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H a r m o n y at H o m e Smart planning can help you create a functional and beautiful space.

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LOCAL BUZZ Our guide to new ideas, tips, trends and things we love in Monmouth County

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SPECIAL PROMOTION

HEART FAILURE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM AT MONMOUTH MEDICAL CENTER

hospitalization and improving the

process,” Dr. Mattina says. “The APN

patient’s quality of life.

works individually with patients to

At Monmouth Medical Center,

enhance their understanding of the

the Heart Failure Management

disease and provide the tools for

Program brings together a

patients and caregivers to effectively

multidisciplinary team of heart failure

manage the disease process.”

experts to more effectively monitor

Long Branch resident John

heart failure patients, and provide

Angeles, 83, visits the Heart Failure

interventions to manage symptoms

Management Program clinic every

and prevent the need for emergency

other week and says the program

care or hospital readmission.

has been a great source of support.

“The Heart Failure Management

A retired Navy Seal who works out

Program is dedicated to helping

three hours a day, seven days a

patients and caregivers become

week, he recommends the program to

more actively involved in their heart

friends and fellow naval retirees.

failure care through education,

“They’ve helped me manage my

access to a multidisciplinary team,

weight and greatly improve my quality

and consistent follow-up with a heart

of life,” he says. “The staff is attentive,

failure professional,” says Monmouth

considerate and so knowledgeable.

Medical Center cardiologist Charles

They really take the time to help you

In the United States, approximately

Mattina, M.D., the program’s

in any way possible to make sure you

5 million people are living with heart

medical director. “Through this active

stay healthy.”

failure, with more than 550,000

participation, patients will improve

being newly diagnosed every year.

their functionality and quality of life,

Program also features a Telehealth

while reducing the frequency of

monitoring program in collaboration

hospitalizations.”

with the Visiting Nurse Association

IMPROVING QUALIT Y OF LIFE FOR PATIEN T S

Heart failure is the most common diagnosis of Medicare hospital discharges, and nearly 20 percent

Participation in the program can

The Heart Failure Management

of Central Jersey (VNACJ). The

of those patients are readmitted

begin as an inpatient before hospital

program is designed to help patients

to the hospital within 30 days of

discharge or a patient can be referred

receive treatment at home, improve

discharge — most commonly a result

on an outpatient basis. Patients are

their quality of life, and reduce the

of a failure to follow a proper diet or

initially evaluated by Denise Yaman,

likelihood of a trip to the emergency

medication regimen, or to properly

an experienced advanced practice

room or re-hospitalization.

monitor symptoms. Heart failure

nurse (APN).

disease management programs

“The program uses a patient-

Other important components of the Heart Failure Management

have been shown to improve patient

centered care approach to early

Program include access to heart

outcomes, reducing the rate of re-

management of the heart disease

failure research trials and social

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HEART FAILURE

AT A GLANCE H E A R T F A I L U R E is the heart’s inability to pump enough blood to meet the body’s oxygen and nutrient demands. Heart failure can be systolic, which is the inability of the heart to contract strongly enough to pump blood forward. It can also be diastolic, reflecting the inability of the heart to relax normally, causing fluid to back up into the lungs. Heart failure can be acute, an emergency in which

services, clinical nutrition, cardiac

a patient develops sudden shortness of breath or chest

rehabilitation and ancillary testing such

pain. Heart failure can also become chronic, a long-term

as lab, non-invasive cardiology and

condition in which the patient experiences persistent

radiology.

symptoms over an extended period of time.

“In addition to the APN, the Heart Failure Management Program is supported by a multidisciplinary team comprised of cardiologists, primary care physicians, pharmacists, nutritionists, nurses, social workers and behavioral health professionals. Participation in the program can begin as an inpatient before hospital discharge or a patient can be referred on an outpatient basis,” notes Sharon

A variety of conditions can lead to the development of heart failure. These include coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, hypertension, and disease of the heart valves. Other conditions that can contribute to the development of heart failure include anemia, an overactive thyroid gland, abnormal electrolytes, cardiac rhythm abnormalities, and diabetes. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of heart failure is the key to early detection, as they lead a patient to seek medical attention. Signs of left-sided heart failure due to

Holden, administrative director for

lung congestion include shortness of breath, unexplained

Cardiopulmonary and Renal Services

cough, reduced urine output, loss of appetite, dizziness

at Monmouth Medical Center.

and light-headedness, confusion, restlessness and anxiety, and fatigue or weakness. Signs and symptoms of rightsided heart failure include swelling of the feet and legs, abdominal pain, accumulation of fluid in the abdominal area, loss of appetite, nausea, weight gain and weakness. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical care.

MONMOUTH MEDICAL CENTER CARDIOLOGIST CHARLES MATTINA, M.D., SHOWN HERE WITH DENISE YAMAN, AN EXPERIENCED CARDIAC ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE, IS THE MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF THE HEART FAILURE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM AT MONMOUTH MEDICAL CENTER.

For more information on the Heart Failure Management Program at Monmouth Medical Center, call 732-923-6702.

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SPECIAL PROMOTION

MONMOUTH MEDICAL’S

BREAKTHROUGH APPROACH TO AN ADVANCED CARDIAC TECHNIQUE

transradial catheterization. “Typically in a cardiac catheterization, the catheter is

or those who are unable to urinate lying flat.” Cardiac catheterizations can

introduced into the body through the

diagnose or evaluate coronary artery

groin’s femoral artery and is guided

disease, congenital heart defects and

toward the heart,” says Monmouth

problems with heart valves, as well as

Medical Center interventional

diagnose causes of heart failure. They

cardiologist Rita Watson, M.D. “But

also are performed to open blocked

one of the biggest benefits of passing

coronary arteries.

the catheter through the radial artery

At Monmouth Medical Center, the

in the wrist rather than femoral artery

cardiac catheterization lab’s medical

MONMOUTH MEDICAL CENTER

is that the risk of significant bleeding is

team is comprised of highly qualified

has introduced an innovative cardiac

almost completely eliminated.”

cardiologists, nurses, technicians

catheterization procedure that uses

The femoral approach has been

and other professionals who possess

patients’ wrists, rather than the groin

the gold standard for many years, and

years of experience in cardiac

region, to gain access to blood vessels

moving to the newer radial technique

care. Dr. Watson, whose addition

leading to the heart.

requires specialized training and

to this team allowed Monmouth to

advanced skills, according to Dr.

add peripheral vascular intervention

transradial catheterization access,

Watson, who is among a relatively

with stent implantation to its roster

provides for a faster overall recovery

small percentage of interventional

of catheterization procedures, is

period for the patient and reduced

cardiologists in the U.S. performing the

the medical director for emergent

bleeding, bruising and complications.

technique. She has performed more

angioplasty services.

It is the latest development for

than 100 radial access procedures

Monmouth Medical Center’s strong

since last May.

The procedure, known as

cardiac services, which provides

“Overall, patients experience

A diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases and

comprehensive non-invasive cardiac

higher levels of comfort when radial

Interventional Cardiology and a

testing, interventional cardiology,

access is used,” she says. “When

fellow and former officer of the

heart failure management, and

they are in the recovery area after

Society for Cardiac Angiography and

cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.

the procedure, they usually can sit

Interventions, Dr. Watson graduated

up and walk and use the bathroom,

from Harvard Medical School, Boston,

art cardiac catheterization laboratory

while patients receiving the traditional

and trained in internal medicine

took a major step in expanding its

catheterization need to lie completely

at the Hospital of the University of

cardiac services with the introduction

still on their backs and typically

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. She

of emergency coronary angioplasty.

need several hours of bed rest and

received her cardiology training at

Today, its cardiac catheterization

observation. Thus the new procedure

the National Heart, Lung and Blood

laboratory is a facility offering

benefits patients with back problems

Institute/National Institutes of Health in

In 2004, Monmouth’s state-of-the-

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KNOWING HOW HEART ATTACKS CAN DIFFER IN WOMEN CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE A N I M P O R TA N T M E S S A G E F R O M MONMOUTH MEDICAL CENTER

IN PHOTO AT LEFT: RITA WATSON, M.D., WHO IS AMONG A RELATIVELY SMALL PERCENTAGE OF INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGISTS IN THE U.S. PERFORMING A NEWER TRANSRADIAL ACCESS TECHNIQUE, IS SHOWN WITH A PATIENT IN THE CATH LAB RECOVERY ROOM. RIGHT: DR. WATSON LEADS THE HOSPITAL’S CARDIAC CATHETERIZATION LAB’S MEDICAL TEAM, WHICH IS COMPRISED OF HIGHLY QUALIFIED CARDIOLOGISTS, NURSES, TECHNICIANS AND OTHER PROFESSIONALS WHO POSSESS YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN CARDIAC CARE. SHE IS SHOWN HERE WITH THE CATH LAB’S NURSING TEAM.

Bethesda, Md., and was an assistant

than angioplasty, or were transferred to

professor of medicine at New York’s

another facility to undergo angioplasty.

Columbia University, College of

“Emergent angioplasty services

Physicians and Surgeons, where she

at Monmouth Medical Center allows

was an attending physician in the

for the timely delivery of state-of-the-

catheterization lab.

art cardiovascular care to our large

Dr. Watson says that the timely use of emergent angioplasty is an

patient population,” she says. The introduction of transradial

DURING FEBRUARY, American Heart Month is a time to reflect on stories of courage and inspiration as we celebrate those who have made the journey to recovery from heart disease. At Monmouth Medical Center, we know that countless others are just stepping on to that road to recovery. And we understand that the battle against heart disease is won only with a comprehensive approach that begins with early detection and prompt treatment and continues through heart-healthy maintenance programs. At Monmouth Medical Center, we understand that women often experience symptoms of a heart attack that differ dramatically from those of men. To reach more women with this life-saving message, we have introduced a women’s health initiative that combines the renown of our Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center with our comprehensive cardiac services. All women seen in our breast center are offered a cardiovascular risk appraisal designed to give them an approximation of their personal risk for heart disease based on a series of questions related to known cardiovascular risk factors. Monmouth took this initiative because we understand that while most women believe breast cancer to be their primary health risk, cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of death in American women, exceeding all forms of cancers combined. During Heart Month and throughout the year, Monmouth Medical Center remains committed to raising awareness among the women and men of our community of the importance of understanding our own cardiovascular risk. To learn more about cardiac services at Monmouth Medical Center or about the cardiovascular risk appraisal available at the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center, call 888-SBHS-123.

important treatment approach for heart

access for emergency angioplasty

attack patients. “The introduction of the

contributes to significantly

cardiac catheterization procedure has

strengthening Monmouth Medical

been crucial for the field of cardiology,

Center’s leadership position in

as it allows us to obtain important

providing cardiac care, according

information about the heart and its

to Sharon Holden, administrative

vessels in a minimally invasive way,”

director for Cardiopulmonary

Dr. Watson says. “As a diagnostic

and Renal Services. She points to

test, it allows us to see the heart as it

Monmouth’s comprehensive outpatient

pumps blood, and assess the arteries

services, including the Joel Opatut

that supply blood to the heart. Cardiac

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

LIKE MANY WOMEN, OCEANPORT

catheterization also allows emergent

Center, designed for those recovering

RESIDENT JENNIE VOZOS, 89, SUFFERED

treatment of acute heart attacks with

from heart disease as well as those

WITH NO SYMPTOMS TRADITIONALLY

removal of clot, and opening of the

seeking services to help them learn to

ASSOCIATED WITH A HEART ATTACK.

blocked artery with balloons or stents.”

improve their cardiac health, and the

AND ACCURATELY DIAGNOSED

A HEART ATTACK THAT OCCURRED

FORTUNATELY, SHE WAS QUICKLY

Cardiac Laboratory, offering state-of-

AND RECEIVED LIFESAVING CARE AT

of emergency medicine at Monmouth,

the-art diagnostic services to monitor

INCLUDING THE IMPORTANT HEART

points out that before Monmouth’s

heart health.

