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6 In the Vicinity 8 Local Heroes 8 The Fortnightly Club of Summit Gives Back in Many Ways 9 Short Hills Teen Launches Social Change Campaign 16 Mount St. Dominic Academy Starts the School Year Off with Book Club Discussions 18 Spend a Fall Day at a Local Farm 20 COVER STORY Look and Feel Your Best with a Visit to Glaze Salon 24 Real Estate Professionals 24 Realtor Regularly Gets Over Asking Price for Sellers 24 Ellen Gonik: RealtorAssociate® Coldwell Banker 25 Real Estate Clients Get TopNotch Service from Luxury Market Specialist 25 Donna Mattina is with Buyers and Sellers Every Step of the Way 26 Art in the Vicinity Ted Papoulas: When The Mundane Becomes Magical 28 Tip From the Home Pros 28 Bringing Your Vision to Life 29 How to Choose Hardwood Floors for Your Kitchen 29 You Need a Home HVAC Maintenance Plan 30 Why You May Need Flood Insurance Outside a Flood Zone 30 Considering Adding Millwork Before Painting Rooms in Your House 31 Should You Consider Plantation Shutters for Your Home? 31 Enjoying Your Home Outdoors: Fire Pits And Gas Heaters 32 Health and Wellness 32 Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center Places Final Steel Beam for New Cancer Center Building 33 The Science Of Meditation 34 The Benefits of Unplugging 35 Boosting Mental Agility 36 Restaurant Guide 38 Diamond Minds To The Rescue On the Cover: Glaze Salon, Photo by Dan Epstein 4 | Vicinity Magazine | October 2023
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Girl Scout’s Gold Award Project Helps People with Special Needs

Shaye Bundonis, a 12th grader from Long Hill, created a unique project to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award. She adapted over 30 electronic toys to make them into switch accessible ones for children and adults with special needs. Shaye says that regular toys often have small buttons, which can be hard for people with special needs to operate.

She built battery interceptors by using tin foil and wire, tucking them into the battery compartments, and creating a large button for access. She then taught a group of Girl Scouts how to create the switches, and donated the extra switches and instructions, with the toys, so another toy with a switch could be made. The toys were donated to schools in Long Hill and Berkeley Heights, 1st CP of NJ, and Matheny. ”It’s expensive for schools to buy toys with adaptable switches, so it made me feel good to be able to make a difference,” says Shaye.

Juxtapose Gallery Helps Bring Awareness to Ovarian Cancer

Danielle Auriemma-D’Amico of Long Hill, who owns a virtual fine art, custom framing, art services and workshops business called Juxtapose Gallery, donated 10% of her September sales to the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA). She does so every September, in honor of her sister-in-law Donna Carle, who, at 44, passed away from the disease almost 15 years ago. In doing so, Danielle hopes to raise awareness to this “silent killer.” Recently, to mark the 15-year anniversary, Danielle ran a race for Ovarian Cancer with two of Donna’s three children, Rebecca and Melissa, who are strong advocates and have a goal of running 15 races this year to raise $15,000 for OCRA. “I saw what my husband’s family went through when Donna was sick, and making this yearly donation helps me to raise awareness and make a difference,” says Danielle. For more information, go to:

Millington Resident is Giving Back!

Payton Carn, 19, of Millington, recently started her own business and is already giving back! Payton’s Market, an online, shelf-stable grocery store, offers over 800 items to stock your pantry. Local residents can shop from home and have their orders delivered right to their doors. The website makes it easy to shop by category, dietary lifestyle, and Payton even includes monthly recipes for her customers.

Payton wants your everyday purchases to mean something to the community. Payton’s Market gives back to help raise money for local communities. Payton is currently collaborating with schools, churches, sports teams, and charities, and donating at least 10% of the sales, not the profit, to help raise funds. If you are looking for a unique fundraising opportunity, you can contact Payton at

“It’s the little things we do that make a difference,” says Payton. “Make your difference at Payton’s Market.”

Shaye Bundonis, a 12th grader from Long Hill who recently earned her Girl Scout Gold award.
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Danielle Auriemma-D’Amico in front, poses with two of Donna Carle’s three children at the Ovarian Cancer race she ran with them in Philadelphia

Pumpkin Patch With a Purpose Helps Those Who Need it Most

The annual Pumpkin Patch With a Purpose at Wyoming Presbyterian Church in Millburn starts on October 8. One hundred percent of all sales will benefit over 12 non-profits around the world, with money also going back to the Navajo Reservation in Farmington, New Mexico, which is where the pumpkins were grown and purchased. Each year, the Pumpkin Patch makes about $30,000, and the money helps the homeless, those suffering from food insecurity, refugees needing disaster assistance, people in Haiti needing homes, and provides scholarships for inner city children to attend camp, and more.

Wyoming’s Pastor, The Rev. Heather Woodworth Brannon, says she enjoys holding this yearly event, where the entire front lawn is filled with pumpkins. “Our church is passionate about sharing God’s love with our neighbors. This fundraiser is a great way to bring people together, regardless of their faith, to help those who are struggling so that they can survive and flourish, too,” she says. For info, go to:

Bike Program for Girls

Ages 5+ of All Abilities to Hold 8-Week Session This Fall

Girls in Gear, a nonprofit that offers an 8-week socialemotional learning program blending life skills with bike skills in a non-competitive environment for girls ages 5+ of all riding abilities, has opened up registration at Lewis Morris Park in Morristown, and across New Jersey. In Morristown, sessions meet on Sundays at 9 am for girls ages 5-7 and at 10:30 am for girls ages 8-10. There will also be a “Learn to Ride Clinic” on October 14, at the same location. Bikes and helmets are provided for all who need them as part of a noquestions-asked scholarship policy.

“I’m immensely proud of what we do, and our growth is a testament to the incredible people who help and support the program. We are creating spaces for girls to be the boldest versions of themselves they can be, on and off their bikes,” says founder Gabrielle Rossi.

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GoFundMe Campaign Sends Much Needed Items to Ghana

One day of studying at the New Providence Library six years ago changed the course of Vivianne Obro-Adadevoh’s life. She saw a Facebook post that said a village in Ghana, where Vivianne, who has lived in the US for 30 years, grew up, was in need. She went to the front desk to see if they would donate books. They said, “Yes,” and have continued to hold collections and donate books, toys, and recently furniture for the past six years.

Vivianne sends the items to rural communities and schools where people are the poorest. She says, “I hate to see people throw things away because what they see as garbage is considered treasure in Ghana.”

Recently, Vivianne, who uses her own money to ship everything to Ghana, started a GoFundMe campaign at, so she can continue her charitable work. She can be contacted for donations at:

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Wyoming Presbyterian Church’s Pastor, The Rev. Heather Woodworth Brannon stands with the Pumpkin Patch sign from last year’s event. A group of people in a village in Ghana look over some of the items donated by Vivianne Obro-Adadevoh.
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THE FORTNIGHTLY CLUB of Summit Gives Back in Many Ways

TThe Fortnightly Club of Summit was founded in 1893 by the wife of Summit’s first mayor and met on a fortnight (every fourteen nights). The Club’s commitment to charitable causes has not wavered since its inception and has contributed millions of dollars to the community, and multiple millions of volunteer hours and in-kind donations over the course of its existence.

