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APRIL 2016

By Warren Westura

VOL. 24 NO. 3

David J. Black FOUNDER & CEO

What Spring Activity are You Looking Forward to Doing?

Cathleen M. Black PRESIDENT & COO

Michael J. Reidy ART DIRECTOR


Vanice Gage Donegan

Planting bulbs. It makes the property look really pretty.

I enjoy getting out on the water and Kayaking.

—Jonna Cali, Essex Fells

—Will Bryan, Roseland.


Barry Farber Katrina Musto Rhonda Rivera Cynthia Rositano Susan Wilinski CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Pauline Dunberg Carol Federici Christine Layng Amy Schwartz MARKETING


Laura Lang

Warm weather spring surfing.

—Anthony Cilibrasi, Roseland



—David Russek, Roseland


Mitchell Black Heidi Dommasch

Baseball and spring training, my favorite sports.

Robert Leo Murray

Gardening, I love planting and I love flowers.

—Wilton Nunez, Roseland

—Amy Rosenberg, West Orange

Riding bikes because the weather is beautiful—you are outside having fun with whoever you are riding with.

Football in the spring my favorite sport, that’s when the teams come together. —Lance Lee, Roseland

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On the Spot

24 Seen in Essex

What Spring Activity Are Your Looking Forward to Doing?


Taste of the World Rotary of West Orange

Inside Essex


Exciting News and Happenings in the Area

37 Spring Tune Your Home 38 Design Tips for a Modern Style Kitchen

10 Calendar of Events

39 Add Color & Texture to Your Decor

48 Event Highliight—A Race Against Alzheimer’s

20 Jersey Girls Walk the Runway to Combat Pediatric Cancer

40 Make Spring Cleaning Safer & Easier

50 Your Best Self 51 Strength Training Improves Activity & Increases Metabolism

23 At Your Service 23 Suburban Essex’s Power Broker— Anderson Electric 35 Mathanasium—Taking Math Education Beyond the Classroom for a Lifetime of Success


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52 Ready… Set… Relax—Look Healthier (and Younger) With Facials 52 Lace up your Sneakers for National Walk to Work Day

53 Is Your Life in Balance? Daily Healthy Habits to Consider

55 Ask the Expert Dr. Tina Moheb of Advanced Smile, Offers a Life-Saving Q&A

56 Diamond Minds Leadership Through Perseverance

58 Bon Appetite All Aboard the Essex House

60 Restaurant Guide 70 Suburban Essex ‘A’ List


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Inside ESSEX First-Time Home Buyer Seminar


irst-time home buyers and apartment dwellers are invited to a complimentary seminar on April 6 from 7 to 9pm to learn about the advantages of home ownership vs. renting. Hosted by Century 21 Cedarcrest Realty in Caldwell. The informational presentation is ideal for those who are considering their first home purchase. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of how the money they’re spending on rent can easily be applied toward home ownership, and walk away with a greater awareness of their options. Some of the topics that will be discussed include, understanding the importance of your credit score, selecting the best mortgage program for your individual circumstances, determining how much home you can afford, and how much down payment is ideally required. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited and advance registration is requested: Event will be held at Century 21 Cedarcrest Realty at 460 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, call 973-228-1050 or register online at

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ooking to purchase the perfect outfit for a special event or a night out with the ladies? As part of its six-year anniversary celebration, Pink Jewels in the Livingston Town Center introduces a wide selection of colorful, playful tops to its in-store selection. Pink Jewels’ clothing collection is geared toward women who want fashion-forward, comfortable options without having to shop in a Junior’s section. But not to worry— the store still carries a huge selection of fun and funky accessories to complete your ensemble in one stop. Right now, in addition to the new spring colors and designs, all winter items are on clearance. Inventory is limited and sells out fast. Pink Jewels is located at 110 Town Center Way in Livingston. Contact 973994-0975, Check online and on social media for sales. Open Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm; and Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

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he 2016 North Jersey Woman Expo to be held on May 2, 2016 at Mayfair Farms in West Orange is now accepting vendor reservations. This event is dedicated to the things woman love— fashion, food, fun—and things women care about, quality products and services. This extraordinary event allows vendors to: sell products, generate leads, and interact and engage with hundreds of attendees, all in a single day. Limited space is available. To request more information or to reserve your space call 973-276-1688 or visit

Be a Part of What the Community is Reading About Submissions are being accepted for Inside Essex section of Suburban Essex Magazine. If you know of a business, organization or person that should be highlighted, we want your suggestions! Email your ideas, with photo if possible, to, or call us at 973-276-1688. 8

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The Honors Keep Rolling In Get Ready for the “World’s Best Burger”


ho does not love to indulge in a juicy, mouthwatering burger once in a while? Avoid expensive restaurants when the craving for a high-quality, delicious burger hits, and head directly to the East Hanover Diner for the “World’s Best Burger.” According to the owners, the key to making this amazing burger lies in using the finest cuts of freshly ground meat, mixed and seasoned daily. Never frozen, the patties are char-broiled to the exact degree of doneness desired. Have a hankering for a burger all of a sudden? Make a beeline to the East Hanover Diner and sample the lean and juicy “World’s Best Burger.” See if the burger leapfrogs to the top of the list. East Hanover Diner is located at 275 Route 10 East in East Hanover. Contact 973-884-8840,


ontclair’s own Keil Design & Construction has much to celebrate. For the third year in a row, they were named “Best of Houzz 2016” in Customer Service by the home website, Keil Design also had been awarded “Best of Houzz 2015” in Design. In 2015, readers voted Keil Design as Best Home Remodeler in our very own Suburban Essex Best of Essex Contest, and they won silver in the Best Kitchen & Bath Remodeler category. In addition, Keil Design won the 2015 Building and Construction Star Award by the Pulse of the City News, which uses their comprehensive database to determine top-rated construction firms. In business since 2004, Keil Design offers a wide range of remodeling services. Owner Gordon Keil brings over 25 years’ experience working in the engineering field, providing every project with a solid understanding of the structures and systems that comprise both modern and older houses. Keil Design & Construction is located at 356 Bloomfield Avenue, Suite 6 in Montclair. Contact 973-902-4396, or visit

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ink steps welcome guests into Sue Waldman’s Verona home, which give an inkling of what to expect within the walls. Inside, Waldman painted all of the rooms in different shades of pink.

After a multi-year search for the perfect abode, Waldman purchased her house two years ago. She found the house serendipitously with her godmother. She chose to decorate her home in pinks because the color is associated with love, joy and gentleness, values she embraces every day. Also, after renting, she was ready to express herself. Waldman says, “I wanted to make a statement of empowerment, divine feminine energy, freedom and playfulness. Imagine the world if every person was reminded every day that life is precious… that we should not take it for granted, that our dreams can come true and that love is always around us.” Waldman celebrated her 22nd year in private practice as a Psychotherapist. She also is a Master Reiki Practitioner and Meditation Teacher, According to Waldman, “Pink is not just a color… it is an attitude.” As she always says, “Each and every day is a new beginning and Anything is Possible!” Sue Waldman will be signing books (Big, Bold Business Advice, Vol II) at The North Jersey Woman’s Expo on May 2 at Mayfair Farms.

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The Peking Acrobats Perform Saturday, April 9

With incredible skill, strength and style, the Peking Acrobats dazzle audiences with jaw-dropping feats of athletic prowess that will amaze people of all ages. 3 & 7:30pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

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Tour Of The Planets Program

“Spirited” Art by Alberte Bernier & Ritch Gaiti Haitian-born Alberte Bernier works in multiple mediums such as oil, acrylic, charcoal, textile, and mixed media. Although born and raised in Brooklyn, Ritch Gaiti became visually attracted to the American west and Native American culture by the warm colors and the spiritual nature of the people and the land. Runs through April 30. SOPAC, The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-313-2787.

Shapes In The Sky Program Featuring fun myths and legends from around the world and throughout history. The whole family will enjoy the engaging tales told in the program. Ages 4 and up. 3pm. Longo Planetarium, 214 Center Grove Rd., Randolph. 973-328-5076.

Tucked away in a roomy section of the Milky Way is an average star, surrounded by a small collection of eight planets, hundreds of moons, and uncountable asteroids and comets. They just appear as tiny specks from far away, but in this program you’ll see that each of them has a remarkable, unique story to tell. Ages 6 and up. 5pm. Registration suggested. Longo Planetarium, 214 Center Grove Rd., Randolph. 973-328-5076.

Space Extreme Program The universe is packed with extreme objects and events. Explore the biggest, hottest, and most amazing things. Visit black holes, supernovae, colliding galaxies, and others – all of which push the edge of understanding and imagination. Ages 8 and up. 7pm. Registration suggested. Longo Planetarium, 214 Center Grove Rd., Randolph. 973-328-5076.

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The Harlem Renaissance and The City in the Machine Age The installation highlights Art Deco, abstraction and the machine aesthetic, and features a new longterm installation on the Harlem Renaissance. The first major African-American art movement in the United States, the Harlem Renaissance created an entirely new black cultural identity. Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark. 973-596-6550.

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IN-STOCK FIRE PITS! Exhibit Planet Ocean: Dive Into Sand & Shells, Coral & Currents From sand to seashells, coral to currents, waves to beaches, this interactive exhibition will delve into the science of the ocean. See the Museum’s collection of over 2000 sand samples, come face to face with local marine birds or read an ocean tale in the ocean book nook. Special attention will be given to the unique New Jersey Shore environment. Runs through August 28. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-971-3700.

New Directions: Noah Klersfeld Now on view on MAM’s outdoor video monitors, Noah Klersfeld’s recent series of videos “Party in the Bathroom” transforms mundane bathroom floor tiles into spectacles of lights, patterns, rhythms, and colors. Runs through May 22. Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair. 973-7465555.

Women’s Workshops April programs are: Mindful Parenting; and Downsizing? Paring Down? Moving? Spring Cleaning? Please call for dates and times. NCJW/Essex Center for Women, 70 South Orange Ave., Suite 120, Livingston. 973-994-4994.

The Women Artists of Nutley Exhibit Oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings as well photography, pastels and drawings by members of the Women Artists of Nutley. Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, Nutley. 973-667-0405.

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Friday, April 1 AIDA Musical The Elton John and Tim Rice award winning musical AIDA. AIDA is an epic tale of love, loyalty and betrayal chronicling the love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country, Amneris, an Egyptian princess, and Radames, the soldier they both love. Featuring soaring ballads and rousing choral numbers. April 1 & 2, 7pm. April 3, 2pm. West Orange High School, 51 Conforti Ave., West Orange. 973-669-5301 x 31450.

Annual International Film Festival Women in Media-Newark will hold its seventh annual International Film Festival through April 7 in celebration of Women’s History Month. All events are free and open to the public. Visit web for screening dates, venues and titles for “Imaging Women: Like Jazz.” 973-9968342.

Rise 6 Program - (Reaching Into Self-Empowerment) Women learn how to achieve goals of employment, economic self-sufficiency, increase self-esteem, build healthy relationships, and more. April session meets once a week for 6 consecutive weeks. Call for information. 973-994-4994.

International superstar composer and pianist Yanni performs his greatest instrumental hits made popular from his PBS concerts. 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

Computer Classes April classes are: Intermediate WORD and PowerPoint. Call for dates and times. NCJW/Essex Center for Women, 70 South Orange Ave., Suite 120, Livingston. 973-994-4994.

Family Movie Night Featuring “The Peanuts Movie.” 5pm. The Roseland Free Public Library, 20 Roseland Ave., Roseland. 973-2268636.

Michael Lington Performs Michael Lington is a Danish-American contemporary saxophonist, songwriter, producer and recording artist. He has collaborated with Michael Bolton, Aaron Neville, Randy Crawford and more. 8 & 10pm.Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant, 6 Depot Square, Montclair. 973-744-2600.

