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TABLE of CONTENTS MAY 2024 10 Inside Essex 12 Local Heroes 12 Young Visionary’s Dream Becomes a Reality 13 New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestra Program: A Symphony of Giving 14 Rediscoving Life Transforming Women’s Health with Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine 23 Home Pros 23 From Mediocre to Immersive 25 Great Ideas for Outdoor Living Spaces 26 Bringing Outdoor Spaces to Life 27 Window Works is Transforming Outdoor Living 28 Create a Stunning Deer-Resistant Landscape with CLC’s Advice for Deer-Resistant Plants and Shrubs 31 Choosing the Most Durable Outdoor Furniture 38 COVER ARTICLE Yanina & Co.— Crafting Timeless Treasures for Generations 42 Celebrations 42 Once Stop Celebrations 43 Everyday Entertaining with Charcuterie 44 Choosing the Right Wedding Favors for Your Guests 44 Discover the Perfect Venue for Your Special Occasion 44 Make Gift-Giving a Breeze: Creating a Registry for Any Event 45 Celebrations Resource Directory 46 Local Gift Guide for Mother’s Day 48 Focus on Education 55 Health, Wellness & Beauty 70 Dining Guide 73 Best of Essex Resouce Directory 74 Diamond Minds One Cohesive Plan MAY 2024 VOL. 32 NO. 4
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CommunityCentric Design in West Orange: A New Chapter for the

West Orange Public Library

Sunjana Thirumala Sridhar, a West Orange resident, West Orange Public Library trustee, urban designer and co-founder of DesignOGC, is behind the “Community Canvas,” a soon-to-be launched series of interactive art installations at the library aimed at fostering community engagement and building cultural awareness. The Community Canvas allows patrons to interactively share their visions for the library’s future.

Sunjana’s commitment to creating spaces that enhance community dialogue is seen through these interactive initiatives, inviting users to express their insights through art from different cultures. The library will soon welcome visitors at a special event to engage with the series of installations, reflecting the library’s dedication to constantly improving its offerings to the local community. Through these installations, public institutions like libraries and schools can gather authentic community data for better decision making, engaging patrons better, and building support for fundraising. For more information, visit

Squishing Bugs and Cracking Jokes: A Comedic Campaign Against Invasive Pests

Donning himself The World’s #1 Spotted Lanternfly Squisher, Keith Haskel of Montclair is on a mission to eradicate the invasive pests. He’s using comedy to do it, pointing out that these bugs suck the sap out of trees (and then urinate it out above our unsuspecting heads). With no natural predators, they are rapidly multiplying and hurting the environment.

As a comedian and TV comedy writer/producer, Keith, who played “Bananaman” on “The Chris Gethard Show,” has a knack for making people laugh. He’s using this skill to raise awareness about this serious issue.

Haskel’s commitment to combating lanternflies has turned into a family affair. His children, Xander, 6, and Scout, 4, have joined him in his quest, making videos to help spread the word. His daughter Phoebe, 2, finds their actions hysterical.

Despite the lighthearted approach, Keith’s message is clear: lanternflies pose a serious threat to the environment, and action is needed to stop their destructive impact.

You can find Keith’s videos and social media on his website:

Chasing Shadows:

The Adventures of Eclipse Aficionados

In the world of eclipse enthusiasts, there are die-hard chasers, and then there are the eclipse aficionados—those who take their passion to the next level, globe-trotting in pursuit of the perfect celestial spectacle. A month before the anticipated April 8, 2024 eclipse, Tracey Brosnan, hailing from West Orange, had already secured accommodations in Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada for an all-girls expedition to witness the total eclipse. Unsatisfied with the mere 91% coverage expected in New Jersey, Tracey orchestrated a grand plan: she invited her mother, Kate Correia, who flew in from Chicago, to join her and her friend, Paz Chacon, also from West Orange, for an unforgettable celestial adventure.

As Monday, April 8th dawned, the trio found themselves dressed warmly, under a clear blue sky, surrounded by fellow eclipse aficionados, eagerly awaiting the momentous event. Cheers erupted as the perfect diamond-ringed eclipse graced the heavens, casting an otherworldly glow upon the landscape. For Tracey and her companions, it was a culmination of meticulous planning and unwavering dedication—a moment frozen in time, unlikely to be replicated for another 46 years.

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(l-r)Tracey Brosnan, Kate Correia, and Paz Chacon get ready to see the 100% eclipse in Canada. Keith Haskel and his fellow lanternfly squishers, from left: Xander, 6, Phoebe, 2, and Scout, 4.
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Keith Haskel squishing a lanternfly.

Long-Lost Sisters Reunited: A Tale of Discovery and Connection

Barbara Clarke Ruiz, of Glen Ridge, an activewear design consultant of global activewear brands, and founder of Lick You Silly pet products, had her life transformed by a DNA test. Three years ago, her cousin found a significant DNA match on Ancestry. com and confirmed it on 23 and Me — Barbara and her brother Michael had a half-sister named Lupe Ibarra.

The revelation shed light on their father’s history, a veteran of the Korean War. Lupe, a retired Nurse Assistant, was initially cautious. She had been put up for adoption at birth in Korea, grew up in California, and eventually connected with Barbara and family over Zoom. It was an emotional virtual meeting, with an in-person one to follow.

From left Barbara Clarke Ruiz and her half-sister Lupe Ibarra spend time getting to know oneanother during a trip by Lupe to NJ.

Barbara always wanted a sister. Despite their vastly different backgrounds — Barbara is African American while Lupe is half Korean — the sisters felt an instant bond, further cemented by their shared love for candy and cinnamon Jolly Ranchers.

Their ongoing relationship is a testament to the power of DNA testing in reuniting families. A video of the story is posted on Instagram and TikTok @barbaraclarkeruiz.

Seton Hall Preparatory and Table to Table Foster Impactful Collaboration

In the spirit of Easter, Seton Hall Preparatory School in West Orange collected 15 hams, totaling 120 lbs., from its community to brighten Easter for local families in need. Volunteers from Table to Table, New Jersey’s first food rescue organization, collected and delivered the hams to MEND, a hunger relief network in Essex County, advancing health equity through collaborative, community-driven programming.

(l-r) Matteo Spain,

Table to Table is celebrating 25 years of impactful work, having rescued and delivered enough food for over 311 million healthy meals throughout northern New Jersey. To mark this milestone, the organization aims to rescue and deliver enough fresh food for an additional 25 million meals this year, using its fleet of six trucks and volunteer-based app. To support Table to Table’s mission, visit

Right at Home of Essex County Celebrates 20 Years of Heartfelt Care

West Orange resident Maeghan Scott and her mom, Melodie Toby, recently threw a fabulous bash to celebrate 20 incredible years of their homecare business, Right at Home of Essex County. Held at The Highlawn in West Orange, the party was a lively affair, with family and friends, partners from local organizations, West Orange leadership, and the corporate office joining in the festivities. There were speeches aplenty, a nostalgic look back at Right at Home’s journey, and heartfelt recognition for their longest-serving caregivers, all of whom have been with the agency from nine to nineteen years!

Two decades ago, Scott’s late father, Moses Scott, started the business, and seven years ago Scott and her mom stepped in to continue his legacy. Maeghan says, “Running Right at Home is so rewarding. We get to keep people safe and help them live out their desires as they age. It’s not just a job; it’s a way to honor people’s wishes and ensure they age safely with dignity and respect.”

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Seton Hall Preparatory, Senior; Vince McMahon, Director of Social Justice and Service Programs; Mary Sorgi, Theology Teacher, Seton Hall Preparatory School; and Heather Thompson, Executive Director, Table to Table (l-r) Matthew Scott; Maeghan Scott; Joan Fearon, Valrie King, Barbara Wright, Melodie Toby, and Richard Scott
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(l-r) Brian Curtis, Business Performance Coach; Margaret Haynes, President and CEO; Melodie Toby, Co-Owner and CFO; and Maeghan Scott, Owner and Operator

Young Visionary’s Dream Becomes a Reality

IIn the bustling Terminal A at Newark Airport, where travelers rush to catch flights or wait for delays to pass, a small but significant addition has captured the hearts of many. It’s a lending library called “Let’s Read Today,” where travelers can borrow books for free. It is the brainchild of Livingston fifth-grader Sia Malhotra, who had a dream and made it happen! What started as a simple idea blossomed into a three-year journey of persistence, collaboration, and community support.

Sia’s inspiration came during a vacation to Alaska in 2021, where she encountered a library in an airport. Recognizing the potential for such a space to benefit travelers, especially children and those facing financial constraints, she set out to bring this concept to her local airport in New Jersey. Upon her return, she began reaching out to Port Authority of NY and NJ officials, expressing her vision for a library at Newark Airport.

After numerous emails and meetings, Sia’s idea gained traction. With the Port Authority’s support and Home Depot’s generosity in East Hanover, the library became a reality. Home Depot donated materials and built the library according to Sia’s design, including space for children’s and adult books.

The library, aptly named “Let’s Read Today,” opened in February of 2024 with an initial collection of 300-400 books. However, through Sia’s continued efforts and community donations, the library’s collection has grown to over 4,000 books, many of which are stored at Sia’s home until they make their way to the library. Private donors, schools, and local libraries have contributed to ensure a diverse and plentiful selection for travelers. While the goal is for travelers to pick up a book at the airport, read it

on the plane and/or during their trip, and then drop it off at the library upon their return home, the library still needs replenishing. Every few weeks, Sia and her parents take a ride to the airport to restock the shelves with books.

The library connects to Sia’s Let’s Read Today website through its mission of promoting literacy and providing access to books. The website serves as a platform for people to connect with Sia and donate books to the airport library. It also includes information about the library’s impact and how others can get involved in promoting literacy in their communities. The website acts as an extension of the physical library, spreading the message of the importance of reading and sharing stories.

The significance of Sia’s feat did not go unnoticed – NJ Governor Philip Murphy recently called to congratulate Sia on her achievement, recognizing the library’s importance in providing a sense of comfort and escape for travelers, especially during stressful travel times.

Looking ahead, Sia plans to expand the library concept to other terminals at Newark Airport and potentially to other nearby airports. With ongoing support from the community and organizations like Home Depot, Sia’s vision of a more literate and connected airport environment is on its way to coming to fruition.

From left: Sarah McKeon, General Manager, Newark Liberty and Teterboro Airports; Cristina Kiley, General Manager, Talent Acquisition at The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey; and Sia Malhotra. Sia Malhotra at Newark Airport with officials of the Port Authority of NY and NJ in honor of the Let’s Read Today Lending Library that she created.
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New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestra Program: A Symphony of Giving

TThe New Jersey Symphony has long been synonymous with musical excellence, but its impact extends beyond the concert hall. Through its New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestra program, founded 25 years ago, the Symphony enriches the lives of about 200 young musicians annually, spanning grades 4-12. This initiative particularly benefits those from 11 underserved NJ communities, offering them unparalleled musical growth and personal development opportunities.

As the resident youth orchestra of the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, the New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestra brings together students of all skill levels who share a passion for music. Four sequentially leveled performing ensembles create a pathway for students to flourish and grow under the guidance of the Symphony’s expert faculty. Participants study instrument techniques through sectionals and semi-private lessons.

At the heart of the program is the String Ensemble, led by Naomi Youngstein of West Orange, a dedicated violinist. She has been a member of the New Jersey Symphony for an impressive 36 years. Her passion for music extends beyond performance, as she plays a vital role in the NJS’s Youth Orchestra program. Leading the String Ensemble, Naomi provides advanced training to young musicians, guiding them toward excellence in music. Naomi’s extensive experience and dedication make her a valuable mentor and leader in the Symphony’s Youth Orchestra program.

The String Ensemble provides advanced training in a smallgroup format, focusing on repertoire, instrument techniques, and rhythm classes. Students in the String Ensemble are prepared for advancement to the Repertory Orchestra and the Academy Orchestra, the program’s most advanced ensemble. The Repertory Orchestra, led by Sue On, presents a diverse range of traditional and contemporary pieces, encouraging students to broaden their musical horizons. The Academy Orchestra, conducted by Diego García, allows students to delve into classical and contemporary masterpieces, offering a comprehensive musical experience.