Today, The Fortnightly Club continues to be dedicated to volunteerism, fundraising, outreach, community service, and scholarship. The Club offers its membership volunteer opportunities, book groups, theater trips, day trips, a movie club, a neighborhood walking club, Mah Jong, camaraderie, and general meetings on the second Wednesday of the month.

In addition, the Club has created, run, supported, or donated to:

• Area Baby Center (ABC) families with Thanksgiving dinners.

• Jersey Battered Women’s’ Service (JBWS) with holiday gifts and gift cards.

• The Club’s Mitten Tree recipients include Bridges Outreach, GRACE (Giving and Receiving Assistance for our Community Essentials), 125 Summit Avenue fire victims, YWCA Union County Family Justice Center for domestic family victims, Summit Warm Hearts, and LINC (Linking Initiative for Neighborhood Change) run out of New Providence United Methodist Church.

• They have made hundreds of lunches for Bridges Outreach.

• Other events include 4th & 5th Grade Spelling Bees, Adopt-a-Class, Tot Trot, Travel Auction, luncheons, and themed fundraisers.

The Fortnightly Club members also enjoy helping young women as they begin their adult lives by offering college scholarships to women who are residents of Summit planning to attend a four-year college, a two-year college, or trade school. The awards are based on academic merit, community service, and financial need.

Kate Morrison, who has been a member of the Club for seven years, says she really enjoys being part of the Club as it has afforded her lasting friendships, great volunteer opportunities, fun trips, and so much more.

The Club also owns, and is steward of, Twin Maples, which is where the Club holds meetings. Twin Maples opens its doors to the public as a featured site on Union County’s Four Centuries in a Weekend tour, which will be October 21-22 this year. In addition, Twin Maples is on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places.

New members are always welcome! Members are from Summit and surrounding towns including New Providence, Berkeley Heights, Chatham, Short Hills and more.

For more information, visit

Pictured here from left to right are members of The Fortnightly Club of Summit Board Kate Morrison, Lorraine Bowyer, Liese Kant, Lori Dahl, Terry Andrews, Lynn Reed, and Tina Walker
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Short Hills Teen Launches SOCIAL CHANGE CAMPAIGN

SSydney Fingerman of Short Hills, a 12th grader at Millburn High School, is on a quest to create social change through her own personal connections. This past year, she started an initiative called, “Hi My Name Is…,” where she makes an effort to bring creativity to the unhoused community.

When Sydney went on a Civil Rights trip to Washington D.C. in 2017, she listened to a lecture given by one of the program directors at the National Coalition for the Homeless that moved her so much—it changed her life. He shared that he had been homeless for many, many years and that one of the most painful things was never hearing anyone call him by his name. She helped make care packages to deliver to what D.C. residents refer to as “Homeless Park.” She says it was the

saddest thing she ever saw. So, while she walked around handing out care packages, she made sure to introduce herself, and acknowledge everyone she met by saying, “Hi, my name is Sydney. What’s your name?” She says that many of the people she met started to cry when she did this—and at this moment, she decided to do this for the rest of her life.

Recently, she started visiting Isaiah House in East Orange to lead weekly journaling workshops and creative sessions. Sydney had over 30 residents attend her first workshop; they had a great time, and she says it made her happy to take the time to get to know them all. The writing prompt was: What is your name, who are you, and what does your name mean to you?

“This isn’t just another volunteer activity for me,” says Sydney. “They all wanted to share their writing with me; I was so touched. I felt like I really reached them.”

Aside from leading these workshops, Sydney has also created a collection of clothing which she has sold to raise money to renovate a space at Isaiah House. After renovations, this will become a creative outlet for residents of all ages.

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Rose Squared Art Shows will showcase the original art works of over 150 makers of fine art and fine crafts. Essex County Brookdale Park will be turned into an outdoor art gallery with a wide variety of fabulous art for the home and body. Among the items for purchase will be one-of-akind paintings, ceramics, glass, wood, art jewelry and clothing, photography, sculptures, and mixed media and artisanal food to take home.

This beautiful park offers unlimited customer field parking at the show. The event is free to the public rain or shine.

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Essex County Brookdale Park 473 Watchung Avenue, Bloomfield

Booklovers Will Unite at the 10th Annual Morristown Festival of Books

Calling all bibliophiles, a two-day Book Festival is taking place this fall featuring in-person talks by world-class authors across every genre. Since its inception, the 10th Annual Morristown Festival of Books has established itself among the top book festivals nationwide, drawing thousands of annual attendees.

Over 100 award-winning and bestselling authors will be at the event meeting the public, answering questions, and selling and signing books, at five locations along South Street in Morristown. In addition, children will love KidFest, where they can participate in activities including crafts and face painting, meet their favorite authors, and have their books signed. The 10th Annual Morristown Festival of Books is free, except for a few select ticketed talks.

Friday, Oct. 6, 2023, 7:30pm

Keynote Event

Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), 100 South Street, Morristown

Details: Keynote speakers, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, James B. Stewart and Rachel Abrams, will discuss their “New York Times” bestseller, “Unscripted: The Epic Battle for a Media Empire and the Redstone Family Legacy.” There will be an on-stage conversation with Brian Stelter, former CNN correspondent. For tickets:

Saturday, October 7 (rain or shine)

Festival Event

Guests can start out at the center of the Festival, on the lawn in front of the historic Vail Mansion (110 South Street, Morristown), and the festival will continue along South Street in Morristown.

For more information call 973-539-8008 or visit

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Taste of Chatham

Grab your passports for a tour of global flavors. With over 40 local food and beverage purveyors to sample, the Taste of Chatham, emceed by Anthony Pascarella, will include the flavors of Italy, Asia, France, Mexico, Argentina, India, different American regions, and sweets. There will also be curated beverages that pair up perfectly with the different international cuisines, as well as wine selections.

Attendees, who must be 21 years old, will sip and savor their way through the evening enjoying music, fun photo ops, and a silent auction with some very exciting items to bid on. They will also receive a special gift bag and a free raffle entry to win a $150 gift card to Serenade and a bottle of wine. VIP ticket holders will enjoy a special VIP hour, where they will join Chef James Laird of Serenade for an intimate cooking demonstration and food and wine tasting.

The Taste is not only celebrating local purveyors, but also giving back to the community through a partnership with the Chatham United Methodist Church (CUMC), where the event will be supporting their Community Food Distribution by donating a portion of the proceeds to their program.

Monday, October 16, 2023

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Jack O’Lantern Experience

Ready for a spooktacular event this Fall? Get your little ghosts and goblins ready for the ultimate family-friendly, Halloween-themed entertainment destination. The Skylands Stadium is transformed with over 6,000+ Jack-O-Lanterns, for an original 45-minute walkthru spectacular. Sussex County’s Family Entertainment Destination is set ablaze with spectacular visuals, a thrilling Fall Festival & more! Perfect for families, date nights, and lovers of Halloween spirit.

