Monmouth Health & Life: September 2021

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Features

No Pain in the Neck | 30

Cervical spine surgery at Monmouth Medical Center helps a local businessman regain quality of life.

Committed to Excellence | 32

Monmouth Medical Center ED and MedSurg Unit nurse leaders honored with prestigious nursing award.

Magnetic Appeal | 34

Monmouth Medical Center’s advanced MRI technology offers a unique look inside the human body—making disease detection easier and more precise.

The Fab Five | 48

Make the hallway your runway! No matter which fashion clique you fit into, you’ll get an A+ in Style 101 with any of these fashionforward looks.

BEST OF MONMOUTH

Readers’ ballots chose the top local businesses in 99 categories. Are your favorite spots among the winners?

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IN EVERY ISSUE 6 Welcome Letter 8 Editor’s Note 28 Health News 84 Where to Eat 86 Be There

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Departments Monmouth Buzz | 14 Our guide to new ideas, tips, trends and things we love in the county.

For Men Only | 16

It’s par for the course to look stylish while you’re playing those 18 holes.

Style Watch | 18

Soft hues in relaxing silhouettes are just what your wardrobe needs this summer.

Now Trending | 20

Virtual no more! The return to in-person learning is the perfect excuse to get your kid(s) a stylish new bookbag.

Early Education | 22

These toys promise to help your little one build knowledge through everyday fun.

Jewelry Box | 24

Jewelry featuring aquatic wonders will help you bring an ocean of style to the Shore. Right?

Home Front | 26

It’s easy to get roped into adding these attractive, nautical-inspired accents to your home.

Tastes | 54

Simple twists can turn this beloved trio into your child’s new favorites treats.

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You’d imagine the juicy, bite-sized grape to be nutritious as well as refreshing. You’d be right.

Spirits | 83

This tart cocktail bridges the gap between summer and fall, when you might still want a drink that’s refreshing but not too summery.

Gatherings | 87

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Monmouth residents always show up to support their friends and neighbors—especially when help is needed most.

A Monmouth Moment | 88

Father and daughter capture a memorable moment in Keyport with their catch of the day. ON THE COVER: Bao buns from Langosta Lounge, located in Asbury Park. Photo courtesy of @langostalounge.

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ELCOME to the latest editions of Fiscal Fitness! The first half of 2021 is behind us and a new normal has emerged. We have adapted to changing markets, new technology and a remote workplace. The pandemic has provided many individuals a time for reflection as some are contemplating retirement sooner rather than later. But have you really crunched the numbers? Our world is transforming right before our eyes and the value of financial planning, in my opinion, is at a critical level. Trying to put all the pieces of the financial puzzle together isn’t so easy, especially if you are working, raising a family and trying to navigate what’s coming next. I have met with so many people over the last 12 months and have realized that most do not fully understand the true costs of an early retirement. Inaccurate assumptions about Medicare, Social Security benefits and how to draw from savings and investments in a tax- efficient manner have been the most concerning. REASSESS YOUR FINANCIAL GOALS Sounds simple, right? At the beginning of the year, you may have set financial goals geared toward improving your financial situation such as building an emergency reserve or paying off the mortgage. Your income, expenses and life circumstances may have changed and it’s time to rethink your priorities and have a strategy in place to get back on track. TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR TAXES Check your withholding, especially if you owed taxes or received a large refund. Doing that now, rather than waiting until year-end might help you avoid owing a big tax bill next year or giving Uncle Sam an interest-free loan. Have you sold investments? Don’t forget to plan for taxes on short and long-term capital gains. Gains, along with dividends and interest could create an unexpected tax bite next year.

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CHECK YOUR RETIREMENT SAVINGS If you are still working, the contribution limit for 2021 is $19,500, or $26,000 if you’re age 50 or older. And don’t forget to ask if you have a Roth 401k- this is a great way to diversify your taxable and non-taxable income during retirement. This is also a great time to review your asset allocation to make sure it is still in line with your financial goals and tolerance for risk. Remember, if you are a stay- at- home spouse, you can contribute $6,000 to an IRA or Roth IRA and an additional $1,000 if age 50 or older.1 EVALUATE YOUR INSURANCE COVERAGE Your insurance needs can change over time, especially if you are recently widowed or divorced. Are the kids grown and out on their own? Is the mortgage paid off? How much disability or life insurance coverage do you have? FINALLY, ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS: • Do you Have a plan for Retirement? • Have you figured out how to maximize social security benefits? • How can you protect your savings from inflation? • Have you planned for the staggering costs of long-term care? • If needed, do you have a strategy in place to use Home Equity wisely? • How do you secure more retirement income? • Do you need to create or update your will? • Are your beneficiary designations up to date? If you need help answering these questions, now is the time to meet with an experienced and qualified CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™ professional who can guide you in the right direction. Together we can make a difference….

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The theme for this issue of Monmouth Health & Life is “Readers’ Choice,” and in our In Good Health pages, we spotlight a primary factor in our standing as the community’s first choice for safe, compassionate health care. At Monmouth Medical Center (MMC), our nurses provide exceptionally compassionate care, advocating for our patients in every situation, on every level and treating every patient and family member as if they were caring for their own. In this issue, you’ll meet two nurse leaders widely recognized for caring for their staff like family—facilitating a patient care environment that is one of positive energy, compassion and teamwork. Honored with Nurse Leader Awards, they were praised for always going above and beyond for their staff, which our assistant clinical director for the emergency department extended to parking his RV outside of the ED during the first wave of COVID and staying there for weeks to support his team. Inside our hospital, our nursing excellence literally shines, as we recently unveiled a Nursing Excellence display case, with special illumination cast on the crown jewel of our quality awards, the Magnet obelisk. In January 2020, MMC learned that The American Nurses Credentialing Center had conferred the prestigious Magnet® recognition to MMC as a reflection of our nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. The beautiful new lighted display case is appropriately located in a highly visible, central location for patients, visitors and staff to behold. In earning Magnet recognition, we also received an extraordinary seven exemplars for exemplary professional practice—from the Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Center to the Emergency Department and ICU and other inpatient areas. This was truly across-the-board recognition of the outstanding work done by our nurses. As a high-reliability organization, MMC has safety embedded in everything we do. Our skilled and dedicated nurses play a key role in our commitment to “Safety Together”— our continuing quest to unite our organization in a culture of safety to achieve top-tier clinical outcomes and deliver the highest quality care and safest experience for our patients, communities and workforce. Please continue to stay well and take excellent care of yourselves, and know that we are here to safely and compassionately meet all of your health care needs.

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Giving You the Very Best

As the new normal continues to unfold, we’re grateful that so many things have returned to the “normal” we once knew. Our favorite restaurants are seating customers at full capacity, movie theaters are screening feature films, grocery store aisles are open to two-way “traffic.” Though they’re small comforts in the grand scheme of things, these and so many daily activities we took for granted over the past year and half are indeed that: comforting. We’re hopeful that the business owners and professionals who took a hit during the pandemic, whether it was a financial or a personnel hit, continue to bounce back. They are familiar faces in our daily routines, and we’re eager to continue giving them our

support. And many of you already have! Once again this year, Monmouth Health & Life gave readers the opportunity to show their appreciation for their favorite businesses with our annual “Best of Monmouth” poll. Our online ballots allowed you to vote for your choice of the top bagel shop, pizza parlor, menswear store, barber shop, interior design service—and much more. Perhaps casting these ballots was one of the comforts you were excited about, as we were once again impressed by the total participation in this year’s poll. We know you can’t wait, so flip to page 35 and see all of the winners in “Best of Monmouth 2021.” Congratulations to all, and thank you to everyone who submitted a ballot. In celebration of Monmouth’s best, we are also proud to spotlight the county’s healthcare leader, Monmouth Medical Center (MMC). As we do in every issue, Monmouth Health & Life showcases the latest news from MMC in the “In Good Health” section. This month, one of the stories you’ll read focuses on the hospital’s nurses, specifically their award-winning and innovative approaches to delivering compassionate care. Read all about it in “Committed to Excellence” on page 32. September, of course, is back-to-school time for many kids, and we want to show parents some of the best ideas to help young ones return to class. Check out some of the season’s coolest backpacks on page 20 and five fashionable looks to cater to your kid’s personality on page 48. For little ones who are just starting the learn, the toys on page 22 are designed to provide hours of fun—and can teach tots a thing or two. We hope you enjoy this edition featuring Monmouth’s best as much as we enjoyed putting it together. And we hope seeing and supporting some of your favorites—as well as supporting the “new kids on the block”— brings you closer to the old normal.

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OUR GUIDE TO NEW IDEAS, TIPS, TRENDS AND THINGS WE LOVE IN OUR COUNTY.

WHO WANTS ICE CREAM?

ICE IS NICE These Monmouth County locations may serve other sweets, but all eyes are on their Italian ices: Igloo Italian Ice, Oakhurst. A new “ice age” is under way here as visitors choose among more than a dozen flavors, including Nutella and sour apple. • 2005 Route 35, Oakhurst, 732.531.5422; iglooitalianice.com

We all scream for ice cream during the dog days of summer, but let’s face it: The classic dessert is delicious any time of the year. The average American reportedly consumes 23 gallons of the sweet stuff annually, so if you’re not up to that pace, someone else is getting your share. You’d best head for one of these sweet spots to catch up: Cookman Creamery, Asbury Park. While the vanilla and chocolate here get our thumbs-up, we also love this shop’s specialty flavors, including caramel pretzel, matcha and honey lavender. Vegan? Pick from 17 flavors made with vegan bases such as coconut cream and almond butter. • 711 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, 732.361.5215; cookmancreamery.com

Hoffman’s Ice Cream, Long Branch, Spring Lake Heights. Voted “Best Ice Cream” in our 2020 Readers’ Choice Poll, this shop pleases with an array of fresh, rich ice cream (non-dairy and no-sugar desserts also available)—all made at its Point Pleasant flagship.

Strollo’s Italian Ice, Belmar. Unlike the similarly named Strollo’s Lighthouse stands along the Shore, this favorite serves ices in classic flavors from a yellow-and-blue shop on the Shark River. • 501 Main St., Belmar, 732.681.6147

Strollo’s Lighthouse, multiple locations. Each of the red, white and blue shops offers an abundance of ice flavors as well as ice cream and shakes. • strolloslighthouse.com

Uncle Louie G, multiple locations. This company has shops throughout the state; the ones in Monmouth are sweet escapes from the beachy heat. With pastel colors and candy-striped accents, even the storefronts make you feel like a kid again. • unclelouiegee.com

• 444 Ocean Blvd. N., Long Branch, 732.229.5500; 569 Church St., Spring Lake Heights, 732.974.2253; hoffmansicecream.net

Jersey Freeze, Holmdel, Freehold. Sweet tooths will find soft-serve and hardpacked ice cream (as well as fat- and dairy-free options) at both shops. Stop at the Freehold location if you want grub like burgers, cheesesteaks and sandwiches too. • 120 Manalapan Ave., Freehold, 732.462.3008; 101 Crawfords Corner Rd., Holmdel, 732.837.0355; jerseyfreeze1952.com

Rita’s Italian Ice, multiple locations. Rita’s is a crowd pleaser. Get a classic Italian ice or a frozen custard to cool off after a long day. • ritasice.com

Rudy’s on Main, Lake Como. With flavors like Sicilian cannoli and rainbow cookie, this recently opened shop’s following is sure to grow. • 1623 Main St., Lake Como, 848.204.0758; rudysonmain.com

Ryan’s Homemade, Tinton Falls. Don’t let the long lines at this old-school parlor deter you—the homemade ice cream and creative flavors (pumpkin is coming back soon, autumn lovers) are worth the wait. • 462 Shrewsbury Ave., Tinton Falls, 732.842.5874; facebook. com/ryanshomemadeicecream

Sundaes the Ice Cream Place, Aberdeen, Manasquan. Locals and outof-towners alike appreciate the consistency and great taste of the shops’ traditional and custom flavors, like Robert Brownie Jr. and Ooey Gooey Oreo.

AN APPLE A DAY

More than 30 varieties of apples grow in the Garden State. And now is the time to visit the orchards and fresh farm markets and take your pick, because there are plenty of pies to bake, teachers to please and doctors to keep away. Here are a few Monmouth County favorites: • Battleview Orchards, 91 Wemrock Rd., Freehold, 732.462.0756; battlevieworchards.com • Eastmont Orchards, 181 Rte. 537 E., Colts Neck, 732.542.5404; eastmontorchards.com • Red Wagon Farm Market, 437 Rte. 33, Manalapan; redwagonfarmnj.com • Wemrock Orchards, 100 Wemrock Rd., Freehold, 732.431.2668; wemrockorchard.com

• 1059 Route 34, Aberdeen, 732.566.0919; 2211 Rte. 35, Manasquan, 732.223.9555; sundaesicecreamplace. com

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NOW READ THIS! Does literary inspiration come in the salt-water spray of the Shore? For whatever reason, Monmouth County seems to attract writers. Three local literary lions have new books out; see if one of them strikes your fancy: Slavery in Jersey In five previous books, Farmingdale resident Rick Geffken put a spotlight on Monmouth County’s history, with accounts of lost amusement parks and a 50-year narrative (1965–2015) of Shrewsbury. Now his Stories of Slavery in New Jersey recalls a troubled history we dare not forget. It explains how enslaved people were first brought to New Jersey by Dutch and English settlers and reveals why New Jersey didn’t officially abolish slavery until 1866—the last Northern state to do so. So what drives Geffken, 75, to research and write about his home state? “Ever since I was a young boy exploring the hills of the Highlands and Twin Lights, I’ve been fascinated by the 350 years of post-contact local history,” he says. Geffken eventually researched the origins of his own Farmingdale property—it was once owned by New Jersey’s first royal colonial governor, Lewis Morris. “It seemed that everywhere I turned, streets, geographic features and older buildings were named for long-gone early settlers and, of course, the original owners of this land, the Lenape natives,” he says. “I felt compelled to contribute to our written history.”

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Drama on the Shore A longtime Jersey Shore resident, Long Branch native and current Asbury Park resident Wallace Stroby has seen his share of memorable moments—fodder for his fiction—and he has a potent imagination too. Now 61, Stroby this year released his ninth novel, Heaven’s a Lie, a crime fiction drama. It’s a perfect beach book or poolside read with all the elements of a big-screen blockbuster: a young female protagonist, a fatal car accident, guns, money and more (no spoilers here). Readers in our area will note that this page-turner— like other Stroby books—is set almost entirely in our county, proving that whether or not heaven is deceptive, Monmouth is the real deal.

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Life lessons from a local Nicole Melleby is a Jersey girl, so she’s as tough as they come. But for her sixth middle-grade (grades 4–7) book, How to Become a Planet, the Middletown native and Keyport resident covers topics like youth anxiety and depression. Such are the struggles the outer-space-loving main character, Pluto, encounters as she starts another summer. “Pluto-the-planet isn’t a planet anymore, and Pluto-the-person doesn’t know where she fits anymore either,” Melleby explains. Melleby adds that a saying from her childhood motivated her in writing Planet: “Beach kids feel no pain.” “Growing up as a Monmouth County beach kid, that is always something that stayed in my mind,” she says, “because, of course, we do feel pain.” She notes that some of her characters “are clearly struggling.” But though she writes about the struggles, Melleby underscores the fact that kids who face difficulties are never alone in their battles. To make the lessons more real, especially to local readers, Melleby has the characters in each of her books visit familiar Monmouth County landmarks.

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Reaching new heights There’s no shortage of bars in Jersey’s Shore towns, but one that’s sure to reel you back time and again is Heights 27 Bar & Grill. Opened earlier this summer, the new hangout brings live music, happy hour specials and elevated pub fare to the spot formerly occupied by CJ’s Tavern. We’re talking plates like tuna tartare, pork chops and New York strips. But if all you crave is pub grub such as pretzels, wings and burgers, all of that—and a bag of chips—is here too! • Heights 27 Bar & Grill, 2407 Route 71, Spring Lake Heights, 732.449.7449; heights27.com

It’s tea time Bao Dumplings & Bao Tea made its debut in Hazlet this summer, jumping on the boba tea craze that has emerged in recent years. But this eatery has staying power thanks to its easy-to-eat and uber-comforting dumplings. Each order, from veggie and egg dumplings to heartier beef and lamb varieties, is made from scratch, guaranteeing fresh tastes and flavors. Assorted rice and noodle dishes are also available, as are various fruit, cheese foam and, of course, boba teas. Attention, lovers of sweet things! The made-from-scratch offerings at this eatery include mouthwatering crumb cakes, brownies, scones, cupcakes, cookies and tarts. Custom cakes and cookies are also available, while breads, croissants and pot pies may be added to the menu. • Cookie & Crumb, 1 West Ave., Atlantic Highlands, 732.872.4329; originalcookieandcrumb.com

PUPPY LOVE Dog: Luna Bella, 2-year-old mini dachshund Owners: David Paulen and Jackie Pugliese of Aberdeen After a long period of research, Paulen and Pugliese were convinced in early 2019 that a mini dachshund would be ideal for their family. Their search for the perfect pup led them to Ohio, where Luna, “a tiny tan-colored nugget,” immediately gripped their hearts, Pugliese says. Like any pup (she was only 8 weeks old when adopted), Luna was unsure of her new home when she arrived in New Jersey—but today she’s a different pooch. “She has all the confidence in the world,” Pugliese says. “She has definitely found her voice but maintains her sweet and playful personality.” Playtime includes rolling over and getting belly rubs and frolicking with her favorite bacon-scented ball. Mom and Dad have also discovered Luna’s love for the swimming. Says Pugliese: “She’s definitely a summertime babe.” When she’s not playing, Luna loves to explore Holmdel and Thompson Park. Follow Luna on her adventures on Instagram @lunabella_gram. Want to see your pup in a future issue? Email rita.guarna@wainscotmedia.com.

