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FACE TO FACE M E D I C A L S PA Dr. Paul M. Figlia

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TABLE of CONTENTS NOVEMBER 2023 8 In the Vicinity 10. Local Heroes 10 New Providence Resident Strives to Spread Alzheimer’s Awareness 11 Short Hills Resident is Making a Difference Through Organ and Tissue Donation Advocacy

12 Celebrate the 10th Annual Light Show & Christmas Village

20 COVER STORY Freshen, Fortify and Flourish at Face To Face Medical Spa

Making Each Space Come Alive

17 Morris County Interior Design Firm Offers Residential and Commercial Design Services 18 Art in the Vicinity Reality & Abstraction— The Art of Sarah Canfield

24 Signs Your Pet Has Dental Issues 25 How to Choose Pets Based on Your Lifestyle 27 Local Gift Guide

28 Enriching Non-Sports Extracurricular Activities 29 Hudson Way Immersion 29 Sharron Miller’s Academy of the Performing Arts 29 Winston Preparatory School 30 Tips to Help Children Learn a Foreign Language 31 New Jersey Ballet School Announces Summer 2024 Intensive Program

32 Health and Wellbeing 32 Discovering Your Dharma 33 Dieci Now Offers a New Technique for Styling Curly Hair 34 Eye Care is Important for Those with Diabetes 35 Discover Healing with EMDR Therapy

36 Dining Guide 38 Diamond Minds On the Cover: Dr. Paul M. Figlia, Photo by Dan Epstein

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Pictured here, from left to right, are the Smolyn family luminary fundraiser volunteers: Michael McCann, Alissa Freedman, Chris Queripel, Anthony Cusimano, and Patrick Smolyn. Not pictured: Blakely McCann, Steven Smolyn and Jennifer Wang.

T Summit Teen has a Love of Volunteering


Jagger Cohen, a senior at Summit High School, loves volunteering so much that she gave up being the coxswain on her school’s crew team to have more time to volunteer. She began volunteering during her freshman year, with thepowerofblue. org, which gives teens a place to get involved in their community, create awareness, and connect with teens from all over the world. She is now head of the NJ Chapter. In addition, she volunteers for Giving and Receiving Assistance for our Community’s Essentials (GRACE), and at Imagine, a center for coping with loss, for children, young adults, and families dealing with the death of a parent, sibling, or child. Imagine provides free peer grief support year-round for as long as needed. She says she enjoys connecting with the kids at Imagine, and being part of their journey. In addition, she is a member of the English Language Learners (ELL) club at school.

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Light up the Holidays with Luminaries!

The Smolyn family of Summit is selling luminaries for the holiday season for $2.50 each. “It is a beautiful sight to see the luminaries line curbs and walkways all around town for the holidays,” says Colleen McKenna (Smolyn), whose family has been selling luminaries as a fundraiser for Red Door Community, formerly Gilda’s Club, since 2003. Red Door Community provides free cancer support for cancer patients and their families. They chose to support Red Door in Colleen’s brother John McKenna’s memory because Red Door was so helpful to him during his cancer diagnosis at 40. Light up the Holidays with Luminaries is run solely by volunteers—with 100% of the proceeds going to Red Door Community. “A special thank you to our volunteers and Imperial Dade, Dreyer’s Lumber, and Candle Artisans for their yearly donations,” says Coleen. To order by Dec. 15, go to, or call 908-723-8207.

Jewish Federation is Offering Its Highest-Ever Grants to New Campers


One Happy Camper NJ (OHCNJ), a division of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, is providing up to $1,500 per child, (increased from $1,000 in previous years), toward tuition at more than 160 overnight camps across North America including traditional camps, specialty camps, and teen tours. Eligible new campers must apply by December 31, 2023 to receive this added bonus. OHCNJ also provides free, personalized guidance to find the right camp. OHCNJ has provided over $1 million in camp grants and scholarships to Morris County families over the past 10 years. “Jewish camp offers a life-changing experience of new friends, excellent activities, building independence, and connecting with Judaism, with a special sense of community and spirit at a time when it’s more important than ever,” shares OHCNJ Director Tracy Levine, of Millburn. Visit for details and free camp guidance.

Chatham Resident Collects Costumes for the Needy


In coordination with Weichert Realtors in Chatham, Jodi Frohnapfel, a fourth grade teacher and an agent at Weichert, ran a collection drive in October to collect new and gently used Halloween costumes for NJ Cares, which provides the costumes to needy children. When she registered with the charitable organization, she learned that they had 7,600 requests for costumes. She says she got a pit in her stomach when she realized how many people needed help. “It feels great to help others. We take for granted how fortunate we are,” states Jodi, who says that the drive was successful and she hopes to run it again next year.

Short Hills Resident Publishes 4th Book


Lee Kelly has published her 4th novel, called With Regrets, which was published by Crooked Lane. She says it is a domestic survival thriller with nuances about a town like Short Hills, which is where she resides. Essentially, the story is about a group of friends gathering for dinner and then a cataclysmic event hits. “It’s like The Real Housewives face an apocalypse,” she says, of the plot, which is described as being a thriller with dark secrets and betrayals. She also likens the story to recent hit films – Big Little Lies and Birdbox. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Lee was an entertainment lawyer, who only wrote at night. However, while she was out of the office for maternity leave eight years ago, she started writing and hasn’t stopped since. This book, along with her other three books, is available anywhere books are sold.


