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CONTENTS

The Fight for Health Equity: Dr. Richard Besser, Head of New Jersey’s Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is Making a Difference BY WENDY GREENBERG

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World-Class Horse Racing in Far Hills: The 99th Running of the Race Meeting Steeplechase

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BY TAYLOR SMITH

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Fall Happenings — Wineries BY LAURIE PELLICHERO

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M.U.S.E. Life in Morris, Union, Somerset, and Essex Counties BY WILLIAM UHL

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Urban Books: A “Familiar Sensibility”: Cookbooks for Fall BY STUART MITCHNER

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Q&A with Dr. Rachel Werner, Executive Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics BY DONALD GILPIN

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Destination: Nantucket BY TAYLOR SMITH

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Fashion & Design: A Well-Designed Life 42, 44

On the Cover: Morristown Church spire in fall. Photo: With special thanks to Bob Karp, Morris County Tourism Bureau.

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The Fight for Health Equity

Dr. Richard Besser, head of New Jersey’s Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is making a difference BY WENDY GREENBERG

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has been a medical editor for ABC News. Each move provided him with Richard Besser, a pediatrician and head of the a different perspective and approach to public health, and it all came Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), together in leading the RWJF. has volunteered in a clinic in every place he RWJF, headquartered in Princeton near Forrestal Village, is the has lived. nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health. Since 1972 it has Seeing children once a week at the Henry supported research and programs targeting pressing health issues. Its J. Austin Center in Trenton brings health approach is to help build a society in which everyone has “a fair and just inequity into focus. There, in Trenton, the life opportunity for health and well-being,” says Besser. The RWJF calls it a expectancy for children is 73 years. In Princeton, the life expectancy for “culture of health.” the same-age child is 87 years. It requires “shifting how people may think about The clinic grants a window, he said, “into the the drivers of health — how the choices we make lives of children, many of whom have profound depend so fundamentally on the choices that we barriers to health, children growing up in very have,” continues Besser. “It requires helping people different circumstances than the children in my recognize who has opportunity and who does not. hometown of Princeton.” It takes working to remove the barriers to health At a New York City health center, Besser met caused by poverty, racism, sexism, and so many a grandmother who knows her grandchildren other social factors.” needs daily physical exercise, but was concerned about the safety of playing outdoors. He met a youngster whose asthma attacks were triggered AN INTEREST IN PUBLIC by environmental contaminants in the family’s HEALTH apartment. At the Trenton clinic, he met a mother of a son with significant developmental disabilities Besser came to the RWJF in April 2017, new to who has been waiting two years for services that philanthropy but not new to public health. “I’ve would help him. been incredibly fortunate in my career to be able This kind of work has helped Besser rethink to pursue issues that I am passionate about,” he health in terms of opportunities to lead healthy says. He grew up in a family committed to helping lives: the choices people make are dependent on others, primarily through health care, says Besser, the choices they have. “In too many communities, the son of an obstetrician/gynecologist and a social health choices just aren’t available,” he says via worker, and the grandson of a neighborhood family email. “These encounters fuel my passion for the work that we do (at RWJF). It is through these This map shows the distribution of New Jersey’s health doctor in Philadelphia and the nurse who worked conversations that I come face-to-face with the outcomes, based on an equal weighting of length and in his office. “While I was attracted to improving health from incredible structural inequities in America and the quality of life. The map is divided into four quartiles with less color intensity indicating better performance a very young age, I knew my approach would be importance of addressing these head on.” in the respective summary rankings. (Map courtesy of Princeton-raised Besser trained as a the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute different. I was excited about the power of public pediatrician, served as the acting head for the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps; and the Robert health to create conditions that improved the health of entire populations,” he says. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Wood Johnson Foundation)

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Besser, who received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Williams do to protect their health. We shared what we were doing to answer College and medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, critical questions and we were gratified that polling showed a very high completed a residency and chief residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins trust in governmental public health.” University Hospital in Baltimore. “What I love about pediatrics is the His next stop was ABC News as health and medical editor. “At first I opportunity you have to affect the entire life course of a child,” he says. thought this was an odd fit for me, but the more I thought about it, I saw “However, from the beginning of my career I knew that public health was this as a chance to practice public health in front of a camera — a chance where I belonged.” to give millions of people information to make more informed health After his residency, he worked doing research decisions, a chance to explain health information for the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public that might be daunting or incomprehensible,” he Health in Bangladesh, and worked at the Centers says. “Through my time at ABC News, I saw the for Disease Control and Prevention to learn how to power of the media to shape public perception be a disease detective in the Epidemic Intelligence of health events and I honed my communication Service. His first job after this fellowship was skills.” running the pediatric residency program at the University of California, San Diego, and at the HEALTH EQUITY INITIATIVES same time he conducted research on the crossborder transmission of tuberculosis in children. Leading the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, In San Diego, he had the opportunity to provide Besser finds he uses all of the skills he has acquired medical commentary for one of the local television during his career up to this point. news programs, and learned the value of “clear In this year’s annual message, which includes information presented honestly.” a video, the RWJF shows how housing is a key After five years in San Diego, and missing part of the health equation, and linked to health working in public health on a national level, he equity. The stability and quality of housing returned to the CDC. There, over 11 years, he worked and neighborhoods play a major role in health, on issues including antibiotic overuse, Legionnaires’ especially when a large part of a paycheck goes disease, meningitis, bioterrorism, and emergency toward rent or mortgage, and other needs are set preparedness and response. aside as a result. Besser’s gift for communications again proved A major RWJF statewide initiative is The Policy useful as he led the initial response to the 2009 Roadmap to Help all New Jerseyans Live their H1N1 flu pandemic. “As part of our response we put This map shows the distribution of New Jersey’s health Healthiest Lives. The report was driven by growing a big focus on communications to the public,” he factors based on weighted scores for health behaviors, gaps in health from county to county, and even says. “We recognized that during a public health clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical within neighborhoods, particularly affecting the environment. Detailed information on the underlying crisis, people were concerned about their health measures is available at countyhealthrankings.org. The poor, and people of color. According to Besser, and needed information they could trust. We knew map is divided into four quartiles with less color intensity “barriers to being healthy are often the result of that trust required a level of communication often indicating better performance in the respective summary unjust policies and practices that have persisted difficult in large bureaucracies. Each day we held rankings. (Map courtesy of the University of Wisconsin’s for generations. Policy actions have sometimes press conferences and told the public what we Population Health Institute County Health Rankings and created unfair gaps in health. We can also leverage knew, what we didn’t know, and what people could Roadmaps; and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)

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LOCATION, LOCATION FOR HEALTHY LIVING Not everyone has healthy choices, he emphasizes. “Health is about more than what takes place at the doctor’s office. Access to good quality health care is important, but the most important aspects of health take place where you live, learn, work, and play. “Yes, personal responsibility plays a key role in health, but the choices we make depend on the choices we have available to us. Not everyone has healthy ones. There are people who live in communities where there is no access to healthy, affordable foods and people who have to choose between housing and prescription medicine. This is real. Too many people start behind and stay behind because of where they live, how much money they make, or discrimination they face.” The Besser family, which includes two sons, does its part to live

BUILDING A CULTURE OF HEALTH The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation produced a report, A Culture of Health: A Policy Roadmap to Help All New Jerseyans Live Their Healthiest Lives, earlier this year with analysts at the Center for State Health Policy and the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, both at Rutgers University. The report, informed by research and conversations with nearly 300 residents, as well as nonprofit and business leaders, identifies 13 priorities for building a Culture of Health in New Jersey in the areas of healthy children and families; healthy communities; and high quality equitable health and social service systems. The RWJF website has more information on each policy option. HEALTHY CHILDREN AND FAMILIES 1. Improve maternal and infant health outcomes by enhancing care, support, and prevention.

