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CONTENTS

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Features

Surgery Restores Quality of Life | 22

Stress incontinence and uterine prolapse can disrupt daily life— but minimally invasive surgery at Monmouth Medical Center can help.

A New Lease on Life | 24

After struggling with obesity, a 30-year-old Long Branch man turns to Monmouth Medical Center for the “tools” to change—and save—his life.

Safe Moms and Babies | 26

Monmouth Medical Center’s maternity staff delivers topnotch care—even during a pandemic.

Dress Up a Room | 28

The runway is a great source for interior design ideas. Here are four outfits and the spaces they inspired.

Never an Empty Nest | 34 Company’s always coming when the house is on the Shore, and a redesigned kitchen makes entertaining a breeze.

8 Decorating Don’ts | 40 Interior designers weigh in on pitfalls you can avoid— and how.

LAVENDER LIVES ON

Like it or not, here comes adolescence— and a girl’s bedroom in a durably feminine hue was born ready.

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Departments Local Buzz | 12 Our guide to new ideas, tips, trends and things we love in the county.

For Men Only | 16

When the air begins to bite, these lightweight toppers— with or without sleeves—will keep you moving.

Style Watch | 17

A subdued autumnal color palette need not be boring when you have textures and patterns like these.

Jewelry Box | 18

These tubular earrings, necklaces and rings are the perfect way to show off some curves.

Home Front | 19

Fall into the harvest hues with this auburn metal.

Tastes | 44

Following the laws of kashrut, these contemporary recipes are creative updates of some classics.

Power Food | 59

Sure, this ubiquitous, virtuous worldwide staple is good for you. But brown rice is nuttily delicious too!

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Spirits | 60

Give your favorite seasonal java a jolt and a flavorful twist to turn any autumn get-together into an Octoberfest.

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Gatherings | 61

Monmouth residents always show up to support their friends and neighbors—especially during a pandemic.

A Monmouth Moment | 64

Before gyms reopened, yogis took to the outdoors, including the streets in Red Bank, to fit in a workout.

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The theme for this issue of Monmouth Health & Life is “home,” a word has come to mean much more in recent months. As COVID-19 spread across the globe and stay-at-home orders followed, our homes have become more than the place where we live, but also our sanctuaries – hopefully a comfortable and comforting space to stay safe during this unprecedented pandemic. We at Monmouth Medical Center are so thankful to our community for taking steps to lower the risk of either catching the virus or unintentionally infecting other people. And as we move into the fall and the uncertainty that lies ahead, I would like to remind everyone that together we can stop the spread of COVID-19 by practicing these three key preventive measures whenever you leave home: • Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water if possible or use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. • Wear a mask that covers the nose, mouth and chin in all public places. • Keep 6 feet between you and others whenever possible. An additional reminder from the infectious disease experts at Monmouth Medical Center as we enter the fall months and the flu season—symptoms of influenza and COVID-19 are very similar, with no one symptom that distinguishes one from the other. For that reason, it’s especially important this year to get your flu shot, and to practice the same above guidelines of wearing a mask, washing your hands and maintaining social distancing, which can help slow the spread of both viruses. On behalf of all our health care heroes at Monmouth Medical Center, thank you for all that you are doing to help keep our community safe. To learn more about COVID-19 precautions, visit us on line at rwjbh.org/Monmouth.

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As I write this, it’s been six months of working from home. The issue you’re reading is the fourth distantly produced issue of Monmouth Health & Life, which has been conceived with as much care as all the rest. Of course, it’s ironic that this is the publication’s first Home issue assembled entirely, well, from home. So, as I ponder new ways to update my “office” and make it more seasonal and comfortable for fall—an ergonomic chair, softer lights, autumnal flowers for the desk, er, dining room table—I also remind myself that other rooms deserve a little reinvigoration once in a while too. With that in mind, we filled this issue with a slew of advice, tips and inspiration for your next renewal project. For example, if you’re a DIYer, at some point you’ve probably hit a snag or finished a project that wasn’t quite up to par—hey, we’re all human! To avoid another hiccup, you’ll want to read “8 Decorating Don’ts” on page 40, where 10 local pros—each a member of the New Jersey chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers—give you advice before you get started. Even though your work-from-home attire might’ve been on the casual side this summer, the fashion world hasn’t taken a break. With that in mind, take a look at the spaces featured in “Dress Up A Room” on page 28, each of which has elements resembling styles seen on the catwalk. Of course, adults aren’t the only ones who need a better and brighter space. Our story “Lavender Lives On” highlights the work of designer Sheila Rich, who gave a Marlboro Township girl a bedroom in a durably feminine hue. Turn to page 38 to read about the work and see before and after photos of the project. This issue has plenty more features dedicated to the home, but we didn’t forget about other things that mark the time of year. Our Home Front section on page 19 showcases décor items in copper, a stunning fall color, while Local Buzz on page 12 has answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the upcoming election. As the air gets cooler, we hope you make yourself cozy at home and enjoy flipping through this issue. After all, spending more time in our own space, preferably surrounded by loved ones, is the new normal.

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ELCOME to the latest edition of Fiscal Fitness! Finally, the crowds have left and it’s local’s summer at the Jersey Shore. As the weather starts to change and the year-end is quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to take control of your finances and strategically plan for milestone ages.

YOU’RE 50 and suddenly the realization hits this could be your last chance to accumulate assets for retirement. According to a 2019 survey1, 51% of retirement savers are behind schedule. With life expectancies increasing, particularly for the ladies, investing for retirement should be top priority. You should also be considering long-term care insurance. CATCH-UP CONTRIBUTIONS. If you are age 50 or older, you can make an additional $6,500 catch-up contribution to your employer savings plan in addition to your annual contribution limit of $19,500 for year 2020. Saving on your own? Traditional or Roth IRAs allow an additional $1,000 on top of the $6,000 annual contribution limit.2 Non-working spouses are eligible to contribute to an IRA or Roth IRA when filing a joint return. That means double the savings for a couple married couple! THE RULE OF 55 A little known provision within the internal revenue code that allows you to take penalty- free distributions from your 401(k) before reaching age 59 ½.3 You must be at least age 55 AND separated from service. The rule does NOT apply to distributions from IRAs (individual retirement accounts). Costly mistake: if you are retiring early and considering a direct rollover into your IRA, make sure you do not have to tap into those funds before age 59 ½. Once you rollover the funds, the 10% penalty would apply.

AGE 591/2 is the age you can withdraw any amount from your IRA or qualified plan without paying a 10% penalty. Regular income taxes still apply and need to be taken into consideration when planning for retirement GETTING DIVORCED? If you are an alternate payee under a Qualified Domestic Relations Order, or QDRO, this is the only time you can take a onetime distribution from the plan and avoid the 10% penalty. Be sure to work with a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ before making any decisions. If you roll the assets into your own IRA and subsequently take a distribution, the 10% penalty would apply if under age 59 ½. 62 The earliest to claim social security, but your benefits will be permanently reduced. If you are divorced, you may qualify for benefits based off your ex-spouse’s record, even if they have remarried or passed away. Social security claiming strategies can make a big difference over your lifetime, so understanding your options is critical. MEDICARE ENROLLMENT PERIOD. You have a seven-month window around the month your turn 65 to sign up for a Medicare plan. If not, your coverage could be delayed or face penalties. If you are contemplating retirement or facing a significant financial transition, now is the time to meet with a qualified and experienced CERTIFIIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM Professional who can guide you in the right direction. Together we can make it happen...

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SEE THE BASIE-BILIA The legacy of William “Count” Basie, one of Red Bank’s most beloved sons, continues to grow 36 years after his passing. The late jazz pianist and composer is the subject of a new exhibit at the borough’s T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center. Titled “A Love Letter to Count Basie: From the Great Migration to the Harlem Renaissance,” the display has more than 1,000 items of Count Basie artifacts and memorabilia that had been archived at the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University in Newark. It’s a tribute to the Count, whose work helped break down racial barriers during the early- to mid-20th century. The exhibit is open 1–3 p.m. and 4–6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through the end of the year. For ticket information, visit tthomasfortuneculturalcenter.org. On the marquee With New Jersey movie theaters now open, Red Bank is rolling out the red carpet for Count Basie, whose name is now affixed to the old Bow Tie Cinemas on White Street. Now known as the Basie Center Cinemas, the facility features two movie theaters with 51- and 33-person seating, respectively. Of course, social distancing and maximum capacities will be enforced.

ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, VOTE! Not since the hanging chads of 2000 have so much debate and controversy surrounded a presidential vote. This year most voters’ questions seem to concern how rather than who—as in “How can I cast a ballot on Election Day, Nov. 3?” Monmouth Health & Life sought to clear up the uncertainty by consulting local reps of the League of Women Voters (LWV), a nonpartisan group that promotes voter registration, works polling stations and hosts debates at all levels of government: How can I vote in person? The pandemic forced many places to close their doors, but in-person polling stations will be open for the general election Nov. 3. Those who opt for in-person voting will cast provisional (paper) ballots. Citizens may not vote until they are registered, and the last day to register for the election is Oct. 13. Online registration is available at voter.svrs.nj.gov/register. Do I have to vote in person? If you’re not ready to surround yourself with others, you can vote by mail. All active registered voters will receive a prepaid, return-post-

IT PAYS TO WAIT age-provided, vote-by-mail ballot. Your ballot can be returned by mail by depositing it in one of the secure drop boxes in the county where you reside (at press time, Monmouth County had 17 boxes), or by handing it in—that’s your own ballot—to a polling location worker on Election Day. If you’re mailing your ballot, it must be postmarked by Nov. 3 and received no later than 8 p.m. on Nov. 10. How can I help make sure my mail-in vote counts? People should complete their ballots as soon as they arrive in the mail. Follow the instructions carefully and then complete and sign, as shown on the ballot. The LWV notes that on-site poll workers will not be able to determine if a voter has returned a vote-by-mail ballot—meaning that someone can potentially cast a paper and mail-in ballot. All votes will be cross-referenced when polls close, ensuring that only one vote will count. For more information, email the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office at countyclerk@co.monmouth.nj.us or visit vote411.org.

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Forget babysitting and dogsitting. The new “sitting” that is making some local teens extra bucks is “line sitting”—at the Motor Vehicle Commission. Bryanna Patterson, 17, of Freehold was at MVC registering her car this summer when she heard a man behind her say he’d pay someone $100 to sit on line for him. That’s where her idea was born; since August, she and her cousin, Alina Krupinski, also 17, have been holding people’s spots in line at the Lakewood, Freehold, Eatontown and Hazlet centers. The teens arrive at 4 a.m. to get a prime spot on line. They fill out the paperwork and hand off their ticket to the client, receive their $100 and then call the client to come meet them as they near the front. (Most clients are people with disabilities, busy parents or those who work and don’t have time to wait, says Bryanna.) The girls pass the time, typically six hours, by playing cards, watching Netflix and scrolling through social media. And though Bryanna, a Freehold Township High School senior, doesn’t have as much free time since school started, she and Alina are continuing the service through fall. Drop them a line at alinaandbryannaservices@gmail.com to book your spot!

