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for unsolicited materials. TABLE of CONTENTS MAY 2023 6 In the Vicinity 8 Local Heroes 8 SUP BRO Supports Fallen and Injured Police Officers and First Responders 9 Local Makes Hug Hats for Cancer Patients 15 Mansion in May Welcomes Visitors as Doors Open to Designer Showhouse and Gardens 16 Mother’s Day Local Gift Guide 18 Art in the Vicinity Social Studies: An Artist Looks at Social Events 20 COVER ARTICLE Dbtke Substainable Luxury Fabulous High Fashion Finds Buy and Sell Designer Goods in a Beautiful Boutique 24 Celebrations 24 Tips to Enhance Your Wedding Decor 25 Glaze Salon is the Perfect Beauty Destination 26 Barbequed to Perfection 27 The Papery of Summit Loves Helping Clients Celebrate 28 Nana’s Deli Caters for All Occasions and Celebrations 29 Simple Summer Recipes for All Your Celebrations 30 Health and Wellness 30 Simple Ways to Add Physical Fitness to Your Daily Routine 31 Foods for Allergy Relief 33 Kubick & Kubick: HEAR for the Community 35 Health and Wellness Resource Directory 36 Restaurant Guide 38 Diamond Minds Out of the Box and Unconventional On the Cover:
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Summit Resident Directs Feature Film

Christopher Beatty of Summit has written, produced, and directed a feature film called, Bibi, that was recently accepted and will be premiering at two major film festivals, Dances with Films and Cinequest. He says, “Bibi is a slow burn, a visually stunning film that evokes immediate reminders of Stanley Kubrick’s classic, The Shining, but also hints to many films confronting female psychosis like Repulsion and Rosemary’s Baby.” Chris says “The hardest part was visualizing it on paper, then transforming it to the screen, but the film has exceeded his expectations. Bibi will be featured next in the New Jersey International Film Festival June 3 at 7pm so grab your tickets now. He then heads out to Los Angeles for Dances with Films which will be screened at the famous Chinese Theater.

New Providence Resident Teaches People How to Sew

Dominique Kurzawa-Howe of New Providence has started a sewing business, called Sew Dandelions, where she goes to people’s houses and teaches them privately how to sew one-on-one. The business also offers crocheting lessons. Dominique brings her own sewing machines, and all clients need to supply are the fabrics. In addition, she does parties and classes for Scouts. The former fashion designer has been sewing since she was a child and loves introducing people to the art. She thinks sewing is a great hobby, especially since people have started to do more with their hands since the pandemic. In addition, she says that things are expensive these days, so it is nice to be able to make your own blankets, pillows, clothes, and more. For more information, go to

Chatham Resident Writes Novel

Liz Alterman of Chatham has written a psychological suspense novel, The Perfect Neighborhood, which is a “page-turning read filled with complex and intriguing characters.” The book is set in a fictional NJ town. She says writing the novel during Covid provided a sweet escape into a fictional world. Liz is grateful for the support of The Writers Circle in Summit where she workshopped early drafts. The book focuses on an actress who leaves her former rockstar husband, setting tongues wagging. But the gossip comes to an abrupt halt when a five-year-old disappears on his walk home from kindergarten. The novel is a thought-provoking read about the dark side of suburbia and the secrets of close-knit communities and will appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty and Sally Hepworth. Liz enjoys meeting with readers and is available for virtual visits with book clubs. The book is available wherever books are sold.

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Teen to Hold 2023 Food Truck Festival for Hope

Megan Ruzicka of Florham Park, a senior at the Morris County School of Technology, is running the 2023 Food Truck Festival for Hope, along with the event committee. It will take place on May 20, from 12-4pm at Blekicki Field, which is located at 7 Convent Rd., in Morristown. The public is invited, with tickets being $10. Kids 12 and under are free. All proceeds will benefit The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) NJ Chapter, as it is a fundraising event. The goal is to raise $5K. There will also be face painting, live music from the Chatham School of Rock House Band, lawn games, and touch-a-truck, with emergency vehicles for kids to enjoy. Local students will also be volunteering at the event! Megan looks to support the charity while giving back to the community. Visit to buy tickets and/or donate.

