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In The Vicinity News and Happenings from the Area

20 COVER STORY Weathering the Storm— Mixology Clothing Boutique

10 Transitional with a Twist Kitchen Remodel

24 Show Your Best You

12 Everything You Need, Including the Kitchen Sink

25 Exclusive Savings and Customized Solutions for Patients

13 Meet Tanya L. Freeman 14 What to Expect from a Furnace Install 15 Get Organized with Closets by Design 15 Safe Shopping at Natale’s Bakery 17 Sycamore Living: Where Hospitality Meets Healthcare 18 Dressing Up Your Windows 19 Main Street Move Bears Fruit

27 Discover the Magic of Mohonk Mountain House 29 Art Supplies and Expert Service Abound 30 Pets in Need of a Forever Home 31 Enhancing Homes with New and Improved Decks, Gazebos, Patios, Porches and Roofing Systems 32 One-Stop Dental Care 33 Local Holiday Gift Guide 35 Relaxing. Supportive. Pressure-Relieving. 36 Our House Heroes— A Time for Thanksgiving 38 Treatments for Health, Beautiful Skin 39 Mental Health for the Whole Family 40 Restaurant Guide

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Barry Farber Susan Baldani Cynthia Burns Cathy Harvey Janis Hashe Christine Maxwell Jackie Schatell Deborah Shapiro Melissa Sorge Amanda Valentovic CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

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Summit’s Red Ribbons


ver the years, Summit residents may have taken notice of the red ribbons tied around trees in the Centrail Retail Business District. This year, even during COVID, the tradition has continued in an effort to send an important message. The “Red Ribbon Awareness Program,” a collaborated between Shaping Summit Together and Summit Public Schools, aims to deliver messages of hope, helping others, making healthy choices and community spirit. For the project this year, The Hilltop City Girl Scouts of Troop 45241 from Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School have tied ribbons with the slogan “Honor the Call to Protect Against Drugs and Violence… Celebrate Life.” a message that has been consistent for more than 12 years. Through the ribbons, the send the message to youth and parents to observe under-age drinking laws, practice abstinence from illegal substances, and be kind online and in person. Shaping Summit Together is a 501c3 organization whose mission is to ensure that Summit reaches its full potential as a mature, diverse, suburban community. “SST” facilitates efforts so that Summit can work together to shape its future.

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adison Area YMCA has partnered with Jersey Cares to host a coat drive. The Madison Y will host the coat drive collection from Saturday, November 14 through Saturday, December 19. Coats can be placed in the bin located in the lobby of the Family Center at 111 Kings Road, Madison, NJ. Please note that only new and/or gently used coats are accepted. Please refrain from donating stained or dirty coats. Please do not donate hats, gloves, scarves, or any other clothing items. The Jersey Cares Coat Drive has mobilized the collection and distribution of thousands of «gently used» winter coats to men, women, children, and infants in need for over 20 years. To learn more about their coat drives, visit

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he Santa Claus Shop will open its doors once again to area families, providing its 54th consecutive year of complimentary holiday shopping. The shop serves more than 400 low-income families and senior citizens from Summit and other local communities, including New Providence and Berkeley Heights, who are referred by social services agents. This year’s event will be held on December 2, in the parking lot at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 587 Springfield Avenue in Summit. Although families cannot shop the way they have in the past, due to the pandemic, we are still committed to making this experience enjoyable for all the families. To keep the holiday spirit alive for local residents in need, and this year more than ever, the Santa Claus Shop chairwomen ask for members of the community to consider giving. Checks can be made payable to SHIP, with Santa Claus Shop noted on the check’s memo line, and mailed to the Santa Claus Shop, P.O. Box 119, Summit, NJ 07901. The ability to make an online donation is also available at Late Fall 2020 9



he main goal of the project was to work within the existing space to maximize the functionality for a family friendly kitchen. Galley kitchens are often the most practical and functional, but the existing kitchen was lacking in those departments. By making some modifications to the sizes of appliances and location of the island, we were able to create an open space that's perfect for both every day use and entertaining.

