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by Dan Epstein 6 In the Vicinity 8 Local Heroes 8 Ensuring Canine Companionship During Times of Crisis 9 Championing Sustainability— A Story of Advocacy and Action 16 Art in the Vicinity Amy Wax Returns to a Love of Portraiture 18 Professionals to Know 18 A Family Focus Mediating Conflicts with Creative Ideas and Solutions 19 Retirement Planning— A Lifelong Investment 20 COVER ARTICLE Enjoy Your Own Personal Oasis A Family Business Focused on Outdoor Living at Its Best 28 Health and Wellness 28 Essential Tips for Sunburn Prevention 29 Maintaining Healthy Skin 30 Ophthalmologist Dr. Kurt Jackson Shares Tips for Maintaining Healthy Vision 31 Dr. George Raptis— Transforming Cancer Care at Cooperman Barnabas 32 Hotworx Fitness Studio— Revolutionizing the Workout Experience 33 Why Families Choose Sacks Orthodontics 34 Get Fit! And Self-Care Resource Directory 36 Dining Guide 38 Diamond Minds I’m Hooked JUNE 2024 VOL. 24 NO. 5
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Crafting Chic Shell Jewelry with a Magnetic Touch in Maplewood Magie McGowan of Maplewood: Bridging Art and Community

Michele Spinak of Maplewood has always cherished jewelry and felt drawn to creating pieces from shells. However, it wasn’t until she faced a budgetary lay off in her job as a television producer and witnessed her mother struggle with arthritis while fastening her own necklaces, that Michele found both inspiration and time for her passion. Michele’s innovative idea blossomed into crafting modern, delicate shell jewelry with magnetic clasps, ensuring ease for everyone. Naming her business “mi shell,” she meticulously sources shells and beads for durability, creating modern, elevated pieces with a few showstoppers.

For years, Michele has collected shells from different beaches, now incorporating them into her designs and naming collections after their origin. This adds a personal touch and connects customers to these beautiful places. While praised for her designs, Michele’s greatest joy is seeing her mother effortlessly wear her creations, a testament to creativity and love. Explore Michele’s jewelry at

Magie McGowan is not your average tattoo artist. As a multidisciplinary artist, muralist, illustrator, and fine artist, she brings a unique perspective to her work, blending creativity with community engagement. Her latest endeavor, the opening of Home Sweet Home, a tattoo shop in Maplewood, is just part of her artistic journey.

Before moving to Maplewood four years ago, Magie started her tattooing career in Coney Island,

a place she holds dear. This year, Coney Island USA, a non-profit arts organization, invited her to create a 15-foot banner for their main building. What started as a solo project quickly became a community effort, as Magie invited local residents and kids to contribute to the banner, fostering a sense of community.

In addition, Magie is designing the official poster and t-shirt for the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, where she and her family have been invited to sit with the judges. Her whimsical designs, including a conjoined octopus, capture the spirit of the vibrant culture.

Magie is not only creating beautiful art, but she is also building connections and fostering creativity within communities.

Diving into the Game: New Podcast Spikes Excitement for Women’s Volleyball!

Tiffany Oshinsky, a three-time Emmy award-winning freelance sports producer and podcast host from Long Hill, is partnering with League One Volleyball (LOVB, pronounced “love”) to launch “Serving Pancakes,” a new podcast about women’s volleyball. LOVB, the largest brand in youth volleyball, is introducing a professional volleyball league in the U.S. later this year. This move comes as women’s volleyball gains popularity, with record event attendance and a fast-growing fan base.

“Serving Pancakes” celebrates women’s sports, focusing on volleyball. Tiffany will interview notable figures in volleyball, including members of the US Women’s National Team. The podcast aims to introduce these athletes to a wider audience, sharing their journeys, advice, and personal stories. Tiffany also plans to feature other celebrities and athletes involved in women’s sports leagues, highlighting the increasing support for women’s athletics. Get ready to spike your enthusiasm for women’s volleyball with “Serving Pancakes!” The podcast will be available on all major platforms. Follow League One Volleyball on Instagram @LOVB.

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Magie McGowan at Home Sweet Home, her tattoo shop in Maplewood

Madison Resident Pens Book for Parents Navigating Preschool Chatham’s Rising Table Tennis Star Makes Waves

Danielle Lindner of Madison, founder of The London Day School in Florham Park, has released a book called, “Parents Pocket Guide to Surviving the Preschool Years: One Challenge at a Time.” Drawing from her 20 years of experience in early childhood education, Lindner offers strategies for navigating common preschool issues. Her motivation for writing the book stemmed from her desire to provide a toolbox of solutions to parents facing these challenges and more.

“I’ve been coaching parents and children for years, helping them through various early learning issues,” Danielle explains. “I realized that compiling these tools into a pocket guide could benefit a larger audience. Separation anxiety, biting and tantrums are just a few of the topics she addresses.

Her book has received positive feedback from both parents and educators, with many praising its practical advice, insightful tips, and humor. She has also been seen and heard as a parenting expert on morning television shows and podcasts. The book is available wherever books are sold.

Chatham’s 11-yearold prodigy, Ishaan Chathlani, is making waves in the world of table tennis. Since starting to train in Oct. 2022, Ishaan has quickly risen to competitive levels, making it to top 3 in 11 of the 13 tournaments he’s competed in.

He trains rigorously, clocking 18-20 hours per week at the Lily Yip Table Tennis Center. His efforts paid off at the 2023 North American Teams Championships in November ‘23, where he clinched one of his 4 silver medals – he also has 3 golds and 4 bronze from other tournaments.

His upcoming challenges this summer include the Northeast Championships and US National Championships. His dream is to make it to the US Junior National Team and eventually represent the country at the Olympics. He is also an honors student at Chatham Middle School and an avid violinist.

With his passion, determination, and talent, Ishaan is on a trajectory to become one of the top players in the country.

Summit Teen Organizes Car Show Fundraiser for Community Food Bank

Summit resident Bogdan Kuzmanov, a 16-year-old student at The Pingry School, combined his passion for cars with a heart for his community by organizing a Car Show fundraiser to benefit the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.

The idea had been brewing for over a year, starting as a simple concept between Bogdan and his friend Sebastien Roure-Singh of Harding. After months of planning and coordination, the event took place in April, with over 65 cars and 200 people coming out to support the cause.

