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MORE THAN JUST “CONTRACTORS” The Downs Group, a design/build and remodeling firm, has been in business for close to 30 years. The firm offers remodeling services, builds new custom homes, develops properties for sale, and works on boutique commercial projects such as “high-end” restaurants and private clubs.

of service between design and construction offers unparalleled results from project inception to completion. The design team has been recognized by national publications such as Qualified Remodeler, Dream Homes of New Jersey, and The Perfect Home’s Leading Custom Home Builders as well as national organizations such as EPA Energy Star.

program which monitors each facility’s energy use daily with both hands-on and remote capabilities.

“As a nationally recognized Top 50 Remodeler and Builder, we execute every project with an attention to detail while maintaining the strictest standards of quality craftsmanship. We do so Principal Jim Downs provides first-class while paying attention to the budget and maintainservices to his clients, whether they are “highSpeaking of Energy Star, The Downs Group’s ing wherever possible a green standard that is end” residential customers or community service affiliate, Energy Solutions, also headed by founder the best in the industry. Our projects have been organizations. “We always do things that speak Jim Downs, has been a leader in the design/build recognized for design and construction as well as well of the company,” Downs says. Recognized and energy field since 1980. Downs holds a degree for energy efficiency in their operation,” Jim exa few years ago as a Big 50 Mover & Shaker by in engineering from Lehigh University, is a senior plained. “As Master Builders, whether acting alone Remodeling magazine, The Downs Group and Jim energy engineer, a certified energy manager, and or in concert with other area professionals, we are were honored by Morris Habitat for Humanity for LEED AP with a broad-based knowledge of building proud to include engineers, architects, and other their “creativity and innovation in helping Morris energy systems. The principals in the firm have design professionals in our group, all delivering Habitat extend its services to more families in more than 30 years experience in the fields of sus- sound, smart and courteous service to our clients need.” Jim recently completed two terms as a tainable design, energy efficiency, and renewable or partners,” he added. volunteer on the Morris Habitat for Humanity Board energy, all of which underpin many of the design The Downs Group can be visited on the web of Directors. capabilities of the firm. Energy Solutions saves at or reached at millions of dollars annually for its clients, lessenThe Downs Group works alongside other archi973-366-2444. tects, designers and owners, striving to create liv- ing their dependence on foreign oil and helping to ing, working and practical spaces that reflect each preserve the environment. One way they do this is with the company’s trademark SmartControl® client’s individual style and needs. The continuity


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FEATURES Volume 29, Issue 2 In Calendar Schools 17 The

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The Downs Group..........................................................................3 HG Edwards...................................................................................9 SuperKids....................................................................................11 Basking Ridge Country Club........................................................13 Creative Wallcoverings & Interiors...............................................15 The Rosen Group.........................................................................19 Moya Solutions............................................................................22


Published by The Suburban Chamber of Commerce Joseph Steiner, Publisher Diane Gallo, Editor Steven Meyer, Art Director Annemarie Cahill, Account Executive E-mail us at


John F. Rosellini Jr., Chairman Joseph Steiner, President/Secretary • Mort O’Shea, Treasurer Mr. Glenn Allsopp • Mr. John Blasi • Mr. Patrick Cicala Ms. Lori Cicali • Mr. Kevin Cummings • Mr. Robert Davies Mr. James DiMaio • Mr. Gary Kapner • Ms. Kelly L Pantone Ms. Kassandra Romas • Dr. Patrick R Smith Mr. Norman Sobin • Ms. Beth Welsh Direct Mailed to Every Home, Apartment and Business in: Summit • Berkeley Heights • New Providence Short Hills • Millburn As Well as to Demographically Selected Homes in: Mountainside • Chatham • Springfield • Gillette Stirling • Millington



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Spring Calendar Ongoing Mondays


French Conversation Group 6-8 PM at Weichert, Realtors, 474 Morris Ave, Summit; led by Bob Velasquez; free and open to the public; free parking in rear of building; call 908-380-3502 or email for more information


Old Guard Meets Summit Area Old Guard meets Tuesday mornings at New Providence Municipal Center, 360 Elkwood Avenue, NP; 9:15 AM for area 50+ active men; speakers, coffee, participation in many types of events and trips; Feb 7 meeting features Mort O’Shea, President and CEO of Hilltop Community Bank; call 908-233-0236 for information or visit

Tuesdays & Thursdays

Arthritis Foundation Class for Seniors 2 PM on Tuesdays, 11:05 AM on Thursdays, at Summit YMCA, 67 Maple St, Summit; open to the community; call 908-273-3330 or visit for information

Tuesdays & Saturdays

Gentle Yoga at Pathways for Female Cancer Survivors Offered for women recovering from cancer surgery and treatment, at The Connection for Women and Families, 79 Maple Street, Summit; every Saturday 9-10 AM and Tuesday6:30-7:30 PM; register by calling Michele Visco, Pathways Director, at 273-4242 x 154 or email

BNI Business Exchange Meets Chapter meets for breakfast from 7-8:30 AM at food., at 339 Springfield Avenue, Summit; BNI is the largest business networking organization in the world, with one person from each profession permitted to join a chapter; meetings open to all who are interested; call Lawrence Pappas, President, at 973-893-8077 or Herb Ronde, Marketing Chair, at 973-762-0850 or visit

Seniors Sing! 11AM-12 noon at Summit Community Center, 100 Morris Avenue, Summit; all area senior citizens are invited; offered by Continuo Arts Foundation and Summit Community Programs; no experience or training needed, just a love of singing; for information, call 908-264-5324 or visit

Breast Cancer Support Group at Pathways 6-7:15 PM on 2nd & 4th Thursdays; at The Connection for Women and Families, 79 Maple St, Summit; sponsored by Pathways for women at any stage of diagnosis and treatment; call Michele Visco at 908-273-4242 x 154 or email Pathways@ for more information


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Performances at The Minstrel 8 PM at Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown; run by The Folk Project, features traditional American and ethnic folk music; 4/6TBA, 4/13-Open Stage, 4/20-Diane Perry and Hiroya Tsukamoto opens, 4/27-The Accidentals and Fibonacci opens; location is handicapped accessible, free parking on site; call 973-335-9489 or visit for ticket prices and information

Mah Jongg at the Y 12:30-2:30 PM at the Summit YMCA, 3rd floor, 67 Maple St, Summit; enjoy Mah Jongg, but please bring your own MJ cards (available at The Papery in downtown Summit); call 908-273-3330 for information


Discovery Saturdays 9 AM-1 PM at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Ave, Summit, in the Carriage House Education Center; hands-on explorations of fascinating nature topics, with stories, crafts, experiments, exploring the Arboretum grounds; members free, nonmembers $5/child; each month has a different theme, each week a new topic; call 908-273-8787 for information

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To our friends: Thanks so much for your support of our lil’ concern. We are almost a year old and are psyched for new surprises in the next few months (hint: expanded dinner service).

As you may know, in May 2011 Hoboken Farms Awesome Sandwich Shop opened its doors. Very quickly our sandwiches and salads were lauded by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Elvis Duran and The Z-100 Zoo, New York Eats, and many local publications. We pride ourselves on our hospitality and the fact that our food is always totally awesome! Every day we provide our decadent Sandwiches, healthy salads and wraps to a plethora of business both large and small (including many Fortune 500 companies). If you would like us to serve your company, just call or fax 908-598-7207 as we deliver every day, right to your door. Hoboken Farms can provide an endless array of options in order to meet the demands of your guests and your budgets.

