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What is Your FAVORITE RECIPE that uses PUMPKIN?







Pumpkin muffins… And also pumpkin pie.

Pumpkin Bread, nothing special. —Cornelia Sherman, Montclair

—Bill Mead, Cedar Grove






Pumpkin soup. I use pumpkins, squash, chicken or vegetable broth, salt & pepper and whatever I happen to feel like at the time.

Pumpkin bread, I use brown sugar, flour that kind of stuff. —Trish Krusman, Glen Ridge

—Carol Kindler, Upper Montclair







Pumpkin bread. Use pumpkin, brown sugar, you know, regular stuff.

Pumpkin pie. I use nutmeg, cinnamon, and of course, a secret crust. —Camille Kessler, Cedar Grove

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Pumpkin pie. I use brown sugar. I also use toasted pumpkin seeds.

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Stroll ‘N Roll Fundraiser Breaks Records

n sunday, October 13, 2013, Kessler Foundation hosted their 12th Annual stroll ‘n Roll fundraiser, bringing in $105,000—the highest amount in the history of the event. All funds raised at the event, which was held at Verona Park, are dedicated to the foundation’s rehabilitation research efforts and to funding disability employment efforts. The day featured carnival games, face painting, balloon art and food, as well as a dJ, entertainment and appearances by assemblymen and women and Ms. Wheelchair new Jersey, Maggie Redden.

“We are thrilled to have a record-breaking year in the attendance and dollars raised at stroll ‘n Roll,” Rodger deRose, Kessler Foundation’s president and CeO stated. “As stroll ‘n Roll is our signature community event, we’re very pleased with the results so we can continue changing lives of people with disabilities. We look forward to next year.” donations are still being accepted in support of research and service efforts, and more information about Kessler Foundation and the stroll ‘n Roll event is available online by visiting

Cloverleaf Tavern – No. 1 Great American Beer Bar


he Brewer’s Association, a website for beer aficionados and brewers, voted Caldwell’s Cloverleaf Tavern the number one Great American Beer Bar in the northeast. The tavern, which has been family owned and operated by the dorchak family in Caldwell for 80 years, was recognized for their commitment to offering and promoting craft beers from across the nation. Additionally, Cloverleaf Tavern was recognized as number three in the country on the Brewer’s Association’s national rankings list. “We are so excited about being voted the number one Beer Bar in the northeast and number three overall in the Us,” General Manager Ryan dorchak stated. “We couldn’t have done it without the passion of our staff and the support of our guests and local craft beer distributors and breweries.” For more information on Cloverleaf Tavern, or to try one of their unique craft beers, visit them at 395 Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell. They can be reached at 973-226-9812 or online at

Livingston Theatre Legends to Appear in Local Production


ugh Mahon and Frank dyer, both of Livingston, will take the stage this month in the Livingston Community Player’s (LCP) rendition of Willy Wonka Theatre for Young Audiences. Mahon, who has spent more than 10 years as a volunteer set designer, painter and decorator, will take the stage for the first time as Grandpa George, while dyer, a four-year veteran of LCP, will return to the stage as Grandpa Joe. Both Mahon, dyer and a variety of other adult actors and musicians will work with children participating in the production, imparting their knowledge of theatre, production, art, set design and more on the young stars and hopefuls. Livingston Community Players is sponsored by the Township of Livingston and is a member of the Arts Council of Livingston. Willy Wonka Theatre for Young Audiences will be presented at 11am and 2:30pm on november 16 and 17 at eisenhower Corporate Center, located at 290 West Mount Pleasant Avenue in Livingston. For more information on the production, or to purchase tickets, please visit or call 973-743-0976.

30 Years of Custom designs


ustom designed marks their 30th year in business this year. Owned and operated by steve Goffman, the business has grown from only installing custom closets to now offering the design, build and installation of wood radiator covers, home offices, vanities, cabinetry, entertainment units, all types of woodworking and more. “We pride ourselves on designing with the client, for the client,” Goffman states. “I bring everything to you so you don’t have to go out and search to pick out the materials, styles and colors you want. I personally handle all aspects of the process and work to make sure each client gets the best quality pieces that fit exactly what they need.” Custom designed also offers complete bathroom and kitchen renovations and offers continued support and service after the project has been completed. Consultation appointments are always complimentary. Celebrating their 30th anniversary in business, Custom designed is offering 15% off all custom closet offers placed by november 27th. For more information on Custom designed, please visit or call 973-783-5788. 10


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New Restaurant Opens in Bloomfield


n August 6, 2013, Yellow Plum Restaurant opened its doors in Bloomfield. With executive Chef Chris Lukic, a French Culinary Institute-trained chef who spent the last three years working in Los Angeles for Wolfgang Puck, at the helm, the restaurant’s seasonal menu and locally-sourced ingredients have already drawn rave reviews. “We use the freshest ingredients we can get our hands on and locally source our produce whenever possible,” Chef Lukic stated. “Right now our menu is featuring a lot of cranberries, gooseberries and Brussels sprouts—all things that are perfectly in season right now and available locally.” The menu, which is described as “new American” with “global influences,” currently features Braised short Ribs with Gooseberries, sweet Potato Puree and Roasted Brussels sprouts, with all menu items, including desserts, being made fresh daily in-house. Yellow Plum Restaurant is located at 1099 Broad street in Bloomfield and is owned and operated by Chef Lukic and his family. For more information on Yellow Plum, to make a reservation or to view their menu, please visit or call 973893-3681.


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Christmas décor Introduces

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hristmas décor by smitty’s Landscaping has been lighting homes in our neighborhoods for 16 years. The perfectly lit lines of the roof have become a traditional sight to be seen each year. This year you will again see these recognizable roofs but over the years some clients have been asking for a new look and this year they will get it. Christmas décor by smitty’s Landscaping is introducing Led warm white icicle lights to their product line. The icicles can be used to light a whole roof or they can be used to light a porch while using the traditional lights for the main roof. However, you decided to light your home this season the team at Christmas décor wishes you a happy holiday. For more information call 973-256-1259 or visit and November 2013 11


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Arts Take Action: Sandy One Year Later Tuesday, October 29 Some of the states’ leading arts organizations will gather for a reflective evening of free performance, visual arts and discussion. Held in partnership with The Star Ledger.


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CALENDAR of EVENTS N O V E M BE R 2 0 1 3 Julianne Moore Reading and Signing

The Parents’ Association of Montclair Kimberley Academy invites the community to help kick-off the largest Scholastic Book Fair in the country with special guest, actress and author Julianne Moore. Ms. Moore will be reading and signing her new children’s book, My Mom is a Foreigner, but Not to Me. 2pm. MKA Middle School, 201 Valley Rd., Montclair. (Enter through the Brunswick Rd. parking lot entrance.) MKA’s book fair spectacular is open from 10am-4pm, with an Applegates Ice Cream bar serving from Noon– 3pm. Call 973-509-7997 or visit for information.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Decorative Arts Collection

There are thousands of objects of applied art that range from the sixteenth century to the present day and include superb examples of furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, jewelry and textiles. The centerpiece of this collection is the Ballantine House, a wing of the Museum that is open during regular museum hours. Ongoing. Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark. Call 973-596-6550 or visit

Thanksgiving Celebration Cooking Class

A cooking demon which features a complete holiday menu filled with the traditional flavors your guests will enjoy. Highlights: Roasted Celery Root Bisque; Green Beans and Roasted Peppers with Mustard Vinaigrette; Russet, Yukon Gold and Sweet Potato Gratin and Dried Apple, Sausage and Chestnut Dressing. 11am-2pm. Kings Cooking Studio, 778 Morris Tpke., Short Hills. Call 973-258-4009 for information.

The High Water Mark Production

A new comedy by Ben Clawson. Wine is poured and secrets are brought to life, as two women navigate the night, their relationship, and the roads that lie ahead. Runs through Nov. 10. Luna Stage, 555 Valley Rd., West Orange. Call 973-395-5551 or visit for dates and times.

Trunk Show

This a great way to preview the new Spring 2014 trends and allow for a very personalized selection. See the entire season’s designer collection from Lafayette 148, NYC. Also Nov. 2. 10am-4pm. susanne n., 193 Bellevue Ave., Upper Montclair. Call 973746-4800 or visit

Women’s Workshops

November programs are, Chair Yoga; and Bullying, Teasing, or Kids Being Kids? And How to Know and What to Do. Please call for dates and times. NCJW Center for Women, 70 South Orange Ave., Suite 120, Livingston. Call 973-994-4994 or visit www. for more information.

Shag86 Salon’s Fall Specials

“Fall In Love” with the amazing offers for autumn. 10% off hairpainting and ombre highlighting through November 16th. Shag 86, Main St., Little Falls. Call 973-837-0086 or visit

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First Friday Films: The Guilt Trip

Peace Vigil

The theme of this peace vigil is “Move the money from war to peace.” Sponsored by NJ Peace Action. 1st Fri. of the month. 4:30-6:15pm. Corners of Church St., and Bloomfield Aves., Montclair. Call 973-259-1126 for information.

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Job Readiness Program & Career Quest

A new film is shown the first Friday of each month. 2pm. Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, Nutley. Call 973-667-0405 or visit

Live Music at Just Jake’s

Every Friday & Saturday night. 7pm. Just Jake’s, 30 Park St., Montclair. Call 973-655-8987 for information.

Computer Classes for Women

Classes scheduled for November: Intro to Windows, the Internet & Email; Intro to WORD; and Basic EXCEL. Call for dates and times. NCJW Center for Women, 70 South Orange Ave., Suite 120, Livingston. Visit or call 973-994-4994 for more information.


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Meet with a professional and receive guidance in goal setting, career planning, resume writing, interview techniques, and job search strategies. NCJW Center for Women, 70 South Orange Ave, Suite 120, Livingston. Visit or call 973-994-4994 for more information.

SATURN: Exploring a Celestial Wonder

From an ancient “wandering star” to a modern day celestial laboratory, Saturn tantalizes the eye, spirit and mind. This ringed wonder has been explored with telescopes, flyby probes and the orbiting Cassini spacecraft. Countless rings and dozens of moons harbor clues to the history of our solar system and help us understand our place in the universe. Ongoing. Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark. Call 973-596-6550 or visit

Farmers Market

New Location. Noon- 6pm. Fridays through Nov. 1. Eagle Rock and Harrison Ave., Quigley Parking Lot, West Orange. Call 973-325-4109 for information.

The Grand Slambovians (AKA Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams) melodic avantfolk conjures with an exotic instrumental arsenal way beyond standard rock regalia and a palette of styles ranging from dusty Americana ballads to huge Pink Floydesque cinematic anthems. Special guests Twangtown Paramours. 8-11pm. Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, 67 Church St., Montclair. Call 973-744-6560 or visit (continued on page 16)

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Swinging with Simone’s Jersey Bounce

Swing dancing in a lively environment. No partner needed and friendly for first timers. Complimentary swing dance lesson. Refreshments. 8:30-11:30pm. The Downtown Montclair Women’s Club, 82 Union St., Montclair. Call 973-746-6631 or visit

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Susan G. Komen North Jersey will be bringing back their signature event— their renowned Pink Tie Ball® gala—in celebration of the return of New Jersey’s premier annual fundraising event in the battle against breast cancer, Dr. Judith A. Salerno, the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Susan G. Komen national organization, will be attending as the Affiliate’s special guest. 7pm. The Crystal Plaza, 307 West Northfield Ave, Livingston. Call 908-277-2904, or visit

Holiday Photography Event

Participants were invited to interpret the theme “Dark and Light” creatively through dramatic color differences, variations in pictorial scale, subject differences or any other bold disparities that may reflect opposites. Invited to participate is award winning artist David John Rush. Through Jan. 6. The Park Avenue Club, 84 Park Ave, Florham Park. Call 973-301-8233 or visit for more information.


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Individual, family and pet portraits will be photographed by award winning artist and photographer Jeffrey Wolfson. Also Nov.2. In addition, customized packages will be available including photos on canvas as well as pastel portraits. 10:30am-1pm and 2:30-4:30pm, Nov.2, 10:30am4pm. ACL Art Gallery, 2110 Town Center Way, in the Livingston Town Center. Call Jeff at 973 960-9729 for appointments and information.

Re-Activating Chinese Antiquities 200 BC-2012 AD

The sophistication of ancient Chinese bronze castings and jade carvings and the evolution of different calligraphic scripts have long fascinated Chinese artists and people worldwide. Ongoing. Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark. Call 973596-6550 or visit

The speaker for the first Sisterhoodsponsored Kabbalat Shabbat dinner and speaker will be temple member and West Orange resident Jacqueline Levine, topic: “Life of Activism and Advocacy.” Service 6:30pm and dinner 7:30pm. Temple B’nai Abraham 300 E. Northfield Rd., Livingston. Call 973-994-2290 or visit www.

Autumn Interest Guided Walk

Join Laura Roberts, Garden Manager, to explore highlights of seasonal change at Van Vleck Gardens. This guided walk will focus on plants with interesting foliage, fruits and flowers that could provide interest in your home garden. 10am-Noon. 21 Van Vleck St., Van Vleck House & Gardens, Montclair. To register, contact the Adult School of Montclair at

“Living Art “ Exhibit

Longtime Nutley resident Richard Griese may have left this world last year (1938-2012), but both his art and his legacy live on. The Nutley Public Library is honoring one of the town’s prolific artists—and one of its most active and charitable citizens— with a month-long painting exhibit. Open Reception: Saturday, Nov. 9, 2-4pm. Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, Nutley. Call 973-6670405 ex. 2603 for information.

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Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent

The U.S. premiere of a documentary about the life of Newark Rabbi Joachim Prinz, who raised his voice against bigotry from the synagogues of 1930s Berlin to the podiums of the American civil rights movement. 7:30pm. NJPAC, The Victoria Theater, One Center St., Newark. Call 973297-5828 or visit

Watercolor Exhibit

“Taylor Made” is the theme of a solo exhibition of paintings by Verona artist Allen Taylor. Taylor’s paintings have been shown widely in Northern New Jersey. He is an elected member of the Garden State and New Jersey Watercolor Societies and the Essex Water Color Club. 9am. Cedar Grove Public Library, 1 Municipal Plaza, Cedar Grove. Call 973-239-1447 or visit

Holly Berry Craft & Gift Show A night of the unmistakable Motown sound, featuring two of the definitive male vocal groups in the history of American music. 8pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, One Center St., Newark. Call 973-297-5828 or visit

Over 45 vendors selling arts, crafts & gift items. Refreshments at Berry Patch Cafe. 10am-5pm. Also Nov. 3, 11am-4pm. Woman’s Club of Upper Montclair, 200 Cooper Ave., Upper Montclair. Call 973-744-9138 for information.

Marvelous Multiples

Tory Burch Trunk Show

A course for couples expecting a multiple birth that covers childbirth preparation, newborn baby care and includes a tour of labor and delivery. 9am. Saint Barnabas Medical Center, 94 Old Short Hills Rd., Livingston. Register at 973-322-5360.

You are cordially invited to the Tory Burch trunk show. Lunch and refreshments will be served. 9am-7pm. Hosted by Precision Vision, 384 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell. Call 973228-2700 for information. (continued on page 18)






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Fundraising House Rent Party

Annual fundraising event for ARTSETC (Art Education Through Creativity) featuring an art exhibition, food, music and dancing. Proceeds go to support programs of ARTSETC including Catfish Friday Women’s Art Collective and Yema Gallery. 7-11pm. Yema Gallery, 540B Freeman St., Orange. Call 973-699-3269 or visit

Cinderella and the Substitute Fairy Godmother

Tony DeSare: Making Love Songs

Holiday Open House

Visit Lamington General Store for a Holiday Open House featuring works from some of the country’s most talented artisans including hand-carved owls, decoys and life-size herons, custom painted signs, pottery with holiday scenes, unique jewelry, seasonal decor and custom farm tables. Runs through Nov. 3. Lamington General Store, 285 Lamington Rd., Bedminster. For more information call 908-439-2034 or visit

Exhibit It’s the night of the royal ball and Cinderella must get to the palace if she is ever to meet her one true love, Prince Charmfull. But when she calls for her Fairy Godmother, it turns out that some bad potato salad has given all the Fairy Godmothers food poisoning. This will not end well. (Or will it?) Also Nov. 3,9,10. 1:30 & 3:30pm.Studio Playhouse, 14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair. Call 973-744-9752 or visit

Diversity Week 2013 This sumptuously romantic singer-songwriter mixes heartfelt originals with a jazzy take on American standards and contemporary pop. 6 & 8:30pm. NJPAC, The Chase Room, One Center St., Newark. Call 973297-5828 or visit

Activities include art exhibit, lectures, arts residencies, performances and a conference, all geared to unite students, faculty, staff, alumni and surrounding community members in an inclusive setting. 9am-4pm. Runs through Nov.9. Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave., Montclair. Call 973-655-7071 or visit blogs.

