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TABLE of CONTENTS OCTOBER 2023 10 Inside Essex 12 Local Heroes 12 Liberian Resource Center Named After West Caldwell Teen and Her Mother 13 Caldwell Youngsters Learn About Giving Back to Those Who Need it Most 24 Mount St. Dominic Academy Starts the School Year Off with Book Club Discussions 26 Spend the Day at a Local Farm 30 Best of Essex 2023 Readers’ Choice Contest Categories 31 Local Gift Guide 32 Real Estate Professionals 32 Ellen Gonik - Realtor Associate® Coldwell Banker 33 Real Estate Clients Get Top-Notch Service from Luxury Market Specialist 33 Realtor Regularly Gets Over Asking Price from Sellers 34 COVER STORY Face to Face Medial Spa— Dr. Paul M. Filgia Freshen, Fortify and Flourish 38 Home Pros 38 Update, Upgrade and Uplift Your Kitchen 39 Tips from the Home Pros 50 Health and Wellness 50 Walk or Run to Make a Difference 52 Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center Places Final Steel Beam for New Cancer Center Builidng 53 WINGS Cancer Support for Women 54 The Science of Meditation: Exploring Its Benefits and Techniques 56 Restaurant Guide 60 Best of Essex Rescue Directory 66 Diamond Minds To the Rescue OCTOBER 2023 VOL. 31 NO. 8
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Livingston Teens Receive Awards at National FBLA Leadership Conference

Caldwell Studio Offers Low-Tuition Competitive Dance Classes

Hannah Bonaguide’s love of dance had led to her offering low-tuition competitive dance programs at her studio, called Hannah’s Dance Academy, which is located in her hometown of Caldwell. Hannah, who has been dancing since she was two, says growing up, she remembers tuitions being expensive. So, at 15, she set out to open her own dance studio offering a low-tuition program, totaling $25 a month, per student. By the age of 18, she had a studio in her own building – making her dream come true. This year, she is personally working with 50 boys and girls, who are ages three through high school age. The competitive dancers perform in six competitions a year, with many more available as options. “My favorite thing to do is dance. “I wouldn’t offer classes at such reduced prices, if I didn’t love dance so much,” she says. “I am so glad I am helping people, who might be precluded from dancing due to price, be able to dance.” For information, go to:

Heritage Middle School students from Livingston made their mark at this year’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference, which was held for five days in Atlanta, Georgia. Eighth graders Naisha Singh Bhagashra, Annika Raj, and Anya Dugar secured an impressive 4th place in the Marketing Mix competition with their innovative concept, SpeedyBuy, a GPS technology-based solution that enhances the shopping experience by guiding shoppers to the products or deals they’re seeking in malls or grocery stores.

In another outstanding achievement, Aanya RajSharma, also from Heritage Middle School, clinched the 7th position in the Digital Citizenship objective competition, further enhancing the school’s strong presence at the event.

Naisha says, “In general, the whole competition was an amazing and beautiful experience. People should really join the FBLA club at their school, as it is a great learning experience that teaches you all about confidence, teamwork, business and more.”

Livingston Teen Represents the US In Japan’s Soke Cup International Karate Tournament

Arjun Kapur, 14, of Livingston spent this past year getting tournament ready for the Soke Cup International Karate Tournament in Kumamoto, Japan, where he represented the United States in his division. Having trained in the Chito-Ryu Karate discipline under Sensei Kenneth Frattini since preschool and having competed in local tournaments throughout the years, Arjun was ready for the challenge of competing at the international level. Placed in the 16U division as a 14 year old and being a green belt, he competed against more seasoned and older competitors, including black belts. He earned personal best scores for his kata (form) and gave his best at the kumite (fighting) competition. In addition to karate, he runs and cross trains with his school’s wrestling team. He will continue to train in karate and looks forward to representing the United States in the 2026 Soke Cup in Australia.

Hannah Bonaguide, back row, poses with a few of her students, from right to left: Lennox, Savannah, Milan C, Maddy, Jess, Adreanna, Valentina, and Milan M. Pictured here at the FBLA Leadership Conference with their medals are Livingston Heritage Middle School students, from left: Anika Raj, Anya Dugar, Aanya RajSharma, and Naisha Singh Bhagashra.
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Arjun Kapur poses with his newlyearned brown belt and his Sensei Kenneth Frattini.

Livingston Teen to Offer Free Debate Classes This Fall

Advit Gangwal, of Livingston, will be offering free debate classes for kids in grades 6-8 this fall. This past summer he ran a free public speaking and debate camp called Alpha Debate Club, and prior to that, he ran one last fall. The mission of the program is to spread public forum debate knowledge and experience to younger students including critical life skills, such as: researching, gaining confidence, critical thinking, using teamwork, and time management. Students not only learn about debating – they also compete in local and national tournaments. Advit, who is the President of the Livingston High School Debate Club this year, says that he loves debating and finds it exciting. He says you need to be quick on your feet and be able to prepare for both sides of a debate because you never know which side you will be defending. He adds that this can change from round to round. For information, please send an email to

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NJ Crush FC is much more than an elite soccer club. The all-girls league incorporates mentorship, female empowerment, and volunteerism into each participant’s experience. The players volunteer at soup kitchens, with the elderly, and more. After going through mentor training, the older players then mentor the youngest players. They not only help them gain the skills and confidence they need to play soccer, but they also build lasting relationships with them, acting as sounding boards about onand off-the-field topics. Steph Figurelli, a coach at NJ Crush FC, says “I love it – being with the club for almost ten years speaks volumes. I love that the club is about the player continuing and furthering their career, and the fact that it is an all-female club that fosters empowerment and confidence.”

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Liberian Resource Center Named After West Caldwell Teen and Her Mother

SSophia Pedrazzi, a senior at James Caldwell High School, has been a philanthropist for most of her life. In 2012, at the age of 6, she founded Sophia’s Funds for Friends to pursue her passion for helping others.

Her charitable spirit began in kindergarten when she accompanied her mom at 5K fundraising events for friends who had children with medical needs. Sophia was curious about how the events helped the families, and wanted to help too.

Inspired by these fundraisers, the West Caldwell teen decided to do her part to help by selling her artwork and donating the profits to these same families and

organizations. She went on to organize annual sales in her front yard, with the help of many friends and community members. They consisted of donated toys, her artwork, handmade crafts, and baked goods. In six years, she raised over $18,000. This money went to the Debra Organization for research and support for people with epidermolysis bullosa and also to assist a family of a son with severe medical needs.

Sophia continues to seek out ways to help others. Last year, Sophia partnered with the Caldwell Rotary Club to organize a successful clothing drive for a Liberian school called Fanawin, and the near-by community. Nearly 30 bags of clothes

were collected and donated after being dropped off at Willing Hearts and the West Caldwell Library.

In the spring of 2023, Sophia worked in partnership with Grover Cleveland Middle School and Lincoln School in the Caldwell West Caldwell School District, to run a school supply drive for the students in Liberia.

Sophia’s connection with Fanawin began when she was in middle school. Her mom met Natt Slober, a cofounder of Fanawin, when he was her Uber driver in the US. She told Sophia about the school, and the teen immediately wanted to help by raising money for school supplies to be donated there.

Due to Sophia’s generosity, Fanawin named their resource center after her and her mom. It is called “The Sophia and Janet Pedrazzi Resource Center.”

Sophia says, “I always try to spread my message of being compassionate, loving, and giving, and I hope to inspire people to make a difference in the lives of others.”

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Sophia Pedrazzi, of West Caldwell, poses with Natt Slober, the co-founder of Liberian school Fanawin

Caldwell Youngsters Learn About Giving Back to Those Who Need it Most

TThe Cederbaums of West Caldwell, Journey, 10, Promise, 7, and Sunny, 7, are learning about giving back at a very young age. They recently donated all the profits from selling homemade bracelets to a charity close to their hearts, called Kekeli, Inc., a non-profit which raises money to assist marginalized groups in Ghana, Africa.

Kekeli, Inc. began in 2007, with a focus on a wide variety of human rights issues and activities including helping people with disabilities, child labor, children of cured lepers, and those who are victims of discrimination. The goal is to raise awareness, increase educational opportunities, and train individuals to participate in economic activities.

Kekeli Foundation was registered in Ghana in 2008, as a related organization to Kekeli, Inc. The Foundation works to create self-advocacy groups to help

young people with disabilities recognize their rights, establish parent self-help groups as a way of encouraging more involvement of their disabled children in their communities, promote the inclusion of people with disabilities within the education system and in society, and use both visual arts and music as a means to achieve greater awareness of human rights issues.

The Cederbaums’ connection to the nonprofit comes from their father, Josh, who is on the Kekeli board. Many years ago, while living in Ghana for six months and teaching there, he met Carrie Brown, the director of Kekeli, Ghana. They stayed in touch over the years, and recently, she asked him to join the board. In addition, Josh and his wife Suzy have been sponsoring children through Kekeli for many years. They like being able to see where the money they donate goes.

“When we send Christmas gifts, we receive photos of the children with them, as well as updates, and sometimes video chat with the children as well,” said Josh. “Even a small donation goes a long way in Ghana.”

Josh’s daughters said their dad gave them the idea to hold the fundraiser and donate to Kekeli. They had been making a lot of bracelets using polymer and glass beads, as well as stones and other items. He suggested selling them and donating the profits. They liked the idea, and in August of 2023, the girls got a table outside of BluLotus in Montclair to have a bracelet sale. They made $725 and donated it all to Kekeli.

Journey said, “It felt good to help people in need.”

“Not everyone is as lucky as we are, so it feels good to do good things for people in need,” echoed Sunny.

“One of the best parts was that we got to have fun and be creative, at the same time, help people in need,” said Promise.

The girls think they will hold another fundraiser soon. In the meantime, if anyone wants to donate to Kekeli, they can do so at:, and if they’d like to purchase a bracelet, with the money donated to Kekeli, they can send an email to

The Cederbaums: Journey, 10, Promise, 7, and Sunny, 7, of West Caldwell sell bracelets to help people in Ghana.
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Rose Squared Art Shows will showcase the original art works of over 150 makers of fine art and fine crafts. Essex County Brookdale Park will be turned into an outdoor art gallery with a wide variety of fabulous art for the home and body. Among the items for purchase will be one-of-akind paintings, ceramics, glass, wood, art jewelry and clothing, photography, sculptures, and mixed media and artisanal food to take home.

This beautiful park offers unlimited customer field parking at the show. The event is free to the public rain or shine.

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Verona is having a town wide garage sale, sponsored by the Verona Women’s Club. The rain date is October 22. If you live in Verona and want to take part in the sale you can find the registration form and instructions on their website. The $25 fee includes permits, advertising, and inclusion on the shoppers’ map. The registration deadline is October 16. Shoppers pick up map between 8:30am-2:30pm on October 21 at the parking lot across from FN Brown School at 125 Grove Avenue in Verona.

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All costumes will be collected in a labeled drop-box at the Fairfield Public Library. Items being collected include new or gently used costumes (ages 0-14), and costume accessories (wands, wings, capes, etc.). Unused candy pails and treat bags will also be collected.