“Sandwich platters for 200…no problem” “Salad for 10…done” “Customized box lunches every Tuesday and Friday…we will be there” “Healthy lunch specials for schools….A+” We promise to make you look good and your life easy. EAT LOVE. Brad and the Hoboken Farms Team P.S. We are Gluten free experts…just ask and we will tell you everything


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Swingin’ Tern Contra & Square Dancing Dance group meets at 8 PM at First Presbyterian Church Parish Hall, 14 Hanover Road, East Hanover; beginners’ workshop at 7:30; group meets first & third Saturdays; 4/7-Bob Issacs calls and Root Mean Square plays the music; dance series run by The Folk Project features specials callers and musicians; adults $10, students $5; call 973-295-6864 or visit for information


Through April

Miriam Jarney Photography Exhibit At Bouras Galleries, in the Bouras Properties Building, 25 DeForest Ave, Summit; galleries open by appointment M-F, 9 AM-5 PM; call Linda Cole at 908-277-6054 for an appointment; a portion of the proceeds from any art sold goes to benefit Overlook Medical Center

NJ Pastel Society Signature Show At Design Domaine Gallery, 67 Mine Brook Rd, Bernardsville; NJ Pastel Society Signature Members exhibit their work; meet-the-artists reception Friday, April 13, 6-9 PM; call 908-502-5063 for information

Through June 15

The Magnified Eye: Contemporary Botanical Portraiture In Wisner House at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Ave, Summit; exhibit features 13 artists; hours are Tu-Fri from 10 AM-4 PM, Sa from 10 AM-3 PM; free for members, $5 for non-members; visit or call 908273-8787 x 1414

Friday, March 30

Boys Night Out at The Connection 6:30-9 PM at The Connection for Women and Families, 79 Maple St, Summit; for boys ages 6 and older; pizza, pool fun, sports and games, arts & crafts; $25; non-members sign up at the Front Desk, members may sign up online at www. or call 908-273-4242

Seventh Grade Party March Madness at the Summit YMCA, 67 Maple St, Summit; 7:30-9:30 PM; call 908-273-3330 or visit for information


New Providence

Berkeley Heights

“Spring Bling” Food, Wine & Interior Design Seminar

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7-9:30 PM at The Connection for Women and Families, 79 Maple St, Summit; the latest spring trends will be presented by Cindy Gelormini, Paint Diva of NJ (the new Benjamin Moore color line), Chef Paolo of Paolo’s Kitchen in New Providence, David Wagner of Berkeley Wines, Carter & Cavero Oils of Summit, and Creative Wallcoverings & Interiors from New Providence; food & wine samples, gifts & giveaways; $30 at the door (all proceeds go to The Connection’s Special Needs Program); RSVP via email to

March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27

“Dancing for Parkinson’s at SAGE Eldercare” 1-2:15 PM; weekly classes held on Fridays at SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St, Summit; fee is $10/class and can be paid as you go; sponsored by Atlantic Neuroscience Institute, class is designed for patients and their caregivers; class runs to May 18; call 973-971-6301 for more information

Saturday, March 31

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny At the Summit YMCA, 67 Maple St, Summit; 9, 10 & 11 AM seatings; Y members $7/family, non-members $10/family; call 908-273-3330 to select a time and to reserve seats

Sunday, April 1

Easter Egg Hunt Annual event at Central Presbyterian Church, 70 Maple St, Summit; event follows 10 AM worship service; open to the public, bags supplied; call 908-273-0441 or visit for information

Afternoon Music Concert 4 PM at the Unitarian Church in Summit, 4 Waldron Ave, Summit; Piano Trios features violin, cello and piano and the music of Haydn, Brahms, and Turina; reception follows concert; $20/person, $15/seniors, students free; call 908-2733245 or visit for information

April 1, 15, 22, 29 Pre-Natal Yoga

9:30-10:45 AM at Terra Sky Center, 510 Morris Ave, Summit; increase strength, flexibility, and a sense of well-being while you reduce some of the physical challenges that can occur with pregnancy; pre-registration is recommended; fee charged; call 908-277-1222 or visit for more information Continued on page 10


H.G. Edwards – Windows & Doors and So Much More! Windows & Doors H.G. Edwards has been servicing the area communities with sales and installations of window and door products since 1953. They provide free estimates and consultations to assist homeowners with a variety of window and door options to meet their design and pricing goals. Their product selection includes windows and entry doors, porch enclosures, interior doors, shower enclosures, storm windows and doors, and awnings. “Our installations are always performed by H.G. Edwards’ employees, and professional advice, quality installations and reliable service are our ongoing goals,” explained Dennis Corcoran. “We are able to achieve these by specializing in the window and door category,” he added.

NEW! Handyman Service

Services include anything from installing new bathroom fixtures, bathroom makeovers, cabinet installations, deck repairs or installations, window and door restorations, exterior rotted wood or siding repairs, and interior drywall repairs to small remodeling projects.

Screen & Storm Window Repairs In addition, H.G. Edwards’ service includes storm and screen panel fabrication and repairs, window and door repairs, and reglazing in our shop or at your home. Their showroom is open Monday through Thursday from 8AM to 5 PM, Fridays from 8AM to 3 PM, and Saturdays by appointment from 10 AM to 2 PM. Information on their products and a photo gallery of completed projects are available on the website,

H.G. Edwards has just initiated a Handyman Service. Give them a call for all your interior or exterior handyman projects.


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April 2

Bone Density Screening 10 AM-3 PM at Overlook Downtown, 357 Springfield Ave, Summit; find out if you are at rick for developing osteoporosis, non-invasive ultrasound gives immediate results; counseling provided; registration required; fee $10; call 800-247-9580 to sign up

Tuesday, April 3


Book Club for Seniors 1-2 PM at the Summit YMCA, 67 Maple St, Summit; open to all area seniors; group meets first Tuesday of the month in the Summit Room on 3rd floor; for information, call Lisa Meyers at 908-273-3330 or visit; books can be purchased at Helen’s Books and Gifts, 447 Springfield Ave (Strand Mall), Summit

Wednesday, April 4

Oaks and Acorns “Signs of Spring – Look Under a Log!” 1-2 PM class at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Ave, Summit; for children ages 3-5 with an adult; $10/class/members, $15/class non-members; call 908-273-8787 for information or visit

Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Lecture 7 PM at Summit Medical Group, 1 Diamond Hill Rd, Berkeley Heights, Lawrence Pavilion Conference Center; Dr. Roy Sauberman, cardiac electrophysiologist, will speak about this new therapy for congestive heart failure; reservations required; call 908-277-8889 or visit www.summitmedicalgroupcom/events

Fireside Book Club Meets 7:30 PM in Williamsburg Room at Millburn Public Library in downtown Millburn; special evening film and discussion, of The Help; for information, call Huda Shanawani at 973-376-3547

Thursday, April 5

“Dreads: A Photo History of Dreadlocks” 7:30 PM at Visual Arts Center of NJ, 68 Elm St, Summit; part of the Thursday Evening Salon Series; presented by Francesco Mastalia, internationally published documentary photographer; free but reservations are required; call 908-273-9121 or visit 8:15 PM at Terra Sky Center, 510 Morris Avenue, Summit; free and open to the community; Circle led by Larry Heisler & held first Thursday of every month; call 908-277-1222 or visit

Friday, April 6

Blood Drive at St. Teresa’s Church 1-7 PM at St. Teresa of Avila Church, 306 Morris Ave, Summit; in the Avila Room (adjacent to the playground; anyone 17 and older and weighing at least 110 lbs. can donate; blood donations are always needed; call 908-277-3700 for an appointment, or schedule on-line at (enter sponsor code 02212579); for questions, call the Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE LIFE (1-800-448-3543)

First Fridays Breakfast Meeting 8 AM at The Grand Summit Hotel, 570 Springfield Ave, Summit; sponsored by the Suburban Chamber of Commerce; speaker and breakfast; fee charged; call 908522-1700 or visit for information and to sign up

April 7 & 21

Coffee with Conscience Concerts 8 PM at One East Broad St, Westfield (First United Methodist Church); various performers and proceeds from shows benefit area non-profit organizations; fair trade coffees and desserts are served; visit or email for more information

