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Given the choice, most of us want to stay in our homes. Sometimes, people need help to remain at home. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

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“They provide care for Helen. They need to be better at cleaning the house.”

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“They had consistency. They took the caring way of caring for my husband.”

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“It has done everything it can. The care has been excellent. I like the fact that I don't need Paulette to come as scheduled and she is very accommodating that way. She is also very reliable and made it easier that she just lives down the street.”

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“I like that my mom looks very good because of the care she is getting. I like that they do what they say they are going to do. They keep their word.”

Richard S.
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“The way that they are, the politeness, and the contact people are very helpful. I like the professionalism, the staff and the people that take care of the elderly, they are very polite and concerned.”

Sheldon E.
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“They work with me on being flexible with hours. I like their flexibility.”

Mary A.
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“They are wonderful with her. Except for when she gets a new aide unexpectedly. I like most of the aides.”

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“The caregiver helps her with everything. They help her with bathing and dressing. They also help with eating and making sure she takes medications. They could work on communication with the families and follow up's with the families about staff.”

Jeffrey K.
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“They have helped me the most by being there to help my mom to do exercises and take her to the bathroom. I like that they are always prompt and helpful to my mother.”

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“They've made my experience with them positive by being very friendly. I'd recommend them more if they had caregivers who would take more initiative in helping around the house.”

Jason L.
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“We have several different aides that come help. I would like them to stop having a increase in pay. They have been able to come when I have called needing emergency help.”

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“They provided the care that my father needed to be able to stay in his house. The quality of substitute aides needs to be improved.”

Lee B.
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“They did everything possible for my Mother. The aid was outstanding.”

Robert F.
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“They have made life easier because I watch out for my grandchildren and they care for her during that time. I like that they come out when they say they will and they let us know if they are running late.”

Elaine R.
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“They make sure that he's safe. I like the owner's response if I ever need anything.”

Angela G.
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“My dad needs companionship, I cannot give it to him. For me what would help would be more cooking. That would be appreciated by my father. I would make sure that they would warm the food and serve it out.”

Shirley A.
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“The aide is exceedingly helpful. I like everything about this agency. The aide is very caring.”

Jan G.
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“Paulette and her team provide the best care, always. They even have a school that trains and certifies caregivers.”

Ruben T.
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“Having more people available when people come in would be good. They weren't really able to help us in our time of need.”

Diane G.
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“She is difficult to deal with and it can be hard to manage the mood swings. They need to be a little more educated about how to deal with people who have Alzheimer's. They are dependable.”

Debra K.
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“They answer when I call and they help me when I have questions. They review everything. When people can't work they find someone else to cover. The aides are lovely. The woman I deal with is always available. She helps in any what that she can. She is willing to take over.”

Jodi B.
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“I have to work so I can't watch John. It is nice that the caregiver is right there all the time. I like Paulette the owner because she is very prompt. She practically answers call herself.”

Barbara R.
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“They help her with everything. They wash her up, they take her to the bathroom, they dress her. They prepare something for her to eat. They are dependable. They are responsible. They always seem to have a good caregiver for my mom.”

Michele M.
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“I always was able to get good service for my dad with Always Best Care of Flanders, New Jersey. Paulette, the owner, is very professional and helpful.”

Erna
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“The agency was always very good in getting someone to come over even when the regular caregiver could not come.”

Ingrid
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“They take care of my uncle for me. They are reliable. They are respectful. They are very good.”

Joseph C.
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“If I have any questions they come and talk to me and it is convenient and easy to work with. Whenever I call they are very courteous and they answer my question and advise me.”

Martha P.
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“They help with the everyday thing around the house. They take care of personal needs. I like the personal service.”

Harriet B.
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“It gives me peace of mind because I work full time. They are very in tune to what my mother's needs are.”

Linda D.
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“They come and help him with daily living. They fix his bed and give him food. He can't do those things on his own. They could accommodate better for Spanish-speaking people to come into the home a little more. It is difficult with the language barrier sometimes.”