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“I have two words for Long Covid—the worst,” shares Jason G. of Essex Fells, NJ. While the initial alarm of the Covid-19 outbreak has subsided, the pandemic is ongoing. The spread may have slowed but we continue to feel the long-term impacts. Nearly 23 million Americans (100 million people globally) have learned that regardless of the severity of their initial infection, they may continue to experience debilitating symptoms for weeks, months, or even years. In a number of cases, these symptoms worsen with time, even turning deadly.

“I got Covid early last year, and it was pretty bad,” shares Jason. “I was hospitalized for 9 days, and there was a point where I wasn’t sure I would make it. I’m still here, so I guess God had other plans but months passed, and I was still gasping for air. I couldn’t do everyday tasks like cutting the grass or working in the yard, much less enjoy a quick bike ride. And then there was what my doctor called ‘brain fog.’ I’d lose my train of thought mid- sentence or forget words for stupid things like plates and toilet paper. It felt like I’d had a stroke more than like it did a virus.”

Officially dubbed Long Covid, the aftermath of the original virus has taken on life of its own. Dozens of symptoms have been reported, including shortness of breath and cognitive issues to a sudden onset of diabetes, cardiac and cardiovascular issues. These symptoms are so well-documented and common that those suffering now qualify for disability assistance. Unfortunately for

Jason and so many others, the treatment options thus far have been limited.

“I started with my primary care doctor and saw specialist after specialist. A pulmonologist finally told me ‘this is the best we can do for you, it’s time you start thinking about how you’re going to live with Long Covid.’ Apparently, their best was letting me live what felt like half a life.”

Jason wasn’t satisfied with that and resigned himself to doing his own research, which is how he ended up here Sasha Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine

“I fully believe the human body has the ability to heal itself, but sometimes it needs a little push. I’ve used acupuncture in the past to help me through a bout of sciatica and just knew if anyone could help me with this Long Covid business, it was going to be acupuncturist, Dr. Aleksandra Mihajlovic DTCM L.Ac.”

You might think that a novel virus needs a novel solution, but you’d only be half right.

While we are using innovative solutions like ATP Bioresonance Therapy” to combat Long Covid because it aids in the healing and repair of specific cells and tissues, it’s a much more time-tested science that’s getting our patients back to living their lives.

Sasha Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine is the premier provider of ozone therapy in the state.

“Our 03 Renewing Therapy® has allencompassing and powerful healing

capabilities,” shares Dr. Aleksandra. “Ozone therapy has been used since the 1800s and was actually a popular tool for doctors during the first world war because of its antibacterial. antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. We use it today to deactivate residual Covid virus, stimulate oxygen metabolism and activate the immune system. And the whole treatment takes about 15 minutes and is completely noninvasive.”

As with our other services, 03 Renewing Therapy® requires consistent and repeated treatment to achieve measurable and long-lasting results.

“I’m in my second month of treatment and back to riding my bike and maybe: breathing better than before I even had Covid. Everyone has been amazing! I feel cared for every time I walk in the door of the Sasha Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine office.”

Dr. Aleksandra Mihajlovic DTCM L.Ac. has successfully treated chronic pain and complicated conditions for over a decade. When Covid-19 emerged three years ago, we researched and developed therapies to address the complex virus effectively. Based on the testimony of patients like Jason, our efforts are a smashing success.

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10th Annual Marching Band Invitational

The award-winning West Orange High School Marching Band, in partnership with the West Orange High School Music Boosters and New Jersey Marching Band Directors Association, is hosting the 10th Annual Marching Band Invitational. Widely recognized as one of North Jersey’s premiere marching band competitions, the event which is open to the public, will feature performances from more than 14 marching bands. Two thousand spectators are expected to visit the campus. Concessions and local food trucks will be available throughout the day.

“When we started this event 10 years ago, we had no idea that it was going to turn into such a great community event. The entire high school, school district and township are involved,” said Lewis C. Kelly, Director of Bands at West Orange High School.

“Our marching band and color guard have always been an integral part of our community, fostering unity, pride, and musical excellence through their performances,” said West Orange High School Principal Oscar Guerrero. “I am thrilled to extend a warm welcome to our surrounding communities in celebration of all the talented performers and their hard work.”

Saturday, October 7

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Who is the coolest artist that you may not know?

Barkley Hendricks that’s who! Barkley Hendricks was a contemporary painter and photographer whose paintings and photographs revolutionized the way that Blacks were portrayed within American realist tradition. Join artist, educator and curator Onnie Strother of East Orange for an exploration on the life and work of a modern master during “Barkley L. Hendricks: Making it Memorable.”

Hendricks’ life-size paintings revolutionized the way that African Americans were portrayed within the American realist tradition, exuding dignity, attitude, and style. A survey of his work will be the subject of “Barkley L.Hendricks: Portraits at the Frick” running at The Frick Collection through January 7, 2024.

Tuesday, October 3, 6:30pm

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Gala to Help the Homeless

Family Promise of Essex County’s (FPE), the Art of Giving: 35th Anniversary Celebration, gala fundraising event is taking place at Montclair Art Museum this year. The proceeds will provide critical funding to help homeless and at-risk families achieve self-sufficiency by providing shelter, social services, and housing assistance through a community-based approach. Montclair Helps, a Montclair based, all-volunteer organization that has been a valuable partner to FPE over the past few years, is the honoree.

At the event, guests will enjoy an evening surrounded by the Museum gallery ambiance, including entertainment from local artists, scrumptious cuisine, a silent auction, and other opportunities to donate. In addition, the First Lady of New Jersey, Tammy Murphy, will provide video greetings.

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Thursday, October 5, 7-10pm

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Don’t Miss the 12th Annual Montclair Film Festival

The 12th Annual Montclair Film Festival will entertain film lovers and professionals from across the region and country with 10 days of compelling independent films, comedies, documentaries, panels, family events, and work by emerging artists.

October 20-29, 2023

• Opening Film – Kristoffer Borgli’s DREAM

• Fiction Centerpiece – Alexander Payne’s THE HOLDOVERS

• Documentary Centerpiece – Roger Ross Williams’ STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING

• Family Centerpiece – Pablo Berger’s ROBOT DREAMS

• Closing Film – William Oldroyd’s EILEEN

Full Schedule on Website

Tickets for Montclair Film Festival events go on sale on Monday, October 2 at 10am for Montclair Film Members and Friday, October 6 at 10am for the public.

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The Pumpkin Patch Train

Join in the Halloween fun at the Whippany Railway Museum onboard “The Pumpkin Patch Train.” The 10-mile, 45-minute round trip from Whippany to Roseland and return is the perfect way to spend a Fall afternoon with the family. After each ride, children with vaild train tickets can go to the Pumpkin Patch and pick out a free kid-sized pumpkin and receive a pumpkin decorating kit while supplies last. Children of all ages are encouraged to come dressed in their Halloween costumes,

helping to make the train a spooky sight! Train fare includes admission to museum building & grounds.

The Pumpkin Patch Train is a fundraising effort to benefit the Whippany Railway Museum, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit operating heritage railroad that is staffed by volunteers. Donations from the public help to keep the Museum operational, but funds are still required to support this unique New Jersey treasure. Proceeds from the train rides will further enhance the Museum’s mission and its historic preservation efforts.

Sundays, October 1, 8 & 15 (Rain or Shine) Train Departures: 1, 2, 3 & 4 pm

Whippany Railroad Museum, 1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany 973-887-8177 |

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Oktoberfest 2023

Join the Arboretum as they put the ‘PUB’ in Public Garden. The Arboretum will be transformed into a beer garden withall you can eat and drink, lawn games and live music! Sponsored by Peerless Beverage Company, this seasonal fete will feature premium autumnal ales, and Bavarian-style bratwurst, pretzels and side-dishes provided by Barth’s Market known for their old-world German dishes. Doppelgänger, a 5-piece German band featuring an accordion, clarinet, tuba, guitar, drums, and vocals will set the mood for this fun afternoon in the garden.

Oktoberfest attire is highly encouraged!

Oktoberfest 2023 is a fundraiser for the Arboretum. Admission includes bottomless beer and German fare. You must be 21 or older to attend. Reservations are recommended since attendance will be limited. Sign up early and don’t miss out!

Saturday, October 21, 2-6pm

Reeves Reed Arboretum

165 Hobart Avenue, Summit


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Mount St. Dominic Academy Starts the School Year Off with Book Club Discussions

Mount St. Dominic Academy, a four-year private Catholic college preparatory school for girls in grades 9-12, located in Caldwell, ended the first day of school on a high note with Book Club discussions about the books chosen for summer reading. The groups comprised faculty and students in all grades. There were 14 fiction and non-fiction books to choose from, with the goals of discovering new ideas, developing perspectives, expanding empathy, and of course – having fun!

The Book Club was the brainchild of Principal Laura Hollenbaugh who planned to use the time as a community building and ice-breaking exercise. It was also an opportunity for students across grade levels and faculty who might not regularly interact with one another to get to know each other.

“This was an opportunity for us to build community through conversation, meeting in small groups to explore the experiences and identities presented in the books we’d selected. These discussions gave students and adults alike the opportunity to contribute their unique perspectives and interpretations of texts, and to further develop our appreciation of and commitment to diversity and inclusion. Allowing for choice in the process resulted in meaningful participation and lively discussion!” said Principal Hollenbaugh.

The conversations were lively and at times serious. However, one thing was for sure— everyone needed more than an hour to unpack their thoughts. Luckily, all students will get the chance to do so in the coming weeks as they perform critical thinking exercises and analysis on their books of choice during upcoming classes.


Olmsted Historic Walking Tour of Anderson Park

Before Anderson Park existed, three houses and a fire station sat on the property. Find out where they went and other surprising stories about how this Olmsted-designed Essex County park came to be created over a century ago, how it shaped Upper Montclair, and how it led to the formation of other Montclair parks.

Also hear about efforts to rejuvenate the landscape of this park, on the National Register of Historic Places. Free. Meet at the boulder at the park’s northeast entrance. Handicap accessible. Sponsored by Friends of Anderson Park.

Saturday, October 14, 10am (Rain cancels)

Anderson Park

274 Bellevue Avenue, east of North Mountain Avenue, Upper Montclair 973-477-7207

PRESENTING THE 12th ANNUAL 10 Days of Films, Events, and Panels you won’t want to miss 2023 FILMMAKER TRIBUTE MARTIN SCORSESE OPENING NIGHT FILM DREAM SCENARIO Friday, October 20 at 7:00pm The Wellmont CLOSING NIGHT FILM EILEEN Sunday, October 29 at 7:30pm MKA Upper School Friday, October 27 - NJPAC, Newark NJ This program is made possible with funds from the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism, as well as the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Montclair Film Festival is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Tickets on sale for all Montclair Film Festival films at Become a Montclair Film Member for early access to special events and discounts on tickets. LOCAL BUZZ
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Spend a Fall Day at a Local Farm

Fall is a fabulous season for families to spend quality time enjoying the scenic outdoors on Alstede Farms. Their selection of fall activities offers something for everyone. Every year they grow a giant themed corn maze. As you traverse the maze, you will have points along the way where you will learn interesting facts about the theme. For those true challenge seekers, enjoy the Harvest Moon Hayride event where you can journey your way through the maze at night by flashlight. Daytime access to the corn maze is included with your pick your own admission ticket.

