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On The Spot

In Your Opinion, What is the Best Form of Exercise?

MARCH 2018

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David J. Black FOUNDER & CEO

Cathleen M. Black

By Warren Westura


Michael J. Reidy ART DIRECTOR

Walking, especially on a nice day when you have the weather on your side.

Nancy Carin

Walking. I used to do it when I was younger a lot—it keeps you fit and in shape.

—Patricia Karpf, Chatham Boro

—Fred Petersen, Morris Plains Walking or working—I am an electrician. I get all my exercise doing labor! —Sean McCarthy, Madison





Mitchell Black Heidi Dommasch Robert Leo Murray GUARDIAN ANGELS

Walking. I take my son’s dog for a walk!

—Kathleen Schneck, Chatham Borough

—Peter Oudshoorn, Essex Fells

I would say stationary biking! Anything that gets you moving is the best for exercise! —Terry McCabe, Chatham Borough

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Walk every day and watch what you eat! Italian people, we play bocce!

Walking because everybody can do it and it doesn’t require any equipment!



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—Joe Pascarella, Chatham Borough

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On the Spot In Your Opinion, What is the Best Form of Exercise?


In the Vicinity Exciting News and Happenings in the Area


March 2018 Calendar of Events 12 Event HIghlight— 31st Annual Taste of Summit 22 Event Highlight— Spring CraftMorristown


24 Event Highlight—Music from the Macculloch Era 26 Event Highlight—”The Sting” Musical

14 Celebrations and Event Planning 14 Put More YOU into Your Wedding Day 16 Every Party is Perfect at Brooklake Country Club 17 American BBQ Company Offer Much More than BBQ Dishes 18 Step Inside The Manor’s Inviting New Ballroom 19 Mitzvah Showcase 2018


20 Resource Directory

28 Camp Spotlights 36 Health & Wellness 36 The Benefits of Invisalign Over Traditional Braces 37 The Importance of Good Posture

38 Restaurant Guide 42 Diamond Minds

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In The Vicinity

Short Hills 6th Grader Wins Disney Grant

THE SUPERB WOMAN Helps Women Gain Confidence

ixth grade student Arnav Sharma, from Short Hills, is one of 270 young leaders across the country to be awarded the prestigious “Disney Summer of Service” grant. The grant, awarded through Youth Service America (YSA), will help Arnav lead a community service project that promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) amongst elementary school children.

anet Neal is a woman who believes in the power of women helping other women. That is the mission of the long-time New Jersey resident’s new book, THE SUPERB WOMAN: It’s All About the BE, which examines ways women can gain strength and confidence, and feel comfortable in their own skin.



Janet Neal THE SUPERB WOMAN tells the story of a single working mother, Bea, who goes on a quest to find out how a media icon “does it all.” Her answers come from the lessons learned from women she encounters along the way, shedding light on issues such as “having it all,” getting to know oneself, cultivating forgiveness and gratitude, and letting go of the “shoulds.”

Service activities will take place early this year and will include STEM competitions for kids in grades K–5, as well as volunteer opportunities for middle and high school students.

Neal’s book offers readers strategies and mindsets to help women re-energize their power and release the need to be a “superwoman.” Her thoughtful examination of issues affecting women’s self-esteem and personal authority is sure to enhance the lives of women of all ages.

The $500 Disney Summer of Service grant helps fund projects that make communities healthier, greener and stronger. Grantees will educate their peers around the issue of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math; students will work together to create solutions to promote STEM through awareness, advocacy, service, and philanthropic activities.YSA is committed to helping young people take action and make an impact on community issues, by partnering with organizations like Disney to create volunteering and community service opportunities.

“March Madness” at Natale’s Bakery


arch Madness” isn’t just for basketball fans. At Natale’s Summit Bakery, it’s what the owners and staff call the month of March. With the majority of spring holidays occurring in March this year, Natale’s will have an influx of customers coming in to shop for their holiday favorites. The bakery is already whipping up specialty items that customers love to buy every year for their parties and get-togethers. Throughout “March Madness,” Natale’s Summit Bakery and their customers will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, St. Joseph’s Day, Palm Sunday, Passover, and Easter. What kinds of holiday treats can you expect to see lining their shelves and cases? Some of their customer-favorite specialties include Irish soda bread, St. Joseph’s Zeppole, flourless sponge cake, and coconut macaroons. And while Easter is on April 1 this year, sweet Italian Easter bread will usher in Palm Sunday, with Easter week bringing traditional Easter pies, cakes, and cookies.

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Janet Neal is a contributor to The Huffington Post, Mogul, and hosts her own weekly web show entitled “Superbwoman Sundays at 7.”

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Ron, who was born and raised in the town, assisted in revitalizing downtown Livingston’s business district. He has served as a volunteer for the Business Improvement District since 1999, and on the Architectural Review Committee since 2000, currently as Chairman. Notes Weiss, “It’s something I can do to give back to the town which has served me so well.”

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he Weiss Design Group, Inc., a third generation firm and a longtime fixture in Livingston, is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary with Ronald Weiss at the helm. As the principal architect, the dynamic, full service firm provides both interior and architectural design. Mr. Weiss perpetuates the design firm’s success along with his wife, Lori, and their very talented staff. He states, “There is a great thrill in creating spaces for everyone to use and enjoy and to have an impact on people’s lives.”

he Spring 2018 North Jersey Woman Expo will be held on Tuesday, May 8 at Mayfair Farms in West Orange. This extraordinary event is now accepting vendors and sponsor reservations. The event allows vendors to sell products, generate leads, interact and engage with hundreds of attendees. Limited space is available. Call 973-2761688 to reserve your space or visit for more information.

In light of their 30th anniversary, the firm is launching a campaign on social media to expose the public to the range of services they perform—from a single room in a home to a detailed 90,000 Sq. Ft. medical project. Other projects include Cedar Hill Country Club in Livingston as well as numerous professional, industrial and retail spaces. Visit them on Facebook and Instagram, or consult their website at

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“Les Photos de Bernie” Photo Exhibit


Bernie Pramanik is a scientist working in the pharmaceutical industry. She is a lifelong resident of New Jersey, growing up in Parsippany and currently residing in Warren. Her passion for nature photography was inspired by French Impressionist painters such as Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh, and allows her a creative outlet to explore and discover the hidden beauty in nature. Runs thru May 28. Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayrick Wildlife Art Gallery,11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville.

Calendar of Events MARCH 2018

Thursday, March 1 Women’s Workshops March programs are: ‘Overwhelmed with Paper Clutter?’ and ‘A Conversation with Daughters Who Have Lost Their Mothers.’ Please call for dates and times.NCJW/Essex Center for Women, 70 South Orange Ave., Suite 120, Livingston. 973-994-4994.

Tech Support For Seniors For assistance with your smartphone, laptop, tablet, etc. call the Center at 973-635-4565 to schedule a one-on-one appointment with a Chatham High School student volunteer. 3:15–4:15pm. The Senior Center, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham.

“That Did What?” Contest

Computer Classes

Items featured from the museum’s collection include implements and small tools that were once common in households, farms and workplaces but which have fallen into obsolescence. The last display cabinet in the exhibit includes eight items that have been intentionally left unlabeled so that members of the public can try their hand at identifying what they were used for. The person identifying the most items correctly will win a gift card to Barnes & Nobles. All contest entries must be submitted at the circulation desk no later than 9pm on March 15. The Donald B. Palmer Museum, Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973-376-4930.

Computer training is available to all women at all levels. March classes are: Intro to WORD and Basic EXCEL. Please call for dates and times. NCJW/Essex Center for Women, 70 South Orange Ave., Suite 120, Livingston. 973-994-4994.

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Children’s Support Group Rainbows is a free support group for children ages 5–12 years old grieving a loss from a life-altering crisis such as death, separation, divorce or other painful transitions. For March dates and times please contact NCJW/Essex Center for Women, 70 South Orange Ave., Suite 120, Livingston. 973-994-4994.

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Career Services This ongoing program is a service of vocational counseling, which holds one-on-one meetings and group workshops designed to help women enter the jobmarket, return to the workplace, or make a career change. Services include goal setting, career planning, resume writing, interviewing skills, and job search strategies. Clients may also visit the Career Closet to be outfitted with work appropriate clothing. Please contact NCJW/Essex Center for Women, 70 South Orange Ave., Suite 120, Livingston. 973-994-4994.

Specialized Exercise Classes Offered Fun-to-be-Fit, Gentle Chair Yoga and Tai Chi. Classes are taught by certified professionals. Enjoy the first trial class for free. SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit. 908-598-5532.

The Maine Event Cooking Class Participate in cooking special Maine dishes. Menu includes: lobster tacos, potato and cod cakes, garlic shrimp and chorizo empanadas, mini pizzas alle vongole, endive cups with poached pears, dried cranberries and blue cheese crumbles, mini corn on the cob with jalapeno cheddar butter, quick kimchi slaw, fresh blueberry jam, and lemon cornmeal pound cake with vanilla whipped cream. 6:30-9:30pm. Kings Cooking Studio, 778 Morris Tpke., Short Hills. 973-258-4009.

Preschool Registration at The Connection A Certified Preschool at The Connection for ages 3–5 with flexible hours to suit any schedule. Visit their beautiful state-of-the-art classroom, where learning and discovery takes place on a daily basis. The Connection, 79 Maple St., Summit. 908-2734242.


