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6 On the Spot What Wild Animal Would You Choose for a Pet?

7 In the Vicinity News and Happenings in our Area

8 Calendar of Events 15 Summit’s Santa Claus Shop Prepares to Help Deliver a Joyous Holiday to Locals in Need


27 Annual Pre-Holiday Pottery Festival

16 Celebrations 16 The Sophisticated Celebration Spot 17 Party Planners Extraordinaire 18 The Perfect Banners are Party Photo-ops 18 2 Sweet Cooks UP Special Holiday Goodies 19 Any Mitzvah You Can Imagine at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment 21 Celebrations & Event Planning Resource Directory

24 North Jersey Woman Expo Preview 28 Diamond Minds The Write Stuff—Keys to a successful family business and 90 years of growth

29 Health, Beauty & Wellness 29 Hearing Aid Advancements Keep Users Connected 30 Fall Into a Fitness Routine 31 Dr. Helen Chiu Makes Patients Want to Smile 33 The Downside of OTC Hearing Aids

34 Restaurant Guide 38 A Spa-tacular Adirondack Adventure


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What Wild Animal Would You Choose for a Pet? By Warren Westura


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A bunny. I’m from Sweden where there are a lot of bunnies, and they are lovely animals.

Nancy Carin

Jaguar… Because it is a cat! —Cynthia Meanwell, Bernardsville

—Nina Churchill, Chatham Township


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A fox because my family name is Fox! —Jake Mansoor, Madison

A falcon. I think flight is inspiring and there is majesty and power in that animal. —Pat Silvagni, New Providence

A dog, because they are cute, get to sleep all day and are fun to play with!

—Troy Torrison, NYC

—Virginia Lott, Chatham Township A feral cat, because it does not have a home. I think having a monkey would be fun.

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Summit Resident Writes A Memoir to Remember


lzheimer’s is indeed a thief–one that slowly robs families of loved ones–long before their lives are over. In her first published book, Losing Everything: A Family’s Journey with Alzheimer’s, Summit resident S. P. Murray writes about the long journey with her mother and her mind-robbing illness, and how the disease impacted her family’s lives.

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Says Murray, “Once Mom became ill, I began keeping a journal with the idea that it might help Mom’s memory. Of course, it did not. Instead, the journal is a series of anecdotes that touches on all the core emotions that we feel: anger, frustration, laughter, and most importantly, love.” The memoir aims to help others dealing with family members and friends suffering from this terrible disease that leaves only a shell of the person behind. The book is now available, and can be ordered at

he college planning process can be tricky for families to navigate. For students and their parents, testing, applications, college essays and studying are all anxiety provoking. Luckily, Admit U Consulting’s counselors are here to help minimize stress and maximize every student’s potential. Through personalized college counseling, standardized test prep, and academic tutoring, the firm tailors their services to each individual student. In addition, they offer services that meet the needs of a wide range of students, including athletic recruiting services, scholarship search assistance, and performing arts audition preparation. Admit U’s staff is made up of counselors, tutors, and consultants that have acquired the highest levels of education and vast experience. They offer a wealth of knowledge and experience throughout planning for college—from freshman through senior year. If you are looking for experienced counselors to help you and your family through this exciting time, Admit U Consulting is the best resource for all of your educational and college planning needs.

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Brooklake School Receives STEAM Grant


rooklake School in Florham Park has received a $1,000 grant from the Florham Park Rotary Club to put towards their STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) program. The grant will be used to buy a new eyewear germicidal cabinet.

The elementary school was awarded the grant after taking part in an application progress, where Brooklake’s principal, Dr. Steven Caponegro, met with Florham Park Rotary Club officials to discuss the application. Noted Peter Nicolas of the Rotary Club, “We are proud to support the Brooklake Elementary School’s STEAM program with this $1,000 grant.” Said Principal Caponegro, “We cannot thank the Florham Park Rotary Club enough for their contribution to our new STEAM program and for all of their support throughout the years.”

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The Legend of the Banana Kid THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8 In this cowboy adventure, featuring Frogtown Mountain puppets, Little Chucky heads to the Wild West to outwit outlaws. 11am and 1:30pm. Registration required. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-971-3706.

Calendar of Events NOVEMBER 2018 Thursday, November 1 Bereavement Support Group for Spouses A new, free 8-week bereavement support group for people age 60 and older who have lost a spouse in the last year. The support group will be led by Kathy Larkin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and SAGE’s InfoCare Manager. The group will meet on 10 consecutive Thursdays beginning Nov. 1, 2–3:30pm. SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit. Pre-registration is required at 908-598-5509.

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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. This exhibition is by special arrangement with the National Music Museum, America’s preeminent collection of historic musical instruments. Runs through March 17. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. Registration required 973-971-3706.

Now offered twice monthly. For assistance with your smartphone, laptop, tablet, etc. Call the Center at 973-635-4565 to schedule a one-onone appointment with a Chatham High School student volunteer. Also November 15. 4:15pm. The Senior Center, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham.

Computer Classes November classes are Intermediate WORD, and Basic EXCEL. Please call for dates and times. NCJW/Essex Center for Women, 70 South Orange Ave., Suite 120, Livingston. 973-994-4994 or visit for more information.

Book Club Thursday Evening Book Club will discuss O Pioneers by Willa Cather. All are welcome. Copies available at the front desk. 7:30pm. New Providence Memorial Library, 377 Elkwood Ave., New Providence. 908-665-0311.

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The Art League of The Chathams Hosts 2018 Fall Exhibit The Lundt-Glover Gallery features works of 3 Artists: Lidia Bendelic, June Fisher-Markowitz, and Larry Kerner. The member artists also exhibit their works in the strolling gallery. The Fall exhibit runs through December 4. Chatham Twp. Municipal Building, 58 Meyersville Rd. Chatham, NJ 07928. For information call 973-635-4600.

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Women’s Life School Series: Take Back Your Holidays At The Holidays Do You Feel... Obligated to do and buy things you really don’t want to? Tethered to old family traditions you want to shake up? Exhausted, frenzied, overwhelmed and wonder why you don’t make a change? This year you are going to say NO to your stagnant holi-DAZE and YES to what jingles your bells! 10amnoon. Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Ave., Summit. 908-273-8787.

Women’s Workshops November program is Worry-Where Does It Get Us? Please call for date and time. NCJW/Essex Center for Women, 70 South Orange Ave., Suite 120, Livingston. 973-994-4994 or visit for more information.

Bird Art Exhibition

Runs through November 26. Audubon at Sherman Hoffman, 11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville. 908-9630365.

False Equivalence in American Journalism and Politics Lecture Eric Alterman, City University of New York Distinguished Professor of English and Journalism at Brooklyn College, media columnist for The Nation, and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress will speak about false equivalence in American journalism and politics. Please enjoy this free Chatham Adult Lifelong Learning program. 7 pm. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-635-0603.

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

Book Discussion Group The group will discuss “An Extraordinary Life: Josephine E. Jones” by Wendy Jones. The book is a tribute to Wendy’s mother, a sharecropper’s daughter who was the first in her family to graduate from high school, graduated in 1966 from the New York Institute of Dietetics and became manager of food services, making her the first black woman to serve in a management position at a Fortune 500 company. 7pm. The Springfield Free Public Library, Staff Room, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973-376-4930 x228.

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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 jobmarket, return to the workplace, or make a career change. Services includegoal 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 or visit for more information.



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“Won’t You Be My Neighbor” Screening This is an admiring portrait of public television pioneer Fred Rogers. The film revisits Rogers’s signature TV show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and the kind but steadfastly enigmatic man behind it. Fred Rogers inspired countless children and adults by showing compassion and limitless imagination. Lunch 12:30pm program 1pm. Congregation B’nai Israel, 160 Millburn Ave., Millburn. 973-533-1809 to RSVP or to place your lunch order by the Wednesday afternoon preceding the program.

