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On The Spot

Describe Your Favorite Slice of Pizza By Jackie Schatell

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Pizza Margherita made with San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, salt and extra-virgin olive oil.

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My favorite slice is sausage and mushroom.

—Jennifer Cameron, Summit

—Stephanie Hisbein, Chatham

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I love the plain or pepperoni and black olive pizza at Café Villa in Chatham. —Erin Weichert, Chatham


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I enjoy a white pie with garlic. —Rosa Marsal, Florham Park

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A Grandma pie.


—Don Prisco, Chatham

My favorite slice of pizza is the buffalo pizza at Chianti Brick Oven Trattoria, in Chatham. —Sam E., East Hanover

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A thin crust, plain margherita pizza with fresh mozzarella and a hearty tomato basil sauce. —Mindy Haber, Short Hills

Garlic pizza is my favorite. —Terry McCabe, Chatham

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On The Spot Describe Your Favorite Slice of Pizza


In the Vicinity News and Happenings From the Area


Calendar of Events 9

Recycled Percussion

11 Triple Threat Dance Showcase 12 Seussology Program


14 NJ Whiskey Classic 24 SOMA Film Fest 26 Easter Bunny Express 27 Bubblelandia 28 The Taste of Summit 30 Local Exhibits

15 Summer Camp Guide 2020 16 Camp Spotlights

20 COVER ARTICLE Game Changer: State-of-the-Art Sports Facility Opens in Florham Park

22 Education


22 Is Your Child Ready for College Entrance Exams? 23 This Pi Day, Make Math Fun for Kids

29 Across The Hudson

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Edge @ Hudson Yards

31 Health, Beauty, Wellness 31 Health, in a Nutshell 31 Exercising for Two 32 TAVR: Redefining Heart Surgery

34 Restaurant Guide 38 Diamond Minds

On the Cover: Dave Conklin, Florham Park Sports Dome Founder & CEO


R State-of-the-Ar t Sports Facility Opens in Florham Park

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In The Vicinity

Millburn’s Opportunity Project Educates About Brain Injury Awareness


arch is Brain Injury Awareness month, and Millburn’s Opportunity Project is holding awareness and prevention programs about brain injury, recovery and prevention all month long. Did you know? • Over 1.5 million Americans sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) each year.

Summit Luminary Fund Reaches a New Record


ver the holiday season, the Summit Luminary Fund reached a new record, raising over $96,000 for nine local charities. Luminaries lined 152 streets in Summit on Christmas Eve. “This was accomplished through the combined efforts of over 170 volunteer captains who handed out fliers, assembled the orders of luminaries and delivered them to their neighbors. Five area leaders, Meg Ahern, John Blomfield, Francie Cho, Pam Kuhn and Linda Massengill organized and directed the assembly process in their garages.” reports Barbara Romano, President of the fund. She is also grateful for the $10,000 donation toward luminary supplies from Karen Schneider and Lois Schneider Realtor. The money raised was distributed to the following charities: ABC Area Baby Center; Bridges’ Summit School Supply Drive; Christ Child Society Layette Program; Family Promise of Union County; SAGE eldercare Spend A Day; SHIP Summit Helping Its People; Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad; and Valerie Fund Children’s Center at Overlook Hospital.

• More than 5 million Americans live with long-term disabilities as a result of brain injury and millions more suffer from the residual effects of less severe TBIs. • A TBI can have lasting effects. These effects could include impaired memory, coordination, vision, hearing and emotional functioning. The Opportunity Project reminds everyone that brain injuries do not discriminate; prevention is the only cure. For more information about the month-long events and raffle prizes offered, visit

The Opportunity Project Clubhouse 60 East Willow Street, Millburn | 973-921-1000

Artist Lisa Palombo to Debut “Secretariat” Collection


ocal artist Lisa Palombo recently announced a new collection that honors the beloved horse Secretariat. “Secretariat: A Horse of a Different Color” will debut at the Secretariat 50th Birthday Celebration at Meadow Event Park in Virginia on March 28. The Meadow Event Park, Secretariat’s place of birth, will be the epicenter of the official celebration honoring the immortal champion’s 50th birthday and his enduring legacy. The Secretariat Birthday Celebration has become an honored tradition for Big Red fans who gather together to enjoy many festivities held in the Meadow’s historic and pastoral setting. Lisa will have a special exhibit of her spectacular Secretariat paintings on display. Featured works in the collection include “The Belmont,” “The Derby,” and “Little Big Red,” an acrylic on canvas which captures Secretariat’s greatness as a young foal in the Meadow where he was born. Visit to see the full collection and visit Lisa’s online shop for mixed media originals and minis. 6

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ur House Foundation, a nonprofit based in New Providence which has services throughout six counties in NJ, will hold their second annual Night at the Museum: Beer, Bourbon and Blackjack event on March 20 from 7-11pm at The Morris Museum in Morristown. Attendees will enjoy food provided by The Food Architects, casino games through WOW Entertainment and great auction and prizes. According to Cathy Colford, VP of Development for Our House Foundation, the event last year created quite the buzz and raised over $95,000 in support of the Our House programs and services, which are provided to more than 300 individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities throughout the state. “We are so excited to host this event again this year,” states Colford, “the energy and generosity from this event is indescribable. We hope that community members will come out for a fun evening by which they will learn more about our mission while supporting the population we serve.” Tickets and sponsorships are available through For more information or questions please contact Dawn K. Knill, CFRE at 908-464-8008 ext. 172 or



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Spring CraftMorristown Event

Offering winter-weary design lovers “first dibs” on the year’s newest creations by 165 top American fine craftspeople at New Jersey’s most exciting spring art and shopping experience. These makers infuse a distinctive creative vision into one-of-a-kind and limited-edition: jewelry; apparel and accessories; furniture; functional and sculptural works in ceramics, glass, metal, fiber, wood and mixed media; fine art painting, printmaking, drawing and photography; and a gourmet specialty food boutique. Morristown Armory, 430 Western Ave., Morristown. 845-331-7900.

Calendar of Events MARCH 2020 Sunday, March 1 AARP Tax Volunteers Return To Springfield Library Sessions will be held from 9am-3pm on Wednesdays, through April 15. Appointments can be made in person at the circulation desk or by calling 973 3764930 during regular library hours. The Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield.

North Jersey Wedding Expo Find all the best wedding venues and vendors to make your dream wedding come true. In a stunning rooftop ballroom with Manhattan Skyline views, this expo features live shows, amazing displays and all the latest ideas to have an incredible wedding. Attendees can win one of two grand prize honeymoon giveaways at the show or other awesome door prizes. 12:30-4pm. Montclair State University, University Hall, 1 Normal Ave., Montclair.

Family Photo Scavenger Hunt Grab a camera or phone and stop by the Haggerty Education Center for a nature photo scavenger hunt. Theme: Everywhere Signs. Every day 9am-3:30pm through March 31st. Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Haggerty Center, 353 Hanover Ave., Morris Township. 973-326-7601.

LAW (Legal Assistance for Women)

The Community Service Association of New Providence (CSA) , together with the New Providence Lions Club, will host their Annual Pasta Dinner & Basket Raffle. A feast of pasta, salad, and dessert will be served from 3-7pm. This fun, family-friendly event will take place at the DeCorso Community Center, 15 East Fourth St., New Providence. 908-665-8254.

Career Services

RISE Workshops – (Reaching Into SelfEmpowerment)

Designed to help women enter the job market, 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. NCJW/Essex Center for Women, 70 South Orange Ave., Suite 120, Livingston. 973-994-4994 or visit

Computer Classes Computer training is available to all women at all levels. March classes are Basic EXCEL and Intro to WORD. April classes are Outlook and PowerPoint. Please call for dates and times. Fee is $85 per course. NCJW/Essex Center for Women, 70 South Orange Ave., Suite 120, Livingston. 973-994-4994 or visit

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Ongoing family law program that provides clients with a confidential consultation by a professional to determine how best to approach a legal concern. Appointments must be scheduled in advance. Fee is $12. Please contact NCJW/Essex Center for Women, 70 South Orange Ave., Suite 120, Livingston. 973-9944994 or visit

These are individual women’s workshops that focus on building self-esteem and reinforcing self-empowerment. March programs are: Transforming Fears; Goal Getting; Positive Self-Affirmations; and You First. Fee applies. Please call for dates and times. NCJW/Essex Center for Women, 70 South Orange Ave., Suite 120, Livingston. 973-994-4994 or visit

Book Talk: A Garden Path to Nature and the Past Hear firsthand about growing up at Greenwood Gardens, and learn how this hidden gem became a public garden. Enjoy light refreshments. All participants will receive a signed copy of Peter Blanchard’s book and have the opportunity to be entered into a raffle for a guided tour. Peter P. Blanchard III is Author, Co-founder and Chair. 2-4pm. The Book House, 281 Essex St., Millburn.

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The Diary of Anne Frank Adaptation

Monday, March 2

Presentation by Historian Victoria Johnson

Jazz Mondays! Love big band music? Stop by and listen to some great tunes, by Glenn Franke and his very talented band. 8-10pm. SuzyQue’s BBQ & Bar, 34 South Valley Rd., West Orange. 973-736-7899.

