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I just participated in an event at the Montclair Art Museum that benefitted the St. Joe’s Pediatric Cancer Fund.


I work with the Rachel Coalition, which serves women who are victims of domestic violence.

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I donate my time as the Second Vice President of the Montville Unico nonprofit for Italian Americans.

I give to Thyroid Cancer research because I am a survivor. —Sarah Sullivan, Rockaway Burough

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“I recently became a beach body coach to help people make fitness and health lifestyle changes.

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he Custom Designed team is excited to welcome Nancy Kornbluh as the new Sales Manager and Senior Designer. Nancy comes to Custom Designed with an impressive following and over 11 years of design experience. Nancy is an expert in the closet and storage solution industry and is well known for her attention to detail, so it’s not surprising that Nancy is always exceeding her clients’ expectations.

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Nancy’s focus is on adding value for the consumer by being there every step of the way to ensure that each project moves forward seamlessly. To schedule a complimentary consultation with Nancy, email or call 973-783-5788. Steven Goffman, owner of Custom Designed, invites you to view his newly updated website Check out the gallery of photos for recent projects including custom closets, built in furniture, mudrooms, pantries, home offices, flat screen TV entertainment centers and more. Custom Designed can be reached by calling 973-783-5788. Steven Goffman and Nancy Kornbluh


hen a local resident approached Lafayette School Art teacher Janet Kraemer last June to see if she would consider recreating the patriotic banner hanging in Lafayette School’s lobby for a special event in Princeton, Kraemer enthusiastically agreed. Kraemer’s colorful and inspiring “God Bless America” banner was displayed at Drumthwacket, the NJ Governor’s Mansion, for Veterans Day and to commemorate the 240th anniversary of the United States Marine Corps. Kraemer is the Art teacher for Lafayette School, where she teaches grades four and five, directs the annual “Head Show,” and is known for her unique artistic flair around the building. This year, Kraemer is celebrating her 49th year as an Art Educator in the School District of the Chathams.

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rom an extremely crowded nominations pool, one name rose to the top: Joanne Szibdat. The New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association (NJRHA) is honoring Szibdat with a 2015 Gold Plate award for her professional excellence and commitment to the community. She has dedicated her career to supporting business owners and operators, helping them achieve positive results through the development of strong culture. Szibdat’s contribution to the hospitality industry spans over thirty-five years. In her role as General Manager of Mayfair Farms in West Orange, she oversees day-to-day operations along with a professional staff of ninety employees. Szibdat’s proudest accomplishment is her employees. She identifies her ability to attract and retain qualified individuals who work together in a team-oriented environment as a key ingredient to her successes. Szibdat believes that this strong team culture creates the atmosphere and energy of a restaurant. She notes that this culture is one that must be earned, saying, “it requires commitment and an attention to many details.” Clearly, she has earned it. The Gold Plate award recognizes current outstanding service and achievement in the food service industry. An esteemed panel of six former award winners spent many hours debating over the nominees. “There were more nominations in each category than ever before, which is testament to how many superb restaurant and hospitality leaders there are in New Jersey,” said Marilou Halvorsen, president of NJRHA. Szibdat received her much-deserved honor at NJRHA’s 31st Annual Awards Gala on November 30, 2015 at the Stone House at Stirling Ridge in Warren. 8

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Crazy 8s Club Launches at Newark Elementary Schools

George Deitz Earns Prestigious NJPGA Award

edtime Math, a nonprofit based in Summit, has partnered with Newark’s Victoria Foundation to launch over 60 Crazy 8s after-school math clubs in 19 Newark elementary schools. Crazy 8s is a recreational club created by Bedtime Math that teaches kids to embrace the subject while participating in fun activities that further encourage them to learn.

George Deitz, Director of Golf at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, has been named the winner of the New Jersey PGA (NJPGA) Bill Strausbaugh Award.


Bedtime Math’s partnership with the Victoria Foundation, a private grantmaking institution that gives to programs that impact the cycle of poverty in Newark, will introduce fun ways to engage with math so that kids can improve their skills. According to a study led by the University of Chicago, Bedtime Math significantly boosts kids’ math performance.

The honor is bestowed on a PGA Professional’s who displays outstanding integrity, character, and leadership in their commitment towards mentoring others within the Association.

Other schools are encouraged to adopt Crazy 8s Math Club into their after school programs by gathering a group of 10-20 kids, finding a public space and requesting a free kit and instructions. For more information, visit www.bedtimemath. org or call 855-321-MATH.

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Holly Walk 2015 Holly Walk returns, with five historic homes decorated for the holidays. Tour Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, Acorn Hall, Ford Mansion at Washington’s Headquarters, SchuylerHamilton House, and the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. From Noon-5pm. Macculloch Hall Historic Museum, 45 Macculloch Ave, Morristown. 973-538-2404.

CALENDAR of EVENTS D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 5 & JA N UA RY 2 0 1 6 Tuesday, December 1 Celebrating Native American Heritage Month To celebrate rich and diverse cultures and traditions of Native American people, the Morris Museum will present an exhibition of woodcut portraits by Werner Drewes. Image: Sioux – Little Wolf , 1973, Woodcut on Japanese Paper, Werner Drewes, Collection of the Morris Museum. Runs through Dec. 31. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-971-3700.

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

December and January programs are: When Should You File for Social Security Benefits?; Caring for your Aging Parents and/or Special Needs Children; New Year, New Career; and Strategies to Help Your Child Cope with Anxiety. Please call for dates and times. NCJW Center for Women, 70 South Orange Ave, Suite 120, Livingston. 973-994-4994.

Lionel Hampton Big Band Performs The legendary jazz great Lionel Hampton stages a comeback “In Spirit” through the Lionel Hampton Big Band featuring Jason Marsalis, drummer and youngest sibling of the Marsalis musical family. In performance the band will reincarnate Hampton’s exciting arrangements in addition to performing new music in the same exciting swinging spirit. 7:30pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-275-1114.

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The Christmas Carol Musical Filled with beautiful melodies by Alan Menken and memorable lyrics by Lynn Ahrens this exhuberant retelling of a cherished classic returns to ring in the holiday season. Runs through Dec. 13. Call or visit web for dates and times. Centenary Stage, 715 Grand Ave, Hackettstown. 908-979-0900.

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Tai Chi Class

Towne Club Meeting

Tai Chi is a series of precise flowing movements that develop balance, strength, flexibility, focus, endurance, and calmness. Meets weekly on Tuesdays. 11:30am– 12:45pm. SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit. 908-598-5548.

The Towne Club is a Woman’s social organization whose annual fundraiser benefits the rescue squads of Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights. Kris Phipany, soloist will perform a program of Holiday songs and Show tunes. New members are welcome. Noon. Primavera, 1080 Valley Rd., Stirling. 908-464-2643.

Exhibits of Rarely Seen Antique Carpets Featuring seventeen rarely seen antique carpets, and related books that informed rug collectors during the first half of the twentieth century. The exhibition, in the Schoolroom Gallery of the Museum, will be on view through April 10, 2016. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Ave, Morristown. 973538-2404.

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Enjoy generous Victorian-inspired holiday decorations. Through Jan. 10, Wed./Thur., 11am-4pm, and Sun. 1-4pm. Closed 12/24 and 12/31. Acorn Hall, 68 Morris Ave, Morristown. 973-267-3465.

Thomas Nast Christmas Exhibit

Ralphie’s Red Ryder Rides Again! A Christmas Story: The Musical is the hilarious account of Ralphie’s desperate quest to ensure that this most perfect of gifts ends up under his tree this Christmas. Runs through Jan. 3. Call or visit web for times and dates. Paper Mill Playhouse , 22 Brookside Drive , Millburn. 973-376-4343.

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Folk Art? With the opening of the exhibitions American Primitive Painting in 1930 and American Folk Sculpture in 1931, the Newark Museum ushered in the national discussion of exactly what made art “folk.” Some of the terms commonly used today for works such as those seen here are folk art, outsider art, self-taught art, or even visionary art. None of these terms, however, accurately defines what this diverse body of work expresses. Ongoing. Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark. 973-596-6550.

“Alone Together” Jazz Showcase

This exhibition will feature Macculloch Hall Historical Museum’s annual display of images of Santa Claus that the American public has come to know and love. A selection of late-19th and early-20th century ornaments and toys will complement Nast’s work. On view through Jan. 17. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Ave, Morristown.

Featuring Carrie Jackson a jazz vocal stylist & Rio Clemente a consummate jazz musician. 8pm. The Bickford Theatre, 6 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown. 973-971-3700

Carter House By Candlelight Summit Historical Society will host “Carter House by Candlelight” Ladies Night Out ~ Wine & Cheese Sip and Shop! 6pm-9pm. Summit Historical Society 90 Butler Pkwy, Summit, 908-277-1747 (continued on page 12)

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Eric Carle: Animals and Friends Exhibit

Seton Hall University Winter Holiday Concert

Featuring work by the acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator Eric Carle (b. 1929), Eric Carle: Animals and Friends highlights the artist’s meticulous preparatory process and key childhood themes of animals and friendship. Runs through Jan. 3. Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Ave, Montclair. 973-746-5555.

The Seton Hall University Chorus, Chamber Choir, Orchestra, and Concert Band present their annual winter holiday concert. 7:30pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-275-1114.

Annual Holiday Boutique The Summit Historical Society’s Annual Holiday Boutique includes crafts, jewelry, jams and jelles, stationery, artwork by Linnea Rhodes, antiques, men’s and women’s apparel, home bake cookies and hot apple cider. 10am-3pm. Summit Historical Society, 90 Butler Pkwy, Summit, 908-277-1747.

Feasting with Family and Friends Christmas in the Ballantine House This historically accurate installation offers the opportunity to step back in time to learn about 19th-century life and traditions. From the Christmas tree (a German tradition) to the wooden shoes by the hearth (a Dutch tradition) to the stockings on the chimney and plum pudding in the dining room (English traditions), visitors can get a sense of how Christmas evolved into a home-based secular holiday in the 19th century. Runs through Jan. 3. Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark. 973-596-6550.

Volunteer Art Exhibit View a variety of works from the talented volunteers, members, staff and board members in this exciting exhibit. The medium and the subjects may vary, but they all reflect the artists’ love of the nature that surrounds each of us. Runs through Feb. 25. Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat, 9am5pm. Sun, Noon-5pm. Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayrick Wildlife Art Gallery, 11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville. 908-766-5787.

Wednesday, December 2

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Gen Y Networking Group

Gather your kith and kin for The Shakespeare Theatre’s annual “holiday gift.” Shakespeare’s rowdy, bawdy domestic comedy, featuring the roguish Sir John Falstaff, is a hilarious tale of marital hijinks (and low-jinks!), and will delight both young and old. Runs through Dec. 27. The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave, Madison. 973-408-5600.

This group is a forum dedicated to Generation Y young adults interested in job search, networking, and career development. Meetings will take place on the first and third Wednesdays of the month 7pm. All are welcome to attend. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-635-0603.



