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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.”

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8 Morris Sussex Sports Provides and Inclusive Environment 9 Local Nonprofit Provides Internships for Underprivileged Young Adults



19 Dine and Stroll Through Morristown While Learning of Its Rich History 20 COVER STORY

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24 Health and Wellness

15 Come One, Come All! The Biggest and Best NJ Fair is Open

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23 Protect Your Eyes from Summer Sun Damage 23 A Hydrating Health Summer Must—Watermelon 24 Laughter & Humor = A Healthy & Happy Life 25 Atrial Fibrillation Affects Kids and Adults of All Ages 26 Relief for Headaches

28 Art in the Vicinity Denis Orloff— Taking You to Places in the Heart

30 Outdoor Summer Concerts Calendar 34 Vet-Approved Tips to Help Keep Pets Safe this Summer 35 Best of Essex 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards Contest Categories 36 Restaurant Guide On the Cover: CLC Landscape Design Photo by Dan Epstein


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Professional Soccer Player is Offering Lessons Locally to Youths


atherine Zimmerman of Madison, a professional soccer player that has been playing for team Melbourne Victory in Melbourne, Australia for two years, is home for the summer teaching youths to play soccer individually and in small groups. She also does this when she is in Australia. She says she “enjoys playing on a team with a common goal of winning as playing with people with a similar mindset is enjoyable.” In addition, she says she “loves the lifestyle and work life balance being a professional athlete provides.” Prior to joining team Victory, Catherine played soccer at Providence College, and for Sky Blue (which is now called Gotham FC), in Switzerland. She can be contacted for lessons at

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Madison Resident Creates for a Cause


argaret Malishchak of Madison has turned her passion for creating stained glass art into a charitable endeavor called glass4good. She donates all of the proceeds she earns to NJ-based social and environmental justice organizations like Nourish NJ, The Great Swamp Watershed Association, and Land Conservancy of NJ, as well as to Peaceworks, CATA Farmworkers, United Help Ukraine, the Madison Environmental Commission, and Black Lives Matter NJ. She sells her work at fairs, farmers markets, and yard sales, as well as through her newsletter and website glassMargaret Malishchak Since 2020, she has donated over $5000. “I am amazed at how much I have been able to donate,” she says. Margaret developed a passion for stained glass art in her 20’s and picked it up again recently. She loves the craft and creates her items “at a brisk pace.” Email her at to sign up for her mailing list.

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Chatham Resident Launches Sustainable Products Website


anu Kumar, of Chatham, is on a mission to create a positive impact for both people and the planet. She started her online store GoodsAgain ( that offers unique upcycled products handcrafted by artisans from materials otherwise destined for landfills or oceans. Products on GoodsAgain include bracelets from old life vests, bags from woven newspapers and denim scraps, swim covers from preloved sarees, and many more unique items across categories that include women’s accessories, kids, and home. Each product provides strength and hope to underrepresented artisans from across the world, primarily women, and gives them a source of livelihood. “I adore the uniqueness and craftsmanship behind each item and how they each tell a story of their prior life before embarking on a journey of their second life,” says Tanu, who shares those stories behind each product on her website.

Local Mom Publishes Books on Kindness and Compassion


Nadja Springer

hen the pandemic forced us to stay at home back in 2020, Nadja Springer and her family had just gotten settled in the US. Her children’s biggest worry was to never see their family in Europe again - a worry Nadja took seriously, and which marked the start of her book publishing journey. “Tree Finds Friendship” is about kindness and believing in yourself; “Tree Finds Hope” is about never losing hope. But Nadja also loves to write funny stories, and her story “Oh Happy Night” will give you a new perspective on what happens at the North Pole during Christmas night; it will be published this fall. “I love being able to hide my girls in the books and send them a secret love letter in doing so,” says Nadja. She recently moved from New Providence to Mendham but adds “New Providence will always stay our home away from home.” The books are available on Amazon.

SVFAS Holds 2022 Juniors Program Graduation Ceremony


he Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad (SVFAS) held the annual graduation ceremony for its Juniors Program in June. Nine members of the program, all Summit residents, were honored for having fulfilled their commitment to the program as they graduate from their respective high schools. In addition, five members of the graduating class received scholarships as they embark on the next phase of their education. The members of this year’s graduating class include Amanda Brown, Mary Caffrey, Summer Cullen, Jack Detweiler, Lleyton Lance, Olivia Lawlor, Sean McCormick, Natalie Peralta, and Sarah Silverberg. Brown, Cullen, Detweiler, Lawlor, and Silverberg received the Alice Nichols Memorial Scholarships during the ceremony. The scholarship was created to honor Alice Nichols, a long-time member of the Squad who served as its President when she died unexpectedly in 2000. Lawlor also received the first Mike D’Ecclessis Award, which was established to honor the 46-year career of D’Ecclessis, who was on hand to deliver the award.

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MORRIS SUSSEX SPORTS Provides an Inclusive Environment By Jackie Schatell


eorge Muha who grew up in Florham Park and now resides in Mendham, never imagined that the blog on high school sports called Morris Sussex Sports that he began as a hobby in 2005, would become his business and main source of income with 4 million views a week many years later. He now employees 50 people including teens, college students, parents, former newspaper reporters, and people with special needs. Aside from reporting on games, George’s team creates highlight shows, instant replays, live play by play commentary, and even trading cards. The games are broadcast on You Tube, and George’s team also produces content for the company’s website and social media channels. Morris Sussex Sports’ videos have gone on to be appreciated by other communities and he is often asked to cover games in other counties, at all-star games, pro-soccer games and more. He says his team “does a really good job creating pieces that are like network productions.” “I absolutely love what I do,” says George. “In 2019, I left my job to work here full time, realizing that Morris Sussex Sports had a strong value proposition.” George says he wanted to create an inclusive environment where teens and people with special needs could learn and work using their unique skill sets. “There is a cool vibe here,” he says.

George Muha, founder of Morris Sussex Sport, poses with employee, Gigi Parisi of Mount Olive High school.