Written by Andrea Strongwater, “Where We Once Gathered/Lost Synagogues of Europe” tells the story, through art and words, of 20 of the thousands of synagogs that were destroyed by the Nazis between 19351945 across Europe. Runs through Dec.19. Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave., Montclair. Call 973655-7071 or visit

Swingin’ Tern Contra And Square Dancing

Harvest Hoot tonight! Contras and swing dancing. Ted Crane will be the caller and Brooklyn Swing Ensemble will be the band. Swing dance lesson at 7pm. Beginners’ contra dance workshop at 7:30pm. 8pm to 11pm. Parish House, First Presbyterian Church, 14 Hanover Rd., East Hanover. Call 973-295-6864 or visit

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Historic House Tours

While at the Orange Road site, visit chickens on the farm and watch Carolina Capehart cook over the open hearth. At the North Mountain site, take a look at the decoration changes the MHS made to better reflect how the Shultz family lived. Both sites are open from 1-4pm. Also Nov.17. 108 Orange Rd and 30 North Mountain Ave, Montclair. Call 973-744-1796 or visit

Paul Robeson Remembered

Relive the immortal and inspiring repertoire of American hero Paul Robeson at this compelling concert from American bass Kevin Maynor and Trilogy: An Opera Company. 3pm. NJPAC, Victoria Theater, One Center St., Newark. Call 973-2975828 or visit

MKA Book Fair

The Parents’ Association of Montclair Kimberley Academy invites the community to help kick-off the largest Scholastic Book Fair in the country with special guest, actress and author Julianne Moore. Ms. Moore will be reading and signing her new children’s book, My Mom is a Foreigner, but Not to Me. 2pm. MKA Middle School, 201 Valley Rd., Montclair. (Enter through the Brunswick Rd. Parking Lot entrance.) MKA’s book fair spectacular is open from 10am-4pm, with an Applegates Ice Cream bar serving from noon– 3pm. Call 973-509-7997 or visit for information.

Art Show

Floral photography by Chatham resident, Hannah Kerwin. Hannah is a graduate of New York University who minored in art. She has been seriously involved with photography for the past twenty years, and in 2007 she became interested in digital photography. 2:15-4pm. The Library of the Chathams, Lower Level Lundt Room, 214 Main St., Chatham. Call 973635-0603 for information.

Midtown Direct Rep in the Loft

A casual and affordable series of music and theater in the informal setting of the SOPAC Loft, featuring up-and-coming musicians and actors, as well as seasoned professionals. 7pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. Call 973-275-1114 or visit

Rhonda Denet in Concert

Enjoy a mix of jazz and soul hits from the 1930s-1960s. Free. 2pm. Roseland Free Public Library, 20 Roseland Ave, Roseland. Call 973226-8636 for info.

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A discussion with panelists: Marina Cunningham, born in Shanghai; Aileen Jacobson, born in Shanghai; and Renata Stein. The panel is being presented in conjunction with the Museum’s current exhibition, “Berlin–Shanghai–Newark: The Odyssey and Art of John H. Less.” Free. 1:30pm. The Jewish Museum of New Jersey, 145 Broadway, Newark, at historic Congregation Ahavas Sholom. For more information, visit

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Enjoy the area’s best rising stars with special guests from major comedy clubs, radio & TV. The special guest will be international touring comic Johnny Watson. Reservations recommended. Seating 7:30pm; Show 8pm. Upstairs at Tierney’s, 136 Valley Rd., Montclair. Call 973-7312967 for more info and reservations.

Landscape Demonstration

Janet Cunniffe Chieffo will execute a landscape oil demonstration with emphasis on “prism color”. 2pm. Presented by Livingston Arts Association. Free to public. Senior Community Center 204 Hillside Ave, Livingston. Call 973-992-7749 for information. (continued on page 20)

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An Evening with the Jimmy Heath Quartet

Don’t miss this free concert at Bethany Baptist Church, featuring tenor sax icon and master improviser Jimmy Heath and his quartet. 7pm. Bethany Baptist Church, 275 West Market St., Newark. Call 973-297-5828 or visit

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The Livingston Sunrise Rotary Club is showcasing the fine & diverse restaurants of the Livingston area to benefit the St. Barnabas Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Gift baskets, prizes & door prizes. 6-9pm. Westminster Hotel, 550 W. Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston. For information call 973-716-0600 or visit

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You will learn simple, and easy-to-use strategies to help you change the way you think, feel and act and, ultimately, have a better relationship with food and yourself. Noon-1pm. Free. Registration required. Danna Markson, LCSW. Mindsoother Therapy Center. 2 West Northfield Rd., Livingston. Call 973 220-1885 or email

P.J. Story Time

Children of all ages and their caregivers enjoy a cozy evening at the library. Get comfortable, put on your pajamas and meet us in the Children’s Room Registration not required. 7pm. Also Nov.18. Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Dr., Nutley. Call 973-667-0405 or visit

“Ireland: The Show” Production

The Show is an innovative and exciting new Celtic production celebrating the very best of Irish heritage and culture— showcased by a cast of world champion Irish Dancers, Musicians and Singers. Also Nov. 5. 7:30pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. Call 973-275-1114 or visit

Join author Jon Michaud in a discussion of his book “When Tito Loved Clara.” Copies of the book and its discussion guide are available at the library. Free. 7pm. Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, Nutley. Call 973-667-0405 or visit

Yoga at Van Vleck

Classes emphasizes harmony and connection, with insight into body, breath and mind. Open to students at all levels. Runs through December 16 (no class 11/25). 9:3010:45am. Classes in the living room of Van Vleck House, 21 Van Vleck St., Montclair. To register, call 973-744-4752 or e-mail

Jewish Science Lecture

Jewish Science: The Nazi campaign against Einstein, Freud and other Jewish thinkers. Lecture By Dr. Steven Gimbel introduction by Dr. Michael Kogan. 7pm. Dickson Hall, Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave., Montclair. Call 973655-4000 or visit

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Blues People, the highly influential exploration of African-American music by famed Newark author and activist Amiri Baraka, is the focus of a conversation and tribute concert. This thought-provoking journey, traces the impact of jazz and blues on our culture and history. 7pm. Performed At Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark. Call 973-596-6550 or visit

Networking over Breakfast

The next breakfast meeting of the MetroEast Chapter of the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO MetroEast) will be held 8 – 9:30am. Join us to learn more about Health Care Reform: What you need to know for 2014 and Beyond, presented by Phil Cohen. 459 Passaic Ave., West Caldwell. Visit isit for informaiton.

T’ai chi ch’uan is an ancient Chinese martial and healing art. Most obviously characterized by the slow motion manner in which its choreographed movement patterns are carried out. Tuesdays at 10:15am. Montclair Public Library, 50 Fullerton Ave., Montclair. Call 973-744-0500 for information.

Grandparenting Seminar

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An opportunity for grandparents-tobe to discuss their concerns and receive information on the importance of grandparenting, advancements in childbirth, trends and changes in infant care and family communication. 5-7:30pm.Saint Barnabas Medical Center, 94 Old Short Hills Rd., Livingston. Register at 973-322-5360.

Write Group Writers Support Group

Share your progress in writing and discuss writing topics. Tuesday at 10:15am. Montclair Public Library, 50 Fullerton Ave., Montclair. Call 973-744-0500 for information.

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Beast Feast—Discover the daily diets of the beasts at Turtle Back Zoo. Find out what the animals like to eat and if you would want to share. For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, unregistered children including siblings may not attend. Ages 2 & 3. 11am. Also Nov. 6. Advanced registration. Call 973-731-5800 X 275 to register.

Blood Drive

Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in conjunction with the Blood Bank of New Jersey, will hold its annual blood drive. Noon-8pm. Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, 1025 South Orange Ave., Short Hills. Call 973-3791555 for information.

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New Insights into Pediatric Mood Disorders, by Rosalie Greenberg M.D., Board Certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist and national lecturer, specializing in the psychopharmacologic treatment of Pediatric Mood Disorders. 7:45pm. The Morristown Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 21NormandyHeights Rd., Morristown. Visit or call 800-367-6274 for information.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Music Event at Rutgers

The Dan Faulk-Lewis Porter, Freeology. Dan Faulk, saxophone; Joris teepe, bass; Chad Taylor, drums; Prof. Lewis Porter, keyboards. 2:30– 4pm. Dana Room, 4th floor, John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers State University, 249 University Ave., Newark. Visit for information.

Meditation Night For Women

Relieve anxiety, obsessive thinking and improve your mood. Meditation can help to transform day-to-day life into a better more meaningful life. Experience how Sue Waldman uses chimes, aromatherapy and guided visualization to help you move deeply into a peaceful and relaxed state of mind. Advanced registration only. 8-9pm. Sue Waldman’s Office, 320A Bloomfield Ave., Verona. Call Sue Waldman at 973-857-9090 or visit to register. (continued on page 22) November 2013 21

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Jewish Stories

Explore stories in the Tanakh and other Jewish texts and learn the significance they hold in our lives. Also Nov. 13 & 20. 7pm. B’nai Shalom, 300 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange. For more information or to register call 973-731-0160 ext. 207 or e-mail

Trinity Academy Open House

See what Trinity Academy has to offer, including fullday kindergarten program, advanced academics, top secondary school placements, sports and arts programs, and nurturing environment. Pre-K through Grade 8. 9-11am and 6-8pm. Trinity Academy, 235 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell. To register visit

Battle of the Bands for Books

Eight local teen bands participate for first place, hosted by the fabulous DJ Zap Music. There will be food, drinks and other fun stuff for sale and all proceeds benefit the library of an elementary school in Guatemala. This is a fundraiser to raise money for books to fill a new library in a brand new school named Escuela Kemna’oj. The school is completely funded by a New Jersey-based non-profit organization, From Houses to Homes. 7-10pm. Montclair Women’s Club, 82 Union St., Montclair. C all 973-809-9893 for information.

Garden Discoveries: Falling Colors

Garden Discoveries classes inspire children about the natural world around them. Every class examines one topic through stories, outdoor exploration, and hands-on activities and specimens. 1-2pm. Ages 3-5. Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St., Montclair. Pre-registration is required. Call 973-7444752 or e-mail

Family Night

Family Storytime

A dynamic program that encourages a love of reading and fosters the development of early literacy skills. Held on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 11am. Newborns to 5 year-olds. The Library is not open during storytime. Kids Place @ Bellevue Ave, Branch Library, 185 Bellevue Ave, Upper Montclair. Call 73-744-0500 ext. 2221 for information.

Perinatal Bereavement Support Group

A group for those who have experienced a loss during pregnancy or the death of a newborn. 7:30-9pm. Free. Saint Barnabas Medical Center, 94 Old Short Hills Rd., Livingston. To register call 973-322-5745.


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Chicago Performs

Featuring entertainment by Party Magic & 1/2 price kid’s meals. Every Wednesday 6-8pm. Cloverleaf Tavern, 395 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell. Call 973226-9812 for information.




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Chicago, the legendary “rock and roll band with horns,” packs a high-powered show. 7:30pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, One Center St., Newark. Call 973-297-5828 or visit

A Good Place: Celebrating Lorraine Gordon

A one-night-only musical tribute to a woman who’s spent her entire life at the vanguard of jazz: NEA Jazz Master and Village Vanguard owner Lorraine Gordon. 7:30pm. NJPAC, Victoria Theater, One Center St., Newark. Call 973-297-5828 or visit

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The Ivy League of Comedy will present A Night of Laughter. 7:30pm. Bickford Theatre, Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. Call 973-971-3706 for information.

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Lincoln’s Contributions Discussion

Professor Paul G.E. Clemens, of Rutgers University, will discuss Lincoln’s contributions to those Constitutional changes as well as the power of his speech at Gettysburg. Free. 7pm. Livingston Public Library, 10 Robert Harp Drive, Livingston. Visit for information.

Essex Photo Club

Join us as Vinnie Kempf judges photos ranging from prints to projected images. Learn how to improve your photography. Free. 7pm. Caldwell Community Center, 1 Provost Square, Caldwell. Call 973-835-4861 or visit for information.

“The Rule” Film Screening

This film follows a highly successful inner city school in Newark, St. Benedict’s Prep, established in the 1800’s by the Benedictine Monks of Newark Abbey. The Rule presents the school’s “recipe for success” as a model for whole cities nationwide. A discussion with the filmmakers will follow the screening. 7pm. Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, Nutley. Call 973-667-0405 or visit for information.

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Wine Tasting 101

Come away with a knowledge of wine you’ll enjoy sharing throughout this holiday season. Registrants must be at least 21 years old. 7 – 8:30pm. Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St., Montclair. To register, contact the Adult School of Montclair at

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Violinist Midori Performs

Vacation Fun Planetarium Shows

Today Midori is recognized as an extraordinary performer, a devoted and gifted educator, and an innovative community engagement activist. 8pm. bergenPAC, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Engelwood. Call 201-227-1030 or visit for information.

When school is out the Planetarium is in! Extreme Planets, 2pm. Zula Patrol, 3pm. Also Nov. 8. Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark all 973-5966550 or visit

Temple B’nai Abraham Book Group

Led by Rabbi Clifford Kulwin, Flatscreen by Adam Wilson will be discussed Flatscreen is perhaps the first Jewish slacker. Wilson’s prose entertains about as lewdly as possible, while maintaining a small, ongoing voice whose truth is irrefutable. 7pm. Temple B’nai Abraham 300 E. Northfield Rd., Livingston. Call 973- 994-2290 or vsit

Blackmore’s Night

Legendary Deep Purple and Rainbow guitarist Ritchie Blackmore shifted his musical focus away from hard rock and started concentrating on his love of Renaissance-era music. 7:30pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. Call 973-275-1114 or visit

Write Group—Critiques for Novelists

Critiques for novelists and would-be novelists. Thursdays at 10am. Contact Eveline Speedie at Montclair Public Library, 50 Fullerton Ave., Montclair. Call 973-744-0500 for information.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 What’s Your Beef? Cooking Class

Beef is back and Diana will show you how to make the juciest, flavorful dishes that will make your mouth water. The sides are pretty amazing too! New York Strip Steaks with Mushroom Sauce; Seared Rib Eye Steaks with Sherry Vinegar, Caper and Herb Pan Sauce and Filet Mignon Medallions with Green Peppercorn Mustard Sauce 6:30-9:30pm. Kings Cooking Studio, 778 Morris Tpke., Short Hills. Call 973258-4009 for information.

Toad the Wet Sprocket Performs

Trunk Show

A great way to preview the new Spring 2014 trends and allow for a very personalized selection. Come see Trixi Schober’s entire season’s collection. Also Nov.9. 10am-4pm. susanne n., 193 Bellevue Ave., Upper Montclair. Call 973-746-4800 or visit www.

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Jimmy Heath with the William Paterson Jazz Orchestra. 8pm. William Paterson University’s Shea Center for Performing Arts, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne. Call973-720-2371 or visit for information.

Jazz Meets Samba

Highlights include art therapy, music therapy, movement and storytelling at the conference titled Alzheimer’s Aging and the Creative Arts. Lunch is provided. Montclair Art Museum, 3 Mountain Ave., Montclair 9:30am-3:30pm. Free. Registration suggested. Call 1-800-247-9580 or visit

Tot Shabbat

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

Monthly Inspiration/Networking Breakfast

From 1989-1998, they made 5 studio albums which combined sold over four million copies, had five major radio hits, and won over audiences across North America and Europe. Special guest American Idol Winner Lee DeWyze. 8pm. bergenPAC, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Engelwood. Call 201-227-1030 or visit for information.

William Paterson University’s Jazz Room

Lost your MOJO? Brew up lots of inspiration. Network while you learn and grow. You will find direction in your life, improve your business, and learn from other’s life-journey stories. Come with your goals, dreams, obstacles and inhibitions. Topic: “Thank You, Thank You” . 8-10am. Crane’s Mill, Passaic Ave., West Caldwell. Call 973-498-0046 for information.

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An evening of hot samba, smooth bossa nova and more of the very best Latin jazz with Brazilian music legend Sérgio Mendes and his special guests. 8pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, One Center St., Newark. Call 973-297-5828 or visit

Healthy Cooking Discussion

Author Alma Schneider, author of the blog, Take Back the Kitchen, will discuss healthy cooking for mature adults and single meal planning. She is an outstanding in the field of nutrition and down to earth in making everyday cooking accessible, fun and nutritious. 1:30pm. Montclair Women’s Club, 82 Union St., Montclair. Call Diana, 973-783-6226 forinformation.

