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SUMMER 2023 Monk’s Home Improvements Creating Beautiful Homes While Fostering Strong Community Ties

We are nationally ranked in pediatric orthopedics at The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and in pediatric urology at The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, McMullen Children’s Center at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, and Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center. And we’re also New Jersey’s largest provider of children’s healthcare.

From primary care to specialized treatments and therapies and in partnership with Rutgers Health, our Children’s Health network provides advanced research, teaching, social impact and outstanding care to improve the health and well-being of every child in every community. Learn more at

You’d go to great lengths for your child’s health. Good thing you don’t have to go far.

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Vicinity Magazine is published by Vicinity Media Group, 184 S. Livingston Avenue, Suite 9-303, Livingston, NJ 07039. All rights reserved. The contents of this publication can not be reproduced either in whole or in part without the consent of the publisher. Vicinity Magazine assumes no responsibility for unsolicited materials. TABLE of CONTENTS SUMMER 2023 6 In the Vicinity 8 Local Heroes 8 Baby Photographer Gives Back to Babies Who Need it Most 9 Teens Create Gender Inclusivity Organization 14 Art of Essex Dan Fenelon: When the Art is Just Plain Fun 20 COVER STORY Creating Beautiful Homes While Fostering Strong Community Ties Health and Wellness 24 Healthy Habits to Protect Your Skin 25 Recognizing Heat Exhaustion 26 Foot and Ankle Safety Tips for the Summer Months 27 Discover Inner Peace 28 Summer Concerts 2023 34 Best of Essex Readers’ Choice Contest Categories Dining 35 Dining Alfresco 36 Restaurant Guide 37 Diamond Minds Nature’s Way On the Cover: Monk’s Home Improvements,
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Meet Me in Millburn Sitcom is a Big Hit!

Tanya Lashley, of Short Hills, has created the first-ever town-wide sitcom web series starring the residents of Millburn and Short Hills. The informational and humorous episodes focus on businesses and services in the area. She posts each episode on her website called Meetmeinmillburn. com and shares them on her personal Facebook page. Each episode is 3-4 minutes long. So far, she has shot 15 episodes. The former advertising executive and influencer says, “I want to help boost the local economy in Millburn and Short Hills, show what is offered there, and how beautiful the area is.” She adds, “I feel that if people are able to see themselves and their town, they are more likely to support the businesses there.” Tanya has plans to bring her idea to other towns in the future.

A Wellness Center in Chatham is Helping People Feel Better

Vital IV Infusions, a wellness center in Chatham, NJ, is doing something interesting. It is providing Ketamine and IV Vitamin therapy to those in need. The Center staffed by doctors and advanced practitioners, is assisting those suffering from treatment resistant depression, anxiety, PTSD, suicidal ideation, and chronic pain with Ketamine therapy. Low dose Ketamine therapy has been clinically proven to treat such disorders at an efficacy rate of 80-90%. Tejash Shah, coowner and advanced practitioner, explains “The release of glutamate, an excitatory neurotransmitter, assists in new neural growth providing long-term relief from mental health and chronic pain conditions.” In addition, Vital IV Infusions offers an array IV Nutritional Therapy which carries benefits associated with increased energy, boosted physical recovery, anxiety reduction, detoxing the body, and anti-aging effects.

“Compared to oral supplements, Nutritional IV therapy is significantly superior as you are getting 100% absorption compared to 30-60% from daily supplements,” says Tejash. All services can be found at

Millburn Resident Whips Up Plant-Based Desserts

Ashima Mehra of Millburn is a baker who only uses real ingredients in her beautiful creations. She prides herself on not using any artificial colors or flavorings to create her made-from-scratch desserts. In addition, Ashima whips up custom dessert options for special occasions in accordance with peoples’ dietary needs, whether they prefer gluten free, vegan, or eggless items.

Being real is very important to Ashima, who says, “We believe doing more with less is good for you and good for the planet. Indeed, all our creations are composed of ingredients selected with the greatest care for their extraordinary taste and quality.”

She says that many of her items are inspired by flavors from around the world that are combined to create new types of desserts. Recently, she added sour dough focaccia to her repertoire. Her desserts can be found at

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The cast of Meet Me in Millburn and some of the town’s firefighters who were recently featured in a webisode.

Madison Resident Publishes First Children’s Book

JB Yong of Madison has published his first children’s book called The Prince and a Magical Squishy Animal Birthday. He wrote and illustrated the book with pictures of over 70 cute animals. In the story, the prince and his animal friends have a toy drive for his birthday to help the poor. It teaches a life lesson about compassion and giving. The story, with fun rhymes and pictures, is perfect for children ages 3 to 9. JB says he was inspired to write the book from working at events with children and people with special needs. JB remembers doing an event with his photo and video booth and seeing a young gentleman with special needs dance with a big, beautiful smile. JB loved the creativity in making the book and plans on writing more books in his Squishy Animal Series, which is available on Amazon.

New Providence Holds Unity Fair

The New Providence Diversity Committee recently hosted its 5th annual “Unity Fair - The Colors of Humanity,” with over 300 participants who enjoyed visiting two dozen tables representing countries, cultures, languages, and fun activities. Students from multiple clubs from New Providence High and Middle Schools and Union County Vocation and Technical Schools hosted booths, and many local organizations were also represented. The event was emceed by New Providence Middle School students Audrey Cai and Fatima Javed, with help from Lilian Yu, Anjali Yonzon, and Elias Lopez Kuri. The evening reached its finale with a Bollywood flash mob. It hit its crescendo with a Holi colors display where attendees threw colored powder at each other in a celebration. “The atmosphere was filled with joy and happiness. People came together, forgetting their differences, truly representing unity in diversity,” says New Providence resident Chanda Yonzon.

Short Hills and Millburn Volunteers Hold Juneteenth Carnival for Avon Avenue School in Newark

In celebration of Juneteenth Day, approximately 30 Short Hills/ Millburn volunteers of all ages organized and volunteered at the second annual Juneteenth Carnival for the Avon Avenue School in Newark. The Avon Avenue School serves over 580 students grades K-8, many of whom are lacking stable housing. “The students were so excited for the fun-filled day, they all ran to the bouncy castle and slide as soon as they saw it,” said Shari Resnick who helped organize the event. “Their smiles and excitement were incredible,” she said.

The carnival included inflatables, games, prizes, face painting and a gift giveaway. OMG Bubbles was there to entertain the kids. In addition, the Scream Truck generously donated ice cream and provided popcorn. “We are so thankful for this tremendous effort of the volunteers and donors to ensure our Avon family had a wonderful celebration,” said Marianne Ramos Kramer, Vice Principal of the school.

If you or someone you know in Essex/Morris County is doing something interesting, send an email to

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Baby Photographer GIVES BACK to Babies Who Need It Most

Photographer Jordan Rosner of Jordan Elyse Photography in Millburn donates 10% of every photo shoot to Baby2Baby, a charitable organization that provides children living in poverty with diapers, clothing, and necessities. Jordan says she does this because she loves babies and feels it is important to give back to those who need it most.

Jordan, the owner of Jordan Elyse Photography for 22 years, says her interest in this charity stems from her love of babies. Her business specializes in maternity shoots, newborns, and first birthday cake smashes while following a child through the first year of their life.

