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APRIL 2022

APRIL 2022

VOL. 30 NO. 3

David J. Black FOUNDER & CEO

Cathleen M. Black PRESIDENT & COO

11 Inside Essex

Michael J. Reidy

News and Happenings in the Area

14 Local Heros


Vanice Gage Donegan


14 “1774 Sandwich Initiative” at Newark Academy Gives Back to the Homeless 15 Mom Turns Tragedy into Way to Help Others

22 COVER STORY On Bloom Brick & Mortar Location Styles Caldwell and Its Surrounding Communities

25 Local Gift Guide Support Local Merchants… Shop Local

26 Essentials for Cooking & Entertaining


28 Home Pros


33 A Full Range of Customer Satisfaction 38 A Renovating Project with a Goal to Make the Old Look New and the New Look Old 43 50 Years of Excellence 44 Home Pros Resource Directory 47 One Location for All Your Home Projects

48 Summer Camp Tips 52 Art of Essex Laurie Waite-Fellner: Small Moments, Big Memories

54 Health and Wellness 54 Making Your Home Safe for Baby 55 Neuropathy Breakthrough 56 Breath Easier & Enjoy Spring 58 Celebrate Earth Day 62 April is National Donate Life Month

64 Restaurant Guide 68 Best of Essex Resource Directory On the Cover: Gina Cifelli and Dawn Sorenson, On Bloom Photo by Dan Epstein


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70 Diamond Minds Remind Me Again How Lucky We Are… April 2022

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Book on 1879 National News West Orange Crime is Published


eter Wosh, who lived in West Orange for 35 years, before recently moving to Virginia, has written a book with his late wife, Patricia L. Schall, based on a crime that happened in West Orange in 1879. It is called, “Murder on the Mountain: Crime, Passion, and Punishment in Gilded Age New Jersey.” The story made national news. The book is available in local bookstores and on Amazon. Peter Wosh Peter says he wrote the story because it happened on land near where he resided. The story is about Magaret Meierhoffer, the last woman executed in NJ when she was hung in Newark in 1881. When Margaret’s husband John returned from the Civil War, he was a changed man, neglecting his work and beating his wife. One day, in 1879, John turned up dead with a bullet in the back of his head. Margaret and her farmhand, Dutch immigrant, Frank Lammens, were accused of the crime, and both went to the gallows. Margaret maintained her innocence the whole time.

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Moms Launch Unique Sleepover Party Company


est Orange mom, Brandi Lilly McLean, and her cousin Jenay Guillford, of Teaneck have launched a very unique slumber party company called My Sleepover Party, which provides an unforgettable luxury glamping sleepover party experience in the comfort of your own home that girls and boys of all ages can enjoy. These luxury designer-themed parties include gorgeous lighted individual sleeping teepee-style tents that come complete with air mattresses, curated personalized designer sheets, blankets, decorative pillows and gorgeous décor. The small Black women-owned company was inspired by their daughters, Laila Guillford, 10, and India McLean, 11, who are the co-creators and driving forces behind it. The women say they were inspired to start the company by the simple wish to make their own kids’ sleepover party dreams come true. Themes include Girl Power Princess, Glory Black Girl Magic, Bohemian Romance, Magical Unicorn, Paris Dreams, Superheroes, Game Time and families can suggest their own themes. For more information, please see the website and Instagram @mysleepoverparty_nj_nyc

arah Zorn of West Orange has collaborated on two cookbooks that are due to land on bookshelves this year. Sunday Best: Cooking Up the Weekend Spirit Every Day, which was written with Chef Adrienne Cheatham and is a celebration of food and togetherness, will launch on March 15th. Homage: Stories and Recipes from an Amish Soul Food Kitchen—which was written with Chef Chris Scott—will publish in September. Sarah says she enjoys channeling chef’s stories and recipes and calls herself a cheerleader for chefs. She is excited to share these cookbooks with the public as they are labors of love. She says she is proud that these two chefs will get the recognition they deserve by sharing their stories and recipes with the world, and most importantly—she loves that they will have these beautiful cookbooks to share with generations to come.

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West Caldwell Resident “Fools” Penn & Teller


To prepare, David worked with two other magicians to fine tune his trick. He auditioned early in 2021, and the show taped in June of that year. David says it was hard keeping the outcome to himself for so long.

It was quite a feat! According to David, only about 10% of people are able to fool Penn & Teller. “I am on cloud nine,” says David. “It has been a truly amazing experience.”

“I love being a magician,” says David, who performs off Broadway, at clubs in NYC, and at private events. To watch the segment, and see a listing of David’s upcoming shows, go to

avid Corsaro, of West Caldwell, who has been a magician for 30 years, recently “fooled” Penn & Teller on the TV show “Penn & Teller: Fool Us.” He won the prestigious “Fool Us” trophy and will get to open for Penn & Teller one night this summer.

Livingston Resident Publishes His First Novel


atteo Lahm of Livingston has written his first book titled “Finding a Light in a Room with No Walls.” The book takes readers on an “evocative and colorful journey through modern-day Italy and tells the tale of one man’s tragic and comedic search for the meaning of life, filled with profound experiences of pain, regret, forgiveness, love, loss, family, and hope.” The title references a dream sequence the protagonist faces throughout the book. Matteo says he wrote a story of a staunch atheist forced to grapple with a near death experience to resolve the conundrum of belief and meaninglessness. “So many people are trying to find significance in the world who need an alternative to blind faith or believing in nothing—this book is for them.” Matteo, a painter and musician, says writing the book was “creatively and emotionally the hardest thing I have ever done.” The book is available on Amazon in paperback, eBook and audiobook.

High School Senior Runs Her Own Fashion Line


ivingston High School senior Chloe Panes is running her own personalized apparel business, called Washedup Apparel. A large part of her business is making items with collegiate logos during commitment season for bed parties. She sells her clothes individually, to stores across the US, trunk shows, pop ups, and trains at parties. Chloe, who is self-taught, says she spent a lot of time watching YouTube videos to learn how to tie-dye, use the heat press, bedazzle and do embroidery. All of her items are made to order. She says she is not limited to clothing as she also decorates socks, phone key chains, scrunchies, hats and more. Chloe, who used her own money to start her business, says she has always been crafty, but she didn’t realize how crafty she was until she found her love of fashion designing. It is her dream to open a highend loungewear factory. “I love being my own boss,” she says. April 2022


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“1774 Sandwich Initiative” at Newark Academy Gives Back to the Homeless By Jackie Schatell


reshman Leon Sarkissian has started the 1774 Sandwich Initiative at Newark Academy, in Livingston, where each month, Upper School students are making sandwiches for St. John’s Soup Kitchen in Newark, which feeds the homeless. “I heard someone at my church say they needed more sandwiches at St. John’s,” says Leon. “It seemed like something I could take on that would make a big difference in fighting food insecurity one sandwich at a time.” Leon says, “This is truly an important cause which is unfolding in our own backyard. We need at our level to make a difference and help each other.” Those in need go to St. John’s for hot meals, and then get a paper bag with the sandwiches to take with them for the two other meals of the day, and for the elderly or children in their households who could not come.

“This is truly an important cause which is unfolding in our own backyard. We need at our level to make a difference and help each other.” —Leon Sarkissian Leon’s family has been involved in assisting the homeless in NYC and then in NJ since coming to the US in 2003. “Our parents always made sure to that we participated actively in one way or another,” he says. “We have made beds, cooked, cleaned, organized toiletries, played games with children and done many sleepovers as the welcoming centers require two organizers to be present.” Leon says he joined the homeless cause in 2012. “Our parents taught us that we could not imagine living a full spiritual life without first thinking of others,” he says. “Nowadays because of Covid-19, we bring food, gift cards and warmth to the homeless who are fortunately housed in hotels, motels, and temporary housing.” “Aside from a profound sense of humility, one lesson my older siblings and I learned is that the homeless line in America is a very very fine one,” he says.

Leon Sarkissian The launch of the 1774 Sandwich Initiative was on MLK Day where the school officials and Leon coordinated a Zoom call where the Newark Academy students realized the first 967 sandwiches. They have since organized two more sandwichdrives, which resulted in 2,200 sandwiches in total. This has surpassed Leon’s expectation by 24 percent. The project is ongoing, and the next target date is set for April 30, which is Newark Academy’s Annual Day of Giving. Leon, who says he has many plans for the future of the drive, has started asking for the help of everyone around him, even from some celebrities. He has also set a new and more ambitious target of 17,740 sandwiches to be made by the end of his Senior year.