Group Knits for Friendship and a Cause

For 23 years, Arlene Kaplan, of Long Hill Township, has been knitting with the Gates Avenue Knitters, a group that started meeting in homes on Gates Avenue until the group became too big and moved to the Long Hill Township Library in 2000. The weekly attendance is between 15 to 25 knitters, with the same core members still active. Annually, they knit approximately 400 hats that are distributed to local food pantries and soup kitchens. The hats are also sold in the library from Nov. 1 until the end of Feb., for $10 each, to raise funds for library programs. Last year, the library sold 110 hats, raising $1100. The group is displaying their knitting projects in the library showcases in November. Arlene loves the group and says they talk, knit, and share ideas. They also teach those interested in learning to knit and give out free yarn and needles. The Gates Avenue Knitters meet on Mondays, from 1-3pm, in the library. Beginners and experienced knitters are welcome. If you or someone you know in Essex/Morris County is doing something interesting, send an email to November 2023 | | 7


New Providence Resident Strives to Spread Alzheimer’s Awareness



Jim Madden, a former two-term New Providence councilman, is passionate about cycling and spreading Alzheimer’s awareness. During the pandemic, while looking for something to do for physical and mental exercise, he started cycling and hasn’t stopped since. Over the past two years, he has participated in Ride to EndALZ events all over the country and raised over $40,000 that has gone directly into funding research for the Alzheimer’s Association. He has now been among the top five cycling event fundraisers in the country over the past two years.

I’M RIDING TO END ALZHEIMER’S AND MY HOPE IS TO INCREASE AWARENESS ABOUT ENDING ALZHEIMER’S IN OUR LIFETIME, – JIM MADDEN Two years ago, the Alzheimer’s Association asked Jim if he’d like to join the Nation’s Capital Ride Committee. “They had me at, ‘Hello,’” he says. This past year, he participated in two races. In May, he rode in his second End Alzheimer’s cycling event in Wimberley, Texas, where he came in 8th place in fundraising. This past May, he rode in Morven Park, Virginia where he came in second place for fundraising out of 300 participants. On May 4th, 2024, he will be cycling in the Nation’s Capital End Alzheimer’s cycling event. To support him, go to: While Jim was thrilled with his success at fundraising, he still wanted to do more. He reached out to Christopher Weber, Ph.D., director, Global Science Initiatives, who oversees efforts to advance the scientific agenda of the Alzheimer’s Association, 8 | Vicinity Magazine | November 2023

the world’s largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research, with more than $360 million currently invested in over 1,000 projects in 53 countries—to see how he could help. This led to Jim advocating to get bills passed in his legislative district, and asking the FDA to approve, and CMS to reconsider paying for two breakthrough drugs that will help reduce cognitive loss by 37% for people with the disease.

“My fraternity brother’s wife Jeanne Mancuso is fighting Alzheimer’s courageously. I ride for Jeanne and the parents of my fraternity brothers from Beta Theta Pi – Rutgers University that we will have better treatment options and preventative solutions. The Betas have really come front and center to support our efforts to End Alzheimer’s,” says Jim.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s is growing—and growing fast. More than 6 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s. An estimated 6.7 million Americans age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s in 2023. Seventythree percent are 75 or older. Knowing these statistics, and having friends with the disease, has given Jim a charge to push even harder for Alzheimer’s awareness and a cure.

Jim hopes to inspire people to support this cause by having them sponsor him in a race, run a sponsored one themselves, write to their assembly person, and/or get swabbed to enter a match program to see if they have a predisposition for Alzheimer’s. All of the data collected will help with research. “I’m riding to end Alzheimer’s and my hope is to increase awareness about ending Alzheimer’s in our lifetime,” he says.


Short Hills Resident is Making a Difference Through Organ and Tissue Donation Advocacy


Missy Schwartz Rodriguez of Short Hills, never thought she’d be running a transplant-related scholarship fund— let alone even talking about the liver transplant she had when she was just 10 years old. Yet, here she is at almost 50 years old, running Missy’s Miracle Scholarship Fund, a Family Fund supported by the New Jersey Sharing Network. The Fund was created almost 10 years ago in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Missy’s liver transplant. Following Missy’s passion and experience as a college counselor, Missy’s fund directly supports college scholarships to high school students whose lives have been impacted by organ and tissue donation. This scholarship is available in every high school in New Jersey. She says that when she had a liver transplant, it was experimental surgery, and wasn’t something that was talked about. She wasn’t sick; one day, she just woke up and suddenly needed a transplant. Missy had a few complications over the years but kept her condition private, only telling her closest friends and family out of necessity. Today, she feels no stigma in talking about her organ transplant. In fact, she feels it is important to tell people her story. Missy founded the Missy’s Miracle Club at Millburn High School, where the students hold fundraisers for Missy’s scholarship fund. Missy understands the importance of supporting other charitable causes by organizing collections for hurricane victims of Ida and Maria, providing baked goods for first responders during the Covid-19 pandemic, and currently donating funds to support Israeli troops. Next month there will be a fundraiser at Indiana University where ZBT and AEPHI will combine to spread awareness about organ donation and transplantation. Missy also has won multiple gold medals as a tennis player at the Transplant Games of America as a member of Team Liberty. Missy’s Miracle’s latest achievement is an invitation to ride on the Donate Life float on Jan. 1st, in the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California. Missy says she strives to be a role model for people on the transplant list, showing them there is hope; and that she does the same for donor families, showing them how valuable their gift is, as it enables recipients to go on to live healthy active lives—and give back. “I’m so proud of the work I am doing, and I’m thrilled to know that I am making a difference in people’s lives through organ and tissue donation advocacy,” says Missy.

