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Dance Studio Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Recently, Michele’s Dance Studio (MDS) in Livingston celebrated its 40th anniversary with a week full of celebration including a birthday kickoff for the founder Miss Michele, spirit week dress up days, and a Saturday Night Sparkling Soiree. They also looked to the future with a Future Choreographers Showcase. The whole event was called 40Fest: Celebrating Forty Years of Michele’s Dance Studio. Michele Sandler started teaching dance classes in her Livingston basement, and over decades, grew her school into a thriving studio. After a lifetime of leadership, Miss Michele retired and her son Ross Sandler, a professional dancer, took over as MDS’s director. “After celebrating a milestone of the past, the studio is now holding its spring enrollment where new students will become part of our future,” says Ross. To sign up for classes, go to

Eagle Scout Project to Benefit the Community

Harold Ross, a senior at West Orange High School has completed an impressive project toward becoming an Eagle Scout. He created the Crystal Lake Learning Center in West Orange that has four benches and a kiosk boasting information on the history of the lake. West Orange Town Historian Joe Fagan provided the information for the kiosk. Harold says he enlisted the help of family, friends, and fellow boy scouts in his endeavor to create the benches and kiosk for people visiting the area to enjoy. West Orange township graciously donated the logs for the benches, Boards and Beams Lumber in Fairfield provided the materials at a discount, and John Holloway from Heirloom Woodworks in Piscataway donated his mobile sawmill services to cut the logs. In addition, master woodworker, Dana Hagstrom, of West Orange, mentored Harold through the design and building process. Harold says he is pleased with how the project turned out and that he “hopes it has an impact on visitors to the area.”

Local Business to be Featured in a Documentary

An adult scavenger hunt party business owned by Kevin Harrison of West Orange, his wife Ilisa, and Jason and Leigh Gorvitz, of Livingston, is being featured in a documentary based on the 1980 American comedy film, Midnight Madness, in which college students participate in an all-night scavenger hunt. With the business aptly named Midnight Madness Events, the company was a shoo-in for being profiled. The Midnight Madness Events team, who are called game masters, plans private scavenger hunt parties and public events where teams drive around searching for clues, while competing for a monetary prize. Kevin says that the events always end up at a restaurant or bar where all of the teams go to wind down after vigorously searching for clues. “My mind is always on scavenger hunts because I am constantly thinking about places to put clues as I drive up and down highways, and puns, which are used as clues,” says Kevin, who loves what he does.

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From left: Michele Sandler, Lila Miller, Jen Miller, and Ross Sandler
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From left, Jason Gourvitz, Leigh Gourvitz, Ilisa Harrison, and Kevin Harrison

Livingston Teacher Publishes Children’s Book

arisa Vosa, a Spanish teacher at Livingston High School, has written a children’s book called, The Seed and the Bee. The story is about a seed from a different land that travels to a distant location due to a storm. It has messages about immigration, racism, discrimination, SEL, inclusion and friendship. It was inspired by her own story as she is an immigrant herself. She says, “I see a lot of children coming to the US from other countries who feel out of place. This book is meant to comfort them.” Linguistically, the book is for grade 3 and up, but can be read to children of all ages as vocabulary is defined on every page. Marisa says, “It feels pretty good to have a piece of me out in the world. If I can reach one person and make them have hope, then the book has served its purpose.” The book is available on Amazon.

Job Haines Sets Up GoFundMe Campaign for One of Its Own

Marti Carlos, only 32 years old, a beloved nurse at Job Haines Home in Bloomfield, was recently diagnosed with stage IV cancer. Marti has been considered a frontline HERO at Job Haines Home, where he worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to fight COVID-19, ensuring that every patient was well cared for during his watch. His coworkers say that he is the type of person that gives hope to others whenever they are down and always encourages them to “look at the bright side.” In spite of his diagnosis, Marti remains positive and focused on defeating this cancer and winning the fight! You can help him fight by participating in the GoFundMe campaign set up by the facility, which will be used to help pay for his medical expenses. The goal is to raise enough money to assist him with his medical needs, so he doesn’t have to worry about paying for ongoing treatments and procedures but is able to concentrate on getting well. You can find the full story and about the fundraising campaign here:

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Fourth Grade Caldwell Student Honored at YALE UNIVERSITY

Nine-year-old Bobbi Wilson of Caldwell has become quite a superstar in the scientific field since October 2022, where she faced an incident of racism when a neighbor called the police on her for spraying trees to rid them of spotted lanternflies, an invasive species invading New Jersey. The neighbor reported that a “little Black woman is walking and spraying stuff on the sidewalks and trees,” and he said it “scares me.” Bobbi had simply been doing her part to rid the state of spotted lanternflies as part of the Stomp It Out! campaign, which asks people to kill the bug that is killing the trees and crops.

The situation went viral, and many local officials, as well as Yale University administrators stepped in to help turn the negative situation into a positive one. In fact, Governor Murphy tweeted, “Racism has no home here. No mother should have to worry about the cops being called on their child for trying to make the world a better place.”

It has been a whirlwind of accolades ever since for the young scientist, who had been using her own homemade solution of water, dish soap, and apple cider vinegar to spray the trees.

On December 6th, Bobbi received the Sustainability Award from the Caldwell Environmental Commission, and six days later, on December 12th, she was honored with a Certificate of Appreciation by the United States Department of Agriculture. On December 20th, Bobbi and her sister Hayden, 13, who stood up for Bobbi with a powerful speech at their Town Hall meeting, received Certificates of Excellence from NJIT, which also presented both girls with full scholarships to the summer 2023 Center for PreCollege Programs at NJIT.

Next, Montclair’s Minority Police Officer Association presented Bobbi with the Community Care Taking Award on January 13th, and Attorney General Matt Platkin was there to honor Bobbi as well. In addition, the 11th Congressional District of New Jersey awarded Bobbi for “her passion for science and environmental stewardship” and thanked her for her important efforts to help the community. The award was presented to Bobbi by Congresswoman Mickie Sherrill. She was also invited for private tours of Princeton University and The American Museum of Natural History.

When Yale University heard about the incident, the school invited Bobbi there to tour the Peabody Museum with other black female scientists. While there, Yale invited Bobbi to donate the spotted lanternfly into their database. Bobbi sent 27 spotted lanternflies to Yale, and on January 20th, Bobbi went back to Yale University’s Peabody Museum Entomology Division for a ceremony to

accept Bobbi’s donation of her spotted lanternfly collection into Yale University’s research collection. She is now the first contributor of spotted lanternflies to Yale University. The collection is named after Bobbi Wilson, and anyone that uses the spotted lanternflies from that collection must credit Bobbi.

And there are still many more accolades to come for the little scientist who is striving to protect the environment from the spotted lanternfly. Bobbi says she feels “proud” of the recognition that her work has received. Her mom Monique says she too is “proud of Bobbi,” and is “looking forward to Bobbi’s bright future.”

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Bobbi Wilson with her parents, Monique and Dale, holding the spotted lanternfly collection she donated to Yale University’s research collection.

West Orange Native Changes the Game at Division III Colleges for Students

West Orange native, Sebastian DeSimone’s desire to join the cross country and track teams at Gwynedd Mercy University in PA, as an Integrated Studies student not working toward a degree, has changed the NCAA playing field for all students following in Sebastian’s footsteps. In the past, only full-time students working toward a degree were allowed to join college D3 teams. This all changed this past August, when Sebastian received a waiver from the NCAA allowing him to run for his school. The NCAA has now made the waiver available to all D3 college students.

“We are super excited because we were uncertain if this would happen for months,” says mom Joanne DeSimone. “We didn’t anticipate that this would affect all students in D3 schools nationwide. That was a wonderful surprise. This waiver allows schools to offer wider inclusivity. Now there is no barrier to sports on campus.”

Joanne says that she hopes other D3 colleges become familiar with the NCAA waiver and that they let their students know about it.

Sebastian, who is in a special program within the school for people with intellectual disabilities, is working toward a certificate in Integrated Studies. He hopes to become an assistant teacher.

The college freshman was on the Varsity cross country and track teams at West Orange High School and has a love of running. When he was accepted into college, he was disappointed to learn that he could not compete. Now, with this waiver in hand, the distance runner plans to participate on the cross country and indoor/outdoor track teams at Gwynedd.

He says he originally joined the high school track team to make friends. He likes that the sport keeps him active and that he has something in common with his teammates. He says that his teammates at Gwynedd have been very welcoming to him and that he loves being part of the team.

Joanne says that “running has helped Sebastian learn that he can do hard things on and off the field. Now, it’s taught him strive for equality.”

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Through Her Eyes: Women of the Near East through the Ages

Mosaic Dance Theater Company (MDTC), based in Glen Ridge, in a co-production with the Shea Center for Performing Arts of William Paterson University, Wayne, celebrates Women’s History Month and women’s contributions to world culture by taking you on a journey through the ages, in Through Her Eyes: Women of the Near East Through the Ages, a joyous multimedia dance experience.

MDTC is dedicated to the dance and folkloric traditions of the Mediterranean—North Africa, the Middle East, and southern Europe—creating dance, theater, and educational programs which celebrate the rich diversity of cultures of this region.

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Ninth Annual Elizabeth Michael Boyle Poetry Celebration

Award-winning author Leah Naomi Green will be the guest speaker at the ninth Annual Elizabeth Michael Boyle Poetry Celebration from noon to 1pm on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 in the Alumni Theatre on Caldwell University’s campus. A book signing will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Green is the author of The More Extravagant Feast (Graywolf Press, 2020), selected by Li-Young Lee for the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets. She is the recipient of a 2021 Treehouse Climate Action Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets and the 2021 Lucille Clifton Legacy Award. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Paris Review, Tin House, Poem-a-Day, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, Orion, Shenandoah, Ecotone, and Pleiades. She has been supported by fellowships and grants from Civitella Ranieri Foundation and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Green teaches environmental studies and English at Washington and Lee University. Green resides in Rockbridge County, Virginia, where she and her family homestead and grow or find much of their food.

The Elizabeth Michael Boyle Poetry series is named in honor of the late Sister Elizabeth Michael Boyle, O.P., a Sister of St. Dominic of Caldwell, Professor Emerita of English, published author and poet.

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Ride the Easter Bunny Express!

For over 30 years the Museum has been welcoming the thousands of families who come to Whippany to celebrate the return of Spring with this fun-themed train ride through Morris County! The Easter Bunny and helpers will be on board the train greeting everyone during the 45-minute round-trip ride along the historic Whippanong Trail.

Your train ride experience departs from and returns to the Whippany Railway Museum site in Whippany. Guests enjoy the comfort of heated passenger coaches as the Bunny makes his way through the cars to visit with you and your children. Kids are sure to be delighted when they receive a special gift from the Easter Bunny while riding aboard this memorable train. Guest will ride on one of the Easter Bunny premium club cars:

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This is a limited-time event, and the rides usually sell out early, so advance online reservations are strongly recommended!

Sunday, March 26; Saturday, April 1; Sunday, April 2; Saturday, April 8 1, 2, 3 & 4pm Whippany Railway Museum, Railraod Plaza, Whippany 973-887-8177

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Sensory Celebration

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, this event invites all to explore the Van Vleck Gardens using your senses as your guide. Activity stations throughout the gardesn are self-paced, optional and focus on using your senses to discover nature through art, movement, literature, planting, and exploration walks.

This outdoor family program is an inclusive event, open to people of all ages and abilities and will be held entirely outdoors. Registration is required.

Saturday, April 1, 1-4pm Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair

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Musical Production

The West Orange High School drama department will present the Musical “Grease.’ Travel back to 1959 and join star-crossed Sandy, Danny, and the students of Rydell High as they sing about “Summer Lovin’”, “Greased Lightnin’,” and “Those Magic Changes,” along with all the other songs you know and love. Join us this spring as the West Orange High School Drama Department will perform one of the world’s most popular musicals, Grease!

Friday, March 31, 7pm; Saturday, April 1, 7pm; Sunday, April 2, 2pm West Orange High School, 51 Conforti Avenue, West Orange

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Monthly Parents Only Group, facilitated by a mental health professional. Community Support for Parents whose children identify as LGBTQ+ or are exploring their LGBTQ+ journey. Walk-ins welcome. Free Group. Open to Livingston & surrounding communities. To register e-mail:

Tuesday, March 14, 7-8:30pm Livingston Community Center, (Craft Room #2), 204 Hillside Ave, Livingston

Summit Symphony Orchestra

The Summit Symphony Orchestra, celebrating 84 years of free concerts in Summit, continues its season with Music Director Michael Avagliano who will lead the orchestra in performances of Tchaikovsky’s Slavonic March, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Ballade, and Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

The Summit Symphony has been providing free orchestral concerts for the Summit area since 1938.

Sunday, March 26, 2pm

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The West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Right Around the Corner

The 70th Anniversary of the West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade is taking place on Sunday, March 12th, beginning at 12:15 pm at the corners of Mt. Pleasant Avenue and Main Street. The Parade route will make its way north on Main Street and end at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Since part of Main Street will be closed off, complimentary shuttle buses will be provided to transport marchers and spectators to the starting location of the Parade at Town Hall.

This year, the Parade Committee is honoring Michael “Mike” McCormick as the 2023 Grand Marshall. Mike is excited and said, “Being the Grand Marshal of the 70th Anniversary West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the greatest honors of my life.”

Serving as Deputy Grand Marshals are Meg McNerney Brill, Rich Hughes, and Michele McCue Shaffer. According to the Parade Committee, “All honorees are leaders within their communities and Irish/ Civic Organizations and are truly deserving recipients of this honor.”

The Deputy Grand Marshals are equally thrilled to be part of the Parade. Meg said, “The Parade has always been a family tradition for the McNerneys. I’m honored, humbled, and excited to march this year alongside my family and the other honorees.” Michele said she is carrying on the family tradition— her dad was a Deputy Grand Marshal

in 1994. “The Parade has always been a holiday in itself,” said Rich. “Outside of Christmas, there’s no other day that brings together so many of my family and friends.”

