Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Waldwick, NJ, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Waldwick, NJ, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Benefits of Sermorelin include:
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits.
Some of those benefits include:
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The Fourth of July weekend started off with a bang for seven Bergen County veterans, who received medals honoring their Vietnam-era service in ceremonies at the Ridgewood Library on Friday.Rep. Josh Gottheimer presided at ceremonies with Bergen County Commissioners Ramon Hache, Mary Amoroso, Germaine Ortiz and Tom Sullivan. Shaun Hutchinson, director of the county's Department of Human Services Division of Veterans Services, also attended, with Ridgewood Mayor Susan Knudsen.Six of the veterans received Vietnam ve...
The Fourth of July weekend started off with a bang for seven Bergen County veterans, who received medals honoring their Vietnam-era service in ceremonies at the Ridgewood Library on Friday.
Rep. Josh Gottheimer presided at ceremonies with Bergen County Commissioners Ramon Hache, Mary Amoroso, Germaine Ortiz and Tom Sullivan. Shaun Hutchinson, director of the county's Department of Human Services Division of Veterans Services, also attended, with Ridgewood Mayor Susan Knudsen.
Six of the veterans received Vietnam veteran lapel pins created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the war. The family of the seventh veteran, Donald Myles, now deceased, received replacements for eight medals earned during service but misplaced. All veterans received flags flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
"The seven veterans we are recognizing today exemplify our nation's best, and we owe them a great deal of gratitude for their service and sacrifice, " Gottheimer said. "Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your patriotism, your selflessness, for putting your lives on the line to defend our freedom, our families and the greatest democracy the world has even known."
Three veterans attended in person: Raymond Litwitz and Gerald Bucci of Ridgewood, and Joseph Burns of Ho-Ho-Kus. Awards for absent veterans were received by family members or Ridgewood American Legion Commander Bob Paoli on their behalf.
The veterans gathered to chat briefly before the ceremony, confirming their pride in their service but acknowledging the war's unpopularity, and the risk of traveling at that time in uniform.
"We were advised to travel in our civvies [civilian clothes] because those traveling in uniform were getting harassed," Litwitz said. "Of course, we could also be identified by our short military haircuts. Everyone else had longer hair then."
Litwitz remembers that when his large military contingent took a commercial airline to come home, they boarded the plane to "complete silence" from the civilian passengers.
"But as the plane left the ground, we all cheered," Litwitz said.
Bucci recalls two months at sea on a troop ship to reach Vietnam.
"Coming home we were told to keep our mouths shut," Bucci said.
Paoli served in Germany, so his ship travel wasn't as long, but it was still intimidating, as it was his first trip away from his block in New York City. Coming home on the troop ship, there was "a lot more revelry," he said.
"There were a bunch of guys from Brooklyn, and this one guy had one of those portable Victrolas and a lot of Louis Prima records," Paoli said, "Good thing I liked Louis Prima."
Those honored included:
Retired Lance Cpl. Raymond Litwitz: Born in Passaic, grew up in Fair Lawn, later moved to Ridgewood. Enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school. He served in Vietnam for 12 months and 27 days between 1968 and 1969.
Retired Pfc. Joseph Burns: Born in Cleveland, moved to Teaneck in 1944, Dumont in 1949, graduated from Dumont High School. Served at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, from 1959 to 1961.
Retired Army Cmdr. Jerald J. Maksymowicz: Born in Jersey City, grandson of Ukrainian immigrants, graduated from Ridgewood High School. He was drafted 1964-65. Trained as a dental technician, then Officer Candidate School. Served in Germany for a year, then Vietnam for three years with the 86th Chemical Detachment. Served 12 years with the U.S. Army. He later earned degrees in math and science from St. Peter's University.
Retired Capt. Gerald Bucci: Born in Rhode Island, moved to Passaic and Paterson before settling in Ridgewood. Graduated from Brown University before joining the U.S. Marine Corps in 1965. He served in Vietnam from April 1966 to August 1967 as company commander for the HQ Company in the 9th Engineering Battalion. After finishing service in 1968, he went to graduate school at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Retired Army Capt. Wayne Lemme: Born in Elizabeth, he grew up in Yonkers. He received his private flying license from the Civil Air Patrol at age 19. While studying at New York University, he joined the Reserve Officers' Training Corps and was commissioned into the U.S. Army as a 2nd lieutenant upon graduation. He trained as a helicopter pilot and served with the 101st Airborne Division in 1970. After his tour ended in 1971, he joined the Reserves.
