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Sears Building, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston Mall Thursdays & Fridays from 2 to 7 p.m. & Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. Essex County Hall of Records, 465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Newark Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. Orange City Hall, 29 North Day Street, Orange Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. Irvington Town Hall, 1 Civic Square, Irvington Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m. East Orange City Hall, 44 City Hall Plaza, East Orange Moderna, Pfizer and J&J vaccines are available. Everyone ages 6 months and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Appointments for children ages 6 months to 5 years are required. Appointments for other vaccinations are not required. However, if you would like to make an appointment, visit or call 973-877-8456. Appointments for testing are not required. There are no out-of-pocket costs to receive vaccines. Residents will be asked to provide their medical insurance information so Essex County bill the insurance company $40 for each dose of the vaccine. If you do not have insurance, the cost of the vaccine will be covered by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Funds.

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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.

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Suburban Essex SEPTEMBER 2022

VOL. 30 NO. 7

David J. Black FOUNDER & CEO

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12 Inside Essex 13 Local Heroes 13 Livingston’s Sandwich Boys Support the Food Insecure 14 The Montclair Foundation Supports the Local Community Through Grants

17 Buyers Will Give Your Home a Standing Ovation 18 100 Years of Serving the Community 19 Enjoy a Diversity of Artistry at the Fall Rose Squared Art Shows 22 Have Fun This Fall at the Jack O’Lantern Experience

32 COVER STORY New Additions at DIECI Lifestyle Spa Creates a Total Beauty and Wellness Destination

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36 Focus on Education 36 Focus on Education Resource Listings 43 A Back-To-School Essential— Library Card Sign-up Month!

44 Local Gift Guide 45 Paper Mill Playhouse Announces 2022-2023 Season 48 13th Annual Best of Essex Readers’ Choice Contest Categories

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alerie Testa Almquist of West Caldwell has published a book called Look Back Move Forward, which she describes as an historical fiction adventure book for readers of all ages, which intertwines stories her parents shared growing up in Newark, NJ. The warm, feel good, hopeful story takes two brothers from the year 2000 back to 1939. Older readers will remember locales from that era, and younger readers will enjoy the boys’ adventures, while learning history. “My dad shared stories from his past with my children, who enjoyed hearing his tales,” says Valerie. “When he passed away, I wanted to share some of his stories. Honoring my dad in this way is rewarding. He appreciated everything he had, overcame obstacles, and worked hard.” A quote from the book states, “No matter how challenging one’s past, it’s there to learn from, gain strength and move forward.” The book is available on Amazon and in bookstores.

Cedar Grove Resident Natty Bumpercar Hosts Two Podcasts


atty Bumpercar of Cedar Grove is multi-talented. He hosts a weekly family-friendly podcast called Bumper Podcast, and another one called Hanging Out with Pig and Pals, which he created over the pandemic with his children. In addition, Natty works in the visual arts arena in areas like painting, illustration, animation, cartooning and sculpture, and does standup comedy, improv and voiceovers. He says he “considers himself a maker of things and a doer of stuff.” He loves doing his podcasts and says that his humorous improvised podcast characters excel at getting into awkward situations. He says each episode is self-encapsulated with an overarching theme for the series. The podcasts are available on Radio Free Montclair. He also supports the Cedar Grove Artist Alliance (CGAA), which fosters the art and culture in the area. He says CGAA was formed to be a beacon for a variety of artists in and around Cedar Grove and offers artists a venue for showcasing their talents.

Livingston Native to Publish Photography Book About Route 66


eff Sonnabend, who grew up in Livingston and is an IP lawyer and documentary photographer, is just about to publish a book called, The Route 66 Primer, which reveals current day America along Historic Route 66. He says he got into his sprinter van and shot the entire length of Route 66, which is around 2700 miles long. The book offers a collection of photos showing the housing situation, road conditions, landscapes, and people. He says, “The work was slow and tedious, but a picture of America does emerge. If people flip through the pages and see a glimpse of America, then I have succeeded.” This is not Jeff’s first book; he also published a book ofphotography called, Bowling the American Dream, which offers a glimpse into bowling alleys across the US. Jeff plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign to help him fund the publishing of his book.

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avid Bronson of Caldwell’s daughters, Ava, 16, and Parker, 14, play on the New Jersey Dare Devils ice hockey team at Codey Arena, which is a team for people over age five with special needs. He says he has seen a real change in his daughters’ confidence since joining the team. One daughter, who only started to truly converse a couple of years ago, was afraid to get on the ice. Now she loves to work with the coaches, laughs every time she hits the puck into the goal even in warmups, and “is able to express herself out there.” His other daughter tells people, “I’m going to be in the NHL,” and lacks zero confidence. The team just held its annual golf outing fundraiser which was a huge success. David says he is thrilled to watch his girls play hockey and credits the coaches and volunteers for their patience and kindness.



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ichael Laser of Montclair has written his seventh novel, Eulogy (published by Regal House). He previously published three novels for adults, three for young readers, and a children’s picture book. Eulogy tells the story of a man who learns, hours after delivering his father’s eulogy, that his unassuming, hard-working dad spent three years in prison. The son eventually uncovers the surprising story of his father’s heroism. Michael says he was inspired by a book about ordinary people who put themselves at risk to help others—and by the experience of giving a eulogy for his father. Although the fictional father is very different from his, he used many details from his father’s life in Eulogy, as a tribute. Michael has a reading/signing/celebration planned for Sept. 8 at 7 pm at Watchung Booksellers in Montclair. He’s available to visit book groups that read Eulogy, which is available on Amazon and in bookstores.




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Livingston’s Sandwich Boys Support the Food Insecure By Jackie Schatell


leven boys going into grade eight at Heritage Middle School in Livingston, who call themselves “The Sandwich Boys,” have met 12 times since January 2021 to make sandwiches for the food insecure. It started out as a way to get together and stave off loneliness while safely masked outdoors during the pandemic and has continued as things have gone back to seminormal. Even though the boys have had Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and sports schedules to juggle, they have been able to continue to get together to make sandwiches and plan to continue to do so this fall. The Sandwich Boys include Seth Baskies, Nate Black, Korey Ellenbogen, Matthew Fleishman, Matthew Handler, Evan Hermann, Jack Klein, Sammy Kritzer, Ryan Laveman, Jake Wolin, and Alan Yaari. Moms Robyn Laveman and Gwen Hermann who helped the boys organize the endeavor, say they are “really proud of the boys” and that by the third time the boys got together, the boys didn’t really even need their help anymore because they had a good understanding of what needed to be done and ran a strong assembly line.

7 of the 11 Sandwich Boys: Jack Klein, Nate Black, Evan Hermann, Jake Wolin, Ryan Laveman, Matthew Fleishman, Matthew Handler

Ryan says, “It means a lot to help people who don’t have access to food all the time. I know that I am lucky to have everything that I have, and it feels good to help others who are not as fortunate and deserve to have a good meal.” “My favorite part of the project is hanging out with my friends and knowing I am helping others,” says Evan. In the beginning, the boys, who make about 50 sandwiches at a time, made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, which was switched up to cheese sandwiches in the latter get togethers. They package up the sandwiches with bags of chips, cookies, and a beverage. Nick Santinelli, a Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors volunteer, delivers the

sandwiches and any extra supplies to the homeless for the boys. The moms of the boys involved donate the supplies to the cause. Robyn and Gwen say that many of the boys including their sons Evan and Ryan have incorporated the sandwich making endeavors into their Bar Mitzvah service projects. In fact, they shared that some of the boys involved did so too. “It was nice to sit through many of the Bar Mitzvahs and hear the boys talk about their sandwich making,” they shared. “The boys really enjoy making the sandwiches and begin asking to get together to do so after a few weeks go by from the last sandwich making effort,” says Robyn. “It is nice to see how onboard they are with it and how selfsufficient they are,” says Gwen. “They have really taken ownership of it.”

