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In the Vicinity

Michael J. Reidy ART DIRECTOR

10 Local Heroes

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10 Twig Members Support Goryeb Children’s Hospital


11 Millburn Resident Creates Video Legacies for People with Life Limiting Illnesses

12 Pick Your Own 13 LUXE45 Lifestyle Boutique Opens in Maplewood Village 14 Local Buzz


19 HudsonWay Students Discover a Bright Future Through Language Immersion 20 COVER ARTICLE

14 Cats in the Garden XV

The Art of Enhancing Beauty

15 “The King of Instruments”

The Medical Spa at Spiro Plastic Surgery

15 Downtown After Sundown 16 All Aboard! 17 33rd Annual Rose Squared Art Show 22 ART in the Garden®—Annual Garden Party Under the Stars 23 Harmonium Choral Society Fundraising Event

24 Close Encounters: An Interactive Aquarium 26 Art in the Vicinity Oscar Peterson— True Beauty in Ordinary People

28 Health and Wellness 28 Summit Hearing Aid Center Offers the Latest Hearing Technology 29 Peter DeLuca, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist 30 Springtime Skin Care Regimens 32 Tips for Supporting Brain Health

34 Choose Barth’s Market for Your Next Summer Event 36 Restaurant Guide On the Cover: Jamie Spiro, Skin Care Specialist/Aesthetician, and Victoria Murphy, Nurse Practitioner, of The Medical Spa at Spiro Plastic Surgery

38 Diamond Minds Shortening The Gap

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Local Athletes Get NIL Sponsorships with Millburn Deli


teven Echavarria of Millburn and Drew Pfeiferr of Montclair have signed Name, Image, Likeness (NIL) agreements with Millburn Deli. NIL is a new initiative that was recently passed where high school and college athletes can be sponsored by a business. Steven is a 3rd year varsity baseball player and a 2nd year Varsity basketball player at Millburn High School, who committed to the University of Oregon for baseball during his freshman year to play baseball. Drew plays lacrosse for Montclair High School and is the quarterback of the football team. Kyle Rosenbaum, senior advisor and co-founder at Players U Advising is managing both Steven and Drew and has plans to do the same with players at the college level. Kyle says the Deli is getting double the usual engagements on the players’ posts.

Imagine That Donates Proceeds to Autism Foundation

Summit Native to Host Artfully Abled Art Show



heryl Taylor, owner Cheryl Taylor of Imagine That, in Florham Park, donated ten percent of the business’ proceeds on April 7 to Robbie’s World Foundation to help fund an upcoming event for moms of children with special needs. This foundation was started by Cindy Gelormini, who was featured as one of Vicinity Magazine’s Local Heroes last month, in honor of her son Robbie, who was autistic. The foundation holds a special place in Cheryl’s heart because Robbie attended many “gentle jump” events at Bounce Factory, which Cheryl used to own, where she hosted special needs holiday parties, partnered with Kean University Occupational Therapists, received grants and trained people in Autism Awareness and Acceptance. She has also held many sensory friendly events at Imagine That. “These activities are great experiences for my employees who are trained to work with people with special needs and provide a much-needed respite for parents,” says Cheryl. “These events are some of my most rewarding days on the planet,” she says.

achary Brooks has been an advocate for people affected by autism since he was in elementary school. Now a college Zachary Brooks junior, Zachary continues his efforts locally and on his college campus. Zachary will once again host Artfully Abled, an art show established in 2017, featuring works by individuals with developmental disabilities. The event will take place in June at Peanut Gallery in Summit with pieces by individuals from all over the region. Focusing on “abilities and not limitations,” Zachary states, “Artfully Abled demonstrates how everyone has skills, talents, and contributions to make to the world.” Zachary’s autism efforts as well as Artfully Abled have been inspired by his twin brother Jack who is on the spectrum. Zachary explains, “Art brings Jack peace and is a way for him to communicate his thoughts and feelings. Artfully Abled is truly a powerful event.”

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Millburn Family Helps Lions Club Break Guinness World Record


From left, Sam and Eli Rosenblatt help pack up the glasses for transport

ennifer, Peter, Eli, and Sam Rosenblatt of Millburn helped New Jersey Lions District M-16 break the Guinness World Record for the longest chain of spectacles ever created by stringing 43,000 feet of eyeglasses on 2,000 pieces of cardboard in Liberty State Park. The previous record was 16,000. The Rosenblatt family strung 2,500 pairs of glasses together at home and contributed them towards the event. They said it took almost a week to do. “It was a cool and unique way to raise awareness about the amazing community service Lions perform, and to do something meaningful together with my family,” said Jennifer. She added, “Lions seek to prevent blindness and is also dedicated to preventing hunger, protecting the environment, and helping children with cancer and people with diabetes.” Next, the glasses will be taken to the New Jersey Lion’s Eyeglass Recycling Center in Trenton to be cleaned and shared with people who need glasses but don’t have access to them.

Madison Montessori School Holds 24th Annual Genuine Art Auction

R Cate Coughlin of Madison points to the square she made on artist Josie Dakers-Brathwaite’s quilt

ecently, the Madison Montessori School hosted its 24th Annual Genuine Art Auction in support of scholarship funds. The auction included a talented and diverse group of professional New Jersey artists, including Ricardo Roig, Sarah Blank, Susan LaConti, Josie Dakers-Brathwaite, and Colleen James. Genuine Art is a program that engages students and professional artists in a collaborative process. Each year, the school’s theme, country of study, and learning intention inform the creative dialog between artists and students. This broad framework aligns with the Montessori philosophy and allows the artists’ creativity to combine with an unknown quantity—the children’s input. This year the theme of Earth, Wind and Fire, the country of study, Argentina, and learning intention of Perseverance, resulted in colorful and exciting original art pieces. The online gallery will remain on view throughout 2022. “It is incredibly special to see the children’s excitement in recognizing their contributions to artwork hanging in a gallery setting,” says Kimberly Ross, Madison Montessori School Parent and Co-Chair, along with Nicole Coughlin.