Robert Irvine Live! Food Network star Robert Irvine brings his brand of nononsense cooking to MPAC in this multi-media and multisensory event featuring cooking challenges, Q&A and an ample heaping of audience participation. Irvine will not use any recipes or script.8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

Thursday, December 3 Alternative Approaches for Prevention & Health Learn how alternative approaches, including vitamins, minerals, and supplements, can be combined with traditional medicine to improve sleep, boost energy, manage chronic aches and pains, alleviate skin and allergic conditions, and improve immune and digestive function with Michelle Bender, MD, Pediatrician 7pm. Summit Health Management, 121 Chanlon Rd., New Providence. 908-977-9507.

“Get Santa” Screening A 9 year old boy, Tom (Kit Connor) finds Santa (Jim Broadbent) hiding in a garden shed after crashing his sleigh. Santa is desperate to return in time for Christmas and asks Tom and his dad, Steve (Rafe Spall) for help. Meanwhile, it is just days before Christmas, and his reindeer are running loose through the streets. 7pm. Refreshments will be served. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973635-0603.


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Chanukah Party at Home Join chef Marla Mendelsohn as she demonstrates cooking caramelized apple and mushroom salad, potato latkes and spaghetti squash latkes, butterflied chicken stuffed with spinach and herbs, broccoli and quinoa pilaf and rugelach. 10am-1pm. Kings Cooking Studio, 778 Morris Tpke., Short Hills. 973-258-4009.

Holiday Event at Glenmount Tour of elegant Summit area homes decked out for the holidays. New this year, historic Twin Maples designer showhouse will be dressed for the holidays by ten local designers. The latest in furniture, fixtures, fabrics and home goods, all available for purchase, will be featured at this unique estate. Enjoy the annual holiday boutique at Reeves-Reed Arboretum’s Wisner House. A portion of all sales will be donated to Reeves-Reed Arboretum and the Fortnightly Club of Summit. 9:30am-2:30pm.

Book Discussion Group “In Dubious Battle” by John Steinbeck. This novel was Steinbeck’s first to focus on political upheaval and was, in its inception, an accident. Refreshments are served. 7pm. The Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave, Springfield. 973-376-4930 x228. email:

Visit Thomas Edison’s 1880 Victorian estate, Glenmont, decorated just as it was for the holidays. Listen to the stories of how the Edison family celebrated Christmas while you admire the twelve foot tall Christmas tree in the Den during this guided tour. Kids can play a “Hide a Santa” game. Every Fri, Sat & Sun; 11:30am-3:30pm. Thomas Edison National Park, Main Factory Building, 211 Main St., West Orange. 973-736-0550 Ext. 11.

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24th Annual Gingerbread Wonderland A kingdom made of candy canes, chocolate, and gumdrops really does exist. View over 200 edible gingerbread creations. Stop by the Craft Show, offered weekends only. Groups of 8 or more must make a reservation. Runs through Dec. 13. 10am-4:30pm daily, Fridays until 7:30pm. Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Ave, Morris Township. 973-326-7601.

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Celebrate a genuine Irish Christmas with tenors Ciaran Nagle, Karl Scully and Dillon McCartney, performing seasonal favorites in an evening full of warmth, charm and music direct from the Emerald Island. 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

The Holiday Lights Spectacular About 50 animal and holiday-themed figures will light up the winter night in Turtle Back Zoo and the surrounding Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex. Over 100,000 lights will illuminate figures of bears, tigers and elephants, along with holiday lights designed to look like wooden soldiers, stars and winter scenes. Several animal exhibits will be open. Dec. 4-6 and Dec. 11-Jan. 3. 5 to 9pm. Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave, West Orange. 973-731-5800.

Fun-to-be-Fit Exercise Class General exercise class for older adults. Meets weekly on Fridays. 11:30am–12:30pm. SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit. 908-598-5548.

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Saturday, December 5

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Holiday Sales at the New Eyes Resale Shop Find that unique holiday gift at a special Saturday Sale, 10am-1pm. There are bargains galore on a wide assortment of fine and costume jewelry, watches, designer sunglasses and small home décor collections. 100% of the proceeds fund eyeglasses for the needy in the U.S. The Shop is also open on Dec. 3 & 10, 13pm, and accepts donations of jewelry, watches and small gift items. New Eyes for the Needy 549 Millburn Ave, Short Hills, 973-376-4903.

7 & 9:30pm. NJPAC, 1 Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828

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Chorus Song Night This is an evening for the audience to sing. A panel of four singers including Carolanne Solebello, Ken Galipeau, Mitch Radler, and Mike Agranoff will lead songs in a round-robin with choruses, suitable for audience participation for an evening of group singing. Children 12 and under, free. Handicapped accessible; free parking. 8-11pm. The Minstrel, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-335-9489.

The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of the #1 Christmas music artist in history! America’s favorite holiday celebration for over 30 years features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects that bring the magic of the holidays to life. Presented by Chip Davis, founder. 3 & 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008

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Shop for the Holidays The Friends of the Library will be holding their annual holiday book sale. There will be a wonderful selection of holiday books, children’s hardcover picture books, cook books, and gift books. 11am-2pm. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-635-0603.

Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show Local crafters offer beautiful hand-made and affordable gifts perfect for yourself or that special person on your list. Sun Dec 6, 12, 13 10am-4:30pm. Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Haggerty Education Center, 353 East Hanover Ave, Morris Township. 973-326-7601.

Home For The Holidays with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra This year’s seasonal stroll of timeless classics and sentimental wintertime favorites kicks off the holidays with a bang and plenty of bling—a blast of bells and brass, guest soloists and other surprises. A musical celebration guaranteed to make the season merry. 7pm. Westfield Presbyterian Church 140 Mountain Ave, Westfield. 908 232 9400

Sunday, December 6

Short Hills Twilight Holiday House Tour Presented by the Short Hills Home Garden Club, the tour features five Short Hills homes of varied architectural styles decorated for the holidays. Enjoying seasonal musical entertainment by talented students from Millburn High School. Tour 2-6pm. With an optional Holiday Tea at the Short Hills Club where you will enjoy finger sandwiches, tea and petit fours. Tea 2-4pm. Green Wood Gardens 274 Old Short Hills Rd., Short Hills. 973-258-4026.

Home Alone in Concert: Film with NJSO Live A true holiday favorite, this rollicking comedy classic features legendary composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score, performed live by the NJSO. Watch as Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who is accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation and must defend his home against two bungling thieves. 8pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall 1 Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828

Romeo & Juliet: State Ballet Theatre of Russia Shakespeare’s timeless tale of tragic romance, set to music by Prokofiev, is danced by 55 of Russia’s brightest ballet stars. 3pm.

NJPAC, Prudential Hall 1 Center St., Newark 973-297-5828

Teddy Bear Tea Guests will be treated to scrumptious treats, a festive performance in the Bickford Theatre and a special visit from Santa, who brings a gift for each child. Perfect for families with children ages 3 to 8, this event offers a great opportunity for a holiday family photo. Advanced reservations are required. Seatings at 11am, 1pm & 3pm. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-971-3706. www,

Hot for the Holidays Featuring Busta Rhymes & Friends Featuring Busta Rhymes & Friends, with special guests Diddy, Mary. J. Blige, Lil Wayne, French Montana, Sean Paul and more to come. 8pm. Prudential Center, 165 Mulberry St., Newark. 973-757-6000.

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Sunday, December 6 The Snowflake Parade Professional bands, clowns, marching bands and Santa arriving on Millburn fire truck Free Refreshments in The Courtyard (behind Dunkin Donuts) where Santa will pose for pictures. 1:30pm. Along Millburn Ave from Holmes to Spring Sts., Millburn.

Holly Walk 2015 Holly Walk returns, with five historic homes decorated for the holidays. Tour Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, Acorn Hall, Ford Mansion at Washington’s Headquarters, Schuyler-Hamilton House, and the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. From Noon-5pm. Macculloch Hall Historic Museum 45 Macculloch Ave, Morristown. 973-538-2404.

Thursday, December 10

Holiday Concert

Holiday Express—Benefit Concert Presented by Investors Bank

The historic Orpheus Club of Newark sings Christmas, holiday and popular music guaranteed to lift the spirits and warm the heart. The women tenors and men provide a unique sound on both classic and contemporary songs. With guest soloist Jan Carden. 3pm. Grace Episcopal Church, 4 Madison Ave, Madison. 973-822-0298.

China has been rushing to modernity, destroying much of the Tibetan culture and ancient civilization. Dr. Doug Munch will talk about the history of Tibet, how Buddhism became the majority religion and cultural influence, and changes imposed under Chinese rule. He will also share his personal experiences and discuss his photos, taken in Tibet in 2014, which are on display during the month of December. The talk will begin at 2pm. 1-4pm .Free. Advance sign-up requested. Bernardsville Public Library 1 Anderson Hill Rd., Bernardsville. 908-766-0118

The History of Radio in New Jersey Rich Phoenix, president of the NJ Radio Museum, will speak about the history of radio in the Garden State and present some classic radio features including the Hindenburg disaster, and the War of the Worlds dramatization by Orson Welles. 2:30pm. Refreshments provided. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-635-0603.

New Jersey Festival Orchestra “Home for the Holidays”

Featuring Tchaikovsky’s glittering score, spectacular costumes, stunning scenic effects, inventive choreography and a cast of approximately seventy-five performers. In this holiday ballet, the gift of a beautiful nutcracker brings young Clara astonishing dreams of battling mice, enchanted forests, and the exotic Land of Sweets. 1 & 5pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-275-1114.

Digital Photography Workshop Iv –Digital Editing 1 The workshop will cover the basic RAW conversion software and essential PhotoShop tools, such as levels, curves, the crop tool, and the clone stamp. The workshop will address how to clean up an image, simplifying the image and removing distractions. 12:30pm-3pm. Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary 11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville. 908-766-5787.

Monday, December 7 Lunchtime Film Series

A family-friendly festival of symphonic pops and wintertime favorites guaranteed to make the season merry, featuring the NJFO, MPAC’s teen Performing Arts Company and other surprises. 3pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

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NJPAC, Prudential Hall, 1 Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828. American Repertory Ballet’s Nutcracker

The Vanishing Faces of Tibet


This from-the-heart troupe includes 100 professional singers and musicians who volunteer their time, along with more than 1,300 children and adult volunteers, who prepare and perform private charity programs at specialized schools, psychiatric facilities, homeless shelters and soup kitchens. 7:30pm.

The Springfield Free Public Library Continues Lunchtime Film Series “Did You Miss These?— More Recent Hits”. Admission is free. Each screening starts at 1pm. Patrons can bring a brown bag lunch, and light refreshments will be served at 12:30pm. Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave, Springfield. 973-376-4930.

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New Jersey in Baseball History:Things You Ought To Know But Probably Don’t Did you know that New Jersey has been home to two major league teams? Are you aware of the vital baseball connection between Jackie Robinson and the Garden State? Learn the answers to these and other fascinating pieces of New Jersey baseball history when David Krell comes to the Springfield Free Public Library to present “New Jersey in Baseball History: Things You Ought to Know but Probably Don’t.” 7pm. The Springfield Free Public Library 66 Mountain Ave, Springfield. 973-376-4930.

Equity Principle Auditions A Pulitzer Prize finalist and off-broadway smash hit, Becky Shaw, mixes sharp wit and humor with taut suspense of a psychological thriller. A blind date sets into motion a series of cataclysmic events and a comedy of romantic errors unfolds that keeps audiences at the edge of their seats guessing what will happen next. Auditions will be held by appointment and will run from 10:30 am to 7pm. Lackland Center Kutz Theater campus of Centenary College, 715 Grand Ave, Hackettstown. 908-979–0900.