Each year, the Youth Orchestra program welcomes a limited number of advanced beginner to very advanced students, ensuring individualized attention and growth opportunities for each participant. Rehearsals begin in October and culminate in April concerts, providing a year-round musical experience. The impact of the Symphony’s Youth Orchestra program extends far beyond the concert hall. Graduates of the program have achieved remarkable success, pursuing music education and other majors at prestigious institutions such as Harvard, Cornell, UPenn, NYU, and more. This is a testament to the

Naomi Youngstein works with members of the New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestra String Ensemble, which she leads.

program’s ability to nurture and develop young talent, making it a compelling choice for aspiring musicians.

The Symphony’s commitment to providing access to high-quality music education for all students, regardless of their background, is truly commendable. Through its Youth Orchestra program, the NJ Symphony is shaping the next generation of musicians and empowering young people to achieve their full potential.

Auditions for the New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestra program will take place on June 1st and 8th at Montclair State University. For more information about the youth orchestra program and audition requirements, visit

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Rediscovering Life Transforming Women’s Health with

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

Are you struggling with PCOS symptoms, unexplained night sweats, debilitating periods, or fertility issues? If common solutions haven’t worked, it may be time to explore a more natural approach to regain your health in harmony with nature.

Meet Ellen, Renee, and Angie—women whose health journeys have been revitalized by Dr Aleksandra Mihajlovic, DTCM, LAc at Sasha Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine. Women’s health has historically been neglected, suffering from societal taboos and a lack of focused medical research. Issues like PCOS, endometriosis, and menopause have been quietly borne by women, often sidelining their own needs to prioritize others.

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A Holistic Revolution

At Sasha Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine, we are committed to changing the narrative of women’s health. We believe every woman deserves to be heard, understood, and empowered. Our practice offers a comprehensive holistic approach, incorporating acupuncture, Chinese medicine, nutrition, and movement to address the diverse challenges of women’s health.

Transformative Patient Stories

Ellen’s PCOS Journey: Ellen knows the challenges of living with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) all too well. Just like the nearly 5 million other women in the United States who suffer from PCOS, she experienced hormonal imbalances that caused irregular periods, acne, and thinning scalp hair. On top of that, her irregular menstrual cycle was affecting her fertility too.

Hormonal birth control kept some of her symptoms at bay but it had the unpleasant side effect of weight gain. After searching far and wide for the solution, she discovered Dr Aleksandra Mihajlovic’s practice. Dr Aleksandra understood Ellen’s story all too well. She too had a diagnosis of PCOS in her early 20s and understood the plague of irregular periods. It wasn’t until her late 30s, after months of regular acupuncture treatments that her periods finally became an uneventful monthly occurrence with no PMS, cramps, discomfort, or mood swings. Over years of practice, Dr Aleksandra developed her unique approach of blending acupuncture with ATP Bioresonance Therapy, nutritional guidance, and personalized herbal formulas. They helped Ellen finally regulate her hormones & metabolism which resulted in regular periods, clear skin, and a clear path to becoming a mother one day.

From Chaos to Calm – Renee’s Story: Hot flashes and mood swings made Renee’s life unbearable. Every day felt like a battle against her own body. Women spend 1/3 of their life in menopause. While we all expect teenagers to be moody, changing hormones during menopause and their effects on the female body are still not widely discussed or understood. It is estimated that by 2030, 1.2 billion women will be in menopause around the world.

The modern style of fast-paced life, where women shoulder many care-taking responsibilities, showers women’s bodies with stress hormones. By the time they hit their late 40s they are exhausted with fewer reserves left to aid them seamlessly into yet another physiological transition - menopause.

Renee felt constantly exhausted, breaking into a sweat at the moment’s notice day and night, short-tempered, weepy, and somehow steadily gaining weight despite her efforts to eat healthy and exercise. She felt like she was losing her battle, and her family began avoiding her, never knowing what mood she would be in. Dr Aleksandra’s acupuncture treatments brought her much-needed relaxation and hormone regulation. Renee found that her sleep improved, her hot flashes disappeared and with a better understanding of her new metabolic profile, she was able to lose weight. She felt like a new woman, another butterfly emerging from a chrysalis. She was ready for a new stage in life, which according to the teachings of Chinese Medicine is the time for teaching one’s acquired wisdom and pursuing spiritual endeavors.

Angie’s Dream of Motherhood: Angie’s journey to motherhood was filled with obstacles. Fertility struggles left her feeling defeated and hopeless. Just like many other women who deal with fertility issues, she confessed that she felt like her troubles were a personal failing as a woman. But with the compassionate care of Dr Aleksandra, Angie’s dream of becoming a mother became a reality. The nonjudgmental and holistic approach of Dr Aleksandra and her team empowered Angie in her natural ability to create life. Alongside her partner Steve (after all, it takes two to make a baby!), she received a unique blend of acupuncture, herbal remedies, LED light therapy, and moxibustion as part of her personalized fertility treatments.

Angie & Steve welcomed their bundle of joy into the world the following year. The thousands of years of knowledge accumulated in Chinese Medicine offer hope and solutions to many women and couples on their fertility journey. Whether it is conceiving unassisted or with the advances of modern ART (assisted reproductive technologies) acupuncture increases chances of getting pregnant and having a healthy baby.

Comprehensive Care for All Stages

From managing menstrual irregularities, and assisting in becoming pregnant to navigating the complexities of menopause, our holistic integrative treatments empower women to live fully at every stage of life.

At Sasha Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine, we understand that women’s health goes beyond just regulating the menstrual cycle. Our carefully crafted treatments address a wide range of issues that are often intricately connected to our hormones, including recurrent migraines, metabolic imbalances, sleep disturbances, anxiety, and mood swings.

Take the First Step

Prioritize your health and embrace the transformative potential of holistic medicine. Contact Dr Aleksandra Mihajlovic and the team at Sasha Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine to schedule your consultation. Call 973-444-8932 or visit

Sasha Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine 119 Grove Street, Montclair, NJ 07042 | 973-444-8932

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Rose Squared Annual Art Show to be Held at Verona Park

Get ready for a spectacular showcase of creativity in Verona this May, presented by Rose Squared Art Shows. With over 90 artisans displaying their work, this event promises to be a feast for the eyes and soul.

Discover a wide range of fine art and fine craft, including apothecary, artisanal foods, gorgeous ceramics, one-of-a-kind jewelry, woodwork, digital art, fiber arts, furniture, glasswork, stunning painting, mixed media, and photography.

Verona Park, with its stunning 54-acre landscape and picturesque lake, provides the perfect backdrop for this artistic extravaganza.The park offers a fantastic layout for strolling through the art show, shopping, and engaging with the talented artists.

Don’t miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in creativity and support these amazing artists.

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Puppy Love Yoga at Spirit 11ouse!

GGet ready to downward dog with some adorable furry friends at Spirit 11ouse in Livingston! This is a special event where rescue puppies and dogs from One Step Closer Animal Rescue (OSCAR) will roam freely as guests enjoy a 45-minute mixed-level yoga class led by Co-Founder Billy Ward. Get ready for some puppy kisses and a whole lot of fun!

After the class, there will be a 15-minute “snuggasana” session with the pups. Space is limited, so be sure to purchase your Pawssport in advance. A portion of all ticket proceeds will be donated to OSCAR.

Please bring your own yoga mat or towel, as OSCAR will be bringing the dogs. Remember, the only dogs allowed on the class floor will be the rescues of OSCAR. No food or treats are allowed on the floor. Please Note: To ensure the safety and comfort of all participants and furry friends spectators are not permitted. Nama’stay’!

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Blooming Beauties Await at the Van Vleck Spring Plant Sale!

MMake the most of May with a visit to the beloved Van Vleck Spring Plant Sale. Browse through a delightful array of annuals, perennials, herbs, planters, and more, all designed to add a touch of beauty to your garden. The sale, held on the Bingham Formal Garden lawn, is free to attend and will take place rain or shine.

While visiting, be sure to explore the rest of the stunning gardens, open dawn to dusk daily, for added inspiration. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enhance your garden while supporting a

great cause! Your purchases help fund the maintenance of the beautiful gardens, ensuring they remain a picturesque oasis for all to enjoy.

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“Celebration of Life”

Honoring Marlene Habermann, Spa Director at Dieci Lifestyle Spa

PPlease join us for our “Celebration of Life” memorial in honor of our beloved Spa Director Marlene Habermann. It will be one year on May 22, 2024, since she left us physically, but she will be forever remembered as the beautiful soul of our Spa. Her positive energy, devotion to her craft and clients and her pure heart has been a shining example of Excellence, Spirituality and Beauty to all.

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R Rainbow Child Care Center & Preschool of Roseland Hosts Successful Community Workers Day

Rainbow Child Care Center & Preschool of Roseland United Methodist Church hosted a Community Workers Day on April 10th, a day filled with joy and excitement for the children. As part of the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Week of the Young Child, the event featured parents, grandparents, and friends who volunteered to share their job descriptions briefly and age-appropriately. They also set up “touch and see” tables where the children could try out their trade tools and explore vehicles lined up in the parking lot, sparking their curiosity and enthusiasm.

Louis Mauriello of Champion Waste Removal was one of the volunteers who brought his truck to the event. He patiently helped each child climb in and out of the driver’s seat and allowed them to blow the air horns. Mauriello says, “There is nothing like a child’s first time sitting in a big truck and blowing the air horns.”

This year’s career representatives were a diverse group, a true reflection of the world of work. They included two physicians, a firefighter, a financial advisor, a contractor, a nurse, an arborist, a newspaper reporter, and a representative from Roseland Borough. This variety of professions showcased the breadth of opportunities available to children, inspiring hope and excitement for their future.

Rainbow Child Care Center of Roseland United Methodist Church has been a steadfast community presence for over 40 years. It provides a safe and nurturing environment for infants from 2 months old to kindergarten. Their commitment to the well-being of children is unwavering.

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A Motorcycle Adventure

TThe Horseneck Motorcycle Riding Club invites the public to start the day off right by joining them for a full-day ride, which starts in Livingston and heads first to the iconic Jefferson Diner for breakfast, and then on a 2-hour (with a stop) local and winding scenic ride to the Sterling Mine for a 1pm tour ($14 fee).

The eye-opening mine tour will educate and fascinate attendees with tales from the depths of the earth. Then participants will rev up their engines for a ride home, where the route will pass through Rockaway Township, with a must-stop visit at the renowned Denville Dairy. Don’t miss this chance to ride, explore, and indulge with fellow motorcycle enthusiasts!

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IImagine watching an action-packed movie and hearing the subtle rustle of leaves behind you or feeling the rumble of explosions reverberating throughout the room. With surround sound, every sound effect, dialogue, and musical score is rendered with precision and clarity, transporting viewers into the heart of the action.

Upgraded sound systems enhance the emotional impact of storytelling by immersing viewers in the audio landscape of the narrative. Whether it’s the whisper of a character’s voice or the crescendo of a dramatic soundtrack, surround sound elevates the viewing experience by evoking a deeper sense of immersion and engagement.

When Ken Gorman and Alan Weissman met 25 years ago, they became fast friends. In 2021, they founded AVision Design Group and set out to make homeowners’ entertainment experiences dynamic.

In addition to installing the necessary equipment and hiding the wires, they also analyze and guide homeowners on the best choices for their needs, and teach them how to use the audio/visual systems.

“We can transform any house into a smart home, incorporate an elevated music system throughout the house and convert any room in your home into a home theater,” says Alan. “It all comes down to simplicity. Nowadays you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a tremendous viewing and sound experience.”

“Our main goal is to provide innovative and best-in-class technology solutions that are simple to use, regardless of project size or scope. Whether that is just a soundbar below the TV, or a full-blown surround sound system with speakers, a subwoofer and a receiver that will give them the true theater-like experience with every movie that they watch.”

He says if you get a Sonos® soundbar mounted below the TV, you’ll have the best of both worlds – much better TV sound and the dual functionality of music.

“Our clients have been extremely happy with our work,” says Ken. “We pride ourselves on perfection.” Adds Alan, “Service is at the heart of our culture and we work hard every day to live up to it. We want our clients to have the best experience possible throughout the entire process.”