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Mom Turns Tragedy into Way to Help Others By Jackie Schatell


ecently, Shilpa Kulkarni and her husband Vishwas Kulkarni, of Livingston, established Shiv’s Third Eye Foundation in memory of their son Shiv, who lost his life to suicide in 2021, with a goal of building resilience in adolescents against mental health issues through education, awareness, good mental hygiene, and the sponsoring of research on the diagnosis and treatment of adolescent depression. It will operate under the umbrella of Livingston’s Healthy Community, Health Youth (HCHY) initiatives. According to the Kulkarnis, the name, Shiv’s Third Eye, was chosen “because the third eye signifies enlightenment and an ability to look into the heart of others.” Through the Foundation, they hope to drive out the myths and stigma and bring in awareness, education, support, and hope. The Kulkarnis said they are hoping to “turn our tragedy into helping others.” “Everyone has a different way of grieving and we wanted to provide open and clear communication regarding what happened so we can help others,” they added. In September, Shilpa spoke on suicide prevention and awareness at a Livingston High School Board of Education meeting and has since held informative talks through Sanskriti of New Jersey including, “Raising Resilient Teenagers, by, and “Breaking the Silence” regarding LGBTQ+ identities by a South Asian parents group called Desi Rainbow Parents. She also partnered with the group in December to host a Facebook Live session called, “Shiv’s Story.” In addition, Shilpa and her family participated in an Out of Darkness Walk at Verona Park, and she held a small panel discussion in Short Hills with a psychologist. In March, as the first Foundation event, a youth-led panel discussion was held as part of a Youth Symposium with Columbia University, Climate School. Shiv’s sister and friends were the panelists.

The Kulkarnis have also established a Facebook group called, Shiv’s Third Eye, where parents can feel safe to talk about issues their children are facing. Therapists are also members and offer support. The Kulkarnis said they are pleased with the group and the “open candid conversations happening there.” The Kulkarnis also have plans for future talks, workshops, and panels and hopes to start some town-wide teen and parent groups that will be based around the issues of assimilating within Livingston’s diverse population. “We hope the foundation and Facebook page help other parents and kids,” said the Kulkarnis. “We wish we had this type of support for our son.” “We can see through the chatter on the Facebook page, that the need for the services Shiv’s Third Eye Foundation will provide are much needed in the community,” they said.

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¡BALLI DI PRIMAVERA! The Dances of Spring Performance


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

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

This performance will feature NJDTE’s talented pre-professional dancers, and will include premiere works by internationally renowned choreographers including; American Modern Master, Paul Taylor’s iconic work CLOVEN KINGDOM, excerpts of Don Quixote and Paquita, two vibrant works by Associate Director of

Saturday, April 30—2 & 5pm; Sunday, May 1—3pm New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble Studios 315b Springfield Ave, Summit Photo: Cloven Kingdom, courtesy New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble


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Saturday, April 2, 11am Author Melissa Petrillo will read her children’s book, Sometimes, during a special story time event that includes a sensory craft. With age-appropriate text and charming illustrations, Sometimes helps young readers to better understand their peers, including individuals with autism. Melissa became inspired to become a special needs teacher after having worked at Camp Hope through the ARC of Essex County.

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Saturday, April 9, 1 pm Dr. William Reszelbach, former school teacher, lecturer, and businessman, will give a presentation titled “What Is it Like to Be a Child of Holocaust Survivors?” Dr. Reszelbach, who grew up as a child of holocaust survivors, will share a close look at how these atrocities have impacted families across generations and continents. Roseland Free Public Library, 20 Roseland Avenue, Roseland. 973-226-8636.


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Annual Spring Open Art Studio 24th Annual Building Tomorrows 5k Run And Family Walk


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

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


elebrate spring by perusing Lisa Palombo’s new series, “Cherry Blossoms.” Her dazzling new series debuts a fresh palette celebrating renewal, optimism, and beauty. “Cherry Blossoms” originals, prints, home décor and Mother’s Day gifts will be available that weekend as well as special offers exclusive to this event. She will also be displaying paintings from her popular “Ode to Monet,” “Flower Garden, and “Animalia” series, which all showcase her signature palette and expressive brushstrokes that she has become so well known for. The studio gallery is free and open to the public.

Saturday, April 30 & Sunday, May 1, 11am-5pm Lisa Palombo Studios 55 Mountain Avenue in Caldwell 973-364-0280 |

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n nice weather, what is more fun than driving around with the top down and feeling the sun on your face and the wind in your hair? This is why many people love Jeep Wranglers. Owners can put down the soft top and enjoy the great outdoors, but when it gets cold, they also have a hard top that will keep them warm and dry. But, swapping the tops and figuring out where to store the one that is not in use is not fun at all. Friends and partners, Michael Schwartz, Scott Pyper and Lenny Blue, developed a solution to these problems and opened Swap Your Top in Livingston, which just celebrated its one year anniversary. “I actually own a Jeep Wrangler and Lenny and Scott would help me change out the top every season,” says Michael. “It was a hassle. The process requires a helper and you have to be somewhat mechanically inclined. You also need a place to store it. Even if you have a garage, it takes up a lot of space and can get damaged.” When Jeep owners make an appointment with Swap Your Top, they get their tops changed in a timely manner, and also know that the top they are leaving behind will be placed on custom made racks in a climate controlled facility. “You leave with no headaches and no stress,” he says.

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

Bunny Cares Sunday, April 3 from 10–11:30am Bunny Cares is a sensory-bunny experience where individuals with all spectrums of special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session where extra care is taken to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs. Photo packages will be available for purchase. Pre-registration is required.

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Monday, April 4 from 5–7pm During the first-ever Bunny Paws, dog parents can celebrate the spring season and have their dog’s photo taken with the Easter Bunny. The net proceeds from Bunny Paws will benefit St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center of Madison. All dogs must be up-to-date on their vaccinations and must either be on a leash or carried in a lightweight,portable pet carrier with harness. Reservations are recommended.

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Daffodil Day


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

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s soon as you step into On Bloom, clients are greeted into a warm and welcoming atmosphere. A beautiful array of styles adorn the racks–from trendy datenight outfits to chic athleisure. The shop is run by co-owners Dawn Sorenson and Gina Cifelli, as well as the store manager, Lexie Sabato, all of whom help guide customers into finding the perfect look for their needs. Also on staff is Michael John Sabato. “Michael John is our key behind-the-scenes employee. He ensures our merchandise is ticketed timely, organized and neatly presented,” said Sorenson.

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ON BLOOM: Fashionable, Friendly and Fun Both On Bloom owners have a deep history in the fashion and beauty industries. About 10 years ago, Cifelli owned “Wish,” a boutique on Bloomfield Avenue. She relocated her business inside of Dieci Salon in Livingston, where she was also a stylist. The business continued to flourish, and a client introduced her to Sorenson, who had over 20 years in the fashion industry. Sorenson worked on the wholesale side of fashion in New York City at Liz Claiborne and August Accessories.

After a few years of working together, the pair decided to open their own boutique in 2019. They wanted to be closer to their communities–Sorenson lives in Essex Fells and Cifelli lives in North Caldwell–and shortly into their search, the perfect location opened up in Caldwell. The boutique features a range of womens’ and juniors’ collections for all ages and lifestyles–including a wide variety of denim; dresses; blazers; leather and more. They also have loungewear and trendy PJs; jewelry; candles; and fashion accessories. “We work very closely with our customers to offer them a personalized shopping experience,” said Sorenson. “Our small, welcoming environment allows a high level of client service.” Sorenson and Cifelli host in-store events and take their show on the road to nearby venues and homes for pop-up parties. “We have ladies nights, sip and shop events, and giveaways,” said Cifelli. “We thrive on creating a memorable experience for our clients.” On Bloom also supports local businesses and charitable organizations. Soon, On Bloom will be offering a closet consultation service, where they assist clients in completing and enhancing their wardrobes. “I am passionate about dressing women to make them feel confident and look beautiful.

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Lexie Sabato and Dawn Sorenson

That part of the business is so much fun for me,” said Cifelli. “And of course, I love shopping for the store.” According to Sorenson and Cifelli, when it comes to Spring style, expect to see a lot of feminine looks this spring, with dresses, florals and bright colors playing a huge part in upcoming trends. “We pride ourselves on having fresh, new merchandise on a weekly basis,” said Sorenson. “We frequently shop the market in New York City to stay on trend.” Not able to make it to the store in person? Follow @onbloomtheshoppe on Instagram to see what’s trending or check out their website, which offers online ordering.

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

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teven Poto, owner of Team SportsTurf Professional Lawn Care and Landscaping, uses computer imaging to provide residential and commercial business owners with a precise depiction of the plantings they have chosen. Whether installing new landscaping or upgrading an existing border, bed or yard, this “what you see is what you get” approach provides an accurate schematic of a completed project before work begins.

Since 1965, Gargiulo Builders has renovated homes, built additions and decks, and remodeled kitchens and bathrooms for homeowners in East Hanover Township and beyond. With strong background in construction engineering, as well as building, the company has built lasting relationships with architects, managing and constructing projects from their plans, said Owner/Operator Steve Gargiulo. “The number-one reason the company has prospered for so long is the quality of the product,” he said. “Number two is communication.” When a homeowner contacts Gargiulo Builders, a first appointment includes a walk-though, plus budget discussion. Gargiulo then returns with members of his team to walk through again and clarify any questions. A final proposal is discussed in person. “It’s the personal interaction that gets us the jobs,” he said. Gargiulo said they continue to honor their motto: “No job is too big or too small.” The company is now booking jobs for summer 2022.

