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MONMOUTH RAPID EVALUATION CENTER TARGETS ‘MINI STROKES’ MONMOUTH MEDICAL CENTER recently launched the region’s only expedited diagnostic program speciďŹ cally designed for patients who have had a transient ischemic attack (TIA), also known as a mini-stroke. The outpatient TIA Rapid Evaluation Center (TREC) at Monmouth Medical Center provides an immediate, comprehensive evaluation of patients within 24 hours of TIA and refers them directly to emergency physicians and other specialists. “TIA’s can be a major warning sign of impending stroke,â€? says board-certiďŹ ed neurologist and program director Neil R. Holland, M.D., who notes that patients who have had a recent TIA need to be evaluated as soon as possible for reversible risk factors that can lower their stroke risk. A TIA is a stroke-like episode that leaves no lasting effects but is considered to be a warning sign that a more signiďŹ cant stroke could occur. During an episode, patients experience a range of neurologic symptoms, all of which improve or disappear within 24 hours. Symptoms include: • Sudden onset of numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body • Sudden lack of coordination • Sudden onset of confusion, trouble speaking or understanding • Sudden onset of vision disturbance in one or both eyes • Sudden trouble walking or dizziness Immediate assessment and intervention of a TIA reduces the chances of having a future disabling stroke, according to Dr. Holland, who says TREC services encompass every diagnostic test necessary to determine the best stroke

prevention strategies. Patients undergo imaging studies, cardiac testing and blood tests, and meet with a stroke neurologist who designs a personalized treatment plan. The most appropriate stroke prevention treatments are identiďŹ ed for each patient in a single day so that preventative care can be scheduled with appropriate specialists and administered without delay. The TREC at Monmouth Medical Center is an open-access center, which means that any patient who has experienced a TIA or minor stroke within the last two weeks, and has been referred to the center by their family or emergency room physician, will be seen the next day without a set appointment.

“Traditionally, these patients are admitted to the hospital, where they can spend several days waiting to be seen by the neurologist and getting tests done,â€? Dr. Holland says. “Through this innovative new program, Monmouth is offering an alternative daily open access service, where patients can have all the necessary tests done and be evaluated by the certiďŹ ed stroke team all in one day without staying overnight in the hospital.’ Dr. Holland says Monmouth is one of the ďŹ rst major hospitals in the United States to offer this type of service, which in other countries has not only proved more convenient for patients, but has also been shown to improve outcomes and lower health care costs.

MONMOUTH APPOINTS DIRECTOR OF NEUROSCIENCE INSTITUTE MONMOUTH MEDICAL CENTER has named board-certiďŹ ed neurologist Neil R. Holland, M.D., medical director of its NEIL R. HOLLAND, M.D. Neuroscience Institute. Dr. Holland, of Little Silver, is Monmouth’s section chief of neurology and, as medical director of the Neuroscience Institute, he leads a multidisciplinary team of specialists in providing the latest advances in the diagnosis, treatment and therapies of disorders of the brain, spine and nervous system. The Institute’s comprehensive services provide advanced care for all diseases of the brain and spine, including brain tumors, stroke, back pain and epilepsy. A Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Dr. Holland also is board certiďŹ ed in a host of subspecialties, including electrodiagnostic medicine, clinical neurophysiology, neuromuscular medicine and vascular neurology. He earned a medical degree from the University College London School of Medicine and completed his neurology residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md., where he completed a clinical neurophysiology fellowship. At Monmouth, Dr. Holland serves as the director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic and Stroke Service. He is an associate professor of neurology for Monmouth’s teaching afďŹ liate, Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.

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t h e G a M M a K n i f e c e n t e r at Monmouth Medical Center recently celebrated its first year of treating patients. The addition of Gamma Knife technology to the hospital’s radiosurgery program helped place Monmouth Medical Center at the forefront of advanced benign and malignant brain tumor treatment, as well as treatment of functional brain disorders and vascular malformations. Although the name may invoke images of knives and scalpels, Gamma Knife treatment doesn’t require surgery, so there’s no cutting and only local anesthesia involved. Considered by many to be the gold standard of stereotactic radiosurgery treatment for deep-seated brain tumors, brain metastases and some functional and neurological disorders, Gamma Knife is an advanced radiosurgery system that delivers high-dose gamma radiation beams with pinpoint accuracy to targeted locations in the brain. because of the extreme precision and accuracy of Gamma Knife treatment, damage to normal tissue surrounding a tumor or other target is minimized. “our first year has been successful, and we’re continuing to look at new ways to grow the Gamma Knife Center and increase awareness for this advanced treatment within our community,” says Sang Sim, M.D., radiation oncologist and medical co-director of the center. For patients with inoperable or surgically complex brain tumors, or those seeking an alternative to conventional surgery or radiation therapy, Gamma Knife can be an important treatment option. Gamma Knife treatment is complete in a single outpatient procedure and involves no surgical incisions, no blood loss and virtually no pain. Patients are typically allowed to go home following the procedure to resume normal activities.

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Globally, more than half a million people have been treated with the Gamma Knife radiosurgery system. In addition to treating malignant and benign brain tumors and brain metastases, Gamma Knife provides effective treatment of functional brain disorders such as trigeminal neuralgia, a debilitating nerve disorder that causes excruciating, electroshock-like pain throughout the face. Gamma Knife also treats essential tremor, a neurological disorder typically characterized by uncontrollable shaking in different parts of the body including the hands, arms, head and tongue. other benign conditions treated by Gamma Knife include acoustic neuromas, slow-growing benign tumors that can adversely affect hearing and balance, and blood vessel malformations commonly known as arteriovenous malformations,

abnormal clusters of blood vessels that develop in the brain and cause neurological problems in some cases. “The addition of Gamma Knife technology to our portfolio of treatments for brain tumors and brain disorders offers patients in our area a highly advanced and individualized approach to treatment,” said Ty olson, M.D., neurosurgeon and medical co-director of the center. “our multidisciplinary team of clinical experts develops customized treatment plans tailored to each patient’s specific condition.” The Gamma Knife clinical team includes physicians and other experts with backgrounds in neurosurgery, radiation oncology and stereotactic radiosurgery. The Gamma Knife Center offers the only Gamma Knife technology in Monmouth and ocean counties.

