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My mom’s birthday is the first of January, so I go home to Jamaica and celebrate with her!


I ring in the New Year with my girlfriend and a fire!

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With a drink and good health, hopefully! —Elaine Boyette, Caldwell

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Fusion Academy Celebrates Grand Opening in Montclair


usion Academy Montclair celebrated its Grand Opening on November 16, with attendees touring the brand new campus and hearing stories from Fusion students and families. The tour featured a look at their state-of-the-art recording studio, the Homework Cafe, and the mixed media art studio, which hosts a roster of elective classes. Fusion Academy is a private middle and high school that serves students who may not fit into the traditional school model; including students with ADHD, dyslexia, social challenges, school anxiety, challenging schedules, as well as accelerated learners. The academy offers rolling enrollment, and uses a one-to-one teaching model, allowing the learning experience to be personalized for each student. Classes are offered at three levels: essential, college prep, and honors. Students can enroll full-time, take classes for credit, or use Fusion’s tutoring services. Connect with Fusion Academy Montclair and learn about enrollment by visiting their website at www.fusionmontclair.com.

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ooking for a one-stop shop for your holiday shopping this year? You’re in luck: Pink Jewels, an affordable boutique shop located in Livingston, has it all. While their name indicates the extensive jewelry and accessory collections they offer, this trendy store has recently added clothing and home décor to its line. Fashion-lovers will appreciate the store’s mix of trendsetting tops and jackets, hats, sweaters, pajamas, and stylish handbags. Homebodies will find unique home decor and accessories, including jewelry boxes, glassware, bookends, candles and pillows. And for holiday shoppers looking for a present or two, don’t worry– with gift sets, fashionable jewelry, and so many one-of-a-kind items on display, Pink Jewels has you covered.


rinity Academy in Caldwell was notified by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) and the Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (CESS) that it has earned its reaccreditation, which is the gold standard for measuring and advancing school improvement. Trinity Academy is one of just 167 schools and school systems in the US and other countries that have earned accreditation this year. “This reaccreditation [as a fully accredited Elementary and Secondary school] is a testament to our talented teachers,” notes Principal Linda Payonzeck. The entire facility is “dedicated to seeing our students reach their highest potential and we strive to create well-rounded, high-achieving students,” she says.

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ongtime family-owned jewelry store, Walter Bauman Jewelers is expanding its West Orange location and now offers everything it needs to be your personal jeweler, just in time for the holiday season. The larger store allows for more estate and vintage jewelry, more new merchandise, more jewelers and watchmakers, more appraisers and jewelry experts to help customers appraise or sell their jewelry, more designers to make custom, one-of-a-kind pieces and a new bridal boutique. In addition, this location of Walter Bauman Jewelers will be debuting Kerry’s Corner, a new fashion jewelry collection. According to Walter R. Bauman, the founder’s grandson and current owner, the most exciting part of becoming the largest jewelry store in New Jersey is the ability to showcase its personalized service in this new 10,000 square foot space. “Today’s customers want more than a vast selection, they want a trusted advisor, whether they are buying, selling, repairing or appraising jewelry. Our goal is to do just that and become their personal jeweler. A jewelry store can be an intimidating place for many shoppers, but my employees know that their priority is to help the customers and make them comfortable. Our goal was never to be the biggest jeweler, but the best.” To thank its customers for continuing to support Walter Bauman Jewelers, the store is currently holding an expansion sale through December 31st. This sale offers 10-50% off most of the jewelry in-store, plus an additional 10% off one item.

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26th Gingerbread Wonderland and Craft Show Guests young and old will marvel at the creativity and skill that characterizes this charming exhibit of hundreds of edible structures. Groups of eight or more must make a reservation. Thru Dec. 10.10am–4:30pm daily, Fridays until 7:30pm. Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave., Morris Township. 973-326-7601.

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Essex County Executive DiVincenzo invites the public to the 11th Annual Essex County Holiday Lights Spectacular at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo. Free admission is being offered at The Holiday Lights Spectacular, which will be held as follows: Dec.1, 2 & 3. Dec. 8 thru Jan. 1. 5-9pm. each night. Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange.

Pushcart Players’ 44th Season presents “Velveteen Rabbit.” A child’s love and a little nursery magic transform a favorite toy into a real rabbit. Breath-taking adventures—from deep, dark caves to the wide open sea, to winter wonderlands—show the meaning of true friendship. The performance is hosted by the Montclair Arts Alliance as part of the inaugural Montclair Arts Festival featuring theater, dance, visual arts, music, and opera. 11am. United Way Theatre, 60 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair. 973-857-1115. www.pushcartplayers.org indicates family/child friendly event.

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West Orange Arts Council Holiday Boutique Featuring original, hand-crafted jewelry, cards, clothing and home items by local artists. Also Dec. 3, Noon -5pm. West Orange Arts Center, 561 Valley Rd.,, West Orange.

Holiday Open House and Christmas Tree Lighting All Day The Citizens Committee of the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens welcomes all to the Essex County Walther House dressed for the holiday season. Dec. 2 & 3rd,11am to 3pm. Shopping in the Bloom Room is a wonderful way to support Presby and find a special gift for everyone on your list. Wreaths, ornaments, note cards, candles, birdhouses and more. Thru Dec. 17. Presby Memorial Gardens, 474 Upper Mountain Ave., Upper Montclair. 973-783-5974. wwww.presbyirisgardens.org

Film & Dessert: “Holiday” Enjoy a screening of the film “Holiday” starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. 2-5pm. West Orange Library, 46 Mount Pleasant Ave., West Orange. 973-736-0198. www.www.wopl.org

Santa, Township Christmas tree lighting & petting zoo. Township Hall, 66 Main St., West orange. 973-3254150 or email www.westorange.org/ holidayopenhouse

Verona Tree Lighting Children’s activities through the day. Noon-5:30pm. Tree lighting and visit from Santa 4:30pm. Verona Town Hall, 600 Bloomfield Ave., Verona. www.veronanj.org

Holiday Book Sale Book Sale The Friends of the Library hold the annual Holiday book sale. Browse the wonderful selection of holiday books, children’s hardcover picture books, cookbooks, and gift books. 11am2pm. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-635-0603. www.chathamlibrary.org

Saturday, December 2 Livingston’s Camuso Holiday Display

The display will open with a spectacular lighting ceremony. Children enjoy a train ride, sponsored by the Dinar Family, and a very special appearance by Poppy and Spiderman. There will be dancing, photos, and much more. 6:30pm. Memorial Oval, 30 Robert H. Harp Drive, Livingston. www.livingstonnj.org

Family Gallery Programs Through storytelling, music, movement and/or sketching, families with children of all ages engage with the Museum’s diverse collections. New activities every week highlight a different collection. 2pm. Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark. 973-596-6550. www.newarkmuseum.org

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A Pebeo representative is demonstrating the unique combinations and effects of Pebeo’s Fantasy reactive liquid oil paints, stained glass effect paints, easyto-use resins, unique acrylic paints, and juicy 4Artist oil paint markers—with artwork results you’ve never seen before. There is a hands-on portion of this class, that will allow you to play with the products and try them for yourself. 12:30-3pm. Jerry’s Artist Outlet, 495 Prospect Ave, West Orange. 973 6690995. www.jerrysartistoutlet.com

Holiday Holly Walk A beloved Morris County tradition, the Holly Walk returns. This event offers the opportunity to visit six historic sites decorated for the holidays. Also Dec. 3rd. 11am-4pm. Download map at www.morristourism.org (continued on page 16)

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Children’s Performance at Montclair Arts Festival Pushcart Players’ 44th Season presents “Velveteen Rabbit.” A child’s love and a little nursery magic transform a favorite toy into a real rabbit. Breath-taking adventures—from deep, dark caves to the wide open sea, to winter wonderlands—show the meaning of true friendship. The performance is hosted by the Montclair Arts Alliance as part of the inaugural Montclair Arts Festival featuring theater, dance, visual arts, music, and opera. 11am. United Way Theatre, 60 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair. 973857-1115. www.pushcartplayers.org

Christmas Coffeehouse Event Music and fun for everyone! Desserts, live music, kids activities. Free admission, fund-raising for mission. 7:30pm. Trinity Covenant Church, 343 East Cedar St., Livingston. 973-992-4044. www.TrinityCovenantChurch.com

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Nature-Infused Yoga Winter Series Yoga is a great way to relax, connect with yourself, and increase flexibility and strength. Explore the connections between yoga and nature. All levels welcome. Saturdaysn thru March 10. 9:3010:45am. NJ Audubon, Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville. 908-396-6386.

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Essex County Holiday House Tours The Crane House and Historic YWCA and Shultz House will be open for selfguided tours. See the Crane House & Historic YWCA decorated by the Garden Club of Montclair, then visit the hearth to learn about holiday food traditions. Move forward in history to the Shultz House featuring Molly Shultz’s own collection on Christmas decorations, mantle decorations from local florists, antique toys, and children’s book exhibit. Also Dec. 3, 1-4 pm. 110 Orange Rd. & 30 North Mountain Ave., Montclair. www.montclairhistory.org

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65 crafters offer a variety of handmade items including woodcrafts, knits, jewelry, bake goods, and much more just in time for holiday shopping. 10am4pm. Holy Family Church, 1 Lloyd ave., (Briarwood Road off Ridgedale Ave.,) Florham Park . 973-377-3898.

Holiday Candlelight Tours During the holidays, take a guided tour of Essex County Kip’s Castle, view the stained glass Tiffany windows and learn its history. Entrance fee includes coffee, hot chocolate & cookies. Registration is required. Holiday at Essex County Kip’s Castle, Holiday Tours begin at 7pm. Tue, Thur & Sat . Please meet at the front door of Kip’s Castle, 22 Crestmont Rd., Verona 973-433-7469. www.essexcountynj.org

Get some exercise and ring in the season at Trinity Academy’s Reindeer Run/ Walk. This will be a USATF-NJ New Balance 500 Point Grand Prix 5K Race. 9:30–12:30 families can enjoy fun winter festival activities at the school, including holiday shopping from local vendors, tasty treats, rides, reindeer games, and photos with Santa. Trinity Academy, 235 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell. 973226-3386. For more information, visit www.trinity5krun.com

Santa at Van Vleck Visit with Santa and have your picture taken at the beautiful Van Vleck House which will be all decked out in its holiday splendor. Tickets will include a raffle entry, a professional photo, and a Holiday snack. Families will be able to take their own photos as well. 10am-Noon. Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St., Montclair. 973-744-4752 ext 3.

Sunday, December 3 Santa at Van Vleck Come take a fun family selfie with Santa or have a photographer take that perfect holiday shot. There will be arts & crafts along with writing that special letter to the man in red. Advance ticket purchase required. Also Dec. 3. Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St., Montclair. 973-744-4752.

“Chopin at the Mansion” Concert Soprano Zuzanna Ducka and pianist Tomasz Halat will perform music by Frederic Chopin in both Polish and English. Includes light refreshments after the performance. 3pm. Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave., Bloomfield. 973-429-0960.


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Say it With Music: The Best of Irving Berlin

An afternoon of holiday favorites starring Broadway performers Kevin Kern, Tony-nominee Megan Lawrence, Trent Armand Kendal and Joanna Young. This festive afternoon will also feature The Mayo Performing Arts Company and special guests from the Mayo Performing Arts School and The Miracle Project. 3pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008. www.mayoarts.org

Juilliard at SOPAC: Tal First, Violin Acclaimed vocalist and Newark native Marlene VerPlanck sings all the great Irving Berlin numbers in a rousing tribute hosted by American musical theater historian Robert. 3pm. NJPAC, The Chase Room, One Center St., Newark. 888-466-5722. www.njpac.org

The Snowflake Parade There will be professional bands, costumed characters, and refreshments after the parade. There will also be great marching bands, clowns, the Wells Fargo Horse and Carriage, Investors Bank Train, and more. Along Millburn Avenue from Holmes to Spring Streets, Millburn. 973-379-2341

La Bella Musica Concert Traditional Italian songs played by a quintet of guitars, mandolins and flute. Light refreshments will be served. 2-3pm. West Orange Library, 46 Mount Pleasant Ave., West Orange. 973-736-0198. www.www.wopl.org

Tal First was born in 1995 and began his violin studies at the age of 6. He continued his studies at the Thelma Yellin School of Arts. After graduating high school, Tal studied at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv as a recipient of an Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Scholarship and during his Army service as an “Outstanding Musician.” 3pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-313-2787. www.sopacnow.org

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Community Steak Dinner Enjoy a Saturday Night date night dinner with a great kosher meal catered by E.gold Events. Includes assorted breads, salad appetizer, soup, grilled steak medallions or alternate salmon option, with a side of garlic mashed potatoes and roasted mini veggies, cold beverages and dessert. BYOB (Kosher wine only). Call 973-731-0160 or register online at www.bnaishalom.net/ events.php#events. Scroll to Community Steak Dinner Night. B’nai Shalom, 300 Pleasant VElley Way, West Orange.

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Festive Christmas Foods Kids Class Join chef Eileen Maher and participate in cooking Christmas chicken stuffed with spinach roasted red peppers and mozzarella, basic broccoli, mashed potato bites, pesto garlic bread, red and green salad, mini pizzas, jammin berry cakes. Ages 8+ with adult.1am-1:30pm. Kings cooking Studio, 778 Morris Tpke, Short Hills. 973-258-4009. www.kingsfoodmarkets.com

A Stress-Free Santa Experience Designed for children with anxiety, autism, or special needs. Children will visit with Santa and have their picture taken at the beautiful Van Vleck House, which is all decked out in its holiday splendor. Tickets include a raffle entry, a professional photo, and a Holiday snack. Families will be able to take their own photos as well. 10-11:30am & Noon-2pm. Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St., Montclair. 973-744-4752 ext 3.

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Israel at 70: A Personal Perspective

“The Man in the High Castle” by Philip K. Dick. 1:302:30pm. West Orange Library, 46 Mount Pleasant Ave., West Orange. 973-736-0198. www.www.wopl.org

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert came close to a Palestinian peace accord in 2008 only to see it collapse when convicted of financial crimes. For the first time with an American audience, Olmert will discuss prospects for peace and his political odyssey and future. 7pm. NJPAC, The Chase Room, One Center St., Newark. 888-466-5722. www.njpac.org

“Celebrating the Winter Holidays” The Maplewood Garden Club hosts Peggy Excell, owner and principal designer of Lotus Petals Floral Design of Maplewood. Peggy prides herself on creating interesting floral designs that fit the occasion perfectly, using atypical natural elements and high-quality materials. During her presentation, she will demonstrate some of her inventive designs and show how to create beautiful floral arrangements for the winter holidays. 7:30pm. Maplewood Memorial Library, 51 Baker St., Maplewood. www.maplewood garden club.org

Temple Sholom Tykes Child(ren) ages 2-5 are introduced to a Jewish experience with song, crafts and snack. One Tuesday a month from 4-5pm. Call for dates or visit the website www. sholom.net. No charge but please RSVP. Temple Sholom, 760 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove. 973-239-1321.

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Featuring “Fiddler on the Roof.” Popcorn will be served. 1pm. Roseland Free Public Library, 20 Roseland Ave., Roseland. 973-226-8636. www.rfplnj.org

Voted Best of Essex for the past four years, Patti Safian, MS, LAc & her team welcome you to jumpstart a healthy holiday season. Unwind for an evening, as you learn how Acupuncture can help you feel more relaxed and balanced during this busy time of year. Discussion followed by light refreshments and complimentary chair massage. 7:30-8:30pm. NJ Acupuncture Wellness ~ The Wellness Place, 70 Park St., Suite 208 Montclair. 973-233-1195. www.njfertilityacupuncture.com

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Tuesday, December 5 Toddler Story Time Stories, songs and crafts for children 18 months through age 2. Tuesdays 10am. Verona Community Center 2nd Floor, 880 Bloomfield Ave., Verona. 973-857-4848.


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Hanukkah Shopping Madness This vendor sale includes jewelry, personalized clothing, Hanukkah gifts, gifts for teachers, Judaica and assorted apparel. Sponsored by the Early Childhood Center Fundraising Committee. 9am-3pm. Also Dec. 7. Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC, 760 Northfield Ave., West Orange. 973-530-3468 or gkaplan@jccmetrowest.org

Decoding the Digestive System Join Russel Langan, MD, a cancer surgeon who specializes in diseases of the pancreas, liver and bile duct, to learn more about preventative care, screenings and available treatment related to the digestive system. Free; registration required. Cooperman Family Pavilion, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, 94 Old Short Hills Rd., Livingston. 888-724-7123. www.barnabashealth.org/sbmcevents

Pre-School Story Time Stories, songs and crafts. Ages 3 and up. Tuesdays: 11am (Verona Community Center, 2nd Floor, 880 Bloomfield Ave., Verona. Wednesdays: 1:30 pm (Children’s Room in Library) Verona Community Center 2nd Floor, 880 Bloomfield Ave., Verona. 973-857-4848.