A Taste of Morristown 2020

This enduring tale of hope captures the claustrophobic realities of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic in war-torn Amsterdam. Anne’s daily existence—her fears, her hopes, her laughter, her grief and her family’s desperate attempt to preserve humanity in an inhumane world—drive this true-life tale. This new adaptation includes newly discovered writings from Anne’s diary. Fridays-Sundays through March 14. The Summit Playhouse, 10 New England Ave., Summit. 908-273-2192. For tickets, go to

This annual fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Morristown showcases the diverse fine restaurants and eateries of the Morristown area. Wine and spirits tasting courtesy of Gary’s Wine & Marketplace and beer from local breweries and bars. Enjoy musical entertainment as you dine and test your luck at the tricky tray and raffle. The Westin Governor Morris, 2 Whippany Rd., Morristown.

March Scavenger Hunt: Women’s History Month In celebration of Women’s History Month, three historic and/or contemporary female figures will be hidden throughout the youth service’s department every Monday during after school hours (starting at 3pm). Grades 6-12 are welcome to search, find, and learn about these influential women in exchange for a small prize. 973-376-4930 ext. 233. The Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield.

Victoria Johnson presents “American Eden,” based on her fascinating new book. The book is the story of how David Hosack—the doctor at the Hamilton-Burr duel—founded the first public botanical garden in the new nation in 1801, amassing a spectacular collection of medicinal, agricultural, and ornamental plants that brought him worldwide praise. Today, his former garden is the site of Rockefeller Center. Free. 7:30pm. Maplewood Memorial Library, 51 Baker St., Maplewood. (continued on page 10)

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he turbo-charged drummers of Recycled Percussion create their own unique brand of high-energy “junk rock” by transforming everyday objects into percussive instruments.This mind-blowing, immersive show expands the boundaries of modern percussion by incorporating items like power tools, ladders, buckets, trash cans and a whole

lot more, turning them into incredibly expressive musical instruments. And at every performance, you get a drumstick and an unusual instrument so you can join in the fun.Drummer Justin Spencer formed Recycled Percussion back in 1995, but they first rose to national prominence in 2009 as finalists on America’s Got Talent. Since then, the group has headlined its

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own show in Las Vegas and appeared on Last Call with Carson Daly, The Today Show and the Latin GRAMMY Awards. 7pm Victoria Theater—New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) 1 Center Street, Newark 1-888-GO-NJPAC | 9

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Drop in Tech Help

Spring Musical “Mamma Mia!”

Come in for free assistance with Nooks, Kindles, Androids, iPads, and iPhone. Learn how to borrow free eBooks, e-audiobooks, movies, music, and more with your Springfield card. Sessions run from 7-8:30pm each Monday. Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973-376-4930.

Enjoy a good laugh every now and then? Enjoy a night we give the floor is given to the comedians. 8pm. SuzyQue’s BBQ & Bar, 34 South Valley Rd., West Orange. 973-736-7899.

Arboretum Artists Printmaking. Ages 8-12. 4-5pm. Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Haggerty Center, 353 Hanover Ave., Morris Township. 973-326-7601.

Tuesday, March 3 Financial Advisement Lecture Gary Quinzel, CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst), head of the Investment Department at Wealth Enhancement Group in Warren, will give an overview of where he thinks the stock and bond markets will be going in 2020. He will also advise how a retiree should put together an investment portfolio under these circumstances. 9:30am. Summit Old Guard, Municipal Center, 360 Elkwood Ave., New Providence. 908591-4759.

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Comedy Night

Mamma Mia! is a funny, sunny international sensation which unfolds on a Greek island paradise when on the eve of her wedding, a young woman’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. March 4 & 5, 6pm. March 6, 7:30pm and March 7, 1 and 7:30pm. Purchase tickets at Summit High School, 125 Kent Place Blvd., Summit. 908-273-1494.

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Lunch Program “Coco Chanel” “Coco Chanel: Milliner and Fashion Designer” will be presented by Monika Stebbins. The club’s Catering Committee will offer a buffet lunch after the presentation for a cost of $20 per person. 10:30am. Open to the public. The Thursday Morning Club, 25 Cook Ave., Madison.

Friday, March 6 House and Freestyle Dance Party

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) will be held on Wednesdays through April 15 from 10am-2pm. Participants should bring all their financial records from 2019, copies of 2018 Federal and State tax returns, all printed and blank forms from the Internal Revenue Service, picture identification, and proof of Social Security for all dependents filing. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. Appointments may be made in person or by calling. 973-635-0603.

Morristown International Folk Dancers This presentation will discuss the legendary Astaire’s life and work with illustration and film footage. Marty Schneit, born and bred New Yorker and historian, traces Astaire’s seventy year performing career, which began in 1905, when at the age of five, he debuted in vaudeville with his older sister Adele. Film footage will include Ginger Rogers, Eleanor Powell, Rita Hayworth and Cyd Charisse. 7pm. Madison Public Library, 39 Keep St., Madison.

Blues Tuesdays Andy Lackow’s Blues Jam play it the way you like it. Got some chops? Let’s see what you got. 8-11pm. SuzyQue’s BBQ & Bar, 34 South Valley Rd., West Orange. 973-736-7899.

Wednesday, March 4 Wednesday Duets Enjoy and evening with The Uptown Getdown and K&P Acoustically duets on alternate Wednesdays through July. 7-10 pm. SuzyQue’s BBQ & Bar, 34 South Valley Rd., West Orange. 973-736-7899.


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Beginners and newcomers welcome. Every Wednesday evening. 7:30-11pm. Mountain Lakes Community Church, 48 Briarcliff Rd., Mountain Lakes. No partners needed. 973-228-5966.

Thursday, March 5 Book Discussion Group The group will discuss “A Gentleman in Moscow”, a novel by Amor Towles. In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat and sentenced to house arrest in a grand hotel across from the Kremlin. An indomitable man of erudition and wit, must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel doors. 7pm. Refreshments served. To reserve your copy call 973-376-4930 x228. The Springfield Free Public Library, Staff Room, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield.

Cocktails and Canvas Start off your weekend by treating you and your friends to a girls night out that is sure to include a few drinks and plenty of fun! Advance registration suggested. 7-9pm. Express Yourself Studios, 1877 Springfield Ave., Maplewood. 973-763-5256.

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Serving cocktails and classic late night comfort food with premium ingredients and five-star restaurant flair. Get ready to pump up the volume and dance. 5:30pm-1am. Bar menu 6-10pm. The Dome at the Manor, 111 Prospect Ave., West Orange. 973-712360.

Wine & Wheel Workshop Gather your friends to try your hands at the potter’s wheel in a relaxed and fun environment. Participants will make wheel thrown objects such as cups, bowls, or vases. Event is BYOB, 21 and over. All supplies are provided. Students are welcome to bring their own tools. No outside clay is permitted. 7-9:30pm. Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair. 973-746-5555.

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group This is a support group for those with Parkinson’s and other neuromuscular/movement disorders to talk, share and learn from each other. Free. 1:30-2:30pm. Saint Barnabas Wellness Institute at Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC MetroWest, 760 Northfield Ave., West Orange. Registration required: 973-322-8195 or

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Triple Threat Dance Showcase


ai-Ni Chen Dance Company, New Jersey Tap Ensemble and Umoja Dance Company join forces to bring the excitement of three different styles of dance to the SOPAC stage. One incredible evening featuring three different styles of dance, inspired by Asian lyricism, the infectious energy of American Tap and West-African vibrance. Join us for a magical night to celebrate the beauty, inspiration and elegance of dance. Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company will present three pieces that take inspiration from nature and the world around us. “Raindrops” is a meditation on childhood memory, “Way of Five” explores the five elements- wood, water, fire, metal and earth and “Ten Miles A Day” chronicles a record-breaking day for Chinese immigrants laying tracks for the transcontinental railroad. The New Jersey Tap Ensemble’s presentation called “It’s About Time” gives the audience a glimpse of the tap dancers’ broad range of expression from the simplistic to sophisticated and intricate patterns of rhythm that are rooted in the art forms most basic and fundamental concept of keeping time. During this performance, Umoja Dance Company will present a fusion of West African dance and contemporary modern that reflects the evolution of movement and spirit. South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) One SOPAC Way, South Orange | 973-313-2787

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The Eating Disorder Support Group


The ANAD (National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders) Eating Disorder Support Group is a morning for support, information, and a chance to meet with others choosing to recover from a eating disorder. A concurrent group is conducted for family members and friends who wish to support their loved ones’ recovery. Adolescents welcome. Free. The Saint Barnabas Ambulatory Care Center, 200 South Orange Ave., Livingston. 973-783-2292.

Inspired by the Museum’s collections and special events, monthly themes are designed for visitors of all ages to drop in and experiment with the tools and materials of artists. Get messy with clay and paint and found materials. Great creative with blocks and digital and computer tools. Stay as long as you like. 1-4pm. The Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark. 973-596-6690.

Nature Infused Yoga Winter Spring Series Professional, personalized training in singing, dancing,TV acting, comedy, song interp., stage combat, auditioning, make up and more! Meet and study with agents and B’way personalities! Final show in NYC! Audition dates: 3/6 and 3/7, 3/13-3/15, 3/20-22, 3/2729. Call Randy at 973-868-6259 to schedule an appointment!

Saturday, March 7 Paint Your Own Gourd Birdhouse Paint your own gourd birdhouse for the cavity nesting birds returning from their winter homes this spring. Enjoy a short presentation about gourds and how to grow them. Then Bonnie, a retired art teacher, will give a demonstration on painting technique. All materials provided. 1-3:30pm. Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville. To register please call 908-396-6386.