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healthy. “We are incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to make healthy choices,” Besser says. “We are all very active, love to eat healthy food, and are socially connected. My wife, Jeanne, is a food writer and an amazing chef who knows the importance of eating unprocessed food. Physical activity and exercise are things we truly enjoy. We don’t smoke or overly consume alcohol. We get our annual flu shots. We don’t take these opportunities for granted for we realize that not everyone is so fortunate.”

PRINCETON’S INFLUENCE Besser says he loved growing up in Princeton. “Throughout my education, I had teachers who cared about me and got me excited about learning. I remember in fifth grade, our teacher wanted us to understand what a million looked like, so she had us work to collect one million bottle caps. It got me interested in math. “My high school world history teacher got me excited about learning about people, cultures, and countries around the globe. He helped me understand the ways in which we are all interconnected and helped begin a lifelong journey to improve health for people here and around the world. “It’s amazing the power teachers can have. They can inspire a student to see things in a new way. They can also limit that which a young person views as possible. I’ve been fortunate to have teachers who have opened my eyes in incredible ways. We must work together to make sure every child in America has that opportunity.” His philosophy is that everyone benefits from policies that remove barriers to revitalizing neighborhoods, improve schools, health care institutions, and housing. “America cannot be healthy if we are leaving behind entire communities. Communities with highways running through them, toxic dumps next to playgrounds, neighborhoods with more liquor stores than grocery stores, lack of safe and affordable housing, or poor-quality schools.” “Regardless of our differences, every person hopes and dreams for a better life for themselves and their kids,” he says. “And we all benefit when our neighbors have what they need, when communities give everyone a fair shot at being as healthy as they can be. That means access to good jobs with fair pay, good schools, affordable housing, safe neighborhoods, and quality medical care. This approach, an approach towards greater health equity, is crucial to a productive workforce, and a vibrant nation. “We can’t solve this on an individual level, it will take all of us working together.” As head of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Besser is helping to lead that effort.

2. Ensure maximum uptake of the recently expanded paid family leave benefit, particularly among lowincome workers. 3. Increase access to high-quality early education for all of New Jersey’s 3- and 4-year-olds, with a continued focus on children living in poverty. 4. Boost the incomes of families supported by lowand moderate-wage workers to promote financial stability and economic opportunity. HEALTHY COMMUNITIES 5. Ensure New Jerseyans have equitable access to safe, affordable, and stable housing in the communities where they choose to live. 6. Prevent childhood lead poisoning by maximizing state and federal funding, and ensuring properties are lead-safe through inspection, remediation, and enforcement. 7. Expand equitable access to healthy food in communities and schools.

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8. Ensure all roads, sidewalks, and public transit systems are safe and accessible to all potential users. 9. Reduce tobacco use disparities through price increases and cessation programs. HIGH-QUALITY, EQUITABLE HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICE SYSTEMS 10. Shift the health care system’s focus toward delivering whole-person care working with other systems to promote overall health and well-being. 11. Ensure access to comprehensive, integrated mental health and addiction services. 12. Improve access to health and social services throughout the state by leveraging technology. 13. Foster collaboration within and across state agencies to improve health equity.

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policy to dismantle those barriers.” The report, produced in partnership with the Center for State Health Policy and the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, documents policy options to close inequitable gaps and broaden opportunities, such as improving maternal and infant health outcomes by enhancing care, supports, and prevention. The recommendations span education, housing, nutrition, income, and health care, with a focus on health equity, including paid family leave benefits, the minimum wage increase, and access to early education. How does New Jersey compare to other states on the issue of health equity? New Jersey, says Besser, “has a lot to be proud of — higher life expectancy rates compared to the national average, higher high school graduation rates, relatively higher incomes.” However, in every part of the state there are “wide, persistent — and in some cases, growing — gaps in health.” Take downtown Trenton, he says. There, the life expectancy in ZIP codes 08611 and 08618 is 73 and 75 years, respectively. The life expectancy in the more suburban 08619 and 08648 ZIP codes of Hamilton and Lawrence Townships jumps to 80 and 83 years, respectively. The average life expectancy in the affluent 08550 ZIP code — just outside of Princeton and only 13 miles from downtown Trenton — is 87 years. All of these ZIP codes sit within Mercer County, but across the county, life expectancy varies by as much as 14 years, he pointed out. Moreover, each year, Bergen, Morris, Monmouth, and Somerset counties see three infant deaths per thousand compared to eight deaths per thousand in Atlantic, Camden, and Cumberland counties. And, he noted, black infants in the state are more than twice as likely as white infants to die before their first birthdays, and black mothers are more than three times as likely as white mothers to die from pregnancyrelated complications.


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World-Class Horse Racing in Far Hills The 99th Running of the Race Meeting Steeplechase

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his October 19 marks the 99th running of the Far Hills Race Meeting, an annual event held at Moorland Farm in Somerset Hills, New Jersey. Based on a fox hunt organized by the Essex Hunt in Montclair circa 1870, the modern-day event involves legal wagering and has grown to be one of the richest purses in America. Guy Torsilieri, president of the National Steeplechase Association and cochair of the Far Hills Race, assures newcomers that “there’s something for everyone.” Chief among the hallmarks of the Far Hills Race Meeting are the equestrian fashion and the high-end tailgating. While the sporting events don’t begin until 1 p.m., the gates to Moorland Farm are unlocked at 8 a.m. to allow attendees to park their vehicles and roll out their elaborate catering and oriental rugs. Regular racegoers describe the atmosphere as a mix between a collegiate homecoming and a well-heeled British sporting event. Many of the premier parking spots are passed down from generation to generation. Whether you are interested in simply watching the race or require a deluxe tent package, a range of admission options are available for purchase at www.farhillsrace.org/buy-now/. Tent services allow racegoers to entertain a private party of 25-250 guests, along with premium viewing, parking passes, personal event programs, and private restroom access. For

more details, call 908.234.9115. General admission tickets start at $100. For those seeking catering services for their reserved parking space or tent, Far Hills Race Meeting recommends a number of regional businesses. Black River Catering (www.blackrivercatering.com), The Brownstone (www. thebrownstone.com), Monterey Fine Foods (www.montereyfinefoods.com), The Meadow Wood (www.themeadowwood. com), Metropolitan Seafood & Gourmet (www.metroseafood.com), Redwoods Catering ( www. re d wo o d s p re m i u m c a te r i n g .co m ) , The Catering Company (www.thecateringcompany. com), Delicious Heights (www.deliciousheights. com), and Kings Catering — Bedminster (www.kingsfoodmarkets.com), are just a few. Esposito’s Ice in Morris Plains will handle all of your ice needs (www.espositoice.com). In terms of rental supplies, Adams Party Rental (www. adamsrental.com), Party Rental, Ltd. (www. partyrentalltd.com), and Prestige Party Rental, Inc. (www.prestigepartyrental.com) will deliver everything you need to your assigned parking spot. You can even order hay bales (priced at $20 apiece) on Far Hills Race Meeting’s website (www.farhillsrace.org). Bringing your own food and dining accommodations is not a requirement, and attendees can also park off site or use NJ Transit as a means of transportation. Torsilieri points out that there is an array of food options for visitors

