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TABLE of CONTENTS FEBRUARY 2022 12 Inside Essex News and happenings from the area

30 Explore the Galaxy… Right in Jersey City Visit This State-of-the-Art Planetarium at Liberty Science Center

14 Local Heroes 14 Rosemarie’s Rescue Ranch Offers Unique Foster to Adopt Model 15 Guerriero Gelato Donated Meals and Groceries to Over 60,000 People During the Pandemic

17 Get Dressed Montclair Attires Modern Women 22 Roseland Eye Care—Experience The Difference

33 Celebrating Black History Month 34 Art of Essex Esoteric Urbanism: Paintings by Kortez

36 COVER STORY Revive, Restore and Rejuvenate! at Montclair Rejuvenation Center


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Mom’s Diaper Drive Donates Over 26,000 Diapers to the Needy


hen Sara Franks of Livingston had her son Artie in February 2021, and started buying diapers and formula, she began thinking about “the reality of expenses going into caring for a newborn and the mothers struggling to buy these items for their children.” It led her to wonder how to give back. She found that the Apostles’ House in Newark had an extreme need for diapers, so she started a diaper drive and collected over 26,000 diapers, as well as wipes, gently used clothing, and more. She also connected with Hello Bello, which donated 140 of packs of diapers. Sara says, “I thought this would be an easy campaign for people to rally around.” She is grateful to all who donated so generously and plans to run another drive. “I hope my efforts inspire others to do something similar,” she said. Donations are still coming in and people can donate directly to Apostles’ House.

Cousins Raise Money for Local Animal Shelter


irst cousins Nora Sears, 7, and Ruby, 4, of Little Falls, and Chloe Zeig, 5, of North Caldwell, ran a hot cocoa stand on New Year’s Day, which raised $204 to be donated to the ASPCA. The girls said they share a love for animals, which is how they chose the animal shelter for their donation. There was no set price for the cocoa, rather, patrons were invited to donate whatever they wanted. Mom Jenny Sears said, “We were really surprised at how many people stopped by to give so generously. It made the whole spirit of the day even better. We may just make this a yearly tradition.” Mom Emily Fellner Zeig said they are “proud of their children for coming up with the idea of wanting to give back.” Monies are still welcome and coming in via Venmo @brahsears.

4th Grade Best Friends Create Charitable Business


ight 4th graders who have been friends since preschool have started a charitable business called JamminBraceletz where they sell personalized handmade bracelets and donate a portion of the profits to a different charity each month. Their parents say they thought starting this business “would be a great social exercise to give the girls something proactive to do off their electronics during the pandemic.” This winter, in their first month in business, the girls sold 140 bracelets, which go for $6 to $7 each, for a total of $1200. People can also donate more than this to the causes. The young entrepreneurs donated $500 to the Ronald McDonald house in December, and plan to donate to the Livingston-based pediatric cancer charity Trial Blazers in January, and to the American Heart Association in February. The bracelets can be purchased at Etsy/shop/JamminBraceletz, on Instagram @JamminBraceletz, and via Venmo at Lauren-Merel.

12th Grader Publishes Book on Alternative History


rishna Bhatt, a senior at Livingston High School, has published the first book in his series: “What If: Alternative Histories.” The book fosters a change in perspective from traditional history— spinning fascinating counterfactuals. Bhatt says he wants to shake things up for children in elementary through middle school to make history more of an exploration and search for interesting questions. He says, “I want to make sure the next generation understands that history is more than just memorizing names and dates. History is about human decisions, greed, power, diplomacy, religious quests, ethical struggles, victories and almost victories.” The first book contains three stories where readers will “experience what happens when history becomes distorted and timelines change.” Krishna says he loves the experience of presenting history education in unique ways and is already working on his second book. “What If: Alternative Histories” is available for purchase on Amazon. 12

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Verona Resident Walks 60 Miles for Breast Cancer


ecently, Samantha Klabenesh-Dixon, of Verona, raised $2300 and walked 60 miles for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk in San Diego. She has been participating in this event since 2007, where she first did so to honor a co-worker’s wife. This year, she walked in honor of a friend with breast cancer. To train, she says she walked all over Verona and to West Orange and West Caldwell. She also joined online fitness challenges and has received about 15 medals for walking over 100 miles each month. She says she enjoys the camaraderie of the Komen 3-Day walk and that for three days a year, “the world is as it should be with everyone being kind and caring for one another.” Samantha is proud of what she has accomplished and is already looking forward to next year’s walk, which she hopes her husband Christopher will join her on.

Livingston Resident to Adapt His Children’s Book into an Animated TV Series


ivingston resident Barry Farber has announced that he will be converting his children’s book, “The Adventures of Little Billy, In Search of the Magic Tree,” into an animated television series. The characters give advice to Billy, the main character in the book, symbolizing core life values including service, attitude, courage, empathy, and determination. The upcoming television series will be voiced by football player Ottis Jerome Anderson, comedian Bobby Collins, actresses Terra Mackintosh and Eden Kontecz, The Amazing Kreskin, and Farber’s middle child, Jordan. Barry says, “It is important to read to children when they are young” and that he “created the characters to be entertaining, with values children can relate to and learn from.” The show will air in early 2022 on cable stations across the US. To learn more and for merchandise, please go to To get a personalized signed copy, please go to

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Rosemarie’s Rescue Ranch Offers Unique Foster to Adopt Model By Jackie Schatell


hen Susan Janett, co-founder of Rosemarie’s Rescue Ranch (RRR), which is operated out of Verona, started her endeavor, she never imagined how large it would grow. What started out in 2017 with her partner Rosemarie Cafiero, who rescued over 7,000 dogs in her lifetime before succumbing to cancer, has grown to a dog fostering organization with 50+ volunteers that pulls dogs from kill shelters and places them in foster situations from within the US and beyond.

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“Rosemarie’s rescue offers a breakthrough in the adoption process,” says Susan. The dogs are first fostered for two weeks with loving pre-approved families that will have first dibs on adoption. “This gives families a period of time to adjust to a new dog in the household and see if it is a good fit, rather than just meeting a dog for a quick 15-minute meet and greet and then taking it home. It’s like a trial, a chance for the family and the dog to decompress together. No pressure. No long-term commitment, to get a feel for one another at home and see if the chemistry is there.” In addition, each foster family is paired with a personal liaison from the organization, who can be contacted for all questions and concerns. “We have about a 98% success rate with our program,” says Susan, who explains that most fosters “fail,” which translates to adopting their dog. “It’s the ultimate goal of the program,” she adds. If the family chooses not to move forward, Susan will enlist their help in reviewing approved applications and playing an active role in selecting a good forever family together. And if moving that dog to another foster is requested, she says she will always take a dog back at any time because she will “always do what is right for the dogs she saves.” Susan says she has applications coming in daily and the turnaround can be as short as 24-48 hours to find the dog a new loving foster placement. “Being flexible is part of our success formula,” she says. Susan personally looks over all prospective foster family applications, with input from her team and committees, and all dogs are first tested for temperament, personality, and how well they get along with other pets, kids, and adults prior to being “pulled.” In addition, all dogs see the vet, get all the necessary shots, and treatments needed. “All of our rescues are family-friendly,” she says. And we send them to their foster homes with all the supplies necessary to make the transition easy including crates, blankets, bowls, toys, and food. She operates a small brick and mortar in Verona, which sells new and gently used items for people to buy. The monies raised help support the organization. 14

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Since 2017, Susan has saved over 800 lives through RRR. She says the number of animals she can save grows each year. In 2021 alone, RRR saved 400 lives and expects to surpass that in 2022. The organization is supported 100% through fundraising and donations, which can be placed on the website rosemariesrescueranch. com and via Venmo @SusanJanett (verification 1900). Susan says she finds most of her foster families though Facebook posts and that those interested in fostering or learning more can friend/message her there or by email at

