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VOL. 22 NO. 4 David J. Black FOUNDER & CEO

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In the Vicinity

16 Celebrations 16 Bloomers Floral & Event Design Makes an Event Unforgettable

10 Local Heroes


10 Chatham High School Seniors Sleep Out to End Youth Homelessness 11 “1774 Sandwich Initiative” at Newark Academy Gives Back to the Homeless

14 Mother’s Day Local Gift Guide 15 The 12th Annual International Youth Leadership Conference in Ireland

17 Hank Lane Music—One StopShop for all Party Music and Entertainment Needs 18 Enjoy an Unforgettable Event at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment 18 321Chillz—As Delicious As It is Entertaining

20 COVER ARTICLE dbltke Where Designer Fashions Meets Sustainability

25 The Evolving Role of the Realtor at The SWK Real Estate Group 26 Focus on Education 28 Art in the Vicinity Ida Picker— Entrancing With The Obvious

30 Health and Wellness 30 Sewing Can Improve Mental Health for Teens 31 Head-to-Toe Pain Relief 31 Tips for Handling Anxiety 32 Show Off Your Smile!



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New Providence Resident is Painting for a Cause


oel Rivas Francisco of New Providence is painting for a cause. He donated two of his paintings this past April to Eagle Eye Charities, which promotes digital learning and extended learning to tribal communities. There will be a silent auction and gallery on 5th Avenue in NYC, with all of the proceeds donated to the cause. The father of three boys is a freelance graphic artist who says he paints at midnight. He primarily paints in watercolors, acrylics and at times oils. He says he “feels good about the donation as it is nice to have his work appreciated.”

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Fundraising for the People of the Ukraine Through Song


erforming Arts 5678, of Berkeley Heights fundraised for the Ukrainian people on April 10th via a musical theatre-based performance. All proceeds went to the Salvation Army for Ukraine relief efforts. The Broadway Songbirds performed fully choreographed music, and other students were also showcased. Jessica Lombardi, owner, and Courtney Hirschey, musical director, said, “In addition to classes, we offer opportunities to perform in multiple ways, always with an eye toward giving back to the community.”

isa and Craig Duke, and their daughter Natalie, of Chatham, have partnered with the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township (PCCT) to use the large garden on their property to grow fresh produce for those without access. Members of the church have signed up to help plant herbs, leafy greens, root vegetables, and other garden favorites from Asparagus to Zucchini. “We’ve always wanted to use the property for the greater good,’’ says Lisa. What was once an actual poultry and produce farm is now dubbed Sunday Farm, and Lisa and her family are “excited to have the church involved in helping provide fresh, homegrown produce to local food pantries.” There are also plans for workshops and educational outreach on organic gardening, composting, and sustainability as the new Sunday Farm springs to life.

Millburn Resident is a Drummer in a 55 and Over Band


ane Greenwald, 77, of Millburn is the only drummer in the New Horizons International Band in Morris County. She has been playing in the band, which has around 35 members ages 55 and over, for 10 years. She says the band plays the “type of music you would hear a high school band play.” “I love playing in the band, which comprises people of all abilities from beginner to accomplished musician, as it offers a low-pressure environment,” she adds. Jane feels the band offers a “wonderful social function.” The band plays six concerts a year at nursing homes, assisted living facilities and at YMCA’s. The New Horizons International Band offers summer Band Camps and is always looking for new members. For information contact Jane at

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Summit Resident Wins National Tartan Day Award




obert Currie of Summit, Commander of the Name and Arms of Currie, received the prestigious National Tartan Day Award in Alexandria, VA on April 5, 2022. This is the 20th year the award has been presented to an individual who has demonstrated leadership in preserving and promoting Scottish history and culture.

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Currie has been a leader in the Scottish-American community since 1987. He formed the Currie Family Society in 1992, which hosts a variety of events and programs (including Summit’s popular “Pipes of Christmas” concerts. “I am honored and humbled to receive this great award. I am especially grateful to our worldwide Currie Kindred and especially to my wife Suzanne and daughters Hilary and Claire for their steadfast support in this incredible journey.” The Learned Kindred of Currie are an ancient family which can trace their origins to the 13th century. In medieval times, the Curries were renowned as Gaelic bards who chronicled much of the early history of Scotland.

Millburn Resident is a ‘Ring Hunter’


ati Schmidt of Millburn is a ‘ring hunter.’ When someone loses a ring, keys, or other metal objects, Kati arrives with her metal detector and tries to locate it. A full-time forensics accountant, Kati has been enjoying this hobby since 2018. She says she has always liked treasure hunts, so this was right up her alley. Aside from helping people locate things on their property, she can also search the water by scuba diving. She also enjoys treasure hunting for herself where she will research a property to learn its history and then likely find relics, coins, jewelry, etc., which she donates to the Ronald McDonald House. “I love what I do because it feels good to give someone something back that was important to them.” Kati can be contacted at


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From left Chatham High School seniors: TJ Mackessy, Tommy Sennett, Aidan Johnson, Kaye Stevenson, Matt Lonergan, and Max Williams and Kyle Hollerith participated in the Covenant House Sleep Out to End Youth Homelessness event.