Monday, April 9

Spring Classes Begin at The Connection Classes run through June 17 & 24; visit, call 908-2734242, or stop in at 79 Maple St, Summit

Spring 2 Program Registration at YMCA Begins Registration begins for all classes at the Summit YMCA, 67 Maple St, Summit, and the Berkeley Heights Y, 550 Springfield Ave, BH; call 908-273-3330, 908-464-8373 or visit


New Providence

Berkeley Heights

Sacred Heart Healing & Meditation Circle

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Monday, April 9

Blood Pressure Screening 10 AM-3 PM at Overlook Downtown, 357 Springfield Ave, Summit; have your blood pressure checked, receive counseling and materials from Overlook health care professionals; free; call 800-247-9580 for information Continued on page 12


SuperKids Celebrates 10 Years of Complete Child Care SuperKids Child Care and Learning Center, located at 2 Broad Street in Summit, is recognized as a premier facility with a variety of programs that fit the needs of children from ages 6 weeks through Kindergarten. SuperKids provides all the tools for development and growth and programs are offered 2, 3 and 5 days a week. The center balances both educational and recreational activities for children to enjoy learning. Programs include an immersion learning curriculum, exclusive Reading Readiness curriculum, infant sign language and much more. The center maintains low child-toteacher ratios, and their professional teachers work together to make the children’s day educational and fun. Their security system provides a safe and secure environment with secure internet access for parents to share in their children’s day. “SuperKids has been developed to fit the needs of today’s active families,” said Director Bridget O’Brien. “We provide our children with a quality ‘home-awayfrom-home’ atmosphere. Our learning environment is based on developmentally appropriate and up to date educational theories and practices. Your child’s development will be enhanced by our certified professional staff who promote


the development of a positive self-image, selfdiscipline, and cooperation in each child.” SuperKids offers full-day and all-year programs for Infants, Waddlers, Toddlers, Pre-Ks, and Kindergarten, which is a fully-certified program that meets all state requirements. Also offered is a fun filled active traveling Summer Camp program, for ages 5-10. SuperKids has both indoor and outdoor enclosed play areas that develop children’s physical and creative growth, as well as gardens, kickball and basketball for older children. “We have run a very successful program for almost ten years,” Bridget continued. “Many of our families have two and even three children here, and cousins at SuperKids are not uncommon. In addition over 50% of our 50+ staff members have been here for over 5 years, several since we opened, in August of 2002.” Speaking of staff, the SuperKids personnel are all trained by NICU nurses from Stork Solutions with over 30 years of NICU experience.

and fun season. The ten-week program includes activities both indoors and out at various locations where the children can experience new things. A typical week follows a certain theme and includes swimming lessons at the Springfield Community Pool, a field trip to places like Space Farms, Funtime Junction, Morris Museum, Crayola Factory, Ice Skating, Jersey Shore Pirates, cooking lessons, working in the garden, and learning about clowning and magic. To celebrate their tenth anniversary, SuperKids is inviting all their alumni and parents to a special party and celebration on August 25, 2012, at their facility. “This is a time to celebrate with our children what we’ve accomplished and to look ahead to many more years of providing quality education and child care to our area’s families and children,” Bridget concluded. Parents are welcome to stop in or call, for a personal tour and to discuss their child’s needs and program availability. Call 908-598-8383 or visit

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Monday, April 9

Body Mass Index/Fat Analysis 10 AM-3 PM at Overlook Downtown, 357 Springfield Ave, Summit; learn how body mass index impacts your heart health; receive counseling and materials from Overlook health care professionals; free; call 800-247-9580 for information

New Providence Garden Club Meets


6:30 PM at New Providence Memorial Library, 377 Elkwood Ave, NP; “Daffodils: Classification Varieties and Preparation for Exhibiting and Judging” presented by Sally Winmill, member of American and NJ Daffodil Society; $10 donation; open to the public; call 908-464-7346 for information

Wednesday, April 11

BEST 5-Minute Meditation 7-8 PM at Berkeley Heights Public Library, 290 Plainfield Ave, BH; meditation expert Harmony Choi explains how to improve yourself, incorporate meditation into your day, increase motivation, focus, and work to change unhealthy thinking; free and open to the public; call 908-464-9333 for information

Thursday, April 12

Mothers & More Meeting 7:45-9:30 PM at The Connection for Women and Families, 79 Maple St, Summit; greater Summit area chapter welcomes new members and meets on second Thursday of every month; playgroups, mom’s night out, book club, family events, informative meetings, and more; free; visit for more information

Nutrition Series Workshops at Terra Sky 8:15 PM at Terra Sky Center, 510 Morris Ave, Summit; Larry Heisler leads a comprehensive nutrition education program series on second Thursdays of the month; pre-registration is required, space is limited, fee charged; call 908-277-1222 or visit

Friday, April 13

CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer


New Providence

Berkeley Heights

A challenge for the participants who are tested on their ability to respond to emergencies; written test and practical skills are tested; membership to The Connection not required; $90/person; call 908-273-4242 for information or visit www.

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Family Dinner & Movie 6:30-8:30 PM at Berkeley Heights YMCA, 550 Springfield Ave, BH; $5/family for Y members, $10/family for non-members; call 908-464-8373 for information

April 13 & 27

Neighborhood Networking Group (NNG) Meets 7:30 AM at Hilltop Community Bank, 555 Springfield Avenue in Berkeley Heights; NNG welcomes members from Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Summit and surrounding areas; NNG seeks to expand business and create supportive friendships; call Nick (201-569-7610) or Patrick (908-219-4467) for information

Saturday, April 14

Second Saturdays Volunteers 9 AM-12 noon at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Ave, Summit; Arboretum hosts volunteer work days on the second Saturday of each month; volunteers ages 12+ are welcome to help tackle a wide variety of seasonal projects, from tree planting to garden mulching to woodland trail maintenance; for more information or to sign up, contact Lisa Martin at 908-273-8787 x 2222 or email

Second Saturdays Stroll 1-1:45 PM at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Ave, Summit; a walking tour of the gardens featuring spring-blooming bulbs; free for members, $5 for non-members; call 908-273-8787 x 1414 or visit

Hitchcock: the Master of Suspense 2-3:30 PM at Berkeley Heights Public Library, 290 Plainfield Ave, BH; Chris Messineo, NJ Film School, will speak about Hitchcock and his movies, show scenes from his classic films, and more, followed by Q&A; free and open to the public; call 908-4649333 for information

Family Night at the Y 6-8 PM at the Summit YMCA, 67 Maple St, Summit; free and open to all; call 908-273-3330 or visit

Sanctuary Concerts Presents Steve Forbert 8 PM at Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township, 240 Southern Blvd, Chatham; folk troubadour and song writer will perform; tickets $25, includes coffee and desserts; free parking; call 973-376-4946 or visit

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Basking Ridge Country Club Announces Tom and Sue Delaney as Co-Head PGA Golf Professionals Basking Ridge Country Club (BRCC), located at 185 Madisonville Road in Basking Ridge, is delighted to announce the husband and wife team of Tom and Sue Delaney as Co-Head PGA Professionals at the club. The couple, both PGA professionals and TPI Certified, has been playing and teaching golf for many years, work together at BRCC, and Sue leads the Ladies Golf Clinics. Both have an exciting 2012 season planned at BRCC, including Men and Women League Play, Club Tournaments and many more family themed events!

Situated on acres of beautifully landscaped grounds in the Somerset Hills, the club offers 18 well-groomed and challenging holes on a par 71 course, comprehensive practice facilities, a modern clubhouse with meeting and dining rooms (all with breathtaking views overlooking the golf course), on-site catering, a large pool and kiddie pool complex, a superb restaurant offering patio dining (The Bamboo Grille is open to the public and there is no minimum for members.), snack bars, golf shop, carts, ample free parking, a plethora of events, and more.

