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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Painted on the back wall of Allendale's Complete Game training facility are the words "I will." With a period at the end.The period was very important to Patrick Stanley of Ramsey, a former professional baseball player, who opened his West Crescent Avenue training facility for all things baseball and softball in 2012. The company that did the lettering charged him per character -- and he had to pay extra for that period. "It's important because people will add 'but' or 'if' or 'and,'" he said. "No. If you want something, you have to go take it." Stanley knows that firsthand. Born in Ramsey, Stanley played for Pace University before a 7-year professional career. He was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 2004, and made it as far as AAA with the Detroit Tigers in 2009. There were times he wanted to break down. There were times he wanted to quit. There were times he said "but" or "if" or "and" after "I will." "You can’t let a coach know your’e struggling mentally," said the former professional ball player. "If you do, you’re like damaged goods — and it’s hard. "You learn how to close yourself off and mask it but inside you’re getting eaten alive." But now, Stanley is determined to change that. In 2012, he opened his W. Crescent Avenue training facility with a simple mission: investing in the lives of his athletes. Started with those two simple words: "I will." "Those words are a complete attitude change," said the father of two, who has also lived in Hasbrouck Heights, Mahwah and Hawthorne. For the entire 45-minute lesson, all of Stanley's focus -- and the trainers that work at his facility -- are on the athlete. "They struggle with how to analyze how they did, and that’s a problem because they walk around thinking they failed." Individualizing practice helps his clients with character development as both athletes and people, Stanley explained.
COMPLETE GAME IS LOCATED AT 260 WEST CRESCENT AVE., ALLENDALE.
"A kid comes in and says 'I didn't pitch well because I let up five runs,'" Stanley said. "I'd tell them that they didn't. Five people scored, but there are a lot of factors that went into that. "They struggle with how to analyze how they did, and that’s a problem because they walk around thinking they failed." That starts at the lowest playing level, and it sucks the life out of the game, he said. That's the most dangerous part about it.
"I don't know how many kids are going to make baseball part of their lives, but I want my instruction to have a deeper impact.""I care about these kids," Stanley said. "I don’t like to see people struggle mentally or emotionally. Nowadays it’s tough. "Do these people have an outlet where they can deal with the things they're going through? "I don't know how many kids are going to make baseball part of their lives, but I want my instruction to have a deeper impact."
The Other F-Word," a comedy series streaming on Amazon had its Season Two premiere in Ridgewood where much of its cast is from. The show, created and produced by Caytha Jentis of Ridgewood and Waldwick, revolves around four 40-plus women dealing with the trials and tribulations of life with and without kids and all the bizarre and real things that happen as relationships ebb and flow.Many scenes are shot in the area and feature actors from both Ridgewood and Wyckoff (i.e. Rosie McCooe, Matt Surmac, and Seamus McCooe).Also starring in the series: Steve Guttenberg, Gilbert Gottfried, Nancy Giles, Judy Gold, and Alysia Reiner.Marci Hopkins of Wyckoff is an associate producer.
BERGEN COUNTY, N.J.-- Sangria may look easy -- a little wine, a little fruit, a filled-to-the-rim pitcher, but in reality, it's all about balance.
Come summer, it's also all about what's refreshing, without too much sweetness. We've rounded up some of the best sangrias in the county; feel free to add your own on our Facebook page or in our comments.
. A new Korean restaurant has opened its doors at Hudson Lights in Fort Lee.
Gayeon is serving up fried kabucha and eggplant, bibimbap or naengmyum (warm white rice topped with sauteed veggies and thick noodles), marinated short ribs and more. To Visit Restaurant's Website Click Here
This story was originally reported by Boozy Burbs.
A condo with incredible NYC views gets a no-expense-spared renovation. (Photo courtesy of CD Interiors)Kimberly L. Jackson | For The Star-Ledger
The living room of a W Hotel condominium in Hoboken is frequently updated by interior designer Cindy Dzurita of CD Interiors. The coffee table was made by of reclaimed wood by the Hoboken company FlowerBox. One brick wall is painted with white graphics inspired by vintage Coca-Cola ads.
For many people, the views, services and amenities that come with a stay at a glamorous waterfront hotel are part of the spare-no-expense splurge known as a vacation. But for those who live in the nearly 40 privately owned condominiums at the top of the W Hotel in Hoboken, the brand's "whatever, whenever" promise summarizes a lifestyle of everyday luxury. An area entrepreneur was among the first buyers of these residences that sold out before the hotel opened in April 2009. Five years ago, he moved from his two-bedroom unit to a more spacious three-bedroom. Like his first, the larger apartment is among those on the hotel's top floors, 18 through 25, and boasting spectacular views.