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to enjoy at the race. This year’s food trucks include Angry Archie’s (www. angryarchies.com), Bacon Me Crazy (www.baconmecrazy.com), Cubano X-Press (www.cubanoxpress.com), Empanada Guy (www.empanadaguy. com), Fired Up Flatbread (www.firedupflatbread.com), Good Mood Good Food (www.goodmoodtruck.com), Grain & Cane (www.grainandcane. com), and Oink & Moo BBQ (www.oinkandmoobbq.com). In addition, the plethora of cheese, cocktails, grilled meats, chili, and crab dip going around is bound to keep anyone satisfied. In terms of fashion, you may be wondering how to dress for the event. Equestrian sporting events are a staple of Britain’s upper-class social scene. While an entire wardrobe of Barbour, Ralph Lauren, or Orvis isn’t required, sporting attire in muted country colors works best. Also, keep in mind that the event is outdoors, in the Northeast, in mid-autumn, at a farm. Justifiably, spiky women’s heels are not the best option. Much more appropriate is a pair of well-worn Wellingtons. Brown tweed jackets, barn jackets, tartan scarves, anything waxed cotton, and a classic cap (a driving cap for men and a wool felt hat for women) are also good choices. Female equestrian fashion as we know it today actually arose during the 1920s and 30s to coincide with women transitioning from riding sidesaddle to riding astride. Other attitudes, like the trend towards short, bobbed hair for younger women during the flapper period and later, the movie star image of Katharine Hepburn in slacks, signified a “sportier” vision of women, in general. Famously, Elizabeth Taylor’s starring role in the popular film National Velvet (1944) created a ripple effect among leading women’s fashion magazines and fashion brands. In fact, several European luxury fashion houses have roots in the sport of horseback riding. For example, Hermès began in 1837 as a harness workshop in Paris. Specializing in

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leather goods, such as saddles, bridles, and other forms of riding gear, Hermès is now a worldwide influencer, known just as well for their handbags as their silk scarves. The pop-up race day shops can be found at Vendor Village at Moorland Farm. A range of merchandise from businesses like HardingLane (www.harding-lane.com), Dubarry (www.dubarry.us), J Wilder Import (www.jwilderimport.com), and Mobile Cigar Lounge (www. themobilecigarlounge.com), will keep shoppers busy. Far Hills Race Meeting is not only a noteworthy social event, it also gives back to the community. Over the years, it has donated more than $18 million to support regional health care organizations including RWJ Barnabas Health, Cancer Support Community Central New Jersey, Bonnie Brae, The Arc of Somerset County, Life Camp, and Community in Crisis. The 2019 sponsors are Peapack Private Wealth Management and Open Road Auto Group. As many as 75,000 people are expected to attend the October 19 event. New Jersey Transit will operate additional trains on race day to accommodate attendees who choose not to drive. Trains run continuously from Hoboken and all stations on the Gladstone line on race day. For detailed information, visit www.njtransit.com or call 973.275.5555. Car service drop-off/ pickup is at Gate 3 on Liberty Corner Road near Route 202. Limousines may not park in the village of Far Hills. All travelers should plan ahead as some congestion is expected by late morning. For more information, visit www.farhillsrace.org.

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Fall is a great time to visit the many New Jersey wineries in the area and beyond. Mark your calendar for these upcoming events…

By Laurie Pellichero

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Brook Hollow Winery 594 State Highway 94, Columbia www.brookhollowwinery.com

Alba Vineyard 269 Riegelsville Warren Glen Road, Milford www.albavineyard.com Alba Vineyard’s 93-acre estate is set in the hills of Warren County on the north side of the Musconetcong River Valley, a tributary of the Delaware River. The farm, originally a dairy farm, dates back to the late 1700s. The vineyards are the first cultivation of the land, so the soils were never subject to years of other farming and depletion of nutrients. Alba believes in sustainably farming premium grapes and crafting them into exceptional wines of great value. Tastings are available daily from 11AM to 5PM, 6PM on Saturday. The Arbor at Alba Vineyard features wood-fired pizza and estate and reserve wine tastings every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11AM to 5PM through mid-November. Music is featured from 1:30 to 5PM on Saturday, and 1 to 4:30PM on Sunday. Upcoming acts include BC Combo on October 26, the Kathy Phillips Trio on October 27, Last Thursday Band on November 2, 6th Street Trio on November 3, Frank DiBussolo Trio on November 9, and the Eric Mintel Quartet on November 10.

Brook Hollow Winery, a family farm winery, is located in the heart of the scenic Delaware Water Gap area. Each of its handcrafted wines is fermented, aged, and bottled by the family. Brook Hollow is dedicated to delivering dry, complex varietals that can be enjoyed alone or paired with favorite meals. A customer favorite is the Cranberry Wine, made from 100 percent fresh New Jersey cranberries. The winery is open Monday through Thursday from 12 to 5PM, Friday 12 to 8:30PM, and Saturday and Sunday 12 to 6PM for tastings. It also features a variety of musical acts, including Late Night Kennel Club on Friday, October 25 from 6 to 8:30PM, Stan and Elise on October 26 from 1 to 4PM, Kate and Paul on October 27 from 2 to 5PM, Marty Koppel on November 1 from 6 to 8:30PM, Michael Long on November 3 from 1:30 to 4PM, and Pentley Holmes on November 8 from 6 to 8:30PM. A Loaded Baked Potato Bar is featured at the winery on Friday, November 1 from 6 to 8:30PM, and Sunday, November 10 brings the Everything is Coming Up Rose Wine Release from 1 to 4PM. Comedy Night is November 29 at 8PM with Missy Allan, John Pizzi, and Peter Sasso. 4JG’s Orchards & Vineyards 127 Hillsdale Road, Colts Neck www.4jgswinery.com Founded in 1999, 4JG’s Orchards & Vineyards is located on a farm with barns and houses that date back to the early 1700s. The winery is named after

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the four founding members of the Giunco family, which has farmed in Monmouth County for more than 60 years. 4JG’s has produced many award-winning wines, and stresses that from winter pruning to fall harvest, the vineyard is closely monitored and maintained to guarantee the wine grapes are exposed to the best combination of handcrafting, sunlight, and water. All 4JG’s wines carry the Quality Wine Alliance (QWA) designation. The Tasting Room is open from 12 to 5PM on Saturday and Sunday. Events at 4JG’s include a Not-So-Haunted Wine Fest on Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27; Soup and Sip, which pairs wines with soups, on November 9 and 10; Wine and Chocolate Weekend, with samplings of locally-crafted chocolates, on November 23 and November 24; and Holiday Shopping and Sipping on Friday, November 29 through Sunday December 1. All events are held from 12-5PM. Four Sisters Winery 783 North Bridgeville Road, Belvidere www.foursisterswinery.com First opened in 1984, Four Sisters Winery is celebrating 35 years in winemaking, Nestled in a valley in Warren County, it is part of an agricultural tradition carried on by Matty Matarazzo on his 250-acre farm. Four Sisters Winery has won more than 100 regional, national, and international awards for its red, white, rose, and fruit wines. The winery is open six days a week from 10AM to 6PM (closed Wednesday), with extended hours to 7PM on Friday with a Happy Hour with cheese and cracker plates or chips and salsa. Hours extend to 8PM on Saturday, with live music from 2 to 7PM. Wine tastings and free tours are offered on the weekends, and complimentary wine tastings are


