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16 Inside Essex 18 Local Heroes

64 Health and Wellness 64 Glen Ridge Teen Develops Mental Health Curriculum

18 Montclair Entrepreneur is Making a Difference— One Dumpling at a Time

66 Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center Achieves Magnet® Re-Designation

19 Livingston Mom Gives Back to Cooperman Barnabas Through Ongoing Toy Drives

68 Be Proactive in Protecting Your Skin… Above and Below the Eye

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unny man Lee Navlen, who grew up in Livingston and now resides in South Orange, has added book author to his impressive belt, which already boasts stand-up comedian, and awardwinning “Goodstein” webisode producer and writer, as well as Fox news and TV writer. According to Lee, who wrote the story during COVID, some characters in his book called, “Secretary of the City,” are loosely based on people he’s met throughout his career. The humorous story is described as “an ambitious, fastpaced, and light-hearted look at the very rich and the very famous.” In the novel, Slacker Liz is happy enough just being a secretary to a Manhattan billionaire and his entitled wife, but when an accident happens, and Liz gets involved in the coverup, lives around her begin to crumble. The book is available wherever books are sold.

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n a nail-biter double overtime shootout, the Montclair Kimberley Academy Field Hockey team beat The Hun School of Princeton, 2-1, taking the NJ Prep state championship title for the third time in a row. Sophomore Maggie Murphy scored the Cougar’s only regulation goal in the second quarter, with an assist from senior captain Mimi Temkin. Goalie Malia Cesareo made seven saves on goal, two in the shootout. Following two 10-minute overtime periods, MKA took

the win 3-2 after a set of five 1-on-1 shootouts, with goals made by Senior Lucy Osterberg, sophomore Addie Goldstein, and Temkin. Team captain Mimi Temkin, of Montclair said, “This win was especially exciting because we beat a team that typically plays in A tournaments. The tournament organizers combined the A (larger schools) and B (smaller schools) into one tournament this year, and the fact that we were able to win, means we did so at a higher level than ever before.”

Livingston Resident Wins “The Price is Right” Showcase


teven Schoenbach from Livingston enjoys watching game shows while relaxing. He especially likes “The Price is Right.” So, it wasn’t surprising that while on vacation in California, he, his wife Michelle, and son Justin, attended a taping of the show. What was surprising, however, was that Steven won the showcase! During the first taping, Steven wasn’t picked to go on stage, but the family decided to stay for the second taping, where to his surprise, Steven’s name was called, “to come on down.” He said, “The whole experience was surreal, and went by in a blur. There I was shaking hands with Drew Carey.” Upon his arrival home, Steven kept quiet about the win. When the episode aired a few months later, he had some friends over to watch and celebrate. Steven said it was surreal seeing himself on television, and that he enjoyed his “15 minutes of fame.”

Mount Soccer Makes History with Its First-Ever State Sectional Title, 2-1, Over Top-Seeded IHA


he Mount Soccer (20-2) edged top-seeded IHA, 2-1, in the NJSIAA NonPublic A, North State Sectional Final Tuesday afternoon, on the Blue Eagles’ home turf in Washington Township to take home its first-ever State Sectional Championship. Freshman outside midfielder Sophia Giordano scored the first goal with approximately 30:00 remaining in the second half, with an assist from sophomore forward Gianna Camporeale (from Caldwell). Senior center mid Eliza Haghighi scored the eventual winning goal with a header from freshman defender Aanya Davitt with 9:00 remaining in the game. Senior goalie Frankie Mansfield (from North Caldwell) was busy in net with 8 saves. “This history-making win over IHA has been so exciting. The girls have worked so hard and are so deserving of this State Sectional Title.” says Mount Head Soccer Coach Angelo Del Vecchio. “This win has been a long time coming and is what the Mount Soccer program has been built for. The success is the culmination of years and years of Mount coaches and players, where each has been a brick in the team’s foundation. We came close to winning a few times, but this is our first sectional win. This 2023 team will be part of Mount Soccer history forever.”

Local Man Hosts “Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy Jews”


arak Malkin of West Orange has merged his two favorite things to talk about – Judaism and pop culture to create a podcast called, “Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy Jews,” which he hosts with two others, Ethan Lane Miller, a camp director in Texas, and Rabbi David Young, a congregational rabbi in Chicago who goes by the moniker “RDY,” and runs a Dungeons and Dragons game for rabbis on the side. They produce a 30–45-minute episode every two weeks and passed their first-year mark in May. Malkin says that each show is a beautiful collision between Judaism and “Nerd Culture.” Such as identifying the traits of Spider-Man that make him a mensch or discussing which Star Trek species could be Jewish. Malkin said he was looking for a podcast like this and couldn’t find one, so he created his own. The podcast is available in all podcast locations, or via the website:

Livingston High School Teen Publishes First Book


ebastian Volante, a senior at Livingston High School, with a burgeoning thrifting business, has taken his passion for entrepreneurship to a new level by writing a book titled, “Ella the Ice Cream Entrepreneur.” In the story, geared to children ages 6-12, a disappointing trip to the local ice cream parlor leads to Ella starting her own business. Sebastian says that while it’s not a step-by-step guide, it shows how creativity, problem-solving, and determination help Ella along her entrepreneurial journey, making it a great motivation for any child who wants to learn about starting a business and a substantial tool for teachers. Sebastian credits participating in the TREP$ program in elementary school, then serving as a mentor for the program later on, as inspiration for writing the book. He says he would like to expand the book into a series. Sebastian hopes the book encourages children to get involved in entrepreneurship. The book is available on Amazon.

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Nancy Loo of Montclair is bringing people together through food, conversation, inclusion, and donation – both literally through dumplings and diplomacy, and through her Benefit Corporation enterprise called Dumpling Diplomacy, which is a socially responsible company that uses business as a force for good. She also provides community members with usable cooking skills and volunteer endeavors, including her staff of neurodiverse, student, and community volunteers. The dumpling aficionado says she learned to cook dumplings later in life and has made it her mission to teach the cooking skill while encouraging people by example to give back and be inclusive. Through her offerings, she creates many different types of dumplings and other Asian- and Asian Americaninspired dishes.

When people receive donated dumplings, they arrive in boxes like this with cards decorated with images of dumplings.

Nancy teaches groups of people, via Dumpling Make & Eat programs at schools, temples, images of… more dumplings! The cards are created churches, charitable organizations, companies, and by workshop participants or via the website, where Nancy Loo more, the history of dumplings while showing them decoration and drop-off instructions are listed. how to make the delectable dish, and then has them dine together, fostering networking and conversation. Another program called The Pay It Forward (PIF) Pop Up Café Most of the dumplings are donated to charitable organizations. occurs on the second Thursday of every month at the Salvation Her workshops, such as Dumpling Day of Service, include public service components. On the second Sunday of each month, she pairs experienced dumpling makers with novices to wrap and cook hundreds of dumplings for the food insecure at Toni’s Kitchen in Montclair. Patrons receive boxes of these tasty morsels adorned with beautiful hand-drawn cards with

Army Center in Montclair. The rules are simple. People are invited to select a complimentary soup and side. Selections include international classics, such as hot and sour soup, chicken noodle soup, Greek avgolemono, and dumplings. Participants can either dine in or pick up via online ordering. Guests who eat in can dine at their own pace and mingle with the other patrons. As far as payment goes, all Nancy asks is “that this kindness received be paid forward with a smile, by being kind to yourself, by volunteering, or by making a tax-deductible donation.” She says, “These events have great equalizing effects where guests who normally would not interact have a chance to meet and talk about themselves, current events, town issues, and more.” Nancy also runs a Facebook group called Essex Asian Table (EAT), an incubator pilot program called Milk and Cookies, and a book club called Chaat and Chat, which is “fueled by snacks and conversation.”

People learning how to make dumplings in the kitchen.

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For those looking to attend an upcoming event, Nancy is hosting Dim Sum & Then Sum on December 17th at the Salvation Army Center, which is located at 13 Trinity Pl, in Montclair. The public is also invited to attend a Day of Service event at Toni’s Kitchen or participate in The Pay It Forward (PIF) Pop Up Café. For tickets, event details, or to host an event, go to


JJ, 6, buys toys at Target with the monetary donations collected through a recent toy drive.

JJ, 6, and Jackson, 3, drop off four carts of toys to Cooperman Barnabas Child Life Coordinator Caitlin Ridge.