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The Montclair Foundation Supports the Local Community Through Grants By Jackie Schatell


an Vleck House & Gardens is much more than beautiful grounds and flowers – it also boasts The Montclair Foundation, which has a mission to support nonprofits that meet health, educational, cultural, social service, and quality of life needs in the greater Montclair community. The Foundation offers concerned citizens a way to assure the continuing vitality of Montclair and serves as a permanent conduit for charitable giving. In fact, the Foundation gives out $120K in grants each year to 10-15 nonprofits located in and around Montclair. Van Vleck House & Gardens originated as a 12-acre private estate more than 140 years ago when Joseph Van Vleck Sr. and his family moved to Montclair from Brooklyn in 1868. In 1993 the heirs of Howard Van Vleck gifted the house and grounds at 21 Van Vleck Street to The Montclair Foundation, which then moved its offices to Van Vleck House. It is now a center for nonprofit groups and is available to them for meetings, retreats, and fundraisers. The Van Vleck House & Gardens Management Committee was formed

to support and maintain the historic Van Vleck House and the stunning mature cultivated gardens on the Van Vleck estate. Visitors are able to enjoy all the garden spaces from dawn to dusk 365 days a year free of charge and are encouraged to participate in classes, concerts, and special events. In addition, The Foundation also offers free educational programs to children in kindergarten to grade one at the Ann Street School in Newark, and at Head Start at the Montclair Child Development Center. According to Anita Peterson, development director for the Montclair Foundation, the grants are awarded in two yearly cycles where any nonprofits with a 501(c)(3) tax designation can apply. A grants committee of board members and unpaid volunteers evaluates the applications and award the grants. “We get about 26 proposals a cycle and can only award grants to 10-15 of the organizations applying,” Anita explains. The awardees must use the funds for the purpose they described on their application, often for operating funds or specific programs. The next deadline to apply is September 12, 2022.

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The Foundation uses the endowment and funds raised through gifts, bequests, and investment growth to fund the grants. During the pandemic, the Foundation raised an emergency fund of $106,000, which was fully awarded. “We welcome gifts to the Foundation— either directly or through trusts or bequests—and appreciate all those who support our tradition of giving,” says Anita. To apply for a grant, please go to To donate, please go to

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and, Feuer & Klein LLC (RFK Insurance), a fourthgeneration insurance agency specializing in Personal and Commercial Insurance and Risk Management services, celebrates 100 years of serving the community. RFK Insurance is owned and operated by Dennis F. Klein CPCU, ARM “Denny,” third generation business owner. Joseph C. Klein AINS “Joey”, his son and fourth generation serves as Assistant Vice President. “We are very proud to be serving our community for 100 years and four generations,” says Denny, a top expert in risk management and insurance. “Joey and I are carrying the torch to bring four generations of excellence and professionalism, and a broad intellectual capability in personal and business insurance, as well as risk management.” “In a time where most insurance companies’ idea of customer service is a 1-800 number to a call center on the other side of the country, our team is proud to offer hands-on local customer service,” says Joey Klein. “Being a local Insurance professional isn’t about being there during normal business hours, it’s about being able to look a person in the eyes and tell them everything’s going to be OK when the unthinkable happens.”

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his year’s Rose Squared Art Shows will showcase outstanding artistry from a diverse group of new and favorite returning artists. “The Rose Squared team will transform Anderson Park (September 17-18) and Brookdale Park (October 15-16) into a vibrant outdoor gallery full of stunning art, live demonstrations, and unique artisanal foods to take home,” says Robin Markowitz, director of Rose Squared. Attendees can look forward to meeting and discussing their favorite cities with local artist Nina Nemeth, who has a unique form of layering paper and paint to reimagine her favorite places. Visitors will also marvel at the work created by new artists to the show including Melanie Considine, who will showcase her gorgeous jewelry; the stunning art of Texas woodworker Michael Michaud; and the incredible sculptures and cabinets created by artist Bob Stern. In addition, attendees can expect to see beautiful artistic clothing from Nanako Miller and one-of-a-kind handbags from Constance Scott.









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he spectacular Jack O’ Lantern Experience is back for its third year at Skylands Stadium in Sussex County from September 23rd to November 6th. Offered by the State Fair Group of New Jersey, it’s a great way for kids and adults to get into the Halloween spirit. Start off with an approximately 45-minute walk through over 6000 hand-carved pumpkins in all their blazing glory. “We also have the world famous talking pumpkins,”

says Justin Ferrarella, general manager at Skylands Stadium. “They tell jokes, sing, and talk amongst themselves, which is really awesome.” Afterwards, take part in the fall festival and enjoy seasonal favorites such as hot apple cider and roasted nuts. Or, indulge in other treats like funnel cake and deep-fried Oreos. Adults can listen to live music in the beer garden while enjoying over 30 different craft beers, plus ciders, wine and seltzers. Skylands on-site restaurant, the Double S Smokehouse, will be offering delicious barbeque as well. Continue the fun on carnival rides like the Ferris wheel and carousel, then have the kids take part in the Under the Sea bubbles attraction and meet Disney princesses. “There will also be a Jurassicthemed attraction,” says Justin. “Honestly, there’s something for people of all ages.”



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45th Annual Open Car Show


he Natural Glass Corvette Association is pleased to announce its 45th Annual Charitable Open Car Show. First, second and third place trophies will be awarded in each of 23 classes including classic, muscle car, street rods, customs, special interest and of course, Corvettes. Over 70 trophies in all! Dash plaques to all registered cars. All cars from all years are welcome. There will be a DJ, free parking, prizes and refreshments throughout the day. Registration to enter with a car is 8-11am with a limit of 175 cars… Plan to arrive early to be included. Advance registration fee is $15 if received by September 10 or $20 the day of the show. Spectator fee—Donations gratefully accepted.

Donations to benefit: The Wounded Warrior Project, The Marine Corp League, The Corvette Museum, Help Hope Live and the West Caldwell Fire Department.

Sunday, September 18; 9am-4pm Paul Miller Chevrolet 950 Bloomfield Avenue, West Caldwell Contact: Rich Caruso 973-868-4724, Jeff Sklar 973-223-0029 |

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ere you find a fusion of Old World tradition and New World Innovation to delight your palate. The offerings are contemporary takes on traditional dishes, and the choices don’t disappoint! Several dishes worth highlighting include: a Classic Hummus, chickpeas, olive oil & fresh lemon juice served, of course with pita,the best falafel we’ve ever had here or in the Middle East that is served over tzatziki & tomato relish, Crab Cakes served with avocado, clementine, red onion & chipotle radish, and the the dish we feature here, Chicken Shish Kebab, marinated chicken, bell peppers, onions and served with bulgur wheat and tahini dressing.

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

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ith a nod to the Dutch “Speertown” roots, The Montclair History Centers has got heirloom bulbs for your garden! These are the varieties you may have found in Montclair gardens back when houses were newly built, from the late 1700s up through the 1950s. Have fun and try something new/ old! Choose from thirteen varieties of

narcissi, tulips, allium, and hyacinths that will make your garden glow.

September 20 and must be picked up in person—exact date to be determined.