Gentle Chair Yoga Class for older adults. Meets weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays. 11:30am–12:30pm. SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit. 908-598-5548.

Tuesday, December 8

Friday, December 11

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

New Jersey Ballet’s Nutcracker with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Bring your smartphone or tablet to the library for individual training with a reference librarian. Learn how to download library eBooks to your own device. 11am and 2pm. Call for an appointment. Library of the Chathams 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-635-0603.

Minions Screening Refreshments served. 7pm. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-635-0603

“The Cobblestone to Cocktail” Comfort and Style Known to Women of Charleston, Nantucket, Palm Beach and More is Now in Summit, New Jersey!

The 45th anniversary of this annual tradition features orchestral accompaniment by New Jersey Symphony Orchestra! Ages 4 & Up. 7:30pm. Runs through Dec. 26. Call or visit web for dates and times. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

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Wednesday, December 9 Self-Care for the Evolving Soul The practitioners at the Center for Spiritual Living Morristown are offering a special workshop that can make all the difference this holiday season, Self- Care for the Evolving Soul. This two-hour experiential workshop will nourish your soul and provide you with tools that are better than any stocking stuffer. 6:30-8:30pm. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mount Kemble Ave, Morristown.

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Thursday, December 10 Holiday Cookie Decorating

Decorate gingerbread boys and girls. Free. No sign-up is needed. 4:30-5:30pm Bernardsville Public Library 1 Anderson Hill Road, Bernardsville. 908-766-0118

Suburban Music Study Club Yuly Verbitsky, piano; Laura Paparatto, flute; Clarissa Schoch, soprano, Chick Barnes, piano. 10:30am. Free. Madison Public Library, Chase Room, 39 Keep St., Madison. 973-377-0722.

Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm

Shop from 150 modern American makers, artists, designers and craftspeople from across the country. These exceptional indie artists infuse each of their pieces with a distinctive creative vision. 4-8pm. Dec. 12, 10am-6pm & Dec. 13, 11am-5pm. The Morristown Armory, 430 Western Ave, Morristown. 845-331-7900.


Monthly Meditation Follow through on your intention to learn and practice meditation. We will explore different types of meditation with a time of sharing to follow for those who are so inclined. First timers and those with any meditation experience are welcome. This meditation program is led by Mary Bodenstein and Jean Leigh. Free. No sign-up is needed. 10am. Bernardsville Public Library, 1 Anderson Hill Road, Bernardsville, 908-766-0118. (continued on page 29)

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For Lovers of Madison


2015 Holiday Gift Guide Holiday Gift Headquarters Receive 10% off your total Gift Shop purchase with this advertisement after your Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (METC) tour. Make METC your stocking stuffer and Holiday gift headquarters!

Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (METC)

9 Main Street, Madison 973-377-2982

This set of four tumbled marble stone coasters depicts four iconic buildings in Madison. Shown are the James Building, the Lackawanna Train Station, the James Library (now the Museum of early Trades and Crafts) and the Tuttle Oak. Each coaster is 4” square and is backed with cork to protect your furniture. Set of four is $48.

Rose City Framemakers

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Cozy Cashmere Scarves and Trendy Time Pieces Stay a while, breathe, take some much-needed quiet time. Meander into the far corners of the store to discover that just right accessory. Wrap up in scarves. Slip on a watch or two. Model a handbag. Make new friends while you shop. This is what San Francisco is all about…

San Francisco Mercantile

4 Green Village Road, Madison 973-377-5513

Give Your Family the Greatest Gift of All This Year—Your Time! Imagine how calm and stress-free your life would be with an organized playroom. No more yelling to clean up, no more doing it yourself. One call to us and it’s done!

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Give the Gift of Health A Mind, Body, and Soul Community. Mind Your Body is a boutique fitness studio located in the heart of downtown Madison. We offer a range of classes: Yoga, Pilates, Strength, Boxing, TRX, Dance and Gyrokinesis. Holiday special: 5 classes for $100!

Mind Your Body Fitness Studio

4 Park Ave. 2nd Floor, Madison • 973-966-0300

Tis the Season to Get Movin’ Get fit with our Special Holiday Offer for New Clients $99 Session Rate (a savings of $51/session) Some restrictions apply. Call us to learn more and schedule a free consultation.

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40 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Madison 973-307-5677

New Year, New Gear Your New Year’s resolution just got a little more stylish! 40nine watches, available in an array of vibrant colors, are a favorite amongst fashion conscious trendsetters on-the-go. Great stocking stuffer with a 2 year warranty, water resistance up to 165ft, and Date Feature. ($49)

George Press Jewelers

74 South Livingston Avenue. Livingston • 973-992-7797

It’s All in the Bag! With a lighthearted all-over graphic print and adjustable shoulder strap, this overnight bag is your new go-to item to store your essentials.

Sugar Rush

10 Waverly Place, Madison • 973-845-2390

Fine Scented Large Candle in Box These candles are perfectly balanced in the purest natural wax, and ignited by a carefully selected lead-free wick for a clean, luxurious burn. Designed to quickly infuse your space with just the right amount of fragrance. Perfect for that special person on your gift list! $36.


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Make Your Own Snow Globe Transport into a winter world of wonder with our make your own snow globe kit. Mold your creations with make and bake clay and just add glitter, water and shake! You can build a scenic landscape with cute creatures or maybe a world where ninjas and penguins live—you decide! Winner of the Tillywig Toy Award for Best Creative Fun, let your imagination roam free with this DIY kit.

Sugar Rush

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Skate with an Olympian! Give her an experience she’ll never forget! Two time Olympian, world medalist and national pairs champion JoJo Starbuck leads her adult recreational and beginning skating classes each Tuesday and Thursday, 12:15pm, Codey Ice Arena, West Orange, NJ. Register: For additional info:

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Making the Holidays Brighter for Madison Residents


he Madison Eagle Christmas Fund is a homegrown charitable organization of volunteers who extend “a helping hand to residents who otherwise would have faced a bleak holiday season,” said Gary Ruckelshaus, organization’s chair. Through its annual town-wide appeal, the Fund collects donations to be distributed to “Madison households in distressed circumstances,” Ruckelshaus said. “It is a proud tradition unlike any other in Morris County.”

The Fund’s tradition of giving started forty-one years ago, when Madison’s Barbara Valk and her family acted on an impulse to remember a small number of lonely senior citizens at Christmastime with holiday gifts. In 1974 Louise Easton, the new owner and then editor of the Madison Eagle, joined forces with the Valks—and the Madison Eagle Christmas Fund was born. Please visit the funds website at for a list of events and drop off locations.

“The fund grew over the years to involve dozens of volunteers who donate their time each Christmas Season to buy, wrap and deliver gifts,” Ruckelshaus said. The good work of the Fund has touched thousands of less fortunate Madison residents. The Fund focuses on the needs of Madison seniors and children up to the age of eighteen. Recipients typically receive food certificates, gift cards to restaurants, movie passes, warm clothing, such as sweaters, robes and winter coats, boots, toys, games, bicycles and books. The large picture window at Better Homes & Garden Real Estate/Coccia Realty at 49 Main St. has been dedicated to send the message of the good work that the Madison Eagle Christmas Fund Committee commits to each year. “Our recipients are typically referred to the fund by Madison’s clergy, school personnel and social workers. The referrals identify households were children lack warm clothing for the winter; where senior citizens live in isolation and anxiety about how they can afford both meals and heating bills, and whether they will be forgotten at Christmas; where single parents work hard but still did not know how they will manage to put toys under the tree, or a holiday meal on the table.” Ruckelshaus said.


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Exhibitions Children’s Programs Adult and Senior Programs Field Trips for all Ages Lectures Outreach Scout Programs Workshops Concerts

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Madison Chamber Holiday Ornament Fundraiser


he Madison Chamber of Commerce is bringing a little Madison history and cheer to the 2015 holiday season by selling a limited edition holiday ornament. The jade crystal beveled ornament is etched with the iconic Waverly Place clock that stands in the center of the downtown business district. The design features two holly branches supporting the clock, which creates an elegant, festive look, with the Each ornament is also inscribed with the year 2015.

“The Chamber Board wanted to create a unique and attractive holiday gift product that well represents Madison,” said John Morris, president of the Chamber. “Our ornament is a perfect gift at a great price for both family and friends. Because the clock image is etched into the crystal, the ornament makes a very beautiful and sturdy keepsake that can displayed every year.” The 2015 Madison holiday ornament is being sold for $20 each.

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“The 2015 holiday ornament is an ideal gift from or to anyone who loves Madison,” said Karen Giambra, executive director of the Chamber. “It’s a great present for the holidays or for any other special occasion.” Proceeds from the ornament sale will help to fund the Chamber’s programs and activities, which are focused on business development in Madison and the promotion of the Chamber’s member businesses and organizations. Proceeds will also help fund the Chamber’s annual college scholarship fund for seniors graduating from Madison High School. The ornament is available for purchase at the following locations (while supplies last): The Madison Pharmacy, 66 Main St. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, 9 Main St. Lakeland Bank, 265 Main St. Short Stories Community Book Hub, 32 Main St. Stewart-Morris, Awards, Gifts & Flags, 71 Kings Rd. For more information about the ornament, bulk purchases and the Chamber, please contact Giambra at 973-377-7830 or at

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MADISON CALENDAR OF EVENTS Wednesday, December 2 The Merry Wives of Windsor

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Gather your kith and kin for The Shakespeare Theatre’s annual “holiday gift” for their audience. Shakespeare’s rowdy, bawdy domestic comedy, featuring the roguish Sir John Falstaff, is a hilarious tale of marital hijinks (and low-jinks!), and will delight both young and old. The clever wives of Windsor put everyone to the test in this festive cornucopia of colorful characters, holiday spirit, and glittering merriment. Runs through Dec. 27. The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave., Madison. 973-408-5600.

She Loves Me Amalia and Georg, employees in a perfumery in Budapest loathe each other. To escape the reality of working together they turn to a romantic pen pal exchanges until they realize that they have been writing to each other. She Loves Me is an enchanting jewel-box of a musical, from the songwriting team behind Fiddler on the Roof. This wonderfully scented case of mistaken identity and love letters transports the audience to 1930’s Budapest, Hungary, full of love, laughter, and perfume. Runs through December 6. Fairleigh Dickinson University, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison.

Thursday, December 3 Gyrokinesis Class with Greta Martin

10 Waverly Place, Madison 973-845-2390


The GYROKINESIS method class, taught by certified trainer Greta Martin, gently works the entire body, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion, and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences. Thursdays 8:45am and 6:30pm. Also Saturdays 8:30am. Mind Your Body Fitness Studio, 4 Park Ave. 2nd Floor, Madison. 973-966-0300.

Saturday, December 5 Seasonal Crafts for Children Drop-in crafts for all ages of children! All age groups. Free with admission. Saturdays throughout December. 1-3pm. Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (METC), 9 Main Street, Madison. 973-377-2982 ext. 16.


