The County Seat’s
Guide To Dining,
Shopping, Health
& Entertainment

Summer 2014

a High
Priority at
Freedom Bank

Matthew R. Carcich
Executive Vice President
Chief Lending Officer

into a
Shape Up

C. Mark Campbell
President and CEO


Freedom Bank’s CEO C. Mark Campbell and
Executive Vice President and Chief Lending
Officer Matthew R. Carcich introduce their
bank to the Maywood market.

Summertime Shape Up Solutions...............4
Quick fixes to get your body beach ready.

Meet Maywood’s Newest Neighbor..........10
Freedom Bank has just joined the Maywood
community and is already earning a
reputation for customer service.
Heaven in Your Own Backyard...................12
Choose the right elements for the perfect
outdoor retreat.
Good Eatin’ at the Jersey Shore.........….....14

NJ Boys of Summer……………….................….6
Hot dogs, pizza and ice cream, the perfect
summer foods at the Jersey Shore.
Meet key players on the NJ Jackals baseball
team as they prepare for an exciting 2014
Summer Soiree Style.....……….................…..8
Be ready for any summer event with these
invaluable summer fashion tips from The
Style Duo.

Oh, the Places You Will Go.........................20

Formal Attire Required…............................16
Set attire expectations when inviting your
guests to the perfect summer event.
Mills Bakery………………..…...........................19
Creative cakes are all the rage! Let Master
Baker John Cabrera make your event a sweet

Keep summer fun local this year with some
low-cost alternatives to travelling.
Hackensack Rising Again............................22
Alexander Anderson Real Estate is talking
major development in the resurgence of
Hackensack’s downtown.
Memory Lane..............................................25
Before the hustle and bustle of city life set in,
Hackensack was once a vacation destination.
Seeking Justice for All.................................26
The law firm of Zisa & Hitscherich tackles
some tough legal issues that affect so many.
Navigating Main Street..............................28
From concerts to outdoor dining,
Hackensack’s downtown has it all.

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or’s Note

The Spot
Spring 2014

S t af f
Gail Vachon
Editor in Chief
Lauren Zisa
Deputy Editor
Melody Travisano
Art Director
Donald Hatcher
Graphic Designer
Linda Lemos
Sales Managers
Karen Burke
Avis LoVecchio
Joy Belgiovine
Michael Cohen
Barbara J. Gooding
Cynthia Grosso
Roseann Kearney
Scott Kearney
Justin LoVecchio

Publi c at i on
The next issue of The Spot will be
delivered to homes on Sept. 12.
Deadline for all advertising and
editorial submissions is Aug. 14.

At last, summer has arrived! It was a brutal winter in the Northeast and The Spot staff and
our readers are ready for some sunshine, warm nights and good times. Dust off your flip flops
and find out where to go, how to dress and what to eat during the Summer of 2014.
In this summer edition of The Spot, we take a look at how to get your beach body ready as
well as what’s trending in the fashion world.
Our cover story comes to us from Freedom Bank, a Maywood-based business which is
already proving to be a worthy addition to the community. Meet CEO C. Mark Campbell and
find out what Freedom can do for you.
For those hosting a summer soiree, our etiquette expert explains how to properly invite
guests and set appropriate apparel expectations for your big event.
There is so much our area has to offer during the summer months. Take a look at “Oh, the
Places You’ll Go” for some ideas to entertain the kids right in your neighborhood. For those
beach lovers, make sure to check out Scott Kearney’s take on the best eats at the Jersey Shore.
From pizza to tacos to hot dogs, Scott’s tips are on point.
If you are staying home and having a backyard barbecue, learn how to maximize your
outside space and create that perfect summer oasis.
For something sweet, read up on what’s cooking inside the ovens at Mills Bakery. Master
Baker John Cabrera unleashes his creative spirit on custom cakes that rival those designed by
that other bakery in Hoboken.
Sports writer Michael Cohen offers us an inside look at the New Jersey Jackals baseball team
and its preparations for the 2014 season. What a great way to spend a summer night out with
the family while watching a ballgame right on the Montclair State University campus!
Hackensack’s Main Street is poised and ready to regain its status as Bergen County’s crown
jewel. Alexander Anderson Real Estate recently brokered a multiple-property deal with a single
buyer that will bring a beautiful mixed-used development to a blighted section of the city.
Summer always goes by too fast. Take some time to enjoy your friends and family.

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Editor in Chief

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The body-baring season is now here and any
pound, bump or lump you may have accrued
during the Polar Vortex is suddenly in full view.
Fortunately, there are plenty of new quick fixes
to give your body a little boost, sans the surgery and lengthy recovery time. Dr. Michelle
Copeland, a Manhattan-based plastic surgeon,
knows what procedures work best and what
potential pitfalls to avoid.
T h e r m ag e
For a head-to-toe
skin tightening
solution, Thermage
uses radiofrequency
technology to smooth
out the skin with no
discomfort or downtime.