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HAVE IT THREE WAYS Can’t decide which Asian cuisine to order for dinner? You can get three at Chen’s Asian Bistro in Freehold, which has been serving Chinese, Japanese and Thai dishes since the pandemic’s beginning. Customers have delighted in such dishes as spicy ramen, Szechuan stir-fry and red curry shrimp, but don’t miss the à la carte and signature sushi rolls. (The Big Mac Roll with lobster honey wasabi is a must-try!)

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5 PASTABILITIES We’ll play along with the notion that October is National Pasta Month, as long as nobody makes us skip the stuff the other 11 months. Given the plethora of top-rated Italian restaurants here in Monmouth County, there’s no excuse not to celebrate. Here, for example, are five distinctive pasta dishes you’ll have to order soon: • Cavatelli Di Pompodoro, with fresh ricotta and San Marzano tomatoes, at Christine’s, Atlantic Highlands (732.872.4790) • Chitarra Papalina, with prosciutto di Parma, at Undici, Rumson (732.842.3880) • Spaghettini Funghi, with a truffle cream sauce, at Pazzo, Red Bank (732.747.4551) • Tagliatelle Bolognese, with beef and veal ragu, at Anjelica’s, Sea Bright (732.842.2800) • Penne Alla Brusco, with chick peas and cauliflower, at Patricia’s of Holmdel, Holmdel (732.275.0234)

SEND YOUR MOUTH SOUTH With a large indoor dining room and an expansive outdoor patio (surrounding what’s said to be the oldest tree in Belmar), Wright Taste is a great place to eat out in the COVID era. And since the soul food eatery’s opening in August, Monmouth residents have been getting a true taste of the South and the Caribbean. You can have Southern fried pork chops one night, oxtail with rice and cabbage the next (or maybe both the same day!) • Wright Taste, 1006 Main St., Belmar, 732.556.6412; wrighttaste.com

GO ORGANIC Ocean County’s popular organic restaurant Local Urban Kitchen has opened a second location right in our backyard in Wall. Breakfast and lunch are its specialties, and it offers hearty and nutritious dishes from oatmeal and cauliflower “rice” bowl to spinach quinoa salad and roasted turkey panini. We’ll take two of each, please. • Local Urban Kitchen, 1985 Rte. 34, Wall, 732.359.6563; localurbankitchen.com

PUPPY LOVE Dog: Teddy, 1-year-old goldendoodle Owners: The Santiagos of Long Branch Luis Santiago, his wife and their two sons, ages 14 and 9, were on the hunt for a goldendoodle. They knew Teddy was “the one” when they met him through his adoptive family in Sussex County, who could no longer keep him. “He’s an F1B, which means he doesn’t shed, so we don’t need to worry about allergies,” Santiago says. Currently being trained, Teddy loves all veggies, especially celery and sweet potatoes. His hobbies include going on car rides, taking long walks on the beach and parking himself under his proud parent’s chair when he’s working in his home office, which he did even pre-pandemic. “We thought we saved him from a sad situation but he actually saved us,” says Santiago. “Teddy has been a lifesaver for the family, especially for my boys, who struggled with the anxieties that the pandemic has brought on.” You can follow this cute canine on Instagram @mr.teddy_doodle. If you’d like to share your puppy’s or kitten’s story, email editor Rita Guarna at rita.guarna@wainscot media.com. MONMOUTHHEALTHANDLIFE.COM

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HIGHER TEMP = MORE POLLEN

As temperatures climb around the world, so do pollen counts, according to researchers. Experts recommend taking seasonal allergy meds earlier in the season than usual, but before you do, discuss it with your doctor.

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The percentage of caregivers of family members with disabilities who report that their mental health was worse than before the COVID-19 pandemic, due in part to money worries and problems accessing health care for themselves and family members.

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Why do some patients with COVID-19 suffer more severely? Researchers have concluded that poor oral hygiene may be connected to serious COVID-19 complications such as pneumonia and acute respiratory distress (ARDS). The researchers posit that maintaining oral hygiene will reduce the risk of adding bacterial superinfection to the virus. —British Dental Journal

—University of Pittsburgh

DENTAL FEAR IS REAL

Between 50 to 80 percent of adults in the U.S. have a dental phobia ranging from mild to severe. As a result, more than 20 percent of them don’t see a dentist regularly. —Journal of Dental Hygiene

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The percentage of Americans who reported having physical symptoms of stress during the past month. These can include dizziness, insomnia, headaches and pain.

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Men with periodontitis—gum disease with chronic inflammation from bacterial plaque—often have comorbidities such as diabetes and heart disease and are at higher risk of developing erectile dysfunction (ED).

Don’t worry. Researchers found that inserting vacuum cleaner filters inside homemade cloth masks were the next best thing to reducing infections versus other materials alone.

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IUDS AND CANCER RISK

Hormonal intrauterine devices (IUDs), which provide long-term birth control by releasing progestin, may reduce the risk for ovarian cancer by 32 percent, according to new research. —Obstetrics & Gynecology

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SURGERY RESTORES QUALITY OF LIFE

Stress incontinence and uterine prolapse can disrupt daily life—but minimally invasive surgery can help. Debbie Clayton can make light of her medical challenges now, but there was nothing funny about the problems they had caused. “I had plumbing issues,” says Clayton, 59, of Oceanport, with a laugh. Specifically, Clayton, an administrative assistant at the Visiting Nurse Association, had urinary stress incontinence. The condition grew progressively worse over the years, and by last fall, “the urgency became quite frequent throughout the day,” she recalls. “It was debilitating. I desperately needed to get to a restroom but was unable to move my body. Any movement caused embarrassment because I couldn’t control my bladder.” She also suffered from uterine prolapse, in which the uterus sags through weakened pelvic floor muscles onto or into the vagina. “Gravity wasn’t helping things any,” she says. “It became a quality of life issue.” In October, her primary care doctor referred Clayton to a specialist—Annacecilia Peacher, M.D., a urogynecologist with RWJBH Medical Group— who discussed treatment options. “Dr. Peacher was great,” Clayton says. “She explained everything to me and gave me detailed handouts on the surgical procedures to read. I had complete confidence in her.” Dr. Peacher explained that

Annacecilia Peacher, M.D., urogynecologist, RWJBH Medical Group

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uterine prolapse is a common condition in which the muscles, ligaments and tendons of the pelvic floor become stretched, weakened or torn, allowing the uterus and sometimes other organs to slip through and into the vagina. This is typically a result of pregnancy and childbirth but also can result from aging or other injury. They decided the best course of action was surgery. Testing determined that Clayton was a good candidate for a partial hysterectomy and bladder sling—“repairs so the bottom wouldn’t fall out,” Clayton says blithely. She had a supracervical hysterectomy, in which the woman’s uterus, but not the cervix or ovaries, is removed. She also had procedures to tighten the support tissues that hold the abdominal organs in place. Finally, Dr. Peacher inserted a midurethral sling, a narrow piece of mesh that holds the urethra in place to correct leakage from bladder stress. Clayton was able to have the procedures done using minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. “Because of her active lifestyle and younger age, we wanted the most durable surgery with less risk for recurrence,” Dr. Peacher says. The surgery was performed Dec. 9, 2019. It took about four hours, Dr. Peacher recalls, and went smoothly. “I never had

surgery before, but it all went great,” Clayton says. She spent one night in the hospital. After only a couple of days, she no longer needed the narcotic painkiller and controlled her pain with ibuprofen and acetaminophen. She was not allowed to lift anything more than 10 pounds for a month, but she was able to return to work part time on Dec. 26, and full time soon after the new year. Clayton still experienced some urinary leakage after the surgery, which is not uncommon. Physical therapy is helping her strengthen the muscles that control the bladder. “That is going very well and improving the problem greatly,” she says. Like many women who have this type of surgery, Clayton only wishes she had done it sooner. “I feel more comfortable now,” she says. “I just always thought things would get better, but they did not. If you have urgency issues, it is to your benefit to see a doctor.” “A lot of women think this problem is normal or don’t want to talk about it,” Dr. Peacher says. “It is important for them to know it can be managed and improve their day-to-day life. If you have urinary issues and have to wear a pad, are in the bathroom all the time, and it is hindering day-to-day activity, see somebody.”

“A lot of women think this problem is normal or don’t want to talk about it. It is important for them to know it can be managed and improve their day-to-day life.” —Annacecilia Peacher, M.D.

MEET DR. PEACHER Annacecilia Peacher, M.D., is an RWJBH Medical Group urogynecologist in practice with Sandra Greco, M.D., at Urogynecology Specialists, West Long Branch. She specializes in female pelvic floor disorders, including pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence and urinary tract infections, using minimally invasive surgical procedures. She is a graduate of St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Medical School. She completed her residency for obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. She also completed a fellowship at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Peacher is board eligible with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology for Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. Her research interests include improving postoperative complications, studying the urinary microbiome and patient diversity. A member of the American Urogynecologic Society and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Peacher enjoys the outdoors in her spare time. “I love getting outside and playing on the beach with my three young children and husband,” she says.

To make an appointment with Annacecilia Peacher, M.D., at 223 Monmouth Rd., Ste. 1C in West Long Branch, or at 1 Rte. 70 W. in Lakewood, call 732.571.0972.

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A NEW LEASE ON LIFE

After struggling with obesity, a 30-year-old Long Branch man turns to Monmouth Medical Center for the “tools” to change—and save—his life.

Jesus Galarza is not unlike any other New Jerseyan: He’s an active, fun-loving guy who enjoys a good laugh with friends as much as he appreciates shopping for nice clothing. But the 30-year-old Long Branch resident also isn’t ashamed to say that his life hasn’t always been filled with happiness; in fact, it was quite the opposite just five years ago. Growing up, Galarza was always overweight. He tipped the scale between 270 and 280 pounds throughout high school, a weight he didn’t carry well on his 5’8” frame. “I always tried to eat healthy,” he says, “but it was hard when you have all the good stuff in front of you. I was a big fan of Chinese food.” Galarza continued to make poor dietary choices, and he ballooned to 375 pounds and was suffering from back and knee pain by the time he reached his mid20s. That’s when, while attending a confer-

ence in 2015, he met former professional wrestler and current motivational speaker and yoga instructor Dallas Page, a Point Pleasant native. “He told me, ‘Listen, if you don’t change your life and your eating habits now, you’re not going to make it to age 40 because your heart is not going to keep carrying your weight,’” Galarza recalls. “That was a big wake-up call.” Galarza started exercising and shed nearly 40 pounds in just over three years, but he wasn’t convinced that his health was getting any better. “Nothing was really working,” he says. “When you’re big all of your life, you think all you have to do is exercise—but you don’t realize that controlling food intake is just as important.” Friends started talking to Galarza about bariatric surgery, where medical profession-

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als make physical changes to a patient’s digestive system. After conducting his own research, he reached out to Monmouth Medical Center (MMC) and met with bariatric surgeon Frank Borao, M.D., FACS, FASMBS, director of minimally invasive esophageal and gastric surgery. After reviewing his options with the staff, Galarza elected for sleeve gastrectomy, a procedure in which roughly 75 percent of the stomach is removed via minimally invasive surgery. The day before surgery, which took place last September, Galarza weighed 334 pounds. “I was nervous and scared, but Dr. Borao always told me the truth, presented the facts and made me feel comfortable,” Galarza says. “I didn’t know the possible outcome, but he said I had a good chance of succeeding with this procedure.” The Bariatric Surgery Center at MMC has

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This page: Jesus Galarza lost 168 pounds since bariatric surgery last year. He weighed 166 pounds in September. Opposite page, from left: At his heaviest, Galarza weighed 375 pounds in 2015; he was down to 205 pounds five months after surgery; in June, he weighed 190 pounds.

been reaccredited as a Comprehensive Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint Quality Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). MBSAQIP-accredited centers offer preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for obese patients. “Our outstanding quality of care, low complication rate and high level of surgical experience distinguish our bariatric surgery program,” says Dr. Borao. According to Galarza, Dr. Borao reminded him that surgery was a “tool” for weight loss and health maintenance. To do “his part,” he

developed better eating habits such as reducing the amount of carbs and sugar in his diet and increasing his intake of vegetables and lean proteins like chicken and fish. Galarza also gets consistent exercise: He walks between 5 and 6 miles a day and stays on his feet all day as a member of the Long Branch public schools’ custodial staff. “I’m constantly moving, and when you eat clean, you feel clean,” says Galarza, who today— about one year after bariatric surgery—is a svelte 166 pounds. “I love my lifestyle. I have energy now that I never had. “I feel great and I fit into the clothes I always wanted to buy,” he adds. “I can’t thank Dr. Borao and his staff enough; they really saved my life.”