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LEARN TO WALK. Teach your tot not just how to walk but how to balance too with the physician-invented Delta Children First Steps Learn2Walk Balancer. Bungee technology helps little ones safely maintain center of gravity, while interactive features and “play mode” also help build fine motor skills. Ages 6 months to 2 years. Available at buybuy Baby, West Long Branch, 732.542.1953.

Learning Curve! These toys promise to help your little one build knowledge through everyday fun. Babies and toddlers have no official schoolwork, but their “curriculum” is the most ambitious one going: the world itself. Playing is their way of discovering, and toys can facilitate that process. The eight educational products here have been handpicked by our editors (hey, some of us are parents too!) to foster your child’s skills and imagination in a way that’s both fun and engaging. Help your youngster...

LEARN THE ALPHABET. With this one your child will surely get an “A”—and all the other letters too. A bilingual baby? Si, Señor, with the Musical Turtle Toy in English and Spanish from iPlay iLearn. This little guy has four modes: numbers, letters, happy laughter and “crawl and chase,” the last of which is perfect once your tyke starts moving. Ages 6 months to 6 years. Available at iplayilearn.com.

LEARN TO PLAY MUSIC. Inspire your rockstar-in-the-making to get strumming with the Loog Mini acoustic guitar, which has three strings to make learning to play a breeze. It even comes with an app and flash cards that teach kids how to form chords. Ages 3 and up. Available at loogguitars.com.

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LEARN THROUGH ROLE PLAYING. The LittiCity Pretend Play Teachers Set gets a gold star for creativity. The play set comes with a dry-erase board, classroom posters, reward stickers, a school bell and more props, teaching aspiring educators their numbers and letters through role play and dress-up. Ages 3 and up. Available at Walmart, Freehold, 732.780.3048.

LEARN TO STRATEGIZE. Young children may not be quite ready for a game of Risk, but they can learn strategy via Monza, a classic racing-car board game from Haba in which the goal is to be the first one to the finish line. The 20th-anniversary version comes in a limited-edition, metalembossed tin with metallic painted dice and a new track. Ages 5 and up. Available at Toybox, Colts Neck, 732.866.6676

LEARN TO COUNT. Numbers, hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills are among the things toddlers will finesse with the Haba Rainbow Caterpillar Threading Game. Bonus: The “sewing” will keep them busy and concentrating so hard they’ll pretty much forget about their iPads. Ages 3 and up. Available at Quinnderella’s Toys, Manasquan, 732.223.1124.

LEARN TO BE HEALTHY. Mask-wearing and hand-sanitizing this year didn’t teach kids enough about germs, right? They’ll learn even more about how to protect their bodies with MEandMine’s Fish Out Germs, which includes a fishing game, a book and a trio of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) projects. The goal of the fishing game is to build up white blood cells and “fish out” germs through sensory play and building. Ages 5 to 8. Available at amazon.com.

LEARN TO BUILD. Focus and patience are the names of the game with Plus-Plus GO! Monster Trucks, which let your kid’s imagination run (or race?) wild. This kit contains 600 pieces, 10 wheels and three chassis baseplates to allow for customization of each vehicle. Ages 5 to 12. Available at Target, Middletown, 732.706.9222.

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Wainscot Media publishes several special sections throughout the year in our regional magazines. Contact us today to learn more about freelance opportunities available. What is a Periodontist? A periodontist is a specialist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases that affect gums and supporting bones of the teeth. Your general dentist may refer you to a periodontist if it’s determined further specialized treatment is needed when disease is present. In addition, periodontists specialize in the surgical placement of dental implants when teeth are lost due to gum disease or other tooth traumas. A highly-trained periodontist can correct a gummy smile, gum recession or other non-disease complications with surgical and non-surgical techniques. Working closely with general dentists and other dental specialists, my team and I are dedicated to improving the overall health and aesthetics of every patient’s beautiful smile.

Can my teeth be saved if my gums are damaged?

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Depending on the severity and progression of a person’s periodontal condition, multiple treatment options are available to restore your natural teeth, supporting soft tissue and bone back to health. Bleeding gums, periodontal pockets, bone loss and loose teeth caused by gum disease may be fully treatable with non-surgical or surgical treatments. Our office offers a more effective method of treating gum disease using LANAP laser surgical technique. A high-energy thin laser fiber is inserted into the periodontal pockets killing bad bacteria and eliminating diseased tissue in a less invasive manner. Two weeks after surgery, our patients are very pleased when their gums have returned to a healthy pink and perio pocketing has substantially decreased. If full-mouth restoration is necessary, we offer the option of staged implant restorations (one at a time). Whether we’re able to keep your natural teeth using our state-of-the-art surgical techniques or replace hopeless teeth with dental implants or a full-mouth restoration, we’ll work with you to provide the best options possible.

Debra Rizzi, President of Rizco, co-founded the company in 2000 with her husband Keith. Originally established in Manhattan, this creative campaign agency will celebrate its 20th anniversary in Spring Lake Heights in February. Passionate about helping businesses grow, Debra thrives on the challenge of staying relevant in today’s technology-driven markets by pursuing education and research to stay ahead of trends. Her success stems from co-partnering with clients to increase brand awareness and engagement using web, print, and multi-layered digital strategies.

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Integrity, transparency, and accountability are the core aspects of Rizco’s promise to clients. These, combined with creativity and proven ROI, set the company apart from competitors.

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A Bucknellian and proud mom of three daughters, Debra inspires others by giving back. Rizco routinely offers student mentorships and supports local not-for-profit organizations, such as The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Coastal & Northern New Jersey.

AT MIDLAND PARK FAMILY DENTISTRY, the word ordinary doesn’t exist. That’s because Dr. Anthony Caramico and his staff consistently strive to deliver extraordinary service to each patient at every visit. Their commitment to delivering the highest quality, innovative dentistry, in a patient-friendly environment permeates the office. From the state-of-the-art office to the friendly staff that greets every patient, their commitment to patient satisfaction is nothing less than extraordinary. With a passion for changing the way people see and experience dentistry, Dr. Caramico makes continuing investments in his practice with his patient’s oral health and lifestyle in mind. From ongoing training to the implementation of the latest technologies and equipment, he is committed to bringing his patients the industry’s very best practices. These investments ensure that patients have the best smile with less stress. Dr. Caramico has invested in technologies like CEREC to deliver crowns in one visit without messy

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impressions or temporaries, and the SOLEA dental laser to restore a broken tooth or cavity without using a drill or anesthesia. Leveraging the iTero Scanner, which works in tandem with Invisalign®, Dr. Caramico can can show patients what their smiles will look like before orthodontic treatment even begins. “Our mission has been, and always will be, to pursue excellence and to deliver quality care to our patients,” says Dr. Caramico. “Everything I do is with my patients in mind. I am blessed and humbled to have had the good fortune to travel through life with my patients and my staff. Most endearing of all is to care for patients and their families through multiple generations.” Midland Park Family Dentistry continues to expand, offering extended evening hours three days a week and Saturday appointments. Proud of their Bergen County roots, both Dr. Caramico and his associate, Dr. Diane Asmar, welcome you to become part of the family.

The short answer is yes! Ninety-nine percent of the time a skillful surgeon is able to regenerate lost bone that’s strong enough for the placement and support of a dental implant. In the upper back teeth area, the sinus floor may prohibit the placement of a dental implant unless bone is first regenerated or grafted into the sinus floor. This procedure, sinus grafting or sinus lift, allows for an implant to be surgically placed into the grafted area after several months of healing time has accrued.

Dr. Richard Shin opened Alpine Periodontics & Dental Implant in 2003. Dr. Shin is a specialist in treating periodontal and gum disease and in the placement of dental implants. He’s been in practice for 20 years and has performed more than 30,000 surgical procedures. After graduating from New York School of Dentistry and completing his residency requirements at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, Dr. Shin completed a specialty program at NYU and achieved board certification in Periodontology in 2003. For more than 15 years he’s taught new dentists, most currently at NYU Dental School. Services Offered: • Implant Dentistry • Receding Gum & Grafting • Periodontal Care • Laser Dentistry & LANAP • Smile Makeover • IV Sedation (upon patient request) Residency Program

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{ HEALTH NEWS } DREAD THE RED…

Meat, that is. A study of 20,000 people showed that red and processed meat eaters had poorer heart function and stiffer arteries. Experts theorize that the trimethylamine NOxide (TMAO) produced when we digest red meats causes tissue and blood vessel damage. —Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine

NUTS ABOUT VEGGIES

Stumped about how to get kids to eat more vegetables? Serve them with peanut butter. A study found that pairing veggies with a food like peanut butter that kids really like significantly increased consumption of the greens.

TESTING: 1, 2, 3

The top two reasons doctors ordered tests? Fear of missing something that would help them diagnose their patients and protection against malpractice.

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The number of adults in the U.S., or 50 million people, who suffer from arthritis. The disease strikes all ages, races and genders and is the No. 1 cause of disability in this country. —Arthritis Foundation

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Americans can expect to live a year less than they could in 2019, in large part because of deaths linked to COVID-19. Average life expectancy, based on data from January to June 2020, is 77.8 years, down from 78.8 in 2019.

The percentage increase in the number of cosmetic procedures, such as face lifts, performed during the pandemic.

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In adults 65 years or older, having an elevated blood sugar level, or prediabetes, once believed to be a good indication of developing type 2 diabetes, might not be a worry after all. A recent study found that about 8 percent of older adults with prediabetes went on to develop the disease.

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Your family has no history of breast cancer. You still need a mammogram. It’s curious how healthy habits can become go-to excuses. But don’t excuse yourself from getting a mammogram. At RWJBarnabas Health, we offer the latest in comprehensive breast health services including mammograms, 3D mammograms, genetic testing, breast surgery and more — like peace of mind. And with breast health centers conveniently located throughout New Jersey, finding us is simple, too. Making excuses is easy. Making an appointment is easier. Schedule your visit at rwjbh.org/mammo.

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Holmdel resident David Katz is now living pain-free following an anterior cervical discectomy performed by Jason Cohen, M.D., chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics. The surgery relieved pain and pressure in Katz’s arm and neck.

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Cervical spine surgery at Monmouth Medical Center helps a local businessman regain quality of life. hospital. “When I woke up, I was not that sore. I was surprised,” he David Katz first noticed a problem about three years ago. It started says. “I had a neck brace on. I ate some soft foods, and they had me with pain in his right shoulder, and the pain soon migrated to his upper walking that night, with no walker. I was very comfortable, didn’t feel right arm. At times, Katz, of Holmdel, felt a tingling sensation from his poorly at all.” elbow down to his fingers. He took a week off from work, and had “a little pain,” that he controlled Katz, now 68, contacted a friend of his, Brian Torpey, M.D., an with Tylenol. He also started doing some neck exercises, and began wearorthopedic surgeon with Monmouth Medical Center (MMC). Dr. Torpey ing an electronic bone stimulator for four hours every day to help protook images of Katz’s spine and diagnosed degenerative damage in mote bone growth and fusion with the titanium plate in his neck. the disks of Katz’s neck. The disk damage was putting pressure At a follow-up examination two weeks after surgery, on the nerves in the neck, causing the pain in Katz’s arm. Dr. Cohen saw that Katz was doing well. “He was back The first line of treatment was pain management, so to normal activities at this point—no restrictions, no Katz received steroid injections and anti-inflammatory medications,” Dr. Cohen says. Katz was still being medications from Anil Sharma, M.D., a pain medicine cautious as of the end of June, though. “Dr. Cohen said specialist at MMC. It helped at first, but over time your body will tell you what you can do,” Katz says. “I grew ineffective. “It didn’t mask the constant shoulder started moving some pallets in my warehouse, and I felt pain,” says Katz, CEO of BMI Merchandise, a toy and worn out, so I knew that was not the path to take right amusement company. “It made it hard to get comfortable now.” He still has some trouble turning his neck while to sleep or work at my computer.” driving, he reports. “But there is no more pain. I can sleep His doctors suggested he talk to a colleague at MMC: on both sides. I can use computers,” he says. Jason Cohen, M.D., Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery. Jason Cohen, M.D. Katz has the highest praise for everyone at MMC, from “Jason said surgery is always the last resort when lessthe surgeons and nurses to the staff. “Everyone was so invasive treatment methods have failed, so he did a bit more lovely. I should have booked it for three nights,” he jokes. with nonsurgical treatments, and when that didn’t help, he He knew he did not have to go to New York City for the said it was time to consider surgery,” Katz said, adding that kind of care he received locally. “I could have gone anywhere. I chose he had reached the point where he was fed up with the pain. “I told what I thought to be the best option after knowing the quality of Jason him that’s it, just do it.” Cohen and the outcomes at Monmouth Medical Center. It was excellent, On May 17, 2021, Dr. Cohen performed what’s called an anterior and highly recommended.” cervical discectomy and fusion at the C4-5, C5-6 and C6-7 disks. “It’s a very common issue, and when surgery is necessary it can provide good relief of pain and improve function,” he said. Dr. Cohen made an incision in the front of Katz’s neck, removed the diseased discs to relieve the pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots and then put implants where the discs were. He also added bone grafts to the vertebrae and then stabilized them with a titanium plate that fused the vertebrae together. “It all heals as one segment that The Spine Center at Monmouth Medical Center offers patients the most doesn’t move,” Dr. Cohen says. “There is a loss of motion across those advanced non-surgical and surgical options for the relief of neck and segments, but patients tend not to notice it too much because other back pain and related conditions. Patients receive world-class care from levels of the spine can compensate.” a coordinated team of orthopedic spine specialists, neurosurgeons and Katz praises Dr. Cohen’s team for educating him prior to the surgery. other providers who work together to offer leading-edge treatments, “They were very smart. Jason’s team did a good job getting me including minimally invasive procedures and innovative therapies for physically and mentally prepared,” he says. He did breathing exercises all forms of spinal disease: and avoided outdoor pollen before surgery to help recover from anesthesia, for example. He also watched a video about the surgery. “I • Herniated or ruptured discs • Disc disease paid attention, and the more I delved into this process, I started feeling • Osteoporosis • Spinal stenosis more comfortable with the recovery,” Katz says. “It made me go back • Spinal trauma • Osteoarthritis of the spine and read the information they gave me more carefully, and that helped or spinal injuries • Scoliosis me be more informed, have more realistic expectations.” • Spinal cord tumors • Rheumatoid arthritis The surgery went according to plan, and Katz spent one night in the or malformations of the spine

THE SPINE CENTER AT MONMOUTH MEDICAL CENTER

To learn more about spine surgery options at Monmouth Medical Center, visit rwjbh.org/mmcjointandspine.

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Monmouth Medical Center ED and MedSurg Unit nurse leaders honored with prestigious nursing award. Monmouth Medical Center (MMC) nurse leaders, who were praised for going above and beyond for their staff, have been honored with a special Nurse Recognition Award established to honor extraordinary nurses and the super-human work they do every day. Dave DeMatteo, assistant clinical director for MMC’s Emergency Department, and Stefonia Thompson, BSN, RN-BC, director of patient care for the hospital’s Borden 5 adult inpatient unit, were reDave DeMatteo: Everyone’s Cheerleader Many MMC staff remember DeMatteo for parking his RV outside of the ED during the first wave of COVID and staying there for weeks to help his staff. Colleagues say he goes out of his way to support nurses, despite how tired and overworked he may be, and he continually puts his own needs aside to help in any way that he can. Nominating staff offered the following testimonials for DeMatteo: “Dave is everyone’s cheerleader. He has a way of making everyone feel smart, cared-about and important. He pushes us to all be better.” “Dave does an unbelievable job of advocating for his nurses while maintaining his managerial responsibilities.” “I had a particularly difficult shift one night with an aggressive patient. I kept working, but Dave would not leave my stubborn self alone until I left the unit to take a walk with him. Despite being short-staffed, he made me go home early, telling me: ‘When your mind isn’t there, that’s when you make mistakes.’ I will never forget how he put my needs and emotions first, and I will always be grateful for that.”