By Joy Belgiovine

“With Thermage, patients
Photos Courtesy: Dr. Michelle Copeland
look better instantly,”
Before and after Thermage treatment.
Copeland said. “But really
it takes up to six months
to see the full effect of the


The whole body cannot be done at once and
each area takes about one hour to treat.
Depending on the specific body area, Thermage
treatment costs approximately $5,000.

Z e ro n a
Zerona is an FDA-approved alternative to liposuction, which reduces
inches with no pain, no surgery and no downtime. All normal activity
can resume immediately following treatments. Using low levels of
light energy to shrink fat cells, patients may lose between 3.5 and

There are countless options out there being
touted as ultimate quick fixes, but patients need
to understand the risks involved and who exactly is
administering these treatments.

5 inches in a two-week period from areas such as the neck, waist,

Copeland offers the following tips:

arms, hips, back, thighs, stomach and knees. Six to seven 40-minute

• Select a doctor that is board certified and affiliated with a hospital.

treatments are recommended in a two-week period.

“ Just because laser hair removal or Botox may be offered in many

“Patients are finding that skin appears tighter and more toned after

spas and salons, these procedures should be supervised by a physician who

Zerona treatments,” Copeland said.

is trained in laser and syringe use,” Copeland advised. She urges patients to
consult a plastic surgeon or dermatologist for safe and effective treatments

To achieve maximum results,

involving the skin. Spas and salons are not regulated in the same manner as

it is recommended that Zerona

a medical practice.

be combined with a diet and

• Be wary of a treatment that is being hailed as a miracle fix for all.

exercise program. Treatment

“ Different types of skin need to be taken into consideration and it is

packages range from $1,800

important to understand how the skin will react to things like light energy

to $2,200.
Before and after Zerona treatment.
N o n - A b lat i v e La s e r s

and different kinds of lasers,” Copeland said. Ask to see before and after
photos of a variety of body types and ages and
make sure the risks involved are spelled out prior to

When it comes to the face, a youthful appearance is always in season. Now

undergoing treatment.

available are quickie rejuvenation treatment options that leave skin looking

• If it sounds too good to be true and seems too inexpensive,

better immediately without the red, raw look resulting from chemical peels.

it likely won’t work. Always have realistic expectations in

Using a combination of microdermabrasion, lasers and light, treatments

mind and do your own homework about the procedure before

are easily administered over a lunch hour. It is recommended that patients

booking that appointment.

undergo four to six non-ablative laser treatments for results that leave skin
looking smooth and refreshed. Costs range from $300 to $1,000.


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NJ’s Boys of Summer

By Michael Cohen

The sound of baseballs hitting leather can be
heard popping throughout Yogi Berra Stadium
on a warm Monday morning as the New Jersey
Jackals baseball team prepares for the 2014
For pitcher Isaac Pavlik, a Paramus native
and Seton Hall University graduate, this spring
training has been extra special. Last summer,
Pavlik tore his ACL while trying to cover first
base on a ground ball to first baseman Chris
Duffy and was lost for the season.
Pavlik, the longest tenured member of
the Jackals now beginning his 10th season,
owns many Jackals team records in wins (72),
strikeouts (777) and games pitched (182). He
called the injury a humbling experience he’ll
never forget.
“I remember it like it was like yesterday,”
Pavlik said while working out at Yogi Berra
Stadium on the Montclair State University
campus. “I got my hands on a video of my
injury. It was upsetting to watch because I
would make that same play 99 out of 100 times.
That was the one time I didn’t make the play. I
made a bad baseball turn and my knee basically
suffered for it. It’s truly a humbling experience.
I’m anxious to get out there again.”
Pavlik spent nine months trying to come back
from the injury by working three times a week
at Performance Physical Therapy and Sports
Conditioning in Wayne where he rebuilt the
strength and power in his legs through various
strength and condition exercises.
“I’m doing the best I can to say to myself
mentally, ‘I was never hurt.’ I want to be part
of it all this year,” Pavlik said. He recently got
his first crack at live hitters in an intra-squad
game and pitched two shutout innings. Asked
how he felt, Pavlik offered a big smile and
thumbs up.
The short-season Can-Am League began play

on May 22, with 96 games scheduled through
early September. The league has seen its fair
share of changes over the years as the number
of teams has now shrunk to four in this division
after the Newark Bears went out of business.
But even with the challenges comes great
enthusiasm for a new baseball season 11 miles
from downtown Hackensack in Little Falls.
“I like our athleticism from top to bottom, and
I think we have more depth this year and a better
outfield this year,” manager Joe Calfapietra said.
“We have 19 guys out of affiliated baseball.
They have to get accustomed to what affiliated
baseball is like. It’s a day-to-day process.”
The Jackals are coming off an incredible 55win season in 2013, where they pushed their
rivals, the Quebec Capitales, to Game 7 of last
year’s league championship series before falling
to the Caps on the final night.
The 2014 season will be one of change.
Ed Ott, a former member of the World
Champion 1979 Pirates, is retiring from
coaching at season end.
“I said that last year too,” joked Ott, who
enters his 42nd year in baseball in a career that
spans both the majors and minor league baseball
as a coach and player.
“Forty-two years in the game, I think I’ve
given it enough. I want to go out with manager
Joe Calfapietra on top and try to win a pennant
in our league this year.”
Ott, who recently had his left knee replaced
again, was starting catcher of the famed
Pittsburgh Pirates who beat the Baltimore
Orioles in the World Series in 1979. That year,
Ott hit .273 with seven homers and 51 RBI.
“Being on the same team as Willie Stargell
was unbelievable. To win a World Series with
him was an incredible moment for me.”
After an injury ended his playing career in
1983, Ott went into coaching. Over the next
30 years he moved from the Pirates, Red Sox