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Sunday, December 6

Thursday, January 7

Holiday Concert

Boxing Fundamentals with CR

The historic Orpheus Club of Newark sings Christmas, holiday and popular music guaranteed to lift the spirits and warm the heart. The women tenors and men provide a unique sound on both classic and contemporary songs. With guest soloist Jan Carden. 3pm. Grace Episcopal Church, 4 Madison Ave., Madison. 973-822-0298.

Boxing Fundamentals will teach you proper boxing: stance, footwork, and technique. Boxing increases your cardiovascular system through various punching combinations, jump rope and core exercises. Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm. Mind Your Body Fitness Studio, 4 Park Ave. 2nd Floor, Madison. 973-966-0300.

Master Class

TRX with CR

Join us for Calvin Wiley’s (NYC) signature aerobics dance workout. His classes offer non-traditional choreography and teaching styles. This will be an excellent opportunity to increase your movement vocabulary. 11:30am-1pm. Mind Your Body Fitness Studio, 4 Park Ave. 2nd Floor, Madison. 973-966-0300.

TRX uses suspension training and bodyweight to improve mobility, flexibility and build lean muscle. Thursdays 7:30-8:30pm. Mind Your Body Fitness Studio, 4 Park Ave. 2nd Floor, Madison. 973-966-0300.

Monday, December 7

Suburban Music Study Club

Winter Festival Concert A free concert by the FDU music faculty, FDU Band, FDU Chorus, and FDU Chamber Choir, with a wide variety of classical, popular, and seasonal music. 7:30-9pm. Fairleigh Dickinson University, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison.

Thursday, January 14 Tomoko Harada, piano; Joanna Bruno Clarke, soprano; Vincent Clarke, piano. Free. 10:30am. Madison Public Library, Chase Room, 39 Keep St., Madison. 973-377-0722.

Saturday, January 16 The Milliner’s Tale: The Craft of Hat Making

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Thursday, December 10 Suburban Music Study Club Yuly Verbitsky, piano; Laura Paparatto, flute; Clarissa Schoch, soprano, Chick Barnes, piano. 10:30am. Free. Madison Public Library, Chase Room, 39 Keep St., Madison. 973-377-0722.

Monday, January 4 Hip Hop for Kids with Robert Rivera This beginners class will teach the fundamentals of hip hop movement. Students will have fun learning the most popular dance moves. Ages 8-13. 5:156:15pm. Mind Your Body Fitness Studio, 4 Park Ave. 2nd Floor, Madison. 973-966-0300.



Messy Playroom Driving You Crazy?

Special Holiday Lecture A Dickens of a Christmas: the Fascinating and Hilarious Background of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Presented by Dr. Elliot Engel, PhD, President of the Dickens Fellowship of North Carolina. Using anecdotes, analysis, and large doses of humor, Dr. Engel brings to life both Dickens and his cherished story by revealing the fascinating and hilarious background of this spirited and beloved classic. 6:30pm. Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (METC), 9 Main Street, Madison. 973-377-2982 ext. 16.


Collaborating with guest curator Monika Stebbins, a classically trained milliner, METC will present an exhibit exploring the history of hat making and the millinery trade in New Jersey and the surrounding area. Hats have a long history as markers of status, occupation, and even political affiliation, and our exhibit will focus on changing fashions through the ages and the role of women in this field. Regular METC Hours: TuesSat 10am-4pm, Sun. 12-5pm, Closed Mon. Runs thru June 29. Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (METC), 9 Main St., Madison. 973-377-2982.

That’s when The Toy Tamer steps in and creates order out of chaos. We sort, label and organize it all keeping the playroom neat now and forever!

Monday, January 18 Late Winter Registration Opens Registration is now open for creative art classes for children ages 2-9. Come get your creative on with paint, paint and more paint! Messy things you would never try at home. Emphasis on the process, but always a project to take home. Register online or by phone. Art Adventures Art Studio, 245 Madison Ave., Madison. 973-660-0405.

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IN THE MARKETPLACE By Susan Wilinski, Photo by Dan Epstein

The Brass Elephant Fine Art Gallery:

Adorning New Jersey Walls with Pieces from Manhattan “I spent many years in publishing working for magazines and newspapers in a variety of departments,” van der Hulst recalls. “I started out with the Hearst Corporation at Town and Country magazine. Then years later I worked for Quadra Media at Surface, Inked and Tokion magazines. My last post in New York City was as the public relations director of a fashion showroom in the garment district. But as my oldest son moved into his late high school years and college hunting began, I realized I needed to be closer to home.”

Now divorced, van der Hulst is the mother of four children. Being a single mother played a significant role in her decision to become a business owner after being home with her children for 15 years. Laura van der Hulst


“I opened The Brass Elephant Art & Antiques in June of 2013. It was a wonderful store-front on Waverly Place in Madison,” van der Hulst says. “In January 2015, I had to reconcile that my rent was too high and I could no longer stay in that location. I found this wonderful second floor space in Summit the following spring and realized my next move.”

“I have always been drawn to the arts,” she says. Although she started college at Syracuse University as a musical theater major, she graduated from an American university in the Netherlands with a psychology degree. “I spent most of my twenties living in Europe and Asia. I gained an immense appreciation for the arts at this time.”

Now focusing solely on art, the business was renamed The Brass Elephant Fine Art Gallery. She maintains her connection to Manhattan by featuring city artists that create with acrylic, oil, ink, enamel and wax on a variety of surfaces including canvas, linen, wood and Mylar. In addition to selling pieces by mid-level artists, van der Hulst also offers both residential and corporate art consulting services and nothing makes her happier than finding the ideal pairing.

n affinity for the arts, studying and living abroad and working in New York City have all led Laura van der Hulst to the second floor of 34 Maple Street in Summit, the address of The Brass Elephant Fine Art Galley. Since the spring, she has been showcasing contemporary and vintage pieces in two rooms filled with a rotating collection. Van der Hulst has turned the culmination of her life’s experiences into a business that doubles as her passion.

But van der Hulst also credits her brother for igniting her interest in the visual arts and her attraction to Manhattan’s art world. “Growing up, my older brother was an undergraduate art major at New York University and then received his Master’s from Pratt Institute,” van der Hulst says. “I was exposed to his world and found it fascinating. I loved sneaking into the city as a teenager and visiting the galleries in Soho and, later, Chelsea. I dreamed of living in that magical world.” Moving toward that dream, van der Hulst made a career in publishing and later in public relations.

“My passion for fine art has grown stronger,” van der Hulst says. “My favorite part of my job is bringing loads of pieces to a client’s home and seeing what they gravitate to.” “And I absolutely love when a customer finds that perfect painting they can’t live without.”

The Brass Elephant Fine Art Gallery 34 Maple Street, Suite 202, Summit 646-510-5254

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How to Create the Next Generation of Scientists


t’s never too early to introduce children to science. In fact, research from the University of

Pennsylvania shows that an early childhood filled with mental stimulation from educational tools results in more highly developed cognitive skills by the child’s teen years. While young children receive science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in school, it’s up to parents to enhance their exposure to these subjects outside the classroom. Whether they are creating bridges with plastic bendy straws or conducting messy science projects involving baking soda and a plastic bag, here are some resources parents can turn toward to help cultivate a new generation of scientific thinkers:

Look to Your Community Find local after-school programs or clubs that focus on STEM education. Many of these extracurricular programs are led by qualified instructors and offer hands-on experience in several STEM fields, such as computer programming, biology or chemistry. Additionally, after-school programs are excellent opportunities for children to socialize with others and make friends with similar interests.

Turn to Technology Spark imaginative learning by integrating technology into your child’s education. Tablets and other smart devices offer thousands of gaming applications that repurpose information in a fun and engaging way, captivating children with quizzes, puzzles, 3-D gaming and more - all in the name of science. Television shows, such as “Bill Nye the Science Guy” and others featured on educational children’s networks, can also open your child’s eyes to the many fascinating and remarkable areas of STEM subjects. 26

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While young children receive STEM education in school, it’s up to parents to enhance their exposure to these subjects outside the classroom. Create Your Own Science Lab

Enter Into a Science Competition

Get creative and browse Pinterest for crafty do-it-yourself STEM projects for kids. Incorporate one of your child’s favorite activities into a project that you can work on together, like creating a scientific model of their favorite animal. Additionally, these moments spent together will allow you to learn alongside your children, ultimately creating a bonding experience as you help them expand their minds.

Encourage your child to enter a local or national science fair, such as the Toshiba/ National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision program, the only STEM-related competition of its kind that allows kids to create ideas for new technological innovations in response to current real-world issues. Sponsored by Toshiba and administered by the National Science Teachers Association, the hands-on, creative learning experience helps K-12 students grow their problem-solving, creativity, critical thinking and collaboration skills. To enter into this year’s competition and learn more about the program, visit

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—Family Features

PAROCHIAL SCHOOL DIRECTORY The Academy of Our Lady of Peace 99 South Street, New Providence 908-464-8657 ext. 131 Mr. Joel A. Castillo, Ed. S, Principal Email: Age Groups: Pre-K through Grade 8

A Catholic elementary school, founded in 1954, which serves children in grades pre-kindergarten to 8th. The school’s goal is to develop students who are solidly grounded in moral values, committed, self-disciplined, and academically excellent. Academy students go on to some of the finest private & public secondary educational institutions in New Jersey. Students at The Academy, consistently score well above the national average in every cat- egory of Terra Nova standardized test scores.

Open House Dates: January 31, 10am-12:30pm February 3, 9-11am or call for a personal tour.

Academy of Saint Elizabeth

2 Convent Road Convent Station 973-290-5200 Kathleen Thomas, Dean of Admissions Email: Age groups: Grades 9-12 (All girls) The mission of the Academy of Saint Elizabeth—a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women, founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth—is to promote the disciplines of academic excellence and moral responsibility within a nurturing community of faith.

Holy Family School

17 Lloyd Avenue, Florham Park 973-377-4181 Age group: PreK through Grade 8

Mount Saint Dominic Academy

3 Ryerson Avenue, Caldwell 973-226-0660 Director of Admission: Mrs. Pauline Condon 973-226-0660 ext. 1114 Age group: Grades 9-12 Join your friends as you prepare for college and for life at Mount Saint Dominic Academy, an independent Catholic college prep school for young women. Here, students from a variety of ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds are encouraged to realize their individual gifts and talents through the Dominican pillars of prayer, study, community and mission—the call to make the world a better place.

The Academy of Saint Elizabeth helps to take you today — where you want to be tomorrow. The first time you walk onto our college-like 200 acre campus, you’ll feel right at home. We’ve always been committed to treating you like family for more than 150 years. With an average class size of 14 and a 1:8 faculty/student ratio, you get the attention and guidance necessary to learn and grow academically, spiritually, and socially. In the Roman Catholic tradition, we encourage every student to become an active participant in her own education. Our faculty fosters individual achievement and self-confidence in order to develop assured students — from the day you begin to the day you graduate. Our above average SAT and AP scores and our countless successful alumnae show how far an AOSE education can take you. Want to learn more and see how we can help you reach your goals?

Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child 44 Blackburn Road, Summit 908-522-8109EE Director: Suzanne Kimm Lewis Email: Age groups: K-12

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PAROCHIAL SCHOOL DIRECTORY Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit, NJ, Judeo-Christian in heritage, Roman Catholic in teaching and worship, is a coed, private, Catholic elementary school for grades kindergarten through 6, and an all-girls middle and high school for grades 7 through 12.