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Everything You Need, Including the Kitchen Sink By Susan Baldani


eneral Plumbing Supply, in business since 1910, is still familyowned and operated. Begun as a small company with one location, it is now one of the largest distributors on the East Coast, serving New Jersey, New York, and Eastern Pennsylvania. “Our customer service is one of the things we pride ourselves on and really makes us stand apart, along with the family owned values that we have instilled in the company over the years,” says Sarah Barton, marketing director. “We’re really hoping that when someone enters one of our showrooms, they’re getting the best customer experience and help.” Since General Plumbing Supply offers everything needed for a kitchen and bath space, from standard plumbing fixtures like faucets and shower heads, to tubs, toilets, countertops, cabinetry and lighting, customers can design an entire room with products from one store.

“People can come into any of our 12 showrooms and design an entire space,” says Sarah. “So, even those add on things you might not think about, like towels bars or lighting. Many of the lines we carry offer accessories to match your fixtures.” The products offered are high quality. They don’t just look good, but also perform well over time. In some big box stores, shoppers may find a faucet or


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fixture that looks similar to what General Plumbing Supply has, but Sarah says that many times, the components are not the same materials and quality. “We’re very selective in the lines we carry, so everything we do offer is top of the line.”

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s your furnace approaching the end of its heat-giving life? Seeking a replacement will undoubtedly feel intimidating and with a hint of sadness over your current furnace. The silver lining is that new furnace installation is easier than ever and can be stress-free when you work with Air Group. Knowing what to expect when you need a new furnace will drastically reduce the worries associated with such a big job and will make you feel more comfortable. First, an Air Group specialist will perform a comprehensive assessment to determine your ultimate comfort needs. The ideal replacement furnace depends on factors that include the size of your home, the dimensions of each room, window locations, your ambient temperature preference, and much more. Once we collect your information and analyze, Air Group will offer multiple solutions and price levels for you. Once you decide on the most effective solution for your situation, you will pick the installation date.

The ideal replacement furnace depends on factors that include the size of your home, the dimensions of each room, window locations, your ambient temperature preference, and much more. Your Air Group installation team of highly skilled technicians will come to your home first thing in the morning to remove your old furnace. Once everything is cleaned and prepped, your new furnace will be installed and rigorously tested to ensure it is safely operating within manufacturing specifications. Once your new furnace is installed and operating, the technicians will check every aspect to ensure it works efficiently and responding to the thermostat controls. After the testing, the lead installation technician will check with you and resolve any questions you may have before considering your furnace installation service complete.

Air Group expert services are why professional furnace installation is so critical. Improper installation could cause safety hazards and poor performance from your modern system that will only raise your heating bills and reduce the overall expected life of your new system. When you go with a professional installation, you’ll not only enjoy an easy and fast installation but an installation service that will help you get the most from your new investment. When you need a new home heating system for maximum comfort and efficiency, call Air Group today.

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To keep customers and employees safe, Natale’s Bakery currently has a few rules in place. Like all stores, masks and social distancing are required. To keep things less crowded, they ask that only one family member enters the store and that there are only four customers in total. Online ordering and curbside pickup are also still available! For Thanksgiving, customers can find all the pies and dinner rolls they need to celebrate. The store will be closed the day of, but will be open Tuesday, Nov. 24 and will have pick-up ordering ONLY available on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

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magine living life to the fullest in a Wellness Community that caters to your own goals, lifestyle preferences, and your personal needs. Sycamore understands that as time passes life changes. “Being able to stay in a familiar and safe environment where trusting relationships have been established matters”, says Chief Operating Officer Rich Molfetta. Regardless of your level of care, Sycamore can accommodate your needs through their comprehensive and integrated services. The atmosphere at Sycamore Living, open since last April, is light-years away from that of a traditional nursing home. This state-of-the-art facility provides a tranquil, yet engaging environment. Each floor consists of two cozy “neighborhoods” with a central kitchen and dining area, living room with a safe fireplace, and an activity space for games and entertainment. Surrounding this open floor plan are private bedrooms that have a private bathroom and handicappedaccessible shower., and wall-to-wall windows on one side.