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Celebrate the 10th Annual

Light Show & Christmas Village


Start your holiday season at Skylands Stadium while they celebrate wonderland festivities at their 10th annual Christmas Light Show and Christmas Village! This dazzling winter extravaganza showcases a mile-long drive-thru course glittering with magical displays of light and a Christmas Village full of fun-filled activities, delicious treats, memory-making photo ops, and much more. “The holiday season is almost upon us, and there’s no better way to usher it in than through the Light Show and Christmas Village,” stated Skylands Stadium Vice President Mike Dorso. “This event has been capturing hearts for the last decade and it’s no wonder why – we’ve got all your favorite Christmas traditions under one roof! This year to commemorate 10 years of the Light Show, we are instituting a Christmas Tree Lane Charity. Begin your adventure by embarking on a one-mile journey through a radiant wonderland, aglow with over two million dazzling lights. As you drive, you’ll be captivated by a spectacular array of outdoor illumination, featuring everything from fully enclosed light tunnels and a majestic wreath arch to whimsical scenes

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of bears gracefully skating, dancing trees, an elf zipping along on a scooter, and many more. After this enchanting drive, visitors can then pull up to Skylands Stadium’s Christmas Village, where a treasure trove of additional holiday merriments awaits. This occasion offers an extensive array of holiday activities. Patrons can relish shopping experiences and enjoy cherished memories. There are lots of opportunities for families and friends to seize the moment for selfies and whimsical photographs alongside “Champ,” the towering eightfoot-tall polar bear. And last but certainly not least, visitors can take memorable photos with jolly ol’ Saint Nick. You can’t have a great event without some great food and beverages. Sweet tooth enthusiasts are invited to take a seat at the S’mores Station and toast marshmallows over a comfortably warm fire pit. For those looking for something heartier, there will be a tantalizing selection of hot food and beverages. Double S Smokehouse will be cooking up its fantastic barbeque, and reservations will be accepted. And if the need to feed is still there, visitors can stop by the Ice Cream Shop and Hot Chocolate

Bar and enjoy delicious ice cream and custom-made hot chocolate drinks. Kids can add finishing touches to their desserts including sprinkles, marshmallows, and other sweet bits and pieces. Meanwhile, the grownups can heat up their beverages with shots of Irish cream, Sambuca, and other liquors. The Light Show & Christmas Village is running on select dates and times from November 22 - December 30—open rain, snow, or shine. Tickets for the Light Show cost $29 per carload and both admission to the Christmas Village and parking are free. VIP Tickets are $79 per carload – both admission to the Christmas Village and parking are free – The VIP bonus allows patrons Light Show entrance any one day for any one time slot for that day as well as 2 light-up novelty toys. All Tickets are being sold in increments of 15 minutes and MUST be purchased online at – printed and mobile tickets are accepted.

Skylands Stadium 94 Championship Place, Augusta, NJ 07822 | 973-383-7644 www.Skylands Stadium


Fall 2023 Museum Night: Camille Claudel and August Rodin

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he public is invited to come and join Larissa Bailiff, art historian and longtime lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art, this November, as she explores the dynamic and dramatic relationship between Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin as they forged new directions in modern sculpture. The free presentation is part of the semi-annual Museum Night Program sponsored by Friends of the Millburn Library.

Tuesday, November 14, 7pm Millburn Free Public Library Auditorium 200 Glen Avenue, Millburn | 973-376-1006

38th Annual Giralda Farms Run for a Cause to Be Fun for All!


egistration for the 38th Giralda Farms Run is open. There will be a 5K, 10K, Combo 10K and 5K Race, and a Kids Fun Run. This classic race in and around the beautiful Giralda Farms Corporate Park, will raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Coastal and Northern New Jersey (BBBSCNNJ), which makes a positive difference in the lives of local children through professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships with adult volunteers. The mentoring programs provided by BBBSCNNJ empower youth to achieve their greatest potential as they grow to become confident, competent, and caring individuals.

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The historic estate will be decked out to kick off the holidays at this special fundraising event where Kathy Wessling, a longtime supporter of The Montclair Foundation/Van Vleck House and Gardens and other area nonprofits, will be this year’s Little Palms Softbe Play a mobile Soft honoree. It will a issparkling evening of dinner and cocktails, company that brings safe notPlay to rental be missed! and colorfulNovember play areas to your Saturday, 18,home 6:30-10pm

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THE HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE AT VAN VLECK HOUSE The Montclair Foundation’s annual November fundraiser promises a bounty of gorgeous items to dazzle everyone on your holiday gift list. The Boutique is free to visit, and a portion of sales will help fund the upkeep of historic Van Vleck House and Gardens.