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Guerriero Gelato Donated Meals and Groceries to Over 60,000 People During the Pandemic By Jackie Schatell


ver the last two years, Mike Guerriero, who owns Guerriero Gelato in Caldwell and Montclair, has been doing everything he can to help keep people fed throughout the pandemic. When the pandemic started, Mike says he knew he wanted to help. At the onset of the pandemic, Mike and his wife, Breanna, decided to donate their full salaries for the first six months. They also told suppliers to keep dropping off regular supplies of things like dairy products, paper products, and cleaning supplies, which they gave away to those who needed the items. Mike says that when people started posting messages on Facebook of things they needed, he and his team started delivering the items to them during ice cream deliveries. In 2020-2021, Mike says that he sent out 60,000 meals and groceries, and he is still doing it in 2022 because people are still in need. “People are living paycheck to paycheck,” says Mike. He donated 1,000 meals a week for 6-7 months, with partners like Sorrento Bakery, Calabria in Livingston, Toni’s Kitchen in Montclair, North Jersey Mutual Aid, Black Lives Matter Paterson, and to the Community Outreach Program of Our Lady of Mt Carmel. In addition to meals, Mike has been sending groceries to a local senior center and sends over ice cream too. In addition, since 2020, Mike has sent out 10,000 ice cream portions to Mountainside Hospital, sometimes up to 250-300 a week. He also donated ice cream socials to a senior center and to the police. And, through Adopt a Family efforts, he delivered ice cream cakes and gift cards. “We have done everything we can to help keep people alive and in good spirits,” he says.



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Throughout these charitable endeavors, Mike’s stores have been struggling too. Unfortunately, in January, Mike had to close the Montclair location for a few days because of Covid. His stores which serve ice cream, gelato, Italian ices, and soft serve, offering over 100 handmade products including freshly baked cookies, have been in Caldwell for 16 years, and in Montclair for seven years. There are plans to open a new store in Pine Brook in the works. Mike says he will continue his charitable efforts for as long as he can because “it is important to help others in time of crisis.” He is grateful to his customers, who patronize his establishments, and to the ones who voted for his ice cream parlors in the Suburban Essex Best of Essex contest, in which Guerriero Gelato won for five consecutive years. Guerriero Gelato’s wins were as follows: 2021 Bronze, (there was no contest in 2020), 2019 Silver, 2018 Silver, 2017 Gold, and 2016 Bronze.


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ick-off the new year with the West Orange Arts Council’s first show of 2022, the JSDD WAE Center’s “Inside Out” Exhibit. This is a hybrid art experience to be viewed online or by appointment. On display is the work of over 20 WAE Center artists whom are self-driven and self-taught. This genre of work is referred to as “Outsider Art,” meaning that the artist is not formally trained yet still create from an organic place of knowledge and experience. The visual representations of each artist’s own raw experiences, thoughts, and feelings communicate their perceptions of the world around them, in varied and vibrant form. JSDD’s (Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled) WAE (Wellness, Art & Enrichment) Center is a nonprofit organization and a holistic and expressive arts learning center for adults with IDD. In addition to fine arts programming, the WAE Center provides an environment where members learn, create, express themselves, and develop meaningful relationships. JSDD’s WAE Center offers programs in writing, poetry, painting, film, music and more. The show is on view at the West Orange Arts Center located at 551 Valley Road in West Orange. To schedule your visit, please email or call 862-500-1918. A virtual exhibit is on the West Orange Arts Council’s website (


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fter pandemic-related events resulted in a hiatus for 2021, the West Orange Classic Film Festival returns in the town where Thomas Edison invented movies, once again giving lovers of cinema a chance to experience their favorite films as they were meant to be seen— on the big screen. February 6: The 197-minute reconstructed version of “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” (1963), with the Cinema Shorthand Society Facebook page curator John Chasse. An all-star cast made up of film, television, and the stage’s greatest comedians are on the hunt for $350,000 in stolen cash under the watchful eye of police capta in Spencer Tracy. February 20: “Bringing Up Baby” (1938), with Edge Media Network film journalist and playwright/screenwriter Frank Avella. What many consider to be the definitive screwball comedy features Cary Grant as a paleontologist maneuvering through a number of predicaments involving a scatterbrained heiress (Katharine Hepburn) and a leopard named Baby. February 27: “Young Frankenstein” (1974), with an appearance by local film critic Stephen Whitty. Mel Brooks presents this parody of the classic horror film genre, with cowriter Gene Wilder as Frederick Frankenstein, Madeline Kahn as his fiancé, Teri Garr as his assistant, Marty Feldman as his servant, and Peter Boyle as his creation. Each film will be followed by a discussion led by a local film scholar/critic. All screenings start at 2pm at the AMC Theatre in Essex Green Shopping Center on Prospect Avenue in West Orange, NJ. Tickets are $14.00 and must be purchased in advance on Eventbrite at The West Orange Classic Film Festival is presented by the West Orange Film Society, part of the West Orange Arts Council, and in 2022 is co-sponsored by the West Orange Recreation Department.


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he course will focus on art forms and patterns found in the natural world, using the Van Vleck Gardens for study and inspiration. Topics explored will be the beauty, design, and function of various patterns such as branching, the spiral/Fibonacci, star/radial, symmetry and geometry in nature. Various art projects will be created inspired by this scrutiny, including drawing/painting, printmaking, cyanotypes, sculpture, etc. The class will be led by teaching artist and designer Karen Fuchs, who has a background in textile design and interior architecture. Tuesdays—February 15-March 15. 10-11:30am.

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hat makes a local business successful? Excellent customer service? Superb eyewear selection? Enthusiastic caring staff? All of the above have contributed to the success of Roseland Eye Care. Founded by Kurt Behrle more than 37 years ago, Roseland Eye Care has remained steadfast to these principles. In an effort to meet customer’s growing needs, Roseland Eye Care is pleased to announce the addition of new partner, Angelo Benfante. Angelo started his career in Roseland when he was 19 years old. For the past 20 years both Behrle and Benfante have had separate careers managing optical dispensaries for ophthalmology practices throughout the United States. After completing their national work experiences, both Behrle and Benfante have reunited and returned to Roseland. Their combined work experiences and similar philosophies enable them to offer customers a wealth of knowledge and best practice expertise. “We came back to where it all started-doing what we love,” said Benfante. Roseland Eye Care maintains a staff of highly trained professionals who are ready to serve the needs of their clients. The store carries a vast selection of frames and sunglasses, including exclusive eyewear, such as Matsuda, Masunaga, Barton Perreira, Maui Jim, Costa and the Rudy Project, which is an innovative sports sunglass line. Behrle and Benfante recognize the need for “great service at a fair price.” There is a choice in eyewear for all customers, from the exclusive to the most affordable. The quality of all glasses is assured, and each prescription is analyzed to ensure the best product for each client.

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hen many of us think of physics, we think of high-level science courses taught in high school and college. The truth is that not only can you teach your child the basic principles of this branch of science at a young age, but doing so can help them understand the world around them, while laying the groundwork for a continued interest in STEAM learning.

At Home There are many ways to demonstrate basic principles of physics using household objects. However, toys designed for this purpose can be good launching pad for your quest for knowledge. The new line of marble playsets from VTech, Marble Rush, allows kids to build thrilling marble courses, send marbles into motion and compete in exciting challenges with lights and sounds. Added bonus? You’ll be introducing engineering principles at the same time! Each Marble Rush set contains color-coded blocks and easy-to-follow building instructions for kids to create a


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variety of beginner to advanced courses, or create their own course with endless possibilities. The Marble Rush Ultimate Set and Marble Rush Launchpad Set can also be combined to create an extreme playset. Plus, the Marble Rush playsets have received the Toy Association’s STEAM Toy Accreditation seal of approval, meeting experts’ criteria for a good STEAM toy. Families can find course design instructions, along with super cool challenges that demonstrate specific physics concepts like force and friction, on the VTech website. For more information, visit marblerush.

