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.
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.
Content gathered & updated by the Bergen Review Media team.