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Millburn Teens Create Board Game


iya Tyagi, grade 10, and Tanish, grade 11, of Millburn, have created a board game for people ages five and above, called “Who Wants to Be a Billionaire,” which will soon be available on Amazon for purchase. They first launched it on Kickstarter and raised more than expected, which will help fund production of the game. To play the game, you start out as a Silicon Valley startup founder racing to reach a unicorn status of a $1 billion valuation. You begin hiring your Scrum Team and strategically acquiring technologies. With resources in place, you build products and drive user growth. Tanish says, “Words cannot describe how it feels to have taken this game from a drawing on paper to a fully manufactured game. I look forward to seeing where we go from here.” “I am so proud I was able to have an impact while creating something of my own,” says Riya. To learn more, go to

Summit Teen Wins Scholastic Arts Awards


obert Welton, a junior at Summit High School, recently won three 2022 Scholastic Arts Awards for animations he created that are available for viewing on his YouTube channel, titled “Robert Welton’s World of Animation.” The channel, which he created during the pandemic, includes stop motion, cut out, puppetry, experimental, traditional, and mechanical animations, as well as claymation and live (combination of animation and live action). He has over 1 million views. Robert says, “I feel very proud and accomplished after winning the Scholastic awards, since it gives me some recognition for my creative work as a bronze and silver medalist.” He also says, “I use my animations, and also my graphic design work, to express my creative ideas and give my unique perspective. ”His mother Cynthia says, “Robert is the most creative person I have experienced in my life, who just happens to also be my son.”

Florham Park Memorial First Aid Squad, Inc., Holds Easter Fundraiser


hanks to the Florham Park Memorial First Aid Squad, Inc., families in Florham Park, Madison, East Hanover, Chatham, Whippany and Cedar Knolls who signed up for the “Egg My Yard” fundraiser will be waking up to find their yards filled with candy-filled eggs on April 9, 15 or 16! The fundraiser will directly benefit the Squad. Participants signed up for packages of 30, 50, 70 or 100 eggs and had the opportunity to add on a letter from the Easter Bunny and/or a Golden Egg with a prize. If it rains, the alternative will be to have a basket of eggs arrive on the doorstep from the Easter Bunny. “I am very excited for this event as Easter is my favorite holidays, says Jessica Marie Bartelloni, chairperson of fundraising. “It will be very successful. In just one week, 30 families signed up and we raised over $3000.”

Chatham Family Plans Renegade Ride to Help Fund Cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy


illy Lester, of Chatham, and his family have founded a non-profit called Rare Disease Renegades, and are planning an event, the Renegade Ride, on June 11th. Rare Disease Renegades helps scientists get the funding they need to accelerate research, and cures for rare diseases, like Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a disease afflicting Billy’s son, Caffrey, 11. Billy explains, “DMD renders muscles unable to recover from activity, so the body can’t rebuild them and by the age of 10-12, boys lose ambulation and by their mid-20s, lose lung and cardiac function leading to premature death.” Billy says there is cause for optimism, “Progress is being made, but as with other rare diseases, we have to do everything possible.” That’s why he’s planning the event. “We are very excited to involve the community in the Renegade Ride. The ride goes through Morris County, people can participate multiple ways: riding, attending the party, or donating,” says Billy. Visit to sign up and to donate. If you or someone you know in Essex/Morris County are doing something interesting, send an email to 6

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Be the Change NJ Supply Drive for the Ukranians in Poland Includes Handwritten Cards


s part of the Be the Change NJ ongoing drive to send supplies to nurses in a convent in Poland, led by Sue Seto and Toni Banaki, the children at Han Academy in Berkeley Heights worked hard to make beautiful uplifting cards to be delivered to children with the supplies. Handwritten messages on the cards speak of being brave, love, peace, and hope. “The effect and impact from the invasion of Ukrainian is very disheartening,” said Sue. “I don’t have family there, but I feel the sadness and terror. Like many, I wish I can do more. We are hoping that the collections will be helpful to those who need the supplies. Hopefully this will end soon, and the people will be in peace.”


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Mom is Advocate for People with Autism

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indy Gelormini of New Providence took the sadness of losing her autistic son, Robbie, 27, and poured it into projects like writing books, hosting a podcast and YouTube Channel, and running a women’s retreat.

She wrote three rhyming chapter books called, “Robbie’s World: and His SPECTRUM of Adventures!” where she did 340 illustrations. The books, which are for children ages 4 and up, can be used as teaching tools by parents, caregivers, and teachers to explain how to understand people with Autism. The books share her son Robbie’s actual escapades, of running away, pulling a fire alarm, being afraid of Santa Claus, not being able to sit still and more, which are relatable to all children, through a cute penguin protagonist. At the end of each chapter, Cindy shares actual photos of Robbie, which help to put the escapades into perspective for older readers. Cindy Gelormini

