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About The Silverstrom Group

While the high-tech office of the family-run Silverstrom Group may speak for itself, the full-service practice takes the utmost pride in being what Dr. Gary Silverstrom describes as a “high-touch” team of well-trained, wellappointed specialists, started by his father, David, 45 years ago. “It’s not just one person’s opinion, it’s an entire team’s opinion—it’s 10 people coming together to develop the best possible plan for every single patient who walks through the door,” he says.

“It’s unique because we can accomplish things faster, with the finest material, and it’s all done in-house, so we can control the final product.” It’s a fine-tuned formula that Dr. Silverstrom also contends makes it much easier on the patient, overall, regardless of their smile objectives. “The goal is that we want to do the right thing for the patient - always. It’s a relationship, and we would much rather have a long-term relationship with a patient than just fix a tooth quickly.”

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Inside Essex

12 Chatham Resident Launches

Gen Platform to Empower Cancer Patients

13 Millburn Resident Helps

of Kids Afford & Attend Summer Camp

Fall on the Farm



Amazing Lash Studio Empowers Women to Look and Feel Great

Real Estate Professional Profiles

26 Eat. Sip. Share. Support

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27 Lear Fashion Design at House of Dezign

28 Tips from the Home Pros

32 Health and Wellness

32 The 10-3-2-1-0 Formula for Sleep Hygiene

33 Indoor Gardening for Fun, Health & Sustainable Living

34 Together We Rise During Breast Cancer Awareness. Month

35 Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center Breaks Ground on $225 Million Comprehensive Cancer Center on Livingston Campus

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Local Mom Creates Light-Up Handbags


Cignarella, of East Hanover, the founder and creative director of KIM CIG, has created an eye-catching acrylic handbag that lights up. The glowing handbags can also charge your phone! The purses, which are accented with electroplated hardware, have a modern and minimalistic look. Kimberly calls them wearable art. They come with a host of goodies: a port to charge the bag, a usb port to charge your own technology, an antibacterial privacy pouch, a microfiber cloth, a charger, a usb lightning cable, a travel box, and an authenticity card. The see-through handbags come in a variety of colors and patterns including clear, neon pink, neon green, black, and diamond. She has also created a light-up lip gloss to go inside the bags. “These bags provide the wearer with confidence because standing out is totally in,” says Kimberly. “They allow you to step into your spotlight and shine.” Visit for more information.

Millburn Teen Completes Air Force Pilot Training Familiarization Course


High School rising 10th grader, Elias Bikales, 15, has completed a Civil Air Patrol program, where he trained side-by-side with Air Force pilot trainees. The program, held this July at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi, is called Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Familiarization Course. It gives cadets a one-week taste of what Air Force pilot candidates learn over the course of a year. Elias, who is now referred to as Cadet Second Lieutenant because he moved up in rank to become a commissioned cadet officer during his more than three years of membership, trained with military flight simulators, pilot oxygen masks, spinning machines, and other high-tech equipment. Separately, Elias is working toward a glider pilot license, and hopes to begin learning to fly powered aircraft next year. He may use this summer’s training toward a career in aerospace engineering, civilian or military piloting or other fields with an aviation focus.

Summit First Aid Squad Celebrates 60th Anniversary

TheSummit Volunteer First Aid Squad is celebrating its 60th anniversary. The Squad responds to over 2,000 incidents a year, operating 24/7/365 for everything from July 4th celebrations to hurricanes and blizzards. Their staff responds to 911 calls at no cost to Summit or the patients. Fully funded through donations, all members are volunteers. Marking six decades of service, the Squad is focusing on outreach, educational programs, and member recruitment. “As the Squad begins its seventh decade, we are actively seeking new members to our winning team,” says Laura Benevento, Board Member and Training Lieutenant. If this is an opportunity you’d like to explore, check-it-out and let them know if you’re interested in a tour of the facility or a Ride-Along to experience what they do. “Neighbors helping neighbors” was the founding motto in 1962 and remains the same today… join the team! Your support is essential!

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

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Millburn Mom and Comedian Enjoys Making People

NaomiKazzi is an Australian full-time comedian, actor, and writer who recently moved to Millburn and started a career in comedy. She says that she enjoys making people laugh and infuses her experiences abroad, life in America, life with her family, and parenting into her comedy acts. “I love what I do because I can turn the most mundane experiences into something funny that makes people laugh,” she says. “The world can be a very stressful place and it is important to remember that laughter can be the best medicine. It brings us together and gives us what we need right now because of the isolation caused by the pandemic.” Naomi has performed stand-up comedy at the Broadway Club in NYC, Gotham Comedy Club in NYC, and the Comedy Cove in Springfield. To find out where she will be next, go to

The Connection to Celebrate its Centennial with a Gala

TheConnection, located at 79 Maple Street, in Summit, which was founded as the YWCA of Summit in support of women and families, with the mission of providing programming for the community, has officially begun its Centennial year celebration. It will be hosting a Centennial Gala on November 19 at Canoe Brook Country Club with a goal of raising awareness and funds to help ensure that The Connection remains accessible, regardless of individual economic circumstances. There will be many opportunities to participate through sponsorships, donations, and participation in a silent auction. Tickets will go on sale in early October. The season of celebration will culminate in a community-wide event on Dec.1, featuring author, speaker, and advocate, Heather McGhee, in a discussion of her book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. For details on all events, please visit

Fire Prevention Week’s 100th Anniverary

Thisyear’s Fire Prevention Week TM (FPW) October 9-15, 2022. This years FPW campaign, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escapeTM,” works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires.

