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Designer Frank DelleDone brought the sunny spirit of California into a couple’s new home here in North Jersey.
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If you’re like me, you’ve already donned your garden boots because you can’t wait to get outside and start pruning and planting. Maybe you’ve decided to bring the spirit of spring into your home by reorganizing your closets and pantries (from this winter’s hoarding of staples while bracing for the next big storm), changing window treatments to let more light in or brightening up your décor with a punch of color here and there. Whatever your take on spring is, there’s a chance we’ve covered it in this issue. Check out our Local Fashion story on chic rain gear (page 36), the stylish home accessories chosen exclusively for Bergen Health & Life readers by interior designer Jennifer McGee (page 38), or our feature stor y on a home designed by Frank DelleDone, who took his cues from nature (page 48). However, if spring means seasonal allergies—and for me it does—sometimes simple precautions like keeping the windows closed in your home (even though you’re tempted by the fresh, warm breezes of spring) can mean the difference between a few sniffl es and a full-blown attack. Read about some other precautions you should take and new treatment options in our story on page 56. And in honor of Earth Day (April 22)—and to all of the entrepreneurial women out there—we are pleased to announce our first annual stor y on “The Green Housewives of Bergen County” (page 45). Here we feature three visionaries who are putting their environmental values into action—and will surely inspire you to take at least one eco-friendly step forward! Enjoy!
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GET GARDENING! A gorgeous garden begins with soil that encourages root growth, says Steven Fischer, professor and coordinator of the horticulture program at Bergen Community College (201.447.7955, bergen.edu/hor ticulture). Most North Jersey soils comprise a heavy clay that can be improved with a moist humus or composted material. Fischer suggests you ask these questions about the plants you buy: • Is it good for sun or shade? • Should it be pinched to produce a bushy form or does it branch naturally? • How tall and large will it get? • What fertilizer should you use, and how much? (A combination of water-soluble and slow-release fertilizer, 3–4 month formulation, is usually best for our area.) “Now is a great time to plant new annuals,” says Jessica Agnello, a landscape designer with Jacobsen Landscaping (201.891.1199, jacobsenlandscape.com), with locations in Midland Park and Saddle River. For a change of pace from the common petunias and impatiens, she suggests osteospermum, fuchsia or coleus. Another idea is hanging baskets planted with herbs such as oregano, basil or parsley, says Agnello. “Or grow mint in a basket. It can be very invasive—this way it won’t take over your garden.” To keep your garden green and thriving, watch plants for any disorders that leave signs of yellowing (chlorosis), browning (necrosis), rot or abnormal growth that forms a tumor-like gall. “Plants are quiet, but they do communicate with us,” says Fischer.
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What better way to lose the winter weight than tennis? “It’s one of the best physical and mental exercises you can do,” says head tennis pro Roy Hoffman of the Maywood Tennis Club (201.843.2022, maywoodtennisclub.com). On the court, you’ll burn as many as 500–800 calories per hour (depending on your weight), work every major muscle group and even lower your blood pressure. You’ll also give your brain a workout—strategy helps you win and keeps you sharp. And it’s not just for grownups. “Tennis helps kids develop properly, build muscle and avoid obesity,” says Hoffman. “It’s one of the cheapest health insurance policies you can buy.” To avoid straining muscles, Hoffman suggests doing a dynamic warmup like jumping rope or running around the court for 20 minutes before you begin playing. And he says rest is as important as exercise for getting—and staying—in shape. Don’t overextend yourself or go all-out all the time, he cautions.
DID YOU KNOW? Tennis history enthusiasts should check out two New Jersey clubs that feature grass courts—a rare find these days. Orange Lawn Tennis Club in South Orange (orangelawn.com) was founded in 1880 as one of the first tennis clubs in the United States and features 12 grass courts. It’s a private club but regularly hosts United States Tennis Association (USTA) grass events. The Seabright Lawn Tennis & Cricket Club in Rumson (sltcc.org) was also one of the nation’s first tennis clubs and has been named a National Historic Landmark. Membership is by invitation only, but this club also hosts USTA events.
This year, why not celebrate Earth Day, April 22, by shopping at a farmer’s market or joining a farm share, which provides members with a box of fresh produce each week of the farming season? Locally grown produce uses fewer chemicals to maintain freshness and has a lower risk of carrying bacteria like E. coli. It also helps combat global warming—trucks, planes, trains and boats don’t burn fuel transporting your food. And buying local produce helps preserve open spaces by keeping nearby farms in business. During April and May you can look forward to fresh fruits and vegetables like cherries, apricots, zucchini, broccoli and lettuce. Check out farmersmarketonline.com/fm/NewJersey.htm for a farmer’s market near you, or visit slowfoodnnj.org for fees and other information on joining a farm share.
For people living with celiac disease—gluten intolerance—eating out can sometimes be more trouble than it’s worth. Now there’s a safe and tasty option in Westwood: the Melting Pot (201.664.8877, meltingpot.com), a fondue restaurant with an entirely gluten-free menu available. “A growing number of families in our area suffer from celiac disease and food allergies,” says the Melting Pot’s general manager, Tara Masterson. “We wanted to give those with gluten sensitivity more options.” For appetizers, gluten-free cheese fondues can be paired with veggie dippers and gluten-free French bread to put a cautious parent or sensitive patron at ease. Batter-free cooking choices for meat and gluten-free oil fondues make for a wide selection on the entrée menu. Desserts include fresh fruit and marshmallows to dip in the glutenfree chocolate fondues. With a virtually peanut-free menu and a variety of lactosefree offerings, the Melting Pot will happily accommodate many special dietary needs.
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I’m no stranger to the gym, but I am a yoga newbie who has tight hamstrings, weak hip flexors and terrible balance. So for extra help I met with instructor Toni Chianetta of Tribe Body in Ramsey (201.818.3007, tribebody.com), who suggested Aerial Fitness, a new workout that uses low-hanging trapeze fabric to support the body while you’re doing yoga poses. The aerial equipment is supposed to help improve flexibility and balance and creates resistance to better work your muscles. “It’s also great for people who just want to strengthen their core while doing something fun,” says Chianetta. My session began with a regular “Salute to the Sun” sequence, during which Chianetta evaluated my flexibility and balance. During the next sequence, I used the hanging trapeze silk to support me through the poses. Instead of wobbling during “Downward-Facing Dog,” I used the fabric to support my hips while I concentrated on stretching my shoulders and calves. By the time we got to suspended butterfly sits, my hips were opening up further than I thought possible. Chianetta then wrapped my lower half in the fabric and let my upper body hang downward, elongating my spine and relaxing my shoulders. Added bonus: She made me curl up to touch my toes 10 times so my suspended body weight would add resistance and create some killer inverted crunches. This newbie recommends Aerial Fitness. You can tailor your workout to your comfort level while increasing flexibility, balance and muscle tone. —JESSICA SOLLOWAY
Think of autism, and images of disabled children spring to mind. But children with autism grow up to be adults with autism, an increasing population that is underser ved. Alpine Learning Group in Paramus (201.254.3270, alpinelearninggroup. org) strives to meet the needs of these adults with a day program that emphasizes self-sufficiency, community integration and volunteer and employment opportunities. Alpine’s adult program is now housed in a building on Goffle Road in Ridgewood, but it hopes to raise funds to construct a new building next door to its school for children on Paramus Road in Paramus so that students can stay “on campus” after they graduate. “Services for adults with developmental disabilities are hard to come by, and those that meet the particular needs of adults with autism are nearly impossible to find,” says Erin Richard White, director of adult and transition services at Alpine. She says about 30 percent of the students at Alpine’s education program for kids won’t require services as adults. But a new larger, better-designed space nearby would do much to help the remaining 70 percent acquire the life skills they need, such as using a cell phone or knocking on a closed door before entering. “A lot of social norms that we take for granted are incredibly complex for people with autism, like when not to interrupt,” says White. “And that kind of thing can really get you in trouble with the boss, even if you have the production skills to do a job well.” To make a donation or inquire about naming opportunities in the new building, contact Wendy Warden at 201.612.7800 or email@example.com. Director Erin Richard White with a client
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Ever dream of a customized stove backsplash? How about a fireplace surround inspired by an artifact you found or a picture you love? Off the beaten path in Closter, there’s a shop that can do it, thanks to artist Barbara Boeck, founder of GB Studio (201.768.8711, gb-studio.com). In 2009, Boeck started producing carved stone art in addition to the glasswork (wall insets or door panels, for instance) her studio had done for residential and commercial clients for more than 25 years. All creations are customized, so clients are guaranteed the product they want, not just what’s in stock at big-box stores. “The range of styles and images is really endless—we can carve into stone just about anything you can imagine,” says Boeck, who began her career as a painter and mixed-media artist.
