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“IT CHANGED MY LIFE” Cedar Grove resident Danielle R. had been experiencing the painful side effects of Peripheral Neuropathy, “my feet and legs were excruciating, and my doctor told me there was nothing they could do, they said I would have to take Gabapentin for the rest of my life.” Then she met Montclair’s very own Dr. Aleksandra Mihajlovic, DTCM, LAc.

Peripheral Neuropathy is the pain, discomfort, and numbness caused by nerve damage of the peripheral nervous system. Danielle explained that daily tasks like opening doors and using the bathroom were overwhelmingly painful. “How can you live for the next 30 years when you don’t even want to get out of bed to do simple things?” She was experiencing the burning, numbness, tingling, and sharp pains that those suffering from Neuropathy often describe. “The way that I would describe it, it’s equivalent to walking on glass.” Danielle hadn’t worn socks in five years and was wearing shoes two sizes too big so that nothing would ‘touch’ her feet. Unfortunately, Danielle’s story is all too familiar for the over 3 million people in the U.S. suffering from Peripheral Neuropathy. Are you unfortunate enough to be facing the same disheartening prognosis? You’re not sleeping at night because of the burning in your feet, and you have difficulty walking, shopping, or doing any activity for more than 30 minutes

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David J. Black FOUNDER & CEO

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12 Inside Essex 14 Local Heroes 14 Button Soup Endeavor Feeds the Homeless 15 Livingston Resident Starts KINDNESS ROCKS Movement

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30 COVER STORY LadySlipper Posy Floral Couture Blooms in West Caldwell

Michael J. Reidy ART DIRECTOR

Vanice Gage Donegan BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

34 Outdoor Summer Concerts Calendar

Cynthia Burns Sue Baldini Barry Farber Cathy Harvey Janis Hashe Christine Maxwell Jessica Modrow Jackie Schatell Deborah Shapiro

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38 Art of Essex 17 Say Hi to Jax Pet adoption

Denis Orloff— Taking You to Place in the Heart

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26 CASA of Essex County Aspires to Greatness on the Greens for Youth in Foster Care

40 Protect Your Eyes from Summer Sun Damage

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41 Laughter & Humor = A Healthy & Happy Life

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43 Relief for Headaches

28 Best of Essex Contest Categories

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sher Yarmush, 9, a 3rd grader from West Orange has written his first book called, “Alex and Henry in China.” During COVID quarantine, his mom, Talia, a writer herself, kept Asher busy with activities including writing, which is how Asher came to write the story for children ages 4-8. In first grade, Asher studied China in school, learning about New Year’s traditions and animals native to the land, and he wanted to incorporate what he had Asher Yarmush learned into the story of two friends enjoying a typical day in Beijing. Asher says he likes writing because it is fun and that he plans to write two more books as part of the series. He was invited to read the book to classes at school and felt proud and special. He especially liked that the students laughed at the funny parts. He says he enjoys reading the reviews by strangers who have read his book, available on Amazon.

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ichael Abdul-Qawi of West Orange has created a 90-minute documentary called, “Nice Towns” about his childhood hometown of Maplewood/ South Orange. It is his first time creating a documentary which came after feeling disappointed that, due to the pandemic, there was no 20th high school reunion. “I wanted to connect with my classmates and reminisce about what it was like growing up in the area and talk about Michael Abdul-Qawi what we wish had been different then and now,” he says. In the documentary, Michael interviews current and former residents, including classmates, people living in town, town officials, teachers, and parents. He says he wants people to know this film provides a platform to voice feelings that are often overlooked or unseen. “This film has hard conversations about inequalities in school and in the community and asks the questions about how to improve things,” he says. For more information about the film, go to nicetownsfilm.com

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ames Gardner of West Caldwell has always had a love of history. He majored in history in college and has given history lectures for many years. So, it makes sense that when he decided to start a podcast with his wife Kelly, after COVID hit, that it would be centered around history. The podcast is called, “Your History Your Story,” where guests discuss personal and family history. James has had many guests over the past two years including military heroes, those recovering from addictions, survivors of 9/11, people who are descended from historical figures like Grover Cleveland, musicians like the drummer from Hootie and the Blowfish and more. James says his podcast is not limited to famous people, it is open to people with amazing and inspiring stories to tell. “Hosting this podcast is fun and I enjoy meeting many interesting people,” he says. James Gardner

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rielle Dance of West Orange never met her grandmother, who passed away when her mom was a teenager. She always wondered what she’d say to Arielle if she were still alive. Arielle set out to write a book called, “Dearest One” in the form of a love letter from a grandmother to a child with 12 affirmations running the gamut from: dare to smile, take up Arielle Dance space, turn your face to the sun, know true love, and be gentle with yourself. She says she is “thrilled, overwhelmed, and grateful” to have been able to honor her ancestor and acknowledge grief she didn’t know was there. She says she has been doing a soft book launch in the area and enjoys speaking about her book at schools. “Dearest One” is available on Amazon, at local bookstores, and at bookshop.org.

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meals herself, she reached out to the local community and surrounding areas for help, which caused her to create Button Soup.

Right before the pandemic started, Yin heard about a group called WGT that fills a bus weekly with food and necessities to bring to the homeless. She asked if they needed hot meals, and they said, “Yes.” Knowing that she could not make 125 hot

Through the help of volunteers, the group makes 125 hot meals a week, which are delivered to WGT to be taken to Newark on Sundays. Yin says most folks make breakfast meals like pancakes, eggs, sausages, and more. On average, each participant makes 10-20 meals to be donated. They can make all of the same thing or can make different meals. The goal is to give the people being served the dignity of choice. Many of the volunteers then ride the WGT bus to the distribution location and help serve the meals.

in Chang-Darcy of Glen Ridge is passionate about helping others. She has run a local STEM program for children in town, volunteers on the Glen Ridge Conference Committee (CCC) that supports people running for board positions in town, runs the Glen Ridge NJ Community Facebook page, and most recently started a group called Button Soup, which brings hot meals to the homeless in Newark on Sundays.

Yin Chang-Darcy She says that her group also collects necessities like tents, sleeping bags, survival kits and socks to be donated. For those who don’t cook, but still want to help, there are opportunities to pick up and drive meals to Newark, to clean out the WGT storage unit, to help organize items collected and more. In addition, Yin often suggests that while people are donating items and meals, that they also donate boxes or canned items to Toni’s Kitchen. Yin says that “people want to help but don’t always know how.” She strives to make the volunteer opportunity at Button Soup easy and meaningful. “One person can make a difference, but many people working together is more powerful,” says Yin. Aside from delivering meals, Yin also enjoys talking with the people she is serving. She says, “They are so grateful and I wish more people could have the experience of talking with them and hearing their stories. They are a joy.” “I think people don’t realize how much they have,” she says. “They worry about the little things. But when you speak to these people it puts everything into perspective.” Yin’s message to anyone who wants to help is, “Don’t wish you could help— just do it.”