Yoga is a great way to relax, connect with yourself, and increase flexibility and strength. Explore the connections between yoga and nature in this 75-minute class. All levels welcome. For ages 15 years and older. Bring a yoga mat if you have one (some will be provided.) Weekly through 5/2/20. Walk-ins are welcome. 9:30-10:45am. Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville. 908-396-6386.

Saturday, March 7 Moe-tion Dance Theater Production

Discovery Saturdays Each week, discover a new plant, animal, or environmental topic through experiments, stories, games, and crafts. Borrow an Arboretum backpack loaded with binoculars, field guides, a magnifying glass, and everything else needed for outdoor Arboretum adventure! Adults must be accompanied by a child! Drop by anytime between 9am-1pm. Stackhouse Education Center, Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Ave., Summit. 908-273-8787.

Known for their site-specific work, Glennon Clayton’s company is dedicated to creating new forms of expression through movement and dance. 8pm. Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown. 908-979-0900. (continued on page 12)

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Sunday, March 8 Winter Fundraising Concert The Metropolitan Orchestra of NJ, now in its 48th season, will be hosting a Winter Fundraising Concert featuring musicians from the orchestra playing classical ensemble music. 3pm. Chatham High School, 255 Lafayette Ave., Chatham. 862-571-5270.

Monday, March 9 Grief Support Social “The Next Chapter” Providing an informal setting for connecting with others who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Also March 23, 7-9pm. The Roseland Free Public Library, 20 Roseland Ave., Roseland. RSVP at or 973-226-8636.

“Landscape Design.” Designing beautiful green space will be presented by Craig Stock. He has over 30 years of experience in the landscaping industry. Refreshments will be provided. 7- 8:30pm. New Providence DeCorso Center, 15 East Fourth St., New Providence.

Tuesday, March 10 Nature-inspired Solutions to Reducing Carbon As we aim to mitigate the pace of climate change, we need to find innovative solutions. Dr. Serpil Guran, Director of the Rutgers EcoComplex Clean Energy Innovation Center will discuss a sustainable approach to managing organic waste through “circular carbon economy.” 8-9:30am. Great Swamp Watershed Association HQ, 568 Tempe Wick Rd., Morristown. Register at or call 973-538-3500.

Seussology Program A fun, lively and interactive program run by a very funny and silly Cat who causes all types of mischief. Explore the background of Dr. Seuss and his beloved works. You know Thing 1 and Thing 2, you will now meet Thing 3 – Wild Thing and watch him cause all kinds of mayhem. Come join this incredible journey. 11am and 1:30pm. Morris Museum, Bickford Theater, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-971-3700,

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Friday, March 13

A Practical Introduction to Growing Orchids

85th Year of the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade: “Keeping the Tradition Alive” The Parade Committee has tapped Michael D. Byrne of Montclair as Grand Marshal and Eileen McGinley Hannaford of Basking Ridge as Deputy Grand Marshal of the Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade. 1pm. From the Prudential Center on Mulberry Street past Gateway Center, NJPAC, Military Park, St. Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral, the Newark Museum, and Washington Park. 973-635-7283.

Wednesday, March 11 Flamenco Dance Classes Learn the fundamentals of fiery flamenco and explore basic foot, arm, hand movements and rhythms of rumba, tangos and sevillanas. No prior dance experience required. Wear shoes with sturdy heels and comfortable clothing. 7:30-9 pm. 8 sessions. Runs through May 13. Burgdorff Center, 10 Durand Rd., Maplewood.

“Keeping It Sharp” Program

Saturday, March 14 Morristown St Patricks Day Parade

Orchids comprise one of the largest and most diverse families of living organisms on earth. You can grow and appreciate members of this extraordinary family in your own home, and Jane Hansbury, owner of The Orchidist, will show you how. 7:30-9pm. ReevesReed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Ave., Summit. 908273-8787.

A monthly program for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. The NJ Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will facilitate with various speakers, activities and discussions. 6:30-7:30pm.The Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973-376-4930.


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Mary Waller has been selected as Grand Marshal. Join seeing eye puppies and their raisers—dress your puppies up! 10:30-Noon. Parade begins at Noon. Morristown Town Hall, 200 South St., Morristown.

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Intro to Photoshop Learn the Basics of Photoshop with Certified Adobe Instructor Blake Taylor. Blake will review the essential tools to enhance your photographs. Practice images will be provided. You will receive a take home booklet to reference when needed. Bring 1-2 images you would like to work on. Each student will need a notebook and some type of storage and transfer media for image files to bring to and from class. Thumb drives or external pocket hard drives are all suitable. 11am-3pm. Unique Photo Fairfield, 123 US Hwy 46 (West), Fairfield. 973-377-2007.

Maple Sugar Festival Enjoy a wide variety of fun activities, such as tree tapping demonstrations, maple cream, eating a snow cone, and more. Take a guided ‘Hike Through Maple Sugaring History,’ and discover how sugaring has changed since it was started by the Native Americans hundreds of years ago. Noon-4pm. The Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township. 973-635-6629.

Macramé Workshop

9/11 Memorial & One World Observatory Photography Class Begin the day’s photo excursion with a meet-up with Michael Downey at the Oculus. Its amazing architecture can be captured both as abstract and street photography. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum will be the next stop, followed by the 100th floor of the One World Observatory. Registration includes admission to each venue and Michael’s instruction/assistance. Noon-5pm. Oculus, 33-69 Vesey St., World Trade Center, New York City. For more information contact Unique Photo, 973-377-2007.

The Friends of the Library Book Sale 9:30am-4:30pm and March 15 from 10am-4pm. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-6350603.

Join Samantha Matthews to create a beautiful macramé hanging planter. Learn a few basic knots to create your own handmade wall hanging in this beginner macramé class. You will leave with a finished wall hanging and the knowledge to design future pieces. Class fee includes all materials. 10am-Noon. Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Haggerty Center, 353 East Hanover Ave., Morris Township. 973-326-7601.

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Shamrockin’ for St. Patrick’s Day! Enjoy St. Paddy’s Day story time and a variety of crafts-from coffee filter shamrocks to ‘stained glass’ rainbows. 11am-3pm. Pre-registration recommended as supplies are limited. Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, 9 Main St., Madison. or call 973-377-2982 ext. 10!

Sunday, March 15 St. Patrick’s Day at METC Enjoy St. Paddy’s Day story time and a variety of crafts going on all day, from coffee filter shamrocks to ‘stained glass’ rainbows. 11am-3pm. Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, 9 Main St., Madison. 973-3772982.

Lunar Fest NJ 2020 Enjoy a multicultural festival celebrating Lunar New Year. SOMA Cross Cultural Works and the Township of Maplewood have partnered again to bring you performances that represent Korean, Chinese and Vietnamese cultures. Delight in the flavors of Asia. Children’s activities and crafts. Free. Noon5pm. The Woodland, 60 Woodland Rd., Maplewood.

Live Concert by the Zydeco Revelators Zydeco is a musical style that evolved in southwestern Louisiana by French Creole speakers and which blends blues and rhythm and blues with music that was indigenous to both the Louisiana Creoles and the native people of Louisiana. Free. 2pm. The Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield.

Family Open House Event The topic discussed will be “Honoring the Hardwon Fight for Votes for Women.” 1–4pm. Free. Durand-Hedden House & Garden, Durand-Hedden House, 523 Ridgewood Rd., Maplewood. 973-7637712.

Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra Concert Hear exciting music themes from: The 007 Bond Movies, Beatles Tunes, The Sound of Music, Star Trek as well as classical favorites. 3pm. The Blomfield Middle School, 60 Huck Rd., Bloomfield.

Summit Symphony Concert The concert will include music by Smetana, Castellanos and Schumann. 2pm. Summit High School, 125 Kent Place Blvd., Summit.

Summer Camp Open House Camps offered for 3 year olds-4th graders. 10am12:30pm.Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, 324 Forest Drive South, Short Hills. 973-376-3587.


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Scotch & Whiskey Tasting Taste your way around the world with over 100 Scotch, Bourbon, Rye, American, Japanese, Irish, and more Whiskies while learning the secrets behind the craft from Brand Ambassadors and Masters Of Whisky who will be in attendance to guide you through your sampling experience. With your ticket purchase, you become a member of the Whisky Guild and will receive a gourmet buffet dinner and dessert, one hour early admission at 6:30pm that includes rare and special select bottles only available during this hour, custom premium cigar and more. 7:30-10:30pm The Madison Hotel—Morristown, 1 Convent Rd., Morristown.

An Elegant Bridal Show The show will include live bands, DJ performances, photographers, limousines, wedding professional displays and more. Additionally, there will be a fashion show, door prizes, gifts, and much more. Free. 1-3:30pm. The Hilton Garden, 304 Route 22 West, Springfield Township. events/details/2020-springfield-bridal-show

Friday, March 20 Night at the Museum: Beer, Bourbon and Blackjack Fundraiser

Tuesday, March 17 How to Deal with Aging Learn about evaluating appropriate assisted living, choosing between CCRC, (Continuing Care Retirement Communities) or nursing home facilities. 9:30am. Summit Old Guard, Municipal Center, 360 Elkwood Ave., New Providence. 908-591-4759.

Wednesday, March 18 Kids Program Presents Dinner and a Movie! “Microplastic Madness” screening. Bring the kids for this suitable for all ages documentary about a group Brooklyn 5th graders that take on plastic pollution in an inspirational and optimistic look at the local and global plastic pollution crisis. Pizza, popcorn, and water will be provided. Runtime: 1:16:00. 6-8pm. The Woodland, 60 Woodland Rd., Maplewood.