Dave DeMatteo (second from right), the Assistant Clinical Director for the Emergency Department, is shown with, from left, Lauren Fleming, Magnet Program Director; Diann Johnston, Southern Region Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), RWJBarnabas Health, and CNO for Monmouth Medical Center; Sharmine Brassington, Director of Patient Care for the ED; Melissa Johnson, ED Unit Secretary; Darla Harmer, Assistant Vice President for Nursing; Danielle Perez-Dominguez, Pediatric ED nurse; and Victor Almeida, D.O., Chair of Emergency Medicine.

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cently honored with the DAISY Award. The award was established by the DAISY Foundation, formed by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), an autoimmune disease. His widow, Tena, (a DAISY co-founder) created the acronym, Diseases Attacking the Immune System, and the Foundation established the DAISY recognition program to honor the super-human work nurses do.

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Stefonia Thompson: Promoting A Positive Vision for Her Unit Thompson is described as a leader who cares for her staff like family. Staff who nominated her for the award say she is always well-informed with what is happening on the unit, and trusts them to make decisions, which promotes autonomy. She sets a tone for the unit, and her staff feels that the environment she facilitates is one of positive energy, compassion and teamwork. Colleagues note that Thompson goes above and beyond for her staff; she always makes herself available and is willing to help them, no matter the issue. Those who nominated her included the following words of praise: “Good staff buy-in starts with leadership, and Stefonia is always promoting a positive vision for the unit and how it fits into MMC. Borden 5’s quality indicators increased under Stefonia, as did HCAHP (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) scores. She has changed the unit culture for the better.” “Stefonia’s huddles are the best! Very thorough with high staff involvement and attention to detail. The education posted around the unit speaks to her eagerness to promote and increase nurse-sensitive indicators.” “Stefonia works with her staff so well, with an open-door policy and team approach. She is an excellent nurse, approachable, kind, compassionate, innovative and an advocate for her team. She is a leader in every way!” Stefonia Thompson (middle), Director of Patient Care for Borden 5, is shown here with, from left, Diann Johnston and Darla Harmer.

SPOTLIGHT ON NURSING EXCELLENCE

MORE HONORS FOR KATHLEEN MALOUF

Diann Johnston, Southern Region Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), RWJBarnabas Health, and CNO for Monmouth Medical Center, stands at MMC’s newly dedicated “Nursing Excellence” display case. Shown with special illumination is the crown jewel of MMC’s Nursing Excellence awards, the Magnet obelisk. In January 2020, MMC learned that The American Nurses Credentialing Center had conferred the prestigious Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

Kathleen Malouf, who works in Pediatric Medical Day Stay for Monmouth Medical Center’s Unterberg Children’s Hospital, was recently recognized with a State of New Jersey Senate and General Assembly commendation for her innovation in COVID-19 care. Malouf received the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge in COVID-19 Patient Care for her invention of the IsoPouch, a disposable, transparent pouch that adheres to an isolation gown. The pouch helps healthcare workers quickly and easily gather supplies and preserve personal protective equipment (PPE). She was recognized among hundreds of applicants worldwide for ideas to improve COVID-19 care. In May, Malouf was recognized by her hometown of Middletown with a proclamation from the township’s mayor. She currently is working on securing an international patent for the IsoPouch.

To learn more about nursing excellence at Monmouth Medical Center, visit rwjbh.org/Monmouth.

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{ IN GOOD HEALTH }

MAGNETIC APPEAL

Monmouth Medical Center’s advanced MRI technology offers a unique look inside the human body—making disease detection easier and precise.

Upgraded MRI equipment allows MMC cardiologist Ajay Shah, M.D. (seated), to better assess the heart. He is shown with MRI supervisor Nick DeMonte.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which uses magnets and radio waves to make a detailed image of the body, has been around for decades—but it keeps improving. Monmouth Medical Center (MMC) offers advanced techniques and state-of-the-art technology, such as adjustable receiver coils, allowing for increased patient comfort as well as more precise imaging and reporting by the radiologist. Its MRI units hold accreditation from the American College of Radiology, an achievement recognized as the gold standard for quality in medical imaging. MRI for Heart Disease Monmouth Medical Center’s MRI equipment was recently upgraded to offer special evaluations of the heart. “A cardiac MRI is the gold

standard for assessing the structure and function of the heart,” says Ajay Shah, M.D., Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at MMC. A cardiac MRI assesses blood flow, heart valve structure and inflammation, helping doctors diagnose heart disease, aneurysm and cardiomyopathy. “An MRI helps us determine a patient’s prognosis and treatment,” says Dr. Shah. MRI for Liver Disease MRI is used to detect or monitor liver disease and to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment for patients with liver disease related to excess fat and iron storage, says Tejas Shinde, M.D., Chair of Radiology at MMC. The liver is one of the main iron storage organs and usually the first to show iron overload. Therefore, detection and

quantification of liver iron overload are critical to optimize treatment and prevent complications, says Dr. Shinde. “Our advanced MRI technology offers precise diagnosis and accurate noninvasive quantification of iron overload,” he says. Iron overload can be either primary (genetic) or secondary. Primary iron overload is most commonly associated with an inherited condition called hemochromatosis. Secondary iron overload is associated with ineffective erythropoiesis, the process which produces red blood cells, and predominantly caused by long-term transfusion therapy. Excess iron can poison organs, which can lead to conditions such as cancer, irregular heartbeat and cirrhosis of the liver. Fat deposition is a common condition of the liver. Fat is the hallmark of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease but may also occur with other entities such as alcohol abuse, HIV and genetic lipodystrophies and chemotherapy. “Left untreated, it can lead to liver fibrosis, which causes diminished blood flow throughout the liver and a buildup of scar tissue. Without treatment, liver fibrosis may lead to cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer,” Dr. Shinde says. MRI elastography is an advanced imaging technique used to measure liver stiffness. “This is useful in staging the degree of liver fibrosis in patients with hepatitis/ cirrhosis, which previously could only be performed through liver biopsy. However, elastography can painlessly provide a fibrosis score to identify those patients that would benefit from treatment or may require additional screening for hepatocellular carcinoma,” says Shabbir Naqvi, M.D., a radiologist with MMC.

Tejas Shinde, M.D., Chair of Radiology

Shabbir Naqvi, M.D., Radiologist

MRI for Prostate and Testicles Multiparametric MRI of the prostate is an advanced MRI protocol that is used to screen for prostate cancer. It allows radiologists to identify and localize the most aggressive lesions, so that prostate biopsy can be directed to the area of concern. It also has the ability to evaluate for local tumor extension as well as any metastatic disease in the pelvis. “MRI of the testicles is a valuable problem-solving technique when other imaging modalities have yielded indeterminate results. The Monmouth Medical Center MRI department is one of the few sites in Central Jersey offering this advanced technique,” Dr. Shinde says.

To learn more about robotic surgery at Monmouth Medical Center, call 888.724.7123.

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Readers’ ballots chose the top local businesses in 99 categories. Are your favorite spots among the winners?

The title of a Tina Turner album said it back in the ’90s: Simply the Best. That’s what we’re going for with Monmouth Health & Life’s annual poll, which seeks to determine readers’ local favorites in a host of categories from bakeries to pet boutiques. You’ll surely find some of your go-to establishments in the list of top winners on the following pages—and maybe a new discovery or two. MONMOUTHHEALTHANDLIFE.COM

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BARBECUE RESTAURANT

LOCAL SMOKE, MULTIPLE LOCATIONS, LOCALSMOKEBBQ.COM This award winner began as a BBQ competition team in 2007. After being named national Rookie Team of the Year their first season, they opened a catering company, which then turned into a chain of barbecue restaurants. With this success, it’s easy to understand the company’s mission: “to provide authentic, award-winning, slow-smoked BBQ and incredible service in a fun and clean atmosphere.” If you want a taste of blue-ribbon food, try the beef brisket or ribs—both have won first place in championship competitions.

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ACAI BOWLS 1.  PLAYA BOWLS Multiple locations playabowls.com 2.  FRUTTA BOWLS Multiple locations fruttabowls.com 3.  ACAI BOWLS POWERED BY JUICE BEACH 701 Cookman Ave. Asbury Park 732.539.9686 juicebeach.com

BAGELS

2.  MJ’S Multiple locations mjsrestaurant.com 3.  TRE PIZZA (TIE) 611 Park Ave. Freehold 732.751.4422 trerestaurant.com 3. THE PROVING GROUND (TIE) 56 Shrewsbury Ave. Highlands 732.872.2266 theprovingground.com

1.  BAGELMASTERS 661 Broad St. Shrewsbury 732.224.0333 bagelmasters.com

BREAKFAST

2.  HOT BAGELS BROOKLYN’S FINEST 368 Broad St. Red Bank 732.842.1397

1825 Rte. 35 Wall Township 732.359.8544 meemoms.com

3.  HOLE LOT OF BAGELS 1171 Rte. 35 Middletown 732.706.9300

BAKERY 1.  NOTHING BUNDT CAKES Multiple locations nothingbundtcakes.com 2.  PAPA GANACHE 106 Main St. Matawan 732.217.1750

1.  MEEMOM’S 1383 Rte. 35 Middletown 732.856.9499

2.  TURNING POINT 1 Industrial Way Eatontown 732.676.9785 theturningpoint.biz 3.  SEED TO SPROUT Multiple locations seedtosproutnj.com

BRUNCH 1.  TURNING POINT 1 Industrial Way Eatontown 732.676.9785 theturningpoint.biz

3.  SWEET! 702 10th Ave. Belmar 732.280.8889 sweetbelmar.com

516 Cookman Ave. Asbury Park 732.776.5900

2.  JERSEY SHORE BBQ 811 Belmar Plaza Belmar 732.894.9009 jerseyshorebbq.com 3.  FIRESIDE GRILL & BAR 133 S. Main St. Marlboro 732.780.7900 firesidegrillandbar.com

BAR FOOD 1.  TOMMY’S TAVERN & TAP Multiple locations tommystavernandtap.com

2.  MONMOUTH MEATS 112 Monmouth St. Red Bank 732.741.5292 monmouthmeats.com 3.  DREW’S MARKET 2407 Rte. 71 Spring Lake Heights 732.974.9399 drewsmarket.com

1.  DREW’S BAYSHORE BISTRO 25 Church St. Keyport 732.739.9219 drewsbayshorebistro.com

2.  TOAST 45 Monmouth St. Red Bank 732.224.1234

1.  LOCAL SMOKE Multiple locations localsmokebbq.com

1.  POP’S BUTCHER SHOP 175 Monmouth Rd. West Long Branch 732.571.7677 popsbutchershop.com

BYO RESTAURANT

217 Main St. Manasquan papaganache.com

BARBECUE

BUTCHER

3. CARDINAL PROVISIONS 513 Bangs Ave. Asbury Park 732.898.7194 crdnal.com

BURGERS 1.  BARNACLE BILL’S 1 First St. Rumson 732.747.8396 barnaclebillsrumson.com 2.  PASCAL & SABINE 601 Bangs Ave. Asbury Park 732.774.3395 pascalandsabine.com 3.  MAIN STREET BAR & GRILL 735 Rte. 35 Ocean Township 732.775.7131 main.street.bar.grill.ocean. township.edan.io

2.  RAGIN’ CAJUN 1102 River Rd. Belmar 732.280.6828 ragincajunnj.com 3.  CLARIZIO’S ITALIAN RISTORANTE 3475 Rte. 9 Freehold 732.431.0536 clariziositalianristorante. com

CANDY/ CHOCOLATES 1.  CHOCOLATE CAROUSEL 2510 Belmar Blvd. Wall Township 732.280.0606 chocolatecarousel.com 2. SUZI’S SWEET SHOPPE 1100 Rte. 35 Middletown 732.796.0115 suzisweetshoppe.com 3. JEWELED STUDIO BOUTIQUE 305 Rte. 9 S. Manalapan 732.303.9433 jeweledstudio.com

CHEESE SHOP 1.  THE CHEESE CAVE 14 Monmouth St. Red Bank 732.842.0796 thecheesecave.co 2.  SICKLES MARKET 1 Harrison Ave. Little Silver 732.741.9563 200 Monmouth St. Red Bank 732.852.5700 sicklesmarket.com 3.  CHEESE ON MAIN 53 Main Ave. Ocean Grove 732.775.1530

COFFEE/TEA HOUSE 1.  ROOK COFFEE Multiple locations rookcoffee.com 2.  WATER WITCH COFFEE 67 Waterwitch Ave. Highlands 732.204.2694 waterwitchcoffee.com 3.  CAFE VOLAN 510 Bangs Ave. Asbury Park 732.455.3399 cafevolan.com

CRAFT BEER 1.  ASBURY PARK BREWERY 810 Sewall Ave. Asbury Park 732.455.5571 asburyparkbrewery.com 2.  BEACH HAUS BREWERY 801 Main St. Belmar 732.202.7782 beachhausbeer.com

3.  CARTON BREWING 6 E. Washington Ave. Atlantic Highlands 732.654.2337 cartonbrewing.com

CUPCAKES

2.  NEW MONMOUTH DINER 1887 Rte. 35 Middletown 732.671.1316 newmonmouthdiner.com

1.  CHOCOLATE CAROUSEL 2510 Belmar Blvd. Wall Township 732.280.0606 chocolatecarousel.com

3.  JB’S DINER 1320 Rte. 33 Farmingdale 732.256.9474 jbsdiner.com

2.  CUPCAKE MAGICIAN 54 Monmouth St. Red Bank 732.530.5700 cupcakemagicianonline.com

DONUTS

3.  SUGARUSH 732.414.9044 experiencesugarush.com

DINER 1.  AMERICANA DINER 1160 Rte. 35 Shrewsbury 732.542.1658 americanadiner.net

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THE CHEESE CAVE, 14 MONMOUTH ST., RED BANK, 732.842.0796, THECHEESECAVE.CO Here’s a new favorite spot for the cheese lovers out there. This cheese oasis offers specialty and artisan cheeses from around the world. Looking for a fun, unique gift? Try one of the personalized cheese baskets here. The Cheese Cave also sells sandwiches and soups to order for those who want a hot meal. Musttries include Humboldt Fog cheese, fresh mozzarella, the Cave Club sandwich, the Parma sandwich and the creamy tomato soup.

1.  BROAD STREET DOUGH COMPANY 177 Elton Adelphia Rd. Freehold 732.303.9000 2.  DUCK DONUTS Multiple locations duckdonuts.com 3.  PURPLE GLAZE DONUTS 516 Summerfield Ave Asbury Park 732.361.5308 purpleglazedonuts.com

FARMERS’ MARKET 1.  DELICIOUS ORCHARDS 320 Rte. 34 S. Colts Neck 732.462.1989 deliciousorchardsnj.com 2.  GALLERIA RED BANK FARMERS MARKET Bridge Avenue & West Front Street Red Bank 732.530.7300 thegalleriaredbank.com 3.  MATT’S FARM MARKET 1740 Rte. 71 Wall Township 732.449.5600 mattsfarmmarket.com

CATERER 1.  DREW’S MARKET 2407 Rte. 71 Spring Lake Heights 732.974.9399 drewsmarket.com 2.  GLENDA’S KITCHEN 864 Rte. 36 Leonardo 732.284.9536 glendaskitchen.co

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PASCAL & SABINE, 601 BANGS AVE., ASBURY PARK, 732.774.3395, PASCALANDSABINE.COM This establishment honors the simple delights of European cuisine in which good food, a tasty drink and friends come together. This ideal goes hand in hand with the restaurant’s tagline: “A place to forget about the outside world for a spell—now more than ever.” The luxury offerings include a caviar menu, classics like fish and chips and unique entrées such as venison.