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For more than 125 years, the Metropolitan Opera has been the artistic home of the greatest singers in the world. Enjoy performances by the next generation of opera stars as they perform selections from the world’s most beloved operas. 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

Humongous on humor and large on laughs, the story of The BFG was Roald Dahl’s personal favorite. On stage, his whizz-cracklingly wacky tale comes to life with puppets and people creating a fantastical world of towering giants and magical adventures. 2pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-3132787.

Children’s Garden Club Each session will include hands-on working in the garden, including planting and taking care of vegetables and herbs in planting beds. Learn with Master Gardeners and other professionals about how seeds grow, the difference between good bugs and not-so-good bugs, and composting. 10:30-11:30am. Also April 23. Caldwell Public Library, 268 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell. 973-226-2837.

Garden Explorations – Birds and Beaks An environmental educator will discuss various topics relating to nature in and around the gardens. A simple craft will be offered, as well as supplies for a self-guided activity on the property. Activities are designed for children ages 4 and up; however, all are welcome. Rain or shine. 10am-1pm. Van Vleck House & Gardens, Education Center, 21 Van Vleck St., Montclair. 973-744-4752.

Six-Time Winner BEST GIFT SHOP Sixth Annual Essex County Meet The Mayors Event Speaker: Mayor Joseph Tempesta, Jr. of West Caldwell and newly-elected President of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. The Mayors of all 22 towns in Essex County are invited. The Mayors of Little Falls and Clifton as well. Topics: COAH, Transportation Trust Fund, and Health and Pension Benefit Reform. A hot breakfast will be served. Free. 9-11am. Crane’s Mill, 459 Passaic Ave., West Caldwell.

“The Marriage of Figaro” Musical Comedy In State Repertory Opera’s production, librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte’s 18th century setting is transported to contemporary times in the Hamptons on Long Island. The production is semistaged with full cast, chorus and members of the Society of Musical Arts orchestra. The opera will be sung in Italian with English supertitles. 2pm. Memorial Auditorium, Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave., Montclair. 973-763-7969.

Tracy Morgan: Picking Up The Pieces 2016 Tour Continuously touring the country doing what he loves the most, stand-up comedy, Morgan has headlined across the country and abroad on various tours and festivals. He appeared on “Saturday Night Live” for seven seasons and created such memorable characters as “Astronaut Jones” and “Brian Fellows.” 8pm. Bergen PAC, 30 Van Brunt St., Englewood. 201-227-1030.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Dance Production A classic story, set in the fictitious Narnia, features favorite characters – the heroine Lucy and her siblings, The White Witch, Tumnis, Maugrim, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, Nymphs, Giants and of course The Lion. Follow them through the land of forever Winter to see if they can break the evil spell cast by The White Witch. 2pm. Sitnik Theater, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown. 908-979-0900.

“Love, Loss and What I Wore” Staged Reading This award-winning comedy/drama was written by Nora and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman. The play is a series of monologues and duologues from the true-life stories of women, sharing the funniest, happiest, worst and most embarrassing moments of their lives, based on what they were wearing at the time. 2pm. Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, Nutley. 973-667-0405.

Farm Camp: Early Bird Registration This year the Montclair Community Farms, Montclair Historical Society, and Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H will be partnering for all camp sessions. Families can meet staff from each organization. Information on weekly camp curriculum, field trips, and registration will be given on site. Scholarships available for families in need. 10am-Noon. 1 Montclair Historical Society , 108 Orange R., Montclair. 973-353-1337. (continued on page 14)


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Bob Dylan & The Band Tribute Show

Vishal & Shekhar Live In Concert

Bottle of Bread will perform a tribute to Bob Dylan & The Band at 9 PM. Tierney’s Tavern, 136 Valley Rd., Montclair.

Bollywood’s most happening composer duo Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani have constantly created music that has hooked the audience. They have reeled hit after hit in the Bollywood music industry. Special guest Neeti Mohan. 8pm. Bergen PAC, 30 Van Brunt St., Englewood. 201-227-1030. www.bergenpac. org

Sunday, April 3 Juilliard @ SOPAC: Nicolas Namoradze Performs Since his first public performance at the age of ten, 21-year-old pianist Nicolas Namoradze, has given solo recitals in prestigious venues in several countries around the world. Juilliard @ SOPAC is a Sunday afternoon concert series featuring some of classical music’s best and brightest rising young stars and is supported in part by Samuel Convissor. 3pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-313-2787.

Blues in the Loft: Eliza Neals Eliza Neals is an award-winning, sultry, powerful blues-rock-soul vocalist and recording artist. She is also a composer, publisher, and producer. Her work explores the musical spectrum with a combination of blues-rock, psychedelic soul and a twist of jam band with southern rock covers. 7pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-3132787.

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Daisy can spin gold from straw. A greedy King locks her in a stable and demands that she turn all the straw into gold. Fun filled songs and amazing audience participation. 1:30 & 4pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

Robert Klein & Freddie Roman Perform For more than forty years, Robert Klein has entertained audiences, and he continues to have an acclaimed career in comedy, on Broadway, on television, and in film. Freddie Roman Dubbed “king of one-liners”, is currently the Dean of the New York Friars’ Club. 3pm. Bergen PAC, 30 Van Brunt St., Englewood. 201227-1030.

Bobby Valli Performs Bobby Valli sings hits by his brother, Frankie Valli, and other Jersey legends. Light refreshments will be served. Call to sign up. 2pm. The Roseland Free Public Library, 20 Roseland Ave., Roseland. 973-226-8636.

Build Montclair in Legos™ Work with architect Stephen W. Schwartz (of Building Blocks Workshops) to visualize Montclair as you’ve never seen it before. With over 60,000 LEGO™ building blocks at their disposal, families will recreate specific buildings in Montclair to be placed on a scaled map. 2-4 and 5-7pm. Registration required.Montclair Historical Society, 108 Orange Rd., Montclair 973-7441796. learn-and-create/family-programs

Historic Crane House Tour The people who lived, worked, and relaxed at the Crane House and Historic YWCA tell the story of not only Montclair, but also New Jersey and the nation from its early years as a fledgling country to a country embroiled in Civil Rights. Sundays from 1-4pm. Tours on the hour, last tour at 3pm. Montclair Historical Society, 108 Orange Rd., Montclair. 973744-1796.

Monday, April 4 Fine Art Lessons Lauren Kaiser, has 25 yrs of experience as a staff art director and freelance designer. Lessons cover basic drawing with various mediums including pastel, charcoal and pencil. Choose from a variety of subjects including still life, portraiture, and landscape while learning about line, color, texture, form, shape and composition. Mon.1-2pm, Tues. 2-3pm, Wed.1-2pm and 7:30-8:30pm, Thurs 10-11am, Fri 1-2pm. Ages 10 through adult. Oakside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave., Bloomfield. 917331-2957.

Spring Classes Registration It is time to register for Spring classes at the Adult School of Montclair: Qigong, Mondays 11:15am. The Healing Power of Qi, 10:30am. Stop by at main library to register. 50 S Fullerton Ave., Montclair. 973-744-0500.

Monday Morning Yoga Taking inspiration from the magnificent natural beauty around, flow between postures at a slow to moderate pace, focusing on building strength in body and mind. This class welcomes all levels from beginner to experienced yogis. Bring your own mat. 9:30–10:45 am. Van Vleck House & Gardens, Education Center, 21 Van Vleck St., Montclair. 973-744-4752.

Conversational Spanish Beginner, advanced beginner and intermediate levels. Small group setting and conversational approach. Native-speaking, certified teachers. Registration required. Please call or e-mail for scheduling and rates. The Language Institute, 175 Fairfield Ave., 2C, W. Caldwell. 973-2281843. information@thelanguageinstitute. com

Tuesday, April 5 Faculty Jazz Ensemble of Seton Hall University Performs Celebrating its seventh season on the Jazz ‘n the Hall series, the Ensemble is widely recognized and acclaimed by Seton Hall University, the community, and the general public for its energetic, entertaining and educational jazz performances. 7:30pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-313-2787. www.

Project H.O.P.E. Spring Cancer Survivorship Lecture Series The Saint Barnabas Cancer Program presents this series which addresses the unique support needs of cancer patients who have completed treatment. April topics include: the benefits of exercise, defining yourself after treatment, and smoking cessation. Free. Registration required. Also April 12, and 19, 6:30-8pm. Saint Barnabas Wellness Institute at Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC MetroWest, 760 Northfield Ave., West Orange. 973-3222671.

40% OFF IN-STOCK FABRIC & TRIM Temple Sholom TYKES A preschool age (3-5) program for approximately 2 hours starting at 4pm. Your child will learn about a Jewish holiday or subject. Create a special art project, sing a few songs and have a snack. Free. There will be a temple wide pasta dinner served that evening. Please RSVP to reserve your spot. Temple Sholom of West Essex, 760 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove. 973-2391321.

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Wednesday, April 6 Dancing in the Streets

Featuring Motown’s greatest hits, the U.S. premiere of Dancing in the Streets, direct from London’s West End, is a nonstop celebration of Motown’s greatest songs, performed by an electrifying cast of singers, dancers and an onstage band. 8pm. NJPAC, One Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828. (continued on page 16)

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Hear from the Radiation Oncology Team of Saint Barnabas about its latest weapon in the fight against cancer – the CyberKnife system. This safe, painless and highly effective technology delivers high-dose radiation to tumors anywhere in the body with extreme accuracy on an outpatient basis in only five or fewer treatments. Free. Registration required. 6:30pm. Caldwell Public Library, 268 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell 1-888-7247124.

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Century 21 Cedarcrest Realty in Caldwell, will host a free informational seminar for first-time home buyers or those considering a home purchase. Attendees will walk away with a deeper understanding of how the money they are spending on rent can easily be applied toward home ownership instead. Topics include determining how much home one can afford, credit scores, qualifying for a mortgage and more. Sponsored by the Little Falls office of NJ Lenders Corp. mortgage bankers. 7-9pm. Century 21 Cedarcrest Realty, 460 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell.

Join, psychotherapist, Sue Waldman while she facilitates a relaxed, comforting and peaceful guided meditation. It yields physical, psychological and spiritual benefits. No experience is necessary. Registration Required. Verona location. 973-857-4357 (HELP). www.

Thursday, April 7 NJSO: Zhang Conducts Tchaikovsky 4 Tchaikovsky’s passionate, foreboding Fourth Symphony evokes the awesome power of Fate to shape human lives. Barber’s Violin Concerto is an American classic, filled with yearning and hope; Frautschi, an electrifying player, takes the solo role. 1:30pm. April 8, 8pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, One Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828. www.njpac. org

Fresh Perspectives 2016 The 27th annual Fresh Perspectives juried exhibition provides artistically accomplished New Jersey high school students a professionally organized museum exhibition and recognizes art teachers for nurturing these talented student artists. Runs through June 5. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-971-3700.

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Former Mets star Mookie Wilson and best-selling author Erik Sherman will sign copies of Sherman’s new book, “Kings of Queens: Life Beyond Baseball With the ‘86 Mets.” Free with book purchase (book buyers can bring a guest). 6-8pm. Call to RSVP. Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, Montclair State University, One Normal Ave., Montclair. 973-655-2378.

Two fitness sessions will be offered by Instructor Lena Kalle. Cardio, strength, and stretch to a more fit and healthier you. Equipment provided by instructor. Bring water to stay hydrated. Both classes are at 9:30am. No registration required. Also April 21. Cedar Grove Library,1 Municipal Plaza, Cedar Grove. 973-239-1447. library

Scholarship Book Sale The College Women’s Club of Montclair will hold their annual Spring Book Sale. Entrance fee required until noon. 9:30-9pm. Half price for teachers and librarians with professional ID. Sale days include April 8 -10th. Half Price Day April 15 and Bag Days April 16 and 17th. 9:30am-9pm. College Women’s ClubMontclair, 26 Park St., Montclair. 973783-7040.