Brooklyn Boy Production

The traditional coming-of-age story as it follows a suddenly successful, middle-aged novelist struggling with his identity, buried deep in the Jewish neighborhoods of Brooklyn. It points to the larger theme of the love-hate relationship people have with their origins. Runs through Nov.23. Call for dates and times. Nutley Little Theatre, 47 Erie Place, Nutley. Call toll-free 1-877-238-5596 for tickets.


Improve your literacy skills by reading to certified therapy dogs. For independent readers ages 5-11 years old. Also Nov. 23. Registration is required online. Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, Nutley. Call 973-667-0405 or visit Call Children’s Services Desk at 973-667-0405 x2623 or email

Portrait of Duke

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks strike up a bigband salute to the genius of Duke Ellington. 2pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, One Center St., Newark. Call 973-297-5828 or visit

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Livingston Symphony Performs

Livingston Symphony’s season opener features favorites of concert goers worldwide with the exhilarating Danzon No.2 by Marquez, Verdi’s Nabucco Overture and Triumphal March from Aida, and Brahms’ lush Symphony No. 2. 7:30pm. Livingston High School’s Auditorium, 30 Robert Harp Drive, Livingston. Call 973-980-1809 or visit

Third Eye Blind Performs

Thank You Veterans!

Celebrate Veterans Day by writing letters or drawing pictures for our local heroes. Paper, pens and crayons will be supplied. All you need to bring is your gratitude! Special guest, Captain Darrel Collins to speak with us about his experiences as a Veteran. 10am-6pm. Children and adults of all ages welcome. Montclair Public Library, South 50 Fullerton Ave., Montclair. Call 973-744-0500 ext. 2221 for information.

Third Eye Blind is a rock band formed in the mid 1990s in San Francisco, CA. 7pm. Wellmont Theatre, 5 Seymour St., Montclair. Call 877-935-5668 or visit

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Grammy nominee Bettye LaVette has been performing soulful blues for more than 50 years. She has a voice that compels you to listen to every word she sings; rough, tender, sensuous and soaring. 8pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. Call 973-275-1114 or visit (continued on page 46)


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he Best of Essex contest marks its fifth year this year. Throughout these past five years, we have gotten thousands of nominees, honored hundreds of local businesses, and worked unceasingly to run a contest that truly serves our readers, voters and local businesses. That is why this year, in honor of the contest’s 5th Anniversary, we are proud to present three designations to our winners—Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. Honoring these businesses—some who are new to the contest and some who are old favorites— allows us the opportunity to truly honor and applaud three outstanding businesses in each of our 69 categories.

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244 Route 46 East, Fairfield/Caldwell 973-227-5008 • Remaining true to their tradition of offering outstanding bread and bread products, Calandra’s Italian & French Bakery continues to boast the area’s bestloved bakery for breads, cakes and pastries. “The Calandra Family would like to thank all of our loyal customers for their continued support and for voting Calandra’s Bakery Best Bakery again this year,” the family stated on behalf of their staff. “Our customers are the best!”

The Little Daisy Bake Shop

Silver: Sams Bagels—West Caldwell Bronze: Super Duper Bagels—Livingston

Silver: Gencarelli’s Bakery Bronze: Nicolo’s Italian Bakery & Deli— Montclair

Silver: Cupcakes by Carousel—Montclair Bronze: Jaret’s Stuffed Cupcakes—Nutley

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Silver: Sweet Basil’s—Livingston Bronze: Toast—Montclair

652 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona 973-857-9408 • Family owned and operated for 31 years, Bagelwich Bagel Bakery offers over 25 varieties of bagels, baked fresh each day. They offer a selection of high quality baked goods, sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups and more. “We appreciate the loyalty and support from our customers who have become like family over the years,” owners Rosanne and Frank Oldewurtel stated, “We feel truly blessed.”

757 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange 973-731-5600 • Specializing in personalized events and affairs, West Orange’s Pleasantdale Chateau has long been considered one of the foremost banquet and event facilities in the region. It is the location’s elegant and private grounds and their attention to detail that truly earn the Chateau its reputation as the Best of Essex. Silver: Il Tulipano—Cedar Grove Bronze: Nanina’s in the Park—Belleville



108 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair 973-954-4679 • Specializing in truly flavorful Southern-style barbeque, The Wood Pit’s Smoked Ribs, Chicken and Beef will transport you to the South. In addition to their high quality barbecue, The Wood Pit also boasts a selection of Southern-inspired deserts, including Red Velvet cakes, Pecan Pies and more from Kimberly’s Red Velvet Kitchen.

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626 Valley Road, Upper Montclair 973-707-2157 • Owned and operated by Jennifer Snyder, a Montclair resident, The Little Daisy Bake Shop was voted Best Boutique Bakery for their beautiful, inventive and delicious gourmet cupcakes, cakes, cookies, muffins, scones and more. “We’re so honored to be recognized for doing what we love to do and are proud to provide delicious peanut and nut-free options to Essex County,” Snyder said.

28 Church Street, Montclair 973-744-9263 • Always a fan favorite, brunch at Raymond’s-offered Saturdays and Sundays from 8am-4pm, is a longstanding legend-and not to be missed. “We would like to express our gratitude to the Suburban Essex readers for their continued support,” Joanne Ricci, co-owner of Raymond’s stated. “It’s great to know that you appreciate what we do.”

Burger Cloverleaf Tavern

395 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell 973-226-9812 • Their burger menu includes the Country Bourbon Burger, prepared with a Maker’s Mark bourbon sauce, cheddar cheese and fried onions, the Blackjack Burger, served blackened with Cajun spices and topped with melted Monterey and Pepper jack cheeses, and specialty burgers each week. “We’re so excited to have won this great honor. It means much more when you know the votes are coming from the general public in the local area. We’ve been making our burgers from fresh ground meat since the restaurant opened and are very proud of the product we sell,” General Manager/Operating Partner Ryan Dorchak states. “Every week we prepare a Burger of the Week (BOW). Many times this is a creative new recipe that we have never featured before. Guests love to come in every week for something different.” Silver: Smashburger—Montclair Bronze: Egan & Sons—Montclair

Candy/Chocolate Bromilow’s Home Made Chocolate

891 Bloomfield Avenue, West Caldwell 973-227-0819 • Bromilow’s Home Made Chocolate has built it’s reputation on just that—delicious homemade chocolates and sweets. Chocolate Covered Pretzels, NonPareils, Chocolate Barks, Truffles and their specialty, Butter Crunch are only a few of the delicious treats. Silver: Sweet Home Montclair— Upper Montclair Bronze: Ain’t We Sweet—Livingston

Caterer CulinAriane

33 Walnut Street, Montclair 973-744-0533 • CulinAriane’s high quality catering menus, including Barbecue Lunches, Cocktail Buffets, Seated dinners and a decadent High Tea Luncheon have once again earned Chef/owner Ariane Duarte the title of Best Caterer. Silver: Eight Hills Caterer—Verona Bronze: Frank Anthony’s—Verona

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Best of Essex 2013 Winners Ice Cream/Yogurt Applegate Farm

616 Grove Street, Upper Montclair 973-744-5900 • Celebrating its 165th year this year, Applegate Farm upholds a long history of delicious and fresh home made ice cream. Now offering more than 60 flavors of ice cream, Applegate Farm offers a nostalgic nod to years past and continues its reputation for being the best. Family owned and operated, Applegate Farm’s Montclair homestead is not to be missed. Stop in and try one of their delicious flavors, or treat yourself with something from their newly added menu of freshly baked cupcakes, hand-dipped sweets, homemade chocolates and more!

Chinese Restaurant T.S. Ma

199 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair 973-509-8878 • Continuing their tradition of serving healthful and delicious Chinese Cuisine, T.S. Ma Chinese Cuisine has been offering freshly prepared dine in and take out options since it’s opening in 2006. Their high quality ingredients and commitment to clients with dietary restrictions has once again helped voters name the restaurant Best Chinese Restaurant. T.S. Ma also offers online ordering for both pickup and delivery, and their chef is working to add more Authentic Chinese dishes and specialties onto their already extensive menu. “This win means a lot to us,” Ma states of his Best of Essex designation. “My Chef and I require a high standard from our staff, and now they can see their hard work being recognized by our patrons and voters.”

Silver: Mark and Julie’s Homemade Ice Cream— West Orange Bronze: Gelotti’s— Caldwell

Diner Ritz Diner

72 E. Mount Pleasant Avenue, Livingston 973-533-1213 Famed for their decadent desserts and always delicious diner classics and specials, Ritz Diner is a long-standing fan favorite. Once featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” the Ritz’s reputation for excellence precedes it. Open seven days a week, for breakfast lunch and dinner, the Ritz’s delicious and unique menu items are available to you whenever you may have a hankering for delicious diner food that is so much more than traditional. Silver: Pilgrim Diner—Cedar Grove Bronze: Nevada Diner—Bloomfield

Silver: Bill & Harry’s Chinese Cuisine—multiple Bronze: Chengdu 1—Cedar Grove

Liquor/Wine Store Amanti Vino

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21 Midland Avenue, Montclair 973-746-0111 • With a finely crafted menu that features Italian specialties and classics, Osteria Giotto continues to offer delicious food, prepared with the highest quality ingredients. Serving lunch and dinner, Osteria Giotto never disappoints.

30 Church Street, Montclair 973-509-9463 • Offering unparalleled expertise in all things wine, Amanti Vino specializes in providing high quality, personal service. In addition, Amanti Vino lets customers broaden their knowledge of fine wine and spirits through their education classes and seminars and their outdoor seating area, Amanti Vionoteca, allows patrons to relax and enjoy the store’s selection. “We are honored to receive the Best of Essex Gold Medal and really appreciate the support we receive from our loyal customers,” Sevrens said. “We couldn’t do it without them!”

117 Watchung Avenue, Montclair 973-744-1452 • Watchung Deli has been serving Montclair since 1926, offering everything from traditional breakfast favorites to popular lunch specials including the “Angry Dwarf” and the “Benny Mac”. A real “Mom and Pop” store, all of Watchung Deli’s salads and soups are homemade, and their Turkey, Roast Beef and Ham are all prepared freshly in-house. “We’re thrilled to have been voted Best of Essex again,” co-owners Gary and Maureen Kiffer and Robert and Jeanne Johannsen stated. “It’s nice to know that a small business such as ours continues to thrive. Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us.”

Silver: Cucina Calandra—Fairfield Bronze: Fascino—Montclair

Silver: Wine Legend—Livingston Bronze: Angelbeck’s Wine—Upper Montclair

Silver: Millburn Deli & Restaurant—Millburn Bronze: Eppes Essen—Livingston

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Mexican Restaurant Señorita’s Mexican Grill

285 Glenwood Avenue, Bloomfield 973-743-0099 bloomfield Specializing in fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine, Señorita’s Mexican Grill’s signature dishes include Mexican Paella, a take on the traditional Spanish dish, Chicken Mole and Tostadas. With their attention to detail and their dedication to serving delicious, traditional Mexican food, Señorita’s is sure to please. Stop in and try one of their delicious homemade specialties and decadent desserts, paired with one of their signature Margaritas, with over 50 different Tequilas to choose from. Silver: Tinga Taqueria—Multiple Bronze: Toro Loco—South Orange

New Restaurant Pig & Prince Restaurant & Gastro-Lounge

1 Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair 973-233-1006 • With a dedication to sustainable foods, utilizing local produce and offering delicious and unique twists on traditional dishes and flavors, Pig & Prince Restaurant & GastroLounge has been wowing customers since opening its doors last year. “Thank you to all our guests for your continuing patronage and support,” Chef Mike Carrino stated on behalf of his staff. “We look forward to growing with you all and strive to offer the utmost in hospitality. Welcome to Pig & Prince!” Silver: 12 West Restaurant & Bar— Upper Montclair Bronze: Bellissimo’s—Little Falls

Other Ethnic THAVMA Mediterrean Grill

6230 Town Center Way, Livingston 973-992-8999 Offering Greek and Middle Eastern specialties, Thavma Mediterranean Grill truly offers the best of the Mediterranean. Open for lunch and dinner daily, Thavma’s menu includes the freshest seafood, homemade salads and specialties, and the highest quality meats and produce. With their commitment to quality ingredients and food, Thavma is a must try. Silver: Brick Lane Curry House— Upper Montclair Bronze: Stamna Greek Taverna— Bloomfield


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Outdoor Dining


McLoone’s Boathouse

Star Tavern

9 Cherry Lane, West Orange 862-252-7108 • Perched on the banks of the reservoir within South Mountain Recreation Complex, McLoone’s rustic and nautical-inspired décor and startling views have earned the restaurant the title of Best Outdoor Dining. In addition to the sweeping and serene sights that surround and shape the McLoone’s dining experience, is the restaurant’s commitment to dining the whole family will enjoy. Silver: Highlawn Pavilion—West Orange Bronze: Il Vecchio Café—Caldwell

400 High Street, Orange 973-675-3336 • Family owned and operated since 1945, Star Tavern is a long-standing area favorite restaurant and pizzeria, famous throughout New Jersey for their thin crust pizza. Star Tavern’s commitment to hospitality and delicious food at very reasonable prices keeps readers voting them Best of Essex. Silver: Forte Pizzeria & Ristorante—Caldwell Bronze: Lombari’s Bar & Restaurant—Cedar Grove

Full Service Restaurant LuNello

182 Stevens Avenue, Cedar Grove 973-837-1660 • Chef/Owner Louis Seger’s dedication and commitment to fresh, locally sourced produce and ingredients has earned LuNello an outstanding reputation in Essex County and beyond. With a menu that features homemade pastas and produce directly from Seger’s farm, LuNello’s high-quality dishes are not to be missed. Silver: Highlawn Pavilion—West Orange Bronze: Pig & Prince Restaurant & GastroLounge—Montclair

Romantic Restaurant Highlawn Pavilion

Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange • 973-731-3463 • Considered by many to be one of the nation’s top wedding venues, Highlawn Pavilion’s romantic touches do not end there. Standing at the crest of the over 400-acre Eagle Rock Reservation, with unparalleled views of the Manhattan skyline, the restaurant sets the perfect mood for any occasion. Carefully crafted menu items and expertly picked wines solidify this landmark’s reputation for being the most romantic restaurant around. Silver: Strip House—Livingston Bronze: Restaurant Lorena—Maplewood

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BYO Restaurant Fascino

331 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair • 973-233-0350 In their 10th year of business, the recently remodeled Fascino continues to draw rave reviews for their creative, inventive and delicious takes on Italian classics. Owned and operated by Chef Ryan DePersio and his family, the restaurant has received praise across the area, and Fascino’s fresh, authentic cuisine is matched only by the restaurant’s dedication to outstanding service. “It’s always an honor to receive an award,” Chef DePersio states. “My staff and I work hard and diligently to meet and exceed expectations of Fascino!” One visit to Fascino and you’re sure to return. Silver: Basilico—Millburn Bronze: Osteria Giotto—Montclair


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Seafood Restaurant Fin Raw Bar and Kitchen

183 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair 973-744-0068 • Still in its infancy, Fin Raw Bar and Kitchen leaves nothing to be desired when it comes to fresh seafood. Executive Chef Michael Juliano brings years of expertise to the kitchen and serves up the highest quality, creative dishes. Menu items including Monkfish Osso Bucco, Squid Ink Tagliatelli and Shanghai Lobster and Shrimp supplement their stunning and bountifully stocked Raw Bar, replete with the freshest clams, lobsters and oysters around. Owners Gerry Cerrigone and Robert Gaccione couldn’t be more pleased, saying, “This achievement is not only elating to everyone at Fin, it’s also fitting that it comes as we’ve just opened our second Fin location in Summit.” Silver: Halcyon Brasserie— Montclair Bronze: Caldwell Seafood— Caldwell

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Sports Bar Verona Inn

624 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona 973-239-0544 Celebrating its 66th year in business, the Verona Inn has built a tradition of outstanding customer service, delicious burgers and generous drink specials. From their Sunday NFL and football specials and flat screen TVs at the bar, it is the perfect location to relax, grab an drink catch a game (or two!). They offer 30 beers on draft with 20 of their lines continually rotated with craft beers, often featuring local New Jersey breweries. Silver: Cloverleaf Tavern—Caldwell Bronze: Egan & Sons—Montclair