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Julie Seborowski of Livingston has been running ongoing toy drives to benefit Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center since 2021, when her son JJ, now 6, was in and out of the hospital several times that year, being monitored for epilepsy. She says that the Child Life team did a tremendous job helping JJ. They were there to help get him through an MRI without sedation, and the “arduous” removal of leeds on his head after his EEGs. To comfort JJ, they came to his room to do arts and crafts and play instruments with him. “The Child Life Service Team was absolutely incredible with my son during all of his stays. They were always there to brighten his spirit, so we wanted to give back to them,” she says. Julie held two toy drives for the hospital that year, one in the summer, and one during the winter holidays. She held a few more in 2022, and 2023, many of which were largely supported by the local community through the town Facebook pages; her son’s school, Burnet Hill, which also renewed a tradition of making holiday cards for the children in the hospital; colleagues in her Coldwell Banker office; and friends and family. The toy drives have enhanced the playroom on the Cooperman Barnabas pediatric floor, which is run by Child Life Services, and the Pediatric Emergency Room, which serves babies up to people aged 21.

Julie says, “When children go into the Emergency Room, they are frightened, so receiving a toy when they’re in there, really makes a world of a difference. It’s a distraction and helps comfort them. In addition, they get to take the toy home.” She adds, “Children who play with the toys in the playroom on the Pediatric floor get to take some of the toys back to their room during their hospital stay.” To support the drives, people either buy toys and drop them at Julie’s home, or she arranges to pick them up. She also collects money and does large shopping excursions for the hospital. “My son absolutely loves doing this,” she says. Right now, through December 20th, Julie is running a toy drive benefiting The Cooperman Barnabas Pediatric Emergency Room. She is requesting new, unwrapped toys and games for infants through people aged 21. “If you don’t have the time to shop, no problem. You can Venmo Julie Seborowski, who will be shopping for the Toy Drive,” she says. To donate via Venmo, Julie’s handle is: @Julie-Seborowski. While this Toy Drive ends in December, Julie likes to think of this as an ongoing endeavor, and is always happy to collect for the hospital. To donate a toy, Julie can be contacted at: Winter 2023 | | 19



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The West Caldwell Police Department will be holding a few more Cram a Cruiser events before the holiday season to help refill supplies at the Caldwell Food Pantry, which is low on supplies. While donations can always be made in-person at 24 Smull Avenue, they can also be made during the Cram a Cruiser events. Items needed include: tuna/chicken in a can, peanut butter and jelly, mac and cheese, snacks for kids, granola bars, rice/black beans, cereal, canned fruit, pasta sauce, paper towels, toilet paper, dish soap, laundry soap, personal needs items, and grocery store gift cards. West Caldwell Police Department Chief Dennis A. Capriglione, Jr. says he is grateful for all of the generous support from the community, and from the following officers and their families who volunteered their time in gathering and organizing donations to make the upcoming holiday season one with an abundance of food for everyone in our community: Patrolmen Joseph Galioto, James McNicholas, and Paul Velardi; Corporals Raymond Foster and Steven Huster; Lieutenant Leonard Santiago; and Sergeants Patrick Cooper and Brett Keepers.

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Widely accepted as one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century, Igor Stravinsky once said, ‘‘Mediocre composers borrow. Great composers steal.” Join the well regarded, nonprofit Livingston Symphony Orchestra in a live concert performance that includes music that illustrates the meaning of this puzzling statement.



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Maestro Anthony LaGruth will be both conductor and guide as you listen to themes based on piano works by Rossini as they are transformed by another composer, Respighi, into Boutique Fantastique. This ballet, about a magical toy shop is often described as a cross between The Nutcracker and Toy Story. Next, in his neoclassical style, Stravinsky then uses fragments of works by the baroque composer Pergolesi to create an engaging suite of music filled with charming melodies, vibrant rhythms, and boundless energy. The suburban concert venue, Livingston High School, is wheelchair accessible with free adjacent parking. Tickets are available at door or online.

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Enjoy the Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo Enjoy Free Admission to See 50+ Figures Illuminated By Over 1 Million Lights


Bring your friends and loved ones to Essex County Turtle Back Zoo this season, where they will marvel at the over one million holiday lights illuminating over 50 animal and holidaythemed figures. In addition, several animal exhibits will be open including the Sea Lion Sound, Essex Farm, Tam-ring Gibbons Reserve, Amazing Asia and the Reptile Building. Also, Turtle Back Zoo’s mascot Myrtle the Turtle and several of

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JACKIE SCHATELL, PHOTOS BY CATHY BLACK his winter friends will be on hand to greet visitors at the Zoo. Children will also enjoy the Carousel, Touch Tank, Face Painting, Farm, Pony Rides, Train, and Gift Shop, as well as seasonal activities including a s’mores station, Grinch weekend, and photos with Santa!

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Capture the spirit of the holidays with a visit to Santa that promises smiles, laughter, and memories that will last a lifetime. Add this heartwarming experience to your holiday itinerary and create a magical moment for your loved ones. Santa is eagerly awaiting your visit to spread joy, warmth, and the true spirit of the season! The Meet & Greet is free and personal photos are allowed. There is an option to purchase professional photos on site. No appointments necessary.

Join us for a magical holiday Story Time at Turtle Back Zoo, where families come together for a joyous celebration surrounded by the enchanting sights and sounds of the Zoo. Our storytellers will transport children ages 8 and below to whimsical worlds through tales of winter wonderlands and cheerful adventures. Underneath the glow of the holiday lights, families will create cherished memories, laughing together and reveling in the joy of the season. This is the perfect way to create lasting traditions and celebrate the magic of the holidays in a unique and enchanting setting. $10 per participant; admission to the zoo is not included.

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Ecstatic Expectancy Harmonium Choral Society December Concert


Harmonium will open its 45th anniversary season with Ecstatic Expectancy, featuring music that expresses eager anticipation, including a comparison of Durante’s Magnificat of 1746 with two premieres of Magnificat by contemporary American women composers, Dale Trumbore and Jessica French. They will be accompanied by string quartet, organ, handbells and piano and will feature Harmonium’s outstanding Chamber Singers. Included in the concert are new works by Mark Miller, Reena Esmail, and Zanaida Robles, and David Thomson’s whimsical setting of A.A. Milne’s King John’s Christmas. Composer Thomson lives in Chatham and also sings in Harmonium.

“I am so excited to premiere Dale Trumbore’s Magnificat on the East Coast” says Artistic Director Anne Matlack, “because she won Harmonium’s High School Choral Composition Contest in 2005 as a senior at Chatham High School and is now an award-winning LA-based composer. Our opening piece for the evening, Morricone’s Gabriel’s Oboe, will be done in the audience favored surround-the-room-withsingers-sound, so don’t be late.”

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A special showing of “The Lightning Thief” is a play for children in grades 3-6. This is a dynamic musical adaptation of Rick Riordan’s best-selling book, “The Lightning Thief.” The play, which features an exciting rock score, is about teenager Percy Jackson, who discovers he is a demigod, and he and his friends embark on an epic journey to find Zeus’ missing lightning bolt and prevent a war among the gods. The approximate run time is 60 Minutes.

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Support Your Local Merchant. Shop Local. Find the perfect holiday gifts at nearby independently owned businesses in our community.

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Kawaii means cute in Japanese and these creations are that. The cutest slime with amazing add ins & scents. Our Kawaii holiday slime choices are off the charts with limited edition features: Merry Pinkmas & Hanukkah Ice Cream. An addictive, stress-relieving activity & an opportunity for kids to build their fine motor skills while unleashing their imaginations. More varieties in store! Made in the USA.

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The Queens’ Jewels is an exquisite collection of jeweled glassware. Founded upon the idea that wine glasses should never be plain or boring, but rather, beautiful & full of sparkle to complement all of life’s most special occasions. Our sought-after glasses are designed to uniquely represent individual personalities, celebrate moments in time, spark smiles & conversation. Complete collection available.

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Dr. Aleksandra’s approach to patient care is rooted in empathy and personal experience. Unlike doctors absorbed in technology during appointments, she takes the time to listen and understand her patients’ stories. Her own journey into Chinese Medicine began with a pivotal moment – witnessing her young children struggle with eczema and recurrent ear infections. Frustrated with conventional treatments, she discovered relief through acupuncture, prompting her to abandon a successful career in research and sales to pursue a doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.

