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Hersh Children’s Center is Completed at Overlook Medical Center


tlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center recently marked the completion the Hersh Children’s Center, which centralizes the hospital’s pediatric emergency and inpatient services into one convenient, family-friendly space. The Hersh Children’s Center is funded, in part, by a $2 million grant from the Dorothy B. Hersh Foundation, and a $2.5 million pledge from the Nicholas J. and Anna K. Bouras Foundation. The new nearly 12,000 square-foot center brings together the Meri and Sol Barer Inpatient Pediatric Center (formerly housed on Overlook’s sixth floor) and the Michael Gordon Reeves Pediatric Emergency Department, for better coordinated care of patients, ages 0-21. The new pediatric emergency department is fully equipped to handle the full range of pediatric conditions, with streamlined care to ease stress on the family. For patients who require a stay, the new inpatient unit offers comforting, special touches like sleep accommodations for parents, family lounges and a play area with skylights and plentiful windows.

Atlantic Health President & CEO Brian Gragnolati and Overlook President Stephanie Schwartz look on as Chip, Harriet, and Sean Donnelly, trustees of the Dorothy C. Hersh Foundation, cut the ribbon. Photo Credit: Atlantic Health System

4th Grade Best Friends Create Charitable Business Chatham Athletic Boosters Club Donates to Covid Relief Food Distribution Program


he Chatham Athletic Boosters Club donated $5,000 to benefit the Chatham United Methodist Church Covid Relief Food Distribution program on the final night of the 18th Annual Cougar Classic basketball tournament that was held at Chatham High School. The funds were raised during the Classic. Chatham Borough Council member Len Resto, who helps run the food pantry, and Rev. Jeffrey Markay of CUMC received the donation from Adam Drum, president of the Chatham Athletic Boosters, Chatham Athletic Director Mo Abdelaziz and booster members Ed Leskauskas and Jody Frohnapfel. “We are extremely grateful for this donation as it means we can provide fresh produce, milk and eggs to the food insecure during a winter where produce isn’t plentiful and Covid and inflation continue to add to the misery faced by many,” says Len. 6

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ight 4th graders who have been friends since preschool have started a charitable business called JamminBraceletz where they sell personalized handmade bracelets and donate a portion of the profits to a different charity each month. Their parents say they thought starting this business “would be a great social exercise to give the girls something proactive to do off their electronics during the pandemic.” This winter, in their first month in business, the girls sold 140 bracelets, which go for $6 to $7 each, for a total of $1200. People can also donate more than this to the causes. The young entrepreneurs donated $500 to the Ronald McDonald house in December, and plan to donate to the Livingston-based pediatric cancer charity Trialblazers in January, and to the American Heart Association in February. The girls: Jordyn, Ava, Madison, Miley, Izzie, Carolyn, Lily, and Zoe say they “enjoy making the bracelets,” which can be purchased on Etsy at Etsy/shop/JamminBraceletz, on Instagram @JamminBraceletz, and via Venmo at Lauren-Merel.

Paper Mill Playhouse is Now Accepting Video Auditions from Students for Summer Training Programs


aper Mill Playhouse is now accepting audition videos from students ages 10-18 that are interested the 2022 summer training programs, which include the Playhouse’s Summer Musical Theater Conservatory or Musical Theater Intensive. Now in its 27th year, the 2022 Paper Mill Playhouse Summer Musical Theater Conservatory will take place from June 27 to July 30 at Paper Mill Playhouse and the Paper Mill Studios in Milburn. Students will be offered live training Monday through Friday for five weeks culminating in the annual New Voices Concert that will be live on the Paper Mill stage. Numerous winners and nominees of the 2022 Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star who won scholarships to attend the Conservatory will also be appearing. For audition video guidelines, submission instructions and other important information on tuition and available scholarships, please visit the website at Paper Mill Professional Summer Training Programs.

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Berkeley Heights Senior Wins Top Prize at State Art Show


ileen Bonacci of Berkeley Heights won two top honors at the 55th annual New Jersey Senior Citizen Art Show. She was among 12 artists from Union County who were selected as award winners in the show. Bonacci won the Best in Show by a Professional, and 1st Place, Oil by a Professional artist, for her painting, “Day at the Beach.” She previously won 1st Place for the same painting at the Union County Senior Art Show.

Chatham Eagle Scout Creates Boardwalk for St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Rescue Dogs


hatham resident and Eagle Scout, Lucine Basralian, designed and led a team of fellow scouts to create a boardwalk to bridge a path on a dog walking trail for St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare rescue dogs that are being rehabilitated to learn to enjoy the outdoors. St. Hubert’s will use the path to take the dogs to sensory gardens, and campers will use the path during the summer. Lucine says she is proud of herself for completing her project and is thankful to all who helped her. Her mom Daniele says, “Scouting is fantastic and is a way to build great skills and character.” Lucine is a part of BSA Troop 280, an all-girls troop for ages 11 to 17, who live in Chatham, Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Madison, Morristown, New Providence and Summit. Photo Credit: Daniele Basralian

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The founders of Empowering Kids Organization (EKO), from left: Paola Acosta, Teresita Usme, Patricia Fontan and Maria Jose Orgeira