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Our House Foundation, a nonprofit based in New Providence which has services throughout six counties in NJ will host their second annual Night at the Museum: Beer, Bourbon and Blackjack event. Attendees will enjoy food provided by The Food Architects, casino games and great auction and prizes. 7-11pm. The Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. For more information call 908-464-8008 ext. 172.

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LEARNING THE WAY IT SHOULD BE. At EXPLO, learning is more than just hands-on. It’s all in.

Camp SPOTLIGHTS The Craig School Summer Academy 15 Tower Hill Road, Mountain Lakes & 310 Lathrop Avenue, Boonton | 973-334-1295 Contact: Nicole Moon Email: Age Groups: Grades 2–11 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.

Internationally-renowned summer programs for the bold of spirit and curious at heart.




The Connection Summer Camps 79 Maple St, Summit | 908-273-4242 Contact: Michelle Stelluto Email: Age Groups: Age 3 and up The Connection provides all-day or half-day co-ed camps that include swim lessons, and specialized camps: Sports, STEM, Warrior, Gymnastics, Travel, Cooking, Theater, Nature, Fashion, Engineering, Digital Media Robotics and more! ACA accredited.

EXPLO Boston | EXPLO New York | EXPLO Chicago 932 Washington St, Norwood, MA 781-762-7400 Directors: David Torcoletti; Elliot Targum; Sarah Ruter Age Groups: Grades 2-7; 8-10; 10-12 With campuses near Boston, New York City, and Chicago, EXPLO offers more than 90 courses (ranging from behavioral psychology and medical carerers to video production and economics). EXPLO is the place where you can pursue an already deep-seated passion or an interest you have never tried before, with an international community of students from over 70 different countries.

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Summer Excitement Experience June 29 - July 24 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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Florham Park Sports Dome Summer Camp 76 Passaic Ave, Florham Park | 973-457-2153 Email: Beginning in late June, Florham Park Sports Dome offers a K-8 summer camp over the course of ten weeks. Activities include water activities, chess, robotics, yoga, e-sports, soccer, flag football, baseball, basketball and much more. Half day camps are available, with options for before and after camp care.

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New Horizons Day Camp 71 Ridgedale Ave, Florham Park | 973-850-6640 Contact: Michael Wynne Email: Age Groups: Kindergarten–9th grade New Horizons allows children from Kindergarten through 9th Grade to try something new, take a deep-dive into an existing interest, or mixand-match their day to create the summer of a lifetime! Every activity and grade group is led by an 18+ Head Counselor with professional educators leading nearly all major activity areas. They offer an unparalleled program including athletics, coding, art, archery, cooking, and podcasting.

Green Brook Country Club All Sports Camp 100 W Greenbrook Rd, North Caldwell | 973-228-1800 x234 Director: Nicky Moore Age Groups: 4-12 A day camp for 4-12 year olds like no other! Spending your day at their All Sports camp is a great wayto spend the summer. Their private and secluded setting is perfect for enjoying tennis, swim, and a variety of other activities. At Green Brook Country Club campers will have an hour tennis lesson, an hour swim lesso every day, followed by fun sports like golf, karate, soccer, and many more! Their instructors are all certified professionals and love teaching juniors!!

Newark Academy Summer Programs 91 South Orange Avenue, Livingston | 973-957-3174 ext. 217 Contact: Robert Mallalieu Email: Age Groups: Ages 5–17 Academics, Enrichment, Sports–over 50 Summer programs offered at Newark Academy. 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, as well as STEM courses.

International Ivy Summer Enrichment Programs 14 locations across NJ including Chatham, Short Hills, Summit, Scotch Plains, Livingston and Basking Ridge 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 science and engineering, create websites and learn to code. Kids learn best by doing. There are many classes in STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.

Morristown-Beard School Summer Institute 70 Whippany Road, Morristown | 973-539-3032 Contact: Dr. Amanda Gregory Email: Age Groups: Rising 6–12 grade The MBS Summer Institute offers courses for credit and enrichment, for high school and middle school students (including rising 6th graders). Hands-on, teamtaught, and creative in structure and topics, all of the courses strengthen students’ imaginations and critical thinking skills alike. Search the offerings to find the course that inspires you at

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Camp SPOTLIGHTS Musical Theatre Conservatory– Broadway Boot Camp 973-868-6259 Limited Enrollment July 6–25 (Final Show in NYC on July 25) Monday–Friday, 9:15am–3:45pm


t Musical Theatre Conservatory, “Theatre for Life” is more than just a motto; it is their guiding philosophy. Through their Broadway Boot Camp, which takes place this summer from July 6–25, children aged 7 to 19 get the opportunity to bring this philosophy to life. Broadway Boot Camp teaches children the skills they need to actually get on stage and do what they love. Whether they are an experienced performer or just starting out, MTC students work with theatre professionals, who are committed to giving every child the solid foundation they need to be the best performer they can be. From the material and faculty they choose, to the specialized way they teach all aspects of performing–it’s all about providing your child with a summer theatre experience they will never forget! Each day, students will enjoy a rotating schedule that includes: Voice, Acting, Theatre Dance, Hip Hop, Song Interpretation, Comedy Improvisation, Stage Combat, TV & Commercial Acting, Audition Techniques, Make-Up, and Production Rehearsal. The program ends with a “splash” with their annual Luau Pool Party! In just three weeks, students are guided from classes to rehearsals culminating in a costumed, cabaret-style show, produced by theatre professionals. Students also have the chance to meet with agents and Broadway actors to get the

inside scoop on working in theatre, film, and television. This year’s show will be held at Symphony Space on Broadway and 95th Street. “I’m very proud of my students,” says Artistic Director Randy Elman. “One of my past students just left the cast of Wicked on Broadway to be in the new revival of Company. Before that, she was in Aladdin on Broadway for 4 years!” Says Brandon Uranowitz, 2 time Tony Award Nominee,“If it wasn’t for Randy, I wouldn’t be where I am today!” At MTC, they pride themselves on providing individual attention to all campers. Every student is given the opportunity to participate, grow, succeed, and feel important. The goal is to draw out each person’s individual strengths and at the same time stress the importance of working together.




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One River School of Art & Design

SEE Camp

292 Millburn Avenue, Millburn | 973-318-9331 Email: Age Groups: Grades K–12 Founded in 2012, One River School of Art + Design is “transforming art education” across America. Their Millburn program is built for people of all ages and skill levels and they have developed a unique method that makes learning fun while generating compelling outcomes. One River School offers summer camp programs for K through 12. Weekly programs run from June through August, covering a wide variety of topics in art and design.

Oratory Prep, Summit and the Community Church, Mountain Lake 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, their campers revel in summer experiences that keep them returning year after year.

Orange Lawn Tennis Club All Sports Camp 305 N. Ridgewood Rd, South Orange | 973-762-0928 x334 Contact: Nicky Moore Age Groups: Ages 4–13 Spending your day at All Sports camp is a great way to spend the summer. Their private and secluded setting is perfect for many activities. Campers will have an hour tennis lesson and an hour swim lesson, followed by fun sports like golf, karate, soccer and more. Instructors are all certified professionals.

Summer at Oak Knoll 44 Blackburn Road, Summit | 908-522-8186 Contact: Debi Tarowksy Email: Age Groups: Ages 3-16 There is something for everyone this summer at Oak Knoll! They offer an ACA-accredited day camp for boys and girls, including extreme sports and performing arts specialty camps. They also offer a youth football camp; June mini camps; an academic prep program that includes Kindergarten Ready, Algebra I/Geometry, Introduction to Physics, SAT Math and Test review, and much more.

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Discover your passion! An unparalleled academic experience for students in grades 1–12 Features: Dynamic learning spaces • Cutting-edge science labs • STEAM offerings: robotics, film making, engineering and more! • Courses for advanced high school credit • Writing, science, and math courses for grades 3–12 • Special workshops including Model U.N., Leadership in the 21st Century and Improv • Jump Start for grades 1 and 2 91 South Orange Avenue, Livingston, NJ 973.992.7000

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Dave Conklin, Founder & CEO

GAME CHANGER: State-of-the-Art Sports Facility Opens in Florham Park

Florham Park Sports Dome & Event Center offers professional sports training, wellness, events and summer camps all under one 80-foot-high roof. By Jessica Schiffenhaus, photos by Dan Epstein and Jan Press PhotoMedia Aerial photo provide by Florham Park Sports Dome


ttention parents and athletes—get ready to take your training to the next level at the Florham Park Sports Dome & Event Center (FPSD), where the hunt for excellence begins and the best just get better. A brandnew 17-acre sports and events complex that contains everything athletes require: professional coaches, a film room study, turf fields, sport courts, mental and performance training, physical therapy, and an onsite restaurant serving healthy food options— you name it, we have it. “The goal is that once families walk through the door, there is no reason for them to leave—everything is here,


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and everything is top notch” said Dave Conklin, FPSD’s founder and CEO. In addition, the facility will have an esports room presented by Top Dog Esports for adults and kids to compete in the gaming world. “Our mission at FPSD is to enhance the lives and wellbeing of all patrons by providing a multifunctional sports, recreational, wellness, entertainment, and event center,” states Conklin.

for athletes of all levels—from young kids focused on motor skills to Pro athletes training to compete professionally. “Take our performance training partner company for example. Annex Performance Training has coaches that specialize in specific sports. They know exactly what types of movements and skills are needed in order to get better, faster, and stronger. Personal, group and team training are all available,” adds Conklin.