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Summer Camp Registration at The Connection Camps run from June 25–August 24, offering weekly Full Day/Half Day sessions for boys and girls ages 3 and up. SummerFun morning. Afternoon Specialty Camps- STEM, cooking, fashion, fine arts, robotics, digital media, sports, gym, warrior, cheer, plus theater and travel camp. Early Bird Pricing Through 4/1. Extended hours. The Connectiion, 79 Maple St. Summit. 908-273-4242. Now Also Serving NYC and Jersey Shore

Computer Training The Library will offer 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. The Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973-376-4930.

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Book Discussion Group

“Boeing Boeing” Production

The Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series

The group will discuss “The Woodlanders” by Thomas Hardy. The story takes place in a small woodland village called Little Hintock, and concerns the efforts of an honest woodsman to marry his childhood sweetheart. The Woodlanders marks the beginnings of controversy for Hardy’s novels, often involving topics related to sex, marriage, divorce and marital fidelity. 7pm. Refreshments are served. To reserve your copy call 973-376-4930 x228 or send an email: The Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield.

It’s the 1960s, and swinging bachelor Bernard couldn’t be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. But Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay and a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off all of his careful planning. March 2-3, 9-10, 1617 at 8pm and March 4 & 11 at 2pm. The Summit Playhouse, 10 New England Ave., Summit. Tickets or for more information call 908-273-2192.

Magpie performs. Rhonda Schuster opens. 7:3010:30pm. Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-335-9489.

Winter Farmers Market

Caregivers Presentation

Runs thru March 31. Saturdays 9am–12noon. Calvary Episcopal Church, 31 Woodland Ave., corner of DeForest Ave., Summit. Parking free. 908-256-0677.

Friday, March 2 Disco Dance Night Spinning the most funky, far out dance hits of the 70s. 8–11pm. No cover. The Dome Lounge, The Manor, 111 Prospect Avenue, West Orange 9730731-2360

NJ Audubon’s Teacher-Naturalist Training

Robyn Kohn of Alzheimer’s Assoc., NJ Chapter, will offer a presentation on communicating with dementia patients. 11am. Chatham Senior Center, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham. 973-635-4565.

Once satisfactorily completing the program, you will join the staff of Teacher-Naturalists, a paid position. You will then be required to teach a pre-determined number of programs annually, including weekday, weekend, and evening programs, and summer camp. You will also be required to volunteer as a camp assistant for one week of 2018 summer camp as part of your training. Training program: Tues mornings, 9:30am-12:30pm, and ends April 24 with a practical. NJ Audubon, 11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville. Register by March 2. 908-396-6386.

Steel Magnolias Production

Jukebox–The Ultimate Playlist Live

The bittersweet story of six women who gather under the dryers at Truvy’s Beauty Salon to share gossip, laughter, recipes and beauty secrets. When tragedy strikes, they face it with sass and strength, supporting each other through thick and thin. Also March 3, 9 and 10 at 8pm and March 4 at 3pm. Chatham Playhouse 23 North Passaic Ave., Chatham.

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“Human Nature,” Australia’s top selling pop vocal group and Las Vegas headliners, effortlessly blends retro cool with contemporary sounds to bring you the ultimate Jukebox party. Mixing pop classics with Doo-Wop, Motown, soul standards and more, Jukebox is a playlist of the greatest vocal hits of all time. Anticipate everything from “Under the Boardwalk” to “Uptown Funk.” 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

“Les Photos de Bernie” Photo Exhibit Bernie Pramanik is a scientist working in the pharmaceutical industry. She is a lifelong resident of New Jersey, growing up in Parsippany and currently residing in Warren. Her passion for nature photography was inspired by French Impressionist painters such as Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh, and allows her a creative outlet to explore and discover the hidden beauty in nature. Runs thru May 28. Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayrick Wildlife Art Gallery,11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville.

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Celebrate Women’s History Month by listening to A Women’s History of Union County. John Prescott, History Programs Coordinator of the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, will be talking about prominent figures as well as forgotten history. 7pm. New Providence Memorial Library, 377 Elkwood Ave., New Providence. 908-665-0311.

An Event for Women of All Ages! Spring 2018 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert This spellbinding concert will feature the full-length film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™, projected in high-definition on a giant screen, with Oscar-winning composer John Williams’ score performed live by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jeffrey Schindler. 2 & 7:30pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, One Center St., Newark. 888-466-5722.

Calvary Chorale Concert Calvary Chorale will present “Music from the Stage,” featuring well-known works from operas and musicals from the Baroque to Modern. The program will highlight selections composed by Bernstein, Bizet, Gilbert and Sullivan, Puccini, Purcell and Verdi, all surprisingly familiar and sung in English. 7:30pm. Calvary Episcopal Church, 31 Woodland Ave., Summit. 908-2771814. info@

The New Art Group “Minimal Light” Exhibit Light for all artists is key. It provides the ability to see and experience visually all things in our world. Minimal light, as explored by visual artists, reveals the many ways in which detail and character can be perceived even in low light environments. Runs thru March 31. The Watchung Arts Center, 18 Stirling Rd., Watchung. 908-753-0190.

Harmonium Choral Society Performs Artistic Director Dr. Anne J. Matlack leads the acclaimed 100-voice choral society in a concert featuring the cantata based on Walt Whitman’s “Song of the Open Road.” The concert will feature other works to inspire us to strive a journey toward our best selves. 8pm and also Sunday, March 4 at 3pm. Chatham United Methodist Church, 460 Main St., Chatham.

Swingin’ Tern Contra Dances Bob Isaacs will call the contras. The band will be A Joyful Noise. Beginners’ workshop at 7:30 pm. No partner necessary. Please carry in clean soft-soled shoes for dancing. 8-11pm. First Presbyterian Church, Parish House, 14 Hanover Rd., East Hanover. 973-295-6864.

‘Kids For Kids’ Event ‘Kids For Kids,’ organized by the Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills, Inc. (JLOSH), brings together local groups and children for a morning of hands-on volunteering and fun. The activities children aged six to twelve years will be able to take part in include: filling bags with toiletries & essentials, decorating birthday cards for kids in foster care and creating no-sew blankets to give to children at St. Barnabas. Have fun at the JLOSH photo booth while promoting volunteerism. 10am-Noon. George Bauer Community Center, Taylor Park, 100 Main St., Short Hills.

A Chorus Line Musical Production A Chorus Line tells the story of the achingly poignant ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies to land a job in a show, and is a powerful metaphor for all human aspiration. Featuring such classic songs as “One,” “What I Did for Love” and “At the Ballet,” and the original choreography of Michael Bennett. 3 & 8pm. Also March 4, 3pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown, 973-539-8008.

Dream Big Series for Girls: In the “Figuring It Out, Problem Solving Made Easy” series girls will learn how to survive when a problem arises, easy steps to use for addressing problems, how love and fear can be helpful, why it’s important to go backwards to move forwards, and how laughing at yourself is fuel to figuring it out. Class includes a nut-free snack, craft and brief walk on the arboretum grounds, weather permitting. Ages 8–12. 8:30am-10:30am. Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Avenue, Summit. 908-273-8787.

Digital Photography Workshop Workshop 7, Wildlife and Bird Photography, will focus on techniques used to photograph wildlife, especially birds. The topics of time of day, weather, composition, and light will be covered. Students will be introduced to critical variables to control in bird/wildlife photography, such as exposure and shutter speed. 1-3:30pm. NJ Audubon, Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville. Call 908-396-6386 to register by March 1.

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The Create Space Patrons can use Rhino 3D software to build a model, print an object on a 3D printer or use their new color printer or laminator. There are also Snap Circuits, Squishy Circuits, littleBits and SparkFun kits for the kids. Raspberry Pi single board computers are also available to learn more about computer science. Tues & Thurs 5-8pm. Sats 10-1pm. Hilton Branch Library, 1688 Springfield Ave., Maplewood. 973-762-1688.

Maple Sugar Festival

Join this annual festival celebrating the peak of maple sugaring season. Enjoy tree tapping demonstrations, delicious syrup taste tests, and fun games. ‘Hike through Maple Sugaring History’ along the trails, make your own snow cone, and so much more. All ages. Noon–4pm. Great Swamp OEC, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township. 973-635-6629.


Taste of Summit


he “Taste of Summit” is a gourmet extravaganza featuring more than 20 of Summit’s finest restaurants and food merchants, benefiting the Summit Historical Society. Each restaurant will be serving delicious “tastes” showcasing their special dishes spanning many cuisines, including Italian, Japanese, American and Mexican. There will also be scrumptious desserts from Summit’s finest bakers and a cash bar. While parents indulge in their favorite “tastes,” children under the age of twelve will be enjoying their own eats and special activities while listening to music from local favorite Paul Fessock of Summit’s World of Rock. 6-8:30pm.

Taste of Summit Sunday, March 18, 2018 The Grand Summit Hotel 570 Springfield Ave., Summit 908-277-1747

Sunday, March 4 Madama Butterfly Production

The Yale Spizzwinks Perform

Puccini’s irresistible lyric genius has long made Madama Butterfly one of opera’s most enduring tales of unrequited passion. A cast of internationally acclaimed guest performers, assembled from Maestro Wroe’s extensive contacts in European and American opera houses, joins NJFO to present this most heart-rending of stories, breathtakingly beautiful from first love to love child to tragic end. 7pm. The Presbyterian Church, Westfield. Also March 5, 3pm. The Concert Hall, Drew University, Madison. 908 232 9400.

