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APRIL 2013

By Warren Westura

VOL. 21 NO. 3











Melanie Bowers, Livingston

Valerie Brannan, Cedar Grove

“Switching from winter to spring and summer clothes”.

“I always clean the closets.”




Lita Valdes, Roseland

Hank Traverso, Livingston

“I change all the décor in the house. The candles, the flowers… I decorate with spring colors.”

“I clean the porch.”









Jessica Epstein, Glen Ridge

Jill Morano, Livingston

“Apply mulch to the plant beds.”

“I guess changing your clothes, Putting away the winter clothes, putting away the winter stuff.”






Michal Barkai, Livingston

Leo Fasseas, Livingston

“My garden. That ‘s my first chore.”

“Backyard spring cleanup.”

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APRIL 2013



Exciting news and happenings in the area

10 SPRING INTO ACTION Time to get outside and shake your lawn and garden awake


Livingston Rotary Annual Food Tasting



33 Stettler Builders: Building Dream Homes and Lasting Relationships 35 Window Designs by Michele—Creates the Perfect Window Treatment


38 Spring Revival—Real Estate Market Shows Signs of Comeback 39 Town Profile—Millburn Township 40 Market Watch 41 Real Estate Home Sales—February 2013 42 On The Market—Three Beautiful Properties



50 Living with Arthritis

52 Ask the Expert—Dr. Janet Neigel 53 Health & Beauty Profile—Anagen Hair Solutions 59 Have You Heard… 61 Diamond Minds


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ince opening their doors in 1975, Upper Montclair’s Barbara Eclectic has earned a reputation for offering unique, high-quality women’s clothing and accessories. The store stocks items ranging from casual to formal—from scarves and accessories to dresses and pants—and offers each customer the best customer service possible. “We love to make each customer feel important,” owners Holly & Don Felber said. “We listen to them and help them choose great clothing, jewelry and accessories. We enjoy dressing our customers, giving them attention and helping them find things that compliment their lifestyle.” In 2011, Barbara Eclectic launched Village Vogue, an e-commerce branch of their business, which provides clients with the ability to browse their “extensive and eclectic” merchandise from anywhere. Village Vogue also ships all over the United States and beyond. Barbara Eclectic is located at 594 Valley Road in Upper Montclair and can be reached by calling 973-744-1217 or by visiting



ince its incorporation in 1813, Livingston township—which has a rich history of volunteerism— will honor its roots with a year of celebrations coordinated by the Livingston Bicentennial Committee. Events have been scheduled for each month of the year. The events began in January and February and honored the volunteers and families that founded the township. Future events include an April 11th visit from Governor Chris Christie, a Livingston native; a birthday party hosted during May’s Youth Appreciation Week; a larger fireworks display on July 4th; a town-wide picnic in September; and a Gala in October, where a book commemorating Livingston’s Bicentennial will be unveiled. Banners announcing the milestone anniversary will be displayed and daffodils will bloom throughout town. Additionally, pictorial displays and costumed residents will reenact moments from the township’s storied history and the library will hold programs and tours of historic areas of town. The Livingston Bicentennial Committee is located at 357 South Livingston Avenue and more information is available by visiting



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Century-Old Garden Thrives in Advance of Public Debut


hort Hills’ Greenwood Gardens will open to the public on a permanent basis on April 27th following completion of the garden’s first phase of restoration, according to Peter Blanchard III, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “As a culture, we need places like Greenwood Gardens, where people can come together to spend time and relax,” Blanchard said. “Whether the definition of relaxation be sitting on a bench or practicing yoga in the open air.” The Blanchard family has owned Greenwood Gardens since the 1950s and Blanchard, his wife Sofia and their son began the pro-

cess of revitalizing the gardens in 2000. The garden is now one of only 16 exceptional gardens endorsed by the Garden Conservancy. Visitors can expect activities ranging from horticulture, garden tours, and morning bird walks to flower arranging classes and jazz picnics. Volunteers are invited on Mondays and Wednesdays to help tend to the gardens. Greenwood Gardens is located at 274 Old Short Hills Road in Short Hills and will be open on Sundays thru Tuesdays from April 28 through October 29. For more information on Greenwood Gardens, please visit www. call 973258-4026.

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est Orange resident April Beer officiated the wedding ceremonies of three couples on top of the Empire State Building on February 14. The event, which was filmed as part of wedding guru Preston Bailey’s Valentine’s Day special, featured three separate ceremonies all officiated by Beer, an ordained Interfaith Minister and Life-Cycle Celebrant©. Beer, who’s friends and family have nicknamed her “The Rev of Love”, has been officiating wedding ceremonies for more than 8 years and was chosen by a member of Bailey’s team with whom she has worked in the past. Beer was given 10 days to work with the couples to design their ideal ceremonies. “It was a great honor being selected as the Officiant to preside over the Valentine’s Day Weddings at the iconic Empire State Building,” Beer said. “I had the pleasure of working with 3 wonderful couples, and created custom ceremonies that were based on each of their personalities, values and love for each other.” The show aired on the WE Channel on February 23 and March 2 at 8:30am. April can be reached at 973-865-3740 or by visiting

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Spring into Action Time to get outside and shake your lawn and garden awake


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hose first few buds and that unexpected mild day remind us how much we missed spring through the long winter. now that the warm weather is here, it’s time to get the yard ready for the hours you will enjoy outside. But because of the storms that hit our area last fall, this spring cleanup may be a little different from those in the past. “Many trees and shrubs were damaged and uprooted last fall,” says Jason Sponzilli of the Sponzilli Landscape group in Fairfield. “Many of those trees and shrubs will have to be replaced or an unsightly tree stump removed.”

once you have repaired the obvious damage, start making a list of how to improve your lawn, gardens and outdoor living areas. “one good thing to do this time of year is to power wash stone patios and walkways,” says Eric Von Hoffmann of Von Hoffmann Landscape Architecture in Montclair. “The power washer will blow out the dirt and weeds. Then you can add new stone dust to the joints to give the walk or patio a fresh look.” Here’s a checklist of other chores that our experts recommend: • remove winter debris from flower beds and lawns. • Dig any new beds you have planned. • Work compost into planting beds. • prune and fertilize roses • Look up and check for damaged tree branches before they are hidden by leaves. prune or have a professional prune away the damaged branches. • Edge planting beds. This makes the whole yard look better and makes maintenance easier later. • plan and make a note to order the spring bulbs you will plant in the fall to bloom next spring • Seed new lawns and reseed bare spots.



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“For lawns, a good way to get started this spring is to put down an organic fertilizer and some crab grass control,” says Jason Sponzilli. “organic lawn care is becoming more and more popular.” Sponzilli Landscape group is an authorized BeeSafe dealer and applicator. BeeSafe is an organic turf care system that feeds and enhances a lawn without the use of chemicals. According to BeeSafe, organic treatments provide a rich, lush lawn that requires less watering and less mowing. “if you shop at a grocery store such as Whole Foods, you are mindful of what you are putting in your body,” says Jason Sponzilli. “if you have children or pets, you should be mindful of what you are putting on your lawn because it can get tracked into the house.”

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For additions to your yard, such as patios, walkways and new flower beds, start jotting down ideas and drawing up plans. “technically, now is a good time to get started on yard projects like patios, retaining walls and walkways,” says peter De Franco of De Franco and Sons in pine Brook. “That way by the time vacation time rolls around and the kids are out of school, the project is done, the construction equipment is out of the driveway and the yard is yours.” As with any major home improvement, the materials, colors and style of a new outdoor living area and plantings should meet your needs and complement the style and look of the house and the neighborhood. For a design that contains multiple improvements, work in phases. “take the design and start with the phase that is most important to you and one that meets your budget,” says ron Lang of garden Masters in glen ridge. “it’s not like buying an expensive car where you can’t buy it in phases. if you are designing an outdoor living space or redoing your entire yard, you can do it in several different phases.”


Because each yard has different needs, you may be unsure about what to plant, when to plant, or how to take care of your yard. For answers, you may visit the cooperative extension program at rutgers at www.njaes. There you will find lawn and garden information and contacts for the various Master gardener programs in the area. Master gardeners are people who have been trained at rutgers and who can answer any gardening questions you may have. s

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he arrival of spring signals a round of thorough cleaning and de-cluttering for many people. Often overlooked are the gutters and downspouts. Make sure they are free of debris and drain smoothly. A clogged gutter can allow water from heavy spring rains to back up under the roof shingles, causing leaks inside the house. To clear gutters, wear work gloves and make sure the ladder is level and stable. Spring is also the time to clean out attics, basements, sheds and garages. If possible, remove everything, clean the space and then install shelving and other storage devices to make the space more efficient. “Many people find it very stressful to go through and dispose of their unwanted items,” says Louis Mauriello of Champion Waste Removal. “We aim to take the pain out of the project by helping our clients organize their junk. We assist them in donating or selling anything that qualifies, and educate them on what we can recycle for them. Everything else is disposed of in the most eco-friendly way possible.” For hazardous materials, such as paint solvents, antifreeze and pesticides, take advantage of the Essex County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on May 4. Go to for a list of acceptable and unacceptable items. Morris County residents can call 973-829-8006 for instructions on dealing with hazardous materials. s


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SUNDAY, APRIL 7 Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Ballet I The Trocks (as they are affectionately known) reign supreme as the world’s foremost all-male comic ballet troupe, dancing a fine line between high art and camp. 3pm. Prudential Hall, NJPAC, One Center Street, Newark. Call 973-642-8989 or visit


Todd Doney Art Exhibit at Morris Museum

Wisdom Speaks: A Poetry Party of Youth and Aging Join the Adult School of Montclair to read and write poems of youth, aging and life’s wisdom. Explore life lessons learned, the sorrows and joys of the passage of time in a supportive and enriching environment. 1-4pm. Instructor: Marian Calabro. Montclair Public Library, 50 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair. Call 973-746-6636 or register at:

Primary Essence: Ben Georgia For painter Ben Georgia, abstraction offers the possibility of a fresh mode of communication. Georgia seeks a language that surpasses representation and the fleeting concerns of the moment, reaching towards expressing the emotional depths of human experience. Runs through June 4. Orbit 2 Gallery, Rutgers University, 350 Martin Luther King Junior Blvd., Newark. Call 973-353-1610.

The exhibition, titled Nature Sublime: Landscape Painting by Todd L. W. Doney, features more than 20 of Doney’s works depicting New Jersey’s Great Swamp. Doney’s artwork features a variety of landscapes inspired from his own backyard—the Great Swamp Wildlife Refuge. Runs through June 23. The Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown. For more information, visit

Tot Time at The Early School Fall 2013 Openings Toddlers participate with their parent/caregiver with paints, play dough, crafts, cooking and other fine motor activities. Mondays or Tuesdays. 9:30-11am, The Early School in the Louis and Emily Slater Youth and Education Center at Temple B’nai Abraham, 300 E. Northfield Road, Livingston. Call 973-994-7016 or visit for information regarding Tot Time or for a tour of The Early School.

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April 2013

Chinese Opera Painting Exhibit Exhibition, in conjunction with William Paterson University’s 2013 Cross-Cultural Arts Festival: North And East Asia, Organized by Liu Haisu Art Museum in Shanghai, China. The link between Chinese ink painting and traditional Chinese opera is explored in the exhibition Play Ink—Ink Play: Chinese Opera Painting. Runs through April 12. William Paterson University Galleries, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne. Call 973-720-2000 for information.

No Place Like Home Exhibit The home is not only where the heart is, but also a site for politics and the imagination. This exhibition includes work of contemporary artists grappling with the physical and psychological implications of “home.” Through April 4. Main Gallery, Rutgers University, 350 Martin Luther King Junior Blvd., Newark. Call 973-353-1610. (continued on page 15) indicates family/child friendly event.