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offered daily. Visitors can enjoy spending time in the Vineyard View Bistro, on the deck, at a picnic table on the grassy fields, or under a tent overlooking the vineyards. Special events include Fall Harvest Weekends on the Farm every weekend in October from 11AM to 5PM. Hallowine Weekend is October 26 and 27 from 12 to 5PM, with a costume parade, tractor-drawn hayrides, pick-your-own pumpkins, and more. Barefoot Grape Stomping events are scheduled for October 26, November 23, and December 21 from 4 to 7PM each day. Fox Hollow Vineyards 939 Holmdel Road, Holmdel www.foxhollowvineyards.com Fox Hollow Vineyards, located on 94 acres in Holmdel, is owned and operated by the Casola Family, sixth generation farmers who diversified into vineyards and winemaking. The Casolas pride themselves on the cultivation of premium grapes, all hand-tended and harvested, and then crafted into their fine wines. It is a family operation, with different members of the family doing everything from planting, hoeing, and mowing to pruning, thinning, and operating all the equipment involved in the grape processing. Fox Hollow wines have received many medals and accolades in various competitions, including the New Jersey State Wine Competition. Wine tastings are offered Thursday through Sunday from 11AM to 6PM. A menu featuring meats and cheeses, paninis, and salads is also available. Fox Hollow features live music every Friday night from 6 to 9PM, including The Winery Catz on October 25, Jake’s Rockin Country Band on November 1, Squarehead Trio on November 8, and Ronnie Brandt on November 15.

Terhune Orchards Vineyard and Winery

Terhune Orchards Vineyard and Winery 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton www.terhuneorchards.com/winery Owned and operated by the Mount family, Terhune Orchards Vineyard and Winery features nine acres of grapes and 14 varieties of wine, including three fruit wines made from Terhune Orchards’ own apple cider. The historic 150-year-old barn on the farm is home to the Tasting Room, which is open Friday through Sunday from noon to 5PM. Bottles are also available seven days a week at the farm store. Terhune Orchards is one of the few operating farms in the Garden State to also have a winery and tasting room. People visiting the Tasting Room can also enjoy pick-your-own and farmyard activities as well as the farm store full of fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, and more. Terhune features a plethora of fall activities including Apple Days Harvest Festivals continuing each weekend until October 27, at which the Apple Wine is a seasonal favorite. Pie Sampling Weekend in the Wine Barn is November 9 and 10 from 10AM to 5PM with wine tastings available and all proceeds from the event to benefit HomeFront. Holiday Wine Trail Weekend is November 29, 30, and December 1. Unionville Vineyards 9 Rocktown Road, Ringoes www.unionvillevineyards.com Unionville Vineyards rests on 89 acres of preserved farmland in Hunterdon County. The winery is comprised of five estate vineyards spread over three counties, allowing for unique wines to be crafted from fruit grown in the varying terroir of central and northern New Jersey. Winemakers Zeke Johnsen and Conor Quilty craft acid-driven, fruit-forward, aromatic wines, focusing on Burgundy and Rhone varieties such as Chardonnay, Syrah, Pinot Noir, and Viognier.

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Its Tasting Room is open daily from 12 to 5PM, featuring walk-in tastings and reserved private and group tastings. Unionville’s Tasting Room staff is comprised of wine enthusiasts who enjoy educating and talking wine with their visitors. The vineyard also hosts several food, wine, and music events each month, check the website for upcoming events. Ventimiglia Vineyard 101 Layton Road, Wantage www.ventivines.com Located on the 50-acre Rocky Ridge Farm in Sussex County, Ventimiglia Vineyard continues a family tradition of hand-crafted winemaking passed down for generations. Its wines are made in small batches with carefully selected, top quality grapes, using oak barrels with minimal chemical or mechanical intervention. The vineyard’s founder and winemaker, Gene Ventimiglia, was influenced at a young age by the European winemaking traditions which his grandfather, Eugenio Ventimiglia, brought to the U.S. at the turn of the 20th century. For over 30 years, Gene had been making delicious wines to enjoy at home with his family and friends. In 2006, Gene and his wife, Anne, along with their family and good friends, began professional winemaking at Ventimiglia Vineyard. Ventimiglia Vineyard’s wines include a Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Buon Giorno, La Sorella, Rocky Ridge, Wantage White, and Chambourcin. Its Tasting Room is open Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 5PM, or by appointment for group outings. Cheers! Event dates and times subject to change. See websites for full details.

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Morris Canal and Smith's General Store at Waterloo Village, New Jersey. (Photo by Zeete, Wikimedia Commons)

MORRIS Morris County is making old new again, starting with the Morris Canal. A relic of its time, the historic commercial waterway fell into disrepair over a century ago. Recently, however, the canal has found a new life in bits and pieces: passionate volunteers are restoring sections as hiking trails and bike routes for public use, a project known as the Morris Canal Greenway. Currently stretching just over 4 miles, it will eventually extend between the New Jersey Transportation Heritage Museum and Waterloo Village, a historic canal town. On the eastern edge of Morristown, the SchuylerHamilton House preserves another important part of history — the wartime romance between Alexander Hamilton and his wife Betsy Schuyler. In the late 1700s, General Washington sent Hamilton to Morristown to prepare the townspeople for the second winter encampment. Within the walls of the house, Hamilton Schuyler-Hamilton House (Jerrye & Roy Klotz, MD, and Schuyler met, and later Wikimedia Commons) courted, before marrying in Albany in 1780. Though its outside appearance is everyday, the interior is filled with historical artifacts such as portraits, furniture, and tools from centuries ago. Supporting both the past and the present, the Park Avenue Club is a private dining and social club with ties to 13 local philanthropies. Having recently completed multimillion-dollar renovations, it offers daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a charitable gala and golf outing. One of its local beneficiaries is the Morris Museum, which houses several forward-looking exhibits including “Steampunk Fashion,” which puts a modern spin on Victorian technology and style, and “Aerosol: Graffiti,” which explores the evolving narrative of graffiti and street art in Philadelphia and New York City.

Morris County offers a multitude of ways to experience the arts, ranging from 70 South Gallery’s abstract, psychedelic exhibitions to Macculloch Hall Historical Museum’s exhibits of classic American art and naval history. The Mayo Performing Arts Center brings the arts to life with a mix of famous musicians and stand-up comedians, as well as an upstairs gallery housing traditional visual arts including watercolor portraits, oil landscapes, photography, and more. Whether they’re art galleries or historic sites, Morris gives the past new life.