Javier V.
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“They helped her out the most by being here to make sure was safe. They were dependable.”

Dennis T.
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“I was able to get a good night's sleep and the caregiver was wonderful with my dad. He was very nice and became part of the family for that week. They could improve on their price.”

Giavanni B.
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“They have helped because it makes it so that I don't have to do everything. They could pay the aides more.”

Tammy B.
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“The caregiver we have is very well-trained. They have compassionate care.”

Alan D.
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“They send me nice people, and they give me a peace of mind. I like the owner.”

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“Paulette was here for a ten hour stretch when I took a trip to New York. We've only used them twice so far, but we've been very pleased. They're able to fit my schedule into their schedule.”

Ron G.
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“I couldn't get through the day without them, they take care of all of her needs when I am gone. The girls that come over are great and take good care of my mother-in-law.”

Joan H.
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“I can't walk, and I am in perpetual care. They respond flexibly to requirements.”

Philip S.
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“They mostly gave her morning care. I have a herniated disc, so that helped. They walked her to the living and made sure she was clean before they left. They were always prompt and took good care of my mother. If they noticed anything out of the ordinary, they let me know.”

Barbara B.
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“He's more alert and active. He looks forward to seeing the caregiver every day. The caregiver is excellent and very attentive to my dad and my aunt.”

Penny P.
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“She seemed to like the caregivers. One of the caregivers decided to quit and the second caregiver worked for us for a few days and then she quit. The owner herself gave excellent service. The owners seem to be very conscientious about the kind of service that is provided.”

James W.
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“Knowing I had someone there to take care of her was a big impact and very helpful. I didn't have to be there 24/7. I was still worried because of the few times they didn't get there. They cancelled a few times without letting me know until it was too late and they couldn't get a replacement.”

Connie C.
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“Their reliability has helped the most. They take care of my loved one very well. They have been always been reliable.”

Judith A.
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“My family and I were very pleased with the care provided to my Mother in Law during her last days by Always Best Care. The Care Givers were terrific. They took a very difficult situation and made it much better.”

John E.
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“I am extremely pleased with the care provided by Always Best Care to my husband. Their caregivers were very professional in every aspect of the care. They were compassionate, punctual, and treated my husband and all other family members with respect. They made his passing easier than expected. Thanks again!”

Pam W.
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“For almost two years, we have been using Always Best Care’s In-Home Care services to aid in my father's care needs. I live around an hour away from his place and can’t see my dad every day. But I am glad that someone reliable is there to take care of him.”

Erin B.
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“With Always Best Care, I had peace of mind that my dad was cared by someone professional and experienced. I was assured that all his need and demands were fulfilled on time. Thanks to the entire team!”

David R.
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“It is very reassuring to know that my mother is being cared for by someone who is so compassionate and understands her needs. She was diagnosed with dementia last year and had almost lost interest in everything. Thanks to the wonderful caregivers of Always Best Care, she is once again smiling and laughing like before.”

Kevin T.
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“Always Best Care did an outstanding job helping me through the process of understanding all their care options. I appreciate everything they've done and continue to do and I highly recommend them to all.”

Connie M.
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“Thank you Always Best Care for sending Joanna to care for my father post his double knee replacement surgery. Due to my frequent business trips, I wasn’t able to provide him the care he needed. I am glad I found Joanna who is extremely cordial and know her duties well.”

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“Because of the good care that my parents are receiving, they are able to stay at a nicer facility with a lower level of care. Always Best Care makes up the difference in care. I have referred my friends numerous times because of the office staff.”

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“Always Best Care is one of the best home care organization whose services I have ever received. Before hiring ABC, I went to so many other institutions but was not satisfied with any of their services. But ABC’s whole staff welcomed me and discussed a detailed plan with me for my mother’s recovery. Thank God. My mother is in safe hands now! Thank you Always Best Care!”