He also wanted high school athletes to feel like celebrities. He says that with newspapers dwindling, it is important to showcase student athletes. He hopes that by feeling valued, they will go on to attend college and grad school, and to give back to the communities they live in by joining booster clubs and supporting local sports. Of all that he does, George says he is most proud of the special needs community that has been created at Morris Sussex Sports. He and his team have learned how to communicate with people who communicate differently

than they do. He finds out how to best utilize their skillsets, whether they are doing statistics, greeting people, creating content on the computer, or just talking about sports. “They and their families often thank me for giving them a great paid opportunity that they would not be able to find elsewhere,” he says. “But I feel like I should be thanking them for their friendships and the laughter and joy they bring to the business. I hope to inspire other businesses to find value in people with special needs and offer them worthwhile employment. They have skills that can be translated to jobs if a company has the right mindset.”

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Local Nonprofit Provides Internships for Underprivileged Young Adults By Jackie Schatell


ummit resident Andrew Walker has launched Eleven+ (Elevate to Even Plus), a start-up nonprofit that is dedicated to placing young adults from disenfranchised communities into paid internships with nonprofits. The business funds hosting organizations for the cost of the internships, so students get meaningful paid opportunities that they would not ordinarily have access to. “The nonprofits benefit from the students’ skills and contributions, while championing an important diversity initiative—without “taking a hit to their operating budgets,” says Andrew. Andrew says he was “spurred into action by the Black Lives Matter movement and was inspired to provide these students with opportunities that could change the trajectory or their lives.” He says, “There are more than 30,000 nonprofit organizations in New Jersey, and many provide unpaid internships.” He believes that “many more would likely hire interns if they had easier access to promising talent.” “Internships provide valuable work experiences as well as opportunities for skill-building and networking that can improve prospects in education, work, and life for the participating students,” says Andrew. “However, unpaid internships actually perpetuate inequality because the students who might most benefit from the experience cannot afford to work for free.”

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Interns must demonstrate they are of color, that they come from a low-income background, and must demonstrate achievement in academics or in community outreach.

Eleven+ sources talented intern candidates through local school alumni networks and partnerships including Summit High, Uncommon Schools, and KIPP Newark graduates, and enrichment programs (e.g. PEP Program, STAR). In addition, to ensure success, each intern is paired with a mentor to help them acclimate and when they have questions or concerns. “Having a mentor helps the interns to have a meaningful working experience,” says Andrew. The business also plans seminars with role models and provides job readiness content. Eleven+ also helps make sure that interns have appropriate work attire and transportation to and from work.

Last summer Eleven+ partnered with seven local non-profits and funded 10 student interns. For this summer, Eleven+ has identified over 40 + opportunities between Newark and Morristown, including many local organizations like ReevesReed Arboretum, Vivid Stage, The Connection, Grow It Green, Family Promise, Dress for Success, Museum of Early Arts & Crafts, Sage Eldercare, Summit Y, the Summit Housing Authority, and the Discovery Orchestra. Eleven+ funds an average of $4,500 per student. Donor contributions are welcome and according to Andrew “are an investment in smart, motivated students giving them access to a transformative, paid internships that can change their lives.” Donations fund salaries, work attire and supplies, transportation to and from work, and more. To donate go to

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his comical feast embraces the wackiness in every family. Featuring an original story and every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family a man her parents have never met. Everything will change for the whole family on a fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

he winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, told by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. Join this group of late nineteenth-century German students on their passage as they navigate teenage self-discovery and coming-of-age anxiety in a daring and powerful celebration of youth and rebellion.



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SA’s Gershwin meets the French impressionists under the stars in the gardens of one of Westfield’s finest residences! Join NJ Festival Orchestra, led by Maestro David Wroe, for an unforgettable evening of glorious live music featuring masterworks by George Gershwin, SaintSaens, Debussy and more. Bring your own lawn chairs and refreshments and enjoy a summer celebration for the entire family! VIP seating (chairs provided) available close to the stage. Program: GERSHWIN An American in Paris; SAINT-SAENS Carnival of the Animals; DEBUSSY Prélude à l’aprèsmidi d’un faune DEBUSSY Danse macabre; VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending featuring Brennan Sweet, violin Saturday, July 30, 8pm The Hertell Gardens 241 E. Dudley Avenue, Westfield ----------------------Sunday, July 31, 2:30pm Fellowship Cultural Arts Center 8000 Fellowship Road, Basking Ridge







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Summer Camps at The METC STEM WEEK: July 12-14

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Tuesday, July 12: Science Day Explore the wonderful world of science at the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts. Campers will be discovering all the ways scientific exploration can be FUN by exploring aerodynamics with a Taking Flight challenge, and more. Appropriate for grade 1–2 and grade 3–5.

Tuesday, July 19: Architecture Day Explore the museum’s historic building to see various styles of stained glass and architecture, including our own griffin and gargoyles. Discover the differences between form, function, and decoration. Campers will create their own stained glass and take-home parts of the beautiful METC building in the form of stenciling and rubbings. Appropriate for Kindergarten–grade 2 and grade 3–5.

Wednesday, July 13: Technology Day Campers will learn the fundamentals of coding without the use of computers! At the end of the day, they will share what was created with family and friends using special coding sequences! Appropriate for grade 1–2 and grade 3–5. Thursday, July 14: Engineering Day Campers will solve problems and explore solutions using engineering principles through a series of interactive challenges. Appropriate for grade 1–2 and grade 3–5.

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Wednesday, July 20: Textile Exploration Campers will take part in a variety of crafts and activities using fibers and fabric. Using real lamb’s wool, participants will learn the old-time art of wool-felting and will make a felted toy to take home. They will also view a selection of the Museum’s collection of textiles, including quilts, and work with quilt pieces. Other activities will include fabric collages and making dream pillows or catnip toys. Appropriate for grade 1–2 and grade 3–5. Thursday, July 21: Jewelry Making Campers will create designs for their jewelry and make several pieces of jewelry crafted from “found” objects brought in from home, and from different food items—apple and orange seeds, cinnamon sticks, dried pasta, beans, etc. Appropriate for grade 1–2 and grade 3–5.

