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What One Room in Your Home Would You Remodel? By Warren Westura

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The kitchen, to have more working space.

It probably would be the dining room. I’d like to modernize it, get rid of wallpaper and put a hard floor down.

—Emily Rohrbach, Summit

—Josephine Haselum, Summit I would combine my dining room and living room into an all purpose family room. I would add a fold down dining room table so we can have more room when watching TV. —Tom Sulcer, Summit

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I guess one of our bathrooms, because it does not have a sink.


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I would probably pick our study. It’s a bomb. I’d probably redo desks, carpeting, walls— get more organized.

The kitchen because that’s where I spend my whole day. —Maria Belchior, Summit

My living room is the only room I can relax in, so I would put some loungeable couches in it and make it my man cave. —Marquis Ralf, Westfield

—Benjamin Betines, Long Hill

My bedroom. If I changed some things I would get more sleep and that is the most important thing. —Ragini Panjwani, Summit

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What One Room in Your Home Would You Remodel?


In the Vicinity News and Happenings in the Area


April 2018 Calendar of Events

20 Home and Garden 17 Planters & Veggies & Shrubs, Oh My! 18 25 Years of Customer Satisfaction— Austin Fanning General Contractors Succeeds at Projects Large and Small


20 It’s Easy Being Green 21 This Spring, Simple is the Thing

22 Summer Camps… Food for Thought 30 Health & Wellness 30 Super Foods for a Nutritious Diet 31 Spending Time in the Sun Boosts Vitamin D—Naturally 32 Connectivity—A Breakthrough for the Hard of Hearing 32 Want the Perfect Brow? Try Threading


34 Dining 34 Marble & Moxie Hits All the Right Notes 36 Dining Listings

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A Progressive Camp Experience at West Essex YMCA


ummer is around the corner, and the West Essex YMCA is getting ready to welcome kids for camp! Their progressive camp experiences provide supportive relationships, meaningful opportunities, and healthy, developmentally appropriate activities. Camp options are available for kids ages 3½ years to entering grade 10. The Y’s camps focus on nurturing curiosity and discovery, enabling campers to learn and grow. Preschoolers can make new friends and become more independent at Camp Peanut Shell, while enjoying STEM projects, gardening, cooking, music and movement, and sports clinics. Elementary schoolaged campers thrive at the Y’s Super Summer (entering K–6) or Pioneer Trails Day Camp (pre-K–8), where teamwork and problem solving are encouraged in activities like archery, and daily swimming. Teens can choose to develop their leadership skills in the Counselor Training program (entering grades 9-10), or participate in a variety of exciting trips at Teen Adventure Camp (entering grades 7–9). All camps include before and after camp care to meet the needs of working parents. Early registration is recommended to secure a spot in the camp of your choice. Contact their Camp Registrars and Directors at 973-992-7500 or go to www. for more information.

The Slumber Party Experience at Pups@Play


or dog owners, deciding where to board your pet when going away can be difficult–especially when most facilities leave dogs alone and isolated for hours. Pups@Play in Livingston has put a huge twist on the boarding experience: they are only facility in New Jersey that offers a “slumber party experience.” At Pups@Play, dogs are transitioned from a day of doggie socializing to a relaxing evening and good night’s sleep. With beds, cozy blankets and more, pups are free to sleep where they wish in a large space shared with the same-sized pals who have been temperament tested. Dogs are never without a human companion, as a human sleeps in the playroom every night that pups can cuddle up to. To give peace of mind, Pups@Play puts pictures and videos from the day up on Facebook for pup parents to see. Dogs are never left alone, and slumber parties are accompanied by a pup counselor at all times. In addition, they do not use partitions or isolate your pup in a “special suite.”

Pups@Play 42 Okner Parkway, Livingston | 973-740-8500

Hudsonway Immersion School Announces Relocation School to relocate into St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School June 2018


udsonWay Immersion School is relocating from their current headquarters in Summit, NJ to Stirling, NJ in June 2018, with students, faculty and staff moving into the vacant St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, which closed in 2016.

Sharon Huang, HudsonWay Immersion School Founder and CEO, describes the move as “a very exciting milestone for us in the evolution of our school.” The relocation comes as a result of consistent growth over their ten years in existence. “With this move we are able to offer our student body amenities that rival that of other private schools, and provide room for growth so that more students can develop the skills needed in the 21st century,” said Huang. School administration is looking to expand their “LEIP” program (Late Entry Immersion Program) in conjunction with the move. The program will allow students without a foundation in Mandarin or Spanish to enter the school at a later age and bridge the gap between monolingual and multilingual education. Aside from day school, HudsonWay Immersion school offers several programs designed to support students beyond the school day and to benefit non-HWIS school students interested in language immersion. Programs include after school programs, vacation camp, enrichment programs, summer abroad and summer camp.

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Celebrating Two Years and a New Business


or A Sip of Art, their first two years in business have been filled with celebrations. Since it was opened by owner Efe Cierkowski in the Spring of 2016, the paint and sip studio with a philanthropic mission has become a popular destination where customers unwind, get creative, and enjoy parties and get-togethers, all while giving back. Over the past two years, the studio has also added art instruction and summer camps for kids, and won gold in the Best of Essex Awards in 2017 for Best Children’s Instruction and Best Girls’ Night Out, and silver for Best Children’s Party Place. In celebration of their two year anniversary, Cierkowski is launching a new consulting business focusing on helping others open their own paint and sip businesses or other service-oriented businesses, and teach them how build a life and business that is aligned with their core values. Says Cierkowski, “As a mother of four, I am especially passionate about inspiring other women to go for their dreams and sharing with them the tips, tools and strategies for getting it all done while still painting balance-and fullness-in their lives.” Having learned and experienced much over the last few years through building and running A Sip of Art, she wants to share her knowledge with other entrepreneurs, particularly mompreneurs.

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Art of the Ancient Mediterranean: Egypt, Greece & Rome ONGOING EXHIBIT This featured installation includes one of the finest collections of ancient glass in the nation as well as classical antiquities that illustrate glassmaking over a 2,500 year period. Newark Museum 49 Washington St., Newark. art-ancient-mediterranean

Calendar of Events APRIL 2018 Ongoing Exhibits When Objects Became Art This installation highlights the Museum’s century-old commitment to collecting and displaying modern ceramics and glass as art. Art ceramics purchased between 1911 and 1926 are spotlighted, along with three examples of art glass from the 1920s. Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark.

“Discovery in the Detail” Exhibition A visual exploration of the meaning that can found by focusing on close-up views of works of art. Runs through May 19. An opening reception will be held on April 6 from 7-9pm. Studio Montclair Gallery, 127 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair.

Musical Machines & Living Dolls: Mechanical Musical Instruments and Automata

As one of the most significant collections of its kind in the world, highlights of the collection are displayed in a spectacular permanent exhibition, from the Murtogh D. Guinness Collection. This interactive exhibition features more than 150 pieces and takes visitors on a journey through the history of on-demand musical entertainment. Enjoy daily demonstrations, Tuesdays through Sundays at 2pm. Exhibit is ongoing. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-971-3700.

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A Cache of Kinetic Art: Curious Characters The Morris Museum is pleased to unveil a four-year exhibition series entitled A Cache of Kinetic Art. Intended to highlight the creative energy and animation of kineticism, it will feature artistic interpretations by present-day artisans who fuse new design with the innovative use of traditional and contemporary media. Runs through June 20. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-971-3700.

Shadows and Mysteries: The Work of Donna Grande Using color as a vehicle for experience, gesture, texture and composition, Donna Grande’s paintings provide a refuge from the day to day, and encourage the viewer to celebrate the physical and visual world which might otherwise be overlooked. Mon-Fri, 7am-7pm. Runs through May 25. Hillside Square, 8 Hillside Ave., Montclair. (Originally the First Church of Christ, Scientist church) 973-746-6931.

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Sunday, April 1 Women’s Workshops April programs are: Meditate and Be Mindful, and Medicare Made Clear. Please call for dates and times. NCJW/Essex Center for Women, 70 South Orange Ave., Suite 120, Livingston. 973-994-4994. visit

Computer Classes April classes are: Intermediate WORD and Intermediate EXCEL. Please call for dates and times. NCJW/Essex Center for Women, 70 South Orange Ave., Suite 120, Livingston. 973-994-4994.

Saturn: Exploring a Celestial Wonder Exhibit

The Cassini spacecraft is currently exploring Saturn’s countless rings and moons to help us better understand our place in the universe. Observe recent video and still images of these spectacular and curious sights, including Saturn’s many satellites and Titan, its largest moon. Wednesday–Sunday, noon–5pm. Newark Museum, Dreyfuss Planetarium, 49 Washington St., Newark. 973-596-6550.

Mini Golf Safari Opens Now open for the spring season, Safari MiniGolf is an award winning 19 hole course. Experience a taste of Africa as you putt around a life size gorilla, hippo and many other African creatures. Course may close due to inclement weather. Mini Golf Safari, 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange. 973731-5300.

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

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Play Ball! Children learn the fundamentals of the game including throwing, pitching, hitting, fielding and more. Lunch and refreshments provided daily. Early registration fee until April 30. Softball camp (June 25-29) and baseball camp (July 30-Aug. 3) are accepting applications for this summer for kids ages 7-13. Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, campus of Montclair State University, 8 Yogi Berra Dr., Little Falls.