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The West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade honorees (left-right): Deputy Grand Marshal Meg McNerney Brill, Grand Marshal Michael “Mike” McCormick, Sr., Deputy Grand Marshal Michele McCue Shaffer, & Deputy Grand Marshal Rich Hughes

Free Family Concert: “Phil-Harmonic Grows Up”

Anthony LaGruth and the accomplished musicians of the nonprofit Livingston Symphony Orchestra invite you to this live musical experience sure to please children of all ages. Pieces include excerpts from Beethoven’s lighthearted “Eighth Symphony,” Tchaikovsky’s rousing “Marche Slave,” John Williams’ heart-warming soundtrack from “E.T,” and several magical Disney scores.

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Do you ever wonder why some Doctors are so incredibly compassionate while others have a bedside manner better suited for the DMV?

In the case of Dr. Aleksandra Mihajlovic, DTCM, LAc of Sasha Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine it is a case of true empathy. “As a new mother I had children that suffered from eczema and recurrent ear infections. Seeing them in pain and discomfort and not being able to participate in their favorite sport—swimming, set me on a path to look for a better solutions for their health issues.”

Dr. Aleksandra’s options were limited to two things. Prescription medications that often did not work and to make lifestyle changes to limit the triggers that were often the cause. “It was no way to live,” she shares “they were young and should’ve been living a bright, vibrant life. Instead I was monitoring their food intake, testing them for sensitivities, avoiding long exposure to chlorinated pools and doing my best to prepare for changing weather conditions. Every, Spring and Fall eczema would flare up. It wasn’t until she took them to an acupuncturist that she found real relief for them. “

This is why I often refer to my practice as “The Last Resort With The Best Results.” You’ve been everywhere else and been given the same disheartening prognosis, prescribed the same medications and told, “this is just something you’re going to have to learn to live with.” Soon after her family’s incredible experience with the healing arts she made the life changing decision to abandon her research and sales careers and pursue her doctorate in acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. On that journey, she found solutions for some of her own health issues—life-long irregular periods and hip pain. “Acupuncture quite literally changed my life and I want to share that with the world,” she proclaims.

Your Golden Years Should Be Golden

While in school she watched as her aunt began to suffer from Peripheral Neuropathy. “Your golden years should be golden, not plagued with insufferable pain while doctors and specialists tell you there is nothing they can do.” Understanding that Eastern Medicine excels where Western Medicine fails, Dr. Aleksandra set forth to develop treatment protocols for all variations of Peripheral Neuropathy (including diabetic and chemotherapyinduced) and now has a 90% success rate in treating this once difficult to manage condition.

“I was tired of seeing the older generation suffer unnecessarily,” shares Dr. Aleksandra. “Diagnosing them as just getting older and giving them a treatment plan of ‘you’re just going to have to get used to it’ has never sat well with me so I wanted to offer them a real option for treatment and care.”

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Dr. Aleksandra has designed similar treatment protocols for other complicated, chronic conditions including fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, post-shingles pain, and even macular degeneration. While each patient plan is tailored specifically to the patient’s concern and goals, all of her treatments are based on a framework that’s over fourteen years in the making. In addition Dr. Aleksandra isn’t opposed to more modern medical solutions. “It’s in blending the time-tested science of acupuncture with recent innovations in medicine that get me the best results.” One of those advancements is ATP Resonance Bio Therapy™, originally developed by NASA, it aids nerves in regeneration by providing them the nutrients they need to repair and renew, “very similar to what water does for a plant!”

The Magic of Compassionate Care

And what do those in her care have to say? “Dr Aleksandra looked me in my eyes and wanted to know about me, not just my condition. I feel like a person, not just a patient,” shares Joan. “In fact I don’t think she’s ever used the word patient.” Others proclaim “she saved my life” , “her neuropathy treatments gave me my life back, and “it’s a miracle she treated my fibromyalgia, I don’t know how else to explain it.”

Dr. Aleksandra has a long personal history in complicated, difficult to understand conditions and understands how tragic it can all be if left untreated. “I have sat where my patients sit. I’ve experienced their

pain and suffering on an intimate level. It’s why I practice the brand of medicine I do and why I’ve made it my life’s mission to treat the “untreatable.” It brings me such incredible joy when I get to say, “I can help you!”

Furthermore, Dr. Aleksandra has surrounded herself with staff that embraces this same approach to patient care. “You can ask any one of my patients and they will tell you that their favorite part about Sasha Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine is my staff.”

“I just love everyone here,” shares Christine, who has been a patient of Sasha Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine for almost six years. “The girls are always so kind, it’s like going to the doctor with my girlfriends.”

Dr. Aleksandra and her staff specialize in treating chronic pain, complicated neurological conditions and autoimmune diseases that leave other professionals scratching their heads. Sasha Acupuncture won the Gold Medal for Best Acupuncture in the 2022 Best of Essex Reader’s Choice Contest.

Ready to schedule? Call 973-444-8932 for a comprehensive consultation today. For more information about Dr. Aleksandra Mihajlovic and what she treats, Visit

Sasha Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine

119 Grove Street, Montclair | 973-444-8932

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Discover the Hidden Storage Space in Your Walls

Homeowners with small kitchens sometimes think that the only way to enjoy more space would be to knock down walls and expand the size of the room itself. Instead, unlock the hidden storage space available between the studs of your walls. With custom small built-in spaces, you can display beautiful tableware or stylishly stash your Cuisinart and china.

Between-studs shelving is ideal as a kitchen pantry because the shallow shelves are perfect for canned goods. You can use a niche for storing spices, hanging utensils, or storing and displaying your cooking pans.w

With such custom features, a small kitchen will be less cluttered and appear larger. To enhance the beauty and functionality of any size kitchen, between the stud custom cabinetry can fit your look and your lifestyle.

Don’t Let Weeds Spoil the Pavers

Here’s a quick and easy way to avoid annoying weeds that sprout in the cracks between concrete pavers: replace the sand between pavers with polymer sand. When washed down with water, polymer sand dries into a non-porous yet flexible joint—locking in the pavers and preventing weeds from growing. To keep pavers looking their best, clean up spills promptly, and use an enzyme-based cleaner to remove stains.

Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric Inc. 973-237-0505 NJ ELEC LIC# 11850B HVAC-R LIC# 19HC00144800 Now is the time to Install a New Generac Whole House Generator Never Lose Power Again! *With new generator installation. This offer expires 4/30/23. See dealer for complete details. STORM SEASON IS HERE Be Prepared for Blackouts Suburban Essex Gold Winner 2022 Voted BEST HVAC Contractor 8 years in a row 0 % FINANCING * FOR UP TO 18 MONTHS SPECIAL GENERATOR MAINTENANCE OFFER Only $250 Call for complete details of this offer. Suburban Essex Gold Winner 2022 MARCH SPECIAL 10% OFF CLEAN OUTS ONLY With this ad. Not to be combined with any other offers. Offer expires 4/15/23. Who needs luck? We have the truck to help you clean up and clean out anything! NO JOB TOO BIG OR SMALL 973-744-6766 • (cell) 201-953-9359 MOVING? Ask How We Can Help (A N.J.D.E.P.E. Licensed Hauler) Louis M. Mauriello, Owner Operator • Basements, Attics, Garages & More • Warehouses, Office Buildings • Estate Clean Outs • Demolition Services Available • Trailer & Container Rentals • REO Specialist FREE ESTIMATES FULLY INSURED SAME DAY SERVICE Home Pros
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Declutter with Garage Shelving

The garage is often the most neglected space in a house, becoming a dumping ground for items that don’t fit elsewhere. This results in a cluttered, disorganized space that can be challenging to navigate. Garage shelving can help solve this problem by providing a designated space for items to be stored, allowing for easier organization and accessibility. Shelves can be used to store tools, sporting equipment, and even seasonal items like holiday decorations.

The benefits of garage shelving extend beyond just organization. By decluttering and organizing the space, you can create a safer environment by reducing tripping hazards and improving visibility. Additionally, garage shelving can help extend the life of your belongings by protecting them from damage and wear.

Overall, garage shelving is a crucial investment for anyone looking to maximize their garage space and keep their belongings safe and organized. With the variety of options available, it’s easy to find a shelving system that meets your unique needs and space constraints. Electrical Contractors FREE Estimates 973.325.3626 144 Main Street, West Orange Lic. No. 16744 13-TIME WINNER! EST. 1963 Suburban Essex 2022 BEST ELECTRICIAN FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED 973-227-3369 Love Your Garage Door Servicing Northern New Jersey or Over 30 Years. We service, install and repair residential garage doors & electric garage door openers. Call us today for a FREE ESTIMATE! • ADDITIONS • ADD-A-LEVELS • KITCHENS • BATHROOMS • SUNDECKS • BASEMENTS Steven V. Gargiulo | Phone: 973.428.9529 State of N.J. License/Registration # 13VH00192900 Building Your Dreams Since 1965 Home Pros
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Is Your Clothes Dryer a FIRE HAZARD?

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that approximately 14,000 clothes dryer-related fires occur each year. Under certain conditions, when lint blocks the flow of air, excessive heat buildup may cause a fire in some dryers. To prevent clothes dryer-caused fires, follow these often-overlooked safety precautions:

• Clean the lint filter regularly and make sure the dryer is operating properly. Clean the filter after each load of clothes. While the dryer is operating, check the outside exhaust to make sure exhaust air is escaping normally. If there are signs that the dryer is hotter than normal, it may be a sign that the dryer’s temperature control thermostat needs servicing.

• Check the exhaust duct more often if you have a plastic, flexible duct. This type of duct is more likely to trap lint than smooth metal ducting.

• Closely follow the manufacturer’s instructions for new installations. Most manufacturers that get their clothes dryers approved by Underwriters Laboratories specify the use of metal exhaust ducts. If you are having the dryer installed, insist upon metal ducts unless the installer has verified that the manufacturer permits the use of plastic ducts.

E&M O’Hara

144 Main Street, West Orange | 973-325-3626 |

of Everyday Life We’re here to make sure you are covered. Call for a Complimentary Analysis. 4 GENERATIONS SINCE 1922 973-582-6200 Denny Klein, President and CEO, and the staff of Rand, Feuer & Klein, LLC INSURANCE AND RISK MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS CELEBRATING OUR 100th ANNIVERSARY Home Pros
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When it comes to remodeling your bathroom, there are several new technologies that you may want to consider. Here are a few:

Smart toilets are becoming increasingly popular, with features such as heated seats, built-in bidets, automatic flushing, and even voice-activated controls.

There are a variety of high-tech showerheads on the market that offer features such as adjustable water pressure and temperature, Bluetooth connectivity for streaming music or podcasts, and even built-in LED lighting.

Touchless faucets have become more prevalent due to their hygienic benefits. They use motion sensors to turn on and off, reducing the spread of germs.

Water-saving technologies can help reduce your water usage and save you money on your water bill. Low-flow toilets and showerheads, as well as aerators for your faucets, can help you conserve water.

Radiant floor heating is a luxurious addition to any bathroom, and can be especially appealing in colder climates. It provides a comfortable, even heat that is energy-efficient.

Smart mirrors are becoming more popular, with features such as builtin lighting, Bluetooth connectivity for streaming music or podcasts, and even voice-activated controls.

Waterproof TVs are specifically designed to withstand the humid environment of a bathroom.

Overall, these new technologies can help you create a more comfortable, luxurious, and efficient bathroom space.

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Carpet or Hardwood?

When it comes to choosing between carpet and hardwood flooring for your home, there are a few key factors to consider.

Firstly, think about the overall aesthetic you’re trying to achieve. Hardwood flooring can add a classic, elegant touch to a room, while carpet can create a cozy, comfortable atmosphere.

Secondly, consider the amount of foot traffic in the room. Hardwood flooring is more durable and easier to clean, making it a better choice for high-traffic areas like entryways and living rooms. Carpet in hightraffic areas of the home is also likely to show it’s age much more quickly—while a hardwood floor can last indefinitely with the proper maintenance. Carpet, on the other hand, can be a good option for bedrooms or areas where you want to reduce noise and create a softer landing surface. Another consideration is maintenance. Hardwood flooring can be more expensive to install, but it typically requires less maintenance over time. Carpet, on the other hand, may need to be replaced more frequently due to wear and tear.

Finally, think about your budget. Hardwood flooring can be more expensive than carpet, but it can also add value to your home if you ever decide to sell. Carpet, on the other hand, is generally less expensive but may need to be replaced more frequently.


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Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. It protects you from the elements, keeps your house warm and dry, and helps to maintain the overall structural integrity of your home. “The lifespan of a roof depends on a variety of factors, such as roofing material used, ventilation and weather conditions,” states Wilber Vargas, owner of Wilber’s Home Improvements. Here are some signs that he suggests you look out for that may indicate it is time to replace your roof:

Age: The most obvious sign that your roof needs to be replaced is its age. If your roof is over 20 years old, it may be time to start thinking about a replacement.

Leaks: If you notice water stains on your ceiling or walls, it could be a sign of a leaky roof. Leaks can be caused by many things, including damaged or missing shingles, faulty flashing, or a damaged underlayment.

Damaged Shingles: If your shingles are cracked, curled, or missing, it may be time to replace your roof. Damaged shingles can leave your roof vulnerable to leaks and can compromise its overall integrity.

Granule Loss: As shingles age, they can start to lose the granules that protect them from the sun’s UV rays. If you notice a lot of granules in your gutters or on the ground around your home, it may be time to replace your roof.

Sagging Roof: If your roof is sagging, it is a sign of serious structural damage. This could be caused by a number of things, including water damage or a faulty support structure. In this case, you should contact a professional roofer immediately.

Wilber’s Home Improvement

2087 Millburn Avenue, Maplewood | 973-762-6332

$200 OFF ANY COMPLETE ROOF New clients only. Must be presented at signing of agreement. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Expires 03/31/23. 973-324-9461 50 Year Guarantee on All Work with a System Plus Warranty CUSTOM CARPENTRY ROOFING and SIDING Lic# CE17703 Roofing Siding Windows Doors 0% FINANCING AVAILABLE FREE ESTIMATES FULLY INSURED Kitchens | Baths | Basements | Decks | Additions | Master Suites 973-857-3553 We Bring Your Vision to Reality Best Home Renovation 2022 – Silver 2021 – Gold Best Kitchen & Baths 2022 – Silver 2021 – Silver 2019 - Bronze Call us today about your renovation/remodeling project: NJ HIC Registration: 13VH00308600 Bronze Winner 2019 Silver Winner 2021 Gold Winner 2021 Silver Winner Suburban Essex 2022 Silver Winner Suburban Essex 2022 CONCEPT BEFORE NJ HIC #13VH02988400 SERVING THE WEST ESSEX AREA FOR OVER 15 YEARS 973-261-0198 Your Full-Service Landscaping, Lawn Treatment & Landscape Lighting Company BEST LANDSCAPING Gold Winner— 6 Years in a Row! BEST LANDSCAPE DESIGN Silver Winner Silver Winner Suburban Essex 2022 Suburban Essex Gold Winner 2022 Home Pros
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A Residents Guide to Home Pros Serving Essex County


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

R&G Custom Carpentry

973-324-9461 |


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

Anderson Electric

Verona | 973-857-4333

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

Garage Doors.

