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Eli Manning saw Taylor Swift cheering on Travis Kelce during last week’s Kansas City Chiefs-Chicago Bears game. He has watched the commercials featuring Travis and Jason Kelce and occasionally their mom, Donna Kelce. He has heard the Kelce brothers’ popular podcast, New Heights. He is happy to see another pair of NFL brothers give him and Peyton Manning a run for their money as the league’s most popular siblings.

Well, to an extent.

“I think the Kelce brothers are doing a great job,” Eli told The Messenger’s The Beat this week. “I listen to their podcast and it’s a lot of fun. Both of them kind of ham-and-egg each other and go after each other and have different personalities. Both of them are funny. I hope both of them keep playing for a lot longer because I think when they’re both done and retired, they might steal Peyton and I’s job so I hope they keep playing for a while.”

Eli, who is 42 and retired from the New York Giants three years ago, has seamlessly transitioned into a post-football life. He watches the NFL and college football every weekend with his family and works Monday Night Football 10 times per year with his brother, Peyton, on their popular ManningCast show on ESPN2. He says he has never once thought about playing again. Not even when he was on the air watching Aaron Rodgers go down for the season at MetLife Stadium — just a short drive from Manning’s home in New Jersey — creating a giant hole at quarterback for the New York Jets.

Eli, who is younger than Tom Brady was when he won his last Super Bowl, and just a couple of years older than Rodgers, never contemplated coming back for one more Super Bowl run in New York?

“No, not at all,” he said. “I’ve been happy being retired. No one is trying to hit me. I wake up out of bed every Monday and I’m not sore. I’m not trying to fix what hurts. I don’t have to deal with the media analyzing the games. I’m happy being right here on my couch, calling games on Monday nights. I’m good with what I’m doing.”  

One of the highlights of the ManningCast is watching Eli and Peyton needling each other during the game, with Eli taking particular pleasure in teasing Peyton about the way he eats.

The food element of the show has resulted in a partnership with King’s Hawaiian and a “Slider Sunday” ad campaign this football season featuring both Eli and Peyton.

“There’s no chewing or biting when Peyton is eating, it’s just straight swallowing,” Eli said. “I think I counted one time and his record is seven sliders in one minute with zero chewing going on. It’s like one whole slider is in his mouth and he’s going for the next one. He’s mixing things and there’s different combinations involved … It’s scary, impressive and frightening all at the same time.”

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Eli and Peyton began doing the ManningCast two years ago, with Peyton working out of a warehouse near his home in Denver while Eli does it from his home in New Jersey

“It’s been awesome, it’s been so much fun,” Eli said. “I don’t get to see my brother all that often. He’s in Denver and I’m in New Jersey so this keeps us close. I get to see him on the screen but we talk a bunch during the week when we have the games and, in our preparation, and talking about different ideas and what we see from watching film and who we’re going to talk to and those conversations. It has been fun to work with him. We both have been around each other for years so we can set each other up for different stories and different analysis on the game and our insights into what’s going on. I look forward to every week when we get to do one.”

Peyton founded Omaha Productions, which produces the ManningCast, as well as Peyton’s Places and Eli’s Places and other documentary and interview series. It has enabled the brothers to collaborate on projects outside of football and work with other athletes and celebrities.    

“Omaha is Peyton’s production company but I’ve been working with them since the beginning of it and have helped produce some of the other shows,” Eli said. “It’s been fun to have some insights and suggest things and not to just do what someone else wants to do. To know they’re going to use it the right way and have final say on some of the projects and other things we have going on. It’s been fun to get those creative juices going and come up with some fun ideas.”

The NFL spoke to the Manning brothers last year and worked with Omaha Productions in changing the annual Pro Bowl from a tackle football game into the reimagined Pro Bowl Games, which is now a flag football game and skills competitions. Eli and Peyton coached the NFC and AFC teams last year in Las Vegas and will return again this year when the event moves to Orlando. Eli and Peyton combined to play in 19 Pro Bowls in Hawaii, which is where the game was held from 1980-2015. Construction on a new Aloha Stadium in Honolulu is expected to begin next year and be completed by 2028. Could Eli see the Pro Bowl once again being held in its former home of Hawaii?

