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July 2009 31 Cover feature /

4 Welcome letter

The best of Monmouth From tasty treats to hot shops, we reveal the winners of our 2009 readers’ choice awards!

6 Editor’s letter 13 Monmouth mix · Pier & wine · Magic chef · “What I’m listening to ...” · Belmar beach buggies · Rockin’ rollers

16 Flash

Captured moments around the county

18 Profile Baby gifts To help tomorrow’s infants, a mom carries on a family tradition of philanthropy.

42 Escapes /

Jersey joys

How many of these Garden State adventures will you experience this summer?

46 Monmouth gourmet Mambo Italiano! Enthusiastic service and a menu of Italian favorites await at Sam Vera in Marlboro.

48 Where to eat Your Monmouth County dining guide

50 Be there!

21 Health link · A better way to treat tumors · Generous gift · Quicker care! · Super-safe childbirth · A partnership turns 40 · Robotic surgery’s new realm

A listing of local events you won’t want to miss

52 What’s happening at Monmouth Medical Center

56 Faces of Monmouth Red carpet moment

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A notable honor MONMOUTH MEDICAL CENTER RECENTLY learned that it has earned a Thomson Reuters 2009 Healthcare Advantage Award. These Healthcare Advantage Awards are given each year to organizations—including hospitals, health systems, health plans, large employers and government agencies—that use data analytics to improve operational results and the quality of health care. Monmouth Medical Center—along with Saint Barnabas Health Care System affiliates Clara Maass Medical Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Saint Barnabas Medical Center—was honored for clinical performance in cardiology, obstetrics and surgery. The awards were presented in San Diego in May at the annual meeting of Thomson Reuters, which produces information, benchmarks and analysis that enable organizations to manage costs, improve performance and enhance the quality of health care. This is yet another achievement that attests to Monmouth’s commitment to excellence. In 2005, Monmouth Medical Center was selected for the Solucient 100 Top Hospitals Performance Improvement Leaders Award, as the Thompson Reutters’ recognition was then known. This award program is designed to identify hospital leaders— CEOs, executive teams and boards—who have instilled a true culture of performance improvement across their organization over five consecutive years, and Monmouth is so proud to be recognized by this organization for another five years. Hospitals honored by Thomson Reutters, as shown by objective statistical national comparisons, have improved hospitalwide performance consistently, year after year, at a substantially faster rate than peers across the U.S. Those selected, according to information prepared by the company, have brought increasing value to the community year after year. Monmouth continues to make great strides year after year, and I am so grateful to our board of trustees, medical executive committee and senior management team for the exceptional, dynamic leadership they provide. We are extremely proud to again receive this prestigious distinction, as it clearly illustrates our commitment to providing quality care and our success in cultivating a culture of excellence that we have worked so diligently to achieve.

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Outstanding primary care. Plus regional leadership in stroke care, diabetes, gastroenterology, cardiology, chronic lung disease, oncology, kidney disease, infectious diseases, palliative care, and more.

We do it better. And we can prove it.

Allan Tunkel, M.D., Ph.D., MACP Chairman, Department of Medicine Monmouth Medical Center

Internal Medicine at Monmouth Medical Center: ● More of the region’s primary care physicians trained

At Monmouth Medical Center, we know that it’s results that matter. That’s why we’re proud that we train more of the region’s primary care physicians than any other medical center. And we do it well. We continue to teach and train the doctors who will provide primary care to the people of New Jersey, and are consistently recognized for our outstanding teaching of medical students. It’s because of our outstanding primary care physicians that our Intensive Care Unit is a regional leader, offering the newest therapies, multidisciplinary care and a commitment to the highest quality. And it’s because of our primary care physicians that our pneumonia outcomes are superior. At Monmouth Medical Center, we know that it’s results that matter. And our doctors do, too. That’s why they provide outstanding primary care. Plus regional leadership in stroke care, diabetes, gastroenterology, cardiology, chronic lung disease, oncology, kidney disease, infectious diseases, palliative care, and more.

here than at any other area teaching hospital, and we continue to teach and train the doctors of tomorrow. Our internists consistently receive awards in recognition for outstanding teaching and mentoring of medical students from Drexel University College of Medicine. Our internists and specialists participate in nationally conducted multi-center clinical trials and creation of national patient-care guidelines; their work can be found in such publications as The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of General Internal Medicine, Clinical Infectious Diseases and primary care and specialty textbooks. Intensive Care Unit maintains lower infection rates than national averages when compared with the Centers for Disease Control’s national health care safety reports. Significantly lower mortality rates than state wide average for acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, stroke, gastrointestinal hemorrhage and pneumonia. First outpatient palliative care program in New Jersey.

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Editor’s LETTER

Your favorites—revealed! WE ASKED, YOU ANSWERED—AND BOY DID WE enjoy reading the responses. After publishing our readers’ poll entry form in our March issue, we sat back and watched the responses roll in. The tastiest tapas, the best BYOB, the most divine chocolate—in some cases the consensus was overwhelming; in others, the choices varied widely. But each entry provided a window into what you, our readers, consider the county’s best offerings. Ready to see who came out on top? In “The Best of Monmouth,” starting on page 31, we reveal all your picks, in some 60 different categories. We admit, however, that simply reading about the best sushi or top margaritas can hardly do them justice. To get the full effect, you have to experience them for yourself—and so we arranged for you to do so! On Thursday, June 25, we’re hosting a not-to-be-missed bash, The Best of Monmouth 2009. Replete with live music, entertainment, food and more, this party and expo will let you sample a host of delights from our winners. See details on the opposite page or check out www.thebestofmonmouth.com. Also in this issue, we reveal 10 Garden State thrills you may not yet have made time for—after all, you live here. See “Jersey Joys,” this issue’s Escapes piece on page 42 for details. And finally, we couldn’t resist reporting on a few more local treasures. In these pages you’ll find info on a hot new wine bar in Long Branch, renting beach buggies in Belmar, a creative café in Monmouth Beach and more. Enjoy this issue, and we hope to see you on June 25!

RITA GUARNA Editor in Chief

WINNER’S CIRCLE Congratulations to JOANNE DEMARCO OF HAZLET, who won two tickets to a Broadway show for entering her picks in our readers’ choice awards! Enjoy!

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Monmouth MIX YOUR GUIDE TO LOCAL TRENDS, TREASURES, PEOPLE & WELL-KEPT SECRETS

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Area wine lovers are rejoicing over the arrival of THE WINE LOFT (732222-7770, www.thewineloft.net), a first-class wine bar uncorked in Long Branch’s Pier Village. With an impressive 60 wines by the glass and an additional 200 wines by the bottle, there’s a lot to drink in. Get comfortable among the soft couches and browse the Wine Loft’s vino varieties from the world’s great growing regions. General Manager Vincent Trappozano reports that since the establishment opened in March, the buzz hasn’t just come from the contents of the glass. “We designed everything—the décor, the lighting, the music and the food—to enhance the winedrinking experience,” he says. A menu of small plates offers big flavors from wine-friendly favorites like antipasto, charcuterie, artisanal cheeses, steak, lamb and seafood. Wine by the glass runs from $6 to $40, bottles from $30 to $400. The Wine Loft also features a full bar for those who prefer other forms of refreshment. Don’t miss Half Price Tuesdays, where select bottles are 50 percent off the menu price, or Wine Down Wednesdays, a weekly tasting event with winery representatives from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Daily happy-hour specials include a half-bottle of select wines with a tasty cheese plate for $20.

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As a caterer in the film and television industry, Karyn Jarmer gained a reputation as “my kitchen witch” for her magical ability to make tasty things appear out of nowhere—“like a muffin for Madonna,” she recalls. In her fifth year running MY KITCHEN WITCH CAFÉ in Monmouth Beach (732-229-3033, www.mykitchen Karyn Jarmer witch.com), Jarmer now uses her powers only for good—as in good, home-style breakfasts, lunches and dinners. In a cozy storefront with a kitschy kitchen, witchy décor keeps company with healthy, savory fare for congenial locals. “I cook like Mom,” says Jarmer. “You’ll never find anything on your plate you can’t recognize.” Kathleen Tocci, a Monmouth Beach resident for more than 43 years, has been a regular customer since the café opened. “My favorites run from the oatmeal for breakfast to the skirt steak for dinner,” she says. Get there early for the Friday night dinners, a $35 five-course conjuring of seasonal surprises, or take enchantments from the Magical Market, where healthy, home-cooked meals are available to go until 7 p.m. Thirsty? Try “Nectar for the Soul” from the Potion Bar, featuring bewitching vegetable juices and fruit smoothies. MONMOUTH

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Monmouth MIX ‘What I’m listening to ...’ As CEO of Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre, Numa Saisselin orchestrates a diverse calendar of events. “I don’t actually own an iPod,” he reveals. “Music, whether live or recorded, should be shared! You can’t do that with little bud things in your ears.” Saisselin’s listening habits, however, are very iPod-like. “If I’m listening to CDs, I skip from song to song. If I’m listening to the radio, I skip stations until a song demands my attention—which is what a great song in any genre does. These are the songs I’ve been coming back to over and over recently.” 1. “ONLY IN A DREAM,” Bobby Bandiera, from Bandiera 2. “MY LUCKY DAY,” Bruce Springsteen, from Working

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3. “THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT,” Frank Sinatra, from

Greatest Love Songs 4. “THE ‘59 SOUND,” The Gaslight Anthem, from The ‘59 Sound 5. “SEQUESTERED IN MEMPHIS,” The Hold Steady, from

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“Driving an LSV is a one-of-a-kind experience,” says the company’s owner, Bart Yarnold. “All you need is a valid driver’s license and insurance card ... and the itch to have a little fun.” Yarnold’s beach cruisers come with maps

6. “SYMPHONY NO. 3,” Henryk Gorecki with the London Sinfonietta

and Dawn Upshaw, from Symphony No. 3, “Sorrowful Songs” 7. “HALLELUJAH,” Leonard Cohen, from Essential

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directing drivers to the 25-mph streets they can use to navigate the Shore from Asbury to Sea Girt. He also says that Belmar will be designating prime beachfront parking spots for LSV-only use. Rental

8. “SO WHAT,” Miles Davis, from Kind of Blue 9. “I CAN’T TURN YOU LOOSE,” Otis Redding, from

Very Best of Otis Redding 10. “YOU’RE STILL STANDING THERE,”

Steve Earle with Lucinda Williams,

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from Earle’s I Feel Alright

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AT THE DIBSIE ESTATE IN COLTS NECK, THE RED BANK–BASED Beauty Foundation for Women’s Cancer Care hosted its annual Beauty Ball fundraising event. The evening featured music, dancing, a $20,000 jewelry raffle, auctions, catering by David Burke and more. Proceeds will help the group in its mission to serve women fighting breast cancer. At the Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury, meanwhile, guests enjoyed dinner, dancing, an auction and a hat contest at Prevention First’s annual gala event, The Derby Ball, held on the eve of the Kentucky Derby. The Ocean Township–based charitable organization is dedicated to empowering children to overcome challenging situations such as violence, substance abuse and more.