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Nano: The Science of the Super Small Hands-on exhibits present the basics of nanoscience and engineering, introduce some real world applications, and explore the societal and ethical implications of this new technology. Runs through Dec. 31. The Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark. Call 973-596-6550 or visit

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Yoga at Van Vleck Jennifer Hondru-Celestin’s instruction emphasizes harmony and connection, with insight into body, breath and mind. Classes are open to students at all levels. Full series runs through June 17. 9:30-10:45am, 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair. To register, call 973-744-4752 or e-mail

Studio Montclair Exhibit Opening The State of the Art 2013, features the most recent work of 75 SMI members. The galleries are open to the public 7 am to 7pm Monday through Friday. Runs through April 22. SMI @ Academy Square Gallery, 22 Plymouth Street, Montclair. Call 973-744-1818 or visit

Youth Orchestras of Essex County Auditions The Youth Orchestra is the longest operating youth orchestra in NJ dedicated to bringing an affordable, high-level orchestra experience to musically talented students ages 7-18. Register by April 15; auditions begin May 20. For information and audition requirements, visit or contact Debra Courtright at 973-618-9288

Celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the famous and controversial 1913 Armory Show with a major exhibition that opens exactly 100 years to the day from the original. Runs through June 16. Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair. Call 973-746-5555 or visit

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2 Quality of Life Issues Lecture Series Often following treatment for cancer, patients find that they need support that is different from their needs while in active treatment. Join a free sixpart Cancer Survivorship Lecture Series entitled “Project H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Patients Excel).” 6:30-8pm. Leon & Toby Cooperman Jewish Community Center (JCC) MetroWest, 760 Northfield Ave, West Orange. Call 973-322-2668.


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Turtle Tots Outdoor adventures designed to expose preschoolers to woodland wonders through hikes, exploratory investigations, stories and environmental games. Ages 3-5. 9am-12pm. Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, 324 Forest Drive South, Short Hills. Call 973-376587 or visit for dates and times.

Passover/Yizkor Services will be held. All are welcome to attend. 10am. Temple B’nai Abraham, 300 E. Northfield Road, Livingston. For more information, contact the Temple office at 973-994-2290 or visit

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3 Oaks and Acorns

Discussion Group Stimulating discussions, interesting conversation and a warm, welcoming gathering of people is what you’ll find every Tuesday evening of the calendar year, 7:30pm, Then “The Socrates Café” meets at The Montclair Inn, 27 Hillside Avenue, Montclair. Light refreshments served. Call 201-488-3254 for more information.

Raccoon Club Includes exploratory games and active investigations. Please dress appropriately for outdoor activities and hikes. 1st and 2nd graders. 3:304:30pm. Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, 324 Forest Drive South, Short Hills. Call 973-376-587 or visit for dates and times.

Take nature walks, tell stories and sing songs, and create one-of-a-kind art projects. Ages 3-5. 1-2pm. Also 10th & 17. Education Center, ReevesReed Arboretum,165 Hobart Avenue, Summit. Call 908-273-8787.

Little Explorers This child-caregiver class uses stories, walks and crafts to develop an awareness and appreciation for science and nature for the child as well as the caregiver. Each week, a different nature or science topic is covered. 2 year olds, 9:30-10:15am. 3 year olds, 11am-12pm. 4&5 year olds, 1:30-2:30pm. Also the 17th. The Essex County Environmental Center, 621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland. For more information, call 973-228-8776. (continued on page 19)

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Movie Viewing Argo starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston & Alan Arkin. Rated R, Running Time–120 minutes. 1pm. Cedar Grove Library, 1 Municipal Plaza, Cedar Grove. Call 973-239-1447 for information.

Tai Chi at Van Vleck Join Miriam Moran Shankman for Tai Chi in the beautiful Van Vleck House. Tai Chi is a centuries-old internal Chinese martial art practiced in a meditative, slow, gentle and graceful sequence of movements that has been shown to enhance health, relaxation and self-cultivation. Tai Chi may be adapted to suit nearly anyone, regardless of physical condition. Full series runs through June 26 (no class May 15). 9:30 - 10:30 am, 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair. To register, call 973-744-4752 or e-mail

Perinatal Bereavement Support Group A free group for those who have experienced a loss during pregnancy or the death of a newborn. 7:30am, Saint Barnabas Medial Center, 94 Old Short Hills Road, Livingston. Registration required at 973-322-5745.

Yogi Berra & Ron Guidry Booksigning Yogi Berra and Ron Guidry will both sign copies of the acclaimed new book by Harvey Araton, ”Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra and Ron Guidry and Baseball’s Greatest Gift.” 6-7:30pm. Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair. Call 973-655-2378.

“What’s New at Machu Picchu” Lecture Today, the two most important unresolved issues associated with Machu Picchu are: (1) the future status of artifacts removed from Peru by Hiram Bingham and (2) how best to protect the site in the face of ever increasing tourist numbers and competing commercial interests. Dr. Kus has visited Machu Picchu over 20 times since 1970 and has been involved in efforts to return the artifacts to Peru. 7pm. Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Ave, Montclair. Call 973-746-5555 or visit

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THURSDAY, APRIL 4 George Inness and the Poetry of Place This presentation will grapple with the somewhat paradoxical way in which the terrain of Montclair inspired the artist and amateur philosopher George Inness to produce some of the greatest contributions to nineteenth-century American art. This lecture is in conjunction with the year long MSU series, Jersey: A Sense of Place. Presented by Dr. Adrienne Baxter Bell. 7pm. Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair. Call 973-746-5555 or visit

Danceworks 2013 The repertory for this concert explores the theme of “Myth and Transformation,” anchored by Martha Graham’s powerful women’s chorus from Night Journey, a choreographic retelling of the story of Oedipus. April 4 & 5 at 7:30pm, April 6 & 7 at 2pm, April 6 at 8pm. Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair. Call 973-6554000 or visit

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, stars of the TV series, Whose Line Is It Anyway, perform an evening of improvised comedy. Using their quick wit, Colin and Brad take suggestions from the audience to create hilarious and original scenes—just like a live version of Whose Line! 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South Street, Morristown. To purchase tickets, please call 973-539-8008.

Used Book & Music Sale The College Women’s Club of Montclair (a branch of AAUW) presents a huge Used Book & Music Sale The sale includes hardcovers, paperbacks, LPs, CDs, DVD Audio and Video Tapes, Sheet Music, Software and Ephermera. Proceeds from the sale fund scholarship awards for local students. Runs through April 14. 26 Park Street, Montclair. For further information and times, e-mail or call 973-783-7040.


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Dr. Robert Hamblin Poetry Reading 12noon. Caldwell College, The Westervelt Lecture Hall, Werner Hall, 120 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell. Free. E-mail or call Alison Self at 973-618-3607.

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Explore Evergreens Ulysses Dietz, Chief Curator and Curator of Decorative Arts at The Newark Museum, will be giving a tour of the Charles Shultz House—Evergreens for its reopening this spring. 7-8:30pm. The Charles Shultz House, 30 North Mountain Ave, Montclair. Call 973-744-1796 for information.

Poetry Fest 2013 Open Mic Nights Listen to local poets and spoken word artists read and perform their own work. Free. Elijah Brown, emcee. 5:30-8:30pm, East Orange Library. (Also on April 10, 5:308:30pm at Montclair Public Library. And April 24, 5-8pm at Newark Public Library.) Call 973-7466636 for information or register at Jerry Lewis, star of stage, screen, and beloved the telethon host will bring an evening of memories, film clips, songs and fun culled from his long career. He is an American comedian, actor, singer, film producer, screenwriter and film director. 7pm, bergenPAC, 30 N. Van Brunt Street, Englewood. To purchase tickets, visit,, or call 201-227-1030.

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Led by Rabbi Clifford Kulwin, “By Blood” by Ellen Ullman will be discussed. 7:30pm, Temple B’nai Abraham, 300 E. Northfield Road, Livingston. Reservations are requested at 973-994-2290 or

FRIDAY, APRIL 5 Performance by Noreen Grey Lienhard Noreen a jazz pianist, vocalist, composer, will perform jazz standards and original compositions. 1:30pm. Montclair Women’s Club, 82 Union Street, Montclair. Call 973-2266043 for information.

Talk Presentation Temple Emanu-El of West Essex has invited Norbert Bikales to present a talk at their Yom Hashoah service at 8pm, titled “Unsung Heroes: Jews saving Jewish Children”. Temple Emanu-El of West Essex, 264 W. Northfield Road, Livingston. Call 973-992-5560 or visit

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New Jersey Symphony Orchestra This NJSO program includes two masterworks by Strauss— Don Juan and Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration)—as well as works by Debussy and Messiaen. Susanna Malkki, conductor, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano. 8pm. Prudential Hall, NJPAC, One Center Street, Newark. Call 973642-8989 or visit

Friday Night Comfort Food Cooking Class Charlie Daniels is skilled at playing the guitar, fiddle and mandolin and is best know for his most famous hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Special guest Dusty Gray Band. 8pm. Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood. Call 201-227-1030 or visit

An Evening with Jerry Lewis: “Dean & Me” Legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis returns home to New Jersey to provide a retrospective of his career that features classic film clips, a Q&A session and rarely seen behind-the-scenes home movies taken by Jerry Lewis with Dean Martin. 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South Street, Morristown. For tickets call 973-539-8008 or visit

Stone Sour Performs Stone Sour doesn’t play it safe on their fourth offering, House of Gold & Bones. Special guests, In This Moment and Hell or Highwater. 8pm. The Wellmont Theatre, 5 Seymour St, Montclair. Visit for information.

Menu highlights: garlic bread fries with cheese fondue; salt and pepper tempura shrimp; herb roasted chicken wings; creamy mac and cheese with lobster; Italian meatball sliders and tunnel of hazelnut fudge cake. 6:30-9:30pm. Kings Cooking Studio, 778 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills. Call 973258-4009 or visit

The Vagina Monologues V-Day Montclair presents a benefit production of Eve Ensler’s Obie-award winning play The Vagina Monologues in conjunction with the V-Day campaign to end violence against women and girls. Come join us for an evening of entertainment, activism, and empowerment as we raise funds and awareness to end violence against women and girls. Also on April 6. 8pm, Memorial Auditorium at Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair. To purchase tickets, visit

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Artistic Director Douglas Martin tackles Stravinsky’s influential and provocative score, The Rite of Spring, on the centennial of its controversial premiere, and gives the ballet’s ceremonial pagan sacrifice narrative a twist. 8pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. Call 973-2751114 or email

Historic Trolley Tours Knowledgeable guides take you on a 45-minute journey, pointing out 118 years of history hidden within Essex County Branch Brook Park’s structure and design. Tours leave on the hour from the Essex County Cherry Blossom Welcome Center, Branch Brook Park Extension on the following dates: April 5, 7, 12, 13, 19 & 21. Call 973-239-2495 or visit www. for times.

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Featuring Montclair mime and movement artist Yass Hakoshima, pipa virtuoso Min Xiao-Fen and the Sirius Quartet. “Meian” showcases Hakoshima’s expressive and eloquent human movement, enhanced by his artful use of masks, or Noh-techniques, to illustrate the light and dark sides of moral dilemma. 7:30pm. The Westminster Arts Center at Bloomfield College, 449 Franklin Avenue, Bloomfield. For reservations call 973-783-9845 or visit

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Children love to sing, and this class will help young voices grow in an encouraging and personal environment. Included in this class are warm-ups, breathing exercises, sight-singing, note recognition, introduction to music theory and performance techniques. Baird Community Center, 5 Mead Street, Township of South Orange Village, South Orange. Visit



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The journey of the rabbit and boy shows us the meaning of friendship, the importance of long lasting relationships, and the value of knowing how to love and be loved. 4pm. Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood. Call 201-227-1030 or visit

Siblings Class Women’s Health/Parent Education at Saint Barnabas offers a class for the whole family designed to promote a good feeling about the hospital and provide children with realistic expectations of newborn babies. The fee is $40 per family. 9am, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, 94 Old Short Hills Road, Livingston. Registration is required at

Ben E. King Performs Best known for his hit song “Stand By Me,” Ben E. King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame as a member of The Drifters and has also been nominated as a solo artist. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. Call 973-275-1114 or email

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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Ballet I The Trocks (as they are affectionately known) reign supreme as the world’s foremost all-male comic ballet troupe, dancing a fine line between high art and camp. 3pm. Prudential Hall, NJPAC, One Center Street, Newark. Call 973-642-8989 or visit

Documentary Film—Nicholas Winton: The Power of Good

It’s a soapy spectacular loaded with visual comedy, quick wit and big band music, not to mention big beautiful bubbles. 1 and 3pm. Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood. Call 201-227-1030 or visit

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The Temple B’nai Abraham family will gather to commemorate Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) with a service at 5:00 PM. Guest speaker will be Temple member Jill Tejeda, widely recognized as an innovator in Holocaust education. 5pm, Temple B’nai Abraham, 300 E. Northfield Road, Livingston. For more information, please call 973-994-2290.