“I don’t know but it was great having the Pro Bowl in Hawaii,” Eli said. “It was a reward and a vacation for the players that got voted in. It was a great opportunity to go there and play in a game and have your family there and invite everybody to come out that helped you along the way to get to the NFL and earn a Pro Bowl. It was nice to thank them by bringing them along for this great time together in Hawaii. It will be in Orlando this year so it could still be fun for families. The game had turned to a point where it wasn’t super competitive. No one wanted to get hurt. No one wanted to tackle so we made it flag football and (a skills competition). Guys were more competitive and I think it was a good adjustment.”       

As much as Eli loves football and working with his brother on the ManningCast and different projects, his focus these days is on raising his four children, Ava, Lucy, Caroline and Charlie, with his wife, Abby.

“We’ve tried to get them involved in a lot of activities and sports outside of school,” Eli said. “They’re busy and hopefully they can find something they’re truly passionate about. That’s how we were raised growing up. My dad thought you learned so many life lessons through sports and teamwork and dedication and commitment and dealing with loss and dealing with success and handling them both the same way. We have tried to put our kids in a lot of those situations where they learn about those things. It has been a lot of fun watching them on their journey.”

Manning laughs about being a “girl dad” and having three daughters before Charlie was born four years ago. After growing up in a household with two brothers, Manning has had to learn everything from brushing hair to picking out outfits for his daughters.   

“I’ve learned girls take more time getting ready,” Eli said. “With the boy, it’s, ‘Here’s your gym shorts and here’s a T-shirt and maybe wear socks and if not, don’t worry about it.’ Put on your shoes and we’re out the door. We don’t have to brush our hair. With the girls, it takes a little more time with their hair. You have to learn how to do a ponytail or do a bun. So, I know how to do those things. I’ve mastered them. I’m really good at it. I can’t do the braids yet. That’s above my pay grade but I love learning about their personalities and what they’re into and supporting them in finding their passion.”

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We’ve noticed a small explosion in the Jewish world as young cantors, rabbis, and lay leaders have been creating music that draws on their deep connections to Jewish life and learning — and also from the music that surrounds them in the outside world.

In doing so, they’re carrying on the ancient Jewish tradition of melding the inner and outer worlds to make distinctive new things that carry the DNA of their ancestors.

Yoni Stokar is a cantor in Fair Lawn and an occupational therapist whose practice centers in Monsey. Depending on definition, he’s not quite a Jersey boy — he was born in New Orleans, although he moved to Teaneck when he was a small child, grew up there, and moved back to Bergen County, where he plans to stay, during the pandemic — but he’s deeply rooted here.

He just released his first album, Atzeres; it is, among other things, a map of the path he’s traveled, but in song instead of graphics.

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Yoni — let’s call him that, because Cantor or Chazzan Stokar sounds a bit too constricting to describe him fully — calls his album Atzeres because “one of the definitions of that word is assembly.” Shemini Atzeret, literally the eighth day of assembly — the last day of Sukkot, before the wild revelry of Simchat Torah — is the extra day, folklore tells us, that God took to keep the people gathered with each other, and with God. It is also about coming together.

Yoni Stokar plays at the Grow Torah Harvest Festival in September 2022. (Danny Landesman)

Yoni wrote the 10 songs on the album “over a two-year cycle of the shalom regalim,” the three pilgrimage festivals, he said; he composed the last song on a recent Shavuot, which ends the annual cycle that Rosh Hashanah begins. “Atzeret also means culmination,” Yoni said.

The songs “are a mix,” he continued. “Some are set to liturgical lines from tefillot,” prayers, and “a few are niggunim, wordless melodies. It’s a compilation of melodies that are set to prayers and are intended to act as prayers.”