Visit the Montclair History Center website ( and click on each bulb on the website to learn more about the flower’s features, bloom times, height, and history. Bulbs must be ordered online. All orders are due by

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Whippany Railway Museum Presents: ‘Morris & Essex Limited’


reat your Grandparents to a leisurely ride on the non-profit Whippany Railway Museum’s ‘Morris & Essex Limited’ excursion train. Sit back and relax during the 45-minute, 10-mile round trip ride through Morris and Essex Counties. The kids will enjoy a ride in one of their restored historic cabooses, as they experience the way railroaders traveled and worked every day for over 130 years, when virtually every freight train in North America was trailed by a caboose. Ride in style when you upgrade to one of their premium passenger cars. Choose from two outstanding cars: the award-winning Lackawanna Railroad Subscription Club Car No. 2454, which radiated elegance on a train once known as ‘The Millionaire’s Express’ that operated between Hoboken Terminal and Gladstone, NJ. The Central Railroad of New Jersey club car ‘Jersey Coast’ is a beautifullyrestored conveyance that features all the amenities offered by the CNJ’s deluxe Blue Comet passenger train of the 1930s. The Blue Comet ran between Jersey City and Atlantic City, NJ, and the striking paint scheme of cream and blue reminds one of a comet streaking through space. Bring your camera—there is a large assortment of restored rail cars and locomotives at the Museum site in Whippany, along with historic railroad exhibits and operating model train layouts.

Sunday, September 11th & 18th, 2022 Train departures 1, 2, 3 & 4pm. Rain or shine. Train fare includes admission to museum. Whippany Railway Museum 1 Railroad Plaza in Whippany | 973-887-8177

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Unique Photo University Workshops Understanding Your Camera: The Basics

Thursday, September 6; 6:30-8:30pm his class is for beginners to amateur photographers looking to gain a better understanding of the automated modes and features, as well as the manual control and capabilities, of your digital SLR or mirrorless camera. Get instruction on the importance of understanding the fundamentals (such as depth of field, ISO, aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation, metering, white balance, reading histograms, on camera flashes, lenses) and how they will affect your photos!


Understanding Your Camera II: Exposure & Metering

Tuesday, September 13 his course will teach you these fundamental basics of photography such as the relationship between f-stops and shutter speeds, as well as understanding the positives and negatives of ISO/ASA sensitivity with your image sensor. How your camera’s metering system works, metering modes, scene modes, advantages of RAW versus JPEG image files, interpreting the histogram, exposure compensation, manual controls and much more will all be discussed.


Understanding Your Camera III: Composition & Shooting

Tuesday, September 20; 11am-1pm or 6:30-8:30pm nowing all the science and mathematics behind photography can only take you so far. The art of photography is 90 percent seeing and 10 percent photographing. Learn the vital aspects and rules of image composition and graphic design as they apply to taking photographs, as well as how to analyze color temperature of light and its effects on your photographs.


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Luna Stage develops and produces vibrant plays about local and global experiences, and is committed to nurturing the next generation of audiences and artists. As Essex County’s only professional regional theatre, Luna brings communities together for artistic events that spark conversations, inspire understanding, and create change.

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DANCE ON THE LAWN: Montclair’s Dance Festival

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ance on the Lawn, Montclair’s outdoor dance festival, will return this year with live performances that include Nai-Ni Chen and Company, Maxine Steinman & Dancers, Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts and more. Also included in this year’s program will be an original work by William Ervin, winner of Dance on the Lawn’s 2022 “Emerging Commissioned NJ Choreographer” award.

Dance on the Lawn, celebrating its ninth year, serves as a showcase and mentoring launchpad for NJ and NY’s finest choreographic talent. Founded by Montclair resident Charmaine Warren in 2014, Dance on the Lawn hopes to increase New Jersey’s exposure to dance by bringing professional and emerging companies, plus students of dance from around the state, together to perform in a community setting.

“We are so fortunate to again be able to feature Nai-Ni Chen and Company at Dance on the Lawn. We were lucky to have been colleagues with Nai-Ni, who tragically passed away in Hawaii this past December. Nai-Ni always said to us, ‘I am happy to help.’ We are so honored to have shared so many precious moments,” said Charmaine Warren, Founder/Artistic Director and Laura Marchese, Managing Director of Dance on the Lawn.


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ontclair resident Lori Field always wanted to be an artist. As an only child, she says: “Art was my only companion.” After attending the State University of New York at Purchase, she moved to New York City and began to work as a textile designer. It was the lure of creating illustrations that led her to leave the job and become a free-lance illustrator. In a dramatic moment in 1996 when she was involved in a traffic accident she had an epiphany. She says there was a moment in the middle of it happening when she thought: “Please don’t let me die an illustrator.” Her Fine Art career began the very next day when she began to make collages. Enthusiastically, she began to show in galleries around New Jersey, which after the birth of her children had become her home. In 2001, she experienced one of those events about which many artists dream. Thinking she might curate an exhibit of other artists herself, she reached out to gallery owner Henry Boxer in London about the possibility of including one of his artists. In that conversation, he asked if she was an artist. Finding out that she was, he requested to see her work, and subsequently began to represent her internationally which led to her being widely exhibited in numerous prestigious galleries bumping her career into high gear.

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Shadow of My Former Self

The Seven of Eyes Now, a little over 20 years later, Kathy Imlay has brought Field back home to Montclair with a significant solo exhibit at the Montclair Art Museum. In Shadow of My Former Self, 2022, a 15x21 pencil drawing on recycled ledger paper, we see in the first piece she completed after the passing of her husband Marty, a cardinal, often seen as messengers from beyond speaking to Field, the woman in white. Several of the pieces in the show are Field’s interpretation of Tarot cards. The Hierophant is one. In this 10.25 by 7.75 collage made in 2021, we again see Field, this time the female figure with the tiger head in a card which often stands for tradition and convention, and can also represent marriage. The Seven of Eyes, 2021, 52x37, is a mixed media woven Jacquard tapestry and it’s one of three tapestries in the exhibit. It represents the infant soothsayer with wisdom and insight. The tapestry is embellished with vintage embroideries, sequins, and hand painting. Field’s work is thought provoking in its way, and beautifully crafted. Make plans to view this striking body of work in an exhibit at the Montclair Art Museum starting September 10 and running until January 1, 2023. Please check the museum’s website for hours and admissions. Likewise you can view much more of her work at her website.

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fixture on Mount Pleasant Ave in Livingston, Dieci Lifestyle Spa has garnered the attention of sophisticated clientele from near and far over the past 27 years. Dieci has a complete range of hair and make-up offerings, as well as a full-service spa situated in its 13,000-square-foot location, but owners Paul and Marie Gaglioti have way more up their sleeves coming this September.