Chatham High School Seniors Sleep Out to End Youth Homelessness

By Jackie Schatell


hatham High School senior, Kyle Hollerith, and six of his friends: TJ Mackessy, Tommy Sennett, Aidan Johnson, Kaye Stevenson, Matt Lonergan, and Max Williams, recently participated in the Covenant House Sleep Out to End Youth Homelessness event for the second time in two years, where they slept in their cars to raise money for children facing homelessness. First, they remotely attended an event where people at Covenant House told stories of what they went through, and they then slept in their cars in Kyle’s driveway. In the morning, they talked about how they felt, how it went, and what they learned. They raised over $2,000. Kyle said it was cold sleeping in his car and that he couldn’t go inside. “I can’t imagine doing this every day,” said Kyle. “I have so much empathy for people who are suffering from homelessness.” He added, “It was a really great event. It really opened my eyes. Everyone

should experience this event, especially people who are my age who are fortunate enough to live the way we do with our own homes.” Kyle said his team of seven 17- and 18-year-olds is excited to do it again. According to the website, “Covenant House builds a bridge to hope for young people facing homelessness and survivors of trafficking through unconditional love, absolute respect, and relentless support. Their doors are open 24/7 in 31 cities across six countries and their high-quality programs are designed to empower young people to rise and overcome adversity, today and in the future. Thanks to donations from people like Kyle, 2,020 kids on average are sheltered nightly; 9,200 youths are cared for in the Covenant House residential programs; nearly 50,000 kids have been reached in the past year, 4,000 youths have been helped with finding stable housing; 1,600 youths have been helped find employment; and youths have received 720,000 nights of shelter.”

“This year, 4.2 million kids will be homeless in America,” according to Covenant House. People can “fight these numbers by joining or starting a Sleep Out today where they’ll raise lifesaving funds to give kids safe shelter and opportunity and unite the community against youth homelessness.” The Sleep Out “isn’t about pretending to be homeless,” Covenant House says on the website, “we Sleep Out so homeless kids don’t have to. When you Sleep Out, you’re not just raising funds and awareness – you’re showing these young people your commitment to their future.” “Whether you join an existing Sleep Out or creating one of your own with friends and family, colleagues, or church, you’re shining a light on the injustice of youth homelessness and inspiring entire communities to step up and protect kids,” says the Covenant House website. To start your own Sleep Out or to find an existing one to participate in, go to

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Local Heroes

“1774 Sandwich Initiative” at Newark Academy Gives Back to the Homeless By Jackie Schatell


reshman Leon Sarkissian has started the 1774 Sandwich Initiative at Newark Academy, in Livingston, where each month, Upper School students are making sandwiches for St. John’s Soup Kitchen in Newark, which feeds the homeless. “I heard someone at my church say they needed more sandwiches at St. John’s,” says Leon. “It seemed like something I could take on that would make a big difference in fighting food insecurity one sandwich at a time.” Leon says, “This is truly an important cause which is unfolding in our own backyard. We need at our level to make a difference and help each other.” Those in need go to St. John’s for hot meals, and then get a paper bag with the sandwiches to take with them for the two other meals of the day, and for the elderly or children in their households who could not come.

“This is truly an important cause which is unfolding in our own backyard. We need at our level to make a difference and help each other.” —Leon Sarkissian Leon’s family has been involved in assisting the homeless in NYC and then in NJ since coming to the US in 2003. “Our parents always made sure to that we participated actively in one way or another,” he says. “We have made beds, cooked, cleaned, organized toiletries, played games with children and done many sleepovers as the welcoming centers require two organizers to be present.” Leon says he joined the homeless cause in 2012. “Our parents taught us that we could not imagine living a full spiritual life without first thinking of others,” he says. “Nowadays because of Covid-19, we bring food, gift cards and warmth to the homeless who are fortunately housed in hotels, motels, and temporary housing.” “Aside from a profound sense of humility, one lesson my older siblings and I learned is that the homeless line in America is a very very fine one,” he says.

Leon Sarkissian The launch of the 1774 Sandwich Initiative was on MLK Day where the school officials and Leon coordinated a Zoom call where the Newark Academy students realized the first 967 sandwiches. They have since organized two more sandwichdrives, which resulted in 2,200 sandwiches in total. This has surpassed Leon’s expectation by 24 percent. The project is ongoing, and the next target date is set for April 30, which is Newark Academy’s Annual Day of Giving. Leon, who says he has many plans for the future of the drive, has started asking for the help of everyone around him, even from some celebrities. He has also set a new and more ambitious target of 17,740 sandwiches to be made by the end of his Senior year.