As inviting as the bedrooms are, the Sycamore team aims to get the residents out of their rooms and engaged. According to Mr. Molfetta, “The goal here is to provide a fulfilling and meaningful experience. Our team leads with their heart which helps create the right culture and environment for our residents to succeed”. Sycamore has invested in their communities so residents can enjoy high quality amenities in the convenience of their own neighborhood. “We’ve created a luxury health care environment where hospitality meets healthcare”, says Molfetta. Sycamore residents enjoy a wide range of services, including a full theater experience with surround sound, an aquatic therapy pool, a game of bocce in the outside courtyard, or a round of pool in the game room. There is also a beauty salon/barbershop offering spa services, and a full service bar / lounge for socializing and entertainment.

A final unique feature of Sycamore Living is its incorporation of technology into its residents’ daily lives. They believe residents are happiest when they stay connected to those they love. The Lifestyle Engagement team provides education to resident and families on the use of devices such as Amazon Alexa and other web-based technologies. “Even before the pandemic, we had put Amazon Alexa onto every nightstand to ensure our residents can see and speak to those they care about wheneverthey want” says Molfetta. As a Wellness Community, Sycamore takes the health of its residents very seriously: “We’ve partnered with Atlantic Health System and are well-located between Morristown and RWJ Barnabas Medical Centers. We have credentialed M.D.s on staff and skilled nursing care on the premises 24/7.”

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Dressing Up Your Windows! By Christine S. Maxwell, photo by Dan Epstein


or more than 85 years, Metropolitan Window Fashions has provided window dressings for residential homes in northern New Jersey. Initially established in 1934, the family-owned business has spanned three generations. The core mission–to provide quality products and services–has remained intact since its inception. Currently led by Bruce Heyman, the grandson of the founder, Metropolitan is New Jersey’s largest independent retailer of custom window fashions. Metropolitan’s stores display beautiful fabrics and custom window fashions of all styles. All locations have the designation of Hunter Douglas Gallery Centurion dealer–the highest level possible. According to Heyman, “Hunter Douglas only sells through independent dealers; you cannot buy their product online or at a big box store.” The showrooms provide a variety of custom draperies, blinds, shutters, motorized shades, and reupholstery. To assist clients with their selections, Metropolitan offers a free in-home decorating service.

Bruce Heyman Their 30 employees, eight decorators, and five installers are available to design, prepare, customize, and install the finished product. “Unlike the box stores and other competitors, we have the right-sized, knowledgeable staff that can deliver our services from design to installation,” states Heyman. Metropolitan has received numerous local and national business awards for its quality products and services. Remarks Heyman, “Awards are nice, but we want our customers to be happy. That is why we are here–this is a service business.”

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he ever-popular Madison boutique The Pink Pear’s recent move to Main Street is already seeing the benefits, says owner Christine Kosakowski.

Not only has the more-visible location in the center of town increased foot traffic, but The Pink Pear is now twice its former size, allowing more room for social distancing as customers return to in-store shopping. The larger space can also accommodate expansion of some of the shop’s most popular lines, such as Mud Pie’s fun and functional tabletop items and Spantina’s attractive jewelry and handbags. Kosakowski has added new lines to The Pink Pear’s collection, and will showcase holiday gift items including: ornaments, family games, tabletop items, clothing and accessories. She notes that two gift trends that started last year are expected to be popular again. “Back again this year will be The Corkcicle cigar glass, which sold out, and had two waiting lists,” she said. And the perfect “comfort gift” are the Nordic Beach Body Wraps, just right for snuggling into on a cold winter night. The Pink Pear is already offering delivery and curbside pick-up to accommodate customers’ safety concerns, but Kosakowki added, “If someone wants to arrange for a private shopping appointment, after hours, or on a closing day, we can do that as well.” Yet another modern shopping option: FaceTime, she said.