Seasonal food, drinks and snacks include roasted S’mores on the fire pit, hot apple cider, cocoa and coffee, ice cream and other treats from vendors. There is pumpkin picking and painting, live music, over 30 craft beers, ciders, wine, seltzers and cocktails.

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Food, Music, Crafts, Games and More

October means Festivals—and the Florham Park PBA is kicking off the Fall Festival Season with a familyfun Florham Park PBA Food Truck Festival.

Enjoy the fun that includes 14+ food vendors, live music from Naughty Humphrey and Grand Theft Audio NJ. There will be crafts, vendors, games, and activities for kids and adults. And of course, there will be a bar with adult beverages that will be served by friends and family members of the Florham Park Police.

Friday, October 8, 2023

Florham Park Corporate Park, 184 Park Ave., Florham Park Food and music fest-only admission will be $6 for everyone over 5 years old.

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New Providence Street Fair

The New Providence Street Fair is returning to downtown New Providence this season. Held in the main thoroughfare of the borough, this fantastic event promises to be a day of fun for the entire family.

Enjoy a day of original and interesting arts and crafts, artists, crafters,vendors, food, rides, live music, DJ, performances, and more! Children will have fun activities, such as face painting and storytelling. Food vendors will sell refreshments and delicious food throughout the day.

Sunday, October 29, 11am-5pm, rain or shine

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The Minutes Play

Aplay be Tracy Letts, directed by Gordon Weiner, The Minutes, is a scathing new comedy about small-town politics and real-world power, from the author of August:Osage County, exposes the ugliness behind some of our most closely-held American narratives while asking each of us what we would do to keep from becoming history’s losers.

October 13-18

The Summit Playhouse

10 New England Avenue, Summit | 908-273-2192

The New Providence Garden Club Meets


October 16, 6:30-8:30pm

The speaker is Jeff Sperling, a New Providence resident who will discuss the use of square foot gardening, companion planting, trap crops, pollination and pest control.


November 20 6:30-8:30pm

Jackie Haggerty will display her talent for beautiful flower arranging, just in time for the holidays.  Completed pieces will be raffled off.

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METC to Host

Speakeasy Cabaret Club Annual Fundraiser

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (METC) will host its annual benefit dinner. Taking youback to a bygone era, this mysterious and sophisticated evening at their Speakeasy Cabaret Club will include great food, signature cocktails, and a night filled featuring music by the Jerry Vezza Jazz Trio. The METC is thrilled to announce that Nancy Solomon of WNYC Radio will be the guest speaker. A New Jersey resident since 2001, Nancy is a senior reporter and the founding managing editor of New Jersey Public Radio, covering all topics in New Jersey. The museum will also be honoring two of their long-serving Trustees, Thomas H. Judd and Rodger Herrigel. The community is invited to celebrate with them as they raise funds to provide essential educational programming for students in New Jersey as well as help us preserve our historic building. Funding support for METC’s educational scholarship program will be raised through a silent auction, wine pull, and their special “Windows of Opportunity.” Similar to a Giving Tree, “Windows of Opportunity” allows guests to choose a level of support for their programs for schools, senior adult facilities, and organizations that serve people living with disabilities.

Thursday, October 5

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Oktoberfest 2023

Join the Arboretum as they put the ‘PUB’ in Public Garden. The Arboretum will be transformed into a beer garden withall you can eat and drink, lawn games and live music! Sponsored by Peerless Beverage Company, this seasonal fete will feature premium autumnal ales, and Bavarian-style bratwurst, pretzels and side-dishes provided by Barth’s Market known for their old-world German dishes. Doppelgänger, a 5-piece German band featuring an accordion, clarinet, tuba, guitar, drums, and vocals will set the mood for this fun afternoon in the garden. Oktoberfest attire is highly encouraged!

Oktoberfest 2023 is a fundraiser for the Arboretum. Admission includes bottomless beer and German fare. You must be 21 or older to attend. Reservations are recommended since attendance will be limited. Sign up early and don’t miss out!

Saturday, October 21, 2-6pm

Reeves Reed Arboretum 165 Hobart Avenue, Summit | 908-273-8787


Mount St. Dominic Academy Starts the School Year Off With Book Club Discussions

MMount St. Dominic Academy, a four-year private Catholic college preparatory school for girls in grades 9-12, located in Caldwell, ended the first day of school on a high note with Book Club discussions about the books they chose for summer reading. The groups comprised faculty and students in all grades. There were 14 fiction and non-fiction books to choose from, with the goals of discovering new ideas, developing perspectives, expanding empathy, and of course –having fun!

Director of School and College Counseling Linda Grancagnolo, who led a discussion group, said “It was a perfect way to discuss summer reading. The informal setting allowed the students to really share their thoughts.”

The fiction books ran the gamut from American-Born Chinese, by Gene Yang (graphic novel); The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo (Narrative Verse); Honor, by Thrity Umrigar; Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Saenz; and Lessons in Chemistry, by Bonnie Garmus; to The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri.

The non-fiction choices included Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendi; From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her Island, by Lorna Goodison; Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson (Narrative Verse); Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah; Macbeth in Harlem: Black Theater in America from the beginning to Raisin in the Sun, by Clifford Mason; America Is in the Heart, by Carlos Bulosan; I Was Their American Dream, by Malaka Gharib (a graphic novel); and Crying in H Mart: A Memoir, by Michelle Zauner.

The Book Club was the brainchild of Principal Laura Hollenbaugh who planned to use the time as a community building and ice-breaking exercise. It was also an opportunity for students across grade levels and faculty who might not regularly interact with one another to get to know each other.

“This was an opportunity for us to build community through conversation, meeting in small groups to explore the experiences and identities presented in the books we’d selected. These discussions gave students and adults alike the opportunity to contribute their unique perspectives and interpretations of texts, and to further develop our appreciation of and commitment to diversity and inclusion. Allowing for choice in the process resulted in meaningful participation and lively discussion!” said Principal Hollenbaugh.

The conversations, some led by faculty and others by senior students, were lively and at times serious. However, one thing was for sure – everyone needed more than an hour to unpack their thoughts. Luckily, all students will get the chance to do so in the coming weeks as they perform critical thinking exercises and analysis on their books of choice during upcoming classes.

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Spend a Fall Day at a Local Farm

Fall is a fabulous season for families to spend quality time enjoying the scenic outdoors on Alstede Farms. Their selection of fall activities offers something for everyone. Every year they grow a giant themed corn maze. As you traverse the maze, you will have points along the way where you will learn interesting facts about the theme. For those true challenge seekers, enjoy the Harvest Moon Hayride event where you can journey your way through the maze at night by flashlight. Daytime access to the corn maze is included with your pick your own admission ticket.