With no admission fee, attendees were encouraged to donate whatever amount they could, raising over $2,000. It was a resounding success, and Bogdan hopes to make the fundraiser an annual event, passing it down to other students after graduation. Bogdan’s efforts exemplify the power of youth and the impact they can have when they set their minds to doing something positive.

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Bogdan Kuzmanov and those who helped him organize a Car Show Fundraiser: from left: Sebastien RoureSingh (organizer, junior), Timothy Winn-Evans (CFBNJ representative), Stefan Fahmy (volunteer, junior), Bogdan Kuzmanov (organizer, junior), and Daniel Siegel (volunteer, junior). Ishaan Chathlani with his many tropies
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Danielle Lindner with her book

Ensuring Canine Companionship During Times of Crisis

TThe bond between humans and their canine companions is profound, and the prospect of parting with a pet due to unexpected circumstances like temporary housing insecurity can exacerbate an already difficult situation, particularly for families and their children. Recognizing this hardship, Lindsey Schroeder volunteers her time to ensure that families facing housing crises can keep their beloved dogs by their sides. Through her volunteer work with a social welfare hotel in Hanover Township, which accepts families with pets needing temporary housing assistance through a state program, Lindsey provides a lifeline to help families get through this difficult time.

Lindsey’s journey began with her involvement in Help for All, a charitable organization based in Chatham. Together with her colleague Sally Simonfay, known for her tremendous volunteer work, Lindsey works tirelessly to collect donations for families facing housing insecurity. Recently, Lindsey spearheaded a food collection and sponsorship program for the dogs of families residing at the hotel. This initiative not only provided much-needed supplies for the dogs but also alleviated the financial burden on families struggling to make ends meet.

Beyond her efforts with Help for All, Lindsey runs a dog boarding business called Retreats Boarding in Whippany. Through this business, Lindsey offers complimentary respite boarding for foster parents who need to travel, ensuring that dogs in need of temporary housing are well cared for. This service provides peace of mind for foster parents and allows them to continue their important work of caring for their foster dogs.

For Lindsey, the motivation behind her volunteer work is clear: dogs are an integral part of the family. She understands the profound impact that dogs can have on the emotional wellbeing of their human companions, particularly during times of crisis. By providing support for families and their pets, Lindsey is helping to preserve these invaluable bonds and ensure that no family has to face the heart-wrenching decision of parting with their beloved pet.

Lindsey’s story is a testament to the power of compassion and community support. Through her dedication and selflessness, she helps make a tangible difference in the lives of countless families and their canine companions. Her work serves as a reminder that even in the face of adversity, a helping hand and a kind heart can make all the difference.

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Championing Sustainability A Story of Advocacy and Action

RRadhika Iyengar of Millburn is a passionate advocate for sustainable development, combining her expertise as a researcher and educator to promote environmental consciousness and ethical practices. With a Ph.D. in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, she focuses her efforts on climate education and sustainable development.

Locally, Radhika is an active member of Millburn for Climate Action, a community-driven organization that focuses on environmental education and sustainable living. Through this group, she participates in events such as the Rocktober festival, Millburn’s Founder’s Day, and other Green initiatives in town, working closely with the community to promote composting, native plants, and other sustainable practices.

She is also the co-author of, “Grassroots Approaches to Education for Sustainable Development - A Comparative Study of the USA and India,” which compares grassroots environmental education initiatives in Millburn, New Jersey, and Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, highlighting collective actions like the Fridays for Future strikes, school green teams, and plastic clean-up missions. It discusses concepts like global citizenship, climate activism, and ecofeminism, showing how these stories connect with sustainable development goals. The book emphasizes education as a tool for promoting climate change solutions, benefiting schools, communities, and the planet.

One of Radhika’s key initiatives is running a nonprofit organization called Mahashakti Seva Kendra (MSK) with her sister Pooja Iyengar in Bhopal, India. The organization creates upcycled products and cotton clothes, emphasizing fair

wages and sustainable practices in the fashion industry. This endeavor not only supports economic and social well-being of local women but also promotes a shift away from fast fashion towards more sustainable, ethical consumption more broadly.

In addition to her work in India, Radhika designed the Eco Ambassadors Program at the Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University. This program educates middle and high school students globally about sustainability and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, empowering them to make positive

changes in their communities and beyond. Radhika’s commitment to education extends globally, as the Eco Ambassadors Program attracts students from various countries, including Turkey and India.

Radhika’s work underscores the interconnectedness of global sustainability efforts. Her dedication to educating future generations and engaging communities reflects a holistic approach to environmental stewardship. Through her efforts, Radhika is not only advocating for sustainable development but also inspiring others to take action in their own communities.

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Radhika Iyengar with Pope Francis in 2019 at a symposium organized by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences at the Vatican, discussing the importance of Education for Sustainable Development.

EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC of The Carole King Musical “Beautiful”

GGet ready for a musical adventure with “Beautiful” at Paper Mill Playhouse! This Tony-nominated hit takes you on a journey through Carole King’s incredible life, from her start as a teenage songwriter to becoming a chart-topping solo artist. Along the way, you’ll feel every moment of love, heartbreak, and empowerment that shaped her iconic career.

Sing along to over two dozen classic hits like “One Fine Day,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” and “Natural Woman” as the talented cast, including Tavis Cunningham, Seth Eliser, and Kevin Hack, brings Carole King’s inspiring story to life on stage in this 2-hour and 20-minute show.

Don’t miss out on this unforgettable musical experience! Grab your tickets now and join us for a night of timeless music and captivating performances!

Wednesday June 5 – Wednesday, July 3 June 29—Following the 1:30pm performance, there will be a special Q&A session with the cast.

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Livingston Symphony Orchestra: “MUSICAL PICTURES”

Great music has the uncanny ability to make us feel. It can suggest vivid images as well.

This live June 8th concert program includes young NJ composer Ippolito’s regal “Fanfare Overture”, Rimsky-Korsakov’s celebratory “Russian Easter Overture”, and Sibelius’ triumphant “Symphony No.2.”

Positions for musicians in the string and percussion sections are currently available for the upcoming 2024-2025 season.

Saturday June 8 7:30pm Livingston Symphony Orchestra, Livingston High School 30 Robert Harp Terrace, Livingston 973-980-1809 /

Join us as we kickoff our 15th Annual Best of Essex Contest. It’s a chance for our readers to support their local favorites and for the local businesses to get the recognition they deserve. As our readers vote for their favorite restaurants, stores, home services and wellness providers their votes also also support three local charities, Toni’s Kitchen, CASA for Children and Rosemarie’s Rescue Ranch. It’s a win-win-win.

