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Kate and Jeanne martin were chosen to undergo 13 weeks of fitness training, dieting and cosmetic treatments. read about their journey and see before-and-after photos here.



discover the best spas in bergen county and learn how getting pampered can benefit your health.



Find out how to achieve your wellness objectives in 2012.


what parents can do when their child is suffering from an eating disorder i n e v ery i s s ue

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Our guide to new ideas, tips, trends and things we love in Bergen County




Your ultimate winter sur vival kit: hot cocoa, a good movie and the cozy clothing and accessories we feature here



These exquisite accessories offer luxur y with a side of enlightenment.

34 t our Check ou tment new depar




Meet James Corrado of Corrado’s Family Affair in Clifton, Fair field and Wayne.



Your bedroom is where you spend one-third of your life. Make sure it’s a healthy place.



Only in recent decades have Americans learned to enjoy the kiwifruit—and its ama zing health benefits.


Fire up the brick oven for pizza made the Neapolitan way.



Learn how to maintain your budgetar y well-being during troubled economic times.

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Photos from recent charity and social events



Explore Piermont, N.Y., a quaint river town just 11 miles nor th of the George Washington Bridge.



The Emerson and Spa: a one-stop shop for luxurious R&R


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Here I am with the winners of our Mother/Daughter Makeover Contest. See page 39 for their story.

New Year, New You!


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We here at Bergen Health & Life are excited to bring you a new year full of stories that are insightful, motivating and helpful. This past year proved fruitful for our new team of editors. We brought a fresh new direction and design to the magazine and involved ourselves in the community by attending hospital seminars; fundraisers; walks and runs; press events; trade, fashion and food shows; and store and restaurant openings. We also hosted a slew of marketing events ourselves—the biggest being our BergenFest party. It’s been great meeting and greeting many of you at these events, and we have many more planned for 2012—so come out and join us! Our Ultimate Spa Guide (page 50) has grown this year, and we hope you take some time to read through it and visit some of the best spas (and medi-spas) throughout the county, whether you are looking for a quick respite during your lunch hour or a full spa day. Many spas offer Valentine’s Day specials, so now’s the perfect time to pamper yourself or someone you love. There are many more wonderful things to take away from this issue, from learning how to make your bedroom healthy (page 34) to discovering some luxurious loungewear to cozy up in this winter (page 28). Did you know that February is National Eating Disorders Month? As many as 11 million people in the U.S. are battling an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia, and our article reports on a revolutionary new treatment option (page 58). Whether your wellness goal for the year is to eat better, exercise more or reduce stress (page 56), finally achieve financial balance (page 80) or take time for yourself and escape (see our ar ticle about the Emerson Resor t & Spa on page 88), we think you’ll find this issue to be just the motivation you need. Enjoy!

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Medical advisory board

ing Introduc our new advisers!

Meet the experts we consult with to bring you the Most current health inforMation available. Allergy & AsthmA frank J. picone, M.D. founder of two river allergy and asthma group and chief of the allergy/immunology Division at riverview Medical center

Advanced Medical Body Sculpting Zerona Cool-Laser Body Slimming

BAriAtric surgery karl stroM, M.D. Director of Mountainside hospital bariatric program and Director of bariatric surgery at Montclair surgical associates Be Aut y shari frieDMan Medical esthetician at the peer group Bre Ast surgery Dana holwitt, M.D., f.a.c.s. breast surgeon at Montclair breast center cArdiology robert D. slaMa, M.D., f.a.c.c. chief of cardiology at summit Medical group chiropr Actic cAre Michael kirk, D.c. founder, performance health & chiropractic dentistry Jay schuster, D.D.s. founder of Metro Dental associates

dermAtology alexanDer Doctoroff, D.o. president of the new Jersey Dermatological society and founder of Metropolitan Dermatology

Fitnes s spain, c.p.t., c.e.s. personal fitness trainer at the active center for health & wellness

SmartLipo Liposuction Avelar Lipo-Abdominoplasty

Brazilian Butt lift with Autologous Fat Transfer

Triactive Anti-Cellulite Treatment

Breast augmentation with Autologous Fat Transfer

Facial Rejuvenation Harvest Technologies SmartPrep Facelift

Botox, Fillers, Microdermabrasion Laser Facial Rejuvenation, Hair removal, skin tightening and other laser treatments.

geriAtric s l. Monica chavez, D.o. internist at holy name Medical center integr Ative & complementAry medicine Julie taw, M.D. Medical Director of the center for integrative healing at englewood hospital and Medical center neurology John J. halperin, M.D. Medical Director of the atlantic neuroscience institute and chair of the Department of neurosciences at overlook Medical center in summit nutrition heiDi skolnik, M.s., c.D.n., f.a.c.s.M. president of nutrition conditioning oBstetrics/gynecology & Women’s heAlth Matthew iaMMatteo, M.D. founder of Madison avenue ob/gyn; cinDy parnes, M.D., f.a.c.o.g., Director of women’s health, nJ women’s wellness center at Montvale health associates occupAtionAl therApy karen z. kowalski, M.p.h., o.t.r. academic coordinator/instructor of the proposed occupational therapy assistant program, Department of psychiatric rehabilitation and counseling professions, uMDnJ oncology DonalD Mccain, M.D., ph.D., f.a.c.s. vice chairman and chief, gastrointestinal oncology, and chief, surgical oncology, cutaneous Malignancy program, John theurer cancer center at hackensack university Medical center op tometry Michael veliky, o.D. Director of omni center eye services orthopedic s Mark a. hartzbanD, M.D. Medical Director and founder of hartzband center for hip & knee replacement and Director of the Joint replacement service at hackensack university Medical center pediAtric s Michael laMacchia, M.D. chairman of pediatrics at st. Joseph’s children’s hospital, st. Joseph’s regional Medical center pl A stic And cos metic surgery valerie J. ablaza, M.D., f.a.c.s. partner and corporate vice president of the plastic surgery group; farhaD rafizaDeh, M.D., f.a.c.s., chairman of plastic surgery at Morristown Memorial hospital and owner of better plastic surgery; isaac starker, M.D., f.a.c.s ., plastic


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surgeon at the peer group and president of the new Jersey society of plastic surgeons

podiAtry richarD t. braver, D.p.M., f.a.c.f.a.s. owner of active foot & ankle care psychology clifforD n. lazarus, ph.D. clinical Director of the lazarus institute rAdiology / Bre Ast he Alth christopher l. petti, M.D. Medical Director of bergen imaging center reproductive he Alth ali nasseri, M.D. Medical Director of the fertility center at the valley hospital and associate professor in obstetrics & gynecology at new york university school of Medicine s ports medicine Michael l. gross, M.D. Medical Director of the active center for health & wellness and orthopedic Director of sports Medicine at hackensack university Medical center; andrew s. levy, M.D., orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician at the center for advanced sports Medicine, knee and shoulder urology richarD lee, M.D. Director of robotic surgery at englewood hospital and physician at urologic specialties learn more about our medical advisory board at

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CT SCANS Introducing the new GE “Veo” High Definition CT Scanner— exclusively at Radiology Associates of Ridgewood RADIOLOGY ASSOCIATES

of Ridgewood is pleased to announce the first commercial installation of the GE “Veo” High Definition CT Scanner in the United States. This equipment, recently FDA approved, allows us to perform CT scans with up to 90% less radiation to the patient. At the same time, it improves image clarity, significantly enhancing our ability to accurately diagnose disease and life-threatening illnesses. The “Veo” scanner is especially important for: • Younger patients, who may be more susceptible to radiation induced injury; • Patients with medical conditions that are expected to require multiple follow up CT scans, such as cancer, lung nodules, kidney stones and aortic aneurysms.

state-of-the-art scanners. Our NJ Radiologists are board certified and have significant formal subspecialization within the field of diagnostic radiology providing the expertise needed to fully take advantage of ongoing innovations in modern diagnostic imaging. This approach achieves the highest standard of care to meet the demands of our special-interest referring physicians, and leads to the delivery of exceptional quality services for our patients. For more information or to schedule an appointment please visit our website or call us directly.

Radiology Associates is now a completely “low-dose” CT facility, with our other scanner using up to 30-50% less radiation than other


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trade While February may Feel like the dead of winter, in reality it is the start of spring. Despite the cold temperatures, the sun is moving closer to the earth, warming the soil and creating longer days. even snow on the ground is acting as a thermal blanket, allowing things to start happening underground. by the end of the month you will notice spring birds migrating back, and early spring bulbs in bloom. February is an ideal time to get organized for everything that you want to have accomplished by the springtime. you can begin planning and developing a new outdoor living space, a game plan can be created for your flower gardens, and all of your maintenance programs can be arranged. This is the time of year to get your planning and program done early, so you will be able to enjoy it once the warm weather arrives. landscaping companies always start planning ahead, so booking early is ideal. Talk to a landscape professional or landscape architect this season to help you plan for this coming season.

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GETAWAY GIVE AWAY If our Escapes story on page 88 entices you to visit the Emerson Resort & Spa, find out how you can receive a free night’s stay! emersonresort

BABY FACE We’d like to see your best baby photos. Snap a shot and tell us what “family” means to you in 50 words or less to win a free sitting with an awardwinning local photographer. cutestbaby2012

YOUR ECO -IDOL Who’s the most earthminded local woman you know? Nominate her for our April/May feature “The Green Housewives of Bergen County.”

GRILL MASTER Enter to win a new grill or tools in our “Grill & Chill” contest by submitting your best grilling recipe and a drink pairing. Winners will be revealed in our July/August issue.

