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Features Let’s Beat COVID-19 Together | 24

Find out what you need to know about the novel coronavirus.

What Parents Should Know About COVID-19 | 26

A Monmouth Medical Center doctor answers questions pertaining to your children.

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Staying Healthy Together | 28

All eyes are on the Navesink as two designers team up to showcase its grandeur with big windows and bold colors.

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Residents’ health and well-being are the priorities at RWJBarnabas Health facilities.

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IN EVERY ISSUE 10 Welcome Letter 12 Editor’s Note 22 Health News ON THE COVER Designers Joan Norkus and Kaila Williams gave a Middletown colonial a bright update. Photography by Patricia Burke. MONMOUTHHEALTHANDLIFE.COM

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Departments Monmouth Buzz | 14

Our guide to new ideas, tips, trends and things we love in the county.

Style Watch | 16

Keep your style in check with smart pieces in this beloved preppy pattern, houndstooth.

Jewelry Box | 18

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Home Front | 20

Keep your clothes in a closet that’s just as classy as they (and you) are.

Talk of the Town | 21

Little Silver is a little sliver of peace and quiet amongst the hustle and bustle of the Jersey Shore.

Bird Baths | 34

Bird is the word when it comes to this season’s hottest outdoor decor.

Tastes | 52

What could be easier than piling protein and spices plus veggies into a pot for a hearty meal?

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Power Food | 58

Move over, orange. The ube, a nutty-tasting root vegetable from the Philippines, has hit the big time.

Gatherings | 60

Whether it’s at a recognition dinner or during a fundraising event, Monmouth residents always show up to support their friends and neighbors.

Restaurant Review | 62

The simplified menu at Bollywood Bistro in Matawan captures all of India’s complex flavors.

A Monmouth Moment | 64

Two boys enjoy a quiet moment together in front of a calm pond near a cherry blossom tree in Holmdel Park.

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Staying Safe and Healthy Together

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Over the last few weeks, the team at Monmouth Medical Center has come together for our patients in extraordinary ways to prepare for and deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This rapidly evolving and highly complicated pandemic is a health care crisis that is unprecedented in our lifetime. Every day, I see how hard everyone at Monmouth Medical Center is working together for our patients and staff in response to the crisis. As a system, RWJBarnabas Health is working around the clock, seven days a week. We are sharing best practices, developing policies and continuing to develop additional emergency plans to address staffing, supplies, testing and other logistical considerations for managing the demand for our care. We are working hard to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) while maintaining hospital operations as much as possible. Please visit our website at rwjbh.org/monmouth and click on the links in the yellow tab at the top of the home page for important and timely information on changes in outpatient services and visitation policies. The entire Monmouth Medical Center team is doing truly amazing work under extraordinarily difficult circumstances. Their selfless dedication to our patients and fellow staff members, as they balance family and other personal obligations that often require stressful juggling acts to achieve, is awe-inspiring. And while our hospital staff work tirelessly to care for our community, our community in turn has reached out to us to offer their support. Local community businesses and individuals have reached out without hesitation to ask how they can help and have made a tremendous impact at a time of great need. Donations and offers of housing, food and supplies have included goggles, a crucial part of the personal protective equipment that is keeping our frontline caregivers safe, that have been so generously provided by our neighboring school systems. This public expression of support for our staff is greatly appreciated. To learn how you can help our frontline staff, you can visit rwjbh.org/monmouth and click on the “How You Can Help” link or call the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation at 732.923.6886. To our community, we offer a reminder that hand hygiene and social distancing by staying home when possible and keeping 6 feet between people when out of your home remain your best defense to protect yourself and your family. The In Good Health pages of this issue of Monmouth Health & Life are devoted to what we hope is helpful information on COVID-19. Wishing you and your family good health.

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Joni Mitchell’s lyrics ring in my ears as I sit at home at my work computer. It’s one thing to have an option to work from home; it’s another to have to work from home. And who hasn’t had to cancel dinner plans due to a scheduling conflict? But having to postpone because the restaurant is shut down— well, that’s novel. In the past few days, I’ve seen colleagues cancel weddings and vacations. Watched as others talked of remote learning for their kids and begged loved ones not to check their 401(k)s as I was tempted to peek at my own. (In the end, I was too chicken.) Longtime Monmouth residents are no strangers to crisis. I recall working with colleagues around a U-shaped table near a specially transported computer server at a local hotel back when Superstorm Sandy hit. We’ve had our share of storms, blackouts and gasoline rationing. But this is different: COVID-19 has changed everything. Well, almost everything. Happily, what isn’t different is our response as a community. I’ve seen friends and acquaintances share information and supplies. We’ve offered to pick up medicine for elderly neighbors and run errands for those in self-quarantine. Of course, there’s a great deal of stress and anxiety. When will the economy recover? When will we return to normal? As we go to press, Monmouth County has 158 reported cases of the virus, with several dozen more presumptive positives. As a monthly publication, we prepare articles long before you read them; thus this issue was conceived before the major U.S. outbreak. But in a way, perhaps the timing is fitting. This is our HOME issue, and now that most of us are home working and nesting, we see the importance of home—and the way it reflects who we are—as never before. This is an unprecedented time, for sure. My hope is that we’ll come out of it stronger and more grateful for what we’ve “got.” And that it’s not really “gone,” just postponed.

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ELCOME to the latest edition of Fiscal Fitness! Times have surely changed since I wrote my last article. It’s Friday, March 20th and I have witnessed some of the most volatile days in stock market history. When markets decline and the news is depressing, the urge to panic and “play it safe” can be intense. Maintaining a clear vision of your long-term goals is vital to making it through market uncertainty. For now, let’s focus our attention on staying healthy, being smart with your money and what you can do now to prepare for better times.

SPRING CLEAN YOUR FINANCES As many are working from home, what better time than now to organize important documents, review your insurance coverages and update your estate plans. DOCUMENTS TO KEEP are likely to be those that are difficult to obtain: tax returns, legal contracts, insurance claims and proof of identity. Always keep birth & marriage certificates, adoption records, citizenship, military discharge papers and social security cards for all family members. Create a personal document locator to give to a family member or trusted advisor that provides your personal information, contacts such as attorney, tax preparer and financial advisor, on-line accounts with username and passwords along with a list of specific location of those documents. UMBRELLA LIABILITY INSURANCE When the local weather forecast calls for rain, we typically grab our umbrellas. So why not consider an umbrella policy that can protect you in stormy financial weather? Umbrella liability insurance provides liability protection above and beyond the basic coverage that a homeowners/renters and auto insurance policies offer. Ask yourself these questions

How often do you have guests in your home? Do you have a home business? Do you have teenage drivers? Does your lifestyle give the impression you have “deep pockets”? As your wealth grows, so do the challenges of preserving and protecting yourself from creditors and predators. Speak to your insurance carrier for more information about coverage. SUDDENLY SINGLE Have you had a change in circumstances due to divorce or death of a spouse? If so, now is the time to update your estate plan including beneficiary designations on all retirement accounts, IRAs, annuities and life insurance policies. Avoid gaps or naming your estate as a beneficiary. If your estate receives your retirement benefits, it could cost your heirs in taxes and flexibility of spreading out the distributions. ESTATE PLANNING DOCUMENTS you may need, regardless of your age, health, or wealth: Will, durable power of attorney, advanced medical directive, letter of instruction, and a living trust. A living trust is not always necessary but included because it’s a component of many estate plans. The primary function of a living trust is typically to avoid probate. As always, seek the advice of an estate planning attorney before making any changes. Trust your plan, stay the course, and be well. Now more than ever is the time to collaborate with an experienced CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ProfessionalTM. Together we can make it happen...

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

BEST IN THE BIZ

The employees have spoken! This year’s list of NJBiz’s “Best Places to Work in New Jersey” is coming out, and we’re happy to report that 17 Monmouth-based businesses made the grade. The company’s annual report categorizes winners by company size and tabulates results based on an anonymous survey of its own employees conducted by an independent third party. Official rankings won’t be revealed until April 21, but here are some companies in our county garnering praise: SMALL (15–49 EMPLOYEES) Cg Tax, Audit & Advisory, Tinton Falls; DefinedLogic, Red Bank; ForeFront, Fair Haven; InSite Engineering, Wall; Renova Environmental Services, Ocean Township; The Axel Group, Tinton Falls; VCS, Freehold MEDIUM-SIZED (50–249) CentralReach, Matawan; Dynamic Engineering Consultants, Lake Como; French & Parrello Associates, Wall; The Allied Group, Neptune; Wayside Technology Group Inc., Eatontown; WorkWave, Holmdel LARGE (250 OR MORE) Advisors Mortgage Group, Ocean; Commvault, Tinton Falls; iCIMS, Holmdel; Maser Consulting PA, Red Bank

Sub-Stitution

Pickle lovers, rejoice! Elsie’s Sub Shop in Red Bank has rolled out a “pickle sub” option that allows customers to substitute two halves of a large, hollowed-out pickle for the roll in a submarine sandwich. The bread alternative can be stuffed with any of Elsie’s 50 sub sandwich combinations. It’s perfect for someone who’s looking to cut back on carbs,sticking to a keto diet or simply a fan of those fermented cukes.

Soon: A New Sickles

There’s good news for hungry folk in and around Red Bank’s west side shopping district, where the iconic Sickles Market of Little Silver is set to open a new location in the coming weeks. The new space will take on a cool, city-like atmosphere, with a wide selection of cheeses, a bakery and sushi. Like to sip while you shop? You’re in luck, as the inhouse Booskerdoo Coffee and Baking Co. café will serve up fresh java. Watch social media for the opening date.

OUR OWN REALITY STAR

Survivor fans may recognize a local face on the current season of the popular CBS reality show. She’s business development manager Michele Fitzgerald, and she’s back for the “Winners at War”-themed 40th season in Fiji. Now living in Hoboken, Fitzgerald is a Freehold native who graduated from Freehold High School—and there’s little doubt that her seaside Jersey Shore upbringing aided her victory in the 32nd season of the show set in Kaôh Rong, Cambodia. Will Fitzgerald become the ultimate sole survivor? We’ll have to tune in Wednesdays at 8 p.m. to find out. MONMOUTHHEALTHANDLIFE.COM

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PEARL IN THE SAND

The wait is over—we finally know which acts will take the stage at the third annual Sea.Hear.Now. festival in Asbury Park in September. Pearl Jam will headline the popular two-day music festival, marking the legendary rock band’s first performance in town. They’re in good company, though, as such acts as Billy Idol, the Beach Boys’ current incarnation, Cage the Elephant and Grouplove also are set to take the sandy stage on Sept. 19 and 20. The highly anticipated festival has become a summertime staple for Monmouth County pop music fans; plans call for it to feature surf sessions by pros of the sport surfboard shaping as well as immersive art displays by local and professional artists from varied media. For the full lineup of acts and more info, go to seahearnowfestival.com.