Cindy says, “The books were part of my healing process. My hope is that they can entertain children and provide parents and teachers with a fun way of explaining Autism to children. I hope people fall in love with Robbie the penguin, while experiencing empathy.” The books have a universal message of acceptance and inclusion, with each chapter ending with “I love you just the way you are.” After the books came out, Cindy started a podcast, called Spectrum Perspectives, where she interviews parents of autistic children and advocates for services for autistic people over the age of 21, which is where she says the services drop off. Episodes can be seen on her YouTube Channel, “Robbie and Me: Autism Reality.” In addition, Cindy has started retreats for moms of children with special needs. The first one was held in New Providence in October. Guests enjoyed a catered lunch and dinner, massages and spa treatments, a painting party, crafting, a comedian, getting to meet other moms and making new friends. Four moms were surprised with makeovers at a salon and received professional haircuts and color, make up, clothes by a stylist, and professional headshots. They returned for a fashion show style reveal that was the hit of the night. Cindy is planning more events in New Jersey including one in Tom’s River, which not only has the highest percentage of people with Autism in NJ, but the highest percentage of people with Autism in the nation—since NJ has the highest percentage overall. “Moms of kids with special needs need a break once in a while,” says Cindy. “They are stressed, tired, depressed, and often find it hard to make friends and/or maintain friendships. These retreats let them spend time with other moms facing similar issues, where they can share relatable stories, relax and laugh with new friends.” The event was free for guests, with monies raised through donations to Robbie’s World Foundation. The next one is planned for next fall. For more information on Cindy’s books or to donate, go to Cindy can be reached at

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Millburn High School Class Raises Money for Tornado Victims By Jackie Schatell


illburn High School teacher Steve Breslow’s Math Analysis classes, which teach financial literacy and other math skills to HS seniors, recently raised $3,076 for the Mayfield Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund. Mayfield was virtually destroyed by a tornado on December 10, 2021. The campaign was called “Millburn4Mayfield.” “Each year, the students take time to investigate non-profits, look at their financials and determine which ones to fundraise for,” said Steve. “While we were performing our analysis, a tornado hit Kentucky and the class decided overwhelmingly to support Mayfield.” “This past September, Millburn faced a bad flood, so when we heard about the tornado in Mayfield, it really hit home,” said Millburn student Kelly Fitzsimmons. The class brainstormed how to raise money for the Mayfield school district and decided to design a t-shirt and sell it in an online store. The short-sleeved version sold for $13 and the long-sleeved version sold for $18. Shirts were bought by parents, students, and faculty, and they raised $503. “Once the class realized how much we made per shirt versus how much the shirt vendor kept, the students decided to start an additional donation account, which raised $2433,” said Steve. “The

class realized that every little bit helps, so we tried to raise as much as we could to send to Mayfield.” Student Andrew Capasso said, “We found out it takes money to raise money.” To promote the drive, the class used social media. Student James Staeger added, “We sent out the drive information to the Millburn community on Facebook and made flyers with QR codes. We did a lot to make it easily accessible.” The students held a Zoom call with a group of Mayfield students and their teacher, on February 16, and designated February 17 as “Millburn4Mayfield” Day at MHS. All those purchasing shirts were encouraged to wear the shirts to school and around town to entice additional students, teachers, and administrators,

as well as local businesses to get involved. “We worked really hard on this endeavor and wanted to show off our efforts at school and in town,” said Millburn student Daisy Brody. The students were very proud of their efforts. “I was definitely happy with what we did,” said student Olivia Claude. “We wanted to show people out of state that we were here to help them.” Student Leila Cabbani said, “We learned that if we put our minds to something, we really could make a difference.” “In the end,” Steve said, “our students realized that their peers in another state are more alike than different, and that it’s always right to help those in need.”

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¡BALLI DI PRIMAVERA! The Dances of Spring Performance


ew Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble’s presents ¡BALLI di PRIMAVERA!The Dances of Spring celebrating its 53rd Anniversary Season with three performances April 29 at 2pm & 5pm and May 1, 2022 at 3pm.

Parsons Dance, Elizabeth Koeppen-Kaloseih and Illuminations by Nancy Turano, NJDTE Artistic Director, NJSCA Fellow and Governor Award Winner, which is a fast-paced contemporary ballet inspired by the speed of light.

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Easter Bunny Express


elebrate the return of Spring with a fun-filled train ride through Morris County! The Easter Bunny and helpers will be on board the train greeting everyone during the 45-minute round-trip ride along the historic Whippanong Trail. Guests will enjoy the comfort of heated passenger coaches as the Bunny makes his way through the cars to visit with you and your child. Kids are sure to be delighted when they receive a special gift from the Easter Bunny while riding aboard this memorable train. These rides usually sell out early, so advance online reservations are strongly recommended. Sunday, April 3; Saturday, April 9; Sunday, April 10; Saturday, April 16 1,2,3 and 4pm departures (rain or shine) Whippany Railway Museum, 1 Railroad Plaza (intersection of Rte 10 West & Whippany Road), Whippany 973-887-8177


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Art Exhibit by Medy Bozkurtian


edy Bozkgurtian’s art is inspired by her world travels and her love of music, people and nature. She captures the essence of her wide range of subjects through expressive realism, impressionism and abstract expressionism. Her paintings have been in juried exhibits at the Salmagundi Club and National Arts Gallery in NYC, as well as in galleries and prominent venues in the tri-state area. Artist reception: Sunday, April 3—2:15-4:30pm.

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Annual Spring Luncheon


he Thursday Morning Club of Madison invites the public to their Annual Spring Luncheon. Entertainment will be provided by Olivia Konteatis, a New York based actress and singer. Ms Konteatis has performed in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.


This event supports the Madison Community House which is owned and operated by Thursday Morning Club. Reservations are $60. Please make checks payable to TMC Spring Luncheon and mail to The Thursday Morning Club, PO Box 345, Madison, NJ. For further information, contact: Gerri Meer (201-412-5308) Thursday, April 7 Doors open 10:30am; Luncheon 12noon Basking Ridge Country Club 185 Madisonville Road, Basking Ridge April 2022


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hotos will be held in Bloomingdale’s Court on the lower level in a beautiful spring garden created especially for The Mall at Short Hills by The Inspired Garden. All guests will also receive a complimentary gift from The Inspired Garden while all children will receive a complimentary sweet treat. Reservations are recommended and can be reserved online. April 1-16, Monday-Friday 11am-7pm; Saturdays 10am-7pm. In addition to the traditional Bunny Photos, the mall will also host its first-ever dog photos event during Bunny Paws and a Bunny Cares event for children with special needs.