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“It is very reassuring to know that my mother is being cared for by someone who is so compassionate and understands her needs. She was diagnosed with dementia last year and had almost lost interest in everything. Thanks to the wonderful caregivers of Always Best Care, she is once again smiling and laughing like before.”

Jamie N.
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“From what I received as a feedback from my parents the staff is very friendly, the food is good , and they have made some good friends there.”

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“I had two different caregivers and they each worked a week. I was not strong enough to provide the care that was needed. I didn't want to restrict him, so I had help to allow him to get up whenever he wanted. I had to work, go to the store, and do my laundry.”

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“Our caregiver is excellent but I don't think they get enough support from the office. The services give me peace of mind knowing my loved one is being cared for properly.”

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“My only problem with the agency is that my caregivers call out every other week, so I don't have someone for two weeks. Since I had a stroke and I had to go on disability, I had to give up my car, so they drive places for me.”

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“Always Best Care was involved with the JACC Program, and now they aren't. My last caregiver was wonderful, so it'd be good if they were all like that. The caregiver I had was wonderful and did an excellent job.”

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“From what I received as a feedback from my parents the staff is very friendly, the food is good , and they have made some good friends there. - Sana Kniess”

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“From what I received as a feedback from my parents the staff is very friendly, the food is good , and they have made some good friends there.”

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“Always Best Care is a good company. They provided quality care for me. I had a caregiver that was excellent through Always Best Care. She was perfect for what I needed, and she definitely improved my life.”

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“Your manager is always nice and flexible, and the caregivers are sweet and wonderful. - Leta J.”

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“I truly believe that without the help of Always Best Care, keeping my mother at home alone would have not been possible. Their caregivers take care of my mother exactly the way I would have if I was home. They help my mother with her bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, walking, and more. When my mother falls asleep, they take care of chores like dusting and vacuuming. When they are with my mother, I never feel worried. In such a short span of time, they have become a part of our family. Always Best Care has definitely surpassed my expectations. I highly recommend their services.”

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“Very good senior care service. Very dedicated and competent people, I am happy I have the pleasure of knowing and working with them. I recommend their home care service in Flanders.”

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“The people from Always Best Care are very accurate, very concerned and very caring people. They listen to my needs and concerns as well as my mother's wants. Then they offer the exact person I need for my mother's care. This is the first time that I had somebody who is the owner and a nurse that shows up unexpectedly to check out that everything is doing well and that I think is wonderful. I recommend them to everybody.”

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How does In-home Senior Care in Rutherford, NJ work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

Comfort
Comfort

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them? A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Rutherford, NJ, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

Independence
Independence

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Rutherford, NJ gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

Empowers Seniors

Affordable Care Plans

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Aid and Attendance benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.


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During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Rutherford,NJ understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

An assessment of your senior loved one

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An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home

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Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs

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Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

Latest News in Rutherford, NJ

Rutherford, N.J., previously a dry town, offers restaurants liquor licenses for first time in more than a century

RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Rutherford has been a dry town for more than a century.Even though many restaurants are BYOB, the borough just handed out its first liquor license.Song'E Napule is known for its traditional Neapolitan pizza. All of the ingredients are imported from Italy.For the first time, customers can order a variety of cocktails and other alcoholic beverages to go with their favorite dish. The trattoria and pizzeria is the first in the borough to be awarded a liquor license."I think it...

RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Rutherford has been a dry town for more than a century.

Even though many restaurants are BYOB, the borough just handed out its first liquor license.

Song'E Napule is known for its traditional Neapolitan pizza. All of the ingredients are imported from Italy.

For the first time, customers can order a variety of cocktails and other alcoholic beverages to go with their favorite dish. The trattoria and pizzeria is the first in the borough to be awarded a liquor license.

"I think it's amazing. I mean, amazing. People love a drink when you eat the pizza with a beer or wine - amazing wine," owner Ciro Iovine said.