Retired Spc. 4th Class Jack Marcasciano: Born and raised in the Bronx. Drafted in 1966, trained with the 208th Signal Company, served in Vietnam in 1968 as a communications center specialist. He was discharged in 1968 and returned to the Bronx. He lived with his first wife, Mary, in Lodi and Waldwick. He and his second wife, Bernadette, live in Ridgewood.
Retired Spc. 5 Donald Gordon Myles: Born in Canada, moved to Hackensack in the 1960s, then moved to Paramus and Oakland, where he graduated from Indian Hills High School in 1967. He was drafted shortly afterward and served in Vietnam with the 1st Air Cavalry Division. Died in 2015. He was posthumously awarded eight medals received during service and lost.
Waldwick capped off a sensational season with a 2-0 win over Haddon Township in the Group 1 final on Saturday night at Kean University for its first state championship since 1995.These were the biggest stars from the game.MAN OF THE MATCHKyle Jahnke, Waldwick, Sr.: Jahnke had a hand in both Waldwick goals on Saturday night, although he doesn’t get credited with either. His first-half strike deflected off two Haddon Township defenders and into the net for an own goal to give Waldwick the lead in the ...
Waldwick capped off a sensational season with a 2-0 win over Haddon Township in the Group 1 final on Saturday night at Kean University for its first state championship since 1995.
These were the biggest stars from the game.
Kyle Jahnke, Waldwick, Sr.: Jahnke had a hand in both Waldwick goals on Saturday night, although he doesn’t get credited with either. His first-half strike deflected off two Haddon Township defenders and into the net for an own goal to give Waldwick the lead in the first half and he set up Daniel Perdomo’s second-half goal that sealed the victory.
Philip Centineo, Waldwick: Centineo was a force defensively, anchoring Waldwick’s back line in shutting down a solid Haddon Township attack. Centineo was effective defensively and a factor offensively, producing several dangerous throw-ins.
Connor Dillon, Waldwick: Dillon wasn’t tested often by this Haddon Township attack, but he made the stops necessary to earn the clean sheet. Dillon finished with two saves and was instrumental in keeping set pieces away from goal.
Cole Johnston, Haddon Township, Jr.: Although not the result he was hoping for, Johnston was solid in goal for Haddon Township and kept his team in the game for 80 minutes. Johnstone finished with six saves in the loss.
Alex Manziano, Waldwick, Jr.: Manziano was a work horse on attack for Waldwick, particularly in the opening 20 minutes of the second half. He created a handful of chances for the Warriors and opened the lanes that set up Perdomo’s second-half goal.
Daniel Perdomo, Waldwick: Perdomo extended Waldwick’s lead midway through the second half, burying a feed from Jahnke under the crossbar to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead.
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It should have been a lot easier for the Waldwick football team.Up by as many as 19 points over Lyndhurst and holding a 25-14 with under three minutes at the Lyndhurst 19, the game seemed all but over. However, a personal foul ended that drive without points for Waldwick, which brought dynamic Lyndhurst quarterback Johnny Lembo back on the field with 1:59 remaining.Lembo led Lyndhurst down the field quickly, going 6-for-6 and hitting Jake Schutt for a 37-yard touchdown on a go route with 46 seconds remaining. Lembo converted a ...
It should have been a lot easier for the Waldwick football team.
Up by as many as 19 points over Lyndhurst and holding a 25-14 with under three minutes at the Lyndhurst 19, the game seemed all but over. However, a personal foul ended that drive without points for Waldwick, which brought dynamic Lyndhurst quarterback Johnny Lembo back on the field with 1:59 remaining.
Lembo led Lyndhurst down the field quickly, going 6-for-6 and hitting Jake Schutt for a 37-yard touchdown on a go route with 46 seconds remaining. Lembo converted a 2-point conversion in which he scrambled all over the field before finally finding room to escape and made it a 25-22 game with 46 seconds remaining.
After dominating for much of the evening, Waldwick was forced to recover an onsides kick to seal the game, which Khaire Bailey did for the Warriors to cap off a 25-22 win at home on Friday.
“I thought we played tough,” senior quarterback Russell Pigg said. “It was closer than it should have been, but we’re happy we got the win.”