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Tailored Treatment Protocols “Understanding that Eastern Medicine excels where Western Medicine fails, I set forth to develop treatment protocols for all variations of Peripheral Neuropathy (including diabetic and chemotherapyinduced) and now have a 90% success rate in treating this once difficult to manage condition. I have designed similar treatment protocols for other complicated, chronic conditions including fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, post-shingles pain, and even macular degeneration. While each patient plan is tailored specifically to the patient’s concern and goals, all of my treatments are based on a framework that’s over fourteen years in the making. In addition, I am not opposed to more modern medical solutions. It’s in blending the time-tested science of acupuncture with recent innovations in medicine that I find the best results. One of those advancements is ATP BioResonance Therapy™, originally developed by NASA, it aids nerves in regeneration by providing them the nutrients they need to repair and renew, very similar to what water does for a plant!”

Dr Aleksandra’s high success rate in treating Peripheral Neuropathy is a direct representation of just how thorough each treatment protocol is. Combining together traditional Eastern medical practices and modern innovations like ATP BioResonance Therapy™ provides an all around comprehensive system that will treat difficult and complicated conditions at their root for long term relief. Although the protocols may differ from patient to patient, the main goal is clear— healing and compassionate care.

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The renowned Camuso holiday display, a Livingston Christmas tradition, will grace the oval by Livingston High School for its 13th year this December. Originally owned by machinist Ernie Camuso, the animated robotic figures captivated visitors at his Burnett Hill road home for decades. Donated to the town after his passing, the display, now repaired and expanded, features new additions like a train, a first aid squad scene, and a poinsettia farm, enclosed by a new attractive fence. In addition, children will love looking for the Elf on the Shelf hidden somewhere in the display, with his location changing every night.

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Opening on December 2nd, festivities commence with the Livingston Starliners Dance Team at 6:30pm, a lighting ceremony at 7pm, and a Gazebo choir quartet. The event also boasts a gingerbread bouncy house, a trackless train, a petting zoo, cookies and hot chocolate. On December 9th, at 6:30pm, UNICO is sponsoring a night with Santa and his elf at the Gazebo. December 16th sees a special Santa appearance and photo opportunities for the Livingston Committee for Disabilities from 4:30-6:30pm, followed by Clydesdale horses and wagon rides for families, a petting zoo and pony rides. At 7pm, the Livingston Fire Department and First Aid Squad is hosting a Craft Night featuring ornament-making, Santa, and hot chocolate.

Lead Elf Tom Cooney and a team of 35 residents maintain the display throughout the year, funded by corporate sponsorships, and the sale of $20 stockings, emblazoned with purchasers’ names and added to the display—last year selling 250-300. A collection box, inspired by Ernie’s commitment to the

Cooperman Barnabas Burn Foundation, raised over $3,000 last year, and will be back at the display this December. Whether a first-time visitor or a returning enthusiast, the Camuso holiday display promises a festive experience not to be missed.

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Open in December for self-guided tours of the first floor, where guests can experience the holidays circa the 1920’s. Kip’s Castle is a magnificent 9,000 square foot mansion that replicates a medieval Norman castle. The estate spans eleven acres of land on the ridge of First Mountain, resting in both Montclair and Verona townships, and provides spectacular views of New York City. The exteriors of both the castle and the 6,000 square foot, two story carriage house are constructed of local trap rock trimmed with sandstone. The interior of the castle consists of 30 distinguished rooms of varying shapes, which include vaulted ceilings and six ornate fireplaces.

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Walter Bauman Jewelers 653 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange / 973-731-3155 Silver: Yanina and Co. Jewelers, Cedar Grove Bronze: George Press Jewelers, Livingston BEST SPECIALTY STORE

228 Claremont Avenue, Verona / 267-971-3906 Silver: Montclair Flowers and Gifts, Montclair Bronze: Rosaspina Floral and Event Design, Montclair BEST GIFT SHOP

Smith & Co./ Gift Giving Simplified 343 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell 973-228-1167 Silver: Pink Jewels, Livingston Bronze: The Eclectic Chic Boutique, Montclair

Watchung Booksellers 54 Fairfield Street, Watchung Plaza, Montclair / 973-744-7177 Silver: Chef V, West Caldwell Bronze: Sitting Pretty Intimates, Livingston Winter 2023 | | 41



Diva Derm 90 W. Mt. Pleasant Avenue, (inside Dieci Lifestyle Spa) Livingston 973-955-9633 Silver: Lure Lash, Montclair Bronze: Amazing Lash, Montclair BEST MEDICAL SPA

Montclair Bikery 148 Valley Road, Montclair / 973-744-7252 / Silver: Diamond Cycle, Montclair Bronze: Voltaire Cycles, Verona BEST TOY/HOBBY

East Side Mags 491 Bloomfield Avenue, Ste. 102, Montclair / 862-333-4961 Silver: Just Kidding Around, Montclair Bronze: Jerry’s Artist Outlet, West Orange BEST WOMEN’S FASHION

Sitting Pretty Intimates 97 South Livingston Avenue, Ste. C, Livingston 973-251-2224

Montclair Rejuvenation Center 1 Mt. Prospect Avenue, Verona / 862-213-0846

Silver: B.Savvy Consignment & Accessory Boutique, Roseland Bronze: Doubletake Consignment Boutique, Short Hills

Silver: glö -The Aesthetic Experience at New Jersey Plastic Surgery, Montclair Bronze: The Medical Spa at Spiro Plastic Surgery, West Orange Bronze: The Spa at Mecca, Fairfield BEST DAY SPA


Dieci Lifestyle Spa 90 W. Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Livingston 973-716-0101 Silver: Harmony Day Spa, West Caldwell Bronze: Woodhouse Spa, Montclair BEST HAIR SALON

Shag86 86 Main Street, Little Falls 973-837-0086 Silver: Dieci Lifestyle Spa, Livingston Bronze: YK Salon, Cedar Grove

B & Z Opticians 371 E. Northfield Road, Livingston / 973-736-7647 Silver: Eyechic, Short Hills Bronze: Roseland Eye Care, Roseland

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There is a Difference. The PROUT Difference. At the most difficult time of your life you deserve professionalism, care and concern—nothing less. Indeed, the Prout Family is the difference you can count on. • Traditional Burials • Cremations • Green Funerals • Natural Burials • Solar Powered

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The Chiropractic Source 388 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove 973-228-0500 Silver: Mecca Integrated Medical, Fairfield Bronze: Carlucci Spine & Wellness, Montclair BEST DENTIST–GROUP

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Silver: Moxie Salon and Beauty Bar, Livingston Bronze: Bloomfield Wax & Skin Care Center, Bloomfield

Silver: The Silverstrom Group, Livingston Bronze: Valley Arts Dental, West Orange


NJ Acupuncture Wellness Massage & Fertility Center 25 Pompton Avenue, #206, Verona 973-233-1195 Silver: Deanna Carell Acupuncture, Nutley Bronze: Mecca Integrated Medical, Fairfield


Itsy Bitsy Dental 299 Glenwood Avenue, 2nd Fl., Bloomfield / 862-333-4910 Silver: Montclair Pediatric Dental Care, Montclair Bronze: Dr. Christopher Jones, West Caldwell

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Michael Davidson DMD, FICOI— Edgemont Dental Arts 148 Central Avenue, Montclair / 973-744-9330 Silver: Anthony Castellano, D.M.D., West Caldwell Bronze: Dr. Arthur J. Yeh, Bloomfield BEST EYECARE



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Upper Montclair Eye Care & Wear 211 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair / 973-707-5255 Silver: Marano Eye Care Center, Livingston Bronze: Salzano Eye Center, West Caldwell

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Montclair State Center for Audiology 1515 Broad Street, Building B, Bloomfield / 973-655-3934 Silver: Kubick and Kubick, Millburn Bronze: The Hearing Group, West Orange

Love Letters 973-994-1212

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The NOW Massage 425 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair / 973-944-4838 / Silver: The Spa at Mecca, Fairfield Bronze: Lightport Physical Therapy & Spa, Caldwell BEST ORTHODONTICS

The Bar Method 493 Bloomfield Avenue, 2nd Fl., Montclair 973-783-1227


Silver: Limitless Performance & Therapy, Cedar Grove Bronze: Boost Fitness, Nutley BEST WELLNESS PROVIDER

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

645 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona 973-944-2012 /

Silver: Livingston Family Orthodontics, Livingston Bronze: Montclair Orthodontics, Montclair

Silver: Iron Physical Therapy, Caldwell Bronze: Lightport Physical Therapy & Spa, Caldwell Bronze: Mecca Integrated Medical, Fairfield



