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T ime flies when you are having fun.” A cliché statement, but a statement so true! This fall my husband Sean and I are celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. Throughout my life I would hear this statement every so often, and I have to say it must be true since the past 30 years have flown by. Sean and I have had a lot of adventures together, one of the biggest was raising our two amazing children (yes I am a little biased!). In the blink of an eye I have a 23-year-old daughter and 26-year-old son. Thinking back 30 years ago, I couldn’t imagine what would lie ahead. And of course who would have imagined creating a magazine celebrating life over 55 that is currently in its tenth year! I look back over all the adventures we have had together and look forward to all that are yet to come over the next 30+ years. And now to the present. Our cover feature is a remarkable woman who has had a diverse life and career. Rabbi Ziona Zelazo shares her story, which began in Israel over 70 years ago and her personal journey that led to the United States and a life filled with new insights and new learning. There was a time not that long ago when going to the movies was the highlight of a night out with friends and family; in fact, my first date with my husband was going to the Westwood Theater. In this issue, Tim Adriance spotlights Bergen County movie theaters over the past 100+ years. It’s the first of a two-parter that provides not only an overview of our earliest theaters but some of the early films that were shot right here as well. Yankees or Mets? That’s the big question if you’re a baseball fan living in this part of the world. Meet Paul Semendinger, a man of many talents and accomplishments but whose love of the New York Yankees makes answering that question a no-brainer. Planning a vacation? Why not look beyond traditional locations and consider philan tourism, something I never knew about until Brian Mackay of Cruise Planners brought it to our attention. Visiting less traveled countries and experiencing their culture and diversity will not only provide a memorable trip but will also help to support the economic development of these off-the-radar destinations. Check out the six countries Brian has highlighted. Before I close, I want to congratulate Bonnie O’Brien and her team from Transition Professionals Re-entry Services, which was featured in our Summer issue. The organiza tion recently received a $947,000 grant from the State of New Jersey, Department of Labor, enabling it to provide training and employment to more than 200 people recently released from incarceration and/or currently on probation. The grant will help ensure they will be placed in sustainable living wage positions leading to successful and satisfying careers. Our best to all involved. Heidi


Your cover feature on Glenn Corbett was very interesting and a real eye-opener. It’s remarkable to learn once again that our county holds such an amazing and versatile group of residents. Glenn’s work is so note worthy, especially as we continue to hear on the news about fires break ing out in homes and businesses across the region. Thank you, Glenn, for your commitment to keeping us safe and to your magazine for sharing his story with us. –Barry Feller decades but have never been there and never knew its amazing history. After reading about it, we visited the town and walked through the Closter Nature Center. A great article and a great community. –Jeri Lopessi came with my wife and I to your expo in May. The exhibitors were very friendly and helpful, the loca tion was enjoyable and the band that played during lunch was ter rific. All in all, we had a great time and are looking forward to your next event. And I should add that my visitors wished they had an expo like yours to attend back home. –Pete Furillo Just wanted to let you know that my family visiting from the West Coast Closter, known as the “Historic hub of the Northern Valley,” embodies what we think of as small-town America. A munici pality since 1904, Closter covers just over three square miles. Historically, it was a large unde fined region between the Hud son and Hackensack rivers that roughly extended as far south as Englewood and as far north as Tappan, New York. Closter gets its name from the Dutch, who named the isolated location Klooster (which trans lates as “a quiet place, a monas tery or cloister”). Over time, the name was anglicized to Closter. Thanks for your article on Closter. We’ve lived in Bergen County for

Rich in History and Town Spirit By Tim Adriance CLOSTER





BRIAN MACKEY Brian is known for his love of travel and cruise ship sailing, a love that first started when he learned how to sail

TIM ADRIANCE Tim is a well-recognized historian and a past president of the Bergen County Historical Society. In 2016,