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JUST LIKE POP USED TO MAKE Professional caterer Michael Young earned the sobriquet “The Domesticated Dad” for the gourmet bagged lunch service he created with his two kids in mind. Lucky for us, the chef just expanded on his unique culinary services by opening a storefront for his brand, which sells the same ampedup American lunch eats he’d been brownbagging for almost a decade.

Construction on a nine-hole disc golf course in Leon Smock 80 Acre Park in Eatontown is well under way, but the plans aren’t flying with everyone. The decision to install the course came after a group of residents lodged a nearly year-long protest with local council members, contending that a disc golf terrain would disrupt the park’s ecosystem. Still, the course is expected to be completed soon and open for recreational games of the hybrid half-frisbee, half-golf sport.

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SOUPED-UP SALADS For a lighter lunch, the recently opened Toss’d in Red Bank has wholesome bites such as gardenfresh salads, hearty wraps and warm grain bowls. Quench your thirst here as well with a pitaya and mango “dragon” smoothie or a cleansing juice to keep you hydrated all season long.

CAWFEE BREAK

If you’ve ever dreamt of drinking an espresso with Tony and company from the New Jersey crime drama The Sopranos, we’ve got the next best thing: Say “Ciao!” to Bada Bean Cawfee, a coffee-roaster chain inspired by the hit HBO series. The brainchild of Drew Adelman and Holmdel native Peter Pannullo, Bada Bean is set to open four cafes in the state—including one in Toms River—that will serve up mob-inspired specialty drinks (in the appropriately named “soldier,” “capo” and “boss” sizes) such as “Fugetaboutit,” a café latte, and “Paisan Petey,” a traditional Americano. Says Pannullo: “The blueprint is to cover Monmouth County and the rest of New Jersey, and perhaps even go beyond our famous state.”

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MUSCLES IN MINUTES?

The Exercise Coach, a nationwide fitness franchise, recently debuted a new location in Brielle. Opened by Tinton Falls residents Phil and Nicole Logrippo, the gym promises the results of a week’s worth of daily workouts in just two 20-minute sessions thanks to bioadaptive “smart” machines and personalized coaching. The only downside? You’ve lost that “takes too long” excuse to skip the gym.

GIRL ON THE BOX

Who’s that featured on the packaging for Thanksa-Lot, one of the Girl Scouts’ newest cookies? She’s Brenna McCormick of Middletown, a third grader at Bayview Elementary School, and the cookie is a fudgy shortbread treat, distributed nationally with the likes of Thin Mints and Samoas. The 8-year-old says she’s proud to represent her troop and the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, and can you blame her? We’ll take 10 boxes, please!

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A FAIR HAVEN FAREWELL Locals recently bade “arrivederci” to Umberto’s Pizza in Fair Haven, a staple in the small town for nearly four decades. The pizzeria was known primarily for its quality pies topped with everything from classic pepperoni to rich baked ziti. Reports say the building will house a new restaurant, but there’s currently no indication of what will be sold there.

Slice of Perfection?

Pizza was the name of the game recently on Guy’s Grocery Games for chef Joe Brignoni. The owner of the soonto-open Joe’s Rotisseria in Asbury Park battled it out with three other culinary masters on The Food Network’s supermarket-centric cooking competition show. Brignoni, who owns a pizzeria in Roselle Park, was challenged to create a miniature pizza for the judges and placed second.


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This historic, scenic borough is a little sliver of peace and quiet along the Jersey Shore. Safe, family-friendly and tight-knit are adjectives that undoubtedly come to mind about Little Silver, a 3.3-square-mile town in east Monmouth County. That could be because it’s been dubbed the No. 2 best place to raise a family in the county, according to niche.com, and has an excellent school district that has just one elementary school and one middle school (students then continue on to Red Bank Regional High School from there). But Little Silver is full of history and old-school community charm too.

THE TRAIN STATION Today, the Little

Silver train station on Sycamore Avenue is used by thousands of commuters traveling to and from New York City each day, but it’s more than just a mode of transportation—it is also one of the town’s most historic landmarks. It was designed by the noted American architect Henry Hobson Richardson and built in 1890 (and then restored in 2003). It has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1984.

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

There are two primary theories about how Little Silver received its moniker. One insists that early settlers and brothers Joseph and Peter Parker named it after their father’s estate in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, on which they grew up. A second is that Little Silver refers to the form of currency European settlers paid to its Lenni-Lenape inhabitants when purchasing the land.

ON THE WATER

HOME SWEET HOME Thinking about buying or selling a home here? The median home value in Little Silver is $636,140, according to Zillow. Home values are expected to rise 2.6 percent within the next year. There is range of home styles available, from ranches to capes to colonials, many of which are on the Shrewsbury River.

Located just four miles from the Atlantic Ocean and the Jersey Shore, Little Silver is a hot destination for boaters. Some residents’ homes have private docks that give them access to the water—about 8 percent of all homes are located on the Shrewsbury River and another 35 percent are along its stream corridors, according to The New York Times—but there is also a free boat ramp for the public to use at Dominick F. Santelle Park off Riverview Avenue. For those who like the outdoors but prefer to stay on land, Parker Sickles Farm Park is a popular destination, with its playground, sports fields and close proximity to the fourth-generation, family-owned general store, Sickles Market.

THE PARKER-SICKLES HOMESTEAD

This property, also on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the oldest houses in the state. It was constructed in the 1660s by brothers Peter and Joseph Parker, two of the area’s earliest settlers. In 1995, after the Parkers’ descendant Julia Parker passed away—the home reportedly housed eight generations of Parkers—it was left to the borough and preserved at her request. The restoration of The Parker Homestead house and its three barns across 10 acres was complete in 2016, and it now serves as a historic site for both residents and visitors.

Many of Little Silver’s finest eateries are populated along Prospect Avenue, the downtown area that intersects with Church Street’s vintage-style shops and houses. Examples included Little Szechuan (Chinese), Turning Point (Americanstyle brunch) and Olivia’s Trattoria and Artisan Pizza (Italian). Other must-tries in the neighborhood include Palumbo’s for when you’re craving a quick slice or the historic Edie’s, where breakfast and lunch are served all day.

FAMOUS FACES

Little Silver’s surrounding towns like Middletown and Red Bank are or were home to two big-name Jons (as in Stewart and Bon Jovi), but Little Silver has a few athletically inclined residents to call its own. Most notably is Harold Hartshorne, a gold-winning figure skater who lived in The Hartshorne Estate at 80 Oakes Road before his death in 1961; Meghan Tierney (pictured), a snowboarder who competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics and grew up in Little Silver and Rumson; and former Rutgers Scarlet Knights basketball coach Mike Rice Jr., who resides here now.

DID YOU KNOW? Up until 1923, Little Silver and surrounding Shrewsbury Township were one entity. But once Little Silver branched off to become its own borough, its farms, nurseries and agricultural areas were replaced with housing. MONMOUTHHEALTHANDLIFE.COM

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TRAIN STATION: BY JAZZ GUY; PARKER-SICKLES HOMESTEAD: APC106; TIERNEY: AGENCY 133

TWP: EST.: 1923 POPULATION: 5,910 WEBSITE: LITTLESILVER.ORG

DINING OUT


{ HEALTH NEWS } A CHOCOLATE HIGH Packed with minerals and antioxidants, dark chocolate is known to be good for you, and now researchers add that it also produces a feel-good effect. In a study of more than 13,000 people, those folks who ate just half an ounce of dark chocolate were 70 percent less likely to report symptoms of depression. Researchers say it’s because dark chocolate contains phenylethylamine, a neuromodulator that helps regulate mood.

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EYE SEE

Eating foods high on the glycemic index, such as refined starches and sugars, could contribute to the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in adults over age 60. Experts suggest eating a variety of nutritional foods for both eye and overall health. —American Journal of Clinical Medicine

TOWEL DRY

When washing your hands in public restrooms, consider drying with paper towels. Why? Research shows that high-speed jet air dryers dispersed 20 times more germs than warm air dryers and 190 times more than paper towels. —University of Westminster, London

26 MILLION

The number of adults in the U.S. who have food allergies. Half of those people developed an allergy after age 18.

SOB AWAY HEALTH WOES

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Researchers who followed 729 people for 12 years discovered that those who suppressed emotions were at a greater risk for dying early. They speculate that holding in negative emotions can lead to producing too much cortisol, a stress hormone that can wreak havoc on your immune system, over time. —University of Rochester and Columbia University

CLEAN THAT BEARD! A Swiss study found that a man’s beard carries more germs than a dog’s fur.

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3 REASONS TO READ BEFORE BEDTIME To read, perchance to sleep? A recent survey found that people who read before bedtime have 9 percent higher annual incomes than nonreaders. In addition, the readers got better sleep quality and felt more satisfied with their lives. —Sleep Junkie

The number of additional miles folks logged over a nine-month period when they used the competition mode on their trackers versus just recording steps. Researchers posit that the thought of competition provides motivation to push harder. —University of Pennsylvania

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Let’s beat COVID-19 together. ABOUT THE VIRUS Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) The virus causes a mild to severe respiratory illness. How the virus spreads isn’t yet fully known. It’s likely spread through:

SYMPTOMS 2 days Incubation time period

14 days

None to mild

Fever

PREVENTION Wash your hands or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer often.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

WHO IS AT RISK? If you have been to a location where people have been sick with COVID-19, you are at risk. Call your health care provider if:

+ You have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 and you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing.

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OR Droplets of fluid that a person coughs or sneezes into the air

Cough

Touching a surface with virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes

Trouble breathing

Do NOT have contact with people who are sick.

OR

Severe respiratory illness and in some cases, death

Clean surfaces often with disinfectant.

+ You have these symptoms alone, or you have these symptoms and: • you live in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, • or you have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.


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WHAT PARENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT COVID-19 through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may also be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes; however, this is not the main way the virus is thought to spread.

Margaret (Meg) Fisher, M.D., FAAP, pediatric infectious disease specialist and chair of the Department of Pediatrics and medical director for The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health Facility, answers parents’ questions regarding the novel coronavirus, COVID-19—including RWJBH’s response to the public health incident. What is novel coronavirus? A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus Margaret (Meg) Fisher, that has not been previously identified. M.D., FAAP The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is not the same as the coronavirus that commonly circulates among humans and causes mild illness like a cold.