The Christmas Cabaret Production Join the Seton Hall Theatre Program as they kick off the holiday season with “The Christmas Cabaret”– an evening of songs and comedic skits. Admission is free. 2pm. Dec. 7, 8 & 9, 8pm. Dec. 10. Theatre-in-the-Round, University Center, 400 South Orange Ave., South Orange. 973-761-9000.

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Teen Advisory Group Meeting West Orange Public Library TAG members are teens who are passionate about and dedicated to making sure the library is meeting the needs and wants of teens in the community. TAG members are highly reliable and committed to being actively involved with the library. 7-8:30pm. West Orange Library, 46 Mount Pleasant Ave., West Orange. 973-736-0198. www.www.wopl.org

Thursday, December 7 How to Protect Your “Stuff” in 3 Easy Steps Learn from attorneys some of the strategies and tools that will allow you to protect and preserve your savings, estate and your legacy. There is no need to lose all your assets to a nursing home if you, your spouse, or parent is in need of long-term care. 5:307:30pm. Milvidskiy Willis LLP, 140 E Ridgewood Ave., Suite 415, Paramus. 201-977-6474. www.mwelderlaw.com

Youth Scholarship Breakfast Join in honoring Jeff Kirschenbaum, who served as advisor to the United Synagogue Youth group for many years of devoted service. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit B’nai Shalom’s Youth Scholarship. Funds will enable youth to attend USY Conventions and Jewish Summer. 10:30am. B’nai Shalom, 300 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange. 973-731-0160.

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An Evening with Savion Glover The Tony-winning tap master behind “Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk” and Broadway’s recent “Shuffle Along” brings a thrilling dance production sure to blow the lid off the season. 7pm. NJPAC, Victoria Theater, One Center St., Newark. 888-466-5722. www.njpac.org

Main Street Cottage Open House An inviting little shop decorated for the season, carrying gifts and knickknacks. There will be giveaways, snacks and all your gifts will be wrapped. Also Dec. 14 & 21. Open 7 days a week after Thanksgiving. Main Street Cottage, 678 Bloomfield Ave., Verona. 973-571-0800. (continued on page 20)

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The West Orange African Heritage Organization (WOAHO) is hosting a meet and greet . Meet interesting people, exchange business cards (optional), enjoy fabulous food, great drinks and throw back music. Bring a unwrapped(no battery) toy for a child in West Orange. 7-10pm. Essxex House, 525 Northfield Ave. West Orange. 973-452-1650.

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Join us for a special Chanukah Shabbat Service with the Temple Sholom musicians. Bring your menorah as we light them together and enjoy a nosh afterwards. See why local families choose Temple Sholom of West Essex as their spiritual home. Find out more about our TuiTion FrEE religious school!

EPC holds its monthly competition for club members with Marie Kane, New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs and Ridgewood Camera Club past presidents, judging 100 digital images in the categories of nature and pictorial for both beginning and advanced photographers. Free and open to the public. 7:30 9:30pm. Caldwell United Methodist Church, 8 Academy Rd., Caldwell.973-239-5876. www.essexphotoclub.org

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Certified Reiki Practitioner Anne Shields leads sessions of relaxation and meditation, introduce gentle techniques that leave you feeling calm and relaxed. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat and blanket. Thursdays 10am. Meet upstairs in the Firemen’s Room of the Verona Community Center, 880 Bloomfield Ave., Verona. 973-857-4848.

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his holiday season, the public is invited to take part in a holiday candlelight tour of Essex County Kip’s Castle, a unique historical treasure in Verona. The guided tours of the 30-room medieval-style castle give a glimpse of Essex County’s past– view the building’s stained glass windows and learn the history of the Kip’s Castle. Admission is $8 and includes coffee, hot chocolate and cookies. Registration is required, and space Holiday Candlelight Tours is limited. Tours will Essex County Kip’s Castle Park be held on Tuesdays, 22 Crestmont Road, Verona Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26; 973-202-8519 Thursdays, Dec. 7, 14, www.essexcountyparks.com/ 21, 28; and Saturdays, parks/kips-castle-park December 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, all at 7pm.

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Presented by RWJ Barnabas Health Home Care & Hospice. No matter how old, or young, you are, it’s always a good time to learn about the healthcare options that we may have available as we grow older or face illness. This hour-long lunch seminar offers advance care planning tools that you can take home with you. 12:30pm. West Orange Library, 46 Mount Pleasant Ave., West Orange. 973-736-0198. www.www.wopl.org

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Holiday CraftMorristown This event offers creative gift shoppers and design lovers the rare opportunity to meet one 165 visionary American makers, artists and craftspeople and purchase their latest works. In addition to thousands of distinctive and beautifully crafted objects there are silk-dying, basket weaving and coppersmithing demonstrations as well as a gourmet specialty food boutique. Friday, 4-8pm.; Saturday 10am-6 pm.; and Sunday 10am-5pm. orristown Armory, 430 Western Ave., Morristown. 845-3317900. www.artrider.com


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A holiday tradition for more than 50 years. The company will be joined by select students from Princeton Ballet School to tell the story of a young girl named Clara and how a mysterious gift from her Uncle Drosselmeyer brings about enchanted dreams and fantastical scenes. 7pm. Dec. 9, 2 & 7pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-313-2787. www.sopacnow.org

Annual Christmas Spectacular The Caldwell University’s Chorale, directed by Laura Greenwald and accompanied by Warren Helms, will perform seasonal favorites. The wind ensemble, conducted by Rebecca Vega, will feature 55 high school honor band students. 8pm. Caldwell University, 120 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell. 973-618-3209. www.caldwell.edu

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Natural Decorating: Pine Cone Wreath Decorate with an assortment of natural items collected from the gardens of Van Vleck. Participants will bring home a unique creation that will add beauty to any home. Registration required – deadline is 1 week prior to class. 10am–Noon. Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St., Montclair. To Register: email education@vanvleck.org or call 973-744-4752.

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Holiday Event Livingston UNICO sponsors Santa and his elf. Returning this year are the Clydesdale horses and wagon rides for the family. A petting zoo and pony rides will provide a festive time. 6:30pm. The Gazebo the Memorial Field Oval, 357 S. Livingston Ave., Livingston.

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Saturday, December 9 Chanukah Pajama Party Begins Gift-it4Ward Family Havdalah Celebrations Come in pajamas to enjoy a Chanukah magic show, make edible menorahs, and munch on sufganiyot (donuts) and food all kids love. Parents and grandparents are welcome to join in the fun. Participants will have an opportunity to Gift-It-4Ward by bringing pajamas, socks, slippers, or knit hats to be donated to children in need. RSVP by December 5th at 973-0160 ext. 207 or email programs@ bnaishalom.net. Scroll to Chanukah Pajama Party. 6-8pm. Bnai Shalom, 300 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange. www.bnaishalom.net/events.php#events.

The Traveling Literary Theater presents “A Christmas Carol” Three costumed actors will perform an hour-long edited reading of the holiday classic by Charles Dickens. RSVP:.2pm. Roseland Free Public Library, 20 Roseland Ave., Roseland. 973-226-8636. www.rfplnj.org

What happens when you mix Charles Dickens’ beloved Christmas tale with a collection of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters such as Thing 1, Thing 2, Bed-Headed Fred,Timmy Loo Hoo and many more? You get an action packed, comedic tale filled with glorious holiday cheer that’s a must see for all Seuss and Dickens fans. Also 10, 16 & 17. 1:30 and 3:30pm. Studio Players, 14 Alvin Pl., Montclair. 973-744-9752.

Hit the Roof Band Performs Hit the Roof Band offers an interactive musical program, presenting jazz and blues music. Just in time for the holiday season, the group will also be performing some of the audience’s favorite holiday classics. Hit the Roof reinvigorates old songs with a new twist. Free and open to all with light refreshments. 11:30am. The Cedar Grove Free Public Library, 525 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove. 973-239-1447.

Ryder and the rescue dogs of Nick Jr.’s hit animated series PAW Patrol are on a roll with their action-packed, first-ever live tour. 10am, 2 & 6pm. Also Dec. 10, 10am & 2pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, One Center St., Newark. 888-466-5722. www.njpac.org

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“Global Holiday Fusion” Program Get into the holiday spirit with a global fusion of activities, performances, and art from the Museum’s collections. Program also includes: MakerSPACE drop-in activity, Hands-on “Creative Play” and family gallery workshops, A teen-led gallery tours and Planetarium screenings. Noon-5pm. Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark. 973-596-6550. www.newarkmuseum.org

Messiah Sing-Along Join members of The Masterwork Chorus at their annual Messiah Sing-Along. Complimentary refreshments will follow. The event is free. Singers may borrow scores, but are encouraged to bring their own. 2 pm. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 215 Blvd., Mountain Lakes. visit www.masterwork.org

Sunday at the Movies The Adult Ed Committee will present ‘The Band’s Visit’. Bring a sandwich; soup and dessert will be provided. Rabbi Groffman will lead a discussion after showing the film. Call to RSVP 973-239-1321.Temple Sholom, 760 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove.

“Spiritual Drumming” Workshop Can all the members of a large group communicate with each other simultaneously and have a joyous time doing it? According to Richard Reiter, that’s the purpose of the “Spiritual Drumming” workshop. 3-5pm. Outpost in the Burbs, First Congregational Church, 40 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair. 973-744-6560. www.outpostintheburbs.org

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“Kids Shop” at the Cottage

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An inviting little shop decorated for the season carrying gifts and knickknacks. Bring the kids and help them shop and enjoy snacks. 2-4pm. Main Street Cottage, 678 Bloomfield Ave., Verona. 973-571-0800.

When Sophie comes home from high school to find her parents have been deported, she immediately goes into bunker-down survival mode. But her plan is complicated by a well-meaning high school friend who, in a series of attempts to ask her out, discovers her secret. New Moon Reading Series. Written by Chris Cragin-Day. 7:30pm. Luna Stage, 555 Valley Rd., West Orange. 973-395-5551 x11. www.lunastage.org

Lauren Grodstein’s book “Our Short Story” is about the fragility in depth of the relationship between a parent and child. Grodstein makes you love the complexity the world even as it tears you apart. The novel will reverberate in your heart long after you finish it. 7pm. Millburn Library, 200 Glen Ave., Millburn. 973-376-1006. www.millburnlibrary.org

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Do you have a talent you want to share? Do you like to perform or maybe you just love karaoke? Then come to the Teen Open Mic Night! Not one for getting up in front of crowds? They always need audience members too. Grades 6-12. West Orange Library, 46 Mount Pleasant Ave., West Orange. 973-736-0198. www.www.wopl.org

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Teen Open Mic Night

Speaking of Stories: 4th and 5th Grade Book Club Get into the holiday spirit and share the magic of the season by joining in for this Community tradition. Participants treated to a wide variety of holiday music in a beautiful candlelit setting. Favorite carols for all to sing. Glen Ridge Choral Society featuring children’s choir, handbells, instrumentalists, piano & organ. Glen Ridge Congregational Church 195 Ridgewood Ave., Glen Ridge.

Monday, December 11 Christmas Cheer – Sing a Long Be prepared to sing your heart out as Ian Gallagher leads you through all-time Christmas hits. Pass a delightful hour at the library. Light refreshments will be served. Walk ins welcome. 1:30pm. The Cedar Grove Free Public Library, 525 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove. 973-239-1447.

December’s book is “The Fourteenth Goldfish” by Jennifer L. Holm. 4:30-5:15pm. West Orange Library, 46 Mount Pleasant Ave., West Orange. 973-736-0198. www.www.wopl.org

Wednesday, December 13 How to Protect Your “Stuff” in 3 Easy Steps Learn from attorneys some of the strategies and tools that will allow you to protect and preserve your savings, estate and your legacy. There is no need to lose all your assets to a nursing home if you, your spouse, or parent is in need of long-term care. 5:30-7:30pm. Milvidskiy Willis LLP, 921 Bergen Ave., (Capital One), 4th Fl, Jersey City. 201-616-7667.

Garden Discoveries: Birds in the Winter The Garden Discoveries classes are designed to inspire children about the natural world around them. Since each child learns in a different way, every class examines one topic through stories, outdoor exploration, and hands-on activities and specimens. Each class will include a guided hike, hands-on activities and a story. Age: 3-5 year olds 1–2pm. Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St., Montclair. To Register: Email education@vanvleck.org or call 973-744-4752 ext 3.


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Menorah Lighting Rabbi Cliff Kulwin of Temple B’Nai Abraham will lead in lighting the candles. All are invited to help celebrate Chanukah, the festival of lights. 5:30pm. Memorial Oval, 30 Robert H. Harp Drive, Livingston. www.livingstonnj.org

Meet the Author Children’s author Ariel Bernstein will visit the Library to read her children’s book about sharing, “I Have a Balloon.” 1pm. Roseland Free Public Library, 20 Roseland Ave., Roseland. 973-226-8636. www.rfplnj.org

Thursday, December 14 Blue Christmas Service Have you lost a loved one this year? Holy Spirit Episcopal and First Presbyterian Churches in Verona will jointly host a service of music, prayers and lighting to emphasis the peace and healing that comes from experiencing “God with us.” Violin music begins at 7:15pm. 7:30pm. The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, 36 Gould St., Verona.

Township Menorah Lighting Rabbi Cliff Kulwin of Temple B’Nai Abraham will lead us in lighting the candles. All are invited to help us celebrate Chanukah, the festival of lights. 5:30pm. Memorial Oval, 30 Robert Harp Drive, Livingstonnj.org

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Join chef Suzanne Lowery and participate in creating these tasty hors d’oeuvres: olive tapenade with garlic toasts, sausage and herb stuffed mushrooms, smoked salmon puffs, crab cakes with red pepper remoulade, spinach and feta triangles, pesto mascarpone torta. 11am-2pm. Kings Cooking Studio, 778 Morris Tpke., Short Hills. 973-258-4009. www.kingsfoodmarkets.com

Journaling to Self Discovery This time of year, we all need to unplug and reset. What better way to do that, than attend a spiritual journaling class for Women ~ escape in a magical place, with a small group of like minded people to de-stress and reboot. You’ll come out of the gathering a whole new person, ready to take on the world and write your own creative piece. Verona location. Advanced Registration Required. 973-857 - HELP (4357) to register or visit suewaldman.com

Jazz Concert Come take a fun trip with the American song book featuring Jazz Singer, Ellen La Furn, accompanied by guitarist, Vic Cenicole and Bassist, Ron Naspo. Enjoy hearing songs from their new CD “C’Est La-Furn”. Free. Light refreshments will be served. 6:30pm. The Cedar Grove Free Public Library, 525 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove. 973-239-1447.

Everyone can have fun playing the traditional Hanukkah dreidel game. Learn the meanings of the words and characters. Roseland Free Public Library, 20 Roseland Ave., Roseland. RSVP 973-226-8636. www.rfplnj.org

Township Menorah Lighting Join Mayor Parisi as we celebrate Chanukah with the official lighting of the Township Menorah. 4pm. Township Hall, Front Lawn, 66 Main St., West Orange. 973-325-4100.

Friday, December 15 Christmas Benefit Concert A holiday concert to benefit The Salvation Army social service programs helping individuals and families in the Montclair & Northern Essex County communities. Special musical guests: Michelle Reed Baker, former horn player for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & The North Jersey Home Schoolers Association Chorale, Beth Prins conductor. 7:30pm. Montclair Salvation Army Citadel, 13 Trinity Pl., Montclair. 973-718-5208. www.montclairsalvationarmy.org

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Renaissance Church’s annual must-see Christmas show begins with hot chocolate on the Winberie’s Summit patio at 6:45pm, church doors open at 7pm, show begins at 7:30pm. Dec.16, 3:30 & 7:30pm. Dec 17, 3:30pm. Renaissance Church, 2 Kent Place Blvd, Summit. Advanced tickets required. 908-277-3555. www.renchurch.com

Chanukah Shabbat Dinner Enjoy a Chanukah and Shabbat Celebration Dinner with Chanukah delicacies, songs and games. 5pm. Kabbalat Shabbat Services, 6pm Shabbat Dinner catered by E.Gold Events. Reserve by Dec. 12. Call 973-731-0160 ext. 207 or Programs@bnaishalom.net. B’nai Shalom, 300 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange.

Hannukah at Temple Sholom Join Temple Sholom’s family and celebrate Hannukah together as a family and congregation. Bring your own Menorah, light the candles at a 6:30pm song filled Family Shabbat Service. Temple Sholom, 760 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove. 973-239-1321.