Catherine Hanlon, M.D., chair

designation as a provider of emergent

“We’re able to offer our

MONMOUTH MEDICAL CENTER — FAILURE DISEASE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM THAT ENABLED HER TO COMPLETE HER FULL RECOVERY. SHE

angioplasty, patients suffering a

community a full range of services from

IS SHOWN HERE IN MONMOUTH’S

heart attack who were brought to the

the minute a patient walks through

REHABILITATION CENTER WITH NURSE

hospital were treated with clot-busting

our doors with the first signs of a

drugs to restore normal blood flow, a

heart attack through to their treatment,

treatment option that is less effective

recovery and rehabilitation,” she adds.

JOEL OPATUT CARDIOPULMONARY CAROL DEMAIO.

For additional information about cardiology services at Monmouth Medical Center, an affiliate of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, call 732-923-6595.

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We’re not talking Alka-Seltzer—we’re talking bath bombs, those tablets that bubble and fizz in the tub, making you feel as if you’re bathing in champagne! To make your next bath a super-soothing indulgence, why not try whipping up your own tension-taming bath bomb? Blend 4 drops chamomile or lavender essential oil into ½ cup almond, canola or sunflower oil. Next, combine 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup citric acid powder, ½ cup cornstarch and the oil mixture until if forms a crumbly dough. Pack the mixture into a 12-cup minimuffin tin, let set overnight and unmold in the morning. Store in a sealed plastic container in a cool, dry place, and they’ll keep indefinitely. Tip: Customize your bath bomb by using essential oils with the specific benefits you desire—try eucalyptus for energy, bergamot for confidence or orange for a mood boost. Find citric acid at your local grocery store (it’s often labeled “sour salt”) or online at americanspice.com, and pick up essential oils at Dean’s Natural Food Market in Ocean (732.517.1515, deansnaturalfoodmarket.com).

To find your inner bliss, here are Davis’ step-by-step instructions: • Set aside 5–10 minutes each day. Keep time with your cell phone or a non-ticking timer. • Choose a tranquil spot. Sit comfortably in a chair with your spine and neck in a straight line. • Choose a peaceful word (such as “om” or “peace”) to allow your mind to be still. Slowly breathe in and out through your nose, saying your word to yourself on each inhale and exhale. • It’s normal to have thoughts come up. “Use your word as a sword” to push them away, Davis suggests. • When done, sit in the stillness for a few minutes. Meditation classes are held monthly at The Vandana Center in Aberdeen (732.566.7100, vandanacenter.com), and instructor Abhaya Cordova also offers private sessions for groups of all sizes.

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Love the space, power and handling of an SUV, but hate the environmental impact? Starting now, you can swap your gas guzzler for a 2011 Touareg, Volkswagen’s first hybrid, and because it’s an SUV, you can still hit the road sitting high. How does it spare the environment? For one, the sturdy yet stylish Touareg pairs a gas engine and a battery-powered electric motor that together produce the muscle of a V8 while bettering the fuel efficiency of a V6. Plus, the electric motor captures the kinetic energy used during coasting and braking to recharge itself. And its innovative Stop-Start system automatically shuts off the car’s engine whenever you hold down the brake—release the brake, and the engine starts again! The bottom line: You get where you’re going using less gas, releasing fewer fumes and attracting more bravos than boos! To try the Touareg, visit Shrewsbury Motors in Shrewsbury (732.945.4367, shrewsburymotors.com).

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Most people are aware of the cancerfighting antioxidants in tea, “but there are teas for many different aspects of health,” says Kim Widener, owner of the trendy tea and coffee shop Novel Teas in Red Bank (732.747.8800, novelteas.org). “There are teas that will calm you, teas that help you lose weight, teas for just about everything.” Here you can enjoy your potion of choice while taking in a live music performance or a book discussion, things Novel Teas is known for, and the experience is nothing short of soothing. “It’s a really beautiful and tranquil place,” says customer Olivia Mullen of Middletown. “The atmosphere is so inviting, I come in every day!” Novel Teas offers more than 65 different teas, ranging from the popular dragon pearl jasmine to the kidfriendly bubble gum. Traditional high tea with finger sandwiches, scones and sweets is served on weekends between 3 and 5 p.m. “There’s something for everyone,” says Widener.

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house tour The Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey (VNACJ) will present its annual Stately Homes by-the-Sea Designer Show House May 3 through June 12. This year’s featured home is the historic, Georgian-style Holly Hill house, located in Rumson. The handmade brick house is set on more than 12 acres and, true to its name, features dozens of holly trees. “Once again, we are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to spotlight a Monmouth County classic estate as the venue for Stately Homes by-the-Sea,” says Mindy Minerva, who is co-chairing the event with Liz Thees and

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Nancy Mulheren. The house features many interesting details, including decorative embossed zinc gutters and the “Aladdin Lamp” staircase, an exterior metal structure that leads up to the roof deck. More than 35 leading local designers will incorporate modern, sophisticated elements into the classic home, which was built in 1934. Holly Hill will be open for tours Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is $35. All proceeds benefit VNACJ, the largest voluntary, nonprofit homecare agency in the state. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 732.224.6780.

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A healthy smile? It’s easy to achieve, especially if you “remember to brush and floss every day!” That’s the message from the American Dental Association this February in honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month. But as any parent knows, getting kids excited about oral hygiene isn’t exactly easy. To the rescue: fun activity sheets and posters you can download and print (find them at monmouthhealthandlife.com/dentalhealth). If your kids get nervous at the dentist, here’s news that’ll make them grin. At Madeline Badalaty Pediatric Dentistry in Ocean (732.774.7008, oceansofsmiles.com), Madeline Badalaty, D.M.D., and her team use “The Wand” to inject local anesthesia into nervous children. The Wand doesn’t look like the syringe that children normally associate with doctors’ offices; it looks more like a pen. “I tell the kids that I am using my magic wand to put their tooth to sleep,” says Dr. Badalaty. “We like to use nicer words with our young patients so they can be participants in the procedures without our lying to them or simply forcing them to cooperate.”

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Giving birth can involve its share of aches and pains, but a new service offered at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch is making the days after labor much easier on new mothers. For an additional fee, maternity patients can enjoy in-room relaxation and wellness treatments from Bavia Baby (732.403.3113, baviahealth.com), an independent Minneapolis-based company. Bavia’s postnatal spa packages include the “Mama Me-Ahhh!” ($165 for 60 minutes), a full-body treatment that involves gentle massage to improve circulation and enhance sleep and the application of eucalyptus-infused steam towels to the feet to reduce swelling and ease pain. Another soothing option is the “Sleepy Head” treatment ($65 for 30 minutes), a massage of the head, neck and shoulders. All treatments feature low lighting, aromatherapy and music to help set the tone for relaxation. “I created the treatments after researching the healing practices that primitive people used when birthing in caves, igloos and log cabins,” says Bavia founder and CEO Rachel Swardson. “Even in a modern hospital setting, mothers who have experienced our treatments have reported an immediate improvement in restfulness and less pain and anxiety.” Packages can be purchased for new moms as a gift. “Rather than the typical balloons and flowers, you’ll be giving them a healthy, memorable experience,” says Swardson.

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ph ysical therapy me ets pilates “Everyone will benefit from doing Pilates,” says Varsha Pohuja, the director of physical therapy at Seaview Orthopedics, with locations in Freehold and Ocean Township (732.660.6200, seaviewortho.com). “In Pilates, you use your mind to control your muscles, and the method helps you improve flexibility and strength.” And she’s not the only PT who’s turning to this popular fitness practice. According to Jennifer Gamboa, a physical therapist and spokesperson for the American Physical Therapy Association, “in the last 10 years, the popularity of incorporating Pilates moves into physical therapy practices has really grown. It’s such a good match to help clients train their abs and protect their lower backs.” Want to increase your core strength and alleviate lower back or hip pain? Pohuja suggests a move called the Scoop: • Lie flat on your back with both knees bent and your feet flat on the ground, knees and feet in line with your hips. • Place the palm of your hand underneath your lower back. • Tighten your abs and gently push your back down toward your hand, doing a small pelvic tilt movement. • Hold for 10 seconds; breathe deeply and evenly. • Relax and release for 30 seconds, then repeat 7‑8 times. • Do it daily for best results.

jewelry with heart A cat showed up on the deck of Joseph Romanowski’s house while the designer was planning his line of handcrafted charms, so the animal lover did everything he could to locate the feline’s owner. No one stepped forward, so Romanowski adopted the “poor cat,” named him Felix, and used the kitty’s likeness for his logo. Felix’s good luck was contagious: The Deal-based Poor Cat Designs, available at Goldtinker in Rumson (732.530.9696, goldtinkerrumson.com) and Style Rocket in Asbury Park (732.807.4777, stylerocket.com), has gained devotees such as Bruce Springsteen and his wife, Patti Scialfa, who love mixing and matching the precious metal charms. Romanowski’s charitable work extends beyond Felix. Poor Cat Designs was tapped to craft the “Tunaweza Disc” for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation—the purchase of one allows 13 babies to be born HIV-free.

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“Greening” your home is easier than ever thanks to itseasybeinggreen.com, a site that lets you outfit everything from your sink to your shower, your windows to your weather stripping, for maximum energy savings. As the direct-to-consumer branch of New Jerseybased Niagara Conservation Products, itseasybeinggreen.com specializes in water- and energy-saving products that keep your home humming—and you comfortable—while sparing the environment (and your bank account)! Take the popular $20 Earth Massage Showerhead, which uses just 1.5 gallons per minute compared with standard showerheads’ 2.5. A special pressure-compensation device ensures that the stream is still powerful so you don’t have to worry about washing under a trickle. At the end of the year, you’ll have saved 7,300 gallons and shaved about $150 off your water bill.

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eeping in mind this month’s focus on mind, body and soul, doesn‘t it make sense to get your financial house in order? I know having a financial plan for my business and future lets me rest a bit easier at night. What better time to start planning than right now! Most of my articles have been focused on individuals entering or just finishing the divorce process. Why? Too many people come to me after the fact—when things can’t be changed or someone didn’t fully understand the consequences of their decisions. Whether you are single, married, a domestic partnership or recently divorced, planning at every stage needs to be addressed.

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The Bar Method has a big focus on safety. The founder, Burr Leonard, designed the workout with the help of physical therapists so that it wouldn’t cause injuries. What also makes it unique is the commitment to individual attention, since proper form is so important. It’s almost as if you’re getting personal training in a group setting. WHAT WILL THE BAR METHOD DO FOR YOUR BODY? It will give you a lean, sculpted physique and also help improve posture and flexibility. My students tell me they notice definition in their arms, legs, glutes and abs that they’ve never seen before. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO OPEN A BAR METHOD STUDIO? I started out as a professional dancer and then worked as an esthetician. After taking Bar Method classes, I noticed amazing changes in my body that I hadn’t seen since my dancing days. I felt compelled to bring the program to Monmouth because there was nothing like this in the area. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? Seeing how my clients’ bodies transform keeps me inspired. I’ve had students tell me that the Bar Method changed their lives. I feel so blessed to share what I’ve gained from the workout. THERE?