Bunny Cares Sunday, April 3 from 10–11:30am Bunny Cares is a sensory-bunny experience where individuals with all spectrums of special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session where extra care is taken to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs. Photo packages will be available for purchase. Pre-registration is required. Bunny Paws Monday, April 4 from 5–7pm During the first-ever Bunny Paws, dog parents can celebrate the spring season and have their dog’s photo taken with the Easter Bunny. The net proceeds from Bunny Paws will benefit St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center of Madison. All dogs must be up-to-date on their vaccinations and must either be on a leash or carried in a lightweight, portable pet carrier with harness. Reservations are recommended. The Mall at Short Hills, 200 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills | Register:


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here are many reasons why Madison’s Egan Wealth Advisors is on Forbes magazine’s 2021 “Best in State Wealth Advisors” list. One of the most important: a true client-centered approach. From the initial consultation to ongoing monitoring of individual financial situations, the firm, which handles retirement and estate planning, saving for college, aid in selling a business, and other services, carefully analyzes what will best serve each person, couple, or family.

“People come to us because they have an event in their lives,” said John Egan, managing director and partner. He gave an example. “Someone is retiring from Merck in six months. He’s not yet 65. What does he need to be aware of and prepare for?” This is very different, Egan noted, from the case of someone retiring from one career at 40, but planning to go on to a second act. Every circumstance requires detailed planning. (continued on next page)

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Egan Wealth Partners’ approach to each client includes four sections. The first, “Discovery,” covers the initial meeting, during which relevant information and documents are shared and discussed in the context of goals. The second, “Plan,” identifies specific steps toward achieving those goals. “Implement” means taking those steps. “Monitor,” the fourth section, continues throughout the client’s relationship with the firm.

During the pandemic, many have worried about their financial holdings. Egan believes it was reassuring that Egan Wealth Advisors “stayed with the ship,” keeping their Madison office, where they have been for 30 years, open. “We monitor portfolios every day. Our experience counts,” he said. One pandemic plus—people staying at home more made it easier to schedule conferences, “even if everyone was in sweatpants,” he chuckled.

“Life is not a straight line,” Egan pointed out. Multiple factors—births, deaths, selling a business, moving—can impact original goals and choices. Therefore, the firm’s partners meet with clients several times a year, and also provide weekly emails tracking overall trends. Account information is also easily accessible through each individual’s “client portal.”

The firm continues to take only a select number of clients per year; “only as many as we can properly serve,” Egan said. The initial consultation will show if it’s the right match on both sides.

In addition, Egan emphasized, the firm is proactive in suggesting updates if the client’s situation warrants it, perhaps asking if wills and trusts have been completed, or need to be altered in view of changed circumstances.

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hile life is beginning to feel more normal after struggling through the pandemic, one thing these past few years has taught us is the need to be comfortable in our own homes. Home renovations have taken priority over those (often cancelled) vacations and trips, allowing homeowners to reimagine how they want their homes to look, feel, and function. The goal of this kitchen renovation was to transform the space from the 1970s to be more spacious and functional for how we use our homes today. First order of business was to enlarge a barely-there laundry room and to utilize the existing pantry space for the rest of the kitchen. This created space for two large pantry cabinets, which provide ample storage for Before 18

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Photos by Kristen Reinhardt everything from snacks to paper towels. By removing the wall between the kitchen and dining room, adding a new door to the deck, and opening up the kitchen to the adjacent living room—the renovated space created the perfect place for this family of four to live and work comfortably. The kitchen features Plain & Fancy custom cabinetry, quartz countertops, and JennAir Appliances. The homeowners decided to keep the perimeter cabinetry a classic white, with the island in “Green Tea” as a pop of color and contrast.

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ealtor® Donna Mattina knew early on that she wanted to be a real estate agent, and after working for a prestigious corporation for many years, she decided to follow her passion. That was in 1997. Today, she is one of Coldwell Banker – Madison’s most successful agents (in the top 7%) and has won numerous awards, including the Gold Circle of Excellence, which only a small number of agents manage to attain. “I really enjoy the flexibility of time and working with different people,” she says. “It’s exciting and I still love looking at homes with my clients. Some homes are so spectacular that you’re really just in awe. Even if the house isn’t right for my clients, I always tell them we’re getting ideas of what they can do to a house that may not have everything they want.” Donna is also very diligent and believes in returning calls and texts immediately. “If I can’t, I at least text to acknowledge their message.” Her family has lived in Madison for generations, so she knows the town and the surrounding areas well. “Having that history with the town where you’re selling gives clients a sense of confidence that they’re buying into a good area.”

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s the owner of the popular South Orange boutique Sadie’s, Catherine Fisher was an experienced merchant when she bought Kitchen a la Mode, in 2018. During that time, she brought her focus on ethically produced goods with her. She wasn’t well-versed in cookware, but quickly got up to speed, and added many American-made products, along with items such as eco-friendly zip-lock bags, and beeswax food wrap. Owning her own businesses, she states, has freed her from situations in which women are still being passed over for promotions by less-qualified men. She receives networking support from other local women-owned businesses. Fisher also has been able to provide internships for students from nearby Seton Hall who “have gone to big, bright careers,” Fisher said. Her advice to budding women entrepreneurs: “Don’t be afraid to try. Failure only matters if you don’t try again.”