Pitcher Isaac Pavlik makes his return to the

and Astros organizations to coaching at the
minor league level. He eventually went the
independent league route in 1998 as manager
of Allentown before joining the Jackals and
confidant Calfapietra in 2007.
Calfapietra isn’t ready to say goodbye yet.
“I’m not giving him a hug yet like it’s a swan
song, because I don’t think that’s the case.”
The key to getting an independent team ready
to play is a tricky one. It involves players putting
their egos aside, forgetting about the statistics
that will ultimately get them to an affiliate and
focus on winning as a team. Calfapietra, Ott
and Pavlik have traveled that road enough times
In his time as manager, Calfapietra has sent
27 players to an MLB team affiliate.
“We will play as hard as anybody plays.
We have to remember that this is independent
baseball we are in this to give these kids an
opportunity to get back to the major leagues.
Nobody does a better job at that than Joe
Calfapietra,” Ott added.
Games may be heard live on the Jackals
Internet Radio portal, Stretch Internet, linked on
the Jackals Web site,

Photos Courtesy: Michael Cohen

Left, Jackals manager Joe Calfapietra watches Jeremy Barnes take some practice swings; and right, Jose Cuevas takes his hacks at spring training.


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S tyle
Summer has finally arrived, and we will soon be hitting the
beach, hosting parties at sunset, hanging with friends poolside,
sipping cocktails under the stars and attending backyard
barbecues. While juggling a busy summer calendar, we must
still take time to make a splash in our fashion choices. What
better way to say happy summer than with colorful print maxi
dresses, floral prints on everything and lots of white?


By The Style Duo:
Mindy and Paula Shapiro


Whether you are hosting or attending a

Summer weddings are wonderful,

graduation party, you will need to dress

but can make it tricky to figure out

stylishly, but appropriately. Since there

what to wear. We are all so used to

will most likely be a lot of teenagers

grabbing our little black dresses,

or young adults in attendance, this is

but LBDs are too wintery and

not the time to whip out the hot pants

predictable. Summertime is the

and skimpy halter. Sheath dresses are

time to wear easy breezy clothes

always a safe bet, provided they are

in fun and happy colors. And this

fitted but not too short. Sheaths flatter

season, swing dresses are all

a woman’s silhouette, while maintaining

the rage. Think of a modern day

a classy look. This summer choose

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sheaths in pastels or florals and pair

style. These dresses are fun,

with a nude sandal. Black Halo makes

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the best sheath dresses, and they are

weddings. And don’t be

available in most department stores.

afraid to shine – metallics are
hotter than ever this season, so
bring out the glitz and glamour
with gold or silver gowns for your
black-tie affairs.


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Cocktail Parties
For those grown-up, after-hours outdoor
gatherings get in touch with your

We all Need a Vacation!

inner sexy party girl and grab
those halter jumpsuits and white
maxi dresses. Pair with ruffled
or embellished sandals, and
you are so on trend for summer.
Just be sure your outfit is super
comfortable and not too warm.
You want to look hot not feel
hot. Wear bronzer to enhance

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beer and hanging
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summery and stylish? You
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you shouldn’t skimp on
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line designer Mara Hoffman and shoe
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summery and oh-so-cute!
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Meet Maywood’s
Newest Neighbor