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Your heart really needs to be in it because it’s definitely a lot of work. Starting your own business can be daunting, but I think it’s important to follow your dreams. Many people will tell you it’s too risky, but if it’s something you believe in, go for it.

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e all long for a harmonious home—a tempting space where color and texture blend seamlessly and each room has a visual connection with the next. A home so well-planned you can chat on the phone while stirring supper, where work lights are aptly placed, and there’s always a connection for the laptop. Even better, one whose space configuration perfectly matches your lifestyle, whether that means flexible areas for socializing or a tiny cottage for two. In an ideal world, we’d all reach design nirvana with a newly built home. The reality, however, is that most of us will need to tweak the property we already own. The first step in creating a harmonious home is to think through why an existing home isn’t working, and how it may be altered. Is the lighting system beyond its years? Do you have to run from room to room to answer the phone? Apply these thought processes across the whole home, not just to random rooms. Think of it as a home health-check. And when it’s time for decorative decisions, the whole-home approach makes light work of creating a cohesive scheme. Many of us plan individual rooms with little thought to how everything hangs together visually. Yet the dynamic of any home is that we travel constantly through it catching glimpses from room to room, even moving furniture between spaces. So it makes sense to pick a limited palette of colors and surfaces, which can be reinterpreted around the house, giving balance and contrast. In its simplest form, a unifying hard surface might be wood flooring that runs across the ground floor. Or it may be the decision to choose polished plaster walls throughout, or oak-paneled storage everywhere. When it comes to fabrics, plan schemes in the context of the whole home so that key textures or patterns repeat from room to room. Plain curtains or Roman blinds, all identical, can be wonderfully unifying. So, too, can the same slip covers in every room: white cotton, say, or linen. If it’s difficult to work out which fabrics will suit a variety of rooms, get a large sheet of cardboard, sketch out every room on a particular floor, then start to assemble fabrics. You will soon see if a gray denim upholstery

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A large bedroom runs the risk of feeling like an impersonal hotel room. To add atmosphere, create a seating zone in the spare space at the end of the bed. These chairs are placed in front of a built-in TV.

or cream linen curtains will work well throughout. As for color, a home feels calmer if colors blend smoothly throughout the whole interior. A carefully chosen palette (from three to six shades) can be reworked in varying tones and quantities in every room. The core palette will depend not just on the colors you personally find uplifting, but on how light or dark the property is, whether the planned mood is cozy or tranquil, and if the desired decorative effect is dramatic or soothing. The best homes have a balance of great spaces. Be they boxy and modern or a mix of big and small, it’s not dimensions that matter, but the ebb and flow from intimate space to open-plan and back again. If you have a big room, list the room’s good and bad architectural points. How can you enhance or correct them? Decide what your focal point will be. Do you need to add one? Ask yourself what functions the large space must fulfill. How will you arrange furniture to create different activity zones? Does your furniture look in proportion? If you have small rooms, consider visual tricks to prevent claustrophobia. A room will seem bigger if the borders between individual planes (walls, floors, ceiling) are blurred. So try painting everything in one color. Check that a fireplace and mantel aren’t too large for the room, and plan treatments that elongate, rather than shorten, windows: full-length curtains, not tiny blinds. It’s a common misconception that large furniture clutters up a small room. In fact, it can actually make it feel larger. So use

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AQUA MEDICA SALON AND DAY SPA Pier Village, 16 Laird Street Long Branch, 732.222.8611 aquamedicaspa.com

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spa has an unpretentious vibe, making it a per fect party place and ideal for group spa outings. Sweet 16 parties, girls’ nights out, romantic dates—Aqua Medica caters to any size

even cover massage and some of the dermatologic options. Plus, the stress relief you’ll get from regular pampering trips to your favorite spa is hard to match. You spend your days balancing work, family and obligations—you deserve a little R & R. We picked the best spas of Monmouth County—specializing in everything from basics such as massages and facials to the unusual, like belly casts (for expectant women) and photorejuve nation (to even out skin tones). So book a sitter, put work on hold and treat yourself to a day of bliss. group and theme. Parties are hosted in the spa’s beautiful “Dream Room,” where you can enjoy decadent spa treatments while eating a catered lunch, brunch, dinner or any other festive treat. DON’T MISS Aqua Medica’s expert esthetician and skin-care guru Valentina’s Blueberry and Coffee Bean Exfoliating Cleanser. It exfoliates, nourishes and protects the skin with antioxidants—and smells good enough to eat.

AVANTI DAY RESORT 345 Route 9 South Manalapan, 732.780.0222 avantisalonspa.com

CATCH A WAVE Luda Conti, owner of Avanti Day Resort, has just one mission: to bring her clients the latest and greatest in skin care and body treatments. Each

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Medigrade facial begins with a digital skin analysis to assess everything from the extent of sun damage and wrinkles to the bacteria in your pores. The expansive and elegantly designed spa recently installed Italianmade massage tables that are filled with water and programmed to release intermittent waves rolling beneath from you from head to toe. The tables also use color therapy to help you achieve physical, emotional and mental well-being. DON’T MISS Avanti’s Cleansing Ritual dietary supplement. Spa clients are offered a teaspoon of this concoction prior to every massage or facial. It tastes like sweet granola, is high in antioxidants and proteins and contains a natural appetite suppressant.

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T H E U LT I M AT E S PA G U I D E BIRO VENUS MEDICAL SPA Sycamore Commons 34 Sycamore Avenue Little Silver, 732.530.322 birovenusmedicalspa.com

OBJECTIVE: BEAUTIFUL SKIN Treatment at Biro Venus begins with a complimentary consultation to discuss and explore the different options that suit your skin type. The medi-spa offers a wide variety of skin treatments—from rosacea management to chemical peels and Botox—all performed at their state-of-the-art facility. DON’T MISS When we’ve nibbled on too many fries taking our kids to the drive-thru, it’s VelaShape to the rescue. BiroVenus offers this nonsurgical treatment for the reduction in fat layers and cellulite. Great for hips, thighs and the

tummy area, VelaShape gets us more comfortable in our skinny jeans in about four treatments.

DE JENSEN SALON AND SPA 2150 Highway 35 Sea Girt, 732.449.3366 609 Broad Street Shrewsbury, 732-842-7600 dejensen.com

FRIENDLY, FUN ATMOSPHERE A fullservice skin and hair salon, this comfortable and open space features a modern design and is filled with knowledgeable and friendly staff. The salon, a “go-to” for brides and bridal-party packages, uses both Redken and Bumble & Bumble hair care lines. The Gel Peel Facial, designed to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and skin discoloration and to smooth rough skin, is one of the spa’s Avanti Day Resor t’s manicure stations are an elegant treat.

most popular services. Manicures, pedicures, waxing and makeup services are also available.

DON’T MISS SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel moisturizes and helps with tissue repair, making skin feel smoother and appear younger.

ELIZABETH ARDEN RED DOOR SPA Harrah’s Resort 777 Harrah’s Blvd. Atlantic City, 609.441.5333 reddoorspas.com

A TIMELESS CLASSIC Beyond the famous red door is an intimate and warm spa that’s got all the head-to-toe services you’ve come to expect from this beauty brand, such as facials, massage, hair, nails and makeup. Try the Signature Stress Melter Ritual, an integration of three soothing services: an olive oil skin-softening scrub, aroma therapeutic body wrap and massage—all designed to ease stress and rebalance the spirit. DON ’T MISS The Villa Floriani Olive Oil Satin Body Spray is a perfect way to end a warm bath or shower. The spray’s rich, nourishing o i l s , including olive, carrot and grape seed, help protect skin from environmental elements and leave it pleasantly soft and smooth.

HAND & STONE MA SS AGE AND FACIAL SPA 1325 Warren Avenue Spring Lake Heights 732.449.1700 55 Route 9 South Manalapan, 732-431-4722 handandstone.com

ESCAPE TO SERENITY Facials, waxing and massage are all offered at Hand & Stone, which is a franchise, yet doesn’t have a franchise look or feel. The moment you walk into the beautiful reception area and sink into the oversize leather chairs, you’ll begin to

wind down. There’s a wide variety of facial and body treatments to choose from, but if you’re looking for an hour of total relaxation, the standard massage on one of their plush, heated tables won’t disappoint. DON’T MISS A Cranial Sacral massage left us feeling relaxed and recharged. It’s designed to improve movement of the fluid surrounding the skull and spine, and it releases restrictions in the cranial sacral system to improve the function of the central nervous system.

ILLUSIONS HAIR SALON & DAY SPA 3475 Route 9 North Freehold, 732.462.2101 illusionssalonspa.com

SAVVY STYLES, SMOOTH SKIN A one-stop shop for hair, nails, facials, body treatments, waxing and makeup, Illusions is the kind of spa where an hour’s service just won’t seem like enough. For smoother, tighter skin, esthetician Patti D’Ambrosio suggests the Anti-Aging Facial with LED (light-emitting diodes), which actually restores skin cells. DON’T MISS As confirmed chocoholics, we had to try the Exfoliating Chocolate Sugar Scrub. This wonderful full-body scrub left our skin silky and smooth and our taste buds hungry for some candy.

IMMERSION SPA AT THE WATER CLUB 1 Renaissance Way Atlantic City, 800.800.8817 thewaterclubhotel.com

TRANQUILITY’S TRIUMPH While many hotels keep their spas low-key and locate them in a subterranean lair, The Water Club puts its Immersion Spa on the 32nd floor, offering spectacular ocean views. The Rock

Your Senses massage is the ultimate stressreducing experience. Soothing aromatherapy, warm towels, traditional Swedish massage and warm stone massage techniques combine to stimulate circulation and soothe muscles and joints. DON’T MISS When we heard about the Javanese Lulur Body/Bath Ritual, we weren’t sure whether it was a massage or a dinner. It turned out to be a decadent treatment that begins with a fullbody exfoliating scrub of granular turmeric, ginger root and rice powder followed by a refreshing splash of cool yogurt. Then a warm bath prepares your body for a rejuvenating Balinese massage using fragrant jasmine frangipani organic oils.

JEUNESSE MEDICAL SPA 733 N. Beers Street, Suite U7 Holmdel, 732.739.3033 jeunessemedicalspa.com

RELAXATION AND REJUVENATION This beautiful and serene spa offers all the latest, most effective selfenhancement and antiaging treatments. Spa supervisor Christine Delello says one of the most popular is Xtreme lashes, long-wear eyelash extensions that are applied using surgical adhesive. “It so naturallooking, it’s almost too good to be true,” says Delello. Jeunesse also offers a variety of cosmetic procedures such as Botox, Dypsport and Restylane, which are performed by their staff physicians. DON’T MISS Beautiful, glowing skin is great, but sometimes it’s all about pampering yourself. That’s when we go for the spa’s Relax package: a deep-cleansing facial, sea salt body rub and a shiatsu face treatment.