Friday, November 17, 9am–7pm; Saturday November 18, 9am–12pm

DECK THE HALLS – SILVER NIGHT FUNDRAISER The historic estate will be decked out to kick off the holidays at this special fundraising event where Kathy Wessling, a long-time supporter of The Montclair Foundation/Van Vleck House and Gardens and other area nonprofits, will be this year’s honoree. It will be a sparkling evening of dinner and cocktails, not to be missed!

Saturday, November 18, 6:30-10pm

SANTA VISITS VAN VLECK You better be on his nice list! Santa is returning to Van Vleck for holiday photos and fun activities at the House and Gardens.

Friday, December 1 through Sunday, December 3, 9am-4pm Van Vleck House and Gardens 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair

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For the 57th consecutive year, the Santa Claus Shop will open its doors to area families to provide complementary holiday shopping. The Shop serves more than 400 low-income families and senior citizens from Summit, New Providence, Berkeley Heights, and other local communities. This year’s Santa Claus Shop will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 587 Springfield Avenue in Summit. Families will be offered shopping hours by invitation only during the first week of December. The Santa Claus Shop is chaired by Summit residents, Michelle Kalmanson, Alison MacMillan, Katie Orr and Elizabeth Somerlot and co-chaired by Jen Adel, Amanda Darnowski, Jenny Groves and Corinne White. The Santa Claus Shop exists solely on donations and volunteers. With the monetary donations from area residents, local organizations and businesses, the Santa Claus Shop can purchase the gifts that allow less fortunate neighbors to experience the joy of holiday giving without financial burden.



To keep the holiday spirit alive for local residents in need, the Santa Claus Shop chairwomen ask for members of the community to consider giving. Checks can be made payable to SHIP, with Santa Claus Shop noted on the check’s memo line, and mailed to the Santa Claus Shop, P.O. Box 119, Summit, NJ 07902. To make an online donation is available at If you would like to find out more information or get involved, please visit our website or follow us on Facebook at Santa Claus Shop – Summit, NJ and Instagram – @santa_claus_shop_summit. November 2023 | | 13


Loved the Mean Girls Movie? Don’t Miss the Play!


Pebble Players Youth Theater in Summit is opening its season at the Oakes Center with Mean Girls High School Version. Don’t miss this fun show that will knock your pink socks off! It’s literally so fetch! Based on Tina Fey’s hit film, Mean Girls in 2004, the creators of this Broadway show didn’t miss a beat. You will be mesmerized by these charming but ruthless plastics, where a trio of lionized females who rule the school, take Cady, a girl who grew up on an African savanna under their wing. But don’t be fooled by the pink, if Cady thought living in the wild was dangerous, try the suburbs of Illinois! How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? Watch her devise a plan and learn the hard way, you can’t cross a queen bee without getting stung! Filled with a fun rock musical score, we dare you not to get up and dance in the aisles. Oh… and Don’t forget to wear pink! The show is recommended for people over age 10 due to some content.

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Don’t Miss The Great Gatsby at the Paper Mill Playhouse!


Based on the iconic novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, this story has fascinated and captivated readers since its publication in 1925. Set in the Roaring Twenties, eccentric millionaire Jay Gatsby (Jeremy Jordan) will stop at nothing in his tragic pursuit of Daisy Buchanan (Eva Noblezada), a wealthy young woman who he loved in his youth. Surrounded by characters with incredibly complex and nuanced inner lives, passions, and longings boil, and then erupt – spurring the unimaginable fates that befall them. The Great Gatsby features a book by Kait Kerrigan (The Mad Ones), a jazz- and pop-influenced original score by Tony Award nominees Jason Howland and Nathan Tysen (Paradise Square), and direction by Marc Bruni (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical). The production is choreographed by Dominique Kelley (Television: “Dancing with the Stars,” “The Masked Singer”). Music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations are by Mr. Howland. Daniel Edmonds (Shucked, Paradise Square) is the Music Director.

Runs through November 12. Paper Mill Playhouse 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn 973-376-4343 | SPECIAL EVENT: Q&A with the cast – November 11, 2023, after the 1:30pm matinee performance


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Making Each Space Come Alive



When Adrienne Rich established A&R Interiors in 1979, she chose an old movie theatre in an art deco building in Morris County. In this building, she highlighted her vision to create unique designs reflecting the personalities of her clients. Likewise, when her daughter, Allyson, joined the company in 2016, she, too, searched for an unusual space. She chose an old gas station in Denville built in 1906 to expand and continue her mother’s vision. Today, in its Denville location, A&R Interiors includes an expanded fabric showroom, furnishings, and other home décor. Allyson and her design team have extensive experience in all design aspects—from planning to selection to installation. The company remains steadfast to its original mission to personalize, individualize, and specialize each space.