“I am drawn to any baby and always have been,” she says. “As a photographer, I like the challenge of molding, wrapping, and getting babies to sleep, so they can be photographed.”

Led by Co-CEOs Kelly Sawyer Patricof, and Norah Weinstein, Baby2Baby is a mega diaper bank and nonprofit organization providing essential items to children in need across the country. In the last 11 years, Baby2Baby has distributed over 270 million items to children in homeless shelters, domestic violence programs, foster care, hospitals, and underserved schools, as well as children who have lost everything in the wake of disaster. In 2023, the charity reached one million children, in over 200 cities, across all 50 states, and distributed 30 million diapers. In response to the baby food shortage, Baby2baby distributed 4.1 million bottles of formula into the hands of babies across the country. In addition, Baby2Baby sent over two million emergency supplies to families who lost everything in the devastating Kentucky floods

and truckloads of bottled water to families impacted by the Mississippi water crisis who couldn’t provide clean water for their children. After Hurricane Ian, in only two weeks’ time, Baby2Baby distributed 5.1 million essentials to families in Florida and says it will provide ongoing support as they work to rebuild their lives.

Baby2Baby provides children living in poverty with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves.

Learn more at:

Jordan says she enjoys working with her clients who are always supportive and trusting. “Many leave the studio calling me the ‘baby whisperer,’ she says. Jordan said she feels extremely lucky to wake up every day doing what she loves and in return being able to give back to those in need. In the upcoming year she plans to invite families to bring a pack of diapers to their session to donate to Baby2Baby.

If you know someone that goes above and beyond, send an email to

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Teens Create Gender Inclusivity Organization

Agroup of local teens have started a movement called Campaign for Gender Inclusivity (C4GI), with a motto to Educate, Advocate, Create. The organization comprises middle and high school students with many of the members identifying as LGBTQ+, and others involved because they are simply passionate about making their own schools and communities more kind and inclusive. Since its February 2021 inception, the team has expanded and recruited members from 11 different public and private schools in NJ, and has started a chapter in India.

According to Vice President of C4GI, Tara Khurana, of Summit, the organization started with middle school GSA leaders wanting to make their teachers more aware about respecting pronouns. Using their motto Educate, Advocate, Create, the C4GI team first works to educate students, teachers, parents, legislators, and anyone who wants to learn. They

The Campaign for Gender

Inclusivity is always looking for new members! If you are a teen, LGBTQ+ or not, we’d love to have you! No experience with community organizing is required. Joining C4GI is a great way to meet passionate and like-minded individuals and form new relationships. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out!

hold talks and share resources and materials to provide people with the skills needed to advocate for transgender and non-binary students. The members hope that there is a chain reaction with the newly educated people going on to educate other new people. The team also hopes that the newly educated individuals create safe spaces and more accepting environments in their schools.

Tara says, “I joined C4GI because I wanted to help create ways for people to make change in their communities, stand up for what I believe in, and create safe spaces for LGBTQ+ teenagers.”

She adds, “All it takes is one person to start the conversation. It is important to make sure trans voices are heard.”

Since the group was established, it has fundraised at eight different fairs and pride events, curated many resources for students to help educate their teachers on gender and pronouns, held an online workshop where they demonstrated how to start conversations with administrators, and held countless LGBTQ+ teen support groups, and more.

C4GI currently holds weekly meetings on Tuesdays from 8-9 pm, and LGBTQ+ Teen Support Groups on Sundays from 7-9 pm. The members also have many upcoming events planned, which can be found on the website:

C4GI has also begun the process of becoming a non-profit organization, which will help them to fundraise and continue furthering their mission.

If you know someone that goes above and beyond, send an email to

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Build a Butterfly Habitat

The Let’s Get Growing: Butterfly Gardens program is taking place this summer. In this program, guests will create the perfect mini butterfly habitat. The mini butterfly garden will encourage these important pollinators to visit our gardens. Guests will enjoy seeing the different colors and species of plants and butterflies. This is the perfect event for taking instagram photos of your children and family. All supplies will be provided, including container, soil, and plants.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum engages, educates and enriches its visitors so that they become better stewards of nature and the environment. This mission is achieved through the care and utilization of an historic estate and gardens.

Wednesday, July 12, 9:30-11:30am

Reeves-Reed Arboretum

165 Hobart Ave, Summit

Fee: Members $15.00; Non-members $25.00


Be a Princess for a Day!

Amagical Princess and Me Tea Party is being held this summer. This special event will consist of a visit with a special Princess, and a magical tea party full of delicious tea and sweets. Each child will receive a special sparkling tiara and autograph book to take home. They will also decorate and personalize a magic wand. There will also be a personal meet and greet with photos, autographs, and more. All little princesses are encouraged to dress for the occasion in their favorite princess outfits.

Friday, July 14, 3-5pm

The Summit Soiree

12 Kent Place Blvd., Summit


Fee: This mommy or daddy and me event is $75 for 1 parent and 1 child included; and $35 per additional child

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Free Movie Tuesdays

Tuesday, August 1, 10:30am

Puss in Boots –The Last Wish

Everyone’s favorite lecheloving, swashbuckling, feardefying feline returns as he embarks on an epic journey to restore his lost lives. Rated: PG

Tuesday, August 1, 7pm

Black Panther –Wakanda Forever

The kingdom of Wakanda fights to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death in the latest chapter of the Marvel action series.Rated PG-13

Tuesday, August 15, 10:30am

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

Javier Bardem, Constance

Wu and Shawn Mendes (as Lyle) star in this fun-filled, liveaction/CGI musical comedy that brings the beloved musically-minded storybook character to life.Rated: PG

Tuesday, August 15, 7pm


Everywhere All at Once

Winner of seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Michelle Yeoh), Best

Supporting Actor (Ke Huy Quan) and Best Supporting Actress (Jamie Lee Curtis). A middle-aged Chinese immigrant discovers that she can traverse across time and space to save the world from calamity. Rated: R

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Salsa Under the Stars

Dance the night away with the spirited sounds of salsa, merengue and more from David Cedeño and His Orchestra. Together with his orchestra, David plays a large variety of music such as Latin salsa, Latin jazz, meringue, ballads, and waltzes. Still believing that music was “made to be shared”, David rearranged some popular English hits by adding a Latin salsa beat while still keeping the original lyrics in English. These English titles include Lady in Red, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Somewhere, & Sealed with a Kiss. His initiative opened the gate for other Latin performers to attempt a crossover and introduce their music to America.

Wednesday, July 26, 6pm


Pioneer Park at Headquarters Plaza

3 Speedwell Ave, Morristown

Rain Site: Headquarters Plaza (Indoors)

37 Headquarters Plaza, Morristown

David Cedeño and His Orchestra

Take Your Pooch to a Bark-Tastic Extravaganza!

The Dog Days of Summer!—Doggie Pageant is taking place this summer at the Library of the Chathams. All proud puppy parents are invited to come and to showcase their household dogs in a delightful community event. Get ready to witness the cutest costumes and most wag-worthy performances by your furry friends. There will be a vote for best costume in a variety of categories.