The film is the story of Sir Nicholas Winton whose self-sacrifice and courage saved 669 children from Central Europe during the Holocaust. 6:45pm. Following the film and discussion will be a Memorial Service for those who perished in the Holocaust. B’nai Shalom, 300 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange. Call 973-731-7984.

Montclair Women’s Club Celebrates 98 Years Montclair Women’s Club will celebrate its 98th birthday with a musical program. Jane Eliasof, the Administrative Director of the Montclair Historical Society will discuss the Historical Society’s African American YWCA project. Montclair Women’s Club, 82 Union Street, Montclair. For info, call Diana 973-783-6222.



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Etty-One Woman Show In commemoration of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Luna Stage is proud to present Etty, Susan Stein’s critically-acclaimed one woman show adapted from the diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum. Etty is directed by theater veteran Austin Pendleton. 3&7pm. Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange. Call 973395-5551 for information.

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Lee Eun Mi, also known as “The Barefoot Diva” amongst her fans, made her debut in 1992 as a solo artist. Since her debut, she has been praised for her strong vocal talents and she never lost her focus on performing in front of an audience. 7pm. Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood. Call 201-227-1030 or visit

Each Monday, Saint Barnabas offers a free support group led by a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in post partum adjustment. Topics include transitioning to parenthood, mood changes, baby blues vs. postpartum depression and myths of motherhood. A Breastfeeding Support Group follows. 10am, Saint Barnabas Wellness Institute at the JCC MetroWest, 760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange. Online registration is required at


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An interactive music program for parents and their babies, 3-11 months, offered on Mondays for an 8-week session. Also on April 15, 22, and 29. 10:3011:15am, The Early School in the Louis and Emily Slater Youth and Education Center of Temple B’nai Abraham, 300 E. Northfield Road, Livingston. Please contact Debbie Ziering at 973-994-2290 for more information or visit

Be part of the Adult School of Montclair’s Poetry Fest 2013. Write poems inspired by food and drink while eating and drinking! Poems can be written as recipes, as odes like Pablo Neruda’s “Ode to a Tomato” or as a memory of epicurean delight. This class includes a three-course meal and a glass of wine or beer. Registrants must be at least 21 years of age. 6:30-8:30pm. Space is limited. Instructor: Carole Stone. Bar Cara Restaurant, 1099 Broad Street, Bloomfield. Call 973-746-6636 for information or register at

Meditation Night for Women Reduce stress, relieve anxiety, obsessive thinking and improve your mood. It yields physical, psychological and spiritual benefits. Meditation brings us not only to totally new inner experiences, but helps us also to transform our day-to-day life into a better, more meaningful and more fulfilling life. Advanced Registration Required. Advanced Counseling & Coaching Services, 320A Bloomfield Ave, Verona. Register at or call 973-857-9090.

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Spring Water Color Classes Margie Samuels, a West Caldwell artist and art teacher, offers watercolor classes for both adults and teens. Three sections of classes will be held: Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and Thursday evenings. All classes will meet in her studio in, West Caldwell. Call 973-403-9374 or visit to receive a class schedule and materials list.

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Wonderfully funny with fabulous music and raise-your-eyebrows dance numbers, it’s a perfectly shaped evening of madcap merriment. Through May 5. Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn. Call box office 973.376.4343 or visit for information.

Temple B’nai Abraham Sisterhood Game Night Individuals & New Players are most welcome. Snacks, beverages & door prizes. Players choice: mah jongg, canasta, bridge, rummikub, or scrabble. Bring cards & sets to play your game of choice. Mah Jongg & Canasta teachers available for beginners. 7pm, Temple B’nai Abraham, 300 E. Northfield Avenue, Livingston. To RSVP, call 973-994-2290 or visit

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Park Bench Program Parents with young children will enjoy MAM Park Bench, a program that introduces children to the Museum and serves as an artistic social outing. Get acquainted with other parents and young children, work on fun art projects, and take a guided tour of the Museum. Storytelling provided in the galleries courtesy of the Montclair Public Library. 9:3011:30pm. Every 2nd Wednesday of the month with a new theme. April’s theme is Repetition. Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair. Call 973-746-5555 or visit

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Along with selections by Shostakovich, Dvořák and Mozart, the Shanghais welcome internationally renowned soprano Ying Huang to perform selections from ChinaSong. 7:30-9pm. Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair. Call 973-655-4000 or visit

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SchoolTime: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle Students are introduced to the magic of live theater when Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia brings its whimsical adaptation of three stories by children’s book author and illustrator Eric Carle. Grades PreK-2. Also April 12 & 14. 10am and 12:30pm. Victoria Theater, NJPAC, One Center Street, Newark. Call 973-642-8989 or visit

FRIDAY, APRIL 12 ‘Kitchen Little’ Cooking Club In this exciting class, we will explore how to cook some of nature’s produce. Join us in the kitchen as we measure, mix and bake some special healthy treats. 10:45am-12pm. Ages 3-5. Meet in Garibaldi Hall, The Essex County Environmental Center, 621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland. Advance registration required. Call 973-228-8776.

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The star-studded benefit concert will feature jazz headliners. Proceeds will benefit the My Sandy Hook Family Fund and the Ana Grace Fund in Newtown, Connecticut. 7:309:30pm. Rose Auditorium, Newark Academy, 91 South Orange Avenue, Livingston. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact Newark Academy Jazz Director Julius Tolentino at

Maura and Pete Kennedy have traversed a broad musical landscape, surveying power pop, acoustic songwriting, organic rock rooted in their early days in Austin. On their newest release, “Closer Than You Know”, The Kennedys strike out into new territory, this time inspired by a sojourn in Paris, where they immersed themselves in the turn of another century. Special guest Edward Rogers. 8pm. Outpost in the Burbs, Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 67 Church Street, Montclair. Call 973-744-6560 or visit

“The Oldest Ism” Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin, New Jersey Director of the Anti-Defamation League will be the Scholar in Residence for the weekend and the guest speaker, “The Oldest Ism” at the 8pm Shabbat service. 8pm, Temple Sholom of West Essex, 760 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove. Please RSVP with the temple office at 973-239-1321 or




rinity Academy of Caldwell mark its theatre program’s 20th Anniversary with a performance of “The Wizard of Oz” on April 11 & 12. The production, produced and directed by Kelly King, will feature fifth through eighth graders who are members of the Drama club. King, who’s family founded the Drama Club in 1994, has been instrumental in orchestrating past performances such as, “Ducktails and Bobbysocks,” the program’s premiere production. All programs from previous productions will be on display, and King has put a call out to all those previously involved with the program to attend as special guests of the cast and crew. Tickets will be available at the door. Trinity Academy’s Caldwell The Wizard of Oz campus is located at 235 April 11 & 12, 2013 Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell. Trinity Academy’s Caldwell campus They can be reached by calling 235 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell 973-226-3386 or by visiting 973-226-3386 s Art in Bloom

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This year, more than 30 floral designers from New Jersey and New York join us for a remarkable collaboration of art and floral arrangements inspired by art from the permanent collection of the Museum. Through April 16. Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Ave, Montclair. Call 973-746-5555 or visit

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Treasured Stories Family Workshop An Irish folk singer drawing on the Neil Young songwriting tradition, Declan O’Rourke is a product of the folk-rock busking tradition which produced Damien Dempsey, Mundy, and Paddy Casey. 8pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. Call 973-275-1114 or email info@

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ustomer satisfaction is the hallmark of Stettler Builders, Inc. a company that prides itself on a large number of repeat customers. Stettler Builders, Inc., built its reputation by providing one-stop shopping, performing high-quality work, and being sensitive to the homeowner’s needs, all of which have allowed the company to not only survive, but also to flourish, for 33 years. Located in Montclair, the company is a full-service residential building contractor that provides general contracting services and also performs restorations and renovations of both vintage and traditional homes. Stettler Builders, Inc., provides one-stop shopping for these homes by performing interior and exterior work that includes additions and alterations, interior design, and decorating. “We’ve always focused on vintage homes and buildings and renovations,” says Dennis Sansiveri, President of Stettler Builders. “That’s what we specifically do. There’s never been a line of other things.” This laser-sharp focus has allowed the company to excel in its chosen area. Stettler Builders has its own custom cabinet

and millwork department, allowing the company to provide matching details that other companies can’t, according to Sansiveri. In addition, 33 years of experience gives the company a competitive edge. “We’ve seen everything in old homes that we’re going to see,” says Sansiveri. “We have experience in all aspects of the field, and we can match the existing details in a 100-year-old house.” As a result, Sansiveri says, “At the completion of the job, most homeowners say they can’t tell where the old house ends and the new house begins.” This level of attention to detail speaks for itself and is one reason Stettler Builders has many repeat customers. Sansiveri notes that the company has recently completed renovations for a customer who originally contracted with them 16 years ago. Stettler Builders has also worked on homes that were eventually sold and whose new owners hired them to come back and perform additional renovations. The range of exterior services provided by the company includes roofing, porches, patios, decks and siding, in addition to columns, steps, and railings. Stettler Builders can also build tennis courts, pools and spas,

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and provide heated driveways and walkways. Interior services include flooring, ceilings, wine cellars, stairs, and railings. From great rooms and home theatres to mudrooms and gourmet kitchens, Stettler Builders can modernize entire homes or provide restoration, while maintaining historical elements. The company can also provide custom millwork and cabinets for kitchen and butler pantries, closets and dressing rooms, and curved staircases and railings. In addition, Stettler Builders provides built-in cabinets for dining rooms, bathrooms, and media centers. The company’s finishing services include tile and stone designs, interior designing and decorating, as well as space planning and layouts and house staging. As an established company that continues to be relevant in the 21st Century, Sansiveri notes that the greatest challenge the company faces is trying to keep the architecture and quality that homeowners want without allowing the cost of the job to be prohibitive. Sansiveri concludes, “It’s a delicate balancing act to do a great job on the client’s budget.” s Stettler Builders Montclair, NJ • 973-746-2719 April 2013 33