The Sensiband, Invented by Local New Jerseyans, Hits the Market


pine surgeon Mitchell Reiter, MD, who grew up in Livingston and now resides in Bernardsville, and his business partner Mark Drzala, MD, of Harding have invented the Sensiband, which is a wearable device that helps detect what metals a person is allergic to before they undergo surgery. The product launched in March and costs $100. “We kept the price low to make it affordable to everyone,” says Dr. Reiter. “Three of my four children have food allergies, so I am very attuned to allergies,” he says. “Over the years, I began noticing that some orthopedic and dental patients experienced persistent pain, rashes, or fatigue after implant surgery and I started putting the pieces together that they might be experiencing delayed type hypersensitivity reactions to the metals that were implanted,” he adds. “The Sensiband allows people to become their own advocates,” he says. “They can tell their doctors before surgery that they are allergic to particular metals allowing the surgeons to avoid implanting those metals during surgery.”

Mark Drzala, MD (left) and Mitchell Reiter, MD, have invented the Sensiband, which is a wearable device that helps detect what metals a person is allergic to before they undergo surgery

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Twig Members Support Goryeb Children’s Hospital By Jackie Schatell


hatham residents Samantha Ekert and Amy Crandall lead the Chatham Twig, a branch of the Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center. The Twig was started in 2010 and has approximately 50 members from Chatham and surrounding towns. The members are involved in hands-on projects and fundraising throughout Goryeb Children’s Hospital. To date, the Twig has donated $45,000 to support various programming and equipment needs and approximately $20,000 in in-kind collections. The Twig is a regular fixture at Morristown Medical Center. Over the years, its Goryeb projects have included hosting a variety of seasonal parties and parent education sessions, decorating the pediatric units quarterly and delivering seasonal patient goody bags, making no-sew fleece blankets for pediatric patients, assembling backpacks and supplies for pediatric cancer patients, and conducting various in-kind collection drives. The Twig has also held numerous events over the years including its signature Women, Wine, and Wisdom and Yoga in the Garden events. These fundraisers not only support the Twig’s activities, special events, and ongoing programming, but allow the Twig to make generous financial gifts to the hospital. For the third year, the Twig has sponsored a generous scholarship for the continuing education of a pediatric nurse. “Each of us has been touched by a nurse at one time or another— whether it’s bedside during childbirth, during a child’s ER visit, or a long-term stay due to pediatric illness. This is our small way of acknowledging the incredible work they do and compassion they have,” says Samantha.

From left are Amy Crandall and Samantha Ekert, the leaders of the Chatham Twig, a branch of the Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center.

According to Samantha, many Twig members have deep heartstring connections to the hospital. “The Twig is very dear to my heart because we lost an infant several years ago and I feel the work we do for the hospital touches families’ lives the way I was supported in my time of need,” says Amy. “I was thankful for what the hospital did for us and am so happy to return the favor to others.” She adds, “It is a nice way for women to lift each other up, support each other, and support causes that are important. Any way we can help each other is central.”

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Millburn Resident Creates Video Legacies for People with Life Limiting Illnesses By Jackie Schatell, photo by Dan Epstein


erry Glass of Millburn runs a non-profit called Memories Live that creates legacy movies for individuals who have life-limiting illnesses. Kerry’s goal is to use the power of film to eternalize loved one’s images, stories, and wisdom. She has been doing so, at no cost to her clients, since 2010. She funds her services through grants, fundraisers, and donations. The movies she creates run about 45 minutes long. If a client lives in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, filming takes place in the client’s home. She also films a good portion of the videos virtually, which allows her to work with people from all over the country. She edits the footage and creates chapters for each topic discussed. In addition, if photos are provided, Kerry can make a slide show at the conclusion of the live footage. The finished product is then mailed out on a USB drive. Kerry says that people tell stories about their lives, share advice, talk about future milestones, favorite TV shows, foods they like to eat, and so much more. Some read poetry or stories, play music, or do tasks like making virtual coffee together. She gives clients a standard list of questions and conversation starters. These questions help guide them and provide ideas for additional topics they may want to include in the conversation. “I encourage people to be creative,” she says. “These videos are a great way for children to get a glimpse of their parent after they are gone, or for a loved one to spend some time with a loved one they have lost,” she says. “Creating a movie is a unique experience that is an empowering and cathartic opportunity for both you and family to preserve a lifetime of memories.” Kerry adds, “I love meeting new people and hearing their stories and experiences. For them to come to me with their stories at such a delicate part of their lives is humbling. I am so appreciative to have the opportunity to do what I do.” For more information, or to donate, go to

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Pick Your Own


ith Spring comes time to start visiting a pick-your-own farm. These local farms have something the entire family can enjoy! Be sure to call or visit their website before you arrive to ensure that your favorite fruits are currently available.

fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meats, fresh quiches, guacamole, pico de gallo, jams, honey, pies, donuts, homemade ice cream, syrups and so much more. Something new is always growing on the farm and waiting to be discovered. All the freshest products for your healthy way of living can be found in our farm store every day.

Each season brings new fun for your family and new flavors to visitor’s tables at Alstede Farms. Their farm store offers a wonderful variety of freshly picked


Alstede Farms offers a variety of fruits and vegetables that you can pick yourself in their fields and orchards. Harvest season which begins in late May/early June and ends in early November. Items available for picking vary depending on month and season. The pick-your-own annual harvest

include strawberries, peas, spring vegetables, raspberries, blueberries, sweet corn, summer vegetables, beans, peaches, sunflowers, blackberries, apples, pumpkins and potatoes. Children can visit and feed farm animals including horses, cows, sheep, goats, donkeys, rabbits, ducks, chickens, and geese. Outdoor wine tastings by Tomasello Winery are being held in our outdoor courtyard on weekends.