A little over 50% of voters approved the non-binding referendum in Rutherford. Officials say the move will give the borough a big boost, especially as businesses try to recover from the pandemic.

"There will be a nice array of restaurants that you can still do BYOB, which some of us love to do sometimes, but also I think this will increase the quality of and the status of restaurants that come into our town," Rutherford Councilwoman Maria Begg-Roberson said.

Rutherford hasn't awarded a liquor license since the late 1800s. Some residents say it's hard to believe it has taken so long.

"I think it's going to be really fun to be able to get a drink in my hometown of Rutherford which I've always had to travel for," resident Ally MacConchie said.

Iovine paid $300,000 for the license, which cost a lot more than other states. Official said that's because of New Jersey's antiquated liquor laws.

The manager says there has been an uptick in business since getting the license on May 17.

"It's much more people coming in, and the vibe has changed a lot. I think we are offering a new service to the town," Pietro Caldarelli said.

Borough officials said they've got five more liquor licenses available to bid on, and they're hoping that process will bring more restaurants to the borough.

Gov. Phil Murphy is pushing to change New Jersey's liquor laws so that more businesses can bid on them.

Christine Sloan

Christine Sloan is an Emmy Award-winning reporter, who covers New Jersey for CBS 2 New York. Sloan re-joined the station in January 2023. She also worked at CBS 2 New York from 2004 to 2016.

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Leasing Launches for Second Luxury Rental Building At The Parker in Downtown Rutherford, NJ

Leasing has officially launched for the second residential building at The Parker, the boutique offering of luxury rental residences and street-level retail space that has elevated a stretch of Park Avenue in Downtown Rutherford, NJ just two blocks from borough’s train station.Mayor Frank Nunziato and fellow municipal officials joined Vango Development on Thursday, June 8th for a ceremonial ribbon cutting to officially grand open the collection of 60 stylish apartments and contemporary amenities located at 118 Park Av...

Leasing has officially launched for the second residential building at The Parker, the boutique offering of luxury rental residences and street-level retail space that has elevated a stretch of Park Avenue in Downtown Rutherford, NJ just two blocks from borough’s train station.

Mayor Frank Nunziato and fellow municipal officials joined Vango Development on Thursday, June 8th for a ceremonial ribbon cutting to officially grand open the collection of 60 stylish apartments and contemporary amenities located at 118 Park Avenue. Well-appointed studios, one- and two-bedroom homes currently begin from $2,370, with immediate occupancy available.

“The completion of The Parker is an excellent addition to our Downtown,” said Mayor Nunziato. “I’d like to thank everyone who worked on this project to make it a great fit for Rutherford and look forward to the future as its residents become patrons of our local businesses.”

The Parker 118 joins its sister property at 106 Park Avenue which debuted in 2019 with 52 residences and 5,000 square feet of retail space that houses Steven’s Café and Song’E Napule, the popular pizzeria and trattoria that made history last month as the first Rutherford business to obtain a liquor license since the late 1800s. The new building bolster’s the vibrant streetscape with an additional 3,000 square feet of retail space that will include The Salad House and a high-end salon, enriching the conveniences and services for both residents of The Parker and the broader community.

“We thank Mayor Nunziato for joining us today to celebrate the opening of The Parker 118 and appreciate the continued confidence of Rutherford’s municipal administration in our efforts to enhance the downtown and contribute to the residential landscape,” said Van Golemis, the principal of Vango Development. “Rutherford has become a highly desired living destination, blending a friendly small-town environment with the energy of a downtown setting and convenient access to Manhattan. The success of the initial phase of The Parker showcases its appeal, and we are delighted to expand the overall lifestyle with new apartments and amenities.

Brand New, Beautifully Designed Residences

Homes at The Parker 118 offer airy living spaces loaded with designer features and appointments, including oversized operable windows, plank flooring, high ceilings and spacious custom closets. Gourmet kitchens are outfitted with Quartz countertops, Kohler fixtures, stainless-steel appliances and soft-closing cabinets. Conveniences include full-size in-home washer and dryer and energy-efficient heat and air.