MOTHER /DAUGHTER MAKEOVER If Jeanne and Kate Martin’s transformation (page 39) inspires you, apply to be the next mother/daughter team for our makeover challenge. greenhousewives2012 grillandchill2012 motherdaughter



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CARdIAC • Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award • Ranked in top 10 % nationwide for Cardiac Surgery • Five-star rating for Coronary Bypass Surgery for third year in a row

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Swee t ’n Savory a fresh cup of coffee is easy to find in Ho-Ho-Kus thanks to Panificio boleo Artisan bakery and Café (201.444.0081, panificio It roasts its beans every two to five days—not months in advance, as do some bigbrand coffee shops—to ensure a robust brew. and coffee is not the only fresh offering here. owners robert and elina broniszewski of Fair Lawn pride themselves on finding fresh ingredients from local food artisans, but the bakery’s menu—of breads, pizzas and pastries—and its name are reflections of robert’s Italian roots. “my extended family’s name is boleo,” says robert. “I stayed with them in Italy, and they inspired me to cook.” also drawing inspiration from across the pond is


sweet treats at panificio boleo

bon Appetit (201.512.1144, in mahwah, a French bakery and café that doubles as a tearoom for high tea and private parties. The bakery menu includes crêpes, French toast, pear tarts and truffles. The four tea menus feature homemade scones, soup, tea sandwiches and, of course, tea. gluten allergies and kosher or diabetic diets can make bakeries a sore spot for some, but with Sweet Sally’s (646.662.7192, sweetsallys. com) in Hawthorne, shoppers can breathe a sigh of relief. This kosher-certified shop offers specialty-diet selections such as sugar-free raspberry rugelach, gluten-free fudge brownies and coconut macaroons. also, gift tins are available to purchase in the store or online.

Event table arrangement by perry’s Florist and gardens

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flowers since the ’50s It’s no secret that flowers are one of the most popular gifts on Valentine’s day. Fortunately, bergen county boasts four long-established places to find a bouquet that will make your sweetheart smile: Perry’s Florist and Gardens (888.737.7973, in glen rock has been open since 1954 and is now in its fourth generation of Perry ownership. The shop offers bouquets and arrangements for every occasion with same-day delivery. also in operation since the 1950s, the upscale beer’s Flower Shop in ridgewood (800.443.8777, will design just about anything you ask for all your occasions. In addition to traditional roses and flowers, beer’s offers custom gift baskets and silk or dry arrangements. broderick’s Flowers in bergenfield (800.966.1773, brodericks. net) has been in business for 50 years. The shop prides itself on exceptional service. along with its wide selection of flowers, broderick’s also provides custom arrangements. established in 1959, Peters Flowers & Gifts (201.327.0672, in ramsey is a family-owned and -operated shop. The store is home to a variety of floral arrangements, plants, gourmet food baskets and even tropical flowers.

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lentil Crackers, plantain Chips and popcorn Chips are healthy and locally made.

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From the seeds of some of our favorite plants and fruits—grapes, sunflowers, safflowers, açai, jojoba—come products that are healthy for the body and friendly to the environment, thanks to rebecca and benjamin gournay, owners of the Princeton-based company Seed ( “We found that seeds are intrinsically concentrated with antioxidants and essential fatty acids that promote healthy skin,” says rebecca. New from the line this season: body Cream,, with a blend of shea butter and grape seed oil, which is remarkable for its nongreasy feel. (The grape seeds come from the residue of wine production, making them even more eco-friendly.) Therapeutic Hand Scrub, a gentle treatment that sloughs off dead skin cells. It can be followed by the line’s Healthy Hand cream. all products are 100 percent paraben-free and cruelty-free and are available fragrance-free or in “invigorating citrus” and “relaxing lavender” scents. Purchase them at Whole Foods markets or online.


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It’s time again for Super bowl parties, and that means navigating a minefield of finger foods, appetizers and other high-calorie treats. alternatively, consider serving your guests these tasty, health-conscious eats, all made in new Jersey: Lentil Crackers from boontonbased mediterranean Snack Foods ( are gluten-free, high-protein and low-fat. They’re available in rosemary Herb, Sea Salt and cracked Pepper and pair nicely with hummus or yogurt dip for a low-calorie snack. Find them at Whole Foods Market ( Plantain Chips, made by grab ’em Snacks ( in Hillsborough, are gluten-free and come in seven flavors including cinful cinnamon, chili garlicious and ragin’ cajun. Part of the banana family, plantains are high in protein and rich in fiber, making these a smart alternative to most other kinds of snack chips. You can order them on the company’s website. Popcorn Chips: air-popped popcorn is already a fiber-rich and figure-friendly alternative for snackers, so a makeover may not seem necessary. but chip’ins, a new line of chips from the Popcorn, Indiana company (which, despite the name, is based in englewood), are a fun and flavorful popcorn variation. available in four flavors—Sea Salt, Jalapeño ranch, White cheddar and Hot buffalo Wing—these chips can accompany finger sandwiches or a low-fat dip. Find them at Kings Supermarket ( and Walgreens (

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I love to dance and could definitely use more exercise, so I decided it was high time to try Zumba, the Latin-inspired dance “fitness party” that has become increasingly popular worldwide since it was born in colombia in the late ’90s. Fitness professionals surveyed by the american college of Sports medicine recently put Zumba on the list of the top 10 predicted fitness trends for the first time—it comes in at number nine for 2012. Ethos in midland Park offers Zumba for only $10 per class for nonmembers, so I went there to see what this workout craze was all about. I found a spot in the back of the class as the instructor, amy Schmidt, started the first routine. at first I struggled to keep up with the super-fast merengue, salsa and flamenco moves, but the steps were repeated enough that soon I was catching on. The upbeat mix of Latin songs and radio hits really had me wanting to shake it! That’s a big part of the appeal, says Schmidt, a group fitness instructor who also teaches Zumba at Parisi in midland Park and Intoxx in Fair Lawn: “I think everybody just loves to dance. You can let loose and have fun, and the music moves you.” a one-hour Zumba class burns between 400 and 800 calories, depending on your size and intensity level. “It’s a great cardio workout, and you work every muscle—muscles you don’t even know you have,” says Schmidt. “Plus, you have fun while doing it, so you don’t even realize you’re exercising.” I know I’m sold. Having to follow the routine kept me from focusing on the sweat that beaded up on my forehead. It was the most fun I’ve had working out in awhile, so I hope this fitness fad has serious staying power. —MArisA sAndOrA

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LOCAL BUZZ GOT THE COUNTY’S MODEL CHILD? Bergen Health & Life would like to see your best baby or child photo. Send a picture you’ve taken of your child or children and tell us in 50 words or less what “family” means to you. The winning entry, judged on photo quality and creativity, will receive a free sitting with photographer Lena Antaramian. Enter by February 20 at

CUTE FOREVER? You don’t really wish your little ones could always stay little. You just want to remember them perfectly. Now here’s your chance. Local photographer Lena Antaramian won second place in the “Siblings” category of the recent National Association of Professional Child Photographers’ international image competition with “Sisters” (above), which depicts her twin daughters on their first visit to the beach. “I watched my little girls walk away from me toward the ocean,” she says, “For a parent, it was a very bittersweet moment.” Such touching family moments are what Antaramian, owner of Live Love Laugh Photos (917.647.6385, in Ridgewood, strives to capture. “I don’t believe in posing,” she says. “I like to take authentic, natural images that are timeless and different.” She describes her work—focusing on children, families and maternity—as “memories frozen in time.” “I take photos from the perspective of both an artist and a parent,” she says. “I try to capture images like those I’d want to have of my family.”


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This photo of cupcakes from our BergenFest Gatherings section was incorrectly labeled in our December/ January issue. It should have been credited to Sweet Indulgences, a bakery in Dumont known for its artisanal cheescakes and cupcakes. In fact, Sweet Indulgences (201.384.2253, sweetindulgencesnj. com) was just featured on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars in January. Our apologies for the error.


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At A CorrAdo’s store, you’ll find more thAn 100 Cheeses—And At leAst one CorrAdo Corrado’s Family Affair has grown from one small grocery store in Clifton to a thriving three-unit chain. But it’s still all about family, as third-generation entrepreneur James Corrado explains. hoW did your business get started? In Paterson in the 1950s, my grandfather and his three sons began selling produce in a small open-air market. They were in Paterson until the ’70s, and then in 1975 opened the Clifton store called Corrado’s Family Affair. The store now stands where my grandfather used to play ball as a child. What is that store like today? In Clifton, besides Corrado’s Family Affair, there’s a winemaking and home brewing center, a pet market, a garden center, a gas station and a liquor store, all owned by the Corrado family. What made you decide to expand? As our family grew, it made sense to grow the business too. My generation grew up in Wayne, and as we looked to expand, it made sense to look there. Also, when we opened in Clifton, it was a very blue-collar Italian neighborhood. As Italians started to move to Wayne and Fairfield, they kept coming back to Corrado’s to shop. We had a built-in fan base in those areas. hoW are the three stores different?

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old-world feel. It reminds my dad of their first store in Paterson; it has a vintage look. Wayne is our shiny, built-from-thebottom-up store. We took all our dreams and ideas and put them in Wayne. It has everything: brick oven, full kitchen for catering, facilities to dry-age prime meat, you name it. Clifton, of course, is our original full-fledged store. What accounts for your stores’ appeal?

The family. We don’t abide by corporate structure, we don’t hide in the back room; we’re on the floor meeting and greeting our customers every day. We offer quality products and fair prices—and our customers know us. There are people who have been coming to us for 30 years—those who once brought their little kids now bring their grandkids. Who is involved in the business noW? My whole family. My grandfather had three sons. They are all in the business and so are their kids. We pride ourselves on the fact that there’s always a family member at any of the stores. And we all view ourselves as equals. hoW has your merchandise changed over

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pulling up carpets. if that’s not possible, he says, use a vacuum cleaner with a high-efficiency particulate air (HePa) filter to clean your carpets, but leave the room for an hour afterwards because vacuuming will stir up the dust-mite excrement. because humidity promotes dust-mite replication and mold growth, keep your room at a 35 percent to 45 percent humidity level with an air conditioner or dehumidifier, such as the bucketless 55-Pint dehumidifier at brookstone.