The Yale Spizzwinks are America’s first and oldest underclassman a cappella group. Since 1914, they have entertained audiences around the world with a unique blend of sweet harmony and tongue-in-cheek humor. 3pm. St. John’s Church, 587 Springfield Ave., Summit.

“Life Sucks...Just Kidding!” Musical Dramedy Set in present time NJ, Ali Skylar’s musical dramedy follows the humorous and heartwarming journey of Julie, a working mom in her 40’s on the verge of an existential suburban breakdown, who has just returned home from a personal growth retreat and decides to quit her job and write a musical! The first installment of “This is How Love Works” showcase series. 2-4pm. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt. Kemble, Route 202, Morristown.


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Monday, March 5 Book Discussion The Book “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vane is a passionate analyses of a culture in crisis–that of a poor white America. “Hillbilly Elegy” is the true story of how upward mobility really feels. 2pm. Millburn Public Library, 200 Glenn Ave., Millburn. 973-376-1006.

“Birding for All Seasons in New Jersey” Presentation Learn how birding leads to environmental stewardship when Maplewood Garden Club hosts Tedor Whitman, Executive Director of the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary in Short Hills. One of Tedor’s favorite topics is birds, birding, and conservation; and during his presentation he will explain why New Jersey’s geographical location along the Atlantic Flyway makes it one of the best places in the US to go birding year-round. Free. 7:30pm. Maplewood Memorial Library, 51 Baker St., Maplewood.

Stroke Prevention Cardiologist Coleen M. Coughlin, MD, FACC, will discuss stroke risk factors, how to recognize the signs and symptoms, prevention through healthy lifestyle approaches, and the latest treatments for stroke. Open to the public; participants need not be from Chatham. Noon. Please sign up. The Senior Center, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham. 973-635-4565.

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Tuesday, March 6 Digital Device Clinic for All Get free one-on-one support for using your e-reader, tablet, smartphone, or other electronic device. The clinics will take place during the Create Space dropin hours. Open to adults, teens and children. 5-7pm. Maplewood Library, 51 Baker St., Maplewood. 973762-7622.

Social Dancing

Author Talk with Robert R. Max

Coffee & Tea Tasting

Eight-class session led by Robert J. Sweeney, dance instructor with over 30+ years experience in standard and Latin dance. Wear loose clothing; avoid rubber-soled shoes. Partner not needed. Call 973635-4565 for dance selection for this session. Participants do not need to be Chatham residents. Tues. thru Mar. 20, 1–2:30pm. Senior Center, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham.

Robert R. Max is the author of “The Long March Home: An American Soldier’s Life as a Nazi Slave Laborer.” Captured behind enemy lines during the Battle of the Bulge, the author was forced to work and march for months in bitter cold without a coat, gloves, or any shelter at night, until–severely ill and emaciated at 89 pounds—he led a daring escape and was rescued by American liberators. 7-8pm. Summit Free Public Library, 75 Maple St., Summit. 908-2730350, ext. 823.

Take the sting out of this cold winter and tantalize your tastebuds with a variety of delicious hot coffees and teas. Black River Roasters has everything from mild to dark and rich, and Adagio Teas offers unique and interesting tea blends. They’ll even spike a few for good measure. Appetizers are also on the menu for the evening, so come on out for this winter tasting event. 5:30-7:30pm. Great Swamp Headquarters, 568 Tempe Wick Rd., Morristown. 973-538-3500.

South Mountain Conservancy Meeting

Gen Y and Others Networking Group

Seton Hall professor Martha Schoene will talk about the formation of the Orange and Preakness mountains, rock types, igneous intrusions (think Turtle Back Rock) and certain reservation features such as Hemlock Falls. 7:15-9pm. Maplewood Memorial Library, 51 Baker St., Maplewood.

Gen Y Networking Group is a forum dedicated to Generation Y–young adults and others interested in job search, networking, and career development. Meetings will take place on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. 7 pm. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-635-0603.

Wednesday, March 7 Learning The Birds By Song Workshop

AARP Tax Volunteers Return to Library This workshop series will meet every Wed. evening through April 11. Workshop participants may join Randy on Saturday, April 14 from 8-9:30am for a free, outdoor, “practical hands-on” Learning the Birds by Song walk at the Sanctuary. NJ Audubon, Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville. 908-396-6386.

Time slots fill up quickly and people interested in using this service are encouraged to make their appointments in a timely manner. Appointments can be made in person at the circulation desk or by calling 973 376-4930 during regular library hours. The Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield.

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. Free. 10am-2pm. Wednesdays thru April 11. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-635-0603. (continued on page 22)

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Wedding Day there’s no reason this group must be limited to women on her side and guys on his, or even that it’s limited to humans—a beloved pooch can make for an adorable ring-bearer, after all.

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Music sets the mood for every wedding, and it’s an easy place to put your own spin on the celebration. Whether you forgo the traditional bridal march entirely or simply look for an arrangement that gives an updated twist to the classic version, let guests know this isn’t your average wedding by setting the festivities against a soundtrack that lets your true character shine.

Photography is an essential element of your big day, but think beyond the images you’ll capture throughout the wedding and reception. Photos lend a personal touch, no matter what your color scheme or theme. Integrate photos of the two of you at various stages of life, together as a couple and with loved ones (perhaps even some you’re honoring in memoriam). You can display these at a table with the guest book, as part of the table centerpieces, or even on the gift table. Or take things digital and load all your images into a slide show set to music.

Serve up a menu that shows guests more about your life together. Your loved ones can order basic beef or chicken anywhere. Instead, give them a glimpse into you. Make your main course the same food you enjoyed on your first date or during another monumental moment in your courtship. Or plan the entire menu around a region that you hold close to your heart.

The wedding party is intended to be a collection of those nearest and dearest to the bride and groom, who help ensure the day goes off without a hitch and who lead fellow revelers in celebrating the start of the new couple’s life together. That being said,

Make favors meaningful. Forgo more common items like bubbles and chocolate, and instead send a little of yourself home with your guests. Maybe it’s a memento from a place with special meaning to you both, or a bottle opener shaped like a bicycle to

wedding day is filled with symbolic tradition, from varied religious customs to the never-ending circle reflected in the rings and the types of flowers accentuating the celebration. Even with all the traditional rituals to consider, nearly every bride and groom can find ways to give their special day some unique touches that reflect their personality and love.


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Bring your wedding dreams to Brooklake and watch them come true. A private Country Club, now available to you for your special day, Brooklake offers you breathtaking views, a dazzling ballroom, oversized dance floor, outdoor patio and gazebo plus the extraordinary cuisine and service you’d expect from one of the area’s finest Country Clubs. For an appointment please call 973-377-2235.

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Every Party is Perfect at Brooklake Country Club Extraordinary Events Happen Here By Jessica Schiffenhaus


estled in a beautiful section of Florham Park, Brooklake Country Club is one of New Jersey’s premiere event and wedding venues—and not just for members. The private club is open to nonmembers for catered events, such as weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, proms, banquets, and corporate events. Planning an event with Brooklake Country Club couldn’t be easier. Peter Mitsaelides, Director of Catering, and his team will see to it that each event is executed flawlessly. One of the first things prospective clients should know is that Brooklake only hosts one event at a time—so guests are given the club’s undivided attention. There is also an in-house party planner available to answer questions and help with all of the details, every step of the way. The club has several areas for ceremonies and cocktail receptions. Indoors, among the stunning rooms is the 3,000-square-foot ballroom, which is complete with floorto-ceiling windows overlooking the picturesque golf course. And outdoors, events can take place by the lake or on the beautiful terrace overlooking the grounds. Crafted by the club’s award-winning chefs, the dining options, which include continental and northern Italian cuisine (custom and Kosher menus are available) are second to none. Guests are greeted with a mouth-watering array of hors d’oeuvres, treated to a true culinary experience at dinner, and sent off with a dessert display destined to satisfy any sweet tooth. The entire staff at Brooklake Country Club is dedicated to making their guests’ events unforgettable. “Our goal is for everyone to relax and have the time of their lives,” said Mitsaelides. “Leave it up to us to make your event flawless.”

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American B-B-Q Company Offers Much More than BBQ Dishes By Jackie Sawyer


hether you need catering for a wedding, corporate event or another special occasion– the American B-B-Q Company, in Denville, makes catering delicious, simple, fun and easy. Since 1996, this full service, year ‘round caterer has been serving up a myriad of menus for all occasions. The full-service caterer offers a variety of themed packages including the Texas, Southern, Latin— American, and Hawaiian BBQs, Pig Roasts, Clam Bakes, Oktoberfest, St. Patrick’s Day and other special event menus. “The most memorable events we have done are the weddings,” said owner Kevin Smith. “To be a part of a couple’s special day is very satisfying.” He added, “We have customers for whom we catered their wedding years ago and family milestones like their kids’ birthdays, high school and college graduations. I get a great kick when a customer says we catered their sweet sixteen or graduation. To see customers come back, time and again, and refer us to their friends, shows we are doing it right. We take great pride in that.”

