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Unraveling The Tangled Web of Chronic Pain

Do you suffer from chronic pain?

Are you afflicted by recurring headaches or migraines?

Are you tortured by the feelings of tenderness and swelling?

Do you experience numbness or tingling in your arms or legs?

If you have Fibromyalgia, you understand these symptoms all too well. Fibromyalgia affects the entire body. It is characterized by widespread pain in muscles and tissues. To make things complicated, it affects everyone’s body a little differently. And to go even further, the effects of Fibromyalgia can change daily. Sometimes you’re plagued with wide-spread muscle pain and fatigue, and other days it’s a headache and heightened sensitivity to touch. Meet Mary T., a resilient resident of Montclair, whose battle with debilitating pain echoes the struggles of many. Despite seeking solutions from numerous specialists, Mary found herself tangled in a relentless cycle of pain and exhaustion. “I was trapped,” she recalls, her voice heavy with weariness.

“I could barely stand to have even the weight of bedsheets touching me, much less a hug from my husband,” explains Elizabeth J. of West Caldwell. Elizabeth too found herself at a turning point when she noticed her diagnosis had started to take a toll on her marriage. “I was angry all the time because of all the things I couldn’t do anymore because of my Fibromyalgia. That anger cycled through to depression and affected everyone around me, my husband, more than anyone. It made our lives miserable.”

These are some examples of what it’s like to suffer from Fibromyalgia. Symptoms make everyday life incredibly difficult. Mundane, daily tasks are nearly Impossible.

In today’s fast-paced world, chronic pain is a silent epidemic, afflicting millions and disrupting daily life. But what if there was a hidden link between stress and chronic pain, waiting to be unveiled? Dr. Aleksandra Mihajlovic, DTCM, of Sasha Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine in Montclair, is pioneering groundbreaking approaches to unravel the mysteries of chronic pain and offer hope to those suffering in silence.

Inflammation, the body’s innate response to injury or illness, often serves as a double-edged sword. While vital for healing, chronic inflammation can spiral out of control, plunging individuals into a vicious cycle of pain and discomfort.

It’s thought that fibromyalgia, a condition characterized by widespread body pain, may be the result of genetic (inherited) and environmental factors (such as exposure to a virus or illness). It’s also believed that physical or emotional stress can trigger the start of fibromyalgia symptoms. However, fibromyalgia may also appear without any obvious cause.

Driven by a flicker of hope, Mary and Elizabeth turned to Sasha Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine, where compassionate care awaited them. Under the guidance of Dr. Aleksandra and her dedicated team, Mary, Elizabeth, and many others embarked on a transformative journey toward healing.

Chronic pain often extends beyond the individual, affecting whole families, and casting a shadow over everyone’s lives. That’s why at Sasha Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine patients are invited to bring loved ones to accompany them to their appointments. “Support is integral to the healing process,” emphasizes Dr. Aleksandra, acknowledging the profound impact of familial bonds.

During consultations, insights from family members often unlock hidden triggers that underlie the chronic pain. “Mary’s husband mentioned the loss of her brother, shedding light on the profound impact of stress on her condition,” shares Dr. Aleksandra, highlighting the connection between emotional stress and trauma and physical well-being. Indeed, stress emerges as a formidable enemy in the battle against chronic pain, triggering a cascade of biochemical reactions that perpetuate inflammation.

Yet, amidst the darkness, rays of hope emerge, as Sasha Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine offers healing sanctuary. Through personalized treatment modalities, encompassing acupuncture, herbal medicine, ozone and ATP BIoresonance Therapy, Dr. Aleksandra empowers patients to escape the confines of pain and reclaim vitality.

“Dr. Aleksandra saved my life, and my marriage,” exclaims Mary, her gratitude palpable.

“I feel like a new person,” says Elizabeth.

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TABLE of CONTENTS APRIL 2024 12 Inside Essex 14 Local Heroes 14 Empowering Communities: A Leader’s Journey in Social Justice and Human Rights 15 Community Volunteer is Making a Difference in Newark’s Homeless Support Efforts 28 Local Gift Guide 30 Summer Camp 2024 Tips from Camp Directors 32 COVER STORY Creating Beautiful Homes While Fostering Strong Community Ties 36 Home Pros 36 Home Maintenance Plans Are Crucial 37 Paint Trends 2024 38 Recessed Lighting Options 39 Nature-Inspired Kitchen Cabinet Trends 40 Home Pros Resource Directory 44 Art of Essex Ed Kashi, A Love Letter to Photography 46 Health, Wellness and Fitness 47 A First for Straighter Teeth Early Detection and Treatment Prevents Future Problems 48 Autism Acceptance Month 2024— Celebrating Differences and Promoting Inclusion 50 Nutrient-rich Foods Result in Healthier and Stronger Nails 51 Walk Your Way to Better Health 53 15th Annual and Final Year! Running4Answers 54 Dyamond Fitness Custom-Tailored Fitness Programs 54 Tumble into Fun & Fitness 54 Go With the Flow 55 Are You Ready To Rumble? 56 Dining Guide 60 Best of Essex Resource Directory 62 Diamond Minds Get Over It! Don’t Let Resentments Drag You Down. In the End, It’s All Up to You APRIL 2024 VOL. 32 NO. 3 Suburban Essex David J. Black FOUNDER & CEO Cathleen M. Black PRESIDENT & COO Michael J. Reidy ART DIRECTOR Vanice Gage Donegan BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
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Best-Seller on Navigating Career Fulfillment

Stella Grizont of West Orange’s book, “The Work Happiness Method,” has captivated readers by offering a roadmap to professional fulfillment. The book, which recently hit the “USA Today” Best-selling Booklist, delves into eight essential inner skills crucial for career satisfaction, blending insights from positive psychology, neuroscience, and leadership research. These skills include: resilience, clarity, purpose, boundaries, play mindset, discovery, approach, and refocus.

Stella’s motivation stems from her personal journey, navigating the highs and lows of a corporate career and entrepreneurial ventures. Through her coaching practice spanning nearly two decades, Stella recognized a common thread: individuals struggling to define success and find joy in their work. “The Work Happiness Method” guides readers to uncover their unique definitions of success, cultivate resilience, and navigate challenges with clarity and purpose. Grizont’s pragmatic approach resonates deeply, offering a lifeline to those seeking to thrive in their professional lives. The book is available wherever books are sold. For more information, go to:, and for a free tool for figuring out what you want in your career, go to:

From Livingston to Off-Broadway: A Native Pens Acclaimed Play

Livingston native Jonathan Marc Sherman, a prolific playwright and theater enthusiast, has brought his latest creation and second musical, “The Connector,” to the off-Broadway stage in NYC. The play, conceived in collaboration with director Daisy Prince and composer Jason Robert Brown, explores the world of journalism through the eyes of a reporter who fabricates stories to captivate readers. Inspired by realworld events and hoaxes spanning almost 200 years, “The Connector” delves into the ethical complexities of storytelling and the blurred lines between fact and fiction.

After 13 years of collaboration and workshops, “The Connector” finally came to fruition, with a successful run from January 2024 to St. Patrick’s Day. The production has received much acclaim for its engaging storyline and memorable musical numbers, thanks to the talents of Sherman, who wrote the book, Prince, Brown, and the entire cast and crew.

Sherman, who has produced 13 theater pieces, with two becoming musicals, says working on the show has been a “thrilling experience.” Looking ahead, he is optimistic about the future of “The Connector,” with many discussions underway. In the meantime, he remains committed to his craft, continuing to write and develop new projects, including another play.

Livingston Resident Finds Healing and Purpose in Volunteering for Act Now Foundation

Livingston native Ellen Gelber, worked through her grief of losing her father following a three-year battle with dementia by volunteering for the Act Now Foundation. The foundation provides free services to families dealing with Alzheimer’s and dementia in Essex, Hudson and Bergen Counties. Through seminars, first responder education classes, memory screenings, workshops, health fairs, the sharing of resources and recommendations, and weekly Zoom support calls, the organization makes a difference in many people’s lives. After volunteering there for a few years, Ellen was hired as an employee. She recently helped with the annual Gala, which raised $150K.

Act Now Foundation is a supportive organization that focuses on providing resources and information on aging and dementia for families living with Alzheimer’s disease. Despite being the 6th leading cause of death in America, Alzheimer’s disease remains incurable and unstoppable. Act Now Foundation aims to address the growing crisis by specifically targeting underserved populations in urban and suburban communities within New Jersey.

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From left are: Jonathan Marc Sherman, playwright; Daisy Prince, director; Hannah Cruz, performer (Robin Martinez); Ben Levi Ross, performer (Ethan Dobson); and Jason Robert Brown, composer. Ellen Gelber and her dad, Martin Gelber.
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Sketching Joy at 99

At 99 years old, retired neurologist and psychiatrist Lou Chodosh of Verona has discovered a newfound joy in pencil drawing, igniting fresh purpose after significant life changes, including the loss of his wife, retirement from a 60-year medical career, and the end of a 70-year hobby as a violinist due to arthritis.

Unveiling his talent at Pencilworks Studio in Little Falls, Lou enrolled in art classes, finding solace and purpose in this new pursuit. Regularly attending classes with owners Jerry and Karen Winick, Lou not only focuses on his art but also extends a helping hand to fellow artists.

Amidst his art journey, Lou reconnected with a woman from his past, a widow named Betty, creating a meaningful connection that enriches his social life, proving that age is no barrier to creativity and meaningful connections.

Lou’s story inspires us to never stop learning and growing, regardless of our age.

Debut Author Chronicles the Courage and Love of Oriana Fallaci in Debut Novel

Anastasia Rubis (Stacy), a seasoned writer whose work has graced the pages of the New York Times and Huffington Post, makes her literary debut with a captivating biographical novel. Titled “ORIANA,” the novel explores the remarkable life of Oriana Fallaci, a trailblazing journalist of the 1960s renowned for her fearless interviews with world leaders and celebrities.

Stacy’s fascination with Fallaci spans three decades, beginning with the discovery of Fallaci’s work while vacationing on a Greek island. Enthralled by Fallaci’s boldness and brilliance, Stacy embarked on a journey to bring Fallaci’s story to life.

The novel delves into Fallaci’s childhood as a rebel fighter in

Young Author Inspires with His Imagination and Kindness

At just 11 years old, Caleb Guzman of Livingston, is already making a mark in the literary world with two self-published books, “Uno the Dog” and “The Secret Code.”