Curated Amenities and Social Spaces

Designed by Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners, with interior amenities imagined by The Childs Dreyfus Group (CDG), The Parker 118 provides a private entrance and elegant lobby and is connected to the initial Parker building via a shared landscaped courtyard. The scenic outdoor space has been designed to foster natural opportunities for residents to meet and interact with lounge seating, fire pits, BBQ grills, foosball and ping pong tables, a bar with shade canopy, lighting, and music.

Shared interior amenities include a state-of-the-art ?tness center, co-working lounge, and a resident lounge/club room with billiards, shuffleboard, and large-screen TVs. The pet-friendly, smoke-free community also provides WiFi in common areas, a Butterfly Smart Phone/Video Intercom system, Amazon Hub system, bike storage, and a private parking garage with electric car charging stations.

The Parker 118’s location near the Rutherford train station places commuters just one rail stop away from Secaucus Junction. New York Penn Station is less than a 30-minute train ride away, and Hoboken is less than 20 minutes away, where transfers to the PATH system are available. Rutherford station is also a bus stop for the NJ Transit #190 bus, which whisks passengers to the Port Authority in about 30 minutes.

In addition to its excellent mass-transit accessibility, Rutherford offers motorists easy access to Route 3 and Route 17, which connects the community to the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, and the Lincoln Tunnel. The borough is home to several parks, including Memorial Park, which offers baseball/softball fields, tennis courts, shuffleboard, children’s playgrounds, a lighted stadium with a track and football/soccer field, and a waterfront walking trail that ambles along the Passaic River. The 3 million square-foot American Dream mall, with water park, ski slope, amusement park and brand name retailers, is also less that ten minutes away in neighboring East Rutherford.

For additional information on The Parker 118 and to schedule a private tour of the building’s furnished model homes and amenities, please visit www.renttheparker.com or call 201-933-2106.

In Rutherford, a dry town no more, this restaurant is the first to get a liquor license

Rutherford is no longer a dry town.The borough of some 19,000 residents has awarded a liquor license to Song'E Napule, the popular pizzeria owned by Naples-born Ciro Iovine. It is the first business to receive a liquor license in town since the late 1800s."Rutherford is no longer a dry borough," said Bob Kakoleski, the borough administrator.Kakoleski said that after a non-binding referendum measure in November 2020 was approved by a small margin of the borough's voters — "It was not fa...

Rutherford is no longer a dry town.

The borough of some 19,000 residents has awarded a liquor license to Song'E Napule, the popular pizzeria owned by Naples-born Ciro Iovine. It is the first business to receive a liquor license in town since the late 1800s.

"Rutherford is no longer a dry borough," said Bob Kakoleski, the borough administrator.

Kakoleski said that after a non-binding referendum measure in November 2020 was approved by a small margin of the borough's voters — "It was not favored by an overwhelming majority, more like 54% of voters said yes" — the borough this past December finally was able to auction one of the six liquor licenses that it can sell to restaurants. (COVID-19 slowed everything down.)

New Jersey's antiquated liquor license laws date back to Prohibition-era thinking. The state allows one liquor consumption license per every 3,000 residents in a town; Rutherford has around 19,000, therefore six licenses. Because of the cap, licenses are expensive in areas with high demand. The average is thought to be about $350,000 — though some are as low as $50,000 or as high as $2.3 million.

Iovine was the only bidder in Rutherford, offering $300,000. The minimum bid the town allowed was $150,000.

"He's probably kicking himself in the pants," Kakoleski said.

Iovine, who opened his Rutherford location in December 2021 (he has two others in New York City), could not be reached for comment. But in an Instagram post, he seemed thrilled.