Be Well Psychotherapy 175 Fairfield Avenue, #1C, West Caldwell 973-886-8300 /

MadKat Pilates 855 Bloomfield Avenue, The Arcade, 2nd Fl., Glen Ridge 973-707-7695 / Silver: Niyama Yoga and Wellness Studio, Roseland Bronze: Equilibrium Pilates & Physical Therapy, Montclair 46 | Suburban Essex | Winter 2023

Cedar Grove Foot & Ankle Specialists 882 Pompton Avenue, Ste. B1, Cedar Grove 973-857-1184 / Silver: Dynamic Foot & Ankle, West Caldwell Bronze: Mark Bruckner, DPM— Podiatric House Calls, Livingston

Silver: Niyama Yoga and Wellness Studio, Roseland Bronze: Verne Psychotherapy & Wellness, Upper Montclair BEST YOGA

Iris Yoga 383 Broad Street, Bloomfield 201-381-4747 / Silver: JaiPure Yoga, Montclair Bronze: Niyama Yoga & Wellness Studio, Roseland

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At American Roofing and Siding, we believe that quality 20232022 craftsmanship and design are 2021 just the beginning in installing a successful roofing or siding system. We go beyond the basics with innovative maintenance programs, extended warranties, and great customer service, ensuring our customers’ satisfaction. We realize knowing how to build a successful relationship with clients is just as important as knowing how to build a quality roof or installing siding and windows. Gold Winner

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NJ Rock Gym 373D US Highway 46W, Fairfield 973-439-9860 / Silver: Genius Gems, Millburn Bronze: Splurge Bakery, Millburn BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL

Serenity Montessori Academy 19 Church Street, Verona 973-239-3902

Fred Astaire Dance Studios— Upper Montclair 414 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove 973-783-8999 montclair

Silver: Love, Laugh, Learn Academic Child Care, Cedar Grove Bronze: Park Street Academy, Montclair

Silver: AC Dance, Bloomfield Bronze: Montclair Film, Montclair BEST CHILDREN INSTRUCTION

Mount Saint Dominic Academy 3 Ryerson Avenue, Caldwell 973-226-0660 / Silver: Our Lady of Lake, Verona Bronze: Saint Catherine of Siena, Cedar Grove Bronze: Saint Thomas the Apostle, Bloomfield BEST ACCOUNTANT

Anthony Prinzo, CVA North Caldwell 973-650-0219

AC Dance 71 Washington Street, Bloomfield 915-256-2454 /

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

Silver: Brainiax Innovative Learning, Livingston Bronze: Ballet with Hilary, on-site and various locations

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Silver: Cullari Carrico, Fairfield Bronze: Joseph A. Mazziotti, CPA, LLC, Fairfield



Quality Car Care 189 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona / 973-571-0002

Kiddie Academy of West Caldwell 810 Passaic Avenue, West Caldwell / 973-227-4382 kiddie Silver: The Goddard School, Fairfield Bronze: Alpine Montessori Millburn, Millburn

Silver: Livingston Circle Car Wash, Livingston Bronze: West Caldwell Car Wash, West Caldwell BEST LAWYER–ELDER LAW

Donald A. Dennison, III—Mandlebaum Barrett, PC


Teacher Tutors 160 S. Livingston Avenue, Livingston / 973-317-8839 Silver: Fractal Science & Math Academy, Montclair Bronze: Horizons in Learning, Livingston

3 Becker Farm Road, Suite 105, Roseland / 973-736-4600 Silver: Yale Hauptman —Hauptman and Hauptman, Livingston Bronze: Richard M. Miller —Mandlebaum Barrett, PC, Roseland

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FIND YOUR FIRE AT THE MOUNT! • 100% of Mount students are accepted to four-year colleges.

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New Moon Photography We specialize in Recreational Gymnastics Classes, Competitive DP and XCEL Program, Private Lessons for Gymnasts, Dancers, and Cheerleaders of All Levels, Day Camps, Birthday Parties, and Other Events.

54 S. Park Street, Montclair / 973-509-0792 Silver: Phil Cantor Photography, Verona Bronze: Celestina Ando Photography, Montclair BEST SENIOR LIVING


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Silver: Crane’s Mill, West Caldwell Bronze: Brandywine Living, Livingston

Magic Family Getaways 26 Park Street, Suite 2201, Montclair / 973-969-2080 Silver: Travel 15, Livingston Bronze: Magical Moments by Nikki Vega, West Caldwell




Rover Ranch & Spa 400 Fairfield Road, Fairfield 973-439-6664 / Silver: K-9 Resorts Luxury Pet Hotel, Fairfield Bronze: The Barker Lounge, Livingston BEST PET SERVICES

Melissa Cipriano— Cipriano Law Offices, PC 175 Fairfield Avenue, Set. 4C/D, West Caldwell / 973-241-3583

Prout Funeral Home

Silver: Rebecca E. Frino— Mandelbaum Barrett, PC, Roseland Bronze: Lynne Strober — Mandelbaum Barrett, PC, Roseland

Silver: Galante Funeral Home, Caldwell Bronze: Shook’s Cedar Grove Funeral Home, Cedar Grove

370 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona 973-239-2060 /

CB Pet Market 517 S. Livingston Avenue, Livingston 973-486-6007 / Silver: What About the Pets, Roseland Bronze: Catnip Gypsy, Verona

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Montclair Bikery has been serving cyclists ranging from the beginner to professional 2023 athlete with their passion for cycling and multi-sport. This passion is backed by the most cutting edge, deeply stocked inventory and over 35 years of cycling knowledge and fitting expertise. Gold Winner

We will help you build the bike of your dreams.

BIKES • GEAR • SERVICE & REPAIRS Mon: Closed • Tue-Thu: 11am-7pm • Fri: 11am-6pm • Sat: 11am - 5pm • Sun: 11am-4pm


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Fairfield 973-902-5257

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Verona Animal Hospital 17 Grove Avenue, Verona 973-239-1881 /

Silver: Showcase Kitchen & Bath, Bloomfield Bronze: Gikas Home Improvement, Montclair

Silver: Mangiarelli Contracting, Fairfield Bronze: College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving, Fairfield

Silver: Veterinary Medical Center of Caldwell, Caldwell Bronze: Marsh Hospital for Animals, Verona



mC Architecture + Design 24 Burnet Hill Road, Livingston 917-502-9689 / Silver: RHG Architecture + Design, Montclair Bronze: Solutions Architecture, Verona BEST ELECTRICIAN

Barnett Electric 14 Beaumont Terrace, West Orange 973-379-1230 Silver: Watt’s Up Electrical, Cedar Grove Bronze: E&M O’Hara, West Orange

Urban Natural 5 S. Willow Street, Montclair / 201-330-1212 / Silver: Joe D’s Appliances, Fairfield Bronze: Curated Home and Living, Montclair

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New Family Registration Opens Jan. 29th Call the school office at 973-338-8505 • Pre K3 through 8th grades • Full-Day or Half-Day Pre K 3 & 4

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Two convenient locations in Verona & West Caldwell 1 MOUNT PROSPECT AVENUE, VERONA, NJ 07044 761 BLOOMFIELD AVENUE, WEST CALDWELL, NJ 07006 APPOINTMENTS: 973-298-4395 | GENERAL INQUIRIES: 973-650-3204 Visit Us in Florida at the WELLINGTON REJUVENATION CENTER

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Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric

Showcase Kitchen & Bath

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

438 Broad Street, Bloomfield / 973-743-8722

Silver: Verona Heating & Cooling, Verona Bronze: Air Group, Whippany


Silver: RWC Windows, Doors, Kitchens & Baths, West Caldwell Bronze: G&L and Sons Renovations, Cedar Grove BEST LANDSCAPE DESIGN

Valerie Ruddy— Decorating Den Interiors

K Macken Landscaping

Sponzilli Landscape Design

Verona 973-239-3004 Silver: AMA Designs & Interiors, Little Falls Bronze: Richard Bailey Interiors, Serving Essex County

345 Passaic Avenue, Fairfield 973-244-1410

West Caldwell 973-261-0198

Silver: K Macken Landscaping, West Caldwell Bronze: Caruso Property Services, Glen Ridge

Silver: Sponzilli Landscape Design, Fairfield Bronze: Picture Perfect Landscaping, Fairfield

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A full service veterinary hospital 2023 with two convenient locations. In each of our hospitals, you’ll find a caring and dedicated staff responsive to your pet’s every need. From routine wellness check-ups to advanced procedures, we’re committed to providing the best possible care for your pet. Gold Winner

Saturday Hours • On-Site Parking Cat Condos • Breed Consultation Available

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Not Litigation, is the Goal. • Over 30 years experience. • Specializing in marital dissolution. • Providing quality work at affordable prices.

