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What is Your Go-to Movie for a Cold Winter’s Night?


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Sixteen Candles. I don’t know why, it’s just one of those cute movies! —Dana Mortman, Madison

The Shawshank Redemption. Because it’s an inspiring movie. It helps to appreciate life and the freedom that we have. —John Kozlowski, Berkeley Heights


Home Alone. It is kind of like a winter Christmas movie, and that’s usually the time of year I like to watch it. It makes me laugh, it’s got a little bit of everything. —Chris Brinkofski, Long Hill Township

Any inspirational movie that takes you away from the day’s problems.

X-Men—it has a lot of action! —Ty Phillips, Morristown

Captain Underpants, because it has a lot of funny parts in the movie. —Grace Kozlowski, Basking Ridge

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Science fiction. Since I was a kid, I always had hopes that mankind would be out amongst the stars.


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In the Vicinity

10 Calendar of Events February 2018

14 Summer Camp Section 14 The Magic of Camp 16 2018 Camp & Summer Programs


24 Education Resources & Open Houses 35 Health & Wellness Simple Tips to Reduce Suffering This Flu Season

36 Restaurant Guide


38 Diamond Minds Embracing Empathy

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fter reading the John Steinbeck classic Of Mice and Men this past fall, Millburn Middle School students were inspired to do good. Eighth graders in Mary D’Alessio and Melissa Batista’s English classes wanted to help “those forgotten by society,” like the characters portrayed in the novel. As noted by their teachers, the students began researching the importance of early education, and ultimately decided to hold a weeklong fundraiser benefiting the organization, Preschool Advantage. The Morristown-based organization provides preschool tuition for families that are unable to afford a quality preschool education for their children. Following the fundraiser, the students created a photo board of the preschool students that benefited from the event. The students presented a check for $2,500 to Preschool Advantage Executive Director, Molly Dunn. In addition, 8th Grade student Maddy Bryant wrote an article titled “Students Standing for Students” about the project for the Millburn Middle School student news site, “The Penpoint.”

A Stress-Free Experience at Scheier Dental


oing to the dentist can be a stressful experience for anyone, no matter how old you are. At Scheier Dental, located in Millburn, Dr. Scheier, Dr. Shapiro, and the entire team have made it their priority to foster an environment where patients feel at ease—no matter the procedure. The relaxing and modern office at Scheier Dental is designed to make patients feel comfortable and at home. Their knowledgeable staff treats every patient like family and focuses on each individual’s needs to provide a positive experience with every visit; and helps to make going to the dentist a stress-free experience. Scheier Dental offers a wide range of preventative, diagnostic, restorative, and aesthetic services. Whether a patients needs a cleaning or crown, whitening or Invisalign, they are ready to treat all dental needs without any stress.

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Rainbows Program Gives Hope to Children


ainbows, a children’s peer support group that helps children ages five to twelve years old through painful transitions, is one of the many programs offered at the Linda & Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women (NCJW). “Children often do not have language for their feelings of sadness, loss, or fear,” explains Ruth Cohen, Clinical Consultant for Rainbows. “Recovering from a loss is never easy, especially if you are 10 years old,” explains Melissa Taylor, now 25, who recalls her experience with the program, after her father’s tragic death. Inspired by her experience at Rainbows, Taylor decided she wanted to help others who have suffered a loss. With help of the another NCJW program—The Career Counseling Services, she currently is a support group facilitator at a local school, and works as an assistant support teacher. “The aim of Rainbows is to implant in children a belief in their own goodness and that each change in life is an opportunity for a new beginning,” explains Jill Kapleau, Center for Women Coordinator.

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Of Mice and Men Inspires Millburn Students

The Academy of Our Lady of Peace to Hold Tricky Tray Benefit


he Home School Association of the Academy of Our Lady of Peace is getting ready for this year’s 24th Annual Tricky Tray Fundraiser. Now in its twenty-fourth year, the school’s Tricky Tray has grown a reputation of being the best event in the area, selling out each year with over 450 people in attendance. The Tricky Tray features a number of high quality baskets filled with exciting products and gift cards. Since the Tricky Tray’s proceeds directly benefit the Academy of Our Lady of Peace, every basket donation supports the school. Their gift registry includes a list of donation ideas, from kitchen appliances to handbags; learn more at The event will take place on Friday, March 9 at the Westin Governor Morris in Morristown. Tickets are $65 per person, with each guest receiving $20 of complimentary basket tickets. Buy tickets before February 12 and receive an extra $20 in raffle tickets.

Hope for People with Dementia: Why Comfort Matters

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ree dementia caregiver workshop, “Hope for People with Dementia: Why Comfort Matters” on Thurs., Feb. 15 from 4-6pm. The presenter will be Tena Alonzo, MA, a noted leader in dementia care. Attendees will learn about the Comfort Matters™ approach to memory care, which emphasizes a highly personalized, holistic perspective that puts each individual’s needs and well-being first. Alonzo will share helpful tips and valuable resources for those caring for loved ones with cognitive impairments. There will also be a chance to tour the community’s homelike Memory Care Suite. To reserve a seat at the workshop, contact David Rozen at David Rozen at 973-929-2725 or The Lester Senior Housing Community is located on the Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus.

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Calendar of Events FEBRUARY 2018 Year of the Dog, The Nai Ni Chen Dance Company SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Colorful costumes, twirling ribbons, dancing dragons – they’re all a part of Year of the Dog, a dance and music celebration of the Chinese New Year, courtesy of NJ’s acclaimed Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. 2 & 7pm. NJPAC, Victoria Theater, 25 Lafayette St., Newark. 1-888-466-5722.

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Watercolor Show

This exciting exhibit is NJ’s largest exhibition of African American art and will feature works by 27 outstanding artists from throughout the country. South Carolina native Leroy Campbell will be the featured artist this year. Runs through March 21. MorrisArts, Atrium Gallery, 14 Maple Ave., Suite 301, Morristown. 973-285-5115 ext. 10.

Dealing with Chronic Pain Lecture In this presentation licensed physical therapist Lisa Weinman, Director of Rehabilitation at Summit Center for Physical Therapy, will give an overview of some of the main contributors to chronic pain. A discussion will follow offering strategies for addressing and alleviating chronic pain, and where possible, target the root causes of back, neck and joint issues. 7pm. Sign up requested. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-635-0603.

Conversations with Robin Wright Spend an evening of conversation with Middle East expert and award-winning journalist & author Robin Wright as part of the New Jersey Speakers Series, seven powerful and enlightening programs presented by Fairleigh Dickinson University. 8pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall,1 Center St., Newark. 1-888-466-5722.

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“The Essex Watercolor Club, now in its 87th year, is having their Winter Members’ Show with over 40 transparent watercolor paintings by artists from all over New Jersey on display and for sale. The mission of EWCC is to provide a meeting environment to promote the exchange of ideas, to support the development of artistic technique, and to encourage an interest in water media in the community. Runs through Feb. 27. Artists reception Feb. 4th. 2:15pm. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham.

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February classes are: Intro to WORD and PowerPoint. Please call for dates and times. NCJW/ Essex Center for Women, 70 South Orange Ave., Suite120, Livingston. 973-994-4994.

Essex Water Color Club Art Show The Essex Water Color Club will hold its annual show through February. An opening reception will be held for the artists on Feb. 4, from 2:15-4pm. Public is invited. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-635-0603.

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Women’s Workshops

Career Services

February programs are Parkinson’s Disease Research: The Road Ahead and Caring for Aging Loved Ones. Free for NCJW members. Call for dates and times. NCJW/Essex Center for Women, 70 South Orange Ave., Suite 120, Livingston. 973-994-4994.

This ongoing program is a service of NCJW’s vocational counseling, which holds one-on-one meetings and group workshops designed to help women enter the job market, return to the workplace, or make a career change. Clients may also visit the Career Closet to be outfitted with work appropriate clothing. NCJW/Essex Center for Women, 70 South Orange Ave., Suite 120, Livingston. 973-9944994.