Throughout October, Fairfield Farms offers fun activities for kids of all ages. Activities include hayrides, pumpkin picking, a corn maze, a goat family, Big Bale Mountain, a rope maze, The Rolling Tube Ride, Pumpkin Slingshot (hit a target and win a pumpkin), and this year– a new Spooky Trail. Fairfield Farms also offers a wide variety of snacks, fresh Jersey apples, cider, and more. And if you are looking for great Halloween items to use to decorate your home.


177 Big Piece Rd., Fairfield |

Enjoy more than 35 family fun outdoor activities including hayrides, an Alien Invasion themed corn maze, farm animals, live entertainment, and so many fun activities for the entire family. Plus, don’t miss the 100’s of photo spots along the way!

They also have 12 carnival rides, apple cannon shots, paintball range, gem mining, wine tasting, food vendors, kettle corn, their famous apple cider donuts, amazing selection of pumpkins, gourds, mums and much more! Enjoy live entertainment with the Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show followed by Pig Racing.

Delight in picking your own pumpkin, enjoy live entertainment, sip fresh pressed cider, all while creating the perfect family memories. Savor their seasonal flavors, enjoy apple cider donut ice cream, pumpkin ice cream and other seasonal favorites at their ice cream window. Visit and feed their friendly farm animals, enjoy children’s activities like pony rides, bouncy house, or wagon train rides, live music on weekends, wine and hard cider tasting by Tomasello, and more.


1 Chesterfield Drive, Chester |

Pick your own pumpkins with thousands of pumpkins available in all shapes, sizes and colors at Conklin Farm U-Pick.

Regular and haunted hayrides and haunted corn maze on the weekends. Win a 100+ pound pumpkin in the slingshot game.

Visit their barn store painted pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, jams, orchard apples, and more. Corn stalks, beautiful mums, and straw bales are also on site to decorate your home. Homemade donuts, pies, hot cider and candy apples in the snack shack.


65 River Road, Montville (GPS address—10 Vreeland Ave)


451 State Route 94, Vernon |

Hillview Farms has been home to 53-acres of locally grown goodness for almost 150 years. Family-owned and operated, they have farm fresh fruits and vegetables, apple and pumpkin picking on the weekends. Stop in to the General Store and pickup today’s produce, fresh eggs and honey and feel good about the quality of your food.


223 Meyerseville Road, Gillette |

Pumpkin picking is a fall favorite at Ort Farm. Take a hayride pulled by a big John Deere tractor down to the patch to look for the perfect pumpkin! They have over 5-acres of apples and many varieties including fan favorites like Gala and Honey Crisp.

Their 5-acre corn maze is also included in fall admission- get lost with family and friends! They also have a large selection of other all farm activities open on during pumpkin season including monster truck rides, pony rides, apple cannon, kids play area, farm animals and the beloved cow train.


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The Montclair Foundation and Van Vleck House & Gardens invite families, individuals, scout troops, schools, nonprofits, businesses, and organizations to participate in Van Vleck House & Garden’s fourth annual Scarecrow Exhibit in the Gardens.

Scarecrows will grace the beautiful grounds and winding pathways of Van Vleck House & Gardens from October 16-31. From traditional scarecrows to dark-and-scary tributes to Halloween, from repurposed and upcycled creatures to sewn-and-stuffed homages to characters inspired by history, mythology, film, or literature.

Scarecrows are silly and fun, but so are pumpkins! This year participants can choose to make wither a scarecrow or a ‘Pumpkin Friend.” The displays can range from takes on popular culture (a Barbie pumpkin display), animals, sports or Halloween-themed.

October 16-31

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Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Essex County Executive

The Board of County Commissioners

The Division of Senior Services

And the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs

“We want to help our senior citizens continue living independent, healthy lives. Our Annual Senior Wellness Day is an opportunity to obtain information about available programs and services for seniors, the benefits of exercise and good nutrition, plus music and entertainment. We also encourage seniors to protect themselves from COVID, flu and other diseases by getting vaccinated.”

Invite You to Attend The

Essex County Senior Wellness Day

The Board of County Commissioners

The Division of Senior Services


And the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs

Invite You to Attend The Essex County Senior Wellness Day

Free Event!!

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Essex County Richard J. Codey Arena 560 Northfield Avenue West Orange, NJ

Free Event!!

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For information, call 973-621-4400

Essex County Richard J. Codey Arena

For transportation, call 973-737-7200

560 Northfield Avenue

West Orange, NJ

For information, call 973-621-4400

Health Screenings *** Musical Entertainment *** Dancing *** Free Food Farmers Market (bagged pro duce) *** Exercise Demons trations

For transportation, call 973-737-7200

Valuable Information *** Free Admission to Turtle Back Zoo for All Seniors

Health Screenings *** Musical Entertainment *** Dancing *** Free Food Farmers Market (bagged pro duce) *** Exercise Demons trations

Why Adults Age 55 and Older Should Get Vaccines

Valuable Information *** Free Admission to Turtle Back Zoo for All Seniors

Vaccines help protect you from di seases, such as COVID and flu, that can be serious – and sometimes deadly. Vaccines can help lessen their effects and prevent them.

Why Adults Age 55 and Older Should Get Vaccines

Vaccines help protect you from di seases, such as COVID and flu, that can be serious – and sometimes deadly. Vaccines can help lessen their effects and prevent them.

• Older adults are more likely to get certain diseases.

• Older adults are at a higher risk for seriou s complications from diseases.

• Older adults are more likely to get certain diseases.

• Older adults are at a higher risk for seriou s complications from diseases.

• Protection from some vaccines can wear off over time. It is important to keep your vaccines up to date.

• Protection from some vaccines can wear off over time. It is important to keep your vaccines up to date.

Seniors should consult their primary care physician, pharmacy or urgent care facility to obtain a COVID vaccine. Essex County is administering flu vaccines; for information call 973 -877-8456.

Seniors should consult their primary care physician, pharmacy or urgent care facility to obtain a COVID vaccine. Essex County is administering flu vaccines; for information call 973 -877-8456.

When you get vaccinated, you don’t just protect yourself – you also protect others around you. This is especially important if you spend time around someone with a long-term health problem or a weakened immune system.

When you get vaccinated, you don’t just protect yourself – you also protect others around you. This is especially important if you spend time around someone with a long-term health problem or a weakened immune system.

14 th ANNUAL Best of Essex 2023


You still have time to cast your votes Voting Ends on October 16th.

Vicinity Media Group is proud to present the 14th annual Best of Essex Reader’s Choice Awards. Every year our readers show their support for their favorite local businesses as they vote for the best restaurants, stores, home services and wellness providers. They also support three local charities, Toni’s Kitchen, CASA for Children and Rosemarie’s Rescue Ranch with every vote cast.

Take a few minutes to browse through the categories, they represent some of the best local businesses, services and practices. You might discover a new favorite. You can vote in as many categories as you like, but please, only one vote per category.

Cast Your Vote Now on We’re waiting to hear from you.

Best of Essex 2023 Categories


Asian Cuisine

Bagel Store


Boutique Bakery



Candy & Chocolate Store


Coffee & Tea Houses (Independent)



Event Venue

Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt

Italian Restaurant

New Restaurant



Other Ethnic Restaurant

Outdoor Dining


Restaurant (BYOB)

Restaurant (Full Service)



Wine and Spirits



Art & Framing Gallery


Gift Shop

Jewelry Store

Specialty Food Markets

Specialty Store

Toy/Hobby Store

Women’s Fashions

Adult Instruction/Classes (language, art, dance, music, etc.)


Children’s Party Places

Children’s Instruction/Classes


Day Care/Preschool— Independent Learning Center/Tutoring

Private School




Dentist—Group Practice





Hair Salon

Hearing Care



Physical Therapist

Pilates Studio


Specialized Fitness Studio

Specialty Beauty Services

Spa (Day)

Spa (Medical)


Wellness Providers

Yoga Studio


Car Wash

Memorial Services


Senior Living

Travel Advisors/Agents


Pet Boarding

Pet Services




Elder Law

Family Law

Realtors (Individual Offices)



Clean Outs


Heating/Cooling (HVAC)

Home Decor

Home Renovations/Contractor

Interior Design

Kitchen/Bath Remodeling

Landscape Designer

Landscape Maintenance


Pest Control



Specialized Home Services

*Businesses must be independently owned or independently owned franchises or advertisers in Suburban Essex or to participate. Only one vote per business, per category, per valid email please. Call Vicinity Media Group for more information: 973-276-1688 Have
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Ellen Gonik

Realtor-Associate® Coldwell Banker

Ellen has built her business on the principle of making her clients feel welcome and supported in her neighborhood. Ellen’s clients become friends and her friends become clients. Licensed since 2008, Ellen’s quick rise to the top of her field in just three years is testament to both her drive and stellar reputation among clients and colleagues alike.

Having immigrated to the U.S. with her family when she was 11 years old, Ellen knows a thing or two about adapting to new situations and connecting with people of all nationalities. Ellen applies her life experiences, along with her well-known sense of humor, toward diffusing tension and making the real estate journey seamless, stress-free and enjoyable for her clients.

Ellen’s achievements include being top 1% of all Coldwell Banker® agents worldwide; #1 Agent in Livingston for total sales 2010-present; top 100 most influential agents in NJ; Platinum Circle of Excellence; Zillow® 5-Star Premier Agent; and a Seniors Real Estate Specialist.

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Jill Birnberg has been successfully listing and selling homes in Essex, Morris, Union, and Somerset counties for 30+ years, and is a consistently top ranked Realtor. Known for her integrity and marketing expertise, she specializes in the Luxury Market –and is a Designated Resort and Second Home Property Specialist. “Empty Nester” clientele look to her for solutions in curating their next move. Jill’s specialty includes selling shore destinations such as Margate, NJ, and she has an extensive referral network in Florida and beyond.

A true full-time Realtor, Jill works at Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, Short Hills where

she offers a boutique level of service, and never hands off clients during the transaction process. “I am grateful for all of the referrals I receive – it says a lot when clients send their friends, family members, and colleagues to you.”

Jill is a consummate professional who guarantees complete confidentiality. She is a patient, sensitive, and empathetic listener with the uncanny ability to match buyers and sellers with ease. An expert negotiator, Jill creates winning bids in this competitive marketplace for her buyers, and yields topdollar for sellers with her strategic pricing and staging expertise. Known for her finesse to keep deals together – Jill is a top notch realtor for the high-end buyer and seller.



Realtor Regularly Gets Over Asking Price for Sellers

With almost 20 years under her belt, Fern Felsenheld is a successful seasoned realtor, whose clients’ homes have consistently sold over asking price for almost four years. She provides excellent client service, which has led to an almost 100% referral-based business. She is a multi-year winner for NJ Magazine, Top Realtors of NJ. Only 2% of realtors receive this award.


Fern is a compassionate and empathetic realtor who goes above and beyond for every client. She also makes the buying and selling experience as easy and stressfree as possible. She uses a proprietary step-by-step process, and employs stellar photo and video services to consistently get sellers over-asking price.

Fern recently joined Compass Realty in Short Hills because of their cutting-edge and targeted marketing capabilities, and unique program that fronts sellers money to make improvements to their homes.

“In this market, newer-looking properties are selling faster,” she says, “and by helping sellers afford improvements, we are helping them get top-dollar.”

