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TABLE of CONTENTS MARCH 2023 6 In the Vicinity 8 Local Heroes 8 Teens Start Organization to Offer Free Tutoring Services 9 WITH Grace Initiative Supports Children with Cancer 15 Ethical Mattress Offers an All Natural Sleep Environment 16 Home Pros Resource Directory 18 Summer Camp 2023 Spotlights 20 COVER STORY House of Dezign Fosters Fashion Designers of All Ages 24 JBWS Safety, Support & Solutions for Abuse 25 SPECIAL SECTION Women in Business 2023 36 Restaurant Guide 38 Diamond Minds When Faith Meets Fear MARCH 2023 VOL. 23 NO. 2
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Summit Author Releases Second Book

Rebecca Gardyn Levington, of Summit, has a beautiful, rhyming picture book coming out in March called, Whatever Comes Tomorrow, illustrated by Mariona Cabassa (Barefoot Books). The book, which was inspired by Rebecca’s own struggle with anxiety, “reassures readers that they have the resilience and strength to face whatever comes their way.” She says that she has noticed many kids dealing with uncertainty and worries today, and hopes her book offers them hope and support. In fact, in the back of the book, readers will find exercises for managing worries. The book, which is geared toward children ages 4-9, “offers gentle wisdom applicable to both children and adults.” Rebecca is also the author of Brainstorm!, which encourages imagination and creativity, and comes with writing prompts to inspire young readers to write. Rebecca’s books can be purchased anywhere books are sold. Learn more at

Short Hills Resident Helps People with Eye Issues See Better

Tejal Rana Kamdar of Short Hills is an eyecare physician who specializes in making custom contact lenses that involve taking a mold of one’s eyeball called EyePrintPro. She says these lenses “change the lives” of people with complicated eye problems. The impression that is taken replicates all of the irregularities of the front part of the eye called the cornea. Dr. Rana creates lenses for people who suffer from conditions such as severe dry eyes, keratoconus, corneal transplants, astigmatism, post Lasik ectasia, and many other conditions. She starts by taking an impression of the eye with a special clay, which she says is much like the type of impression a dentist would take. She then sends the impressions to a lab, which creates the lenses. Dr. Rana says, “I am so grateful and fortunate to help people enhance the quality of life by providing these type of lenses that will allow them to see the world better.”

Local Kids Take Home Gold Medals at Prestigious 24th Annual American Table Tennis Teams Tournament

Ateam of three school-aged children, Oishani Mukherjee, grade four of Livingston, Vivian Guan, third grade of Millburn, and Evelyn Chen, grade eight of Whippany, recently won first place in Division 16 of the 24th annual American Table Tennis Teams Tournament, that was sponsored by Joola, and took place in Washington, D.C. There were 300 teams, with over 1,000 players, of all levels, competing in the three-day competition. The girls, who train at the Matchpoint Table Tennis Center at Whippany, played 20 matches each, which was 12 hours of play a day for three days. Oishani, who trains three times a week, says she “loves the adrenaline rush of competing and playing matches with different players and winning.” Vivian, who trains four times a week says she “had a lot of fun and enjoyed winning the matches.” Evelyn, who trains for three hours and 30 minutes a week says, “It was very hard to believe it at first, but I was very happy to win my first gold medal.”

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The three girls and their coaches at the table tennis tournament

Long Hill First Graders Participate in Reading Challenge

Stacie Holzinger’s 1st grade class at Gillette Elementary School in Long Hill has surpassed its goal of reading 1,000 books by June in the Tower of Books Reading Challenge. In January, the 6- and 7-year-olds had already read over 1,600 books. Stacie says the new goal is 2,000. “This has been a lot of fun,” says Stacie. “The kids are super thrilled with their accomplishments and are really enthusiastic about the reading challenge.” She says they are reading everything from picture books to chapter books and everything in between. Some read on their own and some read with their parents. Regardless as to their reading level, all of the students are having a blast participating in the reading challenge. Stacie says that next year, the whole grade will join in on the challenge, with a goal of reading 5,000 books by June.

Fundraiser Benefiting Experience Camps for Grieving Children to Run Through April

Experience Camps will be hosting the Day of Champions, a familyfriendly field day event at Camp Riverbend, in Warren, on June 4th. The event will be the culminating celebration to a fundraiser that the public is invited to support through April. The monies raised benefit Experience Camps, a nonprofit that transforms the lives of grieving children through summer camp programs and innovative, year-round initiatives. The day will comprise of 20 teams of 12-20 people, ages 5+ who will fundraise for the Experience Camps. Fundraising can start at any time. Jennifer Hetrick Lawrence, a Division Head at Camp Riverbend says, “I am hopeful this will become a yearly fundraiser. It is a great experience that will bring joy and relief to many kids through the joys of summer camp.” To support go to:

Berkeley Heights Education Foundation (BHEF) Grants Student’s Educational Wishes

Each year, the BHEF offers teachers and administrators the opportunity to apply for grants that support innovative programs and supplement technology and equipment in its public schools. In 2022, the BHEF kicked off a “Student GrantA-Wish” program where all district students were invited to submit a request to have their “wish” granted. One wish was selected from a student at each of Berkeley Heights’ six schools. This year’s winning projects included an elementary school Environmental Day program, a school garden bird feeder, a Gaga pit, VR goggles, a 3D printer for the middle school STEM program, and funding for the Environmental Club to install LED light bulbs throughout the high school. The overall district winning project was a telescope to be used in conjunction with a new astronomy program at the town’s public library. BHEF grants are made possible due to the generous support of community families and businesses.

If you or someone you know in Essex/Morris County is doing something interesting, send an email to

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The 3D printer for the middle school STEM program, one of the requests in the Berkeley Heights Education Foundation’s “Student Grant-AWish” program.

Teens Start Organization to Offer FREE TUTORING SERVICES

Three teens, two high school seniors at Academy for Allied Health Sciences, who are from New Providence, Anuva Yonzon, and Rafay Niazi, and Neil Pandey, an 11th grader at Newark Academy, who is from Basking Ridge, have founded a tutoring organization called NJ Academic Resources Alliance (NARA), which offers free tutoring to students in elementary school and middle school who reside in many local towns.

They founded NARA in 2020, during the pandemic, with a goal of leveling the playing field for all students who need tutoring. Their mission is to offer free extra academic support to students in need, and their tagline on their website is “Education Without Expense.”

“We feel that education and potential shouldn’t be limited by economics, so we do it for free,” says Anuva.

The teens look at NARA as offering two-way learning. The students get tutored, and the tutors learn from the experience of interacting with students and their parents. “The families have been very welcoming, and we see our students as family,” says Neil.

Right now, there are 37 tutors at NARA offering help in all subjects. They tutor one-on-one remotely and have sessions daily. In addition, the tutors create unique educational plans/curriculums for their students.

NARA’s vision is to become a national organization that helps all students in need. In addition, the teens hope that NARA will become an organization that provides opportunities for young people to volunteer to create change, and that NARA becomes a valuable asset for students who need support.

“We feel pretty good about what we are doing, and we are part of NARA because it is something we believe in,” says Rafay.

To sign up for tutoring, or to be a tutor, go to

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NARA’s founders: (left-right) Neil Pandey, Anuva Yonzon, and Rafay Niazi
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WITH Grace Initiative Supports Children with Cancer

Fourteen-year-old cancer survivor Grace Eline, of Long Hill Township, is determined to be the voice for kids with cancer. She gives back whenever she can and actually began supporting pediatric cancer charities before she was even diagnosed at nine, in 2018, with a Germinoma, which is a rare brain tumor. Her mother, Aubrey, says that as a child, for her birthday, Grace always asked for donations to St. Jude instead of gifts. In addition, while she was sick, Grace didn’t let her cancer get her down; rather, she continued to give back to others even through her fight. She says, “It was healing to give back.” Once Grace was in remission two years later, she started the WITH Grace Initiative.