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Art and Framing

Strip House

The Westminster Hotel 550 West Mount Pleasant Avenue, Livingston 973-548-0050 • Located within the luxurious Westminster Hotel in Livingston, Strip House is celebrating its 10th year serving delectable and mouthwatering steaks, seafood, chops and sides. From its seductive 1930’sinspired décor, to its team of expert wait staff, to its skillfully picked wine selection, Strip House continues to offer the best steak around. Silver: Rare the Steakhouse—Little Falls Bronze: Franklin Steahouse & Tavern--Nutley

Jerry’s Artist Outlet

Sushi Dai Kichi Japanese

608 Valley Road, Montclair 973-744-2954 • Serving up the freshest sushi and sashimi since 1988, Dai Kichi has been a local staple on the Essex County restaurant scene before sushi was a staple in our diets. Boasting a large variety of specialty rolls, and what customers continue to describe as the freshest sushi around, Dai Kichi has once again secured its place as the Best of Essex. Silver: Aozora—Montclair Bronze: Ocha--Caldwell

Essex Green Shopping Plaza 495 Prospect Avenue, West Orange 973-669-0995 • Jerry’s Artist Outlet offers savings, service and selection beyond compare. The Custom Framing & Design Studio has become know for their impeccable workmanship. The standards utilized in Jerry’s frame shop are second to none. “When any creative person walks in our door, they feel like a kid in a candy store,” owners Bonnie and Allen Shefts say of their unparalleled selection of art supplies and frames. They believe that their customers deserve the very best and that is what they offer. Silver: Makeready Press—Montclair Bronze: Wade Max—Upper Montclair

Children’s & Baby Clothes Babys Perfect Gift

195 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair 1-800-871-6210 • This infant and toddler boutique in Upper Montclair, is the “go to” store for new moms, grandparents and anyone looking to purchase that perfect baby gift. Specializing in personalized baby gifts and custom layettes, storeowners Marcia DeOteris and Ilene Goldmeier have created a welcoming neighborhood store with personal service and quality products at affordable prices. At Babys Perfect Gift, you are sure to find a unique variety of Christening outfits and accessories, as well as a selection perfect for a bris or baby naming. Offering online ordering, shipping, gift wrapping and more. “The most thrilling part of receiving the Best of Essex award is knowing our customers appreciate us as much as we appreciate them,” DeOteris and Goldmeier said. Silver: Over The Moon—Upper Montclair Bronze: Precious Cargo—Livingston 34


Children’s Shoes Little Shoebox

Teen & Tween Clothes Kids at Heart

602 Valley Road, Upper Montclair 973-744-3007 • The Upper Montclair boutique, owned and operated by Elaine Sinisi, works hard to help children and their parents find shoes that are not only stylish, but fit properly. In business since 2004, Sinisi, who’s philosophy is to “work hard and be nice,” does just that—working tirelessly to ensure that Little Shoebox carries the broadest selection around and that everyone gets the best treatment and customer service they possibly can! Carrying sizes for pre-walkers all the way up to kid’s size 6, Little Shoebox is the first and last stop you’ll make when shopping for your child’s next pair of shoes.

565 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston 973-992-2440 • Kids at Heart has been serving young and preteen girls since 1992. Offering superior service and sought-after brands, the business has been a favorite of shoppers for everything from first day of school get-ups to dresses for Bat and Bar Mitzvahs, special occasions, Sweet 16s and more since it’s doors opened. “We are thrilled to once again have been considered by our loyal customers the best place to go for teens and tweens clothing.” Owners Jill and Beth said on behalf of their entire staff. “We will continue to provide the best and highest quality clothing and accessories around and thank our customers for giving us this honor.”

Silver: Jay’s Shoe Box—Livingston Bronze: JT Murdoch—Bloomfield

Silver: Hip Chic—Montclair Bronze: Gotham—Millburn

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Hardware Store

CBL Fine Art

Florist Caldwell Flowerland

329 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell 973-226-1309 • In business for nearly 80 years, the knowledge and expertise of Caldwell Flowerland’s florists and staff covers seasonal bouquets and arrangements, to wedding and special occasion flowers, to unique and thoughtful gift baskets and everything in between. Offering delivery and personalized customer service, Caldwell Flowerland will work with clients to develop the perfect arrangement, bouquet or gift. Silver: Clores Flowers & Gifts—Upper Montclair Bronze: Anderson’s Flowers, Inc.—Montclair

459 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange 973-736-7776 • A local legend for fabulous gifts, terrific jewelry, great clothing, kaleidoscopes, art, Judaica and custom framing, CBL Fine Art continues to have the best and broadest selection around, offering personalized service, online ordering, a gift registry and more. In business for over 26 years, the business is owned and operated by Connie Lior, whose impeccable taste and dedication has continued to resonate with shoppers. “We are thrilled to win the award for Best Gift shop for five years in a row, and it certainly is a very proud feather in our cap,” Lior says. “We hope to continue to earn our customers’ loyalty and thank them for this very meaningful vote of confidence in CBL Fine Art.”

American Royal Hardware

Silver: Smith & Co—Caldwell Bronze: Pink Bungalow—Multiple

Silver: Karig’s Hardware—Livingston Bronze: Saunders Hardware—Upper Montclair

251 Park Street, Upper Montclair 973-744-6727 • American Royal Hardware offers the convenience and charm of a small-town hardware store with a selection that rivals a national chain. “I would really like to thank my staff,” owner Roy Morchian states. “Their dedication is a big part of our success. And, it feels great to get this kind of compliment from the community. We thank all of our customers who voted for us.” Boasting a professional, knowledgable staff and nearly 20 departments—spanning from automotive to holiday décor, to lawn and garden tools, to paint, to power tools and everything—American Royal Hardware is your local one-stop-shop for everything related to home improvement.

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Home Furnishings Hampton House


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467 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair 973-744-0900 Owned and operated for over 65 years by the Fisch family, Hampton House Furniture’s reputation is unsurpassed. Offering home furnishings and accessories in a variety of styles spread throughout their four floors of showroom, Hampton House has something for every price point and style. “We are thrilled to once again be awarded Best of Essex for Home Furnishings,” Joan and Ron Fisch said. “We are forever grateful to have so many loyal customers who are committed to shopping locally for their home furnishings and interior design needs.” Their interior design service is exceptional as well as affordable, and their skilled design team and staff will work with you to find the perfect furnishings and accessories for your space.

Custom Jewelry

Silver: Nest & Company—Montclair Bronze: SEED387—Millburn

Silver: Yanina & Company—Cedar Grove Bronze: Frederic Goodman Fine Jewelers— Multiple


George Press Jewelers

74 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston 973-992-7797 • In business for almost 35 years, George Press Jewelers specializes in high-quality custom jewelry, including unique and beautiful wedding and engagement pieces. Owned and operated by George Press and his wife, Cheryl, George Press Jewelers prides itself on its loyal and repeat customers, and its reputation for creating and offering beautiful custom jewelry, working directly with clients and using the latest technology to design each customer’s perfect piece. “We love what we do and are thrilled that our clients feel the same way,” George and Cheryl Press said. “Winning this award is a testament to what has kept us going for so many years.”

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Jewelry Store

Pediatric Dentist

Walter Bauman Jewelers

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Comprehensive dental care for infants, children and adolescents in a fun-filled environment where patients can feel at home! ■ Entertainment-themed office ■ Special training in pediatric dentistry and fellowship in treating special needs children ■ Member of American Dental Association, NJ Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

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643 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange 973-731-3155 • Long established as one of the area’s premier jewelers, Walter Bauman Jewelers continues to ‘wow’ customers with their selection of new jewelry, designer names and one-of-a-kind estate jewelry at fantastic prices. “We are so honored to be voted Best Jewelry Store for the 5th year in a row,” Walter Bauman, President of Walter Bauman Jewelers said. “We have been happily serving our customers in Essex County for over 50 years and look forward to doing so for many more years to come.” The next time you’re in the market for a beautiful gift, a statement piece, or event to sell some gold or silver, be sure to visit one of Walter Bauman’s well-appointed locations and let one of his customer service experts guide your jewelry shopping experience. Silver: Valley Jewelers—Upper Montclair Bronze: Yanina & Company—Cedar Grove

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Pet Store/Pet Services Montclair Feed and Pet Supply

191 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair 973-746-4799 • Conveniently located on Glenridge Avenue in Montclair, with great access to public parking, they offer customers a variety of services, including do-it-yourself grooming, expert advice and friendly, knowledgeable staff, Montclair Feed and Pet Supply has been keeping pets (and their owners!) happy for over 20 years. Silver: Rover Ranch & Spa—Fairfield Bronze: Paradise Pet—Bloomfield

Pet Day Care

Store Front

Rover Ranch & Spa

Pink Bungalow

16 Passaic Ave., #1, Fairfield 973-439-WOOF (9663) Since opening their doors in 2005, Rover Ranch & Spa has been offering unsurpassed doggie daycare, boarding, grooming, training and more to hundreds of happy, healthy dogs ever since. Owned and operated by Liz Bratman, who runs the business with her son Max along with a loyal staff, Rover Ranch & Spa strives to offer the highest quality care and products in the area. “My husband Marty who opened this business with me and passed away shortly after would be so proud of what we have accomplished,” Liz Bratman stated. “We are so grateful to all our loyal customers who trust us with their precious pooches and who have recommended us to their friends and family members. We also want to thank the local vets in the area who continue to endorse us. We are extremely grateful for this recognition”.

617 Valley Road, Upper Montclair 973-337-5371 • The Upper Montclair location of Pink Bungalow has earned the honor of Best Store Front for it’s creative, enchanting and often whimsical window displays— which serve as only a teaser for the charmingly decorated and stocked boutique once inside. Offering gifts, accessories, jewelry and more from brands such as Vera Bradley, Brighton, Alex and Ani Bracelets, Scout and more, make it a favorite of shoppers across Essex County. Next time you pass by, let their delightfully appealing storefront draw you in and see what they have in store! Silver: Accents with Flowers—Montclair Bronze: Caldwell Flowerland—Caldwell

Silver: Pups @ Play—Livingston Bronze: Puppy Love Spa—Maplewood

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Toy and Hobby Just Kidding Around

623 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield 973-748-6484 • Opened in Bloomfield in 1888, J.T. Murdoch Shoes has been keeping their customers in comfortable, fashionable and affordable footwear ever since. Stocking everything from UGG Australia to Dansko to prescription shoes and everything in between, the experts at J.T. Murdoch, including a team of certified pedorthists and pedorthic fitters, this family owned and operated business offers something for every need.

507 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair 973-233-9444 • Specializing in unique, vintage-inspired and educational toys and games Just Kidding Around also offers puzzles, handcrafted wooden toys from Europe, and books for children of all ages. “Being voted best Toy and Hobby store by Suburban Essex readers really means so much to us,” the staff said. “Just Kidding Around has been open for over ten years, and we are so proud to be part of the Essex county community and to be held in such high esteem. We love being Montclair’s neighborhood toy store!” Their broad selection and team of toy experts will help you find the perfect item for kids ages 1-100.

Silver: Piazza Della Sole—Montclair Bronze: Fleet Feet—Montclair

Silver: Learning Express—Multiple Bronze: Jerry’s Artist Outlet—West Orange

Shoe Store J.T. Murdoch Shoes

Gold Medal Winner –

Best Children’s Shoe Store The Very Best Selection, Expertly Fitted Pre-Walkers to Big Kids Size 7

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Best of Essex 2013 Winners Women’s Accessories Adornments

79 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston 973-597-0055 Located on South Livingston Ave, Adornments provides shoppers with interesting, beautiful, and fashion savvy jewelry, accessories, and gifts. “Winning best accessory store will bring new customers into this treasure of a find store,” owner Nanci Leigh stated. “Thank you for all of your support and loyalty!” The trendy and stylish inventory keeps customers returning--knowing that the knowledgeable and friendly staff will help guide them to the perfect piece. Whether in the market for a gift, a specific item, or simply a new bauble, Adornments is the best in the business. Silver: Barbara Eclectic—Upper Montclair Bronze: Pink Jewel—Livingston

Women’s Clothing Barbara Eclectic

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Silver: Red Carpet Boutique—Millburn Bronze: Dem Two Hands—Montclair

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594 Valley Road, Upper Montclair 973-744-1217 Since 1975, Barbara Eclectic has been keeping women looking chic and stylish. Owned and operated by Holly Felber, the boutique offers unique, wearable clothing and accessories for women of all ages. You can shop in the Upper Montclair boutique or online at “We are honored that our customers have voted for us four years in a row,” Felber stated on behalf of her staff. “It really means a lot to us that they have taken the time to vote for us.” Always appreciative of their customers and willing to lend a hand helping to put together that perfect outfit, Holly and her team are truly the reason why many consider this boutique to be the Best Women’s Clothing store around.

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620 Valley Road, Upper Montclair 973-783-9243 • Offering a selection that is the perfect blend of fashion and comfort, Piazza Della Sole offers a stock carefully and thoughtfully curated by owner Camille Kessler. In business since 2004, Piazza Della Sole can always be counted on to provide expert advice, fashionable footwear and stellar customer service. “This designation means so much to Piazza Della Sole because this business was founded on a concept that women should not feel compelled to conform to society’s idea of what makes shoes fashionable,” Kessler explains of their selection and philosophy. “We no longer have to squeeze our feet into narrow shoes with a heel until you can barely walk. In order to look good, we believe you need to feel good first.” Silver: Footnotes—Millburn Bronze: Shoe Inn—Livingston

Car Wash Quality Car Care

Auto Repair/Body Shop Glen Ridge Auto Inc.

12 Herman Street, Glen Ridge 973-743-2794 Experts in the field of auto repair, known for their friendly, knowledgeable service technicians and their quick, efficient and affordable services, Glen Ridge Auto has been leaving customers satisfied since 1979. “It’s a nice feeling to know our ccustomers appreciate us and think enough of us to bestow this honor upon us,” co-owner Al Kindberg said. “We are here for them and because of them and, as always, we will strive to give our customers the level of service they deserve and expect.” Silver: Budd’s Auto—Cedar Grove Bronze: Park Street Auto—Montclair

189 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona 973-571-0002 • Quality Care Care’s state-of-the-art brushless hand car wash system is only part of the reason why voters keep naming this business Best Car Wash in Essex County. The car wash’s convenient Bloomfield Ave location, the team of car care experts and the use of only the highest quality products all combine to make Quality Car Care a voter favorite, year in and year out. The wide variety of services range from a regular full-service wash, which includes interior vacuuming, interior windows, hand drying and more, all the way up to their Signature Quality Wash, which incudes rain protectant, interior dressing and cleaning, rust inhibitor application and an exterior wax performed by hand from one of their car care experts. They have recently opened an expansive fully enclosed detail center offering the full range of detail services and paintless dent removal. Quality Car Care offers truly comprehensive cleaning and care for all makes and models. Silver: West Caldwell Car Wash— West Caldwell Bronze: Livingston Car Wash—Livingston

Children’s Parties JUMPnasium

204 Passaic Avenue, Fairfield 973-808-1700 • Boasting 13,000-square-feet, Jumpnasium is New Jersey’s largest indoor inflatable party center. Complete with huge inflatable obstacle courses, bounce houses, Eddy Cole Trampoline Basketball and more. Intensive training of their enthusiastic staff enables them to engage with children of all ages as well as children with special needs. Offering a variety of private party packages that include set up, theme cakes, pizza, arcade games and more. Silver: Pigtails & Crewcuts—Montclair Bronze: The Little Gym of Montclair— Montclair

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Best of Essex 2013 Winners Chiropractor

Physical Therapy

Andrea Buccino

JAG Physical Therapy

6 Pompton Avenue, 2nd Floor, Cedar Grove 973-433-3655 • Focusing on sports chiropractic and treatment of sports related injuries, Dr. Andrea Buccino has been helping patients heal their aching backs and bodies since 2007. Having completed a rotation at the Olympic Training Center’s Sports Medicine department and board certified as a Chiropractic Sports Physician, Buccino has completed clinical training at Veterans Administration Hospitals and through widely respected chiropractic health programs. “It is such an honor to be recognized doing something I absolutely love,” Dr. Buccino states. “Helping patients heal from their injuries makes my day.” And, though Buccino specializes in sports chiropractic treatment, she earned this title for the supreme care she gives patients with a variety of back and neck issues, keeping with their motto, “Recognition-Relief-Recovery.”