Who is most at risk for catching COVID-19? Much like the flu, individuals with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk for catching COVID-19, including the elderly and those with serious medical conditions. What is the risk of my child becoming sick with COVID-19? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CD), children do not seem to be at higher risk for getting COVID-19 than adults. While some children and infants have been diagnosed with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases to date.

What is COVID-19? Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Patients with COVID-19 have mild to severe respiratory illness symptoms including: fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Are the symptoms of COVID-19 different in children than in adults? The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults. However, children with confirmed COVID-19 have generally presented with mild symptoms. Reported symptoms in children include cold-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, and cough. Vomiting and diarrhea have also been reported.

How does COVID-19 spread? COVID-19 spreads from person to person and is thought to spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet)

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How can I protect my family? Currently there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, but the CDC recommends these other ways to stay healthy and prevent the spread of illness: •P  ractice social distancing by avoiding crowds. Social distancing means staying at least 6 feet away from others. •W  ash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. • I f soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer. •A  void touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. •K  eep your children away from others who are sick. •S  tay home and keep your children home if they are ill •T  each your children to cough and sneeze into a tissue, their arm or elbow—not their hands •A  void travel to highly infected areas.

•M  onitor their screen time: Keep younger

children away from frightening images they may see on TV and social media. Be a good role model: COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate and neither should we. Additionally, parents should try to plan their children’s schedule. The AAP recommends keeping your kids’ days as routine as possible. Some ideas to keep busy while practicing social distancing include: • r eading books with your child •m  aking time for active play or playing games that gets their creativity going • taking a virtual tour of your favorite museum • cooking and baking as a family • getting a head start on spring cleaning • video chatting • meditating

My child is sick and I suspect COVID-19, what should I do? We advise that you call your child’s pediatrician and discuss the symptoms. Based on your discussion they can guide you on appropriate next steps. Do not come to the hospital unless advised by your child’s pediatrician. However, if your child is experiencing a healthcare emergency, dial 911. How do I talk to my kids about COVID-19? Much of the news coverage on COVID-19 can be overwhelming for parents and frightening for children. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has provided tips for parents and caregivers on how to filter this information and present it in a way that is easy for children to understand. •S  imple reassurance: Remind kids that researchers and doctors are learning as much as they can to keep everyone safe. •G  ive them control: Remind them of what they can do to stay safe. •W  atch for signs of anxiety: Signs of worry include increased crankiness and trouble sleeping.

RWJBARNABAS HEALTH: KEEPING FAMILIES SAFE Visitor Restrictions: Only one parent/ guardian will be permitted to visit our inpatient facilities. At our outpatient locations, only one adult will be permitted to accompany each patient to an appointment, unless an aide or assistant is required. Increased Screening: Upon arrival to one of our facilities, you can expect screening of patients and those accompanying them for travel history, exposure to an indivudual with COVID-19 and any clinical symptoms at every point of entrance. We will be on high alert for any individuals with the following signs and/or symptoms: fever, respiratory infection, cough and/or shortness of breath, sore throat and/or those who have traveled and been in contact with travelers. Training Drills: We have been practicing readiness drills at each of our hospitals to assess and address the potential needs of all of our patients and employees. Isolation Rooms: RWJBH has identified and designated areas in each of our hospitals to use in order to keep COVID-19 patients separate from other patients and families. Following Recommendations: We are following all guidelines and recommendations set by the Centers for Disease Control of Prevention (CDC) and the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH). We will continue to monitor and prepare our protocols, facilities, and work force based off of these continuously updated recommendations. We are taking all necessary precautions to protect our patients, families and employees. Should I keep my child’s appointment? Yes. You and your child will face no additional risk coming to one of our facilities for your scheduled appointment. We recommend not postponing necessary and important care unless you or your child is experiencing flu or cold like symptoms. Why are we being asked about our travel history? In order to keep all patients, families, and employees safe we are asking every individual who enters one of our hospitals about their recent international and domestic travel—even employees. This is especially important because CDC guidelines now list multiple countries as nations of concern for potential COVID-19 patients. This screening measure helps us prevent possible exposure to COVID-19 even if the individual isn’t showing signs or symptoms of illness.

For important COVID-19 information and updates, visit rwjbh.org/monmouth and click on the link in the yellow bar.

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COVID-19

Your health and well-being is the top priority at RWJBarnabas Health.

What to know and do COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, is changing the way America is doing business, whether it’s the business of running a school, a store or a hospital system. It can be difficult to figure out what is accurate as you navigate at this uncertain time. As your partner in health and neighbor, we’re prepared to respond in your best interest during the pandemic. The proper protocols Our health system continues to collaborate closely with guidance from the New Jersey Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and regional and local health departments. We have in place all of the appropriate protocols as well as highly trained clinicians to safely and reliably care for affected patients.

Please practice these prevention measures to protect you and others from the virus: • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. • A good back-up is hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. • Stay home if you’re sick and avoid those who are sick. • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or sleeve. • Disinfect objects and surfaces you touch frequently with a household cleaning spray or wipe.

WE’RE HERE

RWJBarnabas Health will continue working in close contact with the NJ Department of Health (1-800-222-1222) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as taking measures to protect our patients, staff and community at-large. Feel free to visit their websites as well as our dedicated website (below), along with our social media channels for continued updates and information.

Spreading prevention COVID-19 mainly spreads from person to person with those in close contact (within 6 feet). If you have symptoms If you are experiencing symptoms such as a dry cough, fever and/ or shortness of breath, please contact your physician who will follow screening guidelines and advise you of next steps.

CDC: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html NJDOH: nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml RWJBH: rwjbh.org/covid19

STAY HOME on the advice of public health officials, and please practice social distancing to protect you and your community’s health well-being. For important COVID-19 information and updates, visit rwjbh.org/monmouth and click on the link in the yellow bar.

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By Donna Rolando Design by Joan Norkus and Kaila Williams Photography by Patricia Burke

All eyes are on the Navesink as two designers team up to showcase its grandeur with big windows and bold colors.

RIVER RHAPSODY

As guests sip a cocktail served from the sitting room’s raspberry soufflé bar, they get a taste of the festive experience that awaits them in a seashore colonial the homeowners wanted to be fun and different. A duo of designers continued the color story from the fuchsia wool rug by Kravet right down to the pillow embroidery. From the homeowners’ own treasure trove, they drew upon the bright hues of a glass coffee table with a Chinese vase base and artwork.

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For a couple of empty nesters, there’s nothing like living on the Navesink River with its rich blue hues to evoke a spirit of serenity. When they downsized into a riverfront colonial, it was a no-brainer that they’d upsize the windows to drink in nature’s masterpiece from every angle. But the couple didn’t stop there; they worked with two Monmouth Countybased designers: Joan Norkus of Boxwood in Colts Neck and Kaila Williams of Town & Country Kitchen and Bath in Red Bank. Their mission? Create a soothing and fun décor with pinks and florals reflective of the vacation-like setting and open the floor plan to, as the homeowner says, “optimize this beautiful view.” “We wanted something we thought was special,” says the homeowner, who while downsizing hoped to hold onto that connection she previously enjoyed with the river. Though their 80-to-90-year-old Middletown colonial is sized right for two, “virtually every room has river views,” she says—a situation created by knocking down a wall that shut the living room off from the tranquility so near. The pièce de résistance was creating one easy-breezy, larger space that marries the living room with an open sunroom (expanded by five feet), kitchen and dining area. “With the large windows, it’s almost like we’re on the water,” she declares. Once small and off the beaten path, the relocated kitchen became a key part of this design. But the homeowners posed a challenge to Williams, who took on that room: Design a space that didn’t look like a kitchen at all. Impossible? Not for Williams, who tapped into the room’s inner chameleon with stained-oak cabinets quarter-sawn for a linear look that breaks with tradition, as well as a pink undertone, also seen in the cabinetry hardware and plumbing brass, “to play on the fact that she does love pink,” the designer explains. The homeowner also adores flowers, and once she saw the floral marble tile from Downtown Tile in Belmar with its glistening metal elements “she was set on that” for the backsplash, says Williams. From its star position under a custom hood with a bronze metal finish, a chevron mosaic in polished Calacatta gold and brushed gold aluminum creates just the right accent, while the countertops in mystery white marble combine pale gray,

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Talk about a room with a view! With windows maximized as a central part of this river reno, the new open floor plan unites kitchen, dining area, living room and sunroom and offers a majestic view of the Navesink River from almost every angle. Gleaming walnut-stained hardwood floors and hues of pink, white and blue further connect this relaxing setting, which is perfect for get-togethers.


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white and cream with subtle veining. You won’t find cabinets by the sink, and that’s deliberate, to let the homeowners’ vintage brass sconce lighting stand out against the Calacatta gold marble brick, while dual pendants from Hudson Valley Lighting grace the island. (The homeowner had many accumulated treasures that took on new life in this redo.) The lavender-hued island stools with brass legs are a cool find the homeowner herself contributed to the mix. Her husband let her have the kitchen of her dreams—even with a blush of pink—as long as his home office was masculine. The remodel, which called for gutting much of the house in February 2019, combined the warmth of a fireplace decked in twoinch-square Calacatta gold tiles with the warmth of conversation in a cozy grouping punctuated by two aquamarine swivel chairs from Shrewsbury’s The Store from River Road—another Navesink tie-in. With entertaining in mind, the dining room table from Shore Casual was custom-designed with a pedestal base sturdy enough for its

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sizable stained-wood top, while the chairs are upholstered in floral both front and back. From the homeowner’s collection came the oilrubbed bronze chandelier and antique mirror. Because the start of any social gathering is often a drink, the couple packed a punch of bright color in their transitional sitting room, striking a happy note with a bar by Town & Country in raspberry soufflé. Norkus and Williams joined efforts on this sanctuary, playing up the pink with its hand-knotted-wool Kravet carpet in fuchsia, and tailored valences by M. Silberstein in Shrewsbury. The Chinese vasebased glass coffee table provides its own pop of color and comes from the homeowners’ collection, as does the painting between the two glass-and-brass towers. Even the entryway offers something grand with a Circa Lighting chandelier from the gilded Aerin Collection and another pop of raspberry in the Greek key pattern and blossoming wallpaper. “I feel like so many homes are sterile—lots of grays and white,” says the homeowner. “Color makes me happy.”