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Her dad, Armenian immigrant Hirair Hovnanian, became a major philanthropist after achieving success as a home builder. Now retired, he leaves his real estate business in the hands of Sahakian’s brother and three sisters while he concentrates on the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation, named for him and his wife. Sahakian, a Monmouth County resident and mother of four, is one of the directors. “We’re proud of our heritage, and most of the foundation’s activities are directed toward Armenian causes,” she says. “But it’s also our responsibility—and honor—to help our own country, and I handle the American donations.” Members of the Hovnanian family get It wasn’t hard to find a local cause worth a tour of the Neonatal Intensive Care funding. “My family and I lived a large part of Unit at the Monmouth Medical Center our lives in Deal, so Monmouth Medical in Long Branch. Center was only one town away,” explains Sahakian, who has served on the medical cenSIRAN HOVNANIAN SAHAKIAN STILL RECALLS ter’s board since 2005. “It’s a leading teaching hospital and how proud she was as a 7-year-old the day her father the care there is top-notch.” donated a piano for the auditorium of her public school. Monmouth’s NICU is the oldest such unit in the “He was just starting out and didn’t have a lot of state, and was the first in a community teaching hospital in money, but the school needed the piano,” she says. “It was the nation. “The miracles accomplished by the NICU docmy first taste of giving back, and we’ve done it ever since.” tors astound me,” says Sahakian. “Some of those babies are Today that tradition inspires Sahakian as she spearborn as early as 24 weeks, weighing only 1 pound, and yet heads fundraising for an expansion of Monmouth Medical they’re able to survive. I just want to do my part to help this Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which cares department grow and thrive.” ■ for more than 500 premature infants each year.

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M.D., the medical director, who is a

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construction—one of his first jobs was

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SIX MONTHS AGO, WHEN L. JAMES WILSON learned that his lung cancer had recurred, he feared that he would need a big operation to remove the new tumor. Earlier tumors in his lung had been treated with radiation, and radiation usually cannot be done in the same area twice because of the damage it does to surrounding tissue. But fortunately, the 75-year-old Long Branch resident had another option: a noninvasive procedure called stereotactic body radiosurgery with Monmouth Medical Center’s new TomoTherapy delivery system. It’s a form of radiation therapy that focuses highpowered X-rays directly at the tumor, says Mitchell Weiss, M.D., chair of radiation oncology. “We call it radiosurgery because we use radiation as if it were surgery, to eradicate a tumor without harming surrounding tissue,” he explains. In traditional lung radiation treatment, beams are sent into a wide area around the tumor to be sure the cancerous cells are fully irradiated. But that means healthy tissue nearby also gets hit, causing possible side effects that include fatigue, skin redness and reflux symptoms in the short term, plus long-term scarring of heart or lung tissue. Because it is more precise than other radiation delivery systems, TomoTherapy better focuses the radiation on the malignancy so that surrounding tissue is spared. Accuracy is such that the radiation margins—the amount of tissue outside the tumor that is exposed to radiation—are cut from 1 or 2 centimeters to only a few millimeters in lung radiosurgery, Dr. Weiss says. (He adds that in treating brain tumors, where stereotactic radiosurgery was pioneered, those margins can be reduced to almost zero.) That accuracy also allows the radiation oncologist to increase the dosage significantly. For lung tumors, standard dosages of radiation, measured in units called centigrey, are 180 to 200 centigrey per treatment, Dr. Weiss says. Wilson received 1,200 centigrey per treatment, decreasing

the total time of treatment to only four sessions. Standard radiation therapy can require 20 to 30 sessions, depending on the type and location of the cancer. Stereotactic radiosurgery can be done in one to five sessions. The secret is in advanced technology that combines a CT (computerized tomography) scanner with a radiation treatment machine. As the doctor explains, tumors move slightly inside the body. With stereotactic radiosurgery, patients have a daily CT scan just before each treatment to locate the tumor precisely. The CT computer creates a 3-D map of the tumor site, which allows the radiation oncologist to determine the exact treatment area. Patients do have to remain as still as possible, and the lungs continue to expand and contract as the patient breathes. To reduce movement, Wilson was placed in a specially made body cast that allowed him to take only shallow breaths during each five- to 10-minute session. But “it wasn’t uncomfortable at all,” he recalls. Because of its precision, radiosurgery can be done repeatedly. So if Wilson develops other localized lung lesions, Dr. Weiss can remove them as well. “This tool offers him a much better chance of controlling his cancer than he’d have without it,” he says. ■ To obtain more information about stereotactic radiosurgery at Monmouth Medical Center, please call 1-888-724-7123.

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WHEN MONMOUTH BEACH RESIDENT BETH ARD met Lyanna McDuffie for the first time on May 14 at a reception at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, the two women hugged and cried. Then McDuffie gave Ard a clock as a present, because she’d already received a gift from Ard: the gift of life. Ard, 54, and McDuffie, 24, were just one of six pairs of living donors and recipients who made up a remarkable sixway kidney transplant chain. But the story has a twist: Though Ard and McDuffie were transplant “partners,” Ard’s kidney went not to McDuffie, but to a third woman, Lavuria Cure. Here’s how it happened: Three years ago, Ard’s then 16-year-old son, Daniel O’Halloran, was diagnosed with kidney disease. He needed a kidney, and Ard offered one of hers—but she had the wrong blood type. “I was devastated,” says Ard, a director at Jersey Central Power and Light. Her husband, Don Lynch, president of the utility, and Ard’s three other children and stepchildren couldn’t help either. “And I have 10 brothers and sisters. Out of them and their spouses, only one person was a match,” she recalls. Her brother John donated, and Daniel is now a healthy University of Delaware student. The experience taught Ard how hard it is for those needing a kidney to find a donor. About half of the 100,000 people on the national waiting list will die before they get a kidney. “I decided to donate to someone else, to thank my brother for what he did for Daniel,” she says. A year ago, she read about McDuffie in the Newark Star-Ledger. Ard e-mailed her and offered her help, but again was the wrong blood type. McDuffie, however, knew of an alternative offered by Saint Barnabas Health Care System: the Living Donor Kidney Exchange Program. (Monmouth Medical Center is also part of


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Tissue Sharing Network. “I have good news—we have found you a potential recipient,” Alvarez wrote in a January 26 e-mail. Ard knew that the exchange could involve more than two pairs. But when she was told to prepare for a surgery date of March 13, she learned just how big it would be: Over two days, March 12 and 13, Ard and McDuffie Kidney donor Beth Ard, right, had a joyous recent became part of a remarkable sixmeeting with Lyanna McDuffie, left, with whom she’d way transplant event involving “paired,” and Lavuria Cure, who received her kidney. three hospitals—New York’s Weill–Cornell Medical Center, Newark Beth Israel and Saint the Saint Barnabas system.) Through this program, transBarnabas Medical Center in Livingston. plant candidates can go to the head of the transplant line if Today’s laparoscopic approach makes the procethey are paired with a person willing to donate a kidney, dure less invasive and speeds recovery, says Dr. Geffner. even if the donor is not a match for them. In other words, He made four very small incisions in Ard’s abdomen and when Ard agreed to partner with McDuffie, McDuffie had threaded a camera and surgical instruments through them a much better chance of receiving a kidney. to detach her kidney. He then opened one of those incisions Living donation, when possible, is the best option just wide enough to slip his hand in and extract the kidney, in transplantation, because the organs typically start funcwhich was implanted in the recipient within an hour. “With the old way, donors stayed in the hospital for four to five days and recovery took six weeks,” Dr. Geffner “For someone to say, ‘I don’t says. “This way they stay one night and recover in one to need two kidneys, can you two weeks. There is much less blood loss and pain.” “I did not have a single moment of pain,” Ard says. find me someone to donate “The only issue was that the anesthesia made me nauseous. to?’—that is remarkable.” I was tired for about two days, but after that I felt fine.” She learned that McDuffie was doing well too. And tioning immediately; those removed from deceased donors at the May reception, Ard met Cure, the woman who had may take longer to regain function, says Stuart Geffner, received her kidney. “She was sitting with her mom and M.D., the health system’s director of kidney and pancreas her son, who had given his kidney as part of the chain,” transplant surgery. But donor and recipient usually must Ard says. “We hugged, and she said she feels much better.” have the same blood type, and people who need a kidney Even the surgeons were touched by the ceremony. often don’t have a willing friend or relative who’s a match. “This is one of the very few things that get me really juiced Ard underwent months of physical and psychologup,” says Dr. Geffner. “We see truly altruistic donors maybe ical testing, never wavering from her plan. “I told my son three to six times in a year, out of 125 transplants we do,” you have to pay it forward,” she says. In October, she he says. “Relatives and best friends donate often, but for learned she had been approved. Then Tatiana Alvarez, someone to say, ‘I am healthy, I don’t need two kidneys, can transplant coordinator at Newark Beth Israel (an affiliate you find me someone to donate to?’—that is remarkable.” of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System), began looking McDuffie knows just how remarkable. The inscripfor other pairs to match through the National Kidney tion on the clock she gave Ard reads: “Thank you for takRegistry in conjunction with the New Jersey Organ and ing the time to save a life.” ■ MONMOUTH

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WHEN YOU NEED EMERGENCY MEDICAL or minor cuts and scrapes—turnaround time averaged care, you want it fast. So it was bad news, a few years 3.4 hours in 2007. Last year it was below 90 minutes. ago, when a Harvard study revealed that average wait Launched three years ago, the recently finished times in the nation’s hospital emergency apartments had renovation came in response to a big demand increase: gone up 4.1 percent a year for seven years. At In two decades, the number of patients seeking Monmouth Medical Center, however, a major care at Monmouth’s ED had jumped from renovation and upgrade have now helped 28,000 to 48,000 a year. “The change has Nationwide, the emergency department sharply reduce led to happier patients, based on our satisabout 14 percent waits, bringing faster and more efficient faction surveys,” Heimbuch says. In ’07, of emergencycare to sick and injured patients. 79.8 percent of patients said they were room patients end Average turnaround time—the time satisfied with the care they received; for up being admitted it takes to be registered and entered into the ’08 that rose to 86.1 percent. The renovato the hospital. computer system, evaluated by a doctor or tion has also helped the hospital handle nurse, treated and either released or admitted to more emergencies. Volume was up 6.5 percent the hospital—dropped from 5.4 hours in 2007 to just in 2008, Heimbuch says, and in the first quarter of below 3 hours in 2008, says Rich Heimbuch, the ED’s 2009 it was up 5 percent over that same quarter in 2008. administrative director. And for low-acuity patients— “Improving our productivity was critical,” says those with less serious conditions, such as ankle sprains Catherine Hanlon, M.D., Monmouth’s chair of emer24