Moms Create Programming for Multicultural Families By Jackie Schatell


hen Maria Jose Orgeira, Paola Acosta, Patricia Fontan, Teresita Usme, all of Summit, with a shared experience of coming from an international background and having lived abroad for most of their lives, began the process of figuring out all of the things available through the town and school system for their children, they realized that other families, particularly ones with a language barrier, from low-income homes, multicultural families, or with children with special needs were also having trouble. They set out to do something about it by creating Empowering Kids Organization (EKO), which has become a valuable resource for kids who may not otherwise have access to academic and arts enrichment programs. EKO has now served over 191 participants since its inception in 2019, created 11 programs, and raised $56,000 in donations. “We started to see that many kids, especially from bilingual families or for whom English was not their first language, were not trying out for school teams and plays,” says Paola. The group figured 8

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there was a big chance many of those parents hadn’t heard about available programs or were not aware of tryout dates. The women identified that two of the main factors were the language barrier and a lack of connection to the school community and local culture. So, EKO began acting as a resource guiding the families through all of the necessary steps and giving them information to make such opportunities accessible and get more kids signed up. In addition, EKO began creating their own after-school programs to meet the needs of the grades 4-12 population they serve including art, theater, science, and ESL classes. Once these classes were underway, parents asked for an ESL class, and one for children with special needs. EKO now offers English Immersion Classes; Cultural Activities; a Summer Camp; an Art Program through The Visual Arts Center (VAC-NJ); Comic Improvisation Classes and Workshops through Vivid Stage Theatre; Math, English, and Science for ESL Learners; Personal GED Tutoring classes; and February 2022

supports existing Early Literacy and College Awareness Programs. “By creating our classes, and resources, we are able to connect families who are facing isolation not only with programs but with other families and the Summit community as well,” says Paola. Kids in the EKO programs are now creating their own school clubs and are signing up for plays and advanced art classes on their own. They are getting scholarships and winning awards. “Our resources are helping to improve their life experiences and build confidence,” says Paola. “Our students are finding their places in classes where they can shine, be curious, and believe in their potentials.” Paola says, “It is so great to see a shy child in one for our improv class making people laugh or in a skit, whose talent wouldn’t have been noticed otherwise. It is incredibly rewarding seeing a student empowered to try new things and pursuing their dreams. By working locally, we are also building a stronger community one program at a time.”

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A Woman’s Non-Profit is Making a Difference, One Kind Gesture at a Time By Jackie Schatell


hen Laurie Liming, of Berkeley Heights, was diagnosed with breast cancer, it was a terrible shock for her, but one thing that stood out from all of the darkness was how much kindness she felt all around her. After surviving her ordeal, Laurie wanted to give back, so she started Silver Liming, a non-profit with the motto, “Making a difference to local families one KIND gesture at a time.” Since then, the charitable group has made a difference in the lives of 2733 people through 2600 kind gestures. “We are just trying to give something good when things are hard,” she says. Laurie heard a poem about a starfish, where a small boy was tossing starfish on the sand back into the ocean so as to make a difference for each one of them. This poem inspired the five arms of her charity, which are: Charity Begins at Home, Care for The Caregiver, Compassionate Hands, Community of Support, and Cheer for Our Cherubs. Through these areas of service, people can ask for help for themselves or others and those who need the help will receive an act of kindness. Acts have run the gamut from sending over a babysitter, nurse, or housekeeper to provide a reprieve for a caregiver, to handing out backpacks full of warm gloves, hats, and necessities to homeless children, or buying a computer for a child with cancer for virtual schooling. The recipients do not have to have cancer, they just have to need an act of kindness. “When I was having chemo, knowing that I didn’t have to worry about making dinner for my family was a blessing,” says Laurie, whose friends often sent over meals. “I knew that I wanted to be able to do this for others.” Laurie says she doesn’t do all of this alone. Her board members are the backbone of the foundation. She receives donations via her website, Venmo @Silver-Liming, and through word of mouth. She also has many volunteers including student and teen ambassadors, who help out. She says those interested in volunteering are always welcome to reach out to “We can’t take away people’s struggles, but we can make a difference to their story with kindness,” says Laurie.

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“Inside Out” Exhibit Showcasing Artists from JSDD’s WAE Center


ick-off the new year with the West Orange Arts Council’s first show of 2022, the JSDD WAE Center’s “Inside Out” Exhibit. This is a hybrid art experience to be viewed online or by appointment. On display is the work of over 20 WAE Center artists whom are self-driven and self-taught. This genre of work is referred to as “Outsider Art,” meaning that the artist is not formally trained yet still create from an organic place of knowledge and experience. The visual representations of each artist’s own raw experiences, thoughts, and feelings communicate their perceptions of the world around them, in varied and vibrant form. JSDD’s (Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled) WAE (Wellness, Art & Enrichment) Center is a nonprofit organization and a holistic and expressive arts learning center for adults with IDD. In addition to fine arts programming, the WAE Center provides an environment where members learn, create, express themselves, and develop meaningful relationships. JSDD’s WAE Center offers programs in writing, poetry, painting, film, music and more. The show is on view at the West Orange Arts Center located at 551 Valley Road in West Orange. To schedule your visit, please email or call 862-500-1918. A virtual exhibit is on the West Orange Arts Council’s website (


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Support Your Local Merchant. Shop Local. Find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift at nearby independently owned businesses in our community.

Sweets for your sweetie with the soothing effect of CBD. Come visit us at Glaze Salon and get your CBD gummies with an extra bonus of 20% off during the month of February.

