A Washington Township Habitat For Humanity project is among the many volunteer opportunities in Bergen County this summer.
You tore through all the books you were excited to read this summer. You binged on every show there is to watch Hulu. What else is there to do? North Jersey is chock full of volunteer opportunities to keep you busy and help communities in need.
Here are just some local, upcoming or ongoing volunteer opportunities through Bergen Volunteer Center, a Hackensack-based nonprofit organization.
The New Jersey Department of Education ranked the state's schools on a scale from 1-100, for the first time ever. And the results are in.
According to a report by NJ.com , here are the top schools in Bergen and Passaic county:
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Despite being home to New Jersey's largest shopping center, Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera won't be changing the blue laws, he said. Responding to a recent opinion article by NorthJersey.com correspondent Jackie Goldschneider, the mayor said that protecting the blue laws -- which prohibit shoppers from purchasing certain items on Sundays -- "has always been and will continue to be my number one priority."
Goldschneider doesn't like having to "cram everything into Saturday because of some outdated rules," she said, citing a busy weekday schedule caring for her family.
The mayor and lifelong borough resident opined that quality of life overrules convenience.
"There is probably nothing as important to our residents than quality of life. It maintains balance between our businesses and residences," LaBarbiera told Daily Voice.
"We are lucky that our forefathers in the 1950s struck this balance while they were providing the zoning for large malls.
"Our retailers and residents when choosing Paramus to do business or live know the ground rules resulting in one of the most desirable communities to call home and do business."
With more than 60,000 shoppers visiting the Garden State Plaza alone daily, Goldschneider says residents have a legitimate concern for the traffic that a repeal of the blue laws would create.
"Residents in shopping areas can opt to stay off the roads on Sundays, to avoid the malls, or if they’re really distraught, to reside in one of the other 564 municipalities in New Jersey," she said.
The suggestion wasn't enough to to sway LaBarbiera, who is steadfast in his decision:
"As long as I am in office, the protection of our beloved blue walls will always be priority number one."
Where are the state's most well-to-do homeowners? To answer that question, you can use average home values in towns, but that won't capture the very wealthiest segment of the population — those with homes over $1 million. So we looked at the towns that had the highest percentage of million-dollar homes, based on 2017 property tax assessments from the state. Because Mercer County had not yet released its 2017 tax data, we used its 2016 data instead.
When three brothers from Teaneck approached auctioneer John Nye about selling off a collection of old family possessions, Nye thought the silver tea set would fetch more than the cracked and faded 9-inch painting.
"The varnish had discolored tremendously," said the auctioneer, who heads Nye & Company Auctioneers in Bloomfield. "It was crackled and there were (paint) losses. The painting was dark and the monogram in the upper right corner wasn't visible."
Ned, Roger and Steven Landau inherited silver, china and the painting when their mother died in 2010. She had inherited the items years earlier.
"It was a wall painting and it never looked like much," Roger Landau said Tuesday. "My parents had larger paintings that we considered much more valuable." The painting, which depicts two men attempting to revive a woman, made Ned Landau uncomfortable. "It was of a woman passed out in a chair, and two men trying to revive her. As a kid I thought, 'why did we have a painting like that in our dining room?'" he told Jamie Colby of Strange Inheritance on Fox Business. The painting ended up in a box in Roger Landau's basement under the ping-pong table. It wasn't until the strange painting was sold at auction that Nye and the Landaus found out what they had - a long lost, million-dollar Rembrandt. "Rarely is an Old Master painting an Old Master painting," said Nye, explaining that many 19th Century artists copied works from the 16th Century greats as a way to develop their own skills. "I thought that (a copy) was what we had," he said. "Nobody and I mean nobody recognized we had something of historical significance created by a household name." And Nye says he thought nothing of it when three people from England, France and Germany requested to bid on the artwork over the phone as other bidders gathered in the sales room. "There was no indication that there was anything going on at this point," Nye said. "We signed each one of them up for a phone bid." None of the bidders from Europe asked for a condition report. Nor did they ask for additional photos of the painting. Nobody asked questions, Nye said. "They were keeping the cards close to the vest," he said. The bidding started at $250 and soon passed Nye's $800 high estimate. Then the caller from France bid $5,000. The caller from Germany countered and bidding reached $100,000. The winning bid of $1.1 million came from the French caller, Nye said. At that price, the German caller backed off. And then he explained to Nye what was going on. "You just sold a Rembrandt," the caller told Nye. "I have been looking for this painting my whole professional life." "That was the first inclination we had handled something historic," Nye said. When the painting was cleaned up, Rembrandt's monogram became visible, Nye said. Turns out Rembrandt painted the piece as a teenager in the 1620s. It was called "The Unconscious Patient (An Allegory of the Sense of Smell)" and was one of five highlighting the human senses and the only one monogrammed by the artist, Nye said. The French bidder sold the painting to Thomas and Daphne Kaplan, who own three others in the series. The fifth painting, depicting taste, has not been found. Nye said the amount the Kaplans paid for the painting has not been disclosed. A published report states they paid around $4 million. The Landau brothers have no idea where the painting came from. And since it was so unremarkable, they never asked. "It's a bit of a mystery," Roger Landau said. "Both of my parents are gone and we don't have any way of finding out."