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Local Buzz

Whippany Railway Excursions


t the beginning of the Twentieth Century, a lovely young woman clad all in white, extolled the virtues of riding the clean trains of the Lackawanna Railroad. This fictional character, named ‘Phoebe Snow’ was renowned as much for her beauty, as well as for the advertising jingles that accompanied the adverts she appeared in. Today, Phoebe invites you to step aboard the Whippany Railway Museum’s excursion trains and take a ride into the past. Their trains feature a unique collection of restored, vintage rail cars from historic railroads that once served New Jersey and the Metropolitan area. Passengers can board a caboose and experience an old-fashioned, relaxing way of spending a Sunday afternoon with the family. Children love swaying to the motion of the old cars while they listen to the nostalgic “clickety-clack” sounds the wheels make as they clatter over the rail joints. Passengers upgrade their excursion experience by choosing to ride in our awardwinning Lackawanna Railroad Subscription Club Car No. 2454, which radiated elegance on a train once known as ‘The Millionaire’s Express’. The Central Railroad of New Jersey club car ‘Jersey Coast’ is a beautiful conveyance that features all the amenities offered by the CNJ’s deluxe Blue Comet passenger train of the 1930s. During the 45-minute ride, the train travels the route of the historic “Whippanong Trail” through Whippany, East Hanover, Livingston and Roseland in Morris and Essex Counties. The train will pass through the remnants of pre-historic Glacial Lake Passaic, a natural swamp which supports abundant wildlife, such as deer, turtles, wild turkeys, hawks and rabbits. The ride also features the thrill of crossing high above the Passaic River over a steel bridge. Sunday, May 15, 2022 (Rain or Shin), Departures: 1, 2, 3 & 4 pm Whippany Railway Museum, 1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany (intersection of Rt 10Wt & Whippany Road) 973-887-8177 |

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Greenwood Gardens Re-Opens

midst a stunning display of spring blossoms, Greenwood Gardens will open its gates to the public on May 1. A former private estate owned by the Day and Blanchard families, today Greenwood is a non-profit 28-acre public garden and historic site, and a peaceful haven graced with terraced gardens, stately fountains, woodlands, grottoes, Arts and Crafts follies, and winding paths. In honor of National Public Gardens Day and in appreciation of its constituents, Greenwood is holding a Community Day on May 6. The gates will be open to all

members of the community to tour the gardens admission-free. Music will once again fill the Main Terrace and spill into the garden during five live concerts. Three evenings of Jazz in the Garden, sponsored by Stone Mountain Properties, are scheduled for May 20, June 24 and July 22. Lyrica Chamber Music and The Discovery Orchestra performances round out the lineup for this year’s concert series. A variety of specialized tours, workshops and lectures will take place throughout the season. Visitors can tour the garden

on a bird walk with a New Jersey Audubon naturalist, discover their creative sides in a journaling workshop focused on sensing and recording their emotional reactions to the natural world, or learn about the life and legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted, America’s first “Landscape Architect” in a lecture by celebrated author, Marta McDowell.

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Celebrate Mother’s Day with NJ Festival Orchestra


reat moms deserve great music! Celebrate Mother’s Day in style as David Wroe leads the New Jersey Festival Orchestra in a special tribute to moms everywhere. ‘Roses from the South’ concert will feature much loved masterpieces from J Strauss and Debussy as well as Mother’s Day serenades by renowned tenor Anthony Kearns.

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elebrate Mother’s Day with a guided hike through our woodlands and learn about some of the wildflowers that grow in the spring. There will be iced tea and sweet treats after the hike. The entire event will take place outside. Hike will start at the top of the driveway. This event will take place rain or shine. Sunday, May 8 Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary 324 Forest Drive South, Short Hills Hikes start at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm

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reat moms deserve great music! Celebrate Mother’s Day in style as David Wroe leads the New Jersey Festival Orchestra in a special tribute to moms everywhere. ‘Roses from the South’ concert will feature much loved masterpieces from J Strauss and Debussy as well as Mother’s Day serenades by renowned tenor Anthony Kearns. Saturday, May 7, 7pm Pre-concert lecture at 6pm by Yifei Xu First United Methodist Church 1 E. Broad St, Westfield

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lbert Schweitzer’s Leadership for Life (ASLFL) will be hosting, The 12th Annual International Youth Leadership Conference, from Sunday, July 24 to Sunday, July 31, 2022 at Maynooth University, Co. Kildare, Ireland. ASLFL is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization that actively promotes educational opportunities for young adults all across the globe. ASLFL’s efforts meet the educational mission of the Ireland Chamber of Commerce – USA (ICCUSA). ASLFL is committed to developing and presenting meaningful, state-of-the-art youth leadership and mentorship programs to 15-18 year-olds of good character with demonstrated leadership skills and an interest in community service around the globe. The conference is a wonderful opportunity for students with different race, ethnicity and religions to work together and learn about each other’s different cultures. Participants will learn how to communicate with their peers from all over the world and be a part of making the world a better place by protecting the global environment with no compromise to the needs, wants and expectations of those who inhabit the globe. In addition, guests will gain important

skills and take part in exercises that will help them become strong confident leaders, so they can be prepared for any challenges that come their way. Lessons will include taking personal responsibility for exercising leadership, developing an awareness of social needs and issues, improving interpersonal and group communication skills, creating selfesteem, exercising leadership abilities in the community, having a passion for community service and understanding the importance of daily healthy living, diet and nutrition. As Albert Schweitzer said, “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” Please visit to register. For more information, contact,, or 908-286-1300 ext. 2. May 2022



Bloomers Floral & Event Design Makes Any Event UNFORGETTABLE By Cynthia Burns


ggie Garibaldi, owner of Bloomers Floral & Event Design, describes her business as a boutique florist. She manages it with her daughter, Emily. What sets Bloomers apart is that Garibaldi regularly goes to the New York City Flower District to choose seasonal blooms. “I’m inspired by the colors and shapes there,” she notes. Garibaldi often envisions arrangements while strolling the markets. Bloomers is a full-service florist that creates unforgettable designs for weddings, funerals, special occasions and charitable events. Garibaldi counts corporations and restaurants among her clients. “I like the challenge of a unique design,” she says. The creations are based on available flowers and what the customer has in mind, given the occasion and budget. “It doesn’t need to be a special occasion to surround yourself with the beauty of flowers,” says Garibaldi.

