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What is Your Favorite Thing About Fall? By Warren Westura


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Football and apple cider. Just the two, they are my favorite things about the fall.

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Apple picking. I like apple pie in the fall!

—Jeff Perez, Millburn

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Raking up the leaves. Once my dad gets all the leaves into a pile I just jump into it!


I would say the leaves, the changing of the colors and the crisp weather!

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I would say haunted houses and scary movies.

The brisk air, it’s very refreshing! —Lisa Picascia, Millburn

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I am originally from Colombia, and in Colombia we don’t have seasons, so for me it’s amazing how the leaves change. —Luisa Adudelo, Millburn

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On the Spot What is Your Favorite Thing About Fall?


In the Vicinity News and happenings from around the area


10 Calendar of Events 15 Annual Pumpkin Festival 17 Celebrate the Lenape Culture and History 21 Strut Your Mutt 30 18th Annual Miracle Walk

26 Healthy at Home 28 Home Pros Resource Directory 33 Surprising Solutions to Stress Relief


34 Restaurant Guide 38 Diamond Minds It’s About Time

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Florham Park Resident Honored for Volunteer Work

Millburn Seniors Selected as National Merit Semifinalists


ighteen Millburn High School seniors have been selected as semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Millburn High School Principal Dr. William Miron announced this September that students William Cerulli, Alexander Chen, Andrew Chen, Rachel Cifu, Julian Fox, Katharine Fox, Tejas Gupta, Arnold Jia, Max Koenig, Helen Liu, Rahul Prakash, John Sanchez, Armaan Singh, Sanjana Sinkar, Ariel Stein, Warren Xia, Katherine Zhong and Brian Zhu were all honored with the national merit.

Irene Fortunato


lorham Park resident Irene Fortunato was recently honored for her volunteer efforts at Morristown Medical Center. The 94-year-old has been a dedicated volunteer with the hospital for the last twenty years, and has performed a number of various volunteer services over the years. Irene was awarded the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her work.

The students are among 16,000 semifinalists across the country, as the highest-scoring entrants in each state on the 2017 PSAT/NMSQT. These academically talented high school seniors have the opportunity to continue in the national competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $32 million, that will be offered next spring.

Today, Irene’s volunteer work focuses on handling flower delivery and distributions. The lifetime award requires that volunteers have logged at least 4,000 hours; Irene far exceeds the requirement, with over 29,000 hours logged. The President’s Volunteer Service Award is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Points of Light administers the award through an initiative with CNCS.

Madison Place Celebrates Grand Opening


brand-new collection of luxury condominiums held its grand opening this past month, making its official debut in Madison. Located in the heart of the vibrant downtown area, Madison Place is just steps away from the community’s train station and charming Main Street. At the time of the grand opening celebration on September 16, 50 percent of the 35-condominium residence was already sold. For the grand opening, Madison Place’s array of one-, two- and three-bedroom residences, as well as the community’s professionally-landscaped grounds and courtyard, were on full display. “We are proud to debut Madison Place to the public and are thrilled that it is already being embraced by home buyers,” said Les Newlands, a builder representative for Coldwell Banker New Homes.

Photo: Courtesy of Morristown Medical Center

The community was designed to offer residents a lifestyle of comfort and convenience, with open floorplans, classic interior features and upscale finishes. The five-story brick building borders the suburban neighborhood but is just one block away from downtown Madison.

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Toy Professor Celebrates 15 Years


ifteen years after opening their Summit store, the Toy Professor continues to be a special place where customers love to shop. The toy store, which recently celebrated its fifteenth anniversary, is well known for being a place for kids to play, learn, and explore. The bright and cheery store features demonstration toys so children can try out the toys that are for sale, as well as a large play area in the back with kitchens, tents, dolls, vehicles, and more. Says the Toy Professor himself, owner Geoffrey Stern, “We have established special relationships with our customers and are part of the fabric of the community, supporting all the area schools and many other charitable entities. My kids and a generation of neighborhood kids grew up together and now we are on to the next generation growing up around us.” With fifteen years down, the store continues to grow: “Our primary focus is still on unique, cool items and award winning toys; in the internet age we have

become more attuned to the specific needs of customers and now stock things like Barbie dolls, Hot Wheels and whatever the latest trends are. We have also moved more into trendy gift items for tween girls.”

Toy Professor 430 Springfield Ave, Summit | 908-918-1888

Local Practice Receives Honorable Award from American Cancer Society


he Silverstrom Group, a cosmetic dental practice in Livingston, was named the recipient of the American Cancer Society’s 15th Annual Jody A. Morrow Humanitarian Award. The award is given to those that exhibit the cancer survivor and ACS volunteer’s generous, compassionate and courageous nature. As supporters and advocates of the American Cancer Society, the Silverstrom Group was inspired to donate their medical expertise. Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom brought their philanthropic vision to life when they partnered with the ACS and established the Smiles for Life Award in 2014. The award rehabilitates mouth functionality and helps restore the survivor’s confidence through repairing and restoring their smile after the effects of cancer treatments. Each year, the recipient is given a cosmetic dental makeover and a highly anticipated “smile reveal” takes place at the American Cancer Society’s Diamond Ball. This year, for the first time in its five year history, the Smiles for Life Award was given to not one, but two brave recipients–sisters Josephine and Barbara. Doctors David and Gary Silverstrom were so touched by their story that they chose to give both of the sisters complete smile makeovers.

Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom

“The most important work we are ever able to do is give back to our community,” states co-founder Dr. Gary Silverstrom. “We are proud to partner with the American Cancer Society with the Smiles for Life Award. It is truly our honor to help restore the smiles of these brave survivors.”

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Native Artists of North America NOW ON EXHIBIT The Newark Museum recently unveiled its newly redesigned and reinterpreted Native American galleries. Featuring more than 100 rarely exhibited objects from throughout the United States and Canada, Native Artists of North America showcases an exciting selection of works from the permanent collection, dating from the early 19th century to the present, including many objects never before exhibited. Newark Museum 49 Washington St., Newark. 973-596-6550.

Calendar of Events OCTOBER 2018 Ongoing Exhibits

Art Exhibit

Arts of Global Africa Gallery

COMPASSION: Is It the Radicalism of Our Time? Morris Arts, guest curator Adrienne Wheeler and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation selected works created by 15 outstanding artists (paintings, mixed media, prints, photographs, sculpture, collage, and digital art) for display. Runs through February 14. Morris Arts Gallery, LEED certified “green” building, 3rd floor, 14 Maple Ave., Morristown.

The Museum’s African art collection ranks among the nation’s earliest and most comprehensive, representing the breadth, diversity and vitality of artistic creativity throughout the continent. They include outstanding examples of masks and figural sculpture, textiles and dress, pottery, jewelry, furniture, photography and paintings. Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark. 973-596-6550.

Dinosaur Den Find out what New Jersey looked like 65 million years ago and learn about the lives of dinosaurs. Here, visitors can touch a real dinosaur egg, follow dinosaur tracks, make a dinosaur track rubbing, and hear the simulated sound of a honking Hadrosaur. Using various clues and fossils, such as footprints, fossilized eggs, and dinosaur teeth, you can become acquainted with the creatures that lived in New Jersey during the Age of the Dinosaurs. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights rd., Morristown. 973-971-3700.

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NOW t hru OC T OBE R 30 t h “Things Come Apart” Exploring What Is Inside Popular Everyday Devices

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





Villains of DC Comics Workshop A quarter-inch-thick smartphone can be used as a watch, a camera, a theater, a map and even a mobile bank. “Things Come Apart” featuring the works of creative photographer and tinkerer Todd McLellan, looks inside the smartphone and dozens of other everyday technologies. The traveling exhibition will remain on view through December 2. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-971-3728. www.

Monday, October 1 Sales Training Topic: Winning with Relationship Selling. In an increasingly complex selling environment, successful sales professionals use relationship-oriented selling approaches to help their customers win. Also October 2 & 3. 9am- 5pm. Dale Carnegie Training of Northern NJ, 1140 Bloomfield Ave., Ste 109 West Caldwell. Registration required. 973-890-0909. www.

Fall Fun Kids can shoot the corn cannon, enjoy a hayride, and take a train ride. Also features tractor-pulled hay rides and a barnyard petting farm. Pumpkin picking through October. Brookhollow Farm, 425 Powerville Rd., Boonton Township. 973-610-1963.

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

An inspirational workshop for boys to identify and embrace positive role models in their life by learning what villains can teach us about what not to do. The program will start with an opening dialogue to build rapport, video clips, activities, skits and more. 3-4:30pm. Registration required. Grades 6-12. This program is sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Summit Free Public Library, 75 Maple St., Summit. 908-273-0350. www.summitlibrary. org.

