. 4041 newyorksportsclubs.com

1. ORANGE THEORY Multiple locations orangetheoryfitness.com

2. WESTWOOD CAR WASH 20 Lake St. Westwood 201.664.0996 westwoodcarwashnj.com

1. CLUB PILATES clubpilates.com

2. SWEAT 110 E. Main St. Ramsey 201.962.2986 sweatspin.com

129 S. Broad St. Ridgewood 201.251.9332

SPECIALTY FITNESS CLASS

CLOSET DESIGN 1. CALIFORNIA CLOSETS 204 E. Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood 201.389.6914 californiaclosets.com 2. CLOSETS BY DESIGN 40 Veterans Blvd. Carlstadt 201.964.9600 northnewjersey. closetsbydesign.com

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Fire Shaper 246 Third Ave., Westwood, 201.594.9642, fireshaper.com Fire Shaper is a nextlevel hot yoga class, combining the benefits of hot yoga with traditional yoga practices. Classes are conducted in rooms heated to 100-105°F with a humidity of 40-50 percent, to help participants expel harmful bodily toxins while building muscle and losing fat.

1. MANIA HAIR SALON 62 Park Ave. Park Ridge 201.391.3947 maniahair.com 2. ALLENDALE HAIR STUDIOS 104 W. Allendale Ave. Allendale 201.825.4666 allendalehairstudios.com

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1. CREATIVE DESIGN CONSTRUCTION & REMODELING 204 Livingston St. Northvale 201.822.1949 creativedesignconstruction. com

1. ULRICH INC. 100 Chestnut St. Ridgewood 201.445.1260 ulrichinc.com

95 Greenwood Ave. Midland Park 201.882.0186 campbowwow.com

2. HH REMODELING CO. * 74 Ethel Ave. Hawthorne 973.425.9146 hhremodelingco.com

FLORIST 1. ALLENDALE FLOWERS 72 W. Allendale Ave. Allendale 201.962.7272 allendaleflowers.com 2. FLOWERS BY JOAN 22 W. Prospect St. Waldwick 201.670.6767 flowersbyjoan.net 3. RIVER DELL FLOWERS & GIFTS 241 Kinderkamack Rd. Oradell 201.262.8118 riverdellflowers.com

INTERIOR DESIGN 1. MICHAEL MARIOTTI INTERIOR DESIGN 523 Haworth Ave. Haworth 201.384.1294 michaelmariotti.com 2. EURICA HOME 48 Franklin Tpke. Waldwick 201.444.4616 euricahome.com 2. GRANERT INTERIOR DESIGN AND PLANNING 225 Franklin Ave. Midland Park 201.251.8377 3. BOUCHER INTERIORS 27 N. Broad St. Ridgewood 201.818.8989 boucherinteriors.com

JEWELRY REPAIR 1. CALLAHAN JEWELERS 220 Closter Dock Rd. Closter 201.768.6136 callahanjewelersdiamondrings. com

PICTURE FRAMING

2. PETER SALERNO 511 Goffle Rd. Wyckoff 201.251.6608 petersalernoinc.com

1. FRAME IT YOURSELF 89 Westwood Ave. Westwood 201.666.2615 frameityourselfofwestwood. com

3. KEN BAUER KITCHENS 277 Broadway Hillsdale 201.664.6881 kenbauer.com

2. MICHAEL’S 240 Rte. 17 Paramus 551.497.4338

LIMO CAR SERVICE 1. LIMO EXPRESS 725 Main St. Hackensack 201.343.3488 limoexpressnj.com 2. AIR BROOK LIMO 18 Overlook Ave. Rochelle Park 800.800.1990 airbrook.com 2. PERFECT LIMO SERVICE INC. 13 W. Grand Ave. Montvale 201.573.1321 perfectlimo.com 3. JOHN PETERS PROFESSIONAL LIMOUSINES 55 Walnut St. Norwood 201.750.8802 jplimo.com

PET GROOMER 1. KATHY SANTO’S PET A GROOM 25 N. Spruce St. Ramsey 201.512.8316 kathysantodogtraining.com/ grooming/ 2. KIMBERLY’S PAMPERED PETS 824 Main St. Hackensack 201.996.1313 2. PETS ALOUD VETERINARY SERVICES 357 Forest Rd. Mahwah 201.891.3455 petsaloudveterinary.com

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1. CAMP BOW WOW 53 Midland Ave. Elmwood Park 201.797.3647

75 Interstate Shopping Center Ramsey 201.934.5435 michaels.com 2. PICTURE FRAME CENTER 226 Boulevard Hasbrouck Heights 201.462.0200 3. FRAMES BY YOU 137 Kinderkamack Rd. Park Ridge 201.930.0084 eframesbyyou.com

POOL SERVICE 1. POOL MASTER 201.447.5506 poolmasternj.com

105 Union Ave. Cresskill 201.871.0800 213 Rivervale Rd. River Vale 201.666.0777 20 W. Clinton Ave. Tenafly 201.894.1234 friedbergproperties.com 3. KELLER WILLIAMS VILLAGE SQUARE REALTY 74 Godwin Ave. Ridgewood 201.445.4300 kwvillagesquare.yourkwoffice. com

TUTORING

2. ACQUA POOLS 44 Central Ave. Midland Park 201.444.2424 acquapools.com 3. OUR POOL COMPANY 64 Godwin Ave. Midland Park 201.857.4747 3. THE POOL COMPANY 173 Rivervale Rd. River Vale 201.722.1765 servicemypool.com

1. BRAINSTORM TUTORING & ARTS 808 High Mountain Rd. Franklin Lakes 201.847.8676 stormthetest.com 2. COLLEGEWISE COLLEGE COUNSELING 888.648.9473 collegewise.com 3. TUTOR DOCTOR 201.746.4200 tutordoctor.com

VETERINARY CENTER

REALTY 1. TERRIE O’CONNOR REAL ESTATE 45 E. Main St. Ramsey 201.934.0600 tocr.com

1. NEW BRIDGE VETERINARY HOSPITAL 452 New Bridge Rd. Bergenfield 201.384.4699 newbridgevets.vetstreet.com

2. FRIEDBERG PROPERTIES & ASSOCIATES 1018 Closter Dock Rd. Alpine 201.768.6868

2. ORADELL ANIMAL HOSPITAL 580 Winters Ave. Paramus 201.262.0010 oradell.com

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Ulrich Inc. 100 Chestnut St., Ridgewood, 201.445.1260, ulrichinc.com Specializing in kitchen and bathroom renovations and custom home remodeling, Ulrich Inc. has a complete, in-house staff comprised of designers, project managers and seasoned carpenters that'll make your largescale or minor home reno project as enjoyable and easy as possible with stunning results. 3. OLD TAPPAN VETERINARY 598 Broadway Norwood 201.750.1800 oldtappanvet.com

BEST-KEPT SECRET FEMME FITNESS 34 Commerce Way Hackensack 201.549.5200 myfemmefit.com SUKHA ARTS CENTER 76 Schraalenburgh Rd. Harrington Park 201.768.2455 sukhaarts.com LUDOVICA CLOTHING 170 Westwood Ave. Westwood 201.358.2313 shopludovica.com

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3. THE CONTAINER STORE 370 Rte. 17 Paramus 201.265.9004 containerstore.com

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MINT CONDITION In Franklin Lakes, a good-enough master bedroom suite becomes an enchanting sanctuary in green and cream. By Haley Longman Photography by Peter Rymwid

Jennifer Pacca of Jennifer Pacca Interiors in Hillsdale designed a mint green and cream haven of a master suite for her Franklin Lakes clients. The physicians, parents of three young children, wanted a bedroom “sanctuary” where they could relax and unwind.

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This page, top: Custom linens by Valcamy Window Treatment draw the eye to the stunning tufted headboard, with mirrored bedside tables by Bernhardt and purple lamps by Arteriors on either side. This page page, bottom: The custom shelving by Garrett Plump of GRP Carpentry wasn’t necessarily intended for storage, but rather provides an interesting design detail along the wall. Opposite page: A chandelier from Currey & Co. replaces a ceiling fan that the homeowners never used. “We thought it would be prettier to add crystal,” Pacca explains. BERGENMAG.COM

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There was nothing really “wrong” with this Franklin Lakes bedroom before interior designer Jennifer Pacca of Jennifer Pacca Interiors in Hillsdale put her stamp on it. “It’s a newer home, less than 10 years old, but it was plain,” says Pacca. “It just had crown molding and base molding, painted sheetrock walls and the fireplace.” After a few years of living there, the homeowners, two busy physicians with three young children, were ready to change things up. They hired Pacca and her team to design their sitting room, family room and kitchen downstairs, and also the master bedroom suite—with a specific request: “They wanted a sanctuary, a place they could escape to for some quiet time,” says the designer. The wife chose the mint green and cream color palette, but was otherwise open to Pacca’s ideas. And certainly a bedroom intended for relaxation had to have an abundance of seating options. Pacca and her team put a window seat next to the storage built-ins as a way to unify the wall. “The fireplace protruded so far out from the wall, I knew I wanted to do built-ins that alleviated that,” Pacca says. “The window seat was a natural spot to add BERGENMAG.COM

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it and to tie everything together.” Right across from it is another roomy lounge area with two chaises by Bernhardt Furniture and a side table by Redford House, where the couple can read or watch TV. A gold-rimmed desk and upholstered chair by Highland House, placed on the opposite wall, create a haven where the working parents can sit with their laptops and catch up on emails (and life). Arguably the room’s standout, though, is the custom bed. “We had panels created and then added mirrors inside the rectangles, which were carefully designed around the same size as the nightstands,” Pacca explains. “Then we had our upholsterer, Iri Upholstery, create the tufted headboard and frame. We wanted it extra thick and luxurious.” Made-toorder linens with a stripe down the middle “lead your eye up to that upholstered feature,” and mint green wallpaper from York Wallcoverings strategically placed behind the bookshelf adds texture and brings in color from the bed. The project took about six months, but the classic, clean aesthetic with well-thought-out details will undeniably take this husband and wife into their babies’ teen years—and beyond.