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Dr. Paul Figlia


Dr. Paul M. Figlia

Freshen, Fortify and Flourish

IIn the world of cosmetic surgery, Dr. Paul Figlia stands as a beacon of transformation, guided by his profound belief in awakening each patient’s inner beauty with the utmost respect and indulgence. A luminary in the realm of plastic surgery, Dr. Figlia has been at the forefront of his field for over two decades. His latest venture, Face To Face Medical Spa, nestled within the prestigious Dieci Lifestyle Spa, reflects his unwavering commitment to excellence and patient well-being.

Choosing Dieci Lifestyle Spa as the setting for Face To Face Medical Spa was a strategic move, driven by Dr. Figlia’s dedication to quality. “They are the premier lifestyle spa and best salon in New Jersey for the last 30 years,” he attests. This collaboration symbolizes a fusion of expertise and luxury, creating an unrivaled experience for patients seeking to rejuvenate and revitalize.

Face To Face is all about freshening, fortifying, and flourishing. Dr. Figlia’s Medical Spa comprises antiaging treatments, cutting-edge laser technology, injectables, and top-tier skincare products – all meticulously designed to enhance and accentuate each patient’s natural allure. Face To Face offers Maintenance Programs which are highly recommended to ensure keeping your best “Face” forward.

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An innovative standout at Face To Face is the Motus AX laser system. Dr. Figlia is heralded as New Jersey’s pioneer in painless hair removal. The system’s secret weapon is its remarkable speed, combined with a specially designed cooling crystal that emits laser light with precision.

For those desiring radiant skin, the Virtue RF micro-needling device is the go-to choice. This advanced system incorporates radio frequency technology to elevate your skin’s appearance, imparting a youthful glow.

A non-surgical facelift can be accomplished with the aid of the Subnovii pen. This specialized Plasma technologic tool stimulates collagen production, resulting in firmer, more supple skin.

Among Face To Face’s remarkable offerings is the PHYSIQ fat reduction system, a transformative technology that not only

eliminates fat but also builds muscle. The results are sculpted, well-defined contours and a revitalized sense of self.

Hydrafacials, Dr. Figlia asserts, are a form of essential self-care. “It is more than just a luxury; it is a necessity.” In addition, the medical spa’s PRP, (Platelet Rich Plasma), facial rejuvenation stands out for its reliance on the body’s innate healing abilities. This procedure incorporates platelet rich plasma from the patient’s own blood, leading to increased collagen production, diminished fine lines and wrinkles, and tighter, firmer skin.

Dr. Figlia’s dedication to patient care is unwavering. As a BoardCertified plastic surgeon, he personally oversees every aspect of Face To Face’s treatments, administering all dermal fillers and Botox® injections. He firmly believes that “patients receive the highest level of care when administered by a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon.”

Filler Before/After (Left-right) Carmen Santana, Evelyn Barreto, Dr. Paul Figlia, and Carolyn Shook Face Lift Before/After
Before/After procedure photos supplied by Dr. Figlia
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Dr. Figlia’s commitment to enhancing patient well-being extends beyond the medical spa. He maintains a thriving surgical practice in West Orange, where he bridges the gap between non-surgical and surgical approaches to improving your appearance. His concierge services cater to the unique needs of cosmetic surgery patients, and emergent care, including those seeking pediatric care after accidents, an area where Dr. Figlia has earned renown.

An attending physician at esteemed medical centers, including Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, Morristown Medical Center, and Overlook Medical Center, Dr. Figlia also serves as Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Hackensack Meridian Health-JFK University Medical Center. His numerous accolades include being named as Top Doc NJ, Top DoctorTop Plastic Surgeon, as well as the prestigious peer recognized Castle Connelly Award, a testament to his exceptional skills and reputation.












Dr. Figlia’s extensive training and experience are complemented by his innate aesthetic sense and boundless compassion. He and his dedicated team are readily available for consultations, ensuring that every patient’s unique needs are met.

Face To Face Medical Spa

90 West Mt. Pleasant Avenue (inside Dieci Lifestyle Spa)

Livingston 973-716-0101

Cosmetic and Surgical Practice

1500 Pleasant Valley Way, Suite 307, West Orange 973-324-5333.

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Update, Upgrade, and Uplift YOUR KITCHEN

The owners of Kitchen Tune-Up, Steven and Takia Livingston, and their team of experts promise to deliver not only a beautiful kitchen but an amazing experience. Takia and Steven Livingston first launched their local Kitchen Tune-Up franchise in 2019, choosing to settle down and build their business in Bloomfield because it’s “family-friendly and active.” Since then, the Kitchen Tune-Up team has expanded, delivering hundreds of kitchen remodels over the past few years.

They made the decision to bring a showroom to the neighborhood. Located on Broad Street in Bloomfield, the space was previously home to Tosone Electric. The building, which was originally constructed in 1970 and in need of a major revitalization. They saw the concept for the building and immediately knew it would be the perfect location. Takia partnered with the developer to design the space, which also serves as the company’s warehouse and receiving center.

Takia’s story is also unique. She made a switch from dentistry to pursuing her passion of kitchen remodeling. With this, she brings her expertise to each job, focusing on all the finer details. “I’ve always been in the business of smiles, now I get to do it with kitchens” says Takia.

With a business plan to redefine the expectations associated with kitchen remodels, the Livingstons prioritized having an in-house trained and dedicated team. Kitchen Tune-up specializes in custom cabinets, cabinet painting, cabinet refacing, countertops and flooring.

“If you like your existing layout, cabinet refacing is an awesome way to save time and money. Most refacing projects are completed in less than 5 days, provide full access to the kitchen during the remodel and can be a fraction of the cost of traditional gut remodels” says Steven. Kitchen Tune-up boasts a service that meets the needs of any discerning client seeking to update their kitchen.

“Our assessment focuses on your needs, and then selecting the right process to deliver it exceptionally. Our quotes are final, and we provide warranties on all our products. We commit to our clients, to create a beautiful space and worry-free experience. All you need to do is open the front door and let us in, we take care of it all” says Steven.

Update, upgrade, and uplift your kitchen with Kitchen Tune-Up.

Kitchen Tune-Up

1285 Broad Street, Bloomfield | 973-270-9883

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LIVING BEAUTIFULLY… Extend Your Home Outdoors!

Do you dream of having a home that everyone loves to visit for outdoor parties and get-togethers? Among the most popular outdoor improvements are an outdoor kitchen and dining area, outdoor bars, fireplaces or firepits all incorporated into one beautiful landscape. …and while we’re at it, let’s include a large screen TV, and music system made for outdoor use.

Your outdoor pavilion and kitchen can be large or compact. Built-in grills, sinks, dishwashers, refrigerators, and freezers are all available so you can fully prepare a complete meal and never miss a moment of your party fun. Just about anything is possible… even an outdoor pizza oven! Imagine it’s a beautiful fall day and you want to watch a football game with your friends.… it’s all happening in your backyard!

Beautiful landscaping and outdoor spaces can extend your season well into the fall with outdoor living area that let designed to spend time outdoors without exposure to harsh weather elements. On a chilly evening, what’s more inviting than an outdoor fireplace or dramatic firepit?

Fireplaces and firepits extend the time guests want to stay in your backyard to enjoy the sweet summer evening or invigorating fall air. A traditional fireplace adds warmth and comfort to your pavilion seating area where you chat or watch TV. An exciting firepit provides a fun gathering spot to toast marshmallows and tell spooky tales.

Sponzilli Landscape Group

345 Passaic Avenue, Fairfield | 973-244-1410

Enjoying Your Home Outdoors: FIRE PITS AND GAS HEATERS

The allure of outdoor living has grown remarkably over recent years, transforming simple backyards into delightful extensions of the home. At the heart of this transformation lies the magic of fire pits and gas heaters, offering not just warmth but an invitation to gather, converse, and make memories.

Fire pits encapsulate the primal appeal of open flames. Whether you’re roasting marshmallows, sharing stories, or simply staring into the mesmerizing dance of the flames, a fire pit adds a touch of camping spirit to your backyard. From rustic woodburning styles to modern propane designs, there’s a fire pit to match every aesthetic.

Gas heaters, on the other hand, bring instant warmth with a touch of sophistication. With a sleek design and consistent heat output, these heaters are perfect for those chilly nights when you want an elegant dinner al fresco or a cozy reading nook under the stars.

In essence, integrating fire pits or gas heaters into your outdoor space ensures that the joys of nature and comfort of home coalesce seamlessly. So, step out, light up, and revel in the beauty of your enhanced outdoor sanctuary.

Pelican Shops

2980 Route 10, Morris Plains 973-267-0964


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You Need a Home HVAC Maintenance Plan

Your heating and cooling system is one of the most critical investments in your home. It keeps you comfortable year-round. Yet, it can also be expensive to repair or replace if something goes wrong. That’s why it’s crucial to have an HVAC maintenance plan.

An HVAC maintenance plan is a contract with a qualified company, such as Air Group, that regularly inspects and cleans your system. Think of it as a yearly tuneup for your heating and cooling. They will check your system’s components, including the compressor, condenser, evaporator coil, and blower fan. They will also clean the air filter and coils and lubricate moving parts.

There are many benefits to having an HVAC maintenance plan. Here are a few:

PREVENT COSTLY BREAKDOWNS. Regular maintenance can identify and fix minor problems before they become major breakdowns. This can save you a lot of money in the long run.

EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR SYSTEM. Proper maintenance can help your HVAC system last longer. This means you will have to replace it less often, which can save you even more money.

IMPROVE ENERGY EFFICIENCY. A well-maintained HVAC system runs more efficiently, saving money on your energy bills.



When embarking on a basement remodel, there are several crucial factors to consider to ensure a successful transformation of this space. The overall goal is to create a functional and comfortable living area.

MOISTURE MITIGATION: Begin by assessing and addressing any moisture issues. Waterproofing and sealing the basement are essential steps to prevent water intrusion. Installing proper drainage and sump pumps can further safeguard against potential flooding.

LIGHTING: Adequate lighting is key to making the basement feel inviting and functional. Consider a combination of ambient, task, and accent lighting. Recessed LED lights, pendant fixtures, and wall sconces can be placed to achieve the desired illumination.

WINDOWS: Egress windows may be necessary for safety and compliance with building codes. Choose energy-efficient, double-pane windows to minimize heat loss.

USAGE PLANNING: Define how you intend to use the basement. It could be a home office, entertainment room, guest suite, or a combination of these.

HVAC AND INSULATION: Ensure proper insulation to maintain a comfortable temperature year-round. Evaluate your HVAC system’s capacity and make necessary upgrades to accommodate the additional space.

PERMITS AND CODES: Hire a reputable home remodeler familiar with local building codes and will obtain the required permits.

IMPROVE INDOOR AIR QUALITY. A clean HVAC system helps to filter the air in your home, removing dust, pollen, and other allergens. This can improve indoor air quality and make your home a healthier place to live.

If you don’t have an HVAC Maintenance plan, consider getting one with Air Group. It’s a small investment that can save you big money and headaches in the long run. It’s also a great way to protect your investment and keep your home comfortable year-round.

Air Group

1 Prince Road, Whippany 973-929-2080 |

BUDGET AND TIMELINE: Establish a realistic budget and timeline for the project. Factor in unexpected costs and delays, and consider consulting with a professional contractor for accurate estimates.

By addressing these factors diligently, you can transform your basement into a valuable and enjoyable part of your home and a successful basement remodel.

