Of course, average property tax bills are just one way to compare municipalities' property tax burdens. Unlike the tax rate, the average tax bills also factors in property values. But it gives you a good idea of what people are really paying.The average homeowners in all of these towns are paying well below the state average, $8,690.
Millville is new to the list in 2017 and the first of six Cumberland County communities to land spots. Homeowners there paid, on average, $4,185 in property taxes last year.
29. Shiloh Borough
This Cumberland County borough's average property tax bill, $4,174, lands it in the No. 29 spot for lowest in New Jersey.
28. Middle Township
Middle Township is the first of six Cape May locales to make the list. The township's average property tax bill in 2017 was $4,170
27. Berkeley Township Berkeley Township broke into the bottom 30 in 2017. Its average property tax bill increased by just $28 from 2016 to 2017, when it rang up at $4,149 for these Ocean County taxpayers.
26. Montague Township
Montague Township — one of two Sussex County municipalities to make the list each year — clocked in at $4,097.
25. Manchester Township
Residential property taxpayers in Manchester Township in Ocean County paid an average of $4,070.
24. Cape May Point
The average property tax bill in Cape May Point, Cape May County, was $4,035 last year.
23. Fairfield Township
Tax bills in Fairfield Township, Cumberland County, averaged $4,020.
22. Paulsboro Borough
Paulsboro is the only Gloucester County community to make the list, with an average real estate tax bill of $3,988.
21. Washington Township
Washington Township, Burlington County, moved up 8 spots from No. 29 in 2016 with the help of a $145 drop in the average tax bill, which now stands at $3,948.
20. Folsom Borough
This Atlantic County borough's residents paid an average of $3,909 in property taxes last year.
19. Lower Township
At $3,900, this Cape May County's average tax bill ranks 19th-lowest of New Jersey's 565 municipalities. It's just $9 lower than Folsom's tab.
18. Wrightstown Borough
Homeowners here in Wrightstown, in Burlington County, paid, on average, $3,799 last year. Their average bill fell $135 from 2016
17. North Wildwood
This Jersey Shore city in Cape May County had an average property tax bill of $3,778.
16. Pemberton Township
In Pemberton Township, Burlington County, the average real estate tax bill was $3,669 in 2017, a $42 increase over 2016.
Corbin is the second of two Atlantic County municipalities to land on this list. Homeowners there paid, on average, $3,613
Winfield is the only Union County municipality on our list. Its average tax bill was $3,530.
13. Pemberton Borough
Not to be confused with Pemberton Township, this borough in Burlington County had an average property tax bill of $3,384.
12. Downe Township
this Cumberland County township, the average real estate tax bill was $3,238, a $12 drop from 2016.
The average property tax bill in this Cumberland County city was $3,146.
This Salem County city moved all the way from the No. 17 spot in 2016 to No. 10 in 2017, thanks to a $611 reduction in the average property tax bill. In 2017, that bill was $3,126, compared with $3,737 in 2016.
New Jersey's capital has the ninth-lowest average property tax bills in New Jersey. It came in at 15th in 2016, but a more than $500 drop in the average tax bill — from $3,648 to $3,110 — gave it a boost.
8. Dennis Township
In Dennis Township, Cape May County, the average real estate tax bill was $2,932.
7. Commercial Township
In Commercial Township, Cumberland Township, the average residential property tax bill will set you back just $2,506.
6. Audubon Park Borough
The average property tax bill in this Camden County was just $2,396 in 2017, a $125 drop from 2016.
5. Lower Alloways Creek
The average property tax bill in Lower Alloways Creek, Salem County, was $2,086 last year, a $74 increase over 2016
Once again, Teterboro Borough is the only Bergen County community to make the list. Taxpayers there paid, on average, $1,972 in 2017. The next lowest bill in Bergen County can be found in East Rutherford, where the average bill was $6,568.
Teterboro's population is just 86, according to the American Community Survey's five-year estimates.
Woodbine, in Cape May County, sat in the No. 2 spot in 2016 but ranks No. 3 in our latest list. In 2016, the average homeowner paid $1,783. In 2017, that homeowner paid $1,892, or $109 more.