Throughout October, Fairfield Farms offers fun activities for kids of all ages. Activities include hayrides, pumpkin picking, a corn maze, a goat family, Big Bale Mountain, a rope maze, The Rolling Tube Ride, Pumpkin Slingshot (hit a target and win a pumpkin), and this year– a new Spooky Trail. Fairfield Farms also offers a wide variety of snacks, fresh Jersey apples, cider, and more. And if you are looking for great Halloween items to use to decorate your home.


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Enjoy more than 35 family fun outdoor activities including hayrides, an Alien Invasion themed corn maze, farm animals, live entertainment, and so many fun activities for the entire family. Plus, don’t miss the 100’s of photo spots along the way!

They also have 12 carnival rides, apple cannon shots, paintball range, gem mining, wine tasting, food vendors, kettle corn, their famous apple cider donuts, amazing selection of pumpkins, gourds, mums and much more! Enjoy live entertainment with the Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show followed by Pig Racing.

Delight in picking your own pumpkin, enjoy live entertainment, sip fresh pressed cider, all while creating the perfect family memories. Savor their seasonal flavors, enjoy apple cider donut ice cream, pumpkin ice cream and other seasonal favorites at their ice cream window. Visit and feed their friendly farm animals, enjoy children’s activities like pony rides, bouncy house, or wagon train rides, live music on weekends, wine and hard cider tasting by Tomasello, and more.


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Pick your own pumpkins with thousands of pumpkins available in all shapes, sizes and colors at Conklin Farm U-Pick.

Regular and haunted hayrides and haunted corn maze on the weekends. Win a 100+ pound pumpkin in the slingshot game.

Visit their barn store painted pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, jams, orchard apples, and more. Corn stalks, beautiful mums, and straw bales are also on site to decorate your home. Homemade donuts, pies, hot cider and candy apples in the snack shack.


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Hillview Farms has been home to 53-acres of locally grown goodness for almost 150 years. Family-owned and operated, they have farm fresh fruits and vegetables, apple and pumpkin picking on the weekends. Stop in to the General Store and pickup today’s produce, fresh eggs and honey and feel good about the quality of your food.


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Pumpkin picking is a fall favorite at Ort Farm. Take a hayride pulled by a big John Deere tractor down to the patch to look for the perfect pumpkin! They have over 5-acres of apples and many varieties including fan favorites like Gala and Honey Crisp.

Their 5-acre corn maze is also included in fall admission- get lost with family and friends! They also have a large selection of other all farm activities open on during pumpkin season including monster truck rides, pony rides, apple cannon, kids play area, farm animals and the beloved cow train.


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Fun Arts, Crafts, and Music Festival

This fall, bring your family, friends, and lawn chairs, and come out and enjoy the first Florham Park Education Foundation (FPEF) Arts, Crafts and Music Festival. The free event will feature live musical performances from Sellwood Studio of Performing Arts, Tom and the Moms, and Laurie Vega and the Soul Experience. In addition, various arts and crafts vendors, community organizations, children’s activities, and food trucks will be located on and around the municipal center lawn for a day of community, fun, and shopping.

The event is designed to bring residents of Florham Park and surrounding communities together to celebrate the arts, transcending age, culture, and time, while highlighting and celebrating the talents of local students and community. The festival will serve as a fundraising opportunity for the Florham Park Education Foundation to support the foundation’s teacher/ school grants and community care programs in the Florham Park school district.

Saturday, October 21, 10am- 3pm

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“Beautiful hair is just the beginning,” avow Cindi Galiher and Kathy Korab, owners of Glaze Salon. In five years, they’ve built a viable, full-service salon that provides top hairstyling, coloring, and the latest hair treatments.

The owners are ecstatic about celebrating their five-year milestone. “Through hard work and perseverance, we survived Covid,” explains Galiher. The salon opened in September 2018. While enjoying its initial growth, the mandated Covid lockdown was enacted in March 2020. Always focused on customer care, clients could pick up Emergency Hair Color Kits matched to their color to keep the gray at bay during the initial lockdown. Glaze underwent a renovation in 2019 with the needs of clients and staff in mind. A dedicated hair coloring station and a room specifically for Brazilian blowouts exist.

“A trip to Glaze is a whole experience,” says Galiher. The goal is for clients to decompress and enjoy. Think ambiance. Clients can enjoy a cappuccino from the coffee bar and, on Saturdays, a mimosa. Glaze carries a selection of jewelry, such as Little Words Project ®, scarves, and diffusers by Antica Farmacista and LAFCO New York, for clients who need a gift or a treat for themselves.

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Look and Feel Your Best With a Visit to Glaze Salon

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Popular among clients, notes Galiher, are Balayage, a freehand coloring technique in which color is painted directly onto sections of hair, and Ombré, a more dramatic color effect where hair is split into contrasting color sections and gradually blended. Additional services include highlights, lash extensions, eyelash tinting, manicures and waxing.

To maintain that just-styled look, stylists suggest a regimen based on their client’s hair’s condition, texture, and color. Glaze is a leading purveyor of premier shampoos, conditioners, and hair care products. Product lines include Oribe, Enjoy, Wow & Leaf and Flower.

Galiher, who worked in the cosmetics industry for more than 20 years, partnered with Korab, an expert stylist, to create Glaze. Galiher serves as the business manager, and Korab is the head stylist. Many of their stylists have more than 20 years of experience. “These professionals know all the ins and outs,” says Galiher. “They keep current on the latest trends and products by attending classes.” They also do repair work. “We work with clients who have had a haircut or color elsewhere and are not pleased with the results.”

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Glaze caters to women, men, and children. They offer full-service hair, makeup, and nails to bridal parties. Galiher and Korab want clients’ experiences at the salon to be memorable and to make sure clients look and feel their best.


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Realtor Regularly Gets Over Asking Price for Sellers

With almost 20 years under her belt, Fern Felsenheld is a successful seasoned realtor, whose clients’ homes have consistently sold over asking price for almost four years. She provides excellent client service, which has led to an almost 100% referral-based business. She is a multi-year winner for NJ Magazine, Top Realtors of NJ. Only 2% of realtors receive this award.

Fern is a compassionate and empathetic realtor who goes above and beyond for every client. She also makes the buying and selling experience as easy and stressfree as possible. She uses a proprietary step-by-step process, and employs stellar photo and video services to consistently get sellers over-asking price.


Ellen Gonik

Realtor-Associate® Coldwell Banker

Ellen has built her business on the principle of making her clients feel welcome and supported in her neighborhood. Ellen’s clients become friends and her friends become clients. Licensed since 2008, Ellen’s quick rise to the top of her field in just three years is testament to both her drive and stellar reputation among clients and colleagues alike.

Having immigrated to the U.S. with her family when she was 11 years old, Ellen knows a thing or two about adapting to new situations and connecting with people of all nationalities. Ellen applies her life experiences, along with her well-known sense of humor, toward diffusing tension and making the real estate journey seamless, stress-free and enjoyable for her clients.