FOOD TRUCK 1.  EMPANADA GUY 888.623.7765 empanadaguy.com 2.  JOHNNY’S PORK ROLL 833.328.7675 johnnyporkroll.com 3.  JONNIE G’S 732.531.5321 jonnie-g.com

FRENCH RESTAURANT 1.  PASCAL & SABINE 601 Bangs Ave. Asbury Park 732.774.3395 pascalandsabine.com 2.  THE FRENCH MARKET 114 E. River Rd. Rumson 732.530.1692 thefrenchmarketnj.com 3.  NICHOLAS BARREL & ROOST 160 Rte. 35 Red Bank 732.345.9977 barrelandroost.com

GLUTEN-FREE GOODIES

2.  LIVOTI’S OLD WORLD MARKET 1077 Rte. 34 Aberdeen 732.566.2500 160 Rte. 9 Marlboro 848.444.9600 1151 Rte. 35 Middletown 732. 275. 1144 livotisoldworldmarket.com 3.  SICKLES MARKET 1 Harrison Ave. Little Silver 732.741.9563 200 Monmouth St. Red Bank 732.852.5700 sicklesmarket.com

GREEK RESTAURANT 1.  THE GREEK SPOT 1013 Rte. 35 Ocean Township 732.531.7770 15 North Bridge Ave. Red Bank 732.704.3255 thegreekspotnj.com 2.  GREEK EATS 89 Newman Springs Rd. Shrewsbury 732.530.0777

217 Main St. Manasquan papaganache.com

3.  ANEMOS GREEK CUISINE 333 Rte. 9 S. Manalapan 732.414.6590 anemosgreekcuisine.com

3.  CUPCAKE MAGICIAN 54 Monmouth St. Red Bank 732.530.5700 cupcakemagicianonline. com

GOURMET GROCERY 1.  DELICIOUS ORCHARDS 320 Rte. 34 S. Colts Neck 732.462.1989 deliciousorchardsnj.com

ICE CREAM 1.  HOFFMAN’S ICE CREAM 569 Church St. Spring Lake Heights 732.974.2253 444 Ocean Blvd. N. Long Branch 732.229.5500 hoffmansicecream.net 2.  JERSEY FREEZE 120 Manalapan Ave. Freehold 732.462.3008 101 Crawfords Corner Rd. Holmdel 732.837.0355 jerseyfreeze1952.com

1.  PAPA GANACHE 106 Main St. Matawan 732.217.1750

2.  GOOD KARMA VEGAN CAFÉ 17 East Front St. Red Bank 732.450.8344 goodkarmacafenj.com

3.  WHOLE FOODS Multiple locations

HEALTH AND FOOD STORE 1.  DEAN’S NATURAL FOOD MARKET Multiple locations deansnaturalfoodmarket.com 2.  NATURE’S CORNER NATURAL MARKET 2407 Rte. 71 Spring Lake 732.449.4950 175 Locust Ave. West Long Branch 732.449.4950 naturescornernaturalmarket. com

3.  COOKMAN CREAMERY 711 Cookman Ave. Asbury Park 732.361.5215 cookmancreamery.com

INDIAN RESTAURANT 1.  BOMBAY RIVER 90 Broad St. Red Bank 732.530.1598 bombayriver.com 2.  NEELAM 1178 Rte. 35 Middletown 732.671.8900 neelamindiancuisine.com 3.  HALDI CHOWK 1409 Rte. 35 N. Middletown 732.721.9539 haldichowkusa.com

ITALIAN DELI 1.  LIVOTI’S OLD WORLD MARKET 1077 Rte. 34 Aberdeen 732.566.2500 160 Rte. 9 Marlboro 848.444.9600 1151 Rte. 35 Middletown 732.275.1144 livotisoldworldmarket.com

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2.  DEMARCO’S 1121 Rte. 34 Aberdeen 732.566.2112 demarcoscatering.com 3.  TALIERCIO’S GOURMET DELI 500 Rte. 35 Red Bank 732.576.1888

ITALIAN RESTAURANT 1.  ANJELICA’S 1070 Ocean Ave. Sea Bright 732.842.2800 anjelicas.com 2.  PAZZO’S MMX 141 West Front St. Red Bank 732.747.4551 pazzoredbank.com 3.  CLARIZIOS ITALIAN RISTORANTE 3475 Rte. 9 Freehold 732.431.0536 clariziositalianristorante.com

JUICE BAR 1.  NATURE’S CORNER NATURAL MARKET 2407 Rte. 71 Spring Lake 732.449.4950 175 Locust Ave. West Long Branch 732.449.4950 naturescornernaturalmarket. com 2.  SEED TO SPROUT Multiple locations seedtosproutnj.com

2.  ICHIBAN 2132 Rte. 35 S. Oakhurst 732.493.1115 ichibansteakhouse.com 3.  SONO 1098 Rte. 35 Middletown 732.706.3588 sonosushi.net

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1.  JUANITO’S 159 Monmouth St. Red Bank 732.747.9118 juanitosredbank.com

2.  WEMROCK ORCHARDS 100 Wemrock Rd. Freehold 732.431.2668 wemrockorchard.com

2.  ROSALITA’S 180 Rte. 9 N. Englishtown 732.617.0099 rosiescantinanj.com

3.  TWIN POND FARMS 1459 Rte. 9 N. Howell 732.863.0755 twinpondfarm.com

3.  ABY’S 32 Main St. Matawan 732.583.9119 abysmexicanrestaurant.com

PIZZA

NEW RESTAURANT

1.  VIC’S ITALIAN AMERICAN RESTAURANT 60 Main St. Bradley Beach 732.774.8225 vicspizza.com

1.  THE SANDWICH SPOT 319 Main St. Keansburg 732.798.4506 facebook.com/ soupsaladsandwich

2.  TALULA’S 550 Cookman Ave. Asbury Park 732.455.3003 talulaspizza.com

3.  DEAN’S NATURAL OUTDOOR DINING MARKET 1.  ROONEY’S Multiple locations deansnaturalfoodmarket.com 100 Ocean Ave. N. Long Branch 732.870.1200 JAPANESE rooneysocean.com RESTAURANT 1.  TAKA 660 Cookman Ave. Asbury Park 732.775.1020 takaasbury.com

3.  THE BOONDOCKS FISHERY 1 Marine Park Red Bank 732.747.7177 theboondocksfishery.com

2.  THE PROVING GROUND 56 Shrewsbury Ave. Highlands 732.872.2266 theprovingground.com

3.  ATTILIO’S 1825 Rte. 35 Wall Township 732.556.0588 attiliospizzawall.com

PRIX FIXE MENU 1.  LANGOSTA LOUNGE 1000 Ocean Ave. Asbury Park 732.455.3275 langostalounge.com

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ANJELICA’S, 1070 OCEAN AVE., SEA BRIGHT, 732.842.2800, ANJELICAS.COM This family-owned-and -operated Italian eatery has been around since 1996. Anjelica’s cuisine showcases owner Ray Lena’s passion for cooking and his Italian roots. The restaurant is now run by Ray’s daughter, Anjelica, whose name it bears. Customers who wish to get a taste of authentic Italian street food must try the pasta fra diavolo, the crab cake and the cotoletta alla parmigiana.

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CHAR STEAKHOUSE, 33 BROAD ST., RED BANK, 732.450.2427, CHARSTEAKHOUSE.COM Looking for an NYC steakhouse without the commute? Stop by Char Steakhouse. This restaurant serves the finest cuts of dry aged prime beef. Those who want to stay away from red meat or are craving surf and turf can opt for the fresh fish, which is delivered daily. If you come hungry, consider ordering the mouthwatering filet mignon and the delicious crab cakes.

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2.  JBJ SOUL KITCHEN 207 Monmouth St. Red Bank 732.842.0900 jbjsoulkitchen.org

2.  POP’S GARAGE 1000 Ocean Ave. Asbury Park 732.576.2182 popsgaragenj.com

3.  NICHOLAS BARREL & ROOST 160 Rte. 35 S. Red Bank 732.345.9977 barrelandroost.com

3.  BARRIO COSTERO 610 Bangs Ave. Asbury Park 732.455.5544 barriocostero.com

ROMANTIC RESTAURANT

THAI RESTAURANT

3.  COURT JESTER 16 E. Main St. Freehold 732.462.1040

1.  BAMBOO LEAF 722-724 Main St. Bradley Beach 732.774.1661 bambooleafthaieatery.com

1077A Rte. 34 Aberdeen 732.566.6674 courtjesternj.com

1.  MOONSTRUCK 517 Lake Ave. Asbury Park 732.988.0123 moonstrucknj.com 2.  UNDICI 11 West River Rd. Rumson 732.842.3880 undicirestaurant.com 3.  NICHOLAS BARREL & ROOST 160 Rte. 35 Red Bank 732.345.9977 barrelandroost.com

SEAFOOD/FISH MARKET 1.  KEYPORT FISHERY 150 W. Front St. Keyport 732.264.9723 keyportfishery.com 2.  MR. SHRIMP 1608 Rte. 71 Belmar 732.681.7755 mrshrimp.com 3.  LUSTY LOBSTER 88 Bay Ave. Highlands 732.291.4100 bestlobster.com

STEAKHOUSE 1.  CHAR STEAKHOUSE 33 Broad St. Red Bank 732.450.2427 charsteakhouse.com 2.  DANNY’S 11 Bridge Ave. Red Bank 732.741.6900 dannyssteakhouse.com 3.  TEXAS ROADHOUSE Multiple locations texasroadhouse.com

TACOS 1.  10TH AVE BURRITO COMPANY 801 Belmar Plaza Belmar 732.280.1515 tenthaveburrito.com

2.  BANGKOK HOUSE 26 Rte. 35 Eatontown 732.389.3890 bangkokhousenj.com 3.  SIAM PARADISE 2 Bridge Ave. Red Bank 732.741.2999 siamparadiseusa.com

VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT 1.  SEED TO SPROUT Multiple locations seedtosproutnj.com 2.  GOOD KARMA VEGAN CAFÉ 17 E. Front St. Red Bank 732.450.8344 goodkarmacafenj.com 3.  KAYA’S KITCHEN 1000 Main St. Belmar 732.280.1141 619 Lake Ave. Asbury Park 732.361.6545 kayaskitchenbelmar.com

WATERFRONT DINNING 1.  SALT CREEK GRILLE Multiple locations saltcreekgrille.com 2.  LANGOSTA LOUNGE 1000 Ocean Ave. Asbury Park 732.455.3275 langostalounge.com 3.  INLET CAFÉ 3 Cornwall St. Highlands 732.872.9764 inletcafe.com

WINGS 1.  JACK’S GOAL LINE STAND 149 Brighton Ave. Long Branch 732. 870. 8800

583 River Rd. Fair Haven 732.747.6522 jacksgoallinestand.com 2.  MJ’S Multiple locations mjsrestaurant.com

BEER SELECTION 1.  ASBURY FESTHALLE & BIERGARTEN 527 Lake Ave. Asbury Park 732.997.8767 asburybiergarten.com 2.  JUGHANDLE BREWING COMPANY 4043 Rte. 33 Tinton Falls 732.898.2220 jughandlebrewing.com 3.  THE PROVING GROUND 56 Shrewsbury Ave. Highlands 732.872.2266 theprovingground.com

GIRL’S NIGHT OUT 1.  TEAK 64 Monmouth St. Red Bank 732.747.5775 teakrestaurant.com 2.  PINOT’S PALETTE Multiple locations pinotspalette.com 3.  BAR ANTICIPATION 703 16th Ave. Lake Como 732.681.7422 bar-a.com

GUY’S NIGHT OUT 1.  STUMPY’S HATCHET HOUSE Multiple locations stumpyshh.com 2.  YESTERCADES 80 Broad St. Red Bank 732.383.7873 yestercades.com 3.  IPLAY AMERICA 110 Schanck Rd. Freehold 732.577.8200 iplayamerica.com

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DANCE LESSONS 1.  EAST COAST DANCE COMPANY 2204 Rte. 35 Sea Girt 732.987.9047 eastcoastdancenj.com 2.  HOWELL ACADEMY OF DANCE 4015 Rte. 9 Howell Township 732.370.5520 howellacademy.com 3.  FRED ASTAIRE DANCE STUDIOS Multiple locations fredastaire.com

GYMNASTICS SCHOOL 1.  MONMOUTH GYMNASTICS 600 & 300 Campus Dr. Morganville 732.972.8811 monmouthgymnastics.com 2.  AERIALS GYMNASTICS 151 Industrial Way E. Eatontown 732.389.0404 aerialsgymnasticsnj.com 3.  ACE GYMNASTICS 2248 Rte. 9 S. Howell 732.577.1500 acegymnj.com

HAPPY HOUR 1.  BAR ANTICIPATION 703 16th Ave. Lake Como 732.681.7422 bar-a.com 2.  TEAK (TIE) 64 Monmouth St. Red Bank 732.747.5775 teakrestaurant.com 2. TAKA (TIE) 660 Cookman Ave. Asbury Park 732.775.1020 takaasbury.com 3. THE PROVING GROUND 56 Shrewsbury Ave. Highlands 732.872.2266 theprovingground.com

IRISH PUB 1.  KELLY’S TAVERN Multiple locations kellystavern.com 2.  THE DUBLIN HOUSE 30 Monmouth St. Red Bank 732.747.6699 thedublinhouse.co

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ASBURY FESTHALLE & BIERGARTEN, 527 LAKE AVE., ASBURY PARK, 732. 997.8767, ASBURYBIERGARTEN. COM Yearning for an authentic biergarten experience? After these months of quarantine, enjoy communal tables where new friends and old can bond over barrels of beer. New cicerones (beer experts) should sample the archetypal Bavarian beer, Hofbräu Dunkel, a popular favorite, and the playful Unicorn Girls Pale Ale.

3.  STEPHEN’S GREEN PUBLICK HOUSE 2031 Rte. 71 Spring Lake Heights 732.449.2626 ssgpub.com

KIDS’ PARTIES 1.  ROCKIN’ ROXANNE’S PARTY MAGIC 732.223.4432 rockinroxanne.com 2.  COCO BEANS PLAY CAFE 70 Apple St. Tinton Falls 732.224.1100 cocobeansplaycafe.com 3.  SWEET! 702 10th Ave. Belmar 732.280.8889 sweetbelmar.com

LIVE MUSIC 1.  THE STONE PONY 913 Ocean Ave. Asbury Park 732.502.0600 stoneponyonline.com 2.  JAMIAN’S FOOD AND DRINK (TIE) 79 Monmouth St. Red Bank 732.747.8050 jamiansfood.com 2. EVENTIDE GRILLE (TIE) 1400 Ocean Ave. Sea Bright 732.530.1414 eventidegrille.com 3. THE PROVING GROUND 56 Shrewsbury Ave. Highlands 732.872.2266 theprovingground.com

SPECIALTY COCKTAILS 1.  WATERMARK 800 Ocean Ave. Asbury Park 732.749.5786 watermarkap.com 2.  MIX LOUNGE & FOOD BAR 71 Brighton Ave. Long Branch 732.923.9100 mixloungefoodbar.com 3.  10TH AVE BURRITO COMPANY (TIE) 801 Belmar Plaza Belmar 732.280.1515 tenthaveburrito.com 3. THE PROVING GROUND (TIE) 56 Shrewsbury Ave. Highlands 732.872.2266 theprovingground.com

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NEIGHBORHOOD BAR 1.  MURPHY’S TAVERN 17 Ward Ln. Rumson murphystavernrumson.com 732.842.1600 2.  MALONEY’S PUB & GRILL 119 Main St. Matawan 732.583.4040 maloneyspubnj.com 3.  REEF & BARREL 153 Sea Girt Ave. Manasquan 732.449.4114 reefandbarrel.com

PUBLIC GOLF COURSE 1.  SHARK RIVER GOLF COURSE 320 Old Corlies Ave. Neptune 732.922.4141 sharkrivergolfcourse.com 2.  CHARLESTON SPRINGS GOLF COURSE 101 Woodville Rd. Millstone 732.409.7227 charlestonsprings.com

2. BAR ANTICIPATION (TIE) 703 16th Ave. Lake Como 732.681.7422 bar-a.com 3.  OLDE VILLAGE PUB AND GRILL 1211 Rte. 35 Middletown 732.671.9156

ACTIVEWEAR 1.  MONMOUTH BEACH YOGA & WELLNESS 36 Beach Rd. Monmouth Beach 973.452.2828 mbyogaandwellness.com 2. LULULEMON Multiple locations shop.lululemon.com 3. BAREFOOT barefootyoga.com

BOOKSTORE 1.  BARNES & NOBLE Multiple locations barnesandnoble.com 2.  RIVER ROAD BOOKS 759 River Rd. Fair Haven 732.747.9455 riverroadbooks.net

3.  SUNEAGLES GOLF CLUB 2000 Lowther Dr. Eatontown 732.389.4300 suneaglesgolf.com

3.  BOOKTOWNE 171 Main St. Manasquan 732.722.7255 booktowne.com

SPORTS BAR

CAR DEALERSHIP

1.  MJ’S RESTAURANT BAR & GRILL Multiple locations mjsrestaurant.com 2.  FIRESIDE GRILL & BAR (TIE) 133 S. Main St. Marlboro 732.780.7900 firesidegrillandbar.com

2.  WORLD CHRYSLER DODGE JEEP RAM 681 Shrewsbury Ave. Shrewsbury 848.281.7610 worldcdjr.com

EYEWEAR

3.  CONTEMPORARY MOTOR CARS 100 Oceanport Ave. Little Silver 732.842.5353 cmcbenz.com

2.  EYES ON FIRST AVE 89 First Ave. Atlantic Highlands 732.291.3937 eyesonfirstave.com 3.  AN EYE TO THE FUTURE 935 Rte. 34 Matawan 732.583.9797 aneyetothefuture.com