622 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange 973-669-0078 • With a highly-trained staff of certified and licensed physical therapists, athletic trainers and exercise physiologists, JAG Physical Therapy has been helping patients recover from injuries, accidents and physical ailments. “Myself, along with the entire JAG Physical Therapy Family are excited and honored to have been chosen by the Essex County community as the #1 Physical Therapy Company for a second year in a row”, says John Gallucci Jr., President of JAG Physical Therapy. “We remain dedicated to deliver the highest quality physical therapy care to our patients to ultimately get them back in the game of life!” From neck to toes, the staff at JAG Physical Therapy work to get patients back to 100% as quickly and effectively as possible. Silver: ProActive Sports Therapy—Montclair Bronze: Montclair Physical Therapy—Montclair

Silver: Millburn Chiropractic—Millburn Bronze: Mecca Integrated Medical—Fairfield


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Dance Lessons/Studio Sharron Miller’s Academy for Performing Arts

14 South Park Street, Montclair 973-655-98119 • Owned and operated by Sharron Miller, a Julliard School-trained dancer and performer who once toured with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre as a soloist and Broadway veteran, Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts is unique due to it’s dedication to supporting and encouraging the arts. Operating as a nonprofit 501c3 arts education organization, SMAPA offers dance and performing arts classes for children through adults, often in cooperation with the community and neighborhood outreach programs. “The faculty and staff of SMAPA wish to thank all the people who voted for us,” Sharron Miller states. “To be considered the Best of Essex for two years in a row is truly an honor and a validation of our belief that Art Matters!” Now in it’s 18th year, SMAPA continues to instill in students a love of dance, performing and community service. Silver: Fred Astaire Dance Studio— Upper Montclair Bronze: Uptown Dance—Belleville

Dentist The Silverstrom Group

Seven Days of Some Very Special Specials

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580 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston • 973-992-3990 Drs. David and Gary Silverstrom at the Silverstrom Group in Livingston pride themselves in leading a highly trained, patient service oriented team of dental professionals. They have built a destination practice, with dental specialists all in one convenient location. They use the most advanced technologies including Cerec-One visit dentistry, laser and digital procedures for cosmetic, restorative and preventative care. This technology and their in-house dental laboratory save their patients both time and money. The Silverstrom Group strives to make patients comfortable and to make each appointment as pleasurable as possible. Silver: Ferguson Dental Associates—Upper Montclair Bronze: Dr. Christopher Jones—West Caldwell

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21-23 Midland Avenue, Montclair • 973-746-0111 Closed Tuesdays • Reservations Recommended Lunch: 12-2pm Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri • Dinner: 5-10pm Mon, Wed, Thurs; 5-11pm Fri-Sat; 4-9pm Sun

Gym/Fitness Studio Platinum Fitness

309 Pompton Avenue, Verona 973-857-2500 Platinum Fitness, a Best of Essex winner for five consecutive years, offers members access to over 170 pieces of cardio equipment and over 200 pieces of resistance training equipment, as well fitness classes, nutrition coaching and more, all within their 32,000-square-foot health and wellness facility. With convenient hours and a team of health and wellness experts, Platinum Fitness has been helping members get in and maintain their optimal fitness levels for over 20 years. With the addition of their new spacious training studio, Platinum Fitness’s personal training staff offers one-on-one and group training sessions. Silver: d.Fit—Montclair Bronze: HardBodyz Fitness—Verona

21-23 Midland Avenue, Montclair • 973-746-0111 Closed Tuesdays • Reservations Recommended Lunch: 12-2pm Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri • Dinner: 5-10pm Mon, Wed, Thurs; 5-11pm Fri-Sat; 4-9pm Sun

Community Gym JCC MetroWest

Ross Family Campus 760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange • 973-530-3400 The West Orange location features a state-of-the-art fitness center with brand new equipment. Inhabiting over 20,000-square-feet of the sizeable JCC building, the gym features over 100 group exercise classes, as well as a brand new Spin Studio, TRX and specialized personal and group training. Two heated pools, an indoor track, full gymnasium and Spa experiences make JCC MetroWest fitness center the ultimate community gym. Welcoming members of all faiths, backgrounds and ages, see for yourself what makes this gym an outstanding workout experience. Silver: Montclair YMCA—Montclair

Hair Salon Bangz Salon and Wellness Spa

23 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair 973-746-8426 Occupying a restored and repurposed church, built in 1889 by Joseph Ireland, Bangz Salon & Wellness Spa works to maintain the building’s tradition of beauty and attention to detail. Inside the storied front doors is a stateof-the-art health and beauty oasis—complete with a full service spa and firstclass hair salon. Services include everything from men’s haircuts and styling to custom cuts, colors and chemical services—including several Deva certified stylists—as well as a litany of spa treatments including facials, massages and nail services. Their highly trained technicians and staff work one-on-one with clients to create their ideal style and look, helping them to leave feeling pampered, relaxed and beautiful. Silver: Subway Salon—Millburn Bronze: Dieci Lifestyle Spa—Livingston

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Testa Opticians

Longevity Pilates

574 Valley Road, Upper Montclair 973-744-9041 (Store) • 973-783-6446 (Eye Exams) In business in Upper Montclair for over 50 years, Testa Opticians is owned and operated by optician Sally Fokas who takes pride in its exceptional customer service, knowledge and broad selection. “This award means that our customers are happy and that is our goal: excellent customer service!” owner Fokas stated. With an on-site lab, Testa Opticians create the majority of prescription lenses in-house, making sure customers get their new glasses quickly, correctly and efficiently. In addition to their wide selection of frames and lenses, Testa Opticians also offers comprehensive eye exams. Silver: Roseland Eye Care—Roseland Bronze: Susan Valenza—Nutley

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16 Grove Avenue, Verona 973-632-0830 • Recognizing that entering into a new fitness environment can be nerve-wracking, the certified teachers at Longevity Pilates in Verona work very hard to foster a welcoming, warm environment for new and current students alike. Classes are offered for individuals of all fitness levels and backgrounds, and the instructors work with students individually to ensure their total safety and comfort. “Winning Best of Essex again makes us all very proud and shows that our strong commitment to personal service is really appreciated by our loyal clientele,” owner Donna Zaloom said.

635 Valley Road, Upper Montclair 973-744-6033 • A locally owned, independent firm with national connections. The company was founded in 1985 and has grown, over the past 28 years, to become one of the best-known, well-regarded realty firms in the suburban Essex area. Its agents are not only professional and knowledgeable about current market conditions and financing, but also enthusiastic and caring with deep roots in the towns they serve. Broker/Owner Brigitte Van Note remarked, “I am delighted and humbled by this vote of confidence from our clients and community.”

Silver: Equilibrium Pilates—Montclair Bronze: The Movement Place—Montclair

Silver: Century 21 Cedar Crest Realty—Caldwell Bronze: Keller Williams Suburban Realty— Livingston

Yoga Yoga Montclair

107 Forest Street, Suite 3, Upper Montclair • 973-233-9642 • From children’s and beginner’s classes to teaching training courses and workshops, Yoga Montclair truly has a class for every skill level. Online registration, transparent class descriptions and convenient class times makes Yoga Montclair’s classes suitable for any schedule and lifestyle. The staff’s commitment to yoga, health & wellness education keep clients feeling great and coming back class after class. Silver: Garden State Yoga—Bloomfield Bronze: Starseed Yoga & Wellness—Verona


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56 South Park Street, Montclair 973-509-8488 • Considered by many to be one of the most luxurious and relaxing day spas around, The Woodhouse Spa’s menu of sumptuous and pampering treatments have once again earned them the designation of Best Day Spa. Offering special packages for couples, individuals, bridal parties, nights out and more, The Woodhouse Day Spa is the perfect place to relax, unwind and treat yourself.


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Medical Spa Aurora De Juliis, MD European Medical Spa

8 Hillside Avenue, Suite 102, Montclair 973-338-6300 Born and raised in Rome, Italy, Dr. De Juliis is considered a pioneer in anti-aging, beauty, nutrition and aesthetic medicine, incorporating the training and ideologies imparted on her in Rome and Paris. “We are honored to be voted Best Medical Spa by our community,” Dr. De Juliis said. “We strive to provide exceptional service to our clients, and are very grateful to be recognized for our efforts.” Her state-of-the-art medical spa in Montclair offers patients the full gamut of non-surgical medical rejuvenation and skin care practices.





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Electrician KB Electric

973-744-6201 KB Electric is proud to once again be elected Best Electrician in Best of Essex for the 2nd year in a row. “Our staff is thrilled that our customers feel that we are taking care of their electrical needs,” owner Keith Ballentine stated. “We strive to make sure that any job we do big or small is completed professionally and to the complete satisfaction of the customer.” KB Electric’s attitude has helped them service commercial and residential clients across Essex County and beyond for over 20 years. Owned and operated by Keith Ballentine, a lifelong Essex County resident, KB Electric is deeply rooted in the community and are commited to outstanding customer service. Silver: E&M O’Hara—West Orange Bronze: Barnett Electric Co.



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Boyette Kitchens & Bath

438 Broad Street, Bloomfield 973-743-8722 • Performing more than just kitchen and bath renovations for over 75 years, Showcase Kitchen & Bath is a favorite among homeowners looking to remodel not just their kitchens and bathrooms, but their entire homes. From the initial design to project completion the expert designers, product selection specialists, carpenters, and construction team at Showcase Kitchen & Bath will work to ensure that your project is seamless so that you will be enjoying your new space in no time. “We have worked hard to maintain a quality and craftsmanship that is unparalleled in the region,” Showcase partner Don Distasio, Jr., stated on behalf of his team. “It is an honor to be recognized as the Best of Essex for the fourth year in a row.”

214 Montgomery Street, Bloomfield 973-748-1020 Boyette Kitchens & Baths has been remodeling homes in suburban Essex County for over 30 years. Michael Boyette CKD along with Elaine Boyette, office-showroom manager and Kevin Barry, WoodMode’s cabinet sales representative, are discussing new products recently introduced and now available in the WoodMode and Brookhaven cabinet lines. Specializing in kitchen and bathroom design and renovations, Boyette’s knowledgeable team of professionals will assist in the selection of kitchen cabinetry, countertops and appliances. From floor plans to installation, their construction experts will coordinate and manage all aspects of the project. Visit their newly remodeled showroom or call today for a comprehensive overview of the remodeling process and let their experience work for you in creating the kitchen or bathroom of your dreams.

Silver: Mediterranean Tile & Marble—Fairfield Bronze: Closets by Design

Silver: Showcase Kitchen & Bath—Bloomfield Bronze: Aspen Kitchen & Bath—Verona

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Decorating Den Interiors

Verona • 973-239-3004 A recent recipient of two international design awards, Valerie Ruddy, C.I.D., is considered one of the foremost experts in Interior Decorating. Her attention to detail and ability to design client’s dream spaces has earned her this designation. Decorating Den Interiors serves clients in Essex County and all over Northern New Jersey offering full service interior decorating including custom draperies, shades, blinds and shutters, furniture, wall covering, floor covering, accessories, space planning, color consulting and more. “This award means so much to us since the public, our clients and friends, did the voting!” Valerie Ruddy stated. “The Best of Essex - People’s Choice Award validates the many hours of hard work it takes making sure that our clients love their designs and that they feel comfortable with the process of making it all happen.” Silver: Hampton House—Montclair Bronze: Contessa Designs—Millburn

Sponzilli Landscape Group, Inc.

Fairfield • 973-244-1410 Owned and operated by the Sponzilli family since the 1970s, Sponzilli Landscape Group is a far cry from it’s humble beginnings in founder Rich’s garage. Now Sponzilli Landscape Group services everything from residential and commercial projects and installations to the maintenance on rooftop gardens at Yankee Stadium and MetLife Stadium. With their team of highly trained and regarded landscape designers and architects and skilled maintenance staff behind them, Sponzilli Landscape Group is considered one of the foremost landscape businesses in Essex County. Silver: Martin O’Boyle Bronze: Creative Concepts Landscaping


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Bloomfield • 973-429-3600 For over 20 years, Mark Tirondola Painting Contractor and his highly experienced staff have been offering full service interior and exterior painting, as well as roofing, gutters and carpentry. Marking their fifth consecutive Best of Essex designation, Mark Tirondola and his staff continue to strive for customer satisfaction day in and day out. “We’d like to thank our customers for voting us best painter for the 5th consecutive year,” Mark Tirondola said on behalf of his entire team. “We look forward to fulfilling your painting needs for years to come.” Silver: Wilber’s Painting Bronze: Alberto Del Priore Painting

Plumbers McCormack Plumbing & Heating

973-744-0411 McCormack Plumbing & Heating is a family owned and operated plumbing and heating company servicing Essex County. Their dedication to high quality service and their knowledgeable staff of highly-trained technicians have worked to earn their win in this category. “I wish to thank all my loyal customers for voting for McCormack Plumbing & Heating and helping us become the Best of Essex,” Owner Steve McCormack stated. “Thank you for your support.” Silver: John Heyrich Plumbing & Heating Bronze: Garner Brothers



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Throughout his decades at Temple B’nai Abraham, Rabbi Barry Friedman was a strong supporter of Israel, an outspoken advocate for civil rights and a champion of the victims of all kinds of oppression. Guest speaker will be Gershom Gorenberg, an American-born Israeli historian, journalist and blogger. His topic will be Israeli Democracy: What Threatens It, How to Save it. 8:30am. Temple B’nai Abraham 300 E. Northfield Rd., Livingston. Call 973- 994-2290 or vsit

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Nesting Diaries Series

A close and intimate peek at bald eagle family life from the perspective of three different nests. Video and lecture presented by Nesting Diaries authors John and Yoke DiGiorgio. Book signing by authors. 1:30pm. Helen C. Fenske Visitor Center, 32 Pleasant Plains Rd., Harding Township. Call 973-425-9510 or visit

Blues in the Loft: Bill Sims Jr.

The Blues has many distinct origins and sounds. Delta Blues, Chicago Blues, West Coast Blues, East Coast Blues, Rhythm and Blues and on and on, each with its own unique flavor. If you ask Bill Sims what type of Blues he plays, his answer is simply, “I play the Blues.” 7pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. Call 973-275-1114 or visit

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Michael Nesmith (of The Monkees) Performs

Join in a great afternoon of classic rock, pop, soul and blues with the “Kootz” Band. They are a group of ‘musical friends’, who just can’t seem to retire their guitars and likely never will! 2:30pm. Livingston Public Library, 10 Robert Harp Drive, Livingston. Visit for information.

In a career that has endured for almost 50 years, Michael Nesmith has made his mark on popular culture as a songwriter, performer, author, film-producer and actor. In the 1960s Nesmith found fame as on quarter of The Monkees. As a songwriter he has written music for such performers as Linda Rondstadt and had his songs covered by artists ranging from Run DMC to Andy Williams. 8pm. bergenPAC, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood. Call 201-227-1030 or visit

Sky Band Performs

Sky Band is a Haitian band that plays Kompa Direk, music that reflects the spirit of Haiti and its people living in New York City. The music is vibrant, cultural, and spiritual with strong beats and melodic rhythms. 4-6pm. Caldwell College, 120 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell. Call 973-618-3520 or visit

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11 What is Jewish Renewal

Is Jewish Renewal a new denomination, a movement or a transdenominational phenomenon in the modern Jewish world? Rabbi Moritt will explain that it is a spiritual movement for progressive Jews that fosters a personal connection to the Divine by infusing ancient Jewish wisdom with a modern egalitarian and socially progressive consciousness. Free. B’nai Shalom, 300 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange. For more information or to register call 973-731-0160 ext. 207 or e-mail


Seeking 15-20 very strong singers/actors, most of whom will play significant roles in the Musical Sunday in the Park with George. Sign-up begins a half hour prior to the audition start time, 7pm, and anyone auditioning must arrive no later than 8pm. Also Nov. 12. All auditions will be held at the Westminster Arts Center, 449 Franklin St., Bloomfield. Visit for information.


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“What Should I Write? Create Content That Sells!”