Ellen’s achievements include being top 1% of all Coldwell Banker® agents worldwide; #1 Agent in Livingston for total sales 2010-present; top 100 most influential agents in NJ; Platinum Circle of Excellence; Zillow® 5-Star Premier Agent; and a Seniors Real Estate Specialist.

Ellen Gonik

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Fern recently joined Compass Realty in Short Hills because of their cutting-edge and targeted marketing capabilities, and unique program that fronts sellers money to make improvements to their homes.

“In this market, newer-looking properties are selling faster,” she says, “and by helping sellers afford improvements, we are helping them get top-dollar.”

Fern Felsenheld

Compass Realty

1200 Morris Township, Short Hills 973.454.9248

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Jill Birnberg has been successfully listing and selling homes in Essex, Morris, Union, and Somerset counties for 30+ years, and is a consistently top ranked Realtor. Known for her integrity and marketing expertise, she specializes in the Luxury Market –and is a Designated Resort and Second Home Property Specialist. “Empty Nester” clientele look to her for solutions in curating their next move. Jill’s specialty includes selling shore destinations such as Margate, NJ, and she has an extensive referral network in Florida and beyond.

A true full-time Realtor, Jill works at Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, Short Hills where

she offers a boutique level of service, and never hands off clients during the transaction process. “I am grateful for all of the referrals I receive – it says a lot when clients send their friends, family members, and colleagues to you.”

Jill is a consummate professional who guarantees complete confidentiality. She is a patient, sensitive, and empathetic listener with the uncanny ability to match buyers and sellers with ease. An expert negotiator, Jill creates winning bids in this competitive marketplace for her buyers, and yields topdollar for sellers with her strategic pricing and staging expertise. Known for her finesse to keep deals together – Jill is a top notch realtor for the high-end buyer and seller.

Jill Marder Birnberg, Realtor

Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

555 Millburn Avenue, Short Hills

973-723-9888 (C) / 973-376-8188 (O)


Donna Mattina, ABR, SRES, who has been a Realtor with Coldwell Banker, in Madison, for 25 years enjoys working with buyers and sellers from each end of the spectrum and has a vast knowledge of the local market. She works with buyers and sellers every step of the way and says, “It is a process from the day the listing is signed to the day the listing closes and beyond. It is my responsibility to keep the client aware of all the happenings every step of the way. Communication is very important.”


The seasoned Realtor says she treats all clients like family. “Once I have the Client/Agent relationship they become family and are treated like family throughout the entire process, whether it is a $200,000 listing/sale or a $2,000,000 listing/sale.” According to Donna, the market is beginning to stabilize, and it’s taking a little longer to sell. She recommends that buyers and sellers listen to and have trust in the real estate professional that they have chosen, and says to ask many questions, and become educated with the process and terms of the market they are faced with.”

Donna enjoys helping others in their home search and truly listening to their needs and situation, and enjoys accommodating their every concern. She says, “It makes me happy to help every buyer and seller reach their goal.”

Donna Mattina

49 Main Street, Madison cell: 973-214-2929 | office: 973-377-4444

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TED PAPOULAS When The Mundane Becomes Magical

Growing up as a kid in Garden City, Long Island, the son of a mother who was always making art, he was always encouraged to pursue the academics. And as such found himself at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute studying computer science. It was there that he started painting popular album covers on fellow students dorm room walls. After only one year, another direction called to Papoulas and he transferred to the Art School at the Pratt Institute. After completing his studies there, it wasn’t long until he had full schedule of free-lance illustration assignments and was ensconced in a life in Brooklyn. Combining computer savvy an entrepreneurial bent, and his artistic skills he started a series of digital consulting firms.

It was in 1998 that he began to paint in earnest, and began to exhibit. Dividing his time between a very busy digital consulting career, and his personal painting projects, with a wife and daughters in 2014 he moved from Brooklyn to Montclair where he manages to also find time for music, and for using his large collection of stereo photography equipment.

In his painting Fifth Avenue, a 30x40 inch gouache under acrylic painting on canvas, we immediately feel like we’re crossing this busy thoroughfare and are engulfed by the relentless traffic. It’s impossible not to sense that you are immediately transported into Manhattan and in this little moment, you are somehow in the middle of a very big moment when looking at this work.

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Coffee Shop, 7.5”x10” gouache under acrylic on illustration board painting

Fifth Avenue, 30”x40” gouache under acrylic painting on canvas

In Coffee Shop, a 7.5x10 inch gouache under acrylic on illustration board painting, Papoulas has captured the hubbub of Dizzy’s, his favorite Brooklyn coffee shop. Every detail in this painting is perfect and we find ourselves temporarily engulfed in this world, with a Jones for a regular and a buttered roll to go.

Look at Still Life With Ketchup, a 6x6 inch gouache under acrylic on wood panel. In this tiny microcosm of diner life, once again Papoulas has drawn our eyes to the mundane, and made it anything but. His on-going love with Brooklyn coffee shops calls us to celebrate the ordinary. The quality of his paintings is such that in the portrait of Papoulas accompanying this article a similar painting of different condiments on his desk appears at first glance to be, the real thing.

In his paintings he reminds up to stop and look at our surroundings, oft times the things we miss, or take for granted in our busy days, and at at the same time once again, takes us on a journey to someplace we’ve been in our own lives and in that process perhaps we remember those forgotten moments. See more of his remarkable work on his website.

Still Life With Ketchup

, 6”x6” gouache under acrylic on wood panel
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Dorothy Goldberg wanted to bring clients’ visions to life more than 50 years ago when she established Creative Wallcoverings and Interiors.

Her daughter, Rachel Kapner, joined the company when she was in her early twenties, eager to learn the ropes and continue the company’s mission. Today, Rachel is President of CWI Design, and the company has ten employees, wellversed in every aspect of interior design.

CWI Design is a full-service home design company that creates inspiring and inviting spaces. With a vast array of products and services, from custom-made drapes to artwork to wallpapering and furniture accents, CWI Design is with the project from inception to finish. Rachel and her design team complete each project with love. “I often live vicariously through my clients. If my clients love the colors or designs, I love it too,” she says. Relationships with clients and their families are paramount. Three generations of families have enjoyed the artistic endeavors of CWI Design.

Rachel is well-known for her ceiling designs. In many homes, she explains, “The ceiling is often the forgotten wall.” Most people typically leave the wall white or plain. However, a beautiful and unique ceiling can add depth and dimension to the room. “Adding a pattern or texture wallcovering, painting the ceiling in a contrast color, or even adding wood trim design can transform the room and add the feeling of additional height,” she says.

While she recalls her many ceiling designs fondly, one has left an indelible mark. Inspired by a plaster mold design from a European capital, she custom-designed a geometric wood pattern laid out and scaled to size, finishing it with paint to make the design stand out even more.

CWI Design supports several community events. One event is Mansion in May, which highlights their design work in a specific mansion. Also, CWI Design will

sponsor the Embrace Hope Gala on Friday, October 20, at 7pm. All proceeds will benefit the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation.