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LILY PAD DAY SPA 517 Route 33 East Millstone Township 732.792.1772 lilypaddayspa.biz

EXOTIC ADVENTURE Enter Lily Pad Day Spa and feel like you’ve escaped into a Middle Eastern-inspired romance novel. From fragrant candles to unique and serene décor, Lily Pad is the ideal haven from the hectic, fast-paced daily grind. The 100 percent natural and organic spa offers a luxurious array of decadent spa treatments, such as the Lily Pad Ritual. This delightful, intoxicating experience begins with a Sugarcane juice and grain exfoliation, followed by a warm rolling Bamboo massage. The treatment ends with a two-person application of lemongrass body spritzer. After your treatment, visit the relaxation room or fitness center, which offers meditation and belly-dancing classes. DON’T MISS We loved Kimberly Sayer of London’s Gentle Almond and Lavender Face Scrub. Its non-abrasive formula cleanses and exfoliates skin without causing micro scratches, a common side effect of many scrubs.

MASSAGE ENVY multiple locations massageenvy.com

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locations throughout New Jersey, Massage Envy has something for everyone. Pregnant women can savor a relaxing prenatal massage, while older folks can enjoy the benefits of a geriatric treatment. Those with muscular ailments can find relief in triggerpoint massage therapy. The spa also offers the standard favorites such as sports, deep-tissue, hot stone and Swedish massages, plus facials.

MEDICAL AESTHETICS OF RED BANK 1 Harding Road, Suite 206 Red Bank, 732.530.3733 redbank-lasers.com

BEAUTY MEETS TECHNOLOGY The focus is on total beauty at Medical Aesthetics of Red Bank, and the philosophy is “use multiple modalities to achieve optimal results.” The spa offers a complete range of cosmetic, dermatological and laser services in their pristine and modern facility, including their innovative way to remove hair. “We use the Soprano XL laser hair removal system,” says Gina Demian, office manager. “It’s virtually pain-free, and within six sessions, you’ll see up to a 95 percent reduction in hair.” DON’T MISS When the winter weather takes its toll on our skin, we reach for Vivite’s Daily Antioxidant Facial Serum. It provides antioxidant protection to help fight premature aging and delivers a regular application of glycolics to the skin to hydrate and renovate.

Medispa at Shrewsbury. From head to toe, you’re covered: makeup application, laser hair removal, chemical peels, lip enhancements, cellulite treatments, Botox and fillers—and that’s just a partial list. Always up on the latest treatments, the spa features the Zerona, the latest craze in nonsurgical lipo, which uses light beams to signal fat cells to shrink. DON’T MISS We found that the Zerona laser body fat removal system really tightened our thighs and butts and made our muffin-tops go from extra-large to medium. Treatments are recommended every other day for two weeks.

MIL AGRO SPA AT THE ATLANTIC CLUB 1904 Atlantic Avenue Manasquan, 732.223.2296 325 Maple Avenue Red Bank, 732.450.4400 milagrospa.com

UPBEAT AND STYLISH When you walk into the reception area here, you’re greeted by outgoing staffers who are ready to whisk you away to the salon for hair and nails or to the relaxing spa. Before you go, you’ll be tempted to shop in the adorable boutique filled with a huge selection of spa products. The

THE MEDISPA AT SHREWSBURY 480 Shrewsbury Plaza Shrewsbury, 732.460.0600 bnbmedispa.com

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T H E U LT I M AT E S PA G U I D E Aromatherapy Massage uses the purest essential oils from Decleor, and the Milagro Healing Stone Massage combines warm and cooled stones for the ultimate in relaxation. DON’T MISS Too many long hours under the fluorescent lights of the office leave our skin pasty and white. When we want that just-backfrom-South-Beach look, we try Milagro’s Organic Spray Tan. It starts with a dry exfoliation, and then the organic tanning solution is applied.

MOSAIC SALON & SPA 1392 Saint Georges Avenue Avenel, 732.669.9880 508 Broad Street Shrewsbury, 732.530.8877 65 Highway 34 North Morganville, 732.772.1838 mosaicsalonspa.com

HEALING FROM WITHIN This medi-spa combines the best of Eastern and Western treatment modalities for the body and mind. From color therapy to ear candling and Reiki, the spa is all about healing and promoting wellness. You can add to any service Healing Mineral Lamps, an ancient Chinese therapy that uses electromagnetic waves to help heal inflammation and aches and pains, and strengthen the immune system. DON’T MISS The

traditional Chinese medical practice of cupping. Soothing cups are gently slid over the skin to help release toxins from the body and increase circulation in the treated area. It helped relax us and ease our sore muscles and didn’t leave unsightly red marks on our back.

OCEAN PL ACE RESORT & SPA One Ocean Boulevard Long Branch, 800.411.6493 oceanplace.com

WHERE BEAUTY PREVAILS The Spa at Ocean Place’s inviting and elegant space features a warm, candlelit room infused with soothing aromas. Massages incorporate a natural coconut oil that moisturizes and nourishes the skin without leaving a greasy feeling. The Rejuvenating facial is designed to intensely hydrate the skin to reduce dryness and boost elasticity. The spa’s reception area serves complimentary beverages and fruit and includes a retail boutique that sells high-end beauty products, from organic facial and body products to clinically proven anti-aging options, plus bamboo clothing and scented candles. DON’T MISS The IS Clinical Youth Complex, Immersion Spa at The Water Club features spectacular views.

a potent antioxidant-based moisturizer with vitamins A, C, E, retinol, glycolic acid and powerful hyaluronic acid to intensely moisturize and smooth skin while helping to reduce the signs of aging and improve skin tone.

ORANGE SKYE BODY AND BEAUTY BAR 254 Highway 35 South Red Bank, 732.530.9003 redbank.orangeskye.com

INSPIRATION FROM INDIA This auyervedicinspired spa imports products directly from India to provide the most authentic and natural treatments possible. One of the most popular is the Udvartana Powder massage, a stimulating massage that uses a blend of powdered rose, jasmine petals and sandalwood to naturally exfoliate to leave the skin polished and renewed. The friction also heats the body, which increases circulation and reportedly reduces cholesterol and improves joint function and mobility. DON ’T MISS Guys deserve a break too. Send your hard-working hubby for the Dad’s Day Off Treatment, a stress-reducing massage, one hour facial, spa pedicure and lunch.

PETER CONTE SALON & SPA 128 Main Street Matawan, 732.290.2691 peterconte.com

A CALMING RETREAT The resort-like feel of the beautifully appointed Peter Conte Salon & Spa is transporting. Designed with natural elements of stone and soothing green walls, the salon is a respite from the fast-paced world. Director of Operations Suzanne Camlin says not to miss the soaking tub grotto, a private room with two tubs so you and a companion can soak away in a candlelit

Enjoy a “staycation” at the Peter Conte Salon & Spa.

room infused with aromatherapy.

DON’T MISS Dermologica’s Ultra Calming Cleanser. It’s a cleansing gel/cream that helps combat skin sensitivity caused by pollution, a harsh climate and stress. We really liked the way our skin felt fresh, yet smooth, after cleansing.

QUA BATHS & SPA Caesars Atlantic City 2100 Pacific Avenue Atlantic City, 609.343.2400 caesarsac.com

by four technicians and one esthetician. Afterward, we had a cold stone facial, a cleansing foot ritual (we were escorted to another treatment room on a path of rose petals), a hot stone massage, hot herbal linen body wrap, chakra balancing, reflexology and facial and scalp massage.

RENEW COSMETIC AND LASER CENTER 510 Route 9 North Manalapan, 732.972.3233 renewmed.com

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glorious ancient Roman baths a modern-day twist, Ceasar’s Qua Baths and Spa is a luxurious retreat that taps into the natural healing powers of water. Waterfalls are everpresent in this beautiful space, so you’re never far from the soothing sound of cascading water. The spa is bathed in natural light and accented throughout by smooth stone flooring and dark wood. Their Roman Baths consist of three distinct pools varying in both temperature and size. DON’T MISS We loved the over-the-top, because-I’m-worth-it Dieci Mani Ten Hands. Nothing was overlooked during this all-encompassing massage treatment, in which we were simultaneously massaged

and tastefully decorated medi-spa provides customized cosmetic enhancements and laser hair removal. Its friendly and approachable staff, physicians and expert skin care specialist will keep you looking your “beach body” best. They use the latest laser treatments for fat reduction, hair removal, acne, fine lines and wrinkles, spider veins and sun-damaged skin. Other services include treatment of cellulite, microdermabrasion, facials, body wraps and massages. DON’T MISS We weren’t sure we really wanted to know everything about our skin, but the Visia Skin Care Analysis at Renew helped us find a better way to approach

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spa has expanded from a hair and nail salon to a full-service spa, offering an array of services including manicures, pedicures, facials, body waxing, massage therapy and makeup application. Owner Karen Johnson says treatments like the Peppermint Twist set this spa apart from the crowd. The Twist includes a fullbody exfoliation followed by wrapping the body in a seaweed-, peppermintand mineral watersoaked gauze, all while having a simultaneous scalp or foot massage. DON’T MISS As avid beachgoers and seafood lovers, we were intrigued by the Four Layer facial, which incorporates a variety of mineral and seaweed-based products that use the “therapeutic properties of the sea.” The therapy helped us release our inner mermaid and left our skin soft, smooth and hydrated.

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SOPHISTICATED SERVICE This beautifully decorated, well-appointed spa offers services to recharge and keep you beautiful from every angle. Hair, nail and skin care, body treatments, tanning, waxing, teeth whitening, nutrition counseling and energy therapy make this a place you can check into after breakfast and stay until you’re ready for a night on the town. A client favorite is the AntiAging Red Light Therapy. It’s a relaxing, pain-free anti-aging treatment that builds collagen in the skin and reduces lines naturally, according to Rena Scheinhartz, the spa’s manager. DON’T MISS Always on the lookout for skin care products that show results without harsh chemicals, we tried Spa Botanical’s French Clay Cleansing Gel. All the Spa Botanical products are natural, vegan and organic, and they contain a combination of natural oils that rehydrate skin without leaving you feeling greasy.

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REFRESHMENT YOU DESERVE This comfortable and relaxed spa prides itself on offering down-toA day suite at the Borgata’s Spa Toccare

earth, friendly service. Owner Erica Mellone recommends the 4 Star Facial. The intense hydration and layers of minerals and vitamin C rejuvenate and tone your skin. The results were impressive: Our skin looked healthy and refreshed afterward. DON’T MISS Brow Mousse by Blinc, a lightly tinted mousse that comes in a mascara-like tube and is applied to the brows for that perfect sculpted shape. It’s great for postwaxing and brow-shaping treatments, another specialty of Skin & Bones.

SPA TOCCARE Borgata Hotel and Casino 1 Borgata Way Atlantic City, 609.317.7555 theborgata.com

A TREAT FOR THE SKIN This luxurious and upscale spa features a range of services from facials to massages with available upgrades like a scalp massage and paraffin hand/foot treatments. The Borgata Glow Facial includes an enzyme peel that brings new radiance to the skin, followed by a series of tightening masks that create the effect of a face-lift. The Silver Ion Mask reduces inflammation while enhancing the healing process, resulting in unbelievably soft skin. DON’T MISS The Borgata Bliss, a full-body scrub, followed by a hydrotherapy bath and ending with a Swedish massage.

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to offer salon and spa services like massage, facials, hair color and styling, manicures, pedicures and more. Owner Robin Thompson says the emphasis is on customizing all of their services to meet the needs of each guest. The spa features Aveda products. DON’T MISS Their Spa Aromatherapy Relaxation Massage, a customized Swedish massage with the added therapeutic benefits of aromatic, herbal essential oils. You pick your own oil to elevate your mood and relax your body and mind. After a long day at the office, we opted for the Lavender oil and afterward felt refreshed and relaxed.