Open House Dates: December 2, 2015 – Lower School Open House: 9 a.m. January 13, 2016 – Lower School Open House 9 a.m. February 3, 2016 – Lower School Open House 9 a.m. March 2, 2016 – Lower School Open House 9 a.m.

Oratory Preparatory School 1 Beverly Place, Summit 908-273-1084 Head of School: Bob Costello Age group: Grades 7-12 (All boys)

St. Vincent De Paul School 249 Bebout Avenue, Stirling 908-647-0421 Age group: Pre-K through 8

St. Vincent the Martyr School 26 Green Village Road, Madison 973-377-4000 Age group: Pre-K through 8

Saint Rose of Lima Academy 52 Short Hills Avenue, Short Hills 973-379-3973 Principal: Mrs. Tina Underwood Email

Saint Patrick School

The mission of St. Rose of Lima Academy is to develop the whole person through a community experience of faith, academics, and life. Through this integrated experience each student will develop respect for and responsibility to oneself and others. Each student is challenged to use his or her special gifts in the service of all God’s people.

45 Chatham Street, Chatham 973-635-4623 Age group: Pre-K through 8

Open House dates: January 31, 2016: 12 noon- 1:30pm February 2: 9:30am- 10:30am




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Ring in the Christmas Season with Joyful Sounds!

A Holiday Under the Stars A sophisticated program designed for an adult crowd, explore the night sky as it appeared thousands of years ago and how it relates to the season from the perspective of cultures all over the world. 7pm, also Dec.12, 5pm. Reservations recommended by calling 973-328-5076. Longo Planetarium, County College of Morris Randolph campus, 214 Center Grove Rd., Randolph. 973-328-5050.

Saturday, December 12 Ornament and Gift Tag Workshop Christmas Concert by the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea to Benefit the Dominican Nuns of Summit Centennial Campaign. The full 42-piece Orchestra will present a Christmas Concert under the extraordinary baton of The Reverend Alphonse Stephenson. The program will include traditional music, popular favorites and holiday classics featuring Soprano Victoria Cannizzo, Tenor Benjamin Sloman and Baritone Christopher Pinella as soloists. 7:30pm. St. Teresa of Avila Church 306 Morris Ave, Summit. 201-452-4996.

Add a personal touch to your holidays by creating your own hand-crafted ornaments and personalized gift tags. Free. No sign-up is needed. 3-4pm. Bernardsville Public Library 1 Anderson Hill Rd., Bernardsville. 908-766-0118

Harmonium Choral Society Concert Harmonium Choral Society will present the monumental 40-voice Renaissance motet Spem in Alium written by English Tudor composer Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585). 8pm & Dec. 13, 3pm. Grace Lutheran Church is at 65 E Main St., Mendham. 973-538-6969.

Santa Run All participants in this family fun day will receive antlers and a red t-shirt to decorate before the run and a complimentary hot chocolate at the finish line. Run for as long or as little as you would like. DJ, dancing, and other fun activities will follow the run, including a surprise visit from Santa. Food stands, zeppoles and a food truck will also be onsite for additional purchase. This event is hosted by Holy Family School in Florham Park. Emmett Field, 111 Ridgedale Ave, Florham Park. 973-713-9735. email:

12th Annual Family Holiday Concert The concert will be family oriented and include a visit from a famous North Pole resident. It will feature traditional and popular holiday tunes, including Selections from the Disney’s “Frozen,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and the movie “Home Alone,” and will conclude with Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.” opening act by the Chatham Flute Ensemble. 6:30pm. Chatham High School 255 Lafayette Ave, Chatham. 973-610-1308 (continued on page 30)

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Holiday Hors d’oeuvre Cooking Class Join Blake Swihart and participate in cooking hors d’oeuvre for the holiday. Menu includes coconut shrimp patties with apricot mustard sauce, root vegetable pancakes with corn relish, spicy lamb and wild mushroom crostini, creamy root celery soup shooters, pestoed frico with pesto dipping sauce, curried beets and apples on endice spears, salmon tartar with corn cakes, spicy herbed pecans, individual Asian pear-currant tartlets. 6:30-9:30pm. Kings Cooking Studio, 778, Morris Tpke., Short Hills. 973-258-4009.

RAEL – The Music of Genesis RAEL pays homage to the most groundbreaking and influential band in the progressive rock genre by incorporating the musical excellence, lyrical storytelling, and theatricality that brought Genesis to a position of prominence in the rock world. 8pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-275-1114.

Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny

Try this fun paper craft to create lovely decorative nature items. Quilling, practiced since the Renaissance, uses strips of paper that are rolled, crimped, and folded. Designs that you can create include snowflakes, flowers, and animals. Cost includes quilling tool and paper you get to keep—please bring your own tweezers and scissors to the workshop. Limited to 10 participants. 1-3:30pm.Registration required by Dec. 8. Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville. 908-766-5787.

Sunday, December 13 Holiday Ceramics Sale

Holiday Garland Workshop Create a lush garland to adorn your staircase, doorway or mantel with boxwood and other seasonal cuttings. This popular, festive workshop fills up quickly–so register today. 10am-Noon. Snow date Dec. 17. Community Congregational Church, 200 Hartshorn Rd., Short Hills.

Quilling Creations Family Program

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia whimsical puppetry and evocative original music bring a new sense of appreciation to stories that have delighted several generations. Ages 3 & up. 2pm. NJPAC, Victoria Theater,1 Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828.

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Featuring pottery by some of the the best local ceramic artists, including instructors in MAM’s Yard School of Art. A variety of items, at a range of price points, will be available from glass jewelry and ornaments, to ceramic sets, and large-scale decorative pieces. Free, light seasonal refreshments served. There will be a clay ornament making class in one of the art studios for ages 4 and up. This sale is fun for the whole family. 1-5pm. Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Ave, Montclair, New Jersey. 973-746-5555.

5-Mile Hike Join hike leader and Schiff trustee Janis Slutsky for a brisk 5-mile hike over varied terrain across Schiff Nature Preserve. Hikers meet at Schiff’s McVickers Brook parking lot on Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham. Use street number 239 on your GPS. Vaccinated dogs on a leash are welcome. Free for Schiff members. Registration required. 8am. Schiff Nature Center, 239 Pleasant Valley Rd., Mendham. 973-543-6004.

“My Summer Vacation” Program about Catskill and Sussex County resort hotels. Jewish Federation, Aidekman Campus, 901 Route 10 East, Whippany. 973-884-4800.

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Join Saint Barnabas Medical Center physicians who specialize in robotic surgery to learn more about the benefits of robotic surgery— including reduced hospital stays and recovery times. Plus, try your hand at being a surgeon by test driving the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System. 9am-8pm. The Mall at Short Hills, 1200 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills.

Sunday with Michaela McClain A singer/songwriter born and raised in Bernardsville, her “folkysoul” sound is reminiscent of Carol King, Norah Jones and Alicia Keys, and “her warm groove creates an atmosphere of love that’s irresistible.” Performing with her will be band mates Meredith Foreman, percussion; Brad Schwartzseid, bass; and Raul Abbad, guitar. Doors open at 2:45pm. Free. Bernardsville Public Library, 1 Anderson Hill Rd., Bernardsville, 908-766-0118.

Seasonal Swing The Juilliard Jazz Ensemble lights up the SOPAC stage once again with an exciting performance of swinging holiday classics. Founded in 2001, The Juilliard Jazz Ensemble enters its 14th season led by newly-appointed director, alumnus Wynton Marsalis. 3pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-275-1114.

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Tuesday, December 15 Holiday Wreath Workshop Get in the spirit of the holidays with a creative workshop of wreath making using seasonal greens and elements. Feel free to bring your own embellishments to add to your piece. 10am-Noon. Snow date Dec. 17. Community Congregational Church, 200 Hartshorn Rd., Short Hills.

Harry Potter Theatrical Workshop The workshops will be conducted by Youth Stages, a professional arts-in-education organization based in New Jersey. Participants will bring the books to life, playing Hogwarts students, professors, muggles, basilisks, and other magical characters. Participation in these workshops is free and open to children from throughout Union County. Preregistration is required. Dec. 15-18. 3:454:45pm. Grades 3-5. The Springfield Free Public Library 66 Mountain Ave, Springfield. 973 376-4930, ext. 232.

Thursday, December 17 Movie Screening 7pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, 1 Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828.

Monday, December 14 “The At Odds Couple” “The At Odds Couple” features Glenn and Chris reflecting on their careers, as part of Squeeze and as solo artists, sharing not only the music but also giving an insight into what makes the two of them tick as a partnership. Chris Difford’s lyrics and Glenn Tilbrook’s music have prevailed through turbulent times over the past four decades, from the ever-changing musical landscape to their own internal band reshuffles and an acrimonious break-up. 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

Screening of “The Best of Enemies,” a 2015 documentary about the 1968 televised series of debates between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley. These debates usher in a new era of public discourse and pundit TV. Sandwich choices: egg salad, corned beef, roast beef, turkey. You may pay at the door, contact Lois in advance. Lunch 12:30 & Program 1pm. Congregation B’nai Israel, 160 Millburn Ave, Millburn. 973-533-1809.

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Dar Williams Performs The critically acclaimed singersongwriter returns to SOPAC touring in support of her new album Emerald. Dar Williams has enjoyed a remarkable career which began when Joan Baez, an early fan of her music, took her out on the road and recorded several of her songs. 7:30pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-275-1114.


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Meals in Minutes Cooking Demonstration

First Annual Santa Run in Florham Park

Monica Hansen, RD, Retail Dietician, ShopRite of Chatham, will offer a cooking demonstration on how to prepare meals in minutes. She will demonstrate and provide recipes for healthy cooking that can be prepared quickly. 1pm–2pm. SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit. 908-598-5548.


Music At Noon: The Christmas Singers

o kick off the holiday season, Holy Family School in Florham Park is excited to announce they are hosting their First Annual “Santa Run”. Join them at Emmett Field on Saturday, December 12th from 11am-2pm to kick off the holidays.

The Christmas Singers, comprised of professional musicians from the metropolitan area, are appearing for the 28th consecutive year on this series. There is a light luncheon available for purchase before or after the concert (11:301:30pm). Handicapped accessible. Morristown United Methodist Church, 50 Park Place (on the Green), Morristown. 973-538-2132

Help chase Santa so he moves quickly to get ready for Christmas Eve. Your registration fee includes reindeer antlers, a t-shirt and acomplimentary hot chocolate for all participants.

Friday, December 18 Christmas in the City

The family fun day will also include a DJ and dancing. Hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage and peppers and zeppolis will be available for purchase.

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Get ready for a musical blizzard to sweep the tristate area as Patti Labelle, New Edition, Tyrese, Monica, New Jersey’s own Jaheim and other guests hit the stage for one night only. 7pm. Prudential Center,165 Mulberry St., Newark. 973-757-6000.

Winter Holiday Benefit Concert The Folk Project is presenting a concert to raise money for our host, the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship’s Capital Projects, specifically the rebuilding of the parking lot. The festivities will have something for everyone, from soulful holiday ballads, seasonal classics, to original tunes. Handicapped accessible; free parking. Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 908-591-6491.

