April 2018: Pet Lover’s Guide

Exotic pets! Alternative therapies! Instagram superstars! All this and more in NJM’s pet issue. Plus: A reflection on Dr. Martin Luther King by lifelong civil rights activists, a profile of MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant winner Betsy Levy Paluck, and more.

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We Love Pets

Meet Skylie Ryce, Social Media’s Sweetest New Star

All paws are on deck when it comes to taking pictures with this Instagram superstar. Come along with her for a day on the town.

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For Exotic Animal Lovers, Pets Go Beyond Cats & Dogs

Leaping lizards! Chummy chinchillas! Happy hedgehogs! No species is too unusual for lovers of exotic animals.

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Cats Behaving Badly? There’s Probably a Reason Why

Cats can have issues—they just can’t say so. NJM spoke with veterinarian and behavior therapist Dr. Emily Levine about how to better understand our feline friends.

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Finding New Roads to Health With Alternative Pet Therapies

More pet owners are seeking alternative therapies to treat what ails their pets.

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12 NJ Instagram Pet Stars You Need to Follow

Who needs more cats and dogs in their life? You do! Add some happiness to your Instagram feed with NJ’s favorite silly and lovable pets. 

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Features

Fiber Artists in NJ Have a Simple Motto: Keep Calm and Carry Yarn

Knitters and other fiber artists embrace crafting for relaxation, creativity and camaraderie.

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They Walked With Dr. King

Fifty years after his assassination, the civil rights leader still inspires three lifelong activists who were privileged to work alongside him.

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Genius-Grant Winner Betsy Levy Paluck Provides a Message of Hope

Genius-grant winner Betsy Levy Paluck looks at reducing conflict and destructive behavior by changing social norms.

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Eat & Drink

The Art of the Meal: Shumi in Ridgewood

With an assist by his sensei, a sushi protégé with a gift for presentation mixes creativity and tradition at his own elegant restaurant.

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Guess Who Hates Open Table

Chefs. Not all, but many. Why? Cost, last-minute cancellations, no-shows. Who could make things better? You!

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Garden Variety

Howling Woods Farms is Where the Wolf Dogs Call Home

Howling Woods Farms in Jackson is a 10-acre animal rescue and education center that aims to dispel the myth of the “big bad wolf dog.”

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The George, by Bobbi & Steven

Despite swank architectural elements, The George Inn in Montclair doesn’t take itself too seriously.

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Is Actress Amy Aquino Secure in L.A. Cop Role? (Just Ask Alexa)

Amy Aquino, a Teaneck native and actress, has appeared in Working Girl, Moonstruck and Everybody Loves Raymond. Now she’s making a splash on Amazon Prime’s Bosch.

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Jenny Xie’s Work is Poetry on the Eye Level

In Eye Level, Middlesex County poet Jenny Xie’s first book of poetry, questions the bonds of seeing and perspective and confronts issues of travel and observing others as an outsider.

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Style & Shopping

All 67’s Luxury Leather Jackets Are Sized To Please

A hands-on clothing designer finds his niche in plus-size fashion.

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Singin’ In The Rain

A day without sun? Shine in your cute rain boots and bright ’brella. (Take that, bad hair day!)

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Home & Garden

Deep Cut Gardens in Middletown is Where Knowledge Grows

Monmouth County dedicates Deep Cut Gardens to year-round flora and education for the home gardener.

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Exit Ramp

The Women of Edna Mahan Correctional Facility are Dog Whisperers

At a Jersey prison, female inmates train pups to detect explosives—and sniff out new hope for themselves.

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