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Suburban Essex SEPTEMBER 2021

VOL. 29 NO. 6

David J. Black

14 Inside Essex Local Happenings and News

16 Local Heroes 16 17

Roseland Resident’s Spirit for Volunteerism is Inspiring Local Teens Launch Charitable Business During Pandemic

18 Local Buzz 18 19 19 20 21 28 48 49

Art Fest to Be Loads of Fun! The Ultimate Indoor Interactive Baseball Experience Cats in the Garden Held It’s XIV Event The Arc of Essex Craft Beer Open Fine Art and Crafts Show Dance on the Lawn 20th Annual Orange Italian American Street Festival Grandparents Day Excursion Train Rides

23 Life, Hair, Happiness 24 Humble Beginnings for This Neighborhood Landscaper 25 The Painting Pros 25 Partners for the Perfect Remodel 26 Best of Essex 2021 Readers’ Choice Contest Categories

37 Focus On Education 37 38 39 40 41 42 42 43 44 47

Local Gift Guide for Back-to-School Explore a New Career or Boost Credentials with a Certificate Innovative Learning with Brainiax Prepping Girls for Lifelong Success Banyan School Helps Students Overcome Learning Barriers Seven Decades of Connection and Caring Where Dance Flourishes and Inspiration Soars Reach Your Goals with Teacher Tutors This School Year! Focus on Education Resources & Open Houses Caldwell University Gala


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51 Backyard Dreams Come to Life


52 A Discussion with Jilian Fazio, Director of Turtle Back Zoo 54 Buy Nothing Groups are Bringing Communities Together 55 You Will Fall in Love with Your Home All Over Again

29 Calling All Youth Choral Singers 39 Unique University Presents…

58 Health and Wellness

36 Attract More Birds to Your Backyard

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50 A Floral Experience Unlike Any Other

56 Art of Essex: ALLAN GORMAN Finding Magic in Ordinary Places

32 COVER STORY Experience Culinary Excellence at Laboratorio Kitchen


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7th Annual Khem Fest Happening


he 7th Annual Khem Fest is being held on September 17-18 at the Livingston Mall. The Khem Fest is an annual festival and celebration of Black animation, gaming and comic book creators founded by comic book creator and educator, Naseed Gifted, in 2015. The goal of the event is to use comic books, animation, film and popular culture to develop youth literacy and expression through S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Math).

6th Annual Love+Unity Fest 2021 to Bring Community Together


he public is invited to the 6th Annual Love+Unity Fest 2021 taking place on September 25 starting at 12pm at the Thomas Edison Middle School Field in West Orange. The theme of this family-friendly outdoor and live-stream event is “Inspiring Unity in the Community Through Music.” There will be live music performances, cultural displays, food trucks, and activities for kids.


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he Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes is providing free baseline cardiac and concussion screenings on September 18, from 9am12pm at South Mountain Recreation Complex, located at 560 Northfield Ave., in West Orange. Cardiac screenings will be available for those ages 6 to 18 and can help to identify players who may require further testing or intervention. Concussion baseline screenings will be available for ages 5 to 18 and can help identify issues in the future should an athlete suffer a head injury. Testing is recommended to be repeated every two years. Register here:



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f you live in the West Essex area, and you have volunteered, chances are pretty good that you have worked with Kathy Pigott of Roseland, who for 21 years has been running 11 charitable campaigns for the homeless, the needy, the soldiers and more. And as if her volunteer schedule isn’t busy enough, during the pandemic, she and her volunteers ran “Sure Shot” where they scheduled hundreds of vaccine appointments for those needing help! Kathy, says she works with 250-300 volunteers a year, and that she is grateful and credits them with the success of the endeavors. She has found that people really want to volunteer, they just need to know how to find the opportunities. “We all want to help others and do good,

we just need the opportunity,” she says. “My role in the community is to bring people together and provide them with that opportunity.” Incredibly, Kathy runs every project with a $0 budget. They are all fully run through volunteerism. Kathy’s high-school sweetheart husband of 35 years, and their daughter, helps with all the community service projects. She says she believes “everyone should volunteer because we are all here to help one another,” and notes that “we are very blessed to live in this area, where just 20 miles away, people are starving.” Kathy is so dedicated to her causes that she has a permanent donation box on her driveway.

Kathy Pigott While she has been doing this charitable work for over 20 years, she feels she has a lot more to give. In fact, when she became disabled in 2000 from ARDS (SARS) and septicemia, and was in the ICU for weeks, her husband told the doctors she would pull through because, “you don’t know my wife, she has so much more to do!” After three months in the hospital, Kathy came back at 80 percent raring to go! Kathy says she has received a number of awards from State, local and other organizations for her devotion to community service but states, “They are wonderful and I’m humbled, but that’s not why I do this. We must help each other and show compassion and respect. I want the world to know I’m Christian by my actions and not by my words.” “I truly believe life comes full circle, and when you need help, someone will be there to help you,” she states. To volunteer, please contact Kathy at 973-768-3512 or at

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LOCAL TEENS Launch Charitable Business During Pandemic By Jackie Schatell


hree Essex County Middle School students: Jada Bednar and Ellie Ghingo, seventh graders from Verona, and Ava Tsettos, a West Caldwell seventh grader, not only turned a passion project that evolved during the pandemic into a business, launching JAÉ Candles and Co., they donated a portion of their Spring 2021 proceeds to Team Zoey, a New Jersey-based organization dedicated to raising money for the Progeria Research Foundation, which is seeking to finding a cure for kids suffering from the rare progressive, genetic disorder. And, recently, the girls announced a partnership with Greens Do

Good, the first social enterprise vertical farm in New Jersey where all the profits support individuals with Autism. JAÉ Candles and Co. created an exclusive scent for the partnership with all proceeds benefiting this organization. “We love being able to give back, which is why our business’ motto is ‘spreading love and light one candle at a time,’” says the trio. During quarantine, curiosity and boredom led to the trio experimenting with different fragrances and learning how to make candles. Although they had no prior experience with candle making, the

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friends discovered they enjoyed crafting together, and began selling their candles door-to-door, through word of mouth and via social media. Later, after gaining support from the community, they began selling on Etsy and Facebook, as well as at Montclair’s Pink Bungalow, Jaipure Yoga and more. By early October 2020, the girls had sold more than 1,000 candles. Today, almost a year later, they have launched a website,, sold more than 2,000 candles, and are working to release their Fall 2021 Collection.

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Montclair Art Museum (MAM) Art Fest to Be Loads of Fun! By Jackie Schatell


ontclair Art Museum is holding its fun-filled MAM Fest on September 18, from 10am-10pm. This free event will consist of tours, family activities, demonstrations, performances, bilingual story time, yoga, and more. Guests are invited to try their hands at painting, drawing, and collage at drop-in classes. MAM’s ceramics studio will also be open for demonstrations and hands-on classes. The MAM Art Truck as well as The Lomo Truck, Suerte Truck, Jay’s Fish Gate, and more will be onsite too. Performances will include: School of Rock Montclair; Jazz House Kids; Alfred Gallman’s Newark Dance Theater; Connor Chee; Daniel Bennett Group. Local community groups will also be participating. There will also be an evening of drinks and live music under the stars.


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The Ultimate Indoor Interactive Baseball Experience at Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center



ited within the Yogi Berra Museum’s 800-square foot atrium, PITCH! allows visitors to face off against an animated batter and catcher displayed on a video wall. When players throw a soft rubber ball against the wall, the installation tracks the ball’s measured velocity as well as the accuracy of the pitch (“strike” or “ball.”) The animated characters on screen react to each pitch in keeping with the rules of the game, with the batter swinging at “good” pitches and passing on balls, and the catcher delivering an apt “Yogiism” as appropriate. Players can compare throwing speeds, which will flash on screen after each pitch. Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center is located on the campus of Montclair State University, 8 Yogi Berra Drive in Little Falls.



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he Jaguar Touring Club’s premier event, Cats in the Garden, was once again held at Van Vleck estate in Upper Montclair on Father’s Day this year. The show attracted 85 cars (all Jaguar’s), and more than 600 spectators. This year’s event generated more than $5000 that will benefit to preserve the grounds at Van Vleck, which is located in Montclair. Van Vleck House and Gardens is a nonprofit committed to the historic preservation of its early 20th century house, an exemplar of classical Mediterranean Revival architecture, and its diverse gardens, for the education, cultural enrichment and enjoyment of the community.

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The Arc of Essex County’s Craft Beer Open Inaugural event to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities


he greens of Crestmont Country Club in Livingston will meet with the ambers of some of New Jersey’s best craft breweries at the Arc of Essex County’s inaugural Craft Beer Open on September 27. The Craft Beer Open will feature 18 holes of golf with local, oncourse craft beer tastings, lunch, and a post-event cocktail and awards reception that will include local spirits tastings. Check-in will begin at 11:30am followed by lunch and a 1pm shotgun start. “We look forward to what is sure to be a memorable day where our guests can enjoy the best of golf and craft beer while knowing they are making a difference in the lives of those with autism, Down syndrome, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Heather Comstock, Senior Director of Development and Communication for the Arc of Essex County. The Arc of Essex County is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to helping children and adults with intellectual and development disabilities participate in every level of our society and enjoy fuller, more independent lives. Founded in 1948, the organization provides a wide array of programs and services that support nearly 1,500 people throughout Essex County from birth to their senior years. To learn more, visit Registration for individuals or foursomes is open at, and sponsorship opportunities are available.