Each year we change up the categories. Let us know if there is a category you would like to see added to the contest. Email your suggestions to by June 15. Past nominees are automatically part of this year’s contest. If you’re a new business and would like to be nominated in the Best of Essex Contest, give us a call at 973-276-1688. We look forward to your participation.

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Celebrating Haitian American Chefs and Trailblazers

On Saturday, June 22, 2024, Ayiti Community Trust (ACT) is bringing Goute Peyi M (Taste My Country) to New Jersey, hosted at the esteemed Cedar Hill Golf and Country Club in Livingston. This event will highlight Haitian cuisine and culture and recognize a remarkable group of individuals whose efforts have significantly impacted the Haitian community, both locally and abroad, while supporting ACT’s mission.

ACT is a transnational grant-making community foundation with the mission to support and sustain development innovation in Ayiti in the areas of civic education, the environment, and entrepreneurship.

This evening will feature a cocktail hour that will include an opportunity to mingle while enjoying an authentic tasting of Haitian hors d'oeuvres infused with modern twists while overlooking the stunning views of Cedar Hill's renowned golf course. The reception will be followed by a formal dinner at 7:30 PM.

There will be a special performance from the renowned Haitian band KAI, showcasing Haiti's vibrant culture and heritage.

For tickets and more information, please visit our website:, or call 1.888.814,1804

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TThe Berkeley Heights Downtown Summer Block Party is back!

If last year’s attendance of nearly 12,000 locals is any indicator, another great crowd is anticipated this year. The public is invited to enjoy a fun-filled day celebrating the spirit of Berkeley Heights with local entertainers, rides, games, food, and drinks from a variety of vendors. Don’t miss this community event!

With free rides and activities for kids, the block party is a celebration of everything Berkeley Heights – businesses, schools, restaurants, youth groups, clubs, service organizations, churches, sports groups, township departments, and first responders. Any profits after operating expenses will benefit the town’s First Responders.

Enjoy offerings from vendors including Delicious Heights, Grain & Cane food truck, Neelam Fine Indian Cuisine, Home for Good Dogs hot dogs, Paolo’s Kitchen wings food truck, Craft Bagels, Patria Station Cafe, Lupa Ristorante, Trap Rock Restaurant & Brewery, Scream Truck, Pizza Vita food truck, Tenmomi Ramen, Bubbakoo’s Burritos, Moffle Bar, Dunkin, and more.

Sunday, June 9, 12-4pm Free admission Springfield Ave., from Snyder Ave. to Plainfield Ave., Berkeley Heights

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Summit’s Third Annual Juneteenth Event

TThe City of Summit proudly invites the public to join the 2024 Juneteenth Emancipation and African Diaspora Celebration of Freedom, Emancipation & Empowerment on Friday, June 21. This vibrant and unforgettable event will feature a fantastic lineup of activities, mouth-watering food trucks, unique Black-owned businesses, and nonprofit displays. Enjoy entertainment for all ages with DJ Sincredible spinning tracks, face painting, and bounce houses to keep the fun going.

Prepare to be inspired by the powerful keynote address from Rev. Dr. Kirk Johnson. Then, get ready to groove to the electrifying sounds of The Eddie Belton Band in an evening concert that will be the highlight of the celebration.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to celebrate, commemorate, and educate. Join us for an evening of joy, unity, and empowerment!

Friday, June 21, 5-9pm Keynote and flag raising at 6pm; band plays from 8-9pm Summit Village Green 356 Broad Street, Summit

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JJoin Reeves-Reed Arboretum as they kick off their summer season of the arts and celebrate their 50th Anniversary with a 1970s Garden Soirée. This special event, known as ART in the Garden, honors the Arboretum’s founding year of 1974 and supports environmental education and the maintenance of the gardens, grounds, woodlands, and historic buildings.

Saturday, June 8, 7-11pm


Highlights will include: A cocktail and small plates reception by David Ellis Events, indoor and outdoor art exhibitions, live music by Lenox Underground and jazz guitarist Ryan Hernandez, live and silent auctions, a wine raffle, and a Retro 1970s VW bus photo booth.

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Art Exhibition

This summer, visitors can enjoy two captivating art exhibitions. Susan Darwin’s ‘Location Series: The New Jersey Paintings’ will grace the gallery from June 4th to October 31st, while an outdoor sculpture installation by artist Kaete Brittin Shaw will adorn the grounds from June to October.

Sounds of a Summer Night Concert Series

Reeves-Reed Arboretum will also be hosting its enchanting ‘Sounds of a Summer Night Concert Series’ this summer, featuring a lineup of captivating musical performances.


Stony Hill Players Presents Neil Simon’s Hilarious Comedy “Fools”

CChock full of over the top characters and Neil Simon’s hilarious style of comedy, this play will have audiences laughing at the “Fools” of Kulyenchikov. Executive Producer-Jayne Myers, Director-Peter Curley, Stage Manager-Amanda Zelinski.

The town of Kulyenchikov has been cursed with stupidity for the last 200 years. The vendor sells fish instead of flowers, the shepherd is always losing his sheep, and the postman keeps all the mail. Our story begins when Leon Tolschinsky, a school teacher, arrives to educate the daughter of the town doctor, Sophia Zubritsky. Of course, Leon falls in love at first sight with Sophia, even though she just recently learned to sit down. Dr. Zubritsky is hopeful that this teacher will be the one to break

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the curse… (Or is it purse? Something like that). However, Leon soon finds out that the only way to break the curse is to educate Sophia (which proves to be impossible) or allow her to marry Count Gregor Yousekevitch. Leon vows to do whatever it takes to teach her. But he only has 24 hours to break it before he, too, falls victim to the curse. Will he be successful?

Friday, June 7 and Saturday June 8, 7:30pm Sunday, June 9, 2pm Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15, 7:30pm Oakes Center 120 Morris Avenue, Summit 1-800-838-3006 /

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June Clouds in Our Coffee: A Carly Simon Tribute Jazz Quartet
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Returns to a Love of Portraiture


IIt’s probably hard to find a local resident who hasn’t seen her lawn signs. She’s a color consultant with a national reputation. But it’s her pastel portraits that draw our attention today. West Orange resident Amy Wax can’t remember not drawing, even as a child. She always wanted to be an artist. And she loved making portraits. “Portraiture is one of the oldest art forms,” she says, and “portraits become part of a family’s history.”