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Livingston Resident Starts KINDNESS ROCKS Movement By Jackie Schatell, photo by Dan Epstein

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She says adults have the same struggles and feels that without compassion people can become bullies. She is hoping that her Kindness Rocks will help stave off bullying and help people to feel comfortable in their own skin.

vie Singer of Livingston has launched a movement called Kindness Rocks where she paints rocks and decorates them with inspirational words, sentiments and words of gratitude meant to inspire and empower people who see them. The colorful rocks have words written on them like “Peace,” “Hope,” “Believe,” “Celebrate,” “Kindness Rocks,” “One Kind Word May Change Someone’s Day,” “Be the Change You Want to See,” “Strength,” “Breathe,” “Compassion,” “Celebrate,” “Balance,” “Healing,” “Gratitude Rocks,” “Be the Rainbow in Someone’s Cloud,” “You Are Special,” “You Got This,” “Be Kind,” “Livingston Rocks,” “Livingston Mart Rocks,” and more.

to place them elsewhere too. She says that if any businesses want her to leave some Kindness Rocks in front of them to contact her. She hopes that people will take one, share one with someone, or perhaps place their own rock there. She says she enjoys seeing people who find the rocks post pictures of them on social media.

In June, Evie began running an ongoing event with Yogi-Fit where people can donate $1 and take a rock. Funds raised will go to antibullying charities.

Evie is passionate about what she is doing and paints and writes on her rocks every day. It brings her a sense of calmness. She says she either finds rocks outside in parks and cleans them or orders them online. Evie would love to invite anyone interested in learning how to paint rocks to contact her. She says, “It is a fun thing for kids and adults to do.” She hopes to bring the program into the schools next year.

For the last year, she has been leaving the rocks in front of Livingston Mart, Well Bred, at CVS plaza on S. Livingston Ave., the municipal building/Town Hall, and at veterinarian offices, with plans

The former teacher of 20 years says that while teaching, she witnessed firsthand how kids struggled with self esteem issues and feels that kids should be taught compassion from an early age.

To contact Evie, send an email to singer.evie@gmail.com. If you want to follow her for more inspirational and motivational quotes and ideas, she is on Instagram @LifesHealthyIngredients.

“Making someone feel good can be contagious,” says Evie. “I hope these Kindness Rocks can do that for people.”

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Pirates of the Colombian Caribbean is another not-to-be-missed spectacular where audiences can see pirates jousting on a steel cable tight rope high in the sky, and watch them race on the legendary Wheel of Death. State Fair Meadowlands will continue through July 10th, and tickets can be purchased on its website or through its app. So, no need to worry about long lines delaying your entry into this magical world of fun shows, rides, games and food.

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he classic French art of making charcuterie— sausages, pates and terrines—is being revived at Montclair’s Butler and the Board, owned by Jeff and Cathy Butler, of West Orange. Charcuterie Boards have risen in popularity recently with pre-purchased items, but Jeff, a French-trained chef, cures his own meats. “Most businesses that offer boards buy already made meats and cheeses and just arrange it, but we make all of our own products,” says Jeff. In addition, the shop also sells handmade sausages, soups, bone broth, and vegan/ vegetarian items. Jeff, who also has a background teaching at the French Culinary Institute, offers monthly classes to learn about charcuterie. The classes run 11/2 hours where participants get to taste various types of meats, crackers, homemade cheeses and pickled preserves, fruits and more.

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ASA for Children of Essex County hosted its 27th annual golf outing fundraiser in support of the Essex County youth in foster care at the Cedar Hill Country Club. A full field of golfers gathered on a beautiful sunny day to play and raise funds via contests, raffles and silent auctions. While attendees dined on a delicious array of foods, honoree Karim Kaspar, Senior Counsel at Lowenstein Sandler, and long-time supporter of CASA Essex, spoke of his commitment to, and the importance of, building community within our society. Executive Director Marla Higginbotham commented on the fundraiser, saying “We are excited to be able to host our 27th year of the golf outing as we raise awareness about the most vulnerable citizens in the community - the children of Essex County in foster care. Honoring Karim for his longstanding commitment to the organization was long overdue.” CASA volunteers serve as the court’s eyes and ears in a child’s life, helping to improve the quality of information presented to the court and child welfare systems—to make sure the needs of these vulnerable youth do not slip through the cracks.

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Temple Sholom of West Essex Welcomes New Cantor

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emple Sholom of West Essex is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephanie Kupfer as their new Cantor. Cantor Kupfer joins Temple Sholom from Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford, CT where she has been instrumental in bringing the community of all ages together, building strong interpersonal relationships, and creating a wide spectrum of meaningful musical programs including both the adult and children’s choirs. A native of Los Angeles, CA, Kupfer received her bachelor’s degree in Music from Pepperdine University and earned a master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Cantor Kupfer began her studies for the Cantorate at the Academy of Jewish Religion in New York. She received her Master’s in Sacred Music and was Ordained as Cantor at the Academy of Jewish Religion in Los Angeles in 2018. “We are thrilled to welcome Cantor Kupfer to Temple Sholom. Her energy, warmth, beautiful voice, and her experience working with people of all ages, from preschoolers to adults, will be a blessing for our congregation,” said Rabbi Laurence Groffman, rabbi of Temple Sholom.

Cantor Kupfer, a descendant of Holocaust survivors, is passionate about social justice and educating others about antisemitism. She brings her love for Israel and support for feminist causes to Temple Sholom of West Essex. In her free time, Cantor Kupfer can be found traveling in search of new culinary delights, baking, reading and exercising. “I am excited to be the Cantor Stephanie Kupfer and to help continue the sacred work of creating a kehila kedosha, a holy community at Temple Sholom” said Cantor Kupfer.

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The 13th Annual Reader’s Choice Awards are back and better than ever. We again ask you to share your favorites. It’s your chance to support the local businesses you care about and also three local charities. For every vote cast, Suburban Essex Magazine will make a donation to Toni’s Kitchen, CASA for Children or Rosemarie’s Rescue Ranch. Let us know what you think. Vote for the best restaurants, stores, services and wellness providers in more than 90+ categories. New categories are in red.