When it comes to golf, Basking Ridge, an affordable and family-oriented club, treats men and women equally, allowing men and woman to play with no restrictions. And the club’s affordable rates allow individual women the chance to enjoy the game with their peers. Women golfers have the opportunity to play in weekday 9 and 18 Hole and Sunday Leagues. The club’s Golf Academy, for which a membership is not necessary, offers group adult, parent/child and junior golf clinics (for children as young as four), as well as individual lessons for juniors and adults. The Men’s Golf Association welcomes all male club members over the age of 16, and the Women’s Golf Association is the second oldest in the country. Both offer a variety of competitive events throughout the season. Several leagues are offered for the beginning, intermediate and competitive golfers on various days of the week.

The Swim Club, which golfing and non-golfing families are welcome to join separately, offers a social membership and includes invitations to many family and holiday themed special events throughout the calendar year. The Swim Club features a 25 meter pool, kiddie pool, sun deck, club house with facilities and playground. Swim team and individual lessons are available. In the event a swim membership piques your interest, please call for a tour and pursue your interest before March 30th and take advantage of an affordable promotion, which includes $150.00 House Cash Credit and a package of guest passes!


Summer Camp Programs, all taught by PGA professionals, include half-day and full-day programs, and are under the Golf Academy umbrella. Included in the programs are TPI physical evaluation, swing analysis, course time, and more. The half-day programs can be

taken for a week or more and the full-day programs, which offer swim time and other camp-like activities as well as golf, are offered in two sessions. For ages 7-16, the campers are grouped by age and ability. Basking Ridge Country Club membership, which this year is introducing an all-inclusive Family Membership (golf and swim for all immediate family members), is very affordable. Membership includes an assortment of social events throughout the year, including everything from poolside barbecues, children’s events, and formal cocktail parties. The club has also extended the ages of its Junior Membership category (all inclusive) through age 22 and its Associate Membership category, up to 29 years of age. Their Corporate category remains an affordable, cost effective way to entertain clients and includes many complimentary services and guest passes.

Basking Ridge Country Club is a non-equity club with no bond and no initiation fee, and no monthly assessment or minimum is required. “What you’ll find at BRCC is a ‘Peaceful, Easy Feeling that all family members will enjoy,’” said Kelly Pantone, Director of Marketing and Membership. Give Kelly a call at 908-766-8200 x 116 to schedule a tour or visit online at But hurry, summer will soon be here!

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Saturday, April 14

Improv Comedy Night “Multiple Personality Disorder” at Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Baird Center, 5 Mead St, South Orange; family-friendly and very funny improv comedy sketches inspired by the audience, performed by the talented DRT company of actors; visit for information and to purchase tickets online or call 973378-7754 x 2228

April 14 & 15


Millburn Library Book Sale 9:30 AM-4:40 PM on Saturday, 1-4:30 PM on Sunday; at the Millburn Public Library, 200 Glen Ave, Millburn; hardcovers, paperbacks, videos and DVD/CDs on sale; proceeds support library programs; event sponsored by The Friends of Millburn Library; call 973-376-1006 for more information

Sunday, April 15

Concert at Central Church 4 PM at Central Presbyterian Church, 70 Maple St, Summit; Duo Espressivo, Sweden performs, featuring Margareta Melz (soprano) and Attila Gracza (piano) w/ guest artist Sandor Szabo (piano); part of the CPC Concert Series; donations accepted at the door; call 908-273-0441 or visit for information

Monday, April 16 BPW Meeting

6:30 PM at Woodward Properties, 92 Summit Ave, Summit; “Tom North Talks Finance”; open to all business and professional women in the area; fee charged; contact to reserve a place or visit for more information

Cholesterol Screening 10 AM-3 PM at Overlook Downtown, 357 Springfield Ave, Summit; get your total cholesterol, HDL & TC/HDL ratio measured by finger stick; fasting not necessary; educational info provided; registration required; $10 fee; call 800-247-9580 to sign up

Monday, April 16 and Ongoing

Pathways Dragon Boat Team Practices

Business of the Year investor’s Bank, Summit, New Providence, Berkeley Heights and Short Hills Public Service Award The Honorable Jon Bramnick, Assemblyman Public Service Organization Summit Area YMCA - Donna Miller, Chair & Darrell Johnson, CEO Silver Service Award Karen Olson, Family Promise

7-9:30 PM at Cranford Community Center, 220 Maple Ave, Cranford; run by Literacy Volunteers of Union County to train new teachers of Basic Reading Skills and ESL; attendance required at all sessions to be certified; open to anyone 18 years and older, able to speak and read English; $40 registration fee; visit or call 908-755-7998 for more information or to register

Tuesday, April 17

Fur, Scales, and Animal Tales 10-11 Am at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Ave, Summit; for children ages 3+ with adult; folktales and stories from many lands told through puppet theatre; registration required; $10/child/members, $15/child/non-members; visit or call 908-273-8787 x 1515

Seussical Jr at Summit YMCA

New Providence

4:15-5 PM at the Summit YMCA, 67 Maple St, Summit; new musical based on the works of Dr. Seuss, performed by the Papermill Playhouse Players; free and open to the community; call 908-273-3330 x 1166 for information and to reserve seats

PREP Support Group at SAGE


Beautification Award McGrath’s Paint & Hardware, New Providence

Literacy Volunteers New Tutor Training Workshop

Hypnosis for Weight Loss

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President’s Award The Honorable Jordan Glatt, Mayor of Summit 2004 - 2011

April 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, May 2

Berkeley Heights

5:45-7:15 PM; cancer survivors’ Dragon Boat Team gathers at Lake Parsippany every Monday for practice; no experience required; call Michele Visco at 908-273-4242 x 154 for information; registration required

Would Like to Congratulate the 2012 Honorees

Suburban Chamber of Commerce

7-9 PM in Conference Room 2, Overlook Medical Center, 99 Beauvoir Ave, Summit; learn how to permanently lose weight using hypnotic suggestion and behavior modification techniques; registration required; fee $70; call 800-247-9580 for information and to sign up.

April 17-22

Summit College Club Book Sale See article on page 21, In the Communities, for details

Wednesday, April 18

“Smart Women Protect their Assets” 1 PM talk by author and attorney Wynne Whitman at Twin Maples, 214 Springfield Ave, Summit; hosted by The Fortnightly Club; talk will provide essential information about wills, trusts, and more; free and open to the public; donations of canned and dry goods for the Food Bank will be accepted at the door 7 PM at SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St, Summit; People Responsible for Elderly Persons (PREP) meets third Wednesday of every month; guest speakers address topics like holistic living, touch therapy dealing with dementia; free; for more information, call 908-598-5529 or email

Annual Golf Outing May 7, 2012 at Twin Brooks Country Club For more details visit us on our website or call us at


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Interior Design Trends: Easy Seasonal Changes Refresh and Revive Your Home


pring’s new growth and warm sunshine provide inspiration for renewal in our lives. As we pack away our sweaters and boots for lighter layers, the change in seasons is also a time to pack away the heavy textures and colors of winter in favor of breezy fabrics and fun decor to inspire a fresh feeling in your house. Break out of the winter gloom by making some simple changes to your home with bright, fresh decor. Here are the top trends in interior decorating that capture the optimistic feeling of springtime.


Color your world happy

To uplift your mood and give your home a new personality, color should be the first thing you address. Paint is an easy and affordable way to dramatically change a living space. Spring’s hot color palette includes rich hues of blue and turquoise, vibrant pink and orange tones, and soft greens and neutrals.

leaf motif on a lamp shade or a beach scene on a piece of wall art. These elements, while subtle, will work together to provide a seamless update to any drab decor.


