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This Thanksgiving, Thank a Farmer!

Growing the food that feeds our country is one of the most thankless and low-paying jobs a person could have. In 2002, the median net income for a U.S. farmer was $15,848, and hired hands and migrant workers averaged about $10,000 per year. Farming has become so unpopular that the category was removed recently from the U.S. census, and federal prison inmates now outnumber farmers.

Migrant pickers often put in long hours, up to 12-hour days, earning about 45 cents for each 32-pound bucket of tomatoes.
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Give Namby-Pamby Neutrals the Color-Punch of Black

Q: I have always liked living with calm, neutral colors, but lately, I've decided all that beige may just be too bland. Without getting all new furniture (not the year for that!), what can I do to punch up my color scheme (taupe, cream, and beige-beige-beige)?

A: Contrast. It's an eight-letter word for adding zest to a color scheme.

See what we mean in the up-market pictured sitting room.
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Fashion We Can be Thankful For

It's that time of year when our thoughts turn to the things and people that we appreciate. And that also goes for the clothes we wear. No, in the big scheme of things, the latest fashion trends don't really mean all that much -- but life is too short to not love ourselves enough to be the very best we can be and to look our best, too.

Here are some current fashion inspirations that I am thankful for this holiday season:
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Soup to Conquer

As the pre-eminent cooking day of the year approaches, thoughts — and high anxiety — inevitably turn to the star attraction, the turkey. But wait. Hold those thoughts, and focus instead on creating a stellar starter that could easily distinguish your Thanksgiving Day meal from the truly ordinary and mundane.
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Potluck Sure Thing

With just a couple of weeks to the winter holiday season, it's time for people to dust off their covered dishes and start thinking of that hallowed tradition — the potluck.

Many a home cook have built their party prowess on a single dish, and professional chefs, cooking teachers and caterers are no different. They have their go-to dishes that guests expect of them when they walk up to the front door.
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NJRA Says "NO" to Menu Labeling

In recently years, a great deal of attention has been paid to the problem of obesity. S-2905 proposes to mandate some restaurant businesses in New Jersey to list calories on menus and menu boards and make available saturated and trans fat, carbohydrates and sodium content to customers upon request. The New Jersey Restaurant Association (NJRA) strongly opposes this measure.
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Englewood Hospital Recognized for High-Quality Care in Bariatric Surgery

Comprehensive Program Earns “Center of Excellence” Designation

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center has been named a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The prestigious designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable patient outcomes in bariatric surgery.
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A Visit To 3LAB, Skincare People

3LAB If the products are half as good as the hospitality extended to Sophie Stone and me, then they are fabulous!

We had an appointment for 3 PM at their Englewood plant. Ringing the outer bell summoned a pretty intern, Nil Silpagar. Almost immediately, Stephanie Scott, Director of Marketing and Communications, emerged with a warm embrace for Sophie and a welcome handshake for me. We were escorted into a showroom/boardroom where Stephanie gave us some preliminaries and caveats. We could only take pictures in designated areas.
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Wagner & Voss Legislation To Combat E-cigarettes Advanced By Assembly Health Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywomen Connie Wagner and Joan Voss (both D-Bergen) to prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors and include e-cigarettes in the New Jersey Smoke Free Air Act, which prohibits smoking in indoor public places and workplaces, was unanimously released today by an Assembly panel. Wagner said she's concerned e-cigarettes are being marketed to children because they offer flavors like chocolate, banana and strawberry and could serve as a gateway to real cigarette use.
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Love/Lampitt/Wagner/Evans Bill To Regulate Credit Card Solicitation On Campuses Signed By Governor

Law Requires Credit Card Companies to Register with Colleges & Students to Complete Education Courses before Credit Cards Could be Issued

Legislation Assemblywomen Sandi Love, Pamela R. Lampitt, Connie Wagner and Elease Evans sponsored to regulate how credit card companies solicit new customers on college campuses was signed into law Friday by Gov. Jon S. Corzine. “When used properly, credit cards can be a great financial tool,” said Love (D-Camden). “Unfortunately, many college students do not understand how credit works and wind up getting themselves and their parents into financial trouble by spending more than they can possibly pay.”
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FREE Community Personal CPR Class at Bergen Regional Medical Center on December 17th