Anthony Prinzo, CVA Forensic Accounting, Business Valuation, Mediation Services

17 Grove Ave, Verona • 973-239-1881 124 Watchung Ave, Upper Montclair • 973-744-1942 54 | Suburban Essex | Winter 2023



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CARING & CAREFUL PROFESSIONALS SINCE 1985 Environmental Approach to Pest Control Services, Organic Based Lawn and Plant Health Care. Producing healthy environments in and around your home, by controlling pests and bringing out the natural beauty of your landscape.

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Metric Plumbing & Heating 320 Grove Avenue, Cedar Grove 973-857-1535 / Silver: McCormack Plumbing & Heating, Montclair Bronze: Lesco Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Caldwell BEST REALTOR

Century 21 Cedarcrest Realty Gikas Gikas Home Improvement 7 Park Street, Montclair / 973-835-7775 Silver: Wilber’s Home Improvements, Maplewood Bronze: Spartan Painting & Renovations, Livingston

460 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell 973-228-1050 / Silver: Berkshire Hathaway Van Der Wende Properties, Caldwell Bronze: Keller Williams Suburban Realty, Livingston BEST ROOFING/SIDING/WINDOWS


Keil Design & Construction 48 Walnut Crescent, Third Fl., Montclair 973-902-4396 / Silver: SAMM Sound, West Caldwell Bronze: Irma’s Household Services, Orange BEST ASIAN RESTAURANT

Umai Sushi & Steak House 18 Grove Avenue, Verona / 862-277-4125 Silver: Ms. Lin Chinese Cuisine, Millburn Bronze: SLA Thai Restaurant, Upper Montclair BEST BAGEL

Ike’s Bagel Cafe 277 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston 973-369-7528 /

Dial Environmental 13 Eagle Rock Avenue, East Hanover 973-228-2500 / Silver: Mosquito Hunters of Suburban Essex, Servicing Essex County Bronze:Jay’s Exterminating Services, Livingston

American Roofing 1 St. Marys Place, Nutley / 973-542-0710 Silver: Northkit Roofing, Cedar Grove Silver: RWC Windows, Doors, Kitchens & Baths, West Caldwell Bronze: RK Roofing, Caldwell

Silver: Bagelwich Bagel Bakery & Deli, Verona Bronze: Hot Bagels Abroad, Bloomfield BEST BOUTIQUE BAKERY


Jayce Baudry French Pastry Calandra’s Italian & French Bakery 244 US Highway 46, Fairfield / 973-227-5008 / Silver: Liv Breads Artisan Bakery and Coffee Bar, Millburn Bronze: Nicolo’s Italian Bakery and Deli, Montclair 56 | Suburban Essex | Winter 2023

17 Church Street, Montclair 973-531-6464 / Silver: Sweet Kneads by Ridhima, Livingston Bronze: Splurge Bakery, Millburn

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Il Vecchio Cafe 234 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell / 973-226-8889

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Silver: Sweet Basil’s Cafe, Livingston Bronze: Dolce Marie, Verona BEST CANDY/CHOCOLATE

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Quality Car Care 189 BLOOMFIELD AVENUE, VERONA | 973-571-0002 58 | Suburban Essex | Winter 2023

Love Letters 2 W. Northfield Road, Livingston / 973-994-1212 Silver: Bromilow Chocolates, West Caldwell Bronze: Vesta Chocolate, Upper Montclair


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Calandra’s Italian Market & Deli 234 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell / 973-226-8889, ext. 3 Silver: Mezoco Catering, Montclair Bronze: Eight Hills Caterers, Verona BEST COFFEE/TEA

MODERN HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE Shop our curated collection of heirloom furniture, linens, & decor. Expert Service. Ethically Sourced. USA Made. Paper Plane Coffee 61 N. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair / 973-746-2739

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Silver: Java Love Coffee Roasting Co., Upper Montclair Bronze: Jola Coffee, North Caldwell BEST DELI

Calandra Italian Market & Deli 234 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell / 973-226-8889, ext. 3 Silver: Lakeside Deli, Verona Bronze: Millburn Deli, Millburn

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Chit Chat Diner 410 Eagle Rock Avenue West Orange 973-736-1989 / Silver: The Ritz Diner, Livingston Bronze: East Hanover Diner, East Hanover

Guerriero Gelato & Cakes

Crystal Plaza 305 W. Northfield Avenue, Livingston 973-992-8100 / Silver: Cucina Calandra, Fairfield Bronze: Blue Rose Venue, Caldwell

194 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell 973-403-9968 / Silver: Applegate Farm, Upper Montclair Bronze: The Towne Scoop, Verona

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What Makes Java Love the Best Coffee in Essex County? • Sustainably Farmed Coffees

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244 Bellevue Ave Montclair, NJ 07043 49 Church Street Montclair, NJ 07042

Watchung Booksellers 54 Fairfield St. Mon-Fri 10-7 / Sat-Sun 10-5

The Kids’ Room 44 Fairfield St. Mon-Fri 10-6 / Sat-Sun 10-5 / 973-744-7177

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Lu Nello 182 Stevens Avenue, Cedar Grove 973-837-1660 / Silver: Eleven South, Montclair Silver: Cucina Calandra, Fairfield Bronze: La Famiglia Ristorante & Pizzeria, Caldwell BEST MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT

Fat Fish Taco 291 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell 973-228-6825 / Silver: Benji’s Taqueria Mexican Grill, Caldwell Bronze: Tinga Taqueria, Montclair BEST OTHER ETHNIC RESTAURANT

Manouche & Company 176 Broad Street, Bloomfield 973-707-7633 / Silver: Efi’s Gyro, Montclair Bronze: Zuegma Mediterranean Grill

Brick Lane Curry House 540 Valley Road, Upper Montclair 973-509-2100 / Silver: Samba Montclair, Montclair Bronze: Mercado, Upper Montclair

Il Vecchio Cafe 234 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell 973-226-8889 / Silver: Bloomfield Steak & Seafood House, Bloomfield Bronze: The Highlawn, West Orange

Take Your Dancing To The Next Level Pre-Professional, Recreational, Adult and Private Classes Ages 5+

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Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill 118 US Highway 46 East, Fairfield / 973-575-6500 Silver: Halcyon Brasserie, Montclair Bronze: Millburn Standard, Millburn BEST PIZZA


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Celebrating over 125 Years Of Excellence in Senior Living Our residents enjoy the support of our friendly staff and around-the-clock services and amenities.

Master Pizza 379 E. Northfield Road, Livingston / 973-992-4500 Silver: Teglia Pizza Bar, Montclair Bronze: The Landmark, Livingston BEST NEW RESTAURANT

• ASSISTED LIVING: A vibrant lifestyle with a helping hand. • LONG-TERM CARE: Highly skilled nursing care with an excellent ratio of staff to residents. • SUB-ACUTE REHAB: State-of-the-art rehabilitation center on campus and open to the community. • RESPITE CARE: A great way for caregivers to take a break and try out our award-winning services for up to 30 days.

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Hearthside Commons at the Job Haines Home 250 Bloomfield Ave. Bloomfield, NJ

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Silver: Nami Nori, Montclair Bronze: Stella, Roseland

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Calandra’s Italian Market & Deli

544 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair / 973-542-7700

234 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell / 973-226-8889, ext. 3

Silver: Cucina Calandra, Fairfield Bronze: Bloomfield Steak and Seafood House, Bloomfield

Silver: Butler and the Board Charcuterie, Montclair Bronze: Caldwell Marketplace, Caldwell



Gioia Mia 331 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair / 973-233-0350 Silver: Bucco, Bloomfield Bronze: Zeugma Mediterranean Grill, Montclair BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

Prime 94 Steakhouse & Grill 94 Fairfield Road, Fairfield / 973-575-4555 Silver: Bloomfield Steak and Seafood House, Bloomfield Bronze: Del Monico, Cedar Grove

Halcyon Brasserie


114 Walnut Street, Montclair / 973-744-4450

Amanti Vino

Silver: Jack’s Surf and Turf, Montclair Bronze: Mama Dag’s Seafood & Pizza House, West Orange

Silver: Wine Legend, Livingston Bronze: Angelbeck’s Fine Wine, Spirits & Beer, Upper Montclair

30 Church Street, Montclair / 973-509-9463 /

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS! On behalf of all participating Best of Essex voters & businesses Suburban Essex is proud to donate to each of these 3 local charities:

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Glen Ridge Teen Develops Mental Health Curriculum Recent high school graduate Ava Leone of Glen Ridge High School pursued her Girl Scout Gold Gold Award by painting a mural and creating a mental health curriculum for the schools in her hometown. Teachers, school nurses and parents are all encouraged to download the mural and curriculum for free at It consists of eight different mental health coloring worksheets aimed at helping kids work through their feelings with the help of Bally the Balloon Bunny.