Ain’t Misbehavin’


Groundhog Day Moonlight Hike

NJPAC and Crossroads Theatre Company team together for an encore presentation of Crossroads’ hit 2011 production of Ain’t Misbehavin’. Two-time Tony nominee and original cast member André De Shields returns to direct and choreograph this acclaimed production of the Fats Waller Tony Award winning musical. Runs through Feb. 4. Call or visit web for dates and times. NJPAC, 1 Center St., Newark. 1-888-466-5722.

Computer Lessons Free computer lessons on Thursday mornings, by appointment. Sign up for an individual half-hour lesson on basic computer skills. Stop by the Reference Desk or call 973-3764930. Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973376-4930.

It’s a great time of year for a night hike, and the woods of Morris County are rich with screech owl habitat and other nocturnal critters for us to observe. Kick things off right with hot cocoa and homemade s’mores. 6-8pm. Location TBD. 973-5383500.

Register For Summer Camp Today The programs offered allow campers to explore new areas of interest while improving existing skills. Choose from Adventures in Nature, Camp Sunrise Lake and All About the Farm Camp. All camps are led by certified, professional counselors and are offered at affordable prices. For info and to register visit

Book Discussion Group The group will discuss Commonwealth: A Novel by Ann Patchett. 7pm. Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973376-4930.

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Mega Model Trains Exhibit An intricate model train set that meanders across a 288-square-foot landscape replicating a bustling city and pastoral scene, equipped with a waterfall, planetarium, and even a sasquatch. Runs through March 4. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-9713700.

LAW - (Legal Assistance for Women) Ongoing program providing clients with a confidential consultation with a professional to determine how best to approach a legal concern. Appointments must be scheduled in advance. NCJW/Essex Center, for Women, 70 South Orange Ave., Suite 120, Livingston. 973-994-4994.

The Outsider Production In politics, the less you know, the higher you’ll go! At once a razor-sharp satire and an inspirational tribute to democracy, The Outsider is a timely and hilarious send-up of modern American politics. Runs through Feb. 18. Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn. 973-376-4343.

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Friday, February 2 Musical Theatre Conservatory Auditions

Saturday, February 3 Winterfest at the Library 4th Annual Winterfest featuring snowy crafts, a live ice-sculpture demonstration, and more. Program begins at 1pm. At 2pm, Mad Science will perform their show ‘Frosty Meets the Mad Scientist’ for the older kids while Miss Margie hosts a Penguin Party for the preschoolers and tots. All ages. Madison Public Library, 39 Keep St., Madison. 973-377-0722.

How to Protect Your “Stuff” in 3 Easy Steps

Paris Steak House Couples Cooking Class Join Blake Swihart and participate in cooking a Paris steakhouse dinner. Menu includes: Mediterranean almonds and olives, cream of parsnip soup with crispy shallots, charred skirt steak with sun dried tomato sauce, parmesan-roasted potatoes, baked herbed tomatoes, roasted broccoli with truffle butter, lemon almond tarte with whipped cream. 6:30-9:30pm. Kings Cooking Studio, 778 Morris Tpke., Short Hills. 973-258-4009.

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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. Milvidskiy Willis LLP, Jersey City — Journal Square, 921 Bergen Ave., (Capital One), 4th Fl, Jersey City. 201-616-7667. Exciting classes will be offered in singing, dancing, comedy, TV/ Acting, make-up, hip hop, stage combat, audition/college prep. and more. Meet agents and study with guest artists from TV, film & B’way. Broadway Boot Camp: July 2nd–July 21st. Final shows in N.J. and N.Y.C. Ages 7-18, Beginner-Advanced. Pool parties too. Partial scholarships are available. Call Randy for appt: 973-868-6259.

Ace Frehley Performs

“Skywatchers of Africa” Planetarium Show

Fun-to-be-Fit Exercise Class General exercise class for older adults designed to improve overall fitness for all levels. Meets weekly on Tuesdays. 10:15-11:15am. SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit. 908-598-5548. Email

The Dome Rooftop Bar & Lounge An upscale after-hours experience with DJ performances every Friday & Saturday nights spinning the hottest old school & new school dance tracks. Serving cocktails and classic late-night comfort food with premium ingredients and a five-star restaurant flair. Doors open at 6pm, DJ 9pm-2am, bar menu 6-10:30pm. The Manor, 111 Prospect Ave., West Orange. 973-731-2360.

Valentine’s Day Extravaganza It’s a love-themed night at The Minstrel as two dozen Folk Project members perform songs of the heart. $12 admission includes refreshments. The Minstrel, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-335-9489.

Dance Storytime Dance, move, sing, and laugh with Miss Carol’s active storytime. Drop-in program—no registration required. Ages 2-3. 10am. Ages 3-5, 10:30am. Madison Library, 35 Keep St., Madison. 973-377-0722.


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Enjoy three memorable eras, three fabulous Elvis tribute artists! This pulse-racing musical is a journey across Elvis’ life, featuring finalists from the Annual International Elvis Presley Tribute Artists Competition in Memphis. Audiences “Can’t Help Falling in Love” with this phenomenal theatrical concert experience. 3 & 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

Like a shooting star headed toward earth from another solar system, Ace Frehley operates in his own musical galaxy. Through his seminal work with KISS and as a solo artist, Frehley is championed as one of the most influential guitar players of the last four decades. Special guest The Mylars. 8pm. Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood. 201-227-1030.

Swingin’ Tern Contra Dances Anne Lutun will call the contras. The band will be “ContraPositive.” Beginners’ workshop at 7:30pm. No partner necessary. Please carry in clean soft-soled shoes for dancing. Listeners are welcome. 8 -11pm. Presbyterian Church, Parish House, 14 Hanover Rd., East Hanover. 973-295-6864.

Shade Gardens Discussion Join speaker Ken Druse for a fascinating discussion, “The New Shade Garden: Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate Change.” Ken understands how the low-stress environment of shade, cooler temperatures, fewer water demands, and carbon sequestration is extremely beneficial for plants, the planet, and for us as well. Learn new ways to look at all aspects of the gardening process such as designing your garden, choosing and planting trees, soil conservation, critter issues, and so much more. 1-3pm. Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 E Hanover Ave., Morristown. 973-326-7603.

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For thousands of years, Africans have used their knowledge of the sky to build their societies, and shape their spiritual lives. Skywatchers of Africa highlights the diversity of African astronomy, examines cultural uses of the sky that developed throughout history, and celebrates our shared human experience. Ongoing. Sat. & Sun., 3:30pm, Wed. Thurs. & Fri., 2pm. Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark. 973-596-6550.

Bag-of-Books Sale Children/Tween/YA. Fiction, mystery, classics, scifi and romance.10am-2pm. Also Feb. 10. Maplewood Memorial Library, 51 Baker St., Maplewood.

Legends of the Night Sky: Orion Follow Orion’s exploits as he grows up, foils the plot of an evil king, wins the heart of the beautiful moon goddess Artemis, and becomes a spectacular constellation in the winter sky. Then enjoy a live sky tour exploring the brilliant star patterns named for these characters from Greek and Roman mythology. Runs through March 22. Ages 5-9pm. Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark. 973-596-6550.

Maple Sugaring Demonstrations Experience the fascinating process of maple sugaring from start to finish. Identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. Taste-test different, delicious syrups, including syrup made at the Great Swamp OEC. Rain or shine. All ages. Sat & Sun through Feb. 25. 1-2pm or 2:303:3-pm. Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township. 973-6356629.

Sunday, February 4 NJPAC Books On The Move Program The Springfield Library is one of 30 libraries to participate in the Books on the Move tour. The Library aims to promote arts education, interest in reading, and the power of determination, this year showcasing the story of ballet artist Misty Copeland through her own story in “Firebird,” illustrated by Christopher Myers. Young listeners will role-play parts of the book, recite affirmations and participate in an arts and crafts activity. Refreshments will be served. 2-4pm. Register with the Youth Services Dept either in person or by phone @ 973-376-4930 ext 232. Springfield Library, Donald B. Palmer Museum, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield.

Snowshoe Sundays at Pyramid Mountain Enjoy an afternoon of guided snowshoeing and trekking through the winter landscape. Look for signs of wildlife, and view beautiful scenery—all while getting a great workout. No experience necessary. Snowshoes can be rented between 9 and 11am, and must be returned between 3:30 and 4:30pm. Ages 10 +. Runs through March 11. Pyramid Mountain, 472 Boonton Ave., Montville Township. 973-334-3130.