Local Pens Memoir

Anthony Ellis from Summit has written a book called, Climbing the Summit, which is about growing up in Summit. He says the book is filled with times of joy as a teenager, nostalgia of the 90s, and the challenges he faced as a black boy growing up in a rich, white town. He wrote the story to inspire and motivate readers to persevere and enjoy life. Readers can further interact with the story through connected music and video links, QR codes and photos on Instagram. The book is part of a series of memoirs he is writing. “Writing this book is part of following my dreams and I encourage all people to follow any dreams they have,” he says. The book is available on Amazon. To find out more, Anthony is on Facebook and Instagram as @anthonyellisauthor.


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SUP BRO Supports Fallen and Injured Police Officers and First Responders

President of SUP BRO, Inc., Joseph DiParisi (CE-BRO) of East Hanover, and a group of New Jersey and Pennsylvania-based police officers founded a charitable organization called SUP BRO to benefit the families of fallen or injured police officers and first responders. They call it SUP BRO because that is how many of the officers and first responders often address one another.

Since inception in 2019, SUP BRO, which donates 100% of what is raised, has distributed over $20,000. In addition, they have commissioned an artist, Art by Elle, to create 44 portraits of fallen or injured NJ State PBA officers, and 16 portraits of fallen or injured first responders, for a total of 60 portraits in all. She does this at no cost. They will be displayed at a funeral to be held on April 26th where the fallen and injured officers and firemen will be honored. The portraits will be presented to family members.

CE-BRO says, “After attending police week in Washington DC in which the ‘bros’ had cycled their way across state lines alongside Law Enforcement United, we became inspired to create something that would benefit the families of fallen police officers and other first responders.”

So far, they surprised the widow and children of a Bedminster PD Sergeant with a Christmas shopping spree in 2020; in 2021 they surprised a widow and son of a Paterson Detective with a Christmas shopping spree; and in 2022 they surprised a Morristown Sergeant and his children with a Christmas shopping spree. All of the shopping sprees were done at Tons of Toys in Madison, with help from the owner Chris, and Defalco’s Towing in Chatham.

In addition, during Covid, SUP BRO fed over 300 police officers and 24 different departments from around the country. They also held two separate stuff a truck events for Florida Hurricane victims. And, they have also distributed hundreds of memorial bracelets and get well bracelets.

To raise funds, SUP BRO sells merchandise at events and on their website, and receives donations from local businesses. To donate to the organization, go to

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Local Makes Hug Hats for Cancer Patients

Paula Genna Moccia, an octogenarian, of Florham Park, has been donating Hug Hats to Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Medical Center for 12 years. She also donates them to Summit Medical Center, Trinity Hospital in Elizabeth, and wherever else there is a need. All in all, she has donated well over 5,000 Hug Hats to cancer patients.

Hug Hats are decorative hats made out of recycled t-shirt material that are donated to cancer patients who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments. They come in different styles and colors and are washable. Some Hug Hats have embellishments on them like handpainted designs and decorative pins and scarves. They are very comfortable and

can be dressed up or down to be worn for all occasions.

Paula says that when she began to volunteer at Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, she noticed that patients in the infusion room always complained about the lack of comfortable head coverings. She had been a children’s clothing designer and decided to use her skills as a designer to solve their problem of finding suitable head coverings. It became her mission. The big problem was deciding what fabric to use as there was no funding to buy fabric.

One spring day where coats were off and people were wearing t-shirts, Paula thought to herself, “People have lots of t-shirts and get rid of them all the time.

What if they donated them and I used the fabric to make the hats?” She went right home and made a pattern, sewed a sample hat, and knew she had found her solution to comfortable, pretty head coverings. Paula called the program, “A Hug for Your Head,” because the hats made the patients feel comfortable and like they were receiving a hug.

During Paula’s career as a children’s clothing designer, she says it was exciting to see her designs in major department stores and in magazine ads, but seeing the Hug Hats on patients has provided her with the biggest sense of accomplishment. “It means the world to me to be able to give back,” she says, adding that making these hats adds purpose and pleasure to her life.

Paula says that the program would not be the success it is without the help of volunteers. Some volunteers sew, while others donate t-shirts, costume jewelry pins, and scarves, and some distribute the Hug Hats to the patients in the infusion rooms. Paula is always looking for people to help her sew. Some hats are sewn by machine, and some are completely hand sewn. To volunteer to sew, request a Hug Hat for a cancer patient, or to donate t-shirts, costume jewelry pins, or scarves, please email Paula at

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Rose Squared Art Show

The 36th Rose Squared Art Show Verona Park will showcase the original artworks of over 110 fine art and fine crafts exhibitors. The beautiful Essex County Verona Park will be turned into an outdoor art gallery with a wide variety of fabulous art for homae and body. Among the items for purchase will be one-of-a-kind paintings, ceramics, glass, wood, art jewelry and clothing, photography, sculptures, and mixed media. This show is sponsored by the Essex County Department of Parks and Rose Squared Art Shows. There is handicapped parking accessible in the park with handicap placards. There is ample street, and public parking is within walking distance of the event.