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SLEEP DISORDER TREATMENT LOWERS HEART DISEASE RISK, MONMOUTH MEDICAL CENTER EXPERTS SAY

MONMOUTH MEDICAL CENTER PHYSICIANS EXPLAIN CONNECTION BETWEEN USE OF CPAP MACHINE AND LOWER HEART DISEASE RISK ACCORDING TO A RECENT ARTICLE published by WebMD, a study has found that continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, an effective treatment for sleep apnea, can also improve risk factors for heart attack, stroke and diabetes. The study’s results, which were published in a recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, reported that CPAP therapy is also associated with a lower risk of metabolic syndrome – a group of risk factors that occur together and increase the risk of heart disease. “For a long time, we’ve known that there’s a relationship between heart disease and sleep apnea and that

treating sleep apnea can decrease some of the risk factors associated with heart disease, including high blood pressure,� said Robert Kosinski, M.D., FACP, FCCP, DABSM, a pulmonologist and medical director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Monmouth Medical Center. Sleep apnea occurs when an individual repeatedly stops breathing during sleep. The most common form of this disorder occurs when a blockage in the airways prevents the ow of oxygen to the lungs. CPAP therapy regulates breathing by keeping the airways open with a constant supply of air pressure, eliminating snoring and subsequent sleep disturbance.

“The heart is like any other muscle in that it rests at night while you’re sleeping. If your sleep is disrupted, the cardiovascular system can’t rest properly, and over time, that leads to trouble,â€? said Dr. Kosinski. “Many people don’t recognize they are not sleeping or that they stop breathing and are not getting good oxygenation during the night,â€? said Jeffrey Osofsky, M.D., FACC, a board-certiďŹ ed cardiologist at Monmouth Medical Center who refers at least one patient a week for a sleep study. “There are so many cardiac conditions that are, at least in part, caused by sleep apnea, including atrial ďŹ brillation (rhythm disturbances) and cardiomyopathy (weakening of the heart muscle). I’m a huge believer in sleep studies as part of a diagnostic plan,â€? said Dr. Osofsky, who added that most of the patients he refers for sleep studies are diagnosed with sleep apnea and receive CPAP treatment. “CPAP normalizes high blood pressure, heart rate and other irregularities that occur cardiovascular-wise during apneic events,â€? said Dr. Kosinski. “We often see signiďŹ cant improvement in these patients, including a decrease in the number or dosage of medications needed for good control of their blood pressure.â€?

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MONMOUTH MEDICAL CENTER CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

NEW 2012 CHILDHOOD & ADOLESCENT IMMUNIZATION SCHEDULES RELEASED MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AT MONMOUTH MEDICAL CENTER EXPLAINS NEW RECOMMENDATIONS

Meg Fisher, M.D., pediatric infectious disease specialist and medical director of the Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center. Dr. Fisher suggests that pediatricians can help protect infants by reminding parents and family members to get vaccinated, as well as providing the vaccine in their ofďŹ ces. Another new recommendation suggests that pregnant women receive a vaccine to protect against pertussis in an attempt to “cocoonâ€? infants. “The only way to truly protect these infants is to immunize everyone around them, including cocooning, meaning immunizing their mothers during pregnancy,â€? said Dr. Fisher. “Not only will the mother be protected against pertussis if exposed, but the baby will be protected as long as the mother’s antibodies last— usually for six months. During that time, the child is immunized and begins making his

or her own antibodies.� In addition to the recommendations outlined for newborns, the 2012 schedule suggests vaccinating 11- and 12-year-old boys against the human papillomavirus (HPV). According to Dr. Fisher, antibody response to the vaccine is better at this age than at 16 or older. “It makes perfect sense to vaccinate boys—both to protect them, and to prevent them from infecting girls. We want to protect our teens before they get exposed to these viruses, and we can help protect all of our adolescents by immunizing both boys and girls,� said Dr. Fisher. “Prevention is key to keeping our children safe, and vaccines are the best way to protect our children and ourselves,� said Dr. Fisher. For more information on the changing immunization recommendations, check with your pediatrician to ensure your child is up-to-date.

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THE NEW 2012 CHILDHOOD and Adolescent Immunization Schedules have recently been released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Family Physicians. The schedule outlines immunizations for newborns up to age 6, children ages 7 to 18, and a “catch-up scheduleâ€? for children and adolescents who fall more than one month behind the scheduled timeline. The 2012 guidelines contain signiďŹ cant changes to the recommendations, especially in terms of a pediatrician’s role in vaccinating parents and other family members in order to protect infants under 6 months. “The inuenza vaccine, for example, is not effective in children under 6 months of age. The only way we can protect them is to be sure that everyone around them is immunized against inuenza,â€? said

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reports that 90 percent of children in grades 4 through 8 say they’ve been targets of bullying, and the growing popularity of social media and cellphones has allowed kid-on-kid cruelty to follow our children from the schoolyard into their homes. Philanthropist Ginamarie Raimondo of Freehold township is tackling the problem through her campaign bullying…We’re Kickin’ It (werekickingit.org), based in monmouth county. Raimondo offers a summer camp and an after-school program where children can build self-esteem and confidence through music, art, animal care, dance, fashion and athletics in a positive, encouraging environment. “In these programs, we instill traditional values of etiquette and respect,” Raimondo explains. “We want to help children develop into healthy, functioning members of society so that they can promote those values in others.” get involved: children can participate in “Positive Parties” every Friday night at the microsoft store in Freehold from 5:30 to 8 p.m. For a $10 donation, each child can play video games, create art and join in other activities while enjoying pizza and snacks—all in a healthy, supervised environment. call 732.409.1132 to R.S.V.P. and to learn more about the after-school program.

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What we do is directly related to the housing market. Business has slowed down somewhat, but we always get return clients who maybe arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t doing as large a project as they once were. Sometimes the small projects are very rewarding because you can take one room and totally transform it, and the pleasure it brings a client is immense. I work with one woman, for example, who does only one room a year,

and when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very gratifying to see the end result. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT THE INTERIOR DESIGN BUSINESS? Aside from the beautiful fabrics and textures, I love getting to know the clients. The start of a project is exciting, particularly when you click with a client. Usually a good interior design relationship lasts a long time. I did seven residences for one clientâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in Mantoloking, Saddle River, two homes in Ho-Ho-Kus, two in Naples, Fla., and one in Maineâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;over 20 years. Now we do work for the clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son. HOW HAS THE INDUSTRY CHANGED OVER THE LAST

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen two major influencesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the Internet, which has made consumers more savvy when it comes to pricing and the latest style trends, and the cable network design shows. Some of these shows are unrealistic, leading viewers to think they can be a designer and do a whole room on a shoestring budget. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel the quality of the design youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeing is really good. Sometimes the finished product looks like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to fall apart. The design shows make it look easy. But without experience, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the resources and knowledge. Our designers have degrees, experience and a wonderful reputation. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;DORA JOHNSON

