4 Ways to Honor Indigenous People in Bergen County

Columbus Day is also Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Here’s how to learn about and commemorate the indigenous groups close to home.

  You may be one of the lucky ones who has a day off on Monday for Columbus Day, but you have the indigenous people to thank for that PTO too. Indigenous Peoples’ Day is celebrated by many on the same day as Columbus Day—which falls this year on Oct. 11—and it’s a way for us to recognize the contributions…

Bergen’s Got Talent: Meet AHA Cellist Cecilia Yun

A junior at the Academy of Holy Angels in Demarest has achieved state-wide distinction for her musical prowess.

  It’s hard work being a talented high school musician, but someone’s gotta do it. Meet cellist Cecilia Yun, a junior at the Academy of Holy Angels in Demarest, who recently earned a seat in the 2021-22 All-State Orchestra. The Closter resident is an active member of the AHA student body; she plays cello for the AHA Orchestra and the…

6 Breezy Thrills in Bergen

Feel the wind in your hair as you breeze through these local activities.

  Mention wind this time of year and one might think of parasailing while down the Shore or the hurricane season that is just getting started. A strong breeze might even inspire karaoke singers to belt out a tune by ’70s rock band Kansas. Whichever way the wind blows for you, Aug. 23 is the day to celebrate it—it’s National…

Who’s in the News This Week?

Local moms pay tribute to late kids’ performer Mr. Chris, Northern Valley announces plans for a brand-new recreation trail and more.

Photo courtesy of Magical Melodies on Facebook  If you’re going through Tokyo Olympics withdrawal and want to make good use of your free time on the interwebs, catch up on some local, Bergen-based news. Here are three of the biggest North Jersey stories making headlines this week that will keep you in-the-know at the so-called watercooler: Northern Valley Greenway Is…

What’s New? 2 Family Events + 2 College Leaders

As two Bergen colleges welcome new presidents, families look forward to celebrating birthday boy SpongeBob and a fleet of dinosaurs.

Photo courtesy of Field Station: Dinosaurs  It’s been hot, hot, hot in Bergen County, and we’re not just talking about the oppressive heat and humidity. There are plenty of people and places grabbing the headlines for good reasons these days, giving us many reasons to be excited this summer. Here’s a look at some cool news and things to do…

News to Know: COVID Updates, Openings & More

Here’s your rundown of this week’s Bergen-centric news, from a pandemic update from Executive James Tedesco to two new amusement parks to check out this spring.

  Here at BERGEN magazine, we try to keep you updated on all the news and information as it relates to our county, from store openings to vaccine developments. And there’s more of where that come from this week. Below are this week’s top stories, which include a positive (!) pandemic update from James Tedesco, the opening date for American…

Jack Antonoff’s Big Night

Singer/songwriter Jack Antonoff, a Bergen County native, won big at the Grammy Awards—and all while representing his home state.

  Lots of famous folk hail from New Jersey, but the one who’s been recently making the state and Bergen County proud is Jack Antonoff. The Fun-guitarist-turned-Bleachers-frontman, who grew up in Woodcliff Lake and New Milford, is now rich and famous and making chart-topping music with Taylor Swift. And he’s even taking another Bergenite along for the ride. The 36-year-old…

That’s Entertainment!

Bergen is ground zero for a local talent search and a popular house-hunting TV show.

Photo courtesy of Taylor Lucyk  Despite the slow reopening of certain venues, we’re still craving arts and entertainment—it has been 11 long months since the pandemic put the kibosh on concerts, movies and other forms of showbiz. But the coronavirus hasn’t stopped the industry from creating and sharing content, whether they perform in socially distant settings or hold virtual talent…

The Write Time

Your email inbox has unread messages, but a hand-written letter rarely goes untouched. Here are ways you can revive this dying art.

  Thanks to social media, FaceTime and Zoom, getting in touch with friends and family has never been easier—even during a pandemic. But despite the rapid advances in communication tech, old-school pen and paper haven’t gone the way of the dodo. It may be true that writing a classic personal letter is obsolete (do you remember the five components?), but…

Bergenites at Biden’s Bash

As President Biden took center stage, Bergenites lent a hand to celebrate Inauguration Day.

  Witnessing a presidential inauguration is a momentous occasion, whether you’re standing on the sidelines with others or watching on TV with classmates like the students at the Village School in Waldwick. But participating in the event is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, one that a few Bergenites had the chance to experience last week. Like many events in the time of…

Singing Their Message

The choir at Rutherford High School provides an uplifting voice during uncertain times.

  We’re 10 months into this pandemic, and some things haven’t changed since March 2020: Many schools are still virtual, and live performances have all gone live-stream. This undoubtedly poses a slew of obstacles for arts and music departments at Bergen County public schools, Rutherford High School being among them. The arts department at RHS, like many others, rose to…

It Takes a Village

This talented trio is making history in three separate industries, but they have one thing in common—each hails from Ridgewood.