The Rose Squared Art Shows has been bringing artistic excellence to New Jersey for over 40 years. Participating artists in a Rose Squared Art Show undergo a rigorous juried selection process and additional vetting to ensure that all curated artwork is original. Rose Squared Art Shows bring artists from across the nation to five unique art and fine craft shows that attract visitors of all ages, including collectors and art buyers searching for signature selections created by icons in the industry and today’s most up-and-coming trendsetters.

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Our House Foundation’s 24th Annual ‘Our House, Our Run’

Support Our House Foundation by running or walking at their 24th Annual Spring event. The event will kick off with a 2-Mile walk followed by a USATF-NJ PMAG 700pt All Division Championship 4-Mile race! Stay and cheer on the residents in the Everyone’s A Winner Race at 10:45am! Once again, the event will continue with the tradition of offering a virtual option to friends near and far. All of the proceeds will support the programs and services provided to adults with disabilities served by Our House.

Cathy Colford, Vice President of Development for the Our House Foundation states, “Our annual community event and fundraising efforts are critical for supporting the adults with disabilities served by Our House and we are most appreciative for the community’s ongoing support. We encourage people to join us in person or virtually.”

Founded in 1980, Our House, Inc. is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides residential, employment, day program and recreational services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Their first home opened in 1980 in Summit and they have steadily grown to 27 locations throughout Essex, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset and Union Counties.

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86th Annual Maplewood Garden Club Plant Sale

This Spring the Maplewood Garden Club will hold its 86th Annual Plant Sale at the Maplewood Community Pool on May 11, 12 & 13. Known around the state as the best plant sale of the year. MGC members have already been hard at work for months planting, propagating, potting-up, ordering, planning and organizing for the plant sale.

The annual plant sale is the only fundraiser held by MGC each year and it is intended to offer exceptional plant material, often unusual or rare and below market prices to the gardening community. The funds raised enable us to generate the resources that support the ongoing projects and activities donated to the Township, some of which include: Scholarships to Columbia High School Seniors, Rutgers University Students, and Township employees for continuing education programs at Rutgers University; the Dickens Village Conservatory; the Durand-Hedden herb garden; the Hilton Rain Garden; Maplewood Library book donations; Maplewood Township greenhouses; the Memorial Garden behind Town Hall; holiday decorations at the railroad station and on various municipal buildings; and numerous gardens around town.

Thursday & Friday, May 11-12, 8am-8pm;

Saturday, May 13, 8am–4pm

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The Paul Jacobs Organ Concert

Christ Church in Short Hills welcomes Grammy-award winning organist Paul Jacobs for a solo recital concert. The special, one-day only concert will feature a selection of works, including J.S. Bach, and showcasing the church’s historic Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1347 pipe organ, which is the largest of its kind in New Jersey. The signature performance at Christ Church in Short Hills commemorates the church’s 140th Anniversary.

Paul Jacobs has been heralded as “one of the major musicians of our time,” by Alex Rose of The New Yorker and as “America’s Leading Organ Performer” by The Economist. He is an internationally celebrated organist who combines a probing intellect and extraordinary technical mastery with an unusually large repertoire, both old and new.

Sunday, May 21, 4pm

Parish Hall of Christ Church

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Greenwood Gardens:

Connecting People with Nature in a Historic Garden Oasis

National Public Gardens Day

Friday, May 12, 10-11am

Colorful, exuberant bulbs herald the arrival is spring. Join Head of Horticulture, Sonia Uyterhoeven, as she leads guests through the gardens highlighting favorite spring bulbs and maintenance tips.


Art Pottery

Sunday, May 21, 3-5pm

The Greenwood Gardens’ extensive collection of classic 1920s Arts and Crafts style Rookwood tiles will be presented by the ceramic company’s Brand Ambassador, George Hibben. Guests will have a change to view the pieces that are not ordinarily seen by the public and stroll the gardens to view the tiles in situ.

Creative Arts Day in the Garden

Wednesday, May 31, 11am-4pm

En plein air artists of all skill levels are welcome… for watercolors, pastels, pen and ink, photography, sketching and journaling. The century-old site offers magical views, iconic Arts & Crafts follies, and stately fountains.