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this is furniture that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The super-chic oversized Pebble Side Table from West Elm, $149, has a flat surface to hold food and drink. westelm. com. 4 The Dedon NestRest, $12,180, is part swing, part hideaway. Curl up with a good book and enjoy the summer breezes. Available in chalk (white) and natural. Dedon Flagship Store, New York, 212.334.3345. 5 A refined juxtaposition of cool white weave and natural teak armrests, the stackable Vermont Dining Chair from Garpa, $720, says easy

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$1,700, is the ideal place to rest bare toes this summer. Oasiq, New York, 212.355.0625. 9 Beautifully simple, this Lloyd Flanders Elements Cocktail Table, $857.50, recalls a straw hat on a sunny day. Add a tray and some fresh flowers, and voilà! Ski Barn, Eatontown, 732.578.9460.10 A cozier version of the traditional porch swing with high sides and an ample cushion, the Kettal Bitta Swing is perfect for a nap in the shade or relaxing with a friend. Price upon request. Karkula, New York, 212.645.2216. —NICOLE PIETRANDREA HOUGH

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Indulging in sweetand-savory snacks on the boards is a Jersey girl rite of passage.

ear New Jersey, oh my sweet petite peninsula! We love you for your high and low tide, your curvy coastline, your fields of sweet corn and ripe tomatoes. We adore your miles of malls, your Red Oaks and purple violets, your grit, your glamour. Love you for letting us in on the art of crabbing and the how-tos for eating a bucket of steamers ... for the sand between our toes from Memorial Day â&#x20AC;&#x2122;til Labor Day ... for the joy of winning the biggest prize on the pier.

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Adore you, New Jersey, for introducing us to the Boss, big hair and beauty parlors, for the global get-together of our neighbors and neighborhoods and for apple cider donuts, drive-ins and diners. Thank you for making us feel like we were born under a lucky star, for a parkway ride with the windows rolled down, for being brave enough to choose Manhattan as our backyard, knowing we would always find our way back home. Most of all, thank you for your larger-than-life attitude, for being the real deal and for your count-on-me authenticity.

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Family photos are hung against grasscloth above the wet bar in a corner of the living room. The white furniture and woven vinyl rug provide a neutral base for brightly colored pillow and curtain fabrics. Benjamin Moore’s Fresno enlivens the mudroom.

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s the owner of two high-end women’s clothing stores, Maureen Doron is surrounded by color. Her stores, called Skirt, carry lines like Milly, Trina Turk, Diane von Furstenberg and Tory Burch—classics with a modern twist that deliver vibrant hues and interesting patterns. When one of Doron’s best customers “who always purchased my own personal favorites” mentioned one day that she was an interior designer, Doron knew they were drawn to the same colors and styles. That customer was Philadelphia-based designer Mona Ross Berman. “I had never used an interior designer before,” says Doron, “but I knew that we had the same taste and that I liked her.” Berman eased Doron into decorating, helping her with her home in Bryn Mawr, Pa., and some remodeling of one of her stores. When Doron and her husband decided to build a beach house on the Jersey Shore in Strathmere, Doron commissioned Berman to decorate it “soup to nuts,” Doron explains. “Mona says it was fun because I let her run with it.” And run she did, with a high-energy palette of orange, yellow and turquoise against a white background, a design based on a 1960s table

The custom-made dining table is fashioned after a vintage one that Berman spotted in Miami, providing the color inspiration for the entire house.

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this page: “A beach house is fun to do because people

tend to take themselves less seriously,” says Berman. The zigzag, Missoni-esque pattern on the floor of the master bedroom was painted with Salmon Berry and White Dove, both by Benjamin Moore. opposite, clockwise from top left: The vintage dresser in the foyer is mid-20th-century Danish modern; the master bedroom headboard is upholstered in Henry in Rose by Raoul Textiles; geometric wallpaper (Recessed from Studio Printworks) adds zing to the powder room; the homeowner’s love of fashion inspired the Yves Saint Laurent posters in the master bedroom.

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clockwise from left: The guest room beckons in sunny yellow; dashes of pink were added to the yellow, orange and turquoise color scheme; Fermob’s Costa extension table adds a pop of turquoise to the deck.

that Berman found on a trip to Miami. “When she showed me a picture of the table, she had me hook, line and sinker,” says Doron. Berman’s plan was to give the home a “1960sCalifornia-surfer-chic vibe,” she explains. “I wanted to do something fresh and different and show that there was more than one way to do a beach house. Even though this home is at the Jersey Shore, it feels like it could be in Malibu or somewhere else.” And thankfully, Berman’s client was the sort who is willing to take risks. “I love color,” says Doron. “I own a women’s clothing store. I’m not afraid of it. But Mona was smart in that if you really look at the house, the base pieces are all white or neutral. We layered on the color with fabrics and accessories so in case I get sick of it, I’m not locked into it for 30 years.” But for now, Berman’s dynamic design is perfect for this active young family. “I have three kids who get up at the crack of dawn, and I’m always tired,” says Doron. “But when I walk up the stairs to the kitchen and living room in the morning all bleary-eyed and I see the light streaming in and all the color, I instantly feel uplifted, and a smile breaks out on my face. It’s a fun house to be in.”

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thighs and buttocks—has long been a pipe dream for doctors and women alike. Over the years, everything from creams to massagers to injections has been touted as a possible cure, but none has offered lasting results. Now, for the first time, there’s an effective, long-lasting treatment. It’s called Cellulaze, and it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last January. “Cellulaze is the most exciting breakthrough in plastic surgery in the past five years,” says Anthony Lombardi, M.D., director of The Lombardi Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Center in Eatontown. “It’s very effective in reducing and eliminating problematic cellulite.” About 88 million women have cellulite—fat that’s located in pockets just beneath the skin. The condition primarily affects women because the anatomy of their skin is different from men’s. In women, the fibrous bands that hold fat cells are vertical, whereas in men, fat is stored in a diamond pattern, says Barry DiBernardo, M.D., director of New Jersey Plastic Surgery in Montclair and clinical associate professor of surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Cellulite forms when fibers that connect fat to the skin stretch, break down or pull tight, allowing the fat cells to bulge. That leads to a dimpled appearance. Treatments, including Cellulaze, promise to smooth out those bulges. Monmouth Health & Life asked experts to evaluate Cellulaze and other commonly used cellulite treatments:

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Cellulaze

How it works A small tube (the size of the tip of a pen) containing a laser fiber is inserted underneath the skin. Light energy is delivered just under the skin, increasing its thickness while releasing the bands that pull it down. The laser also reduces the pockets of fat that protrude through the fibrous bands under your skin. Studies show that the treatment increases your skin’s thickness by 25 percent and its elasticity by 29 percent. According to the manufacturer, the procedure is ideal for women who aren’t significantly overweight but have mild to moderate cellulite on their thighs. Pros The results last for up to three years, according to a study of 10 women published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. Also, only one treatment is necessary. “This is the culmination of years of work,” says Dr. DiBernardo. “There’s been no long-term, single treatment for cellulite until now. I’m getting calls from all over the country from people who’ve tried everything. Women who don’t feel comfortable wearing shorts finally have help.” Cons It’s expensive, plus it’s a new procedure, so it will take time to determine its potential side effects. Also, although it’s considered minimally invasive, you’ll receive local anesthesia, and some recovery time is involved. You’ll need to wear a compression garment for two to three weeks afterward to prevent fluid buildup. Plus, you’ll have to be patient because it can take two to three months before you see the results. Cost Ranges from $5,000 to $7,000*, depending on the size of the area to be treated

“women who don’t feel Comfortable we aring ShortS finally have help.” —barry dibernardo, m.d.

SmoothShapeS

How it works A laser causes the pores in fat cells to open and release fat. As a result, the cells shrink. A mechanical roller and vacuum suction help the unwanted fat “drain.” Researchers will soon begin a study in which they combine Cellulaze and SmoothShapes to see if the results are better than Cellulaze alone—and if healing might occur more quickly. “SmoothShapes and Cellulaze complement each other very well,” says Dr. Lombardi. “The combination allows us to target cellulite above and below the skin. We’re still working on the ideal protocol for the combination, but currently we recommend two SmoothShapes sessions prior to Cellulaze treatment and six sessions after Cellulaze.” Pros You won’t need as many treatments as the other noninvasive cellulite procedures. Plus, this procedure lasts longer than others. The manufacturer claims the procedure feels like a deep-tissue massage. Although you may notice that the treated area is red for a few hours after the procedure, there’s no recovery time. “SmoothShapes is the most advanced noninvasive cellulite treatment available,” says Dr. Lombardi. Cons The results are temporary, and the procedure is costly. Also, you’ll need to be patient, since your skin will continue to improve for up to six months after your last treatment. Cost $350 per treatment (you’ll need eight treatments, twice a week for four weeks)

endermologie

How it works This relatively low-tech treatment uses mechanical rollers and vacuum suction to massage away cellulite. The procedure stretches out the fibrous tissue underneath the skin and squeezes fluid from fat cells to achieve a smooth look. Pros It’s relatively inexpensive, and it’s painless. Cons It’s temporary. You’ll need 10 to 20 treatments (once a week), then monthly maintenance. Cost $150 per treatment

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A wArning About cellulite injections some aesthetic medicine specialists claim that injections of drugs, vitamins, minerals or herbal extracts can chemically dissolve fat, improving cellulite. but the procedures—known as mesotherapy and lipodissolve—don’t work well because they can cause an uneven reduction of fat, says H. william song, M.D., owner of omni Aesthetics in oakland. worse, “you don’t know what you’re getting,” says Dr. song. “they’re not FDA-approved procedures.” in fact, in 2010 the FDA issued warning letters to six u.s. medical spas and a company in brazil for making false or misleading statements on their websites about lipodissolve products. Plus, the FDA has received reports of permanent scarring, skin deformities and deep, painful knots under the skin in the areas where the lipodissolve products were injected.

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VelaShape II

How it works it uses the roller and suction technology from endermologie and adds radiofrequency (rF) to heat fat cells and shrink them. A recent study found that after five sessions, there was an up to 60 percent overall improvement in skin texture. Pros it’s noninvasive, so there’s less discomfort. Although your skin may appear flushed and warm for several hours after the treatment, you can resume your normal activities immediately. “Patients enjoy the procedure because it feels like a massage, and they can relax,” says Abir Marcus, M.D., director of the biro Venus Medical spa in little silver. “Afterward, they can be in the sun without any problem.” Cons the results don’t last long. Also, although the procedure is FDA-approved and considered safe, some doctors are concerned about patients’ exposure to rF. Cost $250 per treatment (about four to eight treatments are needed, depending on the severity of your cellulite, and you may need maintenance treatments—usually once every three months, says Dr. Marcus)

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before you undergo cellulaze treatment for cellulite, ask your physician: Are you a board-certified surgeon? Have you performed related procedures like liposuction? (cellulaze is more difficult to perform than liposuction, say doctors.) How many cellulaze procedures have you done? Are your patients happy with the results? May i speak with them and see their beforeand-after photos? next year, when the machine has been out longer, ask: How many of your patients have been re-treated?

How to steer cleAr oF cellulite your genes, pregnancy and aging can weaken collagen fibers, causing cellulite to develop. Also to blame are eating poorly, yo-yo dieting and dehydration. take these simple steps, recommends the national institutes of Health, to avoid this unsightly condition: Follow a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and fiber Drink plenty of fluids exercise regularly Maintain a healthy weight Don’t smoke

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RUN FoR yoUR health Three docTor– runners give The hows and whys RuNNINg IS AN ExCELLENT WAY to stay in shape, be social and challenge yourself, and these New Jersey physicians offer advice on getting started.

THE ORTHOPEDIC SuRgEON Glenn Gabisan, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at Professional Orthopaedic Associates in Tinton Falls and Freehold, competes in the Long Branch Half Marathon each year with his wife and is vying for a spot in the 2013 New York City Marathon (a 26.2-mile race). What advice do you have for buying neW running sneakers? go to a reputable running store where the staff can analyze your feet and your style of pronation (the position of your foot when it lands). Take in your old sneakers so that the salesperson can look at the wear on the tread. Also, let the salesperson know if you get blisters or foot and ankle pain when you run. Why do some people choose “minimalist”

When running in a standard sneaker, you hit the ground with your heel first. Minimalist sneakers force you to have a mid-foot strike, which theoretically builds the muscles in your feet. I don’t think there’s much of an advantage, though. There’s a higher risk of injuries because the shoes are only designed to protect you from the surface—they don’t offer any support. sneakers?

of hyperthermia, which is potentially fatal. When you’re in the danger zone, you might stop sweating, get goose bumps, have a headache and feel dizzy or experience more extreme symptoms such as disorientation or collapse. You can help prevent this by training in the heat—your body will become acclimated to the heat in about two weeks—and by staying hydrated.

hoW is cross-training beneficial for long-

THE SPORTS MEDICINE SPECIALIST THE CARDIOLOgIST Joel Jacowitz, M.D., has run five marathons, with a personal record of 2:35 in the Chicago Marathon, and is a cardiologist at CardiacEdge in Emerson.