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It may depend on George Washington’s image— the one on the dollar bill, that is. By Leslie Garisto Pfaff Two years before New Jersey was granted its own governor, 32 years before the founding of Rutgers University and four decades before the American Revolution, the Van Zile family built a stone house on an expansive farmstead in what is now the borough of Midland Park. The sturdy structure, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, withstood the winds of change for nearly three centuries. What it couldn’t withstand, though, was the relentless 21st-century push for development in the third-densest county in the densest state in the U.S. In May, the Van Zile House was bulldozed into history to make way for multi-family housing, and Bergen County lost another piece of its living past. The homestead joins a growing list of historic buildings razed in the name of development. They include the Ackerman House in Ho-Ho-Kus, the Crim-Tice and Jacob Wortendyke homes in Woodcliff Lake, the Thomas Demarest House in Englewood, the Valley Hotel in Tenafly, the Van Gelder House in Wyckoff, the White Tenant House in Waldwick and the Zabriskie Tenant House in Paramus. The Captain William Tyson House, a 156-year-old structure in Rochelle Park, was named one of New Jersey’s 10 Most Endangered Historic Sites in 2018. Township officials say repairing and restoring the building would cost approximately $1 million.

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While Bergen has the greatest number of historic buildings among New Jersey counties—273 of them on the National Register of Historic Places—there’s no guarantee that most won’t go the way of the Van Zile House and others like it. A space on the National Register can’t save a private home if its owner decides to sell it to a developer, and because so many historic houses in the county stand on large lots, they’re particularly vulnerable to development. Municipally owned structures are no less assailable if towns lack the public support, or the funds, to save and maintain them. In the years to come, Bergen County will increasingly be forced to decide which is more important, development or historic preservation. Ultimately, it comes down to value: specifically, the value of history versus the value of land. But while it’s easy to determine the value of land—and in Bergen County, land is at a premium—it’s harder to put a price on history. Tim Adriance, chair of Closter’s Historic Preservation Commission, would argue that history is priceless. “Historic structures represent a physical element of our past,” he says. “They create a sense of place and become part of the fabric of the culture.” He cites the example of downtown Ridgewood, whose charm and appeal derive largely from its collection of historic buildings. BERGENMAG.COM

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But if history is priceless, its upkeep can be costly, and municipalities are being asked to shoulder that cost. Ridgewood’s Zabriskie-Schedler House is one of only a handful of 19th-century Dutch wood-frame structures in the county. In 2009, the village of Ridgewood purchased the house and property with the intention of repurposing it as a sports hub and building a 90-foot baseball field on the property. Neighbors balked, claiming the proposed use would harm their quality of life, so the village formed a committee to determine the future of the house and its property. Meanwhile, the projected cost of restoring the 200-year-old dilapidated structure has risen well beyond the initial estimate of $780,000, with the first two bids coming in at $1.14 million and $1.25 million. The village is now seeking additional bids, but not everyone in town is sanguine about the restoration. Councilman Jeff Voigt, for one, anticipates that Ridgewood residents shouldn’t have to bear the substantial costs, which he believes will be close to $2 million when unexpected expenses—including a recent $90,000 estimate for asbestos remediation—are factored in. Half of the costs of restoration, in fact, would be paid for with grants from the catchily named Bergen County Open Space, Recreation, Floodplain Protection, Farmland & Historic Preservation Trust Fund.

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(You can call it the Open Space Trust Fund for short.) It reimburses municipalities 50 percent, and nonprofits 75 percent, of restoration expenses. But Voigt notes that annual upkeep of the house and property has been estimated “at anywhere from $40,000 to $60,000.” He’d like to see the building used for a revenue-generating purpose, preferably in a public-private partnership. “We should think about this very carefully,” he says, “and have a plan in place knowing that it can be sustained. Our budget’s tight as is, and we’re just going to be spending more and more on this, and the question of whom it will benefit and how it will be used to help everybody just hasn’t been thought about.” Questions of cost have also dogged plans for restoring Rochelle Park’s Captain William Tyson House. That 156-year-old Italianate structure ended up on the auction block for the first time in August after township officials couldn’t agree on a plan for its reuse and residents raised questions about the affordability of restoring it. The house was offered for sale with a stipulation that the new owner preserve its historic integrity. But there were no buyers, so township officials decided to remove the historic constraints and hold a second auction. (At presstime the fate of the house—named one of the state’s 10 Most Endangered Historic Sites in 2018 by the watchdog organization Preservation New Jersey—was uncertain.) Committeewoman Linda Boniface says that the town should never have purchased the house in the first place. “We’re a squaremiletown,” she says. “Our yearly budget is $12 million, and we’re in debt for $12 million, so the burden of restoration would have been on the taxpayers.” She notes that, when the town acquired it, the house was in poor condition, beset by mold, crumbling plaster and other potentially expensive problems and would probably require $1 million to restore. Not all of the county’s municipally owned historic properties have proven so problematic. Wood-Ridge’s Arnault-Bianchi House, for instance, was built in the 1880s by Fridolin Arnault, one of the town’s BERGENMAG.COM

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founders, and deeded to the borough in the 1970s. Starting in the mid2000s, the borough embarked on a 15-year project, eventually restoring the graceful Italianate structure (along with a carriage house and privy) to its original 19th-century glory. Renovations were funded by a 50-50 combination of borough appropriations and grants from the Open Space Trust Fund. Today, the building houses the Wood-Ridge Historical Society and is also used by the town’s library for public events; the surrounding property is a public park. The Arnault-Bianchi restoration probably owes its success to the crucial combination of widespread public support and the existence of a town historic preservation commission (HPC), which often go hand in hand. As chairman of Tenafly’s Historic Preservation Commission, Karen Farris Neus notes that “part of our mandate is to educate the community about its history.” Historic preservation commissions, she says, “advocate for the character of the community and for preserving its history.” An HPC, which must be established by inclusion in a municipality’s master plan, also empowers the community to identify, evaluate, designate and regulate historic sites and districts. “Some of the strongest oversight to historic properties comes when a community has a preservation commission,” notes Elaine Kiernan Gold, Bergen County historic preservation consultant. Perhaps most crucially, the HPC enables a community to be proactive. “The way to deal with developers,” says Adriance, “is to try to stay one step ahead of them and head them off before they get there, by inventorying historic sites, courting the community, getting people involved, and so on. You can’t chase bulldozers and win.” Consider the Harold Hess Lustron House in Closter. Designed in the late 1940s to respond to a nationwide housing shortage and the return of GIs from World War II, Lustron houses were inexpensive and easy to build, consisting mostly of steel frames and porcelaincoated steel exterior panels. There are only two left in Bergen County (the other is in Alpine), so convincing town officials that the house needed preservation should have been a slam dunk. Except,

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says Adriance, that the house, built in 1950, didn’t look “historic” in the traditional sense. “We had comments like, ‘It’s a tuna can,’ ‘It’s the ugliest house in town,’ ‘George Washington didn’t stay here—why should we save it?’” It took an extensive education campaign on the part of the housing preservation commission to convince officials and residents that the house was worthy of preservation. “But once their eyes were open,” says Adriance, “they supported the project.” Nevertheless, HPCs don’t win every battle. Owners, for instance, don’t always appreciate historic designations, which limit what they can do with a property. Farris Neus says that Tenafly has been mostly successful with its historic designations because “we’ve tried to overcome some of the preconceptions about dealing with an HPC by being very user-friendly.” Except in the case of borough-owned buildings, Tenafly’s local ordinance specifically states that a historic designation covers only “the exterior of the building as viewed from the street.” If a homeowner, say, wants to redo the front stairs, he has to get approval from the HPC; if he wants to redo the interior stairs, he’s free to change them in any way he desires as long as plans meet building codes. Sometimes, though, as in the case of Tenafly’s historic movie theater, an owner can effectively resist a historic designation. When the HPC attempted to designate the building as historic, its owner, Bow Tie Cinemas, threatened to shut down the theater. Reluctantly, the HPC caved. “We need to do a better job of educating the public about what historic preservation is,” says Farris Neus. “There’s a huge misconception that it somehow tamps down property values. In fact, there are examples where it’s increased the value of the building and adjacent buildings.” Once an undesignated historic property is sold to a developer, an HPC is relatively powerless to preserve it, though sometimes compromises can be struck. The borough of Fair Lawn, for instance, was unable to save the 264-year-old Jacob Vanderbeck Jr. House intact when a developer, Barrister Home Construction, bought the property on which it stands in order to build a 55-andolder community comprising 23 townhomes. The borough saved much of the house by agreeing to the demolition of a more recent addition on the home’s east side and allowing the developer to attach the historic structure to two townhomes and use it as a meeting and activity room. “I would rather have seen more of it preserved,” says Fair Lawn’s deputy mayor, Gail Rottenstrich, who wasn’t on the council when the deal with the developer was made. In fact, notes Kiernan Gold, “not every historic structure is going to make it.” It’s a reality of historic preservation, and not one she’s happy about. But she’s adamant that some structures are too important to lose. “There are buildings that are threatened that are irreplaceable,” she says, “so that when they’re gone, they leave a hole in the fabric of the county.” To keep that fabric from fraying further is going to require commitment, a more widespread understanding of the importance of historic preservation, and yes, the money to finish the job.

This page, from top: The 1870s Tenafly building that once housed The Valley Hotel and later Charlie Brown’s restaurant was demolished in 2016; Bow Tie Cinemas balked at Tenafly’s attempts to designate its movie theater as historic. A historic designation can limit what owners can do with their property. Opposite page: Much of the Jacob Vanderbeck House in Fair Lawn was saved after a developer purchased the property to construct newer homes.

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Former Saint Joseph Regional High School stars Devin and Jason McCourty are the first set of twins to play in (and win) a Super Bowl when they helped the New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams in February 2019.