Montclair Film: Career Development Courses and Creative Workshops

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Montclair Film Academy is excited to offer another enriching and funfilled session of classes and workshops for tweens, teens and adults! New this Fall for our adult students: Career development courses taught by the pros and creative workshops to express your unique voice. Investors Bank Film & Media Center, 505 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair. 973783-6433. education/505-films-friends. info@

“The Garden Tourist” Presentation If you enjoy touring beautiful gardens be sure to join the Maplewood Garden Club where landscape designer Jana Milbocker takes a virtual tour of some of the best public gardens and speciality nurseries in the Northeast. During Jana’s presentation, “The Garden Tourist,” you will enjoy lovely photographs and learn about each garden’s highlights, history, and amenities, as well as the best time to visit. 7:30pm. Free and open to all. Maplewood Memorial Library, 51 Baker St., Maplewood. (continued on page 12)

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Women’s Workshops

Fall Fun at the Farm

October programs are: Medicare Made Clear; Social Security Made Easy; and Organize Your Space-Organize Your Life. Please call for dates and times. NCJW/ Essex Center for Women, 70 South Orange Ave., Suite 120, Livingston. 973-994-4994.

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

Autumn Fun

The farm features a corn maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, wagon rides, a picnic area, farm animals and a weekend haunted Hayride (not recommended for kids under 8). 7 days a week 10am-6pm. Conklin Farm, 65 River Rd., Montville. 973-400-9460.

All Month Long-October 1-31 Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt (All ages). Find the 12 costumes that Pumpkin is trying on in the Children’s room. Submit your entry for the chance to win a prize. Redesign a Book Cover (Gr. 6-12). Pick a favorite book (or even one you hate) and create a cover that really represents the book inside. Submit your entry to the Children’s desk anytime throughout the month of October. We’ll judge the week after and award the winner a prize. Please contact the Children’s Department for additional rules and guidelines. New Providence Memorial Library, 377 Elkwood Ave., New Providence. 908-665-0311.

The Color Purple Musical

Apple and Pumpkin Picking In addition to pumpkin picking the orchard offers a “Kiddie Corn Pit Play Area”—a giant corn filled sand box for ages 1-6, and other children’s activities including a Rope Maze, a Tile Maze, a Pipe Maze, and a Kiddie Hay Maze. and their friendly animals. Their alpaca “Jersey Gold” and mini donkey “Jessica” are always looking to make new friends. Weekend hay rides. Please call ahead to confirm picking times & dates. Sun High Orchard, 19 Canfield Ave., Randolph. 973584-4734.


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Prenatal Yoga Lisa Bruno of Yoga Essence will lead a free prenatal yoga session. Free. 7pm. New Providence Memorial Library, Conyi Room, 377 Elkwood Ave., New Providence. 908-665-0311.

Tuesday, October 2 Family STEAM Club: Building Fun with Strawbees

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

Gentle Chair Yoga

The Color Purple is an unforgettable and moving musical based on the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel and Academy Award–nominated feature film. Runs through Oct. 21. Call for dates and times. The Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn. 973376-4343.

In early fall, the farm offers a wide variety of classic autumn fun. Pumpkin picking, hay rides, corn maze and more. Middle Valley Farms, 304-b Pleasant Valley Rd., Mendham. 973-543-7789.

Class for older adults that deepens flexibility and strengthens personal body awareness. Held every Monday and Wednesday in octoberSAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit. 11:30–12:30 pm. To register or for more information, please call 908-598-5548.

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

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Learn through play by using Strawbees—an open-ended system that combines design, construction, electronics, and programming that organically builds problem-solving skills. It’s an easy and fun way to introduce kids to engineering and computer programming. 7-8pm. Registration requested. Grades 1-5. Summit Free Public Library, 75 Maple St., Summit. 908-273-0350.

Art Rescue Does your art need cleaning or repair? Are your old mats and backing damaging your prints? Would you like to fix that cracked or broken frame? Bring in your art for a free consultation for rescue and restoration. Jerry’s restorer will tell you how to bring your arts works back to life. Tuesdays 4-6pm. Appointment suggested but walk ins welcome. Jerry’s Artist Outlet, Custom Framing & design Studio, 495 Prospect Ave., Essex Green Shopping Plaza, West Orange. 973-669-0995.

Fun-to-be-Fit Exercise Class General exercise class for older adults designed to improve overall fitness for all levels. Tuesdays 10:1511:15am. Fridays 11:30am-12:30pm. SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit. To register or for more information, please call 908-598-5548.

Healthy Kids in Hannah’s Kitchen Your child will learn how to cook with nutritious ingredients, how to read a recipe, kitchen safety tips, measuring techniques, knife skills and more. Handson cooking for ages 8-12; parent/guardian must register. Tuesdays 4-5pm. Rev. Dr. Ronald B. Christian Community Health and Wellness Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, 208 Lyons Ave., Newark. 973-926-7371.

Hollywood Victory Caravan Presentation Mr. Joseph Hyatt tells the story of the largest WWII bond tour in support of our armed forces as it made its way across the country with 22 movies stars. Mr. Hyatt an entertainment historian and his articles and books have been published internationally. He is currently the Vice-President of the Board of Trustees for the Union County Performing Arts Center. 10am. Summit Old Guard, New Providence Municipal Building, 1-65 Academy St., New Providence. 908464-7543.

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Jazz Jam Wednesdays

‘The Time to Mourn’ Take a special guided tour of The Willows, the Foster family’s mansion, to explore the unique death and mourning traditions of the Victorian era. Discover how customs, now considered strange, influenced loved ones for months and years after a person passed. Tours are available Wednesdays-Sundays, October 3-21, Wednesday October 24- Friday October 26, and Sunday, October 28 at 1 & 2pm. Appropriate for adults and children ages 12 and up. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Rd., Morris Township. 973-326-7600.

Sit in with Mike Lee and friends or just enjoy the jam. 8pm. SuzyQue’s BBQ & Bar, 34 Valley Rd., West Orange. 973-736-7899.

After School at the Museum

Weight Loss Surgical Options at Saint Barnabas Medical Center It’s not about losing weight overnight. It’s about staying healthy over time. At RWJBarnabas Health, instead of emphasizing short-term goals like reducing the size of your waist, they focus on long-term benefits like reducing the risk of diabetes, sleep apnea and hypertension. The program is led by accomplished laparoscopic bariatric surgeons who are respected members of the American Society for Metabolic Bariatric Surgery. Free; registration required. 6-7:30pm. Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, 200 South Orange Ave., Livingston. 973-322-9845.

Extended day programs are offered to provide an enriching experience for afterschool programs, daycares, camps, and clubs. Each program is designed to be age-appropriate and uses inquiry/discussion to actively engage school children in object-based learning. Afterschool programs are available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Programs begin at 3:30pm and last until 4:45pm. Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark. 973-596-6550. Register at 973-5966690. (continued on page 14)

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“The Weeklings” Beatles-Inspired Band

Investing at the Intersect of Value, Momentum and Quality Attendees will learn from a presentation by Charles Rotblut, CFA, Vice President and Financial Analyst, AAII; Editor, AAII Journal, The useful guidelines that academic theory and the financial industry offer. How value and momentum can be used to beat the market. Five criteria to judge a stock’s underlying quality. Registration: 6:45pm. Lecture: 7-8:30pm. Millburn Public Library, 200 Glen Ave. , Millburn. 973-376-1006.

Tech Support For Seniors Now offered twice monthly. For assistance with your smartphone, laptop, tablet, etc. Call Center at 973-635-4565 to schedule a one-on-one appointment with a Chatham High School student volunteer. 3:15pm. Also Oct. 18, 3:15 – 4:15pm. The Senior Center, 58 Meyersville Rd. Chatham.

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Thursday Night Flights Wine Tasting This talented power-pop fab foursome will perform some of your favorite hits by The Beatles along with Beatles-inspired songs that will make you want to listen-in eight days a week. 7:30-10pm. Dome Lounge at the Manor, 111 Prospect Ave., West Orange. 973731-2360.

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

Morristown International Folk Dancers Folkdancing every Wednesday. 7:30 to 8:30pm. Basic /intermediate teaching.* 8:30 to 11pm. Regular dancing.* Admission $5 for supporters, $6 for others; firsttiers free. *Summer hours dancing starts at 8pm. Mountain Lakes Community Church, 48 Briarcliiff Rd., Mountain Lakes. 973-228-5966. ww.njfolkdanc.

Thursday, October 4 Chill Out Thursdays Comedy Night. 8pm. SuzyQue’s BBQ & Bar., 34 Valley Rd., West Orange. 973-736-7899.

“Thursday Night Flights” series featuring a fun Wine Tasting flight of six compelling wines n a head-to-head comparision. It’s educational but very welcoming, interactive and unpretentious. 6-7:30pm. The Dome Rooftop, The Dome Rooftop Lounge at the Manor, 111 Prospect Ave., West Orange. 973-731-2360.

Create Your Own Walking Stick Retired science teacher turned walking-stick-guru, Brad Koller, leads a fun-filled DIY workshop where you will choose from a variety of rough sticks including red cedar, maple, beech, and iron wood, and walk away with a finished product. All tools and safety equipment will be provided. This is one of our most popular workshops and space is limited, so don’t miss out—sign up today. 5-8pm. GSWA Conservation Management Area (CMA), 83 Tiger Lily Lane, Harding Township. 973-538-3500.