Even as a high school student, she was receiving commissions for her portraiture, and at 15 had an exhibit in the New Providence post office where she grew up. Attending Syracuse University as an Illustration Major, she refined her skills and afterward, became a freelance illustrator, working on album covers, and magazine illustrations. In 1983 she got a job as an

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Young Girl

Art Director at NBC and pursued that for 30 years. Always the go-to person amongst her family and friends as the “What Color Should I Paint My House” expert, upon leaving NBC she opened Your Color Source, a color consulting firm now recognized by Benjamin Moore and sought out by numerous shelter publications.

Two years ago, her love of portraiture once again reared its head, and she began drawing portraits in earnest.

Young Girl, a 14x19 pastel pencil drawing on toned paper, was one of the first in her re-embracing of portraiture and was drawn using a stock photo image as inspiration. Wax loved the casual attitude of the child’s posture and the un-posed quality of the image.

Having lunch in one of her favorite restaurants, Wax met a server who seemed, “to just light up the room.” Quickly making a photograph of the woman, she later drew Hobby Server, an 11x14 pastel pencil drawing. Note not only the remarkable attention to detail and exquisite rendering of light effect but also how Wax manages to relate the exuberance of the subject.

Lewis is also an 11x14 pastel pencil drawing on toned paper. Her brother-inlaw, photographed by Wax in a casual moment over lunch, which she translates into an incredibly tender portrait of a man with remarkably kind eyes who seems totally engaged with the viewer. Wax has masterfully separated the subject from the ground through the use of color as he pops off of the page.

Finally, Friend In Shades, like the rest, an 11x14 pastel drawing was created from a selfie her friend posted on Facebook. She likes to think it portrays his casual sense of humor and when completed said “it felt like I was standing right in front of him”.

Constantly asked if she will accept portrait commissions, she says she’s too busy being a color expert to accept any. “But,” she says, “you never know.” More of her amazing work can be seen on her website and Instagram.

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A Family Focus Mediating Conflicts with Creative Ideas and Solutions

WWith a prestigious background that includes being named to the Super Lawyers List year after year and holding an MBA on top of her law degree, Melissa Cipriano is a seasoned family attorney who founded Cipriano Law Offices in 2003.

Her focus is on helping parents and children get through tumultuous situations as smoothly as possible. As a child of divorce and having been through a divorce herself, she knows how traumatic it can be. As a mom of two children, she also understands that the less contentious the divorce, the easier it is for the kids.

“I’m a mediator, and in that role, I help people come to a resolution by giving them creative ideas,” says Melissa. “I also inform them of the law and what would or could happen if they go to court.”

She’s also a parenting coordinator. “I assist in resolving issues such as where to pick up and drop off children, whether a child should join soccer in dad’s town or mom’s town or somewhere in between, or what to do when a child isn’t doing well in school and needs a tutor.”

All of the attorneys in her firm have children, and almost all are mediators too. So, when an issue arises that has to be resolved immediately, instead of having to wait a while for a court date, Melissa and her staff make themselves available to get it figured out as quickly as possible.

“We always make time for our clients,” she says.

Cipriano Law Offices, PC 175 Fairfield Avenue Suite 4C/D, West Caldwell 973-403-8600

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PPatrick McCahill, a seasoned Certified Financial Planner™, maintains that retirement planning is a lifelong investment. Drawing from his extensive experience as a Wealth Advisor at Egan Wealth Advisors, a Registered Investment Advisory firm in Madison, New Jersey, McCahill shares his retirement planning insights on financial security.

When should people begin to plan for retirement?

Before starting to plan for retirement, it is important to establish a solid foundation of Financial Planning. This foundation encompasses essential aspects of life planning: estate planning, which determines the distribution of your assets after your passing; health care planning, which guarantees you have the necessary medical coverage; life insurance, which offers financial protection to your loved ones in the event of your death; emergency funds, which provide for unexpected occurrences; and budget/ monthly expenses, which aids in managing your expenses and income. We work with clients on this foundational plan and we collaborate with clients to develop comprehensive, long-term retirement strategies, providing security and peace of mind, building deep meaningful relationships with the clients we serve.

What are some simple but effective retirement planning strategies?

People should consider which retirement plans are available and discuss appropriate plans with an advisor, such as 401(k)s, SEP-IRAs, and IRA. After determining which plans are best for them, clients should review the provisions of each, such as yearly contributions, and look at long-term investment strategies, distribution requirements, and tax-deferred advantages.

Why is it crucial to consult a CFP® for your retirement planning?

When seeking professional advice for your retirement planning, collaborating with a CFP® is beneficial. A significant advantage of working with a CFP® is their fiduciary outlook, which legally binds them to always act in the client’s best interests. This ensures that clients are well informed and empowered in their retirement planning.

What are the key pitfalls to avoid in your retirement planning journey?

Clients should consider working with a CFP® at different life stages. We often encounter clients with inadequate financial plans or those approaching us, typically prompted by life events. Clients feel in control of their financial well-being by initiating retirement planning early, establishing a strong economic foundation, and consistently reviewing their plans throughout their lives.

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A Family Business Focused on Outdoor Living at Its Best

When Rich Cording, Sr. founded his own lawn care business in 1973, he never dreamed that 50 years later it would be so successful. Today, CLC Landscape Design has over 100 employees, and Rich is a licensed landscape architect, a certified landscape nursery professional and a specialist in designing and installing rain gardens and water gardens.

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While he and his crew create beautiful designs and build walls, patios, pools, outdoor kitchens, and whatever else homeowners desire, what truly excites Rich is helping others, and that includes both clients and staff. Some of his employees have been with him from the very beginning.

“I look at myself as a symphony director,” he says. “I have people who love designing, love building or love sales. My job is to empower them, and their job is to do impeccable work.”

CLC focuses only on designing great outdoor living spaces. “We don’t do lawn cutting, maintenance or sprinkler systems,” says Rich. “We design and build. One of our other specialties is planting designs and layouts. It’s a very unique niche that we’ve carved out.”

Everyone in the company follows five core values: Service, Knowledge, Honesty, Synergy, and the Golden Rule – treat others the way you want to be treated.