A Winter’s Day on the Farm Enjoy an open-air, tractor pulled wagon ride, meet the friendly farm animals, learn the importance of ice harvesting and what tools were used in the early 20th century and help with daily farm chores. Warm up in the cozy Farmhouse where seasonal foods are cooking on the wood-burning cook stove. Noon-4pm. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Rd., Morris Township. 973-326-7645.

Say I Love You With a Toy Stop by for the annual Valentine’s sale at The Toy Professor. Entire stock on sale up to 20% off. See store for details. Runs through Friday Feb 9. Toy Professor, 430 Springfield Ave, Summit, 908-918-1888.

Pop-Up Jewelry Sale Time to stock up on gifts for Valentine’s Day for your sweetheart, friends, family or for yourself. The Friends of the Library will feature some of their best pieces in this three-hour pop-up jewelry sale. 1-4pm. Summit Library, 75 Maple St., Summit. 908-2730350.

Watercolor Show The Essex Watercolor Club, now in its 87th year, is having their Winter Members’ Show with over 40 transparent watercolor paintings by artists from all over New Jersey on display and for sale. Artists reception Feb. 4th. 2:15pm. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham.

Monday, February 5 Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss’s beloved tale about a mischievous cat and his amazing adventures comes to life in an all new production in which not a word has been touched or added from the book. Ages 3-8. 4pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-5398008.

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Book Discussion Group “The Underground Railroad” By Colson Whitehead. This thrilling tale of escaping slavery in the American deep south contains extraordinary prose and uncomfortable home truth. This book is a furious, wildly inventive tale that shines a bright light on one of the darkest periods of history. 2pm. All welcome. Millburn Public Library, 200 Glen Ave., Millburn. 973-376-1006.

Maplewood Garden Club Meeting/Talk “From Bench to Bed: What Bonsai Can Teach Gardeners.” Marc Montefusco applies what he has learned about bonsai every day in the gardens at the Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit, where he is Director of Horticulture. Marc believes that the art of bonsai has much to teach us as gardeners, even if we never own a single bonsai tree; during his presentation, he will explore this deeply traditional, wildly innovative horticultural art form. 7:30pm. Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit, 165 Hobart Ave., Summit. 908-273-8787.

Gentle Chair Yoga Class for older adults that deepens flexibility and strengthens personal body awareness. Meets weekly Mondays and Wednesdays.11:30am-2:30pm, SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit. 908-598-5548. Email

Drop in Tech Help Come in for free assistance with Nooks, Kindles, Androids, iPads, and iPhone. Learn how to borrow free eBooks, e-audiobooks, movies, music, and more with your Springfield card. Sessions run from 7-8:30pm Mondays—no appointment necessary. Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973-376-4930.

“Lady Macbeth” Screening Rural England, 1865. Katherine is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, whose family is cold and unforgiving. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her, so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants. 12:30pm & 6:30pm. Summit Free Public Library, 75 Maple St., Summit. 908-273-0350.

Caregiver Support Group for Spouses The groups will cover topics such as: coping with caregiver emotions and managing stress; navigating care options; and defining our roles as caregivers. Led by Licensed Clinical Social Worker and InfoCare Manager Kathy Larkin. Pre-registration is required for this free group. Every other Monday, 2-3:30pm. SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit. 908-598-5509.

Caregiver Support Group for Adult Children The groups will cover topics such as: balancing work and the needs of their families; long-distance caregiving; family conflicts; finding resources, and navigating the healthcare system. Led by Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Info Care Manager Kathy Larkin. Pre-registration is required for this free group. Every other Monday, 7-8:30pm. SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit. 908-598-5509.

Tuesday, February 6 The Schuyler Sisters and Alexander Hamilton Lecture Rick Feingold, a lecturer with a degree in History from Rutgers University, will discuss the love story of Elizabeth Schuyler, daughter of wealthy General Philip Schuyler, who married Alexander Hamilton, a penniless orphan and immigrant. The love letters Hamilton sent to Eliza during their courtship will be read, and information will be presented concerning two women, Angelica Schuyler Church and Maria Reynolds, who also had designs on Alexander. 7 pm. Registration requested. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-635-0603.


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Bereavement Group for Spouses 60 and Older

“What Stays” Production

The groups will cover the grieving process, gaining emotional support and sharing coping strategies. Meets weekly on Tuesdays, 2-3:30. pm. SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit. Pre-registration is required. 908-598-5509. Email

Dorothy has two days to finish packing up the family home and move to a new condo, so she’s called in her adult children to help with the task. What they don’t know is that in the course of their visit, she plans to reveal to them something that she’s kept hidden for decades. What she doesn’t know is that nearly everyone in the house has secrets of their own. Together they’ll decide what stays with them and what will be left behind. Runs through Feb. 25. Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit. 908-5149654. 800-838-3006.

Wednesday, February 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. Learn the most common misconceptions about Medicaid. 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, Whippany, Marriot Courtyard, 157 NJ-10, Whippany. 973-870-0075.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Please bring all your financial records from 2017, copies of your 2016 Federal and State tax returns, all printed and blank forms from the Internal Revenue Service, and proof of Social Security for all dependents filing. Appointments for this free service may be made in person or by calling the library. 10am2pm. Wednesdays through April 11. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-635-0603.

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Diabetes Prevention Lecture Ellen Kanefuss, Diabetes Prevention Coordinator at the Madison YMCA, will host a question and answer session on the prevention of type 2 diabetes. Participants will learn how to assess their risk and explore prevention options. Currently, one in three Americans are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. 2 pm or Feb., 28 at 7 pm. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-635-0603. www.chathamlibrary.

Free tax counseling and preparation for middle- and low-income taxpayers, with special attention to those who are 60 years of age and older. During the tenweek program, SAGE will host IRS-trained volunteer tax preparers from AARP. This is a confidential service and preparation is by appointment only. 290 Broad St., Summit. 908-273-5550.

Friday, February 9 Musical Theatre Conservatory Auditions Exciting classes will be offered in singing, dancing, comedy, TV/Acting, make-up, hip hop, stage combat, audition/college prep. and more. Meet agents and study with guest artists from TV, film & B’way. Broadway Boot Camp: July 2nd–July 21st. Final shows in N.J. and N.Y.C. Ages 7-18, Beginner-Advanced. Pool parties too. Partial scholarships are available. Call Randy for appt: 973-868-6259.

Open Stage at The Minstrel Acoustic musicians perform for a welcoming, supportive, and attentive audience. 7:30 to 10:30pm. Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-335-9489. (continued on page 20)

Discover The Wonders Of Nature Each session features a different theme based on what is growing in the gardens, includes a story time, a hands-on activity based on the theme, and an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Pre-registration preferred; walk-ins welcome. Ages 2-3. 10-11am. Seedlings, ages 4-5.1-2pm. Haggerty Center, 353 East Hanover Ave.,Morris Township. 973-326-7601.

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Thursday, February 8 “Shared Stories” Art Exhibit Andrea Grillo’s mixed media work and Jennifer Malone’s oil paintings share a narrative element in their art, including some expressive portraiture. The artists’ gallery reception will be Feb. 11 from 3-5pm. Runs through March 9. Refreshments will be served. Peg Williams Gallery, Short Stories Bookshop & Community Hub, 23 Main St., Madison. 973-845-6086.

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What’s the Magic of Camp? Michael Thompson, Ph.D.


hy are people so loyal to their sleep away camps? What exactly happens at camp that makes people rhapsodize about the experience thirty or forty years later? Whenever I tell people that I am curious about the camp experience, the stories start to pour out. “I loved my camp,” they say in a dreamy voice.

contests and stage first-rate productions of Broadway musicals— I’m closer to an answer.

What is it about the summer camp experience—just a few weeks away for perhaps two or three seasons—that goes so deep under their skin? As a psychologist, I am curious about the mystery of camp. What’s the magic ingredient?