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Tuesday, August 9: Historical Careers Day Campers will explore 18th century trades and crafts and the different jobs people held in the past. Participants will refine their tin smithing skills and bring home a working lantern and learn some master woodworking expertise! Appropriate for grade 2 and above in September. Wednesday, August 10: Emergency Responder Day Be part of this exciting day at METC for an exploration on what it takes to be an Emergency Responder! View the museum’s Emergency Responder exhibit and meet a firefighter and an EMT while exploring their fire truck and ambulance. Other activities include crafts celebrating our emergency responders. Appropriate for Kindergarten–grade 2 and grade 3–5.

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Comedy Comes to NJPAC Zakir Khan Saturday, September 3, 7pm


fter two massively successful specials, Haq Se Single (2017) and Kaksha Gyarvi (2021) and after selling out 100,000+ tickets across the globe, Zakir Khan is on the road once again with his latest stand up show. Zakir Khan has the ability to highlight comic elements in everyday life and is known for his “uniquely Indian” style of comedy, which involves him impeccably catching on to the emotions that are common to every Indian household. Catch the sakth launda himself, Zakir Khan Live!

Jen Fulwiler Saturday, September 17, 8pm


om of six Jen Fulwiler is “Minivan Fabulous” in her new standup comedy tour. If you’re a fan, you’ve already laughed at all her viral comedy sketches on TikTok and Instagram. You’ve listened to her hilarious podcast, This Is Jen. You’ve watched her Amazon Prime comedy special, The Naughty Corner. You’ve read her books— Something Other than God, One Beautiful Dream and Your Blue Flame. Now’s your chance to see the former SiriusXM talk radio host live on stage, with new funny takes on motherhood and modern life.

Fortune Feimster Friday, October 14, 8pm


omedian, writer and actor Fortune Feimster is back on tour! In her smash-hit standup specials (including Netflix’s Sweet & Salty), Fortune recounts embarrassing and hilarious true stories of growing up in North Carolina. She’s the reigning queen of instantly iconic TV appearances, from late night (Chelsea Lately, Conan, Late Night with Seth Meyers) to sitcoms (The Mindy Project, Kenan, Champions) to reality show guest judging panels (Rupaul’s Drag Race, Is It Cake?). You’ve heard her recognizable southern drawl as co-host of the podcasts What a Joke with Papa and Fortune and Sincerely, Fortune.

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Masters of Illusion


hese cutting-edge illusionists display skills that have taken a lifetime to perfect and include large-scale illusions, sleight-of-hand, perplexing interactive mind magic, comedy and dangerous escapes and audience members will be baffled by their astounding skills. All performances of the show include some audience participation. The magicians will be available for Meet & Greets with audience members in the lobby of each theatre at the conclusion of each performance and will be available for photographs and autographs. Master of Illusion has been presented across the U.S.A. and around the world including recent residencies at Bally’s Las Vegas and Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. It has been seen by over 100 million viewers on The CW Network and in 126 countries. Master of Illusion returns for its second consecutive summer residency at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe in its brand-new show for the whole family. Saturday, October 8, 7:30 pm Mayo Performing Arts Center 100 South Street Morristown | 973-539-8008

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Come One, Come All! The Biggest and Best NJ Fair is Open By Sue Baldani, photos by Phil Hoops (ig: @hoopsapproved)


tate Fair Meadowlands is now underway and this year may be better than ever. There’s always something new to see, but popular attractions like Rosaire’s Royal Racers’ Racing Pigs and Pirates of the Colombian Caribbean are just two of the shows people really look forward to every year. “The pig races are such a crowd pleaser,” says Al Dorso, owner of the State Fair Group. The Royal Racers and are indeed treated like royalty. The Rosaire’s, he says, care for them like family and the pigs even stay in an airconditioned trailer.

They bring all types of pigs – small pigs, big pigs, slow pigs and fast pigs. “It’s a fun event, and some of the kids get to pick a pig,” says Al. “If their pig wins, they get vouchers for the popcorn stand or win a candy apple or a tee shirt, or something along those lines.” Pirates of the Colombian Caribbean is another not-tobe-missed spectacular where audiences can see pirates jousting on a steel cable tight rope high in the sky, and watch them race on the legendary Wheel of Death. State Fair Meadowlands will continue through July 10th, and tickets can be purchased on its website or through its app. So, no need to worry about long lines delaying your entry into this magical world of fun shows, rides, games and food.

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Excursion Train Ride


limb aboard for a limited opportunity to ride the non-profit Whippany Railway Museum’s excursion train... the final run until September 2022 ! Sit back and relax as the excursion provides a 45-minute, round trip ride through Morris and Essex Counties. Whether you are a seasoned railfan or first-time rider, you will be in for a memorable trip. Bring your camera—there is a large assortment of restored rail cars and locomotives at the Museum site in Whippany, along with historic railroad exhibits and operating model train layouts. Enjoy the ride in one of the Museum’s vintage cabooses from railroads that once served New Jersey and the Metropolitan area. The 10mile excursion from Whippany to Roseland is a great excursion for the whole family. Ride in style when you upgrade to one of our premium cars. Choose from two outstanding cars: 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 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. Sunday, July 10, 2022, 1, 2, 3 & 4 pm (rain or shine) 1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany | 973-887-8177

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Summer Concert Series July 8: Zaire


aire plays classic rock from the ‘60 to today. Zaire is known for their strong 3-part harmonies when covering such artists as the Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Beatles, Tom Petty, Rolling Stones, and more. With decades of shows under their belts, Zaire continues to delight crowds in NJ and the Lehigh Valley area.

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July 22: Best of Broadway


e’re bringing Broadway to Madison with Sellwood Studios and friends! Tom Sellwood has had an extensive career singing and acting in lead roles across the world, including Broadway, London’s West End, National AND FRIENDS Tours, and throughout the US and the UK. Among his many notable roles, favorites include Raoul in ‘Phantom of the Opera’, Clifford Bradshaw in ‘Cabaret’, the title role in ‘Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat’, and Frank Sinatra in ‘Sentimental Journey’.