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is it better to run on a treadmill or outdoors? Fitness-wise, it’s a personal preference. If you’re doing road races, however, you must train outside so that your muscles can get used to pounding the pavement. What precautions should runners take in hot Weather?

In extreme heat, you run the risk

Guillem Gonzalez-Lomas, M.D., is an assistant professor of sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey–New Jersey Medical School in Newark and has run the New York City Marathon twice. When beginning a training routine, is it important for runners to take rest days?

Yes, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and shin splints are common injuries resulting from starting a running regimen without resting two or three days per

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week. The human body has an incredible ability to adapt to new demands placed on it, but not without some suffering. Muscles will often hurt during the first few days of a new routine, which is normal, but without adequate time to adapt to a new intense fitness regimen, bones can develop stress fractures, and ligaments can become inflamed. distance runners? Swimming, cycling or upper-body strengthening can provide the benefits of cardiovascular training while the running muscles and joints are recovering, so they are great to do on rest days. Runners with upper-body strength can use their arms to gain a more powerful “kick” (or closing speed) at the end of long-distance races. Also, soccer, basketball, skating, martial arts and any sport that requires lateral movement can increase core strength and hip stability, which helps protect the hamstrings and quads from injury. —liz donovan

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Can new Jersey claim the tomato? in truth, it originated in South America and is grown in greatest quantity in China, with California the top-producing u.S. state. But connoisseurs of the Jersey tomato think of this plump red fruit (considered a vegetable in culinary terms, and known to scientists as Solanum lycopersicum) as their own. This is, after all, the state where Rutgers university released its namesake hybrid tomato in 1934 and where the Campbell Soup Company used that flavorful food over succeeding decades to make oceans of soup. Today Campbell’s has switched to a less expensive (and, some say, less flavorful) west Coast variety, but there are still a number of farms growing celebrated varieties of Jersey’s best, and Rutgers has a program in place to bring hybrid species created here back to the market.

PoweRS Studies touting the health benefits of tomatoes are numerous, and their ranks are growing. The fruit is well known for its role in supporting heart health—lycopene, an antioxidant, can help prevent blockages and improve the regulation of fats in the bloodstream, decreasing cholesterol and triglycerides levels. Some research also indicates that lycopene may promote bone health and help prevent cancer. Tomatoes

are also rich in phytonutrients linked to heart health and are chock-full of vitamins C and e, beta-carotene and manganese.

Buy · SToRe · GRow you can buy authentic Jersey tomato hybrid seeds from Rutgers (log onto njfarmfresh.rutgers.edu). ideally, seeds should be started in early April, four to six weeks before the last frost. in a container full of seed-starting soil mix, dig out lines about one-fourth inch deep and sow seeds one-half inch apart. Lightly cover with soil, water gently and place in a warm spot. As soon as stems show, transplant to a bright, sunny location. keep moist. once true leaves sprout, transplant seedlings to their own container. Build up their tolerance to the sun a few hours at a time before leaving the plant in full sun all day. Seedlings can be planted outdoors when they have strong roots and the average temperature is 55 degrees. Set up your tomato wire to help branches support the weight of the fruit. whether harvesting from your backyard, a farmers’ market or the grocer, pick tomatoes that are fully ripe for best flavor and avoid storing in the refrigerator—they’re optimal at room temperature and eaten within two or three days. —keLLey GRAnGeR

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JeRSey TomATo GAzPACho From chef Bruce Lefebvre, The Frog and the Peach, new Brunswick inGReDienTS 5 lbs. ripe Jersey Fresh tomatoes, about 12–15, cored 1 large Jersey Fresh cucumber, peeled 1 med. Jersey Fresh green pepper, ribs and seeds removed ½ Jersey Fresh red pepper, ribs and seeds removed 1½ celery ribs ½ jalapeño pepper 4 Jersey Fresh garlic cloves, peeled ½ red onion ½ bunch Jersey Fresh basil ½ bunch Jersey Fresh parsley 1 can tomato juice 1 ciabatta roll or peasant-type bread, cut into large cubes Red wine vinegar, to taste extra virgin olive oil, to taste Salt and pepper, to taste Tabasco, to taste PRePARATion Coarsely chop the vegetables and herbs and put into a large pot. Add the tomato juice and bread. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator. Allow the mixture to marinate at least 2–3 hours—overnight is even better. Puree the mixture in a blender in batches until smooth. Season to your own taste with the red wine vinegar, salt, pepper and Tabasco.

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Miniature potted plants and succulents line the dinner table.

Dan Ruhland (left) and Laurence Craig enjoy the perfect ending to the meal: Chocolate Brownie Custard with homemade vegan mint ice cream.

the inspiration and recipes you need to create your own garden party. Ruhland, an interior designer by trade (and a farmer by day, loving every minute of it), has transformed their 19th-century farmhouse, which was recently featured in House Beautiful, into a sophisticated, eclectic mix of old and new. The newest additions to the home (shown here for the first time in Monmouth Health & Life) are the pergola and the brick patio entertaining area where the party was set. Take their cues to create a memorable evening before winter is upon us. Go to monmouthhealthandlife.com/laurencecraig for more recipes.

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Watermelon, Feta & Mint Salad

Ahi Tuna Pizza

Quinoa Salad and Niçoise Red Potatoes

Tuscan chicken Roulade serves 12 ingredients 4–8 oz. skinless chicken cutlets 1 pint each red and yellow cherry tomatoes, halved 1 can artichoke hearts, diced 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 tbs. capers ¼ cup white balsamic vinegar ¼ cup Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped ½ cup prepared basil pesto Basil leaves for garnish salt and pepper

preparation

Tuscan Chicken Roulade

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. liberally season chicken with salt and pepper. lay out a 12˝ x 12˝ piece of plastic wrap, roll chicken breast into a log shape and place in center of wrap. Wrap chicken in plastic wrap and roll the ends tightly, creating an even log. Roll log in a 12˝ x 12˝ piece of aluminum foil. Twist ends tightly. Repeat for all 4 logs. Roast the chicken for about 18 minutes. let cool completely in wrap. Mix the tomatoes, artichokes, oil, capers, olives and vinegar in a bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper. set aside. When chicken has completely cooled, unwrap and brush with prepared pesto. slice into thin medallions. shingle chicken around a platter. Place tomato salad in the center of the platter and garnish with basil leaves.