“Alan Freed and the Birth of Rock and Roll” The presentation is a benefit for the University Women of West Essex Scholarship Fund. UWWE offers scholarship assistance to mature women, age 25 and older, who are in need of financial assistance to pursue an undergraduate degree. Donation includes lunch, dessert and an opportunity to win some wonderful donated prizes. Presented by Jim Clarke. 12:30-3pm. Roseland Public Library, 20 Roseland Ave., Roseland. 973-403-0136.

“Old Love, New Love” Production Gloria’s husband Colin has fallen for another Alzheimer’s patient at the facility where he resides. Michelle’s husband Matt has strayed after losing a local election and wrestling with his unfulfilled ambitions. A play about what we can’t remember and what we can forgive. Runs through May 8. Call for dates and times. Luna Stage, 555 Valley Rd., West Orange. 973-395-5551.

The Third Annual Intergenerational Prom Free to all Senior Citizens of Roseland, Essex Fells, North Caldwell, Fairfield, and surrounding communities. A Knight on Broadway includes live music, DJ, dinner, dancing (semi-formal attire optional). 4:30-7:30pm. West Essex Regional High School, 65 West Greenbrook Rd., North Caldwell. RSVP 973228-1200 ext. 217. (continued on page 18)

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The Peking Acrobats, a troupe of China’s most gifted tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, cyclists, and gymnasts complemented by live musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments will bring their 2,000-year-old tradition of acrobatics to North America. This tour marks The Peking Acrobats’ Gala 30th Anniversary North American Tour and Year of the Monkey Celebration. 8pm. Bergen PAC, 30 Van Brunt St., Englewood. 201-227-1030. www.bergenpac. org

Lunch and Learn This month’s theme is “Spring, Clean Your Mind, Body & Soul.” “Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.” Join Dr. Jo of Core Wellness Center as she discusses ways to declutter your mind, body and soul. Bring a bag lunch if you like; light refreshments will be served. Noon. Cedar Grove Library,1 Municipal Plaza, Cedar Grove. 973-239-1447.

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Join a hike through the garden in the twilight hour of the day in search of raptors that live right here in Montclair. We may see a hawk and where they like to perch, or a sign left behind from one of our feathered friends. Learn ways to spot different birds of prey in our area, as well as some of the characteristics that make them unique. Adults and children 5 and up. 6:15-7pm. Registration required. Van Vleck House & Gardens, Education Center, 21 Vn Vleck St., Montclair. 973-744-4752.

The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6 The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6— two of the most acclaimed, awardwinning vocal groups in pop music— create an unforgettable concert event. Between them, the two groups boast a remarkable 20 Grammy Awards, and a range of styles that covers nearly every genre of popular music. 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008. www.

Graham Parker Duo featuring Brinsley Schwarz Graham Parker has worked with guitarist Brinsley Schwarz since 1975 when they first met and rehearsed together in a band that became known as Graham Parker and The Rumour. Since then, Brinsley Schwarz has often accompanied Parker on post-Rumour records and tours and recently joined him onstage as a duo playing songs from throughout Parker’s career. 8pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-3132787.

Couples Springtime Dinner Cooking Class Join chef Diana Albanese and participate in cooking a springtime dinner. Menu includes; Fava bean bruschetta; penne with creamy artichoke and lemon sauce; salmon with shiitake mushrooms; leeks and asparagus; grilled chicken breasts with pesto and roasted pepper mayonnaise; pan roasted baby potato cakes with herbs and lemon almond cake with strawberries. 6:30-9:30pm. Kings Cooking Studio, 778 Morris Tpke., Short Hills. 973-258-4009.

“Start Down” Production Eleanor Burgess’ smart and funny look at work, love and get – rich – quick tech start-ups. A startling glimpse into the world of technology, education and its potential or consequences for educators and students alike. Runs through April 24. Kutz Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown. 908-979-0900. www.centenarystageco. org


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From the intimacy of the duet to powerful, driving ensembles, the work of choreographer Carolyn Dorfman conjures rich worlds for audiences to enter through a program that features the world premiere of “Traces.” 8pm. NJPAC, Victoria Theater, One Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828.

Saturday, April 9 Lea DeLaria Performs Comedian, actor and singer Lea performs material from her many awardwinning appearances on and off Broadway. 6 & 8:30pm. NJPAC, The Chase Room, One Center St., Newark. 973297-5828.

“Spring Saturday Sale” New Eyes for the Needy Fabulous Finds Resale Shop will have a special “Spring Saturday Sale”. Also open Thursdays, 1pm-3pm. There are great bargains on a wide assortment of fine and costume jewelry, watches, designer sunglasses and small home décor items. New inventory every week. 100% of the proceeds fund eyeglasses for the needy in the U.S. 10am-1pm. New Eyes for the Needy, 549 Millburn Ave., Short Hills, 973-376-4903.

Mixed Media Workshop Full Day. Registration required. Jerry’s Artist Outlet, 495 Prospect Ave., Essex Green Shopping Plaza, West Orange. 973-669-0995.

Family FUNday Spend some quality time with your kids or grandkids. Bring them for tours, games, demonstrations, and activities designed for the whole family. 1-4pm. Crane House, 108 Orange Rd., Montclair.

The Peking Acrobats Perform With incredible skill, strength and style, the Peking Acrobats dazzle audiences with jaw-dropping feats of athletic prowess that will amaze people of all ages. 3 & 7:30pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

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Strutting across the runway for philanthropy never looked so glamorous. A local charity, Catwalk4Cancer, brings friends and families together in high fashion to raise money to fight pediatric cancer.


n May 2012, 11-year-old Short Hills resident, Tallie Elisha, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She was treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York City and, after a two-year struggle, beat the disease. Witnessing her best friend’s courageous fight, Ashley Raz decided to help Tallie by taking a stance against pediatric cancer as part of her Mitzvah project. Taylor Cooper, a friend

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he 12th Annual Taste of the World was held on March 7 at Mayfair Farms in West Orange. The event was a huge success with over 40 participating restaurants and vendors. The evening included live entertainment, prizes and raffles. The Rotary of West Orange is one of over 31,600 member clubs of Rotary International worldwide that work to promote peace through understanding and friendship.




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Under the direction of Dr. Sándor Szabó, The Oratorio Society will present Beethoven’s Mass in C Major and Fauré’s Requiem. Joining the Oratorio Society chorus for this performance will be soloists Andrea Bargabos (soprano), Eunjoo Lee-Huls (mezzo soprano), Karl Scully (tenor), and Jimi James (baritone). 8pm. Church of The Immaculate Conception, 30 North Fullerton Ave., Montclair. 973 509-1111.

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Featuring the original, breathtaking choreography of Artistic Director, Phyllis Papa, and an enthralling score by Georges Bizet, Carmen tells the story of a beautiful seductress, the two lovers who vie for her affection and the tragic outcome of their tangled affair. 8pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-3132787.

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Voted Best of Essex 2015 Winner 5 Years in a Row! Anthony Salazar: Kidz Cabaret Series This is an exciting two or more person show geared for the family audience. Witness amazing illusions choreographed to high-energy music. It is a carefully blended combination of magic, comedy, dance, and audience participation that will leave you breathless. 1 & 3pm. Bergen PAC, 30 Van Brunt St., Englewood. 201-227-1030.

Paranormal Evenings Experience the phenomenon frequently known as ‘ghost hunting,’ led by Island Paranormal Society. Join the expert staff who use investigative tools to conduct readings on the grounds of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, and inside the Colonial Revival Mansion built in 1891. Ages 16 +. 7:30-11pm. Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Ave., Morris Township. ParanormalEvenings

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Sunday, April 10 Freddy Cole Quartet Performs Grammy-nominated jazz singer and pianist Freddy Cole, brother of Nat “King” Cole and uncle to Natalie Cole, plays piano, guitar, upright bass – and sings from treasure trove of popular standards. 11am & 1pm. NJPAC, Dorthaan’s Place, One Center St., Newark. 973297-5828.

“Spiritual Drumming” Workshops Can all the members of a large group communicate with each other simultaneously and have a joyous time doing it? According to Richard Reiter, that’s the purpose of the “Spiritual Drumming” workshop he has led since September, 1999, sponsored by Montclair’s Outpost in the Burbs. 3-5pm. First Congregational Church, 40 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair. 973-744-6560. www.

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Jane Stuart on vocals and the JS Trio featuring Ted Brancato on piano, Sue Williams - on bass, and Rick De Kovessey on drums. Enjoy “All of Me,” “God Bless this Child,” “Loverman,” and other Billie Holiday jazz favorites. Light refreshments will be served. 2pm .Call to sign up. The Roseland Free Public Library, 20 Roseland Ave., Roseland. 973-2268636.

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Clifford The Big Red Dog Live! Scholastic’s Clifford The Big Red Dog® comes to life on stage in this family musical. Clifford and Emily Elizabeth will take audiences on a journey to Birdwell Island with their friends Cleo, T-Bone, Charley, Jetta, and Mac, and they will learn about Clifford’s BE BIG!™ Ideas. 1 & 4:30pm. Bergen PAC, 30 Van Brunt St., Englewood. 201227-1030.

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Gary Mullen & The Works, hailed as the world’s premier Queen tribute band and the only one authorized by Brian May and Queen, re-creates the spirit and passion of rock icon Freddie Mercury in this internationally acclaimed tribute. 7pm. NJPAC, Victoria theater, One Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828.

Guest speaker Art Shamsky Art Shamsky will discuss his experience as part of the “Miracle Mets” that won the 1969 World Championship, his book about the New York Mets, Jets and Knicks who all won their first championship between January 1969 and May 1970 and his participation in managing a team in the Israel Baseball League. 10am. B’Nai Shalom, 300 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange. RSVP 973-712-1404.

This month, in celebration of National Farm Animals Day, activities will incorporate what life was like when you lived, worked, and cooked around a farm and livestock. With tours and activities designed for kids and the whole family on the hour beginning at 1pm., last tour 3pm. Montclair Historical Society, 108 Orange Rd., Montclair. 973-744.1796.

Celebrate Passover with Grandparent Cooking Class Join chef Marla Mendelsohn and prepare a Passover dinner. Menu includes; Shortcut chicken coup; matzah balls; charoset; chocolate ice cream roll and edible place cards. Ages 5-8. 11am-1pm. Kings Cooking Studio, 778 Morris Tpke., Short Hills.



Audience favorite Xian Zhang returns to lead the NJSO in an evening of rich, romantic melody. Tchaikovsky’s passionate, foreboding Fourth Symphony evokes the awesome power of Fate to shape human lives. 3pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973539-8008.

The Hobart Trio Performs

The Hobart Trio, featuring Iris Perry, (piano), Kathleen Butler-Hopkins, (violin), and Joseph Kimura, (cello), will perform music by Haydn and Brahms, among other works. 2pm. William Paterson University, Shea Recital Hall Room 101, 300 Pompton Rd., Wayne. 973-7202371.

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Bravo Alliance presents Verdi and Verismo--moving arias and duets from Puccini, Gomes, Ponchiello and others with Olga Bakali, soprano, Luis-Ottavio Faria, Bass and David Maiullo, music director/pianist. 3pm. First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 153 Park St., Montclair. www.

Centennial Celebration

The Camerata is the Masterwork Chorus’ sixteen-voice choral ensemble, led by Martin Sedek. The program will include a variety of music ranging from the Renaissance era, to Baroque, to Romantic, and Spirituals. It will include music from several cultures. Free. 3pm. The Livingston Public Library,10 Robert H Harp Dr., Livingston. 973-992-4600.

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Lantern Making Workshop The members of the Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project will be on hand to help participants create a lovely lotus flower lantern using colorful paper and wire frames for each person to take home. Free and open to all and supplies included. In addition traditional Korean refreshments will be served; complimentary books on Korean cooking and culture will be handed out. 1pm. Cedar Grove Library,1 Municipal Plaza, Cedar Grove. 973-239-1447.