The FPSD partners are the cornerstone of the facility and include industry leading professionals that will provide programing, training services, and physical therapy

In addition to programming, FPSD provides its own leagues, clinics, tournaments and camps to adults and children. In fact, the facility recently

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“What I tried to create is a family-friendly environment that gives every athlete at every level the opportunity to succeed and have fun playing sports.”

launched their K-8th grade summer camp which will run 10 weeks, beginning in late June. The camps offer flexibility, in that children can enroll for full or half days on a weekly basis with the option of before and after camp care. “Our focus is to create a well-rounded educational summer camp experience for all FPSD campers. Not only will campers be playing different sports and games they will also engage in educational curriculums such as yoga, chess, esports, and STEAM. The daily agenda also includes lunch, healthy snacks, and water activities,” explains Conklin.

Built from the ground up, this state-of-theart facility boasts a 91,000-square-foot air-inflated dome complete with indirect LED lighting and carcinogenic-free turf. An NHL-size ice hockey rink and an outdoor pool are the cherry on top and will be completed in phase 2 of the construction project. However, FPSD is much more than just a sports facility. The complex is also used for corporate events, seminars, birthday parties, bar mitzvahs, and even weddings. With the assistance of our production partnership, Visual Comet, every occasion is guaranteed to be amazing and run smoothly. March 2020

“What I created is a family-friendly environment that gives people of all ages and levels the opportunity to succeed and enjoy playing sports,” points out Conklin. “I invite families to come see the complex for themselves and be a part of the change”.

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hile a student’s long record of academic achievement is generally the most important measure that colleges take under consideration during the admissions process, getting as prepared for one’s college entrance exams as possible is a great idea. Here are a few things to know going into the process: • Almost all four-year institutions of higher learning require that candidates submit either SAT or ACT scores with some requiring strictly one or the other. Certain selective schools also require SAT Subject Tests and AP Tests. Check which tests you’ll need to take to apply to your schools of choice. You may also want to check the average scores of last year’s incoming freshmen. • Find out whether the schools to which you are applying look at the score of every test you take or only your top score. If they look at every score, you may want to avoid taking the test until you’re feeling completely confident. If they look at only the top score, consider taking the test multiple times (if money and time allow) until you get the score with which you’re satisfied. • Each institution weighs scores a bit differently. Some colleges use entrance exam scores in order to place incoming freshmen in classes. Some schools use the scores to award scholarships. Understanding what the scores are used to determine, can help you get motivated to succeed. • When it comes to the mathematics portion of the exam, it’s important to know that graphing and scientific calculators are allowed. Calculators for College Boards available from Casio offer an affordable solution to aid in the preparation for college entrance exams. Whatever calculator students choose to use for their exams they should familiarize themselves with completely so that come exam day, they can easily manipulate its features and functions. To that end, students should use the calculator when taking practice tests and consider using it in the classroom and when doing homework.

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This Pi Day, Make Math Fun for Kids


i Day, is not only an annual opportunity to celebrate math, it’s also a day to honor the renowned scientist and mathematician, Albert Einstein, born on March 14. Here are some great ways your family can make math fun this Pi Day: Visit a Math Museum: Take the kids to a hands-on math museum featuring fun interactive exhibits, events, puzzles, games and more that bring math to life. Bake a ‘Pi’: Bake a pi-themed pi. Whether you love cherry, chocolate or lemon meringue, you can honor the day by baking a pie and carving the symbol for pi into your creation. This is also a great opportunity to calculate fractions, angles, percentages and areas! Learn the meaning of Pi: A very special number, pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, making its value essential for those studying geometry. It’s also an “irrational number,” meaning it’s exact value can’t be expressed as a fraction. While scientists have calculated trillions of digits of pi, you are likely familiar with the first few—3.14. Use a high-quality graphing or scientific calculator, such as those from Casio, to

study up on several more of pi’s digits and practice using its value in equations. Learn More About Einstein: There are many terrific biographies for all reading levels available, as well as documentaries and biopics that can help your family learn more about the life and work of the legendary Albert Einstein. Math may sometimes get a reputation for being one of the tougher school subjects, but it can also be a lot of fun. Let this Pi Day be an opportunity to show your kids that math is something to celebrate. —StatePoint Photo source: (c) Mizina / iStock via Getty Images Plus

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The Bongos Perform

SOMA Film Fest 5 Kids Program This four member group, will bring their unique mix of Beatlesque melodies, sensual rhythms, power pop and punk sensibilities. 8-10:30pm. First Congregational Church of Montclair, 40 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair.

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The program features all original animated shorts for kids from 2 to 10! “The Fox and the Pigeon”, “The Bird and the Whale”, “Maestro” and more. Coffee (for adults) and cookies will be served as well as complimentary popcorn and water. Sponsored by RWJBarnabas Health. 10-11:30am The Woodland, 60 Woodland Rd., Maplewood. 973-843-7157

Local Chorus Hosts Rummage Sale The Hickory Tree Chorus is hosting a rummage sale where you will find lots of treasures, including jewelry, clothes, knick-knacks, furniture, toys and more. Free admission, plenty of parking, baked goods and refreshments will be available. 10am-4pm. Long Hill Senior Center, 769 Valley Rd., Gillette. More information at

Community Dance Workshop

Windchime Craft

Presentation of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Work

Make DIY windchimes out of terracotta pots. Free, all materials provided. (Adults & Teens) 2-3pm. Registration is required. New Providence Memorial Library, 377 Elkwood Ave., New Providence. 908-665-0311 Sign up online at

Sunday, March 22 “What’s All This about Fake News?” Program In this session, participants will examine fake news and ways to evaluate the kinds of sites, technologies, and processes that participate in circulating falsehoods online. A presentation by Jason Luther, PhD., Rowan University. The Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973 376-4930, ext. 227.

Learn some basics of Flamenco, Middle Eastern, and Indian dance. Presenting a special 90-minute community dance workshop featuring mini-classes in each of these distinct yet related dance forms. A 45-minute, slower-paced class will be offered for seniors citizens, and persons with disabilities. All ages welcome, no experience is necessary. Both classes begin at 1:30pm. Free. Doris M. Byrne Performing Arts Center Mount Saint Dominic Academy, 3 Ryerson Ave., Caldwell. Registration recommended. 1-800-838-3006.

Women of Chatham Township: Stories from the Past In conjunction with the new Chatham Township Historical Society Gallery exhibit at the Township Municipal Building, Pat Wells will talk about some of the women who have lived in and influenced the Township. All are welcome, 2-4pm. Chatham Township Municipal Building, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham Township. 973-635-4911.

Art Historian Janet Mandel will discuss and show slides of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work. Sponsored by the American Association of University Women: Summit College Club and Madison Branches. 2pm. MONDO, 426 Springfield Ave., Summit. Refreshments served; free. Reservations required. E-mail: (continued on page 25)


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Wednesday, March 25

Thursday, March 26

Towne Club Luncheon

Fireside Meditation

NJ Speakers Series Presentation

The Towne Club is a Woman’s social organization whose annual fund raiser benefits the rescue squads of Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights. The speaker will be a New Providence Rescue Squad representative. New members are welcome. Noon. Ancona Bistro, 645 Valley Rd., Gillette. 908-4642643.

Join spiritual teacher and author Ramananda John E. Welshons for a series of evening meditation classes in front of the fireplace of the Van Vleck house. Participants will learn and practice different forms of mindfulness meditation in each session and will have the opportunity to participate in discussions of Ramananda’s three books. Open to beginners. 7–9pm. Registration required. To register: online at vanvleck. orgor call 973-744-4752 ext. 3. Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St., Montclair.

Presenting Susan Rice former National Security Advisor from 2013-2017. She also served as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 2009 to 2013. Under President Clinton, Rice worked for the National Security Council and was Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. 8pm. NJPAC, 1 Center St., Newark.

The Lunchtime Film Series

Notable Women of New Jersey

Presenting Downton Abbey (2019). Starring Michelle Dockery, Phyllis Logan, Allen Leech, and Maggie Smith. 1pm. The Springfield Free Public Library, Staff Room, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973-376-4930.

How to Do Well by Doing Good Ray Hawkins, CFP, a planner at Wealth Enhancement Group in Warren, and former head of equity trading at JP Morgan in NYC, will talk about the various ways one can give to charitable institutions with a view toward tax effectiveness. 9:30am. Summit Old Guard, Municipal Center, 360 Elkwood Ave., New Providence. 908-591-4759.

Guest panelists will include JoAnne Babbitt, Vice President of the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation; Bonnie Monte, Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; and Maria Sheridan, manager of the Teterboro Airport in Bergen County. 7pm. Registration is requested. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-635-0603.

Learning the Birds by Song Workshop This birding-by-ear workshop series taught by Randy Little will improve bird identification skills. Learning their songs adds another dimension to birdwatching. Wednesdays through April 29, 7-8:30pm. Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville. To register 908-396-6386.

Pruning or Ruining?—Rutgers Master Gardener Lecture Master Gardener, Gail Di Domenico will discuss the basics of what, why, when, and how to prune your trees and shrubs, what tools to use and their care and when to consult with a professional. Learn how to shear hedges, deadhead flowering shrubs and perennials; how and when to pinch back and cut down your herbaceous perennials. 7pm. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-635-0603.