Attendees will learn: The three things you must be clear about before you write; the single biggest writing mistake business owners make; one thing you must never lose sight of or you risk losing your credibility; one proven writing approach that results in content your readers will value; and seven types of captivating content. Noon-1pm. C3Workplace, 26 Park St., Montclair. Register online at

Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros, Cuban singer, song writer and band leader, will lead a lively performance of music in a joyous celebration of Salsa and Jazz. 7:30pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. Call 973-275-1114 or visit

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Hank Quense Lecture

Hank Quense, award-winning science fiction author and self-publishing guru, will conduct a lecture on How to Market Your Self-Published Books for Authors at the Cedar Grove Free Public Library. This lecture will inspire and invigorate authors to get into a marketing mentality! 5:45pm. Free. Cedar Grove Library, 1 Municipal Plz, Cedar Grove. Call 973-239-1447 or RSVPs can be sent via email to:

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There will be over 30 vendors selling products ranging from Jo Malone and Steiner Sports Memorabilia, to exclusive jewelry designers, Carrie Dunham Handbags, Preppy Player, East End Foodies, Designer Sunglasses Personalized Party and much, much more! 6-9pm at a preview shopping party with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and continues on Nov. 14 from 9am– 4pm. The Manor, 111 Prospect Ave. West Orange. Call 973-432-5687 or email


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

Soul Power

Join psychotherapist Sue Waldman for a magical evening that will leave you feeling inspired and refreshed. This seminar will be about relaxing inot that sacred place that lives within every woman. Advanced Registration Only. 8-9:30pm. Sue Waldman’s Office, 320A Bloomfield Ave., Verona. For more informaiton, please call 973-857-9090 or visit to register.

Featuring stars born in 1913 (Centenarians for Livingston’s Bicentennial). Burt Lancaster stars in From Here to Eternity. 7pm. Livingston Public Library, 10 Robert Harp Drive, Livingston. Visit www.livingston. for information.

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The Saint Barnabas Lung Cancer Institute is offering a free low-dose CT screening program for individuals who are at high-risk for developing lung cancer to identify abnormalities earlier -- when it is most curable. If you are a current or former smoker, learn if you are eligible for this life-saving test.10am. Free. Saint Barnabas Wellness Institute at Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC MetroWest, 760 Northfield Ave., West Orange. To register call 973-322-5620.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Dar Williams Performs

The critically acclaimed singer/songwriter has enjoyed a 15 year career which began when Joan Baez took her out on the road and recorded several of her songs. Special guest Toshi Reagon. 7:30pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. Call 973-2751114 or visit

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Performs

Dmitri Sitkovetsky conducts Mozart’s brilliant violin concerto and Tchaikosky’s reflective Meditation while performing the violin solo parts. 1:30pm. Nov. 16, 8pm. NJPAC, 1 Center St., Newark. Call 800-2553476 or visit

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Discover life in the early 20th century when this area was transforming from farmland to suburbs. At the Charles Shultz House, see firsthand what it was like to grow up in a progressive “Victorian” household and how life changed as technology and transportation took hold. Tours and hands-on activities. 10am-õon. Charles Shultz House, 30 North Mountain Ave., Call 973-744-1796 or visit As lead guitarist and founder of The Kinks, Dave Davies is one of the most unpredictable and original forces in rock, without whom guitar-rock styles including heavy metal and punk would have been inconceivable. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Dave’s massive guitar sounds have inspired bands from Van Halen to Green Day. 8pm. bergenPAC, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood. Call 201-227-1030 or visit

Book Sale

The College Women’s Club of Montclair presents their annual Book Sale from Nov.14-17. 9:30am-noon. Fri. 9:30am-9pm, Sat. 9:30am-7pm and Sun. 1-6pm. Women’s Club of Montclair, 26 Park St., Montclair. Information 973-783-7040 or

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A conversation with Daniel Levitin and Rosanne Cash: “Your Brain on Music”. 7:30pm. William Paterson University’s Shea Center for Performing Arts, 300 Pompton Rd., Wayne. Call 973-720-2371 or visit

Teen Coping Skills Training Group

This weekly group offers Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills for teens in order to help them learn and practice skills necessary to moderate their emotions and behaviors. Warm, supportive learning environment designed to help teens grow. Registration is required. Danna Markson, LCSW. Mindsoother Therapy Center, 2 West Northfield Rd., Livingston. Call 973-220-1885 or email

Food Addiction and the Brain

Dr. Eric Stice, Senior Scientist at Oregon Research Institute and Research Professor at the University of Texas, will discuss in a slide illustrated lecture the causes behind increased risks for the onset of eating disorders and obesity in relationship to brain activity, as well as the development and evaluation of prevention programs for these conditions. Free. 6pm. Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark. To register call 973-596-6690.

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A Place at the Table

Fifty million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity. 6:30pm. NJPAC, Victoria Theater, One Center St., Newark. Call 973-297-5828 or visit

A Centennial Celebration

This special, small group gallery talk in Lehman Court will focus on the exhibition 100 Works for 100 Years: A Centennial Celebration. Light refreshments served. Reservation requires. 7-8:30pm. Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair. Call or visit 973-746-5555 or visit

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 2nd Annual Montclair Fall Food Classic

A seasonal lunch will be served with a menu devised by area chefs representing restaurants including The Orange Squirrel, Uncle Moustache, SO Tasty Vegan and Osteria Giotto. Ingredients have been donated by Kings Food Markets, and proceeds benefit The Salvation Army. Admission by ticket only; suggested minimum donation of $25 is recommended. The Salvation Army, 13 Trinity Place, Montclair. Call Michelle Kroeze at 973-744-3312 x4651, email or pick up tickets at their Montclair headquarters.

Comedian and actor Mike Epps slings his sharp observations about life at large in an exclusive New Jersey appearance. 7pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, One Center St., Newark. Call 973-297-5828 or visit

“Love, Lust, Fear & Freedom: The Songs of Joni Mitchell & Leonard Cohen”

This performance by Lauren Fox conjures the charged erotic climate of the hippie culture of the Woodstock era, when sex was infused with romantic mysticism. 8-11pm. Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, 67 Church St., Montclair. Call 973-744-6560 or visit

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Don Jamieson performs at comedy night in the private back room! Great laughs & fun night out! Check out the Comedy Night Coupons. 8:30pm. Please purchase your tickets in advance as seating is limited. Just Jake’s, 30 Park St., Montclair. Call 973-655-8987 for information.

For more than 35 years, Southside Johnny, aka John Lyon, has delivered a soul-searing brand of raucous blues and R&B that has made he and his Juke’s a seminal force as All-American rock n’ roll song-slingers. 8pm. bergenPAC, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood. Call 201-2271030 or visit

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Clarinetist Ken Peplowski. 8pm. William Paterson University’s Shea Center for Performing Arts, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne. Call973-720-2371 or visit for information.

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The Verona High School Spotlight Players will perform “12 Angry Jurors.” Also Nov. 16 & 17. The production will be a modern interpretation of the Reginald Rose classic. 7:30pm. Auditorium, Verona High School, 151 Fairview Ave., Verona. Call 973-571-2029 for more information.


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Willy Wonka Production

This stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” features the songs from the classic family film ”Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”. Also Nov. 16 & 17. 11am & 2:30pm. Theater for Young Audiences, Performances at Eisenhower Corporate Center, 290 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave., Livingston. Online ticketing @ (search Willy Wonka)or call 212-868-4444. For information call: Joan at 973-743-0976.

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Join the Montclair Art Museum and the French Institute Aliance Francaise as the museum screens A Cat in Paris (une vie chat). Screening followesd by a 20-minute children’s arts workshop. Ages 5-12. 3pm. Montclair Art Museum, 3 Mountain Ave., Montclair. Call 973746-5555 or visit

Seasonal Art Show and Sale

A great way to preview the new Spring 2014 trends and allow for a very personalized selection. Come see Stizzoli’s entire season’s collection. Also Nov.16. 10am-4pm. susanne n., 193 Bellevue Ave., Upper Montclair. Call 973-746-4800 or visit

Featuring a variety of fine art pieces and crafts. 12 Noon-6pm. Runs through Dec. 21. Free. Yema Gallery, 540B Freeman St., Orange. Call 201-248-8439 or visit

Swingin’ Tern Contra And Square Dancing

David Bromberg Quintet Performs

Renowned for his jubilant, loose-limbed concerts, David’s sensitive and versatile approach to guitarplaying is steeped in the folk and blues traditions. 8pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. Call 973-275-1114 or visit

22nd annual Holiday Crafter’s Showcase. Featuring fine selections of original art and hand-crafted holiday and gift items. 10am-6pm. Also Nov. 17. Cat-on-a Country Roof, 82 Reid Place, Verona. Call 973-2398180 for information.

One of the world’s finest singers is revisiting the music he grew up with, and adding a few new spins along the way. Special guest Evan Watson. 8pm. bergenPAC, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood. Call 201-227-1030 or visit

Ridge Kennedy will call the contras and Beaver Lake Trio will be the band. This dance series is run by the Folk Project. Beginners ‘workshop at 7:30pm. 8-11pm. Parish House, First Presbyterian Church, 14 Hanover Rd., East Hanover. Call973-295-6864 or visit (continued on page 52)


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Clothing, house wares, jewelry, books—all must go. Sale times are Nov.17, 9am-2pm and Nov.18, 9am-11am; 3-6pm. Temple Sholom of West Essex, 760 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove. Call 973-2391321 for information.

“The Marriage of Maria Braun,” directed by Rainer Fassbinder, 1979. Featuring classic films by renowned foreign filmmakers presented each month. Film club membership includes access to all presented films with hand-outs, introductions, discussions, commentary and analysis prepared by educator, artist and filmmaker, Gerard Amsellem. 2pm. Baird Center, 5 Mead St.,, South Orange. Call 973-3787754 or visit to register.

Autumn Concert

Come and enjoy live music, presented in a wonderful concert space. Conducted by Jim Wasko. Bring the family—Free admission, free parking. 3pm. Sponsored by Montclair Recreation and Cultural Affairs. Montclair High School Auditorium, Park St. at Chestnut St., Montclair. Call 973-744-1454 or visit for information.

Fabulous Holiday Cookies Cooking Class

Get started with your holiday cooking/baking by joining award winning cookbook author, Carole Walter, in this exciting and informative workshop. Students will prepare delicious and a pretty array of cookies that are perfect for gift-giving and your holiday entertaining. Highlights: Classic Sugar Cookies; Ebony and Ivory Tiles and Tutti-Fruity Icebox Cookies. 2-6pm. Kings Cooking Studio, 778 Morris Tpke., Short Hills. Call 973258-4009 for information.

Benefit Concert

Jazz it up with JVS (Jewish Vocational Service) a concert to benefit JVS starring Grammy winning saxophonist Kenny Garrett and The Kenny Garrett Quintet. 4pm. JVS, founded in 1939, is a nonprofit, community-based, vocational, educational, rehabilitation, training, health and human service agency serving New Jersey residents and businesses on a nonsectarian basis. B’nai Abraham, 300 E. Northfield Rd., Livingston. Call 973-6746330 x294 for information.

Tot Traditions

Explore the rich tapestry of Jewish Life with your toddler through song, dance, crafts, holiday foods, games and Hebrew language. You and your child will laugh, learn and love your time together. Each session will focus on a different Jewish Holiday and will be led by Jennifer Levine, a renowned artist, storyteller, and puppeteer. 10am. Free. Temple Sholom of West Essex. 760 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove. RSVP at 973-239-1321.

Holiday Vendor Fair

Browse dozens of vendors looking for the perfect holiday gifts for friends and family… And even splurge on some treats for yourself! Choose from a wide variety of unique gift items including jewelry, clothing and accessories, kitchen items, home organization and decorating items, beauty care, nail art, chocolates, and many more. 10am-3pm. Congregation Agudath Israel, 20 Academy Road, Caldwell. Email caivendors@ for more information.

South Orange Symphony Concert

The South Orange Symphony, under guest conductor Reuben Blundell, will present music by Tchaikovsky, Grieg, and Brahms. 3pm. Sterling Hall at South Orange Middle School, 70 North Ridgewood Rd., South Orange. C all 973-376-6349, or visit

Reflections of the Great Stage

Join the acclaimed Hanover Wind Symphony as they relive some of the most exciting musical moments ever to grace the Opera House, Ballet Theatre, Musical Stage and Concert Hall. 2pm. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. Call 973-971-3700 or visit

Digging History

This spring, Professor Chris Matthews and a team of students from Montclair State University conducted an archeological dig on the grounds at 108 Orange Road, Montclair. Come hear what they discovered and see the artifacts they unearthed at this month’s Sunday Spotlight. The Israel Crane House, 110 Orange Rd., Montclair. 3pm. Call 973-744-1796 or visit website at

Sunday Comics

Enjoy the area’s best rising stars with special guests from major comedy clubs, radio & TV. The special guest will be nationally touring comic D. J. Dangler. Reservations are recommended. Seating 7:30pm; Show 8pm, Upstairs at Tierney’s, 136 Valley Rd., Montclair. Call 973-7312967 for more info and reservations.

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Please join the Garden Club meeting titled “Holiday Floral Design” where Nancy and Marietta from Bartlett’s Greenhouse & Florists will demonstrate holiday design ideas. Enjoy tea and view floral design and horticulture competition entries following the presentation. 1-3pm. United Way Building Auditorium, 60 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair. Please contact for more information. (continued on page 54)

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Honoring the Life of President John F. Kennedy

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Learn about all things Victorian, while enjoying delicious refreshments and good fellowship. 8pm. Montclair Women’s Club, 82 Union St., Montclair. Call Christina at 973744-5916 or for information.

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Discover the antique art of pressed flower design, tell you which flowers press well, and share ideas for future projects. The finished project is a great gift for the upcoming Holidays. 7-9pm. Montclair Historical Society’s Clark House Library, 108 Orange Rd., Montclair. Call 973-7441796 or visit

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Clara Maass Medical Center hosts their annual “A Tatsetful Experience” Event, featuring chef’s from area top restaurants like CulinAriane, Fascino, Osteria Giotto, Nanina’s In The Park, Senorita’s Mexican Grill, Toscania Trattoria and more. Sample these restaurant’s dishes and enjoy wonderful wines from around the globe. 7pm. Pleasantdale Chateau, 757 Eagle Rock Avenue, East Orange. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 973-450-2277 or visit

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In a return to the Classical Series, artistic director and violinist Carmit Zori and her distinguished roster of musicians from the Brooklyn Chamber Music Society present a brilliant and colorful program. 7:30pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. Call 973-275-1114 or visit

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Join psychotherapist Sue Waldman and other Evolved Women for an enlightening evening of discussion on love, relationships and purpose. Are you a woman committed to achieving and executing excellents in all aspects of life? Advance registration only. 8-9:30pm. Sue Waldman’s Office, 320A Bloomfield Ave., Verona. Call Sue Waldman at 973-857-9090 or visit

Seafood Cravings

Enjoy the coming of the fall catch, creating chowders and stews that satisfy and 5 & 10 minute dinners packed with flavor and style. Highlights: Salmon Chowder; Moroccan Seafood Stew over Couscous; Stuffed Fillet of Flounder with Lemon Butter Sauceand Oven Poached Halibut with Green and Yellow Squash in White Wine Broth. 6:30-9:30pm. Kings Cooking Studio, 778 Morris Tpke., Short Hills. Call 973-2584009 for information.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Mops (Mothers of Preschoolers) Meets

A place where moms can connect with other moms and be encouraged, nurtured, and refreshed. Montclair MOPS is a caring network of mothers of children ranging in age from newborn through six. 9:30am-Noon. Montclair Community Church, 143 Watchung Ave., Upper Montclair. Visit fir information.

Dickens larger-than-life characters sing and dance their way into your heart with iconic songs including “Food, Glorious Food,” “Who Will Buy?,” and “Consider Yourself.” Runs through Dec. 29. Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Dr., Millburn. Call 973-379-3717 for dates & times.

J.T. Murdoch Discount Shopping Night

Take 15% off the first pair of shoes priced $100 or more and 20% off the second pair of shoes priced $100 or more as JT Murdoch helps you kick off the holiday shopping season. Enjoy complimentary refreshments while you shop, and stock up on stylish and comfortable footwear at great prices. 9:30am-6pm. JT Murdoch, 623 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield. Visit for more information or to view their selection.

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Art Talks with Fred Tomaselli

Fred Tomaselli is best known for his highly detailed paintings on wood panels. His works include an array of unorthodox materials which are combined into dazzling patterns spread over the surface of the painting. 7pm. Montclair Art Museum, 3 Mountain Ave., Montclair. Call 973746-5555 or visit

The Verona Park Conservancy Meeting

The Conservancy is a public, nonprofit organization of volunteers working with Essex County to improve the conditions of Verona Park. All interested persons welcome. The monthly meeting is at 7:30pm in the activity room of the boathouse in Verona Park, Lakeside and Bloomfield Aves., Verona. (continued on page 56)



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The Healing Kitchen

Come learn how to nourish yourself with cancer fighting whole foods. Discover the healing power of health-supportive food. Presented by WINGS Cancer Support Group for Women. 7-9pm. Free. The Verona Community Center, 880 Bloomfield Ave., Verona. Please register for programs at 973-400-9529 or by

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New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs Pictorial Competition with Brien Szabo and Klaus-Dieter Schleim. Free. 7pm. Caldwell Community Center, 1 Provost Square, Caldwell. For information call 973835-4861 or visit

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Robert Klein Performs

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. 8pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. Call 973-275-1114 or visit

Deck the Halls Holiday Open House

Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to tour the interior of Van Vleck House, a Mediterraneanstyle villa surrounded by 5 acres of public gardens. Pick up decorating tips from the festively adorned mantels, sconces and trees. 10am-2pm and 4-6pm. Also Nov. 23, 10am-1pm. Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St., Montclair. Visit for information.