As a reaccredited Comprehensive Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), the Bariatric Center at Monmouth Medical Center (MMC) has demonstrated a track record of exceptional patient outcomes in bariatric surgery. Monmouth Medical Center is in its 20th year of performing bariatric surgery and has once again received the designation for the maximum three-year term, reserved for applicants that exceed the requirements for full approval. To earn a Center of Excellence designation, MMC underwent a site inspection during which all aspects of the program’s surgical processes were examined closely and data on health outcomes was collected. Recognized as a serious disease that compromises quality of life and increases the risk of death, morbid obesity is characterized by individuals having a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40, which equates to about 80 pounds overweight for a female and 100 pounds overweight for a male. Severe obesity also can lead to life-threatening diseases including diabetes, hypertension and pulmonary compromise. “Surgeons reviewed by MBSAQIP must have performed enough successful cases to merit the designation,” says bariatric surgeon Frank Borao, M.D., FACS, FASMBS, director of minimally invasive esophageal and gastric surgery. “It is a comprehensive assessment and an honor to have our program recognized.”

To learn more about the bariatric surgery options offered at Monmouth Medical Center, or for a schedule of free new patient lectures, call 888.724.7123.

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SAFE MOMS AND BABIES Monmouth’s maternity staff delivers top-notch care—even during a pandemic.

The COVID crisis has taught us to deal with many new challenges: working and learning from home, wearing a mask in public and social distancing around others, for instance. But there is no practice or learning curve when it comes to having a newborn during a pandemic, particularly during the height of the crisis. Having given birth twice within that past seven years, Middletown resident Kirsten Kendrick essentially knew what to expect while she was pregnant with her third child—that is until the coronavirus outbreak began in March. With a May delivery planned, Kendrick’s baby would arrive at the peak of the crisis, which “terrified” her and her family. “I sat in front of the TV watching the news,” she recalls. “I didn’t allow any visitors in my home. When my kids arrived home, I immediately stripped them of all their clothes and put them in the wash. I couldn’t fathom the thought of contracting the virus and possibly passing it to my unborn child. I was worried not only of contracting the virus but also about having to potentially deliver my baby alone. I was completely paranoid.” Kendrick’s concerns, of course, were understandable. Safety regulations at the time kept all family out of health care facility delivery rooms, and guests would not be permitted in patient rooms. Wearing a face mask at all times was also a concern. “I remember thinking how I was ever going to [deliver a baby] when you can’t breathe half of the time,” she says. Because of the increased, albeit necessary, safeguards, Kendrick says she briefly considered a home birth but knew that option was “unrealistic.” Plus, she had access to one of the best hospitals in the country, Monmouth Medical Center (MMC), which recently earned a spot on Newsweek’s 2020 list of the Best Maternity Care Hospitals in the country. Kendrick ultimately gave birth to her “beautiful, chunky and healthy” baby girl Gemma Anne Bloom on May 7 at MMC. “They are hands down the best team and brought some peace of mind during a high-stress time,” says Kendrick, 28. She gives extra praise to Anthony Giovine, D.O., who not only delivered all three of her babies but delivered Kendrick as well. The Newsweek honor is based on the 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey and recognizes facilities that have excelled in providing care to mothers, newborns and their families. “This spring, MMC was awarded its 11th consecutive ‘A’ Hospital Safety Score rating by the Leapfrog Group, and we are honored to receive this additional Leapfrog recognition of our quality outcomes for maternity patients,” says Eric Carney, MMC president and CEO. “As a high reliability organization, we understand that what matters most to our patients is safe, effective care and remain committed to the highest quality care and patient safety for mothers and babies.” “This will definitely be a birth I will never forget,” Kendrick adds. “I am just so happy I have a healthy, happy baby at the end. The staff during my entire stay was safe and took all precautions needed to protect themselves and others from the spread of the virus. Although this wasn’t an ideal situation…they really did a great job making it feel as ‘normal’ as possible.” Top: Mother Kirsten Kendrick with her three children, Gemma, Gia and Jaxon. Bottom: Dad Ean Bloom joins Gemma and Kirsten for a photo.

For more information on delivering at Monmouth Medical Center or taking their virtual tour or classes, contact Ana Pinto at 732.923.5024 or ana.pinto@rwjbh.org.

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DRESS UP A ROOM

The runway is a great source for interior design ideas. Here are four outfits and the spaces they inspired.

THREE CHEERS FOR CHEERY Pink and red are the ultimate color combination in this two-piece ensemble, which debuted at the Carolina Herrera Fall 2020 Ready to Wear runway show. The bright and cheery palette makes the same statement in this Bollywood-inspired living room. A knotted tassel belt is the suit’s perfect accessory, corresponding to the florals, serving dishes, wall décor and other finishing touches in this vibrant living room.

Imaginative notions for home decor can come from anywhere, so why not fashion design? These side-byside photos of designer looks and the interiors that proudly wear their spirit prove that some of the biggest style trends of fall/winter 2020 may be interpreted— easily and beautifully—in the aesthetics of indoor spaces. After all, design is design, and a nattily attired room is always in fashion.

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ELEGANCE THAT LASTS Zimmermann’s fall/winter 2020 collection put a femininely modern update on black and white; this white knit sweater with ruffled shoulders and a black leather hi-low skirt were cases in point. In the home, meanwhile, black cabinets are an unexpected yet welcome stylistic choice, offering a sharp and chic contrast to contemporary white marble countertops with wooden accents.

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CLASSIC, WITH AN EDGE A striking blazer in a fun color is the ultimate fall wardrobe staple, and it was perfectly paired with a neutral blouse and glossy leather leggings on the Yves Saint Laurent fall/winter runway. This dining room has the same cozy feel, with traditional furniture, an oversized chandelier and textured royal blue wallpaper for that pop of color. In both the outfit and in the space, gold is an excellent metal choice to tie it all together.

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WHEN MORE IS MORE “Hyper-feminine” was the vibe Donatella Versace was going for in her eponymous brand’s fall/winter presentation in Milan, and it’s exemplified in this sparkly silver mini-dress with cinched-in waist that Kendall Jenner wore to close the show. An all-metallic-everything bedroom, from the rug to the bedding to the headboard, exudes that same sense of glamour that will make anyone feel like a supermodel.

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NEVER AN EMPTY NEST Company’s always coming when the house is on the Shore, and a redesigned kitchen makes entertaining a breeze. By Donna Rolando Design by Ginny Padula and Kaila Williams Photography by Christopher Delaney When a couple of empty nesters decided to downsize but remain in their Jersey Shore town of Sea Girt, they didn’t plan for much alone time. With two adult children and three grandkids, the homeowners expected the welcome mat to always be out at their shore house, and they needed a design that said “the more the merrier.” When principal designer Ginny Padula, owner of Town & Country Kitchen and Bath in Red Bank, took on the kitchen reno with colleague Kaila Williams, their mission was more than to match the couple’s modern style in a bright new look. They knew MONMOUTHHEALTHANDLIFE.COM

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Dark cherry cabinets and other hallmarks of a traditional kitchen are but a memory in this Sea Girt home, thanks to a redesign by Town & Country Kitchen and Bath that indulged the homeowners’ modern side. Principal designer Ginny Padula and colleague Kaila Williams knew they couldn’t go too contemporary or they’d risk being out of sync with the rest of the décor. The result is an updated transitional look that beckons friends and family.

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This page, from left: Besides adding a touch of warmth with a natural walnut finish, these island drawers are refrigerated to keep beverages cold and handy. For snacks in a hurry, there’s also a built-in microwave oven; instead of a clutter-gathering desk, the family opted for a floor-to-ceiling pantry by Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry in Benjamin Moore’s Iron Ore. Opposite page: Who wouldn’t want to entertain and show off this new kitchen with classical architectural cabinets in Benjamin Moore’s Nimbus (pale gray), Calacatta marble countertops, a Carrara marble pattern backsplash and a walnut island base? The cabinets were a special hit with the husband, an engineer who admires symmetry. Limestone-effect floor tiles in a large format add a modern vibe.

they had the whole gang to please. Along those lines, while the reno dazzles the eyes with its geometric Carrara marble backsplash, natural walnut-based island and streamlined cabinetry, memories no doubt also have been inspired by the design’s familyfriendly features. The homeowner “likes to bake with the grandkids,” says Williams, so voilà!—a mixer to the right of the range swings out and up to avoid heavy lifting. This is just one intuitive feature of the Exeter Collection by Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry painted in Benjamin Moore’s Nimbus (pale gray). For easy entertaining, there are also the beverages always ready to refresh in refrigerated drawers built into the island. The homeowner can whip up something appetizing at the island prep sink (Native Trails) with family sitting nearby on leather-look swivel stools with a modern chrome base, from Town & Country, along with the accessories. In addition, the floor-to-ceiling pantry replaces an obsolete desk. “Nobody really does desks in the kitchen anymore,” explains Padula. “They tend to become just a place to drop stuff.” And what a way to style storage space! The pantry, also by Rutt, in Benjamin Moore’s

Iron Ore, lights up whenever the door opens. Bonus: Smart organization provides pullout food storage shelves and a convenient section for barware and serving pieces—the formal dining room is just steps away. Smaller pantries flank both sides of the Sub-Zero stainless-steel fridge, because you can never have too much storage. Even the layout says “get together and mingle.” “It has a nice flow to it—you can cook; you can entertain,” says Padula of the open floor plan with the kitchen and breakfast area, which offers cushioned window seating beside a “cute bay window.” Just as important to the couple was casting off the room’s traditional vibe, with its dark cherrystained cabinets, in favor of an updated style. “We wanted to do something a little brighter than what they had previously,” recalls Williams. “It was fine, but it wasn’t their style.” The jumping-off point for the design proved to be the handcrafted cabinetry from the Exeter Collection based on the classic architectural form of Sir Edwin Lutyens, a pioneer of modernism. “It’s a unique door style,” says Padula of this cross between traditional and clean modern design with solid brass hardware. “The client is an engineer, and he was

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automatically drawn to the detailing of the cabinetry,” Williams explains. Where some might opt for a stainless-steel hood, the designers continued the simple lines of the cabinetry over the Wolf range but added custom corbels for a sweeping effect. “A stainless-steel hood changes the look,” says Padula. “This keeps it all consistent.” Also, with 9-foot ceilings, the cabinetry could have dominated the room, but the designers accentuated the light-up cabinets with glass. With a light-gray palette, they had free rein to get dramatic with Carrara marble tile in a geometric pattern on the backsplash, and also to introduce warmth with the walnut island base, which Williams says “shows the grain of the wood.” For flooring, they decided on large-format porcelain tiles with the illusion of limestone. For lighting, they replaced the chandelier over the previous island with recessed fixtures and antique brass sconces by Circa Lighting on either side of the window. As the “downsized” kitchen that still had many mouths to feed, this remodel met the mark for both function and style. Wonder what Grandma will be baking up next.