Door to door garage doors is a family-owned and operated company servicing northern New Jersey. They want you to Love Your Garage Door. They service, install, and repair residential garage doors & electric garage door openers. Call today for a free estimate!

Door to Door

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


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

Bloomfield Cooling & Heating

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

Home Décor.

ANS has been in this business for over 25 years. Their attention to detail and skilled knowledge of antiques makes them unique among buyers and sellers, ensuring each client receives accurate information about each item and each seller receives top dollar. They will also work with your favorite charity.

ANS Antiques

500 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair | 201-345-6176

Home Entertainment.

Pelican Shops has what you need and want in hot tubs, above ground swimming pools & pool supplies, patio furniture, BBQ grills, watersport equipment including stand up paddle boards & kayaks, or gaming room items such a pool tables, ping pong tables & foosball tables. Pelican is the east coast’s premier supplier of ski & snowboard equipment and winter clothing & outerwear.

Pelican Shops

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

Home Remodeling.

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

G&L and Sons Renovations, LLC

973-857-3553 |

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

Gargiulo Builders

973-428-9529 |

Interior Design.

For almost 50 years, CWI Design has been transforming interior spaces of all shapes and sizes. From start to finish, you can trust them to manage the entire process— from concept and design detailing to material selection and implementation.

CWI Design

560 Central Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974 908-665-7997 |

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

Richard Bailey Interiors, LLC

973-429-2106 |

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

Valerie Ruddy Designs - Decorating Den Interiors

973-239-3004 |

Kitchen & Bath Remodeling.

For over 25 years, Showcase Kitchen & Bath has been known for not only their stunning kitchens and bathrooms but for their ability to seamlessly perform all facets of home remodeling. The creative designs and quality craftsmanship are the reason why they are New Jersey’s Premier Remodeler and have been voted Best of Essex 13 years in a row. NJ Lic#13VH00056300

EPA Lead Safe Certificate #Nat-23584-1

Showcase Kitchen & Bath

438 Broad Street Bloomfield | 973-743-8722


CLC Landscape Design is an award-winning landscape architecture and landscape construction firm. For over 40 years CLC Landscape Design has been the preeminent design/build landscape firm. With a vast knowledge of landscape design concepts and material options, they tailor each of our landscapes to meet the unique style of each of our clients.

CLC Landscape Design

58 Ringwood Ave, Ringwood | 973-839-6026 |

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

Joseph Mulroe Landscape Design

Serving Montclair & Essex County | 973-865-5855

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

K. Macken Landscaping

West Caldwell | 973-261-0198

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

Picture Perfect Landscapes, LLC


From landscape design to construction to weekly maintenance, Sponzilli has been the trusted source for quality and excellence. With their expertise, experience, and passion for excellence, they continue to design and create commercial and residential landscapes that truly stand apart.

Sponzilli Landscape Group Inc.

345 Passaic Avenue, Fairfield | 973-244-1410

Team SportsTurf Professional Lawn Care and Landscaping, LLC offers a complete line of services—they design, install, and maintain your landscape. Specializing in both commercial and residential jobs including lawn maintenance, landscaping & hardscaping construction, and synthetic Turf installation. Design services include the ability to take a digital picture of your current landscape and graphically illustrate how our plan will look.

Team SportsTurf Professional

Lawn Care and Landscaping, LLC

973-882-1242 |

Marble & Stone.

Apex Marble & Granite was founded by Tom Tsatsaros in 1994. Tom has been living and breathing stone and tile since he was 11 years old, working under a Master Craftsman in Greece. His dreams, that have since come to fruition, were to develop an answer for all the stone and tile needs of homeowners and businesses alike.

Apex Marble & Granite

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


Moving is a tremendous task. A crucial step before moving is purging and organizing. We will help you dispose, consolidate, pack and label everything, helping to make sure the transition is smooth and stress free. In addition, we will assist you in unpacking and organizing your new space.

Peace Love Home

516-672-0288 |

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Gikas Restoration and Roofing helps protect and improve your most expensive asset, your home. Their services include interior and exterior painting, roofing, additions, construction and a full range of carpentry services, including flooring. They specialized in the restoration of Victorian homes.

Gikas Restoration and Roofing

7 Park St, Montclair | 973-835-7775

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

Wilber’s Painting & Home Improvements

973-762-6333 |

Pool Builders.

Classic, rustic, modern, or eclectic, The Pool Boss offers a complete outdoor design service to turn your vision into a reality. A beautifully landscaped inground pool can be your personal oasis to refresh and invigorate in.

The Pool Boss

1474 Route 23 North, Suite 8, Wayne 973-832-7007 |



Mayor Ras Baraka - Newark

Mayor Ted R. Green - East Orange

President Sheena Collum - South Orange

Mayor Michael M. Vieira - Livingston

with special guest: Tom Bracken - President of the New Jersey Chamber or Commerce

Moderated by Mayor Joseph Tempesta Jr. - West Caldwell


Livingston’s #1 Real Estate Agent, no one brings better RESULTS—whether you are buying, selling, or renting.

• #1 Agent in Livingston across all companies

• #1 Agent in Essex County across all companies

• #1 Coldwell Banker Agent in New Jersey

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Ellen Gonik

Coldwell Banker Realtor-Associate®

2 E Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston | Office: 973-994-4323

Cell: 973-879-9467 |

Waste Removal.

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

Champion Waste Removal


Windows Treatments.

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

Window Works

38 East Northfield Rd, Livingston 973-535-5860 |

WILSHIRE GRAND HOTEL, 350 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ 07052 13TH ANNUAL MEET THE MAYORS 2023 Friday, March 31, 2023 • 8:30am to 11:00am This event is free but registration is required by March 26th. or call 973-379-1198 Join us for our 13th annual networking breakfast followed by this year’s panel discussion focused on issues facing the business community and local governments.
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Summer Camp 2023 SPOTLIGHTS

Essex Youth Theater

In Residence at Studio Playhouse

14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair | 973-746-3303

Contact: Janet Sales, Artistic Director

Ages: 6-13

Essex Youth Theater’s specialized program uses custom-written scripts that guarantee equal roles for every student. Class size is small, with lots of individual attention. Theirs is an atmosphere of fun learning, where self-esteem and self-confidence are their primary emphasis. They provide a nurturing, caring environment where every child blossoms.

Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts

14 South Park Street, Montclair | 973-655-9819

“If you like to dance or act, Prime Time Summer Arts is the place to be,” says Sharron Miller, Artistic Director. No previous training is required and every session is different so you can register for the whole summer.

Preschool Summer Arts for ages 3-5 meets Monday-Friday from 8-11am. Each 1-week session includes dance, music, art, and pretend play all focused on the theme for that week. Themes may include Fairy Tales, At the Beach, Around the World, Disney, and more.

Prime Time Summer Arts for ages 6-9 meets Monday-Friday from 9am-2pm. Ages 10-14 meet Monday-Friday from 1-6pm. Over the 3-week session, students will take classes in dance, drama, improv, and choreography, and then collaboratively create a show. There will be break times when students can eat and socialize together with their counselors, bonding over the joy of performing arts. The session will culminate with a performance of the show they have created together.

School of Rock Montclair–

Summer Rock Boot Camp

125 Valley Road, Montclair | 973-337-5296

Through workshops, clinics, and group “band” instruction, this comprehensive camp experience is designed to hone music performance and ensemble skills in a creative and fun environment. They know from experience that playing in a band situation speeds learning and creates “seasoned” musicians.

Summer Theater Day Camp! Where Every Child is a Star! ESSEX YOUTH THEATER In Residence at The Studio Playhouse, Upper Montclair • In-Person, On-Stage • Ages 6-13 • Exciting plays & musicals • Lots of individual attention in a friendly atmosphere • Every child gets a starring role! Montclair’s Premier Acting School for Kids for Over 30 Years! 973-746-3303 • | 973-655-9819 14 South Park Street, Montclair, NJ REGISTER ONLINE Dance Classes for All Ages PreSchool Summer Arts Program PrimeTime Summer Arts Program March 2023 33

Summer Camp 2023 SPOTLIGHTS

YMCA Camp Mason

23 Birch Ridge Road, Hardwick 908-362-8217

Age Groups: 8-16

At YMCA Camp Mason, we say Camp Counts because our camp experience is transformative, helping build the skills and values kids need to grow and thrive. For more than 120 years, YMCA Camp Mason has welcomed campers to be a part of our caring, diverse, inclusive community. We strive for excellence, relevance and innovation and believe that every child deserves the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Our proven programs and caring, trained counselors engage and encourage young people and deliver meaningful and memorable experiences year after year. We could go on and on about the benefits of YMCA Camp Mason, but our campers say it best!

“I made so many new friends and now I know I can do anything!” – 14-year-old

Our schedule allows campers to try new things and improve their skills while developing confidence, gaining a sense of independence, having fun and making lifelong friends.

“I come to camp for all of the great activities.” – 13-year-old

On our 500-acre natural campus, we offer archery, swimming in our Olympic size outdoor heated pool, boating, arts and crafts, drama, music, a climbing tower, zipline, dance, digital photography and movie making, basketball and court sports, a skate boarding park, mountain biking, hiking, aerial silks and countless other activities. Campers can even sign up for FREE off-site trips to explore the fantastic natural surroundings of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, less than 10 minutes from our camp. There is something for everyone!

“At camp I can be myself.” – 9-year-old

98% of parents report that their child felt a sense of belonging at camp, and 93% indicated their child’s self-image improved. We connect youth with positive role models who teach and live our values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, integrity and inclusion.

Summer Camp Fashion Design

Workshops for Teens at House of Dezign

House of Dezign | 11B Roosevelt Avenue, Chatham 973-908-3575 |

Is your teen interested in fashion design? This summer, House of Dezign is offering unparalleled one-week educational and fun summer camp design workshops for teens ages 13 to 17 through carefully curated lessons that ensure each participant succeeds.

In addition, a 3-week portfolio workshop is being offered for teens who are looking to create portfolios or get a head start for school or college. Each week-long session combines individualized and class instruction to ensure teens get the attention they need to make successful fashions. All participants learn how to create evolving mood boards and fashion designing as well as pattern making and draping. They also work with different textiles to create wearable garments and accessories. Participants learn to stitch fabric by hand and by using a sewing machine. And they learn to appreciate the rich history and culture of fashion, as well as the economic value.

All workshops are small to allow for the best possible instruction by instructors who are from Pratt, FIT and other design schools in the US and Europe. House of Dezign offers one-of-a-kind, elite, STEM, summer camp fashion design workshops for teens who want to learn about fashion designing.

Please call or email for info on Covid-19 safety procedures 125 Valley Road, Montclair 973-337-5296 e-mail: MONTCLAIR, NJ 15% OFF SUMMER CAMP! For Summer 2023. Offer valid through April 1, 2023. Visit Website for More Information. JULY 5TH - JULY 22ND BROADWAY BOOTCAMP Musical Theatre Conservatory SUMMER CAMP & SHOWCASE 973.868.6259 SAVE $100 CODE: MTC Pool Parties! PROFESSIONAL, PERSONALIZED TRAINING IN: SINGING, DANCING, ACTING, COMEDY, TV/FILM, STAGE COMBAT AND AUDITIONING SHOWCASE YOUR TALENT IN A FINAL SHOW IN N.Y.C.! MEET + STUDY WITH AGENTS AND B’WAY PERSONALITIES! CONVENIENT LIVINGSTON LOCATION AGES 7-19 BEG-ADV LEVELS 34 Suburban Essex March 2023

Musical Theatre Conservatory

Broadway Boot Camp

973-868-6259 |

Age Groups: Ages 7-18

July 5-22 (Final Show in NYC!) Monday–Friday, 9:15am–3:45pm

At Musical Theatre Conservatory, “Theatre for Life” is more than just a motto; it is their guiding philosophy. Through their Broadway Boot Camp, children get the opportunity to bring this philosophy to life.

Broadway Boot Camp teaches children the skills they need to actually get on stage and do what they love. MTC students work with theatre professionals, who are committed to giving every child the solid foundation they need to be the best performer they can be. Each day, students will enjoy a rotating schedule that includes: Voice, Acting, Theatre Dance, Hip Hop, Song Interpretation, Comedy Improvisation, Stage Combat, TV & Commercial Acting, Audition T`echniques, Make-Up, and Production Rehearsal. The program ends with a “splash” with their annual Luau Pool Party!

In just three weeks, students are guided from classes to rehearsals culminating in a costumed, cabaret-style show, produced by theatre professionals. Students also have the chance to meet with agents and Broadway actors to get the inside scoop on working in theatre, film, and television. This year the final shows will be in NJ and NYC!

Classes For students entering grades 6–12 include: Filmmaking

Screenwriting Director’s Lab Visual Effects (VFX)


Acting for Film & TV

Improv Podcasting Animation

Indie Filmmaking (Level 2)

“ I had such a great experience in filmmaking— I learned how to work with a crew, how to edit on a computer, and I made a lot of friends.” —Teen Student

Montclair Film Summer Academy

505 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair | 973-783-6433

Age Groups: Students entering grades 6-12

Director(s): Sue Hollenberg & Ryan Moore

Montclair Film offers creative arts workshops that allow students to build skills and express their unique voices. Our classes include Filmmaking, Directing, Screenwriting, Animation, Improv, Acting, Editing, Visual Effects, Podcasting and more! Classes are small and instructors are carefully selected not only for their expertise, but also their ability to engage and inspire our students. We believe that learning should always be hands-on and fun! We also believe that students should leave with a sense of accomplishment, which is why our classes build to a final film, script, or performance that students can feel proud of!