The WITH Grace Initiative was created to make an impact by supporting pediatric cancer research initiatives and families when they need it most. Wanting no one to feel alone, the Initiative connects and supports pediatric cancer warriors. Through the organization, Grace collects supplies and gifts to give to less fortunate cancer families nationally, reaching 16 states to date, so they can focus on the fight. She also works to gather funds to support pediatric cancer research initiatives and provide cancer family support.

Grace actively drives awareness for the need for pediatric cancer funding “so no one else has to feel the pain of this disease.” One of the main goals of the WITH Grace Initiative is to impress upon the government the need for less toxic treatments and side effects for children “because as young people, those in remission have long lives ahead of them,” explains Grace. In fact, the teen has advocated at the state and federal level for bills to help children with cancer.

The WITH Grace Initiative also hosts fundraisers to raise money for pediatric cancer research. This year, there are plans for a virtual wine tasting, a dance-a-thon, and a mini golf tournament. The Initiative also sponsors free family photo shoots.

“We inspire acts of kindness towards others with Grace,” says Grace, who also hosts virtual get-togethers with kids in treatment or survivorship to make them feel connected, cared about, and to let them know they are not alone. Grace says doing these Zoom calls was especially important during COVID when everyone, particularly cancer patients and survivors, was feeling isolated.

Grace boasts an impressive resume for someone so young. In late 2022, Grace was honored during NJ Devils Hockey Fights Cancer night, for being a true inspiration. In 2019, she was honored at the State of the Union address by President Trump who used her story to encourage Congress to support a $500 million increase in funding for childhood cancer research. In addition, Grace travels to be a keynote speaker at both national and international corporate meetings and association conferences.

Grace’s mom Aubrey says, “Grace was always an old spirit. She is the voice for the ones who are no longer here and for the ones still in the fight.”

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Pictured here, from left, are Grace Eline and her mom, Aubrey Eline, who lead

8th Annual Pasta Dinner & Basket Raffle

The Community Service Association of New Providence (CSA), together with the New Providence Lions Club, will host a fun, family-friendly that includes a feast of pasta, salad, and dessert.

The Community Service Association of New Providence is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which provides temporary assistance to New Providence residents with financial needs. This could mean helping a family or individual with medical bills, paying utility bills or rent, supplying food, and more. The CSA also works with New Providence’s Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts and Faith Lutheran Church on the annual, town-wide Scouting for Food drive and the new LINC Food Pantry started by New Providence High School students.

“We are excited to bring back the Pasta Dinner & Basket Raffle for the first time since 2020,” said CSA President Thomas Montrone. “We hope people will come out to enjoy a delicious meal and try to win terrific prize baskets for a great cause,” he continued.

Sunday, March 26, 3-7pm

DeCorso Community Center 15 East Fourth Street, New Providence

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Musical Production

The West Orange High School drama department will present the Musical “Grease.’ Travel back to 1959 and join star-crossed Sandy, Danny, and the students of Rydell High as they sing about “Summer Lovin’”, “Greased Lightnin’,” and “Those Magic Changes,” along with all the other songs you know and love. Join us this spring as the West Orange High School Drama Department will perform one of the world’s most popular musicals, Grease!

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Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1, 7pm Sunday, April 2, 2pm

Summit Symphony Orchestra

The Summit Symphony Orchestra, celebrating 84 years of free concerts in Summit, continues its season with Music Director Michael Avagliano who will lead the orchestra in performances of Tchaikovsky’s Slavonic March, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Ballade, and Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

The Summit Symphony has been providing free orchestral concerts for the Summit area since 1938.

Sunday, March 26, 2pm

Summit High School

125 Kent Place Boulevard, Summit

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Ride the Easter Bunny Express!

For over 30 years the Museum has been welcoming the thousands of families who come to Whippany to celebrate the return of Spring with this fun-themed train ride through Morris County! The Easter Bunny and helpers will be on board the train greeting everyone during the 45-minute round-trip ride along the historic Whippanong Trail.

Your train ride experience departs from and returns to the Whippany Railway Museum site in Whippany. Guests enjoy the comfort of heated passenger coaches as the Bunny makes his way through the cars to visit with you and your children. Kids are sure to be delighted when they receive a special gift from the Easter Bunny while riding aboard this memorable train. Guest will ride on one of the Easter Bunny premium club cars:

Subscription Club Car: “Lackawanna No. 2454”—Surround yourself with the grandeur of another era onboard the award-winning Lackawanna Subscription Club Car No. 2454, which radiated

elegance on a train once known as ‘The Millionaire’s Express’ that operated between Hoboken Terminal and Gladstone.

Club Car: “Jersey Coast”—The Central Railroad of New Jersey club car ‘Jersey Coast’ is a beautifully-restored car that features all the amenities offered by the CNJ’s deluxe ‘Blue Comet’ passenger train of the 1930s. ‘The Blue Comet’ ran between Jersey City and Atlantic City, and the striking paint scheme of cream and blue reminds one of a comet streaking through space.

Coach Car: Our standard “Dieseliner” coaches may look modern, but they are historic in their own right. Still in service at Whippany over a half-century since they were constructed, you can enjoy a relaxing ride onboard these cars that once conveyed commuters to Hoboken Terminal from 1970 through the early2000s.

This is a limited-time event, and the rides usually sell out early, so advance online reservations are strongly recommended!

Sunday, March 26; Saturday, April 1; Sunday, April 2; Saturday, April 8 1, 2, 3 & 4pm

Whippany Railway Museum, Railraod Plaza, Whippany 973-887-8177

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Fifth Annual Summit Repair Cafe 2

023 marks Summit Repair Cafe’s fifth year of hosting repair events. Each event has diverted an average of 480 pounds of beloved but broken items from entering the landfill. Repair services available at this event will include sewing/textiles, lamps, computers, clocks, woodworking, knife sharpening and bicycles. To allow all patrons to have the opportunity for repair, repairs are limited to 2 total items per person.

Replacement parts for lamps and clocks will be available for an at-cost fee. Please only bring items that you can carry into our event unaided. No appointment is necessary!

Summit Repair Cafe events are co-sponsored by the Summit Area Green Faith Circle and Repair Cafe Garden State.

Saturday, March 25, 11am-3pm

(last items accepted for repair 2:30pm)

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Ethical Mattress Offers an All Naturel Sleep Environment

If you’re in the market for a new mattress, you may want to make Ethical Mattress in Millburn the first stop of your shopping experience. Shop owner Bryan Umiker, a sleep industry veteran of twenty years, aims to ‘change the world one mattress at a time’ by offering mattresses, pillows, and bedding distinctly different from most on the market.

“People don’t realize the vast majority of mattresses in the marketplace are made predominantly from petroleum-based foams and petro-chemicals,” Umiker explains. “The mattresses we offer, however, are made of sustainably sourced, certified organic materials to provide a natural and toxin-free sleep surface from crib mattresses on up to twin, full, queen and king.”

In addition to being toxin-free, the mattresses feature high quality construction. Beds are made by Shifman, a manufacturer of two-sided luxury mattresses that are handmade in Newark, and also the Natural Dreams brand, a competitively priced line

of Greenguard certified mattresses made in North Brunswick that Umiker says is comparable to brands like Avocado and Naturepedic.