“Today’s homes burn faster than ever. You may have as little as two minutes (or even less time) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy of The National Fire Prodection Association® (NFPA®).

• Make sure your plan meets the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.

• Smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every levelof your home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound.

• Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows open easily.

• Have an outside meeting place a safe distance from your home where everyone should meet.

• Practice your home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the household, including guests. Practice at least once during the day and at night.

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in your town by contacting your local Fire Department. For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and fire prevention in general, visit and

This is a photo of the Connection Gala Committee. Front row (L-R): Lauren Mozer, Theresa Lada, Whitney Goldberg, Caitlin Porpora (co-chair), Meghan Schorr (co-chair); Back row (L-R): Jackie Endriss, Nicole Loftus, Erin Lyons, Lauren Hersh, Maggie Chiarello, Rosanne Alessi, Bridget Renzulli, Tara Marshall. Note: Some of the members were not in attendance for the photo.
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Chatham Resident Launches Next Gen Platform to Empower Cancer Patients


Arin of Chatham is determined to help newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families achieve better treatment results. She says that when someone receives a diagnosis, they are completely overwhelmed by the volumes of complex information to sift through, it is hard to focus and understandably, they are scared. Most people don’t know what questions to ask their doctors or rely solely on their doctors.The unique benefits of the XpertPatient experience are threefold— visitors can learn about their specific cancer diagnosis using their preferred format (text, audio or video), they can compare their FDA-approved treatment options based upon their type and stage of cancer, and they can prepare a tailored discussion guide to prepare for upcoming doctor appointments.

Risa says her platform is “all about empowerment.” It has been purposely designed to enable newly diagnosed cancer patients and their caregivers to better collaborate with their doctors, an approach that Risa says “has been proven to achieve better treatment results.” She explains that this year, almost two million people in the US will be diagnosed with cancer—57,000 here in New Jersey, and that more than half of them won’t feel confident having treatment option conversations with their doctors. In addition, financial concerns plague the starting and staying

on treatment, while more than 80% of financial support made available by pharmaceutical companies isn’t used. “XpertPatient is on a mission to change that,” she says.

She says she wants to educate patients so they are better prepared to collaborate with their treatment teams. For the past year, she worked tirelessly with patients, doctors, nurses, and cancer advocates from all over the world to

curate the content and create a best-inclass experience on The platform is 100% patient focused, integrates leading-edge technologies including AI, with proven customer experience design (Cx) and adult learning strategies to ensure that diagnosis and treatment information is easy to understand and share.

“Unfortunately, today, everyone has a cancer story to tell,” says Risa, who is the founder and CEO of XpertPatient. “But with these stories comes knowledge to share and a desire to give back. At XpertPatient, we’re coupling those very real-life learnings with content from leading sources, providing each visitor with a personalized website experience so they become a confident, selfadvocate.”

“To explore the platform, go to and share widely,” says Risa. “With every share, you are likely empowering someone new to a cancer diagnosis.”

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Afford & Attend SUMMER CAMP

TracyLevine of Millburn is the director of One Happy Camper NJ at Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, which over the past 12 years has provided over $3.5 million in One Happy Camper grants and needbased Rocker Family scholarships to local youth, enabling them to attend summer camp. The focus of the program is on families with a Jewish background; however, all children are welcome at Jewish camps.

The sources of One Happy Camper funding include the Paula and Jerry Gottesman Greater MetroWest Jewish Camp Endowment of the Jewish Community Foundation, Federation’s UJA Annual Campaign, generous local donors, and funds raised through the annual fall fundraising event—which this year is called CAMPERTHON. The event consists of the 5th annual Tour de Summer Camps NJ bike ride, plus over


20 camp challenges including a Color Run, Ninja Challenge course, sports, arts and crafts, science activities, a daffodil service activity to honor the 1.5 million children that died during the Holocaust, and more. The public is invited to attend the event that will be held on October 23 at Camp Deeny Riback in Morris County. Information on the event can be found at The event is being hosted by 15 top camps supporting the local area.

“I am really pumped for the event,” says Tracy. “We love our bike ride that we do every year, and we are excited to have the public participate in CAMPERTHON and experience the fun that camp offers. There will be great energy, fun activities, and a joyous spirit at the event, which supports a wonderful cause. People will get a taste of camp in October.”

Tracy explains that in 2009, she made the shift from the corporate world to launch Federation’s One Happy Camper NJ program to help more kids attend camp. Since then, Tracy and her team have been meeting with families from Essex, Morris, Sussex, and Union Counties throughout the year to help them find the best day camps, sleepaway camps, and teen programs for their children to attend. She says, “Especially in the current world, the opportunity to connect in-person, disconnect from screens, enjoy new activities, and build independence is so important.”

“We truly believe there is a Jewish camp for every child, and we are here to help them find and afford it,” says Tracy. “I feel honored to do what I do as it impacts many lives in a truly transformative way.”