Nearly seventy cents of every dollar paid goes to schools.
Camden lost out on the top spot last year, despite just a $76 increase in the average tax bill, which is now $1,665.
Municipal taxes account for almost 54 percent of the tax bill, while the county accounts for nearly 32 percent. The school district accounts for just 14.5 percent, as the Camden City School District is highly dependent on state aid.
A 30 percent drop in the average tax bill shot this Sussex County township from third-lowest in New Jersey in 2016 to lowest in 2017.
The average bill fell by $551, from $1,828 to $1,277.
Tiny Walpack has just 4 residents, according to the American Community Survey's 2016 5-year estimate.
Anthony Bourdain, who grew up in Leonia and died in June, is the subject of a forthcoming film from CNN. (Larry French | Getty Images)
As fans mourned Anthony Bourdain in June, CNN aired past episodes of his acclaimed food travel series, "Parts Unknown," and proceeded to air the last three episodes in the 11th season of the show.
But there is still more of Bourdain to come. First, the 12th season of "Parts Unknown" is set to air this fall. The episodes were not finished when Bourdain died, but the Los Angeles Times reports producers are using audio of Bourdain from the set to complete the work.
Now, CNN also says it is producing a documentary film about the continent-hopping chef who grew up in Leonia.
Vanity Fair reports the film will be screened at festivals and be released in theaters before airing on CNN. The report says the film, which could be out by 2019, is currently in pre-production, and that the project is a collaboration with Zero Point Zero, the production company responsible for "Parts Unknown."
"As well as we knew Tony, because he did reveal himself in the series, there was still a hunger to know more about him, and to honor his work and celebrate him," Amy Entelis, CNN's executive vice president for talent and content, told Vanity Fair. "The documentary format became one of the more obvious ways to go." Among the other films that CNN has produced is "RBG," the documentary about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which has been in theaters and will air on the network on Sept. 3.
Bourdain, who when 61 when he died by suicide in France on June 8, was born in New York but attended Englewood's Dwight-Englewood High School and spent his summers at the Jersey Shore. The writer, chef and ultimate foodie dedicated a 2015 episode of "Parts Unknown" to New Jersey and did the same 10 years prior with his Travel Channel series, "No Reservations."
By Peter Genovese for Bergen Review
After much deliberation we have the 10 finalists in our N.J.'s best hot dog joint showdown.
To recap, we started last month with a call for nominations. More than 100 places were nominated; all were put on ballots, separated onto North I, North II, Central and South Jersey/The Shore. The top six vote-getters in each region were 24 of our semifinalists; I picked the other 26, and visited all 50 semifinalists over three weeks. I alone picked the 10 finalists; no voting was involved in their selection.
Many legendary hot dog joints were left off the finalist list, and there were surprise newcomers. But as with all our previous N.J.'s best showdowns, this competition wasn't about popularity, ranking or reputation — it was about the hot dogs sampled at each place during the competition. You can vote starting now for the Readers' Choice winner; the poll is below. I will pick the overall winner.
Niche.com named several North Jersey schools on its list of best teachers.
Niche.com gives credit where credit is due: Teachers.
The website recently released its list of the schools with the best teachers in New Jersey, among them several in Bergen and Passaic counties.
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The list of New Jersey high schools with the highest average SAT scores isn't what you would call geographically even.
There are plenty of specialized academies from North Jersey and local schools in the wealthy suburbs in Bergen and Morris counties. But there is almost no representation from South Jersey or the northwest corner of the state.
So, how do schools in those areas compare to the rest of the state?
Here's a list of the three highest scoring public high schools in every county for the Class of 2017, the latest available data.
Find your county below and compare the best schools to the state's average SAT score — a 1,103 out of 1,600.