3 Keep things Fresh. Seo recommends changing pillowcases every couple of days and replacing pillows every two years. if you’re not ready to toss yours, stick it in the freezer overnight to kill the allergens.

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aT a Long daY’S end, THere’S noTHing Like SLiPPing beTWeen cooL sheets in your own room to restore yourself, mind, body and spirit. but there are potential hazards to your health lurking in the space that claims one-third of your life, experts tell Bergen Health & Life. They offer these ways to make sure your bedroom is good for you:

1 Buy smart. “green

lifestyle” authority danny Seo, who has written numerous books on eco-friendly design, suggests bedding with natural fibers such as Tencel (made from waste wood pulp) or modal (made from beech wood trees); both are free from harmful chemicals and have a silky feel. (You can find the danny Seo Home line of bedding at stores like marshalls and Homegoods.) Seo also nixes petroleumbased synthetic “memory foam” pillows and mattresses, which can emit volatile organic compounds (Vocs)


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that can cause headaches; irritation of the eyes, nose and throat; nausea and other problems. better bets: 100 percent natural latex or 100 percent organic cotton mattresses and pillows, and, if you’re not allergic, down pillows. (Find organic mattresses, pillows and bedding at White Lotus in Highland Park and down pillows at down to basics in red bank.)


Fight mites. “The number-one allergen in the bedroom is dust mites— microscopic creatures that are especially prevalent in

bedding and carpeting,” says Ziv Harish, m.d., an allergist in englewood, who notes that it is not the bugs we’re allergic to, but rather their airborne excrement. Fortunately, there’s an easy fix: Placing tightly woven encasement covers on your pillow, mattress and box spring will prevent the excrement from becoming airborne. Seo recommends purchasing dust mite covers that are 100 percent cotton, not PVcor polyurethane-based. “You don’t want the kind that sounds crinkly,” he says. dr. Harish also recommends

shows that many plants can combat the “offgassing” of potentially harmful elements in the atmosphere that can’t be removed in other ways. Try one of these top 10 air scrubbers: areca, lady and bamboo palm; rubber; dracaena; english ivy; dwarf date palm; ficus alii; boston fern; peace lily.

5 Zap the gadgets.

The jury is still out as to whether the electromagnetic fields that emanate from our cell phones and computers cause cancer, but with the national institute of environmental Health Science calling for more studies, why take the risk? if you must have electronics in your room, move the charging station as far away from your bed as possible. and consider banning from the bedroom all blue-lightemitting devices (yes, that includes your TV). Studies show that the blue Leds can inhibit the production of the sleep hormone melatonin, disturbing your sleep cycle.

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6 FENG-SHUI YOUR SPACE. “When you apply feng shui principles to your bedroom, you create a personal paradise, with a qi, or energy, that is warm and welcoming,” says Laurie Bornstein, a New Jersey designer who is the CEO of the National Feng Shui Guild. “Put your bed in a ‘command’ position so the space in front of you is full view and you have solid support—either a wall or a firm headboard—behind you. Make sure, though, that you are not in direct alignment with your doorway so that the energy coming in the door will not disrupt your sleep pattern. Stagger it a little.” Next, she says, create balance by placing a nightstand with a lamp on each side of your bed. And when it comes to mirrors in the bedroom, the rule is “one or less,” she says, to “bring the energy down,” which relaxes you. Her suggested placement: opposite a window to draw nature in.

make it difficult to fall asleep—and stay that way— for the restorative hours of shut-eye your body needs. A sound machine can block the noise and transport you to a more serene space, piping in soothing sounds like rain or rushing air.


This is a subtle one, but you can create instant serenity and do your mental health a

favor by filling the room with a candle’s cozy glow—when you’re awake, of course. “A flickering flame gives the room a soft energy,” says Bornstein. Candles made from 100 percent soy create a glow without the toxins, carcinogens or soot given off by paraffin.

10 SLEEP IN THE DARK. But when it’s time to catch your zzzs, the darker

your room is, the better. Just as LEDs can affect melatonin production, light sneaking in from outside can likewise disturb your sleep patterns. Light-blocking window treatments—roller shades, honeycomb shades and plantation shutters are best—can eliminate up to 99 percent of that pesky outdoor light so that a restful sleep is a reality, not just a dream. —PATTI VERBANAS

7 CHOOSE THE RIGHT HUES. The optimal hues for


restful relaxation are ranges of blue (including purple and lavender) and mid-tone earthy colors (sage, beige, creams). “Avoid pastels because pastel ranges are expansive and not intimate,” advises Bornstein. “Likewise, stay away from high-energy colors such as bright yellows, reds and cobalt blue, which bring the room’s energy up—that’s what you don’t want.” Be mindful, too, of the type of paint you use. “The only way you can truly get a healthy paint is to look for ‘zero VOC,’” advises Seo. His pick: Valspar+, found at Lowe’s, which is the only paint that’s zero-VOC and certified by the Allergy and Asthma Foundation due to its resistance to mold growth.

8 NEUTRALIZE NOISE. If you live on a busy street, sounds from outdoors can

The Danny Seo Modal Bedding collection is made from the cellulosic fiber of beech trees.

An organic cotton White Lotus Home mattress topper. LEFT: Vie Luxe’s EcoLuxe candle blends soy wax and frangrance oils and is finished with a cotton wick.

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The gateway to even greater care for Bergen County. Mahwah Medical now gives you easy and direct access to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Since 1988, under the direction of boardcertified internist Glenn R. Leslie, DO, Mahwah Medical has brought the highest quality primary and family care to thousands of Bergen County patients—offering screenings, tests, exams and more right in the office. And now that Mahwah Medical has become part of Bon Secours Medical Group and Good Samaritan, it opens up a whole new world of specialists and nationally ranked services to you and your loved ones. Whatever your medical needs are, Mahwah Medical has you covered.

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Meredith Mcbride Kipp

WHEN WE MET JEANNE AND KATE Martin, the winners of our Mother/ Daughter Makeover Challenge contest, we saw two women who selflessly dedicated their lives to helping others— Jeanne as the director of Pascack Valley Meals on Wheels and Kate as recreation coordinator of Spectrum for Living, a nonprofit serving adults with developmental disabilities. Unfortunately, this generosity sometimes came at the expense of their own health and well-being. We brought in our team of experts to overhaul their image, help them gain self-confidence and learn to take better care of themselves as they cared for others. Over the next 13 weeks, Jeanne and Kate experienced everything from weight-loss consulting and fitness training to cosmetic dental work and dermatologic procedures. They struggled through intense workout sessions and stuck to a strict diet while reporting their progress in weekly online journals (read the entries at For the “big reveal,” our makeup, hair and fashion consultants helped Jeanne and Kate complete their new look. Here, see their incredible transformation and learn about their journey to achieve beauty that glows from within. —LIZ DONOVAN

KATE MARTIN (left) aGE: 24 · HEIGHT: 5´8˝ sTarTING WEIGHT: 220 PouNDs losT: 18

JEANNE MARTIN aGE: 52 · HEIGHT: 5´8˝ sTarTING WEIGHT: 165 PouNDs losT: 15



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how they did it:





“Jeanne and Kate


lead very busy lives and had not been taking time to care for themselves. This makeover gave them incentive and discipline to take charge. We gave Jeanne a resurfacing treatment with a Smartskin CO2 laser and lifted her cheeks with a filler called Radiesse. Kate underwent laser hair removal and cellulite reduction using a SmoothShapes laser. The physical changes were striking, but the increase in self-confidence and determination was even more impressive. We often find that when we treat people’s wrinkles, they are motivated to lose weight and start exercising. Small changes can help point someone in a whole new direction.” Omni Aesthetics, Oakland, 201.368.3800,


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D.D.S. “Jeanne came into the practice about four times for dental work. She needed her front teeth straightened, which we accomplished with four porcelain veneers. Kate saw us seven or eight times for more extensive dental work. She had issues with her gums and her front teeth were decayed, so we performed a laser gum surgery and implanted six porcelain crowns. We also performed a cleaning on both Jeanne and Kate, and they both received a BriteSmile whitening treatment, during which the teeth were exposed to a laser light for 45 minutes. It was fun and rewarding to see how they both looked at the end of the process.” River Edge Dental, River Edge, 201.343.4044,

“It was very pleasant to work with both Jeanne and Kate. We gave them a high-protein, low-carb diet to follow. We also gave them vitamin injections to speed up metabolism and boost energy. Jeanne is now the normal range Dr. Bernstein, Jackie Abano for body-mass (nutritionist), index, fat percent- Emile Sawyer (medical age and weight. assistant) She’s motivated and is a bright, intelligent woman. She has changed the way she eats, paying attention to quality and quantity.” Medi-Weightless Clinics, Paramus, 201.884.1400,

FITNESS “The time spent with Jeanne and Kate has been wonderful. Jeanne is an inspiration: She never gave up on anything that was presented to her, and her core strength, stability and balance have all improved. Kate provided amazing support for her mother, and her conditioning improved tremendously too. These two women have wonderful attitudes and turned something they thought they’d dread into an activity they enjoyed and looked forward to weekly.” Active Center for Health & Wellness, Hackensack, 201.487.4600, activecenter


FASHION “ It was exciting to see the transformation and finally get to dress Jeanne and Kate for the big reveal! SUE BAHNG

The dress we selected for Kate skims the body but still shows her shape. It highlights her sexy arms and shows her youthful side with a little sparkle. She felt great in it and knew right away it was ‘the one.’ Jeanne’s dress cinches her waist, and the long length makes her look tall and slim. It’s great to help each of them see herself as others do— as a beautiful new person. It’s always rewarding when women feel good about themselves and get excited about making their outside match their beauty within.” Ginger N’ Cream, Westwood, 201.664.2440


“Kate and Jeanne were so much fun to work with. They were totally open to my suggestions. We cut four inches off Kate’s hair and lightened the color to give her a sun-kissed look. Jeanne didn’t have a lot of length, so we made the color darker and added highlights to make it look fuller.” Salon Elisabeth, Midland Park, 201.445.0062, DANIELA MUSANO (MAKEUP).