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WHERE BEAUTY’S IN FLOWER At Wisteria Beauty, the emphasis is on total skin care and the latest in cosmetics and cosmetic treatments. Licensed estheticians evaluate and recommend facial treatments based on clients’ individual needs. Treatments range from microdermabrasion to glycolic peels and Vitamin C facials. Teen facials and acid peels are also offered. Facial treatments can be followed by professional makeup application, which had us looking datenight-ready the minute we walked out the door. DON’T MISS Sonya Dakar’s UltraLuxe Hand Treatment, a rich and protective moisturizer for hands and forearms. It evens skin tone and reduces the appearance of age spots while protecting from further sun damage with SPF 30.

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RELAXING RETREAT Walking into Thompson’s SalonSpa feels like walking into a friend’s warm and welcoming home—a home that just happens

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ake charge of your well-being! When Donna Mezzina started taking yoga classes nine years ago, her goal was to get her body into shape and achieve more flexibility and strength. As she progressed in her yoga practice, however, she realized she was getting a lot more than she bargained for: She was experiencing a change not just in her body, but in her mind as well. “I noticed so much more than just a physical improvement. Over time, I realized I was also learning how to relax and calm the mind, and it carried over into helping me feel happier and stronger in my everyday life,” says Mezzina, who is now a certified yoga instructor teaching at Yoga Plus Herbs in Marlboro and Centrastate Fitness & Wellness Center in Freehold. Through the holistic practice of yoga, Mezzina learned a valuable lesson: Being healthy doesn’t just mean keeping your body fit; it means taking charge of your whole well-being—body, mind, and spirit. Countless studies confirm that there is an inseparable connection between mind and body. One such study, done by a Harvard researcher, shows that more than 60 percent of doctor visits are due to stressrelated issues. In other words, your thoughts and stress can actually make you sick. Stress has been shown to weaken immune function and create inflammation in your body, which can lead to all kinds of problems—big and small—such as colds, gastric reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, sleep disorders, eating issues, teeth grinding, heart disease and cancer. “How you think is extremely important because your mind controls your body,” says Bryan Berger, a chiropractor and founder of Innovative Wellness Center, which offers massage therapy and nutrition services in Manalapan.

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You know it’s important to stay on top of doctor visits. But optimum health involves nurturing your mind, body and spirit


The bottom line is that in order to stay healthy, it’s crucial that you look not only at your physical health and the numbers on your cholesterol test (although it is vital to stay on top of regular health screenings—see page 42), but also examine your whole lifestyle, which includes mind-body activities, spirituality, nutrition and sleep.

the Importance of Exercise

Experts agree that exercise is one of the best things you can do to relieve stress, improve mood and benefit overall health. Not only does it improve cardiovascular health, flexibility, coordination and strength, it also releases endorphins, lowers stress hormones and ups your energy level. To get even more of a mental boost, you could try a mind-body activity such as yoga or tai chi, which helps you be mindful of your present thoughts and breathing patterns and promotes inner calm. These practices have been shown to relieve stress and improve health in various ways. “I have patients who come to the center to do yoga and experience an improvement in blood pressure,” says Dr. Berger. But you don’t need to become a Zen master to include mind-body activity in your life. Almost any exercise can have a mind-body component if you simply shift your mental focus while doing it. For instance, “change your scenery and go outside into nature to do your exercise,” suggests Dr. Berger. Focus on feeling the wind on your cheeks, releasing your stress and freeing your mind. Whatever it is you like to do, whether it’s walking, yoga, gardening, dancing or kickboxing, do it mindfully—take in the environment, listen to your breathing or feel the beat of the music in your core as you dance—and you’ll give your mind as big a boost as you give your body.

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Come On, Get Happy

Another key way to make yourself healthier and more energetic is to make yourself happier. And as you can imagine, there are many ways to accomplish that if you give yourself the opportunity. For instance, take time—even if it’s just a few minutes a day—to do something that relaxes you, such as reading a soothing book, doing a crossword puzzle or picking up a new hobby like playing guitar. Not only will you enjoy yourself, but these activities will also sharpen your mind and boost your memory, says Dr. Berger. “Learning a new task, such as playing an instrument, builds synapses in the brain, thus improving its function,” he says. Or, to bring more joy into your life, simply take time to de-clutter your mind. Meditate, write in a journal or just breathe deeply while thinking of a happy place. “Take a few minutes to inhale fully and exhale while you don’t allow yourself to think of the tasks you need to do,” says Dr. Berger. The increase in oxygen and the unburdening of your mind will help ease headaches and stress, he says. Another way to get happy is to connect with others. After all, we are social creatures, and research shows that people with social ties actually live longer. So have lunch with a friend, snuggle with your spouse or volunteer in your town. Staying socially connected and giving to others will help you feel good spiritually, lower stress and ultimately make you healthier.

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Nutrition Know-How

Anyone who has ever skipped a meal could tell you that when you don’t eat regularly (or healthfully), you end up feeling cranky, lethargic and depleted. That’s because taking in nutritious fuel on a regular basis is key to the proper functioning of your body and mind. “Avoid the processed junk food and go for whole foods that are free of chemicals and are in their most natural state,” says Dr. Berger. So instead of grabbing a fat-filled muffin on your way to work or a processed bag of chips for lunch, put pure, nutrientdense, fiber-rich foods (such as whole grains and vegetables) into your body throughout the day—and don’t forget to keep a drink of water handy (aim for eight 8-ounce glasses a day). You’ll keep your blood sugar stable (which will reduce mood swings and cravings), your energy up, your waistline in check and your mind clear.

Sleep Sense

Most Americans skimp on sleep because we feel our lives are too busy to fit it in, but we all would be wise to make time for more shuteye. “Sleep is a huge factor for physical and mental health since sleep is when the body and mind heal,” says Dr. Berger. “Without adequate sleep, we accelerate deterioration and the aging process.” To ease yourself into a calming bedtime routine, don’t exercise within two hours of going to bed, turn off the TV or computer in your room, don’t eat heavily right before lying down, and try to still your mind before sleep. This will send you on your way toward a restful night, which will replenish both your body and your mind for the next day.

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ealth Screenings Taking charge of your whole well-being means nurturing your mind and spirit— and staying on top of your physical health. To keep your body in tip-top shape, check this list of the vital health screenings adults should get regularly test

who

what

when

Fasting lipoprotein check

women and men

A blood test that screens for heart disease and stroke by measuring the two types of cholesterol—HDL and LDL—and triglycerides, which are fat-like substances in the body

Blood pressure

women and men

Colorectal screenings

women and men

Skin check

women and men

A simple device wrapped around your arm measures the pressure of blood vessels to screen for heart disease and stroke Three tests that screen for colorectal cancer: highsensitivity fecal occult blood test (FOBT), which checks for hidden blood in stool samples; flexible sigmoidoscopy, in which a flexible, lighted tube is used to inspect the interior walls of the rectum and part of the colon; colonoscopy, in which a flexible, lighted tube is used to inspect the interior walls of the rectum and the entire colon A visual examination by a dermatologist that screens for skin cancer

At least every five years. Have the test done more frequently (per your doctor’s recommendation) if you have high cholesterol or other risk factors for cardiovascular disease, or are over age 50 for women or age 45 for men. Ideally, every year along with your annual physical

Bone mineral density test

women and men

An X-ray exam that measures bone density and determines bone strength and risk for osteoporosis

Dental exam

women and men women and men

An oral exam of the teeth and gums done by a dentist—and a cleaning An optometrist or ophthalmologist checks for any eye conditions, such as glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration, and assesses your vision.

Pelvic exam, Pap smear and HPV test

women

A pelvic exam screens for signs of STDs and abnormalities of the cervix or uterus. A Pap smear, in which the cervix is swabbed to obtain a sample of cells, checks for infections and abnormal cervical cells. The Pap smear is a preliminary screen for the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can lead to cervical cancer. If Pap results show abnormalities, the sample will be further tested for HPV.

Breast exams and mammogram

women

A breast exam is a physical check of the breasts that helps determine if there are any changes in the tissue that could indicate cancer. A mammogram is an X-ray of the breasts that screens for cancer.

Prostate screenings

men

Genital exams

men

A digital rectal examination (DRE) is a physical exam of the rectum done by a medical professional to assess if there are any bumps on the prostate that may indicate cancer. A prostatespecific antigen (PSA) test is a blood test that screens for prostate cancer. Testicular screening is a self-exam of the testes in which you feel for any changes that may indicate a cancerous tumor. STD screening, done by a medical professional, determines whether or not there are any sexually transmitted diseases present.

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Once a year unless your dermatologist suggests otherwise People with no risk factors should get their first test at age 65 (women) or 70 (men). If, however, you are 50 or older and you have risk factors for osteoporosis, or if you are a woman of menopausal or postmenopausal age (yet younger than 65) with risk factors, ask your doctor about getting screened earlier. Every six months unless your dentist recommends otherwise There are no universal standards for frequency of exams. Some doctors recommend yearly exams, while others recommend exams every two to four years. If you have an eye condition or you wear glasses, you may need to go more frequently. Recent recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists state that women age 30 and older should get Pap smears every two years, depending on the results and their doctor’s recommendations. If you have had irregular results in the past or you have other risk factors for cervical cancer, you may need more frequent screening. Experts are not in complete agreement as to the recommended screening schedule. The American Cancer Society recommends that women age 40 and older do a breast self-exam monthly and get a clinical (physical) breast exam by a health professional and a mammogram every year. If you are at increased risk for breast cancer, you may need to start screening earlier and get additional tests. Many experts recommend DRE and PSA every one to two years for men age 50 and older. Discuss this with your doctor based on your personal and family history because experts disagree as to when testing should start and how frequently it should be done. Discuss this with your doctor based on your age and sexual activity. There are no standard recommendations for everyone.

These recommendations are general guidelines. If you have a personal or family history of these illnesses, or you are at increased risk for these illnesses for any other reason, your doctor may suggest screenings at an earlier age and/or on a more frequent basis.

Eye exam

FOBT—every year starting at age 50; sigmoidoscopy—every five years starting at 50; colonoscopy—every 10 years starting at 50

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Named for their tendency to grow in clusters like grapes, these juicy gems were first discovered in the West Indies in the early 1700s. A member of the citrus family, they’re believed to be the result of a natural crossbreeding between an orange and a pomelo. We can thank the Spanish for introducing grapefruit to Florida in the 1820s, though they grew grapefruit trees purely for their beauty, turned off by the fruit’s slightly bitter taste. Today the United States is the world’s top grapefruit producer, with about 75 percent of our country’s supply grown in Florida. You can find the fruit in three main varieties, categorized by the color of their flesh: white, pink/red and star ruby/rio red.

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buy · store · grow Don’t attempt to grow a grapefruit tree in your backyard in New Jersey—the fruit thrives in warm, subtropical climates. Luckily, you can purchase grapefruit at your local grocery store year-round, and right now is the height of the grapefruit season, when they are ripe and contain the most antioxidants, according to research. Choose a grapefruit that is glossy, smooth and round and heavy for its size, steering clear of those with brown or soft spots. Store grapefruit at room temperature for up to a week, or in your refrigerator for up to eight weeks. Let grapefruit warm to room temperature before consuming, whether you prefer to scoop yours out with a spoon or slice it into wedges.