Burn Peer Support Group The Susan Fischer Burn Peer Support Group is designed to help burn survivors and their families adjust to their new lives. The group is led by staff from The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas and SOAR (Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery) volunteers who are burn survivors themselves. Free. 3:304:30pm. Saint Barnabas Medical Center, 94 Old Short Hills Rd., Livingston. To register: 973-322-5856 or (continued on page 26)

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Musical Theatre Conservatory

Professional, personalized training in singing, dancing,TV acting, comedy, song interp., stage combat, auditioning, make up and more! Meet and study with agents and B’way personalities! Final show in NYC! Audition dates: 3/6 and 3/7, 3/13-3/15, 3/2022, 3/27-29. Call Randy at 973-868-6259 to schedule an appointment!

Conquering Everest Dan Stringham is a Randolph resident and an experienced high-altitude mountaineer. As part of the Main Gallery exhibit, “Surveying the New Jersey Landscape”, hear Dan’s story of how he conquered one of Earth’s most extreme landscapes and climbed to the summit of Mt. Everest. 7pm. Pre-registration is recommended, as space is limited. Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, 9 Main St., Madison. 973-377-2982. Register at

Spring Forward Program

Vernal Pool After-Dark Exploration Hike

Enjoy a hands-on lesson on how to make the most of the best blooms of spring with floral designer Betsy Karetnick, owner of The Portable Garden. From using potted plants in centerpieces to prepping tulips, learn about flower health, selection, and design. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves to create a holiday friendly spring centerpiece. Light refreshments and a glass of wine complete the evening. Madison Community House, 25 Cook Ave., Madison. 973-2584026.

With temperatures rising, the forest floor will be hopping with new life as frogs and other amphibians crowd into shallow puddles of water to breed and lay their eggs. These puddles, better known as vernal pools, tell a lot about nature here in New Jersey. This annual nighttime exploration provides a fun, outdoor learning experience for kids and adults alike. 7-9pm. GSWA Conservation Management Area (CMA), 91 Tiger Lily Lane, Harding Township. Register at or call 973-538-3500.

Friday, March 27

Tribute to The Doors

Spring CraftMorristown Event

Dave Brock and Wild Child’s ability to transport you magically to what a Doors tour might well have been today. 7pm. Wellmont Theater, 5 Seymour Theater, Montclair. 973-783-9500.

Offering winter-weary design lovers “first dibs” on the year’s newest creations by 165 top American fine craftspeople at New Jersey’s most exciting spring art and shopping experience. These makers infuse a distinctive creative vision into one-of-a-kind and limited-edition: jewelry; apparel and accessories; furniture; functional and sculptural works in ceramics, glass, metal, fiber, wood and mixed media; fine art painting, printmaking, drawing and photography; and a gourmet specialty food boutique. 4-8pm. Also March 28, 10am-6pm and March 29. 10am-5pm. Morristown Armory, 430 Western Ave., Morristown. 845-331-7900.

UMC Summit Open Mic Night Welcomes all musical and spoken word performers, as well as anyone who enjoys listening to artists expressing their passion, to the Open Mic Night, now in it’s 4th season. Every last Friday of the month through May. 8pm.The United Methodist Church of Summit, 17 Kent Place Blvd, Summit. 908-277-1700.

Fundraiser Concert with Scott Sharrard Scott Sharrard spent nearly a decade as lead guitarist and bandleader to the late Gregg Allman. The “Southern Blood” track, “My Only True Friend” – co-written by Sharrard and Allman – earned a GRAMMY nomination for Americana Song of the Year. 7:30pm. Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, 324 Forest Drive South, Short Hills. 973-376-3587.

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Saturday, March 28 Southside Johnny Performs

7pm. Wellmont Theater, 5 Seymour St., Montclair. 973-783-9500.

28th Annual

Easter Bunny Express

Celebrate the return of Spring with a ride on the “Easter Bunny Express”, a 10mile, 45-minute round trip excursion from Whippany to Roseland with the Easter Bunny onboard. Also April 4 & 5 and April 11. Departures 1, 2, 3 & 4pm, rain, snow or shine. Whippany Railway Museum, 1 Railroad Plaza, Route 10 West & Whippany Rd., Whippany. 973-887-8177 26

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2020 Cabaret VII – Wanderlust: Broadway Songs about Places Far and Near This promises to be a night of adventure, cultural commentary, and humor. Wine, appetizers, and desserts, along with a silent auction and wine pull, will make for a memorable extravaganza! Expect songs that explore travel, optimism, longing, a sense of home and Disney World. 7:30-10:30pm. Community Congregational Church, 200 Hartshorn Drive, Short Hills. 973-538-6969.

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xplore the wondrous underwater world of Bubblelandia as you go on an imaginary journey through the deep blue sea and explore a world inhabited by incredible creatures. This lavish production features dancers, acrobats, original music and fantastic bubble effects to create a dreamlike underwater atmosphere.

Madison Library Gala Fundraiser The Friends of the Madison Public Library will honor Tom Bintinger, a long-time President of the Library Board of Trustees at their annual Gala fundraiser. The public is cordially invited to attend and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, served with wine and beer. 5:30-7:30pm. Fee applies per ticket. Madison Library, 39 Keep St., Madison. Reservations may be made online at

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The Fighting Children’s Cancer Foundation will hold its 18th annual gala, a festive and spirited gathering of friends and supporters united behind a worthy cause. Guests will enjoy a full Grand Cocktail Reception, live band, the amazing magic of Will Fern, a premier silent auction, and more. Hear from the children and families, be moved by their stories of courage, and take heart in the impact you directly have on their healing and recovery. Held at The Grove, 691 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove. To reserve space call 908-429-2121.

The show follows Mr. B, a creature of modern habits who “always feels pressed by a thousand things to do in a world that seems to be moving too fast.” The office worker discovers a little aquarium that appears like magic inside his briefcase and gradually becomes enchanted by the wondrous

underwater world of Bubblelandia, which is full of seahorses, dragon fish, starfish, mermaids and other creatures. 3pm and 7pm Mayo Performing Arts Center 100 South Street, Morristown 973-539-8008

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Let’s take single-use plastics out of the waste stream and give them a second life with local Artist and Environmental Steward, Vicki Reikes Fox who has big plans for our creations at our Earth Day Spring Fair! This event is $25 per group of 4. 4-H Members and Master Gardeners, ask a 4-H Club Leader for your discount code. 11-2pm. Garibaldi Hall, 621A Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland. Pre-Registration is required. 973-228-8776.



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Hanover Wind Symphony: Music in Motion The Hanover Wind Symphony will present Music in Motion with rhythms that will make you want to tap your feet and melodies that will stir your emotions. This concert will also feature guest soloist Rick Summers who will perform Artie Shaw’s Concerto for Clarinet. 2-3:30pm. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-971-3700.


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MARCH 29, 2020

The Taste of Summit


ine and socialize with your family, friends, and neighbors at the 33rd Annual “Taste of Summit” taking place at the Grand Summit Hotel located at 570 Springfield Avenue in Summit. The “Taste of Summit” is a gourmet extravaganza featuring 24 of Summit’s finest restaurants, bakeries and other food establishments serving our guests a “taste” of their specialties. It is an evening designed for the whole family to mix and mingle with friends and neighbors while enjoying delicious food from Summit’s outstanding eateries and food providers. While indulging in your favorite “tastes you can listen to music from local favorite Paul Fessock of Summit’s World of Rock and enjoy a drink at the cash bar.

The Taste of Summit is the key fundraiser for the Summit Historical Society, an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of Summit through the Carter House Museum and its archives. All of the funds raised will help the Society continue its mission of safeguarding records, documents, maps, books, and artifacts as well as antique furnishings and clothes connected to the history of Summit and making them available to the public at the Carter House, which is the oldest house in Summit. 6-8:30pm The Grand Summit Hotel 570 Springfield Avenue Summit

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The 33rd Annual “Taste of Summit” The Taste of Summit, an annual fundraiser that benefits the all-volunteer Summit Historical Society, is a gourmet extravaganza featuring more than 20 of Summit’s finest restaurants and food merchants. Each vendor will be serving “tastes” that showcase specialties spanning many cuisines, including Italian, American and Mexican. There will also be desserts from Summit’s finest bakers and a cash bar. While parents indulge in their favorite foods, children 12 and younger will be enjoying their own eats and special activities while listening to music from Paul Fessock and musicians from Summit’s World of Rock. 6-8:30pm. To ensure a place, call 908-277-1747. Tickets also be sold at the door. The Grand Summit Hotel, 570 Springfield Ave., Summit.

International Ivy STEM Expo and Open House Parents and kids are invited for hands-on STEM activities like virtual roller coaster rides, a mini escape room, robot races, constructing a building ready for earthquakes and exploring under the microscope. Tour the facilities and get your questions answered. Admission is free. RSVP requested but not required. A free International Ivy cinch sack for those who registered and attend. 3pm. International Ivy STEM, 50 Country Day Drive, Short Hills.


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Monday, March 30 Great Women Artists of the Early 20th Century

Maker Workshop: Build a Warbler Bird Box Come learn about the beautiful little yellow songbirds, Prothonotary Warblers, and their nesting habits—along with those of similar birds. The talk will be followed by constructing your very own Warbler nest box to take home and enjoy. Registration is required. Fee applies. Materials and light snacks included. 5:307pm. GS WA Headquarters, 568 Tempe Wick Rd., Morristown. Register at or call 973538-3500.

Soldiers Without Guns: Women Defense Workers of WWII This presentation will focus on three of America’s greatest female artists: Georgia O’Keeffe, Mary Stevenson Cassatt, and Hildreth Meière. Presented by Mario Medici of Medici Lectures & Tours. 7pm. Free and open to all; no registration needed. Livingston Public Library, 10 Robert Harp Drive, Livingston. 973-992-4600.