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Story Time with the Easter Bunny Tickets include reading of two stories by Zoo Staff, meet & greet and takeaway photo with the Easter Bunny and animal presentation. Approximately 30-45 minutes. All children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Children ages 12 and younger. Children under two are free, but should register for a ‘Under 2 years old’ ticket. Register in advance. Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange. 973-731-5800.

Easter Buffet

The expansive Easter Buffet is well known throughout New Jersey and offers a wide range of scrumptious choices. The Inn is delighted to prepare your meal while you enjoy the holiday with family and friends. 9:30am-3:30pm. Olde Mill Inn and Grain House, 225 Route 202, Basking Ridge. Reservations Required 908696-2335.

Madison’s Second Annual “Paint the Town Yellow”! Companies, creatives and community members all across Madison are uniting to Shine a Light on Depression, by creating Optimistic art, activities and events all featuring featuring International Optimism Yellow (a/k/a ‘INT-O Yellow’) a Color with a Cause. Look for “We’re #INTOyellow” posters in the windows of participating organizations and businesses that are showcasing Optimistic works of art and/or hosting special events and offers. Runs through May 5. Peg Williams Gallery, 23 Main St., Madison.


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Art Show

Nature’s Beauty Photograph Exhibit

Thursday, April 5

Welcome Spring with a visit to the photography exhibit of well-known area artist Charles T. Miller. His outstanding talent delights your eyes with his spectacular scenes of nature. Runs through April 30. Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Haggerty Center, 353 East Hanover Ave., Morris Township. 973-326-7601.

The Drew Art Association will present their annual Fabulous Fakes art exhibit. Runs through April 30th. The reception will be held on April 15th. from 2:15 - 4:30.

RISE-6 Program (Reaching Into SelfEmpowerment) This is a six-week program that helps women learn how to achieve goals of employment, economic self-sufficiency, increase self-esteem, build healthy relationships, and more. Please call for more information, dates, and times. NCJW/Essex Center for Women, 70 South Orange Ave., Suite 120, Livingston. 973-994-4994.

Library of the Chathams 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-214-1891.

“The Sting” Production A twisty tale that features deception upon deception, The Sting follows two lovable conmen in 1930’s Chicago in their quest to take down the city’s biggest racketeer. Harry Connick, Jr. will star as Henry Gondorff. Runs through April 29. Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Dr., Millburn. 973-376-4343.

17th Annual Sports Broadcasting Camp Led by Broadcasting veterans Chris Carrino and Tim Capstraw, the voices of the Brooklyn Nets, the camp is an amazing opportunity to learn about the business, meet a variety of guest speakers and call a Somerset Patriots minor league baseball game. The camp is open to children ages 12+. Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, 8 Quarry Rd., Little Falls. 973-6552378.

Monday, April 2 Spring Break Mini-Camp Become world travelers and learn about animals and cultures from around the globe. Discovery activities, science experiments, and special animal experiences make this a fun way to spend your spring break. Enroll for one day or attend all week. Ages 5-10 years. Through April 6. 9am-4pm daily. Advanced registration and payment are required. Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange. 973-731-5800. Learn more and register at

A Special Spring Break Photo Scavenger Hunt Take advantage of time off from school with this special scavenger hunt designed to ‘Take it Outside.’ Record the findings with your camera or cell phone, and take home a prize for the entire family. Visit any time between 9am-3pm. Runs through April 8. Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave., Morris Township. 973-326-7603.


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“Plants That Pay Their Rent and Plants That Should Be Evicted” Program Based on her experience growing hundreds of kinds of plants Regina Carlson will discuss both the good-doers and those that do much too well, plus unusual as well as common plant varieties. She will share plant-specific best practices that will benefit both novice and experienced gardeners as we prepare for the new growing season. Presented by the Maplewood Garden Club. Free. 7:30pm. Maplewood Memorial Library, 51 Baker St., Maplewood.

Childbirth Preparation Class Women’s Health/Parent Education at Saint Barnabas offers this class for first-time parents to help prepare for pregnancy, labor and delivery and provide instruction in baby care and a tour of the maternity unit. Call for dates and times. Saint Barnabas Medical Center, 94 Old Short Hills Rd., Livingston. 973- 322-5000.

Mah Jongg, Bridge, And Canasta Groups Canasta on Monday nights, 6:15–8pm and Mah Jongg on Tuesday afternoons, 1:30–4pm. Both Bridge, 6:00 – 8:50pm and Mah Jongg, 6:45–8:50pm meet on Wednesday nights. Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973-376-4930.

Scrabble & Chess Nights Scrabble Night continues Monday evenings at 7pm. Bring a friend or meet new opponents. Chess for adults is on Thursday nights at 7pm. Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973376-4930.

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Gentle Chair Yoga Class for older adults that deepens flexibility and strengthens personal body awareness. Mondays 11:30–12:30pm. SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit. 11:30–12:30pm. 908-598-5548 or email

Tuesday, April 3 Spring Camp For children in grades 1-5. Restore the bond between children and nature. Through April 3-5, 12:304:30pm. Advance registration required.Essex County Environmental Center, 621-B Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland. 973-228-8776.

Coping with Behavior Changes in Alzheimer’s Disease Learn why people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia experience behavior changes, what those behaviors mean, and how to cope when behaviors are challenging. This program is free and open to all. 6–7pm. SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit. 888-280-6055 or register online at

Caregiver Support Group for Spouses A support group for caregivers will be led by Licensed Clinical Social Worker and InfoCare Manager Kathy Larkin. The groups will cover topics such as coping with caregiver emotions and managing stress, navigating care options, and defining our roles as caregivers. Also April 16 & 30. 2–3pm. Registration is required. SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit. 908-5985509.

Growing Our Own for Over 38 Years! Spring T’ai Chi Chih Classes Led by accredited instructor Lee Bergman. Beginners: 9:30-10:15am; advanced: 10:30-11:15am. Tuesdays through June 19. Roseland Library, 20 Roseland Ave., Roseland. To register call 973-477-8993 or leebergman7@

Ron Guidry Q&A and Book Signing Join Ron Guidry for a Q&A and signing of his new book, Gator: My Life in Pinstripes. 5-7:30pm. Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, 8 Yogi Berra Drive, Little Falls. 973-655-2378.

Wednesday, April 4 Informational Seminar

Gen Y and Others Networking Group

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a free service. Please bring all your financial records from 2017, copies of your 2016 Federal and State tax returns, all printed and blank forms from the Internal Revenue Service, and proof of Social Security for all dependents filing. Also April 11, 10am-2pm. Appointments required. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-635-0603.

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Chatham Adult Lifeworks Learning Course

A company of 50 dancers, direct from Moscow, performs the tale of a beautiful woman doomed to be a swan in this opulent production set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score. 8pm. Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood. 201227-1030.

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“Planters-to-Go” Filled with Beautiful Combinations of Blooming Annuals

Gen Y Networking Group is a forum dedicated to Generation Y young adults and others interested in job search, networking, and career development. Also April 4 and 18 at 7pm, and all are welcome. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-635-0603.

During this seminar participants will will learn about the only transdermal over-the-counter human growth hormone product, Homeopathic HGH Transdermal Gel. With consistent use, this amazing, FDA assigned breakthrough product has offered users increased muscle tone, reduction of wrinkles, thickening of hair, enhanced libido and mood, increased energy, deepened sleep, greater flexibility, joint mobility and more. Learn how to earn income by becoming a part of the team and help others reap the benefits. 7:30-8:30pm. Also, April 11, April 18 and April 25. Registration required. CESI, 265 Broad Street, Ste., 4, Bloomfield. 973-429-1915.

Spring Lake Day Camp is located on a beautiful 30 acre campus, surrounded by the Ramapo Mountains. Learn allabout what the camp has to offer. All tours are by appointment only. Also April 14 and 22. 10am-1pm. Spring Lake Day Camp, 234 Conklintown Road, Ringwood. 973-831-9000

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The first is Tai Chi 12:45-1:30pm. Funto-be-Fit-Exercise, 2-2:45pm. Free. To register or for more information call 908-598-5502. SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit. 908-598-5509.

Technology Meetup Group Meet with people interested in technology. View video programs presented by Pluralsight and discuss topics. Topics vary and are selected by the participants. Wednesdays 6:45-8:4pm. Summit Library, 75 Maple S., Summit.908-273-0350.

Michael Norris, Ph.D and retired art educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will present a four part series on the collections at the Cloisters and the Metropolitan Museum. The virtual tours will include strolls through the Medieval Masterpieces of the Met’s Cloisters; Met’s Egyptian Art; Ancient Greek Art at the Met; Paintings of the Dutch Golden Age. The series will also be held on April 11, 18 and 25 at 11:30am. Registration required. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-635-0603.

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Sprouts - Spring Beginnings Children walk to search for signs of new spring growth, read a seed story, and explore different types of seeds together. Ages 2-5 with adult. Programs are 10- 11am or 1- 2pm. Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Haggerty Center, 353 East Hanover Ave., Morris Township. 973326-7601.

Weekday Tours The Crane House and Historic YWCA is a window on to the history of our nation from its early years as an independent country to a country embroiled in the civil rights struggle. Guided tours of both houses will be offered on Wednesdays at 1pm. Montclair History Center, 110 Orange Rd., Montclair.