UNION Nestled within Union County, the Watchung Reservation covers 1,945 acres of largely undeveloped land, where the past and the present coexist in many ways. The reservation drew attention in the 1970s when

Watchung Reservation. (Photo by Bryan Housel/Wikimedia Commons)

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a paleontologist uncovered ancient dinosaur fossils from its soil. The village of Feltville used to reside within the reservation’s boundaries; now deserted and vacant, several buildings from the 1800s still stand, restored in recent years. Some of them are even decorated with the “Murals de la Selva,” a collection of themed murals by Nicaraguan/ Summit Playhouse (Photo by Jim Henderson/ Mexican artist Roberto de Wikimedia Commons) la Selva that depict native Mexicans at work, play, and worship. They are his only known murals, as he passed away in 1957 and was otherwise known as a sculptor. Similarly, the Battle of the Short Hills Historic Trail lets visitors walk through history, following the steps of American soldiers who fought the British during the Revolutionary War in 1777. As hikers retrace the soldiers’ advance through the Scotch Plains and retreat to the Watchung Mountains, they can see the Ash Brook Reservation. On it stands the historic Frazee House, home of the local legend of Elizabeth Frazee, who, as the tale goes, encountered British General Cornwallis after the Battle of Short Hills. His troops hungry, he demanded she forfeit the bread she was baking. When she courageously responded, “Sir, I give you this bread through fear, not in love,” the general turned to his men and forbade them from taking any bread, and they left shortly thereafter. There’s more to explore than just history in Union — the nonprofit Reeves-Reed Arboretum houses a range of plants, including specialty gardens like the Susie Graham Reeves Rose Garden, which contains 286 artfully-arranged rose bushes from 150 different varieties. The Summit Playhouse is New Jersey’s oldest continuously running community theater, running a variety of plays including The Women, a biting all-woman satire centered around Manhattan gossip in the 1930s. The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey houses lectures, performances, and film screenings, while the Kean University Art Gallery mixes student art with exhibits centered on human rights. Union County has plenty to offer — all it takes is walking out the door and into a place all about the past, present, and future.

SOMERSET Exploring Somerset County is about remembering how to escape. Established in the ‘60s and named after the 18th century explorer William Alexander, the Lord Stirling Stable offers a perfect opportunity to slip away from the everyday and find an open field. Beginner equestrians can learn the ropes at introductory classes, kids can celebrate at pony parties, and riders with experience under their belt can venture out at night on Moonlight Trail rides. For those looking for a different kind of ride, the Millstone and Raritan rivers are key areas for canoeing. Historically used in major shipping routes during the 19th century between Pennsylvania and New York, they now serve as scenic waterways for canoeing, kayaking, and fly fishing. Established in 1907, the Bernards Inn carries the same air of history. Inspired by the lavish estates built after the post-Civil War economic boom,

Equestrian experiences at Lord Stirling Stable. (Shutterstock.com)

Daffodils proliferate at the Reeves-Reed Arboretum, a public garden in Summit. (Photo by James Kirkikis/Shutterstock.com)

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Mansion at Natirar Park. (Siddharth Mallya/Wikimedia Commons)

its luxurious amenities include a curated wine collection. Natirar Park and Mansion, once owned by late King of Morocco Hassan II, holds a similarly opulent history. Since his passing, Somerset County operates over 400 acres of the estate as a public park, mixing open lawns, woodlands, and access to the Raritan River. Ninety separate acres were dedicated to the Mansion: a resort, restaurant, and farm wrapped into one. To get fully immersed in the great outdoors, visit the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. A 12-square-mile natural oasis, it’s the perfect place to find over 200 species of birds, as well as foxes, turtles, and a variety of wildflowers. For a more active outdoor getaway, the Neshanic Valley Golf Course offers the fun of a public golf course with the feel of a private golf club. Covering 420 acres, the course has hosted several championships, including the 2012 United States Golf Association Women’s Public Links Championship. The course has a scenic view of the surroundings, including Neshanic Valley and the nearby Sourland Mountains. Whether you’re heading to the open fields or historic houses, Somerset makes it easy to leave the grind behind.

ESSEX Covering over 2,100 acres, the South Mountain Reservation is a nature reserve with a history that stretches back centuries. South Mountain is a part of the Watchung Mountains, which were named by the Lenape Native Americans, their original inhabitants. During the Revolutionary War, General Washington used it as an outlook. In the 1860s, English politician John Durand reportedly called it “a wilderness, as it probably existed at the time of Hendrick Hudson, a primitive forest abounding with deer and other wild animals, and traversed by streams alive with trout. Game was plentiful — partridges, quail, woodcock, rabbits, squirrels of every species, raccoons and foxes; while occasionally a hungry bear that had trespassed on the farmyards in the vicinity would be tracked to its den and shot.” Though much has changed around South Mountain, it has never lost its dedication to wildlife. Nestled by South Mountain Reservation is Essex County Turtle Back Zoo. Titled after the Lenape-named Turtle Back Rock, a massive crystalline rock formation, the zoo embodies the mountain’s wild spirit

with all manner of animals. Some exhibits, like Wild New Jersey, feature creatures from across the state. Others are more exotic — the Amazing Asia exhibit houses the endangered Amur leopard and red panda, contributing to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ plan to repopulate these species on the brink of extinction. After exploring Essex County’s natural gifts, relax Essex County Turtle Back Zoo. (Wikimedia Commons) with the fine arts. The Montclair Art Museum offers exhibitions including modern examinations of American identity and Native North American art, as well as programs for families, adults, and teens. Events range from traditional mediums, like instructions on the potter’s wheel, to esoteric exercises, like paper quilling, a Renaissance-period art form involving rolled paper strips. The Newark Museum has a more global collection, specifically focusing on Asian countries. Its exhibits include Japanese Buddhist art, Southeast Asian religious art, and traditional Tibetan art. It houses the largest collection of Tibetan art in the Americas, with over 5,500 secular and religious works. Between the variety of animals and art, Essex County has a clear dedication to life in all its forms.

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College Savings or Retirement Planning? How to Save for Your Child’s Future Without Disrupting Yours Spotlight Q&A with Brooke M. McGeehan, Princeton branch director at RBC Wealth Management Interview by Laurie Pellichero

RBC Wealth Management is unique in that it has all the resources and offerings of a global financial institution, but with a small-firm feel. We don’t offer the typical Wall Street experience that the financial industry was built on decades ago, which makes it a great fit not only for clients who want to feel like they are valued and understood, but also for advisors who are passionate about the business and want to help their clients reach their goals. We like to say we are more Main Street than Wall Street. Another differentiator is the emphasis we place on the human element of advice. Many companies in the financial services industry and beyond are replacing people with technology. While technology is essential, and can provide important insights into data and trends, it can’t empathize with a client or understand how they feel. It can’t really appreciate or understand the emotions that go into so many financial decisions. But financial advisors who know their clients can. That’s why our firm is investing in technology that doesn’t take the advisor out of the equation, rather we better enable our advisors to serve their clients. Whether clients are saving for a home, planning for retirement, implementing a strategic estate plan, or saving for college, the role of a financial advisor is critical to help clients stay on target and obtain their goals. You mention saving for college. How can parents help their children fund education without jeopardizing their retirement savings? As the cost of college education in the United States continues to rise, many parents want to help their children get through school without accumulating a mountain of debt. This is not surprising when you consider the average annual cost for tuition, fees, and room and board at a four-year private college is now nearly $50,000 per year. However, it is important to ensure that parents are not disrupting their own futures by prioritizing their children’s education over their own retirement goals. Even families of means should consider what paying for their child’s college education could do to their overall retirement plan. At RBC Wealth Management, we create customized wealth plans that help clients balance saving for retirement while prioritizing other important financial goals like saving for college, paying down debt, or perhaps purchasing their dream vacation home. I know that 529 college savings plans are a common strategy. What are some of the reasons a family might choose to establish a 529 plan for their child? Utilizing a 529 plan to fund a child’s college education offers features that no other education savings vehicle can match. Contributions to 529 plans accumulate tax-deferred and earnings are tax-free if the funds are used to pay the beneficiary’s qualified education expenses. For higher education, this includes tuition, fees, books, supplies, equipment, computers, and sometimes room and board. And it’s not just for college. You can also use a 529 plan to save for graduate school and K-12 education (limited to using $10K per year for K-12). 529 plans also offer flexibility. If your first child decides not to attend college or perhaps they obtain a scholarship, then you can use the funds for someone else in your family.