The Wellness Collection from Little Words Project are carefully crafted bracelets that help practice mindfulness, alleviate stress and keep worries at bay. 25% of the net proceeds from this collection will benefit The Loveland Foundation.

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These one-of-a-kind pieces are etched with Well Told’s signature map designs; choose from college towns, home towns, cities, and topographies around the U.S. and the world. Available in pint, wine, and champagne glasses, plus much more!

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Cuddle up in our cozy Valentine’s crew neck sweatshirt in either pink or white. A meaningful symbol, the heart pendant necklace in either gold or silver. A timeless piece to wear every day both layered or alone.

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Up his sock game with Hot Sox… Socks are a must have fashion accessory for guys! HOTSOX makes socks that feel great, function well & deliver on today’s styles. Fun, crazy, colorful, themed socks in a variety of patterns. Express yourself every step you take. Tons of unique styles to brighten up his day & wardrobe.

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Treats for Your Sweet! Shop at Love Letters for Valentine’s candy and stuffed animals for your love ones—of every age.

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Treat yourself or someone you love to cozy sets for Valentine’s Day and then accessorize! Visit or your local store to get styled!

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These butterflies are delightful and delicate. Small enough to catch your eye without overwhelming your look. Layer a few or just wear one. They come in a variety of colors.

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Belgian chocolate dipped strawberries are beyond decadent for a special Valentine gift. Valentine cookies, cupcakes, cakes and other gift items also available. Nationwide shipping available. Shop online or in-store.

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MIX IT UP A Fun and Trendy Shopping Experience By Sue Baldani, photo by Dan Epstein


ince 2009, Mixology Clothing Company has been focused on the good—good employees, good values, good clothing and more. Even though this is its mission, it also strives to be exceptional and has been very successful in reaching that goal. “Mixology’s style is fun, trendy, chic and comfortable,” says vice president and head buyer, Gabrielle Edwards. Designers include Heartloom, Robertson and Rodeo, Z Supply, and We’re All Pretty Girls, among many other talented artists. And new merchandise is always arriving, so its inventory is never short on the latest style or trend. Aside from clothing, Mixology also offers accessories such as hats and hair clips, cozy socks, belts, and stylish messenger and handbags. “This spring and summer, we will be carrying a full assortment of St. Barth’s bags,” states Gabrielle. “They are so functional, they are available in two different sizes, great solid colors and prints, and make for a great everyday bag or beach bag.” Mixology also has a fabulous collection of jewelry such as initial necklaces and earrings, as well as wonderfully scented candles for your home. “Our jewelry pieces are on trend, classic and affordable,” says Gabrielle. “If you are looking for a fun gift, we have a great assortment of candles for every age.” “Mixology offers a high level of service that you don’t always get at big box stores,” says Jordan Edwards, the CEO and president. “We are also a part of our communities, and we hire from the surrounding towns that our stores are located in.” In addition to its two locations in New Jersey, six in Long Island, two in Westchester, and one on the Upper East Side in New York City, Mixology also offers an easy to navigate website that ships all over the world.

Stop by its stores, shop its great merchandise, and meet the amazing people who work for Mixology Clothing Company. The customer service and attention you’ll receive while there will be helpful and refreshing.

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Point of Know Return: KANSAS PERFORMANCE


ansas marks the 40th anniversary of the release of their classic album Point of Know Return (“Dust in the Wind”) by performing the iconic recording in its entirety as well as other Kansas favorites. With a legendary career spanning nearly five decades, KANSAS has firmly established itself as one of America’s iconic classic rock bands. The band is currently comprised of original drummer Phil Ehart, bassist/vocalist Billy Greer, vocalist/keyboardist Ronnie Platt, violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale, keyboardist/ vocalist Tom Brislin, and original guitarist Richard Williams. With no signs of slowing down, KANSAS continues to perform in front of large and enthusiastic audiences around the world.

7:30pm—Friday, March 11 Mayo Performing Arts Theatre 100 South Street, Morristown 973-539-8008

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Chatham Library Events Essex Water Color Show


he Essex Water Color Club, the oldest water color club in New Jersey, will hold a show of its work here through February. An opening reception, sponsored by The Friends of The Library, will be held for the artists on Sunday, February 6 from 2:15 to 4 pm. The public is invited to attend.

Traveling the Lewis and Clark Trail Former Chatham resident, Jennifer White Fischer will present a talk on traveling the Lewis and Clark Trail to be held on Tuesday, February 8 at 7pm at the Library of the Chathams. Through her photographs, she will tell the exciting story of the Corps of Discovery’s adventures in the early 1800’s as they explored the newly acquired Louisiana Territory, crossed the Bitterroot Mountains and continued on to the Pacific Ocean.

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Fischer is the author of Adventures Across America, On and Off the Trail of Lewis and Clark, about her two extended road trips following the Trail and exploring the northwest United States. Sher has been writing about her travels for the Out and About section of the New Jersey Hills Media Group newspapers, which includes The Chatham Courier, for the past five years.