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old a piece of pottery in your hand, watch a woodworker create a pen on a lathe, ask an exhibitor what inspires their interpretation of nature in their painting. Don’t miss these opportunities to interact with fine artists and fine crafters at the thirty-sixth annual Fine Art and Crafts at Essex County Anderson Park Show in Upper Montclair on September 18-19. The show has been selected as one of Sunshine Artists Magazines top 200 shows in the country. From 10am-5pm each day, rain or shine, the show will feature fine art, fine photography, jewelry, clothing, pottery, glass, leather, wood and much more. Enjoy lunch or sample a variety of specialty foods. Sponsored by the Essex County Department of Parks and Rose Squared Productions, Inc., the show is located on North Mountain and Bellevue Avenues in Upper Montclair. For more information and a list of participating exhibitors, go to

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om Harris has been the Artistic Director of Shag86 salon only since June, but is anything but a novice. Harris has 46 years of experience training stylists worldwide—39 of those years as a national educator with the famed hair care company John Paul Mitchell Systems. At Shag86, he puts his experience to use as both a stylist and as a teacher to other stylists. He says, “I have an in-depth consultation with every client, taking their facial features, body shape, hair color/texture and lifestyle into account. I absolutely study the entire person; whether they are shy or outgoing, I make sure that they are comfortable talking to me.” Allowing for this comfort level is extremely important. Harris notes that “Some clients have no idea what they want; others are in a rut or in the wrong hair style.” Harris remarked, “I love seeing a smile on every clients face with their end result.” When he is not seeing individual clients, Harris is busy working with the rest of the Shag86 team. He explains, “My role here is to raise the level of expertise in all professional services we offer. As part of that, I am introducing our new Future Professional Training Program to instruct our junior staff to the highest levels of hair cutting and coloring. I will also be working with senior staff. All of this education will elevate the client’s experience.” Referring to Shag86, Harris says, “I am proud and honored to have been asked to take the Artistic Director position here. Since joining Shag86, I’ve witnessed a salon that, for the past 18 years, has produced fantastic hair in a happy, teamoriented setting.” Shag86 represents the best of the best in the industry. “Gerald (Ferraro, the owner) has built an amazing three-floor facility with top-level talent right in the heart of Little Falls. We’re heading into the future with amazing plans,” he remarked.

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ontclairs’ premiere outdoor dance festival, Dance on the Lawn. Celebrating its eighth year, DOTL is a premiere showcase and mentoring launchpad for NJ and NY’s finest choreographic talent. DOTL offers Montclair residents and neighboring communities a sneak peek at emerging and established artists from the area. Live performances will take place on Saturday, September 11 from 3-5pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 73 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. The 2021 DOTL Festival will also be live streamed on DOTL’s virtual channels, Vimeo, YouTube and Facebook.

Founded by Montclair resident Charmaine Warren in 2014, Dance on the Lawn hopes to increase New Jersey’s exposure to dance by bringing professional and emerging companies, plus students of dance from around the state, together to perform in a community setting.

Nasha Thomas leading an audience participation dance at DOTL 2019

Dance on the Lawn acknowledges the support of dance company 10 Hairy Legs, which donated their net assets to DOTL following the company’s dissolution. The 10HL funding specifically supports the annual DOTL NJ Emerging Commissioned Choreographer award.

*The 2021 Dance on the Lawn LINEUP NEW JERSEY SCHOOLS • Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts • DanceWorks & Co. • Movement Arts Project/ Dance for Joy • Maurice Chestnut + Movement Therapy

NEW JERSEY COMPANIES • Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company • Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company • Inimois Dance


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Joyce says, “Prior choral experience is not a requirement; we listen for pitch-matching, tuning and vocal quality. Most of all, we are looking for choristers who have a love and passion for singing.” Once accepted into the chorus, a student does not need to re-audition, although singers will be placed into different ensembles as their voices mature and change. Rehearsals, held weekly, begin with a physical warmup. Joyce notes that “Our singers are vocal athletes.” This is followed by warmups for breathing, humming/phonation, range extension and flexibility, and ear-training. Each chorister’s musicianship is furthered developed through the varied repertoire, and through in-house retreats with guest clinicians.

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ince 1992, the New Jersey Youth Chorus has been making beautiful music locally, nationally and even internationally. Founder and Artistic Director Trish Joyce says, “There is work involved in reaching our level of excellence, but we consider ourselves a family.” Joining the NJYC family begins with an audition. Prior to the pandemic, auditions were held in person each spring. Auditions are now online and are continuing through September. Prospective members are asked to prepare specific scales and songs based on the choir level; there are five ensembles that make up the chorus for grades 3-12.



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UNIQUE UNIVERSITY PRESENTS… Coffee with Canon and Unique Photo


rab a coffee and tune in for the fifth Coffee with Canon virtual hangout on Wednesday, September 15 from 7-8:30pm. Unique Photo’s Todd Lauther will be joined by Heather Krut and Matt Thompson from Canon as they chat about the latest photo news, field questions on all things Canon, and take a closer look at long exposure photography.

Participants should email their (3) best long exposure shots to by 9/13/21! There will be a slideshow with some of the submitted images and Heather will pick five to win a free print. The winning images will be printed on Canon Lustre Paper with the Canon Pro-1000. Prints can be picked up from our Fairfield or Philly locations. 1st Prize (1 Winner): 17x22 Print; 2nd Prize (2 Winners): 13x19 Print; 3rd Prize (2 Winners): 8x10 Print




Photowalk at the Bronx Zoo


oin Michael Downey for a photowalk through the zoo, photographing animals as they exist in a simulated natural environment on Sunday, September 19 from 10am-1pm. Michael will show you techniques for making your image look as if the animals are in the wild, eliminating reflections, glare, and fencing in your shots!


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The day starts with a short 30-minute class and then the trek begins. You can stay with Michael or take your own journey through the wild. Either way, Michael will be at the zoo until 1pm to provide assistance in capturing the image you had hoped for. This event is limited to 10 registrants; includes admission to zoo and all rides; meet Michael at Bronx River Gate from Bronx River Parkway Parking; and please wear masks and comfortable shoes.

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apture some amazing images of Manhattan at sunset with Michael Downey on Saturday, September 25 from 5-8pm.

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At the Brooklyn waterfront, Michael will teach a quick “Capturing for HDR” class and then everyone will start shooting! You’ll create images from Brooklyn Bridge Park Main St. and Jane’s Carousel before moving to the other side of the Brooklyn Bidge to capture the sunset behind Manhattan. Limited to 20 registrants; Bring a tripod and a remote shutter release; Meet Michael at Brooklyn Bridge Park (2 Old Fulton Street, Pier 1), near the northern side by the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory.; Come out early to spy out several good locations! Visit Unique University to register for any of the events. Please wear masks and comfortable shoes. September 2021 31


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Laboratorio KITCHEN

in Montclair with Chef James DeSisto By Dan Epstein


n a town like Montclair—known for restaurants—an experience nothing short of amazing is being found at Laboratorio Kitchen. Chef/Owner James DeSisto says, “The name reflects my expression to food.” In the creations that come out of his kitchen one can find the influences of Italian, French, and New American cuisines spun in an original and highly creative way. His careful sourcing of local produce, sustainable seafood, as well as the fresh pasta, that is all made in-house, create taste sensations the novelty of which is palpable.

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Chef DeSisto was trained formally at Johnson Wales culinary school, and then began working under influential leaders of the culinary world such as Emeril Lagasse, Tyler Florence, and Mitchell Altholz. But it was in his grandmother’s kitchen working with her and his mother, where he truly discovered his interest and commitment to creating delicious food that made people happy. Since opening in September of 2014 he has felt the team in his kitchen is like the family of his childhood—together they are more important than any individual. DeSisto himself can be found at the restaurant almost 80 hours a week where he makes all sauces personally as well as breaks down the meat and fish. The teamwork and DeSisto’s attention to every detail truly shows on the plate and especially on the tongue.


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peak seasonal ingredients, he offers chef inspired seasonal specials which have included Bluefin Toro Belly with Avocado Mousse, dressed with Cucumber, and Orange Ginger Soy.