“Jeanne is low-maintenance and doesn’t usually wear makeup, so I gave her simple tips that she could apply in her daily life. Kate likes to play with makeup, and when you’re a brunette, there are many options. I put kiwi-color liner on her lower eyelid, which brought out the color in her eyes. This was a great project to be a part of because they are such selfless people. It’s nice to give back to people who give so much to others.” Araya Rebirth, Ridgewood, 201.445.7005,

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on jeanne: dress by donna rico, jewelry by r.j. graziano. on Kate: dress by aidan Mattox, shoes by bcbg, jewelry courtesy of ginger n’ creaM.

before (2): Meredith Mcbride Kipp. after (2): fashion & hair/MaKeup head shots: laura Moss

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“this is the only life you get. exercise and make an investment in yourself by seeking out the help of experts. you will learn so much.” — jeanne Martin

photogr aphy by laura moss

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ADVISORY PANEL Learn frOM OUr eXPerts It’s an ongoing dilemma for most of us; it seems that no matter what our age, there’s never enough time to take care of ourselves while taking care of others. Well, we can’t all be chosen to be on an extreme makeover show, so Bergen Health & Life decided to treat readers to its own version of a lifestyle challenge— expressly for women. Winners Jeanne and Kate Martin called their makeover experience a Cinderella story, but the three months weren’t without its challenges as each woman worked to balance and correct weight, beauty, and health issues. With the help of a select Advisory Panel, the mom-daughter team came out glowing and better able to care about their own unique needs so they can have the energy to guide others in need. Read more to find out how you can gain access to the invaluable resources mom Jeanne and daughter Kate found along the way.

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that it was a challenge coming up with procedures to offer them for the makeover, says Dr. William Song, Omni Aesthetics’ specialist in aesthetic medicine who is also board-certified in internal medicine. Being so young, Dr. Song says that Kate needed only a little tweaking. “We decided on SmoothShapes® cellulite treatment, Laser Hair Removal, and Selphyl® to fill in the hollows under her eyes with her body’s own growth factors,” says Dr. Song. “Kate had remarkable results and was gracious enough to allow us to document the improvements with before and after photos.” “Jeanne was open to having more aggressive treatments,” he adds. “We performed fractional laser resurfacing and tightening with our SmartSkin® laser and used Radiesse® injections to fill and lift up her cheeks. We finished off with the SmoothShapes® laser to reduce some extra fat below her chin. We were able to all do this without any surgery.” Dr. Song reports that since having her procedures, Jeanne continues to receive countless comments on how young she looks. Dr. Song is looking forward to participating in next year’s contest when he can incorporate some of Omni Aesthetics’ newest treatments, such as Ulthera® and Smart Lipo®.

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to his patients as Dr. Marlen, and his River Edge Family Dental team, are proud to provide the highest quality dental care available in a state-of-the-art dental facility that the practice just moved to in November 2011. “Our dental treatment is primarily focused on prevention, however we are fully trained and capable of providing you with the best dental treatment and experience our patients deserve,” he says. Dr. Marlen and his team proudly provide a comprehensive dentistry that not only restores teeth but takes a look at the health of the mouth and its connection with the patient’s overall health. In thinking back to the mother/daughter makeover in which Dr. Marlen participated, he wants to stress that cosmetic dentistry can make a big difference in someone’s life by completely transforming a patient’s smile. “From fixing a broken front tooth to a complete smile makeover, you would be surprised at how a great smile can make you more comfortable socially and professionally,” he says. Dr. Marlen is offering a complimentary cosmetic evaluation to Bergen Health & Life readers which include study models and photographs. Readers can also visit the River Edge Family Dental website,, to learn about the office and its monthly specials.

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both jeanne and Kate learned that fitness taKes WorK—

but the work can be joyful. Luckily, Dr. Michael Gross, medical director of The Active Center for Health & Wellness, and the facility’s top-notch fitness trainer, Spain, were on hand to introduce the women to the fun of exercise –and a bit of massage after each session helped ease muscle recovery. “It’s not the end, but just the beginning of lifetime of fitness for Jeanne and Kate,” says Dr. Gross. “They understand there’s no magic bullet to getting fit and that it’s a lifestyle change that integrates core strength, diet, and equally important for men and women, reestablishing hormonal balance with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).” Dr. Gross, author of the soon-to-be-published book, “Get Well Soon: The Doctor’s 8 Step Guide to Health and Wellness,” believes preventing injury is the key to prolonging youth. He says that since Kate is young, she was able to make quick progress with her core strength and balance, which will go a long way towards overall health—if she continues to be diligent about taking care of her own needs. To help women—and men—keep their New Year resolutions, Dr. Gross invites readers in to meet the staff of The Active Center for Health & Wellness, to learn about their holistic anti-aging and preventative medicine, nutrition and diet coaching, personalized training, and mind-body programs. There’s no need to feel intimidated by the thought of achieving your fitness goals—from the inside out—at The Active Center for Health & Wellness.

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fantastic experience. They are grounded ladies who never would have done this for themselves because they are so busy helping others,” says Daniela Musano, owner of Araya Rebirth, who, along with hair artist Elizabeth Wolfson, styled the ladies to perfection. “Life can weigh us down, and it’s so easy to focus everywhere else but on ourselves.” To help women—and men—pay more attention to themselves, Araya Rebirth has a myriad of services that fit into any busy schedule. In 2012, Araya Rebirth will focus on selfesteem and self-preservation. Araya Rebirth uses effective products and award-winning services to deliver results. For example, the spa’s makeup artist can show women how to spruce up their makeup bags for any occasion. Consultations are always complimentary, and Araya Rebirth looks forward to a healthy and happy year full of love in 2012.

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after months

of research, scouring the county and reaching out to our readers, we bring you this ultimate guide to the top spas in bergen county. we let ourselves be scrubbed, peeled, plucked, wrapped, rolled and rubbed, all in the name of discovering the best local places to find rejuvenation of the body and soul. then, still glowing in a state of blissful relaxation, we talked to massage experts, who explained how producing this package may have helped us reap significant health benefits. we recap it all here, along with listing the best spas in the area so you can join the pampering party just in time for valentine’s day.

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The AcTive cenTer for heAlTh & Wellness More and more these days, we hear about wellness and how focusing on good health in mind, body and spirit can help prevent disease. no local place embodies that concept better than The Active center for health & Wellness. its team includes doctors, dieticians, fitness trainers, acupuncturists, massage therapists and wellness coaches, all striving to help clients make positive changes in their lives. i arrived at Active center for a massage, eager for stress

relief. The therapist had me choose an essential oil, and then she began my session, loosening my tight muscles and sending me into a blissful state of relaxation. next up: acupuncture, which also also proved to be amazingly soothing and restful. The Active center therapists were so knowledgeable and helpful, i’m eager to return to try the nutritional coaching and the spa’s nonsurgical cosmetic treatments. Maybe i should just move in! —Marisa sandora 25 Prospect Ave., Hackensack, 201.487.4600,

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ArAyA rebirth Araya rebirth is known for its facials and makeup artistry, but i wanted to try a body treatment, one of its new signature offerings. Perfect for the drying effects of cold winter weather, the body treatment is a 50-minute, full-body wrap in a hydrating shea butter cream, with several aromatherapy scents to choose from—i went with tea tree. i started the treatment lying on a warm massage table covered with warming foil. the therapist gently exfoliated my body from head to toe with a natural

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bristle dry brush, then—using Swedish techniques—massaged the cream on. Next, she wrapped me in the foil and numerous blankets. i must have looked like a chrysalis. She then gave me a deep scalp, face and foot massage, and i was left to relax for 10 minutes while my body heated up and my skin soaked in the cream. When she peeled away the layers and uncovered me, i felt like a beautiful butterfly—my skin was soft and glowing. —Jennifer Vreeland

editor’s pick

Araya Rebirth, 10 Garber Sq., Ridgewood, 201.445.7005,

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more of the best spas in bergen

agElESS bEauty Spa 300 Sylvan ave. Englewood cliffs 201.906.5678

DE bEauté gRanD Salon & Day Spa

103 chestnut Ridge Rd. Montvale, 201.802.9777

@EaSE Spa 142 broadway hillsdale, 201.722.8848

bEau MonDE Salon & Spa 282 grand ave. Englewood, 201.568.6898

thE botanical Day Spa 302 broadway hillsdale, 201.666.4300

bRc Day Spa & Sauna RESoRt 24–20 broadway Fair lawn, 201.797.3002

cgi holiStic FitnESS cEntER 111 homans ave. closter, 201.784.5575

chRiStinE ValMy Salon & Day Spa 335 Johnson ave. River Edge, 201.488.3335

EDaMaME Spa, DEStination MatERnity 65 East Route 4 paramus, 201.843.7013

hEalthy Way

paRiSian bEauty acaDEMy/ paul MitchEll paRtnER School

multiple locations

hiRo’S Day Spa 45 Franklin ave Ridgewood, 201.445.1911

luSh Day Spa

paSSionE Di aRtE

7 East Main St. Ramsey, 201.327.7615

11 hillside ave. tenafly, 201.266.6872

EthoS FitnESS Spa 85 godwin ave. Midland park, 201.251.4500

thE gyM 20 nordhoff pl. Englewood, 201.567.9394 2 chestnut Ridge Rd. Montvale, 201.802.9399