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{ PERSONAL SPACE }

LAVENDER LIVES ON

Like it or not, here comes adolescence—and a girl’s bedroom in a durably feminine hue was born ready. By Donna Rolando

Design by Sheila Rich

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A little girl is bound to change a lot before she reaches the college years. There’ll be new clothes, new hobbies, maybe new friends. But a new bedroom every time her tastes change? That’s not practical. Fortunately, if you plan things right, it’s not needed either. When Sheila Rich, certified interior designer of the eponymous Monmouth Beach design firm, built a bedroom for the youngest of three sisters in a family’s Marlboro Township colonial, she anticipated the changing winds of childhood. “This was done for a little girl when she was three years old, and she’s still enjoying it,” says Rich, explaining that the room’s occupant is now 11 and the room is transitioning to the needs of a tween. “She’ll grow with it. It’s timeless.” That was important because this lavender bedroom, which sometimes serves as a getaway from the older siblings, was designed when she was too small to have much of a say. It’s been tradition for this family of five, originally from New York City, to step the children up from hand-me-down baby furniture to tweenpotential bedrooms, in each case designed by Rich. “Whenever they went from a crib to a bed, the room was done to the nines,” she explains. MONMOUTHHEALTHANDLIFE.COM

Although she was excited enough to jump on the bed when her room was done, the youngest daughter was too little to decide on a color the way she’d pick a crayon from the box. Her mom and Rich made the choice for her with universality in mind. “All girls like lavender, and it was different from her sisters’ rooms,” recalls Rich. Besides its charm, lavender matched the color in the lattice pattern wool carpet by Masland, which provided inspiration. So it was no more green nursery walls or yellow furniture for the littlest princess. Instead Rich played up lavender tastefully at every opportunity: on the floral bedspread, the polka-dot cotton draperies, the matching upholstered mirror, the plaid chair by Cox and even the inserts of the contemporary furniture by Hooker. Lavender is lovely, as Rich says, but don’t let the color blind you to the other design patterns building interest throughout the room. Rich has teamed up different styles to create a seamless look. The iron bedframe with floral details from Old Biscayne Designs is Victorian in spirit, and the traditional crystal chandelier mixes nicely with the contemporary furniture and glass circle-centric lamps.

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Nowadays this no-longer-so-little girl loves to eat sushi and lobster, hang out with friends and TikTok (that’s a verb, referring to the video social media site, of course). If her tastes change, no problem. Rich has steered clear of the trendy, knowing that “children will tire of it.” Some features that will transition into adolescence include the combination desk/vanity, which will prove quite practical as the girl grows up, and the reversible bedspread. Today it’s floral and teamed up with pillow shams custom-made with five different prints from Maxwell, Clarke & Clarke and Duralee; tomorrow it can transform into a solid. Clearly, Rich loves to mix patterns; in this case they come together in the pillows united by the lavender hue. A ruffled bedskirt in a white dotted Swiss fabric introduces a touch of femininity. But that’s not all. Another theme introduced is the circle design echoed in the bedspread fabric, the glass lamps and lavender furniture inserts. For Rich, watching this family grow and working with them on each of the girls’ rooms has been “a labor of love.” One by one, as part of the clan’s ritual, each girl got a room with the potential to carry her through the tween years without growing pains—room-related ones, anyway.

This page, top: A Marlboro Township family with three girls handed down this nursery furniture, but the bedrooms each child grew into would be totally their own. This page, bottom: Thanks to circle-pattern inserts, the contemporary dresser, end tables and a desk/vanity coordinate with the lavender walls as a stylish accent. When it’s homework time, the desk is fully equipped for laptop work—perfect for a remote-learning era—while looking smart with a plaid cushioned chair by Cox. Opposite page: This lavender bedroom has real staying power. Designer Sheila Rich aimed for timeless—not trendy—and drew interest with an eclectic mix of patterns and styles.

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DECORATING DON’TS Interior designers weigh in on pitfalls you can avoid—and how.

Does anyone have a kind word for negativity? Sure, naysayers are often sour folk, and political commercials blasting the foe have worn us to a frazzle this fall. But knowing what not to do can be a useful guide—in interior design as in life. In that spirit, 10 local experts who are eager to help you craft a very positive vision for your abode—all members of the American Society of Interior Designers, New Jersey chapter—hold forth on eight mistakes you mustn’t make:

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DON’T BUY STUFF YOU CAN’T SQUEEZE IN.

Says Judi Schwarz of Cliffside Park’s Judi Schwarz Interiors: “We’ve had several clients who have bought rather expensive, beautiful furniture only to realize at the installation that it doesn’t fit. It’s a nightmare for the designer, as well as the client, and the client is often left holding the bag for a very costly mistake.” The remedy? Measure first—and measure twice. “Doorways, stairs and hallways, tight corners and elevators—in the building or the residence—all need to be taken into consideration to verify that furnishings can make it into the room or home,” says Schwarz.

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DON’T BUY FURNISHINGS TOO LARGE—OR TOO SMALL. This goof is obviously kin to

No. 1. But the question of appropriate sizing goes beyond mere fit, says Ruth Richards of Ruth Richards Interiors in Short Hills, who warns against “the wrong scale.” One living room she tackled was bisected by a large sectional that emphasized a change in ceiling height, created too-dark and too-light zones and left four undersized metal armchairs floating as if at sea. Coming to the rescue, Richards unified the space with a more balanced seating arrangement, beaming a vaulted section to “bring it down” and adding a delicate-toned coffee table and carpeting throughout. “The room feels better now and your eye doesn’t stop halfway through it,” she explains.

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DON’T SHOP FOOLISHLY ONLINE.

Rona J. Spiegel of Lifestyle Interior Designs in Englewood Cliffs cautions online purchasers to (1) make sure websites begin with “https,” indicating a secure site, to cut the risk of identity theft; (2) check out product reviews, noting that if there are more negative than positive ones, it might be a clue that quality and durability aren’t up to your bar; and (3) read product descriptions carefully and don’t be snowed—if you don’t know the meaning of a word, Google it. “Measurements can be tricky,” warns Deborah Leamann of an eponymous firm in Pennington. “Colors and quality can be misrepresented, leading to disappointment. Ask if samples are available and what the return policy is.” One thing that’s easy to slip up on, in Leamann’s view? Area rugs.

This page, shopping online is a great way to furnish and accessorize your home, but Deborah Leamann, who designed this sunny kitchen, warns online shoppers that color, quality and exact measurements can be misleading. Opposite, Jennifer Pacca of Hillsdale says artwork should be hung at eye level, which she did here with a trio of framed paintings in a blue and beige sitting room.

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Window treatments can make or break a room, advises Karla Trincanello of Florham Park. She suggests installing them at the tip top of the window—just under the crown molding, if applicable—to make the ceiling look taller. The textured drapes she chose for this home office draw the eye in.

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DON’T INSTALL WINDOW TREATMENTS AT THE TOP OF WINDOWS.

Not if you wish to stay on the good side of Karla Trincanello of Interior Decisions in Florham Park. She’s adamant that that’s “wrong, wrong, wrong!” Why? “Because it creates a second horizon line, making the room height appear lower.” Instead, install window treatments at the highest point of the wall—to a crown molding if one is there, for instance. Of the treatments themselves she’s a discerning fan: “They add color and pattern to a wall that, in turn, gives off a warm and homey appeal.” Trincanello likes to use a woven or fabric shade “in between side-panel draperies and above the window opening. So, in addition to covering the voided area (above the window), it creates a valance that brings warmth, making it more attractive.” Aware of many homeowners’

cost concerns, Trincanello adds: “Even ready-made draperies can look custom if they are hung this way.”

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DON’T CHOOSE WRONG-SIZED LIGHTS.

“Selecting an inappropriately-sized chandelier or pendant light for a dining table is a really unfortunate mistake,” says Heather Higgins of Higgins Design Studio in Wayne. Fixtures must be proportional to both the table and the room size, she says, and they should be at least 12 inches narrower than the table surface—or else people will hit their heads when rising. (A diameter of 24 to 30 inches suits most tables that seat six to eight people.) For longer tables, two or three fixtures may be better than one, says Higgins, and you should illuminate the center two-thirds of the table length. Position the bottom of a fixture 30

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inches above the tabletop in rooms with 8-foot ceilings. For every foot over 8 feet, increase this dimension by 3 inches. The mention of chandeliers stirs Leamann to comment too. “A common mistake is how one hangs one—too high or low,” she says. “Or the scale could be off, too small or too large.” Her formula: For an 8-foot high ceiling you can have a 12-inch drop; for a 10-foot high ceiling, a 24-inch drop works, and incrementally so forth. “If the chandelier is going over a table where people won’t walk under it, the formula still applies, but there can be wiggle room,” says Leamann.

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DON’T CHOOSE A RUG TOO SMALL—OR TOO SOON.

Did we name area rugs as an onlineshopping danger zone? Well, even if they’re handed to you by a little old lady in a shop, getting them too tiny can be trouble. “Most

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{ PROS’ TIPS } people buy rugs that are too small for the sitting/conversation area,” says Rina Capodieci-Quinn of RCQ Design in Ramsey. “That often causes furniture—especially end tables—to sit unattractively on the rug, partly on and partly off. This can also produce an unlevel or wobbly table. Color and material of the rug are dependent on all the variables in the room, i.e., flooring, fabrics, use of the room. So I always suggest purchasing a rug once you have 80 percent of the fabrics chosen.” “I recommend using painter’s tape on the floor to see what the actual size of the rug will look like in the room,” says Marina V. Umali of Marina V. Design Studio in Ridgewood. “It’s key to measure the space destined for the rug to make sure it’s good in terms of scale.”

Marina Cheban of Marina Cheban Interiors in Hoboken drives the point home: “It’s best to purchase a rug that is big enough to sit under all your furniture pieces.”

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DON’T HANG ARTWORK TOO HIGH.

“It should be at eye level, your eye at the center of the piece,” says Jennifer Pacca of the eponymous Hillsdale interior design firm. “If there is another adult in the household, you need to compromise on the height.”

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DON’T ACCESSORIZE EXCESSIVELY.

“Too much ain’t enough,” sang Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers—but you don’t

want Heartbreakers designing your home. Instead, heed Heather Higgins, who declares: “Accessories give a living space interest and distinction, and when you use items that truly mean something to you, they provide a deeper connection to your surroundings, speaking volumes about you. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon, over time, to keep adding items without taking anything away, diluting their effectiveness.” She says that removing even a few items can make a noticeable difference. “One of the simplest ways to instantly refresh a space without any financial investment is to remove all the accessories and put back half to twothirds of them in different locations or new arrangements,” says Higgins. “This will make the entire room feel new again.”