It is worth noting that the elegantly appointed Laboratorio has a huge local following and it is not just the quality of the offerings but the variety as well. Using

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Pasta lovers will be thrilled with Cacio e Pepe stuffed Tortelloni with Truffle Butter, Jumbo Lump Crab and Fresh Herbs. The Hand-cut Fettucine with Lamb Bolognese served with Pecorino Cheese and Fresh Basil is also not to be missed-the lamb in this dish makes it extra special. Or consider Spaghetti Norma, featuring fresh eggplant, Ricotta Salata, and served with fresh tomato sauce. If beef is your thing, Chef DeSisto has you covered with a Caramelized Filet Mignon served with French Beans, and saltroasted baby potatoes. Fresh Foie Gras Torchon, served with Tiger Fig slices,


and Fresh Brioche is a must try. One of our personal favorites are Dayboat Scallops nestled in a Cauliflower puree with baby corn and flavored with chive oil.

veryone has a family meatball recipe. But when you can get one from a classically-trained chef, maybe it’s time to think outside the family recipe box. Hence, Chef James DeSisto has graciously shared the following recipe for a very popular dish at the restaurant so that our readers can make it at home. Imagine: adding cream. Bon appetit!

Another savory dish is the Caramelized Local Peaches with Mascarpone, Serrano Ham with Balsamic Pearls and Celery Leaves. To finish a perfect evening their Belgian Chocolate Mousse with Chocolate Cake and served with Mixed Berries is a must.

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You can peruse the current menu offerings, as well as make a reservation on their website. Plan to BYOB. At the acclaimed Laboratorio Kitchen, there is always something new and special to tempt you. At this exceptionally creative destination, cuisine is more than a passion to Chef DeSisto, ‘it is a calling,’ and is revealed in every bite. Do yourself a favor and book a reservation.


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• ½ cup of chopped parsley • 3 whole eggs • 1 cup of grated locatelli cheese (can substitute parmesan) • Salt and pepper to your liking • Splash of olive oil (extra virgin) Method of preparation: Preheat oven to 400 degrees Mix together all ingredients in a mixing bowl (plastic gloves recommended) Hand roll at least 8 medium sized meatballs Place on a non-stick baking tray and bake for 35 minutes If you are serving with tomato sauce place meatballs in sauce for an additional 30 minutes. This with add flavor to your sauce, and soften your meatball. September 2021 35

Attract More Birds to Your Backyard


ith all the constraints people lived through in 2020, many turned to their own backyards— for hope, solace, wonder and even entertainment. Feeding birds can be enjoyable for all and provide stress relieve. A recent study, focusing on nature’s impact on humans in suburban and urban areas, found lower levels of depression, anxiety and stress were associated with the number of birds people saw. The benefits of birdwatching come from seeing lots of birds—quantity not “quality”—the study found. People “felt relaxed and connected to nature when they watched birds in their gardens,” researchers said. These feelings increased with the level of bird feeding in the yard. For millions working and schooling from home, this stress reduction was an unintended bonus. Data from 2020 shows sales of bird feed, feeders, nesting boxes and bird houses spiked as interest in backyard birds soared while people spent more time at home.

Interest in birding isn’t slowing down. If you haven’t tried attracting birds to your backyard, now is a perfect opportunity to start with these bird feed and feeder basics to attract more birds to your backyard.

Feeders A variety of bird feeder types placed at different heights attract more birds than one feeder featuring one seed type. Start with two feeder types that accommodate most feed options. Bowl feeders serve not only seeds but also dried mealworms, fruit and suet. Traditional tube feeders are all-purpose options for bird feeding, especially for small birds that cling. For example, the Terrific Tube Feeder is made with stateof-the-art materials to prevent warping and discoloration and includes a quickclean, removable base to make cleaning fast and easy. Regular cleaning of feeders is essential for preventing mold, germs and disease.

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natural black oil sunflower. Or a blend, packed with favorites including black oil sunflower, sunflower meats and pecans, attracts the greatest number of wild birds. Insects and Worms: A healthy, lush lawn is one of the best ways to feed birds that prefer insects and worms. You can supplement birds’ diets by serving dried mealworms in a packaged variety that’s easier to feed and less messy than live mealworms. Mealworms are packed with energy and contain essential nutrients, fat and protein. Fresh Fruit: Apples, orange halves and bananas are favored fruits. Suet: Perfect for insect-eating birds, suet is a high-fat food that provides abundant calories, rich nutrition and is a highenergy treat. Using the right feeders and high-quality feed can enhance your backyard and entice more birds, bringing stress relief and enjoyment. For more information on attracting birds to your backyard, visit —Family Features

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Explore a New Career or Boost Credentials With a Certificate from Berkeley College By Cynthia Burns


erkeley College has empowered the lives of students for 90 years. In its quest to continue creating relevant learning opportunities, the college is expanding its continuing education certificate programs. Among the new offerings are artificial intelligence and machine learning, business analytics, digital and social media, and an entrepreneurship program. They are in addition to certificate programs in interior design, health and medical careers, law enforcement and public safety, social justice, and legal and compliance studies. There are many advantages to Berkeley’s certificate programs. “They are designed to engage students with specialized skills that they can apply immediately,” says Marianne Vakalis, Ed.D., dean, School of Professional Studies. “Most entail completing four or five courses, which can be accomplished in two semesters.” The certificate programs are ideally suited to the demands of the marketplace, particularly in healthcare. They provide students an opportunity to try a new area of study if

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they are considering a career change or to add another facet to their credentials. “The courses offered in Berkeley’s certificate programs have always been credit bearing,” says Vakalis. “The credits are applied should a student decide to enroll in a degree program at the college.” Apart from courses that require in-person labs, as do several in design and healthcare, certificate requirements can be completed online. Berkeley College Online® was one of the first college online programs worldwide to be certified for excellence by the United States Distance Learning Association. The certificate programs are offered through the Woodland Park campus and Berkeley’s three other locations.

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Innovative Learning with Brainiax


pportunities for innovative learning come alive at Brainiax, a S.T.E.A.M. learning center for toddlers, preschoolers and students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Founded by teacher, mother and business owner Debra Kirchen, she opened the center after recognizing the need for a hands-on, interactive education for her children. With online and inperson programs, Brainiax provides young kids access to science, technology/ robotics, engineering, art, chess and mathematics in a safe and fun environment. Children can expand their horizons and develop their social skills, knowledge, confidence, and problem-solving skills through S.T.E.M. sports, Lego building, and other classes. Notes Kirchen, “An open-ended, curious approach encourages kids to think outside the box and collaborate to work toward a solution. Developing critical thinking skills is an important part of growing up.” Visit to enroll your children in classes for the fall or schedule a Brainiax birthday party.

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Prepping Girls for Lifelong Success By Janis Hashe


aldwell’s Mount St. Dominic Academy graduates have a 100 percent college acceptance rate. The Catholic college preparatory school for girls, established in 1892, maintains a focus on the Dominican Pillars of “Study, Prayer, Community, and Mission,” while encouraging its students to “Find Your Fire,” search for and develop their passions, according to Academic Dean Laura Hollenbaugh. The school prides itself on a faculty that specializes in knowing how girls learn best. They are engaged and eager students ready to participate and be challenged. The school has a welcoming, nurturing, inclusive, and safe environment that helps students create meaningful, often lifelong bonds. By offering rigorous academics, creative fine and performing arts, and competitive athletics—there is something to inspire every type of student. Hollenbaugh also pointed to the academy’s signature courses, taught through blended learning in the classroom and the real world, including The L.E.O. Program (two-year entrepreneurship incubator elective), Capstone in Directed Research (akin to a senior thesis) and Endorsement Programs, similar to a college major, focused

on the tracks of Social Justice and Health Sciences. Another key differentiator, she said, is the Mount alumnae community, which provides current students with a global network of connections to professionals in every field imaginable. Mount alumnae “come back to give back,” serving as mentors, guest speakers, coaches and more. “A Mount education helps our students get to where they want to go,” Hollenbaugh emphasized, “from the best colleges in the country all the way to the courtroom, to the operating room, to the director’s chair, to the White House and everywhere in between.”

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Contact Admissions Office for more information: Meredith Fisher, Admissions Director, The Winston Preparatory School does not discriminate against applicants and students on the basis of race, color, or national or ethnic origin. The WPSLI campus is not associated with the Half Hollow Hills Central School District.

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The Language of Success Banyan School Helps Students Overcome Learning Barriers


t Banyan School, students with significant language-based learning disabilities find a supportive, yet structured, environment, and a curriculum focused on academic and social needs. “Our curriculum reinforces reading, language and communication skills and is formatted to meet the individual needs of our elementary, middle and high school students,” says Director/Principal Wendy McNeill.

Continues McNeill, “Our faculty is trained in a variety of research-based, multi-sensory teaching techniques and strategies, including the Wilson Reading System®, Lindamood Bell® Programs, Multisensory Math®, and TouchMath®… each one geared towards helping our students succeed.” In 2019, Banyan earned the honor of becoming a Wilson® Accredited Partner. Jennifer Kempton, Banyan School’s Wilson® Credentialed Trainer and Wilson® Dyslexia Therapist, praises the staff for

mastering the tenets and skills of the Wilson® program in order to teach Banyan students to overcome reading obstacles, such as dyslexia. With small classes, individualized attention, and integrated assistive technology, Banyan School is committed to establishing the foundation that students need for learning while nurturing social and interpersonal skills. Banyan’s LIFE (Learning Independence. Fostering Empowerment.) Academy for 18-to21-year-old students emphasizes life and work skills. “At LIFE Academy, our students benefit from an integrated social skills program. We focus on interpersonal and social language skills critical for the development of healthy peer relationships and success in the community and workplace,” notes McNeill. Public school districts may request consideration for a student’s placement at Banyan School at any time. “The intake process allows prospective students to

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visit the school together with parents and case managers to determine whether the program will effectively meet the student’s needs,” said McNeill.