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After 30 years with his family’s business in Nor th Carolina, Fair Lawn native Edward Massood became president of Thomasville Home Furnishings of New Jersey, with store locations in Woodbridge, Princeton, East Hanover, Eatontown and Paramus. Motivated by service to his customers, this local entrepreneur sells high-quality furniture to “help dreams come true.”
Thomasville Home furnishings of Paramus 275 Route 4 West Paramus, 201.336.3100 thomasvilleparamus.com
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What lines of furniture do you carry?
We offer all the major collections from Thomasville, including The Hills of Tuscany, Ernest Hemingway and Fredericksburg. Studio 455, another favorite line, features contemporary products. how about accessories? We carry localbrands like Nourison Rugs, a Saddle Brook company with a great selection. Being nearby, they can deliver within three days. And all our custom window treatments are produced in local work rooms in Totowa—right here in New Jersey. How would you describe your products?
They can be considered heirloom furniture; people hand down sets to their children because of the quality and history behind the Thomasville name. Our special strength has been in custom upholstery because it permits you as the customer to “have it your way.” We figure those who want a bedroom set out of a box can go anywhere. What sets you apart from other retailers?
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deliver, set up and “build” a room—and provide support throughout the lifetime of a purchase. We clean and inspect every piece of furniture before it goes on the truck to ensure a smooth delivery. If anything goes wrong, we provide replacements within 24 hours or minor repairs within 48. How does thomasville give back? We work with the Children’s Aid Society in Paramus. The society runs group homes for abused children. I furnished seven homes after a customer in the Paramus store told me about them. They have great support systems, but the furniture creates a new, fun feel . You should see the smiles when I deliver furniture the kids can call their own!
portrait: marisa sandora. other images: courtesy of thomasville
When I graduated from Seton Hall University in 1978, I moved to Nor th Carolina to join my family’s furniture carrier company, MGM Transport. It had started only in 1975, and because I was a recent grad looking for a job, I decided it wasn’t a bad gig. I became president of MGM in 1997. Though we were a transportation company, we handled furniture exclusively, so we decided to go into retail, becoming partners with Thomasville Furniture Industries. We opened three stores in Virginia in 2001 and three stores in New Jersey in 2002. In 2008, I made the decision to focus my energies on running the New Jersey stores.
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clockwise from top left: Edward Massood; Diffused Lines Rug from Nourison Rugs; Ernest Hemingway Masai Curio China Cabinet; Rivage Signature Chair and Ottoman; Ernest Hemingway Safari Writing Desk and Chair
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Imelda McCain: Going green with natural toys J ust how does a n oncology nurse become a purveyor of natural toys? Montvale resident Imelda McCain’s trans formative experience was having a child. McCain came to the U.S. from the Phillippines in 1989 and spent 15 years working shifts at Mount Sinai Medical Center and then Memorial SloanKettering Cancer Center in New York City before her son Lucas arrived. “It’s like giving birth to another you,” says McCain, who lives with Lucas and her husband, a surgical oncologist. “You realize that even after you’re gone, there will still be some part of you on earth in that person. It causes a whole shift in awareness, and it redirected my life.” Lucas, now 11, returned from the Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chest nut Ridge every day unwittingly bearing the seeds of inspiration in watercolors and branches and leaves made into col lages and sculptures. McCain, who has no formal background in art, would tinker with found objects—and found ways to make them into toys. In 2006, after visiting several craft and toy fairs to gather ideas and make contacts, she opened a toy shop in Nyack, N.Y., called Playing Mantis (playingmantis.com). It specialized in crafts, toys, and blocks that were chem ical-free and made with natural materials such as reclaimed wood, water-based paints, vintage fabrics and natural cot ton rather than plastic. A few years later, she opened a second shop in Tribeca
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“You realize that after you’re gone, there will still be some part of you on earth.” “We are all interwoven and connected,” says McCain. “And there are so many creative people who are very global.” When she’s not sourcing new prod ucts or checking on inventor y, McCain can be found most weekends on her farm in Warwick, N.Y. There she and her family provide a home for 28 alpacas, three llamas, six sheep, four donkeys— many of these animals rescued—and several turtles who often lose their way, requiring relocation to the pond. On the farm, she tries her hand at sculpting felt made from alpaca wool.
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Nicole Pietandrea Hough: Going green with organic food Fi v e y e a rs ago, w hen R idgewood r esiden t Nicole Pietandrea Hough still lived in New York City, her 6-month-old daughter developed severe food allergies, seem ingly to almost everything she consumed. Hough’s quest to find food her daughter could eat safely morphed into a way of life. These days she and her husband and two daughters eat exclusively organic food, the preparation of which she’s made into a family affair. Her 100 percent-organic holiday feast last Christmas featured a grass-fed goose from a local poultry
farm, filo-wrapped goat cheese and spinach, braised apples and cabbage, figgy pudding and chocolate cake. Hough and her husband are zealous composters, main taining two separate bins behind the garage whose contents—vegetable scraps, fruit peels, eggshells, coffee grounds and the like—are in various stages of decay. After about a year of breakdown, she dumps the micronutrient-rich compost into her garden and lets it do its work. “It’s amazing the difference it makes,” she says, referring to the carrots, cherry tomatoes, lettuces, celery, beets, strawberries and squash she has planted in both nursery soil and her own compost. “The watermelons we planted in the pure compost were huge.”