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gency medicine. “We took pains to ease any gridlock—patients being delayed anywhere, from triage to patient care to seeing a physician to treatment to admission or discharge. The numbers suggest that we’ve improved at all those points.” But the ED team is not resting on its laurels. It hopes to reduce A renovation has helped make Monmouth Medical Center’s Emergency Department turnaround time even more, to 2.5 bigger, speedier and more patient-friendly. hours overall and 75 minutes for low-acuity patients, Dr. Hanlon reports. Reaching those goals will be Rooms were expanded to get stretchers in and out easier thanks to another improvement just being commore easily and to better accommodate technology such pleted: the creation of a special low-acuity area. “It will as portable ultrasound, cardiac monitors and the bedbe helpful to have a single place to treat these patients,” side computers. says the doctor. “We’ve strengthened Monmouth’s role as the The renovation was broken into three phases emergency department of choice for everyone in our so as not to interrupt current care, Dr. Hanlon explains. vicinity,” says Frank J. Vozos, M.D., the medical center’s In phase 1, the core patient care areas were remodeled executive director. “And we’re proud that our renovation and the nursing stations and registration area rebuilt. has achieved such dramatic results.” ■ Phase 2 tackled the rest of the patient care area, the triage area and half of the waiting room, while in phase 3 the waiting room was finished and the lowDonors who made the difference acuity care area was created. The recent renovation of Monmouth Medical Center’s emergency depart“As our volume has increased, we’ve seen ment was made possible by an extraordinary $3.5 million donation from the need for different types of space,” Dr. HanMorgan Cline and Ben D’Onofrio, whose names it now bears as the Clinelon says. “For example, the demand for our pediD’Onofrio Emergency Services Pavilion. atric services grew, so we made a special area for “I can’t say enough about those two gentlemen,” says Catherine children, with a separate registration and waiting room and seven dedicated beds, staffed by pediHanlon, M.D., chair of emergency medicine at Monmouth. D’Onofrio, 82, atric emergency specialists, as part of The Chiland Cline, 78, drew on the fruits of highly successful careers, first sepadren’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center.” rately and then as a pair who restored and sold homes, from Hoboken The department also upgraded workbrownstones to country estates. stations for better computer networking. “InforAs age has slowed them down a bit, they’ve turned their enermation handling is much better now,” says gies to philanthropy. Both of them have been treated at Monmouth for the doctor. “Patients can go straight to a treatvarious health problems, and they were so pleased with the care they ment room and get registered there while being seen by a doctor or nurse. Physicians can look received there that they decided to help out. at X-rays or CT [computed tomography] “We’ve reached an age where we want to share what we’ve scans immediately on a bedside computer and made, and we want to enjoy seeing it used,” Cline has explained. update a patient’s chart right there at the bed.” MONMOUTH

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feet of snow on the ground,” he says. “Perhaps her doctor can’t make it to the hospital—but the on-duty laborist is there already.” Then there’s the numbers game. At any given time, a hospital will staff delivery units with residents and a single attending physician. “But we only have one attending and one resident on night shift, weekends and holidays—and we deliver 4,200 babies each year,” Dr. Graebe says. “This volume is more than double that of other area hospitals, and the laborists provide an important assist in making sure every patient

COURTESY OF MONMOUTH MEDICAL CENTER

IF YOU’VE BEEN TO A HOSPITAL RECENTLY, you may know about hospitalists—a team of physicians who are available at all times to help treat you when your doctor can’t be there. That model of care has now arrived in the labor-and-delivery suite in the form of laborists. Laborists are accredited, experienced obstetricians who stay at the hospital to help deliver babies. Their help may be needed for a variety of reasons, says Robert A. Graebe, M.D., chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Monmouth Medical Center. “Say the mom goes into labor in February at 3 a.m., and there are 2


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gets appropriate, safe care.” The specialists stand ready to assist if a maternal or fetal complication arises. The main reason for the laborist model—as first proposed in 2003 by Louis Weinstein, M.D., a Philadelphia ob/gyn—was patient safety, says Dr. Graebe. National research had suggested that long hours and heavy workloads were causing burnout and sometimes poor decision-making among residents and obstetricians. They needed help—and laborists now provide it. “We see less fatigue in our physicians, which improves their judgment and therefore patient outcomes,” Dr. Graebe says. In the three years Monmouth has employed laborists, patient volume has increased 25 percent, but the C-section rate has declined to 26 percent (well below the 37 percent rate seen at most area hospitals) and other complications such as infections have been cut by about 50 percent, he reports. Most hospitals hire outside doctors as laborists, but Monmouth has struck a more unusual arrangement. About 30 obstetricians who already practice there have formed their own company, New Jersey Laborists Group LLC, and are contracted by the hospital to act as laborists. The benefit here is that the doctors already know the hospital, the staff and the safety protocols, says Brian Rogers, M.D., an ob/gyn in Ocean who is the group’s president. It’s the first private practice–based model in the country, he says, “and we’ve been contacted by many other institutions to see how we make it work. Each doctor gives 24 hours of service each month. We all take turns. We also hold monthly meetings to review outcomes and improve our standards of care.” Dr. Rogers’ group went several steps beyond what traditional laborists provide. “We agreed to include additional safety precautions—all our members are not only board-eligible or board-certified in ob/gyn, they are additionally certified in basic, advanced and neonatal life support and are accredited in ALSO [Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics],” he says. The ALSO program, sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, is a twoday informational and hands-on simulation training program in the management of obstetrical emergencies leading to a five-year certification. ■

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THINK “1969” AND YOU THINK OF the moon landing, Woodstock, maybe the “Miracle Mets.” The start of a medical collaboration agreement between Monmouth Medical Center and Philadelphia’s Hahnemann Medical School may not spring to mind. But that event proved an important boon for health care on the Jersey Shore. And 40 years later, though the school’s name has changed to Drexel University College of Medicine, the two institutions’ partnership goes on. The tie allows Drexel’s medical students to follow their first two years of classroom and lab studies with two years of clinical training. The collaboration was perhaps the biggest step in transforming Monmouth from a community hospital to a university-level medical center, says Joseph Jaeger, Monmouth’s associate vice president for academic affairs. It also gives Drexel students access to the one of the best clinical training centers in the region. “As a major teaching affiliate, Monmouth offers training in all major areas of care, including surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry and obstetrics and gynecology,” says Jaeger. “We also offer 40 subspecialties. Our attend-

ing physicians are faculty members at Drexel and can teach the students everything about clinical medicine, from how to take a health history through how to perform procedures from suturing to Left to right: Jaeger; delivering babies.” Barbara A. Schindler, In return, Monmouth takes Drexel’s vice dean for advantage of Drexel’s resources, educational and academic including a vast medical library with affairs; Richard V. Horman, M.D., Drexel’s Annenberg thousands of medical journals. “We get tremendous access to the most dean and senior vice president, medical affairs; up-to-date medical and scientific George Davis, M.D., information,” Jaeger says. Monpresident of Monmouth’s mouth also influences the classroom medical and dental staff; education of future doctors. “As a Dr. Vozos; Dr. Burkett. training site, we can affect the medical school’s curriculum, so we can be sure young physicians are well trained and familiar with our community,” he adds. “We hope they then continue to advance the profession by becoming teachers themselves.” Indeed, they could become hospital leaders too. Eric Burkett, M.D., now vice president of medical affairs, was one of the first Hahnemann medical students to train at Monmouth in 1971. “I was from South Jersey, but I loved it here so much I stayed,” he says. “Many students do their residencies here and stay in the area. It’s nice when you can get to know students and see them in action. And they can see our programs first-hand and choose us over other postgraduate programs when they leave Drexel.” After 35 years in practice, Dr. Burkett still teaches Drexel medical students. “It helps me stay in touch with the latest science and research,” he says. “It keeps our entire staff on the cutting edge and is one of the real benefits of our being a teaching hospital.” The two institutions signed a renewal of their affiliation agreement in April. “It’s been a long-standing positive relationship,” says Frank J. Vozos, M.D., the medical center’s executive director. “Here’s to the next 40 years!” ■


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ROBOTIC SURGERY’S new realm HAVING TRANSFORMED PROSTATE OPERATIONS, THIS NEW TECHNOLOGY NOW IMPROVES

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Key benefits of the robotic approach

Front row, from left: Margaret

ROBERT A. GRAEBE, M.D., CHAIR OF Lambert-Woolley, M.D.; Andrew obstetrics and gynecology at Monmouth Forget those movie-and-TV images of Sun, M.D.; and Natalya Kugay, Medical Center, has seen a lot of change. robots acting on their own. The da M.D. Back row, from left: Jack R. Vinci Surgical System now used for He trained as a resident at Monmouth in Gould, D.O.; William N. gynecologic procedures at Monmouth Kaufman, D.O.; Brian Rogers, the late 1970s and did a fellowship in M.D.; John Vaclavik, M.D.; and Medical Center is actually a tool the reproductive endocrinology and infertility Thomas Theocharides, M.D. (Not surgeon uses and controls to achieve a at Yale University School of Medicine, pictured: Marie Bonvicino, M.D.; precision never before possible. With where he helped pioneer minimally invaMiguel Damien, M.D.; Robert A. it, patients typically experience sive surgery in the early 1980s, and brought Graebe, M.D.; Thomas Hackett, that expertise back to Monmouth Medical • Less pain D.O.; Earl Jackman, D.O.; Ronald Center. And today he’s embracing another Neal, M.D.; Robert S. Pesso, • Less blood loss new trend in gyn surgery: robotics. M.D.; John Sutherland, M.D.; • Less scarring “Monmouth has long led the way and William Ziegler, D.O.) • Shorter hospital stays in minimally invasive surgery,” he says. ob/gyn who operates at “Robotics is the newest element of that.” • A quicker return to Monmouth. He cuts four In robotic surgery, the surgeon sits normal activities small openings of 8 to 12 milat a console several feet from the patient limeters each around the and looks through a special viewfinder to navel and the lower abdomen. The camera and the tools see incredibly detailed, three-dimensional and 11-times pass through these openings to detach the uterus, which magnified high-definition images of the surgery site. he removes through the vagina. The surgeon also controls the surgical instruments from The robotic system also shows great promise in this computerized console. This enhanced view and preother kinds of gynecologic surgeries, says Dr. Vaclavik, cise control have greatly improved outcomes in operaincluding the treatment of endometriosis, in which utertions on the prostate and other internal organs. Robotics ine tissue grows abnormally around the ovaries, fallois just now moving into gynecological procedures, Dr. pian tubes and sometimes other internal organs. Graebe says, and it offers the same benefits there. “Robotics is like laparoscopy was in the ’80s,” Dr. “It shaves days off hospitalization and weeks off Vaclavik says. “It’s the wave of the future.” ■ recovery time, and there’s much less pain and blood loss,” he says. “It fulfills every aspect of why you do minTo obtain more information about robotic surgery imally invasive surgery.” options at Monmouth Medical Center, please call In gynecology, the robot is mainly used for hys1-888-724-7123. terectomies, says John Vaclavik, M.D., an Ocean-based

