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Location, Location!

January 16, 2008

To Hollywood, nothing shouts “Joizy” quite like a Garden State diner. Here's a short list of state diners that have appeared in feature films. ...
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Enthroned in a plush booth, handed a king-size menu, generations of New Jerseyans have helped diners survive the fast-food challenge. Diners are a part of life here in New Jersey, here are some tales behind the fabled eateries. ...
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Mob Mentality

December 21, 2007

Those on the right side of the law admire the series's uncanny accuracy-and wonder how the producers got "inside."...
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Nutley's Joe Camelia is the man behind the sharp Sopranos duds. And he doesn't mind giving the needle to the show's stars. ...
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Who's gonna fall? Who's gonna flourish? New Jersey Novelists issue their verdicts and reveal their visions of how the finale should unfold....
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If the daily grind of preparing dinner for your family seems tough, try this on for size: Once a week, you are presented with a challenge about which you know nothing in advance—say, making dinner for an entire island on a budget of $3,500....
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My mother was this kind of strange and ornery character,” says David Chase. “I was working as a television writer and producer, but I was always thinking about movie ideas and trying to move into becoming a film writer and director, yet I could never get that break....
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For those who think the four food groups should be milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and chocolate truffles, relief is at hand. These places see the world the way you do:...
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It wasn’t built in a day, but Westfield native Paul Maravetz created snowboards that have shredders everywhere buggin’....
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Wonderful Town

December 20, 2007

A Polish-Jamaican-secular-Christian-Jewish old-school, at-home wedding was a celebration of immigrants, past and present....
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We in the Garden State need to start demanding more. Here are a bunch who deliver....
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With a fleet of automobile dealerships, the Somerset Patriots baseball team, a Bayonne film studio, and two Academy Award nominations, Steve Kalafer may be a business Renaissance man....
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Yes, he recently was forced to resign as chief executive officer of Commerce Bank, but wow… those who used to slam their foreheads against early-closing bank doors will appreciate Hill’s legacy of superior-service banking. Modeled after Hill’s fast-food franchises, Commerce branches are open every day with late hours, and their perks include free coin-counting machines in the lobby....
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New York City-based Colgate opened a starch factory in New Jersey in 1820. Colgate-Palmolive, as it is now known, opened a research center in Piscataway in 1962, acquired Morristown-based Mennen in 1992, and today is the maker of thousands of products, from toothpaste to wood cleaner to pet food. Its sales now surpass $12 billion annually....
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Top fashion models and designers rely on Frank Rizzieri of Moorestown to banish bad-hair days....
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As a makeup artist, Brown found that models want a more natural look when they aren’t on the catwalk. Brown gave it to them, and then to consumers. Ditching the garish blue eye shadow and fuchsia lipstick popular in the ’80s, she developed more muted shades, which took off after debuting at Bergdorf Goodman in 1991....
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Whether you’ve popped melt-in-your-mouth-not-in-your-hand M&M candies, heated up Uncle Ben’s rice, or opened a Whiskas food pouch for Fluffy, you’ve probably helped make Mars an $18 billion-a-year business. Most of the U.S. operations are based in Hackettstown, and heiress Jacqueline Mars, the state’s richest resident, is worth an estimated $10.5 billion....
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Rick Tocchet, the former Philadelphia Flyers All-Star right winger, spent eighteen years in the National Hockey League, thanks to the rare combination of a scorer’s touch and an enforcer’s mentality....
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Based in Union and Clifton, respectively, these home-accessories superstores sell everything you’d expect (from shams to soap pumps) and some things you wouldn’t (remote-control cat exerciser, anyone?). Between them they have more than 1,300 stores, 54,000 employees, and combined assets of more than $4 billion. People across the United States and Canada have made these Jersey giants the No. 1 and No. 2 places to shop for housewares....
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