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


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Thursday, April 5 Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons Perform Spend an evening with American pop icon and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Frankie Valli when he brings an evening of his classic hits. Also April 6. 8pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, One Center St., Newark. 888-466-5722.

The Wizard of Oz Musical Join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion as they come to life in a stage adaptation featuring the music of the MGM movie. Presented by Plaza Theatrical. Doors open 6pm. Show starts 7pm. The Wellmont Theater, 5 Seymour St., Montclair. 973-783-9500.

Jerry Vezza & Grover Kemble: Together Again

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The “Quiet Places” exhibit is comprised of works by Nancy Ori and Heidi Sussman, two New Jersey photographers who photograph similar subjects in traditional landscapes, but in their own style. Daily noon-5pm. Old York Cellars Gallery, 80 Old York Rd., East Amwell. 908-790-8820.

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We guarantee that you will have as much fun as the musicians do when Grover and Jerry take the stage for an evening of great music and lots of laughter. 7:30pm. Morris Museum, Bickford Theatre, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. Reservations required. 973-971-3706.

Mr. Stickley’s Home: The Essential Tour This is a wonderful tribute to Gustav Stickley specifically and the arts and crafts movement in general. Explore the Log House at Craftsman Farms, the only home designed and built by Stickley for his own use, largely restored to its 1910-1917 appearance. This tour takes an in-depth look at his life and work. Thurs through Sun, Year Round. Tours leave from Museum Shop at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15 & 3:15pm. The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, 2352 Route 10 West, Morris Plains. 973-540-0311.

Free Tax Assistance for Older Adults Free tax counseling and preparation for middle-and low-income taxpayers, with special attention to those 60+ on Thursdays through April 12th. SAGE will host IRS-trained volunteer tax preparers from AARP. 9am–12pm. Appointment only, call 908-598-5509. Sage, 290 Broad St., Summit.

How to Win Friends and Influence People in Business Build and maintain powerful and effective interpersonal business relationships by attending this new 2-day seminar from Dale Carnegie during which you will be shown ways to achieve enlightened interpersonal effectiveness. You’ll learn how to express your ideas in ways that are heard, and how to win friends and influence people in business, including managers, co-workers, peers, staff and clients. April 4th & 5th. 9am–5pm. Dale Carnegie Training of Northern NJ, 1140 Bloomfield Ave., Ste 109 West Caldwell. Registration required. 973-890-0909.

Book Discussion Group The group will discuss “Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk” a novel by Kathleen Rooney. 85 year-old Lillian Boxfish was once the toast of New York. She was one of the most talented and successful ad women for R.H. Macy’s in the 1930s. The character is based on real-life ad woman and author Margaret Fishback. The Springfield Free Public Library, Staff Room, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973-376-4930 x228.

Computer Training The Library will offer free computer lessons on Thursday mornings, by appointment. Sign up for an individual half-hour lesson on basic computer skills. The Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973-376-4930.

Friday, April 6 *Musical Theatre Conservatory Auditions

“A well decorated home is a true expression of its owners–one which portrays the personal stories of lives well lived.”

Little Explorers Spring Nature Program This child-caregiver class uses stories, walks and crafts to develop an awareness and appreciation for science and nature for the child as well as the caregiver. Each week, a different nature or science topic is covered. 1011am. Age 2 (toddlers). Also ages 4-5, 1-2pm. Essex County Environmental Center, 621 Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland. Registration required. 973-2288776.

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“Hitler’s Tasters” Production

Exciting classes will be offered in singing, dancing, comedy, TV/Acting, make-up, hip hop, stage combat, auditions/college prep, and more. Meet Agents and study with guest artists from TV, film & Broadway. Broadway Boot Camp—July 2-July 21. Final shows in NJ and NYC. For ages 7-18, beginner to advanced. Pool parties as well. Partial scholarships are available. Call Randy for an appointment 973-868-6259

Winner of the 2017 Susan Glaspell Award, this alternately engaging and compelling play tells the story of the young women who were charged with tasting Hitler’s food so that he would not be poisoned. Three times day, every day, the young women have the opportunity “to die for their Führer.” But while they wait, like all girls throughout time, they gossip, they dream, they question and dance, until the door opens and the guard appears with each meal. Runs through April 22. Call for dates and times. Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown. 908-979–0900.

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80’s Dance Night Spinning the most radical hits of tyhe 80’s. 8-11pm. (6:00 for happy hour) Serving cocktails and classic late-night comfort food with premium ingredients and a fivestar restaurant flair. Doors open at 6pm. The Manor, 111 Prospect Ave., West Orange. 973-731-2360.

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“Great American Short Stories: A Class for Lovers of Literature” Non-credit classes on the American short story that will provide participating adults with the opportunity to explore 20th century works in a relaxed and casual setting where discussion is encouraged. The readings will be enhanced by in-class handouts and the screening of excerpts from documentary films. Copies of the stories will be available at the library. Free. Also April 20 and May 4. 1:30 to 3pm. The Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973 376-4930, ext. 229.


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True Story, True Story, COULD BE a True Story Civil Rights, the Russian connection, and a marriage gone hilariously wrong: The Theater Project is presenting three plays about three different aspects of American life, delivering an entire season of thought-provoking entertainment in less than one month. April 6-8: The Best Of Enemies. April 13-15: Back Channel. April 20-22: Exit Persued By A Bear. Fri and Sat at 8pm, Sun at 2pm. Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Rd., Maplewood. (continued on page 14)

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Live Entertainment Big in China performs music of the Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead and More! 9pm-1am. Suzy Que’s & Bar, 34 S. Valley Rd., West Orange. 973-736-7899.

Joe Crookston Performs Emily Mure opens. 7:30-10:30pm. The Minstrel, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. For more info call 973-335-9489 or visit

Saturday, April 7 Dave Davies Of The Kinks Performs Dave Davies is the pioneering rock guitarist who singlehandedly changed rock-n-roll when he sliced his little green Elpico amp speaker with a razor blade, creating the first heavy metal guitar tone and riff. This revolutionary guitar sound propelled the Kinks into stardom with the global smash hits ‘You Really Got Me’ and ‘All Day and All of the Night’. First Congregational Church of Montclair, 40 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair.

Live Entertainment Valerie Adams performs Soul, Motown, Jazz and more. 9pm-1am. Suzy Que’s & Bar, 34 S. Valley Rd., West Orange. 973-736-7899.

Creative Lighting Workshop Enjoy a day of creating with speedlights and photographing models. Join award-winning photographer, Rick Friedman, for an intensive full-day, creative speedlight workshop. Whether you are a professional or amateur, you will greatly expand your knowledge of lighting when you learn how to utilize speedlights creativity. 10:30am-5pm. Unique Photo SuperStore, 123 US Hwy 46 (West) Fairfield. 973-377-2007.

Mike Marino: Make America Italian Again Tour Stand-up comedian Mike Marino – affectionately known to fans as “New Jersey’s Bad Boy” – brings his hysterical take on the Italian-American experience to NJPAC in a new tour, “Make America Italian Again.” With special guest Jon Bramnick, NJ’s funniest lawyer. 7 & 9:30pm. NJPAC, Victoria Theater, One Center St., Newark. 888-466-5722.

Digital Photography Workshop 8 “Creating Art with your Camera”, David DesRochers will discuss new ways to see and capture a variety of subjects by using techniques such as motion blur, multiple exposure, and lens zoom. “Confessions of a Nature Photographer”, Phil Witt will use images to illustrate the tricks of the trade he has learned concerning landscape, wildlife, and macro-photography from the initial camera capture to the eventual post-processing. 1-3:30pm. Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville. Please call 908396-6386 to register.


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2018 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival Saturday, April 7 The park has more than 5,000 cherry trees that produce an array of blossoms. Pick one or enjoy many of the fabulous featured events during the Cherry Blossom Festival. Bike Race 7am-1pm. Bloomfest April 15th, 11am–5pm. Cherry Blossom Bus Tours April 18–April 22. Branch Brook Park, Lake Street & Park Avenues, Newark.

“Marvel-ous Violets“ Show The show will include horticultural exhibits, creative flower arrangements, and planted gardens using African violets. View educational displays and speak with knowledgeable local violet growers. A sale table will feature unusual, blooming, and exciting new varieties. 1:30-4:30pm and April 8, 11am-3pm. Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Ave., Morristown. Free. 908-464-4417.

Russian National Ballet Presents The Sleeping Beauty This sumptuous company of over 50 dancers brings a traditional staging of the classic fairytale to life with stunning precision and artistry, all set to the timeless Tchaikovsky score. 8pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, One Center St., Newark. 888-466-5722.

DINO DAY Travel back in time to when the dinosaurs roamed New Jersey over 65 million years ago. Examine real fossils, meet a dinosaur expert and participate in an fossil hunt provided by Field Station: Dinosaurs. Enjoy prehistoric themed experiments in BASF’s Kids’ Lab and participate in a Touch the Music workshop. 11am-4pm. Registration required. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-971-3700.

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One Night Of QUEEN One Night of Queen is a spectacular live concert, featuring Gary Mullen and the “Works”, recreating the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of arguably the greatest rock band of all time. 8pm. Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood. 201-227-1030.