Register for Late Fall Classes at The Connection Check our class schedules for swimming, gymnastics, dance and performing arts for parent/child, preschool and school age youth, plus STEAM classes, youth and adult yoga and karate, adult group fitness and water exercise. Classes run Nov 13-Jan 21. The Connection, 79 Maple St., Summit, 908-247-4242.

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Giant Donated Jewelry Sale Don’t miss this opportunity to find incredible bargain buys on beautiful jewelry for gifts or yourself, everything from fun costume pieces to designer and estate quality real gold, silver and precious stones. 10am-5pm also November 4, 1-4pm. Summit Free Public Library, 75 Maple St., Summit.

Movie: “Young Frankenstein”

Charley’s Aunt was a huge hit when it debuted in Victorian England in 1892. For many years, it was one of the most popular shows on the British and American stage. Charley’s Aunt features an improbable disguise of preposterous proportion, earnest young lovers, and an unflappable butler who sees and oversees all of the ensuing hijinks. Runs through November 18. The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave., Madison. 973-408-5600.

Celebrate 200 years of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with this 1974 spoof featuring Gene Wilder. Free, all are welcome. 3pm. New Providence Memorial Library, 377 Elkwood Ave., New Providence. 908665-0311.

Annual Craft Fair Approximately 25 artisans offering a variety of items from knits, woodcrafts, jewelry, baked goods and much more will be participating. 10am-4pm. The Paca Club on Front St., New Providence. Call for registration forms 908-464-8040.


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The Max Meditation System is a fusion of meditation and relaxation techniques practiced in a specific sequence designed to be a deeply relaxing, refreshing and restorative experience. This system offers all of the benefits of meditation through its unique blend of passive meditation, active meditation and guided visualization. Reduce stress, restore energy, improve concentration, focus, and clarity. 3-4:30pm. The Connection, 79 Maple St., Summit. 908-247-4242.

Art Show The New Jersey Ballet production of Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth is an evening of romance, sword fighting and witches. Based on Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece, Romeo & Juliet tells the tale of young lovers torn apart by family rivalries. Macbeth, based on the version by Vladimir Vasiliev with music by Kirill Mochanov. More scenes. More characters. More dancing. And witches. 8pm. Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown. 908-979-0900.

ANJR’s 5K Walk & Run for Recycling

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

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Learn how to identify and carry on meaningful food traditions for yourself, your family and friends. Explore how and why to creatively document food memories, preserve recipes and photos and even create new traditions. Led by Vanessa Young, a writer, recipe developer, and blogger at New Providence Memorial Library, 377 Elkwood Ave., New Providence. 908-665-0311.

A Center staff member will share wildlife photos and insights from her recent safari in beautiful Zimbabwe. Participants do not need to be Chatham residents. 12:30pm. The Senior Center, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham. 973-635-4565.

The Weavers Guild was formed in 1947 for the purpose of establishing a cooperative learning environment with a free exchange of weaving information and where there could be a mutual encouragement of efforts by the members to both improve their skills and to expand their knowledge of weaving and the fiber arts. The demonstrations will take place throughout the day. Items crafted will also be on display and available for sale. 10am-3:30pm. The Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield.

Are you an SAT or ACT kid? Come find out by taking a free diagnostic test. Admit U Consulting in partnership with First Choice Prep is pleased to offer a free diagnostic test once a month. They will administer it, score it, evaluate the results, and let you know which college admission test right for you. Arrive at 9:45am, test begins promptly at 10am. Registration required. Admit U, 3 Royal Ave., Suite#2, Livingston. 973-731-1947.

Family Food Traditions

Carol’s & Rob’s Excellent African Adventure

Westfield Weavers Demonstration


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Sunday, November 4

Join the 2nd annual 5K event in support of recycling, reuse and organics managment education. It is family and dog friendly and suitable for runners/walkers of all abilities. Runners will be timed and the run and course is USATF certified. Race Day Schedule: 8 am: Registration and t-shirt/bib pickup. 9am: 5k Run and Walk start. Awards for top 3 female & male runners will immediately follow the 5K. Duke Island Park, Old York Rd. Bridgewater. 609-577-65-95.

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Vital Hues is a group of professional New Jersey artists featuring Ritika Gandhi, Joan Hain and Jill Sluka. The group will be holding a show of their silk painting, acrylics, and mixed media through November. An opening reception, sponsored by The Friends of the Library, will be held for the artists from 2:154pm. The public is invited to attend. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Catham. 973-635-0603.

Chatham Township Historical Society Program Join the Historical Society for an informative program given by Pat Wells on the Houses of Worship of Chatham Township and Green Village. Early settlers found solace in their faith. The presentation will include a history of faith in Green Village and Chatham Township as well as pictures of these places of worship. 2-4pm. Chatham Township Municipal Building, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham Township. 973-6354911.

Radiance Chamber Ensemble The renowned Radiance Chamber Ensemble will delight you with music featuring Lea Karpman, Michael Schneider and Peggy Reynolds on violin, Oliver Shapiro on cello and Joan Baldwin on keyboard. Free. 2-3pm. Summit Free Public Library, 75 Maple St., Summit. 908-273-0350.

Short Hills Street Fair & Craft Show Artists, crafters, vendors, food, rides, live music & more. Free admission. 10am-4pm. On the Streets of Downtown Short Hills.

Library Special Program Singer/songwriter Marc Berger will perform music inspired by the American West. 2pm. Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973-376-4930.

Monday, November 5 Maplewood Garden Club Presents “The Chanticleer Gravel Garden” Speaker Lisa Roper is the Gravel Garden and Ruin horticulturist at Chanticleer, a contemporary garden within an historic setting in Wayne, PA. She has worked and photographed Chanticleer for the past 26 years. During her presentation, she will share gardening techniques, favorite plant combinations, design intent, and how she uses photography to inform the evolution of the garden. Lisa Roper’s talk follows a short business meeting and is free and open to all.

Family Movie: Frankenweenie As part of the New Providence Memorial Library’s series celebrating the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein, this children’s film based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein will be shown. Disaster strikes when Victor is given the idea of how to bring his dog Sparky back to life! Film is rated PG. 2pm. New Providence Memorial Library, 377 Elkwood Ave., New Providence. 908-665-0311.

Veterans Day Card Making Stop by the Coddington room in the Children’s Department to make cards for Veterans, thanking them for their service. All ages welcome. Drop-ins welcome, registration is not required. 1-4:30pm. New Providence Memorial Library, 377 Elkwood Ave., New Providence. 908-665-0311.

Book Discussion “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate. This story is about children taken from their parents through kidnapping and then taken for adaption, for a price. The plot is based on actual incidents and are a shameful indictment of a set of people who prayed upon the vulnerability of children and or their parents. They are interwoven beautifully and create a drama that is both bleak and optimistic. 2pm. All welcome. Millburn Public Library, 200 Glenn Ave., Millburn. 973-376-1006.

Lunchtime Film Series Admission is free. Screenings start at 1pm. For more information, stop by the library or call 973-376-4930. Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield.

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Summit Old Guard Event Military Working Dogs have been in combat with US soldiers during every major conflict, but were not officially recognized until WWII. There are about 2500 dogs in active service today. Until November 2000, military dogs were euthanized or abandoned after retirement. Ron Aiello of the US War Dog Association will discuss the repatriation of these dogs at the Summit Old Guard Meeting. 10am. New Providence Municipal Building, 1-65 Academy St., New Providence. Guests are welcome. For more information

Wendy Mass is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four books and novels for young people. She’ll be visiting the library to discuss her books and the craft of writing. This program is sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. 3-4pm. Open to all ages. Summit Free Public Library, 75 Maple St., Summit. 908-273-0350.