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ichele Trechak has spent over two decades creating beautiful window treatments for homes throughout New York and Northern New Jersey. When working with a client, however, she considers herself both a detective and a designer. Michele, whose motto is “It’s all about you,” believes in really getting to know a client’s personality and lifestyle before making any specific recommendations during her free in-home consultations. She explains, “When a new client calls or e-mails me, I prefer to call him or her back, so they can tell me about the project in detail. Then, when I go to their home, I ask a lot of questions so that I can figure out what they want from their window treatment. Do they want privacy or light control? Warm layers, a light and airy look or a bold statement? On many occasions, a client has no idea what he or she wants. This is no problem for Michele; she simply does a bit more sleuthing. She also comes prepared, bringing to a consultation her own portfolio of previous projects, as well as sample books of shades and blinds or fabric swatches for curtains and drapes, depending on what the client has indicated during the initial phone conversation. Michele is a fan of the high-end Photo by Dan Epstein Hunter Douglas brand, carrying HD products and offering new clients who email her a free copy of their book The Art of Window Dressing. In addition to Hunter Douglas, though, she also carries lower-cost brands. Often, when going through the portfolio or sample books, a client will have an “aha!” moment. This makes Michele very happy: “I just love it when a customer says ‘Yes, that’s it!’ Then I feel like I’ve done my job. I really want my clients to have fun throughout this process.” She also wants them to be thrilled with the end product. To guard against any unpleasant surprises, she notes, “I will go to great lengths and expense to show them exactly what their order will look like.” These include photos, pieces of wood poles, and physical samples of the blinds or shades chosen. Once a client has figured out — Michele Trechak what he or she wants, Michele will take measurements and get back to him or her with a price quote, generally within a few days. When fabrication of the treatments is completed, the customer will be contacted by Larry Archambault to arrange an appointment for installation. Larry, who is a certified professional installer, meticulously installs every treatment to the customer’s satisfaction. Michele works with several drapery workrooms to custom-create the curtains, drapery and top treatments. Whichever type of treatment a customer chooses, Michele will work hard to ensure that he or she will be thrilled with the result. After all, she concludes, “This is not just how I make a living; this is my life.” For a copy of the Hunter Douglas book, please e-mail 

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Opening the Real Estate World to Buyers & Sellers

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By Fran J. Donegan

After four years of surviving with a faint pulse, the local real estate market shows signs of coming back to life.


he ice on the Orange Reservoir isn’t the only thing that has thawed as we go deeper into spring. The local housing market shows signs of loosening up and nowhere is this more evident than in the sales of new homes. “Believe it or not, the market is stronger than it has been in the last few years,” says Gary Hayum, one of the owners along with Joseph Feldman of Highview Development Associates LLC in Millburn. “There are a lot of young couples looking for the type of home we build.” A number of developers and realtors in the area echo those sentiments. Rich Romano of Royal Wave Development in Short Hills, whose company is developing townhomes and condos in Madison, says he is seeing interest from empty nesters. “These people are looking to simplify their lives,” Romano says. “They have a home here as well as Florida or somewhere else. They tend to travel a little more, and they don’t want to worry about mowing the lawn or shoveling snow, so townhome and condo living appeals to them.”


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What are the features the typical home buyer wants? Easy transportation to New York and good school systems are two draws to the area, another is layout. One popular design feature, according to a survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) of over 3,000 new home shoppers, is a kitchen open to the family room. Seventy-four percent favored that type of layout. The desire for a formal living room is disappearing among new home shoppers, with 37 percent saying they would buy a house that does not have a formal living room. Other most wanted features include energy-efficient construction and appliances, laundry rooms, wireless security systems, home

theaters and wireless home audio systems. In kitchens, buyers want table space for eating, wood cabinets, natural stone counters and walkin pantries. Master suites should have a separate tub and showers, jetted tubs and double vanities. Outside, buyers look for exterior lighting and some sort of patio or deck for entertaining and relaxing. “The biggest change we have seen is that buyers today are more savvy then ever,” says Jodi Rubenstein of Coldwell Banker, Short Hills whose team has worked with Hayum on many of his projects. “They have access to more information because of the internet. When they come to look at a house, they arrive informed.” Another change is the interest in multigenerational housing. According to Karen Bigos, “Many buyers come from out of the area, and about 40 to 50 percent come from other countries.” Whether it is for an extended family living together or for visitors, “a nice bedroom or even a suite for parents on the first floor is a big plus, Bigos says. “When people from another country come to visit, they don’t come for a week, they often come for months.” s


he average new house grew to 2,5325 square feet last year, up from 2,362 square feet as recently as 2009. The typical buyer wants three or four bedrooms, a large master suite (sometimes two master suites), multiple bathrooms, storage space, media rooms and bonus rooms although this trend has modified somewhat. That is a national average. At the upper end of the market, houses tend to be larger. For exam-

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“After a tough four years, banks are now lending, interest rates are still low, consumer confidence is higher and there is a shortage of inventory,” says Karen Bigos of Towne Realty Group in Short Hills. “The market is healthier. I think all of the train-line towns are healthier.”

ple, Highview Development Associates used to build 10,000 square-foot houses in Short Hills, they now concentrate on homes in the 5,000 square-foot range. Not small by any means, but considering the dynamics of the Short Hills market, cutting the typical house size in half is a major step. “people want to be in Short Hills because of the school system,” says Hayum, so they will take a smaller house with lower property taxes


so that they can live here. Instead of increasing the size of the house, we have raised the level of the interior finish work. In other words we provide quality rather than quantity.” That approach jibes with the respondents of the NAHB survey. When asked about tradeoffs, 62 percent of buyers said they would take a smaller house with high-quality products and amenities over a larger house. In the end, buyers want quality homes. s

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63 Brookside Ave 23 Oak Grove Rd 11 Bowers Rd

300,000 465,000 649,900

Cedar Grove

33 Devonshire Rd 451 Fairview Ave 92 Little Falls Rd

219,900 399,000 619,000

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24 Hillbury Rd


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70 Essex Ave 315,000 69 Osborne St 539,000 389 Ridgewood Ave 1,550,000


homes were sold in February, close to the 95 sold in January. The average sale price rose 1% from January, from $455,100 to $461,500, while the median price dropped by 1%, from $379,000 to $375,000. The average days on market of homes that were sold jumped from 97 to 107, which reflects some clearing of older inventory. Here’s a sample of a few of the transactions.


323 W Northfield Rd 320,100 10 Baldwin Ter 519,000 9 Fredon Dr 550,000 14 Lafayette Dr 1,790,000


26 Tichenor Pl 183 Harrison Ave 196 Christopher St

99,900 279,000 949,000

Bed/Bath Sale Price 3/2 4/2.1 4/2.1

3/1 3/2 3/2.1

305,000 450,000 637,000

220,000 386,000 585,000



4/2 3/1.1 6/3.1

293,000 495,000 1,500,000

7/2.1 4/1.1 4/2.1 5/5.1

278,250 490,000 627,000 1,750,000

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27 Grandview Pl 2 Maple Dr 3 Farmstead Rd


28 Harrison Ave 56 Roosevelt St 4 McGovern Ct

390,000 679,000 799,999

3/1.1 4/3 4/2.1

350,000 680,000 770,000

199,900 479,000 679,000

3/2.1 3/2.1 4/2.1

207,000 474,000 650,000

Upper MontClair

559 Park St 499,900 353 N Fullerton Ave 630,000 36 Glenwood Rd 1,299,000


53 Gould St 13 Crane Terrace 6 Kips Ridge

275,000 385,000 799,000

west Caldwell

1-A Sylvan Way 57 Holiday Dr 149 Mountain Ave

175,000 190,000 615,000

west oranGe

3/1.1 4/1 5/4.1

87,500 270,000 950,000

60 Musano Ct 42 Johnson Rd 41433 Oak Ave

219,000 319,000 450,000

4/3.1 6/2 5/3.2

425,000 600,000 1,225,000

2/1 3/2 4/4.1

265,000 370,000 762,138

2/1 3/1.1 4/2.1

160,000 250,000 520,000

3/2 5/2 5/3

190,000 315,000 432,000

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A delightful musical adaptation of a traditional Ethiopian folktale featuring a charming cast of human characters and favorite African animals. Features a multitude of masks and puppets ranging from three quarter life-sized to gigantic and is highlighted with shadow puppetry and original songs. Workshops available after the performance for children and their adults to learn puppetry skills of their own. 2pm. Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave, Hackettstown. For more info, visit

WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Guest artists will play and a discussion will take place about jazz and rhythms. This interactive hour-long concert gives kids the opportunity to learn about the distinct qualities of jazz and why it’s a reflection of our community, our nation, and our world. Q & A session with artists will follow the concert. 12:30pm. Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Ave, Montclair. Call 973-746-5555 or visit

Mother’s Market Mother’s Market is a giant indoor sale of children’s items. More than 40 families will be selling gently used clothing, toys, and accessories for babies, young children, expecting and new moms and grandmothers. There will also be a selection of new & affordable products of interest to children & families, sponsored by the Cedar Grove Junior Woman’s Club. 9am-1pm. Cedar Grove High School, Rugby Road, Cedar Grove. For information call 973-902-9225.

Chamber Music Concert A chamber music recital by undergraduate and graduate students of the Cali School of Music. 8pm. Chapin Hall (John J. Cali School of Music), Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair. Call 973655-4000 or visit www.montclair. edu/university_calendar.

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Ballet I Ballet I is a wonderful class to turn any little dancer into a ballerina. Children will build on technique from pre-ballet through positions, barre work, floor work, choreography and vocabulary. Drop off class for ages 5-6 years old. Baird Community Center, 5 Mead Street, Township of South Orange Village, South Orange. Visit

New Jersey Ballet New Jersey Ballet joins forces with the 48-piece West Point Band in a program that marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of American composer Morton Gould. 7pm. Prudential Hall, NJPAC, One Center Street, Newark. Call 973-6428989 or visit

SUNDAY, APRIL 14 Tot Traditions Take time to explore the rich tapestry of Jewish Life with your toddler through song, dance, crafts, holiday foods, games and Hebrew language. You and your child will laugh, learn and love your time together. 10-11am. Focus on a different Jewish holiday will be led by Suzy Rosenberg, an experienced preschool teacher. Free. Temple Sholom of West Essex, 760 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove. TO RSVP call 973-239-1321.

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Yom HaZikaron (Israel Memorial Day) Commemoration Featuring the film Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story, the compelling story of Lt. Col. Yoni Netanyahu, brother of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who as the commander of the successful raid on Entebbe in 1976, became Israel’s only casualty. 7pm. JCC MetroWest, 760 Northfield Ave, West Orange. Call 973-736-3200 or visit

Daffodil Day Little ones can participate in spring-themed games, nature crafts, and the Flower Fairy and Woodland Elf parade through the Daffodil Bowl. For the more adventurous types, skilled instructors will provide lessons in archery and an introduction to the ancient art of falconry. The entire family is welcome. 11am-4pm. Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Avenue, Summit. Call 908-273-8787.

Men’s Club Bike Ride This year marks the 2nd Annual Tour de Torah (TDT) family bike ride hosted by the Temple B’nai Abraham Men’s Club. The bike ride will be held on Crest Drive, a private 3- mile paved road oval loop in the South Mountain Reservation. The ride’s mission is to bring the growing congregation together as families and to support a healthy lifestyle. The funds raised will benefit the Temple B’nai Abraham Jewish Education Program, grades K-12. Registration 8am, ride begins at 9am, Crest Drive, South Mountain Reservation. For more information, call 973-994-2290. To register, visit

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Featuring poets David Vincenti and S. Thomas Summers. 2pm. Free, but registration is required. West Caldwell Public Library, 30 Clinton Road, West Caldwell. Call 973-226-5441 to sign-up.

Sample a Day of Summer Backstage! PPAC’S Summer Backstage Camp exposes boys and girls to the world of theater and dance. Daily classes in voice, acting and improvisation. Dance-ballet/jazz/hip hop and specialty classes in acro/circus. Early drop off and late pick up available. 9:30am-2:30pm. Pucci Performing Arts Center, 52 Eisenhower Parkway, Roseland. For information call 973-223-9200 or visit

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Tot Traditions Take time once a month to explore the rich tapestry of Jewish Life with your toddler through song, dance, crafts, holiday foods, games and Hebrew language. You and your child will laugh, learn and love your time together. Each session is an hour long and will focus on a different Jewish holiday and will be led by Suzy Rosenberg, an experienced preschool teacher. 10am, Temple Sholom of West Essex, 760 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove. Please RSVP with the temple office at 973-239-1321.

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Thank You Mom 5K Event Join the Thank You Mom foundation for its third annual Debbie Ann 5k to benefit local families affected by hardship. Email or Like Thank You Mom Foundation on Facebook for registration information. 11:30am, Swartswood State Park, 1019 East Shore Drive, Newton.

