When cast members from The Real Housewives of New Jersey stopped at Marra's Restaurant for a bite, the owner asked neighboring photographer Mike Kortoci to take a picture. The ladies loved his work so much that, after a tour of his studio, they asked Mike to film an on-camera segment for the show. Snapping shots of celebs isn't uncommon for Mike—according to Ridgewood News, his famous clientele has included the Baldwin brothers and America's Next Top Model –winner CariDee English.
For the most part, however, Mike lends his artistic eye and more than 20 years of experience to creating customized portraits for his everyday clients, including kids and families. He snaps primarily black-and-white images during on-location shoots and inside his 2,000-square-foot studio. Afterward, he retouches clients' favorite shots, removing red eye or blinking specters, and preserves them on canvas or watercolor-paper prints.
As America's largest charity rater, Charity Navigator serves more than three million unique visitors each year, impacting approximately $10 billion of charitable donations. The organization’s rating methodology focuses on not only the financial health and analysis of a charity's performance, but also on each charity's accountability and transparency. The system helps donors make knowledgeable, empowered decisions about how to invest their philanthropic dollars, while in turn helping charities maximize their social impact and fundraising efforts.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous centers understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of a skills assessment using diagnostic tools and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. Camps and after-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
Though Sylvan Learning sometimes offers a discounted rate online, this Groupon still presents the best deal available.
De-soiling apparel while sparing Mother Earth, this eco-friendly dry cleaner welcomes customers to pick up and drop off orders 24/7 using unique, ATM-style receptacles. Ranked as one of the 500 top franchises in 2009 by Entrepreneur magazine, Oxxo Care eschews harsh chemicals in favor of environmentally safe solvents that high-five endangered pandas. Oxxo’s cleansters rely on recyclable and biodegradable plastics, and they pamper garments with new, European-style equipment. Renew the usual dry-cleaning suspects—pants, blouses, silk or linen shirts, blazers, skirts, and wearable pastrami—starting at $6.55. Polish up a dress starting at $8.95 or a two-piece suit for $13.10. Dust off that winter wool coat for $14–$18 or a long down chill defender for $20 in anticipation of weekend camping trips in the fridge. Resident garment specialists tend to the details of all jobs with hand ironing and personal, emotionally probing inspections.
A line of baby cribs line the interior of Broadway Puppies and Boutique, but this is no traditional nursery. Inside, patrons will find playing, sleeping, and socializing pups: malteses, westies, poodles, yorkies, bulldogs, pomeranians. The staff not only cares for these dogs as their own, but for the ones that come in for grooming as well. The store also houses dog supplies and accessories.
Located in Fair Lawn, Bergen County, New Jersey, the Gutkovskiy Fencing Academy is dedicated to teaching its students the sport and art of fencing. Whether they wish to strive for international success or to fence recreationally, students of all levels will enjoy fencing at our club.