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Water at Harmonium Choral Society’s Wellspring Concerts

Afull concert by the select Harmonium’s Chamber Singers present Wellspring, a concert celebrating water and the creative spirit. The 100-voice choral society, directed by Dr. Anne Matlack of Madison, has been recognized for its eclectic programming, choral excellence, and community spirit, and sponsors commissions and musicianship workshops to advance the choral art.

“The 25 Chamber Singers will take you from a Brahms motet to the clapping and stomping of Tracy Wong’s “Singkap Siaga,” and the use of water bottles in Anders Edenroth’s “Water” as performed by the Real Group. We will also present Trevor Weston’s “Voices Live Forever,” and works by Josquin, Morley, Schutz, Dunphy and more!

“It is also our first unmasked concert, and I am so happy to see their expressive faces again!,” says Dr. Matlack.

Saturday, May 5, 7:30pm

Grace Episcopal Church

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Sunday, May 7, 3pm

Morrow Memorial United Methodist Church 600 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood

The Summit Symphony Orchestra Concert

The Summit Symphony Orchestra (SSO) concludes its season with Music Director Michael Avagliano who will lead the orchestra in performances of Farrenc’s Overture No. 2 in E-flat, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Artie Shaw’s Concerto for Clarinet featuring clarinetist Maureen Hurd Hause. The SSO has been providing free orchestral concerts for the area since 1938.

Sunday, May 21, 2pm

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Mansion in May Welcomes Visitors as Doors Open to Designer Showhouse and Gardens

Three Fields in the Borough of Mendham, an elegant Designer Showhouse and Gardens, is open to visitors as of May 1. You’ll not want to miss this latest incarnation of the Mansion in May, one of New Jersey’s brightest spring outings and the signature fundraising event of the Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center. Every two (occasionally three) years, the Association presents a splendid home decorated to the nth degree by the area’s best interior and landscape designers.

Three Fields spreads over 36 acres of garden, lawn, ponds and forest, all surrounding a 9000 square foot stone, brick and tile-roofed French manorstyle home. The estate combines many architectural elements such as tall,

steeply-pitched roofs with dormers, wood casement windows and French doors opening to the green vistas beyond. The home’s façade combines several conjoined structures, as if the house had been added to over time, all blending together to give the romantic appearance of a centuries-old retreat.

Starting months ago, a team of 29 interior designers and 14 landscape designers and architects and their crews began transforming the home into a spectacular experience where imagination knows no bounds. Today Three Fields glows in its transformation. Wander through rooms with names such as “A Walk in the Clouds” and “Last Glance” or have a seat in the gardens as you watch the play of water on greenery.

Three Fields was built between 1928 and 1930 by a prominent architect for Benjamin Mosser and his family, who lived there for 20 years before Andrew Fletcher and his family took possession. The Fletchers contributed in many ways to the community over the years.

Lunch in the cafe and shopping in the boutiques in the adjacent carriage house add to the experience of being in a pastoral setting. Tickets are $50, now available online at for the entire month. Private tours may also be scheduled online.

Don’t wait to plan a visit with your friends and family!

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SOCIAL STUDIES An Artist Looks at Social Events

Millburn resident Bart Gorin is exhibiting a series of photographs made at social events over a couple of decades which document the changes in how we gather to celebrate.

Gorin didn’t start out to be an event photographer. Growing up in Brooklyn and interested in Art, he attended the Pratt Institute where he majored in Sculpture and Art Education. Graduating in 1976, an interest in photography led him to a career as an advertising photographer in NYC in which he was responsible for creating the photographs used to illustrate many national ads seen in popular magazines.

It was in 2001 when a co-worker of his wife asked him to photograph her wedding that he dipped his toe into the world of event photography. One thing led to another, and quickly his schedule was full documenting all kinds of social events: weddings, bar mitzvahs, and corporate parties. After over 20 years of covering social events of all kinds, Gorin, stuck by the continuous cultural shifts in traditions, rituals, and even mores, has gathered a selection of photographs that document these changes in an exhibition at Studio Montclair.

In Drag Queen 2004, the musical entertainment photographed at a corporate holiday party transcends the traditional disk jockey or combo of musicians. A drag queen miming along to popular songs entrances the partiers. Gorin points out that while the wedding tradition of throwing both the bouquet and garter belt is rarely seen at contemporary weddings these days, here in Garter Belt 2022, he sees it reappear, and the placing of the garter reveals a party guest with multiple tattoos.