To begin, the designer interviews the prospective client to determine their needs, then considers priorities, budget, and lifestyle. Based on the clients’ goals, the team provides a complete design concept including any necessary construction as well as layering in all additional furniture accessories, wall décor, lighting and window treatments needed to make a house a home. The next stage includes construction and painting while awaiting the arrival of merchandise. Wallcoverings, floorcovering, and window treatments are installed prior to the arrival of the furniture and finishing touches. “We make everything beautiful,” says Allyson, “but first it must be functional.” “Our real signature is that we don’t repeat designs in any residential or commercial properties. Each property is unique,” says Allyson. “We make each space come alive.”

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Morris County Interior Design Firm Offers Residential and Commercial Design Services


The interior design firm McNeilly and Associates has been providing commercial and residential design services for 30 years. Business owner Nancy McNeilly, ASID, established her interior design firm in 1993, following graduation from UCLA. Since that time, she has been retained by numerous medical facilities in New York and New Jersey, as well as commercial and residential clients. She has also won many design awards and competitions with the American Society of Interior Designers. Nancy loves what she does because every project is different. She also enjoys the relationships she develops with clients, and the completion of a job, photographing it, and the satisfaction it brings. “When the client is happy with the end result—I am thrilled!” she says. When hiring an interior designer, Nancy says, “It is important to look for a designer with experience and a rapport that the client feels comfortable with.”

McNeilly & Associates Nancy McNeilly 6 Avon Court, Chatham | 973-610-4802

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Reality & Abstraction

Into the Machine, mixed media, 36x46



“My imagery begins with still life photographs of electronics such as computer power supplies and circuit boards that I embed in ice. I then use combinations of painting and photography to create works in oil, soft pastel, mixed media and sculpture. Canfield adds, “Some of my artwork is created entirely in soft pastel on paper, and other pieces are a hybrid of oil and acrylic paint merged with elements from my digital collages and photographs that I transfer by hand to canvas or wood panels. Toggling back and forth between digital and analog techniques allows me to balance the unique, handmade qualities of painting with the innovations of digital media.” Her works takes you on a trip which is a once a high-tech vision and an abstract dreamscape. In her art you witness the roaring contrast of hyper-realism and pure abstraction. Describing her sculptures she says, “I stack layered, transparent images mounted to plexiglass that creates an illusion of deep space. The depth of these works speaks to how deeply embedded technology is in our lives and reflects my ongoing interest in the conflict between the technological, or manmade, and the organic quality of the natural world.”

Wired, pastel on paper, 42x30

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In her piece, Into The Machine, mixed media on canvas, the viewer sees random parts from the interior of a

Sarah Canfield Photo by Dan Epstein

computer frozen in ice, contrasted with abstract painting that almost feels like interior of our own bodies. We are so physically unlike the computers that we use daily, and yet, they are in their way, part of us. As we look at Wired, a soft pastel drawing on paper, we are again confronted with the contrast of computer pieces, frozen in ice. This time drawn entirely by the artist. And again, Canfield forces us to confront an ongoing contrast in our lives, and does so by capturing our attention with a pastel drawing that so beautiful, it defies us to look away. Finally in Neon Remix, a dimensional work wherein she has layered transparent images in sequence, and placed them in a box lighting them from behind so that the images are in different contrast to each other depending on what angle you view them from. It’s both a flat work, and a sculpture at the same time further echoing her message about extreme contrasts in our world. Regardless of the specific medium of any given piece of hers you’re looking at, it has a resounding and poignant message, and will capture your attention by it’s own sheer beauty. You may very well have never seen anything like the work of Sarah Canfield. And you definitely should. See more when you visit her website or instagram page at or Neon Remix, sculpture

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Freshen, Fortify and Flourish



In the world of cosmetic surgery, Dr. Paul Figlia stands as a beacon of transformation, guided by his profound belief in awakening each patient’s inner beauty with the utmost respect and indulgence. A luminary in the realm of plastic surgery, Dr. Figlia has been at the forefront of his field for over two decades. His latest venture, Face To Face Medical Spa, nestled within the prestigious Dieci Lifestyle Spa, reflects his unwavering commitment to excellence and patient well-being. Choosing Dieci Lifestyle Spa as the setting for Face To Face Medical Spa was a strategic move, driven by Dr. Figlia’s dedication to quality. “They are the premier lifestyle spa and best salon in New Jersey for the last 30 years,” he attests. This collaboration symbolizes a fusion of expertise and luxury, creating an unrivaled experience for patients seeking to rejuvenate and revitalize. Face To Face is all about freshening, fortifying, and flourishing. Dr. Figlia’s Medical Spa comprises antiaging treatments, cutting-edge laser technology, injectables, and top-tier skincare products – all meticulously designed to enhance and accentuate each patient’s natural allure. Face To Face offers Maintenance Programs which are highly recommended to ensure keeping your best “Face” forward. (continued on the next page)

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(Left-right) Carmen Santana, Evelyn Barreto, Dr. Paul Figlia, and Carolyn Shook