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Two NFL players share a genetic makeup, a New England team affiliation, identical Super Bowl rings—and lots of Montvale memories. By Darius Amos

Even in an area where the Jets and Giants hold sway, it’s hard not to root for Devin and Jason McCourty of the New England Patriots. The 32-year-old identical twins hail from nearby Nyack, N.Y., and both now spend most of their time near the Pats’ facility in Foxboro, Mass., but they have strong ties to New Jersey. The brothers attended Saint Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, graduated from Rutgers (they even returned in May to deliver the keynote commencement speech) and established philanthropic groups in the area. Yes, they’re teammates of the great (and sometimes notorious) Tom Brady, but Devin and Jason have made names of their own in the National Football League. The guys recently took a break from the gridiron to chat with BERGEN about growing up, playing and winning together. You two were teammates throughout high school and college but were drafted by different NFL teams in 2010 [Devin by the New England Patriots, and Jason by the Tennessee Titans]. A trade brought you together again in 2018, when the Patriots acquired Jason. How did it feel to be reunited? JASON: It was a very surreal feeling. There was one season we thought I would be traded from the Titans to the Patriots, but I eventually signed in Cleveland. I think after that we were kind of content that it never was going to happen. Then for it to happen organically was really cool. When I was traded, I took a flight [to Foxboro], and Dev picked me up at the airport. It was really special. DEVIN: I was in New Jersey when he was traded [Devin resides in Alpine during the off-season] and then I drove up to see him and welcome him to the team. It was everything

that we could have dreamed of as kids. To be able to live out a dream and to do what we did in Pop Warner at the highest level was awesome. And not only did you play together, you won the Super Bowl together. D: I’ll admit when Jason joined the team I thought, “It would be awesome to win a Super Bowl together.” After all the ups and downs throughout the whole season, to be there on the field hugging each other with both our families and our mom celebrating was cooler than us actually winning. Seeing people happy for us was a really good feeling. J: I hadn’t played a playoff game yet in my career, so getting a chance to do it with Dev and actually win meant a lot. With our family out on the field and everybody back home rooting for us, it’s a special feeling that’s hard to top. Devin, you mentioned ups and downs during the 2018 season. What’s it like to play with your brother—do you two treat one another the same as other teammates, or are the standards even higher? D: We always push each other because we have high expectations. If somebody else messes up in their life I won’t really get mad, but if Jason messes up doing the same thing I’d be really mad—and vice versa. When you’re a twin, the way you think about yourself is the same way that they think of you, with the same expectations and standards. So we’ve always pushed each other, but also encouraged each other at the same time. J: I think what also helped with our communication is that we get along so well. We have a good understanding of what the other one’s thinking. We’ve gotten into big arguments and

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fights throughout our careers growing up, but we’re always challenging one another to be the best we can be. And family plays a part in your game rituals. D: I have our numbers, 30 and 32, written on the back of my cleats. It was always cool, when we didn’t play together, to think of us as always being together by writing our numbers on our cleats. J: And during the national anthem, I would always have a conversation with our father, who passed away when we were young. Your football careers really got going at St. Joseph. What are your fondest memories of playing with the Green Knights? D: I’ll never forget the games against either Bergen Catholic or Don Bosco at home. The crowds we would play in front of were packed. Looking back, we probably had about five or six guys in those games who ended up in the NFL. Being a part of those games was always cool. J: For me, I loved the camaraderie of being alongside those guys for four years. High school was just carefree, no job, no responsibilities; you’re just going out there and enjoying the game. And what about playing under legendary Coach Tony Karcich? What lessons about life on and off the field did you learn from him? J: Playing for TK was awesome. He was a tough coach. The most important thing he taught me was hard work. Whether it was hills after practice or extra conditioning, he expected and demanded a lot from us. I think that not only helped me in football, but also in life. D: He did a great job preparing us for what

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was to come. Going to college and now the football camp you’re running in your NFL, I never had a coach where I was like, hometown or your Tackle Sickle Cell “Man, this is too hard, I couldn’t play for him.” foundation? I think that started with Coach Karcich, from J: I think that’s something our mom instilled how hard he was on us, how he worked us and in us early on. She says that much is given prepared us to make it to the next level. That and much is expected. With the platform that was a big lift. we’ve been blessed with, we feel it’s imporWhat players did you idolize or try to tant to give back. We do a football campaign emulate? in our hometown every year to really show D: I was a huge Emmitt Smith fan growing up. the kids who grew up in the same area we I read a biography on him and it made me a did, going through the same experiences, huge fan. that you can have a positive impact on sociJ: I was always a big fan of the Cowboys ety. And sickle-cell disease runs in our family: growing up because of our older brother Larry. Our father had the trait, and our aunt and There was Deion Sanduncle both suffer from ers, Michael Irvin, Emmitt the disease. Our father Smith, Troy Aikman and passed away when we all those guys. As I got were 3, and our aunt older, I became a Champ was a huge part in our Bailey fan. life, trying to be there to D: Let me add I was a help in whatever way big fan of Curtis Martin she could. We grew when he was playing up very close with her on the Jets. I know he and we watched her go played for the Patriots through the sickle-cell too, but I wasn’t a Patricrisis throughout her ots fan. The Jets were life, along with differour local team! ent surgeries. Once we Speaking of local were in the NFL, our teams, is it extra spemom told us we needed cial when you return to find something we to the area to play the wanted to get behind Jets or Giants at the and really advocate for, Meadowlands? and we chose sickle-cell J: What goes through my After starting his career with Tennessee disease awareness and mind most is the amount research. and Cleveland, Jason, No. 30, joined Devin on the Patriots in 2018. of ticket requests I’m goYou both returned to ing to get and having to your alma mater in pay for them. It’s always cool to be back home. May to deliver Rutgers’ commencement Who’s asking for tickets? Do you still speech. Was it exciting to go back? keep in touch with guys from St. Joe’s? D: It was fun, nerve-racking and exciting. D: There are two guys I hang out with all the It was a huge honor for someone to think time during the off-season: Edwyn MacEtwo 32-year-olds had enough life experilus and Brandon Haywood. We all went to ence to give something positive to students. St. Joe’s, and they’re still two of my closest We wanted to encourage the students that friends. you have to continue to redefine success Where did you two hang out after class, and make sure you never get content with practice and games? where you are, and to continue to push D: We always went to A&J Bagels around yourself and try to do everything that you the corner from St. Joe’s between school and believe in. practice. J: And it was also nerve-racking trying to You still have a presence in the comfigure out how we were going to do it with two munity doing charity work. Why is this microphones. But we had a ton of fun doing it important to you, whether it’s a youth together.

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HOW STEPFAMILIES T Always smooth sailing? Nope. But such combo clans can work—just ask five not-sowicked Bergen stepmothers.

“I met my stepson Kyle when he was nine years old. We used to spend a lot of time together until my son, Tommy, was born. Kyle started hanging out with his friends in Ridgewood more during his teenage years, and I was busy taking care of the baby. As Tommy got older, Kyle started coming around more, and their relationship grew organically. No one was putting pressure on either boy to spend time together. It wasn’t always easy. I don’t like the term ‘stepmom.’ I could clearly see how Kyle had enough people in his life telling him what to do; I wasn’t

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In pop culture, a negative connotation is often put on stepfamilies, stepmothers in particular. But National Stepfamily Day, celebrated annually since 1997 on Sept. 16, is part of an effort to change the narrative surrounding these modern-day families, which are on the rise. About 42 million adults in the United States have been married more than once (up from 22 million in 1980), according to the Pew Research Center. To shed some light on this increasingly common family structure, BERGEN chatted with five local stepmoms, who share how they achieved positive relationships with their stepchildren (or how their children did so with their husbands) and offer advice for others in similar situations. Though no family dynamic is the same, one thing remains constant: Communication and respect are paramount.

his mother, so I tried not to ‘boss’ him around. “When Kyle was in his late 20s, he nonchalantly told me what a big influence I was on his life growing up. He told me that some of his fondest memories are of all the places I took him and his friends, and he really appreciated all that I did for him during a time when he was struggling with back-and-forth visits between his parents’ houses. I got so emotional because I did everything from the bottom of my heart and didn’t realize I was having any effect on him. Kyle is 32 now and Tommy is 17, and their bond was and still is beautiful and priceless. My heart swells with love for my stepfamily. Even better—Kyle’s mother and I sometimes walk at the county park together!” —Georgette Georgiadis, Glen Rock

“My husband Richard and I and my stepson Ray became a stepfamily in 2007. When my husband and I first met, Ray, then just 12, treated me like a nonperson, like I wasn’t even there. He was not a warm and fuzzy kid. Because of his age when I came into the picture, I never got involved in the discipline or decision-making in his life. He had two parents that were doing this for him, and it would overcomplicate things and cause resentment to have a third voice that was different from what he was used to. I was always kind and generous with him even when I wanted to give him a piece of my mind for the way he was treating me; I always tried to have compassion for what he was going through and understand that that’s how kids his age deal with their feelings. It really wasn’t personal. I also tried really hard to not criticize my husband’s parenting or my stepson’s behavior toward my husband. I vented to a therapist and my good friends and kept my mouth shut at home, which helped my marriage a great deal. “I myself got a stepmother when I was around Ray’s age and she did the opposite of all these things and I resented her and totally rebelled, which is why I resolved to do it differently. Now, Ray is 23, and we are friendly, conversational and cooperative—and his six-year-old twin half-siblings see him as their hero.” —Monica Maresca, Montvale BERGENMAG.COM

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S THRIVE “My husband Larry and I have been together since 2006. We were both divorced, and we each have two sons from our prior marriages. We also have a 22-year-old niece who came to live with me when she was 11 after her mother, my stepsister, died of brain cancer. Stepparents have it tough sometimes. We see the struggles and want to see everyone happy, but sometimes our advice is not welcome. Listening and not attempting to repair a situation is the No. 1 thing Larry and I work on—we work every day on listening and not responding. We also make it known that family does not mean just blood relationships. Blood is thicker than water, but everyone gets a transfusion in an integrated family. And we don’t play favorites. Everyone is our child and is loved equally and unconditionally. Larry especially ensures that we spend time with each other, even though everyone lives in different cities now. Each of our children knows how much we love him and can count on us to support him, and the boys support each other and know they have each other to rely upon. This doesn’t mean there is never conflict, but there is always forgiveness and kindness at the very core of our family values.” —Fran (with help from husband Larry), Ho-Ho-Kus

“I have been divorced for more than eight years. My exhusband is remarried and has two children with his new wife. I am not remarried, but in 2016 I moved in with my boyfriend Alex, who was never married and has no kids of his own, and we consider ourselves to be husband and wife. As we were transitioning into our new way of life, my ex-husband, with whom I had shared custody of my children (now 10 and 12), moved to Georgia for a job. Our kids stayed back with me. “It was a very difficult time, and transitioning took a lot of work and a lot of time, especially since my kids had to deal with their father moving away. But Alex has stepped up to the plate in so many ways over the past several years. I think part of the reason we’ve made it all work is because my ex and I deal with our emotional stuff behind closed doors and not in front of the kids. Putting kids in the middle of battles is just so unhealthy for everyone. Also, I never viewed my ex’s children as ‘the other kids’ from ‘the second wife.’ They are my kids’ siblings. They are their blood, and that makes them a part of my family, no matter that they came from a different mom. I am also a huge believer in therapy for the individual, a couple or a family. I am the founder of Yin and Yang Mom—it’s a mommy mental health community here in Bergen County—and I speak a lot about our personal parenting dynamics. I try to tell people that we are a true success story and proof that with a lot of self-introspection, respect, communication and collaboration, there can be happiness after difficult times.” —Renee Jensen, Harrington Park

