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TABLE of CONTENTS Suburban Essex NOVEMBER 2023 12 Inside Essex 14 Local Heros 14 JLOSH is Using in a New Generation of Empowering Women 15 Ally’s Elves Bring Joy Over the Holidays

16 Celebrate the 10th Annual Light Show & Christmas Village 26 Art of Essex Discovering a Second Career as an Artist

28 SPIRIT IIOUSE Grand Opening 29 Gift Giving Simplified Smith & Co. Welcomes the Holidays

30 Local Gift Guide 31 Little Palms Soft Play Equipment is All the Rage for Under Age 5 Parties 32 COVER STORY Your Personal Jeweler A Long Success and Customer Satisfaction

36 Focus on Education 36 Enriching Non-Sports Extracurricular Activities 37 Rock On! At the School of Rock Montclair

37 A Holistic and Progressive Philosophy at Serenity Montessori Academy 38 New Jersey Ballet School Announces Summer 2024 Intensive Program 39 Traditional, Timeless, and Supportive 39 Balances Play with Learning 40 A Small School with Large Ideas Taking a Whole-Child Approach to Educaiton 41 Where Dance Flourishes and Inspiration Soars 41 Mt St. Dominic Academy Celebrated International Day of the Girl

43. Health and Wellness Showcase 43 Discovering Your Dharma 44 Discover Healing with EMDR Therapy

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45 Invisalign Clear Aligners for Orthodontic Treatment 46 Eye Care is Import for Those with Diabetes


47 Lose Weight, Feel Great 48 Suffering from Dry Eye? 49 Effect Treatments for Chronic Foot Conditions 50 Local Veterans to Receive Free Dental Care on Veterans’ Smile Day 51 Put Your Best Face Forward


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56 Health and Wellness Resource Directory

60 Dining Guide 63 Best of Essex Resource Directory 66 Diamond Minds Two Thoughts Before You Choose a Mentor

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INSIDE ESSEX By Jackie Schatell

Mom’s Bilingual Book Teaches Children to Read in Both Italian and English

Fairfield Children Hold Charitable Lemonade Stand


Recently, seven Fairfield children sold lemonade and raised $630 that was split between the Hawaii Community Foundation, and Saint Jude’s Hospital. They also sold cookies, handmade bracelets, necklaces, and rings. Taylor Clifford, 7 said, “I wanted to help people that were in need.” Her 4-year-old brother Ryan’s favorite part was, “the cookies!” Lilly, 7, and Alexander Foord Jr., 8, said, “We loved selling the lemonade and bracelets and collecting the money. We were happy the money went to help people.” Kylie Stephenson, 7, agreed, saying, “It feels good to be able to help people.” Brooklyn Sterni, 7, said, “I loved serving the people lemonade with my best friends and making all the money for the families of sick kids that need it.” Her brother Jax, 8, enjoyed, “seeing his friends riding up on their bikes to buy lemonade.”


Eleonora Romaniello of Roseland, who grew up in Florence, Italy, has published her first bilingual Italian/English children’s book, called Lezioni Di Volo/Flight Lessons. Her goal was to write a bilingual book to help multicultural families like hers, introduce a second language to children at an early age. Since the book is written in two languages, the child hears each reader tell the story in their own language, with their own accent. After hearing it read many times in both languages, the child begins to discern many of the words bilingually. In addition, the book, which is geared for children ages 3-10, includes vocabulary words for children to memorize as they learn to read in two languages. They also learn valuable lessons. The story follows the Robin family as they overcome challenges together, inspiring readers of all ages to embrace new experiences, face fears, and spread their wings. Her book is available here:

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Eagle Scout’s Flag Pole Project Stands Proud at Walker’s Pond


Jake Montano, 18, who attends West Essex High School, and is a Boy Scout in Troop 1 North Caldwell, recently completed his patriotic Eagle Project where he installed a flag pole at Walker’s Pond in North Caldwell. He worked on his project for two-and-a-half months and said it took a lot of planning including meeting with town engineers and presenting his plan at a Town Hall meeting. The pole will last through all kinds of weather, while holding up the American Flag. He says he is proud to be representing the USA with his endeavor, and that, “it is really nice to drive by, see it, and say ‘I did that.’” He is thankful to everyone who donated time, labor, materials including bags, and money to his effort. Jake will be presented with his Eagle Rank at the Eagle Court of Honor later this fall.

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Nate Nardini, 13, of West Orange, won the Silver Medal in the Y-12 Men’s Saber division at the 2023 USA Fencing Summer Nationals, and finished the season ranked #9 nationally in the division. The teen, who has been fencing since he was 5, trains 12-16 hours, four days a week, at the Cobra Fencing Club in Jersey City. He competes in many local and national tournaments every year. Nate says that fencing is a solo sport requiring a lot of physical and mental training, as well as strategic skill and focus to determine how to beat your opponent. “It is like physical chess,” says Nate’s father Paul Nardini. Nate, who would like to fence in the Olympics one day, says he is, “super excited with the results and has a new sense of focus and drive to win the gold medal next time.”

West Orange Youth Publishes First Book


Writing books is in his genes. Joel N. Cornwall, 5 years old, of West Orange, is a very young author of a book he created with his mom, children’s book author, Virtuous N. Cornwall. The book, Roar Like Joel, is part of a series they are planning, called, The Chronicles of Joel. It is a creative and fun interactive story based on a dinosaur game Joel enjoys playing with his mom. Virtuous says it is a simple book that will keep young children engaged. Joel, who was reading fluently by the age of 4, is very excited about the book and is already planning his next one about the greatest superhero. His first book signing will be at the Source of Knowledge bookstore in NJ. The book is available on Amazon and also on his mom’s website

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The Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills (JLOSH) is much more than a junior league – it is a community, a sisterhood, and an organization of women seeking to advance meaningful community action. Since its founding in 1913, JLOSH has been dedicated to supporting families and their children residing in East Orange, Orange, West Orange, South Orange, Maplewood, Millburn, Livingston, Springfield and Short Hills. JLOSH’s long history of service and commitment to volunteerism and community leadership has led to it becoming a critical partner to many community-based organizations in its service area. The goal of the group is to support other organizations that are already giving back. JLOSH doesn’t try to create its own programs, rather, it reaches out to established groups and asks, “How can we support you?” In doing so, JLOSH has created many wonderful and fulfilling partnerships over the years. The group is committed to being inclusive and representative of the diverse communities it serves. They welcome and value women of all races, identities, abilities, economic statuses and belief systems, who align with the JLOSH mission. JLOSH believes that a sense of belonging empowers people to serve and lead across differences effectively. JLOSH’s members feel inspired to be the best versions of their authentic selves. The group continuously develops members’ greater cultural awareness and competency to better support one another and the communities served.

BY JACKIE SCHATELL One member who knows this very well is Victoria Gray, the incoming 2024-2025 President of JLOSH. She says that the group “saved her life.” She had moved to NJ after going through the (im)perfect storm of a very painful divorce, job loss, and housing insecurity. She knew no one. She had heard of the Junior League in Alabama, where she was from, but as a woman of color, the group was by invitation only and not one she was invited to join. However, she was pleased to learn that JLOSH was an inclusive and warm environment that accepted her immediately. She made many friends and developed a great support system of women who continually called to check on her, and offer her help and friendship. She grew to love JLOSH and the women in the group, and is thrilled to be leading them into a future that is ripe with opportunity, relationship building, and most of all – giving back. This past spring, JLOSH members wore the same black dress to work for five days straight in solidarity of the income disparity of women of color and other minorities in the workforce. Doing so symbolized women having to make the choice to put food on the table, rather than buy another outfit for work. They also donated to Dress for Success and continually serve Saturday meals at houses of faith, where they take the time to get to know the people they are helping. This November, JLOSH will be donating 550 Thanksgiving baskets with full dinners and all the trimmings to families of Orange Public Schools. To learn about membership, go to

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Ally’s Elves




Alana “Ally” Drost, 19, of Verona enjoys making people smile. Ever since making routine social visits with her speech therapist to seniors at a long-term care facility, combined with weekly visits to her grandmother at an assisted-living facility, Ally has been on a mission to spread joy by creating and hand-delivering holiday cards to seniors. Ally created Ally’s Elves in 2018 with just a few friends and family members (her “Elves”) making holiday cards that Ally hand delivered. She did this for a few years, with increased growth from year to year. In 2022, she took it to a larger scale, booked space at the Verona Community Center Annex, and opened the event to the public. Together, the Elves created over 400 cards for distribution by Ally and her friends to seniors at local assisted living and long-term care facilities. The festive cards were made for people celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza, with a goal of bringing holiday joy to those most in need. Each year, Ally and her team have challenged themselves to provide more cards than the year before. In Ally’s words, “More cards mean more cheer!” This year, Ally and her squad have reserved the Ballroom at the Verona Community Center, and expect an even bigger turnout at this inclusive, free of charge event, which will be held on Saturday, December 9th, from 11am-3pm. Guests will enjoy holiday music, a bake sale, and a visit from Santa. “Ally’s Elves is an inclusive community endeavor designed to spread holiday cheer by bringing individuals of all ages and abilities together in a common space, with a common goal,” says Ally’s mom, Jeananne Drost. “All people need to do is show up and be ready to create. All supplies and ambience will be provided to bring out the creative genius in every card-maker, ages 1-99.”