At its 2200-sq.-ft. storefront, prospective clients can view thirteen mattress installations, including a nursery and youth section, along with a selection of pillows, toppers, protectors and sheets. In business since just December of 2022, customers are impressed, says Umiker, by the store’s calm and peaceful ambience and spacious installations. “I’ve been told it feels very warm, residential.” Ethical Mattresses’ commitment to recycling replaced mattresses is a popular service, too, giving clients the ability to also change the world one mattress at a time.

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387 Millburn Avenue, Millburn | 973-250-6104

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Home Entertainment.

Pelican Shops has what you need and want in hot tubs, above ground swimming pools & pool supplies, patio furniture, BBQ grills, watersport equipment including stand up paddle boards & kayaks, or gaming room items such a pool tables, ping pong tables & foosball tables. Pelican is the east coast’s premier supplier of ski & snowboard equipment and winter clothing & outerwear.

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Interior Design.

For almost 50 years, CWI Design has been transforming interior spaces of all shapes and sizes. From start to finish, you can trust them to manage the entire process— from concept and design detailing to material selection and implementation.

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Kitchen & Bath Remodeling.

Robinwood Kitchens has been family owned and operated since 1976. Their services include kitchen and bath design, cabinetry and countertop sales, installation, and project management. They also specialize in cabinet refacing in wood using high quality products and experienced installers. Robinwood Kitchens will work within your budget to create the most aesthetically pleasing living space possible.

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560 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights | 908-665-5900


CLC Landscape Design is an award-winning landscape architecture and landscape construction firm. For over 40 years CLC Landscape Design has been the preeminent design/build landscape firm. With a vast knowledge of landscape design concepts and material options, they tailor each of our landscapes to meet the unique style of each of our clients.

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Mattress & Bedding.

The Ethical Mattress Co. sells exceptionally well-made mattresses for a better night’s sleep, and all of them are naturally and sustainably sourced for a better world. Changing the world, one mattress at a time.

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Pool Builders.

Classic, rustic, modern, or eclectic, The Pool Boss offers a complete outdoor design service to turn your vision into a reality. A beautifully landscaped inground pool can be your personal oasis to refresh and invigorate in.

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West Orange Restaurant Week

Celebrate the flavors of the unique and diverse restaurants of West Orange through special menus and offers. Support your favorite places and discover some new ones too!

Whether it’s along a waterfront, with a view of the NYC skyline, or at a cozy table, enjoy a meal at one of our awardwinning restaurants of every kind of cuisine. Don’t have time for a sit-down meal? Grab a quick sweet or savory bite from one of our local food influencers and cafes!

Sunday, March 19-Saturday, March 25

Chatham Book Sale

The Friends of the Library of the Chathams is preparing for its annual book sale with a Friends member only pre-sale on Friday, March 10, 4:30-7:30pm. Memberships in the Friends are available for $10.

On Saturday, March 11 the book sale will begin at 9:30am and will continue until 4pm. It will feature over 40,000 gently used books of all kinds—children’s, teens’, adult, rare and collectible, cookbooks, records, puzzles and games. There will be something for everyone! For a $25 fee book dealers can gain early admission from 7:30-9:30am.

On Sunday, March 12 there will be a sale at $10 a bag from 10am-4pm. The bag sale will continue from Monday, March 13 to Wednesday, March 15 from 10am-4pm.

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Summer Camp 2023 SPOTLIGHTS

YMCA Camp Mason

23 Birch Ridge Road, Hardwick 908-362-8217

Age Groups: 8-16

At YMCA Camp Mason, we say Camp Counts because our camp experience is transformative, helping build the skills and values kids need to grow and thrive. For more than 120 years, YMCA Camp Mason has welcomed campers to be a part of our caring, diverse, inclusive community. We strive for excellence, relevance and innovation and believe that every child deserves the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Our proven programs and caring, trained counselors engage and encourage young people and deliver meaningful and memorable experiences year after year. We could go on and on about the benefits of YMCA Camp Mason, but our campers say it best!

“I made so many new friends and now I know I can do anything!” – 14-year-old

Our schedule allows campers to try new things and improve their skills while developing confidence, gaining a sense of independence, having fun and making lifelong friends.

“I come to camp for all of the great activities.” – 13-year-old

On our 500-acre natural campus, we offer archery, swimming in our Olympic size outdoor heated pool, boating, arts and crafts, drama, music, a climbing tower, zipline, dance, digital photography and movie making, basketball and court sports, a skate boarding park, mountain biking, hiking, aerial silks and countless other activities. Campers can even sign up for FREE off-site trips to explore the fantastic natural surroundings of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, less than 10 minutes from our camp. There is something for everyone!

“At camp I can be myself.” – 9-year-old

98% of parents report that their child felt a sense of belonging at camp, and 93% indicated their child’s self-image improved. We connect youth with positive role models who teach and live our values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, integrity and inclusion.

Summer Camp Fashion Design

Workshops for Teens at House of Dezign

House of Dezign | 11B Roosevelt Avenue, Chatham 973-908-3575 |

Is your teen interested in fashion design? This summer, House of Dezign is offering unparalleled one-week educational and fun summer camp design workshops for teens ages 13 to 17 through carefully curated lessons that ensure each participant succeeds. In addition, a 3-week portfolio workshop is being offered for teens who are looking to create portfolios or get a head start for school or college. Each week-long session combines individualized and class instruction to ensure teens get the attention they need to make successful fashions. All participants learn how to create evolving mood boards and fashion designing as well as pattern making and draping. They also work with different textiles to create wearable garments and accessories. Participants learn to stitch fabric by hand and by using a sewing machine. And they learn to appreciate the rich history and culture of fashion, as well as the economic value.

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Summer Camp for Equestrians

Seaton Hackney Stables, Loantaka Brook Reservation 440 South St, Morristown | 973-644-3355

Seaton Hackney Stables offers a unique and unforgettable summer camp experience for young equestrians ages 5 to 17. It combines the great outdoors with education, horseback riding and fun. Our campers ride 2-3 times daily, either during lessons or lunging sessions, on trail rides, or Equisthenics. Campers also learn basic safety, grooming, tacking and barn management skills.

In addition, campers receive daily badges for achievements in many areas including equine breeds, colors and markings, equine health and first aid, braiding and show grooming, careers in the industry (demonstrations by vet and farrier), harness driving and other exciting horsemanship matters.

We offer am, pm and full day, weekly camp sessions. Summer camp runs all summer long until Labor Day. Visit for more information.

Musical Theatre Conservatory

Broadway Boot Camp

973-868-6259 |

Age Groups: Ages 7-18

July 5-22 (Final Show in NYC!) Monday–Friday, 9:15am–3:45pm

At Musical Theatre Conservatory, “Theatre for Life” is more than just a motto; it is their guiding philosophy. Through their Broadway Boot Camp, children get the opportunity to bring this philosophy to life.

Broadway Boot Camp teaches children the skills they need to actually get on stage and do what they love. MTC students work with theatre professionals, who are committed to giving every child the solid foundation they need to be the best performer they can be. Each day, students will enjoy a rotating schedule that includes: Voice, Acting, Theatre Dance, Hip Hop, Song Interpretation, Comedy Improvisation, Stage Combat, TV & Commercial Acting, Audition T`echniques, Make-Up, and Production Rehearsal. The program ends with a “splash” with their annual Luau Pool Party! In just three weeks, students are guided from classes to rehearsals culminating in a costumed, cabaret-style show, produced by theatre professionals. Students also have the chance to meet with agents and Broadway actors to get the inside scoop on working in theatre, film, and television. This year the final shows will be in NJ and NYC!