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by maria lissandrello

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THESE DAYS, MANY RESTAURANTS ARE PREPARING DISHES IN A WAY THAT IS SEASONAL, LIGHTER AND MORE HEALTH-CONSCIOUS THAN EVER BEFORE—WITHOUT SACRIFICING FLAVOR. HERE, two OF OUR FAVORITES Pickled Beet Salad with Walnuts from Restaurant Nicholas: The Cookbook (ser ves 8) INGREDIENTS Roasted beets: 4 small red beets 4 small yellow beets 8 small chioga beets 3 tablespoons grapeseed oil salt Salad: 4 heads of frisee 16 walnuts

Restaurant Nicholas

Restaurant Nicholas: The Cookbook is available at resta urantnicholas.com or amazon.com.

“A lot of people think the more you add to a dish, the better it’ll taste, but I say the more you take away, the better it’ll taste.” —nicholas harary

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Vibrant—the word is akin to a mantra for Nicholas Harary, owner and chef of Restaurant Nicholas in Red Bank. The CIA-trained master uses the word to describe a dish in which each ingredient retains its integrity. His inspiration? “I’ll never forget a meal I ate at Bouley in New York City about 20 years ago,” he says. “It was a veal entree with about three components, and I was struck by the concentration of flavors—each was so intense. I said to myself, ‘This is how I want to cook.’” To achieve the same vibrance in his own dishes, he uses ingredients like organic chickens from Pennsylvania and genuine day scallops—they’re caught on a boat that trolls the waters around Barnegat Bay and returns daily, unlike other “day boats” that are out to sea for 21 days. “That means our scallops are never out of the water for more than a day,” he says. Served with ingredients that reflect the season, they’re among the most popular items on the menu. Another favorite: the chicken. That’s right, the chicken! Maybe because it takes three days to prepare. It’s brined for 24 hours, dried on fans, then roasted in an oven providing both steam and dry heat. The result: “The chicken gets a nice crust, and since the brine soaks to the center, it’s moist inside,” says Harary. What’s in the brine? Salt and water. “A lot of people think the more you add to a dish, the better it’ll taste,” he says, “but I say the more you take away, the better it’ll taste.” Call him the Coco Chanel of cooking.

Pickling liquid: 1 quar t apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon salt 1 clove garlic, chopped 1 shallot, chopped 2 tablespoons coriander seed 2 tablespoons fennel seed 1 Thai chili pepper 1 bay leaf 5 sprigs parsley 5 sprigs thyme ¼ cup sugar Preparation for pickling liquid

Place all ingredients except for the parsley and thyme in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes. Remove pot from heat, add fresh herbs and let steep for 1 hour. Strain. Preparation for roasted beets

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Remove any stems from the beets and discard. Separate beets by color so that the colors do not bleed into each other. Toss beets in oil, season with salt and wrap tightly in foil. Place foil packs on a sheet pan and roast on the middle oven rack for 30 minutes. Use paring knife to check tenderness (if the knife pierces through with no resistance, the beets are done). Remove from foil and let cool for an hour. Wearing a pair of rubber gloves, remove skin. Cut the largest beets into quarters and the smaller ones into halves. Place each variety into a separate container and cover with warm pickling liquid. Let cool on countertop, then refrigerate. Assembly

Remove the bottom stem from head of frisee, then trim into bite-size pieces. Toss the frisee with 1 tablespoon of the pickling liquid. Salt and pepper. Place 1 cup of dressed frisee on the center of the plate. Alternate beets by color around frisee and top each beet with half a walnut. Drizzle with olive oil.

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The tasteful ambience of Restaurant Nicholas beckons.


Getting there Restaurant Nicholas 160 Route 35 South Red Bank 732.345.9977 restaurantnicholas.com Via 45 45 Broad Street Red Bank 732.450.9945

“My mother used to go to the marke ts e very day; she taught me that food s ho ul d b e fre s h, lo ca l a nd simply prepared.” —cl aude t te herring

A simple, welcoming table at Via 45 Italian restaurant in Red Bank

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Via 45 Don’t go to Via 45 in Red Bank if you’re not prepared to sit, relax, enjoy … and wait a bit longer for your food. See, owners and chefs Claudette Herring and Lauren Phillips Daly prepare each dish especially for you. “Nothing is pre-seared, pre-seasoned and sitting around,” says Herring. “We cook everything to order.” It’s about respect for the diner and respect for the food, a philosophy that was bred into the native of Pisa, Italy. “My mother used to go to the markets every day; she taught me that food should be fresh, local and simply prepared.” Which is why Herring generally uses no more than five ingredients per dish. Whole branzino, for example, is stuffed with herbs and fresh-cut tomatoes and grilled with olive oil and lemon. And you can be sure those ingredients have been hand-selected by the chefs themselves. “We love to see, touch and smell the foods we present,” says Daly, Via 45’s pastry chef. “For us, a trip to the market is like going to a toy store.” Of course, picking foods

Preparation

each day means the menu is far from carved in stone. It changes daily, showcasing the duo’s creativity and versatility. “We even allow guests to recreate dishes to their liking,” says Herring. “We can accommodate vegans, vegetarians and those who want to eat gluten-free.” Adds Daly: “We want everybody to be able to sit at the table and share a meal, no matter what.”

Heat oils in a pan. Add onion and sausage, salt and pepper to taste and fresh herbs. Cook until onions and sausage are slightly golden. Add sherry. Add mussels. Add stock. Let simmer until mussels open. Add plum tomatoes. Toss and reduce the broth by half. Serve in a bowl with five basil leaves on top. Enjoy!

Mussels Mare Alto (ser ves 2) INGREDIENTS 20 large mussels 1 cup or 2 sausage links (sweet or hot) out of casing ½ cup diced onion ½ cup diced plum tomato 1 ounce chopped parsley 1 ounce chopped basil 5 basil leaves 2 ounces vegetable oil 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil salt and pepper ½ cup cooking sherr y 1 cup stock (vegetable or chicken)

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wine + spirits

by timothy kelley

what to try, where to buy Dick Wilson, wine manager of Rumson Wine & Spirits in Rumson, recommends wines in three “green” categories:

ORGANIC

tablas creek 2007 Esprit de Beaucastel White From Paso Robles, California $40

“A blend of varietals with nice acidity, in which the fruit comes forward—mellow, round without being overly oaked”

MADE WITH ORGANIC GRAPES GRUET Sparkling Rosé (a blend of different years) From Albuquerque, New Mexico $16

“A round wine with a nice, fruity taste, smaller beads and a short finish. A good value”

BIODYNAMIC

brick house 2008 Pinot Noir From Ribbon Ridge, Oregon $34

ecofriendly sipping

Today’s organic and biodynamic wines aren’t just good for you and for the planet, they’re also delicious

If you’re a wine drinker who is concerned about protecting both your health and the environment, there’s good news. These days, vineyards that use healthy, environmentally friendly growing techniques are producing some of the tastiest wines in the world. “The taste of organic and biodynamic wines has definitely improved,” says Dick Wilson, wine manager of Rumson Wine & Spirits in Rumson. “We see more and more customers coming in asking for these wines.” It’s no wonder. Organic and biodynamic wines aren’t just kinder to the soil; there’s evidence that they’re kinder to our bodies as well, containing more of the cholesterol-reducing compound resveratrol and more vitamin C, iron, magnesium and phosphorous. For a wine to be called organic, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it must come from a vineyard that for at least three years has

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refrained from using genetically modified seeds, chemical fertilizers or pesticides. USDA labels that say “100 Percent Organic” or “Organic” (which requires that 95 percent of ingredients be certified organic) also mean that no sulfites have been added, while the phrase “Made with Organic Grapes” means that a wine has been produced using at least 70 percent organic ingredients, and sulfites may have been added up to 100 parts per million as a preservative. (A word to the wise: Foreign labels may say “Certified Organic” even when the wine falls into the USDA’s “Made with Organic Grapes” category.) Sulfites occur naturally in wine in small quantities because they’re a by-product of the fermentation process. They have also been added to wines for centuries to prevent oxidation and spoilage. But for about 1 percent of us, sulfites can cause allergic reactions such as asthma or stomach cramps. So if there’s a chance you’re allergic, stick with “100 Percent Organic” or “Organic” wine to avoid these added sulfites. But if you choose a wine from which even the natural sulfites have been removed, don’t expect it to last long. “They have a tendency to spoil,” warns Wilson. Biodynamic wines are another earth-friendly, pesticide-free option to consider. The term “biodynamic” means that a wine is made from grapes grown with an agricultural system inspired by the teachings of the early 20th-century Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner, who originated Waldorf schools—a system reputed to be better for the soil. To earn this label, a wine must meet strict standards set by an international certifying body called the Demeter Association. Biodynamic growing practices can sound a bit strange to the uninitiated. They include planting, pruning and harvesting according to the moon’s phases, and sprinkling a mixture that includes diluted cow manure on the vines. Critics complain that the biodynamic approach has little formal scientific support, but supporters say these wines excel in what the French call “terroir”—expression of the unique flavor of a wine’s place of origin. And a blind taste test conducted by Fortune magazine in 2004 gave biodynamic boosters some ammunition. Twenty biodynamic wines were pitted against similar conventional wines, and 19 of the biodynamics were declared superior.

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“A medium-bodied red with hints of cherry, just the right acidity, a nice nose, slight floral hints and a bit of oak”

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A Benefit for Alzheimer’s April 15, 2011

Join the Alzheimer's Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter on Friday, April 15, 2011 for an unforgettable evening of music, memories and magic at the historic Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park.

• The Under the Boardwalk gala event will raise funds and awareness for the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, and also celebrate the Jersey Shore and the history of Asbury Park. The evening will feature dancing, Jersey Shore-themed entertainment and memorabilia, and a silent auction.

under the boardwalk

Music • Memories • Magic

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For further information or reservations, please call 732.832.7818 or email development@alznj.org.

Visit the Association online at www.alz.org/nj.

