Community to Come Together Through the Arts in Englewood

2018 Englewood Idol ContestantsThe Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF) announces the grant award of $1,200 to the Dr. John Grieco Scholarship Fund at the Academies@Englewood for the 13th Annual Englewood Idol talent competition’s program.  The grant provides $100 scholarships for each contestant to record one song and the group to collaborate and record two songs together on a professionally developed CD.

The grant award complements the Foundation’s mission to build stronger communities through collaboration.  A NNJCF board member conceived Englewood Idol as a mechanism to bring together Englewood public and private high school students through the arts. Continue reading

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njso_winterfestival_940x400-7b31bd90f7January 11th at 7:30 PM at the Bergen Performing Arts Center


Just as American concertgoers of another era cheered Prokofiev and Respighi, audiences are raining accolades on 21-year-old Chinese pianist George Li, silver medalist in the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, and NJSO’s Xian Zhang.

XIAN ZHANG conductor

CHEN YI Ge Xu (NJSO Premiere)
Dramatic and arresting; subtitled “Antiphony,” it sparks energy from the clash of modern and traditional styles.

PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3
Pianistic pyrotechnics, cutting wit and moments of tenderness; Prokofiev came to Chicago to premiere it.

RESPIGHI Fountains of Rome (NJSO Premiere)
A spirited, evocative portrait of the Eternal City; it depicts a quartet of fountains at dawn, morning, afternoon and sunset.

RESPIGHI Pines of Rome
Blooming and sumptuous, the closing piece Xian conducted on her first program with the NJSO in 2010; generations of moviegoers have enjoyed it as part of Disney’s Fantasia 2000.

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9 Scented Candles Interior Designers Always Buy

jo-maloneCandles may as well be currency in the interior-design world. Interior designers use them as the final touch to a room, the one that elevates a space to the next sensory level. We mortals love them too but have a hard time knowing where to start.

To help you wade through the morass, we rounded up our favorites. Psst — they are also on every interior designer’s list!

Get ready to buy matches in bulk.

Jo Malone

If it’s good enough for Kate Middleton, then it’s good enough for us. The Duchess of Cambridge had Jo Malone’s citrus scents — Orange Blossom ($65) included — perfuming Westminster Abbey during her royal wedding. ‘Nuff said.

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via Alyse Whitney at Bon Appetit

All you need are two steps to survive Christmas: Take a deep breath and make a cocktail, stat. Cozy mulled wine, spiked egg nog, and dangerously-strong bourbon punch will help you get juuuust drunk enough to survive everything from fake-smiling through bad gifts to your post-feast food coma.

Take me to the cocktails! >>>

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M-Entrance 2MBSpirited buyers are prepping to start the New Year right by gifting themselves a “Home for the Holidays” at The M at Englewood South, the upscale condominium community in this vibrant Bergen County City.

While December is a traditionally slower sales period with busy schedules filling Holiday calendars, The M at Englewood South has seen an uptick in activity with motivated buyers realizing the advantages of homeownership are a gift that keeps on giving and can be enjoyed for many years to come.

The Marketing Directors, exclusive marketing and sales agent for the collection of luxury condominiums, cites two main reason for strong Holiday traffic.  First is attractive pricing and incentive plans that make purchasing a condominium at The M at Englewood South affordable no matter what time of year.  Homes are priced from $439,000 and are being offered with limited-time savings of up to $20,000 off the purchase price.  There’s also a creative financing program that provides a special 3% downpayment, meaning a well-appointed home can be purchased with a low initial deposit. Continue reading

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santaclaus-kid-mall-ap12_copyHo Ho Ho! Blue Moon Mexican Café Restaurants where life is a fiesta every day –is celebrating the holidays with a special visit from Santa Claus at all locations on Sunday, December 17th from 11am – 3pm. Bring the kids to a Blue Moon location and surprise them with a Santa Claus visit and a free photo to be cherished for years to come. Blue Moon will also be kicking off their annual Toy Drive on Sunday, November 26th until Monday, December 18th that will be given to local charities.

Reservations are suggested, as Santa Clause is very popular this time of year. Blue Moon Mexican Cafe’ is located in Englewood, Woodcliff Lake, Wyckoff, Bronxville, New York and Boca Raton, Florida.

Visit: for location details.  On behalf of Blue Moon Mexican Café, we wish you and your family a safe and a happy holiday season.