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Who Wants to Talk? In Defense of Romance Novels: Empowering Women, Exhibiting Nontoxic Masculinity, & Embracing Sexuality Michelle Altieri, Professor of Communications at the County College of Morris, will explore how romance novels, far from being frivolous, are about empowering women, exhibiting nontoxic masculinity, and embracing sexuality. Using novel excerpts by Julia Quinn, Diana Gabaldon, Nora Roberts, and others, we will take a closer look at the value of romance, and how the genre is providing space for all generations of women to love others (and themselves) fiercely and unapologetically. Join us on Tuesday, February 15 at 7 pm. Sign up at or call 973-635-0603. This is part of Who Wants to Talk- a series of online conversations moderated by Library Director Karen Brodsky.

Rutgers Master Gardeners’ Presentation on the Secrets of Orchids Orchids are more available and affordable than ever before and are available in a multitude of colors. Learn how to select the best type of orchids for “rookies”. Potting, planting, propagation, general and best care practices, pests, diseases and other root problems will be reviewed. Even beginners can be successful at tending to and caring for beautiful orchids. Please join Rutgers Master Gardener, Cheri Wilczek on Wednesday, February 16 at 7 pm. Registration is requested for this Zoom presentation by going to the Library’s website at The Zoom link will be provided, and you will be sent a passcode to join the meeting.

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Focus on Education

College Savings Plans and New Jersey PERFECT TOGETHER—STARTING IN 2022 By Michael H. Karu, CPA/CFF/CGMA


he recently signed New Jersey College Affordability Act, Michael H. Karu, CPA/CFF supported by Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker Coughlin, will help New Jersey families who are saving and paying for college, as well as for those who are paying off their student loans. With the signing of the law, which was unanimously approved by the Senate, New Jersey becomes the 35th state that offers a tax benefit for contributions to an approved 529 college savings plan. This is part of a plan to make college more affordable.

The new law will allow for a deduction of up to $10,000 per year for contributions to the NJ Better Education Trust or NJBEST, but would be limited to those households with taxable income of $200,000 or less. It goes in effect for contributions made in tax year 2022. 529 plans are effective savings vehicles as the contributions grow tax free and, upon withdrawal, assuming the funds are used to pay qualified education expenses, are not taxable. The law allows for an outright grant of up to $750 in a dollar-to-dollar match for contributing into a 529 plan with NJBEST. However, it is limited to household with gross income of $75,000 or less. Another benefit of the new law is a deduction of up to $10,000 for in-state tuition. Again, it would be limited to taxpayers with household income of $200,000 or less. The last piece of the legislation, also limited to taxpayers with household income of $200,000 or less, would allow a tax deduction of up to $2,500 for qualifying student loan payments towards New Jersey College Loans to Assist State Students or NJCLASS. NJCLASS loans are available to NJ residents and students.

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Lower/Middle School 15 Tower Hill Road, Mountain Lakes 973-334-1234 | Age Groups: Grades 2–8

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24 Changebridge Road, Montville 973-334-1234 | Contact: Nicole Moon Email: Age Groups: Grades 9–12 The mission of the Craig School is to provide students a strategy-based, comprehensive, and challenging school experience that acknowledges their learning disabilities build on their aptitudes, and strengthens their self-awareness and self-esteem. They help parents assess their child’s true potential understand the nature of learning disabilities and provide families an internal support network within the Craig community.

Mount St. Dominic Academy 3 Ryerson Ave, Caldwell 973-226-0660 Age Groups: Ages 14-18 (girls only) Open House: March 31, 6:30pm

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Winston Preparatory School 901 Route 10 East, Whippany 973-500-6480 Admissions Director: Meredith Fisher Email: Age Groups: 2-12 grade To schedule a visit, contact the school office or visit the website. Winston Prep is a highly individualized and responsive setting for students in grades 2-12 with specific learning differences, including language processing disorders such as dyslexia, nonverbal learning disabilities such as Asperger’s, and executive functioning difficulties such as ADHD.

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Founder Roya Ranjbar

DEZIGN-ING WOMAN By Deborah Schapiro, photos by Dan Epstein


o, the title of this article is not a mistake. It is a reference to House of Dezign, a school in Chatham where kids, teens and adults learn how to create their own fashions. House of Dezign was founded last July by Chatham resident Roya Ranjbar. While not a designer herself, she has extensive experience in the fashion industry, including a seven-year university program and stints at Chanel and Anne Fontaine. House of Dezign aims to, in Roya’s words, “build back skills that have been lost in many fashion schools today.” These lost skills include both hand and machine sewing, pattern-making and draping. At the same time, House of Dezign is also a cutting-edge school, using digital design programs and offering lessons in upcycling garments.

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Roya Ranjbar and Instructor Josh Moss

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Yasmin Acosta with Instructor Joss Moss

Roya Ranjbar and students

The school offers beginner, intermediate and advanced classes, as well as summer camps, “Sip & Sew” nights, and bachelorette and birthday party packages. Additionally, Roya has established a partnership with Montclair State University’s Department of Art & Design: Students in that department pursuing a BA in Fashion Studies can earn course credit working as House of Dezign interns. Students at House of Dezign learn to work with a variety of fabrics and other materials to create both garments and

accessories. Those who want to go into the industry are also taught how to create a portfolio and entire collection. Roya notes that only a few of her students plan to go into the fashion industry professionally; most simply love creating and discussing fashion. When they are not cutting, sewing or draping, House of Dezign students are learning about the history, cultural significance and economic value of the fashion industry. Adds Roya, “We also discuss fashion etiquette, such as why we wear fancy clothes to a wedding.”

