Welcome to Vicinity Magazine
Vicinity Magazine is a vibrant and informative lifestyle magazine that offers an in-depth look at local shopping, entertainment, human interest, events and more. The Calendar of Events is the most comprehensive guide in North Jersey. Mailed directly to more than 46,000 single-family homes in upscale areas of Essex, Somerset, Union and Morris counties, the sophisticated publication serves as an invaluable resource for its educated, affluent audience
Inside the current issue: October 2011
Seconds. That’s all the time it takes for potential buyers to form an impression about your home’s interior. So you’ve got to be ready to wow them from the entryway on in. “There’s so much competition right now, if your home does not show well, folks will just move on to the next one,” Decorating Den Interiors owner Valerie Ruddy said...
Inside this issue: September 2011
Valerie Gagliano studied theater in college and was lucky enough to land a job doing what she loved. But when the show she performed in was abruptly cancelled, her career path took a sharp turn. “Everything changed and I was just kind of lost for a while,” recounts the Springfi eld resident. “I got a job being an offi ce manager in a small company. I was making good money, but it was not what I wanted to do...”
Inside this issue: Summer 2011
Paying full price is so last year. So, we teamed up with local businesses to give our readers deals—huge deals—the type of deals only seen on Black Friday. Except, our deals are every day and we send them straight to your inbox. Introducing: Suburban Essex Deals. All of the perks of a group buying program, with a hometown advantage.
Inside this issue: June 2011
It's that time of year again! Nominate your favorite businesses in Essex County for the 3rd Annual Best of Essex Readers' Choice Awards.
Inside this issue: May 2011
Time’s almost up! Don’t forget to nominate your favorite businesses in Essex County for the 3rd Annual Readers’ Choice Awards.
Inside this issue: April 2011
In our April issue, get ready to tackle those Top Ten Spring Home Improvment Projects with TV's Jason Cameron and Danny Lipford. Plus, learn the health benefits of snacking on nuts, get local real estate information, the dish on local restaurants and more.
Inside this issue: March 2011
Check out the March 2011 issue for the answer to the age-old question "How do you get over the winter blues?" Plus a look at area real estate sales in January 2011, and regular features "Diamond Minds," community calendar and more!
Inside this issue: February 2011
Our February 2011 issue explores whether a pre-college summer program is right for your highschooler in addition our regular features like "On the Spot," "Diamond Minds," community calendar and more!
Inside this issue: Winter 2010
Check out our Winter 2010 issue featuring our 2010 Holiday Showcase, Winter 2010 Calendar of events and our regular features like "On the Spot," "Cooking with Tony," and more!
Inside this issue: November 2010
It's our annual Best of Essex Readers Choice Awards Issue. Find out who you voted the Best of Essex 2010.
Inside this issue: October 2010
A national fascination with all things ghostly, ghoulish-and chocolate, of course-has helped make Halloween one of the year’s most popular holidays. From costume parties and candy corn to yards populated by cackling skeletons, Halloween gives our little inner monsters a chance to step out for some bone-rattling fun...
Inside this issue: September 2010
On one of the few cool mornings in this past steam bath of a summer, I pulled a University of Michigan sweatshirt down from the shelf… and another summer of memories tumbled down with it. Though she didn’t end up graduating from Michigan, it was there that my daughter got her first taste of college life, a taste that left her hungry for more...
Inside this issue: Summer 2010
Do you smile more in the summer? Feel happier? Lots of us do—but somehow, we can’t linger too long in that blissful state. So the questions arise: What exactly is happiness—and how can we get more of it?...
Inside this issue: June 2010
The lazy days of summer never seem to start in June, when weddings, graduations, barbecues—and celebrating Dad, of course—keep us whirl-ing on high, and our date books stuffed. Note to self: Open date book...
Inside this issue: May 2010
On one of those unexpectedly warm April days I pulled some summer clothes from the back of my closet. Shorts, a few T-shirts, and a summer skirt in case the mood hit. Well, the only mood that hit was one of panic. I couldn’t zip the shorts, the T-shirts were tight, and the skirt was snug...
Inside this issue: April 2010
Lounging in a chaise beneath a weeping cherry blossom, you sip a cool drink. Thee day’s worries slip away with the water cascading over smooth stones in a nearby brook. Your yes follow a butterfly as she alights upon a brilliant palette of roses, daffodils and lilies. Suddenly the scent of dinner sizzling on the grill deliciously wafts over...
Inside this issue: March 2010
I admit it. I’m addicted to watching designers on TV trans-form shabby or downright ugly houses into stunners—and do it all on a tight budget and even tighter deadline. But when I look around at my own home, I’m stymied. Are the bedroom curtains sweetly nostalgic—or shabbily old-fashioned? Is there a floor that’s cat-and-college-student-friendly… to replace the once gorgeous, ivory, wall-to-wall family/living room carpet?...