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LadySlipper Posy FLORAL COUTURE

Blossoms in West Caldwell This Boutique Florist Crafts Custom Arrangements Perfect for Any Occasion

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f you’re looking for a boutique florist who can create dreamy arrangements on a whim, head to LadySlipperPosy Floral Couture in West Caldwell. Adriana Maniscalco opened LadySlipperPosy in July of 2021 after running a floral business out of her home for seven years, while simultaneously maintaining a sales and marketing career in corporate America.

“My passion grew back in 2014. I had this urge to work with flowers. I just adored them. Everytime I received an arrangement, I would be in awe of them. How cool would it be to one day have a flower shop?” explained Maniscalco. So, she started designing flowers for family members and doing smaller scale events like baptisms, communions, and private parties.

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LadySlipper Posy Floral Couture Blossoms in West Caldwell “Customers started asking if I could make arrangements for their home. I was even subscription based at one point,” said Maniscalco. “Finally, my gut was telling me to take that leap of faith: to start doing what you love and don’t look back. So last year I opened up my first brick-and-mortar shop.” Her shop, LadySlipperPosy, is located in the heart of West Caldwell shopping, on the corner of Bloomfield and Passaic avenues. The shop offers everyday floral arrangements for all occasions. Customers can pop in to pick up flowers, candles and gifts, or work with Maniscalco to come up with something custom to their needs. Maniscalco hand picks all of her arrangements from single bouquets to designing flowers for weddings, grand openings, communions, graduations, and special events. “I make my own custom designs. Typically, when I have customers contact me, they ask me to put something together– designer’s choice. Sometimes they’ll tell me what colors they prefer or specific flowers. But for the most part, it’s all custom work,” said Maniscalco.

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One of the things that helps to make LadySlipperPosy stand out among other florists is the type of florals that Maniscalco uses. “They’re more premium flowers–not always your common, everyday flowers. They’re imported from all over the world,” said Maniscalco. “I like to explore and see what exoctic flowers are out there.” Clients can see the types of arrangements Maniscalco puts together on Instagram, where she posts all of her latest work. It’s evident that Maniscalco has a deep passion for her career and pride in her work. “I pour my heart and soul into every arrangement that I design. I design them the same way I would design it for my family or myself. It doesn’t matter how small or large the piece is,” said Maniscalco. “There’s a lot of love that goes into it before it goes out the door.”

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Jersey Sound

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3rdValve Pop, Dance and Soul 7pm Memorial Park Main Street & Wilmore Road, Little Falls

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Punk band that is influenced largely by the Ramones. 6:30pm Spiotta Park 20-32 Village Plaza, South Orange

80’s Revolution

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The ultimate dance party showband. 7:30pm Essex County Brookdale Park Watchung Avenue, Bloomfield

An eclectic blend of classic oldies, classic rock, Motown, R&B, British Invasion and Pop. 7pm Brookside Park 90 Bay Ave, Bloomfield

West Orange Community Band 7pm South Mountain Recreation Clipper Pavilion 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange

Soul Train 7pm Lurker Park Main Field 631 Ridgedale Ave, East Hanover

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Duprees

A Party Band that plays a wide variety of music from past to present with a song list emphasizing dancing and good times. 7pm 30 Robert H Harp Dr, Livingston

Thrilling audiences with their smooth harmonies and romantic sound. 7pm Morgan’s Farm 903 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 13

Chatham Community Band 7pm South Mountain Recreation Clipper Pavilion 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6 K Brown Express Known for their jazzy flair as well as their strong vocals. 7pm Verona Town Hall 600 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona

Acute Inflections A diverse repertoire that includes Jazz, Top-40 and everything in between. 6:30pm Spiotta Park 20-32 Village Plaza, South Orange

SUNDAY, JULY 10

Performing Soul, Funk, R&B, and Pop. 7pm Watsessing Park, Bloomfield

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 13

Total Soul They perform with the flair of a wellrehearsed show band, complete with front-line choreography, exciting lead singers, hot horns, and a groovin’ rhythm section. 7:30pm Crane Park Gazebo 30 Clinton Rd, West Caldwell

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Jersey Sound

Uptown Band Party band performing current hits. 7pm Memorial Park Gazebo 30 Robert Harp Drive, Livingston

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An eclectic blend of classic oldies, classic rock, Motown, R&B, British Invasion and Pop. 7pm O’Beirne Field 19 Harrison Avenue, Roseland


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TUESDAY, JULY 19

FRIDAY, JULY 22

The New Watchdog Blues Band

Eaglemania

Frontiers

Not just blues…soul and funk. 7pm Memorial Park Main Street & Wilmore Road, Little Falls

Stunning five-part harmonies and an uncanny ability to emulate The Eagles note-by-note. 7pm Brookside Park 90 Bay Ave, Bloomfield

A Journey tribute band. 7:30pm Essex County Brookdale Park Watchung Avenue, Bloomfield

FRIDAY, JULY 15 The Jersey Tenors

Maplewood Concert Band

An Opera/Rock Mash-up sensation that creates an explosive blend of the most iconic Opera classics. 7:30pm Essex County Brookdale Park Watchung Avenue, Bloomfield

7pm South Mountain Recreation Clipper Pavilion 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange

SATURDAY, JULY 23

GS Radio Pop-Rock hits from the 80’s & 90’s to today. 7pm Morgan’s Farm 903 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove

SATURDAY, JULY 16

Swingtown Maplewood’s own 20-piece big band. 6:30pm Spiotta Park 20-32 Village Plaza, South Orange

SUNDAY, JULY 24 Frontiers David Easton Band

Boat House Row

Performing everything from pop/rock to jazz standards. 6:30pm Spiotta Park 20-32 Village Plaza, South Orange

Yacht rock refers to the highly polished brand of soft rock that emanated from Southern California between 1976–1984. 7pm Lurker Park Main Field 631 Ridgedale Ave, East Hanover

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 20 The Kootz Rock n’ Roll with fiber. 7pm On the Square 600 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona

THURSDAY, JULY 21 Street Hassle The NJ Tenors Music from Frankie Vali & the Four Seasons, Frank Sinatra, Bon Jovi, Kool & the Gang and more. 7pm. Memorial Park Gazebo 30 Robert Harp Drive, Livingston

Dance and showband wrapped in one. 7pm Memorial Park Main Street & Wilmore Road, Little Falls

Journey tribute band 7pm Memorial Park Gazebo 30 Robert Harp Drive, Livingston

TUESDAY, JULY 26 Epic Soul Performing everyone’s favorite Soul, Funk, R&B, and Pop tunes 7pm Brookside Park 90 Bay Ave, Bloomfield

Peter and the Master Key 7pm South Mountain Recreation Clipper Pavilion 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange

