September 2017: Best Places to Live

Our bi-annual list of the best places to live in the state! Plus: 16 hot towns you can still afford, our 2017 Seeds of Hope Honorees, and more!

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Best Places to Live

Ho-Ho-Kus Tops Our List of Best Places to Live

Residents fall in love with historic Ho-Ho-Kus, leader of the pack on this year’s Top Towns chart.

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16 Hot Towns

Looking to buy in a town that’s still on the rise? Here are some of Jersey’s most desirable markets.

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Dining

Northern Lights: Halifax in Hoboken

On the banks of the Hudson, a Nova Scotian chef draws on his roots and his travels.

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An Ode to Onions, Humble and Glorious

In words (by her) and photos (by him), a Lambertville couple reveals the genius of the genus allium—gifts from the ground, packed with flavor.

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Calling All Meat Lovers: Choripan in Hackensack

Victor Vinciguerra grew up in Argentina eating meats cooked on a parillada, or grill. At Choripan Vinciguerra cooks meats over a charcoal-burning parillada.

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Quick Bite: Burger/Que

Burger/Que boasts indulgent, decadent fare. One example is the Que, a burger topped with pulled pork, brisket, coleslaw and smoked Gouda.

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Quick Bite: Don Juan

Lights blink over the little bar at Don Juan, Juan Landaverde’s cozy Latin eatery in West Orange.

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Quick Bite: Channel Marker Cafe

The Channel Marker Café at the Ocean Beach marina in Lavallette stays open all year. It’s been rebuilt since Sandy, and remains popular for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Features

The Case for Preschool

Advocates push for early education—but at what cost?

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Seeds of Hope Celebrates Local Heroes

The 2017 Seeds of Hope honorees proudly serve New Jersey.

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Gearing Up for Tour de Farm

The annual Tour de Farm requires two wheels and a hearty appetite.

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For Hit Maker Tommy James, Life’s Like a Movie

After years of false starts, it appears a film about accomplished musician Tommy James might actually get made.

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Home & Garden

Bringing a British Accent to Bedminster

A U.K. couple transforms a century-old barn and outdated home into a modern-day farmhouse with English overtones.

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Garden Variety

Yes, Please, to Social Skills at South Orange Etiquette School

At The New School of Etiquette, the main course is a melange of social graces intended to serve students in their business and social encounters.

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Worst of Years, Best of Intentions in Michael Ausiello’s Memoir

His intimate memoir, “Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies,” manages to be simultaneously heartbreaking, cheeky and comical.

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Only in New Jersey with Steve Adubato

The Merger, Revisited: The Consolidation of Princeton, Four Years Later

The mayor reflects on lessons learned from the 2013 consolidation of the two Princetons.

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Stylephile

Non-Invasive Spa Treatments: Liquid Facelifts

This lunchtime beauty fix requires no surgery, no downtime…

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New Spa Spots Just Opening Their Doors

Rest and relax at these new places.

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Move-In Ready

It’s back-to-school time. Help your student settle in with these savvy, dorm-worthy picks.­—Deborah P. Carter

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Non-Invasive Spa Treatments: CoolSculpting

This non-surgical quick fix is getting a lot of attention …

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So Many Tiles, So Little Time

Unexpected colors and patterns steal the show.

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Exit Ramp

A Place for Her Spoons

She traveled the world amassing a unique collection. Now her spoons have a home in Paterson.

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