First, it is absolutely magical for kids to be away from their parents. The sweetest, most satisfying moments of childhood (think back to your own life) are almost always when you are away from your parents. Children are suddenly free to face challenges and accomplishments that are theirs alone—experiences that don’t have to be run through the parental cognitive-ruminative-metabolicjudicial machinery.

After a whole summer of sitting in on campfires, cabin chats, and dining hall sing-alongs; after laughing through a lot of silly campfire skits; after watching kids compete in color wars and canoeing

Secondly, the relationship between campers and counselors is pure gold. The younger kids love and admire the counselors, and that respect brings out the best in young adults. They are at their

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Finally, if camps are successful, they create a private world with its own rules and rituals and magic. Deep down, all children want to have their own adventures with no (apparent) safety net. Suburban life and school don’t provide children with much of an arena for adventure or their imaginations. Camps have the ability to create that world that belongs only to a child and his or her friends. Now that is magic.



Michael Thompson, Ph.D., is the coauthor of Raising Cain. He is presently writing a book about camps and overnight school trips called Homesick and Happy and can be contacted at About ACA: The American Camp Association® (ACA) is a national organization with more than 10,000 individual members and nearly 3,000 member camps. ACA is committed to collaborating with those who believe in quality camp and outdoor experiences for children, youth, and adults. ACA provides advocacy and evidencebased education and professional development, and is the only national accrediting body for the organized camp experience. ACA accredits approximately 2,400 diverse camps nationally. ACAAccredited® Camps meet up to 300 health and safety standards. Accreditation provides public evidence of a camp’s commitment to the health, safety, and overall well-being of both campers and staff. For more information, visit

Adapted from “What’s the Magic of Camp?” Originally published in the September 2010 issue of Camp e-News. Reprinted by permission of the American Camp Association. ©2010, American Camping Association, Inc.

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A day at Camp Louemma is filled with endless possibilities and personal achievement. Our program consistently promotes participation and skill attainment so that our campers feel comfortable and enjoy success each and every day.

We help develop “Camp People” who look forward to Giving Back! ATHLETICS Archery Basketball Flag Football GaGa Hockey Soccer Tennis Ultimate Frisbee Beach Volleyball

AQUATICS Boating Canoeing Kayaking Pedal Boats Paddle Boards SCUBA Swimming Water Polo Pool Volleyball

THE ARTS Ceramics Culinary Crafts Dance Jewelry Making Painting Pottery Theater Tie-Dye

OUTDOOR SKILLS Campfires Climbing Tower Fishing Hiking Mountain Biking Nature Studies Orienteering Outdoor Cooking Zip Line

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2018 Camps & Summer Programs **International Ivy Summer Enrichment Program Programs at Various Locations (See bottom) 908-899-1338


*Kent Place Summer Camp

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June 11 – August 31 Coed, Ages 3 – 15 June & August Mini-Camps Creative Arts Workshop New! Ninja Warrior & Parkour Trip Camp Day Camps Extended Care & Afternoon Clinics Preschool Camps Summer Academy CIT Programs Sports Camps

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Coed, Ages 7-15, Transportation included On the rural campus of Blair Academy in Blairstown, NJ Campers choose their own activities every day!

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Caregivers Presentation Topics include common caregiving issues as well as the eldercare maze of services, warning signs your loved one may need help, tips on navigating difficult conversations, managing memory changes and available community resources. Speaker: Rebecca Abenante. 11am. 973-635-4565 for further details. Senior Center of the Chathams, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham.

Saturday, February 10 The Fairy Tale Monster Mystery Someone is stealing the monsters from the fairy tales. The dragons, ogres, witches, and ghouls are missing. This brand new adventure story by the Walnut Street Theatre follows two young children as they solve the mystery. 11am & 1:30pm. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-971-3700.

Year of the Dog, The Nai Ni Chen Dance Company Colorful costumes, twirling ribbons, dancing dragons — they’re all a part of Year of the Dog, a dance and music celebration of the Chinese New Year, courtesy of NJ’s acclaimed Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. 2 & 7pm. NJPAC, Victoria Theater, 25 Lafayette St., Newark.1-888-466-5722.

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The sounds of “The Big Easy” come to the Watchung Arta Center (WAC) as New Orleans native, bassist Thaddeus Exposé brings a group of jazz artists to celebrate Mardi Gras. Joining Thaddeus Exposé for the evening’s performance will be pianist Oscar Perez, drummer Alvester Garnett and vocalist Arlee Leonard. 8pm. Watching Arts Center, 18 Stirling Rd., Watchung. 908-753-0190.

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Catherine Russell “Harlem on My Mind” With an off-the-beaten-path song selection, from the 1920s through the present, sparkling acoustic swing, and a stunning vocal approach, Catherine Russell has joined the ranks of the greatest interpreters and performers of American Popular Song. 8pm. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973313-2787.

Nature Detective—Kids’ Tracks & Scat Hike A family-friendly adventure through the snowy forest where you—nature detectives—will seek out signs of animal behaviors, and the telltale traces they leave behind. Be on the lookout for animal tracks, work together to identify the various critters, and discover where the tracks may lead. 10-11:30am. CMA, 1 Tiger Lily Lane, Morristown. 973-538-3500.

Valentine’s Flower Arranging Workshop Everyone with a big heart will want to join Floral Designer Marge Hulstrunk for this workshop to create your own special long-stemmed bouquet arranged in a vase. Handmade gifts speak volumes and this one will send a message loud and clear. Register by February 3. Snow date is Tuesday, Feb. 13, 6:30-8:30pm. Haggerty Center, 353 East Hanover Ave., Morris Township. 973-326-7601.

Digital Photography Workshop 6-Landscape Photography

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales A hilarious refresher on classic fairy tale characters who keep dropping in and out of each other’s stories! Cinderella rebuffs Rumpelstiltskin, Goldilocks meets the Three Elephants, and nothing is quite the same as you remember it. Ages 4-10. 2pm. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-313-2787.

Teen Bakers Cooking Class

Ranky Tanky Perform David DesRochers’s award-winning landscape photos have appeared in a range of photography. David will focus on the techniques he uses in the field to photograph landscapes and scenic images. He will cover composition, lens selection, and use of filters. His program will be geared toward helping you express your photographic vision of landscapes. 1-3:30pm. NJ Audubon, 11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville. Please call 908-396-6386 to register by February 8.

Matilda’s Tea: Tally Ho! In the 1890’s, when Matilda Frelinghuysen was a child, the mode of transportation was horses. Learn about horses, their care, and the carriages that are still on display at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum at this annual winter tea. Ages 6 & up with adult. The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Ave., Morris Township. 973-326-7601.

Join chef Diane Marino and participate in baking scrumptious desserts. Menu includes: Dulce de leche filled chocolate cookies, devil’s food cake with chocolate frosting, Valentine whoopie pies, raspberry macarons and homemade mints. Ages 12 and up. 1:304pm. Kings Cooking Studio, 778 Morris Tpke., Short Hills. 973-258-4009.

Chocolate Family Day This acclaimed new band mixes West African ryhthms of the Sea-Island Gullah music, New Orleans-style rhythm, with a taste of Charleston jazz and R & B. Ranky Tanky is winning fans from Lincoln Center to Norway’s Moldejazz and New York’s Carnegie Hall. 8pm. Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown. 908-979-0900.

A fun-filled day with many sweet adventures celebrating chocolate. Visit with chocolate vendors in the Museum Court and locate some special gifts and treats. Enjoy a Touch the Music workshop. Make a special card in time for Valentine’s Day. Hear lectures about chocolate making and history. 11am-4pm. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-971-3700. (continued on page 22)

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Sunday, February 11 Are You An SAT Or ACT Kid? Come And Find Out Admit U Consulting is a college planning firm that provides comprehensive, customized services designed to help families navigate the college admissions process. In partnership with First Choice Prep,which provides tutoring and test preparation, Admit U is pleased to offer a free diagnostic test. The tests will be administered, scored, evaluated, and will let you know which college admissions test is right for you. 10am. Admit U, 3 Royal Ave., Livingston. 973-731-1947.