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The Lunchtime Film Series Logan Lucky (2017). 1pm. November 19, Mary and Max. (2009). 1pm. Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. 973-376-4930.

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Inside Cinema Film Series: “This Gun for Hire” The film that shot Alan Ladd to stardom. Also stars Veronica Lake, Robert Preston, and Laird Crigar. Examine the time period, themes, character types, and production values that made these films so popular both then and now. 10m-noon. Registration required. 973-971-3706. Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown.

High school sophomores and juniors, along with their parents, are welcome to come to a free presentation on how best to prepare for the standardized tests that hold the most sway over college acceptance. Presentation by Robert Pollak will include information on differences between ACT and SAT, timelines for testing, superscoring, and how to decide which test to take for your college plans. 7pm. New Providence Memorial Library, 377 Elkwood Ave., New Providence. 908-665-0311.

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Sun Safety and Skin Cancer Prevention

Morristown International Folk Dancers

Sun exposure is the main cause of skin damage. Learn what you can do to prevent future problems. Dr. Katie Gussman of Overlook Family Medicine, will discuss the number of changes our skin experiences as we get older and share insight into how and why those changes occur and what can be done to keep our skin healthy. 1–2pm. SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit. To register please call 908-5985548 or email

Beginners and newcomers welcome. No partners needed. 7:30-11pm. Admission $6. Morris Lakes Community church, 48 Briarcliff Rd., Mountain Lakes. 973-228-5966.

Family STEAM Club Science and technology activities for curious kids and their parents. 7-8pm. Registration requested. Grades K-5. Summit Free Public Library, 75 Maple St., Summit. 908-273-0350.

Wednesday, November 7 The Ethics of Journalism Lecture Star Ledger columnist and author, Mark Di Ionno will speak about the rise of media’s obsession with celebrity and crime beginning with tabloid journalism in the late 1920’s and 30’s up to the current loss of media integrity and fall from respectability. 7pm. This is a free Chatham Adult Life Long Learning program. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-635-0603.

How Chiropractic Care Can Improve Your Child’s Experience In School: A talk by Dr. Chris Marrone Whether your child is dealing with social anxiety, ADD/ADHD, just wants to improve his/her test scores, or wants to be more competitive in sports, chiropractic has an answer. Chiropractic directly influences your nervous system—the system that controls and coordinates your entire body. This talk will show research-backed proof of how chiropractic care can improve your child’s school experience. 7:30-8:30pm. Summit Free Public Library, 75 Maple St., Summit. 908-273-0350.

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Come learn about the variety of living options available to older adults and their families. Our panel includes experts from the fields of long term care, assisted living, skilled nurses as well as hospice care, home care, care planning and support and adult day programs. Refreshments will be served. 6– 8pm. SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St. Summit. To register or for more information, please call 908-598-5548 or email

Thursday, November 8 Scaly and Slimy! Mini-Camp Do you know the difference between a reptile and amphibian? You will by the end of this program! Take hikes, play reptile and amphibian games, read and learn to identity some of our native New Jersey animals and make a unique craft to take home. Ages 5-8. 9am-2pm. Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Ave., Summit. 908-273-8787.

Introduction to Drawing Peggy Dressel, a graduate of Pratt Institute will offer a four week beginner’s class on the basics of drawing. Also November 15, 29, and December 6. Students will be required to bring a fine art pencil set or a few different soft pencils such as HB, 2B, 4B and 6B; a white drawing paper pad 11” x 14” or larger; and kneaded erasers or Staedtler Mars. Noon. Sign up online or call the library. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-6350603.

Adult Health Clinic This event is free and open to Maplewood residents, 18 years of age and older. Walk-in are welcome but registration is recommended. Refer to flyer on web for more details or call the Maplewood Health Department, 973-762-8120 x4300. Town Hall, 574 Valley St., Small Conference Room, Maplewood.

“Bag It” Screening This award winning film focuses on the negative effects that plastic has on our oceans, environments and bodies and offers strategies for reducing its use. The film runs for 78 minutes and is appropriate for adults and older children. Free and open to the general public. The Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield.

November Vacation Days Visit exhibitions, make a fun craft each day, enjoy science demonstrations in BASF’s Kids’ Lab, attend Children’s Theatre and participate in Touch the Music hands-on-workshops (registration required). Also Nov. 9, Noon-2pm rough iPads. Adults will enjoy learning about these instruments as well. This exhibition is by special arrangement with the National Music Museum, America’s preeminent collection of historic musical instruments. Runs through March 17. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown.

Friday, November 9 The Year of Frog and Toad

In this show, Frog is the effervescent and happy foil to Toad, a nervous and awkward character. Together they embark on many adventures and participate in many seasonal activities but always remain true to themselves and their friendship. Inspired by stories by Arnold Lobel. 11am and 1:30pm. The 11am show is a Sensory-Friendly theater experience. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. Registration required 973-971-3706.

Plant-stravaganza! View plant cells through a microscope, make a silly ‘grass head’ to take home, and take a hike to find as many leaf shapes as you can. Dress for the weather, and bring a nut-free lunch. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. Grades 1-4. 9am–4pm.Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Haggerty Center, 353 East Hanover Ave., Morris Township. Call 973-3267601 for information and registration.

Ask The Attorney: What You Need To Know About Your Legal Documents Elder law attorneys from Hauptman & Hauptman, PC will be here to present and answer questions about power of attorney, health care directive, wills, and trusts. Sign-up required. Participants do not need to be Chatham residents. The Senior Center, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham. 973-635-4565.



HOME & LIFESTYLE Let your inner geek shine at one of New Jersey’s premiere, all-encompassing nerd festivals. Whether you thrive on anime or classic comic books, whether you’re a professional cosplayer or just a fan of the craftsmanship behind the costumes, this event is for you. Get involved with the live action role-playing events or maybe pick up something new for your manga collection. 1pm-2am. Nov. 10, 9am-2am. Nov. 11, 9am6pm. Hyatt Regency Morristown, 3 Speedway Ave., Morristown.

Saturday, November 10 Garden Crafts & Treats

Create a beaded garden pet that can either be placed in your garden or carried with you, as your personal pet. When we are through, we’ll head to the historic Wisner House kitchen to enjoy a special Fall treat. 9-10:30am. Registration is required. Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Ave., Summit. 908-273-8787.

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“Soundscapes” Program Visitors design and assemble wooden blocks, noise-making elements, and marbles to create sound pathways and music. They explore different configurations and try marbles of different sizes and materials to produce the sounds they’re looking for. 11am and1pm. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. Registration required 973-971-3706.

Apple Cidering

Sunday, November 11 “Greetings from Vienna” Concert Music Director Michael Avagliano will lead the Symphony, performing waltzes, polkas and marches by Johannes Strauss Jr., including the Overture to die Fledermaus, the Skaters Waltz by Waldteufel, and two of the Hungarian Dances by Brahms. 2pm. Summit High School, 125 Kent Place Blvd., Summit.

Veterans’ Day Concert The St. Joseph Choir will perform a program of patriotic music and popular songs that played an important part in the history of our Armed Forces. An inspiring slide show will accompany the music. 4pm. Free. St. Joseph Church Maplewood, 767 Prospect St., Maplewood. 973-761-5933.

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The perfect fall family tradition! Make delicious, homemade apple cider using an old-fashioned, handcranked cider press, and learn fun facts about the amazing apple. Best of all, enjoy the fruits of your labor, and sample the fresh cider. Admission is first come, first-served. Also November 10, 11, 24 & 25. Demonstrations run at 1pm or 2:30pm. Great Swamp, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township. 973-635-6629.

Potters’ Guild Hosts Fall Exhibit and Sale Huge and varied selection of affordable and unique functional and decorative ceramic works by thirtyeight potters. Perfect one-of-a kind gifts for birthdays, holidays, weddings, bridal showers, teacher appreciation, hostess thank-yous, and yourself. No admission fee. Credit cards accepted. 11am5pm. also November 11, noon-5pm. Community Presbyterian Church, 1459 Deer Path, Mountainside.