G & L and Sons Renovations, LLC

135 Roseland Avenue, Caldwell 973-857-3553 |

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Should You Consider PLANTATION SHUTTERS for Your Home?

Plantation shutters, with their classic aesthetic, functional benefits, and inherent safety features, are increasingly becoming the preferred choice for discerning homeowners. If you’re contemplating a window treatment upgrade, here’s why plantation shutters deserve your consideration.

Aesthetics and Versatility

These shutters exude timeless beauty suitable for both modern and traditional interiors. Their customizable wide louvers ensure they fit seamlessly into any decor.


Crafted from high-quality materials, be it wood or advanced polymers, they resist warping, cracking, and fading. This ensures lasting beauty and value.

Energy Efficiency

Their snug fit and insulative properties can effectively regulate indoor temperatures, potentially cutting down on heating and cooling costs.

Privacy and Light Control

The adjustable louvers offer nuanced control over light entry, allowing homeowners to achieve desired levels of privacy or sunlight.

Safety Features

Absence of dangling cords makes them child and pet-friendly, eliminating strangulation hazards. Their sturdy build provides an added security layer, while the closed shutters can shield against broken glass from flying debris during storms. Furthermore, their easy-to-clean design reduces allergen accumulation.


FIVE Painting Myths Put to Rest

MYTH: Always a White Ceiling White reflects light so ceilings look higher. You can get the same result with any pale shade. Painting the ceiling a darker shade with a lighter color on the walls will also add height to a room.

MYTH: Trim Should Be White

White trim is timeless and goes well with any color. But contrasting trim is trending. Use a contrast color to highlight architectural features or add accent color to a room.

MYTH: Dark Colors Make a Room Look Smaller

Dark colors with a high gloss finish actually reflect light and make a room feel bigger. Dark accent walls can add depth and visually expand a space.

MYTH: Certain Colors Are Taboo Color stereotypes exist like red is overwhelming and white too sterile.

Increased Property Value

Beyond their immediate benefits, these shutters enhance your home’s resale value due to their universal appeal.

Window Works

38 E. Northfield Road, Livingston 973-535-5860

But any color can be used if used correctly. Each room is different. Work with your painting professional to find the hue, paint finish, and ceiling and trim colors to complement the natural light, woodwork, and flooring in your room.

MYTH: Only Three Colors Per Room

This follows the classic design rule that 60% of a room should be the primary color, 30% a secondary color and 10% an accent color. But this is just an average. In a small room three colors may be too much. Different hues of the same color or neutrals, such as white, gray and black can be used balance the original three colors.

The professionals at Gikas Restoration can provide expert solutions for your painting projects.

Gikas Restoration


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Designer Tips for TV Placement

Your television is most likely the main attraction in your living room. That makes it an important aspect of its overall design. Here are tips to finding the right place for it.

LOCATION: Place your TV away from high traffic areas, toward the center of a wall or above a fireplace to avoid interrupting your room’s flow.

GLARE: Avoid placing it across from windows to reduce glare.

SPACE: A wall should be big enough to host your TV. It’s best to find a wall that won’t seem crowded or too small to fit the screen.

ELECTRIC: Pick a wall that has ample power supply for your TV and extra systems.

HIDE WIRE MESS: Have a professional install your TV so all wires are hidden discreetly.

When decorating your TV wall, you have many design options. You can choose to have the television as main attraction or you can blend it into the room or minimize its presence. For more tips see their full Blog at when-the-tv-steals-the-show?

Valerie Ruddy Designs-Decorating Den Interiors

973-239-3004 |

Making Holiday Spirits and Homes Bright!

Single-color Christmas lights are an asset for any holiday lover, especially if you want to have a unique look to your décor. Finding the right balance is key to creating a lighting presentation that is truly your own. Using single-color Christmas light strands together avoids scattering the focus.

Place single-color Christmas lights around the edge of your garage while alternating additional onecolor strands on the roof. Be careful not to overdo it. A couple of color variations for single-color ropes will do the trick for nearly any area you want to decorate.

Christmas Decor by Smitty’s Landscaping & Design, Inc. has been brightening the Essex County community with holiday lighting for over 25 years. They provide every client with design consultation, complete installation, proactive maintenance, and timely takedown.

Christmas Decor by Smitty’s

973-256-1259 |

Fall maintenance of shrubs, hedges, and ornamental grasses is crucial to ensure they thrive in the following growing season. Here’s what you should consider doing for these plants in the fall.

SHRUBS: It’s best to wait until late winter or early spring for most shrubs, but some summer-blooming shrubs can be pruned in the fall after they’ve finished flowering. Apply a balanced slow-release fertilizer to help them through the winter. Ensure they receive deep watering before the first frost, especially newly planted shrubs, to help them survive the winter. Mulch around the base to retain moisture and regulate soil temperature. Ensure the mulch doesn’t touch the trunk to prevent rot.

HEDGES: Lightly shape hedges in early fall, but avoid heavy pruning which can encourage new growth that may not harden off before winter. Like shrubs, a balanced slowrelease fertilizer can benefit hedges in the fall. Deeply water hedges before the ground freezes to ensure they are wellhydrated throughout the winter. Add a fresh layer of mulch to help retain moisture and provide insulation against cold temperatures.

ORNAMENTAL GRASSES: Most ornamental grasses look beautiful in the fall and winter, providing texture and movement. Therefore, it’s often recommended to leave them unpruned until late winter or early spring. This protects the crowns from cold and provides winter interest. Fall is a good time to divide and transplant many ornamental grasses. This helps rejuvenate older clumps and gives you new plants to spread around or share. Like other plants, ensure ornamental grasses are well-watered before winter, especially if the fall has been dry.

For all these plants, always check for and remove any signs of disease or pest damage before winter. Damaged or diseased plant parts can harbor pests and diseases that might return in the spring. Remove the debris from the garden area and don’t compost infected materials. Some plants have particular needs or timings for care. When in doubt, consult with a local nursery or gardening expert for tailored advice.

K. Macken Landscaping 973-261-0198 | HAVE YOUR YARD Properly Prepared This Fall
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EV Charger Installations Should Only Be Done By a Licenced Electrician

George Anderson, the owner of Anderson Electronic, says there has been an uptick in home EV charger installations over the past two years. Anderson Electric installs 2-3 a week at people’s homes.

“Homeowners should not try to install an EV charger themselves,” he says. “EV chargers draw a lot of power. Most homes must have their existing service upgraded to at least 200 amps in order to accommodate an EV charger, and this should always be done by a licensed electrician.”

Having a home EV charger that is 240 volts is beneficial because it is more powerful than the type that come with

electric vehicles and plug into existing 120 volt receptacles. They can take up to 16 hours to fully charge a vehicle, while a dedicated home EV charger only takes between 2-4 hours.

In addition, having an EV charger installed at home is more convenient than having to drive to a public location and wait for hours for the vehicle to charge. “The convenience of being able to park your car in your garage while it charges overnight justifies the cost of having one installed at home,” says George.

Right now is a great time to have an EV charger installed because utility companies like PSE&G are offering up to a $1,500 rebate to do so. George says


Why You May Need Flood Insurance Outside a Flood Zone

this is a great deal because an EV charger install can cost between $500 to $2500.00 depending on the degree of difficulty, with the average installbeing in the $500 to $1,500 range.

Anderson Electric 395 Little Falls Road, Cedar Grove 973-857-4333

As climate patterns fluctuate due to global warming, areas previously thought safe may become susceptible to flooding. Over 20% of flood claims arise from properties outside highrisk zones, underscoring floods’ unpredictable nature. Regular homeowners’ insurance often excludes coverage for:

Storm Surge: Rising seawater levels caused by storms can impact homes miles inland.

Overflow of Inland or Tidal Waters: Overflow from rivers, lakes, or other water bodies won’t be covered.

Runoff and Mudflow: Heavy rains causing runoff or mudflows necessitate flood insurance, though mudslides aren’t covered.

Melting Snow: Rapid snowmelt can unexpectedly flood certain areas.

Blocked Storm Drainage Systems: Local flooding due to clogged drainage systems is another often-overlooked risk.

Flood insurance is commonly associated with properties situated in designated flood zones. However, considering it is vital even if you’re outside such an area, primarily because many water-related events that could damage your home may not be covered by your standard homeowner’s policy.

Residing outside a flood zone might seem like an invitation to skip flood insurance, but this could be a costly oversight. To safeguard your assets and enjoy peace of mind, consider integrating flood insurance into your protective measures. It’s a prudent investment in an ever-changing world.

Rand, Feuer & Klein

165 Passaic Avenue, Ste 308, Fairfield | 973-582-6200

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Improving Drainage Around Your Home

In recent years, our climate has seen more robust and recurrent storms. For homeowners, ignoring drainage can pave the way for severe problems. Poor drainage leads to water accumulation around the house, which can jeopardize the foundation, stimulate mold growth, and harm the landscape. As storms intensify, so does the risk of flooding. This can inflict costly damages, including ruined appliances and structural impairments.

However, the situation isn’t without remedy. First, French drains are invaluable. These trenches, filled with gravel, carry a perforated pipe that efficiently diverts water away from your residence.

River rock can also be strategically placed around the home’s perimeter. Its smooth, rounded stones allow water to flow over them easily, acting as a barrier and directing water away from your home.

Rain gardens serve a dual purpose, providing an aesthetic appeal while allowing rainwater absorption through plants. Native vegetation can further aid in soaking up surplus water. Ensuring the land around your home is graded correctly can also facilitate appropriate water flow.

973-865-5855 |

Considering Adding Millwork Before Painting Rooms in Your House

The transformative power of millwork cannot be understated when refreshing the aesthetic of a home. Wilber’s Home Improvement, a leader in both millwork and painting, offers insights into why homeowners should consider integrating millwork prior to painting.

Precision Edges

Adding millwork first means subsequent paint jobs will showcase clean, crisp edges. It negates the inconvenience of painting a room only to retouch or redo sections post millwork installations.

Damage Prevention

The installation process of millwork can sometimes lead to minor wall damages. Addressing these imperfections prior to painting guarantees a seamless finish.

Color Coordination

With millwork in its rightful place, selecting the ideal paint hue becomes more intuitive. Especially in spaces where the millwork serves as a key decorative element, it’s pivotal to establish a harmonious relationship between trim and wall colors.


Sidestepping the needless repetition of painted areas due to later millwork installations is both time and moneysaving.

Enhanced Aesthetics

Millwork adds a touch of elegance and sophistication. Be it crown molding, wainscoting, or custom cabinetry, these elements elevate the room’s ambience instantly.

Increased Home Value

High-quality millwork can boost a property’s market value. It provides both functional and decorative benefits that prospective buyers find appealing.


Millwork offers homeowners the chance to customize their spaces. From modern to traditional designs, there’s a style to reflect every individual’s taste.

Wilber’s Home Improvements

2087 Millburn Avenue, Maplewood 973-762-6333

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Dorothy Goldberg wanted to bring clients’ visions to life more than 50 years ago when she established Creative Wallcoverings and Interiors. Her daughter, Rachel Kapner, joined the company when she was in her early twenties, eager to learn the ropes and continue the company’s mission. Today, Rachel is President of CWI Design, and the company has ten employees, wellversed in every aspect of interior design.

says. Relationships with clients and their families are paramount. Three generations of families have enjoyed the artistic endeavors of CWI Design.