Saturday, December 16 Photographing Birds Meet up with Michael Downey at The Raptor Trust for an exciting day of photographing some of the Trust’s permament bird residents. The day will begin with a brief photography seminar with Michael. You’ll then have a chance to photograph at least three different kinds of birds, which may include owls, hawks, and falcons. Indoors, there will be a station set up with a backdrop and continuous lighting. Outdoors, there will be two shooting stations with perches: one against a large pine tree, and one with an open field as the backdrop. Noon-2:30pm. Pesented by Unique Photo. Raptor Trust Visitor Parking area, 1452 White Bridge Rd., Millington. 973-377-2007. www.uniquephoto.com

Spirit Infusion Class Learn how to infuse spirits with different all natural flavors of your choice. Class Includes: special event tour, hand crafted cocktail, 750ml bottle of either Main Street Vodka or Boardwalk Light Amber Rum & special tastings. Must be 21+ to attend this event. 2-4pm. Jersey Spirits Distilling Co., 1275 Bloomfield Avenue 40B, Building 7, Fairfield. 973-227-5333. www.jerseyspirits.com

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Ukrainian eggs or ‘Pysanky’ are decorated using beeswax and dyes that are applied in layers. Learn techniques, designs, and historical significance of this process and go home with a beautiful egg. No experience is necessary and ages 12 through adult are welcome to register. Jerry’s Artist Outlet, Essex Green Mall, 495 Prospect Ave., West Orange. 973-669-0995. NJPAC Kwanzaa Festival and Marketplace Celebrate the Nguzo Saba at NJPAC’s 19th annual NJPAC Kwanzaa Festival and Marketplace, featuring an Arts and Crafts Village and music and dance activities. Admission is free. NJPAC Center for Arts Education, One Center St., Newark. 888-466-5722. www.njpac.org

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“Tea with Mrs. Claus” While her husband is busy with Christmas preparations, Mrs. Claus pays a visit to Oakeside. Guests will enjoy a story, tea and finger sandwiches, cookies and more with Mrs. Claus. The event will include arts and crafts and each child will receive a framed picture with Mrs. Claus. Ages 2-8yrs. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 11am. Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave.,Bloomfield. 973-429-0960.

Family Art Adventure The incomparable State Ballet Theatre of Russia arrives with its traditional staging of the holiday classic, complete with sparkling sets, enchanting costumes, and more than 65 performers who bring Tchaikovsky’s beloved score to life. 3pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, One Center St., Newark. 888-466-5722. www.njpac.org

Holiday Bazaar Shop over 40 vendor and craft tables. Key Club fundraiser for NJ food banks. Free admission. 10am-3pm. West Essex Regional H.S. 65 West Greenbrook Rd., North Caldwell. 973-228-1200.

Explore and discuss artworks in the galleries and engage in a fun hands-on project in the studio. This program is designed for children 6-12 and their adult companions. Reservations not required. 2-3:30pm. Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair. 973-7465555. www.montclairartmuseum.org

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One of Roseland’s favorite holiday traditions is when Bill “Mr. Conductor” Cinque sets up his famous trains in the Community Room. Escape into another world as you marvel at the moving trains, quaint lit-up homes and villages, and all sorts of little extras. Children must be accompanied by adult. Runs thru Dec. 30. 1-3pm. Roseland Free Public Library, 20 Roseland Ave., Roseland. 973226-8636. www.rfplnj.org

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A Christmas Carol Production Sundog Theatre presents Scrooge, the three Ghosts of Christmas, Tiny Tim, and a host of other Dickensian characters in this beloved tale of redemption and enchantment. A Christmas Carol is humorous, touching, and joyous. 1 & 4pm. Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood. 8pm. 201-227-1030. www.bergenpac.org

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Fresh, Healthy and Authentic Chinese Cuisine Treat friends and family to fresh, healthy and authentic Chinese cuisine with a T.S. Ma gift card. Their mission is to provide you with healthy and nutritious food without sacrificing any of the flavors, which is why they only use the freshest and highest quality ingredients. They offer a wide variety of vegetarian and gluten-free menu options for those with dietary restrictions. Visit their website for dine-in, delivery (online ordering available) and catering options.

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In The Marketplace

There’s Money Everywhere Perfect Pawn Redefines a Familiar Industry By Rhonda L. Rivera, Photos by Dan Epstein


ver wonder what the $25 painting picked up at a garage sale is actually worth? A client of Perfect Pawn did just that, and learned the original Dean Cornwell painting had a value of $15,000! With the help of Perfect Pawn, he parlayed that garage sale find into a new car. Need to clear out clutter, liquidate an estate or downsize? Perfect Pawn offers an easy way to turn unwanted items (including garage sale purchases) into cash. Simply bring the item into the showroom, and the value will be appraised for free. Then, a cash value will be offered with the option to sell it to Perfect Pawn or keep it. It is the transparency of the transaction that catapults Perfect Pawn above the rest. What types of items does Perfect Pawn accept? The short answer is almost anything. According to Dan Risis, Managing Director of Perfect Pawn, “If it doesn’t breathe or explode, we’ll buy it” (the only exception: antique guns). There is no minimum value requirement, but the upper limit is $3 million. In addition to jewelry, “gift cards are extremely popular,” he notes.

Also available at Perfect Pawn are instant, shortterm loans that use items as collateral. Private and discrete, these loans run from $25 to $3 million, are typically written for 90 days and can be renewed so long as the interest is paid. Once fully repaid, the collateral is returned. Risis views this as empowering–offering loans without a negative credit risk. “Sometimes good people find themselves in bad situations,” he says. Small businesses especially find this service invaluable. Risis brings a new perspective to the age-old industry. In 2010, he took over one small jewelry store in Summit owned by his mother for decades, and has since transformed it into one of the largest pawn chains in the tri-state area. To date, Perfect Pawn has nine locations throughout northern New Jersey. Risis encourages readers to look around their houses, because “there’s money everywhere.”

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For Hanukkah, the Klezmatics offer a program from their Grammy Awardwinning collaboration with Woody Guthrie’s lyrics. The Klezmatics bring their hip, East Village sensibility to this favorite time of year, when candles and family warmth light up the dark nights. 7:30pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-313-2787. www.sopacnow.org

Friday, December 22 An Intimate Evening with Bettye LaVette Whether the song originated as country, rock, pop, or blues, when Bettye LaVette gets through with it, it is pure R&B. This intimate show features Bettye performing songs from throughout her 55-year career. 8-10:30pm. Outpost in the Burbs, First Congregational Church, 40 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair. www.outpostintheburbs.org

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3-Day Winter Camp Campers enjoy stories, crafts, campfires and forest adventures while exploring the wooded wetland forests in winter time. Kindergarten-3rd Grade. 9:30am-3:30pm. Runs thru Dec. 28. Essex County Environmental Center, 621 B, Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland. 973-2288776. www.essexcountyparks.org

Thursday, December 28 Adult Forum “Lunch & Learn” Hirschhorn presenter Marty Schneit will tell us why Jews selected Harlem as their residence in the 1880’s. Marty will talk about better known Jewish individuals who came from Harlem as well as Mt. Olive Baptist Church, originally Temple Israel, the largest and most influential synagogue in Harlem. Lunch 12:30, program 1pm. Place lunch order at 973-533-1809. Congregation B’nai Israel, 60 Millburn Ave., Millburn.

Join chef Diane Marino and participate in baking Christmas macarons, rugelach 2 ways, cocoa coconut cuties, hand painted sugar cookies, chocolate peppermint filled cookie cups. 2-4:30pm. Kings Cooking Studio, 778 Morris Tpke., Short Hills. 973-258-4009www.kingsfoodmarkets.com

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Sunday, December 31 The Hollywood Special FX Show

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Sunday, January 7 Broadway Magic: Then and Now

Temple Sholom Tykes Introduce your child(ren) ages 2-5 to a once a month Jewish experience with song, crafts and snack. 4pm-5pm. Call for dates or check out our website www.sholom. net. No charge but please RSVP. Temple Sholom, 760 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove. 973-239-1321.

Monday, January 8

Lego Club Drop by library to build with Legos! What will you create? 4pm-5pm. West Orange Library, 46 Mount Pleasant Ave., West Orange. 973-736-019. www.wopl.org From gruesome sci-fi monsters to huge explosions, get closer to the action than ever before in this interactive and action-packed family show in which special effects experts take you behind the scenes of your favorite action films to reveal the science and secrets of creating movie magic. 7pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008. www.mayoarts.org

New Year’s Eve Celebration Puttin’ On The Ritz A superb review of Broadway classics for the entire family featuring guest soloists direct from the Broadway stage and beyond. 7pm. Westfield High School, 550 Dorian Rd., Westfield. 908 232 9400. www.njfestivalorchestra.org

Be entertained by Broadway tunes from shows such as Annie, The Producers, and South Pacific. 2-3pm. West Orange Library, 46 Mount Pleasant Ave., West Orange. 973-736-019. www.wopl.org

Saturday, January 6 Sci-Fi Spectacular: Music From Star Wars, Star Trek & Beyond Marina Sirtis, best known as counselor Deanna Troi on the television series “Star Trek: The Next Generation” hosts an out-of-this-world night of film music. Blast off to music from Star Wars, Star Trek, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Close Encounters with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. 8pm. NJPAC, One Center St., Newark. 888-466-5722. www.njpac.org

Creature Comfort Children learning how to read will practice reading aloud to a trained therapy dog. 4-5:15pm. West Orange Library, 46 Mount Pleasant Ave., West Orange. 973-736019. www.wopl.org

Tuesday, January 9 The Power of Energy in 2018 What is Energy? In Chinese Medicine, Energy (Chi) is the illusive force that governs everything from our blood circulation to the accumulation of dis-ease in our body. In the Yogic tradition, we call it Prana. Others know it as Life Force. Join four time Best of Essex winner Patti Safian and her team to learn tangible ways to connect with your energy and use it to create a better quality of life and health. 7:30-8:30pm. NJ Acupuncture Wellness ~ The Wellness Place, 70 Park St., Suite 208, Montclair. 973-233-1195. www.njfertilityacupuncture.com (continued on page 36)

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Montclair Bird Club Meeting

Speaking of Stories: 4th and 5th Grade Book Club

A presentation by Rick Radis, editor of New Jersey Audubon magazine, on the return of the common raven to New Jersey. The meeting is free and open to the public. Union Congregational Church, 176 Cooper Ave, Upper Montclair, main rectory. 973-744-7424.

January’s book is “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeline L’Engle. 4:30-5:15pm. West Orange Library, 46 Mount Pleasant Ave., West Orange. 973-736-019. www.wopl.org

Preschool Page Turners

Friday, January 12 R & B Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Understanding Your Camera I: The Basics

Stories, songs and games provide interactive fun for preschoolers. Parents must remain in the Library during this storytime. Program lasts 30 minutes. Ages 3 1/2–5. Also Jan.16, 23, 30. 11:30am-Noon. West Orange Library, 46 Mount Pleasant Ave., West Orange. 973-736-019. www.wopl.org

This class is for beginners to amateur photographers looking to gain a better understanding of the automated modes and features, as well as the manual control and capabilities, of your digital SLR or mirrorless camera. 11am1pm & 6:30-8:30pm. Also Jan. 11, 11am-1pm. Unique Photo, 123 US Hwy 46 (West), Fairfield. 973-377-2007. www.uniquephoto.com

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Thursday, January 11

How to Protect Your “Stuff” in 3 Easy Steps Learn from attorneys some of the strategies and tools that will allow you to protect and preserve your savings, estate and your legacy. There is no need to lose all your assets to a nursing home if you, your spouse, or parent is in need of long-term care. 5:30-7:30pm. Milvidskiy Willis LLP, 921 Bergen Ave., (Capital One), 4th Fl., Jersey City. 201-616-7667. www.mwelderlaw.com

Life Coaching 101 S we grow up, some of us lose that sense of wonder of the world, and that magic that surrounds us, and end up living mundane, ordinary lives. It is a new year and the time to set goals and achieve them. Join, Life Coach and Psychotherapist, Sue Waldman for an inspiring evening of Life coaching exercises to help bring you back to that creative, mindful space that you lived in when you were a child, and make it your new reality as a grownup. Verona Location. Advanced Registration Required. Call 973-857 HELP (4357) to register or visit suewaldman.com

Three of the most gifted and inspiring women in contemporary gospel music – GRAMMY Award winners Mary Mary and Tasha Cobbs – join forces for NJPAC’s annual celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 8pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, One Center St., Newark. 888-466-5722. www.njpac.org

Saturday, January 13 How to Protect Your “Stuff” in 3 Easy Steps Learn from attorneys some of the strategies and tools that will allow you to protect and preserve your savings, estate and your legacy. There is no need to lose all your assets to a nursing home if you, your spouse, or parent is in need of long-term care. 10am-Noon. Milvidsky Willis LLP, Marriot Courtyard, 320 Rt. 17 North, Paramus. 201-616-7667. www.mwelderlaw.com

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Mark Nizer 4D…The only live 3D show in the world! Whether juggling laser beams at 1000 rpms, or five ping pong balls using only his mouth; or juggling a burning propane tank, a running electric carving knife and a 16-pound bowling ball all at once, you’ll discover one of the greatest entertainment comedians and jugglers performing today. 2pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-313-2787. www.sopacnow.org

Tuesday, January 16 Yakety Yak: 2nd and 3rd Grade Book Club January’s book is “Who was Rosa Park” by Yona ZeldisMcDonough. 4:30-5:15pm. West Orange Library, 46 Mount Pleasant Ave., West Orange. 973-736-019. www.wopl.org

Wednesday, January 17 Understanding Your Camera II: Exposure and Metering

Sunday, January 14

Understanding the basics of exposure and metering are the building blocks to becoming a good photographer. This course will teach you these fundamental basics of photography such as the relationship between f-stops and shutter speeds, as well as understanding the positives and negatives of ISO/ASA sensitivity with your image sensor. 11am-1pm & 6:30-8:30pm. Also Jan. 18, 11am-1pm. Unique Photo, 123 US Hwy 46 (West), Fairfield. 973-377-2007. www.uniquephoto.com

B-The Underwater Bubble Show

B-The Underwater Bubble Show takes place in colorful underwater world of Bubblelandia. After another long day full of meetings and deadlines, Mr. B finds himself transported to a magical world that’s inhabited by seahorses, dragon fish, starfish, mermaids, clown fish and more. 2 & 5pm. Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood. 8pm. 201-227-1030. www.bergenpac.org

Friday, January 19 Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook Suzanne O. Davis recreates the sound and vibe of a 1970’s Carole King concert experience featuring the music of her classic album Tapestry as well as other King favorites. 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008. www.mayoarts.org (continued on page 38)

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Shabbat Dinner at B’nai Shalom Kabbalat Shabbat Services with Rabbi Tobin 5pm. Warm up with a winter dinner prepared by E.Gold Events 6pm.RSVP by Jan. 15 to Progrms@bnaiashalom.net or call 973-731-0160. B’nai Shalom, 300 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange.