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Asbury Park

Belmar

Bar Anticipation Pub food and live entertainment, 7035 16th Ave, 732.681.7422

CAFÉ COLORÉ Unique Italian cuisine featuring Veal Roberto, BYO, 3333 Route 9 North, 732.462.2233

Brickwall Tavern and dining room American fare featuring a variety of steaks and salads, 522 Cookman Ave., 732.774.1264

Boathouse bar & Grill Casual American food featuring seafood, 1309 Main St., 732.681.5221

El Meson Cafe Authentic Mexican dishes featuring hot carnitas, 40 W. Main St., 908.308.9494

Carmine’s Italian favorites, including pasta, pizza and seafood, 162 Main St., 732.774.2222

Brandl Fine, innovative American cuisine, specializing in their signature “Jake’s Cakes” crab cakes and kobe beef burgers, 703 Belmar Plaza, 732.280.7501

METROPOLITAN CAFÉ American cuisine with a Pacific Rim flair, 8 E. Main St., 732.780.9400

Jimmy’s Italian cuisine featuring dishes like chicken scarpariello, 1405 Asbury Ave., 732.774.5051

Connolly station restaurant and Tavern Eclectic contintental fare, 715 Main St., 732.280.2266

Bay Avenue Trattoria Delightful Italian fare in a casual setting, 122 Bay Ave., 732.827.9800

Langosta Lounge Vacation-inspired cuisine and libations, 1000 Ocean Ave., 732.774.5051

Jimi’s Main Street Cheesesteak Casual American restaurant, 1303 Main St., 732-280-2454

Chilangos Mexican Restaurant Authentic Mexican fare, 272 Bay Ave., 732.708.0505

Moonstruck American/Italian/Mediterranean cuisine and cocktail lounge, 517 Lake Ave., 732.988.0123

Klein’s Fresh fish, raw bar and sushi, 708 River Rd., 732.681.1177

Doris & Ed’s Contemporary American fare featuring seafood, 348 Shore Dr., 732.872.1565

Sea Greens Live Healthy American fare featuring vegetarian and vegan options, seafood, wheatgrass and assorted smoothies, 1100 Ocean Ave., 732.456.0334

La Dolce Vita Fine Italian cuisine on the waterfront, 400 Ocean Ave., 732.749.3177

Keyport

Bistro Olé Latin-infused Spanish and Portuguese cuisine, 230 Main St., 732.897.0048

Taka Modern, stylish Japanese cuisine, 632 Mattison Ave., 732.775.1020

Atlantic highlands

Ama Ristorante Upscale, authentic Italian cuisine, BYO, cash only, 42 First Ave., 732.872.4674 Copper Canyon Restaurant Tex-Mex fare with tequila-tasting specials, 57 First Ave., 732.291.8444 Harborside Grill American pub fare with a full bar and live entertainment, 40 First Ave., 732. 291.0066

Matisse Oceanfront restaurant with fine, New American cuisine, 1301 Ocean Ave., 732.681.7680

Bradley Beach

Bamboo Leaf Casual restaurant featuring Thai/Vietnamese cuisine. BYO, 724 Main St., 732.774.1661 Cerrato’s Homestyle Italian food, 401 Main St., 732.775.3800 Citricos Mediterranean Italian Grille Fine, traditional Mediterranean fare, 812 Main St., 732.988.6565

Julia’s Elegant Italian and Mediterranean Dining, BYO, 91 First Ave., 732.872.1007

Giamano’s Restaurant Classic Italian fare with extensive seafood, steak and pasta options, 301 Main St., 732.775.4275

Memphis BBQ American barbecue with an emphasis on pork, 67 First Ave., 732.291.5533

UVA Bianca Fine Mediterranean and Italian fare, 800 Main St., 732.775.0906

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Vic’s Pizza Authentic Italian cuisine, featuring thin crust pizza, in a casual setting, 60 Main St., 732.774.8225

Alberto’s Seafood & Spanish Latin/South American cuisine specializing in seafood dishes. BYO, 300 Main St., 732.776.8833 Clementine’s Cafe Charming, casual restaurant featuring Cajun cuisine, 306 Main St., 732-988-7979 The Columns American seafood with Italian influences, 601 Ocean Ave., 732.988.3213 Country-by-the-Sea Casual British fare including tea and finger sandwiches, 515 Sylvania Ave., 732.776.6671

Bay head

The bay head Bistro & Cafe Casual American cuisine featuring seafood and organic meat dishes, 530 Main Ave., 732.714.8881 Grenville Hotel & Restaurant American and French cuisine, BYO, 345 Main Ave., 732.892.3100 Theresa’s South Casual Italian BYO featuring pasta and seafood, 530 Main Ave., 732.892.1555

Belford

Belford Bistro New American cuisine, BYO, 870 Main St., 732.495.8151 Naples Pizzeria Classic Italian pizza parlour, 872 Main St., 732.787.9479 The New Marina Diner Casual diner fare featuring seafood, steak, burgers and breakfast options, 553 Route 36, 732.787.1127 Pirate’s Cove restaurant Fresh seafood with waterfront views, 901 Port Monmouth Rd., 732.787.6581

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Due Amici Northern Italian fare with nightly specials, 420 Higgins Ave., 732.528.0666 Sand Bar Restaurant Seafood and American cuisine featuring the house specialty, blackened mahi mahi bites, 201 Union Ln., 732.528.7750 Shipwreck Grill Casual seafood restaurant with grouper, tuna and lobster dishes, 720 Ashley Ave., 732.292.9380

Colts neck

HighLands

Drew’s Bayshore Bistro Cajun-influenced fare, 58 Broad St., 732.739.9219 Trinity Restaurant & Lounge Inspired American cuisine, 84 Broad St., 732.888.1998

Lincroft

The Lincroft Inn Elegant northern Italian and Continental cuisine, 700 Newman Springs Rd., 732.747.0890

Little Silver

Little Szechuan Restaurant Casual Chinese food, 485 Prospect Ave., 732.842.3823 Ray’s Seafood Restaurant & Market Fresh seafood selection, 123–125 Markham Pl., 732.758.8166 Zoe Bistro Eclectic American fare with global influences and featuring seasonal, local ingredients, 151 Markham Pl., 732.747.9988

Long Branch

Avenue A combination of traditional French and American cuisines, 23 Ocean Blvd., 732.759.2900 McLoone’s Pier House American fare with tastes of the Carribean, including pistachio-crusted halibut, 1 Ocean Ave., 732.923.1006 Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant Fine seafood restaurant with a raw bar, award-winning wine list, 100 Ocean Ave. North, 732.870.1200 Sirena Italian fare with creative seafood options, 27 Ocean Ave., 732.222.1119

Colts neck Inn Steak and chop Fine new American cuisine specializing in steak, seafood, ribs and pasta, 6 Route 537 West, 732.462.0383

Tim McLoone’s Supper Club Creative American cuisine with seafood, grade-A meat entrees and salads, with live music, 1200 Ocean Ave., 732.774.1155

Green Meadows Restaurant Continental cuisine featuring a variety steak cuts, 270 Route 34 S., 732.431.8755

Manalapan

Huddy’s American fare with Italian influences, 420 Route 34, 732.431.0194 Orlando Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria Casual Italian restaurant specializing in pizza dishes, NJ 34 & Route 537, 732.577.8808

Fair Haven

Nonna’s Citi Cucina Upscale modern Italian food with a family-style menu, 190 Route 9 North, 732.536.9050 Olde Silver Tavern Casual American fare with Italian influences and buffet options, 149 Route 522, 732.446.4010 Peking Pavilion Upscale Chinese cuisine in a modern setting, 110 Route 33, 732.308.9700

Raven & the Peach International fare featuring steak, 740 River Rd., 732.747.4666

Pino’s La Forchetta Traditional Italian fare, 448 Route 9, 732.972.6663

Freehold

Spargo’s Grille Unique California-Caribbean fare featuring champagne lobster bisque, truffle scallops and roast duck, 130 Route 33, 732.294.9921

Bistro Positano Casual Italian fare, BYO, 30 E. Main St., 732.294.1112

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where to eat

Manasquan

Red Bank

Asahi Japanese Steak House Classic Japanese fare including hibachi grill and sushi, 99 Taylor Ave., 732.223.2669

Basil T’s Brewery and Italian Grill Fresh, homemade pastas, brick oven pizza and award-winning beer, 183 Riverside Ave., 732.842.5990

Harpoon Willie’s Tavern and Waterfront Restaurant Fresh seafood, steak and salad in an intimate setting on the waterfront, 2655 River Rd., 732.223.8880

BienVenue Classic French cuisine featuring duck, BYO, 7 E. Front St., 732.936.0640

Mahogany Grille Creative grill cuisine, steaks and seafood, 142 Main St., 732.292.1300

Gaetano’s Regional Italian cuisine, featuring homemade pasta, ravioli, seafood, veal and chicken dishes. BYO, 10 Wallace St., 732.741.1321

TEAK Stylish Asian cuisine featuring unique flavors, 64 Monmouth St., 732.747.5775 Via 45 Fine Italian cuisine in an intimate setting, 45 Broad St., 732.450.9945

Rumson

David Burke Fromagerie Fine, inventive American and continental cuisine featuring twists like the Hot & Angry Lobster Cocktail, 26 Ridge Rd., 732.842.8088

Maria’s Italian Cuisine Casual Italian fare, 165 Main St., 732.223.2033

Molly Pitcher Inn Fine American cuisine with new twists on lobster and steak dishes, 88 Riverside Ave., 732.747.2500

Salt Creek Grille Waterside restaurant serving American cuisine and seafood. featuring outdoor fireplace lounging, 4 Bingham Ave., 732.933.9272

Squan Tavern Classic Italian cuisine, 15 Broad St., 732.223.3324

Pazzo Italian fare featuring veal Milanese, 141 W. Front St., 732.747.4551

Sea Bright

Matawan

Buttonwood Manor Cozy American fare featuring Italian dishes, 845 Route 34, 732.566.6220

Pizza Fusion Casual Italian eatery specializing in organic and gluten-free pizza, 95 Broad St., 732.345.1600

Cafe 34 Bistro American fare with Italian influences, including seafood, steak and sandwiches, 787 Route 34, 732.583.9700

ReD restaurant American fare featuring a sophisticated lounge and live entertainment, 3 Broad St., 732.741.3232

The Original Big Ed’s BBQ American barbecued ribs, steak, poultry and wings, 305 Route 34, 732.583.2626

restaurant Nicholas Premier new American cuisine featuring a chef’s table behind-the-scenes experience, 160 Route 35 South, 732.345.9977

Fratello’s restaurant Italian fare featuring seafood, 810 The Plaza, 732.974.8833

Siam Garden Authentic Thai cuisine, 2 Bridge Ave., 732.224.1233

Scarborough Fair Eclectic American cuisine, 1414 Meeting House Rd., 732.223.6658

The pine Tavern Imaginative American cuisine with continental flavors, 199 Route 34, 732.727.5060 Uncle philly’s Casual sandwich bar featuring cheesesteak, fries and hamburgers, 334 Main St., 732.566.7800

Marlboro

Crown Palace Restaurant Fine Chinese cuisine featuring dim sum, 8 N. Main St., 732.780.8882 Koo restaurant Neo-Japanese cuisine speacializing in coconut shrimp, 71A S. Main St., 732.866.8838 Paco’s Tacos Casual, authentic Mexican bistro, 455 Route 520, 732.851.4848 Sam Vera Restaurant Northern Italian fare, 476 Route 520, 732.834.9889

Monmouth beach

My Kitchen Witch Cafe Breakfast and lunch fare, 29 Beach Rd., 732.229.3033 Michael angelo’s Italian cuisine with pizza and seafood dishes, 36 Beach Rd., 732.222.6910 Sallee Tee’s Grille Pasta, seafood and burgers, 33 West St., 732.834.8999

Neptune

Beacon Street Grill Classic American fare with a full bar, live entertainment and karaoke, 3205 Hwy. 66, 732.918.8711 Brennen’s Steakhouse Classic American steak house specializing in beef, salads and seafood dishes, 62 W. Sylvania Ave., 732.774.5040 mom’s Kitchen Casual home-cooked Italian fare, 1129 5th Ave., 732.775.4823 Pete & Elda’s Casual Italian fare featuring pizza, calamari and mussels, 96 Woodland Ave., 732.774.6010 Sunsets Restaurant Seasonal pub with fresh seafood, raw bar and burgers, 302 S. Concourse Ave., 732.775.9911

Oakhurst

Mike and Nellie’s Italian grill with prime steaks and seafood. BYO, 1801 Hwy. 35, 732.531.7251 Takara Japanese Steak house Authentic Japanese cuisine featuring four tatami rooms, 1610 Route 35 South, 732.663.1899 Tandoor E India Classic Indian fare, 1610 Route 35, 732.531.1944