Over the past few years, Dieci underwent a physical transformation with renovations throughout the entire space. The final touches on the spa included major new additions. “We have gone to the next level becoming a Medi-Spa and we have stepped up our wellness offerings,” states Marie. Included in these new wellness offerings is a luxurious new space in the Dieci spa that will make clients feel as if they’ve been transported to a Himalayan salt cavern where the Gaglioti’s have created a ‘Salt Lounge’ introducing ‘Halotherapy’ to their clients. Clients can bask in the glowing space which has Himalayan bricks backlit on all four walls. They can breathe in the tiny micro-particles of the dry salt which is diffused into the air. “The inhaled salt combats health conditions,” said Marie. “The majority of people who visit salt rooms on a regular basis find relief from a variety of respiratory and skin conditions; it helps recovery from cosmetic surgeries; and it’s a great way to cleanse the lungs. It is a truly remarkable wellness experience.” continued on the next page

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The other major enhancements being offered at Dieci is a new Infrared Sauna. Unlike traditional saunas, which heat up the room, infrared heat raises the sauna-goer’s internal body temperature. “There are three wave-lengths—near, mid and far,” explained Marie. The longer a person stays in the sauna, they hit the next wavelength, ultimately activating the far wavelength. According to the infrared manufacturers’ research, time spent in the sauna can help with anti-aging properties, detoxification, boosts immunity, aids in weight loss and promotes relaxation. “This particular unit that we purchased has scientific, proven backing,” she added. “Starting in September, we are also partnering with a local plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul Figlia. We’ve known and worked with him for 30 years,” states Marie. “He’ll be providing high-end medicalgrade services such as fillers and Botox, and other non-invasive treatments.” Among the treatments Figlia brings to the table are Vivace, which combines micro needling with radio frequencies, and PHYSIQ, a non-invasive body treatment that tones targeted areas. Dr. Figlia, along with Marlene Habermann, the Spa Director at Dieci for more than 26 years, will work in


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unison to bring the Medical, Wellness and Beauty arena’s together in harmony. Marlene has been overseeing, training, and developing spa services and treatments with a European grace and flair, attracting distinguished clientele from all over the state. The Gaglioti duo has a combined 60plus years in the beauty industry. Paul was a hairdresser and has practiced for 40 years. Meanwhile, Marie has a background in art and design and was a makeup artist for over 20 years. In 2003, she developed her own “clientfriendly” makeup and skincare line, Dieci Colori. “Dieci was a vision Paul and I had, and we brought it to life. We offer every type of hair and makeup service— specializing in hair coloring,” said Marie. Their son, Peter, has served as the Salon Manager, HR Director and overall staff and client liaison for the business for the past 15 years. “Our goal throughout the years has been to always stay ahead of the curve and really raise the bar,” said Marie.

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Focus on Education Resources & Open Houses


ew Jersey parents are fortunate to have a wealth of options for their children’s education, tutoring and enrichment classes. Open houses provide insider information and help to answer questions for parents. Please contact each school or center directly for any questions.

Banyan School

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Elementary School— 12 Hollywood Ave, Fairfield Age Group: Kindergarten-Grade 8 High School—471 Main St, Little Falls 973-785-1919 | Age Group: Grades 9–12 LIFE Academy: 18-to-21

Lower/Middle School 15 Tower Hill Road, Mountain Lakes High School 24 Changebridge Road, Montville 973-334-1234 | To view a virtual tour, visit their website. The mission of The Craig School is it provide students a strategy-based, comprehensive, and challenging school experience that acknowledges their learning disabilities, builds on their aptitudes, and strengthens their selfawareness and self-esteem. They help parents assess their child’s true potential and understand the nature of learning disabilities and provide families an internal support network within the Craig community.

(Learning Independence. Fostering Empowerment.)

To schedule a visit, contact the school office. Banyan School is private, non-profit, stateapproved school for students with significant, language-based learning disabilities. Our dedicated faculty is trained in a variety of research-based, multi-sensory teaching techniques and strategies, including the Wilson Reading System®. With small classes, individualized attention and integrated assistive technology, we are committed to establishing the foundation students need for learning while fostering social and interpersonal skills.




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Delbarton School 230 Mendham Rd, Morristown 973-538-3231 Age Groups: 7-12 grade (all boys) Delbarton is an independent Roman Catholic day school for young men guided by Benedictine monks. The School offers enriched programs in grades 7 & 8 and AP courses in all departments on its 200-acre campus. Delbarton welcomes diverse young men and challenges them to pursue excellence, to build character, and to develop leadership through service, by education the whole person: mind, body and spirit.

Essex Youth Theater In Residence at Studio Playhouse 14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair 973-746-3303 Contact: Janet Sales, Artistic Director Ages: 6-13 Essex Youth Theater’s specialized program uses custom-written scripts that guarantee equal roles for every student. Class size is small, with lots of individual attention. Their atmosphere of fun learning, where self-esteem and self-confidence are their primary emphasis. They provide a nurturing, caring environment where every child blossoms.

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The Goddard School 76 Little Falls Road, Fairfield, NJ 07004 973-227-5577 Age Groups: 6 weeks through Pre-K At The Goddard School®, we believe that some of the most profound lessons can happen during everyday moments. Our teachers work with your child’s natural inclination for exploration and investigation to create fun, flexible learning experiences that foster well-rounded development in a safe and caring environment. Learning happens best in a warm and nurturing environment in the care of highly skilled educators. At The Goddard School, our philosophy is that learning shouldn’t be one-size-fits-all. Our F.L.EX.® framework (Fun Learning Experience) gives teachers the freedom of flexibility in their lesson plans and teaching style. This allows them the opportunity to take advantage of organic teachable moments that occur in the classroom, and tailor educational experiences to fit individualized interests for a one-of-a-kind approach your little one is sure to love. At The Goddard School®, we work tirelessly to ensure your child thrives in a healthy, safe, and warm environment. Within this secure and nurturing environment, your child is free to learn and discover his or her unique gifts.


HudsonWay Immersion School 249 Bebout Avenue, Stirling 908-598-8088 Founded in 2005, HudsonWay Immersion School is a pioneering language immersion program offering Mandarin and Spanish immersion education. Our rigorous adherence to full immersion as well as our commitment to teaching and nurturing the whole child uniquely position HudsonWay (HWIS) to help children develop the skills to become selfdirected learners capable of navigating the world. Their mission is to help build the knowledge, skills, and character of their students, so they can become meaningful global contributors and citizens of the world.

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Kiddie Academy

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810 Passaic Avenue, West Caldwell 973-227-4382 Age Groups: Infant-Pre-K, Kindergarten and School Age Please contact the school to schedule a visit. They provide care that focuses on days filled with learning and fun the key ingredients of their Life Essentials® educational philosophy. The smiles you’ll see on children’s faces will delight you. You want your child to thrive in an environment that’s as clean, safe, and nurturing as your home. Kiddie Academy is more than daycare, they set the standards for safety, education, and trust.

65 Chestnut Street Montclair, NJ 07042 973-783-4955 / To schedule a personal tour visit The Montclair Cooperative School is a community of students, teachers, and parents who are dedicated to creating a diverse and nurturing environment where children flourish intellectually and where they develop exceptional social skills with a deep sense of community and responsibility.

Lacordaire Academy 155 Lorraine Avenue, Upper Montclair 973-744-1156 | Age Groups: Pre-K4-Grade 8 (coed); Grades 9-12 (all women high school) Open House: Lower/Middle School—October 16; 10am-12pm Upper School— October 16; 1-3pm, October 22; 6:30-7:30pm Lacordaire Academy is a top independent, college preparatory school rooted in the Dominican tradition serving a diverse student body. Co-ed Prek-8 and all girls in grades 9-12. A challenging curriculum combines academics, athletics, appreciation of the arts, and community service that empower students to develop their unique gifts and talents.

Morristown Beard School 70 Whippany Rd, Morristown | Age Group: Grades 6-12 Visit to schedule a tour or register for an Information Session. Contact the Admission Office at admission@mbs. net or 973-539-3032 x516 for more information regarding admission events. Within a culture of support and collaboration, Morristown Beard School students discover and develop their individual pathways to academic success and personal fulfillment while becoming enlightened, morally responsible citizens of the world.

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A Place to Be UNDERSTOOD. Finding the right school for your child with a learning difference is essential. Winston Prep New Jersey, located in Morris County, is a leading school for students with learning differences, including dyslexia, ADHD, and nonverbal learning disorders.

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Kiddie Academy® Life Essentials® nurtures individual potential in unique, developmentally appropriate ways, teaching children at their own pace to turn every moment into a brilliant learning experience.