“We made it a lot more closer than we had to,” Waldwick head coach Greg Gruzdis said. “A couple of penalties cost us. It’s not the way I wanted to finish the game. To be honest, we felt we dominated on defense until the end there.”
Waldwick opened the game with an 11-play, 61-yard drive that ended in a 4-yard touchdown for Zachary Hulsizer. Of those 11 plays, 10 were runs as Waldwick started off winning the battle in the trenches. Following a Lyndhurst three-and-out, the long snap went into the back of the end zone to give the Patriots a safety and a 9-0 lead.
After getting the ball off the safety, Pigg led the offense down the field through the air with three passes to three different receivers that totaled 47 yards. That drive ended in a Bryce Hamilton 24-yard field goal that put Waldwick up 12-0 headed into the second quarter.
With nothing going offensively, T.J. Jimenez got Lyndhurst going with a 40-yard pick-six off a pass in the flat that cut the deficit in half, 12-6. That switch in momentum did not last long as Pigg floated a rainbow pass that was seemingly in the air for an eternity that had perfect touch on it for a 24-yard touchdown to Hamilton near the pylon for a 18-6 Warriors lead with 1:05 left in the first half.
Following an interception to open the second half, Pigg threw a similar fade pass for another touchdown. This time it went to Christian Cerrito for a 19-yard score on a back-shoulder throw to give Waldwick that 25-6 edge.
“Those were tough throws, but we practice them all the time,” Pigg said. “Coach draws them up, and I knew I was going to execute them.”
“They were super impressive,” Gruzdis said. “They were loading the box up, so they were making the run really tough. We had one-on-ones and Russ trusted his guys with a couple of nice balls for them to make plays on.”
The defense was just as impressive as the offense to that point, holding Lembo and the Lnydhurst offense to no points. Lyndhurst was getting nothing on the ground and was forced to be one-dimensional.
Lembo then started to do his best Russell Wilson impersonation, scrambling all over the backfield until something would open up and tiring the defense. This happened on a fourth-and-3 from the Waldwick 7-yard line when he ran around forever before finding Ricky Rainey in the back of the end zone for a touchdown. A two-point conversion cut the deficit to 25-14 with 7:43 to go, but it was a little too late.
The win was huge for Waldwick coming off a 21-14 loss to Rutherford last week and it out the Warriors in first place in the NJIC Colonial. Lyndhurst had won its previous three games this year by an average of 37 points per game wit the offense scoring at least 40 points in all three of those wins.
“This was crucial,” Pigg said. “If we lost this, our season was done. We needed this one.”
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You cannot teach championship pedigree.As a team that was coming off three consecutive sectional title games, New Providence was not going to beat itself with another trophy on the line. Instead, the Pioneers were able to take advantage of the opportunities given to them.Brearley, which also faced New Providence in the 2019 North 2, Group 1, sectional title game, committed seven errors in the field in its return trip to the big game. This allowed second-seeded New Providence to cruise to a 8-3 win over fourth-seeded Brearley to...
You cannot teach championship pedigree.
As a team that was coming off three consecutive sectional title games, New Providence was not going to beat itself with another trophy on the line. Instead, the Pioneers were able to take advantage of the opportunities given to them.
Brearley, which also faced New Providence in the 2019 North 2, Group 1, sectional title game, committed seven errors in the field in its return trip to the big game. This allowed second-seeded New Providence to cruise to a 8-3 win over fourth-seeded Brearley to win its fourth consecutive title at home on Friday afternoon.
“I’d give my right pinky toe for this team,” DeGeorge said. “I’d do anything for Coach Brodeur and my teammates. It’s been a crazy ride. I lost sophomore year to COVID, so you can’t take anything for granted. Any game can be our last and I just play it like it’s our last.”
“This is awesome,” senior James Pazdera said. “I won it last year too when I was a junior. It’s just an amazing feeling. It’s an amazing run to win it four in a row.”
It was a sign of things to come when DeGeorge singled to start the game and was able to go to second when a throw from the Brearley outfield missed the cut-off and scattered into the infield. That cost Brearley a run when DeGeorge advanced to third on a fly ball and scored on a Dean Licari sac fly.
“The first time we played them it was kind of the opposite,” DeGeorge said. “We knew we had to play good defense, capitalize on their mistakes and bring the energy. We know if we play our game and bring the energy we’re going to deflate the other team.”