Publisher/Creative Director Heidi Gross (201) 747-2874 Editor-in-Chief Carol Munns (201) 874-6012 Columnists Roger Anthony Fit for Life Stephanie Sass Food for Thought Luke Yeagley What’s Up with Apps Staff Writers Tim Adriance Emily Kratzer Kelly Parr Events Planner/Communications Heidi Gross Marketing Assistant Margie Downs Webmaster George Mamunes Printer Walsworth Printing

at the age of eight. He currently owns a Cruise Planners franchise and has been in the travel in dustry for 38 years. Brian is a very active member in his community. He is a past president and cur rent board member of the Waldwick Chamber of Commerce and is a liaison and advocate for Turn the Towns Teal, a national awareness campaign for ovarian cancer.

Tim received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Bergen County in recognition of his leadership in historic preservation for more than 30 years. A knowledgeable historian, entertaining presenter and expert on historic houses, he is a historical consultant, presenter of programs on local interest and provider of house histories and investigations. executive career in the pharmaceuti cal industry. He is fluent in French and Italian and taught French in a Buffalo college. He has written numerous medical education programs and enjoys writing his “Fit for Life” column for Autumn Years . He is currently a fitness instructor at Holy Name Hospital Fitness in Oradell. ROGER ANTHONY Roger is retired from a 30-year

KELLY PARR Kelly is a freelance writer in Charleston, SC. After holding multiple marketing communications

positions with KPMG, she made a career shift to higher education and worked in the English department and developed interactive e-books for a National Science Foundation grant at Brookdale Community College. She currently works at The Citadel for the former Mayor of Charleston, who is writing his memoir. STEPHANIE SASS Stephanie holds a master’s degree in Science/Nutrition and works as a retail Registered Dietitian for Inserra Supermarkets in the company’s ShopRite store in Wallington, NJ. She provides a range of free nutrition services, including presentations and workshops at senior activities centers. For a cal endar of events at ShopRite stores across Bergen County, go to, and for groups wishing to schedule a presentation or workshop, contact her at

ROBIN FRANK Robin is a writer and public relations professional. In addition to news and feature articles, she specializes

For editorial questions and comments Contact Carol Munns at For advertising inquiries Contact Heidi Gross at (201) 747-2874 or Letters to the Editor should be emailed to the Editor at We reserve the right to edit for style and space. Autumn Years Magazine LLC P.O. Box 104, Allendale, NJ 07401 • (201) 747-2874 Website: Email: Autumn Years published by Autumn Years Magazine, LLC, Volume 10, Number 2, September 2023 (ISSN 2694-2917) is published quarterly free of charge. P.O. Box 104, Allendale, NJ 07401. Periodicals postage pending at 1037 MacArthur Blvd., Mahwah, NJ 07430. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Autumn Years, PO Box 104, Allendale, NJ 07401. Autumn Years is a free quarterly publication dedicated to celebrating life over 55. The purpose is to bring readers information on health and well-being, finance and technology, as well as inspiring stories about the activities and accomplishments of the 55+ population of Bergen County. No part of Autumn Years, whether in print or digital, may be reproduced, in any form or by any means, photocopying, electronic, mechanical or otherwise, with out the prior written permission of the copyright owner.

in writing press releases, website content, blogs, e-newsletters and op-eds. Robin develops public relations and social media campaigns to increase clients’ visibility and enhance their reputation. She speaks, reads and writes fluent Spanish and French. Visit her website:

EMILY KRATZER After a journalism career that stretched from The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, CA, to The Journal

News in West Nyack and Harrison, NY, Emily enjoys freelance writing. She helped establish the student chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists at California State University at Humboldt and has been a member of SPJ ever since. She served for seven years on the board of the N.J. Chapter of SPJ. Emily volunteers in Washington Township at the public access station

LUKE YEAGLEY Luke is a former field engineer for a major technology company and a current data scientist. A graduate

of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Computer Science and Economics, he is quick to note with a smile that he honed his computer skills early in life by helping his parents and grand parents navigate their iPads.