“Uno the Dog” follows a playful dog on various adventures and is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. “The Secret Code” is geared towards readers aged eight and up. It’s the first installment in a series that promises mystery, adventure, and excitement. The story revolves around siblings who stumble upon a hidden laboratory, leading them on a thrilling journey to decipher a mysterious code.

Caleb also has a heart for helping others and plans to donate his books to children in poverty, and to sponsor a child in need with his earnings.

His journey serves as a reminder that age is no barrier to pursuing one’s dreams. His determination, creativity, and generosity make him a role model for aspiring writers.

His books are available at Barnes and Noble.

Italy’s Resistance during World War II, her rise to fame as a groundbreaking journalist, and her passionate love affair with Greek poet and activist Alexander Panagoulis. Stacy’s portrayal of Fallaci’s life is a tribute to a woman who revolutionized journalism and dared to live an unconventional life.

“ORIANA” is available for purchase nationwide.

Catfé Montclair Offers Coffee, Cats, and a Cause

Aunique cat adoption hub, Catfé Montclair, has opened in Montclair, where cat lovers can enjoy a complimentary beverage while interacting with rescue cats. Owner Tara Ford says the Catfé allows her to combine her love for cats with her desire to make a difference in their lives.

“I’ve grown up with cats and they’ve always given me a lot of comfort. It feels good to be able to provide a safe space where people and cats can interact and facilitate adoptions. The Catfé serves as a foster home until the cats find their forever homes. Visitors can choose between 30-60 min sessions. The Catfé also offers private and wellness events like yoga and sound bowl healing alongside the cats. Reservations are highly recommended. The Catfé provides a heartwarming experience for visitors looking to relax and potentially find a new feline friend. Reservations are strongly recommended.

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Back row, from left: Owners of Pencilworks, Jerry and Karen Winick, and in front, Lou Chodosh.

Empowering Communities: A Leader’s Journey in Social Justice and

Human Rights

IIn the realm of social justice and human rights, one name shines brightly: Gouri Sadhwani of Glen Ridge. A distinguished leader in these sectors, Gouri’s journey epitomizes resilience, compassion, and a relentless pursuit of equity. Her latest endeavor as a Board Member of Pure Legacee is a testament to her unwavering commitment to empowering marginalized communities, particularly young women who have faced the justice system.

Gouri’s trajectory in the nonprofit sector spans over three decades, marked by impactful roles at esteemed organizations such as the Akanksha Education Fund and Amnesty International USA. Gouri is an Adjunct Professor at CUNY and the founder of GPS Consulting, which advises mission-driven organizations.

Her work on social justice has also included advocacy at the local level in Essex County. As the Founder of the Watsessing Park Conservancy, she brought together residents from Bloomfield and East Orange to call for upgrades to improve the park.

She credits her dad, Prem Sadhwani, who passed away last year, with her commitment to justice and giving back. She says, “My dad’s example was such a powerful influence on how I wanted to live my life and make a difference in the world. He was the epitome of compassion and kindness.”

Naquasia Pollard, 37, founded Pure Legacee in 2019, inspired by her own experiences of incarceration from the ages of 19 to 34. Recognizing the systemic gaps and societal challenges faced by young women reentering their communities, Naquasia was determined to create positive change.

Naquasia earned a college degree while incarcerated. After her release, she furthered her education by taking a nonprofit leadership and governance

class taught by Gouri at CUNY’s School of Labor and Urban Studies. This class is part of a program for formerly incarcerated individuals who want to learn and acquire the tools to give back to their community. Soon after finishing the program, Naquasia launched Pure Legacee and asked Gouri to be on the board. Gouri now helps establish good governing practices, finds fundraising opportunities, offers executive coaching, identifies and recruits board members, and helps with strategic planning.

Pure Legacee, Inc., provides healing and support to females aged 16-24 who have experienced trauma due to the criminal justice system or who have aged out of foster care and are facing homelessness. It offers a comprehensive approach that includes mentorship, leadership development, and holistic growth resources. Pure Legacee also prioritizes STEM education, offering young women opportunities in male-dominated fields.

Through its transformative programs, Pure Legacee has impacted the lives of over 200 young women, catalyzing positive change and fostering resilience. Naquasia’s words resonate deeply within the organization: “We are who we are in that moment. But that’s not who we are forever... And when you have invested in the girl, you’ve invested in the nation.”

Gouri’s dedication to social justice and human rights shines brightly through her work with Pure Legacee and beyond. Her unwavering commitment to empowering marginalized communities, especially young women impacted by the justice system, exemplifies her resilience and compassion. Through her leadership, Gouri continues to pave the way for a more equitable and inclusive society, leaving a lasting legacy of positive change.

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(l-r) Naquasia Pollard, founder of Pure Legacee and Gouri Sadhwani, Pure Legacee board member and Naquasia’s former professor.
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VOLUNTEER IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE in Newark’s Homeless Support Efforts

LLinda Tsang of Verona, along with a team of volunteers from Angels On The Ground, Inc., is making a difference in the lives of Newark’s homeless and food-insecure. Despite facing challenges from city ordinances now barring them from setting up on public property, Linda’s dedication is evident as she continues to help provide meals and support to those in need. She has also volunteered at Toni’s Kitchen in Montclair, is a regular volunteer at the Holy Spirit Food Pantry in Verona and is a licensed foster parent.

Angels On The Ground, Inc., founded by Jessica Perez of Newark, was born out of a desire to help during the pandemic,

and Linda has been volunteering since September. For years, every Sunday from 7 am to 9 am, Angels On The Ground distributes sandwiches, soups, oatmeal, grab-and-go treats like granola bars, hot beverages, and pastries donated weekly by Newark’s Teixeira Bakery to the homeless and food-insecure near Penn Station. They also distribute clothing, blankets, and tents, ensuring that those they serve have necessities. However, when Newark recently started enforcing an ordinance requiring permits, which the City would not issue, the group had to move. Newark’s Lion Tribe, a partner organization of the group, helped find a kind soul in Jose Robles, owner of the

comic bookstore Fortress of Solitude, located at 53 University Ave #101, in Newark, who came to their rescue, volunteering his parking lot and ensuring that their outreach efforts continue uninterrupted. Now, Linda and the other Angels are working on letting their regulars know their new location.

Angels On The Ground operates with donations from the community, including food, clothing, and funds. They share a list of needed items on their social media pages, and members help them with supplies.

Linda’s dedication to helping the homeless goes beyond providing meals; she and the other Angels strive to create a sense of community and support for those they serve. They listen to their stories, offer words of encouragement, and provide much-needed companionship to those who often feel invisible.

Through Facebook, Angels On The Ground spreads awareness about their mission and accepts contributions to support their cause. Linda and the other Angels are shining examples of compassion and kindness, reminding us all of the importance of helping the needy.

Despite facing challenges, Linda and Angels On The Ground, Inc., continue to make a difference in the lives of Newark’s homeless. Their dedication and compassion serve as an inspiration, reminding us of the power of community and the impact that one person can make in the world.

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Angels On The Ground, Inc. volunteersAlison Mackey, Raymond Sanchez, Lisa Freedman, Arlene Sanchez, Linda Tsang, Andrea Berti, Claudine Berti, Antoine Fortune, Founder Jessica Perez, Issack Perez and Frank Lopez (l-r). Angels On The Ground, Inc. volunteers, from left: Lisa Freedman, Alison Mackey and Linda Tsang.
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TThe Mount St. Dominic Academy Meghan Doyle ‘05K celebrating the life of Meghan Doyle, a 2005 graduate of MSDA – is returning for its 10th year! Meghan’s dream was to become more involved with her alma mater and to run a 5K. This race honors her memory and supports families who want to offer their daughters a MSDA education. Since 2015, this event has raised over $250,000 for a financial aid program in Meghan Doyle’s memory. Sign up to enjoy a day of running, fun, and community spirit, all in support of a great cause.

There are three ways to participate:

• Live ‘05K: Participate in the live oncampus ‘05K race. Cash awards will be given to the top female and male runners, and awards will be presented to the top three runners in each age group.

• Fun Run: Kids ages 10 and under are invited to participate in the Fun Run,

starting at 9 am. There’s no registration fee for this race, so sign them up on the Registration page and let them join in the fun!

• Virtual ‘05K: Can’t make it to the live race? Run the Virtual MSDA Meghan Doyle ‘05K anytime between May 4 and May 10, in the location of your choice. All virtual participants will receive a bib number and are encouraged to share their photos on social media using #MSDA05K.

Saturday, May 4

Fun Run, 9am, ‘05K run, 9:30 am

Mount St. Dominic Academy

3 Ryerson Ave., Caldwell

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Montclair Center’s ART WALK RETURNS!

GGet ready for a vibrant evening of art, culture, and community at Montclair Center’s Art

Walk, where over 50 downtown businesses will be teaming up with local artists for a night of pop-up exhibitions and special events throughout downtown Montclair.

Guests will explore unique spaces and discover local art, as well as shop, dine, and mingle, while supporting local artists and businesses. There will be family-friendly activities in the park, live-art painting of murals by talented local artists, as well as engaging talks by artists and entrepreneurs discussing their crafts and connection to the community. Don’t miss this unforgettable evening celebrating the vibrant creative spirit of Montclair!

Thursday, April 11, 4-9pm (Rain or Shine)

Downtown Montclair

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Saturday, April 13, 9pm-2am


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CONSERVANCY Celebrates 20th Anniversary

December 12, 2023 marked the Hilltop Conservancy’s 20-year anniversary. The Conservancy, together with its more than 100+ volunteers, is dedicated to preserving and caring for the Hilltop Reservation, a 284-acre passive-use facility of the Essex County Parks system, located within the borders of Verona, Cedar Grove and the Caldwells.

In recognition of the 20th anniversary the Conservancy would like to take this opportunity to thank its donors, members and volunteers. With this support, the Conservancy’s major achievements over the past 20 years have been to remove more than 60 truckloads of trash and debris, 10 dumpsters of concrete and rubble, and demolish 8 decrepit buildings from the former Essex Mountain Sanitorium; remove graffiti; address dumping; commission an Ecological

Assessment; give input to the Hilltop Master Plan; restore grasslands, uplands, forests and wetlands; create 11 trails, a trails map, install markers and signage; launch a website and presence on social media; organize hikes, bike rides, bird and butterfly walks; install interpretive signage and entrance kiosks.

To fund and implement all this great work, the Conservancy relies on membership dues and donations from local residents, as well as service groups and volunteers. This financial support enables the Conservancy to purchase supplies and services, and to conduct events and projects in the Reservation.