This bedroom designed by Hoboken-based Marina Cheban features an oversized rug that fits a large bed plus two nightstands on top of it. Our experts recommend purchasing an area rug after most of the furniture is in the room to avoid getting one that’s too small for the space.

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KEEPING KOSHER

Following the laws of kashrut, these contemporary recipes are creative updates of some classics.

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STEELHEAD TROUT CAKES WITH HERBED MUSTARD (GEFILTE FISH) Yields: 4 as a main dish or 6-8 as an appetizer

INGREDIENTS:

FOR THE TROUT CAKES: n 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil n 1 medium onion, chopped n 1 medium carrot, chopped n 1 bulb fennel, cored and chopped (fronds and stalks reserved for another purpose) n 2 roasted red peppers, skinned and chopped (if using jarred, rinse before using) n 2 lbs. steelhead trout fillets n ½ tsp. Spanish sweet paprika n salt and pepper, to taste FOR THE HERBED MUSTARD: n 2 Tbs. fresh parsley leaves, chopped n 2 Tbs. fresh dill, chopped n 2 Tbs. fresh basil, chopped n ½ cup Dijon mustard

DIRECTIONS:

TO MAKE THE TROUT CAKES: In a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil over low heat. Add the onion, carrot and fennel and sweat just until translucent, about 2 minutes. Transfer to the bowl of a food processor and add the roasted red peppers and fish. Season with salt and black pepper and the paprika and process to roughly uniform consistency. Fry up a small sample of the resulting cake mixture, taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly. Place an 8-inch piece of aluminum foil on a cutting board. Leaving a generous margin of foil around it on all sides and using 1/3 of the fish mixture, spoon a 2- to 3-inch line (1 to 1½ inches wide) horizontally along the middle of the foil and roll it up into a cylindrical shape, pinching the ends to seal. Next, place a slightly larger piece of plastic wrap on the cutting board and roll around the wrapped fish, forming a roulade. Use the plastic wrap to ensure your roll is tight by twisting the ends in opposite directions. When you have a secure, tight roulade, tie off the ends with kitchen twine. Repeat twice more until all the fish mixture is used. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and turn the heat down to a bare simmer. Place the roulades in the pot and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the roulades from the water and allow them to rest on the counter to cool for 15 minutes. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill for at least 30

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minutes up to overnight. Transfer to a cutting board, unwrap the fish sausage, and slice into 1-inch cylindrical sections. TO MAKE THE HERBED MUSTARD: While the roulades are cooking, bring a small pot of water to a boil and prepare an ice bath in a large bowl. Plunge the herbs into the water to blanch just to fix the brilliant green color, about 10 seconds. Immediately shock in the ice bath to stop the cooking (and preserve the color), then squeeze dry. Place the herbs in the bowl of a food processor along with the mustard and process until fully combined. TO SERVE: This dish can work either as an appetizer or a main. For an elegant presentation, place two 1-tablespoon dollops of the herbed mustard at the center of the plate, one beside the other. Swipe the dollop on the left diagonally toward the upper right corner of the plate and then the dollop on the right diagonally toward the lower right corner of the plate. Center a cylindrical section of the trout cake roulade over the two dollops and top with a few curls of julienned red pepper skins. There is nothing wrong with plating the dish more simply—a couple Tbs. of herbed mustard topped by a roulade and garnished with the pepper curls, microgreens and/or finishing salt. For a heartier portion, dollop 2 Tbs. of the herbed mustard in the center of a plate and arrange three roulades on it, garnishing each.

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JERUSALEM ARTICHOKE “PARMENTIER” WITH PEAS AND SOY CHORIZO Yields: 6-8 servings

INGREDIENTS:

FOR THE SOUP: n 2 large leeks, white parts only, cleaned, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced across n 1 large white onion, diced n 1 bulb fennel, cored and diced (fronds and stalks reserved for another purpose) n 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil n salt n 8 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock n ½ lbs. (about 1 large) russet potato, roughly chopped n 1½ lbs. Jerusalem artichokes, peeled FOR THE SOY CHORIZO AND PEAS: n 1 small red onion, quartered and thinly sliced across n 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil n 1 link soy chorizo, casing removed and crumbled n 6 oz. frozen sweet peas, thawed

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TO MAKE THE SOUP: Combine the leeks, onion, fennel and olive oil in a soup pot, season with salt and sweat over low heat until they give up their water and are translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the stock, increase the heat, and bring to a boil. Add the potatoes and Jerusalem artichokes and bring back to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook until the potatoes and Jerusalem artichokes lose their texture, about 30 minutes. In a high-speed blender, purée the soup (working in batches). Strain the soup as you finish each batch. Taste the finished soup and adjust the seasonings. TO MAKE THE SOY CHORIZO AND PEAS: Sweat the onion in the olive oil in a large sauté pan over low heat until it begins to lose its color, about 2 minutes. Turn the heat up to high, add the soy chorizo and cook until it just begins to slightly brown, about 5 minutes. Add the peas and continue cooking until all the peas are heated through, about 3 minutes. TO SERVE: Place 1 to 2 Tbs. of the chorizo-pea mixture in the center of a soup bowl. Transfer the soup to a pouring vessel. A large (4-cup) measuring cup will work well. Alternatively, use a ladle. Either way, pour the soup around the chorizo-pea mixture until only the top of it is sticking above the level of the soup. Garnish with pea sprouts or greens (optional). Repeat for the remaining servings.

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LASAGNETTE OF MUSHROOMS, HOUSEMADE RICOTTA AND MINT-PEPITA PESTO Yields: 4 servings

INGREDIENTS:

n 1 package fresh lasagna noodles (cut into sixteen 1½ x 3½-inch rectangles) FOR THE RICOTTA: n 4 cups whole milk n ½ tsp. salt n 3 Tbs. distilled vinegar FOR THE MUSHROOM FILLING: n 3 Tbs. butter n 2 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil (plus more for brushing) n 1½ lbs. cremini mushrooms (or button mushrooms), sliced n 1 cup (about 8 oz.) dried mushrooms (shiitake, porcini, morel), rehydrated and squeezed dry n salt n 1 large shallot, finely chopped n ⅓cup dry white wine (such as Pinot Grigio) FOR THE MINT-PEPITA PESTO: n 2 small cloves garlic, crushed n ⅔cup fresh mint leaves n ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas) n ¼ tsp. salt n ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

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TO MAKE THE RICOTTA: Pour the milk into a heavy-bottomed pot. Add the salt and heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally so the milk doesn’t scorch, until the milk reaches 180°F on an instant-read or deep-fry thermometer (the milk will start to foam at the edges of the pan and may simmer but shouldn’t boil). Remove the pan from the heat and add vinegar, stirring until curds start to form. Line a medium sieve with cheesecloth and carefully pour the milk mixture through the sieve, disturbing the curds as little as possible. Let drain for anywhere from 20 minutes to 1 hour to achieve a relatively firm ricotta. How firm (and thus how long you want to let it continue to drain) is entirely a matter of personal preference. Cool the ricotta to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days. TO MAKE THE MUSHROOM FILLING: Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, season with salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and starting to crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the shallot, wine and the remaining 1 Tbs. butter. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the skillet is dry, about 5 minutes. Test the seasoning on the mushrooms and adjust accordingly. Transfer the mushroom mixture to a large bowl and set aside. TO MAKE THE MINT-PEPITA PESTO: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Combine the

garlic, mint leaves, pumpkin seeds, salt, and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a food processor and pulse to combine. With the processor running, slowly add the remaining oil in a slow, steady stream until completely used. This can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. When ready to use, bring it out of the refrigerator and back to room temperature before using. TO ASSEMBLE AND BAKE THE LASAGNETTE: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or use a large lasagna pan). Spread four thin rectangles of ricotta around the pan and top each with a pasta sheet. These are the glue on which you will build each of your lasagnette stacks. Place a pasta segment on top of each rectangle of ricotta as the bottom layer of the lasagnette. Spread a large spoonful of ricotta over the pasta, then scatter some mushrooms over the top of the ricotta. For your next layer, spread a large spoonful of the pesto on a pasta segment and place that— pesto-side down—on top of the mushroom layer. Repeat the layering process (starting with the noodles and ending with dropping the pesto side of the sheet on the mushrooms) twice more. Cover the lasagnette with foil and bake until warmed through, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool for at least 5 minutes up to 10 minutes. Garnish each lasagnette with a mint leaf, if desired.

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Frank R. Ciesla Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, PC 125 Half Mile Rd., Suite 300 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-741-3900 Luanne M. Peterpaul Peterpaul Law, LLP 700 Bangs Ave., Suite 1 Asbury Park, NJ 07712 732-455-8080

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Christopher M. Placitella Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC 127 Maple Ave. Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-747-9003

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Amy Sara Cores Cores & Associates, LLC 200 Daniels Way, Suite 200 Freehold, NJ 07728 732-414-6669

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John F. Gelson NJ Mediator Resolution Services, LLC 2435 Rt. 34, Suite B Manasquan, NJ 08736 732-919-1044

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Ronald J. Riccio McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP One Hovchild Pl., 4000 Rt. 66 Floor 4 Tinton Falls, NJ 07753 201-874-4581

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Bernard J. Berry, Jr. Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, PC 125 Half Mile Rd., Suite 300 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-741-3900 Francis V. Bonello Manna & Bonello Attorneys At Law 648 Ocean Ave. Long Branch, NJ 07740 732-222-4848 Paul T. Colella Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, PC 125 Half Mile Rd., Suite 300 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-741-3900 Philip D. Forlenza Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, PC 125 Half Mile Rd., Suite 300 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-741-3900 Roger J. McLaughlin McLaughlin Stauffer & Shaklee, PC 4814 Outlook Dr., Suite 112 Wall, NJ 07753 732-751-2800 Steven Nudelman Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis, LLP 146 Rt. 34, Suite 325 Holmdel, NJ 07733 732-476-2428 Paul H. Shur Becker & Poliakoff, LLP 331 Newman Springs Rd. Suite 225 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-967-7112 CIVIL LITIGATION Richard Amdur, Sr. Amdur, Maggs & Dugan 1 Industrial Way West Westridge Building B Eatontown, NJ 07724 732-474-7531 Derek M. Cassidy The Cassidy Law Firm, LLC 750 Broad St., Suite 3 Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 732-747-3999 William H. Healey Kluger Healey, LLC 521 Newman Springs Rd. Suite 23 Lincroft, NJ 07738 732-852-7500 Eric Christopher Landman The Grossman Law Firm, LLC 57 Schanck Rd., Suite C13 Freehold, NJ 07728 732-943-0383