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It’s only been nine months since Freedom Bank opened its new
corporate headquarters on the second floor of the Jos. L. Muscarelle
building overlooking Route 17 and Route 80, but it’s already established
itself as a valuable asset to the Maywood community. With its key
location on Essex Street and convenient hours, Freedom Bank is
quickly earning a reputation as a competitive lender and trustworthy
“We are an independent, full-service commercial bank that’s committed
to providing individuals and businesses with ways to achieve their
financial goals,” says C. Mark Campbell, CEO and president. “From
checking and IOLTA accounts to CDs and low-cost loans, we have it
all. We’re dedicated to high-tech delivery of competitive products, and
highly personalized service to meet your specific needs.”
The headquarters occupies the entire second floor of the building and
encompasses 7,500 square feet. It is now home to the executive and
administration offices, mortgage and commercial lending divisions and
a retail branch.
Although the new space is modern and welcoming, for Campbell,
what matters most is the customer service.
“Freedom Bank employees believe personal attention, local decisions,
sound banking practices, and comprehensive financial services should
exceed customers’ expectations and we’ll do all we can to see that
it happens,” says Campbell. “Our vision is to establish and maintain
long-term relationships with our customers and our township. We are
becoming a vital part of the vibrant community we now serve, and
those we will serve in the years to come. I am very proud of our staff
who was an integral part of our recent recognition from the Independent
Community Bankers of America as ‘One of the Top 100 Most Productive
Lenders in the Country.’ We work diligently to turn loans around quickly
and mentor our customers as they go through the lending process.”
Freedom Bank prides itself on being an active, contributing member
of the community. The bank has partnered with Habitat of Humanity
of Bergen County to help build homes in their community, as well as,
sponsored events such as the Maywood Fall Festival, Maywood Little
League and Soccer teams, River Edge Run 5K and Healthwalk and
Oradell Kids Foundation 5K Race and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk.
Campbell says this is only just the beginning.
“Freedom Bank’s mission is to be recognized as a valued member
of the northern New Jersey financial community . . . and as the path to
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Summertime and outdoor living go hand in hand like fun and sun. Swimming pools,
grilling, freshly cut grass, watermelon, kids laughing and splashing under a sprinkler,
hammocks and lemonade are just a few of the things that come to mind when I think
of outdoor living.
One of my favorite places in my old house was my backyard. It was so peaceful.
I would often get up early in the morning, grab a blanket, go out on the deck and lie
down on an old Victorian wicker chaise lounge I had for many years. I loved going out
there early in the morning and enjoying the silence and tranquility as the sun came
up. The birds seemed to suddenly awake and start chirping and singing in the trees.
My deck wrapped around the back of the house. It was white and designed in a way
that blended Victorian with a touch of the tropics. The entire deck was covered with
a white canvas canopy that enabled us to enjoy the backyard rain or shine. I loved
sitting out there with my family and friends.
The deck was surrounded by multi-colored hydrangea plants, white and pink
dogwood trees and magnolia bushes that smelled sweet and fragrant. Friends and
family enjoyed this outdoor living space, complete with lush gardens and L-shaped
pool. They always said, “Who needs to go on a vacation? You have your own resort
right here.” It was a place where I could relax, meditate, reflect, write, read a book,
or entertain guests. My very own Shangri-La.

In Your Own
By Roseann Kearney

I am a professional interior decorator
and designer and have designed all types
of outdoor living spaces. Everyone wants
something different. I recently worked on
two totally different spaces. One of my
clients from Upper Saddle River wanted
an outdoor space with a built-in fireplace,
built-in kitchen and a great seating area
where the family could sit, entertain and
just hang out.
My clients from Old Tappan wanted a
screened-in porch. They selected a very
large indoor-outdoor rattan sectional
with cream colored cushions from Pottery
Barn. They have a flat screen television
mounted on one wall and a great eating
area used May through September. Each
of these outdoor living spaces reflects the
personalities of the individuals for which
they were designed.
You don’t need a huge space to create
an outdoor retreat. I have taken an 8
foot by 10 foot space and turned it into
a beautiful oasis. All you need are some
potted plants, an iron garden gate,
benches with colorful floral cushions and
perhaps a plaid or stripe indoor/outdoor
carpet to bring a little bit of heaven to
your own backyard.

Roseann Kearney is a New Jersey-based
interior decorator and designer with more
than 35 years of experience. She is also a
published author and public speaker. For
more information she can be reached at 201290-2647 or


1. Choose furniture that can survive the outdoor elements.
2. Some people use plastic outdoor furniture, but I suggest using iron, outdoor wicker or rattan that is sealed.
3. Put a roof over your porch or a waterproof canopy over your patio or deck so you can sit outside even in the rain.
4. If you have a deck, remember to seal it every year.
5. Purchase a few outdoor fans to keep cool.
6. Hang iron lanterns with candles to set the mood and provide intimate lighting for evening parties.

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Good Eatin’ at the Jersey Shore

By Scott Kearney

 There are two things I truly love: food and the
Jersey Shore.   From Sandy Hook to Cape May,
there are plenty of good eats and good times to be
found all summer long in the Garden State.
Some of the greatest rivalries in fast food are
those that exist between small, family-owned and
operated establishments.   In Philly, it’s Pat’s and
Geno’s in the cheesesteak war.  In Fort Lee, it was
Callahan’s and Hiram’s in a hot dog battle for 56
years until Callahan’s closed its doors in 2006.
  The rivalry remains heated in Long Branch,
home to the Jersey Shore’s two best hot dog
joints.  Some folks are fiercely loyal to the Windmill,
while others are faithfully devoted to Max’s.  Their
dogs are similar yet very different.   Both serve
quarter-pound natural casing pork and beef
frankfurters.  Both cook them on a griddle.  Both use
ordinary hot dog buns unworthy of their pedigree
dogs.  (This fast food guy brings his own Martin’s
potato rolls.)   Max’s dog has a more Germanstyle flavor and is slightly juicier.   Windmill’s
dog has a great pork-to-beef ratio and is nicely
seasoned.   The Windmill has seven locations
and is open year-round.  Max’s just has the Long
Branch location and is a seasonal establishment.  
Both places tend to cook their hot dogs on the