Outdoor Pool - Skatepark - Archery - Boating - FREE Daily Trip Options Campers/Staff from Around the Globe - Ropes Courses - Nature Program Affordable Rates - Horseback Riding - Arts & Crafts - Much, Much More! 908.362.8217 YMCA CAMP MASON Register today at Located in NW NJ, adjacent to the Delaware Water Gap PHONE FREE FUN! MAKE LIFELONG FRIENDS BUILD CONFIDENCE DISCOVER ADVENTURE EXPLORE NATURE Seaton Hackney STABLES 440 South Street, Morristown, 973-644-3355 Equestrian Summer Camps! Register before March 15th for a 10% EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT – Riding Lessons — Petite Equestrian Program • Troop & Badge Programs Trail Rides • IEA Team • Team Building/Birthday Parties March 2023 19
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HOUSE of DEZIGN Fosters Fashion Designers of

All Ages

The Chatham-based design school offers programs for beginners and beyond

In the heart of Chatham, budding fashion designers eagerly take notes amidst the sound of humming sewing machines. At the House of Dezign fashion academy, students learn how to work through every stage of the design process for a well-rounded education that encourages creativity.

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House of Dezign founder, Roya Ranjbar, dreamed of having a fashion career early in childhood. After completing a sevenyear fashion program, Ranjbar went on to work with many fashion brands. Now, she’s fostering the growth of several generations of designers. “I’m eager to share my passion for and extensive experience with fashion to inspire young, creative minds,” said Ranjbar. “My classes allow learners to explore and develop their ideas in a safe, nurturing, calm, and focused environment.”

The courses at House of Dezign are designed with the success of its students in mind, with clear, easy-to-follow, yet thorough instructions. Throughout the various programs, students will learn fundamental skills from developing moodboards and sketching ideas to pattern making and

sewing their own garments. These courses also delve into fashion history and etiquette to bolster students’ background knowledge.

House of Dezign has a broad range of programs to choose from. One-on-one private lessons are available to students of all ages and skill levels. For kids ages six through 12, there is a “Dezign with Me” class that includes the child and a caregiver, as well as a Basics of Sewing program and a one-week kids’ summer camp! Teens ages 13 through 17 have programs including Basics of Sewing levels one and two; a oneweek summer fashion workshop; and a two-week portfolio development. For adults, additional classes include a BYOB Sip & Sew event, as well as a course that guides designers on upcycling (taking existing garments and re-imagining them).

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Importantly, the courses at House of Dezign are not just for those hoping to pursue a career in fashion design. All lovers of fashion (or creating) are welcome! “Fashion design is about releasing and cultivating your creative spirit,” said Ranjbar. “It’s a safe place for anyone to express themselves.”

If you’re interested in signing up for classes or learning more, House of Dezign offers online enrollment.

House of Dezign

11B Roosevelt Ave., Chatham | 973-908-3575 | @house_of_dezign

is excited to offer unique party themes… BACHELORETTE PARTIES

Celebrate your special day with a sewing themed event that is guaranteed to be a good time! Participants will design and sew special undergarments…these ‘personal creations’ are only limited by your imagination and are sure to be memorable by all attendees. The staff will help to create the theme and provide all materials, beverages and staffing needed to make this an unforgettable event.


Set your own trend by bringing friends and family to a Sweet Sixteen Sew-Along. The guest of honor and attendees will choose from two themes: triangular leather zipper pouch or a corset belt. You and your guests will learn how to use a sewing machine (no experience necessary) and have the time of their lives.


Children of all ages can enjoy their birthday with a fashion and design themed activity of either a fashion show, fashion illustration or design it yourself. Guests will leave in awe of the endless possibilities and will take home their very own creation.

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Safety, Support & Solutions for Abuse

Everyone knows someone who is currently experiencing abuse. It does not discriminate. Abuse can happen to anyone without regard to age, gender, sexual orientation, race, or socio-economic status. Since one in four women and one in seven men suffer from intimate partner abuse, you likely have a story of your own to tell.

In 1976, the problem was even worse, albeit unaddressed, due to the stigma around domestic violence. However, a small group of women decided that enough was enough. With nothing more than a few resources and a relentless sense of determination, these women set up shelters within their own homes to support survivors of domestic violence. It was in these informal, communal spaces that JBWS began.

they think their relationship is unhealthy, their empathetic staff is there. Moments after an incidence of abuse is reported to police, members of JBWS’ Crisis Response Team are at the hospital or police department offering critical access to resources.

When a survivor leaves their home in the middle of the night, they are welcomed into JBWS’ Emergency Safe House Shelter. If a person requires additional assistance, they may enter JBWS’ Transitional Living Program. With 11 fully furnished apartments, the Transitional Living Program enables survivors to receive long-term residential assistance and access to counseling, case management, life skills training, services for children, and assistance finding permanent housing.

As they process their experience with abuse, JBWS offers numerous counseling groups to help them heal. When it’s time to face their abusive partner in court, JBWS is at the survivor’s side offering legal advocacy and support through the JBWS-led Morris Family Justice Center.

Today, JBWS is a non-profit agency that offers safety, support, and solutions to all people impacted by domestic violence. When someone calls JBWS’ 24-Hour Helpline (1-877-782-2873) because

However, JBWS doesn’t just respond to abuse, they work to prevent it through community education and abuse intervention programs. The Dating Abuse Prevention Program educates teenagers and young adults about dating abuse while the JBWS-led Jersey Center for Non-Violence provides counseling to people who use abuse in their relationships. Through this counseling, they are able to stop the intergenerational cycle of abuse, change their behavior, and end domestic violence at its source.

All this is possible because a group of women decided that they were going to make a difference in their community. The collective strength of those few women is the reason that JBWS has answered more than 230,000 calls to its helpline, counseled or shelter more than 115,000 families, and educated well over 490,000 teenagers and young adults about dating abuse in just over 45 years.

Help is always within reach whether it be remotely or in person.


P.O. Box 1437, Morristown 1-877-782-2873

Breaking ground at the Carol G. Simon Transitional Living Resource Center that houses the Transitional Living Program
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The JBWS staff pose for a photo during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

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Contributing Writers: Cynthia Burns, Sue Baldani, Janis Hashe, Christine Maxwell, Jackie Schatell
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Amira Patel, DMD

Amrita Patel, DMD, practices general dentistry at The Silverstrom Group in Livingston, which is a full-service dental practice with a twist – all dental specialists practice under one roof and patients are able to receive treatment for their teeth, bone and gums all in one location. This means that aside from seeing a general dentist, patients are also able to see an oral surgeon, periodontist, and an endodontist.

“Not only can we provide all aspects of dentistry under one roof, but we truly pride ourselves in HOW we make our patients feel,” says Dr. Patel, who has been a staff member since 2021. “We take pride in the fact that our patients have the

The Silverstrom Group

choice to see any other dentist, but they trust US with the care of their oral health.”

From the nurturing spa-like environment to the calming ambiance, the practice caters to people of all ages and boasts advanced technology, highly trained staff members, a relaxation room, and a complimentary café area.

The Silverstrom Group offers a multitude of services including cosmetic dentistry, facial aesthetics, general dentistry, same-day dentistry, sedation dentistry, emergency dentistry, tongue thrust, and orofacial myofunctional therapy as well as cleanings, crowns, bridges, veneers, mouth makeovers, implants, root canals, extractions, surgical procedures including

bone grafts, sinus lifts, gum contouring and so much more.

Dr. Patel, who received her dental degree from Boston University, not only offers general dentistry services, she is also certified to offer Invisalign. She says she loves what she does, and that she gets to spend a lot of time with her patients. Dr. Patel has a light-hearted approach and likes to make patients feel as comfortable as possible.