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the STORM MIXOLOGY CLOTHING BOUTIQUE Pivots During the Pandemic and Returns Stronger Than Ever

By Melissa Sorge, photo by Dan Epstein


amily-owned clothing company Mixology is open and ready for business in its original location in the heart of Livingston. Founded in response to the 2008 recession, the company’s name, Mixology, “…recognizes mixing and matching of price points,” owner and founder Jordan Edwards asserts. Edwards and his sister, Gabrielle Edwards, vice president and head buyer, wanted to create a boutique shopping experience where customers would have access to the latest trends and styles at mixed price points without making lengthy trips to the mall. Some of many the designers they carry include Gab & Kate, BB Dakota, Sunday Stevens and Z Supply. continued on page 22


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WEATHERING the STORM continued from page 20

When the COVID pandemic hit earlier this year, Mixology, along with every other retail store in the country, was forced to shutter their doors and furlough many of their employees. Forward-thinking and already equipped with a user-friendly website, Mixology was ready to pivot at a moment’s notice: “Our website is really what sustained us. We kept on all of our senior management and our fulfillment team and we were able to pivot the whole company from being a brick and mortar company to be an online company,” Edwards proclaims. As Mixology shifted to an online platform, many local customers wondered when and if the beloved local boutique would open back up in town. The reality is, Mixology never left: “One reason why people thought we were not coming back was that we took out all of the clothing for over a week and we sprayed the store with hospital-grade disinfectant,” Edwards explains. New Jersey shoppers can rest assured that Mixology is open, they have brought back all of their employees, and they are overjoyed to remain a stronghold in such a supportive community.

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ow you present yourself online is critical, especially in these days of the pandemic,” says photographer Dan Epstein. Whether it’s a business website, online meeting, or presence in social media marketing, most people agree that a first impression is key. “No kidding”, he adds, “you get, like, two seconds to capture someone’s attention before you lose them to a click through. The photograph of you simply has to be engaging, and able to show the best part of you.” With over three decades of experience shooting for some of America’s biggest magazines, Fortune 500 companies, as well as many local small businesses, Epstein can do just that: take a

photograph that presents you or your business in your best light. Whether you call it a business portrait, or a headshot, after a scheduled telephone or FaceTime meeting, he will come to your location, or someplace else you choose, with the appropriate photo gear and COVID safety measures, and make a series of photographs to make sure that you have a selection of excellent alternatives to choose from. Many clients are so pleased

with the results that they choose multiple different portraits for their marketing and social media efforts. You can preview a selection of his work on his website and reach him through it as well. Go ahead, contact him, it’s time to put your best face forward.

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potheco Pharmacy offers dermatology expertise along with their usual pharmacy services. “We are leaders in Dermatology drug care and that clinical focus allows us to offer services that other pharmacies simply cannot,” states Ronak Desai, Chief strategy officer and Co-founder. Apotheco Pharmacy differentiates themselves by offering patients many options for the treatment of acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, sun damage and fungal infections but where the pharmacy truly stands out is in its ability to offer customized solutions for their patients and providers. “We treat each customer as an individual patient. At our core we believe that when it comes to patient care one size does not fit all. Everyone can ship medication out, but our goal is to offer it at the lowest possible cost and to be accessible to counsel the patient; that alone makes a big difference in abandonment rates and patient adherence.” Desai said. Apotheco first opened their doors in New Jersey in 2013 and has since grown to 6 stores for a total of 20 stores across 9 states. Apotheco’s personalized patient services combined with a core offering of FREE white glove delivery, truly make the pharmacy stand out from the rest. When asked about how the pharmacy partners with Dermatologists the answer is simple: “We take the administrative burden away from providers’ hands MWF half pagethe 2020.pdf 1 10/27/2020 6:20:02so PM they can spend their

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time where it matters—with their patients”, Desai said. Apotheco Pharmacy is also excited to offer exclusive savings programs that make treatment options more accessible to all patients. To learn more about Apotheco, visit www. apothecopharmacy. com or stop by and say hello!

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Discover the Magic of Mohonk Mountain House


he Victorian-style resort, Mohonk Mountain House, is a National Historical Landmark located in nearby New York’s Hudson Valley. The resort offers a myriad of leisure activities and wellness programs that renew the body, mind and spirit.