Regardless of their future plans, students at House of Dezign find a calm, focused and nurturing environment. Ranjabar has cultivated a safe space for kids, teens and adults to express themselves. She says that unlike the cutthroat world of fashion depicted in Project Runway, “There is no competition here; everyone’s work is great.”

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Art in the Vicinity

Joseph Borzatta

Whimsical & Provocative Portrait of the artist and story by Dan Epstein


oseph Borzotta makes paintings that are both delightful in their whimsy, and never fail to provoke the viewer to questions. A kind of Renaissance Man, he was born and raised in NJ, and studied at both the Rhode Island School of Design as well as The School of Visual Arts in NYC. He’s owned bars in both New York City and Hoboken; operated a well-known gallery in Asbury Park called Palette ArtSpace; maintains a blog called The Gallery Guy; his film, Across The Bar, was accepted into the Garden State Film Festival; and he can often be found in comedy clubs in the tri-state area doing standup. Currently, an exhibit of his recent paintings are on display until February 20th at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey, in Summit. First Week Last Week 24

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THE PAINTINGS OF JOSEPH BORZOTTA Combining collage, as well as both abstract and representational images, this series of 9x12 paintings were all completed during the quarantine phase of the current Covid crisis. In First Week Last Week, we see a businessman, painted over the ghost of his daily calendar, inexplicably sporting the ears of a rabbit. He stands on an abstract field. Maybe the artist/businessman is questioning the absurdity of trying to do business during the strange time we all experienced in the early days of Covid 19. Who knows? What we do know is that the painting makes us both smile, and wonder. Take Me To The River, referencing an old Talking Heads song, we again see a solitary figure with which Borzotta once again comments on the loneliness and separation so many of us experienced during quarantine as well a time of great political unrest wherein many of us felt clearly on one side or the other. Working with the combination of collage and acrylic paint, Who Is It, was the first of this series completed. The background may be a random abstract, or is it a landscape in which a lone figure, both painted and made with collage, wonders if there’s someone else there? Also in the exhibit is a larger painting: Get Off My Lawn, a 30x40 acrylic and collage, in which Borzotta reflects an urban life left as he moved, along with his wife and child to the suburbs of NJ. He’s included this work he believes is the precursor which led him to the rest of the body of this work. A background of mid-century developer houses under a stormy sky behind a solitary figure whose arms are outstretched pleading for something. It’s up to the viewer to decide what. You can see many more works on his website, and see a selection in person at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey.

Take Me To The River

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Artwork photos supplied by the artist

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Curious Kids Will Love the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts


he next time your kids ask you about the past, you can take them to the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts in Madison, where they will enjoy learning about NJ during the colonial era through the age of industrialization. The museum is the perfect way to bring much of what children are reading about in school to life. It boasts a robust collection of artifacts and tools and features a variety of permanent and special exhibits. METC’s newest exhibit, Working the Land – Life, Family and Change in Early 1800’s NJ, tells the stories of people’s daily lives, struggles, families and more. You can learn more at

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aking that extra step when it comes to customer service is something building contractor Victor Zucchi & Son has been doing for 85 years. “My father and my grandfather believed in providing next-level customer service,” says Chris Zucchi, who represents the builder’s fourth generation. The contractor is currently working on a $2.5 to $3-plus million construction project in Englewood—adding an 11,000 sq. ft. addition to a 4,000 sq. ft home. “We take customer service very seriously,” Zucchi emphasizes. “During 2021 we saw significant material price increases and construction material delays.” Yet, to the delight of the client, the project has remained on schedule. “This is why pre-construction services— which include sourcing materials, pricing materials, and scheduling material delivery to coincide with the production schedule—take on new urgency as 2022 gets underway,” he adds.

Victor Zucchi & Son’s Englewood project also came with another big challenge: The client wanted the addition to match the original home. To do so, Victor Zucchi & Son went to a reclaimed brick company in Iowa to source and secure a particular type of 19th century brick—a clinker brick—for the home’s façade…and the match was made. Work is proceeding on the interior of the home for which the homeowner also wants a match between the new structure and the original, down to the moldings and woodwork. “The client wants the old to look new and the new to look old,” Zucchi states. “It is a challenge, but it is also fun for us.”

Passion that makes hard work fun may set Victor Zucchi & Son apart from the rest, but it is truly customer service that makes this building contractor stand out. “We do go about our business differently than most contractors,” says Zucchi. “We keep our clients in the loop throughout the project to ensure everyone’s needs are met and questions and concerns are addressed.”

The client has been so pleased with Victor Zucchi & Son’s attention to detail and craftsmanship that they have added on projects that include a porte-cochère, a proposed wine cellar, a new pool house and pool renovation, and other items to the initial project.

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More than that, clients can contact the building contractor 24/7. “I give my clients my cell number so they can reach me at any time.” That is what you call next-level customer service.

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Explore the Galaxy… Visit This State-of-the-Art Planetarium at Liberty Science Center


ersey City’s Liberty Science Center has long been a destination for exploration and educational fun. The Center’s Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium, which opened in 2017, continues this tradition by being an awe-inspiring vehicle for wonder and learning.

