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TOP HIGH SCHOOLS
ON THE WEB
Don’t see your local high school
on our Top 100 list in this month’s
issue? The full list of 339 ranked
schools will be available on our
website starting September
1. The online list is free and
has all the data included in the
Top Public High Schools chart
on pages 52-53 in this issue.
Exclusively at njmonthly.com
THE GREAT OAK
The winners of the inaugural
Great Oak Awards will be
honored September 30 during a
dinner at the Palace in Somerset
Park. The Great Oaks recognize
New Jersey companies for
their charitable works. The
dinner will include tributes
to the 10 honored companies
and a presentation by the
noted motivational speaker
and entrepreneur Randal
Pinkett, chairman and CEO of
BCT Partners and season-four
winner of NBC’s The Apprentice.
Individual tickets are $150. Visit
for more information.
17 The coming gridiron season; Coastal
Habitat to the rescue; a familiar voice signs
off; a book fest for Morristown; and more.
28 Only in New Jersey
Commentary By Steve Adubato.
30 Social Datebook
Celebrations and fund-raisers.
Your guide to fashion and shopping.
37 From Rags to Rowan Born in poverty,
Ali Houshmand is thriving as president of a
growing university. By Robert Strauss
45 Chopped Champ Pat LaFrieda turned
the lowly burger into a status symbol.
By Tammy La Gorce
70 All The Right Notes An Emmy Award-winning set designer and an out-of-the-box
decorator compose a home as lively and
colorful as the music they play.
By Lauren Payne
EAT AND DRINK
122 Reviews Battello in Jersey City; the
Iron Room in Atlantic City; and Café Madison in Riverside.
124 If Fondue Won’t Do Hot pot—Inner
Mongolia’s signature style of cooking—
comes to Edison. By Tammy La Gorce
128 Statewide Dining
Our latest restaurant listings.
12 First Word By Kate S. Tomlinson
109 Get Out Events around New Jersey.
136 Exit Ramp Little Free Libraries are
cropping up in front of homes throughout
the Garden State. By Susan Cousins Breen
COMING IN OCTOBER
Foliage Fun Check out our ideas for
fab fall weekends. We’ve got great
getaways, delightful day trips, family
hikes, a feast of festivals, and more.
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