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Bergen Buzz: December

A Santa Claus train ride for the family; Summer in a bottle with Jersey Tomato Sauce; Fresh cheese for your holiday platters from a Tenafly shop; Meet Bergen's Cutest Pet contest winner!; YMCA's 90th birthday; Jersey themed chocolate

Weekly allowance helps kids become responsible with money

Experts encourage parents to give children a weekly allowance and help them decide how much they should spend, save, donate, and invest. This will help them understand not only how much things cost, but also gives them early lessons on financial terminology. Dividing up money also helps your children practice basic math skills such as addition, subtraction, and division.

Kennedy Invitational

Photos from the Kennedy Funding Invitational at Dellwood Country Club, one of the nation's top charitable tennis tournaments.

Great health from A to Z

"A is for apple" begins many kids' books, while a popular saying credits daily use of this A-fruit with “keeping the doctor away.” but what if all 26 letters climbed aboard the bandwagon of good health?

Townhouse Triumph

Construction was just under way when designer Meryl Stern was called upon to work some magic. The homeowners, a retired married couple, were downsizing from an expansive manse in alpine to a luxury townhouse development in Tenafly. Their new 3,500-square-foot home would be about half the size of the old residence, but they wanted it no less chic.

Rustic, Refined

How do you go large with a home but still make it feel cozy? that was the challenge that faced a Mahwah couple with four children, now 9 to 17, when they decided to move from a street they deemed too busy for safe outdoor play.

Spas with a plus

Set in a lush, 7,00 square feet adorned with live plants and softly glowing candlelight, Castle Rock at La Cantera—named one of the nation’s top 100 spa resorts in Condé Nast Traveler—is home to four massage rooms, two facial rooms, a salon space and more.

Shop pink!

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, put your wallet to good use by purchasing local products and services sold in the area that benefit breast cancer charities. Here are a few of our favorites

Waiting to exhale

“Breath can definitely be used as a tool to enhance health,” says Victoria Maizes, M.D., executive director of the arizona Center for integrative Medicine, founded by wellness guru andrew weil, M.D. “we now know that by slowing and deepening our breathing we can promote relaxation and affect our physiology in numerous beneficial ways,” she says.

Street smarts

Since opening its doors in 1992, Etsy Street has been a go-to place for fine dining. And while it was always on the short list for return visits, if you haven’t been in a while, it’s time to go back.

Your Fat-and how to find it

Ever look at the scale and reason, "maybe I'm just big boned? The truth is, weight by itself is an imperfect measure of what shape you’re in. to truly gauge your health risks, you need to know your body fat.

Bergen Buzz: Exotic escape

“The combo at Mambo”—that’s what husband-and-wife team Louis Nunez and CiCi Chan-Nunez happily call the unusual culture clash at their cozy Rutherford BYOB, Mambo Tea House

Bergenfest 2010

Check out the very best from Bergenfest 2010. Food, belly dancers, models and more.

House parties with a twist

If pizza, cake and a few rounds of “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” just aren’t cutting it, soup up your little one’s birthday bash with one of these fun fêtes—each of which will come right to your home:

Puppy Love

“I found Kenny’s baby picture on the website www.puppyfinder.com and fell in love—how could I resist that face? He’s a Schnauzer-poodle mix who was bred in Missouri and flown to us at 10 weeks old. Although he was nervous when we picked him up at Newark Airport, it didn’t take long for him to melt right in.”

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