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Dine and Stroll Through Morristown While Learning of Its Rich History By Jackie Schatell


f you are looking for a unique way to spend a few hours with family or friends, you will love one of the three Savor and Stroll culinary tours through Morristown where you will dine and learn about the rich Morristown history. There are many famous historical landmarks from the Revolutionary War to the Gilded Age and statues to see. There is also a great downtown flair where guests will walk, eat, and learn.

The Classic Savor and Stroll Tours are designed to highlight the rich history and small businesses in Morristown. Each tour has a different route. There are 3-4 tastings spaced out throughout the tour with one casual sit down tasting. According to Carozza, “the food adds up to a hearty lunch meal or light dinner.” This tour is best for mixed ages and fitness levels, and the best option for families with tweens and younger.

Founder of the tours, Kathleen Carozza, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, “believes food should nourish the mind, body and soul.” She says, “The memories of a favorite family recipe, comfort food or a treat can invoke joy and a sense of belonging.” Her philosophy is that all types of food can nourish and fit into an overall healthy lifestyle. “Marrying food tasting to a healthy outdoor activity such as walking is the perfect way to enjoy guilt free indulgences,” she adds.

The Savor, Sip and Shop Tour includes food and beer tasting as well as several shopping stops. The route is designed with specialty and boutique shopping and enough food to keep you going and enjoying the day. The tour, for those 21 and over, includes a sit-down brunch and three additional tastings. The History Hike and Graze Tour goes off the main streets into the neighborhoods where you’ll hear about local legends. This tour is best for older teens through Summer 2022

active adults (for beer tasting and pace of walking). The tour includes five tastings along the way, adding to a meal and ending with a tasting at Glenbrook Brewery or small sit-down meal instead of brewery. All tours will support Ukrainian Refugees—a 10% donation of the profits will be made to The World Central Kitchen (WCK), whose mission is to provide meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises. “I was privileged to hear WCK’s founder Chef José Andrés speak in 2019 — what an amazing person. WCK is providing meals for Ukrainian Refugees. His team is always ready to help during natural disasters and manmade crises,” states Carozza. Carozza is one of seven food tour operators in NJ that make up the NJ Food Trail, with tours throughout the state. To find a tour that whets your appetite, visit www.


Richard Cording, Jr., Richard Cording, Sr., and Eric Cording Photo by Dan Epstein

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reat landscapes start with great ideas,” said Richard Cording, Sr., founder of CLC Landscape Design. And part of evolving those ‘great ideas,’ he continued, “is using input from members of the company’s highly experienced team.”

A perfect example, he noted, is the extensive redesign pictured on the cover. When he and his team first consulted with the Ridgewood home’s owners, preserving the existing tennis court was part of the plan. But further conversations revealed that the owners were not, in fact, using the court. Cording’s son, Rich, Jr., who is part of the design team, suggested to instead install an outdoor pavilion, water features, and a putting green. The result is a stunning, multi-use area, “that came from marrying our ideas with those of the clients,” states Cording, Sr. Continued on the next page

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Great Design Meets Great Ideas CLC Landscape Design prides itself on being a company where “classic design meets cutting-edge technique,” a phrase coined by Eric Cording, who, in his sales role, is often a client’s first contact. The nine CLC designers, six of whom are licensed landscape architects, start by ascertaining what the client’s design sensibilities are. “Right now, the clean, elegant Hampton style is very popular,” Cording, Sr. said. They are able to move from 2-D plans to 3-D visualizations, a high-tech innovation that “makes the design come alive” for clients. “When the Ridgewood clients saw the 3-D video, which showed the pool house, the pavilion, and the putting green, that really sparked their enthusiasm for how well the design would fit their lifestyle,” he said.


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The company stays abreast of other trends, such as incorporating lighting and technical access into pergolas and other outdoor structures, “essentially building an outdoor home.” Other frequent requests are for fire and water features. Much research goes into the plants used in the designs, ones that will flourish and add color and life for years. For example, Cording, Sr. says, “there might be 30 types of catmint, but we will pick the one that is the most insect-resistant and has the longest bloom.” Whenever possible, locally sourced blue stone is used, and boulders and large stones are re-used in the design, or kept for use in another site.

Asking questions throughout each project is always key to developing a vision that reflects what the client really wants and needs, Cording, Sr. emphasized. He shared another story of clients who originally requested a swimming pool. But conversation revealed that the owners did not regularly swim, or have young relatives visiting who did. He suggested instead creating a “gorgeous water feature,” that they could see and enjoy year-round. “The questions—and the answers—contribute to uncovering the true potential of the site,” he said.

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Laughter & Humor = A Healthy & Happy Life By Kimberly Blaker


hether you guffaw, chuckle, chortle, cackle, roar, howl, or giggle, the ability to laugh is shared by all people around the world. Humans even share this ability with apes and other primates!—Charles Darwin and many other researchers—have recorded observations of laughing in various primate species during play and especially when being tickled. These findings suggest the ability to laugh goes back millions of years to a shared ancestor. Tickling may not be what makes you laugh – but everyone has something that tickles their funny bone. Although the jokes people tell have shifted and developed throughout history, laughter›s positive benefits are unaltered. Humor and laughter are universal and vital parts of a happy and healthy life. Keep your spirits up by finding ways to keep laughing. Though each person’s sense of humor may be a little different, you just have to seek out what you find funny or enjoyable. Especially when you are feeling down, it is even more important to try to find something to laugh at to lighten your load. Socialize with people who make you laugh for a boost. Sign up for a daily joke or comic strip. Follow your favorite comedian. Keep a running list of books, songs, tv shows, or movies that make you laugh. Or start a ‘funny file’ for emergencies with cards and pictures that bring a smile to your face. Even if you don’t feel like laughing, try forcing a few chuckles - the more ridiculous, the better. You’ll likely find yourself genuinely laughing before you know it! Just a few of the recorded benefits of laughter on mental, physical, and emotional health include: increased endorphin levels; increased production of immune cells and antibodies; decreased levels of stress-causing hormones like cortisol and epinephrine; improved memory; a refreshing mental break that helps—replenish mental resources;—strengthened social bonds; increased intake of oxygen, which stimulates organs; reduced muscle tension; and the ability to better handle scary or stressful situations.