Spring Break Mini Camp Animals Around the World themed camp that include games, teacher-led lessons, behind-the-scenes visits, upclose animal encounters, hands-on science, fun crafts, and of course time in the Zoo. Fruit & veggie snacks provided daily. Join for one day or attend all week. Ages 5-6 & 7-10. 9am-4pm. The Education Center, Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange. 973-731-5800. www.turtlebackzoo. com

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Amazing What We Can Do with an Empty Wall! Dr. Seuss’s best-loved stories collide and cavort in a whimsical musical caper adapted from the Broadway favorite. Ages 4-10. 4pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973539-8008.

Tuesday, April 12 Brookdale Park Bird Walk You’ll walk approximately one mile on wide, level sidewalks and paths; your pace will be slow and relaxed, with plenty of time to appreciate and learn about the migrant and resident birds. Bring water, a snack and binoculars can be useful, too. 8-9am.The bird walks will begin in the parking lot between the grandstand and the maintenance building. Enter the park from Bellevue Ave.

Library “Bee” Event Bees, beekeeping, honey & pollination with Joe Lelinho. Please call to register. Caldwell Public Library, 268 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell. 973-226-2837.

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Wednesday, April 13 Dozens of restaurants from around Essex County come together to bring an amazing culinary experience. Spend the evening tasting appetizers, main dishes and desserts from Essex County’s best restaurants. 5:30–9:30pm. The Manor, 111 Prospect Ave., West Orange. 973226-5500 to register.

French, Italian, Spanish for Children Now registering for spring session. Weekday or Saturday classes. Ageappropriate curriculum, materials, approach. Certified teachers. Ages 5 and up. We make language learning effective and fun. Call or e-mail for scheduling. The Language Institute, 175 Fairfield Ave., 2C, W. Caldwell. 973-228-1843.

Park Bench Program Get acquainted with other parents and young children, work on fun art projects, and take a guided tour of the Museum. The program is led by MAM Educator Angela Frasco and geared towards preschool age children. Refreshments provided. 9:30-11.30am. Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair. 973-746-5555.

Pizza & Movie This month’s feature is “The Walk.” The true story of a young dreamer, Philippe Petit (played by Joseph Gordon Levitt), and a band of unlikely recruits who together achieve the impossible: an illegal wire walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. 1pm. Caldwell Public Library, 268 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell. 973-226-2837.

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The William Paterson University Symphony Performs The performance will feature concerto competition winners Erika Arango on horn and Paul Daher on piano. Musical selections will include Mozart concertos, Rimsky-Korsakoff’s Russian Easter Overture, and Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. in G, Op. 88. Conducted by William Paterson music professor Sandra Dackow. 8pm. William Paterson University, Shea Center for Performing Arts, 300 Pompton Rd., Wayne. 973-720-2371. www.

Spanish Chat A bi-monthly conversation group for intermediate and advanced level students who are already proficient and wish to practice speaking. Native speaker facilitator. RSVP required. Please call or e-mail. The Language Institute, 175 Fairfield Ave., 2C, W. Caldwell. 973-228-1843.

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Diabetes Support Group: Diabetes and Kidney Disease Relive The Beatles’ meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool, through the heights of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces. Featuring over 40 of your favorite Beatles tunes. 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

Autism Awareness Month The library will be showing the movie “Temple Grandin”, a biopic of an autistic woman who has become one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry. 1pm. At 7pm the HBO movie “How to Dance in Ohio”, followed by a speaker. Refreshments will be served. Cedar Grove Library,1 Municipal Plaza, Cedar Grove. 973239-1447.

Kidney disease, or nephropathy, occurs in 20 to 40 percent of people with diabetes and can lead to kidney failure. The two most important risk factors for kidney disease are high blood glucose and high blood pressure. Homero Paniagua, APN, NP-C, an Inpatient Transplant Nurse Practitioner will discuss what patients with diabetes need to know about nephropathy and how to prevent it. Free, registration required. 6-7pm. Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, 200 South Orange Ave., Livingston. 973-322-2174.

Aside from his success in writing, singing and performing his own songs, Lightfoot has found fortune in having his songs recorded and performed by other great artists. 8pm. Bergen PAC, 30 Van Brunt St., Englewood. 201227-1030.

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Thursday, April 14 New Jersey Speakers Series: Michio Kaku Spend an evening of conversation with Michio Kaku, known as a popularizer of science, theoretical physicist and futurist, as part of the New Jersey Speakers Series, seven powerful and enlightening programs presented by Fairleigh Dickinson University. NJPAC, One Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828.

Moscow Festival Ballet Performs Created in 1967 by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso, with music written by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin, this one-act ballet set in Spain is based on Bizet’s opera Carmen. Also to be performed, Romeo and Juliet, based on Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy, with music by Tchaikowsky. 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008. www.

Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screenings Physicians with The Thyroid, Head and Neck Cancer Institute at Saint Barnabas Medical Center will provide free oral, head and neck cancer screenings. An appointment is required. 8am-Noon, 2-4pm and 4:30-6:30pm. Atkins Kent Building, 101 Old Short Hills Rd., Suite 401, West Orange. 1-888-724-7123.

Bill Engvall Performs Engvall is best known for his hilarious variations on his “Here’s Your Sign” routine and for the enormously successful, Grammy-nominated “Blue Collar Comedy Tour” concert films. 8pm. Bergen PAC, 30 Van Brunt St., Englewood. 201227-1030.

The William Paterson University Brass Ensemble Performs The program includes works by Frackenpohl, Bach, Ewald, Turrin, Susato, Gabrielli, Reynolds and Gershwin. 8pm. William Paterson University, Shea Center for Performing Arts, 300 Pompton Rd., Wayne. 973-720-2371.

Friday, April 15 Open Mic The Montclair-based School of Rock will host an awesome night of great music. Call to sign up. 7-9pm. The Roseland Free Public Library, 20 Roseland Ave., Roseland. 973-226-8636.

San Francisco Symphony Performance The rich, inspiring collaboration of the San Francisco Symphony and its music director Michael Tilson Thomas is one of the happier facts of life in American music today. A virtual tribute to American composer Aaron Copland and also includes a glowing Romantic masterpiece, Schumann’s Symphony No. 2. 8pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, One Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828. www.


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“Twenty First Century Education Without Fear” Lecture Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Katherine Ellison is the co-author of” Loving Learning: How Progressive Education Can Save America’s Schools.” She will describe how progressive education, grounded in a century-old tradition and supported by cutting-edge neuroscience, is poised to create the innovators, problem solvers, and critical thinkers who will thrive in the 21st century economy. Free. 7pm. Montclair Cooperative School, 65 Chestnut St., Montclair. 973783-4955.

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Kids’ Cooking Academy Kids make cake pops. 4pm. The Roseland Free Public Library, 20 Roseland Ave., Roseland. 973-226-8636.

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Mamma Mia! Musical A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget. The storytelling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and everyone’s having the time of their lives. 8pm. April 16, 2 & 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

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Kiwanis Club to host “Trivia Night” 13th annual Ultimate Trivia Contest. Each team can have up to eight people. Bring your own food and BYOB. Soda, coffee, dessert-plates, cups, napkins, and utensils will be provided. Bring an extra, non-perishable food item to be donated. To play fair there are a few simple rules: No electronic devices whatsoever during competition. This includes but is not limited to IPod’s, PDA’s, ICBM’s, drones, etc. Doors open at 5:45pm., and Trivia starts at 7pm. Parsippany PAL, 33 Baldwin Rd., Parsippany.

The Doo Wop Project Performs Featuring Broadway stars of “Jersey Boys” and “Motown the Musical” will perform classic oldies. 8pm. William Paterson University, Shea Center for Performing Arts, 300 Pompton Rd., Wayne. 973-720-2371.

Amy Wax, award winning author and architectural color expert, will present an illustrated lecture on colors for the Victorian home. Refreshments served. 8pm. Montclair Women’s Club, 82 Union St., Montclair. B’nai Shalom Lecture 11am D’var Torah on Elijah by Rabbi Asekoff. Kiddush Luncheon after services. 1pm prensentation on The Relevance of Elijah in this Century. All lectures are free and open to the community. B’nai Shalom, 300 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange. 973-731-0160 x207.

Piff the Magic Dragon Performance When it comes to Piff, think Larry David in a dragon suit who performs jawdropping magic tricks and you’re on the right track. Ages teen and above. 7pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008. www.

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All men ages 16 and up are invited to come and learn about financial literacy, leadership, and more. Food will be served. Registration required.10am12pm. St. Mark’s Church, 51 Elm St., Montclair.

Born in Newark and raised in Irvington, Gibbs began playing the trumpet at the age of 14. Gibbs performs all over the world as a leader and as a side musician with other bands in many venues and festivals. James performs many styles of music including jazz, rock, R&B, gospel, Latin, reggae, classical, Brazilian, and has shared the stage with many greats. 7pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-313-2787.

Spring Book Sale Wonderful selection of books available on a variety of subjects plus DVDs, CDs, records, audiobooks available at great prices. On Sunday a bag (supplied by Friends) can be filled with the buyer’s choice of books. 10am-5pm and April 17, 11am5pm. Maplewood Memorial Library, 51 Baker St., Maplewood. 973-762-4136.


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Michel Camilo: Solo Piano From the Dominican Republic to NJPAC for the very first time, pianist and composer Michel Camilo gives a rare solo piano concert of his critically acclaimed songs, including “Caribe,” “From Within” and “Why Not!” 4 & 7pm. NJPAC, The Chase Room, One Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828.

Summit Farmers Market The Summit Farmers Market is opening early this year. 8am-1pm Sundays through November 20. Park and Shop Lot No. 2, DeForest Ave. & Maple St., Summit. 908277-6100.

Verismo Opera Presents Amilcare Ponchielli’s La Gioconda

Based on Angelo, Tyrant of Padua by Victor Hugo, the story takes place in the magical city of Venice during the seventeenth century rule of the doges. Full of plots and intrigues, Ponchielli’s La Gioconda is filled with glorious music. 3pm. Bergen PAC, 30 Van Brunt St., Englewood. 201-227-1030. www.bergenpac. org

Film Screening & Concert: Flory’s Flame View a compelling one-hour documentary on the life and music of renowned cultural treasure, Sephardic composer, and performer Flory Jagoda. The screening will be accompanied by a concert featuring Flory Jagoda and Friends. Q&A & reception with Mrs. Jagoda following the film. 2-4pm. Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair. 9737465555.

Historic House Tour Built by renowned architect Michel LeBrun, the Shultz House is a beautifully intact example of architecture and life in the Edwardian age, when science, technology, and world travel were becoming commonplace. It’s a time capsule from the early 20th century that recalls the early days of Montclair’s transformation from a farming community to a commuter suburb. 1-4pm. The Shultz House, 30 North Mountain Ave., Montclair. 73-744-1796. www.montclairhistorical.or

“Songs of the Sirens” Concert Allegro Singers will present a concert celebrating the woman’s voice in opera. Soprano Luisa Fernanda Munster and Mezzo-soprano Janette Lallier will perform arias and duets from famous operas by Massenet, Delibes, Gounod and others. Free. Registration required. 3pm. West Caldwell Public Library, 30 Clinton Rd., West Caldwell. 973-226-5441. www.

Millburn Street Fair More than 150 crafters, artists, vendors and merchants will line both sides of Millburn Ave. and Spring St. Free parking is available in all municipal parking lots except Lots #5 & #6. An international selection of foods will be presented as well as live music, inflatable rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, games, clowns and jugglers. 11am-5pm. Millburn Ave., between Main St. and Spring St., and on Spring St.

Guided Historic Tours Have knowledgeable guides take you on a 45-minute journey pointing out 120 years of history hidden within Branch Brook Park’s structure and design, under a canopy of cherry blossoms. Tours leave from the Essex County Cherry Blossom Welcome Center on the hour. Transportation around the park is provided. Branch Brook Park, Park Ave. and Lake St., Newark.