The entrepreneur now shares this hotel home with his wife and young daughter. In addition to the floor-to-ceiling windows with vistas across the Hudson River to the Manhattan skyline, the family enjoys valet parking, 24-hour room service, housekeeping, and a dedicated concierge. The 2,700-squre-foot apartment was gut-renovated before move-in, and the updates are ongoing, says Cindy Dzurita, whose Manalapan Township company CD Interiors has worked with the owner to furnish and decorate his W Hotel residences since he moved there in 2009.
The condo has what the owner describes as an industrial chic vibe. In a recent update, a wall garden by the Hoboken company FlowerBox was installed in the open-plan dining area. It replaced a crackle-finished white wall to serve as a backdrop for the owner's artwork, which includes lithographs by artists Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. The green wall measures 10 feet high by 19 feet wide within a framework of reclaimed wood. It is made of bun moss, one of about 40 plants the company uses in its preserved indoor gardens. "All the individual moss pieces, which are approximately 2 to 6 inches, are arranged by hand to include maybe thousands of little pieces in this amazing garden," says Karem Ozseker, FlowerBox artistic director.
Plants plucked at their peak are preserved with a glycerin solution that they take up through their roots. The plants are then heated gently to evaporate any moisture before they are used in a garden. "In this preservation system, our plants keep their freshness and softness for a minimum of five years," Ozseker said. "They require no watering, lighting or soil." The preserved gardens are fully biodegradable. Dzurita says her Hoboken clients enjoy the green space the preserved garden has added to their dining room. "It really has enhanced and changed the whole feel of the space," she said. "It's a very large wall, so it is dramatic."
FlowerBox also created a reclaimed wood coffee table that adds warmth to a living room with black leather seating and a brick wall painted with white script inspired by vintage Coca-Cola ads. The living room also features a Teckell foosball table that doubles as sculpture. Its transparent crystal top is accented by chrome player bars and a base of chrome-trimmed white lacquer legs.
"Everything is custom, high-end design," Dzurita said of the furnishings, fixtures and accessories her clients selected. Like the preserved garden, Dzurita found the Italian game table years ago at an Architectural Digest Design Show. The Manhattan show, which runs March 16 through 19 this year, is one of the few design industry events offering public access to furniture and other household goods typically available to the design trade.
There is contrast throughout the Hoboken condo. Hard concrete flooring and walls, shiny lacquer cabinetry and durable stainless steel elements are juxtaposed with cushioned upholstery. In the master bedroom, a black leather headboard with quilt-like diamonds climbs almost to the ceiling. There's a plush fur throw on the new wooden coffee table.
For the nursery, Dzurita selected the soft touch of velvet upholstery and cushioned closet doors in sweetheart colors of pink, red and white. This baby girl has her own bathroom, where Dzurita surrounded the tub with low shelves that make room for plush towels and rubber duckies.
A stunning powder room features a stainless steel toilet with complementary walls of poured concrete tile. A large print showing construction workers perched on a steel beam high above 1930's Manhattan is encased within glass panes.
There's an abundance of crystal - Baccarat and Swarovski - to carry light and sparkle through the space. It dangles from chandeliers and embellishes upholstered surfaces. Marble is the preferred material for kitchen counters and bathroom walls.
Dzurita says her clients choices enhance their enjoyment and ease in hotel living. They update their home frequently. "A lot of my clients do this," the designer said. "Things get old looking and you get tired of them."
What they renovatedThe dining area and living room of a three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom condominium apartment at the W Hotel in Hoboken.
Who did the work: Cindy Dzurita of CD Interiors, Manalapan, and FlowerBox Wall Gardens, Hoboken
How long it took:The project is ongoing
What they spent: An estimated $500,000, including the gut renovation five years ago and more recent updates such as the wall garden.
Where they splurged?" There's really no expense spared on anything we do there," said Dzurita.
What they'd have done differently: Nothing.
The Hand on Hand Project was launched by Cecoltan to help underprivileged children in Moldova.
Olivia Cecoltan of Glen Rock believes that the little things make a big difference. Bath towels, for example, greatly enhanced the lives of the dozens of European orphans that Cecoltan.
Those bath towels were among the many "little things" donated through, the Hand in Hand Project (HIHP) , which the 18-year-old launched to help improved the lives of underprivileged children in Moldova. This summer, the rising senior at Bergen County Academies launched a summer camp at a safe haven for mothers and children in her native land this year to aid youth impacted by domestic abuse.
"The terrible situations they were in left them very weak and fragile," said Cecoltan, a TEDx speaker. "The summer camp allowed them to heal as I created a space in which they could forget about the terrible parts of their past and actually have fun." She's been visiting the country ever since she moved to the U.S. as a child, and each time she returned noticed the stark difference between the poverty-stricken lives of youth in Moldova and comparatively lavish ones of other kids her age in the U.S.