Always mindful of community inclusion and togetherness, last year’s event included pre-printed card messages for those who might benefit from that opportunity, as well as card decorations donated by Verona middle school students. This year’s event sees the addition of a sensory-friendly quiet space, as well as a transition to accessible visual branding. “I have been amazed at how much thought and effort people put into creating their cards,” says Jeananne. “This is an event about giving, and I believe people are truly happy to take a small amount of time out of their day to share a part of themselves with someone who will receive their creation with overwhelming gratitude. It’s a very special connection.” Ally, who has Down syndrome, stays active and involved in her community. A competitive swimmer, she competes yearly in the Special Olympics, and was a member of the Verona High School swim team for two years. She also runs every Sunday with her dad and participates in local 5K races. After graduating Banyan High School in Little Falls earlier this year, Ally has moved on to attend their 18-21 transition program. “Ally has a huge heart and is a beautiful soul,” says Jeananne. “I love that she has this project to look forward to each year, although it really is just an extension of the joy and love she spreads inherently, year-round.” Follow Ally’s Elves on Facebook and Instagram @AllysElves. November 2023 | | 15


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Start your holiday season at Skylands Stadium while they celebrate wonderland festivities at their 10th annual Christmas Light Show and Christmas Village! This dazzling winter extravaganza showcases a mile-long drive-thru course glittering with magical displays of light and a Christmas Village full of fun-filled activities, delicious treats, memory-making photo ops, and much more. “The holiday season is almost upon us, and there’s no better way to usher it in than through the Light Show and Christmas Village,” stated Skylands Stadium Vice President Mike Dorso. “This event has been capturing hearts for the last decade and it’s no wonder why – we’ve got all your favorite Christmas traditions under one roof! This year to commemorate 10 years of the Light Show, we are instituting a Christmas Tree Lane Charity. Begin your adventure by embarking on a one-mile journey through a radiant wonderland, aglow with over two million dazzling lights. As you drive, you’ll be captivated by a spectacular array of outdoor illumination, featuring everything from fully enclosed light tunnels and a majestic wreath arch to whimsical scenes

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of bears gracefully skating, dancing trees, an elf zipping along on a scooter, and many more. After this enchanting drive, visitors can then pull up to Skylands Stadium’s Christmas Village, where a treasure trove of additional holiday merriments awaits. This occasion offers an extensive array of holiday activities. Patrons can relish shopping experiences and enjoy cherished memories. There are lots of opportunities for families and friends to seize the moment for selfies and whimsical photographs alongside “Champ,” the towering eightfoot-tall polar bear. And last but certainly not least, visitors can take memorable photos with jolly ol’ Saint Nick. You can’t have a great event without some great food and beverages. Sweet tooth enthusiasts are invited to take a seat at the S’mores Station and toast marshmallows over a comfortably warm fire pit. For those looking for something heartier, there will be a tantalizing selection of hot food and beverages. Double S Smokehouse will be cooking up its fantastic barbeque, and reservations will be accepted. And if the need to feed is still there, visitors can stop by the Ice Cream Shop and Hot Chocolate

Bar and enjoy delicious ice cream and custom-made hot chocolate drinks. Kids can add finishing touches to their desserts including sprinkles, marshmallows, and other sweet bits and pieces. Meanwhile, the grownups can heat up their beverages with shots of Irish cream, Sambuca, and other liquors. The Light Show & Christmas Village is running on select dates and times from November 22 - December 30—open rain, snow, or shine. Tickets for the Light Show cost $29 per carload and both admission to the Christmas Village and parking are free. VIP Tickets are $79 per carload – both admission to the Christmas Village and parking are free – The VIP bonus allows patrons Light Show entrance any one day for any one time slot for that day as well as 2 light-up novelty toys. All Tickets are being sold in increments of 15 minutes and MUST be purchased online at – printed and mobile tickets are accepted.

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Public is Invited to the 23rd Annual Holiday Open Studio


Lisa Palombo Studios in Caldwell is holding its 23rd Annual Holiday Open Studio in early December. Twice a year, Lisa Palombo Studios opens its art studio and gallery to the public to showcase new original art consisting of impressionistic-style paintings, prints and gift items. The 2023 Holiday Open Studio collection consists of pieces from Lisa’s newest “Secretariat Golden Anniversary,” “Animalia,” “Ode to Monet,” and “Flower Garden,” series. There will be light refreshments at the free event. Children are welcome.

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Enjoy Great Holiday Shopping at the Holly Berry Craft and Gift Show


The Women’s Club of Upper Montclair is holding its Holly Berry Craft and Gift Show, with 40 crafters and vendors, plus the Holly Berry Cafe. The array of unique gifts and beautiful handcrafted items will include artwork, designer jewelry, children’s books, wooden table decorations, baby quilts and outfits, tea towels, stained glass, handmade greeting cards, stylish scarves, handmade table runners, baby items, fleece throws, holiday ornaments, wreaths, pillows and more.

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When Shingles Strike—The Unseen Suffering Local Acupuncturist is treating shingles and post shingles complications with amazing results! Mothers have described it as a “pain worse than labor,” others compare it to passing a kidney stone. Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a complication following a bout of shingles and is often ranked in the top 5 most painful things a human can experience in their lifetime. Affecting more than 18% of shingles patients, PHN causes you to experience the pain of active shingles for longer than 3 months, and in some cases, years after the rash has dissipated. Tracy M. of Montclair shares her story. “I had been diagnosed with shingles, and I thought it would be like the flu or any other virus. I’d have it and then get over it. Two months later, the blisters were gone but the pain was so intense, I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t bear the fabric of my loose blouse touching my skin. No painkiller or medication can ease the pain, it was so intense, I wanted to jump out of my own skin.” During shingles, the virus injures nerves in and around the skin where the rash and blisters occur. Your immune system eventually suppresses the virus and the rash and blisters disappear. Unfortunately, nerve damage often disrupts the function of your nervous system and the damaged nerves send random, uncontrolled pain signals to the brain causing lasting, debilitating pain. “I couldn’t sleep,” said Tracy, almost in tears. “I was always in pain. I couldn’t get out of the house. I thought it was going to kill me.” PHN pain has been described as burning, throbbing, stabbing, and even gnawing. Even worse, it has a tendency to escalate to unbearable levels, episodes that Tracy referred to as ‘seizures.’ “You can actually feel them coming on, so you know you’re about to be in major pain and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

“Our ATP BioResonance Therapy* is the real winner here,” tells Dr Aleksandra. “ATP treats PHN twofold. It both eradicates residual shingles virus which reduces future episodes, and it aids in repairing damaged nerves. Nerves have the ability to regenerate and repair on their own, our ATP therapy ensures and supercharges that process.” It should also be noted that if ATP BioResonance Therapy is used to treat an active case of shingles, the lifespan of the active virus and the chances that you’ll develop PHN reduce significantly. In asking Tracy, “What do you think would’ve happened if you never found Dr. Aleksandra?” Her only response was, “that’s for a different conversation.” Dr Aleksandra elaborates, “as a person, you can only handle so much pain. Tracy is on the other side of this now and to me, that’s most important.” If you or a loved one is experiencing the pain of an active shingles outbreak or is now suffering from postherpetic neuralgia, Dr Aleksandra and the staff at Sasha Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine clinic are here to help. Visit for more information or call 973-444-8932 to schedule an appointment for an initial consultation. There is hope.

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This pain can gradually go away, return intermittently, or in the worst cases, be with you for the rest of your life. Tracy wasn’t willing to take that chance and sought the expertise of Dr Aleksandra Mihajlovic, DTCM, LAc of Sasha Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine. “Sadly, we have seen an increase in PHN cases both at our clinic in Montclair, and the clinics of my colleagues across the country. My PHN patients are some of the most tragic cases I’ve seen. The pain these people experience is just beyond words. Fortunately I am able to offer them real hope!” “I started going for treatment and it kept getting better. After about a month I told Dr Aleksandra, ‘I’m going to play golf & tennis again,’” shared Tracy. “It’s changed my life.” While Sasha Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine specializes in acupuncture (it’s in their name after all), it’s the ‘integrative medicine’ part of the practice that’s a hole-in-one when treating PHN.

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The USATF-Certified 500-Point Race, which attracts upwards of 1,000 runners a year, will be fun for all. For many years, Caldwell’s beloved Trinity Academy grew the Reindeer Run into a hugely popular and eagerly anticipated annual community event. MSDA, the Independent, Catholic College Prep School for Girls, located just up the hill from Trinity, is honored to be carrying on its legacy, with all proceeds from the event continuing to support the tradition of Catholic education. Each year, the Mount hosts the 5K Reindeer Run with the same amazing community involvement and excitement. This year’s event will take place both in person and virtually. For those interested, sponsorship opportunities are available at the registration website. In addition, each year, during the event, The Mount also hosts a Jingle Jam Holiday Market where event attendees can come to shop for great holiday gifts. All are welcome. For those interested in registering or vendor spots that are available at the registration visit or email

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Luna Stage in West Orange has a lot of great shows on the roster for 2023-2024. The Theater develops and produces vibrant plays about local and global experiences and brings communities together for artistic events that spark conversations and create understanding and change.