The event will take place on the basketball court behind the library, which will be transformed into a canine wonderland. Humans may enjoy the food truck, La Coqueta Mexican Cocina, while treating your furry companions to other delectable treats. Guests will engage in a variety of dog-inspired activities, music, and fun that will keep tails wagging and paws hopping.

Note: For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, please keep your household dog on a leash at all times, and ensure that your dog is well-behaved around other dogs and people. Pick up after your pet.

Friday, July 21, at 4 pm

Library of the Chathams

214 Main St, Chatham

Registration: (advance registration is required)

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Celebrate Youth Performers

APaper Mill Playhouse show unlike any other, this New Voices 2023: We Will Rock You special concert will feature 120 of New Jersey’s most talented young performers including Rising Star Award winners and nominees. It will celebrate the sounds that revolutionized the Broadway musical.

The Paper Mill champions nearly 40,000 students each year with transformative education programs, which are at the heart of this not-for-profit organization. Paper Mill feels a keen responsibility to ensure children should have access to theater’s life-changing opportunities, regardless of economic, physical, or mental challenges. Paper Mill responds with high-quality arts education, cultural partnerships, and outreach—impacting teens, aspiring artists, and families of children with autism and other cognitive and developmental disabilities. It is renowned for programs including Adopt-A-School Project, Theater For Everyone, Rising Star Awards, and Broadway Show Choir.

Friday and Saturday, July 28-29

Paper Mill Playhouse

22 Brookside Drive, Millburn


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When The Art is Just Plain Fun!

When The Art is Just Plain Fun!

We’ve gotta wonder if when he was growing up in Montclair, people imagined the flights of fantasy that Dan Fenelon would take them on. Educated at both the Art Students League in New York, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, his Art career at first took a somewhat traditional corporate approach. He worked in the graphic design department of a large Pharmaceutical company, as an illustrator for a sports marketing concern, and then as an illustrator for Toys Are Us.

It was in 2010, answering a call for mural artists from Arts Unbound, that the volcano of magic erupted. Barbara Reuther from Morris Arts engaged Fenelon to do murals in schools, which led to Laura Urbanelli, the executive director of the Montclair Museum, to commission a large mural displayed for two years that put him prominently on the regional Art scene radar. Now, dividing his time between mural commissions, Art-centric corporate team-building projects in partnership with his wife Kadie Dempsey through their company Core Creative Placemaking, and exhibiting his work in galleries, his work is very visible and delighting viewers.

Bird In Hand, a 56x80 acrylic on canvas painting, which started as a doodle in his sketchbook, is currently on display in an exhibit in Gallery 491 in Montclair. Taking much of the symbolism from mythology, Fenelon likes to think of it as having a subconscious narrative, though, with no concrete story. In it, his illustration background comes into play, and the viewer’s eye can’t help following a path around the painting.

Fenelon loves to create three dimensional works, and here, an unusually large one, Supercat was constructed with the aid of sculptor Bob Richardson. A seven and a half foot tall piece made of construction material and acrylic paint, which echos Superman, and offers what Fenelon refers to as “Catitude”. It’s both imposing, and friendly. Fenelon likes when viewers are moved to touch it while experiencing the sculpture.

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In a mural on the Luna Stage building in West Orange, Luna Moon, we are engaged in a tribute with many references. The open arms welcome the viewer to the community, which is sometimes called “Hat City” since it was formerly the home to the largest aggregation of hat-making factories in the US. The theatrical imagery, as well as the moon, of course reference the Luna Stage, housed in the building, and uses a color palette Fenelon believes is uplifting to the urban community. We are amused by how he has incorporated the lighting fixtures on the wall into the mural in the flowers.

More of Fenelon’s work can be seen at Gallery 491, until July 28, from 7am-7pm. Likewise at the FSA Gallery in Frenchtown, the last two weeks of July and the first two weeks of August where many small works and prints will be available, and of course online. Prepare to be delighted.

Gallery 491, 491 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair

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Luna Moon

Greenwood Gardens Events

All events take place at Greenwood Gardens 274 Old Short Hills Road, Short Hills, NJ 07078 973-258-4026 |

Twilight Tour with a Focus on Garden Ornaments

Tuesday, July 11, 6-8pm

If you have ever walked through GreenWood Gardens and wondered about the age of a particular statue and whether it occupied other locations on the site, this is the tour for you! Stephanie Murphy, Public Engagement Manager, will provide answers to these and other fascinating questions about our whimsical, mysterious, and historic garden statuary and ornaments. Enjoy wine and cheese along the way. Open to 15 participants. $15 members; $20 non-members.

Music in the Garden:

The Aapi Jazz Collective

Friday, July 21, 5:30-8pm

Be wowed by the AAPI Jazz Collective, led by Peter Lin on trombone and featuring vocalist Tammy Huynh, specializing in performing classic repertoire from Asian cultures reimagined within a jazz context. Starting at 5:30pm guests can stroll through the garden. Wine and cheese will be served under the tent on the West Terrace at 6pm, music starts at 6:30pm. Sponsored by Stone Mountain Properties Open to 90 attendees. $30 members; $35 non-members.

Presentation & Docent-led History Ramble

Saturday, August 12, 10 & 11am; 1 & 2pm Gain an understanding about the garden’s evolution during the short slide presentation, From Pleasant Days to Greenwood, a Century of Change in the Garden, narrated by Executive Director, Abby O’Neill. Then join a 45-minute guided walking tour of the grounds led by our volunteer docents who will share details about the site’s history, landscape, and architecture. In the process, participants will learn about the impact two families—the Days and the Blanchards—had on the property and how their efforts set the stage for the Greenwood of today. The tour ends with discussion time and Q & A session. Open to 30 participants. $15 members; $20 non-members.

En Plein Air Painting, Sketching, & Photography for Enthusiasts

Wednesday, August 16, 11am-4pm

The century-old site offers magical views, iconic Arts & Crafts follies, stately fountains, and ample space in which to feel at home. What’s more, you might meet up with a skilled photographer for a miniworkshop, a professional botanic artist who can provide some special tips, or former students of our beloved Co-founder, the late Peter P. Blanchard III, who can share the special methodologies and principals he developed over his lifetime growing up on the estate. Drop cloths required for painting. $10 members; $15 non-members.

Arts & Architecture Walk

Thursday, August 24, 10-11:30am

In this fascinating walk through the garden and the Main House, you will learn about the relevance of such unique terms and names as “whaleback,” “Rookwood,” and “Della Robbia.” Discover the difference between the three homes that have graced the property, hear about the history of the site’s iconic structures, and even find hidden ceramics. A tour of the first floor of the Main House includes a discussion of the hand-painted Zuber wallpaper mural and interior art pieces original to the home. Open to 15 participants. $10 members; $15 non-members.

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Take in a Shakespeare Play

And A Nightingale Sang…, by C.P. Taylor and Directed by Bonnie J. Monte, will be playing at the Shakespeare Theater of NJ this summer. This endearing play about a middle-class family in England during the Blitz of WWII is, at turns, hilarious, romantic, moving, and inspiring; a celebration of life in the midst of destruction, with fortitude, music, and humor as the protagonists’ main weapons against despair.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (STNJ), originally called the “New Jersey Shakespeare Festival,” is one of the leading Shakespeare theaters in the nation, serving approximately 75,000 adults and children annually. It is New Jersey’s only professional theater company dedicated solely to Shakespeare’s canon and other classic masterworks. Through its productions and education programs, the company strives to illuminate the universal and lasting relevance of the classics for contemporary audiences.