In Wedding Selfie 2022, as phone cameras get better and better, selfies, which didn’t exist prior to cell phones becoming common, happen even in the middle of a wedding ceremony as the celebrant stops the wedding service to grab one with the couple he’s about to pronounce husband and wife. In this exhibit, Gorin has shown us that while we will probably always gather to celebrate, the more things stay the same: the more they are different.

See more of Gorin’s intriguing work in an exhibit at Studio Montclair opening April 21 running through May 26, or on his website.

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Fabulous High-Fashion Finds

Buy and Sell Designer Goods in a Beautiful Boutique

When customers and consignors walk into DoubleTake in Short Hills, they feel like they’ve entered a beautiful high-end boutique. Stylish clothing is organized by type and/or designer and the salespeople are friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. continued on the next page

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Fabulous High-Fashion Finds

“Years ago, when I worked in New York City as a buyer in the garment center, I had accumulated my own stack of clothing and took it to a consignment store,” says Marci Kessler, owner of DoubleTake. “The people there weren’t friendly and the whole environment was not what I was looking for.”

She packed up her things, went home, and told her husband that she could do it so much better, and would. She did her research, traveling across the country to see what others were doing and even working for a couple of weeks in a consignment shop in Texas to really get the feel for the industry. That was over 30 years ago.

“We’re all about sustainable luxury and sharing your treasures with others who may want them,” she says. “We’ve had rock stars and their wives, opera singers and Tony award nominees shop here. We’ve even had Miss New Jersey come in.”

Shoppers can find everything from clothing and handbags to belts and shoes from contemporary labels such as Veronica

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Beard, Jonathan Simkhai, and Theory to luxury brands like Prada, Gucci, Chanel, and Christian Louboutin. Every item they accept is authenticated and inspected to make sure it’s clean and in perfect condition.

“People don’t want to spend $300 or $400 for a pair of jeans, or $5,000 or $10,000 on a dress. So we have jeans, we have cocktail attire, mother-of-the- bride and -groom dresses and more. Also, these are items you’re not seeing on everyone else; they’re unique.”

Since some customers have been asking for some additional lower-priced contemporary pieces from J.Crew, Zara and similar brands, the shop now has a display of these as well.

For the consignors who patronize the shop, they appreciate knowing their beloved items are getting a second life. “They’re doing something with their clothing that’s sustainable,” says Marci. “It’s not fast fashion where it becomes trash, which is bad for the environment.”

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Consignors often receive 50 percent of the proceeds, and sometimes higher if an item is in high demand. And instead of taking the money when something is sold, they can set up a credit line to purchase merchandise. DoubleTake also has a rewards program, so when customers spend a certain amount of money, they get dollar rewards that they can use towards future purchases.

“We have a really good relationship with both consignors and customers,” she says. “We’re trustworthy; we’re honest, and we’re very competitive with our prices.”


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Tips to Enhance Your Wedding Decor

Wedding days are meant to be filled with love and celebration, and what better way to ring in the new stage of life as newlyweds than with a well-decorated venue to match the joyous occasion. Whether a couple is on a tight budget or picky when it comes to theme ideas, these decorating tips can help add more flair for the big day.

Use a Natural Venue.

Many couples choose wedding venues that require immense amounts of decorations, but a venue with organic scenery or a beautiful view can help alleviate the stress. Consider having the ceremony near a garden or beach with enough natural surroundings to keep guests in awe.

Make the Cake a Centerpiece.

Wedding cakes are almost guaranteed to be filled with flavor, but they can also serve as a decorative centerpiece for

the reception. Choosing a cake topped with flowers, highlighting bright colors and placing it in a prominent spot at the reception can grab guests’ attention while also keeping them eager for a bite.

Choose Table Accessories that Pop!

Leave guests in amazement as they make their way to their seats for the reception with beautifully decorated tables. Table accessories can be anything ranging from patterned table runners to flowers in fullbloom placed in simple, elegant vases. If you are not having a formal sit-down reception, try using paper lanterns or hanging flowers from the ceiling to create an eye-catching atmosphere to remember.

Add Classic Lighting.

At times, finding the right lighting to match the mood of a wedding venue can be tricky. In this case, less may actually be more. Try opting for a classic

candlelit ceremony or reception to create a more romantic setting. This can save both money and countless hours spent attempting to configure elaborate light fixtures, and also provide a timeless feel.

Place Engagement Photos Around the Venue.

With any wedding, you want the day to feel personal and intimate for the couple and guests alike. Consider decorating the venue with engagement photos of the soon-to-be spouses as they popped the question. This can allow the newlyweds to reminisce while guests view those cherished moments and revel in the occasion.