Alstede Farms 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester 908-879-7189

Hillview Farms has been home to 53-acres of locally grown goodness for almost 150 years. Nestled in the beautiful hills of the Watchung mountain range, the farm is a quaint, old fashioned, and yet up-to-date working farm with a family history that spans 5 generations. Stop into the General Store and pickup produce, fresh eggs and honey and feel good about the quality of your food.

Ort Farm is a family farm located in Long Valley. The farm is located on 400 acres of land and the family works through all four seasons to give their customers fresh fruit and vegetables, blooming annuals and perennials, delicious baked goods, giant pumpkins and family fun.

Visitors can enjoy the farm and pick-your own fruits and veggies, right from the source. Visiting a farm is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with your family, as well as an education opportunity to discover the benefits of eating locally. Pick-yourown harvests include blueberries, peaches, zinnias, apples, and pumpkins.

Their pick-your-own seasons, offer a great opportunity to see first-hand how your food is grown, and have a wonderful time while doing it. Visitors can search for the brightest strawberry in the field now, take a walk through the sunflower trail in starting late August, pick the perfect apples or take home the biggest pumpkin in the patch in September and October!

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thleisure wear enthusiasts are spoiled for choice at the new luxury boutique nestled in downtown Maplewood, Luxe45 Lifestyle Boutique. Founded by Jill Behrman, a born and raised South Orange resident who formerly owned a lighting showroom in Miami’s Design District, Luxe45 brings the heat with a side of LA-style and New York City edge to SOMa. Whether you’re looking for a pair of eco-friendly leggings, a hip messenger bag or last-minute handcrafted gifts from small businesses nationwide, Luxe45 Lifestyle Boutique is a relaxing one-stop-shop for curated ready-to-wear clothes, accessories, and gifts. Clients appreciate the laid-back environment paired with the one-on-one attention owner Jill gives when finding the right workout gear for their diverse fitness routines. “I returned to my roots to offer residents a boutique with elevated fitness attire. I have an architectural design background, which means I am obsessed with details–for me, getting dressed is an art. I believe your athleticwear can inspire your workout routine. My boutique offers an array of leggings and tops for those who do pilates, yoga, resistance, high intensity training, or those who just want edgy or sophisticated athleisure wear that takes them from day to night,” said Jill Behrman, owner and founder of Luxe45 Lifestyle Boutique. Standout brands among others include hand-dyed NUX, funky Playground, sophisticated Varley and sustainably-produced Electric & Rose.

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Cats in the Garden XV


he fifteenth annual Cats in the Garden car show will once again take place on Father’s Day, June 19 at Van Vleck House and Gardens in Montclair. Open to the public, this event is the only car show in New Jersey to feature over 100 Jaguar vehicles spanning eight decades. “The last event estimated over 600 in attendance. The Montclair Foundation netted over $5,000 from the event, which was used to assist with our grant-making to local nonprofit community organizations, as well as the upkeep of the house and gardens,” stated Executive Director, Mark Packer.

Jaguar Land Rover Parsippany and ShopRite of West Caldwell and Parsippany sponsor the event along with the Jaguar Touring Club of New Jersey and Van Vleck Gardens.

Cats in the Garden XV Sunday, June 19, 12-3pm (Rain date: Sunday, June 26) Van Vleck House and Gardens 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair 973-575-8737



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$5 ADMISSION FEE Beer & Wine! June 2022

Proceeds from the Livingston Rotary and PBA Summerfest are donated to various organizations throughout the area, including Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors, The Arc of Essex County, the Horizon School in Livingston as well as many other charities.

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“The King of Instruments”


he Society of Musical Arts will present Saint-Saëns’ majestic Symphony No. 3 “The Organ Symphony” featuring St. Paul’s organist and music director Mark Hyczko. The 60-piece community orchestra, now in its 41st year, will also present works of Copland and Sibelius. Admission is free. Free-will donations will be accepted (and encouraged!) Sunday, June 12 — 4pm St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 414 E. Broad St., Westfield

Downtown After Sundown


he popular Downtown After Sundown (DAS) concert series returns to South Orange Downtown (SODT). From swing to pop, jazz to R&B, just about every musical style will be represented at these free community concerts which take place every Saturday June 4 Jersey Swamp Cats evening from 6:30June 11 Los Traficantes Del Amor 8:30pm in Spiotta Park June 18 Juneteenth Celebration Memorial Weekend June 25 Jazz Night through Labor Day. July 2 The Accelerators DAS is made July 9 Acute Inflections possible with the July 16 David Easton Band generous support July 30 Leonieke Scheuble of the Presenting Sponsors of Hearth Aug 6 Sarah Hodd Realty Group: Jodi Aug 13 Viva Flamenco F. Campbell, Lindsey Aug 20 Band Of Strays Stone, The LichtmanAug 27 Forget The Whale Rabney Group, Sept 3 Labor Day Celebration Jacqueline Hunter, Rodney Fontil and *Lineup is subject to change Randy Goldstein and is produced by South Orange Downtown. For more information on DAS and to view the latest lineup, please visit June 2022


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All Aboard!


mpress Dad this Father’s Day with the unique gift and unforgettable experience of a train ride on one of Morris County’s historic railroads—a day trip that will create memories for years to come! Step back in time at the non-profit Whippany Railway Museum where a larger-than-life train provides a 45-minute, round trip ride through Morris and Essex Counties. You’ll travel the route of “The Whippanong Trail”, where Washington’s armies trod in the bitter Winter of 1779— an area rich in our country’s history. The Museum’s mid-1900’s excursion train feature a unique collection of restored vintage cabooses from historic rail lines that once served New Jersey and the