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This page, right: The entryway combines raspberry in the Greek key-patterned bench with the Circa Lighting chandelier from the gilded Aerin Collection, and of course, floral wallpaper for a homeowner who finds joy in nature. Opposite page: Not every husband would permit pink in the kitchen, but designer Kaila Williams of Town & Country Kitchen and Bath intuitively used the right mix of hardy oak with a rosy undertone to keep femininity muted. The homeowner herself discovered the lavender suede stools with brass legs online, and they are a “soft and pretty� complement to the Calacatta gold marble backsplash.

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Take a Bath

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Be kind to your feathered friends with these decorative garden accessories.

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SPECIAL SECTION

MONMOUTH

COUNTY’S

TOP REAL ESTATE AGENTS

2020 MONMOUTH COUNTY IS HOME TO SOME OF THE MOST SEASONED AND TALENTED REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS IN THE COUNTRY. To help readers find the best agents to work with, Monmouth Health & Life contracted DataJoe Research of Boulder, Colorado to facilitate a multi-faceted research campaign. It consisted of an online survey delivered directly to agents across Monmouth County via email as well as internet research. In the survey, real estate agents were asked to provide sales volume ranges and also nominate their peers. In the Internet campaign, DataJoe consulted a variety of websites to build richer knowledge of individual licensed real estate agents across the county. DataJoe checked and confirmed that each published winner had, at the time of review, a current, active license status with the appropriate state regulatory board. If they were not able to find evidence of a real estate agent’s current, active registration with the state regulatory board, that real estate agent was excluded from the list. Finally, DataJoe presented the tallied results to Monmouth Health & Life for final review. We recognize that there are many good real estate agents who are not shown on the representative list. This is only a sampling of the huge array of talented professionals within the county.

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Kenneth Rickel Space & Co. Asbury Park 410 Bond St. Asbury Park, NJ 07712 732.245.4833 AVON-BY-THE-SEA

EATONTOWN Michele Ashkenazi Century 21 Schecher Realty 76 Broad St. Eatontown, NJ 07724 732.542.1990 FAIR HAVEN Patrick J. Butera RE/MAX Paradigm Realty Group 740 River Rd. Fair Haven, NJ 07704 732.212.9900 732.996.8030 FREEHOLD Drew Robustelli RE/MAX Homeland Realtors 42 East Main St., Suite 101 Freehold, NJ 07728 732.462.2222 718.200.2413 HAZLET Vincent J. Aquilino RE/MAX Imperial 684 Holmdel Rd. Hazlet, NJ 07730 732.203.1290 732.208.4968 HOLMDEL Christian Giamanco RE/MAX Real Estate Leaders 670 N. Beers St. Holmdel, NJ 07733 732.933.0200 732.996.1292 LITTLE SILVER Frank L. Pento RE/MAX Real Estate LTD. 25 Sycamore Ave., Suite 105 Little Silver, NJ 07739 732.924.5656 732.687.4301

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MONMOUTH BEACH Amy Peak Jengo RE/MAX Elite 27 Beach Rd., Suite 4 Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750 732.870.6300 732.299.1070

Lori Bocchieri-Bennett RE/MAX Central 520 Route 9 North Manalapan, NJ 07726 732.972.1000 732.239.8044

Daniel A. Wright RE/MAX Elite 27 Beach Rd., Suite 4 Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750 732.870.6300 908.433.9244

Jason Gumnitz RE/MAX Central 520 Route 9 North Manalapan, NJ 07726 732.972.1000 732.740.3017

Scott Gilbert O’Brien Realty LLC 37 Beach Rd. Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750 732.229.3532 732.241.7120

Aleksandr Pritsker RE/MAX Central 520 Route 9 North Manalapan, NJ 07726 732.972.1000 732.688.3819

Kerrin O’Brien O’Brien Realty LLC 37 Beach Rd. Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750 732.229.3532 917.567.0684

MIDDLETOWN

NEPTUNE

Michael Smith Weichert Realtors 1008 Route 35 Middletown, NJ 07748 732.671.8000 908.907.3274

Cindy Nelson Nelson Realtors 2300 Route 33 Neptune, NJ 07753 732.774.4499 732.774.5554

Christopher Walsh RE/MAX Real Estate Leaders 113 Tindall Rd. Middletown, NJ 07748 732.933.0200 732.309.5502

OCEAN GROVE

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP David Borrero RE/MAX Homeland West 494 Monmouth Rd. Millstone Township, NJ 08510 609.208.1800 917.681.2603 Matthew Merritt Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate 500 Route 33 Millstone Township, NJ 08535 732.617.3700 609.658.5916

Thea Bowers RE/MAX Gateway 45 Main Ave. Ocean Grove, NJ 07756 732.361.0770 732.481.2110 RED BANK Gary Thomson Century 21 Thomson & Co. 254 Route 35 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732.945.7035 908.601.6932 RUMSON Bernadette Barnett Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty 1 W. River Rd. Rumson, NJ 07760 732.842.8100 908.902.5035

Elaine Eadon Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty 1 W. River Rd. Rumson, NJ 07760 732.842.8100 732.778.4400 Elizabeth Lubin Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty 1 W. River Rd. Rumson, NJ 07760 732.842.8100 732.236.9330 Kelly Zaccaro Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty 1 W. River Rd. Rumson, NJ 07760 732.842.8100 732.492.8224 Mario Venancio Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate 110 Avenue of Two Rivers Rumson, NJ 07760 732.530.2800 732.881.4306 Eric Bosniak Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 17 W. River Rd Rumson, NJ 07760 732.842.3200 732.245.0340

WEST LONG BEACH Cathy Ades Cathy Ades Real Estate 197 Wall St., Suite 5 West Long Branch, NJ 07764 732.413.0040 732.996.5619 MONMOUTH COUNTY TOP REAL ESTATE AGENTS ABERDEEN Susan Grace McGowan Hometown Residential Realty 1061 Route 34 Aberdeen, NJ 07747 732.583.8888 732.614.4025 Michelle Smith Hometown Residential Realty 1061 Route 34 Aberdeen, NJ 07747 732.583.8888 848.702.0558 ASBURY PARK James Kesling Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 200 Main St. Asbury Park, NJ 07712 732.897.9200 973.277.5323

SHREWSBURY

Shannon Mitchell Space & Co. Asbury Park 410 Bond St. Asbury Park, NJ 07712 848.448.6302

William Hagan Keller Williams Realty East Monmouth 750 Broad St. Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 732.704.4033 732.245.7665

Robert M. Roccia RE/MAX Gateway 501 Grand Ave., Unit L3 Asbury Park, NJ 07712 732.695.1600 732.890.0598

David Sgalambro Keller Williams Realty East Monmouth 750 Broad St. Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 732.704.4033 908.578.8071

Alexis Siciliano RE/MAX Gateway 501 Grand Ave., Unit L3 Asbury Park, NJ 07712 732.695.1600 732.996.9269

WALL

Lisa English O’Brien Realty Office 76 First Ave. Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716 732.229.3532 201.951.7036

Richard Davidson RE/MAX Revolution 2101 Route 34 Wall, NJ 07719 732.410.7100 732.859.7239

LISTINGS

Charles J. Koehler Sutton Realty Group 315 Main St. Avon-By-The-Sea, NJ 07717 732.898.9555 732.996.6060

MANALAPAN Roman Balandin RE/MAX Central 520 Route 9 North Manalapan, NJ 07726 732.972.1000 732.786.3838

TOP REAL ESTATE

MONMOUTH COUNTY TOP REAL ESTATE AGENTS, ELITE ASBURY PARK

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS

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Michael Fabozzi RE/MAX High Point 77 Memorial Pkwy. Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716 732.775.5511 908.601.0423 Mary Lynn Hughes Resources Real Estate 65 First Ave. Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716 732.212.0440 732.687.5835 AVON-BY-THE-SEA Anthony M. Bruno First Horizon Realty Corp 539 Main St. Avon-By-The-Sea, NJ 07717 732.988.5400 Brenda Connolly The Connolly Agency LLC 216 Main St. Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ 07717 732.361.0800 732.272.7700 Cheryl Sullivan The Connolly Agency LLC 216 Main St. Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ 07717 732.361.0800 973.220.2918 BRADLEY BEACH Scott Wilson Patrick Parker Realty 523 Main St. Bradley Beach, NJ 07720 732.455.5252 908.692.9889 COLTS NECK Debra Annunziata Robert DeFalco Realty 340 Route 34 Colts Neck, NJ 07722 732.845.3200 718.757.9979 Elaine Kong Gee Robert DeFalco Realty 340 Route 34 Colts Neck, NJ 07722 732.845.3200 732.241.7509 Ranka Vucetic Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. 174 Route 537 Colts Neck, NJ 07722 732.252.2460

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FAIR HAVEN Paul Joseph Kiernan RE/MAX Paradigm Realty Group 740 River Rd. Fair Haven, NJ 07704 732.212.9900 732.492.7271 Kenneth Walker RE/MAX Paradigm Realty Group 740 River Rd. Fair Haven, NJ 07704 732.212.9900 732.245.9245 FREEHOLD Melissa DeSantis eXp Realty 218 Schanck Rd. Freehold, NJ 07728 866.201.6210 732.757.2522 Aurelia Isidoro RE/MAX Homeland Realtors 42 E. Main St., Suite 101 Freehold, NJ 07728 732.462.2222 732.779.8520 Timothy J. O’Rourke RE/MAX Homeland Realtors 42 E. Main St., Suite 101 Freehold, NJ 07728 732.462.2222 347.693.8565 Purnima Talwar Realty One Group Central 17 Broad St. Freehold, NJ 07728 732.348.3777 908.770.5999 HAZLET Elizabeth Buccigrossi VRI Homes 3400 Route 35, Suite 5 Hazlet, NJ 07730 732.778.0491 Angela Dorsi RE/MAX Imperial 684 Holmdel Rd. Hazlet, NJ 07730 732.203.1290 732.670.4823 Mary Etta Gregory VRI Homes 3400 Route 35, Suite 5 Hazlet, NJ 07730 732.264.9511 732.687.2782

Laura A. Piccinich RE/MAX Imperial 684 Holmdel Rd. Hazlet, NJ 07730 732.203.1290 732.241.3165

Jeffrey Dispenza RE/MAX Real Estate Leaders 670 N. Beers St. Holmdel, NJ 07733 732.933.0200 732.241.8574

Inessa Tansky Maximillion Realty, Inc. 101 Crawfords Corner Rd. Holmdel, NJ 07733 732.400.5588 917.806.7594

HOLMDEL

Mary Fox Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty 38 Main St. Holmdel, NJ 07733 732.946.9200 732.910.9339

Ann Wiltz Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty 38 Main St. Holmdel, NJ 07733 732.946.9200 732.266.4740