Rachel is well-known for her ceiling designs. In many homes, she explains, “The ceiling is often the forgotten wall.” Most people typically leave the wall white or plain. However, a beautiful and unique ceiling can add depth and dimension to the room. “Adding a pattern or texture wallcovering, painting the ceiling in a contrast color, or even adding wood trim design can transform the room and add the feeling of additional height,” she says.

CWI Design supports several community events. One event is Mansion in May, which highlights their design work in a specific mansion. Also, CWI Design will sponsor the Embrace Hope Gala on Friday, October 20, at 7pm. All proceeds will benefit the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation.

When It’s Time to Clean Out, Get Organized

CWI Design is a full-service home design company that creates inspiring and inviting spaces. With a vast array of products and services, from custommade drapes to artwork to wallpapering and furniture accents, CWI Design is with the project from inception to finish. Rachel and her design team complete each project with love. “I often live vicariously through my clients. If my clients love the colors or designs, I love it too,” she 1/2

While she recalls her many ceiling designs fondly, one has left an indelible mark. Inspired by a plaster mold design from a European capital, she custom-designed a geometric wood pattern laid out and

Rachel loves projects that allow her to be creative, especially those that present challenges. “I love projects that leave a mark on me,” she says.

Creative Wallcoverings and Interiors

560 Central Avenue, New Providence

When it’s time to clean out unwanted items and debris from your garage, attic, basement or any room in your home, don’t get overwhelmed—get organized.

First decide what you need to get rid of and what you want to do with your items–donate, discard or recycle. Purchase a package of colored dot stickers at an office supply store, and use them to color-code the items by category. This simple procedure will help get you started.

Research your donations to see if local charities accept your items. Also, find out if they pick up or you have to transport them.

Recycle what you can. Champion Waste recycles cardboard, paper, magazines, copper, brass, aluminum, stainless steel, cast-iron and car and truck batteries. Champion Waste generally discounts removing recyclables, especially appliances, since there is no dumping charge for them. In May and September/October, Essex County runs an electronics drop off day if you want to purge outdated home electronics.

Finally, determine if you can put your discards out for curb collection, if you want to rent a dumpster or you need to hire a clean-out service to take full control of your project.

Champion Waste can access your needs, give you advice and an estimate for your clean-out project. They offer container services with smaller trucks so they can fit dumpsters in places where the bigger trucks can’t. They also do live loads with a truck and crew to remove everything on the spot. They service clients that are just purging during the spring and fall, and those that are putting their house on the market.

Champion Waste Removal, Inc. 973-744-6766

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When and Why to Change Your Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors are vital tools designed to alert homeowners of potential fire hazards, giving invaluable time to escape. Ensuring they function correctly is of utmost importance for the safety of every home.

Most smoke detectors have a lifespan of 8 to 10 years. After this time, even if they appear operational, their internal sensors might have degraded, causing reduced sensitivity. Therefore, it’s recommended to replace them every decade.

In addition to the age, consider the technical advancements in today’s detectors. Modern smoke alarms boast features like interconnected systems, where if one alarm sounds, all alarms in the house will alert. Some also come equipped with carbon monoxide detection, voice alerts, and smart technology integrations allowing you to monitor and control them via smartphones.

Frequent false alarms or chirps even after battery replacements are signs that it’s time for a new detector.

E&M O’Hara

144 Main Street, West Orange | 973-850-3167

Advances in Garage Doors and Openers: A MODERN TRANSFORMATION

In recent years, garage doors and their openers have undergone significant technological advancements, ensuring increased safety, efficiency, and convenience for homeowners. Traditional heavy, manual doors have evolved into automated, insulated designs that enhance energy efficiency, while also complementing a home’s aesthetics.

Modern garage door openers now integrate seamlessly with smart home systems, allowing users to operate and monitor them remotely via smartphone apps. These systems provide real-time notifications on access and even the ability to share temporary access codes with guests.

Furthermore, innovations in sensors have greatly improved safety by ensuring doors automatically reverse if an obstruction is detected. Battery backup systems have also become standard, ensuring that doors remain operational during power outages. These developments not only elevate the functionality of garages but also contribute to a home’s security and energy management.

Door to Door Garage Doors

260 Rt. 46 East, Fairfield | 973-227-3369

Kitchen Sink & Faucet Trends

When planning a kitchen renovation most homeowners understandably focus on the large items, cabinets and countertops, since those are the big impact and big ticket items. However, the kitchen sink and faucet are one of the most important workspaces in the kitchen since people spend more than 60% of their time in the kitchen at this area. The sink and faucet will have a significant impact on your daily routine, so it is an important decision to make as part of your kitchen renovation.

The current trend in kitchen sinks is a large single bowl being most popular, with even larger workstation sinks with various accessories like cutting boards, racks and baskets gaining momentum. Stainless steel remains the most popular sink material but there are many other material and color options to choose from as well, such as granite composite, fireclay, and enameled cast iron.

With technology becoming an integral part of our lives, smart faucets have surfaced as the predominant trend in 2023. Faucets that respond to motion sensors or voice commands make for a hygienic kitchen, minimizing the spread of germs and creating ease of use. Touch faucets have been around for many years but now more companies are introducing voice activated faucets. These faucets pair with your connected home device and can turn the water on and off, pour specific amounts, and even warm up the water using your voice-enabled device.

The kitchen sink and faucet should not be an afterthought in your kitchen renovation. Showcase Kitchen & Bath will help with every aspect of your kitchen and bathroom renovation to make sure your renovation dreams become a reality.

Showcase Kitchen & Bath

438 Broad Street, Bloomfield | 973-743-8722

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What Type of Stone is Best for a Fireplace Surround?

Stone fireplace surrounds are available in a wide range of colors, patterns and textures that can match any design style. From its heat tolerance, to it’s hard, scratch resistant surface, natural stone can handle the rigors of day-to-day use.

• Slate is resistant to heat, but only appropriate for gas and electric fireplaces—the heat from wood fires can be too intense.

• Marble is chosen by many for its timeless beauty, and it is heat tolerance and can be used with wood burning, gas or electric fireplaces.

• Granite is suitable for gas or wood burning fireplaces. The stone does require regular sealing, but it is relatively low maintenance and easy to care for.

• Limestone is very durable and has good heat tolerance. However, this stone should only be used with electric or gas fireplaces.

APEX Marble and Granite Inc.

998 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove | 973-857-3655

Fall is the Perfect Time for Landscape & Hardscape Planning

Fall is a prime season to start your landscape and hardscape design journey. As nature prepares for winter, landscapers find this time ideal to plan for next spring’s blooms. Cooler temperatures make soil workable and offer reduced transplant shock for new plants. Additionally, nurseries often run end-of-season sales, presenting costsaving opportunities on both plants and hardscape materials.

Landscape designers, less occupied in autumn, can give personalized attention to creating a harmonious blend of living and non-living elements in your garden. Fall provides the perfect backdrop to visualize hardscape integrations, from patios to pathways, ensuring they complement the natural environment. Plus, installations settle well during the colder months, priming your garden for spring’s arrival. Embrace the season and let the autumnal inspiration guide your garden’s transformation. Here are the top 5 things to consider.

Ideal Working Conditions: Cooler temperatures in the fall can be more favorable for labor-intensive hardscape installations. There’s less risk of the ground being too frozen (as in winter) or too wet (as in spring), making it easier to work with.

Settling Time: If you’re installing elements like patios or pathways, the fall and winter months can provide ample time for these structures to settle properly before heavy use in the spring and summer.

Winter Usage: Hardscaping elements, like fire pits or outdoor heaters on a patio, can make outdoor spaces usable even in cooler months. Planning and implementing these in the fall can extend the use of your outdoor space into the winter.

Preparation for Spring Planting: With hardscaping completed in the fall, you can easily plan your spring planting around

these structures. This ensures a cohesive design where plants and hardscape elements complement each other.

Time for Add-Ons and Adjustments: Starting hardscape planning in the fall gives you the winter months to think about additional features or adjustments. Maybe you decide to add lighting to your pathways or upgrade materials on your patio.

Picture Perfect Landscapes


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Key Considerations When Upgrading Your KITCHEN APPLIANCES

The holidays are synonymous with feasts, family gatherings, and fond memories in the kitchen. If you’re contemplating a kitchen appliance upgrade before the festivities begin, here are some vital points to contemplate.

FUNCTIONALITY & SIZE: Before you splurge, evaluate what appliances you frequently use and the size suitable for your family. A larger oven might be ideal for holiday turkeys, but ensure it fits seamlessly in your kitchen space.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Modern appliances often come with better energy ratings. Upgrading might mean a higher upfront cost but can result in significant savings on your energy bills in the long run.


Today’s appliances offer smart features like programmable settings, touch interfaces, and connectivity to mobile devices. Think about which features would genuinely enhance your cooking experience.

AESTHETIC & DESIGN: Ensure your new appliances match your kitchen’s overall design and color scheme. Cohesive aesthetics can elevate the entire look and feel of the space.


Opt for brands and stores, like Reno’s Appliance, that provide reliable installation services. A proper installation ensures


longevity, and a solid warranty offers peace of mind.

BUDGET: Set a realistic budget. Remember, the most expensive is only sometimes the best. Prioritize what you need most and find a balance between quality and cost.

Reno’s Appliance

235 McLean Blvd, Rte. 20 N., Paterson 973-247-1860 |

For older homes or for spaces that make it hard to run HVAC ductwork, Carrier® mini split heating and cooling systems are a great solution. They don’t require the ductwork that is difficult to install in older construction, or in homes without attics or adequate closet space to do so.

• The units can be mounted high or low on any wall, or on the floor.

• Energy bills are lower because the units, hyper-zoned to a specific space, deliver better heating/cooling balance between rooms.

• Greater comfort from room to room, whether heating or cooling.

• Their inverter technology hardly draws any electrical current.

• Up to five units can run off one compressor and the compressor is very quiet.

These compact systems focus on individual living spaces, making them more flexible, energy efficient, and easier to install. Give us a call for more details or for a free in-home survey.

Bloomfield Cooling, Heating and Electric, Inc. 973-237-0505 |

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10th Annual Heroes for Children Hybrid 5K Run, Walk, or Ride!

Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities will come together to raise funds for Child Advocacy Centers and Multidisciplinary Teams. Fun family activities including face painting, balloon animals, popcorn and cotton candy, Batman and his bat mobile, and $5 same-day admission to the Turtle Back Zoo.

A virtual event will run October 14-21, with social media challenges and contests with giveaways from event sponsors. Participants should submit their selfies and photos to Facebook (, Instagram (, or via email to, with the hashtag #NJCA5K2023 by November 1.

Prizes will be awarded for virtual participants in the following categories:

• Best View on My Run/Walk/Ride: Post a picture of your walk/run/ride scenery.

• Dogs Need a 5K Too!: Post a picture of your canine walk/run/ride buddy.

• I’m a Superhero: Post a picture of your superhero walk/run/ride gear.

• Best Race Time: Submit your time using a race app screenshot.

• My Team is Better Than Yours: Post a photo in your sports team running/ walking/riding gear!

A Smile Opens a Door

Dr. GiGi

Saturday, October 21, 2023 (in-person, rain or shine)

The 5K run will begin at 9am (packet pickup 8am)

The Family Fun Run/Walk (one lap around the reservoir) 10am. Essex County South Mountain Recreational Complex, Northfield and Cherry Lane, West Orange. To register visit:

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You Can Run or Walk to Save the Sea Turtles!