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Seven Decades of Connection and Caring By Janis Hashe


t Temple Sholom of West Essex, the pandemic reinforced bonds of community and connection that have been its foundation since 1954, according Cantor Kenneth Feibush. The need to protect members was paramount— but so was the need to provide the comfort and support of continuing services. Fortunately, a livestream camera had just been installed before shutdowns were mandated. “We learned how to transform services so people could enjoy them at home,” said Cantor Feibush. This resulted in being able to reach people in many places, even outside of New Jersey. The temple has plans to continue livestreaming services going forward. The religious school has also been able to utilize technology to continue its classes. And the many tech professionals in the congregation have volunteered their time to help tech-shy elders become proficient. Emphasizing the warm welcome new families receive when they join the congregation, he states, “We rely on relationships and always have.”

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harron Miller, founder and Director of Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts (SMAPA) believes there is a compelling meaning of the art form of dance: she views dance as a vital and distinctly personal form of self-expression that builds self confidence in all areas of a youngster’s life. “Performing Arts programs encourage students to express themselves creatively. Nurturing the creative possibilities within children through their participation in dance, music, art and drama can bolster self-esteem and selfconfidence. Having the opportunity to experience the arts truly “matters...and it's fun!” she states. The mission of SMAPA, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, is to provide comprehensive, inclusive developmental training in dance and related theater arts for children, teens and adults.

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Reach Your Goals with TEACHER TUTORS This School Year!


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Founded in 2010, the Teacher Tutors are made up of a team of educators and staff on a mission to help students achieve their goals and conquer challenges. The premier tutoring service offers an

Not only will students attain their goals and acquire solid study techniques through the tutoring sessions, they will also see their self-confidence soar. Says founder Debra Kirchen, “Tutoring can help strengthen subject comprehension, boost confidence, and build important learning skills. Tutoring gives students

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individualized attention that they don’t get in a crowded classroom. Our brilliant instructors know that there’s more to education than earning good grades and high-test scores. Developing positive study habits, improving confidence, and taking responsibility for one’s own learning are some of the benefits of tutoring with Teacher Tutors.”

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WE CAN HELP. For 28 years, Banyan School has helped students who learn differently establish the roots necessary to grow by focusing on the development and reinforcement of the reading, language and communication skills critical for academic success. With small classes, individualized attention, integrated assistive technology and a talented, dedicated staff, we are committed to establishing the foundation that students need for learning and social-emotional development.

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

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471 Main St, Little Falls 973-785-1919 / Principal: Marguerite Freeman Age Group: 9th – 12th Grade and LIFE Academy: 18-to-21 (Learning Independence. Fostering Empowerment.) Open house/tours: To schedule a visit, please contact the school office.

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

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Berkeley College 44 Riflee Camp Road, Woodland Park. 800-446-5400 In a wooded setting on a lush mountaintop adjacent to parklands and a reservoir, the Woodland Park campus is an idyllic environment for the college experience. Beautiful architecture combines with modern technology in a setting that is conveniently located in the suburbs of New York City. Ample parking is available and major highways are easily accessible. Security services include on-campus security personnel and 24/7 monitoring.

The Craig School 15 Tower Hill Rd, Mt Lakes 973-334-1295 Age Groups: Grades 2–8

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

Estelle Finkel Center for Learning 125 W Mt Pleasant Ave, Livingston 973-994-4665 Contact: Amanda Patrick Email: Age Groups: Pre-K through adult

The Hudson School 601 Park Ave, Hoboken 201-659-8335 Age Groups: Grades 5–12 Open House: Virtual tours available

Huntington Learning Center Livingston | Springfield | Verona 1-800-CAN-LEARN Age Group: K-Grade 12 Huntington Learning Center is the premier tutoring and test prep provider for kindergarten to 12th grades. Founded in 1977, its mission is to give every student the best education possible. The company prides itself on personalized attention and proven results with individualized programs taught by certified teachers at accredited centers.

Lacordaire Academy 155 Lorraine Ave, Montclair 973-744-1156 x12 PK - 8 coed, All Womens High School 9-12 All School Open House: October 17, 1-3pm Information Session: December 2, 9-10am, Information Session: February 3, 9-10am Lacordaire Academy is a 101 year old coeducational Catholic school from pre-

kindergarten through eighth grade, and women-only for high school. It is led by a veteran leadership team that works together to meet its Dominican goals and high academic standards.




The Language Institute 175 Fairfield Ave, Suite 2C, West Caldwell 973-228-1843 Contact: Phyllis Ignozza Email: Age Groups: Age 6 and up, middle/high school, college level students and adults A full-service language school for adults and children. Their state certified teachers will help your middle, high school or college age child succeed with expert remedial or enrichment tutoring. For travel, work or personal interest, adult language learners will find a program to meet their needs, busy schedules and budget and to reach their language learning goals.

Montclair Cooperative School 65 Chestnut St, Montclair, NJ 07043 973-783-4955 Age Group: 3-14 year old Open House: October 23, 2021–10am The Montclair Cooperative School is a community of students, teachers, and parents who are dedicated to creating a diverse and nurturing environment where children flourish intellectually and where they develop exceptional social skills along with a deep sense of community responsibility.

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

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Focus on Education Resources & Open Houses (continued from previous page) Mount St. Dominic Academy 3 Ryerson Ave, Caldwell 973-226-0660 Age Groups: 14-18 years old (girls only) Open Houses: October 7, 6:30pm; October 24, 12pm; March 31, 6:30pm Truth and love. Inquiry and commitment. Knowledge and action. These words are at the heart of Mount St. Dominic Academy, dedicated to educating and empowering young women in the Dominican Tradition.

Newark Academy 91 S Orange Ave, Livingston 973-992-7000 / Age Groups: 6-12 grade Newark Academy is a coeducational private day school. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools since 1928.

Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child 44 Blackburn Rd, Summit 908-522-8109 / Age Groups: K-6th grade (boys and girls); 7-12 grade (all girls) Oak Knoll of the Holy Child is Judeo-Christian in heritage, Roman Catholic in teaching and worship. The school prepares students to make an impact on society. Their graduates think globally act morally and lead with conviction and make the world a better place.

Rider University 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville 800-257-9026 / Age Group: Undergraduate, Continuing Education, Graduate Open Houses: September 24, 2-5pm; September 25, 10am-1pm, October 22, 2-5pm; October 24, 10-1pm, November 5, 2-5pm; November 13 10am-1pm


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14 South Park St, Montclair 973-498-8943 (text) 973-655-9819 (call) Age Groups: Age 2-Adult Open House: September 11 SMAPA is a Black-owned, not-for-profit 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization whose mission is to provide comprehensive, inclusive developmental training in dance and related theater arts for children, teens and adults.

125 Valley Road, Montclair 973-337-5296 Contact: Kevin March Email: At School of Rock, learning music helps kids blossom in unimaginable ways. Students are not just taught an instrument– they build confidence learning to deal with life situations. Kids are performing on stage from the beginning, which teaches them to play as part of a team. This helps them learn their skills faster and more thoroughly. Montclair School of Rock’s creative community helps children succeed in music and beyond.

Saint Cassian School 190 Lorraine Ave, Montclair 973-746-1636 Age Groups: Pre-K-8th grades St. Cassian School maximizes each student’s potential through a challenging academic curriculum in an environment that is focused on Catholic values

Saint Thomas the Apostle School 50 Byrd Ave, Bloomfield 973-338-8505 Age Groups: 3-14 years old Open House: January 30, 2022 Saint Thomas the Apostle School provides students with a challenging and comprehensive education integrating spiritual values rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition. We cultivate and herald the growth of our students in mind, body, and spirit, preparing them to take their place in the Church and in the world, in roles of leadership and service.

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

Winston Preparatory School 901 Route 10 East, Whippany 973-500-6480 Admissions Director: Meredith Fisher Email: Age Groups: 2-12 grade Open House: To schedule a visit, contact the school office or visit the website. Winston Prep is a highly individualized and responsive setting for students in grades 2-12 with specific learning differences, including language processing disorders such as dyslexia, nonverbal learning disabilities such as Asperger’s, and executive functioning difficulties such as ADHD.



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Caldwell University Gala to Benefit Student Scholarships, Honor Community Leaders and Celebrate New President


aldwell University will host a gala to benefit student scholarships while honoring community leaders and celebrating the inauguration of President Matthew Whelan, Ed.D. as the University’s ninth president. Centenarian and Caldwell Dominican Sister Gerardine Mueller, O.P. ‘54, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. and the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey will be lauded at The Presidential Scholarship Gala, at 6pm on October 20 at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange. “We are looking forward to a very special night to honor community leaders who have been committed to the state of New Jersey and excellence in education for our Caldwell University students,” said Kevin Boyle, vice president for development and alumni affairs.