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22 FINANCIAL PLANNING 22 Do You Need Health Insurance for Your Trip Abroad? By Timothy M. Duncan, JD, AIF® Find out what travel health insurance covers and what types are available to help provide financial protection if you need medical care while away important to carefully weigh the pros and cons to make an informed decision that aligns with the retirement lifestyle you seek 26 Home Business Insurance Basics By Dan Gallagher With many people continuing to work at home, perhaps permanently, and more than half of all small businesses home based as well, knowing the basics of home business insurance can help minimize potential risks 58 TECHNOLOGY TRENDS 58 Home Tech Safety Tips Is Your Router Secure? By Felicia Halpert & Costa Rodis With family computing environments taking on the added and now often permanent stresses of being home offices, it’s time to ensure proper tech security starting with your router; here are some tips to help you do that Apps, such as these, have been replacing traditional weight loss plans, with most focusing on an overall healthier lifestyle through diet, exercise and goal setting 64 BEST BETS Kitchen Gadgets That Simplify Cooking & Food Prep By Kimberly Blaker Read about some smart kitchen gadgets that can save you time and energy so you can focus on creating delicious, nutritious meals 61 What’s Up with Apps By Luke Yeagley 24 Should You Unretire? By Timothy M. Duncan, JD, AIF® When considering that possibility, it is

6 IN MY WORDS Preparing for a Retirement Encore Career By J. Paul Rieger 9 COUNTY CALENDAR A selection of activities available in Bergen County and its neighbors 12 HEALTH & WELFARE 12 Fit for Life The Power of Positive Aging By Roger Anthony Research shows people with positive attitudes about aging tend to live longer, healthier lives; some thoughts on whether you see the glass half full or half empty and how to fill that glass to the brim While travel for disabled people is more accessible than ever, it is still critical to take proper precautions; here are tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip 16 Food for Thought Everything Is Gouda When Cheese Is Involved . . . Right? By Stephanie Sass, MS RD The answer to that question depends on factors such as your nutritional needs, current health status and cheese type choices; some facts about cheese to consider 14 Tips for Traveling with Disabilities By Nicholas Stratton

18 Movement as Medicine Tips to Get the Most Out of Dancing By Robin Frank

Physical therapists often say, “motion is lotion,” referring to movement that provides natural lubrication needed for healthy joints; find out why dancing fills that bill

20 Dog First Aid Kits What You Need to Know By Paige Chernick

A well-stocked first aid kit can be crucial if your dog suffers an injury or other health issue; here’s a helpful list of what to stock until you can get your dog to the veterinarian



Rabbi Ziona Zelazo: Listening, Learning, Caring

Yankees or Mets? Paul Semendinger Knows

the Answer to That Question By Kelly Parr

By Emily Kratzer Here is a woman brought up in Israel, where she served in the Israeli Defense Force, attended Tel Aviv University, immigrated to the United States and fulfilled her second career goal of being an ordained rabbi; read about her spiritual awakening and her philosophy about success and growth—it is not only me who can do it, she says, everybody can do it, even later in life Going to the Movies, Part I By Tim Adriance Did you know there have been at least 84 movie theaters in Bergen County over the years?; this first of a two-parter describes the earliest examples of “moving picture” shows, starting in 1898 when the Oritani Field Club in Hackensack opened through 1919 when the Westwood Theatre opened—launching a path to making movie going an everyday experience for all ages

Baseball may be this man’s passion (with emphasis on the Yankees), but then so is being an educator, motivational speaker, marathoner, blogger and book author, the subjects of many of these books reflecting his interest in history and of course, baseball; also read the sidebar about his ancestor whose design of a wet plate camera is on display at the Smithsonian

If You Are Planning to Travel, Why Not Make It Philantourism

By Brian Mackey Read about philantourism, a way to lend a helping hand to a destination that needs tourist support to help its economy—a merger of philanthropy and tourism—coupled with a way to satisfy your wanderlust while leaving a positive impact; take a look at six destinations worthy of consideration—Greenland, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Zimbabwe