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A One-Stop-Shop for All Your Party Music and Entertainment Needs By Jackie Schatell


ince its founding in 1978, the concept behind Hank Lane Music has been to make sure that clients enjoy music performed the way it should sound as they celebrate their own weddings or other private personal, corporate, or charitable events.

Magid adds, “Clients can find everything from professional party dancers to comedians to celebrity entertainers and more. And to ensure every party looks like a true celebration there is an entire inventory of custom lighting, staging and sound equipment available for clients.”

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Hank Lane Music can also hire A-list celebrities for events. “We’ve hired Ellen DeGeneres, Sheryl Crow, Lionel Richie, Quest Love, Max Weinberg, and others for show-stopping parties.” states Magid. ”We’ve been hired for some pretty highend events—the nuptials for Bravo’s RHONY Bethanny Frankel, as well as Bravo’s “Summer House” for Kyle and Amanda, along with WWE’s Stephanie McMahon, MSNBC’s Jim Kramer, Regis Philbin’s daughter, newscaster Maurice Dubois, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, NBA star Carmelo Anthony, to name a few.”

Magid says he is glad live in-person events are back in the mainstream. He adds, “I love music, being around it, discussing it, hearing it live and on the radio, every day of my life, so being a part of this business is a dream come true for me. It is not work if you love what you do.”

“However, we are not just bands,” says Livingston resident Ian Magid, co-owner of Hank Lane Music for 23 years. “Our entertainment family includes so much more—with a goal of helping clients to create an entertainment experience for their guests—we’ve recruited some of the most in-demand DJs and party entertainers around.”

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Enjoy an Unforgettable Event at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment By Cynthia Burns


trip to Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is more than a day at the track. “It is also a venue that people of all ages can enjoy,” says Rachel Ryan, director of Marketing & Event Operations. It has evolved into a premier entertainment center. Andrea Lokshin, vice president of Sales & Marketing views the venue as the ideal place to celebrate. “People want to get together, share important milestones and create special memories,” she says. “We take pride in helping clients turn event concepts into reality.” The four-story complex has a variety of indoor and outdoor event spaces including a 280-seat restaurant, six private skyboxes, a casual lounge where guests can watch live horse racing and sporting events, and a rooftop with the best views of the Manhattan skyline. “Everything from corporate parties, fundraisers and birthdays to anniversaries, mitzvahs and weddings, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment can bring any event to life in a unique, fun environment that can’t be replicated anywhere else,” says Lokshin.

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment hosts an array of events for racing and non-racing fans. Chief among them is the Hambletonian Stakes, one of harness racing’s most widely known events. This family-friendly outing offers rides, games and music. “Our food truck events continue to grow. Fans can sample food from some of the best food vendors in our area,” says Ryan. “We have hosted world renowned musical and entertainment acts appealing to groups of all ages. We want guests to view us as their favorite entertainment destination.”

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dbltke Where Designer Fashions Meets Sustainability By Jessica Modrow Photography by Dan Epstein

DBLTKE Features Upscale Consignment Shopping in a Boutique Environment


hen Marci Robins Kessler first ventured into a consignment store, she immediately knew that there was a better way to run this type of business. She turned around, headed home and created a plan to open her own. And 30 years later she is still innovating. “I traveled the country doing research and talking to owners of successful consignment stores,” said Kessler. A few months later, DBLTKE was born. “From day one, we were profitable. We were contacted by famous people who wanted to consign. “We were featured on all of the major TV Networks and Newspapers; it was wonderful.” (continued on the next page)


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Where Designer Fashions Meets Sustainability (continued from the previous page)

Kessler’s forward-thinking mindset has propelled DBLTKE forward over the last thirty years, paving the way in the ESG and sustainability movement with a focus on Sustainable Luxury. “The fundamental premise of resale is that you’re not manufacturing or consuming new merchandise,” said Ms. Kessler. Marci has been a pioneer in this business with her concept to make resale luxurious – from private dressing rooms, professional salespeople, merchandising, basically paying attention to every last detail like custom hang tags on all of the pieces.” Her concept is so well liked that she has been approached by some of the biggest Private Equity and National Retailers seeking to purchase the business.