Rachel loves projects that allow her to be creative, especially those that present challenges. “I love projects that leave a mark on me,” she says.

Creative Wallcoverings and Interiors

560 Central Avenue, New Providence 908-665-7997

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How to Choose HARDWOOD FLOORS for Your Kitchen

Choosing the best hardwood floor for your kitchen involves considering both aesthetics and functionality. First, opt for hardwoods like oak, maple, or cherry, known for their durability and resistance to moisture. Engineered hardwoods are also a good choice due to their stability in varying humidity levels.

Consider the kitchen’s style when selecting the wood species and finish. Lighter woods like oak or maple create a timeless, airy look, while darker woods, such as walnut, add warmth and elegance. Matte or satin finishes are ideal for hiding wear and tear.

Ensure the hardwood’s thickness and quality meet your needs. Thicker planks withstand heavy foot traffic better, while higher-quality wood resists dents and scratches. Additionally, look for hardwoods with a high Janka hardness rating for enhanced durability.

Lastly, installation and maintenance should influence your decision. Prefinished hardwoods save time during installation, and a professional installation ensures longevity. Regular cleaning and periodic refinishing will help maintain the floor’s beauty.

By balancing style, durability, and maintenance considerations, you can


You Need a Home HVAC Maintenance Plan

Your heating and cooling system is one of the most critical investments in your home. It keeps you comfortable year-round. Yet, it can also be expensive to repair or replace if something goes wrong. That’s why it’s crucial to have an HVAC maintenance plan.

An HVAC maintenance plan is a contract with a qualified company, such as Air Group, that regularly inspects and cleans your system. Think of it as a yearly tuneup for your heating and cooling. They will check your system’s components, including the compressor, condenser, evaporator coil, and blower fan. They will also clean the air filter and coils and lubricate moving parts.

There are many benefits to having an HVAC maintenance plan. Here are a few:

PREVENT COSTLY BREAKDOWNS. Regular maintenance can identify and fix minor problems before they become major breakdowns. This can save you a lot of money in the long run.

EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR SYSTEM. Proper maintenance can help your HVAC system last longer. This means you will have to replace it less often, which can save you even more money.

IMPROVE ENERGY EFFICIENCY. A well-maintained HVAC system runs more efficiently, saving money on your energy bills.

select the perfect hardwood floor to complement your kitchen’s aesthetic and withstand the rigors of daily life.

If you’re looking to update your kitchen’s floor—or even your whole kitchen— Robinwood offers a comprehensive range of services to our clients to aide them in the creation of the most functional and aesthetically pleasing living space possible. Our one-on-one attention allows us to tailor your needs for the kitchen you have always dreamed of.

IMPROVE INDOOR AIR QUALITY. A clean HVAC system helps to filter the air in your home, removing dust, pollen, and other allergens. This can improve indoor air quality and make your home a healthier place to live.

If you don’t have an HVAC Maintenance plan, consider getting one with Air Group. It’s a small investment that can save you big money and headaches in the long run. It’s also a great way to protect your investment and keep your home comfortable year-round.

Air Group

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Why You May Need Flood Insurance Outside a Flood Zone

As climate patterns fluctuate due to global warming, areas previously thought safe may become susceptible to flooding. Over 20% of flood claims arise from properties outside highrisk zones, underscoring floods’ unpredictable nature. Regular homeowners’ insurance often excludes coverage for:

Storm Surge: Rising seawater levels caused by storms can impact homes miles inland.

Overflow of Inland or Tidal Waters: Overflow from rivers, lakes, or other water bodies won’t be covered.

Runoff and Mudflow: Heavy rains causing runoff or mudflows necessitate flood insurance, though mudslides aren’t covered.

Melting Snow: Rapid snowmelt can unexpectedly flood certain areas.

Blocked Storm Drainage Systems: Local flooding due to clogged drainage systems is another often-overlooked risk.

Flood insurance is commonly associated with properties situated in designated flood zones. However, considering it is vital even if you’re outside such an area, primarily because many water-related events that could damage your home may not be covered by your standard homeowner’s policy.

Residing outside a flood zone might seem like an invitation to skip flood insurance, but this could be a costly oversight. To safeguard your assets and enjoy peace of mind, consider integrating flood insurance into your protective measures. It’s a prudent investment in an ever-changing world. Rand,

Considering Adding Millwork Before Painting Rooms in Your House

The transformative power of millwork cannot be understated when refreshing the aesthetic of a home. Wilber’s Home Improvement, a leader in both millwork and painting, offers insights into why homeowners should consider integrating millwork prior to painting.

Precision Edges

Adding millwork first means subsequent paint jobs will showcase clean, crisp edges. It negates the inconvenience of painting a room only to retouch or redo sections post millwork installations.

Damage Prevention

The installation process of millwork can sometimes lead to minor wall damages. Addressing these imperfections prior to painting guarantees a seamless finish.

Color Coordination

With millwork in its rightful place, selecting the ideal paint hue becomes more intuitive. Especially in spaces where the millwork serves as a key decorative element, it’s pivotal to establish a harmonious relationship between trim and wall colors.


Sidestepping the needless repetition of painted areas due to later millwork installations is both time and moneysaving.

Enhanced Aesthetics

Millwork adds a touch of elegance and sophistication. Be it crown molding, wainscoting, or custom cabinetry, these elements elevate the room’s ambience instantly.

Increased Home Value

High-quality millwork can boost a property’s market value. It provides both functional and decorative benefits that prospective buyers find appealing.


Millwork offers homeowners the chance to customize their spaces. From modern to traditional designs, there’s a style to reflect every individual’s taste.

Wilber’s Home Improvements

2087 Millburn Avenue, Maplewood 973-762-6333

Feuer & Klein
Passaic Avenue, Ste 308, Fairfield
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Should You Consider PLANTATION SHUTTERS for Your Home?

LIVING BEAUTIFULLY… Extend Your Home Outdoors!

Plantation shutters, with their classic aesthetic, functional benefits, and inherent safety features, are increasingly becoming the preferred choice for discerning homeowners. If you’re contemplating a window treatment upgrade, here’s why plantation shutters deserve your consideration.

Energy Efficiency

Their snug fit and insulative properties can effectively regulate indoor temperatures, potentially cutting down on heating and cooling costs.

Do you dream of having a home that everyone loves to visit for outdoor parties and get-togethers? Among the most popular outdoor improvements are an outdoor kitchen and dining area, outdoor bars, fireplaces or firepits all incorporated into one beautiful landscape. …and while we’re at it, let’s include a large screen TV, and music system made for outdoor use.

Privacy and Light Control

Beautiful landscaping and outdoor spaces can extend your season well into the fall with outdoor living area that let designed to spend time outdoors without exposure to harsh weather elements. On a chilly evening, what’s more inviting than an outdoor fireplace or dramatic firepit?

Aesthetics and Versatility

These shutters exude timeless beauty suitable for both modern and traditional interiors. Their customizable wide louvers ensure they fit seamlessly into any decor.