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Hough with daughters Maggie, 6, and Ellie, 3
Although Hough is an avid gardener, she’s no country girl. “I grew up in Ridgewood, not on a farm,” says Hough. Her dad was a doctor who maintained a large garden, she says, and her mom often made meals from scratch and insisted her children eat carob instead of chocolate. All of Hough’s working knowledge has inspired two new ventures. First, her prowess in preparing foods for her daughter led to the launch of Happy Maggie Foods (happymaggiefoods. com), which prepares by request meals that are free of nuts, soy, dairy, eggs, fish and shellfish, wheat, gluten and sesame. Second, Hough’s interactions with parents of food-allergic children have given her an insight into how uncomfortable people can be in the kitchen, especially when working with unfamiliar foods. So, with partner Hannah Marcotti, she is developing an 11-lesson curriculum (available on DVD and online) instructing consumers on how to cook whole, nourish ing foods easily and simply. Under the name Supper Heroes (supper-heroes.com), Hough and Marcotti will, for example, deliver how-to instructions on roasting a whole chicken, using the bones and skin to make a nutritious stock supple mented with vegetables, and then stretching the ingredients out to produce a week’s worth of meals.
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Leigh’s bees: When these photos were taken in February, she was feeding the bees to get them through the winter (left).
Leigh Merinoff: Going green with sustainability Her e’s w h at you’d find if you w er e to do a drive-by of Leigh Merinoff’s 200-year-old stone house and property in suburban Haworth: an apple and peach orchard; raspberry, blueberry and cranberry bushes; almond, pear and persimmon trees; a honeybee apiary; beet and cabbage plants; an herb garden producing calendula, dandelions and nettles; and an island of kale—300 or 400 plants all told. Attached to her roof are 32 solar panels, and scattered around the house are barrels in which she collects rainwater and funnels it through garden hoses into her greenhouse. Down in her root cellar she’s got a canning operation where she also makes maple and elderberry syrup, and upstairs her go-to appliances are her Vitamix blender and her dehydrator. Merinoff’s agrarian experiment began in earnest in 2000 when she traveled to South America with her family and observed that subsistence farmers there were short on material possessions—but happy. It was the first time the M.F.A.-educated sculptor from Grosse Point, Mich.—a longtime traveler— began to see just how she, as “a creative person,” could live more sustainably. Returning home, she immediately enrolled in courses in bio dynamic agriculture and herb gardening and began amassing—and reading— a 1,000-book library on topics such as organic farming, green energy, urban gardening and edible weeds. “You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to do what I’ve done,” says Merinoff. Still, in 10 years she’s logged thousands of miles as an ambassador for Heifer International, a nonprofit group that seeks to end world hunger. She’s traveled to Honduras to observe
the cultivation of African honeybees, to Uganda to study raw milk dairies and to Peru to see farmers raising chickens and alpacas at 7,000 feet. And all the while she has promoted the notion of teaching people to how to feed themselves—and equipped them with the tools they need to develop a sustain able source of food and income. Between trips, she’s given hundreds of lectures to schools, churches, rotary clubs, women’s auxiliaries and town halls, spreading the word about the greener way of doing things. “Global sustainability is possible,” says Merinoff. “Ending hunger is possible. But we need a completely different para digm—the monocropping system [planting the same crop year after year on the same land without rotation] is not working.”
“Global sustainability is possible. But we need a different paradigm.” To advance her causes, Merinoff formed Moving Toward Sustainability in 2007 and Agroliving in 2009. These action groups are dedicated to promoting selfsufficiency at home and to highlighting the successes of Heifer around the world. For aspiring urban and suburban gardeners, Merinoff recommends a few fundamentals: nutrient-rich organic topsoil and integrating crops “so as to emulate the diversity of a forest.” Her next trip will be to Tibet and the Yunnan province of China, where she will visit women yak farmers who are working with biogas, converting yak waste into energy to heat their greenhouses.
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Walls in the living room are covered in a fine, oatmealcolored Donghia hemp.
The Natural California sunshine, oce an blues and he alth y living inspire a ne w interior in northern Ne w Jerse y written By Sallie Brady Interior design by Frank DelleDonne Interiors Produced by Betsy Marx Photography by Peter Margonelli
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redefine the dining room. opposite, clockwise from top left: Polished-nickel
chandeliers illuminate the gallery that runs the length of the living room; The house boasts two leaded glass windows; A reproduction Ushack rug inspired the living room palette.
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ouse-hunters Jennifer Barr y and her husband, Michael, who lived with their three children in a Hoboken apartment, were determined to find the perfect home in northern New Jersey. When they pulled up to a 1930s Mediterranean revival, their real estate agent said, “This house really reminds me of Pasadena.” “I knew then that we might have to buy this house,” says Jennifer, “because I grew up right near there in San Marino.” The orange hue of the California stucco on the home’s exterior, the small leaded windows and exposed wood beams in the living room and the rounded doorways throughout the house all looked wonderfully familiar to the Golden State native, and it wasn’t long before the family was unpacking boxes. While the couple liked the bones of the 8,000-square-foot house, they felt it needed finishing. They also had to marry their tastes—hers was more traditional, his was more contemporary. They wanted to work with an interior designer, but they didn’t want the house to become stuffy or formal; they preferred to maintain a fresh look that took its cues from nature. “I love being outside by the pool or in the garden,” says Jennifer. “I wanted bright colors to liven up the rooms, and a lot of windows to let the sunshine in.” Summit-based designer Frank DelleDonne understood and went to work to interpret the couple’s vision. He started by building up the Mediterranean flavor of the house, adding authentic wainscoting and architectural detailing where it had been lacking. His palette was inspired by coastal landscapes—golden yellow Venetian stucco for the dining room; ocean blues everywhere from the kitchen granite countertop to living room sofas and the powder room; and a delicious ripe cherry for the library to contrast with toasty white oak
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“Just look outside at all of the variations of color in nature—the blues, the greens, the browns. I like to echo that indoors.” — Frank DelleDonne
The 8,000-square-foot Mediterranean Revival. above: The library features a leather herringbone floor and a wingback covered in a bold Manuel Canovas red floral.
walls and the brown leather floor. A very fine oatmeal-colored hemp worked for wall coverings. There was one design element, however, that the designer didn’t dare pursue actively with the Barrys. “Jennifer was terrified of window treatments,” says DelleDonne. “She is from California and wanted maximum natural light.” His solution? Simple silk curtains for the living room. The environmentally-minded couple also wanted to try to use wood from the trees that had to be cleared for the addition to the home. “We wanted to make floorboards, but that didn’t work,” says DelleDonne. “Now we’re going to make a table.” Accustomed to lots of outdoor activity, Jennifer also charged DelleDonne with creating a Mediterranean-style pool area and requested trees such as crape myrtle and Southern magnolia that reminded her of home. “I love being outside,” she says. “I love gardening and always involve the kids. I play tennis every day—even in the winter—and my husband is crazy about running.” “We were really able to redo this house to suit this modern family’s lifestyle,” says DelleDonne. The result brings some of the joys of California right here to northern New Jersey.
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Renowned photogr apher Keith Scot t Morton shares his tips for taking gallery-worthy botanical shots by Maria Lissandrello
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“For beauty and color and form, you can’t beat the simplicity of the shape and function in nature.”