“Shared Stories” Art Exhibit Andrea Grillo’s mixed media work and Jennifer Malone’s oil paintings share a narrative element in their art, including some expressive portraiture. The artists’ gallery reception will be Feb. 11 from 3-5pm. Runs through March 9. Refreshments will be served. Peg Williams Gallery, Short Stories Bookshop & Community Hub, 23 Main St., Madison. 973-845-6086.

Solo Cello: Randy Calistri-Yeh Enjoy an afternoon of solo cello works by this mostly self-taught musician from the Livingston Symphony Orchestra. The program will feature a blend of musical styles, from Bach to Sinatra, and Glenn Miller to the Beatles, and also the background stories behind some of the musical arrangements in this wide-ranging performance. 2-3:30pm. Madison Library, 39 Keep St., Madison. 973-377-0722.

Mammoth Follies Musical Production

Lunchtime Film Series

Full Moon Snow Hike

Admission is free. Screenings start at 1pm. Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973-3764930.

The open canopy cover and bright moonlight provide the perfect backdrop for you and your “moon shadow” to hear and spot owls as they become more active for the mating season. Native American tribes in the area called this moon the “Hunger Moon” because of the difficulty to find food this time of year. 6:30-8:30pm. Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge—Wildlife Observation Center, Parking Lot, 32 Pleasant Plains Rd., Harding Township. 973-425-9510.

Tuesday, February 13 The History and Politics of North Korea Lecture Dr. Roy Licklider, Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University with a Ph.D. in Internal Relations from Yale, will present a two-part lecture series on the history and politics of North Korea. Licklider will examine its history from 8000 BC through its dynasties, wars, and relationships with the Soviet Union, China, and the U.S. Also Feb.20. 1pm. Free. Pre-registration is requested. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-635-0603.

Monday, February 12 New Providence Garden Club Presents “Wild Flowers and Weeds” This presentation will include interesting facts to Help attendees tell the difference between weeds and their relatives, wild flowers. Led by Dorothy Smullen. Refreshments will be served. 7-8:30pm. New Providence De Corso Center, 15 East 4th St. N.P.


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The Group will discuss “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor. 10am. Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973-376-4930.

Love You A Bunch Lunch! Social Dancing Eight-class session led by Robert J. Sweeney, dance instructor. Partner not needed. Call Center at 973635-4565 for dance selection for this session. Participants do not need to be Chatham residents. Runs through March 20. 2:30pm. Senior Center of the Chathams, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham.

Thursday, February 15 Blood Pressure Screening Provided by Garden Terrace Nursing Home, Chatham. Walk-ins OK. Participants do not need to be Chatham residents. 11am-12:30pm. Senior Center of the Chathams, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham. 973-635-4565.

The Peking Acrobats Perform

Explore scientific facts and explode myths about the dinosaur era in this prehistoric musical revue presented by Hudson Vagabond Puppets, performed by enormous creatures up to 22 feet long. Ages 4-10. 1:30 & 4:30pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

Book Discussion Group

For more than 30 years, The Peking Acrobats have redefined audience perceptions of Chinese acrobatics. They perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs and display their technical prowess at such arts as trick-cycling, precision tumbling, juggling, somersaulting and gymnastics. 8pm. Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood. 201-227-1030.

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Catering from Romanelli’s Pizza & Italian Eatery. Singing performance by Cristina Fontanelli. Each guest who brings a $10.00 limit gift will have a chance to participate in the Secret Valentine Gift Exchange Game. Noon. Senior Center, MCC Main Room, 28 Walnut St., Madison. 973-593-3096.

Friday, February 16 “ART” A Play by Yasmina Reza Winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play and Winner of the 1996 Olivier Award for Best Comedy, ART focuses on the meaning of art (in the form of a solid white painting) as well as the meaning of friendship, to both the man who bought the painting and the two friends who come to see it. Funny, sophisticated and stylish. Runs through March 4. Visit web for dates and times. Centenary Stage, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown. 908-979-0900.

Musical Theatre Conservatory Auditions Exciting classes will be offered in singing, dancing, comedy, TV/Acting, make-up, hip hop, stage combat, audition/college prep. and more. Meet Agents and study with guest artists from TV, film & B’way. Broadway Boot Camp: July 2nd–July 21st. Final shows in N.J. and N.Y.C. Ages 7-18, Beginner-Advanced. Pool parties too. Partial scholarships are available. Call Randy for appt: 973-868-6259.

“Spring Forward” Upholstery Sale Save 35% on all upholstery including Lee Industries, Hickory Chair & Century. Save 25% on everything else when you add to your upholstery purchase. Special orders & floor models included. Runs through Sunday, March 18. British Home Emporium, 91 Main Street, Madison. 973-443-0303.

Saturday, February 17 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. Learn the most common misconceptions about Medicaid. 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. Marriot Courtyard, 320 Rt., 17 North, Paramus. 201-977-6474.

Nature Activity Paint your own gourd birdhouse for the cavity-nesting birds returning from their winter home this spring. Retired art teacher Bonnie O’Connor, with 40 years of experience, will give a short art lesson and help you along with your painting. The program will start with a short presentation about gourds and how to grow them. Hang your decorative gourd birdhouse in your backyard, and a bluebird, chickadee, wren, nuthatch, titmouse, or maybe even a tree frog might move in. 1-3pm. Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville. 908-396-6386.

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus Live! Take your place on the front lines of the battle of the sexes in this hilarious, one-man fusion of theater and stand-up, based on the best-selling book by John Gray. 3 & 8pm. Feb.18, 2 & 6:30pm. NJPAC, Victoria Theater, 1 Center St., Newark. 1-888-466-5722.

Swingin’ Tern Contra Dances Sophie Sawyer will call the contras. 8-11pm. The band will be “Contra Rebels.” Beginners’ workshop at 7:30pm. No partner necessary. Please bring in clean soft-soled shoes for dancing. Listeners are welcome. First Presbyterian Church, Parish House, 14 Hanover Rd., East Hanover. 973-295-6864. wwwfolkproject. org

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Sunday, February 18


Joining the 90’s Crowd Presentation


Inspired by Mel Brooks, Norman Lear and Carl Reiner, ages 90, 94 and 95 respectively, an HBO documentary was created, “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast.” E. Betty Levin, who is turning 94, states “I’ve somewhat joined their organization. Not that I have their talent and humor, I’ve nevertheless somewhat entered their sphere, feeling full of ‘piss and vinegar.”11am-Noon. Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, 516 Prospect St., Maplewood.


Tuesday, February 20 “Butterflies” Lecture Enjoy a free lecture, “Butterflies” by Randi Emmer of the Great Swamp Friends of Wildlife Refuge. Refreshments will be served. Berkeley Heights YMCA, 550 Springfield Ave., Berkeley Heights. 908-464-2651.

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Education Resources & Open Houses


ew Jersey parents are fortunate to have a wealth of options for their children’s education, tutoring and enrichment classes. Here is a sampling of local private and independent schools, tutoring centers and enrichment classes with open house dates. These open houses provide insider information and help to answer questions for parents. Please contact each school or center directly for any questions.

Academy of Saint Elizabeth

The Academy of Our Lady of Peace

2 Convent Rd, Convent Station 973-290-5200 Contact: Director of Admissions, Jean Jackson Email: Age Groups: High School (girls) The mission of The Academy of Saint Elizabeth–a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women, founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth– is to promote the disciplines of academic excellence and moral responsibility within a nurturing faith community.

99 South Street, New Providence 908-464-8657 Contact: Mr. Joel A. Castillo, EDS - Principal Email: Age Groups: Pre-K–Grade 8 (3 years old and up) The Academy of Our Lady of Peace strives to establish an academically strong and spiritually sound foundation. They prepare students to face the challenges of the 21st century by building on their faith, working as a team and using positive discipline so that each person they encounter will truly be successful in their school and throughout their everyday lives.

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Admit U Consulting


3 Royal Ave. Suite 2, Livingston 973-731-1947 Email: or Director/Contact: Melanie Talesnick Age Groups: 10-18 (middle/high school students) Admit U provides individualized comprehensive services designed to help families navigate the college admissions process. More specifically, they help students find the “best-fit” school, while minimizing the anxiety associated with the process and maximizing the student’s potential for admission. In addition, Admit U offers academic tutoring and standardized test preparation.