July 12-30, 2023

Drew University

The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre 36 Madison Avenue, Madison Tickets:

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Floyd Nation: Experience Pink Floyd

Floyd Nation is a U.S.-based Pink Floyd Tribute Band that performs all of your favorite hits from the vast collection of Pink Floyd albums such as The Wall, Dark Side of the Moon, Animals, Wish You Were Here, Meddle and The Division Bell.

You’ll be immersed in sound, lights and lasers as Floyd Nation takes you on an epic journey, bringing back your best memories of some of the most iconic music ever produced. The group’s precise tone and extreme accuracy shows their deep respect for the music of one of the most incredible bands to ever take the world stage.

Wednesday, August 16, 2023 8pm Mayo Performing Arts Center 100 South Street Morristown 973-539-8008

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The SpongeBob Musical

2pm—Saturday, July 8; Sunday, July 9 6pm—Sunday, July 9

7:30pm—Thursday, July 6; Friday, July 7; Saturday, July 8

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea and became the hottest star on Broadway? Why, it’s SpongeBob SquarePants!

Plunge into this stunning all-singing, all-dancing, dynamic stage show! When the citizens of Bikini Bottom discover that a volcano will soon erupt and destroy their humble home, SpongeBob and his friends must come together to save the fate of their undersea world. With lives hanging in the balance and all hope lost, a most unexpected hero rises up. The power of optimism really can save the world! Recommended for age 4+.

Green Day’s American Idiot

2pm—Saturday, July 29; Sunday, July 30; Saturday, August 5; Sunday, August 6

7:30pm—Friday, July 28; Saturday, July 29; Friday, August 4; Saturday, August 5

Johnny, Tunny and Will struggle to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. When the three disgruntled men flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, their paths are quickly estranged when Tunny enters the armed forces, Will is called back home to attend to familial responsibilities, and Johnny’s attention becomes divided by a seductive love interest and a hazardous new friendship. An energy-fueled rock opera, American Idiot, features little dialogue and instead relies on the lyrics from Green Day’s groundbreaking album to execute the story line.

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Trevor Monk, Ty Monk and Steve Brink

Creating BEAUTIFUL HOMES While Fostering Strong COMMUNITY TIES

A ServiceOriented Business That Earns an A+

From the time his neighbor, a carpenter, hired him at 14 as a summer helper, Ty Monk has loved making houses look their best. In 2007, he founded Monk’s Home Improvements and added more services as he continued to improve his skills. He also brought in his brother, Trevor, as co-owner in 2009.

“We maintain houses as well as remodel and upgrade them,” says Ty. “We look at what our customers are asking for and add that to our business plan. It’s literally the reason we opened our showrooms in Morristown and Fanwood. We were doing tons of kitchens and bathrooms, and it was challenging for our customers to pick out their tile from one place, get their plumbing fixtures from another, and their cabinetry and flooring from another.”

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Renovated kitchen and bathroom photos supplied by Monks

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Having these choices and more in one place saves a lot of time. Since the showrooms are staffed with talented designers, customers have complimentary professional assistance when making decisions.

Monk’s also has a process to minimize project delays by ensuring all materials are in their warehouse and ready to go before jobs begin. Projects then progress smoothly without any unexpected stoppages.

Their team of highly skilled tradesmen all specialize in their services, so one person will focus on tiling, another on flooring, and yet another on painting. In addition, they have built long-term relationships with many of the plumbers, electricians, and other subcontractors they use to guarantee continuous, high-quality work.

“We work with almost 7000 people a year, and we made a conscious decision that our niche would be customer service and be above and beyond the best,” he says.

Due to this dedication to service, the business has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and has won many awards, including the Angie’s List Super Service Award and Best of Houzz in customer service, for seven years in a row.

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“I’m very proud of that,” says Ty. “I know the company is a reflection of me, but the awards are also a reflection of our employees and what they put in.”

Ty is also a big believer in giving back. Over the years, the business has issued scholarships, donated painting services to schools, and served food to people in need. “I grew up in Maplewood and was part of a very active youth group at one of the churches in town. It focused on volunteering, such as visiting people’s homes and fixing them for free. As I got older and life got busier, volunteering became harder. So, bringing it into the company was a way to stay in touch with my roots and be who I am, but do it through a different venue.”

He says the real magic at Monk’s comes from the people involved. “Everybody focuses on giving their best, and we do it as a team.”

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HEALTHY HABITS to Protect Your Skin

As the first line of defense against the outside world, skin is the body’s largest organ and takes on an important role in maintaining overall health. While products like sunscreen and moisturizer can help skin thrive, healthy skin starts from within where food and beverage choices can play a key role.

One example is grapes: Emerging research suggests consuming grapes may help protect healthy skin even when exposed to UV light, which is known to be damaging. A study published in the journal “Antioxidants,” in which people consumed 2 1/4 cups of grapes every day for two weeks, showed increased resistance to sunburn and reduced markers of UV damage at the cellular level.

This study reinforced previous and similar findings published in the “Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.” Grapes are also a hydrating food with 82% water content; hydration is essential to healthy skin. To take care of your skin, consider these skin-friendly health tips.

Fill Your Plate with Healthy, Hydrating Foods

Nutritious foods, including fruits and vegetables, can play an important role in achieving an overall balanced diet with adequate hydration. Enjoying the goodness of fresh or frozen Grapes from California can provide extra hydration and a boost of beneficial antioxidants and other polyphenols that help protect the health and function of the body’s cells, including those in the skin.

Drink water throughout the day, and for added flavor, infuse with fruits like frozen grapes. Simply rinse, pat dry, remove from the stems and freeze the grapes for 2 hours in a single layer on a sheet pan for flavorful ice cube replacements.

Protect Skin While Outdoors

While perhaps an obvious step to some, one of the most direct ways you can protect skin is by applying sunscreen—most experts recommend 30 SPF or higher—before heading outdoors and reapplying every 1-2 hours. Additionally, consider wearing protective clothing, such as a hat large enough to shade your face and neck. If you plan to spend extended time in the sun, opt for a lightweight, long-sleeve shirt and pants for maximum skin coverage.

Manage Stress

Whether it’s caused by a lengthy to-do list or general anxieties, stress can negatively impact skin health while even exacerbating certain conditions. Managing stress can offer a reprieve in multiple ways, including encouraging healthier skin. Some simple ways to relieve stress include exercising, getting enough sleep, lightening or limiting your workload, scaling back on to-do lists and making time for things you enjoy.

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Key Symptoms and Actions to Take

As temperatures rise during the summer months, it’s crucial to stay vigilant about the potential risks of heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion occurs when the body overheats due to prolonged exposure to high temperatures, leading to dehydration and a diminished ability to cool down. Recognizing the signs of heat exhaustion is essential for prompt intervention and prevention of more severe heat-related illnesses.

Recognizing the early signs of heat exhaustion is vital for preventing more serious heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke. Stay vigilant, listen to your body, and take immediate action if you or someone around you exhibits symptoms of heat exhaustion. By staying hydrated, seeking shade, and practicing appropriate selfcare, you can enjoy the summer while keeping yourself safe and healthy.