The heartfelt reviews from clients motivate Rich to keep his standards high. He received a voicemail two years ago that he still has in his mailbox. “I hadn’t seen this client in 13 years, and she said, ‘Rich, I’m sitting in my backyard and want to let you know how much happiness you brought me and my children. They grew up in this pool and backyard and now I’m sitting here with my grandchildren. I can’t thank you enough.’”

Another thing Rich never expected was to have two of his four children working alongside him. “Like me, they both graduated from college,” he says. “Neither one wanted to be part of this. Most people don’t know that I went to school to be a teacher, or that my son Rich Jr. was a Navy officer and in charge of 20 men on the USS John S. McCain.”

Today, Rich Jr. runs the construction division of CLC and has a Master of Landscape Design from Colombia University. His other son, Eric, earned a Landscape Design Certificate from Rutgers University, and for the last few years has been in charge of sales and designs.

“We all love what we do and because of that, we always do the absolute best that we can,” says Rich Sr. “Our family looks forward to working with your family.”

CLC Landscape Design 58 Ringwood Ave, Ringwood, NJ | 973-839-6026 |

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What are some signs of sleep apnea?

• Snoring, choking, or gasping for air in sleep.

• Tired and daytime sleepiness.

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• Morning headaches, trouble concentrating.

• Associated with diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.

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GGiralda Music and Arts Festival features music performances, an art show and sale, children’s activities, a raffle, and food trucks—a fun event for the entire family. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic, set up on the lawn, and enjoy live music and art together as a community.

Prepare to be mesmerized by the New Jersey Symphony, led by the renowned conductor Joshua Gersen, under the starry night sky! This program is a masterful blend of timeless classics, Broadway themes, and patriotic favorites. It’s a celebration of


our beloved Garden State with pieces like John Williams’ Liberty Fanfare, John Philip Sousa’s Atlantic City Pageant March, and other Jersey treasures.

The pre-show performance features Lynette Sheard. As a versatile vocalist, actor, producer, director, and experienced curator, her performances have been acknowledged in numerous publications, including The NY Times, Broadway World, and The Star-Ledger, which proclaimed that “Her voice reaches deep into one’s soul and finds a soft spot.”

Saturday, June 22

3pm-doors open; 4pm-pre-show performance; 6pm New Jersey Symphony concert

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Route 124 and Dodge Drive, Madison

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In case of inclement weather, the festival will be moved to Liquid Church at 299 Webro Rd, Parsippany.

A Gentleman’s Guide to TO LOVE & MURDER

EExperience the darkly comedic and highly entertaining musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” with book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak. Based on the novel by Roy Horniman, this production is directed by Brian B. Crowe, and promises to be a delightful theatrical experience.


Follow the story of Monty Navarro, a low-born man who discovers he is eighth in line to inherit the wealth and title of the prestigious D’Ysquith family. As Monty embarks on a hysterically ghoulish path to claim the earldom, the audience is treated to a series of clever and amusing twists. Will Monty’s cunning plot be uncovered, or will he succeed in becoming the ninth Earl of Highhurst? Amidst his scheming, Monty also finds himself entangled with two charming young women who vie for his heart. The outcome remains delightfully uncertain until the final curtain falls.

This musical is based on the 1907 novel “The Autobiography of a Criminal” and the 1949 comic film “Kind Hearts and Coronets” starring Sir Alec Guinness. “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” features unforgettable music, non-stop laughs,

and a tour-de-force performance where one actor portrays all eight ill-fated members of the D’Ysquith family. Don’t miss this unique and captivating production that will leave you thoroughly entertained.

Runs through June 9

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Madison Downtown Concert Series Returns for the Summer

TThe Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (METC) in Madison, will again be presenting its free outdoor Downtown Concert Series, sponsored by the Madison Downtown Development Commission (DDC), starting June 21. All concerts run from 6-8pm. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets to sit and enjoy music from a variety of bands.

While the events are free, donations to METC are encouraged to support the museum’s programs focusing on New Jersey’s history, culture, trades, and crafts. METC will be open for visits during the concerts, and dogs are welcome on the lawn but not inside the museum.



June 21: Jumping The Gun Band

July 5: Rosewood

July 19: King’s Road Band

August 2: The C3 Soul Revue

August 16: South Street Live

August 30: What‘s What

September 6: Double Billing featuring Nick Kits (6-7pm) and Amanda Greatorex (7:15-8:15pm) at the Rose Pavilion

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12th Annual

North Jersey Pride Festival

12th Annual North Jersey Pride Festival

The Pride Festival is a celebration of equality, community, and love, offering an exciting lineup of live performances on the main stage, showcasing incredible national and local talent. Attendees can also explore over 120 merchant vendors offering diverse goods and services, providing a unique shopping experience.

In addition to the lively entertainment and shopping opportunities, the festival features a delicious food court where visitors can indulge in a variety of treats. The event caters to families as well, with a huge Rainbow Kids Zone offering inflatables, games, and a live interaction kids stage, ensuring that there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Admission to the North Jersey Pride Festival is free, making it accessible to all members of the community. It's a day filled with joy, acceptance, and unity, embodying the spirit of pride and celebration. Don't miss this opportunity to join in the festivities and show your support for equality and love!

Sunday, June 9—12-6pm Memorial Park 580 Valley St, Maplewood

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Father’s Day

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The Game Room has everything you need to outfit your man cave or game room. Showcased here: Brunswick Parsons pool table, Star Wars pinball machine by Stern, custom-made bar, English steel tip darts, one of a kind custom wall art.

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As the weather gets warmer and the sun shines brighter, it's important to take steps to protect yourself from sunburn. Sunburn not only causes discomfort, but it can also lead to longterm skin damage and increase the risk of skin cancer. Here are some simple rules to help you stay safe in the sun:

Wear Sunscreen

Apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher at least 15 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours, or more often if you're swimming or sweating.

Seek Shade

When the sun is at its strongest, usually between 10am and 4pm, try to stay in the shade as much as possible. This can help reduce your overall sun exposure and lower your risk of sunburn.Wear Protective Clothing: Cover up with clothing, hats, and sunglasses to shield your skin from the sun's harmful rays. Lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and pants can provide excellent protection.

Be Sun-Smart

Be mindful of reflective surfaces like water, sand, and snow, which can intensify the sun's rays and increase the likelihood of sunburn. Take extra precautions in these environments.

Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of water, especially when spending time outdoors in the sun. Staying hydrated can help your body regulate its temperature and minimize the risk of heat-related illnesses.