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Food Stroll & Pub Crawl

BBrace yourselves, food enthusiasts, as South Orange Downtown (SODT) proudly presents the return of the Food Stroll & Pub Crawl, set to captivate your taste buds. This family-friendly event showcases the district’s diverse culinary landscape and unique retail offerings.

Strollers can enjoy delectable bites from over a dozen local eateries and take advantage of enticing discounts from retailers. Event participants will navigate with ease using a specially crafted map, which will guide them to a selection of standout establishments, including Ariyoshi, BGR, Cereal Dreams, Chipoba, The Fox & Falcon by David Burke, The Dancing Blender, Juice Hub, Jus’ Tacos, Miti Miti, Pandang, Papillon 25, The South Orange Wheelhouse, Tito’s Burritos & Wings, Village Hall Tavern & Beer Garden and Walia Ethiopian Restaurant.

A wristband also gives participants access to pub crawl specials from The Fox & Falcon by David Burke, Papillon 25 and Village Hall. Shop small with special offers from The Botanica Boutique, CLAY by Indigo Road Studio, Grá, Kitchen a la Mode and Sadie’s. Additionally, attendees can enjoy playtime

at Little Brain Lab or purchase discounted tickets to experience an outstanding performance at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC).

Limited tickets are available. For a complete list of offers from these participating businesses and to purchase wristbands, visit

Sunday, April 21, 1-5pm (rain or shine)

Downtown South Orange

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WALK MS 2024 –

A Fundraising Event for Multiple Sclerosis

MMake a difference by participating in Walk MS 2024, a fundraising event open to the public. Joining the walk will help make a tangible impact on the lives of people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and help move the world closer to a cure. MS is a disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body.

Walk MS is more than just a walk; it’s a step towards a world free of MS. As an event participant, you’ll experience a powerful new format where you can witness firsthand how your support changes lives.

Whether you live with MS, love someone who does, or are part of the wider community, you can proudly display your role in the movement and be celebrated for the important part you play. Share the joy of your Walk MS journey and connect with others by using #WalkMS in your social media posts.

Sunday, April 21, 8:30am

Program Starts: 9:50 am - Walk

Kickoff Starts: 10 am

Clipper Pavilion

9 Cherry Lane, West Orange

To Register:

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Shoppers may also

their herbs and heirloom tomatoes. Pre-ordering your favorite plants means we put them aside for you before the sale opens to the public!

are being accepted online through April 10th

Thursday, May 2, 9am-8pm;

Friday, May 3, 9am-5pm;

Saturday, May 4, 9am-3pm


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Book, Movies and Music Sale to Fund Scholarships

TThe College Women’s Club of Montclair, a 501c3 nonprofit, has been collecting, sorting, and reselling used books, movies and music to fund scholarships for young women for over 85 years. They have awarded over $41K in scholarships to 19 local students in 2023 alone—over $1M to date.

There will be thousands of new and gently used hardcovers, paperbacks, CDs, LPs, DVDs/BluRays, audiobooks & sheet music. Although they are known for our books, the CWCM sells vinyl records, DVDs, sheet music, maps, and postcards, too — most books are $3 or less! All proceeds go to running the book sale and awarding scholarships to young women with financial need.

The sale will be held at 26 Park Street, Montclair (across from YMCA). Masks required.

Wednesday, April 3, Children’s Day (children’s items ONLY) 2-7pm

Thursday, April 4, Opening Day ($20 admission until noon TODAY ONLY) 9:30am-7pm

Friday, April 5, Regular Sale Day, 9:30am-8pm

Saturday, April 6, Regular Sale Day, 9:30-7pm

Sunday, April 7, Regular Sale Day & 1/2 Price Teachers & Librarians (ID required) 1-6pm

Friday, April 12, Half Price Day for Everyone, 9:30am-7pm

Saturday, April 13, Bag Day ($5 - $10 per bag) 9:30am-7pm

Sunday, April 14, Bag Day ($5-$10 per bag) 1-6pm

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EEmbark on an epic dino-mite adventure with your little explorers at Dinosaur World Live – the ultimate interactive show for the whole family! Prepare to be amazed as you step into a world filled with astonishingly life-like dinosaurs.

Come face-to-face with the fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex, marvel at the majestic Triceratops, and discover other incredible creatures like the Giraffatitan, Microraptor, and Segnosaurus.

Don’t miss this chance to experience the dangers and delights of the prehistoric world in a thrilling, educational, and unforgettable live show!

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PAISAN CON: A Weekend Celebration of Italian Culture and Excellence

PPaisan Con, New Jersey’s First Italian Pop Culture Convention, is a celebration that aims to encapsulate the richness of Italian culture across a weekend filled with diverse experiences. From autograph sessions to exclusive meet and greets, the event promises an immersive fusion of Italian-American luminaries spanning the realms of entertainment, sports, art, and culinary art.

Featured guests include: Tommy DeVito (Giants), Kathrine Narducci (Sopranos), Federico Castelluccio (Sopranos), William Forsythe (Gotti), Alex Corrado (Hannibal), Gianni Russo (The Godfather), Joey Dee (The Starlighters), Artie Pasquale (Sopranos), Joe Namimoli (Next Level Chef), Gina DiMaggio (Comedian), Bobby

Czyz (3x boxing champion), Chris Serrone (GoodFellas), Al Bandiero (Rocky IV), Roseanne Sorrentino (Annie), Toni Ann Gisondi (Annie), and Robert Funaro (Sopranos). See website for dates and times of appearances.

Attendees can anticipate a weekend brimming with live performances, delectable cuisine, thrilling competitions, captivating art galleries, unique vendors, touching tributes, and many more. You don’t have to be Italian to be a Piasan!

Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14—11am-7pm

DoubleTree by Hilton

690 US-46, Fairfield

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Garden to Gathering with Carolyn Workshop


Spring is in the air, and it’s time to celebrate outdoors! Carolyn always takes a seasonal and hands-on approach to cooking sessions that combine a relaxed, congenial atmosphere with collaborative engagement and personal instruction through every preparation step. Highlighting useful techniques, tips, and tricks to make your food healthier and more nutrient-dense, she’ll demonstrate and facilitate dialogue around creating delicious cuisine— none of the dishes will have more than 5 ingredients!

As we work together on this project, she will guide us through the health and energy benefits of low-glycemic eating, how to hack some traditional food choices and make them healthier, what to look for on a nutrition label, and what to prioritize in your food choices. The workshop will close with a tasting of everything created.

Tuesday, April 9, 7-9pm

Loopwell, 80 Maple Avenue Montclair To Register visit

Free Wellness Fair Being Held to Kick Off Mental Health Awareness Month

Get ready to kick off Mental Health Awareness Month with a Family Wellness Fair. This event is aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle, bringing together a variety of wellness-focused businesses and organizations. Attendees will chat with local vendors, discover exciting ways to enhance their family’s well-being, and snag some awesome goody bags to take home. Plus, all registrants get FREE admission and a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card in a giveaway.

Wednesday, May 1, 7- 8pm

Our Lady of the Lake School, 22 Lakeside Avenue, Verona

help spread the word Event Saturday, April 24th 8:30 am 5k Race (USATF-NJ certified and sanctioned) All Covid protocols will be followed. Details of the event may change. YOU CAN HELP THE ONES YOU LOVE. you can still help spread awareness and raise awareness of alzheimer’s Fundraise: Set up your own fundraising page in honor/memory of a loved one. Spread the Word: - Like us on Facebook @ running4answers - Contact us for flyers to distribute - Volunteer or Participate Benefitting: Cure Alzheimer’s Fund ( 8:35 am 2-mile Fun Run/Fitness Walk All proceeds to benefit Cure Alzheimer's Fund Register online at : CANT MAKE IT? Not ready for an in-person event? Please consider becoming a fundraiser. It's easy to do on our website and helps raise awareness and money. SPONSORED BY: 15 Saturday, April 27, 2024 FINAL YEAR JOIN US FOR OUR TH Annual and All proceeds to benefit Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Register online at: Fundraise: Set up your own fundraising page in honor/memory of a loved one. 2-Mile Fun Run/Fitness Walk 19 Harrison Avenue, Roseland Spread the Word: • Like us on Facebook @ running4answers • Contact us for flyers to distribute • Volunteer or Participate Donate: Every. Dollar. Counts. 2024 GRAND PRIX 55% OFF All Deliveries at Use code: SUBURBAN • or Call: 866-709-6060 or Visit Our Store in the Essex Mall—next to Marshalls and Stop n Shop—897 Bloomfield Ave, West Caldwell • Clients have lost up to 15lbs in 3 days! We give you the tools to keep it off with our recipes and Green Drink replacement for breakfast.
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Calling all youth in grades K-12, you are invited to showcase a project you’re proud of at the Essex County 4-H Spring Fair. Whether it’s a home hobby, school project, or club activity, the judges want to see what you’re proud of! All 4-H members, Scouts, school groups, individuals, homeschool groups, everyone are invited to participate. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to showcase your talents and creativity! Topics for submission include Indoor Gardening, Arts and Crafts, Small Animals, Writing Technology, Photography, and Environmental Education and more. Everyone who showcases a project will receive a participation ribbon and judges’ notes. Projects will be awarded based on the Danish judging system, with cash prizes for Best in Division.

Drop off date: Friday, April 19, 12-6 pm

Garibaldi Hall at the Essex County Environmental Center 621-A Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland (River Rd)

Submission Guidelines:

Event date: Saturday, April 20, 11am

Essex County Environmental Center 621 Eagle Rock Ave, Roseland


Bring your family, friends, and neighbors to the Essex County Environmental Center to celebrate Earth Day 2024, where you will enjoy a variety of activities, including: canoeing and hiking; crafts and games for all ages; demonstrations and information sessions; eco-friendly vendors selling unique and sustainable products. Environmental Center staff and partner groups will be on hand to guide you through the day and share their knowledge and appreciation for the natural world. Don’t miss this chance to connect with nature and celebrate Earth Day in a meaningful way!

Saturday, April 20, 11am-3pm

Essex County Environmental Center 621 Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland 973-228-8776

Attend our Open House and see for yourself what the Mount means to our students, faculty, and families. Caldwell, NJ 973-226-0660 REGISTER TODAY! Freshman for a Day for 7th & 8th Graders Open House April 18th at 6:30 pm Independent, Catholic College Prep School for Girls If she can see it, she can be it. April 2024 | | 27

PETE THE CAT: A Cool Adventure for Kids

GGet ready to rock with Pete the Cat in a rad performance that will have the whole family moving and shaking! Follow Pete the Cat as he meets The Biddles and gets them all dancing to his awesome tunes. But there’s one person who’s not quite feeling the beat—Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader ever. When Jimmy needs help in art class, Pete is there to lend a paw and together, they set off on an unforgettable adventure.