Adult Forum “Lunch & Learn” Screening of ”RBG”, the wonderful film about Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This riveting, surprisingly touching documentary reveals how the quiet, intense Ginsburg became one the most iconic Supreme Court justices in American history. Rather than focus on personality, however, the bulk of “RBG” has to do with its subject’s lifelong fight against gender discrimination. Join us to view this fascinating portrait of the Justice who has become a rock star. Call 973-533-1809 to place your lunch order by the Wednesday afternoon preceding the program. Lunch 12:30pm. Program 1pm. Congregation B’nai Israel, 160 Millburn Ave., Millburn.

Newark Arts’ premiere annual art fair offers an array of exhibits, artist talks, performances, curated tours, open artist studios, screenings and workshops. More than 8,000 participants, 200 artists and 100 open studios will combine to showcase the best of visual, performing, and literary art. Also October 5, 6, & 7. 10am-midnight. Various locations in the city, Newark. Visit web for festival map. www.newarkartsfestival. com

Postnatal Yoga Lisa Bruno of Yoga Essence will lead a free postnatal yoga session. 11am. New Providence Memorial Library, 377 Elkwood Ave, New Providence. 908-6650311.


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Annual Pumpkin Festival Celebrate the Fall Harvest and the “Season of the Witch” at the Whippany Railway Museum with train rides and a Halloween crafts and vendor fair from 12:30- 5pm, rain or shine. Walk among the pumpkins, corn shocks, and grinning scarecrows while enjoying the wares of local crafts merchants and railroad memorabilia dealers at the popular pumpkin marketplace crafts fair! Pose for pictures in front of the Haunted House; and enjoy the festive fall decorations around the museum grounds and vintage farm tractors that will be on display. Enjoy a relaxing, nostalgic 30-minute trip into the past onboard the “Pumpkinliner”. The excursion follows the route of the Historic “Whippanong Trail”, and will feature Antique Cabooses visitors can ride in. Trains depart at 12:30, 1:15, 2:00, 2:45, 3:30, 4:15, and 5:00. (Advance registration online is recommended.) The Museum and gift shop will also be open from 12-5pm for visitors. Admission is included in the train ride ticket purchase and goes to the continued maintenance and restoration of the Museum building, grounds, and exhibit collection.

Whippany Railway Museum 1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany 973-887-8177 |

Positive Aging Workshop

Thursday Evening Book Club

Led by author, therapist and psychology coach, Diane Lang, the program will offer perspective on aging, discuss the truths and myths about aging and cultivate a positive approach to future years and the possibilities that are presented at each stage of life. 1:30–2:30pm. Mountainside Public Library, 1 Constitution Plaza, Mountainside. To register or for more information, please call 908-598-5548.

This month’s book is A Mountain of Crumbs by Elena Gorokhova. 7:30pm. All are welcome. Copies available at the front desk. New Providence Memorial Library, 377 Elkwood Ave., New Providence. 908665-0311.

Baseball: The Great American Pastime Hear some true stories of baseball greats, watch some film footage, sing some baseball songs, and play games. For a fun craft, you’ll make your own baseball cards. 4-5pm. Registration required. Grades K-5. Summit Free Public Library, 75 Maple St., Summit. 908-273-0350.

Book Discussion Group To be discussed “The Beautiful and Damned” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It portrays the Eastern elite during the Jazz Age, exploring New York café society. The book is believed to be largely based on Fitzgerald’s relationship with Zelda Fitzgerald. 7pm. The Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973-376-4930 x235.

Friday, October 5 Parkinson’s Disease Support Group A support group for those with Parkinson’s and other neuromuscular/movement disorders. Free. 1:302:30pm. Saint Barnabas Wellness Institute at Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC MetroWest, 760 Northfield Ave., West Orange. Register at 973-322-8195. Contact Info:

“Do I Really Have To Review My Medicare Part D Prescription Plan” If you have been on the same prescription plan for more than 3 years, you are probably paying too much for it. Come hear about the 5 major components of prescription plans and how you can make sure you are getting the most cost-effective plan for 2019. Presented by Mary Jeanne Cullen, MedicareAssist, LLC. Program preceded by lunch provided by Chatham Hills Subacute Care. Please sign up if you wish to participate. Participants do not need to be Chatham residents. The Senior Center, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham. 973-635-4565.

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50s & 60s Sock Hop followed by an eclectic DJ mix till closing. Enjoy bar food, dancing and themed drinks. Dress up optional. No cover charge. Ages 21 and over. 8-11pm. Doors open 5:30pm. The Dome Lounge at the Manor, 111 Prospect Ave., West Orange. 973-731-2360.

Garden to Table In the last installment of this three-part series, participants will harvest produce from the Edible Garden and prepare food with the bounty while learning about gardening, nutrition and the importance of eating locally. Also included will be time to journal in the beautiful Van Vleck gardens. Registration required. Space is limited. Appropriate for children ages 8-11. 4:30–6pm. Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St., Montclair. To register: email education@vanvleck. org or call 973-744-4752 ext.1.

Chair Yoga Each session includes guided relaxation, breathwork, and seated stretching / poses. Also Oct. 19th at 12:30pm. The Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973-376-4930. (continued on page 16) 15

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Saturday, October 6 Experience Color

Morris Plains School District Food Truck Festival Bring the whole family for a day of delicious fun from a variety of food trucks while enjoying music and kids games and activities. Proceeds to benefit the Morris Plains Borough Class 2019 8th Grade Class Trip to Washington DC. 11am-5pm. Morris Plains Community Park, 51 Jim Fear Drive, Morris Plains. www.

Glenhurst Meadows Field Trip

Join artist/educator Sarah Becktel for a 2 hour lecture including hands on participation. The education portion of this event will cover aspects of color theory, color mixing, oil mediums and lots of information about the Gamblin Oil Paint product line. The hands on portion will be your chance to experience and test out Gamblin Oil Paints, Gamblin Mediums and to play with colors and mediums that you may not have used before. 11am-1pm. Registration required. Jerry’s Artist Outlet, Essex Green Plaza, West Orange. 973-669-0995.

Swingin’ Tern Contra Dances The band will be Brooklyn Swing Ensemble. Beginners’ workshop at 7:30pm. No partner necessary. Please carry in clean soft-soled shoes for dancing. Adults free. 8-11pm. First Presbyterian Church, Parish House, 14 Hanover Rd., East Hanover. 973-2956864.

Special Needs Sensory Break Van Vleck invites you 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. A stress-free afternoon of garden discovery with ongoing activities designed with individuals with autism, anxiety and special needs in mind. 1–4pm. Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St., Montclair. 973-744-4752 ext 3.

Wings and Wheels Expo A family event featuring WWII Airplanes, helicopters and other unique aircraft, military vehicles, vintage and contemporary show cars and live entertainment. Veterans and active military wearing a vets cap of any kind are admitted free. also October 7, 9am-5pm. Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum of NJ, Essex County Airport, 27 Wright Way, Fairfield. 201-288-6344.

Pumpkin Making Class! In this quick seasonal workshop, each participant will make a colorful solid or blown pumpkin or gourd... with the help of the talented instructors. Also Oct. 14. 1:30-5pm. Morris County School of Glass, 89 Whippany Rd., Morristown. 973-734-0900


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Glenhurst Meadows boasts a variety of habitats and the birds that inhabit them. Participants will be looking for the wide variety of fall sparrow species that Glenhurst is known for, as well as wetland and field birds. Glenhurst often has wet ground, waterproof footwear is suggested. 8:30am. Meet at Glenhurst Meadows trailhead parking lot on Mountain Ave., Warren. To register, please call 908-396-6386.

Big Brew Fest Featuring over 200 styles of craft beer, fantastic music, delicious food & wonderful vendors. Free shuttle bus to and from the Morristown Train Station, compliments of the Big Brew. First session: Noon to 4pm. Second session: 5:30930pm. Morristown Armory, 430 Western Ave., Morristown.

Sunday, October 7 “A Celebration of Gesneriads” Plant Show The show will include horticultural exhibits, creative flower arrangements, planted gardens and more, using gesneriads, the colorful and exotic tropical cousins of the African violet. Learn how to grow beautiful gesneriads in your home by viewing educational displays of gesneriads including African violets presented by local gesneriad growers. A sale table will feature blooming, unusual, and rare varieties of gesneriads, including African violets. 11:30am-1pm. Enjoy a guided tour of the show with a questions and answer session. Show runs from11am-3pm. Frelinghuysen, Arboretum, 55 East Hanover Ave., Morristown. 973326-7603.