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Monday, April 18 Puritans, Protesters and Patriots Explore the running conflicts in government, property ownership and education during the time of the Puritans’ settlement in Newark in 1666 and the American Revolution. Timothy Crist, President of the Newark History Society, moderates the panel. 6pm. Free. NJPAC, The Chase Room, One Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828.

Tuesday, April 19 “In The Mood” Musical “In The Mood” is a celebration of the music of the 1930s & 40s – the Big Band era. With the13-piece String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra and fabulous and dancers, the great melodies and lyrics that are still with us today are presented in a musical revue that is jazzy, sentimental, rhythmic, nostalgic and patriotic – all happening at the same time. 7:30pm. Bergen PAC, 30 Van Brunt St., Englewood. 201-227-1030.

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Make Mine Chocolate! Join chef Nick Malgieri as he demonstrates cooking deserts with chocolate. Menu includes; macarons au chocolat; chocolate pistachio cake; devil’s food bombe; lemony chocolate truffles and amadeus-delicate viennese sandwich cookies. 11am-2pm. Kings Cooking Studio, 778 Morris Tpke., Short Hills. 973-258-4009.

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Educational Lecture Suffering from arthritis or a tendon injury? Enjoy a free educational lecture about how Stem Cells and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapies can help you heal. We specialize in non-surgical solutions for sports, spine and orthopedic injuries. 7pm. The Advanced Medical Center at Cedar Knolls, Fourth Floor, 197 Ridgedale Ave., Cedar Knolls. 973-998-8309.

Mother’s Day Shopping Madness Featuring a variety of vendors; Mother’s Day gifts; teacher gifts; jewelry; judaica, apparel for all; decorator selection and much more. Also April 21. 8:30am-3pm. JCC MetroWest, 760 Northfield Ave., West Orange. 973-5303468. gkaplan@jccmetr;

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Join 50 of the metropolitan area’s top chefs, restaurants and beverage purveyors to sample delectable dishes, drinks and music at the St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Ninth Annual Cooking for Kids Event. 6-7pm VIP reception. 7-9:30pm general admission. Westmount Country Club, 728 Rifle Camp Rd., Woodland Park. 877-7577547.

Join Dr. Charles Curtis, DPT, Cert MDT, Physical Therapist and Director of Rehabilitation Services at Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, to learn how to help improve balance and minimize falls. Free; registration required. 5-6pm. Saint Barnabas Wellness Institute at Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC MetroWest, 760 Northfield Ave., West Orange. 973-322-5620. sbmcevents

The Colorado, featured in Pete McBride award-winning film Chasing Water, flows through majestic landscapes but no longer reaches the sea. And the Ganges, India’s sacred waterway, revered as a god, but polluted by the people who worship it. 10:30am for school groups only & 7:30pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

One-On-One Database Training Assistance for young adults and adults. Sign up for a halfhour session and receive individualized training on Benchprep, BCCLS Discover, Overdrive, Zinio, Hoopla, etc. Call to sign up. 6-8pm. The Roseland Free Public Library, 20 Roseland Ave., Roseland. 973-226-8636.

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math educator of 25 years and mother of four, Jodi Ralston has been teaching mathematics in both public and private school settings since 1990. With a Masters in Math Education, earned with distinction from the University of Minnesota, Jodi (seen right with husband, James) owns and teaches at the Mathnasium Learning Centers in Chatham, Summit, Westfield, and Livingston. Favoring a highly individualized curriculum tailored to each student’s specific needs over classroom group instruction, Jodi shares her love of teaching and expertise, answering some of the most frequent questions she gets in her centers each day from parents wanting to do more to assure their children’s academic success.


What more can I do at home to help foster a love of math and mathematical skills in my child? Indeed, “a love of math” need not be an oxymoron. Whether a student already loves math or claims to despise even the smallest of numbers, there are many resources available to help develop a child’s mathematical interests. The Number Devil by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Murderous Maths series by Kjartan Poskitt, and Calculus for Cats by Kenn Amdahl and Jim Loats (but not for your pet ;-) are but a short list of great books to help spark mathematical intrigue in young or teen readers. Games such as Mastermind and Yahtzee are also great for building logic skills and numerical fluency. As a parent, speak fondly of math and use numbers in daily interactions with your kids –whether you’re in the kitchen, on the road, or at the game.


My child seems to do well on homework, but not on quizzes and tests. How does this happen? This most commonly results from a discrepancy of measure. To encourage students to complete their assignments, teachers often grade homework as a measure of participation and completion. On the other hand, quizzes and tests mean to measure retention and accuracy. If homework is graded for accuracy, good homework grades but poor test results may indicate a parent or tutor is “helping” too much at home. They may be treating the symptom and not the root cause (mathematical knowledge gaps). In both of these cases, poor test results could be the symptom of a larger issue: a lack of real mathematical understanding.


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What can we do for our child who is really struggling with mathematics? Often simply adjusting the level of work assigned is the critical first step. By allowing the child to be successful with the work at hand, a positive attitude is fostered and reinforced. Thereafter, building upon incremental successes, a more solid footing in math is gained. Mathematical intuition (number sense) does not happen by accident. It is the result of a process of repeated encounter and interaction with a specific and progressive set of concepts –each presented in a way that makes most sense to the individual learner. For a child to progress in a meaningful and lasting manner, math should not be viewed as just a sequence of drill and practice exercises floating in a sea of facts to memorize by rote. Math is a language and, as such, warrants more immersive exposure.


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Thursday, April 21 Morris Arts 8th Annual “Great Conversations”

Nurture your soul with a cup of tea while learning something about yourself and life. Local psychotherapist and intuitive counselor, Sue Waldman, will provide an inspirational talk, a spiritual discussion, guided meditation, and thought provoking group exercises. Transform negative thinking, build self-esteem and eliminate anxiety. Learn how to live with “Presence, Purpose, Passion and Power!”. Verona location. 973-857 -4357 (HELP).

A Celebration of New Jersey Business Women The 2016 NJAWBO annual statewide spring luncheon conference and expo. Featuring: 3Rs of business round-table rotation, buffet lunch, traditional & social media panel, keynote presentation, member/sponsor exhibits. 10:30am2pm. Crowne Plaza, 2055 Lincoln Highway, Edison.

This is Morris Arts’ unique “signature” benefit event offers guests the opportunity to meet and dine with some truly extraordinary individuals drawn from the arts, sciences, sports, medicine, public service and industry. Guests can mix and mingle with a stellar lineup of prominent and fascinating host conversationalists at a 6pm reception leading to the 7:15pm dinner where guests can converse in more depth with a specific host selected in advance. Madison Hotel, 1 Convent Rd., Morristown. 973285-5115 x13. eventspage/great-conversations


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“The Sons of Molly Maguire: The Irish Roots of America’s First Labor Movement” Author and assistant news editor at the New York Times, Mark Bulik, will discuss his new book about the Molly Maguires, a secret society who organized strikes, murdered mine bosses, and fought the Civil War draft. Free. Registration required. 6:30pm. West Caldwell Public Library, 30 Clinton Rd., West Caldwell. 973-226-5441. www.

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Mint Condition and Floetry Performs Rock out for a soul-filled night of R&B when Mint Condition hits the stage creating modern, infectious soul grooves fringed with Latin and jazz, and buoyed by fiery dashes of rock and funk with special guest Eric Roberson. Floetry is the English neo-soul duo of Natalie Stewart and Marsha Ambrosius. 8pm. NJPAC, One Center St., Newark. 973297-5828.

Seton Hall University Theatre: A Little Night Music A Little Night Music is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. Inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night, it involves the romantic lives of several couples. April 2124, 8pm. April 24, 2pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-3132787.

Tower of Power Performs

For close to five decades, Tower of Power has delivered the best in Rhythm and Blues music. The band is recognized as having some of the finest rhythm and brass sections in the world of funk music. Special guest the Average White Band. 8pm. Bergen PAC, 30 Van Brunt St., Englewood. 201-227-1030. www.

Friday, April 22 America Performs

Open House for New Volunteers Visit the Montclair Historical Society in their offices at the Clark House and meet staff to learn more about ways to volunteer and get involved with our organization. Materials will be provided on volunteer opportunities. 10 am; April 24 at 11:30 am. Clark House,108 Orange Rd., Montclair. www.montclairhistorical. org.

CMT Presents Jennifer Nettles

Classic hits from the popular folk-rock band known for such timeless favorites as “A Horse with No Name,” “Sister Golden Hair” and “ Ventura Highway.” 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

Dodge Poetry at NJPAC: PoemJazz

Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Jennifer Nettles headlines this tour of country’s next generation of stars, also featuring 2015 Grammy nominee for Best New Artist Brandy Clark, Lindsay Ell and Tara. 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973539-8008.

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Three-time U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky is joined by Grammy-winning pianist, composer and arranger Laurence Hobgood in a program presented as part of Dodge Poetry. 8pm. NJPAC, The Chase Room, One Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828.

Junior Gardeners This class is a hands-on introduction to the joy of gardening, taught by Master Gardener Deborah DeSalvo. Children will grow yummy vegetables, plant beautiful flowers, learn about composting and observe the natural world around them at Van Vleck. Class will include a nature hike and nature journaling. This is a perfect way for kids to get outside and get dirty. Grades 3rd-5th. Fridays through June 3. 4:30-5:45pm. Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St., Montclair. 973-744-4752.

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A fun filled evening of gift raffles including sports memorabilia, jewelry, electronics, themed gift baskets, designer accessories, sports/theater tickets, technology devices and much more. Includes dessert, coffee, tea and water. You may bring your own food and munchies. All proceeds benefit the students of Lacordaire Academy. 6pm. Lacordaire Academy, 155 Lorraine Ave., Upper Montclair. 973-744-1156 x33.

The Church is selling homemade gourmet Greek pastries including Tsoureki, Diples, finikia, Kataifi, kourabiedes , koulourakia and Hostess Platters. All proceeds will benefit charities. Noon. Also April 24, Noon. Philoptochos St. Dorkas Adelphotis of Saints Nicholas, Constantine and Helen Church, on 80 Laurel Ave., Roseland. 973-251-2920.

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Teen Class Global Health Join chef Theresa Merges and participate in preparing this healthy meal. Menu includes; Asian lettuce wraps; Argentinian fajitas with chimichurri sauce; roasted mediterranean vegetables; Italian egg drop soup; mixed berry wontons. 6-9pm. Ages 13-16. Kings Cooking Studio, 778 Morris Tpke., Short Hills. 973-258-4009. www.kingsfoodmarkets. com

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This colorful remounting of Don Quixote, based on the 1900 version staged for the Bolshoi by Alexander Gorsky, is rich in Spanish color, flavor, and the humor of Cervantes’ masterpiece about an old knight, his squire, and their fanciful foray into the age of chivalry. 8pm. Bergen PAC, 30 Van Brunt St., Englewood. 201-227-1030.

WBGO Children’s Concert A free concert series bringing jazz culture and performance to your neighborhood. This interactive, hour long concert give kids the opportunity to learn about the distinct qualities of jazz and why it is a good reflection of our community, our nation and our world.12:30pm. NJPAC, Victoria Theater, One Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828.

“New SAT Practice Test” C2 Education is partnering with the West Caldwell Public Library to offer a full-length SAT practice test for high school students in grades 9-12. Free. Registration required. 10am. West Caldwell Public Library, 30 Clinton Rd., West Caldwell. 973-226-5441. www.

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Kathy Griffin: Like A Boss Saturday, April 23

Comedian Kathy Griffin dishes the dirt on the rich and famous and Hollywood elite as only she can. 7 & 9:30pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.


Grab your gloves and shovels whether it is because you have a sense of duty to protect the park or are just looking for a great excuse to work outdoors with other civic minded people, you can make a tremendous difference. Families with children ages 6 and up are welcome. 10am-Noon. Brookdale Park, 473 Watchung Ave., Bloomfield.