Melissa Haddad RE/MAX Real Estate Leaders 670 N. Beers St. Holmdel, NJ 07733 732.933.0200 732.337.0098

Albert Wright RE/MAX Real Estate Leaders 670 N. Beers St. Holmdel, NJ 07733 732.933.0200 848.218.4003

Emete Hassan Keller Williams Realty Central Monmouth 24 Holmdel Rd. Holmdel, NJ 07733 732.536.9010 732.614.2869

KEYPORT

Barbara Alvarez Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 998 Holmdel Rd. Holmdel, NJ 07733 732.946.9600 732.616.7093 Anna Appolonia Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty 38 Main St. Holmdel, NJ 07733 732.946.9200 732.371.3233 Jennifer Bernabeo RE/MAX Real Estate Leaders 670 N. Beers St. Holmdel, NJ 07733 732.933.0200 732.690.8687 Andre Brown RE/MAX Real Estate Leaders 670 N. Beers St. Holmdel, NJ 07733 732.933.0200 718.930.5635 Lydia Chen Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty 38 Main St. Holmdel, NJ 07733 732.946.9200 732.267.6654 Pascale Coppola Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty 38 Main St. Holmdel, NJ 07733 732.946.9200 908.902.0404 Doreen DeMarco Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate 963 Holmdel Rd. Holmdel, NJ 07733 732.946.3200 732.241.5015

Monica Kloc Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate 963 Holmdel Rd. Holmdel, NJ 07733 732.946.3200 732.895.9135 Manus Mullanaphy RE/MAX Real Estate Leaders 670 N. Beers St. Holmdel, NJ 07733 732.933.0200 732.501.9802 Nicole Rabbat Levine Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty 38 Main St. Holmdel, NJ 07733 732.946.9200 732.216.4700 Denise Ripnick Exit Realty East Coast 57 East Main St. Holmdel, NJ 07733 732.946.2000 732.809.6316 Gerine A. Skamarak Exit Realty East Coast 57 East Main St. Holmdel, NJ 07733 732.946.2000 908.902.4778

Carissa A. Marshall Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate 111 Route 35 Keyport, NJ 07735 732.264.3456 908.601.8487 Susan Laura Montanti RE/MAX Imperial 262 First St. Keyport, NJ 07735 732.226.7466 732.895.5923 LITTLE SILVER Josephine M. Tsarnas RE/MAX Real Estate Ltd 25 Sycamore Ave. Little Silver, NJ 07739 732.924.5656 732.598.7196 LONG BRANCH Anna Garifine RE/MAX Synergy 95 Brighton Ave. Long Branch, NJ 07740 732.795.9500 732.245.2484 Andrew Kligman RE/MAX Synergy 444 Ocean Blvd. North Long Branch, NJ 07740 732.870.1212 732.673.8446

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Rosemary DiPasquale RE/MAX Central 520 Route 9 North Manalapan, NJ 07726 732.972.1000 917.767.3008

Laura Quinn RE/MAX Real Estate Leaders 113 Tindall Rd. Middletown, NJ 07748 732.933.0200 732.233.2303

Christine Stout Shore Homes Shirvanian Realty 35 Beach Rd. Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750 732.241.7344

MATAWAN

Jeanne Rich Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 864 Route 35 Middletown, NJ 07748 732.671.1000 732.439.0016

Lauren Taylor RE/MAX Elite 27 Beach Rd., Suite 4 Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750 732.870.6300 732.865.4027

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP

Sujatha Bhaskara Keller Williams Realty West Monmouth 50B Route 9 North Morganville, NJ 07751 732.536.9010 732.319.1340

Jeffrey Kagan KP Edgestone Realty 1000 Route 34, Suite 302 Matawan, NJ 07747 732.307.3200 646.624.5598

Debra Dolinsky RE/MAX Central 520 Route 9 North Manalapan, NJ 07726 732.972.1000 732.513.2643

Jethro Kwok RE/MAX Champions 755 Route 34 Matawan, NJ 07747 732.441.3400 908.216.0970

Tina J. Hoffman RE/MAX Central 520 Route 9 North Manalapan, NJ 07726 732.972.1000 732.539.1997

Jeffrey S. Lee RE/MAX Champions 755 Route 34 Matawan, NJ 07747 732.441.3400 732.991.0315

Julie Ann King RE/MAX Central 520 Route 9 North Manalapan, NJ 07726 732.972.1000 732.598.2222 Irina Krongauz RE/MAX Central 520 Route 9 North Manalapan, NJ 07726 732.972.1000 Iris Silverberg RE/MAX Central 520 Route 9 North Manalapan, NJ 07726 732.972.1000 908.816.0063 Brian Teitel Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 357 Route 9 South Manalapan, NJ 07726 732.536.1200 732.616.5499 Theresa Trentacosta RE/MAX Central 520 Route 9 North Manalapan, NJ 07726 732.972.1000 732.904.0701

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MIDDLETOWN Sheryl B. Dente Weichert Realtors 1008 Route 35 Middletown, NJ 07748 732.671.8000 917.257.7911 Lindsey Elliott RE/MAX Real Estate Leaders 113 Tindall Rd. Middletown, NJ 07748 732.933.0200 732.284.1906 Anthony J. Gonzalez RE/MAX Real Estate Leaders 619 Lake Rd., 3rd. Floor Middletown, NJ 07748 732.933.0200 908.565.0457 Carole Kubis Kubis Realty Group 170 Route 35, Suite 4 Middletown, NJ 07701 732.957.0900 732.239.3788 Ellen Pignataro Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty 1020 Route 35 Middletown, NJ 07748 732.615.9898 732.687.5201

Robin Cittone Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 222 Millstone Rd. Millstone Township, NJ 08510 732.792.0352 609.647.8659 MONMOUTH BEACH Morris Assouline RE/MAX Elite 27 Beach Rd., Suite 4 Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750 732.870.6300 646.321.7504 Emily Bahrs-Valentino O’Brien Realty LLC 37 Beach Rd. Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750 732.229.3532 732.672.1398 Maureen Kelly O’Brien Realty LLC 37 Beach Rd. Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750 732.229.3532 732.221.3414 Richard E. Nagel RE/MAX Elite 27 Beach Rd., Suite 4 Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750 732.870.6300 Michael O’Brien O’Brien Realty LLC 37 Beach Rd. Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750 732.229.3532 732.865.0323 Christine Smith O’Brien Realty LLC 37 Beach Rd. Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750 732.229.3532 917.693.1362

MORGANVILLE

Dino Demoro Keller Williams Realty West Monmouth 50B Route 9 North Morganville, NJ 07751 732.536.9010 732.771.3881 Frank Fortino Century 21 Mack-Morris Iris Lurie Inc. 47 Route 9 South Morganville, NJ 07751 732.536.2228 732.995.9914 Ron Ison Keller Williams Realty West Monmouth 50B Route 9 North Morganville, NJ 07751 732.536.9010 917.974.1915 Jennifer Klein Keller Williams Realty West Monmouth 50B Route 9 North Morganville, NJ 07751 732.536.9010 646.591.1601 Betty Laboska Keller Williams Realty West Monmouth 50B Route 9 North Morganville, NJ 07751 732.536.9010 732.614.1429

Laurin LaLima Century 21 Mack-Morris Iris Lurie Inc. 47 Route 9 South Morganville, NJ 07751 732.536.2228 732.261.7288 Valentyna Lew Keller Williams Realty West Monmouth 50B Route 9 North Morganville, NJ 07751 732.536.9010 732.857.7387 Brian Lichtenthal Century 21 Mack-Morris Iris Lurie Inc. 47 Route 9 South Morganville, NJ 07751 732.536.2228 347.563.5833

LISTINGS

Valerie A. Wechsler RE/MAX Central 520 Route 9 North Manalapan, NJ 07726 732.972.1000 917.770.2709

TOP REAL ESTATE

MANALAPAN John Carusio RE/MAX Central 520 Route 9 North Manalapan, NJ 07726 732.972.1000 908.415.7365

Harry Mesh Century 21 Mack-Morris Iris Lurie Inc. 47 Route 9 South Morganville, NJ 07751 732.536.2228 732.547.0293 Andrea Mesh Century 21 Mack-Morris Iris Lurie Inc. 47 Route 9 South Morganville, NJ 07751 732.536.2228 732.757.8700 Charles O’Rourke Keller Williams Realty West Monmouth 50B Route 9 North Morganville, NJ 07751 732.536.9010 732.241.6997 Alfred Oliva Keller Williams Realty West Monmouth 50B Route 9 North Morganville, NJ 07751 732.536.9010 732.939.8946 Katie Roberts Keller Williams Realty West Monmouth 50B Route 9 North Morganville, NJ 07751 732.704.4033 908.489.3282

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George Adam Russ Keller Williams Realty West Monmouth 50B Route 9 North Morganville, NJ 07751 732.536.9010 732.580.4383 Anaita Tarapore Keller Williams Realty West Monmouth 50B Route 9 North Morganville, NJ 07751 732.536.9010 732.208.2538 Angela Verdesco-Greco Keller Williams Realty West Monmouth 50B Route 9 North Morganville, NJ 07751 732.536.9010 848.459.4838 Nicholas Zinner Keller Williams Realty West Monmouth 50B Route 9 North Morganville, NJ 07751 732.536.9010 848.218.2198 NEPTUNE Bonnie Hogan Nelson Realtors 2300 Route 33 Neptune, NJ 07753 732.774.4499 732.614.9581 OAKHURST Esther Ashkenazi Town & Country Real Estate Consultants LLC 204 Monmouth Rd. Oakhurst, NJ 07755 732.618.0787 Elizabeth M. Giordano RE/MAX Gateway 1709 Route 35, Unit B Oakhurst, NJ 07755 732.695.1600 732.822.6602 Connie King Weichert Realtors 1900 Route 35 Oakhurst, NJ 07755 732.531.1600 732.586.6006

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Judy Ribeiro Weichert Realtors 1900 Route 35 Oakhurst, NJ 07755 732.531.1600 732.859.6649 Gloria V. Siciliano RE/MAX Gateway 1709 Route 35, Unit B Oakhurst, NJ 07755 732.695.1600 732.618.6655 OCEAN GROVE Alfredo Fresnedo RE/MAX Gateway 45 Main Ave. Ocean Grove, NJ 07756 732.361.0770 732.763.2961 Anna Jackow RE/MAX Gateway 45 Main Ave. Ocean Grove, NJ 07756 732.361.0770 732.996.0119 Denise Sherman-Pula Jack Green Realty 72 Main Ave. Ocean Grove, NJ 07756 732.776.6400 OCEAN TOWNSHIP Joseph Baumann Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate 829 W. Park Ave. Ocean Township, NJ 07712 732.493.4900 732.221.0865 Margaret Penta Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate 829 W. Park Ave. Ocean Township, NJ 07712 732.310.7047 732.493.4900 RED BANK Sandra Ferko Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Murphy & Co. 94 Maple Ave. Red Bank, NJ 07701 732.689.1094 Dennis Freshnock RE/MAX 1st Class 213 Route 35 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732.842.8420 908.601.6692