Freshen, Fortify and Flourish

Filler Before/After

Face Lift Before/After

Before/After procedure photos supplied by Dr. Figlia

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An innovative standout at Face To Face is the Motus AX laser system. Dr. Figlia is heralded as New Jersey’s pioneer in painless hair removal. The system’s secret weapon is its remarkable speed, combined with a specially designed cooling crystal that emits laser light with precision. For those desiring radiant skin, the Virtue RF micro-needling device is the go-to choice. This advanced system incorporates radio frequency technology to elevate your skin’s appearance, imparting a youthful glow. A non-surgical facelift can be accomplished with the aid of the Subnovii pen. This specialized Plasma technologic tool stimulates collagen production, resulting in firmer, more supple skin. Among Face To Face’s remarkable offerings is the PHYSIQ fat reduction system, a transformative technology that not only 22 | Vicinity Magazine | November 2023

eliminates fat but also builds muscle. The results are sculpted, well-defined contours and a revitalized sense of self. Hydrafacials, Dr. Figlia asserts, are a form of essential self-care. “It is more than just a luxury; it is a necessity.” In addition, the medical spa’s PRP, (Platelet Rich Plasma), facial rejuvenation stands out for its reliance on the body’s innate healing abilities. This procedure incorporates platelet rich plasma from the patient’s own blood, leading to increased collagen production, diminished fine lines and wrinkles, and tighter, firmer skin. Dr. Figlia’s dedication to patient care is unwavering. As a BoardCertified plastic surgeon, he personally oversees every aspect of Face To Face’s treatments, administering all dermal fillers and Botox® injections. He firmly believes that “patients receive the highest level of care when administered by a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon.”


Dr. Figlia’s commitment to enhancing patient well-being extends beyond the medical spa. He maintains a thriving surgical practice in West Orange, where he bridges the gap between non-surgical and surgical approaches to improving your appearance. His concierge services cater to the unique needs of cosmetic surgery patients, and emergent care, including those seeking pediatric care after accidents, an area where Dr. Figlia has earned renown. An attending physician at esteemed medical centers, including Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, Morristown Medical Center, and Overlook Medical Center, Dr. Figlia also serves as Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Hackensack Meridian Health-JFK University Medical Center. His numerous accolades include being named as Top Doc NJ, Top DoctorTop Plastic Surgeon, as well as the prestigious peer recognized Castle Connelly Award, a testament to his exceptional skills and reputation.

Dr. Figlia’s extensive training and experience are complemented by his innate aesthetic sense and boundless compassion. He and his dedicated team are readily available for consultations, ensuring that every patient’s unique needs are met.

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Signs Your Pet Has Dental Issues


Pets use body language and other cues to let their owners know how they are feeling. While certain actions, such as a vigorously wagging tail signaling that a dog is quite happy, are easy to read, it’s not always so easy to determine how a pet is feeling. Pet parents who are trying to provide the best care possible recognize that pets may make them aware of certain health issues. Diseases of the mouth may cause issues elsewhere in the body if left untreated. Fortunately for pet owners, dental issues are often easily recognized.

1. Visible Problems Take a peek inside of the pet’s mouth. Animal Wellness magazine says that if there’s a significant accumulation of tartar (yellow or brown patches on the tops of teeth along the gum line), or if the gums are inflamed and red, periodontal disease may be to blame. Traces of blood in the mouth also can indicate that there is a problem. Pets don’t always like their mouths touched, so if your pet is being difficult, have a vet conduct a comprehensive oral health and treatment appointment (COHAT).

2. Halitosis Bad breath is a strong indicator of a dental problem. Halitosis may stem from tooth decay and gum issues, as well as gastrointestinal problems. In either case, it’s best to address a pet’s bad breath with a veterinarian.

3. Refusing to Eat There are many reasons a pet may not want to eat, and a dental problem may be one of them. Painful teeth and gums can make eating challenging, so the animal may avoid food. Refusing to eat can lead to weight loss and malnutrition, so it’s best to nip this issue in the bud.

4. Less Grooming Cats spend around 10 to 15 percent of their days grooming. Dental pain can make grooming challenging. Therefore, if your cat is grooming less or looks unkempt, it may be due to dental problems. Great Vet says 85 percent of cats over the age of three have some form of dental disease.

5.Sensitive Mouth Your pet may yelp, bite or scratch if you touch around the mouth area when there is a dental problem at play. Drooling excessively or dropping food from the mouth also are signs that things are awry. Pets can experience periodontal disease and other dental conditions. Staying aware of signs of dental issues can keep pets healthy.

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How to Choose Pets Based on YOUR LIFESTYLE


Getting a pet can seem like a fabulous idea in the heat of the moment when puppy dog eyes are blinking back from behind the bars of a cage or when a cuddly hamster peeks out from his hiding spot and makes kids swoon. A careful consideration of lifestyle can ensure potential pet owners find an animal they’re fully capable of caring for. A pet who aligns with the household dynamic can increase the likelihood of a successful pet-owner relationship.

Consider time constraints. People can be honest about their schedules and how pets can fit in. A person who works many hours or travels often may not be able to have a high-maintenance pet. Animals that do not require much interaction, such as aquarium fish or reptiles, may be better fits.