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It is important to note that the tax benefits of 529 plans are most valuable when you have a longer time to invest and allow your contributions to grow. You should set up a 529 plan for your child as early as possible to take full advantage of the potential growth opportunities. Funding a 529 plan just a few years before your child goes off to college will have fewer benefits than if you put a plan in place for your child soon after they are born. What about grandparents? How can they help contribute to funding their grandchildren’s education? A powerful strategy for grandparents who are looking to contribute to their grandchild’s education through a 529 plan, as well as to reduce their taxable estate, is a five-year upfront gift. This strategy, known as “super-funding,” offers income and estate tax benefits. Under current tax laws, the grandparent can gift up to $15,000 per recipient per year gift tax-free. A married couple that elects to “split” gifts can gift up to $30,000 per recipient per year gift tax-free. With “super-funding,” the grandparent can make an upfront gift to the grandchild’s 529 plan, up to $75,000 for an individual or $150,000 for a joint gift to be spread over five years. This strategy, which isn’t just for grandparents, offers an opportunity to put significant money in a 529 plan gift tax-free to help children and grandchildren with college expenses while reducing the grandparents’/parents’ estate and potential estate tax liabilities. But please make sure to coordinate with your CPA, as a special election must be made on your federal return. What made you decide to leave New York and join RBC’s Princeton office? I’ve been with RBC Wealth Management for 14 years, most of that time in our New York City office. I love New York City and never thought I would leave, until I was offered the branch manager position in Princeton. I’m not one to turn down opportunities, and, as a New Jersey resident, the thought of a better commute was appealing. However, what really inspired me to take this opportunity was the people I would be joining in Princeton and the sense of community. Many of my colleagues in Princeton have been with RBC Wealth Management for 25+ years. They take great pride in their profession and demonstrate an unprecedented commitment to their clients. It is a tremendous honor to be part of the Princeton office. I look forward to working with my colleagues and growing our presence in Princeton by adding experienced financial advisors that are looking for a culture and resources that are second to none. Brooke M. McGeehan

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his Book Scene began with lunch at cookbook legends Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer’s newly opened Canal House Station restaurant in Milford, N.J. At the time, all I knew about the Canal House series was what I heard from my wife on the drive up. According to an August 12 article in Food and Wine, the “meticulous restoration” of the Milford station took about two years, with the result evoking “the warmth of a dear friend’s home.... Even the entrance, past the small garden and through a back door, contributes to the familiar sensibility the brand new restaurant has already managed to create.” I understood “familiar sensibility” as a way of describing the quality that has made the Canal House books so popular, an idea that accords with the Cambridge English Dictionary definition of sensibility as “an understanding of or ability to decide about what is good or valuable, especially in connection with social activities.”

devotee who, like me, is not a “foodie” and admits to “no discernible culinary talent.” In fairness to Jamie Lee, the resemblance is strictly superficial; she cooks every day for “lots of people” and I’m a back-up cook, occasional sous chef, grater of cheese, composer of salads, and cleaner-upper.

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Another example of Hirsheimer and Hamilton’s subtle understanding of the “good and valuable” is the photograph of a Dutch Oven on the cover of Canal House Cooking Fall and Holiday (Canal House paperback $34.90). I should admit that I’ve never been responsive to gastronomical photography, even when it’s as artfully done as it is in the Canal House series. Take the cover shot on the newly published Cook Something: Recipes to Rely On (Voracious $35). The clarity of the image is striking, the presentation state of the art, but no visual POETRY UP FRONT artist this side of Paul Cézanne could make a cluster of scallions aesthetically appealing or appetizing to my eyes. If, I found the “familiar sensibility” in evidence as soon as as Cavafy says, the road to Ithaca is “long, full of adventure, I opened my wife’s prized copy of Canal House Cooks Every full of knowledge,” the green onion route is not for me. Day (Andrews McMeel $45) to a photograph and a poem The image of the Dutch Oven on the cover of Canal that would seem to have more to do with what is “good and House Cooking Fall and Holiday has a yellow-orange hue valuable” than with cooking. The first image you see after that absolutely radiates autumn. Better yet, this sturdy turning the title and dedication pages is a blurry vision of piece of cookware clearly has a history. Memorable meals blue sky and cloud mass photographed through the window have simmered inside it, and it is what it is without benefit of a plane en route to Istanbul; taking up the facing page is of photographic tarting up. Compared to the minimalist C.P. Cavafy’s poem “Ithaca,” which begins, “When you set out clarity of conventional, air-brushed, soft-core food porn, it on your journey to Ithaca,/pray that the road is long,/full of has the depth of a Rembrandt. Its blemishes, flecks of red, Cook Something: Recipes to Rely On adventure, full of knowledge” and ends “Wise as you have specks of black, are in full view, marking its passage through become, with so much experience,/you must already have understood what generations of use, a kitchen poet’s equivalent of Cavafy’s journey to Ithaca. these Ithacas mean.” With its lid ajar and the track of some long-ago overflow baked for all time As someone whose heart has never soared at the sight of a cookbook, into the enamel, it’s worthy of a Cézanne still-life or at least a place of honor I was more impressed by the association of cooking with a “beautiful voyage” in his kitchen. More than the patina of age, an aura both painterly and human, than with any of the celebrity testimonials on the endpapers, except perhaps its primary beauty is that autumnal radiance. the tribute to “this kitchen bible” from actress Jamie Lee Curtis, a Canal House

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The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook

COOKING À LA DOWNTON ABBEY Speaking of “what is good or valuable, especially in connection with social activities,” if you’re a fan of a certain wildly popular Masterpiece Theatre series, you’ll want to check out food historian Annie Gray’s Official Downton Abbey Cookbook (Weldon Owen $35), which contains over 100 recipes showcasing, says the publisher, “the cookery and customs of the Crawley household — from upstairs dinner party centerpieces to downstairs puddings and pies. The emphasis is on original recipes of the period, replicated as seen or alluded to on screen,” or typical of the period covered (1912-1926), all the recipes reflecting “the influences found on the Downton Abbey tables.” There’s a foreword by executive producer and co-creator of Downton Abbey Gareth Neame, along with a host of color photographs, including stills from the PBS series as well as the recently-released feature film. Besides providing notes on the etiquette and customs of the times, the book includes quotes from the characters, and descriptions of the scenes in which the foods appear. A sample of the upstairs menu includes Oysters au Gratin, Quail and Watercress, and Charlotte Russe. Downstairs in the kitchen, the heart of the series, it’s Toad-in-theHole, Beef Stew with Dumplings, and Jam and Custard Tarts.

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were revised and updated by Irma Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker throughout the 20th century, selling hundreds of thousands of copies by the end of World War II. Marion Rombauer Becker took over with the publication of the popular 1963 edition. Her son Ethan Becker helped her revise the 1975 edition, and then oversaw the releases of the 1997 and 75th Anniversary (2006) editions rewritten by Irma’s great-grandson John Becker and his wife, Megan Scott. Besides being the first revision since the 2006 edition, this is the first Joy of Cooking available as an eBook.