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Temple B’nai Abraham High School’s Teen Tikkun Olam Group will hold its Annual Couture for Crohn’s Fashion Show. Students and community participants model clothing from local stores and raffle items to raise funds for Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Live music, a catwalk, and fun prizes make this event a success! Hors d’oeuvres and dessert provided. 5pm, Temple B’nai Abraham, 300 E. Northfield Road, Livingston. For more information, call Claudia Minde at 973-994-2290 or visit

The Essex Water Color Club is pleased to announce their monthly meeting with a demonstration by NJ artist, Theresa Troise Heidel. 2-4pm. Refreshments will be served. Livingston Senior Community Center, 204 Hillside Avenue, Livingston. For further information, contact John Wolff, 973-9941597 or visit

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Rhonda Spivey Florian will present an illustrated lecture about the lives of Southern women during the “War Between the States.� Learn how Southern women expressed their patriotism while coping with food shortages and living in constant physical danger. Features the war-time experiences of 22 Southern women and includes photographs or portraits of 13 of those women. 8pm, Montclair Women’s Club, 82 Union Street, Montclair. For more information, email or call 973-744-5916.



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An evening with the Newly Formed Horszowski Trio: pianist Reiko Aizawa, violinist Jesse Mills and cellist Raman Ramakrishnan. 7:30pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. Call 973-75 1114 or email

‘Shred It’ is Coming Temple Sholom of West Essex will host ‘Shed It’ on a monthly basis ‘Shred It’ is a safe way to discard those personal, financial papers you want to get rid of. Temple Sholom of West Essex, 760 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove. Call the Temple office at 973-239-1321 to arrange a drop off or find out the other dates

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17 Spring Holiday Concert Seton Hall University Choir presents a spring holiday concert. 7:30pm. Also April 18, 7:30pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. Call 973-275-1114 or email

Big, Bold Business— Jersey Women Mean Business Join contributing author, Sue Waldman, as she talks about what inspired her chapter, “Don’t Give Up� from “Jersey Women Mean Business—Big, Bold Business Advice�. If you ever wanted to open your own business or need support to re-invent it, come to this inspiring gathering of women. Advance Registration required. Advanced Counseling & Coaching Services, 320A Bloomfield Ave, Verona. Register at or call 973-857-9090. 46


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Nature Discovery Garden Club Whether your garden is outdoors or a pot on a windowsill, you’ll learn about how plants live and grow. You will discover how weather, temperature and seasons affect all living things, how living things come out of seeds and soil, how earthworms, bees and other wildlife help in the garden and how our whole environment works together like an amazing puzzle. Ages 7-11. 4-5pm. The Essex County Environmental Center, 621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland. Advance registration required call 973-228-8776.

Open Doors to a New Life The key to opening a door to a new life is re-inventing yourself from the inside out. Using inspired and practical strategies, learn how to live from inspiration rather than fear. Discover your hidden talents and strengths, honor your truth, connect to your life purpose, trust your personal power and find the support you need to make life changes. 8-9pm. Advanced Counseling & Coaching Services, 320A Bloomfield Avenue, Verona. Register at www.SueWaldman. com or call Sue at 973-857-9090.

Annual Spring Marketplace Featuring unique and quality gift items for the entire family including, clothing, jewelry, crafts, accessories, handcrafted fashions, distinctive handbags, stationery, scarves, toys, decorative household items and much more. All are welcome to attend. 9am-4:30pm, Temple B’nai Abraham, 300 E. Northfield Avenue, Livingston. For more information, please call 973-994-7016, email, or visit

Garden Discoveries: Birds and Their Nests Garden Discoveries classes inspire children about the natural world around them. Since each child learns in a different way, every class examines one topic through stories, outdoor exploration, and hands-on activities and specimens. Ages 3-5 with parent or caregiver. 1:15 - 2pm, Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair. Pre-registration is required. To register, call 973744-4752 or e-mail education@

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“Playing for Keeps” Movie Viewing

An Afternoon of Sholom Aleichem

Starring Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel & Dennis Quaid. Rated PG-13, Running Time–105 minutes. 1pm. Cedar Grove Library, 1 Municipal Plaza, Cedar Grove. Call 973-239-1447 for information.

In this one-man show, award-winning actor Murray Horwitz recreates the heartwarming humor of famed Yiddish writer and storyteller Sholom Aleichem, whose stories of Tevye the Milkman provided the basis for Fiddler on the Roof. 1pm. Victoria Theater, NJPAC, One Center Street, Newark. Call 973-6428989 or visit

THURSDAY, APRIL 18 Rhonda Vincent and the Rage Perform

Adult Learning-Lunch & Learn

The “New Queen of Bluegrass” ( Wall Street Journal) performs with style that merges traditional sound with a modern feel that make her songs both classic and contemporary. 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South Street, Morristown. For tickets call 973-539-8008 or visit

Led by Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz. Meets monthly. The Book of Esther is one of 5 Scrolls in the Bible. Attend one or as many sessions as you like for stimulating discussions that will touch on the themes such ad sex, depression, tragedy, love and seduction. 11:30am, Temple B’nai Abraham, 300 E. Northfield Road, Livingston. Registration is requested at 973994-2290 or at




Cake Boss’s Cupcake Extravaganza Guests will have the opportunity to meet Buddy Valastro, TLC’s “Cake Boss”, and learn some Valastro’s tricks of the trade. Wine and artisanal cheeses will be served, with soft drinks available for the kids. The cost is $50 per head including tax and gratuity. LuNello’s Montville Inn, 167 Route 202 (Main Road), Montville. Reservations are required can be made by calling 973-541-1234.

Free High-Risk Lung Cancer Screening If you are a current or former smoker, you may be eligible for a free high-risk lung cancer screening program provided by The Saint Barnabas Lung Cancer Institute. 11am. Baird Community Center, 5 Mead Street, South Orange. Call 888-724-7123 or visit

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Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Perform




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One of the most distinctive voices in all of American pop, Jersey boy Frankie Valli’s dazzling falsetto has been one of most enduring sounds in rock-and-roll for five decades. 8pm. Also April 19 at 8pm. Prudential Hall, NJPAC, One Center Street, Newark. Call 973-642-8989 or visit

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The Theater Department at West Orange High School is proud to present the Boubil and Schonberg musical “Miss Saigon” based on Puccini’s opera, “Madame Butterfly,” set during the Vietnam war. April 18-21. West Orange High School Auditorium, 51 Conforti Avenue, West Orange. 973-669-5301.

New Jersey Film Festival The latest Jewish films, “Inspiring insights“ and “Close to home.” Through April 28. Maurice Levin Theatre, JCC MetroWest, 760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange. Call 973-530-3421 or visit for film titles and times.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19 Iris DeMent Performs Sixteen years after the last collection of DeMent songs, the time has come. Sing The Delta presents twelve self-penned compositions from an artist whose first three albums established her as one of the most beloved and respected writers and singers in American music. 8pm. Outpost in the Burbs, Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 67 Church Street, Montclair. Call 973-744-6560 or visit

Opeth Performs Opeth has spent over two decades steadily amassing a body of work that is at once possessed of a fervent and unrelenting devotion to aesthetic progression while simultaneously scaling the summits of power, mysticism and might aspired to by the group’s hard rock forefathers in Sabbath, Purple and Zeppelin. 8pm. The Wellmont Theatre, 5 Seymour Street, Montclair. For information visit

The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer Tim Watts employs a unique blend of mime, puppetry, live and recorded music, and animation to present an exploration of the next and oldest frontier: the deep blue sea. Recommended for ages 12 and up. 8pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. Call 973-275-1114 or email

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Is Concern Over Mom and Dad Montclair Women’s Club Discussion
 The club presents Jane Eliasof, the Administrative Director of the Montclair Historical Society. She will discuss the Historical Society’s African American YWCA project. 1:30pm. Montclair Women’s Club, 82 Union Street, Montclair. For information, call Diana 973-783-6222.

Making the Holidays Even More Stressful?

The holidays can be stressful, particularly when you see first hand at your Seder that your parents shouldn’t be living so far away or living on their own.

Are they eating properly? Taking their meds? Participating in daily activities?

Tot Shabbat Join Rabbi Groffman and Cantor Eptstein for a brief Tot Shabbat service with a dinner to follow for children in grade 1 and below (siblings welcomed) and their families. 5:30pm, Temple Sholom of West Essex, 760 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove. RSVP by calling 973-239-1321.

SATURDAY, APRIL 20 New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Experience all of your favorite Gershwin melodies with this NJSO program that includes An American in Paris, selections from Porgy and Bess, Girl Crazy, Embraceable You, ‘S Wonderful, and much more. 8pm. Prudential Hall, NJPAC, One Center Street, Newark. Call 973-642-8989 or visit

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With a commitment to the accurate reproduction of The Beatles’ repertoire, The Fab Faux treat the seminal music with unwavering respect, and are known for their painstaking recreations of the songs. 8pm. The Wellmont Theatre, 5 Seymour Street, Montclair. Visit for information.

Volunteers Needed The Arc of Essex County is looking for volunteers to assist in running its 15th Annual Building Tomorrows 5K Race/2-Mile Walk fundraiser in Brookdale Park in Bloomfield. Volunteers will help with various tasks during the event including checking runners in when they arrive, operating water stations during the race, directing cars to parking areas, and distributing snacks after the race. Volunteers will need to be available from 7am to noon. To volunteer, contact Judy Bellina at 973-535-1181 ext. 1223 or via e-mail at

Neigel Center for Cosmetic & Laser Surgery Open House Refreshments will be served. 12-2pm, Neigel Center for Cosmetic & Laser Surgery, 101 Old Short Hills Road, West Orange. Seating is limited. Call for a reservation at 973-325-7779.

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HEALTH & BEAUTY By Julie Jacobs

LIVING WITH ARTHRITIS Know the Facts, Follow the Treatments, Feel Well ar·thri·tis [ahr-thrahy-tis] noun

acute or chronic inflammation of a joint, often accompanied by pain and structural changes and having diverse causes, as infection, crystal deposition, or injury.

It strikes one of every five adults, afflicts 300,000 children and, by all expert estimates, will affect 67 million Americans by the year 2030. Without question, arthritis has become one of the greatest public health problems and one of the leading causes of disability in the United States, costing billions in lost productivity and associated medical costs. With National Arthritis Awareness Month right around the corner in May, here’s a look at the country’s most prevalent chronic disease.


ust what is arthritis? It refers to the more than 120 conditions that involve the joints and their surrounding connective tissue. Among the most common forms are lupus, gout, fibromyalgia and especially osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis, which develops with age, breaks down the cartilage that cushions bones, resulting in misshapen and painful joints. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, which can occur as early as adolescence, the immune system attacks body tissue, prompting joint inflammation and pain. The incidence of arthritis is highest among women and tends to run in families, and while advanced age is a risk factor, so too are obesity, joint injury and repetitive joint stress. Because many people become debilitated from arthritis and must curtail their personal and professional activities, early diagnosis is key for prompt treatment. Arthritis is typically confirmed through physical exam, lab tests, and imaging modalities like 50


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x-ray, CT scan, MRI and ultrasound. Interventions including medications, physical and occupational therapies, and range-ofmotion and stretching exercises can then make a big difference in minimizing symptoms, promoting wellness, preserving independence and improving quality of life. Self-management techniques, such as following good nutrition, avoiding repetitive joint use, engaging in regular physical activity, and maintaining an appropriate weight, also can have a positive impact and avert the incidence and progression of the illness. Weight is particularly important, as the more extra pounds you carry, the greater the stress on your joints, particularly your knees. Finding ways to simplify doing tasks at home and running errands around town is critical to self-management as well. Try these tips: • Wear clothes and shoes with snaps, zippers or Velcro strips rather than buttons and laces • Transport cleaning items on a wheeled cart • Keep bathroom and kitchen equipment in easy reach • Use drive-through windows and delivery and online services • Employ assistive devices like walkers and canes, and pain-relieving ice packs and heating pads • Take frequent breaks throughout the day • Ask for help when needed You may want to complement your treatment regimen with alternative therapies such as yoga, acupuncture and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). TENS involves stimulating the nerves near painful joints with mild electrical impulses that can interrupt the transmission of pain signals to the brain. When all traditional therapeutic measures have been taken, but chronic pain persists, joint replacement or joint fusion surgery may be warranted. Healthy living with arthritis is possible, but it’s important to know the warning signs, seek treatment early and understand your particular type of arthritis. 