Mohonk Mountain House’s recreational activities include ice skating, rock climbing and 85 miles of trails for seasonal hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing and crosscountry skiing. The grounds feature exquisite gardens, a nine-hole golf course, tennis courts and stables for horseback riding and horse-drawn carriage rides.


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The glacial-formed Lake Mohonk is ideal for boating, fishing and swimming. A stay at Mohonk Mountain House includes three meals per day, afternoon tea and most nonalcoholic beverages. The Spa at Mohonk Mountain House offers guests a restorative respite from the stresses of daily life in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Here guests feel at one with nature as they indulge in treatments

that celebrate the surrounding beauty of the Shawangunk Ridge and utilize natural, nourishing products. The award-winning spa with a natureinspired treatment menu offers opportunities for relaxation and renewal. Guests can relax in the outdoor mineral pool and lounge for hours with panoramic views from every veranda. To further help guests unwind, The Spa also offers a variety of guided yoga, meditation and fitness experiences, as well as a comprehensive curriculum of ground-breaking mindfulness programming designed to promote overall health and wellness. Mohonk Mountain House is a quintessential family resort where attention to detail can be found in every aspect of your stay. From December 4 – 31, escape to the Victorian castle for an

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unforgettable getaway with their all-new Victorian Holidays package. Delight in live music, ice skating in the open-air pavilion, and an array of outdoor activities scheduled daily.

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ou provide the talent…Jerry’s Artist Outlet will supply the tools. Family-owned and run by Allen and Bonnie Shefts, this iconic art store has been in business for 20 years carrying over 60,000 discounted items in its inventory. Master artists, professionals, students, hobbyists and kids alike will find everything to nurture their creativity—paint, canvas and boards, easels, architectural and drafting supplies, pastels and pencils, picture frames, and so much more. “It’s like a candy store for an artist,” states Bonnie. The in-house frame shop offers quality custom framing to preserve your most treasured photos, art or memorabilia. The professional framers at Jerry’s can encase anything in glass to put on display—from a small postcard to boxing artifacts to posters for a child’s room. According to Allen, “the work is museum quality.” All work is done on premise, “client’s artwork will never leave this location.” The shop also has an extensive line of ready-made frames. “Our sore is comprised of a small group of knowledgeable people who can help with anything related to art,” Bonnie notes about the 15-member staff. Jerry’s Artist Outlet is more than an art store… they are an across-the-board creative resource.

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eck Guardian specializes in building maintenancefree decks, upgrading and resurfacing existing decks, and the installation of gazebos, patios, porches, and Louvered Roofing Systems. The company’s website states that Deck Guardian is “dedicated to always using the most innovative technologies to deliver unique long-last decks to our customers.” Deck Guardian partners with trusted decking brands including Trex, Azek, and Fiberon and among its innovative construction methods is the use of steel helical piers that have three to five times more load capacities than traditional cement footings. The company is registered and insured and provides warranties on all its services. Owner Ion Colbasiuc, launched the business in 2015 after working for ten years in the industry. He wanted to

create a company that could help a wide swath of homeowners. He notes that, before their entrance into the industry, “Deck contractors in New Jersey either did only “super high-end decks” in the $100,000.00 plus range or were “jacks-of-all trades” who lacked specific experience and knowledge of deck construction.” Deck Guardian provides top-notch service and addresses the needs of all homeowners–those with small projects and those with large, elaborate ones. The majority of their customers live in single-family homes and, according to Colbasiuc, “Decks are a great addition to the house, creating an extra room and adding the space everyone needs to be able to use and enjoy the outdoors.” Colbasiuc explains that the Covid pandemic was an “eyeopener” with requests doubling when customers realized how important it is to have a space where the family can relax and enjoy its backyard space. Deck Guardian built over 300 decks in 2020 and is on target to build another 100 by the end of the year. He anticipates an even bigger increase in the 2021 season, so he encourages homeowners to get ahead of the rush. Pricing for materials in the industry go up every few months and the sooner the project begins, the more money the homeowner will save.