In addition, Trich, by Becca Schneider, will be at the Luna 2 stage in early December, with a regional premiere. Becca is a teenage girl with a secret in plain sight that no one wants to talk about. Years later, she’s still grappling with the consequences. Trich tells an intimate, surprisingly funny story about mental health, isolation, and forging a path toward recovery.

Don’t miss the world premiere of Westphalia, by Helen Banner, which will run on the Mainstage through midNovember. In a wild new robotic economy, AI determines people’s right to buy or sell their own citizenship. A family descended from the Pilgrims has fallen on hard times. Will they be allowed to cash out and go somewhere new? An imaginative, surprising perspective on national borders and our own humanity.

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Looking for something fun to do on Thanksgiving to burn off some calories before the big meal? Why not sign up for Glen Ridge’s 23rd Annual Ashenfelter 8k Classic and/or Tom Fleming 2k Run?. Both races benefit the Glen Ridge Educational Foundation, a not-for-profit organization providing supplemental funding to the Glen Ridge School system. The organization identifies, incubates and funds innovative teaching and learning programs that the school budget does not have the leeway to address. Over the years, the net proceeds have exceeded roughly $1,300,000. The 8K Run honors local hero and Olympic Champion, Horace Ashenfelter, who won the steeplechase event at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland. Start time: 9am USATF Certified “relatively flat” road course with two water stops through historic Glen Ridge. The 2K Run honors local hero, Tom Fleming,

who won the 1973 and 1975 New York City Marathons. Start time: 8:15am— USATF certified; an out and run back on Ridgewood Avenue. The first 3,000 A8K Pre-Registered Participants will receive long sleeve “tech tops,” on a first come, first serve basis. The first 1000 TF2K Pre-Registered Participants, will receive long sleeve cotton T-shirts, on a first come, first serve basis.

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As a child growing up in Detroit, he always seemed to know how to frame a good photograph with his Kodak Instamatic. But it was always just a casual interest as he grew up. He became an ordained rabbi in 1977 and in 1979 Kushner became the rabbi of Congregation Ner Tamid, whose members come primarily from Bloomfield, Glen Ridge and Montclair, served it until he retired in 2018. As he approached a well-earned retirement, Kushner found that the interest he’d always casually had in photography, not only reawakened, but with a passion. Encouraged by people like Eric Levin, an editor at New Jersey Monthly, himself a celebrated fine art photographer, Kushner found that the making of fine art photographs was more than just a hobby. Inspired by Street Photographers like the late Robert Frank, and an innate curiosity about finding the beauty in inanimate objects, “Things” he says, “that other people probably wouldn’t photograph”, he can be found on an almost daily basis making photographs that have been exhibited in galleries and in online fine art photography publications. In Reaching For The Light, captured digitally in the early days of the pandemic lock down, Kushner examines a bouquet of tulips found in the kitchen of his house. It’s classic Kushner, the flowers a bit past their prime, past when most people would pay much attention to them, and yet he finds the rich colors and the exquisite natural window light an essay in elegance and beauty.

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Reaching For The Light

Kushner periodically finds himself in the Lackawanna Terminal in Hoboken. Using his love of watching people in public places, and perfect timing, in Haredi Family, he captures an orthodox Jewish family with four children. Captured digitally in October 2022, he’s found a magical moment. The children are caught in absolutely typical children’s postures, while the father gives a knowing glance. Again, the light effect is beautiful as it dances through the father’s hat and beard, the whole scene awash with rich evocative colors.

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While staying with friends in New England during the summer of 2022, Kushner was simply walking down the hall, when he glanced into an extra room in his host’s home. Struck by the a somewhat hap-hazard arrangement, in this context every object seems, in Kushner’s still life, perfectly placed. He says he was immediately struck by the play of light and shadow, and immediately went back to his room to retrieve a Leica, and make this digital capture. This image, Dressing Room-Belfast Maine, was recently given a Best In Category Award in the Ocean County Artists Guild’s prestigious yearly photo exhibition. During a recent trip to Liberty State Park, once again he has captured the magic that happens when light and color coincide. He’s captured a breathtaking interplay of natural forms, and contrast between the ominous clouds, and the delicacy of the grasses in the breeze in Dark Clouds. See more of Kushner’s remarkable photographs on his website, and hear him speak at the Montclair Art Museum on November 17 when he’s part of a panel of artists sponsored by Aging In Montclair.

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GIFT GIVING SIMPLIFIED Smith & Co. Welcomes the Holidays



When Lisa Smith opened Smith & Co. 16 years ago, she had a specific vision in mind: Gift Giving Simplified! Gifts for babies, kids, teens, ladies’ accessories, guys & home! A store where there was something for everyone and that provided the warm customer service so hard to find today. Her success proves she’s made her vision real. With the holiday season here, Smith & Co. offers a wide selection of ideal gifts—and maybe a few treasures for gift givers. “The ladies’ accessories section has taken on a life of its own,” said Smith, gold filled, and sterling Jewelry from Enewton Designs is on fire! “It’s perfect for today’s lifestyle, you can swim, gym & shower, it’s live proof,” she stated. Also, handbags continue to trend, “For example, our Think Royln line continues to grow and you’ll never beat our price. Our babies/kids department is hugely popular, as is the select men’s corner,” Smith adds. Smith & Co. carries the full selection of Thymes home fragrance bath & bodycare. This time of year, “Frasier Fir” is most popular! The woodsy, welcoming aroma of “Frasier Fir” fills the air with

warmth and joy. “Also sought-after for the season are custom charcuterie boards and initial bare ware. It’s all about the bar cart,” says Smith. “Although it’s unconventional,” Smith said, we close on Black Friday as we prepare for Sparkling Saturday when the full holiday inventory is revealed! This also happens to be nationally recognized as Small Business Saturday. “Every 25th customer receives a gift,” Smith said. “Our customers are 100 percent loyal. We know them well, and we love to reward them. Our philosophy is to provide superior customer service, selection, and value… all with a friendly smile”!

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Little Palms Soft Play Equipment is All the Rage for Under Age 5 Parties!


Karlene Palmer-McLeod knows how to plan parties! After all, she has been an experiential marketing professional specializing in large-scale consumer events for many years. However, when the pandemic hit—she was forced to pivot and create her own children’s event business called Little Palms Soft Play, a rental company that provides soft play equipment for children ages 0-5. Soft play provides a fun and sensory environment in a gated area to keep little crawlers safe.

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The custom-made soft foam products are great for any occasion—birthday parties, weddings, mitzvahs—even mommy and me events, and playdates and more. In addition, the equipment, which is fully sanitized after every use, is functional for indoors and outdoors under parental supervision. Karlene says the ball pit is the crowd pleaser and is great for stimulating gross motor skills and movement in a safe environment. The best part is having this set up in your home or event space, and then cleaned up by the team. The items can be ordered as mix and match packages off the website. In addition, if someone wants a particular theme, Karlene can customize by color, and add decals with names and characters. She also offers oneof-a-kind products and is always increasing and updating her inventory to fit trends. Little Palms delivers to the NY and NJ tri-state area.

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What started with Walter O. Bauman’s grandfather selling wholesale watches and jewelry in 1868 led to what are today three very successful jewelry stores in West Orange, Fairfield, and Boonton. After joining his grandfather in business in 1935, Walter O. Bauman eventually opened his first retail store, Walter Bauman Jewelers, in West Orange in 1960. His mission was to offer reasonably priced, high-quality items and to develop longterm relationships with customers. Those goals have definitely been achieved.

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All these years later, the three stores are still family-owned and operated. “We get to know generations of customers, which is amazing,” says his grandson, Walter Bauman, who now runs the stores with his brother, Russell. “My grandfather sold to his customers, and then my father and aunts sold to their kids, and now we’re selling to their kids, which is fun. In some instances, my family has sold engagement rings, wedding bands, baby gifts, etc., to multiple generations of a single family as they celebrate life’s memorable moments.” The stores’ employees have also been with them for many years. “Some have been here for 35-plus years, so they know what they’re doing and understand our customers. Nobody can compete with us on that.” Another thing that is hard to compete with is its selection of one-of-a-kind estate jewelry, which is always in

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high demand. “We have gemologists, appraisers, diamond and other experts who enable us to find the best estate jewelry,” says Walter. “We then offer it at the best prices.” The business is also one of the most reputable gold buyers in New Jersey.

Something else that is quite unique is the 15-day money-back guarantee or store credit. “If a husband is buying a gift for his wife, we want to make sure she’s happy with it. It doesn’t do us any good to have it sit in a drawer. We want her to show it off.”

Watches are a big seller, too, and many of them are part of the estate jewelry collection. Customers can purchase highend, pre-owned watches such as Rolexes and Omegas. “Our showroom is huge, and we also have a full repair department with multiple jewelers, watchmakers, silversmiths, and designers.” If customers cannot find exactly what they want in the showroom, Walter Bauman Jewelers’ master jewelers can help them to custom design their perfect piece. Walter Bauman Jewelers offers a one-year guarantee for any repairs on its merchandise as well. Walter’s wife, Kerry, is also part of the family business, and Kerry’s Corner is another unique offering at the West Orange Store. “A few years ago, we got into costume jewelry because people wanted fashion-forward jewelry, but maybe they didn’t want to pay hundreds of dollars for it,” says Walter. “People just love it.” For these reasons and more, Walter Bauman Jewelers has been voted the

best jewelry store in Essex County for multiple years by Suburban Essex readers, as well as the best jewelry store in New Jersey by NJ Monthly readers.