Don’t wait! Sessions fill up fast. Visit for more information and to register Financial Assistance is available for qualified students.
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Cindi Galiher and Kathy Korab

GLAZE Salon Offers a Complete Beauty Experience

Partners Cindi Galiher and Kathy Korab, owners of GLAZE Salon in Chatham, offer a one-stop beauty and retail experience that is aimed at meeting and exceeding everyone’s beauty needs and wants. With 18 stylists under one beautiful 2500-sq-ft. roof, there is little chance you won’t be able to book a hairdresser when you need one. Fully 85% of these stylists also boast more than two decades of experience and the knowledgeable, welcoming desk staff match new clients to the stylists who will best meet their particular needs.

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GLAZE Salon Offers a Complete Beauty Experience

The Salon Experience

Expertise is important as this New York style salon offers, among many other things, the very popular Brazilian blowouts/keratin treatments and does a great deal of hair extension work using different types of hair extension products from LA. “Hair extensions are red hot right now and they can be very tricky,” Galiher says, “so you must have people who know what they are doing.” Popular extensions GLAZE provides include falls, halos, and layered halos.

Many of these extensions now feature the bayalage color highlights that are also very popular for hair—the blues, greens, and purples, and the silvery blonde highlights trending for Spring. Galiher notes, “Using extensions for color is a cool way to get the bayalage look without the need to dye your own hair.”

This emphasis on expertise—which also extends to the salon’s nail, eyebrow, lash, and waxing services—is why GLAZE prides itself on keeping their stylists and staff up to speed and recently welcomed

a new nail technician with 30 years of experience. Galiher says, “We make sure all of our stylists have access to classes on the latest in cutting techniques and have access to information on new products and how to use them.”

The Retail Experience

Not only does the salon stay up on the best products, but it makes many available for clients as well. Luxury haircare lines you won’t find nearly anywhere else include ENJOY, Oribe

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and IIes Formula. A product line for men called 1812 includes shampoos, beard oils, pomades, and other beauty items. The salon also carries the Olaplex system that is designed to repair, strengthen, and protect hair and a full line of ancillary products for Brazilian blowouts.

But that’s just the beginning of the retail experience at GLAZE. Clients can browse products including the Save My Bag line of wipe clean neoprene cosmetic and toiletry bags; find Antica Farmacista candles and crystal diffusers; peruse

Swarovski crystal accented apparel; choose Peepers reading glasses; check out CBD-based skincare products and gummies, and all while perhaps sipping a cappuccino or latte from the Nespresso bar during the day, or enjoying a glass of wine or a mimosa, that the salon provides clients while they wait on evenings and Saturdays. Clients are always invited to relax and enjoy.

And that may be what firmly sets this salon on top as clients rave about its warm and welcoming atmosphere.

“People tell me how much they love it here, how professional and welcoming it is, and once they come in the first time, they come back,” says Galiher, “and that’s rewarding.” As a final bonus, GLAZE has its own parking lot with plenty of room for all—you won’t have to hunt to get your seat at this salon.


7 Townsquare, Chatham I 973-701-0099

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Safety, Support & Solutions for Abuse

Everyone knows someone who is currently experiencing abuse. It does not discriminate. Abuse can happen to anyone without regard to age, gender, sexual orientation, race, or socio-economic status. Since one in four women and one in seven men suffer from intimate partner abuse, you likely have a story of your own to tell.

In 1976, the problem was even worse, albeit unaddressed, due to the stigma around domestic violence. However, a small group of women decided that enough was enough. With nothing more than a few resources and a relentless sense of determination, these women set up shelters within their own homes to support survivors of domestic violence. It was in these informal, communal spaces that JBWS began.

they think their relationship is unhealthy, their empathetic staff is there. Moments after an incidence of abuse is reported to police, members of JBWS’ Crisis Response Team are at the hospital or police department offering critical access to resources.

When a survivor leaves their home in the middle of the night, they are welcomed into JBWS’ Emergency Safe House Shelter. If a person requires additional assistance, they may enter JBWS’ Transitional Living Program. With 11 fully furnished apartments, the Transitional Living Program enables survivors to receive long-term residential assistance and access to counseling, case management, life skills training, services for children, and assistance finding permanent housing.

As they process their experience with abuse, JBWS offers numerous counseling groups to help them heal. When it’s time to face their abusive partner in court, JBWS is at the survivor’s side offering legal advocacy and support through the JBWS-led Morris Family Justice Center.

Today, JBWS is a non-profit agency that offers safety, support, and solutions to all people impacted by domestic violence. When someone calls JBWS’ 24-Hour Helpline (1-877-782-2873) because

However, JBWS doesn’t just respond to abuse, they work to prevent it through community education and abuse intervention programs. The Dating Abuse Prevention Program educates teenagers and young adults about dating abuse while the JBWS-led Jersey Center for Non-Violence provides counseling to people who use abuse in their relationships. Through this counseling, they are able to stop the intergenerational cycle of abuse, change their behavior, and end domestic violence at its source.

All this is possible because a group of women decided that they were going to make a difference in their community. The collective strength of those few women is the reason that JBWS has answered more than 230,000 calls to its helpline, counseled or shelter more than 115,000 families, and educated well over 490,000 teenagers and young adults about dating abuse in just over 45 years.

Help is always within reach whether it be remotely or in person.


P.O. Box 1437, Morristown 1-877-782-2873

Breaking ground at the Carol G. Simon Transitional Living Resource Center that houses the Transitional Living Program
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The JBWS staff pose for a photo during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

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Contributing Writers: Cynthia Burns, Sue Baldani, Janis Hashe, Christine Maxwell, Jackie Schatell
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Contributing Photographers: Daniel Esptein, David Renna

Amira Patel, DMD

Amrita Patel, DMD, practices general dentistry at The Silverstrom Group in Livingston, which is a full-service dental practice with a twist – all dental specialists practice under one roof and patients are able to receive treatment for their teeth, bone and gums all in one location. This means that aside from seeing a general dentist, patients are also able to see an oral surgeon, periodontist, and an endodontist.

“Not only can we provide all aspects of dentistry under one roof, but we truly pride ourselves in HOW we make our patients feel,” says Dr. Patel, who has been a staff member since 2021. “We take pride in the fact that our patients have the

The Silverstrom Group

choice to see any other dentist, but they trust US with the care of their oral health.”

From the nurturing spa-like environment to the calming ambiance, the practice caters to people of all ages and boasts advanced technology, highly trained staff members, a relaxation room, and a complimentary café area.

The Silverstrom Group offers a multitude of services including cosmetic dentistry, facial aesthetics, general dentistry, same-day dentistry, sedation dentistry, emergency dentistry, tongue thrust, and orofacial myofunctional therapy as well as cleanings, crowns, bridges, veneers, mouth makeovers, implants, root canals, extractions, surgical procedures including

bone grafts, sinus lifts, gum contouring and so much more.

Dr. Patel, who received her dental degree from Boston University, not only offers general dentistry services, she is also certified to offer Invisalign. She says she loves what she does, and that she gets to spend a lot of time with her patients. Dr. Patel has a light-hearted approach and likes to make patients feel as comfortable as possible.

“I like to make my patients laugh and smile when they are in my chair,” she says. “In addition, I treat all of my patients like they are part of my family.”

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973-992-3990 |

As the owner and senior interior designer of Creative Wallcoverings and Interiors (CWI), Rachel Kapner has been helping clients fall in love with the spaces in their homes for over 20 years. This passion, she says, also enables her to live and enjoy individual designs vicariously through her clients. Her golden rule: To listen and learn about each client, apply that to how they live in their homes, and then use their color and style preferences to create a space that fits their lifestyle. “Each client is unique and my design selections reflect that,” she says.

Rachel’s mother, Dorothy, started CWI 50 years ago with two partners in the town of Summit. After Rachel, who majored in Fine Arts at Roger Williams University and initially wanted to be a fashion designer, and her business partner and husband Gary, took over, they expanded and hired other talented people in order to assist more clients.

Today, it’s a full-service residential interior design firm now located in New Providence, and she and her talented staff can handle the entire process— from concept and design detailing to material selection and implementation. When designing a room, Rachel uses her appreciation for color while incorporating multiple textures for a classic and elegant look with lots of modern lines and a little bit of whimsy.

CWI has won many awards for their designs, including Mansion in May’s top honor, the Tulip Award, twice in 2006 and 2014. The firm is also often complimented by leading media sources, such as The Huffington Post and Aspire Design and Home magazine.

Rachel’s advice to other women who dream of running their own businesses: “It sounds cliché, but be passionate, determined and willing to put in the hard work,” she says. “That way, the business will grow and blossom organically.”

560 Central Ave, New Providence 908-665-7997

Rachel Kapner
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Creative Wallcoverings and Interiors, President and Principal Designer
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Dr. Kelly DiStefano

Montclair Rejuvenation Center

Kelly DiStefano, MD, founder of the Montclair Rejuvenation Center, is an anesthesiologist by training. She was influenced by the work of her father, Kenneth DiStefano, MD, a renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon. She learned from an early age the importance of improving one’s physical appearance and, by extension, emotional health. She became passionate about aesthetics and applied her medical expertise to help patients look and feel their best.

The Center is a medical spa offering a full complement of services including Botox® and fillers, facials, waxing, hair removal, repairing uneven skin tone, treatment for migraines, hair restoration, vitamin drips, non-surgical body contouring and spray tans, to name a few. The aim is to bring proven, affordable services to the community.

The services enhance a client’s appearance by achieving a more youthful look without surgery. “Aesthetics is a cognitive booster,” notes Dr. Kelly, as she is known in the practice. “As people age, they want to retain aspects of their youth. We assist with that.” She adds, “We are able to treat some skin conditions through a medical grade facial, using products only available to a medical doctor.”

A course of treatment begins with an indepth consultation to select appropriate products and medically proven instruments, with safety the utmost concern. What sets the Montclair Rejuvenation Center apart is its offering of the most advanced skin rejuvenation treatments available. Another is its highly credentialed staff. In addition to Dr. Kelly, the staff is comprised of nurse practitioners, registered nurses and estheticians.

One Mount Prospect Avenue, Verona 761 Bloomfield Avenue, West Caldwell 973-218-5677

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Elvira Grau

Owner, SpaceEvents and Space54

Elvira Grau is the owner and visionary of SpaceEvents in Englewood, NJ and Space54 in NYC. Born in Ukraine she later immigrated to the United States and built her business from scratch. Before starting her event production business, Elvira worked as a Marketing & Public Relations Executive managing Fortune 500 clients, which gave her a unique edge and perspective in the work she does now.

“I feel blessed to be owning my business, being a female entrepreneur that gets to employ a wonderful staff, and having the merit to curate beautiful parties,” states Elvira. She adds, “Everything I do has meaning and purpose, and there’s no ego. I don’t do anything without those values.” Coming from an immigrant background, she wants to inspire other people who have perhaps experienced adversity and challenges not to limit themselves and think they don’t have opportunities—everyone has opportunities.

Elvira is very goal oriented and sets high standards because she is an overachiever. “I encourage all women to set your goals and find your gift to use and share, to find your superpower and don’t give up until you reach your goals… then set new ones,” she states. Despite language barrier obstacles and having dyslexia, Elvira knew how to play to her strengths, ‘her superpowers’ of being super creative coupled with a wild imagination to build successful event venues. She is a firm believer that women really can do it all.

Elvira opened her first event space in Englewood in 2005 and her objective was to create a safe, climate-controlled environment that she saw a need for and made it conducive for both kids and adults for any type of event. As a visionary, she envisioned a one-of-a-kind, fantastic entertainment and private events venue. SPACE can host Sweet 16s, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, birthday, and holiday parties, as well as corporate team-building events, charity events, school fundraisers, proms, formals, as well as celebrity parties. In 2019, SPACE54 NYC opened as an intimate, one-of-akind, stunning, luxury event venue, located in the heart of Midtown East Manhattan, specializing in customized events of all types—from bat mitzvah celebrations to weddings and corporate events.

Elvira is a mom first and foremost, she and her husband, James, have four amazing children. Elvira runs Space and Space 54 NYC with her husband, who is an Emmy awardwinning television producer

SpaceEvents | 491 S. Dean Street, Englewood 201-567-3810 |

Space54 | 226 East 54th Street, New York, NY 646-797-3512 |

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Kristina Korre-Mihalis

Owner, Gikas Restoration

Gikas Restoration located in Montclair, which has been open for 40 years, is a fullservice painting and contracting business that specializes in Home Restoration. Owned by Kristina Korre and her husband George Mihalis, Gikas strives to go the extra mile to deliver what is promised on any project.

Gikas Restoration offers home restoration, specializing on older homes including kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, carpentry, roofing, gutters, decks, porches, flooring, interior and exterior painting, additions, and hardscaping services. They help renovate your home from top to bottom.

“We help you enhance your home with texture, colors and details in order to comprehensively restore its charming unique properties,” says Kristina.

Kristina, who does everything from meeting with clients, scheduling crews, going over architecture plans, and everything in between, says that she loves what she does because every house is a new story to her. “Restoring old homes is challenging and I love finding solutions,” she says.

Kristina started doing renovations 21 years ago. She says, “I have a good team behind me.”

Aside from doing renovations, Kristina also enjoys helping homeowners with design, picking materials, and choosing accessories.

Gikas is experienced in providing high-quality construction services for all of your roofing, painting, and home renovation needs, especially kitchens and bathrooms—and so much more.


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The Spa at Mecca is much more than a spa. Founded in 2009, the medical spa at MECCA is staffed with skilled and licensed physicians and aestheticians, who together have over 50 years of combined experience. The staff receives the best training in the industry and believes in providing amazing service as well as transformational results.

Founder, Dr. Dena Lacara, who has been offering injectable aesthetic treatments since 2007 says things have evolved tremendously since that time. “For example, today’s filler techniques give us the incredible ability to influence the trajectory of the aging process, without surgery. It’s not just about filling lines and folds, but really restoring youthful facial contours leaving patients with a more rested appearance. After thoughtful consideration of the full face in three dimensions, filler is placed strategically throughout the face for full facial balancing. This enables us to providing subtle, yet impactful results. Full face rejuvenation with filler is a specialty of ours.”