Cut the clutter

Of course any home refresh is not complete without some cleaning. Don’t let spring cleaning overwhelm you - start small and go through any clutter, sorting into piles to use, store, give away and throw away. A good dusting goes a long way too, so be sure to hit all the surfaces with a damp cloth. Shine up mirrors, which will reflect that beautiful spring sunshine to brighten and enlarge the feeling of the room. At Creative Wallcoverings and Interiors, we handle all the details so your home will look its best. For more design tips from CWI, check out our blog at

Feeling adventurous? Dabble in some vibrant shades inspired by the flora and fauna of the season. Love the bright red of blooming tulips? How about the rich blue of the sky at the noon hour? Try picking one thing and paint it that bold color - a single wall, a door, or even a piece of furniture. Watch as the entire room suddenly comes to life.


Mix in light and fresh decor

Making small changes to your home’s decor is a great way to refresh the interior. Window treatments are a great place to start - replace dense fabrics with airy options that beg to blow in the warm breeze. Store away existing rugs and replace with ones that feature bright colors or botanical designs. Dark accent pillows can be replaced with fluffy, colorful options that add life to dated couches and chairs. Seasonal decor changes are simple and can be swapped out year after year.


Bring the feeling of “green” indoors

The buds and blooms of spring are a big reason it’s such an inspirational season, and houseplants are a great tool for awakening that sense of nature and bringing the outdoors inside. Houseplants make any room look more luxurious, and they are natural air cleaners, awakening the senses of spring’s fresh air. Good, low-maintenance indoor houseplants include the peace lily, spider plant and snake plant. Interior decor can also reflect the natural feeling that indoor plants provide. Coordinate pieces that feature nature’s elements, such as a


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April 18 & 23

Hemoglobin A1C Screenings 4/18: 9-11 AM at Berkeley Heights YMCA, 550 Springfield Ave, BH;; 4/23: 10 AM-3 PM at Overlook Downtown, 357 Springfield Ave, Summit; non-fasting finger-stick determines blood sugar levels; test available only to patients with diabetes, those with risk factors or family history of diabetes; registration required; fee $10; call 800247-9580 for information and to sign up


Diabetes Screenings 4/18: 9-11 AM at Berkeley Heights YMCA, 550 Springfield Ave, BH;; 4/23: 10 AM-3 PM at Overlook Downtown, 357 Springfield Ave, Summit; non-fasting finger-stick determines blood sugar levels; registration required; free; call 800-247-9580 for information and to sign up

April 18 & 30

Hearing Screenings 4/18: 8 AM-4 PM at Overlook Medical Center, Audiology Department, 1st Floor, 99 Beauvoir Ave, Summit; 4/30: 10 AM-3 PM at Overlook Downtown, 357 Springfield Ave, Summit; have your hearing tested for potential problems; registration required; free; call 800-247-9580 to sign up

Thursday, April 19

Spring International Film Festival 7-9 PM at Berkeley Heights Public Library, 290 Plainfield Ave, BH; foreign film, TBA, with English subtitles, will be screened; free and open to the public; call 908-4649333 or visit for information

Friday, April 20

Nocturnal Neighbors 7-9 PM at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Ave, Summit; for families with children ages 5+; take a night hike to learn which animals come out when it gets dark, enjoy stories around a campfire; pre-registration required; $7/person/ members, $10/person/non-members; visit or call 908-273-8787 x 1515

Friday Night Out


New Providence

Berkeley Heights

6-9 PM at Berkeley Heights Y, 550 Springfield Ave, BH; for ages 5-10; kids can enjoy pizza, popcorn, a movie, and more; Y members $20/child, non-members $25/child, each additional sibling $10; call 908-464-8373; pre-registration required

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Welcome to our new members & thank you to our renewing members for supporting the Chamber of Commerce

New Members u PuroClean Restoration Services u Aflac u Graham Relf u Respira Salt Wellness Center u Quantum Partners

Renewing Members • Michael A. Katz

• inlingua Language Center

• Margolis Edelstein

• The Richard-Knowles Agency

• Kidding Around Childrenswear

• Bourne, Noll & Kenyon • Junior League of Summit

• Suburban Eye Institute Optometrists

• KCM Contracting

• The ARC of Union County • Pfaltz & Woller, PA

• Merck and Company

• New Providence Board of • Olam Americas, Inc. Education • The Connell Company

• Zadie’s Nurturing Den

Please support our local Merchants & Professionals

April 20-22

For Arts Sake Weekend Special weekend of art and fundraising events at Visual Arts Center of NJ, 68 Elm St, Summit; call 908-273-9121 or visit for information

Saturday, April 21 Dance Recital

The Connection’s Performing Arts Department’s annual spring recital; 10:30 AM, 1 & 3 PM, at Summit Middle School; call 908-273-4242 or visit www. for details

Sunday, April 22

Earth Day at the Arboretum 1-4 PM at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Ave, Summit; activities for the family, crafts, games, refreshments, entertainment; $10/person-$25 max per family/ non-members; $5/person-$10 max per family/members; children under 3 are free; call 908-273-8787 x 1515 or visit

Monday, April 23

Concussion Support Group 7-8 PM in Conference Room 1, Overlook Medical Center, 99 Beauvoir Ave, Summit; student athletes who have had a concussion are invited with their parents to share experiences and learn how concussions can affect cognitive function; free; call 800247-9580

Tuesday, April 24

Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group at SAGE 10 AM at SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St, Summit; group meets fourth Tuesday of every month, offers opportunity for caregivers to discuss issues around caring for Alzheimer’s sufferers; free; for more information, call 908-598-5529 or email

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In The Schools Sponsored by the Suburban Chambers of Commerce Foundation

Summit Students Learn About The Seeing Eye Program First-grade students at Summit’s Lincoln-Hubbard School participated recently in a community service project where they learned about The Seeing Eye program and Seeing Eye dogs. The campaign, called “Pennies for Puppies-Dollars for Dogs,” was a project coordinated by the school’s three first grades as part of the Lincoln-Hubbard PTO’s “L-H Cares” program. Through the L-H Cares program, each grade level at the school organizes a community service project, sets goals for the work they hope to accomplish, tracks the goals, shares information about their project with the rest of the school, and encourages students from other grades to participate. Representatives from The Seeing Eye visited the first graders to introduce the students to two of the dogs and to educate them on the work of the organization. The Seeing Eye trains dogs to serve as guides for the visually handicapped. During the visits, the students saw a video explaining how Seeing Eye dogs are bred, raised, and trained. A student was selected from each group and, by using a blindfold, was invited to experience being led by holding a leash. Inspired by the enthusiasm of the first graders, students at Lincoln-Hubbard School raised more than $700 which they donated to The Seeing Eye organization in Morristown. First graders from Summit’s Lincoln-Hubbard School meet George, a Seeing Eye dog.

Kent Place Middle School Science Expo Showcases Creativity and Innovation Kent Place teachers and parents gathered recently for an evening celebrating scientific exploration. They observed research projects created by Middle School students on display in the Great Room for the annual Science Expo. The expo showcased Power Point and tri-fold board presentations, which examined the “C.O.R.E. of Science.” “Strengthening our C.O.R.E. (Courage, Openmindedness, Reliability, and Enthusiasm) has been a Kent Place Middle School theme this school year and the Science Expo has been an amazing opportunity for the girls to do just that,” explained Middle School science teacher Sarah Shea. Kent Place Upper School students and members of the Science National Honor Society were on hand to support their younger counterparts. They conducted peer reviews,

Kent Place seventh graders Jacqueline Cook of Essex Fells and Sophia Mastrangelo of Summit with their Science Expo project titled “Lego City.”

took pictures and captured live experiments on video. An award ceremony followed the presentations. The sixth grade students addressed the topic “Do You Believe the Hype?” They followed the scientific process to test the validity of a claim by comparing consumer products and experimenting with factors that might change the effectiveness of those products. In the process they learned how to think like scientists: observing, hypothesizing and questioning their surroundings; and they learned the importance of research and data collection. Seventh grade students tackled “Changing Our Future with Environmental Inventions.” They were asked to create an original invention to help with one of the environmental issues that the earth is currently facing. The project was designed to extend their understanding of the conservation of earth’s resources. In the process of creating their inventions, the students learned practical skills regarding electricity, recycling and renewable resources. The eighth grade Expo projects focused on “Science in Your Life.” Students built on their knowledge of the scientific process as they experienced firsthand how science concepts apply to real world situations. “The six week process of the Science Expo allows the girls to practice the skills of a real scientist. Through collaboration, problem solving and use of the scientific process, the girls design, invent and explore topics which help them make connections between science and their everyday lives,” noted Science Department chair Wendy Hall.