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Great Ideas for Outdoor Living Spaces

DDo you dream of having a home that everyone loves to visit for outdoor parties and get-togethers? The options for your landscape are ultimately endless… Depending on your lifestyle and available space, there are several ideas to consider when expanding your home by enhancing your outdoor living space.

Add an outdoor dining area, outdoor kitchen, or a great playground area for the kids and your landscape will become more functional and entertaining to enjoy. Include a pavilion or swimming pool with a bar, an outdoor fireplace, or a water feature in your design. Use all the elements that inspire you to relax and have a good time in your space. Here’s how to include some of these ideas when designing your outdoor living area.


Every outdoor entertaining area needs a comfortable dining. It extends your living and entertaining space, so you don’t have to go inside to eat. Everyone loves dining alfresco!

Work with your designer to find the best location to dine in your yard. Our team can help you create a layout plan to fit your environment. Together, we will find a central location to make cooking, dining, and cleanup easy. We can even include a stylish pergola or pavilion to frame your new outdoor dining area with real style and protection from the elements.

For less formal dining, or to keep the cook company, include an outdoor bar in or near the kitchen. Guests can enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks at the bar before they sit down to an outdoor dinner.


Your outdoor kitchen can be large or compact. Built-in grills, sinks, dishwashers, refrigerators, and freezers are all available so you can fully prepare a complete meal and never miss a moment of your party fun.

Attractive and functional granite countertops can complement outdoor cabinetry to store dishes, glassware, and utensils. No more making multiple trips to and from the house. Everything is accessible and in one place!

Does your family have a fondness for pizza? You’ll love an outdoor pizza oven to make pies any time of year! And these ovens are not just for pizza, you can grill vegetables and meats too.


A pool is a dramatic addition to any home and can offer your family and guests the perfect space to experience that “just escaped to a faraway resort” feel. Everyone enjoys a good staycation.

Add a pool or poolscape complete with a patio to your backyard oasis. Pools can be installed in all sizes and shapes. They can even include swim-up bars and waterfall grottos.

Surrounding patios constructed of pavers or natural stone can incorporate beautiful plantings and decor. Many families opt for a cabana or pavilion near their pool to maximize the outdoor paradise experience.


Above all else, working with an expert to create your design will ensure its functionality and beauty. Whether you have a half-acre or three-plus acres of landscape, creating an outdoor entertainment area that’s inviting, comfortable and meets your needs is the ultimate goal.

Sponzilli Landscape Group has over 50 years of design and build experience creating award-winning outdoor spaces. Our team of professional landscape specialists can help develop a plan that works best for your property, budget, existing architecture, and entertainment needs.

Go to our website to see a huge portfolio of landscape design ideas and call us today for a free consultation to begin the process of making your home really ‘Stand Apart’ as a complete outdoor paradise!

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Bringing Outdoor Spaces to Life

The Benefits of Using 2D or 3D Designs for Landscape Project

Landscape design is the art of transforming outdoor spaces into beautiful and functional areas. Before any project can begin, it’s essential to have a clear vision of how the result will look. This is where 2D and 3D designs come into play.

2D designs are precise representations of a landscape project. They meticulously depict the layout of outdoor spaces, including the strategic placement of plants, trees, and hardscaping elements. These designs are instrumental in visualizing how the project will seamlessly integrate into the existing space and planning the overall layout. However, they don’t provide a realistic view of the finished project.

3D designs, in contrast, offer an immersive and exciting view of the final result. These designs utilize advanced

computer software to create a 3D model of the landscape project. This innovative approach allows designers and clients to virtually ‘walk through’ the space and experience it from all angles. 3D designs can also demonstrate how lighting and shadows will interact with the space, providing a more realistic representation of the finished project.

Both 2D and 3D designs have benefits and drawbacks. 2D designs are a costeffective way to plan a project and provide a clear layout of the space. 3D designs give a more realistic representation of the finished project, but they can be more expensive and time-consuming to create.

Ultimately, the choice between 2D and 3D designs comes down to the client’s needs and preferences. Using either method, a skilled landscape designer can create a beautiful and functional outdoor space.

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Window Works is Transforming Outdoor Living

AAs the weather warms up, thoughts naturally drift to spending time outdoors. Window Works offers an array of solutions for transforming outdoor spaces into comfortable retreats. Suburban Essex recently spoke with JC Rocha, Window Works’ awning and window treatment specialist, to uncover the benefits of their products.

Q: What should people consider this spring and summer regarding awnings, louvered roofs, pergola roofs, and exterior screens?

A: Now is an ideal time to think about adding shade and protection to outdoor spaces. Awnings provide relief from the sun, while louvered and pergola roofs offer customizable shade and weather protection. Exterior screens are also useful for blocking out the sun and insects during outdoor gatherings.

Q: What advantages do retractable awnings offer?

A: Retractable awnings instantly provide shade, extending the outdoor space’s use, protecting from harmful UV rays, and preventing furniture fading. They can reduce indoor cooling bills by blocking sunlight and add value and curb appeal to homes.

Q: How do pergola awnings enhance outdoor areas?

A: Pergola awnings are a versatile outdoor solution, offering immediate shade and enhancing the usability of outdoor spaces. They create a comfortable outdoor room, define specific areas within a pergola, and provide protection from the sun and rain.

Q: What are the benefits of exterior screens?

A: Exterior screens provide privacy while maintaining visibility and reduce glare, making outdoor spaces more comfortable and enjoyable.

Q: What features and benefits do louvered roofs provide?

A: Louvered roofs offer durability, versatility, and instant outdoor living space creation. Louvers can adjust sunlight and shade, protect from rain, and withstand high winds and heavy snow loads. They are rust-proof and customizable with features like fans and lighting, enhancing comfort and usability.

Q: In summary, what should people keep in mind when considering outdoor upgrades for spring and summer?

A: Now is the perfect time to schedule installations of these products to ensure they’re in place for the warmer months ahead. Planning ahead allows for ample time to select the right products, schedule installation, and enjoy the benefits of shade, comfort, and style as soon as the weather permits.

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Create a Stunning Deer-Proof Landscape with CLC’s Advice for Deer-Resistant Plants and Shrubs

GGreat designs begin with great ideas. At CLC Landscape Design, Rich Cording, owner and landscape architect, and his two sons, Rich Jr., a construction layout expert, and Eric, a sales professional, are the core employees. As the winner of nine major landscaping awards in New Jersey in 2023, CLC Landscape Design is ready to make your landscaping dreams come true.

One of the biggest concerns of area residents is deer trafficking in their Northern New Jersey residential areas. Maintaining beautiful plants and shrubs with the heavy deer population is a challenge. Known for his expertise in creating attractive, colorful, and lasting splashes of color all year, Rich Jr. has extensive experience and education with

Catmint and

deer-resistant plants and shrubs. What are some of these shrubs and plants that fulfill these objects?

Shade trees are usually not problematic if they have high branches the deer cannot reach. Cherry trees, such as pink flair cherries, not only provide color but also safety from deer. They offer a deep orange/ red color in the fall, and because they bloom later in the year, they avoid frost damage by flowering later than most plants. These are just some of the reasons why they are a great choice for your landscape.

Evergreen shrubs are also deer-repellent. Boxwood, a resilient and beautiful shrub, fairs well in the Northern New Jersey climate, and Skip Laurel shrubs maintain glossy green leaves year-round, adding a

touch of elegance to your landscape. The Gold-thread Cyprus, with its vibrant and ever-present color, is a true showstopper, providing beauty and interest throughout the year.

CLC Landscape Design uses its artist’s palate of colors to create beautiful and lasting foliage on residual properties. Pictures are magnificent, deer-resistant plants and shrubs that provide year-round enjoyment.

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Blue Spruce allow you to introduce blue and purple into the landscape.
In the foreground are Carex Ice Dance— white and green leaf deer resistant ground covering plant. Iris blooms only for a short time, and their leaves can be quite striking after blooming. Ornamental grasses such as the Karl Forester Grass shown in this photo are extremely deer resistant. They can also help hold back embankments and their fibrous root systems are deep and can hold back the sun.
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Japanese Forest Grass are striking with gold colors around the statue.


Cast Aluminum, Rattan, or Resin

DDurability is key when it comes to outdoor furniture. You want something that can withstand the elements and be used daily without falling apart. Three popular options for patio furniture are cast aluminum, rattan, and resin.

Cast aluminum patio furniture is durable, rust-resistant, and lightweight. It can withstand extreme temperatures and weather conditions, making it a top choice for outdoor spaces. Cast aluminum patio furniture comes in many designs, from dining sets to conversation sets, often featuring decorative elements like scrolling or latticework.

Rattan, also known as wicker, is made from a type of palm tree known for its strength and flexibility. The natural fibers of rattan are woven together to create solid, sturdy

furniture that can withstand the elements and daily use. Rattan is also lightweight, making it easy to move around and rearrange your patio furniture as needed. Resin patio furniture is made from a strong, synthetic material that is weather-resistant and requires minimal maintenance. It is resistant to fading and chipping and comes in various colors and textures.

Resin patio furniture is available in many styles, from traditional to contemporary, and can be cushioned for added comfort.

When it comes to choosing the most durable option for your outdoor space, it depends on your lifestyle and preferences. Consider each material’s style, weight, and maintenance, and choose the one that best suits your needs. With a little research and careful consideration, you can find the perfect patio furniture that will provide years of enjoyment in your outdoor space.

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Peter P. Blanchard III Lecture Series: What’s It Really Worth?

Sunday, May 19, 3-5pm

Join Antiques Roadshow expert appraiser Nick Dawes for an informal and informative appraisal session. Attendees are encouraged to bring two small items that Nick will evaluate during the session. The items attendees should NOT bring include photographs of objects, gemstone jewelry, rare coins, sports memorabilia, and books. Registration required and pen to 70 attendees.

Music and Dance in the Garden Series

Friday, May 24, 5:30-8pm

Rain date, Saturday, May 25

The series kicks off with the AAPI Jazz Collective, led by Peter Lin on trombone and featuring vocalist Tammy Huynh, which specializes in performing a classic repertoire from Asian cultures reimagined within a jazz context. Attendees are invited to stroll through the garden starting at and enjoy complimentary wine and cheese served under the tent on the West Terrace at before the music starts at 6:30pm. Registration required and open to 90 attendees.

En Plein Air Painting, Sketching and Photography for Enthusiasts

Wednesday, May 29, 10am-3pm

Whatever your preferred mode of creating art, en plein air artists of all skill levels are invited to practice at Greenwood on this day. The century-old site offers magical views, iconic Arts & Crafts follies, stately fountains, and ample space in which to feel at home. Use of watercolors, pastels, pen and ink, photography, sketching, and journaling is welcome. There are limited slots for oil painting, due to the sensitive nature of the garden. Registration required and open to 25 participants (includes 5 oil painting slots).

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67th Annual Plant Sale

Visit Our Store in the Essex Mall—next to Marshalls and

Bloomfield Ave, West Caldwell

TThe Plant Sale features unique annuals, succulent dish gardens, horticulture, vegetables/herbs, dahlias, flowering vines, and cannas from local growers. Hanging baskets and Container Collections by Beds and Borders. Local Artisans and Home Baked Goods. Items for sale are tax-free. The Plant Sale fundraiser supports efforts to further community interest in gardening and horticulture, civic beautification projects, and conservation of natural resources.  Saturday, May 11, 9am-1pm (rain or shine) 307 Runneymede Road, Essex Fells ROSE SQUARED ART SHOWS ∙ MAY 18-19 457 BLOOMFIELD AVE, VERONA, NJ 55% OFF All Deliveries at Use code: SUBURBAN •
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All ages 8 to 18 are invited to audition for a spot in the Chatham Community Players’ Summer Youth Theater Company, a five-week program culminating in a production of “Seussical, Jr.” in August. The program offers training and performance opportunities, with rehearsals running Monday through Friday from July 8th to August 9th and performances on August 10th and 11th.

All roles are open. Those auditioning should prepare an ageappropriate song from a Broadway show and bring sheet music in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided, and songs from the show are permitted. Auditioners can sing with a track if preferred but must bring a device to play it. Photos and resumes are welcome but not required. Auditions will open for specific roles in the production during the first week of the program as part of a workshop aimed at helping students develop their audition skills.