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Walter and Russell are honored to be able to continue the legacy that their grandfather started so long ago. “Our tagline is ‘Your Personal Jeweler,’” says Walter. “With jewelry, people want to go someplace they trust, and we have a great reputation. We always put the customer first and really listen to what they want.”

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Extracurricular Activities


A school experience goes beyond lessons learned in the classroom. Part of what helps shape well-rounded students are the skills they sharpen and memories they make while engaging in extracurricular activities. Extracurricular involvement shows that students can stick with activities for extended periods of time, indicates they have passions and interests, and illustrates that they can take initiative outside of their schoolwork.

THEATER: Students can participate in theater productions after school. It’s possible to get involved both in front of the curtain and behind with positions in the cast, crew and even promotional team.

ARTS ACTIVITIES: These can include painting, sketching, ceramics, jewelrymaking, and yarn work.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE CLUBS: Students may want to expand on their foreign language studies by participating in language clubs. Often these clubs include learning more about the cultures where specific languages are spoken, including exploring cusine and possible travel.

BAND OR CHORUS: Music instruction is ideal for those who want to explore a passion for singing or playing an instrument.

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NEWSPAPER: Many schools still produce student-led newspapers in print or digital versions. Students handle all of the roles, from reporting, editing, photography, and managing the publication.

PHILANTHROPY: Like-minded students may want to participate in school-organized volunteer activities. These keep students busy, but also benefit recipients in many ways. Activities can include beach sweeps or volunteering at animal shelters. CODING AND PROGRAMMING: Students can learn the basics of writing code and building computer applications or websites. CULINARY ARTS: Some schools may be equipped with kitchen facilities and still offer elective courses in culinary arts, while others may reserve cooking classes to extracurricular activities. If a school does not have a culinary club, chances are students can find a cooking class offered through a private group.



At The School of Rock Montclair



At the School of Rock Montclair, students of all ages learn music fundamentals and performance techniques learning to play iconic rock songs. Instructors are professional musicians with extensive performance backgrounds. Kevin March, General Manager, explains the School of Rock’s Performance Program. Designed for students ages 8-18, its goal is to help students gain the skills and confidence needed to perform live at local venues and support their personal musical journey. Many students go on to study at premier music schools and colleges. The Performance Program uses their patented Song-First Method. It consists of a weekly ninety-minute group session where students are put into bands for rehearsal. They also have a weekly private lesson with their instructor to work on the songs they’re cast in. “This song-first approach allows the students to learn the musical components and performance elements of each song,” states March. After rehearsing for a three-or-four month season, students perform live at local venues. The next Performance Program concerts will be in January 2024 at Just Jakes and Pineapple Express Barbeque in Montclair. The School of Rock offers three seasons of Performance Programs—Fall, Spring, and Summer. Each season uses different themes, with varying levels of students and prepares students to performance and pursue their musical dreams.

A Holistic and Progressive Philosophy AT SERENITY MONTESSORI ACADEMY


In 2016, Sarah Colucci, a Montessori educator of 33 years, opened Serenity Montessori Academy in Verona with just one student and a big dream. Seven years later, the school has developed an excellent reputation in West Essex, filled to capacity with yearly waitlists. SMA’s core belief aligns with the philosophy of early 20th-century educator Dr. Maria Montessori, who believed that “each child is born with an absorbent mind, with tremendous ability to learn through their environment without conscious effort.” According to Sarah, “Serenity is a progressive Montessori program that celebrates individuality and creates confident learners through positivity, encouragement, and guidance in a prepared learning environment. They learn by “ doing,” and we follow their natural curiosity.” Grace and courtesy lessons are the cornerstone to our daily interactions. This creates order, patience, and mutual respect among peers and teachers. Daily Montessori lessons coupled with tactile explorations of Montessori manipulative creates an incredible exploratory environment for thriving students at SMA. In addition, SMA has weekly visiting instructors in music, yoga, Italian, and dance to fully develop the whole child. Serenity Montessori Academy accepts children from ages 2.56 years old. We are currently accepting applications for the 2024-2025 school year. Please contact Sarah for a school tour.

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New Jersey Ballet School Announces Summer Intensive Program


New Jersey Ballet School, the Official School of New Jersey Ballet Company announces its highly anticipated fiveweek Summer Intensive Program, taking place from June 24 to July 27, 2024. This prestigious program will be held under the artistic leadership of former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Maria Kowroski and is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of dancers. New Jersey Ballet School’s Summer Intensive is geared towards serious ballet students ages 12 to 18 who have a passion for dance and are ready to achieve a new level of artistic excellence. Students will train at the new state-of-the-art facility under a distinguished faculty that will include internationally renowned guest teachers. The program will support each technical level and provide the highest caliber of training in a nurturing artistic environment.

The dancers can expect to participate in a diverse selection of classes based on their age and technical level including: • Ballet Technique • Pointe • Repertoire • Pas de Deux • Variations • Contemporary • Musical Theater • Stretch & Strengthen • Stage Craft • Pilates & Body Code Maria Kowroski Dancers interested in participating in the audition process are encouraged to visit where New Jersey School of Ballet additional details and registration 7-9 Vreeland Rd, Florham Park information will be posted soon.


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Saint Thomas the Apostle School is a vibrant Catholic school community with the resources to educate your child in the traditions of their faith. Their strong academics combined with a character development program provide a spiritual, emotional, and intellectual foundation for your child in the Catholic tradition. The school serves the diverse student population of Essex County from Pre-K through eighth grade, with registrations now being accepted. Highly credentialed and dedicated teachers focus on meeting the individual needs of each child. Innovative academic programs incorporate differentiated learning strategies.

BALANCING PLAY with Learning


Eight-time winner of Best of Essex, Kiddie Academy in West Caldwell nurtures teachable moments and fuels your child’s curiosity and imagination in every stage of development. Kiddie Academy®, prepares children to succeed at every level. Their overarching Life Essentials® philosophy gives your child the physical, emotional, technological and cognitive foundation they need to thrive in school and in life. Their curriculum is created by seasoned educators to suit each state of your child’s development. At Kiddie Academy of West Caldwell, your child will learn the following through play:  Science  Mathematics  Language and Literacy  Social and Emotional Development  Gross and Fine Motor Skills  Character Education

Their cornerstone is the traditional, timeless, and supportive blend of family and Catholic ideals, thriving upon a family and school partnership. The faculty relies on the family as the primary educator, an educator with a daily and cooperative role. Your child will flourish in mind, body and spirit and your entire family will benefit from the vibrant and wholesome experience that is Saint Thomas the Apostle School.

Learn more about Kiddie Academy, where every child is treated like family.

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Our Lady y of the Lake School VISIT OUR OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, November 12, 2023 1-3pm Register at or scan the QR code • PreK3-Grade 8 • Community Service

• Leadership Skills • Aftercare

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A Small School with Large Ideals Taking a Whole-Child Approach in Education BY SUE BALDANI Principal Tom Conroy with students

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When Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Verona was established in 1924, it soon began providing educational classes; its first graduation took place in 1925. Since then, the parish and the school have grown tremendously, and today, Our Lady of the Lake School is proud to be a two-time consecutive National Blue-Ribbon School of Excellence committed to its mission of placing an emphasis on developing students’ individual abilities, promoting social awareness, and encouraging them to become responsible, contributing members of church and society. “It’s really a whole child approach,” says Principal Tom Conroy. “We work really hard as a team to instill in them not only the Catholic values that they learn from their parents and from their parish, but then we piggyback on that and move it into our educational piece as well.”


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The school is modern and up to date with its interactive Promethean Boards in every classroom, Chromebooks for each student, and clubs, after-school programs, and an arts lab that focus on STEM learning. Teachers take advantage of professional development to enable them to meet each child’s individual learning style. “Our Lady of the Lake School is a small, inclusive and loving environment that really is the cornerstone of not only just the Catholic faith, because we have non-Catholics here too, but the values that we hold as a school and as a parish community,” states Tom. He adds, “At the end of the day, we want kids to be excited about coming to school and feeling positive about their learning, and most importantly, feeling positive about themselves.”

Our Lady of the Lake School 26 Lakeside Avenue, Verona, NJ 07044 | 973-239-1160


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Where Dance Flourishes and Inspiration Soars…


Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts (SMAPA) is a not-forprofit arts education organization whose mission is to provide comprehensive, inclusive developmental training in dance and theater arts to students of all stages of life, from babies to senior citizens. Their holistic philosophy inspires students to believe they can achieve, nurturing their potential by encouraging creativity, bolstering self-esteem, fostering selfdiscipline, and building skills.

• Open classes for all ages & levels • Intensive Program by audition only

Sharron Miller They have been a Black woman-led organization in Montclair for more than 25 years, and in February we will be moving to a brand-new location! The new address will be 10 Erie Street in Montclair, close to the Walnut Street train station and Montclair Farmers Market.