Senior Scholar-Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent for Field Hockey, Lacrosse Three Oak Knoll senior scholar-athletes recently signed National Letters of Intent to play collegiate athletics. Sarah Butterfield committed to Georgetown University to play field hockey at left wing. She will be pursuing a degree in business at the Washington DC school. Sarah was also a field hockey team captain for the 2011 season. Shannon Galvin committed to Villanova University in the fall to play lacrosse as a midfielder. She plans to study liberal arts at the Pennsylvania school. Shannon is captain of the Oak Knoll lacrosse team. Katherine Koomar committed to Lehigh University to play field hockey at right back. She plans to study both art and business at the Pennsylvania school. Congratulations to Oak Knoll’s scholar-athletes!

(l-r) Sarah Butterfield, Shannon Galvin, and Katherine Koomar all signed National Letters of Intent to play collegiate athletics in the fall.

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Tuesday, April 24

Gynecological Cancer Support Group at Pathways Noon-1:15 PM at Pathways, at The Connection for Women and Families, 79 Maple St, Summit; free program on 4th Tuesday of each month for women at any stage of diagnosis and treatment; call Michele Visco at 908-273-4242 x 154 or email for information

Towne Club Meets


Monthly luncheon meetings with speakers held on fourth Tuesdays; club is a women’s social organization whose annual fundraiser benefits the rescue squads of Summit, NP, and BH; call 908-464-9259 for more information

“Through the Garden Gates of England” 7:30 PM at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 725 Mountain Ave, Berkeley Heights; a photo tour of some of England’s most magnificent gardens, presented by Regina and Ken Carlson; sponsored by The Gardeners of Watchung Hills; free, open to the public; refreshments served; call 908-665-8072 for more information or email

Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers (Renewal) 7-10 PM in Wallace Auditorium, Overlook Medical Center, 99 Beauvoir Ave, Summit; class renews skills taught in full Basic Life Support course; skills should be renewed every two years to stay current; registration required; fee $60; for information and to sign up, call 908-522-2365

Wednesday, April 25

“Annuities: Pros & Cons” 7:30-8:30 PM at Berkeley Heights Public Library, 290 Plainfield Ave, BH; certified financial planner Eve Kaplan will speak; free and open to the public; call 908-464-9333 for information and to sign up

Thursday, April 26

Using the Power of the Mind to Improve Health 11 AM-12 noon, 3rd floor meeting room at Summit YMCA, 67 Maple St, Summit; holistic healer will teach tools that allow our minds and bodies to relax and release negative emotions to improve health; free and open to all area adults; call Lisa at 908-273-3330 x 1186 for more information

7:30-9:00 PM at Visual Arts Center of NJ, 68 Elm St, Summit; part of the Thursday Evening Salon Series; presented by Laura Winters, Professor of English, College of St. Elizabeth; free but registration is required; call 908-273-9121 or visit

April 26 & 27

Twin Maples Spring Boutique Thursday evening, 7-10 PM at Twin Maples, The Fortnightly Club, 214 Springfield Ave, Summit; cocktails, cooking demos, selected vendors – jewelry, clothing, stationery, candy, children’s wear, spices, oils and kitchenware; Friday, 9 AM-4 PM, event continues; open to the public; call 908-273-1244 for information

Friday, April 27

Seventh Grade Party All About Baseball; 7:30-9:30 PM at Summit YMCA, 67 Maple St, Summit; call 908-273-3330 for information

Healthy Kids Day

Beethoven’s 9th Symphony


New Providence

Saturday, April 28

Berkeley Heights

“Hope & Resiliency in Film”

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11:30 AM-2:30 PM, at Summit YMCA, 67 Maple St, Summit; healthy & fun activities for kids and families; free and open to all; call Sue at 908-273-3330 x 1167 for more information or visit

Sanctuary Concerts Presents “Most Wanted” 8 PM at Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township, 240 Southern Blvd, Chatham; special concert w/ folk artists Julie Gold (“From a Distance”), Amy Speace & Seth Glier; tickets $15, includes coffee and desserts; free parking; call 973-376-4946 or visit

Sunday, April 29

Kundalini Yoga Workshop 1-3:30 PM at Terra Sky Center, 510 Morris Ave, Summit; class suitable for beginners and advanced students; re-registration required, fee charged; call 908-277-1222 or visit 3 PM concert by The Baroque Orchestra of NJ; choral symphony is considered Beethoven’s greatest work; at Dolan Hall, College of St. Elizabeth, 2 Convent Rd, Morristown; tickets $35/$25/$5 for Adults/Seniors/Students (under 22 w/ ID); purchase online at or call 973-366-8922 for information

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Everyone has been looking for signs that the recession is easing, that confidence has been restored in the economy, and that the economy is returning to a more normal state. Construction was hit particularly hard during this period, causing a steep decline in the amount of work available for architects, interior designers, kitchen designers, and others who design buildings. The Summit area has always been a particularly strong market, relatively untouched by many past recessions, but this time it was more substantially affected. You may have noticed the reduction of new additions under construction in your neighborhood, and you may have even noticed that there were far fewer trucks heading home in the contractor rush hour at 4:00 each afternoon. However, for those who like to see signs of an improving economy, one leading indicator might be the workload of The Rosen Group. The architects and interior designers at The Rosen Group are busy working on a variety of exciting projects this spring. Many residential clients who postponed their additions and renovations in recent years are feeling more confident and are now ready to proceed with their projects. The Rosen Group was founded in 1986 and is headed by partners Dave Rosen, Jack Kelly and Tom Conway, each with over 30 years architectural experience. They are complimented by a talented staff of twelve professionals including architects and interior designers. All of the senior members of the staff are LEED accredited and The Rosen Group recently completed Summit’s third LEED Certified building, for the


headquarters of well known Summit builder J.R. Prisco Co. From Fort Lee to Far Hills, The Rosen Group’s current residential projects include numerous home renovations (new kitchens, bathrooms, and basements), seamless additions and alterations, and several vacation homes and beautiful new houses in Summit. Their work, which has been well known locally for years for its high quality of design, thoroughness and service, has been supplemented with an increased emphasis on energy efficiency and practicality. Most of the new projects are filled with smart ways of finding cost effective solutions. And although recognized for their larger designs, they apply the same attention and care to their many smaller, more budget-minded projects. The Rosen Group is also home to a full service interior design team dedicated to creating attractive, personal and functional interiors for residential and commercial clients. Current commercial projects include medical offices, retail space, two local churches and a new restaurant. They are also developing the initial designs for the renovations to the Summit Community Center on Morris Avenue. But if you’re thinking that the Rosen Group is too busy, think again. They would love to hear from you about the goals for improving your home or business. Give them a call at 908-273-6565.