11th Annual Armistice Ball This annual dance is sponsored by the Metropolitan Vintage Dance & Social Club. Featuring the Metropolitan Club Orchestra. 8-11pm. St. Peter’s Church, 70 Maple Ave., Morristown.

Turkey Talk Family Program Wild turkeys are interesting birds. Ben Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird. After a short program, make turkey sounds with a caller, look at turkey feathers and structures. Weather permitting, you will take a walk to look for turkey food. Children will create a pine-cone turkey for the holiday table. 2-3:30pm. Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville. Call 908-396-6386 to register.


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Enjoy an afternoon of music from the Hamilton era, featuring accomplished musicians Anne & Ridley Enslow. The Enslows will present a narrative of Hamilton’s life, interspersed with 18th-century music relevant to key episodes during that period. Anne and Ridley appear in period dress and play instruments that are appropriate to the Colonial era. Two 60-minute performances will be held at 1pm and 2:30pm. Bedminster’s Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum, 3055 River Rd., River Road Park, Bedminster. 908-396-6053.

Youth Artist Invitational Concert 
 Sponsored by the Suburban Music Study Club. 2pm. Chatham United Methodist Church, 460 Main St., Chatham.

Monday, November 12 Dementia Caregivers Support Group 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 and experienced dementia support groupleader. 10:30am–noon. The Senior Center, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham. 973-635-4565.

“Birds at the Feeder” Presentation A presentation will be given by Hollace Hoffman on birding and birdhouses. He speaks to the Garden Clubs of New Jersey with knowledge and experience on many topics such as plants and species. Refreshments will be served. 7-8:30pm. New Providence DeCorso Center, 15 East Fourth St, New Providence. www.

Making Sense of Fake News Lecture Daily Record journalist, William Westhoven will speak about making sense of fake news starting with advertising vs. news, subliminal advertising, and examples of historic fake news. Included in the talk will be perspective on the structure of the business including local newspapers and TV news, noting the difference between reporters and panel pundits paid to give provocative opinions. 7 pm. This is a free Chatham Adult Lifelong Learning program. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-635-0603.

Tuesday, November 13 Fighting Cancer with Immunotherapy The scientific community has been soldiering on with trying to find cures, early diagnostic tools and individualized treatments for patients. Combining our understanding of tumor biology, human genetics and the available computing power are we at the brink of a big breakthrough? What is new will be presented taking into account the history of cancer and how we have arrived at where we are today. 10am. Summit Old Guard, New Providence Municipal Building, 1-65 Academy St., New Providence.

Wednesday, November 14 Author Event Welcome award-winning author and poet Jimmy Santiago Baca. Jimmy will read excerpts from his Pulitzer Prize-nominated collection of poems. A recipient of the prestigious International Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the American Book Award for poetry and the Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature, Jimmy has been hailed as one of America’s foremost poets. 7pm. Summit Free Public Library, 75 Maple St., Summit. 908-273-0350, ext. 823.

“Eugene Delacroix: Revolutionary Artist Revealed” Lecture Art Historian and museum educator Vivian Gordon will present a visually compelling lecture on Delacroix, one of the most exciting French artists of the 19thcentury. Dr. Gordon will discuss the artist’s innovative use of color and technique as applied to an astonishing range of subjects, and describe the profound impact his work has had on modern art. The talk coincides with the epic Delacroix retrospective now on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 7 pm. The Millburn Free Public Library, 200 Glen Ave., Millburn. 917-376-1006.

Meet Harry Potter’s Creatures Unique Creatures of NJ will be here in the library! Meet some of the scaled, slimy, feathered, and furry critters that inspired J.K. Rowling to include in her famous stories of witchcraft and wizardry. All ages welcome. 3:30pm. New Providence Memorial Library, 377 Elkwood Ave., New Providence. 908-665-0311. (continued on page 22)

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Summit’s Santa Claus Shop Prepares to Help Deliver a Joyous Holiday to Locals in Need


he Santa Claus Shop will open its doors once again to area families (by invitation only), providing its 52nd consecutive year of complimentary holiday shopping. The shop serves more than 400 low-income families and senior citizens from Summit and other local communities, including New Providence and Berkeley Heights, who are referred by local social services agents. The Santa Claus Shop guests personally select a household item, new clothing for each member of their immediate family, a hat and mittens, a book, and a new toy for each child. Local volunteers are responsible for the shop setup, personal shopping services for each guest, gift-wrapping, and clean up. The Santa Claus Shop is chaired by Summit residents, Liz Febo, Kourtney Matter, Franny McBride and Shelley Sherman and co-chaired by Michelle Frei, Kim McGovern, Megan Rende and Christine Semcer. To keep the holiday spirit alive for local residents in need, the Santa Claus Shop chairwomen ask for members of the community to consider giving. Checks can be made payable to SHIP, with Santa Claus Shop noted on the check’s memo line, and mailed to the Santa Claus Shop, P.O. Box 119, Summit, NJ 07901. The ability to make an online donation is also available at

St. John’s Lutheran Church 587 Springfield Avenue, Summit. Tuesday, November 27—Holiday Gathering for Senior Citizens Wednesday, November 28—Family Shopping by Invitation Only.

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s we search for the most distinctive celebration locales that Essex has to offer, one such unique hidden gem in our otherwise densely populated northern New Jersey area is a sprawling 40-acre estate tucked away in the hills of West Orange. Once the private home of an industrial magnate, the Pleasantdale Château estate now ranks amongst the most exclusive, private and sought-after venues for weddings, private social events and corporate meetings in the country. Situated on acres of gardens, woodlands, meadows, and ponds, this historic French Norman-inspired château is a rare find that offers authentic character and privacy for a truly oneof-a-kind wedding or event experience.

begins to unfold with a long and winding scenic drive through the property to ultimately reveal the château itself.

At over 100 years old, the fascinating architecture and exquisite interiors evoke a timeless sophistication that would be nearly impossible to reproduce today. Once through the unassuming roadside gatehouse entrance, a sense of the scale of the estate

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The venue includes updates and modern amenities made with deference to its long and storied history, such as a grand vaulted octagonal all-wood beam constructed ballroom. Most are long-standing structures such as its Music Room, originally constructed from the hewn beams of a Scandinavian chapel imported to America piece-by-piece. Each of the estate’s endless rooms exude an authenticity and genuine feeling of history that truly evokes the spirit and elegance of an earlier time, all available for private events of today.

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ights, camera, party! One-of-a-kind, memorable celebrations are the specialty of Debbie’s Designs, says owner Orhan Oncul, whose 20 years of experience in the second-generation family business mark him as an expert. “We are a one-stop shop,” he emphasizes. “Clients don’t need to go to 15 different vendors to create the perfect event. We can do it all for you.” Debbie’s Designs, says Oncul, can design a party in virtually any space. When a prospective client calls, they are invited in for a complimentary consultation about their theme, number of people, venue, and proposed budget. Then the expert staff puts together a concept, and the client returns for a second complimentary consultation. No contract is signed, says Oncul, until the client is completely happy with what will be created. The company’s 35,000-square-foot facility houses floral and graphics design workshops, as well as an extensive collection of props and “lounge” furniture, including couches, ottomans,

custom bars, LED furniture and drapery, and many other items. Most of the events the company designs include weddings, mitzvahs, and corporate events, but, Oncul notes, especially during the holiday season, private parties are also being booked. And although a quick planning turnaround is always possible, he says, booking in advance is always welcome. Event planning is a passion, not a job, to him and his staff. “We never get tired of seeing people thrilled with what we’ve created,” he says. “Each and every event is special to us.”