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Fall on the 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, from delightful harvest moon hayrides to night time corn maze fun. 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 until 9pm. Open from 6-10pm with last admission at 8:30pm.

Alstede Farms | 1 Chesterfield Drive, Chester |

Pick your own pumpkins with thousands 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 pumkins, gourds, Indian corn, jams, orchard apples, and more. Corn stalks, mums, and straw bales are also on site to decorate your home. Homemade donuts, pies, hot cider and candy apples in the Snack Shack. Open seven days a week.

Conklin Farm U-Pick 65 River Road, Montville (GPS address: 10 Vreeland Avenue)

Afifth generation family farm operating for over 100 years. It has pick-yourown-pumpkins and apples, gourds and Indian corn daily through Halloween.

Hayrides to the patch available on weekends. The “Tunnel to Towers” corn maze takes an average of 25 to 45 minutes. Corn cannon, farm animals and farm market.

Donaldson Farm

358 Allen Road, Hackettstown

Pick your own pumpkin patch through October. Morris County’s original corn maze welcomes guests for another year. Fresh wood pressed apple cider and baked goods made daily. Not to be missed their famous cider hot dogs, cider donuts and hot mulled cider.

Hacklebarney Farm Cider Mill 104 State Park Rd., Chester


is the best time to visit Fairfield Farms…they provide a fun Fall farm experience with many family-friendly activities. Hayrides, pumpkin picking, corn maze (child-friendly), Big Bale Mountain, rope maze, the Rolling Tube Ride, Pumpkin Slingshot (hit a target and win a pumpkin), and farm animals.

Their fall season begins the third weekend of September with all attractions open, Jersey Fresh produce, and great supplies of fall decorative items. Weekday hayrides for the public begin at 1pm and run until 6pm. Weekend hayrides begin at 9:30am and run until 6pm.

Fairfield Farms 177 Big Piece Rd., Fairfield

Nestled in the farmlands in beautiful Vernon, alongside the Appalachian Trail, the views, festival, and family fun experience is one not to missed. Ticket purchases include over 35 fun filled activities: corn maze, hayrides, carnival rides, farm animals, pig races, gem mining and more fun for kids like hay crawl, hay maze, corn boxes, obstacle course and baby chick barn. On Fridays, weekends, and holidays, enjoy even more activities and events including pig racing and the Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show. Also available on weekends for additional purchase is apple cannons, paintball range, wine tasting, carnival rides, pony rides, food vendors, and much more.

This year’s corn maze theme is “40th Anniversary” to celebrate 40 years in business! Don’t forget all the fall favorites including apple cider donuts, homemade kettle corn, fresh baked pies, fresh squeeze lemonade, candy applies, ice cream and more.

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Fall at Reeves Reed Arboretum

Celebrate Fall 2022

Games, crafts, music, and of course goats… these are just a few of the activities that are part of our eagerly anticipated Celebrate Fall Festival! With Halloween right around the corner, families can explore our Spooky Trail and enjoy the golden, autumn colors of our gardens, crisp weather, and some yummy treats from our market vendors.

This event will have three entry times (11am, 12pm and 1pm) and will only be able to accommodate walk-ins as space allows. This event is rain or shine.

Sunday October 16, 11am-3pm

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

Oktoberfest 2022

Join the Arboretum when they Put the ‘PUB’ in Public Garden that transforms the Arboretum into a beer garden for Oktoberfest 2022! Sponsored by Peerless Beverage Company, this seasonal fete will feature premium autumnal ales, and Bavarian-style bratwurst and pretzels 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, with special prizes for best costume!

Oktoberfest 2022 is a fundraiser for the Arboretum. Admission includes bottomless beer, bratwurst and pretzels. You must be 21 or older to attend. Reservations are recommended since attendance will be limited. Sign up and don’t miss out! No refunds will be given.

Saturday, October 22 from 1-5pm

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Pumpkin Patch & Halloween Train Rides

Join in the Halloween fun at the Whippany Railway Museum onboard

“The Pumpkin Patch Train”! The 10mile, 45-minute round trip from Whippany to Roseland and return is the perfect way to spend a Fall afternoon with the family. After each ride, children with vaild train tickets can go to the Pumpkin Patch and pick out a free kid-sized pumpkin and receive a pumpkin decorating kit while supplies last. Children of all ages are encouraged to come dressed in their Halloween costumes, where they can mingle with our goblins and ghosts, helping to make the train a spooky sight !

Sundays, October 2, 9 & 16, 2022 (Rain or Shine)

Train departures: 1, 2, 3 & 4 pm

Whippany Railway Museum 1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany 973-887-8177

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New Providence Street Fair

Held in the main thoroughfare of the borough, the fair promises a day of fun for the entire family and draws a crowd of OVER 5,000 people! The streets are filled with various exhibits, vendors, and activities. Children will have fun activities, such as face painting and storytelling. Food vendors will sell refreshments and delicious food throughout the day. Local residents and visitors come to enjoy the food and entertainment. Businesses can participate in this event by serving as a sponsor or a vendor.

Sunday, October 30,11am-5pm (rain or shine) Springfield Avenue, New Providence (between South St. and Livingston Ave.)