“I like to make my patients laugh and smile when they are in my chair,” she says. “In addition, I treat all of my patients like they are part of my family.”

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973-992-3990 |

As the owner and senior interior designer of Creative Wallcoverings and Interiors (CWI), Rachel Kapner has been helping clients fall in love with the spaces in their homes for over 20 years. This passion, she says, also enables her to live and enjoy individual designs vicariously through her clients. Her golden rule: To listen and learn about each client, apply that to how they live in their homes, and then use their color and style preferences to create a space that fits their lifestyle. “Each client is unique and my design selections reflect that,” she says.

Rachel’s mother, Dorothy, started CWI 50 years ago with two partners in the town of Summit. After Rachel, who majored in Fine Arts at Roger Williams University and initially wanted to be a fashion designer, and her business partner and husband Gary, took over, they expanded and hired other talented people in order to assist more clients.

Today, it’s a full-service residential interior design firm now located in New Providence, and she and her talented staff can handle the entire process— from concept and design detailing to material selection and implementation. When designing a room, Rachel uses her appreciation for color while incorporating multiple textures for a classic and elegant look with lots of modern lines and a little bit of whimsy.

CWI has won many awards for their designs, including Mansion in May’s top honor, the Tulip Award, twice in 2006 and 2014. The firm is also often complimented by leading media sources, such as The Huffington Post and Aspire Design and Home magazine.

Rachel’s advice to other women who dream of running their own businesses: “It sounds cliché, but be passionate, determined and willing to put in the hard work,” she says. “That way, the business will grow and blossom organically.”

560 Central Ave, New Providence 908-665-7997

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Creative Wallcoverings and Interiors, President and Principal Designer
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Dr. Linda Stone & Dr. Vanna Stone

Gentle Caring Dentistry

It is not an understatement to describe Dr. Linda Stone and her daughter, Dr. Vanna Stone, as the dynamic duo of dentistry. Their personalities and approach to dentistry create an atmosphere in which they strive to give someone a beautiful smile and a great experience at Gentle Caring Dentistry.

Dr. Linda Stone observes that when a person does not smile, others may get the wrong impression about their personality. One of the things she enjoys most about dentistry is “giving someone confidence in their smile.”

Dr. Vanna Stone underscores how women have attained positions and respect in the field. “When I went to dental school, 51% of students in my class were women. My mother only had 10% in her class.” She credits her mother as being her mentor and helping to shape her career. Dr. Vanna Stone enjoys the many aspects dentistry affords. “It’s science and art. It involves problem solving, creativity and hand skills.”

The dentists are devoted to restoring and enhancing a patient’s smile using conservative, state-of-the-art procedures. Dr. Linda Stone assures patients that Gentle Caring Dentistry uses the best materials available. The dentists treat the gamut of dental concerns including preventative care, cosmetic dentistry and teeth whitening. Dr. Vanna Stone emphasizes the importance of preventative care. “It is important to prioritize the quality of your dental health,” she says. “Dental health is huge in the overall scheme of your health.”

201 S. Livingston Avenue, Livingston | 973-994-3112

Joanna Rolleczek

Jadwig Skin Care, Owner, Master Esthetician and Brow Specialist

At the age of 15, Joanna Rolleczek began providing skincare under her mother’s supervision— the founder of Jadwig Skin Care. After attending Capri Institute of Cosmetology, Christine Valmy International School of Esthetics and Studio Makeup Academy in Hollywood, CA, Joanna started working alongside several highly respected physicians, including one of the top dermatologists in New Jersey. While there, she established a nice clientele for herself and eventually outgrew his practice.

“At Jadwig, I take each individual client and look at them as a whole, taking into account their lifestyle, skin goals and expectations,” she says. “I then carry them through a process of skincare, so it’s not just one visit - it becomes a long-lasting relationship that evolves into something greater.

Together, we decide what we’re going to do next to get to the end result.”

She adds, “Everything I do is customized to the individual and to their skin, because everyone’s skin is different.”

Joanna also focuses on educating clients about skincare and health. “Our skin is our canvas and it’s our most important feature,” she says. “It’s also our biggest organ and a reflection of our overall health.”

Her career, she says, brings her immense joy and satisfaction. “No matter what you do, you have to love what you do, and if you love it, you’ll be successful,” she adds.

420 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove 973-239-7070

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Kristin Fless, MD

Acting Chair of the Department of Medicine, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

As acting Chair of the Department of Medicine, Kristin Fless, MD oversees clinical, educational, administrative and research activities. She practices in the areas of neurocritical care, internal medicine, pulmonary disease, and sleep medicine. Dr. Fless began her career at Cooperman Barnabas in the Critical Care Division, a division that treats severe medical issues including stroke, seizures, post-op surgical care and respiratory or heart failure.

Dr. Fless was drawn to this specialty because “we have the chance to intervene and in effect provide a good outcome for patients. It’s seeing physiology in action.” She is an advocate of compassionate caregiving, which she defines as being able to see the patient as a whole person. Dr. Fless recognizes the need for comprehensive and compassionate care when patients are in a hospital setting. “We’re trained to treat the entire patient, not just their disease.” Compassionate care encompasses more than treating their medical needs. “Listening is a component of compassionate caregiving and may include addressing a patient’s spiritual needs or integrating treatment with other health care professionals and family members.”

Dr. Fless feels a sense of responsibility to train the next generation. She mentors student and resident physicians as well as respiratory therapists. She is the physician leader at Cooperman Barnabas for The Schwartz Center Rounds, a national organization whose mission is to put compassion at the heart of healthcare through programs, education, and advocacy. “Our trainees have been invited into these rounds and they have the opportunity to present at them.” She has been heralded for her teaching prowess and received the Golden Apple Harvey E. Nussbaum Award for excellence in teaching. Of those she has taught or mentored she says, “I am proud that they have learned excellent technical skills and compassionate caregiving expertise at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center.”

Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Fless was recognized by the American Cancer Society for her work to provide an early diagnosis of lung cancer through low-dose screening CTs of the lung in high-risk patients. Dr. Fless continues to excel and exceed. “I strive to provide the best medical experience for patients. My focus is to find opportunities for new programs, new technologies or to improve upon what is currently available.”

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Nubia DuVall Wilson

Cielo Consulting PR Agency and Starfury Productions

Nubia DuVall Wilson is the president and founder of Cielo Consulting PR/marketing agency, a published author, TV/film producer and mental health advocate. Founded in 2015 in South Orange, Cielo Consulting specializes in People, Products and Places, helping small business clients grow through communications strategies that create consumer confidence. Cielo’s expertise includes luxury lifestyle, travel, e-commerce, health & wellness, food & beverage, DEI and thought leadership.

An aspiring thespian since childhood, Nubia entered the entertainment industry in 2020 when she started her second company with two partners, Starfury Productions. Starfury represents TV and film projects from underrepresented and marginalized content creators to develop, package and pitch their projects to networks and studios.

As a mental health advocate, she speaks at community events, schools and on virtual platforms about child abuse awareness/prevention and mental health. She is part of RAINN’s Speaker Bureau and creates content on TikTok and Instagram discussing the long-term effects of surviving abuse and healing from PTSD. Nubia graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University, with a degree in English and a minor in Religion. |

Donna Mattina

Coldwell Banker–Madison, Realtor

My mission has always been to treat all my customers/clients with the respect, honesty and integrity that I would personally expect,” says Donna Mattina, a Realtor® with Coldwell Banker–Madison. This philosophy has led to great success - she is one of the number one agents in her office and has garnered many awards, including the Gold Circle of Excellence, which is a real accomplishment.