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Metropolitan area. The 10-mile excursion from Whippany to Roseland and return is a thrill for the children as they enjoy what for many, will be their very first train ride… and they can also learn about and experience the history of New Jersey’s rich railroad and transportation heritage. Passengers can combine the thrill of riding the train along with touring the Museum site, featuring an outstanding collection of historic railroad locomotives, rolling stock, and operating model train layouts. Upgrade your excursion experience by choosing to ride in the award-winning Lackawanna Railroad Subscription Club Car No. 2454, which radiated elegance on a train once known as ‘The Millionaire’s Express’ that operated between Hoboken

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

Father’s Day Train Rides Sunday, June 19, 2022 1, 2, 3 & 4pm (Rain or Shine) Whippany Railway Museum 1 Railroad Plaza (intersection of Route 10 West & Whippany Road), Whippany 973-887-8177

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33rd Annual Rose Squared Art Show


he 33rd Rose Squared Art Show comes to gorgeous Essex County Brookdale Park, June 18-19th with a fabulous selection of new and returning artists, traveling to NJ just to see you. Stroll the park to find that perfect painting, make a marbled silk scarf, enjoy festival foods and take home unique artisanal foods.

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This show has been designated as a top 50 Art Show for the past 10 years by Sunshine Artist Magazine. The Festival is sponsored by the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. For more information about the show and the artists showcasing go to

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Rose Squared Art Show Saturday, June 18- Sunday, June 19 10am-5pm (rain or shine) Brookdale Park Watchung Avenue, Bloomfield

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HudsonWay Students Discover a Bright Future Through Language Immersion By Jackie Schatell , Photos by Dan Epstein


udsonWay Immersion School, one of the leading Mandarin and Spanish immersion schools in the country, prepares students ages 2 ½ to Grade 8 for a global future. Through its unique program model and supportive environment, students acquire academic skills, advanced levels of biliteracy in Mandarin or Spanish (target language) and English, cultural understanding, and executive functioning skills to support their personal and academic goals.

HudsonWay’s commitment to immersion starts early at age 2 and continues through middle school. The model is 100% immersion in the target language at early ages. As students progress through elementary and middle school all core subjects – math, science, and social studies are learned in two languages (Spanish/English or Mandarin/English).In this way students are mastering both the content and the languages simultaneously. Most students do not come from households where the language is

spoken and yet students are able to develop advanced levels of biliteracy and sometimes tri-literacy in this way. Another unique aspect of this program is the diversity of its student body with over 70% of its students described as students of color – Asian, Latino, or AfricanAmerican.Students and parents value the various cultures, races, and backgrounds within the community.“Parents tell us that their children feel confident reaching out to people of other cultures and languages because they’ve acquired a new skill not many other people have.”states founder Sharon Huang. This year HudsonWay Immersion School will graduate its first class of 8th graders who have been accepted to leading independent schools and specialized high schools.Head of School, Nelyda Miguel, states that “we are so proud of our students’ persistence in their journey of learning. This skill will serve them well in their future.Their communication skills and close-knit relationships with our faculty and community will shape them as the next generation of leaders.” HudsonWay is conveniently located next to the Stirling train station, and near Warren, Berkeley Heights, Chatham, New Providence, and other neighboring towns. For more information visit or call 908-598-8088.

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The Art of Enhancing Beauty

Photo: Dan Epstein

Jamie provides treatments like microneedling, in which tiny needles pierce the skin to promote a higher level of collagen production, which reduces signs of aging. Patients can choose microneedling with or without PlateletRich Plasma (PRP), which further accelerates the production of collagen and elastin. Jamie also does several different types of chemical peels, which provide cumulative results, as well as the popular HydraFacial, which yields results after just one treatment. She notes that “Medical-grade skincare complements our other treatments and maximizes the results of our surgical and non-surgical treatments. We work as a collaborative team. I think that is our strong point. It shows in our results.” With an M.S. in nursing, Victoria Murphy is also a Board-Certified family nurse practitioner and plastic surgery nurse that has worked with Dr. Scott Spiro for four years. Victoria was also extensively trained in injectable treatments by Dr. Spiro. She performs all of the practice’s injectables, such as Botox® and cosmetic fillers such as Juvéderm®. Clients consult with Victoria for reasons

Victoria Murphy with a client

Photo: Dan Epstein

Victoria Murphy, Dr. Scott Spiro, and Jamie Spiro

Jamie Spiro with a client

Photo: Dean Michaels


ike any good spa, The Medical Spa at Spiro Plastic Surgery offers a range of facial aesthetic treatments. Unlike others, however, it offers these services in a medical setting, by a highly trained Aesthetician and Nurse Practitioner who work together to optimize and elevate outcomes. Aesthetician (and daughter of renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Spiro), Jamie Spiro, specializes in medicalgrade skincare treatments while nurse practitioner, Victoria Murphy, specializes in facial injectable treatments. All treatments begin with an in-depth consultation to determine the patient’s goals and lifestyle. “All treatments are customizable,” states Jamie. The goal of The Medical Spa is to make patients feel more confident by offering treatments with the skill necessary to achieve their desired outcomes. Under Dr. Spiro’s guidance as the Medical Director of the spa, both Jamie and Victoria have been trained to provide services that they are passionate about performing to help clients feel their best in their skin.