Walk among the pumpkins, corn shocks and grinning scarecrows. Enjoy the wares of local craft merchants. The zombies will be happy to pose for photos with the kids. Enter the cab of 111 year-old steam locomotive No. 385 where you can blow the whistle and ring the bell. View two operating model railroad layouts. Climb aboard the “Pumpkinliner” excursion train and relax as the train follows the route of the historic “Whippanong Trail”. Noon -5:30pm. Every 45 min. starting at 12:30pm. Whippany Railway Museum, 1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany For full details and online tickets, call 973-887-8177 or visit

18th Annual Miracle Walk To benefit Saint Barnabus Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Fun family day includes a walk around Verona Park Lake, a light breakfast, photos, DJ, face painting, baloon artists, your child’s favorite characters, and more. 9am. 973-322-4305. www.miraclewalk .com

Family Friendly Maternity Meet-andGreet: Getting to know the Maternity Center Prepare for the birth of your child by meeting staff, touring the Maternity Center and learning about various parent education classes. Get to know our Labor-and-Delivery unit and ask about admitting procedures and childbirth options. 9-10am & 10-11am. Clara Maass Medical Center, Clara Maass Drive, Belleville. Call 1-888-724-7123 to register.

Trumpets, Weird and Wonderful: Treasures from the National Music Museum

Art Show with Ed Schuh Chatham resident, Ed Schuh will hold a show of his watercolor, oil, and mixed media landscape and nature paintings through October. Mr. Schuh has been a professional artist for over 35 years and is a graduate of Seton Hall University, and the Newark School for Fine and Industrial Art. An opening reception, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, will be held from 2:15-4pm. Exhibit runs throughout October. Chatham Library, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-635-0603.

Experience more than 40 trumpet-like instruments across time and cultures with surprising shapes, sizes, and names, like didgeridoo, serpent, firebird, flintstone, and Uncle Sam. There will be special content available for children to explore through iPads. Adults will enjoy learning about these instruments as well. Through March 17. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. (continued on page 18)

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Celebrate the Lenape Culture and History Meet the Ramapough Lenape tribe members while enjoying a traditional drum circle, dancers in regalia, historic tools and artifacts, and much more. Enjoy many hands-on activities, such as molding a clay pot by the fire, making fire without matches, and playing the games that Lenape children played. Visitors can take a guided walk on the wooded trails to discover how the Lenape used local plants to meet their needs, or explore the interior of the wigwam, set up as it would have been hundreds of years ago. The Lenape are not a thing of the past, but rather an important part of New Jersey’s heritage today. “Lenape Day provides an authentic experience for both the Lenape and visitors,” said Jenny Gaus Myers, Superintendent of Environmental Education at the Morris County Park Commission.

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Monday, October 8 Caregiver Support Group for Adult Children A support group for adult children who act as their parents’ caregivers is led by Licensed Clinical Social Worker and InfoCare Manager Kathy Larkin. The group covers topics such as balancing work and the needs of their families, long-distance caregiving, family conflicts, finding resources, and navigating the healthcare system. Pre-registration is required for this free group. Every other Monday, 7–8:30pm. SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit. To register, or for more information, please call 908598-5509.

Baseball Club Anyone with an interest in baseball is welcome to come and talk about your favorite team, players or just listen. 7pm. New Providence Memorial Library, 377 Elkwood Ave., New Providence. 908-665-0311.

Caregiver Support Group for Spouses A support group for caregivers is led by Licensed Clinical Social Worker and InfoCare Manager Kathy Larkin. The group covers topics such as coping with caregiver emotions and managing stress, navigating care options, and defining our roles as caregivers. Pre-registration is required for this free group. Every other Monday, 2-3:30pm. SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit. To register or for more information, please call 908598-5509.

Tuesday, October 9 Making Important Health Care Decisions Michele Cameron, a nurse with Atlantic Home Care and Hospice, will lead a discussion about the importance of having an Advance Directive, the new “POLST” form and why it is important to discuss your wishes with your loved ones. Refreshments will be served. 6–7pm. SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit. To register or for more information, please call 908598-5548.

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The Lunchtime Film Series Presenting Battle of the Sexes (2017). Free. 1pm.Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973-376-4930.

Panel Discussion-Professional Practices and Legacy Planning for Artists The Art Department and the Maloney Art Gallery at the College of Saint Elizabeth in conjunction with Art Legacy Planning (NYC), and co-sponsored by Pro Arts, Jersey City, Morris Arts, and Studio Montclair will present a free event for artists of all ages. Refreshments 6-7pm & panel discussion: 7-9pm. Upper Lobby & Dolan Performance Hall, Annunciation Center, College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Rd., Morristown. Please RSVP:; Questions: 973290-4315.

Family STEAM Club: Shapes and Grids Play games and complete activities with the library’s collection of Pattern Blocks, which help kids learn math, colors, and shapes. Also have fun creating grid designs with Perler beads—and have a neat craft to take home. 7-8pm. Registration requested. Grades 1-5. Summit Free Public Library, 75 Maple St., Summit. 908-2730350.

More Changes in Medicare, Medicaid & HMO’s There are a lot of changes that may affect your health care benefits, nursing home stay and in-home care that you need to know about. Join Allen Smith, Insurance Advisor, and Medicare Specialist and find out what to do to prepare for these changes. Bethany Baptist Church, 275 West Market St., Newark. Call 973-926-6771 to register.

Wednesday, October 10

New York State of Mind Band Performs A tribute to the music of Billy Joel. All seasoned performers from Broadway and beyond, the band’s precise, exciting and passionate renditions of Billy’s songs have engaged audiences everywhere. Cocktail seating. Beverage service and lounge food menu available. Doors open 6pm. Show time 7:30pm. The Dome Lounge at the Manor, 111 Prospect Ave., West Orange. 973-731-2360. www.

Thursday, October 11

Disco Dance Party

“Dracula” Production In this blood-thirsty tale of unholy terror, Count Dracula slips into Victorian London with a cargo of his native Transylvanian soil—so he can rest between victims. The city seems helpless against his frightful power, and only one man, Dr. Van Helsing, can stop the carnage. But to do this, he must uncover the vampire’s lair and pierce his heart with a wooden stake. Runs through October 28. Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown. Call or visit web for dates and times. 908-979-0900.

Great Swamp 2018 Gala Enjoy an evening of cocktails and scrumptious food as former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean is honored for his many environmental contributions. Included is the popular silent auction consisting of magnificent items like luxury vacations, dazzling nights on the town, specialty wines, cool event passes, sports packages and so much more. 5-6pm pre-Gala VIP meet and greet with Governor Kean and other distinguished guests. Brooklake Country Club, 139 Brooklake Rd., Florham Park. Register online at or call 973-538-3500.

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All the funky dance songs from the 70s. (Free admission) 8-11pm. The Dome Lounge at the Manor, 111 Prospect Ave., West Orange. 973-731-2360. www.

Saturday. October 13 Fall Fine Art and Crafts Show

Open Stage at The Minstrel 7:30-10:30pm. Handicapped accessible; free parking. Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. For information on how to secure a performance slot, call 973-335-9489, or visit

Kids’ Toy And Clothing Sale Gently used clothes (infant-12 years), shoes, baby items and equipment, toys, books, sports gear, scooters, bikes, outdoor toys, and more. All funds raised support scholarships for low-income preschoolers. Also October 14, 10am-Noon. For more information or if you are interested in donating gently used items, please contact 9am-4pm. Cornerstone School, 561 Springfield Ave., Summit.

Our Perilous Universe Space is filled with the greatest of dangers from massive solar flares to black holes, the perils are mighty. Explore some of the greatest hazards the universe has to offer. (ages 8 & up) Reservations recommended. Longo Planetarium, CCM Campus, 214 Center Grove Rd., Randolph. 973-328-5076.

CALL: The History and Politics of Russia Dr. Roy Licklider, Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University with a Ph.D in International Relations from Yale, will present a two-part lecture series on the history, culture, and politics of Russia. The first lecture will discuss the history and culture of Russia. The second lecture, held on October 19, will discuss current events and issues involving Russia and the US, and Russia’s relationship with other countries. This is a free CALL series. Both lectures begin at 1pm. Pre-registration is requested. Please sign up for each lecture separately or call the library at 973-635-0603. Chatham Library, 214 Main St., Chatham.

Ayurvedic Cooking at The Connection Ayurvedic cooking teaches Food-as-Medicine and uses easy daily routines based on the rhythms of nature in order to balance our unique mind-body “types”. Learn about eliminating toxins, spices and super foods. Prepare and sample recipes. A 4 part series by Florence Swanstrom. 11am-12:30pm. Also Oct.19, 26 & Nov. 2. Registration required. The Connection, 79 Maple St., Summit. 908-247-4242.

150 fine artists and fine craft artisans will be displaying their talents at the 19th annual Fall Fine Art and Crafts at Essex County Brookdale Park show on October 13-14 from 10 am - 5 pm, rain or shine. These exhibitors work in a variety of media–photography, clay, wood, glass, metal, fiber, silver and gold. This free to the public show is co-sponsored by the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and Rose Squared Productions, Inc. www. Brookdale Park, Grove St. and Watchung Ave., Bloomfield.