Preparing for a Retirement Encore Career By J. Paul Rieger

U nless you have never saved a dime or will be paying for luxury cars, Aspen condos and/or child support for the rest of your natural life, you are destined, at some point, to retire from your full-time career. I know, I know. The office cannot func tion without you. You don’t even take vacations because of the calamity your ab sence would cause. And besides, what the heck are you going to do when you retire? Your career has been your everything. Like many of my lawyer colleagues, you may be facing discomfort and even fear at the idea of retiring. The thought of losing that “secret sharer” through retirement is daunting— and frightening. Well, I’m here to help you break free of those shackles and to assure you that you actually do have something, whether you realize it or not. It all begins with hobbies Surely there are things you have enjoyed be sides your career. I don’t mean the bull roast or crab feast with your work friends. I mean the things that have given you a real sense of satisfaction and purpose at any point in your past. I know I did. By cultivating a serious involvement in those things, I unwittingly wound up preparing for life after retirement from the day I started working. I’ve been fortunate to have had some great hobbies throughout my lifetime. My mom was a reader, and we kids were encour aged to read at a very early age. When I got to college and law school, all the boring stuff I was forced to read made me more eager to read “fun” stuff such as crime, mystery and

humor. And once I had graduated and was entrenched in a career track, my passion for reading led me to dabble in writing. I was a big fan of Victorian and Edwardian pe riod detective fiction and decided to write a novel along those lines. It took me about ten years to complete the novel. But what a great hobby! This hobby became a bona fide side-gig as I began publishing books, and today, it is the main event of my retirement encore career. My latest novel, Clonk!, was published in May. Then there was music. As a kid I found my parent’s ‘60s hi-fi console stereo to be quite fascinating and listened endlessly to whatever pile of records happened to be on the LP changer. And, once my older sister began playing her Jimi Hendrix albums, suddenly I wanted to play guitar and make those sounds. My interest in music and sound led me down the wonderful rabbit hole of making amateur recordings with my tiny reel-to reel recorder. Which led to summer jobs for the purpose of buying better recorders and better stereos and finally a guitar and am plifier. And all of this led to joining up with friends to be in a “band” or “group.” To this day playing music occupies a lot of my time. Thanks to technology, I still record with my band buddies, though we are all located remotely around the United States. You’ve gotta have fun Where do hobbies even come from? Well, we all do something to have fun. So let “fun” be your first step in imagining your encore career.

Think about the things that have given you a real sense of satisfaction and purpose at any point in your past. Do you enjoy working on household projects? Does mow ing the lawn take you to a Zen space? Do you enjoy redecorating or redesigning? Do you enjoy reading fiction but can never seem to find the time? Any of those will make a fine encore career. The good news is, you don’t have to go “cold turkey.” If you are able to do a little part-time work in retirement, that’s ok. If you can’t engage in paying work, there will be plenty of volunteer opportunities for you. I am still an attorney, and I make a pretense of maintaining a small, “solo” practice. But, thankfully, my hobbies have taken over as my encore careers. So, think about absolutely anything that has given you joy, pleasure or satisfaction. Music? Art? Gardening? Decorating? Vol unteering? Any of these can be your encore. Chances are, like me, you have been doing them for years if not decades. Which means that you, too, have been preparing your re tirement encore career for a very long time.

J. P. (Paul) Rieger is a real estate attor ney and amateur musician. Clonk! is Paul’s second work of fiction following

his 2013 publication of The Case Files of Roder ick Misely, Consultant . He greatly enjoys music, books and humor and likes to say he is old but has retained most of his teeth and hair.