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well done side.  (I tend to select a couple of dogs
on the grill that aren’t cooked too well.)  I usually get
my dogs at the Windmill and then cross the street
to Max’s for its awesome steak fries.  They’re crispy
on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside, just
like a great steak fry should be.
Perhaps you’re in the mood for some coastal
cuisine.  Surf Taco is home to some of the best tacos
and burritos at the Jersey Shore, and there are nine
locations.  I typically hit the one in Belmar.  Diners
can expect a very casual atmosphere, good food,
reasonable prices and fast, friendly service.   I
recently finished off the ginormous Tsunami and
enjoyed the last bite as much as the first. 
A Tsunami consists of char-grilled chicken, rice,
beans, jack and cheddar cheeses, lettuce, sour
cream and salsa wrapped in two extra large flour
tortillas, topped with guacamole, sour cream and
pico de gallo.  Finish this burrito by yourself in 15
minutes and get your picture on Surf Taco’s Wall
of Fame.  I had no challenge finishing the Tsunami,
but forget about the 15 minute part unless you’re a
competitive eater, which I am not. 
My uncle, Peter, who lives in Spring Lake,
suggested The Flavor Town Express visit Vinnie’s
Pizza in Belmar, and I’m glad he did. Everything

on the menu is outstanding, from specialty pies to
pasta dishes. If the Italian dish you’re craving is not
on the menu, just ask.  
For a sweet treat, Hoffman’s Ice Cream is the
place. There are four locations: Point Pleasant
Beach, Spring Lake Heights, Little Silver and a
new store in Long Branch.   Hoffman’s products are
homemade, using only the finest ingredients. Its ice
cream is of the super premium variety and comes
in more than 50 flavors.   The higher butterfat
content equals creamier consistency and more
Here’s hoping you enjoy lots of sun, sand and
good eats right here at the Jersey Shore!
Scott Kearney is a New Jersey-based foodie
and writer for The Spot.

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Although weddings are celebrated
all year, spring and summer are
collectively known as the wedding
season. The weather is better, the
days are longer and everyone’s in the
mood for a party.
During this time, it’s particularly
important to dress the part as a
wedding guest.
So what is proper attire?
Tradition has always been the
guest’s first clue as to the formality
of the wedding based on the location,
time and formality of the invitation.
An evening event, which is 6
p.m. or later, used to denote
a formal wedding. However,
today we see more and
more semi-formal and
casual evening weddings.
As a result, I recommend
putting the proper guest
attire on the invitation.
In the lower right area of
the invite or on the lower
left under the RSVP, it
should state “formal
attire” or “casual
An evening wedding
may be formal, semiformal or casual and
a cocktail dress is
usually appropriate.
If the event is more
formal, you may
wear a more formal
cocktail dress and/
For a day wedding,
depending on the
formality of the
event, everything
from a cocktail


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By C ynthia Gr osso
Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette

dress, suit or dressy coordinated
separates is acceptable.
For a man, typically a dark suit is
acceptable for a formal and semiformal day or evening wedding. For a
casual wedding, a blazer and slacks
(the tie is optional) is acceptable.
Please note that even in the more
casual weddings, jeans, T-shirts,
provocative clothing, flip flops,
sneakers, etc., are
still not

Dressing appropriately for a wedding
shows respect for the bride, the groom,
other guests and yourself.

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Just A
Piece of Cake
By Joy Belgiovine

From beautiful tiered wedding cakes to an edible
Elmo, Master Baker John Cabrera is creating lifetime
memories behind the scenes at Mills Bakery on any
given day.
“This time of the year we are busy making
Communion, graduation, baby shower, birthday and
wedding cakes,” Cabrera said during a visit to his
Wood-Ridge shop. “Creating sculpted cakes with a
3-D element like a baby bump or graduation hat and
diploma are very popular right now.”
Depending on the size and amount of detail,
Cabrera spends three to five hours on each custom
creation. With prices from $150 to $350, Cabrera’s
cakes range from racy adult themes for bachelorette
parties to a Sesame Street scene complete with all
the main characters for a first birthday.
“I’ve recently been doing a lot of the gender cakes
for baby showers,” Cabrera said.“The expecting couple
has the nurse contact me after the sonogram or they
come in and hand me a sealed envelope containing
the baby’s gender. Then, I create a cake using either
pink or blue filling. When the couple cuts the cake at
the shower, everyone finds out what they are having.”
Another trend is iridescent-colored buttercream,
particularly for wedding cakes. “We’ve been seeing a
lot of gold, bronze and silver which we create using a
type of edible glitter,” Cabrera said.