1. Mainland Regional High School
Total Score: 1,125
2. Hammonton High School
Total score: 1,117
3. Egg Harbor Township High School
Total score: 1,103
1. Bergen County Academies
Total score: 1,470
2. Bergen County Technical High School - Teterboro
Total score: 1,334
3. Tenafly High School
Total score: 1,325
1. Moorestown High School
Total score: 1,202
2. Shawnee High School
Total score: 1,171
3. Lenape High School
Total score: 1,166
1. Haddonfield Memorial High School
Total score: 1,262
2. Cherry Hill High School East
Total score: 1,211
3. Eastern Regional High School
Total score: 1,178
Cape May County
1. Ocean City High School
Total score: 1,142
2. Middle Township High School
Total score: 1,117
3. Cape May County Technical High School
Total score: 1,086
Cumberland County1. Millville Senior High School
Total score: 1,052
2. Cumberland Regional High School
Total score: 1,039
3. Vineland Senior High School
Total score: 1,016
1. Millburn High School
Total score: 1,326
2. Livingston High School
Total score: 1,240
3. Glen Ridge High School
Total score: 1,199
1. Gloucester County Institute Of Technology
Total score: 1,157
2. Clearview Regional High School
Total score: 1,137
3. Gateway Regional High School
Total score: 1,128
1. Dr. Ronald McNair High School
Total score: 1,308
2. High Tech High School
Total score: 1,192
3. Infinity Institute
Total score: 1,165
1. North Hunterdon High School
Total score: 1,232
2. Hunterdon Central Regional High School
Total score: 1,202
3. Voorhees High School
Total score: 1,199
1. West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North
Total score: 1,327
2. Princeton High School
Total score: 1,324
3. West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South
Total score: 1,309
New Jersey is packed with al fresco restaurants, with lakes, ocean, woods, gardens, city streets or skylines providing the backdrop. Grab a table at one of these spots, our list of the state's best al fresco restaurants, where the view is as good as - maybe better - than the food.
Leafy, affluent Morris displaced equally prosperous and rural Hunterdon as the healthiest county in New Jersey, according to interviews and data measuring personal habits, educational and financial achievement and access to medical care.
Hardscrabble and sparsely populated Cumberland County ranked at the bottom, as it has in previous reports. This is the ninth report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The goal is for government, business and community leaders to use the information to advocate for positive changes, such as adding clinic programs for uninsured or under-insured people or building a park or recreation center. "No one should have less of an opportunity to be a healthy because of where they live," Marjorie Paloma, the foundation's program director said during a morning press conference announcing the latest report at the Statehouse in Trenton. Analysts created the rankings by collecting the most recent data on 35 factors that measure quality of life and "quantity" of life — the percent of the population that lives to 75 and older.
From last to first, here is a quick snapshot of each county's health profile.
21. Cumberland County
Largely rural and economically disadvantaged Cumberland County has ranked at the bottom of the health county report card since it began nine years ago.
Household income is a driving factor behind a lot of health outcomes, and once again, Cumberland reported the lowest median household income at $49,110, according to Census data. New Jersey's median household income was $76,126. The child poverty rate is 25 percent, compared to New Jersey's 15 percent rate. It's even higher among black children (30 percent) and Hispanic children (36 percent). In the plus column, the percent of uninsured citizens declined, and the percentage of people with diabetes who are monitored is up. High school graduation rates improved, too.
20. Salem County
Salem slid from 19th last year, but has always hovered toward or at the bottom.
Blame the county's 21 percent child poverty rate, compared to New Jersey's 15 percent. And 34 percent of Salem County residents are obese compared to 26 percent statewide.
Salem bests the state in some areas, however. Only 8 percent of its residents lack health coverage, compared to 10 percent statewide. Salem's violent crime rate is lower, too.
19. Camden County
Down from 18th healthiest in 2017, Camden County suffers because it has slightly higher child poverty and unemployment rate than the rest of New Jersey, and more of its citizens are obese. But drunken-driving deaths are down and its high school graduation rate is up.
18. Essex County
Essex County improved its rank from 20th last year, as hospitals reduced the number of avoidable admissions and increased the number of people monitored for diabetes. But the child poverty rate is 21 percent compared to the state's 15 percent, and obesity is rising.