The melodies are “a blend of genres. Some are ballads, in songwriter/singer style. Some are light melodies. Some are more rock. And there’s a New Orleans-style traditional second-line exuberant, drum-heavy L’cha Dodi.

“It’s an ode to all the places, all the communities, all the musical styles that have been part of my journey to where I am now,” he said.

Yoni Stokar’s journey started in New Orleans in 1988; on his mother’s side, he’s seventh-generation there. “My ancestors came to New Orleans from Europe in the mid 1800s; my grandparents were born and raised in New Orleans and my mom was born and raised in New Orleans. My parents ended up back down there shortly before I was born. Although we spent only a little bit of time there before we left, I have always felt very connected to it.

“It has such a unique vibe, both generally and musically.”

After they left Louisiana, the Stokar family — Yoni’s parents are Avi and Suzanne; Yoni is the middle of five children and the only girl in the family is the oldest sibling — moved first to Monsey and then to Teaneck. He went to high school at the Mesivta of North Jersey, an all-boys Orthodox high school housed “in the IDT building in Newark,” he said. “It was a unique way to go to school. We were in an office building that had a kosher cafeteria, a gym, a pool, and a workout gym, and we could use all of them.”

He always was musical; a talent he inherited from his family. “We are a big singing household,” he said. “My dad sings. We were the kind of house that was big on Shabbes zmiros”; in other words, they’d sit around the table on Shabbat, belting out songs. “I was in a youth choir, Kol Noar. My father isn’t a trained musician, but starting before I was born, sometimes he would lead High Holidays services.

“My brothers and I would stand next to him and prepare with him. I picked up on that from a young age.

“When I started leading High Holidays services in college, it came very naturally to me, because of that. I already was very familiar with the nusach.

Around the time he started high school, “I started playing drums — drums are my primary instrument. I took lessons every week, and very early on I started a band with three of my best friends from Teaneck. We played wherever we could, in basement fundraisers and battle-of-the-bands. Things like that. My band was called the Stoke Brigade. It was a lot of fun.”

After he graduated from high school, Yoni went to Israel, and stayed for two years, studying in a yeshiva in Beit Shemesh and “spending a lot of time in Me’or Modi’im, the Carlebach moshav,” he said. “My musical consciousness was going through an expansion. Until then, it was mainly Israeli pop, Miami Boys Choir, things like that. I was expanding to Carlebach, chasidisch niggunim, and more.”

He also had the “marvelous opportunity” to play with the musicians who made their way to the Carlebach moshav.

In Israel, Yoni said, “I described myself as more of a davener than a learner. I leaned in a lot to the davening.” Although he occasionally would find himself in mild trouble because he’d end up late to class because the davening had so entranced him, he combined his passion for prayer with scholarship “to grab any siddur I could find to see the different liturgies.” He’d compare the minor differences he found and gain insight from them.

He also came to realize something that probably he’d already known deep down. “There are very few places where even liturgical scholars — and I am not a liturgical scholar — would say that there is only one tune. There probably is no prayer for which there is only one tune.

“That is one of the most beautiful and unique things about our prayer system. We don’t have just one tune. A person can find their own tune and really make it their own.”

After Israel, Yoni went to Queens College, as he searched for a yeshiva where he could continue his Jewish learning in a way that resonated with him. “I studied in a variety of yeshivas, trying to find my place,” he said. “I really bounced around for a bit. And then I was really lucky to find a yeshiva in the last months before I got married.” That was in 2010. His wife, Chavie Lieber, is a Wall Street Journal writer whose work appears in the paper’s Style section.

Yoni began his secular studies at Queens hoping to become a music therapist. “I was also doing some work at a group home in Borough Park called Miskhan,” he said. “I was part of a team of people who would come for Shabbat and chaggim to make their Shabbes leibedik,” he said. To make it warm. To fill it with heart. To make it feel like a real Shabbat, not an institutional simulacrum. “I also worked at Camp HASC,” for children with special needs. “My supervisor at Mishkan, and some of the supervisors around me at HASC, suggested that maybe I should do occupational therapy. So I pivoted my studies in Queens so I could apply to graduate school in occupational therapy.”