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Mount St. Dominic Academy 3 Ryerson Avenue, Caldwell 973-226-0660 / Age Groups: 14-18 years old (girls only) Open House: October 5, 6:30pm and October 23, 12pm Truth and love. Inquiry and commitment. Knowledge and action. These words are at the heart of Mount St. Dominic Academy, dedicated to educating and empowering young women in the Dominican Tradition.

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New Family Registration is Open! Call the school office at 973-338-8505

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7-9 Vreeland Rd, Florham Park 973-597-9600 Age Group: Ages 4 through Adult For more than 65 years, New Jersey School of Ballet has provided top quality instruction for thousands of students ages 4 through adult, from beginners through professionals. The School’s program is designed for those who aspire to a career in dance as well as for those who want to enjoy an excellent form of exercise

NJ Rock Gym 373 US-46 Building D, Fairfield (973) 439-9860 / Offering a climbing program where students enroll for one or more classes per week by registering for a specific day(s) and time(s). No more than four students per instructor will be enrolled for each day/time slot. This program focuses on proper equipment use, climbing techniques, and safety while building strength, balance, flexibility, concentration, and problem-solving skills. Climbers will gain experience top rope climbing, bouldering, rappelling, and knot tying.

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Rider University 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville | 800-257-9026 Age Group: Undergraduate, Continuing Education, Graduate At Rider, you’ll have the support to follow your drive and the freedom to explore your options. There are so many possibilities ahead. All you have to do is take the first step with them.

Saint Thomas the Apostle School 50 Byrd Ave, Bloomfield | 973-338-8505 | Age Groups: 3-14 years old Open House/Tours available all year… please contact the school to schedule a visit. Saint Thomas the Apostle School provides students with a challenging and comprehensive education integrating spiritual values rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition. We cultivate and herald the growth of our students in mind, body, and spirit, preparing them to take their place in the Church and in the world, in roles of leadership and service.

School of Rock Montclair 125 Valley Road Montclair | 973-337-5296 Age Groups: Ages 5 & up Call for a free trial experience School of Rock is a community dedicated to enriching lives through performance-based music education.

MONTCLAIR COOPERATIVE SCHOOL Experience Progressive Education Early Ages to 8th Grade A learning environment that nurtures academic excellence, creativity, and independent thinking.

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Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts (SMAPA) 14 South Park Street, Montclair 973-498-8943 (text) | 973-655-9819 (call) Age Groups: Age 2-adult Open House: Saturday, September 17 SMAPA is a Black-owned, not-for-profit 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization whose mission is to provide comprehensive, inclusive developmental training in dance and related theater arts for children, teens, and adults.

Temple Sholom 760 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove 973-239-1321 Age Groups: ES K-5 grade; MS 6-8 grade; HS 9-12 grade Temple Sholom of West Essex is a vital inclusive Reform congregation that embraces individuals and families in a warm, nurturing environment. All members enjoy tuition tree Religious School.

Villa Walsh Academy 455 Western Avenue, Morristown 973-538-3680 | Age Groups: Grades 7-12 (young women) Open House: Sunday, October 2 and Wednesday, October 5 Set on a picturesque campus in Morristown, Villa Walsh Academy sits on 120 acres of rolling hills. The magnificent 19th century Gillespie Estate is home to the Religious Teachers Fillipini as well as administrative offices. Academic buildings, a state-ofthe-art athletic center, St. Lucy Chapel, expansive classrooms, auditoriums, and fully equipped science labs round out the topnotch facilities Villa Walsh Academy offers its students. Villa Walsh Academy’s community seeks to inspire our young women to expand their intellectual breadth and depth, to enhance their sense of local and global concern, and to empower them to influence their world in a Christian manner.

Winston Preparatory School 901 Route 10 East, Whippany 973-500-6480 | Age Groups: Grades 2-12 Open House: Tuesday, October 18 Winston Prep is a highly individualized and responsive setting for students with specific learning differences, including language processing disorders such as dyslexia, nonverbal learning disabilities such as Asperger’s, and executive functioning difficulties such as ADHD. Through ongoing presentation of methodologies, students develop a better understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, using the continuous feedback model, they can build academic skills, enhance selfconfidence and independence, as well as improve self-advocacy skills.

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hat’s the most essential school supply of all? “A library card,” says the American Library Association (ALA). September is Library Card Sign-up Month. The observation began in 1987 when U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett urged a national campaign for all kids to obtain and use a library card. Today’s libraries offer a broad array of free materials, services, and activities for kids and adults alike. Here are just a few great reasons to make the library an integral part of your and your child’s life.


Today’s libraries offer a great selection of mainstream movies and television series as well as educational, independent, and foreign films on DVD for kids and adults alike.


Music is the universal language. You’ll find a large selection of pop, rock, and country music CDs at the library. You can even introduce your kids to classical, jazz, blues, international music, and more.


In addition to vast collections of print fiction, non-fiction, and reference books, libraries offer audiobooks on CD, including unabridged editions. Many libraries also provide ebooks in multiple formats.


If your kids are into video games, the library has an array of children’s educational software and video games. You can also find teen and adult video games, instructional and reference software, and productivity software ranging from Microsoft programs to graphic design.


Newspapers, magazines, and niche periodicals are available for both in-library use and check out.


If you can’t find a book or item you’re looking for, most libraries have inter-library and reciprocal loan programs. Just ask your library if it can request the material from another library for you. Some library systems also have arrangements so you can use your library card at libraries in nearby communities.


Most libraries have a website with access to their complete catalog. You can browse or search for materials from home to determine their availability before you head out. If an item you want isn’t available, you can usually reserve it or request an inter-library loan right from your computer.


Nearly all libraries offer free computer access for Internet browsing and research. You’ll also likely have access to basic word processing programs, Excel, PowerPoint, and more.

A wide array of programs, events, and activities are found at libraries throughout the year. These may include children’s storytimes, computer classes, enrichment programs, book discussion groups, used-book sales, author events, children’s and teen movies, craft activities, and more.

Kimberly Blaker is a freelance writer. She also owns an online bookshop, Sage Rare & Collectible Books, specializing in out-of-print, scarce, signed, and first editions; fine bindings; ephemera and more at

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Find the perfect gift at nearby independently owned businesses in our community.

Send the kids back to school in style with a new backpack, lunchbox and pencil case. Other styles and back to school items available.

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Paper Mill Playhouse Announces 2022-2023 Season


aper Mill Playhouse recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is proud to announce its 2022-2023 season, including a gripping murder mystery, a Disney hero of mythic proportions, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved final musical, the Tony-nominated story of two Latin music icons, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical that defined a generation. “Paper Mill Playhouse has so much to offer audiences next season, from true stories and classic musicals to mysteries and myths,” said Mark S. Hoebee. Producing Artistic Director. “We’ll kick things off with the irresistible rhythms of the Miami Sound Machine in On Your Feet!, then get swept up in the romance and nostalgia of The Sound of Music to ring in the holidays. In 2023 we’ll continue our longstanding relationship with Disney Theatrical Productions with the mythical musical adventure of Hercules, followed by the suspenseful Murder on the Orient Express. We’ll close out the season alongside the bohemian artists of Jonathan Larson’s celebrated musical sensation, Rent. I suspect audiences will find it hard not to sing along this season!” Michael Stotts, Managing Director, commented, “We’re proud to be able to give these beautiful and exciting shows the productions they deserve on our recently named Marilyn and Monroe Markovitz Stage, which will receive plenty of technological improvements prior to the 2022-2023 season. And there’s even more beyond the stage with Paper Mill’s audience enhancement programs, including cast Q&As, Paper Mill Prologues and The Director’s Viewpoint.”