“Our stepfamily was created in July of 1982, when my stepdaughter, Tracy, was almost 10. Her mother was living, but largely uninvolved. Needless to say, Tracy and my husband Charlie have always shared a very special bond. I respect what they have and do not find it threatening. Initially my relationship with Tracy was difficult because I did not know anything about ‘kid stuff’ and never wanted to have children of my own. But our relationship evolved over the years. I have always believed that what helped the most was the love and patience shown by both Tracy and Charlie. They never gave up. The two of them actually taught me the meaning of love. Tracy and I long ago stopped using the ‘step’ prefix. She is my daughter; I am her mother. Tracy, now a mother herself, eventually would end up becoming an OR nurse like I am and working in the same operating room I worked in. Blending families is no doubt as difficult today as it was 37 years ago, but it can work!” —Barbara Gorga, Waldwick BERGENMAG.COM

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WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY On how to establish trust with a stepchild:

“A successful relationship with stepchildren requires the strong foundation of the parents, i.e., teamwork. With this strong commitment to each other, the stepchildren will feel secure and will prosper. A stepchild needs understanding, love and a firm, guiding hand. Be sure not to step over your boundaries as a stepparent—take it slow in order to gain the child’s trust. Patience is the name of the game.” —Lenore Millian, Ph.D., author and licensed psychologist, Woodcliff Lake On how to ensure a healthy stepchild/ stepparent relationship:

“Stepfamily life is complicated but can be very rewarding. The main thing to keep in mind is stepfamilies do not ‘blend.’ New stepfamilies are biologically based and the bio-parent needs to be primarily involved with his/her children. Stepparents are not replacement parents. Also, know that it takes time for stepfamily relationships to feel like a family; the average stepfamily takes five to eight years to bond.” —Robert Klopfer, LCSW, director, Stepping Stones Counseling Center, Ho-Ho-Kus

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Who says cleaning can only happen in the spring? As the kids return to the classroom with fresh notebooks and new backpacks, you can give yourself a fresh start too with a renewal of your closet. BERGEN enlisted the help of two Bergen County-based professional organizers, who share tips on how to “make over” your closet for the season, and how best to store and display fall and winter clothing, just as the chill of September returns.

DONATE OLD OR ILL-FITTING CLOTHES. The first step is getting rid of what no longer works for you. If you need an entire overhaul, start at one end of your closet, look at each item individually and ask yourself if you still like it and if it is still a flattering fit on you. If not, or if the item is in bad condition, you haven’t worn it in a year or two or it’s just not in style anymore, put it aside in a box or bag for donations. “I think it’s important to let things go and realize they will end up in the hands of people who want or need them,” says Lisa Harris, founder of Paramus-based Organize With Lisa. Her favorite places to donate to include theater companies, missions and facilities that collect business-wear for low income people. But other local charities, such as the Lupus Foundation, Vietnam Vets and the Salvation Army, will come to your home and pick up your donations to make it even more convenient.

I think it’s important to let things go and realize they will end up in the hands of people who want or need them.” —Lisa Harris, owner of Organize With Lisa, Paramus

STOW AWAY SUMMER CLOTHING. Next, ensure that your off-season clothing is stowed away so that only your current clothing is using up valuable closet space. Our experts recommend storing summer clothes in plastic bins labeled by item (dresses, tops, swimwear, etc.) and putting them in an extra closet. “Be sure to vacuum these closet shelves and floors and wipe the walls to remove dust at least once or twice a year,” Harris adds. If there are no extra closets in your home, store labeled bins in an attic or under the bed, but never in the basement. “Basements are often too damp,” advises Barbara Maniscalco, owner of Barb’s Home Organizing in Wyckoff.

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ENSURE THAT EVERYTHING HAS ITS PLACE. Perhaps the most imperative step in closet organization is, well, actually organizing what you have. This means storing like items together so that they are easy to access. Maniscalco suggests putting bulky coats and jackets in a separate coat closet (and on sturdy wooden hangers) because they take up a lot of space, but keeping blazers, denim jackets and leather jackets in your main closet, as you’ll likely put outfits together with them. She likes to hang sweaters on felt hangers—“they’re much easier to see there than in a drawer,” she says, and won’t leave marks on the shoulders—and to save drawer space for items such as athletic gear, T-shirts and pajamas. Meanwhile, fold jeans with the pockets facing up and either place them on shelves or, if you have the space, hang them on pants hangers. Maniscalco recommends categorizing denim by wash (light to dark), while Harris prefers sorting jeans by fit (bootcut, skinny or flared).

TIDY UP ACCESSORIES. The worst thing about getting dressed for cool weather is not being able to find your scarf or hat when you need it. To ensure this doesn’t happen, organize items by family member—Harris likes an over-the-door pocket organizer, while Maniscalco recommends small- or medium-sized decorative bins or baskets. If you’re going the latter route, fold each hat and scarf and stand them up sideways in containers so you can find what you’re looking for in a hurry. As for boots, both organizers recommend BERGENMAG.COM

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GO SHOPPING. We don’t mean for more clothes (though if you’ve identified a need, who knows?). Spending just a few bucks on new organizational bins can make all the difference in your closet space. Maniscalco likes Target in Paramus for bins and baskets in a large variety of sizes and colors, and Harris is a big fan of The Container Store, located on Route 17 in Paramus. “It has everything I need when I’m putting together a ‘gourmet closet’ for my clients,” she says. The “Sweater Box,” “Boot Box” and “Shoe Box” are among her favorite products because of their practicality and functionality. Other good options for those who want to create their dream closet without an expensive renovation? The Home Depot and Lowe’s. Just don’t buy containers until you’ve sorted through what you have. “Most of the time you end up buying more than you need and in the wrong sizes,” Harris says. “Containers should be purchased only after the decluttering process.”

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SEE A CHAMPION CROWNED For your next vacation, turn off the TV, pack your bags and prepare to witness sports history—live. By Gianna Barone

The winning of a championship in sports is an event of peak excitement and emotion—whether or not your rooting is victorious. And while your usual perch for observing such moments may be the living room sofa in front of your television, think how much more exciting it must be if you’re actually there. We won’t lie—tickets for an up-close-and-personal view of the most thrilling finales in sports can be pricey. But wouldn’t a trip built around such a spectator high— with all its flags, fouls and “Fore!”s—be something to remember for a lifetime? Here are five ideas:

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SUPER BOWL LIV

Miami, Florida; February 2020 Skip the gimmicky commercials and pack your bathing suit, because next year’s Super Bowl will take place at Hard Rock Stadium in sunny Miami. Spectators who are looking to unwind before grabbing their seats at the big game can book a stay at the award-winning Acqualina Beachfront Resort, complete with easy access to seaside spa treatments, yacht rentals and scuba-diving lessons. Or, for a truly immersive Super Bowl experience, reserve a room at the Stadium Hotel, just a five-minute drive from the action, where you’ll be sure to rub elbows with fellow fans. While in town for the game, check out the “Gridiron Glory” Hall of Fame exhibit to see more than 200 artifacts from NFL history. When you’re not tailgating on brats and beers, take advantage of Miami’s rich Latin culture with some authentic Cuban grub from Cuban Guys, or try the shrimp-jeweled paella from Estefan Kitchen (yes, it’s owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan) on a night when you feel a little fancier. Game-day tickets and upgrade packages can be purchased at tickets.nflonlocation.com.

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Daytona Beach, Florida; February 2020 No need to wait for a waving checkered flag to book a trip down to Daytona Beach for the 62nd annual Daytona 500. Surround yourself with autographed memorabilia from champions past when you stay at The Daytona, a boutique Marriott resort that has been specially designed to celebrate the car culture of the nation’s biggest auto racing event. Prepare for race day on Feb. 16 with programs like the NASCAR “Rookie Experience,” in which you can take the wheel of an actual stock car on the Daytona International Speedway. For visitors even more auto-obsessed, the Motorsports Hall of Fame is a must-see, with cars and cycles from its 250 inducted drivers on display as well as vintage gas tanks and helmets. After the final stretch, head over to Stonewood Grill and Tavern, Daytona’s local chophouse and sports bar, for a buttery filet mignon and pale ale to wash it down. Tickets for the weekend and events are available at daytonainternationalspeedway. com.

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THE MASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT

Augusta, Georgia; April 2020 Tee off next to the greatest golfers in the country when you book a trip down to the annual Masters Tournament. Explore the historic Augusta National Golf Club, where legendary players have congregated for 85 years for the championship tournament. Book a stay at the city’s star hotel, The Partridge Inn, where Southern eclectic meets upscale luxury. The hotel even offers a package for Masters Week, including tickets for the entire five-day championship tournament, premium bar and food service and shuttles to and from Augusta National. While you’re in town, check out the Rock Fore! Dough charity concert sponsored by the Masters, where notable artists like Lady Antebellum and Cheap Trick have headlined in past years. For some golfing of your own, putt at the nearby greens at the Forest Hills Golf Club. A real hole-in-one meal beckons with the fresh Georgia seafood at Beamie’s at the River, where you’ll dine on local oysters and crawfish right next to the scenic Savannah. Tickets for the Masters Tournament can be obtained by submitting an application for daily match attendance at tickets.masters.com.

KENTUCKY DERBY

Louisville, Kentucky; May 2020 Springtime, derby hats and mint juleps can only mean one thing: The Kentucky Derby is coming around again! Attend the 145th running of this famous horse race, and it just might be the social event of a lifetime. Book your stay at the Omni Louisville Hotel, just 15 minutes from the big race at the Churchill Downs racetrack—it features everything from an underground bowling alley/speakeasy to Mokara Spa, where facial treatments can ensure you have a natural glow in that Kentucky sunshine. Before the race, be sure to find a fascinator that shows off your unique style from Hat Girls in downtown Louisville. For a night out, secure your spot at the Fillies and Lilies Party, the annual exclusive gala that kicks off Saturday’s race where A-listers and celebrities alike enjoy fivestar cuisine and live music from such acts as Martina McBride and LeAnn Rimes. During your stay, check out local hangouts like Griff’s, a tap house that serves up fried pickles, catfish and a mean “hot brown”—an open-faced turkey sandwich smothered in melted cheese and brown gravy. Tickets for derby events can be purchased at kentuckyderby.com/2020.