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The Perfect Banners are Party Photo-ops

2 Sweet Cooks Up Special Holiday Goodies

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By Janis Hashe, photo courtesy of 2 Sweet


hanksgiving is approaching, and 2 Sweet will be baking up all their popular offerings, including caramel apple and vanilla chai cupcakes, mini apple pies, and pumpkin cakes, all of which will be posted daily on the shop’s Facebook (2 Sweet LLC), Instagram (@2SweetLLC) and website.

great way to liven up holiday events—and ensure lots of postings on social media—is with a “step & repeat” banner, says Maureen Hoehn, office manager at Morris Sign Company. These custom-made banners are designed for someone to step in front of, have their photo snapped, and then, that’s repeated. “If it’s an office party, the banner can feature the company logo, or for a private celebration, it can be whatever message you want to send,” she explains. The Hoehn family has had four generations of sign-makers at Morris Sign, and Maureen notes that the long history of the company gives its designers special insight into what makes an effective, eye-catching banner. “Technology has advanced,” she says, and Morris Sign has kept up with the advances, “but the personalized service and knowledge we offer is special.”


At Christmas and New Year, they will have gingerbread cake; eggnog, pistachio, and raspberry pink champagne cupcakes; cake pops; and special-order party treats and platters. 2 Sweet hopes everyone has a wonderful holiday season and looks forward to seeing you! “We try to be as accommodating as possible for all those last-minute orders but calling ahead guarantees you get exactly what you are looking for,” says owner Angela Shafer.

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eed a unique venue to host your upcoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah? Are you tired of attending parties at the same hotels and catering halls? Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose venue with several event spaces that are sure to make your mitzvah exceptional and stand out from all of the rest! Trackside, their main mitzvah reception area offers a vibrant atmosphere with unlimited ways to transform the space for up to 300 guests. It features lounge-style couches, plasma TVs and gourmet catering. Their Gallery is the perfect place to host mitzvah ceremonies or smaller parties up to 150 guests. This multi-purpose room features a projection screen as well as complete AV capabilities.

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They also have a number of spaces perfect for your cocktail reception: • The Lounge is ideal for cocktail hour as it is creatively decorated with custom lounge pieces, high-top tables and chandeliers. It also overlooks the racetrack so your guests can experience the thrill of live horse racing! • The Skybox Suites offer private stadium style seating with AV capabilities along with racetrack views. • The Pink Restaurant provides a perfect view of the racetrack with tiered seating in an upscale, modern room. • Victory Terrace is a beautiful outdoor rooftop that boasts a breathtaking view of the New York City Skyline. The Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment event planners pride themselves on their professionalism and experience. You can expect an all inclusive, stress-free planning experience where the team will work with you to create the most unforgettable and amazing event. They will help you conceptualize your theme and execute it with close attention to detail while focusing on the highest standard of service. Vendors, entertainment and catering options can all be sourced, negotiated and implemented to perfection.

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17 West Street, East Hanover 973-696-7030 | Debbie’s Designs is an industry leader in event planning, design and production for distinctive social events. We execute fresh experiences that engage the emotions and senses. Each occasion is a one-of-a-kind celebration that will never be forgotten.

Morris Sign 30 Troy Road, Whippany | 973-386-1755 Serving the New Jersey area for over 25 years, and has the experience and expertise to find just the right signage solution to fit your needs and attract attention to your party and events.

Taylor Rental Center 284 Springfield Ave., Berkeley Heights 908-464-9111 A party and tool rental store that also sells paper goods, balloons, and Halloween costumes. Also a budget truck dealer.

EVENT VENUE/CATERING Mezza 277 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston 973-992-9300 | Mezza’s beautiful space is perfect for a birthday lunch or dinner celebration. Call for reservations and enjoy delicious Mediterranean and American Cuisine. Lunch Daily:11:30am-3pm. Dinner: SundayThursday 5-9pm, Friday & Saturday 5-10pm

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Portuguese Steakhouse or reserve a private room and have your corporate lunch, dinner or birthday there. Traditional Portuguese cuisine with a rustic yet modern decor makes for a celebratory experience.

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

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

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Oaks and Acorns Wonder, respect, and love for the natural world start early in this engaging weekly class. Take nature walks, tell stories, and create one-of-a-kind art project every week. Ages 3-5. 1-2pm. Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Ave., Summit. 908-273-8787.

Thursday, November 15 Teddy Bear Picnic

Senior Nutrition Program: Eat Healthy

Christmas Light Show & Village

Led by nutritional expert, Kenneth Melman, this program discusses the benefits of a healthy diet and the consequences in its absence. Emphasis is placed on carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals such as anti- oxidants. Also included in the discussion, are reports from university and medical studies to examine how both dietary and medicinal consumption affect human health. 1–2pm. SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit. To register or for more information, please call 908.598.5548 or email

Annual Holiday Boutique This year’s vendors will be selling a wide variety of items suitable for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas Holiday shoppers. Cider and cookies 10am-4pm. Also Carter House by Candlelight Wine & Cheese “Sip and Shop” 6–8pm. Free admission and all are welcome. The Carter House, home of the Summit Historical Society, at 90 Butler Parkway, Summit. 908-277-1747. Children are invited to bring their favorite stuffed friend to gather and hear teddy bear stories, make a craft and enjoy treats. Ages 3 to 6. Registration is required and available online at register-teddy-bear-picnic/. 4-5pm. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, 9 Main Street, Madison.

Book Discussion Group

Book Club The Thursday Morning Book Club will discuss The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff.All are welcome. Copies are available at the front desk. 10am. New Providence Memorial Library, 377 Elkwood Ave., New Providence. 908-665-0311.

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Why travel to the North Pole when families can go over the river and through the woods to Augusta, NJ to experience a luminescent exhibition that is bigger and more beautiful than ever. Showcasing more than two million dazzling lights. Rain or shine. Select dates and times throughout December 30. Skylines Stadium, 94 Championship Place, Augusta. 973-940-0222

SmartTalks: LOL, A Philosophical Look at Comedy SmartTalk with Brandyn Heppard, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Raritan Valley Community College. This new programming dimension hosts a series of captivating speakers—scholars and authors who are experts in their field— to broaden our horizons and challenge conventional wisdom. 1-2pm. Bickford Theatre Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-971-3706.

Poetry, by Phyllis Wheatley. All meetings run from 10–11:30am, new members are always welcome and previous experience in a book group is not required. The Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield.

Blood pressure screening will be provided by Runnells Center for Rehabilitation & Healthcare, Berkeley Heights. Walk-ins welcome. 11am-12:30pm. The Senior Center, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham. 973-635456.

Lunch & Learn Program

Friday, November 16

Thursday Morning Club’s “Bazar de Noel”

Surviving The Holiday Blues

Among the Bazar’s holiday boutique selections will be clothing, jewelry, handbags, home items, toys, personalized items, kitchen cutlery, honey, flavored olive oils an vinegars and many more items. La Patisserie will sell delicious homemade pies, cakes, breads, and cookies. 10am-5pm also November 17, 10am-4pm. Free admission. Madison Community House, 25 Cook Ave., Madison. 973-377-0244 or email

Hirschhorn speaker Deb Schapiro will present “News & Jews-Let’s Hear YOUR Views.” This innovative program is a highly interactive and nonjudgmental current events discussion. You are welcome and encouraged to voice your opinions or you can choose to just listen. Lunch 12:30pm program 1pm. Congregation B’nai Israel, 160 Millburn Ave., Millburn. 973-533-1809 to RSVP or to place your lunch order by the Wednesday afternoon preceding the program.

Claire Solu Burd, MSW will present ways to recognize and employ techniques to overcome the blues during the upcoming holiday season. Participants do not need to be Chatham residents. 12:30pm. The Senior Center, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham. 973-635-4565.