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“I take a picture of the site and prepare a full-color print of how it will look with new plantings,” explains Poto. He offers guidance on what will thrive based on the soil condition and sun exposure. Poto refers to the color print as a “work in progress” that allows the design to be tailored to the client’s needs and preferences.

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he trend is for homeowners to maximize their outdoor living space observes Agustin Cabrera, manager of Pelican Shops.“It’s a vacation in the backyard,” he says. Spring is the time to plan what the backyard oasis should consist of.Pelican Shops is the area’s premier retailer for all outdoor needs including patio furniture, barbecue grills, pools, pool spas, fire pits and outdoor heaters.“No matter how big or small your outdoor area is,” says Cabrera, “we can help create a space that your family and friends will enjoy.”

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Pelican Shops is a familyowned business.Many of the employees have been with the retail outlet for more than 20 years.“The staff is knowledgeable and meets the needs of customers.”It is not unusual for customers to show the staff pictures of their patio or yard. “We help them to decide what works best in their space, while offering the best value.”

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Cabrera says Pelican sells above ground pools and swim spas and the supplies needed to ensure that they operate at their optimal performance. The staff provides guidance on how to open a pool or spa for the season.Cabrera suggests stocking up on pool and spa chemicals now.For those who wish to venture to area lakes, Pelican offers a full line of canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards. The manager would like customers to know that Pelican does not have any supply chain issues.“There are tons of products ready for delivery,” he says.The shop also guarantees the lowest prices in New Jersey.

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esign trends come and go so quickly that many of my clients ask about how to create a design that will last. Contemporary means “of the present moment.” Here is a quick list of how to design classic interiors with a contemporary twist:

ith so much time spent at home these days, an organized house is even more essential. From closets to pantries, Closets by Design is ready to help get your house in order! The nationally recognized leader in home organizing systems designs, manufactures and installs a complete line of custom closets, home office furniture, media systems, wall-beds, garage cabinetry and more.


1. Choose neutral fabrics on your upholstered furniture. It is easy to change out pillows but costly to change the entire sofa. 2. Don’t know what you like? We have found that Houzz. com is a great tool for helping our clients identify what they like by setting up an Ideabook for each project. 3. Update your accessories. They don’t need to be expensive, just carefully chosen and placed well. 4. Change your wall color. Paint companies are at the forefront of every contemporary design trend.

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Closets by Design’s North New Jersey team works to simplify your life with their installations. Their designers will work with you to custom design units exactly to your liking. With a wide selection of finishes, accessories and hardware, you will get the customized look you have always dreamt of. During in-home appointments, their designers are following preventative safety measures that include not shaking hands, maintaining six foot spacing to the furthest extent feasible, and frequently washing hands, or using sanitizer before and after every appointment.

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beautiful lawn adds curb appeal to any home and business. But, keeping it healthy and lush takes a lot of time and knowledge. “All lawns should be getting a fertilization program throughout the season, including a full aeration and seeding that will promote better drainage so fertilizer will be better able to get into the roots,” says Kevin Macken of K. Macken Landscaping, which has been named the Best of Essex five years in a row. He adds that regular cutting is also critical. “It helps us keep an eye on our customers’ properties to make sure they're healthy, that there are no grubs, chinch bugs or fungus taking over the lawn and causing it to die off.” “Sometimes, it can be hard to figure out the right height to cut the grass or the correct products to use, which is why it’s important to have professionals take care of your lawn,” states Macken.

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& M O’Hara can install lighting outdoors for safety and security, or to highlight features such as walkways, pools, patios and landscaping. From post lanterns and spotlights, to recessed cans and decorative walkway and deck lighting, they can brighten your night. In addition to the extra safety of well-lit walkways and secure entryways, a properly designed lighting system creates visual interest and amplifies the curb appeal. The features of the landscape can be illuminated, calling attention to the details that would otherwise be overlooked.

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he convenience and comfort of owning a generator during a power outage cannot be understated. The fact of the matter is that much of the power grid across the country is aging and obsolete. Power outages become more likely during a storm, and you lose your heating system, refrigerated goods, lights, and all of your appliances. A generator will get you through it. But generators are emergency systems. They’re probably going to lie dormant for most of the year, but when they’re needed they have to work. The very last thing you want to happen is to have a power outage occur, only to realize that you have a problem that’s preventing the generator from working properly. Generators can and do develop problems over time, even when they’re not in use. Chances are you’re not going to notice a problem with the system if it develops while you’re not using it. So, the best way to catch problems before they cause a disaster is to schedule regular generator maintenance. Anderson Electric offers yearly maintenance programs for permanent natural gas Generac generators. You get routine services with scheduled generator maintenance, including:

• valve adjustment • battery test • checking of run, exercise and event log • cleaning and testing unit operation The ideal time frame for generator maintenance is every 100 hours of running time or once a year, whichever comes first, and is included in our scheduled maintenance. Call Anderson Electric to learn about their Generator Service Contracts.

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A Full Range of Customer Satisfaction Reno’s Appliance Offers Knowledge and Innovation By Janis Hashe, photo by Dan Epstein


e pride ourselves on making appliance shopping the least stressful part of the renovation process,” states Reno’s Appliance President and CEO, John Cioletti. The business was founded in 1951 as ‘Reno’s Radio & TV Shop.’ Shortly thereafter, the need for high-end, built-in appliances was apparent, and the family-owned business “opted to survive and excel,” says Cioletti. Today, Reno’s Appliance carries all major brands—with price points suited for all customers. When a customer comes in, they deal with a highly experienced sales staff. “We’re very fortunate that our sales team basically never leaves,” said Cioletti. “My general manager has been with me for 27 years.” The rest of the Reno’s Appliance team has been with the business between three and 25 years. When a salesperson starts at Reno’s. they shadow experienced team members to familiarize themselves with the features and benefits of the appliances. Training is updated with vendors, online, and through onlocation immersion training provided by manufacturers. Reno’s also has an on-staff corporate chef who available for product demonstrations, and as an additional resource.

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“We also pride ourselves on listening,” said Cioletti. “When a client comes in, we inquire about their wants and needs, and then help determine what brands and appliances are best for their design, their lifestyle, and their budget.” The world of appliances is a rapidly changing one, and potential customers will find that Reno’s is keeping up with new products. Latest innovations, said Cioletti, include steam and WiFi connectivity. Several manufacturers are now offering steam and steam-assisted ovens. “The addition of steam for laundry has also increased in popularity for not only washers and dryers, but with the addition of freestanding cabinet steamers for the

home,” he explained. WiFi connectivity through manufacturers’ apps helps with ease of use and remote diagnostics. Reno’s Appliance customers can continue to rely on the most up-to-date products and information, combined with more than a half-century’s commitment to customer service and satisfaction.

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ith people spending more time at home now than ever before, the desire to expand one’s living spaces is in high demand. Homeowners want to create an oasis for themselves and their families not only inside their homes, but outside as well. Andrew Braverman, a builder with over 18 years of experience in the state of NJ and president of KMF Companies, a boutique luxury builder, has seen a heightened interest in pools and patios. “One of the things we are finding is that people are putting more of an investment into their homes,” he says. “Because they’re spending more time there, they want to enjoy the various aspects of it, and want to get as much year-round use as possible.”

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For luxury patio areas, almost all are being done with blue stone, and have at least one fire pit and a covered area. Outdoor lounges, with a kitchen and bar featuring multiple televisions, are also highly sought after. For luxury pools, the most popular are Hampton-style rectangular pools with sun shelves and automatic covers, which keep warmth in and also add an element of safety. While doing a project, KMF is with you from the very beginning to the amazing end. “What we have found is unique in this area, in terms of luxury lifestyle living, is that a lot of the onus will fall on a homeowner to help manage their vision,” says Andrew.

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ikas Restoration and Roofing is Montclair’s oldest restoration specialist. They have been painting, restoring, updating and roofing older homes since 1986. Specializing in Victorian restoration, Gikas understands period homes. Gikas has a team of roofers, painters and carpenters that work together on projects. When you book your exterior painting with them you do not have to hire additional carpenters to replace any damaged wood or to add decorative components. Gikas’ skilled carpenters are experienced in wood repair. They can handle facia, soffit, gutters and leaders, roof and window repair as well as repairing or replacing porches and railings. They try to salvage and reuse vintage pieces whenever possible. One of Gikas’ customers best described working with owner, George Mihalis, “Our “armadillo” neutral beige house is now a gorgeous Victorian with the elegance and richness of its original design. We hired George because he was the only contractor to point out the tiniest details that were there—details we hadn’t even noticed. He is a true expert in his field and the style of the homes in this town. Gikas staff are artists that treat painting your home as a process in creating a work of art.”