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Customer satisfaction is O’Hara Electric’s top priority. Since 1963, this family-owned and operated business has been providing superior electrical services for homes and businesses. Fully licensed and insured.

E&M O’Hara Electric, Inc. 144 Main Street, West Orange | 973-325-3626

Grill Cleaner.

Victor Zucchi & Son 201-342-3112 |

Thomas Cafone, owner and operator, takes pride in delivering exceptional service. He believes that a clean grill is a healthy grill. Services offered include degreasing of all surfaces, grill inspection, grill cleaning, outdoor kitchen cleaning, and polishing of granite countertops. He also offers knife sharpening. Call today to schedule an appointment.

Cooking & Entertaining Essentials. A locally owned and operated full-service cooking & entertaining essentials shop. Their expansive inventory features thousands of fun kitchenware items, so you will find all you need for cooking, baking, and entertaining. On-premises, overnight knife sharpening service is also offered.

American BBQ Grill Cleaning 973-641-6669 |

Kitchen a la Mode

Home Décor.

19 S Orange Ave, South Orange | 973-821-5145

ANS has been in this business for over 25 years. Their attention to detail and skilled knowledge of antiques makes them unique among buyers and sellers, ensuring each client receives accurate information about each item and each seller receives top dollar. They will also work with your favorite charity.

Custom Closets. Specializing in design, construction, and installation of custom closets, garage cabinets, home offices, laundries, pantries, wardrobes and much more. Offering many finishes, accessories, and hardware. Call for free in-home design consultation and estimates.

ANS Antiques 500 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair | 201-345-6176

Closets by Design 800-293-3744 | 201-964-9600

Home Entertainment. Pelican Shops has what you need and want in hot tubs, above ground swimming pools & pool supplies, patio furniture, BBQ grills, watersport equipment including stand up paddle boards & kayaks, or gaming room items such a pool tables, ping pong tables & foosball tables. Pelican is the east coast’s premier supplier of ski & snowboard equipment and winter clothing & outerwear.

Decks. Specializing in all your decking needs, from new deck installation and deck resurfacing to the installation of gazebos, patios, louvered roofs, and porches. Their in-house team of deck professionals will make sure your project is done right from start to finish.

Pelican Shops 2980 Route 10, Morris Plains | 973-267-0964

Deck Guardian Showroom: 216 US Hwy 206, Unit 8, Hillsborough 908-332-8616 |

Interior Design.


For more than 35 years, CWI Design has been transforming interior spaces of all shapes and sizes. From start to finish, you can trust them to manage the entire process—from concept and design detailing to material selection and implementation.

With 20 years experience, Anderson Electric’s knowledge and expertise are there to help you with any electrical project you have no matter how big or small. They are licensed and insured to handle commercial as well as residential projects, interior as well as exterior jobs.

CWI Design 560 Central Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974 908-665-7997 |

Anderson Electric Verona | 973-857-4333


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April 2022

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Realtor. Robinwood Kitchens has been family owned and operated since 1976. Their services include kitchen and bath design, cabinetry and countertop sales, installation, and project management. They also specialize in cabinet refacing in wood using high quality products and experienced installers. Robinwood Kitchens will work within your budget to create the most aesthetically pleasing living space possible.

Robinwood Kitchens 560 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights | 908-665-5900

Landscaping. Joseph Mulroe Landscape Design believes in renewable, sustainable landscape designs that address practical realities such as water usage, maintenance and value. Their designs utilize mature plants and premium products to deter pests and offer sanctuary for local wildlife. Specializing in deer-resistant gardens, patios, walls & walkways and drainage solutions.

Joseph Mulroe Landscape Design Serving Montclair & Essex County | 973-865-5855

Donna Mattina uses her knowledge, expertise and personal commitment along with the backing of Coldwell Banker to provide clients with “five star” service to achieve their goals. As “Your Hometown Realtor” she treats all clients with the respect, honesty and integrity that she would personally expect.

Donna Mattina–ABR, SRES Coldwell Banker, 49 Main Street, Madison Office: 973-377-4444 | Cell: 973-214-2929

Swimming Pools, In Gound. KMF Companies is a boutique luxury swimming pool contractor who help homeowners create the perfect oasis in their backyards. From start to finish KFM helps clients bring their backyard dream to fruition.

KMF Companies 866-425-8044

Windows Treatments. Family owned and operated since 1982, Window Works is the area’s premier retailer for custom window treatments and awnings. Expert design, professional installation and reliable courteous service for both residential and commercial projects.Call for a free consultation today!

Window Works 38 East Northfield Rd, Livingston 973-535-5860 |


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Equestrian Summer Camps! Register before March 15th for a 10% EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT

– Riding Lessons — Petite Equestrian Program Troop and Badge Programs Trail Rides • IEA Team Team Building/Birthday Parties

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STA B L E S 440 South Street, Morristown, 973-644-3355

SUMMER CAMP TIPS The theater classes we teach emphasize fun, supporting self-esteem and building confidence. We also highlight collaboration in our classes. Theater is one of the most collaborative of the performing arts, and learning that skill helps in every facet of life. When we collaborate in class, students learn how to give positive feedback, hear and appreciate ideas that may not have been their first choice, and give each person in the group a chance to contribute. Together, these things not only help bring the quiet student out of his or her shell, but also help the assertive student develop empathy and consideration for others. All while having a super-fun time! —Janet Sales, Artistic Director, Essex Youth Theater

Kids & Teens


“Theatre Camp provides kids with skills that they can use in the future in all aspects of their life. A class on how to audition not only helps to prepare students for a professional audition but also trains them how to best present themselves in an interview or when delivering a speech. Comedy/Improvisation classes help develop quick thinking skills. Theatre for Life is our motto, because we truly believe that musical theatre training can not only enhance, but change the course of someone’s life.” —Randy Elman, Artist Director, Musical Theatre Conservatory

Make sure to bring sunscreen as the summers can be toasty and an extra set of clothes because fun is dirty! Also…don’t forget to bring a carrot for your pony.