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"Proud to receive liquor license from the Rutherford Chamber of Commerce," the post said. "We are really happy to be the first business in Rutherford to own a liquor license since the late1800s. Thank you Rutherford."

There aren't any bars in Rutherford, and with the very recent exception of Song'E Napule, every restaurant is BYOB. Locals walk across the tracks to East Rutherford for bars, like The New Park Tavern and the Blarney Station Pub.

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Saddle River is now the only dry town in North Jersey; there are several others in the state, including Ocean City and Wildwood Crest.

Over the years, there have been efforts to overturn the state's liquor license laws, many arguing that it hurts businesses, downtowns and New Jersey's dining scene. But efforts in the past have been thwarted again and again.

The reaction in Rutherford to its first restaurant liquor license?

"It's mixed," Kakoleski said. "Rutherford liked being a dry town. It liked being different. It's a conservative community."

But, he added, the makeup of the town is changing. "People from Hoboken, Jersey City, even from Brooklyn, are moving into town. We have a train station, and our proximity to New York City is a draw, too."

And, perhaps, restaurants with liquor licenses also will draw people.

New Jersey welcomes Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band as tour stops at MetLife Stadium

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It was a sort of homecoming as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played their first of three concerts at MetLife Stadium on Wednesday.The 73-year-old's last concert at the stadium was seven years ago.The Boss is back in his hometown, playing his iconic songs of the working men and women at MetLife Stadium, from "The Promised Land" to &qu...

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It was a sort of homecoming as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played their first of three concerts at MetLife Stadium on Wednesday.

The 73-year-old's last concert at the stadium was seven years ago.

The Boss is back in his hometown, playing his iconic songs of the working men and women at MetLife Stadium, from "The Promised Land" to "No Surrender" from his best-selling album "Born in the U.S.A."

"Great to be in New Jersey," Springsteen told the crowd.

Before the concert, Springsteen fans tailgated in the parking lot, barbecuing and blasting music from their cars.

Fans say Springsteen's songs, often speaking of his Jersey roots, have been a part of their lives.

Kathy and Bob Young remember their first Springsteen concert in the early '80s.

"She could not see and we ended up, and I ended up standing on her seat and my seat. She saw the whole show on my shoulders," Bob Young said.

Wednesday's crowd was mostly Gen Xers and Baby Boomers, many bringing their kids.

It was a first concert for Liz Kelsey and her three children together, from Yorktown Heights, New York.

"When we had these three, we decided we're going to make them Bruce fans. We are going to play his music. We're going to make them know about Bruce," Liz Kelsey said.

"I feel like it's all we listen to when we go to the Jersey Shore every summer," Sara Kelsey said.

Springsteen and the E Street Band play two more shows at MetLife on Friday and Sunday.

The Boss had to postpone his Aug. 16 and 18 concerts in Philadelphia due to illness. They have been rescheduled for August 2024.

Christine Sloan

Christine Sloan is an Emmy Award-winning reporter, who covers New Jersey for CBS 2 New York. Sloan re-joined the station in January 2023. She also worked at CBS 2 New York from 2004 to 2016.

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Hanover Park baseball storms past Rutherford to win sectional championship

EAST HANOVER − Nothing was going to get the 12 seniors of Hanover Park baseball off the field.Nothing but the incoming lightning, that is.An abbreviated celebration on the field spilled into the school's auxiliary gym, and pictures were taken under a basketball hoop instead of near home plate. Regardless of the change in scenery, the Hornets enjoyed one more victory at home on Friday, a 10-0 win over Rutherford in the North 2, Group 2 baseball sectional final.Despite the big margin, it was actually s...

EAST HANOVER − Nothing was going to get the 12 seniors of Hanover Park baseball off the field.

Nothing but the incoming lightning, that is.

An abbreviated celebration on the field spilled into the school's auxiliary gym, and pictures were taken under a basketball hoop instead of near home plate. Regardless of the change in scenery, the Hornets enjoyed one more victory at home on Friday, a 10-0 win over Rutherford in the North 2, Group 2 baseball sectional final.