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Sunday, April 29


Concert at Central Church 4 PM at Central Presbyterian Church, 70 Maple St, Summit; Spring Concert: Community Choirs & Orchestra; program includes Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Mass in C Major-Coronation, Bach’s Concerto for Three harpsichords in C Major w/ harpsichordists Jason Asbury, Jason Hicks & Sandor Szabo; part of the CPC Concert Series; donations accepted at the door; call 908-273-0441 or visit www. for more information

Coming in May Mansion in May

The 16th signature Designer Showhouse & Garden fundraiser by the Women’s Association of Morristown Medical Center; proceeds benefit new inpatient hospice and palliative care center at MMC; at Glynallyn, a 32,000 sq ft castle in Morris Township; to volunteer or buy tickets to tour the castle, visit

Tuesday, May 1

Heartsaver Automated External Defibrilator (AED) Course 7-10 PM in Wallace Auditorium, Overlook Medical Center, 99 Beauvoir Ave, Summit; learn CPR/AED and relief of obstructed airways for adults & children; registration required. Fee $50; call 908-522-2365 for information and to register

Thursday, May 3

Special Screening at The Minstrel 7:30 PM at Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown; documentary film “Phil Ochs: There but for Fortune” will be screened, Sonny Ochs will speak; free parking and admission; handicapped accessible; call 973-335-9489 or visit for more information

Purchase at Suburban Chamber of Commerce office 71 Summit Avenue, Summit 908-522-1700


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“Damn Yankees…You Gotta Have Good Design”


New Providence

Berkeley Heights

7:30-9:00 PM at Visual Arts Center of NJ, 68 Elm St, Summit; part of the Thursday Evening Salon Series; presented by Mark Hoebee, Artistic Director, Paper Mill Playhouse; free but registration is required; call 908-273-9121 or visit www.

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May 3 & 10

Job Interview & Networking Workshop 12 noon-1 PM, 3rd floor meeting room at Summit YMCA, 67 Maple St, Summit; free but pre-registration required; learn effective techniques for interviewing and networking strategies; call 908-273-3330 for information and to sign up

Friday, May 4

Ice Cream Social 7-8 PM at Berkeley Heights YMCA, 550 Springfield Ave, BH; make your own sundaes and enjoy some “together” time; goodies provided, along with games and activities; Y members $5/family, non-members $10/family; call 908-464-8373 for information

Phil Ochs Song Night at The Minstrel 8 PM at Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown; Kim & Reggie Harris, Magpie, John Flynn, Greg Greenway and others perform; Phil’s sister Sonny hosts; Friday night concert series is run by The Folk Project; handicapped accessible, free parking; call 973-335-9489 or visit www.folkproject. org for more information

Saturday, May 5

Rock n Reel at Swingin’ Tern 8 PM at First Presbyterian Church Parish Hall, 14 Hanover Rd, East Hanover; special dance night; adults $15, students $19; call 973-295-6864 or visit for more information

Monday, May 7

Chamber Golf Outing Suburban Chamber of Commerce annual Golf Challenge, held at Twin Brooks Country Club; to sponsor a hole, contact 908-522-1700; golfers of all abilities welcome; day includes lunch, golf, cocktails, dinner, etc.; visit www. for more information


Sponsored by the Suburban Chambers of Commerce Foundation

In The Communities

Local Officials Deliver Meals in March for SAGE Eldercare This year during the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA)’s “March for Meals” annual campaign, SAGE Eldercare encouraged local elected officials, police and fire chiefs, as well as other administrators, to spend an hour and a half of their time to deliver meals to local seniors. They got many participants! According to Marianne Kranz, SAGE Eldercare’s Director of Meals on Wheels, “Local officials from Chatham, Millburn, New Providence and Summit and a Union County Freeholder are committed to deliver meals to our clients in March. It is vital that they get a sense of homebound seniors who are often “hidden” from the community. SAGE volunteers are often the only people checking in on these individuals and without the support of local governments and officials we wouldn’t be able to do our job.” Kranz emphasizes that for many homebound seniors, the friendly visit from a Meals On Wheels (MOW) volunteer may be the only contact they have with someone that day. This year, March For Meals also celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the inclusion of Senior Nutrition Programs in the Older Americans Act (OAA). The OAA is the primary piece of federal legislation that authorizes and supports vital nutrition services, both congregate and Meals On Wheels, to Americans age 60 and older.

SAGE’s Meals on Wheels, established in 1966, is the oldest MOW program in New Jersey. In 2011, approximately 500 volunteers delivered 42,593 meals to 268 people in Union County (Berkeley Heights, Mountainside, New Providence, Springfield and Summit), Essex County (Millburn and Short

Chatham Councilwoman Victoria Fife Helps with MOW (l-r) SAGE Eldercare Executive Director, Jessica Rosenzweig, Chatham Borough Councilwoman Victoria Fife and husband, Peter Fife, get ready to deliver meals to area senior residents, as participants in the Meals On Wheels Association of America’s “March For Meals” campaign. For more information on the program, call 908.273.5554 or visit

Continuo Arts Musical Theater Conservatory Holding Auditions The Continuo Arts Foundation is currently holding auditions for singers, actors and dancers, ages 7-18, for its intensive three-week summer musical theater conservatory. The performances include Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and A Rising Star Showcase with Junior and Senior Divisions. The Junior Division Showcase features selections from “Gypsy,” “Annie,” “The Lion King,” “Les Miserables”

and “Oliver.” The Senior Division features numbers from “Wicked,” “The Producers,” “Avenue Q,” “Spamalot,” “Aida,” “The Boy from Oz,” “The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and others. The Conservatory will be held July 2nd to 21st. Rehearsals take place at the Westfield Presbyterian Church and performances are at The Oak Knoll School Campion Center for Performing Arts in Summit. Call 908-264-5324 or visit for more information and to schedule an audition.

Students in performance at last summer’s Continuo Arts Musical Theater Conservatory show


Hills) and Morris County (Chatham Borough and Township). Each weekday, 20-30 volunteers were assigned 14 routes and drove a total of about 200 miles to deliver about 170 meals to 130 clients in the three counties.

Summit City Administrator Participates in “March for Meals” (l-r) Meals On Wheels volunteer Jim Taylor of Summit and Summit City Administrator Chris Cotter set out to deliver meals to area senior residents. The campaign is coordinated by SAGE Eldercare in Summit.

New Providence Councilman Robert Munoz Delivers Meals (l-r) New Providence Councilman Robert Munoz and Meals On Wheels volunteer Dave Keeney of Summit, prepared to deliver meals to New Providence senior residents recently. SAGE volunteers deliver meals to elderly residents in Union, Essex and Morris Counties.

Summit College Club Book Sale is Coming! The annual Summit College Club Book Sale will take place this April 17-22 at the American Legion Post #433, at 357 Elkwood Avenue in New Providence, next to the New Providence Library. Thousands of collectible and used hardback as well as paperback books in good condition will be for sale at unbeatable prices, including fiction, mystery, science fiction, history, biography, cooking, gardening and children’s books. Donations of books in good condition will be accepted by the Summit College Club until April 3rd at Westy Self Storage, 15 River Road in Chatham. (Westy has very generously donated space to store books for the sale.) After April 3rd, books can be brought to the American Legion Post. Sale hours are Tuesday April 17th, 9am to 6pm, pre-sale day for dealers, collectors and

all book lovers, where a $20 admission fee is charged. The sale officially begins, with no admission fee, Wednesday April 18th, continuing on Thursday, April 19th, with sale hours from 10am to 9pm. On Friday & Saturday, April 20th and April 21st, hours are 10am to 6pm, and on Sunday April 22nd, Bag Day, hours are noon to 4pm. The proceeds from the sale are used to provide college scholarships for deserving local girls and women. Since its inception, the Summit College Club has provided hundreds of local high school senior girls with college scholarships, and, through its AAUW affiliation, has provided fellowships to women pursuing graduate level studies.