By following these simple rules, you can enjoy the sunshine while minimizing the risk of sunburn and long-term skin damage. Remember, it's important to take sun protection seriously and make it a part of your daily routine, not just on sunny days at the beach. Your skin will thank you for it in the years to come.

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Maintaining Healthy Skin

TTo keep your skin healthy, adhering to a consistent skincare regimen is crucial. This means starting your day and ending your day with a gentle cleansing routine using a mild cleanser to remove impurities, excess oil, and makeup. Following cleansing, applying a suitable moisturizer tailored to your skin type helps to maintain optimal hydration and promote a smooth, supple complexion. Sun protection is another essential step, so it’s vital to apply sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 daily to shield your skin from the damaging effects of UV rays.

Alongside the fundamental skincare routine, regular exfoliation is beneficial for sloughing off dead skin cells and maintaining a radiant appearance. The frequency of exfoliation can range from 1 to 3 times a week, depending on your skin type and the exfoliating product used.

Incorporating healthy lifestyle practices also plays a significant role in promoting skin health. Adequate hydration, achieved through drinking plenty of water, is essential for maintaining skin’s moisture levels. A well-rounded diet, rich in various fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins, contributes to overall skin health. Sufficient sleep and stress management are equally important for healthy skin. Lastly, steering clear of smoking and moderating alcohol consumption can further support the maintenance of skin health.

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KKurt Jackson, MD, is a renowned vitreoretinal surgeon and ophthalmologist in Livingston. As the founder of Jackson Eye Care, he sees patients five days a week and welcomes existing, new, and walk-in patients.

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As we observe National Vision Month this May, it’s the perfect time to heed the advice of Dr. Jackson, a leading expert in eye care. He recommends three simple steps to maintain healthy vision:

Nutrition—Maintain a healthy diet and minimally processed foods. Also, eat good quality proteins such as eggs, fish, and lean meats. For non meat eaters, tofu, beans and legumes are a good option.

Activity—Be sure to exercise daily. Have a structured exercise program. If walking is your preferred activity, walk at least 30 minutes each day.

Proper Eye Care—Ensure you wear your eyeglasses when performing essential activities such as reading or driving to reduce straining your eyes.

Manage your screen time effectively by following the 20/20/20 rule. This rule, endorsed by Dr. Jackson, suggests taking a 20 second break every 20 minutes of screen time. During this break, focus your gaze on an object 20 feet away. This simple practice helps to alleviate eyestrain, allowing your eyes to relax before you resume your close-up work.

Take care of your eyes. See your eye specialist for annual check-ups and follow Dr. Jackson’s lifestyle suggestions. Healthy vision is priceless.

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DR. GEORGE RAPTIS Transforming Cancer Care at Cooperman Barnabas

GGeorge Raptis, MD, MBA, a nationally-recognized breast cancer academic medical oncologist, is thrilled to join Cooperman Barnabas Cancer Center and the Rutgers Cancer Institute, New Jersey’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. As Director of Oncology Services for the Northern Region, he leads a team of medical oncologists and clinical researchers dedicated to providing personalized, high-quality, and innovative cancer care in the communities they serve.

With a 30-year career spanning elite cancer programs at Mount Sinai, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Columbia, and Northwell Health, Dr. Raptis brings extensive knowledge, leadership, and a passion for advancing cancer care. “I’m excited to be here because what’s being done at Barnabas is a game-changer”. The new all-encompassing cancer center under construction will house all the interdisciplinary specialties, supportive care, and wellness programs needed for cancer patients and their families. As part of the Rutgers Cancer Institute, the Center offers clinical trials, from bench to bedside, transforming cancer care for current and future patients. “This all aligns with my 30-year mission and is vital for the communities we serve,” says Dr. Raptis.

He sees both challenges and opportunities at CBMS and is eager to bring impactful change. In concert with RWJBarnabas Health, current hospital, cancer center and physician leadership teams, he aims to enhance access to high-quality cancer care and clinical research throughout the region. His vision and commitment are instrumental in developing a cohesive strategy that improves cancer care delivery and outcomes.

Dr. Raptis’ extensive experience, coupled with his passion for innovation and patient-centered care, positions him as a valuable asset to the team. With leaders like Dr. Raptis, the future of cancer care programs at Cooperman Barnabas and the Northern Region hospitals is indeed bright.

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Hotworx Fitness Studio

Revolutionizing the Workout Experience

TThere’s a new fitness studio in town unlike any other! Hotworx Fitness Studio in Town Center is transforming fitness routines with its innovative concept that combines virtual instructors, infrared saunas, and 24-hour accessibility. This state-of-theart fitness studio maximizes workout efficiency and delivers a host of health benefits. “The 24-hour availability fits any schedule, making it convenient for busy lifestyles,” says Jason Axelrod, owner.

Hotworx focuses on the “Burn Off Movement,” emphasizing the benefits of working out in an infrared sauna. According to Axelrod, the combination of heat, infrared energy, and exercise creates a powerful regimen that accelerates metabolism, promotes detoxification, and enhances overall well-being. The unique environment provides numerous results and benefits, including muscle

recovery, stress reduction, weight loss, cellulite reduction, increased calorie burn, detoxification, lowered blood pressure, pain relief, anti-aging, skin rejuvenation, formation of new collagen for a healthy youthful appearance, and improved circulation.

Hotworx’s 3D Training system leverages heat, infrared energy, and exercise to provide an efficient, effective workout. Heat accelerates metabolism by raising core body temperature, reducing warmup times; infrared energy enhances the body’s regenerative processes, speeding up recovery; and exercise increases heart rate and maximizes calorie burn during various isometric and highintensity interval training (HIIT) sessions. Over 10 workouts are offered, including hot yoga, pilates, stretch, ISO, core, buns, cycle, and more.

“We are really excited to be bringing this state-of-the-art fitness concept to Livingston,” says Axelrod.

Right now, Pre-Sale Enrollment is $10, and monthly membership is $64 for unlimited classes for the lifetime of your membership—if you sign up now! Call, visit the website, or check out Instagram: @hotworxlivingstontowncenter.


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WWhen it comes to orthodontic care in Livingston, families overwhelmingly trust Sacks Orthodontics. Here’s why:

Expertise and Certification

At Sacks Orthodontics, your smile is in the hands of a board-certified orthodontist. Dr. Sacks brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to every patient’s care. This certification is a testament to his commitment to the highest standards in orthodontic practice, ensuring you receive top-quality treatment.