The Kootz Rock n’ Roll with fiber. 7pm O’Beirne Field 19 Harrison Avenue, Roseland

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OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERTS The Cameos

SUNDAY, JULY 31

Super TransAm

This talented oldies group create and perform their own unique renditions of the most popular songs of the 50’s & 60’s with a little of the 70’s for good measure. 7pm Lurker Park Main Field 631 Ridgedale Ave, East Hanover

Playing all of your favorite arena anthems and chart-topping radio hits of the 70’s. 7pm Lurker Park Main Field 631 Ridgedale Ave, East Hanover

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27

Eaglemania

THURSDAY, AUGUST 4

Jersey Sound A popular premiere oldies band. 7pm Cedar Grove Park 199 Fairview Avenue, Cedar Grove

THURSDAY, JULY 28 Sunset Soundz Sounds from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and today’s popular hits. 7pm Memorial Park Main Street & Wilmore Road, Little Falls

SUNDAY, JULY 29 Bell Bottom Blues An Eric Clapton tribute band. 7:30pm Essex County Brookdale Park Watchung Avenue, Bloomfield

The B-Street Band Tribute to the music of the Bruce Springsteen 7pm. Memorial Park Gazebo 30 Robert Harp Drive, Livingston

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 The Kootz 7pm Rock n’ Roll with fiber. Grove Cleveland Park Brookside Avenue Caldwell

Apex Ensemble/The Montclair Orchestra 7pm South Mountain Recreation Clipper Pavilion, 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange

Stunning five-part harmonies and an uncanny ability to emulate The Eagles note-by-note. 7pm Memorial Park, Nutley

Nash East Country/Honky Tonk/Modern Country 7pm Memorial Park Main Street & Wilmore Road, Little Falls

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 The Discoteks 100% disco, dance and party band. 7:30pm Essex County Brookdale Park Watchung Avenue, Bloomfield

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6

SATURDAY, JULY 30

Sarah Hodd 6:30pm Spiotta Park 20-32 Village Plaza, South Orange

Leonieke Scheuble A gifted young pianist and jazz organist who has a rare talent for blues and jazz improvisation. 6:30pm Spiotta Park 20-32 Village Plaza, South Orange

THURSDAY, AUGUST 11 Lady Supreme A Diana Ross experience. 7pm Foley Field John F Kennedy Dr N, Bloomfield

The 10 Til 2 Band Funk party band. 7pm Memorial Park Main Street & Wilmore Road, Little Falls

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 12

TUESDAY, AUGUST 16

THURSDAY, AUGUST 25

Sterling Sample, Steel Drummer

In the Name of Love

7pm South Mountain Recreation Clipper Pavilion 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange

Classic rock hits from Blondie, U2, Journey, Queen and more. 7pm Memorial Park Main Street & Wilmore Road, Little Falls

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18 No Discipline Cast of Beatlemania Recreating the sights and sounds of The BEATLES 7pm Eagle Rock Reservation Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27

Reggae music since 1983. 7pm Memorial Park Main Street & Wilmore Road, Little Falls

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 Viva Flamenco Combining dance forms such as Middle Eastern, jazz, and East Indian to draw together the diverse influences of the art in exciting multicultural performances. 6:30pm Spiotta Park 20-32 Village Plaza, South Orange

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DENIS ORLOFF

Taking You to Places in the Heart Story and portrait by Dan Epstein

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e all have places in which we are happy, content, and at peace with the world. The meticulously crafted watercolors of West Orange resident Denis Orloff take us to his, and in that journey, it’s as if we can’t help finding our way to ours as well. As an illustration major at New York’s prestigious Parsons School of Design, he learned the ins and outs of creating images that in his very busy early career, would illustrate magazines, books, posters, and advertising. Yet it was after the birth of his first child that he put aside his brushes, and began to develop real estate. The Essex County area is dotted with the homes his firm renovated, or built from scratch, all of which beautifully harken to a grand time in American architecture. It was in 2006, when he found inspiration learning about the grandfather he’d never met, legendary painter Gregory Orloff. He took this inspiration to the Catskill farm his family owns and put it to work. “I have always been drawn to the light”, he says. “Light is everything. Sunrises and sunsets, the early morning light and the fading light of twilight; I believe that the depiction of light is one of the hardest and most gratifying things I can do in a painting.” Orloff believes that this special light brings up feelings of nostalgia and other deep emotions. And that it does when depicted by him in his remarkable watercolor paintings. Denis Orloff 38

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Take for instance Old Faithful, which is the tire swing behind the house at his family’s Catskill farm. It’s been years since his now adult children relentless played on the swing which sits, almost forlornly, both maybe hoping for the next generation of children, while plucking at Orloff’s heartstrings, and ours, as it evokes a nostalgia for our own childhoods, and we find it triggering our own sweet memories.

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Almost daily when Orloff is at his Catskill home he walks past the former estate of renown opera singer Anelita Galli-Curci. In Galli-Curci Barn he’s captured the now unattended to barn of the estate in the late afternoon light he loves to paint. The barn itself is a leftover from the era of the large Catskill estates in the Bel Air Mountain area. With his masterful depiction of the light and extraordinary detail in the foliage we feel the loss of that earlier time. The Minute Man Walk is a country path near Concord, Massachusetts on which the Minute Men supposedly traveled to one of the first battles of the American revolution. Once again, we see Orloff’s skill at replicating late-day light, and capturing a mood as well as a place. And we find ourselves in a happy peace, inspired by this calm moment in time. Many of these exquisite paintings will be on display at the West Orange Arts Council in an exhibit during July and August. Orloff will be at the reception on Friday, July 29th from 5pm. Check the Arts Council’s website for other times, and visit his website and find a plethora of recent work. But be forewarned: in seeing the paintings of some of his special places, you may find yourself simply aching to visit them, or your own in real life.

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ATRIAL FIBRILLATION Affects Kids and Adults of All Ages So Take Your Fluttering Heart Beat Seriously By Kimberly Blaker

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ften, when we think of heart conditions, we associate them with age. Although atrial fibrillation (AFib) is found more often in those over age 60, it can affect people of all ages, even children. Two million Americans are affected by this serious condition, which increases the risk of health complications, including heart attack and stroke.

What is AFib, and what causes it? AFib makes the heart beat rapidly and irregularly. It commonly feels like a fluttering of the heart. According to the Mayo Clinic, “During atrial fibrillation, the heart’s two upper chambers (the atria) beat chaotically and irregularly—out of coordination with the two lower chambers (the ventricles) of the heart.” AFib, also known as arrhythmia, is not deadly in and of itself but is nonetheless a serious condition. It increases the risk of heart failure or can be the result of a serious underlying health problem. There are several causes associated with AFib. It can be genetic or may be caused by one of several heart-related diseases, previous heart surgery, sleep apnea, lung disease, infection, or an overactive thyroid. Caffeine, heavy alcohol use, street drugs, and certain medications can also cause AFib.