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Made up of a 89-foot full dome, the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium is the biggest planetarium in America. With a resolution of 88 million pixels, a lighting system producing over 281 trillion colors, and speakers producing 30,000 watts of digital sounds, it is an all-encompassing experience that is truly out of this world. “You can fit any other planetarium in the Western Hemisphere inside the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium,” said Paul Hoffman, Liberty Science Center President and CEO. “Add in the stateof-the-art technology and you have a spectacular unique theater like none other in the world. Visitors will be able to fly through the universe, experience the grandness and vastness of space, roam planetary surfaces, navigate asteroid fields, and watch the latest full-dome movies.” When you step inside the Planetarium’s theater, you are truly stepping into another world that gives you the opportunity to explore the universe. From the comfort of your seat, look up and take in the stunning view of the night sky or distant

Right in Jersey City galaxies. Travel through the canyons on Mars, watch spewing geysers on Neptune’s moon Triton, and even find your way out of a black hole. The Planetarium currently has a variety of shows that will take you across the universe and back to your theater chair! See the universe through telescopes, robot probes and the naked eye in “Wonders of the Night Sky.” Learn about our solar system by seeing the planets up close and personal in “To Worlds Beyond.” Journey inside a black hole in “Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity,” a bizarre trip that will teach you about the most mysterious phenomena in the universe. Families with young kids will also appreciate “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure” and the “Winter Pop Laser Show,” which allow even the littlest space fans to experience the planetarium.

Her gift has allowed the Center to build a state-of-the-art experience that combines the very best of sight and sound with educational opportunities, fascinating space science, and childlike wonder. Whether you love outer space yourself or want to foster a love of astronomy and space science in your children, the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium is the perfect day trip destination. There is no better (or bigger!) place in America to explore the vastness of our universe.

Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium at Liberty Science Center Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City 201-200-1000 |

The spectacular attraction is named after Jennifer Chalsty, a New Jersey philanthropist and Liberty Science Center Board Member who donated $5 million to create the planetarium.

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How to Choose a Summer Camp Your Kids Will Love and You Approve By Kimberly Blaker


ummer camp offers kids plenty of benefits, and many kids are thrilled with the idea of going away to summer camp. Still, for some kids, particularly those who are shy, introverted, or homebodies, the thought of going away for a night, let alone a week or more, can cause considerable anxiety. When kids are adamantly opposed, forcing summer camp on them may not be in their best interest. But for kids who are eager – or at least willing to give it a shot without much fuss – summer camp offers opportunities kids may not have elsewhere. Summer camp provides kids the following benefits: • fosters independence • a place to develop new and lasting friendships • development of new skills • discovery of new interests and hobbies • the opportunity for creative expression • a break from being plugged-in daily exercise

What are the staff’s qualifications?

What is the daily schedule for campers?

Many summer camps use teens to staff the camps. Teens make excellent mentors and can bring liveliness to summer camp programs. However, the programs themselves should be developed by professionals and have professional oversight to ensure kids are getting the most from their camp experience.

Ask for a daily itinerary, so you know your child will be getting everything you and your child anticipate from the program.

• improves their self-esteem • teaches kids to work with others • makes them feel part of a community • prevents or reduces summer learning loss Once you and your child have narrowed the list down you’ll want to investigate the camps further. There are several things you’ll want to consider.


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How does the camp ensure your child’s safety? Find out what kind of safety training the camp provides its staffers. Also, is there staff on hand at all times that knows CPR? What are the camp’s procedures in the event your child becomes ill, has an accident, or an emergency?

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What are the rules? Each camp has its own set of rules. So, find out whether your child is allowed to call you. If it’s a summer-long residential camp, can parents come and visit? Can kids bring along a cell phone or electronics? Also, how much money can they bring, and how is it managed? Keep in mind, although there are many great camps, no camp is likely to offer everything precisely the way you want it. Just choose the one that best fits your child and satisfies your most important criteria. Remember, your child will have many summers to come and plenty more opportunities to work in more exciting camp experiences.

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Health, Beauty & Wellness

SAD? Lighten Up


hen the clocks fall back and the days start to shorten, our hours in the sunlight become scarce. This can cause a lot of people to feel less energetic, moody and unhappy. For some, the seasonal change actually leads to a type of depression called seasonal affective disorder (also called SAD). One way to alleviate some of these symptoms is light therapy. Although light therapy is not a cure, it may increase your energy levels, regulate sleep and boost your mood. During light therapy, you sit near a light box for an extended period of time—most people choose to do it in the morning. In order for it to be effective, you should be relatively close to the light, and facing it with your eyes open. Aside from that, you’re free to do your makeup, read a book, surf the web or do whatever you’d like. The amount of time you should spend in front of the light varies depending on the amount of LUX the lamp produces, but is typically between 30 minutes and two hours. Light therapy is generally safe, but it’s always good to discuss with your doctor before you try a new treatment, especially if you have a history of skin cancer, or have a condition or are taking a medication that makes your skin more sensitive to light or your eyes vulnerable to light damage.

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Relaxation Tips to Relieve Stress Relax anytime and anyplace, no reservations required! 1. Breathe deeply from your belly,

which shoots oxygen through your bloodstream, relaxing you immediately. Slowing inhale through your nose, feeling the start in your abdomen and work up to the top of your head.

2. Smile! Even a fake grin sends nerve

impulses to a key emotional center in your brain, shifting you into calmness.

3. Massage the center of your palm in

circles with the opposable thumb. It works on reflex points, acting like a whole body mini-massage.

4. Getting angry? Take a quick walk, get up and stretch, or put the annoying caller on hold and count to 10 while breathing deeply.