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Meet the Friends of the Chatham Senior Center Stop by the Senior Center’s tent to say hello and learn about programs, newsletter, and services at the Chatham Farmers’ Market, Chatham Borough Train Station parking lot, One Railroad Plaza off Fairmount Ave., Chatham Township. Participants do not need to be Chatham residents. 8am-1pm. The Senior Center, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham. 973-635-4565. www.

Frankenstein Luminary Craft As part of the New Providence Memorial Library’s series celebrating the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein, attendees will paint small glass jars to look like Frankenstein, a ghost or a jack-o’-lantern, and illuminate the jars with tea candles. Teens, adults and families are welcome. Registration required as space and materials are limited. New Providence Memorial Library, 377 Elkwood Ave.,Call 908-665-0311 or email to register.

How to Protect Your “Stuff” in 3 Easy Ways Learn from attorneys some of the strategies and tools that will allow you to protect and preserve your savings, estate and your legacy. There is no need to lose all your assets to a nursing home if you, your spouse, or parent is in need of long-term care.10am-12pm. Location: Capital One Bank Building, 921 Bergen Avenue, 4th Floor, Jersey City. Presented by Michael Willis Law Group, LLC. 973-662-4489.

Become an Empowered Health Care Consumer Lorie Gardner, RN BSN, and member of the National Association of Health Care Advocacy and the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates, will present a lecture. Her focus is to ensure patients are equipped with knowledge and support to make good medical decisions and obtain optimal healthcare in times of illness or aging. Pre-registration is requested at 973635-0603. Chatham Library, 214 Main St., Chatham.

“Made in America” Concert Featured is a cocktail of music in motion that includes the African-American rhythms of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess Fantasy, the driving pulses of the Symphonic Dances by Serge Rachmaninov, and a special guest appearance by internationally acclaimed Slovak violinist Filip Pogady, presenting Max Bruch’s renowned Violin Concerto No. 1, one of the most popular violin concertos in the entire classical repertoire. 3pm. The Concert Hall, Drew University, Madison. Also October 14, 7pm at the First United Methodist Church, Westfield.

Sunday, October 14 Maplewood in Motion 5K 5K Run: 9-9:50am. Kids’ Fun Run: 10:05-10:15am. A certified 5K loop course STARTS & FINISHES at Freeman’s Fish Market, 155 Maplewood Ave, Maplewood. Online registration closes at 4:30pm sharp on October 11. Additional registration and general info available at:

Special Library Program Cellist Randy Calistri-Yeh performs a program of music and musical stories: classical music, big band songs, ethnic tunes, and more. 2pm. Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973-376-4930.



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Strut Your Mutt Local dog owners can display their creativity at the annual canine parade. This event is free and prizes will be awarded in numerous categories. “The Essex County annual Strut Your Mutt Canine Halloween costume contests have become a popular event for dog owners to show off their creative talents, celebrate their pets, and share a happy event with other dog owner,” states Essex County Executive, Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. This years events will take place at three separate locations:

Essex County Brookdale Dog Park October 20 (rain date October 27) Grove Street, Montclair 9:15am registration; 10am Parade

Essex County South Mountain Dog Park October 20 (rain date October 27) Crest Drive, Maplewood/Millburn 1:15 registration; 2pm Parade

Essex County Hilltop Dog Park October 21 (rain date October 28) Courter Lane, North Caldwell 12noon registration; 1pm Parade

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Monthly support group for caregivers of those with dementia. This group offers a safe and confidential place for caregivers to meet and develop a mutual support system. Moderated by Phyllis Flemming, former Executive Director of Victorian Garden Adult Day Center. Participants do not need to be Chatham residents. 10:30am– Noon. The Senior Center, at 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham. 973-635-4565.

Get all of your questions answered including: different plan options, when and how to make changes and how to choose the right prescription. Plans change every year, as do your needs. This program will explain the changes and what you need to know. The speaker will be a SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) counselor from Union County. This program is free and open to all. 12:30–1:30pm. SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit. To register or for more information, please call 908-598-5548.

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Dust Off The Ivories Courses Is piano your thing? Adults who could not read a note of music are able to playsimple tunes, chord changes and even transpose by the time the class is over. Anyone from 20-80 can take this course and have success. Piano 1-Mondays 7-8:15pm. Piano 2-Mondays 8:15-9:30pm is open to more advanced students and graduates of piano 1. Classes begin October 15. Classes are taught by Gilda Carmel Spielberg who has conducted private and group classes internationally and has a Masters degree from New York University. Ms. Spielberg, 908-522-9486. Chatham Middle School, 480 Main St., Chatham. 973-443-9222.

Learn from attorneys some of the strategies and tools that will allow you to protect and preserve your savings, estate and your legacy. There is no need to lose all your assets to a nursing home if you, your spouse, or parent is in need of long-term care. 5:30-7:30pm. Location: Courtyard by Marriott, 320 Rte. 17 N, Paramus. Presented by Michael Willis Law Group, LLC. 973-662-4489.

Fashion for the Pink Crusade

Family STEAM Club: Sink or Float Challenge Determine which items sink and float in water. Also create boats that float in water and can support the weight of an action figure. 7-8pm. Registration requested. Grades 1-5. Summit Free Public Library, 75 Maple St., Summit. 908-273-0350.

The Fashion for the Pink Crusade proceeds benefit the breast program at Saint Barnabas Medical Center and the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center. This event features an elaborate cocktail reception, prizes & raffles, and runway style fashion show presented by Bloomingdale’s, The Mall at Short Hills. 6:30-9:30pm. The Park Savoy Estate, 236 Ridgedale Ave., Florham Park. Registration required. Contact Elizabeth Bennett at 973-322-4305 or email (continued on page 22)

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New! Poker

FIOS1 News meteorologist Joe Cioffi speaks about developments in weather forecasting and climate science. 7pm. Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973-376-4930.

Have some fun and test out your poker face and bluffing skills in a friendly game of (chips only) poker. Participants do not need to be Chatham residents. Fridays 12:30pm. The Senior Center, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham. 973-635-4565.

Thursday, October 18 Adult Forum “Lunch & Learn”

Abbie Gardner at The Minstrel

Rabbi Bayar will discuss Jews and an Afterlife. The question is not only does Judaism affirm an afterlife— but what kind of afterlife does Judaism espouse? In this talk we will explore the concept of afterlife, why Jewish theology requires belief in an afterlife and what function the afterlife fulfills in our lives. The Rabbi’s talk promises to be informative and thought provoking. Call 973-533-1809 to place your lunch order by the Wednesday afternoon preceding the program. Lunch 12:30pm. Program 1pm. Congregation B’nai Israel, 160 Millburn Ave., Millburn.

He Bird, She Bird opens. 7:30-10:30pm. Handicapped accessible; free parking. Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. For more info call 973-335-9489 or go to

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The Fall International Film Festival

Sign-up required. All levels welcome. Participants do not need to be Chatham residents. Runs through Oct. 18, 10am-Noon. The Senior Center, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham. 973-635-4565.

Computer Training Free computer lessons on Thursday mornings, by appointment. Sign up for an individual half-hour lesson on basic computer skills. Stop by the Reference Desk or call 973-376-4930. Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield.

Friday, October 19 Celebrating Nancy Drew In celebration of national book month, come and hear Teri Passarello’s presentation about Nancy Drew, the beloved sleuth featured in the mystery series created by publisher Edward Stratemeyer. Refreshments follow program. Participants do not need to be Chatham residents. 12:30pm. The Senior Center, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham. 973-635-4565.

Natural and Cultural History of Jockey Hollow then and Now Look and listen for owls and other nightlife and hear an 18th century viewpoint on how the early century colonists viewed the darkness. 6-7:30pm. Jockey Hollow section of Morristown Area National Historical Park, 600 Tempe Wick Rd., Morristown. Register online at or call 973-538-3500.


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Jon Ciccarelli, artistic director for the Hudson Shakespeare Company, will present a production of Thomas Kyd’s tragedy featuring actors in multiple roles. The play features supernatural happenings and a Tarentino-style revenge story set in Gothic Spain. 2pm. To sign up call the library at 973-635-0603. Chatham Library, 214 Main St., Chatham. www.chathamlibrary. org

Tourne County Park Field Trip Explore wooded trails adjacent to a large wetland area known as Rattlesnake Meadow looking for Pileated Woodpecker, warblers, kinglets, and raptors. Bald Eagle and Yellow-billed Cuckoo were spotted last year. The Meadow often has Wood Duck and Great Blue Heron. 8am-Noon. Register by October 19. Tourne County Park. Please meet at Parking Area #3, McCaffrey Lane, Boonton. 908-396-6386.

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The screening of“13 Minutes” (2015). In November 1939, Georg Elser’s attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler fails, and he is arrested. During his confinement, he recalls the events leading up to his plot and his reasons for deciding to take such drastic action. 1pm & 6:45pm. 114 minutes. The Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973-376-4930.