2.  CABANA 19 18 White St. Red Bank 732.842.2138 cabana19redbank.com

1.  EYEDESIGN RED BANK 90 Broad St. Red Bank 732.530.6865 eyedesignnj.com

CHILDREN’S BOUTIQUE 1.  JEWELED STUDIO BOUTIQUE 305 Rte. 9 S. Manalapan 732.303.9433 jeweledstudio.com

FINE JEWELRY 1.  NEVES JEWELERS 557 Rte. 35 Shrewsbury 732.741.7757 nevesjewelers.com

2.  MOON CHILD 799 River Rd. Fair Haven facebook.com/ shopmoonchild

2.  LEONARDO JEWELERS 35 East Front St. Red Bank 732.747.7880 leonardojewelers.com

3.  CUTIES 703 Broad St. A101 Shrewsbury 732.268.8979 cutieschildrensboutique. com

CONSIGNMENT/ VINTAGE CLOTHING 1.  SQUAN DRY GOODS Multiple locations facebook.com/squandry. goods

1.  SANSONE JR’S 66 AUTOMALL 3401 Rte. 66 Neptune City 877.231.0759 66automall.com

3.  JEWELED STUDIO BOUTIQUE 305 Rte. 9 S. Manalapan 732.303.9433 jeweledstudio.com

FLORIST 1.  SICKLES MARKET 1 Harrison Ave. Little Silver 732.741.9563

2.  GREENE STREET Multiple locations greenestreetstores.com

200 Monmouth St. Red Bank 732.852.5700 sicklesmarket.com

3.  REFINEMENT BOUTIQUE 880 Main St. Belford 732.495.1001 facebook.com/ refinemintboutique

2.  BLOOMING LOTUS FLORAL DESIGN 347 Maple Pl. Keyport 732.687.6426

3.  BOXWOOD GARDENS 807 River Rd. Fair Haven 732.747.5990 boxwoodgardenflorist.net

3.  RED GINGER HOME 66 Broad St. Red Bank 732.345.1000 redgingerhome.com

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MEN’S FASHION

1.  JEWELED STUDIO BOUTIQUE 305 Rte. 9 S. Manalapan 732.303.9433 jeweledstudio.com

1.  GARMANY 121 Broad St. Red Bank 732.576.8500 garmany.com

3.  BUNGALOW ROAD 507 Main St. Avon-by-the-Sea 732.455.5280 78 First Ave. Atlantic Highlands 732.291.2541 1050 Ocean Ave. Sea Bright 732.741.1212 bungalowroad.com

HOME BOUTIQUE 1.  JEWELED STUDIO BOUTIQUE 305 Rte. 9 S. Manalapan 732.303.9433 jeweledstudio.com 2.  BUNGALOW ROAD 507 Main St. Avon-by-the-Sea 732.455.5280

2.  VILLAGE TWEED 1213 Third Ave. Spring Lake 732.449.2723 villagetweedinc.com 3.  MICHAEL DURU CLOTHIERS 801 Broad St. Shrewsbury 732.741.1999 michaelduru.com

NURSERY/GARDEN CENTER 1.  SICKLES MARKET 1 Harrison Ave. Little Silver 732.741.9563 200 Monmouth St. Red Bank 732.852.5700 sicklesmarket.com 2.  BARLOW’S GARDEN CENTER 1014 Sea Girt Ave. Sea Girt 732.449.9189 barlowflowerfarm.com

78 First Ave. Atlantic Highlands 732.291.2541

3.  BROCK FARMS HOME & GARDEN WORLD 4189 Rte. 9 N. Freehold 732.462.2700

1050 Ocean Ave. Sea Bright 732.741.1212 bungalowroad.com

375 Rte. 34 Colts Neck 732.462.0900 brockfarms.com

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EYEDESIGN RED BANK, 90 BROAD ST., RED BANK, 732. 530. 6865, EYEDESIGNNJ.COM Turn your glasses from faux to fashion. EyeDesign offers designer shades that fit anyone’s personal style. Customers’ testimonials highlight the helpful and kindhearted staff and the wide array of styles offered, ranging from classic to modern.

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JEWELED STUDIO BOUTIQUE, 305 RTE. 9 S., MANALAPAN TOWNSHIP, 732.303.9433, JEWELEDSTUDIO.COM Giving just got easier with Jeweled Studio Boutique. Bridal shower, birthday, holiday, whatever the occasion, this place has you covered. And when that sweet tooth hits, try the large variety of goodies here, from candy to chocolate.

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GARMANY, 121 BROAD ST., RED BANK, 732.576.8500, GARMANY.COM Tired of big malls and impersonal department stores? Garmany offers a personalized experience with luxury clothing and accessories from high-end designers. The friendly and helpful staff are always ready to help clients pick out the perfect pieces.

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PET BOUTIQUE 1.  THE DOG SPAW 8 Fairview Ave. Little Silver 732.747.9744

2. JEWELED STUDIO BOUTIQUE 305 Rte. 9 S. Manalapan 732.303.9433 jeweledstudio.com

594 Park Ave. Freehold 732.570.3255 thedog-spaw.com

3. HAUTE MAVEN hautemaven.com

2.  PET’S GENERAL STORE 32 Prospect Plaza Little Silver 732.345.1200 frommfamily.com

1.  BRONZE COUTURE TAN & SPA 980 Shrewsbury Ave. Tinton Falls 732.542.0012 bronzecouture.com

3.  WOOF GANG BAKERY AND GROOMING Multiple locations woofgangbakery.com

SURF SHOP 1.  BRAVE NEW WORLD 61 Oceanport Ave. Little Silver 732.842.6767 bravesurf.com 2.  LUCKY DOG SURF CO. 1096 Ocean Ave. Sea Bright 732.314.6900 luckydogsurf.com 3.  BARE WIRES SURF SHOP 1307 3rd Ave. Spring Lake 732.359.7780 barewiresurfshop.com

WINE AND SPIRITS 1.  WINE ACADEMY 2996 Rte. 35 Hazlet 732.217.3665 167 Rte. 9 Morganville 732.414.6446 wineacademysuperstores. com 2.  THE WINE CELLAR 23 Monmouth St. Red Bank 732.219.9935 3.  COURT LIQUORS 146 West End Center Long Branch 732.870.9859 courtliquors.com

WOMEN’S FASHION 1. GARMANY 121 Broad St. Red Bank 732. 576. 8500 garmany.com

AIRBRUSH TAN

2.  AVANTI DAY RESORT 345 Rte. 9 Manalapan 1.732.780.0222 avantidayresort.com 3.  HEALTHY GLOW (TIE) 133 Markham Pl. Little Silver 732.450.0400 healthyglownj.com 3. LIQUID SUNSHINE (TIE) 644 Newman Springs Rd. Lincroft 732.530.9019 liquidsunshinetanning.com

BARBER 1.  MIKE’S BARBER & STYLING SHOP 669 Newman Springs Rd. Lincroft 732.747.3868 2.  OLD WORLD SHAVING PARLOR 12 West Front St. Red Bank 732.345.9700 oldworldshavingparlor.com 3.  ELAN HAIR STUDIO 2150 Rte. 35 Sea Girt 732.449.9122 elanhairstudionj.com

BODY WAXING 1.  AQUASPA 167 Rte. 9 S. Englishtown 732.422.5005 aquaspasalon.com 2.  EUROPEAN WAX CENTER Multiple locations waxcenter.com 3.  WAKS 700 Main St. Avon-by-the-Sea 848.233.4973

1.  AQUASPA 167 Rte. 9 S. Englishtown 732.422.5005 aquaspasalon.com

CHIROPRACTOR 1.  LEVY CHIROPRACTIC FAMILY WELLNESS CENTER 14 Rte. 520 Englishtown 732.617.7700 levychirofamilywellness. wordpress.com

2.  KUR WELLNESS STUDIOS 412 Bond St. Asbury Park 732.361.8956 kurstudios.com 3.  SALON KOKOPELLI 201 Union Ave. Brielle 732.223.2600

2.  SOUL FOCUS WELLNESS CENTER 7 Meridian Rd. Eatontown 732.935.1000 soulfocus.com 3.  SEA + SPINE 1303 Memorial Dr. Asbury Park 732.455.2449 asburyparkchiropractor.com

DAY SPA 1.  AQUASPA 167 Rte. 9 S. Englishtown 732.422.5005 aquaspasalon.com

311 Morris Ave. Spring Lake 732.449.7444 salonkokopelli.com

FITNESS STUDIO 1.  RETRO FITNESS NEPTUNE CITY 300 W. Sylvania Ave. Neptune City 732.897.0000 retrofitness.com 2.  ALIGN YOGA AND STRENGTH 435 Rte. 34 Matawan 732.290.5174 alignyogaandstrength.com

2.  KUR WELLNESS STUDIOS 412 Bond St. Asbury Park 732.361.8956 kurstudios.com

3.  KUR WELLNESS STUDIOS (TIE) 412 Bond St. Asbury Park 732.361.8956 kurstudios.com

3.  CRYOLETE 1319 Memorial Dr. Asbury Park 732.455.2256 cryolete.com

3. CARBONE FITNESS (TIE) 246 Industrial Way W. Eatontown 732.807.5771 carbonetrainingsystems. com

EYEBROW SHAPING 1. ARCH BROW BAR 782 Broad St. Shrewsbury 732.933.0400 archbrowbar.com 2. AQUASPA 167 Rte. 9 S. Englishtown 732.422.5005 aquaspasalon.com

HOLISTIC WELLNESS CENTER 1.  MONMOUTH BEACH YOGA & WELLNESS 36 Beach Rd. Monmouth Beach 973.452.2828 mbyogaandwellness.com 2.  TULA YOGA 1212 Rte. 34 Suite 27 Aberdeen 732.970.7500 yogateachertrainingnj.com 3.  ALIGN YOGA AND STRENGTH 435 Rte. 34 Matawan 732.290.5174 alignyogaandstrength.com

MAKEUP APPLICATION 1.  ELAN HAIR STUDIO 2150 Rte. 35 Sea Girt 732.449.9122 elanhairstudionj.com

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EYEBROW SHAPING ARCH BROW BAR, 782 BROAD ST., SHREWSBURY, 732.933.0400, ARCHBROWBAR.COM With the slogan “where art meets beauty,” Arch Brow Bar guarantees perfection. Whether you are looking for eyebrow styling, eyelash extensions, facials or waxing, you’ve found your new favorite relaxation and beautification oasis.

2.  AVANTI DAY RESORT 345 Rte. 9 Manalapan 732.780.0222 avantidayresort.com 3.  SALON KOKOPELLI 201 Union Ave. Brielle 732.223.2600 311 Morris Ave. Spring Lake 732.449.7444 salonkokopelli.com

MASSAGE 1.  AQUASPA 167 Rte. 9 S. Englishtown 732.422.5005 aquaspasalon.com 2.  KUR WELLNESS STUDIOS 412 Bond St. Asbury Park 732.361.8956 kurstudios.com 3.  KINETRIC WELLNESS 3200 Sunset Ave. #200 Ocean Township 732.810.3798 kinetricwellness.com

PHARMACY 1.  LITTLE SILVER PHARMACY 10 Church St. Little Silver 732.741.1121 littlesilverfamilypharmacy. com 2.  MAIN PHARMACY AT SPRING LAKE 1206 Third Ave. Spring Lake 732.449.6157 mainpharmacysl.com 3.  RUMSON PHARMACY 22 West River Rd. Rumson 732.842.1234 rumsonpharmacy.com

3. WAKS 700 Main St. Avon-by-the-Sea 848.233.4973 980 Shrewsbury Ave. Tinton Falls 848.206.1501 waksbykayla.com

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TULA YOGA, 1212 RTE. 34, SUITE 27, ABERDEEN, 732.970.7500, YOGATEACHERTRAININGNJ.COM The Sanskrit word “tula” translates as balance, the perfect term to describe what Tula Yoga succeeds in creating in the lives of its clients. The studio offers a wide array of classes, including aerial yoga, hot yoga, meditation and reiki and hosts 40+ weekly classes to accommodate almost everyone's preferred time slots and busy schedules. PHYSICAL THERAPY 1.  KESSLER REHABILITATION CENTER Multiple locations kesslerrehabilitationcenter. com

3.  CYCLE AND CRYO FITNESS STUDIO 335 Rte. 9 S. Unit A10 Englishtown 732.677.2800 cycleandcryo.com

3.  SHREWSBURY BICYCLES 765 Broad St. Shrewsbury 732.741.2799 shrewsburybicycles.com

URGENT CARE

1.  GREEN LEAF PET RESORT 23 Burnt Tavern Rd. Millstone Township 609.259.1500

2.  DB ORTHO PT 732 Newman Springs Rd. Lincroft 732.747.1262

1.  CENTRAL JERSEY URGENT CARE Multiple locations myinstadocmonroe.com

100 Craig Rd. Manalapan 732.462.2162 dborthopt.com

2.  FAMILY FIRST URGENT CARE 1803 Rte. 35 N. Oakhurst 732.531.0100

3.  SOAR PHYSICAL THERAPY ACUPUNCTURE 2123 Rte. 35 Sea Girt 732.449.2001 soarpt.com

SALON 1.  GERBER SALON 100 West Front St. Keyport 732.888.7575 gerbersalon.com 2.  AQUASPA 167 Rte. 9 S. Englishtown 732.422.5005 aquaspasalon.com 3.  SALON SERAPHIM 184 Rte. 9 N. Englishtown 732.972.5177 salonseraphim.com

SPINNING/INDOOR CYCLING 1.  TANDEM CYCLE 200 Cookman Ave. Asbury Park 732.455.8191 233 E. Main St. #8 Manasquan 732.223.3206 tandem.cycle.com 2.  CLEMENTINE CYCLING STUDIO 813 River Rd. Fair Haven 732.784.7735 clementinecycling.com

1910 Rte. 35 S. Oakhurst 732.531.4747 familyfirst-urgentcare.com 3.  IMMEDIATE CARE Multiple locations immcare.com

YOGA STUDIO 1.  TULA YOGA 1212 Rte. 34 Suite 27 Aberdeen 732.970.7500 yogateachertrainingnj.com 2.  MONMOUTH BEACH YOGA & WELLNESS 36 Beach Rd. Monmouth Beach 973.452.2828 mbyogaandwellness.com 3.  ALIGN YOGA AND STRENGTH 435 Rte. 34 Matawan 732.290.5174 alignyogaandstrength.com

BIKE REPAIR 1.  BELMAR BIKE SHOP 1318 Main St. Belmar 732.681.8228 belmarbikeshop.com 2.  BRIELLE CYCLERY 205 Union Ave. Brielle 732.528.9121 briellecyclery.com

DOG DAYCARE

1602 Rte. 35 Oakhurst 732.272.0800 greenleafpetresort.com 2.  PURR’N POOCH 86 Gilbert St. W. Tinton Falls 732.842.4949

DOG TRAINING 1.  GREEN LEAF PET RESORT 23 Burnt Tavern Rd. Millstone Township 609.259.1500 1602 Rte. 35 Oakhurst 732.272.0800 greenleafpetresort.com

2424 Rte. 35 Wall Township 732.528.8100 purrnpooch.com

2.  JERSEY SHORE DOGS 848.208.2641 jerseyshoredogtraining.com

3.  CAMP BOW WOW Multiple locations campbowwow.com

3.  PAWSOME WALKS AND UNIVERSITY 732.685.9565 pawsomewalksnj.com

DOG GROOMER 1.  THE DOG SPAW OF LITTLE SILVER & FREEHOLD 8 Fairview Ave. Little Silver 732.747.9744 594 Park Ave. Freehold 732.570.3255 thedog.spaw.com 2.  GREEN LEAF PET RESORT 23 Burnt Tavern Rd. Millstone Township 609.259.1500 1602 Rte. 35 Oakhurst 732.272.0800 greenleafpetresort.com 3.  PAWSITIVE VIBES GROOMING 803 River Rd. Fair Haven 732.241.5556

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DRY CLEANER

2.  PURR’N POOCH 86 Gilbert St. W. Tinton Falls 732.842.4949

1.  PAT THE TAILOR 2510 Belmar Blvd. Wall Township 732.280.8206 patthetailornj.com

2424 Rte. 35 Wall Township 732.528.8100 purrnpooch.com

2.  WHITE DOVE CLEANERS 80 Water St. Red Bank 732.224.1137

3.  GROOMER HAS IT 184 Rte. 9 N. Englishtown 732.536.0450 groomerhasitnj.com

45 Gilbert St. S. Tinton Falls 732.530.0577 whitedovecleanersnj.com 3.  FIVE STAR CLEANERS Multiple locations

INTERIOR DESIGN 1.  STYLE CREATORS * McGuire Court Old Bridge 732.972.4661 2.  SALT DESIGN CO 200 Monmouth St. #275 Red Bank 732.268.7073 saltdesigncompany.com

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3.  RED GINGER HOME 66 Broad St. Red Bank 732.345.1000 redgingerhome.com

VETERINARY CENTER 1.  RED BANK VETERINARY HOSPITAL 197 Hance Ave. Tinton Falls 732.747.3636 redbankvet.com 2.  GARDEN STATE VETERINARY SPECIALISTS 1 Pine St. Tinton Falls 732.922.0011 gsvs.org 3.  ATLANTIC VETERINARY HOSPITAL 2405 Rte. 71 Spring Lake Heights 732.444.3686 atlanticvh.com

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GREEN LEAF PET RESORT, 23 BURNT TAVERN RD., MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, 609.259.1500; 1602 RTE. 35, OAKHURST, 732.272.0800 When Fido can't come with you, you want him to be on his own mini vacation. At Green Leaf Pet Resort, you don’t have to worry. While you’re sitting on the beach, your pooch will be roughhousing with his four-legged friends in the large indoor and outdoor areas, lounging on hypoallergenic memory-foam dog beds, sleeping in glassenclosed suites and getting lots of petting from the 24/7 attendants.