Community 2nd Night Passover Seder Join Rabbi Robert Tobin as he leads a freilach, meaningful and delicious seder catered by Lynn Shenassa. 8:30pm. RSVP by Friday, April 8. B’nai Shalom, 300 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange. 973-731-0160 ext. 204. drobinson@

Chinese Wellness Day Join the Center for Asian Health at Saint Barnabas Medical Center for health screenings, physician presentations and consultations. 9am-2pm. Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, 200 South Orange Ave., Livingston. 973322-6888.

Sunday, April 24 Jazz in the Loft: Radam Schwartz Organist and pianist Radam Schwartz has built his reputation over the last 35 years playing with many great musicians. 7pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-313-2787. www.

“Peter Rabbit Tales” Musical In celebration of Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday anniversary, Enchantment Theatre brings her captivating stories to life for a new generation of fans. Ages 3-10. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973539-8008.


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New Jersey Ballet’s ‘Cinderella’ Sunday, April 24

The classic fairy tale comes to life with lavish sets and costumes, performed with New Jersey Ballet’s original “storyteller” narration so little children can follow. 1 & 4pm. Bergen PAC, 30 Van Brunt St., Englewood. 201-227-1030.

Spring Concert Glen Ridge Community Concerts presents Glen Ridge Choral Society and Orchestra Thomas Mustachio, conductor performing “Te Deum” by Anton Bruckner and also featuring choral and solo pieces by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Benjamin Britten and others. 3pm. Glen Ridge Congregational Church, 195 Ridgewood Ave., Glen Ridge. 973-590-9577.

Monday, April 25 Marketing Seminar This seminar will provide marketing strategies for businesses and organizations looking to increase revenue. Topics include; strategic marketing; social media marketing steps to become your own best publicist; identifying your target market; importance of strategic alliances and benefits of having a marketing plan. Lunch and a copy of Volume 2 of the Big Bold Business® Book are included. Presenter is Rosanna Imbriano, R.I. Consulting, Cedar Grove, NJ. Advance reservation is required. 11:30am-2pm. The Greek Taverna, 292 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair. 973-444-2317. info@

“LEGO Club”

The blocks are available, just bring your imagination or take the LEGO challenge. 3:30pm. Caldwell Public Library, 268 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell. 973-2262837.

Home School Days: Out of This World There are plants from all over the world growing at the Arboretum. Learn where they come from, how they adapt to New Jersey, whether they get along with the native plants, and with a world map in hand, see how many different parts of the world are represented in the gardens. Grades 1-4.1-2:30pm. Registration required. Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Ave., Morris Township. 973-326-7603.

Tuesday, April 26 National Alliance on Mental Illness Meeting Hear Senator Richard Codey, a longtime advocate for mental illness speak at the Union County affiliate of The National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is an organization of families and individuals dedicated to improving the quality of life of those who suffer mental illness and providing support for their families. All are welcome. 7:30pm. American Legion Post, 1003 North Ave., Westfield. 908233-1628.

“The Delaware and Raritan Canal” Presentation Author, educator and historian Linda Barth will present a slide-lecture about the historic Delaware and Raritan Canal, which was one of the nation’s most successful towpath canals carrying more tonnage in 1866 than the more famous Erie Canal. Free. Registration required. 7pm. West Caldwell Public Library, 30 Clinton Rd., West Caldwell. 973-2265441.

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Spring Forward and Mastermind

The Connie Dwyer Breast Center at Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark will host their annual Spring Luncheon. Christopher Fisher, a renowned Martha’s Vineyard chef, farmer, and author of “Beetlebung Farm Cookbook” will be the guest speaker. All attendees will receive an autographed copy of his farm to table cookbook. All proceeds from the luncheon will go to support the Center’s mission to provide top-quality breast care for all women, regardless of their ability to pay. Registration required. 11:30–2:30pm. Canoe Brook Country Club, 1108 Morris Tpke., Summit. 973-877-2624.

The Pink Mastermind circle will help each woman identify goals and help support her with taking action. The values that will be reviewed will be authenticity, integrity, commitment, accountability, spirituality, self-expression and honesty. Join, business coach, Sue Waldman, for an enlightening evening of inspiration, motivation and fun. Sue will be reviewing the book, “Big, Bold Business Advice” and the chapter that she wrote on the importance of the Professional Relationship. Verona location. Call 973857-4357 (HELP).

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Wednesday, April 27 Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Lecture Lecture by Michael Giuliano, MD., Board certified child, adolescent, college age and adult psychiatrist on staff at Morristown Medical Center. Q & A. Peer support groups every Tues. 7:309pm including a group for young adults age 18-25. Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-994-1143.

Seton Hall University Spring Choral Celebration The Seton Hall University touring choir is the largest choir at Seton Hall University. Its auditioned members consist of Seton Hall University undergraduate students, alumni, community members and faculty. The Chamber Orchestra offers students a unique opportunity to perform with faculty and professionals within the orchestra. 7:30pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-313-2787.

Boz Scaggs is renowned among his fans and fellow musicians as one of America’s preeminent R&B artists. A singer, songwriter and guitarist, Scaggs had several records and a solid fan base behind him. “I’m at a point where I’m having a lot of fun with music, more than ever,” he said of his new album “A Fool to Care”. 8pm. Bergen PAC, 30 Van Brunt St., Englewood. 201-227-1030.

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The Charlie Daniels Band Performs An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor to young artists and still a road warrior at age 78, Charlie has parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children and others in need. 8pm. Bergen PAC, 30 Van Brunt St., Englewood. 201-227-1030. www.bergenpac. org

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Support Group Pockets of Light offers a free peer-led support group for parents who have lost a baby during late pregnancy or shortly after birth. Guided by trained facilitators who have also experienced loss, these meetings are a safe environment where women and men can openly share their feeling and support each other. Meets weekly for 8 consecutive weeks. Partners are encouraged to attend. Thurs. through June 16. 7:30 - 9pm. Free. Call for venue and to register 973-841-7524 or

As a performer, songwriter and producer, Richard Marx’s nearly three-decade-long career has had innumerable highlights. The Chicago native has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, starting with his selftitled debut, which contained four Top 5 singles. 8pm. NJPAC, Victoria Theater, One Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828. (continued on page 48)

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Jukebox Junction Performs Four decades of musical favorites on one stage. The Glenn Miller Orchestra performs your favorite big band hits, followed by your favorite doo-wop and rock and roll classics as sung by The Diamonds. 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.


unning 4 Answers, a race against Alzheimer’s, is hosting its seventh annual event on Saturday, April 30, 2016 in Roseland. A USATF-sanctioned 5K race and 2-mile fun run/fitness walk, this event raises money for Alzheimer’s research. To date, Running 4 Answers, has donated $205,000 to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund (

Rita Wilson Performs

Started by two Roseland residents, Carolyn Mastrangelo and Barbara Geiger, the event was created because Mastrangelo, whose mother passed away from Alzheimer’s in the fall after suffering for 17 years, could not find a race to raise money. Their threefold mission: raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, raise money for its research and create a fun community event.

Although Rita Wilson is well-known as an actress as well as a film producer, few may be aware that her early show biz ambitions were actually musical. During the past two years she has collaborated with a number of extremely talented and successful songwriters composing original material to be featured on her second album, self-titled Rita Wilson. 8pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-313-2787.

Sponsored by local organizations such as Tri-Coastal Design, Regal Bank, St. Barnabas Health and Fox Rothschild LLP, the race starts at 8:30am and takes place at 19 Harrison Avenue in Roseland, running through Essex Fells. There are cash prizes for the first three race finishers, both male and female. The walk starts at 8:35 and is also in Essex Fells. To register, donate or for more information, visit their website at or call 973-896-9263 / 973-477-4774.

Saturday, April 30 Juan de Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars The Afro-Cuban All Stars is a unique orchestra, devoted to promoting the complete story of Cuban music. Featuring Members of the Buena Vista Social Club. 8pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-313-2787.

Jewel: Picking Up the Pieces Tour

Steve Petra’s Super Silly Show Kidz Cabaret Series Super Silly Show is a ventriloquist puppet show featuring: Comedy illusions, music and audience participation. Starring: Ultra Duck, Grandma Terri Dactyl, Eric the Super Sheep and Baby Gouda. Kids will learn the secret of the Hero Scope and play a mind-twisting game of Defeat the Cheese. 1 & 3pm. Bergen PAC, 30 Van Brunt St., Englewood. 201-227-1030.

FW Acrylic Inks Presentation Create with mixed medias, gold leaf, plexi-glass, canvas & more. 1-4pm. Registration required. Jerry’s Artist Outlet, 495 Prospect Ave., Essex Green Shopping Plaza, West Orange. 973-669-0995.

21st Annual Plant Sale All-County Garage Sale Find treasures, great bargains, unique antiques, sought-after collectibles, and gifts to share. Don’t miss your opportunity to uncover something exceptional and wonderful. It is a one-day shopper’s paradise. 9am-4pm. Call to become a vendor or for more information. Mennen Sports Arena, 161 E Hanover Ave, Morristown. 973-285-6534.

Grammy-nominated songwriter and New York Times’ bestselling author Jewel performs hits spanning her 12-studio albums and sharing stories from her memoir “Never Broken—Songs Are Only Half the Story.” Opening Act: Will Hoge. 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

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Snow White is being pursued by the evil Vilenity, who wishes to conquer the kingdom, and she will need the help from seven fairy godmothers. But what happens when Snow White switches places with Sleeping Beauty? Also May 1,7, 8. Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 and 3:30. Studio Players, 14 Alvin Place, Montclair. 973-744-9752.

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Each year, Lisa Palombo opens her art studio and gallery to the public to showcase new original paintings consisting of impressionistic-style florals, waterscapes and equine paintings in various sizes and subject matter. Light refreshments offered, children welcome. Noon-5pm. Also May 1, Noon-5pm. Lisa Palombo Studios, 55 Mountain Ave., Caldwell. 973-364-0280.

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Join chef Theresa Merges and participate in cooking with Mom. Menu includes; fresh berry salsa; bananas foster crepes; overnight french toast; breakfast burritos and tropical smoothies. Ages 10 and up with parent. 11am-1:30pm. Kings Cooking Studio, 778 Morris Tpke., Short Hills. 973-258-4009.

The MFF Announces Tribute to Richard Curtis The MFF is proud to announce that writer, director, and producer Richard Curtis will receive the festival’s inaugural Filmmaker Tribute during the 5th annual Montclair Film Festival. The daylong celebration will feature a screening of Mr. Curtis’ Love Actually with Mr. Curtis providing a live director’s commentary with stories, secrets, and surprises. Later in the day Stephen Colbert will moderate a wide-ranging conversation with Mr. Curtis on stage at The Montclair Kimberly Academy Upper School, 201 Valley Rd., Montclair. via

Little did this legendary rock group realize that back in the ‘70’s, what seemed to be “different,” was actually ahead of its time. Along with touring, Kansas remains a fixture of Classic Rock radio and has reached a whole new audience through their unmistakable presence on the popular video games, and through their songs inclusion in various television shows. 8pm. Bergen PAC, 30 Van Brunt St., Englewood. 201-227-1030.

Sunday, May 1 ”Go Green” Fair The fair will showcase “green” local vendors and engage families in hands-on learning activities and exhibitions. Childfriendly educational activities will include a wildlife watch, a self-guided hike, ‘how to compost’ visual demonstration, a ‘trash to treasure’ arts & crafts project, and an interactive recycling game. 11am2pm. Summit Transfer Station, 40 New Providence Ave., Summit.

65th Annual Spring Car Show For the past 40 years + this pinnacle of AACA judging rules and seldom seen cars has been synonymous with Automatic Switch Company (ASCO). All vehicles 1991 and older are welcome. In addition, there will be a flea market and car corral with food available. This year the new location is: The Mennen Arena, 161 East Hanover Ave., Morristown. 908-755-4266.