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Legendary Folk/Rock duo Aztec Two-Step interpret the classic music of one of the greatest duos of all time – Simon & Garfunkel. 8pm. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-313-2787.

The Shakespeare Theatre’s 28th Annual Gala Patrons, artists, and community leaders are invited to join the festivities at the Theatre’s renovated theatre factory that will be transformed into a “Grand Ballroom.” In addition to a star-studded cabaret, guests will be able to bid on scores of silent auction offerings that include relaxing getaways, exclusive tickets to Broadway shows, and unique behind-the-scenes experiences. 6:30pm. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Support Facility, 3 Vreeland Rd., Florham Park. 973-845-6732.

A Production of Treasure Island A thrilling tale of adventure on the high seas in this fun-filled yarn of piracy and buried treasure. Jim Hawkins, cabin boy on the sailing ship “Hispaniola,” is drawn into this action-packed story full of unsavory characters. Ages3-7. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-313-2787.

Logan Mat Cutting Workshops This is a 2 hour Wo r k s h o p teaches participants measuring, mat cutting of single & double mats, hinging, using adhesives & more. Leave this workshop prepared to make your own mats and enhance your art. Discounts on products for participants. 11am-1pm. & 2-4pm. Jerry’s Artist Outlet, 495 Prospect Ave., Essex Green Mall. Call 973-669-0995 to reserve your seat.

Sunday, April 8 Sensory Celebration In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, Van Vleck invites all to explore the gardens using your senses as your guide. What colors and shapes do you see? What sounds do you hear around you? What smells are in the air? Activity stations will be arranged outdoors and in our education center focusing on different textures, smells, shapes and colors in the natural world. Open to families. 1-4pm. Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St., Montclair. 973-744-4752 ext 3.

Richard Reiter Drum Circle Members of a large group communicate with each other simultaneously and have a joyous time doing it. Adults and mature teenagers are invited. 3–5pm. Outpost in the Burbs, First Congregational Church, 40 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair. 973-744-6560.


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Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live Show The grr-ific musical for little tigers and grown-ups alike is back with an all-new show. A brand-new adventure filled with tigertastic fun that teaches valuable lessons of kindness, helping others, and being a friend. Ages 2-6. 2 & 5:30pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-5398008.

Advanced Creative Lighting Shoot: Ambient, Speedlights, Strobes Workshop Once you’ve learned how to use your speedlights effectively, join award-winning photographer Rick Friedman as he helps you dive further into the world of creative lighting and its possibilities. 11am-4:30pm. Unique Photo SuperStore, 123 US Hwy 46 (West), Fairfield. 973-377-2007.

Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival 10K Run 10K Run, 10am–12pm. Branch Brook Park, Lake Street & Park Ave., Newark. 973-268-3500.

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Drop-In Studio Drop by MAM’s Helen & Bill Geyer Art Studio to explore a range of art materials and processes based on artwork on view in the galleries. Come in for 20 minutes or stay for an hour and leave with your very own masterpiece. All ages invited. Included in Museum admission. 1-4pm. Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair. 973-746-5555.

Monday, April 9 Garden Club Presentation Regina and Keith Carlson are well renowned speakers, gardeners, environmentalists and photographers. Topic: “Plants that pay their rent and plants that should be Evicted” Presented by New Providence Garden Club. Refreshments served. 7-8:30pm. New Providence DeCorso Center, 15 East 4th St. New Providence. (continued on page 16)

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Coping With Hearing Loss Program

“The Stone Face” Production

A program for people experiencing hearing loss and/ or for their caregivers.Learn strategies and skills to create a more positive communication experience. Pat Dobbs, author of “The Hearing Loss Revolution” and its “Nine Guiding Principles,” will lead the workshop. Free. 6:30–8pm. AGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit. 908-598-5548 or email education@

What do you get when you combine Buster Keaton with Samuel Beckett? No, this is not the beginning of a joke. “The Stone Face” is about the real-life collaboration between Buster Keaton and Samuel Beckett on a film called simply “Film Written in the style of Keaton. And Beckett. And Keaton. 7:30pm. Luna Stage, 555 Valley Rd., West Orange. 973-395-5551.

Explorers Spring Break Camp Recurring Children in 1st-3rd grade explore the Arboretum this spring break and discover the plants and animals that are emerging and returning from their winter homes. Please bring a snack and lunch and dress for the outdoors. Pre-registration, health forms, and membership are required. Through April 13. Register for one day or for the whole week. 9am. Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary, 324 Forest Drive South, Short Hills. 973-376-3587.

New Moms’ Circle & Breastfeeding Support A free support group where new mothers can openly discuss the ups and downs of adjusting to motherhood. Topics include transitioning to parenthood, mood changes, baby blues vs. postpartum depression and myths of motherhood. Mondays 10am-12:30pm. Saint Barnabas Wellness Institute at Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC MetroWest, 760 Northfield Ave., West Orange.

Turtle Tots Spring Break Camp Tots, ages 3-5yrs explore the Arboretum this spring break and discover the plants and animals that are emerging and returning from their winter homes. Please bring a snack and lunch and dress for the outdoors. Pre-registration, health forms, and membership are required. Through April 13. Register for one day or for the whole week. Must be independent in the bathroom. 9am. Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary, 324 Forest Drive South, Short Hills. 973-376-3587.

The New Jersey Speakers Series Presents Bill Clinton

Tuesday, April 10 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert The evening celebrates the last five decades including performances by acclaimed Newark School of the Arts alumni Savion Glover and Frankie Negrón along with performances from Newark School of the Arts students. 7pm. NJPAC, Victoria Theater, 1 Center St., Newark. 888-466-5722.

Under his leadership, the country enjoyed the strongest economy in a generation and the longest peacetime economic expansion in U.S. history, including the creation of more than 22 million jobs. Presented by Fairleigh Dickinson University. 8pm. NJPAC, 1 Center St., Newark. 888-466-5722.

A Tribute to the Who Live Performance

What Big Teeth You Have Join Eyes of the Wild at the library and take a look at some animals that you might not have seen before. Grades K-5. 2-3pm. Summit Library, 75 Maple St., Summit. 908-273 0350.

Marc Ribler & Friends perform an electrifying tribute to this legendary band—Red, White & Brit! $35. 7:3010pm. (doors open 6pm) The Dome Lounge, The Manor, 111 Prospect Ave., West Orange. 973-7312360.

Wednesday, April 11

“The Man in Room 306” Production

“In The Heights” Musical Production The story is set over the course of three days, involving characters in the largely Hispanic-American neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City. April 12-14, 7pm; April15, 2pm. Free senior performance April 11, 7pm. West Orange High School, Conforti Ave., West Orange. 973-669-5301 ext 31450

Thursday, April 12

Johnny Mathis: The Voice of Romance Tour 2018

Lunch and Learn Dan Yates, entertainer and singer will delight will be performing a mix of songs from Broadway, operetta, standards and opera. Come relax and get ready for a tuneful afternoon. Contact Lois at 973-533-1809 to place your lunch order by the Wednesday afternoon preceding the program. Lunch 12:30, program 1pm. Congregation B’nai Israel, 160 Millburn Ave., Millburn.

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Thisis a revival of Luna’s critically acclaimed signature piece honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Under these trying circumstances, Dr. King finds himself alone in Room 306, struggling with his past, anxious about his future, and coming to terms with his life. The Man in Room 306 is an intimate, and human portrait of Dr. King. Runs through May 13. Thurs, 7:30pm. Fri & Sat, 8pm. Sun, 3pm. Luna Stage, 555 Valley Rd., West Orange. 973-395-5551. www.lunastage.orgc

Spend an evening with the world’s most romantic singer when American music icon Johnny Mathis performs his greatest hits. Comedian and singer Gary Mule Deer is his special guest. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, One Center St., Newark. 888-466-5722. (continued on page 24)







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Planters & Veggies & Shrubs, Oh My! Great Swamp Greenhouses is a Year-Round Gardening Center By Deborah Schapiro


xperienced gardeners know that April is the perfect month to begin work on spring and summer plantings. What they may not know is that a hidden gem of a garden center lies nearby, in the heart of the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Established in 1980 by third-generation grower Michael Beneduce, Great Swamp Greenhouses is a family- owned and -run business that offers a huge variety of plants and flowers at great prices. “We are one of the few garden centers that grow our own plants instead of shipping them in from wholesalers. Our plants are more individually cared for, and because we cut out the middleman we can pass along the savings to our customers,” said Justen Hiles, Manager.

“We are one of the few garden centers that grow our own plants.” Customers can choose from an acre under cover of annual bedding plants ranging from old favorites such as geraniums and marigolds to newer varieties including dragon wing begonias, euphorbias, and annual salvias. Perennial options include hellebores, heuchera, and asclepias, which is the host plant for monarch butterflies, among hundreds of others; there are acres of trees, shrubs and native plants also available for purchase. It’s a great place to shop for a Mother or Father’s Day gift!

Novice gardeners won’t want to miss Plants 101, one of several free seminars offered periodically throughout the year by the GSG staff. After taking the class, they can pick up whatever plants, tools, soil or mulch they need. If they feel overwhelmed, though, they might want to head to the Wine Outlet on the premises and pick up a bottle of Beneduce Vineyards wine. The Beneduces also own a 50 acre vineyard/winery in Pittstown and sell the wine at this outlet. Check them out!