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by Francesca Moisin

THE BEST OF

MONMOUTH OUR READERS’ CHOICE AWARD WINNERS! FINALLY, IT’S YOUR TURN. FOR THE PAST seven years, we at Monmouth Health & Life have worked hard to keep you in the know about all the local spots worth knowing. We’ve looked for the finest restaurants, the hippest bars, the best boutiques and more. And then we turned to you—not because we got lazy, but because it’s only common sense to tap the pooled wisdom of the people who know Monmouth County best. We asked you to divulge your favorite local haunts, and you rose to the challenge. The following pages contain a comprehen-

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sive guide of all the winning spots selected by you, our readers. And while we highly recommend a countywide expedition to each victorious locale, we’ve also devised a shortcut tour—a can’t-miss bash where you can sample many of the winning offerings in one night! The Best of Monmouth 2009 is scheduled for June 25—see page 7 for details. continued

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TASTY TREATS Sink your teeth into these delectable edibles

BURGERS Barnacle Bill’s (1 First Street, Rumson; 732-747-8396; www.barnacle billsrumson.com) This nautically inspired eatery has been serving savory burgers—with a side of gorgeous Navesink River views—for the past 25 years. Locals love the live music and laid-back peanut-shellson-the-floor vibe, but most agree that nothing beats the open-flame grilled 10-ounce patty stuffed in a Kaiser roll and topped with your choice of American, Swiss, mozzarella or gooey cheddar cheese.

CALAMARI: TIE The squid is always fried to perfec-

Carrabba’s Italian Grill (1864

Gaetano’s (10 Wallace Street,

tion at these two Italian hot spots.

Route 35, Middletown; 732-615-9061;

Red Bank; 732-741-1321;

Sample both to find your favorite!

www.carrabbas.com)

www.gaetanosredbank.com)

FRENCH FRIES

RIBS

The WindMill (586 Ocean

The Original Big Ed’s BBQ

Boulevard, Long Branch;

(305 Route 34, Matawan/Old Bridge

732-229-9863; www.wind

border; 732-583-2626; www.bigeds

millrestaurantsusa.com)

bbq.com) “Finger-licking” and “lip-

When it comes to comfort

smacking” are among the joyful

food, nothing beats a serv-

terms often used to describe these

ing of hot and crunchy

hearty slabs. Enjoy happy-hour

fries—especially when

drinks and appetizers at the bar

they’re smothered in

every Friday afternoon, or grab a seat

cheese, as at this gourmet

at the no-frills picnic-style tables for

fast-food joint also famous

a mouthwatering meal of barbecue

for burgers and dogs.

pork, baked beans and slaw.

DIM SUM Crown Palace (8 North Main Street, Marlboro; 732-780-8882; www.crown

weekend (Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) with a group of family or friends and make a meal of these tiny dumplings that are steamed, pan-fried, boiled, braised, stewed and baked. Savory fillings include chicken, beef, pork, seafood or veggies—and don’t forget to sample a lotus paste sesame ball for dessert.

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CUPCAKES

MOZZARELLA

The Baker Boys (69 Main

Aleo Italian

Avenue, Ocean Grove; 732-

Specialties (642

775-0052; www.thebaker

Newman Springs Road,

boys.us) The Baker boys—

Lincroft; 732-747-0111)

Paul Connolly and Russell

Gastronomes rejoice at

Lewis—don’t clown around

this glorious selection of

when it comes to cupcakes.

cheeses, spreads and

Delight in half a dozen dis-

meats. But no matter

tinctive varieties (German

what else you buy, be

chocolate, banana) or opt for

sure to stock up on the

the original: fluffy batter

mega-creamy mozzarella.

infused with real vanilla and slathered liberally in rich chocolate buttercream.

PIZZA Pete & Elda’s Bar/Carmine’s Pizza (96 Woodland Avenue, Neptune; 732-774-6010; www.peteand eldas.com) The crispy crust is thin, yet mighty enough to hold the hearty share of toppings piled high on every pie. Carnivores celebrate the sight of pepperoni, sausage and meatballs, while veggie lovers rave that the mushrooms, peppers and tomatoes taste like they were freshly harvested that morning.

TAPAS

SUSHI Sawa Steakhouse & Sushi Bar (42 Route 36, Eatontown;

Langosta Lounge (1000 Ocean

732-544-8885; www.sawasteakhouse.com) The chic ambience

Avenue, Asbury Park; 732-455-3275;

is just the beginning at this Asian favorite. Creative rolls

www.langostalounge.com) Cuban fried olives

expertly executed draw sushi lovers from far and wide, while

with a spiced lemon-basil mayo, chorizo over

the festive hibachi tables lure groups intent on a fun-filled evening of fine fare.

polenta and Manchego cheese, tuna and shrimp ceviche—these are just some of the mouthwatering small plates offered at this bustling boardwalk bistro and bar.

TACOS CHRISTOPHER BATH : SHUTTERSTOCK

Juanito’s (159 Monmouth Street, Red Bank; 732-747-9118) Don’t fill up on the spicy salsa and chips brought instantly to every table. The beef or chicken stuffed tacos are enormous, and each entrée comes with a serving of rib-sticking rice and beans. Insider tip: Bring a bottle of tequila to this BYO establishment and ask the waiters to whip you up a batch of frozen margaritas! *Editor’s note: Unsurprisingly, Juanito’s was also your pick for best Mexican restaurant! continued

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TASTY TREATS These sweet delicacies are sure to delight

CANNOLI LaRosa’s Bakery (79 East Newman Springs Road, Shrewsbury; 732-842-4324; www.ecannoli.com) The delicate tube-shaped shells come plain or drenched in chocolate. And with flavors like coco mousse, raspberry and peanut butter, the ricotta cheese filling will curb any craving. To paraphrase The Godfather: “Take the gun. Leave La Rosa’s cannoli.”

COOKIES

DESSERT, CHOCOLATE: TIE

A wise muppet once said, “C is for

Though you can’t go wrong with any of

cookie, and that’s good enough

the chocolate options found on the cart of

for me.” Sample two venera-

both of these upscale establishments, seri-

ble varieties at the follow-

ous cocoa connoisseurs will want to pre-

ing locations:

order the chocolate soufflé immediately

ITALIAN: Del Ponte’s

after being seated. Finished tableside with

Bakery (600 Main Street,

a serving of molten chocolate, both make

Bradley Beach; 732-869-1111; www.delpontesbakery.com)

sinfully decadent meal dénouements.

Salt Creek Grille (4 Bingham Avenue,

RUNNER-UP: LaRosa’s Bakery

Rumson; 732-933-9272; www.saltcreek

(79 East Newman Springs Road,

grille.com) Soufflé serves one; allow 25

Shrewsbury; 732-842-4324;

minutes to prepare.

www.ecannoli.com)

Brandl (703 Belmar Plaza, Belmar; 732-

BLACK-AND-WHITE: Dixie

280-7501; www.brandlrestaurant.com)

Lee Bakery (303 Main Street,

Soufflé serves two; allow 45 minutes

Keansburg; 732-787-0674)

to prepare.

CHEESECAKE The Cheesecake Factory (Freehold Raceway Mall, 3710 Route 9 South,

COFFEE, CAPPUCCINO/ ESPRESSO

Freehold; 732-462-6544;

When it came to java,

With nearly 30 innovative varieties to

two chains reigned

choose from—dulce de leche caramel

supreme. For a good old-

cheesecake, anyone?—you can have

fashioned cup o’ joe,

a different slice every day of the

Dunkin’ Donuts (multi-

month. Many agree, however, that

ple locations) couldn’t be

the best is still the first: the original

beaten, while Starbucks

graham-cracker–crust cheesecake

(multiple locations) was

topped with whipped sour cream.

and espresso.

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ICE CREAM: TIE Crazees (2 West River Road, Rumson; 732530-6543) Though this cool cream may cost a tad more than what you’ll pay at other local shops, sage vets know the housemade cones and the variety of wacky toppings are worth every precious penny.

Hoffman’s Ice Cream & Yogurt (569 Church Street, Spring Lake; 732-974-2253) All good things come to those who wait in line at Hoffman’s. For your patience you’ll be rewarded with a handmade cone in fun flavors like Reese’s peanut butter cup and coffee Oreo.

CHOCOLATE Red Bank Chocolate Shoppe (17 White Street, Red Bank; 732-219-0822; www.red bankchocolate.com) Chocolates are handmade by Amy Berry-Dunfee, a young-girl-at-

SMOOTHIES

heart who always dreamed of owning her own confectionery shop. Savor traditional

Smoothie King (65 Broad Street, Red

truffles, turtles, clusters and caramels, or go a more exotic route: A bride and groom

Bank; 732-747-2130; www.smoothieking.com)

made of pretzels and cocoa might make the perfect wedding shower gift!

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It all started in the ’60s, when founder Steve Kuhnau threw berries in a blender

CANDY

to create a blood sugar–boosting drink.

Ricky’s Candy, Cones & Chaos (86 Broad Street, Red

These days you can pick your favorite

Bank; 732-747-5240; www.candyconesandchaos.com)

fruit and add an enhancer shot—ginkgo

Gumdrops, lollipops, taffy, tarts and Nerds abound at this

biloba, green tea, fiber—to deliciously

candy wonderland that is every youngster’s dream. Bag a

combat anything from a sluggish energy

bunch of your preferred bin selections, or have a Junk

level to indigestion

Food Junkie Basket wrapped for the ultimate kid gift.