On-the-Go Physics truly is all around us, which means there are always opportunities to introduce concepts while on-the-go. Here are a few ideas to get you started: At a sporting event: Talk about how the ball flies through the air because of the force the athlete applied to it. Discuss how gravity is at the same time, pulling the ball down toward Earth, and

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how friction from the air around the ball applies a force that slows it down. In the car: The car is the perfect place to demonstrate the Doppler Effect and learn about sound. The next time you drive past music, a car alarm or other source of noise, ask your child to observe the way that it sounds as you get closer to it and then how it sounds as you move away from it again. Explain that the noise itself hasn’t changed, but your perception of it has because sound waves are moving differently from the point of view of the observer -- you. On a walk: Brr…it’s cold outside! The next time you’re on a walk, talk about how even the seasons can be explained by physics. The part of Earth where you live is tilted away from the sun right now, which means that sunlight is more indirect. This is also why the days are shorter this time of year! It’s never too early to bring science to life for kids. There are not only real-world examples of physics at play to discover, but new toys can make learning about these concepts a fun, exciting adventure. —StatePoint

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A Team to Help Students Succeed Teacher Tutors Builds Skills and Confidence By Janis Hashe, photo by Dan Epstein


est of Essex, gold winner, The Teacher Tutors founder Debra Kirchen, spent years in the classroom before creating a way to engage and enrich even more students in grades K-12. From the beginning, she made it a priority to seek out incredible teachers, offer fun and engaging programs and offer transparency among parents and teachers/tutors— the pandemic has made Teacher Tutors services even more valuable. Teachers hired demonstrate not only a mastery of academics but their personality is taken into account because Kirchen believes that tutors must be able to personally relate to the students they tutor. “Teachers/ Tutors foster positive relationships with students which creates an environment conducive to learning and as a result, students’ developmental, emotional and academic needs are met at an accelerated rate,” Kirchen said. When parents contact Teacher Tutors, a series of questions identifies what their child’s specific needs are: academic, executive functioning, organizational or study skills, confidence building, and/or test prep. Then

the student is matched with a tutor, “who also acts as mentor. Everyone works as a team to aid the student’s progress.” said Kirchen. One way transparency occurs is via session notes after each session so that parents receive feedback within 24 hours of each session. Brainiax, Kirchen’s new S.T.E.A.M. enrichment program, provides after-school enrichment classes for elementary students. The Brainiax programs are offered in local schools as well as their Livingston Debbie Kirchen location. In addition, a private preschool is provided at the Livingston location. Visit to view enrichment program options offered by the enrichment division of the Teacher Tutor.

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The Craig High School 24 Changebridge Road, Montville 973-334-1234 | Contact: Nicole Moon Email: Age Groups: Grades 9–12 The mission of the Craig School is to provide to students a strategy-based, comprehensive and challenging school experience that acknowledges their learning disabilities, builds on their aptitudes, and strengthens their self-awareness and self-esteem. They help parents assess their child’s true potential and understand the nature of learning disabilities and provide families an internal support network within the Craig community.

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Montclair Cooperative School 65 Chestnut St, Montclair 973-783-4955 Age Groups: Early ages-8th grade Open Houses: February 8 and 15; March 3, 10 and 25—12:30pm They are a community dedicated to creating a diverse and nurturing environment where children flourish intellectually and develop exceptional social skills along with a deep sense of community responsibility.

Morristown-Beard School 70 Whippany Rd, Morristown | Age Group: Grades 6-12 Within a culture of support and collaboration, Morristown-Beard School students discover and develop their individual pathways to academic success and personal fulfillment while becoming enlightened, morally responsible citizens of the world.

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Rider University Lacordaire Academy 155 Lorraine Ave, Montclair 973-744-1156 x12 PK–8 coed; All Womens High School 9-12 Open House: February 3, 9-10am (all academy information session) Lacordaire Academy is a 101 year old coeducational Catholic school from prekindergarten through eighth grade, and women-only for high school. It is led by a veteran leadership team that works together to meet its Dominican goals and high academic standards.


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Mount St. Dominic Academy 3 Ryerson Ave, Caldwell 973-226-0660 Age Groups: 14-18 years old (girls only) Open House: March 31, 6:30pm Truth and love. Inquiry and commitment. Knowledge and action. These words are at the heart of Mount St. Dominic Academy, dedicated to educating and empowering young women in the Dominican Tradition.

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

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he recently signed New Jersey College Affordability Act, supported by Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker Coughlin, will help New Jersey families who are saving and paying for college, as well as for those who are paying off their student loans. With the signing of the law, which was unanimously approved by the Senate, New Jersey becomes the 35th state that offers a tax benefit for contributions to an approved 529 college savings plan. This is part of a plan to make college more affordable. The new law will allow for a deduction of up to $10,000 per year for contributions to the NJ Better Education Trust or NJBEST, but would be limited to those households with taxable income of $200,000 or less. It goes in effect for contributions made in tax year 2022. 529 plans are effective savings vehicles as the contributions grow tax free and, upon withdrawal, assuming the funds are used to pay qualified education expenses, are not taxable. The law allows for an outright grant of up to $750 in a dollar-to-dollar match for contributing into a 529 plan with NJBEST. However, it is limited to household with gross income of $75,000 or less.

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n his years working with testprep giants Kaplan and Princeton Review, Mr. SAT founder/owner Rich Goldman discovered the most effective way for students to prepare for SAT/ACT tests is to “dive right in” to test questions. That, combined with his focus on raising students’ confidence in their intuitive abilities, led him to create the wide range of tutoring options he now offers, including group and private sessions. “The best teachers don’t just teach how to solve questions, but also how to trust yourself,” he said.

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Explore the Galaxy… Visit This State-of-the-Art Planetarium at Liberty Science Center


ersey City’s Liberty Science Center has long been a destination for exploration and educational fun. The Center’s Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium, which opened in 2017, continues this tradition by being an awe-inspiring vehicle for wonder and learning.

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Made up of a 89-foot full dome, the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium is the biggest planetarium in America. With a resolution of 88 million pixels, a lighting system producing over 281 trillion colors, and speakers producing 30,000 watts of digital sounds, it is an all-encompassing experience that is truly out of this world. “You can fit any other planetarium in the Western Hemisphere inside the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium,” said Paul Hoffman, Liberty Science Center President and CEO. “Add in the stateof-the-art technology and you have a spectacular unique theater like none other in the world. Visitors will be able to fly through the universe, experience the grandness and vastness of space, roam planetary surfaces, navigate asteroid fields, and watch the latest full-dome movies.” When you step inside the Planetarium’s theater, you are truly stepping into another world that gives you the opportunity to explore the universe. From the comfort of your seat, look up and take in the stunning view of the night sky or distant

Right in Jersey City galaxies. Travel through the canyons on Mars, watch spewing geysers on Neptune’s moon Triton, and even find your way out of a black hole. The Planetarium currently has a variety of shows that will take you across the universe and back to your theater chair! See the universe through telescopes, robot probes and the naked eye in “Wonders of the Night Sky.” Learn about our solar system by seeing the planets up close and personal in “To Worlds Beyond.” Journey inside a black hole in “Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity,” a bizarre trip that will teach you about the most mysterious phenomena in the universe. Families with young kids will also appreciate “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure” and the “Winter Pop Laser Show,” which allow even the littlest space fans to experience the planetarium.

Her gift has allowed the Center to build a state-of-the-art experience that combines the very best of sight and sound with educational opportunities, fascinating space science, and childlike wonder. Whether you love outer space yourself or want to foster a love of astronomy and space science in your children, the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium is the perfect day trip destination. There is no better (or bigger!) place in America to explore the vastness of our universe.

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any impressive achievements of black men and women have been made over the years. • Harriet Tubman escaped slavery to become a leading abolitionist. She led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom along the route of the Underground Railroad. • Alice Ball was an African American chemist who developed the first successful treatment for those suffering from Hansen’s disease (leprosy). • Martin Luther King Jr. was a scholar and minister who led the civil rights movement. After his assassination, he was memorialized by Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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ebruary is Black History Month, a great opportunity to celebrate African Americans’ many achievements throughout U.S. history. Since 1976, this annual celebration has recognized the contributions of black Americans to our country.