R Ava Leone with her mural

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Leone grew up suffering from anxiety and ADHD and says she created this project along with her team as a response to the rise of mental health struggles in today’s schools. According to a recent survey by VeryWellMind*, 89% of teachers report that they need more resources in supporting their student’s mental health in the classrooms. The painted mural, Tie It to a Balloon, is on the back of Ridgewood Avenue School in Glen Ridge and Leone states that it’s a saying from her childhood. She explains, “Tie it to a balloon and let it go is a saying my mother once told me. She understood that I was a visual learner so one day when I was anxious, she told me to close my eyes and imagine writing down my worries on a piece of paper then tying those worries to a string attached to a balloon and letting the balloon go.” She told me, “As you watch that balloon float high up into the sky, visualize your worries floating away with it.” It’s a simple yet impactful message. “Learning to let go of my anxiety was understanding that, I can only control what I CAN control and the rest? Well, Tie it to a balloon and let it go!” Ridgewood Avenue School principal Dr. Michael Donovan is also a psychotherapist, and he says that when Leone came to him with this project he was thrilled, “It’s exciting to have a former student want to give back to her school and also embrace her own struggles with mental health issues in an effort to make a difference in the lives of children!” Donovan plans on having the coloring worksheets available to his staff, “The website and materials will be shared with all teachers as tools and resources they can offer to students proactively and in times of dysregulation and stress.”

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Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center attained Magnet recognition again. This is a a testament to its continued dedication to high-quality nursing practice. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes health care organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. This credential is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice. “Magnet recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to this community,” said Richard L. Davis, President and CEO, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center. “To earn Magnet recognition once was a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our nurses. Our repeated achievement of this credential

underscores the foundation of excellence and values that drive our entire staff to strive harder each day to meet the health care needs of the people we serve.” “Congratulations and thank you to all of our nursing staff for their tireless commitment to compassionate care and health care excellence. This recognition is a testament to the outstanding care that they provide to our patients and their families every day,” shared Jennifer A. O’Neill, DNP, APN, NEA-BC, Chief Operating Officer and Acting Chief Nursing Officer. The Magnet Recognition Program— administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world—identifies health care organizations that provide

the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. To achieve initial Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff.

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Be Proactive in Protecting Your Skin… Above and Below the Eye


The delicate skin around your eyes is 10x thinner than the skin on your face, and therefore the most likely to show early signs of aging. There are non-invasive alternatives to eye enhancement procedures, including proactive steps you can take now to help protect and improve the look of your skin, both above and below the eye. DO improve your nightly routine to help protect your eyes. Beyond just getting a good night’s sleep every night, consider habits like using an anti-allergy pillow cover, which can help reduce eye puffiness if you are prone to allergies. DON’T forget the sunglasses—even on cold winter days. The same UV rays that damage any exposed skin can cause even more signs of aging to appear around your eyes over time and wearing sunglasses can help you protect that skin. DO use a gentle touch around your eyes. Because this skin is so delicate, you’ll want to avoid rubbing, tugging or pulling this skin. Apply skin care products with a very light touch by dabbing on with your fourth finger or pinky. DON’T use the same skin care products as on the rest of your face. It may seem natural to just apply the same products to your eye area that you use elsewhere, but this thinner skin will benefit most from products that are specially formulated for both underneath the eyes as well as above the eyes. RoC Skincare’s Derm Correxion Dual Eye Cream is a great solution with two separate formulas in one convenient jar: A lower eye cream to visibly reduce wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles; an upper eye gel to lift, tighten and “freeze” the brow area and eyelids “Many people don’t realize some of their daily practices and habits may actually be further damaging this fragile skin,” said board-certified dermatologist Dr. Nkem Ugonabo. “Using a two-in-one eye cream, that addresses the problems commonly seen both above and below your eyes, is an important step toward helping reduce the signs of aging.” —(BPT)


Eliminate Dry and Cracked Hands and Feet This Winter


Cold weather and reduced humidity can lead to cracked and painful skin on the hands and feet. Exposure to harsh winter elements without proper protection can exacerbate the issues. Combat cracked heels and hands by boosting hydration. Drink plenty of water to moisturize from within, and apply a thick, moisturizing cream enriched with ingredients like shea butter. Regular application, especially after washing, promotes healing. Foster skin renewal with a gentle exfoliation routine. Use a mild scrub or foot file on heels, being mindful not to over-exfoliate. Regular exfoliation softens the skin, enhancing its receptiveness to moisturizers. Safeguard your hands and feet from harsh elements. Wear gloves in cold weather to prevent dryness, apply a rich moisturizer before bedtime for cracked heels, and opt for breathable cotton socks. Avoid walking barefoot on rough surfaces to minimize further cracking.


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Your Child and the Dentist Building a Positive Relationship Early On



The earlier your child begins visiting the dentist, the better. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends your child’s first visit by the age of one or within six months of when the first tooth erupts. At this stage, your child’s visit will be quick, simple, and pain-free. Providing your child early positive experiences will help your child develop trust in the dentist. Be aware that depending on your child’s age and the dental office policies, many dentists will ask you to remain in the lobby during your child’s checkup. This is the typical recommendation for children over the age of 3. There’s a good reason for this. Separating a child from parents usually results in fuller cooperation from children. This can go a long way toward a more positive experience for your child. When your child is placed in the care of the dental staff, they’ll try to make your child’s first experience fun and informative. The dentist will explain and demonstrate routine procedures to your child and then perform those procedures. Your child quickly learns the dentist is someone to trust.

If you’re still concerned with sending your child in alone, call and ask to speak with the dentist or hygienist. Avoid causing your child alarm and make the call in private so your child does not pick up on your anxiety. Explain your specific concerns so the dentist can address and alleviate your worries.

Tell your child about the benefits of going to the dentist, such as to help keep their teeth strong and healthy, and so they’ll have a beautiful smile.

Read to your child before their first visit to the dentist.

Why We Go to the Dentist by Rosalyn Clark

The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain

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Celebrate! Going to the Dentist by Sophia Day

Dentist Trip (Peppa Pig) by Scholastic

Curious George Visits the Dentist by H.A. Rey

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13 outpatient locations. One specialized plan for your child. As the nation’s leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital as well as the nation’s leading provider, we offer a full range of outpatient therapy and medical services for children from birth to age 21. We treat everything from chronic pain and complex physical disabilities to a full scope of developmental, behavioral and mental health concerns. Our pediatric specialists partner with families to personalize our many therapies and treatments so each child can reach their full potential. Plus, with 13 outpatient locations, we offer specialized treatment close to home. To learn more, visit


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Run, Walk or Hike in the Frosty Fat Sass Race


Runners and hikers are invited to sign up for the 7th Annual Frosty Fat Sass trail run-, walk-, or hike-friendly race. Sassquad Trail Running welcomes all ages, paces, and people to sign-up for a 3- or 6-hour 5K race, which takes place in West Orange. Funds raised at this race will be donated to the South Mountain Conservancy, a local nonprofit that preserves the South Mountain Reservation and provides educational and recreational opportunities for the community. Since 2018, over $13,500 has been raised for the Conservancy. Founded in March 2000, the South Mountain Conservancy is a volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, protecting, and enhancing the South Mountain Reservation through active stewardship, advocacy, and education.