Centenarian and Caldwell Dominican Sister Gerardine Mueller, O.P. ’54 turns 100 years old September 16. The University will continue its yearlong celebration of her lifelong work of service and dedication as a Sister of Saint Dominic of Caldwell. Sister founded the Caldwell Art Department and has been a beloved artist-in-residence for more than 50 years.

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Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. “Joe D,” is being honored for his leadership of the county for nearly twenty years and for the COVID-19 response and recovery plan for Essex County. “We are delighted to honor him for the exemplary leadership he showed at such a crucial time in our state and for all he has done to improve the quality of life for Essex County citizens over the past two decades,” said Boyle.

The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey (HFNJ) is being celebrated for its support of the University’s Art Therapy Center, the School of Nursing, and the Counseling Center, and for advancing healthcare and mental health care initiatives in New Jersey. For details on the gala, visit:

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Louis M. Mauriello of Champion Waste Removal is being honored as Business Owner and Man of the Year. Other 2021 honorees include Orange Fire Department’s Captain Joseph Trezza and Orange Police Department’s Chief Vincent L. Vitiello. The award ceremony is at 6pm on Saturday. Proceeds from the festival fund the organizations many good works throughout the year like providing presents from Santa, they help send a kid to camp and make possible a twiceyearly meal that’s open to the community. For information call Lucy at 973-296-5169.

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Buy Nothing Groups are Bringing Communities Together By Jackie Schatell


emember simpler times when neighbors could simply walk next door to borrow a cup of sugar? While that is not the norm in today’s busy society, and many of us don’t even know our neighbors, there is a nationwide movement called the Buy Nothing Project that is essentially bringing us back to times of yore. Through the movement, neighbors can go on Facebook to their specific town’s Buy Nothing (BN) Groups and post anything they would like to give away, lend or share amongst neighbors, as well as ask for anything they would like to receive for free or borrow. This group is strictly a gift economy, as there are no fees involved, only random acts of kindness happening all day long – every day.

“I have received many messages thanking me for bringing the community together.” —Anna Shukeylo, Livingston BN Group The items can be as mundane as borrowing toilet paper, gifting toys, or clothing, and as extreme as gifting pianos, furniture, or even exercise equipment. But the gifting is only part of it. The program enables neighbors to meet online and in-person, establishing new connections where they can help one another through life’s challenges and celebrations and feel good by giving freely. Anna Shukeylo, who runs the group for Livingston says, “I have received many messages thanking me for bringing the community together.”


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Carrie Reinhardt, who runs the Caldwell BN group says, “Before I toss something, I now think ‘could someone use this’ and I post it and give it a few days to find a new home.” Lyric Gibson, who runs the Montclair group said, “I decorated my new apartment with items I received through the group.” The project also fosters sustainability. According to, the founders designed the program to address the three Rs – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle as well as the lesser known Rs - Refuse and Rethink. Participating allows community members to extend the life of items by gifting things they no longer want or need to those in the community who do. It also helps helps to limit the number of items going into landfills. Tez Utopia, the admin for the West Orange group told us, “Someone got married in a gown they received through the group and posted photos from her special day.” As of July 2021, there were more than 4.25 million participants in 44 countries with over 6500 communities led by over 13,000 volunteers. You can learn more at, and check out the map to see if there is an existing group in your town. If there isn’t one, you may just want to start one there.

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Jilian Fazio, Director Clouded Leopard SSP Coordinator and ISB, Turtle Back Zoo By Jackie Schatell


urtle Back Zoo, which opened in 1963, is home to over 200 species, representing animals from around the world. The Zoo, which is situated on 20 acres, is part of the South Mountain Recreation Complex and the Essex County Park system. Jilian Fazio, the Director of Turtle Back Zoo hopes to foster interconnectedness between people and animals and instill a true understanding of the importance of preserving the ecosystems we are a part of to conserve the biodiversity, and to positively impact the future sustainability of our planet.

How did you choose this career? It is more like this career chose me! I was always interested in studying animal behavior and thought I would do research on animals in the wild. When I graduated college, there was an internship opportunity at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, working with invertebrates (bugs). During the internship, I had an opportunity to learn all about the amazing conservation, education and research that zoological institutions and their partners are a part of and I was hooked.

How long have you been in the field and at the Zoo? When I turned 15, my parents told me I had to get a part-time job. I only applied for one, at a local pet store in town, and I have been working with animals ever since. Although, I have been working at zoos since 2001, I am relatively new to Turtle Back having started in December 2020.

What do you do at the Zoo? As Director of the Turtle Back Zoo, I wear lots of hats. Some days I am privileged enough to assist in hand rearing our brand-new baby sloth, Juneberry, and other days I spend my time in meetings. I am also the Species Survival Plan Coordinator and International Studbook Keeper for the Clouded Leopard, so a portion of my time is dedicated to helping zoos manage that species throughout North America, and maintaining the records (births, deaths and transfers) for all clouded leopards around the globe. Generally, it is my responsibility to work closely with our Education, Guest Relations and Maintenance departments,

Jilian Fazio along with our generous support organization, The Zoological Society of New Jersey, to ensure we are providing the highest level of animal care to every single animal in our zoo, while providing an exceptional experience to our guests.

What are the most popular exhibits at the Zoo? Everyone loves the giraffes, penguins, sea lions and turtles of course! Our partnership with Sea Turtle Recovery allows us to highlight the amazing work they are doing to rescue, rehabilitate and release turtles each year. Turtles are one of the most threatened groups of animals in the world, so we are committed to their conservation, and guests should keep their eyes out for more turtles throughout our zoo. Many guests also love to visit our American Alligator, Peaches, as he basks in the sun or takes a dip to cool off in his pool. The zoo offers several guest experience areas, including the Touch Tank, with our cownose rays and epaulette sharks. The giraffe feed offers an up close and personal encounter with one of the six males in the bachelor herd. There is also an aviary, pony rides and a butterfly tent to help support our pollinator populations. And of course, the most popular attraction, the train ride!

What are the newest exhibits? County Executive Joe DiVincenzo is extremely supportive of the zoo and prioritizes efforts to provide the animals with the highest quality of care, so we are always working on improvements to our animals’ habitats. Our most recent exhibits are the Bald Eagle habitat, newly renovated in Wild America. We brought in a rescue eagle, Freedom, to join our

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Two of the Zoo’s six males in the giraffe bachelor herd. The giraffe feed offers an up-close and personal encounter current female, Adak, and highlight this iconic species and the Federal efforts through conservation legislation that helped bring this species back from the brink of extinction. We also recently renovated our North American Otter exhibit and our dynamic duo, Han and Shelby, absolutely love the upgrades we have made to their habitat. You can view them daily in their new River Retreat. Finally, our Aldabra Tortoises have made a new home in the African Adventure. Stay tuned for an addition to our Touch Tank exhibit coming soon!

What is something interesting people would not know about your department? We work collaboratively every day to manage thousands of species in order to maintain a genetically valuable population of animals that if needed could be reintroduced to the wild. There are countless researchers, scientists, animal care specialists, educators, interns and volunteers that contribute to the work we do.

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The Zoo’s brand-new baby sloth, Juneberry gets weighed

Is there anything I did not ask that you would like to include? I think it is important for individuals to know that they can make a difference to help conserve this planet! No matter what you are good at or how small the changes you make, you can help! You can apply whatever your talents are to help protect wild places and the species that depend on them. We need a passionate army of people to help preserve the ecosystems we are a part of and conserve the biodiversity of the planet. So come out to the zoo, join us and learn what you can do to create a sustainable future for generations to come!