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ATRIAL FIBRILLATION Affects Kids and Adults of All Ages So Take Your Fluttering Heart Beat Seriously By Kimberly Blaker


ften, when we think of heart conditions, we associate them with age. Although atrial fibrillation (AFib) is found more often in those over age 60, it can affect people of all ages, even children. Two million Americans are affected by this serious condition, which increases the risk of health complications, including heart attack and stroke.

What is AFib, and what causes it? AFib makes the heart beat rapidly and irregularly. It commonly feels like a fluttering of the heart. According to the Mayo Clinic, “During atrial fibrillation, the heart’s two upper chambers (the atria) beat chaotically and irregularly—out of coordination with the two lower chambers (the ventricles) of the heart.” AFib, also known as arrhythmia, is not deadly in and of itself but is nonetheless a serious condition. It increases the risk of heart failure or can be the result of a serious underlying health problem. There are several causes associated with AFib. It can be genetic or may be caused by one of several heart-related diseases, previous heart surgery, sleep apnea, lung disease, infection, or an overactive thyroid. Caffeine, heavy alcohol use, street drugs, and certain medications can also cause AFib.


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What are the symptoms, and how is it diagnosed? The most common symptom of AFib is a fluttering heartbeat or palpitations. Other symptoms also sometimes accompany the condition, such as: fatigue; dizziness; thumping in the chest; anxiety; shortness of breath; feeling faint or confused; sweating; and chest pain or pressure. If you do experience symptoms of AFib, diagnosis is painless and relatively simple. Your doctor will perform a physical examination and an electrocardiogram. A patient-activated cardiac event recorder can also help with the diagnosis. In the event of chest pain or pressure, you should treat it as a medical emergency because it could indicate a heart attack.

Types of AFib and treatment There are four types of AFib, although one form can progress into another. Paroxysmal AFib is intermittent and can last for just a few seconds or up to a week. Symptoms may range from none to severe. Either way, this form of AFib goes away on its own within a week or less. Persistent AFib doesn’t go away on its own. It lasts until it’s treated with either medication or electric shock. For those at high risk of stroke or if there’s another

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known cause of the AFib, physicians will treat the source of the irregular heartbeat as well. Longstanding persistent AFib doesn’t respond to the above typical treatments. So several forms of minimally invasive catheter ablation are usually considered. For this procedure, you’ll be given something to relax you and a local anesthetic to numb the groin or neck area where the catheter will be inserted. Finally, permanent AFib occurs when longstanding persistent AFib is unresponsive to treatment. If treatment has been ineffective, your doctor might decide to discontinue the treatment. This form of AFib is associated with an increased risk of a heart attack. It can also impact the quality of your life. So whatever the form of AFib, take the condition seriously. If you experience symptoms, seek medical attention without delay.

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Art in the Vicinity


Taking You to Places in the Heart Story and portrait by Dan Epstein


e all have places in which we are happy, content, and at peace with the world. The meticulously crafted watercolors of area resident Denis Orloff take us to his, and in that journey, it’s as if we can’t help finding our way to ours as well. As an illustration major at New York’s prestigious Parsons School of Design, he learned the ins and outs of creating images that in his very busy early career, would illustrate magazines, books, posters, and advertising. Yet it was after the birth of his first child that he put aside his brushes, and began to develop real estate. Essex County is dotted with the homes his firm renovated, or built from scratch, all of which beautifully harken to a grand time in American architecture. It was in 2006, when he found inspiration learning about the grandfather he’d never met, legendary painter Gregory Orloff. He took this inspiration to the Catskill farm his family owns and put it to work. “I have always been drawn to the light”, he says. “Light is everything. Sunrises and sunsets, the early morning light and the fading light of twilight; I believe that the depiction of light is one of the hardest and most gratifying things I can do in a painting.” Orloff believes that this special light brings up feelings of nostalgia and other deep emotions. And that it does when depicted by him in his remarkable watercolor paintings.

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The Minute Man Walk

Take for instance Old Faithful, which is the tire swing behind the house at his family’s Catskill farm. It’s been years since his now adult children relentless played on the swing which sits, almost forlornly, both maybe hoping for the next generation of children, while plucking at Orloff’s heartstrings, and ours, as it evokes a nostalgia for our own childhoods, and we find it triggering our own sweet memories.

Galli-Curci Barn

Almost daily when Orloff is at his Catskill home he walks past the former estate of renown opera singer Anelita Galli-Curci. In Galli-Curci Barn, he’s captured the now unattended to barn of the estate in the late afternoon light he loves to paint. The barn itself is a leftover from the era of the large Catskill estates in the Bel Air Mountain area. With his masterful depiction of the light and extraordinary detail in the foliage we feel the loss of that earlier time. The Minute Man Walk is a country path near Concord, Massachusetts on which the Minute Men supposedly traveled to one of the first battles of the American revolution. Once again, we see Orloff’s skill at replicating late-day light, and capturing a mood as well as a place. And we find ourselves in a happy peace, inspired by this calm moment in time. Many of these exquisite paintings will be on display at the West Orange Arts Council in an exhibit during July and August. Orloff will be at the reception on Friday, July 29th from 5pm. Check the Arts Council’s website for other times, and visit his website and find a plethora of recent work. But be forewarned: in seeing the paintings of some of his special places, you may find yourself simply aching to visit them, or your own in real life.