Join Jimmy and Pete as they journey to Paris and back in a VW Bus, all while learning about friendship and inspiration. This fun-filled show is perfect for kids in grades K-3 and promises to be an hour of pure joy and entertainment.

Saturday, April 27—10am

Paper Mill Playhouse

22 Brookside Drive, Millburn


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From the Camps Directors Themselves!

Here are some tips for choosing a summer theater camp/program:

• Look for small classes and high teacher to student ratio.

• Students should be grouped by age as well as ability. An 8 yr. old and a 14 yr. old have different learning curves and social needs and behaviors!

• The program should be individualized to the needs of each child and the teachers should be aware of each child’s needs and goals for the summer.

• Beware of programs that promise too much or profess to put on a different full musical every 1 or 2 weeks. Even Broadway performers need more time than that to put together a musical!

• Make sure that every student is being taught by seasoned professionals who know how to teach as well as perform. To develop a strong foundation, it’s very important to have all students – especially beginnerstaught by experienced teachers.

• To maximize the benefits of summer camp, a program should be a balance between musical theater classes and performance opportunities.

• Every student should be given an opportunity to “shine” in the performance so that they each have a chance to try out the skills they have learned and enjoy the thrill of being on stage!

• Programs should also include fun classes and other group activities that are aimed at ensuring that a strong dose of fun and team spirit be injected into the program. It is a summer camp after all!

—Randy Elman, Artistic Director, Musical Theatre Conservatory 973-868-6259
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“Performing Arts camps/programs encourage students and counselors to express themselves creatively. Nurturing the creative possibilities within children through their participation in dance, music, art, and drama can bolster selfesteem and self-confidence. Having the opportunity to experience the arts truly matters… and it’s fun!”

Sharron Miller, Founder/Director, Prime Time Summer Arts, Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts | 973-655-9819

Whether you’re brainstorming a script, stepping into character, or working behind the camera, remember: your ideas matter!Collaborate with fellow campers, share your visions, and watch creativity soar to new heights. Together, you’ll turn dreams into cinematic realities and forge lifelong friendships along the way!

Montclair Film Summer Academy |

The Theater classes we teach emphasize fun, while supporting self-esteem and confidence-building. We also highlight the importance of collaboration, a skill that helps students in all aspects of life. Kids learn to give positive feedback, hear and appreciate others’ ideas, and discover how to give every person in the group a chance to contribute. Together, these skills help all kids; the quiet child is supported in stepping out of their shell, while the assertive student develops empathy and consideration. All of this while having a super-fun time!

Janet Sales, Artistic Director, Essex Youth Theater 973-746-3303 |

Often, children and young people follow along with adult choices and plans; it’s the society we all live in. When we can make it happen, kids need to have some say in their own schedules and how they spend their time. At camp, we build three periods a day where campers can decide what to do themselves. The camper chooses in the morning, with two activity periods after lunch. Choices like this allow kids to try new things, learn what they do and don’t like, make mistakes, and feel accomplished, too, especially when things go to plan!

Learning to make choices and weigh up the options is a life skill that kids need as they develop into adults. Choices at camp give kids space to learn this skill in a safe environment with low stakes! The worst scenario is that archery is full that day, and they’ll have to wait until tomorrow to get to the range. And in the meantime, there’s the garden, mid ropes, or candle making to try instead!

Outdoor Pool - Skatepark - Archery - Boating - FREE Daily Trip Options Campers/Staff from Around the Globe - Ropes Courses - Nature Program Affordable Rates - Horseback Riding - Arts & Crafts - Much, Much More! 908.362.8217 YMCA CAMP MASON Register today at Located in NW New Jersey, adjacent to the Delaware Water Gap PHONE FREE FUN! BE PART OF A COMMUNITY LEARN NEW SKILLS BUILD CONFIDENCE MAKE LIFELONG FRIENDS DON’T WAIT. SESSIONS FILL UP FAST. MONTCLAIR FILM SUMMER ACADEMY Unleash Your Creativity Have Fun and Learn New Skills this Summer! Classes include Filmmaking Screenwriting Acting for Film and TV Improv Podcasting Animation Editing Cinematography Director’s Lab Indie Filmmaking: Build Your Portfolio Visit for more information and to register 505 Bloomfield Avenue Montclair, NJ April 2024 | | 31
Trevor Monk, Ty Monk, and Steve Brink

Creating beautiful homes while fostering strong community ties

A service-oriented business that earns an A+

From the time his neighbor, a carpenter, hired him at 14 as a summer helper, Ty Monk has loved making houses look their best. In 2007, he founded Monk’s Home Improvements and added more services as he continued to improve his skills. He also brought in his brother, Trevor, as co-owner in 2009.

“We maintain houses as well as remodel and upgrade them,” says Ty. “We look at what our customers are asking for and add that to our business plan. It’s literally the reason we opened our showrooms in Morristown and Fanwood. We are doing tons of kitchens and bathrooms, and it was challenging for our customers to pick out their tile from one place, get their plumbing fixtures from another, and their cabinetry and flooring from another.”

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Having these choices and more in one place saves a lot of time. Since the showrooms are staffed with talented designers, customers have complimentary professional assistance when making decisions.

Monk’s also has a process to avoid project delays by ensuring all materials are in their warehouse and ready to go before jobs begin. Projects then progress smoothly without any unexpected stoppages.

Their team of highly skilled tradesmen all specialize in their services, so one person will focus on tiling, another on flooring, and yet another on painting. In addition, they have built long-term relationships with many of the plumbers, electricians, and other subcontractors they use to guarantee continuous, high-quality work.

“We work with almost 7,000 people a year, and we made a conscious decision that our niche would be customer services and be above and beyond the best,” he says.

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Michelle Olivera, Design Assistant & Steve Brink

Due to this dedication to service, the business has won many awards, including the Angie’s List Super Service Award and Best of Houzz in customer service, for ten years in a row.

“I’m very proud of that,” says Ty. “I know the company is a reflection of me, but the awards are also a reflection of our employees and what they put in.”

Ty is also a big believer in giving back. Over the years, the business has issued scholarships, donated painting services to schools, and served food to people in need. “I grew up in Maplewood and was part of a very active youth group at one of the churches in town. It focused on volunteering, such as visiting people’s homes and fixing them for free. As I got older and life got busier, volunteering became harder. So, bringing it into the company was a way to stay in touch with my roots and be who I am, but do it through a different venue.”

He says the real magic at Monk’s comes from the people involved. “Everybody focuses on giving their best, and we do it as a team.”



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Home Maintenance Plans Are Crucial

AAir conditioning is an essential aspect of modern living, and it’s essential to keep the system running efficiently and safely. That’s where Air Group comes in with its Home Maintenance Plan. Established in 1965, Air Group has been providing unbeatable service to New Jersey residents for over five decades.

Air Group’s Home Maintenance Plan offers priority attention to its members, ensuring that they receive the best possible service. Members also receive discounts on other home services such as plumbing and generator systems, allowing them to save money while maintaining their comfort. Additionally, members can enjoy “front-of-the-line” service, which ensures that they are among the first to receive help in an emergency, even on the hottest days of the year.

Air Group’s technicians are trained in-house at Comfort Institute to be the

best in the field. They have the expertise to address every job accurately and effectively, delivering comfort and value to their customers. The friendly customer service representatives are always available to dispatch vans and trucks on time, and they will even text the customer when they are on the way.

Air Group offers many other home protection maintenance plans for cooling, heating, plumbing, and generator systems. Their experience and knowledge work towards one goal: ensuring peace of mind during any season or situation. From licensed plumbers to skilled electricians, they have the expertise to address every job accurately and effectively and deliver comfort and value to their customers. The team at Air Group is committed to ensuring the safety and comfort of their customers, and their Home Maintenance Plan is an excellent way to achieve that goal.

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CChoosing the right paint color and application for your design is a great way to give your project impact. The best part is that it can easily be changed as your tastes change so you can feel free to really spice things up!

At Valerie Ruddy Designs, we LOVE color and color is back in a huge way for 2024. From soft peachy tones to rich blues, honey yellow and lilacs, we are feeling the emergence of a new look, and it feels fresh and lively. How you apply the paint matters too. We are seeing that monochromatic applications are becoming popular.


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Recessed Lighting Options

Recessed Lighting is sleek, unobtrusive, and a versatile way to light your home. It is intentionally minimalist, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of variations to choose from.


There are several styles of trim options for recessed lighting. The differences between them can be style-based and also center around the sort of lighting they provide.

• Open Trim provides plenty of bright light that can cover large spaces

• Baffle trim is designed to reduce glare so the lighting is softer and more relaxing on the eye.

• Adjustable trim allows you to position your lighting to highlight certain areas of your room or simply personalize its mood.

You’ll also want to make sure your recessed lighting has the features you want. Diming options allow you to adjust the level of light on a gradient. It’s fantastic in a bedroom or living room.

There are also recessed lights specifically designed to fit sloped ceilings. And when you need to light outdoor areas or rooms that are frequently wet, such as bathrooms, there is lighting designed specifically for these areas.

No matter what type of recessed lighting you need Anderson Electric can help.

Anderson Electric

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Nature-Inspired Kitchen Cabinet Trends

FFor the past decade white shaker-style cabinetry rose to the top of the wish list for many homeowners who pursued a kitchen renovation. Now that people are spending more time in their houses and working from home, they’ve begun to pine for nature and yearn to bring the outdoors inside. As a result, there is an increased demand for warmer tones and natural wood kitchen cabinets.

The shaker profile is still the most popular kitchen door style but clients continue to seek simple alternatives with more detailing. Along with the cabinet door style a growing number of homeowners seek to mix stained with painted cabinetry, and contrast materials and accent colors.

White shaker cabinet doors have always been a tried-and-true classic look but more clients who desire a painted finish want a softer, earthier color such as linen or taupe shades. Clients are also requesting accent cabinets in various shades of blues and greens to infuse a more natural vibe into their home.

Mixing in a natural wood island, or other cabinetry, with varying amounts of graining and texture has become increasingly popular. White oak has become one of the most favored woods in both rift-cut or quarter-sawn because it has a lot of graining and texture to it. Walnut is also in demand due to its rich wood graining, and smooth finish. Whether it’s a stained finish or natural wood the warmth of wood is a favorite that is also neutral and can easily be paired with any accent color and blends seamlessly into any home.