AMERICAN: Brickwall Tavern, Asbury Park • Sea Greens Live, Asbury Park • Harborside Grill, Atl antic Highl ands • Memphis BBQ, Atl antic Highl ands • The columns, Avon-ByThe-Sea • The bay head bistro cafe, Bay head • Belford Bistro, Belford • The new Marina Diner, Belford • Pirate’s Cove Restaurant, Belford • Bar Anticipation, Belmar • Boathouse Bar & Grill, Town • BrandL, Belmar • Matisse, Belmar • Sand bar Restaurant, Brielle • Shipwreck Grill, Brielle • Colts Neck Inn Steak and chop, Colts neck • Metropolitan cafe, Freehold • Doris & Ed’s, Highl ands • Trinity Restaurant & Lounge, Keyport • Ray’s Seafood Restaurant & Market, Little Silver • Zoe Bistro, LIttle Silver • McLoone’s Pier House, Long Branch • Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant, Long Branch • Tim Mcloone’s Supper Club, Long Branch • Nonna’s Citi Cucina, Manal apan • Olde Silver Tavern, Manal apan • Harpoon Willie’s Tavern and Waterfront Restaurant, Manasquan • Mahogany Grille, Manasquan • Buttonwood Manor, Matawan • Cafe 34 Bistro, Matawan • The Original Bid Ed’s Tavern, Matawan • Uncle Philly’s, Matawan • My Kitchen Cafe, Monmouth Beach • Sally Tee’s Grille, Monmouth Beach • Beacon Street Grill, Neptune • Brennen’s Steakhouse, Neptune • Sunsets Restaurant, Neptune • Molly Pitcher Inn, Red Bank • Nichol as, Red Bank • Red Restaurant, Red Bank • Salt Creek Grill, Rumson • Salt Creek Grille, Rumson • McLoone’s Riverside, Sea Bright • The Quay, Sea Bright • Scarborough Fair, Sea Girt asian: Taka, Asbury Park • Bamboo Leaf, Bradley Beach • Little Szechuan Restaurant, LIttle Silver • Peking Pavilion, Manal apan • Asahi Japanese Ste ak House, Manasquan • Crown Pal ace Restaurant, Marlboro • Koo Restaurant, Marlboro • Takara Japanese Steak House, Oakhurst • Siam Garden,

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McLoone’s Riverside New American cuisine featuring large lobsters, 816 Ocean Ave., 732.842.2894 The quay Steak and seafood dishes with a location directly on the waterfront, 280 Ocean Ave., 732.741.7755 Undici Authentic regional Italian fare with new American twists, 11 West River Rd., 732.842.3880

Sea Girt

Red Bank • teak, Red Bank CONTINENTAL: Country By-The-Sea, Avon-byThe-Sea • Connolly Station Restaurant and Tavern, Belmar • Green Meadows Restaurant, Colts Neck • David Burke Fromagerie, Rumson french: Grenville Hotel & Restaurant, Bay head • Avenue, Long Branch • Bienvenue, Red Bank italian: Carmine’s, Asbury Park • Jimmy’s, Asbury Park • Ama Ristorante, Atl antic Highl ands • Julia’s, Atl antic Highl ands • Theresa’s South, Bay Head • Naples Pizzeria, Belford • L a Dolce Vita, Belmar • Cerrato’s, Bradley Beach • Citricos Mediterranean Italian Grille, Bradley beach • Giamano’s Restaurant, Bradley Beach • UVA Bianca, Bradley Beach • Vic’s Pizza, Bradley Beach • Due Amici, Brielle • Orl ando Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, Colts Neck • Bistro Positano, Freehold • Cafe Colore, Freehold • Bay Avenue Trattoria, Highl ands • The Lincrof t Inn, Lincrof t • Sirena, Long Branch • Pino’s L a Forchetta, Manal apan • Maria’s Italian Cuisine, Manasquan • Squan Tavern, Manasquan • Sam Vera Restaurant, Marlboro • Michael Angelo, Monmouth Beach • Mom’s kitchen, Neptune • Pete & Elda’s, Neptune • Mike and Nellie’s, Oakhurst • Basil T’s, Red Bank • Gaetano’s, Red Bank • Pa zzo, Red Bank • Pizza Fusion, REd Bank • Undici, Sea Bright • Fratello’s Restaurant, Sea Girt l atin: Bistro Ole, Asbury Park • Copper Canyon Restaurant, Atl antic Highl ands • Alberto’s Seafood & Spanish, Avon-by-the-sea • El Meson Cafe, Freehold • Chil ango’s Me xican Restaurant, Highl ands • Paco’s Tacos, Marlboro • Via 45, Red Bank other cuisines & multiethnic: L angosta Lounge, Asbury Park • Moonstruck, Asbury Park • Clementine’s Cafe, Avon-by-the-Sea • Klein’s, Belmar • Raven & the PEach, Fair Haven • Drew’s Bayshore Bistro, Keyport • Spargo’s Grille, Manal apan • Tandoor E India, Oakhurst

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financial balance

by timothy kelley

repayment period began last year. A preparer who is new to you may not think to suggest it, but repayment is treated as a tax and should be reported on the “Other Taxes” section of Form 1040. Otherwise, you risk a penalty.

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Deduct job-search expenses. If you had to scramble for a new job in 2010’s tough economy, you’re not alone. However, while most relocating expenses for that new position aren’t deductible, expenses from the search itself are. Christie notes that they may include fees for consultants who help you prepare a resume, union dues, train and airplane fares, gas mileage, tolls and parking (but not, alas, that spiffy new suit for the interview). Enter these on Schedule A—even though it doesn’t specifically request them.

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you can deduct medical expenses (including health-insurance premiums) only when they exceed 7½ percent of your adjusted gross income. “But you can deduct these expenses on your New Jersey state return starting after just 2 percent of adjusted gross income,” says Barbara Christie, a certified financial planner with TFS Income Tax Services in Lincroft. “That’s a special reason to be sure to keep complete, accurate records for tax time, which you should be doing anyway.”

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Fund an individual retirement account (IRA). The law allows you to

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participant in an employer-sponsored retirementsavings plan such as a 401K, but you may still qualify for a deduction—ask your tax preparer.) And if an IRA brokerage account charges you a management fee, says Christie, you can deduct that fee if you pay it by check, but not if it’s simply subtracted from your balance.

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Deduct charitable expenses. Most people know they can take a tax deduction for a check written to a charity. But they may not realize they can also deduct other charitable expenses—for example, 14 cents per mile for driving to provide charitable volunteer services, such as delivering meals to the homebound.

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Report first-time home buyer’s credits. You’re probably aware that this credit

was extended to include homes bought by May 1 of last year. But did you buy a first home in 2008? That year’s credit was temporary, and its 15-year

Visit monmouthhealthandlife.com to send these tax savings tips to a friend—or to your tax preparer.

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Claim education credits. Did you pay tuition in 2010 for schooling for yourself or a family member? Claiming one of two tax credits on Form 8863 may offer relief. The American Opportunity Credit (AOC), which debuted in 2009, covers—for the first four years of post-secondary education—100 percent of the first $2,000 of qualified tuition or related expenses and 25 percent of the next $2,000, to a total credit of $2,500 per student. Then there’s the Lifetime Learning Credit, which covers 20 percent of the first $10,000 in tuition paid. Ask your tax preparer which education credit is better for you. Each is phased out at certain income levels, which are lower for the Lifetime Learning Credit, where phaseout begins at a household income of $100,000 for married couples filing jointly.

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Report health savings account activity. These accounts (not to be confused

with flexible spending accounts) are offered by a growing number of employers to employees who choose health insurance plans with low premiums and high deductibles—they’re a way of putting money aside to pay medical expenses tax-free until you meet those deductibles. You can deduct contributions on your tax return. Check Form 1099-SA, which you’ll receive from the plan sponsor, and be sure to report contributions and distributions—or you’ll risk a fine.

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ways to save on your taxes

Deduct medical expenses on state taxes. On your federal income tax return,

Report cancellation of debt.

In another sign of the times, some consumers are persuading credit-card companies and other creditors to resolve debts at a discount. To the government, this discounted portion is taxable income. Check the Form 1099-C you receive, make sure the figure for debt forgiven is correct, and report it on line 21 of your Form 1040 to avoid penalties and headaches later.

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The band Danu performs Irish tunes, March 20.

Check out the Juried exhibit at the Monmouth Museum, Februar y 27.

Feb 24–27, mar5–6 Feb 27 View works of art in all Catch a performance of HAIRSPRAY, the beloved musical about a Baltimore teen’s sudden transformation into a star, 7 p.m. on Thursday, 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal Park.Tickets: $28 for adults, $25 for seniors and students, $20 for all guests on opening night. Call 732.531.9100 or visit axelrod artscenter.com for more information.

Feb 24–apr 3 See PUMA, a play about the lifelong obsessive love affair between German actress and singer Marlene Dietrich and German author Erich Maria Remarque, by the New Jersey Repertory Company at the Lumia Theatre in Long Branch. Call 732.229.3166 or visit njrep.org for ticket information and showtimes.

Feb 25 Enjoy an energy-packed show by LEAHY, an award-winning musical group consisting of eight siblings from Canada who sing, dance and play the piano, drums and string instruments, 8 p.m. at the Pollak Theatre at Monmouth University in West Long Branch. Tickets: $35 to $42 for adults, $33 to $40 for seniors, $17.50 to $21 for children. Call 732.263.6889 or visit monmouth. edu/arts to find out more.

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genres and media by talented artists at the 32ND ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBIT at the Monmouth Museum, located on the Brookdale Community College campus in Lincroft. Museum hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $7; free for children under 2, museum members and Brookdale Community College students and staff. Call 732.747.2266 or visit monmouthmuseum.org to learn more.

Feb 27 Experience a Colonial-era tea party in a historic 1770s farmhouse peppered with conversation relating to our first President and his wife at the GEORGE AND MARTHA WASHINGTON TEA, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Murray Farmhouse at Poricy Park Conservancy in Middletown. Suggested donation: $3 for members, $5 for nonmembers. Call 732.842.5966 or visit poricypark.org for more information.

mar 5 Hear 18th centur y ballads by the D-Major Singers, and enjoy a tavern-style feast at BALLADS IN THE WOODS, a fundraiser presented by Friends of the Parks, 5 p.m. at Tatum Park in Middletown. Tickets: $30 for members, $35 for nonmembers. Call 732.975.9735 or visit friendsofmonmouthcountyparks. com for more information.

mar 6

Test your endurance in the E. MURRAY TODD HALF-MARATHON, a 13.1-mile course looping through the residential sections of Lincroft, Holmdel and Colts Neck, beginning at 9 a.m. at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft. Cost: $25 for pre registration, $30 for registration on the day of the race. Call 732.542.1642, ext. 23, or visit monmouthcountyparks. com for more information.

mar 20

Hear a mix of ancient and new music from the Emerald Isle by Irish band DANU, 3 p.m. at the Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan. Tickets: $40 to $45 , $30 for students. Call 732.528.9211 or visit algonquin arts.org for more information.

mar 31

Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell and Fabian will bring you back to simpler times of jukeboxes and malt shops at the GOLDEN BOYS concert, singing classics like “Bobby Sox to Stockings,” 8 p.m. at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank. Tickets: $38–$148 . Call 732.842.9000 or go to countbasie theatre.org to learn more. Send event listings to: Monmouth Health & Life, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645; or e-mail us at editor@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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