In 1915, Harvard-educated historian Carter G. Woodson and minister Jesse Moorland founded what’s now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. That organization established Negro History Week in 1926, which strived to inspire schools and communities to organize local celebrations and host performances and lectures. Negro History Week was the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. President Lincoln was the 16th U.S. president and paved the way for the abolition of slavery with his Emancipation Proclamation. Douglass was an escaped slave turned activist and author, and a prominent leader in the abolitionist movement to end slavery. The civil rights movement of the 1960s helped elevate Negro History Week to national prominence… and turn it into a month-long celebration. As a result, in 1976, President Gerald Ford made things official, proclaiming February to be Black History Month.

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• Rosa Parks was a civil rights activist who refused to surrender her seat to a white passenger on asegregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her defiance sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Its success launched nationwide efforts to end racial segregation of public facilities. • Mary Jackson was a Mathematician and was one of a small group of African American women who worked as aeronautical engineers, called “human computers,” at NASA during the Space Age. • Maya Angelou was a civil rights activist, poet and awardwinning author known for her acclaimed 1969 memoir, ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,’ and her numerous poetry and essay collections. • Joycelyn Elders became the first African-American U.S. Surgeon General. • Colin Powell was the first African American appointed as the U.S. Secretary of State. • Barack Obama was the 44th president of the United States, and the first African American to serve in the office.


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he paintings by Kortez simply stop you in your tracks. No kidding: they are visually bold, and subjectively often provocative. You can’t help finding yourself thinking about his commentaries about life as an African American while simply being transfixed by the color and graphics. As a working creative with an international reputation, Kortez modestly often still considers himself simply a Newark Artist. He calls his work “Esoteric Urbanism” and it is found on traditional canvases, furniture, and fashions. Kortez is also known for his work as a DJ specializing in vintage vinyl, but it’s his visual work which drew our attention. In Negro Digest, a 36x48 mixed media collage made with acrylic paint and elements taken from beauty ads found in vintage copies of Ebony magazine, Kortez comments on the dated beauty ideals foisted on African Americans in his childhood in the 1960’s which seem to feature women with light skin and European features. He asks: What is beauty, and what is your relationship to beauty? The title of the work is taken from a text element which is found in the assembled work.


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Urbanism Fish-Eyed Fool is 12x16 portrait also created from the artist’s imagination. In a strange twist of fate, a friend pointed out that the imaginary face looked remarkably like a neighbor character who often wandered around with a glassy-eyed stare. Once again referencing African American culture from decades past, the name was used by a character in the TV show Sanford & Son to describe the character of Fred Sanford. The face and background are acrylic and the body a collage of newspaper clippings, many with hidden messages about cultural references. Consider his 16x20 portrait, Assata. It’s a striking visual of a woman done in bold colors in which he combines acrylic paint with fabric remnants found in the workshop of his wife’s fashion studio. While highly stylized, this image of an imaginary woman speaks to beauty. It’s almost impossible to simply walk by this arresting image. The colors and the use of space call you, her image offers its message: I am a bold and beautiful woman. If you’d like to find out more about this very interesting artist, visit his website. It’s a rich source of information and you’ll find much more work. Likewise, if you’d like to see some work in person and purchase a piece you can visit the gallery/shop he shares called the House of BAV (Born Again Vintage) wherein you check out a good selection of his work as well as the creative fashion UpCycled work made by his wife fashion designer Bridgett Artise.


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he goal at Montclair Rejuvenation Center is to enhance a client’s appearance by achieving a more youthful look without surgery. MRC offers a full complement of services that include Botox® HA dermal fillers, facials, waxing, laser hair removal, PRP hair restoration, vitamin drips and spray tans—to name a few. Among the most sought-after service is laser hair removal, a proven safe and effective treatment that utilizes a Diode Laser, safe for all skin types. Cofounder and director, Ed Fritz states, “Montclair Rejuvenation Center offers in-demand aesthetic treatments at affordable prices.” Ed and his wife, Kelly DiStefano, MD have owned the aesthetics med spa in Verona for five years and recently expanded to a second location in West Caldwell.

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Each client’s course of treatment begins with an in-depth consultation to select an appropriate treatment plan, with the patient’s goals and safety as the utmost concern. What sets Montclair Rejuvenation Center apart from other Medspas, is it’s offering of some of the most advanced skin rejuvenation treatments found in the area. MRC has seen over the last year the emergence of PRP treatments for both skin rejuvenation as well as for hair restoration.

device that delivers wavelengths of intense pulsated light to targeted areas of the face, hands or chest to remove brown spots. MRC is also the area’s largest Coolsculpting Center in Essex County. The center has two Coolsculpting devices and two Elite Coolsculpting systems to help their patients get rid of stubborn fat in key parts of the body. CoolSculpting® is a non-surgical fat reduction treatment that is rated number one by Modern Aesthetics.

PRP uses the regenerative power of platelets to deliver plateletrich plasma (PRP) to the areas being treated. Clients may opt for PepFactor instead of PRP. PepFactor which is like PRP is the only bioidentical, protein-based product available that increases collagen and elastin to help wrinkly skin.

Another aspect that sets Montclair Rejuvenation Center apart is its highly credentialed staff. Dr. DiStefano has aesthetics in her veins. Her father is the renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon Kenneth DiStefano, MD, who has practiced in Montclair and Mountainside Hospital for over 40 years. From him, Dr. DiStefano has learned from an early age the importance of improving one’s physical appearance and, by extension, emotional health. The staff also is comprised of nurse practitioners, registered nurses and estheticians.

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Montclair Rejuvenation Center’s goal is to help clients look and feel their best. One trend that Mr. Fritz acknowledged, is that women are getting Botox® injections at a younger age. “Many people wait until they have lines or wrinkles to consider Botox®. If you begin treatment at a younger age, the wrinkles don’t form which ultimately means that you will use less product at a later age.” Montclair Rejuvenation Center caters to a fully diversified patient base. Appointments may be booked online or via calls to the office. MRC offers free consultations for patients to speak to a professional about their rejuvenation goals. MRC also offers gift cards for all those who want to surprise their significant others all year round and ideally for special occasions like Valentine’s Day.

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Join Adobe Certified instructor Blake Taylor for this hands-on class that will introduce you to Adobe Lightroom Classic CC! By following a photographic workflow, you’ll first learn how to import digital photos into Lightroom. From there, you’ll learn different ways to manage your photos, make one-click adjustments, and then all the way to making more advanced adjustments using the controls that Lightroom offers. You’ll also experiment with Lightroom’s non-destructive environment by enhancing a variety of photos by working within Lightroom’s Library and Develop modules. By the end of the class, you will have a much stronger working knowledge of the program and be ready to apply what you learned to your own photos.

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MIX IT UP A Fun and Trendy Shopping Experience By Sue Baldani, photo by Dan Epstein


ince 2009, Mixology Clothing Company has been focused on the good—good employees, good values, good clothing and more. Even though this is its mission, it also strives to be exceptional and has been very successful in reaching that goal. “Mixology’s style is fun, trendy, chic and comfortable,” says vice president and head buyer, Gabrielle Edwards. Designers include Heartloom, Robertson and Rodeo, Z Supply, and We’re All Pretty Girls, among many other talented artists. And new merchandise is always arriving, so its inventory is never short on the latest style or trend. Aside from clothing, Mixology also offers accessories such as hats and hair clips, cozy socks, belts, and stylish messenger and handbags. “This spring and summer, we will be carrying a full assortment of St. Barth’s bags,” states Gabrielle. “They are so functional, they are available in two different sizes, great solid colors and prints, and make for a great everyday bag or beach bag.” Mixology also has a fabulous collection of jewelry such as initial necklaces and earrings, as well as wonderfully scented candles for your home. “Our jewelry pieces are on trend, classic and affordable,” says Gabrielle. “If you are looking for a fun gift, we have a great assortment of candles for every age.” “Mixology offers a high level of service that you don’t always get at big box stores,” says Jordan Edwards, the CEO and president. “We are also a part of our communities, and we hire from the surrounding towns that our stores are located in.” In addition to its two locations in New Jersey, six in Long Island, two in Westchester, and one on the Upper East Side in New York City, Mixology also offers an easy to navigate website that ships all over the world.