Giving a lead to Pazdera, who came into the game with a 1.90 ERA as the ace of New Providence, was a big boost to the Pioneers. Pazdera sat down the first nine Brearley hitters in order over the first three innings.
“My curve ball was working today,” Pazdera said. “I wasn’t feeling my fastball late. I was getting tired. Whenever I needed a strike, I just threw that curve ball. That’s what got me going.”
Trailing 2-0 in the top of the fourth, Brearley got on the board when Tom Scanio drove a double to the opposite down the right field line. Pazdera was able to keep his team ahead when he struck out Joe Galati on a changeup to end the frame.
New Providence broke the game open with six runs in the bottom of the fifth that included four Brearley errors. DeGeorge drove in a run on a sac fly and Luca Vitale, Pazdera and Nick Bisaccia recorded back-to-back-to-back RBI singles.
“We’re trying to be aggressive,” New Providence head coach Chris Brodeur said. “So, if you can pressure a team that defense can feel it. I think that kind of worked out in our favor today.”
Pazdera pitched a five-hitter with nine strikeouts and one walk to earn the win on the mound.
“I’ve seen so much growth in James over the last two years,” Brodeur said. “It’s amazing. He’s gone from a thrower to a real competitor on the mound. I can’t empathize enough on his level of competition.”
Brearley ended its season be reaching the sectional title game for the second time in three years as its program continues to be on the upswing.
“We did a lot of stuff that we either hadn’t done or hadn’t done in a while,” Brearley head coach Dave Kaplow said. “We beat Westfield, which we had never done. We beat New Providence on opening day, and we had not done that in 15 years. We beat Dayton, which hadn’t been done since 2008. We had a lot of big moments this year. It’s a shame that it has to end this way. New Providence is a good team and they were better than us today.”
Despite winning four straight sectional titles, New Providence has not won a Group 1 state championship yet in that timespan. The Pioneers will now compete to change that beginning with hosting North 1, Group 1 champion, Waldwick, at home on Monday in the Group 1 semis.
“We’re right back into the game,” Pazdera said. “We just got to focus on the next game. We just have to win today to play tomorrow. That’s what we have to do.”
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George Kalivas, the affable owner of Circolo, a 100-seat Neapolitan pizzeria in Waldwick, thought he could make it through the year.He couldn't.On Aug. 29, Kalivas, a 73-year-old River Edge resident, closed Circolo, a BYOB he opened nearly four years ago and the fourth restaurant he has owned. He started working a...
George Kalivas, the affable owner of Circolo, a 100-seat Neapolitan pizzeria in Waldwick, thought he could make it through the year.
On Aug. 29, Kalivas, a 73-year-old River Edge resident, closed Circolo, a BYOB he opened nearly four years ago and the fourth restaurant he has owned. He started working at his dad's restaurant the day after he graduated college in 1971.
"I've been in this business for 50 years and this past year and a half were like nothing I've ever experienced," Kalivas said. "I loved this business, but I stopped having fun."
He sent an email to his loyal customers explaining the closing.
"In my 50-plus years in the restaurant business, I have never worked as hard as this year," he wrote. "As well, I have never had as much difficulty finding replacement staff ... Sales plummeted to absurd numbers and prices soared upwards with no indication of stopping."
Kalivas said he lost four key employees during the pandemic and couldn't find help. He said that the labor shortage the restaurant industry is confronting has made it that much more difficult to survive in an already tough time.
"You can't talk to people anymore," he said. "A restaurant owner nearby told me that he asked his dishwasher to turn down the music and the dishwasher walked out."
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Kalivas said he knows of another restaurant owner who is paying a dishwasher $800 a week in cash.
"He told me that two cooks told him they want $1,200-a-week cash," he added. "Do they think restaurants have a machine in the back pumping out cash? Besides, it’s illegal."
Kalivas owns the building that housed Circolo. He had leased the building to a bank in 2007 after closing Il Villino, an Italian restaurant he had run for 17 years there. He sold his liquor license then, too. When the bank closed, he returned to the 3,700-square-foot building and opened Circolo. He then also owned The Plum and the Pear in Wyckoff, which he eventually closed.
"I don't want this to be a sad moment in my life," he said. "I'm saddened by how the world is. I'm saddened that there's a pandemic, that people are getting sick. But I'm okay."
He added that he had hoped to finish out the year at Circolo and then put the property up for sale or to lease.
"I wish I could have retired on my own terms. But it was time."
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