PIE

PASTRY

Delicious Orchards (36

LaRosa’s Bakery (79 East

Route 34 South, Colts Neck;

Newman Springs Road,

732-462-1989; www.delicious

Shrewsbury; 732-842-4324;

orchardsnj.com) The fruits

www.ecannoli.com) You

of summer never taste

may be familiar with their

more delicious than when

famous cannoli, but have

they’re freshly baked into a

you tried the rich Italian

pie! These 9-inch tarts are

rum cake, raspberry linz-

loaded with sweet cherries,

ers, hazelnut biscotti or

blueberries, peaches,

almond macaroons? This

strawberries, pecans or

family bakery, which was

apples. Indulge now—and

started as a New York City

whet your appetite for the

street stall by Salvatore

mince and pumpkin tortes

LaRosa, has been tempting

to come.

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DINING OUT Best local gems for all your dining occasions BREAKFAST Turning Point (496 Prospect Avenue, Little Silver; 732224-8718 • 2132 Route 35 South, Holmdel; 732-6159000 • 55 Route 9 South, Manalapan; 732-577-9050 • 92 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch; 732-923-1104; www.theturningpoint.biz) Eggs get elevated to epic culinary levels at this breakfast-and-lunch bistro run by husband-wife team Kirk and Pam Ruoff. Devour over 15 egg-ceptional combinations, or go the sweet route with a plate of pancakes, crêpes or waffles.

FRENCH/CONTINENTAL RESTAURANT: TIE Fromagerie (26 Ridge Road, Rumson; 732-842-8088; www.fromagerierestaurant.com) Celeb chef David Burke is well-known for his unique epicurean creations, like pastrami salmon and flavor-infused oils. At this fashionable French brasserie he channels the full force of his creative genius to

CHEAP EATS Pop’s Garage (1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, 732-455-3275; www.popsgarage

whip up memorable dishes including hot and angry lobster

nj.com) Great deals don’t get any

cocktail, roasted soy honey duck and 45-day dry-aged

better: Snag a seat on the

Kentucky rib eye.

boardwalk, sip a frothy cocktail

Le Fandy (609 River Road, Fair Haven; 732-530-3338) Relish

and chow down on south-of-the-border

the Parisian delights at this tiny hidden gem, where chef

bites (fish tacos, quesadillas, ceviche) that

Luke Peter Ong offers all your traditional French favorites, from seared foie gras and escargots to crêpes Normandy

are both flavorful and fairly priced.

(flambéed with apples and hazelnuts).

BRUNCH BYOB

Molly Pitcher Inn (88 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank;

La Pastaria (30 Linden Place, Red Bank; 732224-8699; www.lapastaria.com) Come with your

ria, which offers bountiful pasta portions at recession-style prices. Other entrées run the gamut from chicken to pork to shrimp.

Jackets are required for dinner at this luxury boutique hotel full of 1920s glamour, and the award-winning brunch is just as stylishly refined—though slightly less formal. Feast on fish and fowl from the carving station, sample oys-

RUNNER-UP: Drew’s Bayshore Bistro (58 Broad

ters, paté and international cheeses, and finish your

Street, Keyport; 732-739-9219; www.bayshorebistro.com)

banquet with a trip to the lavish Viennese table.

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GREEK RESTAURANT

OUTDOOR DINING

It’s Greek to Me (44

Matisse

DINER

Centennial Drive, Long

Restaurant (1300

Americana Diner (1160 Route 35,

Branch; 732-571-0222;

Ocean Avenue,

Shrewsbury; 732-542-1658; www.americana

www.itsgreektome.com) You’ll

Belmar; 732-681-

shout “opa!” after a tasty meal

7680; www.matisse

of mezedes, gyros, souvlaki

catering.com) Can

and more!

anything beat din-

diner.net) Settle into a plush fauxleather booth and peruse the countless menu options that include all-day breakfast,

ing alfresco on a

salads, burgers, wraps,

splendid summer

roasts, chops and

afternoon? Perhaps

seafood. If you can’t

doing so while

find your fave food

perched on the

on this list,

sand’s edge, relish-

chances are it

ing cool beach

doesn’t exist!

breezes and tasty selections from Matisse’s meat-

DELI

and seafood-

Brennan’s Delicatessen (44 West River Road,

slanted menu.

Rumson; 732-530-0302) Delis may be a dime a dozen, but Brennan’s is a nosh above the rest. Countless sandwich combos and specialty items like wasabi

HEALTHY EATERY

coleslaw

Twisted Tree Café (609 Cookman

skyrocketed this spot to No 1.

Avenue, Asbury Park; 732-775-2633; www.twistedtreecafe.com) Even carnivores can find something hearty to munch at this waist-friendly café. Though most items are vegetarian or vegan—three-bean chili, tofu meatball wrap, soy chicken-salad sandwich—fish fans can enjoy a healthier tuna-salad sandwich (with vegan mayo) and the

CHRISTOPHER BARTH; SHUTTERSTOCK

smoked salmon wrap.

MULTI-AWARD WINNER:

FAMILY-FRIENDLY EATERY

Charley’s Ocean Grill (29 Avenel

Salt Creek Grille (4 Bingham Avenue, Rumson;

Boulevard, Long Branch; 732-222-4499;

732-933-9272; www.saltcreekgrille.com) On any

www.charleysoceangrill.com) We agree:

given night you’ll spot families enjoying a simple

There’s so much to love about this

yet elegant meal at one of these comfy tables.

remarkable restaurant. It was your

Moms and dads love the cocktail-friendly patio

choice for best steak (like filet mignon

and mesquite-grilled hand-cut steaks, while

wrapped in bacon and topped with

younger patrons can’t go wrong with a juicy

sautéed mushrooms, market price), best

cheeseburger and garlic fries.

seafood (like twin crab cakes with

*Editor’s note: With a robust cellar selection, focusing on

honey mustard sauce, $23) and best

fruity California varietals, Salt Creek Grille was also

chef (David Connolly).

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DINING OUT Best local gems for all your dining occasions ROMANTIC RESTAURANT Trinity Restaurant & Lounge (84 Broad Street, Keyport; 732-888-1998; www.trinitykeyport.com) It’s perhaps fitting that the county’s most romantic haunt should be located in a converted 130-year-old church. Start with cocktails in the cozy lounge before heading upstairs to sup on seasonal and local delicacies like Hudson Valley foie gras and truffle-infused wild mushroom risotto. The tables are scattered pleasantly around the dimly lit, cavernous space, giving you and your sweetheart ample privacy for stolen smooches.

INDIAN RESTAURANT

THAI RESTAURANT

Neelam Exotic Indian Cuisine (1178 Route 35 South, Middletown;

Siam Garden (2 Bridge Avenue, Red

732-671-8900) Delight in heat-infused dishes at this authentic eatery,

Bank; 732-224-1233; www.siamgarden

which also serves a fantastic bang-foryour-buck lunch buffet. Enjoy favorites like chicken tikka masala, lamb vindaloo and crunchy fried

restaurant.com) The aromatic tastes of Thailand come alive at this pretty Bangkok-style bistro, which specializes in traditional treats like tom kha gai (chicken, chili paste and

samosas, then

coconut soup) and

soothe your

pad see ew (flat rice

spice-tickled

noodles stir-fried with

throat with cool

shrimp, pork, chicken or beef).

mango lassis.

ITALIAN RESTAURANT: TIE recipes with an ornate space fit for a wedding, and you’ll create bellissima results. Diners devour chef’s specialties like white-wine steamed clams and orecchiette (“little ear”) pasta tossed with sausage, while happy brides and grooms can book the brand-new Tuscan Room for an evening of unforgettable food and wine.

Gaetano’s (10 Wallace Street, Red Bank; 732-741-1321; www.gaetanosredbank.com) Can’t get enough of their scrumptious lobster ravioli or chicken scarpariello? The masterminds behind this Italian eatery now offer weekly cooking classes!

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ON THE TOWN

MARGARITAS Copper Canyon (51 First Avenue, Atlantic Highlands; 732-291-8444; www.thecoppercanyon. com) Frozen, blended or on the rocks is only the beginning. More than 150

IRISH PUB

types of tequila available

Dublin House (30 Monmouth Street, Red Bank; 732-747-6699) The elegant Victorian exte-

at this chic Southwestern

rior may not remind you instantly of Ireland, but one gulp of its hearty Guinness and you’ll

cantina make the mar-

be shouting “Erin go bragh!” Gobble down shepherd’s pie and other Emerald Isle–inspired

garita menu singularly

pub grub at the hardwood bar, or settle with your mates at one of the many outdoor tables.

spectacular.

BEER SELECTION

WINE SHOP

SPORTS HANGOUT

Basil T’s Brewery & Italian Grill

Wegmans Manalapan

The Globe (20 East Front Street, Red

(183 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank; 732-842-5990;

(55 Route 9, Englishtown; 732-625-

Bank; 732-842-5572) Catch nearly any

www.basilt.com) The selection may be small—

4100; www.wegmans.com) Unsure of

big game on one of 12 large-screen

only six handcrafted beers ranging

what wine to serve at your next dinner

TVs scattered around

from pale ale to dry stout—but each

soirée? Browse through bottles from

this spacious

is distilled by award-winning brewer

the world’s best grape-growing regions,

saloon, which

Gretchen Schmidhausler, using only

or consult one of the knowledgeable

can get very

the finest ingredients. Savor them by

vino experts who can help you pick the

rowdy on the

the pint, mug or extra-large “growler.”

perfect pairing for any dish.

weekend.

BUTCHER Sabatos Prime Meats (113 Leonardville Road, Belford; 732-

CHRISTOPHER BARTH; SHUTTERSTOCK

787-9119; www.sabatosprime

MARTINIS: TIE MetropolitanCafé (8 East Main Street,Freehold; 732-780-9400; www.greatrestaurantsnj.com/metro) Feeling literary? Imbibe The Hemingway. Need a pick-me-up? Knock back an Esspressotini. Dreaming of dessert? Slurp a

meats.com) This meat mecca, run

sweet Banana Split. The innumerable luscious libations are good for every mood.

by cousins Andy and John Sabatos,

Red (3 Broad Street, Red Bank; 732-741-3232; www.rednj.com) Red has uncov-

is the carnivorous equivalent of

ered the perfect recipe for after-work relief: Glide up to the stylish candle-lit

Cheers: Walk inside, and everybody

lounge, sink into a luxurious leather couch, mingle with the pretty people and sip

knows your name! Italian sausages,

one of the many signature cocktails—apple smash, raspberry thyme martini,

made fresh on-site, jostle for display-

peartini—that have helped make this late-night spot a hit.

case visibility with poultry, steak,

*Editor’s note: Red was also your choice for best cosmopolitans and hottest

pork and a variety of Boar’s Head

singles scene! (Singles scene runner-up: Buona Sera, 50 Maple Avenue, Red Bank;

cold cuts.