17. Atlantic County
Atlantic County stayed the same from last year — near the bottom of the rankings largely because of economic instability. Unemployment in 2016 was 7.4 percent compared to 5 percent statewide; child poverty was at 23 percent compared to 15 percent in New Jersey. But there are reasons for optimism. Premature deaths are on the decline. So are preventable hospital admissions. And high school graduation rates are up.
16. Cape May County
This sparsely populated seaside county maintained its rank from last year. Economic troubles offset the gains in clinical care. Unemployment and child poverty rates in 2016, 9.8 percent and 19 percent, respectively, far exceeded the statewide average. Obesity also rose. But Cape May made progress, with fewer people getting admitted to the hospital, and more people screened for diabetes and breast cancer.
15. Gloucester County
Slipping from 14th healthiest last year, Gloucester saw its child poverty and unemployment rates rise slightly. Nearly one-third of its population is obese. But violent crime is way below the state average and the high school graduation rate is at 92 percent, besting the state's 90 percent rate.
14. Mercer County
Mercer County slipped two notches from last year's report to 14th healthiest county. Obesity and sexually transmitted diseases rose and mammography screenings declined. But Mercer still showed progress. Fewer people died before their 75th birthday and more people are being monitored for diabetes.
13. Passaic County
Passaic County was one of three counties that improved by two rungs in this year's rankings.
Deaths related to intentional injuries (like suicide and homicide) and unintentional injuries (poisoning and traffic accidents) are lower than the state average. Passaic residents also enjoy shorter commutes. Its premature death rate is in line with the state average, too. Still, there are far fewer dentists, primary care doctors and mental health professionals than the population needs.
12. Hudson County
This urban county is home to wide income disparities. It shows in the data.
Unemployment in 2016 was 4.7 percent here, below the statewide 5 percent. But 23 percent of its children lived in poverty compared to 15 percent in the rest of the state.
The rate of uninsured people was 15 percent, a drop from previous years, yet it remains higher than the state at 10 percent.
Violent crime is down, but remains higher than the state average.
11. Warren County
Warren County fell from 9th healthiest last year.
More people in Warren County smoke, drink to excess, and weigh too much than the rest of New Jersey. People in this rural county also have less exposure to air pollution, and are less likely to be admitted to the hospital unnecessarily.
10. Ocean County
Ocean County is 10th healthiest, the same as in last year's report.
Child poverty and unemployment rose, but violent crime dropped. Ocean County performed better in air pollution tests compared to the rest of the Garden State.
9. Burlington County
Up from 11th place last year, Burlington County is measurably healthier based on medical data.
The percent of uninsured people declined to 6 percent, better than New Jersey at 10 percent. Mammograms and diabetes screenings rose. There were far more mental health providers than the state average.
8. Union County
The eighth-healthiest county in New Jersey, Union residents lived longer, were more likely to report being physically active, and spent fewer days in the hospital than people statewide.
7. Monmouth County
Monmouth County maintained its 7th-place standing from last year. Access to medical care likely played a big role. Here, primary care doctors, dentists and mental health providers are plentiful. The number of people who have had breast cancer screenings and undergo diabetes monitoring is at or higher than the statewide average. Obesity is rising, although still below the 26 percent statewide average, at 23 percent.
6. Middlesex County
Middlesex County maintained its 6th-place ranking from previous surveys. But that belies the progress it made: high school graduation rates rose, as did the percentage of people who were screened for diabetes and breast cancer. The premature death rate was lower than the state average, too.
5. Sussex County
Sussex County maintained its fifth-best position this year because it scored well on the socio-economic indicators and responses to questions about residents quality of life.
Only 12 percent of county residents surveyed described their health as either fair or poor, compared to 17 percent statewide. High school graduation rates, an indicator of economic stability, reached 93 percent in the 2014-15 school year compared to 90 percent statewide. The number of children raised in single-parent households and the unemployment rate was markedly lower than the state average.
4. Bergen County
Bergen County is the fourth-healthiest county in part because of its low crime rate, its high school graduation rate and its far better than average access to dentists, primary care doctors and mental health professionals.