“I love helping others and making dreams come true, so real estate seemed to be a great fit,” says Donna. When it comes to a career, she encourages other women to follow their dreams as well. “You are stronger than you may know and [most women] are great at multi-tasking.” If they’re interested in following her path, she adds, “Real estate is a rewarding career that allows you the flexibility to raise a family or do whatever you love.”

Since 1997, Donna has enjoyed working with different people and the diversity of each client’s situation. No two days and no two clients are the same. Even after all these years, she still finds her career interesting and exciting.

Since her family has lived in Madison for generations, she is very familiar with the town and surrounding areas. This, she believes, also adds to her success. Clients can feel confident in knowing the advice and recommendations she gives come from experience, and not second-hand knowledge. Some of the best advice she ever received: “Manage my time wisely and allow down time for myself into my schedule.”

49 Main St., Madison | 973-377-4444

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Karen Ross Kerstein

Funeral service is a helping profession so the transition from one type of helping profession to another was very smooth,” says Karen Ross Kerstein, president and manager of Menorah Chapels at Millburn. Before taking over for her father, Herbert Ross, who founded the business, Karen obtained her bachelor’s degree in education and psychology and later her master’s degree in guidance and counseling in order to become a vocational counselor.

“Many of the positions I held were grant funded,” she says. “This was in the era when grant money was dwindling and my father offered me an opportunity I just couldn’t refuse. I went back to school again and after a year of rigorous training and internship, I obtained my license to practice Mortuary Science in 1983.”

Although many skills can be learned, having a heart for helping comes from within. She

continues to use her knowledge and her innate compassion to provide solace to others. “At Menorah Chapels, every family we serve is treated like family by our staff,” she says. “This is very important when helping people at a very emotional time.”

Located in Union, Menorah Chapels has been serving the Jewish community for over four decades. It’s the only strictly Jewish funeral home in Union County that maintains its own building and doesn’t share its facilities with any other funeral home.

Menorah Chapels at Millburn can also arrange funerals worldwide. Regardless of where services take place, families’ religious, financial and sensitivity needs are always met.

2950 Vauxhall Rd., Union (Vauxhall) 908-964-1500

Cindi Galiher has spent her entire career in the beauty industry working for well-known companies and brands such as Revlon, Borghese and Laura Mercier. She has also been trained as a makeup artist by world-renowned makeup artists Mercier and Linda Cantello.

After taking a break from the corporate world to have a child, Cindi decided to get back into the industry when her daughter was 11. “Kathy Korab was my hair stylist in Chatham for 18 years and when she told me she wanted to branch out on her own, I was ready to do something as well.”

Together, they opened GLAZE Salon in Chatham in March of 2019. Its large, modern space can rival any salon in New York City, and she says that some of their clients actually drive in from the City to get their hair done. And for local people, there’s no need to travel. GLAZE is easily accessible and provides New York services at New Jersey prices.

Some of its most popular offerings include Brazilian Blowouts, Hair Extensions and “Lived in Color.” “Kathy is a master cutter and stylist and her forte is the Brazilian Blowout,” says Cindi. “I provide makeup services in the salon.” Other services include nails, lashes and waxing.

Becoming a female business owner was a great choice for her, and having Kathy as a partner is a huge bonus. “I couldn’t ask for a better partner,” says Cindi. “We always communicate and we’re always 100% on the same page, which makes things easy.”

7 Townsquare, Chatham | 973-701-0099 |

Cindi Galiher and Kathy Korab
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Veronica Wheat

Owner, Chef V

Working at a vegetarian restaurant at 15, Veronica Wheat realized that healthy food can be delicious. She became a private chef and added a certification as a nutritional therapist. When Veronica started a meal delivery service, with each delivery she included a specially prepared green beverage. The demand for it became so great that she took on another entrepreneurial venture: Chef V.

The product line includes Chef V’s green drink plan that helps customers lose weight, detox vital organs, and revitalize skin and hair; a cleanse; and a 21-day detox. The ingredients are organic, always blended—not juiced. Veronica explains that “Blending gets all the nutritional benefits of fiber by using the entire fruit and vegetable.” The best advice she has received is to be passionate and true to herself. “I stay true by blending the ingredients, and not pasteurizing my products.”

Clients can visit the store and observe the production process or opt for online ordering and delivery.

897 Bloomfield Ave., West Caldwell | 973-227-0227

Jill Behrman

Luxe45 Lifestyle Boutique

Jill Behrman is the founder/owner of Luxe45 Lifestyle Boutique in Maplewood. For more than 20 years, she ran a successful 3,000-square-foot lighting showroom in Miami, FL, that featured more than 300 brands worldwide. In 2021, she set her entrepreneurial sights on swapping lighting for leggings, selling the business and returning to her New Jersey roots to launch a new venture.

Opening in December 2021 in the heart of Maplewood Village, Luxe45 is a chill-yet-chic destination for curated athleisure wear, ready-to-wear clothes, statement jewelry, bags and specialty gifts. Jill sources local, national and international apparel brands that are often sustainable and women owned. The boutique offers elevated athletic wear that supports all workout types—from cycling and Pilates to resistance training and Barr—from brands as far flung as Los Angeles and Brazil and as close as New York City. Jill’s ready-to-wear inventory has grown exponentially as she discovers new vendors and travels to tradeshows and overseas to source quality items.

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Christine Dutcher

Sitting Pretty Intimates

In November 2021, Christine Dutcher’s dream came true. She established her own small business, Sitting Pretty Intimates. The store offers a variety of intimate apparel for women: bras, swimsuits, cover ups, shapewear, lingerie, socks, and hosiery designed to make each woman feel special and uplifted. “We also cater to surgical and bridal customers,” Christine says.

The store exudes a welcoming and hospitable ambiance. “Body positivity, being comfortable in your skin, is what we promote,”states Christine. “We welcome women of all sizes and shapes and help them make the best decisions in their selections.” Sitting Pretty has five women consultants who uphold the store’s mission of women supporting women. Christine recommends making appointments before shopping for the best shopping experience and personalized bra fittings.

Christine supports all women who dream of becoming entrepreneurs and advises them to “Surround yourself with positive and encouraging women who believe in you.” She adds, “Do not be afraid to take that leap of faith.”

97 South Livingston Avenue, Ste. C, Livingston 973-251-2224 |

Susan Sinclair

Skyland World Travel

Susan Sinclair is passionate about her life’s work. As the owner of Skyland World Travel, she has built a successful travel agency based on what she does best, “loving to plan to travel.” An accomplished businesswoman, she began Skyland World Travel in 1995, based on her years of managing her husband and family’s trips, and then as 27 years as a travel advisor.

Skyland World Travel is a travel agency that prides itself as a small business with a big vision. Four dedicated travel advisors plan and manage all aspects of a client’s trip agenda. Says Susan, “The best advice I ever received was to use a travel advisor.” Travelers may not know how to arrange the best itinerary, such as securing special event tickets, or what to do when an unplanned event occurs, such as a plane delay or cancellation. But we do, and we take care of our clients.

Skyland World Travel

37 US Highway 46, Hackettstown | 908-852-7081

Sandra Fava

Fox Rothschild LLP, Partner

While in her early teens, Sandra Fava watched a close family member become a victim of domestic violence. “I saw the effects of that, but also the failures of the legal system, and I really wanted to do something to change it,” she says. “Today, I help families make transformations in their lives.”

Sandra became an attorney over 17 years ago and clerked for the presiding family court judge in Morris County right out of law school. She was also the chair of the Essex County Bar Association Family Law Committee for about 10 years.