In addition to full facial rejuvenation using dermal fillers, The Spa offers at MECCA offers a multitude of no-downtime services including Botox, fillers, Kybella, facials including HydraFacial and Diamond Glow facials, chemical peels, medically supervised weight loss, laser hair removal, photofacials, microneedling (both traditional and Vivace RF microneedling), laser lipo for non-surgical neck lift and body contouring, IV drips, PRF vampire facials, and an injectable weight loss medication program.

The staff at The Spa at Mecca takes the time to listen intently, evaluate each patient with thoughtfulness, and custom tailor a treatment plan with the patient’ budgets in mind. “Our goal is to focus on the use of peels, injectables, and powerful topicals that rejuvenate the skin from the inside out, without invasive procedures,” says Dr. Lacara. The journey at The Spa at Mecca begins with a complimentary one on one consultation with one of their expert physicians as well as an esthetician.

There are six treatment rooms, two full-time aestheticians, and four doctors on staff including Doctors Dena Lacara; Rosalie Curreri, Deborah Petrowsky and Maria DelVecchio.

333 U.S. 46 West, Building A, Suite 135, Fairfield 973-775-9380 |

Dr. Dena Lacara Founder, The Spa at Mecca
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Dr. Dena Lacara and Dr. Rosalie Curreri

Sharron Miller

Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts

Sharron Miller knows the value of dance for mind, body, and spirit. As the owner of Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts (SMAPA) in Montclair, she shares the joy of movement with all ages. A native of Montclair, Sharron graduated from Julliard and performed with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and on Broadway in New York City.

Returning home to Montclair, she established an inclusive dance program with SMAPA 27 years ago. The studio’s dance program includes conservatory-based learning, with ballet, modern, jazz, tap, West African, and preschool programs in creative movement, ballet, and contemporary dance. “Through my non-profit, I have sources of income through scholarships and other funding to reach the underserved,” she remarked.

Children learn to dance as it relates to mathematical concepts. SMAPA also brings its dance programs through experiential learning to local schools and to students who would normally not have opportunities in dance instruction. She maintains, “Dance is inherently mathematically oriented. You count in 4’s, use space levels, and draw geomatic shapes.”

She says, “Ultimately, it’s about excellent product and service. But also gather people who support your vision and help you keep going. And never, ever give up.”

14 South Park St., Montclair | 973-498-8943 |

Ellen Gonik

Realtor-Associate®, Coldwell Banker Realty

Drive and a stellar reputation have catapulted Ellen Gonik to become a top producing and award-winning real estate professional. She is ranked #1 Agent in Livingston across all companies, #1 Agent in Essex County across all companies, #1 Coldwell Banker Agent in New Jersey, #4 Agent in New Jersey across all companies in sales volume, and .5% of All Coldwell Banker Agents WORLDWIDE. She is focused on properties in Livingston, Short Hills, Summit, Chatham, West Orange, Essex Fells, Roseland and the Caldwells.

Her success, by her own admission, is due to “credibility, immediate response and humor.” Gonik explains, “It’s not an easy industry. Buying or Selling a house is an emotional experience… These are The Days of Our Lives… A home is where we eat, sleep, raise our families, love, entertain. My clients and I laugh together and cry together”

Her advice to those wishing to buy or sell: Align with one agent and choose wisely. “For example, during multiple offer situations, I’m not only looking at the offer price, I strongly consider the reputation of the buyer’s agent.”

Gonik prides herself on her reputation and professional connections within the industry. “I’ve earned the respect of my peers and it has enabled my clients to win homes when there are multiple offer situations.” If Ellen is the kind of person you want in your corner, please call her at 973-879-9467.

973-879-9467 |

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Dr. Tyra Manso

Montclair Pediatric Dental Care, Owner and Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist

We have built a culture here at Montclair Pediatric Dental Care (MPDC) that breaks the ‘scary dental office’ stigma,” says board-certified pediatric dentist Dr. Tyra Manso, who owns the practice. “Our patients are part of the Growing Smiles Club. This gives them pride and ownership of their oral health.”

She was inspired to become a pediatric dentist in her fourth year of dental school at the University of Michigan. “My professors at the time encouraged me to pursue pediatrics because I displayed a natural ease and connection with children,” says Dr. Manso. “I love what I do because oral health is such a major component of the overall development

and wellness of a child. If I can teach families about prevention early, the result is a cavity-free, beautiful, bright smile that will grow into adolescence and adulthood.”

MPDC offers a wide range of services from fluoride treatments and sealants to dental extractions, orthodontics, diet counseling and more. Also, because safety is always a priority, the office follows CDC Compliant Infection Control and Sterilization Practices and has a PUR2O In-Office Water Filtration System.

A business owner, wife and mom, Dr. Manso makes time to give back. She’s been a medical mission volunteer providing free dental care to underserved

children in the United States and other countries. She also visits local schools to teach children how oral health can be fun. She participates in community events in Montclair, where she resides, as well.

“The best advice I was ever given personally is to always present as my most authentic self,” she says. “That has given me great success as a business owner and puts my patients at ease. I would encourage other women to follow their dreams because there are so many young people watching and believing in themselves by our example.”

31 Valley Road, 2nd Floor, Montclair 973-771-5387

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Michele Elefante and Stefani Healey

Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts

Sisters Michele and Stefani are proud to be co-owners of a majority women-owned business, Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts, along with their father Al who founded the business over 25 years ago. “As sisters, we feel lucky to be able to work together with our father,” Michele said. “We have different strengths, and we respect that.” This bond, she explained, has allowed them to be themselves and truly enjoy the work they do.

Michele credits commitment to integrity, being people of their word, and being good members of their community for Elefante Music’s success, along with hiring and retaining the best teachers and staff. “They represent us. We trust and rely on them,” she said. “They pass our values along to the students we teach.”

Elefante Music has over 800 private lesson and performing arts students, rents musical instruments to musicians of all ages; repairs instruments through its professionally staffed shop; and offers a selection of new and used instruments and supplementary accessories for sale.

908-464-5928 |

Dr. Maureen Giese, DACM, LAc

Soul Sprout Family Acupuncture

Having a Masters in Traditional Oriental Medicine and a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, it is Maureen’s intention to help people live symptom-free or symptom managed lives while limiting the need for pharmaceutical interventions. She specializes in cancer support, pain management, and gastrointestinal disorders.

“I believe that treating the source of disease and empowering people to take control of their own health gives people what they need to bring positivity to their own lives and the lives of others,” states Maureen.

10 E. Willow Street, Millburn | 201-563-0659

Dayana Moreno

Mona Lisa Framing

As a girl in Caracas, Venezuela, Dayana Moreno loved going to museums with her father. She dreamed of a life working with art, and, after moving to the U.S., got a degree in art history from Montclair State University. Then, she fell in love with framing. By 2007, she was working as the production manager of Maplewood’s Mona Lisa Framing. She purchased it from the original owner in 2018.

The pandemic forced her to learn fast how to run a business in order to survive. A friend gave her sound advice about business lows: “It’s the space between the notes that makes the music.”

“There will always be highs and lows,” she said. “The lows are an opportunity to reassess and look for growth.” Not only has she survived, but flourished, continuing to cherish the stories and treasures she helps clients preserve—from a child’s fingerprints to priceless artworks.

7 Highland Place, Maplewood | 973-762-2777

Stefani Healey and Michele Elefante
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Kristin Fless, MD

Acting Chair of the Department of Medicine, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

As acting Chair of the Department of Medicine, Kristin Fless, MD oversees clinical, educational, administrative and research activities. She practices in the areas of neurocritical care, internal medicine, pulmonary disease, and sleep medicine. Dr. Fless began her career at Cooperman Barnabas in the Critical Care Division, a division that treats severe medical issues including stroke, seizures, post-op surgical care and respiratory or heart failure.

Dr. Fless was drawn to this specialty because “we have the chance to intervene and in effect provide a good outcome for patients. It’s seeing physiology in action.” She is an advocate of compassionate caregiving, which she defines as being able to see the patient as a whole person. Dr. Fless recognizes the need for comprehensive and compassionate care when patients are in a hospital setting. “We’re trained to treat the entire patient, not just their disease.” Compassionate care encompasses more than treating their medical needs. “Listening is a component of compassionate caregiving and may include addressing a patient’s spiritual needs or integrating treatment with other health care professionals and family members.”

Dr. Fless feels a sense of responsibility to train the next generation. She mentors student and resident physicians as well as respiratory therapists. She is the physician leader at Cooperman Barnabas for The Schwartz Center Rounds, a national organization whose mission is to put compassion at the heart of healthcare through programs, education, and advocacy. “Our trainees have been invited into these rounds and they have the opportunity to present at them.” She has been heralded for her teaching prowess and received the Golden Apple Harvey E. Nussbaum Award for excellence in teaching. Of those she has taught or mentored she says, “I am proud that they have learned excellent technical skills and compassionate caregiving expertise at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center.”

Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Fless was recognized by the American Cancer Society for her work to provide an early diagnosis of lung cancer through low-dose screening CTs of the lung in high-risk patients. Dr. Fless continues to excel and exceed. “I strive to provide the best medical experience for patients. My focus is to find opportunities for new programs, new technologies or to improve upon what is currently available.” 94

Old Short Hills Road, Livingston | 973-322-8232
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Marie Khoury

Pink Jewels Boutique

Marie Khoury was only 25 when, 13 years ago, she opened Livingston’s Pink Jewels. After teaching school for one year, she’d realized it was not for her. Coming from a family of business owners, who were very supportive of her, she weighed the risks and the benefits—and created the “lifestyle boutique,” which carries jewelry, clothing, bags, home decor and gifts.

“The retail industry was mostly older, so my youth was a little bit of an obstacle,” she said. Knowing how she liked to be treated when walking into a store, she incorporated those feelings into designing a welcoming, warm—but not pushy—atmosphere that customers immediately responded to.

“Shopping should be fun,” says Marie. “Treat everyone with respect. And remember that you don’t know everything. Listen to your customers and staff,” she added. She finds that this business model generates an energy which makes people want to return.

973-994-0975 |

Veronica Wheat

Owner, Chef V

Working at a vegetarian restaurant at 15, Veronica Wheat realized that healthy food can be delicious. She became a private chef and added a certification as a nutritional therapist. When Veronica started a meal delivery service, with each delivery she included a specially prepared green beverage. The demand for it became so great that she took on another entrepreneurial venture: Chef V.

The product line includes Chef V’s green drink plan that helps customers lose weight, detox vital organs, and revitalize skin and hair; a cleanse; and a 21-day detox. The ingredients are organic, always blended—not juiced. Veronica explains that “Blending gets all the nutritional benefits of fiber by using the entire fruit and vegetable.” The best advice she has received is to be passionate and true to herself. “I stay true by blending the ingredients, and not pasteurizing my products.”

Clients can visit the store and observe the production process or opt for online ordering and delivery.

897 Bloomfield Ave., West Caldwell | 973-227-0227

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Nicole Zornitzer

Niyama Yoga Shalas, Founder

Nicole Zornitzer, founder of Niyama Yoga and Wellness Studios has a background in modern dance that led her on her path to ultimately find yoga. Nicole is an E-RYT 2000 Certified Yoga Therapist with additional degrees in Ayurvedic Medicine, Integral Sound Therapy, Reiki Healing Level 2, Advanced Yin Yoga, Pre-Natal Yoga, Children’s Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Mindful Barre Fusion, and Yoga Nidra. Niyama Yoga Shalas is proud to also be a world-renowned training school for incoming RYT 200, RYT 300, Meditation and Advanced Yin Yoga Teacher Training under the Yoga Alliance.

She believes that the best teacher is also the student and therefore created a wellness model that encourages The Art of Self Study (Svadhayaya), which is her Shala’s mission statement. In 2022 Nicole launched a second business under the Niyama Yoga Shala umbrella; Niyama Yoga Retreats, which is a global retreat company. The intention behind

Dr. RoseAnn Giannella

Giannella Cosmetic & General Dental Care

this global retreat company is to offer people the opportunity to experience moments of bliss in highly pranic environments, therefore the mission statement of The Art of Ananda (Bliss) exudes this theme.

With a 24-year career in business and marketing for a fortune 500 company, Nicole has used her keen business sense to create Niyama Yoga Shalas which now includes 4 independent wellness centers which span across New Jersey and Florida.

Since 2008, Nicole has been the appointed yoga instructor for the Livingston Public School System, bringing youth her passion for yoga and meditation. Nicole has specialized much of her career in training athletes, including the NY Jets Football Team and various tennis and lacrosse professionals.

161 Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland 973-500-2939

Ialways saw myself as having my own practice,” said Dr. RoseAnn Giannella. Now, having served the people of Roseland and surrounding areas for almost three decades, she’s firmly established as the go-to dentist for both general and cosmetic dental care.

When she started out, she noted, it was more difficult for a woman in dentistry. “It was mostly a boys’ club. There were a lot more male dentists than female,” she said. Today, however, many actively seek out a female dentist, finding their care more soothing and relaxing.

One of the best pieces of advice she ever received was to “treat your staff well, and maintain a welcoming office environment,” she said. She also prides herself on keeping up with the many innovations in dental science.

Her mission? “To help people get to where they want to be with their dental health and appearance.”

973-226-7407 |

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Efi Mihalis

Owner, Efi’s Gyro

Owned by Efi Mihalis, Efi’s Gyro located in Montclair, offers authentic Greek street food. Efi says that she wanted to open a restaurant that served the type of food you’d find in Greece. “Our food reminds me of home,” she says.

All of the ingredients are fresh and whenever possible, imported from Greece. From the souvla to the pita, the gyros (pronounced “yee-ros”) are composed of authentic pork or chicken, mounted with greek spices that are always perfectly broiled. Complimented with garden-fresh ingredients and homemade tzatziki sauce, Efi says, “Efi’s Gyro is proud to produce gyros that can only be found on the streets of Athens.” Wholesome authentic Greek Food.

Efi, who learned to cook by watching her yiayia (grandma) and mother in the kitchen, says that the best business advice she ever got from her parents was “whatever you do—do it with love.”

She says she finds her job very rewarding and is thankful for the support of the community. She loves cooking and giving a customer an affordable meal that puts a smile on their face. “This makes my day,” she says. Efi has plans to open a second restaurant in Caldwell by the end of the year.