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Chatham Day School 700 Shunpike Road, Chatham 973-410-0400 ext. 15 Contact: Kellen Kent, Director of Admission & Financial Aid Email: Age Groups: 2½ years–Grade 8 Chatham Day School celebrates and values each child as a unique learner with extraordinary potential. They offer an academically ambitious program that promotes intellectual achievement and emotional growth in a diverse and nurturing environment.

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15 Tower Hill Road, Mountain Lakes 973-334-1295 Contact: Mr. Tad Jacks Email: Age Groups: Grades 2–8 The mission of The Craig School is to provide to students a strategy-based, comprehensive and challenging school experience that acknowledges their learning disabilities, builds on their aptitudes, and strengthens their self-awareness and self-esteem. They help parents assess their child’s true potential and understand the nature of learning disabilities, and provide families an internal support network within the Craig community.


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College Benefits Research Group 7 Becker Farm Road, Roseland 888-802-2740 Contact: Steven Sirot/Joan Souders Age Groups: Grades 8–12 With decades of experience in college planning this firm is different from others in that they offer “harmonization” of financial, educational, and social guidance for the entire family. They meet jointly with students and parents to develop a college game plan that works for everyone and demonstrates how a private and/or public education is affordable, attainable, and allows hardworking families to hit a “home run” in finding the right school for their child, academically, socially, and financially.






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The Craig High School 310 Lathrop Avenue, Boonton 973-334-1234 Contact: Dr. Eric Caparulo Email: Age Groups: Grades 9–12 The mission of The Craig School is to provide to students a strategy-based, comprehensive and challenging school experience that acknowledges their learning disabilities, builds on their aptitudes, and strengthens their self-awareness and self-esteem. They help parents assess their child’s true potential and understand the nature of learning disabilities, and provide families an internal support network within the Craig community.

Delbarton School

Far Brook School

230 Mendham Road, Morristown 973-538-3231 x3019 Contact: Admissions Director, Dr. David Donovan Email: Age Groups: Boys grades 7–12 Delbarton School, an independent Roman Catholic learning community guided by the Benedictine monks of St. Mary’s Abbey with their lay colleagues, welcomes diverse young men and challenges them to pursue excellence, to build character, and to develop leadership through service, by educating the whole person: mind, body and spirit.

52 Great Hills Road, Short Hills 973-379-3442 Contact: Emi Ithen, Director of Admissions Email: Age Groups: Ages 3–14 (Pre-K–Grade 8) Discover an inspired education at Far Brook School, an independent, coeducational day school for 235 students from Nursery through Eighth Grade. Their progressive approach builds a strong educational foundation by integrating the liberal arts and sciences with the skills needed for success in high school and life. Classrooms open to the outdoors, inviting exploration with nature. Studentfaculty ratio is 6-1. Visit their campus and discover Far Brook. (continued on page 28)

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Preschool - Grade Eight

Far Hills Country Day School 697 US-202, Far Hills 908-766-0622 Contact: Kevin Donnelly, Director of Admission & Enrollment Management Email: Age Groups: Pre-K–Grade 8 Through academic excellence and character development, Far Hills Country Day School provides each student brilliant beginnings for success in the modern world.

Fusion Academy

For more information, please contact Kellen Kent, Director of Admission 973.410.0400 x 15 or

182 South Street, Suite 4, Morristown 973-267-0474 Contact: Deborah Russ Email: Age Groups: Ages 12 to 18 Fusion Academy is a revolutionary private middle and high school where positive relationships unlock academic potential. With one teacher and one student per classroom, they customize curriculum and teaching to students’ individual strengths, interests, and learning styles. Personalized scheduling allows students to enroll and take classes at times that work for them.

BRAVE. BRILLIANT. BEGINNINGS. Shapes become letters. Goodbyes become smiles. Teachers become partners. Doubt becomes discovery.


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Gill St. Bernard’s School St. Bernard’s Road, Gladstone 908-234-1611 ext. 245 Contact: Sarah Rowland Age Groups: Preschool–Grade 12 To provide a balanced, diverse and secure community that prepares students academically, socially and ethically for college and a meaningful life.

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Holy Family School 17 Lloyd Avenue, Florham Park 973-377-4181 Contact: Mary Denis Smith Email: Age Groups: Tiny Tots (age 2½)–Kindergarten Holy Family Catholic School is a community of learners who, enlightened and inspired by Christ’s love, assist each individual to realize his or her unique potential.

HudsonWay Immersion School 587 Springfield Avenue, Summit (Moving June 2018 to 249 Bebout Avenue, Stirling) 908-598-8088 Contact: Admissions Manager Tracie Xiong Email: Age Groups: Ages 2.5–12 Open House: Feb. 13 at 10am and March 7 at 6:30pm. HudsonWay Immersion School develops flexible thinkers who are culturally aware and linguistically capable. Preschool students acquire either Mandarin or Spanish naturally while learning how to work independently, cooperate with others and follow instructions. Elementary students learn subjects in both languages deepening critical thinking skills and biliteracy.



Learning how to work with your fellow students is one of the many life lessons your child can take with them long after they graduate The Academy of Our Lady of Peace. It’s a philosophy that’s woven into our tight-knit Catholic community. From Pre-K through 8th grade, learning goes far beyond our academic programs.


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Kent Place School 42 Norwood Avenue, Summit 908-273-0900 Contact: Julia Wall, Director of Admission & Financial Aid Email: Age Groups: Preschool (co-ed); Kindergarten–Grade 12 (all girls) Founded in 1894, Kent Place School is New Jersey’s only independent, nonsectarian, college preparatory day school for girls, with a co-educational junior pre-kindergarten and pre-kindergarten. Small classes, individualized college counseling, state of the art technology, leadership development, interscholastic athletics and diverse options in the fine arts define a Kent Place education. (continued on page 30)

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Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child

Morristown-Beard School

44 Blackburn Road, Summit 908-522-8109 Contact: Suzanne Kimm Lewis Email: Age Groups: Grades K–6 (boys and girls); Grades 7–12 (all girls) Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit, NJ—Judeo-Christian in heritage, Roman Catholic in teaching and worship—is a coed, private, Catholic elementary school for grades kindergarten through 6, and an all-girls middle and high school for grades 7 through 12.

70 Whippany Road, Morristown 973-539-3032 Contact: Rob Mitchell, Director of Enrollment Management; Meg Ahern, Director of Middle School Admission and Financial Aid Email: Age Groups: Middle School Grades 6–8; Upper School Grades 9–12 Within a culture of support and collaboration, Morristown-Beard School students discover and develop their individual pathways to academic success and personal fulfillment while becoming enlightened, morally responsible citizens of the world.

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Musical Theatre Conservatory Convenient Livingston Location 973-868-6259 Contact: Randy Kravitz Elman Email: Age Groups: Ages 7–18, Beginner to Advanced Levels MTC’S Broadway Boot Camp offers exciting classes in Singing, Dancing, TV/Acting, Comedy, Stage Combat, Stage Makeup, Hip Hop, and Audition Techniques, taught by theatre professionals in a positive and nurturing environment. In just 3 weeks, students travel from classes to rehearsals, culminating in a costumed B’way Cabaret! Students meet and study with agents and TV and Broadway actors. The Final Shows are performed in NJ and NYC–right off Broadway! The camp runs from July 2nd–July 21st. Pool parties too! Partial scholarships are available. Enroll by March 1st and save $100!

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new this summer. NEW location in Stirling opening for the 2018-2019 school year! Attend an open house or request a private tour.

Summer school doesn’t have to be boring. At Fusion, we have the ability to customize classes to each student’s individual strengths, interests, and learning style. Every class is taught with just one student and one teacher per classroom. We offer academic tutoring, enrichment, and classes for credit for grades 6 through 12. Students can enroll at any time, and take classes at a time of day that works best for them.