In addition, we are offering production internships for high school and college-age students who are interested in directing, costume/set/lighting design, stage management, and marketing/front of the house. These internships provide a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a professional theater

setting. If you’re interested in this aspect, please send a resume to

May 11, 3-6pm and May 13, from 3:30-6:30 pm

Chatham Playhouse 23 North Passaic Avenue, Chatham

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LLooking for something fun to do over Mother’s Day weekend? How about taking in the Warren Court Art Walk with your friends and family? Explore the vibrant street of Warren Court, across from Seton Hall, and discover a diverse showcase of creativity with 25 artists, including jewelry makers, fabric artists, ceramicists, and painters.

This free self-guided tour allows you to wander at your own pace, immerse yourself in the artistry, and engage with the creators. You’ll also enjoy live music, indulge in delicious offerings

from local food vendors, and experience the artistic spirit of South Orange. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet the

artists, learn about their process, and find inspiration. The Warren Court Art Walk is more than an art show; it’s an experience.

Saturday, May 11- Sunday, May 12—10am-5pm Warren Court (between South Orange Avenue and University Court) South Orange



The days are getting longer and warmer, and that means only one thing…State Fair Meadowlands is coming! Taking place at MetLife Stadium from June 20-July 7, New Jersey’s largest, long-lasting summertime family event is back and better than ever. Spread over 35 acres, the Garden State’s destination for fun has something for everyone.

Featuring over 100 rides, including the biggest Kiddie Land in New Jersey and fun and challenging carnival games. If mouth watering “fair fare” and refreshing drinks and desserts are on your menu, you better wear your stretchy shorts as State Fair Meadowlands’ lineup of mouth watering food vendors will take care of your ravenous cravings while quenching your thirst. Along with experiencing adrenaline-rushes and decadent treats, enjoy the Fair’s jam-packed lineup of free entertainment ranging from the all-new Jurassic Kingdom Dinosaur Show, Samba Novo Brazilian Dance Group (on-site July 5-7) and Michael Jackson Tribute Show (on-site June 21-23) to beloved Fair favorites including Rosaire’s Racing Pigs and the Cycle Circus Live Stunt Show. Rounding out the summertime fun, State Fair Meadowlands is celebrating Independence Day with dazzling fireworks shows on July 3rd and 4th. For more information and ticketing details, visit

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From left are the Co-founders of the Warren Court Art Walk: Wendy Bellerman, Sybil Archibald and Leslie Goldman.
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Trinity Place Arts Festival

TThis is a seasonal celebration of the arts by members of The Salvation Army. There will be paintings, photography, knitted works, woodcrafts and much more by both professional and amateurs, young and old.

Immerse yourself in the artistry as you explore the displays throughout the building. Engage with the artists through live demonstrations of varying art forms. Let the beautiful music offerings and the spoken word, penned by current and former members of the church’s Writers’ Group, transport you to a world of creativity.

As a community, we believe in the power of giving. Your free-will donations, no matter the amount, will go a long way in supporting Salvation Army services that touch the lives of people around the world.

Sunday, May 5, 3-7pm

The Salvation Army 13 Trinity Place, Montclair 973-744-3312

You’re Invited to the Look Well Launch Party! Look Well is a curated, group of non-invasive therapies designed to rejuvenate your face, skin and body through ground-breaking technologies. Laugh and learn about ways to change, soften or postpone age-related issues like sagging skin, fat deposits and incontinence. There will be demonstrations, discussions, refreshments & generous vouchers for all. Feel free to invite a friend.
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Yanina Fleysher

Yanina & Co. –Crafting Timeless Treasures for Generations

Nestled in the heart of Cedar Grove, Yanina & Co. stands as a guiding light of artistry and craftsmanship in the world of fine jewelry. Since its inception in 1987, Yanina & Co. has been a family operation founded by Yanina Fleysher and her mother, Claudia. Today, Yanina’s brother Alex, along with her son Branden, join her as business partners in continuing the legacy of excellence and creativity that defines this multi-generational business. Branden states, “What’s really interesting is that we’re not only a generational business for ourselves, but children of people that my mom made engagement rings for 35 years ago are now coming in and buying engagement rings from me. It’s generational for them too.”


What sets Yanina & Co. apart is its commitment to preserving memories and creating heirlooms. Their specialty lies in transforming vintage jewelry into new, modern pieces that retain sentimental value.

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At Yanina & Co., craftsmanship is not just a skill; it’s an art form. A team of four master jewelers, with a combined experience of over 120 years, ensures that each piece is crafted with precision and passion, followed by inspection from Yanina and her team. What distinguishes Yanina & Co. is its in-house manufacturing and design process. Clients can witness their jewelry being designed right before their eyes, thanks to Yanina & Co.’s state-of-the-art CAD design technology. This level of transparency and involvement in the design process is rare in the industry, establishing Yanina & Co. as a trailblazer in artisanal jewelry design.


Yanina & Co. specializes in sourcing and offering the finest diamonds for every price point, ensuring that each client is treated like a million-dollar customer. The team takes pride in providing the best for its clients, sourcing diamonds from around the world to ensure quality and variety. Along with traditional mined diamonds, they offer lab-grown diamonds, which have become increasingly popular, especially among “the younger crowd.” These high-quality diamonds are offered at affordable prices, making them a popular choice for engagement rings.

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Offering some of the latest collections this year, Yanina & Co. unveils its newest pieces including charm necklaces and bracelets. These pieces, crafted with yellow gold and adorned with diamonds, fun shapes, and colorful stones, add a touch of whimsy and elegance to any ensemble. Whether dressed up or down, these pieces are a testament to Yanina & Co.’s versatility and innovation.


Here, every client is treated like family. Whether they look for a custom engagement ring or redesign a family heirloom, the team is dedicated to providing personalized experiences that exceed expectations. With private consultations available, Yanina & Co. ensures that every client’s needs and desires are met with care and attention to detail.


This is not just a jewelry store; it has been a legacy in the making. With a commitment to quality, craftsmanship, and customer satisfaction, Yanina & Co. strives to continue to shine as a beacon of light in the world of fine jewelry.


Yanina & Co. prides itself on staying ahead of the curve when it comes to jewelry trends. While offering classic, timeless designs, they are always designing new trends to keep their inventory fresh and competitive.

Yanina & Co.

451 Pompton Ave Cedar Grove / (973) 857-5544

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Yanina Fleysher

One Stop Celebrations

As Spring arrives, celebrations, weddings, baptisms, and graduations abound. Cucina Calandra in Fairfield is ready to serve you. “We can provide onestop packages to meet all of your needs, including food, celebration, and lodging,” says Thomas Calandra, owner. “Everything is ready for you.”

The Best Western Plus Fairfield Executive Inn hotel is home to the renowned Cucina Calandra Restaurant, and the newly renovated ballroom. For weddings and other special occasions, clients may have Calandra’s provide the meals, desserts, the ballroom, and lodging for guests.

The one-stop shop makes it more accessible, efficient, and less stressful for the celebration hosts. Guests are

guaranteed first-class service all around: authentic Italian food from Cucina Calandra, celebrations in the elegant ballroom, rich and delectable cakes and pastries from Calandra’s Bakery, and first-class accommodations at the Best Western Hotel.

“In the Post-Covid era, everyone wants to celebrate,” says Calandra. “Celebrations are larger.” With the demand for larger venues, Cucina Calandra has transformed its upstairs ballroom into a luxurious haven. The new ballroom exudes elegance with its crystal chandeliers, open bar, and open buffet. The spacious ballroom can comfortably accommodate 200 people and can also be partitioned for more intimate gatherings.

The Calandra family encourages potential clients to contact them to discuss the various packages they offer. They are open seven days a week for consultations, or clients may go online to see packages, pictures of the accommodations, Italian cuisine banquet menus, and the grand ballroom.

“At Cucina Calandra, we pour our heart and soul into every event. We want our customers to feel a deep sense of connection with us, celebrating all under one roof,” says Calandra, emphasizing the family’s commitment to making each event special and memorable.

Cucina Calandra

216 US Highway 46 East, Fairfield 973 575 7720 /

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973-837-0086 86 Main Street, Little Falls, NJ We’re Here for All Your Special Events & Celebrations! We’re excited to help you get ready for your upcoming event! We have different hosting packages at our bridal loft. Hair styling and makeup services available. Please call us for a more details and to schedule a consultation. 42 | Suburban Essex | May 2024

The shop is well known for their Wednesday Night Dinners, a rotating menu of French-inspired meals that serve 4 and are warm at pick up.

Butler and the Board offers charcuterie boards, serving 2 to 15. They also work with customers on larger events, such as weddings and cocktail parties, or hosting private events at the shop.

Butler, focus on creating small-batch artisanal products because they’re higher in quality and fresher than other similar items on the market. “Our customers know we’re obsessed with well-made charcuterie that’s accessible for all,” said Chef Jeff. “We take pride that everything we offer is made in our shop.”

Charcuterie, the art of preparing sausages, pâtés and terrines, is for everyday and for entertaining. Butler and the Board on Forest St. in Montclair offers a variety of housemade classic charcuterie like Chicken Liver Pate, Mortadella and Soppressata while also offering a modern take on everyday favorites like Pork Roll Sausage. The menu includes prepared foods like seasonal preserves, pickles, soups, a featured Sandwich of the Week, and a unique rotating menu specials on Saturday like Sausage Rolls and Porchetta sandwiches.

Butler and the Board 103 Forest St., Montclair

Owned by West Orange locals, Chef Jeffrey Butler and his wife Cathy Chan

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Discover the Perfect Venue for Your Special Occasion

Are you looking for the perfect venue for your special occasion?


Look no further! The Franklin Steakhouse offers affordable on and off-premise catering packages to suit any event. Their brand-new pavilion room, accommodating up to 200 guests, and charming patio, perfect for intimate gatherings of up to 50 people, provide the ideal setting for birthdays, engagements, corporate events, and more.

At Franklin Steakhouse, they celebrate a wide range of occasions, from rehearsal dinners to retirement parties and bridal showers to baby showers. Indulge in their exquisite menu, featuring the finest cuts of steak and culinary delights prepared by their skilled chefs.

Let Franklin Steakhouse make your event memorable, whether it’s a sports team year-end banquet or a fundraiser event. Book your date now and let them handle the rest!

Franklin Steahouse

318 Passaic Avenue, Fairfield | 973-808-9400


Make Gift-Giving a Breeze: Creating a Registry for Any Event

If you’re planning for an upcoming event like a wedding, baby shower, housewarming party or a birthday celebration, creating a registry can be a gamechanger. Especially if you’re expecting many guests, it can be overwhelming for them to decide what to bring as a gift. In such cases, a registry can be a lifesaver for both the hosts and the guests. It not only ensures that the guests bring items that you truly need and desire, but also eliminates the possibility of receiving duplicate gifts.

So, whether you’re celebrating a significant milestone or planning an intimate dinner party, creating a registry can make the gift-giving process stress-free and convenient for everyone involved.

Choosing the Right Wedding Favors for Your Guests

CChoosing wedding favors can be a fun and exciting part of wedding planning. You want your guests to appreciate and use the favors you give them, so consider their tastes and preferences.

When considering wedding favors, it’s important to align them with your wedding theme and style. This not only adds to the aesthetic appeal of your wedding but also makes the favors more memorable. For instance, if you’re having a beach wedding, consider giving out personalized sunglasses or beach towels.

Practical wedding favors such as bottle openers or keychains are always a hit with guests. They’re something guests can use daily and will remind them of your special day. Thank you pads are also a thoughtful and practical wedding favor that your guests will surely appreciate.

Personalized wedding favors are a great way to make your guests feel special. Consider adding your names or wedding date to the favors for a personal touch.

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The American BBQ Company specializes in gourmet catering events for backyard birthday parties, weddings, graduations, themed parties… any type of party you are planning.

American BBQ 94-1 Ford Road, Denville 973-664-1460

Chef Jeff Butler specializes in house made, small batch charcuterie, sausages, pates, terrines and other French-inspired prepared foods. They also host intimate gatherings in their shop and offer wonderful hostess, party favor gifts.