Stop by its stores, shop its great merchandise, and meet the amazing people who work for Mixology Clothing Company. The customer service and attention you’ll receive while there will be helpful and refreshing.

Mixology Livingston 1160 Town Center, Livingston | 973-544-6121 65 VerValen Street, Closter | 201-905-1080

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“In addition to the physical health effects of the coronavirus pandemic, there were negative impacts to our local economy and our residents’ financial health. Presenting a 2022 budget with a zero percent tax increase while preserving services is recognition of the financial hardships experienced by our residents during these difficult times.” – JOSEPH N. DIVINCENZO, JR.

Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Essex County Executive and the Board of County Commissioners Present

A 2022 Essex County Budget with a Zero Percent Property Tax Increase! STABILIZING COUNTY FINANCES • Our proposed 2022 Essex County Budget includes a 0% property tax increase to fund the County portion of your tax bill. (State statutes allow local governments to increase property taxes to 2% annually.) • Over the last three years, we have limited County property tax increases to 0.37%. • Over the last 10 years, we have limited County property tax increases to 1.16%. • Since 2003, we have held County property tax increases to 2.04%, the fourth lowest in the state behind Hunterdon, Monmouth and Burlington counties. • We have presented our County Budget before the State Deadline of January 15th for the last 19 years.

STRENGTHENING OUR FINANCIAL FOUNDATION • In 2015, we earned a Aaa bond rating from Moody’s Investors Services, the first time Essex received the highest rating. • We received 16 upgrades in our bond rating, transforming our lowest junk bond rating into a Aaa rating, the highest available. • We transformed an inherited $64 million deficit in 2003 into an $85.9 million fund balance. • Shared service agreements with other government agencies and fees generates about $111.4 million in recurring revenue. • We instituted a “debt diet” in 2007. This reduces our bond debt payments, which will fall from $127 million in 2022 to $54.5 million in 2028.

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Roseland Library Happenings Calling all Teens On Saturday, February 26, at 11am the Roseland Free Public Library will hold its dedication of the new teen lounge… teens will discover a new favorite spot.

Author Fair Meet a variety of adult and children’s authors and learn more about their work. Books will be on sale during the event. Saturday, February 26, 10am-3pm.

Monday Morning Mindfulness Meet-Up. Weekly meditation sessions include light stretching, breathing exercises, and other stress-relieving techniques. Limited to 12 participants. February 7, 14 and 28.

All events are open to the public and held at the Roseland Free Public Library, 20 Roseland Avenue, Roseland. 973-226-8636.

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Enjoy the Big Game at Franklin Steakhouse


ranklin Steakhouse and Tavern in Fairfield is hosting a Big Game viewing party as the official kick-off of their new patio room. On Big Game Sunday, February 13th, football fans can enjoy all day happy hour deals. Thirty-six beers will be on tap to help you celebrate along with $2.50 beer mugs, $3.00 shots, $5.00 vodka drinks and $7.00 food apps. Of course, the viewing experience will be first rate. Fans will be surrounded by 30 TVs with surround sound. A DJ

will be on hand to rock the crowd. To save your space at the celebration text or call Paul Lebo at 973-303-9059. If you’re hosting your own house party, Franklin Steakhouse will also be doing game day catering. Check their website for the menu.

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Taste How Delicious Healthy Can Be TS Ma is a Chinese restaurant unlike most you’ve been used to. The very different spin on both traditional Chinese dishes and their own creations you find here revolves around two words: healthy and delicious. At TS Ma, the dishes are created using only very fresh and high quality ingredients; you’ll never find a gloppy sauce thickened with cornstarch. Make a point to try the Crispy Shrimp with Honey Walnuts pictured here. The shrimp are lightly fried and tossed with a rich honey-citrus and mayonnaise dressing and topped with honey-glazed walnuts. Ours came with broccoli that still had a delightful crunch. Owner Thomas Ma points out that TS Ma offers many Gluten Free options, and is very happy to accommodate special diet requirements. Please note that at this time it’s takeout or delivery only. Check the website for menu, hours, and other details. Enjoy the convenience as well as the food.

TS Ma 199 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair | 973-509-8878





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Support Your Local Merchant. Shop Local. Find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift at nearby independently owned businesses in our community.

Sweets for your sweetie with the soothing effect of CBD. Come visit us at Glaze Salon and get your CBD gummies with an extra bonus of 20% off during the month of February.

The Wellness Collection from Little Words Project are carefully crafted bracelets that help practice mindfulness, alleviate stress and keep worries at bay. 25% of the net proceeds from this collection will benefit The Loveland Foundation.

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These one-of-a-kind pieces are etched with Well Told’s signature map designs; choose from college towns, home towns, cities, and topographies around the U.S. and the world. Available in pint, wine, and champagne glasses, plus much more!

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Cuddle up in our cozy Valentine’s crew neck sweatshirt in either pink or white. A meaningful symbol, the heart pendant necklace in either gold or silver. A timeless piece to wear every day both layered or alone.

On Bloom

342 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-228-2230 Follow us on Facebook: On Bloom Follow us on Instragram: @onbloomtheshoppe

Up his sock game with Hot Sox… Socks are a must have fashion accessory for guys! HOTSOX makes socks that feel great, function well & deliver on today’s styles. Fun, crazy, colorful, themed socks in a variety of patterns. Express yourself every step you take. Tons of unique styles to brighten up his day & wardrobe.

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The Perfect Gift for Your Valentine! Give the gift to better health and well-being for all in a convenient, peaceful and modern location.

Modern Acupuncture

176 Columbia Turnpike, Florham Park 973-765-9500

Treats for Your Sweet! Shop at Love Letters for Valentine’s candy and stuffed animals for your love ones—of every age.

Love Letters

2 West Northfield Road, Livingston 973-994-1212

Treat yourself or someone you love to cozy sets for Valentine’s Day and then accessorize! Visit or your local store to get styled!

Mixology Clothing Company 1160 Town Center, Livingston

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These butterflies are delightful and delicate. Small enough to catch your eye without overwhelming your look. Layer a few or just wear one. They come in a variety of colors.

Pink Jewels

1110 Town Center Way, Livingston (in the Livingston Town Center) 973-994-0975 |

Belgian chocolate dipped strawberries are beyond decadent for a special Valentine gift. Valentine cookies, cupcakes, cakes and other gift items also available. Nationwide shipping available. Shop online or in-store.

Splurge Bakery

105 Main Street, Millburn | 973-379-0740


How to Choose a Summer Camp Your Kids Will Love and You Approve By Kimberly Blaker


ummer camp offers kids plenty of benefits, and many kids are thrilled with the idea of going away to summer camp. Still, for some kids, particularly those who are shy, introverted, or homebodies, the thought of going away for a night, let alone a week or more, can cause considerable anxiety. When kids are adamantly opposed, forcing summer camp on them may not be in their best interest. But for kids who are eager – or at least willing to give it a shot without much fuss – summer camp offers opportunities kids may not have elsewhere. Summer camp provides kids the following benefits: • fosters independence • a place to develop new and lasting friendships • development of new skills • discovery of new interests and hobbies • the opportunity for creative expression • a break from being plugged-in daily exercise

What are the staff’s qualifications?

What is the daily schedule for campers?

Many summer camps use teens to staff the camps. Teens make excellent mentors and can bring liveliness to summer camp programs. However, the programs themselves should be developed by professionals and have professional oversight to ensure kids are getting the most from their camp experience.