Watercolor Workshop By Ed Schuh

Performance of The Spanish Tragedy by the Hudson Shakespeare Company

Melanie Axel-Lute will call the contras. The band will be Jigaplex. Beginners’ workshop at 7:30pm. No partner necessary. Please carry in clean soft-soled shoes for dancing. 8-11pm. First Presbyterian Church, Parish House, 14 Hanover Rd., East Hanover. 973-2956864.

Sunday, October 21 Voodoo lily? Bat flower? Some plants are simply wicked! Celebrate Halloween with scary, smelly plants from around the world. Go on a creepy plant scavenger hunt, create a spooky craft, explore a display of flesh-eating plants, and play plant-themed games. 1-3pm. Preregistration is required. Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Ave., Morris Township. Call 973-326-7601 to reserve your spot.

Open Book/ Open Mind: Book Discussion Tayari Jones’ latest book, “An American Marriage,” a New York Times best-selling novel, and a 2018 Oprah’s Book Club selection will be discussed. 5-6:30pm. Central Presbyterian Church, 46 Park St., Montclair. To reserve a seat call 973-744-0500 x2222.

Craft Fair The Friends of the New Providence Memorial Library host their annual craft fair with local artisans. 10am-4pm. New Providence Memorial Library, 377 Elkwood Ave., New Providence. 908-665-0311.

Garden Habitats Do you want to learn more about attracting birds, butterflies and mammals to your yard? A healthy and ecological “backyard” habitat is a great way to help get our planet back to health. An added plus is that it gets the kids involved in nature, science and the exploration of the outdoors. This class is for adults. 9-11am. Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St., Montclair. To register: email education@vanvleck. org or call 973-744-4752 ext. 3.

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Champagne Brunch Fundraiser

Hosted by Heather O’Rourke, traffic anchor for Channel 7 WABC-TV Eyewitness News This Morning and CCPT team member. The event provides essential funds to fulfill the mission of bringing therapeutic healing visits to so many in need. Featuring pet therapy team greeters, delicious brunch buffet, gift basket raffle, silent auction and lotsa bubbly. Creature Comfort Pet therapy which is dedicated to enhancing lives through therapeutic visits with caring volunteers and their pets. 11am-2:30pm. Birchwood Manor, 111 N Jefferson Rd., Whippany. 973-85-9083.

Concert: Viva Vallenato Cumbia Band: Folk music of Colombia, South America They’ve got the rhythms that will make you dance and an accordion that will sing to your soul. Learn the stories behind this unique music, and come dance the cumbia with Viva Vallenato. Their happy songs contain the cultural memory of a people with roots in Africa, Native America and Europe. 2-3pm. Summit Free Public Library, 75 Maple St., Summit. 908-2730350.

The Fiddle in America: a History and Demonstration Matthew Backes, professor of American Studies at Rutgers and an avid player of stringed instruments, explores the origins and history of American fiddle music. Free. 3pm.New Providence Memorial Library, 377 Elkwood Ave., New Providence. 908-6650311.

Community Paper Shred All your confidential papers safely shredded. $10/ box, $5/grocery bag. Proceeds to benefit the Senior Center of the Chathams. Participants do not need to be Chatham Residents. 9am-Noon. Lafayette Ave. School circle, 221 Lafayette Ave., Chatham Township. Call Center at 973-635-4565.

Monday, October 22 The Lunchtime Film Series Presentsing “Victoria & Abdul” (2017). Free. 1pm. Sringfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973-376-4930.

Tuesday, October 23 “In Our Own Voice – Living With Mental Illness” Speaker/video presentations that convey messages of reality, hope and the facts of mental illness. Presented by NAMI/National Alliance on Mental Illness of Union County. Learn about the support and education that NAMI can offer. 7:30-9pm. RWJ Rahway Fitness &Wellness Center, 2120 Lamberts Mill Rd., Scotch Plains. For info call 908-233-1628 or email

Star Wars STEM Develop STEM skills while having fun with Star Wars. Build your own droid using the engineering design process and code a virtual Star Wars galaxy. Registration is required. For students in grades 4-8. Registration begins October 9. This program made possible through the Union County Grant for Children’s Programming. 3:30pm. New Providence Memorial Library, 377 Elkwood Ave., New Providence. 908665-0311.

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CASA Volunteer Advocate Info Session There are nearly 1,500 children in Essex County’s foster care system waiting for you to speak up for them. Come to the free, no obligation information session to learn how CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Volunteer Advocates speak up for Essex County’s abused and neglected children, the role of a CASA Volunteer Advocate, hear from current CASA advocates about their experience, and meet with CASA staff to answer your questions. 7pm. Maplewood Memorial Library, 51 Baker St., Maplewood. RSVP or email Jess at

Jennifer Weiner, best-selling author, to be keynote speaker at NCJW/Essex‘s Opening Event. Boutique shopping, coffee and dessert are available from 6-7:30pm. Free of charge to NCJW/Essex members and $20 for nonmembers. Program begins at 7:30 pm. Register at 973-740-0588 or online at

Friday, October 26 “Freaky Friday” Spooktacular Dance Party

“Always New: The Face of New Jersey” Presentation In this power-point presentation, J. DelGiudice relates how NJ has always been a primary destination for immigrants. By county, he develops the social history of NJ by examining its historical people, places and events. A richer understanding of the past offers a new perspective into today’s history-in-the making. Meeting 7:30pm, presentation 7:45pm. The Mendham Borough Historical Society, Garabrant Center, 4 Wilson St., Mendham Borough.

Wednesday, October 24 Free Flu Shots The Madison Health Department will be at the Center to administer free flu shots. 1:30-3pm. Chatham Township seniors only. Municipal Building Gym, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham. For more information contact the Senior Center at 973-635-4565.

A Folk Project Halloween Party at The Minstrel Sing along and come dressed up. Admission includes refreshments, children 12 and under, free. For more info call 973-335-9489 or go to www.folkproject. org or contact Handicapped accessible; free parking. Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown.

Saturday, October 27 How to Protect Your “Stuff” in 3 Easy Ways

Thursday, October 25 Halloween Puppet Show: The Princess and the Pumpkin A spooky puppet show that will get you ready to celebrate Halloween. Listen to Halloween stories and sing some spooky songs. Afterwards make a ghost puppet. 4-5pm. Registration required. Grades K-5. Summit Free Public Library, 75 Maple St., Summit. 908-273-0350.

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All the popular Halloween-inspired songs and all the great dance hits through all the recent decades. Themed cocktails. Costumes welcome. 8-11pm. The Dome Lounge at the Manor, 111 Prospect Ave., West Orange. 973-731-2360. www.themanorrestaurant. com

Learn from attorneys some of the strategies and tools that will allow you to protect and preserve your savings, estate and your legacy. There is no need to lose all your assets to a nursing home if you, your spouse, or parent is in need of long-term care. 10am-12pm. Location: Hanover Marriott, 1401 State Rte. 10, Whippany. Presented by Michael Willis Law Group, LLC. 973-662-4489. (continued on page 24)






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Digital Photography Workshop 2 – Composition The workshop will begin covering the basics of digital editing. Although the workshop will demonstrate digital editing using PhotoShop, most of the editing techniques can be implemented in other digital editing programs. The workshop will be organized around three nature photography principles—light, composition, and moment. Participants will be encouraged to submit their own images for inclass editing. 1-3:30pm. NJ Audubon, Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville. Call 908-396-6386 to register.

Many Dreadful Tales Enter the Vail House to hear haunted tales both old and new in a particularly special setting. Enjoy horror stories from the Victorian period shared by a costumed interpreter, along with modern day instances from museums all over the country. 6-9pm. Free per child under age 4. Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Ave., Morristown. 973-285-6537.

Trunk or Treat!

Visit the YMCA and Library parking lot dressed in your Halloween costume and trick or treat around the decorated cars in the parking lot. Ms. Jenna and Ms. Ann-Marie will be around to tell stories, and you can take some crafts to make at home too. 7-9pm. Open to all. Summit Free Public Library, 75 Maple St., Summit. 908-273-0350. www.summitlibrary. org

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Featuring professional special fx makeup artists, DJ James Buttros, a Mummy Wrapping Contest, a Fear Factor Contest and several local bands from Maplewood. It is highly recommended that you come in a costume. Donations go toward finding a cause to end blood cancer. 6-10pm. Donations provides automatic access. The Woodland in Maplewood, 60 Woodland Rd., Maplewood.

Come in costume and enjoy spook-tacular storytelling. Spend the afternoon creating corn husk dolls and playing old-time games. Tour the Gristmill, and look for surprises around every corner. The event is free; and donations are welcome. 1-3pm. Cooper Gristmill, 66 Rte 24, Chester Township. For more information, call 908-879-5463.

BARKtoberfest Event BARKtoberfest, Pet Adoption Event will be held at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo. Come to find your forever friend and shop the local vendors. Bring your pet to participate in the Pet Photo Booth and Costume Contest. 11am-3pm. Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, Berson Education Center, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange. www.