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Witches and Vampires: How the Dead Speak

AsHalloween rolls around, we pull out the plastic skeletons without thought to what they represent. Skeletons are ubiquitous with holiday décor, but most people don’t realize how much we learn about our past from human skeletal analysis. The study of human remains in their archaeological context, known as bioarchaeology, provides tantalizing insights into past lives, customs, and beliefs.

This Halloween METC, together with bioarcheologist Dr. Jill Rhodes, is taking the history conversation back over thousands of years to look at some of the more unusual lessons we can learn from the dead. How far back can we see the belief in zombies, witches, or vampires? How can we identify them in the archaeological record? What unusual rituals were employed to gain an advantage in combat, or to ensure a good harvest? At this event participants will gather and hear the stories of the dead.

Thursday, October 27, 7pm

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Wagner Farm Arboretum’s Brite Nites

The11th annual Wagner Farm Arboretum’s Halloween-themed “Brite Nites” event showcases an elaborate display of intricately and creatively handcarved and LED lighted pumpkin scenes. Updated displays and new installations planned for 2022 include a jungle walk-thru and a skeleton bike tour!

Photo Op spots will be available for children and adults, so children attending the walk-thru are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. Hot chocolate, water and a limited selection of snack food will be available for purchase.

Wagner Farm Arboretum is non-profit organization that seeks to enrich, educate and inspire the community by increasing environmental awareness and recreational opportunities. Their programs include: The Giving Garden Project, where produce is planted, cared for and harvested in our Giving Garden, Coddington Farm Garden, and Rutgers Cooperative Extension Farms in Pittstown, NJ and then donated to area food pantries to combat hunger; The WFA Community Garden; and The Children’s Garden.

October 13-15; 20-22; 27-19

Wagner Farm Arboretum 197 Mountain Avenue, Warren Township

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Amazing Lash Studios



Watley was a sports agent, single mom and marketing mentor for entrepreneurs, when she decided she wanted to open up a brick and mortar business. “I didn’t want to be the mentor that just says ‘Do as I say.’ I wanted it to be, “Do as I do,” she said.

So Elaina started thinking about what she loved. Her lashes. She valued the time she saved by getting her lashes styled each week.

For nine months, Elaina researched franchises and visited lash technicians across the globe until she found Amazing Lash Studio and bought her first franchise in Montclair. She quickly fell in love with not only the lash business, but also working with women. Her vision was to empower her female employees through spotlighting financial literacy.

Jannet Parra, now Elaina’s business partner, was one of the women working at Amazing Lash Studio in Montclair. The two women sat together and looked at Jannet’s finances, created budgets and plans and when Jannet had saved enough money, Elaina encouraged her to purchase the Florham Park franchise. The pair now own eight Amazing Lash Studio locations with four more on the way, and provide financial literacy programs for their employees.

“We really want our team to have a healthy relationship with money,” said Elaina.

They offer financial literacy trainings, host financial planning nights and use worksheets and technology to create budgets, set short term and long term goals and track tips. They open 401k plans and provide education on how to invest into them.

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Amazing Lash Studios Empowers Women to Look and Feel Great

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Elaina and Jannet also provide continuing education for their lash technicians, to ensure exceptional service to their customers. The Amazing Lash Studio’s techniques are trademarked and Elaina explained that a healthy application of lashes is important to not violate the integrity of the natural lash.

Amazing Lash Studio offers a variety of lash and brow services including lash extensions, lash lifting, brow shaping and waxing, brow lamination and facial waxing. The services are offered in a private suite for a relaxing spa-like atmosphere.

“What we do for our guests is enhance their natural look by focusing on their facial features and structure while always keeping their lifestyle in mind,” said Jannet. “Our services make them feel young and lively. This is where they gain the confidence to face the world with assurance.”

She said it is also fun to “mix it up” and try different styles to find the perfect one. For example, there are four different types of eyelash extensions.

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Elaina and Jannet say that their services help women save time because when their lashes and brows are done, there is no need to apply makeup, deal with runny mascara or use mechanical curlers. “We are all so busy these days, our services allow you to have the time for the things you want to do,” said Jannet.

“We supply a service that helps women feel beautiful, gives them time back on their schedule and provides self love,” said Elaina. “As women, we don’t take time for ourselves. Getting your lashes done is not a necessity, it’s a luxury service. But it’s also important to remind yourself that you’re important too.”

Amazing Lash Studio

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Ellen Gonik

Realtor-Associate® Coldwell Banker


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.


Jane Greene & Lauren Stone

The GreeneStone Real Estate Team is a Dream Team

Greene and Lauren Stone of The GreeneStone Real Estate Team understand home buying/selling can be stressful and emotional, which is why they go the extra mile to ensure the full experience goes smoothly. Their partnership is unique because they both foster relationships with their clients while remaining intimate with every detail of each transaction. Their clients benefit because they can always reach one of them and can rest assured, they are able to assist at any time. Together they have more than 40 years of real estate experience, and are consistently recognized as a Top Team internationally for Coldwell Banker finishing in the top 6% worldwide. Based in Livingston, they cover surrounding counties, and assist people relocating to and from the area.