KaRMa oRganic Spa 32 Wilsey Sq. Ridgewood, 201.857.5300

Koi Spa 42 the promenade Edgewater, 201.943.6700

MaSSagE EnVy

RiDgEWooD EuRopEan Day Spa

Multiple locations

44 Franklin ave., Ridgewood, 201.447.1600

MEzzaluna Day Spa

333 broadway Westwood, 201.666.6632

naMaStE oRganic Spa 30 Franklin ave. Ridgewood, 201.857.3646

SEREnity SKin caRE anD boDy WEllnESS 303 W. palisade ave., Englewood, 201.816.3050

SiMply FacE & boDy

paMpER & poliSh Day Spa 116 broadway Woodcliff lake, 201.782.0277

39 interstate Shopping center, Ramsey 201.236.2550

SKinplicity 386 Franklin ave. Wyckoff, 201.847.7727

hanD anD StonE

panico Salon anD Spa

494 Kinderkamack Rd. Emerson, 201.483.9530

393 Kinderkamack Rd. oradell, 201.265.1765

21 passaic St. hackensack, 201.487.2203, ext. 119

SolE REViVal REFlExology Spa

claSSiquE Day Spa

790 Kinderkamack Rd. River Edge, 201.261.0003

34 East prospect St., Waldwick, 201.251.2200

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ElizabEth RochE M.D. MED Spa here guests enjoy the medical expertise and clinical quality of a doctor’s office combined with the soothing, relaxing atmosphere of an elegant day spa. the waiting room offers a chic, calming aesthetic with fresh plants, clear glass accents and modern décor. in the back are the treatment rooms, where guests undergo discreet nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, from peels to laser resurfacing to facial fillers. i opted for the spa’s most popular service, the Dermapeel, a mild, three-step chemical peel that helps reduce fine lines

and wrinkles and lighten scarring. the esthetician, Valeri, carefully analyzed my skin before exfoliating my face and applying a combination of acids, which gently remove dead skin cells and oil buildup and stimulate collagen production. the final step is cryogenic therapy, which involves using cooled carbon dioxide to seal the pores. afterward, i noticed immediate effects on my skin texture and tone, which only got better as the days progressed. —Liz Donovan Elizabeth Roche M.D. Med Spa, 577 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Woodcliff Lake, 201.505.1020,

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the spa at Glenpointe 200 frank W. Burr Blvd. teaneck, 201.836.5400

spa noRdstRom CliniC 501 Garden state plaza, paramus, 201.843.1122 spa-nordstrom-shop

tamBouRine skin CaRe 126 engle st., englewood 201.567.3005

ZenZaspa & massaGe Boutique 10 Grand ave. englewood, 201.227.8070

the fountain spa if there is one spa in Bergen County that offers what is closest to a resort-style experience, it is the fountain spa with locations in Ramsey and hackensack. the sheer scale of this spa sweeps you away to another place beyond the bustle of Bergen and your everyday stressors—and its calming décor, soothing music and aromatherapy scents wafting through the air certainly help. nearly every style massage, facial and wrap is available here, plus unique offerings such as private whirlpools for two, flotation

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beds and anti-cellulite treatments. the fountain spa also includes a fullservice medi-spa and a hair and makeup salon, and it offers spa cuisine, so you can enjoy a healthy lunch while you’re there. i highly recommend a couples massage or facial—it’s wonderful sharing a day at the spa with a girlfriend or partner, plus you won’t feel guilty about leaving your loved one behind as you slink off to be pampered. —Jennifer Vreeland

editor’s pick

Route 17 North at Franklin Tpk., Ramsey; The Shops at Riverside, Route 4, Hackensack; 201.327.5155;

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medical spas: Beaura Spa

122 e. ridgewood ave. paramus, 201.967.1756

The BeauTy Spa enGLewood 363 Grand ave. englewood, 201.567.6020

Beyond day Spa 20 prospect ave. hackensack, 201.996.4500

edGewaTer CoSmeTIC CenTer & medICaL Spa 115 river rd. edgewater, 201.313.8899

eThoS Spa 125 n. dean St., englewood

md aeSTheTICS medI Spa and LaSer CenTer 10 Fairview ave. westwood, 201.358.2922

The medICaL Spa aT BreSLow CenTer For pLaSTIC SurGery 1 w. ridgewood ave., Suite 110, paramus, 201.444.9522

poBer, md medI Spa aT panICo SaLon & Spa 144 e. ridgewood ave. ridgewood, 201.652.4515

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Le Grand SaLon & Spa at Le Grand, you get the best of both worlds—a bustling salon upstairs, offering the latest in hair care and nail services, and a quiet spa downstairs, where you can de-stress in peace. The salon has been open since 1995 providing cuts, color, nail care, makeup application and hair removal, but in 2010 Le Grand took over the first floor, completely renovating the space with beautiful results. In a small waiting area decorated in soft beiges, I enjoyed soothing music, muffins and apple cider

before being taken to a treatment room for my blissful hour-long massage. Facials, body polishes and masques are also available. The spa feels intimate and the service here is friendly and personal—I didn’t feel like I was just a number being shuffled through as in some busier spas. other pluses? ample parking and reasonable prices (the 60-minute massage is $75, and the Le Grand Signature Facial featuring aveda products is $80). —Marisa sandora Le Grand Salon & Spa, 302 Broadway, Hillsdale, 201.664.9400,

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healing touch

find out how massage therapy can lead to significant health benefits we oFTeN ThINK oF Massage as an occasional indulgence—a way to “treat” ourselves after a particularly stressful week or month. But that time spent on personal pampering is also doing the body good: scientific evidence points to tangible health benefits resulting from regular massage, including better digestion, better circulation, faster healing times and relief from pain. In fact, some hospitals have begun offering therapeutic massage therapy. here, experts answer some common questions relating to stress and massage: What effect does stress have on the body? when we are feeling stressed, the body activates its sympathetic nervous system, explains patty diZenzo, a certified massage therapist at the active Center for health & wellness in hackensack. The body prepares itself to either battle a threat or flee for safety by releasing special hormones, including cortisol and norepinephrine. “when the body believes it’s in danger, our hearts work harder, respiration is quickened, our muscles are tight, we no longer can digest our food, our immune system is slowed down and we have no bodily reserves,” diZenzo adds. If we

spa dew Looking for an out-of-body experience? I found it at spa dew in Fort Lee. Upon entering this unassuming corporate building, I immediately noticed a sense of calm and positive, balanced energy. The space features Zen-like décor, and the air is filled with the soothing aromas of primrose, mint and lavender. I met with the owner, Jina seo, who treated me to her signature ‘Morning dew’ package (100 minutes, $140). after removing all my clothing and donning a paper bikini, I was asked to shower and then relax for about 10

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were actually fighting or fleeing, this reaction would be beneficial, as we’d be using this excess energy for self-protective action. “since we’re not, it actually has an adverse effect,” says diZenzo. What are “toxins”? when the body is healthy and relaxed, it’s able to purge itself of hormones naturally through the bloodstream once it realizes that the threat has subsided. But when stress is continual, the muscles stay taut, which prevents fresh blood from flowing into them and pushing out the old blood. The hormones are then stored in the fat cells, where they become toxins. also, when we become tired from stress, exercise or lack of sleep, the body creates another toxin— lactic acid. “Lactic acid is a waste product of our muscles, like exhaust in a car,” explains John Marco, founder and Coo of hand and stone Massage and Facial spa, a national company headquartered in hamilton with a location in emerson. when the body is consistently producing lactic acid without releasing it, it creates a buildup, which leads to an achy feeling. How can massage help? “Massage detoxifies the body,” says diZenzo. “It flushes lactic acid and metabolic waste out of the system by wringing out the

minutes in the steam room. Next, the therapist, May, vigorously scrubbed my entire body from back to front with special exfoliating gloves, then followed the treatment with a pumpkin scrub and a massage with essential oils. Now, I have two new loves: the Korean massage technique— a combination of swedish, shiatsu and Thai—and the Morning dew treatment, which left me feeling completely and utterly relaxed with radiant, silky-soft skin from scalp to toe. —Jennifer Vreeland

muscles so that rich, oxygenated blood can get in.” Your therapist will likely advise you to drink water after your massage. This is because when those toxins are released, they enter the bloodstream and need to pass through the liver and the kidneys to leave the body. Massage also activates the parasympathetic nervous system—the opposite of the sympathetic nervous system—which lets the body “rest and digest.” “when this occurs, we begin to release endorphins, the ‘feel good,’ pain-relieving natural opiates,” says diZenzo. “Basically, you’ve just told your body, ‘all is well, I’m safe and life is good.’ It communicates back with a positive biological process: slowing your heart rate, expanding your breath, relaxing your muscles, increasing your appetite and rebuilding its reserves.” Now relaxed, the body allows itself to heal and recharge, resulting in that tranquil, blissful state we experience after a relaxing massage. “when we connect massage to healthy lifestyle, it’s a proven modality backed by hospitals,” says Marco. “we wish we could put the entire country on a once-a-month massage program.” and with Valentine’s day specials in many salons, now is the perfect time to start. —liz donoVan

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goals for a new you Quick: What’s your Wellness goal this year? Whether it’s finally dropping those 10 pounds, hitting the hay an hour earlier or something else, we’re here to tell you you can do it! Follow these strategies for making a lifestyle change stick, and you’ll be on your way to a healthier, happier you: Be speciFic. it’s not enough to tell yourself, “i’m going to walk more,” says Megan Moeller, a health coach and manager of the university of iowa’s wellness program, which features a popular online program that allows employees to track their goals and reward themselves when they meet them. you need to have a plan, such as “i’m going to walk for 30 minutes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday this week.” Make sure your goal is MeasuraBle. instead of setting a goal of drinking “more” water, decide how much you’ll imbibe—maybe two additional 8-ounce glasses every day. get organized. record your goal in a journal and consider downloading a log from a website such as sparkpeople. com or or try a mobile app, such as Weight Watchers or couch to 5k. “you need to be able to track your progress,” says Moeller.