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Queens, New York; August– September 2020 The latest of these events is the one right nearby: tennis’ annual U.S. Open, held at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens. In between matches, take advantage of the programs the United States Tennis Association offers on the outskirts of the courts, such as the Kids’ Zone play area and free live concerts. Stop by the “Fan Week Center Stage,” where racquet-wielding champs like Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams may pop in for surprise appearances and autographs. Stay close to the action when you retire at The One Boutique Hotel in Flushing, where the high-end rooftop bar and neighboring spa facilities will give you all the right big-city vibes. If you’ve worked up an appetite from all of that volleying, have no fear; Queens is the Empire State’s most culturally diverse borough, and its food scene lives up to that label. Check out the cuisine in Flushing’s own Chinatown, with trendy treats such as steamed pork dumplings from Dumpling Galaxy and refreshing bubble tea from CoCo Fresh Tea. Tickets and “experience” packages are available at usopen.org.

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As BERGEN went to press, host cities for this fall’s baseball World Series weren’t known. But still in the running was the sentimental-fave city that claimed the championship in 2016— Chicago. The Chicago Cubs’ (mlb.com/cubs) Wrigley Field anchors a charming neighborhood called Wrigleyville, which well rewards an autumn visit. Dine with a view of Wrigley at Dutch and Doc’s, or venture a few blocks south to Belmont Avenue and browse in the quirky Gallery Bookstore, taste the famed cinnamon rolls at Ann Sather Restaurant or catch an improv act at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar. And if the Cubbies don’t make the fall classic this year, be patient and eat healthy—the team’s last wait to get into the Series was 71 years long.

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BAKED SWEET POTATO WITH COCONUT & THYME Yields: 6 to 8 servings

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Preheat the oven to 425°F. Select a large baking pan or ovenproof dish about 10½ x 8 inches in size. Thinly slice the sweet potatoes using a mandoline slicer or a food processor with the slicing attachment set to a medium thickness. Alternatively, thinly slice them with a knife. Use one-quarter of the sweet potatoes to create an overlapping layer in the bottom of the baking pan or dish. Distribute one-third of the garlic and thyme over the potato layer and season generously with salt and pepper. Repeat this layering process, finishing with a layer of sweet potato slices. Pour the coconut milk evenly over the potatoes, then gently press down on the contents of the dish with a spatula to compress. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with the reserved thyme. Bake for 20 minutes, then press down on the potato slices with the spatula to submerge them in the coconut milk. Return the dish to the oven and bake for another 20 to 25 minutes. Serve immediately.

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Substitute fresh cilantro for thyme in this recipe and sprinkle it over the sweet potatoes after taking them out of the oven. Coconut milk and cilantro are a classic combination, and it’ll turn this into a Thai-inspired dish.” —Lisa Pattman, personal chef and caterer, Lisa Pattman Catering, Midland Park

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TEMPURA SCALLIONS WITH HARISSA KETCHUP Yields: 4 to 6 servings

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nv  egetable oil, for frying n 12 scallions FOR THE TEMPURA BATTER: n 1 large egg n 1 cup all-purpose flour n 1 cup ice-cold water n ice cubes FOR THE HARISSA KETCHUP: n ½ cup tomato ketchup n 2 Tbs. rose harissa

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Pour enough vegetable oil into a large, deep skillet or saucepan to fill to a depth of about 2 inches. Heat the oil over medium-high flame and bring to a frying temperature (add a tsp. of batter; if it sizzles immediately, the oil is hot enough). Line a plate with a double layer of paper towels. To make the harissa ketchup, combine the ketchup and harissa in a bowl. Set aside. Crack the egg into a large mixing bowl and add the flour, but do not mix together. Have your iced water ready (add ice cubes to help keep it cold, but make sure they don’t end up in the batter). When the oil is ready for frying, pour the iced water into the bowl with the egg and flour and, using chopsticks or the handle of a wooden spoon (not a whisk), mix the flour, egg and water together quickly, until most of the flour is dissolved. Ensure you don’t overbeat the mixture. Dip the scallions, one at a time, into the batter to coat them well, then immediately (and carefully) transfer to the hot oil. Fry in batches for 2 to 4 minutes, until the batter is crisp (it won’t turn brown). Using a slotted spoon or long-handled tongs, remove the scallions, shake off the excess oil and transfer to the prepared plate to drain. Sprinkle with salt flakes and serve immediately with the harissa ketchup.

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Scallions, a green onion, are an excellent source of vitamin K and a good source of vitamins C and A. You can enjoy this dish as an appetizer or as part of a balanced meal paired with a plant protein like soy, beans or legumes and a grain or starchy vegetable.”

—Fay Cesarano-Caputo, nutrition therapist, FCRD Nutrition, Ridgewood

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BAKED CELERY ROOT & HARISSA Yields: 6 to 8 servings

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n1  lb. 10 oz. celery root, peeled n 2 Tbs. honey n 2 Tbs. good-quality vegetable stock powder n 2 Tbs. harissa n approximately 2 cups boiling water

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Preheat the oven to 425°F. Select a round ovenproof dish approximately eight inches in diameter. Slice the celery root into three equally thick disks, then cut each disk in half. Thinly slice each piece. Arrange the sliced celery root in the dish. Put the honey, stock and harissa into a large measuring cup and add enough boiling water to bring the liquid level up to 14 oz. (1¾ cups). Stir well, then pour the mixture evenly over the celery root. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the celery root is cooked through. Halfway through the cooking time, use a spoon to baste the celery root and push it down into the sauce, then return the dish to the oven to finish cooking. Serve immediately.

Celery root is a wonderful vegetable that is rich in antioxidants and nutrients, and harissa is the perfect foil to this vegetable with its robust flavors of garlic, caraway and coriander. For added flavor, sub in vegetable broth or stock for the powder.”

—Lisa Pattman, personal chef and caterer, Lisa Pattman Catering, Midland Park

All recipes and photos are reprinted with permission from Bazaar: Vibrant Vegetarian Recipes by Sabrina Ghayour. Photos by Kris Kirkham © Hachette Book Group.

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Make Tonight Date Night

Find time to enjoy this sweet, nutritious dried fruit that’s at its peak now. Dates are the sweet, chewy, edible fruit of a flowering plant species known as the date palm and we Americans usually encounter them in their dried form, similar to raisins. They have a rich history—dates have been a staple in Middle Eastern diets since pretty much the beginning of human civilization (they’re mentioned 50 times in the Bible), and they’ve never gone out of style. POWER UP Like other dried fruits, dates are high-calorie, which makes them the perfect snack for anyone trying to gain weight. But they’re also a healthy one—in moderation—for those of us who aren’t. Rest assured, those calories are far from empty. One 3½-ounce serving of dates contains 7 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein, as well as 20 percent of the recommended daily intake (RDI) of potassium, 18 percent of that of copper and 12 percent of the RDI of vitamin B6—that’s the B vitamin that boosts the metabolism and helps create new red blood cells and neurotransmitters. Dates are also loaded with antioxidants such as flavonoids, carotenoids and phenolic acid (known for reducing inflammation, promoting heart and eye health and lowering cancer risk, respectively). Research suggests that dates may be as good for the brain as they are for the rest of the body. Mice fed date-rich food were found to have better memory, heightened learning abilities and less anxiety than the control group in a study published in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine. That has led Alzheimer’s disease researchers to believe that dates may be an effective food for reducing the odds of the condition or delaying its development. Dates are also thought to promote natural labor if eaten during the last few weeks of pregnancy.

chips and oats together with diced dates and dust the finished products with powdered sugar. Fortunately, dates are low-maintenance, so storing them won’t be a problem unless you don’t plan to eat them for more than 30 days, in which case you should refrigerate them in a sealed container.

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BUY/STORE/SERVE Peak date season in the United States is between September and March. When you’re choosing your bunch at the grocery store, look for dates that are wrinkled but not hard, and have a touch of whiteness but no crystalized sugar on their skin. When it comes to incorporating these treats into your meals, the possibilities are endless. Of course, dates can serve as a snack by themselves, either pitted and stuffed with nuts or cream cheese. Alternatively, sprinkle chopped and pitted dates into your oatmeal, salad or smoothie for a hint of sweetness. Or, for a healthy dessert your kids will love, try making “date balls”— mash such ingredients as peanut butter, chocolate

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You’ll have pumpkin, spice and everything nice with this sweet way to usher in the fall season.

PUMPKIN SPICE WHITE RUSSIAN

Instead of Kahlúa, which might overpower the pumpkin flavor, use RumChata, which is a great neutral base and really allows for sweeter flavors to pop. I also suggest using crushed biscotti for the rim and securing it with a thin rim of honey—it will stick better than water and the graham mixture and look and taste great.”

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For the drink: ■ 3 oz. good quality vodka ■ 3 oz. pumpkin spice creamer ■ 1.5 oz. Kahlúa ■ whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice, to garnish For the rim: ■ 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice ■ 1 tsp. sugar or sparkling sugar ■ 3 Tbs. crushed graham crackers

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■ Mix the ingredients for the rim together on a shallow plate. Dip the edge of two glasses in water and then dip into the graham mixture. Press to coat. Set the two glasses aside. ■ Pour vodka, creamer and Kahlúa into a large cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake lightly until combined and cold. ■ Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice.

—Gene Bazzarelli, general manager, Franco’s Metro Restaurant, Bar & Pizza, Fort Lee

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FAMILY PROMISE Family Promise of Bergen County, a Ridgewood-based nonprofit group, recently received a $10,000 grant from the TD Charitable Foundation. The donation will assist the organization in its mission to provide temporary shelter and support for homeless working families. 2 Christopher Gallagher, Thomas Hewitt, Jane He, Kate Duggan

ANDIAMO MOTORCYCLE CHARITY RUN More than 1,000 riders and thousands of participants are expected to attend the 20th annual Andiamo Motorcycle Charity Run, which ends with a block party at Andiamo Restaurant in Haworth. The 60-mile motorcycle ride will support the Englewood Health Foundation, Haworth Volunteer Ambulance, Special Olympics, Haworth Police Auxiliary, Andiamo Scholarship to St. Therese School and other local charities. To register or for more info, visit andiamorun.com or call 201.384.1551. 3 From left to right: Rick Sposa, Warren Geller, Don Dickstein, Debra Albanese, Michael Gutter at last year’s Andiamo Benefit Motorcycle Charity Run

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SHOPRITE OF NEW MILFORD Community leaders, associates and neighbors helped celebrate the grand opening of ShopRite in New Milford. The store, owned and operated by Inserra Supermarkets, offers an array of groceries containing both private label and national brands as well as daily deliveries of fresh produce, including organic items that are both locally grown and sourced from around the world. 6 Friends, family and community leaders gather at the grand opening of ShopRite in New Milford.