732-530-5858; www.buona-sera.com)

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RETAIL THERAPY From bargains to splurges, this roundup of retailers can’t be beat

ENTERTAIN ME Find big-time fun in our Monmouth backyard

HIGH SCHOOL BAND

Red

Bank Catholic High School (112 Broad Street, Red Bank; 732-747-1774; www.redbankcatholic.org) Whenever the Caseys football team scores a touchdown, you’ll hear the Red Bank

BOUTIQUE

Catholic “Casey” Marching Band burst

CoCo Parì (17 Broad Street, Red Bank; 732-212-8111; www.cocopari.com) You’ll uncover a

into their fight song, “The Notre Dame

garment for every need at this chic boutique. The 10,000-square-foot art deco space is

Victory March.” These talented young-

stocked with skirts, tops, dresses and jeans by more than 250 high-end designers like

sters are experts on the sax, trumpet,

Valentino, Diane von Furstenberg and Roberto Cavalli. Climb the zebra-print stairs to the

mellophone (French horn), keyboard

uber-chic VIP room, or simply let your awestruck eye scale the famous 50-foot wall of Jimmy

and drums. Get into the groove by

Choo, YSL and Christian Louboutin shoes.

catching them live next fall!

KIDS’ PARTY SPOT

HEALTH-FOOD STORE

PRODUCE STAND

Dean’s Natural Food Market (1119 Route 35,

The Galleria Red Bank Farmers Market

Party Gym (310 Route 9 North, Manal-

Ocean; 732-517-1515 • 490 Broad Street,

(parking lot, corner of Bridge Avenue

apan; 732-972-2525 • 766 Route 35

Shrewsbury; 732-842-8686; www.deansnatural

and West Front Street, Red Bank; 732-

South, Middletown; 732-957-9775;

foodmarket.com) Boost your immune system

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JERSEY JOYS HOW MANY OF THESE GARDEN STATE ADVENTURES WILL YOU EXPERIENCE THIS SUMMER? If New Jersey were a distant destination, you might have journeyed here to discover its many wonders long ago. But who expects travel thrills in their own backyard? Fact is though, we Jerseyans are blessed: Within a short drive there are sandy beaches, lush farmlands, rolling mountains, scenic rivers—and unforgettable experiences. Try these 10 types of nearby fun:

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PARASAIL OVER THE ATLANTIC Seagulls aren’t the only ones who can relish a bird’s-eye view of the Atlantic Coast—you can too, thanks to numerous Jersey Shore companies that offer parasailing, soaring in a parachute towed by a motorboat. For a view of the Garden State’s southern coast, try Hang Loose Parasail in Wildwood (609-522-9453, www.hangloose parasail.com), which provides single, double and triple rides lasting eight to 12 minutes in the air ($65 per person), operated by United States Coast Guard–trained captains. Hang on tight, because you could reach heights up to 500 feet—the highest permitted by New Jersey law. Want to relive your flight on land? Hang Loose can photograph your experience with 35mm SLR cameras with zoom lenses ($24 for 24 photos).

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HIKE THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL Spanning approximately 2,178 miles from Maine to Georgia, the Appalachian Trail is the nation’s longest footpath, with 72 of its miles running through northwestern New Jersey along the Kittatinny Range. You can enjoy breathtaking scenery on a hike through all or part of the Jersey trail, which extends from the Delaware Water Gap opposite Pennsylvania to Abram S. Hewitt State Forest in Passaic County. On the southern end check out Sunfish Pond in Worthington State Forest, a 44-acre glacial lake surrounded by a chestnut oak forest. In the north, a walk through the rocky ridges of High Point State Park offers stunning valley and mountain views.

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PADDLE THROUGH THE PINELANDS Encompassing about 1.1 million acres of tranquil pine oak forests, streams, rivers, farms, crossroad hamlets and small towns in southern New Jersey, the Pinelands National Reserve—also called the Pine Barrens—is the largest body of open space on the MidAtlantic seaboard between Richmond and

Boston. Though numerous hiking trails are available for visitors, paddling through the Pinelands’ pristine waterways is perhaps the best way to enjoy its largely untouched beauty in the summertime. The Wharton State Forest in Atlantic, Burlington and Camden counties permits canoeing on the Mullica, Batsto, Wading and Oswego rivers, where you can observe bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, river otters, Pine Barrens tree frogs and more. Don’t own a canoe of your own? You can rent one to take onto the Wading or Oswego rivers at Pine Barrens Canoe Rental in Chatsworth (1-800-732-0793, www.pinebarrenscanoe.com; $48 per canoe).

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BIRD-WATCH IN THE MEADOWLANDS The Meadowlands in Bergen and Hudson counties is a haven for some of the state’s most magnificent birds, and you can view them up close thanks to 1,168 acres of publicly accessible parks, viewing platforms and walking and paddling trails. Hackensack Riverkeeper (201-968-0808, www.hackensackriverkeeper.org) offers educational guided bird walks through various spots in the Meadowlands, such as Mill Creek Wetlands Trail in Secaucus—where you’ll observe green-winged teals, herons, egrets, raptors, hawks and osprey—and the Richard W. DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst, home to sandpipers, semipalmated plovers, great blue herons and an increasing number of yellow-crowned night herons, considered a threatened species by the state. continued MONMOUTH

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SPOT WHALES IN THEIR NATURAL HABITAT You can observe the world’s largest mammals with a family-friendly whale-watching cruise offered by the Cape May Whale and Research Center in Cape May (609-898-0055, www.capemay whalewatch.com). The two- to three-hour journeys take you on the Atlantic aboard the 80-foot-long M/V Whale Watcher, where you’ll learn about the feeding, migratory and breeding habits of whales, dolphins and local birds, as well as “spotting techniques” for viewing whales and dolphins in the water. ($28 to $38 for adults; $18 to $23 for children ages 7 to 12.)

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VISIT THE LAKOTA WOLF PRESERVE Listen to the howls of tundra, timber and arctic wolves—and watch them run and play from a safe vantage point—at the Lakota Wolf Preserve in Columbia (1-877-733-9653, www.lakotawolf.com). Lakota offers Wolf Watch programs twice daily, allowing you to view four packs of wolves in a special observation area and learn interesting facts about them, such as their social structure and eating habits ($15 for adults, $7 for children under 12). Because photos taken

at the Wolf Watch program will reveal chain-link fencing installed for safety reasons, more serious photographers can enjoy a guided photography session around each individual wolf compound ($300 for two hours), which provides numerous opportunities to photograph the wolves up to 3 feet away through special portal openings in the fencing.

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TAKE A HOT-AIR BALLOON RIDE Want to capture the full beauty of Hunterdon County’s serene rolling hills, tranquil farmlands and breathtaking old estates? Leave the car behind and hop on a hot-air balloon. Hunterdon Ballooning Inc. (908788-5415, www.hunterdonballooning.com) in Flemington launches 45-minute flights—in the evening daily, with additional morning launches on weekends—taking you on a dreamy voyage a few thousand feet in the air. Visitors float over picturesque corn and grain fields, lakes, meadows and forests—and on clear days can sometimes even see the New York City and Philadelphia skylines as well as the Delaware Water Gap. Wear comfy clothes and bring a camera and your thirst for adventure. ($215 to $295 per person, includes a complimentary champagne toast and snacks following your flight.)

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STROLL THROUGH STERLING HILL MINE You might not strike gold, but a walk through the world-famous Sterling Hill zinc mine in Ogdensburg, which closed in 1986 and is thought to have been operational as far back as the early 1700s, will provide invaluable insight into New Jersey’s rich mining history. The onehour, 1,300-foot underground stroll is part of a tour offered by the Sterling Hill Mining Museum, a nonprofit foundation committed to preserving the mine (973-209-7212, www.sterling hillminingmuseum.org). Tour highlights include walking through mine galleries dating back to the 1830s, viewing pieces of equipment used in the mine and visiting the Rainbow Room, where brightly fluorescent zinc ore is exposed in the mine walls. Visitors are even invited to take a piece of the fluorescent zinc ore home as a souvenir. ($10 for adults; $9 for seniors; $7.50 for kids 12 and under.)


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MOUNTAIN-BIKE AT DIABLO FREERIDE PARK You’ll discover America’s most popular bike park right here in New Jersey at Diablo Freeride Park in Vernon (973-864-8420, www.diablofreeridepark.com). An adventure seeker’s haven, the park boasts more than 40 custom-built mountain bike trails for beginners to advanced riders. We suggest checking out the Indy Cross, a giant slalom course featuring a series of perfectly sculpted banked turns, jumps and doubles; and the BMW, Utah, Stigmata and Ripper trails— expert terrains complete with rocky off-camber sections (those with corners that force cyclists to the outside of turns). Admission to the park costs $38 for all-day trail and gondola access; you can rent Jamis bicycles for $79 to $99.

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TUBE ON THE DELAWARE Forget water parks—you can enjoy a real lazy river ride by renting single, double and triple tubes from Delaware River Tubing in Frenchtown (908-996-5386, www.delawarerivertubing.com). Tube launches begin along the banks of the Delaware River, accessible by a free shuttle from the company’s headquarters on Route 29. From there you’ll soak up the summer sun and take in the beauty of the region as you follow the river

current for three to four hours, spanning about 5 or 6 miles. Admission fees include a barbecue lunch at The Hotdog Man, a snack stand located about halfway through your voyage on Adventure Island (you can munch your meal on picnic tables placed in the water), life jackets and a shuttle to and from Delaware River Tubing’s headquarters ($18.95 on weekdays; $22.95 on weekends and holidays). ■

A TABLE TO TRY After your unforgettable hot-air balloon ride over Hunterdon County, enjoy a delectable dinner at one of the region’s finest eateries— THE CLINTON HOUSE RESTAURANT in the historic town of Clinton (908-730-9300, www.theclinton house.com). Established in 1743 and recently renovated in 18th-century style, the restaurant offers an eclectic menu of land, sea and vegetarian specialties in a peaceful setting. Highlights include pecanencrusted pork tenderloin, filet mignon with blue cheese and salmon fettuccini. A PLACE TO PERCH Since parasailing over the Atlantic coast in Wildwood requires a four-hour round-trip drive from Monmouth, we suggest spending a few relaxing days at the PORT ROYAL HOTEL (609-729-2000, www.portroyal hotel.com) in nearby Wildwood Crest ($199 to $325 per night). Located right on the sands of the Jersey Shore, the luxe hotel offers deluxe guest rooms, one-room efficiencies and ocean suites—all equipped with private balconies, plus free beach access, an oceanfront sun deck and a heated hourglass-shaped pool.