She joined Fox Rothschild LLP in Morristown in 2007. “When I became a partner in 2013, I was nervous, but really proud,” says Sandra. “I’m the first in my family to go to college and then go on to law school, and this was something I really aspired to do.”

She still follows the advice she was given years ago: Find a mentor/become a mentor. “Sometimes people, especially women, are scared to ask for or provide mentorships because they don’t value themselves enough,” says Sandra. “I think it’s important to find and become mentors, and these should be people not just in your practice area, but those outside of it and of different genders, backgrounds and beliefs.”

Sandra believes this practice makes for a more well-rounded attorney, and a better work-life culture. “I’ve mentored many men and women throughout my career, and I learned as much from them as I hope they learned from me.”

49 Market Street, Morristown | 973-994-7564 | email:

Instagram: @AskSandraFava | Facebook: Sandra C. Fava Twitter: @DivorceNJLaw

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Apryl Gassman

Peace Love Home

Even as a teenager, Apryl Gassman was organized and neat, with socks rolled tidily in a drawer. Family and friends acknowledged she had a natural knack for organizing, often asking her for help reworking their spaces. Yet, she said, she spent years in a job she was unhappy in. Then came the pandemic. “Everyone was reinventing themselves,” said Gassman. So, two years ago, she decided to do what she loved…she launched Peace Love Home, which declutters, reorganizes, and straightens up everything from closets to pantries to offices to garages— and everything in-between.

Her first ‘client’ was a friend who needed help preparing for a major home renovation and insisted on paying for Gassman’s aid. “I couldn’t believe I was getting paid for something I love to do!” she exclaimed.

If a house is cluttered, “People don’t want to be judged,” she states. The single mother of two teenagers understands it can be emotionally difficult detaching from excess ‘stuff.’ She helps her clients unclutter without judgement.

After hearing from her clients what their needs are, she gets started on a system, and loves hearing how happy they are with the reset. She offers monthly or quarterly maintenance services, but finds most clients transition easily to her systems. She also assists those who are cleaning out a loved one’s home, either in advance of a move to assisted living, or after a passing. Her relationships with nonprofits ensure usable items are donated, not thrown out.

Like many who’ve found fulfillment in their own business, her advice is simple: “Make sure you’re doing something every day that you love.”

516-672-0288 |

Catherine (Cat) Fisher

Sadie’s & Kitchen a la Mode, Owner

Catherine (Cat) Fisher always had a goal of opening an ethical and sustainable focused clothing store. With Sadie’s in South Orange, she has met that goal. Then, when the owner of Kitchen a la Mode told her he was closing, she knew how important that store was to South Orange, so she had to save it. She also lives in town and believes in supporting her community.

“In both stores, we approach every interaction with a focus on helping first and on honesty,” she says. “We never want somebody walking out wearing something they don’t look good in or purchasing a kitchen tool they don’t actually understand how to use.”

Her staff consists of people from various generations, and she also hires from the JESPY House, which trains adults with disabilities how to live independently. “We just want to make sure that we have a really diverse group of people.”

Sadie’s | 19 South Orange Ave, South Orange 973-821-5441 |

Kitchen a la Mode | 59 South Orange Ave, South Orange 973-821-5154 | www.

Carol Karsos

Partner of East Hanover Diner

Carol Karsos knows the restaurant business inside out. Being born into a restaurant family, it is all she has ever known. Karsos met her husband, Michael, one summer when she was working in her family’s restaurant—the Brookside Dinner. Michael later bought the restaurant with his brothers John and George. After graduating from college with a Management/Marketing Degree, Karsos married Michael and became the restaurant’s fourth partner. In 2013, the four owners bought their current restaurant, the East Hanover Diner.

The East Hanover Diner is a traditional Greek Diner that offers standard menu fare. With freshly baked desserts and bread selections, patrons never leave the Diner hungry. Traditional Greek cuisine is also a daily specialty.

Karsos loves all aspects of the restaurant business, which she says is hard, grueling work. “You must have a good work ethic to succeed in the restaurant business. Challenges happen 24/7.” Still, owning and managing a diner is a great opportunity. “Where else can you offer your customers large portions at a great value?”

275 Route 10, E. Hanover | 973-884 8840

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Dr. Maureen Giese, DACM, LAc

Soul Sprout Family Acupuncture

Having a Masters in Traditional Oriental Medicine and a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, it is Maureen’s intention to help people live symptom-free or symptom managed lives while limiting the need for pharmaceutical interventions. She specializes in cancer support, pain management, and gastrointestinal disorders.

“I believe that treating the source of disease and empowering people to take control of their own health gives people what they need to bring positivity to their own lives and the lives of others,” states Maureen.

10 E. Willow Street, Millburn | 201-563-0659

Dayana Moreno

Mona Lisa Framing

As a girl in Caracas, Venezuela, Dayana Moreno loved going to museums with her father. She dreamed of a life working with art, and, after moving to the U.S., got a degree in art history from Montclair State University. Then, she fell in love with framing. By 2007, she was working as the production manager of Maplewood’s Mona Lisa Framing. She purchased it from the original owner in 2018. The pandemic forced her to learn fast how to run a business in order to survive. A friend gave her sound advice about business lows: “It’s the space between the notes that makes the music.”

“There will always be highs and lows,” she said. “The lows are an opportunity to reassess and look for growth.” Not only has she survived, but flourished, continuing to cherish the stories and treasures she helps clients preserve—from a child’s fingerprints to priceless artworks.

7 Highland Place, Maplewood | 973-762-2777

Michele Elefante and Stefani Healey

Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts

Sisters Michele and Stefani are proud to be co-owners of a majority women-owned business, Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts, along with their father Al who founded the business over 25 years ago. “As sisters, we feel lucky to be able to work together with our father,” Michele said. “We have different strengths, and we respect that.” This bond, she explained, has allowed them to be themselves and truly enjoy the work they do.

Michele credits commitment to integrity, being people of their word, and being good members of their community for Elefante Music’s success, along with hiring and retaining the best teachers and staff. “They represent us. We trust and rely on them,” she said. “They pass our values along to the students we teach.”

Elefante Music has over 800 private lesson and performing arts students, rents musical instruments to musicians of all ages; repairs instruments through its professionally staffed shop; and offers a selection of new and used instruments and supplementary accessories for sale.

908-464-5928 |

Stefani Healey and Michele Elefante
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It is recommend that you call in advance as reservations may be required.


Nagoya Sushi & Tiki Lounge

538 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights 908-898-1188 |

Japanese restaurant featuring a wide selection of sushi, rolls, and other Japanese favorites.

Proud Thai Cookery

Restaurant Serenade

6 Roosevelt Ave, Chatham | 973-701-0303

Artful dining, as conceived by award-winning Chef James Laird.


H2ocean Restaurant & Raw Bar

41 Ridgedale Avenue. Cedar Knolls 973-984-9594 |

Restaurant & bar serving locally sourced seafood


China Chalet

184 Columbia Turnpike, Florham Park 973-996-2828 |

Traditional Sichuan cuisine

Lucco Cucina + Bar

207 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park 973-822-0066 |

A modern Italian restaurant that combines favored classics with a contemporary touch.

645 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights 908-665-0055 |

Authentic Thai cuisine

Strega Bistro

430 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights 908-665-5905

Modern Italian farm-to-table bistro featuring seasonal organic menu with Mediterranean influenced-specials.

Trap Rock Restaurant & Brewery

279 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights 908-665-1755 |

A microbrewery offering seasonal craft brews & a delicate menu that accentuates a southern flare.