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he Holland Ridge Farms u-pick sunflower season, featuring 8 varieties of sunflowers including yellow, red and whit, is a celebration of one of the most popular flowers in the world. The Sunflower Festival begins September 21 and runs into October. Along with the millions of sunflowers in bloom, they also have thousands of other cut flowers including gladiolas, lilies, dahlias and more! Rows and rows of colorful flowers as far as the eye can see are all available to pick at just $1 per

stem. Buckets and clippers are supplied for the day. The flower fields also make the perfect backdrop for all types of photography. Plus, with over 60 acres of flowers, our u-pick is also the largest on the East Coast! In addition to the flowers, their is fun fresh air fun that includes: a free tractor-pulled hayride, the animal cracker barn which is home to mini-goats, alpacas, sheep, donkeys, and a steer named Moonshine,


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and pony rides on the weekends. In addition, enjoy a snack from the bakery barn or one of the food trucks. Hours of operation are Monday-Sunday 9am-6pm. Tickets are available to purchase at www.hollandridgefarms. com/u-pick-sunflowers

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You Will Fall in Love with Your Home All Over Again With Help from Wilber’s Home Improvements By Cynthia Burns


ilber Vargas is a familiar name to residents of Maplewood and the surrounding towns. For more than 25 years Vargas, through Wilber’s Painting, has been providing professional and quality interior and exterior painting services. This name recognition is associated with a commitment to excellence. Clients sometimes need guidance on paint color choices. This is where Vargas’ expertise comes in. “We understand how a room’s natural light and function impact color choice, color variations, mix and match options and accents,” he says. With a goal to be the first choice for New Jersey residents, and by establishing high standards that serve as industry benchmarks, Vargas expanded his business to include home improvements. He creates state-of-the-art, designer quality kitchens and bathrooms. In

addition, Wilber’s Home Improvements excels at custom carpentry and roofing. “Whether you need a room painted or a deck restored, we endeavor to provide a stress-free experience at prices you can afford and quality which will exceed your expectations,” says Vargas. With his entrepreneurial spirit, and recognizing a service need among his clients, Vargas plans to launch a landscaping division beginning next spring. Vargas does not tolerate defects in workmanship. “We provide comprehensive service, quality and an on-time performance with minimum inconvenience,” he states. Vargas enjoys a challenge and says they ignite his ability

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est Orange resident Allan Gorman will say he is a Realist. At least when it comes to his paintings. It was in the middle of a long and storied career in advertising and marketing while teaching a class at New York’s School of Visual Arts that at the suggestion of his wife he took a painting class. Although satisfying, nevertheless he took a 25 year break from painting to continue his career. It was after enrolling in a painting class at the Montclair Art Museum in 2008 that the momentum hit and he hasn’t looked back, retiring from his business in 2013 to become a full-time painter. Sometimes, in an effort to compliment, a person will say that a photograph “looks like a painting.” In Gorman’s work the opposite is found. Often at first glance his paintings appear to be photographs, and it’s only on closer inspection that you see that they are not. His paintings are based on the photographs he makes of ordinary everyday places, but his mission is not to accurately paint the photograph, but to recreate the emotion of the moment; the something special that he saw on the street and as such the simple ordinary locale is transcended into something magical. In Shadows at Kearny Point, a 20x16” oil on panel, the light coming in through an unadorned window takes you on a Zen-like journey. In Crown, a 60x45” oil on linen, the contrasts in New York City architecture are at play, both with each other and with us the viewers who might have walked past in life, but are stopped in our tracks by the painting. Note Stillwell Stairwell, a moment that everyone who traverses the NY subway system sees relentlessly though most never notice take on a magical quality of moment not unlike an urban version of a journey from The Lord of the Rings. Allan Gorman will say he’s a Realist, though through his work, we see beyond real to the magic in simple moments in his travels, and if we allow ourselves, we learn to see the magic in our own as well. More of his work can be found at:

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Discover a Place to Get Well Mental Health Services for Everyone By Sue Baldani


iscovery Wellness Center in Cedar Knolls has therapists that can help its clients live happier, more productive lives. One of them, Dr. Jennifer Sumerlin, talks about her commitment to improving others’ mental health.

Why did you choose a career in mental health?

What are your specialties? Before COVID, I was working heavily with children and that became my specialty, but I also deal with families, individuals and couples. I help with depression, anxiety, grief, eating disorders, LGBT issues and more. Dr. Jennifer Sumerlin

I enjoy hearing about people’s problems and being able to help them see things a little bit differently. I like being instrumental in navigating that.

When did you join Discovery Wellness Center? I joined at the end of 2013. I had just finished my Master’s and was getting ready to do my doctorate in counseling psychology, with an emphasis on social justice, which I obtained in 2017. Everyone here basically helps each other and lets you know you’re not alone. We are a family; there’s no competition.

Why is it so important for people to reach out when they’re having mental health issues?

When you are in your own bubble, you are basically a victim of your own thoughts. That is the worst place to be. You have to learn to talk to people—at least people you trust. And trusting them is not about wanting them to tell you what you want to hear, but instead having them help you get what you need. Sometimes, you just need someone to listen.

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Career Counselors at the Linda & Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women are Ready to Help with Your Job Search


id you recently lose your job, or are you ready to go back to work after being out of work for a while? When you're ready to start your job search process, the career counselors at the Linda & Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women (CFW) are here to help you with your next step! Whether you are thinking about entering or going back to the workforce, we can help. If you are wondering what the new job search process looks like, let the CFW show you the way to your next job opportunity. We can help, from updating or creating your resume, to looking at career choices, to interview skills, computer skills, soft skills, and more. We can help you find the right job for you. Take advantage of our Women’s Workshops to get stronger and move forward, and our Job Club speakers, who are leaders in different industries, to find your career path. Our Empower Hour provides collaborative support from other clients and offers networking opportunities.

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11th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence


or its 11th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence on Saturday, September 18th, Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (S.O.F.I.A.) welcomes the community to affirm support for those affected by domestic violence and intimate partner violence. Their message continues to be that “With Awareness There is Hope.” The walk will be in Montclair’s Canterbury Park on Planchet Drive—or wherever participants walk. Last year’s in-person and virtual options were highly popular, and they are continuing this hybrid option in the wake of the continuing effects of COVID19. S.O.F.I.A. is excited to host Carol Cohn as Grand Marshal for the event. Ms. Cohn is an outsider artist who began creating personal work in the aftermath of a long marriage. She has seen many kinds of domestic abuse and believes that S.O.F.I.A.’s mission is so important, especially in this COVID-ridden world. She is a published commercial illustrator, and her work is exhibited regularly in many areas, most recently as part of

Fresh Air Montclair. Ms. Cohn is honored to represent this important organization and the amazing work they do. The S.O.F.I.A. Board is thrilled that Ms. Cohn will be joining them as Grand Marshal this year.

Violence minimizes the stigma and raises awareness about warning signs and resources. We hope you will join us!”

Cynthia Walker, executive director and founder of S.O.F.I.A., said, “An important part of why S.O.F.I.A. holds its annual Walk is to show our survivors, as well as those still in abusive relationships, that they have a community of support available to them. Coming together in public for the Walk Against Domestic

To pre-registration for the Walk Against Domestic Violence and learn more about the day’s event visit: https://supportsofia. org/events-walk/. Participants unable to pre-register online can do so beginning at 9am on September 18th. Masks, social distancing, and other safety protocols will be strongly encouraged for participants.

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

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Relax, Restore & Renew Under the Stars


Delight with Poetry Under the Stars Join Inspirational Life Coach and Psychotherapist, Sue Waldman for a meaningful gathering under the Autumn Stars in her garden while she reads her ‘Poetry.’ Wear comfortable and layered clothes and bug spray. Light refreshments. Advanced Registration is required. Friday, September 3, 17 & 30 from 7:308:30pm. Advanced Registration is required. Call Sue Waldman's office to register at (973) 857- 9090.


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ark your Autumn calendar for an evening of relaxation. Join local Verona Psychotherapist and Spiritual Intuitive Healer, Sue Waldman while she facilitates a relaxed, nurturing and peaceful guided visualization outdoor in her Tuscany-Dreamed Garden. Using mindfulness, breathwork, Karuna Reiki, aromatherapy, a sound bath and oracle cards, learn the techniques of quieting your mind and enjoy the deep lasting benefits of this ancient practice on your mind, body and spirit. Outcomes such as reduction of stress, increased ability to concentrate, improved memory, health and vitality are reported. No experienced needed. Yoga mats, comforters, and pillows are provided. Wear comfortable and layered clothes and bug spray. Light refreshments. Friday, September 10, & 24 from 8-9:30pm.To register call (973) 8579090.




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Take Steps Toward a

Healthier Lifestyle


here isn’t a better time than now to start getting fit with health information and products so easily accessible. Simply incorporate the basics into your daily routine—good nutrition, adequate exercise and a daily supplement—and start down the path toward better health.

Plan a Nutritious Diet The Dietary Guidelines for Americans describes a healthy diet as one that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, nuts, whole grains and fat-free or low-fat milk products. It should be low in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, salt and added sugar. • Eat more fruits and vegetables by setting freshly washed and prepared produce on the kitchen counter or at eye level in the fridge. At every meal, make sure half your plate is made up of fruit and vegetable servings. • One-fourth of your plate at every meal should be made up of grains, such as wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal or barley. People who eat whole grains as part of a healthy diet have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. • The remaining one-fourth of your plate should be lean or lowfat cuts of meat, plant-based protein or seafood.

Get Regular Exercise Daughters of Israel offers a relaxing, safe environment with trained medical professionals.

The Department of Health and Human Services recommends an adequate amount of exercise every day. This guide can point to the right amount of exercise to add to your schedule:

Our private rehabilitation campus features:

• Get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week. For best results, spread the time out over several days. • Do strength training exercises at least twice a week. Lifting weights builds muscle, which means the body burns more calories—even at rest.

• A Spacious, State-of-the-Art Gym

• It’s important to keep in mind that when people are active, they produce more free radicals. The antioxidants found in supplements can help buffer the negative effects of the workout.