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such as smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, plumping their lips, or wanting a more youthful appearance. She also assists Dr. Spiro in the operating room, where he performs procedures ranging from breast augmentation/reduction to liposuction to tummy tucks, fat grafting, and face and neck lifts. “He is truly an artist; that’s why patients come to him from other states and even other countries,” commented Victoria. Both Victoria and Jamie bring a similar artistic eye to their clients and collaborate to personalize treatment plans. “Personalization of treatments is one of the things that separate us apart from other practices,” says Victoria. They pride themselves on giving patients an experience where their team communicates and listens to their clients and each other for optimal outcomes and service. “At Spiro Plastic Surgery, we follow the highest safety standards in treating our patients,” Victoria adds. Aside from patient safety, Spiro Plastic Surgery focuses on the ever-changing beauty industry and cutting-edge technologies, vetting different products and treatments. Jamie uses her experience in the beauty space to keep the practice ahead of the curve when it comes to cutting edge.

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Additionally, what makes The Medical Spa at Spiro Plastic Surgery unique is that Victoria takes her approach to treatment from an anatomical structure and volume standpoint while Jamie focuses on tone and texture to enhance skin and facial features. Together, they strive to provide natural outcomes that promote rejuvenation and enhance selfconfidence. For patients’ convenience, appointments can now be scheduled online simply by visiting the website and clicking on “Book Now.”

Victoria Murphy and Jamie Spiro

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ART in the Garden®— Annual Garden Party Under the Stars


he public is invited to join the Reeves-Reed Arboretum as they will be celebrating their annual ART in the Garden® fundraiser in honor the Summit Free Market. Since its inception in 2008, this student-led reuse initiative has served more than 5,000 residents and kept over 165 tons of yard-sale quality items out of the waste stream. Their dedication to sustainability, our environment, and our city, is surely something to be celebrated! ART in the Garden® also traditionally kicks off the Arboretum’s visual and

performing arts season this year featuring artist William Durkin’s The Shoaling. The collection of dynamic fish sculptures compels us to take a closer look at the beauty of our oceans, lakes, and rivers, and the perils they are facing. Mr. Durkin is ever hopeful in engaging all people in the saving of our oceans, our life source. The exhibit will be featured in the historic Wisner House at Reeves-Reed Arboretum from June 7 through October 30. The evening’s festivities include a garden reception and open bar with specialty cocktails catered by David Ellis Events,

live music with Lenox Underground, and silent and live auctions. The funds raised will allow the Arboretum to continue provide environmental and horticultural education programs to children and adults of all abilities, and maintain the historic house and gardens as a cultural destination and resource for over 100,000 visitors annually. Saturday, June 4 Reeves-Reed Arboretum 165 Hobart Avenue, Summit Visit or call 908-273-8787 x 1010

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Harmonium Choral Society Fundraising Event


is Royal Highness Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of Rajpipla, India will be the featured guest at Dinner with a Prince as part of Harmonium Choral Society’s upcoming Open Hearts weekend. Prince Manvendra is India’s first openly gay royal. Since appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2007, he has become a world advocate for human rights and has recently received an international award in Sweden for these efforts.

Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil

Rose Squared Art Show Brookdale Park

At the fundraising event, between dinner and dessert, the prince will speak about his work and play Indian ragas on the harmonium instrument. Emmy award-winning musician Lance Horne and the multi-talented CJ Tyson, a singer and dancer in the Broadway casts of Wicked and West Side Story, will offer additional musical selections. Other dinner guests will include Emmy award-winner and Oscar nominee Mark Von Der Heide, film producer/ performer Mykel Dicus, composer Mark Miller, and more! The dinner, catered by Sonny’s Indian Kitchen of Chatham is followed by the entertainment and a dessert reception. The public is invited to attend the entire evening or just the entertainment and dessert reception. The funds raised will support both Harmonium Choral Society and Prince Manvendra’s charity, The Lakshya Trust. Saturday, June 4—dinner—6pm; entertainment 7:30pm Harmonium Choral Society Fundraiser Christ Church 66 Highland Avenue, Short Hills

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amden, New Jersey is home to one of the most unique and exciting day-trip destinations around…Adventure Aquarium! Featuring thousands of aquatic animals, from sharks to hippopotamuses to plenty of colorful fish, the Aquarium takes its thousands of guests each year on an underwater adventure. Adventure Aquarium’s unique spread of exhibits and attractions brings guests up close and personal with the underwater world. Walk through the Shark Tunnel to see the largest collection of sharks in the Northeast as they swim all around you. Stick out a hand to gently touch stingrays and other creatures in the Aquarium’s touch tanks. Peak through the glass displays to see the penguins, hippos, turtles and more in their habits. Its an interactive experience for all ages.

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Most interactive of all is the Aquarium’s special “Encounter” series, which takes guests even further beyond the “typical” aquarium experience. Have you ever dreamed of swimming with sharks? Want to waddle with penguins or feed the turtles? Adventure Aquarium gives guests the opportunity to do just that, in a truly June 2022

remarkable experience that takes you into the exhibits and behind the scenes. The Aquarium’s “Encounter” opportunities include snorkeling with sand tiger sharks and swimming stingrays; feeding the hippos; visiting the penguins; training and feeding the sea turtles; and meeting the mammals, birds, and reptiles. Guests interested in the “behind the scenes” of the Aquarium can also partake in a special guided tour showing how the aquarium is run. Each encounter is an additional add-on cost to the cost of admission, with varying prices and subject to availability. Start planning your own “close encounter” with your favorite aquatic creatures! Adventure Aquarium is the perfect destination for a day filled with exploration, discovery, and of course… adventure. Visit now to purchase general admission tickets and “encounter” add-ons.