Showcase Kitchen & Bath

438 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ 07003 973-743-8722

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AVision Design is a Custom Audio Video Company specializing in the Design & Installation of Turn-key Technology Systems for the Residential & Commercial Markets. Our main goal is to provide innovative and best-in-class technology solutions that are simple to use by efficiently managing and executing each phase of every project, regardless of size or scope.


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CBL Fine Art is an award-winning gallery featuring the finest in handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, glass, original and graphic art, tableware, handbags, furniture, Judaica and decorative accessories. From contemporary to traditional, funky to conservative, their collection includes something special for any taste or style.

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459 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange 973-736-7776 |

Home Remodeler

Gikas Restoration and Roofing helps protect and improve your most expensive asset, your home. Their services include interior and exterior painting, roofing, additions, construction and a full range of carpentry services, including flooring. They specialized in the restoration of Victorian homes.

Gikas Restoration and Roofing

7 Park St, Montclair | 973-835-7775


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

Home Décor

A one-of-a-kind store which has the feeling of an old fashioned gift shop with all the trends of today. We are built around the art of giving, where gift giving is simplified. It is important to celebrate life’s events and special occasions which bring family & friends together! With all price points, you are sure to find that something special for all your gift giving needs!

Smith & Company

343 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell 973-228-1167

With 20+ years of expertise, we’re committed to helping you realize your dreams. Our priority is delivering topnotch work, professionally, and affordably, ensuring customer satisfaction. We specialize in Residential & Commercial Renovations, Custom Patios, Custom Decks, Bathroom Renovations, Drainage Systems and Custom Finished Basements. Dumpster rentals & cleanouts.

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Fairfield | 973-902-5257


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

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144 Main Street, West Orange 973-325-3626

Home Entertainment

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

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Home Remodeler

Monk’s provides an end-to-end solution for any remodeling or home improvement project; kitchens, baths, and more. At our Showrooms, you’ll find everything you need for your remodel — from expert design services to a robust selection of materials and products.

Monks Home Improvements of New Jersey

1095 Mt. Kemble Ave, Morristown, NJ 246 South Ave, Fanwood, NJ 973-520-0272 |

Door to door garage doors is a familyowned and operated company servicing northern New Jersey. They want you to Love Your Garage Door. They service, install, and repair residential garage doors & electric garage door openers. Call today for a free estimate!

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Home Remodeler

G&L and Sons Renovations, LLC, with over 30 years of experience, is your trusted design/build home remodeling partner in northern NJ. We specialize in transforming your kitchen, bathroom, basement, or entire home with our expert team. Whether it’s a kitchen or a complete home remodel, we’ve got you covered.

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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 nine years in a row. They also sell, install and provide maintenance service on home standby generators and air purification systems.

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127 Paterson Ave, Little Falls | 973-237-0505

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Interior Design

For almost 50 years, CWI Design has been transforming interior spaces of all shapes and sizes. From start to finish, you can trust them to manage the entire process— from concept and design detailing to material selection and implementation.

CWI Design

560 Central Ave, New Providence, NJ 07974 908-665-7997

Kitchen Remodeling

Update. Upgrade. Uplift. At Kitchen TuneUp, our team works with you to achieve your dream kitchen. Our team of experts will provide you with a kitchen update that matches your desires at an investment you are comfortable with. Call today to schedule a free consultation to learn more about the ways Kitchen Tune-Up can open up the possibilities for your kitchen.

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Landscape Design

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

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Interior Design

Established in 1993, McNeilly & Associates has provided interior design services to a wide range of clients. Nancy McNeilly, ASID brings brings practical communication skills, a solid understanding of the design process, and exceptional outcomes to her clients.

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Kitchen & Bath Remodeling

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

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Landscape Design

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.

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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.

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Kitchen & Bath Remodeling

For over 25 years, Showcase Kitchen & Bath has been known for not only their stunning kitchens and bathrooms but for their ability to seamlessly perform all facets of home remodeling. The creative designs and quality craftsmanship are the reason why they are New Jersey’s Premier Remodeler and have been voted Best of Essex 13 years in a row. NJ Lic#13VH00056300

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Landscape Design

Picture Perfect Landscapes offers a full range of state-of-the-art landscape design, construction, maintenance and other lawnrelated services for private residences or commercial properties. They stand ready to provide you a long-lasting outdoor environment for your home.

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Interior Design

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.

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Landscape Design

CLC Landscape Design is an award-winning landscape architecture and landscape construction firm. For over 40 years CLC Landscape Design has been the preeminent design/build landscape firm. With a vast knowledge of landscape design concepts and material options, they tailor each of our landscapes to meet the unique style of each of our clients.

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Landscape Design

From landscape design to construction to weekly maintenance, Sponzilli has been the trusted source for quality and excellence. With their expertise, experience, and passion for excellence, they continue to design and create commercial and residential landscapes that truly stand apart.

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Landscape Design

Team SportsTurf Professional Lawn Care and Landscaping, LLC offers a complete line of services—they design, install, and maintain your landscape. Specializing in both commercial and residential jobs including lawn maintenance, landscaping & hardscaping construction, and synthetic Turf installation. Design services include the ability to take a digital picture of your current landscape and graphically illustrate how our plan will look.

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Marble & Granite

Apex Marble & Granite was founded by Tom Tsatsaros in 1994. Tom has been living and breathing stone and tile since he was 11 years old, working under a Master Craftsman in Greece. His dreams, that have since come to fruition, were to develop an answer for all the stone and tile needs of homeowners and businesses alike.

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“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.

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container and trailer rental, demolition, REO services and recycling. No job is too big or too small.

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Family owned and operated since 1982, Window Works is the area’s premier

for custom window treatments and awnings. Expert design, professional

and reliable courteous service for both residential and commercial projects. Call for a free consultation today!

Window Works

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Interior Design Services for Your Home Nancy McNeilly ASID Got Pets? Let’s Talk! 973-610-4802 e-mail:
Treatments Their lighting experts know exactly how to produce lighting designs that have that custom tailored look homeowners desire for their home and property. Lighthouse is the leader in developing and implementing new and innovative technologies in automation and lighting control. Their fixtures and equipment are designed and manufactured by them to exceed the quality and standards of other lighting companies.
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A Love Letter to Photography



The photographs of Montclair resident Ed Kashi simply stop you in your tracks. It’s as if it’s impossible to look away… until you see another out of the corner of your eye, and that one captures your attention. A combination his free style of shooting, wherein he just about dances with the camera, and his connection to the subject and the moment, create images that are nothing short of striking and evocative.

Growing up in Great Neck, Long Island as a teenager he thought he wanted to be a writer. But while attending the S.I. Newhouse School of Communication at Syracuse University, Kashi took a photography course and found his path. It would answer the desire he

always felt to become engaged with people as a storyteller.

After graduation in 1979, he headed to San Francisco and figured he’d find work with public relations firms. Working out of the Yellow Pages he began calling the alphabetically listed agencies. He never got past J. A busy career making mundane photos wasn’t fulfilling, however. So he began working for many of the Arts-oriented publications in the Bay Area, and while the photo budgets were tiny, he amassed a sizable and distinctive portfolio which featured national notables. By 1984 he was in-demand at many national magazines covering the Silicon Valley beat.

Preacher, Bath, England, 1977
Train Station, Marseille, France, 2010
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But it was in 1988 that something happened: Kashi started the first of his personal projects. He began photographing in Northern Ireland, which took him back and forth for a period of three years. The work is, in his words: “It is an unsentimental view of working-class loyalist communities in both Belfast and further afield”, and became, in 1991, a book called No Surrender: The Protestants. Since then, his time is split between a steady stream of assignments from National Geographic, and an on-going series of personal projects that have take him all over the world and likewise become a series of books.

Currently, a selection from his book Abandoned Moments: A Love Letter To Photography is on display at the Montclair Art Museum until May 19, 2024. The images in the exhibit encompass his 40 year career, and three of them are published here. You can see many more photographs with a visit to his website. But we suggest a visit to the museum wherein the photographs printed and displayed on the gallery wall are definitely worth the trip. Go. You’ll be moved.

Ed Kashi Hindu Festival of Ganesh, India, 2007
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Early detection and treatment prevents future problems

NNearly a quarter of children in the U.S. will need braces, but is there a way to make treatment easier? Invisalign First aims to make your child’s orthodontic care faster and better with Invisalign First and the new Invisalign Palate Expander.

Few know Invisalign better than Dr. Eric Sacks of Sacks Orthodontics in Livingston. Dr. Sacks is a Diamond Plus Invisalign Provider and one of the Top 11 Invisalign providers in the nation. He knows not every child will be comfortable with braces, and recommends Invisalign First as a great alternative.

“People might be surprised to learn two things about Invisalign,” Dr Sacks said. “The first is that Invisalign offers a product for small children called Invisalign First, which includes the launch of the highly anticipated Invisalign Palate Expander.

“The second is how well younger kids do in terms of being responsible and compliant with wearing their aligners and participating in their treatment,” he said. “This younger age group is often highly motivated and responsible. In my experience, they’ve done amazingly well with the Invisalign First treatment modality.”

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children consult with an orthodontist by age 7. Early detection of dental issues allows orthodontists to make small corrections now before they become big problems later.

You can help your child with Invisalign First by encouraging them to wear their aligners as prescribed and teaching them how to care for their customized Invisalign First clear aligners.

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Celebrating Differences and Promoting Inclusion

April is Autism Acceptance Month, which was initially founded in 1972 as National Autistic Children’s Week by the Autism Society and has grown into a global movement to raise awareness and acceptance for those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The United Nations General Assembly designated April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day in 2008 to improve the quality of life for those with autism. This years theme, “The Interplay: Autism and SDGs,” highlights the importance of aligning efforts with the Sustainable Development Goals for inclusivity.

Autism affects approximately one in every 54 children in the United States, yet there remains a lack of understanding and acceptance. ASD is a complex developmental condition that affects communication, social interaction, and behavior, and early intervention and support are crucial for individuals with autism to lead fulfilling lives.

SSuburban Essex Magazine recently interviewed John Levai, who is an advocate for autism awareness and an inspiration for those on the spectrum. He graduated from Montclair High School and completed his undergraduate degree in business administration at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Despite facing challenges in socialization and understanding context, he has overcome them with the help of his strong support system. John said, ‘I have been successful in many different capacities thanks to having a great support system.’ His perseverance is courageous and admirable, making him the perfect person to profile for Autism Awareness Month.