Despite the big margin, it was actually small ball that put Hanover Park ahead early on.

In each of the first two innings, the Hornets had a leadoff hitter reach base, get sacrificed over to second base and come around to score. Mark Ruccio scored on a sacrifice fly for the first run, while Jack Massarano scored on a wild pitch that gave the Hornets a 2-0 lead through two innings.

"We work on bunting all the time," coach Doug Wear said. "We will bring out the machine and gas it up to about 85 or 90 and just work on bunts. People don't like to bunt anymore, but we knew if we were gonna beat a team like Rutherford, we would need to do the little things and do them right."

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Hanover Park broke through, batting around to score five runs and drive Rutherford starter Sam Kelly out of the game. With one run home and the bases loaded with two away, consecutive two-RBI doubles by Alex Cheringal and Joe LoPinto gave the Hornets a 7-0 cushion.

LoPinto did the rest on the mound, coming in during the second inning to relieve starter Toby Smith on a low pitch limit. LoPinto threw 66 pitches across 3? innings, getting Hanover Park through the fifth inning with a commanding 9-0 advantage.

What it means

It's the second title in three years for Hanover Park. But despite returning 12 seniors, the preseason outlook was not great after losing last spring in the sectional final.

The Hornets entered the season without some impactful players, but the current group of upperclassmen made an impact as the team went undefeated in the NJAC Liberty division and did not lose a single home game all season.

As for what is next, Hanover Park moves on to Monday's Group 2 semifinals to face Pascack Hills with a trip to the next weekend's Group 2 final at stake. In their final game on their home field Friday, Wear reflected upon the impact of his senior class.

"They're part of an era," Wear said. "It's the last game they'll ever play on this field so when they ever come back here, they'll know they left with some hardware."

Key play

Rutherford threatened all afternoon, leaving 13 runners on base without being to plate any of them. The greatest threat came with the bases loaded in the top of the third inning, trailing 2-0. Junior Cole Goumas laced a ball to right-center field but senior Charlie Rafanello was playing the shift and was able to slide for an attempt at the catch.

"My glove is really old, so I couldn't feel if it was in my glove at first," Rafanello said. "When I saw that it was there, I got hyped."

Rafanello's sliding grab kept the Bulldogs off the scoreboard and preserved the Hanover Park lead. Rutherford did not have another batter reach third base again until the sixth inning.

"It's so euphoric," Rafanello said. "It's an individual moment and you don't know at the time how big it's going to be in terms of the entire game."

Game ball

Senior Joe LoPinto was going to be handed the ball on Friday, but got it a little earlier than expected as Smith was unable to fend off fatigue. A Canisius commit, LoPinto faced Rutherford for the first time since last season's sectional semifinals, when he struck out 11 and held the Bulldogs to two runs on seven hits in a complete game.

LoPinto stabilized the game and and let the Hanover Park offense stand up, allowing four hits in 3? innings, striking out four and keeping Rutherford off the board to earn the win in relief.

"Joe is our strike thrower," Wear said. "He threw in the Group 2 final for us two years ago as a sophomore and we have been fortunate to ride him and Toby as a 1-2 punch for three years now."

LoPinto also laced a two-run double to cap off a five-run inning for the Hornets to put the game out of reach in his final home game. LoPinto was quick to rank this game atop his accomplishments in Hanover Park.

"It's gotta be No. 1," LoPinto said. "I've been playing with some of these guys since we were 6 years old, so to do this with them, there's nothing like it."

They said it

"It's very emotional. There's no words. It's hard to explain what these guys mean to me." − Hanover Park senior Joe LoPinto.

"Our team is so bonded. We don't leave the diamond and stop being friends. We're best friends everywhere. It's great to win anywhere, but it's special to do it in your home town with your best friends." − Hanover Park senior Charlie Rafanello.

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