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Mount St. Dominic Academy Celebrated International Day of the Girl


Mount St. Dominic Academy, the independent, Catholic college preparatory school for young women in Caldwell, marked The International Day of the Girl with a United Nations field trip and an assembly that welcomed Sarah Osembo, Co-Founder and CEO of Enda Athletic, Inc., as a guest speaker. The IDG Summit’s theme was “Invest in Girls’ Rights: Our Leadership and Wellbeing.” In today’s environment, the Mount feels it is more important than ever to come together to support women and girls in our society. Mrs. Christine Victori, who leads the Mount’s signature L.E.O. entrepreneurship program, accompanied 16 Mount students to the Summit, including Erin Araneta ‘24, of West Orange, the Mount’s Secretary of Inclusion who was chosen as a Summit moderator.

Secretary of Academics at MSDA Ava Ciauro ‘24, of North Caldwell said, “Girls are breaking boundaries and barriers posed by stereotypes and exclusion, including those directed at children with disabilities and those living in marginalized communities.” Gabby Chipelo ‘24, of Nutley, said, “The table itself is rigged, it was never meant for us. We need to recognize that the system was never going to be fair for us. It will never be equal, and because of that, we need to create a new table. Destroy the table we already have. Create a system that benefits everyone.” Mrs. Victori was impressed with the students’ takeaways and said, “I always say that in my world— they are change-makers!”

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Discovering Your Dharma



Recently I have been exploring the concept of Dharma. So many of us are intimidated by the word DHARMA. Dharma is often associated with someone who has mastered “life,” someone who has found a revered Guru, someone whom you need to travel to India or remote Islands to meet. We need to demystify the concept of Dharma and its meaning; why you may ask? Because dharma is attainable for all of us, in fact it is right in front of our jaded eyes if we understand what dharma is. I must accredit my newfound knowledge to a fellow Ayurvedic practitioner, Sahara Rose. Like me (and possibly many of you), she struggled for years trying to meet the expectations that were placed within her as a young woman and then through cultural conditioning. When we STOP for a few moments and realize WHY we are pursing perceived societal success and rather listen to our heart strings, we just may find the answers we are seeking. Finding ultimate contentment is not as difficult as it may seem, however what is a requirement, is to release the impact of what other’s opinion may have on you. What is necessary, is to listen to the subtle voices you hear in your mind’s eye, those voices you hear when you are alone and vulnerable to truth. What is required, is STRENGTH, this strength is necessary at moments to continue the path that you know is “right for you” as opposed to the path that others think is proper. Trust me, you will find those that will not support your mission, those that are naive to the concept of dharma or happiness, those who simply do not understand; IGNORE THEM! I can say for certain that I have

always traveled the more difficult path, a trail that has had extreme difficulties and a terrain that was certainly not clear, with a known destination. However, what I have experienced is that my intuition or spirit guides may know more than my over stimulated, influenced mind may have given me. Yoga, meditation, self-study, and honesty brought me to the living in the NOW. Happiness is living life the way you want to live life and sometimes, that means aborting what is expected of us by others, sometimes it means leaving a career, a relationship, a store, a restaurant. Other times it is simply resting in the knowledge that you need to trust yourself and your life’s trajectory.

My dharma/purpose is to create others to question, to create disruption, inquire about every moment, every person, every event in one’s life. Evaluate if each moment is bringing you closer to YOU. Discover that finding your dharma is not so intangible as we may have perceived, dharma IS TRUE HAPPINESS. When we are living in alignment with our dharma, there is no separation between the outer and inner you. Trust me… you can’t go wrong.

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Discover Healing with EMDR Therapy


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In the quest for mental wellness and the healing of traumatic memories, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy emerges as a transformative approach, and it’s a pivotal part of the therapeutic toolkit at the Discovery and Wellness Center. But what exactly is EMDR, and how can it usher in a new horizon of healing for individuals grappling with various psychological stresses? EMDR is an integrative psychotherapeutic approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. This innovative therapy is characterized by its standardized protocols that involve directing the patient’s eye movements while they recall distressing images or feelings, working through a multi-phase process to reach comprehensive treatment. However, EMDR therapy isn’t confined to trauma; its scope extends to a plethora of mental health conditions. Individuals suffering from panic disorders, anxiety, depression, and stress-

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related issues have found solace and recovery through EMDR. It’s particularly renowned for its effectiveness in treating posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), helping patients process and integrate traumatic memories into their mental framework in a less distressing way. Moreover, it aids in the desensitization of current triggers that stem from past traumatic events. At the Discovery and Wellness Center, our certified therapists are well-versed in employing EMDR therapy to catalyze the healing process. By reprocessing past traumatic experiences, we help our clients unlock the door to a balanced and harmonious mental state, empowering them to rediscover tranquility and wellness in their lives.

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Invisalign, a groundbreaking solution in orthodontic treatment, offers individuals an alternative to traditional braces with its clear, custom-made aligners. “Invisalign aligners are not only virtually invisible but also custommolded for each patient, providing a comfortable, convenient treatment experience,” explains Dr. Eric Sacks of Sacks Orthodontics, a board-certified orthodontist and Diamond Plus Invisalign provider passionate about modern dental solutions. Children, teens and adults can all benefit from Invisalign, making it a versatile choice for correcting various dental concerns, including crooked teeth, a bad bite, overbite, underbite, open bite, crossbite, and gaps. It is particularly favored among adults for its discreet and removable nature, allowing for subtle, convenient teeth straightening.

Dr. Sacks emphasizes the importance of consulting with an orthodontic specialist with extensive experience with the Invisalign system. “A detailed assessment of your unique situation is critical. At Sacks Orthodontics, we use advanced 3D imaging technology to create a precise treatment plan tailored to your unique needs,” he says. This personalized approach ensures each set of aligners effectively shifts your teeth over time, with each set typically worn for 1 week at a time. Multiple sets of trays are given at a time so office visits are generally only required every 10-14 weeks. For optimal results, Dr. Sacks recommends wearing the aligners for 20-22 hours daily, removing them only eating, drinking (anything other than water) and dental hygiene. “The beauty of Invisalign lies in its convenience. The aligners are removable, allowing patients to enjoy their favorite foods and maintain proper oral hygiene with ease,” he adds.

Dr. Eric Sacks

In summary, Invisalign stands out as an innovative orthodontic treatment, option and specialty offices like Sacks Orthodontics are at the forefront, ensuring patients receive effective, discreet, and customized care in their journey to a confident smile.

Sacks Orthodontics 41 N. Livingston Avenue, Livingston, NJ 07039 973-251-2265 | November 2023 | | 45




Dr. Kurt Jackson

Eye Care is Important for Those with Diabetes


Linda E. Stone, DMD, FAGD, AACD Vanna N. Stone, DMD, AGD, AACD Doctors trust Dr. Linda Stone and Dr. Vanna Stone because of their experience, skills and technique. Patients trust Dr. Linda Stone and Dr. Vanna Stone because of their sensitivity to patient needs, artistry and an honest straightforward approach to cosmetic dentistry. • Family Dentistry

• Cosmetic Bonding

• Invisalign Certified

• Zoom! Whitening

• Extreme Makeovers

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If you have diabetes and are experiencing changes in your vision, you may have diabetic retinopathy. Dr. Kurt Jackson of Jackson Eye Care has the expertise required to provide you with the quality care needed to protect the health of your eyes and vision.

What is Diabetic Retinopathy? Diabetic retinopathy is a diabetes-related complication affecting the eyes. It’s caused by damage to the blood vessels of the retina—the light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye. As high blood sugar levels from diabetes can damage these vessels, they may leak fluid or swell, leading to distorted vision or even blindness if left untreated.

What are some of the symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy? Common symptoms include blurry or fluctuating vision, dark or empty areas in vision, seeing floaters or dark strings floating in the visual field, change in color vision, and worsening night vision. As the condition progresses, it may cause vision loss.

How is Diabetic Retinopathy Treated?



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Early detection and management of diabetes are key to preventing diabetic retinopathy. Treatment depends on the severity and may involve laser. Injections into the eye or a surgical procedure called vitrectomy might also be needed in advanced cases. Regular eye examinations are crucial for those with diabetes to catch and treat this condition early.

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BY SUE BALDANI, PHOTO BY DAN EPSTEIN Since March of this year, Montclair Rejuvenation Center in Verona and West Caldwell implemented an exciting new weight-loss program for its clients. By using a medication called Semaglutide, the medical spa is helping people slim down and get healthy. “It’s been around for years and was originally used to treat diabetics. but they found that people who took it were losing weight,” says co-owner, Dr. Kelly Distefano. “So now we’re using a compounded version of it for our clients to help lose weight. It works by lowering blood sugar levels and delaying gastric emptying, which makes people feel fuller longer.” Her husband and co-owner, Edward Fritz, who manages the business side of the practice, tried it and has lost 30 pounds over three months. He has since kept that weight off and continues to feel great. “Since the program has begun, the vast majority of patients have seen good results,” says Dr. Kelly. “This allows our patients to basically hit the reset button by getting to their desired weight, learning new lifestyle habits, and maintaining that desired weight.” Semaglutide is given by injection. “Injections are once a week, so patients get four shots in a month,” she says. “We also provide a B12 shot every two weeks for energy. After every two to three months that a patient is on the program, we send them to do blood work to make sure everything is normal.” Clients are weighed every week and also undergo a full body scan, which does a muscle fat analysis and shows their BMI, basal metabolic rate, and visceral fat level. So patients are not just losing weight, they’re also seeing the other changes going on in their bodies.