973-783-0005 |

Jill Behrman

Luxe45 Lifestyle Boutique

Jill Behrman is the founder/owner of Luxe45 Lifestyle Boutique in Maplewood. For more than 20 years, she ran a successful 3,000-square-foot lighting showroom in Miami, FL, that featured more than 300 brands worldwide. In 2021, she set her entrepreneurial sights on swapping lighting for leggings, selling the business and returning to her New Jersey roots to launch a new venture.

Opening in December 2021 in the heart of Maplewood Village, Luxe45 is a chill-yet-chic destination for curated athleisure wear, ready-to-wear clothes, statement jewelry, bags and specialty gifts. Jill sources local, national and international apparel brands that are often sustainable and women owned. The boutique offers elevated athletic wear that supports all workout types—from cycling and Pilates to resistance training and Barr—from brands as far flung as Los Angeles and Brazil and as close as New York City. Jill’s ready-to-wear inventory has grown exponentially as she discovers new vendors and travels to tradeshows and overseas to source quality items.

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Dr. Linda Stone & Dr. Vanna Stone

Gentle Caring Dentistry

It is not an understatement to describe Dr. Linda Stone and her daughter, Dr. Vanna Stone, as the dynamic duo of dentistry. Their personalities and approach to dentistry create an atmosphere in which they strive to give someone a beautiful smile and a great experience at Gentle Caring Dentistry.

Dr. Linda Stone observes that when a person does not smile, others may get the wrong impression about their personality. One of the things she enjoys most about dentistry is “giving someone confidence in their smile.”

Dr. Vanna Stone underscores how women have attained positions and respect in the field. “When I went to dental school, 51% of students in my class were women. My mother only had 10% in her class.” She credits her mother as being her mentor and helping to shape her career. Dr. Vanna Stone enjoys the many aspects dentistry affords. “It’s science and art. It involves problem solving, creativity and hand skills.”

The dentists are devoted to restoring and enhancing a patient’s smile using conservative, state-of-the-art procedures. Dr. Linda Stone assures patients that Gentle Caring Dentistry uses the best materials available. The dentists treat the gamut of dental concerns including preventative care, cosmetic dentistry and teeth whitening. Dr. Vanna Stone emphasizes the importance of preventative care. “It is important to prioritize the quality of your dental health,” she says. “Dental health is huge in the overall scheme of your health.”

201 S. Livingston Avenue, Livingston | 973-994-3112

Joanna Rolleczek

Jadwig Skin Care, Owner, Master Esthetician and Brow Specialist

At the age of 15, Joanna Rolleczek began providing skincare under her mother’s supervision— the founder of Jadwig Skin Care. After attending Capri Institute of Cosmetology, Christine Valmy International School of Esthetics and Studio Makeup Academy in Hollywood, CA, Joanna started working alongside several highly respected physicians, including one of the top dermatologists in New Jersey. While there, she established a nice clientele for herself and eventually outgrew his practice.

“At Jadwig, I take each individual client and look at them as a whole, taking into account their lifestyle, skin goals and expectations,” she says. “I then carry them through a process of skincare, so it’s not just one visit - it becomes a long-lasting relationship that evolves into something greater.

Together, we decide what we’re going to do next to get to the end result.”

She adds, “Everything I do is customized to the individual and to their skin, because everyone’s skin is different.”

Joanna also focuses on educating clients about skincare and health. “Our skin is our canvas and it’s our most important feature,” she says. “It’s also our biggest organ and a reflection of our overall health.”

Her career, she says, brings her immense joy and satisfaction. “No matter what you do, you have to love what you do, and if you love it, you’ll be successful,” she adds.

420 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove 973-239-7070

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Nubia DuVall Wilson

Cielo Consulting PR Agency and Starfury Productions

Nubia DuVall Wilson is the president and founder of Cielo Consulting PR/marketing agency, a published author, TV/film producer and mental health advocate. Founded in 2015 in South Orange, Cielo Consulting specializes in People, Products and Places, helping small business clients grow through communications strategies that create consumer confidence. Cielo’s expertise includes luxury lifestyle, travel, e-commerce, health & wellness, food & beverage, DEI and thought leadership.

An aspiring thespian since childhood, Nubia entered the entertainment industry in 2020 when she started her second company with two partners, Starfury Productions. Starfury represents TV and film projects from underrepresented and marginalized content creators to develop, package and pitch their projects to networks and studios.

As a mental health advocate, she speaks at community events, schools and on virtual platforms about child abuse awareness/prevention and mental health. She is part of RAINN’s Speaker Bureau and creates content on TikTok and Instagram discussing the long-term effects of surviving abuse and healing from PTSD. Nubia graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University, with a degree in English and a minor in Religion. |

Karen Ross Kerstein

Menorah Chapels at Millburn, President & Manager

NJ Lic. No. JP03663

Funeral service is a helping profession so the transition from one type of helping profession to another was very smooth,” says Karen Ross Kerstein, president and manager of Menorah Chapels at Millburn. Before taking over for her father, Herbert Ross, who founded the business, Karen obtained her bachelor’s degree in education and psychology and later her master’s degree in guidance and counseling in order to become a vocational counselor.

“Many of the positions I held were grant funded,” she says. “This was in the era when grant money was dwindling and my father offered me an opportunity I just couldn’t refuse. I went back to school again and after a year of rigorous training and internship, I obtained my license to practice Mortuary Science in 1983.”

Although many skills can be learned, having a heart for helping comes from within. She

continues to use her knowledge and her innate compassion to provide solace to others. “At Menorah Chapels, every family we serve is treated like family by our staff,” she says. “This is very important when helping people at a very emotional time.”

Located in Union, Menorah Chapels has been serving the Jewish community for over four decades. It’s the only strictly Jewish funeral home in Union County that maintains its own building and doesn’t share its facilities with any other funeral home.

Menorah Chapels at Millburn can also arrange funerals worldwide. Regardless of where services take place, families’ religious, financial and sensitivity needs are always met.

2950 Vauxhall Rd., Union (Vauxhall) 908-964-1500

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Dr. Farideh Golestani

Kids & Family Dentistry/ Dr. Golestani & Associates

Agraduate of the New York School of Dentistry and with advanced studies in Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Golestani has always sought the best for dentistry’s youngest patients. Dr. Golestani successfully established the continuity of services within her practice.

In 1995, she founded a small dental practice for children. A young mother, she divided her time between caring for her baby and developing her practice. Gradually, she added additional dentists to care for children and adults. “I noticed little by little, my patients were growing up and needed to transition to dentists with other specialties,” she says. “So, I added several general practice dentists, additional pediatric dentists, an orthodontist, an oral surgeon, and an endodontist to serve all patients, in a one-shop environment.”

Dr. Golestani treats children from crib to college in her practice. In addition to general pediatric care, Dr. Golestani is the only known dentist in the Northern New Jersey area who performs lip and tongue tie procedures on babies as young as two days outside New York City. On newborns, this simple procedure allows mothers to breastfeed their babies immediately.

Dr. Golestani advises women to pursue their dreams through long-term planning. “I always wanted a multi-specialty practice, but I did not think I could do it. But I did it. Give yourself time, and you can reach your goal with effort,” she says.

471 W. Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Livingston | 973-597-1818 |

Kristin Calandra Vice President, Calandra’s Enterprises

Kristin Calandra knows the value of hard work. Since childhood, she has contributed to her family’s burgeoning business, Calandra’s Enterprises. The company began with a bakery started by her grandfather in 1958. Over the years, the enterprise has grown to include the three bakeries, four hotels, and three restaurants.

Now Vice President of Calandra’s Enterprises, Kristin has spent years preparing for her role. “I loved the business from childhood and knew that this would become my life’s work. So, I prepared for my future early on,” she says. As a child, she worked in the bakery as a cashier and at the hotels’ front desks. She studied at Farleigh Dickenson University, receiving a bachelor’s and master’s degree in hospitality management. Her degrees armed her with the necessary information to manage a successful business.

Kristin shares the operations of Calandra’s Enterprises with her father, uncle, brother, and cousin. As the first female in ownership, she represents the third generation, bringing a woman’s touch to the table but with a keen sense of business. She introduced the company to social media, thus expanding its advertising.

Kristin values all seven hundred workers at Calandra Enterprises, whom she calls Team Calandra Members. She works side by side with the employees, doing whatever is necessary to ensure the smooth operation of the business.

“It’s what I love, and I’ve always done whatever I can to make it work,” she says.

Calandra’s Enterprises,

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Apryl Gassman

Peace Love Home

Even as a teenager, Apryl Gassman was organized and neat, with socks rolled tidily in a drawer. Family and friends acknowledged she had a natural knack for organizing, often asking her for help reworking their spaces. Yet, she said, she spent years in a job she was unhappy in. Then came the pandemic. “Everyone was reinventing themselves,” said Gassman. So, two years ago, she decided to do what she loved…she launched Peace Love Home, which declutters, reorganizes, and straightens up everything from closets to pantries to offices to garages— and everything in-between.

Her first ‘client’ was a friend who needed help preparing for a major home renovation and insisted on paying for Gassman’s aid. “I couldn’t believe I was getting paid for something I love to do!” she exclaimed.

If a house is cluttered, “People don’t want to be judged,” she states. The single mother of two teenagers understands it can be emotionally difficult detaching from excess ‘stuff.’ She helps her clients unclutter without judgement.

After hearing from her clients what their needs are, she gets started on a system, and loves hearing how happy they are with the reset. She offers monthly or quarterly maintenance services, but finds most clients transition easily to her systems. She also assists those who are cleaning out a loved one’s home, either in advance of a move to assisted living, or after a passing. Her relationships with nonprofits ensure usable items are donated, not thrown out.

Like many who’ve found fulfillment in their own business, her advice is simple: “Make sure you’re doing something every day that you love.”

516-672-0288 |

Amanda Cuoco

AC Dance

Amanda Cuoco has fulfilled two professional dreams. As a professional dancer in Texas, she performed with Ballet El Paso/UTEP Ballet, Lone Star Ballet, West Texas A&M Ballet, and several other prestigious outlets. More recently, she fulfilled her second dream when she established a dance studio, AC Dance in Bloomfield. Amanda’s experience at Steps on Broadway in New York City helped to propel her to open her own business. Since 2022, AC Dance has offered various dance and fitness classes to students ages five through adult.

Dancers learn serious techniques at AC Dance and develop a deeper sense of ballet. “Yes, I stress proper form and technique in my classes, but my dancers understand that ballet encompasses the inner values of grace, grit, and integrity as well,” says Amanda.

Because Amanda’s studio is new, she continues to learn the ropes, confront the challenges, and celebrate the joys of establishing a business. She advises, “ Find people you admire who focus on bettering themselves. And keep striving despite any challenges. You will find your success.”

71 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Bloomfield | 915-256-2454

Carol Karsos

Partner of East Hanover Diner

Carol Karsos knows the restaurant business inside out. Being born into a restaurant family, it is all she has ever known. Karsos met her husband, Michael, one summer when she was working in her family’s restaurant—the Brookside Dinner. Michael later bought the restaurant with his brothers John and George. After graduating from college with a Management/Marketing Degree, Karsos married Michael and became the restaurant’s fourth partner. In 2013, the four owners bought their current restaurant, the East Hanover Diner.

The East Hanover Diner is a traditional Greek Diner that offers standard menu fare. With freshly baked desserts and bread selections, patrons never leave the Diner hungry. Traditional Greek cuisine is also a daily specialty.

Karsos loves all aspects of the restaurant business, which she says is hard, grueling work. “You must have a good work ethic to succeed in the restaurant business. Challenges happen 24/7.” Still, owning and managing a diner is a great opportunity. “Where else can you offer your customers large portions at a great value?”

275 Route 10, E. Hanover | 973-884 8840

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Christine Dutcher

Sitting Pretty Intimates

In November 2021, Christine Dutcher’s dream came true. She established her own small business, Sitting Pretty Intimates. The store offers a variety of intimate apparel for women: bras, swimsuits, cover ups, shapewear, lingerie, socks, and hosiery designed to make each woman feel special and uplifted. “We also cater to surgical and bridal customers,” Christine says.

The store exudes a welcoming and hospitable ambiance. “Body positivity, being comfortable in your skin, is what we promote,”states Christine. “We welcome women of all sizes and shapes and help them make the best decisions in their selections.” Sitting Pretty has five women consultants who uphold the store’s mission of women supporting women. Christine recommends making appointments before shopping for the best shopping experience and personalized bra fittings.

Christine supports all women who dream of becoming entrepreneurs and advises them to “Surround yourself with positive and encouraging women who believe in you.” She adds, “Do not be afraid to take that leap of faith.”

97 South Livingston Avenue, Ste. C, Livingston 973-251-2224 |

Brittany DeMaio Owner, New Moon Photography

New Moon Photography is a children’s and family photography studio offering quality images and a fun experience. It is a “one-stop-shop – all you have to do is show up,” says owner Brittany DeMaio. “Parents can literally sit back and watch the magic happen.” They photograph in-studio, outdoors and off-site at parties. New Moon also offers a unique and valuefriendly membership option that allows families to capture milestones throughout the year. | 973-509-0792

Tracey Goldstein, Esq.

Anyone who owns a multi-family apartment building should know Tracey Goldstein. Well respected in the real estate industry and known for her extensive knowledge of the law, Tracey represents owners, managers and developers of multi-family housing and commercial real estate.

Owners consult with her on lease and rent control issues, seek her guidance on housing discrimination matters, vendor disputes, landlord tenant matters and other real estate related litigation. Most recently, Tracey was selected for inclusion by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of the Women Attorneys of the Year for 2022 and she was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for Excellence by the New Jersey Bar Association in 2021 for her devoted service to the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

During COVID, she was also appointed to serve on the Judiciary Special Committee on Landlord Tenant to reimagine all aspects of the landlord tenant eviction process in New Jersey. Throughout her career, Tracey has participated successfully in numerous court cases having a state-wide impact.

973-324-5400 |

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Brianna Pflug

Photography: Through a Lens Clearly

Through a lens clearly, Brianna Pflug creates her visions. Brianna fulfills her missions both in the corporate world and as an entrepreneur. As a professional photographer, she seeks to improve her craft and encourage other women to enter this profession.

Brianna has been working at Unique Photo in Fairfield for the past four years as a lead technical consultant, and a senior salesperson, where she has been rated #1 in retail sales. Her duties are manifold: to ascertain the store has the correct inventory and to motivate, inspire, and encourage customers in photographic pursuits.