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“The fashion industry is one of the worst polluters in the world in terms of the things that end up in the air and landfills,” explained Marci Kessler. “ Resale embodies the idea of sustainability as it promotes the reuse and recycling of materials and products. And, the reason why high-end designers can be much more easily recycled and reused is due to the high quality of the items. You can use them over and over again and they’ll still be in great condition.” Additionally, driving home their mission, DBLTKE uses only sustainable materials throughout the store. DBLTKE consigns jewelry, clothing, shoes and handbags. Throughout the store, customers will find brands such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermès and Gucci. When items are brought in to be consigned, they are thoroughly examined by the staff to ensure they are saleable, seasonable, and in impeccable condition. Once an item sells, the consignor receives roughly 50 to 70 percent of the selling price (higher in some cases). In addition to individual consignors, the store features brand-new merchandise consigned by manufacturers and stores. “We must have over 10,000 items in the store,” added Kessler. Everything in the store is merchandised and presented in a thoughtful way for a boutique shopping experience. DBLTKE offers online shopping and customers across the globe consign and shop through its ecommerce site. In the future, customers can expect to be able to experience DBLTKE in the metaverse. For Kessler and DBLTKE, customer service for their global client base is key. “It’s very important that our customers get the service that they deserve. People are choosing where they’re going to spend their money, and as a customer I want to spend my money in a place where I enjoy shopping,” said Kessler. “We believe in honesty and taking care of our customers.”


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alk around the strolling gallery showcasing art of the member artists. You’ll see displays of oils, acrylics, water color, photography and other types of art from the talented artists. A dedicated wall of SUNFLOWERS is displayed in memory of the people in Ukraine. Part or all of the proceeds from the sale will go to UNICEF to help people in Ukraine. Featured in the Lundt-Glover Gallery is a solo exhibit by Sally Abbott. Her exhibit, ”Sally Abbott: COVID Series,” was art produced while Sally Abbott was observing COVID protocol and spending most of her time in her studio painting. In addition to exhibiting the art, the Art League donates $1,000 to a Chatham Senior student who intends to pursue a career in an artistic field. The exhibit is free and open to the public during normal business hours. The ALC Spring-Summer Show Chatham Township Municipal Bldg, 58 Meyersville Road. Chatham | 973-635-0845

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The Evolving Role of the Realtor at The SWK Real Estate Group By Jackie Schatell, photo by Dan Epstein


he SWK Real Estate Group at Keller Williams Realty in Short Hills is lead by John and Simon Westfall-Kwong, who provide concierge services. Simon asserts that the role of the realtor has changed and evolved over the years. “The changing role of realtors highlights the importance of us being our clients’ real estate consultants,” states Simon. “The priority of our seller clients is solving the important question of ‘where will I go?’” Simon adds, “We are here to figure that out and have a game plan in place. We are also here to strategize on priorities for sellers regarding optimal net return and convenience. We listen to each person to problem solve and put together a plan for their unique journey.” According to Simon, today’s market is highly competitive for buyers. He says, “Your realtor is not just a door-opener,

they should also help you understand how much house you can afford, how down payments and mortgage rates can affect finances, and fair market value. Your realtor’s relationships with other realtors, attorneys, inspectors, and service providers can also be a huge asset.” In addition, the business of real estate has changed in the past years. “We find high value in providing powerhouse behind-the-scenes operations to satisfy clients and leverage a higher net return,” comments Simon. This often includes operations managers, marketing managers, stagers, client care and other full-time realtors who know the listing and the local market. The popularity of HGTV and similar shows have made professionally staged homes a priority for optimal interest according to Simon, who says, “Sellers should expect May 2022

their realtors to provide counsel with what today’s typical buyer is looking for and to stage their home for sale, so it will sell at the highest net return.” In addition, cutting edge operations are taking client service one step further. Simon says, “I put flexible solutions in place. Our home prep and staging program can be used for large projects or getting a home ready for market within 72 hours. And, we have a referral program offering a seamless transition for clients moving out of the area.”

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Art in the Vicinity

Ida Picker ENTRANCING WITH THE OBVIOUS Story and portrait by Dan Epstein


hatham resident Ida Picker, after majoring in English at Harvard College started a career in journalism working first for local papers and then for Bloomberg News, later teaching English Literature and Journalism at the Morristown-Beard School. But it was after enrolling at the Art Students League in NYC in 2008 studying life drawing and watercolor that she began painting in earnest. Her mother, the painter Henriette Simon Picker was also a great influence. A recent exhibit in the Ann’s Place Gallery at the Visual Arts Center of NJ, entitled Necessary Things, featured paintings made by Picker during the recent pandemic lockdown when she went looking for subjects to paint and found them right under her nose in her laundry room. She painted the obvious objects and scenes we all too often in taking for granted never stop to really look at. With simple lines and very limited, elemental color schemes we can’t help but look and find ourselves delighted. Look at Maytag3, an 18x14 acrylic on canvas painting, her washer, waiting to be filled, calling out with an open mouth for us to do some laundry. Using


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angles and visual dynamics we are captured. In Three Yellow Detergents And Maytag, also an 18x14 acrylic on canvas, three jugs of laundry detergent are lined up like soldiers waiting for a call to arms and begin work. We wonder why there are so many bottles, and ponder the mystery while being entranced by the bold colors and graphic symmetry. Portraiture also occupies a large place in Picker’s practice, and here two are presented. In both Dave and Julian, both 20x16 oil on canvas paintings, we see deceptively simply color treatments both illustrate the light effect, and define the modeling and shape of the faces of her subjects. In both, with very different expressions rendered, insights into the personalities Picker’s subjects are revealed. Picker can be reached through her website, wherein you can see many more of her paintings and find out about purchasing existing work or arranging for a commission.