Help to save the sea turtles by participating in the 5th Annual Sea Turtle Recovery’s Cold Stun Run, a 5K run/walk. The race is nicknamed the “Cold Stun Run” to highlight Turtle Back Zoo’s busiest time of year of helping sea turtles. During November and December the Zoo’s hospital fills with sick sea turtles that are cold stunned from failing to migrate south before temperatures become too cold.

Refreshments will be available after the live race at Clipper Pavilion. Discounted admission tickets to Turtle Back Zoo for participants who present their race ID’s. Race bibs entitle participants to a 15% discount on merchandise at Fleet Feet in Summit.

The awards for 5k Run Race include Top Male Overall; Top Female Overall; Top 2 Male/Female Age Groups: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80 and above


October 7

5k race will start at 8:30am. Family Fun Walk will start at 8:35am. Orange Reservoir, 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange Registration:

Donation details:

Running with the Devils 5K Run & Walk

RWJBarnabas Health and the New Jersey Devils are teaming up again for the 7th Annual RWJBarnabas Health Running with the Devils 5K Run & Walk, in both live and virtual formats.

All registered runners and walkers will receive free entry to Turtle Back Zoo, with a line-up of family-friendly activities planned post-race. Proceeds will support RWJBarnabas Health’s efforts to protect and build healthier communities throughout New Jersey.

The virtual format offers an opportunity to run or walk at a convenient location within participants’ communities from October 1–29. To sign up, visit Virtual participants are eligible for prizes free access to Turtle Back Zoo between October 30-December 31, 2023.

Fundraising incentives for live or virtual individuals and teams include tickets to NJDevils games, signed Devils merchandise, an opportunity to engage with alumni, among others. Awards will be presented for the top three finishers overall and multiple age categories. Children 11 and under are free.

Sunday, October 29, 2023, 9am (Live Event); October 1-29, 2023 (Virtual Event)

Essex County’s South Mountain Recreation Complex 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange

To register visit:

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Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center Places Final Steel Beam for New Cancer Center Building

CCooperman Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC), an RWJBarnabas Health facility, raised the final steel beam on its freestanding Cancer Center, now under construction. Cancer survivors, oncology department staff, board members, and donors added their signatures to the steel beam during morning and evening ceremonies — leaving their permanent mark on the five-story, 137,000-squarefoot facility.

Scheduled for 2025 completion, the $225-million outpatient facility on CBMC’s Livingston campus will serve as the northern hub for the integrated oncology services offered by RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center is a regional leader in cancer care, and with the construction of this state-of-the-art facility, we are setting a new standard for top-quality care,” said Richard L. Davis, the hospital’s President and CEO. “With world-class amenities and a team that includes some of the top cancer specialists in the nation, the new Cancer Center will be a premier destination for patient-centered and research-driven cancer care in this region and beyond.”

“There is absolutely nothing more important to our community than having

best-in-class health care. The creation of a state-of-the-art cancer center here at CBMC represents one of the most significant events in this community and continues the ongoing growth and transformation of the Medical Center. Our vision of reimagining cancer care could not have occurred without the generosity and support of our many donors. We are grateful for their support and to everyone who has played a role in bringing this project to life,” said Bruce Schonbraun, Chair of the Board of Trustees at CBMC.

At the new Cancer Center, patients will have access to medical, surgical, and radiation oncology services under one roof, with amenities that include a wig and prosthetic studio, yoga classes, music therapy, and psychosocial support services. Private infusion rooms and short-term and extended-stay facilities will also be available.

“The Cancer Center at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center is part of an overall major investment by RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Cancer Institute to transform oncology services across the state including the construction of the Jack and Sheryl Morris Cancer Center, the state’s first freestanding cancer hospital,” said Steven K. Libutti, M.D., Director of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Senior Vice President, Oncology Services at RWJBarnabas Health.

The medical center’s partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey provides patients access to the most advanced treatment options, including clinical trials, CAR T-cell therapy, immunotherapy, and precision medicine. “This new Cancer Center will be synonymous with clinical excellence, collaboration, and a commitment to integrated care, delivered by world-class physicians and specialists,” said Michael Scoppetuolo, M.D., Medical Director of the Cancer Center at CBMC. “This is what the future of cancer care looks like in the Garden State and beyond. I’m honored to be a part of it.”

“Cancer treatment is getting more targeted and precise every year,” added Alison Grann, M.D., Chair of the hospital’s Department of Radiation Oncology and the Northern Region Director of Radiation Oncology, RWJBarnabas Health. “The Cancer Center will provide patients with the most advanced multidisciplinary, patient-centric cancer care available in one central location.”

More information about the new center is available online, at

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WINGS Cancer Support for Women

WINGS is a cancer support group is for women (from any town) who have or have had cancer. WINGS stands for: Women Inspiring Nurturing Giving Strength and Support. It was started by a group of women in 2010, who met each other through the holistic nurse at RWJ Barnabas Health/Cooperman Barnabas Medical Canter, while they were undergoing Cancer treatment.

WINGS offers educational programs in the healing arts and group support to help regain emotional, physical and spiritual health. The programs include educational and holistic topics, focusing on mind, body, and spirit. All monthly programs are free of charge.

They offer unique programs like writing to heal, reiki, tai chi, yoga, drumming, music and meditation. Their mission is: To provide a positive environment for women with any kind of cancer-before, during or after treatment- to alleviate stress and anxiety, through the healing arts.

Women diagnosed with cancer are under a great deal of stress and anxiety. Experiencing and learning some new tools to use, as simple as a breathing meditation, guided imagery, and a gratitude list, or more advanced skills such as reiki, journaling or body movements, can help restore balance and harmony back into their lives.

The meetings are filled with sharing, laughter, love and sometimes tears, which are, of course, healing. WINGS is a 501(c) 3 non-for profit organization. The board members have also written a book, called, “Let Me Walk the Journey with You.” which they offer for free to any woman who comes to the group.

WINGS meet once a month at the Verona Community Center, 880 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona. All programs are free of charge.


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THE SCIENCE OF MEDITATION: Exploring Its Benefits and Different Techniques

Meditation, deeply rooted in ancient traditions, has evolved with modern times. Today, digital aids like phone apps and videos make the practice more accessible than ever. These tools guide beginners, track progress, and offer diverse techniques to suit varied needs.

Scientific studies reveal meditation’s myriad benefits. It not only reduces stress and enhances concentration but also bolsters emotional well-being. From a neurological perspective, consistent meditators display increased thickness in brain regions linked to attention and sensory processing. Furthermore, there is diminished activity in the amygdala, a region of the brain primarily associated with emotional processes—the hub for stress and fear.

Meditation techniques vary widely. Mindfulness meditation teaches presence and observation of thoughts without judgment. Transcendental meditation involves mantra repetition to dive deep within. Guided visualization prompts a mental journey, while progressive relaxation focuses on physical awareness through muscle tension and relaxation.

Whether you’re using age-old methods or digital aids, the essence remains. The transformative potential of meditation is vast, impacting both the mind and body. As science delves deeper, it echoes ancient wisdom: in stillness, we find profound insight.

BOOSTING MENTAL AGILITY: The New Workout for Your Mind

In today’s fast-paced world, mental agility—the ability to think quickly, adapt, and respond to various situations— has become just as important as physical strength. Like muscles, our cognitive faculties require regular exercise to stay sharp and agile. Fortunately, boosting mental agility isn’t limited to intellectual elites; with simple practices, anyone can enhance their cognitive prowess.

One proven method is engaging in regular brain exercises. Activities like puzzles, crosswords, and strategy games can stretch our cognitive boundaries, encouraging the brain to forge new connections. Continuous learning, whether picking up a new

language or mastering a musical instrument, also enriches neural networks and promotes adaptability.

Physical exercise, surprisingly, also enhances mental flexibility. Cardiovascular workouts, in particular, boost blood flow to the brain, nourishing it with oxygen and essential nutrients. This not only supports brain health but also enhances cognitive functions.

In an age where change is the only constant, mental agility offers a competitive edge, enabling us to navigate life’s unpredictabilities with grace and resilience. Now is the time to prioritize cognitive fitness in our daily routines.

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Restaurant Guide

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


Divina Ristorante

461 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-228-5228

Offering only the best tasting and highest quality Italian food. With it’s stylish and warm atmosphere, you will feel cozy and comfortable.

Fat Fish Taco

Il Vecchio Cafe

234 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell 973-226-8889 |

Cloverleaf Tavern

395 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-226-9812

291 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell 973-228-6825 |

Featuring coastal inspired Mexican cuisine.

Guerriero Gelato

194 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-403-9968 Ice Cream and Gelato

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

La Famiglia Ristorante & Pizzeria

359 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973 226-3049

Italian restaurant

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La Taverna

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


Kyoto Sushi III

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

High quality sushi, sashimi, and good services. A peaceful and pleasant place to dine in.


182 Stevens Ave, Cedar Grove 973-837-1660

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


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

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


Antik Greek Kitchen

335 Fairfield Road, Fairfield 862-210-8527

Authentic Cuisine for Greek Lovers

973-837-8282 75 Main Street, Little Falls, NJ 07424 Fine Italian Cuisine BYOB • ON & OFF PREMISE CATERING Private Party Room Available—Up to 50 People Call for Details Check out our reviews in Google: “The prices can’t be beat for the quality and amount of food served.” “Great Italian food and oustanding service in a very cozy place, must visit”      Join Us for Lunch! Featuring Our Express Lunch Menu Dine-in or Take-out includes one appetizer, entrée, coffee and fresh fruit Fresh & Delicious Italian Cuisine October 2023 | | 57


Mediterranean Grill

Inside Hampton Inn Hotel 118 US Highway 46 East, Fairfield 973-575-6500

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


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Cucina Calandra

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

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



Casa Arturo

75 Main Street , Little Falls 973-837-8282

Casa Arturo Bistro

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

Rare, The Steakhouse

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

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


Assado Portuguese


222 N Livingston Avenue, Livingston 973-422-0501

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

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471 W Mt Pleasant Ave, Livingston 973-378-9222 |

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

Lithos Estiatorio

405 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston 973-758-1111 |

Greek Cuisine

Thavma Mediterranean Grill

6230 Town Center Way, 2nd Fl., Livingston 973-992-8999 |

Thavma offers the best of the Mediterranean by combining Greek and Middle Eastern specialties to create an unforgettable dining experience. Lunch and dinner served daily ,takeout and limited delivery service for dinner only. Call for details.

Mezza Mediterranean

277 Eisenhower Pkwy, Livingston 973-992-9300 |

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

Nana’s Deli

The Feathered Fox

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

Steak house, sushi & raw bar

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

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


Amanti Vino

30 Church Street, Montclair 973-509-WINE (9463) |

Wine, beer, artisanal spirits, cheese, classes, and outdoor dining


407 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair 973-233-9400 |

Offering fresh, creative, high-quality sushi and European cuisine with warm, elegant and relaxed ambiance.