The Premier Elvis Birthday Bash Scot Bruce and Mike Albert perform as the young and old versions of Elvis, respectively. See the most authentic King of Rock n’ Roll show available today live on stage. 8pm. Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood. 8pm. 201-227-1030. www.bergenpac.org

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Teen Talk: Youth In Solidarity A new monthly club where teens can come together in solidarity to discuss and debate issues that matter to them. January’s topic is “labels” with an open forum discussion lead by the library’s Teen Advisory Group and Montclair State University Professor Elizabeth Martin. 7-8:30pm. West Orange Library, 46 Mount Pleasant Ave., West Orange. 973-736-019. www.wopl.org

Thursday, January 25

The story begins in Dartmoor, England at the stylish weekend retreat of the affluent Derek and Janet Taylor, and both adultery and murder are in the air. But you will soon learn that all is never as it seems in this electrifying game of trickery and misdirection. Runs thru Feb 4. Morris Museum, Bickford Theater, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-971-3700. www.morrismuseum.org



Learn how to infuse spirits with different all natural flavors of your choice. Class Includes: special event tour, hand crafted cocktail, 750ml bottle of either Main Street Vodka or Boardwalk Light Amber Rum & special tastings. Must be 21+ to attend this event. 2-4pm. Jersey Spirits Distilling Co., 1275 Bloomfield Avenue 40B, Building 7, Fairfield. 973-227-5333. www.jerseyspirits.com

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Join artist Karen Israel for a painting demonstration with Sennelier Soft Pastels and La Carte Sanded Paper. Learn why these buttery, vibrant pastels are so special. As Karen paints, she will discuss the nature of pastels and pastel painting techniques, as well as the various choices for the papers and methods used in pastel painting. There will be Qs & As and a hands on portion for attendants to try these very fine products. 1-4pm. Jerry’s Artist Outlet, 495 Prospect Ave., West Orange. 973-669-0995. www.jerrysartistoutlet.com

Writing and Intuition with Sue Waldman “Writing and Intuition” will encourage and utilize writing as a way to connect to your feelings and faith. Learn to contact, listen to, act on and connect with your inner wisdom and allow it to become a valuable guiding force to experience a more meaningful life. This gathering will include writing exercises to help develop awareness, guided imagery to relax, and enlightening discussion. Verona location. Advanced Registration is required. 973- 857 -4357 (HELP) or visit suewaldman.com

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Vic DiBitetto’s Comedy

Children’s Sports Photography

A grand prize winner on America’s Funniest People, frenetically fantastic comedian Vic DiBitetto – aka “The Italian Hurricane” – is known for his breathlessly funny take on daily life. 8pm. Also Jan. 27. 8pm. NJPAC, Victoria Theater, One Center St., Newark. 888466-5722. www.njpac.org

Learn how to effectively photograph children’s sports with Michael Downey. In this course, students will learn what to consider technically, as well as how to capture the emotion of the sporting events. 11am-1pm.& 6:30-8:30pm. Unique Photo, 123 US Hwy 46 (West), Fairfield. 973-377-2007. www.uniquephoto.com

Saturday, January 27

Wednesday, January 31

Barrel Share Program

How to Protect Your “Stuff” in 3 Easy Steps

Unique aging appreciation experience. An opportunity to witness the whiskey being born. Monthly visits to learn and appreciate the aging process. This is your chance to own single barrel, single batch exquisite bourbon spirits. Made in Fairfield NJ. Must be 21+ to attend event. 2pm.Jersey Spirits Distilling Co., 1275 Bloomfield Avenue 40B, Building 7, Fairfield. 973-227-5333. www.jerseyspirits.com

Learn from attorneys some of the strategies and tools that will allow you to protect and preserve your savings, estate and your legacy. There is no need to lose all your assets to a nursing home if you, your spouse, or parent is in need of long-term care. 5:307:30pm. Milvidskiy Willis LLP, Marriot Courtyard, 320 Rt. 17 North, Paramus. 201-616-7667. www.mwelderlaw.com

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The Sleeping Beauty Ballet Tu B’Shevat Family Tree Havdalah Celebration Kids of all ages and abilities are invited to a community-wide Tu B’Shevat- themed Havdalah Celebration. Fun activities and, kid-friendly food and entertainment. Parents and grandparents are welcome to join in the family fun. 6:30-8:30pm. B’nai Shalom, 300 pleasant Valley Way, West Orange. RSVP by Jan. 22, at 973-731-0160 ext. 207 or email Programs@bnaishalom.net. www.bnaishalom.net

Founded by legendary dancer and former Prima Ballerina of The Bolshoi Theatre Ballet, Maya Plisetskaya, The State Ballet Theatre of Russia - now under the direction of award-winning dancer and Moiseyev Dance Company soloist Nikolay Anokhin - presents the most passionate love story Ballet. 8pm. Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood. 8pm. 201-227-1030. www.bergenpac.org

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NJ Acupuncture Massage and Fertility– The Wellness Place They focus on making people feel their best, and embrace an integrative approach to wellness. Their acupuncture services are versatile and healing– their treatments include Pain Management, General Health, emotional well-being, and acupuncture for obstetrics. 70 Park Street, Suite 208, Montclair 973-233-1195 www.njfertilityacupuncture.com Silver: NJ Advanced Acupuncture – Caldwell Bronze: Balanced Body Acupuncture – Cedar Grove


Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts They provide comprehensive and inclusive developmental training in dance and related theatre arts, with classes in ballet, hip hop, tap, floor barre, jazz, zumba, and more available for adults. 14 S Park Street, 2nd Floor, Montclair 973-655-9819 | www.smapa.org Silver: The Language Institute – West Caldwell Bronze: New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts – Bloomfield (continued on page 42)

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Jerry’s Artist Outlet Let Jerry’s help you showcase your art or memorabilia with a custom frame. If you want to do it yourself, they carry pre-cut mats, framing tools and picture frames. Essex Green Shopping Plaza 495 Prospect Ave, West Orange 973-669-0995 | www.jerrysartistoutlet.com Silver: Wade Maxx Art & Framing – Upper Montclair Bronze: CBL Fine Art – West Orange



Bagelwich Bagel Bakery Park Street Auto The professional staff of Park Street Auto has been earning trust for their expert car care and inspection services for years. Services include maintenance checks, oil changes, and tune ups. 18 Park Street, Montclair 973-509-8888 | www.parkstreetauto.net

Family owned and operated, offering numerous varieties of daily fresh baked bagels, high quality ingredients and fabulous customer service. Try out their different spreads, from fresh lox to sun dried tomato cream cheese. 652 Bloomfield Ave, Verona 973-857-9408 | www.bagelwichnj.com

Silver: Glen Ridge Auto – Glen Ridge Bronze: Budd’s Auto Body – Cedar Grove

Silver: Ike’s Bagels – Livingston Bronze: Hot Bagels Abroad – Bloomfield



Tiny Elephant Calandra’s Bakery Famous for their award-winning bread and cannoli, Calandra’s Bakery has been serving fresh bread, cookies, cakes, breakfast items, and pastries 365 days a year for over 50 years. 234 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell 973-226-8889 | www.calandrasbakery.com Silver: Nicolo’s Italian Bakery & Deli – Montclair Bronze: Gencarelli’s Bakery – Bloomfield


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A family owned and operated cafe and bakery that offers daily-baked sweets and treats, and custom cakes, cookies, and other baked goods for any special occasion, including weddings and birthdays. 54 Fairfield St, Montclair 973-774-7252 www.tinyelephantmontclair.com

An exclusive, sought-after venue for weddings, private social events and corporate meetings, Pleasantdale Chateau offers a beautiful setting, wonderful amenities, and consummate service to make every experience flawless. 757 Eagle Rock Ave, West Orange 973-731-5600 | www.pleasantdale.com

Silver: Little Daisy Bake Shop – Montclair Bronze: Anthony’s Cheesecake – Bloomfield

Silver: Nanina’s in the Park – Belleville Bronze: 4Sixty6 Caterers – West Orange

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BEST BARBEQUE SuzyQue’s BBQ & Bar The full-service BBQ restaurant and bar brings together mouth-watering barbeque favorites. Enjoy great food in a neighborly environment, featuring live entertainment most nights and special activities throughout the week. 34 South Valley Rd, West Orange | 973-736-7899 | www.suzyques.com Silver: Bluff City BBQ – Montclair Bronze: Ruthie’s BBQ – Montclair

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The Manor Their Sunday brunch makes for a spectacular meal. Featuring an omelet station, crepe station, mimosas, and a wide variety of brunch favorites, from bacon and waffles to smoked salmon and roast turkey. 111 Prospect Ave, West Orange | 973-731-2360 www.themanorrestaurant.com Silver: Tiny Elephant – Montclair Bronze: Anthony’s Cheesecake – Bloomfield

BEST BURGER Cloverleaf Tavern A well-established staple of Caldwell, Cloverleaf Tavern’s juicy, award-winning burgers continue to be a customer favorite. Stop in and try their Burger of the Week to see why! 395 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell 973-226-9812 www.cloverleaftavern.com Silver: The Hills Tavern – Millburn Bronze: Stuffed Grass-fed Burgers – Montclair

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BEST CANDY & CHOCOLATE STORE Dolce Federica Offering handmade small batch, artisan creations and custom orders, made with high quality European chocolate and superior, fresh ingredients. Flavors include limoncello, amaretto, espresso, and pistachio. Montclair | 310-883-5966 www.dolcefederica.com

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Silver: Bromilow’s Homemade Chocolate – West Caldwell Bronze: Chocolate Works of Millburn

BEST CAR WASH West Caldwell Car Wash Your car is in great hands at the West Caldwell Car Wash. Offering a range of services, from exterior wash to VIP detailing, the superfriendly staff ensures every car is treated with care, and that every customer is 100% satisfied. 1113 Bloomfield Ave West Caldwell 973-575-9233 www.westcaldwellcarwashnj.com

Bay Roofing is a team of building restoration professionals specializing in: • New Shingle Roofs

• Specialty Copper Work

• Real & Synthetic Slate Roofs

• All Phases of Flat/ Commercial Roofing

• Gutter Replacement

• Vinyl Replacement Windows

Drop by the Fairfield Showroom for samples and information.

Silver: Quality Car Care – Verona Bronze: Livingston Car Wash – Livingston


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Outstanding chefs provide impeccable service, delicious meals and curated menus to suit the personality of the event and its hosts. Let Wild Honey Catering take over, and enjoy your next event worry-free. Bloomfield | 973-768-7313 www.wildhoneycatering.com Silver: Tia’s Food of Love – Verona Bronze: Frank Anthony’s – Verona




LikeWear Love Laugh Learn Calandra’s Italian Market & Deli No matter the occasion, Calandra’s will help you assemble the perfect menu for all of your catering needs. They offer catering trays of hot and cold antipasto, salad, hors d’oeuvres, and a variety of entrees. 234 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-226-8889 www.calandrasitalianvillage.com

They provide a safe, trustworthy, and stimulating environment for infants through preschool aged children. With state-of-the-art technology incorporated in each classroom, students learn, play, and grow on a daily basis. 601 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove 973-857-5683 www.lovelaughlearnnj.com

Silver: Crystal Plaza – Livingston Bronze: Frank Anthony’s – Verona

Silver: Lightbridge Academy – West Caldwell Bronze: Kiddie Academy of West Caldwell

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Offering high quality apparel and accessories, including backpacks, hoodies, and t-shirts, from leading brand companies that are decorated and embellished with unique images that children and tweens like to wear. 142 S. Livingston Ave, Livingston 973-535-5654 www.likewear.com Silver: Apple Village – Upper Montclair Bronze: Dirt & Noise – Montclair (continued on page 46)

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Admit U Consulting A Sip of Art Their children’s art classes allow students to explore art styles and principles in a fun, creative environment. Children 18 months to grade school aged cultivate a love for art while developing their skills. 235 Prospect Ave, West Orange 973-255-6815 | www.asipofart.com Silver: Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts – Montclair Bronze: New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts – Bloomfield


Relieve the stress and anxiety associated with the college application process– let the experts at Admit U Consulting help your child find the best-fit school through college counseling, essay editing, tutoring and more. 3 Royal Ave, Suite 2, Livingston | 973-731-1947 www.admituconsulting.com Silver: L3 Academy – Montclair Bronze: Estelle Finkel Center for Learning – Livingston


Funtime Junction An incredibly fun way to celebrate your child’s birthday! They offer special party packages that include activity play time, arcade room play, a private party room, balloons, and a gift for the guest of honor. 400 Fairfield Road, Fairfield | 973-882-9777 www.funtimejunction.com Silver: A Sip of Art – West Orange Bronze: My Fairytale Party – Livingston


Mecca Integrated Medical T.S. Ma Chinese Cuisine Dishes are prepared fresh from ingredients delivered daily and by using homemade sauces that are created in their own kitchen. They provide generous portions and a huge selection of healthy, authentic dishes. 199 Bellevue Ave, Upper Montclair 973-509-8878 www.tsmachinesecuisine.com Silver: Veggie Heaven – Montclair Bronze: Healthy Food Asian Cuisine – Verona


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Their facility provides non-surgical, stateof-the-art care in effectively treating and managing neck and back pain. They use a hands-on approach to patient care by creating an individually customized holistic treatment plan. 333 U.S. 46 West, Building A, Suite 135, Fairfield | 973-943-4300 www.meccamedical.com Silver: Dr. Andrea Buccino, D.C., C.C.S.P. – Cedar Grove Bronze: The Chiropractic Source – Cedar Grove

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Five Star Cleaning Services Their unique 36-Point Deep Clean System ensures that every corner and surface of your environment is thoroughly cleaned. Whether it is your home, job site, or workplace, they deliver exceptional results. 855 Bloomfield Ave, Suite 201, Glen Ridge 973-748-9309 www.fivestarclean.com Silver: European Touch Cleaners, LLC – West Orange Bronze: Clean It Right – Cedar Grove




Custom Designed YMCA of Montclair

Cloverleaf Tavern

Committed to caring for individuals and families, with a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Their selection of programs includes group classes, aquatics, and sports and recreation. 25 Park Street, Montclair | 973-744-3400 www.montclairymca.org

Grab a pint or two at Cloverleaf Tavern, where they offer many types of seasonal beers. Home of the MBA Master of Beer Appreciation– work your way through their list of beers to win prizes! 395 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-226-9812 www.cloverleaftavern.com

Silver: JCC MetroWest – West Orange Bronze: Caldwell Community Center – Caldwell

Silver: Egan & Sons – Montclair Bronze: Tierney’s Copperhouse – Fairfield

Dedicated to every step of the design process, from initial drawings through final installation. They pay attention to the unique details of every project, small or large, to exceed each client’s expectations. Montclair | 973-783-5788 www.customdesignednj.com Silver: Closets by Design – Carlstadt Bronze: California Closets – Fairfield

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Thank You for Voting Us BEST VETERINARIAN Four Years in a Row!

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We’re a full service community veterinary hospital with two convenient locations. In each of our hospitals, you’ll find our caring and dedicated staff responsive to your pet’s every need. From routine wellness check-ups that ensure your pet’s good health to advanced procedures, such as laser surgery that minimizes discomfort and shortens recovery time, we’re committed to providing the best possible care for your pet in all that we do. Gold WInner

Saturday and Evening Hours On-Site Parking Boarding Facilities Breed Consultation Available Cat Condos

Our Advanced Services Include: • In-House Ultrasound • Endoscopy • Video Ear Scopes • Laser Surgery • Laparoscopic Spaying • Acupuncture

We are passionate about animal rescue and partner with 2 excellent local rescue groups: • Angels of Animals, Inc. • Good Karma Dog Rescue • Rescue Haven Foundation

Dr. Scriffignano and his rescued daughter Bella

17 Grove Avenue, Verona • 973-239-1881

124 Watchung Avenue, Upper Montclair • 973-744-1942

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Calandra’s Italian Market & Deli

D&G Dental

Krugman Dental Associates

Offering a full line of sandwiches, hot pressed paninis, homemade soups, sauces and pastas. With made “to go” meals and Italian specialty items, you will always find something for lunch or dinner. Calandra’s Italian Village | 234 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-226-8889 www.calandrasitalianvillage.com

Smile! An experienced and passionate team with the latest dental technologies, D&G Dental offers modern dental care for the entire family, providing preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services. 667 Eagle Rock Ave, West Orange 973-380-0782 www.dgdental.com

At Krugman Dental Associates, you will find a caring and attentive staff, an enthusiastic manner, and state-of-the-art dental care delivered with exceptional comfort in a friendly atmosphere. 154 South Livingston Ave Suite 107, Livingston | 973-992-4099 www.livingstonsmiles.com

Silver: Millburn Deli – Millburn Bronze: Colonna’s Deli & Catering – Fairfield

Silver: Scheier Dental Group Bronze: Silverstrom Group

Silver: Joseph M. DalBon, DMD – West Caldwell Bronze: Stacey E. Oberfield, D.D.S. – Caldwell




Sparkles Dentistry for Children

Ritz Diner

Anderson Electric

Safe, fun and pain-free. Those qualities are what makes Sparkles Dentistry a positive experience for children. For the parents, it’s the compassionate staff and high-quality care that ensures their children are in the best hands. 76 Bellevue Ave, Montclair | 973-744-3127 www.sparklesdentistry.com

Offering American diner meals as well as their signature apple pies and chocolate babka. Stop in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and enjoy a friendly and comforting dining experience with a delicious selection. 72 E Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston 973-533-1213

With 20 years experience, these licensed electricians are ready to help with any electric project no matter how big or small. Their team is committed to safety, dependability, and providing excellent service. Verona | 973-857-4333 www.andersonelectric.com

Silver: Livingston Pediatric Dental – Livingston Bronze: Montclair Pediatric Dental Care – Montclair

Silver: Pilgrim Diner – Cedar Grove Bronze: East Hanover Diner – East Hanover

Silver: Barnett Electric Co. – West Orange Bronze: E&M O’Hara Electric – West Orange


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Smith & Company Craig Brady Fine Jewelry

Brookside Florist

Formerly Valley Jewelers, they have years of experience designing jewelry and specialize in custom design, diamond engagement rings, wedding bands, appraisals, and repairs. They strive to help and educate customers. 493 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair | 973-746-0505 www.craigbrady.com

They offer a large selection of plants, flowers, and gardening supplies, as well as a full service florist. Specializing in beautiful arrangements made for all occasions, including weddings and funerals. 551 Broad St, Bloomfield | 973-748-0655 www.brooksidegcandflorist.com

Silver: George Press Jewelers – Livingston Bronze: Walter Bauman Jewelers – West Orange

Silver: Coqui Designs – Cedar Grove Bronze: Clores Flowers & Gifts – Montclair

This one-of-a-kind store has the feeling of an old fashioned gift shop with the trends of today. They make gift giving simplified, with a unique selection of gifts for all occasions, at all price points. 343 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-228-1167 Silver: Main Street Cottage – Verona Bronze: CBL Fine Art – West Orange

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Relax with great music and a cool vibe; enjoy a night out with the girls and create your own painted masterpiece while being guided step by step. Make it a private party or join their public events. 235 Prospect Ave, West Orange 973-255-6815 www.asipofart.com

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Silver: Jersey Spirits Distilling Co.– Fairfield Bronze: Bangz Salon and Wellness Spa – Montclair

BEST GYM Platinum Fitness With over 170 pieces of cardio equipment, they have one of the largest cardio areas in the country, including over 200 pieces of resistance training equipment, comprehensive weight and fitness training facilities. 309 Pompton Ave, Verona 973-857-2500 www.platinumfitness.net Silver: Hardbodyz Fitness – Verona Bronze: Sky Club Fitness – West Caldwell

BEST HAIR SALON Americana Salon & Spa

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Americana Salon & Spa has expert stylists and over 4,400 square feet dedicated to making patrons look and feel beautiful. This newly renovated salon offers cuts, color, blowouts, nail services, makeup services, spray tans and more. 12 Eisenhower Parkway, Roseland | 973-403-0005 www.americansalonandspa.com Silver: 212 Salon & Spa – Upper Montclair Bronze: Dieci Lifestyle Spa – Livingston

BEST HEATING & COOLING Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric Depend on Bloomfield Heating to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Customers rely on their first class HVAC equipment, fine installation and professional service personnel. 127 Paterson Ave, Little Falls 973-237-0505 www.bloomfieldcooling.com Silver: Supreme Energy, Inc. – Orange Bronze: Hilltop Fuel Heating & Air Conditioning – Fairfield

Thank You for Voting Us Best Pilates – 4 YEARS IN A ROW!