Butler & The Board 103 Forest Street, Montclair


Cucina Calandra offers a luxurious haven. Their new ballroom exudes elegance with its crystal chandeliers, open bar, and open buffet. The spacious ballroom can comfortably accommodate 200 people and can also be partitioned for more intimate gatherings.

Cucina Calandra

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



To help celebrate a wide range of occasions, their brand-new pavilion room can accommodate up to 200 guests, and their charming patio is perfect for intimate gatherings of up to 50 people for any type of party.

Franklin Steakhouse

318 Passaic Avenue, Fairfield 973-808-9400


Their specialized bridal jewelry cases provide customers with a more privateviewing and personalized experience and allow for one-on-one appointments with their expert jewelers and designers for custom orders.

Walter Bauman Jewelers

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

The expert design team of Yanina and Co. will create a truly one-of-a-kind piece. From necklaces and bracelets to custom wedding rings and bands, they create a unique piece that is truly yours.

Yanina and Co.

451 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove 973-857-5544 |


Whatever the occasion, they have an assorted inventory of products that can be prepared as a gift or party favors.

Love Letters

2 W. Northfield Road, Livingston 973-994-1212 |

A one-of-a-kind store which has the feeling of an old-fashioned gift shop with all the trends of today. They are built around the art of giving, where gift giving is simplified.

Smith & Co.

343 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell 973-228-1167


Offering makeup and hair services that will enhance your natural beauty for all events: weddings, proms, bridal/baby showers, rehearsal dinners, Mitzva, Sweet 16, birthday parties and more. Dieci Lifestyle Spa

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


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.

Sitting Pretty Intimates

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

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Support Your Local Merchant. Shop Local.

Find the perfect Mother’s Day gifts at nearby independently owned businesses in our community.

Purchase the gift of pampering and relaxation for all the moms in your life. Visit our retail boutique for unique gifts as well! Visit to learn more about us.

Dieci Lifestyle Spa

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

Your Favorites Just Got a Stylish Upgrade… Our Modern Marble Petite Reed Diffusers from CapriBlue feature eye-catching contemporary design that will instantly elevate your vibe. Choose from Aloha Orchid, Blue Jean, Coconut Santal, Havana Vanilla, HoneyDew Crush , Pineapple Flower & Volcano. Add a pop of color to your space!

Smith & Company

343 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell | 973-228-1167

Like us on Facebook/Follow us on Instragram @SmithCoGifts

Sweet Kneads for Mother’s Day Mom will love these special treats with delicious dips. Ask for our Bento Box or other baked goods. Kosher Certified Under Vaad of Metrowest. Sweet Kneads

38 South Livingston Ave, Livingston 973-320-9030 |

Moms like nothing better than time to read a new book. We’ve got books to suit all moms and beautiful gifts to go along with them.

Watchung Booksellers

54 Fairfield Street, Montclair | 973-744-7177

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For Your Loved One Frame Your Favorite Puzzle or Picture.

Mona Lisa

Custom Picture Framing

7 Highland Place, Maplewood | 973-762-2777

Mother’s Day is not complete without LatteLove luxurious light weight pajamas.

Sitting Pretty Intimates

97 South Livingston Ave, Suite C, Livingston (In the Chari Amster parking lot side of the building) 973-251-2224

Give that special MOM in your life the gift of glowing, hydrated skin this Mother’s Day! The HydraFacial is a relaxing spa facial that cleanses the skin and pores, gently exfoliates, and hydrates beautifully. We also offer gift certificates that can be used towards any service!

Montclair Rejuvenation Center

1 Mount Prospect Avenue, Verona | 973-650-3204

Celebrate Mom with Designer, Luxury Jewelry at Walter Bauman Jewelers’ prices David Yurman jewelry is renowned for its timeless elegance, craftsmanship, and distinct design aesthetic. Shop our Estate David Yurman jewelry, among our other estate designer pieces from the likes of Tiffany & Co., Rolex, Cartier and Bulgari to name a few, online at or at our West Orange location.

Walter Bauman Jewelers

653 Eagle Rock Ave , West Orange

Instagram: @walterbaumanjewelers

Mothers & Daughters Bonded for Life

Fine cable chain necklace with dainty joined circle charms in sterling silver or gold filled. Perfectly packaged for gifting with message necklace card + jewelry box. Sentiment: mothers of daughters are daughters of mothers and have remained so, in circles joined to circles, since time began.

Smith & Company

343 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell | 973-228-1167

Like us on Facebook/Follow us on Instragram @SmithCoGifts

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Spilling the Secrets to Early Literacy

FFor young children, learning to read is a critical step in their educational journeys, as literacy helps build cognitive abilities and language proficiency and has a direct impact on later academic achievement.

While there are no shortcuts to early literacy, there are steps parents can take to promote the development of children’s reading abilities. Dr. Lauren Loquasto, senior vice president and chief academic officer at The Goddard School, and Steve Metzger, award-winning author of more than 70 children’s books, share this guidance for parents.

Get Started Early

It’s never too early to start reading with children. In fact, they respond to being read to prenatally. One of the best ways to encourage early literacy is modeling the act of reading. Young children love to imitate, and if they see their parents reading, they are more likely to want to read themselves.

Use Conversation to Build Literacy

To help build their vocabularies, consistently engage children in conversation. Literacy is more than reading and writing; it’s also listening and speaking. Children understand words before they can articulate them, so don’t be discouraged if it feels like a one-way conversation.

Expose Children to More Than Books

Make your home environment print-rich, as the more exposure children have to letters and words, the better. For example, keep magnetic letters and words on the fridge, put labels on your toy containers and position books and magazines in different rooms. Also remember reading isn’t limited to books. Words are everywhere, from street signs to restaurant menus.

Let Them Take the Lead

Children engage with books in different, developmentally appropriate ways. Some children quickly flip through pages or only look at pictures while others might make up stories or their own words or songs. Some only want to read the same book over and over and some want to read a new book every time.

Establish a Routine

Parents of young children often have busy and hectic lives, so it isn’t always easy to find time to read. Consistency is key, so be intentional about setting aside time for reading every day - and stick to it.

Select the Right Books

Helping young children choose books is an important part of their learningto-read process. Developmental appropriateness is critical. For infants and toddlers, start with nursery rhymes, that grasp children’s attention through repetition, rhythm, and rhyming. Visuals are also important because they aren’t yet pulling words off the page. For emerging readers, choose books that align with their interests.

Expose children to both fiction and non-fiction books. Non-fiction provides real-world knowledge children crave and helps them make sense of what they read in fictional stories. For example, the learnings about the life cycle of a bat they read in “Bat Loves the Night,” a non-fiction book, can help them better understand what’s happening in “Stellaluna,” a fiction book about a young bat.

Foster a Love of Reading

Children’s early exposure to books can set the stage for a lifetime of reading. Make reading a time for discovery. Take children to a library or bookstore and encourage them to explore and find books on their own. Display genuine interest in their selections and use books as a tool for engaging and connecting with them. Don’t pressure children to learn how to read. Accept, validate, and encourage them as they progress on their unique literacy journeys.

—Family Features

Photos courtesy of Shutterstock

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Where Learning is Transformative

SStruggling to find a supportive environment that meets your child’s learning needs? Winston Preparatory School New Jersey, located in Morris County, offers an individualized learning environment for students ages 8-21 with learning differences, such as dyslexia, ADHD, and nonverbal learning disabilities (NVLD).

We believe what matters most is developing a deep understanding of how your child learns and then creating the right environment to help your child reach their full potential. Before they spend their

first day at Winston Prep, we have spent weeks designing an academic program for your child’s specific needs. Unlike any other school, Winston Prep groups students based on their learning difficulty, skill level, and educational and social-emotional needs.

The extraordinary transformations of Winston Prep’s students do not go unnoticed. Winston Prep’s high school graduation rate is 99.7%. Approximately 80% of Winston Prep graduates attend college, while 20% move on to transitional, vocational post-secondary programs.

“I rarely leave the parent-teacher conference at Winston Prep without tears in my eyes. I am amazed how well these people know my child, how concerned they are about my child, and how much thought and effort these people have given.”

– Peter B., Winston Prep Parent

• At Winston Prep NJ, your child will discover a place where teachers understand.

• A place where teachers make sense.

• A place where everyone listens.

• A place where everyone learns.

Register for an Open House today at, or contact Meredith Fisher, Director of Admissions, at to learn more.

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26 Lakeside Avenue, Verona, NJ | 973-239-1160 | Middle States Accredited • PreK3-Grade 8 • Leadership Skills • Personalized Learning • Community Service • Aftercare • Clubs and Athletics Our Lady of the Lake School 2x National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence For more information, please email Thomas Conroy (Principal) at: Registration for the Fall 2024/2025 School Year is Open! To learn more, visit or scan the QR code May 2024 | | 49


Prospective Parent Open House

January 30th, 2022 at 11:45 am in St. Joseph’s Hall

Transitional Kindergarten Open House

February 2nd, 2022 at 9 am

Preschool to Grade 8 Virtual Information Sessions:

January 26th at 6:30 pm • February 2nd at 6:30 pm

March 3rd, 16th, and 30th at 9 am

Individual school tours are available after school upon request.

Register via email:

Excellence of Our Lady of the Lake School

Prospective Parent Open House

January 30th, 2022 at 11:45 am in St. Joseph’s Hall

Transitional Kindergarten Open House

February 2nd, 2022 at 9 am

Preschool to Grade 8 Virtual Information Sessions: January 26th at 6:30 pm • February 2nd at 6:30 pm

Our Lady of the Lake School is a twotime National Blue Ribbon School of Academic Excellence where children Pre-K through Grade 8 go for leading academics and lasting connections.

March 3rd, 16th, and 30th at 9 am

Individual school tours are available after school upon request. Register via email:

Our Lady of the Lake School provides a supportive educational team of students, staff, parents, and the community that aims to provide a creative, Christian learning environment. An emphasis is placed on developing students’ individual abilities, promoting social awareness, and encouraging them to become responsible, contributing members of church and society.

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

New Jersey

• Pre K3 through 8th grades

• Middle States Accredited

• Full-Day or Half-Day Pre K 3 & 4

• Full-Day Kindergarten

• On-site BeforeCare & AfterCare Programs

• Accelerated Math for Grades 6-8

• Physical Education for All Grades

• Smartboards, Chromebooks, iPads, Mac Desktops

• Jr. High Stream / Synergistics Program

• Spanish, Art & Music Classes

Ballet School

New Jersey Ballet School offers open classes for ages 4 through adult. There is an intensive program for ages 9–20; intensive program is by audition only. The school offers instruction in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz /Musical Theatre, HipHop, Contemporary, Pilates, Strength/ Conditioning, Variations and Repertory. NJBS Summer Session for open classes runs for 4 weeks from July 29 to August 23, 2024.

New Jersey Ballet School 7-9 Vreeland Rd, Florham Park, NJ 07932 | 973-597-9600 |

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Discover Your Potential with SMAPA’s Comprehensive Performing Arts Training

SSharron Millers Academy for Performing Arts (SMAPA) stands out with its unique approach, providing comprehensive, inclusive developmental training in dance and related theater arts to students at every stage of life. Their holistic philosophy, inspires students to believe they can achieve, nurturing the potential within each student by encouraging creativity, building skills, fostering selfdiscipline, and bolstering self-esteem.

The Preschool Division for ages 2-5 focuses on jumping, skipping, leaping, and galloping skills. Various teaching tools such as scarves, mats, hoops, and rhythm instruments enhance the learning/ teaching process.


At the Junior Division level, ages 6-11, opportunities begin for developmental training in Ballet, Modern, Traditional Modern Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, and Musical Theater. Class placement is geared to a student’s chronological age, but consideration is also given to their skill level.

The Prep Division for ages 12-18 provides the serious student, as well as the student who simply enjoys dance, with the opportunity to develop and refine their skills. At this level, students are encouraged to take multiple classes to maximize their training regimen.


SThe Adult Division at SMAPA was designed with the needs of adult dancers in mind. It provides a non-competitive forum in which to simply enjoy dance, fostering a supportive and enjoyable environment. Adults who require a higher level class may also participate in Prep Division classes, ensuring a flexible and personalized learning experience. And the Senior Exercise Program is open to seniors 65 and older, promoting health and wellness through dance.