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ick up a copy of House Beautiful, Country Living or Architectural Digest, and you’re likely to see photographer Keith Scott Morton’s work: lushly lit, serenity-inducing interiors that draw you in. Morton was born in Scotland, and he credits his native country as the source of his refined aesthetic. His great-grandfather had a decorative arts studio in Edinburgh, where natural motifs played center stage. So it’s no wonder the work closest to Morton’s heart is his botanical photography, photos of blooms that evoke deep emotion. “For beauty and color and form,” he says, “you can’t beat the simplicity of the shape and function in nature.” Look at his anemones, his peonies, his ranunculus—“both lyrical and complicated,” as he calls them. The close-ups show the flowers’ architecture—lines, curves, arcs and wedges meet, intersect and overlap to create harmonious images. “It’s terrific to focus on one object in an intimate setting,” says Morton. Terrific indeed, and you can’t help wondering how it’s done. For a time in the ’80s, Morton lived in Fort Lee and commuted to a job at a commercial interior photography studio in Little Falls, where he started off building sets, eventually becoming a photographer and acquiring the lighting skills he still uses today. And it’s deft lighting, along with angle know-how and cropping savvy, that assures a frame-worthy photo, he says. Here are Morton’s tips in these three key areas:
Lighting Pick a day with light cloud cover that produces soft lighting, advises Morton. Then think about the effect you’d like to produce: Frontal lighting provides a starker, more graphic
impression. Light your flower from the side, and you’ll create mystery and mood. And from the back? You’ll end up with an ethereal, perhaps even eerie, effect.
Angle You have your subject: the flower or flowers. Now how will you approach it? Will you look at it as we tend to see it—straight on? From a low angle? From above? Morton urges going “beyond your normal comfort level as an erect homo sapiens. Approach the flower from different angles while viewing through the camera and see what the effects are.”
Cropping The same flower looks quite different depending on how you crop it. “When you come in very tight, it emphasizes the characteristics within the flower—the details and the form of the bloom itself,” says Morton. “When you pull back, what’s around the subject— the table, the wall, the light—suddenly becomes important.” Now that you’re armed with Morton’s advice, grab your camera, head outside and snap away. With a little practice, you may be rewarded with a stunning photo of nature truly in bloom.
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if you suffer from springtime allergies, take heart: there are many ways to find relief By francesca moisin
fter the brutality of this year’s winter, most of us are eager to trade our snow shovels in for garden spades. But while warm-weather outdoor activities are refreshing, the sun-splashed days of spring also spell misery for seasonalallergy sufferers. “A seasonal allergy is a reaction to a specific trigger that is present only at a certain time of the year,” says Debora
K. Geller, M.D., an allergist at ENT and Allergy Associates, with locations in Englewood, Hackensack and Oradell. While perennial allergies occur year-round and are sparked by indoor pests like pet dander, dust mites and mold, the culprits that cause pain from mid-March through the summer months are all found outdoors. “In our part of the country, tree pollen is the springtime allergy trigger,” says
Dr. Geller. As trees such as birch, maple, oak and poplar start to flower, they release into the air a powder we call pollen. When it’s inhaled by someone who is sensitive to that particular allergen, he or she will experience seasonal allergic rhinitis—more commonly known as hay fever. This inflammation of the nasal airways affects more than 35 million Americans, making it one of most com-
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mon chronic diseases, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). Trees in the Northeast typically release pollen only from March to June. The bad news? Once they die down, the grasses kick into high gear, causing difficulty come mid-summer. “From late August to October, hay fever is sparked by ragweed,” says Dr. Geller. Then there are molds, which grow when it is warm and damp, such as in spring thaws and on humid summer afternoons. Regardless of the trigger, seasonal allergic rhinitis symptoms are the same. “They can include sneezing, nasal congestion or a runny nose, a scratchy throat, red or runny eyes and itchiness of the ears, eyes and nose,” says Fuad Baroody, M.D., chair of the AAAAI’s Rhinitis, Rhinosinusitis and Ocular Allergy Committee. The amount of pollen in the air determines how severe one’s suffering will be. “Certain highly allergic individuals may even experience respiratory problems, like asthma or wheezing,” says Dr. Baroody. The first thing to do is limit your exposure to pollen. “I always tell patients to monitor the pollen and mold counts by tuning into their local weather channel or checking out the website of the National Allergy Bureau [NAB],” says Dr. Geller. “On high-pollen days I advise them to remain inside with the windows shut and the air conditioning on.” Because trees, grasses and weeds generally emit pollen from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., postponing outdoor activities until afternoon is a good idea. “I also recommend bathing in the evening so that pollen isn’t transferred from your skin and hair onto your bed,” adds Dr. Geller. “Change your clothes after coming inside, wash bedding in hot water and don’t hang laundry out to dry.” Of course, none of us can exist in a bubble. If precautionary measures fail, it’s time for treatment. “There are three classes of medication seasonal-allergy sufferers can try,” says Dr. Baroody. Here’s how they break down:
Antihistamines Available by prescription or over the counter, these pills and nasal sprays block the action of histamine, a body chemical responsible for producing the irksome symptoms associated with allergies. “Antihistamines can be very
Infl ammation of the nasal airways affects more than 35 million americans.
effective for relieving itching and sneezing, but they don’t offer full runny-nose control,” says Dr. Baroody. And while certain newer antihistamines such as Claritin and Zyrtec (both available over the counter) are non-sedating, many of the first-generation agents like Benadryl will cause drowsiness. “That’s problematic because it can affect job performance and driving ability,” says Dr. Baroody.
Leukotriene Receptor Antagonists (LTRs) Instead of blocking histamines, these drugs block leukotrienes, another inflammatory chemical released by the body after it is exposed to an allergen. Besides relieving sneezing, itching and congestion to a similar degree as the antihistamines, LTRs such as Singulair (available by prescription) can also
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clear nasal congestion. Another bonus? “They’re non-sedating, and they’ve even been approved by the FDA for preventing asthma,” says Dr. Baroody. “Yet because they’re more expensive than the antihistamines, they wouldn’t be my first choice of medication to prescribe.”
Intr anasal steroids “By and large the most effective medications we have for controlling allergic rhinitis, nasal steroid sprays like Flonase have none of the side effects people typically worry about when taking steroids,” says Dr. Baroody. “There is no risk of becoming addicted to them, and they don’t make you fat or cause hair to grow where it doesn’t belong.” In fact, the worst result is typically an irritated nose. Five to 10 percent of users may experience dryness or bleeding, but even those problems often can be resolved by switching to a different preparation.
Immunother apy Immunotherapy (allergy shots) is
of ten the last course of action a patient will pursue. Each shot contains enough of a specific allergen to stimulate the immune system, though not so much that it will cause a fullblown reaction. Though it’s extremely ef fective in treating seasonal allergies, immunotherapy does require a major time commitment. Injections must be administered once or twice a week for the first three to six months, so that the body can become accustomed to increasing allergen doses. Once an optimum level is achieved, two to four weeks can pass between doctor visits. Most patients receive immunotherapy for three to five years, af ter which time symptoms are generally mild enough to cease treatment or switch to medication. “The important thing to remember is that the majority of seasonal allergy cases can, in one way or another, be treated,” says Dr. Geller. “So there’s never any need to suffer and say, ‘Oh, it’s just my allergies.’”
allergies vs. colds Symptoms can often be confusingly the same, so how can you tell the difference between a seasonal allergy and a common cold? allergies symptoms: runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, wheezing, watery or itchy eyes onset of symptoms: begins shortly after exposure to an allergen duration: lasts as long as exposure colds symptoms: similar to allergies, but may also include sore throat, fever and body aches onset of symptoms: develops over several days duration: should clear up in several days to one week
holistic healing These homeopathic remedies may also help relieve your seasonal allergies, says Leonard Bielory, M.D., a Springfield-based member of the Complementary and Alternative Practices in Allergy Committee of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Talk to your doctor about trying one of these alternative treatments:
“the important thing to remember is that the majority of seasonal allergy cases can be treated.” — debor a k. Geller, M.D.
