Jersey Celebrities

Think Global, Roast Local

December 20, 2007

Jersey companies are roasting their own beans, reaching out to growers, and custom blending, the better to create the freshest cup. ...
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When a rare wrist disease ended his dream of drumming, he set out on an unlikely path—and found fulfillment in the kitchen....
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What do you do when your husband realizes his lifelong dream of owning a tall ship? Asbury resident Dawn Santamaria faced that dilemma in 1999 after her husband, Jay, bought the vintage sailboat Unicorn....
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At his computer, Tom Szaky is Googling words like peat and fertilizer. Jon Beyer, his business partner, is taking lunch orders. After all, you’ve got to eat before you get your hands dirty in business—particularly this business....
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We asked more than a dozen people from all walks of life what they like (and dislike) about working in New Jersey. Here’s what they said....
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Newark native Richard Wesley and his father scrapped over Richard’s post-college career. Now the playwright reflects on what it meant to be young, gifted, and black in the 1960s—and what it means now....
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Crab King

December 19, 2007

With a little help from his mom, Robert Sliwowski, aka Bobby Chez, bounced back from ruin to sell 30,000 crab cakes a week....
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Maybe it’s the volatile mix of short skirts, fishnet stockings, and naked aggression. Maybe it’s the cosmic hoot of rooting for stars with names like miss mayhem and dirty pirate hooker.Whatever the reason, women’s Roller Derby is knockin’ ’em dead in the Garden State. ...
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Musician Andrew Holtz remembers the seven miserable months he stuck it out working as an accountant at KPMG in Manhattan after graduating from Fordham University in 2003....
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Ed Witten, Princeton’s world-renowned physicist, is “stringing” us all along in the theoretical world as he picks up where Einstein left off. ...
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Ever watch the offbeat TV series Monk and wonder, How did they come up with that? For the answer, step into the writing laboratory of Madison’s Andy Breckman and his quirky crew....
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Englewood’s Button was a five-time world figure skating champion (1948–1952) and has two Olympic gold medals. He won an Emmy in 1981 for his analysis of skating on television. ...
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Not many fourteen-year-olds are published poets. Then again, Lauren Richmond isn’t your average fourteen-year-old....
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Though she would like to, Megan McCafferty won’t forget the day that Charmed Thirds—the third in her series of beloved novels about plucky young Jessica Darling—was published in April 2006....
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Does the smile look familiar? It should. Amy Birnbaum is the public face of her company, the Denville-based Royal Coachman limousine chauffeur service....
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Back in the 1990s, Bill Milbrodt of Howell bought a used Honda Accord and drove it until its odometer passed 185,000 miles. ...
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When fifteen-year-old Claire Marinello of Montville sets her mind to something, it’s as good as done. That’s clear from a glance at her Girl Scout vest adorned with merit badges....
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Musician Andrew Holtz remembers the seven miserable months he stuck it out working as an accountant at KPMG in Manhattan after graduating from Fordham University in 2003....
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A group of stagestruck kids from Hudson County just got its first taste of bottom-line show business....
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When the Sunday slab of newsprint hits the coffee table, do you leaf right to the obituaries? A Princeton-based independent publisher is hoping so. In fact, it is banking on attracting all the covert obituary fanatics out there....
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