Halloween Spooktacular Children can celebrate in costume and enjoy spooky science, crafting fun, and a Trick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt for hidden treasures and goodies. A parade will allow children to show off their ensembles. Bring a bag to collect sweets! This event is free for members and free with museum admission for non-members. 11am2pm. Morris Mueum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown.

Teeny Tiny Trail Tales Explore the trails during daylight with a guide. Hunt for hidden surprises along the way, and listen to storytellers in the woods. Teeny Tiny Trail Tales is just for families with small children ages 2 to 5. 1pm-2pm. Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township. 973-635-6629.

Trail Tales Enjoy a memorable night of silly, slightly spooky, and nature-themed tales told by costumed storytellers along the decorated nighttime trails of the Great Swamp. Discover hand-carved jack-o-lanterns in the forest that light the trails and add to the eerie atmosphere. Ages 6 and up. Sign up for a time slot between 5:30pm and 7:45pm. Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township. 973-635-6629.

Fantastic Beasts of New Jersey and Where to Find Them Join the CHA (Cora Hartshorn Arboretum) staff and represent your Hogwarts House as we learn about the fantastic beasts found right here in NJ! Meet truly magical, live creatures and learn how you can protect them every day. 2-3:30pm. Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, 324 Forest Drive S, Short Hills. Visit to register.

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Sunday, October 28

Painting With Acrylics: Pumpkin

Historic Halloween Happenings

Be creative and paint a masterpiece. All supplies provided. All levels of ability welcome. Sign-up required. Participants do not need to be Chatham residents.10:30am–12:30pm. The Senior Center, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham. 973-635-4565.

Trouble In Dreamland Play festive Halloween games, decorate cookies, and try on old-fashioned costumes. Take a guided walk, and find all of the jack-o-lanterns hiding in the nearby woods. Top off the afternoon with an open-air wagon ride back to the Visitors Center. Free for children under age 2. 1pm. Foster Fields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Rd., Morristown. For information, call 973-326-7645.

Pharmacy students from Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health will discuss a variety of sleep issues particular to the senior community and offer recommendations on how to get a better night’s sleep. Sign-up required. Participants do not need to be Chatham residents. 2:30pm. The Senior Center, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham. 973-635-4565.

Tuesday, October 30 Register for Late Fall Classes at The Connection Check out class schedules for Adult Fitness, Adult Water Exercise and Dance plus Youth Swim, STEAM, Karate, Warrior, Gymnastics, Dance, Parent/Child, and Preschool which run Nov. 12 through Jan. 20, 2019. Registration begins for late Fall classes 8:30am online, 9:30am or stop by in person. The Connection, 79 Maple St., Summit. 908-273-4242.

Family STEAM Club: Mini Cup Monster! Design your own Mini Cup Monster using the library’s collection of art supplies. Then add a motor to him/ her to make your Mini Cup Monster move. 7-8pm. Registration requested. Grades 1-5. Summit Free Public Library, 75 Maple St., Summit. 908-273-0350.

Wedneday, October 31 Trick or Treat at the Library! Dress in your costume and visit the library any time of the day on Halloween. Pick up a small prize or free book. Open to all. All Day. Summit Free Public Library, 75 Maple St., Summit. 908-273-0350. www.

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ore efficient, tightly built homes than those constructed in previous generations are generally well-regarded, for the most part with good reason. However, when you consider people spend 90 percent of their time indoors on average, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), such airtight environments raise some concerns.

Limited fresh air and light during the day can negatively impact mood, sleep and performance. Air pollution can also pose a health risk through irritation to the eyes, nose and throat; headaches, dizziness and fatigue; and respiratory conditions, heart disease and cancer. To help alleviate some of these concerns, consider these tips.

All that efficiency cuts down on airflow, effectively trapping allergens and toxins inside. According to estimates from the EPA, the air inside the average home may be as much as five times more polluted than the air outdoors, even in a bustling city.

Bring the outside in.

“We know instinctively that spending so many hours in stuffy places isn’t good for us,” said Peter Foldbjerg, head of daylight energy and indoor climate at Velux. “According to research, living in damp and moldy homes increases our risk of asthma by 40 percent and leaves us vulnerable to developing other ailments.” 26

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Even a small step like adding some potted plants, which are known to purify air, can improve your indoor environment. In addition, think of how you could create a better view to the outside through smart use of windows, skylights and doors that bring in fresh air and daylight.

Rely on natural air flow. Open your windows 3-4 times a day, at least 10 minutes at a time, to allow fresh air in. To complement natural light and fresh air from vertical windows, consider adding skylights to rooms you use most often.

Skylights that can be opened, such as those offered by Velux, contribute to greater indoor comfort and ventilation by removing excess heat, moisture, odors and other indoor pollutants. They can also help reduce the need for air-conditioning due to the chimney effect, which occurs when skylights and vertical windows are both opened, allowing warm, stale air to rise and escape through the roof, replaced by fresh air drawn in through traditional windows.

Eliminate potential obstacles. Avoid blocking fresh air with drapes, blinds and other hindrances, like heavy furniture placed too close to windows. Also consider other aspects of your home that could be thwarting your efforts to improve air circulation and quality, such as dust, dirt and mold. Regular and thorough cleaning can help keep those irritants at bay and make your quest for cleaner air easier. Find more tips for creating a healthier home at

I N C R E A S I N G N AT U R A L L I G H T Sunlight is a natural antidepressant, and there is ample scientific evidence that associates daylight with better health and quality of life, such as improved mood, less fatigue and reduced eye strain. If your home needs some brightening up, consider these home features with natural light in mind:

Paint Choosing a lighter-colored paint and avoiding statement wallpaper or large blocks of color can naturally make a space feel brighter and reflect any natural light entering the room. Think soft shades of off-white or subdued, neutral hues.

Flooring Wooden, ceramic or stone floors with a polished finish typically reflect light to help brighten spaces. If you prefer carpet, consider light, neutral colors to help make the space feel brighter.

Skylights Adding skylights is a relatively low-cost, high-impact home improvement that can enhance home decor and deliver energysaving benefits, as well. Fresh air skylights, like those from Velux, can help reduce dependence on artificial lighting and mechanical ventilation, which helps save money on electric bills. Convenience features like remote control operation make it easy to manage air flow and natural lighting with the touch of a button.

Mirrors Adding furniture and accessories with reflective surfaces can help diffuse light and add stylish touches throughout the home. Metallic, glass and mirrored accessories, or even mirrors themselves, can spread light throughout your home.

Lighting Go easy on artificial lighting, and instead work to optimize natural light sources. Consider supplementing areas where natural light doesn’t reach such as corners and corridors with small lamps, and install dimmer switches that can easily be adjusted depending on the amount of natural light flowing into your home.

Creating Cleaner Indoor Air Creating Cleaner Indoor Air Creating more airflow is an important step to improving your indoor environment, but considerations like air quality should not be overlooked. More air is a good thing, but more clean air is better yet. Everyday home life activities such as cooking, showering, lighting candles, sleeping and doing laundry can all contribute to polluted indoor air, which over time can lead to the development of illnesses. These tips from the indoor climate experts at Velux can help make the air inside your home healthier: 1. Keep bathroom doors closed and turn on the extractor fan or open a window or skylight when showering. 2. Turn the hood fan on when cooking and open your windows, if weather permits. 3. Avoid burning candles excessively; look for alternatives such as sprigs of lavender to add a natural fresh scent. 4. Dry clothes outside when possible, which reduces carbon emissions from the dryer and minimizes potential pollutants traveling through the dryer vent. 5. Clean regularly with non-chemical based cleaning products, and pay attention to ingredients in cleaning products that may create hazardous fumes. October 2018 27

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Skillman Doors is the leading garage door dealer and repair and service company in the Essex, Union, Morris and Somerset county areas. A family-owned business established in 1945, widely known for expert garage door and opener repairs, and the highest quality garage door and garage door opener products. Offering outstanding service, courteous employees, and their honest and reliable customer service.


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An ultra-responsive, full-service property and casualty insurance agency that provides a full range of insurance products and services from a substantial list of marquis carriers. This assures each of their policyholders the most comprehensive insurance products at the lowest rates.

Rand, Feuer & Klein, LLC 165 Passaic Ave, Suite 308, Fairfield 973-582-6208 |

HVAC. Since 1965, Air Group technicians and installers have provided innovative, cutting-edge home comfort solutions, including heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical to more than 75,000 NJ residential and commercial customers. Air Group’s service is unparalleled and their commitment to customer service has made them the leading HVAC contractor in the area.

Interior Design. Creative Works has been transforming homes for over 20 years. Specializing in interior decoration: from “freshen-ups” to full house transformations. Creative Works is filled with wonderful furniture, lighting, artwork, antiques and a huge variety of unique accessories to complete your interior.

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For more than 35 years, CWI Design has been transforming interior spaces of all shapes and sizes. From start to finish, you can trust them to manage the entire process—from concept and design detailing to material selection and implementation.