• Profuse sweating and pale, clammy skin.

• Fatigue, weakness, and dizziness.

• Headache and nausea.

• Muscle cramps and rapid heartbeat.

• Cool and moist skin despite the heat.

• Fainting or feeling lightheaded.


• Move to a cooler area and rest.

• Drink cool water or sports drinks.

• Loosen or remove tight clothing.

• Apply cool, wet cloths to the skin.

• Use a fan or seek airconditioned environments.

• Avoid excessive physical exertion.

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Foot & Ankle Safety Tips FOR THE SUMMER MONTHS

From the beach to the backyard, taking care of your feet and ankles in summer is essential. “Nothing ruins summer fun faster than a problem with your feet. However, a few smart precautions can help keep you healthy and safe,” says Gretchen Lawrence, DPM, AACFAS, a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon and an associate member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS). Some of the most common summer risks to feet and how to avoid them are shared here.

Many people go barefoot every summer, and consequently will sustain cuts and puncture wounds. To prevent injury and infection, wear shoes whenever possible and get vaccinated against tetanus. If you do get a puncture wound, see a foot and ankle surgeon within 24 hours and don’t swim until it’s healed. Bacteria in oceans and lakes can cause infection.

To prevent contact with bacteria and viruses that can cause athlete’s foot, plantar warts and other problems always wear flip flops or other footwear in locker rooms and on pool decks.

Don’t overlook your feet during your sun protection routine. Feet get sunburned


too, and melanoma on the foot or ankle is more likely to be misdiagnosed than on any other part of the body. A study published in “The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery” reported the overall survival rate for melanoma of the foot or ankle is just 52%, in sharp contrast to the 85% survival rate for melanomas on other areas of the body. Dr. Lawrence notes, “If you spot abnormal moles or pigmented skin, including under toenails, visit a foot and ankle surgeon. Early detection and treatment could save your life.”

Summer sports can lead to arch pain, heel pain, ankle sprains and other injuries. Proper footwear with heel cushioning and arch support is essential, particularly on uneven surfaces, such as sandy beaches or hiking trails. If injury occurs, use the RICE approach: rest, ice, compression, and elevation to ease pain and swelling.

Sitting for long stretches can increase the risk of dangerous blood clots. “Whether road tripping or flying, regularly stretch your legs and pump your feet to circulate

blood. Wearing compression socks for longer travel is also a good idea,” says Dr. Lawrence.

If you have diabetes, prolonged hot and humid weather can lead to numerous foot woes. Any type of skin break has the potential to get infected if it isn’t noticed right away, and exposure can cause dry, cracking skin. Inspect your feet daily and wear closed shoes whenever possible.

Swelling is another hot-weather risk, potentially making shoes fit tighter which can cause blisters. Compression stockings may not sound appealing in hot temperatures, but they can reduce swelling and help prevent poor circulation. Finally, never go barefoot in summer. Impaired nerve sensation can make it hard to detect just how hot surfaces are. Just a few minutes walking barefoot on pavement can cause third-degree burns.


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A Guide to Stress Relief Through Meditation

In the fast-paced and demanding world we live in, stress has become an alltoo-common companion. However, there is a powerful tool that can help us find solace amidst the chaos: meditation. This ancient practice has been embraced by people worldwide for its profound ability to reduce stress and cultivate inner peace.

Begin by finding a quiet and comfortable space where you can unwind and disconnect from external distractions. This could be a cozy corner of your home or a secluded spot in nature. Ensure that the environment is peaceful and conducive to relaxation.

Choose a posture that allows you to be both relaxed and alert. You can sit crosslegged on a cushion or in a chair with your feet planted firmly on the ground. Keep your spine upright but not rigid,

allowing energy to flow freely throughout your body.

Close your eyes gently and take a few deep breaths. Inhale slowly through your nose, feeling the air fill your lungs, and exhale through your mouth, releasing any tension. These initial breaths signal to your body that it’s time to unwind and enter a state of calm. Direct your attention to your breath, observing its natural rhythm. Notice the sensations as you inhale and exhale—the rise and fall of your abdomen, the coolness of the air entering your nostrils. As thoughts arise, acknowledge them without judgment and gently guide your focus back to your breath.

Meditation is not about emptying the mind but rather cultivating a mindful presence. Embrace the present moment, allowing thoughts, emotions, and

sensations to come and go without clinging to them. View them as passing clouds in the sky of your consciousness, acknowledging their presence but not attaching significance to them.

When beginning your meditation practice, start with short sessions of 5-10 minutes. As you become more comfortable, gradually increase the duration. Consistency is key, so aim to practice daily, even if it’s for a few minutes.. Embrace the journey, knowing that each moment spent in meditation contributes to your overall well-being.

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Summer Concerts 2023

Grab a beach blanket or chair and head outside to listen to some of the greatest music of the area. Some venues offer food vendors and children’s activities.


Beatlemania Again

The national touring Beatles stage show.

7:00pm, Florham Park Gazebo, 111 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park


The Infernos

An Internationally acclaimed “Show Band” featuring singers, dancers, and musicians from all over New Jersey.

7:30pm, Brookdale Park, 473 Watchung Avenue, Bloomfield


Real Diamond

Neil Diamond Tribute Band.

7:45pm, 30 Robert Harp Drive, Livingston High School Field, Livingston


Essex Funk

A dynamic R&B, funk, and soul cover band made up of long-time community members spanning generations.

7:30pm, 100 N. Ridgewood Road, Floods Hill, Meadowland Park, South Orange


RB Express

Oldies music—Doo-Wop-era favorites.

7:00pm, Memorial Park Gazebo, Main Street & Wilmore Road, Little Falls

Jessica Rose Band


Mama D and the Vexations

Pop, rock, country artist.

7:00pm, Ginty Field Gazebo, 45 Woodland Avenue, Morris Township

La Caribbean Orquesta

7:00pm, Riverbank Park, Market and VanBuren Streets, Newark

Radio 506

A high energy cover band with a soulful edge, performing powerful renditions of hits from the 60’s through today.

6:00pm, Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, 9 Main Street, Madison

80’s Vs 90’s Band

From big hair and neon leg-warmers to Doc Martens and flannels, the 80’s vs. 90’s Show is the premier band for the MTV generation!

7:30pm, Brookdale Park, 473 Watchung Avenue, Bloomfield


The Jersey Tenors

An Opera/Rock mash-up sensation, they create an explosive blend of iconic Opera classics alongside Rock ‘N Roll greats like Queen, Elton John, and Bon Jovi. Being Jersey Proud, they also highlight music from Frankie Vali & the Four Seasons, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, and more.

7:00pm, Memorial Park Gazebo, Robert H. Harp Drive, Livingston (Inclement Weather: Livingston High School Auditorium)

The Linda Ronstadt Experience

With American Idol Star Tristan McIntosh, this premier touring tribute band showcases the songs made famous from 1965-1980’s.

7:00pm, Florham Park Gazebo, 111 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park

Rock band covering great tunes from the 70’s through to today.

7:30pm, Crane Park Gazebo, Bloomfield Avenue, West Caldwell

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Carnaby Street

Suite & Mai Tai

Chara Suri & Friends

Jazz music.