Adventure Aquarium 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103 1-844-474-FISH (3474)

Celebrate the Aquarium’s 30th Birthday!


he Adventure Aquarium is turning 30 this year! To celebrate their “birthday” all year long, the Aquarium is giving out gifts to guests, members, and conservation partners…including free admission, animal events, and more! Visit on your own birthday this year completely free to share in the fun. Or, plan a child’s party for a special celebration! Members can join in for 30 “early open” days, where they can visit an hour before opening to see the animals in a less busy and more personal experience. The Aquarium is also giving back as part of the celebrations, launching Adventure Aquarium ACTS to raise $30,000 in support of conservation efforts. Visit to see how you can join the birthday fun!

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Art in the Vicinity


True Beauty in

ORDINARY PEOPLE Story and artist portrait by Dan Epstein


illburn resident Oscar Peterson, who maintains a studio and teaching facility at the Farmstead Art Center in Basking Ridge is an artist whose portraits whose truly spoke to us. Born in Harlem and raised in Brooklyn, he was educated at The Pratt Institute and the Art Students League of NY before a busy career as an art director and designer/ illustrator for several corporations and non-profits before retiring to teach and do is own, personal art work. His efforts have been exhibited widely and he’s found in many private and corporate collections. Peterson’s preferred method is to work from real life, starting with traditional methods, he happily incorporates contemporary ideas into his work. Working in many different media, though his favorite for landscapes and still life paintings being oil, here we elected to share several of his powerful charcoal drawings. In Tell Me A Story, a 14x18 charcoal on grey paper, Peterson has. His subject comes to us out of the shadows using a classical treatment of chiaroscuro which is an effect of contrasted light and shadow created by light falling unevenly or from a particular direction on something. Drawn from life, here working with his favorite model.

Erin, 16x20 charcoal drawing Another favorite model is seen in Namysto, an 11x14 charcoal drawing. This one also done from life, though in the digital age, it was live online during one of the monthly workshops that Peterson offers to other artists. In it the Ukrainian subject wanted to wear a traditional Namysto-style necklace. Hence the drawing’s name. Peterson also used a somewhat heroicstyle pose, to honor the efforts of the Ukrainians who are so valiant in the current war. Finally, we have Erin, a 16x20 charcoal drawing on grey paper with exquisitely fine rendering. The fine detail in this classically inspired drawing took Peterson almost a month of three hour drawing sessions, five evenings a week! The facial features and hair are finely drawn and call to mind the work of the great masters of the renaissance. When asked for about his inspiration for making portraits, Peterson smiles and says he wants to show the true beauty In ordinary people. We like that, and think he accomplishes it regularly. Visit his website. He’s most well known for his portrait work of which you can see more, but likewise you’ll also have a chance to look at his still life and landscape oil paintings. Fair warning: you may find yourself wanting to commission a portrait!

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Summit Hearing Aid Center Offers the Latest Hearing Technology By Jackie Schatell, photo by Dan Epstein


ummit Hearing Aid Center is a full-service diagnostic and dispensing clinic that has been providing personalized, compassionate hearing services for 39 years. Dr. Leslie E. Herman finds the new technology amazing. Artificial Intelligence (AI) learns how you hear best in different listening situations and makes changes in your hearing aids, in real time. This technology plus the skill and experience of the professional staff at Summit Healing Aid Center give you the best personalized hearing care experience. “In many of our reviews we often see our patients write ‘you have changed my life,’" she says. Having your hearing checked is so important. Studies have shown that untreated hearing loss can increase injury producing falls and affect memory. Treating your hearing loss may slow down dementia.

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Peter DeLuca, MD Orthopedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist Photo by Dan Epstein


eter DeLuca, MD, is an accomplished fellowship-trained sports medicine and orthopedic surgeon. Affiliated with Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (CMBC) and an RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group provider, Dr. Deluca has dedicated his career to treating athletes of all ages, including elite athletes in professional sports, and specializes in minimally-invasive surgery and shoulder and knee treatment. Dr. DeLuca brings a wealth of experience in sports medicine to RWJBarnabas Health, having trained extensively in problems of the shoulder and knee. Surgically, he performs advanced arthroscopic procedures such as ACL reconstructions (the tissue that connects the thighbone to the shinbone at the knee), shoulder labral repair, cartilage replacements, meniscus repairs and rotator cuff repairs. Arthroscopic surgery, as compared to open surgery, is a minimally-invasive surgery technique that requires a few little incisions around the joint rather than one larger one, shown to decrease complications post-op. At CBMC, Dr. DeLuca works collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team of therapists, athletic trainers, sports nutritionists and sports psychologists. His goal is to focus on younger patients, working with high school coaches and trainers on exercises that can potentially prevent athlete injuries. In addition to serving as the Team Physician for the Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia Flyers, Dr. DeLuca was the NFC Pro Bowl Team Physician in 2002, 2003 and 2010. His vast expertise also extended internationally, serving as an NHL consultant for the Sochi, Russia Winter Olympics in 2014. In 2014, Dr. DeLuca received the Dick Vermeil Lifetime Achievement Award from the Otho Davis Scholarship Foundation (OSDF) for his outstanding contribution and dedication in the field of sports medicine. He was inducted into the Saint Peter’s University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. To learn more about orthopedics at RWJBarnabas Health, visit

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Springtime Skin Care Regimens


pring brings sunshine and plenty of exciting opportunities to head outdoors for fun with family and friends. While those joyous moments make the season special, all that sun exposure can wreak havoc on the skin without the proper precautions. Whether you’re dining outdoors, going for a swim, sweating out a bike ride or just spending a few moments soaking up some sun, it’s important to ensure you’re taking care of your body so you can enjoy those rays all season long.

Stay Hydrated As an important aspect of overall health, staying hydrated also helps maintain your skin’s water content. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially as temperatures rise and you spend more time outdoors. Another delicious way to avoid dehydration— leading to energy drain, in mild cases— is to eat fruits and vegetables with high water content. One example is watermelon, which is 92% water and can help restore fluids.