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ational Walk to Work Day, celebrated the first Friday in April, is an excellent time to recommit to a healthy lifestyle. Instead of revving up the engine of your car, consider lacing up your sneakers instead, and head to work using the power of your own two feet. Bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable shoes. If you have never walked to work before, map the route first to ensure that it’s a safe walk every step of the way. If commuting by foot is impossible because of safety or mileage, make an effort to go for a walk at lunch or after work instead. Consider taking the stairs instead of the elevator—the important part is to get active. —SPM Wire


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pril is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. To aid in her mission against oral cancer, cosmetic and family dentist Dr. Tina Moheb has added using the high-tech screening tool, VELscope®, in addition to her routine oral cancer screening she conducts at her Verona practice. She explains, “With oral cancer, early detection is the key to survival.” Suburban Essex asked Dr. Moheb some important questions about this disease.

What are the symptoms of oral cancer, and can it be prevented? Oral cancer has many symptoms, including (1) any red, white, or black discoloration or ulceration of the soft tissue ; (2) a sore that doesn’t heal within three weeks; or (3) painful chewing or swallowing, just to name a few. But by the time a patient is symptomatic, it is pretty late and the cancer may have already spread. To prevent oral cancer, do not smoke or chew tobacco, drink only in moderation, limit sun exposure, use sunscreen on the lips as well, see your dentist regularly and make sure to get oral cancer screenings. Also, brush and floss regularly, as an unhealthy mouth reduces the immune system and inhibits the body’s ability to fight off potential cancers.

Why VELscope? VELscope technology uses a special type of light that enhances my ability to detect tissue changes so subtle that they are not visible to the naked eye. Early detection means early treatment, resulting in much better odds to beat the disease. VELscope can be an invaluable additional aid in the fight against cancer in the oral cavity. If oral cancer is detected early, the survival rate is ninety percent. With delayed diagnosis, which is more often the case, survival rates plummet to as low as fifty percent.

How does your practice screen for oral cancer? At Advanced Smiles Dental Care, we do a thorough head, neck and soft tissue examination with every one of our patient examinations. Adding the VELscope during your exam helps ensure that if any cancer is developing but is not visible to the naked eye, it can be caught as early as possible. We treat every patient like family, taking time to educate and answer any questions. We believe education is key to optimum oral health and together we can achieve it. Tina Moheb, DMD, is the founder of Advanced Smiles Dental Care, 685 Bloomfield Avenue, Suite 102 in Verona. To schedule an appointment, call 973-857-7799. Visit online at April 2016 55

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hen Jay Winik wrote his instant classic book over 15 years ago, April 1865: The Month That Saved America, he was writing about the last month of the Civil War. He knew he would have to do a lot of historical research and that he had a compelling story to tell. What he did not realize was that he also would find out a lot about what makes good leaders.

“Genius is divine perseverance. Genius I cannot claim nor even extra brightness, but perseverance all can have.” —Woodrow Wilson, U.S. President

According to Winik, “What I discovered is this most common trait among great leaders: They can repeatedly suffer failure and be undaunted by it. They adhere to their vision, and they just keep plugging away. Plugging away seems like the simplest explanation you can have, but historically it’s very clear. People who go on to do great things in history often do them against great odds. They do it because they refuse to be defeated by the whirl and sway of events. You see it in Lincoln; you see it in Grant; you see it in Robert E. Lee.” “At the end of my book,” Winik continues, “I included a panorama of what America would become in the 50 years following the Civil War. I looked at the people who go on to shape the country’s destiny. I was shocked by what I found. In 1865, most of these people were failures.”

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Fine Dining in a Nostalgic Setting By Rhonda L. Rivera Photos by Dan Epstein


tep back in time to the Roaring Twenties and receive a warm welcome at The Essex House in West Orange. Newly renovated, the restaurant offers delicious meals, generous portions and a very friendly staff with a unique and inviting ambiance. For a lasting memory, make sure to reserve one of the private dining booths in its original Pullman train car. Start with Oysters Rockefeller ($12.95), with bacon and spinach piled on top of oysters in a delightful presentation. Or sample the remarkably light calamari ($12.95), served not with the traditional marinara sauce, but rather with a tasty sweet and sour one. The rich lobster macaroni and cheese ($15.95) offers a cheesy twist on the traditional, with a generous amount of lobster and truffle oil. When selecting a salad, the fantastic poached pear salad ($11.95) is a must. A pear poached in Cabernet wine sits atop mesclun greens, with dried cranberries, lightly candied walnuts and blue cheese crumbles, perfectly dressed in a lemon-thyme dressing. The real star of the The Essex House menu, though, is steak. All steaks are USDA dry-aged, and are accompanied by whipped potatoes and

seasonal vegetables. The 28-ounce Tomahawk Ribeye ($44.95), served on the bone, is a wellseasoned melt-in-the-mouth experience. The smaller in size, but not in taste, filet mignon (8 ounces for $37.95 or 12 ounces for $42.95) is equally enjoyable on the tongue. If craving seafood, the pan seared sea scallops ($32.95) are mouthwateringly juicy, while the grilled long line swordfish ($28.95) dances on the palate. Save room for dessert! The chocolate lava cake ($10.95) and red velvet cheesecake ($9.95) are both to die for. The former oozes chocolate while the latter is light and luscious. The family-owned restaurant also features an oversized bar with its own menu. Happy hour specials are served Tuesday through Friday, 4 to 6 pm, with live music every Friday and Saturday night. In addition, private banquet rooms are available for parties up to 150 people. The Essex House serves lunch Tuesday through Friday, 11:30am to 3pm; dinner Tuesday through Thursday, 5 to 10pm, Friday, 5 to 11 pm and weekends 4:30 to 11pm; and a full Sunday buffet brunch ($28.95), 11am to 3pm. Located at 525 Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Contact 973731-2222,

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403 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell • 973-228-8856 OCHA Restaurant has reopened after a month of expansion and remodeling. Come in and enjoy the food in a relaxed and modern space. Now providing new dishes including California Uni, Baby Yellowtail, Kobe Beef, Pad Thai and much more.

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395 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell • 973-226-9812 American Cuisine in a family dining atmosphere. 24 beers on draft and over 75 bottled beers. OD, RR (for 8 or more), MCC, $MOD, LP, SP, H, TO

406 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell • 973-403-2400 More than a traditional Japanese sushi restaurant, Nori Sushi offers unique and exotic foods ranging from Bugs Bunny and Jalapeño sushi rolls to Indonesian-Style lemongrass-scented chicken.


275 NJ State Highway 10, East Hanover 973-884-8840 • Soup, salad, pasta, omelets, burgers and more. Whatever the fare, we do it right. Bring the whole family to this delicious, neighborhood restaurant. MCC $MOD LP H TO

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234 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell • 973-226-8889 iL Vecchio Café, offers a lunch and dinner menu featuring homemade pastas, entrees, panini sandwiches, burgers, and salads as well as pizzas, flatbreads, and calzones made with all natural whole grain ingredients in their stone deck, wood burning oven. ENT,H, OD, RR, LP, MCC, TO

La Taverna Lounge & Bar 234 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell • 973-226-8889 Serving a wide selection of wine, cocktails and beer along with food from their bar menu daily until the kitchen closes. The lounge offers the perfect atmosphere for everything from a working lunch to a great night out.

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

10 NJ-10, East Hanover • 973-884-8600 At The Flying Meatball Marketplace they love to share good food with everyone. If in need for a catering order for a special event, a sandwich delivery for the office lunch, or food items for loved ones with dietary restrictions, they always deliver.

Kam Man Market 200NJ-10, East Hanover • 973-503-1770 Featuring traditional Asian food including pastries, hot food items such as Asian beef, chicken, duck, seafood, BBQ and Vietnamese noodles.

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FAIRFIELD Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill 118-124 Route 46 E, Fairfield • 973-575-6500 A family friendly restaurant offering Northern Italian dishes with a Mediterranean flair. The restaurant features an open kitchen, Tuscan themed dining room, lobby bar, outdoor seating in the spring and summer months, and fireside lobby dining in the winter months. ENT, OD, MCC, $MOD, LP, H, TO

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

LITTLE FALLS 381 Main Bar & Grill 381 Main Street, Little Falls, 973-785-3815 381 Main Bar & Grill is a unique sports bar with a full menu, a brick pizza oven, an extensive beer and liquor menu, and weekly events and entertainment. Stop by and enjoy our outdoor patio on the warmer days, and take advantage of our warm and inviting atmosphere inside on the colder days.


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7A Paterson Avenue, Little Falls • 973-256-0050 www. The passion at Aquila is to offer authentic Neopolitan pizza. The pizzas are made in the true Neopolitan tradition using in a wood fired “forno” (oven) with only the finest ingredients including house made mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil and sea salt. Aquila offers weekly pizza specials. Municipal parking is available behind the store. Private parties are available as well. Open Wed-Sat 5-10pm. Reservations accepted for parties of 5 or 6 only. BYO, LP, SP, MCC, $MOD (continued on page 62)

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405 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston 973-758-1111 Offering fresh whole fish from the Mediterranean as well as many meat and poultry Greek dishes that will entice the palette of all culinary preferences.

Nero’s Grille 618 S. Livingston Ave, Livingston 973-994-1410 • An American steakhouse with an Italian accent. Fine dining in a comfortable atmosphere.

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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

21 E. Northfield Ave, Livingston 973-994-7883 Nestled on the corner of Northfield Avenue behind Infinity Clothing store this new Thai restaurant is a must try! Perfect for a night out or a night in. Open for lunch and dinner WednesdaySunday. BYO, LP, $MOD

62 West Mt. Pleasant Ave, Livingston 973-740-2264 Acasual, cool, hip place for young families seeking authentic thin crust pizza and fresh Italian dishes.

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MILLBURN Ms. Lin Chinese Cuisine 59 Main Street, Millburn • 973-912-8838 Ms. Lin Chinese Cuisine focus’s on delivering the best taste while providing the lowest cholesterol and trans fat and only using fresh ingredients. Open kitchen with a warm, friendly dining room. Convenient take-out and delivery for lunch and dinner and specializing in offpremise catering. BYO, $MOD, LP, NR, H, MCC, TO, D

MONTCLAIR Osteria Giotto

550 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave, The Westminster Hotel, Livingston 973-548-0050 With menu items including truffle creamed spinach, prime cuts of steak and Grade A beef, an extensive wine list and decadent desserts, the Strip House is the quintessential steak house.

21-23 Midland Avenue, Montclair • 973-746-0111 Osteria Giotto’s traditional Italian cuisine has delighted patrons’ palates with a menu that includes an array of delicious and authentic Italian soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Fresh pasta made daily and bread is baked daily on the premises.

Thai Kitchen 21 E Northfield Road, Livingston 973-994-7383

Ritz Diner 72 East Mt. Pleasant Ave, Livingston 973-533-1213 • 973-533-6949 The “go to” diner in Essex County cited it’s consistency and fresh food as the main reason for their devoted fan base. There is something on the menu for everyone. Winning Best Diner in the 2011 and 2012 Best of Essex reader’s choice awards is a testament to their quality and popularity with local residents. MCC, $MOD, LP, H, TO

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54 Fairfield St, Montclair • 973-774-7252 This cozy café shares space with Watchung Booksellers. Tiny Elephant offers healthy and fresh breakfast, brunch and lunch menus and is now open weeknights for an early dinner. They are well known for their wonderful boutique bakery items and also offer complete catering services. Check their website for information about cooking classes and birthday parties. BYO, OD, SP, TO, MN,


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, H, MCC, TO

700 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair • 973-509-8099 Serving breakfast, brunch and lunch staples with a twist, Toast is the perfect place to try new and exciting varieties of old favorites in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Try the Crab Cake Benedict or the Crab and Asparagus Omelet.

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ORANGE Star Tavern 400 High St., Orange • 973-675-3336 A traditional family favorite for delicious, thin crust pizza served in a lively and inviting atmosphere. TO, $IN-$MOD (continued on page 64)

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The Thai Elephant 18 Grove Ave, Verona, NJ 07044 • 973-559-3033 Serving fresh and authentic Thai food.