Focus on your actions. if you want to lose weight, think about how you’ll accomplish that as well as the number of pounds you want to drop. so you might decide, “i’m going to pack one fruit and one vegetable in my lunch every day this week.” Be realistic. “Many people set unrealistic goals for themselves, and it sets them up for a vicious cycle of disappointment,” says Michael kelly, M.d., chair of the department of orthopedics at hackensack university Medical center. “Work with an expert, like a nutritionist or trainer, to come up with an achievable objective.” also, create short-term targets for yourself. “they will make your long-term goals more realistic,” says Moeller. “success breeds success.” so, for example, if you’ve chosen to quit smoking, you might decide, “one week from now, i will limit my smoking to three cigarettes per day.” “that may be more attainable than quitting cold turkey,” says Moeller. think positive. instead of obsessing about how you believe you’ve fallen short (you only made it to the gym twice this week, for instance), “focus on what went well,” says Moeller. “two days of working out are better than nothing.”


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Research shows that the more you believe in your ability to accomplish a goal, the better your chances of actually doing it. RewaRd small wins. if you’ve stuck to your exercise goal after a month or so, reward yourself—perhaps with a pedicure or something else you enjoy. “it helps you to recognize your progress,” says moeller. in the long term, though, an even better idea is to identify the intrinsic rewards you gain by sticking with your resolve, such as “i had more energy” or “i slept better.” “an intrinsic reward allows you to see how your behavior is leading to changes in your body,” she says. set a deadline foR youRself. “if you don’t create a time frame for meeting your goal, you’ll always be waiting for the magic moment,” says moeller. Go public. any time you announce your goal to others—whether it’s telling a family member or friend in person or posting it on facebook—your accountability becomes greater. “we don’t like to disappoint others,” notes moeller. buddy up. “if you told a friend you’d meet her for a walk at 6 a.m., you’re less likely to go back to sleep,” says dr. Kelly. “i trained for a triathlon with my daughter recently, and it was cool to cross the finish line with her.” identify youR challenGes. write down the obstacles you know you’ll face, then decide how to deal with them, advises moeller. for instance, if you’ve been exercising outdoors and winter is approaching, you’ll probably need to move your workouts indoors. or if you’re trying to lose weight and will be attending a holiday party, plan how you’ll avoid overeating. you might bring your own “safety” food that you know you can eat; or you may decide to enjoy the foods you love but consume smaller portions. “if you plan how to respond to a situation in advance, you’ll probably make a better decision than you would in the moment,” says moeller. steeR cleaR of temptation. “you may have to distance yourself from locations or people who encourage the behavior you’re trying to change,” says moeller. if you’re trying to quit smoking, for instance, avoid the smoking area during your coffee break.


consideR maKinG anotheR positive chanGe. Research shows that when you’re making a change, it’s usually a good time to make another one too. “if you’re motivated, you might as well strike while the iron is hot,” moeller says. in fact, some goals go hand-in-hand. for instance, if you’re quitting smoking, consider starting an exercise program. exercise becomes easier when you kick the habit, and it can help relieve stress—and use that extra energy and lung capacity. don’t Give up. even if you’ve tried and failed to meet your goal before, it doesn’t mean you can’t triumph this time. says moeller: “you’re better prepared to make the change now.”

five Bergen county residents re ve al their wellness goals “to be present in and savor this moment now and not be distracted by the past or the future” —Cheryl Worzala-GroGin, 48, Franklin lakes

“to do 100 hours of volunteer trail maintenance with the Jersey off road bicycle association (Jorba) and the campmor mountain bike team” —Mike zusMan, 31, Midland Park

“to cook fresh food for dinner more often and incorporate more fruits and veggies into our whole family’s die t” —rooPa saGGar, 36, ridGeWood

“to take my workouts a step further and start personal training one day a week to fine-tune my effort and work in elements that i may overlook during my normal routine. and i want to break 20 minutes in a 5k.” —darren MaGarro, 34, Franklin lakes

“to lose at least 25 pounds with diet and exercise. i pl an to reJoin the gym and work out at least three times a week, eat healthy and cut out carbohydrates.” —annie esPosito, 44, Montvale


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iscovering that your child has an eating disorder is like falling down the rabbit hole into a disorienting netherworld where the usual rules have been turned on their head. how is it possible that the young person you nurtured and nourished is suddenly refusing nourishment—or frantically overindulging? susan Maccia’s rabbit-hole journey began at a family party in her verona home in 2005. her 13-year-old daughter, christine, had just returned from camp, where she’d lost a considerable amount of weight. after eating dessert, Maccia says, her daughter seemed “agitated” and left the dinner table for her bedroom. When Maccia looked in on her to see what was up, she found christine on the floor, frantically doing crunches and sobbing. it was the first inkling the family had that christine was suffering from an eating disorder. after receiving an official diagnosis from a therapist and spending several weeks searching for appropriate treatment, the Maccias were able to check her into the eating disorders unit at

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a nearby hospital, where, over the next few months, she was discharged and readmitted twice. it was clear that christine wasn’t responding to treatment, and her mother was feeling increasingly desperate. “she was failing fast,” Maccia says, “and during her third hospitalization they basically said she had to go into a residential facility because she was in the grip of the eating disorder and didn’t have the strength to fight it at the time, mentally or physically.” Because there were no residential facilities in new Jersey, Maccia enrolled her daughter in an eating disorders center in utah that could take her immediately. after 13 months in treatment, christine returned home. she had regained much of the weight that she’d lost; she was eating again; and, thanks to intensive therapy, she was feeling better about her weight and herself. But last september, at the start of her freshman year at the university of north carolina, christine relapsed. her parents pulled her out of school and she was readmitted

to the rehab center. today she’s living at home, attending college at Montclair state university and hoping to return to north carolina in the near future. as Maccia learned firsthand, eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia are among the most intractable of illnesses. until recently, the best therapies showed only a 20 percent success rate after a year of treatment. and among mental illnesses, eating disorders are by far the most deadly, with a fatality rate of 10 percent per decade (which means that for each decade that a person suffers with the disease, her chance of dying is 10 percent). “there have been fantastic individual successes,” notes thomas insell, M.D., director of the national institute of Mental health, “but overall, it’s been a very difficult illness to treat.”

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number of individual therapists are incorporating family-based methods into their treatment approaches.

ThE PArENTS’ job In most family-based therapies there are three phases of treatment, and parents play an important role in all three. In the first, which usually lasts one to two months, parents are expected to assume complete control of their child’s eating behavior, and the entire family—siblings included—meets with a therapist, generally once a week. The therapist focuses on the dangers of severe malnutrition, assesses the family’s typical interaction pattern and eating habits, and, at a family meal, assists parents in encouraging their child to eat a little more than he or

“the familybased approach allows us to avoid having the child’s school and social life significantly disrupted.” —katharine L. Loeb, Ph.D.

NoT AN EASy FIx Despite its benefits and success rates, family-based therapy does have drawbacks that may be prohibitive for some families. If both parents work, for example, one of them may have to take family or medical leave, or they may have to bring in a relative to cover for them during working hours. The job of getting an adolescent with anorexia to eat can be daunting—and disruptive—especially in the first phase of treatment, and not all families are willing, or able, to take it on. In addition, notes Dr. Loeb, “inpatient programs are often necessary if there’s medical instability”—if the eating disorder has resulted in severe dehydration or low heart rate, for instance. The good news is that if you do send your child to an inpatient program, you can apply the principles of family-based therapy to his or her transition to home life and independent eating once the child is discharged. And an increasing

she was prepared to. The therapist trains parents to express sympathy and understanding about their child’s ambivalence while at the same time being verbally persistent in their expectation that starvation is not an option. “What parents do isn’t punitive,” says Loeb. “It’s simply being very clear that, while their child may have many choices in the world, being ill isn’t one of them.” In the second phase, control of eating is gradually transferred back to the adolescent, and therapy focuses on the patient’s progress. When the transfer is complete, phase three begins; therapy at this point may be less about the eating disorder than about typical developmental issues like curfews and friendships. Even in phase three, it’s unlikely that the child will be making all food-related decisions on his or her own; as in other families, parents will still call at least some of the shots.

WhAT AboUT MEDIcATIoN? If your child is suffering from anxiety and/ or depression—conditions that often go hand in hand with an eating disorder— prescription antidepressants can help. Antidepressants may also help control the symptoms of bulimia and binge eating disorder, especially when used in conjunction with other therapies. Anorexia, however, remains mostly resistant to medication. “At one point there was a lot of interest in some of the atypical second-generation anti-psychotics,” notes Dr. Insell, “because they have weight gain as a major side effect. but the results were pretty disappointing, mainly because nobody wanted to take them.”