Take phytoestrogen Hormonal changes can accentuate allergic responses and cause increased nasal congestion, especially in menopausal women. Phytoestrogen, a naturally occurring substance found in nuts, soybeans and other legumes, can be taken as a supplement to help balance hormone levels. Supplement with fish oil Studies show that omega-3 fatty acids, found in foods such as fish, flaxseed and walnuts, may reduce the production of inflammatory chemicals in the body.
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on T YPES OF CHEESE In my view, the consistency of a cheese and the presence or absence of rind are the easiest ways to categorize cheese, together with how strong the flavor is. Here are seven key varieties: YOUNG, UNRINDED Young goat and sheep cheeses dominate this popular style. When they’re first made, they’re light and moussey, just formed into a small flat disc or cylinder. A few days on they can be
crumbled, and a week or so later, sliced. After a month on they will have acquired a protective greyish coating of mold, often described as a “natural rind.” Better-known ones are the pyramid-shaped Valençay and Tymsboro, and the herbcoated Perroche cheeses. Other well-known examples are Moz zarella and mascarpone. SEMI-SOFT Unlike other cheeses, Bries and Camembert, which are also known as
an award-winning British food and wine writer, demystifies cheese and offers wisdom on the classic cheese board and the best pairings. Here, an excerpt:
semi-soft cheeses, get softer as they age rather than firmer and drier. HARD How hard must a hard cheese be? Some experts consider only rock-hard crystalline cheeses such as Parmigiano Reggiano truly hard, but most of us would include cheeses that were cut from big wheels such as cheddar or Gruyère. VERY HARD CHEESES These are the oldest cheeses you’re likely to find—cheeses
so hard they’ve become almost crystalline and need to be shaved or grated rather than sliced. The best-known type is Parmesan or Parmigiano Reggiano but matured Grana Padano and Pecorino (also from Italy), Sbrinz from Switzerland, Roomano from Holland and Vella Dry Jack from California are similar. WASHED-RIND These are described as washed-rinded because the surface of the cheese is rubbed with a brine
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(salt water) solution, which promotes the growth of a bacterium which breaks down the texture of the cheese, turning it soft and pliable. Well-known examples are Epoisses, Langres, Munster and Reblochon from France, Chimay from Belgium, Appenzell from Switzerland and Stinking Bishop from England. BLOOMY-RINDed This term refers to the downy white surface these cheeses acquire as they mature. Some bloomy-rinded cheeses are exceptionally rich and creamy thanks to the addition of cream during the cheesemaking process. Referred to as double- and triple-creme cheeses, they’re popular in France, which produces some of the most indulgent examples—Explorateur, Brillat Savarin and Pierre-Robert among them. BLUE Cheeses develop their blue veining when a harmless penicillin mold is added to the milk or curds. Once the cheese is formed fine steel needles are inserted to expose the center to oxygen, which enables the mold to spread throughout. Favorites include Gorgonzola, Roquefort, Stilton, Cashel Blue. On cheese boards The classic approach is to aim for a contrast of textures, tastes and shapes. Mild to strong, rounds and wedges, light against dark, soft and hard— it’s an aesthetic impact as much as a gustatory one. A classic selection would be a young, fresh-tasting goat cheese, a white or bloomyrinded cheese such as a Brie or a Camembert, a hard cheese like a cheddar and a blue such as a Stilton. You could also add a washed-rind cheese, a sheep cheese or a cheese flavored with herbs. What I like to do is create a miniature cheese board for two. You could have two goat cheese buttons, two wedges
of Camembert or other whiterinded cheese, two slices of Beaufort and two radicchio leaves topped with a spoonful of a soft blue cheese such as Gorgonzola or Cashel Blue. Perch two small pots of fruit compote or chutney alongside or a couple of shots of grape jelly, add a few grapes or a couple of fresh figs, some small home-baked rolls or precut slices of raisin bread and some rustic artisanal breadsticks, and you’ve got a very pretty-looking board indeed. On bread In general, softer and sliced breads are better with harder, sliced cheeses and crustier breads like baguettes and ciabatta with soft or semi-soft cheeses. Try Scandinavian-style crispbreads with mild, semi-soft cheeses like Havarti; seeded, crisp flatbreads with creamy cow, goat or sheep cheeses; breadsticks with mozzarella; a baguette with Brie and Camembert; sourdough bread with all kinds of cheeses, particularly washed-rind cheeses and hard sheep cheeses; mixed-grain bread with cheddar, Cheshire and Lancashire; light rye with alpine cheeses such as Beaufort and Comté; darker ryes with creamy, spreadable cheeses. OTHER PAIRINGS In summer, take advantage of the wealth of fresh fruit and vegetables to show off your cheeses. Also, don’t be afraid to introduce a touch of spice. Chili peppers and garlic work well with cheese. One idea: Serve thinly sliced sheep cheese with grilled peppers and almonds as a mini tapas plate with a glass of fino sherry, or do as the Basques do and serve it with a cherry compote and a glass of fruity red wine. Or plate up individual Ploughman’s platters with a good chunk of cheddar, some thickly carved ham, a dollop of chutney, an apple and some crusty bread.
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Bobolink owners Nina and Jonathan White last year moved their Vernon farm to Milford, where their cows have plenty of room to roam and munch on grass. From the cows’ milk the Whites produce a variety of cheeses, including the Brielike Baudolino, a cave-ripened cheddar and the bold, firm Frolic. Their cheeses are sold at the farm and at a variety of farmers’ markets including Union Square in New York City. Hands-on classes limited to four people are taught by Jonathan White, and each Saturday when the weather allows there are one-hour walking tours of the farm to view the milking parlor, creamery, cheese caves and bakery.
Cherry Grove Farm Kelly Harding has worked at dairy farms since he was 13, and eight years ago he took over Cherry Grove, where cows graze on the pasture in summer and eat hay in winter so they can produce the milk that is used to make a variety of cheeses. Those include the raw, cheddar-like Havilah, a hard-aged Alpine-style cheese; creamy Shippetaukin Blue; Camembertstyle Buttercup Brie; and the tangy Toma Primavera, made using a recipe from the Piedmont region of the Italian Alps. Cheeses are sold at the farm store, gourmet shops and local restaurants. Visit the farm any day and watch the cows being milked at 4 p.m. On Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays, the cheesemaker is usually at work, and you can watch him too.