Donald M. Lomurro Lomurro, Munson, Comer, Brown & Schottland, LLC 4 Paragon Way, Suite 100 Freehold, NJ 07728 732-414-0300 COMMERCIAL LITIGATION John F. Gelson NJ Mediator Resolution Services, LLC 2435Rt. 34, Suite B Manasquan, NJ 08736 732-919-1044 James A. Paone, II Davison Eastman Muñoz Paone, PA 100 Willow Brook Rd., Suite 100 Freehold, NJ 07728 732-462-7170 CONSTRUCTION Scott C. Arnette The Arnette Law Firm 151 Bodman Pl., Suite 200 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-933-9900 Gerald H. Clark Clark Law Firm, PC 811 16th Ave. Belmar, NJ 07719 732-443-0333 David A. Laughlin Birdsall & Laughlin, LLC 1720 Rt. 34 Wall, NJ 07719 732-749-3900 James M. McGovern, Jr. Davison Eastman Muñoz Paone, PA 100 Willow Brook Rd., Suite 100 Freehold, NJ 07728 732-462-7170 Christopher M. Placitella Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC 127 Maple Ave. Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-747-9003 Gary S. Shapiro Shapiro & Sternlieb, LLC 176 Rt. 9 North, Suite 303 Englishtown, NJ 07726 732-630-6467 CRIMINAL: NON WHITE COLLAR Christopher T. Campbell The Law Offices of Christopher T. Campbell, LLC 1720 Rt. 34, Suite 10 Wall, NJ 07727 732-462-8700

Ehsan F. Chowdhry E. F. Chowdhry Law Practice 3600 Rt. 66, Suite 150 Neptune, NJ 07753 732-508-5172 Herbert I. Ellis The Law Offices of Herbert I. Ellis, PC 87 South St. Freehold, NJ 07728 732-308-0200 Jonathan A. Ellis The Law Offices of Herbert I. Ellis, PC 87 South St. Freehold, NJ 07728 732-308-0200 Peter H. Lederman Lomurro, Munson, Comer, Brown & Schottland, LLC 4 Paragon Way, Suite 100 Freehold, NJ 07728 732-414-0300 Donald M. Lomurro Lomurro, Munson, Comer, Brown & Schottland, LLC 4 Paragon Way, Suite 100 Freehold, NJ 07728 732-414-0300 John Menzel John Menzel, JD 603 Mattison Ave., Suite 320 Asbury Park, NJ 07712 732-218-9090 Maria D. Noto Law Office of Maria D. Noto, PC 746 Rt. 34, Suite 8 Matawan , NJ 07747 732-441-9546 Peter M. O’Mara The O’Mara Law Firm 600 Broad St. Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 732-530-5305 Edward J. Plaza Weir & Plaza, LLC 25 Sycamore Ave., Suite 103 Little Silver, NJ 07739 732-741-8181 Randall L. Tranger The Law Office of Mallon & Tranger 86 Court St. Freehold, NJ 07728 732-702-0333 Anthony J. Vecchio Law Office of Anthony J. Vecchio, LLC 4400 Rt. 9 South, Suite 1000 Freehold, NJ 07728 732-334-7468

CRIMINAL: WHITE COLLAR Tim R. Anderson Tim Anderson Law 225 Broad Street Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-212-2812 Robert S. Bonney, Jr. Davison Eastman Muñoz Paone, PA 100 Willow Brook Rd., Suite 100 Freehold, NJ 07728 732-462-7170 Charles M. Moriarty The Moriarty Law Firm 864 Broadway West Long Branch, NJ 07764 732-842-7773 Edward J. Plaza Weir & Plaza, LLC 25 Sycamore Ave., Suite 103 Little Silver, NJ 07739 732-741-8181 CUSTODY Matthew R. Abatemarco Matthew R. Abatemarco, Esq., LLC 1704 Maxwell Dr., Suite 105 Wall, NJ 07719 732-556-0712 Sylvia L. Breitowich Breitowich Law Firm, LLC 1704 Maxwell Dr., Suite 206 Wall , NJ 07719 848-220-9373 Cheryl E. Connors Tonneman & Connors, LLC 145 Wyckoff Rd., Suite 104 Eatontown, NJ 07724 732-696-2500 Michele Crupi LaRocca Hornik Rosen Greenberg & Crupi, LLC 83 South St., Suite 302 Freehold, NJ 07728 732-246-2112 Steven R. Enis Senoff & Enis 501 Stillwells Corner Rd. Suite A2 Freehold , NJ 07728 732-252-2600 Amy B. Harris Keith, Winters, Wenning & Harris, LLC Main St. & Lareine Ave. PO Box 188 Bradley Beach, NJ 07720 732-774-1212

Stephanie C. Hunnell Hunnell Law Group, LLC 408 Seventh Ave. Asbury Park, NJ 07712 732-749-3500 Carrie A. Lumi Lumi Law Firm, LLC 1704 Maxwell Dr., Suite 103 Wall, NJ 07719 848-220-9383 Bettina Munson Lomurro, Munson, Comer, Brown & Schottland, LLC 4 Paragon Way, Suite 100 Freehold, NJ 07728 732-414-0300 Rotem Peretz LaRocca Hornik Rosen Greenberg & Crupi, LLC 83 South St., Suite 302 Freehold, NJ 07728 732-246-2112 Cheryl M. Spilka Rozin | Golinder Law, LLC 4400 Rt. 9 South, Suite 1000 Freehold, NJ 07728 732-810-0034 Albertina Webb Hill Wallack, LLP 2 Bridge Ave., Suite 211 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-852-7550 DEBTOR & CREDITOR Peter J. Broege Broege Neumann Fischer & Shaver, LLC 25 Abe Voorhees Dr. Manasquan, NJ 08736 732-223-8484 Christian V. McOmber McOmber McOmber & Luber, PC 54 Shrewsbury Ave. Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-842-6500 Gregg S. Sodini Cutolo Barros, LLC 46-50 Throckmorton St. Freehold, NJ 07728 732-414-1170 Frances A. Tomes Tomes Law Firm, PC 1 W. Main St. Freehold, NJ 07728 732-333-0681 ENERGY Steven S. Goldenberg Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, PC 125 Half Mile Rd., Suite 300 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-741-3900

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ENVIRONMENTAL Edward C. Eastman Davison Eastman Muñoz Paone, PA 100 Willow Brook Rd., Suite 100 Freehold, NJ 07728 732-462-7170 Michael J. Gross Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, PC 125 Half Mile Rd., Suite 300 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-741-3900 Paul H. Schneider Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, PC 125 Half Mile Rd., Suite 300 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-219-5487 GENERAL PRACTICE Beth Christian Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, PC 125 Half Mile Rd., Suite 300 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-219-5485 HEALTH CARE Frank R. Ciesla Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, PC 125 Half Mile Rd., Suite 300 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-741-3900 Kenneth E. Pringle Pringle Quinn Anzano, PC 701 Seventh Ave. Belmar, NJ 07719 732-280-2400 IMMIGRATION Andres Mejer Andres Mejer Law 286 Rt. 35, Unit D Eatontown, NJ 07724 908-341-1517 Gwendolyn Robosson Fragomen 90 Matawan Rd. Matawan, NJ 07747 732-862-5000 INSURANCE Michael J. Canning Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, PC 125 Half Mile Rd., Suite 300 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-219-5482 Gregg S. Sodini Cutolo Barros, LLC 46-50 Throckmorton St. Freehold, NJ 07728 732-414-1170

Richard K. Traub Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry, LLP 322 Rt. 35, Floor 3 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-985-1000

Robert W. Smith Smith Eibeler, LLC 101 Crawfords Corner Rd. #1-105R Holmdel, NJ 07733 732-444-1300

Edward Fradkin Law Office of Edward Fradkin, LLC 11 Broad St. Freehold, NJ 07728 732-702-0612

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LITIGATION

Robert E. Goldstein Drescher & Cheslow, PA 610 Bridge Plaza Dr. Manalapan, NJ 07726 732-972-1600

Gregory B. Thomlison Matthew R. Abatemarco, Esq., LLC 1704 Maxwell Dr., Suite 105 Wall, NJ 07719 732-556-0712

Lawrence D. Kantor Kantor & Linderoth, Esqs. 58 W. Front St. Keyport, NJ 07735 732-264-9300

Noel S. Tonneman Tonneman & Connors, LLC 145 Wyckoff Rd., Suite 104 Eatontown, NJ 07724 732-696-2500

Frank J. LaRocca LaRocca Hornik Rosen Greenberg & Crupi, LLC 83 South St., Suite 302 Freehold, NJ 07728 732-246-2112

Albertina Webb Hill Wallack, LLP 2 Bridge Ave., Suite 211 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-852-7550

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Christopher J. Hanlon Hanlon Niemann & Wright, PC 3499 Rt. 9 North, Suite 1F Freehold, NJ 07728 732-863-9900 Sam Maybruch Arbus, Maybruch & Goode, LLC 61 Village Ct. Hazlet, NJ 07730 732-888-0002 Albertina Webb Hill Wallack, LLP 2 Bridge Ave., Suite 211 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-852-7550

Mary Jane Leland MATRIMONIAL & FAMILY Leland Law Firm, LLC 87 South St. Andrew A. Bestafka Freehold, NJ 07728 LABOR & EMPLOYMENT The Law Office of 732-409-7777 Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq. Douglas S. Bramley 45 Dutch Lane Rd. Steven P. Monaghan McMoran, O’Connor, Freehold, NJ 07728 Law Office of Steven P. Bramley & Burns, PC 732-898-2378 Monaghan, LLC 2399 Rt. 34, Building D, Suite D1 157 Broad St., Suite 108 Wall , NJ 08736 Marisel Lopez Chin Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-223-7711 The Law Offices of 732-624-6343 Herbert I. Ellis, PC Dominick Bratti 87 South St. Bettina Munson Bratti Greenan, LLC Freehold , NJ 07728 Lomurro, Munson, Comer, 1040 Broad St., Suite 104 732-308-0200 Brown & Schottland, LLC Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 4 Paragon Way, Suite 100 732-852-2711 Cheryl E. Connors Freehold, NJ 07728 Tonneman & Connors, LLC 732-414-0300 David F. Corrigan 145 Wyckoff Rd., Suite 104 The Corrigan Law Firm Eatontown, NJ 07724 Megan S. Murray 54B W. Front St. 732-696-2500 The Family Law Offices Keyport, NJ 07735 of Megan S. Murray 732-888-3868 Amy Sara Cores 100 Village Ct., Suite 204 Cores & Associates, LLC Hazlet, NJ 07730 Peter C. Lucas 200 Daniels Way, Suite 200 732-290-4093 Law Offices of Peter C. Lucas, LLC Freehold, NJ 07728 725 Carol Ave. 732-414-6669 Darren C. O’Toole Oakhurst, NJ 07755 The Law Office of 732-663-9100 Laura M. D’Orsi Darren C. O’Toole, LLC Law Offices of 1312 Atlantic Ave. Kathryn McClure Laura M. D’Orsi, LLC Manasquan, NJ 08736 Smith Eibeler, LLC 189 E. Bergen Pl. 732-455-9000 101 Crawfords Corner Rd. Red Bank, NJ 07701 #1-105R 732-741-3121 Peter C. Paras Holmdel, NJ 07733 Paras, Apy & Reiss, PC 732-444-1300 Joseph F. Defino 2 Bridge Ave., Suite 601 LaRocca Hornik Rosen Red Bank, NJ 07701 Michael F. O’Connor Greenberg & Crupi, LLC 732-219-9000 McMoran, O’Connor, 83 South St., Suite 302 Bramley & Burns PC Freehold, NJ 07728 John A. Patti 2399 Rt. 34, Building D, Suite D1 732-246-2112 Patti Family Law Wall , NJ 08736 52 Reckless Pl., Suite 100 732-223-7711 Steven R. Enis Red Bank, NJ 07701 Senoff & Enis 732-440-7174 501 Stillwells Corner Rd. Suite A2 Freehold , NJ 07728 732-252-2600