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BOLGER HERITAGE CENTER (continued) • December 9, 2pm, Celebrating 100 Years of Library Service. Join Local History Librarian Sarah Kiefer and Village Historian Peggy Norris, as they take a look back at the Ridgewood Library’s history. Learn all about the group of volunteers who started the lending library, which led to the establishment of the George L. Pease Memorial Library in 1923. Light refreshments will be served at the lecture. No registration required. Any questions, contact Sarah Kiefer at 201-670-5600 x135 or skiefer@

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Fit for Life

The Power of Positive Aging By Roger Anthony

Okay, so I’m rebounding off of Norman Vincent Peale’s world famous title. But the truth is that staying positive and optimistic is in great part what will determine whether or not we get the best out of our Autumn Years.

or could go wrong. Even when good things happen to themselves or oth ers, they are already anticipating that it could all go awry, waiting for the other shoe to drop. They focus on the problems and do not look for solutions. They become suspicious, guarded, pes simistic, sometimes needy and ultimately curmudgeonly. Just as they tend to bring down what is happening in their, and perhaps even your, life their negative attitude and behavior often affects their health. Psychologists define attitude as a learned tendency to evaluate things in a certain way. Our attitudes are acquired through our personal experiences, social influence, upbringing and education, conditioning processes and our own observations and perceptions. The way you evaluate issues, people, events, etc., whether positive, negative or even uncertain, ultimately has a correspond ing effect on your beliefs, behaviors and well-being. A negative attitude can adversely impact the way we age. Not surprisingly, some people begin to have a negative attitude about their own older self. As they age, they may be come self-conscious, insecure, confused or even frightened by new or different things, changes or activities. Avoiding or rejecting change can give way to remain ing in the comfort zone and missing out on potentially different and joyful undertakings. Envisioning the worst case scenario for every situation, they tend to convince themselves that “I’m too old for that. It will be too hard for me. I won’t be able to do it or I will really suck at it.

R ecent research has shown that healthier lives. One such study at Har vard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that people who had the high est satisfaction with aging were more optimistic and actually had a 43 percent lower risk of dying from any cause and a lower risk for conditions such as diabe tes, stroke, cancer and heart disease. They also had better cognitive function ing, were less likely to have sleep disor ders, were less lonely and depressed and were more likely to engage in physical activity. Clearly, there is a physiological con nection between attitude and wellness people with more positive attitudes about aging tend to live longer and

in aging. A person’s attitude can have a powerful influence, either positive or negative, over both behavior and health. Consider the people you know in your own life. Most of us are fortunate to know people who always appear to be up. They greet us with a smile, share your happiness and theirs, and are al ways positive and optimistic. They focus on the good things in their lives and minimize the bad. They tend to be out going, grateful for what they have and enjoy and are willingly helpful. And not surprisingly most of them seem to always appear to be in good health, even when perhaps they are not. Then there are those who seem to dwell on whatever they think is wrong

I once decided to try sailboarding, positive that I could do what much younger folks made look easy. The first lesson was about how to get up and stand on the board. Despite my confidence and optimism, my countless attempts always resulted in falling back into the water. I never made it all the way up, but with every awkward splash, I laughed. The more I failed, the harder I laughed until I was in a hopeless snit of giggles and had to stop. I did not succeed in what I was sure I could master but it did not matter to me because I had so much fun trying. It was all about my “When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade” attitude! At 60 years of age, I tried Spinning (high energy indoor studio cycling). I enjoyed it so much that I became an instructor and am still teaching it 22 years later. It’s all about attitude!


Research has found people with positive attitudes toward aging lived 7 1/2 years longer, all other things being equal. Studies also show that staying positive about aging limits the physical signs of aging. Positive people are less stressed and live happier, healthier lives, think sharper and remain more physical ly fit. They are also significantly better at bouncing back from illness and severe disabilities. By developing and maintaining a positive attitude, growing older can af ford us opportunities to experience new pursuits, meet and enjoy new people and try things that we did not have the time or the chance to try when we were younger. Make every effort to look at the bright side of everything. Surround yourself with positive people and steer clear of negative thinking and situations. Do not consider your age as an obstacle but rather as a triumph. Focus on the pros instead of the cons, then on how to turn the cons into pros. Appreci ate the good things and people in your life and enjoy them more. Keep a good sense of humor, smile a lot and learn to laugh at things that do not go as you wish. Stay healthy with daily exercise, good nutrition and proper rest. All this and a positive attitude will keep you Fit for Life!