Personalized Care

One of the standout features of Sacks Orthodontics is the personal attention each patient receives from Dr. Sacks himself. From your initial consultation to the final adjustment, Dr. Sacks is there every step of the way. This personalized approach improves results and makes the entire experience more comfortable for patients of all ages.

Leading Invisalign Provider

Invisalign has revolutionized orthodontic treatment, offering a nearly invisible and highly effective alternative to traditional braces. Sacks Orthodontics is the top Invisalign provider in New Jersey and among the top 11 providers in the nation. This distinction speaks volumes about the expertise and success of their Invisalign treatment. Patients can confidently choose Invisalign, knowing they are receiving care from one of the best in the nation.

Advanced Treatment Options

For those who need or prefer traditional braces, Sacks Orthodontics offers LightForce braces, the latest orthodontic technology. As the top LightForce provider in New Jersey and one of the top 3 providers in the nation, Sacks Orthodontics delivers custom-made 3D-printed braces that offer a more

precise and comfortable fit, leading to better results in about 40% less time than traditional braces.

Flexible Financing

Sacks Orthodontics offers affordable payment plans to ensure every family can access the highest quality orthodontic care without breaking the bank. Flexible financing options make it easier for families to manage the cost of treatment.

Choosing Sacks Orthodontics means choosing excellence, innovation, and personalized care. It’s no wonder that families in Livingston trust Dr. Sacks to create beautiful, healthy smiles. Schedule your free consultation and experience the difference for yourself.

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Day Spa

Beneath the Surface Spa is a destination offering customers the combination of massage, body treatments, facials, antiaging treatments, organic airbrush spray tan, full body waxing and Xtreme eyelash extensions. Look beautiful from the inside out!! The settings are warm, inviting, beautiful and serene. We cater to men, women and teens, and offer the latest in products and therapies.

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19 Waverly Place #3, Madison, NJ 07940 973-520-8809

Hotworx is a 24-hour infrared fitness studio offering 10+ workouts, including hot yoga, pilates, stretch, ISO, core, buns, cycle, and more. At Hotworx, through a combination of heat, infrared energy, and exercise, you maximize your workout in less time.


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Dr. Eric Sacks believes that Livingston families really can have it all—the most advanced orthodontic treatment options, a truly state-of-the-art, all-digital facility, and personalized care and attention from board-certified orthodontic specialists.

Sacks Orthodontics

41 N. Livingston Avenue, Livingston 973-251-2265

The Silverstrom Group is far from your ordinary dental practice. From the moment you set foot in their contemporary spa-like office, a group of friendly, highly trained professionals who truly care about you and your smile will be at your service. They welcome you to take a moment to meet their spectacular team.

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580 S. Livingston Avenue, Livingston 973-992-3990 |

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Home to the East Coast’s premier 24-unit Energy Enhancement System (EESystem), Full Spectrum Quantum Wellness exists to raise the positive vibration of the planet by offering wellness tools that support the body, mind and spirit. Our tools consist of multiple bio-active energy fields such as scalar waves, rife frequencies, photobiomodulation as well as sound harmonizing techniques.

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Providence Health and Fitness offers the latest, trendiest health and wellness programs. A full-service fitness and wellness center that provides everything you need to live a healthy and fit life including Pilates Mat, Reformer classes, GYROTONIC® Expansion System, personal training, nutrition guidance, massage and meditation. Our mission is to help you discover your best self with personalized wellness for your body, mind, and spirit.

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Their goal is to help patients restore a healthy balance to their lives. Their therapists guide, give feedback, suggest and teach techniques and most importantly: listen. Their Wellness Center has a wide range of clinical expertise for children and families. They offer: Services for Children Dealing with School and Family Dynamics; Individual/Family/ Couples/Children and Teen Therapy; and a Variety of Clinical Therapy Expertise. Most insurances accepted. Telemedicine appointments available.

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7 East Frederick Place, Suite 700, Cedar Knolls | 862-242-3500

RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive integrated health care delivery system and a leader in research, education and health information. RWJBarnbas Health strives to meet the evolving needs of men and woman—whether that be enhancing the coordination of treating complex health conditions or improving community health through local programs, including access to primary and speciality care providers.

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At Jackson Eye Care, you are guaranteed to receive the most up-to-date and state-ofthe-art diagnostics and treatments for all your vitreo-retinal problems. Specializing in managing all diseases of the retina, vitreous and macula, including macular holes, retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy, ocular trauma and macular degeneration.

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22 Old Short Hills Road, Suite 202, Livingston | 862-904-8349

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Sana Yoga is an infrared heated space. The studio is focused on creating a community of diversity, trust and inclusivity. At Sana, your practice is yours—it may not look like anyone else’s and that is okay because no one is you and that is your power! We remind you to keep an open mind, show up for yourself, and give yourself permission to release and heal-Sana.

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

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

Proud Thai Cookery

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

Authentic Thai cuisine

Strega Bistro

430 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights 908-665-5905

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

Trap Rock Restaurant & Brewery

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

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

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.


Charley’s Aunt Restaurant 8-10 S Passaic Ave, Chatham | 973-635-6772

Traditional American cuisine.

Gregorio’s Mediterranean Restaurant

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

Italian Mediterranean cuisine bursting with flavor.

Mitsuba Japanese Cuisine

237 Main St, Chatham | 973-635-3888

Traditional Japanese specialties and cuisine

Scalini Fedeli

63 Main Street, Chatham | 973-701-9200

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

Restaurant Serenade

6 Roosevelt Avenue, Chatham, NJ 07928 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.


Ancona Bistro

645 Valley Road, Gillette | 908-647-5755

Northern Italian entrees and pastas.

Casa Maya

615 Meyersville Road, Gillette


Family-friendly BYOB serving Sonoran-stule Mexican cuisine.

Vintage Tavern

342 Valley Rd, Gillette | 908-580-1100

New American tavern with pub-grub standards, including burgers, thin-crust pizzas and more. Your go-to spot for sports, live entertainment, trivia, bingo, private parties & much more!


Assado Portuguese Steakhouse

222 N Livingston Avenue, Livingston 973-422-0501 |

Their rustic yet modern decor provides the perfect setting for a Portuguese steakhouse experience. Assado is a BYOB welcoming our patrons to pair their desired wine with our traditional dishes. They also offer online ordering so you can enjoy our food from anywhere.