Bonnie M.S. Reiss Paras, Apy & Reiss, PC 2 Bridge Ave., Suite 601 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-219-9000

Brian D. Winters Keith, Winters, Wenning & Harris, LLC Main St. & Lareine Ave. PO Box 188 Bradley Beach, NJ 07720 732-774-1212 MUNICIPAL Scott C. Arnette The Arnette Law Firm 151 Bodman Pl., Suite 200 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-933-9900 Dennis M. Galvin Davison Eastman Muñoz Paone, PA 100 Willow Brook Rd., Suite 100 Freehold, NJ 07728 732-462-7170 Tennant D. Magee, Sr. Tennant Magee Law 400 Union Ave. Brielle, NJ 08730 732-223-2413 NEGLIGENCE Amy Buchansky-Francesco The Law Offices of Herbert I. Ellis, PC 87 South St. Freehold, NJ 07728 732-308-0200 Herbert I. Ellis The Law Offices of Herbert I. Ellis, PC 87 South St. Freehold, NJ 07728 732-308-0200 Jonathan A. Ellis The Law Offices of Herbert I. Ellis, PC 87 South St. Freehold, NJ 07728 732-308-0200


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Anne S. Babineau Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, PA Meridian Center 1 Two Industrial Way West Eatontown, NJ 07724 732-855-6057

Philip G. Auerbach Shebell & Shebell, LLC 655 Shrewsbury Ave., Suite 314 Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 848-238-2545

Francis V. Bonello Manna & Bonello Attorneys At Law 648 Ocean Ave. Long Branch, NJ 07740 732-222-4848

John E. Keefe, Jr. Keefe Law Firm 125 Half Mile Rd., Suite 1000 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-224-9400

Michael A. Bruno Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, PC 125 Half Mile Rd., Suite 300 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-741-3900

Kevin L. Parsons Hanus & Parsons, LLC 1715 Rt. 35, Suite 301 Middletown, NJ 07748 732-737-8488

Edward C. Eastman Davison Eastman Muñoz Paone, PA 100 Willow Brook Rd., Suite 100 Freehold, NJ 07728 732-462-7170

Michael D. Schottland Lomurro, Munson, Comer, Brown & Schottland, LLC 4 Paragon Way, Suite 100 Freehold, NJ 07728 732-414-0300 PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY Richard Amdur, Sr. Amdur, Maggs & Dugan 1 Industrial Way West Westridge Building B Eatontown, NJ 07724 732-474-7531 Sam Maybruch Arbus, Maybruch & Goode, LLC 61 Village Ct. Hazlet, NJ 07730 732-888-0002 Matthew A. Schiappa Lomurro, Munson, Comer, Brown & Schottland, LLC 4 Paragon Way, Suite 100 Freehold, NJ 07728 732-414-0300 PUBLIC FINANCE Christopher M. Walrath GluckWalrath, LLP 4 Paragon Way Freehold, NJ 07728 732-530-8822 REAL ESTATE J. Scott Anderson Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, PC 125 Half Mile Rd., Suite 300 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-741-3900

Frank R. Ciesla Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, PC 125 Half Mile Rd., Suite 300 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-741-3900 TRUSTS & ESTATES, WILLS & PROBATE George A. Aguilar Neff Aguilar, LLC 125 Half Mile Rd., Suite 101 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-224-1200 Joshua F. Cheslow Drescher & Cheslow, PA 610 Bridge Plaza Dr. Manalapan, NJ 07726 732-972-1600 Stuart T. Cox, Jr. Neff Aguilar, LLC 125 Half Mile Rd., Suite 101 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-224-1200

John A. Giunco Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, PC 125 Half Mile Rd., Suite 300 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-741-3900

Andrew J. DeMaio Neff Aguilar, LLC 125 Half Mile Rd., Suite 101 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-224-1200

Kerry E. Higgins McKenna Dupont Higgins & Stone 229 Broad St. Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-741-6681

Lawrence D. Kantor Kantor & Linderoth, Esqs. 58 W. Front St. Keyport, NJ 07735 732-264-9300

Marc D. Policastro Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, PC 125 Half Mile Rd., Suite 300 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-741-3900 Paul H. Schneider Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, PC 125 Half Mile Rd., Suite 300 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-219-5487 SECURITIES

Mary Patricia Magee Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, PC 331 Newman Springs Rd. Suite 225 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-741-7777 Robert C. Neff Neff Aguilar, LLC 125 Half Mile Rd., Suite 101 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-224-1200

Philip D. Forlenza Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, PC 125 Half Mile Rd., Suite 300 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-741-3900

Christopher D. Olszak Davison Eastman Muñoz Paone, PA 100 Willow Brook Rd., Suite 100 Freehold, NJ 07728 732-462-7170

Jaclyn A. Gannon Cerussi & Gunn, PC 600C Broad St. Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 732-936-9920

Stephen J. Oppenheim Neff Aguilar, LLC 125 Half Mile Rd., Suite 101 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-224-1200

TAXATION

Pamela M. Snyder Bolan Jahnsen Dacey, Esqs. 830 Broad St. Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 732-212-1200

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Charles A. Cerussi Cerussi & Gunn, PC 600C Broad St. Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 732-936-9920

J. Scott Anderson Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, PC 125 Half Mile Rd., Suite 300 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-741-3900

Marisel Lopez Chin The Law Offices of Herbert I. Ellis, PC 87 South St. Freehold , NJ 07728 732-308-0200

Anne S. Babineau Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, PA Meridian Center 1 Two Industrial Way West Eatontown, NJ 07724 732-855-6057

Barry A. Cooke Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, PA Meridian Center 1 Two Industrial Way West Eatontown, NJ 07724 732-855-6190

Michael A. Bruno Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, PC 125 Half Mile Rd., Suite 300 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-741-3900

Michael Dupont McKenna Dupont Higgins & Stone 229 Broad St. Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-741-6681 Brian A. Lara Wilton Law Firm 4 Kings Hwy. Middletown, NJ 07748 732-393-8222 Richard J. Marcolus Levinson Axelrod, PA 274 Church St. Belford, NJ 07718 732-655-8131 Martin M. Rudnick Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza 25 Village Ct. Hazlet, NJ 07730 866-567-0135 Matthew A. Schiappa Lomurro, Munson, Comer, Brown & Schottland, LLC 4 Paragon Way, Suite 100 Freehold, NJ 07728 732-414-0300 Gary S. Shapiro Shapiro & Sternlieb, LLC 176 Rt. 9 North, Suite 303 Englishtown, NJ 07726 732-630-6467 Raymond P. Shebell, Sr. Shebell & Shebell, LLC 655 Shrewsbury Ave., Suite 314 Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 848-238-2545 M. Scott Tashjy The Tashjy Law Firm, LLC 2379 Rt. 34 South Wall, NJ 08736 732-292-3131

Monica J. Ceres Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, PC 125 Half Mile Rd., Suite 300 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-741-3900 Dennis M. Galvin Davison Eastman Muñoz Paone, PA 100 Willow Brook Rd., Suite 100 Freehold, NJ 07728 732-462-7170 Michael J. Gross Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, PC 125 Half Mile Rd., Suite 300 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-741-3900 Roger J. McLaughlin McLaughlin Stauffer & Shaklee, PC 4814 Outlook Dr., Suite 112 Wall, NJ 07753 732-751-2800 Paul H. Schneider Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, PC 125 Half Mile Rd., Suite 300 Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-219-5487 Jeffrey R. Surenian Surenian, Edwards & Nolan, LLC 707 Union Ave., Suite 301 Brielle, NJ 08730 732-612-3100

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SYLVIA L. BREITOWICH, ESQ.

BREITOWICH LAW FIRM LLC

1704 Maxwell Drive, #206, Wall, NJ 07719 • 848.220.9373 • breitowichlawfirm.com

“THINGS HAPPEN FOR A REASON,” and in Sylvia L. Breitowich’s case, the old adage certainly rang true. Originally focused on a criminal defense practice, an internship with a solo practitioner who handled both criminal defense and family law matters, introduced her to the complex world of matrimonial and family law, ultimately guiding Sylvia’s future. In January 2019, Sylvia opened her own practice offering anyone who comes through the doors her devoted service and the legal experience they deserve when dealing with difficult family decisions. Sylvia’s unique style begins with client strategy sessions where case plans are developed and serve as a blueprint to manage and exceed expectations. As a Collaboratively Trained Lawyer, Sylvia guides clients toward family mediation to eliminate unnecessary chaos throughout the process and to secure a favorable resolution without litigation.

“I am a strong believer that most cases should settle out of court,” says Sylvia, a R.140 Qualified Mediator. “After all, why should a judge decide the future of your family.” However, when necessary, Sylvia will utilize the traditional litigation process and zealously advocate on behalf of her clients in court to achieve a favorable outcome. Divorce proceedings can be difficult and legally complex, both emotionally and financially, and Sylvia will stand by your side with the competence and tenacity needed to obtain an optimal resolution in the best interests of the entire family. A Rising Star Super Lawyer for the past four consecutive years, nominated by clients as a New Jersey’s Best Lawyers for Families in 2019 and ranked in the Top 10 under 40 by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, Sylvia’s greatest reward is in helping her clients find their better future.


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TANYA L. FREEMAN, ESQ

CHAIR, FAMILY LAW DEPARTMENT | WEINER LAW GROUP LLC

331 Newman Springs Rd., Bldg. 1, Suite 136, Red Bank, New Jersey 07701 • 732.402.0044 tanyafreeman.law TANYA L. FREEMAN IS A PARTNER AND THE CHAIR OF THE FAMILY LAW DEPARTMENT AT WEINER LAW GROUP LLP. She maintains offices in Red Bank, East Hanover, Parsippany, Bridgewater, and Jersey City. Tanya is an accomplished attorney who provides legal representation in all aspects of family law, including divorce, child and spousal support, child custody, interstate custody and relocation disputes, as well as domestic violence matters. Prior to the practice of law, Tanya spent fifteen years in key roles leading audit teams in the banking and insurance industries. Tanya’s extensive corporate background enhances her ability to effectively represent clients with high net worth cases involving significant assets, as well as cases concerning

owners of closely held businesses. Tanya has represented clients in cases involving corporate executives, professional athletes, television personalities, and other high-profile celebrities. “Family law is a perfect combination of my financial, legal, and negotiation skills,” says Ms. Freeman.


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AMY SARA CORES, ESQ.

CORES & ASSOCIATES, LLC

200 Daniels Way, Suite 200, Freehold, NJ 07728 • 732.414.6669 • amysaracores.com MS. CORES IS THE FOUNDER OF CORES & ASSOCIATES, a Family Law and Criminal Defense law firm located in Freehold. She is a Fellow of the AAML, a Fellow of the IAML, Certified by the Supreme Court of NJ as a Matrimonial Law Attorney, certified by the NBTA as a Board Certified Family Law Trial Advocate, and a certified mediator. She prides the firm on being a comfortable and unique setting focused on the needs of the individual. People come to her with the most serious and difficult issues and she takes the time to treat them with dignity and respect, while also not being afraid to be a straight talker and set them on the right path. The firm has clients from all over the world and every walk of life. The firm’s size allows them to efficiently manage the cases and minimize the cost and time associated with even the most complex legal disputes. Additionally, the firm size ensures that the clients will receive the personal attention from the attorneys, paralegals, and staff that they deserve. The firm offers a free consultation.