Sharron Miller’s Academy for Performing Arts 14 S. Park Street, Montclair | 973-655-9819


Catholic School Community at Saint Thomas the Apostle School

Saint Thomas the Apostle School is a dynamic Catholic school community that heralds academic excellence and Catholic faith formation for a diverse student population of Essex County from Pre-K through eighth grade.

STA is committed to shaping the minds and hearts of our future leaders, providing a strong academic foundation, infused with Catholic values that attends to the spiritual, emotional, and intellectual growth of all students

Highly-qualified and dedicated teachers deliver instruction that honors the uniqueness of every learner and provides differentiated learning strategies to ensure that every student receives a personalized education.

St. Thomas the Apostle School is a strong, vibrant, family-friendly and family-centered school community.

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Transforming Lives Through Christ-Centered Education

Aquinas Academy is a faith based Catholic school serving students from Preschool to 8th grade. Our community is a mosaic of people who foster a love of learning by sharing academic excellence, Catholic virtues and principles, meaningful contributions to the community, global awareness, and active stewardship.

Our administration, faculty and staff work together to provide a nurturing supportive environment to meet the needs of the whole child. Important aspects to our teachings include promoting students to understand and value culture and diversity, to develop critical thinking, to acquire skills through collaboration and problem-based learning, to excel in communications and technology, and to grow and expand social/emotional skills in relationship building and problem solving. Students are also challenged to promote lifelong wellness through physical fitness and health programs developing respect for one’s body and mind.

At AQA, we collaborate as a community to promote Learning with purpose, Leading with character, and Loving your neighbor. Aquinas Academy is currently accepting applications for the 2023-2024 school year..

Aquinas Academy

388 S Livingston Avenue, Livingston | 973-992-1587 |

Serenity Montessori Academy’s mission is to personally oversee that each child evolves into an independent thinker, cognitively stimulated by daily Montessori lessons, experiences, and interactions. We celebrate individuality in learning by creating an integrated educational system that promotes self-sufficiency, interdependence, and respect for all humanity and nature. Our environment “nurtures values that create social responsibility and mutual respect between home and school. For 2½–6 years old. Call us for a tour, brochure, and registration packet, Serenity Montessori Academy 19 Church Street, Verona, NJ 07044 | 973-239-3902 |

FOCUS ON EDUCATION Fostering Independent Thinkers through Integrated Education
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“Theatre for Life”

BBroadway 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. 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.

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!

Musical Theatre Conservatory Broadway Boot Camp 973-868-6259 |

19 CHURCH STREET, VERONA School Tours and Serenity Summer Adventures Information Call Sarah Colucci at: 973-239-3902 VISIT OUR WEBSITE: Registration Open for Sept. 2024-25 Academic Year and Serenity Summer Adventures “A Place to Discover The Brilliant Child in Every Student and Unlock Their True Potential” For Children 2.5-6.5 Years Old Suburban Essex 2023 May 2024 | | 53

What Sets Us Apart

• Personalized Boutique Approach

• Dr. Gigi crafts every smile herself

• Provides a Positive Experience - Kind, Compassionate and Gentle Treatment

• Excellent Results


Columbia University Dental School Honors including:

• Board Certified by the American Board of Orthodontics

• The American Association of Oral Biologists Award

• Dean’s Scholar Award and Commendation for Academic Excellence

• President of the American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD) while at Columbia University

• Residency in Orthodontics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Honored with chief resident of the Orthodontics program

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Health, Wellness & Beauty

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61 The Caldwell Classic 5K Run/ Walk for Education to be Held

61 Canoe Adventure on the Upper Passaic River

63 Unwind in Style at A Touch of WellBeing

63 Look Well Launch Party— Radiant Beauty Inside & Out

64 Elevating Health with Energy Healing

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65 A Natural Approach to Beauty

65 Experience Ultimate Relaxation

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Walking Should Be a Regular Part of Your Routine

Walking is a great way to get exercise, clear your mind, and enjoy the outdoors.   Setting a walking goal can help motivate you to get moving. Maybe you want to walk a certain number of steps each day or work up to walking a certain distance. Having a goal in mind gives you something to work towards and helps you track your progress.

Walking with a friend can transform the experience into a joyous adventure, keeping you both accountable and entertained. Engaging in a lively conversation can make the time fly by. If your walking route is starting to feel monotonous, why not switch it up? Explore a new neighborhood or park, or discover a hiking trail. The thrill of exploring new surroundings can inject a fresh sense of excitement into your walking routine.

Listening to your favorite music or a podcast can make walking more enjoyable. Joining a walking group is a great way to meet new people and stay motivated.

The more you walk, the easier it will become. Try to make walking a daily habit, even if it’s just for a short amount of time. Soon enough, walking will become second nature.  Walking is a great way to improve your physical and mental health. With some inspiration and motivation, you can make walking a regular part of your routine.

Opened just a year ago, Sunrise of Livingston offers best-in-class senior care within a modern atmosphere. You’ll love our green, forested surroundings and comfortable, light-filled living spaces. Residents have a variety of ways to stay active and engage with their hobbies, including activities such as walking

and local excursions.

Vibrant Senior Living in Livingston Book a personal tour by calling 973-933-6680 or visiting
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On the Nose

Changing the focal point of the face

T“The nose is the focal point of the face and tends to get a lot of attention, so changing some aspects of it can really open up the face and achieve a level of harmony,” says Dr. Sean Herman of The Plastic Surgery Center.

Most patients who desire rhinoplasty, or a “nose job,” do so for aesthetic reasons. They may want a slimmer nose, or to eradicate a bump. Others do it for functional reasons – they want to be able to breathe better.

Dr. Herman is an expert and has had extensive training encompassing the full spectrum of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. “It’s your face – you wear it every day, so patients have to have a strong level of trust in the surgeon they choose,” he says.

“I have the opportunity to really change someone’s life, how they feel about themselves and function in the daily world. That’s really rewarding.”

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At Cedar Grove Foot & Ankle Specialists, we provide innovative and compassionate care to get our patients back on their feet.

Dr. Matthew F. Wachtler, DPM, FACFAS is board certified in Foot Surgery and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons.

• Bunions

• Corns and Calluses

• Custom Orthotics

• Diabetic Foot Care

• Fall Risk Assessment

• Flatfeet

• Haglund’s Deformity

• Hammer Toe Treatment

• Heel Pain

• Ingrown Toenails

• Morton’s Neuroma

• Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

• Plantar Warts

• Stress Fracture

• Tendonitis

• Toenail Fungus

I train my clients on their time and at locations that work best for them, such as: • In my studio in Roseland • In their own home

Centers Offer:

• Services for Children Dealing with School and Family Dynamics

• Individual/Family/Couples/Children and Teen Therapy

• Variety of Clinical Therapy Expertise

• Most Insurances Accepted

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.
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Be Prepared to Save a Life by Learning CPR

CCardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a life-saving skill that, with the right training, anyone can learn. It’s not as complex as it may seem. CPR involves a combination of chest compressions and rescue breaths to help maintain blood flow and oxygenation to the body’s vital organs, such as the brain and heart. When someone experiences cardiac arrest, which is when the heart suddenly stops beating, performing CPR immediately can significantly increase their chances of survival.



Linda E. Stone, DMD, FAGD, AACD

Vanna N. Stone, DMD, AGD, AACD

Doctors trust Dr. Linda Stone and Dr. Vanna Stone because of their experience, skills and technique. Patients trust Dr. Linda Stone and Dr. Vanna Stone because of their sensitivity to patient needs, artistry and an honest straightforward approach to cosmetic dentistry.

• Family Dentistry • Cosmetic Bonding

• Invisalign® Certified • Zoom! Whitening

• Extreme Makeovers • Conscious Sedation

CPR is a critical skill that can be used in a variety of emergencies, including heart attacks, drownings, and choking incidents. The American Heart Association estimates that over 350,000 cardiac arrests happen outside of hospitals each year in the United States, and only about 10% of those individuals survive. However, when CPR is performed immediately, the chances of survival can increase by two or three times.

Learning CPR is a valuable life skill that can make a significant difference in an emergency. You can save a life by being prepared and knowing what to do. The American Red Cross has online classes and in-person classes in Fairfield. For more information, visit,

• ”Hollywood Smiles” • Porcelain Veneers

• Implant Restorations • Crowns & Bridges

Complimentary nitrous oxide is provided for your comfort & relaxation

CALL FOR YOUR CONSULTATION! 973.994.3112 201 South Livingston Avenue, Suite 2C, Livingston, NJ
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Essex County Suicide Prevention Hike for Hope

EEmbark on a meaningful journey with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) - New Jersey Chapter at the Essex County Hike for Hope! Join others for a day filled with hope and community support while hiking through scenic trails.

This event, ranging from easy to moderate levels, aims to raise awareness and provide support to those affected by suicide, with a special focus on preventing loss of life in the Garden State. AFSP, established in 1987, is committed to nationwide education, support, and advocacy. By participating in this hike, you’ll contribute to funding research, educating the public, advocating for mental health policies, and supporting survivors of suicide loss.

Lace up your hiking boots and help make a difference and bring hope to those impacted by suicide. Registration includes lunch.

Saturday, May 18 (rain date: June 8)

Registration - 9am, Hike - 10am-4pm Summit Field, South Mountain Reservation, Maplewood To register visit: index.cfm?fuseaction=register.start&eventID=10256 862-395-1650

MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING for Individuals & Adolescents Grief & Bereavement Counseling Couples & Family Counseling Suburban Essex Gold Winner 2023 Be Well PSYCHOTHERAPY FOUNDER, LAUREN F. TAIBI, LPC, NBCC 973-886-8300 175 Fairfield Ave, Suite 1C, West Caldwell Kurt T. Jackson, MD 862-904-8349 22 Old Short Hills Road, Suite 202, Livingston, NJ Specializes in Managing All Diseases of the Retina, Vitreous, and Macula including: • Diabetic Retinopathy • Macular Degeneration • Retinal Detachment • Macular Holes • Ocular Trauma Personalized, Professional & Convenient Care for Your Retinal Problems. 2 | Suburban Essex | May 2024 1/2
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The Caldwell Classic 5K Run/Walk for Education to be Held

TThe public is invited to participate in The Caldwell Classic, a memorial 5K Run/Walk honoring Theresa DiMasi and Marie LanFrank, two founding members of the Caldwell-West Caldwell Education Foundation (CWCEF). This communitywide event celebrates their vision of helping every student in the district be successful, a vision that remains central to the foundation’s mission today. Awards will be given to the top male and female overall finishers, as well as the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female in each age group, with finisher medals for all registered participants. The event site opens at 7am, followed by a 1-Mile Family Fun Run at 8am; a Children’s Dash for ages up to 5 years old at 8:10am; and Welcome Remarks at 8:20am. The 5K Run/Walk starts at 8:30am, with awards at 9:15am, and music by the DJ until 10am.

Saturday, May 18

James Caldwell High School 265 Westville Ave, West Caldwell

CANOE ADVENTURE on the Upper Passaic River

EExperience the beauty of the Passaic River on a leisurely canoe trip. Paddlers ages 10 and older, accompanied by a parent or guardian, will enjoy the serene scenery and peacefulness of the river as they paddle upstream and float downstream. This exciting two-hour adventure offers a unique way to explore the natural beauty of New Jersey. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with nature and enjoy a relaxing evening on the river. Registration required.