During his time in Queens College, “one year, during winter vacation, when my friends were off from YU, we did a weeklong kollel,” intense all-day studying, “in my parents’ basement,” he said. “That was something unheard of in the modern Orthodox community. It was a neo-chasidic kollel.

“There were about 20 of us, in my parents’ basement. We had different rabbis come in to teach us, and a lot of people coming in and out all day, every day, and we had a seder niggun every night.

“It was called Kollel Tamid, but its nickname was the Stollel,” because it was the Stokar kollel.

It went on for years. “My neighbor from across the street came, and was so taken with it that he said, ‘I have a bigger basement than your parents do,’ so for a few years we had it in my neighbor’s basement.

Yoni Stokar and his band play at a wedding in Paterson.

“It was a grassroots movement,” Yoni continued. “We were a bunch of college kids. It was a minyan for a group of people who are tapped into chassidut, and into the possibility of having a real chevrah,” of a real bond of friendship and deep connection between study partners, because the act of studying together is soul-deep and therefore inherently intimate. “It’s about expanding the closeness with people who are not your family but become your family.

“Then we started getting together for the first motzei Shabbes of Slichot, and then it expanded out of the basement into the social hall at Rinat.” That’s Rinat Yisrael in Teaneck.

“And then Rabbi Weinberg” — that’s Moshe Tzvi Weinberg — “who at the time was at TABC” — Torah Academy of Bergen County, an Orthodox, Teaneck-based high school for boys; it might be worth noting here that the Stollel was only for men — “was a pillar of the Stollel.”

Rabbi Weinberg is now the mashpia — the spiritual mentor — at Congregation Beth Abraham in Bergenfield, and the Stollel, in its new, expanded, and changed form, but a form that still has its DNA in Yoni’s parents’ basement — “my parent are wonderful,” he said — continues. “It is still carrying the torch, and it is has become an identity for the community,” he said.

“It was formative for me, and it grew into something that was bigger than me.”

While he was in college, “I started playing with a band that I joined, called the Ta Shma Orchestra. Now I co-own the band, and I’m its musical director. We do weddings, all kinds of affairs and events, most Jewish.”

How does he do all that? “I have an amazing partner in Chavie,” he said.

He earned a master’s degree in occupational therapy in York College, part of the CUNY system. “I have a private practice,” he said. “I don’t specialize in neurological diagnoses, but I work primarily with people who have had strokes, ALS, or similar conditions.

“Most of my work is in the Jewish community in Monsey. It is amazing to work there. Our primary focus is on independence in day-to-day activities. For religious Jews, religious practices make up a lot of those day-to-day activities. When I meet with clients to evaluate them, I ask them about things like putting on their tallis and tefillin.”

About a year and a half after they got married, Yoni and Chavie moved to the Upper West Side, and Yoni’s musical horizons expanded again.

He and Chavie discovered Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, the unaffiliated-but-Conservative community that’s known for the wide range and beauty of its music; its cantor and rabbis lead the congregation in ways that are less performative than they are devotional, and they have great emotional depth.

Yoni Stokar and Chavie Lieber hold their sons, Joseph and Perry.

Because it has so many melodies at its command and has taught its members to be comfortable switching between them, and learning new ones, Yoni felt comfortable at BJ. “There are very few shuls that are as diverse. Most of them get caught up in regularly established tunes.” BJ does not. “That’s what made it so easy to me to attach to BJ.”

His love for that practice “comes from my jam band influence,” Yoni continued. “Phish is one of my favorite bands. They don’t play the same songs two nights in a row. That is my vibe. I don’t feel the need to redo a song we did the last time, even if it was awesome.

“I sing what my heart is singing.”