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$65 Introductory Session for all new clients* Only $630 for Our 10 Private Session Package* *Dec. 1 - Dec. 31, 2017.


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Apple Village The small shop, which was inspired by design and crafts, features designcentric children’s furnishing. Shop for pieces that will add some fun and creativity to your child’s bedroom. 50 Upper Montclair Plaza, Suite D, Upper Montclair | 973-707-2932 www.applevillagemontclair.com Silver: SWOON – Montclair Bronze: Somewhere in Time – Caldwell

BEST ICE CREAM Gelotti of Caldwell Satisfying sweet tooth cravings for 15 years, Gelotti of Caldwell offers dozens of ice cream and gelato flavors, milkshakes, sundaes, ice cream cakes and other delectable treats. 194 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell 973-403-9968 www.gelottiessex.com Silver: Mark & Julie’s Homemade Ice Cream – West Orange Bronze: Absolute Zero – Montclair (continued on page 52)

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Farmers Insurance Jennifer Castro Jennifer Castro puts her clients first. She is an insurance agent who will do whatever it takes to ensure her clients have the best possible coverage, saving them money in the process. 528 Bloomfield Ave, Verona 973-571-2097


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Silver: Whitney H. Roddy, Inc. – Bloomfield Bronze: Rand, Feuer & Klein, LLC – Fairfield

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Decorating Den Interiors - Valerie Ruddy Creating beautiful design solutions for large or small residential and light commercial decorating projects, from concept to completion. Budgeted and decorated around your lifestyle in a fun decorating experience. Verona | 973-239-3004 www.decdens.com/valerieruddy Silver: Richard Bailey Interiors – Glen Ridge Bronze: Decorating Den Interiors - Paula Markman– Verona

Available for private parties, fundraising & corporate events. Live Music and Dining 5 nights a week

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• Full Day Day Care • Half Day Day Care • Hourly Day Care

• Full Grooming & Pet Styling • Freestyle Boarding • Boutique

42 Okner Parkway, Livingston (Just off Route 10 near the Livingston Circle)

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BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT Fascino A simple, elegant restaurant that offers an elevated take on traditional Italian cuisine. Their elegant menu features a mix of pasta dishes, seafood, and unique entrees, prepared by chef Ryan DePersio. 331 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair 973-233-0350 www.fascinorestaurant.com Silver: Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill – Fairfield Bronze: Frank Anthony’s Gourmet Italian – Verona



Showcase Kitchen & Bath Walter Bauman Jewelers Featuring an unparalleled selection of diamonds, watches, and estate jewelry, Walter Bauman Jewelers has built a spectacular collection, including many one-of-a-kind, since coming to West Orange in 1960. 653 Eagle Rock Ave, West Orange | 973-731-3155 www.walterbauman.com Silver: Craig Brady Fine Jewelry – Montclair Bronze: Nini Felini – Caldwell

A one-stop remodeler that offers planning and design services, complete product selection, construction and job site management. Their specialized teams assist customers with every aspect of the project. 438 Broad Street, Bloomfield | 973-743-8722 www.showcasekitchen.com Silver: Boyette Kitchens & Baths – Bloomfield Bronze: Custom Designed – Montclair (continued on page 54)

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Goldberg Law Group, LLC K. Macken Landscaping LLC

Lure Lash

A fully insured company offering complete landscaping, lawn maintenance, and construction with a knowledgeable and experienced staff. They will transform your lawn with professional services and great products. 973-261-0198 | www.kmackenlandscaping.com

Specializing in lash extensions that are semipermanent, synthetic extensions bonded on one by one to the natural lash by a certified expert technician using tweezers and a specially developed adhesive. 416 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair | 973-783-5274 www.lurelash.com

Silver: Martin O’Boyle Landscaping – Bloomfield Bronze: Creative Concepts Landscaping – West Caldwell

Goldberg Law Group specializes in elder law, estate planning and Medicaid planning. With a highly specialized team, they provide the most effective, client-centric elder planning strategies, and treat clients with the utmost care. 100 Passaic Ave, Suite 103, Fairfield 973-228-1795 www.goldbergplanning.com

Silver: Glitz Lash and Brow Studio – Montclair Bronze: The Powder Room Beauty Studio – Upper Montclair


BEST CHILDREN’S INSTRUCTION (2014-2017) BEST ADULT ENRICHMENT CLASSES (2015-2017) Over 40 Classes in Acting, Musical Theater, Improv and TV & Film for Adults, Teens, Tweens and Kids The exceptional depth of our multi-level programming along with our outstanding staff of professional teaching artists provide the most comprehensive performing/theater arts education program in New Jersey!

FREE SAMPLE CLASSES and OPEN HOUSE Saturday, Jan. 13, 10am-12:30pm & Sunday, Jan. 14, 11:30am-2:00pm Meet the instructors! Visit our acting studios and theater! Find out for yourself what the excitement is all about!

New Jersey’s Premier Acting School Celebrating Our 14th Year!

Silver: Conti-Bediner & DeMarco, LLC – Livingston Bronze: Mandelbaum Salsburg – Roseland

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BEST LIVE MUSIC Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant A jazz club and restaurant that showcases the best in jazz, world music, blues, and even rock and classical. They feature live performances from talented musicians. 6 Depot Square, Montclair 973-744-2600 www.trumpetsjazz.com Silver: SuzyQue’s BBQ & Bar – West Orange Bronze: Just Jake’s – Montclair

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Elements Massage Melt stress away with a massage from Elements Massage. Offering members professional massages at a fraction of the price of traditional day spas, flexible scheduling and friendly, experienced masseuses, they makes monthly massage a guilt-free treat. 496 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair | 973-509-1119 www.elementsmassage.com/ montclair Silver: Shulman Wellness Center – Livingston Bronze: The Healing Touch – Montclair

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Gold Winner for Best Auto Repair/Body Shop Two Years in a Row!

We Repair Domestic, European, Asian & Hybrid Cars Warranty Repairs & Maintenance Complete Engine Repair • All Makes & Models • Tune Ups Brake Service • Oil Change • Tires • Shocks & Struts Exhaust Systems • Transmission Service • Heat & A/C Service NJ State Inspection Center & Repair Facility

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BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT Fat Fish Taco Fresh ingredients, authentic recipes and all-around delicious food draw in the patrons at Fat Fish Taco. The “coastal-inspired” Mexican restaurant serves up a variety of tacos, burritos, salads, nachos— and don’t forget the guacamole! 291 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-228-6825 www.fatfishtaco.com Silver: Villalobos – Montclair Bronze: Toro Loco Mexican Restaurant – South Orange

BEST NEW RESTAURANT The Hills Tavern Serving American fare for lunch and dinner, and weekend brunch (with bottomless mimosa and Bloody Mary options), The Hills Tavern’s menus are lined with a diverse selection of dishes comprised of fresh, local ingredients. 40 Main Street, Millburn 973-376-4444 www.thehillstavern.com

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BEST OPTICIAN Block & Zuckerman

You Provide the Talent — We Supply the Tools! Essex Green Shopping Plaza 495 Prospect Avenue, West Orange • 973-669-0995 Visit our website for more information and online sales:

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Silver: Empanada Lady – Verona Bronze: Zaferon Grill – Verona

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Serving the community for over 65 years, they strive for excellence in all they do– from edging the highest in lens technology to selecting the finest frames for each individual’s face. 796 Northfield Ave, West Orange 973-736-7647 www.bzopticians.com Silver: Susan Valenza Opticians – Nutley Bronze: Verona Optician – Verona


Sacks Orthodontics Offering the latest in orthodontic treatment options with Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, and Invisible lingual braces for patients concerned about the appearance of braces as well as traditional clear and metal braces. 124 E Mt. Pleasant Ave, Livingston 973-251-2265 www.sacksortho.com Silver: Montclair Orthodontics – Upper Montclair Bronze: Papasikos Orthodontics – Montclair



Active Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, LLC

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Every physician at Active Orthopedics and Sports Medicine is board-certified and fellowship trained, and are recognized as being the top in their field, ensuring patients’ successful treatments and improved well-being. 1 Bay Ave, Montclair | 973-680-7831 www.activeorthopedic.com Silver: North Jersey Orthopaedic Group – Millburn Bronze: Dr. Michael H. Rieber – Livingston


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This Caldwell staple serves up an array of tantalizing, authentic Thai dishes in warm, friendly environment, with tons of yummy options for everyone. 391 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-618-9975 www.bangkokkitchencaldwell.com Silver: Spice Thai Cuisine – Bloomfield Bronze: Empanada Lady – Verona (continued on page 58)

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As professional interior/exterior painting contractors for residential and commercial properties, they pride themselves on their attention to detail and in delivering a quality paint job. 100 Midland Ave, Montclair | 973-835-7775 www.gikaspainting.com

Silver: Highlawn Pavilion – West Orange Bronze: THAVMA Mediterranean Grill – Livingston

Silver: Wilber’s Painting – Maplewood Bronze: Nazarian Painting & Home Remodeling – Bloomfield

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Dial Environmental They have been protecting homes and people’s health from the threat of pests since 1985 in an environmentally friendly and safe way by using eco-friendly pest management programs. 119 Harrison Ave, Roseland | 973-228-2500 www.dialenvironmental.com Silver: Advantage Termite & Pest Control – West Orange Bronze: Jay’s Exterminating Service – Livingston

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K-9 Resorts Daycare & Luxury Resort Providing resort-style dog vacations and doggie daycare, by combining homelike amenities with recreational activities. Your pup is in good hands with their caring, professionally trained staff at their stateof-the-art facility. 1275 Bloomfield Ave, Fairfield | 973-244-7387 www.k9resorts.com Silver: Pups@Play – Livingston Bronze: Rover Ranch and Spa – Fairfield


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What About the Pets? Whether you are going on vacation or have a last minute business trip, you will have peace of mind knowing that your pet will be cared for in their environment with a bonded and insured sitter. Roseland | 973-803-3580 www.whataboutthepets.com Silver: Dogs Unleashed K9 Training Bronze: Montclair Pet Girl – Montclair

Our Mission is to provide each of our members with cutting edge training through personal and group fitness classes in a safe and pristine work out environment.

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BEST PET SUPPLIES Brookdale Pet Center Specializing in natural and holistic products, they focus on providing every animal with the highest quality of life by closely mimicking the native habitats and instincts of each individual pet. 1054 Broad Street, Bloomfield | 973-893-0990 www.brookdalepetcenter.com Silver: Montclair Feed & Pet Supply – Upper Montclair Bronze: Choice Pet of Livingston – Livingston


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JAG Physical Therapy Their ultimate goal is to restore mobility, reduce pain, prevent disability, and improve the overall health and fitness of patients through physical therapy. They will help you get back the life you love! 622 Eagle Rock Ave, West Orange 973-669-0078 www.jagpt.com Silver: Mecca Integrated Medical Center – Fairfield Bronze: Iron Physical Therapy – Caldwell

MadKat Pilates

Star Tavern

Their certified teachers offer instruction in the Original Pilates Method, specializing in customized workouts for all bodies, all ages, and all levels of fitness, using top of the line equipment. 855 Bloomfield Ave, Glen Ridge 973-707-7695 www.madkatpilates.com

Their delicious, thin crust pizza has long been a traditional family favorite. Served hot in a casual yet lively atmosphere, it’s the perfect treat for lunch or dinner. 400 High St, Orange | 973-675-3336 www.startavern.net

Silver: The Pilates Link – Montclair Bronze: Boone Studio – Montclair



Silver: Aquila Pizza Al Forno – Little Falls Bronze: Calandra’s Italian Market & Deli – Caldwell


Metric Plumbing & Heating The family-owned Metric Plumbing & Heating has served residential and commercial properties in New Jersey for over 40 years. Their skilled plumbers will get the job done in an efficient manner. 320 Grove Ave, Cedar Grove | 973-857-1535 www.metricplumbing.com Silver: McCormick Plumbing & Heating – Montclair Bronze: O’Neill Plumbing & Heating – Cedar Grove


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Lacordaire Academy

Foot Health Center is a field-leading institute dedicated for injury prevention, education and treatment for adult and pediatric foot and ankle care. Dr. Michael Verdi, founder, and his team will ensure you’re back on your feet in no time. 1500 Pleasant Valley Way, Suite 204, West Orange | 973-731-1266 www.foothealthcenter1.com

Providing a rigorous and disciplined K-12 curriculum in a respectful and inclusive environment of spiritual, academic, athletic, and aesthetic development in the Dominican Catholic tradition. 155 Lorraine Ave, Upper Montclair 973-744-1156 www.lacordaireacademy.com

Silver: Dr. Simon Becker – West Orange Bronze: Dr. Marc Bruckner, Podiatric House Calls – Livingston

Silver: Saint Catherine of Siena School – Cedar Grove Bronze: Trinity Academy – Caldwell

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BEST PUB Cloverleaf Tavern Enjoy the game in good company at Cloverleaf Tavern. An order of wings, one of their famous burgers, fish tacos and a selection from their extensive beer list can enhance the experience. 395 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell 973-226-9812 www.cloverleaftavern.com Silver: Egan & Sons – Montclair Bronze: SuzyQue’s BBQ & Bar – West Orange

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BEST REALTOR Century 21 Cedarcrest Realty, Inc. Their award-winning real estate professionals are committed to making sure that buying or selling a home is a stress-free and happy experience. 460 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-228-1050 www.century21cedarcrest.com

House Calls Available for Home Bound Patients

Silver: Elite Realtors of New Jersey – Livingston Bronze: Keller Williams Suburban Realty – Livingston

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Divina Ristorante Experience the best tasting, highest quality Italian foods in a stylish and warm atmosphere. Top off a wonderful meal by bringing your own favorite wine or liquors. 461 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell 973-228-5228 www.divinaristorante.com Silver: Fascino – Montclair Bronze: Frank Anthony’s – Verona

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LuNello Chef Lou welcomes you to his Classic Italian restaurant. The menu showcases the freshest ingredients, like fish flown in from the Mediterranean. Their special seasonal dinners and extensive wine list make dining at LuNello a special occasion. 182 Stevens Ave, Cedar Grove | 973-837-1660 www.lunello.com Silver: Highlawn Pavilion – West Orange Bronze: Ariane Kitchen & Bar – Verona


Bay Roofing & Construction The Manor The inviting dining room features an oak bar, gorgeous floral arrangements, a masterful pianist and plenty of space between tables, allowing for an intimate evening. 111 Prospect Ave, West Orange | 973-731-2360 www.themanorrestaurant.com Silver: Fascino – Montclair Bronze: Highlawn Pavilion – West Orange



With more than 30 employees and eight trucks on the road, Bay Roofing is ready to respond to your needs– from repairs to full roof replacements. They are designated Master Elite Craftsmen who specialize in slate, copper and historic home roof renovations. 323 Passaic Ave, Fairfield | 973-882-8435 www.bayroofing.com Silver: Carolan Contractors – Verona Bronze: American Roofing & Siding – Belleville


Halcyon Brasserie Wild caught, fresh seafood line the menu of Halcyon, a modern, upscale Montclair restaurant with a raw bar, chef prepared entrees and brasserie plates, as well as a lounge space with cocktails and live music. 114 Walnut St, Montclair | 973-744-4450 www.halcyonbrasserie.com Silver: Jack’s Seafood Shack – Montclair Bronze: Costanera Restaurant – Montclair


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Woodhouse Day Spa

Offering fashionable, comfortable shoes for all “walks” of life. The store’s concept, “where fashion and comfort meet,” is seen in their variety of shoes, boots, and sandals, all with a range of prices. 620 Valley Road, Upper Montclair 973-783-9243 www.piazzadellasole.com

Their dedicated spa teams enhance wellbeing and enliven one’s spirit in a tranquil, transformational environment. They offer massage therapy, skin care, facials, body wraps, and other relaxing services. 56 South Park Street, Montclair 973-509-8488 montclair.woodhousespas.com

Silver: Fleet Feet – Montclair Bronze: Jay’s Shoe Box – Livingston

Silver: A Touch of Wellbeing – Caldwell Bronze: Bangz Salon & Wellness Spa – Montclair

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BEST ACCOUNTANT Daughters of Israel Offering modern and comprehensive services including long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation, memory care, hospice/palliative care, and respite stays at their multi-faceted, state-of-the-art, skilled nursing facility. 1155 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange | 973-731-5100 www.daughtersofisrael.org Silver: Green Hill – West Orange Bronze: Canterbury at Cedar Grove – Cedar Grove

Resolution, not litigation, is the goal. Over 30 years experience. Specializing in marital dissolution. Providing quality work at affordable prices.