Sometimes it is learned from the behav ior of negative people in our lives. Even what we read or watch can take us down a dark path. Misinformation can also cre ate attitudinal roadblocks. It can create inherent insecurity or an irrational fear of failure. Once you recognize a pattern of negative attitude and identify possible reasons for it, you can begin the process of embracing a positive outlook. It may take courage and effort but consider that whether you see the glass as half full or half empty, it is always refillable! Our Autumn Years should embrace the joy of living. Choosing pessimism closes doors. Optimism and positivity opens new ones. We have the power to fill our lives with what we choose. Why settle for half a glass when we can fill it to the brim? Be self-aware of your attitude. “Life is a bowl of cherries. Some cherries are rotten while others are good; it’s your job to throw out the rotten ones and forget about them while you enjoy eating the ones that are good! There are two kinds of people: those who choose to throw out the good cherries and wallow in all the rotten ones, and those who choose to throw out all the rotten ones and savor all the good ones.” – C. JoyBell C.

What will people think of me?” Sadly, a negative attitude can prevent us from participating in and enjoying some of the things we deserve to benefit from in our remaining years. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your at titude.” – Maya Angelou The good news is that even learned attitudes are not set in stone and can be changed. You, yourself, determine your attitude and you have total control over it. A positive attitude is a disciplined and deliberate way of seeing, thinking and responding to life. The same influences that lead to attitude formation can also help to create attitude changes. It has to begin by realizing and recog nizing that you have a pattern of nega tive thinking. This requires some serious introspection and acceptance. Positive attitudes foster good feelings but nega tive attitudes can bring anger or hostil ity. Negative people focus on what is the worst that could happen. Positive people focus on the best possible outcome. Positive people think “I can do that!” Negative people think “What if I can’t?” Think about what may have influenced your negativity. Often negativity is a result of person al experiences or observation.




Tips for Traveling with Disabilities By Nicholas Stratton

T raveling as a disabled person once seemed like an overwhelming and sometimes impossible task. How ever, with travel agencies specializing in disabled travel, the inclusivity movement and the rise of mindful accommodations, travel for disabled people is more acces sible than ever. The first step to planning safe travel is to have a thorough conversation with your physician. Be sure to provide an accurate picture of the entire trip, includ ing location, means of travel, climate, potential activities, etc. This is especially important because it is possible to over look a factor that can be a potential risk to your health. For example, traveling to higher altitudes may not seem like a risk factor. However, due to the lower con centration of oxygen, it can be danger ous for someone with a lung condition or compromised breathing. In addition to ensuring your destina tion and plans are safe, your doctor can also help plan for medical needs dur ing your trip. He or she can ensure that you have access to any medication you may need, prescribe measures for ease of travel, and even provide a medical statement to carry in the event of an emergency. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS When planning for disabled travel, it is important to know the rights of people with disabilities. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has proce dures in place for travelers with disabilities and medical conditions. It is wise to un

derstand these procedures before getting to the airport. For instance, airport assis tance is available for disabled individuals. To request assistance, you can call the TSA helpline at 855-787-2227. They can also an swer questions about procedures, screen ing policies and security checkpoints. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can also provide information about laws for people traveling with disabilities. Unfortu nately, many employees of airlines, theme parks, cruise lines and other travel destina tions do not know the disability laws, so check for information ahead of time. It is also important to note that rights vary in different countries. If you are traveling out of the country, it is advisable that you speak with a travel specialist who is familiar with the rights in your desired destination. PLAN AHEAD Planning ahead is the most important tip for a disabled traveler. The easiest way is to hire a travel agency specializing in accessible travel. These agencies check for specific accommodations for travelers with disabilities and special needs. If you are planning your own travel, begin early. First, research and create an itinerary for your trip. Websites can offer information about accessibility and ser vices offered. Even with the ease of web sites, calls should be made to schedule the necessary accommodations. This includes hotels, rental properties, transportation services, rental cars, excursions and activi ties. Clear communication is essential. Be detailed when describing your disability so everyone understands what needs must be met.