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aking that extra step when it comes to customer service is something building contractor Victor Zucchi & Son has been doing for 85 years. “My father and my grandfather believed in providing next-level customer service,” says Chris Zucchi, who represents the builder’s fourth generation. The contractor is currently working on a $2.5 to $3-plus million construction project in Englewood—adding an 11,000 sq. ft. addition to a 4,000 sq. ft home. “We take customer service very seriously,” Zucchi emphasizes. “During 2021 we saw significant material price increases and construction material delays.” Yet, to the delight of the client, the project has remained on schedule. “This is why pre-construction services— which include sourcing materials, pricing materials, and scheduling material delivery to coincide with the production schedule—take on new urgency as 2022 gets underway,” he adds.


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Victor Zucchi & Son’s Englewood project also came with another big challenge: The client wanted the addition to match the original home. To do so, Victor Zucchi & Son went to a reclaimed brick company in Iowa to source and secure a particular type of 19th century brick—a clinker brick—for the home’s façade…and the match was made. Work is proceeding on the interior of the home for which the homeowner also wants a match between the new structure and the original, down to the moldings and woodwork. “The client wants the old to look new and the new to look old,” Zucchi states. “It is a challenge, but it is also fun for us.”

Passion that makes hard work fun may set Victor Zucchi & Son apart from the rest, but it is truly customer service that makes this building contractor stand out. “We do go about our business differently than most contractors,” says Zucchi. “We keep our clients in the loop throughout the project to ensure everyone’s needs are met and questions and concerns are addressed.”

The client has been so pleased with Victor Zucchi & Son’s attention to detail and craftsmanship that they have added on projects that include a porte-cochère, a proposed wine cellar, a new pool house and pool renovation, and other items to the initial project.

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More than that, clients can contact the building contractor 24/7. “I give my clients my cell number so they can reach me at any time.” That is what you call next-level customer service.

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The Suburban Jersey Home Show is Coming to New Jersey By Jackie Schatell


re you a homeowner or homebuyer who is struggling to find the perfect products and service providers for your home? If so, you are in luck because the highimpact two-day Suburban Jersey Home Show is coming to NJ on Saturday, April 30, from 9am-8pm, and Sunday, May 1, from 9am-6pm, at the Westminster Hotel at 550 Mt. Pleasant Avenue (Route 10 West), Livingston. There will be over 100 high-quality, national, and local brand name companies offering fine lifestyle products and services. In addition, there will be demos, DIY booths, children’s activities, food, and prizes. This is an event you don’t want to miss! Exhibitor categories will run the gamut from home remodeling, water purification, windows, landscape architects, roofing, gutter and leaf protection, mosquito control, and contractors to cutlery, winery, appliances,



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andscaping is an ever more important extension of the home living environment. Joseph Mulroe Landscape Design, a full-service landscape construction company, knows just how important their work is. They have been turning homes into destinations since 1985, solving challenges that many Essex County homeowners face. Using their extensive knowledge of area-specific problems, the team develops solutions to create a visually coherent and stimulating outdoor space. Like any work of art, landscape, and garden design boils down to color, texture, scale, and composition. Joseph Mulroe Landscape Design uses a balance of these elements to create satisfaction for clients that lasts decades.

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In addition, their warranty is one of the best in the industry. All plant material is guaranteed for two years postinstallation. The team at Joseph Mulroe Landscape Design stands by their work and want customers to feel safe knowing their investment is protected.

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eck Guardian specializes in building maintenancefree decks, upgrading and resurfacing existing decks, and the installation of gazebos, patios, porches, and Louvered Roofing Systems. The company’s website states that Deck Guardian is “dedicated to always using the most innovative technologies to deliver unique long-last decks to our customers.” Deck Guardian partners with trusted decking brands including Trex, Azek, and Fiberon and among its innovative construction methods is the use of steel helical piers that have three to five times more load capacities than traditional cement footings.

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It’s Spring Maintenance Time for Your HVAC System


emi-annual maintenance by a certified HVAC technician protects your system by finding and fixing minor problems before they become costly repairs, and preps your air conditioning unit for peak performance and greater efficiency. Technicians should: check refrigerant lines for damage, measure refrigerant charge; change the air filters; clean the condenser coil, check suction line’s condition; clear vegetation or trash to enhance air flow; and clear out the drain system to avoid water damage, mold growth, or bacteria buildup. After your preseason maintenance is done, homeowners should perform these easy DIY tasks (turn off power first): Vacuum metal frame air filters monthly—soak clogged filters in a 50/50 water/vinegar mixture; clean out debris in condenser fins; hose down the external unit to clear dirt buildup; and cut back plants that block it. If you are considering an air conditioning upgrade, we have Carrier units in stock so you can avoid lengthy equipment back orders and price hikes. We offer flexible financing and installation discounts. Visit for details on specials and our Comfort Club maintenance programs.

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uartz countertops have become increasingly popular over the past several years but many people still don’t understand the difference between quartz and granite, quartzite or marble. Quartz countertops are a man-made material that consists of anywhere from 90% to 95% natural quartz and other stone with the rest being made up of resins and additives to create the desired color and pattern. Granite, quartzite, and marble are all natural stones that are mined from the earth and cut into manageable slabs. While many homeowners love the beauty of natural stone the minimal care and maintenance of quartz, as well as the ever-growing array of colors and patterns, many of which mimic natural stone, has made quartz countertops an undeniable favorite among homeowners. Whether you choose quartz or quartzite for your countertops it all comes down to personal preference. The designers at Showcase can help guide you through every step of the remodeling process, including choosing the right countertops for your lifestyle.

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hampion Waste Removal is a wizard at handling clean-outs… even in tight places and small spaces. They have incredible expertise maneuvering their dumpsters into narrow and awkward spaces. They also have special container options for clients that have a short or even nonexistent driveway. Champion has a 20-yard short container available— 16 feet is shorter than the average container—but taller so their capacity is about the same. Their compact 10 cubic yard dumpsters at 14 feet are just the right size for a basement or garage clean-out. And finally, Champion Waste Removal are experts at the live load, where no container is needed. They pull up the truck and take away all unwanted items and dispose of them all in the same day. They will also sort what is be disposed so they are properly recycled to minimize environmental impact. Discuss your disposal needs with Champion Waste. They have solution to fit your situation.

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ponzilli Landscape Group specializes in designing and building beautiful outdoor spaces that will transform you home into an oasis and the favorite entertainment destination for friends and family. With over 100 highly trained employees, Sponzilli is the preferred choice for residential landscape services throughout Northern New Jersey and New York City as well as homeowner associations and commercial property managers throughout the area. Sponzilli’s award-winning residential landscaping combines elegance with functionality, first rate design, and the highest quality workmanship. For over 50 years, their expertise and commitment to quality results in magnificent luxury landscaping to complement your home and provide stunning curb appeal. From the moment they begin work within property, they develop a custom, comprehensive plan that will help the landscape improve and that will sustain its beauty for years to come. Their Landscape Maintenance Teams navigate the specific concerns and requirements for each property and community. Every property offers its own challenges, not every landscape company has the education and knowledge to handle these demands. Sponzilli Landscape Group’s professional and experienced landscape maintenance teams are uniformed and overseen by working supervisors to handle daily work orders and report to homeowners and property managers. This 2nd generation, family-owned business is ranked in the top 100 Landscape Companies in the US and offers comprehensive Landscaping Maintenance Programs to provides clients with all the necessary elements of services, products, care, and supervision to keep their landscape looking its best. Weekly, biweekly, or monthly services include mowing, adjusting sprinkler heads and time clocks, pruning shrubbery and ornamental trees, identifying pests that attack plant material, treating for weeds and poison ivy, fertilizing, and feeding the lawn and plants. For the past 50 years, Sponzilli Landscape Group has been a trusted name in fine landscape design, building, installation, and maintenance care. They take great pride in providing and maintaining Stand Apart landscapes with unique attention to detail. They strive to offer excellent customer service with well trained, reliable team members who will care for your property to ensure value that lasts. If you would like to experience a beautiful landscape with longevity for years to come, contact Sponzilli’s professional maintenance team today.

Sponzilli Landscape Group, Inc. 345 Passaic Ave, Fairfield | 973-244-1410

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

Anderson Electric Verona | 973-857-4333

Contractor. 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.

Providing the best service and resources to customers in essex and morris counties. Choose R&G for all your custom carpentry, roofing and siding needs. They provide a 50-year guarantee on all work with a system plus warranty. 0% financing available. Free estimates. Fully insured.

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

R&G Custom Carpentry 973-324-9461 |

Grill Cleaner. Four generations of craftsmanship and great customer service distinguish Victor Zucchi & Son, the building contractor renowned throughout the NJ/NY Metropolitan area since 1934 for its ability to make residential dreams come true. Built into every project—the “Wow” factor that keeps clients coming back for more. “I love seeing the look on clients’ faces when we finish a project,” says Christopher Zucchi, fourth generation builder, “and seeing that our work has knocked their socks off.” Let VZS do the same for you for your next home project.