Chavie and Yoni had a child then — now they have two sons — and they took him to kids’ services at BJ. Yoni found them extraordinary. BJ has Torah services as part of kids’ services, even for the very little ones. “I’ve never seen chinuch like that before,” Yoni said.

It also was his introduction to egalitarian services; until then, his experience had been entirely in the Orthodox world.

He traveled and amassed new experiences.

“In 2019, I led High Holidays services in New Orleans, in my great-grandparents’ synagogue, Anshe Sfard,” he said. “The building is old — I think from the late 1800s — and it’s really cool. It’s a fascinating piece of history.

“I came back from my trips there just completely recharged, with my love for the music of New Orleans. Shortly after that I wrote a L’cha Dodi melody as a second line song.”

And then the pandemic struck.

“It was a tumultuous, scary time for everyone,” Yoni said. “We bounced around a little bit; we spent a month in Westchester with one of my wife’s sisters, and a couple of months in Monsey — that’s where my wife is from. In the summer of 2020, we wanted to go back to Manhattan, but we were uncertain about what the school year would be like. We weren’t getting any information from the preschool.

“My brother and sister-in-law and their four boys were living in Fair Lawn, I have family in Teaneck, my wife is from Monsey, so we started looking around at places near them. We decided we want to be near family.”

So Yoni, Chavie, and their young sons, Joseph and Perry,  moved to Fair Lawn in 2020. “And that’s when I heard about a position at the Fair Lawn Jewish Center.” It’s a Conservative shul; Yoni’s background is very much in the Orthodox world — but he feels beyond labels now.

“Liturgically, I was familiar with the siddur, and familiar with egalitarian spaces,” he said. He and the shul have become comfortable with each other in the last three years. “We have figured out how to balance it,” he said. “I have learned how to introduce new songs to them without overwhelming them, and that allows them to tap into some of these songs.”

He was surprised to find that the shul already used music by the chasidic composer Rabbi Michel Twerski of Milwaukee. “Some of his melodies were already floating through the shul,” he said.

He’s quick to give credit to the shul’s leader, Rabbi Rachel Salston. “She is tremendous and wonderful, and we are a great team,” he said. “I don’t do this on my own! We have a wonderful team at the shul. We are still in the post-covid regrowth period; we are trying to bring more people back in person.

“We’ve had events so far, and gatherings, and it feels so much stronger already, so much more of a chevra and kehillah. It’s just getting stronger and stronger. On Rosh Hashanah, I felt so comforted by feeling that the kehillah was behind me, in a way that feels really special.”

In other words, every Shabbat and chag is increasingly an atzeres — or to be Sephardi about the pronunciation, as most of us are, it’s an atzeret.

Which brings us back to the album.

Each of the songs is part of Yoni’s life. Yes, there’s the second-line L’cha Dodi. There’s another song that features the nearly mythic Jewish klezmer clarinetist, bluegrass mandolin player, and all-around living miracle Andy Statman.

There’s a story to that song.

Yoni originally called it the Cancellation Niggun. It came from his work as an occupational therapist. He paid a home visit to a potential client — or at least he tried to.

“He didn’t open the door when I knocked,” Yoni said. “He didn’t want to do the session. I begged him. He finally opened the door, and then he got upset and slammed the door in my face.

“In that moment, I turned around and started humming the hook to this song.”

He wrote it, called it the Cancellation Niggun because it came to him after he was canceled, and recorded it. And then his wife told him that she loved the song but the name was wrong. She’s started davening to that music, and wanted a name that was more accessible. It’s called Hachasidim now. At the end, his two sons hum it. That could be cutesy, but it’s not. Instead, it’s deeply joyful.

And so is the entire album. It’s streaming on all platforms, Yoni said; those include Apple Music, Spotify, and on a Jewish version of Spotify called 24/6.

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Who is Faith Martin on ‘The Golden Bachelor’? High school…


BENTON CITY, WASHINGTON: Fans have been looking forward to seeing the 72-year-old widower’s search for love on national television since ‘The Golden Bachelor’ debuted its protagonist, Gerry Turner, this summer. They’ve also been anticipating the list of women fighting for his love.