Nutcracker Production Treat your family and friends to this unique holiday tale. As the ballet unfolds, listen closely to the story of a most magical night. There’s magic in the air and sparkle in every smile when Nutcracker comes to town. Over 70 talented dancers and actors have earned roles in the New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet’s production of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. The company’s Nutcracker is unique because the story is told from the perspective of ten-year-old Clara Stahlbaum. 7pm. Dec. 19, 2 & 7pm. Dec. 20, 3pm. Centenary Stage, 715 Grand Ave, Hackettstown. 908-979-0900


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Swingin’ Tern Contra Dances

Join chef Suzanne Lowery and participate in cooking grilled shrimp bruschetta with artichoke remoulade, penne a la vodka, beef filet stuffed with spinach, mozzarella and roasted pepper, grilled panzanella salad, flourless chocolate torte with berry compote. 6-9pm. Kings Cooking Studio, 778 Morris Tpke., Short Hills. 973-258-4009.

Maia McCormick will call the contras. The band will be Wry Bred. Beginners’ workshop at 7:30pm. No partner necessary. Please carry in clean soft-soled shoes for dancing. Just listening to the band is worth the admission, and listeners are welcome. 8-11pm. First Presbyterian Church, Parish House 14 Hanover Rd., East Hanover. 973-295-6864

Saturday, December 19 Cherish the Ladies “A Celtic Christmas”

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Taking their name from a traditional Irish jig, Cherish the Ladies share timeless Irish traditions with audiences worldwide. In this program, the Ladies perform classic Christmas carols in their signature arrangements highlighting unique Celtic instrumentation, beautiful harmonies, and spectacular Irish step-dancing. 8pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-275-1114.

Family Art Adventure Come to MAM for an hour-long, drop-in gallery program for children 5 and up and their adult companions. Explore and discuss artworks and engage in fun activities in MAM’s galleries and sculpture garden. Third Saturday of the Month. 2-3pm. Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Ave, Montclair. 973-746-5555

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Celebrate the Nguzo Saba with NJPAC in its 17th year of the Kwanzaa Children’s Festival and Marketplace. Create and participate in the Arts and Crafts Village, dance, sing and explore the rhythms and culture from the African tradition and celebrate Cameroon as our featured Country of Honor. Noon. NJPAC, 1 Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828.

Forces of Nature Dance Theatre: Kwanzaa Celebration

Celebrate Kwanzaa with this daringly theatrical company, which combines the elements of modern and West African dance, ballet, hip-hop, and even martial arts. 2 & 7:30pm. NJPAC, Victoria Theater,1 Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828.

Sunday, December 20

Handel’s Messiah with the N.J. Symphony Orchestra

Live Christmas Nativity Event This family friendly church has arranged for a Nativity scene with live animals for the whole family to enjoy! The children of the congregation will be dressed in costume with the children’s and adult choirs leading in song. The live nativity and Christmas Pageant will take place around the open fire. 4pm. Short Hills Community Congregational Church, 200 Hartshorn Dr., Short Hills.

Tuesday, December 22 Alzheimer’s Association Support Group

“The Pipes of Christmas” Concert

Holiday Della Robbia Workshop Inspired by the grand works of 15th century Italian sculptor, Luca Della Robbia, these table top creations combine fruits with leaves, boughs, berries, and nuts for a natural holiday display. Come create an arrangement for your holiday table at this, festive holiday work-shop. 10amNoon. Snow date Dec. 21. Greenwood Gardens, 274 Old Short Hills Rd., Short Hills. 973-258-4026.

One of the most magnificent achievements in music, Handel’s Messiah is an annual holiday season must for music lovers everywhere. Hearing its perfection is always a moving, emotional and resonant experience. 3pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall,1 Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828.

The Pipes of Christmas will honor late film composer James Horner, who composed over a 100 films and received two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. His body of work includes scores for ‘Braveheart,’ ‘Titanic,’ ‘A Beautiful Mind,’ and ‘Field of Dreams.’ To pay tribute to his legacy of bringing Celtic music to a broader audience, three ‘Braveheart’ cast members—Mhairi Calvey, James Robinson and Andrew Weir—will reunite to perform. 2 & 7pm. Central Presbyterian Church, 70 Maple St., Summit.

This support group provides an opportunity for caregivers, families, and friends to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, share their feelings and concerns, and support each other in coping with the effects of the disease. Held monthly on the fourth Tuesday. 10am. SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit. 908-598-5548.

Thursday, December 24 Christmas Eve Services 4pm Children’s Service. 7pm Candlelight Service with Choir. 9pm Candlelight Service with Choir. 11pm Candlelight Service with Praise Team. The Presbyterian Church at New Providence, 1307 Springfield Ave, New Providence. 908-665-0050. (continued on page 34)

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Monday, December 28 Left Overs of a Holiday Meal: Teens Class 13-16yrs

Join chef Joyce Delpopolo and participate in cooking butternut-sweet potato soup, turkey pot pie, roasted romain salad with apple cider dressing, crème brulee with cranberry compote. 5-7:30pm. Kings Cooking Studio, 778 Morris Tpke., Short Hills. 973-258-4009.

Saturday, January 16

Winter Break Four Day Art Classes

Dance Theatre of Harlem: MLK Celebration

Classes include digital photography: imaging and editing, drawing and perspective and landscape painting in acrylic or oil. Kids in the “Let’s Build It! Mixed Media and Sculpture” mini-class will create magical 3-D snow globes of winter scenes, festive hand-made bowls and build their very own frozen friend, using crafts to make a snowman. Also offered for kids and teens: “A Little Bit of Everything!” (ages 9-12) and “Team Sculpture!” (ages 11-15). Dec. 28-31. Visual Art Center, 68 Elm St., Summit. 908-273-9121.

Wacky Winter Tale Join Don Dougherty, professional storyteller, for a wild and wacky Winter Tale full of intrigue, action and real snow. Meet Losty the Snowman and learn an important lesson about inner beauty. Be a part of this fun and friendly interactive story and then stay to make a snowflake craft and enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallows with your neighbors. For children ages 4 and older and their families. Free. No sign-up needed. 11am. Bernardsville Public Library 1 Anderson Hill Rd., Bernardsville, 908-766-0118

Thursday, December 31 First Night Morris 2016 Featuring over 200 artists and 80 performances in 24 venues, all within walking distance of the historic Morristown Green. It is a true celebration of arts and culture that can be enjoyed by people of all ages in a family-friendly, alcohol-free environment. Two fireworks displays—at 9:15 and midnight. There is even free shuttle service all evening. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.


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Experience poetry in motion when the legendary Dance Theatre of Harlem, celebrating 45 years of passion, power and perfection, returns for the 2016 MLK Celebration at NJPAC. NJPAC’s annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration pays tribute to the life and legacy of one of the 20th century’s most inspiring leaders. 8pm. Grades 6-12.

NJPAC, Prudential Hall,1 Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828.

Dancing The Blues Away

Gallery Exhibit: Florals and Landscapes Michael J. Martin’s display of oil paintings of florals and landscapes brings beautiful sunshine to cold January days. Free. 9am-4:30pm. Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 E. Hanover Ave, Morris Township. 973.326.7601.

Video Games Live

Presented by the New Jersey Festival Orchestra. One of NJ’s most popular New Year’s Eve musical festivities, this year’s cabaret-style celebration promises a superb revue of Broadway classics and more. Features Jennifer Sheehan and other guest vocalists direct from the Broadway stage. 7pm. Westfield High School Auditorium, 550 Dorian Rd., Westfield. 908 232 9400.

Saturday, January 2 Manhattan Comedy Night Stand-up comedy direct from the clubs of New York City. Language, Mature content. Adults only. 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

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Video Games Live is an award-winning, immersive concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time, from Asteroids to Zelda. 7:30pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall,1 Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828.

Sunday, January 3

The Capitol Steps: “Mock the Vote”

Open Stage 8-11pm. The Minstrel, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-335-9489.

A Grease Sing-A-Long Join in on the fun and sing along to all of the songs of the classic movie musical Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Complete with on-screen lyrics and the chance to become a T-Bird or Pink Lady for the night. 3pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

Blues in the Loft: Billy Hector Whether Billy Hector is teasing you with his sultry slide-work, picking through delta blues, or flat-out cranking it up on his beloved vintage Fender Stratocaster, his playing reflects the true soul and origins of the music; always passionate, engaging and dedicated to making the audience move and groove. 7pm. SOPAC Loft, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-2751114.

Tuesday, January 5 Tai Chi Tai Chi is a series of precise flowing movements that develop balance, strength, flexibility, focus, endurance, and calmness. Meets weekly on Tuesdays. 11:30am–12:45pm. SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit. 908-598-5548.

Saturday, January 9 Family Photo Scavenger Hunt Just in time for Presidential primary season. The Capitol Steps put the “mock” in democracy, as they skewer Republicans, Democrats, red states and blue states, with hilarious send-ups and satire on the current political climate. 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra In a world crowded with string virtuosos, there is no one quite like Pinchas Zukerman. Violinist, violist, chamber musician, conductor, teacher— for almost a half-century, he has been an evergreen phenomenon in the world of music. Zukerman will be the conductor and violin soloist in works by Elgar, Mozart and Brahms. 8pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall,1 Center St., Newark. 973-2975828.

Grab a camera or phone and stop by the Haggerty Education Center for this month’s nature photo scavenger hunt. Take a photo of every item and get a prize. Theme and prizes change monthly. A great way to get the family outdoors year-round. Also Jan. 10. 9am. - 4pm. Frelinghuysen Arboretum 353 E. Hanover Ave, Morris Township. 973-326-7601.

Digital Photography Workshop V– Digital Editing Ii Workshop 5 will be a continuation of the digital editing principles covered in the previous workshop. Emphasis will be on some advanced procedures, such as layer masks. Participants are encouraged to bring their own images on flashdrives for editing demonstrations. 10am-12:30pm. Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville. 908-766-5787. (continued on page 36)

Thursday, January 7 The Band of the Royal Marines

The United Kingdom’s most prestigious military bands take the stage in a celebration of British pomp and circumstance along with The Pipes, Drums, and Highland Dancers of the Scots Guards. 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

32nd Anniversary Dance Folk Project Callers will call the contras for the 32nd Anniversary Dance. The band will be Last Exit. Beginners’ workshop at 7:30pm. No partner necessary. Carry in clean soft-soled shoes for dancing. Listeners are welcome. 8-1pm. First Presbyterian Church, Parish House, 14 Hanover Rd., East Hanover. 973-295-6864.

Friday, January 8 Fun-to-Be-Fit Exercise Class General exercise class for older adults. Meets weekly on Fridays. 11:30am–12:30pm. SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit. 908-598-5548.

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Sunday, January 10

The Berenstain Bears Live! in Family Matters, the Musical

New Jersey Youth Chorus Come and celebrate the sounds of the Holiday Season with the NJYC. With over 200 singers in 5 different choruses. The NJYC promotes music excellence for children between 1st and 12th grade. Founded by Patricia Joyce in 1992, the New Jersey Youth Chorus features performers from over 40 cities and 6 counties coming together to create beautiful music. 3pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

Swingin’ Tern Dance The caller and band will be announced. Beginners’ workshop at 7:30pm. No partner necessary. Carry in clean soft-soled shoes for dancing. The caller and band will be announced. Listeners welcome. Saturdays 8-11pm. First Presbyterian Church, Parish House, 14 Hanover Rd., East Hanover. 973-295-6864. www.folkproject.