American BBQ Company Kevin Smith 94 Ford Road, Ste 1, Denville, NJ | 973-664-1460


Your one-stop resource to plan the perfect Bar or Bat Mitzvah! Sunday, March 11 12 NOON - 4 PM

EXPLORE our state-of-the-art venue’s unique spaces, including our impressive Victory Sports Bar & Club with its massive customizable screens and premier lighting effects. NETWORK with our preferred vendors and SAMPLE delicious gourmet catering selections. FREE TO ATTEND for guests who register at 1 Racetrack Drive, East Rutherford, NJ 07073 |

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Step Inside The Manor’s Inviting Ballroom


he Manor’s all-new Garden Room takes full advantage of its sunlit rooftop exposure, with a vantage-point overlooking The Manor’s grand waterfall and views of Eagle Rock Reservation beyond. The room’s design creates a light, open and more pastoral-feeling space. Lined on two sides with glass-paneled doors that open to a wrap-around outdoor terrace, the room is bathed with light in the daytime and shows off the glow of The Manor’s accent lighting on its grounds in the evenings. With details reminiscent of an English conservatory, the Garden Room brings a fresh and unique option for guests looking for a distinctive event space; one that is more inviting and a refreshing change from other more typical cookie-cutter “banquet halls.” This aesthetic is fluidly integrated with modern amenities including a large-scale video display screen and Bluetooth®-enabled audio. Customizable LED lighting in the ceiling coves, programmable to any color, create a room environment that matches your color scheme or sets the perfect ambiance, and save the additional expense of renting up lighting. Give a multimedia presentation, play a video, or roll a photo slideshow for your guests their 75” smart display. When not in use, this display adds to the room’s elegance, disappearing behind an ornately-framed mirror. The many unique, authentic design details will create a lasting impression with your guests. The dedicated Garden Room Bridal Suite offers a cozy private sanctuary to escape and prepare for the events of the day. With a private restroom, easy elevator access and located directly adjacent to the event space, the Garden Room Bridal Suite provides for all of the newlywed’s needs. With ample lighting and multiple mirrors, the inviting suite will help ensure that brides look their best. Combined with a wedding in The Manor’s lovely formal gardens and a reception in its light and airy new Garden Room, the elegant bridal suite will help make a bride’s day feel special, from beginning to end.

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Mitzvah Showcase 2018 The One-Stop Resource to Plan the Perfect Bar or Bat Mitzvah!


eadowlands Racing and Entertainment is a state-of-the-art venue with unlimited Mitzvah possibilities, all of which will be on display at the Meadowlands Mitzvah Showcase on March 11 from 12 noon to 4pm. The showcase is free for pre-registered guests and will provide families the ideal opportunity to taste, explore and network for their upcoming mitzvah. Attendees can sample delicious selections from their very own gourmet chefs and browse the custom catering options. In addition, the showcase provides the perfect opportunity to connect with preferred vendor partners who provide emcees and DJs, photo booths, party favors, décor and much more! Guests can also spend the afternoon exploring the multiple event spaces that are sure to make your mitzvah exceptional! Victory Sports Bar & Club provides a vibrant atmosphere to host your reception for up to 300 guests and features over 20 HD plasma screens that are fully customizable. Cocktail hours come to life


in the lounge, a creatively decorated area which features custom furniture and chandeliers or Victory Terrace, a beautiful outdoor rooftop bar that boasts views of the NYC skyline. Both can accommodate up to 500 guests. “Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is a spectacular venue that is so much more than horse racing,” says Andrea Lokshin, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We are a true destination with endless possibilities to host your mitzvah or any special event. Our unique space will allow you to break through the clutter from the traditional catering hall and offer your guests an experience that is different from all the others. Once you tour our venue, you won’t want to go anywhere else.”

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment East Rutherford | 201-843-2446 Register at Admission for non-registered guests will be $10 at the door.

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he newly renovated Crystal Plaza is responsible for some of the most unforgettable events ever created. We offer a wide range of multi-purpose rooms that span over 5 acres of our opulent mansion and pristine gardens. Rest assured your event will be nothing short of extraordinary.

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PHOTOGRAPHER Dan Epstein Photography 973-783-5149 | Dan Epstein specializes in documentary style wedding photojournalism, as well as photographic coverage of Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah celebrations and other event photography.



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25 Route 22, Springfield | 973-671-5100 Sky Zone indoor trampoline park is the perfect place to celebrate; offering party packages and facility rentals! Enjoy Open Jump, Ultimate Dodgeball, Foam Zone, Sky Slam and more!

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EVENT VENUE/CATERING Brooklake Country Club 139 Brooklake Road, Florham Park | 973-377-2235 A private Country Club for your special day, Brooklake offers you breathtaking views, a dazzling ballroom, oversized dance floor, outdoor patio and gazebo plus the extraordinary cuisine and service you’d expect from one of the area’s finest Country Clubs.

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Crystal Plaza 305 West Northfield Road, Livingston | 973-992-8100 Their impeccable white glove service begins the moment you arrive. They host one event at a time. The elegant grand ballroom, lush gardens, and a myriad of backdrops will complement your special event.

Highlawn Pavilion 1 Crest Drive, West Orange | 973-731-3463 Highlawn Pavilion is recognized as one of New Jersey’s top wedding venues, an elite bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah venue, and a spectacular setting for milestone anniversary parties, birthday celebrations, corporate events, and a host of other private parties.

The Manor 111 Prospect Avenue, West Orange | 973-731-2360 The Manor offers unparalleled perfection and sophisticated taste for your wedding or special celebration, delighting you and your guests from start to finish. Their stylish ballrooms and scenic outdoor wedding and party areas set the scene for a spectacular event.

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1 Racetrack Drive, East Rutherford | 201-843-2446 Specializing in memorable and unique events, they focus on creating an unforgettable experience for all your guests. They offer lounge furniture, NYC skyline views, customizable TV screens and a variety of food and beverage options.

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Thursday, March 8 The Balventie Scotch Dinner Enjoy an elaborate four-course signature menu from the executive chef, specially created to pair with some of the world’s finest hand-crafted whisky of Scotland. Special guest speaker: Whiskey Master Jim Patterson presents five distinctive single malt scotches from the Balvenie Distillery of Banffshire. 6:30pm reception, 7pm dinner. The Manor, 111 Prospect Avenue, West Orange 9730731-2360.

Chad Prather: Star-Spangled Banter Tour

Shop Art & Crafts at Spring Craft Morristown

C American humorist Chad Prather has a way with words – as a stand-up comedian, a motivational speaker, and an armchair philosopher known for fast-talking, rapid-fire rants on life, family, politics and current events, usually delivered directly from the cab of his pick-up truck. 8pm. NJPAC, The Chase Room, One Center St., Newark. 888-466-5722.

Adult Forum “Lunch & Learn” Hirschhorn speaker, Blossom Primer, will tell of a very rare person indeed, Sara Copio Sullam: A Female Writer in the Venetian Ghetto. Sara Copio Sullam’s writings displayed her knowledge of the Hebrew language as well as the texts of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. Her writings contain references to Josephus, Aristotle, and Dante. Lunch at 12:30pm, place your lunch order by the Wed. afternoon preceding the program. Program begins 1pm. Congregation B’nai Israel, 160 Millburn Ave., Millburn. 973-533-1809.

ollectors, art enthusiasts, and discerning shoppers are invited to attend Spring Craft Morristown, a craft show featuring 150 artists and craftspeople from across the country. Meet these visionary artists and shop from their vast collections of artwork, including works in ceramics, glass, metal, painting, photography, wood and mixed media. Looking for unique gifts for friends and family? Find one-of-a-kind jewelry, fashion and accessories, furniture, home decor, and more.

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The weekend-long goes from Friday to Sunday, so there is plenty of time to stop in and shop. Open March 16 from 4–8pm; March 17 from 10am–6pm; and March 18 from 11am–5pm. Admission is $9.

The Grape Debate Event

Friday, March 9 Free Tax Preparation AARP trained volunteers will complete your tax returns and file them electronically. Participants do not need to be Chatham residents or have AARP membership. Also March 23 & Apr. 6, 9:30am–3pm. You can schedule an appointment online at or by calling. The Senior Center, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham. 973-635-4565.


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Open Stage at The Minstrel For information on how to secure a performance slot, call or visit web. Free for Folk Project members and those under twenty-five. 7:30-10:30pm. Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-335-9489, or visit

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Golf Clinic A series of four 90-min. lessons with pro instructor Lou Ruina. For more information and to register, please call 973-635-4565. Participants do not need to be Chatham residents. 12:30–2pm. The Senior Center, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham.

Friday, March 16-Sunday, March 18 Morristown National Guard Armory 430 Western Ave., Morristown 845-331-7900

Experience great food and wine, craft beer, a champagne toast, and silent auction. Also featuring Illusionist Chris Dare and music by 3rdValve Jazz Productions. A class at 6:30pm led by Andrew F. Bell, Founder of Wine Symphony and President of the American Sommelier Association. Seating will be limited. Tasting begins at 7pm. Presented by Our House Foundation. Basking Ridge Country Club, 185 Madisonville Rd., Basking Ridge.

Chair Yoga Tamara Tsoutsouris will lead two classes. Each session includes guided relaxation, breathwork, and seated stretching/poses. Also March 23rd at 12:30 pm. Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973-376-4930.

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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, MA, MSW, Morristown Medial Center Healthy Aging Coordinator. 11am. Participants do not need to be Chatham residents. The Senior Center, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham. 973-635-4565.

Saturday, March 10 Madison Library Gala Event The Friends of the Madison Public Library will honor The Thursday Morning Club at its Gala Benefit. 5:307:30pm. Madison Library, 39 Keep St., Madison. Tickets are available at the Library front desk and online at

An Event for Women of All Ages! A Bernstein Centenary, 2018 It is the year the world comes together to celebrate the centennial of Leonard Bernstein, the most visible personality in classical music during the twentieth century. Selections from Mass, Candide, West Side Story and other works comprise Masterwork’s participation in the remembrance and reflection of this genius composer’s 100th birthday. 7:30pm. Chatham United Methodist Church, 460 Main St., Chatham.