Ask for a daily itinerary, so you know your child will be getting everything you and your child anticipate from the program.

• improves their self-esteem • teaches kids to work with others • makes them feel part of a community • prevents or reduces summer learning loss Once you and your child have narrowed the list down you’ll want to investigate the camps further. There are several things you’ll want to consider.


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How does the camp ensure your child’s safety? Find out what kind of safety training the camp provides its staffers. Also, is there staff on hand at all times that knows CPR? What are the camp’s procedures in the event your child becomes ill, has an accident, or an emergency?

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What are the rules? Each camp has its own set of rules. So, find out whether your child is allowed to call you. If it’s a summer-long residential camp, can parents come and visit? Can kids bring along a cell phone or electronics? Also, how much money can they bring, and how is it managed? Keep in mind, although there are many great camps, no camp is likely to offer everything precisely the way you want it. Just choose the one that best fits your child and satisfies your most important criteria. Remember, your child will have many summers to come and plenty more opportunities to work in more exciting camp experiences.

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CAMP ACTIVITIES Camp Newark Museum of Art 49 Washington Street, Newark TYPE: Day, COED ARTS: Art and Design, Music ACEDEMICS: STEM

The Center for Pre-College Programs NJIT University Heights, Newark, NJ 973-596-3550 TYPE: Day, Coed ACADEMICS: College Prep, Computer/ Technology, Robotics, Science, STEM

Coach Solomon GRTWA 2022 Sports Camp 146 Dover Chester Rd, Randolph, NJ 917-952-6426 http://form.jotform. com/212934023550144 SPORTS: Flag Football, Gaga, Frisbee Golf, Pickle Ball, Rock Climbing, Street Hockey, Ultimate Frisbee

Deer Kill Day Camp 54 Wilder Road, Suffern, NY 842-354-1455 Type: Day, Transportation ADVENTURE: Rock Climbing, Zip Line ARTS: Arts/Crafts, Dance, Drama, Music, Photography, Theater SPORTS: Archery, Baseball, Basketball, Soccer WATER ACTIVITIES: Lake, Pool, Swimming

DePaul Catholic HS Summer Programs

International Ivy Summer Enrichment Program

1512 Alps Road, Wayne, NJ 973-694-3702 TYPE: Day ACADEMICS: Test Prep (Algebra, English, Study Skills) SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Girls Volleyball, Lacrosse, Soccer

Summit, NJ | 908-899-1338 TYPE: Day, Coed ACADEMICS: Robotics, Computer Programming, Interactive Science, Reading Workshops, Writing Workshops

JCC Camp Deeny Riback (JCCA)

Newark Campus & West Caldwell Campus 973-877-3079 TYPE: Day, COED ACEDEMICS: Coding,Culinary, Entrepreneurship, Literacy Math, STEM, Test Prep, Video Gaming ARTS: Acting, Arts/Crafts, Fine Arts

208 Flanders Netcong Rd, Flanders, NJ 973-929-2901 TYPE: Day, Coed ACADEMICS: Culinary, Farming, Photography, ARTS: Acting, Arts and Crafts, Dance, Theater SPORTS: Aerobics, Basketball, Fitness, Gymnastics, Martial Arts, Soccer ARTS: Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Fashion Design

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Newton TYPE: Sleepaway, CoEd ARTS: Acting, Dance, Drama, Music— Instrumental, ACADEMICS: Biology, Native American Study, Reading/Literature SPORTS: Archery, Sports, Swimming

House of Dezign Fashion Camp 11B Roosevelt Avenue, Chatham, NJ TYPE: Day ARTS: Fashion and Design

41 Watchung Plaza, Ste. 206, Montclair 973-766-7464 | TYPE: Day ACADEMICS: Robotics, STEM, Circus

Musical Theatre Conservatory’s Broadway Bootcamp 973-868-6259 TYPE: Day ARTS: Acting, Arts/Crafts, Dance, Drama, Makeup, Music, Song Interpretation Shows, Theater WATER: Pool, Swim Party


An adventure camp for kids ages 10-16. A new adventure every day! Pick up and drop off at Edgemont Memorial Park, Montclair, NJ from June-August. Certified Teachers, Lifeguards, and EMT Staff.



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324 Forest Drive S., Short Hills, NJ 973-376-3587 TYPE: Day, Coed ACADEMICS: Aquatic/Wildlife Ecology, Entomology, Geology, Herpetology, Nature Exposure, Reading/Literature ARTS: Arts and Crafts, Ceramics, Drawing SPORTS: Hiking, Wilderness Survival

New Jersey School of Ballet 7-9 Vreeland Road, Florham Park, NJ 973-597-9600 TYPE: Day ARTS: Dance

Newark Academy Livingston, NJ | 973-992-7000 ext. 217 TYPE: Day ACADEMICS: College Prep, Computer/ Technology, Languages, Robotics, Science, STEM ARTS: Acting, Dance, Drama, Music, Photography, Theater SPORTS: Baseball

24 Rector Street, Newark, NJ 973-353-7058 TYPE: Day, Coed ARTS: Dance, Music, Theater

Pioneer Trails Day Camp 100 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, NJ 973-992-7500 TYPE: Day, Coed ACADEMICS: CIT, Creative Writing, Photography, Science, ARTS: Arts and Crafts, Dance, Drama SPORTS: Archery, Baseball, Basketball, Football, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

Prime Time Summer Arts Sharron Miller’s Academy of Dance 14 South Park, Montclair, NJ 07042 973-655-9819 TYPE: Day ARTS: Acting, Dance, Drama, Musical Theater, Theater SPORTS: Fitness

School of Rock Summer Music Camps 125 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ 973-337-5296 TYPE: Day ARTS: Music

Stepping Forward Therapeutic Summer C.A.M.P. 26 Main Street, Chatham, NJ 973-635-6550 TYPE: Day, Coed, Special Needs ADVENTURE: Day Trips; ARTS: Arts/ Crafts, Drama SPORTS: Martial Arts, Other Sports, Yoga WATER ACTIVITY: Swimming

Summer Adventures at Oak Knoll 44 Blackburn Road, Summit, NJ 908-522-8186 TYPE: Day, Coed ACADEMICS: CIT, College Prep, Science, STEM ADVENTURE: Day Trips ARTS: Acting, Arts/Crafts, Dance, Drama, Music, Theater SPORTS: Archery, Lacrosse, Soccer WATER ACTIVITY: Swimming

Surf and Turf Camp 5 Godfrey Road, Montclair, NJ 973-580-3034 TYPE: Day, Overnight, Coed ACADEMICS: Languages ADVENTURE: Backpacking, Day Trips, Travel WATER ACTIVITIES: Boating, Lake, Swimming

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Health, Beauty & Wellness


Everyday Self-Care Routines for a HEALTHY Heart D evoting a little time every day to care for yourself can go a long way toward protecting the health of your heart. Simple self-care, such as taking a moment to de-stress, giving yourself time to move more, preparing healthier meals, and not cheating on sleep can all benefit your heart.

It may be easier than you think to “put your heart” into your daily routine. Each Sunday, look at your week’s schedule and carve out 30 minutes daily for heart-healthy practices. Take an online yoga class, prepare a heart-healthy recipe, schedule your bedtime to get at least seven hours of sleep, or make a medication checklist. Then seek out support from others, even if it’s online or via a phone call, to help you stick to your goals. Here are few self-care tips to try every day to make your heart a priority:

Self-Care Sunday

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Find a moment of serenity every Sunday. Spend some quality time on yourself.

Don’t waffle on your wellness. Move more, eat a fruit or vegetable you’ve never tried, make a plan to quit smoking or vaping, or learn the signs of a heart attack or stroke. You could be having a heart attack if you have chest and upper body pain or discomfort, shortness of breath, cold sweats, nausea, or lightheadedness. You might be having a stroke if you have numbness in the face, arm, or leg; confusion; trouble talking or seeing; dizziness; or a severe headache.

