July 2022: Top Dentists

The July issue focuses on fun and self-care—both important topics for different reasons. First up? The fun! The staff has put together a list of 50 can’t-miss festivals taking place this summer and fall, from musical gatherings to food-focused events to everything in between. There are festivals that have rightfully gained a following, like the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, Sourland Mountain Festival and Maplewoodstock; events that celebrate local seafood and wine, such as Point Pleasant’s Festival of the Sea and Seaside Heights’ Wine on the Beach; plus art fairs, sand-sculpting competitions, and even one festival that’s all about dogs.

And while enjoying all that our state has to offer, don’t forget to take care of yourself. A good place to start? New Jersey Monthly’s annual Top Dentists survey. This year’s list features the top 565 practitioners in the state in ten specialties.

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GARDEN VARIETY

Bouncing Souls Rocker Bryan Kienlen Runs a Thriving Shore Tattoo Shop

At Anchors Aweigh in Bradley Beach, the musician loves creating New Jersey- and Asbury Park-inspired designs.

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Deadpool Co-Creator Tackles Suburban Life in New NJ Mystery

Fabian Nicieza’s “The Self-Made Widow” just came out this month.

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Southside Johnny Chats New Jukes Album, Stone Pony Show

The Jersey Shore legend on historic music moments, quirky pandemic-era performances, and “Live In Cleveland ’77,” out now on CD.

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The Very Personal Story Behind Toms River’s New Field of Dreams

The recreational complex is a special place for people with special needs.

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Judy Blume Documentary to Shed Light on Author’s Youth in NJ

Judy Blume, who was born and raised in Elizabeth, is one of America’s most beloved authors.

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NBC Reporter Jen Maxfield’s New Book Revisits Past Interviews She Couldn’t Shake

In “More After the Break,” the NBC New York journalist returns to ten powerful stories she’s covered during her career, many in her native New Jersey.

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Veterans Bring Replica of D.C. Vietnam Memorial to Morris County

The County College of Morris in Randolph will display the Vietnam War Moving Wall Memorial from July 7-11.

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Garden State Cat Show Is Purr-fect Outing for Feline Fiends

The 80th annual expo will showcase pedigrees and feature adoptable animals.

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NJ Designer’s Illuminated Handbags Are Ultimate Conversation Starter

The KIM CIG line of light-enhanced acrylic totes and clutches ensures that fashionistas will stand out in a crowd.

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Hip Hostess Accessories Perfect for Summer

Welcome guests by the pool or on the patio with these colorful items.

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Exceptional NJ Teens Named Boys & Girls Clubs’ Youth of the Year

The Boys & Girls Clubs recognized teens Trinity Campbell and Sabrina Nunez with honors.

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New TV Series Spotlights Late NJ Legends

“Remember Them” celebrates local icons like Frank Sinatra, James Gandolfini and Whitney Houston, who changed the face of the Garden State.

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FEATURES

Long Branch’s Transformation at the Jersey Shore Shifts Into Overdrive

Asbury Park may get all the attention, but Long Branch, its Monmouth County neighbor, is continually changing.

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A Guide to Summer Festivals in New Jersey

Revel in the Garden State’s hottest celebrations of music, food, arts and more.

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At the NJ Lottery Festival of Ballooning, Soar to Thrilling New Heights

The longstanding Garden State tradition in Readington boasts about 100 hot-air balloon ascensions—plus live music, rides, fireworks, food and a 5K.

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Sea Hear Now, Asbury Park’s Giant Beach Bash, Ready to Rock Again

The beloved festival brings iconic musicians, surfers and so much more to the Jersey Shore every September.

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Maplewoodstock: From Humble Roots to Two-Day Extravaganza

The festival has become a fixture in Essex County, annually featuring local and national musical acts, 75+ arts and food vendors, and thousands of attendees.

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Chow Down at the Highlands Clam Fest

Head to Huddy Park from August 5–7 to support a hardworking bayside town.

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Where to Find Food Truck Festivals in New Jersey

Fun food truck festivals are popping up all over New Jersey between June and September.

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10 Years After Hurricane Sandy: What’s Next for the Jersey Shore?

Sandy walloped the Jersey Shore in October 2012. A decade later, experts say our beaches are more secure—but much of the bayfront remains in peril.

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Wildwoods Are Next in Line for Beach Replenishment, Maintenance

The centerpiece of the project, a 50-year partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers, will be a series of dunes totaling 25,000 linear feet.

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One Ukrainian Family’s Story of Fleeing War and Finding Hope in NJ

When Russia invaded their home country this winter, the Chernetses made the wrenching decision to leave. Their journey led them to Bergen County.

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A Nostalgic Ride Through New Jersey’s Family-Owned Amusement Parks

These attractions have been doling out unique fun around the Garden State for decades.

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New Jersey’s Top Dentists of 2022

NJ dentists have voted, and the results are in. Our Top Dentists 2022 list features 565 oral-health practitioners in 10 specialties.

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Top Dentists 2022: Meet 6 Interesting Practitioners

We interviewed six local dentists to find out about their practices and patients, and to learn what makes each of them smile—both in and out of the office.

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HOME & GARDEN

This Lambertville Gardener Builds Edible Landscapes

Nancy Kay Anderson is passionate about sustainability—and passing along her knowledge to the next generation.

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WHERE & WHEN

Fun Things to Do in NJ in July: Comedy, Music and More

Looking for ways to enjoy New Jersey this July? Then check out these events, including hilarious comedy acts and superstar concerts.

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Oceanfest, NJ’s Largest July Fourth Festival, Is Back With a Bang

The pandemic forced the Independence Day celebration to take a two-year hiatus, but Oceanfest is ready for a blast in Long Branch.

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Where New Jerseyans Can Have a Blast This Fourth of July

Whether you’re traveling to the beach or staying inland this Fourth of July, there are plenty of places to celebrate the holiday in New Jersey.

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EAT & DRINK

Restaurant Review: At Morristown’s Blue Morel, a Veteran Team Reanimates Classics

Just off I-287, inside the Westin Governor Morris Hotel, chefs Bryan Gregg and Thomas Ciszak churn out dynamic dishes.

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Meet the Woman Behind Corinne’s Place, Camden’s Renowned Soul-Food Spot

The James Beard Foundation confirmed this year what many foodies have long known: Corinne’s Place is an American classic.

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Hapgood’s: A Cozy Brunch Spot in Mountain Lakes

The eatery serves up breakfast and lunch options—some of them with intriguing twists.

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Jersey Shore BBQ & Catering Offers Specialty Smoked Meats in a Laid-Back Setting

The eatery boasts an array of smoked meats with international sauce options, plus comfort-food sides.

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The Buttered Biscuit Café: A Beloved Bistro in Bradley Beach

This downtown eatery offers Southern-style food with some French flair.

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Refreshing Hard Teas Pack a Palatable Summer Punch

Hard seltzer has held a tight grip on the summer-drink market. Might hard teas finally prevail this summer?

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EXIT RAMP

At the Ocean City Freckle Contest, Celebrating What I Once Deemed a Flaw

I grew up loathing my freckles. As an adult, I cherish them.

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