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In The Marketplace

25 Years of Customer Satisfaction Austin Fanning General Contractors Succeeds at Projects Large and Small By Deborah Schapiro, feature photo by Dan Epstein


or a small company, Austin Fanning General Contractors (AFGC) has a large portfolio. Since 1993, the five-member AFGC team has developed a reputation in Essex and neighboring counties for high-quality kitchen, bath, and other renovations as well as additions. According to founder Austin Fanning, “Our business is spread out pretty evenly among kitchen renovations and other projects, both interior and exterior.” An AFGC project begins with a complimentary consultation, during which a client’s planned project, lifestyle and budget are all discussed. Fanning explains, “I want to see how the family functions. An informal family would be more likely to want an open floor plan, for instance.”


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Once the project has begun, Fanning obtains all necessary permits and personally oversees all phases of the work. He also gives the client a timeline for each phase of the project, and any subcontractors he uses are fully insured. Fanning notes that, “The construction industry is huge and constantly changing.” For example, he has seen over his 25+ years in business a move toward synthetic materials for decks and siding: “Homeowners have moved beyond low-maintenance and now want nomaintenance materials.” The internet has had a major impact on AFGC as well. Fanning’s wife (and company owner) Heather says, “We added a client portal to our company website last year, and it has completely changed our business. The portal

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allows us to communicate with our clients at any time, about anything from scheduling to financials. Clients can now electronically approve change orders, for instance; we don’t have to go back and forth with phone calls and emails. Our communication is much more streamlined, which is very exciting.” The technology may be state-of-theart, but the old-fashioned emphasis on customer satisfaction is equally, if not more, responsible for AFGC’s success. As Heather says, “When a client is truly happy with their project, it confirms why we do what we do!”

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It’s Easy Being Green

When Combining High-Tech with Experience By Janis Hashe


eing green is nothing new for Emerald Lawn Sprinklers, notes Ed Pedicine, President. “We’ve been in business for over 30 years and we are very water- and green-conscious,” he says. When customers ask him to design and layout a new sprinkler system, the licensed contractor and plumber use “zone activation” to carefully time when and how much water should be used on each landscaped section. “And the trenchless pipe-pulling system we use does virtually no damage to your lawn,” he adds. Pedicine is also green in Emerald’s other arm: outdoor lighting. “We use all LED bulbs that are warranted for five years,” he says, “and we can change old halogen systems over to much safer and cost-efficient LED.” Well-designed outdoor lighting “makes your home a neighborhood showplace.” Emerald can provide positive references, returns calls in 24 hours, and now offers “Smart Internet Controllers” that can be accessed from a smart phone.

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This Spring, Simple is the Thing Lisa Thomas Interiors Refreshes Rooms for Lighter Days By Janis Hashe


his spring, think simple clean lines and a minimalist vibe, says Lisa Thomas, owner of Roseland’s Lisa Thomas Interiors. “Transitional style continues to trend, and spring brings a movement towards refreshing sun and garden rooms. I am seeing a lot of copper accents, and even acrylic accessories in the more modern rooms. Fresh and brighter Lisa Thomas color palettes are being incorporated into existing schemes. Peach and ivory are particularly popular this season and I would add subtle pops of chocolate brown to ground the light and airy color scheme” Thomas says. Thomas offers a complementary one-hour consultation, sitting down with the client to determine “what they love and what they need” for proper functioning and overall comfort in their interior spaces. “I like to ask clients to provide me with an “inspiration piece”, which can be anything from a fabric, a beloved painting, or even a favorite patterned teacup, to use in the development of an overall color scheme to flow through the home that appeals to them.”

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT “Art camp offers children the opportunity to explore a variety of art styles and media in a fun and creative environment. They will cultivate a love for and develop their skills in painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media and more.” —A Sip of Art, West Orange

“For many, Summer Camps means sports, but for others, Summer is a chance to be creative— to imagine something new (e.g. a story, a play, or a movie) and then bring it to life!” —NJ Film School

“Multilingual educational camp allows children the opportunity to become global citizens who are flexible and creative thinkers in today’s evolving, multicultural world.” —Hudsonway Immersion School

“Children need to be exposed to an outdoor learning environment which includes any healthy risk-taking adventure that only a real camp can provide. The camp experience can create the emotional IQ and necessary skills for the 21st century.”


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“Your child wants to go to camp, but… You Are Not Ready! This is about your child or teen, so if they are ready, you should be too, even though you may be nervous. Camp staff are experts at supporting their campers’ transition to camp. They are fun and nurturing. They help campers make friends, they provide exciting activities, and they keep everything safe.” —Campus Kids Summer Camp

“Through a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, summer camp programs provide educational, social and cultural enrichment that play an integral part in the lives of the youth enrolled.” —Essex County College Summer Youth Program

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Relax, Renew and Connect Gathering Take time away from your daily busy schedule and allow yourself to relax, rejuvenate and celebrate life. Using breathing techniques, Karuna® Relaxation Reiki, along with writing exercises, learn how to cultivate vitality and to take extra care to nurture and nourish yourself. 8-9:30pm. Advanced Registration Required. Call Sue Waldman at 973-857 -4357 (HELP) or visit

“A Dog Story” Musical A charming new musical comedy about Roland, a career-driven lawyer, who thinks he must be married to get the partnership he desperately wants. So he follows the advice of his best buddy, Guy, and gets a puppy named Cupid as a chick magnet for his Hamptons vacation. Runs through April 22. Call for dates and times. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-971-3700.

Friday, April 13

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo

Live Entertainment

Enjoy a very intimate acoustic evening. After more than three decades in rock ‘n’ roll, she’s a bonafide living legend. Her husband, Neil “Spyder James” Giraldo, has been a professional musician, producer, arranger and songwriter for over four decades. 8pm. Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood.

De Mario performs. 9pm-1am. Suzy Que’s & Bar, 34 S. Valley Rd., West Orange. 973-736-7899.

CPR Certification Course Instructor-led, hands on class. Adult and child CPR and AED use. Information on American Heart Association guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care. 8-10:30am. JAG Physical Therapy, 461 Main St., Chatham. RSVP

Book Donations Wanted The Summit College Club (SCC) book sale is seeking books and other media donations for its 6-day annual Book Sale. Books, CDs, and DVDs accepted. (No textbooks, manuals, magazines or encyclopedias.) Donations should be brought to the American Legion Post No. 433, 357 Elkwood Ave., New Providence. April13 through April 19. The books must be packed in bags or small boxes. 10am-6pm daily and 10am9pm on April 19th. The sale will be held from April 24 through April 29 at the American Legion Post. Proceeds used to fund college scholarships for deserving young women. e-mail summitcollegeclub@

Live Entertainment

Saturday, April 14 Lisa Lampanelli Live Lisa Lampanelli is an American stand-up comedian and insult comic. Doors open 7pm. Show starts 8pm. The Wellmont Theater, 5 Seymour St., Montclair. 973-783-9500.


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Jason Alexander: The Broadway Boy

Day Trippers, Beatles Tribute Band perform. 9pm1am. Suzy Que’s & Bar, 34 S. Valley Rd., West Orange. 973-736-7899.

Jersey Moves! Festival of Dance Carolyn Dorfman Dance celebrates 35 years of acclaimed dancemaking with a program that includes signature works as well as a new dance created with Renée Jaworski of Pilobolus. 7pm. Also April 15, 2pm. NJPAC, Victoria Theater, One Center St., Newark. 888-466-5722.

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His concert with the NJSO brings a hilarious re-telling of his journey to and on the Broadway stage and features a program of great music from the theater along with comedy and audience interaction. 8pm. NJPAC, Prudential Center, 1 Center St., Newark. 888-466-5722.

Patti LuPone Performs

Explore Sand Sand that is afraid of water? Sand that holds its shape? Find out how science makes some kinds of sand. 10am. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-971-3700.

Thursday, April 12

Exciting classes will be offered in singing, dancing, comedy, TV/Acting, make-up, hip hop, stage combat, auditions/college prep, and more. Meet Agents and study with guest artists from TV, film & Broadway. Broadway Boot Camp—July 2-July 21. Final shows in NJ and NYC. For ages 7-18, beginner to advanced. Pool parties as well. Partial scholarships are available. Call Randy for an appointment 973-868-6259

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In “Don’t Monkey with Broadway,” two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone explores how her lifelong love affair with Broadway began and her concern for what the Great White Way is becoming today, through indelible interpretations of classic Broadway show tunes. 8pm. Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 Ven Brunt St., Englewood. 201-227-1030.

“Sacred Music, New & Old” Concert Oratorio Society of New Jersey presents its spring concert with soloists, choir and orchestra conducted by OSNJ Music Director Sandor Szabo. Church of the Immaculate Conception, 30 North Fullerton Ave., Montclair. 8pm.

Canterbury Cathedral Boys and Men Choir Welcome this renowned English Choir for the final performance of its 2018 American Tour. Under the direction of Dr. David Flood the Choir performs an interesting and varied program of music from the Renaissance through the 21st century. Children and adults are invited. 7:30pm. Calvary Church, 31 Woodland Ave., Summit. 908-277-1814. Online tickets at

Creative Writing Intensives Creative Writing Workshops for children, teens and adults. See the full schedule of workshops, fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction and more. Beginners to advanced. Kids, teens and adults. Classes in five locations: Summit, Maplewood, South Orange, Montclair and Morristown.