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Glaze Salon is the Perfect Beauty Destination

May is full of celebrations from Mother’s Day to proms and weddings, and Glaze Salon, an up-scale, a full-service salon located in Chatham, is up to the task of providing guests with beautiful hairdos and make-up applications for all occasions. The salon, which was fully renovated in 2019, is owned by Cindi Galiher, and Kathy Korab.

According to Kathy, this season, the salon is seeing many prom clients coming in asking to wear their hair down with curls and waves. “Most clients come into the salon with hairdos in mind and bring photographs,” says Kathy. “We take our cues from our clients and customize their hair exactly how they desire.” The salon also has an extensive line of hair extensions for clients to choose from.

This season, pink and apricot lip colors are very popular for prom goers, according to Cindi, who says that she customizes clients’ makeup palettes according to the colors they will be wearing and their skin tones. In addition, with false lashes being all the rage these days, many looks aren’t complete without lash applications.

In addition, guests can enjoy other services, which include manicures, pedicures, and waxing. There is even a cavitation machine that uses ultrasound sound waves to slim and smooth problem areas. And for those who need a great gift, the retail store is the perfect place to shop.

Glaze Salon

7 Townsquare, Chatham Township 973-701-0099 |

127 South Livingston Ave, Livingston | 973-740-1940 | For All Your Catering Needs… We Take Care of the Food So You Can Take Care of Your Guests! No Party is Too Large or Small Corporate Catering Also Available We Offer Lunch/Dinner Everyday for Take-Out HOURS: MONDAY-FRIDAY 10AM-6:30PM; SATURDAY 10AM-3PM; SUNDAY: 10AM-3PM Celebrations
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Barbequed to Perfection

Since 1996, the American B-B-Q Company in Denville has served area residents delicious, catered barbecue delights for indoor and outdoor events. American B-B-Q provides complete service for residential, corporate, church, or school parties. They will bring the event to you, preparing delectable gourmet selections and grilling the meats under a large canopy. The Company takes care of cleanup and setup, so that guests may relax and enjoy the party. The celebration begins with the arrival of American B-B-Q and their friendly, competent staff!

As warm weather approaches, families and other groups have an array of events to plan, including holidays, birthdays, baptisms, graduations, and weddings. The long, sunny days are the perfect setting for outdoor activities.

The many packages that American B-B-Q offers include pork and ribs, pig roasts, clam backs, southern barbeques, Texas barbeques, and special, personalized theme events throughout the year. They also provide Latin American barbeques, which

include a variety of Mexican dishes, salads, corn, and beans. A Cinco de Mayo theme package will be available in early May.

“Food is an essential element for celebrations. And we can provide great food for any excuse you may have to get together,” says Kevin Smith, owner of American B-B-Q Company.

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The Papery of Summit Loves Helping Clients Celebrate

From wedding invitations to baby showers, graduations, birthday parties and everything in between, The Papery has been the local go-to invitation source in NJ since 1996. The women-owned business, with two other locations in Sea Girt and Shrewsbury, knows how important every invitation is and strives to offer excellent personalized service to every client.

“We love being a part of our customers’ happy occasions,” says owner Laura Weber.

The Papery of Summit, which also offers guest addressing and graphic design services, creates signs, place cards, menus and so much more. Greeting cards and unique specialty gifts are also available there.

“We believe in using great paper and offering the best in customer service,” says Laura. “We try to make everything as easy as possible, so as to provide a wonderful experience for every client.”

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7 Townsquare, Chatham | 973-701-0099 At GLAZE Salon, Beautiful Hair is Just the Beginning! By Appointment Only Wed & Thur 9am-8pm | Fri & Sat 9am-5pm Closed Sunday, Monday & Tuesday Let Us Make You Look Your Best For Any Event! Classic Waves • Up-Dos • Blowouts • Extensions • Make-Up — You’ll be Glad You Did! Celebrations
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Nana’s Deli Caters for All Occasions and Celebrations

No matter what type of celebration you are planning, you can’t go wrong when ordering food from Nana’s Deli. Nana’s offers catering for all types of occasions including Mitzvahs, graduations, Mother’s Day, showers, upscale luncheons, office parties, birthday parties and so much more! With over 41 years in business, no party is too small or big.

In addition, if you are just looking for something great to serve for lunch or dinner, you will love the selection at Nana’s Deli, which is home to Nana’s Famous Tuna. In fact, the establishment was named after owner’s Marc Dworkin’s grandmother and Jason Dworkin’s great-grandmother, “Nana.”