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Sewing Can Improve Mental Health for Teens


f you want your teens to have a hobby that can create a positive impact on their character development and mental growth, consider teaching them the sewing art. It not only keeps them mentally healthy, but also helps them reach developmental and emotional milestones and learn healthy social skills throughout their life.

Reduces Anxiety and Stress

The concentration required while sewing and the resulting distraction of the mind from the negative thoughts promotes a positive attitude.

Increases Self Confidence and Improves Self-Image

Understanding personal limits, developing skills, and achieving realistic goals while working outside of comfort zone, all of these are some mental benefits of sewing.

It Keeps Away Negative Thoughts

Negative thoughts are the main reason for depression. For some teens, it could be

difficult to replace the ingrained negative thoughts with more uplifting ones during a depressive episode. Art and sewing can be used as a tool to help stay away from negative thought cycles.

Increases Happiness

Another scientific and surprising benefit of sewing is that it can increase the amount of dopamine in teens’ brain. When their body has high levels of dopamine, the activities that they are performing will be more comfortable and pleasurable.

Helps Teens to Be Mentally Focused in Life

as back pain. Consistent practice of this kind between the ages of 13 and 18 can improve general mental and physical health..

Teaches Them How To be Patient

Practicing sewing is scientifically proven to raise mind awareness and concentration while doing any type of activity which further, in turn, allows them to stay mentally focused in their life.

Working on any sewing project they will realize that they need to thread the needle before sewing. Marking of fabric is compulsory before cutting it, shortcuts can not be used while stitching two pieces of fabric together. Slowly but surely they start to learn how to be more patient.

Improves Hand-Eye Coordination

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Sewing involves a high level of attention to detail, which promotes coordination and alleviates physical difficulties such

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Head-to-Toe Pain Relief By Janis Hashe, photo by Dan Epstein


he ancient Asian wellness treatment of acupuncture is now widely recognized as effective in relieving back, neck and joint pain, and headaches, including migraines. And, said Joan Arata, franchise owner of Florham Park’s Modern Acupuncture, it also provides relief from stress and anxiety— two conditions that have skyrocketed recently. “Our goal is to make acupuncture more accessible and affordable. We’re open 7 days a week in a retail location,” she said. Clients can purchase memberships, or packages of treatments. All of Modern Acupuncture’s acupuncturists have master’s degrees in the practice, which includes 2,500 hours of training, are state licensed and nationally certified. “The needles are the width of a human hair,” said Arata, so there is little or no pain on insertion, and none on removal. And the relief experienced by sufferers of both acute and chronic conditions is often remarkable, making the choice to try acupuncture an appealing one.

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Tips for Handling ANXIETY By Jackie Schatell


ay is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Magdelena Brown, a therapist at Discovery Wellness in Cedar Knolls has some tips for handling anxiety. Anxiety is intense, excessive, and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Magdelena says anxiety is a very normal state of being, provided there is an actual danger. There are a few key signs that one is having anxiety which include: feeling nervous, restless, or tense; having an impending sense of danger, panic, or doom; having an increased heart rate; sweating; feeling weak or tired; or having trouble concentrating or sleeping. Magdelena says while there are many techniques one can use; she recommends deep breathing and the 54321 Grounding Technique. She says the fastest way to calm down during an anxiety attack is to take slow deep breaths through the nose to the diaphragm because when you “fill the belly with air, it presses on the vegus nerve on the spine, which signals the brain that the danger is over, and the body can calm down.”

Magdelena Brown The 54321 Grounding Technique requires a person to look around and notice 5 things they can see, 4 things they can touch, 3 things they can hear, 2 things they can smell and 1 thing they can taste. If anxiety is causing you stress, Magdelena recommends seeking help at the Discovery Psychotherapy Center.

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Show Off Your Smile! Whiten and Brighten Teeth the Right Way By Sue Baldani, photo by Dan Epstein


hitening stained teeth can make smiles look much more beautiful. However, it is important to whiten them the right way in order to maintain healthy teeth and gums. “In our office, it takes about an hour to an hour and a half to the entire process. The first half hour will just be blocking out the gums so they don’t get irritated or burned,” says Dr. Helen Chiu, of Chiu Dental Care. “This way, the bleaching gel will only be on the teeth.” The teeth are whitened using hydrogen peroxide, and because this can cause sensitivity, it is best performed by a professional. There are also different levels of whiteness, and Dr. Chiu makes sure her patients have realistic expectations, unlike with some claims made with products sold over the

counter. “With our shade guide, we can tell the base color and how white your teeth will get after one session,” state Dr. Chiu. “If people start with very dark teeth, they will go up two levels of whiteness; but if they want them even whiter, it will require additional sessions.” Once the patients reach the desired whiteness, they can touch up at home once a month to maintain the whiteness. Some stains are harder to whiten than others, and if teeth are not able to be whitened due to certain conditions, she also offers porcelain laminates. With laminates, the stains will be covered permanently.