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Growing Our Own for over 38 Years! Growing Our Own for over 38 Years! Radium Girls Production An early 20th Century female empowerment story about how a group of young woman forever changed U.S. labor laws. It is a fast-moving, theatrical ensemble piece about greed, wealth, science, justice and above all else, courage. Also November 17, 7:30pm. Local senior citizens are invited to the final dress rehearsal on November 15, 3:30pm. Seniors are invited to stay for a complimentary dinner. Seating for the dress rehearsal is unrestricted, however, dinner reservations are limited. To RSVP for the senior dinner, please call Debbie at 973-701-8037 or email by November 8. Purchase tickets at Chatham High School Auditorium, 255 Lafayette Ave, Chatham.

The Polar Express Train Ride Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the classic story as they are whisked away for a magical one-hour trip to the North Pole. Once on board, the car hosts will punch your golden ticket before hot chocolate and a delicious cookie are served by dancing chefs. Passengers then read along with the classic children’s book. Santa and his helpers board the train to greet passengers and each guest is given the first gift of Christmas. During the trip, characters on each car lead passengers in caroling and onboard entertainment– just like in the film! Runs through December 30. Visit web for dates and times. 1 Railroad Plz, Whippany. scheduling-tickets

Saturday, November 17 Old Fashioned Holiday Bazaar Craft Sale and Silent Auction The holiday bazaar features a large silent auction with a variety of gift baskets, goodies, and gift items for yourself or your shopping list. In addition to the silent auction there’s an array of handmade crafts, lots of Christmas and holiday items, a jewelry sale, lunch offerings, and attic treasures. 9am-3pm. Free. Green Village United Methodist Church, 500 Spring Valley Rd, Green Village Morris County.

Holiday Glassblowing Class

20,000+ Poinsettias on Display. 20,000+ Poinsettias onup Display. Over 3,000 Christmas Trees to 16’ high. Over 3,000 Roping, Christmas Trees Decorations. up to 16’ high. Wreaths, Holiday Wreaths, Roping, Holiday Decorations. Warm up your spirits with this seasonal introductory glass making class. In this 3-hour class celebrate the season by making festive items like snowmen, icicles, ornaments, dreidels and other keepsake items, while you learn about the art and craft of glassblowing. 10am-1pm. Morris County School of Glass, 89 Whippany Rd., Morristown, Morris County. 973-734-0900.

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Pattern and Process Print Work Shop with Vital Hues Art Group Ritika Gandhi, Joan Hain, and Jill Sluka will offer a hands on workshop instructing a simple printing process using water soluble inks and plants such as leaves and dried flowers on paper. 2 pm. All are welcome to attend; however, pre-registration is requested. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-6350603.

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Workshop 3 will be a photo boot camp. Participants will apply what they learned in Workshops 1 and 2. This will be a hands-on session with cameras, with participants practicing changing camera settings, compensation for varying light conditions. We will practice composition using flower set ups, considering the effect of light quality and direction, distance to subject, focal length, and f/ stop. 1-3:30pm. Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville. Please call 908-396-6386 to register.

Sunday, November 18 Jazz Pianist Bill Charlap Performs Jazz pianist Bill Charlap plays a solo concert in the Afternoon Music concert series. 4pm. Reception following. Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 4 Waldron Ave., Summit. 908-273-2899.

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Tuesday, November 20

“Tree of Remembrance” Lighting! Be inspired as the great fir is lit to begin the 150th celebration of the Central Presbyterian Church’s founding in 1870. Thousands of lives have been part of the Central Church history and have impacted the many surrounding communities these 150 years. Enjoy the music and choir followed by light period refreshments. 6:30pm. Central Presbyterian Church, 70 Maple St., Summit. 908-273-0441.

Art and Stories with Miss Alyson

Woman’s Club Presentation The Woman’s Club of Berkeley Heights invites residents of Berkeley Heights and the surrounding area for “Women’s History of Union County” a presentation by John Prescott. 12:15pm. Berkeley Heights YMCA, 550 Springfield Ave., Berkeley Heights. 908-464-2651.

Tap away with the Tap Hall of Fame instructor, Karen Callaway Williams. For ages 13+, Intermediate level. Registration recommended, tap shoes required. 2-3:30pm. The Connection, 79 Maple St., Summit. 908-273-4242.

Metropolitan Orchestra of NJ Concert Now in its 47th season, the Orchestra will present a Fall Concert featuring Amy Beach’s Symphony in E Minor “Gaelic”, Leonard Bernstein’s “Overture to West Side Story”, George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris”, and Aaron Copland’s Rodeo Movement 4 “Hoe-Down”. 3pm. Chatham Middle School, 480 Main St., Chatham. 862-571-5270.

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Join Miss Alyson for a special story, literacy activity and craft. Registration is required. Registration begins November 6. 4pm. New Providence Memorial Library, 377 Elkwood Ave., New Providence. 908-665-0311.

Malaria has had a significant negative impact on human survival for over 10,000 years and persists into the 21st Century. Malaria currently afflicts over 200 million individuals every year and more than 500,000 of these patients (mostly children) die every year. Matt Wyvratt, MJW Pharma Consulting will discuss the efforts to combat malaria. 10am. Old Guard meeting, New Providence Municipal Building, 1-65 Academy St., New Providence.

Woman’s Club Program The program is “Women’s History of Union County” presented by John Prescott. 12:15pm. The Woman’s Club of Berkeley Heights, YMCA, 550 Springfield Ave., Berkeley Heights. 908-464-2651.

In this musical based on the beloved Bing Crosby/ Fred Astaire film, Jim Hardy leaves behind the hustle and bustle of showbiz for a quiet life on a Connecticut farm. This heartwarming, toe-tapping production features more than 20 classic songs from the Berlin catalog, including “Easter Parade,” “Steppin’ Out with My Baby,” and “White Christmas.” Runs through December 30. Visit web for details. Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn. 973-376-4343.









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Annual Pre-Holiday Pottery Festival This popular event draws hundreds of people from throughout New Jersey and the Tri-state area. Available for sale will be a fabulous selection of vases, wall pieces, pitchers, teapots, platters, casseroles, raku and pit-fired vessels in varying colors and styles, and one-of-a-kind sculptures and decorative objects of art. The show is the perfect place to find a unique item or gift. The Potters' Guild of New Jersey was founded in 1987 to promote the development of New Jersey's ceramic artists and the exchange of knowledge in support of their creative endeavors. The organization provides a forum for education, networking, sales and marketing opportunities, in a positive environment that enhances the art and science of pottery. The Guild's membership is comprised of over 100 individuals, including professional and recreational potters, educators, and students.

Community Presbyterian Church 1459 Deer Path, Mountainside | 973-555-1212 | Saturday 11am-5pm | Sunday Noon-5pm

Thursday, November 22 10th Annual Chatham Turkey Trot The Chatham Turkey Trot is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization that hosts a 1 Mile Family Fun Run and a USA Track & Field certified 5K Race. Over the years, the Chatham Turkey Trot has become a family holiday tradition that offers expert and novice runners alike the opportunity to spend time with family and friends, raise funds for our first responders and diabetes research and education, and break a sweat before the big meal. 8am Registration, 8:30am 1 Mile Family Fun Run, 9am Program/5K Race, 9:50am Awards Ceremony. 110 Van Houton Ave., Chatham.

Saturday, November 24 Rock and Mineral Weekend Examine rare fossils, see fluorescent mineral displays, and catch a guest speaker. Society members will be on hand to identify your rocks and minerals. Peruse the offerings of exhibitors with private collections, as well as top mineral, gem, and fossil dealers. Museum Members: free; Non-Members: free with Museum Admission. 10am-5pm. November 25, 1-5pm. Morris Museum 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown.