A WEDDING PRESENT In my years lurching cluelessly around the kitchen, the book I turned to in times of stress was the 1966 edition of Joy of Cooking, a wedding present, which means we’ve had it more than 50 years. The big book has held up beautifully, the only sign of age the slightly torn rear dust jacket, probably from the times I pulled it off the shelf in a panic looking for how to make something embarrassingly basic like cinnamon toast or scrambled eggs. Just now, opening it at random, I landed on the pumpkin page, where it’s suggested that “each of the children carve his own pumpkin and then stack them into a totem pole.” Sounds like a recipe for disaster. I wonder if this idea made it into later editions.

THE HEART OF THINGS

One of the most notable new fall arrivals, with a title that should evoke fond memories in cooks of all sensibilities, is the 2019 Joy of Cooking, revised and updated for the first time since 2006, with a release date just ahead of Thanksgiving. The first commercial edition of Irma S. Rombauer’s Joy of Cooking was published by the Bobbs-Merrill Company in 1936. Subsequent editions

Like the kitchen in Downton Abbey, the one in the new Canal House Station restaurant is at the heart of things — as you walk through it on your way to the dining rooms, you might find yourself saying hello to Hamilton and Hirsheimer, who were there the day we had lunch.

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“...improving the value of care in the United States is one of the biggest challenges our health care system faces. We also face challenges in providing care in a way that is equitable and that addresses other drivers of health, including social factors.”

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achel Werner, M.D., Ph.D., took over last May as the first female “Rachel is one of the smartest health services researchers I have ever and the first physician-economist executive director of the met,” said Judith Long, M.D., chief of the Division of General Internal University of Pennsylvania’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Medicine, Perelman School professor, and LDI senior fellow in an interview Economics (LDI). She is a professor of both medicine at Penn’s in a recent issue of the LDI’s eMagazine Health Economist. “As a woman, Perelman School of Medicine, she is a role model for all of us.” and health care management LDI, established in 1967, two years after at the Wharton School; a Congress enacted Medicare, now sits at member of the National Academy of the center of an array of health services Medicine; and a practicing physician research initiatives within various Penn at Philadelphia’s Corporal Michael J. departments and centers. Penn’s hub for Crescenz VA Medical Center. data-driven and policy-focused research Werner came to Penn in 1994 after to improve the nation’s health system, LDI graduating from Macalester College in connects and supports researchers across Minnesota. She earned her M.D. in 1998 schools and disciplines to accelerate and her Ph.D. in health economics in 2004. interdisciplinary research and initiatives. She joined the Penn faculty in 2005 as an I asked Werner a few questions about assistant professor of medicine and an LDI health care, her work at LDI, her new senior fellow. A longtime member of LDI’s position as the first woman leader in the executive committee, Werner has played Institute’s 51-year history, and her priorities an important role in expanding LDI data for her career and the future of LDI. services and was director of the LDI health economics data analyst pool that provides DG: U.S. health care was described by LDI fellows with statistical analysts. the late Princeton University economist Werner has received numerous Uwe Reinhardt as “a system that’s both awards, including the National Science cruel and inefficient,” costing more Foundation’s Presidential Early Career and delivering less here than in almost Award for Scientists and Engineers for all other developed countries in the demonstrating “exceptional potential for world. Do you agree? What should we do leadership at the frontiers of scientific about that? knowledge.” She was also awarded a 2018 RW: I do agree — improving the value Excellence in Teaching award in Penn’s Master of Science in Health Policy The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) is based in the Colonial of care in the United States is one of the biggest challenges our health care system Research program, which she co-directed. Penn Center on Locust Walk, at the heart of Penn’s campus. (Wikipedia) faces. We also face challenges in providing care in a way that is equitable Her research in recent years has focused on the effects of health care and that addresses other drivers of health, including social factors. payment and organization on post-acute care, the continuing care services LDI will be focusing its efforts on improving health care delivery in a many patients require after they are discharged from a hospital into rehab few key areas. We have selected areas that are strongly connected to LDI’s facilities, nursing facilities, or home health programs.

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core mission, have faculty actively engaged in research, and are timely issues in health policy. LDI’s current four priority areas are the care of vulnerable populations, coverage and access to health care, health care for aging populations, and the opioid epidemic.

Having gone back and forth between these disciplines many times myself gives me unique insights into both the challenges and benefits of such collaborations, including the importance of using rigorous economic methods to answer questions that matter the most to patients.

DG: What has been on the top of the agenda for you and LDI since you took charge in May?

DG: Has being the first woman leader of LDI given you any advantages? Disadvantages? Perspectives that might be different from past leadership?

RW:

LDI’s mission is to catalyze and support innovative research to shape and improve health and health care delivery, and to translate and disseminate research to increase its visibility and impact both at Penn and nationally. My main priority is to support that mission. Within that mission, we will be working to further engage Penn faculty in LDI’s mission, to facilitate collaborations across disciplines and across campus, to expand the ways in which we can support their research and dissemination, and to extend the impact of research in shaping health care policy and delivery.

RW: I am honored to be chosen as the first

DG: How has your background and training as a physician-economist helped you in pursuing these priorities and your work at LDI? RW: As a physician-economist, I am at the crossroads between two large disciplines that make up LDI and contribute to the field of health economics more generally, making my background a good fit for LDI. It presents an opportunity to further existing collaborations between Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School. Fostering these cross-school collaborations has been a vital part of LDI’s success.

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woman leader of LDI and, after more than 50 years, to break down that barrier. It has been important to many people across Penn to see a woman appointed to this leadership position. Having visible female role models is vital to younger faculty and trainees who aspire to be in leadership positions. I hope my appointment will make it easier for others to succeed. At the same time, it is both surprising and frustrating that it took over 50 years to have a woman appointed as the executive director of LDI. I have benefited so much from the women ahead of me who have broken down barriers and made it possible for me to be in this position. But it reminds me that we still have a long way to go to get to a time when it will no longer be surprising or novel to have women in leadership positions. But mostly, I hope I am remembered for being an effective executive director rather than simply being remembered as the first woman executive director.

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DG: What is the best part of the job for you?

RW:

I believe  strongly  in  the  importance  of  LDI’s  mission  at  Penn  and  more broadly. LDI has been integral to my career, from when I was a Ph.D.  student  in  health  economics  at  Wharton  to  this  day.  An  LDI  pilot  grant  supported  my  dissertation;  LDI-affiliated  faculty  mentored  me;  and  LDI  seminars introduced me to leaders in the field.  Since I joined the faculty at Penn in 2005, LDI has provided the soup-tonuts research support I needed to be successful; from the data infrastructure  to support my research to the translation and dissemination of the results  to promote their impact. It is wonderful to lead an institute that I have such  a  deep  and  important  connection  to,  and,  more  importantly,  to  work  to  ensure that others have the same benefits from LDI that I have had.  

DG: What is the most challenging part of the job for you?