PREPARE FOR THE WORST Even with proper precautions and planning, travel does not always go as planned. So while we hope for the best, it is vital to be prepared for an unexpected event. Some of the most common woes of travel are flight cancelations, delays and lost luggage. If you are traveling by plane, make sure you have extra medication and any necessary supplies in your carry-on. Should you become ill during your travel, you want to be aware of local resources. Research physician availability in your travel destination. Healthcare Abroad is a helpful resource (https:// In addition to familiarizing yourself with the healthcare resources available, it is smart to keep your medical alert information and pri mary physician’s contact readily available on you during travel. We are fortunate to live in a time when travel is accessible for most people. Even with a disability, taking the proper precautions and appropriately planning can open up a world of possibilities. If you find a property or service that does not accommodate people with disabilities, be sure to contact a special needs or elder law attorney regarding your rights. No matter where your destination may be, travel well and enjoy every moment!

Nick Stratton is a partner with the Stratton Ashtyani Law Group in Franklin Lakes, NJ (www.LawGroup Nick focuses on real estate

transactions, estate planning, elder law and probate matters. This article is provided for general information only; it is not legal advice and should not be acted on before consulting with an attorney.



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Food for Thought Everything Is Gouda When Cheese Is Involved… Right? By Stephanie Sass The answer to that question depends on factors such as your nutritional needs, current health status, taste preferences and cheese type choices.

T he nutrients in cheese may vary by the type of cheese. However, all dairy products, including cheese, milk and yogurt, provide calcium. Calci um is a nutrient that, along with vitamin D, is essential for bone health. These nutrients help prevent bone disorders such as osteopenia and osteoporosis and the risk of fractures. It is recommended that women over 50 and men over 71 consume 1,200 mg (milligrams) of cal cium daily, and men between 50 and 70 consume 1,000 mg daily. Most men and women are not meet ing their calcium needs each day. On average, men and women consume less than 800 and 700 mg per day, respec tively. Ideally, one should meet his or her calcium needs through foods such as low-fat dairy, dark leafy greens, calcium fortified plant milk and calcium-fortified orange juice. Our body creates the active form of vitamin D from sunlight, but one can also choose vitamin D-fortified foods. Milk is usually fortified with vitamin A and vitamin D. Calcium is the main mineral found in cheese, but it also provides some other vitamins and minerals in small amounts, including vitamin A, vitamin B12, zinc and selenium. Vitamin B12 and zinc

should consume 55 mcg of selenium per day. Selenium can also be found in animal proteins, sunflower seeds, baked beans, oatmeal and spinach. Aside from these micronutrients, cheese contains the macronutrients protein and fat. Protein is essential for maintaining muscle mass and strength.

serve many bodily functions, such as DNA repair and immune support. These nutri ents primarily come from animal foods, but pumpkin seeds are also a good source of zinc. Selenium is a trace mineral with several vital functions, such as thyroid hormone metabolism and immune func tion. The food richest in selenium is Brazil nuts. One Brazil nut provides about 70 to 90 mcg (micrograms) of selenium. It is recommended that people over 14


INGREDIENTS • ½ cup Wholesome Panty Quinoa • 2 cups chopped kale or baby kale • 1 cucumber, chopped • 1 red onion, diced • 1 jar red peppers, drained and chopped • 1 can Wholesome Pantry Chickpeas, rinsed and drained • ½ cup Bowl & Basket Specialty feta cheese, crumbled • ½ to 1 cup Bowl & Basket Greek dressing

DIRECTIONS Cook quinoa according to package direc tions. Set aside to cool slightly. While quinoa is cooking, combine kale, cucumber, onion, red peppers and chick peas in a large bowl. When quinoa has cooled slightly, add to bowl along with feta and toss lightly to mix. Add dressing and toss until desired level of coating is reached (you may not need all the dressing). Serve immediately or store in fridge and serve cold.