“Investors Bank is proud to sponsor the Broadway-caliber shows produced by Paper Mill Playhouse during the 2022-2023 season,” said Domenick Cama, Citizens Market President, New York City and New Jersey. “We are greatly committed to the arts and the impact they have in enriching our communities and appreciate supporting the theater’s education programs that inspire thousands of students each year to explore their talent, develop their goals and pursue their dreams.” Investors Bank is now a division of Citizens Bank, N.A. Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2022-2023 lineup features:

On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan (Oct 7 – Nov 6, 2022) An inspiring true story about achieving the American Dream.

The Sound of Music (Dec 2, 2022 – Jan 1, 2023) A triumphant story of family and love.

Disney’s Hercules (Feb 16 – Mar 19, 2023) A mythical musical adventure.

Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express (Apr 12 – May 7, 2023) Eight suspects, one thrilling ride.

Rent (May 31 – Jun 25, 2023) An iconic musical about falling in love, finding your voice, and living for today.

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Dee Dee Bridgewater and Savion Glover: Interpretations


cons Dee Dee Bridgewater and Savion Glover come together in both solo sets and together for an evening of jazz, dance, and improvisation like you’ve never seen before. Over the course of a multifaceted career spanning four decades, Grammy and Tony Award-winning jazz giant Dee Dee Bridgewater has ascended to the upper echelon of vocalists, putting her unique spin on standards, as well as taking intrepid leaps of faith in re-envisioning jazz classics. Ever the fearless voyager, explorer, pioneer and keeper of tradition, the three-time Grammy-winner most recently won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee. Bridgewater’s career has always bridged musical genres. Savion Glover is a Tony Award-winning choreographer and legendary hoofer, whose career has spanned nearly four decades. He began his Broadway stage career as The Tap Dance Kid, and continued with Black and Blue, Jelly’s Last Jam and his award-winning Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk, which garnered him a Tony Award for Best Choreography. He has performed worldwide with jazz legends, and his film credits include Tap, starring Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr.; Spike Lee’s Bamboozled and George Miller’s Happy Feet and Happy Feet Two.

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“Among my priorities has been making sure Essex County is meeting the needs of our residents both today and in the future. We are doing this by strengthening our financial position on Wall Street and continually modernizing our buildings facilities. Both help enhance our quality of life, make our communities more attractive places to live and improve property values.” Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.

Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Essex County Executive And The Board of County Commissioners Announce

Strengthening Our Fiscal Integrity and Infrastructure Moody’s reaffirmed our Aaa bond rating, the highest rating available, and Fitch upgraded our bond rating to AA-plus with a Positive outlook. This demonstrates our strong financial standing.

The construction of a new Essex County College Satellite Campus in West Caldwell is currently underway. The 51,700-squarefoot college building will have space for state-of-the-art classrooms, labs, an information center, the ECC Skilled and Technical Science Academy and multi-purpose halls.

Construction is underway to build a new Essex County Public Works and Sheriff’s Building in Cedar Grove. The additional warehouse space is needed to store equipment and vehicles.

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The 13th Annual Reader’s Choice Awards are back and better than ever. We again ask you to share your favorites. It’s your chance to support the local businesses you care about and also three local charities. For every vote cast, Suburban Essex Magazine will make a donation to Toni’s Kitchen, CASA for Children or Rosemarie’s Rescue Ranch. Let us know what you think. Vote for the best restaurants, stores, services and wellness providers in more than 90+ categories. New categories are in red. To vote, sign into Vote in as many categories as you want. Remember, it’s one vote per category, per valid email. If you think we forgot someone or if you’re a business that wants to take part in the contest, email us at Every vote counts so let the voting begin.

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Service, Quality and Style at B&Z OPTICIANS By Christine S. Maxwell, photos by Dan Epstein

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or more than 70 years, Block and Zuckerman Opticians (also known as B&Z Opticians) has provided the highest quality eyewear to the residents of Livingston, West Orange, Short Hills, South Orange, and surrounding communities. In 2014, Ofer Steinberg purchased the well-known business and has continued this tradition. While Steinberg has maintained the standards of excellence, he also added his own signature style. He has expanded the frame selection, which arrive almost weekly, to include many unique new lines with an emphasis on artistic frame design. However, Steinberg has also focused on having a balanced inventory that can meet every budget and taste. This includes Anne & Valentin, l.a. Eyeworks, Sabine Be, Gucci, Tom Ford, iGreen, Ray-Ban and many more.

In 2019, B&Z purchased the former Investors’ Savings Bank building, across the street from the old location, and renovated it extensively to reflect Steinberg’s sleek yet welcoming aesthetic. An optometric practice has been added to expand their services for the clientele. B&Z meets the needs of all their clients with more than 1,500 frames, a well-seasoned staff, and thorough knowledge of the ever-growing lens technology. They take great pride in their ability to meet the needs of customers with the most complicated prescriptions. Fittings begin with a thorough discussion of the prescription, the customer’s needs, and any unique applications such as computer use, sports, hobbies, and profession. All aspects of lens design and recommendations are discussed. Working with that information, frame selection begins with great care to assure it’s well-fitting and suitable for the prescription. Eyewear makes quite a statement about a client’s personality. Whether subtle, bold, or somewhere in between, the final product has to meet all these criteria while maintaining state-of-the-art optics. Unlike large optical chains, B&Z creates a warm, friendly atmosphere. They develop relationships with their clients, as demonstrated by the multiple generations of families they are proud to serve. They look forward to “seeing” you soon!

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The Silverstrom Group While the high-tech office of the family-run Silverstrom Group may speak for itself, the full-service practice takes the utmost pride in being what Dr. Gary Silverstrom describes as a “high-touch” team of well-trained, wellappointed specialists, started by his father, David, 45 years ago. “It’s not just one person’s opinion, it’s an entire team’s opinion—it’s 10 people coming together to develop the best possible plan for every single patient who walks through the door,” he says.


“It’s unique because we can accomplish things faster, with the finest material, and it’s all done in-house, so we can control the final product.” It’s a fine-tuned formula that Dr. Silverstrom also contends makes it much easier on the patient, overall, regardless of their smile objectives. “The goal is that we want to do the right thing for the patient - always. It’s a relationship, and we would much rather have a long-term relationship with a patient than just fix a tooth quickly.”

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THE SOUND OF SERENITY Niyama Yoga Offers Integral Sound Therapy

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rom 2007, when Nicole Zornitzer established her first Niyama Yoga & Wellness Center in Roseland, she has established a reputation for providing quality yoga classes, as well as healing modalities complementary to yoga.

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One of these is Integral Sound Therapy. A variety of sacred instruments are played during a session, which can be private or group, designed to create vibrations in the body. “Our bodies are primarily water,” said Zornitzer, “and water is a great conductor of vibrations.” These vibrations can trigger the relaxation response, help reduce blood pressure, symptoms of chronic stress and insomnia, as well as release and reharmonize mind, body and spirit, she said. Results are often impressive. “Dissonance in the body causes ‘dis-ease,’” Zornitzer noted. She will sometimes combine sound therapy with another energy modality, such as Reiki. “All ages can benefit from these therapies, which can help anyone to find serenity, to focus, and to avoid ‘dis-ease,’” she added.

Niyama Yoga & Wellness Studio 161 Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland | 973-500-2939

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Garden Support Group for Teens


oin local Verona Psychotherapist and Mindfulness Teacher, Sue Waldman while she facilitates a relaxed, nurturing and peaceful mental health support group for teens outside in her Tuscany- dreamed garden. Attendees will share, reflect, meditate and engage in discussions regarding their mental and spiritual health. Areas such as anxiety, depression, loneliness and blocked creativity will be explored. Wear comfortable, layered clothes and bring bug spray. Advance registration is required for all events. Sunday, September 11 & 25, 6-7:30pm. Ages 14 +. Call to register: 973-857-9090.