DIABETES FOUNDATION The Diabetes Foundation recently presented its Corporate Champion Award to Franklin Lakesbased Becton Dickinson and Company at its annual Visions of Hope gala at The Venetian in Garfield. Proceeds from the event go toward the ongoing Diabetes Foundation programs throughout New Jersey. 7 From left to right: Laurence Hirsch, M.D., Ginine Cilenti, Stanislav Glezer, M.D.

THE COMMUNITY CHEST The Community Chest in Englewood held its annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon and Scholarship Presentation at the Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood. The program honored women leaders Molly Craig-Berry, president of the Englewood Board of Education; Arthorine Walker, special education teacher at Dwight Morrow High School; and Tami Luchow, founder of nonprofit group Care for Life and Limb. 4 Billie Singer and Alexa Miller receive The Community Chest’s Women’s Leadership Scholarship awards 5 Molly Craig-Berry, Tami Luchow, Arthorine Walker, Shelly Wimpfheimer

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Be There

From festivals and fundraisers to concerts and competitions, there’s something for everyone this month in Bergen County.

SEPT 1 Wrap up your summer with a scenic race the whole family can participate in— CLOSTER’S DOM MIRCOVICH MEMORIAL 5K RUN/WALK & THE JIM O’HALLORAN KIDS FUN RUN. Registration starts at Memorial Park on Harrington Avenue at 8 a.m.—awards will be given out at the end to the top finishers in various categories. Registration is $10 for kids or $20 for adults at runsignup.com. SEPT 5 Take an afternoon to hang out with active seniors at BERGEN’S ANNUAL SENIOR CITIZENS PICNIC at Van Saun County Park in Paramus. The festivities commence at 10 a.m. and carry on until 3 p.m., with a craft fair, a zoo, lunch, music and entertainment. Admission is FREE. Visit co.bergen. nj.us for more information. SEPT 6 Check out some pimped-out rides from 5 to 9 p.m. at RIDGEWOOD’S ANNUAL CAR SHOW, a charity event held along East Ridgewood Avenue. More than 400 vehicles, like muscle cars, hot rods, exotics and motorcycles, will be on display. Make sure to check out the awards show and live music too! Admission is FREE, and car registration is $25. See oldride.com for more details. SEPT 8 Sample some of the best food-truck cuisine in the county at TRUCK-TEMBER FOOD FESTIVAL at Veteran’s Field in Ridgefield. For just a $5 cover charge, you’ll gain access to 20 food trucks, craft beer, live entertainment, a kids’ zone and raffles from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit @ridgefieldpba330 on Facebook for more details, and feel free to bring your pup along— this fest is dog friendly. SEPT 8 Are you an artist at heart? Display your masterpiece at EDGEWATER ARTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL, Bergen County’s largest juried art competition. The show is held at Veterans Field on River Road from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Artists should apply via edgewaterartsnj.org—$5,000 in cash rewards will be given out in seven categories like photography, mixed media, craft and more.

SEPT 11 Give back to your community in honor of those we lost on 9/11 with Paramus’ 9/11 NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE AND REMEMBRANCE. Volunteers will help the Center for Food Action assemble snack packs for local students in need from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Bergen Community College in Paramus. See cfanj.org for more details and opportunities.

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SEPT 9 Continue on your artistic streak by attending the CERAMIC TILE TRAY CRAFT WORKSHOP at Mahwah Public Library. Over the course of two hours (the class kicks off at 6:30 p.m.), Sorin Lungu from Creatively Yours will teach all participants techniques for painting ceramic tiles, including crackle paint, specialty paints, lace, stamps and stencils. Admission: $20 non-refundable fee for supplies. Register in advance at the library’s checkout desk.

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September 17 ELEGANT BRIDAL WEDDING EXPO

SEPT 11 Back-to-school season stressing you out? Sample Ramapo College’s MINDFULNESSBASED STRESS REDUCTION course with a FREE orientation from 7 to 9 p.m. at its Mahwah campus. The full eight-session course teaches participants mindfulness via breathing and gentle body movements and how to incorporate mindfulness practices into their everyday lives. To sign up and learn more, visit ramapo.edu. SEPT 14 Whether or not you’ve seen Rocketman, you won’t want to miss PIANO MEN: A NIGHT OF BILLY JOEL AND ELTON JOHN. Tribute artist Lee Alverson will perform hits from two of the greatest piano players of our generation at the Castle Theater in New Milford. The show begins at 7 p.m. sharp, and tickets start at just $12. Find your seats at castletheater.seatyourself.biz. SEPT 14,15 Treat yourself to the finer things in life and raise money for some worthy causes at the BERGEN COUNTY FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL at Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus. This is a two-day event for which you can purchase single day tickets or a weekend pass. Saturday’s festivities are from 12 to 5 p.m. and include a burger competition, and Sunday’s tastings, competitions and cooking demonstrations run from 1 to 6 p.m. Visit bergencountyfoodandwine.com for more details. SEPT 16 Kick off football season with the NEW YORK JETS and watch them face off on their home turf in East Rutherford against the Cleveland Browns for their second game of the 2019-20 season. The game commences at 8:15 p.m., and tickets vary in price but start at $29. For tickets, see metlifestadium.com. SEPT 17 If you’re planning a wedding in the near future (or know someone who is), get some inspiration from the pros and local vendors at the ELEGANT BRIDAL WEDDING EXPO. The Bergen event is held at The Fiesta in Wood-Ridge from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Admission is FREE. See elegantbridal.com for details.

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SEPT 17 If you have a child recently diagnosed with special needs and aren’t sure where to begin, you’ll learn a lot at the 90-minute SPECIAL EDUCATION 101, a bootcamp class led by retired special education teacher and lawyer Lynne D. Feldman. Feldman will tell parents what the state and federal government can offer them and their children and share helpful tips on how to navigate this confusing time. The class will run from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at her office in Saddle River. Email lynn.lawteach@gmail.com for the address and to learn more. SEPT 21, 22 Ring in the fall season at BERGEN COUNTY’S FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL, held at Van Saun Park in Paramus. With rides, animals, facepainting, a wide variety of food and craft vendors and live music and entertainment, there’s something for everyone at this annual celebration. On Saturday, the festival will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is FREE, courtesy of Paramus’ Department of Recreation. See festivalnet.com for more information.

SEPT 22 Throw it back to the ‘80s and see JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS live in concert at Bergen PAC in Englewood. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and her band will perform their hits including “Bad Reputation” and “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll.” Ticket prices vary for this 7:30 p.m. show but start out at $69. Visit bergenpac.org for tickets. SEPT 26–29 Enjoy classic fun with your

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Poke Zone

This Ridgewood eatery offers the healthful—not trendy—option.

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I’ve never been one to fall for food simply because it’s trendy or dazzles on social media. Good food sells itself; it doesn’t need a catchy slogan or gimmick like many past-their-prime meals and treats. (Sorry, fondue, cupcakes, truffle-in-everything.) This brings me to poke (pronounced poh-keh), the classic Hawaiian dish made with chunks of raw fish and fresh veggies, fruits and other ingredients. It surged in popularity a few years ago when healthful eaters touted the dish across the continental U.S. as the next-best-thing. But the truth is poke isn’t a fad—it’s always been a viable option for hungry tummies and discernible palates. I turn to Ridgewood when I crave something specific, and the recent opening of Poke Zone sparked excitement for my taste buds that savor the tropical raw fish salad. My friend and I strolled up bustling East Ridgewood Avenue with blinders on, passing the village’s dizzying array of diverse restaurants en route to Poke Zone’s storefront. We felt much more at ease and at home once inside the eatery, which boasted a menu filled not only with poke options but with sushi and sashimi as well. To start, we ordered a pair of Japanese appetizers. We made quick work of the sushi app; the soft and meaty salmon and tuna got better with each bite. The only con: Splitting five small pieces between two people isn’t ideal; perhaps two orders would’ve done the job. Fortunately our second starter, agedashi tofu, put our hungry bellies at ease. The six chunks of lightly fried tofu had a subtle seafood flavor that was just right. (And if we needed more taste, the plate came with a ginger-infused soy sauce on the side.) Although the list of entrées included dozens of special sushi rolls (I promise to try the “Godzilla” and riceless “Love Roll” next time), I had my sights set on a poke bowl for dinner. Poke Zone offers a build-your-own-bowl option, but with my brain in overload it was easier to select the Ocean Bowl from the menu. The dish easily scored an A+ for presentation thanks to the mashup of colors from the salmon, tuna, mango, edamame, avocado and other veggies. And when mixed together along with the brown rice base, the fresh ingredients all pop with flavor in your mouth. It’s rare to devour an entire plate and feel fully satisfied and completely healthy at the same time. Despite the warm temperature outside, my friend was lassoed away from poke and had a steaming bowl of ramen. Her Shoyu Ramen was prepared with a chicken stock broth and topped with marinated pork belly, soft-boiled egg, corn, bamboo shoots, scallions, toasted seaweed and other vibrant ingredients. I was hurt that she didn’t offer me a taste of the ramen, but I’d probably hoard it for myself if I ordered it too. Instead of ice cream or a heavy cake for dessert, we ended our meal with two bubble teas. My thai milk tea was spot on (you can alter the level of sweetness), as was my friend’s taro milk tea. Playing with and eating the little black pearls at the bottom of the glass made me think: Like poke, bubble tea was also considered a trend not long ago yet here I was in 2019 craving and enjoying it. And thanks to Poke Zone, I can get both whenever I desire. —Darius Amos Poke Zone, 43 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, 201.345.0830, pokezone43.com

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Getting three squares a day has never been easier—Bergen County is home to a selection of restaurants diverse enough to satisfy all of your cravings. CARLSTADT

CRESSKILL

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

DELVINA RESTAURANT 172 Piermont Rd. 201.816.0239 delvinarestaurant.com

NAMASTE 880 River Rd. 201.917.3303 namasteindiaedgewater. com/

GIANNA’S 843 Washington Ave. 201.460.7997 giannas.biz

FARMHOUSE CAFÉ 15 E. Madison Ave. 201.266.8931 farmhousecafenj.com

PA DE THAI 264 Old River Rd. 201.945.9999 padethai.com

IL VILLAGGIO 651 Rte. 17 N. 201.935.7733 ilvillaggio.com

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PIER 115 115 River Rd. 201.313.2155 pier115barandgrill.com