Saturday, January 27, 2024 6-hour 5K Race: Starts at 9am, check-in between 8:15-8:45am 3-hour 5K Race: Starts at 12pm, check-in between 11:15-11:45am

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The owners of Livingston Bagel, Daniel and Brooke Blue, are excited to welcome everyone back to their family’s recently renovated Bagel Store. The restaurant not only has a new modern look and feel—it has a unique flow, too. While there are new and exciting changes to the nut-free menu—customers can rest assured that their favorites are still available. Livingston Bagel, founded by Brooke’s grandparents, Sol and Rita Snyder, has been a fixture in town for 55 years, but after the pandemic, Daniel and Brooke started thinking about renovating the space to make it more functional, efficient, and aesthetically pleasing. They worked with interior designer Susie Chusid to create a modern-looking space with an open kitchen, bistro lights, and a beautiful taupe porcelain tile floor. Designed with a palette of gray and white, the space now boasts inviting granite high-top counters along the windows where customers Daniel Blue can enjoy meeting their

friends and colleagues for a great cup of coffee and meal. There are also more seating options to accommodate large parties. Their dining room is also available for private parties in the evening. The menu has also been updated to include more gluten-free and Vegan options, as well as more wraps and salads. Customers can also enjoy dining with table service. While they have made some Brooke Blue changes, one thing will stay the same—customers can still enjoy their Livingston Bagel favorites, including their famous bagels, spreads, and more delicious baked-on-premises baked goods. They also offer full-service catering and event planning.

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Divina Ristorante 461 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-228-5228 Offering only the best tasting and highest quality Italian food. With it’s stylish and warm atmosphere, you will feel cozy and comfortable.

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



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Kyoto Sushi III 577B Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove 973-239-8880 | High quality sushi, sashimi, and good services. A peaceful and pleasant place to dine in.

LuNello 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.

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

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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.

Cucina Calandra 216 US Highway 46 East, Fairfield 973-575-7720 | The “family kitchen” of Cucina Calandra provides classic Italian cuisine in a family-friendly environment. The menu centers on southern Italian cooking in a dining room reminiscent of an Italian courtyard. The dining room features a stone deck wood-burning oven and children can shape and decorate their own pizza. Pasta Night is featured on Tuesdays with pasta dishes and bottles of wines offered at half price.

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94 Fairfield Road, Fairfield 973-575-4555 / 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.

440 Main St, Little Falls | 973-256-6699 Serving award winning steaks cooked to every customer’s liking. Rare also serves an array of seafood, lamb, veal, poultry, fish, and pasta. Guests are invited to unwind and relax, whether joining their lively bartenders at the generously sized bar or dining in with the attentive waitstaff in their Dining Room.

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



Casa Arturo 75 Main Street , Little Falls | 973-837-8282 Casa Arturo Bistro specializes in continental Italian cuisine from all regions of Italy. The restaurant offers a standard menu and focuses on homestyle cooking with a creative flair

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Thavma Mediterranean Grill 6230 Town Center Way, 2nd Fl., Livingston 973-992-8999 | Thavma offers the best of the Mediterranean by combining Greek and Middle Eastern specialties to create an unforgettable dining experience. Lunch and dinner served daily ,takeout and limited delivery service for dinner only. Call for details.

MILLBURN 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.

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.

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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.

Sweet T’s Southern Eatery 387 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair 973-500-3452 | Healthy, Pork-free Southern Eatery

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

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

Jack’s Surf and Turf 718 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair 973-893-5283 | Fish and seafood plus dishes for the landlubbers in your party. BYO Beer and Wine, free parking at the MAM lot.

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

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

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

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The Highlawn

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

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

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



1090 Bloomfield Avenue, West Caldwell 973-277-1007 Bringing the freshest ingredients from wildcaught, organic and exotic fish and seafood to each and every plate. Open Mon-Sat for lunch and dinner, closed Sunday.

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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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.

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410 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052 | 973-736-1989 515 Essex St, Hackensack, NJ 07601 | 201-820-4033

The Best of Essex RESOURCE DIRECTORY Visit us online at Acupuncture.


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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jayce Baudry French Pastry 17 Church Street, Montclair | 973-531-6464

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The Chiropractic Source 388 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove | 973-228-0500

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

Brainiax Innovative Learning Windsor Plaza, 160 S. Livingston Avenue Suite 112, Livingston | 973-577-7055 | Kiddie Academy believes your child’s days should be filled with learning and fun. Life Essentials is Kiddie Academy’s overarching philosophy that includes a variety of programs and techniques. They focus on developmentally appropriate curriculum, health and fitness, character education, and technology education. Ages served range from Infant to Full day Kindergarten. We also have a FUN summer program which goes until age 10.

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

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

Dieci Lifestyle Spa 90 W. Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Livingston 973-716-0101 | A Touch of WellBeing is a Wellness Spa designed to provide a calming and stress-relieving atmosphere, allowing you to shift from your everyday routine and re-focus on yourself. Services include Facials, Body Treatments, Massages, and Spa Parties. Gift Certificates available for purchase. Keep up-to-date with monthly specials on our website, and don’t forget to leave us a Google Review.

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A Touch of WellBeing

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

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

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

D&G Dental

Mangiarelli Contracting

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

Fairfield | 973-902-5257 |

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

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

HVAC. 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 ELEC LIC#11850B HVAC-R LIC# 19HC00144800

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

Watt’s Up Electrical Contractor

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

Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt.

973-461-9942 |

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

Eye Care.

Guerriero Gelato

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!

571 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair 194 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell 64 South Street, Morristown 476 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange

Upper Montclair Eye Care & Wear 211 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair 973-707-5255 |

Gift Shop. A local boutique featuring everything fashion, accessories, jewelry, and home goods. Add unique items to your home and shop from Pink Jewels’ selection of candles and diffusers, jewelry, clothing, decorative items, signs and other trinkets.

Pink Jewels 1110 Town Center Way, Livingston 973-994-0975 |

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

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

Valerie Ruddy Designs - Decorating Den Interiors 973-239-3004 | For nearly 25 years, Richard Bailey Interiors, LLC has provided discriminating clients with custom residential interiors designed to deliver lasting elegance and true livability. Installed in residences throughout the New York tri-state region and beyond, the full-service firm’s one-of-kind designs interpret each client’s unique vision with a sophisticated design aesthetic, attention to detail and exceptional quality.

Richard Bailey Interiors, LLC 973-429-2106 |

G&L and Sons Renovations, LLC 973-857-3553 |

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Lingerie & Intimate Wear.

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

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

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

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

K. Macken Landscaping West Caldwell | 973-261-0198 Picture Perfect Landscapes offers a full range of state-ofthe-art landscape design, construction, maintenance and other lawn-related services for private residences or commercial properties. They stand ready to provide you a long-lasting outdoor environment for your home.

Picture Perfect Landscapes, LLC 973-439-9300 From landscape design to construction to weekly maintenance, Sponzilli has been the trusted source for quality and excellence. With their expertise, experience, and passion for excellence, they continue to design and create commercial and residential landscapes that truly stand apart.

Sponzilli Landscape Group Inc. 345 Passaic Avenue, Fairfield | 973-244-1410

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

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

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

Teacher Tutors, LLC 973-31-STUDY |

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

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

The NOW Massage Montclair 425 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair | 973-944-4838

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

Jadwig Skin + Brow 420 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove 973-239-7070 Specializing in injections (Botox, Dysport, Fillers), Coolsculpting, PRP Procedures, Body Contouring, Microblading, Microneedling, Vaginal Rejuvenation and other Spa services,all to help clients “Look and Feel your Best.”

Montclair Rejuvenation Center One Mt. Prospect Ave., Verona | 862 284 3747 761 Bloomfield Ave., West Caldwell | 973 650-3204 11917 Southern Blvd, Ste. 200, Royal Palm Beach, FL | 561-878-1282 New Jersey Plastic Surgery is the premier surgery practice in the greater Essex County area for the past 30 year. Dr. Barry DiBernardo, Medical Director, is recognized as a leader in plastic surgery and has been named one of the best plastic surgeons in America. Dr. Barry DiBernardo provides quality care with the best possible results. The highly professional staff at New Jersey Plastic Surgery are always attentive to your needs and concerns and are committed to helping you get the look you want.

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

The Spa at Mecca understands how important it is to look and feel your best. They offer medical spa services to enhance your appearance and target the cosmetic issues that plague you. The skin and body treatments are designed to produce results that will leave you feeling satisfied, renewed, and refreshed. The highly trained staff fully embraces The Spa at Mecca’s mission to reveal each patient’s inner beauty and recognize that each client’s needs and goals differ, and customize the their treatment plan accordingly.