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One-Stop Dental Care By Susan Baldani, photos by Dan Epstein


r. Helen Chiu offers her patients not only general dentistry services in her Florham Park office, but more specialized procedures as well. Many other general dentists, she says, often refer their patients to specialists for complicated dental situations. But she has the training to perform these more specialized procedures herself. “I offer ‘one stop dental care’ where a range of services are provided, including many surgical procedures, root canal treatment, and adult shortterm orthodontia,” says Dr. Chiu. “This is all part of the practice; it’s a total experience. “If patients have any questions or concerns regarding their care, I can address it all. Because I do a lot of procedures, it’s fairly straightforward when it comes to diagnoses. I give my patients a lot of options for treatment, so they can make intelligent decisions.”

Dr. Chiu also takes her time with every patient. “All procedures are carefully explained so they know what’s coming. I think that’s helpful with managing anxiety. For patients who are very nervous, we put them on nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and/or can give them a sedative the night before.” Patient and staff safety is another top priority in her practice. Infection control has always been strongly enforced, so the new high-level safety guidelines were easy for them to meet with just a few adjustments, such as wearing N-95 masks. “People feel comfortable here,” says Dr. Chiu. “We treat our patients like family, and we try to be very conservative and do what’s in their best interests.”

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Nothing is more important to the Discovery Centers than your health and safety. We have made it our responsibility and have taken multiple steps to minimize health risks to our staff and clients while still being able to provide therapeutic needs. We are all in this together and we look forward in keeping contact with you during this period of distance. Feel free to call today for any inquiries or appointments. Stay Safe & Be Well, Dr. Christopher Barker,

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OUR HOUSE HEROES A Time for Thanksgiving

Michele DelCorsano, Our House CEO, with resident, Danielle. This prepandemic photo reminds us of the smiles under the masks.


ur House, a Murray Hill based nonprofit providing residential, day and support services for adult with disabilities, is forever grateful to the many heroes who rose to the top during the worst days of the pandemic and continue to do so. “When the pandemic hit we immediately went into crisis mode in order to keep our residents and staff safe and healthy,” says Michele DelCorsano, Our House President and CEO, “We identified what

During the pandemic staff picked up hundreds of homemade masks made by community members.

our immediate needs were, put out a plea for help and people from all walks of life stepped in.” Our House is bursting with heroes, many known by name but others quiet and anonymous. Heroes included Board Members who coordinated meals and birthday celebrations for the residential programs, community members who dropped off PPE supplies and provided hundreds of homemade masks and, of course, the Our House direct service professionals. A key factor in the limited number of COVID cases affecting Our House was that many staff moved into residential programs to limit the number of staff members rotating through the program – true heroes.

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“On behalf of the Our House family, thank you to everyone who has helped thus far and who continue to help. I would like to invite others to join our list of heroes. In this season of thanks and giving, we hope people will consider supporting Our House,” continues DelCorsano. Late Fall 2020

As part of a heroes parade each Our House location was given a “Heroes Work Here” lawn sign.

Our House will be designating their Giving Tuesday Campaign to support the purchasing of holiday gifts and meals for the nearly 100 adults with disabilities who live in one of their 28 group homes/supportive living locations. The Giving Tuesday Campaign will run from December 1st-5th. If you would like to support this effort please visit justgiving. com/campaign/ givingtuesday2020. For further information or questions contact Dawn K. Knill, CFRE at dknill@ or 908-464-8008 ext. 172.


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Mental Health for the WHOLE Family Discovery Wellness Center Treats Parents and Children for a Wide Range of Issues By Deborah Schapiro


ivorce…Substance abuse… Domestic violence...Gender identity. Whatever the issue, Dr. Christopher Barker has seen it. Dr. Barker, a Ph.D. psychologist, is the owner and Executive Director of Discovery Wellness Center; he and his staff treat children and families for all sorts of issues affecting mental health. Established in 2015 as a complement to the Discovery Psychotherapy Center, the Morristown-based Discovery Wellness Center provides individual, group and family counseling. The multiple therapists on staff act as a team: For instance, family clients may be split up so that one parent sees one therapist, the other sees a second, and the child sees a third.