Consider your interests. It can be beneficial to find a pet who aligns with one’s interests and hobbies, as this can make the connection even stronger. A person who likes to hike may benefit from a pet that can handle long periods traversing the great outdoors. Factor in budget. Pets can be expensive. Exotic pets, such as macaws, may have large expenses for specialty vet care and cages. If money is tight, a pet that has minimal expenses might be a smarter move. Assess your personal health.

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Art in your Backyard.

The Montclair Art Museum (MAM) offers a wide range of exhibitions, classes, and family events to foster creativity and inspiration. From world-class art exhibitions to hands-on art classes and family-friendly events, there is something for everyone at MAM. Consider becoming a member of MAM to support your community museum and receive additional benefits and discounts.

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Extracurricular Activities


A school experience goes beyond lessons learned in the classroom. Part of what helps shape well-rounded students are the skills they sharpen and memories they make while engaging in extracurricular activities. Extracurricular involvement shows that students can stick with activities for extended periods of time, indicates they have passions and interests, and illustrates that they can take initiative outside of their schoolwork.

THEATER: Students can participate in theater productions after school. It’s possible to get involved both in front of the curtain and behind with positions in the cast, crew and even promotional team.

ARTS ACTIVITIES: These can include painting, sketching, ceramics, jewelrymaking, and yarn work.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE CLUBS: Students may want to expand on their foreign language studies by participating in language clubs. Often these clubs include learning more about the cultures where specific languages are spoken, including exploring cusine and possible travel.

NEWSPAPER: Many schools still produce student-led newspapers in print or digital versions. Students handle all of the roles, from reporting, editing, photography, and managing the publication.

BAND OR CHORUS: Music instruction is ideal for those who want to explore a passion for singing or playing an instrument.

PHILANTHROPY: Like-minded students may want to participate in school-organized volunteer activities. These keep students busy, but also benefit recipients in many ways. Activities can include beach sweeps or volunteering at animal shelters. CODING AND PROGRAMMING: Students can learn the basics of writing code and building computer applications or websites. CULINARY ARTS: Some schools may be equipped with kitchen facilities and still offer elective courses in culinary arts, while others may reserve cooking classes to extracurricular activities. If a school does not have a culinary club, chances are students can find a cooking class offered through a private group.



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Tips to Help Children Learn a Foreign Language

The benefits of bilingualism are undeniable, but learning a foreign language can be challenging. However, that challenge could be less significant for youngsters. Though there are different theories regarding why children seem to learn languages more readily than adults, Dr. Eleonore Smalle of Tilburg University in the Netherlands indicates that adults tend to translate from their first language when trying to learn a new language. It’s important to note that researchers, including Dr. Smalle, feel that children may find it easier to learn a foreign language up to adolescence, at which time their conscious memory begins to develop more strongly. So, parents who want to help their children learn a foreign language have a relatively long window of time to get that ball rolling before kids could find it more challenging. Parents also can try some additional strategies to help kids learn a foreign language. 30 | Vicinity Magazine | November 2023

Bring lessons home from the classroom.

Read books in the language the child is learning.

Children learning a foreign language in school or with a private tutor can be encouraged to bring those lessons home and continue to develop those skills in a fun way. Play games in a foreign language at home on family game night. Young children just beginning foreign language lessons can be encouraged to count to 10 when playing hide-and-seek at home.

This could be tricky if parents are not bilingual. However, in that scenario, reading books to children in a foreign language provides a great way to reverse roles and let children teach their parents everything they’ve learned from their teachers or tutors. Keep stories simple and even seek recommendations from teachers or tutors.

Shop for groceries in a foreign language. When grocery shopping with children in tow, parents can point to foods around the store and ask kids to say each item in the foreign language they’re learning. Make a list before going to the store and reward kids who name all of the items on the list with a special treat at checkout.

The benefits of bilingualism are significant. Parents can try various strategies to ensure foreign language lessons learned in the classroom are reinforced at home.


New Jersey Ballet School Announces Summer Intensive Program


New Jersey Ballet School, the Official School of New Jersey Ballet Company announces its highly anticipated fiveweek Summer Intensive Program, taking place from June 24 to July 27, 2024. This prestigious program will be held under the artistic leadership of former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Maria Kowroski and is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of dancers. New Jersey Ballet School’s Summer Intensive is geared towards serious ballet students ages 12 to 18 who have a passion for dance and are ready to achieve a new level of artistic excellence. Students will train at the new state-of-the-art facility under a distinguished faculty that will include internationally renowned guest teachers. The program will support each technical level and provide the highest caliber of training in a nurturing artistic environment.

The dancers can expect to participate in a diverse selection of classes based on their age and technical level including: • Ballet Technique • Pointe • Repertoire • Pas de Deux • Variations • Contemporary • Musical Theater • Stretch & Strengthen • Stage Craft • Pilates & Body Code Maria Kowroski Dancers interested in participating in the audition process are encouraged to visit where New Jersey School of Ballet additional details and registration 7-9 Vreeland Rd, Florham Park information will be posted soon.