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{ FASHION }

THE BACK-TOFAB SCHOOL INSPIRED FIVE LOOKS TO Make the hallway your runway! No matter which fashion clique you fit into, you’ll get an A+ in Style 101 with any of these fashionforward looks.

FIT YOUR PERSONALITY

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Celine

BOHEMIAN Clockwise from top left, Ka-Bloom Hoo headband, hoorag. com; Michael Kors cropped faux-fur jacket, Macy’s, Freehold, 732.683.1345; Pikolinos San Sebastian lace-up tall boot, zappos.com; Saint Laurent patchwork denim skirt, farfetch.com.

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Burberry

GRUNGE

Dries van Noten

Clockwise from top left, INOGIH double-grommet belt with chain, amazon.com; Classic Led Zeppelin 1977 tour T-shirt, Cotton On, Eatontown, 732.389.2725; Robin’s Jean New Biker in red plaid, robinsjean.com; Dr. Martens Sidney Leather Creeper platform shoes, Journeys, Toms River, 732.736.8224.

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PREPPY Clockwise from top left, Vakind & Device school shoulder bag, Walmart, Neptune, 732.922.8084; Hirigin Argyle plaid sweater, amazon.com; Eastland women’s Sadie saddle shoe, Kohl’s, Ocean Township, 732.493.0827; H&M pleated skirt, H&M, Freehold, 855.466.7467.

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Iceberg

SPORTY Clockwise from top left, Needles satin bomber jacket, farfetch. com; Nike Court AeroBill Advantage tennis cap, Nike Factory Store, Tinton Falls, 732.695.0108; Adidas Essentials full-length pants, Macy’s, Eatontown, 732.542.1212; Loewe Flow mixed leather runner sneakers, loewe.com.

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Dior

Gucci

GEEK CHIC Stella McCartney tortoiseshell glasses, Eyechic, Manalapan, 732.683.9100; DKNY piped-trim button-up blouse, Macy’s, Freehold, 732.683.1345; Aerosoles Eden loafer, DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, West Long Branch, 732.440.3509, H&M pleated skirt, H&M, Freehold, 855.466.7467; Prada satin bow headband, prada.com.

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KID-FRIENDLY CLASSICS

Simple twists can turn this beloved trio into your child’s new favorites treats. The battle has long raged over what to serve your kids: the balanced nutrition they need, or tasty treats they’ll actually eat? Here, Monmouth Health & Life presents three recipes that are guaranteed to be hits with the young. A local nutritionist even sneaks in a few ideas for transforming one of them into a truly healthy option—while it remains delicious enough to please the finickiest young taste buds.

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HAM & CHEESE SLIDERS Yields 12 servings

INGREDIENTS:

n 12 Hawaiian-style rolls cut in half crosswise (do not separate the rolls) n ¾ lb. deli ham, thinly sliced n ½ lb. Swiss cheese, sliced n 6 Tbs. butter, melted n 2 tsp. Dijon mustard n 2 tsp. poppy seeds n 1½ tsp. dried minced onion n 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce n 1 Tbs. chopped parsley n cooking spray

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat a sheet pan with cooking spray. Place the bottom half of the rolls on the pan. Layer the ham on top of the rolls, then layer the cheese over the ham. Place the tops of the rolls over the cheese. In a small bowl, whisk together the butter, mustard, poppy seeds, dried onion and Worcestershire sauce. Drizzle the butter mixture over the tops of the rolls. Cover the sandwiches with foil and bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Uncover the rolls and bake for 3–5 minutes more until the tops of the rolls are lightly browned. Sprinkle parsley over the top. Cut into individual sandwiches and serve immediately.

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SLOPPY JOES Yields 6 sandwiches

INGREDIENTS:

n 1 Tbs. butter n 2 garlic cloves, minced n 1 onion, finely chopped n 1 green capsicum/bell pepper, diced n 1 lb. ground beef (mince) n 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard (or 1 tsp. dry mustard) n 1½ Tbs. brown sugar n ½ cup ketchup n 14.1 oz. crushed tomato, canned n 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce n 1 Tbs. tomato paste n 1 beef bouillon cube, crumbled n ¼ tsp. black pepper To serve: n 5 to 6 soft rolls n cheese slices (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Melt butter in a large pot over high heat. Add garlic and onion and cook for 2 minutes until onion is almost translucent. Add capsicum and cook for 2 minutes until softened. Add beef and cook, breaking it up as you go, until it changes from red to brown. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well, then turn heat down to medium low (or low for strong stoves). Cover and cook for 30 minutes, stirring once or twice to make sure it doesn’t catch on the base. (If in a hurry, cook 15 minutes without lid.) Remove lid and give it a good stir for a minute. Mixture should be thick, not runny and saucy. Adjust salt to taste. Toast rolls. Butter if desired. Pile on lots of filling, immediately top with cheese (heat should semi-melt, otherwise pop under broiler/grill). Top with lid and serve immediately.

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BACON BREAKFAST BURRITO Yields 4 servings

INGREDIENTS:

n 6 eggs n 2–3 tsp. (or as needed) olive oil or butter n 4 oz. grated cheese (cheddar, pepper jack, Mexican blend) n 4 slices bacon (cooked until crispy) n 4 large “burrito-sized” flour tortillas n chipotle aioli for drizzling n salt and pepper to taste For the chipotle aioli: n ½ cup all-natural mayonnaise n ½ lemon (juiced) n 2 tsp. chipotle adobo sauce (or to taste) n 1/8 tsp. garlic powder n 1/8–¼ tsp. ground cayenne pepper plus extra to taste n 1/8 tsp. salt

DIRECTIONS:

To make the chipotle sauce, whisk together ingredients and set aside. Recipe yields approximately ½ cup of sauce. Cook bacon via preferred method until crispy. Chop into bite-sized pieces and set aside. Whisk eggs. Heat a pan with oil/butter to medium heat, add eggs and scramble until cooked through. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add eggs to a greased pan heated to medium heat and scramble until cooked through. Transfer cooked eggs to a large bowl. For easy burrito assembly, warm each tortilla in the microwave for 20 seconds to steam it before filling/ rolling, as they’re easier to fold when warm. For each burrito, warm tortilla and arrange eggs, bacon and cheese in the center of each tortilla. Drizzle with chipotle aioli. Fold and roll until sealed. Place seam-side down.

—Hannah Byrne, RDN, Hannah Byrne Nutrition, Neptune

Bring a pan to medium heat with a little oil to prevent sticking. Once the pan is hot, add the burritos, seam side down and cook for about 3 minutes each side or until burritos are hot in the center and golden on the outside. Serve with additional chipotle sauce.

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Kids tend to turn away anything green. Try spreading avocado on the tortilla to keep it hidden. Avocados are a great source of mono-unsaturated fatty acids as well as vitamin E, which is great for kids’ immune systems.”

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SPECIAL PROMOTION

FACES OF 2021 A SHOWCASE OF INNOVATIVE BUSINESSES AROUND MONMOUTH COUNTY.

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FACES OF 2021

THE FACE OF

BARBERING

SHANE BRUNO, OWNER AND MASTER BARBER SWAGGER & BLADE 621 Lake Ave., Asbury Park, NJ 07712 | 732.361.5400 1411 Wickapecko Dr., Ocean Township, NJ 07712 | 732.455.5730 www.SwaggerandBlade.com SHANE BRUNO IS A MODERN TONSORIAL ARTIST, OWNER, AND MASTER BARBER at his two Swagger & Blade locations. Tonsorial, a centuries-old term for a barber who gives shaves and haircuts, are the services that makes Shane’s shops uncommon. He realized his calling to barbering at the age of 14, and after a four-year stint in the army, then years of tonsorial training and working in a variety of shops in New York and New Jersey, he knew it was time to open his own vintage-style barbershop. The vibe is anything but old-fashioned. Clients enjoy contemporary haircuts and shape-ups, head and face shaves (including a VIP facial mask version), and beard trims. All ages are welcome, from kids to seniors, and vets, cops, and firefighters are treated to discounts. Conveniently book an appointment on the site. Shane and his talented team of barbers have all overcome adversity and addiction. All are welcome to Shane’s Bible study group, 7:00 pm every Wednesday in the Asbury Park shop.

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8/2/21 9:52 AM


FACES OF 2021 THE FACE OF

PERSONALIZED LUXURY RETAIL JOHNELL GAMANY, OWNER GARMANY

121 Broad Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701 | 732.576.8500 | garmany.com SINCE 1974, THE GARMANY EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN DELIGHTING the senses with sartorial splendor. Now in its third location, the 40,000 SF store brings to Red Bank luxury clothing from the world’s top designers. Each season the curated collections are hand picked by Garmany’s discerning style consultants for men and women who wish to experience the season’s hottest trends. The store’s second floor is filled with en vogue women’s wear from chic designers like Christian Louboutin, Zimmermann and A.L.C., while the men can feast their eyes on the finest tailored clothing from Brunello Cucinelli, Loro Piana and Canali. For our athletes we carry On-Running sneakers and activewear from G/Fore and Greyson. At Garmany, first-class customers deserve first-class attention. Garmany aims to transcend the traditional retail experience, creating relationships where personal stylists make couture your own with the perfect fit and flair. From private shopping or by appointment to old fashioned shoeshines and expert tailors, customers get the red carpet treatment at every visit. Come in, browse around and enjoy a coffee or lounge in the bar. After all, our customers are our family.

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7/30/21 11:57 AM


FACES OF 2021

THE FACES OF

DELICIOUS ORCHARDS THE MCDONALD FAMILY DELICIOUS ORCHARDS

Route 34 South Colts Neck, NJ 07722 732.462.1989 | www.deliciousorchardsnj.com THE FACE OF A TRUE FAMILY TREE How did a small orchard in Colts Neck become a 60,000-square-foot country food market attracting more than 2.5 million visitors annually? In 1974, the Barclay family hired a young produce stocker named Bill McDonald. Bill’s strong work ethic led him to many opportunities, from being promoted to the management team at age 20 to eventually saving enough money to buy the business. He also met a fellow employee named Linda, who would turn out to be his wife. Bill and Linda raised four children— Keri, Chris, Mike and Erin—who all grew up in the family business. On any given day, you will see the McDonalds working side by side with staff and greeting customers. At Delicious Orchards, we’re all about family. We’ve been family-owned from the beginning and consider you to be part of the family, too. Read our full history at deliciousorchardsnj.com and stop by soon!

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FACES OF 2021

THE FACE OF

IMPLANT DENTISTRY

ANTHONY SALLUSTIO, D.D.S., ASHLEY AZIZIAN, D.D.S. 1300 Allenhurst Ave., Ocean, NJ 07712 | 732.531.4046 | drasallustio.com “YOU DESERVE A SPECIALIST,” SAYS DR. ANTHONY SALLUSTIO, when it comes to enhancing your smile. Known for his excellence in Prosthodontics and Maxillofacial prosthetics, Dr. Sallustio has teamed with Dr. Ashley Azizian merging their unique combination of skills with digital impression technology to create esthetic, comfortable and functional results. With a focus on implants, crowns, bridges and porcelain veneers, Dr. Sallustio and Dr. Azizian help patients regain confidence in their smile. Patients appreciate the support by a well-trained dedicated staff and in-house lab technicians. The doctors also provide life changing treatments including same-day All-on-4 implants and bridges, and prosthetics for oral cancer, trauma and congenital defects including cleft lip and palate.

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HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE AND GIFT BASKETS SUSAN HORDYCH, OWNER SUZI’S SWEET SHOPPE

1100 Highway 35, Middletown, NJ 07748 | 732.796.0115 | www.SuziSweetShoppe.com FOR 23 YEARS DELICIOUS, HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE in Monmouth County has been synonymous with Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe in Middletown. When you visit this chocolate shoppe, it is a treat for all five senses, offering mouth-watering, homemade hand-dipped chocolate confections, fudge, and candy, in a whimsical family-friendly setting. In addition, Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe offers customization of many of their signature chocolates for life’s events, and a large assortment of chocolates for holidays. Owners Susan and Stan Hordych’s story is a “sweet” one that started when, as a teenager, she worked in a candy shop where they first met. Their passion for candy and chocolate only grew and in 1998, the couple opened Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe, where they make homemade, hand-dipped chocolate and fudge, right in the store. Today, the shoppe’s most popular delectable sweets include chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate-covered pretzels with various toppings, fudge, truffles, chocolate lollipops, and a wide variety of unique molds for every occasion. A certified gift designer and Gift Basket Association member, Susan’s award-winning corporate branded gifts, gift baskets, party favors, and confectionary platters are always the talk of any event. Make an impression for the coming holidays by treating your clients and employees to delectable chocolates with your company logo, chocolate business cards, and assorted chocolate boxes. Ordering ahead on their website is easy and you can pick up in-store or choose shipping for certain items.

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FACES OF 2021 THE FACE OF

INPATIENT REHABILITATION FOR LIFE-CHANGING RESULTS ENCOMPASS HEALTH REHABILITATION HOSPITAL OF TINTON FALLS 2 Centre Plaza, Tinton Falls, NJ 07724 | 732.460.5320 | www.encompasshealth.com/tintonfallsrehab SERVING MONMOUTH COUNTY AND CENTRAL NEW JERSEY, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls is a post-acute rehabilitation hospital committed to helping patients regain independence and return to their community. We are honored to have such a dedicated staff at Encompass and this year we recognize and celebrate the successes of Demi Dooros, the local and regional recipient of the Encompass Health Outstanding Employee Achievement Award for 2020. As the Program Manager of the Joint Commission Disease Specific Certified Pulmonary Program, Demi has led the team to achieve impressive outcomes for our patients, and ensure positive experiences in their rehabilitation journeys. In 2020, Demi assisted in leading the clinical teams in developing standards, guidelines, and approaches to caring for patients with COVID-19. Her article titled, “Navigating the Rapidly Evolving Rehabilitation Landscape During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” was published in print and online by Rehab Management Magazine. Demi sets the standard for clinical excellence through her personal and professional development, making her a guiding light for our hospital.

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7/27/21 2:03 PM


FACES OF 2021 THE FACE OF

PRIMARY AND URGENT CARE RICHARD MOJARES, FAAP, FACP FAMILY FIRST URGENT CARE

1803 Highway 35, Oakhurst, NJ 07755 | 732.531.0100 - 1851B Hooper Ave., Toms River, NJ 08735 | 732.255.2001

FAMILY FIRST PRIMARY PHYSICIANS 1910 Highway 35 South, Oakhurst, NJ 07755 | 732.531.4747 - 196 A2 Jack Martin Blvd., Brick Township, NJ 08724 www.familyfirst-urgentcare.com STARTED IN 1981 AS THE FIRST URGENT CARE IN MONMOUTH COUNTY, the Family First Team has since expanded with additional Urgent Care and Primary Care offices to meet the healthcare needs of residents in Monmouth and Ocean County. It was founded on the principle of treating our patients as we would want our own family treated. “Dr. Rich” Richard Mojares has instilled a team environment and a culture of helping patients and the community. Dr. Mojares is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, providing urgent care and primary care for all ages. His distinguished list of accomplishments and awards is long and includes an assistant clinical professorship at UMDNJ/Rutgers-NJ Medical School, where he also completed his combined residency. He is also the school physician for Monmouth Regional High School, Red Bank Regional High School, and Oceanport schools.