Montclair Rejuvenation Center 1 Mount Prospect Avenue, Verona | 973-650-3204 761 Bloomfield Avenue, West Caldwell | 862-284-3747 Dr. Kelly Distefano

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Do you suffer from dry, itchy eyes? You may have a common ailment known as dry eyes. Over-the-counter remedies may offer some temporary relief. However, according to Saras Rustagi, O.D., of Upper Montclair Eye Care and Wear, several treatments can effectively treat the problem of dry eye. “Overthe-counter medications address Dr. Saras Rustagi the symptoms, but not cause of dry eye. Our treatments address the root of the problem and offer long-term relief,” says Dr. Rustagi. One treatment is state-of-the-art light therapy. The IPL Light Therapy is the only FDA-approved therapy that removes the inflammation, providing long-term relief without using drugs or drops. Dr. Rustagi explains that the eye tears consist of oil, water, and salt. Tears evaporate quickly when the oil in the eye is compromised. Without the inflammation, the oil glands can produce the moisture needed to promote healthy tearing. In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, the treatment often has added benefits for healthy, glowing skin. Patients usually need three to four treatments over four months. “Within two to three weeks, patients notice the positive effects of this treatment—from more moisture in the eyes to glowing skin,” says Dr. Rustagi. Approximately fifteen percent of the population suffers from dry eye, and the cases are increasing. Many cases result from aging but also extended screen viewing on computers and other devices. Laser eye surgery may also contribute to the increase in dry eye, as well as environmental factors, such as wind or dry air. “One of the best ways to prevent long-term eye conditions is to get your eyes checked every year. The progress in eye care in the past twenty years has been tremendous, says Dr. Rustagi. “Optometry is now in the front line of eye care. We work with a network of medical providers to ensure the optimal health of your eyes.”

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EFFECTIVE TREATMENTS for Chronic Foot Conditions



Dr. Matthew Wachtler, DPM, offers complete care for foot and ankle injuries at Cedar Grove Foot & Ankle Specialists. He provides comprehensive care and treatment for many ailments, including sprains, fractures, Plantar warts, bunions, foot pain, Plantar fasciitis, and toe fungus. In addition, Dr. Wachtler also specializes in providing quick, effective therapy for conditions that could involve long-term recoveries. Fungal nail toes are an example. Topical lotions and medications may require long-term use in treating fungal conditions. The use of laser therapy shows promising results. Patients receive one treatment a month for three months. The therapy is a scientific, gentle treatment that eliminates the fungus. Dr. Wachtler then helps patients avoid a future occurrence.

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once a week for five weeks. “ESWT is an effective tool to treat injuries that have stalled in recovery, “ says Dr. Wachtler. “It reactivates the healing process.”

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Another procedure is Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT). ESWT can reduce scar tissue, improve blood flow to injured areas, and improve mobility. Patients receive treatment

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Local Veterans to Receive FREE DENTAL CARE on Veterans’ Smile Day


Valley Arts Dental, with offices in Livingston and West Orange, is holding its 4th Annual Veterans’ Smile Day this November, where they will provide free dental care to Veterans in the community. According to Dr. Michael J. Klausner, D.D.S., who says each year, 10-20 Veterans come into the office for the service, “A lot of people think that all Veterans are entitled to free dental care at the VA, but that is not the case. The only Veterans entitled to that service are the ones who are 100% service connected, or if they sustained a direct dental injury as part of their service. This leaves a major void in their oral care and healthcare services.” He says that he learned about this situation while he was in dental school and made it a goal to do what he could to help them. Dr. Klausner says, “In the US, there are almost 23 million Veterans and less than 15% of them qualify for any kind of dental benefits. Our goal is to do a small part by helping these Veterans maintain their oral health. Our Veterans deserve more than our respect and appreciation for the sacrifices they made for our protection and freedom. They deserve access to high-quality healthcare, and that includes dental care.” Valley Arts Dental provides participating Veterans with everything from exams, fillings, and cleanings, to extractions and more. He says he really enjoys this endeavor each year at his office, “It’s a day we all look forward to— it’s a good day at the office!”

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Restoring facial balance and enhancing beauty should begin with a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. One such surgeon, Dr. Paul Figlia, is the owner and medical director of Face to Face Medical Spa located at Dieci Lifestyle Spa in Livingston. Here, he gives us some expert advice on achieving the best outcomes.

can also consult patients at his private practice, located at 1500 Pleasant Valley Way, Suite 307, West Orange, NJ, to discuss cosmetic surgical procedures. These procedures may include face and neck lifts, to tighten and lift sagging skin, blepharoplasty, to address sagging or puffy eyelids, and chin augmentation. He also performs breast augmentations and Mommy makeovers, which includes abdominoplasty.

To begin with, he says that understanding the patient’s aesthetic and desired goal is paramount to determining whether non-surgical treatments may work or need surgical intervention. At Face to Face, non-surgical options include the following:

Since a healthy lifestyle contributes to overall well-being and a youthful appearance, he also recommends eating lots of fruits and vegetables, maintaining an exercise routine, maintaining hygiene and grooming, and incorporating mindfulness and stress management into everyday life.

 Dermal fillers, such as RHA (Resilient Hyaluronic Acid), JUVÉDERM®, and Restylane® – add volume, smooth wrinkles, and enhance facial contours.  Botox® – helps reduce wrinkles and fine lines by relaxing facial muscles.  DAXXIFY® (the newest neurotoxin) – for long-lasting frown-line treatment powered by a peptide.  Lasers – address pigmentation, redness and improve skin tone and texture.  Microneedling with radiofrequency in conjunction with PRP (PlateletRich Plasma) – stimulates collagen production and improves skin texture.

 Physiq – body contouring combines heat and energy to reduce fat and tone muscle for all body and skin types. Dr. Figlia is on-site doing consultations, making recommendations, and performing the majority of the invasive non-surgical services. This gives patients peace of mind and beautiful results. For patients who would like to achieve more significant enhancements, Dr. Figlia

“Remember, achieving facial balance and enhancing beauty is a journey that should prioritize your well-being and self-confidence,” he says. “Work closely with trusted professionals, communicate your goals clearly, and make informed decisions to achieve the best possible results.”

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Dr. Linda Stone / Dr. Vanna Stone



Gentle Caring Dentistry as a unique dental practice in Livingston run by the mother and daughter team of Dr. Linda and Dr. Vanna Stone. Established by Dr. Linda, Gentle Caring Dentistry reflects her lifelong passion for providing quality dental work with compassionate care. Dr. Vanna explained that, “There was never a specific moment I realized I wanted to become a dentist. I was constantly exposed to my mom’s love and passion for her work and soaked it up throughout my childhood.”

Gentle Caring Dentistry’s goal is to provide the highest quality care for each patient in a relaxed setting. Further, they believe in educating their patients. “Taking the time to explain things and involve people into their own treatment decision is so important for helping reduce fear and making sure each patient is getting the right care for them,” remarks Dr. Vanna.

others perceive them. Nothing makes them happier than seeing not only how good a patient feels but also how much they love coming into the office. Being passionate about your work and loving the constant journey of learning is vital for a successful business. Dr. Linda always says, “Your work reflects you. You have to love what you do.”

Both dentists believe that the power of a beautiful smile is magical. The doctors love seeing how a smile can be transformative, how it can actually change a patient’s confidence and influence how


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Dr. Matthew F. Wachtler, DPM, FACFAS is board certified in Foot Surgery and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons. • Bunions • Corns and Calluses • Custom Orthotics • Diabetic Foot Care • Fall Risk Assessment • Flatfeet

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SPARK™ ALIGNERS AND SYMETRI™ CLEAR BRACKETS: An Insight by Dr. Gigi Paralkar of Livingston Family Orthodontics


Orthodontic advancements have continually reshaped the experience of achieving a healthier, straighter smile. Among the game-changers in this field are the Spark™ Aligners and Symetri™ Clear Bracket systems. Dr. Gigi Paralkar of Livingston Family Orthodontics offers insights into these two unique offerings for patients wishing a more discreet path to a straighter smile.

Dr. Gigi Paralkar

Spark™ Aligners are designed for more effective and efficient tooth movement compared to the leading aligner brand. Through improved printing resolution and greater surface area of the aligners, there is better contact between the aligners and the teeth. This improved contact leads to shorter treatment times and improved results. For the patient, this translates to a smoother treatment experience with potentially fewer visits. Moreover, Spark ™ Aligners are made using TruGen™ material, which is clearer, more comfortable, and less prone to staining than other aligner brands. For cases requiring braces, Symetri™ Clear braces offer a more subtle approach to orthodontic treatment. Their virtually invisible appearance is attributed to high-quality, transparent ceramic materials. They are particularly appreciated by those who wish for effective alignment without drawing attention to the treatment itself. Dr. Gigi emphasizes the importance of individualized treatment. “Every smile is unique, and while Spark ™ Aligners and Symetri™ Clear Bracket systems offer incredible benefits, it’s essential to approach each case with personalized attention,” she states. In a world where orthodontics continuously evolves, insights from professionals like Dr. Gigi are invaluable. Whether opting for Spark ™ Aligners, Symetri™ Clear Brackets or exploring other avenues, the journey to a radiant smile is a collaborative one between the patient and the orthodontist. At Livingston Family Orthodontics, a smile opens a door.