Monday, November 26 Diabetes 102: Moving On From The Basics Visit the Center during Diabetes Awareness Month for an overview of diabetes self-management. Topics include healthy eating, activity, medications, and other issues related to an established diabetes diagnosis. Presented by Atlantic Health System Community Health. Speaker: Patrice Paolella, Certified Diabetes Educator and Registered Dietician. Participants do not need to be Chatham residents. 12:30-2pm. The Senior Center, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham. 973-635-4565.

Political Reporting in an Emotionally Charged Electorate Lecture Nick Corasaniti is a New Jersey-based correspondent for The New York Times, covering the politics, policy, people, trains, beaches, and eccentricities that give the Garden State its charm. A Chatham, New Jersey native, he previously covered the 2016 presidential campaigns of President Trump, Senator Ted Cruz and Governor Chris Christie, as well as the 2013 mayoral race. 7pm. A free Chatham Adult Lifelong Learning program. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973- 635-0603.

Thursday, November 29 Ornament Workshop

Tuesday, November 27 Kiwimbi International-Opportunity Through Education The Kiwimbi model establishes a partnership with under served communities worldwide, creating a variety of educational opportunities through locally run learning centers. The Amagoro Center in Kenya is the area’s first free public library, serving 200300 visitors each day. Joe Salsberry will provide an in-depth discussion of these two programs. 10am. Summit Old Guard meeting, New Providence Municipal Building, 1-65 Academy St., New Providence.

Wednesday, November 28 Summit’s Santa Claus Shop The shop serves more than 400 low-income families and senior citizens from Summit and other local communities. Families will be offered shopping hours by invitation only on Nov. 28. In addition, the Santa Claus Shop will host a holiday gathering for senior citizens Tue, Nov. 27. Local volunteers are responsible for the shop setup, personal shopping services for each guest, gift-wrapping and clean up. For more information or to get involved please visit the website. St. John’s Lutheran Church, 587 Springfield Ave., Summit.

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This workshop is all about the ornaments! You will learn to cut glass and piece them together to make gorgeous ornaments. Projects are ready 1 week from the day made. This class is suitable for age 16+. All participants are welcome to bring their own beverages. 7-9pm. Glassworks Studio 151 South St., Morristown. 973-656-0800.

Friday, November 30 Gingerbread Wonderland Guests, young and old, marvel at the creativity and skill that characterizes this charming exhibit of hundreds of edible structures. Past year’s ‘gingerbreads’ have included models of Harry Potter scenes, Notre Dame Cathedral, Santa’s Workshop, European castles, and much more. Groups of 8 or more must make a reservation by calling 973-326-7601. $2 per person. Children under 2 free. 10am-4:30pm.daily, Fridays until 7:30pm. Also December 7, 10am-7:30pm. The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave., Morris Township. 27

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THE WRITE STUFF Keys to a successful family business and 90 years of growth By Barry Farber


had the opportunity to have a tour through a New Jersey manufacturing facility for a Barry Farber recent taping of Mind Your Business TV. The Pen Company of America is the number one manufacturer of pens in the USA, making over 200 million pen components each year. The family-run business has been around since 1928 and has survived four generations. I sat down to speak with Colleen Shea, VP of Marketing, to talk about the keys to success in business and how to get along with family when working together every day. Barry Farber: You work with your brothers, Matt and Greg, and your father, Hap. What are some of the key points that you’d like to share about how a family works together and gets along and thrives? Colleen Shea: The first thing is that we all didn’t jump into the family business. We all had successful careers outside of the family business and then decided to come into it. This gave us all an outside perspective from working with other companies and how to use that knowledge on the inside. Also, we respect each other’s strengths and each of us has a unique skill set that we bring to the table. We try not to step on each other’s toes. Matt is the engineering person, so when he tells us something we listen to it and respect it and usually run with it. We all know our roles and they’re pretty well defined. The Shea Family

BF: How about the time spent with your family after work? CS: We do try to go our separate ways after work, much to my mother’s dismay. We rarely see each other on the weekends unless for holidays or special events. We give each other a little space on the weekends before we come together again on Monday morning.

BF: What are some of the key strategies you’ve applied for your business success? CS: One of the things we do is recognize opportunities even though that opportunity might not be 100% in our wheelhouse in order to diversify. We are set in our principles of being a USA manufacturer with USA made products, but we’ve gone outside of the scope of just traditional ball point pens.

BF: Can you give me an example?

CS: We had someone come to us with a unique marker idea and we jumped on that. We had an opportunity to purchase a pencil company. We’re not a pencil manufacturer, but it fit in with our USA made product line and allowed us to diversify. Keeping an open mind and eye out for where we can diversify and expand the company is key to continued success and not pigeonhole us into just a plastic pen manufacturer.

BF: Any other keys to your history of success? CS: Our employees. Our average years of service is something like 14 or 15 years. Our employees have been with us a long time and really buy into us and our culture of working together and our goals. We promote a lot from within. My plant manager started out as a machine operator right out of high school. He worked his way up through machine operator, quality control, head of quality control and now he runs the entire factory floor. Having other people see the growth from within helps build a terrific group of employees and is a big part of our success.

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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Health, Wellness, Beauty

Hearing Aid Advancements Keep Users Connected


s our world continues to get even more technologically savvy, it’s no surprise that all different types of industries are incorporating connectivity into their products. Dr. Leslie Herman of Summit Hearing Aid Center, who has been providing hearing help for over 35 years, notes that hearing aids are one of those products. They can now wirelessly connected to a wide array of audio products for personal and home use. “Today’s hearing aids keep you connected to so much in your life,” says Dr. Herman.

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For hearing aid users, these changes allow for wireless connection with other hearing aids as well as external devices like cell phones, computers, and music devices. Hearing aids are now rechargeable as well, and most advanced hearings aids let you find them

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

when you have misplaced them. One of the newest hearing aids offers real time language translation and also tracks how often you engage in walking and have conversations. “These are all with the goal of keeping you active and engaged.” These advancements will continue, as Dr. Herman notes that one company is almost ready to release a real-time fall detection and alert system for their hearing aids. To learn more about hearing aids and to find the best fit to keep you connected, visit

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Fall Into a Fitness Routine


all is notorious for comfort foods like pumpkin spice lattes and game day nachos. Combine these tempting seasonal staples with darker, shorter days and it can be hard to maintain an active mindset. Despite the enticement to indulge, you can keep your active lifestyle going or even kick off a new fitness regime. This year, take advantage of the winds of change when the seasons switch and commit to smart habits for a healthy fall. Dress for success. As the temperatures drop, you may be tempted to bundle up before heading outdoors to exercise, and for your warm-up and cool-down period, that’s not a bad idea. However, while you’re in the midst of your workout, it’s easy to get overheated. Wear layers that you can shed as you begin to sweat and consider moisture-wicking materials that can prevent sweaty clothes from getting cold in the breeze. Stay hydrated. You may not feel as thirsty when you exercise in cooler weather, but it’s just as important to keep your body well hydrated. When you sweat, you lose more than just water. An option like Propel Electrolyte Water helps you replace what’s lost in sweat through its key electrolyte – sodium – and supports hydration by stimulating thirst and aiding

in fluid balance. With the same level of electrolytes as Gatorade, zero calories and no sugar, it can be a perfect choice to support your active lifestyle. Learn more at Opt for early workouts. When dark comes early, it can trick your mind into thinking it’s time to wind down for the night. Avoid that motivation pitfall by planning your workout earlier in the day, such as first thing in the morning or during your lunch break. If early mornings are daunting, remember that it won’t take long to shift your sleep schedule and early exercise is a caffeine-free way to put some energy into your day. Find exercises you enjoy. Forcing yourself through exercises you despise will only backfire in the long run. If you’re not a runner, look for other ways to get your cardio pumping. Interval walking with varied paces and elevation can be an effective alternative or look at ideas like kickboxing or aerobics that you can have fun with while working up a sweat. Indulge in moderation. Virtually every expert agrees that an occasional indulgence is perfectly acceptable, but use caution when the fall goodies start tempting. Those warm, rich desserts and drinks are filled with empty calories that can make all your hard work go to waste.