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FACES OF 2021

THE FACE OF

PET CARE

SHELLY LEIBOWITZ, OWNER GREEN LEAF PET RESORT 1602 Route 35, Oakhurst, NJ 07755 | 732.272.0800 23 Burnt Tavern Rd., Millstone Township, NJ 08510 | 609.259.1500 www.greenleafpetresort.com SHELLY LEIBOWITZ HAS THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD as the owner of Green Leaf Pet Resort. For more than 40 years, Shelly has successfully trained thousands of dogs for a variety of corporate, celebrity and private clients, but the demand for overnight boarding, doggie daycare, grooming and behavioral training spurred him to open Green Leaf. Dedicated staff tends to boarding canine guests 24/7 while their humans are vacationing, at work or simply to give their pet a day of play and socialization. “Dog owners won’t travel because they can’t trust their dog with just anyone,” says Shelly. “The greatest thing to hear is that someone is finally taking a vacation and leaving their dog with us.” Their guests are treated to amenities such as one-on-one care, swimming, playtime and many other fun activities. Green Leaf offers transportation services too. New treats on the horizon at Green Leaf.

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FACES OF 2021 THE FACE OF

PHYSICAL THERAPY AND WELLNESS DONNA SINGER, PT, MPA MATTHEW PECORARO, PT, DPT DANA NORFLETT, PT, DPT FYZICAL THERAPY AND BALANCE CENTER LITTLE SILVER

116 Oceanport Avenue, Bldg. 2, Little Silver, NJ 07739 | 732.758.0002 | www.Fyzical.com/little-silver DONNA SINGER, OWNER OF FYZICAL LITTLE SILVER, ALONG WITH DR. MATT PECORARO AND DR. DANA NORFLETT, believe that recovering in physical therapy should be as enjoyable as possible! The experienced and professional staff leave such an indelible impression, that when someone is looking for the best physical therapy in Monmouth County, former clients unequivocally refer family and friends to FYZICAL. The clinic, formerly Sports Care & Physical Rehabilitation, continues to treat generations of local families, providing clients with evidenced-based, personalized physical therapy services. They are pleased to help many recover from surgery, orthopedic injuries, balance and vestibular disorders, and plain old sprains, strains, aches and pains. FYZICAL Little Silver is proud to be a member of The Hospital for Special Surgery Rehabilitation Network. In addition to the attentive, compassionate, and skilled staff, patients are welcomed by Woody, FYZICAL’s beloved chocolate lab therapy dog. Contact FYZICAL today to get better, feel better, and live better.

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7/29/21 1:08 PM


THE FACE OF

TODAY’S BUTCHER SHOP STEWART GOLDSTEIN, OWNER MONMOUTH MEATS

112 Monmouth St., Red Bank, NJ 07701 | 732.741.5292 | monmouthmeats.com MONMOUTH MEATS, OWNED BY STEWART GOLDSTEIN, is Jersey shore’s hot spot for prime and choice meats that are undisputedly a cut above the rest. “If my customer is particular, I’m twice as particular in what I sell,” says Stewart, also known as the Mayor of Meatbook, a Facebook group of meat enthusiasts. “It’s simple,” he says. “I sell good stuff.” Repeat customers flock to Stewart for his burger blends, impressive bone-in ribeye Tomahawk Steak, American Wagyu Beef and Japanese Kobe A-5 NY Strip, among other meats which are also featured on the popular lunch menu and catering packages. Stewart says he’s fortunate to have trained with the best butchers in the business, “I learned from the old timers, like my dad, who knew their meat.”

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CUSTOM CLOSETS

2021

SANDY DECKMAN WOODHAVEN LUMBER & MILLWORK 845 Broad St., Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 200 James St., Lakewood, NJ 08701 725 E. Bay Ave., Manahawkin, NJ 08050 1303 Richmond Ave., Point Pleasant, NJ 08742 848.222.2320 (Custom Closet Department) www.woodhavenlumber.com THE PAST YEAR HAS BEEN CHALLENGING juggling multiple responsibilities such as working from home, managing our children’s virtual schoolwork, not to mention the endless hours in the kitchen. Our pantries, playrooms and laundry areas most definitely bear the brunt of the extra time at home. And with the pandemic changing how and where we work, you may be realizing it’s time for a home office update to make the spot where you spend your days both attractive as well as functional. Woodhaven Lumber & Millwork -- a prominent New Jersey building materials supplier -- knows the importance of personalized storage solutions tailored to the homeowners individualized lifestyle. And like everything Woodhaven does, they chose the very best in the business to lead the helm of their Custom Closet Division. With over 35 years of experience, Sandy Deckman demonstrates time after time how to maximize the potential of any space and enhance the aesthetics of each project. From initial design through fabrication, Sandy personally crafts just the right storage solutions to fit your space and style. His smart designs and problem solving techniques will keep your pantries, offices, laundry rooms, playrooms, libraries, basements and garages neat and tidy so you can enjoy your home, office or retail space to the fullest.

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7/29/21 12:56 PM


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CRIMMIGRATION LAW

2021

MICHELE ALCALDE LAW OFFICE OF MICHELE ALCALDE

45 Court St., 2nd Floor, Freehold, NJ 07728 | 732.784.1822 331 Newman Springs Rd., Building 1, Suite 143 | Red Bank, NJ 07701 | 732.766.1407 www.lomacrimmigrationlaw.com IN SPITE OF ALL THE AWARDS AND ACCOLADES IN RECOGNITION of her many career achievements and community outreach work, it is the building of her team for which Michele Alcalde, Esq. is most proud. “Our area of the law can be very stressful and personal. I am so fortunate to have a legal team that has the sensitivity and fortitude to guide our clients through difficult immigration issues,” says Michele, Chair of the Immigration Law Section of the NJ State Bar Association. This sisterhood of four consists of Michele; Nicole Guardiano, Law Office Administrator; Edith Azcatl, Paralegal and Brenda Codallos, Client Relations Manager. Michele was particularly proud of her team during the pandemic, never missing a beat by remaining cautiously open to help clients during a difficult time. In and out of the office, these colleagues share a strong bond as friends and advocates for their Latino communities. A member of the Freehold Borough Education Foundation, Michele donates much of her free time to making sure that the community’s children receive the excellent education they deserve through innovative programming, teacher grants and strategic initiatives. “My team is there to support and champion all of my endeavors and our collaboration results in bigger and better outcomes for those we serve. We are a true family.”

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EDUCATION AND EMPOWERMENT MARY KATE BLAINE, HEAD OF SCHOOL TRINITY HALL 101 Corregidor Rd., Tinton Falls, NJ 07724 732.291.1297 | www.trinityhallnj.o TRINITY HALL, AN INDEPENDENT, ALL-GIRLS COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL, is honored to welcome Mary Kate Blaine as its second head of school. Ms. Blaine’s resolute commitment to all-girls education champions Trinity Hall’s mission to empower young women through its innovative programming in academics, arts and athletics. As an educator, administrator and leader, Ms. Blaine has the experience and insight to build on the school’s strong foundation of faith and learning in support of over 300 students as they discover their place in the world. Trinity Hall’s all-honors academic curriculum and award-winning arts and athletics programs are grounded in research on the best methods of learning for girls, guiding the students to discover and develop their inherent strengths in a supportive and nurturing environment. Trinity Hall is particularly proud of the Class of 2021 and their well-deserved success. This year’s graduates have been offered admission to nearly 150 different colleges and universities throughout the United States. This impressive group of 68 confident young women has received over $16 million in academic merit-based scholarships demonstrating the limitless potential of Trinity Hall’s sisterhood. Interested students are encouraged to join an Open House -- Saturday, October 2 or Wednesday, November 10 -- to discover all that Trinity Hall has to offer. Save the date to learn more.

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FACES OF 2021

THE FACE OF

OROFACIAL PAIN & TMD

MICHELE A. SCHULTZ-ROBINS, D.M.D., General Dentist TWO RIVER FAMILY DENTAL CENTER 252 Broad St., Red Bank, NJ 07701 | 732.747.2022 | www.micheleschultzrobinsdmd.com FOR MORE THAN THREE DECADES, DR. MICHELE SCHULTZ-ROBINS has concentrated on expanding and elevating the practice of dentistry. In May 2020, Dr. Schultz-Robins brought her general dental and orofacial pain practice to Two River Family Dental Center where she works with Dr. Lisa Latella and Dr. Kathleen Lolla, two dedicated and highly respected general dentists. Dr. Schultz-Robins has advanced training in orofacial pain and TMD offering the best patient-centered dentistry in a state-of-art practice. After graduating from dental school and attending the renowned residency program at Monmouth Medical Center, Dr. Schultz-Robins furthered her studies by completing a two-year post graduate program in orofacial pain and TMD at UMDNJ (now Rutgers School of Dental Medicine). A Fellow and Secretary-Elect of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, Dr. Schultz-Robins is among a select group of highly trained dentists who focus on alleviating orofacial pain disorders. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Schultz-Robins is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. She has supervised cutting-edge student research, and actively participates in practice-based research through the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network. When it comes to patient care, her top priority is the comfort of every patient while striving for nothing less than perfection.

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7/29/21 1:12 PM


FACES OF 2021

THE FACES OF

HAIR COLOR GERBER SALON

100 West Front St., Keyport, NJ 07735 | 732.888.7575 | www.gerbersalon.com WHEN YOU ARE THIS PASSIONATE ABOUT WHAT YOU DO, every ounce of focus and energy goes towards breaking free from the ordinary to achieve the extraordinary. At Gerber Salon—winner of Monmouth Health & Life Magazine’s “Best Salon” five consecutive years (2016-2021)— we’re addicted to beautiful hair color. Our mission is to create a space in our clients’ lives where they can experience the warmest hospitality and where their individual beauty is enriched and celebrated! And in demonstrating our devotion to the true craft of beauty, we extend our deepest commitment to provide the most sanitized environment throughout our luxurious color-focused boutique to ensure the highest safeguards for our clients and staff. Our team of collaborative artists all share the same level of passion and demand of themselves to be the very best at their craft. What we’ve achieved speaks for itself. Our work is recognized internationally in industry publications, and clients love our atmosphere of relaxed excellence. Our colorists travel around the country as highly sought-after educators sharing our inspiration and philosophy that excellence in hair coloring takes a thoughtful, disciplined approach. It’s simply our calling.

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FACES OF 2021

THE FACE OF

NATURAL BIRTH

CLARA P. SUROWITZ, MD, FACOG TRU BIRTH CENTER 1382 Lanes Mill Rd., Lakewood, NJ 08701 | 732.994.4242 | www.trubirthcenter.com DR. CLARA P. SUROWITZ, ONE OF THE AREA’S MOST TRUSTED OB/GYN’S, realized her dream earlier this year by opening Tru Birth Center. A strong proponent of natural birthing techniques, Dr. Surowitz and her incredible team of Certified Nurse Midwives give women who believe in the natural birth experience the personalized care and unique birthing journey they desire and deserve. The Center’s ideology evolved from what is one of the most natural phenomenons on earth -- giving birth. Tru’s “mother first philosophy” offers the full range of midwifery care to support family choices in pregnancy and birth. Most healthy women do not need medical intervention to give birth and the result is a greatly reduced incidence of C-section births and episiotomies for moms and a less stressful experience for the baby. Dr. Surowitz’s dedication to natural birthing is reflected in her 2% C-section rate in comparison to the 30% state average. The biggest birth choice Tru offers families is the location of the birth, which the Tru team can perform in either their beautiful birth center, or at the world-class Monmouth Medical Center. Through Trust, Respect and Understanding -- discover how Tru’s care team optimizes birth outcomes by combining the latest medical advances with a human touch for a safe, personal and empowered birthing experience.

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8/2/21 9:58 AM


FACES OF 2021 THE FACE OF

GENERATIONS OF STRAIGHT TEETH PATRICK T. CUOZZO, D.D.S., P.A. CUOZZO ORTHODONTIC SPECIALISTS

4 Swimming River Rd., Lincroft, NJ 07738 | 732.747.3466 526 Washington Blvd., Sea Girt, NJ 08750 | 732.449.5444 www.4StraightTeeth.com FOR THREE GENERATIONS, CUOZZO ORTHODONTICS has built a legacy of creating beautiful smiles by providing the best orthodontic care to patients of all ages. Since 1972, when Dr. Gary Cuozzo established the practice in Monmouth County, Cuozzo Orthodontics has been dedicated to improving the health of this beloved community. Twenty-five years later, Dr. Patrick Cuozzo joined his father, and together they have worked tirelessly to build a premiere practice offering the most advanced methodology and latest technology available in orthodontics. “We minimize the time in braces by waiting for the right time to start treatment, ultimately improving not only the look of your smile, but the health and longevity of your teeth,” says Dr. Pat, a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and a Clinical Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry teaching residents and future orthodontic leaders. Through advanced education, experience and expertise, Cuozzo Orthodontics has patients and their parents smiling at every visit.

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8/2/21 9:02 AM


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FAMILY LAW & MEDIATION SYLVIA L. BREITOWICH, ESQ. BREITOWICH LAW FIRM LLC

1704 Maxwell Dr., #206, Wall, NJ 07719 | 848.220.9373 | www.breitowichlawfirm.com “THINGS HAPPEN FOR A REASON,” and in Sylvia L. Breitowich’s case, the old adage certainly rang true. Originally focused on a criminal defense practice, an internship with a solo practitioner who handled both criminal defense and family law matters, introduced her to the complex world of matrimonial and family law, ultimately guiding Sylvia’s future. In January 2019, Sylvia opened her own practice offering anyone who comes through the doors her devoted service and the legal experience they deserve when dealing with difficult family decisions. Sylvia’s unique style begins with client strategy sessions where case plans are developed and serve as a blueprint to manage and exceed expectations. As a Collaboratively Trained Lawyer, Sylvia guides clients toward family mediation to eliminate unnecessary chaos throughout the process and to secure a favorable resolution without litigation. “I am a strong believer that most cases should settle out of court,” says Sylvia, a R.140 Qualified Mediator. “After all, why should a judge decide the future of your family.” A Rising Star Super Lawyer for the past five consecutive years and nominated by clients as a New Jersey’s Best Lawyers for Families in 2019 and 2021, Sylvia’s greatest reward is in helping her clients find their better future.

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FACES OF 2021

THE FACES OF

CUSTOM STONE

JIM WINGARD, OWNER NJ GRAVEL & SAND COMPANY 1661 Hwy 34 South, Wall, NJ 07719 732.938.5252 | www.njgravelsand.com WHAT STARTED OUT IN 1936 AS A SAND AND GRAVEL BUSINESS has now grown over the years into New Jersey’s premier supplier of decorative stone, topsoil, mulch and a complete line of landscape supplies. “Our custom stone cutting operation on premises allows us to create that special hearth, mantel or countertop of your dreams,” says Jim Wingard, owner of NJ Gravel & Sand. “And we have a large selection of flagstone, veneer stone, wall stone and boulders.” NJ Gravel & Sand is also an authorized dealer of Unilock and Nicolock Pavers. To see the true beauty of our products and what NJ Gravel & Sand can do to enhance your home or business, visit our state-of-the-art displays of everything from limestone, bluestone, marble, granite, sandstone, quartzite, slate, travertine, crushed seashells, and more. Our website is updated daily with detailed information about all of our products and services and includes beautiful photos featuring our wide assortment of stones, bulk materials and accessories.

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WAYNE A. ALDREDGE, D.M.D. HOLMDEL PERIODONTICS & IMPLANT DENTISTRY 999 Palmer Ave., Ste. 1, Holmdel, NJ 07733 | 732.671.7100 | www.isaveteeth.com DR. WAYNE A. ALDREDGE was president of the American Academy of Periodontology--the first NJ president in the Academy’s 107 years. A great achievement for a Jersey boy. But for a child of dental-phobes, it’s a miracle. How did parents with a fear of dentists produce a highly respected periodontist? “My parents told us about their childhood dental visits which were bad enough to make them avoid dentists, which unfortunately led to health problems as adults. They were determined to make sure that my brothers and I stayed healthy with regular care.” His parents’ stories inspired Dr. Aldredge to pursue dentistry, and eventually periodontics. Because of his parents’ experience, he prioritizes patient comfort, using technology he trusts for the most pain-free treatment possible, and designing an office to set nervous minds at ease. He is also certified in SMART™ bone grafting, Pinhole™ gum grafting, and LANAP™ for laser gum disease treatment. Who has he won over? “My whole family. Childhood friends.” And most importantly, Mom and Dad.