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“Ballet training challenges students to push their physical abilities while developing greater self-esteem. Students are instructed by experts in the field who strive to impact each dancer to grow as artists and expand their capabilities. During the summer program classmates forge new friendships and the experience is truly memorable.”


From the Camps Directors Themselves!

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July 11-August 12, 2022 Open Classes & Intensive Program Florham Park

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“If you come with a friend, open yourselves up to those who did not. If you come alone, see the camp as a cold pool… Just jump in; it will feel warmer as you adjust to it!” —John Garzon, Surf and Turf Adventures

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“Performing Arts camps/programs encourage students and counselors to express themselves creatively. Nurturing the creative possibilities within children through their participation in dance, music, art, and drama can bolster self-esteem and self-confidence. Having the opportunity to experience the arts truly matters… and it’s fun!”



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Pool Parties!

—Sharron Miller, Founder/Director, Prime Time Summer Arts, Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts

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Art in the Vicinity

Nancy Ori Finds Woodland Beauty Story and Artist Portrait by Dan Epstein


erkeley Heights based photographer Nancy Ori is well-known for the workshops and private mentoring she’s offered to photographic artists for decades, but it’s her own work that most folks should become acquainted with. A graduate of Elmira College with an MS from Pratt in Communication Design, she spent the first 25 years of her working life creating corporate communications for Ciba-Geigy/Novartis. During that time she tirelessly conducted workshops in the evenings for peer professionals. It was in 2000 that she left and started her own business, The New Jersey Media Center, which combined pursuing her craft herself while also including her love of teaching both in her own studio and in New Jersey venues including the Peters Valley School of Craft, the Hunterdon Museum, and the Grounds For Sculpture. Currently, during the pandemic these have been on hiatus, but she hopes to jump start them again when possible. In the meantime she leads collegial meetings for photo artists on Zoom via the New Jersey Photography Forum. Ever the explorer, Ori has been photographing trees each morning during the pandemic with the camera in her phone and manipulating them with various digital photography applications to achieve a painterly look. Perhaps inspired by her experience as an assistant to Ansel Adams, these images made in a local park take on a similarly grand appearance. In Before Sunrise the pre-dawn light creates a silhouette wherein winter-bare tree branches become lace. Morning Meadow gives us glimpse past some trees into an open meadow splashed with morning light celebrating the contrast of light and shadow. We see in Morning Walk, a sea of lush greens and the texture of the canvas this image is printed on remind of the best of the Hudson Valley School paintings and make us almost ache for the solitude of a pastoral setting. Winter Warmth gives a glimpse past a stand of brush into, what, a pond, a field, definitely a different place if we step through the brush into the warm morning light. A self-proclaimed tree-hugger, her love of the woods and the ability to capture it’s beauty is Ori’s gift. You can see much more of the broad scope of her work on her website, and photographers are welcome to join her online.

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Morning Walk

Morning Meadow

Before Sunrise

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Local Buzz

24th Annual Building Tomorrows 5k Run And Family Walk


he Arc of Essex County will host its 24th Annual Building Tomorrows 5K Run and Family Walk.The inclusive event will feature a scenic 5K race, followed by a fundraising walk and family-friendly entertainment. All proceeds will directly benefit children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families.

Summit College Club’s Book Sale Returns

Saturday, April 9, 8am-12noon South Mountain Recreation Complex in West Orange


ne of the country’s oldest book sales, the Summit College Club Book Sale began in 1935.In a typical year, more than fifty thousand books helpfully arranged in dozens of categories are offered for sale. The proceeds from the sale are used to provide scholarships to college-bound young women from local high schools. Since the sale’s inception, the Summit College Club has awarded nearly a million dollars in scholarships. The Summit College Club Book Sale welcomes donations of books, CDs and DVDs in good condition but does not accept encyclopedias and magazines, manuals, and textbooks. Donations should be brought to the American Legion Post 433 on three days only: Monday, April 18 1-7pm, Tuesday, April 19 and Wednesday, April 20 9am-7pm. Opening day of the Book Sale, Thursday, April 21, 9am 2pm, has a $25 admission charge. Free entry days are Friday, April 22, 9am-9pm; Saturday April 23, 9am-7pm; and Sunday, April 24—Bag Day shoppers may fill an entire shopping bag with books of any type for $5,10am-4pm. Donations and sale take place at the American Legion Post 433 next to the library, 357 Elkwood Ave, New Providence. For further information visit or email

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he Summit Playhouse presents Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s BRIGHT STAR! This buoyant musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the 1920s and 40s. With a fresh and lively score, this charming fable of lives torn apart and made whole again is sure to appeal to all ages. Directed by Lynn Polan; musical direction by Joe DeVico; choreographed by Megan Ferentinos. Friday, April 29–Friday, May 15 Summit Playhouse | 10 New England Avenue, Summit 908-273-2192 |

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Daffodil Day


affodil Day is a decades-old tradition in Summit, when visitors to the Arboretum have an opportunity to enjoy one of the largest daffodil collections in New Jersey – over 50,000 bulbs in bloom in the Arboretum’s glacially carved Daffodil Bowl. Experience firsthand the spectacular display of color of thousands of these iconic daffodils that have made the Arboretum famous. This year they will follow the Earth Day focus of “Invest in Our Planet” with spring themed activities including games and crafts, music, food trucks, art exhibit, vendors, and of course, the Green Goats will be here. Take a story walk, enjoy a treat, and join us for this fun-filled day. Staggered entry times will be at 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm. Please be sure that you sign up for the time slot you prefer, as changing will be based on availability.