The women range in age from 60 to 75 and have decades of personal and professional experience. Faith Martin, 60, of Benton City, Washington, is one competitor with an unusual resume.

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'The Golden Bachelor' contestant Faith Martin is a radio host (Instagram/faithsmartin)
‘The Golden Bachelor’ contestant Faith Martin is a radio host (Instagram/faithsmartin)


Faith is a “fun thrill-seeker,” according to her ‘Golden Bachelor’ bio, and she’s searching for someone to join her in ticking off items on her bucket list, such as getting a tattoo and diving with sharks.

Faith Martin to feature in 'The Golden Bachelor' (Facebook/fmfaithmartin35)
Faith Martin to feature in ‘The Golden Bachelor’ (Facebook/fmfaithmartin35)


What does ‘The Golden Bachelor’ contestant Faith Martin do?

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Faith’s major occupation is that of a high school teacher, but she also has a bevy of side hustles and passion projects. Her website includes information about her other artistic endeavors, such as music. She’s played in bands, as part of an acoustic duo, and as a solo act. Her music is described as “heartfelt, soulful, and authentic,” making it an appropriate accompaniment for her reality TV adventure.

Faith is also a radio host. She produced a podcast called ‘The Dating Chronicles of a 50-Something Female’ from 2019 to 2020, where she highlighted the “fun and frustrations of trying to find a meaningful connection.”


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She covered everything from love vs desire to physical closeness in dating — and once taped a mini-episode on a first date at a restaurant. Furthermore, she’s certainly no stranger to dating in unusual ways.

'The Golden Bachelor' contestant Faith Martin (Facebook/fmfaithmartin35)
‘The Golden Bachelor’ contestant Faith Martin (Facebook/fmfaithmartin35)


‘The Golden Bachelor’ contestant Faith Martin is the family matriarch

Faith has two sons and four grandchildren, all of whom appear in her Instagram pictures.

She also uses the opportunity to share her passion for music and equestrian riding. She apparently rides her horse, Liberty, to the grocery store and to get coffee.

'The Golden Bachelor' contestant Faith Martin with her family (Instagram/faithsmartin)
‘The Golden Bachelor’ contestant Faith Martin with her family (Instagram/faithsmartin)


What is Faith Martin looking for in ‘The Golden Bachelor’?

Faith entails far more than meets the eye. She is not just attractive; she is also charming, adaptive, and seeks the best in every circumstance.

Faith is a joyful thrill-seeker who has accomplished many objectives, such as diving with sharks, riding a motorcycle, and getting a tattoo, but she is still seeking someone to share her life’s adventures with. Faith is hoping that Gerry will be her ideal adventure buddy!

'The Golden Bachelor' contestant Faith Martin with Gerry Turner (Facebook/fmfaithmartin35)
‘The Golden Bachelor’ contestant Faith Martin with Gerry Turner (Facebook/fmfaithmartin35)


Who stars in ‘The Golden Bachelor’?

For the first-ever season of ABC’s ‘The Golden Bachelor’, Gerry is prepared to find love. The “72-year-old patriarch from Indiana” will be followed on the program, a spin-off of the hugely successful Bachelor series, as he concurrently meets and dates 22 women between the ages of 60 and 75. The first episode of the new season will air on September 28 at 8 pm ET,

Gerry Turner

Gerry represents a lead in Bachelor Nation who is “there for the right reasons.” He claimed he applied for the ‘Bachelor’ spinoff in the hopes of demonstrating that individuals his age can still find love and enjoy “vigorous lives.”


Gerry was previously married for 43 years to his high school sweetheart, Toni, who died in 2017. Gerry featured in the “Men Tell All” episode of ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 20 in July and discussed his retirement plans with Toni before she became ill.

Gerry is the father of two children, Angie and Jenny. He is a retired restaurateur who is “charming,” “romantic,” and willing to put himself back out there, according to his bio.