The adjustable louvers offer nuanced control over light entry, allowing homeowners to achieve desired levels of privacy or sunlight.

Safety Features

Your outdoor pavilion and kitchen can be large or compact. Built-in grills, sinks, dishwashers, refrigerators, and freezers are all available so you can fully prepare a complete meal and never miss a moment of your party fun. Just about anything is possible… even an outdoor pizza oven! Imagine it’s a beautiful fall day and you want to watch a football game with your friends.… it’s all happening in your backyard!


Crafted from high-quality materials, be it wood or advanced polymers, they resist warping, cracking, and fading. This ensures lasting beauty and value.

Absence of dangling cords makes them child and pet-friendly, eliminating strangulation hazards. Their sturdy build provides an added security layer, while the closed shutters can shield against broken glass from flying debris during storms. Furthermore, their easy-to-clean design reduces allergen accumulation.

Increased Property Value

Beyond their immediate benefits, these shutters enhance your home’s resale value due to their universal appeal.

Fireplaces and firepits extend the time guests want to stay in your backyard to enjoy the sweet summer evening or invigorating fall air. A traditional fireplace adds warmth and comfort to your pavilion seating area where you chat or watch TV. An exciting firepit provides a fun gathering spot to toast marshmallows and tell spooky tales. —Jason

Window Works

Sponzilli Landscape Group

38 E. Northfield Road, Livingston 973-535-5860

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Enjoying Your Home Outdoors: FIRE PITS AND GAS HEATERS

The allure of outdoor living has grown remarkably over recent years, transforming simple backyards into delightful extensions of the home. At the heart of this transformation lies the magic of fire pits and gas heaters, offering not just warmth but an invitation to gather, converse, and make memories.

Fire pits encapsulate the primal appeal of open flames. Whether you’re roasting marshmallows, sharing stories, or simply staring into the mesmerizing dance of the flames, a fire pit adds a touch of camping spirit to your backyard. From rustic woodburning styles to modern propane designs, there’s a fire pit to match every aesthetic.

Gas heaters, on the other hand, bring instant warmth with a touch of sophistication. With a sleek design and consistent heat output, these heaters are perfect for those chilly nights when you want an elegant dinner al fresco or a cozy reading nook under the stars.

In essence, integrating fire pits or gas heaters into your outdoor space ensures that the joys of nature and comfort of home coalesce seamlessly. So, step out, light up, and revel in the beauty of your enhanced outdoor sanctuary.

Pelican Shops

2980 Route 10, Morris Plains 973-267-0964


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Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center Places Final Steel Beam for New Cancer Center Building

CCooperman Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC), an RWJBarnabas Health facility, raised the final steel beam on its freestanding Cancer Center, now under construction. Cancer survivors, oncology department staff, board members, and donors added their signatures to the steel beam during morning and evening ceremonies — leaving their permanent mark on the five-story, 137,000-squarefoot facility.

Scheduled for 2025 completion, the $225-million outpatient facility on CBMC’s Livingston campus will serve as the northern hub for the integrated oncology services offered by RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center is a regional leader in cancer care, and with the construction of this state-of-the-art facility, we are setting a new standard for top-quality care,” said Richard L. Davis, the hospital’s President and CEO. “With world-class amenities and a team that includes some of the top cancer specialists in the nation, the new Cancer Center will be a premier destination for patient-centered and research-driven cancer care in this region and beyond.”

“There is absolutely nothing more important to our community than having

best-in-class health care. The creation of a state-of-the-art cancer center here at CBMC represents one of the most significant events in this community and continues the ongoing growth and transformation of the Medical Center. Our vision of reimagining cancer care could not have occurred without the generosity and support of our many donors. We are grateful for their support and to everyone who has played a role in bringing this project to life,” said Bruce Schonbraun, Chair of the Board of Trustees at CBMC.

At the new Cancer Center, patients will have access to medical, surgical, and radiation oncology services under one roof, with amenities that include a wig and prosthetic studio, yoga classes, music therapy, and psychosocial support services. Private infusion rooms and short-term and extended-stay facilities will also be available.

“The Cancer Center at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center is part of an overall major investment by RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Cancer Institute to transform oncology services across the state including the construction of the Jack and Sheryl Morris Cancer Center, the state’s first freestanding cancer hospital,” said Steven K. Libutti, M.D., Director of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Senior Vice President, Oncology Services at RWJBarnabas Health.

The medical center’s partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey provides patients access to the most advanced treatment options, including clinical trials, CAR T-cell therapy, immunotherapy, and precision medicine. “This new Cancer Center will be synonymous with clinical excellence, collaboration, and a commitment to integrated care, delivered by world-class physicians and specialists,” said Michael Scoppetuolo, M.D., Medical Director of the Cancer Center at CBMC. “This is what the future of cancer care looks like in the Garden State and beyond. I’m honored to be a part of it.”

“Cancer treatment is getting more targeted and precise every year,” added Alison Grann, M.D., Chair of the hospital’s Department of Radiation Oncology and the Northern Region Director of Radiation Oncology, RWJBarnabas Health. “The Cancer Center will provide patients with the most advanced multidisciplinary, patient-centric cancer care available in one central location.”

More information about the new center is available online, at

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Exploring Its Benefits and Different Techniques

Meditation, deeply rooted in ancient traditions, has evolved with modern times. Today, digital aids like phone apps and videos make the practice more accessible than ever. These tools guide beginners, track progress, and offer diverse techniques to suit varied needs.

Scientific studies reveal meditation’s myriad benefits. It not only reduces stress and enhances concentration but also bolsters emotional well-being. From a neurological perspective, consistent meditators display increased thickness in brain regions linked to attention and sensory processing. Furthermore, there is diminished activity in the amygdala, a region of the brain primarily associated with emotional processes—the hub for stress and fear.

Meditation techniques vary widely. Mindfulness meditation teaches presence and observation of thoughts without judgment. Transcendental meditation involves mantra repetition to dive deep within. Guided visualization prompts a mental journey, while progressive relaxation focuses on physical awareness through muscle tension and relaxation.

Whether you’re using age-old methods or digital aids, the essence remains. The transformative potential of meditation is vast, impacting both the mind and body. As science delves deeper, it echoes ancient wisdom: in stillness, we find profound insight.

BOOSTING MENTAL AGILITY: The New Workout for Your Mind

In today’s fast-paced world, mental agility—the ability to think quickly, adapt, and respond to various situations— has become just as important as physical strength. Like muscles, our cognitive faculties require regular exercise to stay sharp and agile. Fortunately, boosting mental agility isn’t limited to intellectual elites; with simple practices, anyone can enhance their cognitive prowess.

One proven method is engaging in regular brain exercises. Activities like puzzles, crosswords, and strategy games can stretch our cognitive boundaries, encouraging the brain to forge new connections. Continuous learning, whether picking up a new

language or mastering a musical instrument, also enriches neural networks and promotes adaptability.