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What are the symptoms, and how is it diagnosed? The most common symptom of AFib is a fluttering heartbeat or palpitations. Other symptoms also sometimes accompany the condition, such as: fatigue; dizziness; thumping in the chest; anxiety; shortness of breath; feeling faint or confused; sweating; and chest pain or pressure. If you do experience symptoms of AFib, diagnosis is painless and relatively simple. Your doctor will perform a physical examination and an electrocardiogram. A patient-activated cardiac event recorder can also help with the diagnosis. In the event of chest pain or pressure, you should treat it as a medical emergency because it could indicate a heart attack.

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ringing your family together for a meal that tastes like summer is what the season is all about. If you’re spending an evening firing up the grill, flipping on the oven, forming a homemade salad or anything in-between, the time spent together enjoying warm weather flavors is what everyone truly craves. Your next backyard meal can start with a flavor infusion from Newman’s Own Garlic Vinaigrette & Marinade, a versatile option that can be tossed with salads or added to proteins before cooking. Made with premium ingredients and a special blend of herbs and spices, it sets itself apart by mixing garlic into the dressing in four different forms—minced, powder, granulated and chopped—to deliver a delightfully bold and zesty flavor with every bite. Take advantage of its mouthwatering taste with these Summer Shrimp and Squash Kebabs, an easy way to bring loved ones together both before and during the meal. Put an adult in charge of heating the grill while the entire family works together to marinate a concoction of shrimp, tomatoes, corn, red onion, squash and zucchini before threading onto skewers that are ready to hit the grates.

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2 mini cucumbers, thinly sliced

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¾ cup cherry tomatoes, quartered

16 large shrimp, peeled and deveined

½ cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed

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If hot weather means lighter fare is on the menu, this Mediterranean Orzo Salad can be ready in mere minutes. Just toss together a handful of tantalizing ingredients for a simple bite of summer that’s perfect as a meatless meal or al fresco side dish. Or you can turn it into a quick weeknight dinner by adding cooked chicken, shrimp or a protein of your choice.

½ cup arugula

1 large red onion, cut into 1-inch wedges

¼ cup pitted Kalamata and green olives, cut in half

2 yellow squash, sliced 1/2-inch thick

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In large bowl, combine orzo, cucumbers, tomatoes, chickpeas, arugula, olives and feta cheese. Toss with vinaigrette.

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2 ears fresh corn, cut into 1-inch pieces

2 zucchini, sliced 1/2-inch thick Soak skewers in water at least 30 minutes. In large bowl, combine vinaigrette, shrimp, cherry tomatoes, corn, red onion, yellow squash and zucchini; marinate for 30 to 60 minutes. Preheat grill to medium heat. Skewer pieces of cherry tomato, shrimp, corn, zucchini, red onion and yellow squash on wooden skewer. Repeat with remaining ingredients and skewers. Grill kebabs about 8 minutes, turning frequently until shrimp and veggies are cooked. Serve with additional vinaigrette.


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Ocha Caldwell 403 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-228-8856 www.ochanj.com Asian Japanese Cuisine

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461 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-228-5228 www.divinaristorante.com Italian Cuisine

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Il Vecchio Cafe 234 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-226-8889 www.ilvecchiocafe.com Italian Cuisine

La Famiglia Ristorante & Pizzeria 359 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973 226-3049 www.caldwellrestaurant.com Italian restaurant

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Corso 98 98 Walnut St, Montclair | 973-746-0789 www.corso98.com Everyday Italian

Laboratorio Kitchen 615 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair 973-746-6100 www.thelaboratoriokitchen.com New American Cuisine

Pizzeta Enoteca 62 W Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston 973-740-2264 | www.pizzetausa.com Classic Italian dishes

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33 Walnut Street, Montclair | 973-783-1133 www.laurelandsage.com American restaurant.

Amanti Vino 30 Church Street, Montclair 973-509-WINE (9463) | www.amantivino.com Wine, beer, artisanal spirits, cheese, classes, and outdoor dining at Amanti Vinoteca.

Aozora 407 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair 973-233-9400 | www.aozoramontclair.com Sushi and European cuisine

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Le Salbuen Cafe Jack’s Seafood Shack & Oyster Bar 718 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair 973-893-5283 | JacksSeafoodShackNJ.com Lobster & Seafood

97 Walnut St, Montclair | 201-622-8473 www.lesalbuen.com Eclectic European-inspired eatery

Sweet T’s Southern Eatery 387 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair | 973-500-3452 sweettsmontclair.com Healthy, Pork-free Southern Eatery

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Zeugma Grill 44 S. Park St, Montclair | 973-744-0074 | www.zeugmagrill.com Mediterranean cuisine

FRESH & DELICIOUS ITALIAN CUISINE

SHORT HILLS Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge 440 Parsonage Hill Rd, Short Hills | 973-467-8882 www.par440.com A full service restaurant, bar & lounge

UPPER MONTCLAIR Marcel 6311/2 Valley Rd, Upper Montclair | 973-842-4086 www.marcelbakeryandkitchen.com Mediterranean

TS Ma Chinese Cuisine 199 Bellevue Ave, Upper Montclair | 973-509-8878 www.tsmacc.com Chinese cuisine

VERONA Bloom 648 Bloomfield Ave, Verona 973-433-7256 www.bloomverona.com New American cuisine with French and Korean inspiration

11 Time Consecutive BEST OF ESSEX Winner! Fish Filet Fresh, Healthy & Authentic! Sautéed with Ginger & Scallion

Fine Italian Cuisine Order Online at: www.TSMACC.com

BYOB • CATERING AVAILABLE

973-837-8282

199 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair • 973.509.8878 Available for Take Out and Delivery Only

75 Main Street, Little Falls, NJ 07424

INDOOR DINING NOW AVAILABLE IN WYCKOFF: 637 WYCKOFF AVENUE, WYCKOFF, NJ • 201.891.8878

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Blue Hippo Coffee Co. 662 Bloomfield Ave, Verona | 972-433-7891 www.bluehippocoffee.com Breakfast, lunch and brunch

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WEST CALDWELL P.F. Seafood Restaurant 1090 Bloomfield Avenue, West Caldwell | 973-277-1007 www.pfseafoodrestaurant.com Fish and seafood market & restaurant

WEST ORANGE Chit Chat Diner 410 Eagle Rock Ave, West Orange | 973-736-1989 www.chitchatdiner.com Classic American Diner Suburban Essex