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MONTHLY RATE FOR YOUR FIRST YEAR 15% OFF THE Sign Up with Someone and Get a FREE MONTH EACH! *New clients only. Must present this ad. Offer expires 01/15/18. Fairfield location only.

Radiance Medical Spa at the LoVerme Center They offer a soothing environment for a healthy mind/body/soul connection. Professional personnel provide treatments with vital, results-oriented products and the healing hands of well-trained, highly educated therapists. 825 Bloomfield Ave, Fells Plaza, Suite 205, Verona | 973-559-5232 www.lovermecenter.com Silver: The Spa at Mecca – Fairfield Bronze: Spiro Plastic Surgery/Regeneration, The Medical Spa – West Orange (continued on page 63)

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Bloomfield Wax & Skin Care Center Behind the doors of Bloomfield Wax & Skin are experienced, knowledgeable estheticians providing clients with a luxurious spa experience, offering skin care, waxing, body wraps, and other skincare and wellness treatments. 612 Bloomfield Ave, Bloomfield | 973-259-1012 www.bloomfieldwaxandskincare.com Silver: ARC Beauty Salon – Montclair Bronze: Lure Lash – Montclair




Brazen Athletics

Custom Designed

Brazen Athletics offers CrossFit programs for everyone, from elite athletes to first-time crossfitters. Focusing on each individual’s need, Brazen Athletics offers a variety of classes and programs to promote progress for everyone. 1275 Bloomfield Ave, Building 9 Unit 82, Fairfield | 201-414-6262 www.brazenathletics.com

They have been turning home renovation ideas into reality for over 30 years. They design, build, and install custom closets, home offices, wall units, bathroom vanities, and custom cabinetry. Montclair | 973-783-5788 www.customdesignednj.com

Silver: Limitless Performance Therapy – Cedar Grove Bronze: Corefire Studios – Upper Montclair


Silver: Showcase Kitchen & Bath – Bloomfield Bronze: Keil Design and Construction – Montclair


SAMM Sound They are an expert at providing custom audio visual design, installation, and integration for commercial and residential projects, including homes, businesses, and automobiles. Family owned and operated, they are committed to providing high-quality work. 1103 Bloomfield Ave, West Caldwell 973-575-8910 www.sammsound.com Silver: Custom Designed – Montclair Bronze: Montclair Handyman – Montclair


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City Workshop Men’s Supply Co.

Rare, The Steak House

City Workshop Men’s Supply Co. is a men’s casual lifestyle shop that offers high-quality and unique products. Based in West Orange, City Workshop has an industrial workshop feel in homage to the town’s historic figure, Thomas A. Edison. 271 Main Street, West Orange | 973-736-1635 www.cityworkshopmsc.com

Select cuts of prime beef, cooked to your specifications, are presented with your choice of exceptional side dishes. With a generously sized bar, it’s a place to unwind and enjoy yourself. 440 Main Street, Little Falls | 973-256-6699 www.rarestk.com

Silver: Northfield Pharmacy – Livingston Bronze: The Game Room Store – Fairfield

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Silver: MEAL – Nutley Bronze: Franklin Steakhouse – Fairfield



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City Workshop Men’s Supply Co. is a men’s casual lifestyle shop that offers high-quality products. Their unique storefront will catch your eye and invite you in for an exceptional shopping experience. 271 Main Street, West Orange | 973-736-1635 www.cityworkshopmsc.com

Sushi fans, hurry over to Aozora in Montclair for a fresh, delicious meal. Aozora offers a robust menu of sushi and European cuisine in a warm, elegant environment. 407 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair | 973-233-9400 www.aozoramontclair.com

Silver: Olive That and More – Upper Montclair Bronze: A Touch of Wellbeing – Caldwell

Silver: Ocha – Caldwell Bronze: Dai-Kichi – Montclair

• Boilers • Furnaces • Water heaters • Energy saving controllers

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At Active, we want to get you back on the move. That's why our board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians work closely together sharing their knowledge, training, and experience to help you feel better. This team approach, combined with state-of-the-art medical technologies, ensures that each and every patient receives the full benefit of our resources and expertise.

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Java Love Coffee Roasting Co. Joseph’s Limousine Service They are committed to providing the best service possible with highly experienced and friendly chauffeurs, and top of the line vehicles. The reliable company is there to take you to the airport, parties, weddings, and more. 397 West Mt Pleasant Ave, Livingston | 973-535-6420 www.joeslimo.com Silver: Black & White Taxi Co. – Bloomfield Bronze: New Jersey LimoBus & Limousine – Fairfield


The women-owned Java Love Coffee Roasting Co. is a community center for coffee and tea lovers. The friendly, inviting and environmentally-conscious atmosphere is complemented by sustainably-sourced coffee and welcoming baristas. On weekends and evenings, they host music and game nights, as well as special events. 244 Bellevue Ave, Montclair | 973-744-2122 49 Church Street, Montclair | 973-733-2323 www.javaloveroasters.com Silver: Local Coffee Montclair – Montclair Bronze: Jola Coffee – North Caldwell


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Verona Animal Hospital

Offering a wide assortment of new and old single issue comics, trade paperbacks, graphic novels, action figures, toys, cards, collectibles, statues/ busts, t-shirts, buttons, posters, stickers and more. 7 South Fullerton Ave, Montclair | 862-333-4961 www.eastsidemags.com

Their expert team provides a wide variety of veterinary services that include wellness care, routine, and advanced services. They treat each and every pet as if they were their own. 17 Grove Ave, Verona 973-239-1881 www.vahmah.com Silver: Well Pet Animal Hospital – Cedar Grove Bronze: West Caldwell Animal Hospital – West Caldwell

Silver: Jerry’s Artist Outlet – West Orange Bronze: The Game Room Store – Fairfield



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Voted BEST PEDIATRIC DENTIST in Essex County BEST WINE & SPIRITS Jersey Spirits Distilling Co. Welcome to one of NJ’s true craft distilleries, Jersey Spirits, where a variety of spirits are handcrafted in small batches to perfection. Jersey Spirits invites visitors to sit at the bar and enjoy a cocktail, or participate in tastings, tours and even mixology classes! 1275 Bloomfield Ave, Building 7 Unit 40B, Fairfield 973-227-5333 www.jerseyspirits.com Silver: Amanti Vino – Montclair Bronze: Wine Legend – Livingston

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STITCH The primary goal at STITCH is to make women look and feel gorgeous. Mission accomplished! With unique, hand-selected designer duds at affordable prices, it’s easy to find the perfect outfit or accessories to mix and match. 598 Valley Road, Upper Montclair | 973-746-6950 www.shopstitchnj.com

Hours: Tue-Fri: 12pm-6pm & Fri & Sat 8am-2pm

Doctor on Call 24 Hours for Emergencies!

NJ Acupuncture Wellness Massage & Fertility Center

Silver: Little Black Dress – Montclair Bronze: B. Savvy Consignment & Accessory Boutique – Roseland




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Acupuncture and Pain Management Low back, upper neck & shoulder, knee pain

BEST YOGA JaiPure Yoga They encourage personal transformation done at their client’s own pace, and in their own way– in a sacred and safe space. They welcome all practitioners, all types of yoga, and all levels. 575 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair | 973-744-7873 www.jaipureyoga.com Silver: Zura Montclair – Montclair Bronze: Ignite Yoga – Livingston

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Anxiety and Stress Weight Loss Massage Fertility, Pregnancy, Swedish, Hot Stone, Ayurvedic, Abhyanga NOW ACCEPTING INSURANCE

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eeling good about yourself these days? If so, you’re ahead of the game, since a recent study shows your perception of your own image has a profound effect on how you present yourself to the rest of the world. Those findings could be empowering in light of the fact that even small changes to your self-care routine can significantly boost your self-confidence. The study by researchers at the Stanford Graduate School of Business found those who believe in their own attractiveness view themselves as having higher social status. “The finding that your assessment of yourself shapes your view of yourself and others puts power into your hands,” the authors note.

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Want to give yourself some instant confidence? Consider how these science-based suggestions may help you put your best foot forward when dealing with everything life throws your way.


Get moving. Regardless of your fitness goals (or lack thereof), the fact is you’re likely to feel better physically, emotionally and mentally after you exercise. Research also shows it can improve your self-esteem.


Ramp up your smile. Scientists say our brains are zapped with an instant mood boost when we smile, and that boost is reinforced when others smile back. Further, whiter teeth can have a direct effect on our social and professional interactions, and they’re now easy to achieve through consumer brands like Rembrandt’s 1 Week Whitening Kit that can achieve professional-level results at home within a week. In study results transcending gender, age, income, education, employment and marital status, 58 percent of participants were more likely to be hired after whitening their teeth, while 53 percent received higher salary offers. Sixty-one percent were deemed more confident, and 54 percent generated more interest from others in terms of further interactions or dating.



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Let your body language communicate self-respect. Keeping your shoulders pulled back and your body straight and tall communicates confidence to your brain, one study confirms. Other research found the most empowering stance is one in which your arms are held slightly away from your torso, your body is open and your head is up. Optimize color in your clothing. The right shade may light up your entire face and have a surprising impact on your mood. “Choosing the color of your office, your clothes or your desktop should not be taken lightly colors do affect our moods and productivity,” states a recent article on Scienceofpeople.com. “When given the choice, picking a color that will work with you and not against you can only help.” Wear scent strategically. Because our brains link certain smells to positive experiences, research suggests we may be able to ramp up our confidence with scents that remind us of happy times. That’s why aromatherapy can help alleviate anxiety, depression and sleeplessness, and improve quality of life for those with chronic health issues, confirms Mayo Clinic.

Bottom line: When you’re taking care of yourself and projecting your best self, you’re far more likely to project the confidence you need to deal effectively with life. “Confidence can make or break a lot of things,” advises Lecia Bushak on Medicaldaily.com. “In our extrovert-centric society, confidence can get you a job, a girlfriend, and the courage to say no to people or situations that are toxic to you. Confidence is knowing yourself and taking care of yourself, too.” — (BPT)

WHY WE OPENED KOKO FITCLUB. Navigating fitness can feel hopeless. Too many of us have joined traditional gyms only to quit due to poor results and zero support. That’s why we are thrilled to bring Koko FitClub to West Caldwell. We wanted a better way for busy men and women in our community to get fit, look great and live the healthy, happier lives we all deserve, without spending hours a day in the gym. Koko’s patented Koko Smartraining System™ delivers an individualized coaching experience during every strength, cardio and functional training workout. Whether clients choose to work out independently with the guidance of Koko’s digital coaching technology, or work 1:1 with a caring, Koko-certified FitCoach, clients enjoy coaching every step of the way for ultimate results.


Come see what makes Koko FitClub different. Enjoy 1 week of individualized coaching for free. No risk. No obligation. No gym scene. Just life-changing results!

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hen temperatures plummet, a seasonal wardrobe change helps protect most of your body from the elements. A skin-care regimen can help ensure your delicate face and hands fare well even as blustery winds blow.


Healthy hydration. Proper hydration affects numerous body functions, such as ensuring your muscles and joints are well lubricated and helping your body to regulate its temperature. Water is the solution most experts recommend, but non-sugary options like tea can also help.


Food factors. During the winter it’s especially important to be sure you’re consuming enough healthy fats and omega-3s to promote moisture from the inside out. Good sources include eggs, nuts, avocados and lean proteins like fish, turkey, chicken and beef.


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Clothing concerns. Be sure to cover up adequately when outdoors to prevent the chapping and irritation that can come from sustained exposure. Also be wary of precipitation; be sure your outer layers repel water and that you’re able to change into dry clothing promptly if you do get wet.

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Ample exercise. Getting your heart rate up helps get your blood circulating, which is not only good for burning calories and beefing up your muscles, it also promotes healthy skin. Sweating helps push impurities out of your pores, and the increased circulation helps distribute nutrients throughout your body, including the skin.


Avoid irritants. Take care to avoid potential problems by sticking to softly textured fabrics that won’t get itchy, take it easy on the exfoliating and be mindful of skin care products, soaps and detergents that may be particularly drying to already parched skin. Also skip the temptation to warm up in a hot shower, which can dry your skin even further.


Manage moisture. Oil-free options let you add moisture without over-stimulating oil glands, while natural oils such as coconut or jojoba are ideal for dryer skin. Apply lotion after every shower to trap in moisture and as needed throughout the day to prevent chapping and cracking, and give special attention to areas that are prone to damage, such as your lips and hands.

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he Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A-F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. Clara Maas Medical Center was one of 832 hospitals in the country and 30 hospitals in New Jersey awarded an “A” for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.

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“This is our 9th national recognition for patient and quality, and our score reflects the commitment of the hospital’s outstanding physicians, employees and volunteers working together to continually provide for our patients an environment of clinical excellence and safety” said Mary Ellen Clyne, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Clara Maass Medical Center.

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“It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management and staff of Clara Maass Medical Center for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.” Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. To see Clara Maass Medical Center’s full grade, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org For a physician referral or more information about Clara Maass, call 1-888-724-7123 or visit www.rwjbh.org/claramaass.



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Counselor. Sue Waldman, LPC, is a licensed Psychotherapist, Marriage Counselor and Board Certified Personal and Executive Life Coach in private practice for over 23 years with specialty certifications in career, health, wellness, energy leadership, long distance counseling, clinical supervision, grief recovery, advanced Karuna Relaxation Reiki® and group counseling and published author. Sue’s passion is guiding people to deeply love who they are and the life they are living.

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Acupuncture is a complementary medicine that helps a myriad of ailments. Margaret Amireh, L.Ac is an accredited and board certified Acupuncturist with experience treating over 250 conditions. Insurance accepted.

Day Spa. Providing stress-free services with the highest levels of customer satisfaction. Shop tor treasures and elegant gifts. Visit the spa to rejuvenate you during stressful times. We are all about wellbeing.

Balanced Body Acupuncture 792 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove | 973-304-1506 www.balancedbodyacupuncture.com

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Goldfish Swim School Livingston provides swim instruction to children ages 4 months to 12 years-old in a state-of-the-art swimming facility designed to enhance learning, fun and safety with highly trained instructors, small class sizes (max 4:1 student to teacher ratio), and a shiver-free 90-degree pool. Also offers weekly family swims (for both members and non-members) and party packages. Call or visit the website to pre-register for lessons.