WaTeRMelon, feTa & MinT salad serves 12 ingredients Chocolate Brownie Custard with homemade vegan mint ice cream

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¼ small red seedless watermelon, peeled ¼ small yellow seedless watermelon, peeled ½ pound feta cheese, crumbled

½ cup pine nuts, toasted ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, destemmed and finely sliced into threads 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil salt and pepper

preparation

slice watermelon and arrange on a platter, alternating colors. sprinkle watermelon with feta, pine nuts and mint. drizzle olive oil over the platter. lightly season with salt and pepper.

chocolaTe bRoWnie cusTaRd Makes 12 ingredients nonstick pan spray ½ cup caramel sauce 3 baked brownies (each approximately 2 x 3 inches) 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 16 oz. heavy cream 6 whole eggs 1 cup granulated sugar 1 tbs. vanilla Confectioner’s sugar for garnish

preparation

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. liberally coat 12 three-inch ramekins with nonstick pan spray. Place about 1 tablespoon of caramel sauce in the bottom of each dish. cube the brownies and divide among the 12 dishes. divide the chocolate chips and place on top of the brownie bits. in a bowl, beat the cream, eggs, sugar and vanilla until thoroughly blended. Place the ramekins in a deep baking dish. fill each ramekin with egg mixture. carefully fill the pan with warm water to halfway up the ramekins. bake for about 25 minutes until custard is set. allow to cool and sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar before serving.

To see MoRe of The ReciPes fRoM This dinneR, visiT monmouthhealthandlife.Com/laurenCeCraig.

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where toeat f i n e

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ABERDEEN

FAIR HAVEN

le FAnDY Intimate French dining, BYO, 609 River Rd., 732.530.3338

neelAM eXotIC InDIAn CUISIne Authentic Indian fare, 1178 Route 35 South, 732.671.8900

MAHZU Authentic Japanese dining in a casual yet upscale environment, Aberdeen Plz., 1077 Route 34, 732.583.8985

rAVen & tHe PeACH International fare featuring seafood and a select steak house menu, 740 River Rd., 732.747.4666

rIGoletto trAttorIA Italian cuisine with seasonal menus, 418 Route 35, 732.842.2277

ASBURY PARK

FREEHOLD

MolInArI’S reStAUrAnt Italian eater y and pizzeria, 312 W. Sylvania Ave., 732.775.7733

tWISteD tree CAFÉ Vegetarian-friendly food featuring organic desserts, 531 Cookman Ave., 732.775.2633

oYAKo tSo Hibachi dining with a sushi bar, 6 W. Main St., 732.866.1988

ATL ANTIC HIGHL ANDS

AlIGADo Japanese and Thai cuisine, 2780 Route 35, 732.888.7568

KICKYS Eclectic dining featuring pan-Asian and Japanese cuisines, 1140 Route 34, 732.970.6488

BIStro ole Spanish cuisine, 230 Main St., 732.897.0048

HArBorSIDe GrIll American cuisine with Italian influences, 40 First Ave., 732.291.0066 KUnYA SIAM Authentic Thai cuisine, 99 1st Ave, 732.291.2397

CAFÉ ColorÉ Unique Italian cuisine, BYO, 3333 Route 9 North, 732.462.2233

toMMY’S CoAl FIreD PIZZA Casual eater y featuring pizzas, salads and Italian dishes. Glutenfree pies available. 2105 Highway 35, 732.695.6010

HOLMDEL

VIllA SoMMA Brick oven pizza and delicatessen, 37 W. Main St., 732.946.4115

KEYPORT

CleMentIne’S Cajun-creole cuisine in a casual dining setting, 306 Main St., 732.988.7979

DreW’S BAYSHore BIStro Cajun-influenced American fare, BYO, 28 E. Front St., 732.739.9219

BAY HEAD

UP tHe CreeK tAVern Seafood and water front dining, 350 W. Front St., 732.739.0214

BELFORD

BelForD BIStro New American cuisine, BYO, 870 Main St., 732.495.8151 nAPleS PIZZerIA Classic Italian pizza parlor, BYO, 872 Main St., 732.787.9479

BELMAR

CASA SolAr Pan-Latin eater y, BYO, 1104 Main St., 732.556.1144 KAYA’S KItCHen Organic and vegetarian fare, 817 Belmar Plz., 732.280.1141

BRADLEY BEACH

BAMBoo leAF Thai and Vietnamese dining, 722 Main St., 732.774.1661 VIC’S Authentic Italian cuisine and thin-crust pizza, 60 Main St., 732.774.8225

BRIELLE

DUe AMICI Northern Italian fare, 420 Higgins Ave., 732.528.0666 SHIPWreCK GrIll Homey seafood and steak restaurant, 720 Ashley Ave., 732.292.9380

COLTS NECK

ColtS neCK Inn SteAK & CHoP HoUSe Elegant steak house with an outdoor patio, 6 Route 537 West, 732.462.0383. HUDDY’S Inn American fare with Italian influences, 420 Route 34 South, 732.431.0194

OAKHURST

tHe SHore CAFÉ Italian bistro with homemade desserts, 1104 Route 36, 732.888.0288

AVON - BY- THE-S E A

tHereSA’S SoUtH Eclectic Italian fare, 530 Main St., 732.892.1555

Pete & elDA’S Casual Italian fare featuring pizza, 96 Woodland Ave., 732.774.6010 tAKArA JAPAneSe SteAK HoUSe Japanese fare featuring sushi and hibachi, 1610 Route 35 South, 732.663.1899

tUrnInG PoInt Quaint brunch eater y, 2132 Route 35 South, 732.615.9000

GrenVIlle Hotel & reStAUrAnt American/ Mediterranean seafood dishes, 345 Main Ave., 732.892.3100

NEPTUNE

HA ZLE T

on tHe DeCK American fare with a focus on seafood, 2 Simon Lake Dr., 732.872.1423 tHe ColUMnS American seafood with Italian influences, 601 Ocean Ave., 732.988.3213

MIDDLE TOWN

LITTLE SILVER

PAlUMBo’S Casual Italian dining and pizzeria, 24 Ayers Ln., 732.842.5505

OCEAN

ICHIBAn HIBACHI SteAKHoUSe Fine Japanese dining, 2132 Route 35 South, 732.493.1115 IllIAno’S Family-friendly, casual Italian dining, 933 W. Park Ave., 732.493.2003