The Highlawn

Suburban Essex

Eagle Rock Reservation, 1 Crest Drive, West Orange 973-731-3463 | www.highlawn. com American Cuisine

2018 Bronze Winner

2021 Bronze Winner

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK CATERING ON AND OFF SITE | BYOB

Kim’s Sushi

973-422-0501

458 Eagle Rock Ave, West Orange | 973-669-2800 kimssushinj.com Sushi and Japanese restaurant

222 N. LIVINGSTON AVE, LIVINGSTON

www.AssadoNJ.com

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MamaDags

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410 St. Cloud Ave, West Orange | 862-233-7557 www.MamaDags.com Seafood + Pizza House

Gold Winner

GOLD WINNER

Best Full Service Restaurant

Primavera

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ATITS ITS FINEST AT FINEST AT ITS FINEST

500 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange | 973-669-0966 www.primaverawestorange.com Traditional Italian Cuisine

LuNello’s menu features decadent Italian dishes composed with the finest and freshest ingredients. This season, indulge in fresh fish dishes including halibut and bronzino.

LuNello’s menu features decadent Italian dishes composed o’s menu features decadent Italian dishes composed with the finest and freshest with the finest and freshest ingredients. This season, dients. This season, freshincluding fish dishes including halibut and bronzino. GOLD PRIZE PRIZE indulge inindulge fresh fishindishes halibut andSILVER bronzino. Best Full Service Restaurant

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HANDSOME BAR & LOUNGE

182 STEVENS AVENUE, CEDAR GROVE, NJ • (973) 837-1660 • WWW.LUNELLO.COM

LD PRIZE Full Service aurant

HOURS: Sun-Thur 6am-1am Fri-Sat 6am-2am SILVER PRIZE Best Italian Restaurant

275 NJ State Highway 10, East Hanover

FOR PICK-UP ORDERS CALL 973-884-8840 STEVENS 182 AVENUE, CEDAR GROVE, NJ •GROVE, (973) 837-1660 WWW.LUNELLO.COM WE DELIVER through DeliveryNow.com STEVENS AVENUE, CEDAR NJ • (973)• 837-1660

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The Best of Essex RESOURCE DIRECTORY Visit us online at BestofEssex.com

Day Care/PreSchool. Kiddie Academy believes your child’s days should be filled with learning and fun. Life Essentials is Kiddie Academy’s overarching philosophy that includes a variety of programs and techniques. They focus on developmentally appropriate curriculum, health and fitness, character education, and technology education. Ages served range from Infant to Full day Kindergarten. We also have a FUN summer program which goes until age 10.

Kiddie Academy

Acupuncture.

810 Passaic Avenue, West Caldwell | 973-227-4382 www.kiddieacademy.com

Acupuncture is a complementary medicine that helps a myriad of ailments. Dr. Margaret Amireh, DACM, L.Ac is an accredited and board certified Acupuncturist with experience treating over 250 conditions. Some insurance accepted. For additional information, please call them at 973-304-1506

Dentist.

Balanced Body Acupuncture 792 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove | 973-304-1506 www.balancedbodyacupuncture.com

Art & Framing. Mona Lisa Framing offers creative design expertise, 100% conservation, hand-crafted mouldings, delivery & installation, and on-site consultation. Specializing in: preservation framing of oil and acrylic paintings, works of art on paper, needle arts, fabrics, posters, diplomas, photography and more; Shadow box and object framing; repair of framed artwork; custom mirrors; music/sports memorabilia design; and more!

Mona Lisa Framing 7 Highland Pl, Maplewood | 973-762-2777 www.monalisaframing.com

D&G Dental is committed to complete dental care— They are here to make sure you have access to dental care that is modern, advanced, comfortable, and compassionate. From simple treatments every smile needs to complex cosmetic and restorative dentistry, D&G Dental is the only dental office you’ll ever need for virtually every oral health issue that might arise.

D&G Dental 667 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange | 973-732-2200 www.dgdental.com

A multi-specialty dentistry serving Livingston, NJ and surrounding areas since 1996. Their specialties include Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, Adult and Cosmetic Dentistry, and Periodontics. They are devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using safe, state-of-the-art procedures that will result in beautiful, long lasting smiles! They provide comprehensive treatment planning and use restorative and cosmetic dentistry to achieve optimal dental health.

Kids & Family Dentistry

Bakery. Famously known for their all natural, only 4 ingredient bread, Calandra’s Bakery has been serving delicious, high-quality baked goods since 1962. All of their bread is handcrafted the old-fashion way, and NEVER made with any preservatives. Savor hot bread every hour on the hour at all three of their retail locations in Newark, Fairfield, and Caldwell. You can also find their bread in your local supermarket!

Calandra’s Bakery www.calandrasbakery.com

All-natural sourdough loaves Airy focaccia and buns Flaky babka, rugelach and croissant Seasonal sandwiches and salads Proudly serving Counter Culture Coffee we liv breads

Liv Breads Bakery 184 Essex Street, Millburn | The Mall at Short Hills 32 Nathaniel Place, Englewood www.livbreads.com | eat@livbreads.com

Dr. Farideh Golestani & Assos. 471 West Mt. Pleasant Ave, Livingston | 973-597-1818 www.kidsfamilydentistry.com

Electrician. 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.

Anderson Electric Verona | 973-857-4333 www.andersonelectric.com

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 www.oharaelectric.com

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Event Venue.

Landscaping.

Crystal Plaza is a turn of the century mansion built in the 1890’s by the prominent architect, Stanford White. The venue has a gorgeous grand ballroom, spectacular gardens, and a range of other multi-purpose rooms. The overarching Crystal Plaza Group provides full eventproduction services and non-kosher, kosher, and glatt kosher catering for off-premise at venues in NJ and NY.

K. Macken Landscaping offers complete landscaping, lawn maintenance, and construction by a fully insured company with a knowledgeable and experienced staff. Plus, their locally owned and operated company always gives the most competitive prices.

K. Macken Landscaping

Crystal Plaza

West Caldwell | 973-261-0198 www.kmackenlandscaping.com

305 W Northfield Rd, Livingston | 973-992-8100 www.crystalplaza.com

Home Remodeling.

Lawyer.

G&L and Sons Renovations, LLC is a full service home remodeling company serving northern NJ for over 30 years. They can help you with remodeling your kitchen, bathroom, basement, add an addition or complete home remodel.

