BERGEN magazine - Bergen Health & Life September 2010

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.

Bergenfest 2010

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

Puppy Love

“I found Kenny’s baby picture on the website 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.”

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:

Wiser wares

This ain’t your papa’s general store. From accessories made by nonprofit global women’s organizations to kitchenware crafted with recycled materials, Teaneck General Store (201-530-5046) offers unique merchandise made with social and environmental consciousness.

Autumn by the sea: Your Cape May vacation

“Seaside charm” doesn’t get much more charming than Cape May. America’s oldest oceanfront resort (and the first entire town to be named a National Historic Landmark), its streets are bursting with quaint delights. Thanks to its famous “gingerbread” Victorian homes and a host of family-friendly activities, it’s a perfect spot for an impromptu autumn getaway.

Smashburger is smashing good!

If you’re in the mood for a quick bite that is a step up than your average fast food chain, then you have to try the new Smashburger restaurant at The Shops at Riverside mall. Smashburger made its debut in August at its new Bergen County location.

A chat with Robert Egan

The 52-year-old restauranteur-author on barbecue, family-and his unusual friendship with North Korean Diplomats

Prize those eyes

For more good-sight insight, Bergen Health & Life asked Jeffrey Anshel, O.D. (doctor of optometry), president of the Ocular Nutrition Society, for advice on six possible threats to your eyes.

Bergen Readers' Choice Awards 2010!

See all the photos and descriptions of our proud roster of winners that you voted "best." Click here to find out where your local loves are hiding and check out who will be giving yummy samples at Bergenfest 2010!