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Morris County St. Patrick’s Day Parade The parade will kick off at the Morristown Municipal Building on South St. in Morristown at noon. Before that, a 10am mass will be held at the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 91 Maple Ave., Morristown, 10am. Pre-parade entertainment at the Park Place review stand starting at 10:30am. Morristown. Tuesday, May 8, 2018 • 4-8pm MAYFAIR FARMS WEST ORANGE, NJ

Invasive Plants Workshop Invasive plants crowd out the natives that our wildlife depends on, and some invasives harbor ticks! Mike Van Clef will review which plants are on the “most wanted” invasive list in our community—some might be right in your backyard— and will discuss how to remove them, and why they are detrimental to our local habitats. 1-2:30pm. Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville. Call 908-396-6386 to register by March 8.


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• Interact and engage with hundreds of attendees and more than 80 vendors

Taste delicious selections from gourmet chefs and browse custom catering options. In addition, the showcase provides the perfect opportunity to connect with preferred vendor partners who provide emcees and DJ’s, photo booths, party favors, decor and much more. Guests can also spend the afternoon exploring the multiple event spaces that are sure to make your mitzvah exceptional. Noon-4pm. Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. 1 Racetrack Drive, East Rutherford. For a private tour call 201-TheBigM.

Discovery of a Masterpiece Program Join the Chatham Township Historical Society for a presentation by Mallory Mortillaro, Curator of Collections for the Hartley Dodge Collection in Madison, on the discovery of a “lost” Rodin sculpture of Napoleon. 2-4pm. Chatham Township Municipal Building, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham. Handicap accessible. Free. 973-635-4911. (continued on page 24)

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Sing Along with The Muppet Movie A family-friendly, interactive experience in which you can renew your rainbow connection with the classic Jim Henson film. The Sing Along crew brings elements of the film to life for the audience via puppetry and more, while children and adults are urged to participate in a variety of fun ways for Muppet fans old and new. This performance will have lights up, modified sound and a quiet room. 2pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown, 973-539-800.

Jazz in the Loft: Alexis Morrast Performs

Alexis Morrast is a 16-year-old musical phenomenon. She began singing in church at the age of three and was leading her first solo in the adult choir by the age of seven. She’s a two-time winner of Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY. Alexis was introduced to a wide television audience when she won the nationally televised FOX-TV show “Showtime At The Apollo.” 7pm. South Orange Performing Arts Center, The Loft, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-313-2787.

An Afternoon in the Drawing Room with George & Louisa MUSIC FROM THE MACCULLOCH ERA


pend an afternoon in the drawing room at Macculloch Hall and delight in classical music from centuries past. The Dolce Trio, comprised of violinist Lynn Siebert, cellist Liz Cabrera and flutist/ recorder player Kris Lamb, will present a program of vernacular and classical music that was popular in 19th century America. The trio, all conservatory trained, are widely admired for their spirited and stylistically versatile performances, which have also featured Viennese waltzes, and dance tunes from Colonial times, Celtic music, English country/court dances, ragtime, and more. This event is free with admission to the museum, and free for members. Learn more about Macculloch Hall’s winter events, exhibitions, and collections at

Music from the Macculloch Era Sunday, March 18, 2pm Macculloch Hall Historical Museum 45 Macculloch Ave., Morristown. 973-538-2404

Monday, March 12 “Herbs in the Garden” Class Deb Cruver will share her extensive knowledge of how to maintain a healthy vibrant garden. She has her own blog “Honeybeesanddaisies.” Refreshments will be served. 7-8:30pm. New Providence Garden Club, DeCorso Center, 15 East 4th St., New Providence.

The Lunchtime Film Series Screening of “The Truman Show” (1998). Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973-376-4930.

Tuesday, March 13 Exploring NJ’s Climate Variability & Change Extreme events of late, including Sandy, Irene, and a number of hot summers, suggest that something is happening to NJ’s climate regime. Dr. David Robinson of Rutgers University will explore the physical dimensions of the issue, both short and long term. He will also provide information on how interested individuals can contribute to the monitoring of weather/climate conditions in the local region. Registration required. 8-9:30am. Great Swamp Headquarters, 568 Tempe Wick Rd., Morristown. 973-538-3500.


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Author Book Discussion

Adverse drug events send around 700,000 people to the Emergency Department each year in the United States. Jessica Bente, PharmD, BCPS, Transitions of Care Clinical Pharmacist at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, will explain what qualifies as an adverse drug event and how you can manage your medications to avoid one. 2pm. Millburn Public Library, 200 Glen Ave., Millburn. 973-376-1006.

Local author Marion Goldstein will speak about her latest book, “Embracing the Sign: a Journey of Faith, Science and Experience.” The book is a memoir that ties together stories about ordinary people who had extraordinary experiences following the death of a loved one. 7pm. New Providence Memorial Library, 377 Elkwood Ave., New Providence. 908-665-0311.

Foods For A Healthy Brain

The Spring International Film Festival

The Nutrition Series continues with a discussion about foods and nutrients that are good for promoting brain health and for preventing cognitive decline. Cooking demonstration and tastings too. Speaker: Heather Gerding, 2nd degree student at the College of Saint Elizabeth in the Nutrition and Dietetics concentration. 12:45pm. Please sign up. The Senior Center, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham. 973-635-4565.

The library will screen “A United Kingdom” (2016), the story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana and how his loving but controversial marriage to a British white woman, Ruth Williams, put his kingdom into political and diplomatic turmoil. In Tswana and English with English subtitles. 1pm & 7pm. Rated PG13. Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973-376-4930.

Discussion: Listening to Your Child

Thursday, March 15 Book Discussion Group The Great Books Discussion Group will discuss “O, Pioneers!” by Willa Cather. 10am. Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973-376-4930.

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Join in a vital and honest discussion with Sara Mendez-Emma, LCSW, Clinical Director of Child & Adolescent Services, JFS MetroWest, on how to open the lines of communication with your child. What, when, & how to talk to your child about stress, worries and their feelings. Possible warning signs of emotional distress. Learn how you can help. 7pm. Adath Shalom Synagogue, JFS MetroWest and MetroWest Able, 841 Mountain Way, Morris Plains. RSVP: Sheller@

Friday, March 16 A 100th Birthday Celebration

Bill Charlap Trio plays the Songs of Leonard Bernstein. Charlap has produced concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center, NJPAC, Chicago Symphony Center and the Hollywood Bowl. Charlap is married to renowned Jazz pianist and composer Renee Rosnes, and the two artists often collaborate in a duo piano setting. 8pm. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-313-2787.

The Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series Geoff Bartley and Cosy Sheridan perform. 7:30-10:30pm. Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-3359489.

Swingin’ Tern Contra Dances Ben Sachs-Hamilton will call the contras. The band will be The Tunicators. Beginners’ workshop at 7:30 pm. No partner necessary. Please carry in clean soft-soled shoes for dancing. First Presbyterian Church, Parish House, 14 Hanover Road, East Hanover. 973-2956864.

Make Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop Did you know that during a 1-inch rainstorm 623 gallons will run off a 1000 square foot roof? Wouldn’t it be great to collect some of that water and use it to water your gardens or wash the car? Storm water can create problems with flooding, erosion, and washing pollutants into our waterways. Rain barrels are part of the solution. Ages 16 and older. All materials provided. 1:303:30pm.Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville. Call 908-396-6386 to register by March 15.





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Italian Conversation Group Luciana Santoriello and Carmen Del Guercio-Evans will moderate Italian discussion groups. 1pm also March 27 at 7:15pm. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-635-0603.

Saturday, March 17 Please Stop Eating My Garden Adult gardening workshop. Learn creative and environmentally-friendly ways to protect your garden from foraging animals. 11am-12pm. Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Ave., Summit. 908-273-8787.

St. Paddy’s Day Spring into Green Hike Put some hiking shoes on your feet, gather up your family, and join the “Downstream Adventures” hiking series at the Watchung Reservation. There’s lots to see and explore as you hike alongside the Blue Brook. Take in the scenic gorges and the remnants of the deserted village of Feltvilleand and marvel at the beauty of Lake Surprise. Registration required. 10am-Noon. Watchung Reservation, 452 New Providence R., Mountainside. 973-538-3500.

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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 NJ and NYC. Ages 7-18, Beginner-Advanced. Pool parties too. Partial scholarships are available. Call Randy for appt: 973-868-6259.

Let’s Get Growing Kids: Sow and Sprout! Seeds have arrived at the Arboretum. Children will celebrate in the greenhouse with a fun hands-on seed starting project to make, take, and watch grow. Ages 5 to 10. 9-10:30am. Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Avenue, Summit. 908-273-8787. CALL OR CLICK TODAY!

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Sunday, March 18

“The Sting” Musical with Harry Connick, Jr.

Musical Performance Slateford Creek (Jeff and Jan Ausfahl) will perform Irish and Scottish folk music with vocals. 2pm. Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973-376-4930.

Pee Wee Russell Memorial Stomp Performance The New Jersey Jazz Society is proud to present its 49th Annual Pee Wee Russell Memorial Stomp. Wellknown for its Traditional Jazz and Swing music, it will host 4 exceptionally talented bands. In addition to the music, there will be a cash bar and food buffet, and CD’s and LP’s of classic and traditional jazz recordings, available for purchase. The all day event starts at Noon and ends at 5pm. Birchwood Manor, 111 North Jefferson Rd., Whippany. 800-838-3006 option 1.