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Fully aware of what we signed up for, we stayed put and started with the stuffed artichoke special. The extra-large artichoke was steamed (not baked) till moist and tender, and the leaves (practically falling off) were loosely filled with a bread-crumb, garlic and parsley mixture. On top, some melted cheese—I’m not sure what kind—added gooey comfort but little flavor. More distinctive were the clams oreganata. A classic rendition, six meaty littlenecks stuffed with garlic and oregano-seasoned bread crumbs left the palate with a nice combination of citrus and garlic. Certainly, there was no shortage of garlic in the Caesar salad, a perfectly pleasing version boasting a lively homemade dressing and crisp croutons. And the romaine stood up, providing good crunch. Penne (requested instead of linguine) with clam sauce was cooked to order a bit beyond al dente, proving that Sam Vera stands behind its vow to do anything. On the other hand, the clam sauce was pallid, lacking the briny bite that supplies body and character. Oddly, the clams themselves (still in the shells) had a nice fresh flavor the sauce never seemed to pick up. Veal chop milanese rose to the occasion. Pounded so thin it filled the plate, the buttery meat was lightly breaded and served hot and crisp. And the chop itself was a pick-up-and-eat delight. I asked that the salad accompanying the dish be served on the side (instead of on top) IF YOU’RE CRAVING ATTENTION, BOY, IS SAM to keep the breading crisp, and if you prefer to avoid soggiVera the spot for you! The second you arrive, a flurry of ness, I recommend you do the same. The salad consisted of owners, waiters, maitre-d’s, busboys—it’s hard to tell who’s arugula, baby greens, red onion and tomatoes, all chopped who exactly—descends upon you like flies on honey. In fine, which made for nice forkfuls. this large-Victorian-converted-into-an-old-school-ItalianA surprising standout at Sam Vera is the dessert. restaurant, floral patterns on the upholWe tried the Italian cheesecake— stery collide with those on the carpet, incredibly light and refreshingly S a m Ve r a much like the overenthusiastic staff citrusy, the supersize portion was 476 County Road 520, Marlboro; 732trips over itself to serve you. Frankly, we easy to devour. The tiramisu was 834-9889; www.samverarestaurant.com could have used a little more space. But also noteworthy for its rich espresso Hours the, er, energetic service aside, the food flavor and creamy mascarpone fillDINNER: Monday through Saturday, at Sam Vera’s is pretty good. ing. Both desserts were sprinkled 5–10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2–9:30 p.m. The menu is a standard-issue with powdered sugar and served LUNCH: Tuesday through Saturday, Italian—zuppa di clams, penne alla with a dollop of whipped cream and noon–3 p.m. vodka, shrimp scampi, veal marsala— sliced strawberries—an altogether What you should know you get the idea. And if you’d like someirresistible combination. • Entrées average $21 thing off the menu—say, spaghetti and The bottom line? Go on and • Full bar eggplant—the kitchen will happily get your good old-fashioned Italian • Outside seating oblige. “We’ll do anything,” said one of at Sam Vera with family and friends, • Reservations recommended our eager attendants. But if you’re lookbut leave any hope for savory sur• Private parties accommodated ing for molecular gastronomy, move on. prises behind. ■

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where TO EAT If you’ve got a craving, there’s a dining establishmentin Monmouth County (or nearby) that will satisfy it. Turn to this listing next time you want a wonderful meal out.

A S B U R Y PA R K BISTRO OLÉ Latin-infused Spanish and Portuguese cuisine. MC/V/AMEX accepted. · 230 Main St., Asbury Park · 732-897-0048 BRICKWALL TAVERN AND DINING ROOM American fare featuring a variety of steaks and salads. Major credit cards accepted. · 522 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park · 732-774-1264 CARMINE’S Italian favorites: Pasta, pizza and seafood. Major credit cards accepted. · 162 Main St., Asbury Park · 732-774-2222 JIMMY’S Italian cuisine featuring dishes like chicken scarpariello. Major credit cards accepted. · 1405 Asbury Ave., Asbury Park · 732-774-5051 LANGOSTA LOUNGE Vacation-inspired cuisine and libations. Major credit cards accepted. · 1000 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park · 732-455-3275 MARKET IN THE MIDDLE Innovative global cuisine with late-night tapas and wine bar. Major credit cards accepted. · 516 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park · 732-776-8886

I CAVALLINI Italian cuisine with seafood and pasta. Major credit cards accepted. · 29 Hwy. 34, Colts Neck · 732-431-2934

FA I R H AV E N RAVEN & THE PEACH International fare featuring steak. Major credit cards accepted. · 740 River Rd., Fair Haven · 732-747-4666

LONG BRANCH AVENUE Combining French and American traditions. Major credit cards accepted. · 23 Ocean Ave., Long Branch · 732-759-2900

MANASQUAN MAHOGANY GRILLE Creative grill cuisine, steaks and seafood. Major credit cards accepted. · 142 Main St., Manasquan · 732-292-1300

FREEHOLD CAFÉ COLORÉ Unique Italian eatery. Try

MARLBORO

Veal Roberto. BYO. MC/V/AMEX accepted. · 3333 Rt. 9 North, Freehold · 732-462-2233

SAM VERA RESTAURANT Northern Italian fare. Major credit cards accepted. · 476 Rt. 520, Marlboro · 732-292-1300

THE GREYSTONE MANOR Continental cuisine featuring seafood and steaks. MC/V/ AMEX accepted. · 260 South St., Freehold · 732-431-1500 METROPOLITAN CAFÉ American cuisine with a Pacific Rim flair. · 8 East Main St., Freehold · 732-780-9400

HIGHLANDS

MONMOUTH BEACH SALLEE TEE’S GRILLE Pasta, seafood and burgers. Major credit cards accepted. · 33 West St., Monmouth Beach · 732-834-9899

OAKHURST MIKE AND NELLIE’S Italian grill with entrées including prime steaks and seafood. BYO. MC/V/AMEX accepted. · 1801 Hwy. 35, Oakhurst · 732-531-7251

RED BANK

MOONSTRUCK American/Italian/ Mediterranean cuisine and cocktail lounge. MC/V/AMEX accepted. · 517 Lake Ave., Asbury Park · 732-988-0123

BIENVENUE Classic French cuisine featuring duck. BYO. Major credit cards accepted. · 7 East Front St., Red Bank · 732-936-0640 GAETANO’S Regional Italian Cuisine, featuring homemade pasta, ravioli, seafood, veal and chicken dishes. BYO. MC/V/AMEX accepted. · 10 Wallace St., Red Bank · 732-741-1321

TAKA Stylish Japanese eatery. MC/V/AMEX accepted. · 632 Mattison Ave., Asbury Park · 732-775-1020

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS NICHOLAS New American cuisine featuring signature braised suckling pig. Major credit cards accepted. · 160 Rt. 35 South, Red Bank · 732-345-9977

JULIA’S Elegant Italian and Mediterranean Dining. BYO. Major credit cards accepted. · 91 First Ave., Atlantic Highlands · 732-8721007

B AY H E A D GRENVILLE HOTEL & RESTAURANT American & French cuisine. BYO. Major credit cards accepted. · 345 Main Ave., Bay Head · 732-892-3100

BISTRO ON THE BAY Seafood and Italian cuisine featuring oysters, lobsters, clams and more. Major credit cards accepted except Diner’s Club. · 1 Willow St., Highlands · 732-872-1450

BELMAR

CHILANGOS MEXICAN RESTAURANT Authentic Mexican fare. Major credit cards accepted. · 272 Bay Ave., Highlands · 732-708-0505

KLEIN’S Fresh fish, raw bar and sushi. Major credit cards accepted. · 708 River Rd., Belmar · 732-681-1177 MATISSE Ocean-front restaurant and catering. V/MC/AMEX accepted. · 1301 Ocean Ave., Belmar · 732-681-7680

BRIELLE DUE AMICI Northern Italian with 10 nightly specials. Major credit cards accepted. · 420 Higgins Ave., Brielle · 732-528-0666

DORIS & ED’S Contemporary American fare featuring seafood. Major credit cards accepted. · 348 Shore Dr., Highlands · 732-872-1565

KEYPORT DREW’S BAYSHORE BISTRO Cajuninfluenced fare. Major credit cards accepted. · 58 Broad Street, Keyport · 732-739-9219

SAND BAR RESTAURANT Seafood and American cuisine. House specialty: blackened mahi mahi bites. Major credit cards accepted. · 201 Union Ln. Brielle · 732-528-7750

TRINITY RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE Inspired American fare. Major credit cards accepted. · 84 Broad Street, Keyport · 732-888-1998

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GREEN MEADOWS RESTAURANT Continental cuisine featuring 1954 Steak. MC accepted. · 270 Route 34 South, Colts Neck · 732-431-8755

RAY’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT AND MARKET Fresh seafood selection. No credit cards accepted. · 123–125 Markham Pl., Little Silver · 732-758-8166

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RED American menu featuring seafood, sushi and steak. Major credit cards accepted. · 3 Broad St., Red Bank · 732-741-3232 TEAK Stylish restaurant featuring many flavors. Major credit cards accepted. · 64 Monmouth St., Red Bank · 732-747-5775

RUMSON SALT CREEK GRILLE American cuisine and seafood. Major credit cards accepted. · 4 Bingham Ave., Rumson · 732-933-9272

SEA BRIGHT MCLOONE’S RIVERSIDE New American cuisine featuring large lobsters. MC/V/AMEX accepted. · 816 Ocean Ave., Sea Bright · 732-842-2894 OCEAN AVENUE GRILL Modern, eclectic cuisine. Major credit cards accepted. · 1250 Ocean Ave., Sea Bright · 732-933-4400 THE QUAY Steak and seafood dishes with a location directly on the waterfront. MC/V/ AMEX accepted. · 280 Ocean Ave., Sea Bright · 732-741-7755

SEA GIRT FRATELLO’S RESTAURANT Italian fare


featuring seafood. Major credit cards accepted. · 810 The Plaza, Sea Girt · 732-974-8833 SCARBOROUGH FAIR Eclectic American fare. Major credit cards accepted. · 1414 Meetinghouse Rd., Sea Girt · 732-223-6658