5. Laugh…It releases tons of stress. By lowering cortisol, your body’s stress hormone and boosts endorphins, which help your mood.

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Everyday Self-Care Routines for a HEALTHY Heart D evoting a little time every day to care for yourself can go a long way toward protecting the health of your heart. Simple self-care, such as taking a moment to de-stress, giving yourself time to move more, preparing healthier meals, and not cheating on sleep can all benefit your heart.

It may be easier than you think to “put your heart” into your daily routine. Each Sunday, look at your week’s schedule and carve out 30 minutes daily for heart-healthy practices. Take an online yoga class, prepare a heart-healthy recipe, schedule your bedtime to get at least seven hours of sleep, or make a medication checklist. Then seek out support from others, even if it’s online or via a phone call, to help you stick to your goals. Here are few self-care tips to try every day to make your heart a priority:

Self-Care Sunday

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Find a moment of serenity every Sunday. Spend some quality time on yourself.

Don’t waffle on your wellness. Move more, eat a fruit or vegetable you’ve never tried, make a plan to quit smoking or vaping, or learn the signs of a heart attack or stroke. You could be having a heart attack if you have chest and upper body pain or discomfort, shortness of breath, cold sweats, nausea, or lightheadedness. You might be having a stroke if you have numbness in the face, arm, or leg; confusion; trouble talking or seeing; dizziness; or a severe headache.

Follow inspiring people and pages on social media, or text a friend to help you stick to your self-care goals. Remember to take care of your mental health, too. Two of the main hurdles to self-care are depression and a lack of confidence, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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Be mindful about your health and regularly monitor your blood pressure or blood sugar if needed. Keep an eye on your weight to make sure it stays within or moves toward a healthy range. Being aware of your health status is a key to making positive change.

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Treat Yourself Thursday Treats can be healthy. Try making a dessert with fresh fruit and yogurt. Then stretch your imagination beyond food. Host a family dance party, take a few minutes to sit still and meditate, go for a long walk, or watch a funny show. Laughter is healthy.

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Selfie Saturday Inspire others to take care of their own hearts. Talk about your self-care routine with loved ones or share a selfie on your social media platforms. Having social support and personal networks can make it easier to get regular physical activity, eat nutritious foods, reach a healthy weight, and quit smoking. Learn more about heart health and hearthealthy activities in your community, and see what others are doing for their heart health, at or follow #OurHearts on social media.

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Restaurant Guide Gregorio’s Mediterranean Restaurant

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255A Main Street, Chatham | 973-635-2777 Italian Mediterranean cuisine bursting with flavor

Scalini Fedeli 63 Main Street, Chatham | 973-701-9200 French-influenced Italian fixed-price menus in an elegant, vaulted interior with Tuscan touches.


645 Valley Road, Gillette | 908-647-5755 Northern Italian entrees and pastas.

Casa Maya 615 Meyersville Road, Gillette 908-580-0799 Family-friendly BYOB serving Sonoran-stule Mexican cuisine.

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Nagoya Sushi & Tiki Lounge 538 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights 908-898-1188 | A family owned Japanese restaurant striving to provide the best food and experience to customers. Featuring a wide selection of sushi, rolls, and other Japanese favorites.

GILLETTE Ancona Bistro

Mitsuba Japanese Cuisine 237 Main St, Chatham | 973-635-3888 Featuring traditional Japanese specialties and cuisine, including sushi, rolls, cooked fare & lunchtime bento boxes.

342 Valley Rd, Gillette | 908-580-1100 Casual New American tavern with pub-grub standards, thin-crust pizzas & TVs for sports viewing.

MADISON Restaurant Serenade 6 Roosevelt Ave, Chatham | 973-701-0303 Artful dining, as conceived by award-winning Chef James Laird. A showcase of the finest hand-selected seasonal and regional ingredients in simple, refined presentations by Chef Laird.

A Taste of Asia Proud Thai Cookery 645 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights 908-665-0055 | A Thai Restaurant that brings you delicious street food! They offer the authentic Thai cuisine

Strega Bistro 430 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights 908-665-5905 | Modern Italian Farm to Table Bistro featuring seasonal organic menu with Mediterranean influenced-specials.

Trap Rock Restaurant & Brewery 279 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights 908-665-1755 | A microbrewery that offers guests seasonal craft brews in addition to a delicate menu that accentuates a southern flare

245 Main Street, Chatham | 973-701-8821 A Taste of Asia, New Jersey’s first Malaysian restaurant, brings the eclectic cuisines of Malay, China, India, Thailand and Eurasia to the area.

CEDAR KNOLLS H2ocean Restaurant & Raw Bar 41 Ridgedale Avenue. Cedar Knolls 973-984-9594/ www., Relaxed restaurant & bar serving locally sourced seafood in a sophisticated, contemporary space.

FLORHAM PARK China Chalet 184 Columbia Turnpike, Florham Park 973-996-2828 | Traditional Sichuan cuisine in an elegant environment.


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Charley’s Aunt Restaurant

207 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park 973-822-0066 | A modern Italian restaurant that combines favored classics with a contemporary touch. Offerings consist of New York style pizza, fresh salads, delicious small bites, & wonderful pasta.

8-10 S Passaic Ave, Chatham | 973-635-6772 Traditional American cuisine.