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Waldman while she conducts a guided visualization, a shamanic journey and a nurturing space to relax and restore in outside in her Tuscany -dreamed garden. Using mindfulness, aromatherapy, oracle cards and a sound bath, Sue Waldman who has been in private practice for almost 29 years will teach you energy healing techniques to calm your nervous system, quiet your mind and recalibrate your body to optimal wellness. Outcomes such as reduction of stress, increased ability to concentrate, improved memory, health and vitality are reported by continued 2021 SILVER daily practice. Sue provides yoga Winner mats, comforters, pillows and light refreshments. Wear Massage Spa comfortable,BEST layered clothes and bring- bug spray. Advance registration is required for all events.

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Left-Right: Stephanie Phelan, operations manager of CASA; Jerry Jacob, branch vice president of Coldwell Banker Realty in Livingston; Marla Higginbotham, executive director of CASA; and Bonita Areman, broker sales associate, Coldwell Banker Realty in Livingston.


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oldwell Banker Realty in New Jersey and Rockland County, New York is pleased to announce that the Livingston office supported the CASA of Essex County’s 27thAnnual Golf Outing. The office’s managing broker, Jerry Jacob, and Bonita Areman, sales, and listing broker, had the opportunity to participate in the event. The CASA of Essex County Golf Outing is an annual fundraising event that supports the nonprofit’s mission to help change a child’s story and make a difference in the lives of foster children who live in the area. CASA of Essex trains and empowers volunteers to help make independent and informed recommendations to assist the courts, schools, and the community to decide what is best for the child. This year’s event took place at the Cedar Hill Country Club and honored the 200 CASA volunteers who speak up for the best interests of these children. In addition to their attending the outing, Jacob and Areman offered a generous donation of $1,000 on behalf of the Coldwell Banker Realty CARES Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Coldwell Banker Realty in New Jersey and Rockland County, New York. “CASA of Essex County is an incredible organization making such a positive impact in the local community,” said Jerry Jacob. “It’s an honor to have been a part of this year’s golf outing and we’re incredibly grateful for everyone who came together to support CASA’s important mission.”

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Three-Generation Menorah Chapels Offers Dignified Jewish Funeral Services


enorah Chapels has been serving the Jewish Community of Northern and Central New Jersey for over four decades. The threegeneration business was established by Herbert Ross (of blessed memory) in 1975. It is now run by Herb’s daughter, Karen R. Kerstein manager and president, and her son Eric Kerstein.

Menorah’s purpose is to serve the Jewish community by providing a dignified Jewish burial for every faction of the Jewish community. The staff is trained in all aspects of the Jewish funeral and offers guidance in selecting the funeral that meets your needs religiously, financially and with sensitivity.

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Menorah Chapels can help you with an immediate need for funeral services or in pre-planning a funeral arrangement for yourself or someone you love. “I like to help the community by providing services in a caring and thoughtful manner,” said Karen.

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or its 12th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence, Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (S.O.F.I.A.) welcomes the community to affirm support for those affected by domestic violence and intimate partner violence. Their message continues to be that “With Awareness There is Hope.” The walk will take place in Montclair’s Canterbury Park in Montclair—or wherever participants want to walk. This event is once again offering in-person and virtual options.


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The Grand Marshall for 2022 is Pamela McCauley, Victim Witness Coordinator Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. Ms. McCauley is involved in numerous initiatives to safeguard the rights of crime victims across the state and is committed to raising public awareness and sensitivity concerning the needs of survivors of crime. She believes that there is no more noble pursuit in life than to empower those without a voice, to encourage those with little hope, to bring solace to the weary, and to light a pathway for those in dogged pursuit of justice. S.O.F.I.A.’s Success Center provides healing therapy, wellness, and safe dating education with a proactive approach in teaching about the dangers of unhealthy relationships and the benefits of healthy relationships. Our focus is to eradicate domestic violence in relationships.

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Restaurant Guide

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



Cloverleaf Tavern

Kyoto Sushi III

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

577B Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove 973-239-8880 | Sushi

Divina Ristorante


461 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-228-5228 Italian Cuisine

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

Fat Fish Taco


Cucina Calandra 216 US Highway 46 East, Fairfield 973-575-7720 | Classic Italian

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

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East Hanover Diner 291 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell 973-228-6825 | Coastal Mexican Cuisine

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

Il Vecchio Cafe


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

La Famiglia Ristorante & Pizzeria


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

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

La Taverna 234 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell 973-226-8889 Bbar and lounge

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

75 Main Street , Little Falls | 973-837-8282 Fine Italian Cuisine


359 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973 226-3049 Italian restaurant

Ocha Caldwell

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

Boccone Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill

471 W Mt Pleasant Ave, Livingston, 973-378-9222 / Southern Mediterranean Italian Cuisine

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

11 Time Consecutive BEST OF ESSEX Winner! Shrimp with Fresh, Healthy & Authentic! Sautéed Ginger and Scallions

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

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“il laboratorio del gelato is the best ice cream and sorbet maker around. The variety, quality, and seasonality are superbly managed and maintained.” — BILL YOSSES, FORMER WHITE HOUSE PASTRY CHEF

All Natural, Artisan Gelato and Sorbet Locally Made in Small Batches 300 Rotating Flavors 598 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ 07043 NYC • MONTCLAIR • HOBOKEN


Restaurant Guide The Feathered Fox

Thavma Mediterranean Grill

Corso 98

550 W Mt Pleasant Ave #1608, Livingston 973-994-4900 | Steak house, sushi & raw bar

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

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

The Landmark

Pizzeta Enoteca

Jack’s Seafood Shack & Oyster Bar

259 W Mt Pleasant Ave, Livingston 973-533-9787 | Hometown pub

62 W Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston 973-740-2264 | Classic Italian dishes

718 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair 973-893-5283 | Lobster & Seafood

Lithos Estiatorio


405 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston 973-758-1111 | Greek 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 | Sushi and European cuisine

Ani Ramen House Mezza Mediterranean 277 Eisenhower Pkwy, Livingston 973-992-9300 | Mediterranean Fusion Cuisine


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401 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair | 973-744-3960 Ramen

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

Laurel & Sage 33 Walnut Street, Montclair | 973-783-1133 American restaurant.

Le Salbuen Cafe 97 Walnut St, Montclair | 201-622-8473 Eclectic European-inspired eatery

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

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


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

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

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

Wednesday Night Dinners

Sausages & Charcuterie

Charcuterie Boards

All products are made in-house


103 Forest St., Montclair, NJ

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

Outdoor Dining Available. Call for Reservations.

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

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

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

MamaDags 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


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

The Chiropractic Source 388 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove | 973-228-0500


Coffee House.

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

A carefully curated menu featuring quality sourced and sustainable coffee, organic smoothies, juices, specialty crafted beverages, healthy, savory bites and coastal vibes. A few more perks: the outdoor oasis cafe + indoor hangout joint, “pick-me-up” window, our very own mobile app for order ahead convenience, the mercantile, endless parking spaces, zero meter-maids, a community of like-minded awesome people + lots of good vibes.

Balanced Body Acupuncture 792 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove | 973-304-1506

The Compound Coffee Co. 271 Grove Avenue, Verona | 973-601-2570 |


Day Care/PreSchool.

Cullari Carrico, LLC provides complete tax, accounting, auditing, management and personal consulting services to a wide range of businesses, as well as individual clients.