In addition to emotional issues, Discovery Wellness Center also helps with neurological and educational ones. Dr. Barker notes, “Undiagnosed learning issues can affect a child’s mental health as well as their performance in school. We do intelligence testing for both children and adults, as well assessments for issues ranging from dementia to ADD and ADHD.” He adds, “We’ve tried very hard to achieve a family-friendly environment, starting from the moment a client walks in. Our receptionists are very welcoming, and there are plenty of toys in the waiting room. One wall in the waiting room has a blackboard to draw on, and another has a big screen showing fun movies and videos.”

Dr. Christopher Barker As welcoming as the waiting room is for children, the Center’s payment policies are equally reassuring to adults. Dr. Barker says, “We operate on a sliding scale and work with most insurance companies.”

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Restaurant Guide With New Jersey now allowing 25% indoor capacity it is recommend that you call in advance as reservations may be required.

Chatham Sandwich Shop 253 Main Street, Chatham 973-635-9852 | Online Ordering & Pickup Their overstuffed sandwiches include premium meats and cheeses and with fresh vegetables and homemade spreads.


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BERKELEY HEIGHTS Nagoya Sushi & Tiki Lounge 538 Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights 908-898-1188 | Online Ordering 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.

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

219 Main Street, Chatham | 973-701-6990 Pickup & Delivery 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.

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

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

Ms. Lin Chinese Cuisine 59 Main St, Millburn | 973-912-8838 Pickup & Delivery Ms. Lin Chinese provides convenient take-out and delivery for lunch and dinner and specializes in off-premise catering.

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Strega Bistro 430 Springfield Ave Berkeley Heights 908-665-5905 | Outdoor Dining Modern Italian Farm to Table Bistro featuring seasonal organic menu with Mediterranean influenced-specials.

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6 Roosevelt Avenue, Chatham, NJ 07928 973-701-0303 | Outdoor Dining & Curbside Pickup Artful dining, as conceived by award-winning Chef James Laird. A showcase of the finest handselected seasonal and regional ingredients in simple, refined presentations by Chef Laird.

Lucco Cucina + Bar 207 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park 973-822-0066 | Curbside Pickup, Delivery & Outside Dining Lucco is 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.


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


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Umi Sushi 339 Millburn Ave, Millburn | 973-921-2848 Pickup & Delivery Traditional and Fusion sushi and sashimi. Also find teriyaki, tempura, udon and soba noodle dinners. Most fish is wild-caught. Free delivery all day.


279 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights 908-665-1755 | Outdoor Dining A microbrewery that offers guests seasonal craft brews in addition to a delicate menu that accentuates a southern flare

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286 Essex St, Millburn | 973-376-6061 Outdoor Dining & Pickup Healthy and Delicious food Vietnamese food! With their family cooking and serving passions, their staff is excited to present their vision and tenderness to you and all guests

186 Columbia Tpk, Florham Park 973-377-4800 | Curbside Pickup & Delivery 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.

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NEW PROVIDENCE Moe’s Bistro and Bar 535 Central Ave, New Providence 908-840-4540 | Outdoor Dining & Curbside Pickup 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.

Fan Bistro 8 South St, New Providence | 908-898-1818 Curbside Pickup & Delivery Warm, stone-&-wood-clad stop offering Chinese & Japanese fare such as sushi plus lunch specials.

SHORT HILLS Boxcar Bar & Grill 25 Chatham Rd, Short Hills | 973-912-0002 Outdoor Dining & Curbside Pickup 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 | Outdoor Dining, Takeout & Delivery A full service restaurant, bar & lounge located on the East Orange Golf Course in Short Hills. Offering bar bites, burgers and tasty entrees.

La Pastaria 327 Springfield Ave, Summit 908-522-9088 | Outdoor Dining, Pickup & Delivery 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 185 Broad St, Summit | 908-277-2074 Pickup & Online Ordering 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.

STIRLING 12 Islands Greek Taverna 1255 Valley Rd, Stirling | 908-647-2193 Outdoor Dining & Online Ordering 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.