Jason and his staff take great care in everything they do to serve their patrons. “We cater each event as if we were catering for our own family,” says Jason. The deli is open Monday-Friday from 10am6:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm. Those with a hankering for some of Nana’s Famous Tuna, or any of the delicious foods at Nana’s, can order through Door Dash or simply call.

Nana’s Deli

127 S. Livingston Avenue, Livingston | 973-740-1940

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Simple Summer Recipes for All Your Celebrations

Summer Shrimp Salad

Everyone loves Barth's cooked shrimp. For a light and easy meal, try this recipe that one of our customers shared with us.

3/4 lb mixed greens

1 lb Barth's large cooked shrimp, tails removed

1 cucumber, quartered and cut into triangular slices

1 pint of grape tomatoes (or baby heirlooms)

2 avocados, cubed

1 medium red onion, diced


¼ cup of olive oil

½ tsp Dijon mustard

2 Tbsp lemon juice

¼ tsp salt pepper to taste

Marinated Pork Kebabs

This recipe works great for beef or chicken too!

3 lbs boneless pork loin cut into 1.5" cubes

1/4 cup honey

1/2 cup warm water

1/2 cup soy sauce

2 Tbsp minced garlic (about 6 cloves)

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp fresh grated ginger or 1/2 tsp ginger powder

1 tsp black pepper

Mix dressing ingredients. Toss all vegetables, top with shrimp. Drizzle with the lemon olive oil dressing and sprinkle with pepper to taste.

GOT CROUTONS? Try crumbling Barth's bruschetta toast for the most delicious croutons!

Whisk ingredients together. Marinade pork in refrigerator for several hours (or overnight). Prepare kebabs using pre-soaked bamboo skewers or metal skewers. Grill for 3-4 minutes per side until kebab is heated through and light pink in center.

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Simple Ways to Add Physical Fitness to Your Daily Routine

Being resourceful with your daily routine can deliver big payoffs when it comes to increasing your activity level. Incorporating physical fitness into your everyday activities can save you time and also burn calories, and it doesn’t have to take much time or effort.

“For many people, the biggest obstacle to getting more exercise is time,” says Danielle Johnson, physical therapist and wellness physical therapist for the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. “People feel stretched between their career, child care demands and family commitments. Thinking of spending an hour extra at the gym may feel overwhelming.”

If you don’t have time to fit in a scheduled workout, try using daily tasks to incorporate fitness, Johnson advises. “You’ll still be able to reap the benefits of exercise by using small bouts of movement throughout the day. Two 10-minute walks, a few sets of stairs and some five-minute intervals of bodyweight squats, lunges or push-ups can add up to big health benefits.”

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Foods for Allergy Relief

When you suffer from allergies, your body launches an immune response against and irritant—pollen, grass, mold—triggering itchy, watery eyes, congestion, a runny nose, and general misery. There are certain foods that may help with allergy relief. These foods contain nutrients that can help reduce inflammation and boost the immune system, which may alleviate allergy symptoms.

Vitamin C

Foods rich in vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwis, and red peppers, can help reduce inflammation and boost the immune system.


Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, walnuts, and flaxseed, can help reduce inflammation and improve lung function, which may alleviate allergy symptoms.


Quercetin-rich foods, such as apples, onions, and berries, have antihistamine properties that can help reduce allergy symptoms.


Probiotic-rich foods, such as yogurt, kefir, and kimchi, can help improve gut health, which is linked to a healthy immune system and reduced allergy symptoms.

It’s important to note that while these foods may help alleviate allergy symptoms, they are not a replacement for medical treatment. If you have severe or persistent allergy symptoms, it’s important to speak with a healthcare professional.

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Kubick & Kubick: HEAR for the Community

“Wetreat people like family” seems like a common refrain, but few take it more seriously than Kubick & Kubick Inc. The thirdgeneration hearing and optical business based in Millburn, NJ, believes in building long-term relationships by treating each patient as one of their own.

“We wouldn’t have it any other way,” says owner and provider Christian Kubick, carrying on the proud legacy started by his grandfather, Jack Kubick, who founded the practice—then Kubick & Kubick Opticians in Orange, NJ—more than 80 years ago.

The business began in 1940 as an optician’s office before moving to Millburn in 1960, when Christian’s father, Robert Kubick, expanded the business to include a hearing aid center. Father and son worked together until Robert retired, with Christian then leading the clinic into a new era.