Wednesday, May 15, 6-8pm

Essex County Environmental Center

Garibaldi Hall parking lot

621b Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland

Expert Cosmetic Care for Mom Reclaim Your Confidence Sean Herman, MD, FACS Board-Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon Face Breast Body Blepharoplasty Lift Rhinoplasty Augmentation Lift Reduction Abdominoplasty Liposuction 973-320-7610 1 Bay Avenue, Suite 4, Montclair, NJ 07028 Scan the QR Code to Schedule a Consultation with Us A Touch of WellBeing 97 Roseland Ave, Caldwell 07006 973-228-4289 | Facial Vital C Hydrating Facial Cleanser Vital C Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum Vital C Hydrating Eye Recovery Gel Choice of Image Mask Collagen Treatment Peach or Pink Champagne Lip Balm Your choice from our new retail line for the Sugar Hand Scrub & Whipped Body Cream Décolleté Massage Regular or Tinted Moisturizer for the face Hot Towels Price: $110 Regular Price: $255 Massage Swedish, Deep Tissue or Therapeutic Massage Hydrocollator (Heated Packs for Back Compressions) 10 Minute Peppermint Scalp Massage Hot Towels Price: $99 Regular Price: $165 Gift Certificates are available for purchase and must be used on or before August 10, 2024. Buy both specials for an additional 10% OFF! By Appointment Only Private Spa Parties & Corporate Events (Chair/Table) A Touch Of Wellbeing atouchofwellbeingwellnessspa Spring Specials Makes a Great Gift for Mother’s Day!
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Unwind in Style at A Touch of WellBeing

EEscape the everyday life with a serene spa experience at A Touch of WellBeing. Indulge yourself to a world of pure relaxation and rejuvenation. Offering a range of different services, including facials, massages, body treatments and retail products. A Touch of WellBeing is dedicated in providing professional and stress free services for all of their clients. Your wellness is their top priority.

Experience and create unforgettable memories with a spa party. It’s perfect for birthdays, a girls’ night out, bridal parties, fundraisers or for other occasions.

For corporate events and senior living facilities, A Touch of WellBeing can bring the spa experience to you, ensuring a blissful escape.

Book your next appointment at A Touch of WellBeing for the ultimate relaxation and pampering experience. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook for their Monthly Specials.

A Touch of Wellbeing

97 Roseland Avenue, Caldwell 973-228-4289


Look Well Launch Party

Radiant Beauty Inside & Out

WWell in Montclair, is a holistic, collaborative health group with numerous services and practitioners to help restore you, improve your fitness and enhance your health as you age. On May 29, from 5:30-8:30pm, We are inviting you to the Look Well Launch Party, to address aesthetics and issues of intimacy.

Feeling “good” is sometimes related to how we look. Aging changes both our facial contours along with our body. Each one of us is expressly aware that there are some age-related changes we would like to soften, change or postpone. We know the list – laugh lines, crow’s feet, the “11’s,” sagging skin, acne scars, dark circles, cellulite, fat deposits and incontinence, are all conditions WE can help you change.

We are so excited to introduce Look Well, a curated, group of non-invasive therapies designed to rejuvenate your face, skin and body through ground-breaking technologies. We hope you take the time for yourself to talk, laugh and learn about ways to enhance your radiance.

There will be demonstrations, discussions, refreshments & generous vouchers for all.

RSVP by May 20. Feel free to invite a friend. Please text your name, phone number and & email address to 917-587-0407 and mention: FEEL BETTER.

Well in Montclair 105 Grove Street, Montclair 917-587-0407 /

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FElevating Health with Energy Healing

Full Spectrum Quantum Wellness, owned by Jeffrey Lewis, offers a unique approach to wellness through its dedication to innovative, quantum wellness solutions. With a commitment to supporting the body, mind, and spirit, these wellness centers aim to raise the positive vibration of the planet, one client at a time.

The cornerstone of the centers is the EESystem, a state-of-the-art technology that generates multiple bio-active lifeenhancing energy fields, including scalar waves. These energy fields have been shown to promote cell regeneration, improve mood, circulation and immune function, reduce inflammation, provide pain relief, and detoxify the body. Additionally, the EESystem assists in balancing brain activity for optimal meditation, sleep, and learning states. The centers also offer

additional services such as the BEMER mat, which enhances circulation, and the AOScanner, a non-invasive bioresonance device that scans and optimizes the body’s out-of-balance frequencies.

What sets Full Spectrum Quantum Wellness apart is its loving staff and commitment to accessibility and comfort. With the 24-unit EESystem, clients can simply lie down and relax while the EESystem does the work. The environment is peaceful, allowing for a truly relaxing experience. Sessions can be booked for an hour or more, and even overnight.

Whether you are seeking relief from a specific ailment, looking to enhance your overall health, or simply in need of some relaxation and rejuvenation, Full Spectrum Quantum Wellness offers a life-changing


Let’s Sugar It!

LLA Bikini is coming to the Town Center in Livingston this summer! Sugar is their product—an all-natural sugaring solution for removing hair from the body. Customers will be delighted to observe and feel the many benefits of the simple solution, which consists of sugar, water, and lemon in the proper proportions.

Genna Preston, a seasoned professional in the beauty industry, is the proud owner of the new LA Bikini. With over 20 years of experience as a licensed cosmetologist, she has honed her skills to perfection. This year, she has found her true calling in establishing her LA Bikini franchise, bringing her expertise to Livingston.

Genna assures that the sugar solution is a superior option to waxing, catering

to everyone and every skin type. It is a less painful, less traumatizing, and more effective solution, with the added benefit of fewer ingrown hairs. With consistent sugaring treatments, you can gradually achieve permanent hair removal, regardless of your hair type or skin color.


“As part of our commitment to making sugaring accessible to all, we offer a variety of packages and membership deals. These are designed to help you save money on your journey to permanency, says Genna. And as a special treat for our early supporters, LA Bikini is offering free services to those who register on our website.

Genna summarizes their mission: “If you have hair, we can sugar it.”

journey. As Lewis says, “Come in and enjoy the EESystem. It’s absolutely transformative and gives your body the energy it needs to heal.”

Full Spectrum Healing 48 W Northfield Rd, Livingston 973-535-1414

271 Grove Ave. Ste. C-1, Verona 973 - 744 – 8618

LA Bikini

1150 Town Center Way, Building E, Suite E, Livingston 973 577-7170

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A Natural Approach to Beauty Personalized Treatments for Every Face and Body

After working in hospitals for a number of years as a physician associate, Lena Berlin was able to fulfill her dream of opening her own boutique medical aesthetic studio, Berlin Beauty, last October.

“It’s so rewarding,” she says. “Most people don’t realize how much of a difference helping people feel better about themselves actually makes. They think it’s all about Botox® and fillers, but there’s so much more to it.”

Lena explains that a lot of people have asymmetries in their face or acne scarring while others may have TMJ pain and can’t sleep at night. “It’s about correcting those issues and more.”

She and her husband, Dr. Fred Berlin, who is the medical director, ensure treatments are done in a safe and effective manner. Lena herself performs all procedures such as lip fillers, Botox, and microneedling.

“Berlin Beauty is my baby,” she says. “I’m the person who treats you and who you can reach out to with questions. I’m very accessible, and I give clients that personable approach.”

From the moment clients walk in the door, Lena wants them to feel beautiful, valued and special. “I go out of my way to make everyone feel that way. I listen to what people want, and


I only suggest minor, natural changes because I believe everyone is beautiful in their own way.”

Berlin Beauty 65 E Northfield Rd. Unit K Livingston, NJ 07039 862-308-8113 |

Experience Ultimate Relaxation

TThe NOW Massage has reimagined the approachable luxury of a neighborhood spa with premium massages and an original design inspired by beachside destinations worldwide. The boutique’s clean, modern interiors incorporate natural materials and are heightened by the scent of their signature Jasmine Coconut candles.

The NOW Massage uses canvas draping to separate therapy spaces, creating an airy feeling that adds to the soothing atmosphere. The sound of ocean waves on a loop makes you feel as if you are on vacation at an exotic destination. Natural wood surfaces and exposed beams are coupled with sheep skins and rawhides, cactus galleries, and crystal grids. All the elements are aligned to form the ultimate zen environment for optimum relaxation.

Guests can choose between three signature Swedish-inspired massage styles: The NOW, a signature relaxation massage; The HEALER, an energybalancing massage designed to reduce stress; and The STRETCH, a sportsinspired recovery massage. They can also pair their service with a variety of custom, exclusive enhancements such as Herbal Heat Therapy, Deep Tissue, Fresh Eyes, Hemp Calm Balm, Gliding Cupping, Gua Sha, and more.


NOW’s Ritual Membership offers guests the opportunity to make massage a part of their monthly or bi-monthly selfcare routine. Packages include savings on massages, rollover credits, perks, and more. They are also offering this Mother’s Day Promotion: Purchase a $100 Gift Card and treat yourself to $20 on us (through May 12, 2024).

The NOW Montclair

425 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair 973-944-4838

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No one plans to need a heart transplant.
But if you do, make us part of your plan.

One of the top 10 largest heart transplant centers in the nation.

RWJBarnabas Health has the most complete cardiac care in New Jersey, including the state’s only heart transplant program, which combines unparalleled expertise with a full range of diagnostic, treatment and support services for adults facing all stages of heart failure. To date, we’ve performed more than 1350 heart transplants. Our dedicated advanced heart failure and transplant team has more than three decades of experience and reflects the diversity of our patient population. In our hands, your heart’s in the right place. Make a plan at

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Acupuncture is a complementary medicine that helps a myriad of ailments.

Dr. Margaret Amireh, DACM, L.Ac is an accredited and board certified Acupuncturist with experience treating over 250 conditions. Some insurance accepted. For additional information, please call them at 973-304-1506

Balanced Body Acupuncture

792 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove 973-304-1506

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

The Bar Method

493 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair 973-783-1227

Breast Surgeon

Ann Chuang, MD, MPH, FACS is a fellowship trained surgeon with a special interest in breast health, benign breast disease and breast cancer. She specializes in innovative surgeries, including oncoplastic breast surgery, skin-sparing and nipple-sparing mastectomies and hidden scar approaches, caring for patients as if they were family.

Premier Surgical Network

Mountainside Medical Center 1 Bay Ave Suite 4, Montclair, NJ 07028 973-320-7581

Children’s Gym

A boutique children’s gym for ages 1-12 that offers WAY more than just gymnastics! From Parent/Child Move & Tumble classes to Open Gym Times, Fun Fitness & Recreational Gymnastics, Livingston Gym is your one stop shop for Kids Classes, Camps and Parties! Come Play with Us Today!

Livingston Gym

615 S. Livingston Ave. Livingston, NJ 07039 973-362-2424

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

The Chiropractic Source

388 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove 973-228-0500

Deegan Dental recognize that every smile is unique and they provide customized care to address individual needs. Their goal is to help every patient experience the benefits of good oral health and a beautiful smile. They value the trust you have placed in them and strive to provide solutions that meet your dental needs and expectations of care.

Deegan Dental

23 Old Short Hills Road, West Orange 973-736-4432 |

Dieci Lifestyle Spa is a 13,000 square foot, free standing beauty and wellness facility located in the heart of Livingston, New Jersey. Our mission is to create a balance of beauty and wellness in a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere, and to provide the highest quality service, with superior results for our valued clients.

Dieci Lifestyle Spa

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

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

Gentle Caring Dentistry

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

A Touch of WellBeing

A Touch of WellBeing is a Wellness Spa designed to provide a calming and stressrelieving atmosphere, allowing you to shift from your everyday routine and re-focus on yourself. Services include Facials, Body Treatments, Massages, Spa Parties and Corporate Events. Gift Certificates are available for purchase. Keep up-to-date with our monthly specials by following us on Instagram, Facebook and from our website.

A Touch of Wellbeing

97 Roseland Avenue, Caldwell, NJ 07006 973-228-4289 |

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

D&G Dental

667 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange 973-732-2200 |

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

Upper Montclair Eye Care and Wear

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

RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive integrated health care delivery system and a leader in research, education and health information. RWJBarnbas Health strives to meet the evolving needs of men and woman—whether that be enhancing the coordination of treating complex health conditions or improving community health through local programs, including access to primary and speciality care providers.

RWJBarnabas 888-724-7123 |

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Medical Spa

At Jadwig, they specialize in the most innovative, advanced skin care procedures, medical treatments and eyebrow shaping techniques. They utilize state-of-theart skincare and non-surgical medical equipment for optimal results.