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Sunday, April 15 Blues in the Loft: Mike Griot & Friends The traditional end of the Blues in the Loft season is marked by Loft series founder Bassist Mike Griot performing alongside some of the music world’s most talented artists. 7pm. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-313-2787.

A Summit Story - Writing Helen Perry Curtis Back Into History Join the Chatham Township Historical Society and The Summit Historical Society for a joint presentation by Laura Gellott. Ms. Gellott will speak about Helen Perry Curtis, a favorite author of hers as an inspiration for her life’s work.2-4pm. Chatham Township Municipal Building, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham Township. 973-6354911.

Monday, April 16 “Dust off the Ivories” Piano Classes Adults who could not read a note of music are able to play simple tunes, make chord changes and even transpose before the class is over. Anyone from 20-80 can take this course and have success. Piano 1 meets mondays from 7-8:15pm. Piano 2 meets Mondays from 8:15-9:30pm for the more advanced and graduates of piano 1. Teacher Gilda Carmel Spielberg has conducted private and group classes at all levels with a Masters degree from NYU. Registration required. Chatham Middle School, 480 Main St., Chatham. 973-443-9222.


Get all of your Medicare questions answered including: different plan options, when and how to make changes and how to choose the right prescription plan for you at this informative program. The speaker will be a SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) counselor. Free and open to all.12:30–1:30pm. SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit. 908-598-5548or email


Garden Buds Instill a love of gardening in preschoolers and maybe even dust off your own green thumb in this 9-week hands-on gardening series. Beginning gardeners plant, harvest, and even taste vegetables straight from their gardens. Ages 4-5 with an adult. Tuesdays through June 12. 1-1:45pm. Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Haggerty Center, 353 East Hanover Ave., Morris Township. 973-326-7601.


Wednesday, April 18 Celebrating National Poetry Month A multimedia celebration of National Poetry Month with Ms. Zey, otherwise known as Zanzel Kathy Roach, the author of the recently published poetry anthology, “Something Beautiful: A Look at Life Through Poetry.” While Ms. Zey reads both her own original poetry and favorites by other poets, artist Malik Hill will use the poetry as a springboard to created original pastel paintings. 7-8pm. Springfield Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield.


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Beauty In The Brushstroke New Jersey artist Lynn Vergano explores the centuries-old, art form of Chinese brush painting in depicting subjects drawn from nature, such as landscapes, plants, and animals. 2pm. Registration required. Bickford Theater, Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-971-3706.

Monday, April 23 The Garden Club of Montclair’s April Program Meeting is “An Introduction to Ikenobo Ikebana Floral Design.” Join the talented Senior Professor of Ikenobo Ikebana, Roberto Pagan, as you learn about the Japanese history through his demonstrations of the traditional art form. Enjoy tea and view floral design and horticulture competition entries following the presentation. 1-3pm. United Way Building, Auditorium, 60 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair. 973-857-2662.

Germination Station Class Our Garden Discoveries classes are designed to inspire children about the natural world around them. Since each child learns in a different way, every class examines one topic through stories, outdoor exploration, and hands-on activities. 1–2pm. Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St., Montclair. To register: 973-744-4752 ext 3 or visit

Thursday, April 19 “Spin for a Child” 10th Anniversary Fundraiser An exciting and inspiring one-night indoor cycling and cocktail event to raise funds and awareness for children in Essex County who have been removed from their homes because of abuse and neglect. Enjoy one of two-45 minute instructor led spin classes followed by complimentary reception. Class #1: 7-7:45pm. Class #2: 8pm-8:45pm. Reception: 8pm-9:45pm. Cyclebar Montclair, 656 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair.

Spring International Film Festival The library will screen “Frantz” (2016). In the aftermath of WWI, a young German who grieves the death of her fiancé in France meets a mysterious Frenchman who visits the fiance’s grave to lay flowers.2017 Cesar Awards winner. In French and German with English subtitles. 1 and 7pm. Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973-376-4930.

Lunch and Learn “Opioids in New Jersey, a Tragic Reality”– featuring Jay Lassiter, writer, political consultant, and social justice advocate, and the host/author of the podcast “Heroin Uncut.” Sponsored by NCJW/Essex.12:30-2:30pm. Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, 432 Scotland Rd., South Orange.

Green Vision Forum Green groups from all five of Madison’s public schools—the elementary, middle and high school— along with students from Drew and Fairly Dickinson universities will present their visions for a greener Madison. Mayor Robert Conley will introduce the event and town officials will field questions. Hosted by the Madison Environmental Commission and Drew University. 7-9pm. Drew University, 36 Madison Ave., Madison. 973-408-3456.

Spring International Film Festival Upcoming foreign films include “Frantz” (2016, rated PG-13, 113 minutes) 1 and 7pm. Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973376-4930.


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Friday, April 20 Live Entertainment The Moodswings, an all female rock cover band performs. 9pm-1am. Suzy Que’s & Bar, 34 S. Valley Rd., West Orange. 973-736-7899.

Doolin’ – Irish Music French Style 7:30-10:30pm. Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 908-591-6491. or visit

Bob Dylan Birthday Show Million Dollar Bash Revisited: Multi-artist Bob Dylan tribute show. 8pm. First Congregational Church of Montclair, 40 S Fullerton Ave., Montclair. 973-7446560.

Saturday, April 21 *Musical Theatre Conservatory Auditions Exciting classes will be offered in singing, dancing, comedy, TV/Acting, make-up, hip hop, stage combat, auditions/college prep, and more. Meet Agents and study with guest artists from TV, film & Broadway. Broadway Boot Camp—July 2-July 21. Final shows in NJ and NYC. For ages 7-18, beginner to advanced. Pool parties as well. Partial scholarships are available. Call Randy for an appointment 973-868-6259

Party for the Planet Join Turtle Back Zoo and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ annual Earth Day Celebration. Animal talks and entertainment help young and old connect with the natural world and become better wildlife stewards. Included with zoo admission. 11am-2pm. Also April 22. Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave, West Orange.973-731-5800.

Annual Book Sale The sale will feature thousands of books in a wide variety of genres, including fiction and nonfiction bestsellers, literary classics, art books, cookbooks, children’s books, also DVDs, CDs and much more, all at bargain prices. All proceeds from this year’s sale will go towards the renovation of the Library’s Children’s Room. The sale is free and open to the public 9:30am5:15pm also April 22, 1-4:45pm. The Millburn Public Library, 200 Glen Ave., Millburn. 973-376-1006.

Green Fair Meet local green groups and businesses, learn about student and government initiatives and discover easy ways to help make Madison Greener. Hosted by the library and the Madison Environmental Commission. 2-4pm. Madison Public Library, courtyard, 39 Keep St., Madison. 973-377-0722.

Spring Rummage Sale New Eyes for the Needy Sale Find bargains at the first spring Saturday Sale at the New Eyes for the Needy Fabulous Finds Resale Shop. Check out a wide assortment of fine and vintage jewelry, watches, and small home décor items. The Shop is also open on Thursdays, 1pm-3pm. 100% of the proceeds fund eyeglasses for the needy in the U.S. The Shop also accepts donations of jewelry, watches and small gift items to fund the eyeglass voucher program. 10am-1pm. New Eyes for the Needy, 549 Millburn Ave., Short Hills, 973-376-4903.

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Sale includes kitchen items, clothes/shoes, toys, children books, linens, furniture, bric-a-brac, electronics,and much more. 9:30am-2pm. Bag Sale 2:15-3pm. Donations accepted April 18-20th. Chatham United Methodist Church, 440 Main St., Chatham.

Live Entertainment Stuff Brothers perform. 9pm-1am. Suzy Que’s & Bar, 34 S. Valley Rd., West Orange. 973-736-7899.

Edible Wild Plants Program This adult program led by Dorothy Smullen, Teacher/Naturalist. Now is the time to review what wild plants you can eat from your own garden areas. Even some invasive plants can be used as food. Recipes are included. If time permits, followed by a walk along the trails. 1pm-3pm. NJ Audubon, Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville. Call 908-396-6386 to register by April 20.

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The History of Dixiedale Farm Dixiedale Farm has been owned by notable families since the Revolution. Learn about the Bonnels and their mills, the remarkable George Shepard Page, and the Averett family who started the Christmas Tree Farm. 3pm. Pre-registration is requested. Presented by Patricia Wells, Vice President of the Chatham Township Historical Society. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-635-0603.

Tours of Historic Houses The Crane House and Historic YWCA is a window on to the history of our nation from its early years as an independent country to a country embroiled in the civil rights struggle. 110 Orange Rd., Montclair. The Shultz House (Evergreens) is a fully intact time capsule of a family that takes you back to life in the early 20th century Montclair. 30 North Mountain Ave., Montclair.

South Orange Middle School Flea Market Two unlikely pals, Nugget, a minnow, and Fang, a shark discover true friendship and the power of individuality. For children ages 3-9. 10am & 1:30pm. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-971-3700.

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Need to clear out those treasures in your home or sell your crafts? Great way to promote your product or service at the South Orange Middle School Flea Market. 9am-3pm. South Orange Middle School – parking lot, 70 North Ridgewood Rd., South Orange.