Follow inspiring people and pages on social media, or text a friend to help you stick to your self-care goals. Remember to take care of your mental health, too. Two of the main hurdles to self-care are depression and a lack of confidence, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Mindful Monday

Be mindful about your health and regularly monitor your blood pressure or blood sugar if needed. Keep an eye on your weight to make sure it stays within or moves toward a healthy range. Being aware of your health status is a key to making positive change.

Tasty Tuesday Choose how you want to approach eating healthier. Start small by pepping up your meals with a fresh herb or spice as a salt substitute. Get adventurous and prepare a simple, new, heart-healthy recipe. 52

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Treat Yourself Thursday Treats can be healthy. Try making a dessert with fresh fruit and yogurt. Then stretch your imagination beyond food. Host a family dance party, take a few minutes to sit still and meditate, go for a long walk, or watch a funny show. Laughter is healthy.

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Selfie Saturday Inspire others to take care of their own hearts. Talk about your self-care routine with loved ones or share a selfie on your social media platforms. Having social support and personal networks can make it easier to get regular physical activity, eat nutritious foods, reach a healthy weight, and quit smoking. Learn more about heart health and hearthealthy activities in your community, and see what others are doing for their heart health, at or follow #OurHearts on social media.

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SAD? Lighten Up


hen the clocks fall back and the days start to shorten, our hours in the sunlight become scarce. This can cause a lot of people to feel less energetic, moody and unhappy. For some, the seasonal change actually leads to a type of depression called seasonal affective disorder (also called SAD). One way to alleviate some of these symptoms is light therapy. Although light therapy is not a cure, it may increase your energy levels, regulate sleep and boost your mood. During light therapy, you sit near a light box for an extended period of time—most people choose to do it in the morning. In order for it to be effective, you should be relatively close to the light, and facing it with your eyes open. Aside from that, you’re free to do your makeup, read a book, surf the web or do whatever you’d like. The amount of time you should spend in front of the light varies depending on the amount of LUX the lamp produces, but is typically between 30 minutes and two hours. Light therapy is generally safe, but it’s always good to discuss with your doctor before you try a new treatment, especially if you have a history of skin cancer, or have a condition or are taking a medication that makes your skin more sensitive to light or your eyes vulnerable to light damage.

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A Discussion with Frank Del Gaudio By Jackie Schatell


s part of our monthly column where we introduce the public to Essex County Departments and the people who lead them, this month, Suburban Essex Magazine interviewed Director of Health and Rehabilitation and the Essex County Hospital Center, Frank Del Gaudio.

Please tell us about you and your background. I have been working in the healthcare field since 1991 and specialize in risk management, environmental safety and health, and facilities management. I joined Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo’s staff in 2004 as the County Risk Manager and became Director of the Department of Health and Rehabilitation and the Hospital Center in 2013. As director, I have worked with various law enforcement agencies to create a Jail Diversion Program to divert individuals suffering from mental health issues from incarceration to the hospital where they can receive the care and treatment they need. This program was expanded to include a Veterans Mental Health Jail Diversion Program.

When did the Hospital Center open? The original Hospital Center, formerly known as Overbrook, was dedicated in 1905 under superintendent Dr. Daniel M. Dill and designed by the architectural firm of Hurd and Sutton. County Executive DiVincenzo understood that the old complex was no longer functional and needed to be updated. Under his leadership, the new Essex County Hospital Center opened on February 27, 2007.

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Frank Del Gaudio (left) was honored as one of the Essex County Italian Heritage Month honorees last month by Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. (third from left). Frank was accompanied at the ceremony by his parents, Frank and Mary Del Gaudio.

What is the Hospital Center’s mission? The Essex County Hospital Center is committed to providing cutting-edge psychiatric and behavioral health care and support for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness, and their families, in order to support their achievement of optimum wellness and recovery.

Who does the Hospital Center serve? The Essex County Hospital Center consists of a 180-bed intermediate specialty psychiatric hospital serving the residents of Essex, Passaic and Middlesex Counties. We serve as a bridge for those that require longer courses of treatment than can be provided by the local shortterm care mental health facilities.

What are the Division of Community Health Services offered? The Essex County Division of Community Health Services includes the Essex County Department of Health, Domestic Violence Assessment Center, support of the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, The Municipal Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Office of the Disabled, Intoxicated Driver Resource Center, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Special Child Health February 2022

Services including the Early Intervention Program providing services to thousands of Essex County children suffering from various forms of autism and mental disabilities.

What is something I haven’t asked that you want people to know about the Hospital Center? The Essex County Hospital Center currently employs 340 full- and parttime staff members who are extremely dedicated to providing the highest level of care to our patient population. The qualifications, certifications, and educational credentials of our staff contribute to our mission and passion for continuously working to improve patient care. We currently are accredited by the Joint Commission and the Medical Society of New Jersey as a provider of continuing medical education credits for physicians.

What is something unique that we wouldn’t know about the Hospital Center? We are currently planning for the 69th Holiday Concert in December where our patients and employees will perform various holiday favorites to celebrate the season. We also hold an annual Patient Carnival every May to promote Mental Health Awareness Month.


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Relaxation Tips to Relieve Stress Relax anytime and anyplace, no reservations required! 1. Breathe deeply from your belly,

which shoots oxygen through your bloodstream, relaxing you immediately. Slowing inhale through your nose, feeling the start in your abdomen and work up to the top of your head.

2. Smile! Even a fake grin sends nerve

impulses to a key emotional center in your brain, shifting you into calmness.

3. Massage the center of your palm in

circles with the opposable thumb. It works on reflex points, acting like a whole body mini-massage.

4. Getting angry? Take a quick walk, get up and stretch, or put the annoying caller on hold and count to 10 while breathing deeply.

5. Laugh…It releases tons of stress. By lowering cortisol, your body’s stress hormone and boosts endorphins, which help your mood.

6. Shake it off—stretch your arms and

shake your hands, fingers apart for 10-15 seconds. Imagine you are shaking off all the anger and stress of the day.

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ased on a recent study, 92% of the population suffers from at least one mineral or vitamin deficiency and founders of The Patch Brand, Gil Brozki and David Winthers, are passionate about educating consumers on elevating and simplifying overall wellness. The duo’s journey into the wellness space began when Gil, who is allergic to gluten and dairy, started to focus on improving his gut health and decreasing his anxiety and stress levels. They took their health into their own hands, and after years of R&D, The Patch Brand was ready to be shared. The Patch Brand—vitamin-infused patches with powerful ingredients that fit perfectly into fast-paced lifestyles—can help with sleep, energy, immunity, focus and stress. Unlike gummies and pills that only partially absorb into your system, this clean and simple alternative releases 100% of the vitamins by way of a small, discrete patch during a 24-hour period. The daily vitamin patches are made with the purest botanical blends used by herbalists for years and safely absorb into your body without any fillers or additives. The vitamin patches contain the same bioavailability as traditional capsules, without any of the side effects or harmful ingredients, steadily releasing pure vitamins over 24 hours to offer an even dose through the day or night. The image on the patch slowly disappears to indicate that

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

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

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June 2022

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Restaurant Guide

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



Cloverleaf Tavern


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

Dup Bap

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


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

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

Prime 94 SteakHouse and Grill 94 Fairfield Rd Fairfield, NJ 07004 973-575-4555 Traditional steakhouse

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

GLEN RIDGE Fitzgerald’s 1928 East Hanover Diner 275 NJ State Highway 10, East Hanover 973-884-8840 | Classic American Cuisine

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

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


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

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

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

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


Suburban Essex

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

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

Ike’s Bagel Cafe Cucina Calandra 216 US Highway 46 East, Fairfield 973-575-7720 Classic Italian

February 2022

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

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

Master Pizza 379 E Northfield Rd, Livingston 973-992-4500 | Specialty Pizza and Italian Cuisine

The Salad House of Livingston 639 W. Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston 973-721-3333 |

Sweet Basils’ Cafe 498 South Livingston Ave, Livingston 973-994-3600 | New American Cuisine

Ani Ramen House 511 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair 973-744-3960 | Asian Fusion Cuisine

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


277 Eisenhower Pkwy, Livingston 973-992-9300 | Mediterranean Fusion Cuisine

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

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Amanti Vino

Mezza Mediterranean


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

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

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







(973) 837-1660 February 2022




Restaurant Guide

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

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

199 Bellevue Ave, Upper Montclair 973-509-8878 Chinese cuisine



Ariane Kitchen & Bar

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge

706 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona 973-744-0533 | Seasonal. Delicious. Savory. Comfort food.