SHREWSBURY SAN REMO Italian cuisine. BYO. Major credit cards accepted. · 37 East Newman Spring Rd., Shrewsbury · 732-345-8200

SPRING LAKE BLACK TRUMPET New American cuisine featuring fresh seafood. BYO. MC/V/DC accepted. · 7 Atlantic Ave., Spring Lake · 732-449-4700 WHISPERS Modern American cuisine featuring seafood. BYO. Major credit cards accepted. · 200 Monmouth Ave., Spring Lake · 732-974-9755 ■

WHERE TO EAT BY CUISINE

AMERICAN: Black Trumpet, Spring Lake • Brickwall Tavern and Dining Room, Asbury Park • Doris & Ed’s, Highlands • Drew’s Bayshore Bistro, Keyport • Mahogany Grille, Manasquan • Mcloone’s Riverside, Sea Bright • Matisse, Belmar • Metropolitan Café, Freehold • Nicholas, Red Bank • Ocean Avenue Grill, Sea Bright • Red, Red Bank • Sallee Tee’s Grille, Monmouth Beach • Salt Creek Grille, Rumson • Scarborough Fair, Sea Girt • Trinity Restaurant and Lounge, Keyport • Whispers, Spring Lake ASIAN: Taka, Asbury Park CONTINENTAL: The Greystone Manor, Freehold • Green Meadows Restaurant, Colts Neck • Raven & the Peach, Fair Haven FRENCH: Avenue, Long Branch • Bienvenue, Red Bank •

Grenville Hotel & Restaurant, Bay Head

ITALIAN: Café Coloré, Freehold • Carmine’s, Asbury Park • Due Amici, Brielle • Geatano’s, Red Bank • Fratello’s Restaurant, Sea Girt • I Cavallini, Colts Neck • Jimmy’s, Asbury Park • Mike and Nellie’s, Pakhurst • Sam Vera Restaurant, Marlboro • San Remo, Shrewsbury MEXICAN: Chilangos Mexican Restaurant, Highlands

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MULTI-ETHNIC: Bistro Olé, Asbury Park • Julia’s, Atlantic Highlands • Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park • Teak, Red Bank Market in the Middle, Asbury Park • Moonstruck, Asbury Park • Teak, Red Bank SEAFOOD: Bistro on the Bay, Highlands • Klein’s, Belmar •

Ray’s Seafood Restaurant and Market, Little Silver •

Sand Bar Restaurant, Brielle • The Quay, Sea Bright

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Be THERE J U LY July 4—Hit the water to see Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks in New York City by reserving a spot on the SEASTREAK FIREWORKS CRUISE, departing in the early evening from Highlands Port in Highlands and returning at approximately 11:30 p.m. Reservations: $70 per person. Call 1-800-2628743 or visit www.seastreak.com for more information.

SANDCASTLE CONTEST July 15—Show off your sandcastle-building skills or just watch the pros at this Belmar event, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 18th Avenue Beach. FREE. Call 732-681-3700 or visit www.visitbelmarnj.com for more information.

July 11—Browse homemade

crafts, trinkets and museum-quality pieces from more than 100 artists at the annual SUMMER CRAFTERS’ MARKET, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Historic Allaire Village in Wall. FREE. Call 732-919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org for more information. July 22 to 26—Find fun for

everyone at the ANNUAL MONMOUTH COUNTY FAIR, 5 p.m.

to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the East Freehold Park Showgrounds in Freehold. Events include fireworks, rides, entertainment, 4-H displays, animal shows, a home and garden competition, a pig race and more. Tickets: $7; FREE for kids ages 12 and under. Call 732-842-4000 or visit

www.monmouthcountyparks.com for more information.

$20 to $25. Call 732-542-1642, ext. 26, or visit www.monmouthcounty parks.com for more information.

AU G U S T

August 12 to 16—Celebrate

August 2—Head to Monmouth Park in Oceanport and place your bets on the country’s top thoroughbred racehorses at the HASKELL INVITATIONAL, starting at noon. Tickets: $70 to $180. Call 732-2225100 or visit www.monmouth park.com for more information.

Italy with food, music, rides, games and more at the OCEAN

August 8—Challenge yourself to

a 7.5- or 11.25-mile ride at the annual WOODS HOLLOW CLASSIC MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE,

8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. at Tatum Park in Middletown. All ages are welcome to compete; separate races are scheduled for beginner and expert bikers. Registration fee:

TOWNSHIP ITALIAN FESTIVAL,

5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight on Saturday at Joe Palaia Park in Oakhurst. FREE. Call 732-5171040 or visit www.iaato.com for more information. August 22—Enjoy the sounds of summer with THE BEACH BOYS, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Ocean Grove Great Auditorium. Tickets: $40 to $45. Call 732-775-0035 or visit www.oceangrove.org for more information. ■

ASBURY PARK CLASSIC CAR SHOW July 25—Check out treasured autos and see which ones receive trophies at this event, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park. FREE. Call 732-502-5749 or visit www.asburyparkchamber.com for more information.

Monmouth Health & Life, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645; fax 201-782-5319; e-mail editor@wainscotmedia.com. Listings must be received four months in advance of the event and must include a phone number that will be published.

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What’s HAPPENING C H I L D B I RT H P R E PA R AT I O N / PA R E N T I N G Programs are held at Monmouth Medical Center, 300 Second Avenue, Long Branch. For fees and to register, call 732-923-6990 unless otherwise noted. ■ One-Day Preparation for Childbirth July 19, August 16, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. $179/couple (includes breakfast and lunch). ■ Two-Day Preparation for Childbirth (two-session program) July 11 and 18, August 1 and 8, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. $150/couple (includes continental breakfast). ■ Preparation for Childbirth (five-session program) August 25, September 1, 8, 15 and 22, 7:30–9:30 p.m. $125/couple. ■ Two-Day Marvelous Multiples August 2 and 9, 9 a.m.– 1 p.m. For those expecting twins, triplets or more. $150/couple (includes continental breakfast). ■ Eisenberg Family Center Tours June 28, July 12 and 26, August 2 and 23, 1:30 p.m. Free. (No children under 14.) ■ Make Room for Baby June 20, July 18, August 15, 10–11 a.m. For siblings ages 3 to 5. $40/family. ■ Becoming a Big Brother/Big Sister July 25, September 26, 10–11:30 a.m. For siblings age 6 and older. $40/family. ■ Childbirth Update/VBAC July 8, September 9, 7:30–9:30 p.m. Refresher program including information on vaginal birth after cesarean. $40/couple. ■ NEW: The Happiest Baby on the Block June 18, 7:30–9:30 p.m. $40, includes DVD and Soothing Sounds CD ($40 retail value). Learn a novel approach to keeping your baby happy based on the best seller by Harvey Karp, M.D. ■ Baby Care Basics (two-session program) June 20 and 27, noon–2 p.m., July 9 and 16, 7:30–9:30 p.m. $80/couple. ■ Breastfeeding Today August 6, 7–9:30 p.m. $50/couple. ■ Cesarean Birth Education August 19, 7:30–9:30 p.m. $40/couple. ■ Grandparents Program July 13, 7–9 p.m. $30/person, $40/couple. ■ Adoptive Parenting Private, two-session programs conveniently scheduled to accommodate your needs. $150/couple. ■ Gestational Diabetes Education Program One-session class for women who develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy. Convenient appointments; call the Center for Diabetes Education at 732-923-5025. Fee required. JUST FOR KIDS (Also see sibling programs above.) ■ Safe Sitter (one-session program) June 20, July 25, August 22, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. For 11- to 13-year-olds on responsible babysitting. Monmouth Medical Center. Call 1-888-SBHS-123. $50/person. (Bring snack and bag lunch.) G E N E R A L H E A LT H June 18, July 16, August 20, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Offered through a cooperative effort of the Long Branch Police Department, the N.J. ■

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Division of Highway Traffic Safety, The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center’s SAFE KIDS Chapter. At Long Branch Union Fire Company, 199 Union Avenue, Long Branch. ■ Free DermaView Skin Scans June 24, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. At Monmouth Medical Center, first floor, outside SeaBreeze Cafe, 300 Second Avenue, Long Branch. ■

Free Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Screenings

July 22, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. At Monmouth Medical Center, first floor, outside SeaBreeze Cafe, 300 Second Avenue, Long Branch. Cholesterol screenings must be limited to the first 40 registrants. Call 1-888-724-7123 to schedule an appointment. ■ Diabetes Self-Management Series Four-session diabetes education program focusing on diet, nutrition, glucose monitoring, medications, meal plans, prevention/treatment of complications, dining out and exercise. For dates and times, call the Center for Diabetes Education at 732-923-5025. Fee required. S E N I O R H E A LT H ■ Sleeping

Smart June 24, 1–3 p.m. Presented by Mon-

mouth Medical Center’s Sleep Disorders Center. SCAN*. Indigestion and Other Stomach Disorders June 25, 1–3 p.m. Presented by Gagan D. Beri, M.D., gastroenterology. SCAN.* ■ Healthy Feet as We Get Older June 26, 1:30– 3 p.m. Presented by Frances C. Fittanto, D.P.M., podiatry. SCAN.* ■ Could It Be My Thyroid? July 15, 1–3 p.m. Presented by Sudha Ganne, M.D., endocrinology. SCAN.* ■ Do You Suffer from Knee Pain? July 22, 1–3 p.m. Presented by Glenn Gabisan, M.D., board-certified orthopedic surgeon. SCAN.* ■

Vitamins, Dietary Supplements and Nutriceuticals

July 29, 1–3 p.m. Presented by Gayle Flannelly, registered pharmacist. SCAN.* ■ Keeping Your Mind Sharp July 30, 11–11:45 a.m. Howell Senior Center (age 60 and over), 251 Preventorium Road. Registration required; call 732-938-4500, ext. 2554. ■

Eating Your Way to Better Health and Longer Life

August 5, 1–3 p.m. SCAN.* ■ Immunizations: Not Just for Kids August 12, 1– 3 p.m. Presented by Sukrut Dwivedi, D.O., infectious diseases. SCAN.* ■ Could You Have Metabolic Syndrome? August 19, 1–3 p.m. Presented by Zorica Mercadante, M.D., internal medicine. SCAN.* ■

Varicose Veins: New Minimally Invasive Treatment

August 26, 1–3 p.m. Presented by George Constantinopoulos, M.D., section chief, vascular surgery. SCAN.* *SCAN Learning Center (Senior Citizens Activities Network, age 50 and over) is located at Monmouth Mall, Eatontown. To register for programs, call 732-5421326. SCAN membership is not required. ■


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