Livingston Family Orthodontics 201 S Livingston Avenue, Ste 2B, Livingston | 973-758-8926

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When a patient enters The Silverstrom Group’s office, they step into a world of state-of-the art innovation and comfort, where well-trained dentists create smiles that shine. The skilled and compassionate team works closely with patients to tailor personalized treatment plans that suit each patient’s unique needs. For those requiring comprehensive dental reconstructions, the team’s expertise is second to none. They specialize in restoring damaged teeth, addressing bite issues, and transforming smiles with precision and care. Whether it’s dental implants, crowns, or full-mouth rehabilitation, the cuttingedge techniques at Silverstrom ensure lasting results and optimal oral health. One of many services performed at the practice is veneers. “Veneers are a popular and highly-effective cosmetic dentistry option for transforming and enhancing the appearance of teeth,” says Dr. Gary Silverstrom. “These ultra-thin, custommade shells, typically made from porcelain or composite resin, are designed to cover the front surface of teeth, concealing a variety of imperfections and delivering a dramatically improved smile.” Veneers are a great option for many reasons. They offer quick results and are minimally invasive. They also provide a natural and beautiful appearance and are custom-made to match the color, shape, and size of patients’ natural teeth. In addition, veneers are durable, resistant to stains, and low maintenance.

Dr. David and Dr. Gary Silverstrom

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The Silverstrom commitment to excellence is evident in every aspect of the practice. From teeth whitening to comprehensive dental reconstructions, porcelain veneers, and more—the practice offers a wide array of cosmetic procedures to help patients achieve the smile they’ve always desired.

IT’S IMPORTANT TO INCLUDE A DENTIST ON YOUR MEDICAL TEAM WHEN TREATING SLEEP APNEA AND TMJ Dr. Amy Tran, a distinguished member of the Silverstrom Group expert team, leads the way in advanced Sleep Apnea Dentistry and TMJ Treatment. Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder where breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. Dr. Amy Tran Symptoms can include snoring, tiredness, and even teeth grinding. While it is treatable, it can lead to long-term health ramifications if not treated properly including GERD, heart attacks, diabetes, and even falling asleep at the wheel. What is interesting about these two conditions is that they can both be caused by obstructed airways. In some cases, TMJ can lead to sleep apnea because the bite doesn’t rest in a natural position, and sleep apnea can lead to TMJ. Dr. Tran says, “Being fitted for a dental device can help alleviate both problems.” The appliance ensures the jaw is properly aligned during sleep, preventing airway obstruction and sleep apnea. Experience excellence in oral healthcare with The Silverstrom Group. Dr. Amy Tran’s expertise in Sleep Apnea Dentistry and TMJ Treatment is just one facet of our commitment to your overall well-being. Trust your smile to the best—book your appointment.

BOTOX IS ENHANCING SMILES AT THE SILVERSTROM GROUP Botox isn’t only used cosmetically to get rid of wrinkles and crow’s feet – dentists use it too. In fact, dentists are specifically trained to treat the muscles and bones in and around the mouth, in addition to treating teeth. At The Silverstrom Group, Botox is used to enhance smiles in Dr. Amrita Patel many ways, and it is often the missing puzzle piece for achieving a picture-perfect smile. Botox works by blocking certain chemical signals from nerves that cause muscles to contract, which in turn relaxes facial muscles. Amrita Patel, DMD, a dentist at The Silverstrom Group, says Botox can be used by dentists for chronic jaw pain, headaches, migraines, neck pain, hyperactive muscles, full mouth

DISCOVER A NEW ERA IN DENTAL IMPLANT TECHNOLOGY Unleash the power of innovation at The Silverstrom Group, where cutting-edge technology meets compassionate care. If you’ve been suffering from missing teeth or unreliable dentures, our dental implant solutions offer the ultimate transformation to help you chew with confidence, enjoy life to the fullest, and promote your overall well-being. Zachary Gokhman DDS, a Livingston High School Grad and expert clinician at the Silverstrom Group, states, “The Future of Dentistry Is Here Today. We pride ourselves Dr. Zachary Gokhman on being at the forefront of dental implantology, and our commitment to minimally invasive procedures sets us apart. Using the latest advancements in implant technology, we ensure your comfort and satisfaction throughout your journey to a revitalized smile. Our specialists are experts in the field, making the implant placement process smoother and less intrusive than ever before.” Experience the Advantages: Minimally Invasive Techniques: Our state-of-the-art technology minimizes discomfort, reduces recovery time, and offers better long-term results. Precision and Perfection: Our advanced equipment allows for precise implant placement, ensuring a secure, natural-looking smile. Improved Quality of Life: Rediscover the joy of eating, speaking, and smiling without hesitation. At The Silverstrom Group, we prioritize your well-being, providing a caring and supportive environment throughout your journey. Reclaim your confidence, restore your smile, and enhance your quality of life with dental implants by Dr Gokhman at The Silverstrom Group. Call us today to schedule your consultation and embark on a path to a brighter, healthier future.

reconstruction, TMJ, Bruxism, dentures that no longer fit due to shifting jaw muscles, and more. She says, “In some instances, instead of needing Botox more often for jaw pain, over time patients may actually need it less because of muscle memory.” In addition, at The Silverstrom Group, Botox is used to fix smiles where too much of one’s gums are exposed. In this instance, Botox is used to keep the upper lip from raising up too high, which enhances patients’ smiles. It is also used to smooth out lines around the mouth. In many instances, Botox provides dramatic results just by improving the appearance of the skin around a smile. While Botox does require the use of tiny needles, Dr. Patel says, “Depending on the patients’ pain tolerance, Botox isn’t painful, it’s a non-invasive way to improve a patient’s overall appearance.”

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Suburban Essex H E A LT H A N D W E L L N E S S Acupuncture.

Day Spa.

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

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

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

Dr. Aleksandra Mihajlovic is a New Jersey and New York Licensed Acupuncturist and Board Certified Herbalist. She is also a Nationally Board-Certified Diplomate in Oriental Medicine. She offers a comprehensive treatment approach to help her patients overcome chronic condition including chronic pain, allergies, migraines, insomnia, digestive, respiratory and skin conditions, sports injuries, smoking cessation, infertility, pregnancy support and women’s issues and many more.

Sasha Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine, LLC 70 Park Street, Suite 101, Montclair | 973-444-8932

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.

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

A Touch of Wellbeing Spa is designed to provide a calming and stress-relieving atmosphere allowing you to shift from your everyday routine and re-focus on yourself. Services include facials, massage and body treatments, peels, skin care and spa parties.

A Touch of Wellbeing 97 Roseland Avenue, Caldwell | 973-228-4289

A Touch of WellBeing

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

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

The Bar Method 493 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair 973-783-1227 |

Chiropractor. 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

Drs. Linda & Vanna Stone are dental professionals dedicated to General, Family & Cosmetic dentistry—your smile is our top priority! The entire team is dedicated to providing personalized, gentle care. We are a dental practice devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using conservative, state-of-the-art procedures that will result in beautiful, long lasting smiles!

Gentle Caring Dentistry 201 South Livingston Avenue, Suite 2C, Livingston | 973-994-3112

The Silverstrom Group is far from your ordinary dental practice. From the moment you set foot in their contemporary spa-like office, a group of friendly, highly trained professionals who truly care about you and your smile will be at your service. They welcome you to take a moment to meet their spectacular team.

The Silverstrom Group 580 S. Livingston Avenue, Livingston 973-992-3990 |

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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!

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.

Upper Montclair Eye Care & Wear

425 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair | 973-944-4838

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

The NOW Massage Montclair

Mattress & Bedding. 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

The Ethical Mattress Co. sells exceptionally well-made mattresses for a better night’s sleep, and all of them are naturally and sustainably sourced for a better world. Changing the world, one mattress at a time.

The Ethical Mattress Co. 387 Millburn Ave, Millburn | 973-250-6104

Medical Spa. Health Care. RWJBarnbas Health strives to meet the evolving needs of men and woman—whether that be enhancing the coordination of treating complex health conditions or improving community health through local programs, including access to primary and speciality care providers.

RWJBarnabas 888-724-7123 |

Hearing Center. Kubick and Kubick Hearing Aid Center & Opticians office is a third-generation family owned business located in the center of Millburn, NJ. We remain a leading provider of hearing aid products and services for over 75 years.

Kubick and Kubick Hearing Aid Center

393 Millburn Ave, Millburn | 973-467-1690

Hospice. Journey Hospice provides patient-centered palliative and hospice care in all settings, as well as emotional support for the whole family. Journey’s team of professionals focus their efforts on meeting each individual’s unique physical, social and spiritual needs. Journey Hospice is a program of Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey.

Journey Hospice 459 Passaic Avenue, Suite 270, West Caldwell (located on the campus of Crane’s Mill Retirement Community) 973-276-3052 |

FACE TO FACE Medical Spa is the premier facility to achieve your ultimate aesthetic goals and awaken your inner beauty. Their mission is to awaken each patient’s inner beauty with respect and indulgence. FACE TO FACE is the perfect setting for achieving the best version of yourself.

FACE TO FACE Medical Spa 90 W Mt Pleasant Ave, Livingston, NJ 07039 973-324-5333 |

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

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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

Nutritionist. Farm fresh, certified organic, plant-based foods, and raw juice that are handmade then delivered directly to your door. Produced by private chef and nutritional therapist, Veronica Wheat.