440 Parsonage Hill Rd, Short Hills 973-467-8882 A full service restaurant, bar & lounge


La Rocca Osteria

TS Ma Chinese Cuisine

21 Midland Ave, Montclair | 973-746-0707 Casual Italian Dining

Blue Hippo Coffee Co. 662 Bloomfield Ave, Verona | 972-433-7891 Breakfast, lunch and brunch

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

WEST ORANGE Marcel Laboratorio Kitchen 615 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair 973-746-6100 New American Cuisine

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

of Year the Tiger

11 Time Consecutive BEST OF ESSEX Winner!

Fresh, Healthy & Authentic!


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



Order Online at: 199 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair • 973.509.8878 Available for Take Out and Delivery Only INDOOR DINING NOW AVAILABLE IN WYCKOFF: 637 WYCKOFF AVENUE, WYCKOFF, NJ • 201.891.8878


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February 2022

318 Passaic Avenue, Fairfield, NJ 973-808-9400 Celebrate the Big Game in Our New Patio Room See our website for Game Day Catering




Suburban Essex

350 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange | 973-780-4572 American Fare

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

MamaDags 410 St. Cloud Ave, West Orange | 862-233-7557 Seafood + Pizza House

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




Nicholas Anthony’s Family Kitchen 450 Main St, West Orange | 862-520-1252 Italian Restaurant


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

Hair Salon.

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

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

Balanced Body Acupuncture

David Chad Beauty Salon

792 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove | 973-304-1506

333 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell 973-287-6718 |



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

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

Bloomfield Cooling & Heating

Kids & Family Dentistry

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

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

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.

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

Richard Bailey Interiors, LLC

The Eclectic Chic Boutique

973-429-2106 |

547 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042 | 862-221-0644


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Interior Design.

February 2022

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

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

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

Kitchen a la Mode 19 S Orange Ave, South Orange | 973-821-5145

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mamma Dags Seafood & Pizza House 410 St. Cloud Avenue, West Orange | 862.233.7557

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

February 2022


Diamond Minds

Bobby Collins

How’s Your Attitude? “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” —Mark Twain


very once in a while I get in a rut. I think everyone does now and then. The key is, how fast can you climb out and get back on track?

Sometimes it might be lack of energy. Maybe not enough sleep or not eating right. Or it could be that the people around you are bringing you down. Whatever the case may be—it all begins with an attitude adjustment and a plan of “action” to get back on track. Even the smallest action can ignite a movement in a positive direction. I would like to introduce you to Bobby Collins, whom I have known for over 30 years and is one of the funniest comics alive. He is ‘Mr. Positive’—If anyone knows how to recharge your attitude, Bobby’s the one. Here are a few of his thoughts on the subject: God first, family second, career third. God first. If you put one ahead of the other you always have to get back on where you got off. I have a lot of faith and sometimes things don’t work out my way and I get bummed

out, but my faith carries me through. I remind myself to stay strong and stay true rather than get sad and insecure. Family second. I have to say how rejuvenating it is hanging out with my family. Just seeing my wife’s smile; and hanging out and laughing with my kids. It’s the simple things that help us get back our energy and a resilient attitude that we often take for granted. Career third. I’m a performer, a comic. I travel throughout every city in every state. When I get up on stage there are people of all different nationalities and many different cultures. In the audiences, there are some faces that I can tell are right in the moment with me… I am so happy and they’re so happy they came to the show to change how they feel—to laugh and enjoy themselves. Then there are the other faces that are hiding. I can look out into the audience and it appears they are hurting, sad or maybe they are angry or insecure. I believe they came to the comedy club specifically so that my performance will turn them. Know that it’s ok to feel that way. We all feel those things sometimes… It makes me realize that we all can change our attitude for the better by focusing on making others around you feel better. Never underestimate the power of lifting up others as it in turn will end up lifting your spirits as well.”

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


Suburban Essex

February 2022

Barry Farber

“Come participate in the many recreational opportunities available for people of all ages as you enjoy the Essex County experience. You can learn about conservation and animals through exciting hands-on activities while visiting Essex County Turtle Back Zoo or our Environmental Center. Youngsters will have a fun-filled adventure when they attend one of our affordable camps at either facility. For a great physical challenge, hit the ice at Codey Arena in our ice skating camps. Every day brings something new in Essex!” – JOSEPH N. DIVINCENZO, JR.

Essex County Turtle Back Zoo

560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange 973-731-5800 The mission of Turtle Back Zoo Camp is to foster an appreciation for wildlife and the natural world through fun and educational activities. To further its mission of conservation, education and stewardship, campers will be introduced to the extraordinary world of animals, nature and science. Children will participate in age-appropriate camp activities that include games, teacherled lessons, behind-the-scenes visits, up-close animal encounters, hands-on science projects and fun crafts. During the summer, week-long summer camps for children entering kindergarten (and age 5) and grades 1-8 are offered. Camps run from 9am to 4pm with extended care options available. Extended care drop-off is no earlier than 8am, extended care pick-up is no later than 5pm and availability is limited. Camp fees are $450 to $475 per person per week. A fresh fruit or veggie snack is provided at all camp sessions; campers bring their own lunches or additional snacks. We do our best to host an allergen-free environment for our campers. The curriculum is repeated every week throughout the summer. Campers may sign up for multiple weeks if they desire. COVID regulations are strictly enforced for the health of our animals, staff and campers.

Essex County Codey Arena 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange 973-731-3828, Ext. 0

Summer Figure Skating Camp June 27 to August 5

Basic Skills 3 and up for ages 5 and older Full day sessions are from 8am to 3:30pm Half day sessions are from 8am to 12pm Camp includes on-ice and off-ice training, yoga, arts & crafts and more. There is a 10% discount for families with more than one child enrolled in the program. 973-731-3828 ext. 0 for more information.

Essex County Environmental Center 621B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland • 973-228-8776

Wilderness Skills Camp

Nature Explorers Summer Camp

For students in grades 5 through 8. Monday, July 11 to Friday, July 15 from 1:30-4:30pm

Pre-K and Kindergarten: July 11 to 22 from 9:30am-12:30pm Grades 1 and 2: July 25 to August 5 from 9:30am-1:30pm Grades 3 and 4: August 8 to August 19 from 9:30am-1:30pm

For children in grades 1 through 5. Restore the bond between children and nature. Children will have the opportunity to explore nature at the Essex County Environmental Center. Advance registration and payment are required. Cost is $160 per child for all three days OR $60 per child/per day.

Enjoy exploring and discovering woodland and river habitats for insects, birds, amphibians, Lenape life and much more. Sign up for one or two weeks per grade level. Advance registration and payment are required.

See a complete list of events at:

Putting Essex County First

The Essex County Park System was created in 1895 and is the first county park system established in the United States. The Park System consists of more than 6,000 acres and has 23 parks, five reservations, an environmental center, a zoo, Treetop Adventure Course, ice skating rink, roller skating rink, three public golf courses, golf driving range, two miniature golf courses, five off-leash dog facilities, a castle and the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens. Advertisement supported with a grant from the Essex County Parks Foundation, a private 501(c)3 organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the Essex County Parks System. Not printed at taxpayers’ expense.


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