A full service spa offering a variety of massages, manicures, facials, detoxification treatments and other services meant to make their clients feel relaxed, rejuvenated and pampered. The tranquil and serene atmosphere aids in client’s relaxation.

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Suburban Essex Health, Wellness & Beauty RESOURCE DIRECTORY Dentist. Their mission is to provide the people of this community the best dental services possible with genuine enthusiasm, warmth and commitment to quality. It is their goal to maintain a caring environment that is respectful of all people. All staff members are united in the effort to deliver excellent dental service and to make each patient as comfortable as possible. They are always accepting new patients!

Bagoff Dental Arts 405 Northfield Avenue, Suite 202, West Orange | 973-325-9000 www.BagoffDentalArts.com

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

D&G Dental 16 Park Avenue, Caldwell | 973-226-0260 667 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange | 973-419-5256 www.dgdental.com

Dr. Joseph M. DalBon and his team provide high tech, laser, cosmetic and family dentistry in a relaxed, state-of-the-art atmosphere. Their dental practice stands above traditional dental practices by providing the most advanced dental procedures in a comfortable, family friendly office.

New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry Dr. Joseph DalBon 1019 Bloomfield Ave, Suites 1A & 1B, West Caldwell | 973-244-2424 www.DrDalBon.com

From digital xrays, to CAD/CAM one day crowns, to laser dentistry, to 3D guided surgery for implants, there is almost nothing that Dr. Feldman doesn’t offer to make your dental treatment as comfortable, successful and cosmetic as possible.

Dr. Paul Feldman 1500 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange 973-669-0500 | www.suburbanessexdental.com

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

Dr. Stacy Oberfield, DDS 45 Smull Ave, Caldwell 973-521-7610 www.stacyeoberfielddds.com

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The comfortable office environment allows you to relax as they take care of all your dental needs. Whether you need a cleaning, restorative treatment, or want to enhance your smile with cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Greg Scheier and his staff are here to take care of you!



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The Silverstrom Group is far from your ordinary dental practice. From the moment you set foot in their contemporary spa-like office, a group of friendly, highly trained professionals who truly care about you and your smile will be at your service. They welcome you to take a moment to meet their spectacular team.

The Silverstrom Group 580 S. Livingston Avenue, Livingston | 973-992-3990 www.ReadyToSmile.com

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

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

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Orthopedic. The practice includes highly trained orthopedic doctors and surgeons specializing in spine, hip, knee, neck & shoulders, shoulder & elbow, foot & ankle, and hand & wrist as well as sports medicine, orthopedic trauma, joint replacement, and physical therapy.

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SlowBurn’s certified personal trainers specialize in a low-force, slow-motion strength training method so potent that you will improve your strength, flexibility and endurance without traditional aerobics or stretching. They guarantee it.

SlowBurn Personal Training Studios 25 Watchung Plaza, Montclair | 973-233-1013 www.SlowBurnPersonalTraining.com


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Suburban Essex Health, Wellness & Beauty RESOURCE DIRECTORY Physical Therapy.


JAG Physical Therapy is a comprehensive outpatient physical therapy company which provides physical therapy care for general orthopedic, sports and soft tissue injuries, Workers’ Compensation cases, and Medicare patients. Their experienced, caring physical therapists, athletic trainers and exercise physiologists are invested in your full recovery.

JAG Physical Therapy 17 convenient locations throughout New Jersey and New York West Orange: 973-669-0078 | www.JAGPT.com

From services stemming from treatment for heel pain with the innovative EPAT “Shockwave” therapy, Laser treatment for fungal nails, Diabetic & Wound care, Sports Medicine, Foot Surgery, Orthotics, Children’s Feet, Digital X-rays on site and more, Foot Health Center, L.L.C. is equipped to handle all you and your families podiatric needs. With Board Certified Podiatrists on staff, Foot Health Center, LLC is here to help identify the source of your pain and recommend the best treatment for the best possible outcome.

Foot Health Center, LLC 1500 Pleasant Valley Way, Suite 204, West Orange | 973-731-1266 www.foothealthcenter1.com

Plastic Surgeon. Dr. Barry DiBernardo, Dr. Harry Haramis, and Dr. Maria Del Vecchio at New Jersey Plastic Surgery provide quality care with the best possible results. They specialize in anti-aging treatments. The center has been the premier plastic surgery practice in the greater Essex County area for the past 20 years.

New Jersey Plastic Surgery 29 Park Street, Montclair www.newjerseyplasticsurgery.com

Senior Care. The premier retirement community in the New York metropolitan area. Green Hill has provided seniors and their families with compassionate, person centered care for nearly 150 years. Green Hill offers a lifestyle for every need, whether you are independent and on the go, or need a little help with daily living, in studio, one and two bedroom apartments, or require nursing or rehabilitative care in private suites with baths.

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At the Plastic Surgery Group, the talented board-certified plastic surgeons—Dr. Allen D. Rosen and Dr. Valerie J. Ablaza—offer breast enhancement, body contouring and facial rejuvenation plastic surgery to help their patients look and feel their best.

103 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange | 866-533-1920 www.green-hill.com

The Plastic Surgery Group 37 N Fullerton Ave, Montclair | 973-233-1933 www.plasticsurgerygroupnewjersey.com

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Clara Maass Medical Center and Saint Barnabas Medical Center Among the Best in the US Nationally recognized for patient safety and quality.

Clara Maass Medical Center and Saint Barnabas Medical Center both earned A’s for patient safety and quality from The Leapfrog Group for Fall 2017. Saint Barnabas Medical Center received a 12th consecutive A, placing them among only 59 hospitals in the nation to achieve this distinction, and for Clara Maass Medical Center, it marks the 9th time they have earned this national distinction.


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Elegant ideas for a meal worth celebrating


elighting guests in unexpected ways is the hallmark of exceptional entertaining. With a little creative flair, you can elevate your menu to impress guests with every course.

A savory appetizer is set off beautifully by fresh, sweet grapes in this Grape and Goat Cheese Crostini. Festive, bright and refreshing, grapes are a versatile ingredient that take dishes to the next level, making them ideal for special occasions. Not only are grapes a smart choice to keep on hand for healthy snacking and everyday eating, the vibrant colors and flavors

bring extra life to a basic protein. For a unique twist on a main dish, try dressing up chicken with an elegant addition like fresh grapes. The secret to a winning dessert is presentation, and the vibrant colors of red, green or black grapes lend just the right look to these tasty Mini Pavlovas with Lemon Cream and Grapes. What’s more, the juicy sweetness offsets the tartness of the lemon for an explosion of flavor perfection. Plan your next special occasion with the host of recipes at GrapesfromCalifornia.com. - Family Features

Grape & Goatcheese Crostini Serves: 8 2 cups quartered green, black or red California grapes (or a mixture) 2 teaspoons lemon juice 2 teaspoons honey 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 16 baguette slices, thinly cut on diagonal 8 ounces fresh goat cheese

In medium bowl, combine grapes, lemon juice, honey, thyme, salt, pepper and olive oil. Spread each baguette with goat cheese and top with grape mixture. Nutritional information per serving: 200 calories; 9 g protein; 23 g carbohydrates; 8 g fat (36 percent calories from fat); 4.5 g saturated fat (20 percent calories from saturated fat); 15 mg cholesterol; 340 mg sodium; 1 g fiber.

Mini Pavlovas with Lemon Cream and Grapes Serves: 6 4 large egg whites pinch of salt 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1 teaspoon vanilla 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream 1/3 cup lemon curd 1 1/2 cups halved California grapes chopped smoked or tamari almonds (optional) Heat oven to 350 F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. With electric mixer on medium speed, in large bowl, beat egg whites and salt until firm peaks form. On low speed, add sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until meringue forms stiff peaks. Whisk in cornstarch and vanilla.


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Divide meringue into six 4-inch circles on baking sheet. With large spoon, make indentations in middle of each. Place baking sheet in oven and lower temperature to 300 F. Bake 30 minutes then turn off oven and leave baking sheet inside another 30 minutes. To serve, whip cream to soft peaks and stir in lemon curd. Dollop onto meringues and top with grapes. Garnish with almonds, if desired. Nutritional information per serving: 350 calories; 4 g protein; 58 g carbohydrates; 12 g fat (31 percent calories from fat); 8 g saturated fat (20 percent calories from saturated fat); 55 mg cholesterol; 90 mg sodium

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The Best of Essex


FOOD & DINING RESOURCE Find more online at: BestofEssex.com Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt Cloverleaf Tavern 395 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell | 973-226-9812 www.cloverleaftavern.com American cuisine in a family dining atmosphere. Offering 24 beers on draft and over 75 bottled beers. OD, RR (for 8 or more), MCC, $MOD, LP, SP, H, TO

Divina Ristorante 461 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell | 973-228-5228 www.divinaristorante.com Offering only the best tasting and highest quality Italian food. With it’s stylish and warm atmosphere, you will feel cozy and comfortable. BYO, RR, LP, MCC, $Mod-$Exp, TO

Gelotti ice cream has been hand crafting the finest ice creams, gelatos, and Italian ices since 1984. We apply classic techniques, with modern flavors. Locations in Caldwell, Montclair and Totowa.

Gelotti 194 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell | 973-403-9968 571 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair | 973-509-1607 www.gelottiessex.com

Mark & Julie’s Homemade Ice Cream takes pride in making all their ice cream and yogurts on the premises using the best quality gourmet ingredients available. Over 52 flavors of delicious homemade ice cream; low-fat and fat-free yogurt; no sugar added ice cream; non-dairy Tofutti; Italian ices and sorbets, sundaes; banana splits; milkshakes and more. Ice cream cakes for all occasions (for pick up or delivery).

Mark & Julie’s Homemade Ice Cream 476 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange | 973-731-6011

Il Vecchio Cafe and Restaurant


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

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

Aquila Pizza Al Forno 7a Paterson Ave, Little Falls | 973-256-0050 www.aquilaforno.com

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The Hills Tavern pays homage to the scenic landscape that surrounds downtown Millburn and the beautiful neighborhoods that many of our guests call home. They feature the best in American Tavern fare, set in a modern, convivial, and warm atmosphere. The exciting food choices, creative cocktails, varied wine list, and cold craft beers are ready and waiting for your visit. It’s time for you to head for The Hills!

Hills Tavern 40 Main Street, Millburn | 973-376-4444 www.thehillstavern.com

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It’s all about “La Famiglia!”– classic homestyle Italian cuisine. Open daily for lunch, dinner & takeout. This cozy, causal restaurant puts an upscale spin on Italian food. On & off premise catering available.

BREAKFAST • LUNCH • CATERING 277 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston 973-369-7528 www.ikesbagelcafe.org

La Pastaria 327 Springfield Avenue, Summit | 908-522-9088 www.LaPastaria.com

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Restaurant Guide OCHA Restaurant 403 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell 973-228-8856 www.ochanj.com 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. CEDAR GROVE

Kyoto Sushi III 577B Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove 973-239-8880 | www.cedargrovekyoto.com Providing customers with high quality sushi, sashimi, and good services. The restaurant is a peaceful and pleasant place to dine in.


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182 Stevens Ave, Cedar Grove 973-837-1660 www.LuNello.com 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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East Hanover Diner 275 NJ State Highway 10, East Hanover 973-884-8840 www.EastHanoverDiner.com Soup, salad, pasta, omelets, burgers and more. Whatever the fare, They do it right. Bring the whole family to this delicious, neighborhood restaurant. MCC $MOD LP H TO

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La Famiglia Gourmet (home of The Flying Meatballs) 10 NJ 10, East Hanover | 973-884-8600 In addition to catering, prepared meals, a full service deli, panini, imported foods, products and services, they are proudly serving The Flying Meatballs. OD, NR, LP, MCC, $MOD, TO

407 Bloomfield Avenue Montclair | 973-233-9400

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

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259 W. Mount Pleasant Avenue Livingston | 973-533-9787 landmarklivingston.com Sharing space with Watchung Booksellers | Hours: Tues-Fri 8-7, Sat & Sun 9-4

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Aquila Pizza al Forno 7A Paterson Avenue, Little Falls 973-256-0050 | www. aquilaforno.com The passion at Aquila is to offer authentic Neapolitan pizza, baked in a traditional “forno,” wood oven. All pizza are made with only the finest and freshest ingredients, including house made mozzarella, extra virgin olive, sea salt. Aquila offers weekly pizza specials, and takeout is available on Wed/Thur, between 5-7pm. Municipal parking behind the restaurant. Open Wed-Sat 5-10pm. Reservations required for parties of 5 or more. BYO, LP, SP, MCC, $MOD

Rare, The Steakhouse 440 Main St, Little Falls | 973-256-6699 | www.RareSTK.com Serving award winning steaks cooked to every customer’s liking. Rare also serves an array of seafood, lamb, veal, poultry, fish, and pasta. Relax at the spacious bar before or after dinner. Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4-7 with Tapas bar menu. Two rooms are available for private parties. RR, VP, MCC, $IN-$EXP, MN LIVINGSTON

Boon Thai Kitchen

Prime Steak… Seafood… Pasta

21 E. Northfield Ave, Livingston 973-994-7383 www.boonthaikitchen.com Nestled on the corner of Northfield Avenue behind Infinity Clothing store, this new Thai restaurant is a must try! Perfect for a night out or a night in. Open for lunch and dinner Open everyday except closed Tuesday. BYO, LP, $MOD

Master Pizza 379 E Northfield Road, Livingston 973-992-4500 41 Freeman Street, West Orange 973-669-6777 www.masterpizzaonline.com This establishment has built its customer base on prompt and reliable takeout and delivery service. Featuring gourmet pizzas, salads, soups, calzones, strombolis and more. 2012 & 2013

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275 New Jersey State Highway 10, East Hanover 973-884-8840 www.EastHanoverDiner.com



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The Ritz Diner 72 East Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Livingston | 973-533-1213 Featuring classic American cuisine and a wonderful display of fresh baked goods. LP, MC, $IN-$MOD

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

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Aozora 407 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair | 973-2339400 www.aozoramontclair.com Offering fresh, creative, high-quality of sushi and european cuisine with warm, elegant and relaxed ambiance. BYO, MCC, $MOD-$EXP, TO

Palazzo 11 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair | 973-746-6778

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403 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell 973.228.8856 | www.ochacaldwell.com

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MEAL Steahouse and Bar

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Spice II

A stylish and warm atmosphere with the best tasting and highest quality Italian food.

399 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair 973-509-2110 | www.spiceii.net Spice II Cuisine offers a little bit of Thailand right in the heart of Montclair, New Jersey. The room is charming and relaxed with fresh mango-colored walls splashed with warm red accents. Spice II offers mouth watering Thai dishes and also offer pre-fixe dinner menu’s and lunch specials daily. Open everyday except closed Tuesday. BYO, LP, $MOD

433 Kingsland Street, Nutley 973-542-8522 www.mealnj.com Understanding his guests and the environment in which they enjoy his food, Executive Chef/ Proprietor, Mark Burachinsky specializes in, but is not limited to American Cuisine, steaks, chops, and seafood exhibiting a mastery of time-honored cooking techniques using the best ingredients. RR, MCC, $EXP, SHORT HILLS

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge 440 Parsonage Hill Road, Short Hills | 973467-8882 A full service restaurant, bar & lounge located on the East Orange Golf Course in Short Hills. SOUTH ORANGE

Tiny Elephant

461 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell 973.228.5228 | divinaristorante.com

We Make EVERYTHING from SCRATCH. We do not use any ready-made prepared foods. Let Us Cater Your Next Party

Above Restaurant 1 South Orange Avenue, South Orange | 973-762-2683 www.AboveRestaurantBar.com Located steps from the train station, this is the perfect venue to share dinner or drinks with friends and family. Weekday Happy Hour 3-7pm, Sunday brunch, live entertainment Friday evenings. TOTOWA

Zeugma Mediterranean Grill

Book Your Holiday Party Now! Continental Cuisine • Daily Specials BYOB • Full Gluten-Free Menu

400 Minnisink Road, Totowa

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

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44 S Park Street, Montclair, NJ 07042 (973) 744-0074 | www.zeugmagrill.com Zeugma Mediterranean Grill offers a lunch and dinner menu featuring unique mediterranean dishes, kebabs, hot and cold mezzes, cheese plates, salads, sandwiches, and delectable desserts. They have a select list of wines available from Domenico Winery, and are available for private parties. Reservations and walk-ins welcome. MILLBURN

The Hills Tavern 40 Main Street, Millburn | 973-376-4444 www.thehillstavern.com Featuring the best in American Tavern fare, set in a modern, convivial, and warm atmosphere. The Hills Tavern offers private events for all occasions. RR, SP, MC, $Mod-$Exp

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Robert’s Scratch Kitchen 40 Minnisink Road, Totowa | 973-638-1405 www.robertsscratchkitchen.com Their modern spacious dining room is finely detailed, cozy, and relaxing, with a trendy classic feel. Serving lunch and dinner with daily specials and offering a full Gluten-free menu. All meals are ready-made—the kitchen does not have a freezer. BYO, $MOD, LP, MCC


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TS Ma Chinese Cuisine 199 Bellevue Ave Upper Montclair 973-509-8878 www.TSMAChineseCuisine.com T.S. Ma presents a menu that features topnotch 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. Eight-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



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

GOLD PRIZE Best Full Service Restaurant FINE DINING

SILVER PRIZE Best Italian Restaurant |






Turtle + The Wolf 622 Valley Rd, Upper Montclair 973-783-9800 www.turtleandthewolf.com Serving fresh, locally-sourced American food with a global influence. Menu updated regularly. Call for reservations. BYO, RR, LP, MCC, $EXP WEST ORANGE

Don Juan Bar and Restaurant 55 Kingsley St, West Orange | 973-3259707 www.donjuanwo.com Enjoy delicious Spanish and American specialties in a cozy atmosphere. The fresh drinks will comfort you and make you feel at home. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner or just hang out time? They’ve got you covered. Come over, you’ll like it here!