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Prioritize Skin Protection Whether you’ll be in the sun for a few minutes or a few hours, it’s paramount to protect skin by applying sunscreen. On days when the UV index is 3 or higher, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends applying a broad spectrum sunscreen SPF 15 or higher. Another option is to wear light, loose clothing that covers as much of the skin as possible while staying comfortable in the heat.

Refresh Your Face As one of the parts of the body that sees the most sun exposure, your face is perhaps the most important area to care for during the sunnier months. An at-home, all-natural DIY facial offers a brightening, hydrating way to treat yourself. For a true glow-up from the comfort of your own home, try this quick and easy solution: Mix 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt (to help exfoliate and purify) with 1 tablespoon of watermelon juice (for hydration). Apply the mask to your face and neck for 10 minutes then rinse off and pat your skin dry. June 2022

Keep Your Whole Body in Mind While your face is likely to see a lot of sun, that shouldn’t mean neglecting the rest of your body. This gentle body scrub can give you that glow you’re looking for with a sweet, fruity scent. Here’s how to exfoliate and polish your skin: Combine 1 1/2 cups of white sugar, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1/4 cup of watermelon juice. If you’d like, add 1 teaspoon of microplaned watermelon rind zest and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Store the scrub in an airtight container up to 1 week and, when you shower, gently rub a handful of scrub on your skin then rinse thoroughly and pat dry. For more skin care solutions and other health and nutrition information, visit — Family Features

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Watermelon Mask and Toner Watermelon Banana Mask: 1 tablespoon watermelon juice 2 tablespoons ripe mashed banana

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Tips for Supporting BRAIN HEALTH


s you get older, you might take steps to develop healthy habits, whether exercising, eating healthier or limiting your consumption of alcohol. But did you know that there are steps you can take to help with your brain health? Such preventive measures might even reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s - and the good news is, you might be doing these things anyway, like working on puzzles or trying to get a good night’s sleep. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. In fact, someone in the United States develops the disease every 65 seconds, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. More than 6 million Americans currently live with Alzheimer’s—a number now projected to reach 7.2 million by 2025. Along with learning more about the disease, these five simple steps could possibly improve brain health, reduce risk of disease and help delay the potential onset of Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation

can lead to problems with memory and cognitive abilities. Sleep is essential for brain maintenance, like removing built-up toxins in your brain.


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Use it or lose it. Whether it’s

crossword puzzles, reading or painting, keeping your brain mentally stimulated may help keep it young.

Stay social. Isolation or loneliness in older adults is associated with a 50% increased risk of developing dementia and a 26% increased risk of all-cause mortality, according to the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Engaging in activity clubs can help you increase your social interaction and help you stay active. Make healthier lifestyle choices. Studies show moderate exercise can help improve brain function, especially in the areas responsible for learning and memory. Improving these parts of the brain may fight pre-Alzheimer’s changes often seen in midlife. Talk to your health plan about fitness programs that may be available at no additional cost. Other lifestyle choices, like eating a healthy diet, may also help reduce cardiovascular risk while helping to slow brain aging.

Manage chronic illnesses.

Common diseases in older adults, such as diabetes and heart disease, may affect brain function. Talk with your health care June 2022

provider about treatment plans to help you manage chronic conditions. In addition to these five steps, it is important to have a memory screening completed each year. Having a record of your brain function year to year may help your health care practitioner diagnose memory disorders earlier. Memory screenings can be performed during your Annual Wellness Visit, which is free to anyone on Medicare. Make sure to ask your physician to perform a memory evaluation the next time you visit the doctor’s office. UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage members can also take advantage of the HouseCalls program, which offers an annual health and wellness visit in the convenience and privacy of your home, at no additional cost. A HouseCalls licensed practitioner can conduct a memory screening and refer you to additional care, if needed. If you feel like you or a loved one might be suffering from symptoms of dementia, contact your health care provider. —BPT

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Choose Barth’s Market for Your Next Photos by Dan Epstein


his summer will be full of special occasions such as Father’s Day, graduation, block parties and just gathering with family and friends. We stopped in to talk to Jim Barth, owner of Barth’s Market in New Providence, to learn how Barth’s can help you prepare for your next gathering or event.

Tell us a little about how your customer buying habits change in the summer months. The thing that is common for all my customers is that they spend more time outdoors during the summer. Some of our customers are buying quick grill items for “dinner on the run” while their kids play travel sports. Other customers stock up on Barth’s steaks, burgers, and frankfurters to bring them to their beach houses or for their July 4th barbecues.


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What are your best sellers during summer months? The short-rib and brisket burgers are known to be the best in the area. Customers also love our marinated steaks and chicken. A top seller are ribs that can be cooked in the oven, in a smoker, or at low temperatures on the grill. For special occasions and events, customers go to our New York Strip, Ribeye, and Porterhouse steaks. When a customer really wants to make a statement, they buy a Tomahawk steak or two.

How can Barth’s help a customer prepare for their next event? Barth’s has an extensive catering menu so that customers can spend their time socializing instead of in the kitchen. We offer everything from entrees, to sides, and desserts. If you need wait staff or someone to manage your grill, we can help arrange that too.

Summer Event What are a few examples of “summer themed” foods? For meats: pulled pork sliders, grilled steak and Chicken Milanese are popular for summer gatherings. Fresh seafood is another popular choice. We also have alot of specialty salads such as our antipasto, three bean, beet, and cucumber salads as well as three types of potato salad. And we offer a variety of fresh and grilled vegetable dishes.

Where can customers find a list of your catering offerings? Customers can go to our website and find a complete list of our menus or they can come into our store and we will give them a printout of the menu.

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Restaurant Guide It is recommend that you call in advance as reservations may be required.