Valley Shepherd Creamery Children and adults enjoy visiting New Jersey’s only rotating sheep milking parlor at Valley Shepherd. They also can watch the milk being used to make a variety of cheeses, including the Pyrenees-style Oldwick Shepherd, truffle-laced Tartuffo Shepherd and Smokey Shepherd, which is smoked over applewood embers. Mixed-milk cheeses, which combine sheep’s milk and jersey cows’ milk, include Babaloo, a caveaged blue; the softer Crema De Blue; the flavored Nettlesome made with stinging nettles, and Carameaway made with caraway seeds. The cheeses are available at farmers’ markets, in gourmet shops and some local restaurants. Tours of the farm are offered on Saturdays and Sundays in July and August, and cheesemaking classes are held one Sunday each month from April through November. —Susan Sprague Yeske
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Bedford Hills seems like an unlikely setting for a farm, but Lisa and Mark Schwar tz have created Rainbeau Ridge on 35 acres there, selling Lisa’s award-winning goat cheeses while offering seasonal cooking classes taught by local chefs and hands-on programs for children. Lisa’s cheeses are sold at local shops and can be found on the menus of a dozen restaurants including Gramercy Tavern in New York City and the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park. They include the ash-coated Meridian, pyramid-shaped Mont Vivant and cups of soft cheese curds. Check the calendar on the website for days when visitors can see this working farm in action, and also for information on festivals in May and October.
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to k n ow t h is d ist i nct i v e, sm o k yfl avored whisk y, le arn the six regions o f scot l a n d t h at pro duce i t If you’ve developed a taste for Scotch whisky, your tongue has mastered a geography lesson: No one does whisky quite like the Scots. By law, Scotch must be aged for at least three years—aging is usually done in oak barrels. The whisky can be “single malt,” meaning it’s the product of just one type of malted grain, made at one distillery, or “blended” from as many as 50 malts. And there’s more geography to know—and taste. As David Williamson of the Scotch Whisky Association explains, Scotch falls into six categories based on the country’s main whisky-producing regions: SPEYSIDE, bordering the River Spey in the northeast, is home to half the country’s distilleries and produces Scotch known for its intricacy and smoothness. Macallan is one of its more famous singlemalts. In The World Atlas of Whisky, Dave Broom describes a bottle of 15-year-old Macallan Fine Oak ($80) as “complex and fruity, with hints of nutty oak, cooked orchard fruits, black banana, caramel toffee, bracken, malt and dark chocolate.” highlands to the north and west boast malts that are dry and robust, with hints of smoke created by peat, a compact grass harvested on the moors. “Ardmore is a newcomer to the singlemalt market,” says Regis Lemaitre, owner
of Regis Whisky Mad, a Scottish company that educates corporations and collectors on whisky. “The Ardmore Traditional Cask ($60) is peaty, full and smooth, with a wonderful rich, earthy finish.” lowlands to the south and east make Scotch that’s gentle on the palate. “Glenkinchie, a beautiful little distillery located near Edinburgh, has become something of a Lowlands classic,” says Lemaitre. Like many whiskies from this region, it has a light, citrus character. Lemaitre describes the 12-year-old bottle ($50) as “flowery and aromatic, with notes of lemon, custard and vanilla.” ISLAY is a 25-mile-long island off the west coast that contains eight major distilleries. Pummeled by Atlantic storms, it turns out potent whiskies. “Laphroaig is heavy and rooty, like walking down a freshly tarred seaside road on a hot day,” writes Broom. The 25-year-old version ($400) excites with such aromas as “soy sauce, fish boxes, dried tar, heavy tobacco and burning lobster creels.” campbeltown in the far southwest had 34 distilleries before the depression— of the 1850s. Today there are just three, but the region’s lush malts make their products highly prized. “Springbank, a small, privately owned distillery, buys only local barley and does all its malting on-
site,” says Lemaitre. “Its 10-year-old label ($52) is complex and well-balanced with hints of malt and nutmeg.” Islands that lie off Scotland’s rugged western coast are marked by gorgeous flora and abundant fauna, including orca whales, dolphins and sea eagles. Appropriately, the whisky boasts aromas of salt spray, seaweed, bracken and crab shells. Case in point: The 18-year-old Talisker, from a spectacularly situated distillery on Loch Harport. Broom writes that among other flavors it has a “smoked-fish note … and builds in stages to an explosive finish.” —francesca moisin
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You’ll find Macallan, Laphroaig, Glenkinchie and other well-known Scotches at fine local liquor stores including the three below. While Ardmore, Springbank, Talisker and other small-distillery Scotches may not be regularly stocked, these stores will be happy to special-order them for you. bottle king liquors, Glen Rock (201.652.2690, bottleking.com) quench wine & spirits, Fort Lee (201.944.6002) total wine & more, River Edge (201.968.1777, totalwine.com)
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Foschini’s Brick oven kitchen Casual, fresh brick-oven pizza, 298 ridge rd., 201.460.7600 Whiskey caFe traditional American fare, live music, 1050 Wall st. West #1A, 201.939.4889
Boulevard Grill Contemporary American cuisine, 1033 MacArthur Blvd., 201.760.9400 roxanne’s Family-friendly Italian eatery with brick-oven pizza, 150 Franklin tpk., 201.529.0007
seaFood Gourmet Cozy, traditional American seafood eatery, 103 W. Pleasant Ave., 201.843.8558
arturo’s Classic Italian fare, 41 Central Ave., 201.444.2466 rosario’s trattoria Casual Italian Byo, 29 Central Ave., 201.445.3335
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lodos Fine Mediterranean and turkish fare, 690 river rd., 201.265.0004 sanZari’s neW BridGe inn Italian cuisine featuring seafood and pasta, 1055 old new Bridge rd., 201.692.7700
Brady’s Fox hunt inn Irish/American classics, 201 Livingston st., 201.784.8047 madeleine’s Petit Paris Light French cuisine, 416 tappan rd., 201.767.0063
dimora ristorante Italian cuisine with family atmosphere, 100 Piermont rd., 201.750.5000 the Porter house Grill traditional American cuisine, 595 Broadway, 201.784.6900
elm street Grill Classic American bar food, 20 elm st., 201.651.0005 PortoBello upscale, modern Italian cuisine featuring pizza and raw seafood, 175 ramapo valley rd., 201.337.8990 trovato’s due ii Italian fare featuring pasta and seafood, 4 Barbara Ln., 201.337.0813
Felice’s Casual Italian dining, 279 kinderkamack rd., 201.261.9500
Brassie’s traditional American fare, 123 Paramus rd., 201.848.0170 el cid romantic spanish fine dining, 205 Paramus rd., 201.843.0123 kiku traditional korean, Japanese and hibachi fare, 365 route 17 south, 201.845.8008 leGal seaFood seafood restaurant with a raw bar, 1 Garden state Plaza, 201.843.8483 naPa valley Grille Contemporary American fare and extensive wine list, 1146 Garden state Plaza, 201.845.5555 Pinehill restaurant korean barbecue and Japanese fare, 123 Paramus rd., 201.843.0170