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Grilled Octopus • Online Ordering Now Available • Weekly Dinner Specials • Catering Available

6230 Town Center Way Livingston, 2nd Floor Winter 2017

973.992.8999 ThavmaGrill.com MySuburbanEssex.com


Fresh Italian Gourmet Prepared Foods

Handcrafted Bakery Items &Breads

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Highlawn Pavilion Now Offering On Site Dining

The Home of The Flying Meatballs

110 Route 10, East Hanover • 973-884-8600 Open Monday through Saturday 9am-6pm, Closed Sundays Visit our website to view our menu

www.LaFamilgiaGourmet.com VERONA’S ORIGINAL #1 BAGEL SHOP Suburban Essex

Rosanne & Frank Oldewurtel

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Eight Time Gold Winner – Thank You!

Home of the Handmade Bagel


We’re So Much More than Bagels! Homy Our emade Whether you’re planning a corporate event or family gathering, let us cater your next holiday. Sandwich platters, bagel trays with all the toppings and 3 or 6 ft. subs available for delivery or pick-up.

Soups & Chili!

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

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

Oak Barrel

652 Bloomfield Ave (Corner of Grove Ave) • Verona 973-857-9408 • www.BagelwichNJ.com VISIT OUR OTHER LOCATION:

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440 Main Street, West Orange | 973-243-0025 www.theoakbarrelpub.com A casual, family restaurant offering American style dishes.

Primavera Restaurant Bar & Lounge 350 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange 973-731-4779 | www.primaverawestorange.com Enjoy a wonderful selection of traditional Italian favorites as well and as an exciting selection of daily specials. The dining room is warm and inviting, complimenting the meal, surely making your overall dining experience truly memorable.

Pepe’s BBQ

Full Service Restaurant & Bar

977 Pleasant Valley Way West Orange | 973-736-1567 www.PepesBBQ.com Authentic Peruvian food! Open 7 days. Eat in or take-out. Delivery available.

On Premise Parties & Catering Live Music 6 Days a Week

20% OFF

Food only. Must present coupon. Cannot be combined with other offers. Not valid on holidays.


34 South Valley Rd., West Orange | 973-736-7899

www.SuzyQues.com Mon-Thur 3pm-midnight, Fri & Sat 11:30-2am, Sun 11am-Midnight


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973-731-6011 www.markandjuliesicecream.com

Home of the Best Coffee Ice Cream!


GOLD WINNER 3 Years in a Row!


With this coupon only. Limit 1 per visit. May not be combined with any other offer. Exp. 1/31/18.

RESTAURANT GUIDE SYMBOLS BYO: Bring your own ENT: Entertainment as noted H: Handicapped accessible OD: Outdoor dining (in season) NR: No reservations accepted RR: Reservation required/suggested LP: Lot parking SP: Street parking

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

Fresh, Healthy & Authentic Suburban Essex

9 Time Best of Essex Winner,


Prices based on average entree price excluding beverages & gratuity. Gold WInner

SuzyQue’s BBQ & Bar

“Thank you fans for all of your support. Happy Holidays!” –from the staff and owners of T.S. Ma Visit our new location in Wyckoff! • Only Fresh Vegetables and Ingredients • Gluten Free Dishes Offered

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



• Cooked with Cholesterol-Free, Trans Fat-Free Canola Oil

199 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair • 973.509.8878 SUNDAY-THURSDAY 11:00AM-9:30PM, FRIDAY-SATURDAY 11:30AM-10:30PM

Order Online at: www.TSMACC.com


Il Capriccio 633 Route 10 E, Whippany 973-884-9175 www.ilcapriccio.com Chefs Antonio and Natale Grande use only the freshest ingredients for their regional Italian cuisine. Farm fresh organic, free-range meats and vegetables are grown on Antonio’s farm and served daily. ENT (piano Mon-Fri), H, MCC, OD, RR, VP


Billy & Madeline’s Red Room Tavern 60 Parsippany Rd, Whippany | 973-739-0031 www.BillysRedRoom.com The menu consists of appetizers, soups, chili, pasta, chicken, steaks, seafood and sandwiches, which are prepared fresh, using top quality ingredients. Many old fashioned comfort foods such as Pasta Fagioli, Meat Loaf and Yankee Pot Roast are old family recipes.

Join us for Happy Hour $1 oysters / $3 beers $4 wines / $5 small plates Tu e s d a y - S u n d a y 4 - 6 : 3 0 p m



Now accepting reservations for

CHRISTMAS EVE & NEW YEAR’S EVE Open New Year’s Day from 1-9pm

11 S. Fullerton Avenue • Montclair 973-746-6778 • WWW.PALAZZONJ.COM

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Best of Essex

RESOURCE DIRECTORY Visit us online at BestofEssex.com

At Lightbridge Academy, children thrive in an environment that encourages a passion for learning, provides nurturing care and prepares them for academic success. As The Solution for Working Parents®, families are supported with extended hours, a biometric finger scanning security system, an eCommunication app and ParentView® internet monitoring, allowing parents to stay connected throughout the day through closed circuit cameras. Join Lightbridge Academy and let the journey begin!

Lightbridge Academy 1104 Bloomfield Avenue, West Caldwell | 973-882-1111 www.lightbridgeacademy.com


Auto Repair/Body Shop. Part Street Auto Service & Repair offers complete engine repair, tune ups, oil changes, brake service, shocks, struts, heat & AC service and more on all makes and models. NJ State Inspection Center & Repair Facility.

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

Park Street Auto

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

18 Park St, Montclair | 973-509-8888 www.parkstreetauto.net

Garden Center.

Children’s Classes. Essex Youth Theater is Montclair’s premiere acting school for kids for over 25 years. Their unique theater program lets every child shine. Custom-written scripts provide every child with an equal role. Class size is small, with lots of individual attention in a fun friendly atmosphere. And every class culminates in a full-scale musical production.

Brookside Garden Center has seasonal plants and shrubs to add beauty to your yard or garden as well as lovely bouquets and arrangements to help you celebrate the meaningful moments of your life. They specialize in weddings, funerals, and arrangements for all occasions.

Essex Youth Theater

551 Broad Street, Bloomfield | 973-748-0655 www.brooksidegcandflorist.com

In Residence at The Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair | 973-746-3303 | www.EssexYouthTheater.com

Brookside Garden Center & Florist

Home Cleaning. A seriously fun STEM learning center and birthday party venue in Montclair, NJ, L3 Academy capitalizes on a child’s natural curiosity about the world to think critically and solve problems. What’s better than learning through play?

L3 Academy

European Touch Cleaners, LLC is a trusted name in residential and commercial cleaning as they consistently deliver value through quality service and premium products that meet or exceed customer expectations. All of this accentuates why they are a leading cleaning company in the Northern New Jersey area.

1 Greenwood Avenue, Suite 101, Montclair 973-783-8333 | www.L3-Academy.com

European Touch Cleaners, LLC 973-736-1935 | www.etouchcleaners.com

Custom Closets. A full service company specializing in custom designed closets. They also offer kitchen & bath renovations, custom cabinetry, entertainment units, office systems & much more. Call them for a complimentary in-home consultation.

Custom Designed

Five Star Cleaning Services

Montclair | 973-783-5788 www.customdesignednj.com

973-748-9309 | www.FiveStarClean.com

Home Décor.

Day Care/PreSchool. Kiddie Academy believes your child’s days should be filled with learning and fun. Those are the key elements of their Life Essentials® educational philosophy. Their programs deliver a developmentally appropriate experience for your child including hands-on activities, parent involvement, school preparation and character education.

A one-of-a-kind store which has the feeling of an old fashioned gift shop with all the trends of today. They are built around the art of giving, where gift giving is simplified. It is important to celebrate life’s events and special occasions which bring family & friends together! With all price points, you are sure to find that something special for all your gift giving needs!

Kiddie Academy

Smith & Company

810 Passaic Avenue, West Caldwell | 973-227-4382 www.kiddieacademy.com


Five Star Cleaning Services is the proud winner of Suburban Essex Magazine’s “The Best of Essex” Cleaning Service for 2011, 2012, and 2013. The entire Five Star Cleaning service staff are professional, energetic and well-trained cleaners. Bonded, insured, experienced. Call for a free quote.

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343 Bloomfield Avenue Caldwell | 973-228-1167 www.facebook.com/SmithCoGifts | www.instagram.com/smithcogifts

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

Bloomfield Cooling & Heating 127 Paterson Avenue, Little Falls | 973-237-0505 www.BloomfieldCooling.com Start saving today by maintaining or upgrading your HVAC equipment and purchasing your oil, natural gas or electricity through Supreme Energy. Supreme Energy is a certified Generac Generator Dealer and A+ rated by the BBB. Free estimates on all new equipment installations.

Supreme Energy

Lawyer. With over 20 years of cumulative experience, Conti-Bediner & DeMarco, LLC is a boutique law firm providing personalized and focused representation to clients. The firm offers outstanding legal representation in a wide range of practice areas.

Conti-Bediner & DeMarco, LLC 117 West Mount Pleasant Avenue, Livingston 973-992-7900 | www.cbdlawgroup.com

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

Wilber’s Painting & Home Improvements 973-762-6333 | www.WilbersPainting.com

1-800-832-7090 | www.supremeenergyinc.com

Interior Design. Creative Works has been transforming homes for over 20 years. Specializing in interior decoration: from “freshen-ups” to full house transformations. Creative Works is filled with wonderful furniture, lighting, artwork, antiques and a huge variety of unique accessories to complete your interior.

Creative Works 46 East Northfield Road, Livingston | 973-992-8484 www.CreativeWorksNJ.com For nearly 25 years, Richard Bailey Interiors, LLC has provided discriminating clients with custom residential interiors designed to deliver lasting elegance and true livability. Installed in residences throughout the New York tri-state region and beyond, the full-service firm’s one-of-kind designs interpret each client’s unique vision with a sophisticated design aesthetic, attention to detail and exceptional quality.

Richard Bailey Interiors, LLC 973-429-2106 | www.richardbaileyinteriors.com

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

Boyette Kitchen & Baths 214 Montgomery St, Bloomfield | 973-748-1020 www.boyettekitchens.com


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

K-9 Resorts Day Care & Luxury Hotel 1275 Bloomfield Avenue, Fairfield | 973-244-7387 www.k9resorts.com Offering a clean, safe and sociable environment. The climate controlled facility offers daycare, free-style boarding (no cages, no isolation), with 24/7 supervision and the top grooming available.

Pups @ Play 42 Okner Pkwy, Livingston (Just Off Rt. 10 Near Livingston Circle) | 973-740-8500 www.pupsatplay.net

Realtor. Elite Realtors of New Jersey is an independent, family-owned brokerage specializing in residential sales and rentals throughout Essex and neighboring counties. They are the fastest growing brokerage in the region with over 200 agents and specialize in outstanding customer service for both the buyers and sellers while offering maximum internet exposure to the marketplace.

Elite Realtors of New Jersey 160 S. Livingston Ave, Livingston Cell: 973-518-3635 | Office: 973-994-9009 | www.EliteRNJ.com

Specialized Home Services.

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

Montclair Handyman handles painting, plumbing, electric, carpentry, flooring and masonry. The job will be done right, the first time, every time.

K. Macken Landscaping

Montclair Handyman

West Caldwell | 973-261-0198 www.kmackenlandscaping.com

Montclair | 973-746-1002 www.montclairhandyman.com

Martin O’Boyle Landscaping has been installing landscapes and hardscapes for nearly 40 years. O’Boyle and his crew listen to homeowner’s dreams and put together a plan to bring the dream to life. They design a landscape or garden that looks good now and will design a maintenance plan to ensure it looks good for years to come.

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

Martin O’Boyle Landscaping 551 N Broad Street, Bloomfield | 973-743-3820 www.oboylelandscaping.net


Verona Animal Hospital 17 Grove Avenue, Verona 973-239-1881 www.vahmah.com

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Diamond Minds

Embracing Empathy By, Barry Farber

Barry Farber


uring a recent television interview with The Amazing Kreskin he opened my mind to a new way to look at connecting and building important relationships. Listening was one of the topics we were taking about but it went much deeper than that. How can you understand someone by putting yourself in their situation and in their shoes. It not only helps to connect to that person but establish a clear and positive path to move forward together whether it’s a personal or business relationship. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines empathy as:

empathy NOUN | em·pa·thy The action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner

Here are a couple of ideas to remember. 1. The next time you’re having a conversation with someone don’t be afraid of silence. There’s just as much happening when no one is speaking as when they are. 2. Remove the phone from the table during meetings or meals so you don’t have a machine separating you from the connection you’re making with a human. With all the advances in technology the one area we are sacrificing (especially with millennials) is the ability to communicate face to face, one on one. 3. Watch the other persons body language and never forget how important eye contact is. They really are the windows to the soul. Almost 30 years ago before I started my own business one of my good friends and mentors told me to never underestimate the power of looking someone in the eye to understand where they’re coming from and what they’re thinking and feeling. 4. And one of the most effective ways to connect with people can happen when you’re not even around them. Meditate and find somewhere quiet where silence allows you to settle the mind and you will be amazed at how many answers come to you about your relationships and the needs of people in your environment. That’s where many breakthroughs happen.

Barry Farber is a radio and television host with expertise in sales and marketing topics, as well as a marketing consultant for corporations, professional athletes, and entertainers. He’s the creator and marketer of the FoldzFlat® Pens that can be seen at www.makemypen.com. Learn more about this author at www.BarryFarber.com

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“Winter in Essex County offers many special ways for people of all ages to celebrate the season. Come out and join us at the Zoo, at the Castle and at the Environmental Center.” – JOSEPH N. DIVINCENZO, JR.

Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Essex County Executive Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Invite you to enjoy the:

Essex County Holiday Lights Spectacular

Holidays at Essex County Kip’s Castle Open Wednesdays to Sundays December 2 to 30 • Noon-4pm

(Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and December 24)

Visit Kip’s Castle during the holiday season for a self-guided tour of the first floor and experience the holidays circa 1920s. Free Admission.

Essex County Turtle Back Zoo will be transformed into an amazing fantasyland this holiday season! 5pm to 9pm December 1, 2 & 3 and Every Night from December 8, 2017 to January 1, 2018

Holiday Candlelight Tours

December 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28 & 30 • 7pm Celebrate the season with a guided tour of historic Kip’s Castle during the twilight hours. $8 per person, advance registration required. Space is limited.

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Dec. 24 & 25

Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex Essex County Turtle Back Zoo 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange

Historic Holiday House Tour Saturday, Dec. 2 & Sunday, Dec. 3

Decorated for the holiday season, historic homes throughout Essex County will open their doors in unison for one spectacular weekend. For locations and more information, visit www.essexcountynj.org

FREE ADMISSION! For information, please call 973-731-5800 Visitors are asked to help those in need by donating non-perishable food items, new unwrapped toys or gently used winter coats. Sponsored by PSE&G, Covanta Energy, Essex County Parks Foundation and Zoological Society of New Jersey

Sustainable Homes and Habitat Gingerbread Contest at the Environmental Center (Register by Dec. 2; All entries must be delivered by Dec. 4)

Entries on display December 6-15,

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm; Saturday 10am-2pm Create a unique gingerbread house with natural accents and green building design features.

See a complete list of events at: www.essexcountynj.org

Putting Essex County First Advertisement supported with a grant from the Essex County Parks Foundation, a private 501(c)3 organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the Essex County Parks System. Not printed at taxpayers’ expense.

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