Jadwig Skin + Brow 420 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove 973-239-7070

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

B & Z Opticians

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

Physical Therapy

Medical Spa

Medical Spa


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

Montclair Rejuvenation Center

One Mt. Prospect Ave., Verona 862-284-3747

761 Bloomfield Ave., West Caldwell 973-650-3204

11917 Southern Blvd, Ste. 200, Royal Palm Beach, FL | 561-878-1282

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

Livingston Family Orthodontics

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

Physical Therapy

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

CEM Physical Therapy

645 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona 973-944-2012

JAG Physical Therapy is New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania‘s leader in physical and occupational therapy for the recovery of knee, foot, ankle, hip, shoulder, elbow, hand, wrist, and back injuries. 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 Physical Therapy

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

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

New Jersey Plastic Surgery glö–The Aestetic Experience 29 Park Street, Montclair | 973-509-2000

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

Sacks Orthodontics

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

Physical Therapy

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 |

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

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

I help busy women reach their fitness and nutrition goals - helping them FEEL better, LOOK better and BE better for THEMSELVES. As women, we tend to take care of everyone and everything around us, leaving ourselves for last. Realizing that putting ourselves last is detrimental to our health and well-being is the first step toward prioritizing OR RE-prioritizing yourself into your own life.

My Time Fitness & Nutrition 973-896-9263 Email:

The Club Pilates Experience—We believe that Pilates is the path to a fuller, more satisfying physical existence. We believe that being in control of your body helps you to be in control of your life. And best of all, we believe that you can start anytime.

Club Pilates

277 Eisenhower Pkwy. Livingston, NJ 07039 973-629-7491

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The rebel core method was developed to bring out the rebel in you. Derived from traditional pilates with a little spice. Whether you are strength training, running or doing yoga, this method delivers mobility, flexibility and builds strength through time under tension, slow controlled movements and controlled breathing. Are you ready to rebel?

Rebel Core

188 Eagle Rock Avenue, Suite 4 Roseland, NJ 07068

Plastic Surgeon

Sean Herman, MD, FACS is a boardcertified plastic surgeon with expertise in complex reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery. He specializes in breast reconstruction, body contouring and facial enhancement, using both advanced and minimally invasive surgical techniques with technical skill and a discerning eye.

The Plastic Surgery Center

Mountainside Medical Center

1 Bay Ave Suite 4, Glen Ridge, NJ 07028 973-320-7610 |


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

Cedar Grove Foot & Ankle Specialists

Dr. Matthew F. Wachtler, DPM, FACFAS 882 Pompton Ave, Suite B1, Cedar Grove 973-857-1184 |

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

Be Well Psychotherapy

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

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

Jackson Eye Care

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

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

Job Haines Home

250 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield 973-743-0792 |

Their goal is to help patients restore a healthy balance to their lives. Their therapists guide, give feedback, suggest and teach techniques and most importantly: listen. Their Wellness Center has a wide range of clinical expertise for children and families. They offer: Services for Children Dealing with School and Family Dynamics; Individual/Family/ Couples/Children and Teen Therapy; and a Variety of Clinical Therapy Expertise. Most insurances accepted. Telemedicine appointments available.

Discovery Wellness Center

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

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

Sunrise of Livingston

290 South Orange Avenue, Livingston 973-320-7944

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


Bloomfield Steak and Seafood House

409 Franklin St, Bloomfield | 973-680-4500

Offers a great dining experience within a cozy and elegant atmosphere, and friendly and attentive service. They feature flame-grilled certified Angus beef steaks and prime-cut meats, wetaged for 14 days.

Bucco Italian-American Kitchen

61 Washington Street, Bloomfield 973-566-6100 |

Offering innovative fine Italian American cuisine. They are a BYOB establishment in the heart of the Bloomfield.


Cloverleaf Tavern

395 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-226-9812

American cuisine in a family dining atmosphere. Offering 24 beers on draft and over 75 bottled beers.

Il Vecchio Cafe

234 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell 973-226-8889 |

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

La Famiglia Ristorante & Pizzeria

359 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973 226-3049

Italian restaurant

La Taverna

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



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

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


East Hanover Diner

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

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


Antik Greek Kitchen 335 Fairfield Road, Fairfield | 862-210-8527

Authentic Cuisine for Greek Lovers

Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill

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

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

DINING GUIDE 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 ENJOY MOTHER’S DAY AT EAST HANOVER DINER! Join Us for the original Freestyle Fridays—featuring dynamic DJ entertainment Live Bands Every Saturday Night! FRANKLIN STEAKHOUSE GREAT FOOD! GREAT DRINKS! GREAT PRICE! 318 Passaic Avenue, Fairfield, NJ | 973-808-9400 CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY—SUNDAY, MAY 12: Reserve a Table for Brunch Buffet or Order Our 4-Course Takeout Meal 70 | Suburban Essex | May 2024

Cucina Calandra

216 US Highway 46 East, Fairfield


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

Franklin Steakhouse


318 Passaic Avenue, Fairfield 973-808-9400

Enjoy ultimate American dining with burgers, steaks, & a diverse menu. Laid-back tavern vibe, 36 beers on tap, 30+ HDTVs for sports. High-end meets affordability for unforgettable experiences!

Prime 94 Steakhouse & Grill

94 Fairfield Road, Fairfield


Combining tradition and elegance, Prime 94 serves the finest prime dry aged steaks. Perfect for celebrating special occasions, birthdays, private events or just a night on the town.


Casa Arturo

75 Main Street , Little Falls


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

Rare, The Steakhouse

440 Main St, Little Falls


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


Assado Portuguese Steakhouse

222 N Livingston Avenue, Livingston 973-422-0501

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

Order Online: The Readers have Spoken! VOTED BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT 199 Bellevue Ave, Upper Montclair • 973.509.8878 Due to our kitchen expansion, there is no dine-in service Available for Take Out and Delivery Only Dining Available in Wyckoff: 637 Wyckoff Ave • 201.891.8878 11 Time BEST of ESSEX Winner! 2020, 2021, 2023 All products are made in-house 103 Forest St., Montclair, NJ Our Table Wednesday Night Dinners Sausages & Charcuterie Charcuterie Boards Silver Winner Suburban Essex 2023 VOTED BEST SPECIALTY FOOD! 103 Forest St., Montclair, NJ | Wednesday Night Dinners Sausages & Charcuterie Charcuterie Boards All products are made in-house Our Table May 2024 | | 71



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

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

The Feathered Fox

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

Steak house, sushi & raw bar

Livingston Bagel

37 E. Northfield Road, Livingston 973-994-1915 |

Offering fresh baked bagels and deli food, meals to go. Catering and event planning available

Master Pizza

379 E Northfield Avenue, Livingston 973-992-4500 |

Offering mouth-watering gourmet pizzas, they are known for keeping its menu fresh and varied, using only the finest quality ingredients.

Mezza Mediterranean

277 Eisenhower Pkwy, Livingston 973-992-9300 |

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

Nana’s Deli

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

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


Liv Breads Artisan Bakery & Coffee Bar 184 Essex Street, Millburn

Offering all natural sourdough loaves, seasonal salads, and sandwiches, decadent babka, rugelach, croissants, and more.


Butler and the Board

103 Forest St, Montclair

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

Efi’s Gyro

521 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair | 973-783-0005

Authentic Greek Street Food.

Meet Me At Madison’s

121 Watchung Ave, Montclair | 973-604-2221

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

Walnut Street Kitchen

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


De Novo European Pub

275 Bellevue Ave Montclair | 973-893-5008

European styled pub

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

Mediterranean cuisine

TS Ma Chinese Cuisine

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

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



648 Bloomfield Ave, Verona | 973-433-7256

New American cuisine with French and Korean inspiration

Parkside Social

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

classic American tavern


Chit Chat Diner

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

Classic American Diner


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

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

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Bike Shop.

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

Montclair Bikery

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

Boutique Bakery.

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

Jayce Baudry French Pastry

17 Church Street, Montclair | 973-531-6464


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

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Bloomfield Cooling & Heating

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

Interior Design.

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

Richard Bailey Interiors, LLC

973-429-2106 |


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 |


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

K. Macken Landscaping

West Caldwell | 973-261-0198


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

Cipriano Law Offices, PC

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


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

Bloomfield Steak and Seafood House

409 Franklin Street, Bloomfield | 973-680-4500

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

La Famiglia Ristorante & Pizzeria

359 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-226-3049

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

Master Pizza

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

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

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

Mamma Dags Seafood & Pasta Bar

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

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OThis month I had the pleasure to sit down and speak with Richard Davis, President and CEO of Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ. What I enjoyed about our conversation was a sincere effort by the hospital to really want the community to live a healthy lifestyle, so they do not have to endure some of the treatments that they have. In addition, their focus on listening to the community to help shape what they build and how they deliver care helps them partner with other community members and groups to deliver specialized patient care and more.

Barry Farber: Tell me about the new, free-standing Cancer Center being built on the hospital campus and how it came about.

Richard Davis: Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center has a long-standing reputation as a regional leader in cancer care. As we looked at the demographics for NJ, we unfortunately saw that the incident rate of cancer is predicted to escalate over the next 10 to 20 years. And, in working with our community and patient population to understand their needs and desires, we said to ourselves that we want to provide patient-centered and research-driven cancer care from some of the region’s top oncologists to help our community now and into the future.

BF: How did the planning and structure of the new Cancer Center take place with all the technology involved?

RD: We believe that the best thing for our patients is providing access to all our oncology services under one roof. That includes our medical, radiation, and surgical oncology teams. In talking with clinicians and patients, it was clear

that the best way to treat a cancer patient is to bring all our clinicians together with a patient and really map out their plan of care based on their particular type of cancer.

Then, we asked ourselves, what technology would we need to develop a comprehensive view of what the best plan of care is for a patient? As a result, the new Cancer Center will have a full array of imaging, including MRI, CT, ultrasound, etc., a pharmacy, a lab, and the latest linear accelerator technology. To support a healing environment, we also have a beautiful outdoor terrace and a whole host of psychosocial and holistic support services.

BF: What differentiates this cancer center from any other places around the state and the U.S.?

RD: Beyond providing easy access to comprehensive cancer care under one roof, the other unique distinction is that through our partnership with RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the state’s only comprehensive National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, we can offer our patients access to the most advanced treatment options including clinical trials.

BF: Do you have any programs that address how important food and diet is for building a strong immune system so that we can prevent or deal with some of the cancer that we’re seeing that’s so prevalent today? I know there are so many studies including the China study that looks at how changing your diet from meat and dairy to a Whole Foods plant-based program has a huge impact on our health. Is there anything you’re doing to address that?

RD: Sure. As part of our prevention efforts, we work with the community to provide education on the risks of cancer and a healthy lifestyle. A recent program focused on the link between alcohol and cancer. At “Strollin’ Through the Colon,” people could actually walk through an inflatable, 20-foot replica of the human colon to learn about polyps and the importance of colon cancer screening to reduce your risk for cancer.

Within our health system, we are working to advance innovative strategies in high-quality patient care, education, and research to address both the clinical and social determinants of health. In doing so, there are certainly economic issues to deal with, so our system is doing several things to help folks find better housing and make sure they are eating the proper diet.

The new Cancer Center will include a kitchen where patients can work with a chef to learn about different types of nutritional, healthy meals that they can easily prepare.

BF: Once the Cancer Center opens, what would some of the accomplishments and goals be like that would satisfy you that it’s become a success?

RD: We are looking to hear that our patients and their families feel they are being cared for in a compassionate, seamless fashion. That in talking with all their providers that they together are creating one cohesive plan of care in which they feel supported through every step of their cancer journey.

To learn more about the new Cancer Center at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, scheduled to open in early 2026, please visit

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

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Joseph N.
Jr., Essex County Executive and The Board of County Commissioners Invite you to Visit the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex for fun and adventure! TREETOP ADVENTURE COURSE CODEY ARENA THE WATERFRONT • CHILDREN’S REGATTA PLAYGROUND • PADDLE BOATS • WALKING PATH • CLIPPER PAVILION PICNIC AREA TURTLE BACK ZOO COUNTY OF ESSEX DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, RECREATION & CULTURAL AFFAIRS 115 Clifton Avenue, Newark NJ 07104 973.268.3500 / PUTTING ESSEX COUNTY FIRST
South Mountain Recreation Complex, Turtle Back Zoo and other attractions have become popular destinations for families to learn about nature, conservation and experience the outdoors. We look forward to seeing you soon and hope you enjoy a wild adventure right here in Essex County!”
Essex County Executive
Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.

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