Chef V 897 Bloomfield Ave, West Caldwell, NJ 07006 866-709-6060 |

Optician. 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 |

Orthodontist. 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

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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


Senior Community.

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.

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.

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

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

Cedar Grove Foot & Ankle Specialists 882 Pompton Ave, Suite B1, Cedar Grove | 973-857-1184

Psychotherapy. 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 |

Their goal is to help patients restore a healthy balance to their lives. Their therapists guide, give feedback, suggest and teach techniques and most importantly: listen. Their Wellness Center has a wide range of clinical expertise for children and families.

Discovery Wellness Center 7 East Frederick Place, Suite 700, Cedar Knolls 862-242-3500 |

Retina Specialist. At Jackson Eye Care, you are guaranteed to receive the most up-to-date and state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatments for all your vitreo-retinal problems. Specializing in managing all diseases of the retina, vitreous and macula, including macular holes, retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy, ocular trauma and macular degeneration.

Jackson Eye Care 22 Old Short Hills Road, Suite 202, Livingston | 862-904-8349

Job Haines Home 250 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield 973-743-0792 |

Everyone has a path in life. Whatever your path may be, it doesn’t have to be taken alone—especially as you age. At Lester, you will be a part of a warm, senior community that is always here for you. Nestled in the heart of Morris County, Lester offers assisted living, independent living and memory care options to suit every senior lifestyle.

Lester Senior Living 905 NJ-Route 10, Whippany | 973-240-5015

A vibrant, welcoming senior living community in Livingston, offering an active and engaged lifestyle with personalized support, including assisted living and expert memory care services, in a beautiful environment. Models now today for a visit.

Sunrise of Livingston

290 South Orange Avenue, Livingston 973-320-7944

Wellness Provider. SPIRT IIOUSE is a place for healing, wellbeing, spirituality and community. Explore your mental, physical and spiritual well being through different modalities that are all tools for healing and connection. All are welcome! Our classes & events include: Yoga, Breathwork, Meditation, Community Circles, Sound Journeys, Kambo, Workshops, Pop Up Events and so much more.

SPIRIT IIOUSE 256 S. Livingston Ave, Livingston, NJ 07039 | 908-275-1218

Yoga. 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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DINING GUIDE It is recommend that you call in advance as reservations may be required. CALDWELL

CEDAR GROVE 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.

Cloverleaf Tavern 395 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-226-9812 American cuisine in a family dining atmosphere. Offering 24 beers on draft and over 75 bottled beers.


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.

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.

Fat Fish Taco


Divina Ristorante

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

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

Il Vecchio Cafe 234 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell 973-226-8889 | Il Vecchio Café, offers high-quality Italian dishes in an open-concept dining room perfect for large groups and families The menu features a delicious selection of homemade pasta, entrees, panini, burgers, and salads in addition to pizzas, flatbreads, and calzones all made with natural, whole-grain semolina flour in our stone deck, wood burning oven.

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

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

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216 US Highway 46 East, Fairfield | 973-5757720 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.


East Hanover Diner


La Famiglia Ristorante & Pizzeria

Cucina Calandra

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.

LIVINGSTON Assado Portuguese Steakhouse

Calandras Mediterranean Grill Inside Hampton Inn Hotel 118 US Highway 46 East, Fairfield 973-5756500 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.

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.

Boccone 471 W Mt Pleasant Ave, Livingston 973-378-9222 | ancient, traditional recipes and authentic flavors of the Southern Mediterranean Region in Italy. BYOB.They accept phone reservations and takeout orders

The Feathered Fox

Nana’s Deli

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.

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.

30 Church Street, Montclair 973-509-WINE (9463) | Wine, beer, artisanal spirits, cheese, classes, and outdoor dining

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


Efi’s Gyro


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.

Butler and the Board

407 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair 973-233-9400 | Offering fresh, creative, high-quality sushi and European cuisine with warm, elegant and relaxed ambiance.

521 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair | 973-783-0005 Authentic Greek Street Food.

As Seen on the Cover of Bergen Magazine 11 Time BEST of ESSEX Winner!

Our Table

• Award Winning Authentic Chinese Cuisine • Only Fresh Vegetables and Ingredients • Gluten-Free Dishes Available • Lunch Specials Every Day Except Holidays

Wednesday Night Dinners

Sausages & Charcuterie All products are made in-house

103 Forest St., Montclair, NJ

Charcuterie Boards

T.S. Ma’s signature dish, Shanghai Ribs

Order Online: 199 Bellevue Ave, Upper Montclair • 973.509.8878 Due to our kitchen expansion, there is no dine-in service

Available for Take Out and Delivery Only Dining Available in Wyckoff: 637 Wyckoff Ave, Wyckoff • 201.891.8878

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DINING GUIDE 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.


Parkside Social

De Novo European Pub 275 Bellevue Ave Montclair | 973-893-5008 European styled pub

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

706 Bloomfield Ave, Verona, | 609-248-4596 classic American tavern

WEST ORANGE 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.

Mystic Lobster Roll 145 Valley Rd, Montclair | 973-457-2651 Lobster Rolls, Specialty Rolls, Lobster Tacos

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

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.

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

Walnut Street Kitchen

MamaDags 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.

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

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

Satisfing Appetites for Over 30 Years…

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

275 NJ State Highway 10, East Hanover FOR PICK-UP ORDERS CALL 973-884-8840 WE DELIVER through 62 | Suburban Essex | November 2023


Suburban Essex

CALL FOR DETAILS: 973-276-1688

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Home Remodeling. 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 |

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

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Multiple award-winning provider of high-quality heating and air conditioning equipment—with sales, installations, repairs and maintenance service for residential and commercial customers. They take pride in delivering superior customer service and were voted Best HVAC contractor in Essex County 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

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.

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 |

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

Lawyer. 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



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

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

Walter Bauman 653 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange 973-731-3155 |

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

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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.

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.

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Calandra Restaurants

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


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.

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!

Eleven South 11 South Fullerton, Montclair | 973-771-6775

Master Pizza 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

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.

La Famiglia Ristorante & Pizzeria 359 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-226-3049

Teglia Pizza Bar 438 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair 973-317-0909 |

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

Restaurant. 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


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

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

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

Veterinarian. 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

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Mentors are all around us. It’s always a good idea to have a few wise advisors to run your ideas by that have the experience and expertise to recommend the best path for your situation. But sometimes you have to be very selective about who you choose to follow and where you look for answers. Here are two stories that remind us to look carefully and not to forget about our most powerful source of knowledge.

The Lonely Game of Follow the Follower Years ago, in a small store on Main Street, a shopkeeper placed a large grandfather clock in his front window. The next morning, he saw a man walk by, take out his pocket watch, adjust the watch, put it back in his pocket and walk away. Every single morning for the next four years, the shopkeeper observed this morning ritual. Then one morning the shopkeeper was out sweeping the sidewalk when the man passed by, took out his watch, adjusted it, and put it back in his pocket. “Excuse me,” said the shopkeeper, “but I’ve been watching you do this every morning for four years now. Can you tell me why?” “Certainly,” said the man. “I’m the foreman down at the mill. I blow the quitting whistle at five o’clock every day, and I want to be sure my people get out on time.” “You’re kidding,” said the shopkeeper. “I’ve been setting my grandfather clock to your five o’clock whistle all these years!” The shopkeeper and the mill foreman, like many of us in today’s society, were caught up in a game called “follow the follower.” Instead of conducting our own investigation or finding someone who truly has the qualities we wish to emulate, we take on the group mentality. We want to be ourselves, but we’re afraid to be “different.” There’s nothing inherently wrong with following. It’s one of the best ways to learn. High achievers are constantly studying other people and their methods of accomplishment. The difference is that they are very particular about the people they choose to learn from. They look for people whose values match their own and who have achieved excellence in their field. They surround themselves with models of success.

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Maybe You’re Looking in the Wrong Place A Hindu legend says that once upon the Earth all people were gods. However, they abused their powers. Brahma, who was the god of all gods, decided that the devine spirit should be taken away from mankind and hidden away where no one would ever find it and abuse it again. One of Brahma’s gods advised that it be hidden deep beneath the earth. Brahma said, no, man would eventually dig deep enough. Another god said they should sink it to the bottom of the ocean. “No,” said Brahma, “eventually man would learn to dive deep enough.” Another god suggested taking it up to the highest mountain top. “No,” said Brahma again, “for someday man will learn to climb to the highest peak.” The gods were now at a loss and had no more suggestions. “There is nowhere to hide it where man cannot find it,” they said. “Yes, there is,” said Brahma, “We will hide it deep within man himself. He will never think to look for it there.” And ever since then, man has been digging beneath the earth, diving into the ocean, and climbing the highest mountains, looking for what is hidden deep within himself. We can, and should, look to others for aid, advice, and encouragement. But in the end, we must look inside, for it is only there that we will find the spirit of the true achiever. Inside ourselves, in our thoughts, and our hearts, we hold the belief that we can achieve our greatest dreams. We only have to look deep enough.

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

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Art in your Backyard.

The Montclair Art Museum (MAM) offers a wide range of exhibitions, classes, and family events to foster creativity and inspiration. From world-class art exhibitions to hands-on art classes and family-friendly events, there is something for everyone at MAM. Consider becoming a member of MAM to support your community museum and receive additional benefits and discounts.

MONTCLAIR ART MUSEUM 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042

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