This April, let’s celebrate the unique strengths and abilities of individuals with autism, promote acceptance and inclusivity, and advocate for a more compassionate and understanding society for all.

Can you share aspects of your daily experiences that might differ from neurotypical individuals?

There may be instances where I might not always realize that I could be doing something that is a subtle social miscue. For example, when the topic is being discussed, I’ll be so deep in thought with the discussion that I may veer off the topic.

What advice would you give those who want to understand better and connect with individuals on the autism spectrum?

I would start by saying that people on the autism spectrum are just like any other neurotypical individual. They

may have some unique hobbies that the mainstream population might not have. However, the autistic population deserves to be treated the same way as anybody else.

Do you wish more people understood any particular aspects of your artistic experience?

Yes. One of them is that sometimes I might move slower than a person without special needs to achieve a task. Next, I wish that more people would understand not to make loud noises that might scare a random person, including one who might be on the spectrum. Lastly, following particular hobbies that aren’t mainstream doesn’t always mean that an autistic person will behave immaturely.

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Nutrient-rich Foods Result in Healthier and Stronger Nails

IIf you’re looking to improve the appearance and health of your nails, there are a variety of nutrient-rich foods that can help. By including these foods in your diet, you can nourish your nails from the inside out and promote stronger, healthier growth.

Eggs are an excellent source of protein, which is essential for healthy nail growth. They also contain biotin, a B vitamin that strengthens nails and prevents breakage. In addition to their protein content, eggs are also rich in sulfur, which can help to strengthen the nail bed and support healthy nail growth.

Almonds are a great source of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that can repair damaged nails and prevent them from becoming brittle. Vitamin E can also help to improve blood flow to the nail bed, which can promote healthy nail

growth. Almonds also contain protein, magnesium, and healthy fats, all of which can support healthy nails.

Spinach is packed with vitamins and minerals that are essential for nail health. It’s particularly rich in iron, which is important for healthy nail growth and can prevent nails from becoming weak and brittle. Spinach also contains vitamin C, which can help to boost collagen production and strengthen nails.

Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help to moisturize nails and prevent them from becoming dry and brittle. Omega-3s can also help to reduce inflammation in the nail bed, which can promote healthy growth. Salmon also contains vitamin D, which is important for nail strength and can help to prevent breakage.

Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that can promote healthy cell growth and repair damaged nails. They’re also a good source of vitamins C and E, which can strengthen nails and improve their appearance. Sweet potatoes also contain potassium and copper, which can support healthy nail growth.

By incorporating these nutrient-dense foods into your diet, you can help to promote healthy nail growth and prevent common nail problems.

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Walk Your Way to BETTER HEALTH

A walk is not just good for your body, it’s also good for your soul. Physical activity, like walking, is one of the best ways to reduce stress and boost your mood. However, reports show walking rates are declining steadily in the United States.

On average, 1 out of every 4 U.S. adults sits for longer than eight hours each day, per research from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, which can have negative consequences on physical and mental health. Regular exercise improves mood, boosts energy and can even help you sleep better. Staying active is one of the best ways to keep your mind and body healthy.

Getting the recommended amount of physical activity (at least 150 minutes of moderate, 75 minutes of vigorous or a

combination of those activities per week) is linked to lower risk of diseases, stronger bones and muscles, improved mental health and cognitive function and lower risk of depression, according to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services.

Outdoor exercise is an easy way to get moving and take in the sunlight, which can improve mood, boost immunity and help you get some vitamin D. Spending time outdoors is a no-cost option and has been shown to reduce stress, promote a sense of belonging and improve mood.

Physical activity keeps your mind sharp now and later. Studies show higher fitness levels are linked to better attention, learning, working memory and problem solving. What’s more, a study published

in the “British Journal of Sports Medicine” shows people who get the recommended amount of physical activity are less likely to develop depression.

Healthy life expectancy can be positively impacted by increasing activity

. According to research published in the “American Journal of Epidemiology,” swapping just 30 minutes of sitting with low-intensity physical activity reduced risk of death by 17%.

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You have no family history of colon cancer. You still need a colon cancer screening.

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Along with eating healthy and regular exercise, your best bet for good colon health is to get a colon cancer screening. Individuals at average risk for colorectal cancer should begin screening at age 45. Individuals at higher risk should speak to their doctor about getting screened sooner. Regular screening can detect and prevent colorectal cancer in its earliest stages, which is when the cancer is most treatable. Should your screening indicate the need for treatment, we offer the latest options, from complex surgical procedures and radiation therapy to clinical trials and precision medicine. The best screening is the one that gets completed, so schedule yours now at

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Dr. Giannella is devoted to bringing gentle and affordable dental care to her patients and offers:

• Implants including “teeth in a day” to replace ill fitting dentures

• Porcelain Veneers

• Invisalign

• Cosmetic Bonding

Dr. Giannella accepts most dental insurance plans and also offers an in-house dental plan for patients without any dental insurance.


4 Answers, a race against Alzheimer’s” is a 5k race and 2-mile fun run located in Roseland. They are USATF-sanctioned and part of the Grand Prix series (500 points). Carolyn Mastrangelo, director and co-founder, created this event when her mother was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and she couldn’t find a race benefiting its research.

R4A has worked to host these annual events with three goals:

1. Increase awareness of and money for Alzheimer’s disease;

2. Manage a great race and;

3. Create a fun community event

This is the 15th annual and final event. To date, they have donated $490,000 to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. They chose this organization based on its sole focus on research AND because every dollar donated goes toward that research. Funded by the three founding families who were unhappy with the progress of research to slow, stop or reverse the disease, they started their own organization. Their mission is finding a cure; they hold no interest in patents or ownership of that cure. All who receive grants from them must share all information discovered.

Saturday, April 27

19 Harrison Avenue, Roseland 8:30am—5k race

8:35am—2-mile fun run/fitness walk @running4answers

& COSMETIC DENTISTRY For more information call 973-226-7407 or visit us at 204 Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ
Suburban Essex 2023 VOTED BEST PODIATRIST 5 Years in a Row! FOOTCARE YOU CAN COUNT ON. At Cedar Grove Foot & Ankle Specialists, we provide innovative and compassionate care to get our patients back on their feet. Dr. Matthew F. Wachtler, DPM, FACFAS is board certified in Foot Surgery and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons. • Bunions • Corns and Calluses • Custom Orthotics • Diabetic Foot Care • Fall Risk Assessment • Flatfeet • Haglund’s Deformity • Hammer Toe Treatment • Heel Pain • Ingrown Toenails • Morton’s Neuroma • Plantar Fasciitis Treatment • Plantar Warts • Stress Fracture • Tendonitis • Toenail Fungus Call for an Appointment | 973-857-1184 882 Pompton Avenue, Suite B-1, Cedar Grove HEALTH AND WELLNESS
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Custom-Tailored Fitness Programs

Tumble Into Fun and Fitness


Tumble Into FUN & FITNESS

Dyamond Fitness, which opened its doors in Livingston in 2022, is a strength and conditioning fitness studio for clients of all ages, where every client is considered an athlete. The gym offers a dynamic and customer-centric approach, with a diverse range of exercise equipment, personalized training programs, and small group fitness classes, providing individuals with a supportive and motivating environment to achieve individual fitness goals, improve their health, and enhance their overall well-being.

Livingston Gym offers “Music & Movement” for ages 8 months1.5 years old; “Move & Tumble” for ages 18 months-4; “Fun Fitness & Gymnastics” for ages 4-6, and gymnastic classes for ages 6-12. There are also two-hour “Open Gym” times when parents can accompany their kids for free play time.

Dyamond Ruffin

Owners, Jackie and Pasquale Ranalli have four kids, ages 2-8, so they know exactly how much energy kids need to expend. Jackie is a Registered Dietitian, and current President of the NJ Dietetic Association, who began playing soccer at age 3 and still plays today. Pasquale, a former Software Engineer, has studied martial arts from karate to Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Both are certified as Recreational Coaches by USA Gymnastics.

With a team of experienced trainers and staff, the gym prioritizes customer satisfaction, promotes a sense of community, and strives to deliver exceptional fitness experiences for its members.The facility is open seven days a week, offering weekend appointments.

Livingston Gym also hosts birthday parties, and during the school year, schedules three-hour “mini-camps,” with gym time, arts and crafts, reading and snacks.

Dyamond Fitness

Livingston Gym

34 S. Livingston Avenue, Ste 1B, Livingston, NJ 07039 973-533-0204 |

615 S. Livingston Avenue, Livingston 973-362-2424 /


Go with the Flow

PPilates is for everybody. Exercise enthusiasts aged 16 through 80+ enjoy a workout tailored to their physical capabilities at Club Pilates. The Livingston studio franchise is part of the 1,000 Club Pilates nationwide.

Members begin their initial workouts on the Reformer. This is the the primary apparatus used to accomplish a complete workout using small movements and repetitions. “The workout is very focused and emphasizes form in doing the exercises correctly,” adds Josh Katsnelson, an owner. As they progress, students use other apparatuses to hone their workouts.

Club Pilates has ten certified instructors, offering clients group classes or private lessons. Open from weekdays 6am-9pm and weekends 8am-2:30pm, customers can register online daily for the classes they wish to take. Special courses include cardio segments added to the Pilates flow. All classes are 50 minutes with a ten-minute break.

“Everyone can make gains through Pilates,” says Katsnelson. “We help people become more in tune with their bodies.”

LLivingston Gym offers “Music & Movement” for ages 8 months1.5 years old; “Move & Tumble” for ages 18 months-4; “Fun Fitness & Gymnastics” for ages 4-6, and gymnastic classes for ages 6-12. There are also two-hour “Open Gym” times when parents can accompany their kids for free play time.

Owners, Jackie and Pasquale Ranalli have four kids, ages 2-8, so they know exactly how much energy kids need to expend. Jackie is a Registered Dietitian, and current President of the NJ Dietetic Association, who began playing soccer at age 3 and still plays today. Pasquale, a former Software Engineer, has studied martial arts from karate to Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Both are certified as Recreational Coaches by USA Gymnastics.

Livingston Gym also hosts birthday parties, and during the school year, schedules three-hour “mini-camps,” with gym time, arts and crafts, reading and snacks.

Livingston Gym

615 S. Livingston Avenue, Livingston | 973-362-2424

Club Pilates

277 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston (973) 629 7491 /

Jackie and Pasquale Ranalli Jackie and Pasquale Ranalli
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Are You Ready to Rebel?