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FRIDAY, JULY 8 80’s Revolution

The Nerds

The ultimate dance party showband. 7:30pm Essex County Brookdale Park Watchung Avenue, Bloomfield

It’s all rock and roll. 7pm Village Green 356 Broad Street, Summit

SATURDAY, JULY 9 The Accelerators Punk band that is influenced largely by the Ramones. 6:30pm Spiotta Park 20-32 Village Plaza, South Orange

Chatham Community Band 7pm South Mountain Recreation Clipper Pavilion 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange

An eclectic blend of classic oldies, classic rock, Motown, R&B, British Invasion and Pop. 7pm Brookside Park 90 Bay Ave, Bloomfield

7pm South Mountain Recreation Clipper Pavilion 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange

Steppin Out Band


Jersey Sound

West Orange Community Band

MONDAY, JULY 4 A Party Band that plays a wide variety of music from past to present with a song list emphasizing dancing and good times. 7pm 30 Robert H Harp Dr, Livingston


Acute Inflections A diverse repertoire that includes Jazz, Top-40 and everything in between. 6:30pm Spiotta Park 20-32 Village Plaza, South Orange

Soul Train 7pm Lurker Park Main Field 631 Ridgedale Ave, East Hanover


SUNDAY, JULY 10 Forever Ray Performing the exciting and uplifting music of Ray Charles. 7pm Florham Park Gazebo 111 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park

Thrilling audiences with their smooth harmonies and romantic sound. 7pm Morgan’s Farm 903 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove


Jersey Sound A popular premiere oldies band. 7pm Taylor Park, Millburn

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6 Revolver 80’s cover band. 7pm Veterans Memorial Field 113-205 Plainfield Ave, Berkeley Heights 30

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Lost in Place Uptown Band Party band performing current hits. 7pm Memorial Park Gazebo 30 Robert Harp Drive, Livingston

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Classic rock cover band. 7pm Veteran’s Memorial Park, 112-205 Plainfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights

Epic Soul Performing Soul, Funk, R&B, and Pop. 7pm Watsessing Park, Bloomfield

Boat House Row The NJ Tenors

Jersey Sound An eclectic blend of classic oldies, classic rock, Motown, R&B, British Invasion and Pop. 7pm O’Beirne Field 19 Harrison Avenue, Roseland

Music from Frankie Vali & the Four Seasons, Frank Sinatra, Bon Jovi, Kool & the Gang and more. 7pm. Memorial Park Gazebo 30 Robert Harp Drive, Livingston




The Jersey Tenors

7pm Village Green 356 Broad Street, Summit

An Opera/Rock Mash-up sensation that creates an explosive blend of the most iconic Opera classics. 7:30pm Essex County Brookdale Park Watchung Avenue, Bloomfield

Yacht rock refers to the highly polished brand of soft rock that emanated from Southern California between 1976 and 1984. 7pm Lurker Park Main Field 631 Ridgedale Ave, East Hanover

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20 Big Hix Modern country music. 7pm The Park 301 Connell Dr, Berkeley Heights

The Kootz Rock n’ Roll with fiber. 7pm On the Square 600 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona


FRIDAY, JULY 22 Frontiers Eaglemania Stunning five-part harmonies and an uncanny ability to emulate The Eagles note-by-note. 7pm Brookside Park 90 Bay Ave, Bloomfield

David Easton Band Performing everything from pop/rock to jazz standards. 6:30pm Spiotta Park 20-32 V 3illage Plaza, South Orange

A Journey tribute band. 7:30pm Essex County Brookdale Park Watchung Avenue, Bloomfield


Maplewood Concert Band 7pm South Mountain Recreation Clipper Pavilion 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange


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Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra The hottest musical attraction in the polka music field. 7pm Florham Park Gazebo 111 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park

Pop-Rock Hits from the 80’s & 90’s to today. 7pm Morgan’s Farm 903 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove

Swingtown Maplewood’s own 20-piece big band. 6:30pm Spiotta Park 20-32 Village Plaza, South Orange

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Epic Soul Performing everyone’s favorite Soul, Funk, R&B, and Pop tunes 7pm Brookside Park 90 Bay Ave, Bloomfield

The Kootz Beatlemania Again Relive the music, the magic and the mania live on stage. 7pm Florham Park Gazebo 111 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park

Rock n’ Roll with fiber. 7pm O’Beirne Field 19 Harrison Avenue, Roseland

SUNDAY, JULY 29 Bell Bottom Blues An Eric Clapton tribute band. 7:30pm Essex County Brookdale Park Watchung Avenue, Bloomfield


Frontiers Journey tribute band 7pm Memorial Park Gazebo 30 Robert Harp Drive, Livingston

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MONDAY, JULY 25 The Kootz

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Rock n’ roll with fiber. 7pm Bee Meadow Park Brickyard Field 111 Reynolds Avenue, Whippany

This talented oldies group create and perform their own unique renditions of the most popular songs of the 50’s & 60’s with a little of the 70’s for good measure. 7pm Lurker Park Main Field 631 Ridgedale Ave, East Hanover



A gifted young pianist and jazz organist who has a rare talent for blues and jazz improvisation. 6:30pm Spiotta Park 20-32 Village Plaza, South Orange

SUNDAY, JULY 31 Separate Ways The ultimate Journey tribute band. 7pm Florham Park Gazebo 111 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park

Hawk Music from the 60’s, 70’s and today. 7pm The Park 301 Connell Dr, Berkeley Heights

Jersey Sound Peter and the Master Key 7pm South Mountain Recreation Clipper Pavilion 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange

The Counterfeiters 7pm Village Green 356 Broad Street, Summit


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A popular premiere oldies band. 7pm Cedar Grove Park 199 Fairview Avenue, Cedar Grove

THURSDAY, JULY 28 The Kootz Rock n’ roll with fiber. 7pm Centennial Park Pavilion Springfield Avenue, New Providence

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The B-Street Band Tribute to the music of the Bruce Springsteen 7pm. Memorial Park Gazebo 30 Robert Harp Drive, Livingston




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Brian Kirk and the Jirks

Rock n’ Roll with fiber. 7pm Grove Cleveland Park Brookside Avenue Caldwell

Sounds of the Jersey Shore. 7pm Village Green 356 Broad Street, Summit

Apex Ensemble/The Montclair Orchestra

Sterling Sample, Steel Drummer 7pm South Mountain Recreation Clipper Pavilion 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange

7pm South Mountain Recreation Clipper Pavilion 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange

Sarah Hodd 6:30pm Spiotta Park 20-32 Village Plaza, South Orange


AUGUST 9 The Little Mermen 7pm Village Green 356 Broad Street, Summit

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12 Lady Supreme A Diana Ross experience. 7pm Foley Field John F Kennedy Dr N, Bloomfield