Gerry Turner loves spending time with his pets. (Instagram/@goldengerryturner)
Gerry Turner loves spending time with his pets (Instagram/@goldengerryturner)

Here’s all we know about the ladies competing for Gerry’s last rose.

Edith Aguirre, 60: Retired realtor from Downey, California

Jeanie Howard, 65: Retired project manager from Estill Springs, Tennessee

Kathy Swarts, 70: Retired educational consultant from Austin, Texas

Leslie Fhima, 64: Fitness instructor from Minneapolis, Minnesota

Maria Trice, 60: Health and wellness director from Teaneck, New Jersey

Natascha Hardee, 60: Pro-aging coach and midlife speaker from New York City

Pamela Burns, 75: Retired salon owner from Aurora, Illinois

Peggy Dercole, 69: Dental hygienist from East Haven, Connecticut

Anna Pernas Zalk, 61: Retired Nutritionist from Summit, New Jersey

April Kirkwood, 65: Therapist from Port St. Lucie, Florida

Christina Kempton, 73: Retired Purchasing Manager from Sierra Madre, California

Ellen Goltzer, 71: Retired Teacher from Delray Beach, Florida

Faith Martin, 61: High School Teacher from Benton City, Washington

Joan Vassos, 60: Private School Administrator from Rockville, Maryland

Marina Perera, 60: Educator from Los Angeles, California

Nancy Hulkower, 61: Retired Interior Designer from Alexandria, Virginia

Patty James, 70: Retired Real Estate Professional from Raleigh, North Carolina

Renee Halverson Wright, 67: Author from Middleton, Wisconsin

Sandra Mason, 75: Retired Executive Assistant from Doraville, Georgia

Susan Noles, 66: Wedding Officiant from Aston, Pennsylvania

Sylvia Robledo, 65: Public Affairs Consultant from Los Angeles, California

Theresa Nist, 70: Financial Services Professional from Shrewsbury, New Jersey

Joan Vassos hypes up her 'Golden Bachelor' appearance with a group photo (Instagram/@joan_vassos)
Faith Martin with her ‘The Golden Bachelor’ contestants (Instagram/@joan_vassos)


‘The Golden Bachelor’ will premiere on September 28 at 8 pm ET on ABC.

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The Healthiest Towns In New Jersey Revealed


We are heading into the cold and flu season. According to the National Hospital Association, “Flu season runs from October to May, with most cases being reported from late December to early March.” So while we look ahead to cold and flu season we wanna highlight the “healthiest” towns in New Jersey. Fabian Møller Fabian Møller



So how is this new data compiled to find the “healthiest” towns in New Jersey? The research conducted by Leafwell analyzes all 109 regions, towns and cities across New Jersey based on the number of times each state Googles a search term related with a healthy lifestyle.” So exactly what does that mean? “The experts have used 305 search terms, such as; “how to be healthy”, “how to make a healthy smoothie”, “workout gyms near me”, “best way to lose belly fat”, “what is the best skin anti-aging cream”, ” best glute exercises”, “how to meditate properly” and more.” So the more interest in living a healthy lifestyle the higher your ranking. This is actually an interesting take on “health”. Makes sense to be “healthy” you have to think “healthy”. I actually recently googled the best vitamins for men in my age range lol Patrick Hendry Patrick Hendry


So let’s look at the top healthiest towns in New Jersey:

  • 10. Ocean City
  • 9. Ridgefield
  • 8. Hackettstown
  • 7. Woodland Park
  • 6. Red Bank
  • 5. Woodbury
  • 4. Burlington
  • 3. Westwood
  • 2. Freehold
  • 1. Tinton Falls


Data reveals people in Tinton Falls are the most obsessed with a healthy lifestyle, as people across the city are searching for health-related terms an average 2,911 times per month, per 10,000 people and a total average 5,665 searches per month over the past 12 months. The top two search terms for Tinton Falls are “gym near me” and “healthy food near me”. Jenny Hill Jenny Hill


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