Calling all athletes and others who want to look, feel, and perform at their best! Rebel Core, the only Modern Pilates studio in Essex County, invites everyone to find their inner rebel with a full-body workout that incorporates time under tension to challenge the muscle fibers with slow and controlled movements. Slowing down and working on flexibility/mobility is often a mission component in most people’s exercise routines.

Stephanie Rogers, along with her brother Lou, own Rebel Core’s sister gym, Hardbodyz Fitness, in Verona. Years ago, Stephanie found Pilates in her personal practice and decided eight months ago to open the Rebel Core studio with her husband Bill. In January 2024, they brought it to life. “Rebel Core provides the flexibility and core work through time under tension that so many of us need,” says Stephanie.

The Rogers opened Rebel Core to build a community of like-minded individuals who love to move their bodies and push themselves to be better, stronger, and more well-rounded. “Every BODY has a place in our community, and we invite everyone from athletes to new mothers to the serious bodybuilder to experience the Rebel Core Method,” states Stephanie.

The Xformer is central to Rebel Core exercises and the main apparatus for completing them. By using the Xformer, your slow-twitch muscle fibers are challenged through varying levels of resistance springs, angles, and positions exclusive to the Rebel Core method. Rebel Core will strengthen and sculpt your body, promote body awareness, and reduce stress.

Each class is 45 minutes long and provides a great full-body workout.

The Rebel Core schedule features an essentials class, perfect for beginners or those looking to take it slower, and a modern Pilates class, which is open-level and designed to welcome everyone with all levels of experience. Modifications and progressions are provided in both levels to ensure each client receives what they personally need in each class.

Rebel Core has its own custom-branded app available for download from The App Store or Google Play Store. Clients can access the class schedule, meet the instructors, and choose the right classes. Please also find us on Instagram to see the machines and team in action.

We can’t wait to Rebel with you!

Rebel Core

188 Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland


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


Bloomfield Steak and Seafood House

409 Franklin St, Bloomfield | 973-680-4500

Offers a great dining experience within a cozy and elegant atmosphere, and friendly and attentive service. They feature flame-grilled certified Angus beef steaks and prime-cut meats, wetaged for 14 days.

Bucco Italian-American Kitchen

61 Washington Street, Bloomfield 973-566-6100 |

Offering innovative fine Italian American cuisine. They are a BYOB establishment in the heart of the Bloomfield.


Cloverleaf Tavern

395 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-226-9812

American cuisine in a family dining atmosphere. Offering 24 beers on draft and over 75 bottled beers.

Il Vecchio Cafe

234 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell 973-226-8889 |

Il Vecchio Café, offers high-quality Italian dishes in an open-concept dining room perfect for large groups and families The menu features a delicious selection of homemade pasta, entrees, panini, burgers, and salads in addition to pizzas, flatbreads, and calzones all made with natural, whole-grain semolina flour in our stone deck, wood burning oven.

La Famiglia Ristorante & Pizzeria

359 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973 226-3049

Italian restaurant

La Taverna

234 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-226-8889 Offering the perfect atmosphere for everything from a working lunch to a great night out. The beautifully appointed lounge features six large high definition flat panel televisions for your viewing pleasure. On Friday and Saturday evenings often feature live entertainment!



182 Stevens Ave, Cedar Grove 973-837-1660 |

Since 1990, Chef Seger’s modern Italian flair mixed with traditional culinary skills has created a whirlwind of praise. Enticing presentation and courteous staff are integral to LuNello’s success. The elegant setting is the perfect compliment to the menu. Whether dining in the Dining Room or enjoying a cocktail in the handsome bar, LuNello works to create the ultimate experience.


East Hanover Diner

275 NJ State Highway 10, East Hanover 973-884-8840 |

Soup, salad, pasta, omelets, burgers and more. Whatever the fare, they do it right. Bring the whole family to this delicious, neighborhood restaurant.


Antik Greek Kitchen

335 Fairfield Road, Fairfield | 862-210-8527

Authentic Cuisine for Greek Lovers

Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill

Inside Hampton Inn Hotel

118 US Highway 46 East, Fairfield 973-575-6500 |

A family friendly restaurant offering Northern Italian dishes with a Mediterranean flair. The restaurant features an open kitchen, Tuscan themed dining room, lobby bar, outdoor seating.

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Cucina Calandra

216 US Highway 46 East, Fairfield 973-575-7720 |

The “family kitchen” of Cucina Calandra provides classic Italian cuisine in a family-friendly environment. The menu centers on southern Italian cooking in a dining room reminiscent of an Italian courtyard. The dining room features a stone deck wood-burning oven and children can shape and decorate their own pizza. Pasta Night is featured on Tuesdays with pasta dishes and bottles of wines offered at half price.

Franklin Steakhouse Fairfield

318 Passaic Avenue, Fairfield | 973-808-9400

Enjoy ultimate American dining with burgers, steaks, & a diverse menu. Laid-back tavern vibe, 36 beers on tap, 30+ HDTVs for sports. High-end meets affordability for unforgettable experiences!

Prime 94 Steakhouse & Grill

94 Fairfield Road, Fairfield 973-575-4555 |

Combining tradition and elegance, Prime 94 serves the finest prime dry aged steaks. Perfect for celebrating special occasions, birthdays, private events or just a night on the town.


Casa Arturo

75 Main Street , Little Falls | 973-837-8282

Casa Arturo Bistro specializes in continental Italian cuisine from all regions of Italy. The restaurant offers a standard menu and focuses on homestyle cooking with a creative flair

Rare, The Steakhouse

440 Main St, Little Falls | 973-256-6699

Serving award winning steaks cooked to every customer’s liking. Rare also serves an array of seafood, lamb, veal, poultry, fish, and pasta. Guests are invited to unwind and relax, whether joining their lively bartenders at the generously sized bar or dining in with the attentive waitstaff in their Dining Room.


Assado Portuguese Steakhouse


222 N Livingston Avenue, Livingston 973-422-0501 |

Assado is a BYOB welcoming our patrons to pair their desired wine with our traditional dishes. They also offer online ordering so you can enjoy our food from anywhere.

Sun-Thur 6am-1am Fri-Sat 6am-2am WE HAVE WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR!
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471 W Mt Pleasant Ave, Livingston 973-378-9222 |

ancient, traditional recipes and authentic flavors of the Southern Mediterranean Region in Italy. BYOB.They accept phone reservations and takeout orders

The Feathered Fox

550 W Mt Pleasant Ave #1608, Livingston 973-994-4900 |

Steak house, sushi & raw bar

Livingston Bagel

37 E. Northfield Road, Livingston 973-994-1915 |

Offering fresh baked bagels and deli food, meals to go. Catering and event planning available

Master Pizza

379 E Northfield Avenue, Livingston 973-992-4500 |

Offering mouth-watering gourmet pizzas, they are known for keeping its menu fresh and varied, using only the finest quality ingredients.

Mezza Mediterranean

277 Eisenhower Pkwy, Livingston 973-992-9300 |

At Mezza Mediterranean, patrons will find a fusion of Old-World tradition and New World innovation to the palate.

Nana’s Deli

127 S Livingston Avenue, Livingston 973-740-1940 |

Stop by for lunch and experience the legacy they created for their Nana… and make sure to have the tuna.


Liv Breads Artisan Bakery & Coffee Bar

184 Essex Street, Millburn

Offering all natural sourdough loaves, seasonal salads, and sandwiches, decadent babka, rugelach, croissants, and more.


Butler and the Board

103 Forest St, Montclair

A one-of-a-kind specialty food shop focused on charcuterie—the art of making sausages, pates, and terrines. In addition to charcuterie the shop offers high-quality prepared foods… bone broth, soups, pickles and preserves. They offer Wednesday night dinners with the menu changing weekly.

Efi’s Gyro

521 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair | 973-783-0005

Authentic Greek Street Food.

Meet Me At Madison’s

121 Watchung Ave, Montclair | 973-604-2221

Mediterranean with a Latin Influence. Cafe/Bistro serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch on Sunday. Menu favorites: Dutch Country Chicken Sandwich, Popeye Short Pasta, Spicy Chilean Sea Bass, Avocado Toast. Gluten Free Available.

Stuff by SJ

342 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair 973-771-6907 |

Premium custom bake, coffee & treat shop

Walnut Street Kitchen

98 Walnut St, Montclair | 973-746-0789

Inspired Italian


De Novo European Pub

275 Bellevue Ave Montclair | 973-893-5008

European styled pub


6311/2 Valley Rd, Upper Montclair 973-842-4086

Mediterranean cuisine

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TS Ma Chinese Cuisine

199 Bellevue Ave, Upper Montclair 973-509-8878 |

T.S. Ma presents a menu that features top-notch Chinese fare that focuses on serving the freshest, healthiest, and most authentic Chinese cuisine available. They only cook with fresh vegetables and cholesterol and trans-fat free canola oil. Take out and delivery only in Upper Montclair (dining room in Wyckoff location). Visit the website for online ordering. They also specialize in catering for all occasions.



648 Bloomfield Ave, Verona | 973-433-7256

New American cuisine with French and Korean inspiration

Parkside Social

706 Bloomfield Ave, Verona, | 609-248-4596

classic American tavern


Chit Chat Diner

410 Eagle Rock Ave, West Orange 973-736-1989 |

Classic American Diner

The Highlawn

Eagle Rock Reservation, 1 Crest Drive, West Orange 973-731-3463 |

American Cuisine


410 St. Cloud Ave, West Orange 862-233-7557 |

Mama Dag’s proudly serves elevated Italian seafood-focused fare in a casual, convivial setting reminiscent of an old-school NYC clam bar. Guests appreciate the level of flavor and quality in each menu item, since everything is made in-house, as fresh and homemade as it can be: meats and fish from the best purveyors; cocktails all hand-crafted.

Order Online: The Readers have Spoken! VOTED BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT 199 Bellevue Ave, Upper Montclair • 973.509.8878 Due to our kitchen expansion, there is no dine-in service Available for Take Out and Delivery Only Dining Available in Wyckoff: 637 Wyckoff Ave • 201.891.8878 11 Time BEST of ESSEX Winner! 2020, 2021, 2023 WWW.MEZZALIVINGSTON.COM 277 EISENHOWER PARKWAY, LIVINGSTON Call for Reservations: 973.992.9300 BYOB RESTAURANT LUNCH Everyday 11:30am–3:30pm DINNER Sunday-Thursday 5-9:30pm, Friday & Saturday 5-10:30pm Order Curbside Pickup & Delivery Online at: Silver Winner Suburban Essex 2022
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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

Balanced Body Acupuncture

792 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove | 973-304-1506

Barre Class.