Housewares, electronics, adult and children’s clothing, shoes, toys. All must go. 9am-2pm. Also April 23, 9-11am; 3-6pm. Temple Sholom of West Essex, 760 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove. 973-239-1321.

Millburn/Short Hills Street Fair & Craft Show Artists, crafters, vendors, food, rides, live music & more. 11am-5pm. On the Streets of Downtown Millburn and Short Hills. 908-654-1400.

Monday, April 23 Hearts of Hope “Paint with a Purpose” The Santiago Abut Foundation has partnered with Hearts of Hope to host monthly “paint with a purpose” events in loving memory of Santi Abut. This month the painted hearts will be to thank a nurse during Nurses Week. This event is free, as all expenses have been pre-paid by a grant from The Santiago Abut Foundation. Participants will paint clay hearts and write personalized “thank you” notes for the benefit of the heart recipient. 6-8pm. Calandra’s Italian Village, 234 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell,

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Tuesday, April 24 Summit College Club Book Sale Proceeds from the sale are used to fund college scholarships for deserving young women in local high schools. American Legion, 357 Elkwood Ave., New Providence. For more info e-mail summitcollegeclub@yahoo. com or call 973-216-5243.

Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias – One Show Fits All World Tour Fluffy’s performances are a riotous blend of storytelling, parody, character and sound effects that bring his personal experiences to hysterical life. 7 & 10pm. NJPAC, One Center St., Newark.

Wednesday, April 25 Adam Sandler Performs Adam Sandler, one of the big screen’s most successful comedic stars, returns to his stand-up roots with this new stage tour. Special guest Rob Schneider. 8pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, 1 Center St., Newark. 888-4665722.

Texas Hold ‘em Tournament & Casino Night Fundraiser Enter the Texas Hold ‘em Poker Tournament with the top two winners taking home the Grand Prizes. Come play other exciting casino games including roulette, blackjack,craps, and pig racing. Enjoy a cigar in the garden. Savor a fabulous array of foods and libations. Listen to Jazz and cabaret-style music, plus much more. 5:30pm registration; 7pm Texas Hold ‘em Tournament; 7-10pm Casino Night. Supporting SOPAC. The Wilshire Grand Hotel’s Grand Ballroom, 350 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange.

Rocks in the Garden: A Public History of Slavery in Morristown Lecturer, Michael Synder will discuss his findings on local slave owners and the enslaved who resided in Morristown and the surrounding area. Mr. Synder is a Rutgers graduate who wrote his masters’ thesis entitled: The Enslaved Slept Here Too: A Public History of Slavery in Morris County. 7pm. Pre-registration requested. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham 973-635-0603.


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CASA for Children of Essex County Information Session 6pm. Millburn Public Library, 200 Glen Ave., Millburn. 973-622-4831.

Thursday, April 26 NJAWBO Annual Conference and Expo The NJAWBO (NJ Association of Women Business Owners) statewide spring luncheon conference and expo will feature business roundtables, buffet lunch, speaker presentation and exhibits. 10:30am-2:30pm. Crown Plaza, 2055 Lincoln Highway, Edison. To register visit

“The Big Sick” Romantic Comedy Don’t be put off by the name of this film. Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family’s expectations, and his true feelings. The pleasure of watching this film is that it is a true story. Contact Lois at 973-533-1809 to place your lunch order by the Wednesday afternoon preceding the program. Lunch 12:30 and program 1pm. Congregation B’nai Israel, 160 Millburn Ave., Millburn.

Ready, Set, Fizz! Become a junior scientist and learn about some of the tools used in laboratory experiments. Put your new knowledge to work and perform some fun, fizzy experiments. 1pm. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-971-3700.

Meditation In the Garden with Sue Waldman Join, psychotherapist and Karuna Relaxation Reiki® Master, Sue Waldman, while she facilitates a relaxed, comforting and peaceful guided meditation. Learn the techniques of quieting your mind and enjoy the deep and lasting benefits of this ancient practice on your mind, body and spirit. Wear comfortable and layered clothes. Advanced Registration is Required. Call Sue Waldman at 973- 857-HELP (4357) or visit

“Chasing Color” Exhibit


he art of Pam Gosner, an award winning artist, is featured in the Lundt-Glover (L-G) Gallery as part of the Spring Exhibit for the Art League of the Chathams (ALC). The exhibit entitled, “Chasing Color,” runs from March 25-September 17, 2018. Concurrently, the artists from the ALC are showing their artwork in the Strolling Gallery of the Chatham Municipal Building, 58 Meyersville Road, Chatham Twp, NJ.

Shen Yun Performance The spectacular Shen Yun – the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company – returns to NJPAC with its latest epic production. Runs through May 3. Call or visit web for dates and times. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, 1 Center St., Newark. 888-466-5722.

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Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman Perform Andy Cohen opens. 7:30-10:30pm. The Minstrel, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-335-9489 or visit

Saturday, April 28 *Musical Theatre Conservatory Auditions

Led by Dr. Michelle Papka, Director and Founds of CRCNJ (Cognitive and Research Center of NJ), Dr. Papka will also discuss the resources available to those with memory loss including: family help, strategies, medications, health options and clinical trials. Free and open to all. 1:30–2:30pm. SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit. 908-598-5548.

Exciting classes will be offered in singing, dancing, comedy, TV/Acting, make-up, hip hop, stage combat, auditions/college prep, and more. Meet Agents and study with guest artists from TV, film & Broadway. Broadway Boot Camp—July 2-July 21. Final shows in NJ and NYC. For ages 7-18, beginner to advanced. Pool parties as well. Partial scholarships are available. Call Randy for an appointment 973-868-6259

Live Entertainment

Building Tomorrows Event

The Rents performing songs from Led Zepplin, the Doors and others. 9pm-1am. Suzy Que’s & Bar, 34 S. Valley Rd., West Orange. 973-736-7899.

Buddy Guy Performs George “Buddy” Guy is an American blues guitarist and singer. Doors open 7pm. Show starts 8pm. The Wellmont Theater, 5 Seymour St., Montcalir. 973783-9500. www.wellmont

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Pam’s world travels will be recognized in many Chatham Municipal Building of her paintings. She will also have a “bargain 58 Meyersville Road, Chatham Twp. basement” section featuring deeply discounted paintings. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Municipal Building is handicap accessible.

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8:30am 5k Race, 8:35am 2-mile Fun Run/Fitness Walk Fundraiser. All proceeds to benefit Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. (USATF-NJ certified and sanctioned, 500 points Grand Prix series) Any questions, please call Carolyn at 973-896-9263. Roseland Municipal Building, 19 Harrison Ave., Roseland.

Just Jammin’ performs. 9pm-1am. Suzy Que’s & Bar, 34 S. Valley Rd., West Orange. 973-736-7899.

Pam Gosner, a Smith College graduate in Art History, worked for the Newark Museum. During that time she illustrated three books on historic architecture. Pam went on to study for a library degree and became a librarian. As a librarian, she produced much of the art work for the library’s programs. The tragedy of her husband’s death caused a lifestyle change. She threw herself into pastel classes that became not only therapeutic but created the realization of her untapped talent. Her prize winning art work featured in the L-G Gallery is the result.

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The Arc of Essex County’s 20th annual Building Tomorrows 5K run and family a walk are held on a flat, scenic course around a beautiful lake. Grab your friends, family and coworkers for a delightful Saturday morning walk or run. Participants can gather to enjoy interactive activities, food, music and more. 8am-1pm. 5 Cherry Lane, The Clipper Pavilion, South Mountain Recreation Complex, West Orange. To register or for more information visit

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Bring your old items and come away with something new at Madison’s free Town Swap. Items Accepted: Non-upholstered furniture, electronic gadgets, computers, laptops, small appliances, children’s toys and play equipment, collectibles, household items, sports equipment, exercise machines, draperies and curtains,area rugs, musical Instruments, music. Hosted by the Madison Environmental Commission and the DPW. 8am-1pm. Department of Public Works Station Garage, John Ave., Madison. 973-593-3042.

Walk. Talk. Taste Montclair! Discover the food and stories that make Montclair unique on this 3-hour food tasting and historical walking tour of downtown Montclair. Sample foods from 6 to 8 Montclair restaurants. 2pm. Call 973-744-1796 or email: to register. Space is limited and the tour sells out quickly.

Sunday, April 29 The Magic of Anthony Salazar Rising magic star Anthony Salazar performs fantastic illusions with a dash of comedy, juggling, music and audience participation in this high-energy show guaranteed to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. Ages 5 +. 1:30 & 4:30pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

Spring Boutique Over 20 unique vendors: jewelry, apparel, bags, soaps, candles housewares, accessories, personalized items, skin care and much more. Shop, nosh and mingle. 12pm-4pm. Temple Sholom of West Essex. 760 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove. 973-239-1321.

Monday, April 30 Seton Hall University Orchestra Concert Featuring the Seton Hall University Orchestra in their annual spring concert. 7:30pm. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-313-2787. 29

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he health community has long praised the benefits of vitamins and nutrients derived from natural sources. For those looking to improve their health or take preventative measures, these 10 natural super foods can be incorporated into your daily diet to help support your health:

Green Tea

Armed with a special type of antioxidants called polyphenols, green tea can decrease plaque formed in the arteries and can fight prostate cancer.