Sunday, April 10; 11am-4pm Reeves-Reed Arboretum 165 Hobart Avenue, Summit | 908-273-8787

Let Us Give You a Reason to SMILE! Whether it is a fear of pain or needles, a cosmetic challenge, mystery toothaches, or a complex dental problem, Dr. Chiu is here to help. All services are provided on premise, including gum care, placing surgical implants and mini implants.

Complementary Comprehensive Exam & Full Mouth X-Rays Must present this coupon. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer expires 04/30/22.

Helen P. Chiu, DMD, PA Experienced, Comprehensive Gentle Care 248 Columbia Turnpike, Florham Park, New Jersey 07932

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Hearing is ESSENTIAL for YOU and for EVERYONE around you!



riday April 22 marks the 53rd annual Earth Day celebration. It is now celebrated in over 193 countries. Earth Day helps us remember that our connection to nature is essential for our health and well-being.

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Reduce, reuse, and recycle. This is a great opportunity to spring clean. Instead of throwing things into landfills, repurpose them by donating to Facebook groups like the Buy Nothing Project, and Free Stuff marketplace groups, or to the needy. Volunteer. There are hundreds of ways to volunteer that can be found online like participating in small, masked group cleanups. Educate. Educate yourself and others on ways to heal the earth by reading, watching videos and talks. Conserve water. Earth day is the perfect time to intentionally start conserving water while brushing teeth, showering, and watering the lawn. Choose sustainable. If you aren’t already doing so, start using recyclable bags for food shopping and reusing plastic water bottles. Use energy efficient bulbs. By using energy efficient bulbs and turning the lights off when you leave a room, you are helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Plant a tree. Trees provide us with food and oxygen and help us combat climate change. Plant a tree in your yard or donate to a place that is planting trees. You will be doing your part to help the planet.

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Use non-toxic chemicals. By using non-toxic chemicals, you will be helping to send less chemicals into the waterways.

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Bike more and drive less. Make Earth Day the day to start putting this practice into motion. You can get your family in on the action by planning family rides. You will be getting some exercise, while decreasing emissions.

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Save pollinators. The bee and monarch butterfly populations are dwindling. We need these species for the pollination of our fruits and vegetables, not to mention the honey from bees. To do your part, plant friendly habitats for them in your garden like willows, fruit trees, and clover for bees, and pesticide-free milkweed for monarchs to eat and lay eggs on.

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Breathe Easier & Enjoy Spring!


typically includes sensitivity to pets, dust mites, trees, grasses, weeds, and mold as they are the most likely triggers for nasal allergies.

pring is a stunning season full of life as plants grow, flowers bloom and the sun shines. The downside of this abundance of beauty is seasonal allergens. "Allergic rhinitis, commonly called hay fever, has been around for hundreds of years, causing symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes, mouth or skin, runny nose, and congestion," said Dr. Mark Corbett, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. "Your symptoms often depend on which pollens you're allergic to." Allergists can help identify precisely what is causing you problems so you can take appropriate action based on your individual needs. Along with taking your history and conducting an exam, allergists conduct tests to identify your specific allergens and treat your symptoms to help you take control. Testing for hay fever

Allergy symptoms can begin much earlier than the official start of spring. To lessen the impact, start taking your allergy medications two to three weeks before your symptoms usually begin. Close your car and home windows during the spring allergy season as breezes carry microscopic pollen particles. Take off shoes when you enter your home and consider immediately putting clothes in the wash to get rid of pollen. Shower and shampoo at night before bed so pollen is not being transferred from your hair to your bedding. Keep an eye on the predicted pollen counts for your region, particularly if you plan to be outdoors for long stretches.

There are many types of pollen and an overall high pollen count doesn't always indicate a strong concentration of the pollens that cause your symptoms. Immunotherapy is designed to target your exact triggers through a shot or tablet and can greatly reduce the severity of your symptoms. Immunotherapy can also prevent the development of asthma in some children with seasonal allergies. Allergists are specially trained to help you take control of your allergies and asthma, so you can live your best life no matter the season. Find an allergist in your area at —BPT

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April is National Donate Life Month!

By Cathy Harvey


pring is the season of renewal and, fittingly, April is National Donate Life Month, which helps raise awareness about donation, encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to honor those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.

Statistics say a lot… According to Donate Life America, in 2021, more than 41,000 transplants from 20,300 donors brought renewed life to patients and their families and communities. More than 100,000 people are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants. Another person is added to the nation’s organ transplant waiting list every nine minutes. Seventeen people die each day while waiting for a transplant. Eighty-five percent of patients on the waiting list are waiting for a kidney.