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Comprehensive Dental Care for People of All Ages By Sue Baldani


ids & Family Dentistry in Livingston is a multi-specialty practice offering oral healthcare for every member of the family. A variety of dental specialists, including pediatric dentists, a general dentist, an orthodontist, and an IV sedation professional work together to provide all aspects of dental care. The team at this state-of-the-art facility also takes the time to educate their patients in dental procedures and oral hygiene. “An educated patient, together with the doctors, can make the best viable decision concerning their dental health for a positive long-term outcome,” says Dr. Farideh Golestani. The office itself is cheerful and makes visiting a dental practice pleasant and comfortable for children and adults alike. The vibrant and exciting atmosphere for all ages helps patients feel at ease as soon as they walk in the door. “Our goal is to reduce anxiety when visiting the dental office and make every experience a pleasant one,” states Dr. Golestani. “Our staff has a combined experience of 30-plus years in delivering exceptional dental care,” says Dr. Golestani. “Patients are always greeted with a smile, even behind their masks.”

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Making Cleasing Easier with Chef V


hef V ( a.k.a. Veronica Wheat) is a certified nutritional therapist, cook book author, and proudly offers farm fresh, certified organic, plant-based foods and raw juice from her West Caldwell storefront. For the fall and winter months, Chef V will offer immunity shots, their famous vegan pumpkin smoothie as well as fire cider, in addition to the regular smoothies, Acai bowls and soups offered. Veronica Wheat

The fire cider is unlike anything in New Jersey and is strong enough to boost immunity, kill any bacteria in the mouth and gut, and it is a natural antiviral, anti-fungal. Chef V also offers a cleanse package and a 21-day detoxification program.

Chef V 897 Bloomfield Avenue, West Caldwell | 973-227-0227

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


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Helping Clients Prosper in Life By Deborah Schapiro


s a clinical psychologist specializing in trauma and addiction issues, Dr. Amanda Aster-McKenna notes, “They often go hand in hand. The people I treat are often using drugs and/or alcohol to conceal or mask painful past experiences. I help them process their experiences in a healthy way.” Treatment with Dr. Aster-McKenna begins with a free 15-minute consultation by phone or video. At this time, she explains, “We talk lightly about the patient’s issues and see if we’re a good fit.” Assuming they are, they will then have regular 50-minute sessions. Dr. Aster-McKenna does evidence-based therapy, grounded in research and proven to be effective at least 85% of the time. She uses a variety of techniques, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She moved her practice to Montclair this past April and is thrilled with the new location: “My new office is larger and more inviting. I can better help my clients live richer, more satisfying lives.”

Dr. Amanda Aster-McKenna, Psy.D. 85 Park Street, Suite 2J, Montclair, NJ 07042 | 973-233-5433

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Improve Oral Health and Smiles With an Array of Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures By Cynthia Burns, photo by Dan Epstein


combination of form and function, cosmetic dentistry addresses the aesthetics of color, position, shape, size, alignment and smile. Cosmetic dentistry is an umbrella term that refers to dental work that improves the appearance of teeth, gums and bite. Med Dawoud, DMD, owner and president of D&G Dental, explains the benefits.

What types of procedures are considered cosmetic dentistry? There is an array that Dr. Paula Gencarelli and I perform including crowns, veneers, bridges, implants, teeth whitening, recontouring the gum using a laser and fitting Invisalign® braces.

Why choose cosmetic dentistry? It’s a confidence booster for people who Med Dawoud, DMD don’t like to smile—for those whose teeth are chipped, gapped, stained, crooked or suffering from any number of other cosmetic problems. Certainly, the aesthetics are important. opinion. The procedures have evolved to become However, cosmetic dentistry can improve the smile of minimally invasive, resulting in less post-op sensitivity. a patient whose teeth have not formed properly or are injured due to trauma. At D&G our goal is to improve oral Are there advantages of implants instead of health and aesthetics at the same time. We achieve this by dentures? creating custom-designed smile makeovers. Dentures have to be removed and most people need a denture adhesive. They don’t feel the same as natural What advances have occurred in the teeth and patients say food doesn’t taste the same. specialty? Implants are the next best thing to natural teeth. They are The greatest advancement is that procedures can be durable, aesthetically pleasing and immovable. completed in one day. Materials have gotten stronger and more realistic in appearance to natural teeth. We D&G Dental can digitally create a smile the patient can see before 667 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange | 973-731-2200 treatment begins. This digital capacity lets us proceed based on the patient’s wants and needs and a professional September 2021 67

Buon Appetito! By Sue Baldani, photo by Dan Epstein


alandra’s Italian Market & Deli has always offered its customers fresh, delicious food, but now their menu is better than ever. Executive Chef Robert Caravaggio has totally revamped it to provide items that would be hard pressed to find in an average deli. “We now have close to 150 menu items,” he says. “We make 90% of everything in-house and 100% from scratch, and the other 10% is imported from Italy.” Fresh bread is made multiple times a day just for the deli alone, and fresh pastas and sauces are available to take home. The menu boards have also been redone to give the deli a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and the breakfast and lunch choices found on them are a foodie’s dream come true. One option to start your day is a Brûlée French Toast which are made with Calandra’s Semolina French baguettes that are soaked in a custard for 24 hours. “And our pancakes are not only huge, but have fresh fruit baked into them,” says Chef Robert. “Our portions are really great—you’re getting quality and quantity.” For lunch, along with the usual paninis and wraps, patrons will find Italian specialty sandwiches such as a Roman-style porchetta which is slowly baked for six hours and an Italian roasted pork done three ways. It is then marinated for 24 hours and roasted for four more. Mouth-watering! In addition to fresh foods, there are a variety of imported treasures on the shelves. “I reached out to importers from different regions of Italy, so now when you come in, you’ll see items from the Piedmont, Pugila, Calabria, Bari and Sicily regions of Italy,” he says. “We have items on our shelves that no one around has.”

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Everyone receives a warm greeting upon entering, and since 75% of its customers are repeat visitors, the staff prides itself on knowing many of them by name. “Everybody talks about guest services, but it’s another thing to be able to connect with your guests,” says Chef Rob. After being in the food and restaurant industry for 30 years, he says taking care of people is in his and the Calandra family’s DNA.

Calandra’s Italian Market & Deli 234 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell, NJ 07006 973-226-8889




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

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

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

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

379 E Northfield Rd, Livingston | 973-9924500 Specialty Pizza and Italian Cuisine

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

Cucina Calandra 216 US Highway 46 East, Fairfield 973-575-7720 Classic Italian in a family-friendly environment

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

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

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

Prime 94 SteakHouse and Grill

The Salad House of Livingston

94 Fairfield Rd Fairfield, NJ 07004 973-575-4555 Traditional steakhouse with a modern twist.

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

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

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

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


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Sweet Basils’ Cafe 498 South Livingston Ave, Livingston | 973994-3600 New American Cuisine

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




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Mezza Mediterranean 277 Eisenhower Pkwy, Livingston | 973-9929300 Mediterranean Fusion Cuisine

Franklin Steakhouse Firfield

Il Vecchio Cafe

Lithos Estiatorio

Master Pizza

Dup Bap

Fat Fish Taco

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

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


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

Ike’s Bagel Cafe

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

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

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

Ani Ramen House 401 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair 973-744-3960 | Asian Fusion Cuisine


Laurel & Sage

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

33 Walnut Street, Montclair | 973-783-1133 American restaurant. Imaginative New American cuisine is artfully plated in a contemporary setting with a BYOB policy.

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

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


Local Coffee 107 Watchung Avenue, Montclair 917-406-0464 | Features carefully curated food and beverage products from the tri-state area, with a particular focus on Brooklyn and Upstate New York.


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

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge 440 Parsonage Hill Road, Short Hills 973-467-8882 A full service restaurant, bar & lounge located on the East Orange Golf Course in Short Hills.

6311/2 Valley Road, Upper Montclair 973-842-4086 Now open for dine In, delivery and take out. Marcel is the home of MishMish Café and Marcel Bakery, also the home to healthy Mediterranean food. Chef/Owner and Chopped Champion Meny Vaknin has created a menu of acclaimed and authentic regional dishes. Check their website to find the inspired a la cart and dinner bundles, available for delivery and pick up.

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ITALIAN CUISINE Inspired by family traditions, we only use the freshest catch and ingredients.

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Restaurant Guide WEST CALDWELL P.F. Seafood Restaurant 1090 Bloomfield Avenue, West Caldwell 973-277-1007 Seafood

Kim’s Sushi


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

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. 11-time winner of Best Chinese Restaurant and Best Chinese Take-Out. They feature a warm dining room, as well as a website with online ordering and delivery. They also specialize in catering for all occasions.


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

Nicholas Anthony’s Family Kitchen Benji’s Taqueria Mexican Grill 14 Main St West, Orange | 862-520-1997 Mexican Street Food

450 Main St, West Orange | 862-520-1252 Italian Restaurant

Chit Chat Diner

Ariane Kitchen & Bar 706 Bloomfield Ave, Verona | 973-744-0533 American Cuisine + Small Plates

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

SuzyQue’s BBQ & Bar 34 South Valley Road, West Orange 973-736-7899 | Southern Barbecue

Blue Hippo Coffee Co. 662 Bloomfield Ave, Verona | 972-433-7891 Coffee and tea drinks, breakfast, lunch and brunch. Fresh made doughnuts and baked goods. Catering and custom breakfast and lunch boxes and picnic baskets. Online ordering and delivery.