7:00pm, Verona Civic Center, Bloomfield Avenue, Verona

The Benjamins

Performing an eclectic mix of music from an era gone by—Yacht Rock and Corporate Rock.

7:00pm, Lurker Park, Ridgedale and Eagle Rock Avenues, East Hanover

Playing the music of the 60’s featuring the music of The British Invasion.

6:30pm, Borough Park Gazebo, 19 Mountain Avenue, Mendham


Hanover Wind Symphony

Montclair Community Band

7:30pm, Chestnut Street, Montclair High School, Montclair

Epic Soul

7:00pm, Ginty Field Gazebo, 45 Woodland Avenue, Morris Township

Total Soul

Playing all the great classic soul songs you remember plus today’s current top R&B and Pop Hits.

7:30pm, Watsessing Park, Bloomfield Avenue and Conger Street, Bloomfield


Joshua Van Ness

They perform with the flair of a wellrehearsed show band, complete with front-line choreography, exciting lead singers, hot horns, and a groovin’ rhythm section.

7:00pm, Village Green, 356 Broad Street, Summit

This singer songwriter is both a working man’s musician and a true indie spirit whose music echoes the classics from decades ago.

6:30pm, Vail Mansion Plaza, 100 South Street, Morristown (rain site: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 70 Maple Avenue, Morristown)

A legendary high-end act combines classical, modern, elegant, and edgy music elements with an original sound to create something truly unique.

7:00pm, Veteran’s Memorial Park, 113-205 Plainfield Ave, Berkeley Heights


Combining the sounds of Steelpan, soulful singing and hot tropical rhythms.

7:00pm, Ivy Hill Park, 230 Mt. Vernon Place, Newark

Gravy Train

A three-piece acoustic trio that specializes in multi-part harmonies and an infirmity for 90’s music.

7:30pm, 100 N. Ridgewood Road, Floods Hill, Meadowland Park, South Orange


Street Hassle

7:00pm (rain date July 30)

Taylor Park,100 Main Street, Millburn

Premier classic rock band featuring 6-piece horn section.
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ltimate Eagles tribute band.

7:30pm, Crane Park Gazebo, Bloomfield Avenue, West Caldwell


The Dupree’s


The Bell Tones

K Brown Express

Known for their jazzy flair and strong vocals, their roster of songs range from, jazz, old R&B to new soul and funk.

7:00pm, Lurker Park, Ridgedale and Eagle Rock Avenues, East Hanover


The Kootz

Rock n’ Roll with fiber.

7:00pm, Verona Civic Center, Bloomfield Avenue, Verona

Thrilling audiences with their smooth harmonies and romantic sound.

7:30pm, Brookdale Park, 473 Watchung Avenue, Bloomfield


An instrumental progressive jam/funk quartet.

6:00pm, Madison Community Arts Center, 10 Kings Road, Madison


Larger Than Life

Boyband experience covering N’SYNC, Backstreet Boys and more.

7:00pm, Memorial Park Gazebo, Robert H. Harp Drive, Livingston (Inclement Weather: Livingston High School Auditorium)

The Benjamins

The legendary high-end act combining classical, modern, elegant, and edgy music elements with an original sound to create something truly unique.

7:00pm, Florham Park Gazebo, 111 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park

Their impressive repertoire includes songs from the 20’s to the 80’s and such styles as country, Broadway, jazz and holiday classics.

7:00pm, Ginty Field Gazebo, 45 Woodland Avenue, Morris Township

The Nerds

Water Towers

It’s all rock and roll.

7:00pm, Village Green, 356 Broad Street, Summit

80’s vs 90’s

SOMA’s indie rock cover band.

7:30pm, 100 N. Ridgewood Road, Floods Hill, Meadowland Park, South Orange

The Nines

7-Piece dance cover band

7:00pm, The Grove at The Park, 350 Connell Dr, Berkeley Heights


Bakersfield Breakers

From big hair and neon leg-warmers to Doc Martens and flannels, the 80’s vs. 90’s Show is the premier band for the MTV generation!

7:30pm, Brookdale Park, 473 Watchung Avenue, Bloomfield

A three-piece instrumental group with a mission to reawaken the classic guitardriven sound of 50’s Bakersfield and the driving tunes of 60’s surf rock.

6:00pm, Reasoner Park Gazebo, Fairmount Avenue, Chatham

Venues and dates may be subject to change. Vicinity Media Group is not responsible for these changes.

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The Thorns


Monkey Shoulder

A rock band performing old-school rock, blues and other favorites.

6:30pm, Borough Park Gazebo, 19 Mountain Avenue, Mendham

Livingston Locals Night

Some of your top performing Livingston residents performing their favorite hits.

7:00pm, Memorial Park Gazebo, Robert H. Harp Drive, Livingston (Inclement Weather: Livingston High School Auditorium)

Stan Zizka’s Del-Satins

A Doo-wop group.

7:00pm, Cedar Grove Park, 199 Fairview Avenue,Cedar Grove

Event Horizon

Performing rock, pop, country, dance and hip-hop.

7:00pm, Lurker Park, Ridgedale and Eagle Rock Avenues, East Hanover

Nick Ryan and the Mess

An American alternative rock group with influences that include the Beach Boys, Joni Mitchell, and Simon and Garfunkel.

6:30pm, Reasoner Park Gazebo, Fairmount Avenue, Chatham

Asbury Fever

A Springsteen/classic rock tribute band.

7:30pm, Crane Park Gazebo, Bloomfield Avenue, West Caldwell




Jesse Garron’s Tribute to Elvis

‘The closest thing to the King’…ranked the most respected acts in local and nationwide venues.

7:00pm, Florham Park Gazebo, 111 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park


Austin City Nights

Blending ‘Heartland Rock’ with ‘Memphis Soul.’

7:00pm, Ginty Field Gazebo, 45 Woodland Avenue, Morris Township

Montclair Community Band

7:30pm, Chestnut Street, Montclair High School, Montclair


Here’s Elton

A tribute to the music of Elton John.

7:00pm, Grove Cleveland Park, Brookside Avenue and Runnymede Road, Caldwell

Blues People

Known for their strong 3-part harmonies playing classic rock from the 60’s to today.

6:00pm, Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, 9 Main Street, Madison

Kickin’ Nash

A high-energy five person country band.

7:30pm, Brookdale Park, 473 Watchung Avenue, Bloomfield

A Modern Country cover band

7:00pm, Village Green, 356 Broad Street, Summit

Super Trans Am

Playing favorite arena anthems and charttopping radio hits of the 70’s.

7:00pm, Brookside Park, 90 Bay Avenue, Bloomfield

7:30pm, 100 N. Ridgewood Road, Floods Hill, Meadowland Park, South Orange

A blues band featuring Kelton Cooper (vocals/guitar), Mike Griot (bass), RonThompson (keys) and Gene Lake (drums).
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Super Trans Am

The super 70’s concert experience

7:00pm, The Grove at The Park, 350 Connell Drive, Berkeley Heights


Steppin’ Out

A Party Band that plays a wide variety of music from past to present with a song list emphasizing dance and good times.

7:30pm, Crane Park Gazebo, Bloomfield Avenue, West Caldwell


Jersey shore’s premier cover band playing rock hits.