Charley’s Aunt Restaurant

8-10 S Passaic Ave, Chatham | 973-635-6772

Traditional American cuisine.

Gregorio’s Mediterranean Restaurant

255A Main Street, Chatham | 973-635-2777

Italian Mediterranean cuisine bursting with flavor.

Scalini Fedeli

63 Main Street, Chatham | 973-701-9200

French-influenced Italian fixed-price menus in an elegant, vaulted interior with Tuscan touches.

Mitsuba Japanese Cuisine

237 Main St, Chatham | 973-635-3888

Traditional Japanese specialties and cuisine


Ancona Bistro

645 Valley Road, Gillette | 908-647-5755

Northern Italian entrees and pastas.

Casa Maya

615 Meyersville Road, Gillette 908-580-0799

Family-friendly BYOB serving Sonoran-stule Mexican cuisine.

Chimney Rock Inn Gillette 342 Valley Rd, Gillette | 908-580-1100

New American tavern with pub-grub standards, thin-crust pizzas & TVs for sports viewing.



471 W Mt Pleasant Ave, Livingston, 973-378-9222 |

Southern Mediterranean Italian Cuisine

The Feathered Fox

550 W Mt Pleasant Ave #1608, Livingston 973-994-4900 |

Steak house, sushi & raw bar

The Landmark

259 W Mt Pleasant Ave, Livingston 973-533-9787 |

Hometown pub

Lithos Estiatorio

405 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston 973-758-1111 |

Greek Cuisine

Mezza Mediterranean

277 Eisenhower Pkwy, Livingston 973-992-9300 |

Mediterranean Fusion Cuisine


Bottle Hill Tavern

13 Waverly Place,, Madison | 973-949-6060

Tavern Fare—Comfort Flare

Grillera Mediterranean Cuisine 91 Park Ave, Madison | 973-301-2080

Distinguished Mediterranean Cuisine

Krust Kitchen

7 Cross St, Madison | 908-525-7878



27 Main Street, Millburn | 973-467-0494

A BYOB destination offering New American dishes.

Ms. Lin Chinese Cuisine

59 Main St, Millburn | 973-912-8838

Ms. Lin Chinese provides convenient take-out and delivery for lunch and dinner and specializes in off-premise catering.

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Moe’s Bistro and Bar

535 Central Ave, New Providence


Located inside the Best Western Plus & Murray Hill Hotel and Suites, Mediterranean flare.

Coppola Ristorante & Pizzeria

590 Central Ave, New Providence | 908-665-0266

Offering pizzas & formal Italian dishes


Boxcar Bar & Grill

25 Chatham Rd, Short Hills | 973-912-0002

Bar fare

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge

440 Parsonage Hill Road, Short Hills | 973-467-8882

A full service restaurant, bar & lounge located on the East Orange Golf Course in Short Hills. Offering bar bites, burgers and tasty entrees.


Trattoria Biagio

239 Main Avenue, Stirling | 908-350-8064

Authentic Italian cuisine

Twelve Islands Greek Taverna

1255 Valley Rd, Stirling | 908-647-2193

Traditional Greek fare


Due 36

50 Maple St, Summit | 908-608-0222

Authentic Argentinian/Italian tapas restaurant

La Pastaria

327 Springfield Ave, Summit | 908-522-9088

Italian cusine

Natale’s Summit Bakery

185 Broad St, Summit | 908-277-2074

Enjoy a selection of house made specialties including breads, pastries, pies and cakes. Daily specials. This family owned and operated bakery is serving up their delicious twist on bakery classics for over 80 years.

Roots Steakhouse

401 Springfield Ave, Summit | 908-273-0027

Old-fashioned New York style Steakhouse—expect delicious USDA aged prime beef sourced from the highest quality ranches in the mid-west.

Dine in area is now open! Delivery & curbside pickup available 973-912-8838 59 Main Street, Millburn Healthy, Fresh & Authentic Chinese Food Our dishes are prepared fresh daily, from ingredients delivered daily and using homemade sauces created in our own kitchen—daily! Ms. Lin Chinese Cuisine ORDER ONLINE AT: WWW.MEZZALIVINGSTON.COM 277 EISENHOWER PARKWAY, LIVINGSTON Call for Reservations: 973.992.9300 OPEN SEVEN DAYS • WE ARE BYOB ESTABLISHMENT LUNCH Daily 11:30am–3pm • DINNER Sun-Thu 5-9pm, Fri-Sat 5-10pm Order Curbside Pickup & Delivery Online at: Silver Winner Suburban Essex 2022 275 NJ State Highway 10, East Hanover FOR PICK-UP ORDERS CALL 973-884-8840 WE DELIVER through HOURS: Sun-Thur 6am-1am Fri-Sat 6am-2am
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When Faith Meets Fear

It took Alexander the Great 10 years—from the time he was 23 to his death at age of 33—to conquer most of the known world. Alexander has been studied and admired throughout the centuries for his incredible willingness and ability to take action in the face of adversity.

This is made even more interesting by the fact that Alexander’s armies were always outnumbered, sometimes by as much as twenty to one. But Alexander’s philosophy was to attack so swiftly and move so quickly that his soldiers didn’t have time to be afraid. He knew that fear is the greatest obstacle to success. The more we think about all the possible reasons something won’t work out, the more our fear paralyzes us, and we end up not taking any action at all.

Fear blocks more people from achieving their goals. It is the anticipation of negative results, imagination working overtime. People are afraid of failing, afraid they will make a mistake, afraid they will look foolish. Many times, what we’re afraid of isn’t even real. You could look at the acronym F.E.A.R., which stands for False Evidence Appearing Real, and realize it’s the reason we start to believe the excuses we make for ourselves. Therefore, the first step in taming any fear is to analyze what is real and what is not. Then dive in and take action.

In order to take action, we have to learn to get rid of our fear of failure. Author Tom Peters tells about how he had the privilege of introducing the late Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart, when he was going to be introduced into the sales and marketing executives Hall of Fame.

“What can you say in two minutes about a guy like Walton?” says Peters. “During that time, I called David Glass, CEO of Walmart. I said, ‘If you had 90 seconds to say something about Sam Walton, what would you say?’ Quicker than a wink, he answered, ‘Sam Walton is not afraid to fail. He’ll give something a try, he’ll make a total mess of it, and walk back in tomorrow with a smile on his face and another idea.’ It’s that ability to try something, make a mess of it, and get on with the next action that allows us to win out over fear.”

What we don’t think about is that there’s only one first time. Once you take an action, it could never be quite as scary or difficult again. Comedian Rita Rudner told me when she got up on stage for the first time in the beginning of her career she was in front of a handful of drunken patrons at three in the morning. Those times were difficult, but she faced her fears and went on. Not only did she put the worst behind her, she learned something every time she stepped up to that microphone.

Every time we step up to try something we’ve never done before, we learn more than we expect. The uniqueness of the experience gives us insights we could never get except by taking an action. Why is it that children are such quick learners? It’s because everything is new to them. They’re experiencing everything for the first time. When we venture out into new worlds, we open our minds and our senses to things we might never otherwise experience. Our knowledge of the world expands tremendously with each new step we take.

Barry Farber is a best-selling author, an award winning radio and television host as well as an agent and marketing consultant for corporations, professional athletes, and entertainers. He’s also the creator and marketer of the FoldzFlat® Pens. His latest release is an inspirational children’s book “In search of the magic tree” available at

Diamond Minds
Barry Farber
“Fear came knocking at the door, faith answered and no one was there.”
—Mark Twain
“All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man has taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of your first.”
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—Ralph Waldo Emerson

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