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NJ Sharing Network in New Providence is a non-profit organization responsible for the recovery and placement of donated organs and tissue for the nearly 4,000 New Jersey residents currently awaiting transplantation. The Foundation is committed to increasing the number of lives saved through innovative transplant research, family support, public awareness and education about the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

Statistics don’t say it all. Why do people become living donors? 46-year-old Brian Glennon, a Caldwell resident and married father of four, achieved his long-thought-out desire to “give back” by donating a kidney. Two years prior he had embarked on a life

Brian Glennon April 2022

reevaluation journey and volunteered at various charitable organizations, including the NJ Sharing Network, where his wife Elisse worked at the time and is now Executive Director of the Foundation. Glennon discussed his intention with the Living Donation Institute of Saint Barnabas Medical Center (recently renamed Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center.) The center is designed to promote living donation as the best transplant option for patients with chronic kidney disease who are either on or approaching dialysis. Because Glennon was in good health and his o+ blood type was compatible with other positive blood types, he was deemed an excellent donor. But Glennon was not donating to a loved one or an acquaintance. Instead, he was considered an ‘altruistic donor’—a kidney donor who wishes to donate to a person who they do not know. On October 3, 2017 his kidney was transplanted into a woman in her 60s whose kidneys had been compromised by lupus. Her daughter was unable to donate to her because of incompatibility, but as a result of Glennon’s donation, she was motivated to altruistically donate her kidney. According to Alyssa D’Addio, Director of Hospital and Community Services of the NJ Sharing Network, “just one organ and tissue donor can save eight lives and enhance the lives of 75 others.” In June 2018 he met his recipient on live tv on the Today Show. Both he and the recipient continue to thrive. As a result of her new kidney, the recipient was able to travel to Taiwan to see her father for the first time in many years and welcome her first grandchild. Glennon quickly returned to his favorite activities of mountain biking, road biking and running. Glennon states that his kidney donation left him “humbled, fortunate, and grateful that life has never been better.”

Transplanting kidneys, transforming lives. “With my new kidney, I’m still here, and I’m stronger than ever.” - Kristen, Charlotte, NC When you need a kidney transplant, the right treatment can help restore the quality of life you had before. As the tri-state area’s largest kidney transplant center, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center is at the forefront of kidney transplants. We created New Jersey’s first and only Living Donor Institute, and our living donor program is one of the nation’s largest. From creative donor matching to outstanding patient care, our comprehensive approach is designed to get you back to the life you should be living. Learn more at

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Restaurant Guide Lucco Cucina + Bar

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

Gregorio’s Mediterranean Restaurant 255A Main Street, Chatham | 973-635-2777 Italian Mediterranean cuisine bursting with flavor

207 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park 973-822-0066 | A modern Italian restaurant that combines favored classics with a contemporary touch. Offerings consist of New York style pizza, fresh salads, delicious small bites, & wonderful pasta.

Pastosa Ravioli 186 Columbia Tpk, Florham Park 973-377-4800 | A third generation, family-owned and operated Italian specialty food company widely recognized as the source of New York’s finest ravioli, fresh pasta and Italian specialties.

BERKELEY HEIGHTS Nagoya Sushi & Tiki Lounge 538 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights 908-898-1188 | A family owned Japanese restaurant striving to provide the best food and experience to customers. Featuring a wide selection of sushi, rolls, and other Japanese favorites.

GILLETTE Ancona Bistro 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

Proud Thai Cookery 645 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights 908-665-0055 | A Thai Restaurant that brings you delicious street food! They offer the authentic Thai cuisine

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

CHATHAM Charley’s Aunt Restaurant 8-10 S Passaic Ave, Chatham | 973-635-6772 Traditional American cuisine.

D’Oro Ristorante 219 Main Street, Chatham | 973-701-6990 A northern Italian menu that is sure to please everyone’s pallets. D’Oro offers a vast menu selection of delicious dishes including pasta, fish, poultry, pork, steaks, and more.


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237 Main St, Chatham | 973-635-3888 Featuring traditional Japanese specialties and cuisine, including sushi, rolls, cooked fare & lunchtime bento boxes.

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

Casa Maya 615 Meyersville Road, Gillette 908-580-0799 Family-friendly BYOB serving Sonoran-stule Mexican cuisine.

Chimney Rock Inn Gillette 342 Valley Rd, Gillette | 908-580-1100 Casual New American tavern with pub-grub standards, thin-crust pizzas & TVs for sports viewing.

Restaurant Serenade 6 Roosevelt Ave, Chatham | 973-701-0303 Artful dining, as conceived by award-winning Chef James Laird. A showcase of the finest hand-selected seasonal and regional ingredients in simple, refined presentations by Chef Laird.


A Taste of Asia 245 Main Street, Chatham | 973-701-8821 A Taste of Asia, New Jersey’s first Malaysian restaurant, brings the eclectic cuisines of Malay, China, India, Thailand and Eurasia to the area.

CEDAR KNOLLS H2ocean Restaurant & Raw Bar 41 Ridgedale Avenue. Cedar Knolls 973-984-9594/ www., Relaxed restaurant & bar serving locally sourced seafood in a sophisticated, contemporary space.

FLORHAM PARK China Chalet 184 Columbia Turnpike, Florham Park 973-996-2828 | Traditional Sichuan cuisine in an elegant environment.

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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

Il Goccino Ristorante 33 Main Street, Madison | 973-377-3800 Northern Italian Cuisine

NEW PROVIDENCE Moe’s Bistro and Bar 535 Central Ave, New Providence 908-840-4540 | Located inside the Best Western Plus & Murray Hill Hotel and Suites, offering a full and varied menu with a Mediterranean flare. Full bar and live entertainment.

Coppola Ristorante & Pizzeria 590 Central Ave, New Providence 908-665-0266 Offering housemate pizzas & formal Italian dishes

Fiorino Ristorante 38 Maple St, Summit | 908-277-1900 The expertly prepared food at Fiorino is based on classic dishes of Tuscany region in Northern Italy.