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Donna Mattina

Fern Felsenheld

Your Real Estate Needs: From Start to Finish


Felsenheld knows that buying or selling a home is one of the most important financial transactions a person can make. A realtor in Northern New Jersey counties for more than 17 years, she knows residential and construction sales inside out.

Her unique background with 25 years in all facets of business marketing gives her the right skills to handle both the needs of buyers and sellers quickly and efficiently, with a written plan in a booklet to assist in the home buying or selling process from start to finish. Fern boasts a track record of selling listings within three to five days, often with multiple offers, and all recent home sales have received offers above the listed prices.

She maintains that the best way to choose a realtor is not by the number of houses sold by that realtor but rather by the comfort level and expertise they offer. “You want to trust and know your agent is with you through the entire process,” she says.

Keller Williams Suburban Realty

4245 Town Center Way, Livingston | 973-251-0100 973-454-9248 (cell) |

Realtor Donna Mattina is with Buyers and Sellers

Every Step of the Way


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.”

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


Eat. Sip. Share. Support.


Avenue Club in Florham Park is a unique dining and social club where members and their guests build relationships, enjoy meals and social activities, all while supporting local non-profit organizations. Far more than the typical private social club, Park Avenue Club has a mission to support 13 non-profits via its relationship with the Park Avenue Foundation. The Club truly stands for Dining with a Purpose.

Park Avenue Club offers an upscale dining experience for breakfast, lunch and dinner in two exquisite private dining settings—one informal and the other more upscale. Members enjoy the variety of culinary offerings with family, friends, colleagues and clients.

Among our member’s favorites is our Tuna Tartar featuring avocado, shallots, soy marinade, wasabi crème fraiche and bean curd.

Park Avenue Club

184 Park Avenue, Florham Park | 973-301-8233

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Learn Fashion Design at HOUSE of DEZIGN


of Dezign is a unique fashion design academy in New Jersey with beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes for children ages 6 through 12, teens 13 through 17, and adults. The fashion design courses are thoughtfully developed to nurture creativity and instill calm, focus, self-esteem, and a sense of accomplishment in each student.

Aside from classes which include hand sewing, machine sewing, digital design, embroidery, crocheting, knitting, and upcycling, the design school also offers “Sip & Sew” nights, and bachelorette and birthday party packages. Students learn to design, make mood boards, create wearable garments and accessories, tailor garments, make patterns, drape, and sketch.

Those looking to study design at college or professionally can create portfolios and collections. At House of Dezign, students also learn about the rich history, economic value, and cultural significance of fashion design. Classes are taught by experienced fashion design instructors using easy and clear terms to maintain interest.

The founder of and creative spirit behind House of Dezign, Roya Ranjbar, says, “I’m eager to share my passion for and extensive experience with fashion to inspire young, creative minds. My classes allow learners to explore and develop their ideas in a safe, nurturing, calm, and focused environment.”

House of Dezign

11B Roosevelt Ave., Chatham 973-908-3575

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Tips from the Home Pros

Prediction About Future Design That Will Surprise You

CWI.DESIGN president and principal designer Rachel Kapner has an uncanny knack for making predictions about the future of design. She even has a crystal ball. “It’s sort of a joke around my office,” she says, “so I did get one for my birthday.” So, when she gazes into it, what does Rachel see about the future of design?

New Designs Will Deserve Fresh Fabrics

This prediction has already come to pass in Rachel’s world, but it’s one you may see more designers embrace. “I don’t like to repeat fabrics,” Rachel explains. “If I use a fabric, I will not use it again, and that is definitely one of my sticking points.”

This impulse has occasionally stymied suppliers. “I’ve had sales reps who’ve come in, who have asked me, ‘Show me the fabric you use every day.’ And I say, ‘There isn’t one.’ And they look at me like I’m crazy.” But to Rachel, it’s smart. “Many of my clients know each other. I want each of their projects to reflect uniqueness, so that you could say: ‘Yes, I can see that Rachel did this—but not necessarily see the exact same thing.”

What unique fabric would Rachel love to use in an upcoming project? Ideally, she’d channel the influence of design icon Mario Buatta, the Prince of Chintz. “Instead of his true floral bouquet chintz: a different, more abstract version of it—but on the same ground cloth,” she explains. “You don’t see a lot of the same ground cloth that you did 30 years ago. People are starting to ask for it, and it’s just not out there.”

While she searches for fabric with his spirit, Rachel will hold tight to her memories of Mario. “I met him about a year or two before he passed away,” Rachel recalls. She’d seen him at talks and books signings, but their most memorable encounter was at a showhouse where Rachel was working. “He was sitting at a table. I went up and just sat and talked to him,” she remembers. “I was so excited that this was my idol, and I was able to meet him.”

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Don’t Replace Cabinets… ReFace Them

Cabinet refacing is a great option for homeowners who enjoy the layout of their kitchen but want to update the aesthetic without a total remodel. And for those selling their homes, this is a quick way to update a kitchen with a huge expense. Refacing cabinets include removing all doors and drawer fronts and replacing them with new custom doors and drawers with a style and finish chosen by the homeowner. A specialized installer should reface them with a pressure sensitive wood veneer, and install new soft close hinges, moldings and cabinet hardware.