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Added is a special VIP Night to the ever-growing annual Holiday Open Studio, now in it’s 13th season! The studio will be open for a special VIP Preview and Live Art Demo, filled with great music, libations and more. The demo painting will also be up for silent auction throughout the Holiday Open Studio weekend. 7-9pm. Lisa Palombo Studio, 55 Mountain Ave, Caldwell. Call 973-364-0280 for information.

Entertainment Business Discussion

Richard Gersch will describe how “Gone With the Wind” help to create the home video as we know it. Mr. Gersch is an outstanding speaker with a rich knowledge of the movie business. 1:30pm. Montclair Women’s Club, 82 Union St., Montclair. Call Diana, 973-783-6226 for information.






Bonnie Raitt blends blues, R&B, rock and pop in “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” “Something to Talk About,” and “Angel from Montgomery.” Marc Cohn (“Walking in Memphis”) is the special guest. 8pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, One Center St., Newark. Call 973-297-5828 or visit

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Here in America we love having pets. The United States, in fact, has the highest percentage of households with pets, including more than 78 million dogs and 86 million cats, as estimated by The Humane Society. Sure, pet ownership adds more responsibility to our already busy lives, but it also brings joy and companionship, as well as a surprising number of benefits to both our physical and mental well being—from reducing allergies and anxiety to boosting vim and vigor. Studies have shown that older pet owners visit the doctor 30% less often than their counterparts without pets. and while dogs and cats are the typical pets of choice, even taking care of birds, rabbits, lizards and fish can stimulate good health.

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RECHARGE YOUR BATTERY… …by Maintaining the Right “F.R.A.M.E.” of Mind


nergy comes from two Greek words: energeia, meaning activity, and erg, meaning work. Which means that the amount of energy you have determines your ability to do work. What’s the best way to get your natural energy to work for you? You don’t have to put in a whole lot to make a major difference. All you need to do is change your F.R.A.M.E. of reference in these five areas:


Eat a balanced diet in the way that’s best for you. Common sense tells you to include lots of water, fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts and grains. I found another approach in a book about the types of food that fueled the training of martial arts masters —who were legendary for their strength, agility and stamina. Among other requirements, they insisted that their food must not spoil easily, must be tasty,

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

Commit to exercising at least 30 minutes a day, two to three days a week. Regular exercise not only increases overall energy levels, it also boosts our feelings of health, wellbeing and selfesteem. Contrary to what many people think, sitting around doing nothing makes you tired. The bottom line is that the more energy you expend, the more energy you expand within yourself. So the next time you feel like you’re not in the right F.R.A.M.E. of mind, think about how you’re doing in these five areas. 

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f you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, don’t hold off making that appointment any longer. Studies have shown again and again that your dental health can greatly affect your overall health. “Rather than waiting for existing problems to escalate, resulting in painful and involved procedures, treating problems early allows us to take a much more conservative approach,” says Dr. Tina Moheb, DMD, of Advanced Smiles Dental Care in Verona. Dr. Moheb, a practitioner of family and cosmetic dentistry, treats people of all ages and provides all types of services. She also teaches at her alma mater, the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, and keeps up on the most recent research and news in dentistry through continuing education courses. Here, she offers her expertise in patient care.

Q: What can I expect during my first visit to Advanced Smiles? A: From the first time you call to make an appointment, my staff

and I do everything we can to make your experience memorable and pleasant. We offer easy access to new patient forms on our website, and our staff has extensive knowledge—helping them to answer any questions you may have regarding your dental procedure and insurance. During your first appointment, you will receive a comprehensive and detailed exam, including necessary x-rays. Computerized photos will be taken and reviewed with you so that you can understand the conditions existing in your mouth. Our goal is to make sure you have the best possible patient experience in our office.

Q: I’m very apprehensive about the dentist. What do you tell patients who are hesitant about visiting the dentist? A: The most important thing I like to tell my patients is this: you have every right to be nervous. We recognize that everyone has his or her fears, and we will work as hard as we can to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. As long as you

communicate with your dental practitioner, they can make arrangements to ensure your ease and security. We take special care to explain exactly what to expect during the procedures and ensure your comfort so we can turn your dental experience into a positive one.

Q: What keeps patients coming back to Advanced Smiles? A: It’s because we strive to provide the best dental care possible

to all of our patients. We are a very patient-centered practice; patients are our number one priority. Our office provides the latest technological advances including digital x-rays that cut down radiation levels by 90 percent, and intraoral cameras that zoom in on problem areas of your mouth and display the findings on a TV screen so you can see what needs to be addressed. Additionally, patients can view educational videos, and hands-on models are available to better understand individual treatments that are needed. 

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The Laying of the Cornerstone Commemoration

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Relive the unforgettable music and moves of the late 1980s and early 1990s with this electrifying tribute to Freestyle. 8pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, One Center St., Newark. Call 973-297-5828 or visit

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24 The Klezmatics Celebrating Over 25 Years of

The Klezmatics and Joshua Nelson join forces to explore the complexity of Jewish identity, Black identity, and human identity. This vibrant and rousing live performance alternates between age-old Hebrew Passover songs, Nelson’s own brand of kosher gospel, and traditional Yiddish anthems. 7:30pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. Call 973-275-1114 or visit


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The musical legacy of lyricist Sammy Cahn is celebrated by vocalists Frank Sinatra, Jr. and Steve Tyrell at a swinging concert presented by NJPAC and the NJSO inhonor of the 100th anniversary of Cahn’s birth. 7pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, One Center St., Newark. Call 973-297-5828 or visit

“All That Lies Between Us”

Featuring a documentary film on the life and work of Maria Mozziotti Gillan. Her work is anchored in her roots growing up Italian American in Paterson. 3pm. Salvation Army Citadel, 13 Trinity Pl., Montclair. Call 973-857-1489 or visit

Sunday Comics

Enjoy the area’s best rising stars with special guests from major comedy clubs, radio & TV. The special guests will be Mike Gaffney & Christine Grillon. Reservations are recommended. Seating 7:30pm; Show 8pm. Upstairs at Tierney’s, 136 Valley Rd., Montclair. Call 973-731-2967 for more info and reservations.

Swedish Christmas Fair

Featuring handmade holiday decorations, as well as activities for children and a raffle. The cafe will serve open-faced sandwiches and pastries. A food shop will sell herring, cheese, breads and homemade cookies and cakes. SWEA is a global non-profit organization promoting Swedish language, culture, history and tradition, members will attend in traditional costume. Saint Lucia pageant at 11am and 2pm. Commonwealth Club, 26 Northview Ave., Upper Montclair. Visit for information.

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Natural Decorating: Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Bring the beauty of autumn into your home. Instructor Laura Roberts will help you to create a centerpiece from a wide array of natural materials collected on the Van Vleck property. All supplies provided. 10am-noon.Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St., Montclair. To register, contact the Adult School of Montclair at

LAL Suicide Loss Support Group

Life After Loss (LAL) is a non-denominational support group open to anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. LAL meets the fourth Monday of the month, 7:30-9pm. Congregation Beth Ahm, 56 Grove Ave., Verona. Please confirm the date before attending. Call 973-731-8067 or Email (continued on page 64)

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26 Hanukkah Show

A Hilarious Hanukkah Celebration with a light latke dinner followed by a Comedy Show performed by The Bible Players, a Torah Comedy Duo. 6pm. B’nai Shalom, 300 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange. For more information or to register call 973731-0160 ext. 207 or e-mail

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Turtle Back Tots— Beast Feast

Charles Dickens’ classic gets the full Broadway treatment by a famous Broadway team. A Christmas Carol retains its emotional power and pure joy, thanks to the marvelously-told story by Ockrent and Ahrens, and the Menken/Ahrens score filled with beautiful melodies and emotional lyrics. Runs through Dec. 15. Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Center, 400 Jefferson St., Hackettstown. Call 908-979-0900 or visit for dates and times.

Anniversary Celebration

Discover the daily diets of the beasts at Turtle Back Zoo. Find out what the animals like to eat and if you would want to share. For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, unregistered children including siblings may not attend. 10am to 11am. Ages 2-3. Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange. Call 973-731-5800 X 275 to register.

Team Zoey

Team Zoey is sponsoring their 3nd Annual “Miles of Hope” Turkey Trot 5K benefit run/walk to help find a cure for Progeria, a rapid aging syndrome afflicting children. Registration starts at 8am. Start time for 5K runners at 9:30am. Start time for 5K walkers at 9:45am. Verona Park, Bloomfield Ave. and Lake Side Ave., Verona. For more information: email or visit

NJSO Family: Shooting for the Stars Join us for a full week of savings during the celebration of our 4-year anniversary. Runs through December 7. Pink Jewels, 1110 Town Center Way, Livingston. For more information, call 973-994-0975 or visit

Little astronauts will enjoy music, inspired by space! The program includes Holt’s The Planets and the Theme of 2001: A space Odyssey, Star Wars and Star Trek. 2pm. NJPAC, 1 Center St., Newark. Call 800-255-3476 or visit

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27 Elvis Costello Performs

The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites

Grammy Award-winning Elvis Costello (“Alison,” “Watching the Detectives” and “Every Day I Write the Book”) has followed his musical curiosity in a career spanning more than 30 years. His sardonic wit, raging passion and showman’s flair, come together for an energizing solo concert that The Los Angeles Times calls, “the kind of uniquely invigorating experience that warrants a buzzword all its own— inspiring.” 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South Street, Morristown. For tickets or more information call 973539-8008 or visit

The triple-bill includes the wonderful story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly; the fanciful account of Little Cloud’s travels through the sky, and the Mixed-Up Chameleon’s discovery of his own unique nature. 11am &1pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. Call 973-275-1114 or visit

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Ocha Welcomes Diners with New Space, Expanded Menu


repare to be wowed by Ocha Sushi’s brand kabayaki sauce, the latter a tangy mixture of soy new look and tasty menu additions. By sauce, rice wine and honey. The Pink Lady is a taking over the next door space in Caldwell, completely cooked roll with Chilean sea bass Neal Chi, owner and chef, and his wife Joyce, tempura, mango and spicy crab, wrapped in soyhave not only doubled the size of their popular bean paper, also served with wasabi kabayaki sauce. restaurant, but amped up the décor with eyeAdmittedly, our favorite was the outstanding catching lighting, accents of cherry wood and Ruby Roll, $13.95, a sweet, melt-in-your-mouth leather banquettes and booths. offering with spicy pepper tuna, mango and crunch But lovers of Ocha’s top-drawer Asian cuisine rolled in soybean paper, topped with tuna and need not worry—their favorite menu items are still salmon and drizzled with wasabi chili sauce. It went to be found, and raw fish specialties such as tardown with a smile. tars, ceviches and carpaccios are still delightfully If you are feeling flush and want to try a taste complemented by one of Chi’s beautifully crafted, of luxury, Ocha features three Kobe beef offerings, custom soy-, wasabi- or mayonnaise-based sauces. from the $5.95 piece of über-tender Kobe sushi we I have always been a huge fan of Ocha’s iconic sampled all the way up to a $30 “sizzling stone” Sushi Pizza, $10.95, featuring tuna tartar, onion Kobe beef presentation. and seaweed with a spicy homemade sauce, careIn addition to its appetizers, sushi, sashimi fully placed on a flaky baked wager-thin crust— and rolls, Ocha offers many entrees, ranging from always a five-star starter. ahi tuna to velvety miso black cod and others, as Wafer-thin slices of yellowtail were the centerwell as teriyaki and tempura dishes, all beautifully piece of our Yellowtail Jalapeño, $9.95, topped rendered. New to the menu is an Asian Fusion with tiny rounds of jalapeño section that includes the in a refreshingly spicy wasabi enjoyable Five Spice Shrimp Ocha ponzu sauce. Wake up, taste with Vegetable Fried Noodle, 403 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell buds! Next up—Spicy Tuna $18.95, and a selection of 973-228-8856 Gyoza, $9.95, crisply fried hibachi dinners. little envelopes, packed with Definitely worth a try tuna and served with jalapeño for dessert are Ocha’s unusual Lunch: Mon-Sat: 11am-3pm guacamole and a sweet chili tempura cheesecake, featherDinner: Mon-Thu 4:30pm-10pm emulsion. light flaky pastry filled with Fri & Sat 4:30pm-11pm Applause goes to Chi for cheesecake, $5.95, and the Sun 4pm-10pm his innovative special rolls, 4.95 banana tempura, served BYO many of which incorporate with ice cream. his signature burst-in-yourOcha’s lunch menu offers mouth “crunch,” created by breaking up flaky an appealing and very reasonably priced selection dough and adding the crunchy tidbits to the roll. of special roll/sushi combinations, bento box Ah, but which rolls to choose? Taking the specials and entrees. pressure off, we happily deferred to Joyce Chi, In a demographic area where sushi restauwho recommended several. The $14.95 Soho, rants abound, Ocha Sushi elevates the genre and lobster tempura with mango inside, was sprinkled sparks excitement in even the most jaded lovers of with spicy crab crunch and topped with wasabiJapanese cuisine. 



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Senorita’s Mexican Grill

Goodman’s Restaurant & Deli

OCHA Restaurant

400 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights 908-898-0900 Since 1943, Goodman’s Restaurant & Deli has been serving up classic, Jewish-style (not Kosher) delicacies. Goodman’s is best known for its delicious homemade meats. Goodman’s has the best Char Broiled Burgers around as well as Chicago Style Hot Dogs and Italian Beef Sandwiches. Voted “Best Reuben in the State,” you’ll be sure to leave satisfied. BYO, MCC, $MOD, LP, H, TO.

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.

BLOOMFIELD Anthony’s Cheesecake

285 Glenwood Ave, Bloomfield 973-743-0099 With 270 seats, two floors provide a festive, familyfriendly atmosphere perfect for receptions and private events. Senorita’s offers traditional Southwestern fare including fajitas, quesadillas, enchiladas and more. A vegetarian menu and delivery are available. Enjoy the bar’s daily happy hour specials. H, LP, SP, MCC, $IN-$MOD, TO, D


Yellow Plum

71 Washington St., Bloomfield 973-415-8885 With a menu that extends far beyond just traditional cheesecake, Anthony’s Cheesecake feels more like a jazz lounge than a bakery. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner and an eclectic menu of specialty items including homemade pastries, pies, quiches, breads, and, of course, cheesecake, Anthony’s Cheesecake offers something to appeal to every taste. $IN-$MOD, BYO, H, OD, SP, MCC, TO

1099 Broad St, Bloomfield 973-893-3681 Contemporary new american cuisine in a casual setting. Hand crafted specialty cocktails, seasonal patio dining and full bar. Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4-7pm. OD, RR, LP, MCC

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182 Stevens Ave, Cedar Grove 973-837-1660 Since LuNello opened in 1990, Chef Seger’s modern Italian flair mixed with traditional culinary skills has created a whirlwind of praise. Enticing presentation and courteous staff are integral to LuNello’s success. The elegant setting is the perfect compliment to the menu. Whether dining in the Dining Room or enjoying a cocktail in the handsome bar, LuNello works to create the ultimate experience. MCC, $EXP, LP


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contemporary new american cuisine FAIRFIELD Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill 118-124 Route 46 E, Fairfield 973-575-6500 Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill is a family-friendly Italian restaurant featuring an open kitchen with an open wood burning grill and open wood burning stone pizza deck oven. Enjoy outside seating in the spring and summer. ENT, OD, MCC, $MOD, LP, H, TO

Cucina Calandra 216-234 Route 46 East, Fairfield • 973-575-7720 Cucina Calandra is a family friendly restaurant featuring a menu emphasizing Sicilian Southern Italian cooking. Offering traditional pastas, Sicilian-style thick crust pan pizza and meats prepared over custom-made open wood mesquite grill. Enjoy outside seating in the spring and summer. ENT, H, OD, LP, MCC, $MOD, TO

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Bellissimo’s Ristorante 1 Newark Pompton Turnpike (Route 23 South) Little Falls 973-785-4255 Bellissimo’s offers high quality Italian specialties including a Seafood Combination tower, Boroncino from Italy, Kobe steaks cooked to order, freshly made Papardelle with lobster in a pink sauce, filet mignon and more. Private rooms are available. MCC, TO, VP, RR, OD, TO

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

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Neo - Japanese Cuisine BRONZE MEDAL WINNER!