EArLy DETEcTIoN Whatever the therapy, experts agree that the earlier an eating disorder is discovered and treated, the easier it is to manage. “We know that if people are identified and receive treatment early in the disorder, the chances of its becoming a severe chronic illness are significantly decreased,” says therapist Lara Gregorio, program manager at the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). In fact, NEDA is introducing legislation in several states to have eating disorders added to the list of required school health screenings, along with tests for vision, hearing, scoliosis and so on. Until that happens, however, parents need to be alert to potential signs. According to Dr. Loeb, they include sudden, unexplained weight loss, a change in eating behaviors (a refusal to eat formerly favorite foods, for instance, or an unexpected switch to vegetarianism), evidence of visiting pro-anorexia or -bulimia websites, a tendency to run to the bathroom after meals or signs of secret bingeing (a feature of bulimia) such as a stash of food wrappers. If you suspect an eating disorder, talk with your child and let him or her know you’re concerned. Unless the conversation allays your suspicions (keeping in mind that denial often goes hand in hand with the condition), you should speak to a therapist as well—preferably someone who specializes in eating disorders. (“Without specialized training,” notes Loeb, “an eating disorder can be easy to miss.”) If you decide to pursue family-based therapy, you’ll find more information, including a list of therapists, on the websites


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(usually in partnership with a trained therapist)—are showing one-year success rates of 50 percent. When you compare that with the 20 percent rate for other treatments, says Dr. Insell, “it’s an important differential.” It’s certainly important to patients and their families. Katharine L. Loeb, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck and director of research at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Eating and Weight Disorders Program, has studied the Maudsley method—the model for most family-based therapies— and says it “allows us to avoid having a child’s schooling and social life significantly disrupted. And while parents initially worry that their lack of objectivity will be a disadvantage, they soon realize that no one is more dedicated to their child’s outcome than they are.” What about siblings? An eating disorder disrupts family life in countless ways, and it may make brothers and sisters feel both marginalized (“All anyone cares about is her”) and burdened by the illness. Family-based therapy sessions let siblings voice their grievances, understand what’s going on, and—most important—learn that they’re not to blame or responsible for making things better. Another significant benefit: Family-based therapy costs considerably less than an inpatient program.

and If you can’t locate a specialist in your area, there are short courses, including one sponsored by the Eating Disorders Program at the University of California at San Diego, that train parents in the Maudsley method.

Why an EatIng DISorDEr? Most parents can’t help asking what caused the problem, and not long ago, an easy answer might have been “you.” Like autism and schizophrenia before them, anorexia and other eating disorders were once considered the result of a dysfunctional family environment. now, an increasing number of researchers believe that biology—in the form of hormones, perhaps—and genetics (eating disorders tend to run in families, along with other conditions like anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder) both contribute too. Culture plays a role as well: Kids today can’t escape the pervasive message that fat is bad and thin is good, and they’re dieting—and developing eating disorders—at increasingly younger ages. “We used to say it started at 13 in girls,” notes Dr. Insell, “but it’s happening earlier today and it’s happening in boys too. there was also a time when this was thought to be mostly a white, uppermiddle-class kids’ disease, but that’s not true anymore either.” he notes that eating disorders often strike the most successful adolescents—kids who were good students and high-performing athletes. Christine Maccia, for example, was a competitive swimmer who was terrified that she wouldn’t make her times if she put on weight. But Dr. Loeb is quick to point out that it’s not all about culture: “there’s more going on in the body that puts this small subset of young people at risk for this very terrible illness,” she says. In fact, one of the salient features of familybased therapy is that it doesn’t concentrate on the “why” of eating disorders but on the all-important “how”: how to empower families to come together and save the life of the child they cherish.

3 key eating disorders

Anorexia nervosa involves an obsession about food and weight and, generally, the desire to lose weight by any means possible, including starvation and/or excessive exercise. Bulimia nervosa is characterized by bingeing—eating large amounts of food—followed by purging—an attempt to quickly get rid of the extra calories through forced vomiting or extreme exercise. Binge eating disorder is similar to bulimia in that it involves bingeing—extreme overeating— but it doesn’t involve purging.


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laSik has evolved into one of the safest procedures in the world over the last twenty years. “over 40 million people have had laSik, and today, the procedure is virtually painless, safer than wearing contact lenses, and gives better vision than glasses and contacts,” says richard a. norden, m.d., FacS, a board-certified ophthalmologist, laSik and cornea specialist, and founder and director of norden laser eye since 1986. “almost everyone with a stable eye prescription can have laSik, even just to get rid of reading glasses,” says dr. norden. laSik is a nine minute procedure for both eyes. patients may resume normal activities and return to work the very next day. “we have a Zen-tranquility room in our office which is used prior to everyone’s procedure,” states dr. norden. “at our office, i see every patient from start to finish, from first consultation to each and every follow up visit.” dr. norden was the very first doctor to trademark and perform custom laSiktm. the custom laSik™ procedure is performed exactly like conventional laSik. the difference is in the pre-operation testing and planning, allowing for a more precise correction. over the last fifteen years, dr. norden has dedicated himself to helping patients feel confident and unafraid of the procedure.

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• always wear sandals in a locker room; the moisture on the floor invites the growth of warts • Spray bleach on your shower floor, leave for a few minutes, then rinse; the bleach kills virus germs.

warts are common, especially for people with a propensity toward sweaty feet. as the former podiatric medical consultant for dr. Scholl’s, we established that there are as many as eighty different strains of warts, and they like to live in dark, moist environments, such as on the bottom of an enclosed, sweaty foot. there are many ways to eliminate warts, a type of virus—some treatments are folklore, but others can be effective.

SignS And SymptomS oF WArtS if you have a raised, circular callus looking lesion or patch with black dots on the bottom of your foot, you may have a wart. the dots are blood capillaries that can nourish the wart. prevention oF WArtS • change socks frequently and don’t wear other people’s sandals or shoes • wear socks that wick moisture away from your skin.

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there are many different types of laser machines, each having their own strengths. not every laser is the “ideal” machine for hair removal. laser hair removal is based on specific light wavelengths that act on hair follicles to destroy them. many states only allow licensed physicians to perform laser procedures because if used improperly, these wavelengths can be hazardous. dr. dipasquale is a certified cosmetic

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Power The newsletter Environmental Nutrition has named the kiwi one of the “15 super foods for super health”—and no wonder. At an average 92 calories per serving— which is approximately two medium-sized kiwis—this fruit holds double the daily recommended serving of vitamin C. That’s more per size than oranges!


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PrePAre kiwis are also a good source of potassium, fiber, vitamin k and actinidine, an enzyme that breaks down proteins and dairy products and promotes a healthy digestive system. Though many people peel or scoop out a kiwi before eating, the peel is actually where most of the vitamins are found. The skin is completely edible and just needs to be scrubbed or “shaved” lightly with a peeler to remove the fuzzy hairs of the exterior.

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third crust, one-third tomato and onethird mozzarella. When fed into the mouth of a wood-fired oven for just seconds, these humble yet high-quality ingredients take on the characteristic flavor coveted the world over. Stott suggests that people who are new to pizza made alla Napoli start with the purest of them all—the Margherita (a plain pie): “When you eat a Margherita pizza, you

will taste the milk in the cheese. The tomatoes actually taste like tomato, not some masked flavor. The salt content in the dough will let you taste the wheat.” When you’re in the mood for brick-oven pizza, remember that the older the oven, the more flavor it will generate. It’s like your grandmother’s cast-iron pan— you just can’t replicate that decades-old patina. —Maria LissandreLLo


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aLLeNDaLe bar & GrILL casual american sports bar with pub food, 67 W. allendale ave., 201.327.3197

rOberTO’S II gourmet Italian dining, 936 river rd., 201.224.2524

LOTuS Cafe cozy, authentic chinese restaurant, bYo, 450 Hackensack ave., 201.488.7070

fLIrT SuSHI LOuNGe Upscale sushi restaurant, 140 W. allendale ave., 866.We.FLIrT

Su reSTauraNT Vegetarian fare with asian influences, 725 river rd., 201.840.7988

WHITe MaNNa Lively burger joint, 358 river St., 201.342.0914

reSTauraNT L eclectic new american cuisine, 9 n. Franklin Tpk., 201.785.1112

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rOyaL WarSaW Polish cuisine, 871 river dr., 201.794.9277

DINO’S reSTauraNT contemporary Italian cuisine, 12 Tappan rd., 201.767.4245

TrOVaTO’S ITaLIaN reSTauraNT Italian cuisine, 206 route 46 east, 201.797.7552


SaVINI Italian cuisine, 168 W. crescent ave., 201.760.3700


KIKu Traditional Japanese and hibachi dining, 5-9 route 9 West, 201.767.6322


CHaPaLa GrILL Family-friendly mexican restaurant, 52 S. Washington ave., 201.387.2107 TOMMy fOX’S PubLIC HOuSe classic american pub fare, 32 S. Washington ave., 201.384.0900


STeVe’S SIZZLING STeaKS Traditional american steak house featuring seafood, 620 route 17 South, 201.438.9677

IVy INN american and continental fare ser ved in a romantic setting, 268 Terrace ave., 201.393.7699

GreGOry T’S Traditional pub fare in a laid-back environment, 214 Kinderkamack rd., 201.262.5003

MT. fuJI STeaKHOuSe elegant Japanese fare and hibachi grill, 193 route 17 South, 201.288.2800

rOSa’S reSTauraNT & PIZZerIa casual Italian cuisine and pizza, 207 Kinderkamack rd., 201.265.8111

aLeSSaNDrO’S TraTTOrIa e PIZZerIa casual Italian cuisine, 157 Terrace St., 201.385.8544



bLue MOON MeXICaN Cafe Traditional mexican dishes, 23 e. Palisade ave., 201.541.0600


aNDIaMO eclectic Italian fare, 23 Hardenburgh ave., 201.384.1551


THe KITCHeN american food with a 1930s ambience, 21 e. Palisade ave., 201.568.4570

beLLa CaMPaNIa casual, traditional Italian fare featuring homemade mozzarella cheese, 456 broadway, 201.666.7700