Foods to Fight Arthritis If you suffer from arthritis, you may be able to find relief through what you eat. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in such fare as salmon and sardines, and resveratrol, contained in wine and grapes, can fight the inflammation of arthritis. Vitamin C, a nutrient in citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits, helps promote healthy joints. And tryptophan, found in nuts, beans and lentils, can diminish pain. Nutritionists also recommend using olive oil, taking flaxseed and Vitamin E supplements, and reducing consumption of fried foods, meat and dairy. For more information:;;;;;

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Ask the expert By Nicole Canfora Lupo, photo by Dan Epstein

Helping You Look Your Best A Q&A WItH DR. JANet M. NeIgeL


ne of New Jersey’s top cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Janet M. Neigel brings more than 25 years of expertise to every surgery, whether plastic or reconstructive. Not only is she the founder of the Neigel Center in West Orange, she’s a board-certified ophthalmologist and ocular facial plastic surgeon and cosmetic professional who trains other physicians and continually keeps abreast of advanced techniques, specializing in working with the thin, delicate tissue of the eyelids and tear ducts. Here, Dr. Neigel explains what patients can expect from the Neigel Center. Dr. Janet M. Neigel

Q: What advice do you have for first-time patients? A: I recommend that they come into the office relaxed

and with plenty of time for their appointment. It also helps if they’ve done some research—although it’s not necessary—to get an idea of what type of procedure they’re interested in. They’ll speak with our cosmetic coordinator, Mary Jo Valenza, to get a feel for what they’re doing. It’s also a good idea to come in with a budget and a timeline, because both of those factors will determine what’s best for the patient. We’re happy to suggest other options that fit their budget or time constraints, but no matter what, we speak with them about which improvements would make them feel better about themselves. Age is just a number—a 40-year-old can look 25, while someone in their 20s can look like they’re in their 40s. It’s more of a visual aging process than chronological age.

Q: I’m interested in injectables—are they right for me? A: Some people are better candidate for injectables

than others. Some of our clients prefer to start with facial treatments in our spa, while for others, Botox, injectables or cosmetic surgery may be better options, depending on the situation. We offer lunchtime treatments, during which you can come in on your lunch hour, get treated and go back to work with no one knowing what you did—these treatments may involve minor swelling and some redness.



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Q: How safe are these procedures? A: I will not do anything I wouldn’t do to myself. On

our website,, you can see “before” and “after” pictures showcasing our fantastic results. Not only do I keep up on the latest techniques and products, but I also train and teach other doctors. A great physician will know all the nuances—what works best on different areas of the face.

Q: What are some of the injectable fillers you use? A: One of the best fillers out there is Sculptra, which

is my favorite product. It’s like a liquid face lift and is great for filling in fine lines in the face and to reduce sagging. It’s ideal for filling in cheeks, temples and the jowl areas and the laugh lines around the nose and mouth. I call it “delayed gratification,” because Sculptra stimulates collagen production, which then “grows” from within. For some people, it makes the surface of skin look better because it treats the fine lines that Botox can’t get. The best part is that Sculptra lasts up to two years, so it’s one of the best values in fillers. Juvéderm and Restylane also provide great results. s

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HealtH & Beauty Profile By Susan Wilinski, photos by Dan Epstein

Growing Lustrous Locks with Laser Precision Produces Favorable Results


t used to be that balding was an issue that was experienced primarily by men, but in recent years the numbers of women seeking solutions to thinning hair has grown, and according to the American Hair Loss Association, women now make up 40% of the population suffering through hair loss. With hair loss increasing and crossing gender barriers, treatment options besides spray paints or transplants are needed. Anagen Hair Solutions in Montclair is one such option, offering the latest in laser technology to boost hair growth. “There are no other hair growth methods available other than hair transplants,” says Elaine Magliacano, owner and operator of Anagen Hair Solutions. “Even with hair transplants, surgeons are using lasers both to grow the hair more quickly and for maintenance.” Anagen Hair Solutions opened in July 2011 and is run by Magliacano and her customer-care consultant in order to provide each client with the most personal service possible. Both are trained and qualified to administer the laser treatments. “The company from which I purchased my laser provided education and on-site training,” Magliacano explains. “I perform

the initial analysis and checkups involved. I have been in the hair restoration business for 15 years, am a member of the American Hair Loss Association and have various certifications.” After Magliacano provides a free consultation and determines if a client is a candidate for the treatment, a cool, lowlevel laser is used “to bring blood flow to the follicular unit, stimulating quicker hair growth, providing the follicle is still alive.” The process is painless and has no known side effects. The procedure’s success rate varies from client to client. “Everyone responds differently,” Magliacano states. “The earlier in the hair-loss stage that treatment begins, the better the results will be. Far too often, a person may be in denial, thinking the hair loss may stop, or they just may be ignoring the situation. It is imperative to take action when they see signs of hair loss. Caught in this early stage, we can maintain and reverse it.” While early intervention will yield the best results in slowing hair loss, Magliacano believes that to sustain favorable results, a maintenance program should be followed. “Once someone experiences hair loss— whether genetic, hormonal or whatever the

“Even with hair transplants, surgeons are using laser to grow the hair more quickly and for maintenance.” —elaine Magliacano, owner, anagen Hair Solutions case may be—that person will always be susceptible to losing hair,” advises Magliacano. “Like dieting and exercising, it is a way of life to maintain what you have achieved. Clients can come in once or twice a month, or purchase a laser comb, which I provide, to use for home use.” While not strong enough to replace laser treatment, the laser comb is an effective maintenance tool for clients. Additionally, Magliacano offers hair restoration products that can speed up results by up to 30-40% as well as hair replacement, another service, that uses the “finest, state-of-the-art hair systems” to replace lost hair. s Anagen Hair Solutions 89 Valley Road, Montclair • 973-746-0061 April 2013 53



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2013 Skatetacular

Spring Concert

Hosted by The New Jersey Figure Skating Foundation in conjunction with the New Jersey Council of Figure Skating Clubs. Former Olympic skating star JoJo Starbuck will be the emcee. 4-6pm. Richard J. Codey Arena at South Mountain, 560 Northfield Ave, West Orange. For information, call Susan L. Ward at 973-464-5669 or visit

Janis Ian

Creating a world where ALL GIRLS grow up to be HEALTHY WOMEN St. Matthew A.M.E. Church 336 Oakwood Avenue, Orange Camp Dates: July 5-August 2 • 9am-5pm Information Session: April 9 Registration Now Open Register at: For more information: 973-736-GIRL (4475) Email:

GrassROOTS Community Foundation (GCF) is a health advocacy organization that supports, develops, and scales community-driven solutions to the health challenges facing impoverished women and girls.

Songwriter, performer, and author Janis Ian is a formidable talent and a force of nature. 8pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. Call 973-275-1114 or email

Enjoy the Glen Ridge Choral Society and Orchestra, Thomas Mustachio, conductor, presenting HAYDN Lord Nelson Mass MOZART Solemn Vespers. 3pm. Glen Ridge Congregational Church, 195 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge. Call Glen Ridge Community Concerts at 973-743-5596.

Sacred Oils of the Bible Presented by Karin Johnson of Acu Source Healing. Experience biblical oils and discover how and why they were used for healing in ancient times. Bring your bible. Light healthy snacks will be served during the event. 10am. Cedar Grove Library, 1 Municipal Plaza, Cedar Grove. Call 973-2391447 for information.

One Night of Queen


Sunday Spotlight: Herbs, Then and Now

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra This NJSO program includes Copland’s Appalachian Spring, with guest soloist David Krakauer, one of the foremost clarinetists and klezmer musicians performing today. 3pm. Prudential Hall, NJPAC, One Center Street, Newark. Call 973-642-8989 or visit

Gary Mullen and The Works have become an international phenomenon with this live tribute to Queen, one of the greatest rock bands of all time. 3 & 7pm. Victoria Theater, NJPAC, One Center Street, Newark. Call 973-642-8989 or visit

A panel of herbal experts will share their knowledge on how herbs were used in the past and how you can use them today. They’ll also talk about tips and techniques for growing your own herb garden and preserving them for future use. 3-4:30pm, 108 Orange Road, Montclair. For more information, call 973-744-1796, email, or visit

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Maternity Orientation & Tour A free presentation and tour designed for expecting mothers interested in or planning to deliver at Saint Barnabas. Also on April 28. 2pm, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, 94 Old Short Hills Road, Livingston. Registration required at

Umoja Dance Company

MONDAY, APRIL 22 Spring Vacation Mini-Camp Children will be divided into age appropriate groups to enjoy the outdoors and surroundings. Designed for 6- to 10-year olds. 9am-3pm. Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, 324 Forest Drive South, Short Hills. Call 973376-587 or visit for dates and times.

Free College Planning Workshop

Established in 1993 by artistic director Karen L. Love, the multi-cultural Umoja Dance Company is a fusion of contemporary modern and West African dance that reflects the evolution of movement and spirit in the AfricanCaribbean traditions, classical Indian dance, capoeira and the fundamentals of yoga practice to develop a modern dance idiom that joins all cultures. 4:30pm. Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave, Hackettstown. For more information, visit

Tedeschi Trucks Band Perform Tedeschi Trucks Band, the Grammy winning 11-member blues-rock group led by husband-wife team Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, have proven to be one of the hottest, most uplifting acts on the road today. 8pm. Prudential Hall, NJPAC, One Center Street, Newark. Call 973-642-8989 or visit

In the Loft Series The Cottage, a rollicking farce inspired by the works of Noel Coward. Set in the English Countryside in 1923, this is a tale of love, sex and betrayal. 7pm. SOPAC Loft, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. Call 973-275 1114 or email

High school students and their parents should not miss this worthwhile seminar. Topics covered include: how to choose the best college for your student and your pocketbook; criteria to consider in choosing a college; increasing your chances of getting into your dream college; and how to maximize your potential for financial aid. 6:15-7:45pm, Rahway Public Library, 2 City Hall Plaza, Rahway. To reserve your spot for this or one of our other upcoming workshops, call 888-8022740 or visit

LAL Suicide Loss Support Group Life After Loss (LAL) is a non-denominational support group open to anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. LAL meets the fourth Monday of the month, 7:30-9pm, Congregation Beth Ahm, 56 Grove Avenue, Verona. Please confirm the date before attending. Call 973-731-8067 or email

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From the decline of tropical amphibians to the melting of polar ice, award-winning photographer Joel Sartore has seen and photographed the effects of climate change firsthand. See how even a slightly warmer Earth is already bringing about surprising change in his lecture series entitled “Witnessing Change: A Call to Action” 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South Street, Morristown. For tickets call 973-539-8008 or visit

Topic: Helping Patients Navigate the Transformation from Obesity to Vibrant Health. Seminars are free and open to the public. The Garrison Center for Healthy Living, The Courtyard Marriott, 8 Rooney Circle (Essex Green Mall area), West Orange. Registration requested, please call 973-570-2221.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 Garden Discoveries: Recycled Crafts Garden Discoveries classes inspire children about the natural world around them. Since each child learns in a different way, every class examines one topic through stories, outdoor exploration, and hands-on activities and specimens. Ages 3-5 accompanied by parent/caregiver. 1:15-2pm, Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair. Pre-registration is required. To register, call 973-7444752 or e-mail

Kids in the Kitchen If your child has in interest in cooking this club will transform their interest into new skills. We’ll have fun making an array of foods, one new item per club meeting. All food will be prepared with healthy and tasty goals in mind. Some examples are pizza, cookies, kale chips, fresh apple sauce, and more! Ages 8-12. 3:45-5:15pm. The Essex County Environmental Center, 621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland. Advance registration required call 973-228-8776.