Sponsored by the Foundation at Bergen Regional Medical Center

If a cardiac arrest happened to your loved one or a close friend, would you know how to perform life-saving CPR, which can double a victim’s chance of survival? Surprisingly, the vast majority of Americans don't. That’s why Bergen Regional Medical Center is offering the Family & Friends® CPR Anytime® Personal Learning Program, developed by the American Heart Association in collaboration with Laerdal, free of charge to the community. This specially created program including free personal CPR kits will be provided at no cost to Bergen County Residents on December 17, 2009 from 6:30pm-7:30pm in the Auditorium of Building Six at Bergen Regional Medical Center, 230 East Ridgewood Avenue in Paramus, New Jersey. Pre registration is required.
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Bergen Community College/John Jay College of Criminal Justice Agreement Guarantees Credit Transfer

Administrators from Bergen Community College and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice have signed an agreement that will permit a seamless transfer of credits between the two schools, allowing Bergen graduates to enter the four-year school as juniors.
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Denholtz Associates Announces Completion Of 13,289 SF Lease Renewal At Fairfield Business Center In Fairfield, N.J.

Denholtz Associates, a New Jersey-based real estate investment and development company, is pleased to announce the completion of a 13,289-square-foot lease renewal at Fairfield Business Center in Fairfield, New Jersey, with American Computer Resources, (AMCOR), a national and international provider of depot repair, parts, inventory, asset and logistics management services.
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Porcelanosa Reopens In Paramus

Porcelanosa Having gone by Porcelanosa in Paramus on my way to Globe Shoes, I knew their location plus the one in Ramsey, also on Route 17. What I wasn't prepared for was the in depth array of beautiful architectural home furnishings in the huge showroom. Invited to the reopening by Architectural Digest in conjunction with Porcelanosa, Sophie Stone and I were greeted by Doreen Shelley (Architectural Digest) and Aileen Odabashian (store Design Consultant). They made us feel welcome offering liquid refreshments and hors d'oeuvres.
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Wildes & Weinberg, P.C. announces the expansion of its New Jersey office at 90 West Palisades Avenue, Englewood, NJ

Wildes & Weinberg, P.C.
Wildes & Weinberg, P.C. is pleased to announce the expansion of its New Jersey office at 90 West Palisades Avenue, Englewood, New Jersey 07631. The office is located in the heart of downtown Englewood, where a Managing Partner of the firm, Michael Wildes, is currently serving as Mayor.
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Local Thanksgiving

Eating local embodies the spirit of the first Thanksgiving, when Puritans and Wampanoags sat down together to share a meal, which consisted mainly of shellfish, eels, wild fowl (including swans and eagles) and other local foods that they could gather or grow.

When we source our foods locally, we eat in season and celebrate what's available locally.
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Please be advised that the Work Session Meeting scheduled for December 21, 2009 and the Mayor & Council Meeting Scheduled for December 15, 2009 have been cancelled.

Also, the Mayor & Council Meeting scheduled for December 29, 2009 has been rescheduled to December 22, 2009 at 7:45 PM.

Deputy Municipal Clerk for the Borough of Paramus
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New King of Corks?

Ask a traditionalist about wine-and-food pairings, and be prepared for a lecture on the virtues of serving Rioja with rosemary grilled lamb chops or Champagne with oysters.

Let the fuddy-duddies harvest these low-hanging grapes. Gary Vaynerchuk has fresher, zanier ideas. In a September episode of his video blog, "Wine Library TV," he raved about how the 2007 Landmark Overlook Chardonnay enhanced his main course.
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Hackensack University Medical Center's Flu-Related Visitor Restriction Policy Now In Effect

Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) is committed to protecting the health and well-being of the community, inclusive of its patients, families, visitors, and staff. Due to the current flu pandemic, HUMC has instituted several restrictions and precautions, mainly pertaining to limiting visitors to all medical center facilities. These restrictions are effective immediately and include the following provisions:· Visitors under the age of 18 years will NOT be permitted entry to the medical center, unless he or she has an appointment or needs medical treatment.
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Two Seating Pieces can Double Your Fireplace Pleasure

Q: How should I arrange furniture in a large contemporary living room with a fireplace on one wall adjoining a window on the side wall, with the space open to the dining area? I plan to buy a new sofa, but I have no idea where to position it. We like modern sophisticated things. What's your advice about arranging them to best enjoy the fireplace?

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