• Cake Decorating Classes • Wine & Cake Decorating Parties • Kids Birthday Parties • Camp Visiting Day Treats Your Local Neighborhood Bakery 973-320-9030 | 38 S.Livingston Ave, Livingston | — KOSHER CERTIFIED — We Make Custom Orders Including Gluten-Free, Vegan & Nut-Free! Suburban Essex 2023 VOTE FOR US FOR BEST BOUTIQUE BAKERY October 2023 | | 59

Butler and the Board

103 Forest St, Montclair

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

Mystic Lobster Roll

145 Valley Rd, Montclair | 973-457-2651

Lobster Rolls, Specialty Rolls, Lobster Tacos


Efi’s Gyro

521 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair | 973-783-0005

Authentic Greek Street Food.

Jack’s Seafood Shack & Oyster Bar

718 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair 973-893-5283

Fish and seafood plus dishes for the landlubbers in your party. BYO Beer and Wine, free parking at the MAM lot.

Stuff by SJ

342 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair | 973-7716907

Premium custom bake, coffee & treat shop

Sweet T’s Southern Eatery

387 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair 973-500-3452

Healthy, Pork-free Southern Eatery

Walnut Street Kitchen

98 Walnut St, Montclair | 973-746-0789

Inspired Italian


De Novo European Pub

275 Bellevue Ave Montclair | 973-893-5008

European styled pub


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

Mediterranean cuisine

Bloom 648 Bloomfield Ave, Verona | 973-433-7256

New American cuisine with French and Korean inspiration

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

classic American tavern


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

American Cuisine

Meet Me At Madison’s

121 Watchung Ave, Montclair | 973-604-2221

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

TS Ma Chinese Cuisine

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

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


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

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


500 Pleasant Valley Way | West Orange 973-669-0966

Traditional Italian Cuisine.

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

Balanced Body Acupuncture

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


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

Calandra’s Bakery

All-natural sourdough loaves

Airy focaccia and buns

Flaky babka, rugelach and croissant

Seasonal sandwiches and salads

Proudly serving Counter Culture Coffee we liv breads

Liv Breads Bakery

184 Essex Street, Millburn | The Mall at Short Hills |

Barre Class.

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

The Bar Method

493 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair 973-783-1227 |

Bike Shop.

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

Montclair Bikery

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

Boutique Bakery.

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

Jayce Baudry French Pastry

17 Church Street, Montclair | 973-531-6464

Children’s Party Places.

Park Avenue Art Studio staff are professional artists in their medium of art. The classes are filled with oil paintings, pencil work, ceramics, still life, pastels, watercolor, mixed media, and more

Park Avenue Art Studio

2 Park Avenue, Caldwell | 973-816-7906


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

The Chiropractic Source

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

Day Care/PreSchool.

Brainiax Innovative Learning Center offers small group enrichment classes in the comfort of your backyard or at their Livingston center. Their program presents S.T.E.[A].M/hands-on learning programs for Kindergarten through 5th grade. In addition, they have a preschool and afternoon baby and toddler classes.

Brainiax Innovative Learning

Windsor Plaza, 160 S. Livingston Avenue Suite 112, Livingston | 973-577-7055 |

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

Kiddie Academy

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

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Day Spa.

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

Dieci Lifestyle Spa

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


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

From troubleshooting emergency electrical calls to wiring new construction, Watts-Up Electrical handles your electrical job with care. They are a full service electrical contracting company committed to providing reliable, courteous service.

Watt’s Up Electrical Contractor

973-461-9942 |

Eye Care.

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

Upper Montclair Eye Care & Wear

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

Hair Salon.

The YK Salon is the realized vision of its creator, Yoni Kreger, who brings decades of experience teaching the art of cutting, coloring, and styling hair.

YK Salon

547 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove | 973-239-8636 9 W. South Orange Ave., South Orange | 973-762-2900



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

G&L and Sons Renovations, LLC

973-857-3553 |

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

Mangiarelli Contracting

Fairfield | 973-902-5257 |


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 eight 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

Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt.

Handmade, Family owned, Award-Winning Ice Cream, Gelato, Cakes, & Shakes. Featured on ESPN, Food Network, Washington Post, and more.

Guerriero Gelato

571 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair 194 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell 64 South Street, Morristown

476 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange

Interior Design.

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

Valerie Ruddy Designs - Decorating Den Interiors

973-239-3004 |

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 |

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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 |

Landscape Design.

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

K. Macken Landscaping

West Caldwell | 973-261-0198


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

Cipriano Law Offices, PC

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

Learning/Tutoring Center.

Teacher Tutors offers an individualized experience with tutoring and test prep services in the comfort of your home or at their Livingston center. Whether your child is in elementary, middle or high school—even college, Teacher Tutors can match all students with the perfect tutor. Teacher Tutors help students attain their goals, gain self-confidence, and acquire solid study techniques to ensure success in the future.

Teacher Tutors, LLC

973-31-STUDY |

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.

Sitting Pretty Intimates

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


The NOW Massage Montclair offers a space to escape the daily pressures of life and recharge your energy and spirit through the healing benefits of massage therapy. An oasis from today’s digitally driven society, our goal is to offer high-quality, affordable massage services in an inspired setting.

The NOW Massage Montclair

425 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair | 973-944-4838

Medical Spa.

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

Montclair Rejuvenation Center

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

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

New Jersey Plastic Surgery glo–The Aestetic Experience

29 Park Street, Montclair | 973-509-2000

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.

The Spa at Mecca

333 Route 46 West, Building A, Suite 135, Fairfield | 973-775-9380


B & Z 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.

B & Z Opticians

(Block & Zuckerman)

371 East Northfield Road, Livingston 973-736-7647 |

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

Livingston Family Orthodontics

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

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

Sacks Orthodontics

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


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

Wilber’s Home Improvements

973-762-6333 |

Pest and Lawn Care.

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

Physical Therapy.

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

CEM Physical Therapy

645 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona | 973-944-2012

Iron Physical Therapy is an outpatient clinic dedicated to improving your life through movement. If you feel stuck in the pain cycle or tired of feeling like this, we offer a warm and inviting place where you can heal and become stronger than you ever thought possible in body, mind and spirit!

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 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

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.

Mecca Integrated Medical

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


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

MadKat Pilates

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


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

Master Pizza

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

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

Their hand-crafted dough starts with the big “mother dough” and continues with a slow rise and fermentation. This adds to the complexity of our crust with a crispy, chewy, yet light, texture and stand-alone flavor profile.

Teglia Pizza Bar

438 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair 973-317-0909 |

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Private School.

Our Lady of the Lake is a two-time National Blue Ribbon School of Academic Excellence where children Pre-K though Grade 8 go for leading academics and lasting connections. The school strives to achieve a balance of scholastic, social, personal, artistic and physical programs and activities.

Our Lady of the Lake

32 Lakeside Avenue, Verona | 973-239-1160


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

Be Well Psychotherapy

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


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

Bloomfield Steak and Seafood House

409 Franklin Street, Bloomfield | 973-680-4500

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

Calandra Restaurants |

Featuring upscale full-service meals, focusing on Sicilian cuisine. From succulent steaks to mouth-watering pasta dishes, their menu has something for everyone. Visit the website for online reservations, ordering and catering inquiries.

Eleven South

11 South Fullerton, Montclair | 973-771-6775

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

La Famiglia Ristorante & Pizzeria

359 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-226-3049

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

Mamma Dags Seafood & Pasta Bar

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


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

Senior Community.

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

Job Haines Home

250 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield 973-743-0792 |


A precise and caring pet center that provides animals with the best service they need, using updated technology by skilled doctors and technicians.

Verona Animal Hospital

17 Grove Avenue, Verona 973-239-1881


Niyama Yoga focuses on educating, nurturing and reenergizing. We are a yoga studio that encourages inner peace through movement, meditation and awareness of our physical and subtle body; a place to nurture your mind, body and soul. Yoga Therapy, Barre Fusion, Meditation Yoga Ropes,Thai Yoga Body-Work, Integral Sound Therapy, Ayurvedic Counseling, and Reiki Energy Healing.

Niyama Yoga

161 Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland | 973-500-2939

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LLast Sunday my family and I drove up to the Tamerlaine Sanctuary and Preserve (141 Clove Road, Montague NJ). The sanctuary is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and care of abused, neglected, and otherwise discarded farmed animals. I was so impressed with the tour and impact it had on my family I decided to sit down and speak to Peter Nussbaum who is the co-founder of the sanctuary to let people know about this amazing place and also get a glimpse of the magic that he’s brought to so many lives.

Barry Farber: How did all this get started?

Peter Nussbaum: My wife and I had a tremendous interest in animal rights and caring for animals but our caring for animals consisted of cats and dogs. Then one day my wife convinced me that it would be a good idea to adopt two roosters, and we quickly realized that they were no different than our dogs and cats. They became part of our family, So, two roosters became five roosters, 15 chickens became 100 chickens, and before you know it, we became a rescue farm, taking in not only chickens but all sorts of farmed animals from abuse, abandonment, and neglect. That was back in 2013 when we started.

BF: What inspired me as I took the tour of your sanctuary is that it wasn’t just the amazing interactions between the people and the animals but the stories you told that connected the whole sanctuary to me. Could you please tell me a story our readers would appreciate?

PN: One of our 250 animals is a large breed industrial size pig who weighs 800 pounds. His name is Pecan. He came to

us from Rutgers University back in 2016. He was part of an agricultural school program where they teach students how to raise livestock. An agricultural student thought of pigs as bacon, pork chops and ham. She was assigned to care for pecan, to raise him, and feed him. Then she was horrified when she found out that the pigs from the program eventually get shipped off and become bacon, pork chops and ham. She reached out to us and asked us if we could take Pecan and we said yes. She was relieved but the school was unwilling to let Pecan come to us. So, what she and her friends and family did is they went to the livestock auction. They found out when Pecan was being shipped off. They went and made sure they were the highest bidder. When she saw Pecan in the middle of all the other pigs,she yelled his name and he came pushing through the crowd and came right up to her and she said, don’t worry you’re coming home with these people and she pointed to my wife. Then they brought

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

Pecan back to us in 2016. We have tons of stories like that. Pecan is our largest pig. Spends his days foraging, sunbathing and getting belly rubs.

BF: Tell me about the intelligence of pigs.

PN: Pigs are known for decorating their houses. If there are flowers on a pigs pasture the pigs will very often pick the flowers and bring them into their house. They’re immaculate animals. The one farm animal that would never in a million years go to the bathroom where they sleep.

BF: Your profession is an attorney specializing in trademarks and intellectual property and now you have this amazing accomplishment giving back to the animals and also the people who visit the sanctuary. What is your definition of success today?

PN: I often tell people that the Tamerlaine Sanctuary and Preserve is the stupidest thing I’ve ever done financially but by far the best thing I have ever done. I’ve never been happier or more resolved to the fact that I’m doing something that matters and giving people an opportunity to connect with the animals. Thousands of these people come through and some of them are meeting these animals for the first time.

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“There are some materials that should be removed from our regular waste stream because of their hazardous nature. Our collection days provide our residents a place to properly and safely dispose of contaminants, protecting our precious environment for future generations. I encourage residents of all our communities to come out and participate.”

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

Saturday, October 7, 2023 8:30am to 4pm

Essex County Public Works

99 West Bradford Avenue, Cedar Grove

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

Essex County Computer & Electronics Recycling Day

Saturday, October 21, 2023

9am to 3pm

Essex County Public Works

99 West Bradford Avenue, Cedar Grove

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

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

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