Historic And Current Medicinal Plants Hundreds of years ago, your garden was your pharmacy. In this presentation, learn what plants were used then and why. See what plants are still important today as sources for medicine. 1:30-3pm. Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville. 908-766-5787.

Tuesday, January 12 Tai Chi Demonstration Judith Rew, Tai Chi instructor for SAGE’s classes, will discuss the benefits of Tai Chi and offer a demonstration. Attendees are encouraged to stay for a free trial class following the program. 10:30am –12:45pm. SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit. 908-598-5548.

Thursday, January 14 As always, Bear Country is not without its complications: Brother Bear’s grades are slipping, Sister Bear still has a few things to learn about making new friends, and Papa Bear just can’t stop eating junk food. Thankfully, we can always depend on Mama Bear and her loving patience to help set things right. 2pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-275-1114.

Reiki Certification Become a Certified . This Gentle Holistic Modality of “Hands-on” Healing offers a greater flow of: Positive Energy, Deep Relaxation, Relief from Pain, Serenity, Balance on Physical, Mental & Emotional Levels. (7 CEUs upon completion). 10am-5pm. Class Location: 560 Springfield Ave, Westfield. 908-6170411. email:

Deepak Chopra Presentaton Physician, holistic health advocate, best-selling author and New Age guru, Deepak Chopra is one of America’s most notable alternative medicine practitioners. Chopra presents “The Future of Well Being,” describing a roadmap for “higher health,” based on the latest findings in both mainstream and alternative medicine. 7:30pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008

Suburban Music Study Club Tomoko Harada, piano; Joanna Bruno Clarke, soprano; Vincent Clarke, piano. Free. 10:30am. Madison Public Library, Chase Room 39 Keep St., Madison. 973-377-0722

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Schiff Environmental Book Group

Beethoven & Danielpour Performance

Do you love reading… and nature? Join Schiff’s Environmental Book Club. December’s selection: Memory of Water by Emmi Itåranta. Book club is free; support through annual membership is always welcome. 7-8:30pm. Schiff Nature Center 339 Pleasant Valley Rd., Mendham. Call 973-543-6004 or register online:

A New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performance. Beethoven’s sunny, youthful First Symphony is filled with Mozartean grace, while his cheerful Fourth adds deeper shadings of maturity with its mysterious, questing introduction. Together, they make a fine frame for the always-engaging Danielpour’s multi-hued concerto, with magnetic percussionist Pegher in the spotlight. 3pm. NJPAC Prudential Hall, 1 Center St., Newark 973-297-5828.

Martin Grosswendt & Susanne Salem-Schatz Tom Gala opens. 8-11pm. The Minstrel, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-335-9489.

Saturday, January 16 Duke Ellington: Composer Beyond Category “Duke Ellington: Composer Beyond Category” is an exciting, hand-clapping, finger-snapping, dynamic musical journey from the Jazz clubs of Harlem and the Apollo Theater, to the downtown night clubs and Broadway stages, with The Duke Ellington Center Big Band under the direction of Mercedes Ellington. 2pm. Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave, Hackettstown. 908-979-0900.

Sinatra Centennial Celebration Starring Steve Lippia With great stage presence, charm and charisma, crooner Steve Lippia interprets the music made famous by Frank Sinatra. Steve’s youthful, energetic talent and powerful show creates a perfect blend of “classic” with “today”. His show introduces a new generation to this timeless music, while appealing to long-time listeners. 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

Mummenschanz Perform In the wordless universe of Mummenschanz, the ordinary becomes extraordinary when common materials, everyday objects… and colorful abstract forms spring to life in a visually stunning spectacle that transcends cultural barriers and sparks the imagination. 7pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

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5-Mile Hike


Join hike leader and Schiff trustee Janis Slutsky for a brisk 5-mile hike over varied terrain across Schiff Nature Preserve. Hikers meet at Schiff’s McVickers Brook parking lot on Pleasant Valley Rd, Mendham. Use street number 239 on your GPS. Vaccinated dogs on a leash are welcome. Free for Schiff members. Registration required. 8am. Schiff Nature Center, 239 Pleasant Valley Rd, Mendham. 973-543-6004.

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Wednesday, January 20 Free Lecture on Stem Cells and PRP Come join a free educational lecture about how Stem Cells and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapies can help you heal. Specializing in non-surgical solutions for sports, spine and orthopedic injuries. 7pm. NJRI, Advanced Medical Center at Cedar Knolls, Fourth Floor, 197 Ridgedale Ave, Cedar Knolls. 973-998-8309.

Saturday, January 23

Bria Skonberg Performs

Friday, January 22

Bria Skonberg is an award winning trumpeter/vocalist/ composer. Best known for her knowledge of classic jazz and instigative nature, she is now creating an adventurous style rooted in New Orleans jazz and blues featuring mostly her original compositions. 8pm.

Winter Festival: Symphonie Fantastique A New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performance. Shakespeare takes an encore in the 2016 Winter Festival, which opens with a pair of linked Berlioz scores that pulse with dramatic tension. An obsessive love turns demonic in his Symphonie fantastique, which vividly conjures the Witches’ Sabbath from Macbeth. Its sequel, Lélio, boasts a turn with Jacques at the piano and a finale inspired by The Tempest. 8pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall,1 Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828.

Beppe Gambetta Performs

Centenary Stage Company 400 Jefferson St., Hackettstown 908-979-0900

8-11pm. The Minstrel, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-335-9489.

Satisfaction Production The International Rolling Stones Show is a touring tribute to the World’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band. This highly acclaimed production showcases the most authentic cast and costuming of its kind. 8pm. Bergen PAC, 30 N Van Brunt St., Englewood. 201-227-1030.

Saturday, January 23 Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Saturday, January 23 Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds The national touring production of one of the most enduring shows of all time. The irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. The first collaboration of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice (The Lion King), Joseph blends pop, country and rock into an uplifting, technicolored story of biblical proportions. 2 & 7:30pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

Winter Full Moon Night Hike This delightful musical production, featuring a hit score by Bob Marley and based on the children’s book by his daughter, Cedella Marley, tells of young Ziggy, who is so terrified of hurricanes, mongooses and other things in his native Jamaica that he’s afraid to leave the house. 2pm. NJPAC, Victoria Theatrer, 1 Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828.


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January’s full moon is also called the Wolf Moon or the Snow Moon. Join this two-mile guided hike along Schiff’s moonlit trails—a special treat in the winter. Appropriate for ages 7 and up. Dress for the weather. Sturdy boots or footwear required. Night hikes are popular, space limited to 20 hikers. Registration required. 7:30pm. Schiff Nature Center, 339 Pleasant Valley Rd., Mendham. 973-543-6004.

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Art and Film: Van Gogh Seminar Hosted by Gerard Amsellem and Mikel Frank, The Visual Passion Duo, this seminar will be an in depth look at the work, the life and the time of Vincent Van Gogh. The day begins with an illustrated lecture followed by a presentation covering the historical context, the life and the art of Van Gogh. A light lunch will be offered before a screening of the French film Van Gogh. The film focuses on the last few months of the artist’s life. A post-screening question and answer period along with discussion about the film will conclude the seminar. 11am-5pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-275-1114.

Sunday, January 24 Winter Festival: Symphonie Fantastique Presented by New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. The Bard is back! Shakespeare takes an encore in the 2016 Winter Festival, which opens with a pair of linked Berlioz scores that pulse with dramatic tension. An obsessive love turns demonic in his Symphonie fantastique, which vividly conjures the Witches’ Sabbath from Macbeth. Its sequel, Lélio, boasts a turn with Jacques at the piano and a finale inspired by The Tempest. 3pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

Garrison Keillor

Ragtime the Musical

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Garrison Keillor, award-winning theatrical storyteller and host of public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion, shares his homespun humor with NJPAC audiences. 7pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall,1 Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828.

The stories of an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician unfold—set in turn-of-the-century New York—all three united by their desire and belief in a brighter tomorrow. Their compelling stories are set to theatre’s richest and most glorious score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. 7:30pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

C.S. Lewis’ beloved and magical novel comes to life through dance. This world premiere, choreographed by Randy James, features members of 10 Hairy Legs dance company and special guests. The classic story, set in the fictitious Narnia, features all of your favorite characters. 2 & 5pm. Jan. 31, 2pm. NJPAC, Victoria Theatrer, 1 Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828.

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Sunday, January 31

Jazz in the Loft: Radam Schwartz Organist and pianist Radam Schwartz has built his reputation over the last 35 years playing with such great musicians as Arthur and Red Prysock, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Al Hibbler, Irene Reid, Jimmy Ford and more. 7pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-275-1114.

Tuesday, January 26 Alzheimer’s Association Support Group This support group provides an opportunity for caregivers, families, and friends to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, share their feelings and concerns, and support each other in coping with the effects of the disease. Held monthly on the fourth Tuesday. 10am. SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit. 908-598-5548.

Thursday, January 28 “The Runner Stumbles” Production Based on a true story, in 1911 a young nun has died under mysterious circumstances in a remote parish and her pastor, Father Rivard, has been charged with her murder. With alternating action between interrogations, testimony and scenes from the past, the secrets and taboos of their relationship come to a head, which inevitably spelt tragedy. Not until the explosive and surprising climax of the play is the full extent of their sacrifice made clear and the murder solved. By Milan Stitt. Runs through Feb. 14. Morris Museum, Main Stage, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-971-3700.

2Cellos Perform

The Mega Bubble Show

Young Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, together known as 2CELLOS, have achieved sensational success by taking the cello to a new level. Their playing style has broken down the boundaries between different genres of music, from classical and film music to pop and rock. 2CELLOS have no limits when it comes to performing live and are equally as impressive when playing Bach and Vivaldi as they are when rocking out AC/DC. 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

From the creator of the Gazillion Bubble Show comes this bubble spectacular that will dazzle children and adults alike with an amazing array of bubbles in all shapes, sizes and forms, spellbindiing lasers and spectacular lighting effects. Presented by Fan Yang. 1:30 & 4:30pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

Cooking Demonstration: Galettes, Croustades and Crostatas

Saturday, January 30 Robyn Hitchcock Performs One of England’s most enduring contemporary singer-songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician’s musician, Robyn Hitchcock is among alternative rock’s father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan. 8pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-275-1114.

Is there a difference? Discover in this cooking demonstration, and taste some delicious sweet and savory free-form tarts. 1-3pm. Registration required. Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 E. Hanover Ave., Morris Township. 973-326-7603.,

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How Nutrient Deficiencies Are Killing Your Health Potential


ey nutrients are cornerstones of good health, yet deficiency among Americans is skyrocketing. Are you unknowingly suffering from a nutrient shortage? Dr. Ronald Hoffman, medical director of the Hoffman Center in New York City and host of the radio program “Intelligent Medicine,” points to three major vitamin deficiencies affecting people today. He offers his expert insight on each and what you can do to fix the problem.