Verona Inn

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

622 Valley Road, Upper Montclair • 973-783-9800 Serving fresh, locally-sourced American food with a global influence. Menu updated regularly. Call for reservations. BYO, RR, LP, MCC, $EXP

Upstairs Restaurant & Bar 608 Valley Rd, Upper Montclair • 973-744-4144 A restaurant offering modern American cuisine, a full bar, and an extensive liquor and wine list.

624 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona • 973-239-0544 Simply the best in bistro and pub fare including a selection of specialty burgers, tacos and potatoes (tots and fries) as well as more than 40 craft beers. Check the website for details of their daily specials—Football Sundays, Double Happy Hour & Kids Night on Monday, Monster Mug and Taco Night on Tuesdays, Half-Off Craft Beer on Wednesdays, Ladies Night on Thursday, Really Happy

Make your next dinner an experience worth remembering.


- Zagat Survey










Suburban Essex

April 2016

FINE BRUNCH, LUNCH & LOBSTER DINNER BUFFETS 111 Prospect Avenue | West Orange, NJ 07052 | 973-731-2360

RESTAURANT GUIDE 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

Fridays and Supersize Saturdays—to name a few. Their Facebook page will showcase what sports are being shown on their big screens. $IN-$MOD, ENT, SP

WEST CALDWELL Ichiban 776 Bloomfield Ave, West Caldwell 973-808-7178 This Japanese grill and Sushi bar uses only the freshest and highest quality seafood to prepare your meal.

Prices based on average entree price excluding beverages & gratuity.

WEST ORANGE The Essex House 525 Northfield Avenue, West Orange 973-731-2222 Whether it’s for a quick drink at the bar, a business luncheon, a romantic steak dinner for two, or a private event, The Essex House accommodates all their guests with a warm, inviting atmosphere and an experience they’ll look forward to returning back for, time and time again. ENT, H, RR, LP, VP, MCC, $EXP, TO

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. Live music is offered every Friday and

Saturday in the Piano Room. $EXP, OD, RR, ENT, VP, MN

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Señorita’s! Margarita & Food Specials All Day Long

DJ, Music, Dancing Until Closing! Fun for the Whole Family!

“One of the TOP OVERALL for a combination of food, service, drinks, and ambiance.”


“Give it a sh I did and it is ot; now


“Their Dos Amigos Margarita rocks anytime.”

“The food is delicious and the atmosphere is festive.”

“Señoritas never disappoints!” Take Out & Delivery Available

All reviews from

285 Glenwood Ave, Bloomfield 973-743-0099 •

Handcrafted, fresh & natural Italian gourmet foods, products & services

The Manor

111 Prospect Ave, West Orange 973-731-2360 The Manor combines distinctive gourmet cuisine, superior service and a fabulous environment both inside and out to provide an exceptional experience for your special event or simply dinner with friends or family. H, RR, VP, MCC, $EXP,

SuzyQue’s BBQ & Bar 34 South Valley Road, West Orange • 973-736-7899 This full service restaurant and bar uses a unique blend of southern BBQ that creates their own special delicacies. Using only the finest premium meats, slow smoked in state-of-the art smokers, with their own exclusive house blend of rubs made from scratch.

Italian Market More than just meatballs… In addition to traditional Italian comfort foods, we offer a variety of healthy foods, products & services. Catering (for corporate/private affairs), customized Meal Prep with several meal options (low sodium, low fat, gluten free, vegetarian, dairy free), as well as nutrition consulting & cooking demonstrations with Chef Tony Grande of Il Capriccio. We offer lunch & dinner meals, freshly baked goods and Imported Italian foods & products. Delivery is available for your convenience.

Chef Tony Grande & his family that brought you Il Capriccio wish you buon appetito! Visit our website to view our menu

Celebrate Spring with Mark & Julie’s Ice Cream GOLD WINNER


Home of the Best Coffee Ice Cream • 56 Fabulous Flavors

476 Pleasant Valley Way West Orange • 973-731-6011

15% OFF


With this coupon only. Limit 1 per visit. May not be combined with any other offer. Exp. 4/30/16. 110 Route 10, East Hanover 973-884-8600 Open Monday through Saturday 9am-6pm, Closed Sundays Find us on facebook Flying Meatballs Market and Instagram April 2016 65

Where Everyone Can Make Real Asian Food! East Hanover Center 200 State Route 10 West East Hanover, NJ 07936 973-503-1770

Full Selection of Asian Food

(Japanese, Chinese/Taiwanese, Korean, Thai, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Philipino, Indian)

Live and Fresh Seafood Huge Selection for Vegetarian Visit Our Famous Chinese BBQ, Prepared Foods & Homemade Bakery



ANY PURCHASE OF $30 OR MORE 200 State Rt. 10 West • East Hanover Valid for in-store use only. Present this coupon at the time of purchase. not valid with other offers. one coupon per visit. Expires 4/30/16.



ANY PURCHASE OF $60 OR MORE 200 State Rt. 10 West • East Hanover Valid for in-store use only. Present this coupon at the time of purchase. not valid with other offers. one coupon per visit. Expires 4/30/16.

Miso Paste Fortune Cookies Mochi Ice Cream


Sushi Ingredients

Asian Teas

Tamarind Paste

Dried Shiitake Mushrooms

Prime Steak… Seafood… Pasta

A Leafy Superfood Worth Learning About Family Features


or people who manage their health through nutrition or use food as a medicinal replacement, few products offer the power of “superfoods.” Kale is one leafy green commonly recognized as a superfood, but watercress is a tastier superfood option worth considering. Watercress has more flavor, is more versatile and is healthier than its leafy cousins. It’s also easier to digest with a more pleasing texture. In fact, according to an independent research study published last spring by the Centers for Disease Control, it is the most nutrientdense food available today. For a high concentration of phytonutrients, antioxidants and vitamins, look to options such as those available through hydroponic greenhouse grower Hollandia Produce, which raises two cress varieties: Live Gourmet Living Upland Cress and Grower Pete’s Living Organic

“Cressto” Pesto Sauce

2012 & 2013


cups Live Gourmet Living Upland Cress or Grower Pete’s Living Watercress, root ball and bottom 1/3 stems removed, rinsed and patted dry


cloves garlic, chopped


cup extra-virgin olive oil


cup grape seed oil


teaspoon lemon zest


teaspoon kosher salt


teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


cup plain Greek yogurt

In blender or food processor, combine cress and garlic and pulse until coarsely chopped.

BEST STEAK 2012 & 2013

Add remaining ingredients and process until blended. Drizzle over pasta, risotto, fish, meat or eggs, or use as a spread.

NJ Monthly Magazine

BEST STEAK – Gold Best of Essex 2010, Silver Best of Essex 2011, 2013 & 2014 Suburban Essex Readers’ Choice Awards


Suburban Essex

April 2016

Make Your Mother’s Day Reservations Now

“Excellent” -ZAGAT Review

Brunch, 11am-2:30pm, $32 per person


Full dinner menu after 3pm


11 S. Fullerton Avenue • Montclair 973-746-6778 • WWW.PALAZZONJ.COM Parking garage located across street

Watercress. Both varieties also deliver up to twice the vitamin C of an orange; more calcium than milk; and high levels of magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, betacarotene and vitamins A, B1, B6, K and E. Watercress also has multiple uses as a medicinal herb. Some of these more popular applications include preventing eczema, as well as supporting digestive, urinary tract, eye and respiratory health. Visit to find more recipes and learn more about this flavorful superfood.

Silky Egg Cress Salad 1

package Live Gourmet Living Upland Cress or Grower Pete’s Living Watercress, root ball and stems removed, leaves rinsed and patted dry


medium eggs


purple potato chips (purple potatoes sliced thin, seasoned and sauteed until crisp)


slices fresh avocado


slices ripe pear


slices persimmon


pieces toasted brioche bread


tablespoons Orange Vinaigrette

Fresh, Healthy & Authentic Look for our New Location in Wyckoff!

Prepare and artfully arrange cress and all ingredients, except eggs, on serving plate and set aside. Soft boil eggs 5 minutes in 1 quart of water. Remove from heat and cool 30 seconds under cold running water. Gently remove shells. While still warm, slice eggs in half and place atop the plated salad. Lightly drizzle with Orange Vinaigrette.

Best Chinese Restaurant for 7 Consecutive Years Gluten Free Menu Available!





199 Bellevue Avenue • Upper Montclair • 973.509.8878 Order Online: Open Sunday-Thursday 11:00am-9:30pm, Friday-Saturday 11:00am-10:30pm

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Suburban Essex presents FITNESS


You can find more information about all these businesses at

Specializing in a low-force, slow-motion strength training method called Slow Burn that will improve your strength, flexibility and endurance—without traditional aerobics or stretching. 25 Watchung Plaza, Montclair | 973-233-1013





A thriving community bank that pride ourselves on hard work, friendly customer service and all the conveniences of local banking. See what BCB Community Bank can do for you!

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

165 Passaic Ave, Fairfield | 800-680-6872

973-762-6333 | HOME RENOVATIONS




Offering an array of both surgical and non-surgical procedures for facial rejuvenation, breast enhancement, body contouring and skin care.

Striving to provide the best design possible within the context of their client’s needs, spatial limitations, and budgetary considerations.

37 N Fullerton Ave, Montclair | 973-233-1933

214 Montgomery St, Bloomfield | 973-748-1020



Radiance Medical Spa offers a comprehensive list of non-invasive and holistic therapies including skincare and therapeutic medical treatments, which aim to help patients treat skin issues.

A full service company offering kitchen & bath renovations, cabinetry, radiator covers, entertainment units, office systems & more.

825 Bloomfield Ave, Fells Plaza, Suite 205, Verona 973-559-5231 |

Montclair | 973-783-5788 HVAC




Aquila Pizza al Forno offers Neapolitan style pizza prepared with house made mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil and sea salt cooked to order in a wood-fired stove.

An authorized dealer for Carrier heating and cooling units, Mitsubishi ductless cooling and heating systems, Crown Boilers and residential sales, installation and repairs of Generac Elite standby generators.

7a Paterson Ave, Little Falls | 973-256-0050

127 Paterson Ave, Little Falls | 973-237-0505 DENTIST



Comprehensive dental treatment in all areas of general, restorative and cosmetic dentistry to help you achieve a bright, healthy smile.

Start saving today by maintaining or upgrading your HVAC equipment and purchasing your oil, natural gas or electricity through Supreme Energy. We are a certified Generac Generator Dealer and A+ rated by the BBB. Free Estimates on all new equipment installations.

1129 Bloomfield Ave, West Caldwell | 973-521-7610

1-800-832-7090 | Get Special INTERIOR DESIGN





A specialized program that uses custom-written scripts to guarantee equal roles, with each child receiving lots of individual attention. Every semester culminates in a full-scale musical production.

Creating residential interiors that interpret each client’s unique vision with sophisticated design aesthetic, attention to detail and exceptional quality.

In Residence at The Studio Playhouse, Upper Montclair 973-746-3303 |

Glen Ridge | 973-429-2106

Suburban Essex

April 2016

“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

Essex County Computer & Electronics Recycling Day

Saturday, May 7—8:30am to 4pm 125 Fairview Ave, Cedar Grove (next to the Old Hospital Center)

Saturday, May 21—9am to 3pm 125 Fairview Ave, Cedar Grove (next to the Old Hospital Center)

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. 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).

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 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

See a complete list of events at:

Putting Essex County First Advertisement support by the Essex County Utilities Authority

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month Protect Your Family’s Smiles!

Come and join us for your complimentary oral cancer screening with VELscope during the month of April. Exam and cleaning required.

Convenient Appointments Available • Ample Private Parking

Dr. Tina Moheb

685 Bloomfield Avenue, Suite 102 • Verona • 973-857-7799

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