On a personal level, she maintains a private photography business, Brianna Pflug Photography, where she develops and shares her craft through freelance family portraits, senior pictures, headshots, and special event photos, such as weddings.

In high school, Brianna discovered photography. There she found dark room photography and slowly built a small freelance photography business as she improved her craft. She holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts with a concentration in photography from Ramapo College.

Brianna would like to see more women photographers. “Photography is traditionally a man-dominated field, but also one in which women can do very well, “she says. “I’d like to encourage more women to enter this field.” Solidarity with other women is important to Brianna. Through her endeavors, she seeks to collaborate with other women-based businesses.

As for the future, Brianna envisions her next career move to include education in photography. She dreams of teaching a photography class. Brianna hopes to motivate others to capture photography’s inspirations.

Brianna Pflug Photography

973-202-6026 |

Unique Photo

973-377-2007 |

Valerie Ruddy

Valerie Ruddy Designs/ Decorating Den Interiors

Arecent client shared with Valerie Ruddy, owner of Valerie Ruddy Designs, Decorating Den Interiors, that she “just enjoyed being” in her new living room. That’s the ultimate goal of every designer—a room that looks and feels great.

Interior Design professionals see a room differently. They see a blank canvas on which to compose a design, a design that requires balance. Colors, patterns and textures need to be balanced with calmer tones and negative space giving the eye relief. Most of all the design needs to be exactly what the homeowner wants to live and feel comfortable in.

Valerie is celebrating her fifteenth year as an award-winning designer including six Best of Essex gold medals. She uses her degrees in Visual Arts and Interior Design to create timeless, functional and beautiful spaces. Specializing in residential and light commercial spaces, Valerie offers a full range of design and consultation services including: space planning, furniture, window treatments, wall covering, floor covering, accessories, color consultation and lighting.

973-239-3004 |

Alla Shapiro Owner, Woodhouse Day Spa

Owner Alla Shapiro has created an atmosphere of luxury, calm and relaxation at The Woodhouse Day Spa in Montclair. It is the definitive destination for a blissful day of therapeutic self-care. The spa offers more than 70 treatments for both men and women including their signature massages, manicures, skin treatments and facials, waxing and their immersive ritual packages. Treatments are designed to reset the body and mind with services that aim to indulge the senses and transform mindsets. The staff at Woodhouse works to ensure each client enjoys their spa experience.

You can bless someone special in your life with a Woodhouse Spa Gift Card, available at the spa or online that is good at any Woodhouse location. The Woodhouse Spa has won Best of Essex 16 times including 12 gold medals. Alla Shapiro owns a second Woodhouse Spa in Hoboken. She hosts a YourTube channel called Spa Runner where she covers health, wellness and beauty topics.

The Woodhouse Day Spa

56 South Park Street, Montclair | 973-509-8488

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Erin Gloor

USA Twisterz

Nine years ago, Erin started a gymnastic studio, infusing it with her special ‘magic and passion.’ With humble beginnings, Erin began her business by changing the name of the former studio to USA Twisterz with just twenty students. USA Twisterz today is a renowned studio with 595 young athletes—ages three months to young adults.

USA Twisterz she offers classes for recreational pursuits as well as an elite competition program in which participants compete on local, regional, and national levels. Her business also offers camps throughout the year, birthday parties on weekends, and private instruction.

“I love seeing the kids grow and improve. I have had some students since they were two or three and have seen them progress into young, confident, skilled, and inspired gymnasts,” states Erin. She believes the family dynamics help her program flourish and distinguish her studio from others. The connection I have with the parents and students is incredible,” she says. “We learn and grow together as a family.”

USA Twisterz, 911 Bloomfield Avenue, West Caldwell 862-702-3052 |

Gina Stempler Owner, Bra Mobile

Gina Stempler understands the frustration women feel in being unable to find properly fitting bras. The former owner of an upscale lingerie shop hit upon a hasslefree concept: bring the bras to the customers, allowing them to shop and be expertly fitted in the privacy of their own homes.

Gina taps into her extensive experience to provide an expert fit and to help women navigate all the different styles and sizes. Bra Mobile carries a full selection of both popular and boutique-only brands encompassing the gamut of styles. Her motto: Every shape, every size. Gina believes there are bras available for every imaginable shape and size; the disconnect is getting the right bras to the right people. She suggests that women have a few different styles to complement their wardrobes.

The Fairy Bra Mother (to which Gina is often referred) fits all women—from young girls getting their first bras to women of all ages, shapes and sizes seeking help with any and all types of bras.

973-568-8141 |

Melissa Cipriano, ESQ.

Founder of Cipriano Law Offices, P.C

Family Law Attorney, Melissa Cipriano, founder of Cipriano Law Offices, P.C. in West Caldwell is passionate about mediation. She feels that right now, with several counties experiencing Judicial storages, not scheduling trials, Family Court matters are paused making mediation more important than ever.

Cipriano Law Offices has 3 qualified mediators, who are on the court approved list and can help families work through all aspects of custody, parenting time, child support and deal with equitable distribution of marital assets. The firm recognizes the strain that delays place on families. “Right now, it is hard for those going through a divorce to get relief,” says Melissa. “Mediation allows your case to continue moving forward in the face of court delays.”

Mediation allows parties to resolve their issues amicably. According to Melissa, “Stats show that resolving issues by compromising leads to less litigious divorces and doing so through mediation helps keep the overall costs down.”

Melissa says, “As a mediator you get to know the parties well. You understand the challenges they are facing, and you can help them craft a resolution that will work best for their family.”

The ethos of Cipriano Law Offices is to help families create a happy, healthy, stable new life after divorce, which is certainly evident in their dedication to moving families forward in these difficult times.

Melissa and her team assist with all aspects of Family Law representation throughout NJ through Mediation, Parenting Coordination, and Litigation by a team with over 70 combined years of Family Law representation.

973-403-8600 |

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Why Stretching is Important for Your Health

Stretching is an essential aspect of any physical activity, from a light stroll to an intense workout. It involves moving your muscles and joints in a controlled manner, which increases flexibility, reduces stiffness, and helps prevent injury. It’s an excellent way to keep your body healthy and functioning optimally, regardless of your age or fitness level.

One of the primary benefits of stretching is that it improves your range of motion. This allows you to move your limbs more easily and with less discomfort. Tight muscles can restrict movement, leading to pain and discomfort, but stretching can help to alleviate these symptoms. Additionally, stretching can enhance athletic performance by preparing your muscles for physical activity, increasing circulation, and improving muscle coordination.

Stretching can also help to prevent injuries. It promotes better alignment, which reduces the likelihood of joint or muscle strain. It also helps to increase blood flow to the muscles, which can improve recovery time and reduce soreness after physical activity. In addition, stretching can have significant mental health benefits. It can reduce stress and anxiety by promoting relaxation and improving mental clarity. It’s an excellent way to unwind after a long day and can promote better sleep, which is crucial for overall health.

In conclusion, stretching is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. It can increase flexibility, reduce stiffness, prevent injury, enhance athletic performance, and promote mental wellbeing. Whether you’re an athlete or simply looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle, stretching is a valuable addition to any daily routine.

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Foods to Boost Your IMMUNE SYSTEM

The immune system plays an essential role in protecting our bodies from harmful pathogens, viruses, and bacteria. Eating a balanced diet is one of the most effective ways to support your immune system. Here are five foods that can help boost your immunity:


Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and grapefruits are rich in vitamin C. This antioxidant helps increase the production of white blood cells that fight off infections. Eating just one medium-sized orange can provide you with your entire daily requirement of vitamin C.


Leafy greens like spinach, kale, and broccoli are high in vitamins A, C, and E, as well as antioxidants and fiber. They also contain flavonoids that help improve immune function.


Garlic is well known for its immuneboosting properties. It contains sulfur compounds that help activate immune cells and increase their ability to fight off infections.


Almonds are a great source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps protect the body from damage caused by harmful free radicals. They are also rich in healthy fats that help keep your immune system functioning properly.


Yogurt is a great source of probiotics, which are healthy bacteria that live in your gut and help strengthen your immune system. Eating yogurt regularly can help reduce your risk of infections and improve your overall health.

Incorporating these immune-boosting foods into your diet can help improve your body's ability to fight off infections and stay healthy. Eating a balanced diet rich in whole foods is key to supporting a strong immune system.

Linda E. Stone, DMD, FAGD, AACD

Vanna N. Stone, DMD, AGD, AACD

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


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Staying hydrated is essential for overall health and well-being. Proper hydration helps regulate body temperature, flush out toxins, and keep your organs functioning properly. Dehydration, on the other hand, can lead to a range of issues, including headaches, fatigue, and even more serious health problems. In this article, we’ll discuss some easy ways to stay hydrated throughout the day.

To stay hydrated, the most obvious and effective way is to drink plenty of water. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. If you find it difficult to drink plain water, try infusing it with fruit or adding a splash of lemon or lime juice.

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In addition to drinking water, you can also eat hydrating foods. Many fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon, cucumbers, and celery, are high in water content and can help you stay hydrated. Avoid sugary drinks like sodas, energy drinks, and sports drinks, as they often contain high amounts of sugar and can lead to dehydration. Opt for water or herbal tea instead.

Keeping a water bottle with you at all times can also encourage you to drink more water throughout the day. If you’re not sure whether you’re drinking enough water, monitor the color of your urine. If it’s pale yellow or clear, you’re wellhydrated. If it’s dark yellow or amber, you may be dehydrated and should drink more water.

If you’re exercising or engaging in physical activity, you’ll need to drink more water to compensate for the fluids you’re losing through sweat. Make sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after your workout.

To sum up, staying hydrated is vital for our overall health and well-being. Incorporating simple strategies like drinking plenty of water, eating hydrating foods, avoiding sugary drinks, keeping a water bottle with you, monitoring your urine color, and being mindful of your activity level into your daily routine can help you maintain proper hydration levels and reduce the risk of dehydration-related health issues. Remember to listen to your body and drink water whenever you feel thirsty. By making hydration a priority, you’ll be able to perform at your best and live a healthier life.

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The Benefits of Meditation

Meditation has been practiced for centuries, and in recent years, its popularity has grown significantly. The practice involves training the mind to focus and calm the thoughts, and it has numerous benefits for both the mind and body.

One of the most significant benefits of meditation is its ability to reduce stress and anxiety. By slowing down the thoughts and focusing on the present moment, meditation can help to quiet the mind and ease feelings of stress and anxiety. This, in turn, can help to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Meditation can also improve overall emotional wellbeing, helping to regulate moods and reduce symptoms of depression. Studies have shown that regular meditation can increase feelings of happiness and decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression.

In addition to its mental health benefits, meditation can also improve physical health. It has been shown to boost the immune system, improve sleep quality, and even reduce chronic pain.

Perhaps most importantly, meditation is a practice that can be easily integrated into daily life. With just a few minutes of practice each day, anyone can experience the benefits of meditation. It is a simple yet powerful tool that can help to improve overall wellbeing, reduce stress, and promote a more balanced, fulfilling life.

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862-242-3500 973-796-3760 New Address: 7 East Frederick Place, Suite 700, Cedar Knolls Our Goal is to Help You Discover What You Need to Make Your Life More Enjoyable. Convenient day, evening and Saturday hours. Please call or visit the website for more information. Dr. Christopher Barker, Director of Discovery Psychotherapy Center Dr. Keith Morgen, Director of Discovery Wellness Center 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 VOTED BEST PODIATRIST Suburban Essex Gold Winner 2022 Dr. Matthew F. Wachtler, DPM, FACFAS is board certified in Foot Surgery and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons. At Cedar Grove Foot & Ankle Specialists, we provide innovative and compassionate care to get our patients back on their feet. • Bunions • Corns and Calluses • Custom Orthotics • Diabetic Foot Care • Fall Risk Assessment • Flatfeet • Haglund’s Deformity • Hammer Toe Treatment • Heel Pain • Ingrown Toenails • Morton’s Neuroma • Plantar Fasciitis Treatment • Plantar Warts • Stress Fracture • Tendonitis • Toenail Fungus Call for an Appointment | 973.857.1184 882 Pompton Avenue, Suite B-1, Cedar Grove Footcare You Can Count On. 66 Suburban Essex March 2023

A Complete Approach to Dentistry

Dental health and overall wellness begin in the mouth. So believes Med Dawoud, DMD, and his partner, Paula Gencarelli, DMD, at D&G Dental. They celebrate their 11th year of dental services to West Orange and surrounding communities in October 2022.

With a staff of 10 dental professionals, D&G Dental provides complete, comprehensive dental care for patients of all ages. From cavities to cleanings, whitening, and implants to complete mouth restoration, the dental experts at D&G Dental provide the utmost care with quality, modern treatments.

The office maintains the latest in dental technology, providing immediate access to views of teeth and gum tissue by intraoral cameras, scanners, and 3d pictures of sinus and nerve tissue. Modern X-Ray equipment vastly reduces radiology exposure to patients. Through continuing education, all employees keep abreast of the most recent dental findings and procedures.

At the core of D&G Dental’s mission is not to treat just the mouth but the whole person. In recent years, Dr. Dawoud has seen a lot of patients with underlying medical conditions. A careful review of the patient’s medical records, medications, and recent incidents often affects the treatment of the mouth. For example, current studies indicate that periodontal gum disease can impact medical conditions like diabetes, heart attacks, and osteoporosis. By treating periodontal disease, these conditions, in turn, can improve.

Dr. Dawoud states that dental implants have had the most profound effect on his patients. Many patients come to his office feeling hopeless because of bad teeth resulting from either neglect or an underlying medical condition. Dental implants are an example of where science and artistry combine to produce great results. “With the latest and least invasive procedures, we can restore a mouth full of teeth, achieving a desired cosmetic look and optimal function.

The ability to chew well with good teeth aids in the digestion process, which begins in the mouth,” he says.

“Everyone deserves a beautiful, healthy smile,” says Dr. Dawoud. D&G

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Restaurant Guide


Cloverleaf Tavern

395 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell 973-226-9812 |

American Cuisine

Divina Ristorante

461 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-228-5228

Italian Cuisine

Fat Fish Taco

291 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell 973-228-6825 |

Coastal Mexican Cuisine

Guerriero Gelato


182 Stevens Ave, Cedar Grove | 973-837-1660

Full Service Italian Restaurant


Scalini Fedeli

63 Main Street, Chatham | 973-701-9200

French-influenced Italian fixed-price menus in an elegant, vaulted interior with Tuscan touches.