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

American BBQ Grill Cleaning 973-641-6669 |

Victor Zucchi & Son 201-342-3112 |

Home Entertainment. A family-owned business since 1974, the Game Room specializes in new and vintage Brunswick pool tables, bars, bar stools, air hockey, table tennis and foozball tables. The complete source for the “Man Cave,” featuring a large display of chess, darts, poker, gambling supplies and rustic décor.

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

The Game Room Store 461 Route 46, Fairfield | 973-227-2245

Kitchen a la Mode 19 S Orange Ave, South Orange | 973-821-5145

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.

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

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

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

Home Remodeling.


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

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

G&L and Sons Renovations, LLC

Deck Guardian

973-857-3553 |

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


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Family-owned and operated, Gargiulo Builders is a fullservice remodeling and building company dedicated to quality and service since 1965. Areas of expertise include additions, kitchens, baths, sundecks, basement finishing and architectural services. They take projects from concept through design and construction.

Gargiulo Builders 973-428-9529 |

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

Bloomfield Cooling & Heating 127 Paterson Avenue, Little Falls | 973-237-0505

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

CWI Design 560 Central Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974 908-665-7997 | Her mission and goal is to “Make the world more beautiful, one room at a time.” She knows that a delightful, enjoyable design experience can be yours! No project is too big or too small.

Decorating Den Interiors— Paula Markman 973-803-2126 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.

Richard Bailey Interiors, LLC 973-429-2106 | 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.

Valerie Ruddy Designs - Decorating Den Interiors 973-239-3004 |

Kitchen Appliances. Founded as Reno’s Radio & TV in 1951, the company now known as Reno’s Appliance has grown over the past 70+ years to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons carry on the proud tradition of their father, focusing on the service aspect of retail to give consumers, contractors and kitchen designers the knowledge and experience they demand.

Reno’s Appliance 235 McLean Blvd, Rte 20 N, Paterson | 973-247-1860

Kitchen & Bath Remodeling. Whether you’re remodeling or starting from scratch with new construction, designing your dream kitchen can prove to be an exciting but challenging endeavor. Domus Kitchens complements their design services by offering premium quality appliances, accessories and installation services. The ideal target for home owners, interior designers, architects and real estate developers.

Domus Kitchens 567 Rt.46 W, Fairfield | 973 447 4114 | 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 12 years in a row. NJ Lic#13VH00056300 EPA Lead Safe Certificate #Nat-23584-1

Showcase Kitchen & Bath 438 Broad Street Bloomfield | 973-743-8722

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

Joseph Mulroe Landscape Design Serving Montclair & Essex County | 973-865-5855 K. Macken Landscaping offers complete landscaping, lawn maintenance, and construction by a fully insured company with a knowledgeable and experienced staff. Plus, their locally owned and operated company always gives the most competitive prices.

K. Macken Landscaping West Caldwell | 973-261-0198 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.

Sponzilli Landscape Group Inc. 345 Passaic Avenue, Fairfield | 973-244-1410

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

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

Picture Perfect Landscapes, LLC 973-439-9300

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Marble, Stone & Tile.

333 Bloomfield Avenue, Suite 304, Caldwell | 973-226-0333

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.

Under the guidance of broker/owner John Sass and broker/ sales associate Lynn De Luccia, more than 60 real estate associates work with buyers and sellers at CENTURY 21 Cedarcrest Realty. The brokerage is a CENTURY 21 Certified Commercial Specialist and its Fine Homes & Estates division markets distinctive properties throughout northern New Jersey. The agency has won multiple awards for superior service and production and its agents are among some of the region’s top producers.

Apex Marble & Granite 998 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove | 973-857-3655

Century 21 Cedarcrest Realty

Ideal Tile of Fairfield is family owned and operated with over 30 years of experience. The showroom features a wide variety of materials to complete your next project. They offer a diverse collection of porcelain, ceramic, glass, mosaics and natural stone. From traditional to contemporary, their exclusive products and knowledgeable team are able to distinguish and focus on the essence of each idea in order to translate your personal project into a unique creation.

460 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell | 44 Main Street, Little Falls 973-228-1050 | Livingston’s #1 Real Estate Agent, no one brings better RESULTS—whether you are buying, selling, or renting. • Top 1% of ALL Coldwell Banker Agents Worldwide • #1 Agent in Livingston, NJ for Total Sales 2010-Present • Top 100 Most Influential Agents in NJ • PLATINUM Circle of Excellence • Zillow 5-Star Premier Agent • SRES Designation Senior Real Estate Specialist

Ideal Tile 257 Route 46 West, Fairfield | 973-521-7284

Ellen Gonik Coldwell Banker Realtor-Associate® 2 E Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston | Office: 973-994-4323 Cell: 973-879-9467 |

Painting & Home Improvement. 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.

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

Gikas Restoration and Roofing

KMF Companies

7 Park St, Montclair | 973-835-7775


“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.

Waste Removal. Champion Waste Removal is a full-service property maintenance company specializing in residential and commercial cleanouts. Their services include cleanouts, container and trailer rental, demolition, REO services and recycling. No job is too big or too small.

Wilber’s Painting & Home Improvements

Champion Waste Removal

973-762-6333 |


Plumbing Supply. A premier showroom of high end, decorative bath and kitchen fixtures and door hardware. On display in the 10,000 square foot showroom are a wide variety of products from a diverse group of manufacturers. Open to the public with an emphasis on the trade. Professional and highly qualified sales associates are there to guide you through your all your projects—large or small.

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

AF Supply

Window Works

567 RT 46W, Fairfield, NJ 07004 | 973-575-0500


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One Location for All Your Home Projects Shop at One Design Center for All of Your Kitchen, Bathroom, Plumbing and Tile Needs By Jackie Schatell


one are the days when you’ve had to run around to multiple stores to get your bathroom, kitchen and closets done because AF Supply, Domus Kitchens, and Ideal Tile have formed a design center at 567 Route 46 West in Fairfield where you can shop in one location with showrooms located next door to one another for all of your kitchen, bathroom, plumbing and tile needs. “This is a great combination because customers can bring their samples from all three businesses together in one spot to see how they look together,” says Vincent Nigro, an owner of Ideal Tile. “Our design center makes it easy to have a full visual of everything.” Owner of Domus Kitchens, Vincenzo Tersigni, who has more than 30 years of experience in design agrees, “Now, homeowners, interior designers, architects, construction companies, and real estate developers can shop at one location for kitchen cabinets,

bathrooms, stones, plumbing supplies, tiles, countertops, wardrobes, walk-in closets, and appliances.” AF Supply is a family-owned business that has been open for 100 years. AF Supply is a distributor of design-driven bath and kitchen fixtures, faucets, accessories, vanities, hardware, and surfaces. Their range of product offerings includes many exclusive and fine products from across the world. Domus Kitchens helps people create their dream kitchens. Whether you are remodeling or starting from scratch with new construction, designing your dream kitchen or bathroom can be exciting but challenging. Their strategy is to deliver an integrated solution featuring the very best in innovative design. Their expertise enables the combination of materials, textures, colors, and light to transform a kitchen into an intimate living space for relaxing, cooking, and April 2022

entertaining. Domus Kitchens also creates walk-in closets and wardrobes. Ideal tile has been a family-owned and operated business since 1977. Their 15,000 sq. ft. showroom features a wide variety of materials from porcelain, ceramic and glass to mosaics and natural stone. From traditional to contemporary designs, the knowledgeable team will help translate your project into a dream come true. Aside from carrying a lot of beautiful high-quality Italian tile, they also carry large format tile, which is a very popular trend, even in small spaces.

AF Supply 973-575-0500 |

Domus Kitchens 973-447-4114 |

Ideal Tile 973-521-7284 | 567 Route 46 West, Fairfield


SUMMER CAMP TIPS From the Camps Directors Themselves!

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

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

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

Montclair’s Premier Acting School for Kids for Over 30 Years!

ESSEX YOUTH THEATER In Residence at The Studio Playhouse, Upper Montclair

Where Every Child is a Star! Summer Theater Day Camp! • In-Person, On-Stage • Ages 6-13 • Exciting plays & musicals • Lots of individual attention in a friendly atmosphere • Every child gets a starring role!

REGISTER ONLINE Dance Classes for All Ages PreSchool Summer Arts Program PrimeTime Summer Arts Program

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Equestrian Summer Camps!

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

Register before March 15th for a 10% EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT

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

Seaton Hackney

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

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

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—New Jersey Ballet

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

April 2022





Learn to Skate

MSA Academy

Hockey Camp

For beginner skaters through advanced skills, ages 4-14. Instructors will assist in developing skaters through various levels of ice skating. Designed to improve skill set and/or increase competitive edge, this full day, week-long camp will provide a positive and fun learning atmosphere in a clean, safe environment. Skaters’ days will begin at 8:30am and conclude at 4:30pm. Each day will consist of on ice and off ice instruction/play, as well as creative recreational activities.