Tuesday, March 31 Fencing Classes for Kids Classes are available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6:30pm, March 31st through June 4th. No equipment or experience needed! Ages 7 to 18. High School Fencers Welcome! Newark Academy Fencing Room, 91 S. Orange Ave., Livingston. 201-880-7029.

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The setting: It is 1943, and you are at a meeting where women are being recruited for “war work”. Historical interpreter Stacy Roth plays Rosie Niemiec, a housewife who took a job as a welder in a shipyard. There will also be a display of period artifacts and ephemera, a discussion of women’s participation on the Homefront, and an opportunity for the audience to share memories, memorabilia, and personal stories of the Second World War. 7-8:30pm. New Providence Memorial Library, 377 Elkwood Ave., New Providence. 908-665-0311.

Across the Hudson

See and Experience New York City Like Never Before


cheduled to open mid-March, Edge is the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere extending out 80 feet from the 100th floor of 30 Hudson Yards in New York. Rising over 1,100 feet in the air visitors will be stunned by the outdoor viewing area that reveals 360-degree vantages of New York City’s iconic skyline, Western New Jersey and New York State—spanning up to 80 miles.

Visitors can enjoy a glass of champagne or signature cocktail and light bites from the champagne bar. And for a one-of-a-kind dining experience, Peak, a restaurant, bar, cafe and event space located on the 101st floor, will serve lunch and dinner.

“Stepping onto Edge is like walking out into the sky. The entire experience is designed to inspire visitors and ignite a new passion for New York City with multiple, built-in thrill elements that ensure Edge becomes a must-see local attraction and a top spot on every travelers’ bucket list,” said Jason Horkin, Executive Director of Hudson Yards Experiences.


Edge will be open seven days a week year-round from 8am to midnight. Tickets are now available at

30 Hudson Yards, New York City

The sky deck includes a thrilling 225 square foot glass floor offering unprecedented views of the city below, and has ninefoot tall, boldly angled glass walls enabling visitors to vertically lean out over Manhattan.

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Local Exhibits Eva Zeisel: A Century of Designing Elegance

Living, Learning, Working, Serving: The Women of Macculloch Hall This exhibition, planned in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, explores the Macculloch family women and the enslaved women and female servants who lived and worked at Macculloch Hall for five generations. Through August 2. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Ave., Morristown. 973-538-2404.

Eva Zeisel (1906-2011) was the preeminent modern designer of mass-produced dinnerware of the 20th century. No other ceramic designer can lay claim to such a high degree of creative activity in so many different countries over such a long period. Through May 17. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-9713700.

Saturn— Exploring a Celestial Wonder

“Four Seasons, Two Cameras, One World” Photography Exhibit A joint show of photography by the duo of Lisa DeSimone Cohn and Joanne Petuchovas, opens with a reception on Friday, March 27. The event starts at 6:30-8:30pm. Runs through September 18. Lundt-Glover Gallery, Chatham Municipal Building, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham.

“A Place Called Home” Art Exhibit

The Cassini spacecraft is currently exploring Saturn’s countless rings and moons to help use better understand our place in the universe. Join Planetarium staffers to observe recent video and still images of these spectacular and curious sights, including Saturn’s many satellites and Titan, its largest moon. Through March 31. All ages. Noon-5pm. Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark. 973-596-6690.

Federico Uribe: Animalia

“Awake in Dreams: The Visual Immersions of Jorge Larrea” Exhibit

Featuring large oil paintings meticulously rendered with geometric and organic shapes, creating dreamlike worlds where human figures intertwine with their surroundings, deeply influenced by the vibrant colors of Latin American colonial and contemporary painting. Opening Reception: March 12, 7-9pm. Runs through April 24. Clerestory Fine Art, 40 Church St., Montclair.

Surveying the New Jersey Landscape Exhibit New Jersey’s beautiful landscape offers its residents many reasons to celebrate. From the Great Swamp, to the coastal Jersey Shore, to the mountain ranges, our state’s scenery is diverse and eclectic. METC’s Main Gallery exhibit, will feature historic maps, surveying tools, and other accounts that provide us with a unique lens through which we can better understand and honor our relationship to this precious land. Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, 9 Main St., Madison. 973-377-2982.

Virgil Ortiz: Odyssey of the Venutian Soldiers

The exhibit, featuring the artwork of 39 artists, reflects upon the meaning of home through a variety of lenses and mediums. Moving beyond the concrete meaning of “home” as a place where one lives, this exhibit explores “home” as a concept, an idea imbued with emotional associations that hopefully give us comfort. Opening reception March 6, 7-9pm. Through April 10. Studio Montclair Gallery, 127 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair. 862-500-1447.


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Federico Uribe is a visionary artist creating haunting mixed-media paintings and sculptures as complex as his own upbringing in his native Colombia. Visionary and rooted in reality, Uribe creates creatures fashioned from a massive layering of mundane objects including colored pencils, shoes and shoelaces, plastic waste and recycled bullet shells. Runs through June 21. Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair. 973-746-5555.

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Inspired by the 1680 Pueblo Revolt around Santa Fe, New Mexico, renowned artist Virgil Ortiz creates artwork that makes past and future come alive. The Pueblo Revolt took place over 300 years ago when Pueblo Indians living around Santa Fe, New Mexico, rose up and drove their Spanish oppressors away after enduring 100 years of cruel colonialism. Through June 21. Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair. 973-746-5555.

Health, Beauty & Wellness

Health, in a Nutshell

Exercising for Two

uts are a nutritious treat! They contain mostly “good,” unsaturated fat and a variety of heart-healthy components like fiber, plant sterols and arginine, which widens and relaxes blood vessels. Hazelnuts, pistachios, cashews and other nuts contain great benefits, but here are some special examples:

regnant women don’t have to give up endorphin rushes or the other great benefits of exercise. The American Pregnancy Association recommends the following types of exercise for pregnant women:


ALMONDS: Almonds contain Vitamin E, which helps the body develop healthy nerves and cells in the heart and lungs, and may help stop plaque buildup in arteries. One ounce of almonds contains 8% of your daily calcium—as much as one-third of a cup of milk! WALNUTS: One ounce contains omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin E and 8% of the daily value of folate, a B vitamin that protects against birth defects and may also help fight cancer and heart disease. BRAZIL NUTS: According to the Journal of Nutrition, selenium may help protect against cancer. Brazil nuts have about 210 times as much selenium as other nuts! “Be aware that there are certain medical conditions that can be affected by eating nuts.”


WALKING: Wear good shoes to decrease pressure on your feet and avoid slipping when participating in this safe activity. SWIMMING: Considered the safest exercise for pregnant women by many health care professionals, swimming offers a toning, cardiovascular workout without adding stress to the joints. KEGEL: While Kegel exercises may not be beneficial for aerobics or aesthetic improvements, they are hugely beneficial for bladder control, hemorrhoid prevention, and stronger pelvic muscles that contribute to easier delivery. Also, they can be done anywhere, without anyone knowing! Remember to stay away from high-stress activities like water-skiing and talk to your doctor before making any changes to your exercise regimen during pregnancy.

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TAVR: Redefining Heart Surgery


he days of open-heart surgery are medical history. Arash Salemi, MD, clinical chairman of cardiothoracic surgery at RWJBarnabas Health— Northern Region, calls a new procedure to replace failing aortic valves nothing less than “a game changer.” The procedure, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), offers a minimally invasive option for surgeons to replace an old, narrowing valve, giving ever-more patients many more years of good heart health. Here, Dr. Salemi dives deeper into TAVR and its benefits for patients, which include no incisions, a shorter recovery period and, most importantly, fantastic long-term results.

Q: What is TAVR? Is this considered among the more minimally invasive heart procedures? A: Transcatheter aortic valve replacement is aortic valve replacement without the need for an incision, without needing a heart-lung machine and without having to stop the heart. It is a suture-less technique. TAVR is minimally invasive both physiologically and anatomically. Physiologically, the standard of care for 50 years has been open-heart surgery, stopping the heart, during which time you replace the valve while organ function is sustained by the heart-lung machine. TAVR is less invasive physiologically because the heart maintains its pumping function throughout the procedure. It is anatomically less invasive because, typically, there are no incisions and you don’t need to enter the breast bone as you would with a surgical approach.

Q: What makes TAVR a better procedure than other valve replacement operations? A: In terms of intermediate-term outcomes, TAVR and surgical replacement are similar. But TAVR, because of its minimally invasive nature, provides a much quicker recovery period. Patients generally are in the hospital for a day or two after the procedure. With open-heart surgery, while the longerterm results are similar, the recovery phase can last as long as six weeks. 32

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Q: How has it changed the way surgery is performed? A: It has changed the way we evaluate patients with aortic stenosis. It is very common for patients over age 65 to have some degree of narrowing. When the narrowing becomes severe, treatment is warranted and necessary. We have achieved great results with open-heart surgery, but over the past decade, TAVR has allowed us to provide care to a broader base of patients with a quicker recovery time.

Q: Who is a candidate for TAVR, and who is not? A: TAVR was first invented for patients at too high risk for standard valve replacement. Until TAVR, surgery was only for those patients who we thought could tolerate the operation. That means a large cohort of patients were left without treatment of a progressive heart condition. There are no medical therapies for aortic stenosis—no diet, no exercise regimen, no medication that can treat it. As the technology developed, we began to conduct clinical trials on patients who were healthier. These have demonstrated that patients ranging from low to high risk with open heart surgery all benefit from TAVR. Everyone with a narrowing of the aortic valve is now a candidate for TAVR and should warrant an evaluation.