Aneta Vogelgesang in Beyond skin care & electrolysis in wallington. Offers several hair, beauty and skincare treatments. "So be strong and dint be afraid, don;t have self pity. You have to make yourself happy. If you have to kick some out, do it. If you need to go to school, do it. You will always find the money to make yourself happy". For many people in distress, Aneta Vogelgesang of Clifton's business is the only answer.
They come in by the dozen nearly every day, embarrassed by the thick strands sprouting from their foreheads, breasts, cheeks or backs. They can't wax it, pluck it, or laser it off, because they've found those methods ineffective and often exacerbating.
But Vogelgesang, who opened Beyond Skin Care & Electrolysis in Wallington last April, changes that for them -- for good. In doing so, the single mom from Poland changed her own life, and those of her kids as well. Vogelgesang moved to the U.S. from Poland in 2004 when her first child, Matthew, was 6. She was 28. She had just finished cosmetology school in her country and the economy was awful.
"I had no choice but to come here," said Vogelgesang of Clifton. "In Poland, I couldn't offer him anything. If I didn't do anything, his life would never be good." Then in her early 20s, Vogelgesang packed her bags and bought a one-way ticket to the U.S. She didn't know any English, and only had one family friend to help her out. She landed her first job in Cape Cod, working as a bus boy in hotels and restaurants. But in the winter, after the vacationers had gone home, she lost those jobs and picked up work as a gas attendant.
It wasn't looking like a long-term gig. "I didn't care that it was cold or that I was a woman," she said. "I'm Polish -- I'm strong. I could do this."
Vogelgesang started her day opening the station at 5:45 a.m., and closing at 8 p.m. But she could do better. So Vogelgesang called a friend in New York City that December, hoping he could help her move forward. "There was no future there for me," he said.
She took a bus to New York City and began looking for jobs online, with her laptop. Her English was barely there. After a few weeks, she found a gig as a live-in babysitter in Pleasantville, N.Y. "When I got there, I knew it was my place," Vogelgesang said.
The kids were 5 and 9, and the parents treated her like family. She worked making pierogis at a polish deli on the side, and was enjoying her life in the U.S. That year, she met the man who would become her husband on an online dating site. The pair got married in 2007 and she quit her nannying gig to move in with him in Queens, N.Y. Things took an abrupt turn for the worst when her son, Matthew, joined them from Poland the following year. "I didn’t like how my husband was treating him," Vogelgesang said. "He was so mean, treating him like a slave. I couldn't watch that." She thought maybe, if they had a baby together, he'd soften up.
And so, in 2008, the pair moved to New Jersey and welcomed baby Julia. Still, nothing changed with Matthew. Vogelgesang knew it wasn't going to work between the two. She knew she had to do something. With her husband's money, Vogelgesang went back to school to get her cosmetology license. She took care of the house, the kids and studied on the side. "I thought, 'One day, I''m going to be ready to kick him out,'" she said. And then one day, it happened. In 2015, Vogelgesang divorced her husband and found work in a New Jersey medi-spa.
She noticed that her boss was backed up all day with electrolysis appointments, but she was only giving facials. It wasn't enough. Seeing her boss' success, Vogelgesang went back to electrolysis school and prepared -- once again -- to face the world on her own. It wasn't long before she found space to rent in a doctor's office in Wallington doing electrolysis, but soon discovered she needed more space. In February 2017, Vogelgesang found her Wallington Avenue facility and opened Beyond Skin Care & Electrolysis.