Author Book Discussion Local authors Linda Raedisch and Natalie Zaman will present Surreal Places, Imaginary Spaces: A Literary Tea. Linda’s most recent publication is “The Princess in the Mound: a Visitor’s Guide to Alvenholm Castle.” Among Natalie’s recent books is “Magical Destinations of the Northeast.” Join these two creative authors as they read excerpts, share nearby magical destinations that offer free public access and invite the audience to share their own personal ghost stories along with some Princess Cake and White Witch herbal tea. 2pm. New Providence Memorial Library, 377 Elkwood Ave., New Providence. 908-665-0311.

Monday, March 19 Indigo Girls Perform


et ready to enter a smoke-filled world of cons and capers, where nothing is what it seems and no one is who they appear to be. Paper Mill Playhouse presents their new musical, “The Sting,” based on the 1973 Academy-Award winning film. Starring Harry Connick, Jr., the musical tells the tale of a pair of con men who plot to bring down the city’s most corrupt racketeer. The musical runs from March 29 through April 29, with tickets currently on sale. Visit for information on show dates and times.

“The Sting” Musical Paper Mill Playhouse 2 Brookside Dr., Millburn 973-376-4343

Taste of Madison Event

Please join in the fun at the 17th annual Taste of Madison, a festive food extravaganza. Chefs from the area’s finest restaurants will be serving samples of their best dishes. Gary’s Wine & Marketplace, the event’s longtime presenting sponsor, will be providing samples of fine wine, beer and spirits. A beer garden, silent auction, tricky tray and 50/50 raffle are all highlights of this year’s Taste of Madison. Brooklake Country Club, 139 Brooklake Rd., Florham Park. Tickets can be purchased at

Tuesday, March 20 Spring Registration at The Connection The Indigo Girls, Emily Saliers and Amy Ray, have secured their spot as two of the most legendary singer-songwriters of this generation. They have spent thirty-five years performing together, produced fifteen albums, earned a Grammy Award and seven Grammy Award nominations, and have toured arenas, festivals, and clubs the world over. 7 & 9:30pm. South Orange Performing Arts Center, The Loft, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-313-2787.


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Warrior, coding/Legos, gym, swimming, dance and group fitness, running April 2 –June 17 (6/24 for adults). Coed classes for parent/child, preschool, school age & adult. STEM, Karate. On-line registration begins at 8:30am, for Spring classes The Connection, 79 Maple St., Summit. or call 908-273-4242 for more information.

Thai for Spring Cooking Class Learn, by participating, to create dishes that you can serve to make a splendid Thai meal with minimum effort. Thai dishes will include a soup, salad, curry stir fry and dessert. 6:30-9:30pm. Kings Cooking Studio, 778 Morris Tpke., Short Hills. 973-258-4009.

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Boy Scouts Open House

Come learn about the values of Boy Scouts and the year-round adventures and summer High Adventures available in this Boy Scout Troop. For boys aged 10-16 with a parent. 7:30pm. Mountain Park School, 55 Fairfax Drive, Berkeley Heights.

Thursday, March 22 The Junior League of Summit Spring Fling Shopping This annual event will feature spring dresses, brightly colored clothing, jackets, boots and other accessories for men, women and children as well as seasonal home décor. As with all shop proceeds, purchases made during this event directly benefit the local community through grants, scholarships, and projects. 9.30am-8pm, March 23rd, 9.30am-2.30 pm and March 24th, 9.30am-5pm. Thrift Shop, 37 DeForest Ave., Summit. 908-273-7344.

Lunch & Learn Screening Starring Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” film has won multiple awards and, despite some violent scenes, is a must see. After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move renting three billboards that lead into her town, with a message directed at the town’s revered police chief, played by Woody Harrelson. Lunch at 12:30pm, place your lunch order by the Wed. afternoon preceding the program. Program begins 1pm. Congregation B’nai Israel, 160 Millburn Ave., Millburn. 973533-1809.

Saturday, March 24 Past Brides & Grooms Party Re-experience your wedding at The Manor with a lavish wedding-themed dinner dance. This event is solely for past brides and grooms of The Manor, as well as their dearest family and friends. 6-11pm. The Manor, 111 Prospect Avenue, West Orange 973-3252060.

Chita & Tune Perform

An evening with Jay Unger and Molly Mason. 7:30-10:30pm. Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 908-5916491.

Croaks, Trills and Splashes Program A night adventure to learn about the world of amphibians. Start with a short slide presentation on the frogs of the Sanctuary, and then head out to the ponds with flashlights, buckets, and nets. Listen and look for Wood Frogs, American Toads, Spring Peepers, and anything that hops, swims, or crawls. Due to the sensitivity of the habitat, the program is limited to 15 people. Please bring a flashlight. 7-8:30pm. Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville. 908-3966386 to register by March 22.

Writing from the Margins 2018 Writing from the Margins 2018 Literary Studies Institute is a public program of Bloomfield College’s Division of the Humanities. The Institute brings together an array of contemporary writers who engage themes of marginalization and under-representation of diverse voices in literature. Through an exciting line-up of writing workshops, panel discussions, and readings, Writing from the Margins connects writers and readers in a dynamic exploration of the power and potential of literature representing the diversity of human experience. Features a keynote lecture by poet Sonia Sancehez. Made possible by a generous grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. All events are free and open to the public. 6pm, Franklin Hall, Bloomfield College. For more information and full schedule of events, visit

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A unique concert event that pairs two of Broadway’s most revered legends. Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune collectively have won 12 Tony Awards and this iconic Broadway coupling is guaranteed to razzle dazzle audiences. 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-800.


Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny Before his bedtime, the rabbit goes around the room and notices items within eye sight and says goodnight to all of them. The Runaway Bunny is the tale of a little bunny who tells his mother that he is going to run away, becoming a rock on the mountain, a bird, a sailboat, a circus acrobat, and finally a little boy, until he resigns himself to stay where he is and remain her little bunny. 2pm. South Orange Performing Arts Center, The Loft, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-313-2787.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt New Providence Lions will be hosting their 49th annual Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt is for pre-school, kindergarten, and second graders. Rain or shine. New Providence EMS and Fire Department with their trucks will be on hand. There will be hundreds of colored eggs to be found. The children who find the Gold and Silver eggs will receive chocolate bunnies. 9am. The Easter Bunny will arrive at 9:15am to start the hunt. Bring your baskets. Oakwood Park, 1 Park Pl, New Providence.

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26th Annual Easter Bunny Express

Celebrate the return of Spring with a ride on the “Easter Bunny Express,” a 10-mile, 45-minute round trip excursion from Whippany to Roseland with the Easter Bunny onboard. Also March 25 & March 31. 1, 2, 3 & 4pm, rain, snow or shine. Whippany Railway Museum, 1 Railroad Plaza, Route 10 West & Whippany Rd., Whippany. 973-887-8177.

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“A W.A.S.P. Takes Wing: The Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II”

Starting A Business Workshop

Carol Simon Levin presents the story, through the eyes of NJ girl Ann Baumgartner Carl, who trained as a WASP, became the only American woman to test-fly experimental planes during WWII, and then became the first American woman to fly a jet airplane. Levin takes on the role of Ann, as we learn about the more than 1,000 women volunteers completing the WASP military pilot training program, the 38 women who died serving, and the 60 million miles these women flew before the program was disbanded in favor of male aviators. 7:30pm. Garabrant Center, 4 Wilson St., Mendham Borough.

Gain the Competitive Advantage You Need to: Start, Manage, Market and Grow Your Business or Non-Profit. Do you want to start a new business or organization, grow your customer (or patron) base and gain a competitive advantage in your market? Enjoy a networking event and free workshop taught by Reference USA database expert Bill Loges. Mr. Loges will demonstrate how to get the most benefit from this powerful, proprietary subscription database which is accessible (at no charge) inside and outside the library to all New Jersey library cardholders. Sandwiches and light fare will be served. Summit Free Public Library, 75 Maple St., Summit. To register call 908-273-0350, ext. 3 or visit

Modern Techniques– Saute Cooking Class

Notable Women of NJ Speakers Panel A speakers’ panel with four notable women from New Jersey will be held 7pm. Details can be found on the library’s website. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-635-0603.

“Exploring Lichens” Workshop What can lichens tell us about air pollution? Learn about their fascinating cultural uses and history. Hands on ID skills to common lichens and a trail walk will be offered. Perfect for teachers, naturalists, scout leaders and nature lovers. 1-4:30pm. Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville. 908-396-6386.

Sunday, March 25 Aretha Franklin Performs

Book Club at The Connection

Learn, while participating, to cook perfect sautéed golden mushrooms and caramelized onion into omelets, chicken and fish franchese, seared steak in a savory pan sauce, quick mixed sauté of shrimp and artichokes, pan seared potatoes, perfect zucchini, asparagus and green bean sauté, and sautéed bananas foster. 6:30-9:30pm. Kings Cooking Studio, 778 Morris Tpke., Short Hills. 973-258-4009.

Understanding New Perspectives on Mental Health Diagnoses— The Union County Aretha Franklin, the reigning “Queen of Soul” and 18-time GRAMMY winner–known simply by her first name–celebrates her birthday at NJPAC. 7:30pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, One Center St., Newark. 888-466-5722.

