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Feature Stories

From Rags to Rowan: President Ali Houshmand

Education helped Ali Houshmand escape poverty in Iran. Now he is thriving as the new president of a growing university.

By Robert Strauss

Chopped Champ: Burger Man Pat LaFrieda

By creating custom chopped-beef blends, Pat LaFrieda turned the lowly burger into a status symbol and himself into the first celebrity butcher.

By Tammy La Gorce

He Knows Noise: Life of an NJ Foley Artist

Foley artist Marko Costanzo uses found objects to produce the effects that make movies sound real—or surreal.

By Jacqueline Mroz

A Saint From Bayonne?

Her followers prayed for a miracle. Now a nun from New Jersey has achieved beatification. Sainthood could be next.

By Kevin Coyne

Christopher Lane

Cannabis Conundrum: Parents Question NJ's Medical Pot

Medical marijuana provides relief for epileptic kids. So why does New Jersey make it so hard for young patients to benefit from the state’s pot program?

By Joanna Buffum

Sole Men: Rago Bros Shine in Morristown

Rago Brothers has built a national reputation for shoe and leather repair on the strength of its team of skilled craftsmen.

By Joanna Buffum


Rose Knows: The Baking Bible

In The Baking Bible, her magnum opus, Rose Levy Beranbaum shows why pros as well as amateurs turn to her for guidance.

By Karen Stabiner

NHL Warms to Jersey Talent

Carney's Point native Johnny Gaudreau is tearing up the ice as left wing for the Calgary Flames.

By Paul Bruno

Good Help (Was Hard to Find)

The Oranges were once home to large country estates, high society and a housekeeper-shortage. A "servant school" tried to sweep that problem under the rug.

By Marcia Worth-Baker

joe polillio

Aging Out: When Autistic Kids Grow Up

Increased understanding of autism has vastly improved services for youths on the spectrum. But what happens when those kids turn 21?

By Leslie Garisto Pfaff

Jennifer Pottheiser

Senior Class: State Senator Loretta Weinberg

At 79, Loretta Weinberg is still fighting the good fight in Trenton. But these days, she also makes time for the grandkids.

By Debbie Galant

The Master of the Game

Meet the Orthodox Jew who pulls the political strings in the predominantly Latino city of Passaic.

By Anthony DePalma

The Sirloin Sisters

In a business dominated by men, fifth-generation purveyors Suzanne and Andrea Strassburger take no bull while delivering prime beef with panache.

By Eric Levin

Illustration by Peter Horvath.

King Of Fantasy: George R.R. Martin

As HBO’s Game of Thrones heads for a third season, its creator recalls the Bayonne boyhood that fired his vivid imagination.

By Joanna Buffum, Dylan Runco

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