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

Cullari Carrico, LLC 55 Lane Road, Ste. 300 Fairfield 973-406-3955 |

Kiddie Academy


810 Passaic Avenue, West Caldwell | 973-227-4382

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!

Deli. Calandra’s Italian Market & Deli prides itself on creating delicious food using the freshest ingredients possible. All sandwiches, panini, and hoagies are made on Calandra’s freshly baked bread and can be topped with everything from traditional cold cuts to handmade mozzarella, vegetables, homemade sauces and much more.

Calandra’s Bakery

Calandra’s Italian Market & Deli All-natural sourdough loaves Airy focaccia and buns Flaky babka, rugelach and croissant Seasonal sandwiches and salads Proudly serving Counter Culture Coffee we liv breads

234 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell 973-226-8889 |

Liv Breads Bakery

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.


184 Essex Street, Millburn | The Mall at Short Hills 32 Nathaniel Place, Englewood |

Anderson Electric Verona | 973-857-4333


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

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

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

Crystal Plaza 305 W Northfield Rd, Livingston | 973-992-8100

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 |

Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt. Award-Winning Ice Cream, Gelato, Cakes, & Shakes. Featured on ESPN, Food Network, Washington Post, and more. Mark and Julie’s Ice Cream in West Orange became part of the Guerriero brand in 2022.

Guerriero Gelato 571 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair 194 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell 6 US-46, Pine Brook 476 Pleasant Valley Way West Orange

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

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.

G&L and Sons Renovations, LLC 973-857-3553 |

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

Richard Bailey Interiors, LLC 973-429-2106 |

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 |

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

Picture Perfect Landscapes, LLC 973-439-9300

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Pest and Lawn Care.

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.

A local favorite since 1978. Licensed and insured professionals providing environmentally conscious alternatives to control pests in and around the home, as well as fungus, diseases and pests impacting lawn, trees and shrubs.

Dial Environmental 119 Harrison Avenue, Roseland | 973-228-2500

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

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.

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

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

Sitting Pretty Intimates 97 S Livingston Ave Suite C, Livingston | 973-251-2224

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

Montclair Rejuvenation Center One Mt. Prospect Ave., Verona | 862 284 3747 761 Bloomfield Ave., West Caldwell | 973 650-3204 The Spa at Mecca understands how important it is to look and feel your best. They offer medical spa services to enhance your appearance and target the cosmetic issues that plague you. The skin and body treatments are designed to produce results that will leave you feeling satisfied, renewed, and refreshed. The highly trained staff fully embraces The Spa at Mecca’s mission to reveal each patient’s inner beauty and recognize that each client’s needs and goals differ, and customize the their treatment plan accordingly.

Iron Physical Therapy 474 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973- 228-4766 | 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.

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

The Spa at Mecca 333 Route 46 West, Building A, Suite 135, Fairfield | 973-775-9380

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

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

Block & Zuckerman Opticians 371 East Northfield Road, Livingston 973-736-7647 |

Mecca Integrated Medical provides a comprehensive, state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary diagnostic treatment approach to patients suffering from low back and neck pain, as well as other ailments, in a relaxing, spa-like atmosphere. They combine traditional medical and chiropractic care with physical therapy and aesthetic medicine in order to educate and guide individuals away from sickness and disease toward optimal health and a sense of well-being.

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

Mecca Integrated Medical 333 Route 46 West, Building A, Suite 135, Fairfield | 973-943-4300

973-762-6333 |

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Physical Therapy. Iron Physical Therapy is a warm and inviting place where you can get stronger than you ever thought possible. Providing orthopedic pain relief (neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, back, hip, knee, ankle, foot), sports rehabilitation, and post-surgical patients. They are focused on helping you recover using the latest treatments including Active Release Technique (ART), Kinesio Taping, Graston Technique, Dry Needling, Spinal Manipulation and the Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of the Spine.

Medi Spa.


Pet Day Care/Boarding.

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

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

MadKat Pilates 855 Bloomfield Ave, Glen Ridge | 973-707-7695

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

Sue Waldman, MA, LPC, BCC Pink Light, LLC | 973-857-9090 |


Calandra Restaurants | 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


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

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

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

American Roofing and Siding 1-3 St. Mary’s Place Belleville | 973 542-0710



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Diamond Minds

Back to the Beginning…

Back to the BASICS.

Barry Farber

By Barry Farber


’d like to share some thoughts on proper posture and breathing techniques we could all use. During a family get together I was watching my niece’s sister-in-law patiently feeding and working with their kids who are both 2 years old. They were sitting on chairs without backs and their posture was perfect. Totally natural without any effort. It seems to all go downhill when they start school and end up sitting and slowly slouching in an unnatural position for most of the day. We underestimate how critical the right posture is for a lifetime of benefits.

O’Connor said in a previous column; “breathe like a baby. If you watch a baby breathe its belly goes in and out naturally.” Starting to have better posture and breathing correctly takes time and effort since we have been doing it wrong for so long. The goal is to do it without thinking. Whenever we start a new skill or action, I like to use these four stages as an example of how we learn. So be patient. It takes a while to do this unconsciously.

Proper breathing is also an important part of life we forget to do in the correct way. A true Martial Arts master, Taisen Deshimaru, born in Japan of an old samurai family was asked: What is the most important thing of all in the martial arts? His answer… “Breathing. And breathing does not come until posture is right.”

• Second we become “Consciously Incompetent.” Maybe reading this column makes you aware of your posture and breathing and you are now conscious of what you’re doing wrong.

Someone once told me to sit like a general on horseback to maintain the best posture. This will allow you to breathe naturally and get in a centered state. Here’s a short tip on breathing and posture from Breathwork Training Expert, Patricia Coester: –Sit with a straight spine –Inhale through the nose and exhale long through the mouth (Inhale 3 secconds, exhale 6 seconds) –Exhale while you let go all your thoughts -as well as your worries. Do this and just concentrate on your breathing in and out and eventually there will be no thought. Breathing calms, you, brings oxygen to your blood and heart, improves mental observation and concentration and ultimately reduces stress. As Sensei Greg

• First we are “Unconsciously Incompetent.” We are not aware of what to do and how we are doing it wrong.

• Third we become “Consciously Competent.” We are now aware and making the correction. • Forth and most important is to become “Unconsciously Competent.” We now have the correct posture and we are breathing naturally without thought, but only after extensive time and effort does this happen. This method has been useful for so many skill areas ranging from learning a new instrument to mastering martial arts (which by the way will never happen since there’s always room for improvement). So, the next time you feel stress, or you’re in an argument, or about to do something under a lot of pressure…try breathing. And when it comes to the right posture—take it from John Gallucci, Jr., ATC, PT, DPT, CEO and President of JAG-ONE Physical Therapy—good posture, or neutral spine helps decrease stresses to our muscles and joints which minimizes pain and the risks of Injury. So, sit up straight!!

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


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September 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, October 1, 8:30am to 4pm

Saturday, October 15, 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.

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 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).

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

See a complete list of events at:

Putting Essex County First Advertisement support by the Essex County Utilities Authority

You’re only 45 years old. You may benefit from a prostate cancer screening. African-American men are at higher risk. Early detection is key. Prostate cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers in American men. Fortunately, detecting it early through regular exams may be beneficial. Age, heredity NCI and ethnicity play a role, as African-Americans, Designated Comprehensive men in their 60s, and men with close relatives Cancer Center who have had prostate cancer are more likely to develop the disease. We offer comprehensive prostate cancer screenings, as well as advanced treatment options including minimally invasive surgical techniques, radiation therapy and clinical trials, if cancer is detected. Schedule your appointment at

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