Omega-3s “Many North Americans are omega-3 deficient because we eat highly processed foods that lack essential fatty acids and not enough oily fish,” says Hoffman. “The problem is particularly acute for vegetar-


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ians, those who prefer not to eat fish or are allergic, and young people who are picky eaters.” In the U.S. up to 91 percent of Americans are omega-3 deficient and a Harvard study ranked omega-3 deficiency as the eighth leading cause of preventable death. Omega-3s are considered “essential” because the body cannot make them and must ingest them from external sources. Omega-3s benefit the body in countless ways, including the optimal functioning of cell membranes. “The cell membrane is responsible for translating messages from adjacent cells and organs into chemical work inside the cell,” Hoffman explains. There are more than 27,000 published studies on omega-3s showing the benefit of omega-3s, from brain and heart health to boosting mood and skin health. Omega-3s are particularly notable for cardiovascular

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health. The American Heart Association recommends at least 1 gram of omega-3 EPA and DHA a day for those with established coronary artery disease. “Fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines provide the most omega-3s,” says Hoffman. “I also recommend supplements in soft gels or liquid form, or gummies and emulsions for kids.” He notes when selecting a supplement, freshness and dosage is crucial. “Processing, packaging, quality control, proper inventory management and distribution make a difference. I recommend Nordic Naturals because they are vertically integrated from boat to bottle, ensuring the absolute freshest and purest omega-3 products in a wide variety of delivery systems,” Hoffman says. “I recommend that the average person take a dosage of 1 to 2 grams daily.”


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Magnesium Most people have heard of magnesium but are unsure how it impacts their health. An estimated 50 to 80 percent of Americans are deficient in magnesium, mostly due to a diet of refined foods. “Magnesium is an essential mineral that is a co-factor for literally hundreds of biochemical pathways in the body,” Hoffman explains. “It is particularly crucial for energy production in the mitochondria, tiny powerhouses within the cells. Therefore, inadequate magnesium can be responsible for physical fatigue and mental depression.” He also notes magnesium, along with calcium and vitamin D, is essential for bone health. You can correct a deficiency by eating a diet rich in plantbased, unprocessed foods like nuts, leafy greens, avocados and dried fruit. However, many people require supplements to reach optimal magnesium levels. “Check labels for the amount of elemental magnesium in each supplement and shoot for 200-500 mg daily. Be sure to meet with your doctor prior to taking any supplement,” says Hoffman. — BPT

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Goodman’s Restaurant & Deli

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400 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights 908-898-0900 • Since 1943, Goodman’s Restaurant & Deli has been serving up classic, Jewish-style (not kosher) delicacies. Goodman’s is best known for its delicious homemade meats. Goodman’s has the best Char Broiled Burgers around as well as Chicago Style Hot Dogs and Italian Beef Sandwiches. BYO, MCC, $MOD, LP, H, TO


Umi Sushi

339 Millburn Ave, Millburn • 973-921-2848 Coming Soon—

1790 Springfield Ave, Maplewood 973-378-8990 Gourmet French cuisine served in an upscale, casual environment. H, RR, LP, MCC $EXP

Traditional and Fusion sushi and sashimi. Diners can also find teriyaki, tempura, udon and soba noodle dinners. Most fish is wild-caught. Free delivery all day. Now under new ownership. Mon-Thur: 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat: 11:30am-11pm, Sun 12:30pm-9:30pm. BYO, OD, MCC, SP, TO



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Cafe Monet

309 Millburn Ave, Millburn 973-376-8555 •

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

French cuisine served in a casual dining atmosphere. $MOD-$EXP, H, RR, OD, SP, MCC, TO

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355 Millburn Ave, Millburn 973-467- 3420 •

Il Vicolo Ristorante

A casual Italian restaurant. BYO, H, SP, MCC, TO, $MOD

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Ms. Lin Chinese Cuisine

Owners Jimmy and Benny take pride in using only the freshest ingredients in the preparation of innovative Italian cuisine. Combining the finest Old World recipes with nouvelle cooking techniques results in a cuisine that is fresh and exciting. The setting looks and feels like a home away from home with its beautifully appointed, yet still intimate dining room. Party available. LP, MCC, RR, $IN-$MOD, BYO

59 Main Street, Millburn • 973-912-8838 Ms. Lin Chinese was established by the chef and staff of former restaurant Ling Ling to carry on its success and reputation for excellence. They focus on delivering the best taste while providing the lowest cholesterol and trans fat and only using fresh ingredients. They offer an open kitchen with a warm, friendly dining room. 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

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La Pastaria

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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Twelve Islands Greek Taverna 1255 Valley Road, Stirling, NJ 07980 908-647-2193

Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on seafood specialties. $EXP, H, OD, RR, LP, MCC, TO

SUMMIT The Bombay Bistro

427 Springfield Ave, Summit • 908-9180330 The Bombay Bistro, formerly known as Dabbawalla, has been fully renovated. Now, in its newer, slicker Avatar, it serves up both traditional and fusion Indian food. Find classic Italian delights made from fresh ingredients. Closed Monday. Open Tue-Thur, Sun: 11:30am-3pm and 5:309pm; Fri-Sat: 11:30am-3pm and 5:30-10pm. Lunch buffet served Tue-Sat. BYO, MCC

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Natale’s Summit Bakery

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

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90 Summit Avenue, Summit 908-277-6418

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WEST ORANGE Highlawn Pavilion

Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange 973-731-3463 Characterized by panoramic views of the New York City skyline, Highlawn Pavilion on Eagle Rock Reservation offers scenic dining at its finest. The exceptional 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

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

Marco Polo

527 Morris Ave, Summit • 908-277-4492 Specializing in Italian, Greek and seasonal favorites. A perfect place to hold your special occasion: rehearsal dinners, birthdays, anniversaries, showers, corporate events, reunions and parties. On & off site catering available. Happy Hour, Mon-Fri at the bar, from 3-6pm. H, RR, LP, MCC, TO

Kim’s Sushi

458 Eagle Rock Ave, West Orange 973-669-2800 Kim’s Sushi has become synonymous with outstanding sushi and traditional Japanese cuisine in West Orange. The chef and staff has an amazing amount of skill and experience creating splendid dishes using the freshest ingredients, serving everything in a warm and inviting environment.

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Dazzle Guests with Easy Holiday Eats


reating a delicious holiday spread that your guests will love doesn’t have to be hard. Keep it simple and serve a table of tasty appetizers rather than a full meal, especially during a season when guests likely have several stops to make.

Cheese and crackers or vegetable trays are reliable starters that can serve as a precursor to any meal. For an easy and eye-appealing appetizer, serve a hand-crafted cheese inside a wreath of fresh rosemary and pomegranate seeds, along with honey and premium deli crackers. The Litehouse Simply Artisan Reserve line cheeses are prepared in open air vats in small batches, handcrafted, hand-salted and aged 100 days for top-market flavor quality and gourmet taste. For a delicious twist on a veggie tray, round out traditional favorites such as broccoli and carrots with unexpected delights, such as endive leaves and blanched green beans.

Easy Flavor Boosters Dial up the flavor of your favorite holiday recipes with a simple, single ingredient. A quality, perfectly seasoned dressing, such as those from Litehouse, are a delicious and convenient way to add flavor to any recipe, whether it’s making a salad that’s the star of a holiday party, or using it as a quick-and-easy marinade for an appetizer, such as a shrimp skewer. You can also add a pinch of freeze-dried herbs to your favorite recipe for added brightness and flavor.

Holiday Bruschetta 1

baguette olive oil


tomato, diced

1/2 cup red pepper, diced 1


teaspoon Litehouse Instantly Fresh Basil

1/2 cup Litehouse Organic Balsamic Vinaigrette

container (6 ounces) Simply Artisan Reserve Feta Cheese

Cut baguette into 1/2-inch slices. Brush with olive oil and grill lightly. In bowl, combine tomato, red pepper, feta cheese, basil and just enough vinaigrette to lightly coat. Place heaping spoon of mixture on each baguette slice and drizzle with more vinaigrette, to taste.

Blue Cheese, Pomegranate & Quinoa Caviar 2

ounces Simply Artisan Reserve Blue Cheese (Crumbles or Center Cut)

1/3 cup pre-cooked red quinoa

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1/3 cup pomegranate arils (seeds), 1 tablespoon reserved

Making delectable appetizers doesn’t mean you have to spend hours in the kitchen. Timesavers, such as the easy-to-serve feta cheese crumbles used in this Holiday Bruschetta, are also a quick way to enhance any salad, cheese plate or side dish. Then round out your menu with a diverse offering of other crowd-pleasing, quick-prep items, from deviled eggs and pinwheels, to shrimp cocktail and bagel pizzas.

1 teaspoon Litehouse Organic Balsamic Vinaigrette

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teaspoon Litehouse Instantly Fresh Thyme


tablespoon chopped walnuts assorted crackers

In small bowl, add blue cheese crumbles, quinoa, pomegranate arils and vinaigrette. Stir gently to combine. Transfer to 6-ounce ramekin dish and use back of spoon to tightly pack down. Place serving plate on top of ramekin and quickly invert. Carefully lift ramekin, leaving Source: Litehouse mixture in mold form. Sprinkle top with thyme, walnuts and reserved pomegranate arils. Serve with crackers.

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Mentors Everywhere


ne of the lessons I’ve learned from martial arts over the years is to beware of a master without a mentor. Even if we outgrow our former mentors, we should always be searching for and learning from others who have real world lessons to share. We need continuous learning from mentors to push us where we think we cannot go. Mentors come in all shapes and sizes, but here are two key attributes that I look for when evaluating advice:


If they’ve never done it successfully, how can they give you practical insights?


This is the foundation of any mentor. Without integrity, their message has flaws and lacks clarity.

During a recent meeting with a local business owner, I learned a great deal about him. I learned of his background and accomplishments through the people with whom he surrounds himself, a personal tour of his business and the materials he had written over many years. There were a lot of great messages and valuable advice that he delivered. Many of those lessons he had learned from his father.

Here are some of those messages that he gave me that I’d like to share with you:

Barry Farber

The Top 5 Life Lessons I Have Learned 1. Treat everyone as an individual, especially those usually passed over as invisible, and you will have access to a world few people see. 2. People outside the United States are not evil just because they have different religions, skin color, customs and languages. Most people are good and want to do good things. 3. Business in the United States is usually done in a very high-level, ethical way. If you treat people well, they will usually do the same for you. 4. Nothing is guaranteed. If you feel entitled in any way, it will blind you to reality and open you up for manipulation by those, like me, who can see and use it. 5. Be thankful every day for what you have and the potential you have to do more. Just living here in the US gives us all an incredible advantage over most people in the world. We are in charge of our lives unless we give away that power to others. -Andrew C. Jacobs President Ideal Jacobs Corporation

Barry Farber consults with corporations, professional athletes and entertainers helping them market their products and gain access to new business. He’s the bestselling author of 12 books translated into 25 foreign languages with over one million copies sold. Barry is a monthly columnist for Inc. Magazine and the co-inventor and marketer of the FoldzFlat® Pen. You can see him on QVC selling out unique and innovative inventions. He’s a featured guest on CNN, Fox, CNBC and hosted over 500 radio and television shows in New York City, Washington and on the Comcast Television Network. He currently hosts “Breakthrough with Barry Farber” with over 1.5 million listeners. Visit him at: or email him at:

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