For more information about donating books, helping with the sale, or becoming a member of Summit College Club, please call 908-464-2540. See you at the sale! Page 21


OYA SOLUTIONS INC, located at 3 Beechwood Road,

Suite 1, in Summit and 817 Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York City, is a trusted source of IT solutions for small to mid-sized businesses as well as home users and the busy on-the-go professional. In operation for ten years, they have remained focused on delivering the best IT services at competitive prices for every business situation or home repair. Headed by Andy Moya, who oversees four employees at the two locations, Moya Solutions provides 24/7 network monitoring, onsite support and instant remote support to their clients. Andy, who started working as a teenager at his uncle’s advertising agency, always liked to tinker and was interested in computers at a young age. He attended Kean University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Large-Scale Information System Processing and learned the details of computer programming, networking and services. “I’ve always wanted to work for myself,” Andy explained, “and computers always fascinated me. When I set up Moya Solutions ten years ago, I initially worked with small and mid-size companies. Since moving to Summit a year ago, I’ve been doing more personal and home business computer and networking work.” Moya Solutions offers on-site service as well as pick-up and drop-off service, to make it easier for their clients. They are also promoting their own “Tech Club” where home customers pay a low monthly fee and then receive service at reduced rates, with free annual tune-ups, 5 GB of online back-up, and

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parts discount included. For their business clients, the service includes a free domain name, website hosting, enterprise class e-mail service, 24/7 system monitoring, a quarterly check-up, a reduced hourly service rate, and offsite data back-up. “We believe in fixing computer issues before they become a problem,” Andy explained. “This way we can increase our clients’ profitability by increasing up time, making their systems more efficient and robust, and providing continual access to their data from anywhere.” For the personal consumer, Moya Solutions offers computer repair, spyware and virus removal, data backup and recovery, wireless router set-up, software and operating system installs and upgrades, media server set-up, memory and computer upgrades, printer installs and support, iPhone/Android/ Blackberry/Palm and other Smartphones support, iPhone repair, and network set-up. Their business services include network and on-site support, help desk services, spyware removal, web hosting, remote support, business class email, network set-up and management, data retrieval and back-ups, memory upgrades, network and phone data cabling, phone system /PBX setup and service, and monthly IT support services. Moya Solutions pretty much can do anything a home user or business would need, with a smile! If you are looking for a trusted IT service provider or just need help with a one-time computer repair, you can feel confident calling Moya Solutions. In Summit, call 908-516-0007; in New York, call 646-918-5238. Or you can email to or visit for more information.



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The Suburban Chamber of Commerce held its second annual Tying the Communities Together awards event on March 22 at The Grand Summit Hotel in downtown Summit. The 6 PM reception

was followed by an Awards Dinner, which was well attended by many who came to honor the award recipients.

Six awards were presented and the honorees, nominated by their peers from the surrounding communities and area businesses, received beautiful, personally engraved glass bowls. Both individuals and business firms were nominated. The President’s Award was presented to the Hon. Jordan Glatt, immediate past Mayor of Summit. McGrath’s Hardware, in New Providence, received the Beautification Award. Investor’s Bank, with branches in Summit, New Providence, Berkeley Heights, and Short Hills, was honored with The Business of the Year award. The Public Service Award went to the Hon. Jon Bramnick, Assemblyman from New Jersey’s 21st Assembly District. The winner of the Public Service Organization award was the Summit Area YMCA, represented by Donna Miller, Chair, and Darrell Johnson, CEO. And the Silver Service Award went to Karen Olson, Executive Director of Family Promise in Summit.

esterday and Today...A Fine Residence YStill Presides

John Rosellini, Jr., current Chairman of the Suburban Chamber of Commerce said, “The Suburban Chamber of Commerce, which serves the communities of Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights, is proud to honor these prominent individuals and companies for their dedication and far-reaching efforts in their communities.”

As one of Summit’s fine historical homes, well sited on a prime northside location, this handsome Shingle Style Colonial Revival Hobart Avenue home is steeped in rich local history going back more than a century. According to historical records, Hobart Avenue first appears on an 1879 map between Springfield Avenue and Morris Turnpike. Before this, the area was called “a hunters’ paradise.” An issue of The Summit Herald in 1916 described Hobart Avenue as “the choicest residential area in the city.” The June 14th, 1890, edition of The Summit Record described the plans for the building of a home for


completion the following fall. The property was purchased by Mr. Francis S. Phraner, a successful Brooklyn businessman. Designed by architects Stephenson & Green for Mr. Phraner, the home became known as the Phraner Residence for many years. Mr. Phraner became active in Summit’s community life, serving as a member of Common Council in 19161917, a founder of the Kent Place School, and an elder of Central Presbyterian Church. Business, academic and religious leaders were frequently entertained in the home. One of his daughters, Mary S. Phraner, was inspired by these dinner conversations to travel to faraway places such as China and Europe. In Paris, she found a warm and lasting friendship with Ernest Hemingway and his wife. In her youth, Mary was a familiar sight riding her horse through the oak woodlands and open fields surrounding her Hobart Avenue home. For many years, she kept an apartment in New York City where she studied during the winter. She spent summers at the Hobart Avenue residence tending to her gardens. In later years, she stayed in Summit year round, where every morning before seven she was seen walking into town to buy her newspaper. With Mary’s death in 1978, a significant chapter

in Summit history came to a close, for Miss Phraner was not only the last of a family who had contributed much to the development of Summit, but she also was one of the exceptional 19th century women who combined the tradition of gentle reserve with the active independence of 20th century intellectualism. The present-day owners are the only other family to live in the house, having purchased the home in 1978 after Mary Phraner’s death. Today, many of the outstanding architectural elements of this Grand Dame have been preserved, as befits its 1890 heritage, along with the commanding street presence inherent in turn-of-the-century shinglestyle Colonial Revival style homes. The residence possesses solid ‘architectural bones’ and a classic center hall floor plan, with high ceilings, abundant decorative fireplaces, herringbone hardwood floors, distinctive fluted trims and solid paneled doors. A sizeable carriage house/two-car garage on the home’s 1+ acre property once housed horses and their carriages, and includes a caretaker’s apartment above with a large living area, two bedrooms and a bath. A front pedimented porch across the façade lends grandeur, while a screened porch off the rear takes in the wooded surrounds and summer breezes of what was once a hunters’ paradise.

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Here & There….

Joe Steiner


Former Mayor Jordan Glatt, McGrath’s Hardware, investors Bank, Summit Area YMCA, Karen Olson (Family Promise), and Assemblyman Jon Bramnick – What a wonderful set of honorees were recognized last week at the Suburban Chamber of Commerce’s “Tying the Communities Together” Service Awards Dinner at The Grand Summit Hotel! A crowd of over 160 people saluted each of these outstanding individuals, businesses and organizations for their work in improving the quality of life in the three communities of Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights that the Chamber serves. UNION COUNTY MEANS BUSINESS: The County’s Chambers of Commerce, economic development agencies and the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, led by Alexander Mirabella, have joined forces on an initiative to educate businesses on various topics. Two major networking breakfasts were recently held and four more seminar events are planned for the year. Major sponsors for the events have included Summit’s own Merck, which recently hosted over 250 business leaders at the Summit Campus. FIRST FRIDAY continues to be a very popular destination on the business networking landscape. If you are doing business in our area, feel free to drop in on any “First Friday” Breakfast Meeting at 8 AM at The Grand Summit Hotel. You’ll find a lot of folks ready to network and a speaker you’ll be talking about for days to come, as well as a delicious continental breakfast. GOLF CHALLENGE means many things, and getting back on the golf course is one of them. The Suburban Chamber of Commerce is once again sponsoring its annual Golf Outing, this year on May 7 at Twin Brooks Country Club. Sponsorships are still available and foursomes are always welcome. Get a group together, enjoy a great day of golf on a lovely course in Watchung, have lunch, cocktails, and dinner, win prizes, network, and help raise funds for the Suburban Chamber of Commerce! Thanks, Joe Steiner President / Secretary Suburban Chamber of Commerce

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The Collection 2012 Spring Edition  

The Collection magazine of fine goods and services

The Collection 2012 Spring Edition  

The Collection magazine of fine goods and services