Business has been booming. "The hair situation for women is very embarrassing," Vogelgesang said. "It could be genetic, from their medication, stress or hormone changes. There’s no way for them to remove it at home without making the situation worse."
Vogelgesang explained that by plucking or waxing the hair, more blood is circulated to the area, causing it to grow in thicker. She spends many hours a month with her clients in close quarters, talking about each other's lives as she works on their bodies. Many have become close friends with her. "I like to see that they’re happy," she said.
The business has been integral in providing a better life for her children, too. Matthew, now 18, graduated from college and is working in HVAC.More importantly, Vogelgesang sees he is truly happy for the first time in a very long time. Her daughter, Julia, is on the honor roll at a private school in Clifton, and is passionate about playing piano and gymnastics. Vogelgesang feels that America has become home and has an important message for other single moms. "Women, when we give birth, this makes us strong," she said. "So be strong and don't be afraid. Don't have self-pity. You have to make yourself happy. "If you have to kick someone out, do it. If you need to go to school, do it. You will always find the money to make yourself happy. "Because nobody else can make you happy --- only you."
Greek from Greece features an extensive menu of traditional Greek food.
Greek food lovers have new authentic spots in Wayne and Paramus to pick up savory treats such as spanakopita, cheese pies and baklava.
Greek from Greece is now open at the Willowbrook Mall and the Garden State Plaza.
The Greek bakery also has locations in Hoboken, Manhattan and West Nyack. The menu features an extensive variety of traditional Greek pies, cookies, cereal bars, muffins, croissants, wraps, salads, as well as various coffees, teas, smoothies and chocolate drinks. The founders of Greek from Greece were born and raised in Greece. “We can proudly say we know good food and we are here to share it with the world,” the bakery’s website states. In the 1930’s, the founders’ great grandfathers “worked their way up from selling ‘koulouria’ in the local fairs to opening two of the biggest bakeries in Athens, the famous ‘Lavrion’ located in the most central part of the city,” according to the website.The bakery is “a reincarnation of this culinary and baking past, on a mission to make every neighborhood we settle in a bit more like home,” it states.
At 15, Casey Terramoccia started to give haircuts out of his West Milford home to a few of his soccer teammates. “From there, it was someone else asked me for a cut and somebody else … all of the sudden it was a snowball effect,” Terramoccia said. He even gave cuts to some West Milford High School teachers. “I just started running appointments out of my house,” Terramoccia, now 24, recalled during an interview at his busy Glen Rock barbershop. Terramoccia signed the lease for his shop when he was just 19. He officially opened Iconic Barber Shop & Shave Parlor at 20. He did try out college for a semester – mainly, because he wanted to play soccer, he said. But instead of focusing on classes, he was cutting hair in the dorms, he said.
“I was like this is what I am supposed to be doing,” he said. So he left, enrolled at Empire Beauty School in Paramus and never looked back. “I guess I was pretty lucky to have something that I was super passionate about fall into my lap at an early age,” Terramoccia said, adding that his parents and in-laws have been incredibly supportive of his dream. The best part of it all? The people he gets to meet. “Every day I meet someone that’s accomplished something, or done something that was incredible or works for someone cool,” he said. “It’s cool to be able to do something where I can pick people’s brains, and hear their stories, and get their advice and then they pay me for it,” he joked. “There are not many jobs where you get that.” The Iconic Barber Shop & Shave parlor employs four barbers who can cater to those who want progressive, urban styles as well as those who wear corporate looks. The shop combines an old-world barbershop appearance with modern amenities and techniques. The shop is located at 36 Glen Ave. in Glen Rock. For more information, CLICK HERE .
If you're a foodie, you often count your year in terms of where you ate -- and what you tasted.
We went to the experts -- local Instagrammers whose every bite attracts attention. What follows are their top picks of 2018.
by Brian Morgenweck
You’ll see “Average” as well as “Median” dollar figures for each town, as well as the number of homes sold in the last twelve months and the market times (DOM). The links will take you to the respective towns of interest. There, you’ll find complete and current information of all the homes available for sale and how to schedule tours of homes you may like.