Join local historian/author Phil Jaeger at a meeting of the Cedar Grove Historical Society as he presents a PowerPoint program that recalls significant events and achievements in Allen Du Mont’s life during the early years of television. 7:30pm. Cedar Grove Library, 525 Pompton Ave (rear of Municipal Building), Cedar Grove. For information, call 973-746-7453.

Heritage Italian Cooking: Tuscany Class Taste and learn a variety of Tuscan dishes including the region’s famous salt-free bread. Menu highlights: panzanella: risotto alla Toscana: minestra di fagioli alla Toscana: zuppa di vongole: involtini di vitello: piselli all’olio: zuccotto Toscano and biscotti di prato: 6:30-9:30pm. Kings Cooking Studio, Short Hills Kings, 778 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills. Call 973258-4009 or visit

The Only Thing That Matters For those who wish to explore your purpose for living and awaken what has been dormant inside of you. Writing exercises, guided meditation and personal sharing will make this a night you will always remember. Advance Registration is required. Advanced Counseling & Coaching Services, 320A Bloomfield Avenue, Verona. Register at or call Sue at 973-857-9090.

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Acclaimed poets Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye draw from the tradition of theater, storytelling, slam poetry, stand-up comedy and song to create a show that welcomes while it wows. Students in workshops will learn to write and perform effectively in a multimedia environment. Attend workshop and/or performance. Workshop #1 5-6pm; Workshop #2 6-7pm; Performance 7-9pm. 100 Chestnut Street, Montclair. Registration at

MOE-TION Dance Theatre Under the artistic direction of Maureen Glennon, the company is dedicated to experimenting and creating new forms of expression. The company, known for their diverse repertory and site-specific work, has performed at numerous festivals, showcases and venues throughout the tri-state area. 7:30pm. Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave, Hackettstown. For more information, visit

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The Undisputed Truth is a one-man performance that takes a look inside the life and mind of the one of the most complicated men ever to wear the heavyweight crown, directed by Spike Lee. 8pm. Prudential Hall, NJPAC, One Center Street, Newark. Call 973-642-8989 or visit

Working with a guest artist from NYC, this master class production features both individual and group musical numbers showcasing some of Seton Hall’s finest music/theatre students. Through the 27, 8pm, and April 28, 2pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. Call 973-275-1114 or email

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Jacques Lacombe leads the NJSO and guest violinist Sarah Chang in a program of works by Bruch, Wagner and Bruckner. 1pm. Also April 28, 8pm. Prudential Hall, NJPAC, One Center Street, Newark. Call 973-642-8989 or visit

Bob Hurley Discussion and Booksigning Bob Hurley, the most successful high school basketball coach in the country who has won over 1,000 games in 40 years at St. Anthony H.S. in Jersey City, will discuss his life and career, followed by a signing of his new book, “Chasing Perfect: The Will to Win in Basketball and Life.” Books available for purchase at Museum. 7-8:30pm, Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, on campus of Montclair State University, Montclair. To reserve a signed copy, please call 973-655-2378.

Free College Planning Workshop See April 22 for description. 7:30-8:45pm. Fairlawn Public Library, 10-01 Fair Lawn Ave., Fair Lawn.

Wine Tasting Taste wines from all regions of the world. Discount on wines ordered. Wide variety of merchandise in auction and raffle including tickets, paintings, gift certificates, etc. All proceeds benefit the Livingston Library. 6-9pm. Livingston Library, Program Room, 10 Robert Harp Drive, Livingston. Call 973-992-4600 for information.

America’s premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, will be performing his signature stand-up routine. 7pm. Prudential Hall, NJPAC, One Center Street, Newark. Call 973-642-8989 or visit

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Discover fact from fiction as we learn about raptors living right here in our own backyards. Meet a barred owl and a red-tailed hawk from Tenafly Nature Center, and learn about how these amazing feathered friends are equipped to survive. Open to families and individuals. Ideal for adults and children ages 5 and older. 7–8pm, Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair. Pre-registration required. To register, call 973-744-4752 or e-mail

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Hank Greenberg Lunch Program A lunch program examining the life and legacy of Hank Greenberg, baseball’s first Jewish superstar, with award-winning film director Aviva Kempner; Steve Greenberg, Hank’s son, and John Rosengren, author of The Hero of Heroes, a new biography of Greenberg. noon-1:30pm. The Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair. RSVP at 973-655-2378 or visit

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Bands for a Better World Bands play up to three songs each for upwards of 300 fans, while parents dutifully filled technical setup roles. 9:30-10:30am. The Women’s Club of Glen Ridge, 219 Ridgewood Ave, Glen Ridge. Call 973-748-5459. (continued on page 60)

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study performed by physiologists at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia found that a very rhythmic beat could effect a runner or walker’s pace. This suggests that listening to music with upbeat tempos can help walkers and runners maintain faster paces than their bodies would normally move at. The scientists who conducted the study helped launch an iPhone app called Cruise Control, which adjusts the tempo of a user’s music to control his or her pace. The app scans the phone’s pre-existing music library for good running songs; then the user selects one of four running modes: Free Run, which automatically adjusts the rhythm of the music to match the runner’s rhythm; Pace, which adjusts music to a target speed set by the user; Heart Rate, which adjusts the music’s temp to the user’s set heart rate (requires a heart rate monitor) and Cadence, which adjusts music to a user’s target stride rate.

ant an easy way to make your favorite recipes a little bit healthier? Try swapping some of the ingredients for their healthier alternatives. Using spaghetti squash instead of regular pasta can cut 180 calories or more from a meal and 32 grams of carbohydrates. Try almond milk instead of regular cow’s milk and save 100 calories. Or, instead of using sour cream in your Mexican dip, replace it with plain Greek yogurt and save 315 calories. Greek yogurt is also a good alternative to Mayonnaise in dishes such as chicken salad and cuts nearly 640 calories and 77 grams of fat out of the picture. *All calories are estimates and based on 1 cup servings. Source:

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Trout Fishing in America, the name taken from a Richard Brautigan novel, seems almost as incongruent and intriguing as a picture of this musical duo—Ezra Idlet (guitar) who stands at 6’9” tall and Keith Grimwood (bass), at 5’½” tall. 8pm. Outpost in the Burbs, Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 67 Church Street, Montclair, 973-744-6560,


Laugh and sing along with Alexander’s misadventures in this hilarious musical, featuring book and lyrics by Judith Viorst, author of the best-selling classic book. Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Discover along with Alexander that sometimes, everyone has a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Ages 4 & up. 10am. Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn. Call 973-376-4343.

Join others from the community to taste choice wines from Fairchild’s Market, Roseland, an array of hors d’oeuvres and enjoy a wonderful performance presented by Broadway Stars Robert DuSold and Natalie Torro. 6pm. Mount Saint Dominic Academy, 3 Ryerson Ave, Caldwell. For further information, call Mount Saint Dominic Academy at 973-226-0660 ext. 1129.

The Ugly Duckling Jersey Moves! Festival of Dance This two-day celebration of dance in the Garden State includes an eclectic program of works from companies from throughout the state. 7pm. Victoria Theater, NJPAC, One Center Street, Newark. Call 973-642-8989 or visit

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MAM’s Museumwide Free Family Day marks the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the Armory Show, also known as the International Exhibition of Modern Art. MAM’s current exhibition, The New Spirit: Americans in the Armory Show, 1913 will provide inspiration for a full day of Museum exploration, including gallery activities and engaging art projects indoors and out for the entire family to enjoy. 1-5pm. Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Ave, Montclair. Call 973-746-5555 or visit

The fourth annual 5K race and 2-mile fun run/fitness walk will once again take place on the beautiful tree-lined, rolling hill streets of historic Essex Fells. The race course is USATF-NJ sanctioned and certified and it is also part of the GrandPrixseries (500 points). All proceeds benefit Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. Race 8:30am. Fitness walk/Fun Run 9:30am. Roseland Municipal Building, 19 Harrison Ave, Roseland. Visit for information.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 28 Fashion Show Luncheon & Basket Bonanza Temple Sholom of West Essex will host ‘Spring into Fashion.’ A parade of fashions by ‘Barbara Eclectic’ and ‘South Moon Under’ of Montclair, ‘Kids at Heart’ of Livingston and ‘Say I Do’ of Caldwell. Special guest: Season 4 Project Runway’s contestant Kevin Christiana. Tickets include a 3 course luncheon & Basket Bonanza. Fully paid reservations only by April 18. 11am-3pm. The Grove, 691 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove. To RSVP, email: office or call: 973-239-1321. (continued on page 68)


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An interview with New York Giants quarterback Scott Brunner

Barry Farber

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BARRY FARBER: Coaches and business leaders often say that we have to go back to the basics but if you stick to the basics, you never have to go back to them. SCOTT BRUNNER: Absolutely. Now football fundamentals are about ball handling and footwork. The easiest way to get benched as a QB is to turn the ball over through a fumble or interception. We therefore base all our movements around ball security. We really zero in on the specific moves that you need to make as far as handling the football and moving your feet in whatever situation you find yourself. However, we don’t want players to become robotic in their moves; we want them to retain their natural instincts to react more efficiently. By being efficient, the QB essentially slows the game down in his mind and gains extra time in the pocket to make necessary decisions. BF: What about football IQ? SB: We define that as “vision and decision”: what you see on the field, what decisions you

make, and how quickly you can link those actions together. The quicker you can see something and make a decision about it the more likelihood of success. A big concern for emerging quarterbacks is how they will adapt to the speed at which the NFL game is played. I tell quarterbacks, “No matter how fast an opponent might be, he cannot run as fast as you can think.” For a QB the mind is the great equalizer. BF: How do you prepare a quarterback mentally before a game? SB: As a coach of individuals—not of a football team—I have to be a little more agnostic in the way I approach training because they’re going to join a team with its own philosophy and plays. I try to give them an understanding of the game as a whole and how they can use the tricks that I gathered along my career.

on those consistent things. BF: Some people prepare themselves right before the game with different methods to get in their zone and focus. SB: That’s psychological preparation as opposed to mental preparation. With mental preparation you’re in the classroom learning the plays, going over the films, and visualizing the plays that are going on. Psychological preparation is how you deal with all this right before live play. You’re trying to project yourself into a live situation during the week but you’re not actually in the live situation. That’s where a lot of people end up choking. In the live situation they don’t trust what they’ve worked on the week before and they end up focusing on the result rather than the process. When the person is focused on the process the results usually take care of themselves.

I played for many different coaches with many different philosophies, yet I found many consistencies among them. So I try to zero in

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lassy and elegant best describes the food at Bellissimo’s, and sleek and stylish best describes its décor. Add to these winwin dynamics attentive and smooth tuxedoed service, and the top-tier Little Falls restaurant, which recently reopened with original owner and chef David Gabbay and Maître De John Gonzales at the helm, is poised for a spectacular takeoff. Bellissimo’s large space is carefully divided into individual dining areas, each with its own personality. One mirrored wall of the spacious main dining area cleverly reflects the wine racks that line both sides of the adjoining Wine Room, while the toasty Fireplace Room adjoins a relaxing bar and lounge area with a South Beach atmosphere. Happily, the restaurant’s inviting menu is as creative as its attractive décor. A lovely red beets and goat cheese salad, artfully arranged on endive leaves, was a delightful starter, followed by a hearty and satisfying Pasta Fagioli soup that paid homage to the restaurant’s Italian roots. Salsiccia Luganica, a rare treat, featured the thin, coiled sweet luganica sausage typical of Northern Italy, here served with spinach and baked polenta. An evening’s special, a duo of jumbo shrimp lightly sautéed in oil and garlic, was complemented with a side of honey and almondcrusted brie, a winning combination of tastes. And our final appetizer, the luxurious homemade Ravioli al Porcini was, quite simply, the finest example of this dish I have yet sampled. Bellissimo’s kitchen gives the royal treatment to two boneless



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chicken breasts in their Pollo alla Verona, elevating the dish with artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes and mushrooms in a lemon-white wine brothinfused sauce that never overpowers the taste of the tender chicken. Fresh from the sea and respectfully treated by the kitchen, San Pietro, sautéed tilapia was fork tender and perfectly paired with a featherlight lemon caper sauce. All menu entrees are accompanied by a colorful and generous serving of broccoli, cauliflower and carrots, but the kitchen is flexible with sidedish substitutions. Contemplating the tempting specials included in our server’s prodigious recitation, we reluctantly bypassed the boneless duck breast in favor of the Venison, which earned a “10” on presentation and taste. Slices of medium- rare venison were plated with feathers of piped mashed potatoes, with a horizontal ribbon of sautéed wild mushrooms encircling the two. My favorite of all cheesecakes, the ricotta cheesecake, and a chocolate lava cake, were both excellent finishers, but it was the Bananas Foster that ended our evening with a special flourish. Gabbay is clearly still at the top of his game after coming out of a six-year retirement. When asked what prompted his return, he said without hesitation, “I did what I wanted to do—I traveled a lot and enjoyed it, but I missed the business. And I said to myself, ’It’s time to go back, because this is what I do.’ “ Judging from the many kudos from devoted former customers, diners who appreciate fine cuisine served in a sophisticated and welcoming atmosphere are delighted at his return. 