When deciding to reface, the design process varies per project. When refacing ‘as is’ the process is simply choosing the door style, finish and hardware. If the refacing is more involved is can also include modifications, additional cabinetry or adding accessories.

Robinwood Kitchens

560 Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights | 908-665-5900

Old Decks Can Look New Again

Deck resurfacing can be an excellent way to spruce up an existing deck for a reasonable investment. Resurfacing can be a great fall/winter project because it can be finished in a short period of time. Deck resurfacing is the process of replacing the deck boards, railings and/or stairs on existing deck frame and foundation. There are a number of reasons someone might wish to resurface a deck.

• The deck isn’t that old but has not been well maintained so the surface boards are weather worn.

• The deck surface is fine but the railings or stairs are in disrepair or unsafe.

• You purchase an existing home but do not like the finish or materials used for the deck surface.

Be sure to have your deck fully inspected by a trusted professional to ensure deck resurfacing in the proper way to go.

Deck Guardian

Showroom: 216 US Highway 206, Unit 8 Hillsborough, NJ 08844 (908) 332-8616

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Tips from the Home Pros

Responsible Waste Disposal

The careful disposal of waste is critical to Champion Waste of Montclair. “Not only are we interested in eliminating clients’ waste materials, but also disposing of them responsibly,” states Louis Mauriello, Champion Waste & Recycling Services owner.

Shelter Your Trees for the Winter

Protect a small tree or shrub from extreme cold and the uneven temperatures of freezing and thawing by surrounding it with a cylinder of snow fencing or chicken wire. Fill the space between the tree and the fencing with straw or leaves for insulation.

To shield a dwarf or young evergreen from winter damage, drive stakes into the ground at four corners around the plant. Wrap burlap or heavy black plastic around the stakes and secure it at the top, bottom, and center with stout twine.

Joseph Mulroe Landscape Designers

973-865-6855 |

Prolong the Life of Patio Furniture

A furniture cover is designed to protect outdoor furniture from damage caused by rain, snow, hail, and even sunshine. Outdoor furniture comes in a wide range of materials, and some materials can be more easily damaged than others. Covering your patio furniture is extremely important for prolonging its life. Look for covers that are breathable and waterproof, as they will provide the most protection.

The best furniture covers not only protect from humidity, rain and snow, they also protect your furniture from damaging debris from high winds, as well as block out the sun’s UV rays, which are known to fade some types of materials.

Before covering your furniture for the season, it is a good idea to clean it first. In doing so, any dirt, residue, and water that could otherwise stain the furniture while it is covered will be removed.

Pelican Shops

2980 Rte. 10W, Morris Plains, NJ 973-267-0964

Many clients ask ‘What items are recyclable?’ Among the many things that Champion Waste recycles are appliances, metal items, eating utensils, bed frames, metal shelving units, apparatus and extension type cords, bathroom and kitchen fixtures, faucets and pipes, and old car and truck batteries. “People find it interesting that one of the first things we do when removing these items from their homes is to cut appliances and other cords. These items are highly recyclable,” states Mauriello.

A common myth is that paints are recyclable. Paint items are messy and need to be disposed of properly. Champion can make special arrangements to dispose of paints with lids firmly attached. “When we handle waste disposal properly,” states Mauriello, “our mission is fulfilled. We help the environment and pass savings created by recycling onto the consumer.”

Champion Waste and Recycling Services

PO Box 345, Montclair | 973-744-6766

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Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters Can Help Prevent Electrocution

A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet stops any electrical current “leakage” in its tracks before it has the chance to spark an electrical fire. They should be used in any area where water and electricity may come into contact.

When a GFCI senses current leakage in an electrical circuit, it assumes a ground fault has occurred. It then interrupts power fast enough to help prevent serious injury from electrical shock. Test GFCIs regularly according to the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure they are working properly.

GFCIs are very important when it comes to wet or damp areas like kitchens and bathrooms. This is because damp or wet areas are more prone to electrical shorts caused by water. Additionally, any areas that may be prone or exposed to rain or snow such as a garage or porch will also benefit highly from a GFCI outlet. If you live in an older home that could be prone to electrical oddities, GFCI outlets are a major asset for fire prevention and protection.

E&M O’Hara

144 Main Street, West Orange | 973-325-3626

How-To Choose a Sheen

Whether it’s satin or gloss, choosing a finish for your space is just as important as finding the right color.

Glossy finishes draw the eye—consider using gloss paint on the trim in a room that has otherwise been painted with a low-luster or flat paint. Also, consider using gloss finishes to help architectural features pop—such as entry doors or trim around ornate glasswork.

Satin and low-luster paints are warmer and provide a greater appearance of depth than flat paints. They also resist stains better than flat paints.

Flat paints, also known as matte paints are non-reflective, they tend to conceal surface blemishes better than paints with more sheen. They effectively “smooth” walls that are dented or rough. And, since flat finishes actually deflect attention from surfaces, flat paints are a great choice for ceilings or other surfaces you want to downplay.

Wilber’s Home Improvements

2087 Millburn Ave, Maplewood 973-762-6333

Sharp Knives—the Essential Kitchen Accessory

A knife’s purpose is to cut ingredients so that you can incorporate the right shapes and sizes for your dishes, but a dull knife edge can lead to trouble.