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Everyone is invited to participate in these fun-filled family events and join the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. The Liberty State Park walk will take place in the North Cove field area of the park where walkers can enjoy the beautiful view of New York City, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The South Mountain Walk will take place at the Clipper Pavilion next to the children’s Regatta Playground and the paddle boat launch.


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Gregorio’s Mediterranean Restaurant 255A Main Street, Chatham | 973-635-2777 Italian Mediterranean cuisine bursting with flavor

207 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park 973-822-0066 | A modern Italian restaurant that combines favored classics with a contemporary touch. Offerings consist of New York style pizza, fresh salads, delicious small bites, & wonderful pasta.

Pastosa Ravioli 186 Columbia Tpk, Florham Park 973-377-4800 | A third generation, family-owned and operated Italian specialty food company widely recognized as the source of New York’s finest ravioli, fresh pasta and Italian specialties.

BERKELEY HEIGHTS Nagoya Sushi & Tiki Lounge 538 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights 908-898-1188 | A family owned Japanese restaurant striving to provide the best food and experience to customers. Featuring a wide selection of sushi, rolls, and other Japanese favorites.

GILLETTE Ancona Bistro 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

Proud Thai Cookery 645 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights 908-665-0055 | A Thai Restaurant that brings you delicious street food! They offer the 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 that offers guests seasonal craft brews in addition to a delicate menu that accentuates a southern flare

CHATHAM Charley’s Aunt Restaurant 8-10 S Passaic Ave, Chatham | 973-635-6772 Traditional American cuisine.

D’Oro Ristorante 219 Main Street, Chatham | 973-701-6990 A northern Italian menu that is sure to please everyone’s pallets. D’Oro offers a vast menu selection of delicious dishes including pasta, fish, poultry, pork, steaks, and more.


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237 Main St, Chatham | 973-635-3888 Featuring traditional Japanese specialties and cuisine, including sushi, rolls, cooked fare & lunchtime bento boxes.

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

Restaurant Serenade 6 Roosevelt Ave, Chatham | 973-701-0303 Artful dining, as conceived by award-winning Chef James Laird. A showcase of the finest hand-selected seasonal and regional ingredients in simple, refined presentations by Chef Laird.


A Taste of Asia 245 Main Street, Chatham | 973-701-8821 A Taste of Asia, New Jersey’s first Malaysian restaurant, brings the eclectic cuisines of Malay, China, India, Thailand and Eurasia to the area.

CEDAR KNOLLS H2ocean Restaurant & Raw Bar 41 Ridgedale Avenue. Cedar Knolls 973-984-9594/ www., Relaxed restaurant & bar serving locally sourced seafood in a sophisticated, contemporary space.

FLORHAM PARK China Chalet 184 Columbia Turnpike, Florham Park 973-996-2828 | Traditional Sichuan cuisine in an elegant environment.

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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

Il Goccino Ristorante 33 Main Street, Madison | 973-377-3800 Northern Italian Cuisine

NEW PROVIDENCE Moe’s Bistro and Bar 535 Central Ave, New Providence 908-840-4540 | Located inside the Best Western Plus & Murray Hill Hotel and Suites, offering a full and varied menu with a Mediterranean flare. Full bar and live entertainment.

Coppola Ristorante & Pizzeria 590 Central Ave, New Providence 908-665-0266 Offering housemate pizzas & formal Italian dishes

Fiorino Ristorante 38 Maple St, Summit | 908-277-1900 The expertly prepared food at Fiorino is based on classic dishes of Tuscany region in Northern Italy.

Huntley Taverne 3 Morris Avenue, Summit | 908-273-3166 Huntley Taverne dining experience offers classic seasonal cuisine, a 250 bottle wine list, two stone fireplaces, outdoor porch dining, and private events.

SHORT HILLS Krust Kitchen 7 Cross St, Madison | 908-525-7878 Pizza

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Noon Tea Creperie 57 Main Street, Madison | 973-520-8049 Specializing in tea inspired crepe cakes and an assortment of fresh fruit waffle desserts and cheesecakes. Featuring hot and cold teas brewed with special care as well as a variety of unique boba and slush drinks made with fresh fruit.

Osteria Trevi 2 Park Avenue, Madison | 973-845-9800 Presenting inventive recipes using the simplest ingredients that will bring you dishes inspired by the oldest along with the newest traditions of fine Italian cuisine

MILLBURN Basilico 324 Millburn Ave, Millburn 973-379-7020 | Enjoy the delicious flavors of their dishes, homemade pastas and desserts, cooked to perfection at one of the finest Millburn Italian restaurants.

Common Lot 27 Main Street, Millburn | 973-467-0494 A BYOB destination offering New American dishes.

La Pergola 120 Essex Street, Millburn | 973-376-6838 Providing diners with quintessential Northern Italian cuisine.

MoonShine Summer Club 55 Main Street, Millburn | 973-218-6042 Contemporary American cooking executed with style, finesse, and an updated comfort-food sensibility.