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the abbey Quaint american and italian dining, 105 Lakeside dr., 201.327.0009 aPolo’s restaurant mediterranean seafood, ByO, 61 main St., 201.825.1111 brady’s at the station Traditional american cuisine and pub food, 5-7 W. main St., 201.327.9748 lakeside Grille Contemporary american entrees, 105 Lakeside dr., 201.327.0009 tawara Japanese sushi bar, 53 W. main St., 201.825.8712
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fuki sushi JaPanese restaurant fresh Japanese sushi, 828 kinderkamack rd., 201.225.0160 Green PaPaya asian fusion cuisine with blends from Thailand, China, Vietnam, malaysia and Singapore, 110 kinderkamack rd., 201.678.1888 a taste of Greece Classic greek taverna, 935C kinderkamack rd., 201.967.00290
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bistro 55 Casual eatery featuring seasonal, local food, 55 route 17 South, 201.845.3737 Villa roberto ristorante fine italian cuisine, 70 W. passaic St., 201.845.8333
after athens greek/mediterranean fare, 19 park ave., 201.729.0005 ck’s steakhouse Traditional steak house in a romantic setting, 801 rutherford ave., 201.231.3141 miGnon steakhouse american steak house with a raw bar, 72 park ave., 201.896.0202 sabor Peru peruvian and Japanese blended cuisines, 8 Highland Cross, 201.9357378
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where to eat Steve and andrea’S Casual American restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, 298 Park Ave., 201.939.7668
CaruCCi’S Pasta, pizza, burgers and more, 495 saddle river rd., 201.909.0611 MatSuya Cozy, elegant Japanese steak house, 490 Market st., 201.843.5811
Saddle river inn romantic, upscale eatery, 2 barnstable Ct., 201.825.4016
aldo & Gianni reStaurant Casual, fresh italian dishes specializing in gnocchi, 268 huyler st., 201.487.4220 Plaza 46 diner Authentic diner fare, 380 route 46, 201.440.3704
ClaSSiC quiChe Cafe French and continental fare specializing in several varieties of quiche, 330 Queen Anne rd., 201.692.0150 etC. SteakhouSe Contemporary American steak house, 1409 Palisade Ave., 201.357.5677 MexiCali live Authentic Mexican fare with live music, 1409 Queen Anne rd., 201.833.0011 reGina’S SteakhouSe steak house and seafood grill, 827 teaneck rd., 201.862.1996 ShaloM BoMBay Classic indian cuisine, 166 Cedar ln., 201.3578505 veGGie heaven vegetarian Chinese cuisine, 473 Cedar ln., 201.836.0887 viCtoria’S Quaint, contemporary American dining, 336 Queen Anne rd., 201.801.0888
axia taverna stylish Greek eatery, 18 Piermont rd., 201.569.5999 haMSa Middle eastern fare, 7 W. railroad Ave., 201.871.6060 Max’S italian Grill Quaint italian byo, 39 highwood Ave., 201.569.7171 PalMer’S CroSSinG reStaurant Casual American and Continental eatery, 145 dean dr., 201.567.4800
andrea’S italian riStorante Cozy, authentic italian eatery, 26 e. Prospect st. #A, 201.670.0275 Matthew’S diner Classic American fare, 4 Franklin tpk., 201.447.1411 the villaGe Grille eclectic fare with Mediterranean, Japanese and Greek influences, 71 Crescent Ave., 201.670.8200
BaCkwoodS BBq at the doG houSe traditional American with texas-style bbQ, 270 Pascack rd., 201.666.4bbQ
Granita Grill italian cuisine, 467 broadway, 201.664.9846
Blue Moon MexiCan Cafe traditional Mexican dishes, 42 kinderkamack rd., 201.782.9500
Martini Grill european-inspired dishes and specialty cocktails, 187 hackensack st., 201.939.2000 red hen BiStro French American cafe, byo, 525 Moonachie Ave., 201.728.4501
the Barn All-American family eatery in a historic setting, 359 sicomac Ave., 201.848.0108 BourBon BBq traditional texas barbecue specializing in ribs and hot wings, 529 Goffle rd., 201.690.9660
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“in general, the wealthier you are and the younger you are, the more converting your tr aditional ir a to a roth ir a makes sense.” — Philip Goldstein
For some ta xpayers, this retirement account can be a potent we alth builder
Whether your retirement years are imminent or just a distant speck on the horizon, you probably know that individual retirement accounts (IRAs) can help you save for them. But are you up to speed on Roth IRAs? Less well-known than the traditional kind, these accounts have been around for years, but recent changes in the law have made them a more attractive tool for many savers. To find out how Roth IRAs may fit into your retirement savings planning, Bergen Health & Life turned to Philip Goldstein, managing partner of the accounting firm Goldstein, Lieberman & Company LLC in Mahwah: BERGEN HEALTH & LIFE: What is a Roth IRA?
It’s a retirement account, established in 1997 and named for its legislative sponsor, the late Sen. William Roth (R-Del.), that with certain limits allows invested funds to grow tax-free.
How does it differ from a traditional IRA?
Unlike a traditional IRA, a Roth IRA does not provide a deduction that reduces your taxable income as you make contributions. You put in funds you’ve paid taxes on. Then, in retirement, you can withdraw those funds tax-free. What are the advantages of a Roth IRA?
Unlike a traditional IRA, it doesn’t require a distribution—that is, taking the money out—at age 70½. If it turns out that you don’t need to withdraw all your funds during your retirement years, they can be passed on to heirs. And if a husband and wife both own Roth IRAs and one of them dies, the survivor can combine the two accounts without penalty. Can anyone contribute to a Roth IRA? No, only those people whose adjusted gross income falls under certain thresholds. For your 2010 taxes, for example, a taxpayer’s ability to contribute was phased out for single taxpayers between $105,000 and $120,000 in adjustable gross income, and for married taxpayers filing jointly,
Why did the government make that change? When you convert, you pay taxes now. Presumably the government wanted to encourage that because it’s hurting so badly for cash now. So who should consider such a conversion? In general, the wealthier you are and the younger you are, the more converting your traditional IRA to a Roth IRA makes sense to grow your family nest egg. If you haven’t saved enough—which unfortunately is the plight of many Baby Boomers— converting to a Roth IRA may not be wise. In any case, there’s a slight element of crystal ball-gazing required. Why is that? We don’t know right now just how high taxes will be in the future when you’re retired. But if they go higher—and that certainly seems likely given today’s whopping deficits—you may be glad to have already paid taxes on the funds you’re saving. For many of us, a balanced approach—keeping some funds in a traditional IRA and some in a Roth IRA—may be the best idea. Consult with your financial adviser. —Timothy Kelley
Is a Roth IRA for you?
the phaseout was from $167,000 to $177,000. But remember, that’s adjusted gross income—your income after deductions. So most people, even in relatively affluent Bergen, are eligible. But whether or not you can contribute in a given year, it’s worth asking your financial adviser about converting a traditional IRA into a Roth IRA. Starting with tax year 2010, the laws about such conversions changed to create a new opportunity. How so? Until 2010, only taxpayers with an adjusted gross income of $100,000 or less were allowed to convert their traditional IRAs to Roth IRAs. Now that limit has been lifted and the option is open to everyone.