About Blue Moon Mexican Café: Blue Moon Mexican Café, established in 1987 is where Life is a Fiesta Every Day. Each location has its own unique ambiance offering authentic and eclectic Mexican cuisine sourced from top quality vendors and farmers using the freshest ingredients in the 90% scratch kitchen. Blue Moon is known for their special events, live music, daily specials and Happy Hour serving an extensive bar selection including craft beers, home-made sangrias, and award winning margaritas using an assortment of premium liquor making that casual meeting place to watch entertainment & sporting events with family and friends a favorite.  Each location offers Delivery & Pick Up, Children’s Menu, Private Rooms for Events and Celebrations and Off Premise Catering. For Menus to order online, Weekly Events and Live Entertainment updates visit or download the bluemoonmexicancafe app at ITunes. Life is a fiesta every day…Eat it Up!


23 E. Palisade Avenue

Englewood, NJ  07631

Phone:  201.541.0600

Monday -Thursday 11:30AM – 11pm

Friday & Saturday 11:30AM-Midnight

Sunday 11:00AM-11:00pm

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The Nutcracker


The Nutcracker presented by Nunnbetter Dance Theatre

For nearly twenty years Nunnbetter Dance Theatre has produced one of Bergen County’s most beautifully staged productions of The Nutcracker. This timeless classic features professional NYC dancers as well as local students and is a holiday treat not to be missed. Come and experience the magic as Clara enters the Land of Sweets and is met by the tiniest of Angels, and army of Mice, elegant dancers from far off lands, and of course the Sugar Plum Fairy herself. Hailed as one of Bergen County’s best holiday family events, NDT’s production of The Nutcracker is a treat for young and old.

Tickets range from $17 – $30 Reserved seating

For further information, click here. 

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coat_drive_image_for_yggCollect Winter Coats for the Jersey Cares Coat Drive!

Donate a coat or register now to become a collection site!

Jersey Cares plans to collect and distribute more than 30,000 “gently used” winter coats to men, women, and children in need throughout New Jersey through The 22nd Annual Jersey Cares Coat Drive. Over the past 21 years, Jersey Cares has collected, sorted, and distributed more than 500,000 coats for New Jersey residents through our Annual Coat Drive. Companies, churches, fire departments, police stations, schools, and other organizations will set up collection sites across the state to collect coats and deliver them to the nearest Central Drop Off Point. Jersey Cares volunteers will then sort and organize the donated coats and bag them for pick up. Pre-approved 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations will then pick up their coats and distribute them to people in need.

Help keep our neighbors warm this winter! Donate a coat, become a collection sitedonate coats online, or volunteer to sort coats! Visit our FAQ page for more information, or call 973-533-1993 or email with additional questions on how you can get involved.

For further information, click here. 

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St Paul’s Church Performs the Holiday Favorite, Handel’s “Messiah”


Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 5 PM

St Paul’s Church is performing the holiday favorite, Handel’s “Messiah”, on Sunday, December 3 at 5pm at the historic church in Englewood. This Baroque-era oratorio, still current and popular 250 years after Handel’s death, will be presented by the St Paul’s Choir and Choir School, under the direction of Mark Trautman. It will feature soprano, Karol Steadman, contralto Giulia Utz, tenor Ravon Middlebrooks, bass John-Andrew Fernandez and the St Paul’s Chamber Orchestra. The Christmas portion and Hallelujah Chorus will be performed by the St Paul’s Choir which includes professional and volunteer singers, known for its wide range of repertoire from Renaissance polyphony to Jazz and Gospel music. Joining them will be St Paul’s Choir School, a unique, tuition-free program for children from age 8 through high school whose students come all over Bergen County. They performed with the award-winning “Chieftains” at bergenPAC and for the upcoming HBO film “Sharp Objects” with Amy Adams.

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The M at Englewood South Exterior 2MBSelect Number of Popular Two-Bedroom Plus Den Condos Remain Available

The M at Englewood South is now more than 90% sold following a flurry of fall sales activity, reports The Marketing Directors, the exclusive marketing and sales agent for the upscale Bergen County condominium community.

While the impressive sales success is largely connected to its value-packed pricing, spacious floorplans and ultra-commuter friendly location, young buyers choosing to call The M at Englewood South home are also citing the neighborhood’s sought-after urban/suburban environment and vibrant social character as motivating factors.

“The M at Englewood South has become one of Bergen County’s most popular for-sale communities, drawing former renters and families from Hudson County, New York City and beyond with the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of homeownership at an exceptional price,” says Ellie Kim, Sales Representative for The Marketing Directors. “The high buyer interest has left fewer and fewer opportunities to own a home here.  However, even as we near the end of our sales program, some tremendous purchasing opportunities remain.”

Included in the available inventory at The M at Englewood South are popular two-bedroom plus den condominiums with 2.5 bathrooms, large walk-in closets in each bedroom and open living and dining rooms.

The homes provide expansive living spaces ranging from 1,410 to 1,499 square-feet of space, priced from $439,000. Continue reading

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