He explained that more and more customers
prefer cakes that aren’t covered entirely in fondant.
“Generally, people don’t like the taste of fondant,
so I like to create textures made with buttercream,”
Cabrera said. “We are moving away from the
symmetrical look of the fondant dots and striped
patterns and playing around with different textures
like a stucco look or recreating lace and ruffles using
Cabrera prides himself on putting taste above all
else at Mills.
“At many places, the cakes will look great but taste
bland,” he cautioned.“At Mills, our specialty cakes taste
as good as they look. All of our cakes, regardless of
the amount of custom design and detail, will have the
same quality taste that our clientele recognizes and
In addition to cakes, Mills Bakery customers may
request cupcakes designed as a sheet cake and
coordinated baked favors to tie into the overall theme
of their event.
“We do a lot of specialty cookie favors,” Cabrera
said. “We also add personal elements like a name,
date or custom colors to make it specific to the party.”
When ordering a custom cake, Cabrera suggests
following these guidelines:
• Don’t wait until the last minute. “At Mills, we tell

customers to place their custom orders at least five to
seven days prior to their event,” he said.
• Bring pictures. “The more details a customer can
provide, the better,” Cabrera said.“Even if the customer
isn’t sure what they want, it’s always helpful to get the
gist of what he likes right off the bat.”
• Ask to see samples. It’s always a good idea to see
what the baker can do and what he’s already done.
“We have a book customers can look through that
showcases our work over the years,” Cabrera said.
• Schedule a tasting. “For larger, special occasions,
I will recommended that a client schedules a tasting,”
Cabrera explained. “We have so many different
options and fillings that it really helps pinpoint
what the customer wants. At Mills, we do this at no
charge to the customer and it usually takes around
30 minutes.”
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Oh, the Places You Will Go...
By Joy Belgiovine

School is out and you’re desperately in search of fun and different ways to fill the calendar
until September arrives. Here are some close-to-home excursions to keep your child happily
entertained (and you sane) during the summer break.

Spray Park

Grab some towels and head over
to the spray ground in Lyndhurst.
Completely fenced-in, the pint-sized
spray park costs $1 admittance fee
and there is at least one attendant
on site. Kids will delight in the
assortment of drench-inducing
gizmos, including a snake-shaped
sprayer and tunnel of rainbow
water rings. Adults are welcome
to cool off in the water works, too.
A large nearby playground, snack
bar and picnic tables round out the
day of fun in the sun. Lyndhurst
Spray Park, 367 Valley Brook Ave.,
Lyndhurst. Open mid-June through
Labor Day. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
$1 per person.

Saddle River
County Park
Saddle River County Park spans
596 acres and features a string of
five recreational locations along
the Saddle River from Ridgewood
to Rochelle Park. At various sites
there are picnic areas, pavilions,
playgrounds and facilities for sports
including shuffleboard, softball,
tennis, basketball and roller hockey.
The Wild Duck Pond (1133 E.
Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood) is an
ideal spot for taking a stroll or bike

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ride around the pond. There are
also picnic areas and playgrounds.
The Dunkerhook Area (Dunkerhook
Road, Paramus) features a
picturesque waterfall in the river
and picnic areas, playgrounds, and
tennis courts. The Otto Pehle Area
(1417 Saddle River Rd., Saddle
Brook) features a lake with picnic
areas, a softball field, basketball
courts and tennis courts. But the
big draw here is the enormous
playground situated along a pond
with a center water fountain. Ideal
for active climbers, there are rock
walls, poles and monkey bar
structures, as well as a series of
tunnels and bridges to explore.

Bergen County Zoo
and Van Saun
County Park

Situated in Paramus’ vast Van
Saun County Park, the Bergen
County Zoo offers children an
animal-filled escape. Zoo attractions
include a farmyard, spider monkey
exhibit and North American
Wetlands Aviary, as well as the
Australia and South Pacific exhibit
(back by popular demand). This
Down Under delight is open May
through September and features
wallaroos, kangaroos and more. A
train ride around the zoo and large
carousel offer added entertainment
for the kids. An extra bonus is the

array of different playgrounds,
including an inclusive playground
with handicap accessibility. There
are also two play areas designed
for toddlers. A large pavilion with
more than 30 tables is designed for
picnicking (permits required).
Van Saun Park, 216 Forest Ave.,
Paramus, 201-262-3771, is open
daily 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. year
round. Train, carousel and pony
rides: April through October. Adults,
$8; children, ages 3 to 14, $5;
seniors, $2; and kids under 3 are
free. Discounts for county residents.
The train is closed Mondays and
the carousel is closed Tuesday

New Overpeck Park
recreational venue is the New
Overpeck County Park, spanning
more than 805 acres across four
towns – Leonia, Palisades Park,
Ridgefield Park and Teaneck.
Featuring the Bergen Equestrian
Center, athletic fields (natural
grass and artificial turf), tracks,
picnic and fishing areas, children’s
playground, canoe/kayak launch
into Overpeck Creek, grass
amphitheater, observation decks, a
dog park and five miles of walking/
jogging trails, there is plenty here to
keep children, adults and canines
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Hackensack Rising
Once the bustling hub of Bergen County where young
couples sought to raise families and businesses longed to
hang their signs, the City of Hackensack is now in serious
need of revitalization. But a clear vision for a new and
improved Hackensack is beginning to crystalize with the
sale of the first group of properties along the Main Street
rehabilitation zone.