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This regal Colonial, built in the early 1900s, has been carefully updated for those with a zest for socializing and the active life. There’s an in-ground pool, tennis and paddle tennis courts, a gazebo, multiple patios and even a guest cottage. Inside, living and dining rooms have cozy fireplaces and there’s an office, a sun room and a country kitchen.
average days to sell, 2009–2010 86
Four footbridges add to the charm of a Saddle River estate. below: The exterior is modern and welcoming.
dist inguish ed by n at ur e 37 east saddle river rd., saddle river 4 bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half bathrooms Listed at $4,695,000 Special Properties Vicki Gaily, 201.934.7111
Set on 6.2 lovely acres that include a pond and river shorelines, this viewrich home, renovated in 2005, features a bocce cour t and a lighted soccer field. When it’s too drizzly out for soccer, entertain friends with a cinema classic in the state-of-the-ar t 15-seat theater—or simply sit back and enjoy one of the three fireplaces.
carlstadt, 136–120; hasbrouck heights, 123–97; lodi, 121–92; paramus, 96–94; ridgewood, 80–59; rutherford, 94–118; wood-ridge, 102–83; wyckoff, 85–80 The first figure is the average number of days homes in the community were on the market in 2009, the second is for 2010 (averages include all residential properties). Source: New Jersey Multiple Listing Ser vice
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See an American themed art exhibit at Westwood Gallery, March 20–April 20.
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Experience “1950s America”-themed ar t at Diners, Dives and Neon—an exhibit of paintings by Mark Oberndorf at the Westwood Gallery. Free . To learn more, call 201.666.1800 or visit westwoodgallery.com.
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Enjoy dinner and standup comedy at the “Stand up for Children” comedy night fundraiser for Bergen County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) at the Graycliff in Moonachie, 6 p.m. All proceeds go to Bergen County children in foster care. Tickets: $100 . Call 201.336.7520 or visit bergencasa.org to find out more.
Try your luck at raffles or live and silent auctions and hear the stylings of Scottish tenor group the Caledon at the LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED GALA at the Venetian in Garfield, 7–11 p.m. Proceeds will support Children’s Aid and Family Services. Tickets: $150 . Call 201.261.2800 or visit cafsnj.org for more information.
Compete in the Hooked on the Hudson Fishing Contest at Ross Dock, April 30.
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animals at Outragehisss Pets’s Spring Animal Babies at the Saddle River Valley Cultural Center, 7 p.m. Your family will learn where they live and how their families take care of them. Tickets: $10 for members, $12 for nonmembers, $15 at the door. To find out more, visit srvcc.org or call 201.825.3366.
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Service is hosting its second Casino Night at Temple Sinai, 7:30–11 p.m. Gamble “play” money to raise real funds for at-risk children of New Jersey. Admission: $45 . Call 201.678.1312 or visit ycs.org for more information.
Strap on your sneakers for the 2011 NATIONAL MS WALK at Graydon Pool in Ridgewood. Registration begins at 9 a.m., walk starts at 10 a.m. Come with a team or walk solo around Bergen County for a good cause. Donations accepted. Call 201.967.5599 or visit nationalmssociety.org to register.
Learn the story behind the Franklin Turnpike from author Carol Greene at a HERMITAGE HISTORY LECTURE at the Hermitage Museum in Ho-Ho-Kus, 7:30 p.m. Greene will discuss her book The Ramapough Chronicles. Tickets: $5. Call 201.455.8311 or visit thehermitage.org to learn more.
Have fine food and wine from local restaurants at the 6th annual TASTE OF PARAMUS at the Rotunda of Neiman Marcus at the Garden State Plaza, 6 p.m. The event is hosted by the Greater Paramus Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation. Tickets: $50 . To learn more, call 201.261.3344 or visit paramuschamber.com.
Enjoy an all-girls outing at the Saddle River Valley Culture Center during the MOMMY & ME AFTERNOON TEA PARTY, 1 p.m. You’ll sip tea while creating a take-home craft that will remind you of this special time together. Tickets: $15 to $18. Call 201.825.3366 or visit srvcc.org for more information.
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on for the HOOKED ON THE HUDSON FISHING CONTEST at Ross Dock in Fort Lee, starting at 8 a.m. Join the Hudson River Fisherman’s Association for its annual fishing competition and more. Free admission. Call 201.768.1360 or visit njpalisades.org and click on “Calendar of Events” to learn more.
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performance of Neil Simon’s comedy BAREFOOT IN THE PARK at the Fair Lawn Community Center. The Skyline Theatre Company performs Simon’s smash hit about a young couple coming to terms with life in the big city. Showtimes: Thursday–Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. Tickets:$18 to $28 . For more information, visit skyline theatrecompany.org.
Hear singersongwriter Neshama Carlebach and bid on live and silent auction items at the 10TH ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT of sharsheret, a nonprofit organization of Jewish cancer patients and sur vivors, at the Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe, 10:30 a.m. Tickets: $180 . Call 201.833.2341 or visit sharsheret.org to find out more.
Hear a “wild and crazy” performance at STEVE MARTIN: A NIGHT OF BLUEGRASS AND BANJO at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, 8 p.m. You’ll see the Grammy Award-winning comedian, musician and novelist perform songs from his latest album. Tickets: $39 to $115 . Call 201.227.1030 or visit bergenpac.com for more information.
Accompany your kids on the guided SPRING SCAVENGER HUNT at the State Line Lookout in Alpine, 2 p.m. They’ll check off plants and animals from their list when they come across them on the path. The mile-and-a-half trek is for hikers at any level and should take about two hours. Free admission. To learn more, call 201.768.1360 or visit njpalisades.org.
Climbing, touching and playing are all permitted at the Junior League of Bergen County’s Touch-aTruck event for families at the Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vehicles will include The Fun Bus, a fire truck, a tow truck and more. Admission: $20 for a family of four, $5 for each additional person. Purchase tickets at thejlbc.org.
Walk for awareness at the Northern New Jersey Walk Now for Autism Speaks at Bergen Community College. Registration begins at 9 a.m., walk starts at 10:30 a.m. Become a Grand Club member by raising $1,000 or more. Find additional information at walknowforautismspeaks.org.
Head over to Cedar Lane to see all that the Teaneck community has to offer at the CEDAR LANE FAMILY FESTIVAL in Teaneck, 11 a.m. This all-day festival will feature local vendors and children’s activities. Free admission. Call 201.836.2126 or visit cedarlane.net for more information. Send event listings to: Bergen Health & Life, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645; or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Listings must be received two months in advance of the event and must include a phone number that will be published. Share events online by clicking the “Submit an Event” link below the Community Calendar at bergenhealthandlife.com. Bergen Health & Life (USPS 025-351) is published 8 times a year by Wainscot Media, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645. Postmaster: send address changes to Subscription Department, Wainscot Media, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645. Periodicals postage paid at Montvale, N.J., and additional mailing offices.
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sculptures and furnishings that the painter and his wife acquired over the years. Besides Church’s own work, the art collection includes paintings by fellow Hudson River School artists Martin Johnson Heade and Arthur Parton, and there are numerous works by Church’s close friend sculptor Erastus Dow Palmer. It took Church 40 years to create Olana’s vast landscape, and many consider it his greatest work. Like a painting, i t features a foreground (the house environs), a middle ground (the rolling fields and forest), and a background (the Hudson River and the Catskill, Berkshire and Taconic mountains). Church planted th o u s a n d s of tre e s, created a large, hear t-shaped lake and designed m i l e s of carriage trails from which to experience his composition. The grounds are open from 8 a.m. until s u n s et d a i l y throughout the year and are a popular spot for picnicking, cross-country skiing, hiking
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