3. Somerset County
Somerset County residents embrace healthy habits. Only 11 percent smoke compared to 14 percent statewide, and only 17 percent reported no leisure-time activity or exercise. Obesity rates rose somewhat since the last report but at 22 percent, then remain below the 26 percent statewide average. Residents of this affluent county are more likely to have attended at least some college, have wider access to an array of medical professionals, and regularly undergo breast cancer screenings and monitoring for diabetes.
2. Hunterdon County
Usually the perennial top dog, Hunterdon with its rolling hills, farms and large homes, saw a slight rise in child poverty, obesity and sexually-transmitted diseases since the 2017 report. Yet Hunterdon's standings were still far better than the state average in all of these measures.
Hunterdon reported the highest median income in 2016, at $113,684, according to recently released Census data. Nobody has a higher high school graduation rate than Hunterdon, at 96 percent.
The number of alcohol-related driving deaths were nearly half of the state average, a decline from last year's report.
1. Morris County
Morris County outperformed the rest of the state in a variety of categories: from high school graduation rates, to lower levels of premature death, to a reduction in the number of preventable hospital admissions. Morris is also one of affluent New Jersey's wealthiest counties, and wealth translates into good health. Only 6 percent of its residents were uninsured and 3.9 percent were unemployed.
When you look down at your plate at meal times, do you see a variety of colors? If the answer is yes, then you're most likely eating nutritious food.
"All fruits and vegetables contain healthy fiber and natural chemicals known as phytonutrients that can help protect against heart disease, cancer and age-related cognitive decline, cataracts and macular degeneration," said Janet Brancato, a dietician at The Valley Hospital. Each of these fruits and vegetables are color coded, explaining the nutritional punch they each pack:
This color indicates the presence of lycopene, a phytonutrient that may help prevent cancer and maintain a healthy heart. Cooking actually concentrates the lycopene, so tomato sauce is rich in it. Other foods rich in lycopene are red peppers, watermelon, pink grapefruit, cherries, cranberries, pomegranate, red grapes, beets, red onion and red potatoes.
This color indicates the presence of Beta-Carotene, an antioxidant which is known to help prevent cancer and heart disease as well as help to promote healthy vision and immunity. Foods rich in Carotenes are carrots, yams, cantaloupes, oranges, apricots, mangos, papayas, peaches and pumpkins.
These foods are high in Carotenes as well as Limonene, which are important for cancer prevention and healthy vision. These include citrus fruits like lemons and grapefruits, corn, bell peppers, bananas and squash.
These foods contain the chemicals sulforaphane, isocyanine and indoles, all of which help to ward off cancer by inhibiting carcinogens. They include broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, asparagus, green beans, leafy greens, kiwi, limes and avocado.
These colors indicate the presence of antioxidants and offer anti-aging benefits to protect memory, urinary tract health and reduced cancer risks. Include blueberries, blackberries, plums, raisins, eggplant and purple cabbage in your diet.
The onion family contains allicin, which has anti-tumor properties. These food choices also promote heart health and reduce cancer risks. They include brown pears, dates, white peaches, cauliflower, mushrooms, turnips, potatoes and white corn.
Experts agree that a minimum of five servings a day of fruits and vegetables is adequate, and nine servings are optimal for health maintenance. What constitutes a serving sizes is small: a small piece or one cup of chopped fruit or berries and one cup of raw or a half cup of cooked vegetables are all it takes.
Hopefully, after reading this list, you are motivated to include a variety of colorful foods in your meals and snacks. Add some fruit to your breakfast and pack chopped carrots and peppers with a humus dip for an afternoon snack. Add a leafy green salad with tomatoes and avocado for dinner, along with a stir-fry of carrots, pea pods, garlic, onion, mushrooms and any other favorites. Finish off your dinner with a fresh piece of fruit for added benefits.