When executing different cuts, a wellmaintained blade will behave more predictably, and there is less chance to lose control and injure yourself. Sharp knives also cut with less need to apply pressure. A dull knife can make every cut a drawn-out struggle, a sharp knife can cut through ingredients quickly and efficiently.

Sharp knives also keep ingredients fresh looking. When using sharp knives they will do less damage to your ingredients than dull ones. This is because while they do cut more efficiently, that cut is more precise and thus damages fewer of the ingredients’ cells. Because a dull knife tears and crushes organic cells, it often forces out the ingredients’ natural juices and moisture. Less brute force with a sharp knife means less damage to the food.

Kitchen a la Mode

19 South Orange Avenue, South Orange | 973-821-5145

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Insomnia is caused by many things, stress, aging, a new baby, hormones, stimulants, shift work, jet lag and certain medications. It will visit most of us at some point in our lives.

There is a new formula for better sleep being promoted by Dr. Jess Andrade, a pediatrician from Massachusetts, that promises an easy way to remember how to prepare yourself for a better night’s sleep.

Formula for Sleep Hygiene

10 Hours Before Bed. No caffeine. A caffeinated beverage stays in your system for about 10 hours—that means eliminating coffee, tea, cola, even those squares of dark chocolate after dinner.

3 Hours Before Bed. Stop eating food and drinking alcohol. Alcohol can inhibit the sleep cycle and digesting a big meal can cause reflux problems.

2 Hours Before Bed. Put an end to office work. Put it way for the day and clear your mind. It will be waiting for you. It might help to write down what you plan to do tomorrow.

1 Hour Before Bed. Power down your phone and tablet, turn off the TV.

That leaves 0. The number of times you will hit the snooze button in the morning.

Dr. Andrade suggests this formula might not work for everyone. However, the suggestions are free, make sense and the combination might deliver the slumber you are searching for.



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Indoor Gardening for Fun, Health


Themove toward more sustainable living has gained traction in recent years with people looking to help the environment and their wallets. Gardening is a great hobby to support a more sustainable lifestyle. It’s fun, saves money on groceries, and helps you feel accomplished by eating something you grew. It also promotes healthy living, cooking at home, and eating more nutritious foods. When you grow your own food at home, you also know exactly what’s in it and how it was produced.

Gardening can be difficult, especially outdoor gardening, because there are so many variables. This includes climate changes, unpredictable weather, and plants getting eaten by wildlife or pests. Indoor gardening allows you to grow veggies year-round in the comfort of your home, with a greater likelihood of success because you control the environment. This is also beneficial for those with little or no outdoor space to incorporate nature into their daily lives. Herbs, leafy plants, and microgreens are the most common edible plants for indoor growing. They generally do well with shallow soil because they’re smaller and don’t need as much space inside. They also don’t need as much sun and are easier to grow if you’re just starting out.

Growing plants indoors is good for your health in other ways too. Plants remove carbon dioxide from the air and generate oxygen, making the air in your home cleaner. Exposure to nature and the accomplishment you feel from successfully starting a garden is also good for your mental health.

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National Breast Cancer Foundation is asking women to go all in this October, “screening, supporting and serving communities” nationwide, because “We are all in this together.”

Their website features a four-week course of actions you can take to become involved and help spread the word about screenings and support.

• Week one is dedicated to education and features educations resources on subjects like symptoms and nutrition.

• Empowerment is the theme of week two and offers downloads on “6 Things to Say when Someone Shares They Have Cancer” and a “How to Talk about Breast Cancer” e-book.

• NBCF asks you to take action in Week three by taking the Mammogram Pledge and encouraging someone

else to get screened. They suggest you share information about National Mammogram Day on October 21.

• Week four is all about Community. You can leave a word of encouragement on their Wall of Support, dance it out to their playlist on the 25th and donate to a patient as the week ends on Saturday.

The month end with Hope on October 31. They ask you to send a card to someone who deserves to be celebrated because as the National Breast Cancer Foundation video says “they are our mothers, our sisters, our daughters and our friends.

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Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

Breaks Ground on $225 Million Comprehensive Cancer Center on Livingston Campus


Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC), an RWJBarnabas Health facility, broke ground this week on a five-story, 137,000 square-foot cancer center on its Livingston Campus. The $225-million, freestanding outpatient facility, scheduled for 2025 completion, 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.

“The new Cancer Center at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center will be a regional destination for cancer care, building on the medical center’s longstanding legacy of clinical expertise and compassionate, patient-centered diagnosis and treatment,” said Richard L. Davis, the hospital’s President and CEO. “We are celebrating the dawn of a new era in world-class cancer care.”

In alignment with the theme of Reimagining Cancer Care, the new center will feature medical, surgical, and radiation oncology services under one roof—with holistic support services that include a wig and prosthetic studio, teaching kitchen and yoga, reiki, and music therapy. The facility will include private infusion rooms and a calming garden terrace. Other amenities will include short-term and extended-stay treatment spaces where patients can go for treatments that may prevent a visit to the Emergency Department.

“A cancer diagnosis is life-changing, and for many patients and their families, it is the beginning of a long and sometimes daunting journey,” said Michael Scoppetuolo, MD, Medical Director of the Cancer Center at CBMC. “To that end, I am

excited about the research and the top-quality patient care that will take place at this new center. We have an extraordinary medical staff and access to clinical trials and research which sets us apart from other institutions in the state and puts us at the leading edge.”