Kevin Murphy Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Murphy & Co. 94 Maple Ave. Red Bank, NJ 07701 732.741.3030 732.687.1830

Elizabeth Ryan Swikart Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty 1 W. River Rd. Rumson, NJ 07760 732.842.8100 862.221.0958

David Giuliano Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty 848 Broad St. Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 732.842.3434 732.778.0687

Maureen Yetman Century 21 Thomson & Co. 254 Route 35 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732.945.7035 732.687.3186

Benjamin Sclarow Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 17 W. River Rd. Rumson, NJ 07760 732.842.3200 609.312.1990

Allison Gregory Resources Real Estate 457 Broad St., Suite A Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 732.212.0440 908.472.2194

RUMSON

SEA GIRT

Karin Busichio Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate 110 Avenue of Two Rivers Rumson, NJ 07760 732.530.2800 732.735.6657

John P. Barton Ocean Pointe Realtors 555 Washington Blvd. Sea Girt, NJ 08750 732.974.2330 732.881.2459

Christopher Drummond Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty 1 W. River Rd. Rumson, NJ 07760 732.842.8100 732.245.7716

Denise Dreyer Ward Wight Sotheby’s International Realty 522 Washington Blvd. Sea Girt, NJ 08750 732.449.5959 201.819.2604

Justin Eberle Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 17 W. River Rd. Rumson, NJ 07760 732.842.3200 908.433.1781

Patricia Mayer Diane Turton, Realtors 512 Washington Blvd. Sea Girt, NJ 08750 732.974.8700 908.309.9374

Robert Haspel Preferred Properties Real Estate 105 E. River Rd. Rumson, NJ 07760 732.224.9200 732.778.7852

Angela Pfisterer Ward Wight Sotheby’s International Realty 522 Washington Blvd. Sea Girt, NJ 08750 732.449.5959 732.600.0613 SHREWSBURY

Kathryn Perez Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 17 W. River Rd. Rumson, NJ 07760 732.842.3200 732.581.9735

Michelle Anderson Keller Williams Realty East Monmouth 750 Broad St. Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 732.704.4033 908.692.8303

Pauline Poyner Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty 1 W. River Rd. Rumson, NJ 07760 732.842.8100 732.766.3330

Stacie Bender Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty 848 Broad St. Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 732.842.3434 973.818.9668

Erica Herbst EKey Realty Group 794 Broad St., Suite 1 Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 732.639.0129 732.890.5039 Eric Hoffman Keller Williams Realty East Monmouth 750 Broad St. Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 732.704.4033 732.239.0272 Theresa Kuyl Keller Williams Realty East Monmouth 750 Broad St. Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 732.704.4033 732.552.8145 Dianna Olson Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty 848 Broad St. Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 732.842.3434 732.233.9310 Christopher Pizzola Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty 848 Broad St. Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 732.842.3434 732.575.6523 Jerilyn Restivo Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty 848 Broad St. Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 732.842.3434 732.241.5281

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SPRING LAKE Donna Fernandez Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate 1101 Third Ave. Spring Lake, NJ 07762 732.449.3200 908.255.0339 Steven Porzio Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 1122 Third Ave. Spring Lake, NJ 07762 732.449.2777 732.691.1668 Michael Skea Ward Wight Sotheby’s International Realty 1117 Third Ave. Spring Lake, NJ 07762 732.449.3322 732.272.5898 Christopher J. Smith Chris Smith Realty 1204 Third Ave. Spring Lake, NJ 07762 732.449.3777 732.682.5300 Edward Szumski Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate 1101 Third Ave. Spring Lake, NJ 07762 732.449.3200 732.859.3751 WEST LONG BRANCH Kim Hale Exit Realty East Coast 946 Broadway West Long Branch, NJ 07764 732.229.8700 732.567.4001

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BAY HEAD Allison Murray Childers Sotheby’s International Realty 532 Lake Ave. Bay Head, NJ 08742 732.295.2008 908.489.4388 BRICK Peter Brennan RE/MAX Real Estate Ltd. 284 Mantoloking Rd. Brick, NJ 08723 732.920.1900 732.687.3868 CLARK Amy Cooper RE/MAX 1st Advantage 727 Raritan Rd. Clark, NJ 07066 732.382.0200 732.718.0881 EAST BRUNSWICK Carl SanFilippo RE/MAX First Realty 557 Cranbury Rd. East Brunswick, NJ 08816 732.257.3500 HOBOKEN Paul Bryant Prime Real Estate Group 98 Park Ave. Hoboken, NJ 07030 201.792.4300 973.668.3321 Karen Moses Redfin 50 Harrison St. Hoboken, NJ 07030 844.759.7734 732.479.8867 Jessica O’Connor Williams Keller Williams City Life Realty 100 Washington St. Hoboken, NJ 07030 201.659.8600 518.578.1104 JACKSON Ellen Dynov Dell’Alba Keller Williams Realty Monmouth/Ocean 353 N. County Line Rd. Jackson, NJ 08527 732.942.5280

Samara P. O’Neill PorterPlus Realty 19 N. Countyline Rd. Jackson, NJ 08527 732.803.0488 732.684.6674 Susan Staffordsmith Century 21 Action Plus Realty 10 North County Line Rd. Jackson, NJ 08527 800.299.2129 732.620.2724 MONTCLAIR Anthony Setaro eXp Realty 28 Valley Rd., Suite 1 Montclair, NJ 07042 973.878.9843 732.704.4345 NORTH BRUNSWICK Robert Sago RE/MAX Platinum 966 Shoppes Blvd. North Brunswick, NJ 08902 732.821.6400 917.733.8218 OLD BRIDGE Susan Marcrie RE/MAX Innovation 3877 Highway 516 Old Bridge, NJ 08857 732.298.6006 732.259.3522 Brian Nolan RE/MAX Innovation 3877 Highway 516 Old Bridge, NJ 08857 732.298.6006 347.576.3404 Anna Safonova RE/MAX Innovation 3877 Highway 516 Old Bridge, NJ 08857 732.298.6006

POINT PLEASANT BORO Adam Aly Keller Williams Ocean Living 1513 Richmond Ave. Point Pleasant Boro, NJ 08742 848.241.6955 732.318.7597 Lisa A. O’Brien Keller Williams Ocean Living 1513 Richmond Ave. Point Pleasant Boro, NJ 08742 848.241.6955 732.600.3626 David Scalese Keller Williams Ocean Living 1513 Richmond Ave. Point Pleasant Boro, NJ 08742 848.241.6955 908.330.8667

LISTINGS

Annmarie Scottson Keller Williams Realty East Monmouth 750 Broad St. Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 732.704.4033 201.306.5010

OUTSIDE MONMOUTH

TOP REAL ESTATE

Bernadette Ruegg Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate 600 Route 35 Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 732.842.6009 732.670.6240

Crista Trovato Keller Williams Ocean Living 1513 Richmond Ave. Point Pleasant Boro, NJ 08742 848.241.6955 732.687.5941 SOUTH AMBOY Peggy Yanuzzelli Century 21 Charles Smith Agency, Inc. 150 Morgan Ave. South Amboy, NJ 08879 732.721.9000 732.925.5945 SUMMIT Mark Taylor RE/MAX Achievers 315 Springfield Ave. Summit, NJ 07901 908.522.9444 732.925.2059

POINT PLEASANT BEACH John J. McHugh RE/MAX Bay Point Realtors 526 Bay Ave. Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742 732.899.8202 732.245.9463

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AGENTS TOP REAL ESTATE

Ward Wight Sotheby’s International Realty MICHAEL S. SKEA, Broker Associate 1117 Third Ave., Spring Lake, NJ 07762 Office: 732.449.3322 | Cell: 732.272.5898 wardwightsir.com Michael is a consistent recipient of the NJAR Circle of Excellence Award WITH A UNIQUE, EXTENSIVE BACKGROUND in the homebuilding industry, Michael Skea continues to deliver a fresh, comprehensive approach to every transaction he handles. For more than twenty years, Michael served as General Counsel, VP of Marketing and Director of Operations for several of NJ’s largest publicly traded and privately held homebuilders. As a Monmouth County resident since 1987, he is experienced with each of the Jersey Shore Real Estate markets. Michael’s primary market consists of Spring Lake, Sea Girt, Manasquan and Brielle while being well versed in the Rumson, Fair Haven and Little Silver market to the north, and the Bay Head, Mantoloking and Lavalette market to the south. As a direct result of his many years as a Land Use attorney, Michael provides a superior set of negotiation and communication skills. Together, with his pervasive marketing experience, he provides a rare blend of proficiencies benefiting each of his clients.

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since 2013 having achieved the highest Platinum status in 2018. Known for his integrity, Michael’s clients trust him to deliver a stress-free real estate experience. He is privileged to work with his clients and prides himself in serving as their “Trusted Real Estate Advisor at the Jersey Shore.” He looks forward to collaborating with you on all of your real estate needs and invites you to follow him on Instagram at michaelskea_realtor and on TheSkeaWay.blog. A recent client testimonial says it all: “In 2019, we worked with Michael on three separate real estate transactions. His deep subject matter expertise as a real estate attorney, a former senior executive in home building and as a very successful and trusted realtor, positions him as ‘best in class’ in this market.”

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TOP REAL ESTATE AGENTS

Shore Homes Realty CHRISTINE STOUT, Agent, ASP, CDPE 35 Beach Rd., Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750 Office: 732.870.2700 | Cell: 732.241.7344 shorehomesbychristine.com “Growing up and working in a family restaurant business instilled in me IF YOU WANT TO WORK WITH A REALTOR who delivers maximum results, provides a true concierge experience and has an impeccable track record of responsiveness and accessibility, you need to call Christine Stout. “I will make one of the largest transactions of your lifetime as simple and stress-free as possible so you can concentrate on your life and your family,” she says. When working with Christine, you will never overpay for a home or leave money on the table when selling. She will intently listen to your needs and then creatively strategize, analyze, market, negotiate and customize each experience because she understands that no two situations are ever the same. With over nine consecutive years as a NJAR® Circle of Excellence Sales Award winner, Christine’s sales volume, integrity and 97% client retention and referrals are testaments to the trust her clients consistently place in her.