Robinwood Kitchens has been family owned and operated since 1976. Their services include kitchen and bath design, cabinetry and countertop sales, installation, and project management. They also specialize in cabinet refacing in wood using high quality products and experienced installers. Robinwood Kitchens will work within your budget to create the most aesthetically pleasing living space possible.

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Offering expert interior design services to assist clients in creating a personal space that suits their needs and reflects their unique personal style. Her mission is to help people design a home that is their haven and that they love coming home to.

Landscaping. From landscape design to construction to weekly maintenance, Sponzilli has been the trusted source for quality and excellence. With their expertise, experience, and passion for excellence, they continue to design and create commercial and residential landscapes that truly stand apart.

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ANEW Kitchen & Bath Design is a luxury bathroom design center with the region’s largest selection of high quality, high performance bathroom and kitchen fixtures and accessories. Visit the state-of-the-art kitchen and bathroom showroom where you can see, feel, and experience these products. Discover the latest trends in faucets, countertops, lighting, cabinets, sink design, toilets, tubs and more, all in a wide selection of styles.

Party Supplies. A party and tool rental store that also sells paper goods, balloons, and Halloween costumes. Also a budget truck dealer.

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Miracle Walk


he 18th Annual Miracle Walk, created by a group of parents in appreciation of the care their children received, benefits the 56-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. Over the years, Miracle Walk has raised over $5.5 million to purchase state-of-the-art medical equipment to care for the region’s smallest and most fragile babies. Funds raised at Miracle Walk generously support the new world-class NICU located in the Cooperman Family Pavilion. Expanded five-fold, the new NICU has been transformed and will continue to provide the very best neonatal care. Parents of babies treated at Saint Barnabas Medical Center for prematurity, low birth weight, serious illness, and congenital disorders know the invaluable care they receive has provided for optimal outcomes. The walk, held rain or shine, follows a scenic, stroller-

friendly path around the park. Participants may walk any distance that is comfortable for them. Registration includes a Miracle Walk T-shirt, family friendly entertainment, light refreshments and so much more!

Annual NICU Fundraiser Sunday, October 7 at 9am Essex County Verona Park Bloomfield and Lakeside Avenues, Verona 973-322-4305 |

Discovery Wellness Center is one of the few dedicated centers for treatment of families and children in the state which accepts most insurance plans. We work with children of all ages, as well as adults, couples and families. Along with our sister center, Discovery Psychotherapy Center, we have trained and licensed therapists with a variety of specializations. Some of our areas of expertise are: • Parenting Skills • ADHD & Neuropsychological Assessments • IEP Planning & Advisement as well as In-School Observations • Art & Play Therapy • Couples & Family Therapy • LGBTQ issues • Trauma with EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing for Trauma) • EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) • Substance Abuse Therapy • DBT (Dialectic Behavior Therapy) • Sex Addiction Therapy

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From finances and health concerns to lengthy to-do lists, there are numerous sources of strain in the lives of most people.

ccording to a survey conducted by Wakefield Research, 68 percent of people feel stress on a weekly basis and 32 percent are stressed every day. Women, in particular, are impacted, as 25 percent surveyed reported experiencing stress multiple times a day. However, today there is a surprisingly simple way to relieve stress: flowers. New research from the University of North Florida’s Department of Public Health shows that living with flowers can significantly alleviate daily stress. These findings follow decades of behavioral research studies conducted by researchers at universities including Harvard, Rutgers and Texas A&M that demonstrate flowers’ ability to make people happy, strengthen feelings of compassion, foster creativity and even provide boosts of energy. The study, titled The Impact of Flowers on Perceived Stress Among Women, concludes that adding flowers to indoor environments results in a statistically significant and meaningful reduction in stress. “There is a growing body of research that illustrates how environmental design positively impacts health,” said lead researcher Erin Largo-Wight, Ph.D., associate professor of the University of North Florida’s Department of Public Health. “Now it is both intuitive and scientifically known that adding elements of nature, like flowers, to interiors promotes well-being.”

The specific results include: • The average reduction in stress among women who received and lived with flowers was minus-5.5 points on the perceived stress questionnaire, a significant statistical decrease in stress. • Flowers are a unique gift with the proven potential to reduce stress among women, likely because flowers provide the opportunity for nature contact, an established healthpromoting environmental exposure. • Participants who received flowers overwhelmingly reported that flowers improved their moods. “Our findings are important from a public health perspective because adding flowers to reduce stress does not require tremendous effort to generate a meaningful effect,” Largo-Wight said. “When life seems to be in a constant state of frenzy, flowers can provide a much-needed moment of calm.” For more information about the study, along with tips on relieving stress, visit —Family Features October 2018 33

Restaurant Guide CHATHAM Mitsuba Japanese Cuisine 237 Main St, Chatham | 973-635-3888 Traditional Japanese specialties and cuisine served in a casual setting. BYO, $MOD, H, RR, SP, MCC, TO 888-335-4007 is a leading importer of specialties from Germany and throughout Europe, providing items, which are hard to find at local markets, available to consumers who seek the foods they enjoyed while living and traveling in Europe.

artistic presentation of our appetizers, entrees, and desserts will entrance you. When our attentive wait staff serves your selection from our new menu, you’ll immerse your palate in the delicious tapestry of flavors of dishes prepared with only the freshest ingredients.


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


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Marble & Moxie The Westminster Hotel—550 W. Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Livingston 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

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 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.


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379 E Northfield Rd, Livingston | 973-9924500 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.

Thavma Mediterranean Grill

Mezza Mediterranean 277 Eisenhower Pkwy, Livingston NJ 07039 973-992-9300 MEZZA prepares authentic Mediterranean cuisine with a modern touch. As you walk into our new spacious and attractive dining space, the aroma of fresh spices with a hint of citrus greets you at the door. As you and your dining companions relax in the ambiance of main dining room or our intimate private dinner space, the sight of the

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

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Ms. Lin Chinese Cuisine

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge

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

440 Parsonage Hill Road, Short Hills | 973467-8882 A full service restaurant, bar & lounge located on the East Orange Golf Course in Short Hills.

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

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

Roots Steakhouse

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

327 Springfield Ave, Summit | 908-522-9088 With dishes including Polenta with Mushroom Medley, and 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

401 Springfield Ave, Summit, Nj 07901 908-273-0027 Roots Steakhouse is an old-fashioned New York style Steakhouse. Diners can expect delicious USDA aged prime beef sourced from the highest quality ranches in the mid-west.





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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

Prices based on average entree price excluding beverages & gratuity.


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

The Manor 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

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

Molly Malone’s Route 10 & Troy Hills Road, Whippany NJ | 973-887-5070 Opened in 1975 by the Mongey Family, Molly Malone’s, one of the most popular pub and restaurants Morris County has to offer, is decorated with original artwork, antiques, and stained glass windows. The cozy atmosphere as well as the great food and drink, recreate the wonderful warmth of a traditional Irish pub. Known for its authenticity, live music, and as a gathering place for friends and family, Molly Malones has established itself in Whippany as a landmark among Morris County restaurants.

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Diamond Minds

It’s About Time By Barry Farber

Are there times when you say you have no time for physical training? I would like to share some ideas that can be incorporated into your daily routine so a day doesn’t go by without some type of exercise. There is a saying I like to use… ”Chop wood, it warms you twice.” Warms you while you’re chopping and then it warms you from the fire. You get two for one. Here are some examples: 1. How long does it take you to brush your teeth? One minute? Three minutes? Next time you brush your teeth I’d like you to stand in a horse stance while you’re brushing your teeth. It’s a great way to improve strength and stability in your legs while you improve your posture.

advantage of having my hands free for holding a metal bar.

Barry Farber

4. Convert every room to an instant gym. I’ve set up my office and my home so that most of the rooms have several ways to workout while I’m in that room or just passing by. I have all types of weights, pull-up bars and weighted weapons hanging on the wall for immediate use. I’m a little extreme but this method has many benefits: This makes it interesting by having so many different workouts at my fingertips. I also don’t get bored of doing the same thing all the time.

2. When you’re waiting for a train or even taking a shower (carefully) see how long you can stand on one foot. Terrific way to maintain one’s balance and equilibrium. We need that no matter what age. 3. I have a small but heavy chair that I can use for core exercises in a horse stance and then add weights to my arms for additional resistance. These rings provide the

Out of sight...out of mind. By surrounding yourself with many exercise options you tend to do it more often. I make a game out if it. If I have to go to another room and the pull-up bar separates the rooms I can’t enter without a minimum of 5 pull-ups or a long stretch. That’s a whopping 6 seconds. The real key to this is being creative with everything around you and keeping disciplined with a method for continuing the activity. There is no one way. Going to the gym an hour a day is also an amazing way to keep fit. It’s about time.

“A person who has attained mastery of an art reveals it in every action.” —Samurai Maxim

Barry Farber is a radio and television host with expertise in sales and marketing topics, as well as a marketing consultant for corporations, professional athletes, and entertainers. He is the creator and marketer of the FoldzFlat® Pens that can be seen at Learn more about this author at

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