  It’s no secret that Bergen is a breeding ground for big-name talent: The county has raised countless of individuals who’ve struck fame for their achievements, from athletes and astronauts to movie stars and musicians. Of late, Ridgewood has jumped to the top of the charts, with three former villagers making waves in their respective fields. Here’s a quick look…

Light Up the Night

What pandemic? Bergen County towns flip the switch and shine a light on holiday spirit.

  The stay-at-home orders that loomed over most of this year gave many of us time to think about December holidays, and if social norms didn’t dictate, we know some of you might’ve hung Christmas lights and filled inflatable Santas in August. Don’t deny it! Finally, ’tis the season to brighten these dark days and spread holiday spirit and cheer….

Your Day Is Nov. 3

Election Day is right around the corner. Are you ready to vote?

  T-minus four days until Election Day, when voters traditionally flock to the polls and cast ballots for public office. By now, all registered voters should have received their official polling location in the mail. Those who intend to vote in person are reminded to follow all safety guidelines, including wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. Of course, New…

Players Guild Does The Time Warp

In honor of Halloween, this Leonia stage company hands out a spooky treat (on video).

  The lights are out on Broadway—and all other performance venues in the area. But the ongoing pandemic hasn’t stopped stage artists from sharing their talents with us: The Glen Rock community, for instance, produced a talent show that airs on public access television, while the Bergen County Players recently staged “An Afternoon of Joy, Hope and Laughter” that can…

National Dance Day

Socially-distanced dance is possible at these 7 Bergen County studios, each of which offers safe and fun classes for your budding star.

This year is the first year that National Dance Day, Sept. 19, is being held in September instead of July—and, well, it’s also the first year that it’s occurring during a worldwide pandemic. But we think that’s all the more reason to enroll your children in some dance classes, whether as a form of exercise, a way to get out…

Singing Her Way to the Top

Fort Lee native Nicole DeLuca lands in the top 20 of national talent competition Give My Regards.

Photo credit: @stuetzie  Vocalist Nicole DeLuca has starred in concerts all over the world, with her operatic voice shining during performances in countries like Italy and France. The 25-year-old Fort Lee native even spent two months aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in the Philippines—she began that trip as a member of the ship’s onboard entertainment but stayed longer than…

Welcome Back Music

This Bergen-based, student-run string ensemble hasn’t let the pandemic stop it from bringing beautiful music to the community.

  The pandemic has been tough on people in the arts, who for the time being are still searching for a stage with a live audience. But the student-run, non-profit Friends With Music has found a way around that. In pre-COVID times, this string ensemble led by violist/violinist Mitsuro Kubo and cellist SinHwa Lee would rehearse every week for two…

Bergen’s Best Burgers

Steve’s Burgers in Garfield has received national (and televised!) acclaim. And we got chef Steve himself to share one of his specialty burger recipes so BERGEN readers can make the deliciousness at home.

Photo courtesy of @stevesburgers_  Have you heard of Steve’s Burgers? It’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it storefront on Route 46 in Garfield that doesn’t like look much from the outside. But owner Stephen Chrisomalis’ burgers, cheesesteaks and hot dogs are so good they’ve garnered national attention. In fact, the roadside burger joint, which has a second location on Passaic Street, appeared on the…


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Congrats, Grads!

Many of Bergen’s private schools are getting creative to honor their grads ahead of the governor’s July 6 outdoor ceremony order.

  Of the many things we’ve learned during the quarantine, one that stands out is our ability to get imaginative when the going gets tough. That’s exactly what several Bergen County schools have done to honor the Class of 2020 and give their kids the sendoff they deserve. Administrators, parents and students breathed a sigh of relief when Gov. Phil…

Use Your Free Time (Without a Huge Commitment)

If you’re not quite ready to start a new WFH hobby, these activities can help you enjoy quality quarantine time.

  It’s been more than two months in quarantine for most people, so there’s no better time to break the monotony of your stay-at-home routine. No, we’re not talking about picking up a new hobby like playing the guitar or learning how to paint. Below are five things you can do now that don’t require a big investment of time….

Bergen Teacher Pride

Local students show their love and support for their teachers during National Teachers Appreciation Week—and the feeling is mutual.

  Well, it only took a worldwide pandemic for teachers to truly get the respect they deserve. We’ve been quarantined at home and parents have been homeschooling for eight-plus weeks now, and everyone is finally realizing just how difficult a job it is to be a teacher. And coincidentally, as teachers adapt to our new normal and change course to…

Making Their Mark

Wood-Ridge High School seniors rally to show the strength of their generation in their new video.

  They were born just after 9/11, lived through the Great Recession and grew up watching the Boston Marathon bombing and mass shootings during the smart technology age. Yes, the Class of 2020 has been through a lot, but perhaps most significant to these 17- and 18-year-olds as a group is the way COVID-19 has shaped their final year of…