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.

Nagoya Sushi & Tiki Lounge

A Taste of Asia

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.

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

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.

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.

Gregorio’s Mediterranean Restaurant

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

7 Cross St, Madison | 908-525-7878 Pizza

China Chalet


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

Krust Kitchen

430 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights 908-665-5905 | Modern Italian Farm to Table Bistro featuring seasonal organic menu with Mediterranean influenced-specials.

Charley’s Aunt Restaurant

Grillera Mediterranean Cuisine


Strega Bistro

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

13 Waverly Place,, Madison | 973-949-6060 Tavern Fare—Comfort Flare

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.

Trap Rock Restaurant & Brewery

MADISON Bottle Hill Tavern

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

Lucco Cucina + Bar 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.

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

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.


GILLETTE Ancona Bistro

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.

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

645 Valley Road, Gillette | 908-647-5755 Northern Italian entrees and pastas.

Scalini Fedeli

615 Meyersville Road, Gillette 908-580-0799 Family-friendly BYOB serving Sonoran-stule Mexican cuisine.

La Pergola

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MoonShine Summer Club

63 Main Street, Chatham | 973-701-9200 French-influenced Italian fixed-price menus in an elegant, vaulted interior with Tuscan touches.

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


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Casa Maya

342 Valley Rd, Gillette | 908-580-1100 Casual New American tavern with pub-grub standards, thin-crust pizzas & TVs for sports viewing.

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

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



Moe’s Bistro and Bar

Trattoria Biagio

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.

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

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

La Pastaria

Twelve Islands Greek Taverna 1255 Valley Rd, Stirling | 908-647-2193 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.



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Boxcar Bar & Grill 25 Chatham Rd, Short Hills | 973-912-0002 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.

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

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 Offers classic seasonal cuisine, a 250 bottle wine list, two stone fireplaces, outdoor porch dining, and private events.


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 185 Broad St, Summit | 908-277-2074 Enjoy a selection of house made specialties including breads, pastries, pies and cakes. Daily specials. This family owned and operated bakery is serving up their delicious twist on bakery classics for over 80 years.

Roots Steakhouse 401 Springfield Ave, Summit | 908-273-0027 Old-fashioned New York style Steakhouse— xpect delicious USDA aged prime beef sourced from the highest quality ranches in the mid-west.

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.

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Diamond Minds

Shortening The Gap By Barry Farber


hat’s the best path to shorten that gap between the inception of an idea to its execution and results? Here are several ways to do just that: Preparation - Sometimes you wonder if you’re taking too long to launch an idea or release a new product, but many times that preparation pays off in the quality of the end result. Word of mouth is a very powerful sales and marketing technique in any endeavor. And if your idea has been thought out and planned well it will benefit from the people spreading the word. It will also fuel your action because the belief and enthusiasm for the value you’ve worked hard to build drives you forward. So never underestimate the power and knowledge you gain from deep preparation followed by meaningful action. Environment - The people you surround yourself with are so critical when it comes to the execution. I look for many elements when forming relationships with partners, clients and vendors. But this one is at the top of the list. Trust. Sure, contracts help with the direction and roles each of

you plays in the process. But at the end of the day there is no price you can put on the value of a trusted relationship. Each of you going beyond each other’s expectations. It’s what helps you sleep at night. I remember one of the biggest agents in Hollywood being interviewed and asked why he has no contracts with his clients. His answer was simple. If they want to leave and they don’t see the value I provide, then they’re welcome to do that. It’s probably the sole reason why he has a premier clientele and why so many of them seek him out. Value - Every idea, invention, and new business concept needs to have powerful benefits for the audience it serves. This was drilled into my belief system many years ago after asking this simple question to publishers, QVC buyers and my retained clients: “What are the three most important criteria you look for when you make a decision on a new author, or a new product to air on QVC, or to hire a consultant to help you gain access to national accounts?” Each of their answers were different but what wasn’t different is the tremendous value that was put into

the development and design of the idea. Barry Farber Their answers helped sell millions of books, millions of patented writing instruments, and a large number of corporate clients over the years. Without true value there would be no foundation to stand on when times get tough or rejection and obstacles got in the way. I always like to work on projects that are unconventional in action but highly functional with results. They also have no resemblance to current market strategies. There’s an excitement built around a new concept and idea. It’s what really ends up as a breakthrough. It’s not the easiest road to take, although it is the most rewarding. People will always shoot your idea down when it doesn’t follow the normal way of operating in an industry. You have to be relentless in your pursuit and have a thick skin and know that you did your diligence when going through the points above. Especially the value you build around your idea.

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Vicinity Magazine

June 2022


The Silverstrom Group While the high-tech office of the family-run Silverstrom Group may speak for itself, the full-service practice takes the utmost pride in being what Dr. Gary Silverstrom describes as a “high-touch” team of well-trained, wellappointed specialists, started by his father, David, 45 years ago. “It’s not just one person’s opinion, it’s an entire team’s opinion—it’s 10 people coming together to develop the best possible plan for every single patient who walks through the door,” he says.


“It’s unique because we can accomplish things faster, with the finest material, and it’s all done in-house, so we can control the final product.” It’s a fine-tuned formula that Dr. Silverstrom also contends makes it much easier on the patient, overall, regardless of their smile objectives. “The goal is that we want to do the right thing for the patient - always. It’s a relationship, and we would much rather have a long-term relationship with a patient than just fix a tooth quickly.”

General Dentistry Cosmetic Dentistry Periodontics Endodontics Oral Surgery Dr. David Silverstrom Dr. Gary Silverstrom Dr. Amy Tran Dr. Amrita Patel

“The goal is that we want to do the right thing for the patient – ALWAYS.” Livingston, NJ • 973-832-1704

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