7:00pm (rain date August 3) Taylor Park, 100 Main Street, Millburn


The Launch

A tribute to Styx, Queen and Boston.

7:30pm, Brookdale Park, 473 Watchung Avenue, Bloomfield

Bottle Hill Band

A nineteen piece ensemble with a repertoire that spans the classics from the ‘30s and ‘40s.

6:00pm, Madison Community Arts Center, 10 Kings Road, Madison


The B-Street Band

Tribute to the music of the Boss

7:00pm, Memorial Park Gazebo, Robert H. Harp Drive, Livingston (Inclement Weather: Livingston High School Auditorium)


Performing the solo hits of the John, Paul, George and Ringo of the Beatles.

6:30pm, Borough Park Gazebo, 19 Mountain Avenue, Mendham

Separate Ways


80’s vs 90’s

From big hair and neon leg-warmers to Doc Martens and flannels, the 80’s vs. 90’s Show is the premier band for the MTV generation!

7:00pm, Harrison Complex, 19 Harrison Avenue, Roseland

New Power Soul

The ultimate tribute to the music of early-mid 80’s Journey.

7:00pm, Florham Park Gazebo, 111 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park


Yacht Rock Gold

Favorite hits from late 70’s to early 80’s.

7:00pm, Lurker Park, Ridgedale and Eagle Rock Avenues, East Hanover

Jersey Sound

Popular premiere oldies band.

7:00pm, Ginty Field Gazebo, 45 Woodland Avenue, Morris Township

Changing Lanes

From Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen to Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga, New Power Soul will have you dancing all night long.

7:00pm, Belleville Park, 343 Belleville Avenue, Belleville


Your Mom’s Hot

Specializing in “Oh man, I love that song,” and “I haven’t heard that in years!”

7:00pm, Memorial Park Gazebo, Main Street & Wilmore Road, Little Falls


Peter & The Master Keys

Cover band playing hits from all decades.

7:00pm, Village Green, 356 Broad Street, Summit

Specializing in American jazz and blues from the 40’s through 60’s, with a dash of rock n’ roll thrown into the mix.

6:00pm, Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, 9 Main Street, Madison

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Event Horizon

Performing rock, pop, country, dance and hip-hop.

7:30pm, Brookdale Park, 473 Watchung Avenue Bloomfield


Soul Cruisers

Soulful vocalists who pay tribute to the very best of the 60’s, 70’s, R&B, and Motown.

7:00pm, Memorial Park Gazebo, Robert H. Harp Drive, Livingston (Inclement weather: Livingston High School Auditorium)


Heart of Gold

Specializing in the best of Classic Rock.

6:30pm, Ginty Field Gazebo, 45 Woodland Avenue, Morris Township

Audio Riot

Playing hits that cover seven decades across multiple genres such as pop, rock, dance, punk, country, EDM, funk/soul, and R&B.

7:00pm, Village Green, 356 Broad Street, Summit


The Strangers

Music that ranges from easy acoustic to classic rock to party dance tunes.

7:00pm, Memorial Park Gazebo, Main Street & Wilmore Road, Little Falls

Parrot Beach


Andy Wang

Chatham resident performing Hawaiian music.

6:00pm, Reasoner Park Gazebo, Fairmount Avenue, Chatham

John McDermott Band

Recreating and performing the music of the most iconic Rock & Roll bands of the 60’s.

6:30pm, Reasoner Park Gazebo, Fairmount Avenue, Chatham

4 Flight Rock

Jimmy Buffet cover band.

7:30pm, Crane Park Gazebo, Bloomfield Avenue, West Caldwell


Bobby Syvarth Band

6:00pm, Madison Community Arts Center, 10 Kings Road, Madison

K Brown Express

7:00pm, Memorial Park Gazebo, Main Street & Wilmore Road, Little Falls



Local classic rock/pop band.

6:00pm, Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, 9 Main Street, Madison


Known for their jazzy flair and strong vocals, their roster of songs range from, jazz, old R&B to new soul and funk.

7:30pm, Eagle Rock Reservation, Prospect Avenue, West Orange


Brian Kirk & The Jirks

Performing rock, soul, pop, and disco.

7:00pm, Village Green, 356 Broad Street, Summit

Forbidden Tropics

An Afro-Peruvian Jazz band

6:00pm, Madison Community Arts Center, 10 Kings Road, Madison


Total Soul

They will keep you dancing all night long. 7:00pm, Memorial Park Gazebo, Main Street & Wilmore Road, Little Falls

A journey to the early days of rock n roll… all the way to the 70’s.
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14 th ANNUAL Best of Essex 2023 READERS’

Voting Starts July 1 and continues through October 16.

Vicinity Media Group is proud to present the 14th annual Best of Essex Reader’s Choice Awards. Every year our readers show their support for their favorite local businesses as they vote for the best restaurants, stores, home services and wellness providers. They also support three local charities, Toni’s Kitchen, CASA for Children and Rosemarie’s Rescue Ranch with every vote cast.

Past nominees are automatically part of this year’s contest. If you’re a new business and would like to participate in the Best of Essex Contest, give us a call at 973-276-1688. We look forward to your participation.

Best of Essex 2023 Categories


Asian Cuisine

Bagel Store


Boutique Bakery



Candy & Chocolate Store


Coffee & Tea Houses (Independent)



Event Venue

Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt

Italian Restaurant

New Restaurant



Other Ethnic Restaurant

Outdoor Dining


Restaurant (BYOB)

Restaurant (Full Service)



Wine and Spirits



Art & Framing Gallery


Gift Shop

Jewelry Store

Specialty Food Markets

Specialty Store

Toy/Hobby Store

Women’s Fashions

Adult Instruction/Classes (language, art, dance, music, etc.)


Children’s Party Places

Children’s Instruction/Classes


Day Care/Preschool— Independent Learning Center/Tutoring

Private School




Dentist—Group Practice





Hair Salon

Hearing Care



Physical Therapist

Pilates Studio


Specialized Fitness Studio

Specialty Beauty Services

Spa (Day)

Spa (Medical)


Wellness Providers

Yoga Studio


Car Wash

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Travel Advisors/Agents


Pet Boarding

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Landscape Designer

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Dining Alfresco

Dining alfresco comes from an Italian term al fresco, which translates to fresh and in the fresh air. It means to dine outside in the fresh air, in beautiful weather. Picture a perfectly warm day with a cool breeze, a beautifully set table outside with your favorite cocktail in hand.

Boccone Ristorante is a neighborhood gem that delivers fresh delights and homemade dishes straight out of old-world Italy. Boccone: as in a mouthful offers traditional antipasti, pasta, veal, chicken, and fish recipes using authentic flavors of the Southern Mediterranean Region.


471 W Mount Pleasant Avenue, Livingston | 973-378-9222

Serving authentic Mediterranean food with a modern touch blending Israeli, Tunisian, and Moroccaninspired dishes with a touch of Greek and Italian. Only the finest ingredients are used in their popular menu dishes, which include Hummus Bowls, Mediterranean Fish Tacos, Chicken Shish Kebab, Grilled Skirt Steak, Pan Seared Salmon, just to name a few— Mezza’s beautiful outdoor patio seats 80.