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

Southern Mediterranean Italian Cuisine

Lithos Estiatorio

405 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston 973-758-1111 |

Greek Cuisine

Mezza Mediterranean

277 Eisenhower Pkwy, Livingston 973-992-9300 |

At Mezza Mediterranean, patrons will find a fusion of Old-World tradition and New World innovation to the palate.


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

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Grillera Mediterranean Cuisine

91 Park Ave, Madison | 973-301-2080

Distinguished Mediterranean Cuisine

Krust Kitchen

7 Cross St, Madison | 908-525-7878



Luna Stella 5 Highland Pl, Maplewood | (973) 761-7600

New American with an emphasis on creativity, fresh ingredients, and inventive cocktails.


15 Newark Way, Maplewood | (973) 378-5800

Destination featuring a bread bakery, plus a wood-fired pizzeria, wine & cocktails.

Ani Ramen House

149 Maplewood Ave, Maplewood (973) 327-2642 |

This Japanese noodle house known for its ramen has modern, stylish decor & a BYOB policy.


Liv Breads

184 Essex Street, Millburn 973-218-6922 |

Artisan bakery & coffee bar

Ms. Lin Chinese Cuisine

59 Main St, Millburn | 973-912-8838

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

Umi Sushi

339 Millburn Ave, Millburn | 973-921-2848

Traditional and Fusion sushi and sashimi. Also find teriyaki, tempura, udon and soba noodle dinners. Most fish is wild-caught. Free delivery.

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Moe’s Bistro and Bar

535 Central Ave, New Providence 908-840-4540

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


Ristorante & Pizzeria

590 Central Ave, New Providence 908-665-0266

Offering pizzas & formal Italian dishes


Boxcar Bar & Grill

25 Chatham Rd, Short Hills 973-912-0002

Bar fare

Par 440

Restaurant & Lounge

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

A full service restaurant, bar & lounge located on the East Orange Golf Course in Short Hills.

Offering bar bites, burgers and tasty entrees.


Bistro d’Azur

14 Academy Street, South Orange | (973) 327-9725

BYOB fine dining establishment that transports guests to the vibrant South of France. The restaurant’s prix fixe menu showcases the diverse flavors of the Mediterranean region.

Papillon 25

25 Valley St, South Orange (973) 761-5299

Sophisticated restaurant & martini bar serving New American fare in a modern space with live jazz.

Giorgio’s Ristorante 52 Vose Ave, South Orange (973) 762-4440

Traditional Italian food favorites served in a white-tablecloth setting in a cozy, converted home.


Trattoria Biagio

239 Main Avenue, Stirling 908-350-8064

Authentic Italian cuisine

Twelve Islands

Greek Taverna

1255 Valley Rd, Stirling 908-647-2193

Traditional Greek fare


Due 36

50 Maple St, Summit 908-608-0222

Authentic Argentinian/Italian tapas restaurant

La Pastaria

327 Springfield Ave, Summit 908-522-9088

Italian cusine

Natale’s Summit Bakery

185 Broad St, Summit 908-277-2074

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

Roots Steakhouse

401 Springfield Ave, Summit 908-273-0027

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


529 Morris Avenue, Summit 908-472-0187

Bone-in fried chicken, chicken tenders, sandwiches, biscuit sandwiches, wraps, bone-in fried chicken, fresh hand cut French fries, mac-n’ cheese, and handrolled biscuits.


Sunday-Thursday 5-9:30pm, Friday & Saturday 5-10:30pm

471 W Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston 973-378-9222 BYOB | EAT IN OR TAKE OUT A Neighborhood Gem
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II’m hooked on the natural world and the infinite amount of wisdom that’s built into nature. We only skim the surface when trying to understand the symbiotic relationships that occur all around us. For example…

There is a species of acacia trees on the African Savannah called the umbrella thorn acacias. The giraffes were feeding on them and the trees didn’t like it one bit… So, they sent out a toxic substance into their leaves to rid themselves of these giraffes and the threat. But that’s not what totally surprised me when reading this in The Hidden Life of Trees… what they feel, how they communicate, by Peter Wohlleben.

The Acacia trees actually release a warning gas (ethylene) as a signal to neighboring acacia trees of the same species that there is a threat at hand. It reached them up to 100 yards away where the giraffes passed all the trees knowing that the rest of them also released a toxic substance into their leaves. What’s really happening here? Do trees, communicate underground through a various system of roots and connections? Is that the “Wood Wide Web”? The communication that goes on under our feet and all around us is something to marvel at.

This month I had the privilege to interview Cristina Zenato who is a professional cave diver and shark diver with over 25,000 dives. When I found out that she actually puts her hand in the mouths of sharks underwater to remove hooks because they brushed up against her, showing her where that hook lies in their mouth, I was just blown away.

She told me that there’s a whole different level of communication going on down there and she has removed over 300 hooks from a variety of the sharks who come to her because they’re aware that she is the shark lady who takes the hooks out.

When I asked her about fear and if she had any doing this, she told me that her preparation and her passion and love for these animals diminished the fear, totally. I also started thinking about the crazy people who think that shark fins are going to cure cancer so they leave the sharks full body with their fins cut off stretched across the shoreline.

We’ve been inundated with movies and media that portray sharks as the most dangerous predators on the planet. I’d say we are. If you’d like to see the full interview, check out Diamond Minds on Brinx.TV this month. Her message will take your breath away and leave you in awe of the natural world and what we can learn from it.

I still wonder as I walk through my yard and see two healthy trees surrounding one that is losing its leaves and can’t help to wonder if both of those trees are trying to help that one tree by delivering much needed water or nutrients to save their partner. Symbiotic relationships exist in nature and is something we can learn a lot from while working with our peers in all different scenarios.

Like the old saying goes… You can get almost anything you want by helping others get what they want… and as William Danforth (founder of Ralston Purina) had said, “Catch a passion for helping others and a richer life will come back to you”.

BARRY FARBER is a best-selling author, an award-winning radio and television host as well as an agent and marketing consultant for corporations, professional athletes, and entertainers. He’s also the creator and marketer of the FoldzFlat® Pens. His latest release is an inspirational children’s book, “In search of the magic tree,” available at Tune into his new TV Show, Diamond Minds, now on and follow him @barryfarberofficial.

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