RED BANK

DUBlIn HoUSe reStAUrAnt & PUB Irish pub food and brews, 30 Monmouth St., 732.747.6699 GAetAno’S Regional Italian cuisine, featuring homemade pasta and a family-style menu, 10 Wallace St., 732.741.1321

RUMSON

rAY’S SeAFooD reStAUrAnt Fresh seafood selection, 125 Markham Pl., 732.758.8166

DAVID BUrKe FroMAGerIe Fine, inventive American and Continental cuisine, 26 Ridge Rd., 732.842.8088

LONG BRANCH

UnDICI Authentic regional Italian fare with New American twists, 11 West River Rd., 732.842.3880

rooneY’S oCeAnFront reStAUrAnt Fine seafood eater y, 100 Ocean Ave. North, 732.870.1200

SEA BRIGHT

CHArleY’S oCeAn GrIll Steak and seafood dishes, 29 Avenel Blvd., 732.222.4499

tUZZIo’S Italian steak and seafood dishes, 224 Westwood Ave., 732.222.9614

MANAL APAN

KonBU Casual sushi dining, 345 Route 9 South, 732.462.6886 SPArGo’S GrIlle New American cuisine with Caribbean flair, 130 Route 33 West, 732.294.9921

MANASQUAN

ASAHI JAPAneSe SteAK HoUSe Classic Japanese fare including hibachi grill and sushi, 99 Taylor Ave., 732.223.2669 SUrF tACo Casual Mexican fare with seaside twists, 121 Parker Ave., 732.223.7757

MARLBORO

BrIoSo rIStorAnte Authentic Italian cuisine, BYO, Willow Pointe Shopping Center, 184 Route 9 North, 732.617.1700 Koo Asian-fusion dishes with global inspiration, 71 S. Main St., 732.866.8838

MATAWAN

AnGelICA’S reStAUrAnt Italian cuisine with homemade desserts, 1070 Ocean Ave., 732.842.2800 KotoBUKI Family-friendly Japanese dining with sushi bar, 1132 Ocean Ave., 732.212.1313

SEA GIRT

FrAtello’S Classic Italian cuisine with an extensive wine list, 810 The Pla za, 732.974.8833 HArrIGAn’S PUB Traditional Irish pub fare, 703 Baltimore Blvd., 732.449.8228

SHREWSBURY

PoP’S GArAGe Sustainable Mexican cocina, 540 Broad St., Route 35, 732.530.7677 SAn reMo Italian dishes, 37 Newman Springs Rd., 732.345.8200

SPRING L AKE

BlACK trUMPet At tHe GrAnD VICtorIAn Hotel Contemporar y American fare with seaside dining, 1505 Ocean Ave., 732.449.4700 WHISPerS Classic American cuisine with Italian influences, BYO, 200 Monmouth Ave., 732.974.9755

EATONTOWN

FAr eASt tASte Thai, Malaysian, Chinese and Asian fusion, 19 Main St., 732.389.9866

BUttonWooD MAnor Elegant American and Continental dining, 845 Route 34 North, 732.566.6220

SHoGUn leGenDS Asian fusion, sushi and hibachi, 1969 Route 34 South, 732.449.6696

rUFFIno’S Casual Italian fare, 178 Route 35, 732.542.0110

CAFe 34 & BIStro American fare with Italian influences, 787 Route 34 North, 732.583.9700

SUMo Hibachi steak house with a sushi bar, 1933 Route 35, 732.282.1388

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF DINING OPTIONS, VISIT THE “WHERE TO EAT” SECTION OF MonMoUtHHeAltHAnDlIFe.CoM.

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financial balance

10 t i ps fo r bu y i ng w h at you r k i ds n eed w i t h ou t b r e a k i ng t h e ba n k moms and dads across america spent nearly $70 Billion—that’s billion—on their children’s school supplies last fall, according to estimates from the national retail foundation. the average tab for a k-12 kid: $600-plus. so what do you do af ter you’ve already sif ted through your kids’ clothes for keepers and hand-me-downs, organized a supply swap with your neighbors and scoured junk drawers for per fectly good pencils, rulers and the like? use this intel to score the stuf f your kids still need for a whole lot less!

Give kids a say. they want to wear a new outfit on their first day, and that’s ok. But limit them to two or three items. since it’s still warm out when school starts, steer them to the sales racks of summer clothes. if they need a bigger wardrobe boost, wait at least two weeks after school starts, says nelson, who’s a mom of two boys. “By then, they’ll know what they want to wear, and

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those clothes will already have been marked down.” another tip: consider carrying envelopes with all the moolah you budgeted for each child in cash. when the bills are depleted, shopping is done—a concept the kids will grasp easily.

find deals nearBy. want to know what deals are on tap at stores near you—without spending precious minutes scouring paper ads, making calls or even surfing the web? check out salescircular.com and saleslocator.com. the sites list all the sales in your area in one place.

score rock-Bottom prices. done scrounging around the house for school supplies like folders, binders and paper? try classroom direct.com—an online clearinghouse that boasts some of the cheapest prices around, says nelson. Best of all? free shipping on any order!

visit the mall weBsites. you might find coupons you can print out or special promotions that will help you save 30 to 40 percent off your bottom line, says nelson, who’s a mother of two boys. example: Go to monmouthmall online.com and click on “sales & promotions.” while you’re at it, visit websites of individual stores (like kohl’s, lord & taylor, etc.) and type “coupons” into the search box. also, don’t forget about outlet malls. sure, you know you can pick up that $5 coupon booklet at the information kiosk once you get there, but nelson says you can get that booklet free by signing up on the outlet’s website: “you can just go pick it up when you arrive.”

take advantaGe of the competition. “walmart and target are competing at backto-school time,” says nelson. that means they each have stationery items—notebooks,

pens, folders—that are loss leaders (items sold at a loss just to lure consumers into the store). nelson’s strategy? she scours their ads for the deeply discounted items, and because walmart and target will pricematch, she heads to one of the retailers to get the lowest prices on whatever she needs for the whole year—often at 80 to 90 percent off! that means you could possibly get everything at one store instead of doing a parking-lot crawl.