The attorneys at Cipriano Law Offices, PC work as a team to carefully examine the circumstance of your individual case. They are qualified family law mediators and trained in collaborative law, in addition to having a vast amount of litigation experience, including: high net worth divorce, equitable distribution, alimony, child support, custody, adoptions, prenuptial agreements, domestic violence matters, Division of Child Protection and Permanency.

G&L and Sons Renovations, LLC 973-857-3553 | www.glandsons.com

Cipriano Law Offices, PC

HVAC.

175 Fairfield Avenue, Suite 4C/D, West Caldwell | 973-403-8600 www.CiprianoLaw.com

Multiple award-winning provider of high-quality heating and air conditioning equipment—with sales, installations, repairs and maintenance service for residential and commercial customers. They take pride in delivering superior customer service and were voted Best HVAC contractor in Essex County seven years in a row. They also sell, install and provide maintenance service on home standby generators and air purification systems. NJ ELEC LIC#11850B HVAC-R LIC# 19HC00144800

Lingerie & Intimate Wear. Specializing in bra fittings and cup sized swimwear. They also offer VIP shopping experience for groups, private shopping events, undergarment fittings for weddings and Bridal Parties, virtual shopping experience and men’s private shopping. They also offer events such as hosting a fundraiser with the organization of your choice, seminar/lingerie and swim product knowledge events, book an outside store event, and boudoir packages.

Bloomfield Cooling & Heating 127 Paterson Avenue, Little Falls | 973-237-0505 www.BloomfieldCooling.com

Sitting Pretty Intimates 97 S Livingston Ave Suite C, Livingston | 973-251-2224 www.Sittingprettyintimates.com

Interior Design. For nearly 25 years, Richard Bailey Interiors, LLC has provided discriminating clients with custom residential interiors designed to deliver lasting elegance and true livability. Installed in residences throughout the New York tri-state region and beyond, the full-service firm’s one-of-kind designs interpret each client’s unique vision with a sophisticated design aesthetic, attention to detail and exceptional quality.

Medi Spa. Specializing in injections (Botox, Dysport, Fillers), Coolsculpting, PRP Procedures, Body Contouring, Microblading, Microneedling, Vaginal Rejuvenation and other Spa services,all to help clients “Look and Feel your Best.”

Richard Bailey Interiors, LLC

Montclair Rejuvenation Center

973-429-2106 | www.richardbaileyinteriors.com

One Mt. Prospect Ave., Verona | 862 284 3747 761 Bloomfield Ave., West Caldwell | 973 650-3204 www.montclairrejuvenationcenter.com

An award-winning Interior Design business located in Verona, the perfect source for all of your residential and light commercial interior design projects. Easy and fun to work with—they offer excellent design using the best in custom window treatments, custom furniture including upholstery and reupholstery, lighting, accessories, floorcovering, design services, space planning, color consultations, and much more.

Optician.

Valerie Ruddy Designs - Decorating Den Interiors 973-239-3004 | www.valerieruddy.decoratingden.com

Walter Bauman is a full-service, fine jewelry store with expert jewelers and watchmakers available for all your jewelry-repair needs.

Walter Bauman 653 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange 973-731-3155 | www.walterbauman.com

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Block & Zuckerman Opticians 371 East Northfield Road, Livingston 973-736-7647 | www.BZOpticians.com

Jewelry.

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Block & Zuckerman Opticians has served the community for over 65 years. They strive for excellence in all that they do—from edging the highest in lens technology to selecting the finest frames for each individual’s face.

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Orthodontist.

Podiatrist.

At Sacks Orthodontics, orthodontist Dr. Eric Sacks and his orthodontic team gauge our success by our patients’ smiles and happiness. Dr. Sacks’ practice is housed in a brand new, truly state-of-the-art, all digital facility, and he offers the latest in orthodontic treatment options.

Cedar Grove Foot & Ankle Specialists provides innovative and compassionate care to get patients back on their feet. They offer highly skilled and individualized care for all foot and ankle conditions, with extensive training in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. Dr. Matthew F. Wachtler, DPM, FACFAS

Sacks Orthodontics 41 N. Livingston Avenue, Livingston | 973-251-2265 www.SacksOrtho.com

Painter. “Professional,” “courteous,” and “exceptional” is how customers consistently describe Wilber’s Painting. Their highly trained staff of professionals knows what it takes to bring their client’s imagination to reality.

Wilber’s Painting & Home Improvements 973-762-6333 | www.WilbersPainting.com

Pet Day Care/Boarding. K-9 Resorts has been voted #1 Pet Service by multiple New Jersey magazines. This doggie daycare is recommended by veterinarians in the area and pet owners trust K-9 Resorts to take care of their pets and provide a healthy and safe environment for them.

K-9 Resorts Day Care & Luxury Hotel 1275 Bloomfield Avenue, Fairfield | 973-244-7387 www.k9resorts.com

Psychotherapy & Life Coaching. For almost 29 years, Sue Waldman, LPC, BCC has been offering Psychotherapy, Life Coaching and Reiki services for anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and loss. Sue now offers inspirational support gatherings for teens. Sue brings empathic, intuitive insights and compassionate support to her counseling sessions, seminars, and groups. Her work is highly transformative. As the shifts occur within, you will gain a sense of personal power, self-discovery, resolution, and relief. Her practice is based on the belief her client’s needs are of the utmost importance.

Sue Waldman, MA, LPC, BCC Pink Light, LLC | 973-857-9090 | www.SueWaldman.com

Cedar Grove Foot & Ankle Specialists 886 Pompton Ave, Suite A-1, Cedar Grove | 973-857-1184 www.cedargrovefoot.com

Realtor. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is a real estate brokerage franchise network designed for today’s real estate market. From first time home buyers to high-end residential markets to middle market communities to commercial real estate, our brokers and agents are down to earth, nimble and local experts.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Van Der Wende Properties 333 Bloomfield Avenue, Suite 304, Caldwell | 973-226-0333 www.BHHSVDW.com

Restaurant. In addition to owning and operating three bakeries, the Calandra family expanded their household name by opening three restaurants; Cucina Calandra, Calandra’s Mediterranrean Grill, and iL Vecchio Cafe. Whether you are looking for an evening out, business lunch, or to celebrate a special occasion all three restaurants offer something unique to your dining experience.

Calandra Restaurants www.cucinacalandra.com | www.calandrasmedgrill.com www.ilvecchiocafe.com

Roofing. Celebrating 20 years in business, American Roofing and Siding is a “full-service” roofing company handling everything from a new roof installation, roof maintenance and restoration to re-roofs and repairs. Each job is completed with the assurance that can solely come from years of experience. Every homeowner is treated with a personal touch, which comes from our staff.

Physical Therapy.

