For many of us, August is a bittersweet turning point in the year. While the lazy days of sipping cool beverages poolside may be numbered, this month brings a sense of renewal. New routines, new clothes and new school supplies often come to mind in August. We dedicated an issue to both the men and women of our community earlier this year; therefore, it’s only right to celebrate some of our cutest residents: kids and pets!

Let’s flip the pages of our August issue and meet some of our four-legged friends. You’ll find what makes the bond between humans and animals so special. Hailing from the Mahwah Police Department, you’ll learn about Remco, a Belgian Malinois who patrols and protects the community. And from Valley Hospital, say hello to Jax and Sweet Tea. These two therapy dogs provide brighter days for many patients and improve the spirits as well as warm the hearts of staff and visitors.

When it comes to grooming and pampering your dog (or cat), you are in for a real treat with Cait and her staff at Groomington Coat Factory. Whether your furry friend prefers the convenience of their mobile grooming service or coming into their “Flagship” salon for an appointment, your pet’s personal stylist will deliver an amazing experience.

Nobody does it better than your friends at The Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge in Oakland. There’s always a pressing need for foster and adoptive families here in Northwest Bergen. Check out the feline friends pictured throughout this month’s issue.

Summer is the perfect time to put down our electronic devices and head out to the library for a truly valuable learning experience. Whether it’s at the library in Glen Rock, Mahwah, Ramsey, Ridgewood or Waldwick, check out one of the “Read to a Dog” programs for your youngster(s). Don’t miss an opportunity to make a positive impact on your child’s future.

For some back-to-school strategies, check out the advice of Jessica Bush, executive director of Tutor Doctor of North Jersey. August is the best time to begin planning for the school year. Don’t wait until the first week of September when school has already started; the countdown begins today.

Who doesn’t like sweets? Take a stroll through Meyer’s House of Sweets in Wyckoff, and you’re sure to find something that will hit the spot like truffles, fudge, melt-aways, peanut brittle and more.

Finally, I dedicate this issue as a “kid” of almost 60 to my mom, who will be celebrating her 100th birthday Aug. 12. I hope all kids are as lucky as I am.

Mom, stay local and keep it local! So glad you are living in Franklin Lakes!


Marc Schwartz, Publisher