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Immersion students have: Higher test scores

Bilingual proficiency

Better job prospects

Superior cognitive skills

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Mandarin Chinese • Spanish • English 249 Bebout Ave • Stirling, NJ • (908) 598-8088

Vibrant•Rigorous•Thriving Newark Academy 91 South Orange Avenue, Livingston 973-992-7000 Contact: Will Taylor, Director of Admission & Enrollment Management Email: Age Groups: Grades 6–12 Founded in 1774, Newark Academy has a rich history as an independent, coeducational school for grades 6–12, located on a beautiful 68-acre campus in northern New Jersey. The mission of Newark Academy is to “contribute to the world engaged individuals instilled with a passion for learning, a standard of excellence, and a generosity of spirit.”

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey 68 Elm Street, Summit 908-273-9121 Email:; Age Groups: Kids (grades K–5), Teens (grades 6–12) and Adults This summer they are bringing back your favorite themes and high-quality projects. Kids will have the opportunity to explore painting, drawing, sculpture, and ceramics with their best teaching artists during a fun-filled week of art. Middle and high school students get in-depth studio experience, designed to empower by engaging their creativity and enhancing their skills.

The Academy is the oldest Catholic girls school in New Jersey offering a rich history empowering students to meet the demands of the 21st Century. The Academy offers a powerful combination of an innovative college preparatory program and personalized attention the Academy allows students to grow academically, spiritually and socially. The implementation of rigorous academics, AP courses, STREAM, 100% college acceptance, 10 varsity sports and over 25 clubs and organizations makes the Academy of St. Elizabeth a premier high school for young women.

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Wednesday, February 21 Diane Perry at The Minstrel Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 7:30-10:30pm. Roia Rafieyan opens. 973-335-9489.

Chatham High School Choirs and Chamber Orchestra Perform

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Please join the Chatham High School Choirs and Chamber Orchestra for their presentation of Mozart Requiem. 7pm. Admission is free. There will be a pre-concert lecture with Dr. Vincent Rufino, Adjunct Professor of Music History at the College of St. Elizabeth. Chatham United Methodist Church, 460 Main St., Chatham. 973457-2505.

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A comedy-drama about six southern, gossipy women bonding together over life, tragedy, and hair styling. Their banter, while comic, expresses the strength and appreciation that they have for each other. Presented by Seton Hall University Theatre. Runs through Feb., 25. Call or visit web for dates and times. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-313-2787.

Serendipity: Fairy Tale Puppet Theater The Prince who wanted to be a Pirate, with piratey tunes and a craft. Grades K-5. 4-5pm. Summit Free Public Library, 75 Maple St., Summit. 908-2730350.

Friday, February 23 Winter in Sante Fe Cooking Class

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Join chef Eileen Maher and participate in cooking apple brined roast pork with cinnamon apples, butternut squash tostadas, sauteed garlicky swiss chard, black beans with pepper and onion sofrito, cumin infused sweet potato gratin, Pineapple coconut carrot torte. 6:30-9:30pm. Kings Cooking Studio, 778 Morris Tpke., Short Hills. 973-778-4009.

Butch Ross at The Minstrel 7:30-10:30pm. Hiroya Tsukamoto opens. Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-335-9489. www.

Saturday, February 24 Give a HOOT! Owls of NJ Eight species of owls can be found in NJ at certain times. Activities and stories will help us appreciate these mostly nocturnal predators. In this program, we’ll learn to imitate a few calls and investigate “pellets” they leave behind. Pre-registration required. Limit 15 children. Ages 6+. Led by Dorothy Smullen, Teacher/Naturalist. 2-3:30pm. NJ Audubon,11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville. 908-396-6386.

Bollywood Boulevard: A Journey Through Hindi Cinema

Experience all the artistry of India’s movie industry with Bollywood Boulevard, a spectacular fusion of live music, dance and multimedia imagery that leads audiences on a journey through Hindi cinema—from black-and-white classics and the timeless songs of Bollywood’s Golden Era to the colorful, foot-stomping blockbusters of today. 3 & 8pm. NJPAC, Victoria Theater, One Center St., Newark. 888-466-5722.

How Sweet It Is Families can learn just how easy it is to tap a maple tree, collect sap, and make syrup. A walk around the arboretum demonstrates how to identify maple, walnut, and birch trees and whether they are ready to be tapped. Help tap a tree or two and taste some samples of syrup made from the arboretum’s own trees. Pre-registration is required. 1-2:30pm. Haggerty Center, 353 East Hanover Ave., Morris Township. 973-326-7601.

Irish Music Concert

Family Ethical Education Program

Special Music Program

Ian Gallagher, an Irish singer and guitarist will perform Irish classics along with accordion player, John Nolan. 2:30pm. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-635-0603.

Please join the Educational Initiative as noted author, Buddhist monk and career martial arts teacher and 8th degree black belt, Christopher J. Goedecke explores the topic, ‘How Do I Fit In?’ Having lived an alternative lifestyle, Goedecke will share his own life experiences aging in a fast-paced society, discovering the importance of bolstering the mind/body connection and offering ways to cope with the daily struggles and conflicts that life often presents to us. Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, 516 Prospect St., Maplewood.

Guitarist Spook Handy presents “America’s Story Through Folk Songs” in honor of President’s Day. 2pm. Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973-376-4930.

Sunday, February 25 5th Annual Pasta & Meatball Dinner The Community Service Association of New Providence (CSA), together with the New Providence Lions Club, will host the 5th Annual Dinner where pasta, meatballs, and dessert will be served from 3-7pm. Children five and under are free. There will be a big basket raffle as well as a 50/50 drawing. The annual Pasta Dinner is the CSA’s main community fundraising event. Snow date: March 4. DeCorso Community Center, 15 East Fourth St., New Providence.

“The Magic of Lyn” illusionist

Monday, February 26 Microsoft Office 2010 Workshop Barbara Smith, owner and instructor at Programs Plus, will lead the workshop. With a few simple tips and tricks, you will learn how to correct and avoid Word stresses. Space is limited to 10 attendees using the library’s laptops; however, if you have Microsoft Word 2010 on your own laptop, you may bring it to participate in the class. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-635-0603.

Dr. Seuss-Inspired Purim Spiel Area families are welcome to join the preschool and religious school in a lively Dr. Seuss-inspired Purim spiel (a fun retelling of the Book of Esther) at 10am, followed by the community’s Purim Extravaganza carnival from 10:15-11:45 am. Children will enjoy inflatables, spin art and face painting, games, camp activities and more. Everyone is encouraged to come in costume. Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, 432 Scotland Rd., South Orange.

Books and Woofs

Lyn’s spectacular, eye-defying illusions have been astounding audiences for more than two decades. In 2013, she became the first woman illusionist in history to receive the Milbourne Christopher Award, The Academy Award of magic, from the Society of American Magicians. 3pm. Morris Museum, Bickford Theatre, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973971-3700.

Stop by and practice reading aloud to “Seeing Eye Dogs and Puppies.” This is an easy and fun way to practice reading aloud. Grades K-5. Summit Free Public Library, 75 Maple St., Summit. 908-273-0350.

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Tuesday, February 27 The Towne Club Fundraiser The Towne Club is a woman’s social organization whose annual fundraiser benefits the rescue squads of Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights. Luncheon will be held at Noon. Entertainment will be provided. New members welcome. Chimney Rock Inn, 342 Valley Rd., Gillette. 908-464-2643.

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In this class, Michael Downey will teach students how to manage additional lighting. The class will cover the pop-up flash built into DSLRs, as well as speedlites that go into the hot shoe. You’ll also learn how to use flash as the main, key, and fill light. Flash compensation will also be discussed. 11am-1pm and 6:30-8:30pm. Unique Photo SuperStore, 123 US Hwy 46 West, Fairfield. 973-377-2007.

Wednesday, February 28 DBSA Morristown Area Support group for people with depression and/or bipolar disorder. Family and friends also are a priority and each week there will be an opportunity for learning and growth. Panel of people living with mood disorders tell of their struggles and their successes. Programs like this are very special. Please join in as this will not be recorded. 7:45pm. Peer support groups every Tuesday night 7:30-9pm. Morristown Unitarian Fellowship 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-994-1143 after 6pm.

“Vantage Point: Mirror Mirror” Exhibit A wine and cheese event including a tour and discussion of the exhibition “Mirror Mirror.” Paul Robeson Galleries staff will speak informally from their own artistic, curatorial, and/or personal perspectives in relation to works in the show. 5:30-8pm. Paul Robeson Galleries, 54 Halsey St., Newark. 848-445-0506.

