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How Sculptor Vincenzo Amato Carved Out Two Successful Careers (online article)
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The Italian-born artist/actor says his first visit to New Jersey changed everything.


Retiree Enjoys Career ‘Encore’ as Beatles Scholar (online article)
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Vinnie Bruno, 65, has become a rock star in his own right, giving lectures on the Beatles and other 1960s music acts around the country.


Sister on the Run (online article)
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Going the distance for the world’s disadvantaged kids.


When It Comes to Travel, Steve Perillo is a Tour de Force (online article)
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Steve Perillo keeps the family travel business humming while navigating his own road as a respected composer.


Talking Cuisines and Cultures with Fabio Parasecoli (online article)
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The noted scholar Fabio Parasecoli reflects on his Roman roots, his travels and on Italian-American cooking.




Art Appreciation at One River School in Englewood (online article)
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At One River School of Art + Design, kids are learning the importance of having art in their lives.




Hats On at Solène in Teaneck (online article)
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Teaneck milliner applies his creative touch to a family tradition.



  Alexander Hamilton Was Here and Here And… (online article)
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History is happening in New Jersey, and we just happen to be in the greatest state in the world.

  Hidden Jersey: Shopping (online article)
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Find plenty of cool, obscure stuff at these lesser known shopping hideaways.

  Table Stakes: Hudson Table’s Allen Bari (online article)
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Allen Bari knows his way around tables—including the green felt kind.

  Making Chalk Talk (online article) – or – download PDF
With her handsome handwriting and collection of carefully curated quotes, Jane Wenger beautifies restaurant chalkboards.

  Smells Worth Handing Down (online article) – or – download PDF
Chef: Luca Valerin, Osteria Giotto, Montclair; Mamma: Graziella Varotto, Castel d’Aiano, Emilia-Romagna, Italy; Nonna: Esterina Schiavon, Padua, Veneto, Italy

  Miracle Cure (online article) – or – download PDF
Letting air and nature do most of the work, Salumeria Biellese in Hackensack produces acclaimed sausages and hams just like in the Old Country.

  Backyard Bounty (online article) – or – download PDF
Tending his fruit and vegetable garden, the author’s 90-year-old father—a locavore before the term existed—keeps old country ways alive.

Stepping On the Tongue of the Boot (online article) – or – download PDF
A tongue-in-cheek tongue lashing of restaurants that mangle the Italian language:

  Parrot Paradise (online article) – or – download PDF
A bird's eye view of life in Edgewater for a colony of monk parakeets

  Scoring With Lombardi Play (online article) – or – download PDF
Profile of NJ native and former Anheuser-Busch marketing exec Tony Ponturo, producer of Broadway's Lombardi

  “Lady of the House” (New Jersey Monthly web exclusive). A Q & A with Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation.
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  “A Young Chef in the Old Country” (New Jersey Monthly online). A Jersey student travels to Italy and learns to cook authentic Italian.
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  “So Long, ‘Stringent’ Process” (New Jersey Monthly online). Looking back on Gourmet magazine with Ruth Cousineau, former test kitchen director.
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"The Barkeep's Barkeep" (New Jersey Monthly online)  Ray Foley’s recipe for success runs from punch to punch lines.
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"Slow Food for Fast Tiimes" (New Jersey Monthly online) takes a local look at a global movement.
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"25 Best Restaurants 2009" (New Jersey Monthly online) Read about the Garden State's top restaurants.
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Jersey's Bumper Acropolis (New Jersey Monthly online)
  A boom in ambitious new restaurants takes Greek cuisine beyond moussaka and gyro.
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