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Super TransAm Playing all of your favorite arena anthems and chart-topping radio hits of the 70’s. 7pm Lurker Park Main Field 631 Ridgedale Ave, East Hanover

THURSDAY, AUGUST 4 Eaglemania Stunning five-part harmonies and an uncanny ability to emulate The Eagles note-by-note. 7pm Memorial Park, Nutley

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 The Discoteks 100% disco, dance and party band. 7:30pm Essex County Brookdale Park Watchung Avenue, Bloomfield

Cast of Beatlemania Recreating the sights and sounds of The BEATLES 7pm Eagle Rock Reservation Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange

An American band that performs an eclectic mix of neotraditional country, R and B, pop, and rock music. 6:30pm Spiotta Park 20-32 Village Plaza, South Orange


SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 Viva Flamenco Combining other dance forms such as Middle Eastern, jazz, and East Indian to draw together the diverse influences of the art in exciting multicultural performances. 6:30pm Spiotta Park 20-32 Village Plaza, South Orange

Forget the Whale An original, genre-bending pop/rock, NJbased, female-fronted sextet with catchy, singable tunes and backed by a brassy horn section. 6:30pm Spiotta Park 20-32 Village Plaza, South Orange

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Vet-Approved Tips to Help Keep Pets Safe this Summer


xtreme temperatures and booming sounds can have big impacts on pets. With recordbreaking heat across much of the nation, the experts at Freshpet are helping pet parents with these tips to help keep their pets healthy and safe this summer.

Heat Heat stroke can occur quickly in dogs. Without the ability to sweat the same way humans do, it’s important for pet parents to understand ways to cool their pets down when temperatures rise and how to avoid common mistakes to keep their pets safe. “Just because we can manage the heat and humidity, doesn’t mean our pets can,” said Dr. Aziza Glass, Freshpet’s expert veterinarian. “Our pets are vulnerable to temperatures over 80º F. However, there are things we can do to keep our pets safe and protected from heat-related injuries and some may come as a surprise.” • Limit time outdoors: While outdoor activities are typically recommended for pets, their inability to sweat the same way humans do can cause them to heat up quickly. Limit walks to early morning or after the sun sets and stay indoors as much as possible the rest of the day. • Fill their water bowls: Just like humans, clean water is essential for helping pets manage the heat. Cool water can help cool down your pet’s body temperature. Moisture-rich fresh food like options from Freshpet - made with 100% farm-raised chicken, beef or fish and all-natural fruits and veggies - can also help with hydration. • Avoid shaving your pet: While summer cuts for long-haired dogs are OK, shaving your pet can expose his or her skin to harmful sun damage and cause overheating more quickly. Glass recommends pet parents educate themselves on how to recognize heat stroke. Heavy panting, drooling, high body temperature, increased heart rate and fatigue are some signs of heat stroke in dogs. “If you believe your dog is having a heat stroke, bring him or her indoors immediately to help cool down,” she said. “A common mistake is putting the pet in a cold ice bath. That can actually shock the system and cause quick changes in blood pressure. Instead, soak a towel in room temperature water and wipe your dog down to start the cooling process. Afterwards, proceed immediately to your primary care veterinarian or closest emergency center.” 34

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Fireworks Booming sounds and crackling fireworks can send some pets into sensory overdrive. According to Glass, with an elevated ability to interpret sound frequencies audibly and physically, dogs’ sensitivities to loud noises means some celebrations can make for particularly anxious events. While some dogs hide under beds or jump fences to flee the sounds, there are ways to help make fireworks less stressful for canine companions. • Create a calm environment: Be aware if you or your neighbors plan to launch fireworks. If so, create a space to help your dog deal with the noise. A sound machine, lavender oil on his or her collar and blankets can help. • Remain indoors: Avoid taking your dog outside if you’re planning to view fireworks or set off your own. A dog’s first reaction may be to flee from the noise and search for a safe spot, placing him or her in more danger. • Stay close: Pets feel less anxious when they feel safe. Make sure you or someone they feel safe with is by their side until the fireworks are over, offering comfort, treats and affection throughout the event. For more summer safety tips for pets, visit — Family Features Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Nominate Your Favorites! 13 th ANNUAL

Best of Essex 2022

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Let the nominations begin! The Best of Essex Reader’s Choice contest is back for the 13th time. Once again, we ask our readers to help us find, recognize and honor the best local businesses and services. Share your local favorites with us. We’re looking for the best food and restaurants, health and wellness providers, and personal and professional services. We refresh the category list every year. This year we’ve expanded the home services category and also added a number of new categories for Outdoor Living. Past nominees are automatically part of this year’s contest. If you want to nominate a new business, email your recommendation to Nominations are open until June 15th. If you’re a new business and want to know how to participate give us a call at 973-276-1688. Thanks for helping us make Best of Essex 2022 bigger and better than ever.

Best of Essex 2022 Categories RESTAURANTS & DINING Asian Cuisine Bagel Store Bakery Boutique Bakery Banquet Facility Barbeque Breakfast/Brunch Burger Candy & Chocolate Store Caterer Deli Diner Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt Italian Restaurant New Restaurant Mexican Mediterranean Other Ethnic Restaurant Outdoor Dining Pizza Restaurant (BYOB) Restaurant (Full Service) Seafood Steak Wine & Spirit Store

RETAIL STORES Art and Framing Gallery Florist Gift Shop Jewelry Store Specialty Food Markets Specialty Store Toy/Hobby Store Women’s Fashions ENRICHMENT/ ENTERTAINMENT Adult Instruction/Classes (Language, art, dance, music, etc.)