Mezza Mediterranean

277 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston | 973-992-9300

Dine outdoors on a charming patio under the cover of an umbrella while also enjoying a view of the golf course. Menu selections are varied and include appetizers, pizza, burgers, pastas, entrees, and delectable specialty fish dishes.

Par 440

440 Parsonage Road, Short Hills (East Orange Golf Course)


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Mezza Mediterranean

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


Nagoya Sushi & Tiki Lounge

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

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

Proud Thai Cookery


H2ocean Restaurant & Raw Bar

41 Ridgedale Avenue. Cedar Knolls 973-984-9594 |

Restaurant & bar serving locally sourced seafood


China Chalet

184 Columbia Turnpike, Florham Park 973-996-2828 |

Traditional Sichuan cuisine

Lucco Cucina + Bar

207 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park 973-822-0066 |

A modern Italian restaurant that combines favored classics with a contemporary touch.


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

277 Eisenhower Pkwy, Livingston 973-992-9300 |

Mediterranean Fusion Cuisine

Nana’s Deli

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

Authentic Thai cuisine

Strega Bistro

430 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights 908-665-5905

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

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.


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

Restaurant Serenade

6 Roosevelt Ave, Chatham | 973-701-0303

Artful dining, as conceived by award-winning Chef James Laird.

Casa Maya

615 Meyersville Road, Gillette 908-580-0799

Family-friendly BYOB serving Sonoran-stule Mexican cuisine.

Chimney Rock Inn Gillette 342 Valley Rd, Gillette | 908-580-1100

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



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

Southern Mediterranean Italian Cuisine

The Feathered Fox

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

Steak house, sushi & raw bar

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

Stop by for lunch and experience the legacy they created for their Nana… and make sure to have the tuna.


Bottle Hill Tavern

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

Tavern Fare—Comfort Flare

Grillera Mediterranean Cuisine

91 Park Ave, Madison | 973-301-2080

Distinguished Mediterranean Cuisine

Krust Kitchen

7 Cross St, Madison | 908-525-7878



27 Main Street, Millburn | 973-467-0494

A BYOB destination offering New American dishes.

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Boxcar Bar & Grill

25 Chatham Rd, Short Hills | 973-912-0002

Bar fare

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge

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.


Moe’s Bistro and Bar

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

A full service restaurant, bar & lounge located on the East Orange Golf Course in Short Hills. Offering bar bites, burgers and tasty entrees.


Trattoria Biagio

239 Main Avenue, Stirling | 908-350-8064

Authentic Italian cuisine

Twelve Islands Greek Taverna

1255 Valley Rd, Stirling | 908-647-2193

Traditional Greek fare

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— expect delicious USDA aged prime beef sourced from the highest quality ranches in the mid-west.

Serra Restaurant

10 Bank Street, Summit | 908-273-1713

Authentic Portuguese BBQ restaurant.

535 Central Ave, New Providence

908-840-4540 |

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

Coppola Ristorante & Pizzeria

590 Central Ave, New Providence 908-665-0266

Offering pizzas & formal Italian dishes


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

Summit House Restaurant + Bar

395 Springfield Ave, Summit | 908-273-6000

An American restaurant and bar offering seasonal cuisine, craft cocktails, fresh local beers, and terroir-driven wines.

Dine in area is now open! Delivery & curbside pickup available 973-912-8838 59 Main Street, Millburn Healthy, Fresh & Authentic Chinese Food Our dishes are prepared fresh daily, from ingredients delivered daily and using homemade sauces created in our own kitchen—daily! Ms. Lin Chinese Cuisine ORDER ONLINE AT: 275 NJ State Highway 10, East Hanover FOR PICK-UP ORDERS CALL 973-884-8840 WE DELIVER through HOURS: Sun-Thur 6am-1am Fri-Sat 6am-2am
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Nature’s Way

Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Nature is the source of all true knowledge.” Have you ever got burnt out from your work or couldn’t get back into the groove where you are operating on all cylinders? Over the years, we all go through changes in our environment, sometimes leaving us feeling unmotivated or struggling to find the creative juices to take action and move the needle. Anytime I need energy or a fresh way to look at things, I turn my focus back to nature and have never been disappointed. I want to share three ideas that help me get rejuvenated and back on track:


There is a saying that “still waters run deep.” When the water is still, all the silt settles to the bottom, and you can see clearly. This is like how the mind works. When one sits still to rest or meditate, one’s mind becomes clear, and new visions and direction can settle. It helps you clarify what is important and the best actions for moving forward. ‘Still waters run deep’ represents the tremendous power one can gain from quieting the mind and sitting still in a mild meditation. Try this, even if it’s just a 10 min break from work once during the day. First, find a quiet place to rest—a quiet room or outside where you’re away from noise. Then sit or stand with a comfortable posture. Someone once told me to sit like a general on horseback, maintaining the best posture. This will allow you to breathe naturally and get centered. Breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds and exhale through your mouth for 5 seconds or more. Do this and concentrate on breathing in and out; eventually, there will be no thought. Your goal will be to attain what the Japanese call “Mushin,” which means no mind. After a while, fresh ideas and new understandings flood your brain. My most valuable ideas and insights on what I should be doing with my business were generated during these mini-meditations during the day. These breaks will bring you back fresh with a renewed spirit and new approaches to your work and life.


Many times, I will go out in the yard and walk around or stand in one place barefoot. I never knew why it made me relax and feel more energy until I started researching the subject. I found out it was called “Grounding.” “When walking barefoot, our body absorbs free ions from the Earth’s surface, which act as antioxidants. These antioxidants enhance our health and lead to positive feelings in the body. Grounding offers many health benefits, including improved sleep, reduced inflammation, improved tissue and cell repair, enhanced blood flow, increased

heart rate variability, and improved electrical activity in the brain. In addition, walking barefoot on the ground releases endorphins. This can improve our mood and counteract mental illnesses like depression and anxiety. Walking barefoot also reconnects us with nature, which boosts our mental and physical states in other ways. As such, Earth’s natural healing energy should never be overlooked!” (Global Viewpoint, Feb. 16, 2023)


Since I was nine months old, I spent my summers at a camp in the Pocono Mountains. My mom and dad worked at the camp, and I was lucky enough to be surrounded by so much natural beauty. Back then, I would hike for hours deep in the woods. Today I still love that walk in the woods. When you’re on a path in the forest where it’s quiet you start to forget about the daily pressures, and you begin to clear your mind and feel whole. If you want to learn about the vast benefits of this exercise, google “benefits of walking in the woods.” While we breathe in the fresh air, we breathe in phytoncides, airborne chemicals that plants give off to protect themselves from insects. Phytoncides have antibacterial and antifungal qualities, which help plants fight disease. When people breathe in these chemicals, our bodies respond by increasing the number and activity of a type of white blood cell called natural killer cells or NK. These cells kill tumor- and virus-infected cells in our bodies. One study showed increased NK activity from a 3-day, 2-night forest bathing trip that lasted more than 30 days. Japanese researchers are exploring whether forest exposure can help prevent certain kinds of cancer. (Immerse yourself in a forest for better health/Department of Environmental Conservation)

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 Follow him @barryfarberofficial.

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“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees”.
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—-Henry David Thoreau
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