Hackensack-based Alexander Anderson Real Estate Group
coordinated and brokered the deal between the owners of the
various properties, which included seven small buildings
and a parking lot located at 150-170 Main St., and a single
developer. The development site will be converted to a
14-story mixed-use building comprised of retail stores and
more than 300 residential units.
“There is so much potential in the City of Hackensack,” said
Eric Anderson, chief executive officer, Alexander Anderson
Real Estate. “These new projects will help to bring back the
glory days of the city. The redevelopment efforts will foster
new job opportunities in town, improve the property values,
increase ratables and lower taxes.”

way street traffic pattern. The engineering work required to
reconfigure the streets is expected to begin soon.
The project at 150-170 Main is the first on the block to
make use of the rehabilitation plan’s new height allowances.
“The beauty of this assemblage is in how it was
conceptualized. When the rehabilitation plan passed, there
was so much talk about bringing large projects to Main
Street in Hackensack, but there were no lots large enough
to accommodate serious developers,” said Anderson.
“Hackensack is in essence a brand new market and in need
of visionaries to create opportunity. We were able to envision
the best location for a large scale mixed-use project and
worked with each of the building owners on the sale of all
eight parcels to one developer.”
Following the lead of Hoboken, Jersey City and
Edgewater, these new developments will be designed to
draw younger tenants and shoppers to the area. Corrado
Belgiovine, president, Alexander Anderson Real Estate,
explains that these hip consumers are seeking a live, play,
work environment.
“They don’t want to commit to buying a condo or home.
They want the flexibility of being a tenant,” Belgiovine
said. “And they need the convenience of stores near their
Alexander Anderson Real Estate is currently working on the
sale of 15 other similar parcels designated for redevelopment
in downtown Hackensack. “As more of our assemblages close,
the downtown will become more vibrant and will once again
be considered the heart of Bergen County,” Anderson said.

A formal plan to rehabilitate Hackensack was approved
last year by the city council. This involved the overhauling
of zoning laws, easing parking restrictions and improving
traffic issues.
A key component is reverting Main and State streets
back to two-way thoroughfares. They were made one-way
streets during the 1970s in an effort to keep traffic flowing.
Urban planners have advised the city that reinstituting the
two-way design is imperative for successful redevelopment.
According to the Upper Main Alliance, research has shown
that there has never been a successful downtown with a one-


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A Woolworth store was one of the many shops that lined the Main
Street of yesteryear.

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Favorite Summertime Swims
By Barbara J. Gooding
The brutal winter of 2014 is
finally over! No more snow, high
winds or cold temperatures. We
can finally settle down knowing
warmer weather is on its way.
The birdbaths are no longer
frozen; the trees are sprouting
green leaves; the crocus and
spring bulbs are popping out of
the ground; and we see rabbits
and robins.
Summertime means getting
in the water, taking
a cannonball off
or simply doggie
paddling at the
shallow end of a
pool. Looking back,
that was quite easy
to do at the many
public pools where
one could join or
get a day pass.
places such as
the Arcola Swim
Club, Maple Crest
Beach, Hackensack
Swimming Club, Old Mill
Bathing Beach and the Paramus
Municipal Pool.
At the turn of the 20th
century, Hackensack was an
Many would come from New
York City and Connecticut
to cool off, and, often, at a
improve their health. There
were plenty of trees facilitating
clean air. Fresh water creeks
flowed to the Hackensack River
and one could enjoy boating,
fishing and swimming. Being
a tidal river, swimming in the
Hackensack always carried the
concern of strong currents,
but, for several years, many
enjoyed its manmade sandy

It was during the 1920s that
swimming pools made their
appearance in the area. In
1926, Arcola Pool opened on
the southbound side of Passaic
Street in Rochelle Park. Three
years later, it burned down
and was rebuilt and renamed
the Arcola Swim Club. The
pool was supplied by two wells
and the facility encompassed
13.5 acres. It featured a
dance pavilion, shuffleboard
and volleyball courts, a picnic

grove, ballfield, swings, water
slide and a concession stand.
Most impressive was its high
diving board. The Arcola thrived
until 1970 when it succumbed
to another fire, never to be
The Hackensack Swimming
Club, with its large turquoisecolored,
pool was located at 516 River
St., across from what is now
All American Ford. It had three

low diving boards and slides
equipped with trickling water,
making for a smooth ride. It’s
said the hot dogs sold at its
concession stand were the
best in the area. To this day,
some say they can still smell
those pups grilling when they
pass the pool’s old spot. Where
the Hackensack Swimming
Club was geared more toward
younger kids and family, Arcola
drew the teens.
During the 1940s and 1950s,
Maple Crest Beach
greeted guests on
Hackensack Avenue
in the vicinity of
where the Home
Depot now stands.
Some say the water
came from wells,
a spring or just
a large hole dug
deep enough to be
below the water
agree that it was
a fabulous sandy
beach with quite a
muddy bottom.
There were two pools located
on Paramus Road. The Old Mill
Bathing Beach was situated
between Route 4 and Century
Road, south of El Cid’s. The
Paramus Pool was further
north on the left. The Old Mill
and the Paramus Pool were
definitely known as the places
to be for the older teens. The
Old Mill featured live bands as
well as a juke box.
If you had the day for yourself
as a teen, you could hit the
Arcola first for a few hours then
walk to the Old Mill, which was
open until about 6 p.m. and
wrap up the day by walking to
the Paramus Pool, which was
open until 9 p.m.
So take the plunge and make
this summer one to remember.