“This new building will provide the physical environment to match the clinical excellence of CBMC. This best-in-class, freestanding cancer center will provide the highest-quality science, treatment, and psychosocial services available, distinguishing it from other centers in the region,” said Alison Grann, MD, Chair of the hospital’s Department of Radiation Oncology.

Russell Langan, M.D., FACS, Chief of Surgical Oncology & Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, further emphasized the benefits of having one multidisciplinary location for patients to receive care. “When you have clinicians together under one roof to meet regularly and collaborate, along with integrated services, you are providing peace of mind, greater convenience, and a better experience for the patient. Moreover, the multi-team environment this cancer center will create will also result in better clinical outcomes.”

“For well over a century, this medical center has been committed to providing compassionate care, healthcare excellence, and superior service to our patients and their families,” said Mr. Davis. “As we expand our services with facilities like this one, we remain unwaveringly focused on that mission.”

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Restaurant Guide

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


Nagoya Sushi & Tiki Lounge

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

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

Proud Thai Cookery

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 that offers guests seasonal craft brews in addition to 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

Scalini Fedeli

63 Main Street, Chatham | 973-701-9200

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

Mitsuba Japanese Cuisine

237 Main St, Chatham | 973-635-3888 Traditional Japanese specialties and cuisine

Restaurant Serenade

6 Roosevelt Ave, Chatham | 973-701-0303

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


H2ocean Restaurant & Raw Bar

41 Ridgedale Avenue. Cedar Knolls 973-984-9594/ www., Restaurant & bar serving locally sourced seafood


China Chalet

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

Traditional Sichuan cuisine

Lucco Cucina + Bar

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

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


Ancona Bistro

645 Valley Road, Gillette | 908-647-5755

Northern Italian entrees and pastas.

Casa Maya

615 Meyersville Road, Gillette 908-580-0799

Family-friendly BYOB serving Sonoran-stule Mexican cuisine.



as in a mouthful, or big bite into the taste of ancient, traditional recipes and authentic flavors of the Southern Mediterranean Region in Italy.


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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.


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.


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.

Roots Steakhouse

401 Springfield Ave, Summit | 908-273-0027 Old-fashioned New York style Steakhouse— xpect delicious USDA aged prime beef sourced from the highest quality ranches in the mid-west.

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There are great benefits from being aware of the opportunities that lie within difficulties. Anytime we push ourselves into new territories or push our limits both physically and mentally, we will encounter obstacles, no’s, setbacks, and barriers. The real intelligence lies in understanding the incoming data by adjusting, learning and sometimes moving on.

Here are a few ways to deal with incoming obstacles effectively:

1. Strong belief system. Do you believe your idea or position has true value? That will go a long way when faced with objections and challenges. I’m approached by companies that want me to place their products and services into national accounts, or inventors that want me to market their inventions or athletes and entertainers that want me to help them breakthrough. If I don’t see a strong value in the offer it becomes very difficult to market. But when the added value is there it gives you the reasons to keep moving forward against the obstacles. Then tenacity and persistence are easier to enforce and have other benefits attached. People see that extra enthusiasm and effort as a positive energy, especially when backed by an attitude that you have faith behind your mission.

2. The counter is where the strategy lives. In martial arts there is a great advantage to not striking first. The greatest fighters can see an attack coming before the movement begins. The ability to step aside or move into the attack allows you to control their energy or use it against them. In business I’ve seen people try to force their ideas or products on to someone first and it can backfire. When people see someone more interested in their own gains than understanding the key needs and goals of the client then more objections surface.

By understanding not just your strengths but really tuning into the other persons goals it allows you to reduce the obstacles moving forward. I welcome the objections or adversity. I sometimes let them pass right by or address them head on. In martial arts there is a saying, “what’s hard dies, what is soft lives.” Stay flexible and learn how to blend with your opponent. When change comes your way keep an open mind and look for ways to take advantage of the situation by not being so rigid in your approach. When we get set in our ways that is what seems to get “in the way” of new opportunities.

3. Constant preparation and action builds confidence and clarity. Massive action combined with deep research on your strategy has a powerful effect. When you study your targets, goals or anything tied into your objectives it gives you a calming feeling and internal confidence that helps you stand strong against any incoming obstacles. The next time you take on a challenge that might seem overwhelming try to seek out people who have the experience to be a mentor. Then read everything you can about the situation. We have at our fingertips a world of resources on the internet from audio, video and reading materials. But just as powerful as the research and preparation can be, nothing takes the place of learning from our actions. The work will teach you how to do it. I can’t say it any simpler. My focus over the years with each project has been this… to learn from my actions and act from my learning. One without the other suffers, but together provide a powerful strategy to deal with any of those incoming obstacles.

Barry Farber is a best-selling author, an award winning radio and television host as well as an agent and marketing consultant for corporations, pro fessional 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

“We can remove all obstacles through quiet perseverance.”
— Chinese Proverb
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You don’t feel a lump, swelling or tenderness.

You still need a mammogram.


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Let’s beat breast cancer together.