DIRECTIONS Step 1: Heat the oven to 425 degrees. While the oven is heating, stir the panko, parmesan cheese and ½ tbs oil in a small bowl. Step 2: Spray a rimmed baking sheet with vegetable cooking spray. Place the chicken on one side of the baking sheet and brush with 1 tbs oil. Season with salt and pepper. Step 3: Spoon the sauce over the chicken (we like to use a ¼ cup measuring cup instead of a spoon). Top with mozzarella cheese and panko mixture. Step 4: Arrange the cauliflower on the other side of the baking sheet, drizzle with remaining 1 tbs oil and season with salt and pepper. Step 5: Bake for 20 minutes or until the chicken is done. Sprinkle with chopped fresh basil just before serving, if desired. is considered a “bad fat” due to its role in increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Generally, it is recommended that people consume less than 11 to 13 grams of saturated fat daily. One ounce of cheddar cheese provides 6 grams of saturated fat, roughly half of one’s al lowance for the entire day. The amount of saturated fat will vary depending on the type of cheese. Still, it is important to choose part-skim, reduced-fat or low-fat cheese and other dairy most of the time. As stated, the type of cheese you choose may depend on your current health status. People may want to con sider following a low-fat diet and choos ing low-fat dairy if they have any of the

following conditions: high cholesterol, high triglycerides, heart disease, gall bladder disease, gastroparesis, irritable bowel syndrome, irritable bowel disease, pancreatitis and malabsorption issues. In some of these conditions, too much fat can upset the stomach or digestion process. For others, the saturated fat in full-fat dairy may be a problem. Still, how one’s body reacts to foods will differ. Pay attention to how certain foods make you feel and report issues to your doctor. Additionally, make sure to get a physical and full blood panel yearly or as recom mended by a health professional. If a low-fat cheese option is unavail able, or if your taste preference is a fuller fat cheese, then it is extra important to be mindful of portion sizes. A one-ounce serving of cheddar cheese provides about 110 calories, 9 grams of total fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 7 grams of protein and 20% of your calcium needs. A one-ounce serving of cheese is equivalent to about a 1-inch cube. To help stretch the flavor of the cheese, thinly slice it and pair it with other foods that bring out its flavors. For example, cheddar and Manchego cheese pair well with apples, whereas goat and cream cheese pair well with berries and figs. Cheeses like mozzarella and ricotta pair well with vegetables such as toma toes and peppers; most cheeses pair well with nuts. There are tons of cheese combinations to experiment with, but keep the factors listed above in mind. If you want some meal inspiration, try one of these tasty, cheese-based recipes from ShopRite’s online recipe shop.

INGREDIENTS • ¼ cup Italian or regular seasoned panko bread crumbs • 1 lb parmesan cheese • 2 1/2 tbs olive oil • 1 lb thick-sliced boneless, skinless chicken breast • 1 cup Marinara sauce • 4 oz part-skim mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced • 4 cups fresh or frozen cauliflower florets

The type of protein found in cheese is considered a complete protein. Complete proteins contain all of the essential amino acids the body needs to build muscle and repair various body tissues. Other animal foods provide protein and these essential amino acids, including chicken, turkey, beef, pork, fish, milk and yogurt. Aim for one fourth of your plate to be a lean protein when building a meal. Additionally, snack on protein-rich foods such as Greek yogurt, low sodium cottage cheese, string cheese, hummus, edamame, nuts and seeds. So far, cheese sounds pretty Gouda to me, but let’s talk about fat. Cheese and other full-fat dairy products tend to be high in saturated fat. Saturated fat



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