No Girls Allowed: Women and the Scientific Revolution Seton Hall Professor Dr. Karen Gevirtz discusses the scientific and mathematical discoveries women have made over the last three hundred years. 2pm. Refreshments served. Sponsored by the Summit College Club of the American Association of University Women, DeCorso Community Center, 15 East 4th St, New Providence. 908 464-7176.


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NAMI/National Alliance on Mental Illness invites the public to hear a presentation by Anne Lopez, Director of Community Education/Outreach with the Mental Health Association of New Jersey. Her goal and mission is to empower families and individuals living with a mental health diagnosis or substance abuse through education and support. 7:30pm. RWJ Rahway Fitness and Wellness Center, 2120 Lamberts Mill Rd., Scotch Plains. 908-233-1628 or email

Taxation University Workshop Provided by the New Jersey State Library and Taxation University, the training and outreach unit of the New Jersey Division of Taxation, this workshop will teach the different business structures, how to register a small business in New Jersey, legal entity registration, individual structured business registration, and how to report your New Jersey business income. 1pm. Registration is limited to 30 people. You may sign up online or call the library at 973-635-0603. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973635-0603.

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“All The Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr is the stunningly beautiful instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. The Connection, 9 Maple St., Summit. 908-273-4242 x 133 for more information. www.TheConnectionOnline.

Book Group—Little Fires Everywhere The library will be discussing “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng. Everyone is welcome to attend. You may reserve a copy of the book at the reference desk. 1pm. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-635-0603.

Thursday, March 29 Vernal Pool Exploration Hike GSWA’s annual Vernal Pool Exploration provides a fun, outdoor learning experience for kids and adults alike. Discover the differences between a spring peeper, a chorus frog, and a wood frog. Find out how far an endangered spotted salamander will walk to find a mating pool. And, learn how much everything we have come to appreciate about the springtime depends upon a few unassuming puddles of water on the forest floor. Warm clothing and waterproof footwear are recommended. Registration required. 7-9pm. Great Swamp, Management Area, 1 Tiger Lily Lane, Harding Township. 973-538-3500.

“The Sting” Musical Harry Connick, Jr. will star as Henry Gondorff in the world-premiere production of The Sting. The musical is based on the 1973 film and the score will contain music by Scott Joplin, including “The Entertainer.” Runs thru April 29. Call for dates and times. Paper Mill Playhouse, 2 Brookside Dr., Millburn. 973-3764343.


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235 Prospect Ave (lower level), West Orange 973-255-6815 Contact: Efe Cierkowski, Owner Email: Age Groups: Ages 5–12 Kids will explore a variety of art styles and media in a fun and creative environment and develop their skills in painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, and more. With a different theme each week, activities and project will vary each day and be interspersed with fun and music. Half day and full day session available. Early registration discounts available. Camp runs from June 25 through August 31.

48 Stiles Lane, Suite 202, Pinebrook 973-875-4402 Contact: Colleen Malone Age Groups: Ages 7–15 For 75 years Camp Louemma has provided a nurturing family atmosphere to boys and girls ages 7–15. Campers can participate in a variety of activities, including arts and crafts, dance, hiking, music, science, sports, and swimming. Whether it’s sports, arts, or outdoor adventure, they give each and every camper the opportunity to learn new skills and succeed in whatever they choose to do.

Camp Riverbend 116 Hillcrest Rd., Warren 908-580-2267 Contact: Miriam Peretsman Age Groups: Ages 3–14 Camp Riverbend—where the fun never ends! Fun, camp spirit and achievement through sports, crafts, swimming, nature and more! Join the Breene family for a summer of “confidence, not competition!” Door to door transportation from towns in Essex, Union, Morris counties. Lunch included.

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Weeks 1 & 2: Water, Water Everywhere

Weeks 3 & 4: Food from the Earth

Weeks 5 & 6: Manmade Wonders


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Sports Camps & Academic Courses 10 Sports Camps for Boys Grades 3-9 #1 HS Sports Program in NJ

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Camp SPOTLIGHTS (continued from page 31) Campus Kids Weekday Sleep-Away Camp Blairstown, NJ, 973-845-9260 Contact: Tom Riddleberger Email: Age Groups: Ages 7-15, co-ed Monday through Friday at camp AND home with family on weekends, transportation included. A perfect first sleep-away camp, and a great family lifestyle choice. Every camper picks his/her own activities every day. Sports, fine arts, performing arts, swimming, nature. Fun, active, involved staff. On the rural campus of Blair Academy. ACAAccredited. Their 28th summer. Private tours given on weekends.

Chatham Day School Summer Camp 700 Shunpike Road, Chatham, 973-410-0400 Contact: Heather Wampole Email: Age Groups: 2.5 years old–Grade 3 They provide an enriching and exciting summer experience with students in two groups of Birdies and Hawks based upon age. All campers will experience water play outside, playground games, STEAM activities, arts & crafts, and more! All campers will be provided with a daily snack and camp shirt.

973/538-3231 ext. 3019 230 Mendham Road • Morristown, NJ 07960

The Connection Summer Camps 79 Maple St. Summit, 908-273- 4242 www. Dates: June 25 - Aug 24 half and full days 9:00am-4:30pm with extended hours available. Age Groups: 3 and up SummerFun-a dynamic morning camp-includes daily swim lessons, gym, STEM activities, sports, arts & crafts and special “Theme Weeks”. Afternoon Specialty camps: Theater, Gymnastics, Warrior, Sports, Digital Media, Robotics, Nature, Art, Cooking, Fashion, STEM and Travel. For those that need it, extended hours are available. Mornings: SummerFun Camp; Afternoons: Specialty and Travel Camps. Nine great weeks!

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March 2018 Contact: Nicole Moon Email: Age Groups: 2nd–11th grade The Craig School is an independent school that specializes in working with students with learning disabilities in grades 2–12. They offer an academic program aligned with the NJ Common Core Standards. Summertime provides a great opportunity for students to extend their learning throughout the year. The Craig School offers a four week comprehensive program that focuses on reading, writing, math and learning strategies. The morning program is focused on academics and the afternoon program offers enrichment in art, computers, drama, science and sports. Students who sign up for the afternoon enrichment program will have the opportunity to attend field trips on Friday.

Goldfish Swim School Livingston’s Jump Start Clinics Delbarton School 230 Mendham Road Morristown 973-538-3231 x3019 E-mail: Age Groups: Sport Camps–Boys grades 3-9; Courses–Coed grades 3-12 Delbarton offers a variety of sports and academic programs. Boys in grades three to nine develop skills and build character on and off the field. This co-ed academic program for grades three through twelve includes advanced credit, enrichment and skills courses. New in 2018: Multi-week discounts and new course offerings!

277 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston 973-664-7946 Contact: Caitlin Giles, 2 Moms Media on behalf of Goldfish Swim Age Groups: Ages 3–12 Jump Start Clinics are four consecutive days of 30-minute swim lessons that focus on everything from the fundamentals of water safely to fine-tuning stroke technique. When your kids are going to swim lessons every day, it’s a lot easier to have what they’re learning become a part of their life. It’s kind of like reading—when they’re doing it every day, they’re continually building upon what they’ve learned the day before. And it’s more likely to stick.

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Camp SPOTLIGHTS (continued from page 33) HWIS Immersion Summer Camp 249 Bebout Ave, Stirling, NJ, 07980, 908-598-8088 Contact: Tracie Xiong Email: Age Groups: Ages 2.5–12 Campers at HWIS will explore the world in Mandarin or Spanish in three exciting adventures through language and culture: 1. Water, Water, Everywhere; 2. Food from the Earth; 3. Manmade Wonders. Activities will include exposure to science, geography, literature, cooking, art, music and outdoor activities. Experienced, native speaking teachers lead activities in a 100% immersion environment supporting campers of all language levels.

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We offer a fully elective program of hands-on science, sports, adventure and waterfront activities. Our dedicated and qualified staff of teachers, subject experts and counselors, provide a fully elective program that allows each camper to enjoy their summer of fun to the fullest. Private Lake. American Camp Association accredited. 2, 4, 6 and 8 week sessions.

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14 locations across NJ including Chatham, Short Hills, Scotch Plains, Livingston, Summit and Wayne 908-899-1338 Contact: Lily Wong Email: Age Groups: Ages 3–15 International Ivy Summer Enrichment Program provides fun and intellectually-stimulating experiences to fuel young people’s interest and creativity. Kids design video games, build robots, tinker with the engineering of gadgets, conduct experiments and make films. Kids learn best by doing. There are many classes in STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.

Kent Place Summer Camp 42 Norwood Avenue, Summit 908-273-0900, ext. 297 Contact: Donna Ray (Camp Director) Email: Age Groups: Ages 3–15 Kent Place Summer Camp is a coeducational, state-licensed, day camp program for boys and girls, ages 3 through 15 years old, providing fun, enrichment and opportunities for physical and social development in a safe, noncompetitive atmosphere. Campers are well supervised by a qualified and caring staff of program directors, teachers and experienced counselors.

Newark Academy Summer Programs 91 South Orange Avenue, Livingston 973 957 3174 (Academic: ext. 217 or Sports: ext 212) Contact: Robert Mallalieu, Academic Summer Program Director, or Liz Bona, Sports Summer Program Director Email: or Age Groups: Ages 5–17 Academics, Enrichment, Sports–over 50 Summer programs offered at Newark Academy, including 9 Sports Camps. For more than 40 years, Newark Academy has been the premier source in northern New Jersey for summer programming. The highly-respected Summer Session provides summer academic experience including advance credit, enrichment and skill development courses.