RW: Trying to balance this with my ongoing research, teaching, and clinical 

work! It is important to me to continue with these endeavors as they help  inform and focus LDI’s mission.   DG: As you look ahead to the next 10 years, what are some of your most ambitious goals?   RW: To be determined. It is still early in my tenure…  

DG: Any surprises in the past six months since you became executive director? RW: I  have  been  pleasantly  surprised  at  people’s  enthusiasm  for  and  commitment to LDI. I have spoken to many Penn faculty over the last four  months  and  am  gratified  to  know  that  so  many  people  think  so  highly  of  LDI and have felt its positive impact on their experience as a researcher at  Penn,  on  the  larger  Penn  community,  and  on  the  health  policy  landscape  more broadly.

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NANTUCKET L ocated approximately 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Nantucket is a compact island popular with generations of vacationers. The island was first sighted by Captain Bartholomew Gosnold of Falmouth, England, on his way to Virginia in 1602. In October 1641, William, Earl of Sterling, deeded the island to Thomas Mayhew of Watertown, Massachusetts Bay. Shares of the island were eventually sold to nine other purchasers. These 10 original owners were eager to attract tradesmen to the island, and the total number of stakeholders gradually expanded to 27 shares among 31 owners. Names like Coffin, Folger, Gardner, Macy, Starbuck, Hussey, and Swain still have a large presence on the island today. When the Englishmen arrived, the island was already home to an estimated 1,600 Wampanoag Indians. The influence of European disease, alcohol, debt, and servitude took a toll on the native population, and it is chronicled that the last Wampanoag (Abram Quary) on the island died in 1885. The settlers innately understood the value of the cold waters at their doorstep, and sought the guidance of established New England whaling captains to learn how to hunt whales from a boat. At the time, whale oil was used to light lamps.

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Eventually, a new species of whale was discovered in Nantucket’s waters — the sperm whale. Although smaller and more difficult to catch than the right whale, sperm whales housed huge quantities of oil (spermaceti) in their heads. The oil was also considered to be a much higher grade and drew larger profits. Nantucket whalers developed a reputation of being fearless and sought to pursue sperm whales from Bermuda to the Arctic Circle. By the 1830s, the price of whale oil had begun to drop as kerosene rose in consumption. It is said that the last whaling ship left Nantucket’s shores in 1869, never to return (Nantucket Historical Research Library: www.nha.org/research/research-library). Improved mass transportation and the advent of the railroad signaled the arrival of the tourism industry. In an effort to draw wealthy vacationers, locals began to build rental cottages and luxury hotels, taking out advertisements in New York City and Boston newspapers. Ferry service was established between Cape Cod and Nantucket in 1920. City-weary folks were attracted by the promise of fresh sea air, mild temperatures, untouched beaches, and quietude. In fact, the name “Nantucket” is recognized as an adaptation of an Algonquian word meaning “faraway island.” The National Park Service designated Nantucket as a National

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Historic Landmark District in 1966, thereby influencing and regulating all subsequent construction and development. As such, modern-day visitors are quick to feel a sense of traveling back in time, the natural dunes, beach grass, and shingle-style homes easily recalling the island’s historic aesthetic as a New England seaport. Nantucket has featured prominently in literary and popular culture. Perhaps most notably, Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick (1851) has Ishmael departing for his voyage from Nantucket. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (1838) is the only complete novel written by Edgar Allan Poe. Described by the New York Post as “the queen of the summer beach read,” American writer Elin Hilderbrand is a full-time Nantucket resident and sets the majority of her novels there. Speaking of books, one of the island’s most treasured community centers is the Nantucket Atheneum (www.nantucketatheneum.org), which is open year-round. From lectures to classes, performances, and workshops, the Atheneum offers programs for all ages. Residents and visitors can browse over 1.6 million books, CDs, DVDs, and downloadables. The adult “Book of the Day” highlights trending recommendations. The library also

maintains a vast collection of works by local authors. Standing tall on India Street, the white pillared structure has gone through significant renovation since 1847. Graced with artworks and artifacts, the Atheneum is a unique emblem of Nantucket’s proud historical heritage and vibrant modern day culture. Families joke that “to summer ” on Nantucket is a verb and, chances are, there will be no shortage of high-profile sightings. Famous second-homeowners on the island include former Secretary of State John F. Kerry, Vice President Joe Biden, actor/director Ben Stiller, and actress Drew Barrymore, to name a few. Getting to the storied island takes some pre-planning. For those who prefer a long, relaxing boat ride and want to bring their vehicle on-island, the Steamship Authority (SSA) is a 2 hour and 15-minute ride that requires advance reservations. Offering “the lowest fares to the island,” the SSA’s route travels first to Martha’s Vineyard and then onward to Nantucket (www. steamshipauthority.com). Seastreak ferries (www.seastreak. com/daytrips-and-getaways/nantucket) offer service from New Jersey/New York City and New Bedford, Mass., to Nantucket, and

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Hy-Line Cruises runs high-speed ferries from Hyannis to Nantucket (www.hylinecruises. com/schedules-rates/nantucket-ferries). Nantucket Airlines offers frequent daily, year-round flights between Hyannis and Nantucket (www.nantucketairlines.com). Cape Air/Nantucket Air provides yearround service from Boston, Hyannis, and New Bedford to Nantucket (www.capeair. com). Seasonal service is offered from New York’s JFK Airport to Nantucket. United Airlines departs from Newark, N.J. (EWR) to Nantucket. Tradewind Aviation flies seasonally from White Plains, N.Y. (HPN) and Teterboro, N.J. (TEB) to Nantucket (www.flytradewind.com). Other commercial airlines servicing the island include American, Delta Airlines and JetBlue. Charter company options range from Blade (www.blade.flyblade.com) to Fly the Whale (www.flythewhale.com). Lastly, before you pack the car, drive to the airport, and/or set sail for Nantucket, take a moment to review Urban Agenda Magazine’s suggested list of highly recommended hotel accommodations, dining, beaches, lighthouses, and assorted activities. You won’t be disappointed.

HOTELS 21 Broad 21 Broad Street; www.21broadhotel.com 76 Main 76 Main Street; www.76main.com

CRU Oyster Bar 1 Straight Wharf; www.crunantucket.com Galley Beach 54 Jefferson Avenue; www.galleybeach.net Millie’s 382 Madaket Road www.milliesnantucket.com

Brass Lantern Inn 11 North Water Street www.brasslanternnantucket.com

ACTIVITIES

Greydon House 17 Broad Street; www.greydonhouse.com The Wauwinet 120 Wauwinet Road; www.wauwinet.com White Elephant Village 19 North Water Street www.whiteelephantnantucket.com

Brant Point Light Easton Street; www.nps.gov/nr/travel/maritime/ brn.htm Jethro Coffin House 16 Sunset Hill; www.nha.org/research/ nantucket-history/histories-of-historic-sites/ oldest-house-history

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Madaket Beach, South Shore www.nantucket.net/beaches/south.php

Black-Eyed Susan’s 10 India Street www.black-eyedsusans.com

Nantucket Bike Tours 31 Washington Street www.nantucketbybike.com

Chanticleer Restaurant & Gardens 9 New Street www.chanticleernantucket.com

Nantucket Whaling Museum 13 Broad Street; www.nha.org/visit/ museums-and-tours/whaling-museum

Cisco Brewers 5 Bartlett Farm Road; www.ciscobrewers.com

Sankaty Head Light Baxter Road; www.sconsettrust.org/ stewardship/sankaty-head

Club Car Restaurant 1 Main Street; www.theclubcar.com Company of the Cauldron 5 India Street www.companyofthecauldron.com

Siasconset Beach Siasconset; www.nantucket.net/ beaches/east.php

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