Average Home Prices In Bergen County (in alphabetical order)
49 homes sold average: $785,548 median: $740,000 DOM = 61 days
17 homes sold average: $2,719,421 median: $2,100,000 DOM = 193 days
43 homes sold average: $546,888 median: $480,000 DOM = 78 days
183 condos/townhouses sold average: 427,669 median: $405,000 DOM = 79 days
105 homes sold average: $744,636 median: $665,000 DOM = 94 days
102 homes sold average: $962,983 median: $691,000 DOM = 83 days
81 homes sold average: $997,465 median: $860,000 DOM = 75 days
203 homes sold average: $367,257 median: $369,900 DOM = 57 days
9 homes sold average: $1,003,611 median: $880,000 DOM = 85 days
220 condos/townhouses sold average: $658,802 median: $562,500 DOM = 76 days
70 homes sold average: $548,549 median: $488,000 DOM = 66 days
123 homes sold average: $578,438 median: $378,000 DOM = 90 days
134 condos/townhouses sold average: $367,588 median: $335,250 DOM = 75 days
77 homes sold average: $1,304,840 median: $1,140,000 DOM = 94 days
83 homes sold average: $811,264 median: $655,000 DOM = 84 days
282 condos/townhouses sold average: $479,631 median: $383,750 DOM = 90 Days
126 homes sold average: $1,138,647 median: $1,024,999 DOM = 87 days
141 homes sold average: $687,955 median: $625,000 DOM = 48 days
106 homes sold average: $345,183 median: $335,000 DOM = 74 days
210 condos/townhouses sold average: $192,561 median: $182,640 DOM = 60 days
54 homes sold average: $615,714 median: $600,000 DOM = 80 days
43 homes sold average: $715,798 median: $665,000 DOM = 92 days
123 homes sold average: $533,288 median: $500,000 DOM = 50 days
51 homes sold average: $855,804 median: $800,000 DOM = 69 days
139 homes sold average: $782,812 median: $750,000 DOM = 76 days
221 condos/townhouses sold average: $360,422 median: $335,000 DOM = 49 days
93 homes sold average: $400,819 median: $395,000 DOM = 48 days
63 homes sold average: $700,730 median: $657,000 DOM = 66 days
160 homes sold average: $411,900 median: $380,500 DOM = 50 days
51 homes sold average: $458,151 median: $449,900 DOM = 88 days
56 homes sold average: $661,304 median: $658,500 DOM = 99 days
163 homes sold average: $491,528 median: $462,000 DOM = 64 days
57 homes sold average: $811,533 median: $749,000 DOM = 83 days
82 homes sold average: $602,453 media: $570,250 55 days
220 homes sold average: $701,355 median: $647,500 DOM = 58 days
97 homes sold average: $567,881 median: $535,000 DOM = 50 days
156 homes sold average: $646,636 median: $617,750 DOM = 63 days
78 condos/townhouses sold average: $360,825 median: $341,250 DOM = 48 days
338 homes sold average: $844,091 median: $757,500 DOM = 43 days
119 homes sold average: $520,169 median: $485,000 DOM = 52 days
102 homes sold average: $611,338 median: $583,750 DOM = 57 days
36 homes sold average: $1,915,140 median: $1,667,500 DOM = 159 days
393 homes sold average: $420,216 median: $370,000 DOM = 79 days
201 homes sold average: $1,073,238 median: $875,000 DOM = 77 days
104 homes sold average: $981,831 median: $852,500 DOM = 77 days
94 homes sold average: $528,388 median: $502,500 DOM = 57 days
104 homes sold average: $451,466 median: $435,031 DOM = 50 days
65 homes sold average: $772,415 median: $710,000 DOM = 53 days
201 homes sold average: $786,271 median: $715,000 DOM = 57 days
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Meadow Paliotta of Ridgewood recently volunteered to help kids make holiday crafts at Oasis in Paterson. Photo Credit: Facebook: Miss Ramapo Valley's Outstanding Teen Pageant.
A Ridgewood High School freshman could become Miss New Jersey Outstanding Teen.
Meadow Paliotta, who in August was crowned Miss Ramapo Valley’s Outstanding Teen, will be competing against other pageant winners from throughout the state for the title later this month.