Inside this issue: February 2010
A month after my son began high school, the parents of all 9th graders were asked to attend a seminar to learn about what impresses colleges. The information session didn’t strike me as premature. After all, a Manhattan friend had hired a tutor to ensure that her two-year-old daughter aced a nursery school interview...
Inside this issue: Winter 2009
My children are only a few years out of their teens, so I understand why parents find relief even in the mildest of jokes, such as, "Raising teenagers is like nailing Jell-O to a tree." If I hadn’t laughed, I couldn’t have survived those roller-coaster years either—when one day I was my daughter’s best friend and the next I was-and this is an exact quote-"the worst horrible mother, EVER..."
Inside this issue: November 2009
We’ve all heard the jokes about New Jersey—where potholes are as common as mosquitoes, and everyone can name all the flavors of saltwater taffy... yada, yada, yada. Let them laugh. Those of us who live here enjoy the open spaces and cosmopolitan atmosphere, the proximity to Manhattan and the culture in our own towns...
Inside this issue: October 2009
A chilly morning breeze through the window, the quieting of cicadas at night... like the crunch of leaves beneath your feet, they all herald fall’s arrival. And despite a flicker of sadness at summer’s end, I’m grateful to live where the seasons change, each time igniting anew the feeling that new beginnings are always possible.
Inside this issue: September 2009
Think back to your school years. How would you describe them? I doubt the word "formative" came to mind. Although accurate, the adjective is too stiff , too bland to capture the emotions that our school memories ignite.
Inside this issue: Summer 2009
Ah, summer... that ice cream–flavored, suntan-lotion–scented time when worries drift away in pretty white puffs. But wait... those worries are still hanging around, and those puffs look more like heavy gray clouds of winter. It's time to chase them away-and that’s what this issue of Vicinity Magazine is all about...
Inside this issue: June 2009
When was the last time you went an entire day without thinking about money? If you can’t recall, you’re not alone. The recession is taking a toll on our national psyche—creating stress-related illnesses and sleepless nights. We’re anxious and fearful. Our optimism has waned...
Inside this issue: May 2009
Recently I stopped by my favorite boutique in town—and a saleswoman rushed to tell me that a purple cashmere sweater I’d loved was going on sale. “I put it aside to see if you wanted it,” she told me. Thrilled, I thanked her—and bought the fabulous sweater. Although it was getting a great bargain on the beautiful item, I felt even better about the personal care I’d been shown. That’s a special feeling you can’t get anywhere but in your own hometown...
Inside this issue: April 2009
April 15 usually conjures up one image—and it doesn't come in glorious colors or heavenly scents. But I still think of April 15 as the exact date that my parents’ magnolia tree blossomed, its intoxicating perfume wafting through our windows...
Inside this issue: March 2009
"Mr. and Mrs. Jones, I’m afraid I have some bad news…." Imagine you discover that your perfect little boy—the curly-haired little wonder who opened your hearts wider than you ever imagined possible—is autistic. He’s... what? After the stunned silence, what would you say? How would you feel? And, perhaps most importantly, what would you do?
Inside this issue: February 2009
Even before our first child was out of diapers, we started researching schools. Obsessive? Perhaps. But we weren’t alone. Education is so vital that many parents willingly relocate, put off vacations, and even puzzle over algebra (again), after a long day at work. Why? It’s simple—we want the best for our children. And luckily for parents in the Vicinity Magazine area, the “best” is all around; local schools consistently rank among the top in statewide surveys. There’s just one little problem with having such a rich cluster of fine schools available. With so many good choices—public, private, and independent—how do you choose?
Inside this issue: Winter 2008
My first ferry ride to Manhattan was on a bleak, drizzly afternoon, and I was as jittery as a gerbil, worried about my first day on a new job. But as the boat set off from Weehawken and began to glide across the water, I was suddenly mesmerized, staring like a wide-eyed Texan at a city that appeared as glamorous as a Tiffany’s window.
Inside this issue: November 2008
Recently, a friend asked me to write a letter to inspire donations to an orphanage. I’m ashamed to admit it, but my first thought was: I’m too busy! Luckily, the words that came out of my mouth were: "Sure, I’d be happy to."
Inside this issue: October 2008
With the cooler weather of October, evenings at the theater seem even more enticing. And it’s nice knowing that just across the Hudson we can take in a Broadway musical or seek the existential meaning in an East Village play. But how often do we actually make it to a New York show? Twice, maybe three times a year, at most?
Inside this issue: September 2008
I'm a decorating addict. Though far from an expert, like many of us, I can’t resist a design magazine. We imagine the possibilities—that soft yellow chair in the living room, that sky-blue paint for the bedroom. Some dream of their perfect home, and are always in the process of creating it. As you’ll see in our feature on Home Makeovers, dreams can become reality.