If you are interested in meeting with a nutrition coach to learn more about a wide range of personalized services including menu planning, refrigerator makeovers, supermarket shopping, advice about what to order in restaurants, personal chef referrals, lunch box ideas, collaborative cooking instruction and recipes, please contact Joe Juliano, DTR, Nutrition and Wellness Manager, The Valley Hospital, at 201-447-8093 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brothers Chris Gordnick of Hackensack, and Justin of Rochelle Park left their jobs as salesmen to launch Phoenix Sun Energy, a solar panel installation company. The summers were hurting Elmwood Park's Rose Scolaro the most. Her pool was running eight hours a day. Her air conditioning was on continuously. Her utility bill exceeded $600 -- with 90 percent of it going only toward electric. But Scolaro hasn't stressed over her utility bill since early 2017, when she switched to Phoenix Sun Energy, a solar panel installation company run by a pair of Bergen County brothers. These days, she pays approximately $200 monthly, saving her nearly $5,000 annually. Scolaro is only one example of someone Rochelle Park natives Chris Gordnick, 31, and Justin Gordnick, 22, have helped through Phoenix Sun Energy since opening in Hackensack in early 2017. The brothers have saved families and businesses across the U.S. countless dollars and, maybe more importantly, cut back on more than one million pounds of carbon emissions this past year alone. "Renewable energy is the future," the elder Gordnick said. "We hope to revolutionize the way here right in our way backyard." Many countries such as Germany, Italy France, China have shown tremendous growth by switching to renewable energy. Other U.S. states are following suit -- something the younger Gordnick witnessed during 2015 while working as a salesman in California. He and his brother both were the company's top salespeople, and after a while, it became obvious what the next step would be. In 2017, they opened Phoenix Sun Energy in Hackensack's Continental Plaza. What appealed to the Gordnicks most about working in the solar power industry was the ability to write their own paychecks. Sure, it went against the grain of society's typical 9-to-5 jobs, but the brothers after maxing out at their prior company, they were hungry for another challenge. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, solar panel installation is the fastest growing occupation in the U.S. And for good reason, Justin Gordnick said. "Homeowners are tired of paying outrageous fees just for their electric," he explained. "If you ever look at your bill, all utility companies also charge you a delivery fee just to receive your electric. If you ordered a pizza for $20, would you pay a $20 delivery fee? Certainly not. "When your house is 100 percent solar-powered, there are no more outrageous increases and delivery fees. You pay for all of your electric at a much cheaper rate because it’s coming from the sun, a clean source."
Unlike electric companies, renewable energy doesn't cost homeowners anything out-of-pocket. "Many people think solar energy costs homeowners tens of thousands of dollars, but if you have a credit score of 650 or higher," explained Gordnick, "all you have to do is pay your electric bill to the solar company at a much cheaper rate."
The panels, warranty and installation is free. Phoenix Sun Energy offers the strongest residential panels in the country -- they're American made using silicon and copper the business owners said. Phoenix Sun Energy's current partner Sun Power has installed solar panels on major corporations such as Campbell’s Soup Headquarters, Pepperidge Farms, and the San Francisco 49ers stadium -- along with many others. The Gordnicks, both Paramus Catholic graduates, install solar panels to dozens of houses weekly in New Jersey alone, and hundreds across the Northeast.
Many of the company's employees are veterans returning from deployment overseas, like the elder Gordnick himself, eager to begin work. "We’re all here to help those brave men and women," said Gordnick, a U.S. Army veteran. "We want to help them have a good career, and have a great sense of fulfillment." The Gordnick brothers fell they have truly found their calling -- saving the world and others. "In order to breed success you need to find what people have a need for," the elder Gordnick said. "Everyone could use significant savings monthly, and everyone has an obligation to make the world better."
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"In New Jersey, you invariably go "down the shore." Baltimore natives, meanwhile, say they're going "down the ocean" -- but in Baltimorese (make that Bawlmerese), the phrase sounds more like "downy eaushin." The down of "down the shore" and "down the ocean" doesn't necessarily imply a southward journey. As in many dialects along the Eastern Seaboard, 'down' can be used as a preposition indicating movement from the inland toward the shoreline."
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:
1. Be Impeccable with your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.
2. Do not Take Anything Personally: Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you wont be the victim of needless suffering.
3. Donot Make Assumptions: Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
4. Always Do Your Best: Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret. ~ Don Miguel Ruiz
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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.
Content gathered & updated by the Bergen Review Media team.