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this spring, enjoy local fresh dishes at lu nello Acclaimed Chef Louis Seger of Lu Nello Restaurant in Cedar Grove has been preparing his menus with fresh local ingredients for years. He has taken his passion for local food to the next level by using the Lu Nello Farm in New Jersey for the restaurant’s produce.. Reserve your next family gathering or celebration at Lu Nello in one of our intimate private rooms. For more information contact our Event Coordinator, Chris Antonelli at 973-837-1660

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182 Stevens Ave, Cedar Grove 973-837-1660 Since LuNello opened in 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. MCC, $EXP, LP

LITTLE FALLS Bellissimo Ristorante

1 Route 23 South at Route 46, Little Falls 973-785-4255 Bellissimo, a Little Falls favorite, reopened their doors in October. The restaurant offers high quality Italian specialties including a Seafood Combination tower, Boroncino from Italy, Kobe steaks cooked to order, freshly made Papardelle with lobster in a pink sauce, filet mignon and more. Private rooms are available. MCC, TO, VP, RR, OD, TO (continued on page 66) Lunello_SE_Square_5.56x4.986_02-2013.indd 1



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Rare, The Steakhouse

440 Main St, Little Falls 973-256-6699 Rare is now open and serving steaks cooked to customers’ liking in addition to lamb, veal, poultry, fish, and side dishes. Two rooms are available for private parties. Relax at the spacious bar before or after dinner. RR, VP, MCC, $IN-$EXP, MN



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VERONA’S ORIGINAL #1 BAGEL SHOP Home of the Handmade Bagel

75 Main St, Little Falls 973-256-2984 Enticing aromas from our kitchen provide an introduction to our array of familiar and deliciously satisfying dishes inspired by southern Italian cuisine. Enjoy a relaxing venue that is perfect for small gatherings and conversation, while the exceptional cuisine speaks for itself. BYO, $MOD, LP, SP, RR, H, MCC, TO

LIVINGSTON Il Vicolo Ristorante

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113 S. Livingston Ave, Livingston 973-740-0016 Owners Jimmy and Benny take pride in using only the freshest ingredients in the preparation of innovative Italian cuisine. Combining the finest Old World recipes with nouvelle cooking techniques results in a cuisine that is fresh and exciting. The setting looks and feels like a home away from home with its beautifully appointed, yet still intimate dining room. Party available. LP, MCC, RR, $IN-$MOD, BYO

Thavma Mediterranean Grill

6230 Town Center Way 2nd Fl., Livingston 973-992-8999 Thavma offers the very best of the Mediterranean by combining Greek

and Middle Eastern specialties to create an unforgettable dining experience. All preparations and cooking are done fresh daily on the premises to give you the freshest seafood and grilled meat dishes. Lunch and dinner are served daily with takeout and limited delivery service for dinner only. Call for details. BYO, $MOD, ENT, OD, LP, NR, H, MCC, TO


11 South Fullerton Ave, Montclair 973-746-6778 Enjoy gourmet food prepared by proprietor/chef John Giglio in a relaxing atmosphere, complete with a dark wood panel wine bar and embellishments in warm faux-finished tones, rich gold fabrics and deep hues, highlighted by the baby grand piano featuring live music every Wed through Sat evening. Wine bar/BYO, ENT, H, LP, MCC, $MOD, SF, RR


7 Park St, Montclair 973-744-6764 Samba’s intimate, candlelit dining room that is gaining a reputation as one of the most romantic restaurants in Montclair. Samba serves a full brazilian menu of chicken, steak, grilled shrimp and vegetarian dishes. Feijoada, the national dish of Brazil is featured every Friday and Saturday night. Dine-in or pick-up from the breakfast and lunch menu. BYO, MCC, $MOD, MN

ORANGE Star Tavern

400 High St., Orange 973-675-3336 • www. A traditional family favorite for delicious, thin crust pizza served in a lively and inviting atmosphere. TO, $IN-$MOD

Take Out and Delivery Available

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Upstairs Sports Bar

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Dine on the Patio… Opening Soon! RESTAURANT SYMBOLS BYO: Bring your own ENT: Entertainment as noted H: Handicapped accessible OD: Outdoor dining (in season) NR: No reservations accepted RR: Reservation required/suggested LP: Lot parking SP: Street parking

VP: Valet parking available MCC: Most credit cards accepted $IN: Inexpensive-$10 and under $MOD: Moderate $11 to $16 $EXP: Expensive-$17 and up TO: Take-out available D: Delivery available MN: Menu on

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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. Three-time winner of Best Chinese Restaurant and Best Chinese Take-Out. They feature a warm dining room, as well as a website with online ordering and delivery. They specialize in catering for special occasions. BYO, MCC, $MOD, LP, H, TO

WEST CALDWELL Gennaro’s Cucina

40 Clinton Rd, West Caldwell 973-287-6307 Chef Gennaro Romeo combines thir-


"This Brazilian place proudly bops to a different beat." — Scott Veale, New York Times, 3/13

ty years of experience with a passion for food to prepare authentic Italian family recipes daily. With exceptional cuisine at a great value, Gennaro’s Cucina provides the perfect casual atmosphere in a dining room reminiscent of an outdoor Italian bistro. BYO, D, LP, $IN-$EXP

• Weekly Dinner Specials

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• Catering Available for Special Occassions & Corporate Events

WEST ORANGE Highlawn Pavilion

Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange • 973-731-3463 Characterized by panoramic views of the New York City skyline, Highlawn Pavilion on Eagle Rock Reservation offers scenic dining at its finest. The exceptional French-infused American fare is equally matched by the restaurant’s world-class service. Highlawn is increasingly becoming the venue of choice for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and other special occasions. Jazz entertainment is offered every Wednesday and Friday in the Piano Room. $EXP, OD, RR, ENT, VP, MN s

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It’s “April in Paris!”

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Gutter Cleaning Siding Power Washing

Join the State Repertory Opera of New Jersey for an evening filled with Parisian music… romantic and universally beloved areas and scenes, performed by outstanding professional opera singers—all from New Jersey. This benefit event includes cocktail reception and dinner, followed by an enchanting operatic performance. 4:30-7:30pm. The Van Vleck House and Gardens, 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair. For tickets or information email or call 973-763-7969.

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A 28-acre public ornamental garden, opens its doors to the public as a new cultural center devoted to the appreciation of nature, sustainability, and preservation. Greenwood opens with a day long celebration including garden tours, sketching stations for families and a performance by The Princeton Katzenjammers, the nation’s oldest coed collegiate a cappella group. Refreshments will be served. 10am-4pm. Greenwood Gardens, 274 Old Short Hills Road, Short Hills. For more information, please call 973-258-4026 or visit

The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey Founded by conductor/music director Robert W. Butts in 1996, the Baroque Orchestra of NJ is renown for their repertoire of seventh and eighteenth centuries. The orchestra now performs a wide variety of symphonic, chamber and operatic classical music from all periods. 2pm. The Centenary Theater, 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown. For more information, please visit

Rutgers University Chorus Performs The Rutgers Chorus, under the direction of Prof. John E. Floreen, will present works of Benjamin Britten, Michael Cox, Gabriel Faure, Moritz Hauptmann, Georg Philipp Telemann, Louie White, Malcolm Williamson. The chorus will also perform arrangements of spirituals and British, Mexican, Taiwanese and Hebrew folk songs, all reflecting the rich cultural diversity of Rutgers-Newark. 4:30pm. Christ Episcopal Church, 74 Park Ave, Glen Ridge. Call 973 625 4651 or email

“All You Need Is Love”

A concert of Beatles music featuring the popular NJ band The Kootz. 2pm. Free, but registration required. West Caldwell Public Library, 30 Clinton Road, West Caldwell. Call 973-226-5441 to sign-up.

MONDAY, APRIL 29 Yoga at Van Vleck Jennifer Hondru-Celestin’s instruction emphasizes harmony and connection, with insight into body, breath and mind. Open to students at all levels. Full series runs through June 17. No class on April 8 or May 27. 9:30-10:45am, 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair. To register, call 973-7444752 or e-mail

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he 4th annual Running 4 Answers, A Race Against Alzheimer’s Presented by The Solana Roseland fundraiser event will be held Saturday, April 27th. The event features a 5K race and 2-mile fitness walk and will benefit Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. The race will begin at 8:30am and the fun run/walk will begin at 9:30am. All participants will depart from the Roseland Municipal Building, located at 19 Harrison Avenue. The event will feature entertainment and fun for kids and adults, and prizes will be awarded to racers at day’s end. Last year’s event drew approximately 250 participants and donated $40,000 to Cure Alzheimers Fund. According to co-director Carolyn Mastrangelo, over the past three years, Running 4 Answers has donated more than $95,000 to the fund and hopes to once again outdo itself this year. “We try to really make it a community event,” Mastrangelo said. “We want it to truly be a community event and a great race, and we encourage everyone to bring their families and children.” For more information on the race or to register or donate, please visit For more information on the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, please visit s Jazz Appreciation Month Appearance (JAM) Pianist Gordon Webster is assembling some of the best of the emerging NYC talent for this date, carefully fitted between their jazz tours. 8pm. Bickford Theatre, Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown. Visit for information.

TUESDAY, APRIL 30 FAMILYConnections Ninth International Tasting The International Tasting Gala is an evening of fine food, wine and music that will benefit more than 4000 children, adults and families in our community with professional therapeutic and skill-building services. This year will feature the third basket auction and a silent auction. 6:30pm. Orange Lawn Tennis Club, 305 N. Ridgewood Road, South Orange. For more information, please visit

Women’s Awareness Day A great morning of socializing and networking, featuring Marci Shimoff, best-selling author of Happy for No Reason Chicken Soup for the Women’s Soul and kosher breakfast buffet. 9:30am. Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, 901 Route 10, Whippany. Call 973929-3174 or visit

Lunch and Learn: Bully-Proof the Children You Love Operation Respect, with guest Peter Yarrow, is dedicated to transforming schools, summer camps and other youth-serving organizations into more compassionate, safe and respectful environments. Cosponsored by Temple Sharey TefiloIsrael and NCJW. Please bring food to donate to Empty Bowl No More. 12noon-2pm, Temple Sharey TefiloIsrael, 432 Scotland Road, South Orange. To register or for more information, call 973-740-0588 or visit s

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

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

Essex County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Saturday, May 4, 2013 8:30am to 4:00pm Essex County Fleet Management

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Essex County Computer & Electronics Recycling Day Saturday, May 18, 2013 9:00am to 3:00pm Essex County Fleet Management 99 West Bradford Avenue, Cedar Grove

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

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

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

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

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

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