Barbara J. Gooding is a creative and historical writer based in Hackensack. Johannah Purdon contributed to this report.

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Seeking Justice for All
It’s Monday morning at the law firm of Zisa & Hitscherich in Hackensack and this well-oiled machine is running on all
cylinders. Joseph Zisa, the former city attorney, is busy with a deposition in one of the conference rooms while his partner,
Robert Hitscherich, is in court all day across the street. By day’s end, the partners, with the help of a team of paralegals and
legal secretaries, will have closed two real estate transactions, executed a will, and entered into a plea agreement where a
first-time offender will avoid prison. Not to mention the hundreds of pages of legal documents reviewed, phone calls made
and memos written on behalf of their clients. Tomorrow’s schedule makes today look easy.
At Zisa & Hitscherich, each case, whether it’s a drunken driving arrest or a slip-and-fall accident, is given top priority. Unlike
many busy firms, client calls and e-mails are returned, questions are answered and legal procedures are explained in full
Below are two areas of law where the legal expertise of Zisa & Hitscherich matters most.

Child Support
In many cases, after a divorce, the spouse with the largest
income, usually the husband, quickly tires of paying the bulk of
his children’s activities, education and every day support. This
unfortunate situation often results in this spouse changing jobs,
hiding income or accepting employment which pays less than the
salary he or she had at the time of divorce.
In each of these situations, the spouse who has accepted a lower
paying salary usually files a motion with the court to reduce the
child support he or she is responsible for and to address various
child costs, especially tuition.
It is important to understand that in deciding a motion like this,
the judge will always review all financial documentation submitted
and may also appoint an expert to evaluate the spouse’s economic
situation as well as his or her capacity to earn. In certain situations,
the judge may impute income to the spouse greater than what the
spouse claims. In this way, a judge tries to even the playing field by
holding one spouse to his or her responsibilities and commitments,
while making sure that the children’s needs are met and that they
are economically supported.
In short, if you are divorced and your spouse is seeking to lower
his or her support payments, the facts involved are very important.
There are arguments that can often be made to ensure that
the payments ordered at the time of divorce continue without
jeopardizing the financial well-being of the family.

Expungement of
criminal records
When teens apply to colleges or when high school or college
graduates apply for jobs, they are typically subjected to a
background check. Often, a simple check will reveal a minor
conviction or arrest which will quash any hopes for college
admission or employment.
In New Jersey, even a minor offense can lead to a criminal
record or arrest. A charge that only resulted in a court fine is
often categorized as a criminal offense.
In order to lessen the impact of these situations, the
New Jersey expungement statute allows adult and juvenile
convictions to be expunged, or erased, from a person’s record.
The objective of the statute is to provide an avenue of escape
for someone who made a mistake in the past. An expungement,
however, is only available to applicants who meet the criteria of
the statute.
If you find yourself or your child in this situation, it may well
be worth your time to seek out an attorney to assist in cleaning
up your record. The removal of a criminal arrest or conviction
will increase your chances of acceptance into the college of your
choice or landing the job of your dreams.

Joseph Zisa is a graduate of Nova University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is licensed in New Jersey and Florida.
Robert Hitscherich is a graduate of New York Law in New York and is licensed in New York and New Jersey. In
addition to many personal clients, Zisa and Hitscherich have represented countless public housing authorities and
Zisa & Hitscherich is located at 77 Hudson St., Hackensack. For more information, call 201-342-1103.

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Summertime in the City
By Noelle Frieson

As snow and ice was falling outside during the winter months, the men and
women of Hackensack’s Upper Main Alliance were busy inside planning a
series of fun-filled summertime and fall events. From live music to fireworks to
the largest street festival in Bergen County, it’s all happening in Hackensack.
Hackensack Business Expo
& Meet and Greet
June 18, 6 to 9 p.m.
Outdoor Terrace at Court Plaza, 25 Main St.
Live music, wine, art and networking

Summer of
2014 Dining Pick
Bohemia Restaurant
(287 Main St.)
offers outdoor seating during the
summer months and some of the
best Latin cuisine outside of South
America. Reviewers rave about the
Picada Bohemia, a Colombian meat
platter featuring pork, beef, rice
and beans. Finish off the meal
with homemade Tres Leches
cake prepared with three
varieties of milk.

Hackensack Summer Music Series
and Fourth of July Celebration
7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
July 4 (Foschini Park) Time Machine
July 15 (Court House Green, Main Street)
The Duprees
July 22 (Court House Green, Main Street)
The Infernos with Kenny Simmons (formerly
of the Commodores)
July 29 (Court House Green, Main Street)
David Cedeno Band
Aug. 5 (Court House Green, Main Street)
Fillet of Soul
Hackensack Street Festival
Oct. 4, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Main Street, Hackensack
Largest street festival in Bergen County
Hackensack Tree Lighting
and Holiday Festival
December 2014
Courthouse Green, Main Street
Visit for details

All Summer
Don’t forget to visit Johnson Public Library (, YMCA
of Greater Bergen County ( and the Instituto de Cultura y Arte
Latinoamericano ( for community events and programs.
Visit for information on shopping and dining.

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