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Dieci Lifestyle Spa, which is always on the cutting-edge of new and trendy hair styles, is now offering the Rëzo cut that is perfect for people with curly and wavy hair. It is essentially a reverse haircut. Clients come in with clean, air-dried hair—the bigger, the better—and the stylist creates a haircut with longevity by looking at all of the client’s hair patterns and carving out a cut that can be worn curly, air-dried, diffused, and even straight. The stylist also educates clients on their hair texture, offering advice for maximizing their natural curls and products that will work best.

Stylist Eva Humber with Rëzo client

clients with curly hair,” says Eva. She did some research, and took a course to become Rëzo-certified in NYC. Eva is now excited to be offering this hairstyle and cut to her clients. In addition to haircuts, Dieci offers other services to enhance their clients’ curls, such as: curl steaming, clarifying, deep conditioning, and hair coloring— training their clients to embrace and love their curls!

Stylist Eva Humber, who has been cutting hair for over 18 years, says she had an aha moment one day after watching a young girl with curly hair have it blown straight. “She looked like she was so uncomfortable, and I thought, there has to be a better way to help

“At Dieci, our motto is to Love your Hair and celebrate your hair texture! Be open to the possibilities and let our trained staff help you achieve your hair goals!” says Eva.

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In the quest for mental wellness and the healing of traumatic memories, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy emerges as a transformative approach, and it’s a pivotal part of the therapeutic toolkit at the Discovery and Wellness Center. But what exactly is EMDR, and how can it usher in a new horizon of healing for individuals grappling with various psychological stresses? EMDR is an integrative psychotherapeutic approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. This innovative therapy is characterized by its standardized protocols that involve directing the patient’s eye movements while they recall distressing images or feelings, working through a multi-phase process to reach comprehensive treatment. However, EMDR therapy isn’t confined to trauma; its scope extends to a plethora of mental health conditions. Individuals suffering from panic disorders, anxiety, depression, and stress-

related issues have found solace and recovery through EMDR. It’s particularly renowned for its effectiveness in treating posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), helping patients process and integrate traumatic memories into their mental framework in a less distressing way. Moreover, it aids in the desensitization of current triggers that stem from past traumatic events. At the Discovery and Wellness Center, our certified therapists are well-versed in employing EMDR therapy to catalyze the healing process. By reprocessing past traumatic experiences, we help our clients unlock the door to a balanced and harmonious mental state, empowering them to rediscover tranquility and wellness in their lives.

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Mentors are all around us. It’s always a good idea to have a few wise advisors to run your ideas by that have the experience and expertise to recommend the best path for your situation. But sometimes you have to be very selective about who you choose to follow and where you look for answers. Here are two stories that remind us to look carefully and not to forget about our most powerful source of knowledge.

The Lonely Game of Follow the Follower Years ago, in a small store on Main Street, a shopkeeper placed a large grandfather clock in his front window. The next morning, he saw a man walk by, take out his pocket watch, adjust the watch, put it back in his pocket and walk away. Every single morning for the next four years, the shopkeeper observed this morning ritual. Then one morning the shopkeeper was out sweeping the sidewalk when the man passed by, took out his watch, adjusted it, and put it back in his pocket. “Excuse me,” said the shopkeeper, “but I’ve been watching you do this every morning for four years now. Can you tell me why?” “Certainly,” said the man. “I’m the foreman down at the mill. I blow the quitting whistle at five o’clock every day, and I want to be sure my people get out on time.” “You’re kidding,” said the shopkeeper. “I’ve been setting my grandfather clock to your five o’clock whistle all these years!” The shopkeeper and the mill foreman, like many of us in today’s society, were caught up in a game called “follow the follower.” Instead of conducting our own investigation or finding someone who truly has the qualities we wish to emulate, we take on the group mentality. We want to be ourselves, but we’re afraid to be “different.” There’s nothing inherently wrong with following. It’s one of the best ways to learn. High achievers are constantly studying other people and their methods of accomplishment. The difference is that they are very particular about the people they choose to learn from. They look for people whose values match their own and who have achieved excellence in their field. They surround themselves with models of success.

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Maybe You’re Looking in the Wrong Place A Hindu legend says that once upon the Earth all people were gods. However, they abused their powers. Brahma, who was the god of all gods, decided that the devine spirit should be taken away from mankind and hidden away where no one would ever find it and abuse it again. One of Brahma’s gods advised that it be hidden deep beneath the earth. Brahma said, no, man would eventually dig deep enough. Another god said they should sink it to the bottom of the ocean. “No,” said Brahma, “eventually man would learn to dive deep enough.” Another god suggested taking it up to the highest mountain top. “No,” said Brahma again, “for someday man will learn to climb to the highest peak.” The gods were now at a loss and had no more suggestions. “There is nowhere to hide it where man cannot find it,” they said. “Yes, there is,” said Brahma, “We will hide it deep within man himself. He will never think to look for it there.” And ever since then, man has been digging beneath the earth, diving into the ocean, and climbing the highest mountains, looking for what is hidden deep within himself. We can, and should, look to others for aid, advice, and encouragement. But in the end, we must look inside, for it is only there that we will find the spirit of the true achiever. Inside ourselves, in our thoughts, and our hearts, we hold the belief that we can achieve our greatest dreams. We only have to look deep enough.

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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