Restaurant Serenade

6 Roosevelt Ave, Chatham | 973-701-0303

Artful dining, as conceived by award-winning Chef James Laird.


East Hanover Diner

Cucina Calandra

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

Classic Italian

Franklin Steakhouse Fairfield

318 Passaic Avenue, Fairfield | 973-808-9400

American Fare


Fitzgerald’s 1928

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

American Bistro


Casa Arturo

194 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-403-9968

Ice Cream and Gelato

Il Vecchio Cafe

234 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-226-8889

Italian Cuisine

La Famiglia Ristorante & Pizzeria

359 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973 226-3049

Italian restaurant

La Taverna

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

Ocha Caldwell

403 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-228-8856

Asian Japanese Cuisine


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


75 Main Street , Little Falls | 973-837-8282

Fine Italian Cuisine

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

Classic American Cuisine


Antik Greek Kitchen

335 Fairfield Road, Fairfield | 862-210-8527

Authentic Cuisine for Greek Lovers

Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill


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

Portuguese Steakhouse


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

Southern Mediterranean Italian Cuisine

The Feathered Fox

Inside Hampton Inn Hotel

118 US Highway 46 East, Fairfield 973-575-6500

Northern Italian dishes with a Mediterranean Flair

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

Steak house, sushi & raw bar

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The Landmark

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

Hometown pub

Lithos Estiatorio

405 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston 973-758-1111 |

Greek Cuisine

Mezza Mediterranean


Bottle Hill Tavern

13 Waverly Place,, Madison | 973-949-6060

Tavern Fare—Comfort Flare

Grillera Mediterranean Cuisine

91 Park Ave, Madison | 973-301-2080

Distinguished Mediterranean Cuisine

Krust Kitchen


Common Lot

27 Main Street, Millburn | 973-467-0494

A BYOB destination offering New American dishes.


Amanti Vino

30 Church Street, Montclair

973-509-WINE (9463) |

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


407 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair 973-233-9400 |

Sushi and European cuisine

277 Eisenhower Pkwy, Livingston 973-992-9300 |

Mediterranean Fusion Cuisine

Pizzeta Enoteca

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

Classic Italian dishes

7 Cross St, Madison | 908-525-7878

Pizza place · Italian Restaurant · Dessert Shop

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


Authentic Greek Street Food with Imported Greek Ingredients Just Like YaiYai Used to Make! Eat-in & Outdoor Dining Delivery & Take Out 973-783-0005 521 BLOOMFIELD AVE, MONTCLAIR COMING TO CALDWELL–LATE 2023 Gyros, Platters, Mezes, Greek Salads, Vegan/Vegetarian options Great Greek Fries, Greek Pies and Baklava All so Efin’ Good! March 2023 69

Restaurant Guide

Butler and the Board

Stuff by SJ 342 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair | 973-771-6907

Premium custom bake, coffee & treat shop

Sweet T’s Southern Eatery 387 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair 973-500-3452

103 Forest St, Montclair

Housemade charcuterie and prepared foods.

Efi’s Gyro

Healthy, Pork-free Southern Eatery

Taglia Pizza Bar

438 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair 973-317-0909

Roman Style Pizza

Walnut Street Kitchen 98 Walnut St, Montclair 973-746-0789

Inspired Italian

521 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair 973-783-0005

Authentic Greek Street Food

Jack’s Seafood Shack & Oyster Bar

718 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair 973-893-5283

Lobster & Seafood

La Rocca Osteria

21 Midland Ave, Montclair 973-746-0707

Casual Italian Dining

Laboratorio Kitchen 615 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair 973-746-6100

New American Cuisine

Le Salbuen Cafe

97 Walnut St, Montclair 201-622-8473

Eclectic European-inspired eatery

Mystic Lobster Roll 145 Valley Rd, Montclair 973 457-2651

Lobster Rolls, Specialty Rolls, Lobster Tacos

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

Mediterranean cuisine


Liv Breads 184 Essex Street, Millburn 973-218-6922 |

Artisan bakery & coffee bar


Boxcar Bar & Grill

25 Chatham Rd., Short Hills 973-912-0002

American Cuisine

Par 440

Restaurant & Lounge 440 Parsonage Hill Rd, Short Hills | 973-467-8882

A full service restaurant, bar & lounge


Natale’s Summit Bakery 185 Broad St, Summit 908-277-2074

Enjoy a selection of house made specialties including breads, pastries, pies and cakes. Daily specials.

Order Online at: Fresh, Healthy & Authentic! 199 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair • 973.509.8878 11 Time BEST of ESSEX Winner! 103 Forest St., Montclair, NJ 275 NJ State Highway 10, East Hanover FOR PICK-UP ORDERS CALL 973-884-8840 WE DELIVER through HOURS: Sun-Thur 6am-1am Fri-Sat 6am-2am 70 Suburban Essex March 2023

Roots Steakhouse

401 Springfield Ave, Summit 908-273-0027

Old-fashioned New York style Steakhouse—expect delicious USDA aged prime beef sourced from the highest quality ranches in the mid-west.


De Novo European Pub

275 Bellevue Ave Montclair 973-893-5008

European styled pub

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

Mediterranean cuisine

TS Ma Chinese Cuisine

Blue Hippo Coffee Co. 662 Bloomfield Ave, Verona 972-433-7891

Breakfast, lunch and brunch

Parkside Social

706 Bloomfield Ave, Verona, 609-248-4596

classic American tavern

Sabor De Mi Tierra

640-644 Bloomfield Ave, Verona 862-621-5200

Columbian restaurant & bakery


Mandara’s Ristorante and Pizzeria

40 Clinton Road, West Caldwell 973-226-3250

Italian cuisine


Chit Chat Diner

410 Eagle Rock Ave, West Orange 973-736-1989

Classic American Diner

The Highlawn

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

199 Bellevue Ave, Upper Montclair 973-509-8878

Chinese cuisine

Toros Restaurant 594 Valley Rd Montclair 973-707-7651

Mediterranean, Turkish


Aroy-D, the Thai Elephant

605 Bloomfield Ave, Verona 973-559-3033

Authentic Thai food

Bloom 648 Bloomfield Ave, Verona 973-433-7256

New American cuisine with French and Korean inspiration

American Cuisine


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

Seafood + Pizza House


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

Traditional Italian Cuisine

973-837-8282 75 Main Street, Little Falls, NJ 07424 Fine Italian Cuisine BYOB • ON & OFF PREMISE CATERING Celebrate Your Next Special Occasion with Us! We Now Offer a Private Party Room Up to 50 People–Call for Details Fresh & Delicious Italian Cuisine March 2023 71



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.

Jerrys Artist Outlet is unique! Jerry’s has gifts to enhance imagination and stimulate artistic talents. Select gift items from fine art sets to crafts for kids, hemp journals to fine writing instruments. Jerry’s can provide you with the Gift of Creativity.

Jerrys Artist Outlet

495 Prospect Avenue, West Orange 973-669-0995 |


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

Calandra’s Bakery

All-natural sourdough loaves

Airy focaccia and buns

Flaky babka, rugelach and croissant

Seasonal sandwiches and salads

Proudly serving Counter Culture Coffee we liv breads

Liv Breads Bakery

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


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

Walter Bauman

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


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

Cipriano Law Offices, PC

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

Lingerie & Intimate Wear.

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

Sitting Pretty Intimates

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

Medi Spa.

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

Montclair Rejuvenation Center

One Mt. Prospect Ave., Verona | 862 284 3747 761 Bloomfield Ave., West Caldwell | 973 650-3204

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

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

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

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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

Psychotherapy & Life Coaching.

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

Sue Waldman, MA, LPC, BCC

Pink Light, LLC | 973-857-9090 |


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

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Van Der Wende Properties

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


Calandra’s Italian Village, affectionately known as the “Little Italy of New Jersey ‘’ provides your one stop shop for all things Italian. Calandra’s Italian Village consists of indoor and outdoor dining with a bar and lounge area, Calandra’s Bakery of Caldwell, their award winning Italian Market & Deli, Pizzeria, and Gelato Shop.

Calandra’s Italian Village

234 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-226- 8889

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!

Mamma Dags Seafood & Pizza House

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

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When Faith Meets Fear

It took Alexander the Great 10 years—from the time he was 23 to his death at age of 33—to conquer most of the known world. Alexander has been studied and admired throughout the centuries for his incredible willingness and ability to take action in the face of adversity.

This is made even more interesting by the fact that Alexander’s armies were always outnumbered, sometimes by as much as twenty to one. But Alexander’s philosophy was to attack so swiftly and move so quickly that his soldiers didn’t have time to be afraid. He knew that fear is the greatest obstacle to success. The more we think about all the possible reasons something won’t work out, the more our fear paralyzes us, and we end up not taking any action at all.

Fear blocks more people from achieving their goals. It is the anticipation of negative results, imagination working overtime. People are afraid of failing, afraid they will make a mistake, afraid they will look foolish. Many times, what we’re afraid of isn’t even real. You could look at the acronym F.E.A.R., which stands for False Evidence Appearing Real, and realize it’s the reason we start to believe the excuses we make for ourselves. Therefore, the first step in taming any fear is to analyze what is real and what is not. Then dive in and take action.

In order to take action, we have to learn to get rid of our fear of failure. Author Tom Peters tells about how he had the privilege of introducing the late Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart, when he was going to be introduced into the sales and marketing executives Hall of Fame.

“What can you say in two minutes about a guy like Walton?” says Peters. “During that time, I called David Glass, CEO of Walmart. I said, ‘If you had 90 seconds to say something about Sam Walton, what would you say?’ Quicker than a wink, he answered, ‘Sam Walton is not afraid to fail. He’ll give something a try, he’ll make a total mess of it, and walk back in tomorrow with a smile on his face and another idea.’ It’s that ability to try something, make a mess of it, and get on with the next action that allows us to win out over fear.”

What we don’t think about is that there’s only one first time. Once you take an action, it could never be quite as scary or difficult again. Comedian Rita Rudner told me when she got up on stage for the first time in the beginning of her career she was in front of a handful of drunken patrons at three in the morning. Those times were difficult, but she faced her fears and went on. Not only did she put the worst behind her, she learned something every time she stepped up to that microphone.

Every time we step up to try something we’ve never done before, we learn more than we expect. The uniqueness of the experience gives us insights we could never get except by taking an action. Why is it that children are such quick learners? It’s because everything is new to them. They’re experiencing everything for the first time. When we venture out into new worlds, we open our minds and our senses to things we might never otherwise experience. Our knowledge of the world expands tremendously with each new step we take.

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

Diamond Minds
Barry Farber
“Fear came knocking at the door, faith answered and no one was there.”
—Mark Twain
“All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man has taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of your first.”
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—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Festival Events

Saturday, April 1 ~ 7am-1pm

Cherry Blossom Challenge Bike Race

Oval, Northern Division

Sunday, April 2 ~ 10am start

Cherry Blossom 10k Run

Cherry Blossom Welcome Center Fields

Saturday, April 15 ~ 10am start 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk

Prudential Concert Grove, Southern Division

Saturday, April 15 ~ 11am-3pm

Essex County Family Day

Prudential Concert Grove, Southern Division

Sunday, April 16 ~ 11am-5pm


Oval, Northern Division


Cherry Blossom Festival

April 1-16, 2023

You’re Invited to...

Essex County Branch Brook Park to enjoy the most diverse collection of Cherry Blossom trees, even larger than the national display in Washington, DC. The blossoming trees create a picturesque setting that transforms the park into a stunning spring fantasyland. We invite you and your family to come out and experience this natural wonder.

Essex County Executive and the Board of County Commissioners

Cherry Blossom Talks

Join us every Wednesday in April at 11am for Cherry Blossom Talks! These 30 minute talks will discuss the history of cherry blossom trees in the United States, how cherry blossom trees grow, and the history of Essex County Branch Brook Park’s cherry blossoms. Talks will be held at the Essex County Belleville Park Senior Center. Enjoy the fresh air, beautiful scenery, and interesting topics.

Celebrate the Historic Collection

Historic Cell Phone Tours. Available ALL Season

This free self-guided historic walking tour can be accessed by cell phone or smart phone. Spend the day exploring all 72 tour stops or pick and choose your favorites. One phone call unlocks a world of park history and horticultural information.


our website for more details and information WWW. ESSEXCOUNTYNJ.ORG
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Cherry Blossom Festival article cover image

Cherry Blossom Festival

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When Faith Meets Fear article cover image

When Faith Meets Fear

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The Best of Essex RESOURCE DIRECTORY article cover image


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Footcare You Can Count On. A Complete Approach to Dentistry article cover image

Footcare You Can Count On. A Complete Approach to Dentistry

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The Benefits of Meditation article cover image

The Benefits of Meditation

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HOW TO STAY HYDRATED article cover image


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Foods to Boost Your IMMUNE SYSTEM article cover image

Foods to Boost Your IMMUNE SYSTEM

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Apryl Gassman

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Dr. Farideh Golestani article cover image

Dr. Farideh Golestani

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Nubia DuVall Wilson article cover image

Nubia DuVall Wilson

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Dr. RoseAnn Giannella

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Dr. Maureen Giese, DACM, LAc

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Sharron Miller

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Kristina Korre-Mihalis

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Dr. Kelly DiStefano

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Women in Business 2023

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Safety, Support & Solutions for Abuse

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GLAZE Salon Offers a Complete Beauty Experience

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GLAZE Salon Offers a Complete Beauty Experience

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Summer Camp 2023 SPOTLIGHTS

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Suburban Essex Home Pros

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Suburban Essex Home Pros

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Carpet or Hardwood?

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Declutter with Garage Shelving

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A DIFFERENT KIND OF DOCTOR article cover image


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The West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Right Around the Corner article cover image

The West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Right Around the Corner

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West Orange Native Changes the Game at Division III Colleges for Students article cover image

West Orange Native Changes the Game at Division III Colleges for Students

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Fourth Grade Caldwell Student Honored at YALE UNIVERSITY

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The best care for your heart, and

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