American Roofing and Siding

The core mission of Dr. De Hoyos, DPT is to provide a positive clinical atmosphere, conducive for healing and fostering a healthy consciousness in each patient to facilitate meeting and exceeding their physical therapy goals as well as clinical outcomes.

1-3 St. Mary’s Place Belleville | 973 542-0710 americanroofingandsiding.com

LightPort Physical Therapy & Spa

Job Haines Home is a care facility specializing in long-term care, sub acute care, respite care, and assisted living. Throughout its history, Job Haines Home has emphasized three core values as the heart of its mission: DIGNITY, INDEPENDENCE, and INDIVIDUALITY for its residents. The management and staff incorporate these elements into all aspects of life at Job Haines.

355 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-228-0072 www.lightportpt.com

Pilates. MadKat Pilates, offering instruction in the Classical Pilates Method, is a haven specializing in customized workouts for all bodies, all ages, and all levels of fitness.

MadKat Pilates 855 Bloomfield Ave, Glen Ridge | 973-707-7695 www.madkatpilates.com

Senior Care.

Job Haines Home 250 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield 973-743-0792 | job-haines.org


Diamond Minds

The Benefits of Bamboo By Barry Farber

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his month I sat down with someone who is an expert on bamboo and has over 50 years’ experience with its removal, containment, and installment. You can never forget his name because they call him Bamboo Bob. Barry Farber: What are some of the benefits of bamboo? Bamboo Bob: Bamboo is beautiful, always moving, birds love it, and it creates incredible privacy. It is a great place to meditate because it’s sequestering 32% more carbon out of the air producing more oxygen than standard trees. Bamboo planted in Florida gets so tall that when the wind blows during a hurricane, the bamboo helps to direct the wind over the buildings, eliminating the buildings from getting a direct hit with160-mile an hour hurricane force winds. It is also known that the safest place during an earthquake is in the middle of a bamboo grove.

container to allow for root growth. We do a lot of container work on rooftops and backyards. We put high density insulation inside and seeping holes in the bottom so the bamboo can’t get out anywhere. Then we put 4 to 5 inches of mulch on the top. You don’t want to put too much mulch in the ground because it will decompose and turn into soil and the bamboo will jump out of its confines of the barrier. You always want to see the top of the barrier and have the edge stick up at least 3 inches. BF: If somebody calls you up who has bamboo and they want to keep it what do you recommend?

BB: If they want to keep it for privacy or whatever reason, we do an evaluation and assessment of the bamboo. We install a barrier around the bamboo. Anything outside of the bamboo like canes or rhizomes in the root system we remove and guarantee it for life. We do it systematically and use an air spade which is a 5 1/2-foot gun which is used in wars BF: If I’m interested to find land mines. We use in planting bamboo a tow behind a compressor and making sure it is that blows all the air out of contained properly what a small three-quarter of an do you recommend to the inch orifice on the bottom FarberOriginals.com consumer for planting of the gun and it doesn’t bamboo? hurt any roots on any plant. You can take all the soil off a plant, and it BB: You must put a barrier around the doesn’t hurt the plant but allows us to find bamboo. The barrier should go down 27 any rhizome that would be left there. inches and totally encompass the bamboo planting and the edge of the barrier should BF: Are you working on any new and stick up 3 inches. It is clamped with a interesting projects? steel clamp so it can’t get out. It might be a little bit overkill, but Bamboo always BB: I am working on growing a species grows to the path of least resistance. of bamboo that has anti-microbial, antiSo, if you give it enough room it will stay bacterial and anti-fungal components to it. within those confines. It’s apparently the only species of its kind in the world to date. I’d like to grow and Or you could plant it above the ground harvest it in a way that keeps all the antiin planters. But it must be the right size infective properties in it.

Barry Farber

BF: What’s the benefit of that? BB: Every hospital would buy it as to be used in scrubs, sheets, linen, etc. due to its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial properties. BF: That sounds very interesting. What about bamboo shoots as food? I heard that they are nutritious if you pick the shoots right when they are new? BB: Yes. Bamboo shoots are very beneficial to your health. They’re rich in nutrients and may be associated with several health benefits, including increased weight loss, improved digestive health, and decreased cholesterol levels. However, it’s important to cook them properly to reduce their number of toxic compounds. People can enjoy them in moderation as part of a healthy, wellrounded diet. BF: Seems that people use a lot of chemicals to keep their lawn green, which we know has long term negative effects on our health. Is there a simple and natural way that works to get rid of what people call undesirable weeds? BB: You can put vinegar, a small amount of salt, and dish soap in a bottle and spray it on the weeds and that should do the trick. BF: What got you into bamboo as a profession that your passionate about? BB: I have been a horticulturist since 1974. I have studied and grown thousands of species of tropical and subtropical plant material. This has evolved specifically into focusing on bamboo. I educate myself daily on the plant and it has turned into quite an adventure. For more information about Bamboo Bob visit www.bamboobob.com.

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

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“National Park and Recreation Month is the perfect opportunity to highlight the beauty of our open spaces, the importance of recreation facilities and the positive impact they have on our wellness and quality of life. The area overlooking the Orange Reservoir provides a beautiful and unique spot to host a diverse lineup of activities to exercise, entertain and inspire you. We invite the public to celebrate with us and look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events” Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.

Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Essex County Executive and the Board of County Commissioners Invite You to

Free Events!

Wellness on the Waterfront Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex Clipper Pavilion, Cherry Lane Essex County celebrates Parks and Recreation Month with free weekly activities at the Waterfront in Essex County South Mountain Reservation

Mondays

Yoga for Adults: July 11, 18, 25; August 1, 8, 15 at 6:30pm These classes are suitable for both beginners and seasoned yoga practitioners. Bring a yoga mat and dress comfortably. Classes are held rain or shine

Tuesdays

Jammin’ in July: July 5, 12, 19, 26; August 2, 9, 16 at 7pm Elevate your Waterfront experience with music. The schedule is as follows: July 5: Chatham Community Band August 2: Apex Ensemble Monclair Orchestra July 12: West Orange Community Band August 9: Chris Barry Music July 19: Maplewood Concert Band August 16: Sterling Sample, Steel Drummer July 26: Peter & The Master Key

Wednesdays ZOO-VIES: July 6, 13, 20, 27; August 3, 10, 17 - films begin at dusk Movies under the stars on the rooftop of our Turtle Back Zoo parking deck. Bring your own lawn chair. Rain cancels. The location is at TBZ not the Clipper Pavilion. For a complete schedule, visit EssexCountyNJ.org

Thursdays

Full Body Workout: July 7, 14, 21, 28 at 6:30pm Join the group and get in shape!

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT www.essexcountynj.org

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