MICHELE CRUPI, ESQ.

LaROCCA HORNIK ROSEN GREENBERG & CRUPI LLC

83 South Street, Suite 302, Freehold, NJ 07728 • 732.409.1144 • divorcelawnj.com “AFTER ALL, FAMILY IS EVERYTHING,” says Michele Crupi, a partner at LaRocca Hornik Rosen Greenberg & Crupi LLC. Michele began her law career with a concentration in the financial arena. After clerkships with judges in the matrimonial division, Michele quickly knew this is where she belonged. As a parent, Michele is especially connected to the emotional aspect of family law. Hand in hand, these skills help families when they need her the most. Together, Michele and municipal judge Frank LaRocca, both skilled litigators as well as Certified Family Mediators, chair LaRocca & Crupi, the firm’s Matrimonial Law and Family Division. Their team of experienced family law counselors and advocates bring decades of combined experience offering a progressive, yet practical approach to navigating through the issues and in securing fair, but creative settlements. As out of the box thinkers with strong financial backgrounds, the attorneys are keen problem solvers who structure deals to help clients look beyond the present and to the promise of a bright future. But above all, this firm prides itself on being available, attentive and forthright in helping clients face their new reality and find a happier life ahead.


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Is Brown Rice Too Nice?

Sure, this ubiquitous, virtuous worldwide staple is good for you. But it’s nuttily delicious too! Let’s face it: Brown rice has an image problem. It’s an unexciting, take-it-for-granted side dish, a healthfood cliché, a typecast bowl of everyday earnestness. How long has it been, after all, since you drove across town because a Chinese restaurant was reputed to have good brown rice? But take a fresh look at this world-feeder. Rice provides more than one-fifth of the calories consumed by the human race. It’s a staple in many cultures, and it originated either in China or in India, depending on which archaeologists you ask. Though there are many types of this cereal grain—white, jasmine, purple and red, for example—none are quite as nutrientpacked as the brown variety. White and brown rice, aka whole-grain rice, are both made from the same grain, but brown has only the inedible outermost hull layer removed, leaving behind the nutritious bran layer and cereal germ, both of which the refined white rice lacks. It has just as much versatility, not to mention many more health benefits, vitamins and minerals. And it has an appealing, nuttier taste. Brown rice may not often be the star, but it’s the kind of supporting player that carries the show.

calories per one-cup serving. Its claim to fame, though, is that it is exceptionally high in manganese, a mineral integral to healthy bone development, muscle contraction, nerve function and wound healing. Whole grains in general also contain lots of fiber, which helps lower cholesterol, aids in digestion and keeps you feeling fuller longer. And if you or a loved one has diabetes it’s worth stocking up on the stuff, as brown rice has a low glycemic index, which means it’s digested more slowly and doesn’t cause a spike in blood sugar. Though brown rice is technically a carb, it’s nonetheless a good option if you’re looking to reduce or maintain your weight. In part maybe that’s simply because the fiber in it fills you up and thus prevents you from overeating. But a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, done by Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital, found that women who consumed more whole grains such as brown rice consistently weighed less than those who ate less of these fiber-rich foods.

POWER UP Brown rice is gluten-free and high in folate, vitamin B2, potassium and calcium, and has only about 215

BUY/STORE/SERVE Brown rice is generally harvested in the fall but available year-round at grocery stores. It’s stocked on shelves loose and in large plastic bags, or you can buy it in a zippered bag or a cardboard box filled with individual serving-sized portions that require a fraction of the cooking time (but contain just as many nutrients). The bagged varieties can be heated up in the microwave or boiled on the stove, while loose rice needs to be cooked or steamed for about 30 minutes, generally at a 2:1 ratio of water to rice. You can easily store it in the box or bag it came in or in an airtight plastic container: It’ll last up to a week in the fridge after it’s cooked, or months uncooked in your pantry. (Yep, rice’s shelf life is another major plus.) The two most common types of brown rice are short-grain and long-grain. Short grain has plump kernels, a chewy texture and a nuttier flavor, whereas long-grain is lighter, fluffier and not quite as sticky. Short kernels work best in a risotto or sushi, while long tastes great in a stir-fry or a pilaf. Actually, the options for both types are endless: Stir your brown rice into a salad or soup, bake it into a veggie burger with corn and beans or enjoy it as the base of a grain bowl with veggies and protein. Essentially, brown rice works for breakfast, lunch and dinner. How many other foods boast such versatility? —Haley Longman

DID YOU KNOW? The year 2004 was named the International Year of Rice by the UN. One key research discovery that year? That soaking brown rice in warm water for 20 hours, creating what’s called germinated brown rice, activates enzymes and amino acids to make the food even more of a nutritional champ. MONMOUTHHEALTHANDLIFE.COM

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Spice Up Your Fall

Give your favorite seasonal java a jolt and a flavorful twist to turn any autumn get-together into an Octoberfest! PUMPKIN SPIKED CHAI LATTE: Serves 1

INGREDIENTS ■ 3 oz. pumpkin-infused rum ■ 6 oz. milk ■ 2 oz. chai tea latte mix (black tea concentrate) ■ 2 oz. cold brew coffee ■ whipped cream, for garnish ■ ground cinnamon, for garnish PUMPKIN-INFUSED RUM: ■ pumpkin pie mix ■ rum

DIRECTIONS ■ To make pumpkin-infused rum, combine equal parts pumpkin pie mix and rum in a saucepot. Bring to a low simmer, then steep for about 20 minutes. Remove pot from heat and let cool to room temperature. Transfer mixture to an airtight container and refrigerate overnight. After chilling, pour rum mixture through a mesh strainer to remove the pumpkin pie mix from the rum. Discard mix and store strained rum in an airtight container. ■ To make the spiked pumpkin spice chai latte, combine pumpkin-infused rum, milk, chai tea latte mix and cold brew coffee in a small pot and heat gently on the stove for about 5 minutes, or until hot. To serve, ladle into glasses, top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon. Recipe courtesy of nuggetmarket.com MONMOUTHHEALTHANDLIFE.COM

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MONMOUTH COUNTY SPCA For her 16th birthday, Freehold’s Olivia Cranmer held a fundraiser and donated 100 percent of the proceeds to the Monmouth County SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in Eatontown. In addition to the monetary donation, Olivia has also made blankets for the 7 shelter animals and held past fundraisers. 4 Ross Licitra, Olivia Cranmer

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Children at the Asbury Park-based Boys & Girls Clubs received backpacks and supplies for the new school year. The items were collected during the recent Operation Spread Love donation drive. 5 Volunteers handed out nearly 200 backpacks filled with supplies to children in need.

1 SOCIAL COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES NETWORK Eatontown-based Social Community Activities Network received a $5,000 grant from the United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. The money was used to prepare their 1 to safely reopen and provide direct assistance to seniors in need of emergency facility transportation and access to healthy food. 1 Tom Hayes, Bob Rosone, Pat Bohse, Lori McLane, Heather Barberi, Brian Massey

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The Freehold-based organization partnered with Foodtown of Atlantic Highlands and Port Monmouth to collect food and other items for clients at St. Mark’s Center for Community Revival (SMCCR). The soup kitchen in Keansburg serves more than 4,000 meals a month to residents and families in need. 2–3 Staff from Habitat for Humanity, Foodtown deliver food donations to SMCCR.

SYLVIA’S CHILDREN The Greater Long Branch Rotary donated nearly $1,200 to Sylvia’s Children, a Holmdel organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids in Uganda. During a 2003 humanitarian trip to Uganda, Sylvia Allen was asked to be the “grandmother” of Mbiriizi Primary School, a role she continues today. The rotary’s donations were collected during the group’s Carnivale 2020 fundraising event. 6 Gordon Heggie, Sylvia Allen

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United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties (1), Habitat for Humanity (2–3), Monmouth County SPCA (4), Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County (5), Grapevine PR (6)

Whether it’s at a fundraiser or a volunteering event, Monmouth residents always show up to support their friends and neighbors.


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Where To Eat

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

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

TALULA’S 550 Cookman Ave. 732.455.3003 talulaspizza.com

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

AVON-BY-THE-SEA

PASCAL & SABINE 601 Bangs Ave. 732.774.3395 pascalandsabine.com

CLEMENTINE’S 306 Main St. 732.988.7979 clementinesavon.com

PORTA 911 Kingsley St. 732.776.7661 pizzaporta.com

SEED TO SPROUT 410 Main St. 732.774.7333 seedtosproutnj.com

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

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

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SIMPLY SOUTHERN 817 Belmar Plz. 732.243.9259 simplysouthern comfortfoods.com

SHIPWRECK GRILL 720 Ashley Ave. 732.292.9380 shipwreckgrill.com

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

BRADLEY BEACH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


KEYPORT

MANALAPAN

CORNUCOPIA 98 Maple Pl. 732.739.6888 cornucopiakeyport.com

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

NEELAM EXOTIC INDIAN CUISINE 1178 Rte. 35 S.,732.671.8900 neelamindiancuisine.com

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

MANASQUAN

NEPTUNE

PALUMBO’S 24 Ayers Ln. 732.842.5505

THE COMMITTED PIG 168 Main St. 732.528.9400 thecommittedpig.com

LONG BRANCH AVENUE 23 Ocean Ave. 732.759.2900 leclubavenue.com CHARLEY’S OCEAN GRILL 29 Avenel Blvd. 732.222.4499 charleysoceangrill.com ROONEY’S OCEANFRONT 100 Ocean Ave. N. 732.870.1200 rooneysocean.com TUZZIO’S 224 Westwood Ave. 732.222.9614 tuzzios.com

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

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

MATAWAN BUTTONWOOD MANOR 845 Rte. 34 N. buttonwoodmanor.com

MIDDLETOWN CROWN PALACE 1283 Rte. 35 S. 732.615.9888 crownpalacenj.com

IL POSTO 1129 Fifth Ave. 732.775.4823 MOLINARI’S 312 W. Sylvania Ave. 732.775.7733 molinarirestaurant.com

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

PATRIZIA’S 28 Broad St. 732.741.5555 patrizias.com

CATCH 19 19 Broad St. 732.268.8543 catch19redbank.com

VIA45 45 Broad St. 732.450.9945 via45.com

CHAR 33 Broad St. 732.450.2427 charsteakhouse.com

RUMSON

DANNY’S 11 Bridge Ave. 732.741.6900 dannyssteakhouse.com

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

KITCH ORGANIC 75 Leighton Ave. 732.471.5400 kitchorganic.com

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

MOLLY PITCHER INN 88 Riverside Ave. 732.747.2500 themollypitcher.com

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

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

RED BANK BIRRAVINO 183 Riverside Ave. 732.842.5990 birravino.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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For our complete list of dining options, visit the “Where to Eat” section at monmouthhealthandlife. com.


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—Irina Popa, co-founder, GoodVibe Nutrition, Red Bank

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