A boutique fitness studio that provides the most effective barre workout. The signature method uses your own body weight, the ballet barre and a few props to create a transformative workout that results in long, lean sculpted muscles.

The Bar Method

493 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair 973-783-1227 |

Bike Shop.

Serving the local biking community since 1973. Shop Montclair Bikery for all kinds of bikes, including road, electric and mountain bikes, parts, helmets clothing and accessories. Service and repairs offered, too. Sponsors of Montclair Cyclists, a place for the local cycling community to come together and ride.

Montclair Bikery

148 Valley Rd., Montclair | 973-744-7252

Boutique Bakery.

Jayce Baudry French Pastry specializes in producing artisanal gourmet desserts. The French pâtisserie creates a wide range of sweets & elegant desserts with a twist, including wedding cakes, croquembouches, macaron towers and custom celebration cakes.

Jayce Baudry French Pastry

17 Church Street, Montclair | 973-531-6464


The Chiropractic Source, founded by Drs. Marco Ferrucci and Tim Lyons specializes in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) and Softwave Therapy. CBP is a leading spinal corrective care that includes postural corrective adjustments, exercises and traction. SoftWave Therapy helps identify and decrease inflammation, improves blood flow and promotes stem cell healing for joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons. This combination of care, allows them to be your source for the best in health and regeneration. Contact their office to learn more about how their care may help you!

The Chiropractic Source

388 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove | 973-228-0500

Day Spa.

A free-standing hair salon and wellness facility whose mission is to create a balance of beauty and wellness in a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere.

Dieci Lifestyle Spa

90 W. Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Livingston 973-716-0101 |

Eye Care.

Upper Montclair Eye Care and Wear is your one-stop shop for the best eye care and and the finest selection of eyewear. They provide high quality, comprehensive, personalized and affordable vision care, as well as emergency eye care. You can also receive contact lens fittings. Now also specializing in the first and only FDA approved Light Therapy Treatment for dry eye which also adds Aesthetic benefits!

Upper Montclair Eye Care & Wear

211 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair 973-707-5255 |


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 |


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.

Cipriano Law Offices, PC

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

Medical 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.”

Montclair Rejuvenation Center

One Mt. Prospect Ave., Verona | 862 284 3747 761 Bloomfield Ave., West Caldwell | 973 650-3204 11917 Southern Blvd, Ste. 200, Royal Palm Beach, FL | 561-878-1282

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New Jersey Plastic Surgery is the premier surgery practice in the greater Essex County area for the past 30 year. Dr. Barry DiBernardo, Medical Director, is recognized as a leader in plastic surgery and has been named one of the best plastic surgeons in America. Dr. Barry DiBernardo provides quality care with the best possible results. The highly professional staff at New Jersey Plastic Surgery are always attentive to your needs and concerns and are committed to helping you get the look you want.

New Jersey Plastic Surgery glö–The Aestetic Experience

29 Park Street, Montclair | 973-509-2000


We love treating children and adults of all ages! Our office specializes in braces and Invisalign to help improve your smile and your dental health in a comfortable and convenient setting. Start your journey towards the smile you’ve always dreamed of! Specializing in braces and Invisalign for children and adults. We love creating beautiful and lasting smiles!

Livingston Family Orthodontics

201 S. Livingston Avenue, Suite 2B, Livingston | 973-758-8926

Dr. Eric Sacks believes that Livingston families really can have it all—the most advanced orthodontic treatment options, a truly state-of-the-art, all-digital facility, and personalized care and attention from board-certified orthodontic specialists.

Sacks Orthodontics

41 N. Livingston Avenue, Livingston | 973-251-2265

Physical Therapy.

Offering many different treatment programs and methods and working with patients to help them improve their quality of life and mobility so they can get back to doing what they love.

CEM Physical Therapy

645 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona | 973-944-2012

JAG Physical Therapy is New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania‘s leader in physical and occupational therapy for the recovery of knee, foot, ankle, hip, shoulder, elbow, hand, wrist, and back injuries. Their multi-specialty staff has been serving the Tri-State area for over 20 years and has developed a unique, care-first model of rehabilitation delivering high quality clinical outcome for their patients.

JAG Physical Therapy

Convenient Locations throughout New Jersey, New York & Pennsylvania West Orange: 973-669-0078 | Fairfield: 862-702-3420 |

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.

LightPort Physical Therapy & Spa

355 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-228-0072


Eat beef and get hooked is the motto of this family-owned steakhouse. The restaurant features flame-grilled certified Angus Beef steaks and prime-cut meats, wet-aged for 14 days.

Bloomfield Steak and Seafood House

409 Franklin Street, Bloomfield | 973-680-4500

La Famiglia Ristorante & Pizzeria never fails to impress with outstanding food. They offer authentic Italian flavors, made with the finest ingredients and brought to perfection. The menu includes a variety of pizzas, seafood dishes, sandwiches, salads & more. They also provide catering services for your events and occasions

La Famiglia Ristorante & Pizzeria

359 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-226-3049

Master Pizza sprouted in Livingston in 1990 as a familyowned and operated business. Pizza lovers lined up for for fast service, fresh ingredients and delicious pizza! As the love for pizza grew, so did they. Now there are four convenient locations throughout northern New Jersey, keeping the tradition alive. Over 30 years later, They still keep the promise of being fast, fresh, and delicious!

Master Pizza

379 E. Northfield Rd., Livingston | 973-992-4500

41 Freeman St., West Orange | 973-669-6777

A flavorful Italian Seafood restaurant conveniently located just east and across the street from the Turtleback Zoo. Inspired by family traditions, Anthony Dagostino wanted to bring back the old school clam house experience. True to tradition, The recipes are simple and authentic using only the freshest catch and ingredients. The personable staff, ample portions and robust flavors have gained them a loyal local community of regulars. Bring an appetite!

Mamma Dags Seafood & Pasta Bar

410 St. Cloud Avenue, West Orange | 862-233-7557


Be Well Psychotherapy consists of a team of 8 therapists. Each therapist brings something remarkable to the center. Offering individuals and adolescents grief and bereavement counseling, as well couples and family counseling.

Be Well Psychotherapy

175 Fairfield Avenue, Suite 1C, West Caldwell 973-886-8300 |

Senior Community.

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.

Job Haines Home

250 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield | 973-743-0792 |

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Don’t Let Resentments Drag You Down. In The End, It’s All Up To You.

OOne of my favorite bands, The Eagles, wrote a song poking fun at people who constantly whine that they are, “victims of this, victims of that,” yet never take responsibility for their lives.

The Eagles advice? “Get over it!”

How many people are living with grudges, anger and resentment from the past? It can eat at your insides and do more damage than you think. What’s done is done. And surprisingly, you can gain much from past difficulties—depending on how you look at it.

For example, a study of two sons of an alcoholic father found that one grew up to become a successful businessman, while his brother was living on the streets, a hopeless drunk. Both sons were asked: “Why did you end up this way?” And each had the same answer: “What would you expect with a father like mine?”

It’s all about choices. We can let all the past experiences and people who have “hurt” us make us bitter or better. If we choose to let anger and resentment seethe, they can become like poisons destroying us—and even end up killing us with unnecessary stress. A USA Today study found that more than 80% of doctors’ visits are for illnesses related to stress.

Now, I was about to write some tips on how to get over disappointments and live a more stress-free lifestyle when I thought I’d reverse the process and look at it from a whole new angle.

Here are several tips on how to be miserable. Yes, miserable. You may even know a few people like this— and they wouldn’t trade their misery for all the riches in the world.

TIP #1: Believe the world is against you. Cut yourself off from the world and then somehow, an inner voice tells you that everyone’s out to get you. You have to keep a negative attitude toward everyone—because for some odd reason, people’s reaction will mirror your approach.

TIP #2: Get all wrapped up in yourself. It’s not time to think of people’s needs; after all, you should always come first.

TIP #3: Find an illness in a medical book (and we do have a name for anything you can think up) that defines why people should feel sorry for you. Tell everyone your “diagnosis” to rationalize your misery. This should work well for a while, and when it gets stale, you can search for something else to evoke sympathy.

TIP #4: Blame everyone else for your problems. Never look inside for a solution. Your troubles are always because someone else got lucky and you ended up suffering because of it.

TIP #5: And finally, hold these words close to your heart at all times: anger, jealousy, self-pity, selfishness, self-absorption and revenge. You get the point. Attitude determines your altitude in most situations— some look up and some look down. We have the final choice. If it’s going to be, it’s up to me.

The writer Maya Angelou phrased it beautifully: “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” Or, as the Eagles put it, “Get over it.”

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

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“There are some materials

that should

be removed from our regular waste stream because of their hazardous nature. Our collection days provide our residents a place to properly and safely dispose of contaminants, protecting our precious environment for future generations. I encourage residents of all our communities to come

out and participate.”

Essex County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Saturday, May 4, 2024

8:30am to 4pm

Essex County Public Works

99 West Bradford Avenue, Cedar Grove

Materials being collected at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day include pesticides and herbicides, automotive fluids (antifreeze, motor oil, steering fluids, etc.), gasoline and kerosene, paint thinners and solvents, household cleaning fluids, oil based paints and stains, darkroom and photographic chemicals, car batteries, chemistry sets, driveway sealer, home fire extinguishers, barbecue type propane tanks, aerosol spray paints, pool chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs and ballasts, Nicad and rechargeable batteries, and mercury and products containing mercury. We will not be accepting latex paint, unlabeled or unidentified materials, asbestos, regulated medical waste or infectious waste, commercial or industrial waste, empty containers, explosives, munitions, ordnance or reactive materials, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms, and household batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9V).

Essex County Computer & Electronics Recycling Day

Saturday, May 18, 2024 9am to 3pm

Essex County Public Works

99 West Bradford Avenue, Cedar Grove

Items being accepted at the Computer and Electronics Recycling Day are computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, scanners, telecom equipment, speakers, televisions, keyboards, main frames, VCRs, stereos, DVD players, toasters, irons and cellular telephones. We will not be accepting smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.

Commercial and large quantity users may not drop off items. Essex County residents must provide proof of residency at the site. These programs are free and open to all Essex County residents. For more information, call the Essex County Utilities Authority at 973-792-9060 or visit

Advertisement support by the Essex County Utilities Authority See a complete list of events at:
Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Essex County Executive, the Board of County Commissioners and the Essex County Utilities Authority

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