A classic day camp for boys and girls, ages 3-14 in Warren Township, NJ • Part days for 3 & 4 year olds • Teen Day Trip program • 2 - 7 week sessions

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NJ Film School 755 Central Avenue, New Providence 908-508-0800 Contact: Chris Messineo, Director Age Groups: Grades 5–12 (ages 10–18) At NJ Film School students learn the craft of filmmaking (writing, lights, camera, sound, and editing) while creating amazing short films together. Whether shooting light saber battles in their professional sound stage or flying a drone around town, campers get an unforgettable experience as they bring their creations to life. (continued on page 34)

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A Summer of Fun… A Lifetime of Memories! 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

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SEE Camp Science Camp Watonka PO Box 127, Hawley, PA 18428 570 226 4779 Contact: Donald Wacker Email: Age Groups: Ages 8-16 Camp Watonka offers a program of Sciences, Sports and Adventure, hands-on science and a full range of waterfront, craft, dirtbike, marksmanship and archery activities. Facilities include modern cabins, science buildings, sports areas, lake and one of the most extensive ropes adventure courses in the North East. Accredited by the American Camp Association, the best choice for your summer.

Oratory Prep, Summit, NJ and the Community Church, Mountain Lake, NJ 973-994-4665 Contact: Chris Patrick Email: Age Groups: Entering grades 1–8 SEE Camp is the place to be for Summer Excitement and Intellectual Adventure. Created for inquisitive students entering grades 1–8, SEE Camp encourages kids to do all the things they love: sports, academics, and the arts. Whether building and testing bridges, learning to fence, embarking on field trips, or chilling out in the pool, campers revel in summer experiences that keep them returning year after year.

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Summer Excitement Experience June 25 - July 20 For Above Average Students in Grades 1-8 Choose 2 or 4 Weeks of Day Camp from 2 Campuses: Mountain Lakes: Community Church Summit: Oratory Prep

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Summer Adventures at Oak Knoll 44 Blackburn Road, Summit 908-522-8186 Contact: Debi Tarowsky Email: Age Groups: Ages 3–16 Summer Adventures at Oak Knoll is a great place for summer fun and adventure! They offer programs for children ages 3–16. Campers develop skills in athletics, arts, swimming and science, all while having fun, making new friends, and creating lifelong memories.

Fairview Lake YMCA Camps

Established 1915

Open Houses March 18, April 8 & 22, 2-4pm

Visual Arts Center of New Jersey 68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ 07901, 908-273-9121 Email or Age Groups: Kids (grades K-5); Teens (Grades 6-12) This summer they are bringing back your favorite themes and highquality 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.

West Essex YMCA Camps 231 S. Livingston Avenue, Livingston, 973-992-7500 Contact: Joanne Brown Age Groups: Ages 3–15 The West Essex YMCA offers a variety of Summer Camps that are perfect for children from preschool through teens. The camps provide activities that are educational, exciting and fun, but most importantly, build self esteem, lasting friendships and treasured memories. The camps are progressive, adding new levels of exploration, responsibility and adventure.

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William Paterson University Summer Youth Programs 1600 Valley Road, Wayne, 973-720-2354 Contact: Iris DiMaio Email: Age Groups: Ages 8–7 or Grades 4–12 Choose from 100 exciting programs for school-aged students in Grades 4 to 12. Programs topics include: Arts, Math, Music, Communication, Science, Technology, Writing and College Readiness. Summer Life on Campus is a full-day camp that offers academic and recreational activities. Spots-fill-quickly—register today! Camp runs June 25 to August 10, 2018 Save up to 25% off when using promo-code SEEYOUATWP.


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Elegant independent and assisted living is waiting for you at the Lester Senior Housing Community. You’ll find all the warmth of home with hotel-style amenities, luxurious surroundings and delicious glatt kosher* dining. Our residents enjoy cultural and social events, educational seminars and fitness programs to support healthy minds and bodies. We offer supportive, individualized dementia care in our intimate Memory Care Suite. *Prepared under the supervision of Vaad HaRabonim of Metrowest NJ

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or many who work in the nine-to-five world, sitting is the norm and slouching over a mouse pad is typical. Posture— or how a body is positioned when sitting, standing and lying down—may become compromised by such bad habits. Take steps to correct poor posture before discomfort and injury results. Good posture promotes health by keeping bones and joints in alignment, maintaining a strong spine and preventing fatigue and strain.

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If working at a desk, sit up straight with your shoulders dropped, keep your eyes level with the top of the monitor and elbows and wrists straight at 90-degree angles.

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Take a Yoga or Pilates class. Strengthening core muscles will work wonders and ultimately fix posture problems.

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Lift weights. Simple weight-lifting exercises can improve posture while also helping tone the rest of the body.

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Restaurant Guide

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

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

La Famiglia

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

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.

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

Marble & Moxie The Westminster Hotel—550 W. Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Livington 973-548-0050 Dining at Marble & Moxie is tastefully designed to blend a modern fine dining experience with the classic traditional steakhouse experience. The restaurant has a cocktail lounge which features a selection of wine varietals and a twist on the classic cocktail menu. H, RR, LP, VP, MCC, $EXP

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

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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


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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. Mon-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm, Sun 12:30pm-9:30pm. BYO, OD, MCC, SP, TO

MONTCLAIR Aozora 407 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair | 973-233-9400 Offering fresh, creative, high-quality sushi and European cuisine with warm, elegant and relaxed ambiance. BYO, MCC, $MOD-$EXP, TO

Palazzo 11 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair | 973-746-6778 Offering a fresh take on Italian & Mediterranean cuisine. A classic, traditional decor invites guests to reminisce of Italian restaurants of a long lost era. ENT, RR, MCC, $Mod-$Exp

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

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

Zeugma Mediterranean Grill 44 S Park Street, Montclair, NJ 07042 | 973-744-0074 Zeugma Mediterranean Grill offers a lunch and dinner menu featuring unique mediterranean dishes, kebabs, hot and cold mezzes, cheese plates, salads, sandwiches, and delectable desserts. They have a select list of wines available from Domenico Winery, and are available for private parties. Reservations and walk-ins welcome. (continued on page 40)

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SHORT HILLS Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge 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.

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

SUMMIT La Pastaria 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

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Natale’s Summit Bakery 185 Broad St, Summit | 908-277-2074 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

STEAKHOUSE Featuring a selection of prime, perfectly charred beef with an exquisite array of sides and desserts in an authentic steakhouse setting.

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


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199 Bellevue Ave Upper Montclair 973-509-8878 T.S. Ma presents a menu that features top-notch Chinese fare that focuses on serving the freshest, healthiest, and most authentic Chinese cuisine available. They only cook with fresh vegetables and cholesterol and trans fat free canola oil. Eight-time winner of Best Chinese Restaurant and Best Chinese Take-Out. They feature a warm dining room, as well as a website with online ordering and delivery. They specialize in catering for special occasions. BYO, MCC, $MOD, LP, H, TO

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



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

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


Prices based on average entree price excluding beverages & gratuity.

The Manor 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

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





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Diamond Minds

Pushing The Limits By Barry Farber


amed racecar driver Mario Andretti once said, “If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.” Obviously, he wasn’t advocating going so fast that you spin out and crash; he was talking about pushing the limits, going beyond what is “safe” and taking a calculated risk. In life and in business, the only way to test your limits is by opening the throttle and going forward, past the point you think you can achieve. Many of the actions we take are difficult, but not particularly scary. Other actions are not particularly difficult, but may be incredibly frightening. Of course, frightening is a relative term. If you’re an outgoing person who loves to get up and entertain, making a business presentation may be just another part of the job. But if you’re shy and don’t like speaking in public, that same presentation may send shivers up your spine. To you, taking that action may appear to be a great risk. (What if you forget what you’re supposed to say? What if your boss doesn’t like it?) But if you don’t take the risk, you can’t reap the reward. When you take an action that includes some degree of fear, you automatically increase your confidence level

for the next time. You know that you have gone beyond your fear, that you have made the effort. And if you do it once, you can do it again-you can also move to the next level of action. Each level of action we achieve serves as the foundation for the one to follow.

See the Invisible

Sometimes pushing the limits means seeing the invisible-going after opportunities other people don’t see. Entrepreneur of the Year Jim McCann, founder of l-800-FLOWERS, is constantly looking for those opportunities. “Every so often, I ask myself: when I look back five years from now, where will the really big opportunities have come from? What are the things I’m going to look at and wish I had done? That forces you to take your best guess, with the evidence that is in front of you, as to how the business world is going to change-and make sure that you’re positioning your company to be at the edge of that change.”

Top Yourself

You don’t have to be extraordinary to accomplish extraordinary things, but you do have to be willing to do whatever it takes to achieve your vision—even if it’s extreme.

When I interviewed Tony Hawk, Barry Farber world champion skateboarder in the X-Games, he told me he pushes the limits in both sports and business. He said, “No matter how far you go with skating, you’ve got to keep challenging yourself. Even if you’re considered to be on top of your field-in business too-there are ways you can improve yourself and keep coming up with new challenges. The goal is not to be better than everyone else. The goal is to be better than yourself.” When you’re older and looking back on your life, you won’t be telling stories about the times when everything came easily. You’ll look back and talk about the things that were most challenging, and therefore most exciting. Robert Louis Stevenson once said, “To be what we are, to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.” Do you know right now what you are capable of becoming? How can you ever know, unless you are willing to put yourself to the test? The only way to become everything you are capable of becoming is by pushing the limits, every single day.”

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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