The Spa at Mecca 333 Route 46 West, Building A, Suite 135, Fairfield | 973-775-9380

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

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

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

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

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

Livingston Family Orthodontics 201 S. Livingston Avenue, Suite 2B, Livingston | 973-758-8926 Dr. Eric Sacks believes that Livingston families really can have it all—the most advanced orthodontic treatment options, a truly state-of-the-art, all-digital facility, and personalized care and attention from board-certified orthodontic specialists.

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

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

Wilber’s Painting & Home Improvements

Pest and Lawn Care. A local favorite since 1978. Licensed and insured professionals providing environmentally conscious alternatives to control pests in and around the home, as well as fungus, diseases and pests impacting lawn, trees and shrubs.

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

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

CEM Physical Therapy 645 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona | 973-944-2012 Iron Physical Therapy is an outpatient clinic dedicated to improving your life through movement. If you feel stuck in the pain cycle or tired of feeling like this, we offer a warm and inviting place where you can heal and become stronger than you ever thought possible in body, mind and spirit!

Iron Physical Therapy 474 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973- 228-4766 | JAG-ONE Physical Therapy is a comprehensive physical and occupational therapy company with locations throughout New Jersey, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, Manhattan, Westchester and Pennsylvania. Their multi-specialty staff has been serving the Tri-State area for over 20 years and has developed a unique, care-first model of rehabilitation delivering high quality clinical outcome for their patients.

JAG-ONE Physical Therapy Convenient Locations throughout New Jersey, New York & Pennsylvania West Orange: 973-669-0078 | Fairfield: 862-702-3420 | The core mission of Dr. De Hoyos, DPT is to provide a positive clinical atmosphere, conducive for healing and fostering a healthy consciousness in each patient to facilitate meeting and exceeding their physical therapy goals as well as clinical outcomes.

LightPort Physical Therapy & Spa 355 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-228-0072 Mecca Integrated Medical provides a comprehensive, state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary diagnostic treatment approach to patients suffering from low back and neck pain, as well as other ailments, in a relaxing, spa-like atmosphere. They combine traditional medical and chiropractic care with physical therapy and aesthetic medicine in order to educate and guide individuals away from sickness and disease toward optimal health and a sense of well-being.

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

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

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.

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

Bloomfield Steak and Seafood House 409 Franklin Street, Bloomfield | 973-680-4500

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Lady of the Lake 32 Lakeside Avenue, Verona | 973-239-1160


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

La Famiglia Ristorante & Pizzeria 359 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-226-3049 A flavorful Italian Seafood restaurant conveniently located just east and across the street from the Turtleback Zoo. Inspired by family traditions, Anthony Dagostino wanted to bring back the old school clam house experience. True to tradition, The recipes are simple and authentic using only the freshest catch and ingredients. The personable staff, ample portions and robust flavors have gained them a loyal local community of regulars. Bring an appetite!

Mamma Dags Seafood & Pasta Bar 410 St. Cloud Avenue, West Orange | 862-233-7557


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.

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

Be Well Psychotherapy

American Roofing and Siding

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

1-3 St. Mary’s Place Belleville | 973 542-0710

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Senior Community.

Waste Removal.

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.

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

Job Haines Home


250 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield 973-743-0792 |

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

Verona Animal Hospital 17 Grove Avenue, Verona 973-239-1881

Job Haines Home in Bloomfield is celebrating 125 years of excellence providing trusted long-term care, subacute care, respite care and assisted living. Their mission has always emphasized three core values, dignity, independence and individuality for its residents. The concept of family has been the cornerstone of the Job Haines Home. Each resident is valued as an individual personality who is welcomed into the family. Job Haines helps residents maintain a sense of independence and ownership. Job Haines Home continues its tradition of caring with Job Haines at Home, their new home care venture. They are offering a comprehensive suite of services ranging from 24-hour live-in care, RN assessments, nursing services, home health services to assist with activities of daily living, transportation needs, technology assistance, case management and more. They also offer Medicaid planning, estate planning, and medication management to ensure a holistic support system.

Champion Waste Removal

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

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

Award-winning K. Macken Landscaping offers landscaping maintenance, design and construction service for commercial and residential properties. This locally owned and operated company brings their quality service and expertise to every job. They provide complete landscape maintenance services including lawn care, fertilization, mowing, mulching and cleanup. In winter they provide snow removal and de-icing services. K. Macken Landscaping also provides exceptional landscape design and construction services. From recommending, delivering and planting trees, plants and shrubs to designing and installing hardscaping, retaining walls, water features, fire pits and drainage systems, K. Macken Landscaping can offer the ideas and services you need to transform your outdoor space. They can also design and install a custom outdoor lighting plan that highlights your property’s unique features and fits within your budget.

Job Haines Home has been built on a tradition of caring and excellence. Over the years they have continued to evolve and grow to meet the changing needs of their residents and the community.

Whether you need a one-time design service or an ongoing maintenance contract give them a call and they will be there with professional landscape services and innovative landscape design ideas.

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K. Macken Landscaping

250 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield 973-743-0792 |

West Caldwell | 973-261-0198

Dr. Margaret Amireh, DACM, L.Ac., is a Nationally Board Certified, New Jersey state licensed Acupuncturist and owner of Balanced Body Acupuncture LLC. Dr. Amireh strongly supports the integration of eastern and western medicine in maintaining the best health possible, treating men, women, and children for a wide range of conditions in her acupuncture practice in Cedar Grove. She has experience treating over 250 health conditions, including but not limited to: infertility, pain management, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, hot flashes and sinus conditions. Acupuncture treats your body as a whole rather than as a symptom. Dr. Amireh has helped countless patients enjoy more active, pain-free, healthy, and productive lifestyles. Call Balanced Body to schedule a holistic evaluation and learn how acupuncture can help you become balanced again.

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

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I remember many years ago someone telling me that when you get older, you’ll realize that nothing is more important than your health, and that health is wealth. What can we eat to live a healthier and happier life, how can we move through exercises and daily routines to keep our bodies fit, and how can we improve our minds and the way we think? Here’s one way to keep the right F.R.A.M.E. of mind…

FOOD REST AIR MIND EXERCISE FOOD: Eat a balanced diet in the way that’s best for

you. Common sense tells you to include lots of water, fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and grains. I’ve interviewed many of the top nutritionists, doctors and scientists on the healthiest ways we can feed our body and the overwhelming response has been a Whole Foods Plant Based lifestyle. The great martial arts masters from the past were legendary for their strength, agility and stamina. Among other requirements, they insisted that their food must not spoil easily, must be tasty, must be simple to prepare, and must make one feel full even when eaten in small amounts. I’ve also learned that what works for one person doesn’t always work for another person. So there is no one way for everyone. But… there is a book on the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted and the startling implications for diet, weight loss and long-term health. It’s called The China Study by Dr. Colin Campbell. I would investigate this further.

REST: The National Sleep Foundation estimates that fatigue is to blame for up to 90% of all industrial accidents and costs businesses $18 billion a year in lost productivity. The answer? Short naps—15-20 minutes about eight hours after you wake up. However much sleep you require, rest helps you restore your energy: but be careful; too much rest is rust. So during the day, when you feel overwhelmed, which causes loss of focus and clarity, sometimes all it takes is a short break in the action to clear your mind, relax, regroup, and come back with a clear head. AIR: Oxygen sustains you, regulates your heart beat, and

feeds both your brain and your blood. Refresh the oxygen in your brain and blood several times a day. Here is an easy exercise to do. Use the 4-4-4 method: breathe in through your nostrils for four seconds, hold for four seconds, breathe out through your mouth for four seconds (or longer). It’s amazing how this simple exercise can relieve stress and add energy.

MIND: Increase your mental energy. Read books that

increase your effectiveness. Surround yourself with high energy people. We are all a product of our environment. It’s amazing how certain people can suck out all our mental and physical energy, and yet we surround ourselves with them every day. One of the greatest statements I’ve ever heard was by Earl Nightingale many years ago, “You become what you think about.” In the same way, you become like those around you. So be selective of what you read, but also be careful with whom you surround yourself.

EXERCISE: Commit to exercising at least 30 minutes

a day, 2 to 3 days a week. Regular exercise, not only increases overall energy levels, it also boosts our feelings of health, wellbeing, and self-esteem. Contrary to what many people think, sitting around, doing nothing makes you tired. The bottom line is that the more energy you expend, the more energy you expand within yourself. So the next time you feel like you’re not in the right F.R.A.M.E. of mind, think about how you’re doing in these five areas and remember health is wealth.

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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