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 availablve. LP, MCC, RR, $IN-$MOD, BYO

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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Thavma Mediterranean Grill 6230 Town Center Way 2nd Fl., Livingston 973-992-8999 Thavma offers the very best of the Mediterranean by combining Greek and Middle Eastern specialties to create an unforgettable dining experience. All preparations and cooking are done fresh daily on the premises to give you the freshest seafood and grilled meat dishes. Lunch and dinner are served daily with takeout and limited delivery service for dinner only. Call for details. BYO, $MOD, ENT, OD, LP, NR, H, MCC, TO

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MILLBURN Ms. Lin Chinese Cuisine

It is that time of year to plan your holiday event at Lu Nello Restaurant.  Whether you are having a small intimate dinner or a large event, Lu Nello can cater to your holiday wishes.  We will tailor your seasonal farm to table menu to accommodate your budget and dining desires. We hope you will consider Lu Nello for your holiday event and all your other dining events throughout the year. To book your next event, please contact Lu Nello at 973-837-1660

59 Main Street, Millburn 973-912-8838 Ms. Lin Chinese was established by the chef and staff of former restaurant Ling Ling to carry on its success and reputation for excellence. They focus on delivering the best taste while providing the lowest cholesterol and trans fat and only using fresh ingredients. They offer an open kitchen with a warm, friendly dining room. Ms. Lin Chinese provides convenient take-out and delivery for lunch and dinner and specializes in off-premise catering. BYO, $MOD, LP, NR, H, MCC, TO, D

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11 South Fullerton Ave, Montclair 973-746-6778 Enjoy gourmet food prepared by proprietor/chef John Giglio in a relaxing atmosphere, complete with a dark wood panel wine bar and embellishments in warm faux-finished tones, rich gold fabrics and deep hues, highlighted by the baby grand piano featuring live music every Wed through Sat evening. Wine bar/BYO, ENT, H, LP, MCC, $MOD, SF, RR (continued on page 72)

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ROSELAND Rezza 33 Eisenhower Parkway, Roseland • 973-364-8277 A Roman trattoria serving truly authentic, gourmet Italian cuisine and Romanstyle pizzas. The menu is crafted from all naturally-grown foods sourced locally whenever possible and imported from artisians in Italy. At Rezza, every ingredient matters. BYO, H, OD, LP, MCC, $MOD, TO, D

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395 Bloomfield Avenue Caldwell • (973) 226-9812

327 Springfield Ave, Summit 908-522-9088 With dishes including Polenta with Mushroom Medley, Cavatelli with Ricotta, this cozy, causal restaurant puts an upscale spin on Italian food. Their special Dinner for 4 menu gives diners the option of sharing in a fine family-style meal complete with a salad and focaccia bread to share Mon-Fri, cash and carry only. $IN-$MOD, BYO, H, RR, SP, LP, MCC, TO

UPPER MONTCLAIR TS Ma Chinese Cuisine 199 Bellevue Ave, Upper Montclair 973-509-8878 T.S. Ma presents a menu that features top-notch Chinese fare that focuses on serving the freshest, healthiest, and most authentic Chinese cuisine available. They only cook with fresh vegetables and cholesterol and trans fat free canola oil. 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




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VERONA Verona Inn 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 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

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

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WEST CALDWELL Gennaro’s Cucina 40 Clinton Rd, West Caldwell • 973-287-6307 Chef Gennaro Romeo combines thirty years of experience with a passion for food to prepare authentic Italian family recipes daily. With exceptional cuisine at a great value, Gennaro’s Cucina provides the perfect casual atmosphere in a dining room reminiscent of an outdoor Italian bistro. BYO, D, LP, $IN-$EXP


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homes were sold in September, which was down 27% from August’s 296 but up 63% from 133 in September, 2012. For the quarter, 804 homes were sold, up 34% from 600 a year earlier. The average sales price was $548,500 for the month and $549,700 for the quarter, which was 10% higher than the $498,800 average in 3Q12. The average days on market of sold properties went up to 40 from 31 in August. 120 homes sold in their first month on the market, down 39% from 155 in August but up 35% from a year earlier.

Address List Price 179 Roseland Ave, 2 269,000 6 Wakefield Pl 349,900 17 Erwin Pl 364,000 12 Thomas St 475,000 50 Mountain Ave 599,000 31 Hillside Ave 569,900 36 Francis Pl 685,000 84 Arlington Ave 749,900


1302 Holly Ln 211 Bowden Rd 16 Devonshire Rd 54 Grissing Ct 12 Chestnut Ct 78 Glen Rock Rd 49 Glen Rock Rd

339,900 375,000 379,000 429,000 599,900 679,888 699,000


40 Bloomfield Ave 48 Bloomfield Ave 112 Forest Way 116 Gordon Rd 10 Bradley Ct

390,000 429,900 949,000 2,200,000 4,795,000

Bed/Bath Sale Price 2/2 265,000 3/2 340,000 3/1.1 387,000 4/1.1 475,000 6/3.1 565,000 5/3.1 567,000 4/2.1 660,000 5/2.3 761,000

2/2 4/2 3/1.1 3/1.1 3/2.1 3/2.1 4/3

330,000 355,000 380,000 416,500 585,000 675,000 700,100

2/2.1 2/3.1 7/5.2 7/5.2 7/7.4

381,000 405,000 920,000 1,800,000 4,250,000


64 Essex Ave, 1 345,000 9 Hawthorne Ave 349,000 68 Midland Ave 429,900 242 Baldwin St 449,000 111 Midland Ave 425,000 73 Midland Ave 419,000 200 Thomas St 399,000 7 Hillside Ave 429,000 130 Stonehouse Rd 499,000 58 Glen Ridge Ave 449,000 163 Sherman Ave 479,000 77 High St 499,000 553 Belleville Ave 569,000 101 Sherman Ave 750,000 34 Forest Ave 789,000 118 Ridgewood Ave 1,395,000


19 Maplewood Dr 23 Dogwood Ter 10 Dogwood Ter 30 Montgomery Rd 52 Collinwood Ave 232 E McClellan Ave

275,000 349,900 329,000 389,000 359,000 375,000

5/1.1 3/2 4/2.1 3/2 3/2 3/1.2 4/1.1 4/1.1 3/1.1 4/1.1 3/2.1 5/2.2 4/2.2 4/3.1 6/3.2 6/4.1

336,000 338,000 405,000 411,000 441,000 442,000 460,000 482,000 499,000 500,000 505,000 527,000 660,000 759,900 850,000 1,350,000

3/1 3/2.1 3/2 3/2 3/1.1 4/2.1

253,000 313,000 350,000 352,000 371,000 385,999

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REAL ESTATE SALES (continued from page 67)

LIVINGSTON continued

15 Lincoln Ave 54 Amherst Pl 65 Belmont Dr 24 E Harrison Pl 6 N Ridge Rd 13 Yorktown Ter 3308 Pointe Gate Dr 11 Elmwood Ct 5102 Pointe Gate Dr 41 Elmwood Dr 4301 Pointe Gate Dr 59 Oakwood Ave 5 Baldwin Ter 50 Crossbrook Rd 1 Sterling Dr 309 Edmonton Ct 22 Cliffside Dr 20 Rossmore Ter 1 Downing Pl 99 N Ashby Ave 3 Darby Ter 54 Baker Rd 5 Birchwood Dr 17 Hearthstone Ter 53 Hickory Pl 9 Drummond Ter 50 N Hillside Ave 7 Vista Ter

384,999 399,000 415,000 409,000 415,000 449,900 450,000 450,000 499,000 449,000 500,000 510,000 508,000 545,000 549,900 545,000 549,000 595,000 649,000 624,999 699,000 719,000 699,000 798,000 739,000 899,000 879,000 950,000

3/1.1 3/1.1 3/2 3/1.1 3/1.1 3/1.1 2/2.1 4/2 2/2.1 5/3 2/2.1 4/1.1 3/2 4/2.2 4/2.1 3/2.1 4/2.1 5/2.1 4/2.1 4/2.1 4/2.1 4/2.1 4/2.1 4/3 4/3.1 4/2.1 4/3.1 4/3

390,000 400,000 405,000 412,500 417,000 432,500 440,000 455,000 465,000 480,000 495,000 510,000 513,000 532,000 537,000 545,000 552,900 575,000 626,000 649,000 675,000 680,000 682,500 740,000 765,000 845,000 880,000 935,000

11 Ross Rd 8 Winston Dr 17 Nottingham Rd 22 Chelsea Dr

1,099,000 1,199,000 1,595,000 1,780,000


16 New St 20,000 58 Pleasant Ave 175,000 361 Claremont, 10 205,000 10 Crestmont Rd, 6 O 229,000 5 Roosevelt Pl, 4R 259,000 307 Grove St 375,000 45 Walnut Cres 389,000 31 Dodd St 399,000 12 Carey Ct 379,000 429 Orange Rd 439,900 58 Franklin Pl 499,000 11 James St 532,620 35 Essex Ave 534,900 30 Plymouth St 599,000 15 Euclid Pl 545,000 166 Midland Ave 629,000 181 Highland Ave 617,000 10 Prospect Ave 699,000 11 Melrose Pl 679,000 47 Erwin Park Rd 799,000 57 Plymouth St 829,000 32 Erwin Park Rd 1,195,000 225 Midland Ave 1,195,000 52 Lloyd Rd 1,500,000 74 Highland Ave 2,195,000

6/5.2 4/4.1 6/5.2 6/4.2

1,035,000 1,199,000 1,545,000 1,680,000

3/1.1 5/2 1/1 2/2 2/1 3/2 3/1 3/1 4/2 4/2.1 5/2.2 5/2.1 4/1.1 7/3.1 4/2.1 6/3.1 3/2 6/4.1 6/3.1 6/4.1 6/3.2 6/4.1 6/3.2 7/4.1 8/5.2

20,000 176,000 205,000 215,000 242,500 362,500 400,000 410,000 410,000 451,300 474,000 510,000 517,500 550,000 560,000 610,000 725,000 727,000 752,000 850,000 950,000 1,160,000 1,350,000 1,390,000 2,100,000


5 Mountain Pl 1251 Stephanie Dr 144 Gould Ave 360 Central Ave 83 Four Seasons Dr 81 Four Seasons Dr 85 Four Seasons Dr 3 Robin Hill Rd 93 Four Seasons Dr 26 Cypress Ave 19 Maywood Ct 5 Oak Rdg 13 Summit Dr 7 Summit Dr


11 Glen Ave 55 Pacio Ct 10 Camlet Ct 1 Cheryl Ln 22 Pine Rd

389,900 400,000 469,900 525,000 575,863 581,000 602,740 649,000 588,560 718,000 829,000 749,000 799,000 799,000

2/1.1 3/2.1 4/2.1 3/2.1 2/2 2/2 2/2 4/3 2/2 4/3 4/2.2 4/3 4/3.1 4/3.1

361,500 409,000 450,000 508,500 575,863 580,090 602,065 609,000 621,174 700,000 754,100 775,000 799,000 799,000

399,000 599,000 649,000 734,900 755,000

5/3 3/3.1 3/2.1 3/3.1 4/3.1

355,000 599,000 649,000 725,000 750,000


14 Brainard St 389,000 53 Overlook Rd 399,000 3 Lasalle Rd 479,000 8 Tuers Pl 549,990 118 Yantacaw Brook Rd 579,000

3/1 3/2 3/2.1 3/2.1 3/2.1

380,000 421,500 499,000 540,000 562,500

(continued on page 70)

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REAL ESTATE SALES (continued from page 69)


588 Grove St 609,000 601 Upr. Mountain Ave 559,000 380 N Mountain Ave 615,000 369 Park St 499,000 288 Bellevue Ave 639,000 283 Bellevue Ave 749,000 19 Warfield St 849,900 530 Park St 899,000 121 Bellevue Ave 1,050,000 437 Park St 1,349,000


365 Bloomfield Ave, 3A 139,000 300 Claremont Ave, B6 159,900 2 Wedgewood Dr 174,900 2 Claridge Dr, 10JE 215,000 29 Oak Ln 281,300 19 Louisburg Sq 325,000 24 Gerdes Ave 360,000 9 Beach Rd 425,000 109 Forest Ave 489,000 10 Beechwood Rd 539,000


111 Lane Ave 11 Orton Rd 122 Knoll Ter 8 Pine Tree Pl

419,000 489,900 499,000 499,900

4/2.1 4/2 3/3.2 6/3 4/2.1 6/3.1 6/4.1 5/3.2 6/3.2 6/3.1

599,000 600,000 620,000 635,000 705,000 780,000 837,000 890,000 1,123,300 1,427,000

1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1.1 4/2.1 3/2.1 3/1.1 3/1.1 3/1.1 3/2.1

135,000 155,000 167,500 210,000 300,000 335,000 360,000 418,000 485,000 510,000

3/1.1 4/2 3/2.1 4/2.1

400,000 473,500 479,000 483,000

86 Hillside Ave 14 Pin Oak Rd 23 Stonybrook Rd 20 Taylor Dr 24 Walden Pl 17 Brian Rd

559,000 585,000 589,000 628,000 649,000 709,999


23 Nutman Pl 141 Mt Pleasant Ave 14 N Koewing Pl 14 Beech Rd 19 Cerone Ct 67 Llewellyn Ave 74 Walker Rd 66 Hart Dr 113 Coccio Dr 14 Oak Crest Rd 37 Nestro Rd 13 Mellon Ave 15 Tompkins St 1 Highwood Rd 36 Freeman Pl 20 Fairway Dr 3 Devore Dr 19 Oak Crest Rd 169 Dezenzo Rd 64 Nicholas Ave 30 Birch St 55 Rollinson St 18 Moran Rd

199,000 186,120 225,000 239,000 199,000 239,900 238,880 249,000 260,000 265,000 249,000 330,000 289,900 325,000 309,000 279,900 305,000 309,000 325,000 324,500 325,000 330,000 319,000

4/3.1 5/2.1 4/2.1 5/3 4/2.1 4/3

553,000 585,000 591,000 610,000 640,000 695,000

3/1 4/1 5/3 4/2 3/2 3/2 3/1.1 1/1.1 2/2.1 3/1.1 3/1 3/2.1 3/2.1 4/2 3/1 3/1.1 4/1.1 3/1.1 3/2 3/2.1 4/1.1 3/1.1 3/2.1

160,000 190,000 205,000 219,000 220,320 238,000 240,000 242,000 242,500 246,000 247,000 265,000 283,000 285,000 300,000 300,000 303,000 309,000 315,000 324,900 325,000 330,000 333,000

2 Ronald Ter 335,000 302 Barringer Ct 350,000 3 Schindler Ter 359,000 25 Schindler Ter 359,000 16 Luddington Ter 375,000 11 Lowell Pl 369,000 4 Davey Dr 387,000 180 Walker Rd 387,000 22 Cummings Cir 375,000 203 Gregory Ave 375,000 104 Barringer Ct 399,000 28 Oak Crest Rd 397,000 7 Bromley Dr 379,000 44 Fowler Dr 399,000 20 Moran Rd 395,000 1 Wedgewood Dr 414,900 16 Koewing Pl 400,000 19 Gilbert Pl 440,000 25 Waldeck Ct 429,000 1016 Smith Manor Blvd 439,000 7 Highland Pl 503,950 3 Cunningham Dr 498,000 74 Oak Ave 499,000 1 Whalen Ct 579,000 9 Lonergan Ln 675,000 15 Wadams Ct 719,000 103 Metzger Dr 840,000 33 Fredericks St 775,000 14 Lynwood Way 889,000

4/3 2/2 3/2.1 3/2.1 3/2.2 4/2.1 3/2.1 4/2.1 3/3.1 5/3.1 3/3 4/3 3/2.1 3/3.1 2/2.1 4/3 4/3 4/2.1 3/2.1 3/2.1 5/3.1 4/2.2 4/3.2 3/2.1 4/4 4/3.1 3/2.1 4/3.1 4/5

335,000 335,000 335,000 340,000 342,000 350,000 370,000 373,000 375,000 375,000 380,000 381,250 384,000 390,000 399,000 400,000 415,000 420,000 422,500 425,000 475,000 492,500 515,000 569,500 650,000 719,000 740,000 765,000 860,000

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Historic Holiday House Tour December 7th & 8th 12 Noon to 4pm

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