"The Hand in Hand Project is not inspired by just one story of one child, but the stories of many Moldovan children living in uninhabitable conditions without basic necessities, suffering from a lack of opportunity, and living without confidence in their own future," Cecoltan said on her website. "We constantly push ourselves to work harder to relieve the plight of children in Moldova and to help them change their lives for the better. "We are inspired by the tearjerking thank-yous and the glowing smiles we see on their faces of those we reach a helping hand to."
What outdated beliefs are keeping you from accomplishing what you want to make happen? Bruce Turkel dives into self-referencing criteria that could be holding you or your business back.
Four blind Indian Fakirs are wandering down a path through the jungle when they bump into something blocking their way.
You know the old story:
The first Fakir grabs hold of what he thinks is a tree trunk. “We have wandered off the path into the forest,” he said. “We are being blocked by too many trees.”
The second feels across the rough, curved surface blocking his way. “No, no,” he disagreed. “There are giant boulders in our way.”
The third grabs hold of the thick, rope-like thing in his way. “No, you fools. We're being blocked by giant vines.”
And the fourth grabs what he thinks is an enormous leaf. “I don’t feel any vines, but there’s a big leaf in my way.”
As you already know, none of the Fakirs were correct. The reason they couldn’t continue down the road was that they were being blocked by an enormous elephant. The elephant’s legs were the tree trunks, his body was the boulder, his trunk was the vine, and his ear was the leaf.
Not only did each of the Fakirs have a different experience, but they were all wrong.
A few blocks from my house is a restaurant run by two local chefs. My wife and I had gone there for a special event where a group of us took a cooking class and learned and ate in the kitchen. Since that time, we’ve thought about the restaurant as a place to go for special events. We never think of it as a place to grab a quick dinner on a weeknight.
I was talking to a good friend of mine who told me he and his wife go to the same restaurant all the time. They often meet there after work, sit at the bar, and have a casual dinner when neither of them feels like cooking. Ed and Daniella have never thought to go to that restaurant for a birthday or anniversary. Gloria and I have never considered eating there during the week. Same place. Very different understanding. My client Paul just got back from an enviable tour through France. One of his favorite spots was the Champagne region. When he was there, he tasted his way through all his favorite vintages. At one of the wineries, the tour guide asked Paul when he drinks champagne. “Special occasions,” Paul answered.
“And what do you eat with along the champagne?” the guide continued.
“Strawberries, of course” Paul responded.
“Next time you’re having spicy food -- Cajun, perhaps, or Thai -- wash it down with champagne instead of beer. The heat and the effervescence balance each other out. You’ll love it.”
These situations are all examples of the same thing -- our dependence on self-referencing criteria.
That is, the way we use what we know, what we’re experiencing, and what we’re comfortable with to determine how we see the world.
But as these examples also show, our dependence on our understanding of things doesn’t push us to discovery or innovation.
Believing “the world is flat” kept European sea powers from finding the New World until someone challenged that assertion.
Believing the sun revolved around the earth was so entrenched in 16th century Europe that Galileo was nearly burned at the stake for the apostasy of suggesting the opposite was true.
Believing that no one would buy an electric car kept mainstream manufacturers from pursuing that technology. Today, Tesla has a larger market value than General Motors.
Perhaps it’s time you removed the “self” from the self-referencing criteria that defines your life and your brand.
A few years ago, I wrote a book titled "BrainDarts". Because of the meaningful text and beautiful pictures, I thought it would sell itself. What I discovered was that no one was interested in my book because they didn’t know why it mattered to them.
When I wrote my next book, I asked two friends who were very successful authors how I could write a best-seller. The first said, “write a better book” even though he hadn’t bothered to read the book I was talking about.
The second friend gave me much better advice. He told me to keep in mind that “it’s called the ‘bestseller’s list, not the “best writer’s” list.”
What outdated self-referencing criteria is holding you back?
What outdated beliefs are keeping you from accomplishing what you want to make happen?
What’s blocking your way? An elephant or a boulder? A special event restaurant or a nice place for a quick meal? Strawberries or spicy nam pla prik?
Who Is Bruce Turkel?
Bruce Turkel. Useful, Valuable, Enjoyable.
Whether creating brands, books, or explaining brand strategy on national TV, Bruce’s energetic creativity makes brands more valuable. He’s created campaigns for AMEX, Miami, Discovery, Hasbro, Bacardi, and more.
Simply put, Bruce is a brand builder, keynote speaker, TV personality, and author. Bruce appears regularly on Fox, MSNBC, CNN, and CCTV. He’s been in Fast Company, The New York Times, and Forbes and has authored five books on branding and creativity.
CAVA is all about healthy eating
CAVA, a fast casual Mediterranean eatery has oened at the Bergen Town Center in Paramus.
The restaurant, open seven days a week, serves customizable meals where diners pick and choose their own base (i.e. salad, pita, grains, etc.), then add dips protein, toppings and dressing.This is the second New Jersey location for the chain; it is also in Jersey City.. Go towww.cava.com/ for more details or to their Paramus Facebook page HERE
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