Grill350 350 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange 973-780-4572 | American Fare + Sports Bar

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Nothing But Authentic and Fresh Recipes Are Offered at Patsy’s Seafood & Pizza House By Jackie Schatell, photo by Dan Epstein


nspired by family traditions, Anthony Dagostino, owner of Patsys’ Seafood & Pizza House offers diners the old-school clam house experience. True to tradition, their recipes are simple and authentic using only the freshest catch and ingredients. “Everything is fresh and made to order, so guests should expect to be here for at least an hour,” says Dagostino. Executive Chef Jessica expertly makes Patsy’s well-known and well-loved dishes that include Shrimp Scampi, Linguini and Clam Sauce, Pinsa (Roman-style pizza comprising 50% wheat, 20% soy, and 20% rice flour, which is cut into large square pieces), Atlantic Roasted Cod over vegetables and many other specialties.The restaurant also offers an amazing East Coast Raw Oyster Bar. Dagostino says he believes the food is just part of the ingredient that makes Patsy’s special—the ‘old-school loud clam house atmosphere, chock full of 70s hits music playing’ is just as important.

Those new to Patsy’s who are wondering what delicacy to try first, Dagostino’s personal favorites are the Shrimp Scampi or Pappardelle Bolognese. “All of our pasta is fresh, which makes a huge difference,” says Anthony. “Freshly-made pasta absorbs all flavors, making each dish especially delicious.” Patsy’s, which opened its doors in December 2019, offers large portions, great service, and reasonable pricing. This gem is open 7-days-a week, offering indoor and outdoor seating. The restaurant only takes reservations from Friday-Sunday.

Patsy’s Seafood & Pizza House 410 St Cloud Avenue, West Orange | 862-245-6995



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

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

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

Art & Framing. Mona Lisa Framing offers creative design expertise, 100% conservation, hand-crafted mouldings, delivery & installation, and on-site consultation. Specializing in: preservation framing of oil and acrylic paintings, works of art on paper, needle arts, fabrics, posters, diplomas, photography and more; Shadow box and object framing; repair of framed artwork; custom mirrors; music/sports memorabilia design; and more!

Mona Lisa Framing 7 Highland Pl, Maplewood | 973-762-2777


This state-of-the-art dental practice, with a fun, childfriendly atmosphere is perennially regarded as one of the best in Essex County. Dr. Tyra Manso is a Board-Certified pediatric dentist and believes that all children are unique and require different approaches to guiding their dental growth and development.

Montclair Pediatric Dental Care 31 Valley Rd, 2nd Floor, Montclair, 973-771-5387

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

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

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

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!

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Calandra’s Bakery

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

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

Kids & Family Dentistry

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

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

Gift Shop.

The Eclectic Chic Boutique 547 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042 | 862-221-0644

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

David Chad Beauty Salon 333 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell 973-287-6718 |

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Learning/Tutoring Center.

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

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.

Bloomfield Cooling & Heating

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

Brainiax Innovative Learning

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

Estelle Finkel’s instructors are specialists in subject matter and grade level, from primary grades through college. Each teacher is hand-picked to match each student’s needs, accounting for academic level, personality and emotional make-up.

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

Estelle Finkel Center for Learning 125 West Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Livingston 973-994-4665 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.

Richard Bailey Interiors, LLC 973-429-2106 |

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

Teacher Tutors, LLC 973-31-STUDY |

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

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

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

Montclair Rejuvenation Center 1 Mt. Prospect Avenue, Verona | 973-650-3204

Kitchen a la Mode


19 S Orange Ave, South Orange | 973-821-5145

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


Block & Zuckerman Opticians

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.

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


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

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

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


Suburban Essex

September 2021

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

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

Pharmacy. At Tens Pharmacy, they care about your health. They take great pride in providing incredible service to their patients. Their goal is to help you and your family live a happier, healthier life. Offering free delivery, friendly and helpful staff, compounds. All major insurances accepted.

Tens Pharmacy 178 Eagle Rock Ave, Roseland | 973-226-1200

Physical Therapy. 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Calandra Restaurants | 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!

Patsy’s Seafood & Pizza House 410 St. Cloud Avenue, West Orange | 862.233.7557

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



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

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

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

886 Pompton Ave, Suite A-1, Cedar Grove | 973-857-1184

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Diamond Minds

WHOOWE… Your Living Legacy


nce in a while I come across an interesting business or personal story that I feel compelled to share. I’ve talked about how precious our time is and putting things into perspective, but maybe this could be a way to keep our loved ones spirits alive for future generations. I met with Dan Qualiano who created a unique way to connect with your family tree. Dan Qualiano with his family

DQ: Sharing Whoowe is definitely my passion. Knowing that I can positively impact potentially every family on the planet as well as being able to share my own personal story with my children, and their future children, keeps me going.

Barry Farber

Having an understanding of where we came from and the special people that came before us gives us a foundation, grounding, confidence, and overall well being in life that we need to stay healthy, both mentally and physically. I want to help everyone gain that. BF: How did you come up with this idea? DQ: The idea behind whoowe came to me one night while thinking about the various ways people pass on their story in the aftermath of a loved one’s passing. I was thinking that the most intimate way to learn about and know someone is to talk to them, face to face. That’s when it hit me. I was going to develop a way for people to create a life story that would engage their loved ones in a type of virtual face to face conversation. An app that could intimately teach our future who we are, hence… whoowe. Barry Farber: How would you explain to someone what Whoowe is? Dan Qualiano: Whoowe creates a personal living biography, in video, of your life in an interactive way, beyond the photo album or home video. It gives your family, friends, and future generations a way to learn about and really “get to know” you through a virtual face to face conversation experience. What would you want to tell your future grand kids about yourself? Whoowe can help you tell your story for those in your life today and for your future generations of your family years from now. BF: What inspired you? DQ: In 2017, I lost my wife Kimberly to cancer. From that time on, one of my greatest regrets, was that my grandchildren, who do not yet exist, will never get to know the wonderful woman that was their grandmother. Sure, I have videos and photos, but like most children, younger generations are becoming less interested in looking through photo albums and watching home videos. How will that keep them engaged and teach them about the true person Kim was? I knew I couldn’t solve that problem for my children or grandchildren, but started to think about how I can help other families to have a first hand biography of their loved ones, in a way that would relay the true essence of the person. BF: What keeps your passion going?

BF: What are some of the reactions you’ve seen in the first tests/experiences? DQ: The reactions are amazing, and depending on the age group, I get a different response. For the older generation with years of knowledge, they see the wisdom in preserving one’s life story, and they are ready to tell it. Many shed tears at the thought of being able to hear their mother or father again, and want to give that experience to their grandkids. The middle-aged folks, once they get over that it’s ok to think about life after their death and the family they may never know, they are all in. They see the sand in the hourglass going by so quickly and don’t want to miss the opportunity to tell their story in a visceral way. The younger generation see Whoowe as an easy to use and fun app. They don’t quite grasp the importance of it, because let’s face it… death in their minds is a long way away, but for their parents and grandparents they love the idea and are quick to jump in and start interviewing their elders. Dan Qualiano is an entrepreneur and creative inventor, with over 25 years in product development, innovation, design, and business management. He is a musician, singer songwriter, and dedicated father of two children. Whoowe is available for free download on Google Play and the App store. Learn more about whoowe at:

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. Learn more at @barryfarberoffical


Suburban Essex

September 2021

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

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

Essex County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Essex County Computer & Electronics Recycling Day

Saturday, October 2, 8:30am to 4pm

Saturday, October 16, 9am to 3pm

Essex County Public Works 99 West Bradford Avenue, Cedar Grove

Essex County Public Works 99 West Bradford Avenue, Cedar Grove

Materials being collected at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day include pesticides and herbicides, automotive fluids (antifreeze, motor oil, steering fluids, etc.), gasoline and kerosene, paint thinners and solvents, household cleaning fluids, oil based paints and stains, darkroom and photographic chemicals, car batteries, chemistry sets, driveway sealer, home fire extinguishers, barbecue type propane tanks, aerosol spray paints, pool chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs and ballasts, Nicad and rechargeable batteries, and mercury and products containing mercury.

Items being accepted at the Computer and Electronics Recycling Day are computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, scanners, telecom equipment, speakers, televisions, keyboards, main frames, VCRs, stereos, DVD players, toasters, irons and cellular telephones.

We will not be accepting latex paint, unlabeled or unidentified materials, asbestos, regulated medical waste or infectious waste, commercial or industrial waste, empty containers, explosives, munitions, ordnance or reactive materials, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms, and household batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9V).

We will not be accepting smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.

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

See a complete list of events at:

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

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