Studies have shown this powerful spice can reduce the risk of stroke, as well as protect against Alzheimer’s disease.


Full of plant sterols and amino acids, almonds can help lower high cholesterol and promote muscle growth. These handheld treats are also rich in vitamin E, which can protect skin from sun damage.

Fatty Fish

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This easy, portable snack is loaded with essential potassium, which regulates the nervous system. Bananas also offer loads of vitamin B-6, which aids immunity and metabolism.

Whole Grains

These powerful body defenders have been known to boost immunity, protect against various cancers and reduce cholesterol.


These energy-packed breakfast favorites contain a special type of protein that helps build muscle strength more than other proteins. When compared to other breakfast foods, eggs can also keep you feeling fuller longer with fewer calories and fat.


Chock-full of magnesium, potassium and various vitamins and nutrients, spinach can prevent clogged arteries and protect against prostate and colon cancers.


This protein-packed food contains isoflavones, which can aid in treatment and prevention of prostate cancer. Also, research from the Food and Drug Administration shows that 25 grams per day can help lessen the risk of heart disease.

Dark Chocolate

Satisfy your sweet tooth and improve blood flow to the brain at the same time. Dark chocolate can also lower blood pressure and increase skin’s resistance to UV rays. Find more health-conscious tips at —Family Features Photo courtesy of Getty Images

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Spending Time in the Sun Boosts Vitamin D–Naturally


ne of the most common deficiencies among American adults is a vitamin D deficiency. What makes the vitamin different from most of the ones we need is that our bodies actually produce most of the vitamin D we need, instead of relying on the foods we eat to supply it. When natural sunlight hits the skin it triggers the body’s production of vitamin D. Vitamin D is also known as “the sunshine vitamin.” It is a crucial ingredient for overall health; protects against inflammation, lowers high blood pressure, helps muscles, improves brain function and may even protect against cancer. Our bodies convert the sunshine we soak up into chemicals that turn it into the vitamin D we all know and love. However, if we don’t get outdoors enough, our body struggles to get enough sunshine to make vitamin D. Whenever possible, try to get at least 10 to 15 minutes of unprotected time in the sun each day and reap the health benefits of being outdoors. Exposure to sunlight has a huge impact on depression, seasonal affective disorder and sleep quality.

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he ancient Eastern art of threading is an excellent alternative to waxing eyebrows, especially for those with Rosacea, thin or sensitive skin, or who are on medications such as Retin-A that do not allow for waxing. As neither external chemicals nor heat is applied, side effects and allergic reactions with threading are virtually nonexistent. Threading removes the hair at follicle level. The process is extremely sanitary because the thread is used once only. When done with a skilled hand, threading is a quick and painless process that offers very precise shaping of the brow. The results can last up to 6 weeks. Threading services are offered at Bala Natural Skin Care, 6 Midland Avenue, Montclair, 973744-0028, and at The Threading Store kiosk in the Livingston Mall on the lower level by Macy’s in the Barnes & Noble wing.


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he Westminster Hotel has undergone a transformation in dining. With its muted colors and comfortable ambiance, the new Marble & Moxie appeals to a wide range of palates by offering an updated take on traditional favorites. Before dining you may want to enjoy one of their signature cocktails in the bar & lounge area. Once your appetite is piqued, for starters, choose the Honey Glazed Pork Belly. This standout dish features perfectly charred—not fatty—pork belly, served over a Belgian waffle with melted Fontana cheese. Apple cider syrup completes this delightful appetizer. Alternatively, the signature Jumbo Lump Crab Cake is all crab and no filler, another wonderful way to begin the meal. And as for the Clams Casino, I believe they are the best around. Being a steakhouse, ordering the Tomahawk Ribeye Steak, a 46-ounce bone-in chop for two, is a must. If you like onions, order it with the caramelized onions bathed in “beef butter”…outstanding! Served on a sizzling hot plate, this flavorful USDA Certified Prime Grade beef makes the cut. And if dining companions differ on doneness, the chef


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will cut the meat off the bone and serve each half cooked to perfection. No worries for non-beef eaters, other options include a sous vide chicken, fresh fish selections and creative salads. To compliment the entrĂŠe, Truffle Cream Spinach and Sweet Potato Casserole, served in individual cast iron skillets, are delicious. The flavorful spinach is not swimming in cream, while the sweet potatoes are light and fluffy yet not overly sweet. When it comes time for dessert, the Cheesecake is not to be missed. Made on the premises, it surpasses the omnipresent New York brands in taste and presentation. Marble & Moxie pays special attention to all fine dining details, from the cloth breadbasket to the barware. An impressive wine list elevates each course. For special occasions there is a private dining room for parties of 6 to 16. Marble & Moxie is located within The Westminster Hotel, 550 West Mt. Pleasant Avenue in Livingston, 973-548-0050, Open daily for breakfast and weekdays for lunch. Dinner served Monday-Thursday, 5-10 pm, Friday-Saturday, 5-11 pm, Sunday, 4-10 pm. Bar open daily.

MUST TRIES Above: Jumbo Lump Crab Cake All Crab and no fillers. Baked Clams Casino 7 piece, Smoked Bacon, Roasted Peppers with Garlic Plugra Butter. Perfect Cheese Cake Goffle Farm Chicken Breast Sous vide, free range chicken full of flavor and tenderness. April 2018 35

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

La Famiglia

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

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

Master Pizza


Thavma Mediterranean Grill

Boon Thai Kitchen

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

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

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

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.

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

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






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

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

Our famous skyline view of Manhattan is only the beginning.

Prices based on average entree price excluding beverages & gratuity.


The Manor

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

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

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


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

Il Capriccio 633 Route 10 E, Whippany | 973884-9175 Chefs Antonio and Natale Grande use only the freshest ingredients for their regional Italian cuisine. Farm fresh organic, free-range meats and vegetables are grown on Antonio’s farm and served daily. ENT (piano Mon-Fri), H, MCC, OD, RR, VP

La Pastaria It’s all about “La Famiglia!”



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Open Daily for Lunch, Dinner & Takeout

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Diamond Minds

Ready…Fire…Aim! Making Your Goals a Reality


ver the years I have been lucky to be around super achievers ranging from top athletes and business leaders to brain surgeons and billionaires.Whether they’ve been my guests on television and radio, or clients and friends, their words and actions have had a profound effect on how I think and act. What occurs to me is how much we become the company we keep. This is the foundation and first of three keys that will have a lasting impact on your performance throughout life. Here’s a simple 5-step plan that will help you set and achieve your goals. Just be careful not to spend too much time on the planning stages and not enough time taking action. I’m not against the idea of research and preparation, it’s just that I’ve seen people and companies do a ready…aim… aim…aim…and never end up firing the gun. Action provides just as much information as the preparation because it deals with reality. We learn from our actions, we act from our learning. One without the other suffers. Both together are omnipotent. So here you go: G.O.A.L.S. Is the acronym we’ll use to outline the 5 key steps.

G: Gather information.

Spend the time doing your homework on the best path that will lead you toward your goal. Ask and interview those who’ve gone

before. Years ago I interviewed the chairman of ADP on my radio show. I asked him to share with the listeners this best idea on planning and setting goals. He said, “I work a 39+1 hour work week.” I’m sure he worked many more hours a week than 40, but what he meant was that he takes one hour at the end of every week to sit down with a blank sheet of paper and utilize the greatest goldmine on the planet, the one located right between his ears. He writes down ways he can work more efficiently for the next week to help him reach his goals.

O: Organize a step-by-step plan for reaching your goal.

Here’s a 3-step system that—because it’s simple—has brought more CEO, business owners and managers increased success in reaching their goals: 1) Take a pad of paper and write down 10 of the most powerful goals that you want to accomplish in the next 12 months. They can be goals that can be accomplished in a week, a month or six months. Try making six of the goals business related, three of the goals personal and the last goal something that makes you stretch and struggle to reach it. Don’t underestimate your ability. 2) From the 10 goals, choose the one that

would have the greatest impact on Barry Farber your business or on your life and write it down at the top of a new sheet of paper. Set a date to accomplish it. A goal without a deadline is a wish. Underneath this goal, write down 20 activities or actions that you can take to get closer to your goal. 3) Here’s the most important step of all: take one of the 20 actions you wrote down and ACT on it right away. Once you accomplish the first step, it creates momentum—and success breeds more success.

A: Action! Massive action.

Finish all 20 action steps and then add more. Things do come to those who wait— but only the things left over from those who hustle.

L: Look back and learn.

You WILL encounter obstacles. They become the opportunities to understand the appropriate action for the next attempt. Remember falling is not failing as long as you don’t fail to get back up..

S: Set new goals.

Cervantes said; “The journey is better than the inn.” It is on our way toward our goals we are the happiest. Never stop setting new ones.

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



ith one photograph, you are transported to a distinct moment that is forever frozen in time. You instantly remember how it felt when your child would slowly fall asleep in your arms. You remember the sound of giggles and little feet pattering down the hallway. The seemingly mundane moments from years gone suddenly have new meaning. Portraits have the unique power to connect us to who we were, who we are and who we hope to become. They lead us to a connected life filled with purpose, discovery and joy.

These are the moments we live for. These are the moments we celebrate. Whether it’s an imminent birth, a pending retirement, or any day in between, every day there’s something to celebrate.

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