Silk Road Restaurant 41 Mountain Blvd, Warren | 908-561-8288 Outdoor Dining & Pickup Silk Road, the second Afghan restaurant in the state of New Jersey, transports its customers to classical Afghanistan. As you walk through the doors, you are welcomed with the sights of an old world Afghanistan, the sounds of its traditional music and the smells of fresh bread and kabobs awaiting you.

Stone House at Stirling Ridge 50 Stirling Road, Warren | 908.754.1222 Outdoor Dining The Stone House at Stirling Ridge, nestled on 10 acres of meticulously lush gardens. The Stone House menu changes seasonally and offers specials with ingredients that are sustainable and fresh. An open kitchen for foodies to admire.

Uproot 9 Mt Bethel Rd, Warren | 908-834-8194 Outdoor Dining & Takeout American eatery with creative tasting menus & Ă la carte fare (pizza, salad) in bright, modern digs. Their menu is diverse in both technique and flavor.

Stirling House Diner 1079 Valley Road, Stirling | 908-647-7105 Outdoor Dining Offering a wide range of diner fare and seafood. We offer a large variety of breakfast items, sandwiches, burgers, salads, appetizers, pasta, steaks, seafood and much, much more!


WATCHUNG Roots Steakhouse 401 Springfield Ave, Summit | 908-273-0027 Outdoor Dining & Takeout 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.

Serra Restaurant 10 Bank Street, Summit | 908-273-1713 Pickup & Delivery 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 Huntley Taverne 3 Morris Avenue, Summit | 908-273-3166 Outdoor Dining & Curbside Pickup Huntley Taverne dining experience offers classic seasonal cuisine, a 250 bottle wine list, two stone fireplaces, outdoor porch dining, and private events.

395 Springfield Ave, Summit | 908-273-6000 Pickup, Outdoor Dining & Window Bar An American restaurant and bar offering seasonal cuisine, craft cocktails, fresh local beers, and terroir-driven wines. Offering an A La Carte menu from 5-6:30pm (limited to a 1 hr & 30 min. seating time) and a Prix Fixe menu from 7-8:30pm. Reservations recommended. The Window Bar Tue-Sat 4-8:30pm. Curbside Pickup available Tue-Sat 4-5:30pm.

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Row, Row, Row Your Bike! MAKING FITNESS FUN Barry Farber

By Barry Farber


ow do you keep in shape, not get bored and make your workouts fun? I’m a big believer in varying your workouts so you not only keep it interesting but utilize a variety of different muscles. I’ve been experimenting with all types of workouts over the years: using sixteen 2.5-pound rings on my arms while training in martial arts, attaching car tires to my waist and doing pull ups, etc. (see more @ barryfarberofficial). Being creative and using all types of devices around the house allows for a full body workout. Even taking out the garbage can be turned into a great exercise. One of my favorite fitness products is the RowBike that allows you to get the benefits of rowing with strength training and cardio at the

same time, but also the enjoyment of being outside and the mobility of a bike.

Do the exercises slow at first, use less weights, less repetitions. It’s also a better workout. Remember–slow you grow and fast never lasts.

Here are several things to think about when choosing a workout that impacts the entire body:

3. Keep in mind that the right posture and the right breathing are essential to all types of movement and training. The right breathing calms you, brings oxygen to your blood and enhances your energy. The right posture makes sure your muscles are used properly and decreases fatigue.

1. Always try to look at exercises and movement that engages the legs, core and upper body. If you find those type of exercises that encompass a full body workout, it will save you time and include the benefits some muscle groups miss out on. 2. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise. Anytime you start a new exercise (consult your doctor if needed), keep in mind that when it comes to working out new parts of your body you should begin slowly.

There is never just one way to work out. As Bruce Lee said and I’ve mentioned many times in the past: “Collect what is useful, Discard what is not...and then Create your own style.”

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” —Mark Twain

Barry Farber is a radio and television host with expertise in sales and marketing topics, as well as a marketing consultant for corporations, professional athletes, and entertainers. He is the creator and marketer of the FoldzFlat® Pens that can be seen at Learn more about this author at

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