For new and experienced competitive skaters looking to improve their skills, the MSA Academy Camp will provide participants with an introduction to different aspects of figure skating, including jumps, spins, power skating, and Moves in the Field. Skaters will also receive off ice instruction in areas such as stretching, ballet, and core strength. This is the perfect camp for skaters in the Freestyle, Gold Star, Future Champions, and No Test levels.

This camp will improve the skills of every player, no matter their ability or experience. The camp emphasizes strong skating skills as the foundation to everything that comes next: shooting, stick handling, and passing. It also will focus on the most important part of hockey—having fun!

Local Buzz

Farm Camp


he Montclair History Center, Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H, and the Montclair Community Farms partner to host a fun, nature and history filled camp for youth to learn about our past, and where our food comes from. Their mission is to provide a fabulous camp experience for youth, while also providing a beneficial learning experience about food, animals, our earth, and its agricultural past. Campers have the chance to be in the garden each day and participate in activities related to each age level’s theme. All campers will have access to the Montclair Community Farm, historic houses, and large open spaces! Registration required in advance. Monday, April 18-April 22, 9am-12:30pm Summer Weeks: July 11-15, 25-29; August 8-12, 22-26

Montclair History Center 108 and 110 Orange Road, Montclair


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Montclair State Ice Arena 1 Arena Drive, Little Falls | 973-746-7744

SUMMER CAMP Bugs ‘n Butterflies—July 18-July 22 Learn how butterflies migrate, watch dragonflies dance on the river, investigate where insects fit into the food web and create a bug to take home!

Nature Adventures!—July 25-July 29 Hiking, pond dipping, insect catching, bird watching and flipping over rocks and logs are how children will investigate our natural world. Students Entering Pre-K & K—Monday to Friday; 9:30am-12:30pm


Nature Explorers

Established 1953

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

Hop, Walk, Slither!— August 1-August 5 Learn which reptiles and amphibians make their home in the wetlands of the Passaic River floodplain and learn their value to the environment.

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Lenape Living—August 8-August 12

7-9 Vreeland Rd, Florham Park, NJ 07932 Call: 973-597-9600 • E-mail:

Explore the art of survival, fire creation, shelter building, wild nature walks, Native American games and more. There will be one on-site canoe trip. Students Entering 1st & 2nd Grades— Monday to Friday; 9:30am-1:30pm

Junior Naturalist—August 15-August 19

AGES 7-19

Campers will be involved in experiences that explore the habitats of the Passaic Watershed. They will learn about the animals and plants that live here, as well as find out where the Passaic River starts and ends. There will be one on-site canoe trip.

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







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An adventure camp for kids ages 10-16. A new adventure every day! Pick up and drop off at Edgemont Memorial Park, Montclair, NJ from June-August. Certified Teachers, Lifeguards, and EMT Staff.


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Grandma, Nana, Aunt Ruth, And John

Mouse Balloons


Small Moments, Big Memories Story and Artist Portrait by Dan Epstein


here’s a quirky sweetness to the work of Laurie WaiteFellner that will get you right where you live. She studied at Murray State University, and then did graduate work at Southern Illinois University before moving to NYC and starting a career in the graphic arts field. Moving to Montclair in 1992 to raise three boys with her husband Marty she began to refine her vision. In one of her early pieces, Ubu Listening To The Mets, a 24x30 inch oil painting her interest in documenting quiet but oh so important moments of life begins to reveal itself. Then, working from a trove of her late father’s snapshots she began use them as the basis for a series of 10x14 inch colored pencil drawings. It was the quirkiness of her father’s eye: the specific groupings, the poses, the moments he chose to memorialize in snapshots that spoke to her own sensibilities that provided the foundation to this project. In Grandma, Nana, Aunt Ruth, And John we see a family dynamic at work. Two subjects dutifully looking at the camera, one busy appraising another, and a young boy impishly sticking out his tongue at the camera. A moment that couldn’t be more real. In Mouse Balloons it’s kids behaving as kids often do when parent aims a camera, two goofing with balloons in front of their faces, one older sibling who can’t get out the required photo, but refusing to engage in the childishness, and a mom bemused by the whole thing.

Subsequently, armed with the camera in her phone, she began to move away from using her father’s snapshots to finding the real moments in her own life to represent. In Pilgrim Diner, you can see her husband pensively waiting. Maybe he’s waiting for the waitress to take an order or for the food to be brought to the table, while surrounded by the hubbub in a busy diner. Who among us hasn’t been there in that instant? It’s an ordinary moment celebrated by Waite-Fellner. As if in each of her works she were to say to us: these little moments are the meat and stuff of real life; don’t ignore them for the big moments. They are quirky and sweet, and in the seeing of these instances from her life, we are reminded that our own lives are full of these delightful little fleeting experiences which should not be lost to our memories in favor of times more grand. Her trips down her own memory lane inspire our own. Moments in our own lives which like her art… delight us in their sweetness.

Laurie Waite-Fellner

Pilgrim Diner

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Neuropathy Breakthrough Local clinic has a modern, medical solution to treat your Peripheral Neuropathy and is seeing incredible results. “It started out as a normal outing. My wife and I had to run to the grocery store. We were driving down the road casually going over our shopping list when the car ahead of me started to slow down, anticipating the yellow light. I started to move my foot from the gas to the brake as any normal person would do when they see brake lights in front of them, but I couldn’t. I couldn’t feel my foot. The car kept moving forward, and I just couldn’t get my foot on the brake. And CRUNCH! I finally came to a stop when I hit the car in front of me.” This tragic story was shared with us by John M., a Millburn resident, who has Peripheral Neuropathy. And while no one was hurt in this accident, John M. had suffered almost every day for the past 8 years with tingling and burning in his feet until numbness set in and he could no longer feel even the brake pedal beneath his foot. “The first stage is pain,” shares Dr. Aleksandra Mihajlovic, DTCM, LAc of Sasha Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine. “You feel burning, tingling, sharp pains, or you feel like you’re walking on broken glass. This pain eventually subsides, and the numbness sets in. Unfortunately, with the numbness comes a lot of other problems.”

This was the case with John. “I said I wasn’t going to drive again. What if that had been a pedestrian?” It is terribly common that Peripheral Neuropathy and its debilitating symptoms interfere with a person’s ability to live their life. John was now reliant on his wife to drive him around; even the simple pleasure of cruising down to the shore or taking her out to dinner was outside his capabilities. And even more common, John’s general practitioner and several specialists told him there was nothing they could do other than prescribe him medications that would ease the pain of his Neuropathy. That’s where Dr. Aleksandra and her staff at Sasha Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine come in. “About 75% of our current patients come to us suffering from the same condition as Mr. John,” says Dr. Aleksandra Mihajlovic, DTCM, LAc. “They’re in constant pain from Neuropathy, and it prevents them from not only living their lives, but more importantly, it prevents them from enjoying it. Depending on the severity of their nerve damage, we typically see tremendous progress in 3-4 months of treatment. I like to say we’re in the business of making your golden years golden.”

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“I can’t lie,” confides John. “I was skeptical at first. My doctor told me there was nothing that could be done, and then, there’s an acupuncturist right here in Montclair who tells me she can help. Turns out she was right. After about four months of treatments, I was able to confidently drive myself to my appointments! My wife and I celebrated by buying ourselves a new car! It’s hard to put into words how incredible this is, quite frankly, I feel like I got my life back.” While Sasha Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine specializes in acupuncture, and it’s definitely part of their protocols in treating Neuropathy, the real secret is in a more modern medical solution called ATP Resonance Biotherapy™. “This technology was originally developed by NASA to expedite healing and recovery,” shares Tammy, a patient care coordinator at the clinic. “It’s like watering a plant. ATP Resonance Biotherapy™ stimulates the blood vessels to grow back around the peripheral nerve and provide them the proper nutrients to heal and repair.” You can learn more about Dr. Aleksandra Mihajlovic, DTCM, LAc by visiting If you’re ready to schedule a consultation, call 973-444-8932 and do so quickly. Sasha Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine is a very intimate clinic and the staff takes pride in their ability to take their time with each patient, so they are very limited in their ability to take on new patients.

Sasha Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine 119 Grove Street, Montclair 973-444-8932


Health and Wellness

Breathe Easier & Enjoy Spring! S

pring is a stunning season full of life as plants grow, flowers bloom and the sun shines. The downside of this abundance of beauty is seasonal allergens. Pollen from all those growing and blooming plants spreads via warm breezes and can make you feel awful.

your history and conducting an exam, allergists conduct tests to identify your specific allergens and treat your symptoms to help you take control. Testing for hay fever typically includes sensitivity to pets, dust mites, trees, grasses, weeds, and mold as they are the most likely triggers for nasal allergies.