Physical exercise, surprisingly, also enhances mental flexibility. Cardiovascular workouts, in particular, boost blood flow to the brain, nourishing it with oxygen and essential nutrients. This not only supports brain health but also enhances cognitive functions.

In an age where change is the only constant, mental agility offers a competitive edge, enabling us to navigate life’s unpredictabilities with grace and resilience. Now is the time to prioritize cognitive fitness in our daily routines.

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The Benefits of UNPLUGGING

In our hyper-connected digital age, people are increasingly feeling the strain of screen addiction. Hours fly by as we scroll through feeds, answer emails, and play endless games. The consequences are not just limited to tired eyes; studies have shown that excessive screen time can lead to insomnia, reduced productivity, and heightened stress. This has birthed the movement of “digital detox”— a conscious effort to reduce and manage screen time.

The benefits of unplugging are manifold. A digital detox can help restore sleep patterns, improve mental clarity, and foster deeper personal connections. Without the constant buzz of notifications, one can re-engage with the present moment and relish the beauty of the physical world.

Looking to embark on a digital detox? Here are some tips to get started:

Schedule Screen-Free Time:

Designate certain hours of the day, like the first hour after waking and the hour before bed, as screen-free.

Physical Activities:

Take up a hobby or sport that demands your physical presence.

Use Technology Wisely:

Install apps that track and limit your screen time or remind you to take breaks.

Unsubscribe and Unfollow:

Declutter your digital space by removing unnecessary emails and social media content.

Offline Connections:

Prioritize face-to-face interactions, rediscovering the joy of conversation without distractions.

A balanced digital life enhances our overall wellbeing, giving us time to focus on what truly matters. Embrace the detox and recharge your mind and soul.

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BOOSTING MENTAL AGILITY: The New Workout for Your Mind

In today’s fast-paced world, mental agility—the ability to think quickly, adapt, and respond to various situations— has become just as important as physical strength. Like muscles, our cognitive faculties require regular exercise to stay sharp and agile. Fortunately, boosting mental agility isn’t limited to intellectual elites; with simple practices, anyone can enhance their cognitive prowess.

One proven method is engaging in regular brain exercises. Activities like puzzles, crosswords, and strategy games can stretch our cognitive boundaries, encouraging the brain to forge new connections. Continuous learning, whether picking up a new

language or mastering a musical instrument, also enriches neural networks and promotes adaptability.

Physical exercise, surprisingly, also enhances mental flexibility. Cardiovascular workouts, in particular, boost blood flow to the brain, nourishing it with oxygen and essential nutrients. This not only supports brain health but also enhances cognitive functions.

In an age where change is the only constant, mental agility offers a competitive edge, enabling us to navigate life’s unpredictabilities with grace and resilience. Now is the time to prioritize cognitive fitness in our daily routines.

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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


China Chalet

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

Traditional Sichuan cuisine

Lucco Cucina + Bar

Mezza Mediterranean

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.

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.

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

277 Eisenhower Pkwy, Livingston 973-992-9300 |

Mediterranean Fusion Cuisine

Nana’s Deli

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



Common Lot

27 Main Street, Millburn | 973-467-0494

A BYOB destination offering New American dishes.

Ms. Lin Chinese Cuisine

59 Main St, Millburn | 973-912-8838

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

It is recommend that you call in advance as reservations may be required.
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Moe’s Bistro and Bar 535 Central Ave, New Providence 908-840-4540

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

Coppola Ristorante & Pizzeria

590 Central Ave, New Providence 908-665-0266

Offering pizzas & formal Italian dishes


Boxcar Bar & Grill

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

Bar fare

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.


Trattoria Biagio

239 Main Avenue, Stirling | 908-350-8064

Authentic Italian cuisine

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

Traditional Greek fare


Due 36

50 Maple St, Summit | 908-608-0222

Authentic Argentinian/Italian tapas restaurant

La Pastaria

327 Springfield Ave, Summit | 908-522-9088

Italian cusine

Natale’s Summit Bakery

185 Broad St, Summit | 908-277-2074

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


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LLast Sunday my family and I drove up to the Tamerlaine Sanctuary and Preserve (141 Clove Road, Montague NJ). The sanctuary is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and care of abused, neglected, and otherwise discarded farmed animals. I was so impressed with the tour and impact it had on my family I decided to sit down and speak to Peter Nussbaum who is the co-founder of the sanctuary to let people know about this amazing place and also get a glimpse of the magic that he’s brought to so many lives.

Barry Farber: How did all this get started?

Peter Nussbaum: My wife and I had a tremendous interest in animal rights and caring for animals but our caring for animals consisted of cats and dogs. Then one day my wife convinced me that it would be a good idea to adopt two roosters, and we quickly realized that they were no different than our dogs and cats. They became part of our family, So, two roosters became five roosters, 15 chickens became 100 chickens, and before you know it, we became a rescue farm, taking in not only chickens but all sorts of farmed animals from abuse, abandonment, and neglect. That was back in 2013 when we started.

BF: What inspired me as I took the tour of your sanctuary is that it wasn’t just the amazing interactions between the people and the animals but the stories you told that connected the whole sanctuary to me. Could you please tell me a story our readers would appreciate?

PN: One of our 250 animals is a large breed industrial size pig who weighs 800 pounds. His name is Pecan. He came to

us from Rutgers University back in 2016. He was part of an agricultural school program where they teach students how to raise livestock. An agricultural student thought of pigs as bacon, pork chops and ham. She was assigned to care for pecan, to raise him, and feed him. Then she was horrified when she found out that the pigs from the program eventually get shipped off and become bacon, pork chops and ham. She reached out to us and asked us if we could take Pecan and we said yes. She was relieved but the school was unwilling to let Pecan come to us. So, what she and her friends and family did is they went to the livestock auction. They found out when Pecan was being shipped off. They went and made sure they were the highest bidder. When she saw Pecan in the middle of all the other pigs,she yelled his name and he came pushing through the crowd and came right up to her and she said, don’t worry you’re coming home with these people and she pointed to my wife. Then they brought

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 www.barryfarber. com. Follow him @barryfarberofficial.

Pecan back to us in 2016. We have tons of stories like that. Pecan is our largest pig. Spends his days foraging, sunbathing and getting belly rubs.

BF: Tell me about the intelligence of pigs.

PN: Pigs are known for decorating their houses. If there are flowers on a pigs pasture the pigs will very often pick the flowers and bring them into their house. They’re immaculate animals. The one farm animal that would never in a million years go to the bathroom where they sleep.

BF: Your profession is an attorney specializing in trademarks and intellectual property and now you have this amazing accomplishment giving back to the animals and also the people who visit the sanctuary. What is your definition of success today?

PN: I often tell people that the Tamerlaine Sanctuary and Preserve is the stupidest thing I’ve ever done financially but by far the best thing I have ever done. I’ve never been happier or more resolved to the fact that I’m doing something that matters and giving people an opportunity to connect with the animals. Thousands of these people come through and some of them are meeting these animals for the first time.

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