MASSAMAN THAI CUISINE 312 Hackensack St. 201.559.1424 massamanthaicuisine.com

CLIFFSIDE PARK

RUDY’S 591 Anderson Ave. 201.943.9252 rudyscliffsidenj.com

EAST RUTHERFORD

CLOSTER BUON GUSTO 534 Durie Ave. 201.784.9036

MASA SUSHI & GRILL 81 W. Allendale Ave. 201.934.6616 masasushiandgrill.com

KIKU 385 Rte. 9 W 201.767.6322

MEZZALUNA BISTRO 97 W. Allendale Ave. 201.327.6556

BAMBOO GRILL 54 S. Washington Ave. 201.384.5951 bamboo-grill.com

SAVINI 168 W. Crescent Ave. 201.760.3700 savinirestaurant.com

BERGENFIELD

CHAPALA GRILL 52 S. Washington Ave. 201.387.2107 chapalamexicangrill.com

WAGON WHEEL 16 S. Front St. 201.384.9464

101 PUB 101 Queen Anne Rd. 201.343.9802 LUKA’S 10 River Rd. 201.440.2996 lukasitaliancuisine.com

SEAR HOUSE 411 Piermont Rd. 201.292.4612 searhouse.com

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THE HILL 252 Schraalenburgh Rd. 201.899.4700 thehillcloster.com LOCALE CAFÉ & BAR 208 Piermont Rd. 201.750.3233 locale208closter.com

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FOSCHINI’S 21 E. Madison Ave. 201.387.9998 foschinis.com IL MULINO 132 Veterans Plz. 201.384.7767 ilmulinodumont.com

T & THAI 644 Anderson Ave. 201.941.0099 tnthai.com

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AVO’S GRILL 720 Anderson Ave., Ste. 4, 201.945.9038 orderavos.com

SEDONA TAPHOUSE 679 Anderson Ave. 201.943.2300 sedonataphouse.com

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YASOU MYKONOS 134 Hardenburgh Ave. 201.768.8500 yasoumykonos.com

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EDGEWATER CAFÉ ARCHETYPUS 266 River Rd. 201.941.0609 archetypus.com HAVEN 2 Main St. 201.943.1900 havenedgewater.com IZZY’S PIZZERIA 86 The Promenade City Place 201.795.2600 izzyspizzeria.com JACK’S LOBSTER SHACK 1040 River Rd. 201.224.2808 jackslobstershack.com

REBECCA’S 236 Old River Rd. 201.943.8808 rebeccasedgewater.com THE RIVER PALM TERRACE 1416 River Rd. 201.224.2013 riverpalm.com ROBERTO’S II 936 River Rd. 201.224.2524 robertosii.com THAT FONDUE PLACE 934 River Rd. 201.224.2524 thatfondueplace.com

ELMWOOD PARK ELMWOOD PARK DINER 375 Market St. 201.796.6641 epdiner.com ROYAL WARSAW 871 River Dr. 201.794.9277 royalwarsaw.com TAVERNA MYKONOS 238 Broadway 201.703.9200 tavernamykonos.com

EMERSON FRANCO’S PIZZA 207 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.265.8111 francospizzarestaurant.com PIMAAN THAI 79 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.967.0440 pimaanthai.com

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AKAI LOUNGE 11 N. Dean St. 201.541.0086 akailounge.com

NOCHES DE COLOMBIA 172 Broad Ave. 201.840.8428 nochesdecolombia.com

THE GLEN ROCK INN 222 Rock Rd. 201.445.2362 glenrockinn.com

BAUMGART’S CAFÉ 45 E. Palisade Ave. 201.569.6267 baumgartscafe.com

PATSY’S 344 Bergen Blvd. 201.943.0627

NECTAR CAFE 175 Rock Rd. 201.857.0825 nectarcafenj.com

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

CAFFÉ MILANO 2117 Rte. 4 E. 201.461.0466

DARUMA 45 N. Dean St. 201.567.9600 darumaenglewood.com EMMA 34 E. Palisade Ave. 201.227.6103 emma34.com RED, WHITE & PASTA 21 E. Palisade Ave. 201.731.3223 redwhiteandpasta.com

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS CAFÉ ITALIANO 14 Sylvan Ave. 201.461.5041 cafeitaliano.net CLIFF’S STEAKHOUSE 18 Sylvan Ave. 201.944.0233 cliffssteakhouse.com GRISSINI 484 Sylvan Ave. 201.568.3535 grissinirestaurant.com LEFKES 495 Sylvan Ave. 201.408.4444 lefkesnj.com

FAIR LAWN DAVIA 6-09 Fair Lawn Ave. 201.797.6767

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KIMCHI MAMA 7-09 Fair Lawn Ave. 201.703.2905

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CITY PERCH 2023 Hudson St. 201.582.7101 cityperch.com IN NAPOLI 116 Main St. 201.947.2500 inapoli.com LOUI LOUI 210 Main St. 201.461.7080 louiloui.com MOOD FOOD 1224 Anderson Ave. 201.313.8278 moodfood.life PRIME & BEYOND 501 Main St. 201.461.0033 primeandbeyond.com VENTANAS AT THE MODERN 200 Park Ave. 201.583.4777 ventanasatthemodern. com

FRANKLIN LAKES THE CHEF’S TABLE 754 Franklin Ave. 201.891.6644 GOLDEN DYNASTY 825 Franklin Ave. 201.891.6644 goldendynastynj.com SUSHI COCORO 856 Franklin Ave. 201.560.1333 sushicocoro.com

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MEI SUSHI 14-20 Plaza Rd. North 201.398.9882 meisushi.com

GOODFELLAS 661 Midland Ave. 973.478.4000 goodfellasristorante.com

OCEANOS 2-27 Saddle River Rd. 201.796.0546 oceanosrestaurant.com

LA CAMBUSA 517 River Dr. 973.272.8739 cambusanj.com

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

LA FORTALEZA 361 Midland Ave. 973.928.4470 lafortalezamexrestaurant.com

THE HEIGHTS BAR & GRILL 163 Boulevard 201.288.9338 heightsbarandgrill. com

ROCCA 203 Rock Rd. 201.670.4945 roccanj.com

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

HACKENSACK CHEERS BAR AND RESTAURANT 774 Main St. 201.487.0660

ANDIAMO 23 Hardenburgh Ave. 201.384.1551 andiamorestaurant.net

HOUSTON’S 1 Riverside Sq., #181 201.488.5667 houstons.com MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE 1 Riverside Sq., #274 201.487.1303 mortons.com/hackensack

SANGRIA 1033 MacArthur Blvd. 201.962.3310 sangriamahwah.com

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STATELINE DINER 375 Rte. 17 201.529.3353 statelinediner.com

ALBERT’S CAFE AMICI 4 Sycamore Ave. 201.389.6377 albertscafeamici.com

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BENSI 459 Rte. 17 S. 201.727.9525 bensihh.com

NAKAHARA 299 Broad Ave. 201.482.4358 nakahara299.com

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WHITE MANNA 358 River St. 201.342.0914

BENDIX DINER 464 Rte. 17 201.288.0143

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OSSO BUCO 343 Broadway 201.664.1600 ossobucogrill.com

STONY HILL INN 231 Polifly Rd. 201.342.4085 stonyhillinn.com

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS

THE RIVER PALM TERRACE 209 Ramapo Valley Rd. 201.529.1111 riverpalm.com

NINO’S PIZZA 456 Broadway 201.497.6900 ninospizzaonline.com

SOLARI’S 61 S. River St. 201.487.1969 solarisrestaurant.net

ORIGINAL PRESTO’S PIZZA 90 La Roche Ave. 201.750.1077 originalpresto.com

FONTANA DI TREVI 248 Fort Lee Rd. 201.242.9040 fontanaditrevirestaurant. com

MATSU SUSHI & GRILL 140 Broadway 201.722.9388 matsunj.com

THE PICCO TAVERN 160 Prospect Ave. 201.880.8750 piccotavern.com

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TERRACE STREET CAFÉ 149 Terrace St. 201.338.4720 terracestreetcafe. wixsite.com

THE CORNERSTONE 84 Broadway 201.666.8688 thecornerstonenj.com

THE OCEANAIRE 175 Riverside Sq. 201.343.8862 theoceanaire.com

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IVY INN 268 Terrace Ave. 201.393.7699 ivyinn.com

ALT EATS CAFÉ 622 N. Maple Ave. 201.444.1300 alteatscafe.com

SEGOVIA STEAKHOUSE & SEAFOOD 217 Main St. 201.814.1100 segoviasteakhouse.com

LODI REBAR & KITCHEN 132 Essex St. 201.368.8181 rebarnj.com SERGIO’S MISSIONE 2 N. Mercer St. 973.778.4545 sergiosmissione.com

LYNDHURST ANGELO’S 263 Ridge Rd. 201.939.1922

MAYWOOD ANGELO’S 245 Maywood Ave. 201.845.4278

MIDLAND PARK ARTURO’S 41 Central Ave. 201.444.2466 arturos.co FIONA’S RISTORANTE 118 Godwin Ave. 210.857.5800 fionasristorante.com

MONTVALE

LEE’S HAWAIIAN ISLANDER 768 Stuyvesant Ave. 201.939.3777

BELLISSIMO 12 S. Kinderkamack Rd. 201.746.6669 bellissimonj.com

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

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

ST. EVE’S 611 N. Maple Ave. 201.857.4717 stevesnj.com

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NAGOYA 1007 MacArthur Blvd. 201.818.9933 nagoyacuisine.com

HO-HO-KUS INN & TAVERN 1 E. Franklin Tpk. 201.445.4115 hohokusinn.com

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

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MASON JAR 219 Ramapo Valley Rd. 201.529.2302

BAZZARELLI 117 Moonachie Rd. 201.641.4010 bazzarellirestaurant.com BISTRO 107 107 Moonachie Rd. 201.440.3339 bistro107nj.com

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OCEAN SUSHI 619 Oradell Ave. 201.986.1113 oceansushioradell.com

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PROVA 94 Moonachie Ave. 201.939.8500 provanow.com SEGOVIA 150 Moonachie Rd. 201.641.4266 segoviarestaurant.com

NEW MILFORD CASUAL HABANA CAFÉ 200 Main St. 201.576.0400 casualhabanacafe.com SANZARI’S 105 Old New Bridge Rd. 201.692.7700 sanzaris.com SECTION 201 704 River Rd. 201.262.5600 section201.com