Q: What happens during the procedure? A: The TAVR procedure generally takes about one hour. Patients are typically sedated, with general anesthesia used in only about 15 percent of patients. It is typically performed through the arterial blood stream—95 percent of cases are performed through the femoral artery in the leg. A catheter with the new aortic valve is passed through the blood stream and X-ray guidance is used to position it inside the patient’s diseased native valve. Then the new valve is expanded into that space. The old valve is pushed aside against the aortic walls, giving the patient a brand-new valve to allow adequate blood flow.

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Q: What is the recovery like? A: The patient recovers in the Intensive Care Unit overnight where we monitor blood pressure and heart rhythm. About one-third of our patients go home the following day, another third the day after that and the rest shortly thereafter. The average length of stay is a day and a half. There may be some soreness at the puncture site in the leg, but it is minimal. Patients typically take a baby aspirin as a blood-thinning agent every day thereafter, and we may add additional antiplatelet agents for up to six months, depending on the case. Patients are advised to take a couple of weeks off to get back on their feet and follow up with their doctors. There are no long-term restrictions.

Q: How is the TAVR program at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) expanding, and why? A: Because of the great outcomes and quick recovery, our TAVR program is expanding rapidly. We are streamlining our patient workflow and are expanding our team of surgeons, support staff and operating room locations so we can see patients three to five days a week and perform procedures expeditiously. We are also actively involved in numerous clinical trials in this space so that we may offer the most current therapies to our patients. To learn more about the TAVR program at SBMC visit RWJBH.ORG/TAVR, complete the form and select Livingston Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

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Mitsuba Japanese Cuisine

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

237 Main St, Chatham | 973-635-3888 Traditional Japanese specialties and cuisine served in a casual setting.

Restaurant Serenade


6 Roosevelt Avenue, Chatham, NJ 07928 973-701-0303 | Artful dining, as conceived by award-winning Chef James Laird. A showcase of the finest handselected seasonal and regional ingredients in simple, refined presentations by Chef Laird.


Mezza Mediterranean 277 Eisenhower Pkwy, Livingston 973-992-9300 | Mezza prepares authentic Mediterranean cuisine with a modern touch in their new spacious and attractive dining space.

Assado Portuguese Steakhouse

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

222 N Livingston Avenue, Livingston 973-422-0501 | Their rustic yet modern decor provides the perfect setting for a Portuguese steakhouse experience

Thavma Mediterranean Grill

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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.

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MILLBURN Ms. Lin Chinese Cuisine 59 Main St, Millburn | 973-912-8838 Ms. Lin Chinese provides convenient take-out and delivery for lunch and dinner and specializes in off-premise catering.

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Laboratorio Kitchen 615 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair 973-746-6100 Chef James De Sisto creates satisfying and succulent dishes that represent regional, progressive meals. The ingredients locally sourced, and they use only grass fed meat, and the freshest seafood in the market. The restaurant is a BYO, features a small plate menu Tue-Thur, and offers seasonal specials. Hours: Tue-Sat 5-10pm, Sun 4-9pm


NEW PROVIDENCE Moe’s Bistro and Bar 535 Central Ave, New Providence 908-840-4540 | Located inside the Best Western Plus & Murray Hill Hotel and Suites, offer a full and varied menu with a Mediterranean flare. Full bar and live entertainment.


Fan Bistro 8 South St, New Providence | 908-898-1818 Warm, stone-&-wood-clad stop offering Chinese & Japanese fare such as sushi plus lunch specials.

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.


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



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301 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights | 908-665-2325

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


FEDELI 63 Main Street Chatham


245 Main St, Chatham 973-701-8821


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. This family owned and operated bakery is serving up their delicious twist on bakery classics for over 80 years.


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


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.

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Primavera 500 Pleasant Valley Way | West Orange 973-669-0966 Feel the charm of the ambience, the aroma of italian spices and the smell of the homemade cooking that fills the air. Enjoy age old traditional and timeless recipes that have been passed down through generations. Wonderful cuisine is about honest flavors, fresh ingredients with a touch of simplicity.

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Northern Italian Classic 38 MAPLE STREET, SUMMIT • 908.277.1900

458 Eagle Rock Ave, West Orange 973-669-2800 | Kim’s sushi has been on the vanguard and regarded as one of the premier sushi and Japanese restaurants in the West Orange since 2006.

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

WARREN Bruno’s Bistro 116 Mountain Blvd Ext, Warren 732-217-1777 Italian fine dining restaurant, a great place to celebrate a romantic evening or a special occasion with a small group of friends or family. It is upscale ambiance with small town charm.

A Fusion of Old World Tradition and New World Innovation to Delight Your Palate. Lukas’ Seafood & Grill 61 Mountain Blvd, Warren | 908-668-4888 Seafood, steak and bar offering Mediterranean cooking and culture in an upscale casual environment.

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41 Mountain Blvd, Warren | 908-561-8288 Silk Road, the second Afghan restaurant in the state of New Jersey, transports its customers to classical Afghanistan. As you walk through the doors, you are welcomed with the sights of an old world Afghanistan, the sounds of its traditional music and the smells of fresh bread and kabobs awaiting you.

Spice Isle 41 Mountain Blvd, Warren | 908-834-8864 Spice Isle introduces diners and re-connects Caribbean vacationers to tasty, flavorful Caribbean fusion cuisine. Open for lunch Tuesday through Friday and dinner Tuesday through Sunday; closed Mondays. Spice Isle offers a list of wines from Alba Vineyards in NJ.

Stone House at Stirling Ridge 50 Stirling Road, Warren | 908.754.1222 The Stone House at Stirling Ridge, nestled on 10 acres of meticulously lush gardens. The Stone House menu changes seasonally and offers specials with ingredients that are sustainable and fresh. An open kitchen for foodies to admire.

Uproot 9 Mt Bethel Rd, Warren | 908-834-8194 American eatery with creative tasting menus & à la carte fare (pizza, salad) in bright, modern digs.

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WATCHUNG Wasu Japanese Restaurant 720 Somerset St, Watchung | 908-941-1600 Japanese cuisine using only the freshest ingredients. Choose from our selection of sushi, rolls, appetizers and much much more! We offer online ordering and delivery.


Water & Wine Ristorante~Taverna 141 Stirling Road, Watchung 908-755-9344 Eloquently merging contemporary American fare with Italian Influences, Water & Wine creates a dining experience that is at once both innovative and deliciously familiar. With lakeside dining, unsurpassed service and beautiful surroundings, Water & Wine is the ultimate room with a view.

We Have Specialties for Every Holiday! St. Patrick’s Day. . . . . . . Tuesday, March 17 St Joseph’s Day . . . . . . Thursday, March 19 Place Orders Early • Closed Mondays & Easter Sunday

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Diamond Minds

The Soul of Success


his month I had the pleasure of sitting down with Robert Randolph for a close-up interview. Rolling Stone magazine calls Robert Randolph one of the top 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time! He is an inspiration to the likes of Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and Derek Trucks, all of whom have played with him and studied his technique. Look for his new album release “Brighter Days” produced by Dave Cobb.

to play and scream up to the house, “Turn that off! Come outside and play. Get in trouble with us!” My friends would come over playing video games and I would just be happy providing the entertainment music while I was waiting for my next turn. They would say, “Oh man! You’re getting pretty good on that thing!” BF: So you lived and breathed the music and instrument every day? RR: Yes, every day I lived and breathed it and it helped keep me out of trouble when I was a teenager. Growing up in Irvington there was a lot of stuff going on. Playing basketball, playing the guitar, playing video games and going to church. Those activities kept me busy, kept my mind busy and kept me out of trouble. BF: You’re in an industry where lots of people would like to breakthrough like you’ve done. Talk to me about what you’ve learned about adversity and dealing with pressure over the years and how you look at it today?

Barry Farber: Tell me about your passion for the music and how it all got started. Robert Randolph: In the very beginning I was learning how to play the lap steel, pedal steel guitar. I was just trying to be as good as the guys I was watching play in church. My church has a long history of all the guys playing lap steel, pedal steel guitar. All my friends would hear me trying

RR: What’s funny now is realizing I’ve been in the mix of everything you could imagine… Sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll! All of the sketchy characters and parties in the Hollywood hills and the penthouses in Manhattan. Late nights. I’ve seen so much sketchy stuff. A very different world… It’s called the world that doesn’t sleep. My secret is I always have my family and they call me all day long. I have a big family that’s spread all across the US

so they’re always saying, “Where are you? I need you to Barry Farber come to church this weekend.” Or my Aunt’s will say, “Hey, I need you to come change my battery in the car, take out the trash, take me to Home Depot.” All of those things keep you together, rooted and grounded. So for me I can never really go too far away from family. In this day and age the family has sort of been forgotten about. I keep my family close. BF: Who do you look up to as role models? RR: My two role models are Bruce Springsteen and BB King. BB King has done everything a man can possibly do. He continued to tour until the day he died. Bruce Springsteen is a New Jersey guy, he’s a regular guy and down to earth. He’s comfortable in his own shoes and rooted and grounded. BF: What’s your definition of success? RR: My definition of success is to really make people happy, make music and obviously get paid while you’re doing it. Ultimately one day ending up in the rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Fame. For a kid like me playing this instrument where people say you can’t be a main stream artist just playing that instrument, it would be a great accomplishment.

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 and follow on Instagram @barryfarberofficial.

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