LeVaNT GrILLe authentic mediterranean cuisine, 34 e. Palisade ave., 201.503.1200

GOLDeN DyNaSTy Upscale, traditional chinese cuisine, 295 Kinderkamack rd., 201.358.8685

TOM yuM KOONG authentic Thai cuisine, 644 anderson ave., 201.941.2290

PINXO y TaPaS elegant Spanish tapas restaurant, 47 n. dean St., 201.569.9999


VILLa aMaLfI Fine Italian fare, 793 Palisade ave., 201.886.8626

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TINa LOuISe asian fare, bYo, 403 Hackensack St., 201.933.7133



PauLIe’S Italian/american family-style dining, 171 Schraalenburgh rd., 201.767.1242 Sear HOuSe Upscale steakhouse with seafood options, 171 Schraalenburgh rd., 201.767.1242


GrIffIN’S bar & eaTery american fare, 44 e. madison ave., 201.541.7575 SaMDaN middle eastern fine dining, 178 Piermont rd., 201.816.7343 uMeya Japanese cuisine, 156 Piermont rd., 201.816.0511


CubaN eDDIe’S classic cuban fare, 130 W. Shore ave., 201.338.2382 IL MuLINO northern Italian cuisine featuring seafood, 132 Veterans Plz., 201.384.7767

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ParK aND OrCHarD reSTauraNT International/ eclectic dishes, 240 Hackensack St., 201.939.9292 TaO’S WOK aND reSTauraNT asian fusion and seafood, 356 Paterson ave., 201.460.8988


aSSeMbLy STeaK HOuSe & SeafOOD GrILL classic american steak house, 495 Sylvan ave., 201.568.2616 GrISSINI TraTTOrIa elegant Italian cuisine, 484 Sylvan ave., 201.568.3535

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GOTHaM CITy DINer american favorites, 39-10 broadway, 201.398.9700 OCeaNOS mediterranean food with raw bar, 2-27 Saddle river rd., 201.796.0546


DON QuIJOTe Spanish cuisine, 344 bergen blvd., 201.943.3133

HO-HO-KuS INN & TaVerN new american farmto-table fare, 1 e. Franklin Tpk., 201.445.4115 JaNICe a bISTrO Home-style Italian-american cuisine, 23 Sheridan ave., 201.445.2666 KeVIN’S THyMe american favorites with a twist, 614 n. maple ave., 201.445.6400


MINaDO Japanese seafood buffet, 1 Valley rd., 201.931.2666 TraCey’S NINe MILe HOuSe continental cuisine, 4 bergen Tpk., 201.440.1100


NaPOLI PIZZa II classic Italian pizza parlor with a Sicilian focus, 12-76 river rd., 201.703.5577

ZeN ZeN barbeCue Korean barbecue, 356 bergen blvd., 201.840.1820

ya fOOD CHaN’S WOK authentic chinese cuisine with a health food menu, 2 mercer St., 973.777.0633

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arMaNDO’S Fine traditional Italian cuisine, 144 main St., 201.461.4220

fOSCHINI’S brICK OVeN KITCHeN casual, fresh brick-oven pizza, 298 ridge rd., 201.460.7600

DONG baNG Korean barbecue, 1616 Palisade ave., 201.242.4485

HarOLD’S NeW yOrK DeLI The former operator of new York’s carnegie deli ser ves up sandwiches and soups, 10 Polito ave., 201.935.2600

PrIMe & beyOND Upscale american steak house, 501 main St., 201.461.0033

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DuTCH HOuSe TaVerN Historical tavern featuring american cuisine, 24-07 Fair Lawn ave., 201.796.5343

WHISKey Cafe Traditional american fare featuring live music, 1050 Wall St. West, 201.939.4889


rOXaNNe’S Family-friendly Italian eatery with brickoven pizza, 150 Franklin Tpk., 201.529.0007

La VeCCHIa NaPOLI Traditional southern Italian cuisine, 2 Hilliard ave., 201.941.6799

CHef’S TabLe French eatery, 754 Franklin ave., 201.891.6644

THe MaGIC POT Fondue and crêpe dishes, 934 river rd., 201.969.8005

SuSHI COCOrO authentic Japanese cuisine with a sushi bar, 856 Franklin ave., 201.560.1333

SeafOOD GOurMeT cozy, traditional american seafood eatery, 103 W. Pleasant ave., 201.843.8558

rebeCCa’S caribbean cuisine, 236 old river rd., 201.943.8808

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rOCCa classic Italian and innovative seasonal fare, 203 rock rd., 201.670.4945

rOSarIO’S TraTTOrIa casual Italian bYo, 29 central ave., 201.445.3335

THe rIVer PaLM TerraCe classic american steak house and seafood restaurant, 1416 river rd., 201.224.2013


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GLeN rOCK INN Sports bar with Italian-influenced menu, 222 rock rd., 800.400.2362


arTurO’S classic Italian fare, 41 central ave., 201.444.2466

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aLDO & GIaNNI rISTOraNTe Traditional Italian fare, 108 chestnut ridge rd., 201.391.6866 THe POrTer HOuSe american steak house, 125 Kinderkamack rd., 201.307.6300


baZZareLLI rISTOraNTe Italian pizzeria that offers gluten-free pizza, 117 moonachie rd., 201.641.4010 DOLCe NOVITÀ authentic Italian fine dining, 107 moonachie rd., 201.440.3339

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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


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eLM STreeT GrILL classic american bar food, 20 elm St., 201.651.0005 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


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LaKeSIDe GrILLe contemporar y american fare, 105 Lakeside dr., 201.327.0009 TaWara Japanese sushi bar, 53 W. main St., 201.825.8712


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beLLa ITaLIaNO Traditional Italian cuisine, bYo, 170 main St., 201.440.2150 LuKa’S casual Italian bYo, 238 main St., 201.440.2996


baSTe Intimate restaurant featuring chicken dishes and geared toward deliver y and takeout, 26 Wilsey Sq., 201.857.5800 DIM SuM DyNaSTy authentic chinese cuisine, 75 Franklin ave., 201.652.0686 MeDITerraNeO middle eastern food with tapas plates, 23 n. broad St., 201.447.0022 THe STabLe rodizio-style restaurant, 20 e. ridgewood ave., 201.444.1199 VILLaGe GreeN reSTauraNT contemporary american cuisine, 36 Prospect St., 201.445.2914

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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


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See the unlikely romance of a gun-shy single mother and an outspoken actor in the Porch Light Productions performance of the goodbye giRL in Glen Rock, 2 p.m. (Sundays) and 8 p.m. (Fridays and Saturdays). The original musical, based on Neil Simon’s 1977 film, starred Bernadette Peters and Martin Short. Go to for tickets.

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night of retro music during the vaLentine’s doo-woP sPeCtaCuLaR at BergenPAC in Englewood, 8 p.m. Performers will include Fred Parris and the Satins (“In the Still of the Night” as The Five Satins), and Shirley AlstonReeves, of the Shirelles (“Will You Love Me Tomorrow?”), a Passaic-based group that was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

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Watch classic fair y tales, including “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Three Billy Goats Gruf f” and “The Three Little Pigs,” come to life in a delightful, family-friendly PuPPet show at the Saddle River Valley Cultural Center in Upper Saddle River, 3 p.m. The 45-minute show is geared for children ages 3 and older. Tickets: $12 . Go to to order.

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See Jarrod Spector, the star of Jersey Boys, in his solo concer t MinoR FaLL, MajoR LiFt at Ramapo College of New Jersey’s Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts in Mahwah, 8 p.m. Spector, who plays Four Seasons singer Frankie Valli, will per form a variety of songs dating from the ’50s until today. Tickets: $24–$30 (adult), $20 (children under 18). Go to

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Learn about a legendary New Jerseyan at the Mahwah Museum’s Les PauL exhibition ever y Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 1– 5 p.m. The musician and inventor, who lived in Mahwah for 50 years until his death in 2009, was most famous for creating the first electric guitar. See a multimedia display, which includes his guitar collection, a recreated studio and a per formance space where visitors can schedule a time to play one of his guitars. Visit


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young per former at the final round of Ridgewood’s got talent at Porch Light Productions in Glen Rock. Contestants, who are local students in grades K through 12, have already sur vived the auditions and the semi-finals—this event is their last chance to impress the judges with their singing, acting or dancing and win the title. Tickets: $15 . Visit ridge for details.

FEB 12 Take your Valentine to songs of Romantic BRoadway at the Mahwah Public Librar y, 2 p.m. Singers Richard Koons and Robin Lounsbur y and pianist Russell Wagoner will per form some of Broadway’s most tender selections. Free admission. For more information about this show, call 201.529.7323 or go to

FEB 13 Prepare an indulgent dinner with your sweethear t during

of f the cour t. Watch the exhibition team shoot hoops and per form stunts during their high-energy show at the Izod Center in East Ruther ford, 7 p.m. (Fri.) and 1 p.m. (Mon.). Tickets: $15–$200 . Call 201.935.3900 or visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

the Valentine date night cooking class at WannaBee Chef in Cresskill, 6:45 p.m.– 8:45 p.m. Par ticipants will be instructed on cooking dishes for two such as crab cakes, stuf fed risotto tomatoes and quick tiramisu. Admission: $150 per couple. To register, go to wanna or call 201.503.0335.

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Take a stroll among images from your favorite film classics at the new JeRsey floweR and gaRden show at the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison. Garden designers created displays inspired by memorable scenes from famous Holly wood movies. Tickets are $15 (adults), $10 (seniors) and $6 (children under 17). For more information, visit or call 800.332.3976.

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