Teen Talk: Youth in Solidarity A new monthly club where teens can come together in solidarity. Each month will introduce a different topic related to current issues /topics or areas of teen concern. The library’s teen advisory group will be instrumental in launching/running the program. The most important part is that this will be a safe space for teens to share their thoughts and be free to be whoever they are. 7-8:30pm.West Orange Public Library, 46 Mount Pleasant Ave., West Orange. 973-736-0198. www.

Looking Ahead Saturday, March 3 Summer Camp Open House Come to Essex County Turtle Back Zoo’s 2nd Annual Summer Camp Open House and check out what’s new and fun at camp for Summer 2018. You can meet camp counselors, learn about the science-based curriculum, try a camp-styled activity, and say hello to a few Camp Animal Ambassadors. Noon-3pm. Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange. 973-731-5800. www.turtlebackzoo. com

Thursday, March 8 Cool Sculpting Just Got Cooler Introducing the CoolAdvantage Petite—an applicator approved for arms. In honor of the “Petite,” the LoVerme Center will be offering “Petite Prices” on the entire CoolSculpting line. Provided are complimentary consults for all who attend in additional to: Live Demo-Raffle for a free treatment area cycle. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments served. 5-6:30pm and 7-8:30pm. The LoVerme Center for Plastic Surgery, 825 Bloomfield Ave., Suite 205, Verona. 973-857-9499.

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Health & Wellness

Simple Tips to Reduce Suffering This Flu Season


.S. health officials are predicting a harsh flu season. While there is still no cure for flu, there are steps you can take to reduce suffering while the virus takes its course. Some experts suggest starting the quest to feel better by exploring your local health food store. Dr. Lawrence Rosen, author of several books based on 25 years of practicing pediatric integrative medicine, is offering some advice to ease flu symptoms. While none of the items mentioned in this article have been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, most have a long history and are relatively inexpensive. • Curative Foods and Beverages: The digestive tract accounts for 70 to 80 percent of the immune system. When battling a virus, foods rich in vitamin C are essential to immune function. Try drinking a cup of hot water and lemon daily. Onion tea can promote a healthy respiratory system by relieving a cough and sore throat. Honey, which is a superfood, is a good choice, coating and soothing the throat, helping control cough, and promoting a restful night’s sleep that is necessary for healing.

• Spiced-up Recipes: Add garlic and oregano to foods for immune support. Basil, rosemary and thyme help the respiratory tract. • Indispensable Oils: Add eucalyptus oil to a bath to ease body aches from flu, or inhale drops added to a steaming bowl of water for clearer nasal passages. Inhale fennel oil similarly as a cough expectorant.

• Homeopathic Medicine: There are few conventional over-the-counter (OTC) drugs specifically for flu symptoms. Antihistamines and decongestants help with head and upper respiratory symptoms that are mostly associated with colds. Flu affects the whole body with fever, chills, aches and fatigue, and a pain reliever can address some of these symptoms.

To shorten both the duration and severity of flu-like symptoms, consider a homeopathic medicine, such as Oscillococcinum. When patients took it within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms, nearly 63 percent showed “clear improvement” or “complete resolution” within 48 hours. • Healing Herbs and Plants: Homeopathic OTCs use microdoses of plants, animals and minerals; whereas herbal supplements are less diluted with a different therapeutic principle. Astragalus and echinacea supplements purportedly boost immunity. Try teas with eucalyptus leaves or calendula for fever. Elderberry, when taken in extract form, boosts the immune system, which helps the body respond quickly and strongly to viruses such as influenza. For more information, check out Dr. Rosen’s book, “Treatment Alternatives for Children,” a comprehensive reference guide for nearly 100 common illnesses, offering side-by-side comparisons between conventional and alternative treatment options. — StatePoint

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Restaurant Guide CHATHAM



Mitsuba Japanese Cuisine

Thavma Mediterranean Grill

La Pastaria

237 Main St, Chatham | 973-635-3888 Traditional Japanese specialties and cuisine served in a casual setting. BYO, $MOD, H, RR, SP, MCC, TO

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

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

EAST HANOVER East Hanover Diner 275 NJ State Highway 10, East Hanover | 973884-8840 Soup, salad, pasta, omelets, burgers and more. Whatever the fare, we do it right. Bring the whole family to this delicious, neighborhood restaurant. MCC $MOD LP H TO

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

MILLBURN Ms. Lin Chinese Cuisine 59 Main St, Millburn | 973-912-8838 Ms. Lin Chinese provides convenient take-out and delivery for lunch and dinner and specializes in off-premise catering. BYO, $MOD, LP, NR, H, MCC, TO, D

Umi Sushi 339 Millburn Ave, Millburn | 973-921-2848 | Traditional and Fusion sushi and sashimi. Also find teriyaki, tempura, udon and soba noodle dinners. Most fish is wild-caught. Free delivery all day. MonThu 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm, Sun 12:30pm-9:30pm. BYO, OD, MCC, SP, TO

Natale’s Summit Bakery 185 Broad St, Summit | 908-277-2074 | www. Enjoy a selection of house made specialties including breads, pastries, pies and cakes. Daily specials include Quiche, Lemon Sponge Loaf, Challah, Swiss Apple Cakes and more. This family owned and operated bakery is serving up their delicious twist on bakery classics for over 20 years. $IN-$MOD, TO

Shunju 16 Beechwood Road, Summit | 908-608-1088 Traditional fresh Sushi and inspiring Asian fusion food. Order online. Catering for all occasions.

“Proof that a spectacular view and extraordinary food can coexist.” -Zagat Survey

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A truly unique dinind destination & host to unforgettable special events. Creative dishes inspired by the freshest ingredients from our own farm. Wine Night Every Wednesday | Romantic Getaway Packages for Two

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Live Music Every Friday & Saturday in our Bar & Piano Room LUNCH • DINNER • PRIVATE EVENTS


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

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

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Diamond Minds

Finding Your True Nature By Barry Farber


ow does one operate on a level that has no interference? How do you push yourself outside your circle of comfort to gain deep knowledge that allows for a higher level of performance? Stop caring about outside influences both positive and negative. Continuous learning and hard work will give you insights into what works and what doesn’t for your best mode of operation. A path to the innermost part of your being is cultivated through the attainment of skills in different areas. Here are 3 that I apply that have helped me. They’re often highlighted in the rich history of martial arts masters:

1. Strategy

I try to imagine all the moving parts of my business as a strategy on a board game. It’s not just thinking 2-3 moves ahead but getting beneath the game for a richer connection to each piece. This strategy is often put on paper and posted because you need to have a vision of the path in front at all times for clarity.

2. Learning

What you think about you bring about. What are you reading? Look for material you find interesting and explore. Think of your mind as an instrument constantly testing yourself with new information, activities and projects. This is when you start to discover new interests and what you find enjoyable to work on. You’re molding your mind the way you want it designed. It also keeps you fresh and open to new ideas. Learning gives you the confidence to act.

3. Physical Training

Physical training for defense in the martial arts has tremendous benefits. Not just an advantage to health but combining the body, mind and spirit during training gives you great power and a quiet confidence. When I’m training with or without weapons I’m focusing on proper breathing and slow and calculated movements. I’m constantly mixing up the training in different ways to utilize various muscle groups and keep it interesting. You might wonder—what does physical training have to do with finding your true nature? Everything. When the body is healthy… the mind works better. It relieves

Barry Farber stress, brings oxygen to the blood and encourages your brain to work at its optimum capacity.

Physical training helps build confidence that allows you the courage to block out anybody else telling you what you should and shouldn’t do with your life. Sometimes not caring what others think helps you make better decisions. Understand that when you operate from who you are people will feel a comfort level to connect easier. Appreciate the limited time we have in this life. Put everything in perspective. In the end it’s how much have we learned, loved and served that makes a difference. It’s not the accomplishment but the process along the way that will show us our true nature.

“This above all; to thine own self be true.” —William Shakespeare

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 is the creator and marketer of the FoldzFlat® Pens that can be seen at Learn more about this author at

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