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Set realistic goals. Having a long-term goal is a good idea, but be sure to set attainable expectations for yourself, including some milestones you can celebrate along the way to keep your motivation strong. Be realistic about how much time you can dedicate to fitness with your other life demands so you can set your goals accordingly.

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Dr. Helen Chiu has been practicing dentistry for over 25 years and offers a wide range of dental services. She feels that keeping up with the latest technology is important in order to administer the most up-to-date and pain-free techniques to her patients. For the last 20 years Dr. Chiu has been providing dental implants. When original teeth cannot be restored due to decay or fracture, implants are the solution. Due to the use of 3D scans which can determine in minutes whether someone has the right amount of bone or needs grafting, implants are more successful now than ever before. “In the beginning there were no reliable techniques to repair the bone,” she said. The whole implant process, from start to finish, is done right in her office. When teeth need to be removed, Dr. Chiu uses a Piezo unit, which eases the whole process. It gently troughs the bone around the affected teeth, thereby lessening the trauma of tooth removal and the pain involved. Pain control is one of her top priorities, as is following strict infection control procedures. She also offers a five-year warranty for all major dental work and “when it comes to aesthetics, I will do it until the patient is satisfied,” she said. Dr. Chiu also prides herself on her office staff, who are very helpful with assisting patients. In addition, they don’t overbook appointments to ensure that no procedure is rushed.

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The Downside of OTC Hearing Aids By Cynthia Burns


eople with hearing loss are drawn to the concept of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids, Internet hearing aids, and big box store hearing aids, because of the possibility of lower costs. Since Medicare does not provide coverage for hearing aids, cost is an important consideration. For some it is the only consideration, leading to a multitude of problems. OTC hearing aids will become available to those with mild to medium hearing loss in approximately 3 years. What many people do not realize is that there is more to a hearing aid than just amplification of sounds and price. Hearing perception has its variables and these differ from individual to individual. Fitting identical hearing aids on people with identical hearing test results yields varying degrees of satisfaction and success.

“Buying hearing aids is not like buying a TV set. Hearing aids require a lot of service and support.” —Enid Smith

Enid Smith, an audiologist and owner of Discount Hearing Aids in Livingston, explains, “There is the rehabilitative aspect. An audiologist optimizes a patient’s hearing to the best of the patient’s ability and potential. Sound is complicated. Brains are complicated. Perception of sound is unique from individual to individual.” Audiologists are trained to choose a device that matches the lifestyle and needs of the patient, fitting and programming it, and providing support services. Smith adds, “Buying hearing aids is not like buying a TV set. Hearing aids require a lot of service and support. With time, we know the brain deals with sounds differently and we need to adjust the aids as the brain changes.” Without expert support and appropriate rehabilitation and counseling, only a few will be lucky enough to hear optimally

from non-professionally fit hearing aids. OTC hearing aids are not without merit. However, they are not the best choice to guarantee optimal hearing. Smith says, “Inexpensive reading glasses have their place, but there are millions who need the services of optometrists to customize a script.” So, sure, try OTC aids when they become available–but if they fail to deliver, do not assume hearing aids are not going to help you. See your local expert and let them use their years of training, knowledge and experience to help you reach your hearing potential.

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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.

LITTLE FALLS Rare, The Steakhouse

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.


440 Main St, Little Falls 973-256-6699 Serving award winning steaks cooked to every customer’s liking. Rare also serves an array of seafood, lamb, veal, poultry, fish, and pasta. Relax at the spacious bar before or after dinner. Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4-7 with Tapas bar menu. Two rooms are available for private parties. RR, VP, MCC, $IN-$EXP, MN

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 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.


East Hanover Diner

Master Pizza

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.

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.

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 34

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Thavma Mediterranean Grill 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

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

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

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. (continued on page 36)

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Restaurant Guide SUMMIT

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

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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

Roots Steakhouse 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

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.

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






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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

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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

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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

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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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A Spa-tacular


By Louise Hefesh


o you’ve put on a few extra pounds lately or your skin feels like parched dry earth. Perhaps you’ve been working at a feverish pace on a special project and are all stressed out or maybe you’re just plain tired of the heat, the job, your life… whatever. A little time out is definitely in order, and you vow one last fling before season’s end. Where to go?


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Have no fear… there’s a wondrous nearby retreat in the beautiful Adirondacks that with fall foliage still in swing and holiday festivities about to begin, is a prime lure and perfect cure for what ails the working wounded.

Escape to New York… In just that frame of

mind, my husband and I cleared our schedules, signed onto a Getaway at Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa and headed north to relax, refresh, and rejuvenate. Along the way, de-stressing as we drove past lush mountain scenery; picturesque streams, by the time we entered the quaint village of Lake Placid, we were back to our good old selves.

Skiing and snowboarding at Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks. © NYSDED-NYS Dept. of Eco. Dev.

All about the View… A courteous and

fast check in had us ensconced in our lodgings minutes after arrival. With a sunroom overlooking the lake, spectacular Adirondack peaks as backdrop and a king-size poster bed, we were in our glory. Nevertheless, a sublime fall day and lots of activities and amenities at our disposal, we lost no time in stashing our bags and exploring the lay of the land.

First things first... the grounds (seven acres)

are a gardener’s delight with a palette of colorful blooms at every turn. Spying two lakeside chairs on the deck of the Cottage Café, we settled in, ordered a light alfresco lunch and wine spritzers, and mesmerized by nature’s bounty, took in the general splendor. Later on, strolling the 3-mile paved walkway that circles the lake, we did our best to work off a few calories before taking on a water excursion via complimentary paddleboats, and then rounding out the day with a game of giant checkers on the lawn. Great fun! With dinner and breakfast included in our package, that first night we opted for a casual evening meal at Taste Bistro & Bar, binging on the likes of naturally-raised pot roast, signature fried Brussels sprouts, amazing Bistro fries—comfort food for sure. Afterwards, retiring to the library, we topped off the night savoring coffee and conversation by a cozy fire.

Pampered states… On day two, well rested and

raring to go after a wonderful buffet breakfast, we headed to the Inn’s celebrated spa and our separate ways. My service, a facial, was pure indulgence. Not only did my therapist custom tailor a regimen for my face and skin type, but also she devoted a good 15 minutes to my neck, arms and hands. I dare say, my skin and I were both glowing! As for my hubby, reconnecting after his Swedish massage while walking to town for therapy of the retail kind, he waxed poetic about his experience the entire way. Back at home base, in time for a bon voyage dinner at The View, Lake Placid’s only AAA Four-Diamond “Exceptional” rated restaurant, we were wowed! In a stylish, romantic setting (dress casual chic), we dined on Rib Eye Roast (my husband) and Free Range Chicken (my selection), both cooked to perfection. Compliments to executive chef, Jarrad Lang for crating a wonderfully diverse regional menu with such flavorful accouterments as mushroom duxelles, potato pave, baby fennel, and shaved black truffle, to name a few. The crowning glory—no flour chocolate cake! Lake Placid is rich in Olympic history. Having hosted two Winter Games (in 1923 and 1980), it offers many active opportunities for current day sport enthusiasts, not the least being hiking, bobsledding, ice-skating, or even riding the chairlift to the base of the Olympic Ski Jumps. The Resort itself is “home” for two-time Olympic skier and medalist Andrew Weibrecht, whose parents Ed & Lisa Weibrecht bought the inn in the mid 1970’s introduced the spa in 1990 and undertook a major $4 million renovation project this past year. That all adds up to a spa-tacular Adirondack Adventure!

Mirror Lake Inn Main House

Mirror Lake Inn 77 Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid, New York

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