“Allergic rhinitis, commonly called hay fever, has been around for hundreds of years, causing symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes, mouth or skin, runny nose, and congestion,” said Dr. Mark Corbett, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. “Your symptoms often depend on which pollens you’re allergic to.”

Start Medications Before Symptoms Begin

Allergists can help identify precisely what is causing you problems so you can take appropriate action based on your individual needs. Along with taking

Allergy symptoms can begin much earlier than the official start of spring. To lessen the impact, start taking your allergy medications two to three weeks before your symptoms usually begin.

In addition to meeting with an allergist, Corbett and the experts at ACAAI share these tips for feeling your best during spring allergy season:

TEAM OF WELLBEING OUR HANDS-ON APPROACH TO HEALING MAKES US YOUR SOLUTION TO A PAIN-FREE LIFE! LightPort Physical Therapy and Spa® is dedicated to helping clients recover from any physical injury or condition, by using a holistic approach in diagnosing and treating both the BODY and the MIND. Dr. De Hoyos and his team follow the slogan “The Results You Want, The Care You Deserve”, as they focus on the comfort and success of each patient’s experience. At LightPort Physical Therapy and Spa® we use proven hands-on therapy and specific home exercise programs to relieve your pain and improve your function. Our team is passionate about the wellbeing of our patients and employs the best therapeutic modalities and manual therapy techniques to support them on their path to recovery. As part of our Wellness Programs we offer Naturopathic Medicine treatment options and Eating Awareness Training program.

SERVICES Manual Therapy Sports & Work Injury Rehabilitation Pre/Post Surgical Rehabilitation Posture Evaluation Therapeutic & Medical Massage Therapeutic Rehabilitation Exercise Programs Wellness Programs


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swelling/joint pain shoulder/rotator cuff injuries fibromyalgia & neuralgia

355 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell, NJ 07006 973. 228.0072


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The Art of Self-Study —

Educating, Nurturing and Energizing the Mind, Body & Soul.

Take Avoidance Measures

Consider Immunotherapy

Close your car and home windows during the spring allergy season as breezes carry microscopic pollen particles. Take off shoes when you enter your home and consider immediately putting clothes in the wash to get rid of pollen. Shower and shampoo at night before bed so pollen is not being transferred from your hair to your bedding.

Immunotherapy is designed to target your exact triggers through a shot or tablet and can greatly reduce the severity of your symptoms. Immunotherapy can also prevent the development of asthma in some children with seasonal allergies. Allergists are specially trained to help you take control of your allergies and asthma, so you can live your best life no matter the season. Find an allergist in your area at

Be Cautious Of Pollen Counts Keep an eye on the predicted pollen counts for your region, particularly if you plan to be outdoors for long stretches. There are many types of pollen and an overall high pollen count doesn’t always indicate a strong concentration of the pollens that cause your symptoms.


GENERAL & COSMETIC DENTISTRY Dr. Giannella is devoted to bringing gentle and affordable dental care to her patients and offers: • Implants including “teeth in a day” to replace missing teeth • 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.

204 Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ

For more information call 973-226-7407

Yoga Therapy • Barre Fusion • Meditation Yoga Ropes • Thai Yoga Body-Work Integral Sound Therapy Ayurvedic Counseling • Reiki Energy Healing


161 Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland Other Locations in: Randolph, Sparta & Delray Beach, Florida


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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 886 POMPTON AVENUE, SUITE A-1, CEDAR GROVE

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Health and Wellness

Celebrate EARTH DAY


riday, April 22 marks the 53rd annual Earth Day celebration. It is now celebrated in over 193 countries. The themes change yearly, and this year’s theme is, Invest in Our Planet. Reduce, reuse, and recycle. This is a great opportunity to spring clean. Instead of throwing things into landfills, repurpose them by donating to Facebook groups like the Buy Nothing Project, and Free Stuff marketplace groups, or to the needy. Volunteer. There are hundreds of ways to volunteer that can be found online like participating in small, masked group cleanups. Educate. Educate yourself and others on ways to heal the earth by reading, watching videos and talks. Conserve water. Earth day is the perfect time to intentionally start conserving water while brushing teeth, showering, and watering the lawn. Choose sustainable. If you aren’t already doing so, start using recyclable bags for food shopping and reusing plastic water bottles.

Use energy efficient bulbs. By using energy efficient bulbs and turning the lights off when you leave a room, you are helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Plant a tree. Trees provide us with food and oxygen and help us combat climate change. Plant a tree in your yard or donate to a place that is planting trees. You will be doing your part to help the planet. Use non-toxic chemicals. By using non-toxic chemicals, you will be helping to send less chemicals into the waterways. Bike more and drive less. Make Earth Day the day to start putting this practice into motion. You can get your family in on the action by planning family rides. You will be getting some exercise, while decreasing emissions. Save pollinators. The bee and monarch butterfly populations are dwindling. We need these species for the pollination of our fruits and vegetables, not to mention the honey from bees. To do your part, plant friendly habitats for them in your garden like willows, fruit trees, and clover for bees, and pesticide-free milkweed for monarchs to eat and lay eggs on.

Our Goal is to Help You Discover What You Need to Make Your Life More Enjoyable. Meticulous Office CDC Covid Practices and Precautions Telemedicine Appointments Available Our Centers Offer: • Services for Children Coping with the Pandemic • Individual/Family/Couples/Children and Teen Therapy • Variety of Clinical Therapy Expertise • Most Insurances Accepted Dr. Christopher Barker,

Dr. Keith Morgen,

Director of Discovery Psychotherapy Center

Director of Discovery Wellness Center


Convenient day, evening and Saturday hours. Please call or visit the website for more information.


New Address: 7 East Frederick Place, Suite 700, Cedar Knolls 58

Suburban Essex

April 2022

“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.” – JOSEPH N. DIVINCENZO, JR.

Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Essex County Executive, the Board of County Commissioners and the Essex County Utilities Authority Invite you to:

Essex County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Essex County Computer & Electronics Recycling Day

Saturday, May 7, 2022 8:30am to 4pm

Saturday, May 21, 2022 9am to 3pm

Essex County Public Works 99 West Bradford Avenue, Cedar Grove

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).

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

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Relax, Restore & Renew Under the Stars



oin local Verona Psychotherapist and Mindfulness Teacher, Sue Waldman while she facilitates a relaxed, nurturing and peaceful guided visualization outdoor in her Tuscany-Dreamed Garden. Using mindfulness, breathwork, karuna Reiki, Aromatherapy, a sound bath and oracle cards, learn the techniques of quieting your mind and enjoy the deep lasting benefits of this ancient practice on your mind, body and spirit. Outcomes such as reduction of stress, increased ability to concentrate, improved memory, health and vitality are reported. No experience needed. Wear comfortable, layered clothes bring a flashlight. (Ages 18+) Sue provides yoga mats, comforters, pillows and light refreshments. Advance registration is required for all events. Friday, April 15 & 29, 7:30-9pm Call Sue Waldman’s office to register at 973-857-9090



Garden Writing M O N TC L A I R R E J U V E N AT I O N C E N T E R Two convenient locations in Verona & West Caldwell 1 MOUNT PROSPECT AVENUE, VERONA, NJ 07044 761 BLOOMFIELD AVENUE, WEST CALDWELL, NJ 07006

973-298-4395 GENERAL INQUIRIES: 973-650-3204 APPOINTMENTS: 60

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April 2022


rab your journal and favorite pen for a meaningful gathering under the Stars for ‘Garden Writing’. Local Verona psychotherapist and Life Coach of 28 years in private practice, Sue Waldman, who will conduct a guided visualization under the moon and stars...relaxing, journaling and sharing your writing. Say good bye to to life for an evening - the part of life that feels busy, demanding, distracting, loud and stressful. Wear comfortable and layered clothes and bring a flashlight. Sue provides yoga mats, comforters, pillows and light refreshments. Advanced Registration is required. Friday, April 8 & 22, 7:30-9pm Call Sue Waldman’s office to register at 973-857-9090


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raise awareness of alzheimer’s Sensory Celebration

I n recognition of Autism Awareness Month, use your

senses as your guide at activity stations throughout the property focusing on different textures, smells, shapes and colors found in the natural world. Meet and greet animals from Eyes of the Wild, an exotic animal rescue, and learn how these amazing creatures use their senses. This outdoor family program is an inclusive event, open to people of all ages and abilities. Registration required.

8:30 am 5k Race

The Running 4 Answers race features a USATF-sanctioned 5k and 2-mile fun run/fitness walk. Beginning at 8:30am at (USATF-NJ and sanctioned) 19 Harrison Avenue, certified Roseland. The fun family and community event will award cash prizes for the top three male and female finishers and medals for age group winners.

Saturday, April 2, 1-4pm The Montclair Foundation/Van Vleck House & Gardens 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair, NJ 07042 973-744-4752 |

8:35 am

Learn more about registering for the race and donating to Running 4 Answers 2-mile FunatRun/Fitness Walk


All proceeds to benefit Cure Alzheimer's Fund

Personalized, Professional & Convenient Care for Your Retinal Problems.