Huntley Taverne 3 Morris Avenue, Summit | 908-273-3166 Huntley Taverne dining experience offers classic seasonal cuisine, a 250 bottle wine list, two stone fireplaces, outdoor porch dining, and private events.

SHORT HILLS Krust Kitchen 7 Cross St, Madison | 908-525-7878 Pizza

La Pastaria

Noon Tea Creperie 57 Main Street, Madison | 973-520-8049 Specializing in tea inspired crepe cakes and an assortment of fresh fruit waffle desserts and cheesecakes. Featuring hot and cold teas brewed with special care as well as a variety of unique boba and slush drinks made with fresh fruit.

Osteria Trevi 2 Park Avenue, Madison | 973-845-9800 Presenting inventive recipes using the simplest ingredients that will bring you dishes inspired by the oldest along with the newest traditions of fine Italian cuisine

MILLBURN Basilico 324 Millburn Ave, Millburn 973-379-7020 | Enjoy the delicious flavors of their dishes, homemade pastas and desserts, cooked to perfection at one of the finest Millburn Italian restaurants.

Common Lot 27 Main Street, Millburn | 973-467-0494 A BYOB destination offering New American dishes.

La Pergola 120 Essex Street, Millburn | 973-376-6838 Providing diners with quintessential Northern Italian cuisine.

MoonShine Summer Club 55 Main Street, Millburn | 973-218-6042 Contemporary American cooking executed with style, finesse, and an updated comfort-food sensibility.

327 Springfield Ave, Summit | 908-522-9088 Located in Summit, La Pastaria has become an icon of home style Italian dining and a hidden gem of the community.

Natale’s Summit Bakery Boxcar Bar & Grill 25 Chatham Rd, Short Hills | 973-912-0002 Boxcar Bar & Grill is the neighborhood hangout Short Hills has longed for. From juicy burgers to crispy, thin crust pizza to ceviche and fresh salads, friends and families will enjoy their food!

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge 440 Parsonage Hill Road, Short Hills 973-467-8882 | A full service restaurant, bar & lounge located on the East Orange Golf Course in Short Hills. Offering bar bites, burgers and tasty entrees.

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 Roots Steakhouse is an old-fashioned New York style Steakhouse. Diners can expect delicious USDA aged prime beef sourced from the highest quality ranches in the mid-west.

STIRLING Trattoria Biagio 239 Main Avenue, Stirling | 908-350-8064 Authentic Italian cuisine

Twelve Islands Greek Taverna 1255 Valley Rd, Stirling | 908-647-2193 Charming eatery crafting traditional Greek fare, including seafood & classic homestyle dishes. 12 Island has a full bar and the menu is assembled with a wide variety of recipes from the Dodecanese and other islands.


Serra Restaurant 10 Bank Street, Summit | 908-273-1713 A family owned and run, authentic Portuguese BBQ restaurant. Their savory dishes feature ingredients such as olive oil, tomatoes, onion, garlic and wine.

Summit House Restaurant + Bar

Due 36 50 Maple St, Summit | 908-608-0222 An authentic Argentinian/Italian tapas restaurant for all the family to enjoy.

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395 Springfield Ave, Summit | 908-273-6000 An American restaurant and bar offering seasonal cuisine, craft cocktails, fresh local beers, and terroir-driven wines.


Diamond Minds

Remind Me Again How Lucky We Are… By Barry Farber


hey call it “Doom Scrolling” these days. We can see the news from around the world in seconds, flipping through headlines with our thumbs. We see more death and destruction in one news segment today than most people saw in a lifetime 100 years ago. Want to get rid of negative thoughts? Anxiety? Doubt? Fear?Infuse more happiness and a feeling of calm in your life?Here’s one big secret I’ve mentioned many times before, but needs repeating. It will change the way you see the world and give you the opportunity to maintain more control in life and the goals you’re looking to achieve. It’s said many times throughout history in many different ways. It goes like this:

“We become what we think about.” Six simple words that will change the way you think, believe and act.

“You have power over your mind— not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” —Marcus Aurelius

So why do we need reminding about this? Reminding about what we should be thinking? I think it’s because we take it for granted having been given this beautiful mind free and clear. To put this concept to work requires doing the work. Putting in the effort to selectively choose what we think about. Selectively choosing our environment.

I recently recorded three interviews for a new podcast coming out called, In Search Of The Magic Tree. It included a world-renowned brain surgeon, a 4 time Olympian and “Mr. Wonderful” himself. Here’s the interesting part of this selfless promotion. Each one of them talked about the power of discipline at an early age and creating your own environment to enhance the content of what you’re absorbing. Barry Farber How we think and what we surround ourselves with. The idea of how you spend your time. Making sure you get the most out of every second and squeeze the best out of this life. We all see what is happening around us and in this world today. Why does it take a catastrophe to bring us together and see what clearly matters. How do we leave this place better than we found it? How do we help others along the way? To change what we think about requires making changes in our lives. What we read… who we see… what we listen to. There’s a saying:

“If you want to make changes in your life, you have to make changes in your life.” Simply said, but effort to get it done. It’s not going to be easy making changes but great opportunity lies within difficulty. Maybe because we have our minds for free we take them for granted. How lucky we are to have these minds free and clear. You do become what you think about. What are you thinking?

Barry Farber is a best-selling author, an award winning radio and television host as well as an agent and marketing consultant for corporations, professional athletes, and entertainers. He’s also the creator and marketer of the FoldzFlat® Pens. His latest release is an inspirational children’s book “In search of the magic tree” available at


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