BaG freeBies at office-supply stores. here’s how it works: sign up for a loyalty program at stores like office depot or staples. for every purchase, you’ll earn reward points. then once a quarter you’ll get a gift card in the mail for what you’ve accumulated. “that’s how i stock my business with supplies,” says nelson. “i get free binders and free pens! and at backto-school time there are lots of deals.”

turn hand-me-downs into must-haves. capitalize on kids’ desire to be older. show them a photo of their big brother or sister wearing the same outfit they’re about to get. suddenly that plaid hoodie will seem really cool.

know when to invest. when kids are little, $5 backpacks are fine, says nelson. But as they hit high school, a new strategy is in order: “rather than buying cheap backpacks each year, invest in something better-quality,” she says. “my son has had the same l.l. Bean backpack for five years. Get it with free shipping and a coupon code—and it may have a lifetime guarantee!”

Get the lowest price on the Go. have a smartphone? check out redlaser, shopsavvy and pushpins, apps that enable you to scan or photograph items for instant price comparisons. —Maria LissandreLLo

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make social media work for you. whatever your retailers of choice—old navy, target, striderite—like ’em on facebook and follow ’em on twitter to get coupons and discounts. and sign up for their e-newsletters too, advises stephanie nelson, a.k.a. coupon mom (couponmom.com), whose blog boasts 6 million followers. don’t forget to follow the practice with shoe brands like new Balance, she adds: “you may get an e-mail coupon for $5 to $15 off a pair!”

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oysterfest in asbury park, september 7–9

AUG 10–12

The musical Fiddler on the rooF comes to the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park. Set in 1905 Tsarist Russia, this story follows a father of five daughters whose choices seem to threaten the traditions he’s accustomed to. Tickets: $12–$28 . Visit premiertheatre.com or call 732.774.7827 for showtimes or to buy tickets.

Courtesy of apoysterfest.Com

AUG 11

Learn how being green can help save our shores at the new Jersey Friends oF Clearwater Festival at Sunset Park in Asbury Park, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. This event is the largest eco-festival in New Jersey and features crafts, foods, live music, children’s games and green products. Free admission. For further information, visit mcclearwater.org.

AUG 18 Hey, ladies! Can you

run 3.1 miles in less than 17:08? That’s the female record to beat at this year’s Bradley BeaCh run on Ocean and Fifth avenues in Bradley Beach, 8:30 a.m. But this USA Track & Field–certified 5K course is fun for runners of both sexes and all levels. The race ends with a prize drawing, an awards ceremony and refreshments. Registration: $20–$25 . Register online at jsrc.org. Visit bradley beachonline.com for more details.

AUG 24 Folk singer/songwriter

Joan osBorne brings her soulful music to the Two River Theater in Red Bank, 7:30 p.m. Osborne gained popularity in the mid-’90s for her song “One of Us,” which appeared on the album Relish. She’s released six studio albums since;

her most recent, Bring It Home, debuted this past March. Tickets: $45–$95 . (The $95 ticket is VIP admission, which includes a post-show meet-andmingle reception.) Go to trtc.org for details.

SEPT 7–9

Come out for a day of live music and tasty seafood at oysterFest, held on the boardwalk in Asbury Park. The town’s largest free festival will feature food vendors, local crafts and art as well as activities and rides for children. Call 732.897.1111 or visit apoysterfest.com to learn more. Send event listings to: Monmouth Health & Life, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645; or e-mail us at thingstodo@wainscotmedia.com. Listings must be received two months in advance of the event and must include a phone number that will be published.

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Ge t tinG there revel 500 Boardwalk Atlantic City 855.348.0500 revelresor ts.com driving time: 1.5 hours

clockwise from left:

A cabana, Amada restaurant, the living room lobby area, the indoor/outdoor pool, a guest room

ReveleRs’ haven ThE JERsEY shoRE’s lATEsT luxE property puts its name to work in the tagline “Revel on a different level,” and you can’t help counting the “levels” it brings to mind. First, the physical. Dominating the northern end of the boardwalk, Revel makes use of the limitless Atlantic horizon like no other shore resort. Whether you’re in the two-acre outdoor skygarden, filled with indigenous south Jersey flora; or in the indoor/outdoor pool, an alluring oval bisected by a glass wall; or in one of the 1,900 ocean-view rooms, what you see is sea and sky. The honky-tonk of the boardwalk below seems far away. Revel is also at a different level technologically. Instead of brochures, maps, or room-service menus, there are computer tablets loaded with info and interactive screens throughout the resort’s main areas. Then there’s the customer service. The employees, stationed at frequent intervals in the resort’s 6.3 million square feet, are uniformly hospitable. And the level of room and revelry prices? It’s not low. But Revel management would like you to know that this is

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not just a casino with a hotel attached. It’s a full-out resort, a destination, a curated experience. sure, there’s a spacious casino area, but there’s also much more to see and do: ovation theater, inaugurated by Beyoncé at the Memorial Day grand opening. Bask by Exhale, a “well-being” spa with a salt grotto and heated mineral pool. surfing lessons. Yoga on the beach. Kinect for xbox tournaments. high-end shops. Two nightclubs. Multiple pools. The interior design has an over-the-top quality. The City Way lobby boasts towering walls covered with thousands of red textile roses. There’s a massive sculptural chrome tree at the Flirt bar and gigantic abstract sculptures above the casino area that evoke various species of sea life. Amid all this awesomeness, Revel wants you to feel comfy. Everywhere there are places to sit—couches, cushy armchairs. As there’s free Wi-Fi throughout, visitors can check e-mail or surf the web anywhere. And, in another first for A.C. casinos, there’s no smoking anywhere on the premises. of course, man does not live by amenities alone. There are 14 restaurant

“concepts” from award-winning chefs and restaurateurs who own their spaces, and are thus literally invested in the resort’s success. Revel has brought the works of Iron Chefs, Michelin chefs and James Beard Award winners from New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., in hopes that their cool city fan bases will follow. American Cut is a modern spin on a steak house by “Iron Chef” Marc Forgione; Azure, brainchild of chef Alain Allegretti, is all about seafood, specifically Mediterranean coastal cuisine. And don’t miss Amada, the Andalusian tapas restaurant by “Iron Chef” Jose Garces, modeled on his Philadelphia restaurant of the same name. Not only is it out-of-this-world delicious, it’s also an adventure in tastes as you share a variety of inventive small plates with your companions. Even if you’re think you’re not an A.C. person, Revel is worth the trip—and fall is a prime time to go. The glitches of the opening weeks have been largely ironed out. It’s time for the cool-seekers to come out and play—at whatever level they like. —Lee Lusardi Connor

courtesy of revel

AtlAntic city’s newest cAsino-resort is A splurGe, but it’s no GAmble

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