From an early age, Christian felt the effects of hearing loss when his mother

lost part of her hearing. The experience gave him a personal look at the everyday struggles that come with hearing loss and strengthened his dedication to improving others’ lives. Those early inspirations and the family business motivated Christian.

For Christian, it’s not just about helping people hear better—it’s the life-changing impacts that come with it. “Watching patients reconnect with people they love or even hobbies that previously had to take a backseat is deeply satisfying,” says Christian. “Nothing compares to helping people reclaim their lives.”

In his years as practice owner, Christian has put tremendous effort into building a team that shares his philosophy when it comes to patient-centered care.

In 2017, Christian hired Jill Venturella as his patient care coordinator and office manager. Current patients know Jill as the smile they hear over the phone. It is clear to each patient just how much she cares.

In 2020, Christian met Kaitlin Brennan Shaw, a hearing aid specialist, and it was immediately clear they both shared the same vision for how patients should be treated. They talked at length about how they both felt it was so important that each patient leaves their office not just hearing better but feeling that their concerns and frustrations were actually HEARD. One of the things that sets Kaitlin apart is her genuine care and interest in each patient she meets.

This all adds up to the business’ distinction as a cherished resource in Millburn, NJ, and the surrounding communities.

For patient-oriented hearing care that puts you first, don’t wait. Book your appointment today at Kubick & Kubick, where you’re treated like family!

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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.

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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.


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Nana’s Deli

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.

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

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


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

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

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237 Main St, Chatham | 973-635-3888

Traditional Japanese specialties and cuisine

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6 Roosevelt Ave, Chatham | 973-701-0303

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615 Meyersville Road, Gillette 908-580-0799

Family-friendly BYOB serving Sonoran-stule Mexican cuisine.

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



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Southern Mediterranean Italian Cuisine

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

Steak house, sushi & raw bar

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127 S Livingston Avenue, Livingston 973-740-1940 |

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27 Main Street, Millburn | 973-467-0494

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Ms. Lin Chinese Cuisine

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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

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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


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50 Maple St, Summit | 908-608-0222

Authentic Argentinian/Italian tapas restaurant

La Pastaria

327 Springfield Ave, Summit | 908-522-9088

Italian cusine

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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.

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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.

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Out of the Box AND Unconventional

Vision and belief are the foundation to help guide you through “out-of-the-box” thinking and unconventional action. I’ve always been fascinated with new and unique approaches to business, product inventions, martial arts training, artwork and more. When approaching situations different from the norm you seem to get a lot of no’s, rejection and setbacks.

A flat folding pen? “It’s a novelty item, won’t work.”

A biography of a world champion skateboarder? “Skateboarders don’t read”.

How about a $7 million wooden roller coaster named Evel Knievel? “You’re nuts”.

I’ve heard them all.

Anything that challenges the norm and looks at a new way to create gets me excited. The KEY is defining the steps to execute the plan and having a crystal-clear vision of the final product in your mind.

Recently I was made aware of a company that invented and manufactured a sword that cuts through wood called the “Viking Wood Splitting Sword”. It’s 4 feet long and 11 pounds with a double edge razor sharp blade. The reason it got my attention is that for many years I’ve loved training with a variety of martial arts weapons and have always had a passion for chopping wood.

So, I was thinking…what if I could use the Viking sword to start carving a 5-foot wooden statue of a wolf from an oak stump? That would be something a little different since carving animals out of wood and stone has been a hobby of mine. In one of my rock sculptures, I actually used only a hammer and screwdriver.

So, I started thinking of all the benefits of carving with the sword verses using a chainsaw. (Chainsaws are the norm for carving large wooden animals).

First, it’s an amazing full body workout. I get my workout and create a sculpture at the same time. Second, it allows you to understand the uniqueness of the grain and how the wood breaks off. And third, it’s a boatload of fun!

Currently, I’m in the process of carving all the animals in my children’s story…In Search Of The Magic Tree. The 3rd character is Sheba the Wolf. The way I go about it is to visualize the next animal in the middle of the current carving. For weeks I will look at pictures of wolves until I see the one that works and study every feature in great detail. I will buy a miniature model of a wolf and study it from every angle. The more I study and think about the image of the final wolf the easier it is to cut away what isn’t. When you have the end result crystal clear in your mind it gives you the resilience to continue regardless of any mistakes, setbacks and difficulties. This idea helps with all types of projects.

The preparation and visualization of the final product builds the confidence to begin. It’s time to begin.

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