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an unparalleled work ethic. My clients get over 40 years of experience in customer service, home design, advertising, marketing and negotiation strategies. Every position I’ve held has prepared me to be an exceptional Realtor,” Christine explains. Originally from Cherry Hill, she raised her daughter in the Long Branch and Red Bank areas for over 20 years. She has an superior knowledge of the market and an ability to masterfully communicate the unique lifestyle of local downtown areas and beach towns. As a result, Christine was chosen to represent the North Jersey Shore area on HGTV’s popular “Beachfront Bargain Hunt.” Christine’s grit and passion for serving others provides an exceptional client experience.

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AGENTS TOP REAL ESTATE

Cathy Ades Real Estate CATHY ADES 369 Monmouth Rd., West Long Branch, NJ 07764 Office: 732.413.0040 | Cell: 732.996.5619 cathyades.com zillow.com/profile/cathyades @cathyadesrealestate on Instagram IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A REALTOR WITH A FRESH APPROACH to buying and selling real estate, reach out to Broker-Owner, Cathy Ades or her team. She brings only the most qualified buyers to your door if you’re selling your home. Cathy also makes it easy to buy your dream home when you’re looking for a new house. She achieves all of this for her clients because she lives a life without limits. “I’ve dreamt it, set goals and realized my dreams,” she says, and her motto is to help her clients make their real estate dreams come true, too. Cathy started in real estate in 2006, and opened her business in 2017. She’s since hired a phenomenal team of 15 Realtors, including her husband, Michael. “We are a team on and off the court,” she says. Cathy and Michael moved their company headquarters to an expansive building they recently purchased in West Long Branch. Cathy says she’s “good at a lot of things,” and always on top of her game, making her number one in sales in West Long Branch and Ocean Township

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in 2019. She’s also hit the Platinum Circle of Excellence Award in 2018 and 2019. Her long list of testimonials on Zillow underscores her strengths of honesty, integrity and tenacity that got her to where she is. As the consummate professional and masterful negotiator, Cathy’s clients always have a prompt, seamless, and stress-free real estate experience. Both born and raised here, Cathy and Michael have a thorough knowledge of the real estate market expanding through Monmouth County. Cathy has become a strong local voice, especially on social media where her sphere of influence grows by the day. It’s also where she’s makes strong, solid connections with buyers and sellers who trust her market intuition. For a team that’s always serving you with the best in everything there is to offer, call Cathy’s team to help you buy or sell your next home.

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Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty BERNADETTE BARNETT 23 West River Rd., Rumson, NJ 07760 Office: 732.842.8100 | Cell: 908.902.5035 Bernadettebarnett.com Bernadette.barnett@sothebysrealty.com

RE/MAX Synergy ANDREW KLIGMAN, Broker/Owner 444 Ocean Blvd. North, Long Branch, NJ 07740 Cell: 732.673.8446 Office: 732.870.1212 remax-synergy-nj.com

ANDREW’S PRACTICE OF PUTTING HIS CLIENTS’ INTERESTS FIRST has been his guiding principle since he was first licensed in 1987. His reputation of honesty and integrity directly attributes to his longevity in the business, earning him many referrals and repeat clients. Andrew has a vast repertoire of experience, handling everything from multimillion-dollar luxury homes to summer rentals at the shore. He sells horse farms and works with new home builders selling custom homes and large subdivisions. “Every transaction takes on a life of its own. The more you have done, the better prepared you are to help guide people. I enjoy sharing my experience and mentoring newer agents in the business,” said Kligman, Broker/Owner of two RE/MAX Synergy offices. Andrew has been honored with many accolades over the years including NJ Realtors® Distinguished Sales. He consistently earns NJ Realtors® Circle of Excellence Sales Award, most notably Platinum Level for 2018. During his tenure with RE/MAX he has received many awards including Hall of Fame and this year he will earn the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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IN THE MONMOUTH COUNTY REAL ESTATE COMMUNITY, In the Monmouth County real estate community, Bernadette is a name well known and respected for consistently being the consummate professional. Amongst Bernadette’s clients and colleagues, she continues to be a trusted advisor whose commitment to excellence enhances every real estate transaction. She’s consistently ranked at the top 1% of Monmouth County Realtors® in Monmouth County. In her 12-year career at Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty, Bernadette has been a four-time Company Top Producer and has earned the highest NJAR® Circle of Excellence Sales Award Platinum level nine times. Prior to Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty, corporate relocations took Bernadette to Hong Kong, California, Connecticut, New York and back to New Jersey. This experience taught her the importance of having a real estate agent you can trust as your advocate and advisor when focusing on a financial investment as substantial and as personal as one’s home. These qualities are the hallmark to her client relationships today.

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS® EDWARD “EDDIE” SZUMSKI, Sales Associate 1101 3rd Ave., Spring Lake, NJ 07762 Office: 732.449.3200 | Cell: 732.859.3751 ReadyWithEddie.com Overwhelmingly, his client testimonials say he brings a level of energy BORN AND RAISED AT THE JERSEY SHORE, Eddie Szumski is knowledgeable about each of the neighborhoods surrounding his Spring Lake office. A property owner and Belmar resident, he enjoys running on the boardwalk, surfing, and attending the many year-round community activities and events, often as a volunteer. Eddie Szumski is an established and respected full-time real estate professional at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS®. Eddie has earned many accolades including being named the #1 Top Producing solo Sales Associate for both 2018 and 2019 as well as the #2 Top Producing solo Sales Associate in 2017. He received the NJ Realtors Circle of Excellence Awards for both 2018 & 2019. With a B.S. degree in Business Administration and Entrepreneurial Management from the University of Rhode Island, Eddie possesses a superior skill set. His training has given him the necessary tools to market, service, and negotiate for his clients.

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and enthusiasm to their goals, exceeding their expectations and impressing them with his passion and drive to achieve the absolute best result. Eddie prides himself on actively listening to his clients to ascertain their most important goals. He then sets about to achieve them as smoothly as possible. Representing both buyers and sellers, Eddie works relentlessly to ensure that his clients get real value out of their real estate experience. His intimate knowledge of the local markets contributes to his calculated approach to marketing his client’s homes while providing maximum exposure and top dollar results. Eddie’s method is founded on creativity, integrity and the cultivation of every opportunity.

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Diamond Beach, luxurious 4th floor corner end unit with floor to ceiling walls of glass & panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Highland Hills Amenities include pool, gym, community room, billiard, 24 doorman. Pet and BBQ friendly. Walk to beach, boardwalk and Pier Village.

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Amazing describes this 5 bedroom 4.5 bath home with heated pool. 2 story foyer and family room with open floor plan, gourmet kitchen, gorgeous huge master suite and finished basement.

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LAMB & PEARL BARLEY STEW WITH FRESH HERB GREMOLATA Yields 8-10 servings

INGREDIENTS

n1  2 oz. unsmoked (green) bacon n 4 lbs. gigot or rack chops from a shoulder of lamb, not less than 1 inch thick n well-seasoned all-purpose flour, for dusting n extra virgin olive oil n 12 oz. mushrooms, thinly sliced n 1 lb. 9 oz. whole small onions n 12 oz. carrots, peeled and thickly sliced n 5½ oz. parsnips, peeled and thickly sliced n scant 2¼ cups pearl barley n 3 qts. lamb or chicken stock n sprig of thyme n sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper FOR THE GREMOLATA: n 4 Tbs. chopped mixed herbs (such as flat-leaf parsley, chervil and mint) n 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped n 1 generous tsp. lemon zest, grated or finely chopped n sea salt flakes, to taste

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350°F. First make the stew. Cut the rind off the bacon (if necessary) and cut into approximate ½-inch cubes. Divide the lamb into eight pieces and roll in the well-seasoned flour. Heat a little oil in a 10-inch/3-quart casserole dish over medium heat and sauté the bacon until crisp. Remove to a plate. Sauté the mushrooms, season well and set aside. Add the lamb to the casserole dish in batches, with a little more olive oil if necessary, and sauté until golden. Heat control is crucial here: The pan mustn’t burn, yet it must be hot enough to sauté the lamb. Remove the lamb to a plate. Add another splash of olive oil to the pan and sauté the onions, carrots and parsnips until golden. Return the bacon and lamb to the casserole dish, together with the pearl barley. Season well, pour in stock, add the thyme and bring to a simmer. Cover with a lid and transfer to the oven for 1-1¼ hours until meltingly tender; the cooking time will depend on the age of the lamb and how long it was sautéed for. Add the mushrooms about 30 minutes before the end. Meanwhile, make the gremolata. Mix together the chopped herbs and garlic in a small bowl, add the lemon zest and season to taste with a pinch of salt. Once the casserole is cooked, remove the thyme and season to taste. Leave the casserole to sit for 15-30 minutes to allow the pearl barley to swell. (If necessary, the casserole can be reheated later in the day or the next day.) Serve bubbling hot, sprinkled with the gremolata.

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Make sure to only grate the peel of the lemon, not the pith, so your gremolata isn’t bitter. You can also substitute any citrus fruit to make a gremolata, so play with flavors! Finishing your stew with an acidic component just before serving also enhances its flavors.”

—Gary Ottolaine, chef, The Downtown, Red Bank


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ROAST CAULIFLOWER WITH SAFFRON, BAY LEAVES & CRISPY CHICKEN Yields 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

n 4-8 organic, free-range chicken thighs or drumsticks, depending on the size n extra virgin olive oil n ½-1 tsp. rosemary, chopped n 2 pinches of saffron strands n 1 large or 2 small cauliflowers, leaves snapped off, broken into florets and stalk chopped roughly n 2 medium onions, finely sliced n 1 Tbs. Aleppo pepper or a good pinch of dried chili flakes n 3 bay leaves n 1/3 cup golden raisins, soaked in hot water to plump up n 1 /3 cup almonds, coarsely chopped n sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper n 2 Tbs. flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped n 4 scallions, sliced on the diagonal

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Slash the chicken drumsticks. Drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with chopped rosemary, toss and arrange in a single-layer roasting pan. Roast for 30-45 minutes, depending on the size, while you prepare the cauliflower. Put the saffron into a small bowl, cover it with a few teaspoons of boiling water and leave it to steep. Put the cauliflower, onions, chili flakes and bay leaves into a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Once the saffron has steeped, add to the cauliflower mixture with the drained golden raisins and almonds. Transfer to the roasting pan and cover loosely with parchment paper to protect from burning. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the parchment and roast for a further 10-15 minutes until the edges are nicely caramelized, the cauliflower is tender and the chicken is cooked. Move into a shallow serving dish. Sprinkle with the chopped parsley and scallions. Serve.