NORTHVALE THE GREEK VILLAGE 254 Livingston St. 201.750.8570 greekvillagenj.com

WILD WASABI 460 Livingston St. 201.767.1300 gowildwasabi.com

TASTE OF SPAIN 493 Tappan Rd. 201.767.8904 tasteofspain restaurant.com

CAFÉ L’AMORE 455 Ramapo Valley Rd. 201.337.5558 cafelamore.com

NORWOOD CHOK DEE THAI KITCHEN 561 Livingston St. 201.750.8880 chokdeethaikitchen.com COUSINS PIZZA 450 Livingston St. 201.767.4300 cousinsnorwoodnj.com DIMORA 100 Piermont Rd. 201.750.5000 dimorarestaurant.com RAGAZZI 530 Livingston St. 201.660.7950 ragazzirestaurant lounge.com

OAKLAND

PORTOBELLO 175 Ramapo Valley Rd. 201.337.8990 portobellonj.com W’S GRILL 20 Elm St. 201.651.0005 wsgrilloakland.com

OLD TAPPAN HOSHITORI 216 Old Tappan Rd. 201.666.6544 VICOLO RISTORANTE 216 Old Tappan Rd. 201.497.8777 vicoloristorante.com

ORADELL ESTI’S CAFE 680 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.322.6362 estiscafe.com

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A MANO 24 Franklin Ave. 201.493.2000 amanopizza.com

CAFÉ PANACHE 130 E. Main St. 201.934.0030 cafepanachenj.com GAO THAI KITCHEN 63 W. Main St. 201.962.2691 gaothaikitchen.com

TO SOK CHON 138 W. Central Blvd. 201.482.0910

GIOVANNA’S CAFÉ 19 E. Main St. 201.825.5835 giovannascafe.com

CHAKRA 144 Rte. 4 E. 201.556.1530 chakrarestaurant.com

THE SHANNON ROSE 1200 Rte. 17 201.962.7602 theshannonrose.com

KIKU 365 Rte. 17 S. 201.265.7200

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

MANTRA 275 Rte. 4 W. 201.342.8868 mantranj.com

MADELEINE’S PETIT PARIS 416 Tappan Rd. 201.767.0063 madeleinespetitparis.com

RIDGEWOOD

ANTHONY’S COAL FIRED PIZZA 984 Rte. 17 201.818.2625 acfp.com

MESON MADRID 343 Bergen Blvd. 201.947.1038 mesonmadrid.com

PARAMUS

LA HAVANA 59 110 Moonachie Ave. 201.964.9515 lahavana59.com

RAMSEY

POKEWORKS 1 Garden State Plz. 201.712.1700 pokeworks.com

PARK RIDGE 103 PRIME AT VALENTINO’S 103 Spring Valley Rd. 201.391.2220 103prime.com ESTY STREET 86 Spring Valley Rd. 201.307.1515 estystreet.com GREEK CORNER GRILL 99 Park Ave. 201.476.1400 greekcornergrill.com THE PARK STEAKHOUSE 151 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.930.1300 theparksteakhouse.com PEPPERCORNS 176 Colony Ave. 201.391.2818 peppercornsparkridge.com YUKI HANA 131 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.391.3230 yukihanaparkridge.net

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RIDGEFIELD CAFÉ TIVOLI 533 Shaler Blvd. 201.941.5561 cafetivoli.com TUTTO A MODO MIO 482 Bergen Blvd. 201.313.9690 tuttoamodomio.com

RIDGEFIELD PARK LUIGI’S RESTAURANT 54 Mt. Vernon St. 201.641.9869 luigisridgefieldpark.com MK VALENCIA 228 Main St. 201.373.0228 mkvalenciarestaurant.com SPARTA TAVERNA 206 Main St. 201.296.0095 spartataverna.com THAI PALACE 218 E. Main St. 201.441.9119 thaipalaceteaneck.com

BAMBOO HOUSE 28 S. Broad St. 201.447.3111 BAUMGART’S CAFÉ 158 Franklin Ave. 201.612.5688 baumgartscafe.com CAFÉ 37 37 S. Broad St. 201.857.0437 café-37.com FELINA 54 E. Ridgewood Ave. 551.276.5454 felinarestaurant.com FINCA 20 E. Ridgewood Ave. 201.444.1199 fincanj.com FROM SCRATCH 44 E. Ridgewood Ave. 201.857.5188 fromscratch ridgewood.com GREEN FUSION 22 Oak St. 201.670.7502 greenfusionnj.com KUMO 55 Franklin Ave. 201.251.9693 kumo55.com LA LANTERNA CAFÉ & GRILL 29 W. Ridgewood Ave. 201.444.5520 lalanternaof ridgewood.com LISA’S 28 Oak St. 201.251.8686 lisasmediterranean cuisine.net PARK WEST TAVERN 30 Oak St. 201.445.5400 parkwesttavern.com PEARL RESTAURANT 17 S. Broad St. 201.857.5100 pearlridgewood.com RAYMOND’S 101 E. Ridgewood Ave. 201.445.5125

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RED APPLE RESTAURANT 235 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.986.1800 redappleoradell.com

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{ ON THE TOWN } ROOTS STEAKHOUSE 17 Chestnut St. 201.444.1922 rootsteakhouse.com SAMBA BOWLS 37 E. Ridgewood Ave. 201.857.5015 sambabowls.com

RIVER EDGE A TASTE OF GREECE 935 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.967.0029 atasteofgreecenj.com FUKI SUSHI 828 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.225.0160 fukisushi4u.com GREEN PAPAYA 110 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.678.1888 greenpapayanj.com ISTANBLUE 645 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.262.4400 istanblueriveredge.net SANDUCCI’S 620 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.599.0600 sanduccis.com

RIVER VALE AMMATA THAI KITCHEN 184 Rivervale Rd. 201.664.2299 ammata.com ARMANDO’S TUSCAN GRILL 688 Westwood Ave. 201.722.5820 armandostuscangrill.com CRECCO’S CAFÉ 649 Westwood Ave. 201.664.7200 creccoscafe.com

ROCHELLE PARK

WOODSTONE PIZZA BAR AND GRILL 352 W. Passaic St. 201.845.7600 woodstonepizza barandgrill.com

RUTHERFORD CAFÉ MATISSE 167 Park Ave. 201.935.2995 cafematisse.com FINCH’S RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE 801 Rutherford Ave. 201.231.3141

QUE PASTA 326 Market St. 201.712.1900 qpitalian.com

SAYOLA RESTAURANT 50 Prospect Ter. 201.871.2182 sayolarestaurant.com

MEZZA 20 Jefferson Ave. 201.722.8822 mezzawestwood.com

SADDLE BROOK DINER 30 Market St. 201.843.5929 saddlebrookdiner.com

SIMPLY VIETNAMESE 1 Hollywood Ave. 201.568.7770 simplyvietnamese.info

P.J. FINNEGAN’S 274 Fairview Ave. 201.664.7576 pjfinnegans.com

THE GOLDEN PUB 335 Market St. 201.843.9210 thegoldenpub.com

WALDWICK

THE IRON HORSE 20 Washington Ave. 201.666.9682 theironhorse.com

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

BUCCO’S 60 Essex St. 201.226.1030 buccosristorante.com

PAISANO’S 132 Park Ave. 201.935.5755 paisanos.com

SADDLE RIVER

THE DOG AND CASK 55 Rte. 17 South 201.845.5101 thedogandcask.com

VOLARES 7 Station Square 201.935.6606 volaresrestaurant.com

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

NANNI 53 W. Passaic St. 201.843.1250 nanni.com

SADDLE BROOK

SOUTH HACKENSACK

MATSUYA 490 Market St. 201.843.5811 matsuyasteakhouse.com

I GEMELLI RISTORANTE 268 Huyler St. 201.487.4220 igemelliristorante.com

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MOSHI MOSHI 137 Franklin Tpke. 201.444.1130 sushimoshi.com

CASA DEL SOLE 115 Broadway 201.391.5671 casadelsole.biz

WOOD-RIDGE ANGELONI’S AT THE WOODRIDGE INN 191 Valley Blvd. 201.939.1234

AL’S CHARCOAL PIT 540 Cedar Ln. 201.530.7786

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP

JUSTIN’S 269 Hackensack St. 201.933.4276 justinsristoranteii.com

BACARI GRILL 800 Ridgewood Rd. 201.358.6330 bacarigrill.com

MARTINI GRILL 187 Hackensack St. 201.939.2000

VEGGIE HEAVEN 473 Cedar Ln. 201.836.0887 veggieheaventeaneck.com

TENAFLY AXIA TAVERNA 18 Piermont Rd. 201.569.5999 axiataverna.com CAFÉ ANGELIQUE 1 Piermont Rd. 201.541.1010 cafeangeliquenyc.com

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LIMONCELLO 32 Franklin Tpke. 201.652.5573 limoncellonj.com

WOODCLIFF LAKE BLUE MOON MEXICAN CAFÉ 42 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.782.9500 bluemoonmexican café.com

TEANECK

ROSE RESTAURANT 1150 Teaneck Rd. 201.569.3600 rosepersian restaurant.com

KINARA 10 Jay St. 201.399.7788 kinaracuisineofindia.com PALMER’S CROSSING 145 Dean Dr. 201.567.4800 palmerscrossing restaurant.com

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CIRCOLO 53 Franklin Tpke. 201.882.1818 circolo.info

THE VILLAGE GRILLE 71 Crescent Ave. 201.670.8200 villagegrillewaldwick.com

AMARONE 63 Cedar Ln. 201.833.1897 amaroneristorante.net

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ANDREA’S 20 E. Prospect St. 201.670.0275 andreasrestaurantnj.com

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DOG HOUSE SALOON & GRILL 270 Pascack Rd. 201.722.1820 LILI’S BISTRO 251 Pascack Rd. 201.664.5454 lilisbistronj.com PHO MIU 255 Pascack Rd. 201.497.3915 WING LEE KITCHEN 301 Pascack Rd. 201.358.0702 wingleekitchen.com

WESTWOOD BOP N SUSHI 441 Broadway 201.722.8687 bopnsushi.com CAFFÉ ANELLO 11 Madison Ave. 201.786.8137 caffeanello.com DOWNTOWN DHABA 266 Center Ave. 201.664.0123 dhabadowntown.com

WYCKOFF 3 CHICAS MEXICAN KITCHEN 637 Wyckoff Ave. 201.848.4700 3chicas.com ALDO’S 640 Wyckoff Ave. 201.891.2618 aldosofwyckoff.com BENARES 327 Franklin Ave. 201.904.2222 benaresnj.com THE BRICK HOUSE 179 Godwin Ave. 201.848.1211 thebrickhousewyckoff.com T.S. MA 637 Wyckoff Ave. 201.891.8878 tsmachinesecuisine.com

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