D’Oro Ristorante 219 Main Street, Chatham | 973-701-6990 A northern Italian menu that is sure to please everyone’s pallets. D’Oro offers a vast menu selection of delicious dishes including pasta, fish, poultry, pork, steaks, and more.


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Pastosa Ravioli 186 Columbia Tpk, Florham Park 973-377-4800 | A third generation, family-owned and operated Italian specialty food company widely recognized as the source of New York’s finest ravioli, fresh pasta and Italian specialties.

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Krust Kitchen 7 Cross St, Madison | 908-525-7878 Pizza

MILLBURN Basilico 324 Millburn Ave, Millburn 973-379-7020 | Enjoy the delicious flavors of their dishes, homemade pastas and desserts, cooked to perfection at one of the finest Millburn Italian restaurants.

Common Lot 27 Main Street, Millburn | 973-467-0494 A BYOB destination offering New American dishes.

La Pergola 120 Essex Street, Millburn | 973-376-6838 Providing diners with quintessential Northern Italian cuisine.

MoonShine Summer Club 55 Main Street, Millburn | 973-218-6042 Contemporary American cooking executed with style, finesse, and an updated comfort-food sensibility.



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535 Central Ave, New Providence 908-840-4540 | Located inside the Best Western Plus & Murray Hill Hotel and Suites, offering a full and varied menu with a Mediterranean flare. Full bar and live entertainment.

239 Main Avenue, Stirling | 908-350-8064 Authentic Italian cuisine

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Twelve Islands Greek Taverna

590 Central Ave, New Providence 908-665-0266 Offering housemate pizzas & formal Italian dishes

1255 Valley Rd, Stirling | 908-647-2193 Charming eatery crafting traditional Greek fare, including seafood & classic homestyle dishes. 12 Island has a full bar and the menu is assembled with a wide variety of recipes from the Dodecanese and other islands.



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25 Chatham Rd, Short Hills | 973-912-0002 Boxcar Bar & Grill is the neighborhood hangout Short Hills has longed for. From juicy burgers to crispy, thin crust pizza to ceviche and fresh salads, friends and families will enjoy their food!

3 Morris Avenue, Summit | 908-273-3166 Huntley Taverne dining experience offers classic seasonal cuisine, a 250 bottle wine list, two stone fireplaces, outdoor porch dining, and private events.

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La Pastaria

440 Parsonage Hill Road, Short Hills 973-467-8882 | A full service restaurant, bar & lounge located on the East Orange Golf Course in Short Hills. Offering bar bites, burgers and tasty entrees.

327 Springfield Ave, Summit | 908-522-9088 Located in Summit, La Pastaria has become an icon of home style Italian dining and a hidden gem of the community.

Coppola Ristorante & Pizzeria

185 Broad St, Summit | 908-277-2074 Enjoy a selection of house made specialties including breads, pastries, pies and cakes. Daily specials. This family owned and operated bakery is serving up their delicious twist on bakery classics for over 80 years.

Roots Steakhouse 401 Springfield Ave, Summit 908-273-0027 Roots Steakhouse is an old-fashioned New York style Steakhouse. Diners can expect delicious USDA aged prime beef sourced from the highest quality ranches in the mid-west.

Serra Restaurant 10 Bank Street, Summit | 908-273-1713 A family owned and run, authentic Portuguese BBQ restaurant. Their savory dishes feature ingredients such as olive oil, tomatoes, onion, garlic and wine.

Summit House Restaurant + Bar 395 Springfield Ave, Summit | 908-273-6000 An American restaurant and bar offering seasonal cuisine, craft cocktails, fresh local beers, and terroir-driven wines.




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How’s Your Attitude? “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” —Mark Twain


very once in a while I get in a rut. I think everyone does now and then. The key is, how fast can you climb out and get back on track?

Sometimes it might be lack of energy. Maybe not enough sleep or not eating right. Or it could be that the people around you are bringing you down. Whatever the case may be—it all begins with an attitude adjustment and a plan of “action” to get back on track. Even the smallest action can ignite a movement in a positive direction. I would like to introduce you to Bobby Collins, whom I have known for over 30 years and is one of the funniest comics alive. He is ‘Mr. Positive’—If anyone knows how to recharge your attitude, Bobby’s the one. Here are a few of his thoughts on the subject: God first, family second, career third. God first. If you put one ahead of the other you always have to get back on where you got off. I have a lot of faith and sometimes things don’t work out my way and I get bummed

out, but my faith carries me through. I remind myself to stay strong and stay true rather than get sad and insecure. Family second. I have to say how rejuvenating it is hanging out with my family. Just seeing my wife’s smile; and hanging out and laughing with my kids. It’s the simple things that help us get back our energy and a resilient attitude that we often take for granted. Career third. I’m a performer, a comic. I travel throughout every city in every state. When I get up on stage there are people of all different nationalities and many different cultures. In the audiences, there are some faces that I can tell are right in the moment with me… I am so happy and they’re so happy they came to the show to change how they feel—to laugh and enjoy themselves. Then there are the other faces that are hiding. I can look out into the audience and it appears they are hurting, sad or maybe they are angry or insecure. I believe they came to the comedy club specifically so that my performance will turn them. Know that it’s ok to feel that way. We all feel those things sometimes… It makes me realize that we all can change our attitude for the better by focusing on making others around you feel better. Never underestimate the power of lifting up others as it in turn will end up lifting your spirits as well.”

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