“Twenty of the most talented, intelligent, and community-minded young women will be vying for the prestigious title of Miss New Jersey’s Outstanding Teen,” states a press release from the organization. Paliotta’s talent is musical theater dance and her platform is body positivity.
“As a dancer I feel really strongly about it, because a lot of people think that you have to be a certain weight or look a certain way to succeed in that sort of field,” Paliotta, 15, told Daily Voice. “And I just don’t think that anybody should ever be judged based on their size.”
The pageant will be held on January 27, at the Clayton High School Performing Arts Center in Clayton, Gloucester County.
Standing on a lawn in Asbury Park more than two years ago, amid a stretch of fans that had no business being as large as it was, one could feel the scales of New Jersey rock favor tipping.
It was the last day of the Skate and Surf Festival 2015, an all-weekend event featuring dozens of internationally touring bands and headlined by local heroes The Gaslight Anthem, who to that point had been the state's most prominent modern rock outfit for the better part of a decade. But before Gaslight could take the stage, or before the sun could set, another Jersey group had already stolen the show. The Front Bottoms, originally of Woodcliff Lake, drew the festival's largest and most fervent crowd -- about 3,000 strong, who shrieked every word of its idiosyncratic folk-punk as if the day's end might erase the band forever. It seemed a real star-making moment for the indie group, like a miniature "Santana at Woodstock," only with less weed and more pork roll.
A month later, in June 2015, the bounding Bergen County outfit signed to Fueled By Ramen Records -- shepherds of global pop-rock hitmakers Paramore, Fall Out Boy and Twenty One Pilots -- and now, with two major-label albums under its belt plus performances at premier festivals Coachella, Austin City Limits and Panorama, any doubt surrounding the band's reach has been obliterated. Here's a non-political conversation stater for your Thanksgiving festivities: The Front Bottoms are, without question, New Jersey's hottest, right-now rock band and have been since Gaslight announced its hiatus in summer 2015. Playing to two or three-thousand fans a night is now the norm for singer Brian Sella and drummer Matt Uychich (the only two official Front Bottoms though they tour as a six-piece unit), who packed The Fillmore in Philadelphia Wednesday night for an electrifying pre-holiday party loaded with new tracks and deep cuts. The band's current national tour highlights "Going Grey," the LP released Oct. 13 that pulls the group away from its typical chugging acoustic riff procedure and instead floats '80s pop synth over its rock-leaning melodies. It's a move made by many previously guitar-heavy bands of late -- a style all but perfected by fellow Woodcliff Laker Jack Antonoff -- and in this case, Sella's pitch-corrected vocals expunge some of the band's patently imperfect lyrical banter and intimacy.
But in the live setting Wednesday the every-man frontman Sella, 29, felt like a close friend slipping in a few new stories while still revisiting all the best old ones. A little extra keyboard for newbies "Grand Finale" and "Vacation Town" didn't shatter the aesthetic; the all-ages crowd had learned all the new songs regardless. The Front Bottoms audience is somewhat unique in its composition: a union of bespectacled indie kids, tank-top bros and pop-punk followers donning their flannels and skinny jeans that mirrors the group's melding of quirks, hooks and petulant anthems. Fans bopped wildly to the favorites "Skeleton" and "Twin Size Mattress" and, like The Gaslight Anthem's aficionados, begged endlessly for obscure songs from the late-2000s vault. The Front Bottoms have released several EPs in between full-length albums and tout a back catalog that's unexpectedly thick considering the band only began to put out music in 2008.
Sella was affable and charismatic, a stage commander who ascends the band's wordy numbers about swimming pools, coffee cups, lust and drug addiction from introspective garble into legitimate underdog anthems. The stage show was bolstered by Jenn Fantaccione on trumpet and violin, and Roshane Karunaratne on keytar and melodica. The latest album moniker "Going Grey" is a bit of a misnomer. Sure, The Front Bottoms have now existed long enough to influence a new line of local acts -- namely the killer Montclair band Hodera we reviewed earlier this month -- but these are prime years for the band, which relocated just relocated its home base to Asbury Park -- how fitting that the hottest band in New Jersey would align itself within the state's most vibrant music scene. To that end, Erik Romero, a lead producer at the tastemaking Lakehouse Studio in town, which has forged many of the best local releases of the last few years, now plays bass for the band.
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