July 2024: Top Dentists

Summer means different things to different New Jerseyans, whether it’s time spent at the Shore, live music, adventures along the water, or kicking back with some great food and friends outdoors. Our July issue has all this and more.

This issue also highlights our annual list of the Top Dentists in New Jersey. Every single one of the 605 dentists on the list was selected by their fellow New Jersey dentists. When polling all of the licensed dentists in our state, we asked them to vote for providers whom they would want to treat their own families—a meaningful way to ensure they vote for trustworthy and skilled practitioners. Use the list as a starting point for finding a dentist. Always do your homework before making an appointment.

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GARDEN VARIETY

A New Era Begins at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

Brian Crowe steps into the “big shoes” of the theater’s legendary artistic director Bonnie Monte

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Democrat Vin Gopal Defies Odds in Monmouth County

The popular third-term state senator for the 11th district shares his secrets for working across the aisle.

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Want to Save Big at the Gas Pump in NJ? Read This!

There’s one quirky spot right on the Parkway where you’ll pay significantly less for gas. You’re welcome!

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Meet Moorestown’s 92-Year-Old Citizen of the Year

Monique Begg, 92, through the Moorestown Monthly Meeting, has been mentoring and supporting low-income youth for decades.

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Going From E Street to Van Zandt Way

The Middletown Street where Steven Van Zandt and his brother Billy grew up has been renamed in their honor.

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QSpot an Instrumental Part of Asbury Park’s LGBTQ+ Community

QSpot LGBT Community Center offers events and services including yoga classes, book clubs, addiction-recovery programs, cancer support groups and film festivals.

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Author Taffy Brodesser-Akner Writes from the Short Hills Mall Ladies’ Room

The bestselling author of Fleishman Is in Trouble talks Jersey gems, her stint in Maplewood and her latest novel, Long Island Compromise.

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A Sneak Peek Inside NJ Hall of Fame’s New Learning Center

Visitors can get up close and personal with Jersey royalty and artifacts via simulations, holograms, virtual reality and more.

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Lovelight Handmade’s Candles Are Inspired by the Sea

A Jersey Shore-based couple, passionate about the environment, creates refillable ceramic candles, drawing their inspiration from the sea.

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Chic, Vacation-Ready Pieces to Wear All Summer Long

From sunnies to sandals, they’re as perfect for a relaxing Shore stay as they are for an exotic island escape.

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Steve Adubato’s Favorite Jersey Shore Spots and Activities

From restaurants and fishing spots to lighthouses and historic sites.

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FEATURES

Six Flags Great Adventure Celebrates 50 Years of Thrills

The iconic Jersey park, which first opened in the 1970s, marks the occasion by adding new attractions and revisiting some past favorites.

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Joyce Carol Oates’s Dark New Novel Was Inspired by Former NJ Asylum

Butcher is based on a notorious New Jersey physician who experimented on female patients.

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How Montclair’s Jesse Grupper Climbed His Way to the 2024 Olympics

The 27-year-old New Jerseyan is heading to Paris this summer to fulfill a dream he’s had since childhood.

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NJ Olympians Competing in the 2024 Paris Games

These Jersey athletes are going for the gold!

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Grateful Dead Tribute Bands Are Alive and Kicking in New Jersey

Deadheads’ unique cover-band scene was born in Bergen County. It’s still a hugely popular phenomenon today, throughout New Jersey and beyond.

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Ahoy Matey! Pirate Cruises That NJ Kids (and Parents) Will Love

Kids follow a treasure map, dress up and have a lot of fun aboard pirate ship adventure cruises at the Shore.

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NJ’s Historic Riverboats Are a Beautiful Way to See the State

Historic riverboats in New Jersey travel along the Manasquan, Shrewsbury and Navesink rivers, and more, offering a unique experience.

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A Guide to Crabbing and Clamming in New Jersey

Crabbing and clamming can be enjoyed in pretty much any town with access to salt water.

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HOME & GARDEN

A Storied Spring Lake Colonial Embraces Vivid Yellow Hues

The owner wanted a light and airy vibe that also felt “beachy, cozy, and welcoming to both adults and kids.”

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TOP DENTISTS

New Jersey’s Top Dentists of 2024

NJ dentists have voted, and the results are in. Our Top Dentists 2024 list features 605 oral-health practitioners in ten specialties.

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Top Dentists 2024: Meet 4 Practitioners on This Year’s List

Learn about their practices, patients, and what makes them smile—both in and out of the office.

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Jersey Choice Top Dentists: Methodology, FAQ & Professional Advisory Board

Additional information about this year’s list and how it was compiled.

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EAT & DRINK

Clemmy’s, a Cozy Farm-to-Table Gem in Waretown, Is Well Worth the Wait to Get In

A line forms outside this no-reservations restaurant by 3:30 pm. But you’ll be rewarded!

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Cuba Libre Offers a Vibrant Taste of Havana in Atlantic City

Located inside the Tropicana resort, the restaurant/bar boasts great cocktails, delicious Cuban food and a fun, evocative atmosphere for parties of all sizes.

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What Our Editors Are Eating and Drinking This Month

A great brewery, a must-visit coffee shop and a sublime cocktail.

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New Jersey Has Entered a Golden Age of Mocktails

As booze-free cocktails become more popular, New Jersey bars and restaurants are offering some fabulous choices.

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At Antik Greek Kitchen in Fairfield, Every Course Is a Delight

From the meal-worthy starters to the traditional Greek butter cookies.

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Sweet Lew’s Cafe in Freehold: An Old-School Spot with Comforting Classics

Breakfast and lunch are cranked out by a super-friendly staff.

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You Must Try the Soup Dumplings at Dim Sum House in Cherry Hill

And after you’ve eaten, stop by Hung Vuong, the adjacent Asian supermarket!

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Uniting NJ Communities Around Food, One Dumpling at a Time

Dumpling Diplomacy hosts dumpling-making workshops and a pay-it-forward cafe to fight food insecurity and bring diverse groups together. 

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EXIT RAMP

Free for All: The Joys of Giving Stuff Away on Facebook

Amid downsizing chaos, unloading castoffs—a casserole dish! a Shop-Vac! a vat of screws!—via a Facebook Buy Nothing page becomes an unexpected delight.

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