Saturday, April 24th Specializes in Managing All Diseases of the Retina, Register online Vitreous, and Macula at including:


he 13th annual “Running 4 Answers, A Race Against Alzheimer’s” will take place this year on Saturday, April 30. The race, started by two Roseland moms, benefits Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, an organization whose sole focus is funding research with the highest probability of slowing, stopping or reversing Alzheimer’s disease. Over the first 12 years, R4A has donated $408,000 to them.

All Covid protocols will be followed. Details of the event may change.

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The Premier Dental Home for Growing Smiles.

• Macular Degeneration • Retinal Detachment

Dr. Tyra Manso is a BoardCertified Pediatric Dentist. She believes that all children are unique and require different approaches in dealing with their behavior, guiding their dental growth and development, and preventing future dental problems.

• Macular Holes • Ocular Trauma


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To discover more or to schedule an appointment, please visit us online or give us a call.

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Health and Wellness

April is National Donate Life Month!

By Cathy Harvey


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

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

Brian Glennon 62

Suburban Essex

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

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

Brian Glennon April 2022

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

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

Restaurant Guide

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



Cloverleaf Tavern


395 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell 973-226-9812 | American Cuisine

Dup Bap

182 Stevens Ave, Cedar Grove | 973-837-1660 Full Service Italian Restaurant


691 Bloomfield Ave, West Caldwell 862-210-8164 Korean Cuisine. Take Out and Delivery available.

Franklin Steakhouse Fairfield 318 Passaic Avenue, Fairfield | 973-808-9400 American Fare

Prime 94 SteakHouse and Grill 94 Fairfield Rd Fairfield, NJ 07004 973-575-4555 Traditional steakhouse

Tavern 292 292 Passaic Ave, Fairfield | 862-210-8867 American Cuisine

GLEN RIDGE Fitzgerald’s 1928 East Hanover Diner 275 NJ State Highway 10, East Hanover 973-884-8840 | Classic American Cuisine

Fat Fish Taco 291 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell 973-228-6825 | Coastal Mexican Cuisine

13 Herman Street, Glen Ridge | 973-748-4702 American Bistro


FAIRFIELD Antik Greek Kitchen 335 Fairfield Road, Fairfield | 862-210-8527 Authentic Cuisine for Greek Lovers

Assado 222 N Livingston Ave, Livingston 973-422-0501 | Portuguese Steakhouse

Il Vecchio Cafe 234 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-226-8889 Italian Cuisine

Ocha Caldwell 403 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-228-8856 Asian Japanese Cuisine


Suburban Essex

Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill Inside Hampton Inn Hotel 118 US Highway 46 East, Fairfield 973-575-6500 | Northern Italian dishes with a Mediterranean Flair

Cocco Bello Café 155 S Livingston Ave, Livingston 973-992-1999 | Italian Cuisine

Ike’s Bagel Cafe Cucina Calandra 216 US Highway 46 East, Fairfield 973-575-7720 Classic Italian

April 2022

277 Eisenhower Pkwy, Livingston 973-369-7528 | Hand rolled bagels, NY style deli

Lithos Estiatorio 405 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston 973-758-1111 | Greek Cuisine

Master Pizza 379 E Northfield Rd, Livingston 973-992-4500 | Specialty Pizza and Italian Cuisine

The Salad House of Livingston 639 W. Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston 973-721-3333 |

Sweet Basils’ Cafe 498 South Livingston Ave, Livingston 973-994-3600 | New American Cuisine

Ani Ramen House 511 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair 973-744-3960 | Asian Fusion Cuisine

Thavma Mediterranean Grill 6230 Town Center, Livingston | 973-992-8999 Greek Cuisine

MONTCLAIR Mezza Mediterranean 277 Eisenhower Pkwy, Livingston 973-992-9300 | Mediterranean Fusion Cuisine

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

Aozora 407 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair 973-233-9400 | Japanese and European Fusion


Outdoor Dining Available. Call for Reservations. Suburban Essex

Suburban Essex



Bronze Winner

Bronze Winner

OPEN SEVEN DAYS • WE ARE BYOB ESTABLISHMENT LUNCH Daily 11:30am–3pm • DINNER Sun-Thu 5-9pm, Fri-Sat 5-10pm

277 EISENHOWER PARKWAY, LIVINGSTON Call for Reservations: 973.992.9300

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Restaurant Guide Sweet T’s Southern Eatery 387 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair 973-500-3452 Healthy, Transparent, Authentic, Pork-free Southern Eatery

SHORT HILLS Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge

La Rocca Osteria

Corso 98

21 Midland Ave, Montclair | 973-746-0707 Casual Italian Dining

98 Walnut St, Montclair | 973-746-0789 Everyday Italian

440 Parsonage Hill Rd, Short Hills 973-467-8882 A full service restaurant, bar & lounge


Laboratorio Kitchen Jack’s Seafood Shack & Oyster Bar 718 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair 973-893-5283 Lobster & Seafood


615 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair 973-746-6100 New American Cuisine

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

Suburban Essex

2021 Gold Winner



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




Suburban Essex

April 2022




(973) 837-1660



Kim’s Sushi 458 Eagle Rock Ave, West Orange 973-669-2800 | Sushi and Japanese restaurant

Verona Inn TS Ma Chinese Cuisine 199 Bellevue Ave, Upper Montclair 973-509-8878 Chinese cuisine


624 Bloomfield Ave Verona | 973-239-0544 Pub/Tavern/Sports Bar


P.F. Seafood Restaurant 1090 Bloomfield Ave, West Caldwell 973-277-1007 Seafood

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

Primavera 500 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange 973-669-0966 Traditional Italian Cuisine


Bloom 648 Bloomfield Ave, Verona | 973-433-7256 New American cuisine with French and Korean inspiration

Chit Chat Diner 410 Eagle Rock Ave, West Orange 973-736-1989 | Classic American Diner

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

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

Nicholas Anthony’s Family Kitchen 450 Main St, West Orange | 862-520-1252 Italian Restaurant

11 Time Consecutive BEST OF ESSEX Winner!

Fresh, Healthy & Authentic!

HOURS: Sun-Thur 6am-1am Fri-Sat 6am-2am

275 NJ State Highway 10, East Hanover FOR PICK-UP ORDERS CALL 973-884-8840 WE DELIVER via Grub Hub/Uber Eats/DoorDash

Shanghai Ribs

Order Online at: 199 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair • 973.509.8878 Available for Take Out and Delivery Only INDOOR DINING NOW AVAILABLE IN WYCKOFF: 637 WYCKOFF AVENUE, WYCKOFF, NJ • 201.891.8878

April 2022


The Best of Essex RESOURCE DIRECTORY Visit us online at Acupuncture.

Gift Shop.

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

The Eclectic Chic Boutique is an Artisan Gift Boutique located in Downtown Montclair. They work with over 30 local artists, makers and entrepreneurs from all over NJ. They specialize handmade, locally sourced, small batch, and originally designed gifts, novelties and crafts. They also offer craft classes and parties, both in person and virtual.

Balanced Body Acupuncture

The Eclectic Chic Boutique

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

547 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042 | 862-221-0644

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

At David Chad Beauty Salon, they continually push the beauty envelope to bring clients the upmost best in style, design and overall customer service. The salon’s location at the Grover House has an ambiance that is dubbed an ‘architectural masterpiece.’

Calandra’s Bakery

David Chad Beauty Salon

333 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell 973-287-6718 |

Hair Salon.

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

Jewelry. 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 |

Kids & Family Dentistry

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


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April 2022


Physical Therapy.

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.

JAG-ONE Physical Therapy is a comprehensive physical and occupational therapy company with locations throughout New Jersey, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, Manhattan, Westchester and Pennsylvania. 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.

Cipriano Law Offices, PC

JAG-ONE Physical Therapy

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

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

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

Montclair Rejuvenation Center 1 Mt. Prospect Avenue, Verona 761 Bloomfield Avenue, West Caldwell 973-650-3204 |

Meditation & Mindfulness. For over 28 years, Sue Waldman, LPC has been offering psychotherapy, life coaching and Reiki services for anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss. Sue now offers inspirational gatherings in her garden: Relax, Restore & Renew, Garden Writing and Mini-Soul Escape and more. These special retreat spaces offer a cocoon of emotional safety to help you release what no longer serves your highest good, renew your tired mind/body and a chance to deeply heal in a highly supportive garden sanctuary.

Sue Waldman, MA, LPC, BCC

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

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

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


Pink Light, LLC | 973-857-9090 |

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

Wilber’s Painting & Home Improvements 973-762-6333 |

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

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

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 & Pizza House 410 St. Cloud Avenue, West Orange | 862.233.7557

Senior Care. 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 |

April 2022


Diamond Minds

Remind Me Again How Lucky We Are… By Barry Farber


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Suburban Essex

April 2022

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