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Grape Expectations You’d imagine this juicy, bite-sized fruit to be nutritious as well as refreshing. You’d be right. The grape is a crisp, refreshing treat that has nourished everyone from the emperors of yore to the oenophiles of today. The versatile fruit, from the genus Vitis (and in botanical terms considered a berry), is the basis not only for wine, but also for juices and jams and jellies and raisins. And by itself, snapped from its native bunch, it’s no mean pop-inyour-mouth snack. Grapes’ wide diversity, from the type you’d spot in vineyards to those you find in the produce section, makes them one of the most bountiful and widely available foods. Grapes as a standard crop date back to ancient civilizations. Records in China show grapes being used in fermented beverages as early as 7000 B.C. Iran has similar annals noting the residue from grapes in pots just as long ago. There are references to wine in classic mythology and religious literature. And it’s a common belief that raisins were discovered in ancient times as well when, as the crop was grown on vine after vine, some grapes were left on too long and eventually dried and wrinkled.

BUY/STORE/SERVE There’s thankfully not much mystery in how to attain grapes if one wishes. Grocery stores come to mind immediately, and any number of farmers’ markets may give you that organic edge you’re looking for. Look for fruit that are plump, smooth-skinned and brightly hued, without too many irregularities. Remember to wash only the grapes you’ll be able to eat in one sitting. In a tightly sealed plastic bag they’re usually good in the fridge for one to two weeks. Place them in the crisper for added humidity, which helps the grapes keep longer. Or freeze them if you plan to cook with them later, as long as you use them all in one go. Grapes are so open and inviting that rinsing them in the sink and plucking them right off the stem can do nicely.

But if you need more frills for your consumption, consider freezing them beforehand. Add a little powdered sugar if you’re looking to spoil yourself. Grapes make a great base for a fruit salad or a smoothie. Their sweet flavor, smooth texture and acidic nature enable them to pair with a number of dishes. Maybe a nice cheese plate. Or consider roasting your grapes for a crostini; it makes the juice that much sweeter. And they always do well in sauces, spreads and garnishes as sides to any meat dish. A few grapes go nicely with a flank steak or even roast pork. —Brian Kelley

POWER UP As one might expect from any fruit or berry, grapes’ health benefits are manifold. They contain antioxidants such as carotenoids and polyphenols that promote heart health and skin health. Some properties are said to help prevent the formation of free radicals, aiding the body in combating common types of cancer. That same action against free radicals—particularly by the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin—is thought to protect the eyes from retinal damage, making cataracts less likely. So if you’re looking to maintain good vision, keep an eye out for grapes. If vitamin supplements of K and C aren’t within reach, it might help to snag off a bunch of this natural supply of both. In fact, the potassium content in grapes is so concentrated it can help regulate blood pressure and also boost the body’s storage of electrolytes. They help you to flush out excess water and toxins that you naturally produce, in case you were feeling a little burdened by them lately. A 100-gram serving of your common grapes found in stores has about 70 calories, as well as about 20 milligrams of phosphorus, which is vital to promoting the strength of bones and teeth. We’re all looking to stay healthy these days, and consuming grapes—either red or green—is an easy and effective step in that direction. Not bad for a handy little fruit that’s 81 percent water!

DID YOU KNOW? The oldest living grapevine in North America is believed to be the “Mother Vine” in Manteo, North Carolina. Reputedly discovered in 1584, it yields grapes that produce a classic wine to this day. MONMOUTHHEALTHANDLIFE.COM

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Fig-ure It Out

This tart cocktail bridges the gap between summer and fall, when you might still want a drink that's refreshing but not too summery.

FIG THYME SHRUB COCKTAIL Yields: 1 serving

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE FIG THYME SHRUB n 2 cups fresh figs, diced n ¾ cup granulated sugar n 1 cup apple cider vinegar n 10 sprigs fresh thyme FOR THE COCKTAIL n 1½ oz. vodka n ½ oz. freshly squeezed lime juice n 1½ oz. fig thyme shrub n 2 oz. club soda n halved fresh figs, for garnish, n thyme sprigs, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

Make the shrub. In a medium plastic or glass bowl, combine the figs, sugar, vinegar and thyme. Stir to combine, cover with plastic wrap and let sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, strain through a fine mesh strainer and discard the figs and thyme. To make the cocktail, add crushed ice to a glass. Add the vodka, lime juice and shrub and stir to combine. Add the club soda and stir again to combine. Garnish with figs and a sprig of thyme!

Recipe courtesy of spicesinmydna.com

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Where To Eat

Getting three squares a day has never been easier—Monmouth County is home to a selection of restaurants diverse enough to satisfy all of your cravings.

ASBURY PARK ASBURY FESTHALLE & BIERGARTEN 527 Lake Ave. 732.997.8767 asburybiergarten.com ASBURY KITCHEN BY DAVID BURKE 601 Mattison Ave. 732.893.5302 asburykitchenbydb.com MOONSTRUCK 517 Lake Ave. 732.988.0123 moonstrucknj.com

TALULA’S 550 Cookman Ave. 732.455.3003 talulaspizza.com

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS COPPER CANYON 51 First Ave. 732.291.8444 thecoppercanyon.com HARBORSIDE GRILL 40 First Ave. 732.291.0066 ahwinebar.com

AVON-BY-THE-SEA

PASCAL & SABINE 601 Bangs Ave. 732.774.3395 pascalandsabine.com

CLEMENTINE’S 306 Main St. 732.988.7979 clementinesavon.com

PORTA 911 Kingsley St. 732.776.7661 pizzaporta.com

SEED TO SPROUT 410 Main St. 732.774.7333 seedtosproutnj.com

BELFORD BELFORD BISTRO 870 Main St. 732.495.8151 belfordbistro.com NAPLES PIZZERIA 872 Main St. 732.787.9479

BELMAR 10TH AVE. BURRITO CO. 801 Belmar Plz. 732.280.1515 tenthaveburrito.com BRANDL 703 Belmar Plz. 732.280.7501 brandlrestaurant.com FEDERICO’S 700 Main St. 732.681.6936 federicospizza.com LA DOLCE VITA 400 Ocean Ave. 732.749.3177 ladolcevitanj.com

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SIMPLY SOUTHERN 817 Belmar Plz. 732.243.9259 simplysouthern comfortfoods.com

SHIPWRECK GRILL 720 Ashley Ave. 732.292.9380 shipwreckgrill.com

EL MESON 40 W. Main St. 732.308.9494 elmesoncafe.com

BRADLEY BEACH

EATONTOWN ALL SEASONS RESTAURANT 176 Wyckoff Rd. 732.542.9462 allseasonsrestaurant.net

TOMMY’S TAVERN + TAP 3492 Rte. 9 732.543.0053 tommystavernandtap.com

THE BUTTERED BISCUIT 700 Main St. 732.807.4069 thebutteredbiscuitcafe.com THE ELBOW ROOM 416 Main St. 732.898.6860 elbowroomnj.com

BRIELLE DUE AMICI 420 Higgins Ave. 732.528.0666 dueamicibriellenj.com LA MONDINA 110 Union Ave. 732.612.8331 lamondinabrielle.com

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ENGLISHTOWN ROSALITA’S ROADSIDE CANTINA 180 Rte. 9 732.617.0099 rosalitasnj.com

FREEHOLD 618 RESTAURANT 618 Park Ave. 732.577.0001 618nj.com AARZU MODERN INDIAN BISTRO 30 E. Main St. 732.333.0933 aarzu.com

TRE PIZZA PASTA BEER GARDEN 611 Park Ave. 732.751.4422 trepizzanj.com

HAZLET NEIL MICHAEL’S STEAKHOUSE 1104 Rte. 36 732.217.3626 neilmichaelsteakhouse. com YESTERDAY’S RESTAURANT 3153 Rte. 35 732.264.3777 yesterdaysnj.com

Photos courtesy of Neil Michael’s Steakhouse, Larimar Restaurant

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HIGHLANDS BAHRS LANDING 2 Bay Ave. 732.872.1245 bahrslandingnj.com PROVING GROUND 56 Shrewsbury Ave. 732.872.2266 theprovingground.com

KEYPORT CORNUCOPIA 98 Maple Pl. 732.739.6888 cornucopiakeyport.com DREW’S BAYSHORE BISTRO 25 Church St. 732.739.9219 drewsbayshorebistro.com PALUMBO’S 24 Ayers Ln. 732.842.5505

LONG BRANCH AVENUE 23 Ocean Ave. 732.759.2900 leclubavenue.com CHARLEY’S OCEAN GRILL 29 Avenel Blvd. 732.222.4499 charleysoceangrill.com

ROONEY’S OCEANFRONT 100 Ocean Ave. N. 732.870.1200 rooneysocean.com TUZZIO’S 224 Westwood Ave. 732.222.9614 tuzzios.com

MANALAPAN NONNA’S CITI CUCINA 190 Rte. 9 N. 732.536.9050 nonnasnj.net

MANASQUAN

MIDDLETOWN

RED BANK BIRRAVINO 183 Riverside Ave. 732.842.5990 birravino.com

NICHOLAS BARREL & ROOST 160 Rte. 35 S. 732.345.9977 barrelandroost.com

SHREWSBURY

CROWN PALACE 1283 Rte. 35 S. 732.615.9888 crownpalacenj.com NEELAM EXOTIC INDIAN CUISINE 1178 Rte. 35 S. 732.671.8900 neelamindiancuisine.com

B2 BISTRO + BAR 141 Shrewsbury Ave. 732.268.8555 b2bistro.com

PATRIZIA’S 28 Broad St. 732.741.5555 patrizias.com

SPRING LAKE

CATCH 19 19 Broad St. 732.268.8543 catch19redbank.com

VIA45 45 Broad St. 732.450.9945 via45.com

CHAR 33 Broad St. 732.450.2427 charsteakhouse.com

RUMSON

NEPTUNE IL POSTO 1129 Fifth Ave. 732.775.4823

BLEND ON MAIN 390 E. Main St. 732.223.0030 blendonmain.com

MOLINARI’S 312 W. Sylvania Ave. 732.775.7733 molinarirestaurant.com

THE COMMITTED PIG 168 Main St. 732.528.9400 thecommittedpig.com

PETE & ELDA’S 93 Summit Ave. 732.774.6010 peteandeldas.com

THE SALTY WHALE AND GUESTHOUSE 390 E. Main St. 732.592.3344 thesaltywhale.com

OCEAN

MATAWAN

PICCOLA ITALIA 837 W. Park Ave. 732.493.3090 piccolaitalianj.com

BUTTONWOOD MANOR 845 Rte. 34 N. buttonwoodmanor.com

DANNY’S 11 Bridge Ave. 732.741.6900 dannyssteakhouse.com KITCH ORGANIC 75 Leighton Ave. 732.471.5400 kitchorganic.com

ILLIANO’S 933 W. Park Ave. 732.493.2003 illianosrestaurant.net

MOLLY PITCHER INN 88 Riverside Ave. 732.747.2500 themollypitcher.com

BARNACLE BILL’S 1 First St. 732.747.8396 barnaclebillsrumson.com SALT CREEK GRILLE 4 Bingham Ave. 732.933.9272 saltcreekgrille.com

SEA BRIGHT ANJELICA’S 1070 Ocean Ave. 732.842.2800 anjelicas.com

SEA GIRT FRATELLO’S 810 The Plaza 732.974.8833 fratellosnj.com

AMERICANA DINER 1160 Rte. 35 S. 732.542.1658 americanadiner.net

LARIMAR RESTAURANT 1311 Third Ave. 732.359.6700 larimarrestaurant.com WHISPERS 200 Monmouth Ave. 732.974.9755 whispersrestaurant.com

WALL MEEMOM’S 1825 Rte. 35 732.359.8544 meemoms.com MOSSUTO’S MARKET & CAFE 2029 Rte. 35 S. 732.449.8058 mossutosmarket.com

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Photos courtesy of Neil Michael’s Steakhouse, Larimar Restaurant

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In-person events are back in full swing! Here are 10 that are filled with fun, laughter and entertainment— and will help you safely return to normal. Aug. 18

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There are superheroes, and then there’s CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS. Spend a night under the stars with the family watching the classic kids’ film of the same name. Show time is 8 p.m. at the Hall of Records in downtown Freehold. Admission is FREE, and guests should bring blankets and lawn chairs. Downtownfreehold.com has more information.

Aug. 21 Few things are better than good grub and catchy tunes, so head over to the Middletown Sports Complex and experience both at the MIDDLETOWN FOOD TRUCK AND MUSIC FEST, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy the snacks and songs, or take part in an array of activities like hatchet toss and cornhole. Adult beverages will be available for attendees 21 and older. Advance tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for ages 4–16; door prices are $8 for adults, $5 for ages 4–16. For more details, check out mega-bite-events.ticketleap.com.

What do you call a fake noodle? An im-pasta. OK, we’ll leave the jokes to the professionals, like renowned comedian TOM PAPA. The funnyman and author will be performing a 7 p.m. set at the Suneagles Golf Club in Eatontown. Papa has delivered his brand of comedy on TV, film, radio and podcasts. Tickets start at $35 and are selling fast. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.

Aug. 28 Local village meets music festival at the ALLAIRE MUSIC JAMBOREE from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Historic Village at Allaire in Wall. Local bluegrass and folk bands will be performing on multiple stages throughout the day. Visitors are also encouraged to tour the Historic Village, which has homes dating back to the 18th century, and visit its retail and craft shops. Tickets range from $5–$18 and are available at eventbrite.com

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Enjoy a historical handquilting demonstration at the HISTORIC LONGSTREET FARM in Holmdel. This educational event highlights the art of quilting, which in the past was one way to showcase one’s sewing skills. The program takes place from 1–3 p.m. and is FREE to the public. Monmouthcountyparks.com has more information.

You’ve seen fire and you’ve seen rain, but have you seen JAMES TAYLOR live in concert? The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will take the PNC Bank Arts Center stage in Holmdel at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $45 (general admission). Find more seating options at livenation. com. For more info about the venue, visit banksartscentre.com.

Aug. 23 There’s archery and golf. And then there’s ARCHERY GOLF. This twist on two popular sports combines the accuracy of golf with the skill of archery. Players use bows and soft-tipped, rounded arrows to score on the golf green. Bullseye or birdie? Either way, it’ll be hours of fun (11 a.m.–1 p.m.) playing the game at Shark River Park. Learn more at festhund.com.

Aug. 28 & 29 Do you ever wonder where your food comes from? THE HISTORIC LONGSTREET FARM in Holmdel will be holding potato harvests from 12–2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. This FREE experience will teach participants about 19thcentury farming techniques, and how crops are planted, grown and harvested. Attendees also will have the chance to dig in the dirt and harvest their own potatoes to bring home—so wear your gardening garb! For more information, visit monmouthcountyparks.com.

Sept. 11 For antiquing that’s close to home, check out the GIANT FALL FLEA MARKET in Ocean Grove from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. The market, taking place from the Great Auditorium to the beach, will include vendors selling vintage, antique and handmade items—perfect for an outdoor shopping spree. Flea market details are available at oceangrovenj.com.

Sept. 22 American Idol alums and former Broadway stars ACE YOUNG and DIANA DEGARMO are the latest stars to bring their shows to Asbury Park. The married vocalists will hold two separate performances outside at the Arthur Pryor Bandshell—the first show is at 5:30 p.m., and the second at 8 p.m. General seating is $45; VIP tables are available for $203. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit axelrodartscenter.com.

*Editor’s note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all events are subject to cancellations or changes. Attendees are encouraged to observe local safety guidelines.

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Move for Hunger in Red Bank recently transported 300,000 pounds of food to food banks across the country. These donations equate to over 250,000 meals for families in need. 1 Noah poses in front of some of the food delivered across the country.

The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Officers in 26 different locations carried the “Flame of Hope” for 750 miles and raised funds and awareness for the Special Olympics New Jersey. 5 Monmouth Sheriff’s Office runs its part in the torch run. 6 Officers pose before the torch run.

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Clean Ocean Action held its annual Beach Sweep, where more than 5,000 volunteers spent hours clearing trash, old fishing equipment and debris from the shore. 2 Volunteers on Bradley Beach clean the beach 3 A group of volunteers at Spring Lake with their haul

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More than 400 boxes of cereal were collected during the United Surgical Partners International Healthy Over Hunger Cereal Drive. The items were donated to Fulfill’s People’s Pantry and distributed to families in need. 7 Volunteers show off the cereal donations

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Neptune-based Fulfill’s “Benefit Bus” traveled to Keansburg, where volunteers distributed diapers to families in need with small children. 4 Fulfill volunteers greet residents attending a recent diaper drive.

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“Savannah loves seeing pictures of Daddy catching fish, so Mommy and I decided to try to take her out to get her own fish picture. We left Keyport midafternoon and caught a few smaller striped bass—but as soon as this one was on the line, I knew it was a good one. When we got back to the dock, Savannah was too nervous to touch the fish so I held it. We tried really hard to get a good smile out of her, but I think she was busy taking it all in and actually seeing the fish in real life. It was an awesome day.” — Michael David Nosti and Savannah, Leonardo

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