Girls Night Out FAMILY & CHILDREN’S SERVICES Children’s Party Places Children’s Instruction/ Classes Learning Center/Tutoring Preschool/Childcare Private Preschool Private School

FITNESS, BEAUTY & HEALTH Acupuncture Chiropractor Dentist—Group Practice Dentist—Individual Dentist—Pediatric Dentist—Orthodontist Eyecare Gym Hair Salon Hearing Care Lash/Brow Optician Pharmacy Physical Therapist Pilates Studio Podiatrist Specialized Fitness Studio Specialty Beauty Services Spa (Day) Spa (Medical) Massage (Spa) Massage (Non-Spa) Wellness Providers Yoga Studio

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Entries in red are new categories for 2022 OUTDOOR SPACES Awnings Decks Enclosures Gates and Fences Gazebo’s and Sheds Hardscape / Masonry Landscape Designer Landscape Lighting Swimming Pools PERSONAL SERVICES Car Wash Memorial Services Photographer Senior Living PETS Pet Boarding Pet Services Veterinarian

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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

Chimney Rock Inn Gillette

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.

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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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The Benefits of Bamboo By Barry Farber


his month I sat down with someone who is an expert on bamboo and has over 50 years’ experience with its removal, containment, and installment. You can never forget his name because they call him Bamboo Bob. Barry Farber: What are some of the benefits of bamboo? Bamboo Bob: Bamboo is beautiful, always moving, birds love it, and it creates incredible privacy. It is a great place to meditate because it’s sequestering 32% more carbon out of the air producing more oxygen than standard trees. Bamboo planted in Florida gets so tall that when the wind blows during a hurricane, the bamboo helps to direct the wind over the buildings, eliminating the buildings from getting a direct hit with160-mile an hour hurricane force winds. It is also known that the safest place during an earthquake is in the middle of a bamboo grove.

container to allow for root growth. We do a lot of container work on rooftops and backyards. We put high density insulation inside and seeping holes in the bottom so the bamboo can’t get out anywhere. Then we put 4 to 5 inches of mulch on the top. You don’t want to put too much mulch in the ground because it will decompose and turn into soil and the bamboo will jump out of its confines of the barrier. You always want to see the top of the barrier and have the edge stick up at least 3 inches. BF: If somebody calls you up who has bamboo and they want to keep it what do you recommend?

BB: If they want to keep it for privacy or whatever reason, we do an evaluation and assessment of the bamboo. We install a barrier around the bamboo. Anything outside of the bamboo like canes or rhizomes in the root system we remove and guarantee it for life. We do it systematically and use an air spade which is a 5 1/2-foot gun which is used in wars BF: If I’m interested to find land mines. We use in planting bamboo a tow behind a compressor and making sure it is that blows all the air out of contained properly what a small three-quarter of an do you recommend to the inch orifice on the bottom consumer for planting of the gun and it doesn’t bamboo? hurt any roots on any plant. You can take all the soil off a plant, and it BB: You must put a barrier around the doesn’t hurt the plant but allows us to find bamboo. The barrier should go down 27 any rhizome that would be left there. inches and totally encompass the bamboo planting and the edge of the barrier should BF: Are you working on any new and stick up 3 inches. It is clamped with a interesting projects? steel clamp so it can’t get out. It might be a little bit overkill, but Bamboo always BB: I am working on growing a species grows to the path of least resistance. of bamboo that has anti-microbial, antiSo, if you give it enough room it will stay bacterial and anti-fungal components to it. within those confines. It’s apparently the only species of its kind in the world to date. I’d like to grow and Or you could plant it above the ground harvest it in a way that keeps all the antiin planters. But it must be the right size infective properties in it.

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BF: What’s the benefit of that? BB: Every hospital would buy it as to be used in scrubs, sheets, linen, etc. due to its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial properties. BF: That sounds very interesting. What about bamboo shoots as food? I heard that they are nutritious if you pick the shoots right when they are new? BB: Yes. Bamboo shoots are very beneficial to your health. They’re rich in nutrients and may be associated with several health benefits, including increased weight loss, improved digestive health, and decreased cholesterol levels. However, it’s important to cook them properly to reduce their number of toxic compounds. People can enjoy them in moderation as part of a healthy, wellrounded diet. BF: Seems that people use a lot of chemicals to keep their lawn green, which we know has long term negative effects on our health. Is there a simple and natural way that works to get rid of what people call undesirable weeds? BB: You can put vinegar, a small amount of salt, and dish soap in a bottle and spray it on the weeds and that should do the trick. BF: What got you into bamboo as a profession that your passionate about? BB: I have been a horticulturist since 1974. I have studied and grown thousands of species of tropical and subtropical plant material. This has evolved specifically into focusing on bamboo. I educate myself daily on the plant and it has turned into quite an adventure. For more information about Bamboo Bob visit

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


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Summer 2022

“National Park and Recreation Month is the perfect opportunity to highlight the beauty of our open spaces, the importance of recreation facilities and the positive impact they have on our wellness and quality of life. The area overlooking the Orange Reservoir provides a beautiful and unique spot to host a diverse lineup of activities to exercise, entertain and inspire you. We invite the public to celebrate with us and look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events” Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.

Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Essex County Executive and the Board of County Commissioners Invite You to

Free Events!

Wellness on the Waterfront Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex Clipper Pavilion, Cherry Lane Essex County celebrates Parks and Recreation Month with free weekly activities at the Waterfront in Essex County South Mountain Reservation


Yoga for Adults: July 11, 18, 25; August 1, 8, 15 at 6:30pm These classes are suitable for both beginners and seasoned yoga practitioners. Bring a yoga mat and dress comfortably. Classes are held rain or shine


Jammin’ in July: July 5, 12, 19, 26; August 2, 9, 16 at 7pm Elevate your Waterfront experience with music. The schedule is as follows: July 5: Chatham Community Band August 2: Apex Ensemble Monclair Orchestra July 12: West Orange Community Band August 9: Chris Barry Music July 19: Maplewood Concert Band August 16: Sterling Sample, Steel Drummer July 26: Peter & The Master Key

Wednesdays ZOO-VIES: July 6, 13, 20, 27; August 3, 10, 17 - films begin at dusk Movies under the stars on the rooftop of our Turtle Back Zoo parking deck. Bring your own lawn chair. Rain cancels. The location is at TBZ not the Clipper Pavilion. For a complete schedule, visit


Full Body Workout: July 7, 14, 21, 28 at 6:30pm Join the group and get in shape!


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