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I recommend cutting the cauliflower into ‘steaks’ to take the presentation to the next level while also ensuring an even roast. You can also soak the raisins in your favorite wine or any other spirits for more flavor.”

—Gary Ottolaine, chef, The Downtown, Red Bank


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ANDALUSIAN SHELLFISH STEW Yields 6 servings

INGREDIENTS

n ½ tsp. saffron strands n 2½ cups chicken stock n Approximately 6 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil n 2 onions, chopped n 2 garlic cloves, crushed n 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and sliced n 1 large green bell pepper, seeded and sliced n 6-12 waxy potatoes, cut into 1-inch dice n 3¾ oz. piece of Serrano ham, cut into ½-inch dice n 14-oz. can of lima beans or cannellini beans n 4 lbs. cockles or mussels, or a mixture, scrubbed and washed really well n sea salt flakes and freshly ground pepper n 4-6 ripe tomatoes, peeled and very finely chopped n sprigs of flat-leaf parsley

DIRECTIONS

Put the saffron into a bowl and cover with 2-3 tablespoons of chicken stock. Set aside to infuse. Heat the olive oil in a 10-inch sauté pan over gentle heat and sweat the onions and garlic for 4-5 minutes until soft and slightly colored. Add the sliced peppers, season with salt and pepper and continue to cook over medium heat for 6-8 minutes until the peppers are beginning to soften. Add the diced potato, Serrano ham and lima beans and pour in the chicken stock and saffron-infused stock. Bring to a boil and season to taste. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes until the potatoes are cooked. The stew can be prepared to this point ahead of time. Just before you are about to serve, return the pan to the heat and tip in the cockles or mussels. Cover with a lid. They will open in the heat. Cook for 2-4 minutes. Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper. Serve in deep soup bowls, topped with finely chopped fresh tomato and parsley. Accompany with crusty sourdough bread to mop up the juices.

All recipes and photos are reprinted with permission from One Pot Feeds All: 100 New One-Dish Recipes From Roasts to Desserts by Darina Allen. Photos by Lizzie Mayson © Octopus Publishing.

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To keep the stew truly pescatarian, replace the Serrano ham with either canned or fresh clams, and use clam juice in place of chicken stock. Also, keep in mind that most shellfish are naturally briny, so be judicious with salt.”

—Gary Ottolaine, chef, The Downtown, Red Bank


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The Color Purple Move over orange. The ube, a nutty-tasting root vegetable from the Philippines, has hit the big time.

Wondering why you’re seeing so many purple desserts popping up all over Instagram? That would be thanks to the ube, a tuberous vegetable similar to a purple yam. The root veggie has been a staple in Filipino cuisine for decades, often boiled, mashed and then baked into desserts or bread. But the brightly-hued potato is now making its way stateside, where it’s prized both for its sweet, nutty, vanilla-like flavor and for its undeniable social media appeal. Pronounced “oo-beh” (though “oo-bae” is acceptable too), this distinctive tuber most closely resembles the standard sweet potato and, like its orange cousin, has a soft texture when cooked. But you may also confuse ube with taro, another lavender-skinned potato, despite the vast differences in the two spuds’ tastes and uses. The ube’s nuttiness makes it a godsend for adding flavor to desserts, and it grows from the ground, whereas taro has a more neutral flavor and grows on trees. (By the way, the taro is poisonous when eaten raw.) Besides being photogenic, the ube is nutritional and multi-purpose too, so it’s no wonder it’s become a majorly hot food commodity here in the United States. POWER UP Like its sweet-potato pal, the richly textured ube is considered the good kind of carbohydrate. One cup is just 140 calories and provides nearly 40 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C. But while the orange hue of sweet potatoes signals a rich carotenoid content, the ube’s amethyst color indicates the presence of anthocyanins, which help fight inflammation. The ube is also considered a prebiotic fiber, which means it aids in diges-

tion and helps maintain a healthy immune system, and it has been found to contain more antioxidants than any other sweet potato. (Antioxidants protect our cells from damage and help keep blood pressure at bay, for starters.) The ube is also a good choice for a post-workout snack, as it helps replenish the body with key minerals after exercise. Hmm—we’d say the Filipinos are onto something. BUY/STORE/SERVE Fresh ubes are certainly harder to come by in your average store than other types of taters, but check your local farmers’ market, Whole Foods and Asian specialty markets like H Mart to see if they have it in stock. If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on the whole veggies, you can steam or purée them or prepare them as you would any other potatoes—mash them, bake them, roast them or fry them. Ube also comes in powder form and in that way is added to cakes, cheesecakes and even pancake or waffle batter. Most commonly, though, it’s sold as a jam—referred to as ube halaya—and transformed into ice cream or spread onto donuts, flan, tarts, bread and other delicacies. Its largest claim to fame in the Philippines is in a yummy dessert called halo-halo, which contains shaved ice, evaporated milk, various fruits and other toppings over a scoop of ube ice cream. Happily, we New Jerseyans needn’t travel to the Pacific to enjoy this trendy and healthful violet varietal—and photograph it for the ’gram, of course—right here in the comfort of home. —Haley Longman

DID YOU KNOW? Dioscorea alata, the scientific name for this purple tuber, has had many reputed benefits in folk medicine; it was once used as a laxative and to treat fever, leprosy, tumors and other ailments. MONMOUTHHEALTHANDLIFE.COM

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Monmouth Medical Center (MMC) celebrated its Magnet recognition during 1 a special event for its nursing staff at the Asbury Hotel in Asbury Park. MMC also announced the creation of the Marjorie Unterberg Nursing Excellence Award,1which beginning this year will be presented to an outstanding nurse who exemplifies the steadfast dedication to patients and nursing outcomes that was at the forefront of the Unterberg legacy. 1 Ann Unterberg, past chair of the MMC Foundation Board of Trustees, vice chair of MMC’s Board of Trustees and daughter-in-law of Marjorie Unterberg; Diann Johnson, regional chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services at MMC; Eric Carney, president and CEO of MMC; Frank J. Vozos, M.D., FACS, chief executive of Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus; Bill Arnold, president, RWJBarnabas Health Southern Region; Bob Herrmann, chairman of the MMC Board of Trustees.

The Holy Cross Academy PTA in Rumson held a Mardi Gras-themed benefit and silent auction at Proving Ground in Highlands to raise money for phase 2 of its Technology Initiative. Music was provided by DJ MoTalent, who kept the dance floor filled with parents and teachers alike. Phase 1, now complete, involved updating networks, servers, wireless coverage, access points, backup and security throughout the school. Phase 2 includes replacing every teacher’s laptop, every student’s Chromebook, and every classroom’s wireless projector. 2 William and Christine Keegan and Carolyn and Todd Raymond 3 Kathleen Smith, DJ Mo Talent, Kelly Nitka, Amy Burke, Sarah Welty 4 Ladi and Cyrus Khorrami

BRODIE FUND The Whitechapel Projects hosted A Night To Knockout Pet Cancer to benefit the Brodie Fund in Long Branch. The event raised money to offer financial assistance to families who have pets fighting cancer and honored the oncology team from Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Kendra Pope and philanthropist Marilyn Schlossbach. 6 Brian O’Halloran, Marilyn Schlossbach, Sally Williams 7 Honorees from the oncology team at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital and Dr. Kendra Pope’s practice

6 5 CONSERVE WILDLIFE FOUNDATION New Jersey-based ShopRite joined Procter & Gamble to support Conserve Wildlife Foundation’s (CWF) Eagle Monitoring Program in the Garden State. The two corporations donated a combined $13,000 to the CWF’s campaign to manage and reduce disturbance in eagle habitats, especially around nest sites. In 2019, there were approximately 190 bald eagle nests in New Jersey— including Ridgefield Park—that produced 249 young. 5 Larissa Smith, Ron Doyle, Steve Neumann, Suzanne Forbes, Liz Silvernail

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Bollywood Bistro Matawan eatery’s simplified menu captures all of India’s complex flavors.

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Most of us have proclaimed Jersey is home to the best of the best pizzerias and bagel shops, but we might have to add Indian restaurants to that list. In Monmouth County alone, a number of wonderful establishments specializing in the South Asian cuisine have opened (or reopened) in the past 12 months. One of the newest, Bollywood Bistro in Matawan, made its debut shortly before eateries were forced to cease dine-in service because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Luckily, I squeezed in a visit prior to the restrictions. The restaurant and new management takes over the space formerly occupied by Amravathi, another Indian restaurant. Guests are greeted with updated décor and a beaming smile from owner Deep Kawatra. He explained to my dining companion and I that a new kitchen staff was brought in to cook up the offerings of the simplified menu. As we sat, we noted Kawatra taking numerous to-go orders via phone and walkin—clearly people already have discovered Bollywood. For us first-timers, we shared a double order of vegetable samosa to start. Each of the fried morsels was stuffed with as much onion, pea, potato and spice as the surrounding flaky pastry could hold. Though the bites were tasty, nothing set this dish apart from other samosas we’ve tried. Perhaps next time we’ll add a second appetizer like fish amritsari or tandoori paneer. The sentiment changed when our entrées arrived. My vegetarian friend ordered mater paneer, a popular dish from India’s northern region. Bollywood’s version scores high for presentation, with sizeable paneer cubes popping above the surface of a bright red tomato masala sauce. It earns equal grades for taste: Whether it’s spooned right out of the bowl, eaten with rice or sopped up with garlic naan (we ordered the bread for the table), this light-yet-filling dish is everything one would expect from a good Indian restaurant. For my main, I passed on familiar (and heavier) plates like kormas, tikka masalas and vindaloos and opted for chicken bihari kebab. The recipe is Kawatra’s own—one that he brought to a family gathering years ago and earned the highest praise. The chicken had a melt-inyour-mouth taste, marinated and grilled to perfection. Each piece picked up extra aroma and taste from the veggies that came with the kebab, but make no mistake—the meat doesn’t need the flavor boost. I just rewrote my list of “Best Things I Ever Ate.” To top off this dinner, we each enjoyed a mango lassi and decadent gulab jamun, the beloved milk-solid and rosewater “balls” that I always crave. After this dining experience, frankly, I have a craving for the entire menu. I know where I’m going when dine-in restrictions are lifted. —Darius Amos Bollywood Bistro, 1008 Rte. 34, Matawan, 732.566.0600, bollywoodbistro34.com

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