327 Springfield Ave, Summit | 908-522-9088 Located in Summit, La Pastaria has become an icon of home style Italian dining and a hidden gem of the community.

Natale’s Summit Bakery Boxcar Bar & Grill 25 Chatham Rd, Short Hills | 973-912-0002 Boxcar Bar & Grill is the neighborhood hangout Short Hills has longed for. From juicy burgers to crispy, thin crust pizza to ceviche and fresh salads, friends and families will enjoy their food!

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.

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 Roots Steakhouse is an old-fashioned New York style Steakhouse. Diners can expect delicious USDA aged prime beef sourced from the highest quality ranches in the mid-west.

STIRLING Trattoria Biagio 239 Main Avenue, Stirling | 908-350-8064 Authentic Italian cuisine

Twelve Islands Greek Taverna 1255 Valley Rd, Stirling | 908-647-2193 Charming eatery crafting traditional Greek fare, including seafood & classic homestyle dishes. 12 Island has a full bar and the menu is assembled with a wide variety of recipes from the Dodecanese and other islands.


Serra Restaurant 10 Bank Street, Summit | 908-273-1713 A family owned and run, authentic Portuguese BBQ restaurant. Their savory dishes feature ingredients such as olive oil, tomatoes, onion, garlic and wine.

Summit House Restaurant + Bar

Due 36 50 Maple St, Summit | 908-608-0222 An authentic Argentinian/Italian tapas restaurant for all the family to enjoy.

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395 Springfield Ave, Summit | 908-273-6000 An American restaurant and bar offering seasonal cuisine, craft cocktails, fresh local beers, and terroir-driven wines.


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The Secret Sauce By Barry Farber


his month I sat down with Chance Healy, a founding partner of 1776 by David Burke. Launching a restaurant with Topgolf Swing Suites in the middle of a pandemic had its ups and downs with valuable business and life lessons.

Chance: Nobody in their right mind is signing a long-term commercial lease in the middle of a pandemic. But we did and got a pretty favorable term in the process which worked out for ourselves and our investors. But you still have to take a risk in the process. I learned a great deal in this process. Having the support of people around you and your partners is critical. So many times we could’ve pulled the plug and walked away from it. We could’ve done that in the middle of Covid but we were so passionate about the idea and concept of partnering with Topgolf Swing Suites and Chef Burke we just had to make this happen. If we can get through this we can make it work.

(Left-right) George Schneider, Chance Healy, Chef Burke and David Vorcheimer

Barry Farber: How did this idea come about? Chance Healy: My partners are David Vorcheimer and George Schneider. I’ve known David for years and actually palled around Morristown with him when we were kids. David approached me with a business idea one day and the model was–golf simulators, a great restaurant, and a great bar. Initially we were thinking of doing a private club somewhere in town. A place where golfers had a destination to play on the off-season since in New Jersey that season is only six months long. My background is in hospitality from restaurants to hotels and was intrigued with this idea. Once we got a big name like Topgolf Swing Suites on board we thought why don’t we get a great celebrity chef on board to run the kitchen. So we brought on celebrity chef David Burke. Barry: What did you learn in this process and what were some of the obstacles you ran into starting a restaurant in the middle of a pandemic?

We learned a lot about ourselves. Through integrity, supply chain problems, fear as a motivator and a lot of hard work. Barry: What did that work involve? Chance: Executing on every detail. Converting two old boring office spaces and condensing them into one magical space that we are in love with. Topgolf provided some technology support that was over and above our expectations. Chef Burke had all teams hands on deck in menu design, kitchen design and more. Barry: What was the most important component to your success in this endeavor? Chance: Trust. Sharing everything. When you’re going out to borrow money from a bank they are going to see everything. You see all the good and you see all the bad. The key is to be transparent with your partners. When you’re in a stressful business like this that demands so much attention and so much manpower the key is to be upfront and honest with everything you’re doing.

Barry: What did you learn about yourself in this process?

Barry Farber

Chance: The most important thing is to trust your instincts. Trust your gut. My mother always told me to, “Trust your gut, trust your gut.” From the people you meet to the ones you’re partnering with, always be forthright and honest. Be true to yourself. Barry: Are there any other interesting fact you’d like to share? Chance: I’m a product of the restaurant business. My grandmother owned two restaurants. My father ran one and my aunt ran the other. I was raised in both of them. As soon as I could get my elbows over the sink I was a dishwasher and got right to work. I was literally born into the restaurant business, I was baptized in our family restaurant by our priest on the restaurant bar! I guess you could say I was destined to be in the restaurant business sooner or later. So opening up this restaurant in this tumultuous time seems as if everything we’ve touched has worked out and It’s sure not been without struggle and adversity. It almost feels like someone from above is looking out for us. Barry: I feel like it always comes down to the ability to take adversity and difficulty and pull out the best from it because there’s always opportunity in any difficulty. Chance: It’s funny because I have a Wall Street background and some of the best investors of all time, including Warren Buffett, love when the investor sentiment goes down and everything becomes risky and everybody starts pulling their money back into their pocket. Then they start investing and jumping in because in any stressful situation there is an opportunity to grow and expand. And with a small business like ours there’s no difference.

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


Vicinity Magazine

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